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Fighting injustice through art of butterfly making BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Reporter Butterflies are about to emerge at Del Mar Heights Elementary School where a months-long project to educate sixth-grade students about the Holocaust is under way. Stories have been written before about the Butterfly Project begun at the San Di-
Animal rights activists allege elephant abuse BY MARLENA MEDFORD STAFF WRITER Have Trunk Will Travel, a company that provides elephant rides at the San Diego County Fair, is being accused of serious abuse by a group of animal rights activists. An undercover video that was recently released by Animal Defenders International (ADI) purportedly shows a trainer striking a baby elephant with a sharpended heavy stick known as a bullhook. That elephant was later featured in the current blockbuster “Water For Elephants,” and therefore the allegations of abuse have garnered international attention. During the June 7 board meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA), spokesSee ELEPHANTS, page 12
On the Web Holocaust survivor Ben Midler makes history lesson real for Del Mar Heights students. To read the story, visit www.delmartimes.net or see next issue. ego Jewish Academy five years ago that honors and memorializes the 1.5 million
Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust. But what’s unusual about
this story is that the butterflies will soon alight at a Del Mar public elementary school, the first large public school installation locally. Cheryl Price, SDJA Artist in Residence and Butterfly Project founder, said she is thrilled to have Del Mar Heights join the more than See BUTTERFLY, Page 19
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n June 1, students at Sycamore Ridge Elementary School travelled the globe at their first-ever World Festival. With passports in hand, students visited 19 various countries and tasted delicious treats from around the world. A fun and educational time was had by all. See page B10. Photos: Jon Clark
Senate approves transit bill BY MARLENA MEDFORD Staff Writer State Senator Christine Kehoe’s legislation SB 468, which requires improved transit as part of any expansion of Interstate-5 from La Jolla to Oceanside, has passed the state Senate by a vote of 24-15 and now heads to the Assembly for consideration. The I-5 expansion project in-
cluded an option that would add up to six lanes to this strip of the freeway, however, SB 468 supports the least costly $3.3 billion option, which would add only four total carpool lanes. These lanes would be split into two managed lanes in each direction and be used by express buses, car pools See TRANSIT, Page 7
Del Mar Heights Elementary School student Tommy Merritt works on his butterfly as part of Project Butterfly.
High school district rejects charges of religious discrimination BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Reporter Objections to activities at four schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District have been raised in separate communications to the district by Dean Broyles, president of the Western Center for Law & Policy in Escondido. “I’ve been contacted by a number of parents,” Broyles said. “We have four or five issues in the same district which is very extraordinary.” Torrey Pines High School, Carmel Valley Middle School, Earl Warren Middle School and Diegueno Middle School in Encinitas have all been named by Broyles, who complained that discrimination in various forms against Christian students was occurring at the middle schools and that the high school improperly permitted the publication of sexually explicit material in its student SEE RELIGIOUS, PAGE 6
Islam textbook controversy continues BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Reporter As the San Dieguito Union High School District responds to complaints concerning religious freedom from the Western Center for Law & Policy, the challenge to the seventh-grade social studies textbook and its discussion of Islam in Chapters 3 and 4 continues to churn. The authors of a document citing 22 instances where they say Islam is misrepresented appeared on a recent radio talk show and said the school district asked them last year to prepare a supplemental curriculum for use in the classroom. Michael Hayutin and Linda Sax said on air that, based on the SEE ISLAM, PAGE 6
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Canyon Crest Academy senior selected for ACS Scholars Program Steven A. Quintero, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, is one of 125 high school students selected by the American Chemical Society from a national pool of applicants for its ACS Scholars Program. The program provides a renewable grant valued at more than $15,000 for students pursuing studies in the chemical sciences at the college level. Steven will be attending Stanford University next fall seeking a degree in biochemistry. “As a long-time resident of Carmel Valley I have been so very fortunate to be surrounded by great schools and educators that have helped foster my love of science and learning. We live in a great area with so many available resources related to the bio and life sciences that give high school students an exciting look at career opportunities,” Steven said. Steven started a chapter of the American Chemical Society’s Chem Club at CCA with help from Kaveh Shakeri and has done coursework through UCSD in Applied Immunology. Steven was a recipient of Canyon Crest’s Dollars for Scholars award, as well as recognition for Excellence in Science. For the past seven years Steven has been able to find an outlet for his competi-
tive spirit with area club soccer teams the Del Mar Sharks, CV Manchester, and Rancho Santa Fe Attack. “In addition to my academics, I’ve learned so much about competing and overcoming adversity from all my coaches, including Billy Garton and Malcolm Tovey. These guys helped me learn how to train hard and play hard, which are valuable skills that will serve me well in college and beyond.” At CCA, Steven was a starting mid-fielder for the varsity soccer team that won the CIF Valley League title this past season. “Coach Tom Lockhart created a family atmosphere on our team, and taught me about leadership and respect, and I know all of his departing seniors take away great memories of this group.” Steven also gave back to the community through his work with special needs children in the TOPSoccer program. Steven says that he will miss reading the stories in the Carmel Valley News about local sports teams and school activities, “Maybe my mom and dad can send a copy up to Stanford now and then just to keep me in the loop!” Congratulations on your ACS Scholars Award Steven and best of luck in college!
Retirement party for popular Carmel Del Mar teacher Linda Dugger to be held June 15 Please join Carmel Del Mar School parents and staff for a garden and tea party honoring beloved retiring teacher Linda Dugger and all that she has done for the community and children. This community event is on Wednesday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at the Carmel Del Mar School MUR.
CV’s Alex Mark named to Dean’s List at Georgetown University Carmel Valley’s Alex Mark was named to the Spring Semester 2011 Dean’s List. Alex received Second Honors, with a GPA of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 scale. “Reaching the Dean’s List at Georgetown is a distinct accomplishment, and I congratulate Alex for this honor,” said Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.
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Another high national ranking for Torrey Pines High School Torrey Pines High School has received an impressive ranking of 109th in the nation in the Washington Post’s first list of “America’s Best High Schools.” This improves on the previous year’s ranking of 125th in a similar annual list published in Newsweek. “This is an outstanding result for Torrey Pines High School,” said school principal Brett Killeen. “It is especially impressive when you take into account that many of the schools ranked above us on the list are charter or magnet schools.” Education reporter Jay Matthews uses the “Challenge Index” to measure how effectively a school prepares its students for college. The Challenge Index is determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement (AP) or other college-level tests taken each year at a school by its number of graduating seniors. This results in a score which is compared to other schools across the nation and represents the degree to which students at any given institution select rigorous courses. According to the Matthews, “AP (tests) are important because they give average students a chance to experience the trauma of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations.” His research shows that even students who did not achieve a passing score on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP courses. Killeen does not put too much emphasis on the ranking, however, he appreciates the validation and positive recognition. He feels the school’s national ranking will continue to rise in the future. “We should improve slightly next year because our AP data for 2011 is even better.” Other San Dieguito Union High School District school rankings included: Canyon Crest Academy at 192, La Costa Canyon at 401, and San Dieguito High School Academy at 600. The complete list can be viewed at www.apps.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.
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Local resident’s new book shares tale of survival in North Korean concentration camp BY DIANE Y. WELCH Contributor Reverend Kim YungChol, 83, at first meeting appears very quietly spoken and understated. Yet beneath the local resident’s tranquil exterior hides a terrible history that was hidden for many decades. This past has recently been brought to light in his book, “I Trust You” subtitled, “Only person survivor from Aoji in North Korea” [Woowon Publishing]. Kim’s book was originally published in Korea – his native country – in his native language. The book is a heartfelt autobiography of Kim’s recollections of his dark days when the Russian Secret Police arrested him in his hometown of Pyong Yang in North Korea when he was only a teenager. What followed were unimaginable conditions that he survived, largely due, in part, to his indomitable faith. “With God’s help I was able to survive all kinds of hardship,” said Kim of the atrocities he endured as a political prisoner. Chapters include his immediate family history, its Christian faith during communist oppression,
The Rev. Kim Yung- Chol and how Kim emigrated to America as the only surviving family member. Life took a turn when, as a young man in the 1960s, Kim was adopted into an American family, then entered into the Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey where he received his master’s degree in theology. Just prior to that, Kim’s undergraduate education had been completed at Seoul Central Theological
Seminary in 1958, when he undertook his first ministry as a preacher at the Seoul United Church. The heart of the book, however, describes Kim’s past experiences from 1947-1949, when he was a political prisoner in North Korea, arrested by the Soviet Union’s KGB at the age of 17. “The horrible, terrible torture and the hardship that I had was because I was against communism,”
said Kim, who is the third generation of the Christian ministry in his family. In 1947, Kim was initially incarcerated in Pyong Yang prison. From there he was moved up to the north of the country to Hamheung Prison. The moves continued as the Soviet KGB arrested more political dissenters, many of them young students, and the prisons overflowed. As the number of arrests swelled, the prisoners were transported by train to a final destination, Aoji Prison. Described by Kim as the “infamous human slaughterhouse,” the prison was located in the far north of Korea, close to the borders of China and Russia. The conditions there were unimaginable. “It became one of the most monstrous concentration camps in North Korea,” said Kim. It was 1949 when Kim was held captive in that prison, he was one among almost a 100,000 prisoners Temperatures dipped to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Kim was strictly separated from his family and those he knew, and food was scant. “And after six months everyone was
starving to death,” Kim recalled. There was strict control. There were no prayer meetings allowed and there was no communication with the outside. But as each prison cell housed 30 people, they were able to share their individual stories. This helped keep their spirits up, said Kim, and survive the daily interrogation and torture. As no one else has shared their stories about Aoji Prison, and there are no living survivors, Kim’s first-hand recollections have a meaningful place in history, he said. “I was strong, I was a teenager, and the youngest one there. That’s why I received a two-year sentence, most of the political prisoners received 5-10 year sentences. They called me ‘our baby’ in the prison.” When Kim was released, just prior to the start of the Korean War in 1950, he lost contact with his fellow inmates at Aoji and his memories were buried. “I could not explain it for a long time, I did not think about it. I closed it out of my mind,” he explained. Kim went on to live a full life as a minister in the
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RELIGIOUS continued from page 1 newspaper. In a four-page letter to Broyles dated May 20, SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah responded to the charges, denying any wrong-doing by the district. In the Oct. 22, 2010 issue of the TPHS student newspaper “The Falconer,” a feature section titled “(SEX) posure” included suggestive photos and contained stories about birth control vs. abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases. It also included an informal, anonymous survey of 263 TPHS students, asking them if they knew anyone with an STD and if they or any student they knew used birth control. Broyles wrote in his letter to TPHS principal Brett Killeen that such sexually explicit material in the school’s newspaper “serves to undermine parental confidence in the school’s administration, who is supposed to serve in the role of parents (in locus parenti) while their children are in your care and trust.” Broyles cited the 1988 Supreme Court Hazelwood case to support his position that the school has the legal authority and responsibility to intervene when necessary to protect students from inappropriate material in schoolsponsored publications. “The TPHS administration … had the complete authority to edit in part or completely deny the salacious ‘(SEX)posure’ article and photographs,” Broyles wrote. Noah, in his letter, said
the ability to exercise prior restraint to censor student publications is limited, “unless the articles are obscene, libelous, or slanderous, or if the articles incite pupils to create a clear and present danger by breaking the law, violating school rules, or disrupting the orderly operation of the school.” “We do not believe the article in question rises to the standard under which the administration could have legally prevented its publication,” he concluded. Broyles also objected to the survey, saying it violated section 51513 of the California Education Code, which states in part: “No test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing any questions about the pupil’s personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion … shall be administered to any pupil … unless the parent or guardian of the pupil is notified in writing … and the parent or guardian of the pupil gives written permission …” “There can be no dispute that a survey was issued to 263 TPHS students containing questions about their personal beliefs and practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion,” Broyles wrote. “The article itself admits as much on its face.” Broyles said surveys can be conducted informally but certain subjects cannot be broached without prior parental permission, and parents who contacted him said they were never notified or asked if their children could participate in such a survey. “There are certain topics
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that kids are not supposed to be surveyed on without the parents’ knowledge in advance,” he said. “We’re not saying no surveys at all. We’re saying no surveys about private, sexual and religious matters.” Noah said the district and its legal counsel interpret 51513 differently, saying the code prohibits school staff from administering sensitive surveys to students without prior parental notification and approval. But it does not apply to surveys conducted by students, who he said have free speech rights that staff cannot by law restrict, no matter how delicate or personal the subject. “Since this survey was not conducted by district staff or for any official purpose, any student who was informally approached by a fellow pupil was not under any obligation to provide answers,” Noah said. “They seem to say that if the students do the improper survey, it’s not improper under the code,” Broyles said. He said the school’s staff and newspaper adviser should have known about the survey before it was conducted and understood that it was illegal. “I find it very hard to believe that the faculty adviser didn’t know that a survey was done by the students,” he said. Broyles asked for an apology in the next issue of “The Falconer,” training of staff and future discretion. “It does not appear that any sort of retraction is warranted,” responded Noah. Equal access in middle schools In a letter to Earl Warren Middle School principal Anna Pedroza dated Jan. 25, Broyles said the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, now known as The Pulse, should be given “equal access to be able to invite and host offcampus speakers and guests.” He said youth pastors have
ISLAM continued from page 1 district’s request, they developed the material, which presents a harsher portrayal of Islam than the textbook does. But the district then refused to use the supplement. At the May 19 school board meeting, Noah denied asking Hayutin to prepare anything, saying, “That’s just patently false.”
been “improperly banned,” and the club has not been permitted to advertise like other groups, read from the Bible, or offer free food. In his memo to Pedroza, Broyles wrote, “Except for legitimate safety concerns, the administration may not dictate to the club what can and cannot be said in their meetings, such as placing restrictions on whether the Bible is discussed or whether prayer occurs at the meeting.” Noah rejected these points, saying, “Anything that we allow for clubs, we allow for all clubs. Anything we don’t allow, we don’t allow for all clubs as well. We don’t treat these any differently than others.” Noah acknowledged that written district policy surrounding clubs currently specifies only high schools, but he emphasized that middle schools have always followed the high school policy. “The de facto practice at the middle schools has been what we do at the high schools,” he said. Nevertheless, Noah agreed that the policy needs to be expanded to include middle schools in writing as well. “That case looks like it’s resolving itself,” Broyles said. “They don’t have a written equal access policy for middle schools, but they committed to create one.” Noah said this is a minor technicality and not a concession. “We did not change policy or direction,” he said. Regarding free snacks like pizza and allowing preachers or pastors to talk to students during school hours, these are “going beyond what would be the normal bounds of trying to entice students [into clubs],” Noah said. “We did not agree to do those kinds of things.” At Carmel Valley Middle School, Broyles defended a student who was prohibited by a teacher from posting a message about Christmas on
the school bulletin board. In an April 5 letter to the district, he said it was “government censorship of a student’s religious speech” which he called a “flagrant violation of students’ constitutional rights.” In attempting to be fair, the teacher “trample[d] on the rights of religious students,” showed “ignorance of the law,” and censored free speech. Noah said that although the school’s bulletin board is entitled “to some First Amendment protection,” it is not unlimited. “It is our position that the bulletin board, which has the purpose of showcasing student events and achievements, may be practically limited to preserve the board’s secular nature,” he wrote in his letter. “I feel this is reasonable, particularly in light of the school’s captive audience of students who are required to be on campus.” Broyles said Noah’s comments about the bulletin board “were by far the most disappointing to us, legally and factually,” and he recommended in his letter that all staff be given “constitutional sensitivity training.” Anti-Christian In reaction to the news that an assembly to supplement history lessons about Islam was held at Diegueno Middle School last fall featuring a Muslim speaker, Broyles sent a letter to the district March 15 requesting a Christian history assembly for seventh-graders, “highlighting the contributions Christianity has made to society and world history.” He said this would dispel “any misconception that parents or students may have that the school may be favoring Islam over other religions being studied throughout the course of the year.” “After due consideration, I am denying this request,” wrote Noah, who said seventh-grade history standards
cover the years 500 to 1789 of the Common Era, which is the period when Islam emerged. It is the sixth-grade curriculum that focuses on the origins of Christianity, he said. “We thought it was a reasonable request to have an assembly on a topic that’s covered in the curriculum, and they denied that request,” Broyles said. “That’s not something we can necessarily coerce them to do.” More troubling to Noah was the following statement in an email from Broyles, dated May 12, that read, “Employing your discretion to permit the assembly would be a wonderful way to dispel any notions that the [district] is anti-Christian.” “The implication of this statement is profoundly disturbing to me on a personal and professional level,” Noah wrote in his letter to Broyles. “As the leader of this school district, it is my moral, ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that students of all faiths enjoy the rights and privileges to which they are entitled by law.” But Broyles said it was Noah who first said in a private meeting that the tone of Broyles’ letters indicated that some parents may believe the district to be anti-Christian. “I said that if you’re concerned about dispelling that perception, this [assembly] would be a good way to do so,” Broyles said. “I wasn’t implying in any way that he or the district was anti-Christian.” The Western Center for Law & Policy is a non-profit legal defense organization which, according to its Web site, is “dedicated to the protection and promotion of religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties.” The San Dieguito Union High School District serves about 12,000 students in grades 7-12 at nine middle and high schools in the north coastal area of San Diego County.
Noah said the textbook challenge is working its way through appropriate channels at the state level, but a public meeting held June 5 by Hayutin about the issue concerned him. “This has all the earmarks of a highly politicized issue, and I’m going to have to take this on,” he said. “I’m not willing to put the children of this district in the line of fire.” Noah said he considers
the matter very serious. “Hopefully, we can resolve this in a civil fashion,” he said. Western Center for Law & Policy president Dean Broyles said he is aware of the controversy and did a preliminary analysis of the seventh-grade history textbook. He said Hayutin’s objections have some merit, not only on the issue of Islam but also on how Christianity is portrayed.
“I am concerned about inaccuracies and distortions that seem to pervade the seventh-grade curriculum,” he said. “There seems to be selective focus and selective reporting from a certain perspective that is not necessarily objectively accurate.” On June 4, the San Diego Muslim Community released a rebuttal to the 22-point Hayutin document which can be accessed at: http://textbookresponse.
Carmel Valley talists want to balance the need to keep commerce flowing on the highway while improving air quality and protecting our coastal lagoons.” The I-5 expansion has been met with strong opposition throughout North County, with hundreds turning out to publicly speak against it and prompting a few grassroots groups forming to fight it. While SB 468 does not stop the I-5 expansion, supporters say it does address many community concerns. “I am so pleased that Senator Kehoe was able to move this legislation through the first big hurdle in the complex legislative process up in Sacramento,” said Dave Roberts, Solana Beach City Councilman and North County Transit District Executive Committee Board member. “This legislation is critical to protect our Solana Beach quality of life and ensure that public transit and freeway options work hand-in-hand, providing critical longterm funding from managed lanes to support public transit. Our residents and businesses strongly support a balanced solution that protects our fragile seaside community, yet improves transit options, including funding improved Coaster and Breeze public transit options now.”
TRANSIT continued from page 1 and non-polluting vehicles — and they would also allow tolls, the revenue from which would be directed to transit improvements in the corridor. SB 468 would also require transit improvements be developed in tandem with the expansion of I-5 within each 10year period of the 40-year project. Improvements include: adding a second track for the Coaster and Amtrak so there can be more passenger and freight trips per week; and creating a Safe Routes for Transit program linking the regional bike plan to transit. SB 468 also reduces the number of properties the state must acquire from 421 to 10 or fewer, and it protects the six coastal lagoons within the project area by requiring that bridge construction for both the highway expansion and double-tracking of the rail line occurs at the same time in each lagoon. “This legislation will bring our region closer to a plan that reduces congestion and provides stronger transit options in the coastal corridor,” Kehoe said in a written statement. “Residents, businesses, and environmen-
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SD Council approves budget that restores neighborhood services San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner recently joined six of her colleagues in approving a budget for FY2012 that protects public safety and restores the neighborhood services that San Diegans value most. Highlights of the approved budget include the restoration of all browned out fire engines on July 1, reinstatement of lifeguard training and three accompanying relief lifeguard positions, and maintaining the current hours of operation at all libraries and rec centers. The approved budget accomplishes the priorities that Lightner has championed throughout the budget process. “This Council made tough, common sense cuts that save key services while
tackling the City’s longterm budget challenges,” Lightner stated. “My constituents have been very clear that their top priorities are preventing cuts to our libraries and rec centers while restoring browned out fire engines and lifeguard training and staffing. We heard you loud and clear. Despite a large budget deficit, we have succeeded, by and large, in achieving the goal of protecting neighborhood services and restoring public safety,” Lightner added. “In particular, I have been advocating for the restoration of browned-out fire engines since this was first proposed, and I’m pleased that we will be able to get these engines back in service starting July 1,”
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Del Mar resident recognized for outstanding contributions to plant science BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor On the wall of her office is a photo of her favorite plant, a weed, known to scientists by its Latin name of â€œArabidopsis thalianaâ€? or just plain olâ€™ â€œArabidopsis.â€? Non-scientists refer to this insignificant-looking annual as mouse-eared cress or thale cress. It can be found in poor sandy or gravelly soil around parking lots and railway sidings. The photo of Arabidopsis given to Dr. Joanne Chory (pronounced â€œCoryâ€?), as a gift from her staff a few years ago is captioned with a quote from 19th century American poet/naturalist/ philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson that defines a weed as â€œA plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.â€? Professor Chory has been discovering the virtues of Arabidopsis for 23 years at The Salk Institute, where, using a molecular genetic approach to the study of Arabidopsis, she pioneered the analysis of plant responses to the environment, discovered a novel steroid hormone in plants, identi-
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fied the steroid receptor and dissected the signaling network. Arabidopsis is to plant biologists what mice and fruit flies are to animal biologists. Itâ€™s small, easy to grow, reproduces rapidly from seed back to seed in six weeks, produces lots of seeds and has a simple genome that has been completely sequenced and can be manipulated genetically. As such, it has become THE reference plant for understanding the molecular biology of many plant traits, including flower develop-
ment and light sensing. As director of the plant molecular and cellular biology laboratory at The Salk, Chory and her staff of 20 researchers, with the help of thousands of Arabidopsis plants grown in the labâ€™s five dedicated greenhouses, has made major discoveries about how plants grow and develop. In recognition of her contributions to science and adding to her extensive list of her honors, which include being a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, member of the
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German National Academy of Sciences and foreign associate of The French Academy of Sciences, this year Chory was elected a foreign member of The Royal Society in London. The Royal Society cited her as â€œa beacon of scientific excellence and a wonderful ambassador for plant research in the international scientific community.â€? She is also an adjunct professor at UCSD and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. We interviewed Chory in her lab and greenhouses on the campus of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies on North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla. The Salk Institute ranks among the worldâ€™s leading research institutions dedicated to the study of molecular biology and genetics, plant biology and neurosciences under the guidance of 56 faculty investigators with a staff of more than 850, including visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Chory was born in Methuen, Mass., grew up in nearby North Andover. She was the third child in a family of six children. All four of her grandparents had emigrated from Lebanon. Her father was an accountant and her mother was a technician at the Bell Labs. â€œI always describe myself as a late bloomer,â€? she said. In high school, she was always a good student and good at science, she said, but it wasnâ€™t until her junior year at Oberlin College, a small liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, that she seriously began considering science as a possible career choice. â€œIt was in my third year
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Name: Joanne Chory, Ph.D. (pronounced â€œCoryâ€?) Distinction: As director of the plant molecular and cellular biology laboratory at The Salk Institute, Dr. Chory has led the way to major discoveries in how plants grow and develop. She was recently elected as a foreign member of The Royal Society of London in recognition of her outstanding contributions to plant science. Resident of: Del Mar Born: Methuen, Mass., grew up in North Andover, Mass. Education: A.B. in biology with honors, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1977; Ph.D. in microbiology, University of Illinois, 1984; postdoctoral fellow in plant molecular genetics, Harvard Medical School, 1984-88. Family: She and her husband, Stephen Worland, president and CEO of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have two children: when I took a microbiology course from Richard Levin that I just really got turned on to that whole world of bacteria. â€œHe was just an excellent teacher. You can never underestimate the good teachers. They impact a lot of students.â€? She earned her A.B. in biology with honors from Oberlin in 1977. But it was not until
Interests: Cooking on weekends. Recent reading: â€œMy Secret Daughter,â€? novel, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Favorite TV: â€œIâ€™m addicted to a couple of shows: â€œMad Menâ€? and â€œThe Good Wife.â€? Favorite film: â€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,â€? a 1962 drama starring Gregory Peck. â€œWhen I first came to Salk, I was so thrilled because Gregory Peck was on our board of trustees, but I never got to meet him.â€? Favorite getaways: East Coast to visit relatives; snorkeling in Hawaii; and hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Physical regimen: Works out with a trainer, twice a week, and walks. Philosophy: â€œI try to live for the moment, but I donâ€™t always succeed.â€? graduate school working towards her doctorate in microbiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, when she had her own project â€œand I could really own it, that I found I really liked the problem solving and the excitement that goes with making a new discovery.â€? After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1984 and complet-
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Auction items needed for San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy ‘Birds of a Feather Gala’ The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy will hold a fundraising gala from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds will benefit the Conservancy’s education program that annually serves over 3,000 students and adults. Auction items are needed for our silent and live auctions. Especially welcome are one-of-a-kind opportunities and experiences like original art, concert tickets, sporting event tickets, golf packages for private courses, hotel accommodations, condo/time share accommodations, restaurant gift certif-
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The Santaluz Club launches ‘No Dues’ summer promotion CCA honored with GRAMMY award GRAMMY Foundation Senior Director David Sears presents Canyon Crest Academy music students and teachers with the Signature Schools Enterprise Award and a check for $5,500 on June 1 at the campus. A total of 36 schools were named GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2011, with 27 schools across the country receiving an Enterprise Award for 2011. PHOTO: JON CLARK
Encinitas Classic Car Cruise Nights kicks off June 16 On Thursday, June 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) will be celebrating the beginning of summer by kicking off the 13th Annual Encinitas Classic Car Cruise Nights, the first of four in the summer series. This year’s series will be greatly expanded, starting with six dedicated lots for car clubs. Stellar Solar is sponsoring the SMOG Test Only Awards Lot and will be solar-powering the bands there throughout the series. Cardiff Classics will be hosting a car club and a band, and Charlie’s Foreign Car will be welcoming a club in their Regent Lot. The event is open and free to the public. Every car in attendance is eligible for awards and there is no cost for displaying or viewing the cars.
With new memberships up 28 percent over this time last year, The Santaluz Club is experiencing renewed sales interest and member involvement. To support its positive momentum, The Santaluz Club is offering a special summer promotion called “Summer Fun! Dues … None!” “This is the first time in the history of The Santaluz Club that we’ve offered a no dues opportunity,” said General Manager Jim MacDonough. “We’ve created this phenomenal incentive as a way to support renewed interest in club membership. So far in 2011, we’ve welcomed 17 new members
and we’re well on track to outpace 2010’s total of 23 new memberships sold.” The “Summer Fun! Dues … None!” program applies to both golf and spa/social memberships. Three months of free dues will be triggered when a contract is signed and can extend through the end of the year. Applicants for membership do not need to reside within the Santaluz community. For specifics on the “Summer Fun! Dues … None!” promotion at The Santaluz Club, contact Kelly Collins at 858-759-3109 or visit www.Santaluz.com for more information on the club.
Annual Beer & Sake Festival is June 23 at Marriott Del Mar The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT) will host the ninth Annual Beer & Sake Festival on Thursday, June 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The tasting event brings together San Diego’s top chefs to showcase their Japanese culinary and sake traditions for the San Diego community. The San Diego Marriott Del Mar is located at 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130. Admission to the festival is $60 per person or $40 for JSSDT members and can be purchased at 2011beerandsakefestival.eventbrite.com.
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Local resident heads fundraising effort for campus devoted to serving people with special needs BY DIANE Y. WELCH CONTRIBUTOR Local resident Dawn Hummel is proving her metal as chair of the capital campaign to raise funds for an innovative San Marcos university-style campus. The unique 30-acre campus is named the Charles R. Cono Campus for Life Quality. The campus was named for the lead benefactor who purchased the land for the Training, Education and Research Institute (TERI), a longstanding nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Hummel has taken on the challenge of heading up a committee to raise $20 million to complete the campus by 2014, with a goal to raise $5 million this year alone. The first phase of the campus was recently completed and a gala was held to celebrate the ribbon cutting of its first building, the Harriet E. Pfleger Therapeutic Equestrian Center. The Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation donated $1 million to build the
horse barn which houses six horses and will serve 150 riders. The gala event, Cuvee delle Vite, chaired by Hummel, is TERI’s largest annual fundraiser to date. It was kicked off with a $100,000 donation from Grant General Contractors, partners for construction of the new campus. In addition, sales of fine art created by clients of TERI and donations by family members and friends added more than $230,000 to the building fund. Hummel said that every fiber of her body and spirit is committed to this fundraising mission. She brings to this commitment a prior history as a determined trailblazer and advocate for those with autism and learning disabilities. She was a single mother living in Los Angeles when her son, Jonny, then 2-anda-half, was diagnosed with autism. That was almost 20 years ago when there weren’t many services and programs for children with autism, said Hummel. “It was left to the mothers who fought day and night to find out about
autism, to fight for the services that we needed to get.” When Hummel moved to New York in 1992 she was frustrated that there was no school for Jonny close by. Through fundraising, she initially started a pre-school for special needs newborns through 5 year olds, and then founded the Child Development Center of the Hamptons, a learning center for K-7 special needs students that by 2001 became an inclusive environment that integrated regular students. In 2004 the center was housed in a permanent school structure that was named The Zimmerman Hummel Building of Humanity in honor of Hummel whose “Open to All” philosophy was controversial at the time but now is fully recognized. Ironically, her son never benefited from these schools. “Fighting the education department to get approval for them always took two years, and he was always two years ahead of me,” Hummel explained. The family moved here in 2005 when Hummel
learned of TERI’s Oceansidebased Learning Academy that serves students up to age 22. “People forget that children with autism become adults with autism, so I started looking all over the country for a school for Jonny with a program that he could be in for his lifetime,” Hummel explained. Founded in 1980 by Cheryl Kilmer, TERI is recognized as a model program in the state of California for the quality of services it provides to its clients. For Hummel’s family, it has brought immeasurable joy. “It is so wonderful to see Jonny enjoying life, and being so individual, so independent. I notice how happy he is, I see it in his eyes, I see it in his heart,” said Hummel. “And now Jonny is having the opportunity to go to college which is something that I am very proud of and that I want to be a part of.” Hummel is grateful to the local community for its generous financial support. Funds for TERI have been granted by the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation,
Dawn Hummel and her son Jonny. Linda Pfleger Edwards and the Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, and, most recently, by Verna Harrah, whose support will fund the Culinary Institute, and Recreation Center on the campus. Ultimately, the campus will include life quality planning and coaching, fitness and aquatics, arts, culinary, IT, medical, agriculture, research, green/sustainability and academic curriculums for preschool through 12th grades and adult education/ vocational training. “For my son this will be like Princeton, or Stanford, or Yale,” said Hummel. “This is the first [type of campus of its kind] on the face of this earth, and we are proud to be a part of it.” On Sunday, August 14, the San Diego Polo Fields will have a day to recognize TERI, with the TERI riders doing a demonstration, and TERI artists exhibiting their work which will be for sale. To learn more about TERI or to find out how to leave a lasting mark on the campus through its brick campaign, visit: www.teriinc.org or text or email teri@mogiv. com.
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Top row, left to right: Sarah Chase, Shelby Lee, Hannah Keogh, Dominique Diller, Samantha Stabb, Bianca Mora, Dominique Decoy, Natalie Saddic, Coach Felicia Kappes; Bottom row, left to right: Jasmine Berrios, Gabrielle Depetro, Gianna Montini, Melissa Lowder, Sydney Wootten, Crystal Cordova, Kirsten McBeain, and Hailey Harbison
Carmel Valley Manchester U-14 Girls Academy soccer team wins Nike Manchester Premier Cup 2011 U.S. Finals; will represent USA in world youth championships The Carmel Valley (CV) Manchester Under-14 Girls Academy soccer team will be representing the United States in the Gothia Cup, in Gothenburg, Sweden July 17-23 after winning the prestigious Nike Manchester Premier Cup 2011 U.S. Finals. The Nike Manchester United Premier Cup, held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, is an invitation-only premier soccer event profiling the top soccer teams from the United States. This year’s event included seven southern California teams as well as teams from northern California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. CV started the tournament off with a hard fought 2-0 win over Illinois top-ranked team NSA Jaguars with scores by forward Hailey Harbison and Natalie Saddic. However, their first day of competition ended with a disappointing loss to cross-town rival San Diego Surf 1-0. Day two started with CV finding themselves down early 1-0 against Danville, California opponent Mustang Mavericks. Maintaining composure, CV fought back and midfielder Natalie Saddic headed one in the net to make it 1-1 at half-time. Late in the game, forward Hailey Harbison was tackled hard in the penalty area while dribbling toward the goal. A penalty kick was awarded and deftly placed by Sarah Chase for the come-from-behind win, 2-1. Beaverton, Oregon provided the next opponent THUSC Mercury. Natalie Saddic scored twice for the margin of victory and guaranteed advancement to the quarterfinals. The quarter-final matchup paired CV
against Redmond, Washington standout team Crossfire Premier where CV cruised to a 3-0 win with goals from Hailey Harbison and Natalie Saddic, while Hanna Keogh provided the final shot bending a corner kick directly into the net. The semi-final match proved to be a significant challenge against the nation’s toprated team, New Jersey’s PDA Clash. Neither team was giving in defensively denying quality scoring chances at both ends. The game remained scoreless after two overtime periods and PKs commenced with CV edging PDA. The final was a SoCal showdown with perennial top performer Arsenal, from Alta Loma, CA who prevailed over San Diego Surf 2-1 in their semi-final match. The final was back-and-forth with early shots by both teams. An early save by CV’s Keeper, Melissa Lowder, was responded to in kind by CV winger Kirsten McBeain who narrowly missed her first shot at the two minutes mark, sailing just high of the crossbar. The game remained back-and-forth throughout. In the closing minutes of regulation Kirsten McBeain echoed another off the cross bar keeping the score at 0-0. Two 5-minute overtime periods were played with similar results sending the game to penalty kicks. Both Keepers played expertly through the first 5 yielding a 3 to 3 PK score. Then the sixth; tied 4-4. In the seventh round, CV keeper Melissa Lowder makes her save. Then Giana Montini steps up to take her shot and calmly places it at the back of the net. Carmel Valley Manchester Academy wins in PK taking their team to Gothenburg Sweden to represent the US in the 2011 Gothia Cup.
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Manchester Girls ’98-’99 are Notts Forest Memorial Day Tournament champions Coached by Steven Hill, the Carmel Valley Manchester girls ’98-’99 Premier team started off their summer tournament season with a “Championship Trophy” at Notts Forest Memorial Day Tournament in San Diego. Manchester won all three games to advance to the final game as the number one team with 12 goals for and only one goal against. Unselfish teamwork was a key to their success, allowing many players to score goals. While Notts Forest played well in the final game, Manchester emerged victorious! It was a great soccer weekend for this Manchester team as they prepare for their next tournament, their club tournament, Manchester Cup.
uncomfortable with what he saw.” However, Nussbaum also claimed that because he is not an animal expert, he was not continued from page 1 entirely sure how to interpret the video. Therefore, he and the rest of the board agreed to direct staff to look into the alpeople from ADI, People for legations and get more input from other animal experts. the Ethical Treatment of Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO Tim Fennell also said that Animals (PETA) and the San Have Trunk Will Travel has been a part of the San Diego Diego-based Animal Protec- County Fair for nearly 30 years, 18 of which he has wittion and Rescue League all nessed. Based on his experience, he said he has a high opinpublicly spoke out against ion of Have Trunk Will Travel. the company, claiming it “I have never received complaint from the public or also uses high-voltage elecstaff,” he said of the company, adding that its owner Gary trical prods to make the ani- Johnson sits on the board of directors for the conservation mals submissive. They all group International Elephant Foundation. urged the board to exclude Johnson has also released a written statement claiming Have Trunk Will Travel the allegations of abuse are bogus. from this year’s fair, or at “We stand by our care and training methods,” he wrote. least investigate the claims. “These groups have no basis of knowledge or experience 22nd DAA board presi- working with elephants. They have an agenda and a history dent Barry Nussbaum said of using less than honest means to achieve their goals.” he had seen the video and Have Trunk Will Travel also provides elephant rides at discussed it at length with the Santa Anna Zoo, and is currently being investigated for the director of San Diego animal cruelty by that city’s staff. Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, who told him he was “not
Del Mar Foundation to kick off Summer Twilight Concerts The Del Mar Foundation’s popular Summer Twilight Concert season kicks of at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, featuring Atomic Groove. The concerts are held at the Del Mar Powerhouse Park. Other concerts include: •Tuesday, July 19 - Rockola •Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Mrs. Robinson •Sunday, Sept. 18 - Sensation Showband. For more information, visit www.delmarfoundation.org
La Jolla Festival of the Arts is June 18-19 The works of some 200 artists and master craftsman will fill Warren Field on the east campus of USCD from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-19 at the 25th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts. New this year will be craft beers and fine wines. Admission is $10, free to ages 10 and younger. Parking is free at Genesee Avenue and Campus Point Drive. -For more information, visit www.lajollaartfestival.org or call (858) 683-3700.
Blog helps women on a budget make the most of their wardrobes BY MARLENA MEDFORD Staff Writer It is a quandary most women have grappled with: What should I wear today? The question, albeit common, can be enough to leave some staring blankly into their closets. Lea Fischer and her niece Kimara Kuspa have now made it their mission to help women make the most of their wardrobes via their blog KandLCloset.com. “This is about helping everyday women look and feel their best,” said Kuspa, who grew up in Del Mar and is a Torrey Pines High School graduate. “We give women tips for looking trendy and put together, all while staying on budget.” Fischer and Kuspa said the concept grew out of their long-standing love of fashion, which has bonded them. The duo would spend hours combing through fashion magazines and websites as a pastime, so using that as a means to help other women just felt like a natural progression, they said. Based on the trends they spot, Fischer and Kuspa compile easy-to-browse lists, and write blog posts that help women piece together those looks. “When you look your best, you carry yourself with a certain confidence and class,” added Fischer, who also grew up in the area and is a Torrey Pines graduate. Because they believe feeling the part goes hand-in-hand with looking the part, the women have included a “Pearls of Wisdom,” a portion on their blog that offers
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ing her postdoctoral fellow research in plant molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School in 1988, she joined The Salk Institute as an assistant professor in the plant biology department. She was appointed director of the department in 1998. Asked what’s the mission of her lab, she explained, “We have a very basic question that we’re trying to answer and that is: How do plants grow? How do they change the way they look, how fast will they grow and how big will they get, based on the environment that they are in?” “Plants are pretty different from us because we’re born with all of our parts more or less in proportion, the parts just get bigger. A plant is born with those two little leaves, or one leaf depending if it’s a grass, and how it develops in its life depends on the environment. Once a plant germinates in an environment, it is literally stuck in that environment, Chory said. “It can’t run away; it can’t go inside. So if there is too much rain, it has to adapt;
Kimara Kuspa and Lea Fischer, creators of KandLCloset.com. life lessons geared toward women. “Not all of us have a mother or big sister we can turn to for advice,” Fischer said, who is also a mother of two children. “Girls and women today are dealing with so much negative influence and stress. It is so important for them to have that support network, so we really wanted to provide that.” Ultimately, the women hope the website turns into a forum where women can share fashion tips and finds — as well as share advice on issues related to being a woman. “We love feedback and we very much want to hear what people want from this website,” Kuspa said. “This is a passion for us, and that feedback is what keeps us going.” For more information, visit www.kandlcloset.com or email kandlcloset@gmail. com.
too much sun is bad, too little sun is bad, too much drought is bad. There are a lot of genes involved in growth and how a plant looks, she explained. “If it’s going to be long and skinny because it’s not getting enough light or if it’s short and bushy, with that same set of genes … So we are interested in the molecular mechanisms that say a plant looks short and bushy or long and skinny.” For example, she said, a lot of plants don’t like being in the shade of another plant because light is the source of food for plants in photosynthesis. A plant in the shade of another plant will grow rapidly and attempt to get over the other plant. “We’ve been trying to figure out how the plant does that — and it does that because of certain photoreceptors that are in the cells,” Chory said. “During the course of the day, the color of light changes. Because plants have different photoreceptors that detect different colors of light, a plant knows when it’s midday versus the end of the day. The photoreceptors let a plant know when there’s more red light
relative to other colors of light, which tells a plant it’s noon time, and so on. “The light environment tells the plant the time of day, the time of year and whether or not it is in the shade of another plant. “It’s a very important basic problem for us to understand because it really dictates how well a plant is going to grow in a particular environment.” The applications and implications of this understanding, Chory said, are many and can be applied to wide variety of plants including corn, alfalfa, wheat, barley and sorghum. With global warming, scientists and plant breeders need to know how plants will adapt to higher temperatures, which may force movement of population northward, Chory said. Also, modern agriculture’s regimented system of planting row upon row of plants densely and the natural tendency of plants to avoid the shade of other plants result in a significant loss of crop yield. Chory and her researchers demonstrated what happens when a photoreceptor is genetically withheld from a plant, providing research-
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Stanford-bound CV student earns numerous scholarships BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Stand-out Carmel Valley student Anisha Mudaliar has been accepted to a roster of heavyweight colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford and has racked up more than $30,000 in scholarship monies. The Pacific Ridge School senior with a 4.83 GPA is not only excellent academically but is extremely community serviceminded, having gone on a service trip to Mexico last month, and she spent time building classrooms in Kenya in 2009. Anisha will head to India for a second time this summer to see a learning center be built for which she helped raise funds. On June 12, she’ll leave for Alabama to compete in the National Distinguished Young Women of America Finals, representing California. In the talent portion of the competition, she’ll show off her Indian classical dance, which she’s studied for the last 10 years. By the way, she picked Stanford and will head there in the fall. Anisha is a very driven teenager, even though she doesn’t yet drive—she hasn’t found the time to get her driver’s license. “I find that when you’re passionate about something, you put all your effort into it,” said Anisha. “I am passionate about service work and science and I pursue those passions wholeheartedly.” Most recently, she re-
Anisha Mudaliar ceived the Kyoto Prize Scholarship ($10,000), Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation scholarship ($10,000), the Athena Scholarship ($10,000), the National Merit Scholar ($2,500) and the Annette I. Baughman Scholarship ($3,500). To win the $10,000 Coca-Cola scholarship, Anisha was selected out of about 71,000 entries. She was one of 250 who won the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and spend the week with fellow Coca Cola scholars, honored for their leadership in community service. Anisha was one of just three San Diego County students to receive a Kyoto scholarship, earning hers in the area of advanced technology. She also won the opportunity to meet Kyoto Prize winner Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, an internationally famous stem cell scientist. Her most recent service trip — to Punta Mita, Mexico in May — was a trip completely designed by Anisha and two fellow Pacific Ridge students. They spent 10 days with the PEACE (Protection, Education, Ani-
ers with a deeper understanding of a specific photoreceptor’s biology. Her team also discovered the biological role of plant steroids and showed that a subset of these steroids is actually hormones. They discovered how plants make this steroid hormone, how they respond to the steroid and how the steroid is involved in making a plant big versus making it as small as a bonsai plant. Discovery of the steroid pathway, Chory said, “means we can make a plant any size we want because we know enough about the genes in that pathway. “And we never would have figured that out if we couldn’t do plant genetics,” she said. “In my 23 years of doing plant biology,” she said, “now more than ever I can see the need for keeping funding at a good level.
mals, Culture and Environment) organization. While there were many colleges courting her, Anisha felt Stanford was the best fit. “I just like the spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; I liked the energy and I wanted to be around that energy,” Anisha said. As she is looking at studying international development and global health, Stanford provided the best interdisciplinary opportunities in both human biology and public policy. She said the options for her are incredible and she is not ruling out attending Harvard later on for graduate school. “I’m really excited about what’s in store for the future,” Anisha said. Anisha will be among the first graduating class at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. The school does not name valedictorians but Anisha was certainly the top of the class. She said she is appreciative of the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to help build a school from the ground up. “Pacific Ridge has definitely nurtured my growth over the past three years and I’m really glad I made the decision to attend,” Anisha said. “They have a focus on ethical responsibility and global engagement… They supported me and made me feel confident in pursuing what I was passionate about and taking action.”
“Plants don’t get a lot attention in terms of research dollars from funding agencies,” she said. “We need to pay more attention to plants. They are going to play a major role in [solving] some big problems on the planet. “The planet is at a critical juncture. We need to feed nine billion people; we need to deal with the fact that there is not going to be enough fresh water to do it; so we’re going to have to figure out how to get more crop yield with less water. “The basic biology of plants is going to help people figure out how to feed the world.” Asked what in her estimation makes a good researcher? “You need patience, you need to be able to persevere through the hard times and you need grit,” she said. “You really gotta want to know the answers.”
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Del Mar announces lineup for Summer Concert Series; Racetrack debuts new and improved concert venue The Del Mar racetrack recently announced the lineup for its 2011 Summer Concert Series, highlighted by Grammy Award- winning singer/songwriter Ben Harper. 2011 Summer Concert Series: Fri., July 22 – G Love & Special Sauce Fri., July 29 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Sat., July 30 – Ziggy Marley presents Reggae Legends Fri., Aug. 5 – The Bravery Sat., Aug. 6 – Weezer Fri., Aug. 12 – Jimmy Eat World Fri., Aug. 19 – Devo Fri., Aug. 26 – The Airborne Toxic Event Fri., Sept. 2 – Fitz & The Tantrums
Sun., Sept. 4 – Ben Harper This year racing fans will enjoy a new and improved concert venue with the debut of the Seaside Stage, located at the west end of the Grandstand. The Seaside Stage will allow for easier access, better sightlines and more space for fans to enjoy performances by this season’s knockout lineup. Shows are scheduled for each Friday and select Saturdays throughout the summer race meet, which takes place from July 20 through Sept. 7. The Ben Harper performance is the only show scheduled for a Sunday. Del Mar’s concerts are free with racetrack admission purchased prior to the
last race, an exceptional value as admission starts at just $3 for Diamond Club members (free to sign up) and $6 without Diamond Club membership. Admission for concertgoers entering after the final race is $20. Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays first post is at 4 p.m. For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit www.delmarscene.com. You can follow the Del Mar racetrack on Twitter, @DelMarRacing or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DelMarRaces.
Torrey Pines Rotary Club to hold toy drive at SD Fair The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive, a project of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club, will be held at the San Diego County Fair June 10 – July 4. The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive will be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals for sick children at Rady Children’s Hospital, Hospital Infantil de las Californias, and Children’s Lifeline. Collection boxes will be at the Fair at the O’Brien Gate, the West Gate, and at the club’s booth in the San Diego Pavilion in the infield. For those who love to play and win the midway games but don’t really want the prize, they may now choose to make a donation to the Toy Drive and help put a smile on the faces of the sick children in our region. For more information, visit www.torreypinesrotary.org or email Nancy Stoke at email@example.com.
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Santa Fe Christian graduates receive record number of college acceptances A new chapter begins for Santa Fe Christian Schools’ Class of 2011, as the seniors toss their caps and look ahead to college. More than 450 acceptances were received from 147 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, UCLA and Vanderbilt to name just a few. With these acceptances came more than $10 million in merit scholarships. College applications were submitted in record numbers according to Newsweek Magazine, noting, “selective colleges across the country received an avalanche of applications this year.” According to the Office of the President, the University of California had more than 106,000 applicants with UCLA receiving a staggering 61,000 applications. Those statistics didn’t intimidate SFC Valedictorian Juliet Snyder. She will be attending Harvard, which has an admittance rate of just 6.3 percent and received an all-time high of 35,000 applicants. The student’s college selections reflect a wide diversity of disciplines. Jenny O’Brien is thrilled to be on her way to New York City where she will attend The Parsons School for Design, a leader in art and design education. Caroline Hernandez and Andy Kramer, recipients of the SFCS Headmasters Award, will be attending Stanford and Texas Christian University, respectively. Andy received TCU’s highest honor, the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which garnered him a full scholarship for four years valued by the university at over $125,000. Salutatorian Elise Wilson, who will be going to Yale, notes, “The hard work paid off in the end!” Santa Fe counselors Steve Strimple and Nancy Olah observe, “It was great to see so many students do well with their college selections. Many students set their college goals in 9th grade and it was a privilege to partner with them and their parents on their journey.” Santa Fe Christian Schools is a Pre-K through 12th grade college preparatory school located in Solana Beach. For more information please contact (858) 755-8900 or visit www.sfcs.net
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Support TPHS Football at 16th Annual Golf Classic June 20 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club Tickets are going fast for the 16th Annual Torrey Pines High School Football Golf Classic to be held Monday, June 20, at the beautiful and exclusive Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Don’t be left out! Get your tickets now! Registration for the day of golf, which includes box lunch and dinner, is $250 per person. Dinner auction and wine tasting is $75. Dinner and auction only is $65. Check-in is at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. At 4:30 p.m. is a wine tasting and presentation by TPHS Head Football Coach Scott Ashby. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and a live auction. Some of the exciting items up for bidding are: a famous Las Vegas hypnotist entertains at your party of up to 100 guests in your home, a wine weekend in Napa including a VIP tour from the winery owner himself, and four Turf Club passes for opening day at Del Mar, including a preview tour in the Paddock. Jeff Detrow of the popular radio team ”Jeff and Jer” will be the event’s Master of Ceremonies and KUSI’s Emmy winning sportscaster Paul Rudy will be the auctioneer. TPHS alum Jeff Fargo and his wife, Bernadette, are chairing this year’s event. Please contact the Torrey Pines Foundation office at (858) 793-3551 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on this event.
Solana Pacific wins Challenge 24 Math Competition in San Diego Fifth and 6th graders at Solana Pacific School excelled at the San Diego County Challenge 24 Math Competition held on June 1 at Marina Village, San Diego. In a highly competitive environment, Navyaa Sinha won the gold and Anukriti Bhadada won the silver, while Thalia Hagopian and Solana Garcia were the other participants from their school. About 30 schools from all over the county participated in the competition.
Torrey Pines dancers to present ‘Expression Session’ Expression Session 2011, the year-end performance of the award-winning Torrey Pines High School dance department, is set for 7 p.m. on June 11 in the school gym. Dancers will present pieces from an array of styles including hip hop, lyrical, jazz and modern. One of the dances received top marks at a national competition earlier this year. The program includes choreography from students and professional choreographers. Tickets cost $5. To learn more about Torrey Pines Dance, call (858) 755-0125 or visit www.tpdanceonline.com.
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Family law attorney’s special certification an invaluable asset for clients BY MARLENA MEDFORD STAFF WRITER After more than 20 years of professional experience, family law attorney Jim Ratzer has developed a skill set that distinguishes him from most. Ratzer is a Certified Family Law Specialist, meaning he is among a select group who has completed an extensive certification process — and he also has worked many years in commercial litigation, which has provided him with valuable trial experience that is not common for family law attorneys. “Whether you litigate or mediate, you need to work with an attorney who has enough time in the courtroom to know how the judge will apply his or her discretion,” Ratzer explained, who is also a Judge Pro Tem with the San Diego County Superior Court. Ratzer’s extensive knowledge of the courtroom means he also knows when it may be possible to avoid it. “You only want to go to court when you have to. If you don’t have that knowledge, you may end up going to court to fight over something that’s not necessary, which is a waste of time, money and energy.” Ratzer, who lives in Solana Beach and has offices in Carmel Valley, said he ultimately transitioned from commercial litigation into family law because he found it to be a natural fit for his personality, and feels it is highly rewarding work. “In family law, I really feel like I am helping someone every day,” he said. Ratzer also prides himself on providing plenty of personal attention to his clients by ensuring that he is highly accessible, and delving into the details of each case that he takes on. “My cases are not just another file — I care about each one,” he said. “During a divorce, emotions can run high and cause things to spin out of control. It’s important you have an attorney who can provide you with sound legal advice, and help make good decisions for you and your family.”
Jim Ratzer Understanding all the legal implications of divorce can be overwhelming. For that reason, Ratzer volunteers his time every month to a divorce workshop at Mira Costa College. Some of these workshops are geared toward women and some are tailored toward men. A schedule and descriptions of these clinics can be found at secondsaturday.com. Ratzer Family Law is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, suite 100. For more information, please call 858793-7700 or visit www.jimratzer.com.
Tobi Blatt Studio in Solana Beach offers fashion at discount prices
BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER Tobi Blatt Studio has been open for 18 months in Solana Beach, offering terrific fashion finds at deeply discounted prices. Everything inside the Solana Beach store is 60 to 70 percent off the original retail price. “It’s like a little secret,” co-owner Ben Blatt said. “Women can spend hours in here, there’s so much stuff to look at.” The studio is located across the street from Fidel’s Little Mexico on Genevieve Street. While the space may be small, no inch is wasted as it is fully stocked with merchandise. Blatt, who has a background in retail management, sharpened his fashion knowledge working at Tobi Blatt’s other locations over the years. Their store in Carmel Valley opened 15 years ago. They additionally have a small store on Cedros Avenue and have been at that location for about two years. Blatt said he loves being in the new studio space, interacting with customers and helping them find a good deal. The studio has everything from the simplest t-shirts and basic tanks to high-end lines such as Rozae Nichols, Common Threads, Velvet, Graham and Spencer and Joie. Not only are the pieces in the studio
Tobi Blatt Studio in Solana Beach. rare finds that shoppers might not find anywhere else, the lowered price tags are an added bonus. “The people that shop here are mostly our other customers,” Blatt said. “A lot of people bring their kids, especially because we have nice jeans, hundreds of jeans that all the kids want to be wearing.” The jean selection includes J Brand, Seven and Citizens of Humanity. The studio also has a big inventory of shoes, jewelry, hats, belts, and some men and children’s items. The store is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (858) 847-0114. To schedule an appointment during off-hours, call Ben at (858) 335-4837. The store is located at 742 Genevieve Street, suite G.
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North Coastal and Escondido League of Women voters merge to form North County San Diego League of Women Voters Saturday, May 21, was an historic day for two Leagues of Women Voters when the North Coast League and the Escondido League voted to merge to form one local league: the League of Women Voters North County San Diego. The communities now served by the North County San Diego League include the areas of Del Mar north to Camp Pendleton on the coast and areas inland to Escondido and Valley Center. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of men and women encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The goal of the League is to empower citizens to shape better communities. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. Since 1920, the League has presented unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues. The League of Women Voters North
County San Diego newly-elected president, Mary Crowley, was enthusiastic about the upcoming year with a larger, expanded League: “We look forward to a renewed enthusiasm of our combined membership and a blending of our skills in the fall.” Current Escondido treasurer Arlene Meadows indicated, “This is a great opportunity for both Leagues. We share so many issues and we concentrate on providing the same non-partisan information for our communities. Escondido members are wholeheartedly excited about the merger.” The first event of the merged League will be the fall kick-off event at Dove Library in Carlsbad in September. Watch for upcoming news on the particulars or check the League’s website at www.lwvncsd.org in August. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend.
‘Divorce this House’ seminar to be held June 21 Veteran sales associate Venzel Hammershaimb of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Carmel Valley will be hosting “Divorce this House,” a free seminar geared to educating and empowering consumers on the realities of joint real estate. This seminar will feature critical information topics to help consumers “in transition” protect and advance their financial future during a divorce. In divorce, too late often comes too early. Venzel Hammershaimb along with Michelle Morris of Coldwell Banker Home Loans and Christy Cimino of Equity Title, will provide the tools, tips and information necessary to help consumers effectively manage the intricacies of joint real estate along with the rights and responsibilities of joint debt. The seminar will take place on June 21 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 3810 Valley Centre Drive, #906, San Diego, CA, 92130. For more information contact Venzel Hammershaimb at Vuh2@cornell.edu or call (858) 346-1061.
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Lance Armstrong’s mother selected as Keynote Speaker at the YWCA’s 2011 TWIN Awards June 21 The YWCA of San Diego County has announced Linda Armstrong Kelly, mother of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, as the keynote speaker for its annual Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Awards, which will be held June 21. This historic event recognizes outstanding women professionals and the companies who support them, while raising financial support and awareness for local programs and services for women, children, and families who are working to break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness. The TWIN luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina, located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive (San Diego, CA 92101). This annual event includes an inspiring recognition ceremony, a summer-inspired lunch, networking, and a special message from successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker Linda Armstrong Kelly. Carol LeBeau, former San Diego News Anchor and Motivational Speaker will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. TWIN serves as one of the YWCA’s largest fundraising events and funds raised through the event help over 4,000 women and children a year. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information on the YWCA or to purchase tickets to TWIN, please visit www.ywcasandiego.org or call 619-239-0355, ext. 218.
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The annual “Hometown Heroes” contest, presented by KyXy 96.5 FM, is back! The 2011 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, wants to honor those who make our quality of life in San Diego better and safer every day, and are deserving of a “thank you.” You can nominate a “Hometown Hero” at KyXy’s website. Go to http://kyxy.radio. com and enter the keyword “hero.” Nominations can be active-duty military, veterans, or a civil servant — teachers, police, firefighters, etc. Up to 125 nominees will be selected to receive the Hometown Hero honor. Honorees will receive a family four-pack of tickets for reserved seating at the July 4 concert with the Navy Band Southwest, REO
Speedwagon, and the fireworks spectacular, along with a commemorative certificate. The deadline to nominate candidates is June 19. The “Heroes” will also participate in the Fair’s annual “Hometown Heroes” parade from the Infield Pavilion to the Grandstand Stage. The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, a yearly Fair favorite will lead the procession. KyXy’s Sam Bass will narrate the parade, along with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and Humanitarian, Dr. Andy Baldwin, founder of the “Got Your Back Network,” a non-profit organization providing assistance to families of fallen soldiers. For more information, go to www.sdfair.com/events and click on “Fourth of July.”
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Goodbye to all that BY BEN GOTFREDSON As I serve out my last and final detention of my high school career, I’m sitting in the French room. I’ve only been in this room once before, and that was five years ago when I was an 8th grader taking my high school entrance exam. As I sit here in detention, writing this article, I recognize certain posters and projects up on the wall. A Moulin Rouge reprint. A map of south France, an untouched Napoleon poster that couldn’t have been printed in this millennium. While the room hasn’t changed much, the people inside it have. I’m bigger, smarter, my
voice is deeper, and I’m more confident. All these major changes, and yet I still feel Ben Gotfredson like I’m leaving a lot out about me that has transformed. I look back on my innocence at the time. What I didn’t know about high school parties, high school relationships, high school exams, and high school teachers. All I could do at the time was specu-
late, based on my short list of adult experiences and encounters. A blend of “Dazed and Confused” and “Saved by the Bell” is what I thought I’d be encountering for the next 48 months. I remember the fears I held in this very room in 8th grade that I’ve overcome. I recognize the reprint of the French bridge painting because I spent a great deal of time staring at it, petrified of the impending start of high school. I blankly studied the photo as I played out all the paths I could take. Now I stare at the poster and I reflect down the path I did take. I want to reach out to
that middle school student who woke up early on a Saturday to head down to Cathedral High and take this four-hour exam. I want to let him or her know everything I screwed up on and missed out on, what I did and what I failed to do, easier paths and simpler resolutions. But I know that 8th grader will be more than satisfied to see what he turns out to be, like I have been. In a week and a half I’ll never walk through the locker room as a football player, I’ll never walk through the hallways as a student. My teachers will become acquaintances and my fellow students
will become their own persons, with us no longer being shaped by the same school. The teacher in charge of this detention just walked by and I slid my phone into my sock. I’m going to miss those small things the most. Ben Gotfredson is a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School. He had been writing a column from a teen’s perspective for this newspaper throughout the year.
The Carmel Valley Library Corner Don’t create another victim— leash your dog!
BY JULIE WONG June 15 – August 17 SUMMER READING PROGRAM Join the Summer Reading Program at your library. This year we offer Children, Teen and Adult Reading Program. The theme for children this year is One World, Many Stories. For teens, it is You Are Here. For Adults, the theme is Novel Destinations At a Glance. Please sign up online on San Diego Public Library’s website starting on June 15. For children and teens read 10 books or 10 hours. Parents can read to their children. Adults (18+) can earn prizes for reading: 5 books + 1 review or 5 books + 5 books read with a child. Read and collect prizes. Prizes are distributed beginning on June 22. Enjoy summer fun with reading, programs and children’s crafts. eReaders We are excited to announce that the Carmel Valley Library now have 8 eReaders for check-out to adult patrons and juvenile patrons (with adult consent). eReaders can be checked out for 21 days. Please call the library for more information. Donate by Texting 1. Text LIBRARY to 20222 to make a $5 gift to support the San Diego Public Library. 2. Confirm your donation by entering YES. 3. Your donation will
appear as a $5 tax deductible donation on your mobile phone bill. Donate up to six times per month by texting LIBRARY to 20222. Want to donate more? Visit SupportMyLibrary. org. Every Tuesday @ 4 p.m. AFTERNOON STORY TIME Mr. Ted will entertain with stories, songs, and music. Every Tuesday @ 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Need help with assignments, test preparations, reading skills, or other school related learning? Call the library or visit the main desk to reserve your spot. Tutors are from READ and Volunteer San Diego. Every Friday @ 10 a.m. INFANT /TODDLER STORY TIME (Infants – Toddlers) Every Friday @ 11 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3 – 5 years old) Story time lasts for about 30 minutes and it includes stories, songs, music, fingerplays and a coloring page. Every Saturday @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
SUMMER TUTORING FOR K-6TH GRADERS High school students will help K-6th graders with homework assignments and reading skills in the Young Adult Area from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. SUMMER READING PROGRAM SHOWS: Wednesday, June 15 @ 4 p.m. KRYPTON YVONNE – EARTH, MY FAVORITE PLANET She introduces you to the fun of ecology and taking care of the planet Earth. Meet a vanishing species from Krypton Yvonne’s home planet, take the recycling challenge and marvel at toys made from re-used materials! Wednesday, June 22 @ 4 p.m. AMAZING DANA: MAGIC AND COMEDY Amazing Dana will bring you a laugh out loud comedic magic show. Wednesday, June 29 @ 4 p.m. MUSICAL FUN WITH COWBOY BOB! Cowboy Bob brings musical fun with a variety of instruments and entertainment for all ages. * CRAFT TIME FOR PREK-6TH GRADERS This program is limited to 40 participants and no registration required. Thursday, June 16 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * EXPLORE ASIA: Learn how to make a craft from Asia
Dear Dog Lovers of Carmel Valley, In early May, on a sunny Saturday morning, my husband was walking our two leashed dogs on a community trail near our home. Signs are clearly posted stating that all dogs must be leashed. Unfortunately, some owners do not believe this rule applies to them and their perfect pets. Within minutes our day dissolved into horror. An unleashed dog, whose owner was several yards away, viciously attacked Eva, our 60 lb. black lab mix. The dog severely “de-gloved” our precious pet…meaning her pelt was ripped halfway off her back. Skinned alive. Several hours of surgery, and hundreds of stitches were required to put her back together again. All of this could have been avoided if the owner had simply leashed his pet. It is a San Diego city ordinance that states all dogs must be leashed when walking on public streets and parks. Don’t think this will never happen to you… if pet owners don’t take the first step in leashing their dogs, you might be the next victim. Amy & Steven Berg Thursday, June 23 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * EXPLORE EUROPE: Take a craft ride and make a craft from Europe. Thursday, June 30 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * EXPLORE SOUTH AMERICA: Enjoy a craft from South America Saturday, June 25 @ 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. TAKE TIME FOR ORIGAMI This is for all ages and a limit of 30 participants. No registration required. The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library Bookstore carries books, tapes, videos, and assorted treasures for library lovers on sale during regular library hours. All proceeds from the bookstore benefit the library and money raised by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library are eligible for matching funds from the City of San Diego. Our thanks to you! Library hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and CLOSED Sunday and Monday. Our bookdrop will be open at all times. The Carmel Valley Library is a branch of the San Diego Public Library. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive, directly behind the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Plaza. Our phone number is (858) 552-1668 and our Web Catalog address is http://sandiego.gov/public-library/
BUTTERFLY continued from page 1 200 butterfly memorials in cities nationwide. “It is very exciting to see what Del Mar Heights Elementary School is doing,” she said. Price works with cofounder Jan Landau and project coordinator Rebeca Besquin to promote Holocaust education beyond the walls of Carmel Valley’s SDJA. “At first we were keeping all the butterflies at SDJA,” Price said, noting that students at several other local schools have participated in the project and sent the ceramic butterflies to SDJA. “We changed gears three years ago to invite others to make their own memorials. It is a better way to educate, as the kids see the butterflies each day and remember.” The ceramic butterflies are shaped from clay, and are then painted, glazed and mounted for display. The Del Mar Heights students’ butterflies will be displayed in the school’s Multi-Use Room. Price’s goal is “to reach as many children, parents, teachers and Holocaust survivors as we possibly can over the next five years so we can meet our goal of 1.5 million butterflies displayed worldwide in multiple locations,” she said. “No small feat … and every butterfly counts.” Inspired by the documentary “Paper Clips” and the poem “The Butterfly” written by a child during the Holocaust, the project is called “Zikaron V’tikvah” – Hebrew for remembrance and hope. The project asks participants to “remember the past, act responsibly in the present, and create a more peaceful future.” Wendy Wardlow, principal of Del Mar Heights, said her students are being taught historical lessons about the millions of people who were killed in the Holocaust. “It’s hard to imagine the numbers. But each one was a precious person; each one was part of a family,” she said. “Butterflies are a sign of new life. By our lives, we can honor theirs.” Resilient human spirit Wardlow came upon the Butterfly Project after seek-
ing a meaningful project for her 65 outgoing sixthgraders this year that would expand their horizons and provide them with a richer education beyond the subjects they learn in school. The purpose, she said, is not just to teach about one of the darkest chapters in modern human history, but also to help students understand the need for individuals to speak out against prejudice and injustice, promote tolerance and empathy, and defend democracy. “I want our students to understand the power and the vulnerability of our democracy,” she said. “They should never take their freedom for granted.” Wardlow also hopes to transmit lessons about resilience of the human spirit. “I also want them to understand there is hope and that they can overcome incomprehensible obstacles,” she said. Wardlow said the teachers enthusiastically embraced the project, which began months ago with films and books and included a personal visit from local Holocaust survivor Ben Midler (see sidebar) who spoke to the children about his experiences in concentration camps during World War II and how he overcame bitterness and anger and learned to look to the future with joy. Del Mar Heights sixthgrade student Elane Moon said the Holocaust speaker taught her that it’s important “not to give in to sadness.” Wardlow said the impact of having Midler speak to the children was profound. “I think the personal connection our students made when listening to a survivor describe such a horrific world event will remain with them into the future,” she said. “It’s critical we make connections with our students so they understand why it is important for them to learn about the events in our world history.” “No one lesson will ever be enough for our young people to understand the suffering and ability for others to turn a blind eye, but it is a start,” Price said. “The experience of hearing the survivor tell their story, standing with dignity and determination to speak for those who
never had the chance to speak, is a life-changing milestone for those in the room.” Price said students feel empowered to speak out against injustice after meeting Holocaust survivors, many of whom were their age when they were taken from their families by the Nazis and forced to suffer unimaginable atrocities. “We are so grateful when we see people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds clutch at their hearts with compassion for the suffering that the survivor endured just for being who they were: a Jewish child born in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Price said. Wardlow said all the children “get it,” as evidenced in the moving letters each child wrote to Ben Midler (see sidebar). “And I think when they are older, they will reflect on what they learned and get it at an even deeper level,” she said. “These lessons will provide a base of understanding to guide them throughout their lives.” Shaping America’s government Price said the Butterfly Project has been an effective tool to begin teaching children about the Holocaust, because it connects the children to history through art. “When we have an opportunity for a public school to bring the Butterfly Project and its many layers to their students, we are always moved by the genuine compassion that is generated,” Price said in an email. One critical component of the project for both Price and Wardlow is the need for students to understand their role in shaping America’s government. “We believe the students are learning that they are very lucky to be living in the U.S.A.,” Price said. “When, as at Del Mar Heights Elementary School, there is an education component such as watching the documentary ‘Paperclips’ and having long discussions about the gradual stripping away of legal rights and possessions and the idea of ‘superior’ races, the students are asked to consider how this could happen and what would they do if liv-
Del Mar Heights sixth-graders — clockwise from bottom left, Sherrie Antoun, Caitlin Puglisi, Jaspreet Missan, Gokce Boz, Elane Moon and Tommy Merritt — paint butterflies. ing in that time. A lot of soul-searching takes place.” The Heights students have already made their clay butterflies, Wardlow said, and will be painting and glazing them in the next few weeks. To prepare, each student was given a brief biography of a Holocaust child, and each student’s butterfly is dedicated to that child. “On the back of their butterflies, each student wrote the name of a child who was in the Holocaust,” she said. “On the front, they wrote words like ‘re-
member,’ ‘peace,’ ‘hope,’ ‘love.’” Sherrie Antoun’s butterfly was dedicated to a girl who was 5 when she was killed by the Nazis. “We are learning that we take our lives for granted,” said the Heights sixth-grader. Several students, during the painting of their butterflies under the supervision of Del Mar Heights art instructor Jacque Folgner, were impacted by the knowledge that Ben Midler was about their age when he was taken from his family and sent to Nazi concentration camps. They all
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agreed with sixth-grader Caitlin Puglisi when she said, “You can’t even imagine what he must have gone through.” Caitlin said she is learning through the Butterfly Project “to act responsibly in the present and to not be prejudiced.” “We are honored to be included in this project,” said Wardlow, who plans to make the Butterfly Project an annual sixth-grade event. “One of my goals as the principal of Del Mar Heights is for our students to be compassionate and to engage their hearts as well as their minds. While we focus on building their skills in reading, writing and mathematics, it is equally important for them to learn to think critically, to question authority, to be brave and use their voices for good.” When students have a chance to express their emotions through art by making a ceramic butterfly that memorializes a child, Price said they show the world “that this living child today has a voice and won’t stand for injustice.”
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Del Mar Little League honors players Del Mar Little League recently held an awards ceremonies recognizing its Academic All Americans, Pitch, Hit
& Run Champions and division team champions. The event was held at the Ashley Falls School field.
Carmel Valley Stingrays White team wins San Diego Sol Spring Championship
San Diego CIF section volleyball all stars Alexa Armstrong and Lacey Fuller.
TPHS volleyball all stars The San Diego CIF section hosted an all star volleyball game at Scripps Ranch High School on June 1. Torrey Pines High sent two All Stars, Alexa Armstrong and Lacey Fuller. Alexa will attend Northeastern University to play Division 1 volleyball. Fuller will play for Penn State, last year’s NCAA Division I champions.
Del Mar Little League League Highlights Del Mar Little League concluded the 2011 season this past weekend for all divisions except the Juniors division. On Championship Saturday the division championship games were played and the winning teams recognized. The league thanks all the players, families and volunteers that have made this season such a great experience for the kids. Congratulations to the 2011 Division Champions: 2011 Majors Champion Twins Nathan Barnes, Robert Barnes, Sean (Mac) Bingham, Ryan Bramlett, Dylan Feuling, Colin Ffrench, Trent Greenman, Shane Jones, Jack Lofaro, Ronan Reeves, Dean Shearson, Aaron Wainstein Coaches: Craig Bramlett, Scott Reeves, Brian Ffrench, Roger Bingham, Sam Jones, John Shearson 2011 AAA Champion BlueClaws Tyler Chae-Banks, Henry Copp, Seth Friedman, Sean Liu, Alex Maher, Christian Marion, Andrew Mattingly, Will Nute, Chris Reineck, Ryan Sanborn, Anton Schuh, Cole Tatro Coaches: Mark Mattingly, Rick Sanborn, Matt Copp, Thomas Liu, Tim Tatro 2011 AA Champion Mud Hens Ryan Bermudez, Davis Bone, Kaleb Conti, Tony Graciano, Bradley Keel, Caleb Posner, Andrew Schulz, Jake Scott, Brian Shubat, Joseph Sullivan, Mark Tankersley, Zach Wiygul Coaches: Doug Schulz, Brian Bone, Andy Bermudez, Allen Shubat, Brad Wiygul For league updates, scores and standings visit the league website at www.dmll.org
(Right) The 8th grade Carmel Valley Stingrays White team recently won the San Diego Sol Spring Championship. Back Row: Coach Kitrell DeJesus; Top Row: Jake Dunning, Devon Surges, Ben Dang, Jake Hughes, Kienan Bui; Bottom Row: Jordan Lach, Drew Loraas, Evan Fitzgerald, Nick Lampe, Jarred Gaurano.
Manchester BU10 Academy champions of Notts Forest Cup Carmel Valley Manchester are champions of the Boys U9 Gold flight in the Notts Forest Memorial Day soccer tournament. The Manchester Academy squad, which will play in the BU10 AAA division in the upcoming Presidio season, won 2-0 in the final against Chula Vista Rangers Red, also a AAA side. Andrew Espinoza scored both goals. In pool play, Manchester bested Albion White, San Diego Surf Premier, and Aztecs FC Milan. Manchester came from behind to defeat Albion 3-2, with Marcos Calderon scoring 2 goals in the final five minutes. Also scoring pro-
Head Coach Jeff Illingworth and team lifically in the pool games were Manchester’s versatile sweeper Bryan Delgado as well as midfielders/strikers Daniel Delgado, Diego Gonzalez, Jorge Kuri, and Zahid Pinzon. Manchester’s stingy defense allowed only 3 goals and recorded 2 shutouts: goalkeeper Liam Koeneke; sweeper Bryan Delgado; fullbacks George Cole, Zebastian Dimas, and Jeffrey Hansen; and fullback/midfielder Erik Figueroa.
Week in Sports: CCHS wins — again! By Gideon Rubin Baseball Cathedral Catholic won its third San Diego Section Div. III title in four years, defeating El Capitan 3-2 in the June 4 title game at San Diego State’s Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Dons trailed 2-1 in the top of the fifth when Nico Garbella’s two-run double gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Daniel Camarena tossed a complete-game two-hitter. He allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out six while allowing one walk. Garbella had two of the Dons’ six hits. Stephen Haviar added one hit and one RBI. Matt Boermeester had two hits and drove in the game’s only run for Cathedral Catholic. The Dons advanced to the finals after defeating Monte Vista 1-0 in a thrilling eight-inning June 2 semifinal. Gonsalves, who was credited with the victory, pitched one inning scoreless inning in relief of starter Michael Martin, who struck out six batters and allowed one walk in seven innings of six-hit ball. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 30-4. ***** Getting to the Div. V finals was no easy task for Santa Fe Christian. But once they got there, the Eagles made quick work of Horizon in an 8-1 victory at Cathedral Catholic High on June 3. The Eagles lost to Calvary Christian 6-2 in a double-elimination tournament semifinal on May 31, but they bounced back for a 4-3 against Calvary Christian two days later. In the Horizon game, the Eagles scored four runs
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Golf Torrey Pines had seven players place among the top 45 as the Falcons finished first at the Southern California Regionals on May 31 at Brookside Golf Course. The Falcons were among two teams who advanced to the June 8 state championships at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach. The Falcons shot a combined 367, finishing four strokes ahead of second-place Servite (Anaheim). Danny Ochoa and teammate Bobby Gojuangco each shot an even-par 72 to finish tied for 17th. Ryan Burgess and teammate Michael Kim each shot a 73 and were involved in a threeway tie for 21st place. D.J. Magee placed 28th with a 74 score and Jay Hwang 38th with a 75. Mike Koenecke shot a 76 and finished tied for 45th.
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CCHS players Nico Garbella and Matt Boermeester celebrate another victory. Photo courtesy of Beth Dunn in the bottom of the second to open up a 6-1 lead on their way to their third section title in school history and their first since 2005. Nolan Gannon had two hits and two RBI and Barrett Floyd had two hits including a double, one RBI, and scored two runs to lead the Eagles offensively. Eagles starter Bobby Zarubin allowed one run on five hits in five innings for the win. He struck out five batters and allowed four walks. Graham Gomez pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Zarubin in a nonsave situation. Gannon struck out 12 batters and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in a complete game effort to lead the Eagles in the Calvary Christian game. Gannon contributed offensively too with a homer and a double and two runs scored to lead the Eagles in their semifinal win against Calvary Christian. Josh Estill and Zarubin each contributed two hits. The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 23-7. ***** Torrey Pines came within one victory of advancing
to Div. I finals. The Falcons defeated Grossmont 3-2 in a doubleelimination tournament semifinal on May 31, but they needed two wins, and couldn’t close the deal, losing to Grossmont 4-3 in a second game on June 2. Brian Thene pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to get the win for Torrey Pines in the first game. Morgan Oliver had two hits and one RBI to lead Torrey Pines in the second game. The Falcons concluded their season with a 26-11 overall record. Track and Field Torrey Pines standout Alli Billmeyer took second place in the 1,600 meters despite turning in a jaw-dropping 4 minute, 41.71 time at the June 4 state finals at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Billmeyer’s personal best time broke a 25-year San Diego Section record. Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood’s Cami Chapus won the race in a stunning 4:40.88. Billmeyer’s time was the 11th best ever recorded at the state meet, and the fourth fastest recorded time in the nation this year.
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By Dave Stall Q. Loren: I just bought a brand new Volkswagen and it has a very annoying problem. Every time I close the door with the windows up, it doesn’t shut. I have to slam it! I took it to the dealer and they said that the car was airtight and this was the result. Is there anything I can do to correct this annoying problem?
The alternative to your problem is wind noise or in a worse case scenario, a wind whistle. This is not uncommon in the European cars. What I would do is make sure that the doors are adjusted properly by the dealer and if the situation still persists, then lower one of the windows about one-eighth of an inch so air can escape when you close the doors.
I just bought a brand new Mustang convertible and I just love the car, but last week when I was at church someone backed into my car and pushed the bumper in so bad I can hardly drive the car — not that it won’t drive, it just looks so bad I get sick to my stomach whenever I go near the car. I did take it to the dealership I bought it from and they were very nice. The body shop manager said the repair would be around $1,200. I almost fainted. My dad said I should get ahold of you, seems you helped him with a car problem and you impressed him. Hope you can impress me!
A. Dave: I’m really sorry you were hit in the bumper — but all is not lost. There are a few companies out there that do bumper repair at reasonable prices. I have used Bumper Doc a few times with excellent results. The last bumper I had them repair had a hole in the bumper the size of a baseball. Today, you can’t even tell it was ever hit! Good luck!
Q. Jose: My son has just shipped off to the Middle East and left me his pride and joy — a 2000 Harley Davidson F-150 Ford pickup. No one has driven his truck except him. My question is how do I store his truck so that when he comes back, it will be in as good of shape as when he left? He said I could drive it but with my luck, something would happen. I would like to store it in my garage, covered and ready for him when he returns in approximately 13 months.
A. Dave: If your son said to drive it, then drive it. He must feel the truck will be in better shape if you drive it versus parking it in the garage for 13 months. I would agree that driving it is the best, but if you still want to store it, here are a few tips: Change the oil and filter, fill the gas tank with fuel and add a stabilizer, either put the truck up on jack stands or inflate the tires to 10 pounds above recommendation. Give the truck a full wax job, leave the windows down about a quarter of an inch for ventilation, treat the interior with a leather preserver and then put towels over the seats. Last but not least, I would buy a battery tender that will keep the battery fresh. I would check the battery fluid level before adding the battery tender and check it once per month to make sure the water level doesn’t drop below the plates. If it were my son, I would drive the wheels off that truck. Maybe enter a car show around town and surprise him with a trophy or two! Being an X-GI my heart goes out to your son and everyone who serves.
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Solana Beach Stingrays take second at tournament The Solana Beach Stingrays baseball team recently took second place at the Memorial Day baseball tournament held in Rancho Mirage. (Above) First row: Matthew Fleck, Beau Morgans, Max Von Posern, Justin Northbrook, Matthew Yanik, Paul Bartlett; Second row, Coach Lance Morgans, Scotty Gange, Jack Hargis, Evan Iancello, Finn Sullivan, Gus Patrick, Griffen Johnson, Coach Geoff Bryant, and Coach Kenny Patrick.
Local high school students selected ‘Stars of the Month’ All six high school Stars of the Month for May, selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions, were CIF-San Diego Section champions. Scripps Ranch 110- and 300-meter hurdles track standout Jacob Hare, swimming record-setters Trent Williams of Rancho Bernardo and Kendyl Stewart of La Costa Canyon, future Duke lacrosse player Katie Trees of Torrey Pines, Cathedral Catholic volleyball ace Jonny Hoolko and Rancho Bernardo section singles tennis champion Tyler Pham of Rancho Bernardo were chosen. Check the Hall of Champions web page at www.sdhoc.com for additional information and photos of this month’s selections.
Team members: Andrew Mitchell, Luke Halpern, Alex Glynn, Mikey Sherlock, David Velediaz, Dean Sandler; Daniel White, Erik Risher, Kai Walsh, Laird Tassara, Charlie Mallery, and Luke Kaminskas.
Carmel Valley Manchester Boys U8 (2011-2012) Academy Team wins Nott’s Forest Cup Championship The Carmel Valley Manchester Boys U8 (2011-2012) Academy Team are Nott’s Forest Cup champions! The boys played four games over the Memorial Day weekend and came out on top against a very good Albion team in the final. When playing Albion in bracket play, Manchester fell behind 6-2, but came storming back to tie the game at 6-6. In the final, they met again and battled to a 2-2 half-time score. However, in the second half, the Manchester boys took control of the game and won 6-3 to capture the cup. Six Carmel Valley Manchester teams entered the Nott’s Forest Cup and all six made it to the final of their bracket, including the boys U8 Academy, boys U10 Academy and girls U13 Academy teams who each took home the trophies. The BU8 and GU13 teams are coached by Steve Hill. The BU10 team is coached by Jeff Illingworth. Congratulations to all of the Carmel Valley Manchester teams for a great tournament performance! --
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TPHS track stars Billmeyer, Carpowich to run in Adidas Dream Mile Torrey Pines High School athletes Alli Billmeyer and Matt Carpowich were both recently invited to run in the Adidas/Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile to be held in New York this Saturday, June 11. At this event the top 12 boys and girls high school milers from across the U.S. will compete as part of the New York Grand Prix, a track meet featuring top athletes from around the world. The event, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, in Manhattan, will include more than two dozen Olympic and World Champions. In their senior seasons at Torrey Pines High School, Billmeyer and Carpowich ran the nation’s fourth and fifth fastest U.S. high school mile times, respectively. After winning San Diego CIF Championships on May 28, both athletes went on to have record setting performances this past weekend at the California CIF State Track and Field Championship in Clovis, Calif. Billmeyer and Carpowich will graduate from TPHS as holders of six or more school Track & Field records apiece. This season Billmeyer also became the San Diego Section’s all-time record holder in the 1600M and 3200M distances. “Personally, I never thought I would have athletes like this to work with that have achieved what these two have achieved,” said long-time TPHS distance coach Brent Thorne. “I’m most proud of them for their willingness of not just to work hard, but to do all the extras that have taken them to this level of success.” Billmeyer and Carpowich will both attend Stanford University this fall where they will run track and cross country for the Cardinal, historically one of the strongest NCAA Division I programs in the nation.
Torrey Pines High School seniors Alli Billmeyer and Matt Carpowich, pictured here with TPHS distance track coach Brent Thorne, will both compete in the Adidas Golden Stripes Dream Mile on June 11, 2011 in New York. This event includes the nation’s top boys and girls high school track athletes in the mile this season.
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Husband-and-wife team bring laughter to seniors through theater troupe. See page B4
LifeStyles Thursday, June 9 2011
Afghan Women’s Writing Project helps bridge the gap between East-West cultures. See page B7
Steven Osinski with Tracie Davidson, who was named SDSU’s top Business School graduate for 2011.
Former CEO finds calling in academia Del Mar resident Steven Osinski was once at the helm of his own advertising agency, though he’s now left corporate America for academia. Osinski was founder and CEO of the Smart Group, which specialized in the direct marketing for the nation’s largest wireless carriers, including what are now known as Verizon Wireless and Nextel. In the late 1990s, Smart Group was acquired by Monster.com, at which point Osinski served as a vice president of marketing, overseeing a half billion in revenues for two years. Today he is teaching those real world marketing and sales skills to local college students at the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University. Osinski, who also serves on the board of directors for the School of Business, was also recently awarded the “2011 Outstanding Faculty Award” from SDSU for his impact in the marketing department. In addition to spearheading advertising for several major corporations, such as Bell Atlantic and BellSouth, Osinski has served on numerous boards and in multiple nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego, including Chairmen’s Roundtable, CONNECT, Junior Achievement and the San Diego Social Venture Partners. Osinski attended the University of Miami where he earned his undergraduate degree in communications and an MBA in marketing. He is married and has two daughters. One daughter attends the University of Michigan and the other attends Torrey Pines High School.
1. What brought you to this neighborhood? My wife and I are both beach lovers who cherish being near the water. When we were living in Atlanta, it took approximately six hours to drive to the nearest ocean. We always fantasized living in a small beach-
NuttZo shells it out to kids CV couple’s multi-nut butter is helping to improve lives of orphans around the world in several ways Danielle LiVolsi with orphans in Nepal BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Eating NuttZo multi-nut butter has more benefits than getting a healthy dose of Omega-3s — it is helping change the lives of the world’s orphans by the spoonful. Created by Carmel Valley mom Danielle LiVolsi, 1 percent of the gross sales of NuttZo goes to help Project Left Behind, a nonprofit she runs with her husband, Kevin, to support orphanages around the world with basic needs and care. In the three years since NuttZo and Project Left Behind were created, they have donated nearly $10,000. Adopting their two children Matthew and Gregory from Ukraine changed the LiVolsis’ lives in many ways. The new additions to their family were the impetus for NuttZo, as Danielle created the nut butter to help her children’s vitamin deficiencies. The organic, multi-nut butter combines Valencia peanuts with cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. Their new peanutfree NuttZo is a seven-nut- and-seed butter with all the ingredients of the original NuttZo, minus peanuts and plus chia and pumpkin seeds.
Kevin LiVolsi with an orphan in Guatemala Since 2009, the brand has expanded and grown, and is now available in more than 300 stores, including Jimbo’s, Whole Foods, Seaside Markets, Henry’s,
Village Mill Bread Company, Zinc’s Café and Good On Ya Deli. Traveling to Ukraine twice to adopt Gregory in 2002 and Matthew in 2005 from separate orphanages, the couple’s eyes were opened to the plight of orphans there. They understood the problem was much bigger than Ukraine as UNICEF estimates there are between 143 million to 210 million orphans worldwide. The creation of NuttZo also gave the couple the opportunity to establish Project Left Behind. Project Left Behind operates in three major categories: Human touch, surrogate nurturing and nutrition/health. Their projects have helped bring blankets to orphans in Haiti, furnished the House of Hope in Molo, Africa, with basic essentials, funded an Abandoned Babies and Children project in Kenya, and helped the SPOON Foundation’s orphan’s nutrition project in Kazakhstan. The human touch category of their service is perhaps the most important, allowing Danielle and Kevin to travel to areas in need directly. In 2009, Danielle visited Nepal, both went to Guatamala in 2010, and in
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Inness’ paintings of Italy ‘molto bello’ in new show at Timken The Timken Museum of Art will be the exclusive West Coast venue for “George Inness in Italy,” an exhibition of Italian landscapes by the American painter, June 10-Sept. 18. Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this is the first exhibition to examine Inness’s two Italian sojourns (1851– 1852 and 1870–1874) and their impact on his experimentation with style, composition, and subject as he sought inspiration in both the art of the Old Masters and his personal experiences of the places they painted. A highlight of the exhibition is the Timken’s own “L’Ariccia” (1874), Inness’s most representative of the three paintings exhibited from his second trip to Italy. For Inness, Italy provided the paradigm of the “civilized landscape,” which he held up as the “ideal” for its ability to express human sentiment through nature, famously
Painter George Inness • Born: Newburgh, N.Y., May 1, 1825 • Died: Bridge of Allan in Scotland, Aug. 3, 1894 • Work influenced by the Old Masters, the Hudson River school, the Barbizon school, and, finally, by the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose spiritualism found vivid expression in the work of Inness’ maturity. He’s best known for these works that helped define the Tonalist Movement. • Personal: Married Delia Miller in 1849. She died a few months later. In 1850, he married Elizabeth Abigail Hart. They had six children. • His son, George Inness, Jr., who also became a landscape painter of note, was born in Paris. declaring that the aim of art “is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an
emotion.” The show will offer visitors 10 oil paintings
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and one watercolor. Inness’s first major work completed in Italy, “Twilight on the Campagna” (1851) Philadelphia Museum of Art, has not been on view since 1952. Its reemergence and restoration, precipitated by a publication of Inness’s entire body of work issued in 2007, constituted a significant rediscovery. Each landscape is filled with a poetic sentiment, encapsulating the topography with an “orchestrated intricacy.” Inness enjoyed his most productive years during his second stay in Italy. His paintings sold well, both as mementos for affluent American travelers, and as progressive stylistic experiments for leading collectors of American landscape painting. Inness is admired as the pioneer of Tonalism, distinguished by soft focus and diaphanous layers of paint. Although Inness returned to the states in 1874, he continued to
‘Twilight on the Campagna,’ 1851, by George Inness paint Italian compositions and honed the Tonalist aesthetic that began with his first trip to Italy in 1851. Works on display include “Classical Landscape,” 1850; “A Bit of the Roman Aqueduct,” 185253; “St. Peter’s, Rome,” 1857; “Lake Nemi,” 1857; “Lake Albano,” 1869; “Pines and Olives at Albano,” 1873; “New Perugia,” 1879; “Upland Village in the Italian Tyrol,” 1873; and “Valley of Cadore,” 1873.
What: “George Inness in Italy” Where: Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays; June 10-Sept. 18 Admission: Free Contact: (619) 2395548 Website: timkenmuseum.org
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June 9, 2011
Summer jazz series gets under way at the Athenaeum
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Summer concerts return to the 150-seat Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with the annual Farrell Family Jazz series. It opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 with the Gilbert Castellanos Quartet and guest trumpeter James Zollar. This performance opens a yearlong series, “Night of the Cookers: Tribute to the Trumpet Masters,” hosted by San Diego– based trumpet-master Castellanos at a variety of venues. For this concert, he leads Eric Reed on piano, Hamilton Price on bass, and NYCbased drummer Willie Jones III. Recognized as a new American master by DownBeat, Castellanos has established himself among the nation’s most inventive improvisers. He is joined for this show by fellow trumpeter James Zollar, who makes his first Athenaeum appearance since 2004. Zollar spent his high school and early adult years in San Diego, moving in 1985 to New York City. Zollar’s credits include work with artists such as the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras, Don Byron, David Murray, Mongo Santamaria, Frank Foster, and Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Gilbert Castellanos Next up Friday, July 1 is a return visit by Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, who made her Athenaeum debut last spring with a tribute to Benny Goodman. She will be joined by Joe Martin on bass, Daniel Freedman on drums, and a pianist to be announced. She is conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. The series continues Thursday,
July 21 with a return performance by New York–based vocalist Kendra Shank, with Hamilton Price on bass, and two musicians to be announced on piano on drums. Shank’s most recent CD, “A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook,” was listed among the top jazz CDs of 2007. The Boston Globe commented, “This vocalist makes lyrics believable, invents like an instrumentalist, and has an ear second to none for little-known and unknown tunes. She also functions
like a true equal with her excellent rhythm section.” The series ends Wednesday, July 27 with a San Diego debut by NYC-based Edmar Castaneda Trio, featuring improvising Colombian harpist Castaneda with trombonist Marshall Gilkes, and drummer/percussionist Dave Silliman. A native of Bogota, Castaneda has been taking New York and major international jazz festivals by storm with his unique approach to Latin jazz via the traditional Colombian arpa llanera. In addition to leading his own groups, he’s been chosen as a guest soloist by artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, and John Patitucci. JazzTimes commented “the phenomenal Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, whose technically astounding approach to the instrument has been registering with ‘scenesters’ over the past year, covers independent, heavily grooving bass lines with his left hand while chording and also running counterpoint melodies and dazzling triplet figures with his right hand. [He brings] a kind of Charlie Hunter or Joe Passian approach to the harp.”
If you go Gilbert Castellanos Quartet: 7:30 p.m. June 14 Anat Cohen Quartet: 7:30 p.m. July 1 Kendra Shank Quartet: 7:30 p.m. July 21 Edmar Castaneda Trio: 7:30 p.m. July 27 Where: 1008 Wall St. Tickets: Series $68 members, $88 nonmembers; single concerts $19-$24 Reservations: (858) 4545872
Sleeping Beauty Wakes Tickets on Sale this Sunday, June 12! When a father brings his sleeping daughter into a sleep disorder clinic, staff and patients mysteriously find themselves sharing the same dream. With beguiling characters, hypnotic lyrics, and a rockin’ score from GrooveLily, this musical about a father, a daughter and an unlikely suitor dives into the magical space between dreaming and waking. (858) 550-1010 LaJollaPlayhouse.org
CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum June 14 - Gilbert Castellanos Quartet with special guest James Zollar
July 1 - Anat Cohen Quartet July 21 - Kendra Shank Quartet July 27 - Edmar Castaneda Trio All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Athenaeum's Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St. Series:$68/88 Single Concert: $19/24 CALL FOR TICKETS (858) 454-5872 ljathenaeum.org
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 25th Anniversary
Evening Lecture Series Sea Turtles of Indonesian New Guinea
August 3 - 26, 2011 Tickets on sale now starting at $45
June 13: 6:30-8 p.m.
Don't miss the festival's Sunday Matinees at 2pm with a performance by The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, The Assad Brothers and Tokyo String Quartet.
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Summer Camp At MCASD La Jolla Monday July 25-Friday July 29 Cost: $225 per session
Little is known of the initial phase of the sea turtle's lifecycle, especially for the critically endangered leatherback. Join Scripps marine biology student Geoffrey Gearheart as he explains how scientists are determining the dispersal patterns and mechanisms of leatherback hatchlings of west Papua (Indonesia) and how this knowledge may help tailor more adequate conservation measures.
MCASD is launching its first summer camp for 9- to 14-year-olds. Each half-day of camp will follow an artistic theme inspired by the exhibition on view, High Fidelity. Campers will explore traditional mediums as well as create with styles used by artist in the exhibition, such as abstract, pop, relief and light and space.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 Members: Free, Public: $8
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June 9, 2011
â€˜Dressage at Del Marâ€™ is June 18-19 Del Mar couple brings laughter The California Dressage Society, San Diego Chapter is having its first horse show of the season at the Del Mar Horsepark on June 18-19. The â€œDressage at Del Marâ€? horse show will host some of the best professional riders in the country and many accomplished amateur riders as well. The two-day event will showcase all levels of dressage competition from training level to Grand Prix, the level shown at the Olympics. The show is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and admission is free. The Del Mar Horsepark is located at 14550 El Camino Real Del Mar, across from the polo fields.
Celebrate the season at Del Mar Village Associationâ€™s Summer Solstice June 23 The Del Mar Village Association invites everyone to celebrate the arrival of summer at its Summer Solstice event to be held on Thursday, June 23, from 5-8 p.m. at Powerhouse Park (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar). The event features delicious food from top restaurants, wine & ale tasting, great views, music by Salsa Steel and a silent auction. For more information and tickets, visit www.summer.delmarmainstreet.com.
Boys in grades 1-4 encouraged to attend Del Mar Cub Scout Pack 705 Spring Roundup Meeting Del Mar Cub Scout Pack 705 is holding a Spring Roundup Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Hills Performing Arts Center (PAC) located at 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar. Boys in grades 1-4 are eligible to join the Del Mar Cub Scout Pack 705 â€” come join the Pack for an informational meeting on Cub Scouting! The event will also include a flag ceremony, awards and promotions, and skits. Questions? Email us email@example.com
Del Mar Lifeguard Association Dance Party fundraiser June 25 The Del Mar Lifeguard Association Dance Party fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 7-10 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center. The event features musical entertainment by The Corvettes, a raffle and silent auction, no host drink and dinner, and more. For tickets, call 858-755-1556 or contact any Del Mar lifeguard.
to seniors through acting troupe
BY DIANE Y. WELCH Contributor If laughter is the best medicine then Del Mar residents Mary Ann and Bud Emerson must surely be doctors of mirth. Through their involvement with a senior acting group known as â€œThe Script in Hand Players,â€? they bring sidesplitting merriment to other seniors. Their performances are not only fun for the couple but uplifting for them, too, said Mary Ann Emerson. â€œIt may sound corny but nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing older people, sometimes in wheelchairs and unable to get out, with big smiles on their faces appreciating what we are bringing to them. It doesnâ€™t get any better than that.â€? The retired husband and wife team joined the 14-member theater group seven years ago. And since then they have brought laughter through their humorous skits to hundreds of seniors countywide who canâ€™t get out to the theater. The troupe visits about two to four senior centers almost every month, each time choosing about 10 skits from their extensive library. Material comes from different sources. â€œJust recently someone was sent a funny story via email and we were able to expand it into a skit,â€? said Bud Emerson. Some skits
Mary Ann and Bud Emerson perform with â€œThe Script in Hand Players.â€? are written by members who are talented scriptwriters, and some are scenes from Broadway plays. A mailer goes out twice a year to numerous senior center activity directors. As a result, the troupe gets a lot of repeat business and has amassed enough material so they donâ€™t have to restage the same programs. Rehearsals take place every Monday at Wesley Palms Senior Center in Pacific Beach. One of the troupe members â€” the oldest member at 94 â€” lives there. Some members have acting credentials and although the scripts are read, the programs are animated, well rehearsed and costumed for dramatic effect. Launched almost 20 years ago by six founders,
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