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Keep Torrey Hills in District One, planning board says BY JOE TASH CONTRIBUTOR The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board has a message for the San Diego Redistricting Commission: their neighborhood is part of City Council District 1 and they want to keep it that way. The board voted unanimously at its meeting on Tuesday, July 19, to send a letter to the commission, outlining the reasons why the community of Torrey Hills belongs in Council District 1, which includes Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Mar Mesa, Carmel Valley, Torrey Pines, University City and La Jolla. The commission is in the midst of redrawing San Diego’s city council districts, a task mandated by law to occur every 10 years, following the U.S. Census. This year, the job is additionally complicated because the commission must create a new, ninth council district. Board president Kathryn Burton brought the issue to the panel’s attention after attending a recent commission hearing where commissioners discussed moving Torrey Hills, a community of about 10,000 residents, into three different council districts. Torrey Hills is located east of the Torrey Pines state reserve and south of Carmel Valley along the Interstate 5 corridor. “I think we should write a letter. We have See TORREY, Page 6
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Opening Day at the Races once again kicked off the racing season in style on July 20. Live racing will be held five days each week on average — Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of a Labor Day Monday card — through Sept. 7. For more information on the season, visit www. dmtc.com. (Above, l-r) Emilee Wilson and Kathy Wilson. Photos/Jon Clark
Vernal pools slow east-west trail connection BY SUZANNE EVANS CONTRIBUTOR Anxious to include a provision for an east-west trail connection in the final Resource Management Plan for the Carmel Mountain and Del Mar Mesa Preserves, Del Mar Mesa Chair Gary Levitt met recently with Chris Zirkle, city deputy director of open space, and members of the California Dept. of Fish and Game. Levitt described the meeting at the Del Mar Mesa planning board’s July 14 meeting. At the city meeting, Levitt was joined by Rob Mikuteit, representing the San Diego Mountain Bike Association, strong supporters of keeping previously created “tunnel” trails (narrow trails under a rich canopy) in the plan, to express their concerns about the missing east-west trail link. “If there is no east-west connection, people will make their own,” Mikuteit cau-
tioned the board. As the final preserve resource management plan nears completion, including hiking, biking and equestrian trails, some groups are surprised that vernal pools, with tiny endangered fairy shrimp, could be at the center of resistance to the east-west trail, while the CA Dept. of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, owning a total of 137 preserve acres, struggle to prevent trails from touching the pools. The preserves are in the Multiple Habitat Planning Area (MHPA) intended to preserve sensitive habitat. “The DFG has to sit there and say with a straight face that trails can’t touch the pools,” Levitt said. “They are aggressively trying to protect their property but recognize there is no east-west connection and hope there can be a resolution.” Board member Lisa Ross noted that See POOLS, page 6
BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER Imagine a movie theater where, as you’re reclining in a leather chair to catch the last “Harry Potter” movie, you can order up sushi or chocolate-covered popcorn at the press of button. That unique, elevated movie-going experience is here now in Carmel Valley with Del Mar Highlands’ new Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, opening this Friday, July 22. Close to $7 million was plugged into the former UltraStar Cinema to bring it up to the luxury level, a new concept for the United States from Cinepolis, a Mexican theater chain. “We’re here to become part of the community,” said Carlos Wellman, Cinepolis managing director. “We’re very happy to start a new team and adventure out here.” “We hope the community really embraces it,” echoed Cinepolis partner Adolfo Fastlicht, who noted that the new theater created more than 70 jobs. Cinepolis opened its first theater in Mexico in 1947 and has since become the largest movie chain in Latin America and fourth largest in the world. Cinepolis developed its“VIP” luxury experience in 1999 and has ventured into several South American countries and India, but San Diego is its first American presence. They have plans to open seven more theaters in the Southern California region, including the former UltraStar La Costa in Carlsbad, Laguna Niguel and Irvine. Fastlicht said they aim to grow into Northern California and then become a nationwide chain. Cinepolis’ difference is noticed right away in the theater lobby, which features floor to ceiling windows, glossy wood floors, and a cluster of cozy, stylish couches and tables to grab a bite from the gourmet concession stand where champagne is chilling and decadent desserts are on display. Cinepolis is the only movie theater in San Diego to have a full bar, which serves wine, beer, champagne and signature cocktails such as a Skinny Margarita or Cool as A Cucumber, with vodka, fresh cucumber and a splash of agave nectar. See THEATER, page 14
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Garage sale to be held to raise awareness, assist dog attack victims
Bill passes, helps Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place take more wagers on out-of-state racing
BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER A dangerous dog lives in the Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood, according to area resident Jodie Moore, and residents are holding a garage sale on July 23 to raise awareness, as well as funds for one of the dog’s recent victims. Under county law it takes two bites within a four-year period before a dog is declared “dangerous” and is given restrictions. The pitbull in question has attacked two humans and neighbor Moore’s dog, Moore said. On June 23, the Moore family was inside their home when they heard someone being attacked by a dog. Moore’s husband ran outside to help and their family dog slipped out the door behind him, Moore said. The pitbull was attacking their neighbor
Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place will be able to take wagers on, and show more live, out-of-state horse races after a bill by Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach, was signed into law July 15. Off-site wagering facilities at race tracks and fairs had been limited to showing 32 out-of-state races per day, but that number will be increased to 50 by the bill, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Wellknown races like the Kentucky Derby do not count against the limit. The bill, which sailed through the Legislature without opposition, was designed to
but immediately let go of the man to chase after and attack the Moore’s dog. The pitbull was not on a leash, having escaped from its owner’s home. The attacked man had bite marks to his chest and elbow, Moore said. Per the county and homeowner association rules, the dog needs to wear a muzzle as well as be on a leash, but Jodie Moore said accidents do happen. She now has a $5,000 veterinarian bill but the pitbill owner refuses to pay because the owner alleges that her dog was injured, too, and that it was an accident that the dog got out. “I just want to bring awareness to the Airoso community that there is a dangerous dog living among us,” Moore said. The garage sale will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 7-11 a.m. in the Airoso community off East Village Center Loop Road, past Canyon Crest Academy.
Work to repair flooded onramp to begin in September Work to repair a chronically flooded onramp to northbound Interstate 5 at Carmel Mountain Road is expected to begin in September, and take four to six weeks to complete. Janie Hoover, an aide to District 1 Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, updated the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board on the project at its meeting on Tuesday, July 19. Hoover said the council appropriated funding for the project on June 7, and the next step is for the city to award a contract for the work. A storm drain near the onramp was damaged during last winter’s storms, causing the onramp to flood – and be closed to traffic – during rainstorms. — Joe Tash
stabilize business at the tracks, which have suffered declining attendance because of the weak economy. The tracks have become more dependent on their satellite wagering offerings to make ends meet, according to a legislative analysis. Also, since tracks can show more events from outside the state, similar facilities elsewhere would be more likely to reciprocate by airing California races, which would also increase revenue. As an emergency measure, the change will take effect immediately. — City News Service
DM Mesa should stay in District One, planning board agrees The Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board voted unanimously July 14 to send a letter to the city’s 2010 redistricting commission emphatically stating the redistricting process (to create a 9th district) must keep the Del Mar Mesa community planning area boundaries within District One. Chair Gary Levitt said the board should also send a separate letter approving the coastal plan (including La Jolla), “which keeps our community intact.” District One includes Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Rancho Penasquitos, and La Jolla,
among other areas. The board opposed the recent suggested plan to “chop up” Carmel Valley, leaving out Neighborhoods 10, 6 and 8. Board member Allen Kashani also suggested the Carmel Valley, Del Mar Mesa, and Torrey Hills neighborhoods be treated as one, since they are “sister communities.” Public testimony will be held over the next few weeks; a preliminary plan and map will be drawn up; more public hearings will be held, then a post-map will be drawn. There will be a final wrap-up before the Sept. 15 deadline. — Suzanne Evans
Support local businesses— vote for your favorite online New on the web this week is the ballot for this year’s “Best Of North Coast.” You can vote on a number of categories from best restaurant to best lawyer, and everything in-between. Go to delmartimes.net/best-of-2011 or scan the barcode to submit your ballot. The contest period ends at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15, so submit your ballot today. The winners of each category will be announced in a special section of the Sept. 29 edition of the Del Mar Times. Spread the word, vote for your favorite hang out before it is too late.
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CV resident creates invaluable memoirs for families, companies BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Carmel Valley resident Sid Shapira is in the business of preserving memories. With his new venture, “Stories Be Told,” Shapira helps people create their memoirs, full of irreplaceable and priceless stories and photos. The end result is a “most treasured gift” to families and future generations. “It’s something that’s really important, something I wished I’d done
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TORREY continued from page 1 much more in common with the coastal communities,” said planning board member Guy Ravad. Previously, the Torrey Hills planning board had endorsed the so-called Coast and Canyons plan, which maintains most of the current Council District 1, except for Rancho Peñasquitos. The plan, which was drafted by La Jolla Planning Association member and land use consultant Joe LaCava, also reunites La Jolla and University City, which had previously been divided between council districts. In an interview before the meeting, Burton suggested that redistricting commissioners had proposed shifting Torrey Hills to different council districts to help balance the district populations. One of the key goals of redistricting is to redraw the boundaries so that each district has a population of about 145,000 residents, she said. “Some commissioners were thinking of Torrey Hills as this little numbers
chip… it would be negligent of us not to address that formally and create a record,” which is why she proposed sending a letter to the commission, Burton said. At Tuesday’s meeting, planning board member Rob Mullally suggested that if Neighborhood 10, which is currently within the Carmel Valley planning area, were moved to Torrey Hills, the community would have more clout. “Part of the reason we’re getting bounced around like this is we don’t have critical mass,” said Mullally. Burton said the letter will spell out reasons why planning board members believe Torrey Hills belongs in District 1. Among them, she said, is that Torrey Hills shares community facilities, from police and fire stations to community centers and roads, with its coastal neighbors. The communities also share common school districts, she said. “We’re inextricably linked to Carmel Valley,” she said. When a friend heard about the suggestion that Torrey Hills be moved into a district that includes
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Rhodes Crossing, a “heavily suburbanized” development, (near a vernal pool site, where development is usually restricted, covering 102 acres southwest of the intersection of SR-56 and Carmel Mountain Road), is adjacent to the Del Mar Mesa open space area. Its heavy density detracts from the intended “rural nature” of Del Mar Mesa, and “is not compatible with an atmosphere of habitat preservation,” Ross said. Board member Allen Kashani suggested, however, the board “zoom out” a little to consider the adjacent Shaw Lorenz development, slated to include 5,000 houses at build-out, and residents active with hiking, bikes and horses. The city also needs the board to approve the community plan amendment, with map and text changes, presented by senior city planner Bernie Turgeon. Turgeon showed the board changes he made within the existing framework, focusing on trails following existing roads, as well as trails through open space, such as multi-use, equestrian/bike, and hike/bike trails. He then elaborated on trail descriptions. “I just refined your plan,” Turgeon said.
“We are going to require plan amendments for new trails through Del Mar Mesa,” Turgeon said. Ross feared the board’s giving only conditional approval on the trails plan (subject to the east-west connector being provided) could mean that later on, the east-west connector request would disappear altogether in the final plan. Some members urged the board to keep an open mind on changes. “We want flexibility to change the east-west connector because we don’t know where it’s going to be located,” Levitt said. Turgeon said he will take his map revisions to the Parks and Recreation department and although it could take a few years to get a trails permit, Turgeon advised the board make its final decision within the next two months. A board subcommittee will meet in August to discuss the trails community plan amendment. After all the affected community planning boards weigh in, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee, which meets Sept. 21, will also give its recommendation, with the San Diego City Council making its final decision.
Rancho Bernardo, the woman said “We don’t even share the same weather!” Burton recalled. LaCava said the commission was set to release a preliminary map of redrawn council districts this week, and the final map will be adopted in late August. The Coast and Canyons plan, he said, recognizes a region bound by orientation to the coast, large swaths of open space and protected canyons, and proximity to UCSD and the adjacent biotech and hightech hub. Based on comments made by commissioners, LaCava said, “We have a high degree of confidence the Coast and Canyons Plan will become the new District 1,” and that it will include Torrey Hills. But he said the next few weeks are critical to the final outcome. “You can never relax. This is the time to be really diligent, because something could pop up,” he said. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mullally announced he is stepping down from the planning board because he is moving away from Torrey Hills.
Fairbanks Riding Club completes big renovation BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER Fairbanks Riding Club recently completed the biggest renovation in the club’s 27-year history, completely redoing its barn. A somewhat hidden secret within the Fairbanks Ranch community, the boarding facility, which is open to non-Fairbanks Ranch residents, prides itself on being a welcoming, family-friendly place. “We want everybody here to feel really comfortable, whether they The renovated barn at the Fairbanks Riding Club are pleasure riders, competition riders, boarding a horse or just taking lessons,” said Susan Ellner, club president since December 2010. Currently, the club is home to 44 horses with 12 openings in its brand new barn. The club’s big remodel began in March, demolishing the old barn in four days. Tammy Pillette, MD Barnmaster of Southern California, and Randy Baker’s Baker Quality Construction put in new stalls by MD Barns and removed one stall to create a breezeway to help keep the barn cool and ventilated. The stalls feature a unique yoke-style guard instead of doors to allow horses to hang their heads into the aisle of the barn, as well as 10-inch concrete curbs, a new trend in the industry that prevents rusting at the bottom and promotes a longer life for stall walls. They kept some charming fixtures from their old barn, but updated the watering system and added grills between most stalls to allow horses to socialize. The club now has 36 stalls and 20 outside corrals with cover. They have three arenas, including a mirrored dressage court, three turnouts, a European walker, full groom and care service and hand grazing. As the club is within a gated community, the location is very secure and they also have a resident nightwatch. The club has trail access to the San Dieguito Riverbed and a trail through tree-lined Fairbanks Ranch, including a loop around the community’s lake, home to a few resident swans. “The trail is absolutely gorgeous, you couldn’t find a more beautiful trail,” said recent past-president Cauleen Glass, who frequently takes advantage of the trail with her boarding horses. “What we sell here is just a really lush, park-like setting. It’s very peaceful and serene,” agreed Ellner. “Time stops here.” In addition to peaceful riding, the club also offers quality instruction. Lena Nordlof-Davis, a USDF (United States Dressage Federation) gold, silver and bronze medalist, handles dressage training and care, and new addition Kelli Di Gioia-Bautista brings her championship experience in hunter jumper training. Summer Pony Camp is now running with daily riding and bathing of ponies, arts and crafts, and nature hikes. For more information, contact instructor Sarah Powell at (858) 449-3317. The club is also hosting a dressage clinic on Aug. 9 and 10 with Olympian Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. To register, call Lena Nordolf-Davis at (760) 822-7483. For more information on boarding opportunities, call (858) 756-0321 or visit fairbanksridingclub.com.
The Carmel Valley Library Corner 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. 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. SUMMER TUTORING FOR K-12 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, July 27 @ 4 p.m. EXTREME RAHIM Extreme Rahim brings you a magic show filled with comedy. Wednesday, Aug. 3 @ * 3:30 p.m. (Special Time) WILD WONDERS where kids and adults can “tame” their curiosity for “wildlife.” Wednesday, Aug. 10 @ 4 p.m. CRAIG STONE will host
a magic show performance. Wednesday, Aug. 17 @ 4 p.m. MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS will deliver unique, hands-on science experiments for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. Thursday, July 28 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * CRAFT TIME FOR PREK-6TH GRADERS: NATIVE AMERICAN RAINSTICKS Native American Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments use to invoke the rain spirits. Make your own Native American Rainstick. This program is limited to 40 participants and no registration required. Thursday, August 4 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * CRAFT TIME FOR PREK-6TH GRADERS MEDITERRANEAN OLIVE LEAF CROWN AND OLYMPIC TORCH Be an Olympic winner by participating in making this craft. This program is limited to 40 participants and no registration required. Thursday, August 11 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. * CRAFT TIME FOR PREK-6TH GRADERS: ISLAND LEI Design an island lei for you to take home. This program is limited to 40 participants and no registration required.
Sept. 17 @ 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. FRIENDS OF CARMEL VALLEY LIBRARY BARGAIN BOOK SALE The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be holding a bargain book sale fundraiser to benefit the library. Proceeds will go to buy new materials for the library and to pay for children’s programs, art and music programs. The book sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Library. It will feature bargain books (cookbooks, children’s books, mysteries, fiction, etc., etc.) priced to sell at only four for $1! 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! 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/
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Three Carmel Valley residents earn prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award Girl Scouts San Diego hailed the leadership and community service achievements of 57 local Girl Scouts at its recent annual Gold Award ceremony at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center. The recipients included three Carmel Valley residents. Kate McBride helped Philippine orphanages educate and improve the lives of children through her Gold Award project, “For the Love of Literature.” Kate collected and shipped thousands of children’s books to orphanage in the Philippines. Along with the books, she sent letters and decorative bookmarks she crafted with children from her church. Kate, whose parents are Doug and Janeen McBride, was been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She graduated from Torrey Pines High School this year, and will attend the University of Southern California in the fall. Honoree Jordan Moore’s Gold Award project, “Inclusion Made Easy: How to Bring Everyone to the Table,” promoted inclusive environments in high schools. She created a resource guide and website targeting student leaders, clubs, government bodies and faculty, and disseminated the information to 38 schools, potentially reaching more than 67,000 people. Jordan is the daughter of Sidnie Moore, and is a 2011 graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School who will study environ-
mental studies and pre-law at Yale University. A member of Troop 8409, Katie started Girl Scouting as a Brownie 13 years ago. Katie Twyman –through her Gold Award project – “Increasing Childhood Obesity Kate McBride Awareness” – taught students in grades 4-6 about the importance of eating well-balanced meals and staying active. She also ran a basketball skills clinic. She was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1461 for 13 years, and recently became a lifetime member. A 2011 graduate of Canyon Crest Academy, she is set to attend the University of California Davis, majoring in environmental science. Katie’s parJordan Moore ents are Amy Seki
and Mike Twyman. The Girl Scout Gold Award – Girl Scouting’s highest honor – recognizes the leadership, effort, and positive impact girls in grades 9-12 have on their communities. Each recipient spends two to Katie Twyman three years completing a seven-step process that includes exploring career interests, colleges, internships and jobs. It culminates when the girl plans, executes and evaluates a major service project based on a personal passion that addresses the needs of a specific community. “As I shook the hands of the awardees, I marveled over how they poured their hearts, time and talents into their projects, said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee C. Jacob, who presented the awards. “These amazing leaders-in-the-making joined the elite 5.4 percent
Local students are National Merit Scholarship winners Several Carmel Valley students are among more than 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities announced on July 13 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,900 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. Collegesponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. This year 198 colleges and universities are sponsor-
ing about 4,800 Merit Scholarship awards. Local recipients include: •Kunyu Fang, Carmel Valley Probable career field: Political science NATIONAL MERIT DEPAUW UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP •Shannon Y. Wang, Carmel Valley Probable career field: Business Torrey Pines High School NATIONAL MERIT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS SCHOLARSHIP
CCA actress wins National tour Youth Theatre awards Canyon Crest Academy actress of the east coast that started in Syracuse, NY, and finand singer Torrey Mercer has won two National Youth Theatre awards”: outstanding supporting actress for her performance as Mae Peterson in ACT San Diego’s “Bye Bye Birdie” and outstanding original song for her song “Fallin’ Again.” She will receive her awards at a ceremony on July 25 at the Carlsbad Torrey Mercer Community Theatre. She was also nominated this year for her performance as Rona Peretti for Canyon Crest Academy’s production of the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Canyon Crest Academy. Mercer, 18, just got back from the “No Bully” singing
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Del Mar Racing Feature Edwin J. Gregson Foundation to honor Oak Tree Racing Association at The Grand Del Mar The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation recently announced that it will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring Oak Tree Racing Association for its distinguished role in the success of the California thoroughbred horse racing industry and for its countless charitable contributions to those in need. This dinner will serve as the 11th fund-raising event for the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, the proceeds of which will be used for continued development of various educational pro-
grams to benefit California’s backstretch workers and their families. These programs, such as scholarship grants, computer literacy classes, ongoing English as a Second Language courses, as well as various recreational activities, were part of late thoroughbred horse trainer Eddie Gregson’s vision in helping individuals improve their standard of living and achieve excellence in their lives. Gregson is the famed trainer of Gate del Sol, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1982.
The members of the Oak Tree Board of Directors will be feted at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The dinner will take place on Monday, Aug. 8, and tickets for the event are $250 per person. This annual event has proven to sell out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information.
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The fun continues at the Del Mar Racetrack as this season’s meet rolls outs with friendly competition and the first Saturday concert. Thoroughbreds and cougars will make their way to the track hoping for a win in the Cougar II Handicap and Miss Cougar Del Mar contest. With plenty of spirited competition, Del Mar’s first full week of racing comes accompanied by some of the season’s most anticipated events. •Miss Cougar Del Mar and the Cougar II Handicap – Fri., July 29 – Del Mar’s longest stakes race, the mile and one-half Cougar II Handicap, will run on Friday honoring its namesake Hall of Fame runner. Finalists for Miss Cougar Del Mar will also be on the prowl throughout the day, hoping to earn the title in the 3rd annual Miss Cougar Del Mar contest. Determined by online and text votes, the winner of Miss Cougar Del Mar 2011 will be announced during the races that day and invited to present the trophy for the Cougar II Handicap. Submissions are currently being accepted on www.delmarscene.com. • 4 O’clock Fridays continue with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Fri., July 29 – After the horses have raced and Miss Cougar crowned, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will take the stage for the second 4 O’clock Friday concert. Their alternative, garage rock revival hits are sure to entertain and light up the new Seaside Stage. •First Saturday Concert and Beer Fest: Ziggy Marley salutes the Legends of Reggae– Sat. July 30 – For the first of only two Saturday concerts, Ziggy Marley will salute the legends of reggae with mellow beats and a special set. In conjunction with the concert, Del Mar will host its first beer fest of the season, where guests can choose to sample up to 60 different brews while enjoying the show. Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesdays through Sundays, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays first post is at 4 p.m. There will be a special Monday racing card on Labor Day, September 5. 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.
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Del Mar Racing Feature Beach Cities Jam coming to Belly Up Tavern July 28 What do you get when you mix good friends, sweet memories and hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll? You get the Beach Cities Jam. Four bands featuring alumni from local high schools will wield guitars and reel in the memories at the July 28 event at the Belly Up Tavern. Through the years, the beach cities of Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar have produced extraordinary talent, and once again, these towns will be well-represented at the Jam. Wag Halen The bands, in their order of appearance, are: STRATOS, Los Beautiful Beasts, Wag Halen and The Swing’n Kings. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets cost $8. For more information, call the Belly Up Tavern box office at (858) 481-8140 or visit www.bellyup.com.
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Winning Del Mar Little League team members share special memories at 20-year reunion BY KAREN BILLING STAFF BOX Twenty summers ago they were just boys playing baseball. Not yet 13, before high school, before girls, this was their last summer to just be pure boys, playing for the love of the game and for each other. Howard Anderson, a Del Mar architect and manager of the 1991 Del Mar Little League All Stars that made a run at the Little League World Series, organized a 20-year reunion for the weekend of July 15. Standing taller on the Del Mar Heights school field, the men recreated the experience of their “Sandlot” youth— lunching on the In n’ Out burgers they always celebrated wins with, playing catch with their old warm-up partners, the familiar cadence of taking infield: “Jory, get two,” followed by the crack of a fungo bat. An impressive 11 of 13 boys showed up to relive that All Star summer—the only players unable to attend were Adam Johnson who lives in Florida and Dan Mallott who is now a professor at the University of North Dakota. Players on that ’91 squad who attended included Ryan “Ryno” Anderson; Michael Eaton, Shane “Finns” Finnerty; Tommy “The Vacuum” Hays; James “Hokey” Hochleutner; Pe(Top) The Del Mar Little League All Stars players in 1991 and today (bottom) at the ter “Mr. Clutch” Huffman; Trevreunion. Bottom photo/Karen Billing or “Mr. Consistency” HutchinAnderson’s office, recruited to coach because of his love of son; Lee Sanudo; Ryan Whan; Jory Wolf; and Kevin “Oh Fifbaseball. “To see them 20 years later…I was so excited to see ty-five” Boyd. (Note the .055 in Boyd’s nickname was just what they’d done with their lives and the successes they’d his scrimmage batting average—he’d end up with the secbecome.” ond highest average on the team with .419 and the second Among them, two reached the major leagues: Johnson lowest strike-out ratio.) was the number two pick in the 2000 draft and pitched re“This All Star team, they worked so hard, they played lief for the Minnesota Twins; Hutchinson made it to the so well,” said Coach Bill Hayer, an architect who worked in Florida Marlins, also a pitcher.
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Sanudo is a golf professional, working at the Carlsbad Golf Center. Boyd received a soccer scholarship to Boston College and played professional soccer for two years in Holland and Germany. He still remembers hitting a homer off his former teammate Johnson in a high school game as a freshman. “Sorry AJ!” Huffman works at Merrill Lynch in San Diego and with the Clinton Foundation set up AIDS treatment locations in Africa. Hochleutner came in all the way from New York, where he works as an equities trader. He made it to the Division 3 College World Series with Emory University. Finnerty lives in Oceanside and works as a key account manager for Boyd Coffee Company. Whan is a head production accountant at Sony Pictures, last working on the movie “Country Strong.” Hays runs his own produce business called SoCal Citrus. Wolf came to the reunion with his 10-week old son in tow, he now lives in San Diego and runs a financial company. Ryan Anderson is freshly married, living in Texas and, like his father, earned a master’s in architecture. He now runs a design and fabrication firm in Austin, Texas. “(The coaches) taught us so many things. Among them how to be gracious winners, how to be gracious losers, how to give our all no matter what the situation, and how to be a good teammate,” Ryan Anderson said. “These values have served us well since then. It was a great group of kids then and an amazing group of adults now.” Eaton also learned from his architect coaches. “It helped me see that there can be a balance in being involved in sports and the arts at the same time,” he said. Now Eaton runs his own multi-media creative firm, and as a fashion photographer and director specializes in music videos and commercials. He lives in Del Mar. “I’m so proud of all of them,” Howard Anderson said. “(Their success) doesn’t surprise me because they were really smart, hard-working kids.” Reunion weekend began with a welcome party at Anderson’s Del Mar office, with memorabilia from their season up on the wall. They watched videos of their games and laughed, reminiscing on the old days, like riding to games in the back of the Anderson VW van, debating whether or not spilled water stained carpet. “They fell back to being 12 years old,” said Hayer, who was about the age the men are now when he was their coach at 34. Did they recognize each other? Hayer said it was easy, it all came back to him when he See TEAM, page 14
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THEATER continued from page 1
Above and at right are interior shots of the new theater at Del Mar Highlands and its cheerful employees. Photos/Jon Clark
Alcohol is only allowed in theaters one and two and Cinepolis will be very strict about those two theaters, general manager Antonio Garcia said. Identification will be required to purchase tickets to movies in those two theaters and any time the patron enters and exits. Moviegoers over 21 can also only imbibe two drinks maximum. Unlike most movie theaters, there are no ticket windows. Instead, there is a concierge desk where moviegoers can select their own reserved seat when they buy the ticket. “I honestly believe there is no bad seat in the house,” Garcia said. For people who purchased tickets online or if there is a line, they can use an adjacent ticket station to pick up tickets, as well. An upstairs lobby area features bathroom lounges and an art gallery with local artists’ works on display and for sale. Cinepolis’ eight auditoriums feature 65 seats each, “The most state-of-the-art, beautiful cinemas in the U.S.,” Garcia said proudly. Patrons relax in seven-foot leather reclining chairs with tables in between each and an adjustable table that can go over the lap. Once seated, there is a button to summon service and a menu with an LED light built in so you can see what you’re selecting. The menu includes items such as Angus beef sliders, flat bread pizza, wraps, coconut shrimp and quesadillas. They also have standard movie fare like candy and popcorn, but the popcorn comes in six different flavors: butter, caramel, spicy chili, cheddar cheese, cinnamon roll and zebra (black and white chocolate covered) and is served in a footed cone bowl. Garcia said people have expressed concerns that the service will be interruptive to watching the movie, but he said most people order during the first 15 minutes of previews. After that, service is sporadic and servers are dressed in black and will slip quickly in and out, kneeling to take orders and deliver food. Ticket prices are slightly more expensive than standard theaters at $14-18. To learn more, visit cinepolisusa.com.
TEAM continued from page 11 saw their childlike smiles. “I haven’t seen most of these guys in 15 years but everyone’s pretty much the same,” Eaton said. After Friday night’s get-together they spent Saturday on the field at Del Mar Heights, followed by a barbecue and a golf outing on Sunday. That 1991 championship team has ended up being the most successful in Del Mar Little League history. In the Coast South Area tournament they smoked their Rancho Santa Fe rivals 15-0. They blew through Encinitas and Vista to reach the District 31 tournament where they beat Temecula in the championship game 8-1 to get to sectionals. Eaton hit a home run shot against Temecula, with Anderson noting: “His home run trot was very
slow.” “We were always the underdogs,” Eaton said, recalling an old to-do list pinned to the board in Anderson’s office that read: “Jackets…no sponsor… tried.” Their wins were “magical,” Howard Anderson said, coming on late-inning heroics. Their team goal was to never give up. “Throughout the summer I learned that nothing was over until it was over. I learned as long as we had at bats left, we had a chance,” said Hochleutner. “That summer gave me the confidence that with hard work, persistence, determination, faith and a little luck, great things can happen.” Johnson was Anderson’s “Mr. July” and much like Mr. October Reggie Jackson, he led the team in hits (20), RBI’s (27) and homeruns (6) and batted a dangerous .455. Sectionals were played in Imperial Beach and the men remembered how Mr.
July “hit a homerun into Mexico.” The team fell just short of making it to the Little League World Series, losing to El Cajon 6-2. While Anderson had new All Star caps made up for the entire team for the reunion, Hoffman showed up to Del Mar Heights on Saturday afternoon wearing his faded original that no longer fit his head. Huffman said he hadn’t thrown a ball in maybe 15 years, “I’ll probably pull a hammy,” he told his old friends. No hammies were pulled in the making of this reunion— playing right field, Huffman fielded the ball with an exaggerated crow hop. The men recreated their intimidating pre-game warm-up—infielders throwing to first and then rushing to snatch a dribbler thrown by catcher Anderson and toss it on the run back to first. The team swang the bat with equal ease, hits
sailing into outfield where the men shagged balls in between catching up. During batting practice, Hays ripped a home run ball that carried over the outfield and the playground, smacking the wall of one of the portable classrooms. His old teammates cheered. Anderson watched it all from behind home plate. His wife Barbara said she was worried at first when Anderson set out to plan the reunion. She worried he’d be disappointed, that the boys wouldn’t come or that maybe it wouldn’t have meant as much to them as it did to him. But as responses trickled in, it became clear that it had. “Best summer of my childhood,” Eaton said. Plans are already underway for a 25th anniversary, another summer weekend looking back when they were still boys.
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‘Saving America’s Mustangs’ a driving passion for philanthropist BY JOE TASH CONTRIBUTOR As a child growing up in Iraq, Madeleine Pickens watched American Western movies and dreamed of immigrating to the United States. Among the images of the Wild West spirit that etched into her memory was that of mustangs roaming on the prairie. Later, as an adult, Pickens learned of the plight of wild horses in the modern American West – rounded up and confined to government corrals, or even sent to the slaughterhouse. “The idea of them running free and being gathered up by helicopters in such a traumatic style, being disposed of or warehoused by the government was such a sad thing for me,” said Pickens, a businesswoman and philanthropist, and wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens. “So I got involved.” Pickens, who owns the Del Mar Country Club, founded Saving America’s Mustangs, a nonprofit foundation. So far, she has purchased two ranches in northeast Nevada totaling more than 18,000 acres, and she wants to use that land, along with some 600,000 acres of federal land surrounding her property, to create a preserve for wild horses. As part of her efforts to bring attention to her cause, the foundation has created a video appeal to Oprah Winfrey, and she shows off a group of mustangs she rescued at public events, from the Rose Parade to college football games. Her mustangs marched at the Del Mar Racetrack on Wednesday, July 20, as part of opening day
festivities for this year’s race meet. According to Pickens, the situation is urgent – a century ago, she said, some 2 million wild mustangs roamed the west. Today, only about 28,000 survive. “To me, that’s pretty close to extinction.” Pickens’ plan, which has the support of a number of celebrities, including her husband, is for her foundation to manage thousands of mustangs on the Nevada preserve on behalf of the federal Bureau of Land Management. Pickens said she could save the government millions of dollars in annual costs, and allow the mustangs to flourish. This summer, she brought 500 mustangs to her ranch that she rescued from being sent to a slaughterhouse, where they have now been released. Eventually, she would like to establish the Mustang Monument, a sanctuary that would also become an attraction for American and foreign tourists to experience a taste of the Wild West. She envisions an eco-preserve where people could camp out overnight, see mustangs in the wild, and even get a taste of covered wagons and other staples of the days of cowboys and Indians. “We have a sexy history and I want to capture this,” she said. The ranch has been transferred to the foundation’s ownership, she said, and all proceeds from the operation will go back into furthering the nonprofit’s goals. While her plan has drawn the ire of cattle ranchers who want to continue allowing their herds to graze the federal lands, as they have for decades, others in northeast Nevada support her plan because of its potential for generating tourism dollars, according
Madeleine Pickens (right) at her eco sanctuary that she is developing in Nevada for wild horses. She just released Paiute horses that she saved from slaughter last December and these photos were taken after the horses were released onto the open range again. Photos/Jon Collins.
to a December report in the Wall Street Journal. Pickens said she has invested a sizeable sum of her own money into the foundation, but declined to discuss specific numbers. “This is my passion,” she said. In April, Pickens testified before members of the House Interior Appropriations Committee, urging them to support the creation of an eco-preserve for wild mustangs. Her foundation has also held galas, organized letter-writing campaigns and used public appearances — such as bringing the horses to opening day at the Del Mar racetrack — to get the word out. Pickens said those who are interested in supporting the plan can log on to the foundation’s website at www.savingamericasmus-
tangs.org, to register to receive updates and find out how they can become involved. The campaign has made a difference, she said, and has caught the attention of officials at the federal Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the public lands where Pickens wants to establish the refuge for wild horses. “It’s time for a change,” she said, both in the way wild horses are treated, and in the mentality of cattlemen and ranchers who don’t want to provide roaming land for the mustangs. “All we are saying is leave the horses alone, and they can’t handle that,” she said.
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â€˜Party for the Towerâ€™: Friends of the Powerhouse to host fundraising event at En Fuego Everyone is invited to the â€œMidsummer Night of Fun and Frivolityâ€? on Aug. 3 at En Fuego. Tickets are $50 per person. A buffet dinner and auction by Joe Harper begins at 6 p.m. There will be live auction items, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the event will be used for construction of the new Community Services/Lifeguard Headquarters at 17th Street. For more information or questions, please contact Jill Coughlin at 858-755-1641.
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The Carmel Valley Recreation Council and Pardee Homes are presenting the Summer Serenades 2011 concert series. Bring the whole family for a night of live music and fun. The concerts are held on Sunday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Returning to Solana Highlands on July 24, you will be entertained by the reggae sounds of Upstream. Wrapping up the season on July 31 will be Eve Selis performing at Ashley Falls Neighborhood Park.
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Evidence does not support Clanton’s claims In a recent article, Gordon Clanton offered his insights on what he claimed were the differences between Democrats and Republicans. Upon closer scrutiny, however, the evidence does not support Mr. Clanton’s superficial claims. Consider the following: 1. Mr. Clanton’s Claim. Democrats favor progressive taxation. Republicans favor huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Facts. Democrats support taxation of every kind, including property taxes, sales taxes, car taxes, fuel taxes, energy taxes, environmental taxes, and the hundreds of other taxes and fees paid by the average person. These taxes are uniformly regressive taxes, requiring a greater percentage of income from those least able to afford it. Social Security and Medicare taxes are two of the country’s most regressive taxes. As for Republicans supporting “huge tax cuts” for wealthier Americans, that statement misrepresents the Republican position. Republicans supported tax cuts for all Americans. Republicans opposed tax increases on the wealthiest Americans
because such tax increases are proven job killers. When jobs are killed, those least able to afford it suffer the most. 2. Mr. Clainton’s Claim. Democrats support Social Security, Medicare and national health insurance. Republicans want to repeal these programs. Facts. If the Democrats truly supported Social Security and Medicare, then why are those two trust funds bankrupt? Where are the hundreds of thousands of dollars that I personally paid into the system? Where are the billions of dollars millions of Americans paid into the system? Democrats spent it. To be fair, Republicans helped the Democrats to spend it, but nevertheless, it is ludicrous to state that Democrats support Social Security and Medicare when they bankrupted both programs. As for national health care, the country is more than $14 trillion in debt, and Social Security and Medicare are bankrupt. Perhaps the Democrats can explain how to pay for Obamacare when they can’t even pay for the other programs. Republicans have
called for the repeal of socialized medicine and for reforms (not repeal) of Social Security and Medicare that are more in line with the country’s ability to pay. Even Mr. Obama is calling for $4 trillion in cuts. 3. Mr. Clanton’s Claim. Democrats are pro-labor. Republicans are anti-union. Facts. This statement is true if by “pro-labor” Mr. Clanton means “pro labor union.” The labor unions, which represent less than 15 percent of all workers, have the Democrats in their collective union pockets. That is why the State of California and virtually every city and county in California is burdened with billions of unfunded, guaranteed, lifetime pensions for public employees. There is nothing “pro labor” for the other 85 percent of the work force whose taxes are raised and services cut to pay for these union pensions. 4. Mr. Clanton’s Claim. Democrats are pro-choice. Republicans want to outlaw abortion and stem cell research. Facts. Many Democrats do not support abortion on demand, partial
birth abortion, or creating human embryos for the purpose of destroying them in the name of science. As technology is increasingly able to visually demonstrate the humanity of the developing baby in the womb, people from all persuasions are questioning the morality and the ethics of 90 percent of the abortions that are done for convenience, and, in many cases, paid for by public tax dollars. Republicans support stem cell research, particularly research based upon adult stem cells where virtually all of the breakthrough work is being conducted. Republicans as well as many Democrats oppose the morally and ethically challenged practice of performing stem cell research on human embryos, especially when there are equally beneficial alternatives. While I could go on, I think most readers get the point. However, one final comment is in order. Since Mr. Clanton brought up President Kennedy, it is appropriate to mention his inaugural address where he inspired a nation by telling us: “Let both sides explore
what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” “. . . let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” Whether one is Democrat, Republican or Independent, we should all be able to agree that this country cannot continue to borrow 40 percent of every dollar it spends. This country cannot continue to pile on annual deficits of $1.5 trillion to add to the $14 trillion national debt. This country cannot continue to steal from our children and grandchildren to pay for a bankrupt system that we cannot afford. Tim Binder Tim Binder practices law in Carmel Valley. He was formerly vice chairman of the board and general counsel for the Hotel Del Coronado. He and his family live in Del Mar Heights.
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In the Carmel Valley News’ story “Judge orders closure of Del Mar Medical Marijuana Dispensary,” I was amused by the marijuana dispensary operator’s statement “I always told them (the City) I’d do anything they wanted me to do.” Unless that means obeying city, state and federal laws. Operating without a City business permit and refusing to pay fines racking up over $25,000, strike one. Operating a for-profit dispensary, despite the State Attorney General guidelines stating “Although medical marijuana dispensaries have been operating in California for years, dispensaries, as such, are not recognized under the law,” strike two. Possessing and selling marijuana, a Schedule 1 narcotic, is in direct violation of the Control Substance Act (CSA) and Federal law, strike three. The fraudulent behavior by this, and many other marijuana dispensaries operators, mirrors the pro pot lobby’s efforts for de facto legalization through the establishment of illegal marijuana dispensaries. Operators of marijuana dispensaries would want us to believe that they are only providing access to the seriously ill, but how can we believe that is the case when they’ve shown to act defiantly against the law? Cities that don’t allow marijuana dispensaries aren’t saying a true caregiver and patient can’t associate together to use marijuana, for this is what Prop. 215 and SB 420 set up. It’s the illegal marijuana storefronts that cities(300-plus now in California) and neighborhoods don’t want. I thank Del Mar for protecting the law against abuse and trying to preserve a healthy and safe environment for all. Anne Reins Del Mar
BY STEVE DANON Every 10 years, following the Federal Census, the County of San Diego is called upon to redistrict the five Supervisorial districts to equalize population. Section 400.1 of the County Charter allows members of the Board of Supervisors to determine their own districts. I read in [a newspaper article recently] that County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, “support(s) using an independent commission to redraw the county lines.” However, her actions spoke differently when she authored a board letter (proposal) on Dec. 7, 2010 (Item 17) for the Board of Supervisors “to initiated the 2011 redistricting process pursuant to which the Board of Supervisors will evaluate and adjust, as necessary, the boundaries of the five supervisorial districts in San Diego County based on the 2010 federal decennial census data.” California voters authorized the creation of the Citizens Redistricting Commission when they passed the Voters FIRST Act (Proposition 11) in 2008 to remove the politicians from the process of drawing their own districts. Under the Act, the Commission is charged with drawing the boundaries of California’s Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization electoral districts. If the state of California can do it, we certainly ought to be able to do it for San Diego County. I strongly believe that voters should elect their County Supervisors, rather than County Supervisors selecting their voters. County Supervisor Pam-Slater Price had nearly 20 years to reform this process, but chose not to make a difference. We need a true Indepen-
dent Citizens Redistricting Commission for San Diego County. While this will not remove politics completely from the process, it will eliminate the system of elected officials establishing their own districts. Pamela Karlan, Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School, said, “It used to be that the idea was, once every two [or four] years voters elected their representatives, and now, instead, it’s every 10 years the representatives choose their constituents.” It’s time for that system to end. By creating an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, we can put an end to the inherent conflict of interest that exists when Supervisors have the power to create districts designed to help them get reelected. If incumbent Pam Slater-Price doesn’t bring forward a proposal to change the redistricting process, and I have the opportunity to represent the residents of the Third Supervisorial District, I plan on bringing forward a proposal to establish an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to change the process for the next redistricting. To further accountability, transparency and the public trust in local government, I strongly support an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for the County of San Diego that focuses on population, geography and communities of interest, not on the self-interests of the incumbent Supervisors. Steve Danon is a former member of the board of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and is a candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3 in 2012.
Education Matters The end of Harry Potter ... again BY MARSHA SUTTON With the release July 15 of the last Harry Potter movie in J.K. Rowling’s sensational seven-book series, the media are churning the story with self-generated intensity, showcasing despondent Potter fanatics weeping (some literally) over the grand finale. But the end really happened four years ago, when Rowling released her seventh and last Potter Marsha Sutton novel, “The Deathly Hallows,” in July 2007. So we’ve been through this before; to make us forlorn all over again is too much misery to bear – like losing your best friend twice. Yet the books were the thing, not the movies. The films are just icing on the cake, window dressing on an imaginative force whose power came from the printed word, not in the form of three admittedly adorable child stars. People who only saw the movies missed out on what was really going on in Potter-world. Like, the light in our children’s eyes as they read voraciously through the night, unable to stop sometimes until dawn. And the way our kids taught us how to see the magic in the world … again, like it was before we grew up. The way reading can absorb your every waking moment, expand your mind, and transport you to places never before imagined. And, most obviously, the over-riding consideration: how Rowling’s novels elevated children’s ability and interest in reading for pleasure. The one great downside to this reading-for-pleasure business is that it became nearly impossible to replicate kids’ interest in other books after the Potter stories made everything else seem dull. I may have watched Daniel Radcliffe grow up on screen, but I lived and breathed my own children’s transitions from tots to teens, with Harry Potter playing a large role in their lives along the way. I’ll never forget my younger son’s first foray into organized sports, on a local recreational basketball league when
he was six. We don’t play basketball in our family, but he was enamored with the game so we signed him up. While standing in line that first day at practice to take his turn with the ball, he grew bored, grabbed a twig, and turned it into a wand, casting a spell on the kids to move along faster. In that moment, he became a wizard, Harry having given him permission to imagine the world any way he wanted. Sadly, he was mocked by the other boys, who at age six had already lost their capacity for fantasy. Instead of playing games of imagination, they had already bought into the waytoo-adult notion that games are serious and for keeps in the real world and you must excel and be a star to make mommy and daddy proud. To be so good so young, these boys must have been shooting hoops since the day they could walk – aided, no doubt, by hypercompetitive father-figures with dreams of their sons as the next Michael Jordan. But my son was having none of it. He played with his “wand” in that line (which, to be honest, really was moving awfully slow) until the moment he lowered the stick dejectedly and turned to me, tears in his eyes, and said, “Mommy, I think they’re making fun of me.” After I picked up the
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pieces of my heart and hugged him tightly, we left that line, never to return. That was the day we dropped basketball and embraced instead every imaginative endeavor we could find, Rowling’s books at the top of the list. Then there was my older son’s insistence, in the summer of 2000, that we run to the bookstore on the day of a big soccer tournament (yes, we did some organized sports after all), to purchase Rowling’s justreleased fourth novel, “The Goblet of Fire.” Between matches, we dashed off and returned to the field, breathless, the book clutched firmly to his chest. And the way the other bug-eyed 10-year-olds clustered around him, just wanting to touch it or hold it, you would have thought he had in his possession the latest and greatest new toy … which in a way he had. Profound influence on adults Besides their effect on children, the Potter books had a profound influence on adults. Bumping those books off the New York Times best-seller list because no other “adult-book” author could compete was a travesty that still to this day angers me. Adults were reading the novels as voraciously as the children were. Remember the many stories of parents and kids fighting to gain custody for a few hours of their family’s one copy of each newly-released novel, sometimes adorned with different-colored bookmarks indicating where each reader had left off? We are privileged to have witnessed the emergence of such spellbinding, everlasting literature, like being alive in the days of Lewis Carroll, Beatrix Potter or A.A. Milne. We can say we were here when Rowling first
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brought to life the enduring characters of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore and Voldemort. And we can describe the build-up of anticipation as we waited impatiently and excitedly alongside our children for the release of each book. We read the books, loved them, and found a way, however briefly, to summon in their pages some of the lost magic of childhood. Through the creative genius of J.K. Rowling, adults were able to rekindle their sense of wonder at the universe. She reminded many of us of the power of imagination and helped us recapture the idealistic belief that goodness and light can prevail, even in the face of the darkest of evils. Best of all, Harry Potter’s adventures allowed us to connect as a family and share with our kids an enchanting world full of the dreams, fears, joy, laughter, tragedies and triumphs of childhood. The terror of dementors, the exhilarating satisfaction of beating your foe (whether it’s the bully on the playground or the next exam), the spine-tingling mystery of the unknown, and the protective shield of a mother’s undying love, all evoke images and emotions real and powerful for every child. Harry’s stories became a port-key into the lives of our children, through whose eyes we were granted the supreme privilege of viewing a magical, fantastical world of timeless friendship, love and honor. So, yes, we’re sad to see the final movie, but we mourned the end of Harry Potter a long time before now. Marsha Sutton can be reached at: SuttComm@san.rr.com.
July 21, 2011
â€˜After the Finish Lineâ€™ gives former racehorses a second chance BY KELLEY CARLSON Contributor Scooter Roach was a graded stakes-winning racehorse during a career that spanned nine years. But somehow, the Illinois-bred gelding â€” who had won nearly $843,000 â€” descended the ranks and eventually ended up being entered in a low-level claiming race in 2010, catching the attention of the media. Fortunately for Scooter, efforts by his fans and former connections allowed him to be retired soon afterward and brought to the Illinois Equine Humane Center. He is now transitioning into a new career as a jumper. One of the organizations involved in his rescue was After the Finish Line, a nonprofit group started by former Carmel Valley resident Dawn Mellen, that is dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and caring for former racehorses until they are adopted. â€œI was reading a racing newspaper at the racetrack and saw an ad for a horse rescue organization,â€? she explained. â€œI said to myself, â€˜Why do horses need to be rescued?â€™ When I got home,
After the Finish Line founder and President Dawn Mellen with Ciarra, a rescued horse. PHOTO: DAWN MELLEN I visited the rescueâ€™s website. I was shocked to learn what happens to a majority of the horses that were no longer able to race because they were too slow to win or injured. Thatâ€™s when I became involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue â€” 13 years ago. Because I wanted to increase my involvement, I started After the Finish Line in October 2007.â€?
Since then, the Toluca Lake-based group has been contributing funds to rescue and retirement organizations throughout the country to save horses from slaughter and neglect. These include the United Pegasus Foundation, CANTER of California, Neigh Savers, The Golden Carrot, Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, TROTT, White Rock Horse Rescue and Heavenly
Horse Haven. â€œHorses everywhere need our help,â€? Mellen said. â€œWe donâ€™t discriminate with (them) â€” we donâ€™t care if theyâ€™ve won $7,000 or $700,000 â€” they all try their best.â€? United Pegasus Foundation occasionally seeks assistance for the cost of hay from After the Finish Line,
according to United Pegasus founder and President Helen Meredith. â€œThings are tough (financially),â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s good to have a fundraising foundation like (After the Finish Line). They have more time to do the fundraising and create awareness of thoroughbreds off the track.â€? Meredith said After the Finish Line often donates about $1,000 a couple of times each year to United Pegasus. â€œRight now, weâ€™re desperate,â€? she said. â€œWe hope lots of people donate to (After the Finish Line) so they can help more horses.â€? To aid these organizations, After the Finish Line relies on its own fundraisers and donations. Fifteen events supporting the nonprofit have been planned this year, including several locally. One of them is the fourth annual â€œA Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds,â€? slated from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. Actor and voiceover artist Mike Villani will serve as master of ceremonies, while Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg
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Local soccer player exceeds all her own expectations playing in Women’s World Cup BY GIDEON RUBIN CONTRIBUTOR Natalie Vinti has this habit of selling herself short, only to come up big. Vinti didn’t give herself much a chance when she went out for a loaded soccer squad at University City High (before it became Cathedral Catholic) freshman year. She picked University of San Diego ahead of some higher profile programs figuring it was her best chance to get regular playing time at a Div. I college. She never dreamed she’d play organized soccer at any level after hanging up her cleats for the last time at USD. Vinti has exceeded her own expectations at every turn. She instantly became an impact player as a freshman in high school. Then she proved she could have played at any college she wanted to during a stellar USD career. And a lifetime of selling herself short has culminated with her emergence as a world-class soccer star who played Natalie Vinti in this year’s Women’s World Cup in Germany, representing Mexico’s national team. Vinti is among two local players who competed in the World Cup. Torrey Pines High’s Rachel Buehler, who played for Team USA, is the other. “I never thought in a million years that I’d be playing in the World Cup, it was just overwhelming at times,” Vinti said. “An experience like this is kind of hard to describe in words, because of the emotion, the crowd, and seeing my family up there cheering me on in the World Cup. It was just incredible.” Vinti is the first player in her high school program’s distinguished history to appear in a World Cup. And even though she’s played for the Mexican national team for nearly four years, it wasn’t until her role became widely publicized during the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year that many of her friends knew about her status as a world class competitor. “A lot of people would Facebook me when the World Cup qualifiers were going saying ‘I didn’t know you play for Mexico national team…’ ” Vinti said. “My parents like to brag about me, but it’s not something I feel I need to advertise. It’s something I am very proud of, but there’s a fine line between being proud of yourself and being conceited.” Vinti has walked the low-key side of that line throughout her career. “That’s always how she’s been,” said Cathedral Catholic coach Dawn Lee, who coached
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but I didn’t know how hard it was going to be. “I didn’t’ really know what I was getting into, I just thought I was practicing with a few other girls.” The Mexican national coach, Leo Cuellar coaches apparently liked what he saw, asking Vinti after the workout “how quick I could get my citizenship.” Vinti was eligible for citizenship because her mother, Carmen Nuno Vinti, is a Mexican citizen who was born in Guadalajara. “When this opportunity presented itself, I didn’t even give it a second thought, Vinti said. “I was for sure going to do this because it was something I’ve always wanted to do, and to be able to play in the World Cup I feel like all the sacrifices, blood, sweat and tears and missed dances (in high school), it was all worth it.” Vinti played center midfielder most of her high school career and center defender at USD. She now plays outside defender for the Mexican National team. Vinti played in every minute of all three games for Mexico in the World Cup. Her team played England and New Zealand to 1-1 and 2-2 ties, but lost to eventual champion Japan, 4-0. “She was a major factor in her team’s defense being as successful as it was,” Lee said of Vinti. “She held some of the world’s best players without scoring.” But the exciting part for an extended Dons family was hearing Venti’s name mentioned what seemed like every two seconds. “They mentioned her name so many times, it was like ‘Natalie Vinti… Natalie Vinti… Natalie Vinti.’ “It was amazing,” Lee said. “You enjoy that because she’s someone who never expected anything to be handed to her and all these good things are happening to her Everything to her was like ‘This is so cool, this is so amazing, who’d have ever thought?’ so you’re just so happy for someone who never expected anything and worked hard and it always worked out.”
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Surf B-U9 Premier team second at SoCal Cup soccer tournament The Surf B-U9 Premier team placed 2nd at the SoCal Cup soccer tournament in Oceanside on July 9-10. The team coached by Gary Condliffe played an incredible tournament with the close championship game against the Carlsbad Lighting ending in 3-3 going into penalty kicks. Coach Condliffe said, “I’m still smiling as I think of how much the team as grown as players over the last couple of weeks. They never gave up believing in each other and their effort in coming back from 3-0 down at the end was one of the most unbelievable things I’ve seen in my soccer coaching career. My team really made the Surf Club and myself proud with their efforts and attitude.”
Women’s Premier Soccer League plays locally The San Diego Sea Lions played the Los Al Vikings on July 16 at Cathedral Catholic High School — the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The Women’s Premier Soccer League team features two graduates from local schools: Torrey Pines’ Ashlin Yahr, who is currently playing for Columbia University, and Cathedral Catholic’s CoCo Goodson. (L-R) San Diego Sea Lion Zaneta Wyne, number 23, battles for the ball at a July 16 game at Cathedral Catholic; San Diego Sea Lion Nikki Petracca, number 5, races a Los Al Viking to the ball. Photos/Anna Scipione
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Author helps revive storytelling tradition BY ANTOINETTE KURITZ, Literary publicist, book project manager and the founder of the La Jolla Writers Conference, www.lajollawritersconference.com. Storytelling in the oral tradition is making a comeback in the United States, and spreading the word about it is Mariana Williams. A native Californian whose degree in psychology led to a career in the arts, Williams is a storyteller who was a finalist in the nationally-acclaimed Moth Grand Slam. Having worked after college as a pianist/singer performing in Japan, Morocco, and the U.S., it was while booking comedy that she found the voice that led to writing and storytelling. The author of the Veronica Bennett series, novMariana Williams els of a singer who falls into accidental crime in “Happy New Year, Darling!” and “Stars or Stripes 4th of July,” Williams combines her comedy and writing in “Wince-worthy Tales,” an audio CD of true stories told by the author. Williams also stays busy creating storytelling competitions throughout Southern California, helping revive the storytelling tradition. Willaims says that her second choice of a career as a writer is turning out better than her dream of becoming a ballerina. “Unlike dance, you can write while lying in bed with a bag of chips.” The author lives in a “Southern California beach town” with her Oscar-winning songwriter husband Paul Williams. Her son and daughter have left the nest, and have been (almost) replaced by two calico cats. A recent conversation with Willaims shed some light on writing, on the revival of the art of oral storytelling, and living with the legendary Paul Williams.
Americans are writing. With the advent of e-books, they are writing more than ever before. But to be a good writer demands finding your voice. How difficult was it for you to find yours? My voice was developed by journaling. My life was so crazy at that time that I had to write it down – it was the only release I had. Then I would hide my journal under
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Psychologist praises power and effectiveness of subliminal therapy BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor These days, at 85, soon to be 86, local psychologist Edwin Yager, is making it his personal mission to spread the word about the effectiveness of what he considers to be “the treatment of the future” — subliminal therapy. Subliminal therapy, Yager posits, is a technique that permits the patient guided by a therapist to tap into mental abilities that the patient probably doesn’t even know that he or she has [the ‘unconscious’ or ‘higher self’] and then use those abilities to halt the problems that the patient is experiencing as symptoms. “You can get down to the root cause of the problem so you can actually resolve the problem,” he said, “not just wrestle with the symptoms.” Not everyone agrees. Although the theory of the unconscious mind as a repository of forgotten memories has been around for centuries, some professionals still question its scientific validity and even whether the unconscious mind exits at all. Yager, however, says he has employed subliminal therapy in his private practice successfully for the past three decades to treat a wide range of disorders, some strictly mental, such as phobias and compulsions; and others psychogenic, with physical symptoms, such as migraine headaches, insomnia, pain, gastro-intestinal and sexual problems, even asthma. “These often seem to be the consequences of earlier life experiences,” he said. “When you can uncover those experiences and ‘reframe them’ and understand them in a different way, the effect changes and the symptom ceases to be there. “The key, the focus ele-
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ment that’s involved here, is teaching people to use abilities they don’t know they have,” he said. In addition to his private practice, Yager, a former engineer-turned-psychologist, is a clinical professor at UCSD School of Medicine, where, since 1975, he has taught an elective course in clinical hypnosis. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Professional School for Psychological Studies, San Diego We interviewed Yager in his office off Balboa Avenue in San Diego’s Mission Bay area. Yager is a tall Texan, who attributes his good health and longevity to three things: “The woman I married, stopping smoking and going to the gym.” Yager was “born in a little town called El Paso, Texas.”
His father was a welder. “But I never knew him very well, he died when I was a little kid.” He was raised by his widowed mom, a school teacher. “That was during the Depression, a time when a lot of people were doing a lot of hurting,” he said. Growing up, Yager discovered he had knack for things technical and mechanical. When he was 12, he landed a job repairing radios. During World War II, when he turned 18, he joined the Navy (1943-45), and served as an electronics technician aboard the light cruiser USS Detroit. “The Navy never sent me to school,” he said. “I learned mostly by osmosis, from other people and just by doing it.” After the war, he studied electrical engineering at Southern Methodist Universi-
ty in Dallas, Texas, began working as an engineer, earned a bachelor’s degree in current technology at Texas State Technical Institute, subsequently moved to San Diego where he worked as a group engineer with Convair for 20 years, retiring in 1973. A pastor at a church that Yager attended in Pacific Beach learned of Yager’s interest in clinical hypnosis and asked him if he would serve as a pastoral counselor to some of the church members — which he did and discovered “This is for me. This is what I wanted to do.” In preparation for his retirement and transitioning eventually to a second career as a psychologist, he earned a master’s degree in counseling in 1972 from United States International University, and another master’s in technical education in 1973 from National University. In 1975, he began teaching an elective course in the clinical applications of hypnosis at the UCSD School of Medicine, initially as an instructor, then as a clinical assistant professor, and, since 2005, as a clinical professor. His work as a clinical hypnotist subsequently led him to become a leading practitioner of subliminal therapy. In 1982, he earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Professional School for Psychological Studies, San Diego. His mission these days, he said, is to teach therapists from around the globe the subliminal therapy technique. He recently conducted a twoday workshop on “Transcending Traditional Therapy” at the 16th International Conference for the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry in
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Popular Drybar hair salon offers blowouts at Del Mar Highlands BY KAREN BILLING STAFF BOX A new kind of hair salon has blown into Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Open since June 15, the new Drybar does no color, no cuts, just blowouts for a flat rate of $35, wash included, something owner Alli Webb calls “affordable luxury.” The success of the Drybar concept has been head spinning for the Los Angeles-based Webb. In a little over a year since opening the first shop, she now has nine locations in four states with franchise offers pouring in. Coming to San Diego was a no-brainer, Webb said, and Carmel Valley seemed like a perfect fit. “I’m really grateful, the whole experience has been very humbling. We’ve just grown by leaps and bounds and I didn’t see any of it coming,” Webb said. “It’s truly been a whirlwind, I feel lucky, blessed, overwhelmed, ecstatic, you name it,” A hair stylist for more than 15 years, Webb had also worked in fashion and PR before becoming a stayat-home mom to her two sons. Craving a change and
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Alli Webb owns the Drybar hair salon in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. or quite literally recharge— there are iPhone docking stations that have been built into the bar for clients to charge up their phones or listen to music. “It really makes women more confident, that’s the interesting and amazing part of the whole thing,” said Webb, noting that she watches women come in with their hair pulled up in a messy bun or tucked under a hat and then leave with fabulous hair and a certain strut. “You almost don’t recognize them when they walk out…We sell happiness
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July 21, 2011
Musical dreams pursued at San Diego ‘American Idol’ auditions
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BY SHANNON NAJMABADI Contributor Preliminary auditions for the 11th season of “American Idol” were held in Petco Park on July 7. More than 9,500 hopefuls gathered for the audition, some even camping out in the streets the night before. Many of those auditioning practiced in line, their voices mingling as they simultaneously warmed up and intimidated their competition. Despite the obvious pressure, most hopefuls maintained a positive outlook. “It doesn’t feel like a competition. It feels like a bunch of people who all have the same passion hanging out,” 17-year-old Janai Abel said. Additionally, some merely thought of the competition as a fun experience, a way to network, or a “last hurrah” before turning fulltime to a back-up career. For example, Kate Stadeli is a first year medical student at University of California, San Diego, and Trevor Wyer has six months left in the Marine Corps. “The atmosphere [in line outside Petco Park] is intense. But I’m not ner-
Nicole Hargett vous because I’m here for the experience and to be able to say that I tried…I honestly wasn’t going to come because getting off work is such a hassle, but my supervisor in the Marine Corps encouraged me,” Wyer said. Similarly, Wendy Pendergrass, a local mother, conceded that she had tried out just for the experience,
without seriously considering the consequences of advancing further into the competition. Or, as Jeff Wells succinctly put it: “I’m auditioning because I’m 28. It’s on my bucket list.” While a love of karaoke and a “no regrets” attitude led some to the “American Idol” auditions, still others had garnered previous musical experience through choir, glee clubs, musical theater, musical instruments or band involvement. With a single out on iTunes, Jillian Dudley is an exemplary representation of some of the more experienced people auditioning. Proceeds from her single “Rewind the World” benefit Invisible Children. “Music is a universal language and everyone speaks it. I built a house in east Tijuana and, even though the local kids didn’t speak English, they were psyched I was singing. One girl even suggested I try out for ‘American Idol,’” Dudley said. In addition to playing guitar, performing with her band “Land Without Trees,” writing original music, and participating in vocal com-
“You never really know who is in line with you so it’s a good chance to market yourself. I stayed in contact with a lot of the people I’ve met and we’ll do covers on YouTube.” At around 8 a.m., potential contestants were allowed into the stadium where they waited in assigned seats for their turn to sing. Hopefuls were led in small groups down to a line of white tents in the center of the park where they sang for producers of the show. “I honestly don’t know what the judges are looking for. It all depends on your personality, looks and luck. And it’s a TV show; the drama aspect of it is what gives the show good ratings,” another Idol hopeful, Kristi Krause, said. Another contestant, Nicole Hargett, gave a slightly different perspective, adding that, “[The auditions] are not fair. They’re looking for crazy people and I want them to base it on talent.” “Our friends dressed up as Fruit of the Loom and they made it! This was their third time auditioning and they never made it before [when they came dressed
Janai Abel petitions at the Del Mar Fair, Dudley also helped to successfully petition her high school to develop a choir program. Similarly, Natalie Rae, a local high school graduate, has met with booking agents and performed at venues, such as the Hard Rock Café, in San Diego. In regards to her “American Idol” audition, she said,
normally]…I suppose they have to make an interesting show,” Pendergrass said. While many contestants used clothing and makeup to communicate their personality to the judges, others let their singing speak for itself, auditioning with original songs and lyrics. “The song I’m singing today I wrote myself and it’s a fun, happy, love song. I tried on a bunch of different looks but I decided I need to stay true to myself. I’m just curly beach hair, bracelets faded from the sun…I’m just a San Diego girl,” Abel said. A homeless woman sitting curbside hummed “Another One Bites the Dust” while pointedly watching the rejected singers filing out of the stadium in varying degrees of dejection. Be it for talent, appearance or another factor, the lucky singers who made it through the preliminary July 7 auditions underwent another round of tryouts on July 9. Those who still remained will be advancing to audition in front of the celebrity judges in September.
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CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 25th Anniversary August 3-26, 2011 "An Evening With" series returns to SummerFest each Wednesday night of the Festival. This year features pianist Olga Kern, Marc-André Hamelin, violinist Midori and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Tickets are on sale now starting at $50.
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Juliet Eilperin, a science writer for The Washington Post, traveled around the world investigating the fascinating and often inexplicable ways different peoples and cultures relate to the oceans top predator. Join us as Eilperin discusses her adventures researching her new book-DEMON FISH: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.
Gustavo Romero takes his technical prowess to the absolute limit with the exciting piano works of Franz Liszt. All concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. Dinners immediately follow in private homes in La Jolla or at the Athenaeum.
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 artists in the exhibition, such as abstract, pop, relief, and light and space. (858) 454-3541 Mcasd.org
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■ This week: Rendevouz’s Five Spice Braised Beef — a glass rail will extend it two feet farther, providing enclosure and allowing the restaurant to serve alcohol outside. There will be an awning over the area, and planters will contain water-wise plants such as “mother-in-law’s tongue” (Sansevieria trifasciata) and “horsetail” (Equisetum). Pets will be permitted, as well. Schreiber recommends guests check out the different specials offered and come on a night that suits them. For example, Wednesdays and Sundays are halfprice wine bottle nights, and on Mondays, there are no corkage fees, whereas the regular cost is $15. For those looking to avoid crowds, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings tend to be quieter, Schreiber said. He also recommends familystyle dining, with more than 100 dishes on the main menu, which
includes vegan and gluten-free options. The most popular Chinese cuisine items are the Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi; Walnut Shrimp; and Xango, a banana cheesecake wrapped in a cinnamon pastry and topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauce. Chef Tony Su’s favorite dish is the Mongolian Rack of Lamb. “I’m a huge fan of our Five Spice Braised Beef,” Schreiber said. “It pretty much melts in your mouth. I’ve tried braised beef dishes at restaurants all over San Diego, and I’d have to say ours is one of the best. Our Walnut Shrimp are also incredible.” The establishment offers takeout, delivery, and catering. Diners may also find representatives from Del Mar Rendezvous cooking on-site at more than 10 charity events each year, giving free samples.
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Area teens to participate in Cubbfest music and arts festival Carmel Valley resident Chris Cubbison and other local youth will participate in the second annual Cubbfest music and arts festival on July 31 at Vision Pulse in Sorrento Valley/Mira Mesa. The event will feature more than 20 bands, groups and artists on two stages, as well as an indoor art gallery, silent auction, and poetry readings curated by the Canyon Crest Academy-spawned Chabi Chavi Collective. All groups playing are local bands with San Diego ties on the verge of gaining critical and even national attention. “Cubbfest is a true grass-roots effort, as over 20 teens and young adults contribute daily to the festival musically, artistically, and financially,” Cubbison said. “The Cubbfest staff aims at making this year’s festival a great place for the youth of North County to come together and appreciate the work of peers, friends and visionaries within various art forms. “Last year’s festival featured over 14 up-and-coming bands on two separate stages at a house in Encinitas. More than 400 people showed up to the free show, and the product turned out to be a great collaboration between younger artists from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines, San Dieguito Academy, Carlsbad High School and other high schools in North County.” The event will be held from noon-10 p.m. Vision Pulse is located at 5945 Pacific Center Blvd., San Diego. Visit www.cubbfest.com for more information.
Local youth performing in ‘Les Miserables’ Back row (left to right): Pete Hoban, Jonathan Edzant; Middle row (left to right): Noah Mullins, Alyson Tharp, Mason Mercer, MinJi Kim, Olivia DeRoche, Danielle Siry; Front row (left to right): Tess Maretz, Jake Ellis, Sophie Maretz. Several local young actors will perform in ACT-San Diego’s “Les Miserables-School Edition,” presented July 22-31 at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center. “Les Miserables,” a story of turbulent and revolutionary France, features nine Carmel Valley performers, including Camryn Capizzi, Olivia Capizzi, Olivia DeRoche, Jonathan Edzant, Jake Ellis, MinJi Kim, Sophie Maretz, Tess Maretz and Noah Mullins. The show also features Mason Mercer and Alyson Tharp from Solana Beach, Peter Hoban from Del Mar and Danielle Siry from Rancho Santa Fe. Showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16-18. For tickets or more information, visit actsandiego. com or call (858) 777-9899.
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continued from page B1 Athens, Greece; and is scheduled to conduct workshops in New Orleans, Phoenix and Canada. “Subliminal therapy is clearly and distinctly different in many ways from hypnosis. The classical understanding of hypnosis doesn’t apply. Hypnosis is an element of subliminal therapy, but only an element. “It’s a technique that makes it possible — and this is why it’s so effective and so efficient time wise — to identify the cause of problems and resolve the problem at that level. Then the symptom, which is the presenting problem, ceases to exist. “The patient has to be intelligent enough to understand these concepts, intelligent enough to recognize that he or she has a problem and has to be open to new ways of thinking about things maybe. “I give credit to my engineering training, my engineering way of thinking, to the totally rational, logical, step-by-step process that subliminal therapy is. Every step is determined by the outcome of the previous step.” How long does a therapy generally take? “It’s the briefest of brief therapies that Iknow of,” he
continued from page B1 said. “A patient typically comes in with multiple problems. To solve any one of those problems, is probably not going to take more than an hour maybe two after an hour of introduction and training.” However, some disorders take longer. He has one patient with multiple personalities — dissociative identity disorder — whom he has been treating for 27 years. With treatment, the patient has led a relatively normal life and has maintained employment. “The dissociative disorders are classically long term in resolution,” he conceded. He has had a high success rate, he said, in treating addictive and sexual disorders. Of all the disorders, he said, the toughest to treat successfully is obesity. Asked if he has used some of these techniques, including self-hypnosis, to overcome any of his personal issues, he said: “Absolutely.” Such as? “I had hay fever, to a devastating degree, as a child. No longer a problem” Also sea sickness, smoking and nail-biting, no longer problems. Any others?
“Public speaking. That was a biggie. I didn’t solve that until I was in my 40s.” Asked if it’s necessary for a subliminal therapy patient to undergo hypnosis, Yager said: “No. There is no formal trance induction or anything of that nature implied, but, it is also true that during the course of employing subliminal therapy very commonly a patient will slip into what I identify as hypnotic trance, but it’s spontaneous.” Asked what has surprised him most in his years as a psychologist, he replied: “The key thing, if I wanted to isolate one thing, would be the malleability of the human psyche…We learn limitations, we learn values. We are conditioned creatures…and most of that conditioning comes from life experiences. “That’s the way problems come in; that’s the way all the good things that we enjoy come in; and even though we may have problems now, we are still malleable and knowing how to do some reconditioning, we can change. We can eliminate that limitation. We can alter almost any aspect of our experience.”
the bed – like anyone would actually look for it, especially my then inattentive ex. Having purged all of life’s injustices in about 40 pages, and realizing I felt better, I decided to continue writing. So I wrote about a get-rich-quick scheme I’d fantasized about for years: finding a fantasy date for a millionaire. Weaving my tawdry home life into the plot gave me my first novel, “Happy New Year, Darling,” published under the pen name Veronica Bennett. The most challenging part was letting my family read the sordid details, but when my sisters laughed their heads off, I realized I might just be on to something, and a writer was born. You write humorous mysteries, a cross between Carl Hiaasen and Helen Fielding. How did you choose your genre? Anyone who knows me knows I have always had get-rich-quick schemes. My father was a successful entrepreneur, and actually, now that I think about it, I was, too. In the ‘90s I expanded the comedy craze into “Comedy Nights” in hotels and clubs throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. I had five shows that ran for five years. I emceed many of the shows and was around fabulous comedy minds for seven years altogether – some of it just rubbed off, and I got funni-
er. What can I say? Often authors find the seeds of their characters in themselves and their friends. Who is Veronica Bennett? Me. She is generous … with advice, let’s say. Interfering is such a strong word. You were a finalist in a MOTH Grand Slam. As an artist, most particularly a writer and a singer, how much of a stretch was it for you to jump into the oral storytelling tradition? It was a good fit. I have seven siblings. Everyone is fighting for the storytopping tale at every dinner table. We have to speak in sound bites to get a story through before the next person interrupts. Plus, my siblings are fascinating. My sister is a prosecutor with three guys on death row. My brother is also an attorney whose hobby at one time was bull fighting. I am just not that fascinating among the Escalante clan, so I learned to tell a good story. And of course they gave me some great fodder. Why do you think the revival of the oral storytelling tradition has become such a hot literary format? Is it our voyeurism come into play, or is it something more? In a world where reality TV prevails, this is reality open mic, It is edgier than a poetry slam, less painful to watch than a comedy openmic, less therapeutic than an AA meeting, and a beautiful way to connect to a stranger with whom, prior to their
five-minute story, you had nothing in common. It really makes you think twice about judging people. I still recall stories I heard two years ago, from strangers. Storytelling challenges the anonymity we often feel in today’s digital world. You are married to Oscar-winning songwriter Paul Williams. What is it like to have two creative minds, two artists, living together? Do you critique each others work? We absolutely run everything by each other. He is tremendously supportive. The only down side is, he likes to talk to me, and it is distracting. He can talk and work, I cannot. It is difficult to stay in the “writing zone” when a witty person is passing by the door way…insisting on sharing their wit. What is the primary difference between your art form, storytelling, and his? Only notes and length. Paul’s lyrics really paint a picture. Many of his lessknown songs really evoke scenes. For example: “Loneliness…takes the romance out of falling stars, fills the wishing wells and fills the bars, run and hide the scars…of loneliness. How much of a stretch is it for you to go from oral, personal storytelling to writing a novel? It’s all the same thing. And to use your word, the novel is the biggest s-t-r-e-tc-h. Every character in the three novels I’ve written is See QUESTIONS, page B18
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‘Engaging Shaw’ celebrates snaring a confirmed bachelor BY DIANA SAENGER Contributor John Morogiello’s West Coast premiere of “Engaging Shaw” mixes a bit of historical fact with a fictional romance for a delightful look at the marriage of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The East Coast production in New York last year drew raves from critics. Henry Wishcamper returns to the Old Globe to direct its production, opening on July 29. Morogiello’s resume includes “Irish Authors Held Hostage,” “Men and Parts,” “Stonewall’s Bust,” “Gianni Schicchi,” and his new play “Blame It on Beckett,” which will premiere Off Broadway at Abingdon Theatre Company this October. Morogiello said he became interested in doing something about GBS when he was asked to write a study guide for a Shaw play at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. “I had to read Shaw’s biography, and when I read the part where he got married, I could not stop laughing,” Morogiello said. “It was funny the way he kept fighting it and fighting it, and eventually, she wore him down so all he could do was marry her.” It all went something like this … Wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend has her sights on Shaw, a confirmed bachelor, philanderer and rumored to be unromantic as well. When Charlotte and Shaw become acquainted with Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Charlotte finds new ways to pursue her goal. Writing his play with the same structure of Shaw’s plays, Morogiello knew he would have only four characters telling his story. “Shaw, and his best friends Sidney and Beatrice Webb, are based on real people,” he said. “I used their letters to help me get their voices and who they were. I had to create all of Charlotte, as her estate wouldn’t cooperate with me, so she’s totally made up.” The Webbs, Morogiello explained, were founders of the Fabian Society in England. It was a socialist organization based on a democratic process. “When I came across an essay that Sidney Webb wrote on how to get the world to accept socialism, I realized that his idea was the exact same tactic Charlotte used to get Shaw to marry her. I think the story works well. “When The Internation-
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Rod Brogan (George Bernard Shaw) and Angela Pierce (Charlotte PayneTownshend) star in ‘Engaging Shaw’ at The Old Globe Theatre. PHOTO: SANDY HUFFAKER
al Shaw Society saw it in New York, a member said it was the best Shaw play he’d seen in 20 years and he (Shaw) didn’t even write it!” Morogiello said he’s excited to work with director Wishcamper (“The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “Spirit Control,” “Graceland,” “Animal Crackers,” “Talking Pictures”) and thinks his casting is terrific. Rod Brogan plays Shaw. He received his M.F.A. from The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program and has appeared on Broadway in “Mauritius,” the National Tour of “Doubt,” and Off Broadway in “Treasure Island,” among others. Angela Pierce portrays Charlotte. Her Broadway credits include “The
What: ‘Engaging Shaw’ When: Matinees, evenings July 29–Aug. 4 Where: Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park TICKETS: $29-67 Box Office: (619) 23-GLOBE Web: www.TheOldGlobe.org Norman Conquests,” “Heartbreak House,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and many Off Broadway credits. “Rod is doing a great job in giving us a sense of what Shaw was really like,” Morogiello said. “Rod and Angela have great chemistry together. She’s extraordinarily sensitive and very vulnerable and great at showing the growth of her character. Michael Warner (“Missed Connections”) and Natalie Gold (“Twelfth Night”) are married in real life and wonderful as the Webbs. It’s really fun to watch them together. Michael and Natalie are the Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward of my play.”
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Girl Scout Summer Camps offered ‘Visual There’s still time to register for Girl Scout summer camp! Adventures beckon for all girls in grades K-12, not just current Girl Scouts. Day and overnight camp sessions continue through the week of Aug. 7 at various locations. Day camp opportunities include “Musicpalooza,” Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5, at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. Other Girl Scout summer camp themes include aquatic activities, science, blogging, habitat restoration, and backpacking. Teen leadership positions, adult volunteer opportunities and financial assistance are available. For details, visit www.sdgirlscouts.org or call (800) 643-4798.
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Variations’ exhibit to be held at La Jolla Art Association Gallery
“Visual Variations” an exhibition of paintings and photographs by award-winning San Diego artists Jeffrey R. Brosbe, Dana Levine, Caroline Morse, Gwen Nobil, and John Valois at La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, Suite B, in the La Jolla Shores area. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Mon. July 25, through Sun. Aug. 7, during regular gallery hours (Mon. through Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). The title of the exhibition refers to each artist’s unique vision, ranging from the abstract to the realistic, from black and white to intense color, and from high impact to quiet contemplation. But no matter what the stylistic differences, all the images in the show leave a lasting impression on the viewer. This is the fourth year these artists have exhibited together at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery. An artists’ reception will be held at the gallery on Fri., July 29, from 5-8 p.m. For directions to the gallery, phone 858-459-1196.
Small students, big efforts. SDJA students raise funds for the victims of Japan Earthquakes Students at San Diego Jewish Academy’s (SDJA) Golda Meir Lower School raised $756 to help the people of Japan after devastating earthquakes and floods ravaged their country in March of 2011. Initiated and inspired by SDJA’s fourth grade class, students as young as 4 years old took action to help those in need. “In early March, around the time of the Japan earthquake, I began teaching my regularly scheduled guidance lessons to SDJA’s fourth graders with the SDJA students show signs and boxes made to gather theme being heroes, both fadonations for the victims of the Japan earthquakes. mous and every day,” said Roxanne Hersh, Golda Meir Lower “The response was overwhelming,” said School guidance counselor. “In one of the Kornberg. Students of all ages began raislessons, students learned about a program ing funds through lemonade stands, gastarted by a single individual who helped rage sales and bake sales. raise funds to build schools for children in The money raised by the students was Afghanistan. This story inspired our stufar more meaningful than just monetary dents to take action and help the victims support. It was an example of how “serof the Japan earthquakes.” vice based learning” can teach students SDJA’s fourth grade students mobivalues. Through this project, GMLS stulized the entire school by campaigning for dents learned the Jewish value tikkun tzedakah (pocket change) and encouraged olam, repairing the world, and gemilut the rest of the school to do the same. “It hasadim, deeds of loving kindness, as well was inspiring to see so many young stuas life skills such as problem solving, teamdents come together to help others,” said work and advocacy. The funds raised were Debbie Kornberg, SDJA’s director of Judadonated to the American Joint Distribuics. “The students created “Help Japan” tion Committee which has in turn set-up a flyers and posted them around campus special Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Reand spoke in various classrooms to encourlief Fund to help those in need. age others to help. For more information about San DiDue to the efforts of the fourth grade ego Jewish Academy, visit www.sdja.com. class, kindergarten to fifth grade students also began bringing in pocket change.
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David Alan Collection, known for its collection of furniture, woodcarvings, and Asian-influenced art and artifacts, is introducing a new line of art and furniture from Japan. To showcase the arrival of these extraordinary pieces, a celebration event will take place Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, live demonstrations of Japanese arts and crafts, and an evening that will enthrall, entertain, and provide a glimpse into a culture that continues to influence the world. This event is free and open to the public. A silent auction will allow participants to bid on exquisite artifacts The 3 ceramic sculptures on the chest: with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross to help Japanese tsunami vic- 100+ year old Hotei, the Laughing Buddha, Japanese kitchen God of happiness and tims. contentment, protector of children. Found Come enjoy the fun and festivities in any traditional Japanese kitchen. while having an opportunity to help the Chest: traditional Japanese clothing people of Japan. This event will take place chest, red lacquer: aka dansu. 150+ year old at David Alan Collection located at 241 South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. For with stunning hand wrought iron hardware. additional information please call (858) Koi scroll: Taisho period, 1912-1926, 481-8044. Feel free to check out the website painted on silk at: www.TheDavidAlanCollection.com Grill: Japanese window screen, 90+
Grammy Award-winning country music duo Sugarland will perform at UCSD’s RIMAC Field on Saturday, July 23, at 6 p.m., with special guests Sara Bareilles and Casey James. The concert is part of Sugarland’s current “The Incredible Machine Tour,” and is one of a few big-name shows expected at UCSD this summer. Tickets are $35.50 students; $51.50 general; At the door: $60.50; Military $25 at Ticketmaster.com code: MILITARY; Box office: (858) 534-8497; ucsdboxoffice.com.
Animal Rescue event An Animal Rescue Resource Foundation Adoption Event will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Encinitas PETSMART, 1034 N El Camino Real. For details, call 619-504-9950 or visit www.arrf.cc.
‘Field Flowers’ class offered at Isari Flower Studio The fourth class in the Isari Flower Studio series, an intermediate class (previous flowerarranging experience) is titled “Field Flowers” with the theme based around the soft, summer profusion of Penstemon, Delphiniums, Queen Anne Lace, Dahlias, Daisies, Hibiscus and other blooms. The arrangement includes a lovely basket that each student will take home. Classes will be held in an inspirational loft-like space at Isari Flower Studio, 414 N. Cedros Avenue, in the Solana Beach Design District. Students will be working on a long table, together with the guidance of two instructors, Rachelle and Tam, to delight and entertain. Come discover your hidden talent! Delicious and fresh summer lunch menu will be served by Julie Frans from Dining Details. The menu is focused on the collaborative theme, Field Flowers, and includes her chef’s special of strawberry salad with figs, spinach and foglight goat cheese and a truffle celery root pureed soup. The class will be held on Friday, July 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each class costs $250, plus tax with lunch all inclusive. To register or ask questions. Major credit cards are welcome. Only 12 spaces are available on a first come basis. Email events@ isariflowerstudio.com or visit http://isariflowerstudio.com/flower_class/class4.html.
Dr. Irwin Jacobs to speak at Riford Center’s ‘Distinguished Speakers’ Series’ July 25 An evening lecture by the world-renown Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, will be held on Monday, July 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Riford Center in La Jolla. This extraordinary event is the first of an ongoing series of the Riford Center’s “Distinguished Speakers’ Series.” Jacobs will
speak on “Qualcomm, Past & Future and Post Retirement Projects.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Please RSVP. Limited Seating. The Riford Center is located at 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla. Call (858) 4590831; email@example.com; www.rifordcenter.org.
Half-price book sale to be held at store at Solana Beach Library The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a half-price sale on all books in the used book store from Monday, July 25- Saturday, July 30. The shop is located inside the Solana Beach Library at 157 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach where the phone number is 858-7551404. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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he fourth annual Lobster Festival was held at Del Mar Shores Park on July 16. Guests chose between a lobster or steak dinner â€” or both. The San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which partially benefitted the Friends of Del Mar Parks. Visit www.delmarshores.org.
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Anne Marie Jensen, Janet Nelson, Matt Gilligan
June Giammarino, Kathy Cannon
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Genna Palecek, Caroline Morrison
Cheeky Monkey provided entertainment.
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SB Library marks 10th anniversary
10th anniversary celebration was held July 16 at the Solana Beach Library. The event included an open house and anniversary ceremony. Entertainment was provided by Kathy Felker, professional puppeteer and ventriloquist; magician Michael Johnson; and the Peter Sprague Trio. The Friends of the Library sponsored the free event. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
Adam Kaye, community relations director for county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price; Ann Welton, Friends of the Library; Rebecca Lynn, branch manager; Joe Kellejian, city councilman; Bob Gottfredson, Friends of the Library; Donna Ohr, deputy director of San Diego County Libraries; Barbara Groth, San Dieguito Union High School District trustee
Solana Beach City Councilman Joe Kellejian
Friends of the SB Library President Ann Welton
Adam Kaye, on behalf of county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, presents a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors declaring July 16 ‘Solana Beach Library Day’
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The Peter Sprague Trio — Peter Sprague, Guntar Biggs and Trip Sprague — provided entertainment.
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Upcoming Fashion Film Festival II unique to North America BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Contributor “Funny Face,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, with iconic fashion photographer Richard Avedon as consultant, and designs by Hubert de Givenchy. You’ve seen that 54-year-old film on TV, right? Thanks to the Internet, fashion film has come a long way since then. These days, films are briefer, edgier, sexier, and take the concept of style to a whole new level. And there are festivals around the world showing the latest, greatest works of the hottest fashion filmmakers. But there’s only one fest in North America, and it’s right here — the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. LJFFF is the brainchild of Fred Sweet, CEO of San Diego Model Management, the largest talent agency south of Los Angeles. He also produces “Fashion Film Network” on Facebook, a curated look at the community of fashion film creators that has a following of 5,000 worldwide. “I’ve had a fascination with the Internet my whole life, and I’ve been watching fashion videos evolve on the Web,” he said. “When fashion moved from print to the Inter-
The second annual La Jolla Fashion Film Festival brings the latest and greatest work of the new wave of international fashion filmmakers to town. net, it started to move, and it became even more interesting, and more erotic. I started thinking: some of these pieces are so fantastic now, we should show them to people.” His original idea was to gather some short films together and show them to a few dozen of his staff, friends, and clients. The inaugural fes-
Morgan Run Club & Resort to host a Torrey Pines State Reserve Forum Morgan Run Club & Resort will host a complimentary Knowledge Seekers Forum on Wednesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. This month Don Grine, former president of the Torrey Pines Docents will be talking about the Torrey Pines State Reserve, a real treasure located on the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla. Grine will provide a movie of the park, discuss the history, financial problems affecting state parks, geology, animals, and vegetation of the Reserve, with the Torrey Pine being the park’s primary attraction. These trees are native only to the Reserve and to Santa Rosa Island. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to Morgan Run at (858) 756-2471. Morgan Run Resort is located at 5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091.
tival last year ended up drawing several hundred people to screenings of some 30 films. Riding the crest of what now is a worldwide phenomenon, the second annual LJFFF promises to be even bigger and better than the first. From more than 4,000 submissions, 40 films were chosen, each from 1 to 15
minutes long. “Just right for the Twitter generation,” Sweet said. The filmmakers hail from style-conscious cities like New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Hong Kong. They may not be household words here, but they’ve got great fashion cred. Directors who will be attending the festival include: Peruvian-born, Sorbonne-trained, Toronto-based Miguel Jacob; Tak Kuroha (born in Tokyo, raised in Italy, and now living in L.A. and London); Miguel Angel Font Bisier, “one of Valencia Spain’s most influential artists”; New York’s Marcus K Jones, “an ascendant force in today’s fashion films”; and Jacques Dequeker, named “Best Fashion Photographer in Brazil.” There will also be an assortment of actors, producers, agents, and “entourages” in attendance. Last year’s films were shown on an outdoor screen at the Cove. “There were too many variables — weather conditions, ambient noise, special audio requirements,” Sweet said. “This year, we’re at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is perfect. It’s classy, beautiful, and there are no technical issues.” One of Sweet’s goals is to make LJFFF the West Coast
If you go What: La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Where: Museum of Contemporary Art-La Jolla, 700 Prospect St. Film screenings: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 Pre-screening parties at museum; after-parties at Barfly, 909 Prospect St. Free Saturday Seminars in the museum theater: • 3:30 p.m. Kiki from Mahal Style, “The Social Culture for Fashion” • 4:30 p.m. Robin Kay, Director of Fashion Design Council of Canada Extra: Never-before-seen photo-portraits of Andy Warhol on Barfly’s patio Saturday afternoon. Tickets: $50-$75 (including receptions, after-parties) Website: www.LJFFF.com version of New York Fashion Week, a major industry event that also attracts international media and fashionistas. “We’ve moved the date of this year’s festival later into
the summer, to take weather out of the equation, and still have it far enough away from the fall fashion season for our attendees to stay focused on our event,” he said.
North County DanceArts to present annual showcase ‘The Time’ July 30 Award-winning North County DanceArts, Inc. celebrates 31 years of providing the best in dance instruction in all of San Diego County closing with an annual showcase, “The Time.” The showcase is open to the public on
Saturday, July 30, with a matinee performance at noon and an evening performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium located in La Jolla. Both performances are unique and vary in content.
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Bridal Bazaar to be held July 31 Bridal Bazaar, voted “Best San Diego Bridal Show” by local brides every year since the award’s inception, is returning to the San Diego Convention Center Sunday, July 31. With three times more exhibitors than other bridal shows, the Bridal Bazaar showcases over 200 of the area’s finest wedding professionals and thousands of fresh ideas to transform wedding dreams into reality. Bridal Bazaar presents San Diego’s largest bridal fashion show three times during the day - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Produced by Gretchen Productions, the spectacular runway fashion show features attire for the entire wedding party. The spectacular summer 2011 fashion show will feature styles from Alfred Angelo Bridal, Bridal & Veil/Tux Shop, Brides by Demetrios, David’s Bridal, Friar Tux Shop and The Men’s Wearhouse Tickets are $12 at the door. Visit www.BridalBazaar. com to purchase tickets and print discount coupons. Call (760) 334-5500 or visit www.BridalBazaar.com
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