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RSF School board reaches agreement with RSF Faculty Association BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe School District was able to settle its negotiations with the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association for the 2014-15 school year, ratifying the agreement at a special board meeting on June 12. The agreement reached is for a one-time, off-salary schedule payment equal to 2 percent of each employee’s placement on the salary schedule, paid in a lump sum. All classified and certificated staff will receive the increase, including all administrators except for Superintendent Lindy Delaney. Delaney said the district wanted to get the item on an agenda as soon as possible so the money could be added into the June paychecks. The agreement also increased the cap on the district contribution for health care benefits to $675 per month and represents a $151,122 adjustment to the budget. In March, the faculty association made its initial presentation to the school board, requesting a bump in salary, as there had not been an increase since 2009. In 2013 the teachers settled on what amounted to a one-year bonus for the current year of 2 percent of their current salary. In March, the association presented its belief that the district has the resources to improve employee compensation, providing a consistent salary increase. The board ratified the 2014-15 agreement in a 3-0 vote with one abstention. As he did last year, trustee Todd Buchner abstained from a vote. He has stated in the past that while he supports RSF teachers, he has issues with step and column, the salary schedule that determines teacher pay, and whether it is the right long-term decision for school districts. A representative of the RSF Faculty Association said they had no comment on the agreement.
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BY KAREN BILLING Parents Jennifer Hewitson and Britta Brewer graduated from San Dieguito when it was still just a high school, not an Academy. They had always hoped their children would follow in their footsteps and attend their neighborhood high school, too. But now, because of San Dieguito Union School District’s high school selection and lottery process, there is a chance that they won’t get that opportunity. Sixty-five students did not get into their school of choice — San Dieguito Academy — this year. Many of them live within walking or biking distance of the school. So a large group of Cardiff and Encinitas residents have banded together to ask the district to consider changing the selection system and making San Dieguito a boundary school. Parents filled the room at the June 5 school board meeting and inundated the district with phone calls and letters to prompt an agendized discussion at the Thursday, June 19, meeting and a community meeting on Monday, June 16. About 80 parents attended Monday’s June 16 meeting at Cardiff Elementary School. “Thank you for advocating for your kids and voicing your opinion,” Superintendent Rick Schmitt told the room, See SELECTION, page 24
R. Roger Rowe Middle School Graduation 2014 R. Roger Rowe Middle School students and their families celebrated student achievements and bid a fond farewell to the school at a graduation ceremony held June 12 at the school. See more inside. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview.com
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Canyon Crest Academy and Torrey Pines High School students and their families attended graduation ceremonies held June 13 at each school. (Above) Canyon Crest Academy students: John Lefferdink, Justin Bartell, Zachary Simon; TPHS students: Sierra Casper, Argerey Stapakis, Tara Manoogian, Elliot Patrick Photos by Bill Bonebrake. See more photos inside. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes.net
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RSF Association Presidentâ€™s Corner: Congratulations, thank you and accomplishments BY PHILIP WILKINSON, RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT The recent RSF Association board election saw a great turnout with 1,544 members casting ballots, which represents 75 percent of registered voters. Congratulations to Ann Boon and Kim Eggleston for each winning a board seat for a three-year term, and thank you to Susan Callahan and Dominick Addario for their willingness to volunteer and serve their community. Outgoing board member, treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee Larry Spitcaufsky, deserves our gratitude and appreciation for his service to the community as does retiring Finance Committee member Jim Putnam for his service and valuable input over the past three years. Many thanks to these community leaders. As we close out this board term, I wanted to take this opportunity share the past yearâ€™s accomplishments of the RSF Association board and the Associationâ€™s dedicated staff: â€˘Upgraded the entire Associationâ€™s IT software and accounting system. â€˘Approved Golf Club membership rights for all condominium owners. â€˘Launched a new RSF Association web site. â€˘Approved a trial Farmers Market â€˘Obtained approval for outside funding for one more RSF Association Patrol officer â€˘Brought awareness to the issue of low percentage of registered voters, and through the outreach efforts of many individuals, voter registration increased from 62 percent to 77 percent in the three short months prior to the election. â€˘Established a committee to review how to simplify the voter registration process. â€˘Settled a significant lawsuit with no out-of-pocket cost to the RSF Association. â€˘Approved Golf Club tree management and turf reduction plans. â€˘Completed new trail and entrance to the sports field and the La Bajada entrance to the Covenant.
Philip Wilkinson â€˘Replaced over 7,000 feet of trail fencing around the golf course. â€˘Worked to bring expenditures in under budget this year and hold down costs in the upcoming fiscal year 2014/2015 budget. Grew reserve funding to $6 million and Community Enhancement Funds to $6 million. â€˘Established a permanent Compensation Committee that has already: 1. Revised the employee vacation accrual policy (capping an employeeâ€™s maximum vacation accrued, or unused vacation, at two times their annual benefit) saving an estimated $1 million dollars over the next five years. 2. Changed the employee sick leave policy to be consistent across all operating divisions.
3. Engaged a new healthcare insurance broker and negotiated lower healthcare cost 4. Implemented a new Employee Healthcare Premium contribution policy saving an estimated $173,000 annually. â€˘Establishing a new employee performance evaluation procedure and other best business practices to maintain employee accountability and EEOC compliance. â€˘We have recently eliminated Executive Committee meetings and have limited discussion in executive session, to only sensitive employee and legal matters in order to provide additional transparency. Letâ€™s continue to work together on solving the issues and challenges we face as a community, such as high-speed internet, controlling costs (which we have made great strides in doing so this past year) and providing those amenities that the membership wants. We need to continue to recruit qualified volunteers for these projects and keep the ideas, solutions, and recommendations flowing. There will always be ripples in this small pond, but if we didnâ€™t have any ripples things would be stagnant and we wouldnâ€™t be moving forward, would we?
New construction to continue this summer at Torrey Pines High School BY KAREN BILLING Construction work has begun at the front of Torrey Pines High School â€” the current dirt mound will be the future home of a new science building and a weight room. The projects are expected to be complete by August 2015. The former portable weight room facility near the sports fields has been removed and the new fourroom chemistry building will be built in its place. The plan includes four classrooms with a shared prep space where teachers can
Construction is underway on a new science building and weight room at Torrey Pines. Photo by Karen Billing collaborate as well as an outdoor area between the existing science wing (known as building B) and the new building. The science classrooms and weight room are one of many of the districtâ€™s Prop AA projects, funded by the $449 million bond that passed in 2012. Long-term plans for Torrey Pines also include a new visual and performing arts center and a new gym, with the existing gym remodeled into a field house.
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Accomplished RSF golfer verbally commits to attend Brown University in 2015 BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe golfer Sasha Banks has used her talent on the greens to secure a promising next round — the 17-year-old recently verbally committed to attend Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) in 2015. Sasha plays on the boys’ golf team at her high school, Escondido Charter High School, and was the captain and MVP of the team this year. She is a member of the USA Junior National Team and plays on the American Junior Golf Association Tour. Sasha has only been playing golf for four years, starting at age 14, after being introduced to the sport by her dad. She began her athletic career as a tennis player at age 7 and as a freshman at Torrey Pines High School; she played on the varsity squad and was the number two singles player on the CIF championship winning team. After transferring to Escondido Charter High School after her freshman year, she had to make a decision to play either tennis or golf. She picked golf. “It’s just a very different sport,” Sasha said. “I like the mental aspect of the game. It really challenges you to think in a different way and I feel like it’s helped me with life too.” Sasha said tennis is more of a reactionary sport, in golf she said you have to stay disciplined, positive and play as you go. Sasha plays golf every day, sometimes twice a day, at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Her coach is Chris Mayson, director of instruction at Maderas Golf Club and west region director of the USA Junior National Team. She also takes lessons from Jacqui McSorely at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. McSorely started the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf San Diego in North County and is also the coach of the women’s golf team at Point Loma Nazarene University. Sasha consistently shoots in the 70s, saying that her iron game is the strongest part of her game and that about 80 percent of her approach shots are on the green.
life would be like as a professional golfer. “That was one of the biggest experiences for me, it was so far away and I got to play against players from Australia, Japan and all over the world, and the person who won got to play in the Australian Open,” Sasha said. “It was such a great experience to play on such a nice course and meet so many people.” Some of the players she met she saw later in national tournaments — “It’s crazy how small the golf world is,” Sasha said. This summer, as she did last year, Sasha will play on the East Coast as part of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour. Last year she placed in the top 10 in all of the AJGA qualifying tournaments and is now exempt from qualifying this year because she earned enough AJGA “stars.” This summer she’ll play in three tournaments in New York and Maryland and will travel to compete with the Junior America’s Cup in Walla Walla, Wash., in July. “I’m really excited for the summer,” said Sasha. Before she heads off for the tour in two weeks, she will play in the AJGA ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior tournament in Rancho Mirage on June 16. Academically, Sasha works hard in school and has never had a “B” in middle school, high school or the college courses she takes at Mira Costa College. At Mira Costa, she has taken calculus, chemistry and economics not only to pick up credits but also to prepare herself for the college experience. She said it’s definitely a relief to head into her senior year with her college plans locked. At Brown, she is not only looking to improve her golf game but also plans to go into pre-med or chemistry. “I really want to play professionally but if it doesn’t work out, I have a back-up plan as well,” Sasha said.
Rancho Santa Fe golfer Sasha Banks has committed to attend Brown University in 2015. Courtesy photo Her putting is where she has had to put in the most work to improve. “I love to just hit on the range and hit long balls, and it takes a lot of practice and experience to get good at the short game,” Sasha said. “My short game has definitely improved a lot in the last year.” In January, Sasha was part of the USA Junior National Team that traveled to China to compete in the Aaron Baddeley International Championship at Sheraton Qingyuan Lion Lake Country Club, one of two girls on the six-player squad. The tournament exposes the young golfers to what
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Thirty-seven Torrey Pines High School scholar-athletes honored Torrey Pines High School recently honored 37 seniors with the “Next Level Falcon Award” at a luncheon sponsored by Torrey Pines Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Falcon scholar-athletes are prized recruits in baseball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Many compete on teams and/or individually at the regional, state and national level. For example, Falcon teams won eight CIF Championships in the 2013-2014 academic year: Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Golf (plus State champs four years in a row), Boys Golf, Girls Tennis (24 years in a row), Girls Volleyball and Girls Swimming (five years in a row). These are the 37 Next Level Falcon Award honorees who have committed to continue their athletic and academic success at 30 colleges and universities nationwide: •Bryant University: Bryce Cady (lacrosse) •Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Crystal Lore (swimming) and Pearu Pold (swimming)
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Journalist brings experience as a fashion writer to new book ‘Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel’ BY KRISTINA HOUCK After developing the main character and plot at the Rancho Santa Fe Library for months, local author Richard Torregrossa is set to release his first thriller July 1. “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel” follows Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, who returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been murdered and his son has disappeared. Nicknamed “The Suited Hero” for his impeccable suit, Stark sets out on a path for revenge and a search for his son. The novel is written in a “very cinematic style,” said Torregrossa, who wrote most of the book at the library while living in Rancho Santa Fe. He currently resides in Scripps Ranch. “I wanted something fast-paced that conforms with all the conventions of the genre but transcends them at the same time,” he said. Originally from New York, Torregrossa first moved to the area in the late 1980s. A professional writer for more than 30 years, he has spent most of his career as a journalist with his work appearing in the New York Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post and a number of other print and online publications. In the late 1990s, he found his niche, covering men’s and women’s fashion. “Fashion was really heating up at the end of the ‘90s. Those were the assignments I got and became interested in,” he explained. “I combined that when I was writing ‘Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel.’ Luke Stark is very, very meticulous about his suit, almost as if it has magical powers. It gave him a persona, sort of like a superhero has a costume.” Although “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel” is Torregrossa’s first thriller, it isn’t his first book. He released his first book in 1996. “The Little Book of Wisdom” was his first of several illustrated books. In 2006, Torregrossa published the biography, “Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style,” with the foreword by Giorgio Armani and the afterword by Michael Kors. A first-degree black belt in martial arts and a fan of Ja-
of combined all my passions — martial arts, men’s wear and the suspense-thriller genre. It all came together in a nice, organic way.” Torregrossa will sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at Warwick’s bookstore, located at 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla. Published by Oceanview Publishing, “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel” will be available online July 1 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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“I hope readers have very vivid entertainment but also recognize the serious themes,” Torregrossa said. “No matter what crisis you find yourself in, there’s always a road to redemption.” For more information about Torregrossa and “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel,” visit www.richardtorregrossa.com.
RSF Community Shredding Day and Food Drive to be held June 25 Old bills, receipts and other papers cluttering up your home or office? Take them — and some nonperishable food items — to the RSF Community Shredding Day and Food Drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. The free, secure shredding will be done by Iron Mountain’s on-site mobile shredding unit at the Morgan Stanley Office, 6037 La Flecha (in the shared parking lot between the Post Office and Stumps Village Market), sponsored by the Morgan Stanley Office. Also, KidsKorps RSF youths will be there to collect food donations for delivery to FeedingAmerica.org. Drive through the parking lot and the youth volunteers, alongside Morgan Stanley employees, will help you unload your boxes or bags of paper for shredding and recycling and will collect the food donations. Stumps/Village Market has offered to donate bags to bring your recyclables and foodstuffs, if needed. All materials will be recycled. Care should be taken to destroy only those documents that you are confident you no longer need. Questions? Email email@example.com or call 858-613-8147.
son Statham crime films, Torregrossa decided to write his own thriller. “I’m a martial artist myself and I enjoy those movies and the fight scenes,” said Torregrossa, who has practiced martial arts for more than 20 years. “I kind
Village Church to present free concert on the green in RSF Village June 22 A free concert featuring The Peter Sprague Group will be held on Sunday, June 22, from 5-7 p.m. on the green in the Village of Rancho Santa Fe, adjacent to The Inn at RSF, on the corner of Avenida de Acacias and La Flecha. Bring chairs, blankets, a picnic if you like. Food and drink will be available for purchase provided on site by The Inn at RSF. The event is sponsored by the Village Community Presbyterian Church. For more information call 858-756-2441.
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‘Early bird’ pricing on now for Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe’s upcoming season BY SHARON MCDONALD Tickets are on sale now for the 15th consecutive season of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe, which will begin Friday, Sept. 19, at the newly remodeled Village Church Fellowship Hall. “Early bird” pricing is $200 for the four-concert series, good through June 30. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for all season concerts, with catered hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine, sponsored by Northern Trust. Performances begin at 7 p.m., with coffee and dessert served at intermission. The first performer will be Fernando Varela, a modern tenor, who spans the musical repertoire from opera to pop. Offering classical and popular appeal, Varela is under the tutelage of renowned star-maker David Foster. Barbra Streisand commented “You are going to be a pretty big star.” Recently, he performed at The Bridges to rave reviews. Actress and singer Susan Egan, an electrifying “Belle of Broadway,” will perform Friday, Oct. 24. Her credits are many; most notably, she received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress as the original “Belle” in Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast.” The Broadway veteran entertains with energetic songs and anecdotes of her career. “Virtuosity and sophistication” aptly describes the team of Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos, who will perform Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. DePue was Grammy-nominated and certified gold with famed guitarist Steve Vai and is a world-renowned violinist/fiddler. DePue and De Hoyos play a range of styles with “high-flying fingerboard pyrotechnics.” Their credits include a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the International Bluegrass Music Association. The regular season ends with Good Company on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. They will present a kaleidoscope of vintage and current music including rock, R&B, gospel and bluegrass. They spotlight iconic American music with their live band, playing “definitive sounds of NYC-Nashville-Detroit-LA.” A special performance on Saturday, May 9, 2015, will be Simply Sinatra, featuring Steve Lippia. More information on tickets for this concert will be coming soon. Save the date! To hear and see videos of each performer’s work, visit www.ccrsf.org. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call President Gail Kendall at 858-248-0892.
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Celebrate the Fourth at RSF Parade & Picnic The community is invited to participate in or watch the 33nd annual RSF July 4 Parade & Picnic, to be held in the RSF Village on Friday, July 4. The parade will form in the RSF School parking lot (access from La Granada or El Fuego) at 12:15 p.m. The parade starts at 1 p.m. Children and bicycles are welcome (all children need to stay in the RSF School parking lot with their parents while the parade is forming). The parade will also include princesses, community band, floats, clowns, face painting, fire trucks, vintage cars, Honor Guard, decorated bikes and golf carts, Boy & Girl Scouts. The picnic will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the park in front of The Inn and will feature the Coastal Communities Concert Band. The event will include food from the RSF Golf Club, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and chicken, as well as ice cream from The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The July 4 Parade & Picnic is sponsored by the RSF Association, the RSF Community Center, the RSF Golf Club and the RSF Polo Club. For more information, contact Shannon Mountain at 858-756-1174, shannon@ rsfassociation.org or Chaco Clotfelter at chacoclot@ gmail.com
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RSF Community Center presents Summer Supper Club Dinner July 12 Rancho Santa Fe residents Douglas Dolezal and Tulug Kenaoglu will host a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Supper Club dinner under the stars at their beautiful hilltop home in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, July 12, from 5:30-8 p.m. This is the third summer the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center has offered the dinner series and each dinner has a different theme. Dolezal, a local designer, said, “We had a lot of fun hosting this series the last two summers and we’re happy to do it again. The Community Center does a great job bringing RSF residents together in ways that foster friendships and community spirit and the Summer Supper Club dinners are a wonderful example of that.” The event is open to Rancho Santa Fe residents and their guests. Get to know your RSF neighbors as the evening falls and hot air balloons rise over the town. Tickets are $75 per person and include wine, non-alcoholic beverages, dinner, dessert and live entertainment. Last summer’s dinners sold out quickly so don’t miss out on the fun. Tickets must be purchased through the RSF Community Center at least one week prior to the event. Please call the Community Center for more information at 858-756-2461 or visit www.rsfcc.org for more details.
TPHS debate camp to be held Aug. 18-21 Torrey Pines High School varsity speech and debate team students will run a four-day Forensics Camp from Aug. 18-21. The camp serves as an introduction for incoming ninththrough 12th-graders interested in improving their skills in critical thinking, effective research, and persuasive and confident speaking. Students leading the camp regularly compete at the highest level of competition and have experience teaching their particular events. Campers will learn the basics of the different speech and debate events: one-on-one debate (Lincoln-Douglas debate) in which competitors argue complex moral issues; parliamentary debate, in which students work with a partner to affirm or oppose a resolution in a limited preparation setting; and congressional debate, an event in which bills are debated in a similar fashion to U.S. Congress. Students will also learn about extemporaneous speaking, and researching issues and learning to speak about them. The final day of camp is set aside for a mini-tournament that gives all campers a chance to show what they’ve learned. Contact Rachel Krause at email@example.com. Cost is $80 per student; all forms and payments must be received by Aug. 1. Make checks payable to TPHS Foundation/S&D and send to TPHS Foundation, P.O. Box 2489, Del Mar, CA 92014.
Bestselling author Simon Jacobson to speak at Chabad event June 24 in RSF Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe presents the fifth annual Benedek Lecture Series, “The Rabbi & the CEOs: Timeless Leadership Secrets for Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. The presentation features Simon Jacobson, author of the bestselling book, “Towards a Meaningful Life,” who will offer exclusive insight from prominent and influential CEOs. After the lecture, Jacobson will sign copies of his book. The event is hosted by Drs. Andrew and Diana Benedek. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Reserve at www.jewishRSF.com. Call 858-756-7571.
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Womanâ€™s passion for gardening leads to KPBS show
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BY JOE TASH As a girl growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Nan Sterman learned to garden with her grandfather and mother. â€œI just always loved the idea of putting seed in the ground and something coming up,â€? said the local resident. In 2013, she planted a different kind of seed, launching a gardening show on KPBS, called â€œA Growing Passion,â€? which has been picked up for a third season, which begins next April. The half-hour show, which she produces with her partner, Marianne Gerdes, airs on Thursday nights and repeats on Saturday mornings on KPBS. It covers a variety of topics, from chaparral and native plants, to food justice and water-wise landscaping. Future episodes will focus on such subjects as insects and growing citrus. Sterman, who hosts the show, relies on both her pasNan Sterman sion for sustainable, water-wise gardening in Southern CaliforCourtesy photo niaâ€™s Mediterranean climate, and her educational background, which includes graduate degrees in marine botany and instructional design. Her target audience is anyone interested in gardening, even those who donâ€™t regularly take to the dirt with a hand trowel or hoe. â€œLots of people are armchair gardeners,â€? she said. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while providing access to places that most people wouldnâ€™t ordinarily see. In one episode, she starts at the horse barns at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where used straw is gathered up, taken to a mushroom farm in Escondido and turned into compost. Once the farm is finished with the compost, it is given away free to the public for use in home gardens. â€œI want to empower (viewers) to understand the world around us and how to work with it and make it work for them,â€? she said. One of the keys to being a successful gardener â€” whether a planter of ornamental landscaping or a vegetable garden â€” is to understand the climate where the garden is located, said Sterman. San Diego is one of five regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate, characterized by rain in the fall, winter and spring, followed by hot, dry summers. Also, our soil is lean, without a lot of nutrients. Therefore, gardeners need to pick plants native to Southern California, or Mediterranean areas, that can tolerate the hot, dry summers and donâ€™t need a lot of watering, Sterman said. Vegetable gardens will require soil additives and regular watering, she said. Sterman has published two books, â€œCalifornia Gardenerâ€™s Guide, Vol. II,â€? and â€œWaterwise Plants for the Southwest,â€? and her third book will be out next year. She has also written articles for a variety of publications, including Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, the Los Angeles Times and Organic Gardening, and writes a monthly column for UT San Diego. Stermanâ€™s research as a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara focused on phytoplankton, a one-celled seaweed that is the food source for a variety of marine life, from whales to jellyfish. â€œI was studying their photosynthesis, how they make food from sunshine. Thatâ€™s the essential function that powers our world,â€? she said. In a lab across the hall, she met Curt Wittenberg, who was studying molecular biology. Wittenberg, who became her husband, conducts basic cancer research at the Scripps Research Center. Sterman decided that she preferred communicating and teaching over lab research, and completed a fellowship with CNNâ€™s science reporting unit, before going back to school to earn a masterâ€™s degree in instructional design, which she used to create educational programs for different clients, including companies, museums, zoos and aquariums. Along with her books, articles and TV show, Sterman also designs gardens for clients, and one of her designs was recently published in a book, â€œGroundbreaking Food Gardens,â€? by Niki Jabbour. For more information about Sterman and her show, â€œA Growing Passion,â€? visit www. agrowingpassion.com. Full episodes of the show can also be viewed on the web site.
Fairy Festival beckons at Botanic Garden June 21 Calling all Fairy Princes and Princesses! Children (and parents) are invited to celebrate summer at the annual Fairy Festival from 10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Hamilton Childrenâ€™s Garden in the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas. The Fairy Festival is presented by Great Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and features fairy- and garden-themed crafts, where children can make anything from flower fairy dolls to treasure chests; face painting and a fairy land to be explored; and an official fairy queen and fairy princess ready to have their picture taken. Crafting and shopping are available in the Fairyland Market, and Snap-Tap-N-Sing will perform dance and sing-along music. The Fairy Festival, which draws thousands to San Diego each year, offers fun and a great atmosphere for children and families to interact with nature. Youngsters are welcome to don wings and dress in their favorite fairy costumes â€“ or just come as they are â€“ while enjoying an array of activities. The Hamilton Childrenâ€™s Garden is the largest interactive childrenâ€™s garden on the West Coast and provides a full acre of interactive exhibits for children and their families. The Fairy Festival is free with paid admission or membership to the Botanic Garden. Adult attendees are asked not to dress up for the Festival. Visit www.sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm; call 760-436-3036. The San Diego Botanic Garden is at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.
Students learn about the lagoon restoration.
R. Roger Rowe School third grade students donate to new Birdwing Open Air Classroom Third graders at R. Roger Rowe School recently collected $200 in coins and donated the money to the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom along the San Dieguito Lagoon as an “Act of Kindness” for the RSF Education Foundation Kind to Core campaign this year. A ranger recently taught the third grade students about the lagoon restoration they are working on at the new Birdwing Classroom as part of the San Dieguito River Conservancy. A grand opening was held May 13 for the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom. The San Dieguito River Park’s 80-seat amphitheater features rows of concrete benches covered by panels of perforated stainless steel. The outdoor facility overlooks scenic views of the carefully restored wetlands. The roughly $500,000 classroom was constructed with a $340,000 grant from the county, which kicked off the project. The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that supports the River Park and education, raised more than $170,000 in donations. For more information about the classroom and upcoming events, visit www.sdrp.org. Courtesy photos
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RSF Childrenâ€™s Library â€˜Pause to Readâ€™ summer program offers a variety of activities BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe Childrenâ€™s Library is hoping that kids will â€œPause to Readâ€? this summer as part of its annual summer reading program. The program kicked off on June 5 and lasts through July 31 with a fully packed schedule of free activities, encouraging kids to read anything they can get their hands on. To participate, kids just have to sign up and choose their reading goal â€” 10 hours or 10 books. Every time they reach that goal they can earn a prize and go through the program as many times as they can. Additionally, every 10 books or 10 hours read earns a raffle ticket for bigger prizes that will be raffled off at the end of the programâ€™s Ice Cream Social celebration on Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m. â€œThe goal is to keep them reading all summer long,â€? said Laurie Knodle, childrenâ€™s librarian. â€œThereâ€™s always time to take a break with a book in their hands.â€? This yearâ€™s summer reading programâ€™s theme is â€œPause to Readâ€? and Knodle has taken great care to decorate the library for summer â€” carving out special nooks for children to take a moment and read. She built a space ship for kids to read in â€œspaceâ€?; created a jungle with animals hanging from vines; and put a few Adirondack chairs in front of a campfire made out of paper to read â€œoutdoors.â€? In the teen section, there will be beach chairs and towels in a corner to read at the
â€œbeach.â€? Knodle has also created a full schedule of activities for the summer: Movie Mondays at 1 p.m., pre-school storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Thursday and Saturday crafts such as beading, spin art and sand art; toddler storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays; and games such as Wii and bingo on Fridays. There are also special author visits and book signings on June 21 with Salina Yoon, author of â€œFoundâ€? at 2 p.m., and on July 15 at 2 p.m. with Jenny Craig, the author of â€œI Believe in Genevieve.â€? Kids can attend the John Abrams Animal Magic Show on June 25 at 2 p.m. or the Buster Balloon Show on June 30 at 2 p.m. â€œThere is something going on every single day,â€? Knodle said. She encourages families to put the link to the RSF Library Guild website on their smart phones so that wherever they are they can see whatâ€™s happening at the library and swing on by. Knodle hopes it becomes a habit, families coming to the library to check out books, receive a prize for their reading, participate in an activity and read even more books. â€œItâ€™s an inexpensive way to keep kids busy in a great way over the summer,â€? Knodle said. As cursive writing is no longer being taught in schools, the summer reading program will also hold a â€œPause for Penman-
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