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Volume 29 Number 46


■ Athletes Saving Athletes held a ‘Relay the Message’ event. AA3. ■ Del Mar receives another positive audit. AA2.


■ Solana Beach resident named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ A1. ■ Award-winning author, journalist shares tips for happiness. A6.

■ SD Jewish Academy students organize ‘Walk to End Genocide’ A8. ■ Local gardening expert to speak at lecture and plant sale. A12.


CV planning board approves new plans for PHR Middle School By Karen Billing The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the San Dieguito Union High School District’s (SDUHSD) new configuration plans for the district’s Pacific Highlands Ranch Middle School at the planning board’s Feb. 27 board meeting. The board voted 11-1 in favor of the school district’s plan with one abstention. Christian Clews voted against the proposal and Hollie Kahn abstained. Planning board chair Frisco White recused himself from the vote as his architectural firm is working with SDUHSD on a future project. The original Pacific Highlands Ranch community plan was for the community park to be joint-use with the middle school and be a total of 20 acres. The proposed layout on Village Center Loop Road was Canyon Crest Academy, the middle school, the middle school fields and commuSee SCHOOL, page AA2

DM to apply for funding for River Path Del Mar extension

Beach Boys Bruce Johnston, John Stamos, Mike Love and Jacquelyne Love. Photo/McKenzie Images

‘Mardi Gras with the Beach Boys’ event benefits arts programs at Cathedral Catholic High School By Diane Y. Welch On Saturday evening, March 1, 500 guests at “Mardi Gras with the Beach Boys,” a fundraising affair to benefit the arts programs at Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) and Notre Dame Academy, sang along with, and danced to, a medley of music from the nostalgic hits of the Beach Boys with actor John Stamos as guest percussionist. Held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, the event was a sell-out. (See event photos next issue.) Using a carnival theme, volunteers – led by event chair Janet Cruzon with Debby Rosenberger and Jennifer Kelly – set up dramatic table decor and arranged scores of silent auction items for a 5:30 p.m. reception, which was followed by dinner and a private concert in the Aragon Ballroom. Two members of the Beach Boys — Michael Edward Love and Bruce Johnston — arrived early in the afternoon while the event preparations were underway to rehearse and to meet and greet with the press. Love, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who is a strong proponent of private schools and especially the arts in education, spoke about the event and why he was there. “My wife, Jacquelyne, and I often try to help private schools with their fundraisSee BEACH, page AA3

By Kristina Houck During a special meeting Feb. 28, the Del Mar City Council authorized the city manager to apply for grants to extend River Path Del Mar. In a 3-0 vote, council members permitted City Manager Scott Huth to apply for a $150,000 grant from San Diego County’s Community Enhancement Program. Funded by a portion of the county’s transient occupancy tax revenues, the deadline to apply for the grant was March 1. In case the application is not successful, the council also authorized Huth to apply for funding from the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. There is no application deadline for NRP funding. “They say opportunity — you’ve got to be prepared to take advantage of it,” said Councilwoman Sherryl Parks, who led the meeting. Mayor Lee Haydu and Deputy Mayor Al Corti were absent.

See PATH, page AA3

CV planning board green lights stop sign for Medical marijuana problem intersection on Worsch Drive ordinance passes with new restrictions By Karen Billing San Diego City Council passed new regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries on Feb. 25. Last April, the council kicked back then-Mayor Bob Filner’s ordinance that would have allowed dispensaries in more areas of the city, including locally at Flower Hill Promenade, Del Mar Heights Village on Mango Drive and the future Pacific Highlands Ranch Village Center. Council directed city staff to draft a new ordinance, going back to the language similar to the city’s 2011 Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperative ordinance, taking many community commercial zones off the list. Per the new regulations, collectives are not allowed to operate within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, churches, playgrounds, residential care facilities (drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers), child care facilities or other dispensaries. The 1,000-foot buffer was an increase from the original ordinance’s 600 feet. There also will be a 100-foot buffer from residential zones and no more than four dispensaries will be allowed per district. According to Mel Millstein, a representative for Council President Sherri Lightner, the closest possible locations for dispensaries in this area would be in Sorrento Valley off Roselle Street. An office area off El Camino Real is also a potential spot, but Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair Frisco White said it is highly unlikely that spot would be pursued. Dispensaries will have to go through the public process to get conditional use permits, including a recommendation from the planning board.

Beer tasting room to open in Solana Beach

■ For a variety of social events, see pages B2- B20.

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By Kristina Houck A new beer tasting room will soon open in Solana Beach. In a 5-0 vote, the Solana Beach City Council on Feb. 26 approved a conditional use permit for a craft beer bottle shop and taproom in the city’s Beachwalk Center. San Diego BeerWorks will feature a retail shop, bar and seating area, as well as a food preparation area, restroom, and storage and office space. “It’s hard to deny the momentum of the American craft beer that we’re seeing all throughout the United States, particularly in California and San Diego,” said applicant John Holko. He and his wife, Jennifer Todd, own and will operate the shop. “San Diego really is ground zero for the American craft brew industry.” Beer won’t be brewed on site and beer won’t be served outdoors. In addition to beer, San Diego BeerWorks will also serve appetizers and snacks. “I think this is a great business idea. I think it fits well within the community as a whole,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. “I think the applicants are really tapping into a trend that will attract people to our community and retain people in the community. It’s a great fit with the rest of the Solana Beach business community.” Located at 437 South Highway 101 in Suite 107, the 1,550-square-foot shop will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information about San Diego BeerWorks, visit

By Karen Billing The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a stop sign for a problem intersection on Worsch Drive where it turns into Carmel Park Drive at Santa Nella Place. The board voted 12-1, with one abstention, at its Feb. 27 meeting and the sign could be in place within the next 45 days. The sole dissenting vote was vice chair Manjeet Ranu who said this problem exists throughout Carmel Valley and they can’t continue to just throw up stop signs. “A stop sign is one way to deal with calming traffic, but there are many different ways to solve this issue,” Ranu said. Ranu said they should aim to solve these issues through design, such as necking down a street or creating a pedestrian refuge island that can actually enhance the look of a neighborhood as well as slow traffic. He said he knows those design solutions cost money and take some time but he suggested that it is perhaps time to put Carmel Valley’s big, wide roads on a “diet.” Planning board chair Frisco White agreed and proposed that the board form a subcommittee to take a comprehensive look at design solutions for Carmel Valley’s streets. He said the community does have available Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) funds for those kinds of improvements. Neighbor Joe Rossettie spearheaded the effort for the Worsch Drive stop sign and See INTERSECTION, page AA3

Del Mar school district receives nutritional services update; lunch sales continue to increase By Karen Billing At their Feb. 26 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board members munched on the herb-roasted chicken, sushi rolls and jicama sticks that their students enjoy as they received an update on the district’s nutritional services department and lunch vendor Choicelunch. Choicelunch has been the district’s vendor since 2011, offering up healthy and quality food options that families can pre-order on their computer or smart phone. The district is one of 270 that Choicelunch caters to statewide and in San Diego, DMUSD is one of Choicelunch’s few public school clients. As the board heard in the nutritional services department update, lunch sales continue to increase in the 2013-14 school year as compared to 2012-13. As of Jan. 31, lunch sales have increased from 887 in 2012-13 to 904 in 201314, bringing the total yearto- date meals served to 87,719. The average lunch price is $5.15 and the district also offers free or reduced price meals for lower income families and foster children. Of the lunch participants, 18 percent receive free and reduced lunch in the district. Choicelunch now offers 17 entrée options to

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By Kristina Houck Del Mar once again received a clean financial report after its latest audit. An independent third-party accounting firm, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., stated in its report that the city kept its books properly during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. “We did find your accounting records to be in order,” said the city’s auditor Ken AIImam at the March 3 council meeting. “All of our tests checked out and they supported a conclusion that your financial statements are fairly stated in all material respects.” The firm performed 400 hours in audit tests, evaluating and confirming the city’s internal controls, cash and investment balances, capital projects, and more. At the end of June 30, 2013, the city had more than $97.7 million in total assets and nearly $11 million in liabilities. “The liabilities of the city are very small, especially in comparison to other cities that we audit,” AI-Imam said. Del Mar’s general fund of more than $11.9 million indicates the economy has improved. The city’s three main sources of revenue — property taxes, transient occupancy taxes, and sales and use taxes — were higher than the previous fiscal year. In fact, the city received $937,141 more than originally projected, said Del Mar Finance Director Teresa McBroome during her financial report to the council. Del Mar’s general fund expenditures totaled more than $12 million — $525,032 less than what the city had budgeted. The savings left more than $2.1 million in the city’s reserves, she added. “I want to thank staff and all their efforts to maintain the budget and keep track of everything very carefully,” said Councilman Terry Sinnott. “We’re very proud of our finance department,” said Mayor Lee Haydu. “Ever since I’ve been on council we’ve had great audits.”

SCHOOL continued from page 1 nity park, and then the residential community of Airoso. The school district now plans for the 15-acre middle school campus to be in the center of the proposed park, with 7.8 acres of facilities open to the community on the other side of the school, adjacent to Canyon Crest Academy. That would leave the community park at 13 acres with a shared parking lot with the middle school. John Addleman, SDUHSD director of planning services, said rather than having the middle school have joint use of the community park, they were able to purchase seven additional acres by the Pacific Highlands Ranch Fire Station to supplement CCA’s ballfields. The new orientation provides for a buffer between the middle school and high school campuses, as well as provides a more economical way for the district to maintain its fields. Addleman said a nice connection will be made from the park to the middle school’s track and field and hardscape courts (including basketball courts)

that will be open for public use. “We’re trying to give parks and recreation the biggest park they could have by giving up some of our visitor parking. We wanted to create the community connection between the park and the middle school and provide the park some relief by having access to that as well,” Addleman said. “I think this really is the best solution.” Resident Ken Farinsky said he worried that the park is losing something because the middle school field is so disconnected, but he was glad that the field would be open to the public as CCA’s field, tennis courts and track have not been. Karen Dubey, who lives in the Airoso community, said she liked the plan. “I’m usually a community plan purist but I like how you’ve honored the intent of the community plan,” Dubey said. Dubey also commented that a big concern for the community is school traffic, especially with the two schools side by side and the addition of the Solana Beach School District’s new Solana Ranch Elementary across the street.


Addleman said they do not intend for CCA and the PHR middle school to have the same start times and that they will also utilize a “zero period” option which allows students to start and leave a period earlier. Addleman said the plan is for the campus to begin construction in May through August of this year, with the first classroom building expected to be ready for students in fall of 2015. Pacific Highlands Ranch (PHR) has long been in need of field space for residents and PHR’s first park, recently renamed Solana Ranch Park (formerly Gonzales Canyon Neighborhood Park), is set to open at the end of this year. The park’s playground was also recently named The Scott Tillson Playground, in honor of Tillson, a long-time Carmel Valley planning board member and advocate for the Pacific Highlands Ranch community’s growth. Tillson passed away in 2011 after playing a big role in the 2010 passage of Proposition C that untied PHR’s development from the completion of the Interstate 5/SR-56 connectors.

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There are more than 150,000 energy- and water-efficient products that are eligible for HERO financing, including solar power systems. Photos courtesy of Sullivan Solar Power. efficient products that are eligible for HERO financing. Upgrades may include energy-efficient appliances, cooling and heating systems, water heaters, windows, photovoltaic systems and many other products. Improvements are financed with bonds issued through a Joint Powers Authority. Solana Beach is an associate member of the Riverside HERO program through Western Riverside Council of Governments. “Never before have you been able to finance your solar system through your property taxes,” said David Savarese, director of project development at Sullivan Solar Power, a registered HERO contractor. “HERO allows homeowners to go solar for zero money out of pocket.” HERO first launched its residential program in December 2011 in Riverside County. Norco resident Curtis Showalter used HERO to fi-

nance his solar power system, which was installed by Sullivan Solar Power in July. “It was a simple process,” Showalter said. “You didn’t have to jump through hoops.” The installation of the 42-panel system on his home means Showalter no longer has a monthly energy bill. “It’s a full 100 percent generation system. I don’t have any electrical use from Edison at all at this point in time,” said Showalter, a husband and father of two. “And it’s a fixed rate for 20 years. So for the next 20 years, I will pay the same rate I’m paying now. Even though Edison’s prices are going up, my rates stay the same.” The HERO program is voluntary for property owners. Solana Beach is not obligated to repay the bonds or pay any delinquent assessments levied on participating properties. “Ideally, we want the program to be made available to every resident in the state of California,” McNeill said. “But we’ve got to get every city and county to opt into the program. Ultimately, our objective is to lower energy usage and water usage, save people money, create jobs and lower our carbon emissions.” For more information about the HERO program, visit www.heroprogram. com.

Man arrested for allegedly robbing a gas station in CV By City News Service A 35-year-old man was arrested after allegedly robbing a clerk at a gas station in the Carmel Valley area Feb. 27. The robbery took place about 7:50 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Shell station at 3060 Carmel Valley Road, said San Diego Police Department Officer David Stafford. According to Stafford, the suspect walked into the gas station, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then took the cash and fled eastbound driving a black Dodge Ram. A description of the suspect — about 35 years old, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy set, wearing a black jacket and black pants — and his getaway car were broadcast to police. Officers then spotted the suspect in the area of Shoal Creek and Ted Williams Parkway, Stafford said. The man was taken into custody without incident and was to be booked on a charge of armed commercial robbery, according to Stafford. No one was injured in the robbery.

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‘Relay the Message’ The Athletes Saving Athletes’ “Relay the Message” walk/run was held at Cathedral Catholic High School on March 2. The event was open to all ages of the public to see how many laps they could walk or run in an hour, and raise funds and awareness about Advocates for Injured Athletes and the importance of athletic training. At the event there were also demonstrations on CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Athletes Saving Athletes was created by Advocates for Injured Athletes, an organization co-founded by Beth Mallon and her son Tommy after Tommy suffered a life-threatening neck fracture in 2009 while playing lacrosse at Santa Fe Christian School. For more information, visit Photos/Jon Clark; More photos online:

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CV planning board asks 5K race to stay out of residential neighborhoods By Karen Billing The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board threw a detour into Grace Point Church’s plans for a 5K run, voting unanimously to prevent the race’s route from closing major streets or going through a residential neighborhood. The board did support the

Kristen Kittscher, author of ‘The Wig in the Window,’ to appear at Solana Pacific School HarperCollins author Kristen Kittscher will be discussing writing and her middlegrade novel, “The Wig in the Window,” with Solana Pacific Elementary School’s media center classes on Thursday, March 13. The night before her school appearance, Kittscher will be doing a book signing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at The Yellow Book Road, an independent children’s bookstore located at 2750 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106. Situated in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, The Yellow Book Road is across the street from Ace Hardware. Nearby restaurants include Corvette Diner and the new Stone Brewing Co. location. Past author appearances in the store have included Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series, and picturebook author Jon Scieszka. To be included on The Yellow Book Road’s mailing list for future events, visit the store or send an email to


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ing goals and we really like doing events like this one. It’s a party with a purpose,” said Love. The couple established an artscentric private school in Lake Tahoe, their primary residence, a few years ago, said Love. This is a return show for the Beach Boys. The Loves’ daughter, Ambha, is a senior at CCHS, having joined the school two years ago when the Beach Boys played a similar fundraising event. “This time we wanted to help out specifically to raise funds for music programs, because, as you know, a lot of schools, both public and private, are challenged when it comes to funding the arts,” Love explained. School president Steven Laaperi, who was also present, commented, “We have a wonderful athletic and academic program and now we are focused on ex-

panding our arts program, especially our music and theater curriculum. The goal is get straight ‘A’s’ across the disciplines,” said Laaperi. The Beach Boys celebrated their 50th anniversary with a tour in 2012. This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the hits “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “I Get Around.” Next year will be half century anniversaries for “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations,” all songs which were part of the line-up for the evening’s concert, along with “Kokomo” which was released in 1988. Co-written by Love with John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas), producer Terry Melcher and singer Scott McKenzie, it went to number one on the Billboard Charts. Joining the Beach Boys band on stage was actor and musician John

Stamos, who has been a longtime fan of the group and has played with them since 1985 through six of his television series, said Johnston. Stamos — who initially found fame as lead character Jesse in the sitcom “Full House” — plays guitar, drums and other percussion instruments. Johnston had driven down from his home base in Santa Barbara for the event. He spoke of the timeless appeal of the Beach Boys hits. “Music has no wrinkles to it, it doesn’t age like we do,” he joked. Johnston, who has raised four children and has three young grandchildren, said that he misses being around kids, and fundraising events like these help him reconnect with them and make a difference.

lies use the Santa Nella culde-sac as a drop-off spot for children as the court abuts a pathway that leads right into Carmel Del Mar School. Pedestrians on the west corner of Santa Nella face a completely blind corner due to the curve. They have to venture out nearly halfway into the lane of oncoming traffic to see if any cars are coming up the hill. “It isn’t just about kids. Residents cross the street to use the trail or to go shopping,” Rossettie said. “It’s just not a safe intersection.” During public comment at the meeting, a married couple (the Hornblowers) who have lived in the community for 28

years, said they do not feel it is a problem intersection. They said the majority of the people do not speed and there is not a need for a stop sign. Another resident who spoke up in favor of the stop sign agreed that it is a small community and speeding isn’t constant but the cars that do speed, paired with the line of sight issues, create enough of a danger to warrant a stop sign. The board’s approval of the stop sign included that some signage be posted ahead of the stop sign to help residents adjust to the change initially and continue to serve as a reminder moving forward.

has secured a long-term lease of a parcel from the North County Transit District at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. The city has also worked in partnership with the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy on the development of the trail. The project is estimat-

ed to cost $470,000, Huth said. The council has already budgeted $20,000 for the project. “We’re happy to lend support however we can,” said resident Bill Michalsky, chair of the San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee. “This will be a great step forward. “I wish us luck … I hope we strike gold.”

INTERSECTION continued from page 1 presented a petition last week signed by 105 people, 85 of them residents and frequent pedestrians, and 20 who have a vested interest in the issue, such as Carmel Del Mar Elementary School Principal Eileen Delaney. Rossettie became serious about pushing the issue after a December 2013 accident at the intersection that almost resulted in children getting hit by cars. The portion of Worsch Drive features a downhill and a curve going south and Rossettie said people can pick up speeds there very quickly. Many fami-

PATH continued from page 1 The existing trail runs along the south bank of the San Dieguito River from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the coast. The project will develop the portion of River Path Del Mar from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the Old Grand Avenue Bridge. To provide parking for the extended path, Del Mar

idea of Grace Point’s Faith in Action Run as long as the organizers tweak the route so it won’t inconvenience local residents. According to Marjolein Grootenhuis, missions director for Grace Point Church, the run is planned for Sunday, May 4, setting off from the church off Del Mar Heights Road. The race will support Love146, an international organization that fights child exploitation and trafficking. “We think it creates community when people come together around a common goal,” Grootenhuis said. “We want to encourage people to be instruments of change.” Hollie Kahn, the neighborhood 4/4a representative on the board, had concerns about the proposed route going on Winstanley Way, looping around on Sword Way. The expected race draw of 600 people on a residential street would be very intrusive, she said. The board agreed that the route should be kept out of the neighborhoods and more on Lansdale Drive and Del Mar Heights Road. The board also vetoed an out and back route on Del Mar Heights Road with a turnaround just past Sycamore Ridge due to the lane closures that would be required on Del Mar Heights Road. The board encouraged the church to consider an earlier start time than the proposed 8 a.m. start for the 5K and 9:30 a.m. for the one-mile fun run.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito names Solana Beach resident ‘Volunteer of the Year’ By Kristina Houck Solana Beach resident Terry Lingenfelder will be honored as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito at the second annual Youth of the Year Gala Aug. 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Lingenfelder, 87, has volunteered with the nonprofit organization for more than 40 years. “It is a big honor and was a big surprise,” said Lingenfelder, who moved to Solana Beach from Del Mar in 1983. “There’s other people probably more deserving. It’s an honor they selected me.” A member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s board of directors since 1971, Lingenfelder served as board president 1979-1981 and 1999-2001, and has served as chairman of the foundation board since 2012. “This award is in recognition of Terry’s outstanding leadership, dedication and tireless efforts in sustaining and expanding our mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito,” said David Crean, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “He is a strong promoter, supporter and major contributor to all programs and activities that we offer. We could not have been as successful as we are without his vision, involvement and hard work for over 43 years.” Lingenfelder has played a mayor role in the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s financing and fundraising initiatives. In 1974 — just his third year on the board — he helped launch the organization’s longest running fundraising event, Bucks for Boys & Girls. “It was kind of a scary situation at first, but we had a lot of great accomplishments,” said Lingenfelder, owner and president of Terral Investment Company, which launched in 1963. “We were very successful. We had that party for just over 40 years and we earned over $4 million over that period.” Lingenfelder also helped lead the board’s first major

Terry Lingenfelder Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito capital campaign in the mid-1980s to build a swimming pool at the organization’s Harper Branch on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. “Swimming pools were nonexistent in North County, at least in our area,” Lingenfelder said. “We live on the water and the whole idea was that it would be great to teach kids how to swim.” The organization broke ground on the project before it had raised the $350,000 needed for construction and maintenance of the pool for two years, Lingenfelder noted. “We wanted to show the public that we were going to build the pool and complete a project they could be proud

of,” he said. “If that pool saved one life, one child’s life — there’s no amount of money that could equal the value of that life at all.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito has since built a nationally recognized aquatics program. In 2005, Lingenfelder was instrumental again in securing major donors for the Share the Dream Campaign, which raised more than $8 million to renovate the Harper Branch and Pardee Aquatics Center in Solana Beach. With his company’s offices located across the street from the center, Lingenfelder is reminded every day about the programs Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito offers children and teenagers in the community. Founded in 1966, today the organization serves more than 21,000 youth in the San Dieguito community through its seven branches. “I think the best part is to watch some of these young kids start out from nothing and 25 years later, come back and say, ‘The Boys & Girls Clubs helped make me what I am today,’” Lingenfelder said. “That’s why we do what we do — so all young people can have a chance.” The gala will take place Aug. 8 at the Infield Pavilion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will feature horse racing, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and entertainment. In addition to Lingenfelder, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will honor its Youth of the Year. Proceeds will benefit programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “It’s more fun to give than receive,” Lingenfelder said. “It makes you feel good inside when you give somebody the advice or help they need.” “Get involved and become a doer,” he encouraged others. “Help your community be better.” For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and the gala, visit

STEAMConnect hosting first conference at Qualcomm in San Diego on March 28 STEAMConnect, in collaboration with site sponsor Qualcomm, is gearing up for its first STEAM Conference from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. The event will bring together arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in a way never done before. Three-hundred people from across California, along with STEAM leaders from Chicago, Texas and Atlanta, are expected to attend. The conference is expected to attract a broad range of attendees from a network of more than 750 students,

teachers, administrators, nonprofits, business leaders and policymakers from Southern California who are engaged in STEAM, which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The opening session will feature commentary from government officials and video messages from San Diego Congressional representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters, as well as state Sen. Carol Liu, who chairs the California State Senate Education Committee. The session will also include perspectives from leaders of California arts


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From San Diego to Spokane, young sports anchor inspired by father’s legacy BY ROB LEDONNE It’s a Tuesday afternoon in Spokane, Wash., and Bryan Fenley has some rare time off. “My workdays are typically full of adrenaline,” said Fenley, who is the weekend sports anchor and a reporter for KREM, the city’s TV news affiliate. Fenley, who grew up locally and only graduated from Santa Fe Christian High School in 2007, is the youngest person at the station. “When I was first applying for jobs, I thought I’d shoot big and send my tape out to some medium-size markets,” Fenley explained about his decision to submit to KREM. “My boss wound up liking my tape and voice, and he gave me my big break. I’ll be forever grateful.” Fenley covers both local and national sports in Spokane, and has a deep passion for his profession; a passion that stretches back to his childhood and is rooted in tragedy. When Fenley was just 11 years old, his father, Joe, was diagnosed with cancer. “My dad grew up so poor some nights he didn’t even have food on the table,” Fenley said of his family’s roots. “He battled through his upbringing, got a degree, and was able to become so successful he was in charge of a company (Gateway Freight Services) which, at its apex, had 1,000 employees.” His father’s illness turned Fenley’s family (which includes sister Grace and mother Gigi) upside down, and rocked his teenage years. “His sickness really affected us a lot, but it’s how I got into sports,” he remembers. “When he was ill, all I could do was watch sports with him. We were big local sports fans. Since my dad went to Ole Miss, we are big Ole Miss fans as well. We watched hours and hours of sports.” Even if Fenley didn’t know it at the time, a seed was planted and his interest in sports journalism grew from there. “My dad had to fight for his life growing up, and then

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fight with cancer,” said Fenley. “The will to fight to be successful has lived on in me since.” When Fenley was just 16, his father died from the disease and while the first few years were full of grief, he fought through it and realized he needed a new start. The new beginning he was looking for emerged in 2007, when Fenley joined the freshman class at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a hobby hosting a show at the college radio station led to his current gig. “There was a producer from the local NBC station there, and I had this urge to get on the air so bad,” Fenley said. Fresh out of college, Fenley started writing sports copy for WXII in Winston-Salem, NC (a top market), and from there found himself in Spokane. “So many kids want to get into sports, and I can’t tell you how many people doubted me and told me I couldn’t make it,” says Fenley. “There were so many critics and I used that as fuel.” The critics that doubted Fenley must be having second thoughts now, as he has taken KREM by storm and is living his dream in the process. “Every day we’re shooting, writing, and editing pieces with the players, stars and coaches that me and my dad used to watch every day,” Fenley. said Throughout it all, Fenley said his mom, Gigi, has been nothing but supportive through the good times and bad. “She’s nurtured me through this process and believed in me,” he says. “She’s been my number one teammate through this battle, and is always on the frontlines fighting for my dreams.” For now, Fenley’s happy in Spokane but has lofty goals. “I took the terror, the heartbreak, and the moments of pain in my dad’s fight with cancer and used it to conquer my dreams,” Fenley sums up. “It all comes down to him.” Follow Fenley on Twitter @BryanFenley. If you’re in Spokane, check him out most nights on KREM-TV, Channel 2.

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Commentary/Opinion Education Matters: Teacher training vs. time in the classroom: How Del Mar walks the tightrope of what she described as Vargus recommended

By Marsha Sutton Last week’s column discussed the Del Mar Union School District’s balancing act as it tries to provide professional development for its teachers without negatively impacting students and impeding learning in the classroom. Tiffany Kinney and Gina Vargus, co-presidents of the Del Mar California Teachers Association, discussed the discomfort some teachers have with the training. Kinney, a DMUSD classroom teacher since 2000, said teachers are unsettled “because we want to do such a good job. I know what works really well and now I’m having to use some of that but I’m having to add some of the other [techniques].” “Veteran teachers haven’t felt like a first-year teacher in a long time,” said Vargus, who has been teaching in Del Mar since 1991. “You have to think on your feet, and you don’t

k n o w h o w l o n g somet h i n g ’s going to take, a n d Marsha Sutton y o u don’t know where your kids are going to be at the end of your [lesson] plan, and maybe it’s not such a great plan and I’ll have to go back and rework that.” Despite scattered criticism that pulling teachers from their classrooms for the training sessions is not in the best interests of students, Kinney and Vargus said the training definitely puts students first. “It’s really preparing them,” Kinney said. “What we’ve heard over the last several years is that kids are coming out of college not prepared to be workers and … they’re not independent thinkers,” Vargus said. “I think this gives kids ownership of

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lost learning time for her children, protests this year by pulling her kids out of school on the days when their classroom teachers will be absent for training. In an interview in January, McClurg defended her emphasis on staff development, saying teacher training is “the most powerful thing, [by] empowering our teachers how to teach as effectively as possible.” She said she has no regrets about the professional development, “not for a moment.” “Teaching is grounded in solid research,” McClurg said. The district encourages teachers to do some of their training over the summer, to minimize lost classroom time, but McClurg said attendance can’t be compelled per the district’s contract with teachers. “I don’t make apologies and I think it’s absolutely the right work,” she said. “That said, we are trying to determine the best possible ways to train our teachers and keep our teachers in the classroom as much as possible. I do realize when they’re not there, it’s a substitute and that is one of the pieces we take into consideration.” Benefiting the kids Kinney and Vargus acknowledged that many parents were initially unhappy about all the professional development during school hours. But parents who at first objected are coming around, once they become aware of how the training and new standards will benefit the students, Kinney said. “We’re starting to see parents becoming more and more comfortable with it,” she said. “Also, when we go to the staff development, we are getting things we can use the next day when we walk into the classroom.”

that parents attend informational sessions. “The parents who have attended the evenings have been just wowed by the information they’re getting,” she said. “It is getting the word out about how valuable it is, how great it is for kids.” “It’s our job as professionals to explain the value of this professional development – why it’s of benefit to the children,” she said. Kinney said teachers know in August the dates they are required to be out of the classroom for training for the coming school year. She suggested that teachers secure substitute teachers well in advance and call the ones they trust, to ensure consistency and confidence that the lesson plans will be followed. Although teachers are not required to find their own subs, “it’s in your best interest and it’s in your children’s best interest,” Vargus said. “And it’s in your best interest to find someone who knows how you run your classroom and someone who wants to come back.” “I’ve always felt personally that it’s been my responsibility,” Kinney said. “If I’m going to be out, I need to find someone to cover my job.” Vargus and Kinney said they know the capable subs and try to book them early. They also rely on student teachers who are not just place-holders but are motivated to follow lesson plans closely and do real teaching. Because all districts have to prepare for the Common Core roll-out this fall by training teachers for the new standards, finding qualified substitute teachers is a county-wide problem, they said. Teachers not resistant Kinney and Vargus said teachers are not resistant but simply uneasy.

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“It’s not about going to the training at all – it’s about making sure that in your absence things run smoothly for the kids,” Vargus said. “Any time we’re not there, we want to make sure it’s a day just as if we were there … which is impossible to replicate. So there is stress about that.” When asked to comment on the controversy, former DMCTA president and Ocean Air fifth-grade teacher Katrina Campbell refused to discuss the issue, writing in an email, “I am not interested in speaking to anyone in the media. I prefer to focus solely on my students.” Carmel Del Mar fourthgrade teacher David Skinner, who served as president of the DMCTA before Campbell, did speak to the issue, saying in an email, “I don’t feel I am being pulled out of the classroom an unreasonable amount of time, but I know other teachers feel differently.” Skinner said the Common Core roll-out “has been a bit rocky” but is not sure how it could have been done better, given the delay in the state’s approval of adequate instructional materials. “We are going in the right direction in my opinion,” he said. “I am thrilled we are finally looking critically at how we teach and learn mathematics in DMUSD. The real shame would be reversing course just because we haven’t been perfect in our application of the Common Core standards and how to teach them.” He said parents and teachers need to understand why the professional development is important and effective. “We need to explain what we are doing and keep doing it,” he said. “I think the research backs us up.” Myrhum doesn’t disagree that training for teachers is important. “Everybody needs to continue their education, teachers included,” she said. But the way it’s provided, and the consequence of lost class-

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High school students encouraged to enter International Bipolar Foundation’s essay contest The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is launching a global essay contest to erase the stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation’s mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students. The first-place winner will receive $500, and the second-place winner will receive $100. Students may choose one of the following topics: •How is mental health perceived and addressed in your community, both culturally and socially? •How can you support a friend or loved one who may be dealing with bipolar disorder? •How does media impact the stigma of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses? Entries will be judged by a panel of authors who write about bipolar disorder and mental illness. The winner will be announced in May, which is Mental Health Month. High school students throughout the world are invited to participate. For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, contact Ashley Jacobs at

‘Social Media, Sexting & Exploitation: It’s Not Going Away’ topic at Family Forum’

“Social Media, Sexting & Exploitation: It’s Not Going Away” will be the topic at the March 26 San Dieguito Academy Family Forum. The event will be held from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at the Media Center at San Dieguito Academy High, 800 Santa Fe Drive Encinitas, CA 92024. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from students, cyber-education specialists and counselors about components of digital life, social media profiles, responsibilities and one’s “digital trail “ in this panel presentation. There will be time for questions and answers. This event is free and open to the public. Middle school and high school students are welcome. Seating is limited – reservations are required. Spanish translation is provided. RSVP to Sponsored by the San Dieguito Academy Parent Foundation.

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Author and award-winning broadcast journalist shares keys for happiness at Viewpoints event By Diane Y. Welch Students dressed in Reality Changers t-shirts welcomed guests to the Viewpoints speaking event at the Fellowship Hall of the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday evening, Feb. 23. The big draw for the Reality Changers — students who will be the first generation in their respective families to go to college — and for the 175 people in the audience was guest speaker Hugh Hewitt, invited to appear by Connie Pittard and Paige Vanosky, both Viewpoint committee members. Hewitt is an attorney, law professor, author and an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, best known as the host of his nationally-syndicated radio show which is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States. Relaxed, in an informal setting on stage, Pastor Jack Baca led the conversation with Hewitt who created an uplifting atmosphere. With wisdom and humor, Hewitt recollected people, places and events from his life in the media and gave sage advice to the audience about how to achieve happiness. During his lengthy career Hewitt has interviewed more than 20,000 people, many of them globally acclaimed, such as the Pope, the Dalai Llama, Buzz Aldrin, A-list actors, famous politicians, and more. His reflections on these interviews led him to publish, “The Happiest Life: Seven Gifts, Seven Givers and the Secret to Genuine Success�– a book that describes seven simple habits that anyone can adopt: encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, empathy/patience, good humor, graciousness, and gratitude. The book’s message formed the platform for much of Hewitt’s speech. Seven key relationships further help forge happiness, said Hewitt. A spouse, parents, teachers, family members,

chapter on teachers Hewitt recollected his interview with Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. When Hewitt asked Dreyfuss if he had any regrets about his career Dreyfuss answered that he really wished he’d been a high school teacher in Indiana. Hewitt praised Dreyfuss’s value placed on teachers and told the audience, “Teachers get levels of satisfaction out of what they do that are off the charts for happiness levels.� Hewitt also talked about developing a family GPA – ranking your relationships within an extended family – and how improving this grade will also improve happiness. Being humble and displaying gratitude will make you a happier person, too. Hewitt recalled his conversations with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett and Andy Williams who, despite their riches, never forgot their roots and were grateful to those who opened doors for them in their respective careers. “People will give you breaks,� commented Hewitt, especially directed to the students in the audience. “Be open to what comes along and you will find yourself doing extraordinary things.� Hewitt shared that he was hired, as a 22 year old in 1978 to help Nixon with the Presidential Library in Yorba Linda. An audience member asked, “What did you really think of Richard Nixon?� Quick to respond he said, “The best boss I ever had!�

Hugh Hewitt Photo/ McKenzie Images friends, co-workers, and church members comprise the list. “If you practice these seven habits in these seven contexts — unless you are stricken with illness or disaster — you will almost certainly be happy!� Hewitt said. Highlighting his

Hewitt said that Nixon was a genius, who was brilliant in foreign affairs, and a key figure in 20th century history, despite his notoriety. Hewitt’s strong opinions on politics brought laughter from the audience, “Snowden should be executed... after a fair trial�; Ronald Reagan was “misunderestimated and Biden has perfected it� and “Bill Maher is rotten and corrosive,� he joked. In closing, Hewitt advised everyone to commit to lifelong learning, to choose good friends and to read a lot. And in following his own advice “to give� he spent time after the program in a private meeting with the Reality Changers students and the organization’s founder, Christopher Yanov. The event was co-sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Christy Wilson, executive director, gave notice that the next speaker will be Dr. Maurizio Seracini (date to be announced in an upcoming issue of this newspaper). Viewpoints brings well-known, engaging speakers to the community to “Inform, Inspire and Impact� audiences. Visit for information on future Viewpoints event.










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R. Christian Minson of Del Mar Toastmasters wins Club Level of the International Speech Competition

Winner R.Christian Minson (right) and his mentor Doug Kinnear (left).

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Toastmasters has a global network of 14,350 clubs in 122 countries with a total of 292,000 members. One of the largest clubs in the San Diego County area, Del Mar Toastmasters began over 25 years ago with a few members and has grown to an average membership of 70 people. The public is welcome to attend any meeting and learn about developing their speaking and leadership skills. Del Mar Toastmasters meets every Friday morning at St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar at 7:30 a.m. For more information, please call 760-497-4092.


Del Mar Toastmasters held its annual International Speech Competition on Feb. 21 as part of the Toastmasters worldwide competition. R. Christian Minson, competing against five advanced club speakers, took first prize with his speech, “Big Boys Don’t Cry� and represents the Del Mar club at the next level, where the best of six clubs in the area will compete. The area level competition takes place on Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m., with a social at 5:30 p.m. The location for the competition is The La Jolla Commons, 4747 Executive Drive San Diego, 92122 (Hastings Building, 1st floor). The public is welcome to attend. Admission is $2.



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Solana Beach CERT members to discuss how to prepare for disaster at March 11 Solana Beach Library event Are you or your neighborhood prepared if a disaster occurs? Do you know what the risks are? Join Solana Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Members) residents Vickie Driver and Linette Page on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solana Beach Library when they show attendees how to prepare in the event of a local disaster. They will also share basic information on how to distinguish if your fire extinguisher is expired and

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San Diego Jewish Academy students organize third annual ‘Walk to End Genocide’ March 23 By Kristina Houck After learning about the genocides in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in his eighth-grade Jewish studies class, Zander Cowan wanted to do something to help. Now a junior at San Diego Jewish Academy, Zander is once again organizing a walk to raise awareness, support and hope for survivors of genocide. “We want to bring across a powerful, yet positive message about spreading genocide awareness,” said 17-yearold Zander. He and his classmates, Ilana Engel and Naomi Suminski, are planning the third annual Walk to End Genocide on March 23 at Nobel Park in La Jolla. More than 6 million people have lost their lives to the genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan and DRC, according to Jewish World Watch, which is sponsoring the walk. After studying the Holocaust and learning about ongoing genocides in eighth grade, Zander and his fellow students raised $1,700 for JWW by selling blue rubber bracelets stamped with the words “Decide to End Genocide.” “We said, ‘We’re not just going to sit around and get really upset about this issue,’” he recalled. “We wanted to do something about it.” As freshmen, Zander, Ilana and Naomi organized the first walk at their campus. The inaugural walk had 100 walkers and raised $5,000 for JWW. Last year, the trio expanded their efforts by reaching out to other high schools and religious institutions. About 175 walkers raised $7,500 during the second annual walk at Ocean Air Community Park in Carmel Valley. “Genocide is not just a one religion, one race issue. It affects a broad base of faiths and ethnicities,” Zander said. “We reached out to church groups and other ethnic groups and clubs. That’s how the walk grew.” With Congresswoman Susan Davis as honorary walk

Organized by San Diego Jewish Academy students, the third annual Walk to End Genocide is set for March 23 at Nobel Park in La Jolla. (Above, l-r) Naomi Suminski, Zander Cowan, Ilana Engel. chair this year, organizers hope to raise $10,000 and increase participation to 300 walkers. Davis or a representative from her office is scheduled to speak. Other speakers are still being confirmed, Zander said. Proceeds will fund JWW programs. Founded in 2004, the nonprofit organization educates others about genocide, and establishes relief and development projects to empower and alleviate the suffering of survivors.

Women and girls who have fled the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, are particularly vulnerable to rape while collecting firewood for cooking. One of JWW’s projects equips refugee women with solar cookers so they can use energy from the sun to heat meals and avoid the often dangerous walks to collect firewood. It costs $40 to supply one family with two solar cookers. The cookers will be on display during the walk. “It’s really exciting because you sow the seed that’s your idea. It can only be grown and nurtured and turn into this tree after a bunch of other people have embraced it,” Zander said about the walk. “It gives me hope to see a lot of other people are passionate and as engaged in this as I am.” The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at Nobel Park, located at 8810 Judicial Drive in La Jolla. Registration includes a T-shirt and costs $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children ages 5-11. Children 4 and younger walk for free. This year’s event will include two one-mile walks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Beginning at 11 a.m., a rally and action fair will feature informational booths and hands-on projects. One of the projects is SDJA’s butterfly project. Through the educational art program, the school aims to create 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to represent the number of Jewish children killed by the Nazis during World War II. “The walk is a local grassroots student-led event,” Zander said. “It would be great to get as much local support as possible.” For more information and to register for the walk, visit To learn more about Jewish World Watch, visit

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By Joe Tash Ellis Ruley may not be a household name, but Glenn Palmedo-Smith aims to raise his profile. Ruley was a black artist who died under mysterious circumstances in 1959 in Connecticut, where he had lived his entire life. Palmedo-Smith, 62, a long-time local resident, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer, is fascinated with stories of people and events either forgotten or under-appreciated by society. “Every project I’ve done, every book, is the voice for those who can’t speak for themselves,� said PalmedoSmith. Palmedo-Smith has long been interested in Ruley’s story; he wrote a book about the artist in the 1990s, and later shot principal footage for a documentary. The project was shelved for other endeavors, but now PalmedoSmith hopes to complete the film in time to air over public television stations during Black History Month in February 2016. He is seeking to raise $500,000 to complete the film, which would then be donated to PBS for airing across the country. Ruley was a laborer who had no formal art training and came to painting in his late 50s. His frozen body was found on his driveway in 1959, and authorities ruled the death an accident. Palmedo-Smith said troubling signs, such as an unexplained head injury, suggest foul play might have been involved. Ruley may also have drawn the wrath of local racists due to his marriage to a white woman. More than 50 years after his death, Ruley is considered an important African-American folk artist, whose paintings have been shown both in traveling exhibitions and in museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, said Palmedo-Smith.

Erin Weidner, hostess Gigi Fenley and Glenn Palmedo-Smith with Ellis Ruley’s “Adam and Eve.� Photo/McKenzie Images The story has “everything I’m about, the injustice, the racism, cavalier attitude of authorities. It’s everything that I love in a story, and this African-American artist who saw nothing but beauty in the world, he only got a truckload of woes,� Palmedo-Smith said. Rancho Santa Fe resident Gigi Fenley held a fundraising event for the film at her home in February. She said Palmedo-Smith is part detective, part storyteller, unearthing facts to weave a compelling tale. “This particular project is captivating. The subject matter has a lot of merit, it’s something that needs to get out, people need to know about it,� Fenley said. Ruley’s paintings are “playful and childlike and primitive, but eloquent� at the same time, said Fenley. He used

the materials at hand, and one painting is done on an card table, she said. Published reports about his work said that he used ordinary oil-based paints from his local hardware store, and during his lifetime, he attracted little attention, occasionally selling a painting for as little as $15. In the mid-1990s, about 60 of Ruley’s paintings were collected for a traveling exhibit that stopped at museums around the United States, including the San Diego Museum of Art. Fenley said she hopes Palmedo-Smith gets the backing he needs to complete his documentary on Ruley. “He does amazing things with low budgets,� Fenley said of Palmedo-Smith. “He’s just one of those creative people. He doesn’t need a boatload of money. He can do a lot with a little.� Palmedo-Smith, who said he is now splitting his time between California, Arizona and China, as he works on various film projects, has another fundraising event tentatively planned for April 12 in Rancho Santa Fe. Along with artistic interest, law enforcement authorities are also taking a fresh look at events surrounding Ruley’s death, including the earlier, suspicious death of Ruley’s son-in-law, and the burning down of Ruley’s house after his death. There has even been talk of exhuming the bodies of Ruley and his son-in-law, Douglas Harris, to examine them for sign of foul play, Palmedo-Smith said. Palmedo-Smith said he hopes the film and a reissue of his book, “Discovering Ellis Ruley,� will bring new attention to the artist and his work. “It will be a major thing, it will be on everyone’s radar for a few weeks and that’s a dream for me to have happen,� he said. For more information, or to contribute to the documentary project, contact James Miller at, or Palmedo-Smith at


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Local gardening expert to speak at Del Mar Garden Club lecture and plant sale By Kristina Houck Pat Welsh doesn’t only have one green thumb. With more than 80 years gardening experience, every finger of the longtime Del Mar resident is green. Welsh will teach community members how to select, grow and divide cymbidiums orchids during a talk March 24 at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. Hosted by the Del Mar Garden Club, the educational lecture will be held in conjunction with the club’s plant sale. A member of the club since it was first established in 1991, Welsh is often asked to speak at group functions. “I’m happy to be there to answer everybody’s questions and celebrate my joy of living in this wonderful town and the joy of gardening here,� said Welsh, who has lived in Del Mar since 1955. Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, Welsh began tending to her parents and grandparents’ gardens at 3 years old. After her family immigrated to the United States in 1939, she grew up on a farm in Bucks County, Penn. She watched as her parents attempted to plant a traditional English herbaceous border in their new garden. “They failed, but they tried,� said Welsh, as she laughed at the memories. Planting the seeds in Welsh, her childhood experiences led to a lifelong love of gardening and an ever-blooming career. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. — where she also studied painting, ceramics and design — Welsh went on to become the first garden editor of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, holding the position from 1979



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By Joe Tash “The Interestings” is a novel about many things — jealousy, envy, talent and its pursuit, love, loyalty, secrets and lies. And over a period of more than 30 years, the reader watches the main characters grapple with these elements of their lives as they grow into themselves. New York writer Meg Wolitzer’s novel came out in 2013, published by Riverhead Books. “This is my first ‘hah’ epic,” she said, although she has previously written eight books, including “The Uncoupling,” “The Wife” and “The Ten-Year Nap,.” In her newest work, Wolitzer, the featured speaker at the Rancho Santa Fe Literary Society luncheon on Feb. 20 at The Grand Del Mar Resort, tells the story of a group of teenagers who meet at an arts-themed summer camp in the 1970s. Over the next decades, Wolitzer follows the friends as they marry, pursue careers, have children, and decide what they want to do when they grow up. Some become fabulously wealthy, while others struggle both financially and emotionally. The author said in an interview that one of the themes she wanted to explore was talent, and what happens to it as we grow older. “One thing about talent, luck is a big part of it too,” she said. “Did somebody throw some money your way so you could take a few months off to write? Did you know the right people? Connections and money do come into play.” The camp was important to the characters, said Wolitzer (who attended a similar camp in her teens), because it marked the point when they went out on their own into the world, and began to form their own identities. Young people can relate to the story even if they don’t recognize some of the cultural and political references, such as Richard Nixon’s resignation, because they experienced a similar transformation in their own lives, she said. “Coming of age is about breaking away from your parents, finding your people, what you want to do,” Wolitzer said. “Finding your talent.” Finding one’s talent can also be a slippery slope, as Wolitzer portrays in her book. Wolitzer said she was encouraged to pursue writing by her mother, novelist Hilma Wolitzer, but, unfortunately, her mother didn’t receive the same support from her own parents. The topic comes up in “The Interestings” when Ash Wolf, a theater director and one of the main characters, participates in a question-and-answer session following a performance. A woman asks if she should encourage her daughter to study directing in graduate school, or to find a more practical career path. “Well, if she’s thinking about going into directing, she has to really, really want it. That’s the first thing. Because


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Author Meg Wolitzer Photo/McKenzie Images if she doesn’t, then there’s no point in putting herself through all of this, because it’s incredibly hard and dispiriting. But if she does really, really want it, and if she seems to have a talent for it, then I think you should tell her, ‘That’s wonderful.’ Because the truth is, the world will probably whittle your daughter down. But a mother never should,” Ash tells the woman. Ash’s best friend, Jules, another of the original group from the summer camp, had her own aspirations of becoming a comedic actress, which never came to fruition. Jules, who marries and becomes a therapist, harbors great envy regarding the lives of her wealthy, talented friends, Ash and Ethan. “People have flaws, this is one of her flaws,” said Wolitzer. “If she never met these friends, her own life would be a lot more

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Bag the bag ban and tax scam By Bishop George McKinney and Mark Arabo Our government is at it again. Despite a recent U-T/10News poll showing most San Diegans oppose the idea, San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner is pushing a big brother-style ordinance that would outlaw plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, and require you to pay a tax on paper bags. To make matters worse, every dime of this new bag tax – which will generate millions of dollars every year – will go right into the corporate pockets of stores such as Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons, instead of being put to good use here in San Diego for things like neighborhood cleanups and beautification projects. Those pushing the bag ban claim that plastic bags are an unconscionable source of waste and litter. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these bags make up less than half of one percent of the waste stream. And, where litter studies have been conducted, plastic bags are typically less than one percent of what’s found. If the proposal is approved, you would be forced to use paper bags at a cost of 10 cents a piece. All told, this equates to a multi-million tax on the people of San Diego – a tax for which you won’t even be able to vote. If you don’t want to use paper bags, your only other option is to buy the more expensive reusable bags, the vast majority of which are made in China (from oil) and imported to the U.S. at a rate of more than 500 million per year. Why, in these tough economic times, are we lumping any government costs on to grocery bills when so many families and senior citizens are struggling to make ends meet?

And then there are the environmental drawbacks. Did you know that it takes much more energy to manufacture paper and reusable bags than it does to produce plastic ones? According to one study, the “global warming potential” of producing plastic grocery bags without factoring in reuse, is one-third that of paper bags and 1/131st that of reusable cotton bags. Moreover, by pushing people toward paper bags, more trees will be chopped down, leading to greater deforestation of our wilderness areas. In addition, it takes 96 percent more water to produce paper bags than it does plastic. All in all, the impacts of a ban on plastic bags would have a sizable negative impact on our environment. And let’s not forget that people like to reuse their plastic bags – to line their wastebaskets at home, pick up after their pets and carry their lunch to work. If these bags are outlawed, we’ll be forced to buy our plastic bags; yet another cost associated with this ban. The bottom line is: this bag ban and tax scam doesn’t make sense for San Diego. The benefit is minimal and the downsides are many. Instead, our city leaders should focus on what we San Diegans really want: things like faster police and fire response times, smooth streets, and more hours at our libraries and recreation centers. McKinney is the founder and Senior Pastor at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Church of God in Christ, in San Diego. Arabo is president and CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association, a San Diegobased nonprofit organization that represents 2,100 family-owned markets in California, Nevada and Arizona.


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agreeable to her. She wouldn’t know what she is missing.” Jules “can’t see that being a social worker and helping people is a talent. She’s stuck in that original fantasy,” Wolitzer said. Wolitzer began writing at an early age, dictating stories to her first-grade teacher. She sold her first novel, called “Sleepwalking,” when she was a senior at Brown University. “It was the most exciting

day of my life,” she said of being published, and receiving $5,000 for her book. She lives in New York City with her husband, Richard Panek, also a writer, and the couple’s two sons are in college. Wolitzer said she has started working on a new novel, but didn’t want to discuss the details yet. She tries to find time to write at airports and hotels, as she has been on the road

speaking and promoting “The Interestings.” She said she enjoys the chance to interact with readers. “It’s moving for writers to meet readers, people who really care about books,” she said. “When people come out in large numbers to hear a writer talk about literature, I think that’s fantastic.”

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Rant with Randi: The Evolution of Prejudice BY RANDI CRAWFORD We have lost the opportunity to be a great individual in this country and I’m going to use a recent example to make my point. It used to be that you hated me for my color, religion, gender or sexual preference. Today, you love me and show deference for the same reason. Whatever happened to letting me be me and you liking or hating me because of me? I believe that we’ve overcorrected for our sins of the past. I just read the story about University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who told The New York Times and ESPN that he is gay and that he plans to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. “I am an openly, proud gay man,” he told ESPN. So I ask myself: “Why does Michael Sam need to announce his sexuality to the world?” I don’t have a problem with his sexuality. What he does is his choice, but why does it have to become a political issue? I just don’t get it. Does he realize that he’s no longer going to be looked at as Michael Sam, a defensive end eligible for the NFL draft, but rather the gay NFL player? There’s a Texas sportscaster, Dale Hansen, who gave a phenomenal speech on-air in support of Sam. He was pointing out how as a society we accept disgraceful behavior from other athletes (i.e. abusing women, drugs, etc.), yet we continue to look up to them and take them as top picks in the NFL draft. But, he said, “You love another man, now you’ve gone too far. It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in our games.” While Hansen is spot-on in his assessment of how we idolize and reward disgraceful behavior from professional athletes, I still can’t stop asking myself why. Why did Michael Sam have to make this announcement? Until recently, if you were a gay person, you were hated for being gay without the other person ever knowing you. (Disgusting.) As that (gay person), you must ask, “Why do you hate me when you don’t even know me?” Then the evolution took place. Today,

we like you and tread water around you because you are gay, even though we do not know you. If we look past our prejudices (gays, Italians, Irish, blacks, Jews, Mexicans, Muslims, women, etc.) and look at the person: We love you, like you, or hate you because of the person you are, what your values stand for and your personality. The evolution is complete when we get to that stage. We are not there yet. We are not even close. Today, I read part of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He said, “Americans today are too sensitive about race.” He was speaking to a group of college students in Palm Beach. “My sadness is that we are probably today more race- and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out. That’s a part of the deal.” Sometimes I feel like the only safe thing to discuss with people is the weather, so I don’t offend someone. I can’t wait until the pendulum swings back around and we can actually like each other for our values, and not what someone deems politically correct. What say you? Email me at www.randiccrawford@gmail. com.

BY EMILY FIGUEIREDO, CLUB PUBLICITY CHAIR All Rotarians commit to the motto of “Service Above Self” but there are few people that exemplify it quite like Dr. G. Richard Wheelock did. Known to his friends and loved ones as “Doc” or “Dick,” our inspiring, hilarious and beloved friend and fellow Rotarian passed away on Feb. 18. Doc leaves an immense legacy of service and devotion to community that will continue to inspire and motivate us forever. Doc joined the Rotary Club of Del Mar in the mid-1950s after being a prominent member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Del Mar Rotary Charter Member and Past President Monty Woolley recalls, “Back then you could only have one person from each profession in the club and we already had a doctor. But I got him in four or five years later.” Dr. Wheelock went on to serve the club as President in 1966-1967. Along with 60 years as a Rotarian, generous supporter of local organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and MAEGA (Mexican American Educational Guidance Association), the obvious standout of Doc’s contributions to humanity is St. Leo’s Medi-


cal and Dental Clinic in Solana Beach. After founding and operating the Del Mar Medical Center, and helping many hard-working uninsured patients, Doc went on to develop one of the most functional, efficient and needed clinics in the area. St. Leo’s Medical and Dental Clinic was established in 1991 after Deacon Al Graff helped Doc find the space at St. Leo’s Church on Genevieve Street. The mission of the non-profit clinic is, “To provide comprehensive medical and dental services to the working poor with no health insurance and, except for in emergencies, not otherwise able to obtain such services.” possible, but it’s not in their contract so we can’t require attendance,” McClurg said. The two Wednesdays when teachers are required to stay at school are consistently used for professional learning and meetings, she said, this year focused on mathematics. Kinney and Vargus said they are working closely with district administrators, teachers and parents to identify alternative delivery methods for the training, to minimize teacher absences from the classroom. As co-presidents of the DMUSD’s teachers union, they said they support the professional development and feel it is vital to student success, while at the same time acknowledging that it is stressful for teachers and

parents. “We all want the best for our kids,” Vargus said. “We as Del Mar teachers are lifelong learners and we relish the opportunity to learn new things and we know that the CGI training is good for kids. It’s very valuable.” Recognizing that the missed time with their students is a great concern, Kinney and Vargus said teachers are “excited about all the great ideas” that are being presented to change the delivery of teacher training. “We’re getting great ideas from members as well as the administration about how this can look different,”

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continued from page 4 room time, “is not good for the kids.” She and many other parents believe the Wednesday afternoons when teachers leave early should be used for training sessions. “Do it on-line, or at the school on those Wednesday afternoons,” she said. “The half-day thing is putting the teachers first.” McClurg said professional development is also offered on the two Wednesday afternoons each month when teachers are permitted to leave work at 12:30, but those are not work hours. “We do try to schedule … trainings and meetings on those days as much as

Dr. Richard Wheelock

Many of the area’s highest quality doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and specialists volunteer their time each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning to serve over 5,000 annual patients. Countless stories have emerged of life-saving diagnoses, exceptional quality of care and depth of compassion shown to those that couldn’t get services anywhere else. Patients would wait hours for free care, and many of them would wait double just to be seen by Dr. Wheelock, who volunteered at the clinic until he was no longer able within the last couple of years. Woolley says, “Doc helped a whole lot of people who needed hope in their lives.” Doc’s smile greeted us as fellow Rotarians each Thursday for lunch and his humor was unparalleled. Always the practical joker, Doc will be remembered as an eternal “big kid” who provided limitless humorous memories for his friends of many decades, and showed love to all around him. Services will be held on Saturday, March 8. For more information, please visit www.DelMarRotary. org.


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TPHS Girls Soccer Palomar League Champions The Torrey Pines Girls Varsity Soccer team are Palomar League Champions with a 9-0-1 record in league play. The team celebrated Senior Night with a 4-0 win over Canyon Crest Academy. Seniors honored were: Courtney Coate, Gianna Giacalone, Stephanie Merida, Zoe Purcell, Cami Tirandazi, and Macy Vrabel. The Falcons, ranked #1 in San Diego and #7 in the nation, then advanced to the CIF Open Division quarter-finals, where they defeated Poway in a decisive 5-1 victory. Next up was CIF semi-finals versus Westview on March 4. The winner will play in the finals on Friday, March 7, at Mesa College, game time 5 p.m. The Falcons are led by Head Coach Martyn Hansford and Assistant Coach Shana Carr. Photo/Anna Scipione

Solana Beach Little League’s Opening Day Ceremony is March 8; Aubrey Huff is guest speaker Solana Beach Little League’s Opening Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 8 a.m. at Solana Vista Elementary School. Opening Day will include a parade and premier guest speaker Aubrey Huff. Throughout his 12-year Major League Baseball career, Huff played for the Rays, Orioles, Astros, Tigers, and Giants. He was with the Giants from 2010-2012 during a time the SF Giants were two-time World Series Champions. SBLL will also have Huff as one of its T-ball managers for the 2014 season. Come to SBLL’s Opening Day Ceremony to hear his story, and enjoy the other exciting events planned for Saturday, March 8, beginning at 8 a.m. Visit for more information.

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• Spenser Krut, Columbia University class of 2016, received placement on the Dean’s List for Fall 2013. Dean’s List is awarded to students who maintain a minimum 3.6 grade point average. Spenser is the daughter of Anthony and Mary Ellen Krut of Del Mar and a 2012 graduate of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Del Mar and Solana Beach students were named to the Southern Methodist University undergraduate honor roll for the Fall 2013 semester: •Shannon Coughlin, a resident of Solana Beach and a sophomore at SMU, was

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EDUCATION continued from page 15 Vargus said. “There’s no one who’s stuck in that ‘this is the way it has to be’ [position].” “We’re all looking at ways to make it better,” Kinney said, “so that we’re not having to be pulled out of our classroom [as much]. The forefront of our teaching is the children in our classroom. They are our number one priority. And we want to make sure we are the best at what we do to be able to prepare them to be lifelong learners, to be successful.” End of Part Two of a three-part series. Next week: Sitting in on professional development. Marsha Sutton can be reached at

Big 8 South wrestling team places third at tournament The Big 8 South wrestling team, comprised of students from Solana Pacific Elementary School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Earl Warren Middle School, snagged the third place team trophy for their efforts on the mat Saturday, Feb. 22, at the annual Big 8 Wrestling Tournament sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito and held at Santa Fe Christian School, where five teams and approximately 100 students competed. Back row, left to right: Sebastian Carpenter (2nd place@145#), Ryan Schlesier, Coach Daniel Berman, Assistant Coach Jessie Ralph, Drake Taylor (3rd place@135#), Luke Pisacane, Garrett Chamberlin (5th place@122#). Front row, left to right: Eli Blaskiewicz (2nd place @135#), James Freedman (5th place@95#), Sean Barry (2nd place@115#), Shankar Torres (3rd place@95#), and James Ralph (3rd place@105#). Not pictured: Brett Boren (1st place@128#).”

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team wins San Diego Junior Olympics Championship for 3rd consecutive year The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team won the San Diego Junior Olympics Championship Feb. 22 for the third time in a row! Course Junior Olympics, sponsored by San Diego-Imperial Swimming (SI), is an event held bi-yearly and is open to all SI swimmers that meet qualifying times. This time the event was held at Poway Community Swim Center Pool. “Our swimmers did a phenomenal job and trained long hours to prepare for the event,” said Joe Benjamin, head coach and director of the Pardee Aquatics Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “We were the most spirited and cohesive team at the meet, and as always, our team values shined through. Many team records were broken, many of our swimmers made it to finals, and everyone brought their best efforts and best attitudes. It is clear that we are sure to see a lot more success to come from the RSD Swim Team.” RSD swim team is compromised of a strong combination between athletes and coaches. Their success is also attributed to the endless support the team receives from the parents and families of the athletes. Even older swimmers who are also a part of the RSD Swim Team came to the event this past weekend to show support to the younger athletes and provide mentoring when needed. Not only did RSD Swim Team take overall victory and blow out the competition with 3223.5 points, followed by North Coast Aquatics with 2799 points and Pacific Swim with 2509.5 points, but they also set new records at the event. Rebecca Madden, age 10, received the High Point Award for the Girls 10 & under category. She also broke the 36-year-old San Diego Imperial record in the 200 IM. The RSD boys also flourished during the meet. They broke the SI record for the fastest 800 freestyle relay. If interested in learning more about the Pardee Aquatics Center or the RSD Swim Team, please visit the BGC San Dieguito website at or call (858) 7559371.


CV Middle School Junior Varsity Field Hockey Team captures Big 8 League Championship Carmel Valley Middle School Varsity The Carmel Valley Middle School Junior Varsity Field Hockey Team won the Big 8 League Championship on Feb. 25 at Oak Crest Middle School, with a score of 2-1. Team players include: Mira Ananthanarayanan, Zoe Antonoff, Gretchen Burklund, Kerri Byrne, Lindy Byrne, Helena Cook, Laurel Easley, Nicole Eberhardt, Nicole Golden, Mia Harris, Riley Holcomb, Anna Hong, Kate Leonard, Valentina Macchione, Maclaine Parish, Teresa Perez, Cami Ramseyer, Alex Walling, Amy Wong, and Jill Yamanishi. Coaches for the team were Caroline Bowman, Anita Kelleher, Haley Schroeder, and Paige Weinstein.

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Field Hockey Team wins Congratulations to the Carmel Valley Middle School Varsity Field Hockey Team and their Championship win in the Big 8 Middle School sports league. The Wildcats were able to stop the undefeated team from Oak Crest by winning the championship 1-0 with a winning shot by Kristin Bitter!

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The wins are stacking up for star TPHS rugby player This story ran last issue but due to a technical problem, a paragraph was accidentally deleted. The full story is below.

BY ROB LEDONNE Alec Mills was in eighth grade when he first discovered the sport of rugby, and it was almost by happenstance. “I was playing Pop Warner football at the time,� Mills said. “Our coach recommended we go to a rugby clinic, so I went and picked it up from there.� Since that clinic, Mills has devoted his life to the sport and has the results to show for it. Currently a senior at Torrey Pines High School, he just wrapped up his time with the school’s team. In Mills’ humble words, the season “went pretty well. We won the Southern California Championships.� Mills credits his team’s championship to one simple concept: longevity. “Most of us on the team have been playing for four years, which is more than other teams. Many others are first-year players; in terms of how we play the game, that’s why we beat our opponents.� Earlier this month, the team’s last game of the season (and Mills’ last game of his Torrey Pines career) was an intense one against Torrey Pines’ biggest rival: the guys from Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. “It was emotional because that team has been our chief rival for the past four years,� explained Mills. “Last year they killed us in finals, but this time we beat them — and it was all the more awesome since it was our last game.� Dating back to his first season with Torrey Pines as a freshmen, Mills realized rugby was his sport. “The first season I started playing, I knew it’d be something I’d stick with. It’s unlike most other sports, ev-


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eryone gets to play. There’s no special positions,� he explains. With only two practices a week, the training that comes with playing rugby doesn’t sound strenuous, but it’s actually quite brutal. Said Mills: “On Monday, we’d have a conditioning practice with a former Green Beret. Almost all of the players lift weights and run outside of practice. You need to be in shape to be good at it.� Despite the thrill of playing for Torrey Pines, Mills says high school rugby works as more of a precursor to club season; Mills currently plays for the Mustangs, which is a part of the San Diego Youth Rugby Club. “The Torrey Pines season is about getting new players into the game. We introduce them to the form with high school rugby. Then, when high school playing ends, we go into club season,� explained Mills. Mills’ club team is currently number three in the nation, and it’s a reputation the team would like to uphold. “It’s all about trying to win Southern California, then the nationals,� Mills says of his team’s goals for the season. “Last year we finished fifth, but we’re hoping to do much better this year.� Mills and his teammates give full credit to the Mustang’s team of coaches, including Maddy Sandoval, Bill “Chief� Le-

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Expert/parent brings popular ‘mobile teaching kitchen’ to local schools By Karen Billing The Del Mar Hills art room was transformed into a mini kitchen for mini chefs recently as it was overtaken by a Cook for Thought children’s cooking class after school. Cook for Thought founder and director Fernanda Larson led an enthusiastic group of students through making their own pita bread from scratch, paired with hummus and grilled eggplant they prepared. Larson, a Del Mar resident and Hills parent, started Cook for Thought to provide curriculum-integrated culinary experiences for “curious minds that are hungry for knowledge.” Her group last week was very hungry. “I couldn’t walk here my body was so excited, I had to run,” said a student named Dora. Larson brings her “mobile teaching kitchen” to the Del Mar Union School District for five classes a week in addition to teaching at local preschools. In March, she will be hosting some classes open to the community at Whole Foods in Del Mar, one class will be on Brazilian Carnaval cooking and one a tribute to Dr. Seuss. Larson was born and raised in Southern Brazil in a family of Italian descent, resulting in an eclectic culinary background. The family’s backbone was in the kitchen. Some of her most treasured memories of her childhood surround preparing lunch, starting in the morning with a walk to the butcher and then to the produce stand and the grocer. She had a full sit down-lunch every day of the week. “One of my favorite things to make is black beans in a pressure cooker,” said Larson. “The rhythmic sound of the steam escaping the valve instantly transports me back to my childhood.” She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition, is a certified nutritionist and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and recently was accepted as an ambassador for Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution Foundation in Del Mar. Before having her two children she worked mainly with adults, but since becoming a mom she saw the potential for combining food, cooking, academic and social learning to close the “nourishment gap.” Larson believes cooking is a vital life skill and it has become her dream, mission and passion to pass it on. “To see how able they are, that’s something that’s so overlooked when working with kids,” Larson said. “They’re so capable and willing to try new things. They’re able to incorporate any technique that I teach them. And they remember and teach each other.”

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Lauren and Sophia enjoy their finished product. Photos/Karen Billing Peter watches in anticipation as Fernanda Larson serves up studentmade pita bread in her Cook for Thought class after school at Del Mar Hills. As her Cook for Thought classes pair education with cooking, children have made roasted quail when studying Native American traditions, a “Hangtown fry” when studying the Gold Run, and tomato sauce caviar when they learned about futuristic molecular gastronomy. While studying American cuisine, kids have whipped up Philly cheese steaks, gumbo, New England clam chowder and cedar planked salmon. Her current session at Del Mar Hills is about cooking through the world’s history, from Egypt to Morocco to France. The last class

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The kids also grinded their own fragrant cumin, broke up a clove of garlic with a “ninja karate chop” and combined the ingredients with mashed-up garbanzo beans for the hummus. “Hummus is one of my favorite meals,” said student Peter, inspecting the consistency of their hummus. Some insisted the dip needed more spice but as not all palates are the same, Larson settled for an extra sprinkling of salt. The students remembered the shape and size of their pitas as they came off the grill and sat down to sample their cooking. Even the eggplant-wary students tried at least a bite of the vegetable and many came back for second helpings of their hummus. “The biggest reward really is in each and every student that shares their cooking stories, that are excited about making and trying new foods and they write me the most amazing thank you notes,” Larson said. “It’s the feeling of making a positive impact by teaching kids a vital life skill.” Cook for Thought classes can also be part of fundraisers or team building, birthday parties, Girl Scout “cook” badges, food writing or speaking, and custom-tailored projects. For more information, call (858) 242-2341 or visit

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Les Misérables cast members rehearse the barricade scene. Photo/Daria Sheik, CCA student At the beginning of the school year Whattoff and Blatt discussed a unique collaborative presentation between Envision Theatre and Vocal Conservatory with Les Misérables being a top choice because of its operatic style and potential for an expandable cast, said Blatt, who had praise for those who auditioned and made the cast. “These students’ voices are second to none and having Cameron Chang cast as Valjean, who can beautifully hit the notes, is a rare find at the high school level.” Cameron — who is a member of J Company Youth Theater outside of CCA — said that his role came with great responsibility. “I’m basically carrying the weight of the show on my shoulders. And if my performance doesn’t work, neither does the show.” But the show is a team effort and Cameron has plenty of support with a cast of 50 vocalists and 27 musicians, Technical Director/Set Designer Jeremy Sewell, Costume Designer Janet Pitcher, Lighting Designer Nicole Davison, Stage Manager CCA Student Beatriz Pereira, about 20 student stage crew and technicians, and dozens of parent volunteers coordinated by Nancy Coker, with public relations courtesy of Susan Farese. Other lead cast members include Samantha Tullie as Fantine, Halle Hoffman as Gavroche, Jerrin Padre as Eponine, Tyler Faison as Thernadier, and Grace Condon as Madame Thernadier.

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Bart Mendoza, Katie Leigh & Ashley Rift! Geologic Clues to Reynolds, Normandie Wilson What’s Tearing Africa Apart Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Bart Mendoza spent the 1980s as frontman for mod rockers Manual Scan, the 1990s with power-poppers The Shambles, and currently performs with True Stories. Sisters Katie Leigh and Ashley Reynolds are alternative-acoustic musicians in San Diego. Pianist Normandie Wilson offers up Bacharach- and Jobim-inspired tunes, instrumentals in a Style Council mode, classy cocktail pop. Series tickets: $30 members, $45 nonmembers Tickets: $12 members, $17 nonmembers or (858) 454-5872

Monday, March 10: 7– 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. East Africa is one of the most geologically intriguing places on the planet. Deep rift valleys, active volcanoes, and hot springs are dramatic evidence for the powerful forces deep within the earth that are slowly reshaping the continent. Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography geochemist David Hilton as he describes how he and his colleagues utilize geologic samples to understand this dynamic region of our planet. Members: FREE Public: $8 RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online at

World Premiere Play The Who & The What By Ayad Akhtar Directed by Kimberly Senior Final Performances! Must close March 9! Love. Passion. Heresy. It’s a real page-turner. From the creative team behind the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced Tickets start at $15! (858) 550-1010

Gala Flamenca Thursday March 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. Spreckels Theatre Tickets: $75, $50, $35, $25 Direct from Spain, four of the world’s most celebrated flamenco dancers perform in San Diego for one night only. Don’t miss the master of flamenco Antonio Canales, Nuevo Ballet Español choreographer Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya, grandniece of Carmen Amaya and riveting young star Jesús Carmona as three generations unite onstage for this flamenco showcase. (858) 459-3728

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By Diane Y. Welch Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) Envision Theatre has taken a bold step in its choice of presentation of the worldacclaimed musical Les Misérables. Boublil and Schönberg’s classic musical will take the audience on an epic journey of passion and destruction set in 19th century France. CCA will present the school edition, specially adapted and licensed by Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh Braun, which is shorter in length than the original score. Directed by CCA Envision Theatre Coordinator Amy Blatt, with music direction by Envision Creative Director Anne Whattoff and Instrumental Music Coordinator Amy Villanova, the spring show will be staged later this month by an all-student cast in CCA’s Proscenium Theatre. The plot of the show is set in the dark days of the French Revolution with main character convict Jean Valjean (played by Cameron Chang) hunted by the policeman Inspector Javert (played by Mark Steitz) for breaking his parole. Valjean leaves his past behind and keeps his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette (played by Alison Norwood). With the revolution gaining strength and Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to join the fight and sacrifices everything by saving the life of a young man, Marius (played by Steve Macario) who is in love with his adopted daughter. It’s a classic tale of redemption and love overcoming adversity and is Blatt’s all-time favorite musical. “It was always playing in my house growing up. The score is so beautiful and the story is so sad and touching,” said Blatt, who came to CCA in the fall of 2013 having stage managed productions at San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Starlight Civic Light Opera and more.


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Torrey Pines High School Lacrosse held a dinner to kick off the start of the season March 1 at the home of Sophia and Louay Alsadek. All the coaches and players’ parents attended the event. Photos/Jon Clark; photos online:

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BY DIANE Y. WELCH Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club held its third annual Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) Writers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 22. Best-selling authors, agents and other writing professionals addressed countywide high school students, leading inspirational and educational workshops. The event was free for attendees due to generous support from Gold Sponsors: OSIsoft, Summa Education and Chipotle, and Silver Sponsors: Entangled Publishing, DoubleTree Hotels, and Wells Fargo. The conference, founded by CCA senior Devyn Krevat, drew almost 200 students, she said. Krevat served as emcee, introducing the first keynote speaker of the day, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of the novel “Freakboy.” Clark’s talk focused on how to tackle a controversial subject matter bravely and dodge the “bumps and bruises we’re likely to encounter from coming face to face with the tough subjects that choose us,” she said. Using the metaphor of a protective helmet, she urged the audience to chant, “No more helmets” to express a willingness to “write without fear in order to bring light to difficult topics.” Clark’s novel spotlights transgender, a subject matter that she said chose her. She also gave highlights from the work of fellow authors Ellen Hopkins, who wrote “Crank” about her daughter’s drug addiction, and Laurie Halse Andersen, author of “SPEAK,” who writes about sexual assault and depression. By writing these difficult edgy works authors are “holding up mirrors to what is out there” so that issues may be faced head on and possible solutions found, said Clark. In closing, Clark advised aspiring authors to “write what chooses you and create light!” After the opening speech, students broke out into separate workshop sessions on several aspects of writing, including freelance magazine writing, self publishing, flash fiction, crafting great plots, point of view, stage plays, fan-

Devyn Krevat, CCA Author Kristin Elizabeth Clark with Mary Ford and senior and founder of Kate Sequeira, both students from San Dieguito the CCA Creative Writing Academy. Photos/Diane Welch Club. tasy, romance, suspense, action scenes, song writing, book packaging, poetry, college application essays, and career building. Lissa Price, the second keynote speaker, talked passionately about her award-winning dystopic thriller series “Starters” and “Enders,” and gave tips on how to write page-turning novels with memorable characters. A panel of agents gave candid advice on the benefits of having an agent and tips for aspiring agents on how to intern with a literary agency. Natalie Lakosil, Thao Le and Kelly Sonnack spoke about their roles in the publishing world and how they are there to springboard authors to success by taking care of the contractual details and the selling of a manuscript, leaving authors free to focus on their next book. Advice on how to submit to an agent was covered, what genres are still hot, resources to find an agent and the importance of reading extensively and writing daily.

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“You have to carve out that time every day, even if it means getting up really early in the morning,” said Sonnack. Kelly advised, “Write from the heart and be true to yourself,” and Le told the audience, “Stand out by having a terrific book.” Aiden McGeath, a junior at High Tech High, appreciated the advice from the agent panel. Although he is not currently working on a book, he said it was good to hear what the requirements are. “Five years down the line I might actually write something,” he joked. Krevat, whose play “Fairy Tale” was one of the winning entries in the Playwrights Project and will be staged at The Old Globe this month, said that the conference was founded primarily to inspire students. “It’s really a thrill to be around these people who care so much about writing and it’s great to come to a place where you get such specific information to do it.”


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Join Sage women for March 22 ‘growth-oriented discussion and support group focused on healthy, conscious aging’ Come join the circle of Sage women (55-plus), a free interactive, growth-oriented discussion and support group focused on healthy, conscious aging. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Del Mar Community Center. Each month the group explores ways to embrace both the challenges and opportunities of the aging process and to turn this “harvest time” of life into a new phase of self-development, creativity, awareness and service. The group honors each woman’s wisdom, gifts and unique perspective and believe that “the rest of our life can be our best life.” Facilitators: Shanti Mayberry HHP, Ph.D., assisted by Teri Tilker LCSW; RSVP: doc. Del Mar Community Center is located at 225 9th St., Del Mar, Calif. 92014.

Casa de Amistad fundraiser to be held March 15 Casa de Amistad is holding a “Sowing Seeds of Success” fundraiser on Saturday, March 15, at the Del Mar Country Club. The event will be a champagne brunch and silent auction in support of Casa de Amistad, the Solana Beach organization dedicated to fostering education and character development for disadvantaged students in North Coastal San Diego. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the club, on 6001 Clubhouse Drive in Rancho Santa Fe. Through its Study Companions program, Casa de Amistad volunteers serve as tutors and mentors for K-12 Latino students in the community. Students and their mentors meet twice a week throughout the school year at their donated space at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Students also have access to a computer lab for schoolwork, where most of the equipment has been generously donated. Tickets for “Sowing Seeds of Success” are $100. For more information on the fundraising event or volunteer tutoring, visit or contact Nicole MioneGreen at or call (858) 509-2509.

Spectacular series of food and wine pairings will support local community initiatives By Karen Powell, Del Mar Village Association Board Member The popular Vintner Dinner Series returns to Del Mar in support of the Del Mar Village Association. Throughout 2014 several restaurants in the Village will open their doors for a remarkable evening of exquisite wines and delectable dishes. This exclusive culinary series launched at Sbicca on Feb. 5 and will include upcoming evenings hosted by Pacifica Del Mar on March 23 and Jake’s on Sept. 28. These limited seating events promise an unforgettable night of camaraderie and epicurean delight. Menus are comprised of chef inspired five and six course prix-fixed menus complemented by handpicked selections of local California wines. The Vintner Dinners will not only showcase the talents of the area’s top chefs, but raise funds to be put directly back into local community services, goods and programs. Each of the participating restaurants will contribute food at cost, allowing profits to be collected from ticket sales. The Del Mar Village Association is a locally-run nonprofit organization that is committed to the beautification and preservation of the downtown Del Mar area. The organization has supported a number of local initiatives including recycling programs, installment of park benches, creation of historic plaques and the development of visi-

tor guides and maps. The organization also works to tie the community together through holiday events, downtown decorations and festivities throughout the year. Ticket cost for each event is $85 per person, or $75 per person for a group with 8 or more guests. For more information, visit www.delmarmainstreet. com or call 858-735-3650.

San Diego Seasonal Fairs to put on Carmel Valley Spring Fair March 8 San Diego Seasonal Fairs, a local organization that plans and organizes community events, will hold its Spring Fair in Carmel Valley on Saturday, March 8. The event, which is free and open to all ages, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (Su-

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TPHS Varsity lacrosse team holds ‘Surprise Birthday Party’ for special young man; Pediatric Brain Cancer fundraiser to be held March 7 In celebration of Jose Montaño’s 13th birthday (March 1), the Torrey Pines High School Varsity boys lacrosse “teamed up” with ULTRAZONE on Sports Arena Blvd. on March 2 to give Jose a “Surprise Birthday Party” that he will never forget. Jose Montaño is a 13 year old young man undergoing chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. He has been battling Medulloblastoma (a rare type of malignant cancer) for 34 months. Since he was diagnosed in April 2011, he has had brain surgery to remove a tumor, 30 cycles of radiation and is currently on his 26th chemotherapy cycle. Over his 13 years of life he has taught his family, friends and everyone around him the true meaning of having faith, looking at the bright side of life, unselfishness, giving from the heart, never losing hope but, most importantly, believing in himself. TPHS Boys Lacrosse would like to thank ULTRAZONE for helping to make this dream come true. ULTRAZONE’s passion to help in the community really shines in everyone’s eyes. “Jose’s love of ULTRAZONE Laser Tag is what drives us to help you make this event happen as we are so flattered by his passion for our game.” On Friday night, March 7, TPHS Boys Lacrosse will play Cathedral Catholic High School at 7 p.m. at TPHS. This will be a special evening because the night will be focused on raising awareness for Pediatric Brain Cancer. All donations will go to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and the Jose Montano Foundation. Both of these organizations are focused around raising awareness and a cure for brain cancer. It will also be one of the famous “Taco Nights” so come hungry, support Jose Montano, Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness and TPHS boys lacrosse.

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Solana Highlands Family Science Night Solana Highlands Elementary School held a Family Science Night for third and fourth grade on Feb. 27. Photos/Jon Clark; Photos online:

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March’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature guitarist Patrick Berrogain in a program of gypsy jazz. This is a style of jazz often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django� Reinhardt in the 1930s. He was foremost among a group of Romani guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s, and was noted for combining a dark, chromatic gypsy flavor with the swing articulation of the period. This combination is critical to this style of jazz. His approach continues to form the basis for contemporary gypsy jazz guitar. The program will last 45 minutes. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.

Healthy Living Festival coming to DM Fairgrounds March 22-23 Come to the Healthy Living Festival March 22-23 and learn more about eating healthier, finding a healthy weight, getting into healthy activities and keeping a healthier home. Listen to experts share new ideas about lifestyle changes that can help you prevent disease and lower stress. Take part in free medical testing and screening. Watch chefs prepare and then sample healthy and ultra-tasty dishes with take home recipes. Catch the belly dancing show, join in a Zumba class, or receive a massage. The biggest attraction of the event is its 200 exhibitors who have come to Del Mar from across the nation. Stroll through the festival and sample organic foods and beverages, visit health professionals and sports and fitness experts, learn about the latest in nutrition, skin care and green living products. Free medical screenings and testing through Sharp HealthCare including measurements of cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index. A number of other exhibitors will also be giving free tests and screenings. Admission is free. For more information, visit / or call 805-461-6700.

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Friends Of Jung will present a lecture titled ‘Nightmares – Urgent Messages from the Guiding Self’ in Del Mar San Diego Friends Of Jung will present a lecture titled “Nightmares – Urgent Messages from the Guiding Self’ by Howard Tyas on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Winston School in Del Mar (215 9th St. Del Mar). A workshop will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mueller Collage, San Diego. Tyas is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed pastoral counselor. He will explore and examine the personal and psychological context out of which nightmares arise, with an eye toward understanding both their urgent message and timely meaning. Friday lecture: $20 non-members; Sat., workshop $60 non-members. Contact:;

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The Del Mar Foundation invites community to a Meet & Greet March 10 at Poseidon Restaurant The Del Mar Foundation is holding its first no host Meet & Greet of the year at Poseidon Restaurant on Monday, March 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Organized by the Foundation’s Special Events committee, this event offers an extended Happy Hour to 7 p.m. Meet & Greet events bring people together in a casual setting to connect with one another in the community over a drink and optional dining. Poseidon Restaurant is located at Coast Boulevard and 17th Street. Reservations are requested at www.delmarfoundation. org/hospitality.html or by calling 858-635-1363. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation or to make a donation today visit


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NCL Father/Daughter Dance Rehearsal National Charity League Inc., San Diego del Norte Chapter Ticktocker Class of 2014 held a Father/Daughter Dance Rehearsal on March 2 at Dance North County in Encinitas. The event was held in preparation for the Senior Presentation Ceremony and Dinner Dance to be held March 8 at the Hyatt Regency at Aventine in La Jolla. Photos/Jon Clark; photos online:

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The Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary hosted an informational brunch on Feb. 28 to welcome all interested prospective members. The brunch was an informal gathering where potential members learned about the Carmel Valley Unit’s many interesting activities and accomplishments, particularly its “Sounds of Hope for Children” concert series. The Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary not only raises awareness about the hospital and its programs and advocates for the health and well being of San Diego’s children, but also has helped generate nearly $5 million in much-needed funds through numerous activities, including its enormously popular “Sounds of Hope for Children” concert events; the most recent, held last October, featured Mat Kearney. For more information about the Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, visit www. Photos/Jon Clark; Photos online: Charlene Walker, Laurie Horton, Lynne Carlson

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Del Mar Hills Academy World Festival Del Mar Hills Academy students and parents celebrated global cultures at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Festival held Feb. 28. Photos/Jon Clark; Photos online:

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The Del Mar Union School District Invention Showcase took place Feb. 26 at Torrey Hills Elementary School. Five schools participated in the event and there were more than 70 entries. Students from K-6th grade proudly displayed their inventions and they explained how their inventions work, what problems it solved, how it helped humans and what inspired them to create their inventions. The evening was well attended by parents and the community members who spoke with the inventors and tried out some of the working models of the inventions. Courtesy photos submitted by Mary Holmes and Uma Krishnan. Online: www.

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healthy habits. The Main Squeeze While a cup of green tea au naturel packs a punch of antioxidants known as catechins, a Purdue University study has shown that a squirt of lemon or other citrus juice added to the tea ups the ante to not only reduce cancer risks, but boost heart and brain functions. D-Day Studies have shown a strong correlation between Vitamin D deficiencies and such conditions as types 1 and 2 diabetes, stroke, heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, and assorted cancers from breast and prostate to colon and pancreas. So amp up hose D’s with 15 minutes of rays a day and fatty fish three times a week, especially wild caught salmon, Atlantic herring, sardines and mackerel, along with organic eggs, tempeh and tofu, fortified dairy and ce-

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CARMEL VALLEY $649,000-$689,000 4BR/2.5BA $849,000-$889,000 4BR/2.5BA $860,000 3BR/3BA $1,299,000 5BR/4.5BA $1,349,000 5BR/4BA $1,395,000 4BR/4.5BA $1,799,000 4BR/3.5BA $1,938,000 5BR/3BA

6085 African Holly Monica Kiy, Sampson CA Realty 6085 African Holly TR Monica Kiy, Sampson CA Realty 6103 Blue Dawn Trail Dan Conway, The Guiltinan Group 7484 Collins Ranch Court Diane Dunlop, PaciďŹ c Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4514 Saddle Mountain Ct. Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker 13129 Dressage Lane Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker 13292 Seagrove Street Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker 13505 Glencliff Way Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker

Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 964-0770 Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 964-0770 Thu - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 243-5277 Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 775-9758 Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 395-7525 Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 395-7525 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 395-7525 Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 395-7525

$1,095,000 4BR/5BA $1,350,000 2BR/2.5BA $1,390,000 3BR/3.5BA $1,585,000 5BR/3BA $1,599,999 3BR/3.5BA $2,350,000 5BR/7BA $2,625,000 3BR/3.5BA $3,295,000 4BR/4.5BA $4,495,000 5BR/6.5BA

14578 Luna Media Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm E. Anderson & K. Boatcher, Willis Allen (858)353-5391 15502 Churchill Downs Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mary Ann Bosanac/host: R. Patrize, Berkshire Hathaway (760)707-6140 7805 Doug Hill Court Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Robyn Raskind, Berkshire Hathaway (858) 229-9131 7260 Siete Leguas Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Linda Lederer, PaciďŹ c Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (619)884-8379 17620 La Bajada Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Barbara Maguire, PaciďŹ c Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (858)242-9456 17432 Calle Mayor Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Michael Moradi, Coldwell Banker (858)518-3000 4448 La Orilla Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Janet Lawless Christ, Coldwell Banker (858)335-7700 17038 Mimosa Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Janet Lawless Christ, Coldwell Banker (858)335-7700 5940 Lago Lindo Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Larry Russell, Coldwell Banker (858)361-4915


Toni Cieri Broker/Owner Phone: 858-229-4911 Email: Web: ca bre# 00780968

Sun, March 9th 2:00-5:00pm

Custom Contemporary Gem architecturally designed and newly built in 2006. Nested in Olde Solana on a quiet street, west of I-5, in a hillside location of newly developed and remodeled homes. Spacious floor plan with 4BR/3BA (1 BR & BA on entry level). Stylish features include hardwood and stone flooring, granite counters, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and 2 stone fireplaces. Conveniently located to restaurants, shopping, Del Mar racetrack and award winning schools.

728 Castro St, Solana Beach

Offered for $1,379,000

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DEL MAR $1,225,000 2BR/3BA $1,550,000 4BR/3BA $1,999,000-$2,499,000 3BR/2BA

13675 Mira Montana Diane Sampson, Sampson CA Realty 14071 Mira Montana Dr Dina L Lieber, The KWest Group 2168 San Dieguito Dr. Erin Paterson, Coldwell Banker

Sat & Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (858) 699-1145 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 361-3197 Sat & Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 610-6710

SOLANA BEACH $1,379,000 4BR/3BA

728 Castro St Toni M Cieri, RE/MAX Distinctive

Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (858) 229-4911


Beautiful, gated Alcala townhouse, private & quiet cul-de-sac location overlooking pool & spa. Large private patio, 2 fireplaces, granite slab counters. All bedrooms are upstairs with a 1/2 bath downstairs. The master balcony has a beautiful view of one of the two pools. Close to Morgan Run Country Club. Minutes from Del Mar Beaches, Race Track and Rancho Santa Fe Village. Tenant occupied. Listing broker is owner.

Offered at $799,000

Call Toni for a free market estimate. These sellers did: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both my husband and I agree that Toni is the hardest-working agent in the community. She was involved in every showing and communicated results immediately. Her negotiation skills demonstrated professionalism and experience in closing a sale. She is completely hands-on and continuously comes up with new ideas for marketing a home.â&#x20AC;? #&LANNERY -IRA-ONTANA$RIVE $EL-ARs3OLD â&#x20AC;&#x153;I've purchased 3 homes and sold 2 homes with Toni in Olde Del Mar. She could not know the Del Mar market any better and she is quite knowledgeable on the surrounding market as well. She is excellent negotiator and very respectful of both parties. I highly recommend her.â&#x20AC;? -W. Byerley, Avenida PrimaverasSold & Purchased Sandy Lane 2013

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Rancho Santa Fe

Beautiful Tuscan style home on a 2.85 view acres of equestrian property. The property has a main house of approx. 6205 est. sq. ft, which was completely renovated from the ground up in 2008 and accessory building. Main house has 4 guest suites, 3 on entry level and a private master bedroom on 2nd level. Panoramic views, convenient San Diego County location. Additionally, 3 adjacent 1-acre lots with their own parcel #s are available for purchase for $750,000.



We want to sell your home! Charles Moore (858)395-7525

Farryl Moore CA BRE# 01488836 CA BRE# 01395425


13505 Glencliff Way

ŒSales Awards - Top 1% Internationally ŒCarmel Valley Specialists Œ9 out of 10 of our listing are in Carmel Valley ŒCarmel Valley residents since 1988 ŒCustomized Marketing Program ŒStaging Services ŒGood Communication - speak directly with us ŒStrong Negotiators ŒRelocation Specialists


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Carmel Valley’s most sought after location, & one of its most beautiful homes! Perfectly set on prime lot on Glencliff, with views to west across open space park, plus panoramic back country & night light views to the east from family room & master bedroom! Exceptional floorplan with soaring ceilings in formal living & dining rooms, exquisite custom wood, marble & ceramic flooring throughout! Gourmet chef’s Clive Christian custom dream kitchen, top of the line windows. Beds: 5 Baths: 3 Sq. Ft. 4,139

13292 Seagrove Street $1,799,000 4 Bed Plus 2 / 3.5 Bath / 4,485 Sq. Ft.

13129 Dressage Lane $1,395,000 5 Bed plus 2 / 4.5 Bath / 4,396 Sq. Ft.

4514 Saddle Mountain Ct $1,349,000 5 Bed / 4 Bath / 3,765 Sq. Ft.

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