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Parade car featuring ladies of the Emblem Club drive by Vaughan’s Market in the 1950s. Photo courtesy Oceanside Historical Society


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As Oceanside has developed over the years, we have acquired an eclectic array of structures which have been built over different time periods and that represent a variety of architecture styles. However, with time and neglect, once impressive buildings can lose their luster or when left vacant turn to eyesores. The general consensus may lean toward demolition but when a building can be repurposed, our downtown can maintain its history and character.

LTH & Kitchen In the mid 1930’s, Paul and Rose Higley opened a small grocery store at 308 South Hill Street, (now Coast Highway). They operated the market for several years until they sold it in the early 1940s to Britton Ruebush, who renamed it fittingly, the Ruebush Market. One of the employees by the name of Jack Vaughan purchased the market in 1950, and like his predecessor, renamed it yet again as Vaughan’s Market. Jack Vaughan was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton and when he was discharged settled in Oceanside. He and his wife Patricia had twin children whom they named Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill 4


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eventually took over the family business which featured fresh meat and locally grown produce. The market finally closed after serving the surrounding neighborhood for decades. The building was showing its age and at one time was considered as a new location for a chain convenience store. Plans fell through and the former market continued to deteriorate. In 2013, Gabe Hogan purchased the building. He visualized and brought to fruition one of Oceanside’s most popular


places to dine and drink: The Local Tap House and Kitchen or LTH. Along with Chef Daniel Pudnik who creates an ever changing menu to the delight of patrons, it offers 32 craft beers and ciders, many of which are brewed in San Diego County. The building has been renovated to include outdoor bar seating and roll up windows (all the rage). Repurposed items provide an industrial look to the restaurant’s furnishings and décor and include barn fencing, and a 1976 semi-truck bed for the bar and counter. The concrete floor was uncovered and polished and you’ll still find an original scale from its market days hanging from the exposed rafters. Gabe is proud of this diamond in the rough that he has “discovered” and remade into a highly successful and popular fixture in Oceanside’s upcoming food and bar scene.

Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Leonard C. Masters came to Oceanside in the late 1920’s and opened an automotive parts store, originally located in what is part of the Dolphin Hotel building at 129 South Hill Street (now Coast Highway). Masters Automotive Supply grew into a successful business and in 1946 Leonard Masters built a new building and relocated to 208 South Coast Highway. The business was sold to a local group of businessmen who Photo courtesy Oceanside Historical Society

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continued to operate as Masters Automotive. The building was sold to the Jubela family in 1970. This large and rather non-descript commercial building stood vacant for years until just recently when son, Ryan Jubela, began to imagine the parts warehouse as an ideal location for a new dining experience. He designed a layout with the idea of having “the outdoors while indoors” and live plants help to create that feeling. His brother Adam, an architect, joined the project and went about transforming the vast storeroom. After the drop ceiling was removed, they discovered the original “boat” ceiling which was in near pristine condition. The walls were covered in plaster which took three days to chisel away to expose the original brick. The industrial feel was incorporated into the scheme and styling yet provides an atmosphere that is open and airy. Ryan designed the unique bar that includes a wall of “caged rock”. Each rock was hand placed behind a wire fence. Keeping the original name seemed appropriate and Masters Kitchen and Cocktail conveys Ryan’s vision of sophistication in a lush and trendy setting. He is excited about the direction Oceanside is going and is proud to be a unique and distinctive dining experience, and part of its history.

Swami's Cafe The Bank of Italy building is a great example of a repurposed building. In fact it has many purposes or lives in its 88 year history. Built in 1928, on the northeast corner of Mission and Coast Highway, it was once a beautifully detailed building and a welcome addition to our growing downtown business district. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls, and Clements, a renowned firm established by Julia Morgan. Later renamed Bank of America, it survived the Great Depression when the local bank did not. As Oceanside grew in population, Bank of America sought to expand and in 1950 built a new bank building on the northeast corner of Second (now Mission Avenue) and Ditmar street. The original building was vacated and sold to Isadore A. Teacher. The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce began a campaign for local businesses to modernize and update their buildings to be more attractive to the public. Shortly after the bank building was purchased by Teacher, it was completely remodeled and it is more than probable that the bank building was greatly modified during his ownership, the interior largely stripped and the outer façade modified and the awning added. The Oceanside Blade Tribune reported that it was now “one of the most modern structures in Oceanside.”




Teacher leased the bank building to Joseph B. Schwartz, a pharmacist who opened the Oceanside Pharmacy in December of 1950. John “Bushy” Graham operated the pharmacy’s lunch and soda counter. Claude V. and Ouida Ruth Johnson acquired the building in 1964. Johnson had opened a sporting goods store at 210 North Hill Street (now Coast Highway) and continued to lease the former bank building to the Oceanside Pharmacy. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Dutch Jewelers occupied the storefront while A&W Root Beer occupied the bank building.

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Johnson moved his sporting goods business to 202 North Hill Street (now Coast Highway) in 1979. His wife, Ruth, continued to run the sporting goods store for over 20 years. The property was sold in 2014 and this year was reincarnated to become a very popular local eatery: Swami’s. Little remains of the stately bank building, which had been all but gutted decades ago. The new restaurant, designed by Adam Jubela, incorporates the original brick work with exposed ceiling rafters. Reimagined, this building is transformed from a vacant eyesore to an eye-catching corner café.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) is a youth development organization whose mission is to inspire, develop and enrich young people to reach their fullest potential as confident, productive, responsible, caring members of society. One area of emphasis for BGCO is the arts, an important part of the STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum and a critical building block to academic success. Studies show that teens living in low socio economic conditions who have a history of arts involvement, show better academic outcomes than those without; they earn better grades, have higher college enrollment and higher career aspirations. Though there is a large body of research supporting the benefits of arts education, since 1985 there has been a steady decline in arts education, which was exacerbated during the recent recession. While there is often limited time during the school day to focus on enrichment activities like art, in the after school program BGCO staff have the ability to bring art to life through projects, programs and field trips. We believe, as William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education so eloquently stated “The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” BGCO offers performing, fine, digital and photographic arts programs to youth ages 5 to 18. Our dance group has performed throughout the county including DEI’s Forte for Children Gala. Several youth members’ art work achieved Regional and National Fine Arts recognition. Our youth, like Renordo Bowen, have had their photos featured in local magazines such as the O’sider Magazine. Renordo, a senior at Oceanside High School, has been a Club member for five years and through his experiences at the Club, has had the opportunity to work with professional photographers. After graduation, Renordo plans to pursue photography as a career. We have been providing services to the community’s youth for over 64 years and have grown exponentially in the last 8 years, from a single club site serving 250 children, to nine sites serving 1,100 members on a daily basis. In addition to providing before and after school programs, BGCO provides spring, winter and summer camp, youth sports leagues and an adults with disabilities program. For more information, call (760) 433-8920 or go to



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MIRACOSTA COLLEGe: A center of artistic creativity by David Ogul Call it the cultural center of coastal North County. Established more than 80 years ago to provide local residents with the opportunity to secure a postsecondary education without having to leave home, MiraCosta College has grown into a regional hub of music, theatre, dance and art that is drawing performers from across the globe and audiences from throughout San Diego County and beyond. “The college really does provide the community some excellent cultural experiences,” said Sara Kent, a North County resident whose daughter once played trumpet with the MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra, more commonly referred to as MOJO, and is now looking at a possible career in music. David Nydegger agrees. The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s president and chief executive officer has lived in town for almost all of his 71 years. “It’s really remarkable how the college has grown and how its impact in the community has evolved over all these years,” he said. Indeed. MiraCosta trains and provides countless house managers, stage crews, actors and actresses to theatres throughout the North County, and its students go on to perform throughout Southern California. Its musical legacy may be even more profound: MiraCosta College graduate Andy Powers is the master luthier at Taylor Guitars, where the celebrated craftsman has built a following that includes the likes of Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello and Jimmy Page. And MiraCosta College is home to the annual Oceanside Jazz Festival, and hosts performances ranging from school and community jazz bands to featured concerts by internationally recognized performing artists. “We provide an array of opportunities for the community to see some major artists in a beautiful concert facility that is probably the nicest concert hall in all of North County,” said Steve Torok, who chairs the MiraCosta College Music Department and directs both MOJO (MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra) and the Jazz Collective. Among the recent performers were guitar virtuoso and sixtime Grammy nominee Mike Stern, who has played with Blood, Sweat & Tears and jazz icon Miles Davis; a cappella gospel music sextet Take 6, who have captured 10 Grammy awards since forming in 1980 on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala.; and Rajeev Taranath, who is perhaps the greatest sarod player on the planet. Best of all, visiting artists often work with students and members of the community to help them hone their craft. “I really like how MiraCosta offers these incredible opportunities to junior high and high school students to play with and learn from professionals,” said Kent, whose daughter – while still in junior high school – had a chance to perform with recording artist Sheila E. during the Oceanside Jazz Festival.

For the uninitiated, here are just some of the highlights of what MiraCosta College brings to the arts community. Theatre: MiraCosta College produces several plays annually, and every year, the members of the MiraCosta College Theatre Program participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. In addition, the Actor’s Academy is an intensive, one-of-a-kind, five-week midsummer program for those interested in pursuing a career on the stage. The MiraCosta College Theatre itself on the Oceanside Campus is among the top performing arts venues in North County and seats 243. “The MiraCosta College Theatre Department can compete with any four-year university in the United States on any given play, and the proof is in the pudding when you look at how they fare against the competition at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival,” said Larry Hatter, who has lived in Oceanside for 66 years and often takes area visitors to theatre and concert performances at the college. Dance: MiraCosta College’s Dance Department produces an annual fall extravaganza dubbed `Shapes and Reflections,’ and an annual spring ‘Dance Break’ with performances choreographed by students and faculty. In addition, the MiraCosta College Dance Touring Ensemble performs throughout the community all year, and the Summer Dance Intensive engages participants in a rigorous dance-training program taught by internationally recognized artists. Music: In 2010, MiraCosta opened a state-of-the-art Concert Hall, and the 400-seat, 12,000-square-foot site now stands as the college’s largest performance venue and one of the premiere performance sites in the region. “The acoustics in the concert hall they have over there and what the Music Department is producing are pretty incredible,” Hatter says. The Oceanside Campus is also home to the MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra, which today has some 70 musicians from throughout Southern California who contribute to the cultural life of the region. Art: The Kruglak Art Gallery in the Student Center at the Oceanside Campus is among the finest community college galleries in the region, and it offers a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions of interest to both students and the general public. In 2016, it presented a compelling exhibit entitled Conviction, which featured paintings by artists incarcerated at Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. Community celebrations: From Black History Month to the annual Samoan Cultural Festival, MiraCosta College has long been home to community celebrations that have attracted several hundred students and residents from throughout the area. This past March, civil rights leader and best selling author Dr. Cornel West addressed huge crowds at the Oceanside Campus during a Town Hall event sponsored by the Student Equity Department. “From the Music Department to the incredible theatre programs, MiraCosta College is providing a wonderful service to the community,” Hatter said. “You really have to marvel at what they’re doing.”




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by Kristi Hawthorne Oceanside has its own share of myths or urban legends that get passed around and soon become truth in the minds of many. Some of these are funny, minute details of Oceanside that never happened or in fact happened but are exaggerated. We take a look at just a few of those, along with some that might have happened.

The opening credits to Gilligan’s Island were filmed at the Oceanside Harbor. Never happened. As picturesque as the Oceanside Harbor is, it was not used as the home of the S.S. Minnow. There were two locations used, the first was the Honolulu Harbor, and the second, Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles.

The Oceanside Pier was once a mile long. Exaggerated. None of Oceanside’s six piers have ever been a mile long. Many locals will recall that the “old pier” (the previous pier) was either “a mile long” or “longer than the present pier”. A mile is 5,280 feet long. The old pier was 1,941 feet long and today’s pier (built in 1987) is 1,942 feet long.

Al Capone tried to buy Rancho Santa Margarita. Maybe. In 1931 rumors were rampant that famed gangster Al “Scarface” Capone was purchasing Rancho Santa Margarita, which would later become the home of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. A writer from Hollywood may have started the rumor and it was printed in Los Angeles magazines and newspapers. It created quite a buzz in Oceanside and San Diego County after the San Diego Union

William Shatner had a home on South Pacific Street. Never happened. Sorry to say that the actor that portrayed Captain Kirk never lived in Oceanside. There was a home located at 1127 South Pacific Street which had the initials “W” and “S” on its door. It was a popular rumor that Shatner lived and even held parties there, but the home was once owned by a local contractor, William Silberberger, not the captain of the Starship Enterprise. 12



Tribune ran the story on its front page. However, the general manager of the rancho repeatedly refuted the claims. If Capone was ever really interested in owning the Rancho, apparently he made an offer that was refused. Buried Treasure or Sunken Pirate Ship off Buccaneer Beach. Never happened. As early as the 1940s a local archeologist claimed that a Spanish ship, the Trinidad, sailed east in the San Luis Rey River and later sank off the Oceanside coast in 1540. The ship was supposedly loaded with tens of millions of dollars in gold and its captain, Francisco de Ulloa, was buried in the hills of the San Luis Rey Valley. The story changed over the years but the claims inspired decades of treasure seekers, all to no avail. Some even surmise that’s how Buccaneer Beach got its name, however, Ulloa and his crew were explorers, not pirates. Historical records and transcripts reveal that Ulloa sailed back to Mexico and even Spain and was not shipwrecked in Oceanside. The Hunter Restaurant is haunted. Maybe! The Buena Vista Cemetery was a privately owned cemetery established in 1888. Nearly 50 or more people were buried there between 1888 and 1916. The cemetery was purchased by a developer in the 1960s, who petitioned the City of Oceanside to rezone the property for commercial use which was ultimately approved. In January of 1970, 17 bodies were disinterred and removed to El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley. However, that left several remains behind! (Even after a dozen or so were reinterred to various cemeteries by family members.) When grading began on the property for the building of the restaurant and gas station (now a bike shop), a number of remains were discovered. Although as many as six graves were uncovered, construction continued! In fact, in 1991, five additional remains were discovered by an oil company. Restaurant employees over the years have told of unexplained happenings and whispers of hauntings were kept quiet until the restaurant embraced its spooky history. A plaque was placed on the sidewalk on Vista Way by the Oceanside Historical Society years ago, listing the known names of those buried there…some of whom are undoubtedly still there.

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Names carved on the Oceanside pier helped to build it. Not true. As Oceanside prepared to celebrate its 100th year anniversary in 1988, a Centennial Committee and Foundation was formed to help in the celebration which included the building of a Centennial House, a float in the Rose Parade, the minting of Centennial coins and a gala. To help

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by Kristi Hawthorne Trees are an important part of any city, enhancing it with beauty and adding color, providing needed shade, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife. In 1884, Oceanside’s Founder Andrew Jackson Myers, began planting “wattle and blue gum trees on the avenues in Oceanside”. These trees are more commonly known as acacia and eucalyptus. Other early popular tree varieties included cypress and pine, which after a few years became “a nuisance, damaging sewers, sidewalks and the streets.” Palm trees lined Hill Street (now Coast Highway) as early as the 1890s and as Oceanside developed, its citizens continued to plant trees along its streets and avenues. In 1896 the newspaper reported that 155 palms were planted along with 200 pepper trees, 175 cypress, 275 pines and 420 sugar gums. Fruit trees, for obvious reasons were popular within the city and San Luis Rey Valley. While we think immediately of oranges and avocado trees, some of the earliest fruit trees also included lemon and olive. In fact, an early newspaper was entitled “The Oceanside Olive Leaf”. In 1917 William Mebach planted 63 black acacia trees on Topeka Street from Horne Street to Hill street. This may have been the beginning of planting certain types of trees exclusive to certain streets. When B. C. Beers developed

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his ocean view subdivision in 1924, on West Alberta and Leonard Streets, he named it Plumosa Heights, after the nearly 300 Cocos Plumosa palms that were planted there. Two years later H.C. Ellery planted pepper trees along his subdivision on Mesa Drive. The city announced in 1927 that an additional one thousand trees would be planted to further beautify the streets. Vernon Nuthall was hired as City Forester, who reported in 1928 that there were 2,891 trees in “improved parkways” or streets, with 991 new trees yet to be planted. Clementine Street featured over 200 Acacia Dealbata trees while Freeman, Fourth and Tremont Streets had over 400 Acacia Melanoxylon trees altogether. Ditmar and Michigan Streets were lined with 331 Live Oak trees. Tait, Topeka and Myers Street were planted in Scarlet Eucalyptus; Sixth Street with Monterey Pine Trees. Pittosporum Undulatum Trees were planted along First Street (now Seagaze) and Washington. Nevada Street was lined with Pine and Jacaranda. Carob trees were planted on Horne and Minnesota Streets. Other varieties included Camphor on Fifth Street and Casuarina Stricti on Missouri. Many of the trees in the downtown have been removed for street widening, sidewalk and/or repair. Different varieties of trees have been replanted over the decades but for the most part the original tree schematic has all but disappeared. However, many of those original trees are still

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standing, after nearly 90 years or more. While the iconic Palm still lines Coast Highway, Pacific Street and Mission Avenue, there is a push to recognize native trees such as the Coast Live Oak, the Torrey Pine, Western Redbud and the Sweet Bay. The Coast Live Oak is Official City Native Tree while the Gold Medallion Tree is the Official City Ornamental Tree.

The Moreton Bay Fig tree was planted by Archibald Cope in about 1935. Since it was first planted as a dry root twig at the corner of California and Bellaire Streets it has grown to a magnificent example of its species. Photo by Aidan Dressler

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Guy Takayama: World Class Surfer and Shaper

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by Kierstin Hill A Southern California native, Guy Takayama learned to surf at five years old when his family threw him on a board. As a young kid, Guy watched in awe as his uncle, worldclass surfer Donald Takayama, competed in the US Surfing Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier in the late 1960’s. Just a few short years later, Guy found himself surfing professionally as a teenager. Many of his pro-surfer peers left the surfing industry and found other careers, but Guy established a lifelong career in the surf industry. Guy started shaping surfboards as a teen and once he stopped competing professionally full time, he was able to focus on shaping boards and now has a local warehouse in Carlsbad.



Guy lives the surf lifestyle – there is not a day that goes by where surfing isn’t involved. As a result of his lifelong love with surfing, Guy got involved with the Oceanside Longboard Club. The Oceanside Longboard Club started in mid-1950’s as a boys surfing club, but has evolved tremendously in the past 60+ years. The non-profit club hosts an annual contest, the Oceanside Longboard Club Contest, sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center. The first contest, in the mid-80’s, was held only against the Santa Cruz Longboard Club. This contest is entering its 32nd consecutive year and grows every year, now with 15 clubs participating. Sixteen years ago, Guy


added two new events to the contest, the “Guy Takayama Noseriding Pro” and the “Pro Open.” These events draw many professional and legendary surfers.

Oceanside Longboard Club Contest August 12-14, 2016 at the Oceanside Pier

Although many surf clubs have contests, the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest is the largest in the area. It is also the most fun, according to Guy, because there are many family-friendly activities like paddle board races, live music from local surf bands and a luau. There are over 300 contestants during the three days, Friday – Sunday. The contest hosts other clubs from all over the world for surfers of all ages. Age categories range from 21 and under, to 70 and over and everything in-between.

contest and then the contest progresses into the Pro Open. Professional contestants especially like this contest because if they are knocked out of the nose-riding event, they can still compete in the Pro Open. Pros and amateurs have equal chances of winning the contests and have two chances to win money.

The professional portion of the contest has been active for 16 years. International professional surfers and their families travel to Oceanside to compete in the contest. There is a pro nose-riding event on Friday to kick off the

The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club is always looking for families and individuals to get involved. More information can be found at



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The Antoinette: A Harbor Icon by Kristi Hawthorne The “Antoinette W” is a familiar site in the Oceanside Harbor and its iconic turquoise and blue colors set it apart from the other boats. Built in 1978, in San Pedro, it was named after the original owner’s grandmother. Asked about changing the name of the “Antoinette W”, owner James Gardner said he only briefly contemplated it but never did because it’s considered bad luck. Gardner, a commercial fisherman, bought the boat, built as an albacore trawler, in 1985. He soon after converted it to haul live bait. In 1990 Gardner signed on as the lessee of the Oceanside Bait Company at the Harbor and brought the Antoinette to Oceanside. Along with a crew of three, he fishes up and down the coast between La Jolla and Dana Point. He supplies the bait to the bait company, which in turns provides live bait to Helgren’s Sportfishing and the general public. The 50 foot vessel carries 30 tons of water in its hatch and carries a load of 3,000 pounds of live bait. The Antoinette W can be seen along the shore most every morning before or just after daylight. But as Gardner pointed out, “we’re on fish time” so whenever the fish are “schooled up” he’s headed out.

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The City of Oceanside Junior Lifeguard program provides a unique and valuable opportunity to the youth of Oceanside. The program has endured for decades with the goals of developing future beach lifeguards and educating ocean-minded community youth through handson learning. The Lifeguard Division’s success in preventing open-water drowning is largely due to the outreach of the City’s Junior Lifeguard Program. Oceanside Junior Lifeguards initially started as an internship program for beach Lifeguards. The program’s formal inception was in 1949 under beach Lifeguards Byron Jessup, Joe Trotter and Doug Tico. The program originally taught the essential skills needed for the job. The intention was that these students would become the next generation of lifesavers. The program has exponentially evolved to educate youth in water safety, ocean knowledge and water skills necessary to help others. The Junior Lifeguard Program is also designed to help children learn teamwork, sportsmanship and develop self-esteem by reaching realistic goals. Junior Lifeguards make new friends, establish a high level of comradery and begin a growing love and respect for the ocean. The Junior Lifeguard Program instructs children between the ages of 9-17. Experienced Lifeguards provide

instruction on beach and ocean safety through interactive lectures along with various beach and ocean events. Lessons from admirable and outrageous rescue stories are shared with kids resulting in a valuable respect for lifesaving. The program has grown tremendously in the past twenty years and currently educates close to 800 children during four summer sessions. The longest-active lifeguard on staff, Mike Wagner, comes back every year just to instruct Junior Lifeguards and pass on lifesaving lessons that have been handed down for many generations. Wagner, with 35 years of service, has been the junior lifeguard instructor for many past and current lifeguards on staff. Wagner has been an influential part of the growth and prosperity in the program. Each session includes two field trips. Children experience a new ocean environment at La Jolla Cove to snorkel, tour caves and learn about unique reefs. The other takes them to a water park for a fun day and for a different way to look at water safety. Junior Lifeguard competitions are another big day of excitement and challenges. Oceanside

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Junior Lifeguards compete against Carlsbad, San Clemente, Encinitas, and Camp Pendleton Junior Lifeguard Programs in a variety of events to test skills in swimming, running, and paddling. The scores are tallied and the winning city is crowned at the end of the day. In all, a fun and exhilarating competition ensues to show the respective cities who holds the best class of “JGs.”

With children already participating from out of state and even out of country, the sky is the limit for educating youth.

The Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Program strives to promote water safety and to share unique knowledge with the community to simply help save lives. The rewards of this program are lifelong and priceless. The Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguard Division is extremely honored to be a part of such a positive and rewarding youth program. More information about Junior Lifeguards can be found on the City of Oceanside website or by calling (760) 435-4020, ext. 3.

In the future, the Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Program hopes to grow and reach even more kids. With children already participating from out of state and even out of country, the sky is the limit for educating youth. Recently, a 501-C3 non-profit Junior Lifeguard Booster Club was established to enhance the equipment and opportunities Serving the available to children in an effort to reach “BeSt Prime riB in town!” further into our community. This group established a special program called “Water- Welcome to Hunter Steakhouse Proofing Oceanside” which sponsors families who may not have the opportunity to participate in the City of Oceanside’s water safety educational programs. The Booster Club initially pays for swim lessons We embrace our 47 year tradition as a at a local pool to learn basic water safety classic steakhouse while continually with the end goal of providing future renewing our commitment to opportunities to become part of the Junior small town hospitality. Lifeguard Program.

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love food not waste Oceanside Restaurants: Farm to table, back to farm on the Road to Zero WASTE

Oceanside businesses and residents are becoming savvier about reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling, as we collectively strive to meet our Zero Waste sustainability goals of 75%-90% recycling rate by 2020. At a current recycling rate of 71% we are well on our way, however our community now must take a hard look at what’s left in our trash bin. Surprisingly enough, the majority of what’s left turns out to be food! In fact, food makes up approximately 30% of what is in California landfills! When one in seven people in San Diego and one in five children in San Diego don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and greenhouse gases generated from wasted edible food continue to affect our climate, we must recognize that this is a problem to be fixed.

What are the impacts? 40% of the food that is produced in the United States annually ends up going to waste. All of this wasted food in our landfills creates a huge environmental impact. When organic material, food and yard trimmings, break down in our landfills, the byproduct is methane gas. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Methane is actually 25 times more damaging to our climate than carbon emissions. The methane gas produced by these organic materials in landfills accounts for 18% for all methane produced in the U.S. In addition, it takes 300 barrels of oil and 25% of all US freshwater consumption to grow the food that American’s throws away, oftentimes before it even hits the plate. 26


Many Green Oceanside Business Network restaurants, such as Local Tap House, Wrench and Rodent Seabastropub, Whet Noodle, Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen, Privateer Coal Fire Pizza/ Marketplace, Petite Madeline, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail to name a few, already source their food locally creating an extra value and connection that views food as a resource that should not be wasted. What is being done? The good news is California is taking the lead on eliminating food waste. In 2015, the State of California set a goal of eliminating all organic materials from going to landfills through the passage of Assembly Bill 1826. AB 1826 will require businesses that generate food waste and other organic waste (e.g. yard trimmings) to divert it out of landfills by the year 2020.


Oceanside’s growing Farm to Table restaurant movement is poised to become a unique local solution for organics recycling and sustainable closed loop systems, that values food from the farm, to the kitchen, to the plate, and back to the farm. Farm to table philosophy creates a culture that directly connects local farms, chefs, the community, and the environment. Many Green Oceanside Business Network restaurants, such as Local Tap House, Wrench and Rodent Seabastropub, Whet Noodle, Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen, Privateer Coal Fire Pizza/Marketplace, Petite Madeline, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail to name a few, already source their food locally creating an extra value and connection that views food as a resource that should not be wasted. Oceanside is working with these sustainably minded restaurants to develop local solutions that will focus on source reduction (stop food waste before it starts), food rescue to feed people in need, and then recycling systems that support better soil amendments for local farms and community gardens. Thus completing a closed loop system of farm to table back to farm.

What can you do? Learning from this farm to table, back to farm philosophy, you can be a part of the solution in Oceanside as well. With the average family of four spending $1,500 a year on food they don’t eat. Cutting down on wasted food at home is actually pretty easy. If done right, it can lead to a burst of creativity in your kitchen, fresher food on your dining table, and money in your wallet.

Be a savvy shopper. Careful shopping is the fastest and easiest way to cut food waste. Make a list and only buy what you need for the week, maybe not the month.

 Use all you buy, and eat your leftovers. When produce becomes ripe, take those organic goodies and make a soup or sauce. Challenge yourself to make a brand new meal created from yesterday’s dish. Your significant other, or children will never complain about eating the same meal twice.

 Store food like a pro. Food lasts longer than we think. Remember it’s best if used. If your not going to use it right away, freeze it. Many foods are impacted by the materials they are wrapped in. Check out of proper storage information and accurate best by dates.

 What’s left…Compost it! If food actually does become inedible, compost it in your backyard and/ or patio. Visit to learn how you can start composting today. If you are interested about Oceanside’s Road to Zero Waste, and how you can get involved, please visit or email the City Zero Waste team at




WPA Projects Helped in Building Oceanside While Enhancing the Community

The extension of First Street (now Seagaze) to the Strand was a WPA project in 1937 (photo courtesy National Archives, photo no. 69-N-8824)

by Kristi Hawthorne


During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a works program in 1935 to help millions of unemployed Americans by creating building projects to provide jobs. The Works Progress



Administration (or Works Projects Administration) was 14 FRESH commonly known as the WPA. Throughout the U.S. these VEGETABLES jobs put over 8 million people to work by building 650,000 PREPPED THROUGHOUT THE miles DAY of roads, thousands of parks and bridges, hundreds of airports, and over 100,000 public IN-HOUSE COOKING buildings. In addition, The Federal 14 FRESH DONE WITH VEGETABLES CAGE-FREE EGGS Arts Project employed artists to create PREPPED THROUGHOUT public art. THE DAY


In Oceanside the WPA was responsible DONE WITH VEGETABLES MILK, TOFU & TEA for building Oceanside’s first CAGE-FREE EGGS PREPPED THROUGHOUT THE DAY permanent Post Office building in 1935. ORGANIC NATURALLY IN-HOUSE COOKING MILK, TOFU & TEARAISED This historic building also contains two DONE WITH BACON & PORK, CAGE-FREE EGGS projects commissioned by the Treasury NATURALLY RAISED MEATBALLS MADE WITH PORK, BACON & Section of Fine Arts, which like the NATURALLY RAISED ORGANIC MEATBALLS MADE WITH MILK, TOFU & TEA NATURALLY RAISED BEEF & CHICKEN Federal Arts Project, provided murals BEEF & CHICKEN and other art forms to decorate public NATURALLY RAISED PORK, BACON & REAL Food. REAL Cooking. REAL Flavors. Learn more at buildings. A beautiful 16' x 6' mural of EAL Cooking. REAL Flavors. Learn more at MEATBALLS MADE WITH NATURALLY RAISED the San Luis Rey Valley and its Mission, BEEF & CHICKEN NOODLES CATERING entitled “Air Mail” by Elise Seeds hangs Big or small, let us cater it for you! REAL Food. REAL Cooking. REAL Flavors. Learn more at CATERING in the lobby. A carved wooden eagle cater it for you! and grille over the front entrance was 2267 S El Camino Real GET THE INSIDE SCOOP. JOIN OUR ECLUB. NOODLES.COM/ECLUB CATERING /CateringNOODLES Big or small, let usCA cater92054 it for you! Oceanside, done by Stuart Holmes. 760-433-5700







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In 1936, a WPA project was approved to build a beach stadium. The government allocated $5200 to pay the cost of labor and also a portion of the construction materials. The stadium seating was completed in 1937 and is still used today. Also completed that year, was the building of a “ramp” from Pacific Street to the Strand. This was actually an extension of First Street (now Seagaze) providing vehicle access. The First Street extension brought vehicles directly to the Strand providing easy access to the beach near the pier plaza and stadium. Prior to this, the closest access was north on Sixth Street (now Surfrider) or south at Wisconsin Avenue. Other projects in Oceanside included Recreation Park, a large park along the east side of Mission Avenue between Brooks and Barnes Streets. Along with several playing fields for baseball, it included bleachers, dressing rooms and a playground, enclosed by an expansive adobe wall. The $22,862 project employed 51 men for six months in 1939 and 1940.

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A Family Fish Story

by Scott Ashton

Nestled in the quaint Cape Cod style village of the Oceanside Harbor is one of the community’s treasured establishments, Harbor Fish and Chips. Terry Cross, owner, will tell you that there is no one in Oceanside more passionate about fish than he is. Cross was born at Oceanside General Hospital and raised in the same Oceanside home his entire childhood. His dad taught him deer hunting and fishing; and his father-in-law, Doug McWha taught him how to run a commercial fishing boat when Cross was 20 years old. Cross’s mother-in-law, Sally McWha started the Harbor Fish Market in 1964. Cross started working at Harbor Fish Market in 1968 and said he loved the job so much and “couldn’t get enough of it.” He and his high school sweetheart, Sue McWha married in 1969. The Harbor Fish Market started serving fish and chips in 1970, and it was an instant success. Due to this success, Sally moved the Fish and Chips to the

The shark jaw display is a popular place for a photo opportunity!

other side of the Cape Cod Village to the current location in 1972. When Harbor Fish and Chips first opened, it was one of very few restaurants in the Oceanside harbor. Terry and Sue became the sole owners of Harbor Fish and Chips in 1982, and since then, their restaurant has “blossomed, just like Oceanside.” Leaving the commercial fishing business to focus entirely on the restaurant, brought long days of work, but allowed Owner Terry Cross at current Harbor Fish Restaurant in Oceanside Harbor Village. Photo by Scott Ashton




Terry to spend more time with his family. The restaurant provided first jobs for both of his daughters. While he had to learn to be both a boss and a dad to the girls, the lessons for his daughters were valuable as well. According to Terry, the most important thing he taught his daughters about the business was “look the customer in the eyes, tell the truth, and give a firm handshake”. And the golden rule is – “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t sell it.” Cross’s right hand man, Chris Jones, has worked at the restaurant for 14 years and is also a lifelong Oceanside resident with strong family ties to the harbor. His family owned the local bait company with a fleet of boats and the first diner in the Oceanside Harbor, the Dolphin Inn. While tourism season is a booming time for Harbor Fish and Chips, it’s the “locals that keep us alive”, according to Terry. We also receive great support from our local troops at neighboring Camp Pendleton. Both Cross and Jones are always looking for ways to improve the business. “If you’re not moving ahead, you’re falling behind”, said Terry. They are currently working on improvements to the restaurant. “I still look forward to coming to work every day. It’s an exciting place to be.”

Above photo: Terry Cross and children, circa 1976. Left photo: Harbor Fish and Chips girls, Harbor Days 1974. Photos courtesy Harbor Fish and Chips





by Kristi Hawthorne and Aidan Dressler

94 percent of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis. Pizza is party food, family food, comfort food -- perfect for sports night at home or at your favorite hangout. Did we mention it’s also delicious? Pizza can be personalized with a variety of toppings made to order, ranging from an abundance of meat to vegan to plain cheese and more. Whether you like deep dish, thin, or somewhere in between, these Oceanside Pizza restaurants are sure to satisfy.

3772 Mission Ave #127, Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 722-6060 Popular pizza: Killer Pizza Stand out: Quality, fresh ingredients Extra: Good beer on tap, a spot for locals in the valley and kids of all ages


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4196 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 630-9330 • Popular pizza: The “Special” (Pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onion, mushroom, green bell pepper & tomato) Stand out: Dough is made fresh everyday Extra: Passion and commitment to quality and customer service


The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza 1706 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 453-2500 • Popular pizza: Raen pizza Stand out: 100% coal fire pizza, handmade dough Extra: Organic greens, spices, veggies and herbs grown at a local neighborhood farm Cyclops Farms

KnockOut Pizza 401 Mission Avenue, Ste. B120, Oceanside, CA 92054 Phone: (760) 722-8888 Popular pizza: Knockout Pizza and Whitestone Pie Stand out: Dough is made fresh every day, no sugar added Extra: Their pizza chefs are the best!

ZigZag Pizza 333 N Myers St, Oceanside, CA 92054• (760) 433-1555 Popular pizzas: ZZ Top, Good Vibrations, Margarita Ville Stand out: Love and passion for making the best pie in town; unique topping combinations Extra: Chopped salads; Best signature salads in town

Venetos 608 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-1228 • Popular pizza: Carne pizza (all meat) Stand out: Quality ingredients, special family recipe Extra: 33 years of experience, award winning pizza

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Taste of the World, East of I-5

by Kierstin Hill and Katrina Hill. Photos by Kierstin Hill. My sister and I ate our way through a world-tour in Oceanside! We went into each restaurant with an open mind and asked what the most traditional or most popular dish was – and just blindly ordered the server’s recommendation! We definitely ate some menu items that we never would have considered in the past – i.e. the tail of an ox (spoiler alert – it was ah-mazing!). We focused on restaurants east of the I-5 with various cultural cuisines. Guahan Grill – Walking into Guahan Grill is as if you are transported to a tropical island: Guam! Reggae music plays in the background, complimenting the brightly colored walls decorated with photos of Guam’s beautiful beaches. They make it easy to relax and enjoy a delicious meal. For those interested in learning about Guam, the menu has a feature on the history of the Island and the native Guamanian food. 34


A sign saying “Hafa Adai” (pronounced “half-a-day”) hangs over the bar and greets guests as they walk in. Hafa Adai is a friendly Guamanian greeting similar to the Hawaiian version of aloha. We ordered the “Maga Lahi” plate which translates to “chief” and it’s easy to see why this plate is called the chief! The plate is full with chicken, ribs, steak, rice, salad, and your choice of a side. For an appetizer we ordered the traditional chicken fried rice and lumpia; all of which was delicious! Ocean Thai Cuisine – Conveniently located on the corner of Mission Avenue and El Camino Real, Ocean Thai Cuisine is easy to find. This place is definitely worth a stop! There are dark, romantic walls decorated with orchids, intricate wood carvings and a fish tank. The menu is extensive


and features a fascinating history of Thai food. We got there in the peak of the lunch rush and the service was great. The food was hot, delicious and very timely! The server recommended the yellow curry dish which came with chicken, vegetables and a heaping mound of jasmine rice. We also ordered the chicken and vegetable drunken noodles plate and picked our spiciness level from 1-10. To top everything off, we ate Coconut milk ice cream (dairy free, but did not taste like it) covered with caramel and nuts and garnished with mint leaves. I Love Pho – Patrons are welcomed into this Vietnamese restaurant with a beach-themed palapa and water feature creating the soothing sound of running water. They have a few big screens playing ESPN which makes this a great, unique place to watch the game. The food came out quickly, hot and fresh. This place definitely has the local lunch crowd vibe, which makes sense because it’s located at the 78 and Plaza, a perfect stop while you are out shopping or running errands. We ordered egg rolls, spring rolls, vegetable and tofu pho, in addition to the “B11” plate - chicken, beef, shrimp, egg rolls, rice noodles and veggies. We had plenty of food to take home for dinner that night - always a plus! San Luis Rey Bakery – San Luis Rey Bakery and Restaurant is a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. There are bright colors everywhere with open windows giving tons of natural light. They serve menudo on the weekends (thumbs up to that!). In addition to the Mexican restaurant, they are also a full-service bakery. It is a mom and pop family-owned restaurant with a friendly staff. The bread and pastries are baked fresh daily. It’s located just west of Mission San Luis Rey, at the corner of El Camino Real and Douglas, across the street from Heritage Park.

and beans. We also ordered chicken fajitas. Again, tons of food to take home for the next day! The food was freshly cooked, timely and hot. Maan’s Mediterranean Grill – Located on Oceanside Boulevard, east of College, Maan’s Mediterranean Grill is a true gem. We always look for places that have beer and a patio and Maan’s has just that! There is indoor and outdoor seating with beer and wine. In addition to traditional Mediterranean food, this place has big screen TVs as well as a coffee and dessert menu. Owner Maan Charik lives in Oceanside and opened the restaurant in 2011. Maan was originally born and raised in a Christian family in the Mediterranean area. We ordered the shawarma chicken, tekah chicken and gyros – the shawarma was our favorite, but all were spectacular. Each dish came with jasmine rice covered in sumac (herb) seasoning, humus, pita bread, various sauces and a side salad. The food was incredibly fresh and tasted as if it came homemade from a traditional household kitchen in the Mediterranean. Felix BBQ with Soul – We can’t forget the US as part of the “taste of the world!” Felix’s BBQ with Soul brings traditional Southern food to Oceanside, in the Ocean Ranch Business Park. Owner, Felix Berry, was born and raised in Alabama, where he learned the art of Southern Soul cooking from his mother. The interior of the restaurant

We ordered the Combo #1 which came with a cheese enchilada, chile relleno, taco, rice




manages to be grand and spacious, as well as homey and comforting. Its brightly colored walls are adorned with historic photos. Felix’s BBQ is a perfect place for large gatherings, and they offer an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sundays. The servers greet you with warm, freshly-baked cornbread. We ordered the sample platter which comes with four meats and four sides. We chose catfish, shrimp sautéed in garlic butter, pulled pork, and fried chicken. For our sides we had the Hoppin John (black-eyed peas), mac-n-cheese, candied yams, and collard greens. The sample platter easily fed two people for lunch plus leftovers for dinner! The food was flavorful and delicious without being too heavy – the perfect combination. One Love Island Cuisine – This amazing Jamaican place is located in the same shopping center as Ralphs, on the corner of College and Oceanside Boulevard. Walk into the intimate restaurant, and you’re surrounded by bamboo features, beautiful beach scenes, posters of Bob Marley and the movie Cool Runnings. The Rastafarian colors of red, yellow and green brightly adorn the walls, and reggae music fills the room. They have outdoor seating, where you can drink a beer with your meal. We ordered the popular Oxtail and Jerk Chicken as our two entrees, and we had plantains, steamed cabbage, dumplings and butter beans for our sides. The Oxtail was one of the best foods we’d ever eaten! They pressure cook a cow’s tail, and the tender meat falls right off the bone. It was a unique “melt-in-your-mouth” type of deliciousness. We both agreed we had never tasted anything like it before.

Le Rendez Vouz French Bakery – An authentic French bakery lies in the heart of Oceanside on the corner College and Oceanside Boulevard. Walk into the shop, and you’re transplanted to the smells and tastes of Paris. On one side are desserts as intricate and beautiful to the eye as they are to the taste buds. On the other side are scrumptious “croxnuts” (a mix between a croissant and a donut -- crispy on the outside and with a delicious donut filling on the inside), donuts, pastries and croissants. And of course, fresh French baguettes and bread line the back wall. The owners, Meng and Pla Nhia Yi Ly, are from France; the husband is a professional baker and the wife a pastrychef. They moved to the U.S. and opened Le Rendez Vouz ten years ago, and the business is the product of their combined talents. They take their art seriously, and it shows. They arrive at 2:00 am every day to make everything in-house. They make all their items from scratch, including the custards and creams. Their food is so in-demand that not only do they sell directly to the public in the store, but they supply bread to local restaurants. We ordered lemon and pistachio macaroons, a cream puff, a croxnut and a petit four (translates to bite size) fruit tart – all of which were incredibly savory. We paired these treats with cappuccinos, and we felt like we were in France!

Go-Go Japan Sushi – Go-go Japan is a must-go place if you’re a sushi fan. The restaurant has an intimate setting, with bamboo paneling and traditional Japanese paintings and lanterns. You can either sit at a table or at the bar, which surrounds the sushi chefs making fresh sushi right in front of you. The food is delicious, and go whenever you can, but we recommend their amazing lunch specials, which come with miso soup, salad, edamame, and two sushi rolls. We ordered tuna Nigiri-zushi (the simple slab of fish on top of rice), a super crunch roll (cooked), and a rainbow roll. Either plain or topped with ginger and wasabi, all were mouth-wateringly delicious. There are local craft beers on tap, a variety of choices of sake and Japanese drinks, and ESPN playing on big-screen TVs – many reasons to check this place out. 36



her Bachelor of Special Studies from Cornell College in Chinese Studies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa award. As a professional media artist with more than 30 years of experience who is dedicated to socially engaged films and videos, Professor Diekman and her colleague were awarded a 2016 W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program grant of $250,000 for the creation of the American Indian Digital Media and Culture Project, which incorporates American Indian epistemology in digital media projects that serve Southern California tribes and university students. In the same year, Professor Diekman was also awarded the prestigious CSU Learning through the lens with Professor Kristine Diekman, and teaching social change inside and outside Wang Family Excellence Award. of the classroom The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates four outstanding CSU faculty members and one outstanding staff member who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions to the CSU.

Empowering and Encouraging Students to Be Inspired by the Arts By CSUSM and Ria Custodio The School of Arts in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Science (CHABSS) at the California State University of San Marcos (CSUSM) is committed to innovative education based on studies in music, theatre, dance studies, visual arts/visual culture, digital and media art. The School of Arts believes in collaboration across disciplines by providing a more expansive arts education. Ms. Kristine Diekman, Professor of Arts and Technology in the School of Arts, is one such faculty member who believes in collaboratively focusing on creating socially responsible media by empowering students to learn about and serve the needs of their community from behind the lens of a video camera.

Professor Diekman said, “The films that I make with students, other artists and community members are tools that advance our community’s self-sufficiency. They are a call to action, a re-imagining of social connections, and a means to create social change. Video in the Community is about listening to and supporting unheard voices, providing a place from which they can speak and be heard.” To learn more about the Arts and Technology program at CSUSM visit the CHABSS School of Arts website at

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The Stories Behind the Booths at the


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The Sunset Market happens every Thursday from 5:00 – 9:00 pm on the corner of Tremont and Pier View Way. There are many unique people and even more unique stories behind the booths at the Market. A few stories are highlighted below:

them a type of fusion-food dumplings. Good Weidao adds a bit of corn into the filling and hand-makes the sauces with a few non-traditional ingredients like sweet corn kernels and mayonnaise with red chili and basil. Afina hand-makes the dumplings, filling and wrapper so market-goers are guaranteed fresh, delicious dumplings every Thursday.

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Growing up in Jiangsu, China (just outside of Shanghai) Afina Wang has been making dumplings since early childhood when the family would gather together to make dumplings as a family bonding event. “Good Weidao” translates to “The Road to Good Taste.” The name is fitting

What is seen as a novelty market-food in America is a Thailand tradition dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. These Thai coconut pancakes are a Thai street tradition, a tradition older than America. Made from simple ingredients, the bulk of these pancakes only consist of coconut milk and rice flour which is cooked for about 3-4 minutes. Coconut syrup, consisting only of coconut milk and sugar, is poured inside while the pancakes are still cooking. Twenty-eight of these tasty pancakes are cooked at one time on a “Kanomkrok” pan which appropriately translates to “rice cake in a pan.”

for these delicious dumplings, almost as a way for marketgoers to theoretically travel to China to eat these authentic, homemade Chinese dumplings. The team, consisting of Maurice Ticas and Afina Wang, has incorporated unique ingredients into traditional Chinese dumplings making

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Brothers Alex and Eric Howard finished a backpacking journey in San Diego with no ticket home. Growing up in a family restaurant business in Maine, they knew the insand-outs of the Maine Lobster business and decided to give it a try in San Diego. The restaurant in Maine is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but the family has yearround connections to the lobster fishing on the East Coast. Wicked Maine Lobster has a contract with Delta Airlines and receives shipments of lobster every Tuesday and Thursday, totaling 2,500 pounds each week. A huge increase from the start of their business in November of 2014, when they only received 20 pounds of lobster each week.

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to America, but needed to find a delivery method where Americans would eat it without throwing away the rice. Thus, the “Thai Burger” was born. Husband and wife team, Pari and Pang Thitathan invented the burgers inspired from traditional Thai street food, but with a twist. The patty is hand mixed from scratch and consists of either BBQ Pork, Panang Curry, Chicken Satay and Tofu. The “bun” is sticky rice on both sides of the patty and does not fall apart. This “fast food” type meal is one of the cleanest and easiest-to-eat foods at the Sunset Market, which makes it popular because market-goers can eat it while walking around to different booths. Pari, a former student of both Oceanside High and MiraCosta College met his wife Pang while living in Oceanside. The way he says it, “he stole her from Thailand and brought her to San Diego.”

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While traveling through Europe, Michael Bossle spent time in Finland. He didn’t know it then, but what he saw there would redirect his life. He witnessed the Finish people digging holes then building a fire in the hole and slowcooking their fresh fish over the fire. Originally from Germany, Bossle went home to mimic that design and build his own mechanism to cook food. The salmon is initially put on the fire to start the cooking process and then it is suspended over the fire to slow-cook and finish the process. The fire builds a crust over the salmon which locks in the juices and gives it a bit of a smoked flavor. The seasoning oil (made only of olive oil, sea salt and paprika) is caught as it drips into a tray below. Bossle worked at markets in Germany for five years before moving to America in 2015. His family is still running the business for him back in Germany while he expands it to the American market.

to cover their weekly markets and annual events. Beignets were made famous at Café du Munde, in New Orleans. The finished product of beignets come out airy, like a warm, buttery croissant sprinkled with powered sugar. The traditional beignets from Café du Munde have only powdered sugar, but Derrick and Maria wanted to give them a California spin. Full of Crumbs has many varieties of toppings to choose from including: strawberries, chocolate, sprinkles, nuts, maple bacon, caramel and, of course, the classic powdered sugar.

Big Joy Family Bakery

Kong Kim, originally from Korea, learned the art of baking French pastries from another Korean bakery chef, who baked in San Marcos for over 30 years. Kim taught his three daughters the art of Macaroons, and they immediately fell in love. Soon after the daughters got involved, the Kim family opened a French bakery in San Diego and attends two markets every week in Vista and Oceanside. The bakery in San Diego also has cookies, cake and coffee, but the Kim family is best known for their Macaroons, which have now become a Sunset Market staple.

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Long-time bread maker, Derrick Boykins went to numerous catering gigs and ate plenty of beignets (pronounced benyays), but always thought the beignets he ate weren’t quite right. Being an experienced savory-chef, he decided to try his hand at beignets and make his own. Derrick and his wife Maria now make 126 pounds of dough every Monday 40



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Bagby Beer Company 601 S. Coast Hwy (760) 270-9075 This place is huge! There are tons of seating options, both inside and outside, which is perfect for our Southern California weather. Even the inside seating has a bit of an outdoor vibe to it. They brew on site, as well as have guest taps and a full bar. This is a great place to host a casual birthday dinner, because it’s so large and they have drinks and food for everyone!




Belching Beaver Oceanside 1334 Rocky Point Drive (760) 599-5832 Belching Beaver has been a staple in the Vista beer scene for a few years now and we are excited because they just moved their main production facility and main office to Oceanside! Located in the industrial area of Oceanside, they anticipate producing over 40,000 barrels of beer per year, which will supply this tasting room and be distributed all over. They have five locations in San Diego County now, and we are pleased to have them in Oceanside. They anticipate the tasting room being open 7 days a week once they get settled, but will start with just 4 days a week.


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310 N. Tremont (760) 529-0002 You could walk past this place on Tremont Street and almost miss it! Decorated with an intricate metal gate and tall trees surrounding the patio, this Stone tasting room feels like a hidden oasis. Once you’re inside, they have 20 Stone beers on tap, tons of tables and a few fire pits. Grab some food at the Sunset Market on Thursday night and bring it into the tasting room to enjoy a pint of beer, or even buy a growler to go.

Breakwater Brewing

Surfside Tap Room

101 N. Coast Hwy (760) 433-6064 Breakwater Brewing is a locally owned brewpub which has facilitated a casual, beachy atmosphere with a full restaurant specializing in sandwiches and pizza. If you’re a local, this is the type of place where you run into someone you know, which is always fun. They brew on site and have many guest taps. There’s an outdoor patio so you can drink beer and eat pizza in the sun, plus the patio is dog friendly!

Midnight Jack Brewing Company 3801 Oceanic Drive (760) 637-9679 This is a family owned brewery and tasting room. They have 14 taps currently, (including three beers on nitro), and there is plenty of room for expansion in their tasting room. They eventually want to ramp up their production to be able to distribute over North County. They are located in an industrial park, which brings life to the area after the 5 pm hour, when everyone else goes home.

507 N. Coast Hwy (760) 730-5449 Surfside Tap Room is the perfect place to go to sample a variety of local craft beers from around San Diego. With 28 taps, there is sure to be a beer there that everyone in your group will enjoy. They have a constant supply of rotating taps and there is always a great variety to choose from – everything from an IPA to a blonde to a stout. In addition to the taps, they also have a selection of bottled beer. Surfside hosts fun events throughout the week – Military Mondays, Paint N Enjoy and Trivia, just to name a few. Many breweries host “Tap Takeover” nights at Surfside, usually with free pint glasses and goodies to give away to anyone who buys a beer. They also have life-sized Jenga, life-sized Connect Four and many board games available to play. There is often a food truck parked just outside the roll up doors. Surfside is located on the north end of Coast Highway, at the corner of Sportfisher. The location makes Surfside a perfect place to start your beer tour down the San Diego Coast as well as learn about new breweries you can explore later.

Beach House Winery Located in the agricultural region of South Morro Hills, Beach House Winery is Oceanside’s only vineyard and winery. The winery offers panoramic views of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Beach House Winery is named for the place where their venture began in 2005, at their small beach house, blocks from Oceanside’s finest beaches. Beach House is an award-winning boutique winery specializing in fine wines produced with time-honored natural processes. Owners Kim and George Murray have over 30 years of wine-making experience combined and have gone on to win many national and international winemaking awards. Beach House Winery wines can be purchased at the winery, as well as the Red & White Markets in Oceanside. Beach House Winery is located at 1534 Sleeping Indian Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Tasting room hours are Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4:00 pm, all other times and days are by appointment. Visit their website at or call them at (760) 732-3236 2016 ARTS | CULTURE | FOOD | DRINK



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Breakwater Brewing: Downtown Oceanside’s First Brewery by Kierstin Hill Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, Breakwater Brewing has 40 taps, including one cask tap. Eighteen of those taps serve house beer, which is made just 30 feet away from the bar. The brew equipment was purchased from a brewery in New Orleans that was forced to close after Hurricane Katrina. Rumor has it, flooding caused one of the fermenters to wash down the street in Louisiana. Owner, Shannon Sager, purchased the equipment and was able to bring it to Oceanside. After the equipment made its way to North County, there was much work to be done to fix the storm damage. Breakwater has grown and expanded its brew setup, but they still work with the original New Orleans mash tun, brew kettle and three fermenters. Old “grundy tanks” (large liquid storage jugs) that were originally used to hold milk on a dairy farm, were converted into serving vessels in the cooler for the house beer. In addition to brewing beer on site, Breakwater Brewing is also full service restaurant, specializing in pizza and sandwiches. House beer is incorporated into many of their recipes, including the bratwurst, rib tips, sausage links and the pizza dough. The food is cooked from scratch and made

fresh every day. If you visit during the day, you’re likely to see the brewers working in the back and smell the spent grain aroma that fills the air. Breakwater has a beachy-vibe and is decorated with surfboards, skateboards, artwork of fish, sharks, waves and Padres and Chargers paraphernalia, just to name a few of the eclectic items you’ll see. Located just a few blocks from the Pier, beachgoers with sandy feet are more than welcome to come grab a beer and a pizza after a tough day at the beautiful Oceanside beaches. It’s definitely worth a stop!

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PMCU O’side Turkey Trot Returns with Added Senior Walk-Trot Downtown Oceanside celebrates the 11th Annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot on Thanksiving Day with the return of PMCU as the title sponsor, and an added senior fitness event the day before. “Pacific Marine Credit Union is proud to be a driving force behind what has become a healthy tradition for so many families in North County,” said PMCU CEO Bill Bernie. Photo by Kierstin Hill The event benefits 60+ nonprofits annually, and has put Oceanside on the map nationally as a place for active families to live, work, and play, according to race director, Kathy Kinane of Kinane Events. Runner’s World Magazine named the event a “Top Trot” in the country for the past two years. This national recognition has helped attract participants from 46 states and 460 cities. “We get people out on Thanksgiving morning to move their feet before they eat,” said Kinane. “The Trot team competition has always been very robust with families, cities, schools and businesses of all sizes competing for the bragging rights of largest team. For the non-competitive participants, we have a hilarious costume contest and a herd of local entertainers along the beautiful seaside

courses.” The O’side Turkey Trot features a 10K Harbor/Pier Run, 5K Run/Walk and multiple kids’ races. Since its inception in 2006, the event has grown from 2,200 to 10,000 participants, with the largest growth coming from baby boomers over 60 years of age. To satisfy the interest from the active retiring population, organizers and Tri-City Medical Center have created an adjunct event, the Senior Festival of Miles, a walking/jogging race for seniors. This new event will be held on the day before Thanksgiving and will feature some of the fastest seniors in the country as well as walkers, joggers and “walkers with walkers.” Waves of


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COFFEE CULTURE in oceanside by Sara Johnson and Amber Ter-Vrugt

Oceanside is a great place to get a buzz… a caffeine buzz, that is! We had entirely too much fun visiting our local coffee (and tea) houses. Through our vigorous research of the coffee gems of coastal Oceanside, we realized that Oceanside has something for EVERYONE. Each coffee house has its own special vibe, flavor and attributes. Whether you need a quiet place to relax, an edgy place to enjoy music, or a place you can bring your crazy kids and let them run-a-muck, we discovered you don’t have to leave our community to find it. Whatever scene you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Oceanside. The single commonality between all the places we sampled is quality. No matter what you chose, you’re going to have a darn good cup of joe… or tea! We hope our findings are helpful, …Now go get a buzz…!.

Jitters Coffee Pub

Banana Dang!

115 South Coast Hwy. (760) 846-0162 OPEN: 7A-7P, DAILY

510 North Coast Hwy., Ste. D (760) 967-7886 OPEN: 6A-3P, M-F & 7A-1P S/S Located off historic coast highway on the north side of downtown Oceanside, this quaint coffee shop has great indoor seating areas. A couch for lounging, book shelves that line every wall and wonderful wall art that is both conversational and intriguing. There is a lot of parking and easy access by both bike and foot. Their White Lightening, which is a white mocha with Irish creme was amazing. The atmosphere was inviting and the staff was very friendly. Fun Features:

300 Pier View Way • (760) 966-1150 OPEN: 6A-8P, M-TH & 6A-9P F/S/S Located on the bustling corner of pier view way, this is a great stop for breakfast or lunch when you are heading to the beach for the day. There are a lot of options for seating both inside and outside, wall to wall windows allow you to peer onto the street to watch the days happenings. There is a book shelf loaded with entertaining options. Try the blueberry banana smoothie and the Chicken Pesto sandwich, a perfect pairing for a filling lunch. Or if you like a sweet coffee, their creme brulee coffee was amazing. Right across from ample parking and lots of walkable shopping, this is a great pit stop for any visit to downtown Oceanside.



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Wondering about the name? I was too! Every smoothie contains bananas, and the founder’s last name is Dang. There you have it. And the place is Dang good! We stepped out of the hustle and bustle of downtown to enjoy a Purple Dang smoothie, paired with their locally famous Crunchy Honey Happy Toast. Banana Dang has fun games for the kids, a bike rack, private bathrooms and wifi too! Step out of the So Cal sun for a moment to let your 4-year-old nephew beat you at Chess like I did, you’ll be Dang glad you made the stop!

401 North Coast Hwy., Ste. E (760) 231-7968 OPEN: 7A-3P, M-TH; 7A-9P, F; 8A-9P Sat & 8A-4P Sun

I went for a classic cappuccino… and, they nailed it. Nailed it! Perfect foam, perfect milk to espresso ratio. Then I went for a walk on the wild side and ordered a Southwest, which is basically a MUST HAVE kick-in-the-pants bagel sandwich. Bacon makes everything better, and when you add chipotle cream cheese and avocado to your bacon laden everything bagel, you’re livin the dream. Coastal Coffee Connection is new, clean, has tons of seating, great parking, across from Star Theater and regularly hosts live music. Fun Features:


Rain or Shine Coffee Co.

The Loose Leaf Tea Bar

1602 S. Coast Hwy. • (442) 500-9570 OPEN: 5A-3P, M-F & 6A-3P, S/S Moto meets Rockabilly at Rain or Shine. I recommend driving a little slower on South Coast Highway because you don’t want to miss this coffee spot. I did. Drove right past it. But, I made a U turn, and I’m glad I did! This little coffee cart raises the bar. Super cute seating areas, nice music, toy box for the little kids, and Ghetto Choppers in the background for the big kids. I had a green tea latte; my sister enjoyed a glass of passion-iced tea. Both drinks were on the ‘specials’ list and were divine! We also devoured their unbelievable turkey pesto Panini. Fun Features:

408 Mission Ave. • (760) 231-8338 OPEN: 6A-6P, Sun-W & 6A-9P, TH-Sat Tea is served with a purpose at The Loose Leaf located directly across from the Regal Movie theaters in downtown Oceanside. The aroma when you walk in the door and the tea that comes after ordering is sure to make even the most tea savvy customer swoon. The location boasts a great simplistic atmosphere that focuses on the hand crafted tea blends. But they don’t only offer tea, there is a great selection of coffee as well. I tried the stress relief blend and found the combination of oat straw, skullcap, kava kava root, ginkgo lead, wood betony, rhodiola, and clove was extremely tasty. There are options for a monthly delivery service and opportunities to try their goods at various farmers markets throughout San Diego. Their hand-crafted drinks and certified organic, fair-trade and non-mo products makes this tea and coffee bar a must stop spot when you are visiting downtown. Fun Features:

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Captain’s Grounds Coffee 1832 S. Coast Hwy. • (760) 522-4271 OPEN: 7A-6P, M-F & 7A-3P, S/S

Newly renovated and now located inside the store front of the Captain’s Helm resale clothing store, this coffee shop offers a nice selection of hot and cold coffee beverages. Pastries and Umpqoa oats make for a quick bite to accompany your coffee. There is only outdoor seating, but you can browse the resale shop when they are open if you want to escape indoors with your coffee. There is restrooms on the premises and great house black coffee. Located on a great strip of Coast Highway there are lot of great shops to visit once you have had your caffeine fix. Try the white mocha if you want something more than black coffee and you will not be disappointed. Fun Features: Outdoor seating

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Coffee as an Art Form by Scott Ashton Do you want to get excited about coffee? Just spend some time with Matt and Erika Rydell, owners of Stache Coffee in Oceanside and you’ll be inspired to learn more about this beverage that so many people around the world enjoy each day. Stache coffee was started in Matt’s garage and has been operating in a small warehouse space in Oceanside Industrial Park for the past two years. Growing up in Kauai, coffee was a big part of Matt’s culture. He will tell you that coffee fueled him through some of the busier times in his life, but his true love of coffee began shortly after leaving the United States to travel abroad. While on a trip to Indonesia, Matt met a Frenchman named J.P. DeGuine, who was traveling the world on bicycle. Matt found J.P. to be very inspirational, and a friendship ensued. It turns out that J.P. was a coffee roaster by trade. Matt was intrigued and developed a deep interest in knowing more about coffee. J.P. recommended a small home roaster and Matt shipped his first beans home ahead of him from Indonesia. When he arrived back in the United States, he had a new hobby waiting for him… a hobby that would turn into a passion and eventually into a successful business. J.P.’s role in this was not done yet, as his bicycle travels brought him to the United States, specifically to Alaska and then down the Coast to Matt’s home in San Clemente, where he was able to give Matt some hands-on guidance in roasting. Stache Coffee is part of the “Third Wave” of coffee, in which coffee is recognized as a truly artisan product roasted in smaller batches using sustainable farming practices. In fact Stache, which includes a secondary reference to Matt’s mustache, really means, “Sustainable Transparent Artisan Coffee Handcrafted for your Enjoyment.

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Matt’s true passion is not only in the roasting of the coffee, but also extends back to the sourcing process. Their products originate from small sustainable farms and are “single origin” which allows the consumer to easily trace where the coffee is grown. Matt will tell you there is a great deal of hard work that goes into the cup of coffee that you and I enjoy each day. Matt’s role in this? “I try to bring out the beauty of all the hard work. We treat coffee like wine by looking for unique flavor profiles and roasting the beans in a way that best brings out the flavors.” Matt and Erika are truly passionate about transparency and sustainability in their industry. They want the consumer to know about the coffee, where the beans are grown, who the farmers are and the practices used on the farms. According to Matt, “We want to support a sustainable quality of life for the people farming our products, to provide a living wage and to make sure that the money paid for coffee goes back into these small farms so they can improve their practices”. Stache Coffee participates in four local markets each week, including the Oceanside Sunset Market. These markets account for about 50% of their business, with the remaining coming from online sales as well as sales to restaurants, coffee houses, retail stores and hotels. Matt admits he had a lot to learn about coffee. “Passion fueled my ability to gain knowledge”. Matt and Erika are generous about sharing their knowledge. Visit their booth at the Sunset Market, and you’ll find more than a great cup of coffee; you’ll get an education on their products and why it’s important to support sustainable farming practices. Their products include specialty coffees from around the world, with their most popular offering being STACHEspresso, a mixture of four different beans, ranging in roast levels. They are focused on creating special blends for their individual clients. Matt points out that the coffee is not roasted until it is ordered. So, what is Stache Coffee’s biggest opportunity going forward? According to Matt, it is to focus more on developing internet sales, particularly weekly or monthly coffee subscriptions. When I asked Matt about the biggest future challenge for his business, he said it is educating customers as to why specialty coffee matters, why they are paying a higher price for good coffee, and how the money the consumer pays for the product goes back to supporting the sustainable farming practices and helps the farmers have a better quality of life. “If the farmers don’t have a good quality of life, we won’t have a supply of quality coffee”, noted Erika. You can find Stache Coffee online at




Marine Corps Veteran, Entrepreneur, Coffee Farmer

Christopher and Denise Rodriguez Photo courtesy Puerta de Lomas Exotic Farms

by Scott Ashton The name “Oceanside, California” will bring thoughts of perfect weather, warm sandy beaches, a magnificent Harbor and the historic Mission San Luis Rey. However, there is another important element to Oceanside that has been key to our community since the beginning... and that’s agriculture. While Oceanside has been known for a wide variety of crops, most recently coffee is becoming an important part of Oceanside’s farming community. Oceanside resident, Christopher Rodriguez and his wife Denise are proud owners of Puerta de Lomas Exotic Farms, home to one of Oceanside’s coffee farms. Located in the South Morro Hills area of Oceanside, the farm features a variety of crops including guava, passion fruit, avocado, citrus and coffee. Rodriguez, owner of Oceanside based Maximum Real Estate Services, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, has taken on farming as a new adventure. “I haven’t always been a farmer” says Chicago born Rodriquez, who came to Oceanside courtesy of the USMC in 2002. Having recently purchased a home in South Morro Hills, Rodriquez describes himself as a “city boy turned farmer overnight.” He adds, “There is nothing like working your own land to provide for your family and produce good quality fruits for others to enjoy”. Christopher’s wife Denise, a native Puerto Rican feels right at home on the farm! “I was born in Puerto Rico and when we first saw this property, I had a vision to make it my home and to raise my family here.” Their newest crop, coffee was planted early Spring 2015 is expected to produce its first fruits in the summer of 2017. The Rodriguez farm, now turned plantation currently has 1,000 coffee trees with seven Arabican varieties. Their main coffee variety is of course, the “Puerto Rican Bourbon.” They plan to sell locally and eventually open a roastery and coffee retail location to offer their specialty grade coffee. In addition to the farming, they also manage several bee colonies that produce rich infused honey varieties. They have six school aged children ranging in age from 6 to 17. For more information about their farm visit www.PuertaDeLomasExoticFarms. com and for more information about growing coffee in California visit


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What is the Third Coffee Wave? by Pam Turk, Coastal Coffee Connection The first wave of coffee featured a mass produced product that was put into cans for stores and brewed by many restaurants, diners, cafes and convenience markets. Starbucks brought us to the second wave of coffee back in the 70’s and put specialty coffee on the map. Starbucks established the market for creative coffee and espresso drinks and brought awareness to a better tasting coffee. We are currently in the third coffee wave which has brought attention to farming practices using shade grown and organic farming methods to produce a high quality coffee bean for roasting and brewing. Much time is spent to grow, harvest, source and select the best beans, roast them to produce the best flavor notes, then brew them in the best possible way to produce a great cup of coffee or shot of espresso. Specialty coffee is produced in 3 main stages: it is sourced from farmers, roasted, then brewed. Sourcing green coffee beans: This takes a coffee expert to investigate how and where coffee is produced on farms to select the best beans to source to coffee brokers. Coffee Bean Roasters: Coffee bean roasting is a science that takes time to develop the flavor notes by how and when the coffee bean is roasted. The timing and temperature and the equipment used are very important in this process. Coffee Brewing Techniques: Here’s a quick overview of popular brewing methods.

With the espresso method finely ground coffee bean roast is extracted at a high rate of pressure and hot water to produce a concentrated shot of coffee known as espresso. The most common method is the drip water process to produce brewed coffee such as in the home coffee maker. The manual pour over method: Hot water is evenly poured slowly over fresh ground coffee in a circular movement to produce flavorful coffee notes.

Oceanside Roaster Helping to Provide Clean Water by Aidan Dressler Libra Coffee is an Oceanside based roasting company with a cause. They deliver delicious coffee beans to your door via subscription, while donating a portion of sales to provide clean drinking water to those in need. Libra’s core mission is to give you ingredients to brew better coffee at home. “We can’t help those in need without great coffee,” says Eric Medina, founder of Libra. “It’s about the coffee ... nailing our roasts and giving our customers what they want. If we do this right, then we can help those in need.” Currently about 663,000,000 people around the world do not have safe water to drink. Coffee producing countries, like Ethiopia, are fighting a clean water issue everyday. “Ethiopian farmers grow some of the best coffee in the world, yet 40% of the country does not have safe water to drink,” says Eric. In many developing nations there is a lack of access to water, but there is also a clean water issue. Water from rivers are contaminated by those upstream because of human waste, bathing animals and so much more. Drinking from a contaminated water source can lead to serious illness from bacteria and can even be fatal. When you buy a bag of Libra Coffee they donate $1 towards powerful water filters that provide clean water to 100 people for up to 5 years. By subscribing to Libra Coffee not only are you contributing to a charitable cause but you are getting some of the best coffee beans in the world. 50



Ace International: Fostering International Friendships and a Passion for the Arts

Staged Homes Real Estate office serves as a showroom for local artists Photo courtesy Staged Homes Real Estate

by Scott Ashton In 1999 Debbie Avey founded Ace International as a high school foreign exchange program to bring French students to the United States for homestays with local families. A program that started with 15 students the first year, has now grown up to 500 students per year. Ace’s program features a strong focus on cultural exploration, as well as hospitality and tourism. For host families, most of which are from Oceanside and Vista, Ace’s homestay program provides exposure to French culture and an opportunity to make lifetime friendships. What began as an endeavor for fun, friendship and cultural discovery, has since developed into internship offerings for the French students. Ace International recently placed one of their interns, Maxime (Max) Koch, at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. Max, a 20 year old student from France who recently completed his second internship through Ace, has made four additional trips to the United States because of his love for the country and the relationships he has built through his first high school exchange at the age of 16 and his current internship at the Chamber. Ace’s outreach has continued to expand and develop as Avey’s passion for fine arts and performing arts led to the creation of Three Strands Productions (TSP), the Performing Arts Division of ACE International. Three Strand Productions is about “all things performing arts and fine arts,” says Avey. Avey’s real estate office, Staged Home Real Estate in Downtown Vista, acts as the platform for this division. It is an immaculately decorated centerpiece for the performing French Students meet with Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood Photo courtesy Ace International

and fine arts community, and serves as a discount retail showroom for local artists to display their creative works in a home like setting. “Staged Homes Real Estate is the glue that holds it all together,” noted Avey. The focus of Three Strands is to provide an avenue for local artists to share their passion with students, while being compensated for teaching the classes. A 6-week certificate program has been created to allow students to hone their skills in a variety of areas including sign art, iron works, photography, videography, painting and music to name a few. Since arts have been largely removed from the public schools, Avey sees this program as a way to bring performing and fine arts back to the community at a higher level than ever before. The 6-week certification is just a beginning. “Our long term goal will be to create a degree program where local students can earn an AA degree in dance, music and a variety of arts.” Avey sees talent in the arts as a natural gifting that needs to be fostered. “At least 40% of students have a natural bent toward the arts,” said Avey. “We want to see these students have an opportunity to make a living doing what they are passionate about.” Three Strands Productions is a much needed stepping stone toward that goal. The internet is providing a huge step toward this goal also, as it allows students to immediately showcase their talents to a worldwide audience. Three Strands Productions currently has a call out to local artists who have achieved mastery level in their respective fields and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with students to teach these courses. For more information on Ace International and Three Strand Productions, visit their website at




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