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Amelia Greenspan (left) and Kendall Hancock of the Scripps Ranch Softball Association 8U Gold Team react to a play during USA Softball District Finals in Ramona, held June 25-27. PHOTO BY LISA SHADBURN

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER Commander Eric Doyle of the Navy’s Blue Angels takes off at Naval Air Facility El Centro.

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While the Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade was wrapping up, these mallard ducklings followed their PHOTO BY JOHN GREGORY mother down a street just a few blocks away.


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RESPECTFUL VISIT: Six-year-old Zoey Robb (above) holds a U.S. flag and flower before placing them at the grave marker of her great-grandfather, who served in WW II, as she and her family visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on May 29. (photos by Hayne Palmour IV/thesandiegoobserver.com)

HAPPY GRAD: An exuberant graduate flashes a big smile as he takes part in the San Diego State University graduation ceremonies for the College of Engineering on May 26 at Petco Park. The in-person commencement returned as COVID-19 restrictions were eased this year. (photo by Sandy Huffaker/thesandiegoobserver.com)

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San Diego expands hours at rec centers The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department increased hours at local recreation centers as of July 19. The latest expansion in hours brings the majority of recreation centers back to their normal hours of operation from before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted operations.

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FULL HONORS: USMC Pfc. John F. Middleswart died in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His remains were finally accounted for and he received a burial at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on June 8. (photos by Hayne Palmour IV/thesandiegoobserver.com)

BIG DRINK: A San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter rises after dipping its hose into Miramar Lake to grab water in order to fight a brush fire that broke out in northeastern Mira Mesa off Capcano Road just south of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve on June 23. The fire briefly threatened homes before firefighters and firefighting helicopters knocked it back. (photo by Josh DaFoe)

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Site managers needed The Registrar of Voters is seeking temporary site managers to operate an in-person voting location for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Site managers earn $20 per hour and work approximately 125 hours over a five-week period. Call (858) 565-5800 or email pollworker@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Dating co. settles lawsuit for $2 million San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced that Match Group, Inc., the owner of numerous popular online dating sites including Match. com, agreed to pay $2 million in civil penalties and costs, in addition to victim restitution, as part of the settlement of a consumer protection lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Match’s online dating service subscriptions violated provisions of California’s automatic-renewal and dating service contract laws. Match denied these allegations.

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The journey of a comic book master punk band Electric Frankenstein’s lyrics will come to t’s fitting that Robbie comic book life – all 352 pagRobbins’ life vocation is es – through designs by more in comics. than 100 artists due to this As a pre-teen around the collaborative business model. age of 10 or 11, he rememNow, more than two bered poring over the “Richie decades later, the former Rich” comic book series. Scripps Ranch resident is While other readers deexperiencing a sort of homevoured the maincoming. As the comstream superhero ic book craze explodcomics, Robbins’ ed in America and tastes veered to the even locally through independent storyComic-Con, Robbins lines and art styles. is returning to his Wednesdays were childhood values always his favorite with a focus on the days when a new stories and artists comic book was rethat speak in a new Robbie Robbins leased and he could voice to readers and visit the store. fans. “I like the smaller stories,” In the late 1990s, Robbins Robbins explained about his was a communications and preference for the underdog film graduate from Sacin this hyper-competitive ramento State University world of comic book design and traveled down the coast and publishing. with a girlfriend to experiHe especially enjoys nurence the San Diego lifestyle turing talent and connectof weather and waves. His ing readers and fans to ingirlfriend didn’t commit dependent authors through to San Diego, but Robbins crowdfunding platforms like persevered by working at a Kickstarter. This month, the handful of jobs, including By Colleen McNatt

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how to design ads. One year later, Robbins became the art director at the newspaper group. After his stint with newspapers, Robbins’ self-taught success and initiative led him to WildStorm, a comic book publisher, where he accepted a role in the production department, working the unglamorous swing shift. There, he studied the nuances of lettering, which Robbins explains is the balloons and text found on each page of comic books that showcase the dialogue of the story. In the late 1990s, lettering was created by hand and on the computer. Robbins excelled as an “inker” and was approached by three like-minded coworkers – Ted Adams, Alex Garner and Kris Oprisko – about joining forces to start their own comic book company. The business pitch was in his colleague’s living room. The deal involved each member contributing a $15,000 investment with an equal 25 percent share in the company. Robbins admitted he didn’t have the full amount, but he cobbled together the funds and tossed in his menagerie of computers and design software, and the deal was launched. Idea and Design Works, or IDW Publishing, was born on Robbins’ birthday in 1999. The homegrown San Diego company, once housed in a windowless closet space in Pacific Beach, is now a publicly traded powerhouse of comic books, graphic novels, art books and other entertainment media. Robbins left IDW to start the boutique comic book publishing house Clover Press with former IDW cofounder Adams in 2019. The timing of their first release collided with the same week of

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San Diego Padres infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. celebrates a home run with first baseman Eric Hosmer during a game against the San Francisco Giants in 2019 at Petco Park. (photo by Justin Fine)

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University of San Diego outside hitter Lauren Fuller celebrates during a volleyball match against Brigham Young University in 2017. (photo by Justin Fine)

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OPEN AGAIN: Visitors enjoy the brightly colored attractions at Legoland California on June 5 in Carlsbad. Crowds began to return to Legoland after the COVID-19 lockdown shuttered the park for more than a year. By June 15, most theme parks and businesses were allowed to lift the mask mandate. (photo by Sandy Huffaker/thesandiegoobserver.com)

SPORT FISH PROCESSING: Workers filet tuna at Five Star Fish Processing in the Midway District on May 31. The company serves San Diego’s entire sportfishing fleet and private boaters. Fishermen can bring their tuna caught offshore to have them processed, bagged and ready to store. (photo by Sandy Huffaker/thesandiegoobserver. com)

It is with great pleasure that we introduce San Diego Words & Pictures. While San Diego Words & Pictures features news primarily through photojournalism, another mission is to showcase some of the many talented people throughout San Diego County. We think Words & Pictures is a fun read, but we also think readers will most likely learn something new when viewing these pages. You can continue to pick up this publication free of charge at your favorite business each month. To start, Words & Pictures is distributed at high traffic businesses for shoppers in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa and Sabre Springs. It is also folded into Scripps Ranch News, which is mailed directly to every home in Scripps Ranch. This publication is not intended to be all things to all people, but we think it will offer something special that everyone can appreciate. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. John and Jaqueline Gregory Publishers info@sdwordsandpictures.com sdwordsandpictures.com

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Words & Pictures is the free paper showcasing the best San Diego has to offer each month. LIVE AND IN PERSON: The drama department at Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos resumed theater productions in late May after COVID-19 restrictions eased and performed one of the County’s first outdoor performances in more than a year. The play “Freaky Friday” drew a capacity crowd and was held outdoors. Students performed live after a year of socializing over Zoom. (photo by Sandy Huffaker/ thesandiegoobserver.com)

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the Sockers name. The club has enjoyed a significant amount of success since it began play, having won both the PASL-Pro championship and U.S. Open Cup of Arena Soccer in its first four seasons back as a team. In January 2019, former USMNT player Landon Donovan joined the Sockers, playing for one season after a stint in Liga MX for Club Leon, which was one of the club’s biggest signings since that of Mexican soccer legend Hugo Sanchez in 1979. The Sockers played their first season after the 2009 comeback at the 3,500-seat Del Mar Arena located on the Del Mar Fairgrounds before moving to the Pechanga Arena San Diego in 2012.

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will host a wide variety of other events including concerts at the new state-ofthe-art 6,000-seat arena. “It’s a great move for the long term future of the Sockers,” said team captain Kraig Chiles. “Oceanside will be our forever home. After the franchise was discontinued on Dec. 30, 2004, the Sockers came back in 2009 under the ownership of David Pike, Carl Savoia and Phil Salvagio. This was the second attempt to revive

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The San Diego Padres honored the top high school baseball players of 2021 in the CIF San Diego Section at the Padres High School AllStar Night on June 24 at Petco Park. The game featured CIF San Diego’s best high school players in an East-West format. Some of the top young talent in the country enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in Petco Park. (photos by Justin Fine)

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A player on the Scripps Ranch Softball Association’s 8U Gold team is all smiles during summertime all-star competition. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

Email to info@scrippsranchnews.com. Poway High School’s Megan Goldberg soars as she reaches for extra distance during CIF San Diego Section competition in early June. (photo by Josh DaFoe)

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recently visited Nutmeg Bakery & Café, a family-owned artisan establishment offering farm to table, sustainable foods and sweets. I met Drew Hoffos, chef and partner, to hear his story about this growing cafe. “It all began nine years ago,” Hoffos said. “My wife, Michka, and I wanted to support her mother’s passion for baking with gluten-free and organic ingredients, which are sourced locally.” Shirin Soroushian, Michka’s mother, lived in Italy for many years and enjoyed making gluten-free dishes. This trio opened their first café in Sabre Springs, a charming restaurant that has been delighting its community with delicious creations ever since. They opened their second location in Scripps Ranch in September 2019. Despite the pandemic’s impact on the restaurant industry, they were able to pivot and keep both restaurants afloat by providing take-out meals and selling ingredients such as flour, yeast and organic eggs. Most who survived the pandemic can relate to the numerous shortages experienced throughout 2020, including baking goods and other essential items. Hoffos saw the silver lining – they were able to expand their outdoor seating for people to enjoy their meals al fresco. “Local tastes better” is a true statement at Nutmeg Bakery & Café. They source their ingredients from local farmers, coffee roasters and fishermen. Their dishes are prepared from scratch with local organic ingredients. “Take for example the mayonnaise,” Hoffos said. “It’s made from scratch with

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savory and sweet option made with sugar-and-spice bruleed, nitrate-free ham, curry-apple chutney and cream cheese on a grilled French roll with an organic spring mix. The smokey tom is a houseroasted turkey sandwich with smoked gouda, homemade chipotle aioli, organic greens, onion relish and sliced tomatoes, served on toasted sourdough bread. Nutmeg has lots of drink options as well. I liked the agua fresca, made with seasonal nutritious and delicious fruits. Perhaps you’d prefer a golden milk latte for its anti-inflammatory properties, or an iced metolius chai to cool down on a summer’s day. The bakery offers a variety of cakes. The flavors vary from chocolate, carrot and cheesecake to amazingly decadent options such as double chocolate, Nutella, lemon drop, banana cream, and coconut rum. What’s next for this family business? A third location is coming to Mira Mesa in a few months. It will be at the Casa Mira View apartment complex. Hoffos is also working on future projects, collaborating with an indoor-farm expert and building a menu that utilizes produce grown on-site in an upcoming housing development project to be completed by 2024. Sonia Cervantes is a certified health coach, certified nutritionist, master herbalist and founder of Sonia’s Healthy Corner. She helps individuals, families and organizations take care of their health through simple everyday lifestyle changes. She describes herself as a “foodie with a passion for health.” Visit soniashealthycorner.com


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Enjoy an enchanted musical evening with Disney’s Belle and the Beast now through Aug. 7 in Moonlight Amphitheater, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for dining and picnicking; curtain at 8 p.m. Performances are July 21-25; July 28-Aug.1 and August 3-7. moonlightstage.com

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New Village Arts Theatre presents “BeeHive.” (courtesy of the New Village Arts)

‘BEEHIVE’

Celebrate the powerful female voices of the 1960s in this live outdoor venue. Show runs through July 25. Tickets $28-$55. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, New Village Arts Theatre. newvillagearts.org

ROCK THE PARK SHOWCASE

Witness the ultimate Battle of the Bands in this first annual event, featuring talent from six local high school bands. Petco Park; 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. padres.com

JULY 23 OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER

Enjoy a walking pass at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site) and celebrate from afar the Opening Day of the Tokyo Olympics. Visit the Team Shop for USA gear. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista. trainatchulavista.com

JULY 24 THE WAVE WATERPARK

Visit Vista’s coolest hot spot, open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 6, 2021, noon to 5 pm. Admission $10.95 and up. thewavewaterpark.com

JULY 25 CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE

Check out the variety of vendors for every taste, arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world and more. Complimentary shuttles to and from the faire every 15 minutes. Pick-up locations: northwest corner of Sears at Shoppes at Carlsbad Plaza Camino Real (Highway 78 and Jefferson) and Poinsettia Coaster Station (Poinsettia exit off of I-5). visitcarlsbad.com

AUGUST 7

Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival (courtesy of Visit Oceanside)

Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival: This two-day family event showcases professional and amateur surfers, food and entertainment. Oceanside Pier Beach. visitoceanside.org.

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U.S. Marine Corps Band (courtesy of the Little Italy Association)

MARINE BAND CONCERT

Get pumped with live music from the 40-piece U.S. Marine Corps Band. Free. Little Italy Piazza della Famiglia. West Date Street and India Street. 6 p.m. to dusk. littleitalysd.com

AUGUST 1 AQUATICA

Splash away during the final season of Aquatica. Park officially closes on Sept. 6, 2021. Chula Vista. Admission starts at $49.99. aquatica.com

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LONGBOARD SURFING CONTEST

End of Summer Free Family Day at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. The community is welcome to enjoy art activities, music and special performances. luxartinstitute.org

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Indoor, outdoor and virtual fun awaits at Birch Aquarium; extended summer hours through month-end: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reserve tickets online before your visit. aquarium.ucsd.edu

Coronado Summer Concert Series. No slip fees needed for this outdoor concert featuring soft rock tunes from the late ’70s and ’80s; 5 p.m. Spreckels Park, Coronado. Free. coronadoconcert.com

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POWAY AMERICANA FESTIVAL

City of Poway’s Summer Concert Series. Free at Old Poway Park. Bring a blanket and chair. poway.org

AUGUST 5 WALK IN A.R.T.

Visit more than 20 artisan booths, live music, dance performances and food from around the world. Free. Mural Alley, on University Avenue between 4th and 5th; Hillcrest; 5-11 p.m. firstthursdayartnight.com

Poway Americana Festival, presented by the Poway Chamber of Commerce. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Midland Road. Madame Mechanic Classic Car Show, a variety of food choices, crafters, entertainment, beer garden, kid zone. poway.com. Have an interesting upcoming event in the next five weeks? Send information and photos to info@sdwordsandpictures.com. —Compiled by Colleen McNatt

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POTATO CHIP ROCK: It’s all about getting your picture taken while out on Potato Chip Rock near Poway, as proven by these climbers (left) on May 18. A fearless Destteny Castro (above) pulls herself up onto Potato Chip Rock. A steep angled rock 40 feet below makes this a risky maneuver. (photos by Hayne Palmour IV/thesandiegoobserver.com)

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