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Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad Take a walk through the doors where young lives are changed. In this issue we talk with Pat Maldi, the director of marketing and special events for the clubs, and learn about the future of the programs, including a brand new Bressi Ranch Clubhouse opening in January.


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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER It Takes a Team It has been three years since ZCode Media published its first issue with Zcode Magazine. Although we had a clear vision and determination, at the time it was hard to predict the growth and popularity that would impart on the first publication of 92127 and the eight additional zip code titles that followed. What started as a basic concept – to publish a magazine that we (my wife and I) actually wanted to read – has now developed into something much bigger than its original home-based two person operation. In fact, ZCode has evolved into a truly dynamic team of hard-working individuals. What does it take to build a good team? This seems like an easy enough question. I wish I had a simple answer. The fact is, I believe that luck plays a significant role. At ZCode Media, we have been lucky enough to build our company around incredibly dynamic and passionate people – all of whom share a strong belief in, and dedication to, the overall concept and goal of the magazines. The ZCode Magazines would simply not be what they are today without our incredible team of individuals. From our editor to our creative director, our graphic designers to our production coordinators, our sales executives to our writers and photographers – it takes a great team (along with terrific readers) to make things happen. Growing from a team of two people to a team of more than twenty strong, ZCode has a lot of things in store for 2013 and beyond. Be sure to check back in the upcoming issues to see what the team is working on.

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92024 Magazine

Stay Informed. Stay Connected. Take a quick look across town with some of the other ZCode Magazines.

BOTANICAL BLISS The tranquil sounds and stunning nature resonate throughout the grounds of the San Diego Botanic Garden. There’s something for everyone.

Use our ZGlass app on each cover for a video preview of the current issue!

Natural Living

Local Stories. Local Photos.

Living a happy, healthy life suits the Hite-Ruecker family. We chat with them about their two rules: work hard and love harder.

Swimming to Success

We sit down with Michelle Jacob and learn about her goals to be a good leader, to compete and improve her swimming – all while winning races!

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92127 Magazine // 4S RANCH, DEL SUR, SANTALUZ, WESTWOOD witch creek fires

Larry Himmel relives his experience discovering his home on fire live on camera and we talk with the Fired Up Sisters on the 5 year anniversary of the fires.

Olympic Goals

Meet Del Norte’s Brooklyn Harris – all-star competitive level five cheerleader and future track Olympian. We talk with her about what races her to success.

impact volunteer

Single mom, Shelley Federhart, becomes PUSD Volunteer of the Year. She talks with us about what compelled her to start volunteering and what her job entails.

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92131 Magazine GOAL ORIENTED We talk with Elenor and Charlie Stenzel, founders of SRSC, and President Joe Barr on the team effort from 92131 that goes into making Scripps Ranch Soccer Club the quality program it is today.

92130 Magazine ENVISION: CCA GETS CREATIVE Take a look at the artistic side of Canyon Crest Academy as we go inside the Envision program and talk with its director, Anne Whattoff.

92064 Magazine post 7907 then & Now

Post Commander, Richard Miller and Ladies Auxiliary President, Lisa Dumolt discuss the genuine camaraderie of the members and the many programs the Post delivers to the community and community at large.

92129 Magazine HEROES then & now

We sit down with VFW Post Commander Jerry Bouck, as well as members Betty Rosevear and Dr. Bill Lentsch, as they dicusss thier past and present.

92011 Magazine WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES We talk with the director of coaching for the Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club, Michael Duggan about the program’s 23 year history and what makes it so unique.

92128 Magazine 5 years Later: Witch Creek

Larry Himmel relives his experience discovering his home on fire live on camera and we talk with the Fired Up Sisters.

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Holiday at the Rancho

Enjoy holiday entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony, crafts, cookie decorating, and a very special visit by Santa. Get some holiday shopping done at the handmade craft boutique, and bring a blanket and chair for a holiday movie shown outdoors on the big screen. Admission includes access to crafts, Santa, cookie decorating, entertainment and the outdoor movie. Merchandise, food, beverages, horse and carriage rides and souvenir photos with Santa are available for an additional fee.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2 Holiday Tree Lighting Carlsbad Village Faire Shopping Center, 92008 2 :00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


6th Annual Toys for Tots Drive Hosted by West Village

West Village will host its 6th annual holiday celebration and Toys for Tots Drive featuring a special appearance by Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Festive holiday activities will include carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, face painting and complimentary seasonal treats from Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood. West Inn & Suites


Winter Kids Event Presented by The Blue Angels - A Youth Ski and Snowboard Program Join in for a winter kids event to learn more about The Blue Angels – A Youth Ski and Snowboard Program and other fun winter camps and activities! Winter-related activities for the kids, valuable information for parents, preseason conditioning tips, refreshments and fun will be had for the whole family. Come for prizes and giveaways by Spy, Ride, Billabong, Cliff Kid and Mountain High Resort. For more information and to RSVP contact Heidi Emery at 858.509.8926 or email Pacific Sports Resort San Diego 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Santa’s COASTER Express


Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights


Families will have two chances to hop aboard the COASTER with trains departing Oceanside Transit Center at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On-board elves will lead Christmas carols amidst festive decorations as families are greeted by Santa Claus and his friends.

Boats of all sizes, decorated in holiday lights and ornaments circle Oceanside Harbor while onlookers watch from the beach, harbor, restaurants and boats.

Come join the fun, when Santa comes to the Shops at Village Faire, in Carlsbad Village, to take photos with your pups. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a group photo with Santa in front of the community tree. Pet Charities and pet-centric merchants will be on hand with gifts, goodies and ways to give back to the community.

Oceanside Transit Center

Oceanside Harbor

SHOPs at Village Faire


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (parade begins at 7:00 p.m.)

Carlsbad “Pups on Parade”

9:00 a.m.

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JANUARY 13 – 18

San Diego Restaurant Week

21 – 27 Farmers Insurance Open The PGA Tour comes to Carmel Valley as part of the FedEx Cup. TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE

26 Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND 8:00 a.m.


TRI-CITY Carlsbad Marathon & ½ Marathon Westfield Plaza Camino Real Marathon Start: 6:15 a.m. Half Marathon Start: 7:45 a.m

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November 18 – January 6


Front Porch Gallery of Carlsbad Presents Coastal Artists Multimedia Exhibit


Wednesdays through Fridays from 12 - 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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December 26 – January 8 Christmas Tree Recycling Collection and recycling of Christmas trees will be held the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, so they will be collected by your trash collector.













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La Costa Canyon Elite Softball Clinic 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 26 – 28

Carlsbad Lightning 3 day Holiday Rec Camp Sessions will be conducted by Nationally Certified Directors & Professional Coaches from the Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club.

AVIARA PARK 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dec.26 – 28

Carlsbad Lightning 3 day Holiday Competitive Co-Ed Camp (U8 – U14) Designed for competitive players to work on their technical ability in a fun atmosphere. AVIARA PARK 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Dec. 26 – 29

So Cal Holiday Prep Classic


San Diego’s largest in-season high school girls basketball tournament in the Western Region. Westview High School.

Carlsbad Youth Volleyball

Jan. 1 – 4

Carlsbad Youth Baseball

Open to ages 7-15League runs April – June, 2013

Jr. Camps at Aviara Golf Academy

Spring 2013 season registration is going on now.

4-5 day camps available year-round

Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club

Jan. 12 & 19

West Coast Road Runners Half & Full Marathon Training Program Orientation

Training Program for the San Diego Rock n Roll Half & Full Marathon or 14 other races. All paces welcome. On-Going Registration. 8:00 a.m.

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La Costa Youth Organization Baseball / Softball Spring 2013 season registration is going on now.

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Surfrider Foundation Activist, Darryl Hatheway is Doing his Part to Preserve our Oceans, Waves, and Beaches by Michelle Tremblay | photos by Soul of Photography


resident, Darryl Hatheway, has been a passionate surfer for over forty-five years. Today, at age fifty-nine, his daily surf sessions are as awesome as ever, and through his involvement with the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of oceans, waves, and beaches, Darryl is aiming to keep it this way – not only for himself but for future surfing generations to come. Before moving to Carlsbad in 2008, Darryl and his wife lived in the Washington D.C. area where Darryl began his involvement with the Surfrider Foundation. “I wanted to do something to help the oceans, and Surfrider Foundation was leading the charge to preserve and protect our beaches and surfing resources, as well as seeking ways to improve beach water quality testing,” explained Darryl. “Being at the heart of our nation’s capital, it seemed like a good place to take on the mission of Surfrider Foundation.” And that he did. Darryl began leading campaigns focusing on legislation to improve beach water quality, and soon found himself – along with three fellow surfers and Surfrider Foundation members – forming the 26th chapter of the Foundation in the Washington D.C. region. “In the year 2000 and with the support of Surfrider staff and members, we were able to help create, collaborate, and ultimately see Congress pass, and President Clinton sign the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000,” said Darryl, “a pretty awesome accomplishment for a group of passionate surfers.” Another notable feat for the Foundation, Darryl explained, came when it developed its own water testing program in an effort to prevent surfers from getting sick from polluted water. “A major legal victory was won to shut down toxic pulp mill waste into the waters of Humboldt Bay due to thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act,” stated Darryl. “This garnered lots of media attention to this little environmental group of surfers, and raised awareness of beach water quality issues.” In addition to his association with the Surfrider Foundation, Darryl has been serving on the Carlsbad Beach Preservation Committee for four years – an experience that has only strengthened his commitment to help protect community beaches. “Undoubtedly the local area is deeply rooted in the surf culture,” said Darryl, “and the fun and joy of being able to surf any given day is an amazing transformation of my lifelong dream of living near the southern California coast. Being here in Carlsbad has made all of Name: that a realty.”  Age: Community: Family:

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Darryl Hatheway 59 Monarch Villas Townhomes in Carlsbad Married with one step-daughter, two sons, one step-son, and twin granddaughters.


Lightning “Inspiring a Lifelong Passion for Soccer”

Recreation News

“After an exciting end to our Fall Recreational Season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the coaches, volunteers, and especially the kids for making this past season one of the best we’ve had at Carlsbad Lightning. We have also completed our All-Star Tryouts. We look forward to watching them compete at the various All-Star tournaments over the holiday period.” – Heather Hillard, CLSC Director of Recreation

UPCOMING REC EVENTS 2013 Junior World Cup Winter League: Feb. 23 – Mar. 30 3 day Holiday Rec Camp: Dec. 26 – 28

Competitive News “After recently finishing the season, we wanted to send huge congratulations to all of our 55 competitive teams on a very successful season. We had 13 teams finish either 1st or 2nd in their respective leagues. The boys program played 264 games with a record of 115 wins, 65 ties and 84 losses. The girls program played 295 games with a record of 135 wins, 69 ties and 91 losses. Our competitive program is proving to be one of the best around. A special thanks goes out to all of our coaches for their dedication towards our programs.” - Michael Duggan, CLSC Director of Coaching. 1st Place Teams: Gu17 red, Gu13 red, Gu9 white, Bu12 Red, and Bu11 black 2nd Place Teams: Gu9 red, Gu9 black, Gu11 red , Gu12 red , Gu15 black, Bu8 black, Bu9 white, Bu11 white, and Bu19 red UPCOMING COMPETITIVE EVENTS 3 day Holiday Competitive Camp : Dec. 26 - 28 Carlsbad Premier Cup 2013: Feb. 2 - 3

Elite News Congratulations to Elite Lightning players for making the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Winter Pool! Well done! Girls: Jocelyn Panduro (Gu13 Red), Pascale Dumesnil (Gu15 Elite), & Sunny Dunphy (Gu15 Elite) Boys: Abel Chavez (Bu16 Elite), Nathaniel Bloom (Bu16 Elite), Jordi Lozada (Bu16 Elite), Rey Ortiz (Bu16 Elite), Issac Areanas (Bu16 Elite), Estaban Reyes (Bu17 Elite), & Blake Homan (Bu18 Elite) “We just wrapped up our Elite league and I have to say our teams over all represented our club the best way possible with both the GU15 and GU16 Elite Teams


winning back-to-back League titles. GU14 finished in a very close 2nd, with both 17s boys and girls finishing in a very respectable 3rd place. The BU18 Elite Team also had a very impressive 3rd place finish.” - Michael Duggan, CLSC Director of CoachingCongratulations to all of the Elite Boys on their acceptances into the following colleges: 2012 BU18s Graduating Seniors Nick La Bounty - UCLA Connor O’Neill - USD Dan Nettles - University of Oregon Christopher Turner - University of Oregon Everett Newcombe - Chico State Kevin Critchlow - Cal State Monterey Bay Tyler Neal - Lane Community College in Oregon Alejandro Angula - Santana Community College in Irvine Walker Panek - Mira Costa Angel Ruiz - Mira Costa 2012 BU17s Graduating Seniors Pablo Gomez - Whittier College DD - University of Washington St Louis. 2013 BU18s Graduating Seniors (thus far...) Ryan Blasena - San Diego State University Adam Allmeras - San Diego State University Drew Ramsey - Cal State University, Monterrey Bay

Girls’ acceptances listed next issue! CLSC Goal of the Season Carlsbad Lightning is excited to announce their new goal of the year competition for the 2012/13 season. If you, or your daughter, son, brother, sister, nephew, niece, granddaughter, or grandson scored what you think is a marvelous goal and you have the video to prove it, they want to see it! Please send all initial entries to: paddy@ When State Cup is wrapped up they will no longer accept entries. The Directors of Coaching will then pick out what they believe are the ten best goals and voting will take place. Prizes for 1st – 3rd place. View initial entries on the CLSC Website. ¢

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Mother Nature Can’t Do It Alone by KATHY LOY


hen you say “San Diego, California” almost anywhere in the country, people immediately think of beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches. San Diego Coastkeeper is an organization that wants to keep our most important natural resource healthy and thriving for everyone to enjoy for years to come. In 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper was launched as a two-person team focused on combating the chronic pollution of San Diego Bay. Today, the organization is part of the larger International Waterkeeper Alliance which includes nearly 200 programs headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Locally, Coastkeeper uses community outreach, education and advocacy efforts, to empower thousands of San Diegans to be stewards of clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem. “We are more than 15 fulltime biologists, activists and lawyers working together and with the community to protect and restore San Diego’s bays, beaches, ocean and the inland creeks, rivers and lakes that feed into them,” explained Megan Baehrens, Executive Director for the organization. San Diego Coastkeeper hosts several events each year aimed at making our beaches cleaner

and our water safer. “We host bi-monthly beach cleanups to encourage residents to help remove trash from our beaches before it makes its way into the ocean,” said Megan. They also educate residents on water quality issues and local water policies that affect all of us. A Pollution Hotline has been set up so contamination can be stopped at the source. “Somewhere around 80% of marine debris starts on land. This means that litter you see floating around your neighborhood or outside of your grocery store will eventually find its way to our beaches and waters,” explained Megan. The Waterkeeper concept dates back to a 19th-century English tradition where Riverkeepers would guard private streams so that waters remained healthy, well stocked and free of poachers. In the 1980’s, fishermen in the United States saw polluters as modern day thieves of our public resources, so waterkeeper organizations spread across the country to protect rivers, lakes, bays, sounds and coastal waters. To get involved locally, attend a monthly water quality monitoring event, be trained as a volunteer, or participate in a beach clean-up. Regardless of what you choose, do something to keep San Diego waterways as pristine as Mother Nature intended. ¢

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A STAR IN and OUT OF THE POOL by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography


hen Nathan Park, a junior at La Costa Canyon High School first joined the Speech and Debate team two years ago, he wasn’t completely sold. “I originally didn’t want to stay in the class, but I stuck with it. After my first tournament, I realized that it’s a great program, and I have dedicated myself to it,” revealed Nathan. This dedication has certainly paid off, as he earned the Novice of the Year award as a freshman and qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore. This year, Nathan hopes to make it all the way to the national tournament. Nathan not only excels on dry land, but also in the pool. He swims competitively year-round and is an integral part of the LCC swim team, where he was named Most Valuable Freshman during his first year on the team. “Swimming and the friends I’ve made through [the sport] are a huge part of my life,” stated Nathan. He has also been a part of LCC’s Asian Heritage Awareness club and plans to participate in Best Buddies, a program that pairs up a student with special needs and a typically developing peer to attend school activities together. Giving back to the local community is important to Nathan, who has lived in La Costa Oaks for seven years. He is the president of

PROFILE INFORMATION Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings:

Nathan Young-min Park 16 La Costa Canyon 11th Jim & Judy Elliott (13) and Sophie (10)

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a social action youth board at his temple, where he leads other young people in community service endeavors. When asked how he finds time for all his activities, Nathan explained that because he is “truly passionate” about everything he does, he is able to balance all of his commitments. “I can’t imagine my life without each of my activities,” related Nathan.

“Swimming and the friends I’ve made through [the sport] are a huge part of my life,” nathan young-min park Spending time with his family is also high on Nathan’s priority list. Along with his parents, brother, Eliott, and sister, Sophie, Nathan enjoys eating at Swami’s Café, Blue Ribbon Pizzeria and Sushi Bar Blue Fin. He also takes advantage of his close proximity to the ocean, frequenting Grandview and Ponto beaches. Looking to the future, Nathan plans on attending college and graduate school, but hasn’t narrowed down a field of study quite yet. “I still have a lot of options to explore and more to find out about myself,” said Nathan. Given Nathan’s track record thus far, it is safe to assume that he will put his passion and skills to good use. 

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:::: YOUR NEIGHBOR’S RECIPE The Pritchett Girls’

Ingredients 15 oz.

can of pumpkin Yellow Cake Mix


...There are only two ingredients! No oil, eggs or water…nothing else. The end result is an amazing, incredibly moist muffin/cupcake with a hint of pumpkin flavor.

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4.

Put cake mix and pumpkin puree into a bowl and beat until the mixture turns into a batter. Place paper muffin holders in muffin tin(s). Fill muffin holders about 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired)

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Use spice cake or chocolate cake mix for a different flavor. Add a little milk for extra moist muffins. Make mini muffins by using a mini muffin pan If you want extra flavor, add cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Stir in some chocolate chips / butterscotch chips. Use carrot cake instead of yellow cake and add raisins. Turn it in to a cupcake by adding cream cheese frosting. It works with gluten free cake mix too!

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Name of Chefs: The Pritchett Girls Ages: 8, 8 & 6 Community of Residence: San Diego Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, tennis, gymnastics and being anywhere where there is room to do cartwheels. Favorite Local Activity: Roller skating in our alley with the neighbors, hanging out with friends and family and going to the beach and local parks. About the Recipe: We heard about this recipe from a friend during recess/snack time at school and told our mom about it. She didn’t believe us when we said it only takes two ingredients. We proved her wrong! We dumped the yellow cake mix in a bowl and scooped out the pumpkin from the can. Our mom mixed it all together. We added chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Then, with a little help, we scooped the batter in to paper muffin holders in a muffin pan. After about 30 minutes, they were done and we got to tell our mom, “We told ya so!” They were DELISH… especially after sprinkling them with powdered sugar. We can’t wait to try them with different flavors of cake. ¢

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Stichler Family Stitches Together a Fabulous Life by kelley gusich | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

profile information Parents: Community: Parents Hometown: Children: Pets:

Stephanie Jordan Stichler (40), R. Todd Stichler (40) La Costa Valley, Carlsbad since 2003 Stephanie - Oxnard, California, Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Todd – San Diego, CA Ella Stichler (11) & Cameryn Stichler (11) – 6th graders at El Camino Creek Elementary School 5 year old dog named Fletcher – Golden Retriever

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tephanie Jordan and Todd Stichler started their life journey together when they met and became friends as dorm neighbors at UC Riverside. Friendship blossomed to love as they continued to date throughout their undergraduate studies and on to pursue mutual Master’s Degrees at USD—Stephanie with an M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and Todd with an M.B.A. They were married one year later. Stephanie enjoyed working in many facets of counseling, including nutritional, drug and alcohol, individual, and child counseling, until she became pregnant. The surprise birth of twin girls Ella and Cameryn at only 29 weeks and 2 ½ lbs. each brought her counseling work to a sweeping halt. The girls are now in 6th grade at El Camino Creek, and Todd and Stephanie have since contributed their gratitude for the family’s health and well-being into involvement with the NICU at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. Todd is an owner of LendSpark, a national, private commercial lender that helps businesses obtain the necessary financing for growth, inventory, seasonality, new technology, and equipment. He has taught Graduate Level Classes at SDSU, and was a CFO and shareholder of an architectural, engineering, and construction firm.

The Stichlers love their lives of the past nine years in La Costa Valley. They attend and are very active at Coastline Community Church, where Todd and Stephanie serve in the ministry and Cami and Ella are involved in the middle school youth group. Community service through their church is a big focus for the Stichler family. “We enjoy serving dinner at Bread of Life as a family,” Stephanie mused, “and we spent the summer making pillowcases for the homeless for the cold winter months.” For the past ten years, Stephanie has “…enjoyed nothing else but that of a wife and mother.” She is using her counseling skills again, working with pediatrician Dr. Chrystal de Frietas in a company called Healthy Chats, teaching puberty, birth, and conception seminars throughout the community and beyond. Preteens who attend with their moms learn crucial “Preparation and Knowledge” information that is accurate and age appropriate. Along with LendSpark, Todd is currently on the Board of Directors for the Sharp Healthcare Foundation. The family reads together every night. The days of Stichler life in the La Costa Valley community are stitched together as a family quilt with equal squares of service, fun, and love. 

“We enjoy serving dinner at Bread of Life as a family,” Stephanie mused, “and we spent the summer making pillowcases for the homeless for the cold winter months.”

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It’s Going to be a White Christmas at La Costa Resort and Spa by michelle tremblay


hristmas Tree Lane was started 31 years ago by a group of women who wanted to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs,” explained Jenny Luttrell, Special Events Coordinator for the organization. “They wanted to create an event that would focus around a holiday that they loved – Christmas!” With a theme of “A White Christmas,” this year’s highly anticipated event is expected to be more exciting than ever. The two-day extravaganza will take place December 7th through 8th at Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort and Spa, kicking off with an upscale fashion show luncheon that will highlight local designers. “The boutique fashion show luncheon is the perfect afternoon to spend with your girlfriends,” said Jenny. After the show, guests will be invited to browse and purchase clothing, jewelry, and purses featured in the show. The fundraiser will wrap up with an elegant gala dinner, including live entertainment

and lots of dancing, given in honor of the donors. Of course, there will also be the traditional “tree viewing,” where guests will be given an opportunity to win beautiful Christmas Trees decorated by local artists. This year’s committee chairs are Michele Burt and Kim Hensen. “They, along with a great committee of dedicated women, have worked tirelessly to bring this wonderful event to life,” said Jenny. “We are hoping to raise $115,000. This money helps to fund our seventeen clubs.” Jenny shared that along with their fundraising efforts, she and the committee members really hope to get the public into the holiday spirit. “It will be the perfect event to kick off your holiday season!” exclaimed Jenny. The event’s fashion show is being produced by Gretchen Productions. Other sponsors of the event include: California Bank and Trust and Greenbox Art and Culture. “We are currently looking for sponsors to be a part of this great event,” said Jenny. ¢ For more information on sponsorship, she encourages interested parties to contact her at

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92011 Magazine

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1. Stacy Matseas, Girl Scouts board member Hollyce Phillips and Patricia Senae attend Girl Scouts San Diegos Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey 2. Brothers 6-year-old Lucas Canez and 9-year-old Julian Canez share the Grand Prize of a skateboard and pads donated by Mike McGill, from McGill’s Skateshop in Encinitas, at the City of Carlsbad’s Teen Open Studios 3. Thumbs up for the Carlsbad Street Fair 4. Costumed attendees at Girl Scouts San Diegos Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey, Debbie and Mike Rider, Paulette Mello, and Denise Scott

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Seaside Soiree photos by Soul of Photography


he Annual Seaside Soiree Fundraiser, put on by SD Coastkeeper, was, literally, a breath of fresh air. This year’s cocktail party, held at Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, featured a cocktail reception, behind-the-scenes updates about the work Coastkeeper is doing and one-on-one access to staff, board members and experts. To learn more about how to become involved in the organization, visit www. With you, we can protect San Diego’s aquatic playgrounds. ¢

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF 22nd Annual Paul Ecke Poinsetta Ball

The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA proudly presents the 22nd Annual Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Gary E. Biszantz Family Gymnasium. This important gala fundraiser and community holiday tradition will strive to raise $100,000 for the YMCA’s Financial Assistance and Community Connections partnerships to ensure all children, families and seniors in our community have access to enriching programs, regardless of economic standing or background. Last year, nearly 3,000 scholarships were given to those who need the Y most, in addition to partnering with six agencies to give summer camp experiences to hundreds of children dealing with poverty, abuse or neglect. This year’s event will honor the generous Biszantz Family for their long history of support for the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. The event will also feature guest speaker, Derek Thomas, who grew up as a Y kid and became a teen camp counselor later surviving a near death accident in 2010 near Bishop, CA. The event will also include a festive cocktail hour, fine dining by Roppongi Catering, dancing and entertainment by Atomic Groove, enthusiastic auction bidding and an array of beautiful poinsettia plants. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ecke., or call 760-942-9622, ext. 1014.

Carlsbad Village Pups on Parade

Give your pooch a chance to strut his stuff at the Carlsbad Pups on Parade on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Starting at The Shops at Village Faire, canines and their owners have the opportunity to have their photos taken in front of the community holiday tree with individual photos and a group photo at 12:30 p.m., march in a holiday parade led by Santa at 12:45 p.m., and browse through goodies from pet-connected vendors, dog rescue groups, and pet charities. Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breed are welcome. Holiday dress is encouraged, get festive! For more information, visit

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Big Water Decisions for the County and City At the time of print, the County Water Authority has tentatively scheduled to vote on a new water purchase agreement. The agreement with Poseidon Resources would allow the development on a new water desalination plant to be built next to the Encina Power Station. Water agencies around the county will also be voting on whether they would want to purchase water from the plant outside of what would be provided by the County Water Authority’s purchase agreement. The new plant, if approved, could be operational as early as 2016.

Carlsbad Historical Society Looks to Add New Displays in 2013

The Carlsbad Historical Society has been promoting, enhancing and preserving the history of the area since 1975. The organization is dedicated to reaching out to the community through educational and social events. In the coming year, the Society looks to enhance the property with new displays. Members have applied for a grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation to finish the barn displays and to add a paleontology display. Many remains dating over 100 million years were found in North County, particularly in Carlsbad, and are currently displayed at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. A curator there is helping the Carlsbad Historical Society track the most significant ones. Tax deductible donations to the Carlsbad Historical Society are welcome in assisting with funding these displays. To learn more about the Carlsbad Historical Society, visit Volunteers are always welcome in the following areas: Friday docent, 3rd grade tours, school presentations, private tours with Victorian teas, Carlsbad history research, and photo collection management. Tours of the gardens and museum [located at 258 Beech downtown Carlsbad] run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Private tours are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 760-434-9189 or email for details.

Lisa Hildabrand, Carlsbad City Manager to Retire

Hildabrand, a 21 year veteran to the City of Carlsbad, announced her plans to retire from her position as Carlsbad City Manager at the end of the year. In 1991 Hildabrand joined the city as Finance Director before being named Assistant City Manager in 2005 followed by City Manager in 2008. As Finance Director, Hildabrand introduced the city’s current ten year budget forecasting system, and has been widely attributed to Carlsbad’s strong fiscal health. Hildabrand’s will continue her role as City Manager through Dec. 24th. The City Council will begin the recruitment process for a new City Manager at the beginning of 2013.

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Upcoming Events at the Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music will present the Local Flavor Concert Series on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7 p.m. Highlighting five-piece rock band Mad Traffic and sponsored by Flippin’ Pizza/Knockout Pizza and Stone Brewing, the event will provide both music to attendees ears as well as local food and beverages. Mad Traffic is made up of San Diego residents who have played alongside The Violent Femmes, and many more. Tickets are $10 and include a slice of pizza and a beverage. The fun continues on Saturday, Jan. 12th at 7 p.m. with a performance by the David Borgo Quartet – a group made up of sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Joshua White on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums. Tickets are $20, or $15 for museum members. General hours to the Museum are Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for students, seniors and military, and children five and under are free. For more information on the Museum of Making Music, visit www.

Free, Public Lecture Sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center

Dr. Jeffrey Morris will be presenting a free lecture on Dec. 6th at 6 p.m. in the Tri-City Wellness Center’s Conference Room. Dr. Morris is a board certified ophthalmologist with 20 years of experience in microsurgery of the eye and laser vision correction. The lecture, “Can Cataracts and Macular Degeneration Be Prevented?” will target topics such as enhancing and improving vision, nutrition’s role in eye and body health, and genetic testing for AMD. Dr. Morris, Founder and Medical Director of Morris Eye Group, received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas, School of Public Health. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he interned at the University of Southern California/Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California Medical School at San Diego/ Shiley Eye Center. In 1993, Dr. Morris served as a Presidential Appointee one of only two surgeons in the country to serve on the White House Health Care Reform Advisory Task Force. To RSVP, call 858-222-8262 or visit www. for additional information.

Girl Scouts Urban Campout

Five hundred San Diegans are back from a fantastic, warp-speed voyage to keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for more than 31,000 local girls. Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey launched midSeptember at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Qualcomm was presenting sponsor for Girl Scouts San Diego’s 15th annual “fun fundraiser for grown-ups,” which netted $300,000. Partygoers in space-age and TGIF casual attire celebrated Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary. They met NASA astronaut Sherwood “Woody” Spring, heard from Mayor Jerry Sanders, got Lost in Space with TV actress June Lockhart (who also starred in the Lassie series), danced to live music by Haute Chile, enjoyed a performance by the Girl Scouts San Diego Glee Chorus, and played flight simulator games. Attendees included Girl Scouts board member and Strategic Planning Committee chair Hollyce Phillips; her husband, Robert Phillips; and Urban Campout committee member Denise Scott, all Carlsbad residents.

Annual Garden of Lights to Feature Snow, Again!

San Diego Botanic Garden will present its annual Garden of Lights holiday event beginning on December 8. The Garden will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Snow will blanket the Garden between December 8 – 13 and again from December 26 – 30. In addition, live music will fill the air nightly from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Beginning December 15, a team of Blond Belgian draft horses will provide wagon rides through the lower area of the Garden, the only way to see the lights in this part of the Garden at night. Santa will greet young and old alike each night before Christmas from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., in the brightly lit Gazebo, providing a terrific photo opportunity. Be sure to take advantage of the children’s activities, delight in the refreshments available for purchase and make a special visit to the Nutcracker Exhibit that will host over 50 nutcrackers. This is an event that will have you going year after year. Make it a tradition. Visit lights.htm for additional details.

Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon Hosts Retired Shoe Drive The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon is hosting a retired shoe drive in partnership with Share Your Soles, a non-profit organization that distributes shoes to impoverished people throughout the world. Race participants and the general public are encouraged to bring their gently-used shoes of all types to the race weekend’s Health and Lifestyle Expo which will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 (2 to 6 p.m.), Saturday, Jan. 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 22 (7 a.m. to noon.) under the Big Top tent at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real, located at 2525 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. Share Your Soles will put all your retired shoes to good use. Founded in 1999, Share Your Soles has distributed tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to poverty-stricken children and adults everywhere from Appalachia to Africa. Over 10,000 runners and walkers from all over the US and many foreign countries are expected to participate in the sold-out Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon set for Jan. 22. The 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses will take participants through Carlsbad Village, along historic Pacific Coast Highway and past numerous Carlsbad points of interest. Both races start and finish at Westfield Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad. For more information on the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon, visit www. For more information on Share Your Soles, visit

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Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry Knows How to Make Kids Enjoy Going to the Dentist


arlsbad Children’s Dentistry enchants children with vibrant decorations, engages them with child focused care, and encourages them to achieve a lifetime of good oral healthcare. Their goal is to make dentistry “A Walk in the Park,” where every visit is fun, relaxed and easy. The husband and wife team of Drs. Dabir and Cuisia opened their practice in April 2008 to provide the friendliest and most comprehensive detailed care for children. They are pediatric experts with two years of extensive training in children’s dentistry after their DDS program.


In addition to routine care, Dr. Dabir and Dr. Cuisia are licensed to provide care with nitrous oxide and oral sedatives for children and adolescents who may be anxious about treatment. They are also credentialed as senior staff at Rady Children’s Hospital for more extensive procedures. They are Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and serve the community through different non-profit organizations. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should see a dentist on their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in. Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry

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has experience caring for children, as young as a month old up to adolescent years, with ageappropriate dental procedures and preventative guidelines. They provide each child the time, attention and care specific to his or her need. Their patients appreciate the unique care. “This is by far the BEST Children’s Dentistry in my area. Everyone at the office is very nice, polite and caring. They make the experience for children less scary and always give them a surprise at the end so the kids have something to look forward to. I’ve been taking my daughter to them since she was one (she’s four now) and will continue to take her. Dr. Dabir SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT

is also very caring and professional. Highly recommended!” - Elizabeth It is all about the children at Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry. Children can choose a parent-approved movie to watch while their teeth are being cleaned and select flavored toothpaste for the hygienist to use. The hygienist and dentist even use flavored gloves! “The dental suction is ‘Mr. Thirsty’ and the water syringe is the ‘water gun’,” explained Dr. Dabir. “By using child-friendly and familiar terms, we

The dental suction is ‘Mr. Thirsty’ and the water syringe is the ‘water gun’.”

~Dr. Darshan Dabir

help our patients to understand what these tools do. This helps them understand the procedures better and to relax during their dental visit.” At the end of the appointment, kids get goody bags filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, toys and stickers. Parents play a crucial role in their preventative care environment. Every effort is made to start appointments right on time and parents are welcome to sit in the rooms with their children. At Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry, “We make dentistry a walk in the park,” both the child and parents are motivated to be a valued part of their practice. ¢

AT A GLANCE Name of Business:

Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry


Dr. Darshan Dabir

Years in Position:

5 years

Year of Establishment:

November 2007


3257 Camino De Los Coches, Suite 304

Carlsbad, CA 92009


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Description: Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry provides dental care for children from birth through adolescence. We make your child’s dental visit fun, relaxed and easy. “We Make Dentistry a Walk in the Park.”

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or over 60 years now, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have inspired the youth of the community by offering educational, enriching and fun experiences for thousands of children. The Clubs are a place for youth to call their own and develop a sense of belonging in values based programs. The 100% private donor supported Clubs thrive due to the passion of the leaders and volunteers, the dedication of families and the affordable and coveted programs that are in place. We had the opportunity to watch boys and girls in action while they worked together as a team, respected one another, and took on leadership roles all while having fun. Pat Maldi, Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Clubs, shared with us why The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has become a vital part of the Carlsbad community. There are exciting thing happening in 2013, specifically with the Bressi Ranch Clubhouse grand opening in January. Hundreds of boys and girls who have been waiting to get in on the fun, will now have the opportunity to be part of the Club! As the Clubs celebrate sixty years of serving Carlsbad kids, they are looking forward to continuing to impact the community for another sixty plus years!

photos by Soul of Photography

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“Our buildings may look like bricks and mortar to someone walking down the street, but lives are changed within our walls.” ~Pat Maldi

Director of Marketing & Special Events Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

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Q&A with Pat Maldi,

Director of Marketing & Special Events

call their own. Our Village Branch includes a dedicated teen center, swimming pool, gym, homework room, technology lab, art room, and patio. The Bressi Ranch Clubhouse includes similar facilities plus a dance/drama room, music studio, kitchen, and large games room.

92009: Phase 2 of the Bressi Ranch Clubhouse is underway. What’s the timeline for completion and when complete, what will the facilities consist of? Maldi: The last phase of the Bressi Ranch Clubhouse will be completed in January 2013. We are so excited! Currently there are nearly 200 kids on the waiting list, and we look forward to wiping that out.

92009: How many children does each Club service on a daily basis? Maldi: We currently serve about 300 kids daily – with the opening of the entire Bressi Clubhouse we will be serving about 500 kids each and every day. That does not include the youth that participate in our leagues, middle

92009: What is the history behind the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs? Describe the two Clubs available for Carlsbad community members. Maldi: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has served nearly 75,000 youth since

school sports programs, and other outreach activities.

was the same year the City of Carlsbad was incorporated). At first, the Club

92009: Describe your After School Programs. Teens Program. Kids Camp Programs. Maldi: At the Boys & Girls Club, it’s up to the child to choose what to do.

functioned mostly as a recreational site where young boys found a safe, fun-

They walk in, swipe their membership card, and it’s their clubhouse. They

filled nurturing environment. It served as a “home away from home” for many

can work on a power point presentation in the computer lab, participate in art

single-parent working families.

projects, get their homework done, play a game in the gym, or take a dip in

it opened its doors in 1952 as the Carlsbad Boys Club (coincidentally that

the pool. In 1992, the Club officially changed its name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, following the lead of the national organization to include females

Members are given the freedom to make their own choices of what activities

in its daily programming. Today, the Club emphasizes teaching positive life

they’d like to participate in, gaining independence and self-confidence in the

skills, provides educational enhancement, as well as a full spectrum of arts,


recreation, and leadership development opportunities. There are also “clubs within the club” like Smart Girls, Reading Club, Garden Over the past 60 years, the Club’s original location on Roosevelt Street in

Club, Cooking Club, Triple Play, Torch/Keystone Leadership Clubs, and

the Village of Carlsbad has been renovated five times. The most recent

Music Club. Kids earn points by participating in activities, and get to “spend”

renovation, completed in 1999, marked the most dramatic changes in the

the points at the end of the month on prizes. In this way, they learn the

Club with the addition of a dedicated technology center, covered swimming

importance of being involved in what life has to offer.

pool, gym, and teen center. A second facility, housed in a mobile unit, was established in 1982 in La Costa to serve the southern sector of the city.

The teens (13 - 18) have their own dedicated area and lounge featuring a big screen TV, computers with internet access, and games. It gives the teens

When it was originally established, the La Costa Branch was intended for

a place to hang out and call their own. Keystone Club is one of our premier

temporary duty. Due to the tremendous growth in that part of the city, it was

youth leadership and service programs. Designed to help teens become

literally bursting at the seams. In 2005, the Club forged ahead with their

leaders, Keystone members elect officers, choose their own activities, and

dream to build a new state-of-the-art Clubhouse in the geographic center of

plan and implement community service projects.

our city – Bressi Ranch.

that site began serving a limited number of children when it partially opened

92009: How does one get their kids involved with the programs at the Clubs? Maldi: It’s easy – fill out an application, pay the annual membership fee of

in 2011. Concurrently, the La Costa Branch was closed. We are currently

$25 and that’s it!

Phased construction began in 2008 on the Bressi Ranch Clubhouse, and

completing the last phase of construction, and look forward to serving 300 children daily at the Bressi Clubhouse. Another 200 youngsters participate in the Village Branch after-school program.

92009: What facilities and amenities do you have at the Clubs for boys & girls to use? Maldi: Our Clubhouses satisfy that age-old desire for kids to have a place to

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92009: Tell us about your staff and how they are trained to provide educational, enriching and fun opportunities for the children. Maldi: Our Youth Development Professionals participate in trainings provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, are CPR-certified, and have undergone rigorous background checks.

Carlsbad boys & girls clubs | AWARDS

92009: What are the fees involved with having boys and girls attend programs at the Clubs? Do you have scholarship and/or financial aid opportunities for families? Maldi: There is a $25 annual membership fee – this is

• Named #1 Club in the nation by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (2004) • Winner of 17 Marketing & Communications Awards by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (2006-2012) • National Organization on Disability Award Recognition for PALS program (2007) • Club Alumni Greg Nelson inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Hall of Fame (joining notables such as Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and Collin Powell) – (2008) • Non-profit Organization of the Year by Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce (2012) • Spirit of Carol Seligman Award given to Director of Marketing/Events Pat Maldi by North County Philanthropy Council (2012)

being raised to $50 in 2013 (first raise in 20+ years). In addition, there is a

Financial aid is available for all fees; no child is ever turned away due to

92009: You have a Wish List on your website. How does one go about providing items you are in need of? What are your top five biggest needs? Maldi: Items on our “wish list” can be donated to either Clubhouse location,

inability to pay.

or people wishing to donate can call and we will pick them up. Currently, our

$50/month fee for the after school program. Full day kids camps are offered when school is not in session; those run about $20/day. Transportation from school to the Club is also offered at a nominal fee (depending upon distance).

five biggest needs are: buses/vans for transportation, new computers for the

92009: Tell us about how one goes about becoming a sponsor or supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs financially. Maldi: It’s easy to become a sponsor and there’s a myriad of ways to support

new Clubhouse, arts and crafts supplies, large game tables (ie: foosball, ping

– by making a donation, becoming a sponsor of a sports team or at a special

92009: What sets the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs apart from other Boys & Girls Clubs? Maldi: Each Boys & Girls Club is independently operated, and is responsible

event, or becoming a board member.

pong, shuffleboard, etc.), and computer software.

92009: Do you have opportunities for community members to volunteer their time? If so, please tell us the opportunities available. Maldi: Volunteer opportunities are available – working with the kids directly,

for their own fundraising, programming, strategic planning, etc. With little

being a board member, being a member of a special fundraising event

routinely say that the Club not only had a huge impact on their future, but that

committee, or volunteering the day of a special event.

being a part of the Club actually saved their lives. Our buildings may look

fanfare or commotion, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has become a vital part of the Carlsbad community’s social safety net. Many of our alumni

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at a glance Full Name: Established: Locations:

Website: Email: Phone: Fax: Facebook: Hours:


Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad 1952 Village Branch 3115 Roosevelt Street Carlsbad 92008, 760-729-0956 Bressi Ranch Clubhouse 2730 Bressi Ranch Way, Carlsbad 92009, 760-683-5106 Administrative Office P.O. Box 913, Carlsbad 92018 760-729-0207 Website: 760-729-0207 760-729-2279 BoysandGirlsClubsofCarlsbad Monday-Friday 2-6 pm (8 p.m. and later for teens), 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on school holidays 1,000+ boys & girls

like bricks and mortar to someone walking down the street, but lives are changed within our walls. Our Clubhouse is filled with stories of success, and we are proud of the accomplishments so many of our members have achieved. We are extremely grateful for the amazing generosity of our donors and volunteers, as they are the true investors in our mission.

92009: What are some of the most popular fundraising events the Clubs host every year? Maldi: April: Annual Golf Tournament presented by TaylorMade® at Aviara Golf Club July: Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship at Dog Beach in Del Mar September: Annual Gala at La Costa Resort and Spa October: LC35 Annual Poker Tournament at The Crossings in Carlsbad November: Annual Wine Tasting at La Costa Wine Company, Shop Under the Stars at Carlsbad Premium Outlets

92009: Are there any exciting new projects, developments or programs coming to the Clubs you would like to share? Maldi: The most exciting new development is the opening of our state-of-the-art Clubhouse in Bressi Ranch in January!!

92009: If you could grant one wish to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs, what would that be? Maldi: One wish would be to establish a foundation, to ensure the financial health of our organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad is 100% funded by local donors. Each year, we start at zero and raise nearly $1.5 million for operating costs. Much of that money is to provide scholarships for our members – even though the cost is very low, many cannot afford it. As we celebrate sixty years of serving Carlsbad kids, it would be a bonus to be fiscally secure so we can continue to impact our community for another sixty plus years! 

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:::: La Costa Canyon High School

2013 Maverick’s Sports Preview


elcome to the winter season at LCC. The Mavericks are coming off a strong 2011-2012 winter season and looking to be a force in 2012-2013. Last season, the boys and girls soccer teams both produced CIF Titles. Under new head coaches, Natalie Elkind (girls soccer) and Craig Dean (boys soccer), the Mavericks look to be strong contenders in the Avocado West. The boys’ basketball team is coming off an incredible season last year, winning league, CIF and State Section titles, and advancing to the State Finals. Although we lost several key starters from last season, the Mavericks will look to reload. Coach Mario Flores leads the charge for the girls’ basketball team, as they look to defend their league title from last season. They have some unfinished business in CIF, losing last season in the semi-finals to eventual champion, Serra.


Under Coach Anthony Vail the Girls Water Polo team advanced to the quarter finals last season, and they are striving to make a name for themselves again in League and beyond. The Mavericks wrestling team is looking forward to some great matches this season in the Avocado West. Coach Dwayne Buth leads a steady Maverick wrestling team as they look to defend their CIF Title as well, while competing among the best in the State. ¢

LCC Athletic Director, Kari Di Giulio

Coach 2011 Record

1st Game

Girls Basketball Mario Flores 24 - 5 Nov. 27 vs. Our Lady of Peace Coach’s Outlook: We are looking to improve on our semi-final finish in last year’s Division 2 play-offs. Our team motto for the year is, “One Team – One Dream.” That dream is a CIF championship. Boys Basketball David Cassaw 34-3 Nov. 28 Coach’s Outlook: This year one starter returns from last years, SDCIF DIV. II and Southern California Regional Championship campaign. In addition, several players returning who saw extensive time off the bench are ready to contribute right away. Our Seniors, Jeff Van Dyke, Kyle Sachrison, Brandon Miller and Max Arquilla will provide leadership, scoring opportunities and toughness for this year’s team. GIrls Soccer Boys Soccer

Girls Water Polo

Natalie Elkind


Craig Dean


Anthony Vail


Dec. 11 vs. Mt. Carmel Dec. 6 @ Westview HS

Jan. 4 @ Valhalla

Wrestling Connor Nesseler N/A Nov. 28 Coach’s Outlook: We have a balanced team this year coming off last season’s League and CIF Championship. We are led by state qualifier Ian Baker (11th) 2nd in San Diego Section & CIF Champ Derrik Dotter (12th). We also have some returning CIF placers Connor Anderson (12th) 2nd CIF, Max Zimet (11th) and, Phoenix Prefontaine (11th) 5th in CIF, Kyle Tincup (11th), Drew Karson (11th) 8th in CIF. We have a couple other seniors looking to make a name for themselves in Miles Curcic and Zach Vann. Sophomore, Tsune Ramirez who will be very tough to beat, as well as two freshmen Kai Kramer and Alec Baker, could challenge for a Varsity spot. The team has big goals this season and with our tough schedule, the boys will be challenged this year hoping to peak at the right time in February/March for the State Championships in Bakersfield. A match not to miss is on Thursday, January 10th vs. Vista where both teams will be ranked in the top 10. Come support us this day and the first 300 fans get a free LCC t-shirt!

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:::: Entertainment PRofile

Gaming Groove! Game on Game Theater: The Party Arrives at Your House Rarin’ to Go!


by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Michael Bielecki

one are kid parties of yore in which parents carried the burden of supervising such activities as pinning the tail on the donkey and dancing the hokey pokey. Today’s tech-savvy youth are easily bored with such mundane mediocrity, and today’s parents are frazzled with such mundane party planning responsibilities. So what’s the modern-day solution? Just contact Game On Game Theater, a state-of-the-art mobile limousine that provides an unsurpassed party gaming experience for the Xbox, Wii, and PlayStation generation. The San Diego-owned-and-operated

Game On Game Theater is available for two-hour parties, seven days a week, and the limousine arrives at your house with the festive atmosphere already intact and rarin’ to go! Owner Shane Haithcock elaborated, “We have a full leather limousine interior that offers a neon-lit ceiling that changes colors, a laser light show, and Kenwood Surround audio systems both inside and outside. It’s like a little dance club for kids!” There are 50 Name of Business: different games to Owner/Manager: choose from, ranging Years in Position: from “E” for everyone, Year of Establishment: to “T” for teen, and

“M” for mature. Fortunately, the parent remains in complete control over what games are allowed, so even your five-year-old can safely get his gaming groove on! Besides birthdays, Game On Game Theater is also great for many other occasions (i.e., sports team parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, and even corporate events). The Game On Game Theater limousine surpasses its competitors, providing six 55inch screens that can accommodate up to 24 players at once, instead of the customary standard of four 46-inch screens that can only accommodate up to 16 players at once. In November of this year, the company unveiled its latest offering, the MGT 28, which features seven 55-inch screens – four inside and three outside – that can accommodate up to 28 players at once. Shane’s motivation for being the best in the gaming truck industry came after an enlightening conversation with his business partner last year. He recalled, “My partner purchased a game truck and while he felt like the venture was a success, there was a question that nagged at him that he fielded often from clients: ‘What makes your game truck better than the others?’ This question bothered him because there was nothing that made his better.” That realization prompted the partners to evolve the whole concept of game trucks, and provide an overall sensoryenlightening game party extravaganza. So get your Game On! ¢

AT A GLANCE Game On Game Theater Shane Haithcock 1 year 2011


1267 Highbluff Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92078


Email contact:



Description of business:

Game On Game Theater is the premier limousine

mobile gaming theater in San Diego. We have everything we need to make your event fun, easy and memorable. All we need is a place to park and kids to play.

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Three Local Teens Fight Bullying One Kid at a Time by Kelley Gusich | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


alorous: Bullying has been a reality since David battled Goliath, but it was brought to the forefront of our consciousness one dark morning at Columbine High School, and our nation has been battling the bully ever since. When Dimitar Gougov and Alex and Michael Bulkin saw the problem grow even larger with the advent of cyber-bullying, they heeded the call and launched the 3V movement. Vigilant: The three saw bullying as a major issue in all of their schools, and felt it would be much more powerfully addressed from a student-to-student standpoint. Dimitar, Alex, and Michael are three highly involved and influential students, and they started the 3V movement “… because we can. We are doing this because we are kids that don’t get bullied; realizing this, we felt it would be easier to stand up for our peers who do get bullied.” The organization began at Del Norte and Cathedral Catholic High Schools, but has already expanded to Rancho Bernardo, St. Augustine, Bishop’s School, Torrey Pines, and St. Michael’s, with eight more schools in the works.

Victorious : The three ‘V’s stand for Vigilance, which representsawareness of the problem and a willingness to fight it, Valor, or bravery in the face of danger—to speak up and take action—and Victory. “If we all come together and agree to the 3V pledge there is no doubt in our minds that we will achieve Victory.” The three founders trumpet this from the rooftops, and if the over 1,100 members who’ve taken the 3V pledge are any indication, people are listening. Virtually Unstoppable: 3V is sponsored by popular radio stations ENERGY 103.7 and KyXy 96.5, along with Honda, Mazda, and Audi of Escondido. The 3V men also raise money by selling T-shirts and soon sweatshirts and stickers that will improve and expand the program. The clothing is made to be appealing to kids, but also to showcase the positive message of the 3V movement: You don’t need to put others down to feel better about yourself. To join or start a 3V club at your school, simply make a pledge to remain bully free, and/or contact Dimitar, Alex and Michael shared this message: “When you take the 3V oath you agree to stand up for each and every individual. You agree not only to stand up for yourself, but for others that are victims of bullying.” ¢

3V Movement At A Glance Full Name of Group: The 3V Movement Year Established: 2011 Host schools: Cathedral Catholic High School/ Del Norte High School Number of Founders: 3 Number of Members (Total): 1,114 (as of 10/7/12) Contact Information: Twitter: @the3vmovement Instagram: @the3vmovement Facebook:

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BOOKS! It’s All About Putting the Right Book in a Child’s Hand for Volunteer Jeanne Smith by kelley gusich | photos by Soul of Photography


fter a rewarding career teaching and administrating children in Poway Unified School District, how could Jeanne Smith continue her passion for children’s literature and getting the right book in a child’s or a teenager’s hand? She could become Chair of Children’s Books at the Dove Library, and that is what she did! Jeanne moved to the Corona-La Costa neighborhood of La Costa 17 years ago, and she loves how Carlsbad gets things done, from the responsive government to the safe and gorgeous environment, to the beautiful, well-stocked libraries. When Jeanne retired from education two years ago, volunteering at the Dove Library was a natural fit. Jeanne takes on many responsibilities as the Children’s Chair. Books are donated, and then an amazing thing happens—they are reborn! Like-new books are boxed up to use in The Summer Reading Program. “This past summer,” remarked Jeanne, “we were able to give over 3,000 children a free, good-as-new book of their choice.” She loved being able to kick off summer reading for all, because “In this struggling economy, it is even more important that we make it affordable for families to have quality literature at home.” Donated books are also sold for a nominal price at the Friend’s

Bookstore, or they might go to Peace Corps Schools, Children’s Hospital, parenting/board books for young mothers, or even the Carlsbad Learning Center. Jeanne’s job is the ultimate, efficient recycling program where everybody wins and contributes to literacy. If Jeanne had her own genie, she’d wish more people in Carlsbad were aware of the programs and services provided by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library. Books and other media are always available at the bookstore, with all proceeds going to the Library. “The daily foot traffic in our Friends bookstore,” said Jeanne, ‘is such that we are going to be open a second evening, in addition to our Monday through Friday daily hours.” Make note that Friends group is opening its doors on December 3rd for their Annual Holiday Boutique. It’s a lot of work maintaining the children’s literature program at the Dove Name: Library, but Jeanne still finds time to read Community: children’s literature, garden, antique, and Volunteer Affiliation: attend her two grandchildren’s sporting events at San Dieguito Academy. She Occupation: even works as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to a child in the foster Group Contact Info: system. Hey, maybe Jeanne is the genie we’ve all been looking for! 

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Jeanne Smith Corona-La Costa Friends of the Carlsbad Library Children’s Book Chair Retired Poway School District Teacher and Administrator Taffy Cannon; 760-505-9849

Holiday Magic The Halabuk “Christmas House” is a Gift to the Community


t’s that time of year when people are pulling out their holiday decorations, untangling strings of lights, and taking in the sweet aromas of cinnamon scented pinecones. The Halabuk family takes it all to another level – with nothing but pure joy for the spirit of the season. Their Christmas Home Lights project started small and grew very quickly. This year, after Natalie, daughter of the Halabuk’s left for her sophomore year at the Univ. of Redlands; they thought they may be able to tone down their display since she wouldn’t be around to assist with the decorating. Little did they know, Natalie is eager to come home for the holidays not just to see family and friends, but, to see the spectacle of her home all decked out again for its 20th year of holiday splendor. “We have a neighborhood tradition now for 14 years where all the neighbors meet across the street from our house for a lighting party. Everyone brings a dish and drink to share; the kids decorate cookies, and then as the kids count down, all our lights come on with a flip of the main switch,” revealed Jeanette. The lighting party opens their display and runs the first week of December with lights on 5 – 9 p.m. through January 1st (with the

exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.) This year, the family will be expanding their misfit island scene and bringing in some unlikely animals to their waterfall dressed for Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to view the detailed window display, discover the scene throughout the yard, and watch Santa dance when their three snow machines go off. Per Natalie’s request, after working closely with National Charity League (NCL) in high school, she has added a collection box to this year’s spectacle. Visitors are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items that will, in turn, be donated to Interfaith, a charity affiliated with NCL. The Halabuk’s had no clue that after 20 years their home would be a major destination for people seeking annual holiday magic. “Every year we have many families tell us about how their kids have grown up looking forward to visiting our ‘Christmas house’ during the holidays. That makes all the work worthwhile,” beamed Jeanette. The Halabuk home, located at 7607 Romeria St. Carlsbad, CA 92009, is sure to be a delight to people of all ages. ¢

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The Holiday Basket Drive: Giving Impoverished Families their Dignity and More by LINDA FRABL


t may be the season to be jolly, but for those less fortunate, ‘tis the season of despair. Enter the Holiday Basket Drive, organized by the Encinitas-based Community Resource Center, North County Collaboration… Founded 30 years ago, the Holiday Basket Drive began as merely a small distribution of baskets to approximately 50 families in need. Today, the baskets have been replaced by a “shopping experience” for over 1,500 households in need, and thanks to over 200 organizations and nearly 2,000 volunteers, the drive is the largest distribution of its kind in San Diego County! As Linda Hayes, a dedicated Holiday Basket Drive volunteer for more than twenty years, exclaimed, “The program’s goal is to make a family in need feel that they are holiday shopping like everyone else.” Thus, needy families are invited to shop

with dignity at a “no cost store” that has been created at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Families “shop” by pushing actual shopping carts through a Costco-esque warehouse-like area the size of a football field. The “store” items consist of toys, canned goods, and a mix of new and gently used jackets, coats, blankets, linens, baby items, and more. The participating families must be pre-screened and registered through the Community Resource Center, and if they qualify, they will receive an appointment time to “shop” during the three-day distribution period (December 14-16). All merchandise is supplied by the numerous clothing / food / toy drives throughout San Diego, and the program is aided by grants from the county of San Diego and the cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach. In addition, TaylorMade® and Coldwell Banker, along with the Board of Realtors, provide the largest corporate food drives for the program. If you as

an individual, or your organization (boy/girl scout troop, school charity, etc.) would like to contribute to the Holiday Basket Drive, either as a volunteer or as a provider, the Community Resource Center’s website,, has detailed templates and helpful suggestions for setting up your own distribution site. Summing up the worthwhile cause, Linda said, “The program directly connects thousands in the community who want to help thousands in the community who need the help. Adults and children alike learn about the needs in our own community, and are presented with tangible ways to make a difference.” ¢

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Exercise Specialist Marylene Rosa and the Pink Ribbon Program Help Breast Cancer Surgery Survivors Feel Fit Again! by LINDA FRABL


fter undergoing breast cancer surgery, it is difficult for women to get back into a regular fitness regimen. Having a mastectomy or a lumpectomy frequently results in loss of mobility in the shoulders and arms, as well as breathing difficulties associated with weakened abdominal muscles, and even weight gain due to steroid drug use. The Pink Ribbon Program, a physical conditioning treatment plan geared specifically for breast cancer post-op survivors, has enabled survivors to recover quickly with promising results. Marylene Rosa Kuhlmann, a 4S Ranch-based certified Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program (the only one in San Diego for the time being), lost her own friend to breast cancer 12 years ago. Shortly thereafter, while studying for her certification in Fitness Training, Marylene came across the Pink Ribbon Program’s website and discovered that its founder, Doreen Puglisi, is an exercise instructor/physiologist who had her own double mastectomy. After attending the program’s workshop at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Marylene recalled, “I immediately knew that I would bring the Pink Ribbon Program to San Diego and that I would devote my career to helping the fighters and survivors.” The program provides two individualized sessions a week (each session lasts 30-45 minutes) for a period of eight weeks. In her studio,

Personally Fit, Inc., Marylene uses a Dyna band (elastic band) and a Stability ball to help her clients with warm-ups, personalized exercises, and stretching. She added, “My goal is to make my clients feel better and walk taller on every single session we spend together. Seeing their transformation is so rewarding!” The whole experience has allowed Marylene to become much more than just a fitness instructor; she is also a caring supporter advocating the best treatment for her clients. She elaborated, “I am somebody who my clients can call at any time, even if it’s just to give them advice on nutrition. For the ones who are still going through chemo or radiation therapy, I am part of the team of specialists communicating with their oncologist and their physician. Friendships with my clients are established quickly.” Marylene is currently developing a cancer fitness program for other types of cancer patients. She is dedicated to helping people accomplish goals to improve their quality of life. For more information on the Pink Ribbon Program or other fitness related questions, visit or contact Marylene directly. ¢

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Perfect Present W Gifts that Bring Meaning to the Season by wynne love

hether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Festivus, you are probably one of the many who exchange gifts of one sort or another during the holiday season. I start each year with high hopes for my ability to find that perfect gift for everyone in my life. Then, when I find myself desperately racing through a packed mall for a gift for that brother who has everything, I can’t help but think there has to be a better way. Determined to find it, I compiled a list of suggestions from local families for gifts ideas that meet three criteria: not too expensive, not too difficult, and still meaningful. Here’s what they suggested.

The Gift of Time.

Spend time together doing something special. Go on a special outing, share a special meal, decorate, shop, or volunteer together.

their work while making a gift to others. For instance, families can enjoy wonderful soups made by women of the Tomorrow Project. Check them out at

The Gift of Service.

The Gift of Adventure.

Give them the gift of your service by offering up your help and skills: Computer help, babysitting, housecleaning, yard work, or other household projects.

Rather than exchanging gifts, agree on an outing or exciting new adventure you can enjoy together: Trapeze classes, surfing, or going camping or sledding together.

The Gift of the Unexpected.

The Gift from the Heart.

One family enjoys planning “mystery outings,” where one member takes the others to a surprise location to share something special, whether it’s an activity or something beautiful to look at. Another loved her “Twelve Days of Christmas” gift, made up of trinkets that always had something to do with the number and the song. Come up with your own fun twist on a modest gift to turn a small gesture into a grand one.

Many folks feel a simple, heartfelt note is as meaningful to them as any gift. Some have enjoyed when friends and family share a favorite book or poem, or make a gift of a great photograph or scrapbook page that celebrates a shared memory. 

The Gifts You Can Use. Embrace consumables. The beauty of these gifts is that they don’t get left languishing on the shelf: Tickets to an event, flowers, fudge, cookies, or other homemade treats.

The Gift You Give. Some fabulous local charities allow you to support

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AT A GLANCE Name of Business:

Leading Note Studios


Camille Hastings, Graduate Berklee of Music

Year of Establishment:

Teaching Music in North County since 2002


2146 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 105, Encinitas CA 92024


Email contact:




We are a full service music studio offering lessons on

all instruments. We also offer Kindermusic, Suzuki, Rock Band Class, Vocal Show Groups, Community Piano Performances and recitals twice a year.


Leading Note Studios Hits the Perfect Note


from repetition and memory, with parents attending), and Kindermusik. Musicians will find the opportunity to perform and share their talents in a community-centered atmosphere. Footnote With 11 different rooms, the latest technology, and above all, having fun, Learning Note Studios is proud of the fact that they have no age restrictions on who can take lessons—from Kindermusik for 6-month-olds to adults taking guitar, bass, or voice, the possibilities are endless. Endnote “We offer two recitals a year at no extra cost and we also take musicians to perform at local retirement homes,” said Camille. “Just recently we traveled to Belmont Village in Encinitas, and our band camp also plays local venues.” Give your child the gift of music and experience a caring teaching staff with a teacher for every learning style at Leading Note Studios.

otable In the age of diminishing elective programs in our schools, there is a genuine need for quality programs in In the age of diminishing elective programs in our communities. That’s where Leading Note Studios comes in. Owned by two our schools, there is a genuine need for quality Berklee School of Music graduates and employing 12 teachers, all with BA’s in music, Leading Note programs in our communities. That’s where is a full service music studio offering lessons on ALL types of Leading Note Studios comes in. instruments. Owner Camille Hastings explained, “We began in 2009 with a need to reach out to the community and offer quality teaching, at a great place. Kids come here and focus Carlsbad parent Al Gelbart shared: “My on learning music.” daughter has been taking lessons from Noteworthy Although there are other music studios in North County, Leading Note is one Camille since she was 3. She’s 12 now. of the only ones that offers the unique practice and economy of semi-private piano lessons. I’ve taken lessons from Christian. This During this class, a maximum of three kids rotate stations: 1) private instruction, 2) computer is a fabulous studio with a great learning ear training, and 3) theory and practice. Currently, Learning Note has over 200 students environment and wonderful recital setups. I’d attending its myriad of class possibilities. highly recommend Leading Note Studios to Keynote Programs offered at Learning Note Studios include all styles of music, be kids and adults.” ¢ it Classical, Traditional Learning, Pop, Rock-n-roll, Jazz, Suzuki (hands-on direct playing

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A SUNNY WONDERLAND Five Great Places to Find Snow this Season by Wynne Love


get a secret satisfaction out of sunning myself by the beach in the middle of December. But I must admit I sometimes pine for that cool, crisp weather that makes sweaters and hot chocolate a necessity. So here: a list of places where you can get your dose of “winter” right here in sunny San Diego County.






Some local parks host their own snow days where they manufacture snow for sledding and snow play. Check yours, or swing by Hilltop Park Recreation Center’s Winter Wonderland event in Rancho Peñasquitos on Saturday, December 1st, from 11-3.

Some amusement parks create snow areas as well. Check out LEGOLAND’s Holiday Snow Days and SeaWorld’s SnowWorld, open through December.

While you can sometimes find snowy peaks and spectacular views off local climbs like Iron Mountain, Mount Woodson, and Cowles Mountain, word on the street is that the best place to play in the snow is on Mount Laguna. Call the Mount Laguna Lodge at 619-473-8533 for details, and time your arrival just long enough after a good snowfall so that you don’t get turned away due to driving conditions. Go sledding, have a snowball fight, and enjoy a hot chocolate in nearby Pine Valley.

Little ones may enjoy the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s Santa Train North Pole Limited. While there’s no snow in the forecast, this “polar express” train ride leaves from the Campo train depot and takes the passengers and their elf hosts to the North Pole where Santa joins them for the return trip. Rides are held weekend days through December 22nd started at $20 a seat. Find out more at

Up for a more daring adventure? Find snowcapped peaks an hour’s drive away at Palomar Mountain, in Julian, or up Stonewall Peak near Cuyamaca. Or, head to the top of Mount San Jacinto in Idyllwild. The park is open during the renovation of the visitor’s center, as is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a smooth gondola ride to the summit. Get the latest trail news about the San Jacinto trail at or tickets for the tramway at 

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Using a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Real Estate by SCOTT VOAK


ver the first two months of hosting my own radio show, the subject and interviews that have drawn the most interest have been around the subject of investing retirement funds in real estate. People with corporate 401K programs are typically limited to the ability to borrow $50,000 from their account and repaying that over five years. It’s not really investing your retirement funds in real estate, it’s giving yourself a loan – that has to be paid back with after tax dollars. Nothing that builds tax free or tax deferred. However, if you have an IRA, you have more options. With either a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, you can convert your account to a self-directed IRA. Using a company that specializes in administering self-directed IRAs, you can invest in real estate, private companies, gold, etc. One of the main limitations is that you cannot personally benefit from the investment (in other words, no purchasing a vacation home or paying yourself to manage your properties). In fact, it is even possible to use your IRA to invest in another company that purchases real estate with other investors, forming syndicates to help spread your risk (if you have a duplex and lose a tenant, you lose ½ your income, but if you are partners in a larger building, you can handle a tenant problem or situation where you lose a portion of your rent for awhile.) It is also possible to use your self-directed IRA as a down payment and take a loan against the property. This makes sense if you can generate enough cash flow to pay off the loan to coincide with your retirement since you won’t be pulling money out along the way, 100% of the positive cash flow can go to retire the loan so the property is free and clear and ready to fund your retirement years. ¢

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Scott Voak, the top selling agent since 2008 (data from SANDICOR MLS as of 11/9/2012) and the host of Real Estate Matters on AM 1450 at 6 p.m. weeknights, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

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Carlsbad Village Street Fair photos by Soul of Photography


ver 900 vendors and 100,000 people attended the 39th annual Carlsbad Village Faire in early November, which seemed to have a bit of everything. The lip-smacking global dishes, imaginative face painting, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s entertaining beer and wine garden, and the Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast, the faire affair covered all bases. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce could not have been better hosts to the largest street faire in the country. ¢

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Serving the community with three inviting and unique facilities. Events free, unless otherwise noted. For a complete listing of services, programs, and upcoming events, please visit



ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOOK BOUTIQUE Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Find great gifts at the Friends Bookstore at Carlsbad City Library. Choose from a large selection of new and like-new books. Carlsbad City Library. For more information, call 760-602-2020.




“LOVE LETTERS” BY A. R. GURNEY, DIRECTED BY MAELYN GÁNDOLA Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. This Pulitzer Prize nominated play centers on the hopes, ambitions, dreams and disappointments that have passed between two characters over a span of almost 50 years in the form of notes, letters and cards. Featuring Jack Missett and Judi Sheppard Missett. Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

CINEMA SERIES OF CARLSBAD INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS “THE SOUL OF INDIA” Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. 2002, Not Rated, 86 min. Join award-winning filmmaker Rick Ray as he presents his documentary that will transport you to the Taj Mahal, Himalayas and areas of India that few visitors see. Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium.

(FAMILY FUN) BRAVE Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.


BRIDE AND PREJUDICE Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.


ALFREDO ROLANDO ORTIZ Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Internationally-acclaimed Paraguayan Harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz will perform folk, classical and popular holiday music and delight the audience with his original compositions. Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Carlsbad City Library Learning Center. For more information, visit or call 760-602-2024.

WILLIAM D. CANNON ART GALLERY “FULL DECK: A SHORT HISTORY OF SKATE ART” Now through Dec. 30, 2012 An exhibition of over 275 skateboards, skate decks, photographs and artwork from the 1960s to present day. Carlsbad City Library Complex. “2013 JURIED BIENNIAL EXHIBITION” Jan. 20 through March 9, 2013 The Cannon Art Gallery Juried Exhibitions have been recognized as one of SD County’s most significant showcases for artists who live, work or have a studio in the County. Carlsbad City Library Complex

BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS CArlsbad city library MONDAY NIGHT CLASSICS BOOK CLUB Fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. FIRST WEDNESDAY BOOK CLUB First Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m.

ALLISON ADAMS TUCKER TRIO Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Allison Adams Tucker will perform jazz and carols from around the world. Seating is limited. Georgina Cole Library, Community Room.

FIRST THURSDAY BOOK CLUB First Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

THE BAYOU BROTHERS Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The Bayou Brothers, one of San Diego’s favorite Zydeco bands, will rock the audience into “Fat Tuesday” with family-oriented music. Ticket sales begin at 1 p.m. Carlsbad City Library, Ruby G. Shulman Auditorium.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB Second Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.

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GEORGINA COLE LIBRARY TUESDAY EVENING BOOK CLUB First Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

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Inpsiring Our Youth: 92009 Magazine takes a look inside the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.