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THE GEM OF ENCINITAS We talk with Recreation Supervisor Nick Buck, Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles and take a look at the Beach Kids and Junior Lifeguard programs.



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Keepsake Box I recently discovered something very special. While shifting boxes around and cleaning out our family’s mini-storage, I came across a keepsake box that my mother kept things in over the years. It had “Derrick (High School Stuff)” written on the outside. The funny thing is that I actually set it aside for a few weeks prior to going through it. The box wasn’t fancy. It was just an old cardboard box that had seen better days. I wasn’t expecting it to be all that interesting. Wow – talk about a trip down memory lane when I actually dove into the box of photos, newspaper clippings, school projects and other memorabilia! I don’t think that I was adequately prepared for the nostalgic emotional roller coaster that I was about to embark on. Many people say that they would never go back to high school…I have a much different position on this topic – I had a blast in high school. What started as a brief exploration of the “box of goodies” turned into several hours of reminiscing. I kicked my feet up and spent time showing my skeptical children old photos and newspaper clippings from my childhood and teenage years. It was fun to share stories with my family and actually have physical things – real evidence – to refer to. My kids may have even been a little impressed. Well, let’s just say that at least they were curious. As our society continues to move into the faster-paced digital world, I will continue to remind myself of the importance of saving these types of tangible items for my own kids to explore and reminisce with one day. My intentions are to figure out a way to bridge the gap between our digital age and physical world – I want to be able to pass on a similar “box” to them. In this premiere issue of 92024 Magazine, we are excited to introduce an incredible new technology that accompanies the physical printed magazines. This new interactive technology will not only further engage 92024’s readers, but it will also directly link the printed magazines with interactive videos, slide shows and other exclusive content like never before seen – see Tyler’s editorial on page 13. Our very own ZGlass app – which is now available as a free download in the iOS App Store or Google Play – literally brings many elements of the magazine to life right before your eyes on your smart phone or tablet device. Take a minute to visit page 11 to see how easy it is to use, then have fun finding the marked interactive content available throughout this issue – beginning with this page. Don’t worry, you will continue to receive the printed version of 92024 Magazine in your mailbox – this new technology is merely an extraordinary interactive enhancement to your 92024 reading experience. Go ahead, download the ZGlass app and give it a try!

All the best, Derrick Breaux, Publisher

Publisher Derrick Breaux Editor Tara Pritchett 858-768-0808 Associate Editor Sarabeth Graml Creative Director Tyler McElhaney Director of Business Development Jessica Breaux Director of Interactive Marketing Michael Bielecki Senior Graphic Designer Katie Mott Graphic Designer Shamara Lane Photography Soul of Photography Customer Service Representative Heather Lockwood Contributing Writers Jennifer Frakes Kelley Gusich Wynne Love Kathy Loy Michelle Tremblay Linda Frabl Amy Lehrer Advertising Sales Heather Reynolds 858-207-6316 92024 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. (dba ZCode Media / ZCode Magazines). © 2012 All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any content in this publication without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. 92024 Magazine’s publication of information provided by advertisers (paid or unpaid) – or other companies or individuals – does not represent an endorsement or verification of accuracy. 92024 Magazine assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or liability for the content of advertising placed in the publication (or on the website).

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92127 Magazine // 4S RANCH, DEL SUR, SANTALUZ, WESTWOOD 92127 Road Trip 2012

The Crisostomos share their family’s traveling tips and we give helpful advice on places to visit, apps to download and games to play to make the time fly by.

Oak Valley Vision

President of the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation, Carey Sorel, shares with us what his role means to him, his future goals and how he proposes to achieve them.

92024 Magazine is a brand new magazine, website, viewer app and resource for residents and businesses in Encinitas and surrounding areas. It is published six times per year (every other month) and is the newest to join the ZCode Magazines family. This page presents a snapshot of what’s going on in all of our other publications.

Tapping into Karl Strauss

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is opening its seventh location and it’s right in 4S Ranch! We’ve got the scoop.

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92130 Magazine // Carmel Valley Feel the Ocean Air

The Ocean Air Park and Recreation Center is full of activities and resources for children and adults of all ages. We talk with Site Supervisor Kevin Wiggins.

Quest for Perfection

The family behind “Amazing Quest” is pretty amazing as well.

Kelly Goodwin

Local scientist and martial artist uses her skills and dedication to keep the rec center thriving.

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92129 Magazine TOUCHDOWN!

92129 Magazine’s June/July issue takes a look inside the Rancho Peñasquitos Pop Warner football and cheer programs.

92131 Magazine ROAD TRIP 2012

The Bench family takes us from Scripps Ranch up the coast and across the country.

92128 Magazine ROAD TRIP 2012

92128 Magazine hits the road with the Perez family.

92064 Magazine COMING THIS AUGUST!

92009 Magazine will be launching mid-August, delivered to every home in the 92009 zip code in Carlsbad.


92011 Magazine will be launching mid-August, delivered to every home in the 92011 zip code in Carlsbad.


92064 Magazine takes a look inside the Sulpizio Family Branch Boys & Girls Club in Poway.

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insect festival

Il Gioiellino

Thousands of fascinating creepycrawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.”

A drama presented by the San Diego Italian Film Festival. LA PALOMA THEATRE




7th Annual cardiff dog days of summer

encinitas lifestyles fashion show

Hosted by the Cardiff 101 Main Street. Highlights include an obstacle course, a Kid Zone with a bird show and games, silent auction and contests.

Presented by the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association and Jeans4Justice. Featuring local talent, models and the fashions that are unique to downtown Encinitas. ENCINITAS FOREIGN & DOMESTIC AUTO REPAIR




Learn how local plants were used for medicines, food, tools and clothing. Enjoy kid’s crafts and Native American storytelling. SAN ELIJO LAGOON NATURE CENTER


encinitas Feeling fit festival Free event for all ages. Participate in trail hikes, drop-in sports clinics and fitness class demos. Also check out the giant rock climbing wall, surf simulator, jousting arena, obstacle course and bungee trampolines. LEO MULLEN SPORTS PARK 760-943-2269

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off track gallery reception


Featuring collaborative works of art by TERI (Training, Education and Research Institute) an organization that assists individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. OFF TRACK GALLERY

plein aire (outdoor) painting demonstration


Presented by the San Dieguito Art Guild. Funded in part by a grant from the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation. SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN: PAUL ECKE BUILDING

RECURRING EVENTS free admission to the sd botanic garden First Tuesday of every month. SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN

Leucadia/encinitas farmers market & art fair Sundays 10 am – 2 pm A family-friendly certified farmers market consisting of 75+ vendors every Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Paul Ecke Center School P.T.A. and the Leucadia Main Street Association. PAUL ECKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Encinitas summer concerts by the sea Sundays 3 – 5 pm July 22 Charlie Imes August 5 Dead Feather Moon August 19 Shoreline Rootz MOONLIGHT BEACH

encinitas classic car nights Third Thursday of each summer month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line South Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. DOWNTOWN ENCINITAS

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encinitas express rotary tournament Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 11 – 12 All over north county

leucadia surf school Surf camps all summer long

2012 fall rec soccer

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encinitas express summer rec camps Monday – Friday, July 30 – Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, Aug. 6 – Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Camps are co-ed for ages 5 and up; $165 per child/per week Conditioning drills, technical and individual skill development, tactical organization scrimmages, soccer tennis, goalkeeper training and soccer related games. leo mullen sports park

For boys 5th – 8th grade; Day campers $395; Overnight: $495 Offense/defense positional instruction, nightly film-breakdown, daily sessions with pool and beach breaks, awards, player packs, plyometric beach training, beach barbeque, stick stringing clinics, taught by NCAA players, high school and college coaches. army and navy academy BEACH (dates & events subject to change)

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Identical Identical Twins Twins Doing their Part to Encourage Women to Stay Fit by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Soul of Photography


after Cindy tried to convince Christy to run with her in the New York 5:00 a.m., most people are just getting City Marathon. “As a former children’s clothing designer, Christy out of bed, but Christy Baker and Cindy was less than thrilled with the frumpy track shorts her sister Lynch – both residents of Cardiff – have trained in,” explained the ladies, “so she designed a skirt that already started their day. As avid runners, was made of lightweight fabric – a nylon-Lycra blend that these two are usually running along Highway 1, on the wicks perspiration and stays dry. Pockets on each side trails of the San Elijo Lagoon, or on the beach at Torrey held essentials.” Pines State Park. “After our run you can often catch us After women began to stop them during their runs to at Honey’s Bistro fueling up on their delicious breakfast inquire about the skirts, the sisters decided to try selling them and Kona Coffee, or if we are feeling extra indulgent, online. “They sold out immediately,” said the their oh-so-yummy peanut butter sisters. “One thousand skirts sold out in smoothie on our way to the We love that our a month!” Running Skirts™ store,” Today, the skirts are more said the ladies. skirts can motivate popular than ever and the ladies have This is a typical others to get out expanded their clothing line to include day for these identical there and live a variety of designs and styles. twins, who are both busy One of their favorite parts about moms (five children a healthy, their career is getting to work with between the two of fit lifestyle.” each other. “We’ve always been them), and passionate best friends and pretty much entrepreneurs – or ~ Christy and Cindy. inseparable,” said the ladies. “mom-preneurs” as they like They also find it rewarding to to call themselves. Christy use their passion for fashion and fitness to and Cindy are the proud owners of Running help women better enjoy exercise. “Nothing Skirts™, a company known for fashionable is more rewarding than hearing how we inspire women’s skirts designed especially for running others to achieve their goals! We love that our and other types of fitness. The flagship store is skirts can motivate others to get out there and live a located in downtown Encinitas. healthy, fit lifestyle,” exclaimed Christy and Cindy. ¢ Running Skirts™ was conceptualized

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ALIVE IN WILD PRINT by TYLER MCELHANEY Creative Director, ZCode Magazines


ou’ve heard it over and over again. The three words that send chills down the spines of publishers everywhere.

“Print is dead.”

The words have merit – but not in the sense that most people think of while reading about it in an online blog on the subject. I recently read an (online) article about why traditional media companies need to start thinking like Silicon Valley tech start-ups. It blasted companies for putting their content behind paywalls or removing digital content altogether. It went on to praise several print (and other media) companies who have successfully transformed the industry and set the bar for print and online content and products. You may have noticed several “badges” in 92024 Magazine (like the one in the top right corner of this page). These let you know that there is even more to the story than what’s on the page. Simply download our new app ZGlass and point it at the page. ZGlass is an augmented reality viewer app we produced to literally bring the pages of 92024 Magazine to life. Watch as articles and advertisements jump off the page into interactive videos, slideshows, internet links and exclusive content. We’re doing something here that is revolutionary. Readers of 92024 Magazine have the ability to be on the ground floor for an entirely new way of turning your local, tangible magazine into an awe-inspiring showcase for the students, families and businesses all around us. If you do one thing with this magazine, make sure to use ZGlass and point it at the cover to see the page transform into a behind the scenes look at the making of 92024 Magazine and our debut feature on Moonlight State Beach. You will not be disappointed. With our print publications growing at an unprecedented pace, adding new and exciting ZGlass technology allows us to pack in even more local content into each printed and online issue. Readers of 92024 Magazine are able to experience a technology that is not available on this level anywhere in the country. The next time you hear someone say that “print is dead”, simply pull this issue of 92024 Magazine out, launch your ZGlass app on your smartphone or tablet and show them that print in 92024 is just starting to come to life. ¢

Download 92024 Magazine’s ZGlass app from the App Store or Google Play Store. (see page 11)

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The Weather Whiz

Diegueño Middle School’s Chad Crilley Has a Knack for Reporting the Weather by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography


o Chad Crilley, the question “How’s the weather?” is more than just a casual inquiry. “When I was 4 years old, I was watching a television series called ‘Storm Stories’ on The Weather Channel. My eyes were instantly glued to the TV screen. I became fascinated by the weather from that point on,” said Chad – an 8th grader at Diegueño Middle School. Since his 6th grade year, Chad has reported the weather to fellow classmates over the school’s P.A. system. In May 2011, he had the opportunity to reach a much wider audience while he was visiting KOAM, a television station in Joplin, Missouri. “I arrived in Joplin just hours before a tornado hit. I stayed calm the entire time and covered the story. I was a correspondent on the scene for San Diego’s Fox 5 News and had multiple live shots and a phone interview,” declared Chad, who has been recognized for his ability to break down complex weather events into simple terms that everyone can understand. Chad enjoys his science classes at Diegueño and feels lucky to have a great support system at the school. “The staff and teachers are amazing at my school. They care about the students and there is always an opportunity to learn something new and exciting,” related Chad. It may surprise those who have


seen and heard Chad report the weather, that he is naturally shy. “I feel more comfortable talking in front of 5,000 people than I do in front of one person. I am a little shy when meeting someone new,” revealed Chad. According to Chad, Encinitas is the perfect location not only for fostering his passion for meteorology, but also

“I feel more comfortable talking in front of 5,000 people than I do in front of one person. I am a little shy when meeting someone new,” revealed Chad.

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for swimming, surfing and enjoying the sun. “The beach is an amazing place to go during the summer. I got involved in surfing because of the role weather plays in the sport,” explained Chad. Chad’s inspiration is Doug Heady, Chad’s close friend and the chief meteorologist at KOAM News in Joplin, Missouri. “I would like to become an on-air meteorologist for a major television station or The Weather Channel someday,” said Chad. ¢

Chad Crilley 14 Diegueño Middle School 8 Christy and Ron Crilley Spencer, age 3

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PANCAKES Ingredients Pancakes 2 cups Bisquick® baking mix 1 egg ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 ¾ cup low fat milk ¾ cup grated apple Cider Syrup 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp cornstarch ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 2 cup apple cider 2 tbsp lemon juice ¼ cup butter

Preparation Pancakes 1. Combine Bisquick®, cinnamon, egg and milk 2. Beat until smooth 3. Fold in apple 4. Pour batter by spoonful onto hot griddle, turn once 5. Cook until done 6. Serve immediately with apple cider syrup Cider Syrup Ingredients 1. Mix sugar, cornstarch and spice in saucepan 2. Stir in cider and lemon juice 3. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens 4. Boil and stir one minute 5. Remove from heat 6. Blend in butter

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About the Chef

Name of Chef: Heather Williams Age: 38 Spouse: Chris Children: Isaac, Hannah, Keelie, Caleb Community of Residence: Village Park, Encinitas Hobbies/Interests: Interior decorating, refinishing furniture, sewing, camping, relaxing at the beach About the Recipe: As a child my mother made this for my sisters and me every October when celebrating fall. I now do the same for my children. Also, it is a recipe I cook when camping because our friends now request it every year and threaten me that if I don’t make it, they won’t come! About the Chef: I am a wife to Chris and mom of four hungry kids. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I believe food is what brings people together, and fellowship around the kitchen table brings me much joy. I love seeing grumpy attitudes transformed before my eyes as they take a single bite of food and, in an instant, they become nice and pleasant again (at least around my table). ¢

Rotary Wine Festival photos by Tyler McElhaney


he 9th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine Festival was held in the Hamilton Children’s Garden – the latest addition to the San Diego Botanic Garden – in early June. The “Zero Waste” event raised proceeds for numerous local charities. Guests sampled fare from local restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries while enjoying the live musical entertainment. From Rimel’s Steakhouse to Whole Foods Market to Stone Brewery, the Wine Festival event had it all – even a silent auction and raffle containing items like a stay at the Pala Casino and a trip to Maui. ¢

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The Furgerson Family’s Ties to Encinitas Go Way Back by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Soul of Photography


any couples have a long history, but most don’t go as far back as that of Erin and Brandt Fergurson. “It is crazy to think that Erin and I were in Mrs. Treadwell’s kindergarten class at Ocean Knoll Elementary in 1979,” recalled Brandt. “Our families have lived in the same homes since 1975 – literally 400 yards from each other.” Both sets of Brandt’s grandparents actually

At A Glance Parents: Residence: Since: Hometowns: Children:

Brandt and Erin Furgerson Seagate Village 2006 Encinitas Olivia (2), Ben (6), Ted (9), Jack (11)

moved to the north coast in 1958, and Brandt’s parents opened Furgerson’s Garage in Encinitas in 1981 – two years after Brandt and Erin started at Ocean Knoll. Brandt and Erin then attended Oak Crest Middle School and San Dieguito High School together as well. They were friends throughout the years but didn’t date until they reconnected at a party in 1994. Now Erin and Brandt have four children, and after brief stints in San Luis Obispo and San Marcos, they returned to Encinitas to live in Seagate Village – just minutes away from both sets of grandparents. “I love that our kids can see all of their grandparents in the same day, anytime they want,” shared Brandt. Brandt works as Director of Brand and Business Development for CEP Compression Sportswear and Erin works part-time as a staff developer for the college-preparatory program,

AVID. She also volunteers at Flora Vista Elementary where Jack (11), Ted (9), and Ben (6) all attend. Olivia (2) stays home with Mom. “We love that the school is only steps away from our house,” said Erin. “Brandt walks the kids to school every day, and there are so many wonderful families that we have met.” The Furgerson’s are especially active in sports. The kids participate in teams at school, in local leagues, at the YMCA, and all four competed in the Junior Carlsbad races this spring. Erin

“I love that our kids can see all of their grandparents in the same day, anytime they want.” ~ Brandt Furgerson Encinitas ran two half-marathons this year and will continue to run races throughout the rest of the year. While Brandt admits sheepishly that he has never actually surfed, he makes up for it by competing in the occasional triathlon or half-marathon. The Furgerson family has made many special memories in Encinitas. Now they look forward to watching their children do the same. ¢

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF San Dieguito Art Guild Contributes to Quality of Life

San Dieguito Art Guild has been at the heart of the Encinitas art scene for nearly 50 years. With more than 200 local artist-members, the Guild continues to contribute to the quality of life in many ways. As a nonprofit organization, the Guild sponsors demonstrations featuring accomplished and well-known artists several times a year and the wildly popular, “Try It You’ll Like It” workshops continue to attract record crowds. These programs – organized and staffed by Guild members – are made possible, in part, thanks to a grant from the City of Encinitas. Home to some of the most talented artists, fine art photographers and crafts people in North County San Diego, the Guild also operates the Off Track Gallery, which provides exhibit space for members’ artwork as well as a unique shopping experience for those who visit. Exhibits change monthly, so many clients and visitors return often to browse through a plentiful array of exciting original drawings, paintings, fine art prints, sculptures, photographs, unique glass, metal and gourd art, jewelry and more. San Dieguito Art Guild’s Off Track Gallery is open 7 days a week and is located in the Lumberyard Shopping Center, Hwy 101, Encinitas. For more information stop by the gallery, visit their website at or call 760-942-3636.

Summer Concerts by the Sea

Summertime Sundays between 3 – 5 p.m. at Moonlight State Beach will be filled with enjoyable music and spirited dancing in the sand. The four concerts in the series are free and for all ages, and each concert features a diverse musical style. July 22, Charlie Imes will showcase his unique mix of pop, jazz, folk and rock style; Aug. 5, Dead Feather Moon brings the heat with an Indie sound; and Aug. 19 Shoreline Rootz is sure to be a good time with their ten piece reggae/rock lineup. For more information call 760-633-2756.

Class Cars Nights in Encinitas

The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights is in town through September. The third Thursday of each summer month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line S. Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. These beauties will be parked in dedicated lots along Hwy 101 and on side streets. This year’s series will have 6 dedicated lots for car clubs as well as live music at two venues: SMOG Test Only and Cardiff Classics. The Small Mall, Sofspra, and The Black Sheep will host 3 additional car clubs and special “Recommended Parking for Classic Cars” signs will make added room for the many cars who park in available curbside spots. Visit for more information.

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BrewFest Encinitas

BrewFest Encinitas will take place at Mira Costa College, San Elijo Campus on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 and include a 5 oz. souvenir beer tasting glass, 10 tastings from some of San Diego’s finest craft breweries and the chance to purchase a great meal from some of the best gourmet food trucks. Music will be provided by Gone Blonde, a high energy 5-piece band playing hits from the 60s to today. BrewFest Encinitas is a charity fundraiser by the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club. When purchasing tickets, patrons can choose to donate $10 of their ticket purchase price directly to one of the many featured local charity partners of BrewFest. For more information visit

Surfing Madonna Home

The debated Surfing Madonna that grew to fame amongst the people of Encinitas for being the beautiful, mysterious piece of art that appeared under a train overpass off Pacific Coast Highway has finally found a home. Appearing a little over a year ago, the artwork – a mosaic decorated with the phrase “Save the Ocean” and Our Lady of Guadalupe surfing, was fiercely admired by locals. Removed by the city who considered the piece of art graffiti, residents came together to find a new abode for Surfing Madonna. The artist, Mark Patterson, rallied for his piece to be displayed at the entrance to Moonlight Beach but was halted because of religious undertones. After spending some time in storage, the Surfing Madonna finally found her new home on a wall between Surfy Surfy and Café Ipé.

Summer Fun on the 101

Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival was held in June. Presented by Leucadia 101 Main Street, the event stood as a celebration of the unique cultural crossroads of surfing and music – both a big part of Leucadia’s history. The festival has grown in size, community participation and range of music. With a huge helping hand from sponsors Spy Optic, Hapi Fish and Firestone Brewery, festivities included the jazzy styling of The Red Fox Tails and Mattson 2 at Lou’s Records. Inspired & the Sleep, Glen & the Boys and others kept things rocking into the night over at Ducky Waddle’s. Things started early in the morning on Saturday with a beach cleanup from Moonlight to Beacons led by There was an all day concert at Leucadia Roadside park. The beer garden featured delicious Firestone Brews and a raffle. A percentage of the event’s proceeds went to Paul Ecke Central School Garden – a premiere program in hands-on agricultural learning for kids.

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7th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

The 7th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer – hosted by the Cardiff 101 Main Street – will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The community and their canine friends will come together between Aberdeen Drive & Newcastle Ave in Cardiff-by-the-Sea for contests, games, a silent auction, vendors and food. Nearly 10,000 people and dogs are anticipated to attend this year, as well as over 130 vendors. Festivities include a blessing of the dogs, dog contests, live music, an agility course sponsored by K-9 Connection, a doggie photo booth, a doggie beach and a kid’s zone. Proceeds benefit local animal charities and Cardiff 101 Main Street, which sponsors other community events throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Transportation Solutions for Older Adults

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults program has been named as one of the eight recipients of The Beverly Foundation’s 2012 STAR Special Recognition Award, given to senior transportation services to help them promote and provide their services. Jewish Family Service intends to use the $10,000 award to reach its 2012 goal of recruiting 100 new volunteer drivers and to fund vehicle expenses for the program’s back-up drivers. The Beverly Foundation’s mission focuses on senior transportation and mobility, and emphasizes transportation options for older adults that are essential to their ability to get where they need to go when they have limited their driving or have outlived their driving expectancy. For more information call 619-220-0268 or visit

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Foodies Unite for Encinitas Foodie Fest

More than one thousand locals united at North County hot spot Pacific Station to celebrate all things delicious at the first annual Encinitas Foodie Fest in June. Hosted by Wabisabi Green, the coastal community event intended to elevate public awareness about sustainable foods and products while promoting local chefs, the arts, business, and the Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day Fund – which raised $2,000. Throughout the day, six local celebrity chefs demonstrated (and then sampled) their culinary expertise for attendees to learn and try at home.

The Classical Music Society is proud to present an exciting season of five Sunday concerts beginning with a special performance of two pianists on one piano. Mary Barranger and Diane Snodgrass, who have performed as a duo for over thirteen years, will perform at Incarnation Lutheran Church on Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Their program includes a repertoire of piano four-hands masterworks, including Dvorak’s stirring Slavonic dances, Mendelssohn’s Allegro Brilliante, Debussy’s charming and romantic Petite Suite and an audience favorite, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Future concerts will include music by the Pacific String Quartet (Oct. 21), Lewit and Benedetsky performing on violin and piano (Jan. 20), the Los Angeles Cello Quartet (Feb. 10), Demarre, Kate and Friends with flute, violin and more (Mar. 20). A 5-concert subscription is $100, while individual tickets are $25 and $5 for students. For more information visit or call 858-385-0659.

1st Garden Treasure Recycle Event This year’s hand selected vendors represented the best San Diego businesses – selling artisanal and sustainable brands. Vendors included Bottlehood, The bUZZ Ladies, Fiscalini Cheese, Firehouse Chefs, Food Farm, Majestic Garlic, Mille’s Gelato, Sadie Rose Baking Company, Sea Salt Candy Company, Viking Range, Viva Pops, Wabisabi Green, Whole Foods Encinitas and many more. Local dancers and musicians performed throughout the festival and the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle hosted a children’s cooking booth to keep little ones entertained. The event’s after-party gathered 100 people while Firehouse Chefs ran out of food after a record breaking sales day at the Fest! All proceeds went to the Healthy Day Fund that supports gardens and programs that teach nutrition and environmental responsibility in schools and the local community.

Weidner’s will be holding its first Garden Treasure Recycle event on July 28 and 29. Participants that bring in old garden pots, baskets, or stands to Weidner’s can put prices on their used items to be sold. When they are purchased, half of the selling price can be used towards Weidner’s Plants. Weidner’s Gardens is a unique destination nursery and show garden. They are as beautiful as a flower show and as practical as your neighborhood garden center. They are a seasonal retail and wholesale nursery and grow 90% of what they sell. Weidner’s is also available for Garden Clubs, moms and kids, school classes, scout troops and more. For more information email or call 760-436-2194.

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2 1. While the 2012 Summer Olympic Torch run was moving through England, the Special Olympic Torch was being carried through Leucadia 2. Cory Carey having fun at Moonlight Beach 3. Sofia Zawasky at the Encinitas Street Fair 4. Buddies taking in the summer nights together 5. Smiling vegetables at the Encinitas Foodie Fest 6. Basking in the Cardiff Beach surf 7. All smiles at Village Park Movie Night 8. Snug as bugs in a rug watching Happy Feet 2 outside with friends 9. Jumping along the shore at Cardiff Beach 10. Summertime fun at Movies in the Park

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Fun for the whole family at the Del Mar Golf Center

by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Michael Bielecki


hether you’re 6 or 60, experienced golfer or enthusiast, the Del Mar Golf Center is the place for you. “It’s a recreation center,” explained General Manager, Matt Clay. “It’s a place where the whole family can come and have fun.” The Del Mar Golf Center, located on Jimmy Durante Boulevard just across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is a full-service recreation facility. It includes a driving range, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, PGA golf instruction, and a golf shop.

Fun for Kids

Top-Tier Training

The Del Mar Golf Center isn’t just for adults. The Center hosts birthday parties, summer camps for kids ages 4-15, and is the home of Pelly’s Mini Golf. The two 18-hole mini-golf courses, Pelly’s Ocean Adventure and Pelly’s Surfin’ Safari, are both ADA-accessible, and were constructed with environmentally-friendly designs, using recycled materials, drought-tolerant landscaping, and organic fertilizer. The ocean and surf themes for the courses were developed with the help of the Birch Aquarium and Surfrider Foundation, and both courses feature educational facts and conversation tips throughout.

GM Matt Clay makes it a priority to employ only the highest-quality coaches. “We pride ourselves on maintaining a top quality facility and providing excellent golf instruction,” said Matt. All instructors are PGA trained, and private lessons include the use of video analysis so golfers can truly perfect their swing. As Matt described, “Students are able to see adjustments and improvements on the spot which enhance the learning process.” During summer camps, kids ages 4-15 have the opportunity to improve their game while learning the essentials of golf safety and etiquette from the trained instructors.

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Del Mar Golf Center Owner: 22nd District Agricultural Association – Del Mar Fairgrounds Manager:

Matt Clay


General Manager

Years in Position:


Year of Establishment:



15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014

Website: Email contact:

Phone: 858-481-0363

Our goal is to help you improve your skills and achieve the maximum enjoyment from the game.” ~General Manager, Matt Clay

State-of-the-Art Facility

Fun for All

With one of the largest driving ranges in southern California, the largest grass tee in the county, and a free short game area, the Del Mar Golf Center is uniquely equipped to help serious golfers up their game through individual practice, private lessons, or weekend classes. The Center boasts 76 hitting stalls, 26 green tee stalls, and a free practice bunker as well. Instructors focus on the fundamentals of the golf swing first and develop an individual development plan for each student. “Our goal is to help you improve your skills and achieve the maximum enjoyment from the game,” added Matt.

“The Center is a great place to enjoy golf, starting with mini golf all the way to high-end golf instruction,” Matt declared. “We’ve got something for everyone.” Get the most current updates and coupons by following the Del Mar Golf Center on Facebook or by visiting their website at Or, just drop in! ¢

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oonlight State Beach is a true gem in the 92024 community. The beach has been popular with beachgoers for more than one hundred years and offers everything one could ever want to enjoy in a day at the beach. We had the opportunity to learn the history of the beach, discover the success of the Encinitas Junior Lifeguard and Beach Kids programs and uncover what’s in store for Moonlight this Fall. Our hats go off to the lifeguards, the Marine Safety Department and the City of Encinitas for keeping Moonlight that simple, beautiful and fun place where everyone wants to hang out.

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Highlights • 12.7 acres with fire rings, picnic tables, showers, restrooms, concession building, new children’s play area and 203 parking spaces

• 1990 Public workshops and meetings held with State agencies to develop master plan

• July 2003 Traffic and Hydrology Studies completed (recommended changes to traffic and drainage)

• Over 1.4 million annual visitors

• 1996 Council and State approval of master plan

• Approximately $400,000 spent annually on operations, maintenance and lifeguard services

• 1999 City constructs the C Street Overlook ($200,000), per approved master plan

• Cottonwood Creek serves as the outfall for a majority of the Encinitas storm water runoff

• 2001 UV filtration plant installed

• May 2005 Loading zone improvements completed and the sand area is extended, ice-plant removed ($20,000)

• 2002 SANDAG beach replenishment project is completed (88,000 cubic yards of sand)

• April 2005 Staff begins negotiations with the State for extending lease agreement

• 2002 parking lot improvements to include turf along sidewalks and palm tree plantings ($20,000)

• December 2007 Staff completes negotiations with State for extension of lease agreement

• Home to numerous special events and activities throughout the year, to include Encinitas Triathlon, Encinitas 5K, Jr. Lifeguards and summer concerts • October 1989 city enters into a 20-year operating and maintenance agreement with the state

• December 2002 State Parks Collaborative established

• January 2004 Playground area completed ($166,000), per approved master plan

• 2008 Lease agreement approved by City Council

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92024 Q&A

with Recreation Supervisor

Nick Buck

What is your role with operations of Moonlight State Beach as Recreation Supervisor?

What are the most popular programs/ events that take place at Moonlight State Beach?

What changes have been made to Moonlight State Beach since its establishment?

Junior Lifeguard Program and Encinitas Beach Kids

Bro-Am event is the biggest at Moonlight Beach. The

was added in 1998. It has been a popular wedding

programs. Our Parks and Beaches Division staff

8-year event features huge bands, top pro surfers and

venue ever since. The playground was added in 2000,

handle day-to-day maintenance of the facility and along

what seems like the entire surf and music world right

and the attached picnic area along Cottonwood Creek

with our Administrative Services Division, plan and

on our beach. Every year, Moonlight Beach hosts the

was added in 2006.

coordinate projects. The Admin division permits use

Encinitas Sports and Fitness Festival in May which

of the Facility for special events, surf instruction and

includes Triathlons, a Duathlon, a 5K Run, Paddle and


Swim events as well as an expo. Every summer, the

I am responsible for administering our Encinitas

Event-wise, without a doubt, the annual Switchfoot

City of Encinitas “Sunday Summer Concerts by the

Moonlight State Beach is a State Beach but it is run by the City of Encinitas. Please explain the role the City has in operations.

Sea” series featuring a main stage right on the sand, is a big hit in July and August. In September, all the clas-

The Moonlight Beach Overlook (at the end of C St.)

Moonlight State Beach is about to have a complete makeover. Please provide specific details of what beachgoers are to expect in the near future. Moonlight beach will get a whole new look. The

sic “Woodies” will make their way to Moonlight Beach

existing concession stand and restroom facilities

for the 33rd year at the annual Woody Meet. Without a

will be removed and a new combined restroom and

Moonlight Beach is owned by the State of California

doubt, the biggest beach program in Encinitas is Junior

concession stand building will go up at the top of the

and operated by the City through a long-term lease

Guards. For almost 20 years, it has been almost a rite

parking lot slope. The restroom building will have two

agreement. The City maintains and operates Moonlight

of passage for Encinitas youth and teens. Going into

family style restrooms, with changing rooms within the

State Beach under a Memorandum of Understanding.

its third summer, Beach Kids turns the little Encinitans

men’s and women’s restroom. Shuffling things around

This MOU gives the city the right to maintain and

into confident and skilled beach-goers. Parks and Rec

will result in more open beach space and add a paved

operate Moonlight State Beach as well as Beacon’s

also runs surf camps and clinics year round right at

ADA accessible walk around the iconic palm tree. Also

and Grandview Beach accesses. The City pays for

Moonlight Beach.

the fire pits will be relocated and 4 of them will be ADA accessible. A lot of thought and effort has gone into the

all maintenance and operations costs and the State

Why is Moonlight State Beach such a popular beach among locals and tourists alike?

design of the facilities and aesthetics. A big goal of the

Moonlight Beach really is a gem that has been popular

you’re bound to run into friends there. Right next to

with beachgoers around here for more than a hundred

downtown and the 101, it’s just such a fun place to

years. The natural “cove” creates a cozy, tucked-in

hang out. Tourists love it for the free parking, its ease

Will the makeover impact the accessibility of the beach?

facility that offers everything you could ever want to

of use, the great views from the bluff above and the

able. Construction is scheduled to begin in September

enjoy your day at the beach. It’s so convenient, just a

sense of security in having lifeguards keeping a watch-

2012 and to be complete by mid May 2013.

straight shot down Encinitas Blvd. to the Ocean, plenty

ful eye on the surf. What’s not to like?

approves all improvements.

What sets Moonlight State Beach apart from other local beaches?

project is for facilities to have a natural fit and feel in the cove and to look great.

It simply has it all and is the place to be. If you’re local,

Yes, during construction limited access will be avail-

of freeparking (free, seriously, where else do you find that these days?), a concession stand that serves great food, some of the best ocean lifeguards in the business and tons of sand and awesome surf breaks. With the addition of the playground structure and grassy areas a few years back, we’ve got you covered even if you somehow get tired of the surf and sand. The iconic tall Canary Island Palm just looks so cool too. As if that’s not enough, show up any day and you’re sure to see some amazing beach volleyball talent on the courts and maybe spot a pro or two. On December 23 this past year, local kids even took to sledding “Encinitas Style” on the sand berm in front of the lifeguard tower. How cool is that?

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Future combined restroom and concession stand concept. Scheduled for May 2013 completion.

92024 Q&A LARRY with ENCINITAS LIFEGUARD CAPTAIN What is the history behind Moonlight State Beach? How did it come to be?


It is said that the “moonlight” in the name of the beach comes from the fact that local residents used to come to the area for midnight picnics in the early 1900s. Please confirm and/or elaborate.

Encinitas lifeguards attempt to ensure that everyone

That is one reason that is out there. It is also

beach and all waterways within the city.

said that Moonlight Beach got its name during the

Hazardous material spills that involve beach, ocean,

bootlegging era of alcohol. Al Capone ran a big

and waterways are taken care of by the division. Jr.

In the 1920’s the beach used to have a restaurant, pool

operation in Mexico. He and his crews would traffic

Lifeguard programs are under our role. We also

hall, dance hall and burger stand. It started out as a

rum-runs up to areas off the coast. Moonlight Beach

have our lifeguard trucks and small boats to patrol

beach run by county lifeguards. The state parks took it

was notable from boats offshore because the sand

waterways and beaches.

over in the 1960’s. They remodeled it and dismantled

would light up to the boaters looking for shore. The

the old facilities. Wood from the dismantled dance hall

visual is one version of why Moonlight Beach holds

and bathhouse was recycled by one of Encinitas’ most

its name.

It had a lot to deal with Cottonwood Creek, the

freshwater creek that empties into the ocean. It drains directly in to Moonlight State Beach. Also, a train used to stop here for water. It had to get the water in order to operate. Having this train stop brought the small town to become a city.

noted recyclers, Mr. Miles Minor Kellogg. Since the building had a low ceiling, the wood wasn’t long enough to use in an ordinary house. Mr. Kellogg had an interest in the sea, so the idea came to him to use the material to build boat houses. The boat houses seen on 3rd Street in Encinitas today are the result of his skills and imagination.

The Marine Safety division of the City of Encinitas is responsible for providing beach safety services for the 3.5 miles of coastline at Encinitas owned or operated beaches. What are the beach services provided?

has a safe and enjoyable time at our city beaches. We perform swiftwater, cliff, open and under-water rescues, first-aid, mitigation of safety hazards on the beach and provide public safety information. We perform medical aid coverage in the water on the

Have members of operations of Moonlight State Beach received any accolades or awards for their service(s)? If so, please provide details.

Paul Giuliano will be receiving an award on July 17 for his years of service with the city.

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Beach Blast

Crystal Hollins Helps Kids Stay Safe and Have a Blast at the Beach by WYNNE LOVE


f your kids love the ocean, and perhaps all the more if they don’t, you’ll want to sign them up for Encinitas Beach Kids. Lead Instructor Crystal Hollins has been a lifeguard since her youth. Her love of the sun and surf, and her desire to share that love with kids, prompted her to create the program after seventeen years as founder and instructor for the successful Junior Lifeguard program. In 2010, Crystal left the Junior Lifeguard program in Jon Strickland’s hands and decided to launch a new venture. “I saw an opportunity to focus on the younger kids and teach them safety and educate them while playing games and having fun at the beach,”

explained Crystal. The result was Encinitas Beach Kids, now in its third year. Held every summer in two-week sessions at Moonlight Beach, the program teaches 6, 7 and 8 year olds about beach safety, marine animals, basic first aid, water etiquette and body boarding. “The goal is to focus on the fears young kids have at that age and to educate them while building confidence,” explained Crystal, “all while enjoying the beautiful beach environment that we live in.” Crystal packs the three-hour sessions full of fun activities, including water games, beach relays and obstacle courses. Participants also get to learn first aid skills, do crafts and games with marine animal props and paint their faces

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on “Zinka” days. With only one other program of its kind in the county, Encinitas offers a special experience for local children, with teachers who are enthusiastic to share their love of the ocean. As Crystal remarked, “The best part about teaching the kids is seeing them learn and grow up each summer and seeing the young adults they turn out to be.” Crystal enjoys running, swimming, surfing and playing with her five children. She looks forward to helping the program grow and watching even more children become avid beachgoers, lifeguards or even instructors. Have kids of your own? Check it out at


ncinitas residents already know all the beauty Moonlight Beach has to offer. The fine sand, playground, picnic tables, parking, restrooms and concession stand make it a primary destination for beachgoers. Those features also make it the perfect home for a junior lifeguard program. “Our goal is to educate young people in ocean and beach safety while building selfconfidence and appreciation for the ocean,” explained Lead Instructor and Encinitas native Jon Strickland. For the last 22 years, the program has done just that. Encinitas Beach Kids director Crystal Hollins founded the program in 1992 with 12 participants, and this year, the program had more than 1,000 participants and was the largest program of its kind in the county. The Encinitas Junior Lifeguard Program teaches ocean safety to kids aged 9-17. The goal is to build their stamina and teach lifesaving skills while participants enjoy swimming, surfing, body-boarding and competing. In other words, they learn critical skills while having a great time. This year, they will have a local paraplegic buoy-swimmer as a guest speaker and will send teams to the Cal State Games and the Junior Lifeguard Regional Competition. “Our program has a unique environment and extremely passionate professional lifeguard instructors,” elaborated Jon. This is Jon’s third year overseeing the Junior Lifeguard program, and his twelfth year as an ocean lifeguard with the city. “It is really rewarding to watch [the instructors] settle into their roles and become great assets within the program,” he remarked. “We are a mix of young professionals who love to teach our summer trade.” A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and an avid triathlete, Jon brings a wealth of experience to the program. In addition to his exceptional athleticism, including two successful Alcatraz swim crossings, he has worked as a volunteer firefighter, an Emergency Medical Technician and a high school teacher. Jon enjoys traveling and has visited twelve countries, but is proud to call Encinitas home and truly enjoys his work. “I am thankful every day that my parents raised me in Encinitas and I am able to call Moonlight Beach my office.” ¢

RESCUE ME! A Peak into Moonlight Beach’s Junior Lifeguard Program by WYNNE LOVE

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Fire-Breathing DRAGONS Join the Greatest Show on Earth ® by KATHY LOY


here are certain events that mark a childhood - experiences that kids remember for a lifetime. A trip to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey® Circus is certainly one of those, and even San Diegans who’ve seen the circus before have yet to see a show like this. Firebreathing, flying, fantastical DRAGONS have joined the Greatest Show on Earth®! The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® Circus is bringing San Diegans a legendary once-in-a-millennium event celebrating the year of the dragon. Some of the extraordinary performers include: • The Shaolin Warriors with their Kung Fu martial arts. • Alexander Lacey, making his U.S. debut presents the only mixed-cat act of its kind with tigers and lions together. • Cossack Riders who amaze with their equestrian acrobatics. • The Flying Caceres who perform on the only double-decker trapeze in the world. • Plus daredevil motorcyclists in the Globe

of Steel, the Russian Bar Renegades and Teeterboard Titans troupes, double motorcycle high-wire stunts, Clown Alley, the majestic Ringling Bros. Asian elephants, lions, tigers, dogs, cats, and so much more! According to Lindsay Santa, spokesperson for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, be sure to arrive early. “Come one hour before show time for each performance to meet our performers and animals on the show floor at the interactive ‘all-access pre-show’, which is free for all ticket holders. Families can take pictures and get up close to see the animals, learn juggling and balancing skills and get performer autographs,” said Lindsay. It’s a major production just getting the circus to each stop within the 90-city U.S. tour. Like circuses of yesteryear, this production travels across the country by train, averaging 350 miles between cities and preparing over 109,000 meals each year in the Pie Car, the traveling diner. The Ringling Bros. train is making a four day stop in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly known as the Sports Arena) from Thursday, August 23 – Sunday, August

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26, 2012. Ticket prices are $17, $23, $40 (VIP, $55 (front row), and $85 (Circus Celebrity). All seats are reserved; tickets available thru, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office. ¢


Mustangs Fall Sports Season Outlook by Athletic Director Ryan Yee


elcome to San Dieguito Academy’s 2012/2013 academic year and the 2012 fall sports season. SDA has a rich history of providing its students with connections to school and the community. Approximately 40% of our student population connect to and represent SDA through our athletics programs. Of these 600+ student athletes, the majority also excel in the classroom earning GPAs of 3.5 or higher, as well as round out their school experiences by participating in additional extra curricular activities such as our visual and performing arts programs and numerous clubs. The SDA athletics department invites you to join us in our support of our student athletes’ efforts on the courts, fields, courses, tracks, and in the pools at any of our games. Our teams’ schedules are available at the SDA website – Our athletes, coaches, staff and parents would very much appreciate your encouragement in our endeavor of shaping our students into upstanding young adults and community members. Go Mustangs! ¢ Ryan Yee Athletic Director San Dieguito Academy

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Encinitas Resident McGhee Raises Money for Breast Cancer Awareness by KATHY LOY | photo by Soul of Photography


he best thing to hear when you are looking for a volunteer might be “I have trouble saying no.” Melissa McGhee is a great volunteer because not only does she have trouble saying no, she thinks raising money is fun. “Truthfully, I am addicted to volunteering and using and sharing my skills. Volunteering works for me. It’s simply fulfilling,” she explained. Melissa began raising money for breast cancer in 2004 when she joined her college roommate’s breast cancer walk team called Boobs on the Move®. The goal was to create original ideas to raise money in order to participate in the event. From this, ideas for ~ Melissa McGhee the OktoberBreast® block party and Pink Pancake Breastfast® were born and implemented – all focused on raising money and awareness for non-profit breast cancer organizations. To date, Boobs on the Move® has raised over $500,000 and new ideas keep hatching. A Boot Art Auction called Art Stomp™ is planned for this Fall where local and regional artists will contribute original work that incorporates or is inspired by the cowboy boot. The artwork will be auctioned off for a charity fundraiser benefitting a local breast cancer non-profit. “So far, the pieces are eclectic and amazing,” said Melissa. “We are looking for a local venue to host the auction event and we are still open to more boot art too.” When she isn’t raising money for breast cancer awareness and prevention, Melissa is volunteering at her children’s school, Capri Elementary. “I’ve been able to keep my professional skills in check while raising my family. I am a mom, wife and community volunteer – and not always in that order. I have been known to ‘sacrifice some to save many’ more than once,” she mentioned. In her free time, Melissa can be found at the YMCA, playing soccer mom, or with her family at Cardiff reef. She said, “I love food and feeding people the good stuff – the cancer fighting stuff. I am a lucky girl!” ¢

“Truthfully, I am addicted to volunteering and using and sharing my skills. Volunteering works for me. It’s simply fulfilling.”

At A Glance Name: Melissa Wadley McGhee Residence: Fox Point, Encinitas Affiliation: Boobs on the Move® – a grass roots effort to stop breast cancer through active prevention and generosity (and have a little fun while we’re at it). Website: Phone: 858-356-2686 34 • • Premiere Issue 2012

Encinitas Sprint Triathlon photos by Soul of Photography


he 7th annual Encinitas Sprint Triathlon took place at Moonlight Beach State Park in mid-May. The multisport event welcomed both newbies and experienced competitors. Among the four challenging events were the Sprint

Triathlon, the Super Sprint Triathlon, the Beach Duathlon and the Sprint Triathlon Relay. Congratulations to Heather Jackson and Derek Oskutis – the reigning champs of the 2012 B&L Sprint Triathlon! ¢

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Lit era

:::: IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD | Local outdoor adventures

Home Sweet Home

Camping Done the Easy Way by TARA PRITCHETT | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography


here’s nothing like the great outdoors and camping is one way to take it all in, plus it’s hugely exciting for kids. Camping brings a change of pace, fresh air, and the chance to wake up to a chorus of birdsong to name a few things. The adventure allows for families to spend time together while teaching skills that can be useful later life. Trying it close to home, in your own backyard, is a good way to start.

• Let the kids take their favorite toys, but try to be unplugged completely while camping. • Don’t forget the bug spray. Camping is fun, bug bites aren’t.

Make it a True Adventure

Keep it Simple • Pick a spell of good weather. A soggy tent and muddy ground will probably have you running inside the house. • Pick a date when the kids don’t have school or events the next day. • Don’t have too large a tent. A small one will be much quicker and easier to put up. The smaller the tent, the more enticing to the kids. Better yet, if it’s a clear night, skip the tent altogether and sleep out under the stars.

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• As much as possible, pretend the house is not there. • Don’t use electricity. • Play some games. A scavenger hunt, a few rounds of tag or a croquet game are all great family activities. • Use crayons to take nature rubbings in your yard or press flowers and leaves into a scrapbook. • Explore your neighborhood. Set out with a compass or map to trek local trails. • Plan a sensational dinner that can be cooked entirely on the barbecue. • Do some bird watching, sing campfire songs and swap ghost stories. Bring a tape recorder so you can record the best

songs and the scariest ghost stories for posterity. Make a campfire. Involve kids in collecting wood and teach them how to light and manage a fire safely. Do some stargazing and be sure to give up on bedtime…everyone will eventually fall asleep to the sounds of nature. Sheltering from the occasional shower can be fun! Arrange a bit of rain using the garden sprinkler. Light the barbecue again after it gets dark so that you can enjoy a late-night marshmallow roast. When all is said and done have all your weary campers gather together for breakfast…either around the fire pit or perhaps make the decision to head inside to your own dining room… because you have that luxury.

Now go outside and set up camp…no travel required! ¢

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Keep your home


How to boost your home security while you are vacationing by TARA PRITCHETT


ome security is certainly an important part of any trip plan whether you’re preparing for a quick getaway or an extended vacation. To make sure your home security is up to par and you can truly enjoy your trip, run through the following home security tips before you hit the road. • Locate and turn off the main water valve, which is usually found on the front, street-facing side of a home’s lower level. • Drain toilets and tanks by holding down the flush lever until the water is gone. • Turn off the water heater. • Turn off all nonessential electrical circuit breakers in your home’s electrical box. • Disconnect/ unplug all appliances large and small. • Turn off your A/C. • Put lights in main living areas on timers and set them to simulate occupancy. • Don’t broadcast your absence or your location of vacation with photos and/or status updates on social media like Facebook or Twitter. • Leave blinds and curtains in normal positions wherever possible, taking care not to expose belongings. • Protect valuables from theft

(important papers, jewelry, etc.) by securing them in a home safe or safe deposit box. • Make sure your computer is turned off and disconnected from the Internet, particularly if it contains personal information. • Put away or shred telltale bills and receipts that add to the risk of identity theft. • Activate your alarm system and notify the home security company of your days away

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providing them with interim contact information. • Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked before you leave for vacation. • Finish all yard work before you go while giving special attention to trimming trees and shrubs near windows and entries. • Improve exterior lighting by putting outdoor lighting on timers. Add motion-sensitive lamps in dark pockets, as well as in natural pathways. • Remove secret keys from their undisclosed outdoor locations, providing only one of your duplicates to the person who’ll be in charge while you’re out of town. • Organize your neighbors. A neighborhood watch won’t cost you anything but some time. For tips, visit • Have a house helper collect your mail, parcels and newspapers daily. • Invite a neighbor or family member to park a car in your driveway. • Inform the local police department of your plans so they can add your home to their vacation watch list. ¢

Conner’s Legacy Lives on Via Conner’s Cause for Children by AMY LEHRER


ur humanity often inspires us to help those in need. Sometimes we experience excruciating pain and then make it our mission to spare others this same trauma. And other times we merely recognize the burdens of others and decide to help. Judy and John Champ’s four year old son Conner died of brain cancer despite aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and steroid treatments. This experience forced the Champs to recognize what was truly important – spending time loving their son, finding the best facilities and treatments for him, and preparing him for death by reading books and discussing heaven – and what was not as important at this critical time – working, paying bills and dealing with insurance companies. Meanwhile, two inspired moms of Conner’s two best friends, combined with friends and neighbors, joined

forces to raise money to pay mounting bills so the Champs could focus their physical and emotional energy on Conner. This fundraising effort became the nonprofit organization Conner’s Cause for Children. “After our bills were paid,” Judy Champ explained, “Conner’s Cause began to help other families who had a child who was afflicted with a life threatening illness.” Over the past eighteen years more than 4,000 families have received money to pay for utility and phone bills, gas, groceries, special equipment needed by the children not covered by insurance, revamping of vehicles or homes to accommodate wheelchairs, and travel expenses to obtain care and treatment. According to board member Karen Gliner, the goal is that “No child goes without access to treatment or dignified in home care because of a family’s lack of resources.” Most families who need assistance are referred by social workers or health care providers, but

some families find Conner’s Cause via word of mouth or through the organization’s website. Those wanting to contribute to Conner’s Cause are encouraged to attend future fundraisers like the Summer Lovin’ Luncheon Boutique and Fashion Show that occured in early June at The Santaluz Club, buy art at community charity partner Art N Soul on 101 in Encinitas, raise their own funds, or make their own very welcomed donations of any size. To make a tax deductible donation or learn more about Conner’s Cause for Children visit ¢

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Encinitas Sushi Lounge has Found the Recipe for Success


by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

t seems like every corner you turn there is another new sushi restaurant to try, and with San Diegans always seeking the freshest sushi spot around, it’s a tough industry. Encinitas Sushi Lounge is here to stay on top of its game. With its casual and welcoming environment, the place sings to the beachy San Diego crowd. And, by offering quality and fresh ingredients it keeps them coming back for more. Business partners, Frank Interlandi and Katie Rooney started their interest six years ago after breaking off from another local sushi eatery in search of their own venture. “We reached a point where upward progress was no longer an option and we felt we could have success on our own, as we love the industry and cuisine,” said Rooney. “We are thrilled to have our doors open in Encinitas.” From the start, Frank and Katie knew that in order to succeed, Encinitas Sushi Lounge would need to appeal to the masses. Today, it looks like they got it right with the grand opening of the Encinitas location. “I think we have been able to really capture all demographics through some aspect – the music, the wine and sake, the service, etc…” said Rooney. The restaurant prides itself on offering a “fresh alternative with emphasis on the freshest ingredients.” With this mantra in mind, they have a “well-trained staff who knows how to spot product that is not up to PSL standards,” said Rooney, “it’s truly a group effort.” The most popular item on the menu is the Tsunami Roll - grilled shrimp, asparagus, avocado and crab, topped with Cajun Albacore. Another customer favorite: the specialty sashimi dishes, such as the Citrus Chili Yellowtail and the Peppered Ahi. A gluten free menu and kid’s menu are also available. And the rave reviews are in. Encinitas Sushi Lounge already has 4.5 stars for reviews on Yelp with customers praising sushi, service and atmosphere. Their sister restaurant in Poway was voted Best Sushi by readers, won “Sushi Wars” on Channel 6, was a multiple winner of Channel 10’s “A-list,” and has been recognized by various local papers. “We really strive to be leaders in our industry,” said Rooney. “We are consistent with sourcing the best product and staying true to what we have always done, which is provide a place for anyone to come in and enjoy the freshest sushi.” ¢

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n such a male dominated sport, the only women who probably come to mind when talking football are the cheerleaders on the sidelines. But the female athletes of the San Diego Surge are proving very quickly that women’s football isn’t your typical powder-puff game. The Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) was founded by Dr. Lisa Kng and Dr. Jeff King in the spring of 2009 in order to establish North America’s highest level of women’s football. Joining a roster of 62 teams in 2011 were our hometown competitors – the San Diego Surge – and they have been making quite a name for themselves ever since. Fighting their way to be 8-0 in their first season, Owners Christina Carrillo and Melissa Gallegos are no strangers to athletic success. Christina has played women’s football since 2001 and Melissa

was a member of the 2010 USA Women’s National Team that won the gold medal in Sweden. Currently, the two have established a mission for those who represent SD Surge to strive to become better players, coaches and citizens of the communities on and off the field. The women also take pride in the bond they share between themselves and their teammates. In WFA there are no trades made between teams, so creating a solid foundation and working from the ground up is a crucial part of their league. The 2012 season championships will be held on August 4 and if the Surge are to make it, they will be competing at Heinz Field – turf of the Pittsburgh Steelers. ¢ For more information on the San Diego Surge, visit



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Short Sales, Foreclosures and Loan Mods Taxable? by SCOTT VOAK


his issue, I want to make you aware of some potential changes to the tax implications for a short sale, foreclosure and loan modification. When a lender loses money on a loan because they foreclosed, accepted a short sale, or modified the principal, they file for a loss on their taxes – and send you a 1099 for the offsetting gain. The gain is called Debt Relief Income and it is taxable. However, as long as certain conditions are met (mainly that the home is your primary residence and the loan does not exceed the purchase price + improvements), both the state and federal governments have waived these taxes. That waiver is set to end on December 31, 2012. It other words, if you owe $600,000 on your home and the bank only achieves $500,000 through either a foreclosure or short sale that closes next year, not only do you lose your home, but you will have to show an extra $100,000 in income and pay taxes on it. While it may seem better to short sell or foreclose on your home now than pay the taxes next year, there may be other options. No two situations are the same and you should get professional advice to put together a plan that specifically addresses your needs. I have assembled a team with a bankruptcy attorney, credit repair attorney and a CPA to help people determine the best course of action. Consultations are free, so if you would like to meet to discuss options, please give me a call. ¢

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Hey kids, teens and is your summer reading going?


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS amazing dana the magician: Magical Dreams Wednesday, July 18 at 4 p.m. When you dream, magic can happen! Jump rope workshop Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Practice jump rope skills for fun and fitness with a member of the USA Jump Stars team. Recommended for ages 6 – 12. puppet circo! Wednesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Circus-themed puppet show. dream & draw: characters from dr. seuss Monday, July 30 at 1 p.m. A fun step-by-step drawing class with Miss Lisa. Ages 6 – 12; registration required.

TEEN PROGRAMS hip hop dance workshop Thursday, July 26 at 4 p.m. Learn the latest hip hop moves with a member of the Culture Shock San Diego team. “Starry, starry night”: Acrylic painting like van gogh Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. Tap into your inner artist and “Gogh for it!” Ages 11 – 16; registration required.

ADULT PROGRAMS A dreamy, romantic concert performed by the kensington trio Saturday, July 28 from 2 – 3 p.m. Classically trained musicians that have performed together since 2001. acoustic concert series: kev Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. Known for high energy live shows, KEV inspires, educates and motivates his audience to become involved with music. housing clinic Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attend free educational sessions and speak to a lawyer, housing or mortgage counselor on foreclosure, bankruptcy and how to keep your home.

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earn your diet diploma and graduate dieting forever Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. Personal nutrition coaching, in depth intuitive guidance, mindful eating plans and more.

FAMILY PROGRAMS 80s Movie summer Tuesdays from 4 – 6 p.m. A different classic movie from the 1980s shown on a full-size movie screen. first sunday music series: Jeff Moore Blues band Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. Jeff Moore, a gifted guitar player will perform rhythm and blues classics. puppet circo! Wednesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Circus-themed puppet show. dream & draw: characters from dr. seuss Monday, July 30 at 1 p.m. A fun step-by-step drawing class with Miss Lisa. Ages 6 – 12; registration required.



ADULT PROGRAMS 6 Steps to tune up your health Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Learn what it means to live optimally and the 6 steps that can get you there. world war II lecture Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. San diego shakespeare society monthly open reading Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. A series of fun open readings on the second Tuesday of every month of scenes from Shakespeare. thai cooking demonstration Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. Enjoy a food demonstration with Krongtong Na Songkhla. mistakes people make at the gym Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Learn the most common mistakes people make at the gym and tips for how you can avoid them.

FAMILY PROGRAMS dance around the world: family folk dance party! Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. Fun, food and folk dancing for all ages.

doggie tales: read to dogs Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 3 – 4 p.m. Kids practice reading with certified therapy dogs from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society chapter of Love on a Leash.

first sunday music series: danny green trio Sunday, Aug. 5 from 2 – 3 p.m. Danny keeps the tradition of jazz piano alive thhrough the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms.

California reads: “Mukashi, mukashi”... japanese tales of adventure Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. Exciting folktales from Japan, told in English using the traditional kamishibai method of a wooden stage and large, beautifully illustrated cards.

japan festival Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1 – 4 p.m. Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan with exciting cultural performances, sushi, snacks, origami, a prize raffle and more.

TEEN PROGRAMS library late night: zombie party! Friday, Aug. 3 from 6 – 10 p.m. pre-teen/teen writing club Friday, Aug. 10 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A group for teens, led by a teen! For anyone 11 – 14 years old interested in creative or fictional writing.

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california reads film screening & talk: Japanese-american internment experience Monday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. Mr. Tak Sugimoto will talk about his Japanese internment camp experience before and after a free screening of “Come See the Paradise”, a love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American History. Refreshments provided.



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