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Vol. 3, No. 4 TM

Keepsake Box I recently discovered something very special. While shifting boxes around and cleaning out our family’s ministorage, 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 issue of 92127 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 92127’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 16. 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 our magazine to life right before your eyes on your smart phone or tablet device. Take a minute to visit page 13 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 92127 Magazine in your mailbox – this new technology is merely an extraordinary interactive enhancement to your 92127 reading experience. Go ahead, download the ZGlass app and give it a try!

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92129 Magazine // RANCHO PENASQUITOS Touchdown!

Rancho Peñasquitos Pop Warner and Cheer has been a household name in the 92129 community for over 35 years. We talk with President Rick Hudson and Cheer Coordinator Jeri Rook.

Sister Act

Abby and Erika Friedemann count their blessings after surviving a 7.2 magnitude Mexicali quake. The two share with us how they have passed on their good fortune with children in Mexico.

Meet the Famiglia

After living in Italy, the Keefers happily call Rancho Peñasquitos home. For more information and articles, visit

92131 Magazine // SCRIPPS RANCH The Faces of Scripps Ranch High School

Scripps Ranch High School is committed to preparing students for the future. Principal Ann Menna and students explain why SRHS provides students with great opportunities.

Iris Zheng

Six-year-old Iris Zheng is an accomplished ballet dancer, artist, swimmer and she’s bilingual!

Queen of Scream

“So You Think You Can Dance” star and Scripps Ranch resident Mary Murphy sits down with 92131 Magazine and talks about her life both on and off the camera. For more information and articles, visit

92064 Magazine // POWAY Changing Lives

It’s not just a branding statement at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. We take a look inside the Sulpizio Family Branch in Poway.

Putting Down Roots

After 13 moves, the Richards family is happily settled in Poway.

Sing Along

Break into song with the San Diego Children’s Choir. For more information and articles, visit


Children, youth and adults are reaping the benefits of participating in the plethora of activities provided by the CMR/SS Rec Center that has been a staple in the community for two decades. We talk with Chairperson Laurie Marcus.

The Silver Age

RB resident Iszak says “thank you” with his Silver Age Yoga program for seniors.

Just Dance

Emma Bradvica is not a girl to sit on the sidelines. We talk with this energetic fifth grader from Shoal Creek Elementary. For more information and articles, visit

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fourth of july carnival & FIREWORKS



fourth of july carnival & FIREWORKS


Carnival and fireworks in 4S Ranch. The carnival will feature a trivia contest, water slides, jumps, games and crafts. Swim for free at Pacific Swim from 10 am - 4 pm for residents with photo IDs. Fireworks display begins at dusk at Del Norte High School. STARTS AT 1 PM LINEAR PARK & DEL NORTE HIGH SCHOOL



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Seminars, workshops with comic book professionals, characters, feature film previews, celebrities and portfolio review sessions.

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




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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 some “updates” to this issue of 92127 Magazine. These transformations are more than just a facelift. We are turning new pages faster than we can finish them. We have three big developments to unveil in this issue of 92127 Magazine. First, our magazine division has a new name, ZCode Magazines. With the launch of three more magazines in Encinitas and South Carlsbad, we wanted to make sure our nine magazines could be unified under a name synonymous with our publications. Second, we are getting ready to move our operations to a brand new, state-of-the-art media center just down the street from our current offices – we will update with photos in the next issue! Third, and what I’m most excited for, is the launch of our brand new app, ZGlass. ZGlass is an augmented reality viewer app we produced to literally bring the pages of 92127 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 92127 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. 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. The next time you hear someone say that “print is dead”, simply pull this issue of 92127 Magazine out, launch your ZGlass app on your iPad and show them that print in 92127 is just starting to come to life. ¢

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Lights, Camera, 3D Action Del Sur Kindergarten Class Takes Home Two SDCOE iVIE Awards by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography


egan Power’s 2011-12 Kindergarten class received their first taste of show business fame recently when they won two San Diego County Office of Education Innovative Video in Education (SDCOE iVIE) awards. “Our class won in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade category and won the People’s Choice Award for our 3D movie, ‘Flashback in Time,’” exclaimed Mrs. Power. “Flashback in Time” is a 3D video that takes viewers through the journey of a child creating his class project on the recent past – the 1920s, 1950s and 1980s. The students filmed at three locations – the Poway Midland Railroad, Corvette Diner and North County

Fair. According to Mrs. Power, the students were involved in all aspects of the moviemaking process, from conceptualization, research, scripting, storyboarding, filming and editing. “Just because students are young doesn’t mean that they can’t research or understand concepts. My students quickly learn that even Kindergarteners can make a difference,” declared Mrs. Power. Mrs. Power has been engaging her Kindergartners in video projects for the past three years, and she is always amazed by how much the students learn during the making of a film. This year the students learned not only about the context of filmmaking, but also how the eye and the brain process 3D. “There is just something about creating a video with students. It completely engages them and inspires them to learn,” said Mrs. Power, who is grateful to Sony for generously donating a 3D camera for “Flashback in Time.”

Each year, she enters the finished film in the SDCOE iVIE Awards, a video festival hosted by the San Diego Office of Education. The mission of the festival is to encourage the use of video in the classroom with project based learning. “This year, there were more than 400 films submitted. It is inspiring to have a county that takes the time to encourage, share and honor student work at such a big event,” explained Mrs. Power. Regardless of the outcome of the SDCOE iVIE Awards, Mrs. Power also hosts an annual “Red Carpet Premiere” event to celebrate the student’s hard work. Families and friends are invited, and the students give a presentation about the movie making process. “It is a magical event for the students and their families,” said Mrs. Power. ¢

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High Achie ver


April Takes Full Advantage of Everything Life has to Offer by AMY LEHRER | photos by Spark Photography


wo factors make April Hsu, an entering fourth grade GATE student at Stone Ranch Elementary School, successful. First, she embraces new experiences. “My school,” she explained, “has a lot of interesting activities throughout the year and I always try to participate.” She represented her third grade class in the Student Council, participated in her school’s Variety Show, practiced drawing and water color painting to produce beautiful flowers, and read voraciously, devouring detective stories and dog books, including Marley

and Me. Secondly, she understands hard work produces results. She admitted, “My mom and dad inspire me to work hard to get good grades.” Her mom’s recent switch to a part time position, so she could spend more time with her family deeply touched her, and she feels that her parents’ explanation of math concepts has given her the confidence required to conquer difficult problems. Proud of her Chinese roots, April

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April Hsu 9 Stone Ranch Elementary 4th Andy Hsu and Susanna He Aaron (6)

diligently studies at the San Diego Chinese Academy (SDCA), which she attends every Sunday. She’s won awards for speech, poetry recitation, character recognition and storytelling. When she represented SDCA in a speech contest at the Southern California Council of Chinese Schools, she earned fourth place, surpassing fierce competitors from over sixty Chinese schools. April also religiously practices her Gu Zheng, a traditional Chinese instrument with twenty-one strings. “The instrument looks so elegant,” she divulged, “and people are always awed by its divinely sound” – and the five hundred guests she performed for at UCSD can corroborate. “The fun thing is – my mom and I are taking lessons together. Sometimes,” she giggled, “we have a little competition to see who our instructor praises more during a lesson.” In addition to her academics, April competes in sports. She is in a competitive soccer league and is learning kung fu, enjoying the quick twists, turns, punches and kicks. Despite April’s busy schedule, she finds time to spend with her six-year-old brother, Aaron. She confided, “We both share a love for reading, so going to the library is one of our favorite activities.” In addition, they play soccer and build sand castles together. Due to her varied experiences and her strong work ethic, April’s future looks promising. She dreams of becoming a small animal practice veterinarian due to her love of dogs and hopes to one day visit mainland China so that she can fully appreciate Chinese culture and customs. ¢

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4SCF Donates $20,000 to Local Programs by KATHY LOY | photos by 4SCF

Grants Chair Herby Mutter and one of the 2012 Technology Grant Recipients Principal Cindy Venolia of Stone Ranch Elementary School

The 2012 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation Grantees


he 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF) hosted its 5th Annual Grant Awards Celebration in May, donating $20,000 to local technology programs. Grants were awarded to: Interactive Video Center – The Boy & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($7,500) The 4S branch will expand the scope of the Planet Health program using interactive video technology to promote physical fitness activities and nutritional education. Bloggie Lives to Enhance the Monthly Video Broadcast Production – Del Sur Elementary School ($1,000) The grant will assist Del Sur in purchasing HD pocket cameras capable of shooting and sharing footage wirelessly in order to make short videos that can be shared with students. Mobile Learning Solutions – Monterey Ridge Elementary ($2,450) Teachers and administrators will receive mobile tablets for a six-month trial period, after which recommendations will be made on how to best implement the devices into Poway schools. CHOICE/ASB Technology Collaboration – Oak Valley Middle School ($3,000) The OVMS CHOICE after school program supports at-risk students by providing a safe

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environment and connects them to a caring adult or mentor. The grant will fund the teacher stipend for a technology curriculum for students to produce multimedia projects about relevant social issues. Apple iPod Touch Learning Lab – Stone Ranch Elementary School ($3,500) Funding will be used towards the purchase of an iPod Touch Learning Lab, including 20 iPod Touch devices, a storage cart, connectivity accessories and more than 140 free apps for use in the classroom. Compass Learning Advanced Student Libraries – Stone Ranch Elementary School ($2,000) Funding provides additional libraries of reading and language usage activities in Compass Learning for high-achieving students who have surpassed the available activities of the nationwide RIT score for their grade. Installation of Promethean Board – Stone Ranch Elementary School ($550) Funds will pay for installation of an already existing promethean board. ¢

To join the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation, or get more information, call Trudy Armstrong at (619) 764-8602, or e-mail

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PRITCHETT’S road trip

TRAIL MIX Ingredients 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 ½ cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup

dried cranberries dried pineapple dried apple pieces honey roasted peanuts cashews toasted almonds candied pecans puppy chow* chocolate chips white chocolate, yogurt or butterscotch chips sunflower seeds or pepitas

Puppy Chow Ingredients 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup peanut butter 1 stick butter 1 (12 oz) Crispix cereal 1 lb powdered sugar

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Melt Puppy Chow ingredients together. Pour over Crispix until well coated. Put the powdered sugar into a paper bag. Add cereal mixture to bag and shake. After cooled, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. 6. Put in sandwich bags or airtight containers and hit the road!

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Road Trip Munchies


hen you enter about the fourth hour of a long road trip, the novelty of a Dairy Queen Blizzard or McDonald’s french fries starts to wear off. Packaged peanut butter crackers and gas station candy selections just won’t cut it anymore. This ultimate road trip trail mix recipe is full of classic ingredients. Of course, the best part about trail mix is that the possibilities of ingredients are endless and can be catered to your own preferences – from chocolate to nuts to fruit – anything goes! This is our take on a homemade favorite.


• Trail Mix is also known as ‘GORP’ - ‘good old raisins and peanuts’ • Some claim that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack. • The first literary mention of trail mix dates back to Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums where the two main characters describe their planned meals in their preparation for a hiking trip. • Trail Mix made news this year when Sony Pictures Entertainment suggested trail mix along with other better-for-you foods for movie theater concession stands instead of candy. ¢

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Thoughtful 3rd Grader Shows She Cares with Bears by KATHY LOY


lmost all kids love stuffed animals! When they’re small, children get attached to a teddy bear or bunny because it’s soft, feels good and provides comfort. An older child might love a stuffed dog because it can “play” at any time of the day or just because it smells good. As mucho as kids love them however, it’s easy for a pile of stuffed toys to grow so large that some are ignored. One entrepreneurial third grader at Monterey Ridge “I had a lot of stuffed Elementary School came animals that I didn’t up with a clever solution to play with anymore and stuffed-toy-overload. Jessica I thought someone else Hua Liang Carscadden explains, would like them.” “I came up with this project when ~ Jessica Hua Liang Carscadden cleaning my room. I had a lot of stuffed animals that I didn’t play with anymore and I thought someone else would like them. My great uncle was a fireman so I decided to take my bears to the fire station and Sherriff’s stations so that they can give them to kids who they meet who may be scared or injured. “ Jessica spoke with school principal, Dr. Newman, who encouraged her idea and suggested she ask the student council to get involved. Jessica, along with Monterey Ridge students and local Girl Scout troops, collected roughly 600 stuffed toys for donation. “I will deliver the donations to the local fire stations starting on

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Monday, June 11 and deliver more to the Sheriff’s stations in July,” said Jessica. “If my Mommy lets me do it again, I would like to do it every year.” The police and firemen will keep the toys in their cars and trucks to give to children they meet on “calls” who might be scared, injured, lost or just need a “huggle” (a word Jessica uses to describe a combination hug and snuggle, says mom, Kathleen). Jessica’s giving spirit is certainly home-grown. She says her mother works to help children in China and her father works for a company, Cymer, which helps the community – so she thought she could too. “I love to play handball at recess and I like being able to help other kids,” said Jessica. ¢

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The Boney Family is Happy to Be Back Home in San Diego by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography


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or Shon and Heather Boney, moving to the community of Santaluz in 2009 was truly something to celebrate. “We left San Diego in 2002 to start up our company Shon and Heather Boney [Sprouts Farmers Santaluz Market] in Arizona. June 2009 Although it was San Diego an experience Owner and CEO Sprouts we will never Farmers Market forget, we always Sydney (17), Brooke (14), Megan (8) knew San Diego Tucker, Dallas (Yellow Labs) would be our final Sketcher, Roxy (cats) destination. It was so nice to return

to our family and childhood friends,” said Heather Boney. Shon, Heather and their three daughters, Sydney, Brooke and Megan, enjoy the active outdoor lifestyle the 4S Ranch community offers. Staying active, according to Heather, is a “big deal” for their family. All three Boney girls are involved with a variety of activities, including gymnastics and trampolining. Heather is a former dancer and choreographer and was a stunt woman in the early 90’s. Shon, who is a licensed pilot, enjoys mountain biking, boating and spending time with the family. “Shon is very patient – and with a house

filled with females, he has to put up with a lot. Fortunately, three of our pets are male which evens out the playing field a bit,” laughed Heather.

Commitment to Community and Family The Boney family, starting with Shon’s grandfather, Henry, has been a fixture in San Diego for decades, as the owners of Boney’s, Henry’s and now Sprouts grocery store chains. Each generation of the Boney family has taken great pride in being active members of the San Diego community, and Shon, Heather and their daughters are no exception. They are especially involved with supporting Del Norte High School and its programs. In 2011, the Boney family, along with other dedicated parents, helped establish a girls’ gymnastics team at Del Norte. “This year, the varsity team placed second in league and seventh in CIF. Sydney took second in all-around floor. We are quite proud of all the girls,” declared Heather. Although the Boney family works hard and plays hard, making time to unwind and relax together is a family priority. Heather is quick to point out that the family never misses an episode of American Idol or So You Think You Can Dance. “It is also a family tradition to go to Lake Powell every summer. We’ve been going for 17 years, and it is by far our favorite vacation destination,” stated Heather. ¢

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Home Run For Chelsea photos by Spark Photography


ver 1,600 athletes showed up to play ball in May – across 43 fields – during Home Run for Chelsea. Proceeds went to the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, whose mission is to protect children and inspire positive change in the community. Chelsea’s father, Brent, threw the first pitch at Well Field Park in Ramona. ¢

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Break Into Song with the Children’s Choir by JENNIFER FRAKES


hildren who participate in the San Diego Children’s Choir (SDCC) can expect to not only receive an education in music, but also experience rehearsing, performing and being part of a culturally diverse team. “The SDCC provides the youth of San Diego with the highest quality choral music education and performance experience, [while also] fostering an awareness of cultural diversity and inspiring a lifelong love of music,” said Danielle Balestra, Community Relations Coordinator. According to Danielle, the SDCC is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 18, from all racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. The SDCC was founded in 1990 by Polly Campbell, an avid lover of music and musical education. “We began with only a single branch and two choir levels. The choir now has five branches with four choir levels and over 250 participants,” explained Danielle. Currently, there are five locations

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for the core choral program - Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar, Hillcrest and Allied Gardens. “We also have an SDCC Neighborhood Choir outreach program that spans City Heights, Imperial Beach and National City,” said Danielle. In addition to weekly rehearsals at a site that is convenient for each child, participants in the SDCC will perform in multiple concerts, performances and enrichment programs throughout the year. The children perform one large concert per semester with the most recent being a children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde, at Copley Symphony Hall. For the older children there is typically an international tour each year. “The choir has performed in Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy,” Danielle mentioned. The SDCC is divided into four main levels: Preparatory (grades 1-2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Concert (grades 6-9) and Youth (grades 10-12). There is also the Early Year program for children ages 4-5. Membership in the SDCC is by audition, with the exception

of the Preparatory level. “The purpose of the audition is to insure the potential chorister has a healthy voice and can sing on pitch,” explained Danielle. The fees for membership are graduated based on choir level, and sibling discounts as well as scholarships are available. “The policy for the SDCC is to keep tuition affordable for all members of the San Diego community,” stressed Danielle. ¢ For more information about the SDCC, including the upcoming Making Music Summer Camp, please visit

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92127 Magazine Taps Into Karl Strauss


arl Strauss is opening its seventh brewery restaurant in the North San Diego community of 92127, specifically, 4S Ranch. Our readers have been imploring the company to open an inland location and the 4S Ranch spot [that used to host Chili’s] hits the mark, showcasing the company’s West Coast Pub Fare concept, on-site brew-house and a modern brewery-loft vibe. Projected to open in late July, the new location will boast “West Coast Pub Fare” which Marketing PR Manager for Karl Strauss

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Brewing Company, Melody Daversa, explained as, “edgy, fresh, geographic Mexican and Pacific influences...elevated comfort food that is made with and pairs best with our handcrafted beer.” Ten beers will always be featured on tap, including one that will be dedicated to fresh beer being drawn straight from the on-site brewery tanks. Brewery tours and Karl Strauss apparel and merchandise will also be available to patrons. ¢ For more information on the Karl Strauss soft opening, as well as a full interview with Melody Daversa, please visit

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Firemen’s Spaghetti Dinner photos by Spark Photography


he Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Association Local 4349, in conjunction with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, hosted a Spaghetti Dinner and Live Rescue Demonstration on June 2 at Station 2. In

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addition to providing dinner, firefighters offered informative displays and demonstrate rescue techniques, including a simulated vehicle fire, removal of a trapped victim from a vehicle, and rescue from the window of a four-story building. ¢

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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

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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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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF Bike Ride Accross America

Conner Khodabande, a 16 year old 4S Ranch/Santa Fe Hills resident and La Jolla Country Day School Senior, is off on an adventure this summer – this time to raise money and bring awareness to Youth Homelessness in America. Sponsored by Kids’ Care Club Child Development Centers, Conner and his dad will be “Biking Across America” – this will be a 3,000-mile bicycle ride from San Diego to Washington, DC starting Saturday, June 16. The route touches 12 states and climbs over 100,000 feet and is 50 percent longer in mileage than the Tour de France. Conner and Jeff will ride an average of 80 miles each day. Conner has teamed with San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) – a non-profit organization here in San Diego to raise money. It is his goal to raise $10,000. All donations will be given directly to the San Diego Youth Services organization. SDYS is a non-profit charitable organization that has stabilized the lives of over 500,000 homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth in the San Diego area.

Del Norte’s First Grad Night

Del Norte High School’s first Grad Nite ever – First in Flight – was a huge success. With a total of 184 grads attending, students got the opportunity to get airbrush tattoos and crazy hair, visit the coffee bar, sour candy bar, taco bar, casino area, fortune teller, photo booths, rock climbing call, fire pits, giant swing, mechanical bull and zip line. There was even a dance area with DJ and light show. Some highlights of the night were the hypnotist and the memory wall with personal posters for each student. Lucky students got to take home gift cards, skate boards and gift bags. The entire event was managed by Party Pals. Volunteers for the event included Scott & Diane Urban, Scott & Nancy Casadona, Maria Millay, Bernie Kidwell, Corinne Campbell, Traci Dorsey, Kim Donovan, Debbie Ludwin, Gigi Hotaling, Stephanie Brinsfiled, Kathy Garriott, Helen LaBlanc, Nicole Carusa and Tami Koch.

$62,000 Raised for Del Sur Elementary

The Del Sur Educational Foundation held its third annual Casino Night at the Ranch Fundraiser at the Del Sur Ranch House and raised $62,000. The five-hour event hosted 215 guests to enjoy gaming, dining, dancing, a live and silent auction and “Gambling with Principal Doug.” The Casino Night at the Ranch was sponsored in part by Black Mountain Ranch, LLC – the developer of master-planned community Del Sur. Funds raised during the event pay for a credentialed teacher who operates a new science and technology program, as well as four impact teachers at Del Sur Elementary who work with students in small groups to help them excel in different academic areas.

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Critter Camp Allows for Hands-On Experience Helen Woodward Animal Center will be holding a Summer Critter Camp June 11 to Aug. 17 for grades Pre-K to 8. Camps are one week long and themed – allowing the opportunity to pick and choose based on your child’s preference. Campers will meet horses, bunnies, birds, snakes, lizards and much more at the hands-on camp, where they will also get the chance to care for and feed them. The excitement reaches past animal meet-and-greets and extends into animal related crafts, games and activities. Classes are organized by grades to ensure age and developmentally appropriate activities that teach respect, compassion and how to provide a lifetime of care for animals. The Helen Woodward Animal Center is a non-profit organization that gives 100% of proceeds to saving the lives of the animals at the center. For more information visit critter_camp_summer.aspx.

Young Rugby Players to Participate in Prestigious Colorado Event

Local Nighthawk Rugby players Matthew Long and Daniel Hardiman of Del Norte High School and Austin Warczakowski of Poway High School have been teammates for three years and nearly 50 matches. Recently the boys were named to the Under-17 All-Star team scheduled to compete at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge from June 15 – 17 in Colorado. The Southern California Youth Rugby U-17 Griffin’s coaches selected the trio from over 140 candidates hailing from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside and Ventura counties. The honor of competing at the challenge in June will gave the three the opportunity to be seen by college rugby coaches as well as USA Rugby High School All-American team selectors. For more information on Nighthawks rugby contact Ven Griva at 760-855-2787. Visit for more information on youth rugby.

Girl Dominates in 4S Ranch Little League

Kelsey Oen, a 5th grader at Stone Ranch Elementary, is the only girl in the AAA division this season. Having played Little League for six years, she puts questions of why she isn’t playing softball to rest when she steps foot on the diamond. She led her Yankees team in batting average, runs batted in, on base percentage, and multi base hits. Kelsey also played strong defensively at catcher and first base this season – which are two key positions at this level. When the 4S Majors Red Sox team needed to fill a vacant spot on their roster at the tail end of this season, she was called up to play on that team. In her final at bat of the regular season, Kelsey hit a booming double over the left fielders head that “one- hopped” the fence. She sure knocks it out of the park!

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Rhythm & Vine Event

Over 700 people gathered to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego at the Broadway Pier in June during the Rhythm & Vine event. The party at the pier – featuring hot tunes, gourmet food, a live auction and award-winning wine – was hosted by Top Chef: Miami finalist and restaurant mogul, Brian Malarkey. Aside from the people who attended, 60 exhibitors and 100 volunteers also participated. Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Brandon Horrocks, expressed gratitude when talking with 92127 about the support from attendees, restaurants and boards. He commented, “Our main priority is providing a safe, fun and affordable place for kids. We want to change lives.” With summer months coming, the Clubs see an increase in children attending – instead of afterschool programs, children are spending entire days with the Clubs at all 17 locations. Fundraising plays a big role in the success of the Boys & Girls Clubs. 4S Ranch Site Supervisor Jack Nguyen explained, “Generous contributions allow for a quality program that can really impact kids’ lives.” For more information on how to get involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, please visit:

2-Day Summer Football Camp in 4S Ranch

Harlan and Waylon Prather, former NCAA DIV. 1 and NFL football players, will be hosting a football camp this summer on Sat., July 28 and Sun., July 29. The camp is non-contact. Waylon explained, “We want to share our athletic success and teach local kids to play football the correct way. We believe kids quit because they are not taught properly. The goal is to provide a positive environment to teach kids the fundamentals of football with proper techniques.” The camp is for kids 5 to 14 years and will take place at the 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club (4S Ranch Sports Park). The price is $155 ($85 for 1 day) and includes a camp T-shirt and BBQ lunch both days. Children should bring football cleats or athletic shoes and a good attitude. Sign up at

Summer Book Clubs at 4S Ranch Library

Monterey Ridge Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, Lindsey Orrell, will be putting on engaging, interactive and educational book clubs this summer. Held at the 4S Ranch Library, the camps run throughout the summer from 5 to 6 p.m. on designated days. Help your child maintain and increase their reading skills over the summer with pre and post reading discussions and activities to share ideas, form connections, and expand children’s learning. For a full schedule and additional information contact Lindsey Orrell at 858-705-3587 or

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

A Local Treasure for North County

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.

RB’s 43rd Annual Spirit of the Fourth Event

The theme for the 43rd Annual Spirit of the Fourth is “Salute the Troops – Honoring the Military Family” and will celebrate today’s youth and their future impact. On July 4 at 7 a.m. Webb Park and the Knights of Columbus will host a pancake breakfast and community fair, the Wheels of Freedom Motor Show, games, children’s activities, stage entertainment, vendors and an Art Walk. An annual ceremony hosted by local veterans at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial will feature the Spirit of 1776 Bell Ringers. A parade will take place lining Acena Drive, Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive. The evening will then move over to Bernardo Heights Middle School where last year’s American Idol contestant, Kristi Krause, will perform at 6 p.m., followed by the 2012 RB Idol contest winners. Sara and Sean Watkins of the Grammy award winning band Nickel Creek will wrap up the evening before fireworks launch at 9 p.m.

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2 1. Graduating Senior Ryan Urban, Principal Greg Mizel, Parents Scott and Diane Urban 2. Taylor is all giggles while bouncing on the trampoline 3. 4S Ranch Girls Softball season was a blast 4. Del Sur Casino Night was a Great Success 5. Friends hiking Blue Sky to Ramona Dam 6. Broden Golich of Tiger Scout Pack 681 placed flags at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day 7. All smiles for summer 8. 1st grade MRES boys tug-a-war against the girls 9. Hanging out with friends celebrating the end of the school year 10. All smiles at Joimo Soccer Camp 11. 4S Pool time fun with friends 12. Daisy Troop 8774 after they did a Community Clean up Project at 4S Ranch Community Park



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Dr. Ambrosio with her husband, Andrew and their children, Bennett and Amelie

Kid Friendly Elite Pediatric Dentistry Helps Children (and Parents!) Feel Good About Going to the Dentist by Jennifer Frakes


Elite Pediatric Denistry, Dr. Femme Ambrosio and her staff strive to create a child-friendly and comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families. “We are focused on providing personalized, quality care in a supportive, informative and nurturing manner at each and every visit,” explained Dr. Ambrosio. According to Dr. Ambrosio, having a boutique, or small-scale, practice allows her to spend the time necessary to ensure that children and parents have a positive experience and receive the best possible care.

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We recognize that your child is no ordinary child. We set out to provide extraordinary care with integrity, honesty and compassion.”

She understands that each child is unique and must be treated as such, which is an important aspect of a child’s overall health. “Our

~Dr. Femme Ambrosio patient and caring staff understands that it is important to get to know each child individually and time must be spent with both them


and their family during each visit. The goal is to establish a trusting relationship that leads to easier dental visits and better oral health.” Elite Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care to infants, children, young adults and those with special healthcare needs. The practice is focused on preventive care, including establishing a ‘Dental Home’ with check-ups and cleaning visits, oral hygiene evaluation and education. Dr. Ambrosio states that appropriate restorative care is key in dentistry when it comes to dental disease or injury. “We tailor a treatment plan according to the child’s needs, emphasizing in preventative oral health measures. We only treat what is necessary and believe in ideal, yet conservative, dental treatment,” declared Dr. Ambrosio. Opening this summer in the new 4S Health Center on Dove Canyon Road, a significant aspect of creating a welcoming environment is the lay-out of the office space itself. “A lot of thought and consideration was put into the planning of the practice. By providing private treatment rooms, we hope to create a comfortable setting for families,”related Dr. Ambrosio. The office is an esthetically modern environment that is inviting to children of all ages as well as parents. For Dr. Ambrosio and her staff staying up-to-date on technology is a vital part of assessing and delivering complete oral health. For example, the office has child-size digital x-ray equipment, as well as a computercontrolled single tooth anesthesia unit that increases patient comfort. A children’s reception area with books and games, overhead flat-screen monitors and a prize wheel allow for a fun experience for the child. Dr. Ambrosio is a native San Diegan and a mother, both of which she feels serve her well in her practice. “I always wanted to establish roots in my hometown and have a positive influence in my community. Becoming a mother has given me a greater understanding in many facets of my life. I can relate to parents and recognize the importance of an honest and trusting relationship with every member of the family,” stated Dr. Ambrosio. ¢


Femme Ambrosio, DDS, MSD


Pediatric Dentist

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16918 Dove Canyon Road, Suite 204,

San Diego, CA 92127

Website: Email contact: Phone:

(858) 451-5400

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photo by Spark Photography

turn your

JOURNEY\into an


ven if you’ve lived in Southern California your whole life, there’s a good chance you’ve only seen a small part of the state. When people travel, they typically skip the off-the-beatenpath destinations and head straight for metropolitan cities. By going on a road trip, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to say “Wow, I can’t believe this place actually exists!” We invite you to visit the beaches, campgrounds, mountains and lakes of California this summer. The apps, ABC’s of a California Adventure and games to play while driving to your destinations will have you prepared to get the car ready and inspired to go off the beaten path. Take our advice and think outside the box by experiencing the allure of the open road. Road Trip 2012 will be one for the books.

When we asked the Crisostomo family what they would be sure to remember when packing for a road trip, their response wasn’t typical. Rather, they were quick to say, “a positive attitude and imagination.” With this in mind, they have a few other helpful pointers for your summer road trip. “Buckle up and no texting while driving. Make sure everything pertaining to car maintenance is done several days before. Pack your bags the day before. Carry enough of a variety of visual and audio aids (movies, CDs, video games) for the trip. Pack easily accessible snacks and drinks, including plenty of healthy options. Do not leave during rush hour. Stop every couple of hours to stretch. Take pictures at your rest stop. Bring a portable potty for the children. Pack the essentials (ie. 1st aid kit, wet wipes, sunscreen). And don’t forget the GPS.” The ideal family road trip for Marc, Caresse and their three chidren (Lauren, Andrew and Ryan) would be a drive across country from San Diego, CA to Fort Washington, MD. “On the way, we would do some sightseeing and stop at the various historical landmarks. Our final destination would be to visit our relatives in Fort Washington, MD.” Their favorite family road trip, although it is a relatively short drive, are the many trips to Disneyland they take. “We do not tell the kids where we were going and when we get there, the looks on their faces are priceless,” said Caresse. If Marc and Caresse were venturing out on a couples road trip, they would take a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway; one of the most romantic drives in the US.

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hen summer hits, the beach is definitely on everyone’s mind. The best part of living in 92127 is the ease of packing the car with beach gear and heading up or down the coast to your favorite “edge of the continent” bliss. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, each beach area along our

coast has its very own charm. These beaches and their communities are varied enough to have appeal for just about everyone. We give you a bird’s eye view of starting at Santa Barbara beaches this summer and exploring the coast as you hop from beach to beach.

Santa Barbara


A cozy beach town beautifully nestled between the coast and the mountains. Visit the famed restaurants and take in the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. As you wander down the streets of Santa Barbara you might bump into well known filmmaker Bruce Brown—whose cult classic, The Endless Summer, put surfing on the map or 10-time

Carpinteria is a small beach town between Santa Barbara and Ventura. The Carpinteria Beach, known as the “World’s Safest Beach,” has been rated the #1 swimming beach in California, due mostly to its Southern exposure and its protection by the Channel Islands.

world surfing champion, Kelly Slater.




Much of Malibu’s coastline is covered with the famed beach bungalows along with the Zuma, Paradise Cove and Malibu Beach; to name a few of the public famed beaches.

Ventura California is a laid back little beach town with a nice boating harbor and wide sandy beaches. Channel Island boat tours take off from Ventura.

Santa Monica has beaches, an amusement pier, great shopping, world class hotels and restaurants, and close proximity to UCLA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and LAX.


San Pedro California is one of the two

Manhattan Beach is in Los Angeles County near the airport LAX. The beach is wide and sandy and the boardwalk full of joggers, bikers and

major ports where you can pick up the



ferry to Catalina Island.

Marine Park is a great place to bring kids and kites. The Ventura Beach pirate ship is a must!

Visit the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport.


NEWPORT BEACH A boater’s paradise, Newport Beach has a harbor, small islands, a plethora of boat rentals, yacht charters and beaches to enjoy. The peninsula full of charming beach cottages is a must for those looking for a vacation rental.

Long Beach Long Beach California has the aquarium, the Queen Mary, Little Naples with its gondolas, ferries to Catalina, an art museum and Rainbow Harbor with its waterfront restaurants.

Laguna Beach is known for having the most beautiful beach coves on the Southern California coast. Laguna is also full of excellent and varied restaurants and art galleries. The annual art festivals draw art lovers from all over every summer.

Check out the Sawdust Art Festival’s Annual Summer Show from June 29 through September 2, 2012

SAN CLEMENTE San Clemente has a wonderful State



Just 22 miles off the Southern California Coast is Catalina Island, a little haven for getting away from the masses. Shop for trinkets, snorkel, take a glass bottom boat ride, camp or just enjoy a good book on the beach.

Famous for surfing, Huntington Beach is a

near the beach. Trestels Trail is a must for

prototypical Southern California beach town. This “Surf City” has miles of wide sandy beaches and close to 70 public parks.

the hiking enthusiast.

LA JOLLA ENCINITAS The beach communities of Leucadia and Cardiff by the Sea are included in the San Diego North County town of Encinitas which boasts the infamous Moonlight Beach.


North of San Diego is this jewel

Enjoy a beach vacation in Carlsbad,

of the coast, La Jolla. Gorgeous

close to Legoland. A blufftop camp-

views everywhere you look and

ground is at nearby South Carlsbad.

the weather is sublime. La Jolla Cove has boundless opportunities

Have friends in Encinitas & Carlsbad? Tell them to catch 92024 Magazine, 92009 Magazine & 92011 Magazine, coming this summer!

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for sensational snorkeling while the Shores allow for surfing lessons and fun for all ages.

campground and a small town atmosphere

OCEANSIDE Oceanside has lots of beach, more reasonably priced hotels, and a harbor for boating or waterfront dining.

Don’t Leave Home Without your

APPS! AAA Provides the latest gas prices, maps, directions, hotel details and bookings.

NATIONAL PARKS EXPLORER Information from the National Park Service’s website, brochures, markers and other sources.

HOTEL TONIGHT Hotels give last-minute deals on their unsold rooms, with discounts up to 70%. Book the deals easily and securely on your smartphone.

YP YPmobile® products turn your mobile device into a powerful local guide that brings you everyday savings.

SPOTIFY No need to burn dozens of CDs or deliberate over the perfect iPod playlist. With Spotify, you have an infinite jukebox at your fingertips. You can search as you go, make playlists beforehand, or snag other Spotify members’ playlists.

GAS BUDDY Find the cheapest gas on the go for free.

AUDIBLE Listen to a best seller anytime, anywhere.

LICENSE PLATE TRAVEL GAME With this app, you can play continuously throughout your trip, as the app logs all your finds and keeps score -- one point for plates already found and two for new plates.

ROAD TRIP BINGO HD The app features more than 40 colorful road-trip-themed bingo squares, including road signs, animals, vehicles, street marks and mountains.

IEXIT INTERSTATE EXIT GUIDE iExit tells you what’s coming up in real time when driving on the interstate. Select your favorite chains and it will tell you which upcoming exits have them. Select the Deals tab and see which upcoming exits have chains currently running promotions.

TRAPSTER Trapster® alerts you to police speed traps and other roadway hazards. Telescope on Manhattan Beach Pier

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Camping can offer you complete freedom when choosing a holiday. You can get away to the beach,

escape to the mountains, take time out by the lake; there will always be a natural location to suit everyone.

Forward planning and gathering the necessary equipment will ensure that your trip is enjoyable. Visit www. and for tips and advice for your camping road trip. We spotlight some camp locations that are ideal for families, first timers, location seekers and adventurers.

FAMILIES Anderson Valley, CA Hendy Woods State Park In summer, kids spend whole day’s ankle deep in the Navarro River, which flows calmly over fist-size stones through a redwood grove. Gardens and picnic areas at the Anderson Valley wineries are a short drive away. Stop by the Philo Apple Farm for a wander in the orchard and some fresh juice from the honor stand.

Near Santa Barbara, CA Carpinteria State Beach Kids can’t object to a lack of TV if they’re plopped onto a mile-long beach. Reserve early (up to 7 months ahead) for the popular Santa Rosa “beach row” sites, then spend the weekend swimming, surf fishing, and exploring tidepools.


FIRST TIMERS Orange County, CA Live Oak Grove Campground at Caspers Wilderness Park Camp out under the oaks and sycamores in the Santa Ana Mountains without relinquishing life’s little necessities – like flush toilets. Get oriented to the great outdoors at the Saturday night campfire talk or on the Sunday morning ranger walk. The 2.5-mile East Ridge Trail makes a great beginner’s hike.

Near Santa Cruz, CA New Brighton State Beach Set on a pine-shaded bluff above an endless white beach, New Brighton’s 100+ sites get snapped up by those itching for a beach weekend – without the expensive nightly tab. The beach is the real draw, and the hot showers are inviting, but another bonus is that if you forget your matches or just don’t feel like cooking, you can easily grab takeout in town, a five-minute drive away.


Big Sur, CA Treebones Resort

Eastern Sierra, CA Big Pine Creek Campground

A unique lodging and dining experience on California’s breathtaking Big Sur Coast. Their yurts have all the accessibility to the nature of a tent with all the comforts of a cabin.

With a postcard setting at the base of three mountains – the Thumb (13,356 feet), Middle Palisade (14,012 feet), and Norman Clyde Peak (13,855 feet) – this camp is an ideal hub for hikers and climbers. Experts head for the Palisade Glacier—the southernmost in the U.S.–while the less ambitious bask around the waterfalls and wildflowers close to camp and the series of glacial-blue lakes beyond.

Yosemite, CA Tuolumne Meadows Lodge A terrific alternative to the busy Yosemite Valley, this Lodge is just 1 1/2 hours from Curry Village at 8,775 feet in elevation. An ideal base camp for day hikes throughout Yosemite, the Tuolumne Meadows area or before backpacking in the High Sierra. Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is open from approximately early July to mid-September conditions permitting.

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Near Lake Tahoe, CA Island Lake, Desolation Wilderness A great choice for the first-time backpacker, with moderate effort required for spectacular views in the end. Pack your stuff in 3 miles to overnight at Island Lake beneath soaring Mt. Price. The dramatically stark granite terrain dotted with shock-blue lakes is the definition of high country. Next morning, you’re set to explore the lakes and passes higher up the slope—and out of day-hiker range.

ROAD TRIP GAMES For generations of family travelers, playing 20 Questions and Geography is as much a part of a road trip as filling up the gas tank or stopping for treats. These top 10 road trip games will have you laughing and thinking while making the miles fly by and the “Are we there yet?” question asked a little less frequently.

COUNTING COWS Play as individuals or teams. First, decide on a destination where you will stop counting. Then, count the cows on your side of the road. The goal is to have the highest number when the destination is reached. Pass a cemetery on your side and you have to start over again. If there aren’t any cows on your route, try counting red cars, mailboxes or phone booths. TWENTY QUESTIONS One player thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else gets to ask the player 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.” Whoever guesses correctly gets a turn to think up something. GEOGRAPHY Start with any place in the world--Kansas, for example. The next person has to think of a place that begins with the last letter of “Kansas,” such as “South Africa.” Whoever goes next needs a place that starts with an A. A IS FOR ARMADILLO Starting with A, each person tries to be the first to spot and name three items beginning with that letter. For example, the first to see and announce “armadillo, auto and apple” gets to choose the next letter. LICENSE PLATE ID See how many different states you can identify on license plates. LICENSE PLATE LINGO The goal of this game is to come up with a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. So if you see the plate LMT 823, the first person to call out a somewhat logical phrase such as “Love me tender” or “Lost my tooth” earns a point. SCAVENGER HUNT Make a list of 20 things you will probably see along your trip before you head out, give everyone a copy and see who can find the items first. Winner gets to pick where to stop for lunch. THE CAR NEXT DOOR Invent stories about people in the car next to yours. What do you think they do for work? What’s their favorite food? Where do they go on vacation? Get into lots of details, such as whether they snore loudly or are afraid of spiders. Give them names, hobbies, pets and so on. I SPY Someone says “I spy with my little eye something green.” Whoever guesses correctly goes next. You could limit the items to what’s in the vehicle. Or, you could get tricky and play I Spied, selecting items that you’ve already passed. ARE WE THERE YET? Give each kid 10 coins before the trip. Each time they ask “Are we there yet?” they have to pay the grown-ups a coin. They can earn coins back if they do something nice, such as letting their sibling sit where he or she wants.

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you’re like most American families, summer vacation usually means you’re heading to the beach, amusement park, or maybe even a big-city adventure. But don’t overlook the fun waiting to be had at our local mountain and lakes. These family-friendly

summer playground destinations are just a simple drive up north a bit.

MAMMOTH In the winter, Mammoth Lakes is the hot spot for the So Cal ski crowd. Skiers stake out a condo or hotel during the season to reap the rewards of abundant snowfall on the majestic mountain. But ask these same people if they’ve visited Mammoth during the summer and the answer will likely be “no.” And that is what makes Mammoth the perfect summer getaway, free from tourists and full of hiking, fishing, biking and outdoor fun. Mammoth is a warm weather playground, with its nine profound blue lakes plus another 100 lakes covering the surrounding countryside. The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area becomes Mammoth Mountain Bike Park in the summer and boasts over 70 miles of trails with access to chairlifts and shuttles. The Panoramoic Gondola tops at 11,053 feet for those who want to watch the ambitious bikers zoom down the slopes. Visit www.mammothmountain. com for summer time adventure guides, information on the July Food & Wine Experience or the popular Mammoth Festival that occurs in mid – August.

BIG BEAR Summertime in Big Bear often comes early and stays late – At 7,000 feet and bursting with sunshine, the warm and welcome mid-season rain showers, and extraordinary nighttime skies are just some of the natural amenities of a road trip to Big Bear. The sunshine rays are more intense than at sea level, shining through the mountain’s clean, light air and low humidity in probable 80- to 90-degree daytime highs. Whether you’re looking for an adventure on a jet ski, family fun on the alpine slides, or just want to chill on a pontoon, Big Bear has it all. And, Big Bear is offering a solution for rising gas prices this summer. Visit for details on how to get up to a $100 gas card to put towards your road trip.

YOSEMITE One of America’s favorites, Yosemite Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, one can find grand meadows, deep valleys, gigantic ancient sequoias, a plethora of wilderness areas and much more. The eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park at Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) is a quick 30-minute drive north of Mammoth on Highway 395. Visiting Yosemite National Park during the summer will guarantee access to the entire park via car, as the weather has warmed and snow has completely melted. Summer is the most popular time to visit the park, so be sure to scope out your park reservations well in advance of your trip. Plan your Yosemite road Trip by visiting

LAKE TAHOE Lake Tahoe is a popular summer refuge to summer heat and an enormous draw to boaters, fishermen, water skiers and adventurers. The pleasant daytime temperatures and very relaxing and casual environment draws the summer crowd. With the infinite things to do during the summer, from basking on the beautiful beaches to hiking or camping within the Tahoe Basin, there is certainly something for everyone. Be sure to ride to the top of the mountain on the Gondola at Heavenly, go rafting on the Truckee, take in a boat cruise and check out the Tahoe Summer Music or Shakespeare Festivals. Visit for a local connection with deals and packages. ¢

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by letter


ppreciate the museums Balboa Park has to offer.

e a tourist at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

limb Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet.


rive the 17 Mile Drive of coastal paradise and stay for a while in Monterey.

xperience old fashioned fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

ind seashells while walking along our local beaches. Make a Summer 2012 Seashell Jar.

o 282 feet below sea level by visiting Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.


ollywood Bowl, one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the US, invites you to take in the sounds throughout their Summer Concert Series.


t’s not just for the kids. Take a turn going down the waterslide or hopping off a diving board this summer.


ourney back in time and enjoy the authentic experience of staying aboard The Queen Mary, a one-of-a-kind 1930’s transatlantic ocean liner docked in Long Beach.


ick up your feet and relax while being completely unplugged.

ake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake of the Sierras. Go make a splash. ake an appointment for surf lessons and keep the appointment.

avigate your way in a kayak through the La Jolla Caves or on a sailboat in Mission Bay.

rder a sensational breakfast while dining on the patio at “The Cottage,” one of La Jolla’s famed restaurants.


op up a tent in your own backyard for a “Backyard Campout.” uickly put your bathing suit on and head to the beach.

ide the Santa Monica Pier Carousel that dates back to 1922.


nap some photos of the Sea Elephants after visiting Hearst Castle and San Simeon Beach.


ake the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a one-of-a-kind experience.

ltimate Summer Food Fair can be experienced the last week of July at the 34th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.


iew Laguna Beach’s famous Pageant of the Masters that runs July through early September.


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College Bound by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography


ccording to Wayne Hamrick, it is the mission of Simple Solutions College Funding to advise parents of college-bound high school students on all phases of college financial planning. “We teach parents how to pay for college on a cost efficient basis by showing them how to make college affordable in a failing economy without relying on Wall Street or expensive private student loans. We also show parents how to set up their personal finances to best position their family,” says Hamrick. The inspiration for Simple Solutions College Funding came to Hamrick in 1974 after the birth of the first of his five children. With a career in finance and estate planning, Hamrick already had experience in helping people plan for their financial future. It was when his first child was born that he started thinking about how to pay for future expenses – including college – while at the same time saving money for retirement. According to Hamrick, a great majority of people are unable to retire in comfort because they have spent most of their assets getting their children through college with a heavy debt burden. “A properly designed college funding plan can save families tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Hamrick. In addition to guiding parents through the financial aspect of sending children to college, Simple Solutions College Funding also offers services relating to the admissions process. According to Hamrick, these services include college application reviews, SAT and ACT prep courses and admission essay critiquing. Simple Solutions College Funding has also put together a team of student counselors that are positioned all over the country. “These counselors can provide students with an ‘insider’s’ perspective of any particular school. They can answer questions about the campus atmosphere, tips for visiting the school or even about major corporations in the area that provide internships,” says Hamrick. Simple Solutions College Funding also provides free workshops in local high schools and community centers for parents of college-bound high school students. According to Hamrick, these workshops, which will begin in March, offer invaluable money-saving strategies. “We really do care about the plight of parents and students facing the daunting task of getting into the right schools, graduating in four years – rather than five or six – and being able to finance the whole process without hardship and without mortgaging the future of the parents and the students,” says Hamrick. ¢ For more information please call Simple Solutions College Funding at 858-753-1902 or visit their website at

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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.

Keep it Simple • Pick a spell of good weather. A soggy tent and muddy ground will probably have you

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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. • 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 • 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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Oak Valley Vision by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography


hen Carey Sorel came to the Davidson Communities at 4S Ranch ten years ago, he probably didn’t envision himself as the President of a Foundation. But the ten years have brought many changes, including the entry of his two boys Michael, 15, and Jack, 12, into Oak Valley Middle School. The changes in our country’s economy have brought about the increasing need for families to be involved in raising funds to help their schools - and Sorel has risen to the challenge. After volunteering at the fall Casino event in 2011, he became secretary of the OVMS Falcon Foundation which led directly to his active role as President of the Foundation. What is Carey Sorel’s role as Foundation President? “My role is to head up the fundraising for Oak Valley Middle School. I am responsible for all events and I serve as liason between the Principal and the great families within 4S Ranch,” explained Carey. The Foundation has a fundraising target of $80,000 per year and they are championing technology improvements for the students. They’ve already accomplished some innovative technological additions to the campus, such as a 40 iPad mobile lab which can transport from classroom to classroom as needed. Carey’s professional trade in the software industry - supporting large Enterprise clients across the country means he truly understands and appreciates the need for

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technology in the schools. As the new Falcon Foundation President it is Carey’s goal to bridge the gap between budget cuts and the funding that is needed for the school. An upcoming event that will further this goal is the fall event on September 29th at the Del Sur Ranch House. “We are targeting 250 attendees,” said Carey, “and we encourage all students’ families to take part. We would like to see more diversity when it comes to event participation and donations.” Carey leads an active lifestyle in San Diego, with his son Michael playing travel ice hockey for the San Diego Gulls, with him managing and coaching his son Jack’s Little League team for the past seven years and now dedicating his efforts as the OVMS Falcon Foundation President for the 2012-2013 school year. He is wearing many hats as a 92127 resident, so Carey, we tip our hat to you! ¢ Full name: C. Carey Sorel Residence: Davidson Communities Affiliations: Oak Valley Falcon Foundation/4SRLL Occupation: Application Sales Director Family: Michael (15), Jack (12)



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Making the Cut


Salon de Claude selected to open new salon on UCSD campus by MICHELLE TREMBLAY


ears ago, Claude Azar owned a beauty salon but sold it so she could focus on her family. Four children later, and with the unwavering support of her husband, Claude is not only the successful owner of 4S Ranch salon, Salon de Claude, but about to embark on a whole new venture - opening a second salon on the campus of University of California, San Diego (UCSD). About two years ago, UCSD publicly announced they would be accepting proposals from qualified applicants for the operation of an on-campus salon. Claude, along with a slew of salon owners from all over San Diego and Los Angeles, promptly submitted a proposal. Seven months later, following a complicated selection process, UCSD announced Claude as the winner. “Selection was based on quality, content, and best offer,” explained Claude. “UCSD reserved the right to visit the participants’ existing salons to ensure they met the highest standard of hair care expertise.” The selection committee for UCSD clearly liked what they saw in Salon de Claude. Known for its high-end, chic environment, its professional staff, and quality service, Salon de Claude has made a name for itself. “Our philosophy will and has been to follow the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in customer service and satisfaction,” said Claude.

Committed to maintaining this philosophy at the UCSD salon, Claude plans for the salon to appeal to young adults. “We want the UCSD salon to be an affordable, yet luxurious place for students and staff to relax and be pampered,” stated Claude. “We want to create a sleek and modern environment for students to enjoy and feel comfortable using its provided services and products.” Using the latest techniques and equipment, the salon will be offering a wide range of services including: waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and women’s hair coloring. The most rewarding part of her career, Claude admitted, has been “looking back and seeing where hair has taken me, and the impact I’ve had on so many people. To build esteem in a client and to bring out that gorgeous look in someone makes me feel like I’m living for a purpose!” Claude is surely a successful business woman in her own right, but she credits her family and clients for her accomplishments. “I’m so grateful to have such a supporting and loving family along with such loyal clients who allow our staff to strive for excellence,” said Claude. “Without them, my dreams wouldn’t have been possible.” ¢ The UCSD salon, recently named Campus-Pro Hair Studio, is set to open this September.

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Cindy Venolia Shares Her Vision for SRES Trailblazers” by WYNNE LOVE | photo by Spark Photography


hildren get one chance to be in elementary school,” declared Cindy Venolia, Principal of Stone Ranch Elementary. “They should remember it as a happy, joyful, exuberant land of learning.” That is how Cindy Venolia views education. With her father in the military, Venolia changed schools often. She was born in “Whenever I meet with North Carolina, but grew up mostly in Vista – one year living in five different students, I remind them that places – but her family always valued they are in charge education. of their future.” “I never looked at going to college as a way to get a job,” ~ Cindy Venolia she explained. “I wanted to learn Principal, Stone Ranch Elementary School more. Each class was like a gift!” Venolia paid her own way through college, completing her degree at At A Glance SDSU, summa cum laude, and her teaching and Name: Cindy Venolia administrative credentials at National University, Residence: Ramona with straight A’s. Profession: Principal, Stone Ranch She was chosen as a teacher leader early on in Elementary School the Ramona district and when she decided to pursue Education: SDSU undergrad, her administrative degree, she volunteered to assist graduate degrees the summer school Principal for free. “The next year, from National University I received the summer school Principal position and Family: Husband, Steve; daughter, actually got paid for it!” In 2007, Venolia was offered Natalie (22) son, Jake (20) the job at Stone Ranch Elementary.

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A Kid of Character

“What I learned from my parents is to work hard and be thankful for what you have,” said Venolia. “Whenever I meet with students, I remind them they are in charge of their future.” That perspective has served her well. Now in her sixth year at SRES, Venolia’s efforts have borne impressive results. SRES has climbed from an API of 881 in 2005, to 967 in 2011. “We talk about student achievement in every meeting and it is a major focus of everything we do,” shared Venolia. “But test scores are a snapshot in time,” acknowledged Venolia. She admits her biggest challenge is finances. “We are blessed to have a Foundation and PTA who work tirelessly for funds, but it is my hope that one day California can receive the funding these children deserve.”

Blazing the Trail Zipping to work in her Porsche Boxster in her fashionable clothes, one can tell that Venolia values efficiency. She is on the go at home as well, supported by her husband of 25 years, Steve, her daughter, Natalie, 22, and her son, Jake, 20. She enjoys traveling and entertaining, and often spends her “downtime” hiking. But she says her secret is happiness. “At the end of the day, ask yourself, ‘Did I make the world a better place?’ That is happiness if you can say yes!” ¢

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


ast issue I touched on the idea of a strategic default. This month 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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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

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(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

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. ¢

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e live in a wireless world. Our progressively mobile society requires an increasing number of mobile services. People now rely on their mobile phones for much more than just talking – they listen to music, exchange emails, share photos, manage calendars – to name a few. T-Mobile, which hosts America’s largest 4G Network, has emerged in the community with a storefront to bring value in their plans, a wide range of coverage, the reliability of their network, and high quality service. “These aspects help you stick together with the people who make your life come alive. That’s why we’re here,” said Stephen Miljkovic, 4S Ranch T-Mobile Retail Store Manager. T-Mobile is touted as having the most affordable 4G plans with no premium 4G charges, along with having the largest Smartphone selection available. With exclusive Wi-Fi calling, customers are able to make calls through their own Wi-Fi network in low coverage areas giving near perfect service everywhere. In addition, the company holds rank as

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having the “Best Customer Service” by JD Powers Associates seven out of the last eight years. Located in the 4S Ranch Village Center, T-Mobile is offering the new direction the company is implementing in their store front locations. It is part of the Global Design Concept (GDC) which gives customers the freedom to roam throughout the store. “This concept gives the community more jobs and peace of mind knowing that there is a T-Mobile store in the area with an expert ready to answer questions,” explained Miljkovic. Known for being the first national provider to introduce the Android to the world, T-Mobile now has the biggest platform worldwide [reaching over 293 million Americans]. Their awareness to improve network capacity to handle the growing numbers of data usage will commence early next year. “We are looking to launch our new enhanced LTE Network in 2013 and will be able to provide even more wireless solutions to all of the U.S.A.” said Miljkovic. T-Mobile continually works to enhance network quality and premium service in the community,

and it clearly shows. “We sponsor the Del Norte High School Color Guard Team and will continue to support our neighbors in the community,” Miljkovic stated. And, Generation Z – our local students – will benefit from the back to school campaign which will run from July 11 through September. ¢

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The Cambridge School Promotes Academic and Personal Excellence with a Classical Christian Education by JENNIFER FRAKES


ur challenging curriculum and exceptional programs help to create a unique educational environment that nurtures a lifelong love of learning,” said Jean Kim, founder and Head of School at The Cambridge School. The Cambridge School, which provides its students with a classical Christian education, was founded in the fall of 2006 as a result of Kim’s search for educational options for her own children. “Classical Christian education was a compelling model, but I couldn’t find any such schools in San Diego at the time,” said Kim, a long-time educator, Yale graduate and mother of three. According to Kim, The Cambridge School occupies a unique niche in San Diego’s educational landscape as a school that is both academically rigorous and spiritually robust. “A Cambridge education cultivates students marked by both virtue and scholarship, both intelligence and character, and [fosters] love of God and neighbor,” said Kim. The classical model of education teaches students how to master basic terminology and concepts, analyze, order and synthesize information and how to communicate conclusions persuasively and eloquently. As stated by Kim, these tools of learning are then applied to specific subject matter until

they are mastered. “This tried and true model of education is based on the historic liberal arts and has great strength, not only in the humanities, but also in math, science and the arts. This results in an educational experience that is demanding, yet encourages joyful discovery while promoting academic and personal excellence,” said Kim. The Cambridge School currently serves 136 pre-K through 6th grade students and is launching a middle school program in the fall, with plans to gradually expand to a K-12 school. “Our students come from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds,” said Natalie Balmer, Admissions Coordinator. Small class sizes are also important at The Cambridge School, and each classroom is staffed with a full-time teacher and aide. As mentioned by Kim, The Cambridge School has distinguished faculty members, most of whom have MAs and two of whom have Ph.Ds. “Our teachers have more than just academic pedigrees; they love to learn themselves, love their students and this model of education and are gifted at teaching,” said Kim. The Cambridge School is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. For additional information, please visit ¢

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Local Moms Start an Effective New Fundraising Company


an Diego working moms Laura DiPietro and Michelle Mackrovitch were mired in magazine subscriptions, wrapping paper and candy and cookie dough drives when they conceived the idea of a school fundraiser that made more “scents.” Thus, the two business executives formed Agora Fundraising Fragrance Candle Line, a company that provides customized home fragrance candles [made locally in San Marcos] to help schools and organizations raise money for programs and services. “It was the perfect marriage of our backgrounds,” said Laura, who has more than 30 years of experience in the corporate world marketing for small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit organizations. While Michelle is a designer who has worked in the home fragrance industry, producing candles, soaps, bath scrubs and room diffusers. Because both women have school-aged children, they fully understand the time demands that come with modern family life. They also understand the need for a different

kind of fundraising product that will be an easy sell. As such, the Agora Fundraising System is simple to administer and features naturally scented, hand-poured candles made of all natural soy wax that can burn for up to 65 hours. These eco-friendly, 10-ounce candles feature lead-free wicks and recycled packaging – which can be customized for an organization by color and labels. Each candle is designed to evoke an emotion or trait. For instance, you can burn bergamot to symbolize hope and cranberry cassis to summon harmony. Other fragrances in the line currently include Citrus Blossom, Mandarin Vanilla, Night Jasmine, French Lavender, Black Currant, Grapefruit Verbena and Gardenia. “The fragrances are premium scents with natural botanical and citrus oils and infused at 10% into the wax for incredible results,” Heather explained. Agora fundraisers come with everything needed to successfully sell these specialty candles, from order forms and sales brochures to sample kits and results summaries. “More

organizations are expressing an interest in selling the unique candles as a way to raise revenues. We are extremely excited about the potential dollars a school can raise if everyone gets involved,” said Laura. To put it in perspective, for every candle sold, the school earns $6. ¢ For more information on Agora Fundraising, visit



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Nighthawks’ College Readiness is Tested Part 2 of a 3-part series


he June graduation of Del Norte’s first senior class highlighted the importance of the second part of the school’s mission statement: “future focused.” As the Class of 2012 goes on to college and beyond, this forward-thinking skill will serve them well. From its inception, Del Norte has always been willing to use technology to further its students’ education. Yes, each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and yes, students have access to state-ofthe-art computer labs, but the term “future focused” does not describe mere gadgets. Rather, it encapsulates the idea that the traditional way of doing things is not always right. Take math teachers Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Lanzi-Sheaman: they use modern

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graphing calculators to help students interact with calculus concepts, rather than simply read about them. Not only does this hands-on approach further the students’ calculus knowledge, but it also exposes them to the idea of using new and innovative technologies to do things better. As the world evolves, the problems of the future will need to be solved by a combination of resourcefulness and collaboration. Del Norte’s teachers target both of these facets. Classes aim to teach students skills and problem-solving in addition to fundamentals. For example, after completing study of the principles of physics, students have to apply them in an end-of-the-year boat-building project that culminates in a race across Del Norte’s pool. And the value of teamwork is not lost on teachers – many essays in English

classes are submitted for peer feedback before they’re graded. Del Norte’s new alumni believe that the future is at their fingertips, and this is reflected in some of their extracurricular pursuits. From Peter Shea’s internship with Senator Joel Anderson to Noam Habot’s creation of a mobile application, Del Norte’s culture praises leadership, innovation, and risktaking. Committing hours upon hours to the establishment of a better high school, the first set of Nighthawk alumni learned the incredible power of dedication to a vision – and if that’s not preparation for tomorrow’s risks and challenges, then nothing is. ¢ Sahil Chinoy is a senior at Del Norte High School. He is participating in an internship program with 92127 Magazine. He can be contacted at

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n Sunday, June 10, over 700 people gathered to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego at Broadway Pier during the Rhythm & Vine event. The party at the pier – featuring hot tunes, gourmet food, a live auction and award-winning wine – was hosted by Top Chef: Miami finalist and restaurant mogul, Brian Malarkey. ¢



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Make It One Stop

One Stop Furniture & Patio has something for every room in your house by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


usinesses spend a lot of time deciding upon a slogan that will quickly and effectively tell prospective customers about the core beliefs of a store or product. One Stop Furniture & Patio’s is “We Get It” – and they do. One Stop Furniture & Patio “gets” that consumers don’t want to spend a lot of time going store to store looking for furniture that will work together in a room. One Stop is one

of the only stores in San Diego where you can purchase for every room in the house from mattresses to dining room and pool tables along with San Diego’s largest selection of outdoor patio furniture. From trusted names like Stanley Furniture, Tommy Bahama, Lexington, Norwalk, Mallin and Lane Venture to exclusive rustic and one-of-a-kind pieces – they have it all. All of One Stop Furniture & Patio staff are designers too so they “get” that you may need help finding the perfect piece that will finish a

room or selecting just the right fabric and pattern for a custom sofa. “We offer over 700 fabrics to choose from that are all American made and can be built typically in three weeks or less. We can customize the style, size, and configuration to suit our customers’ needs all at tremendous values,” explained Paul Rees of One Stop Furniture. They offer free in-store design consultations and can also provide in-home consultations with one of their professional designers. While some stores in the area have not

been able to sustain their businesses over the past few years, One Stop Furniture & Patio is thriving and was voted Best Furniture Store in San Diego by 10 News Alist. The company started with one person ten years ago and has grown to a staff of 17 and is still expanding. Later this year they will be opening a brand new Design

Center featuring window treatments, countertops and flooring while adding additional designer fabrics and brands. “We noticed that there was a massive void in San Diego. Although there were lots of furniture stores, you would just see the same product over and over again,” said Rees. “We offer quality products at affordable

prices that you can’t find everywhere, in an inviting and friendly environment.” ¢ One Stop Furniture & Patio is located at 9050 Kenamar Drive, off of Miramar Road. Stop by the store today to see what you can “get” for your home.

At A Glance

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Nighthawks Fall Sports Season Outlook by Athletic Director Mike Giaime


elcome to the Del Norte 2012 fall sports season. We are very excited to begin our endeavor to win league titles and CIF championships. We are very proud of our accomplishments thus far earning 9 league titles and 1 CIF title in the first two years of varsity competition. I would also like to celebrate our 114 juniors and past seniors, that earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA. These scholar-athletes are great examples of the true student-athletes we have at Del Norte. Our athletic department believes we have quality student-athletes, coaches and staff who promote the success of our programs through the motto “Earned, Never Given.” We are building traditions with our community and look forward to many years of successful graduates. We encourage the community to fill the stands and watch our amazing athletes compete in the North County Conference. On behalf of DNHS athletic programs we would like to invite you to join us in making this year a success for our student-athletes and the sports they represent. ¢ Mike Giaime Del Norte High School Athletic Director

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Eagles Fall Sports Season Outlook by Athletic Director Tim Shelton


aranatha Christian is entering an exciting new chapter in their Athletic Department’s development. Starting this fall ,the Eagles will enter the prestigious Coastal Conference with most of our league play occurring in the Pacific League. The members of the league are somewhat fluid, but the most consistent members are Calvin Christian, Escondido Charter, Pacific Ridge, San Diego Jewish Academy, The Rock Academy and Tri-City Christian, with occasional involvement from the Army and Navy Academy and Horizon Christian. Maranatha Christian won three league championships last year in football, girls volleyball and boys soccer. With the continued enrollment growth of the school, increasingly talented athletes and solid coaching from an experienced staff, the Eagles should represent themselves quite well this year and continue filling the gymnasium rafters with championship banners. One big milestone ahead for the school is that our football program is finally making the long awaited jump from 8-man football to an 11-man program. Over 75% of our students compete in at least one sport during the year, with one-fifth of these being tri-sport athletes. Additionally, over 60% of our student – athletes are also scholar athletes, maintaining at least a GPA of 3.5 or better while playing their sport(s). ¢ Tim Shelton Maranatha Christian Schools Athletic Director

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4S Book Worms 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm Meet by the fireplace and share your passion for books with your fellow book lovers. August selection: River of Doubt by Candice Millard.

Play-to-Learn with Teacher Lee Thursdays at 10:30 am and 12 pm Music, stories, art and fun! For children 5 years old and under.

SAT Practice Test Saturday, August 4 at 10 am Free SAT practice tests for high school students. Space is limited. Call for registration.

Crafts for a Cause 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4 pm Arts and crafts for K – 3rd grade students.

Tween Book Club Tuesday, July 24 & August 21 at 4 pm For tween book enthusiasts. Call for monthly selection.

Baby & Me Yoga with Miss Courtney 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am Yoga class for moms with pre-walking babies. Please bring a mat, a baby toy and a towel. Sign-ups required. Gentle Yoga with Patty Wednesday, July 11 & August 8 at 9:30 am Gentle yoga for seniors. Knitting Circle Wednesdays at 5 pm Join your fellow knitters by the fireplace every Wednesday evening and knit for fun. Yoga Meditation for Every Day Stress Reduction with Dr. Afshin Nahouvandi 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 pm For 15 years old and above. Friends of the Library Meeting 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm Become a member of Friends of the 4S Ranch Library and support your local library. Long Term Care Seminar with Roohi Darugar Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 am Financial advisor Roohi Darugar invites you to attend an informational seminar on long term care management. College Planning with Roohi Darugar Saturday, August 11 at 10:30 am Financial advisor Roohi Darugar invites parents to attend an informational seminar on college planning from an early age. Fine Free Friday at All SDCL BrancHes Return your County owned books, CDs, DVDs or other overdue materials on the last Friday of each month and we’ll get rid of the fines for those items.

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Kids Fitness with Miss Andrea 3rd Wednesday at 9:30 am and 10:30 am Miss Andrea is back and ready to excise with kids from 18 months to 5 years old. Summer Chess Club Saturdays at 3 pm For all school age chess enthusiasts. Club will be run by Del Norte High School students. Classic Indian Dance Friday, August 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 3 pm Dance recital performance on August 31 at 3:30 pm. Space is limited. Sign-ups required. Kids Yoga with Alex Wednesday, July 18 & August 8 at 11:30 am For 3 and 4 year olds. Origami Class with Miss June Friday, July 13 & August 10 at 10:30 am For children 4 years old and up. Space is limited. Sign-ups required. Pajama Storytime Tuesday, July 24 & August 21 at 6 pm

Ronald McDonald Wednesday, July 11 at 1 pm Join Ronald McDonald at the library for a magical afternoon. John Abrahms Magic Friday, July 13 at 2 pm End of Summer Reading Party Wednesday, August 1 at 1 pm End of summer reading ice cream social and carnival.

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Valencia California West Communities 2,996-3,495 sq. ft. From the low $700,000s

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Homes within Del Sur are constructed and sold by builders not affiliated with Black Mountain Ranch LLC or its affiliated companies. Black Mountain Ranch LLC and its affiliated companies do not guarantee or warrant the obligations of, or construction by such builders, or the availability or pricing of homes. Actual development may vary from developer’s vision. No guarantee can be made that development will proceed as described. Prices, specifications and details are subject to change without notice. Š 2012 Black Mountain Ranch LLC. All rights reserved.

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Join us for Burger Night every Wednesday at Maderas Golf Club!



Burger Night at Maderas Golf Club is an event not to be missed! From Kobe to Ahi Tuna, the choices are endless. Served with housemade chips and coleslaw.

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