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teacher appreciation week Bright horizons pay it forward (z) FACES IN THE CROWD

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pay it forward

Ten community members who give their time and benevolence to others share their passion for helping those in need. Whether you are 10 or 92, there is always a need for volunteerism on all levels, whether big or small. April 25th is Pay it Forward Day – take a moment to make someone’s day while experiencing the true power of giving.


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valle verde Pediatrics

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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER Aim for the Rim I had big dreams when I was a kid. As a dreamer, I had a vivid imagination growing up. One of my favorite things to do was visualize future achievements – we’ve all done it. For example, while playing around with the basketball I would tell myself that if I made the next shot, later on in life I would become a famous rock star, or an astronaut, or a jet pilot – you get the picture. The choices were endless. Sometimes it was as simple as the girl down the street who I had a crush on would notice me. And the funny thing is that even if I missed the shot, I would simply shoot again, many times raising the stakes a bit until I made the shot. Anything was possible. Last month, a group of my ZCode Magazine co-workers and I had the opportunity to volunteer at an event at a local Boys and Girls Club. It was the first day of their month-long program (Little Jumps, Big Changes) with the focus on the importance for young community members to lead active, healthy lifestyles. On that particular day we helped out on the basketball courts – shagging balls, encouraging kids to take shots, assisting with different forms and techniques, and of course, giving plenty of high fives and fist bumps. The kids and staff of the Boys and Girls Club welcomed ZCode with open arms. We jumped right into the mix, and by the end of the event all you could see were smiles – as well as a few beads of sweat running down our faces. Volunteering our time and interacting with the kids definitely had a personal impact on each one of us. We all traded in our busy calendars for a short period of time and became kids again. It felt good. I’m not sure who actually got more out of the event – our ZCode team or the kids at the Boys and Girls Club. All I know is that for a brief moment, I had the privilege of imagining endless possibilities – taking shots and dreaming of what will become of me if I actually made the basket. I plan to keep aiming for the rim. High fives and fist bumps always brighten my day (even in the office). I still feel like a kid. I still have big dreams. Derrick Breaux, Publisher

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on my honor The Scouts of the community are certainly taking their motto, “On My Honor” to a new level. From the newest Daisy Scouts and Cub Scouts to the veteran Ambassador Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts, it is apparent these young kids are building character.

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Permanent Roots

Local Stories. Local Photos.

Westview High School Varsity Basketball Coach Kyle Smith keeps the talent local.

Ray of Light High school sophomore, Rachel Glovinsky, is dedicated to making a difference through community service.

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92128 Magazine play ball! RB Girls Softball League is entering their 33rd year. We give you a peek inside how the league is thriving by leaps and bounds as it embarks on the 2013 Spring Season.

Raising Fun(ds) Foundation Chair, Loretta Shughrue, makes fundraising fun at Shoal Creek Elementary School. We speak with her about her role in the Foundation, as well as her many other endeavors.

The Voice of Business Chamber President Dolores Canizales discusses her plans for North County.

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A home away from home

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The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA has grown to be an icon in the community and a model for Y’s across the nation. With 22,000 members strong, the YMCA hosts wonderful programs that are geared to promote healthy living for members of all ages.

92009 Magazine A Hidden Gem Leo Carrillo Ranch is a designated historic national landmark that was opened to the public in August 2003. Charles Balteria, the Recreation Supervisor for the City of Carlsbad, takes us on a tour of the past, present and future of the ranch

50 years after its premiere, Hello, Dolly! has become a beloved staple of the American musical stage. Poway High School Musical Theatre Program put on a stellar production in early February.

92130 Magazine get in the scrum! We give you the ins and outs of the San Diego Youth Rugby Club based on feedback from President, Guy Hagen and Treasurer, David Pool.

92011 Magazine Batiquitos lagoon foundation Fred Sandquist, President of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, shared why the lagoon is noted as a North County treasure and how visitors and those interested in volunteering time and/or funding can help in preserving, enhancing and protecting the Lagoon.

92131 Magazine teamwork The Scripps Ranch Softball Association is committed to building a high quality program that develops female athletes, teaches fundamentals, fosters a love of the game, and promotes excellence in sportsmanship and teamwork.

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Spring FLING March 10

Daylight Saving Time Begins


March 16

March 31

5 p.m. | Del Mar Country Club

April 1

The Cambridge School Annual Auction & Gala

Women and Wine Networking Event Wine tasting, networking, inspirational speakers and unique shopping. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Bernardo Winery

April 13

St. Patrick’s Day

RB Sunrise Rotary 1st Annual Beer & Wine Festival

March 19

Say Goodbye to Winter RBBA Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Radisson Suite RB

Burn Institute’s 14 Annual Firefighter Boot Drive th

Various intersections around the county


April Fools’ Day

March 17

March 11

March 12


April 16

RBBA 7th Anniversary Reception

March 20

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Unicorn Jewelry Patio

Spring Begins

March 23

Spring Fling

March 13

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Also held on April 10th. 5 p.m. | AltaGolden Memory Center

Egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. for toddler – 12 years. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Rancho Bernardo Glassman Rec Center

April 20

Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation 4th Annual Hats Off to Volunteers 9 – 11 a.m. | Webb Park

March 30

March 13

Regional Connect Networking Event with Guest Speaker Tina Michelson Open to men and women. 5 – 7 p.m. | Hewlett-Packard

4S Ranch Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Appearance

Must have a 4S resident ID to enter the park. 3 years and under 9:30 a.m. 4 – 7 years old 10:15 a.m. 7 and up 11 a.m. Splash Park at Pioneer Park

April 20

2nd Annual Bob Wells Memorial Rubber Ducky Race Immediately following Hats Off to Volunteers event. 11 a.m. | Webb Park

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April 22

Earth Day

April 25

Pay it Forward Day

April 26

Monterey Ridge Elementary School Golf Tournament 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start| Maderas Golf Club

April 27 – 29

The Wizard of Oz performed by Wing-it Ministry Productions

April 27 – 28 at 7 p.m. | April 29 at 4 p.m. Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church

ONGOING EVENTS Through April 30

Radiant Smiles Dental Clothing Drive

To benefit the San Diego Rescue Mission. Items in need include used clothing, blankets, children’s books, pillows, pillowcases, twin sheets, and hygiene products. Drop off all items Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Radiant Smiles in the new 4S Health Center.

Every Tuesday

North County Inland Group

The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice offers support to families after the death of their patients as well as provide support to community members who are grieving a death that occurred without the benefit of their hospice program. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club, Club 21 Room

Every Wednesday

Dynamic Speakers Toastmasters Club 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | BAE Systems

Every Friday

Rancho Bernardo Certified Farmers Market Fresh produce, crepes, tamales and more. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Bernardo Winery

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:::: SPORTS CALENDAR Through April 25

2013 Youth Tennis Registration Followed by Apr. 29 – Jun. 13 session.

March 1

Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner Football & Cheer Sign-ups Begin

March 2

4S Ranch Little League Games Begin

March 9

4S Ranch Youth Soccer Association 1st Game Spring Season

March 9

4S Ranch Girls Fastpitch Softball End of Season Tournaments


Nighthawk Youth Lacrosse Spring Season Begins

4S Ranch Girls Fastpitch Padres Softball Night

March 9

April 28

4S Ranch Girls Fastpitch Softball Games Begin

4S Ranch Girls Fastpitch Softball Spring Kick-Off/Celebration

(dates & events subject to change)

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The Bernardoettes

April 27

Team members and coaches welcome to dress in uniform and walk the field prior to game. RSVP by Mar. 15. 5:40 p.m. | PETCO Park | Cost $25

March 2

April 29

2013 Accutek Restoration 3v3 Basketball Challenge Open to boys and girls teams grades 3 – 12. Rancho Bernardo High School

A friendly group of women golfers that play 18 holes of golf every Wednesday morning at the Oaks North Golf Course. For more details about the Bernardoettes and a free round of golf, contact Lloyd Porter, Oaks North Head Professional, at 858-487-3021.

North County Soccer Park

Indoor soccer leagues always starting for all ages.

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Xtreme Dodgeball, Flag Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Multi and Junior Sports.

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n Tuesday, March 12th local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters from fire departments all over San Diego County come together once a year for a common goal, hopping aboard their engines to meet at intersections within their communities to collect donations in their boots during the morning and evening commutes. And each year, passing motorists help to fill those boots with their spare change – ones, fives, twenties – even $100 bills. “No matter the economy or weather, San Diegans have always given generously,” said Joanie Ewing, Director of Communications for the Burn Insitute. What began more than a decade ago as a grassroots effort backed by the fire service, the Burn Institute’s countywide Boot Drive has become a hallmark fundraiser for the organization. In 2012 alone, the annual one- day event raised nearly $230,000 to support the programs and services they provide. Last year, dedicated firefighters from a record 44 departments across the county gathered at more than 100 intersections to fill their boots. “The Boot Drive has become one of the Institute’s most successful events,” said Scott Walker, Burn Institute Interim Executive Director. That success is directly attributed to the enthusiastic support of local firefighters, he added. ” The fire service really is the

backbone of this organization. As a team we can do great things for the community.” Proceeds benefit Burn Institute fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children between the ages of five and 17. Celebrating its 27th season, the Burn Institute’s unique camp program has provided a safe place for hundreds of young burn survivors to share their experiences in a supportive camp environment. Sponsored by the San Diego–Imperial County Fire Fighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive is the organization’s largest one-day fundraiser. All of the funds raised through the Boot Drive will stay in San Diego County. The top fire department from each region will win the Burn Institute’s highly-coveted bronze Boot Drive trophy. As the event nears, find updated listings of Boot Drive locations at ¢

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Del Norte Seniors Show Elementary Students How to Live Life with Good Character by KATHY LOY | photo by Visual Photography


f you’ve spent any time in a local elementary school, you’ll hear students, teachers, and administrators talking about the pillars of positive character development: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. These pillars are being reinforced by a special program for Del Norte High School students that provide them with leadership opportunities and a chance to mentor younger children in the area. Del Norte High School started the ambassador program this year in order to help elementary school students see the character pillars in action; reflected back to them in high school students they can look up to and emulate. The program, called SOAR (Success through Outstanding Achievement and Respect) consists of twelve students in their senior year, who travel to the elementary schools giving presentations, making classroom visits, and spending one-onone time talking to students. The kids are even given trading cards with SOAR member photos on them. “The most exciting thing about this program is being asked by the kids for our signed cards,” said Madeleine Johnstone, SOAR member. “They look at us like we are heroes, and that is more rewarding than any achievement in high school.”

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The SOAR program was started at Del Norte by the new Assistant Principal, Keith Koelzer, who ran a similar program during his tenure at Rancho Bernardo High School. Mr. Koelzer held training meetings for the program members, gave them tips on public speaking and helped them related to younger children. SOAR student selection is done by school administrators and is based on having a strong academic standing, involvement with the school and/or community, and a commitment to live a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. “The Ambassador program involves encouraging and motivating young students to believe they can be successful in all they set out to do,” said Katarina Stapleford, SOAR member. “We encourage them to pursue their interests, be involved, to try hard in school and to stay off tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.” The inaugural SOAR students consist of athletes who play rugby, football, water polo, field hockey, and who are on the swim and cheerleading teams. Members are also in Drama, Band, ASB, and other school clubs. “The beauty of our program is that between all of our different interests and personalities, a younger student always finds at least one of us they can relate to,” explained Katarina. Mr. Koelzer said the program has received a tremendous response so far. Applications for next year’s ambassadors will be accepted in May. ¢

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Fifth Grader Guilia Hayer Shines On and Off the Tennis Court by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography


uilia Hayer, a fifth grader at Maranatha Christian School, has recently taken the tennis world by storm. “I became interested in tennis after I attended a tennis camp when I was six years old,” said Guilia who currently practices every day and plays in tournaments nearly every weekend. In June 2012, Guilia finished third in the Girls’ 10 Division at the largest junior tennis tournament in the United States. Since then, she has achieved five first place finishes, has been a finalist in four, and a semi-finalist in seven of the United States Tennis Association sanctioned tournaments. Guilia has been ranked as high as #15 in Southern California Girls’ 10 Singles Division, and after only four months in the next age group, she is ranked #45 in the Girls’ 12 Singles Standings (ranking as of February 4, 2013). Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings: Pets:

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Giulia Renee Hayer 11 Maranatha Christian School 5th Bill Hayer and Nuccia Raccosta Adam (25) and Jordan (22) 3 dogs – Baxter, Rusty and Berkeley

Guilia is also a straight-A student who has won awards for spelling bees, writing bees, and speech meets. She feels blessed to have had wonderful teachers at Maranatha Christian who have made school fun and interesting. While she enjoys all of her school subjects, she cites P.E. as her favorite subject because she loves to be outdoors participating in sports. As a testament to that fact, Guilia has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Council for Physical Fitness every year since the first grade. Whether she’s on the court, in the classroom or out on the field, Guilia looks to her parents and God as her inspirations. “My parents always encourage me to do my best and support me in every way they can. God gives me protection and peace,” declared Guilia. In her spare time, Guilia enjoys bike riding with her dad, hiking and shopping with her mom, reading, and going to the beach with her family and friends. “I also enjoy learning Italian from my Nonna, Francesca, who lives with us and turned 84 years old in February,” related Guilia. As she looks to the future, Guilia hopes to attend Stanford University, where she would like to play tennis and possibly major in one of the sciences. Her ultimate dream is to become a professional tennis player. It’s safe to say that while there might be quite a few years before she leaves for college, Guilia is on her way to making her dreams a reality. 

“My parents always encourage me to do my best and they support me in every way they can.”

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Sustainable Homecoming: Returning Veterans Are Getting Schooled in the Local Organic Agricultural Industry by KATHY LOY


or some veterans returning home and looking for a job outside of military service, employment prospects can be bleak. The current economy is not as strong as it was for vets returning from previous wars, and the unemployment rate for veterans is twice the national average. The Veterans Valor Fund strives to provide programs in the agricultural industry, focusing on organic and locally sold produce and agricultural products, in order to assist needy or disabled veterans in California. These programs can be tuition grants, training programs, business grants and loans or funding for greenhouses. 4S Ranch resident and Treasurer of the Veterans Valor Fund (VVF), Daron Edwards, explains that the VVF “exists to support active duty and retired military individuals getting trained, educated and properly certified in the sustainable agricultural industry. This will enable them to establish their own business so they can get on their feet financially.” He and the other founders of the VVF got the idea from a program that started in Escondido called

Archi’s Acres, Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program which is an “entrepreneurial incubator” for transitioning veterans. Archi’s Acres has trained over 100 veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture and other sectors in the food supply chain. Daron, a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Rancho Bernardo, says that providing veterans this kind of help has its benefits. “Giving back, in a tangible way, to these brave men and women warriors who have risked their lives to secure our freedom and seeing them discover the possibilities of being their own boss and being financially independent is rewarding,” said Daron. “As is having a way to encourage and support them in chasing their dream. Coming from the financial background of investments and money management it is important for me to participate in guiding these men and women into sustainable careers. Risk is mitigated with proper training and guidance.” The VVF is a non-profit organization that wishes to partner with individuals and

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Oakley Introduces New Concept Store


akley Inc., the world’s leading sport performance eyewear brand, is proud to introduce their latest concept store, located at the University Town Center mall in San Diego. The new location, which opened in September, is a modern retail museum celebrating the brand’s 37-year heritage. Local residents are fortunate to have this store right in their own backyard, as it is only the second of its kind worldwide. In-store displays feature iconic advertising campaigns and products introduced since the launch of the Southern California Company in 1975. “Southern California is an important part of Oakley’s heritage. We enjoy being part of the community and helping San Diego residents with active lifestyles excel in their performance,” said Melissa Purdy, District Manager for Oakley Stores. “The new Oakley concept store offers the latest Oakley technology and innovations, with a unique focus on eyewear customization and customer service; which brings the absolute best Oakley shopping experience to San Diegans.” The store, located in the UTC Mall, includes two Oakley Custom Bars where customers can use interactive touch screen displays to design their own renditions of Oakley eyewear. An in-store environmental chamber allows customers to test their new eyewear against natural elements

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including wind, light and speed. Iconic eyewear on display throughout the 18-piece visual timeline includes Oakley’s Over The Top® sunglasses released in 2000 and the original Medusa goggles that hit the market in 2002. The focus of this innovative Oakley retail concept store is an extensive line of eyewear and hard goods, such as the company’s unrivaled timepiece designs and sports apparel that meld performance, technology and style. Cement boards, with a graphic print, line the interior store walls and hold open cases that showcase eyewear in a museumlike display. The unique storefront features hand-cut metal paneling with full-metal wall displays of apparel and accessories. Store manager Ruben Rubalcaba has been with the company for eight years and invites you to experience something unique on your next trip to the mall. He and his team of nine associates will provide you with a first-hand interactive experience that will have you testing products world-class athletes are using around the globe. The new location can be found at 4485 La Jolla Village Drive. Additional information is available at ¢




Agave Roasted

Ingredients 2 racks ⅓ cup 2 Tbsp. 1 ½ tsp. ¼ cup 1 clove 1 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp.

of lamb (each 1 ¼ to 1 ½ lb. with 7 to 8 ribs) agave red-wine vinegar toasted ground cumin orange juice garlic, minced finely chopped mint finely chopped basil finely chopped cilantro Freshly ground black pepper Kosher salt


1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. 2. Line a small roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil (to make it easier to clean the glaze from the pan). 3. Season each rack generously with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, combine the agave, vinegar, cumin, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. 5. Brush the surface of the meat with about half (1/4 cup) of the glaze. 6. Roast, brushing the lamb after 10 minutes and then again every 5 minutes with the glaze that has begun to caramelize on the roasting pan, until an instant-read thermometer inserted close to, but not touching the bones, reads 125°F for rare or 130° to 135°F for medium rare. (About 20 minutes for rare and 25 minutes for medium rare.) 7. Meanwhile, pour the remaining glaze into a small saucepan, add the orange juice and garlic, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer until reduced to a slightly syrupy glaze, about 7 minutes. Add the herbs, if using. 8. Let the lamb rest for about 5 minutes. 9. Cut between the bones to carve the racks into chops and drizzle each chop with a little of the glaze before serving.

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About the Chef

Name of Chef: Mark Kuhlmann Age: 48 Family Members: Wife, Marylene; Triplets, Isabella, Chloe, and Emma; Ariel; John-Thomas Community of Residence: 4S Ranch Hobbies/Interests: Family, cooking, rock climbing, and home improvement Favorite Local Activity: A day at the beach About the Recipe: When I think of a great dish for the BBQ, I think of this slow roasted lamb dish! It is a hit of every party and it has become a favorite and a signature dish for my personal clients. If you like lamb, you are going to love it. If you don’t like lamb, you will now! About the Chef: Some mothers tell their children not to play with their food, but my mom encouraged it. Growing up in New Orleans, I spent hours in my family kitchen learning how to create flavorful, soulful dishes. I realized early on that great cooking is about more than delicious food; it is about bringing people together to build relationships at the table. Throughout the years, Chef Mark has expanded his culinary interests to include eclectic dishes from Morocco, South America and Spain, as well as traditional favorites like hearty organic soups, rich risottos and pork tenderloin. Today, his passion for bringing people and food together is stronger than ever. Through The Culinary Underground, Chef Mark is sharing his culinary prowess and southern hospitality with people throughout San Diego County who want to create unforgettable experiences. To customize your own menu, visit ¢

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annual bob wells memorial rubber ducky race


he 2nd Annual Bob Wells Memorial Rubber Ducky Race will be held at Webb Park on Saturday, April 20th at 11 a.m. immediately following the Hats Off for Volunteers ceremony at the park. The person whose duck crosses the finish line first receives a $500 check from the Rancho Bernardo Business Association (RBBA), which sponsors the event held in memory of one of RB’s most celebrated leaders, Bob Wells.






he Rancho Bernardo Business Association (RBBA) has established Everyone is invited to take part in the Ducky Race. a committee to open the time Miniature ducks are sold for $5 each. The ducks capsule that was buried in Webb Park in midare placed in the water in one section of the January following its 50th birthday celebration. City lake at Webb Park, an industrial blower is Councilman Mark Kersey is Chairman of the committee. aimed at them, and pushes the ducks Committee members include Miss RB Teen Amy Geiss, across the lake to the finish line. Alex Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration, and Tiffany Vinson, Mr. Kersey’s liaison for the Rancho Bernardo area. The first year of the race, 500 ducks were entered and, ironically, the person who bought the winning ticket in the name of the RB Rotary “We made them promise to keep in good shape so they would be Club was Bob Wells. around for the opening when RB celebrates its 100th anniversary,” said Larry McIntyre, President of the Association. Tickets may be purchased from RBBA Executive Coordinator Mary Stanton by calling 858-451-3406, emailing, or mailing a check to the RBBA, P.O. Box 27951, San Diego, CA 92198. A ticket for each duck purchased will be mailed to the purchaser. Ducks will also be sold in the community and at RBBA’s monthly receptions. 

“We decided to bury the capsule in Webb Park under a 350-pound granite marker because after the 45th Birthday Celebration we put the time capsule in a safe deposit box at the San Diego National Bank, to be opened in 2057,”said Marty Judge, who was Chairman of both the

50th and 45th birthday celebrations. “The bank went out of business in the Great Recession, so we thought Webb Park was a safer bet this time,” he said. 

The items that were placed in the capsule included: 1. A Historical timeline fold out from RB Historical Society 2. 2011 & 2012 Rancho Bernardo Phone Book commemorating RB’s 50th birthday 3. The Rancho Bernardo

CC&R’s on disk 4. Copy of The Fifth Coup, a novel by Marty Judge 5. Two RB 50th programs 6. Five rubber duckies with explanation and photos 7. News Journal Nov.11, 2011: Rancho Bernardo Historical Society kicks off RB’s 50th anniversary 8. News Journal August 2nd: Time Capsule Story 9. News Journal Aug. 9th: pull out

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section history of Rancho Bernardo 10. News Journal Aug. 16th: Front page-Rubber Ducky sales; photo of Bob Wells selling duckies 11. News Journal Sept. 20th: Front page about upcoming 50th 12. News Journal Sept. 27th: Front page-story on 50th Marilyn, Mayor and Elvis photo, plus article regarding Bob Wells’ death with photo 13. News Journal Oct. 4th: story

about Bob Wells #47 Ducky 14. 2012 home listing 15. RBBA Brochure & membership kit 16. RB map 17. RB Chorale program & music CD 18. RB Press Club info 19. RB 50th anniversary DVD 20. RB Women’s Club info 21. The Cross DVD 1988 22. The Healing Field DVD. Aftermath of the 2008 tragic RB fire .

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The Patels: Achieving Success with their Winning Attitude by linda frabl | photos by Spark Photography


lthough the Patels are a driven family who has achieved great success, they also have a sweet simplicity to their demeanor. It could be because of the charming and simple way that the parents, Milan and Nehal, first met each other. At the time, Milan was running an IT company in Los Angeles, and Nehal was in medical school in New Jersey. Milan recounted, “We both happened to be staying at the same hotel in Atlanta – Nehal was there for a medical conference, and I was there for a business trip. We ran into each other in the lobby, and it was love at first sight!” After marrying and having their first child, Amber, in L.A., the parents realized they needed a more family-friendly environment. Nehal explained, “We wanted to live in a place that valued family and would be ideal to raise kids. We found that in San Diego, and more specifically, in 4S Ranch. The best part is the closeness of the community!” The Patels moved into their current home on Valentine’s Day, 2004, and nine years later their brood includes Amber, 10, as well as Amanda, 7, and Ethan, 2.

Parents: Community: Year moved to Community: Parents Hometown:

Milan Patel (45), Nehal Patel (39) 4S Ranch 2004 Milan was born in Hollywood, CA, and raised in La Canada Flintridge. Nehal was born in India, and raised in Fort Worth, TX. Parents Occupation: Milan is currently CEO of a medical billing company, which he founded. Nehal is a radiologist at Kaiser Permanente. Children: Amber Patel (10) Stone Ranch, 5th grade Amanda Patel (7) Stone Ranch, 2nd grade Ethan Patel (2) pre-school at Alexa’s PLAYC

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The ambitious parents haven’t let their growing family stop them from their professional endeavors. Milan, an Eagle Scout and a Mensa member since high school, used to be a professor at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, and is now the founder and CEO of RCM Fusion, a medical billing company. Nehal, a straight-A valedictorian at her high school, completed her residency in radiology and her fellowship in mammography at UCLA, and is now a radiologist/physician at Kaiser Permanente. Naturally, the Patel children are also exceptionally remarkable. Amber is the student body president at Stone Ranch Elementary, plays competitive soccer and – Milan Patel recreational softball, and has been ice skating since age two. She also plays the saxophone and is in choir. Amanda keeps busy with soccer, softball, and basketball. Both girls are active in Girl Scouts, and take piano lessons. Ethan is focused on kicking soccer balls as skillfully as his sisters. The family’s persistent determination was especially evident two years ago, when the girls expertly skied down a black diamond slope without fully realizing how dangerous it was. Milan said, “It was all about overcoming your fears. As long as you are prepared, you’ll get through it!” That winning attitude must be the secret to the Patels’ amazing accomplishments! 

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overcoming your fears. As long as you are prepared, you’ ll get through it !”

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"Women's Week" will feature speakers who will discuss a wide variety of topics that have an impact on women's lives. More than 500 visitors from the San Diego region are expected to attend the Friday conference, hosted by the SD North Chamber of Commerce and presented by Sharp at the new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa.

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Tickets for all events are available online at or by calling chamber staff at 858-487-1767. San Diego Women’s Week presents a powerful week of opportunities for women to hear inspirational speakers, take part in forums, networking events and connect with other inspirational women. It is also an opportunity for businesses to take part in showcasing their services, products and expertise during the Friday conference.

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Women's Week Kick Off Women and Wine

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Networking, wine tasting, inspirational speakers and unique shopping. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Bernardo Winery – 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128 Tickets: $15

Network with business and community leaders and meet special speaker, Tina Mickelson. Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Hewlett-Packard – 16399 West Bernardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92127 Tickets: Free for SDNCC members, $35 for non-members

An evening of networking, healthy snacks, questions for the physicians and health screenings with a beautiful gift at the end of the evening. Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa – 10243 Genetic Center Dr, San Diego 92121 Tickets: $15

Friday, March 15 Keynote Speakers Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa – 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 Tickets: $99 Speakers: Deepak Chopra, M.D., Colleen Hensley Additional speakers listed on website.


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MRES Teacher Appreciation Week


he staff at Monterey Ridge Elementary experienced an adventurous week filled with challenges and competition as the PTA put on its annual Staff Appreciation Week. This year’s theme was “Survivor,” and all teachers and support staff became members of a token tribe stranded on the fictitious Monarch Island. As the week came to an end,

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the tribes gathered for their final competition in front of the entire school at Friday Flag. Even Principal, Michael Olander, got in on the fun. The teachers demonstrated their strength and tenacity as parents and students cheered them on. The annual Staff Appreciation Week has become a favorite week for everyone at Monterey Ridge. ¢

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Kids That Rock—The Santana Brothers Take San Diego by Storm by KELLEY GUSICH


he power of music is an incredible thing, but never more so than when it can help give someone the ability to communicate. The Santana Brothers Rock Band is a premiere example. They are a seven piece rock band whose ages range from fifteen to seven, and their lead singer , Nathan Santana, must deal with a special set of challenges – Autism and Epilepsy. The four Santana brothers – triplets Brendan, Alexander, and Nathan, along with their older brother Daniel , discovered their musical interests when studying at Rock and Roll San Diego School of Music. Director Mark Langford discovered Nathan’s stellar voice and pitch at a 2012 Christmas concert, but there were concerns as to whether Nathan could remember the lyrics due to seizures. When they found out Nathan’s seizures did not affect the part of his brain where the lyrics were stored, the band was off and running! Nathan uses his time with the band to work with his autism and improve his public speaking skills, social aptitude and eye contact. They added the Leon family – Julian, Catrina, and Melissa – to their lineup and started playing all over town. Each band member is dealing with a hectic schedule. They all swim together competitively for Pacific Swim, and in addition to that and school, they take one private class per week in their respective instruments, and one group class/rehearsal per week directed by bass teacher Kevin Freeby. He and a group of teachers that includes Bob Sale for drums, vocal coach Stellita Lindgren, guitar teacher Stephen Kamada and choreography and

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performance class Gabriela Santana, combine to prepare this high energy and entertaining band. The band plays regularly at Kobey Swap Meet on Sundays. They have performed at Old Town Cinco de Mayo Festival, Serra Mesa Street Fair, San Diego County Fair, Balboa Park December Nights, La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, Kid’s Expo, KUSI and Fox news, along with En Vivo cable show and several private parties. The band wants to gain fans by playing as much as possible, so check them out at Kids Expo April 27th, March 2nd at Little League Opening Day Del Mar & Solana Beach, Thursday nights at Back to the 50’s Classic Car and Bike Show from June – August in downtown La Mesa, or at Kobey’s Swap any Sunday there isn’t a swim meet! ¢

Band Member Profiles

Daniel Santana (15): Bass player, sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy Nathan Santana (13): Lead vocals, 8 th grader at New Bridge

Brendan Santana (13): Guitar player, 8 th grader at Earl Warren

Alexander Santana (13): Drummer, 8 th grader Earl Warren

Julian Leon (12): Guitar player, 6th grader Oak Valley Middle School

Catrina Leon (8): Vocalist; 3 rd grader Stone Ranch Elementary

Melissa Leon (7): Vocalist; 1st grader Stone Ranch Elementary


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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF 14th Annual Paws in the Park Raises Funds for Animals

Hundreds of dogs and their owners are expected to take part in the 14th annual Paws in the Park dog walk on Mar. 24th. The event will raise funds and awareness for homeless and abandoned animals through the Escondido Humane Society. Paws in the Park is the biggest event of its kind in North San Diego County. The family-friendly event includes a Paw Vendor Expo with more than 30 vendors, contests and games for people and dogs, entertainment, giveaways, pet confidence-building course, opportunity drawing and food. Festivities will begin with registration and a meet and greet at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., walkers and their canine companions will embark on either a 1.5 or 2.5-mile course. The post-walk celebration gets started at 10:15 a.m. and concludes at noon. Registration is free, and all walkers will receive incentive prizes based on dollars raised, starting at $50. For more information, call 760-888-2235 or visit

4th Annual RBCF Hats Off to Volunteers

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) will celebrate the 4th annual Hats Off to Volunteers ceremony at Webb Park near the pond and Courtyard by Marriott hotel from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 20th. The celebration is an opportunity to learn more about and how to get involved with more than 60 nominating organizations in RB that serve youth, youth sports, schools, health and safety, seniors, veterans, civic and business groups, the arts, faith and community associations. The event is free and open to the public. Donations made to RBCF are fully tax-deductible. For additional information contact Trudy Armstrong at 619-764-8602,, or send a request to RBCF at P.O. Box 270744, San Diego, CA 92198.

2013 Back to Summer Festival at Monterey Ridge Elementary

The Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation is currently making preparations to host its biggest fundraiser of the year, the 1st Back to Summer Festival, which will be held on May 18th, 2013 from 3-7 p.m. at Monterey Ridge Elementary School. Admission is free, and carnival wristbands can be purchased for $15 at There will be live music, games, a rock wall, obstacle course, gourmet food trucks and a silent and live auction. The sole purpose of the Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation is to enhance the curriculum of the school by providing funding in areas such as the arts, technology and science. If you have a business and are interested in helping to sponsor this event or making a donation for the silent or live auction, contact Heather Ott at If you would like to volunteer to help with making this event a huge success, contact Linda Manning at

Trio from Del Norte Wins 1st Place in American Protégé International Competition

Flora Li (violinist), Jiewon Lee (pianist) and Christina Cheng (violoncello) are three talented young musicians from Del Norte High School. They were chosen as a 1st place winner in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2012. From there the trio was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in NYC in late December. Li, Lee, and Cheng formed Trio con Fuoco in 2011, under Mr. Guo’s coaching, and have won the highest honors in both the local and state levels. They’ve even had the privilege of performing at the CAPMT Piano and Ensemble Southern CA Festival as well as the annual CA International Music and Art Festival for the past two years. In addition to these tremendous achievements, the trio spreads their love of music to the community. They regularly offer concerts at local senior homes and Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Accutek Restoration Becomes Title Sponsor of the Annual Bronco Youth Basketball Challenge

Accutek Restoration has committed to sponsor the annual 3v3 Basketball Challenge organized by the Bronco Youth Basketball (BYB) Club. The 2013 Accutek Restoration 3v3 Basketball Challenge will be held at Rancho Bernardo High School on Apr. 28th and is open to boys and girls teams grades 3 – 12. “We expect this year to have 16 courts of basketball operating all day, with more than 250 games played until we have a winner in each age group,” said David Pierick, BYB President. Lennon and Karie Brown, Accutek Restoration owners, have two boys who have participated in the 3v3 and believe in what the event accomplishes. Team space is limited so early registration is recommended at in the “3v3 Challenge” tab.

Christian Youth Theatre Presents A Little Princess, Featuring 92127 Residents

The moving story of a young girl who uses her imagination to bring hope to those around her comes to life on stage with a spectacular combination of storytelling, choreography, and high energy musical numbers perfect for the whole family. Christian Youth Theater’s (CYT) production of A Little Princess, with music by Andrew Lippa features more than 50 local youth. 92127 residents,Jade Bajado, Lou Rae Barnaba, Elizabeth Bohnstedt, Isabel Friedl, Lauren Littlejohn, Paityn Manor, Sierra Miller, Avery Claire Nugent, Lauren Wahl, and Sarah Zupnik, make up the talented cast of actors, singers, dancers, and tech crew. Performances of A Little Princess run Mar. 8 – 10 and Mar. 16 –17 with both matinee and evening show times, at the American Spirit Theater, 1868 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027. All seats are reserved and ticket prices are $12 in advance ($15 at the door). For tickets and information, visit

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DNHS KIN Club Food Packaging Project

The Do Something Del Norte KIN Club in conjunction with Friends & Family Community Connection is hosting a “Feed A Child, Save A Life” food packaging event on Friday, May 3rd from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Del Norte High School. The club’s purpose is to engage students in community service and social action, with a focus on helping kids in need. Last year as over 500 student and community volunteers made 20,280 meals for kids in need. Approximately 6,000 of the meals were allocated for local distribution. The balance was sent to orphanages in Haiti and Tanzania. This year the goals remain the same. Each meal costs only 25¢ which covers the cost of the ingredients and shipping, and the student leaders are currently raising the required funds to package these special formulated meals. Volunteers will work in an assembly-line fashion adding rice, soy, vitamins, minerals and chicken/vegetable flavorings, all with the intent that children in San Diego and around the world will be provided with something warm and nutritious to eat. KIN Club is looking for local businesses and community groups to partner with this effort through sponsorship and volunteering. For more information contact

Nighthawk Youth Lacrosse Triumphs Fall Season, Seeks Spring Athletes

The Nighthawk Youth Lacrosse Association completed its inaugural season of middle school girls lacrosse. The inaugural season included 16 girls on the team from 6th grade through 8th grade. The Nighthawks competed in the B division and won six games and lost only two, ending the season with a Championship win at the Fall 2012 Season Tournament. This was especially notable for a team with little lacrosse experience at the beginning of the season. The team was coached by Kimberly Pytel (DNHS Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach) and Mariana Gomezllamos (a DNHS Junior and lacrosse player). The team was led by co-Captains Francesca Bossone and Annie Meggers. More information can be found at

Swim Coach Teaches Child with Spina Bifida to Swim

John Ruffu, owner and swim coach at Swim 2 John, recently taught 30-month-old spina bifida patient, Fernando Gallego, to swim. During the second week of learning to swim, Fernando learned to walk. His therapist told his mother that his swim lessons were very instrumental in him walking without crutches. Marcia Gallego, Fernando’s mother, explained, “Fernando started swimming lessons with John just after a few weeks of a brain surgery. The big surprise was that after two weeks of lessons he was swimming and also walking independently. We spent a lot time in hospitals this last summer but the end of it was a total success with this important achievement.” Over the past ten years, parents of challenged children have seen incredible advancement in their kids through a learn to swim teaching process based on multiple concepts used by special needs organizations. These concepts develop independence for children in or recovering from developmental delays. John uses these methods on every child he teaches to swim, challenged or not. You can learn more about John at

Oak Valley Middle School’s First Lego League Team Succeeds in SoCal Championship

The Furious Falcons, also known as Aaron Li, Alan Wang, Ashwath Raj, Darshan Jeganathan, Emma Kim, Jeongho Kim, Manisha Seelam, Myles Chuang, Patrick Huang, Pratheek Eravelli, Seth Kim, and Shivani Vasanth, represented Oak Valley Middle School in the 2012 First Lego League (FLL) state competition on Dec. 1st at LEGOLAND. The group competed with over 100 teams and won the award from Time Warner Cable for Engineering Excellence. The Furious Falcons also placed 2nd in Robot Performance with a score of 413 points which was only two points lower than the champion. Next year’s competition theme is “Nature’s Fury.” Teams will have to invent something that helps people prepare for, respond to, or recover from natural disasters, as well as program a robot to navigate through a series of tasks (or “missions”) that tie in with the competition theme, while demonstrating the FLL Core Values.

Rancho Bernardo Resident Named USA Rugby High School All American Academic Advisor

Karen Fong, a local RB resident, is a college admissions consultant with a rugby twist. Fong works with Dunbar Educational Consultants and possesses specialized knowledge of both college application planning strategies and athletic recruitment. Fong’s expertise most recently earned her the title of USA Rugby’s High School All American Program’s academic advisor. As a former D1 All-American and Junior National Team rugby player herself, Fong has built a niche working with high school athletes in various sports. With rugby’s return to the Olympics in 2016, the exponential growth of youth rugby has catapulted Fong as the premiere college advisor for rugby families. Fong routinely presents free college planning seminars for San Diego County YMCAs. She is available to work with families on an individual basis in Southern California and remotely with families worldwide via web-based communication.

Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church Presents “The Wizard of Oz”

Wing-it Ministry Productions presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church (RBCPC) from Apr. 27 – 29. The cast of 50 6th-12th graders from the community will perform the show after four months of preparation. “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum has been adapted by Frank Gabrielson, with music and lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, as well as background music by Herbert Stothart. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Apr. 27th and 28th, in addition to a performance on Apr. 29th starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Seating is first come, first serve, and tickets will be available beginning mid-March. To purchase tickets, visit the RBCPC’s main office, or by calling Aubree Wickline at 858-487-0811 x269 with your name, the number of tickets, and which performance you’re interested in.

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3 1. Daisy Troop 8774 of 4S Ranch shows off the new box designs for Girl Scout cookies 2. Girls from Daisy Troop 2033 generously made bears, adorned them with an accessory and a hug and delivered them to kiddos at Children’s Hospital 3. Pari Hekmat presents a representative from Rady Children’s Hospital with a basket of hats for children at the hospital that she created during the 4S Ranch Library’s knitting group 4. Winking Cousins 5. Izabelle w Elite Pediatric Dentistry’s Mascot, Dragon Draco 6. Ryan, Savannah and Ella Nelkin enjoying an afternoon at sea 7. Natalie presenting with her mom and witt teacher a teacher appreciation gift 8. Neighborhood friends enjoying a game of pick up soccer at Legacy Park 9. Lainey and Owen out and about cheering on the Aztecs 10. Liberty girls sporting smiles...congrats on a great season 11. American Girl store bliss 12. These helping hands Girl Scouts stuffed 2,000 bags to provide to local families in need at Feed America San Diego 13. Reisert Tennis program kids in full swing 14. Mrs. Newlin’s G3 kiddos sporting their mustaches



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FUTURE Children Get a Happy, Healthy Start at Bright Horizons by WYNNE LOVE


eciding where to enroll your child is the first of many important decisions you make for your children. Any parent remembers the first day they leave their little one at day care or at school. The only thing that eases the anxiety is the knowledge that you have left them in competent and caring hands. The staff at Bright Horizons understands. “We are committed to providing the highest-quality child care, early education, and work/life solutions in the world,” stated Paula Mercer, Center

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Director for Bright Horizons in Encinitas. With curriculum programs that have been proven successful, Bright Horizons sets the industry standard, providing early education, after-school and summer camp programs for children. The only early education and preschool organization to be named in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America,” they are also partners in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Child Care initiative, leading by example across the U.S. in their efforts to ensure kids get a healthy start in life. Bright Horizons provides a rich and nurturing learning environment tailored to the needs of each individual child. “Our curriculum adapts to the changing needs, interests, and abilities of each child in our program,“ explained Mercer. “Our goal is to unlock your child’s academic potential by fostering a love for learning.” Skilled teachers are the key to creating the kind of safe, innovative environment that gives children the freedom to tap into that potential. “With caring, well-trained, and experienced teachers as guides, our curriculum encourages discovery within a stimulating environment that can nurture each child’s curiosity, potential, and growth,” described Mercer. With so many experienced teachers on staff, Bright Horizons ensures SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT

their students are prepared for kindergarten and beyond. “On average, our teachers have been at this school for roughly 10-12 years,” reported Mercer. Consequently, Center Director, Paula Mercer herself has been working in early childhood education for 22 years, and has been the center assistant director/director at Bright Horizons in Encinitas for the last ten.

“Our goal is to unlock your child’s academic potential by fostering a love for learning.” With daily reports and the state-of-the-art Teaching Strategies Gold system, parents are intimately involved in their child’s learning process as well, so that Bright Horizons is not only a safe haven for kids, but also a rich resource for parents. ¢ Learn about Bright Horizons amazing staff, dynamic programs, and parent resources on the web at or stop in and see it all in person.

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ou may think of yourself as just one person in this world, but to one person, at a single moment in time, you are the world. Imagine if each individual looked for an opportunity to help others every day. Think of the difference that would make. We talked with a multitude of local ‘heroes’ who give their time to impact the lives of others. We learned whether you are 10, 49, or 92 years old, there are countless ways to give back – or better yet, pay it forward. The ten community members we focus on are just a sampling of all the good that is happening in the community. In 2012, people from 52 countries participated in Pay it Forward Day with individuals working on proclamations in 36 states and 41 cities. The 2013 Pay it Forward Day (PIFD), held on the last Thursday of April, aims to inspire over five million acts of kindness around the world. Together we can change the world – one good deed at a time! On April 25th, take a moment to perform a random act of kindness. You will make someone’s day while experiencing the true power of giving.

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the PAY IT FORWARD DAY e v a S Date: Thursday, April 25

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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

I have run in the 4S Ranch Thank You Run. I have helped teachers by collecting school supplies and homeless families by gathering toiletries, clothes, and toys. I “adopt” foster children over the holidays to give them toys and clothes to make their holidays brighter.

Tell us of any upcoming events you are working on, spearheading, or planning on participating in.

Let someone with only a few items cut in front of you in line at the grocery store. Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit. Put some change in an expired parking meter. Be nice to the customer service people who are trying to help you while you are beyond frustrated. Pay for the person behind you in line. Bring a bouquet of flowers to a hospital and ask staff to bring them to a patient who could use some cheer. Hug a friend. Let them know how important they are.

In a few weeks, I will go to a local food bank to help pack food for families who need it. I have also just finished earning my Bronze Award for Girl Scouts. My project was to help schools by collecting school supplies to give to children and schools that need them.

Send a nice handwritten card to someone you know, unexpectedly.

Where do you a see a need for additional volunteer efforts in the local communities?

Leave encouraging post-it notes in library books and other random places.

I see a need in schools. While doing my Bronze Award I learned about how much some of the schools on local Indian reservations need new school supplies. I think we should support them as much as we can. Volunteering is fun and knowing that you are doing something helpful makes you feel good.

Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities?

My mom and my friends inspire me to give back. When I see someone who is hurting or animals that need something, I want to help them by raising money or doing something that could help them.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way? Yes, I was about seven and it was caroling at a retirement community. This experience made me feel good to see the smiles of the people we were singing to.

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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

I have participated in a wide range of efforts to give back to the community, including several Rotarians at Work Days, building a house in a day in the slums of Tijuana, and joining 750 other volunteers to overhaul a block in City Heights.

What groups/organizations are you affiliated with and what is/are the role(s) you play?

I am currently an honorary member of the RB Sunrise Rotary. In addition, I volunteer my time for TEMAS – the Educational Martial Arts System – teaching youngsters in the community the proper ways for self-defense. My non-school time is rounded out with a part-time job, singing in the choir at Temple Adat Shalom, and singing with the RBHS Madrigals and Musicians’ Club.

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Tell us of any upcoming events you are working on, spearheading, or planning on participating in.

Currently, I am planning on participating in this year’s Corazon project where a group of Rotarians travel down to Tijuana for a day to build a house for a homeless family.

Where do you a see a need for additional volunteer efforts in the local communities?

I believe that we need more volunteers in the field of education. It is important that we are able to properly educate our youth and, speaking as one who is still in school, I know that parent volunteers are always welcome to teachers.


What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

Rotarians at Work Day, Salvation Army’s “Adopt a Family” Christmas program and Junior Achievement Biz Town.

Tell us of any upcoming events you are working on, spearheading, or planning on participating in.

Currently I’m spearheading RB Sunrise Rotary’s “Make Dreams Real” ad fundraiser. This is an annual fundraiser that our club has done for over ten years with the money raised going to the many organizations we support. I’m also chairing RB Sunrise Rotary’s first Beer & Wine Festival that will take place on Saturday, April 13th.

Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities.

My initial inspiration came from my mother. She ingrained in me the phrase “if you are fortunate enough to have it’s your responsibility to give back”.

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Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way?

My first memory of “giving back” happened when I was in early elementary school. It was a week or two before Christmas and my mom loaded the car full of brand new toys and we drove downtown. I watched as my mom unloaded all the toys I so desperately wanted to be mine and filled up her designated square at the Salvation Army for their “Adopt–A-Family” program. My mom explained to me that there was a family who didn’t have enough money for Christmas and all these toys were going to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas. As young as I was, it made sense. We’ve been a part of the “Adopt–A-Family” program for over 25 years and it’s still my favorite holiday tradition.

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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

I coordinated our dictionary program for third graders at local elementary schools from RB to Mira Mesa. We speak to the children about the importance of reading, literacy, and the value of their education. I also went to Tijuana, Mexico to help provide free dental care for over 200 elementary students who were in desperate need of some emergency treatment.

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Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time?


Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities.


Every project that I have been involved with has left a memorable impression. At the free dental clinic in Mexico, I learned that all of the children were from Oaxaca, Mexico about 2,000 miles south of the border. I thought I would be doing a lot of cleanings and fillings for the children, but when I examined the kids, almost every child had at least one tooth that was so infected that it was in need of an immediate extraction. I was shocked by the need for dental care. What made this even more impactful was that the school was located on top of a large hill that had a clear and beautiful view of the San Diego skyline.

While finishing my undergraduate at San Diego StateI was involved with the Pre-Dental Club that required participation in community service events. I made the commitment to myself that after I was done with dental school, I would make it a point to be actively involved with community where I live or work.

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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community? I started Junk Food Awareness Week at Painted Rock Elementary School. I also raised money for the RB Chamber as deputy Honorary Mayor and started the dictionary project for 3rd graders in PUSD.

Tell us of any upcoming events you are working on, spearheading or planning on participating in.

The “Make Dreams Real” Rotary Fundraiser is the largest fundraiser of the year that brings in $20 – 50k.

Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time? Rotary teams up with Corazon to build homes in Tijuana. My ten-yearold daughter went one year. Afterwards she said she no longer needed allowance, and to donate it through Rotary to needy projects or people.

Where, specifically, do you a see a need for additional volunteer efforts in the local communities?

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Getting young people prepared for the future – specifically money management, job skills, speaking one to one, interviewing, and personable skills. Volunteering builds self-esteem in yourself and others. It makes you feel worthy and makes you sleep better at night knowing you contributed to someone less fortunate.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way?

I was eight years old, and had three cousins with Muscular Dystrophy. My family had a carnival and raised $300 for the Jerry Lewis Telethon.


Tell us of any upcoming events you are working on, spearheading or planning on participating in.

I’m currently organizing Mini Golf for Good II, scheduled for Sept. 29, 2013, ( This year’s event will be geared towards helping provide scholarships to families in need with children interested in the arts. Financial support will go to San Diego Civic Dance Arts.

Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time?

The first time I went to Tijuana to build a house in a day through the Corazon project. 45 of us had just built a house for a family of five previously living in a tin shack. After completing our assignment we headed back to the States and climbed a hill. There I saw the contrast. To my right were the hills of Tijuana with hundreds of houses stuffed into the hillside. To the left was the border, a huge green swath, and off in the distance the Emerald City – San Diego. Seven years later, that image remains burned into my memory because at that moment I “got it.” That day changed my life, and reinforced for me the importance of giving back to those who have less than I do.


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Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities. My family, and particularly my bride. They make me want to try and help others to enjoy more from life.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way?

When I was 11 my friend Erica lost her home to fire. I remember being there for weeks, helping the family to dig out of the mess and looking for anything worth salvaging. They were in trouble and in my own small way I’ve always felt I helped, even if it was moral support.


What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

I have provided rides to seniors, delivered dictionaries to 3rd graders, and served as facilitator for high school juniors’ leadership camp.

What groups/organizations are you affiliated with and what is/are the role(s) you play?

Past president of RB Sunrise Rotary and will serve as District Governor for San Diego/Imperial Counties beginning July 1, 2013.

Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time?

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Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities.

I am inspired by the smiles and thank yous received along the journey.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way?

While in elementary school I typed a term paper for a close friend who had broken his arm.

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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

Over the years I have held every office for RB Sunrise Rotary, including President. I have also worked with youth at Abraxas High School and Scripps Ranch High School. Rotary’s community is world-wide, so I have also worked with projects in Africa and India.

What groups/organizations are you affiliated with and what is/are the role(s) you play?

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I am in charge of our club 4-way test speech contest this year and for the last 14 years. We invite students to come and speak to the club on a subject of their choice and the winner(s) go on to other clubs to compete. We will also have a sub-regional contest at our club where five or six students from other clubs will speak. The winner and goes on to compete with others in the final contest at Rotary District Meeting where up to ten students will speak. The winner receives a college scholarship of $1,500 or more.

Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time?

Yes, I think the most interesting stories come out of Tijuana where we have helped children in orphanages, community health fairs where we have helped 400 or more people, young and old, get health tests and more. Probably the most touching is building a house in a day in Tijuana. Now that one will really touch your heart.

Who or what inspires you to want to dedicate your time and effort in the communities? My Rotary club members inspire me to get involved. When you have known people for 20 plus years, doing community service you learn a lot about yourself and others. Also, seeing growth in our local students from the efforts of Rotary makes me proud.


What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

Within Rotary, I have distributed dictionaries, refurbished POVA (horse rides for the handicapped), fixed up seniors’ homes on Rotarians for Work Day. I also shop and provide transportation for doctor’s appointments for seniors at the Los Arcos Apartments.

What is the most rewarding part about being a philanthropic community member who is involved in local volunteer efforts?

The most rewarding part is meeting the people and getting the satisfaction of helping those who cannot help themselves.

Where, specifically, do you a see a need for additional volunteer efforts in the local communities?

I have a strong opinion that those who try and cannot make it are deserving of my help. This relates to funds, hands on help, and offering direction and counseling.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way? My first experience was as a child. My father was a ward politician in New Jersey. He would organize Christmas parties for the poor, and I attended many of them. Receiving the expressions of gratitude and experiencing the joy the children got from the gifts was a touching moment.



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What are two to three ways you have provided a helping hand to the local community?

After retirement, I jumped right into volunteering as a SCORE counselor for many years. I was on the Rec Council as a board member and President for many years. I also led the effort to build the RB Community Park Tennis Club, gymnasium, and the Ed Brown Senior Center buildings with donated money from the community.

Do you have an interesting story to share with readers about any of your experiences while volunteering your time? The most interesting story is the battle with the City of San Diego to build the gymnasium in the park. We had plans and a bid from the contractor who had already built the exact same building in Carlsbad and the City argued with us and said it would cost twice as much. We argued back, and over time, won and built it right on budget.

Where, specifically, do you a see a need for additional volunteer efforts in the local communities?

Volunteering is always needed as it benefits both the volunteer and the community. Seniors in particular need to stay involved and plugged in to remain vital. The more you give to your community in the form of volunteerism is proportional to the amount of satisfaction and rewards in new found relationships received in return. Plus you get to live in a better community.

Do you remember your very first memory of volunteering or dedicating your time in some way? Please briefly describe the experience.

My first memory of volunteering was in 1979 just after I moved to the community. I joined the RB Rec Council and found I liked the people who were also on the board. It inspired me to be a part of community organizations and remain involved until just a few years ago when I finally have cut back. It gets in your blood when you give it your all. ¢

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Snow Day! Del Sur Transforms into a Wintry Wonderland


n early February, more than 1,000 residents gathered at Haaland Glen Park for Del Sur’s Third Annual Snow Day, one of many events hosted each year by the community. The event, organized by the Del Sur Community Services Council, included sledding, a snowman-building station, hot cocoa bar and food truck tasting, winter-themed crafts and more. “Watching the kids light up with excitement and curiosity is what makes it such a wonderful event,” said Lisa Sanders, sales and marketing manager for Del Sur. “On top of that, events like Snow Day enable residents to meet their neighbors and build friendships that strengthen our community and make it the magnificent place that it is.” ¢

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Explore All That Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve Has to Offer by jennifer frakes

Batiquitos Lagoon | At A Glance Name: Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center Location: 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011 Website: Email: Phone: 760-931-0800 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.


he Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve is a North San Diego County treasure! We encourage families to visit the Lagoon and to join us in preserving, protecting and enhancing it for future generations,” exclaimed Fred Sandquist, President of Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF). Batiquitos Lagoon is a magnificent part of the North San Diego landscape that offers a Nature Center, hiking trails, and many programs for all interests and ages. Batiquitos Lagoon was created when the ice sheets of the last ice age melted and the sea level rose, flooding the valley. The creek that enters the lagoon drops its sediment when it reaches still water and the lagoon silts up. Batiquitos Lagoon would have disappeared with this natural progression, but according to Sandquist, the process of dredging enabled it to remain a flushing tidal lagoon. It is thought that the name of the lagoon, which means little watering hole, originated from the early Native Americans that inhabited the area years ago. Visitors to Batiquitos Lagoon can learn

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about the history of the area, as well about local animal and plant life through many of the BLF’s educational opportunities, including docent-led walks and a summer camp series called Club Pelican. Registration for the 2013 summer camps will begin in late spring. Also coming up later in the year is the 8th Annual Kayak Batiquitos Lagoon Clean-up event. This unique and highly successful event is the only time the general public is allowed to kayak on the lagoon. Sandquist encourages everyone to consider becoming a member of the BLF, which has no requirements to join other than a genuine interest in the Batiquitos Ecological Reserve. There are various levels of membership options, as well as many opportunities to volunteer. “There are many ways that people can get more involved. We are always in need of docents to lead public and school walks, hosts to provide information to guests in our Nature Center, and people to assist in trail maintenance. There are also internship opportunities for high school and college students,” stated Sandquist. 

The BLF is funded entirely through memberships,

donations and grants and is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff members. Those interested in volunteering in any capacity should visit www. for more information. Or better yet, come out and visit this wonderful area that is rich in flora, fauna, San Diego history, hiking trails, and more.

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A Lawyer and Father, Ross Simmons, Represents SDNEF and Leads Troop 681 by amy lehrer | above photo by Zeena Gregg Photography


oss Simmons discussed becoming a San Diego lawyer in kindergarten, and coincidentally, he succeeded. Simmons obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1985, his Master of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1989, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1989. He began practicing law in Rancho Bernardo in 1991 with the firm of Ferrette and Slater but began his own practice, The Simmons Firm ALC, in 1997. Representing small to mid-sized businesses regarding formation and operational issues, he places particular emphasis on dispute avoidance strategies and transactions, stalwartly believing that it is important to heal our community and world. Simmons and his sons have lived in High Country West since 1992,

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Ross G. Simmons 49 Rancho Bernardo/High Country West Attorney Three boys – Hunter (22); Sam (20); Jack (18)

and he reminisced driving together on “the bumpy road,” observing pastures, streams, shrubs and trees, wildlife and cattle through what is now 4S Ranch and Del Sur. Reminiscing further, he disclosed, “Another memory, ‘The Talking Place’ was the dead-end at Camino Del Norte (under the Camino Bernardo overpass), where the boys and I would share reflective, ‘man-to-man’ discussions on discipline issues.” Now grown, Hunter (22) and Sam (20) attend the University of San Diego while Jack (18) attends the University of Michigan. Tenaciously believing that we should improve our world, Simmons is a member of the San Diego North Educational Foundation (SDNEF) and the leader of Boy Scout Troop 681. The two main goals of SDNEF are to teach area youth interview and resume building to help them attain vocational mentorships and oversee a student Chamber of Commerce focused on promoting career selection and networking opportunities, and he recently represented SDNEF at the 2013 National Mentoring Summit. While his own sons were Boy Scout members, he became hooked on leading when he witnessed the transformation from anarchy to discipline in the space of a week long summer camp. Having swum as a youth, Simmons returned to the sport recently, swimming over 550 miles and competing in over twenty pools and open water events in 2012. Those sponsoring his swimming contributed $2,000 to Swim with Mike, a swim-a-thon benefiting the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund. Simmons’s grandmother, Ruby Simmons, who died in 2007 at the age of 105, serves as his inspiration. She exuded warmth, kindness, and optimism, and was fond of reciting her favorite poem: “I’m drinking from my saucer, ‘cause my cup has overflowed.” Simmons divulged, “Every single day I strive to live her example.” 

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hildren and adults got together to kick off a “Spring Festival” with laughter, songs, and dance. In early February, the 4S Ranch Library hosted their 4th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration with crafts, the San Diego Lucky Lion Dance, and the Stanley Wang Violin Studio’s Junior Orchestra. ¢

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Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Kuangkai Tai, MD completed his medical studies and pediatric training at UCSD. Both pediatricians are board certified and have successfully completed ongoing recertification. They participate actively in the community, and are involved in charitable and religious organizations. The practice recently added Courtney Dudley, a former labor and delivery nurse who completed her Post Masters Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner from Gonzaga University. Courtney especially enjoys working with our teenage female patients and helping them meet the challenges of adolescence. Two pediatric psychologists, Jeff Daly, PhD and Erika Holtermann, PhD, help patients and their families with a wide range of counseling services and educational and cognitive testing. Tracy Daly, a certified nutritionist from SDSU who’s worked with Courtney Dudley, NP; Nate Rendler, MD; Kuangkai Tai, MD. San Diego Sports Medicine, is readily available and completes the professional staff. As Dr. Rendler explained, “Together, we look forward to helping patients with all the common types of pediatric problems, and share a special expertise in asthma, allergy, attention deficit and learning disorders, as well as the management of sports injuries and concussions.” Their collaborative approach allows them to provide the highest level of compassionate and comprehensive care. New patients are always welcome at Valle Verde Pediatrics, and all staff members especially look forward to meeting expectant parents, and to answering their questions. The staff of Valle Verde Pediatrics looks forward to meeting you be scheduled on short notice. Saturday morning and helping you with one of life’s most rewarding appointments are also available. The widest range challenges-raising happy and healthy children. of health plans are accepted, allowing greater Call anytime for a free get acquainted visit!  accessibility to affordable pediatric services. All Valle Verde Pediatrics personnel are highly educated Name of Business: Valle Verde Pediatrics professionals who love Owner: Nathan Rendler, MD children, communicate Years in Position: Since 1990 openly, listen, and Year of Establishment: 1977 patiently instruct Address: 15525 Pomerado Rd., B-1, Poway, CA 92064 patients and families. Website: Nathan Rendler, MD, Phone: 858-487-8333 the current practice Description of Business: We offer comprehensive, friendly health care manager, trained from birth through the college years in a warm and personal private practice setting. at the prestigious


atmosphere Young Patients Receive Personalized Care at Valle Verde Pediatrics by amy lehrer | photos by Michael Bielecki


ounded in 1977 as one of the first pediatric practices to serve the Poway and North County Inland areas, Valle Verde Pediatrics’ experienced, compassionate pediatricians and friendly, nurturing staff remain committed to old-fashioned ideals. They look forward to getting to know their patients and their families on a personal level, and to building long term relationships with them; relationships that can last through the college years. As a smaller private practice, young patients receive the personalized care they deserve and are able to meet with the doctor of their choice. Same day appointments are readily available for sick visits, and well checks, sports and camp physicals can

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Investment Strategy to Protect Against a Downturn by SCOTT VOAK


have received several questions along the line of “What if this is just a bubble?” and “How do you know prices won’t fall again?” While I think real estate is on a fairly solid footing, there are definitely conditions in the world that could change that. Last issue I wrote about how

to protect yourself against a drop in the market for those people looking to purchase a primary residence. This issue, I want to look at the same concept for investment real estate.

For the past two years, we have been stressing cash flow to our real estate investors.

Prior to the housing crash, many inexperienced investors were willing to take on a property with negative cash flow because the market was rising so quickly that the appreciation was larger than the monthly negative. That story had a bad ending. Purchasing a property with large positive cash flow insulates an owner against the ups and downs of the market.

We have been helping investors purchase 2-4 unit San Diego property that generates

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payments and have the loan paid off in 15-16 years (if you do not increase rents at all). In that case, your initial equity investment would increase as the property is paid off to about $350k

(the initial purchase price) if there is no inflation. Even if property values fall 25% in 15 years,

your $100k would grow to $262k – not bad in a down market and only possible because positive cash flow lets you hang onto a property through tough markets.

Next issue, I will look at marketing strategies to create an auction environment when

selling your home. ¢

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THE NEWS Michael and Debra Sims Bring Faith to Children by wynne love | photos by Spark Photography


ebra and Michael Sims work hard at their jobs and cherish time with their family, but they also answer to a higher calling— training children to serve God through the Awana program. “Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ,” shared Michael, who serves as commander and pastor of Maranatha’s Awana program. “Our goal is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him.” The Sims are proud to be a part of such a powerful program. Awana has classes for kids aged three through high school in all 50 states and in 109 countries. “Maranatha Chapel hosts one of the largest Awana groups in southern California,” stated Michael. “Our clubs and programs make scripture memorization fun and are geared to the needs of a range of ages and grades. And Awana works!” Debra and Michael have been members of Maranatha Chapel since it first opened in 1984. They learned about Awana when their own children participated in the program. Debra got involved, serving as secretary, and soon Michael joined as game director. “Two years later we were approached to take over as commanders,” recalled Michael. “We loved the idea of serving together in ministry and said yes!” Seventeen years later, Debra serves as co-commander & club administrator, Michael as commander and pastor, and they are now both camp directors for the Southwestern Leadership Camp. The most rewarding part of their work is “seeing lives changed for the glory of God,” noted Michael. “We are honored when kids see that a life of faith in Christ has far more worth than anything this world can offer.” Michael is a CRWA (California Rural Water Association) training specialist. Debra works at Poway High School in the kitchen. Married 31 years this past Valentine’s, the couple now have four grown children and seven grandchildren. “We are very family-oriented,” shared Michael. They enjoy hosting gatherings, taking short trips on a friend’s Harley, and playing rounds of golf. But they get special satisfaction from their work with the kids in Awana. “To see them stand by their own biblical convictions,” mused Michael, “is a blessing that cannot be compared to anything this life has to offer.” To find out more about the program, visit the Maranatha Chapel website at  Name: Age: Community: Occupation:

Michael and Debra Sims 54 and 53 Poway, Casa Real homes in south Poway Michael, CRWA Training Specialist Debra works for PUSD at Poway High School Family: Married 31 years. Four children and seven grandkids. Hobbies: Hiking, swimming in our pool, volleyball, Charger games from the comfort of home and a nice round of golf.

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Name of Group: Maranatha Chapel Awana Clubs; Southwestern Leadership Camp for San Diego/Imperial County Group’s Purpose: Our goal is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him, disciple them in God’s Word. Contact Information: Michael & Debra, 858-748-3317

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Getting the Most Out of Your Yard this Spring


by wynne love

s southern Californians emerge from their mild winter into the cool and often rainy days of early spring, now is a good time to do a little outdoor clean-up so you can lounge in a beautiful and blooming yard come spring. As winter comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to give your yard a head start for spring. Even those of us with few gardening skills can tackle these few easy steps, shared by local experts. Feed Me, Seymour! David Ross, Senior Manager of the Walter Anderson Nursery in Poway, confirmed that February is the ideal time to fertilize and amend your soil, leaving it full of nutrients for your plants’ first good spring meal. Give Me Some Air. There is no set schedule for lawn aeration. It all depends on how much traffic the lawn gets and how healthy it is, but lawns should be aerated a minimum of every two to three years, and early spring is as good a time as any, loosening soil and priming the area for new growth.

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Get Off My Back! As your prized plants get ready for a spring growth spurt, so do the weeds. Avoid the invasion of crab grasses and other persistent and fast-growing weeds by using a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns and a horticultural oil spray on plants. Walter Anderson’s David Ross also recommends regularly checking for the arrival of aphids and hosing them off. I Need a Drink. While it is still early to increase watering times, it is a good idea to check your automated schedule, especially with the increase in rainfall. Make sure palms and lawns aren’t getting too much water, but be sure not to neglect potted plants which will still need regular doses. Don’t Rush Me. Though the weather may be warming already, don’t be too eager to plant those summer vegetables – it’s still too early. In February, there is still time to plant another round of leafy greens and root vegetables. “February is a great time to plant citrus,” added Ross. “It’s too late to plant bare-root fruit trees, but it’s the very beginning of the citrus tree season.” Not a lot of room? Try a “fruit salad” tree which can grow as many as five different varieties of citrus on one tree. Then, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! 

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ike Barbanti loves food, so when Celiac disease severely limited his diet, he was devastated. Not one to stomach lemons, Mike decided to make lemonade – or, more specifically, a gluten-free lemon cake that bowled over his gluten-intolerant and wheat-loving friends alike. Mike’s creations were so well-received that he opened an online bakery in 2009 and now, with business partner, Diana Benedek, he sells their delicacies in person at the 2Good2B Bakery and Café on El Camino Real. “We do not know of another 100% gluten, corn, and soy free café and bakery in the world,” noted Mike. And perhaps most unique, this one sells something gluten-free dieters miss most: bread! “We combined forces by uniting

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our vision: an allergen-free, safe haven for people that have food allergies, but where the food is delicious enough that non-allergic clients would also come,” explained Diana. “We realized we achieved this goal when we calculated that 50% of our clients are not gluten-free, they just love that we are also corn-syrup free and only use pure, high quality ingredients.” That is the 2GOOD2B motto: “food for everyone,” Name of Business: and was Mike’s Co-Owners: primary focus Years in Position: in crafting his Year of Establishment:

recipes and what he says sets them apart from the usual gluten-free fare. “All this is achieved seamlessly so that everything is delicious by foodie standards,” added Mike, “and why over half of our clientele choose us on taste alone!” Trained in microbiology and immunology and with a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Diana is uniquely qualified to help people with food allergies not only because she understands the science, but because she has conquered her own. “I am passionate about spreading the word on the many diseases associated with gluten intolerance,” she explained, “but also making people aware that corn and soy are also potential culprits that are not well known in the food allergy world.” But she needn’t shout from the rooftops; the food speaks for itself. 2Good2B serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites to an ever-growing group of loyal customers. “Our biggest sellers are our cupcakes, sandwiches, paninis, and pizzas,” offered Diana. You’ll find Mike and Diana at the Gluten-Free Food Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on November 17, but don’t wait till then. See their amazing specialty cakes on their website at, or grab a bite by stopping by or having it delivered. No wheat, corn, or soy? No problem. ¢

AT A GLANCE 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe Diana Mourato Benedek and Mike Barbanti 1 year and 2 months June 2011


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2013 Sports Preview


elcome to the 2013 spring sports season. We are heading into our final season of the school year with great momentum and excitement. In the first week of February alone, we had six student-athletes from Del Norte sign National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level. We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments on and off the field. Our campus is filled with electricity finishing the winter season with playoff berths and spring competition just beginning. We are preparing for strong competition in the North County Conference while maintain our high standards for academics. Our athletic department believes we have highly motivated



student-athletes, coaches, and staff who promote the success of programs through our motto, “Earned Never Given.” We are continuing in our quest in building a culture of success, establishing traditions for future Nighthawks and graduating student-athletes well prepared for post high school endeavors. We welcome and encourage the community to fill the stadium, tennis courts, pool deck, gym and baseball/softball fields. On behalf of DNHS athletics we encourage you to join the “Flock” in making the 2013 season one for the record books. ¢ Mike Giaime Athletic Director

2012 Record

1st Game

Girls Lacrosse Kimberly Pytel 7 - 13 March 6th vs. Santa Fe Christian Coach Pytel’s Outlook – We are eager to jump into this season with a strong group of upperclassmen. Our leagues have been redistributed and I think our team has a great shot of winning the Valley League Title this year. We’re up against other Division II teams so the playing field is level and we’re working towards establishing ourselves as a strong program in North County. Boys Lacrosse Kyle Allen 3-14 March 1st vs. Point Loma th th Coach Allen’s Outlook – With an upcoming tournament on March 12 and 13 at the San Diego Polo Club, both JV and Varsity teams are expecting to do well. Baseball Rielly Embrey 16 - 12 overall; 1 - 4 Valley League March 6th Coach Embrey’s Outlook – With ten returning lettermen, we’ll have an experienced squad this season. We’ll look to compete for a Valley League title and hopefully make some noise in the Division III playoffs. Boys Golf Mike Reifeiss 14 - 4 overall, 2nd in league Coach Reifeiss’s Outlook – looking forward to a great season and striving for a League title this year!

March 4th vs. RBHS

Gymnastics Darryl Davis N/A March 15th @ Torrey Pines HS Coach Davis’s Outlook – We expect to be stronger this season. With good fortune and strong performances we hope to qualify for the CIF Championship meet as a team. It will be a challenge with this year’s adjustments to the gymnastics league assignments, but we have a talented crew and our hopes are high. Softball Steve Kuptz 26 – 6 - 1, Valley League Champions March 5th Cougar Classic Coach Kuptz’s Outlook – The Division III Nighthawks will be playing a very difficult schedule in 2013 playing for the first time in the Cougar Classic and North County Tournament featuring many of the top Division 1 programs in the County. The Nighthawks look to repeat as Valley League Champions and compete for a CIF Championship in 2013. Boys Tennis Cherise Meoli 9 - 8 overall; 6 - 2 Valley League Feb. 26th @ Westview (pre-season) Coach Meoli’s Outlook – The Del Norte Boys Tennis Team should be quite promising this season. We have some strong returning players like Paul Tran, Nooah Bennett, Ben Friedl, Daniel Zhang and a freshman, Zongyi Li, who is an exceptional addition to the Nighthawks. We are a young team, but we get stronger each year with incoming local talent. Boys Volleyball Kyle Campana 18 - 14 Overall; 6 - 4 League March 5th Del Norte Classic Coach Campana’s Outlook – With most of the pieces back from our CIF semifinalist team, we are looking forward to a most promising season in our short history. Austin Clyde, West Mandell, and Nick Hanamoto, our three All-League players return this year. Surrounding them will be a strong group of teammates providing us with a balanced offense and a scrappy defense. The Valley League Championship is up for grabs and the team playing their best in the last half of the season will take the title. Our goal is to be that team. Swim and Dive Swim – Tore Blichfeldt; Dive – Nick Naiman March 3rd Coach Blichfeldt’s Outlook – We are returning some of our best swimmers from last year and are hoping to continue improving. We expect to continue to build our relatively new program and be in contention for both the boys and girls Valley League Swim and Dive title this year. Coach Naiman’s Outlook - Look out for 10th grade boys, Austin Kindig and Drew Webb, whom both competed and placed in CIF finals last year. Both are planning to strengthen their dive list and perfect their high degree of difficult dives to enable them to have a top three finish this year.

:::: Maranatha Christian Schools

2013 Sports Preview


aranatha Christian has moved into the Coastal Conference this year which is made up of the premier private schools in the CIF San Diego Section. This move dramatically raises the competition levels that our athletes will face, but



our coaches and players are excited about the opportunity and the recognition that will come with future success. ¢ Tim Shelton Athletic Director

2012 Record

1st Game

Boys Lacrosse Bill Rodgers 10 - 5 March 6th Coach Rodgersl’s Outlook – The Eagles are excited about moving into the Coastal League this year. With the new CIF Division alignments, we look to not only be strong within the league, but also qualify for the play-offs and compete for the Division II championship. Track & Field Peter Gregory & Lissy Petty N/A March 2nd Coach Allen’s Outlook – The Eagles are eager to move into the Pacific League and the elevated competition that it will bring. The boys’ squad will be very competitive with a large number of seniors representing the school in many events. The girls’ team is still developing and growing and looks to improve in a number of areas throughout the season. Softball



March 6th

Baseball Mike Lord N/A March 2nd Coach Reifeiss’s Outlook – The Eagles will have a well balanced mix of dependable seniors and strong underclassmen. We are moving into the Pacific League and in spite of the stronger competition that this league brings, the team expects to compete not only for the league championship, but to move deeply into the CIF play-offs.


calling all kids! 4S Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Brings Kid-Friendly Dental Care to 4S Ranch by jennifer frakes

meet the team Dr. Spencer Mauseth, DDS “I love the science and art of dentistry, and I am committed to helping improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Mauseth. He is a Board Certified pediatric dentist who resides the community of 4S Ranch with his wife and their five children.

Dr. Chris Pham, DDS Dr. Pham, DDS, is a Board Certified pediatric dentist who comes from a family of dentists, all of whom practice in Northern California. “I enjoy watching the kids grow up and watching their smiles mature,” related Dr. Pham.

Dr. Richard Grant, DDS MS “I remember the day I got my braces off. I want every patient to have that same glow,” declared Dr. Grant. He is a Board Certified pediatric orthodontist, and while he focuses his practice on children, he also treats adult patients who want to improve their smile.

Dr. Kimberly Lugtu, DDS Dr. Lugtu is a native


n February 6, 2013, Drs. Mauseth, Pham and Grant opened the doors of 4S Ranch Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics to local families. “We look forward to being a contributing member of this extraordinary community,” said Dr. Chris Pham. The office is a child-focused practice, with a warm, friendly and professional atmosphere. The practice offers features such as stroller-friendly areas, headsets at each dental chair and flat-mounted TVs for children to enjoy during their visit. In addition, the office embraces technology that makes the patient experience more comfortable and less invasive, including child-size x-rays and childfriendly instruments and equipment. Drs. Pham and Grant also have practices in Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry) that opened in 2006. According to Dr. Pham,

having two specialties at the same location offers parents more convenience and flexibility when scheduling their appointments, as well as the ability to provide a higher level of comprehensive dental care. Drs. Mauseth, Pham and Grant are also dedicated to educating their patients and their parents in preventative oral health care. “We consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans when possible,” related Dr. Pham. All three doctors are excited to offer the same comprehensive approach to children’s dental care in the community of 4S Ranch. “We have always appreciated the time our families have taken to travel to Carmel Valley. We are proud to be able to extend the same great values of the Carmel Valley practice to the convenient 4S Ranch location,” stated Dr. Pham. 


of San Diego where she grew up in Rancho Penasquitos. Diplomate

Name of Business:

4S Pediatric Dentistry

of the American Board of


Spencer Mauseth DDS, Chris Pham DDS & Richard Grant DDS MS

Pediatric Dentistry. Dr.

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Opened February 2013

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Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American


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Pediatric Dentistry. She and her husband, Brian,

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love traveling, spending time with family and

state of the art facility. We offer digital radiology, laser treatment, tooth-colored fillings and sedation. Our office

friends, and playing with her dog, Mochi.

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special to 92127 Magazine

A Competitive Edge


ith over 60 clubs on campus, Nighthawks have an opportunity to be a part of organizations ranging from Music Appreciation Club to Fine Dining Club. Some of the most active, though, are those that participate in academic competitions, within San Diego and even beyond. One such club is Academic League. Competing against other schools in the county, the Academic League team answers questions in a quiz-bowl format. With questions on topics as wide-ranging as spherical mirrors and the Fordney-McCumber Tariff, Academic League is not only about getting the right answer, but getting it fast. Often, contestants will “buzz in” before the clue is completed. As Sunny Zhang described, “Games get surprisingly intense.” He added, “Because questions start off with obscure facts and then get more generic, competitors develop a deeper understanding of the material

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that isn’t covered during class.” Despite being a new program, Del Norte’s Academic League has been consistently successful, and though this year’s season is just beginning, expectations are high. Academic League is not the only club that requires solid preparation and the ability to think on your feet. Del Norte’s Model UN Club participants train in diplomacy and international relations at the high school level and attend conferences where they advocate for a particular country’s interests. Unlike the actual UN, where delegates are bound to the policies of their country, “you can be North Korea pressing for nuclear weapons one conference and the US pressuring against in another,” explained Joyce Lee. Interestingly, Model UN awards are not given to those that “win” the debate – the goal is to come to a consensus through negotiation. Del Norte students have won awards in every category, from research awards to the Best Delegate Award, and this trend continued at the

photo by Tom Swanson

recent Mission Viejo High School Conference. From Science Olympiad to Debate to Math Club, there are many ways for Nighthawks to expand their learning beyond the classroom, more than can be detailed in this article. But as each person I talked to declared in some way, these competitions aren’t just about learning or reinforcing, they’re about developing passions, and given the hours and hours of free time these students invest in the effort, they appear to have found theirs. ¢ 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


of buying or selling, I can provide the direction to get you started!” After an in-depth interview, Amy will offer a complimentary marketing analysis, and help you set goals. Then she’ll educate you on the neighborhoods and schools, and organize property searches to target your perfect home. If you want to sell your home, she’ll even provide full-service design and staging, at no cost. If this sounds like a comprehensive approach with an engineer’s precision, it’s because Amy actually has a B.S. in Thank you for making Engineering, a difficult situation in addition to a B.S. in incredibly easier! You Biology, and have single-handedly attended USD in the MBA changed my feelings program. Amy about real estate agents.” is in the top ~Rose, RE/MAX Client 1% of RE/MAX agents, having achieved the prestigious Platinum Level status for sales, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. Additionally, Amy earned the Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent Award five years in a row now, and has been named the #1 Buyer’s Agent for 92129. But despite all of the accolades, Amy is a sensitive, compassionate agent at heart. She added, “My business plan is to work as diligently for my clients as if I was working for myself, my family, or my friends. I put myself in my client’s shoes, and help make their dreams come true.” 



RE/MAX Realtor Amy Cook Makes Your California Dream a Reality by linda frabl | photos by Michael Bielecki


f you are a house hunter who relates to enjoy sharing with my clients,” Amy declared. the heartfelt yearning in the Mamas & the To realize your home ownership dream, you Papas song, “California Dreamin’,” then need someone who can successfully guide you on yearn no more, because realtor and 4S that path to paradise. Amy takes pride in helping Ranch resident Amy Cook will help you her clients map it out. She said, “If you’re thinking achieve a satisfying Southern Californian lifestyle. Affiliated with RE/MAX Associates Name of Business: Amy Cook in Rancho Bernardo, Owners: RE/MAX Amy specializes in Years in Position: 7 the housing markets Year of Establishment: 2005 in the North County/ Address: 4S Commons Town Center, 10413 Craftsman Poway Unified Way #100, San Diego, CA 92127 School District Website: neighborhoods, and the north county Phone: 858-414-7962 coastal areas. “Living Description of Business: Amy Cook, one of North County’s premier the southern California realtors with RE/MAX Ranch & Beach, provides complete, state-of-the-art services dream is truly a unique for both buyers and sellers, including complimentary design and staging. experience, one that I

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Allergist Dispels Myths to Fight

Allergy Misery


illions of Americans sneeze and wheeze March through June when they use misinformation to manage their spring allergies. To separate fact from fiction and help allergy sufferers feel good all season long, allergist Dr.Kusum Sharma of AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and an expert at diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma, offers the following myth-busting advice:

Myth: Over-the-counter (OTC or nonprescription) medicines are just as effective as prescription medicines. Fact: “OTC antihistamines can help control some allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose, but they have little effect on relieving a stuffy nose or the inflammation that often occurs with allergies,” said allergist Dr. Kusum Sharma. They also can make you drowsy. OTC decongestant nasal sprays seem to provide immediate relief but you may need to use more and more to get the relief. They can also cause rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa). If your OTC medicine is not helping your stuffy nose or is causing side effects, your best bet is to see an allergist, who can not only prescribe more effective anti-inflammatory medications but also will find the source of your suffering rather than just treating the symptoms.

Myth: Eating local honey will combat spring allergies. Fact: Local honey is made from the pollen of local flowers, so it might seem

logical that eating it would increase your allergy tolerance. However, the pollens that cause spring allergies are produced by trees, grasses and weeds, not the showy flowers that bees buzz around. In fact, eating honey can be risky for some people, who could have an allergic reaction to the honey itself.

Myth: Pollen allergy won’t lead to food allergy. Fact: Actually, about one third of people with pollen allergies also may react

to certain foods. The reaction – called oral allergy syndrome or pollen-food allergy – is usually mild, including an itchy, tingling mouth, throat or lips. It has to do with similar proteins in the pollens and food. If tree pollen is your allergen, you might have a reaction to fruit such as apples, cherries or plums, and nuts such as almonds and walnuts. If you are allergic to ragweed, you might be sensitive to melons, bananas, chamomile tea or Echinacea. Peeling or cooking the fruits may eliminate some of the allergens. If you experience this, consider seeing an allergist to determine the source of your allergies and help you find relief.

Dr. Kusum Sharma is the Director, Allergy & Asthma Clinics at AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine located in Scripps Ranch and La Jolla. She specializes in seasonal, food, drug, gluten, mold, cosmetic & skin allergy, asthma, sinus problems and hives.

Myth: A blood test is the best test to diagnose allergies. Fact: Skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests. In skin testing, the

skin on the inside of the forearms or the back is pricked with a tiny bit of an allergen. If you’re allergic, the site will become red and bumpy. Skin testing is very safe when performed by an allergist, even in infants and young children. But no single test alone provides the entire picture. It’s important to see an allergist, who is trained in diagnosing and treating allergies.

Myth: Allergy shots require too much time and are more expensive than taking medicine to relieve symptoms.

Fact: Immunotherapy (allergy shots) may actually save you money and

improve your quality of life. In fact, a recent study showed that immunotherapy reduced total health care costs in children with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) by one-third, and prescription costs by 16 percent. It also has been shown to reduce progression to asthma in children with allergies. The shots are similar to a vaccine, exposing you to the allergen (a tiny bit at a time) to help your body build tolerance. As your tolerance increases, your allergy symptoms will be significantly lessened and may even go away, saving sick days and money spent at the drugstore. Dr Kusum Sharma brings to San Diego county a new innovative approach to allergy shots called Rapid Desensitization/ RUSH immunotherapy. By this approach, selected patients are able to receive 3-4 months worth of weekly allergy shots in a single day in her office thereby avoiding multiple office visits and time away from school and work. ¢

Dr Anoop Karippot is the Director, Snoring & Sleep Center at AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine located in Scripps Ranch and La Jolla. He specializes in sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs,narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.

Contact Information:

Contact Information:

Dr. Kusum Sharma

Dr. Anoop Karippot

858-412-7DOC (7362)

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858-412-7DOC (7362)

Arch Health Partners is Proud to Serve the 4S Ranch Community.





Nasrin Arbabi, M.D.

Arch Health Partners (AHP) is proud to announce the opening of our new 4S Ranch medical center. For the first time, residents have primary medical services available in the community — including personalized family medicine, x-ray and laboratory.

Camille Santos, M.D.

AHP 4S Ranch is led by board-certified family medicine physicians Nasrin Arbabi, M.D. and Camille Santos, M.D. Stuart Graham, M.D., a board-certified AHP pediatrician since 1994, has moved his practice from the Poway office. He provides care for children from birth to 18 years of age. All three physicians are accepting new patients. When it comes to your health, finding the right physician is essential. Choose Arch Health Partners – named a Top Performing Medical Group for its achievement in quality measures and use of technology by the Integrated Healthcare Association for three consecutive years. Centrally located on the corner of Camino del Norte and Dove Canyon Road — the finest care available is now even closer to home.

Stuart Graham, M.D.

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4S RANCH LIBRARY EVENTS Yoga Meditation for Every Day Stress Reduction with Dr. Afshin Nahouvandi Mar. 5 & 12; Apr. 2 & 9 at 6:45 p.m. For 15 years old and older. Gentle Yoga with Patty Mar. 6 & 13; Apr. 3 & 10 at 9:30 a.m. For adults and seniors. Stop Stress Before It Stops You Mar. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Seminar on stress relief. Start-up Legal Tutorial in Chinese Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. Seminar on legal help for start-up companies. Seminar will be conducted in Chinese. Spanish Bilingual Story Time Mar. 11 & 25; Apr. 8 & 22 at 10 a.m. Spanish bilingual story and craft for children. Nowruz New Year Celebration Mar. 13 at 4 p.m. Persian New Year celebration featuring musical performance, crafts and more. SAT / ACT Practice Test Mar. 16; Apr. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Free SAT/ACT practice tests with Tutor Doctor. Registration required. Friends of the Library Meeting Mar. 20; Apr. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Become a member of Friends of the 4S Ranch Library and support your local library. How to Talk Fearlessly Mar. 23 at 1 p.m. Seminar on improving your communication skills. EBook Training Mar. 26 & Apr. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your eBook readers and library staff will show you how to download free eBooks from the library’s website.

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Fine Free Friday at all SDCL Branches Mar. 29; Apr. 26 Return your County owned books, CDs, DVD, or other overdue materials on the last Friday of each month and the library will eliminate the fines for those items. Kids Fitness with Miss Andrea Mar. 30; Apr. 17 at 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Kids fitness class for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old. Sign-up required. All Green Recycling Mar. 30 at 10 a.m. All Green Recycling collects your used televisions, monitors, computer, laptops, tablets, smart phones, printers, copiers, small appliances, remote controls and other electronics free of charge.

April 1st Library Closed Cesar Chavez Day College Prep 101 Apr. 20 at 1:30 p.m. A look at current trends in college admissions and financial aid.

RECURRING EVENTS Citizenship Class Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Open for all interested in taking citizenship tests.

Knitting Circle Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Join your fellow knitters by the fireplace every Wednesday evening and knit for fun. Play to Learn Time with Teacher Lee Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. Music, stories, art and fun. For children 5 years old and under. CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. Arts and crafts for K – 3rd grade students. (z) Preschool Story Time & Craft Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For children 3 to 5 Mrs. Z’s story time engages children and focuses on the skills and concepts children need to be ready for Kindergarten. Homework Center Fridays at 4 p.m. One-on-one tutoring for students from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Sponsored by Del Norte High School Education in Action Club. Registration required. Family Yoga Saturdays at 10 a.m. Yoga for the whole family. Chess Club Saturdays at 3 p.m. Open to all chess enthusiasts. All ages welcome.

4S RANCH LIBRARY For more information and the latest events:

Basic Computer Training in Farsi Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. Open for Farsi speakers interested in learning basic computer skills.

Baby Story Time Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-walking babies only. Enjoy this one-onone lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs.

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