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Vol. 2, No. 4 TM

Keepsake Box I recently discovered something very special. While shifting boxes around and cleaning out our family’s mini-storage, I came across a keepsake box that my mother kept things in over the years. It had “Derrick (High School Stuff)” written on the outside. The funny thing is that I actually set it aside for a few weeks prior to going through it. The box wasn’t fancy. It was just an old cardboard box that had seen better days. I wasn’t expecting it to be all that interesting. Wow – talk about a trip down memory lane when I actually dove into the box of photos, newspaper clippings, school projects and other memorabilia! I don’t think that I was adequately prepared for the nostalgic emotional roller coaster that I was about to embark on. Many people say that they would never go back to high school…I have a much different position on this topic – I had a blast in high school. What started as a brief exploration of the “box of goodies” turned into several hours of reminiscing. I kicked my feet up and spent time showing my skeptical children old photos and newspaper clippings from my childhood and teenage years. It was fun to share stories with my family and actually have physical things – real evidence – to refer to. My kids may have even been a little impressed. Well, let’s just say that at least they were curious. As our society continues to move into the faster-paced digital world, I will continue to remind myself of the importance of saving these types of tangible items for my own kids to explore and reminisce with one day. My intentions are to figure out a way to bridge the gap between our digital age and physical world – I want to be able to pass on a similar “box” to them. In this issue of 92128 Magazine, we are excited to introduce an incredible new technology that accompanies the physical printed magazines. This new interactive technology will not only further engage 92128’s readers, but it will also directly link the printed magazines with interactive videos, slide shows and other exclusive content like never before seen – see Tyler’s editorial on page 18. Our very own ZGlass app – which is now available as a free download in the iOS App Store or Google Play – literally brings many elements of our magazine to life right before your eyes on your smart phone or tablet device. Take a minute to visit page 15 to see how easy it is to use, then have fun finding the marked interactive content available throughout this issue – beginning with this page. Don’t worry, you will continue to receive the printed version of 92128 Magazine in your mailbox – this new technology is merely an extraordinary interactive enhancement to your 92128 reading experience. Go ahead, download the ZGlass app and give it a try!

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Associate Editor Sarabeth Graml Creative Director Tyler McElhaney Director of Interactive Marketing Michael Bielecki Senior Graphic Designer Katie Mott Graphic Designer Shamara Lane Photography Spark Photography Customer Service Representative Heather Lockwood Contributing Writers Jennifer Frakes Kelley Gusich Wynne Love Kathy Loy Michelle Tremblay Linda Frabl Amy Lehrer Advertising Sales Gary George 858-207-6190 92128 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. (dba ZCode Media / ZCode Magazines). © 2012 All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any content in this publication without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. 92128 Magazine’s publication of information provided by advertisers (paid or unpaid) – or other companies or individuals – does not represent an endorsement or verification of accuracy. 92128 Magazine assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or liability for the content of advertising placed in the publication (or on the website).

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92129 Magazine // RANCHO PENASQUITOS Touchdown!

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

Sister Act

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

Meet the Famiglia

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

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

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

Iris Zheng

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

Queen of Scream

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

92064 Magazine // POWAY Changing Lives

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

Putting Down Roots

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

Sing Along

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

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

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

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

Tapping into Karl Strauss Karl Strauss Brewing Company is opening its seventh location and it’s right in 4S Ranch! We’ve got the scoop. For more information and articles, visit

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SPIRIT of the fourth

Kicking off the 4 of July festivities, the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot Brass Quintet will perform on the 3rd. The theme this year of the 43rd annual event is “Salute the Troops - Honoring the Military Family” and includes a parade, pancake breakfast, motor show, Sara & Sean Watkins of the Grammy award-winning Nickel Creek, last year’s American Idol contestant, Kristi Krause, fireworks and much more. th


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RB sunrise The legends rotary speakers

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Putting contest, barbeque lunch, golf tournament, awards banquet and live entertainment.




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Free hiring fair for veteran job seekers, active military members, guard and reserve members and military spouses.

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


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

“Print is dead.”

The words have merit - but not in the sense that most people think of while reading about it in an online blog on the subject. I recently read an (online) article about why traditional media companies need to start thinking like Silicon Valley tech start-ups. It blasted companies for putting their content behind paywalls or removing digital content altogether. It went on to praise several print (and other media) companies who have successfully transformed the industry and set the bar for print and online content and products. You may have noticed some “updates” to this issue of 92128 Magazine. These transformations are more than just a facelift. We are turning new pages faster than we can finish them. We have three big developments to unveil in this issue of 92128 Magazine. First, our magazine division has a new name, ZCode Magazines. With the launch of three more magazines in Encinitas and South Carlsbad, we wanted to make sure our nine magazines could be unified under a name synonymous with our publications. Second, we are getting ready to move our operations to a brand new, state-of-the-art media center just down the street from our current offices – we will update with photos in the next issue! Third, and what I’m most excited for, is the launch of our brand new app, ZGlass. ZGlass is an augmented reality viewer app we produced to literally bring the pages of 92128 Magazine to life. Watch as articles and advertisements jump off the page into interactive videos, slideshows, internet links and exclusive content. We’re doing something here that is revolutionary. Readers of 92128 Magazine have the ability to be on the ground floor for an entirely new way of turning your local, tangible magazine into an awe-inspiring showcase for the students, families and businesses all around us. With our print publications growing at an unprecedented pace, adding new and exciting ZGlass technology allows us to pack in even more local content into each printed and online issue. The next time you hear someone say that “print is dead”, simply pull this issue of 92128 Magazine out, launch your ZGlass app on your iPad and show them that print in 92128 is just starting to come to life. ¢

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Download 92128 Magazine’s ZGlass app from the App Store or Google Play Store. (see page 15)

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A Year of Community, Family and Lifestyle in 92128... JUN 2011

Decision made to feature 92128’s Fire Stations on the cover of the Premiere issue of 92128 Magazine, including a Q&A with Media Services Manager Maurice Luque.

JUN 2011

92064 Magazine is launched.

MAY 2011

After months of planning, production begins on the premiere issue of 92128 Magazine and website.

NOV 2011

Expanding to 64 pages, 92128’s Elaine Wu graces the cover of the third issue of 92128 Magazine, which features the Carmel Mountain Ranch Library and Rancho Bernardo Library, including Q&A’s with the branch managers.

April 2011

JUL 2011

Premiere issue of 92128 Magazine is published with 56 packed pages, with mailbox distribution to every single family home and condominium in 92128 – plus select single-copy rack locations in the community. Positive reaction from readers and advertisers is immediate.

SEP 2011

JUL 2011

An enhanced, newly designed website launches.

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92128 Magazine’s second issue focuses on Rancho Bernardo High School football. New RBHS Varsity Coach Tristan McCoy provides 92128 Magazine with some insight into the Broncos program.

MAR 2012 DEC 2011

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, 92128 Magazine publishes a Holiday Survival Guide on the Home Tips page.

MAY 2012

Growing to 72 pages, the fifth issue of 92128 Magazine features Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner Football, taking a close look at the past, present and future. The 92128 Magazine high school internship program is launched with participating RBHS student Stacy Luu.

MAR 2012

92128 Magazine meets up with local American Idol contestant and singing phenom Kristi Krause.

With the sixth issue, 92128 Magazine features the Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center, Geocaching (high tech hide & seek), and a colorful Chelsea’s Run photo page.

August 2012

JAN 2012

Fourth issue of 92128 Magazine celebrates the 50 year anniversary of Rancho Bernardo. 92128 Magazine talks to RB Historical Society President Karen Rott and displays the Historical Society’s 4,000 year timeline.

FEB 2012

92130 Magazine is launched.

JUL 2012

The exciting second year of 92128 Magazine begins with graphical changes and interactive APR 2012 content, featuring 92128 Magazine interviews local our very own singing sensation Astraea, a.k.a. new ZGlass Nikki Moulios, who is making a interactive viewing app name for herself on the music scene (see page 15). as a high-energy singer/songwriter.

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Power Player Baseball Phenom Gosuke Katoh Snags a Bright Future by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Spark Photography


osuke Katoh’s got skills. About to start all very supportive and gave me his senior year at Rancho Bernardo words of encouragement every High, he’s played second base on day,” recalled Gosuke. “I really the varsity baseball team since his appreciate all of the support I have freshman year, and plays on a summer travel received from this community.” team which is ranked third in the nation. Along Gosuke is especially grateful to the way, he has garnered countless accolades: the amazing staff at RB High. Newly All-American his freshman year, CIF title his retired principal Paul Robinson is an freshman and sophomore years, avid fan. “[Gosuke MVP of the RB Broncos all three is] a top student and Brand new to the years, Union Tribune Athlete of the one of the top baseball country and the Week and North County Athlete of players in the country,” language, Gosuke’s the Week three times. stated Robinson. “What parents enrolled him in Gosuke worked hard to get sets him apart is his Little League baseball there. Born in Japan, he moved to humility and his service to help him acclimate. the States when he was five and to others. He’s just a great to Bridlewood in 2008. Brand new young man.” His passion took him to the country and the language, Even with his from there. Gosuke’s parents enrolled him in commitment to the sport, Little League baseball to help him Gosuke doesn’t relegate acclimate. His passion took off from there. his academics to the outfield. He’s won Through his elementary years, Gosuke a Scholastic national writing contest, plays practiced baseball in his front yard every morning piano and guitar, and his favorite subject is and evening. “Those neighbors who had a routine physics, which he jokes helps him calculate of taking walks or who happened to pass by were the trajectory of the ball. “On a serious note,” he continued, “understanding how the simple things in life happen and work really interests me. I find it amazing that simple equations and rules apply to most matter on earth.” Gosuke has verbally committed to attending UCLA on a baseball scholarship, just hours north of home and south of his sister, Airi, at Berkeley. He hopes to play in the Major Leagues and eventually inspire other young athletes. As he put it, “Nothing inspires me more than seeing someone my age working hard to achieve their goals.” ¢

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Gosuke Katoh 17 Rancho Bernardo HS Junior, Class of 2013 Daizo and Hiroko Katoh Airi Katoh 19, Junior at UC Berkeley

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


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

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

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

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Getting it


Jerry Sack Goes from a Career of Service to Serving his Community by KATHY LOY | photo by Spark Photography


t the core of volunteerism is a desire to help people and make a difference. So when a neighbor knocked on Jerry Sack’s door to ask him to sign a petition for a stop sign installation, that was all it took to get him involved with the Rancho Bernardo Community Council. “I not only signed this petition, but I advised my neighbors that if they needed any assistance with writing and justifying the request or making the presentation, I would be more than willing,” said Jerry. Jerry’s career choices show that he has always been helping people. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and thus began his illustrious 35 year career in the federal government with various jobs in the U.S. Fire Service. Highlights of his career included a stint as Fire Chief at the U.S. Naval Academy and as the first civilian Marine Corps Fire Chief at MCAS Miramar. People who know Jerry may be surprised that he was able to go from being

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a self-proclaimed workaholic and perfectionist in his career, to a happy retiree who enjoys a quieter life with his wife, Ann, in the Seven Oaks neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo. Even so, it was just one knock on the front door from his neighbor that propelled Jerry into a new way of helping his community with the RB Community Council. In order to get that stop sign approved, he conducted research into city government policies and regulations, made the presentation to the Traffic and Transportation Committee, and the request was approved. From there Jerry continued to attend the Council meetings and then became involved with various committees. Later, he was selected to the RB Community Council as a memberat-large. “I truly enjoy every minute of every challenge to make the community of Rancho Bernardo the very best in the City of San Diego,” stated Jerry. “To be able to listen to the input of the citizens, hear their feedback and concerns,

and to solve the problem at hand with favorable results is truly ‘making a difference.’” Like many volunteers, Jerry knows we can all make a difference. “You too can get involved in our community,” said Jerry, “simply by attending the RB Community Council meetings and voicing your opinions during the ‘Residents Remarks’ portion or by contacting a council member.” Thanks for your service, Jerry. ¢

At A Glance

Name: Jerry Paul Sack Residence: RB/Seven Oaks Affiliation: Rancho Bernardo Community Council (RBCC) Profession: Fire Chief (Retired) Family: Married Interests: Ice Hockey, Military History

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PRITCHETT’S road trip

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

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

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

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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

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Road Trip Munchies


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


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

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Worldly Loveliness


The Headleys: Immersing Themselves in the World Around Them by LINDA FRABL | photos by Spark Photography


ohn and Michelle Headley began their romance while living in the same college dorm as undergraduates in Michigan. Their relationship continued to blossom as they earned their master’s degrees (both graduated with honors), and now John, an engineer, and Michelle, a nurse practitioner, are a lovely family of four (with Josie, age 8, and Ben, age 4). The Headleys moved from Detroit to their current home in Bernardo Heights three years ago with no regrets. As Michelle explained, “San Diego is full of culture and interesting people and places. We are never bored on the weekend as there is always something to see and do.” The family especially loves the beach, riding their bikes (including John’s Honda Rebel motorcycle, which the parents

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ride on date nights), attending the theatre and enjoying Padres games (and no, the Headley’s are not related to Padres player Chase Headley – “Although we say he’s family when he plays well!” John joked). Even with these local attractions beckoning them, the family still makes time for exotic vacations. “We love to travel around the world. Josie’s first country to visit was

John and Michelle Headley Bernardo Heights 2009 Detroit, Michigan Engineer, Nurse Practitioner Josephine “Josie” (8) Benjamin “Ben” (4) Pets: Newman (cat) adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center

Parents: Residence: Since: Hometowns: Occupations: Children:

“We are never bored on the weekend as there is always something to see and do.” ~ Michelle Headley South Korea and Ben’s was Germany,” Michelle said. It should come as no surprise that the worldly Headley children attend a Spanish immersion school. In fact, the Headleys chose to live in the Poway School District so the children could attend Valley Elementary’s program. When not traveling overseas or studying Spanish, children Josie and Ben both love gymnastics and playing at the local playgrounds. Josie also squeezes in ballet, piano and swimming – her latest wish is to learn how to surf! “Our kids take pleasure in simple things too, such as being able to pick a lemon off the tree or watching a hummingbird at a bush right next to our patio table,” Michelle exclaimed. Speaking of the patio, Michelle revealed, “We love the view of the mountains from our patio and try to eat as many meals as we can outside to enjoy the beauty.” The vegetarian family (except Ben) buys most of their food for these meals from the Poway Farmer’s Market. “The vendors know us by name,” John proclaimed, adding, “We eat most meals as a family and value this time together. My mom told us that a family that eats together stays together.” ¢

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Talented Teenager is Dancing Her Way Toward a Promising Future by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by MARK ZETLER


hen Lauren Worley started Highlights of Lauren’s dancing at just three years old, dancing career include performing she may have loved the spotlight in lead roles for The Nutcracker more than the art of dance itself. “I was and Cinderella, and competing somewhat of an attention hog, so dance in England for an international was a good remedy for that,” joked Lauren. classical ballet competition. But today, Lauren – 17 years old – is not As an accomplished dancer, only passionate about dance but serious Lauren is always looking to improve about making it an integral part of her her skills, and recently she was future. “I came to a very provided with an tearful conclusion one day opportunity of a lifetime to “I came to a very that I absolutely wanted to tearful conclusion one do so. In June, Lauren left be a dancer for the rest of my day that I absolutely for Columbus, Ohio to train life,” said Lauren. wanted to be a dancer professionally at the BalletMet For the past eight years, for the rest of my life.” Dance Academy. Following Lauren has been training at that, she will go to New York ~ Lauren Worley Black Mountain Dance Centre in to participate in the prestigious Carmel Mountain Ranch under Juilliard Summer Dance the leadership of Sylvia Palmer-Zetler. “Sylvia Intensive, where she was selected as one has given me everything I could ever ask for of only 44 students worldwide. “To me, in a mentor,” said Lauren. Encouraged by the this year signifies the start of my career,” support and guidance she received from Ms. said Lauren. “I know there will be ups and Palmer-Zetler, Lauren has all but mastered downs, as there always are in a dancer’s life, the renowned Cecchetti Method of ballet, but I really do see this as my final step as completing the Advanced II exams this year. a child and my first big decision as an adult.”

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Lauren, 92009 resident and honor roll student who just completed her junior year at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, will be finishing up her senior year by taking online classes. Upon graduation, Lauren will start auditioning for conservatories. “She has her sights set on auditioning for the Boston Conservatory and Juilliard or ballet companies,” explained her mom, Teresa. Lauren conceded that it won’t be easy to leave the comforts of home – especially her mom’s cooking – but she is optimistic about her future in dance. “I see many lifelong relationships waiting to be made,” said Lauren, “more lessons to be learned and a lot more growing up to do.” ¢

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Ready Rush for


by SARABETH GRAML | photos by Spark Photography


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

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

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF Art, Wine, Food and Festivities Return to the Bernardo Winery

ARTwalk will return again this year on the first Friday of every month through October from 4 – 8 p.m. Art, wine, food and festivities will be in abundance in the Bernardo Winery courtyard after hours with free admission. Enjoy San Diego Summer nights, sipping wine under the olive trees and meeting local artists displaying their work. The village shops, Cafe, Coffee Shoppe and tasting room will be open late, and the Super Q Food Truck and Cassies Crepes will be in attendance. Mojalet dance troupe will perform as well as live music acts. Visit for more information.

5th Annual Savour RB Food Faire

The 5th annual Savour RB Food Faire will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. The community-wide event will feature several restaurants in the Rancho Bernardo area. The Honorary Mayor campaign drive will come to a close with contest results announced at the Food Faire. Terry Klinker of SportClips, Scott Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration and Eli Shemirani of Barons Marketplace will be campaigning from now until the event for supporters. Tickets to the event can be purchased at their respective businesses. As in years past, the honorary mayor elected will be the candidate who sells the most tickets while the other two will be named Deputy Mayors. Throughout the year the gentlemen will make appearances at various RBBA and community events. Voters may vote as many times as they wish by purchasing tickets for $5 each or six for $25. RBBA President Larry McIntyre said voters will also have an opportunity to win one of three grand prizes. The first grand prize is a two-night stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn plus a round of golf. Second grand prize is four $75 gift certificates to Athens Market Cafe, Bernard’O Restaurant, Café Merlot and Carvers Steaks & Chops. Third grand prize is two $75 certificates to The Barrel Room and Urge American Gastropub. RBBA will share proceeds from the contest with several organizations. Repeat recipients will be the Miss Rancho Bernardo Pageant and Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation. “Both will likely be annual recipients, with the others rotated,” mentioned McIntyre. “These two were selected because the foundation helps many organizations and projects and the Miss RB and Miss RB Teen titleholders assist at RBBA events.” New recipients are the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society and Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame. Visit for updates on the campaigns and details on the event.

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

Young Rugby Players to Participate in Prestigious Colorado Event

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

Summer Kids Yoga Program

A Summer Kids Yoga Program is being offered at The Dailey Method RB-Poway studio. Classes are offered at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All classes are one hour long. The program is designed for kids between 6 and 10 years old. The first class is free. Thereafter, the drop-in class rate is $10 or a 10 class pack is available for $90. Classes can be purchased online or at the studio. “Yoga is hugely beneficial for kids because it teaches self-confidence and self-discipline. Plus, a calmer, more centered child offers many advantages to parents,” explained The Dailey Method. For more information visit

Transportation Solutions for Older Adults

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

A Local Treasure for North County

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

RB’s 43rd Annual Spirit of the Fourth Event

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

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Rhythm & Vine Event

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

2-Day Summer Football Camp in 4S Ranch

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

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1. School time friends & fun 2. Supporting CMRLL at Coldstone Creamery fundraiser 3. Congrats to CMRLL’s Majors REDS winning the 2012 District 31 Championship 4. 92128 Editor Tara Pritchett with Nathan Fletcher at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon 5. Home Run For Chelsea Tournament was a huge success 6. CMR 10/11 All Stars show team spirit as they “Bond with Blonde” 7. The Dailey Method booth at RB Alive! Expo 2 8. Coldstone Creamery fundraiser for Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League 9. Allison at swim lessons at the Rancho Bernardo High School pool 10. Alex and friends at El Capitan Reservoir


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‘Finding a great plumber doesn’t have to be a draining experience.’ ~ MICHAEL DE SILVA, Plumbing Plus

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family-owned business since 1984, Plumbing Plus has a basic business philosophy: Honesty, integrity and professionalism. “Our reputation cannot be matched,” said owner Michael De Silva, who owns Plumbing Plus with wife Rachael. “The reviews are exceptional whether from, Angie’s List members or elsewhere. We are organized, on time and proud of it – and we create personal relationships with our customers. We want to not only be the plumber you can count on, but also be individuals you can count on.” De Silva said one of the company’s strongest attributes is having a well-experienced team. “Our technicians have an average in the field experience of at least 15 years, with a combined experience of 160 years,” he said. “Some of our employees have been with us up to 16 years – with most on board for at least five years. Our technicians are often requested and have been to the same home several, if not dozens, of times.” A full-service plumbing company for both residential and commercial


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needs, Plumbing Plus offers 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. “There is no job we can’t handle,” noted De Silva. “We specialize in full service; the same technician that can clear your drain can repair your water lines, install your fixtures or provide a proposal for a remodel. The majority of companies can’t say that.” De Silva said the team works hard to build and maintain the trust of customers. “Our technicians are subject to routine background and DMV checks and drug testing to ensure quality and – most of all – customers’ peace of mind and trust,” he said. “Plumbing Plus is licensed, bonded, insured and has an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau.” In addition, Plumbing Plus features a flat rate pricing structure. “We don’t charge for the speed or lack of speed in which a plumber can complete his work. Pricing is always given upfront, and a printed, legible contract is in our customers’ hands before any work is started,” De Silva explained. “No gimmicks, no surprises – just a price for the job and a job done right at that price.” Plumbing Plus technicians are fitted with fully stocked trucks ready to solve most any plumbing problem, according to De Silva. “Our technicians are also equipped with laptops, printers and smart phones enabling them to send and receive email, photos and documents direct to customers as well as in the field research,” he said. “They


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turn your

JOURNEY\into an


ven if you’ve lived in Southern California your whole life, there’s a good chance you’ve only seen a small part of the state. When people travel, they typically skip the off-the-beaten-path destinations and head straight for metropolitan cities. By going on a road trip, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to say “wow, I can’t believe this place actually exists!” We invite you to visit the beaches, campgrounds, mountains and lakes of California this summer. The apps, ABC’s of a California Adventure and games to play while driving to your destinations will have you prepared to get the car ready and inspired to go off the beaten path. Take our advice and think outside the box by experiencing the allure of the open road. Road Trip 2012 will be one for the books. Robert and Heidi Perez are living the life in 92128 in their close-nit Sabre Springs community. Robert, who moved to the neighborhood in 1985, was one of the first residents. They enjoy the neighborhood, are impressed with the school district, and prefer the convenience they have of being able to hop in the car for a quick drive to local fun, shopping, sports and entertainment. For a quick getaway and enjoyable dining, the family heads out to the Mexican Cocina in Poway or the Barrel Room in RB. For active getaways, the two take pride in shuttling their son, Ryland and daughter Shyanna around to their respected activities. Ryland drop offs include anything baseball related, as he has played travel ball with the California Lookouts and Little League with CMRLL for years. On the other hand, Shyanna’s car travels leave her tumbling and cheering around town on competitive teams. Shyanna could probably navigate her way to her extracurricular activities because of her leadership on Student Council and as a safety patrol at school. Both kids will be riding to Meadow Brook next year. With Ryland and his CMR Major Reds travel ball team just winning the District 31 Tournament of Champions and Shyanna invited to join the TTC competitive team in the fall, the Perez family is certainly ready to hit the road for some celebrating. Perhaps they will take one of their favorite road trips up to Pismo Beach for a camping trip. Or – “Our ideal family road trip would be a drive up to the Sierra’s. We would camp, fish and hike. It’s so beautiful up there,” exclaimed Heidi. Robert, who works for Sysco San Diego and Heidi who has been in the restaurant business for 20 years, were quick to mention they would never be without their cell phone on a road trip. “And, of course a bunch of movies, my baseball hat and TP,” Heidi chuckled. Wherever their travels take them, they will have a ball!

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hen summer hits, the beach is definitely on everyone’s mind. The best part of living in 92128is the ease of packing the car with beach gear and heading up or down the coast to your favorite “edge of the continent” bliss. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, each beach area along our

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

Santa Barbara


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

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

world surfing champion, Kelly Slater.




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

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

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

MANHATTAN BEACH Manhattan Beach is in Los Angeles County

San PEDRO San Pedro California is one of the two

near the airport LAX. The beach is wide and sandy and the boardwalk full of joggers, bikers

major ports where you can pick up the

and walkers.

ferry to Catalina Island.

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

Visit the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport.


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

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

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

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

SAN CLEMENTE San Clemente has a wonderful State



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

Famous for surfing, Huntington Beach is

near the beach. Trestels Trail is a must for

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

the hiking enthusiast.

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


North of San Diego is this jewel

Enjoy a beach vacation in Carlsbad,

of the coast, La Jolla. Gorgeous

close to Legoland. A blufftop camp-

views everywhere you look and

ground is at nearby South Carlsbad.

the weather is sublime. La Jolla Cove has boundless opportunities

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

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

campground and a small town atmosphere

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

Don’t Leave Home Without your

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUDIBLE Listen to a best seller anytime, anywhere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Big Sur, CA Treebones Resort

Eastern Sierra, CA Big Pine Creek Campground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ppreciate the museums Balboa Park has to offer.

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

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


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

xperience old fashioned fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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

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


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


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


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


ick up your feet and relax while being completely unplugged.

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


ine taste your way through Temecula, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. Keep a log of your favorites.


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ell and scream while riding on one of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 16 roller coasters.

ip-line down Big Bear Mountain on one of their nine runs.

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Rising Star Chloe Jordache has a Passion for the Spotlight by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography


s far back as she can remember, Chloe Jordache has always dreamed of being an entertainer. “My parents told me that when I was little I used to tell them everyday that I would be a famous singer when I grew up,” recalled Chloe. Today, at seventeen years old, she is clearly on her way. With a talent for singing, dancing, acting and songwriting, Chloe knows that being a young success doesn’t come without a lot of practice. “I train every week with my vocal and acting coach as well as practice daily vocal warm ups,” explained Chloe. Her hard work has certainly paid off. At just twelve years old, Chloe recorded her first original song and started performing on school tours. At thirteen, she performed in a vocal tribute to Quincy Jones. “It was an honor to meet him and talk to him,” beamed Chloe. “He whispered motivational advice to me that I will cherish and never forget.” She has now performed in over 300 venues and has a substantial fan base. “I have a lot of fans that have been supporting me over the years and I am very grateful for their encouragement and continued support,” said Chloe. “They keep me motivated to continue to work hard and achieve my goals.” Another source of motivation for Chloe is the support she receives from her parents. “My mom and dad are my biggest fans,” stated Chloe. “They believe in me and support me one hundred percent. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am right now.” Although Chloe admits that it can be difficult to balance her career with her studies and social life, she seems to have her priorities straight. “I always make sure that no matter what it is I do, it’s always important to leave time for fun,” said Chloe. Chloe graduated this June from Ranch Bernardo High School and plans to attend college studying music and English. “Ultimately, I want to attend NYU at the Clive Davis School of Music,” explained Chloe. After college, she hopes to complete an album, perform on a world tour, and eventually settle down and have a family. “I wish to continue with my music and song writing for as long as I can,” said Chloe. “But as of right now, I just live in the moment.” ¢

At a Glance Stage Name: ChloeJ Age: 17 School: Rancho Bernardo High School – Class of 2012 Residence: Rancho Bernardo Parents: David and Desiree Jordache

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Broncos move forward to new adventures


his year’s end-of-the-year activities issues for some parents, but those who choose to switch will certainly centered around a theme inspired experience a new approach to learning. by the Disney Pixar movie Up!, This summer is the most important time for incoming seniors at RB inspiring all RB High students to scout out High. Many are keeping their heads in academics, partaking in internships, new adventures as they move through their high school jobs, SAT prep courses, and college prep courses to years. As the class of 2012 leaves with a lasting legacy, stay ahead. Others take advantage of the summer break “High school provides sophomores and juniors are gearing up for their last years in order to travel all around the world, to places such at RB High. as France, China, Japan, and England. Some juniors many opportunities In the upcoming school year, many changes await are already prepping for the tough first semester of the to move forward, and them. Broncos will be graced with a new principal, David college application process, researching colleges, and these experiences are LeMaster, formerly the vice principal of Poway High. In writing their personal statements. the realm of technology, each teacher will be given a new RB High students are using their time wisely essential for crafting iPad, which will aid them in expanding their teaching to prepare themselves for the future. High school young adolescents methods. With the iPad also comes Apple TV, which will provides many opportunities to move forward, and these into adults.” enhance the way knowledge is distributed throughout experiences are essential for crafting young adolescents the classrooms. Advanced Placement Psychology has into adults. Broncos are surely galloping toward their made a comeback, with a deluge of students signing up future, and with the new improvements awaiting them, for the course, and returning students will experience a modern twist on an they will undoubtedly progress and continue striving for the best. ¢ old method of learning. Students are being offered the opportunity to switch to an electronic version of the textbook rather than the physical copy. This Stacy Luu is a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School. She is participating in an internship would require students to bring their own laptop to school, which causes program with 92128 Magazine. She can be contacted at

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Lit era

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

Home Sweet Home

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


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

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

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running inside the house. • Pick a date when the kids don’t have school or events the next day. • Don’t have too large a tent. A small one will be much quicker and easier to put up. The smaller the tent, the more enticing to the kids. Better yet, if it’s a clear night, skip the tent altogether and sleep out under the stars. • Let the kids take their favorite toys, but try to be unplugged completely while camping. • Don’t forget the bug spray. Camping is fun, bug bites aren’t.

Make it a True Adventure • As much as possible, pretend the house is not there. • Don’t use electricity. • Play some games. A scavenger hunt, a few rounds of tag or a croquet game are all great family activities. • Use crayons to take nature rubbings in your yard or press flowers and leaves into a scrapbook. • Explore your neighborhood. Set out with a compass or map to trek local trails. • Plan a sensational dinner that can be cooked entirely on the barbecue. • Do some bird watching, sing campfire songs and swap ghost stories. Bring a tape recorder so you can record the best songs and the scariest ghost stories for posterity. • Make a campfire. Involve kids in collecting wood and teach them how to light and manage a fire safely. • Do some stargazing and be sure to give up on bedtime… everyone will eventually fall asleep to the sounds of nature. • Sheltering from the occasional shower can be fun! Arrange a bit of rain using the garden sprinkler. • Light the barbecue again after it gets dark so that you can enjoy a late-night marshmallow roast. • When all is said and done have all your weary campers gather together for breakfast…either around the fire pit or perhaps make the decision to head inside to your own dining room…because you have that luxury. Now go outside and set up camp…no travel required! ¢

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Keep your home


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


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

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

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

RBHS Pancake Breakfast T

he Rancho Bernardo Historical Society hosted a pancake breakfast on May 26 on the Bernardo Winery lawn. In conjunction with Memorial Day, the early morning event was held to honor the military – especially two former Navy pilots in particular, Vice Admiral Walter Davis of Poway and Lt. Commander Mona Hogan of Rancho Bernardo. Aside from the feasting on a delicious pancakes, sausage and fruit breakfast, guests took part in music from the Dixie Strutters, an opportunity drawing, face painting and children leapt high in the bounce house. ¢ photos by Spark Photography

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by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography


r. Renato Bortoluzzi is an inspiration. Not only is he running his own general and cosmetic dental practice, but he is also a passionate husband, (married to his wife, Carrie, for thirteen years), and dedicated father of two children, Giustino (9) and Brianna (8). And, most recently he is adding volunteer hockey coach to his resume. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University, Dr. Bortoluzzi attended the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a Degree in Dental Medicine in 1991. Soon after, he completed a post graduate program in advanced education in General Dentistry from the University of California, San Francisco in 1993. That same year he established his dental practice, RGB Dental, in Rancho Bernardo where it remains today. “My goal was a commitment to respectfully and compassionately provide state of the art care to each and every patient,” said Dr. Bortoluzzi. He also spends a lot of his time out of the office volunteering as a dentist for the UCSD Pre-dental Society. “These clinics are based on providing dental care for the homeless and are run by UCSD

students,” described Dr. Bortoluzzi. Born in Canada, Dr. Bortoluzzi’s passion for hockey seems to be innate. “As a child and as an adult, hockey has always been my sport of preference,” said Dr. Bortoluzzi. Since his arrival to San Diego in 1994 he has belonged to multiple hockey teams, and is now enjoying the rink even more as he coaches his son’s hockey team at the San Diego Ice Arena. “As a volunteer coach, I get to relive my youth again,” beamed Dr. Bortoluzzi (aka Coach Renato). “Spending quality time at the rink with my son is a great bonus. We have such a good time together!” One of his greatest contributions as Coach, he explained, is dedicating his time to the development of the players. “Teaching them not to be scared to make mistakes but to learn from them when they do,” is an important part of his coaching technique. “Hockey teaches kids more than the sport itself,” explained Coach Renato. “Hockey teaches kids to work as a team, to plan and strategize, to not quit, and to get up when you fall.” Although he seems to be successful at everything, he does have one weakness. “Even though I am a dentist, I have an insatiable sweet tooth,” admitted Coach Renato. “Chocolate is my kryptonite!” ¢

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Dr. Renato Giuseppe Bortoluzzi, D.M.D Poway General and Cosmetic Dentist Volunteer Coach for San Diego Ice Arena Squirt, UCSD Pre-Dental Society Volunteer Dentist for the student - run free dental clinics for the homeless. Family: Wife, Carrie (married 13 years); Children: Giustino (9), Brianna (8)

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RBCC Column by Robin Kaufman, President of RBBC Special to 92128 Magazine


he Rancho Bernardo Community Council (RBCC), is an all-volunteer organization focusing on all quality of life issues in our community. These issues include, Government Relations and Utilities, Graffiti, Public Safety, Fire Safety, and many more. We work closely with Neighborhood Watch, RSVP, the Fire Safe Council, the police and fire departments. The RBCC proudly represents 92128’s vibrant, active community by supporting the needs of the residents. As such, the RBCC has several ongoing projects including battery and e-waste recycling, utility box beautification, the annual sidewalk chalk art event, and more. The RBCC is also in its 29 th year of overseeing the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) for our community. Monthly meetings, open to the public, are held the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Rancho Bernardo Library. If you are interested in becoming a member of the RBCC there are open positions for residents of the Swim & Tennis or the Bernardo Heights areas. To become more involved in the RBCC, but do not live in the areas that are open, we encourage you to join one of our active subcommittees.

The RBCC had an exciting, interactive booth at last month’s RB Alive Street Fair. Everyone who stopped by our booth went away with a prize. They also took time to take a survey which will better assist the RBCC in serving the community. On July 4 the RBCC will be hosting the Patriotic Pet contest during the Spirit of the Fourth events at Webb Park. The contest consists of pets dressed in their finest patriotic costumes. All participating pets will receive a goody bag and prizes will be awarded to those deemed to have the most patriotic costumes. Registration for the event takes place at 9 a.m., with judging, by Larry Himmel, to begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Finally, for those of you who have been storing all those extra items in your home which you no longer need, the RBCC will be hosting a community wide clean up on Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. All household items, lawn clippings, and more will be accepted. A full list of items will be posted on the RBCC’s website mid-July. ¢ Visit our website for full details on what the RBCC is doing for you and the community at or write to us at:

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Authentic Takhrai Thai Focuses on Enjoyable Dining Experiences photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Takhrai Thai At A Glance Owner: Nikki Bubpha Opened: 2005 Address: 12265 Scripps Poway Parkway #116-118, Poway, CA 92064 Website: Phone: 858-549-1848


pecializing in authentic dishes to suit any taste, Takhrai Thai offers an intriguing and varied menu, a soothing ambiance and a warm, welcoming attitude. “We treat our customers as guests in our home with friendly service and delicious food,” said owner Nikki Bubpha. “And we try to expose our guests to Thai culture through our exquisite food and special events. For example, earlier this year we featured Thai musicians and dancers performing at the restaurant. We also had a large display of our famous carved fruits (to resemble beautiful, colorful flowers).” Takhrai Thai focuses on providing excellent service in an upscale – yet family-friendly – atmosphere. “Our inspiration was to serve authentic Thai cuisine to the busy working people in the area, and make the restaurant a great destination for a “date night” any day of the week,” said Nikki, noting that guests are greeted at the front door with decorations imported from her native Thailand. “The décor is traditional Thai, but with a modern feel. The fountains and music provide a soothing atmosphere to enjoy our delicious food.” Superb service begins with Nikki, a hands-on owner who actually cooks in the kitchen to ensure the food meets her high standards for taste and preparation. “Takhrai Thai offers an array of musttaste items – such as the Satay Chicken (grilled, marinated chicken breast tenders served with peanut sauce and cucumber dip); Crispy Calamari (fried Thai-style with sweet and spicy dipping sauce; Black Mussels (sautéed with garlic and basil curry sauce),

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M-Th 11am-3pm; 5-9pm Fri 11am-3pm, 4:30-9:30pm Sat 11am-9:30pm Sun 12-9pm and a wide variety of delicious soups,” she said. “In addition, our Green Papaya salad, Yum Nuah (beef salad) and Yum Ta-Lay (chilled mixed seafood salad) are a few of our popular Thai salads.” Nikki specifically mentioned that Panang curry – a mild yet flavorful curry in coconut milk with bell peppers, carrots and topped with kaffir lime leaf, as the most popular curry dish at the restaurant; and the Phad Thai noodles, a dish that tickles diners’ tastes buds with thin flat rice noodles, stir-fried with bean sprouts, eggs and topped with crushed peanuts. The extensive menu also includes a variety of unique beef and seafood entrees. Takhrai Thai – opened in 2005 – features a large wine list, a special children’s menu, and a selection of party trays for special events and affordable catering services, Nikki said. A busy mother of a 5-year-old daughter, Nikki holds a Masters degree in finance and worked as an assistant vice president for Goldman-Sachs and GE Capital in her native Thailand before moving to San Diego and starting her restaurant career 15 years ago (her first restaurant, Lai Thai, is a popular spot in National City). According to Nikki, though, her top priority is ensuring that all guests enjoy their visit to Takhrai Thai. “I want to ensure that everyone has an excellent, enjoyable dining experience,” she said. ¢

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by Michelle Tremblay | photos by Spark Photography

aving been dubbed the “Eye Care Practice of the Future,” EyeLux Optometry is determined to set itself apart from other practices in its industry by using innovative ideas to enhance the vision of its patients. Established in 2011, with the merging of two successful optometric practices, EyeLux Optometry opened in 4S Ranch to serve community members of Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, and surrounding areas. Running the practice, Dr. Kelvin Nguyen, O.D., his wife, Dr. Jacquelin Le, O.D., and Dr. Brian Chou, O.D., F.A.A.O, are committed to repairing and maintaining the vision of their patients. By performing thorough eye examinations to detect subtle health changes, the doctors hope to treat eye diseases at the earliest stage where treatment is most responsive. Included in these assessments is a complimentary high-resolution digital retinal imaging and external eye digital photography. Equally important to maintaining vision, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Le, and Dr. Chou pledge to improve vision, as well. “We are not satisfied to simply restore and maintain vision,” said Dr. Le. “EyeLux Optometry exists to enrich lives through enhancing vision and building lasting and meaningful personal relationships.” With this commitment, the practice offers their Better than 20/20 Promise™, a complete vision analysis using the latest technology and a unique measurement system to ensure that eyewear prescriptions are completely accurate. EyeLux Optometry is open seven days a week to provide a variety of optical services. The practice prides itself on providing a wide assortment of contemporary eyewear specific to one’s eye condition and style. “We recognize that the best prescription is individualized and considers lifestyle objectives. That’s where EyeLux Optometry is fundamentally different,” said Dr. Chou.

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As active members of the 4S Ranch community, all three doctors strive to connect with their patients on a personal level to create an exceptional experience. Whether it’s conducting a comprehensive eye examination or handling a simple frame adjustment, EyeLux Optometry appears to be more than just a run of the mill practice. “We are comfortable having the success of our business hinge on delivering our patients with superior results,” said Dr. Nguyen. “This is not the place to go for mediocre eye care or eyewear.” ¢



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RBHS Principal David LeMaster Helps Kids Feel Connected by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Spark Photography

Enthusiastic Educator

To ensure they get the best education possible, “Twenty years ago I would never have imagined I would be LeMaster solicits input from all areas and works to bring a principal – much less the principal of Rancho Bernardo those ideas together into a combined vision. “Parents, High School,” admitted David LeMaster, newly appointed teachers, students or community leaders all have an idea principal of RB High. “However, as I look back on my of how a school should best meet the needs of its students experiences outside and within education, I am convinced and staff as continuous learners,” explained LeMaster. this is a perfect match.” “I am most proud of my work in pulling people Originally from the Los Angeles together to discuss, debate and plan ways to “I loved the energy area, David LeMaster earned his best meet the needs of our students.” and feel of being B.A. at Cal Poly and his Masters at Student Advocate in a class, working Cal State San Marcos. He began “I was not the most academic or studious with kids, and his work in education assisting in member of my class,” remembered LeMaster. knew I wanted English Language Development “I can relate to and understand students that to teach.” classes. “I loved the energy and are not connected, don’t experience success feel of being in a class, working with all the time and struggle to find relevance in ~ David LeMaster kids, and knew I wanted to teach,” he school.” He makes connections with those shared. He worked as an English students through his genuine interest in them. teacher and as Assistant Principal of Poway “I get to see the best and the brightest kids do amazing High and Westview before coming to RB High. things and go on to outstanding colleges. At the same time, to see a student who struggles in school and does Committed Collaborator LeMaster is well aware of the impact his not fit in turn things around and graduate with a plan decisions can have on the students he serves. “As an gives me the same satisfaction.” administrator, I have the unique opportunity and moral LeMaster makes the most of his free time by imperative to make sure that teachers and staff are spending it outdoors at the beach or visiting family up supported in ways that ensure all students are prepared north with his wife, Angela, his two children and the to succeed,” said LeMaster. family dog. ¢

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ark Luban D.D.S. made it the mission of Carmel Mountain Dentistry to provide patients with affordable care in the most inviting, supportive and nurturing manner possible. His practice, which is located on Rancho Carmel Drive by Ted Williams Parkway, offers a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry, specializing in porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns and bridges. Dr. Luban’s treatment philosophy is geared toward enhancing, maintaining and restoring the natural appearance of his patients’ teeth. “Our focus on cutting-edge aesthetic and cosmetic techniques further supports our commitment to provide the best overall long term dental care and enable our patients to look and feel their best”, said Dr. Luban. Carmel Mountain Dentistry believes in preventative care and its importance in a patient’s overall dental health. In addition to providing routine cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments, Dr. Luban performs thorough and comprehensive oral examinations, including oral cancer and periodontal exams. Carmel Mountain Dentistry is proud to be able to provide dental treatment for the entire family. Children 3+ years are welcome, as well as teenagers, adults and seniors. Emergency dental care is also an integral part of Carmel Mountain Dentistry. Dr. Luban has helped numerous people in distress, whether it’s an acute toothache or an unfortunate accident. Dr. Luban shares with us the following story…. “The call came in at 6:00 pm, a young woman visiting California got swept off her

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surfboard breaking a couple of teeth and knocking a few others loose. She had been frantically making phone calls and was unable to find anyone to help her when she called us. We told her to come right in.” With the help of their dedicated assistants, Dr. Luban and his staff treated and reconstructed her teeth. “The patient left in good spirits, her face still bruised, but her smile restored,” explained Dr. Luban. This is only one of many such emergency situations where Carmel Mountain Dentistry has been there to provide help. According to Dr. Luban, his aspiration is to alleviate the fear and anxiety many people feel about dental visits. The practice is focused on making patients feel comfortable about dental treatments and procedures as well as ensuring the patient’s involvement in each step of the process. “For over 19 years in private practice – we have been carefully listening to our patients, considering their needs and their budget – and then partnering with them in restoring and maintaining their dental health” said Dr. Luban. ¢

Carmel Mountain Dentistry At A Glance Owner: Address: Website: Email: Phone: Fax:

Dr. Mark Luban, DDS 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive #126 858-675-9055 858-675-9040


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


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

Scott Voak, MBA – Broker CA DRE #01153157 10815 Rancho Bernardo Rd #390 San Diego, CA 92127 (888) 311-6311

Scott Voak, a top selling agent since 2008 and the real estate expert on Positively Wall Street on AM 1450 at 7am weekday mornings, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

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


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

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

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RB ALive! photos by Spark Photography


he RB Alive! Expo on Sunday, June 3 truly lived up to its name, proving to be a busting event indeed. With over 300 booths, visitors enjoyed

entertainment from musicians and dancers, played games, laughed and screamed on rides, and devoured treats from the many food vendors. Historical

reenactments and a classic car show added the perfect touch of nostalgia. Also taking part were local businesses, clubs and organizations. ¢

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sparkles the clown Thursday 7/5 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

Dream & draw with lisa davis Wednesday 8/1 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm Drawing class for kids. Community Room

sparkles the clown Wednesday, 7/11 at 3:30 pm

Baby sign language story time Tuesday 7/10 & 7/24 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

raggle taggle Thursday 8/2 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

the amazing dana magic show Tuesday, 7/24 at 3:30 pm

stories & songs with miss gwen Thursday 7/12 from 10 – 10:30 am Stories for toddlers & preschoolers. Community Room

stories & songs with miss gwen Thursday 8/9 from 10 – 10:30 am Stories for toddlers & preschoolers. Community Room

hullabaloo music Thursday 7/12 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

literature comes to life Thursday 8/9 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

padres baseball story & craft Tuesday 7/17 from 3 – 4 pm Community Room drawing for kids with joe nyiri Wednesday 7/18 from 3 – 5 pm Community Room craig stone magic show Thursday 7/19 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room Parenting workshop with hilde gross Saturday 7/21 from 12:30 – 2 pm Community Room Wand of dreams – stories Thursday 7/26 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

summer craft Saturday 8/11 from 1 – 2 pm Community Room drawing for kids with joe nyiri Wednesday 8/15 from 3 – 5 pm Community Room pacific animal productions Thursday 8/16 from 3:30 – 4 pm Community Room

pacific animal productions Tuesday, 7/31 at 3:30 pm The raggle taggle band Saturday, 8/11 at 10 am

READING CONTEST Children who read 10 books (parents can read to little ones) and older kids who read 10 hours get prizes including museum passes, Padres tickets and entries into raffle.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS craft time Every Wednesday at 6 pm StoryTime Every Thursday at 10:30 am music & dance for kids Every Friday at 10:30 am

Recurring PROGRAMS ADULT PROGRAMS story time (preschool) Thursdays from 11 – 11:30 am Community Room

meet the author Thursday 7/12 at 1 pm Cara Wilson-Granat will discuss her book “Dear Cara: Letters from Otto Frank”

Paws for reading Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am Kids read stories to service dogs. Children’s Area

create a birdhouse Thursday 7/19 at 1 pm Marta Brandes-Miesner will lead patrons in creating unique birdhouses.




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the craig stone magic show Tuesday, 7/17 at 3:30 pm

Create a mini-terrarium Thursday 8/9 at 1 pm Marta Brandes-Miesner will lead patrons in creating a mini-terrarium. elderhostel’s road scholar program Thursday 8/30 at 1 pm Jill Swaim will speak about Elderhostel’s Road Scholar program. Zumba for seniors Every Friday at 1 pm Starts July 6


Broncos Fall Sports Season Outlook by Athletic Director Peggy Brose


s Rancho Bernardo HS enters into another fall sport season, Bronco Athletics would like to welcome our new Principal, Mr. Dave Lemaster. Under Dave’s leadership and with a returning staff of outstanding coaches, we look forward to another challenging year in the always competitive North County Conference. Having concluded the 2011-12 school year with 3 league titles, 5 CIF 2nd place team finishes, and 7 CIF individual champions, the outlook for this year looks equally promising. Excelling in the classroom as well, last year we recognized 125 juniors and seniors as scholar-athletes based upon their cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above. Bronco Athletics has a long and storied tradition of “excellence together” which relies upon the support of our staff, parents and the community as a whole. Embracing the mantra of “Pursuing Victory with Honor”, we believe that while athletics is but a part of the entire educational experience of our students, there are life lessons taught on the field of play that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. We invite you to support our student-athletes and coaches by your attendance at our athletic events. For additional information regarding dates and times of these contests, please visit our website at High school athletics has something to offer everyone whether you are playing, coaching, cheering on your favorite team or supporting your local school. Bronco Athletics would like to encourage you to “Go Blue” during the upcoming 2012-13 school year… it promises to be a great ride! ¢ Peggy Brose Director of Athletics, Rancho Bernardo High School

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