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THE year of the girl

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smiles all around

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see you at the fiesta

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in our own backyard

Dr. Pham & Dr. Grant

san dieguito river park

features

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pq fiesta The 17th Annual PQ Fiesta is coming up. Are you ready?

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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER Thumbs Up... High Fives... and Life Memories I was nervous. I felt like the entire world was watching. As I made my way to home plate, I knew that I would have a mere three pitches – only three shots to make an impression and show the world (or at least the five Little League coaches and onlooking parents) that I was worthy of a place on a team – any team. Although this was 30 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. As a kid, being involved in sports was both exciting and nerve-wracking. Sure, I had fun. I threw the ball. I ran as fast as I could. I made friends and I certainly received my fair share of trophies – some based on performance and others for participation. We also had snacks, but nothing like the impressive goody bags of today. I played a variety of sports from the young age of 7 through the end of high school. Although I didn’t play at the college level, at times during high school, I had to convince myself that school didn’t exist for the sole purpose of allowing me to play football. Although there are many elements that go into becoming a well-rounded individual, I believe that sports – in particular, team sports – can play a major role. With sports, a kid experiences life lessons in a controlled environment. They have the opportunity to win, lose, strikeout, make the winning catch, drop the winning pass, cry, fall down and get back up, celebrate, create memories, and make friends.

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To me, sports is much bigger than the game. It is much bigger than winning or losing. It’s bigger than trying to figure out how to fit the practices and games into our busy schedules. Sports are about passion and building character. Setting individual and team goals and working hard to meet those goals. To us parents, signing our kids up in the local soccer league, baseball league or any number of other sport leagues is pretty straight forward – we just have to make sure it fits into our family’s budget and schedule. But to the kids, it is so much more – even if they don’t yet realize it. To them, it is giving high fives and thumbs up. It is being part of a team. It is seeing your family in the stands or on the sidelines cheering you on. It’s team parties and eating ice cream cones on a hot summer day with your fellow teammates. It is understanding the importance of good sportsmanship and being part of something bigger than the individual. It is creating memories that they will carry with them for a lifetime. In the neighborhoods that we live in, it is hard to go anywhere on the weekend without seeing kids in their uniforms. So the next time you are out and about, do a local athlete in uniform a favor and ask them about their game. Regardless of their response – negative or positive – be ready to give them a high five or a thumbs up and tell them to keep up the good work and have fun! It will mean more to them than you will ever know.

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92130 Magazine // CARMEL VALLEY Choices Publisher Derrick Breaux Editor Tara Pritchett Tara@SuscoMedia.com 858-768-0808

Art Director Tyler McElhaney Senior Graphic Designer Katie Mott

Torrey Pines High School Principal Killeen explains why students in 92130 have so many choices. We take a look at the various elements that make the falcons soar year after year.

Get to Know CBS 8’s Marcella Lee

When you are looking for neighborhood news, Marcella Lee is often the person you see delivering it. We talk to our local celebrity about her family and why she likes 92130.

Rowing Toward Success

The San Diego Junior Rowing Club trains area youth in rowing, teamwork and fitness. We take a look at the program which includes over 100 students from 40 high schools. For more information and articles, visit www.92130Magazine.com

92128 Magazine // RANCHO BERNARDO, CARMEL MTN RANCH, SABRE SPRINGS Touchdown!

Graphic Designer Shamara Lane

Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner athletes and supporters of the organization are driven to win. Their head is in the game! We talk to President Al Stein.

Photography Zeena Gregg Photography

RB’s Guardian Angles

Retired Service Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) members proudly protect and serve. They patrol bank and shopping center parking lots. They check houses whose owners are on vacation. These are just a few of the services of the 50 member RSVP patrol.

Administrative Coordinator Heather Lockwood Contributing Writers Jennifer Frakes Sarabeth Graml Zeena Gregg Wynne Love Kathy Loy Lori Lum Jennifer Sousa Advertising Sales Brian Olow BrianOlow@SuscoMedia.com 858-207-6187 92129 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. ©2012 All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any content in this publication without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. 92129 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. 92129 Magazine assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or liability for the content of advertising placed in the publication (or on the 92129Magazine.com website).

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Pride in Rancho Bernardo

The Miss Rancho Bernardo Scholarship Pageant promotes the development of young women to support community organizations. Q&A with Miss RB and Miss Teen RB.

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92064 Magazine // POWAY Play Ball

Poway’s two Little Leagues step up to the plate in 2012. We talk to PALL president Rick Sidley and PNLL president John P. Riley.

Local Band Pursuing Big Dreams

Rock/Alternative Poway band Sleepless Pacific are influenced by a wide range of genres including blues, funk, rock and punk. Look for their debut album in 2012.

4th Grader Sees His Film on the Big Screen

Local 9-year-old Jarod Bainbridge has already written four books. Inspired by his own experiences, he has also written a screenplay, made it into a movie, and was able to watch it on the big screen at UltraStar Cinema as fundraiser. For more information and articles, visit www.92064Magazine.com

92127 Magazine // 4S RANCH, DEL SUR, SANTALUZ, WESTWOOD She’s Still Here

Singer, songwriter, author, and breast cancer survivor Laura Roppé keeps on Rockin’ with her second album and the launch of her new book.

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What do you do when you love a sport but have nowhere on your high school campus to practice and no money for equipment? If you are a gymnast from Del Norte High School, you make it happen!

Goal!

4S Ranch youth soccer provides players with a variety of options for all skills and seasons. We talk to 4SRYSA president Babak Azad about the history of the league. For more information and articles, visit www.92127Magazine.com

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APR 7 10 am

Oklahoma

PQ Annual Spring Egg Hunt

Presented by Mount Carmel’s Drama Club www.mchsdrama.com

Penasquitos Creek Park | Rolling Hills Park South Village Park | Ridgewood Park A morning of Spring crafts, fun and surprises. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers

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5th Annual PQ 5K

Kander and Ebb’s “Curtains”

Registration starts at 6:30 am. Parking lot at 12835 Black Mountain Road. There are no fees and nothing to buy. A free pancake breakfast will be served at the finish line. www.rpcouncil.com/groups

Presented by Westview Theatre. A whodunnit musical comedy. The musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots set in 1959 Boston. www.westviewtheatre.com

MAY 6 10 am

APR 14 6 - 10 pm

Fiesta de los Penasquitos

Parent Gala Fundraiser

Hosted by the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council. Located on Black Mountain Road across from shopping center. Concerts, dance performances, carnival rides, and so much more. www.rpcouncil.com/groups

Benefiting Westview Grad Nite. Dancing Under the Stars at the Del Sur Ranch House. Catered appetizers, silent and live auctions, casino royale, cake stroll and much more. Cocktail Attire. www.westviewgradnite.org/parentgala.html

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APRIL EVENTS 4/7

4/19,20,26, 27 “Oklahoma!” 7 pm 4/21 & 4/28 2 pm Presented by Mount Carmel’s Drama Club. www.mchsdrama.com

PQ Annual Spring Egg Hunt 10 am 4 Locations: Peñasquitos Creek Park | Rolling Hills Park South Village Park | Ridgewood Park A morning of Spring crafts, fun and surprises. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers

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Classical Music Society Concert Romantic Trio - Horn, Oboe, Piano. Lutheran Church of the Incarnation www.classicalmusicsociety.com

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Coyote Round-up Spring Fair 5 – 8 pm Canyon View Elementary There will be fun, food, games and prizes for children of all ages. One ticket gets you in. Games are FREE. www.powayusd.com/pusdcves

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8th Annual Dinner & Auction “Heroes Among Us” 6 – 10 pm Twin Trails Education Foundation (Benefits Sundance Elementary School). Miguel’s Cocina www.twintrailsfoundation.org

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Classic Car Show at the Arbors BBQ and live music. www.nhcare.org

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Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service 8 am – Noon Los Penasquitos Preserve Volunteers will meet at the ranch house to help with trail maintenance and general clean-up. Bring water and sunscreen.

4/2 - 4/6 PUSD - No School 4/8 EASTER 4/12

2012 Mayoral Forum 6:30 pm Hosted by the Rancho Bernardo Community Council and Rancho de los Peñasquitos Town Council. Residents will have an opportunity to meet with candidates Nathan Fletcher and Bob Filner. Ed Brown Senior Center at 18402 West Bernardo Drive www.RBCommunityCouncil.com

4/13, 14, 19, 20 Kander and Ebb’s ”Curtains” 7 pm 4/21 2 pm Presented by Westview Theatre. A who-dunnit musical comedy. The musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots set in 1959 Boston. www.westviewtheatre.com 4/14 Parent Gala Fundraiser 6 – 10 pm Benefiting Westview Grad Nite. Dancing Under the Stars at the Del Sur Ranch House. Catered appetizers, silent and live auctions, casino royale, cake stroll and much more. Cocktail Attire. www.westviewgradnite.org/parentgala.html 12

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MAY EVENTS 5/2 & 5/4 “Step Into The Jungle” 6 – 8 pm Westview High School’s Lady Heat Step Team. Westview Lady Heat Step Team, Westview Drumline, Westview NJROTC, Westview Bayanihan, Lincoln High School, UC, Morse High School, and Fulton Step Team. www.powaycenter.com 5/5 5th Annual PQ 5K 8 am Registration starts at 6:30 am. Parking lot at 12835 Black Mountain Road. There are no fees and nothing to buy. A free pancake breakfast will be served at the finish line. www.rpcouncil.com/groups 5/5

Cinco De Mayo Dinner / Auction / Dance 6 –10 pm Proceeds benefit Park Village Elementary Educational Foundation. Online auction opens 4/20 www.pveef.com

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Annual Fiesta de los Penasquitos 10 am Hosted by the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council. Located on Black Mountain Road across from shopping center. Concerts, dance performances, carnival rides, and so much more. www.rpcouncil.com/groups

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Mothers Day

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Memorial Day – PUSD No School

5/30, 31 & 6/1 “X Factor” - Celebrating 10 years of Westview Dance Presented by Westview’s Dance Troupe Westview Theater www.wvdancetroupe.com/Westvew_Dance_Troupe/Home.html RECURRING EVENTS 1st Wednesday of every month Rancho Penasquitos Planning Board 7 pm Doubletree Golf Resort www.rpcouncil.com 3rd Wednesday of every month Rancho Penasquitos Fire Safe Council 7 pm Doubletree Golf Resort www.firesafecouncil.org Every Thursday San Diego North Rotary 7 am – 8:15 am Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club www.sandiegonorthrotary.org 1st Thursday of every month Rancho Penasquitos Town Council 7 pm Doubletree Golf Resort www.rpcouncil.com 2nd Thursday of each month Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization 7 pm Mt. Carmel Church of the Nazarene 2nd Thursday of every month Rancho Peñasquitos Post 11388 of the VFW Social at 7 pm, meeting at 7:30 pm Penasquitos Lutheran Church www.vfw11388.org

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SPORTS Registration &

Registration & Information

Attention All Leagues: Do you have a sports announcement or registration date that you need to let people know about? Send us your announcement TODAY – don’t delay! All announcements must arrive a minimum of 20 days prior to the publication date.

Community Parks Canyonside & Hilltop Community Parks www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation PQ Skate Park Hours of operation - 7 days a week 10 am - Dusk Only skateboarding, skates, and rollerblades allowed. www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation (dates & events subject to change)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rancho Penasquitos Pop Warner (RPPW) Football & Cheer Register Online or in person 4/18 Deer Canyon Elementary School MPR 6 – 9 pm 5/6 RPPW Booth at the Fiesta de los Peñasquitos www.rppw.com North County Soccer Park Indoor Soccer League All levels and ages

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San Diego Volleyball Club Girls and Boys VolleyHigh League www.sdvbc.org 858 385-1855 Master Your Sports Leagues / Camps / Classes www.masteryoursports.com Do you have an event for this page? Email us at events@92129magazine.com NOW!

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Local 5th Grader Broadcasts for Kathryn the Grape by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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hen Zara Irshad, a fifth grader at Willow Grove Elementary School, was invited to help host the radio show, “Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Hour,” she was delighted. Kathryn the Grape – a vivacious young girl who loves to wear purple – takes readers along on her adventures in the new book series bearing her name. “I love Kathryn the Grape’s bubbly outgoing personality,” said Zara. “She is such a good role model to children and makes everyone believe in themselves and feel magical and special.” Inspired by the childhood nickname of author Kathryn Cloward, Kathryn the Grape uses her magic wand and her own clever thinking to help her feel brave and trust her intuition while making new friends and trying new things. Now Zara shares those same strategies with Kathryn the Grape’s fans every Wednesday at noon on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel. “I have always enjoyed expressing my opinions and helping and advising others,” said Zara, “so when the opportunity came up for co-hosting the radio show, I felt it was a perfect fit for me.”

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Joined by her best friend Audrey Koepke, as cohost, Zara interviews special guests and helps prepare her own segments for the hour-long broadcast. Her biggest challenge is splitting her time between the radio show, Girl Scouts, karate, and her schoolwork. But it’s been worth it. With her own sights set on becoming a singer/songwriter one day, Zara was especially excited to get the opportunity to be a back-up singer on the new Kathryn the Grape album. “The goal of Kathryn the Grape is to help children develop authentic self-love and see themselves as perfect, one-of-akind, magical individuals,” said Cloward. Kathryn’s messages have been well-received, earning her the radio show last fall and a Mom’s Choice Award in February. Now with the music CD and a third book coming out this summer, Cloward has high hopes for the future of Kathryn the Grape. In the meantime, her greatest joy comes from sharing her messages of positive self-worth with kids throughout San Diego. ¢ Kathryn the Grape® Children’s Books, Music and Messages of Love, Kindness and Adventure can be found by visiting www.kathrynthegrape.com.

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:::: FACES IN THE CROWD

Community Caretaker Former Naval Officer Spends Years Serving His Community

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ancho Peñasquitos resident, Bill Diehl, has made community service his own pet project. Over nearly 40 years in the same house in the Monte Sereno neighborhood, he has served on at least six different community organizations for more than 25 years. Diehl began as a volunteer coach for the Youth Soccer League. “This is where it all started,” said Diehl. “In 1984, there was no coach for my son’s soccer team so I became a coach, then the next year Division Rep and Rep to the Park and Recreational Council and I never looked back.” A former naval officer, Diehl seems made to serve. After 11 years of active duty and 19 years in the reserves, Diehl retired in 1994 and began serving his country on a local level. His 18

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longest commitment has been to the Park and Recreational Council, for which he is the only person to have held every office. When asked what’s motivated him to keep at it so long, he said he enjoys seeing the parks well-maintained and likes helping with community events like the Spring Egg Hunt and Oktoberfest. He also knows what a value it is to have long-standing committee members who know the ropes. “I just like being involved,” said Diehl, “and over the years I have come to know how park projects get done while dealing with the city.” Diehl’s wealth of knowledge has made him an asset to the Peñasquitos East Maintenance District for 22 years, to the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board for 18 years, and more recently to the San Diego City Park and Recreational Board and Black Mountain Open Space Citizens Advisory April | May 2012

Council. In recognition of his many years of service, Diehl was the first to receive the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. In the little free time Diehl saves for himself, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife of 37 years, Loretta, and visiting his son, William, in Yuma, Arizona. ¢ Name: William (Bill) Diehl Age: 65 Family: Spouse – Loretta, Son – William (33) Profession: 11 years Active Duty Navy, 19 years Naval Reserve, Retired 1994 as AVCM (E-9) Education: BA Chapman College Neighborhood: Monte Sereno (Ridgewood) Since: 1972 92129magazine.com


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The Year of the Girl

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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n March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered a group of girls from Savannah, Georgia for a meeting of what would become the Girl Scouts of the USA. Her goal was to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into a world of new possibilities, “The Year of the such as Girl focuses on community service, girls and the hiking, issues they face camping and and celebrates basketball. their leadership One hundred years later, the potential in the Girl Scouts workplace and are continuing in communities in Juliette’s across the quest to help every girl country.” reach her full potential with the Year of the Girl. According to Janine Rojas, Communications Specialist for the Girl Scouts San Diego, the goal of the 100 th anniversary celebration is to achieve,

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within the next five years, a generational leap in opportunities for girls. “The Year of the Girl focuses on girls and the issues they face and celebrates their leadership potential in the workplace and in communities across the country,” says Rojas. The Girl Scouts has come a long way in 100 years, never losing sight of its mission to empower and inspire girls. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (“Discover, Connect, Take Action”) provides programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, team-building and community service. The Year of the Girl celebration kicks off another exciting program: the Girl Scouts 100 th Anniversary Arts and Culture Initiative. This program is designed to advance and sustain girls’ interest in the arts, as well as help them gain an appreciation for diverse cultures, engage in critical thinking and problem-solving and instill discipline, confidence and teamwork. More than 31,000 girls are served by Girl Scouts San Diego each year – including 8,000 from underserved populations – through a wide variety of

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programs and activities. According to Rojas, one of the most popular programs is Girl Scout camp. “Registration is now open for our spring and summer camps. All-day and resident sessions combine traditional Girl Scout fun – games, songs

and crafts – with themed, learn-by-doing experiences, such as kayaking, rockclimbing and photography,” says Rojas. While today’s Girl Scout handbook looks much different than the first – which included a section on stopping runaway horses and how to tie up a burglar with eight inches of cord – it is not a stretch to say that Juliette Gordon Low would be proud of the 100 th Anniversary Year of the Girl celebration. ¢

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:::: STUDENT STAR

Hitting a High Note Musically gifted student is bound for big things

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tanding at only five feet tall, Amelia Wyckoff is not to be underestimated. From the moment she learned to play the piano at the age of five, this young girl – currently 13 – has been a force to be reckoned with. When she was seven years old, Amelia’s interest in music began to take off. She started playing guitar and joined the choir at her church. In 5th grade she learned how to play the trombone – and has been playing ever since. That same year Amelia had her first audition, which earned her place in the local Honor Band. In 6th grade she was accepted into two more bands – the Jazz Band and the Select Ensemble. Today, as an 8th grader at Mesa Verde Middle School, Amelia continues to play in both bands. “Personally, I

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think the most challenging part of studying and performing music is pushing past and not quitting when it becomes difficult,” said Amelia. She also likes to sing, and she currently plays for the University of San Diego’s pep band alongside her father, John, who plays the trumpet. Perhaps her most important accomplishment in music has been her recent acceptance into the prestigious Junior High All State Band, something Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings:

Amelia Grace Wyckoff 13 Mesa Verde Middle School 8th Ramona Ferreira, John Wyckoff Jack (8)

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of which 1,600 kids auditioned. “Because of my audition, I was awarded a seat in the top performing band, and I am also eligible for scholarships to music camps,” said Amelia. For inspiration, Amelia looks to 12-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho. “Jackie started out as just another ordinary girl, but she has

“…if you put your whole heart into something you love, it really is possible to accomplish even your farfetched dreams.” ~ Amelia Wyckoff Mesa Verde Middle School

come to show that if you put your whole heart into something you love, it really is possible to accomplish even your farfetched dreams,” said Amelia. In addition to her musical achievements, Amelia participates in the GATE and yearbook program at school, enjoys volunteering for her church, and studies astronomy. Several of her art projects have won her awards, and last year her essay earned her mom a spot on the list of San Diego’s 50 Best Moms. She is undecided as to what she wants to do when she grows up, but one thing is certain – Amelia Wyckoff is headed for big things. ¢

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Local volunteer motivates young bike riders to keep moving by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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oanna Jaroszewska is last to finish the race. She is in the back of the line – the caboose. And, as surprising as it may sound, she is exactly where she wants to be. For the past three years, Joanna, who is currently a senior at Westview High School, has been riding as a volunteer for “Race Across California” – a local program that involves 5th graders in a week long bike ride from the Arizona/California border to the Pacific Ocean. Nicknamed “Caboose,” Joanna plans to volunteer again this April – once again taking her place at the back of the group. “Every day I volunteer as the ‘Caboose,’ riding behind the very last

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kid,” said Joanna. “Back here there are tears and pressure to get to lunch on time. Back here there are no friends to race; you race the sun, struggling to make it to dinner before it sets. Back here it’s an internal race.” Although Joanna admits that the physical challenges of the race are quite grueling – the heat, the wind, and the early mornings – she finds that it is all worth it to see the kids improve. “I love seeing the kids end the day on a good note with their parents thinking that the next day will be better,” said Joanna. “It’s extremely rewarding when I ride with a kid for a few days helping to push them mentally and physically, and then not see them for the rest of the ride. It sounds bad, but the fact that they made it out from the back of the pack makes me proud.” She certainly has something to be proud of. Whether she’s

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using treats, words of encouragement, or belting out some wellknown Beatles song, she always finds a way to inspire the kids to keep riding. Perhaps it’s because she enjoys the challenge of pushing herself, but more likely it’s Joanna’s big heart that keeps her coming back for more. “I go there to help push the fifth graders,” said Joanna. “Now that I’ve ‘ridden across California,’ every time I do it again I’m really just there to help the riders believe that they can do it too.” ¢

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Neighbors coming to a banner near you by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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s the residents of Rancho Peñasquitos (PQ) may have noticed over the years, there are banners hanging from a number of street lamp stanchions located on the main thoroughfares in our community. These banners are a source of revenue for the PQ Town Council’s grant program and the most visible part of the Rancho Peñasquitos Banner District (RPBD). The program offers eligible groups and entities the opportunity to showcase banners along several main roads in town. These increasingly commonplace banner street districts are a colorful and highly effective method of communicating information and creating awareness for important civic and cultural events. The PQ banner district was created to decorate the public spaces of our town, and distinctively highlights Rancho Peñasquitos’ historic characteristics and just as importantly, provides a pleasant aesthetic backdrop.

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Currently, the RPBD is acting in partnership with the San Diego County Fair (formerly known as the Del Mar Fair) and will be releasing 40 new banners in late May. The theme of this year’s fair is the wonders of the universe and its exploration. The fair’s exhibits will center on astronauts, the space program and science fiction pop culture. The RPBD advertised in both print journals and on the internet looking for 40 people who work in the field of space to feature on its banners. An impressive number of Peñasquitos residents came forward and were photographed. Start looking soon to see how many neighbors and friends you may know. The San Diego Fair banners will be taken down in early August. This creates an opportunity for a new group to showcase their upcoming event while supporting the Town Council grants program. If you are a business, non-profit, or other entity interested in participating in the RPBD program, you may contact them at 858-430-9449 or visit www.rpcouncil.com. ¢

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Westview Senior Selected As Top Tenor by JENNIFER FRAKES | portrait courtesy of Photography by Lisa K

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Omar is also an accomplished jazz musician. He look at honor bands as an excellent opportunity to plays for the Westview High Gold Jazz Band and grow as a musician and play with extraordinary two of the top independent high school jazz groups in people,” says Omar Burkhart, who was recently the San Diego region. He also enjoys playing flute chosen as the first chair of the All-California Wind and clarinet and is active in Westview High musical Symphony honor group of the California All-State productions. “I have recently Honor Band. become proficient enough on the This is the second year “It is a great feeling flute to play in pit orchestras for in a row that Omar, a senior at musicals and on a more semiWestview High, was chosen to give back to the level,” says Omar. to play in the All-State Honor community while doing professional Omar is also passionate about Band – a prestigious group something I love.” giving back to the community. He is that includes the cream of the a member of the board of Westview crop of California high school ~ Omar Burkhart High’s branch of the Tri-M Music musicians. Omar has also Westview High Senior Honor Society – a group dedicated received national accolades to providing free music to the as an alternate to the two community and those in need. “It is a great feeling to tenor saxophone positions on the Honor Band of give back to the community while doing something I America, which represents the top high school love,” says Omar, who is also an AP scholar. musicians in the nation. As he looks to college next year, Omar hopes to Omar – who has been playing the saxophone minor in music and major in biochemistry. “In five since fifth grade – has a grounded view of his musical years I see myself in medical school, and in ten years talents and achievements. “Whenever I accomplish I hope to be a doctor. No matter what I do, I want to one goal, five more new areas I need to improve on keep playing music. I feel like my music is a part of pop up,” says Omar. In addition to his recognition for classical music, me,” says Omar. ¢

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:::: LOCAL FAMILY

Never Say Never

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Michelle O’Conner-Ratcliff returns to raise her family in “idyllic” Rancho Peñasquitos by KATHY LOY

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he Ratcliff family of Rancho Peñasquitos is the perfect example of why you should never say “never”! Michelle O’ConnerRatcliff explains, “When you’re in high school, you think you’ll leave [the area] and never come back in a million years. Then a million years passes and you have your own kids and you start thinking about the idyllic life you lived as a kid, with great schools, a safe community, nearly unlimited activities, and a wonderful support system. PQ starts to look pretty good again.” Michelle lived in Rancho Peñasquitos for 18 years before leaving for college and to pursue her career, but returned with her husband after their first child was born. When O-Conner-Ratcliff and her husband, Ryan Ratcliff, moved back to PQ, it was to be near family members and old friends. Almost as important as proximity to family was that they send their children 30

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to the exceptional schools within the Poway Unified School District. Still, Ratcliff had a specific request before buying their Canyonview/ Park Village house. “My husband had a strict ‘minimum safe distance’ policy regarding how far we had to be from my parents. We ended up just inside that 2 mile radius. We were so set on this area that we had our realtor (my brother) put in the offer on our house before we ever even saw it.” Name: Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff & Ryan Ratcliff Neighborhood: Canyonview/Park Village area Resident Since: 1976-1993 and 2008-present Occupation: Michelle – lawyer, adjunct prof @ USD Ryan – economics professor @ USD Kids: Kendall Jeanne (5) Connor Aidan (3) Pets: Roo, Dachshund mix

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Michelle and Ryan met as “undergrads” at Stanford University where they were in two classes together. “Our first date was on campus to hear the President of Brazil speak.” Later, Michelle went on to receive her law degree from UC Hastings, while Ryan received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. These days, both O’ConnerRatcliff and her husband teach at the University of San Diego. Weekends are for family. “Church is a huge family affair every Sunday, often with 14 extended family members taking up a couple rows. It also makes sharing donuts and playing at the park afterwards quite enjoyable.” The Ratcliff children, Kendall (5) and Connor (3), must be happy that the “never” move back to PQ edict didn’t hold true. ¢

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:::: YOUR NEIGHBOR’S RECIPE

Spring Vegetable Seafood Pasta 1 lb 4 1 lb 10 1 1 20 1 1 1 5 1 1lb 2 cups ½ cup

Ingredients

King crab Scallops Black cod English peas or snap peas Fennel bulb (keep the fennel tops for garnish) medium size Leeks Cremini mushrooms (baby portabellas) Sun dried tomatoes Garlic head Thyme bunch Flat leaf parsley bunch Tarragon sprigs Myer lemon Butter Egg noodle pasta (Pappardelle or Tagliatelle) Orange juice with no pulp Orange infused olive oil

Procedure 1. Take king crab out of shell using scissors and keep in whole form pieces as much as possible. 2. Black cod has tiny pin bones. Cut around the bones. Remove, discard. 3. Check the scallops for the “foot”, a tiny abductor mussel that is very tough in texture when cooked. 4. Set aside all seafood on a plate 5. Take garlic out of the head and mince very finely. 6. Pick leaves off all of the herbs and discard the steams. Mince very finely. 7. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and drop in pasta. After pasta is cooked to liking drop in an ice bath (a bowl with ice and water), set aside. 8. Quarter mushrooms 9. Clean snap peas; pull strings off from both top & bottom ends, both sides 10. Cut the green tops of the leeks well as the bottom root. Cut the leeks in rings about a quarter of an inch thick. 11. Soak sun dried tomatoes in orange infused olive oil

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Cooking Method 1. Toss mushrooms in a tablespoon of orange olive oil and a pinch of each kind of chopped herbs. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. 2. On low heat in pot add fennel, and sweat off with a pinch of garlic and salt to taste. After five minutes, add orange juice and let braise for 5 minutes on very low. Add your leeks and let go for another 10. Add your snap or English peas and braise for another 5 minutes. After cooked, take out and set aside on sheet tray. 3. Sauté the sun dried tomatoes with a pinch of garlic and a table spoon of butter, add a pinch of herbs and salt. Cook for 15 minutes. After tender, put in blender and puree until smooth (you might need to add more liquid to thin out sauce. 4. In sauté pan on high heat add tsp canola oil. Make sure pan is very hot, season, and sear scallops, let go until gold brown on one side. Add 1 tsp of butter and chopped herbs to hot pan and pull of heat right away. 5. Repeat these steps for the black cod and king crab. 6. Place all seafood and all veggies on separate cooking sheet trays 7. Set oven at 400 degrees 8. Add 3 tsp of butter to hot sauté pan and add remainder of garlic. Cook garlic for 30 seconds and add pasta, let go for 1 minute and then add sun dried tomato puree and toss in pan. While you are doing this, put seafood in oven and finish cooking. Take pasta off heat, and then put the veggies in the oven. 9. Make sure all ingredients are hot, put pasta on the plate, then your veggies, and then add the seafood last. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on your dish and a few drops of the orange infused olive oil. Add your fennel tops for garnish.

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From Surf’s Up to Order’s Up

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avid Anthony Volk graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 2003. One of his favorite memories of his years at The Mount was skipping out on long lunch hours to go surfing. Little did he know, his passion for food was deeper than he would have ever realized. Volk’s passion for food started at a young age. “When I was 15, having the freedom of making whatever was in the refrigerator” is what Volk claims to be his initial intrigue in to the world of Culinary Arts that surround him today. Volk got his first shot at showing what he was made of when he was 16 and he has never looked back. “I was a waiter when I was 16 at a retirement home and one of the cooks didn’t show up for his shift. The chef called me back in the kitchen and told me to start peeling carrots and potatoes,” Volk remembers, “The rush and fast paced environment, I enjoyed.” Still, working as an assistant was not enough – Volk sought out for more. Volk went to the California Culinary Academy in

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San Francisco at the age of 17. He worked at various restaurants around the bay until he received a paid internship on the Big Island. “I worked at all the different various outlets within the hotel. On my days off I would go fishing for Mahi and Tuna. I gained a lot more respect for Fresh seafood, local herbs and ingredients living in Hawaii,” Volk shares. With a new gained knowledge, Volk ventured back to San Diego. Now, 26-year-old Volk has been the Sous Chef at Rancho Valencia Resort, since 2010. Although they are currently reconstructing the restaurant, Volk is quite happy to be where he is now. “This has been the key role in my career,” states Volk. “Chef Eric Baur is my mentor, and I have learned a great deal from him. Chef Baur uses the best local seasonal ingredients, as well as grass fed beef and line caught fish.” Volk explains. Volk has aspirations of one day having his on place. Until then, fishing, family gatherings, and reading cook books keep him busy. He is always looking for new things, as he says, “Making people happy with great food” he exclaims, is what he lives to do. ¢

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF Next Stop - National Championship

Congratulations to the senior members of Westview’s 40 Person Drill, Athletic and Academic Team who recently won at the State Championship held in Santa Ana in late February. Westview placed second out of the top 17 state qualifiers and, for the third time in four years, will go to the National Championship onboard NAS Pensacola. The team was graded in personnel inspection, five drill events, four athletic events and an academic exam.

Neighborhood Watch Program

The Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council (RPTC) encourages all residents to join their existing Neighborhood Watch Program or start one for their block. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the new PQ eBLAST at nhw@rpcouncil.com. The PQ eBLAST is an email list used to alert PQ residents of critical safety issues, crimes in progress, or other urgent concerns. Neighborhood Watch (NHW) is a recognized crime prevention program with the San Diego Police Department in which residents cooperate with law enforcement to help reduce crime in their communities.

The Cambridge School Hosts Exciting Events

13th Annual Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser

Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization will present “Cruisin’ the Islands” at the 13th Annual Spring Luncheon and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. Twilight Express, featuring Maureen “Mo” Fleming-Mullins, John Mullins, and Rick Evans will present a musical voyage beginning in Miami and traveling musically to the Florida Keys, Jamaica and other islands of the Caribbean, the South Pacific and ending in Hawaii. The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Operation America Cares, a charity that sends care packages to military men and women who are serving far from home in combat areas where creature comforts are not available, and Mary’s House, an 18-month transitional living program located in Escondido designed to meet the needs of at-risk and former female foster youth who have recently transitioned out of San Diego’s foster care system. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and everyone is invited to attend. Advance reservations are required before May 5. Cost of the luncheon is $32 with a choice of 3 menu items which need to be ordered in advance. Contact Dael at 619-252-0804 for reservations or additional information. Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization has members from all areas of North San Diego County including Rancho Peñasquitos, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, San Marcos and other areas.

The Cambridge School is proud to announce that three of their elementary students placed in the ACSI District Spelling Bee in January. Connor and Audrey Lee placed 1st in their respective grades and Helen Law placed 4th for 2nd Graders. Spelling wasn’t the only thing going on at the school this winter. Pencils and desks were replaced by swords and catapults this past February when The Cambridge School 4th grade class participated in their annual Medieval Faire. After studying the time period for a whole semester, the class presented what they learned during a school wide celebration. Some highlights of the faire included: in-character presentations, medieval dancing, archery, sword fighting, a catapult contest and a medieval style feast complete with a whole roasted pig. And much like Medieval Faire, the 5th grade class celebrated their study of Colonial American History with a feast day that brought the era to life for them. Dressed in full colonial garb, students practiced calligraphy with quill pens, spun yarn, made hand-dipped candles, churned their own butter, danced, and partook in a colonial feast. Their study of Colonial history will be capped off with a week-long visit to Colonial Williamsburg in the spring for another series of history lessons. For more information about The Cambridge School visit www.cambridgeclassical.org.

Break-A-Thon Raises $2,000 For Charity

Family Karate PQ hosted its 25th annual Break-A-Thon to support The Children’s Heritage Foundation. Over 100 students took part in the event and $2,000 was raised for the cause. “Karate students of all ages participated. Little Tigers (4 year olds) split their first boards with stomp kicks while many Junior Black

Belts chose to use the challenging step-up side kicks for their board breaks. We are extremely proud of all our students who showed up as they demonstrated perseverance and indomitable spirit – two of the five tenets of Tae Kwando,” said Andrew Thomson, Head Instructor at Family Karate PQ.

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Boys & Girls Sundevils Make League Playoffs

Continuing Sundevils success and competitive tradition, the winter 2012 boys and girls teams rallied to be a part of post season play. The 5th grade boys triumphed in the SOL League with a championship finish and the 8th grade girls clinched 2nd place for the Top Gun/Miramar League. The 7th Grade Girls made the playoffs, while the 6th grade boys are scheduled [at time of print] to compete in the Final Four of the Top Gun/ Miramar League on March 24.

92129 Students Named Candidates for 2012 US Presidential Scholars Program ●● George Du, Westview ●● Blake J. Eaton, Mount Carmel ●● Jason Y. Gao, Mount Carmel ●● Christine M. Li, Westview ●● Nathan Siegel, Westview ●● Benjamin T. Statz, Westview ●● George L. Tye, Westview

Theatre on the Mount presents Oklahoma!

The Sundevil Competitive Basketball Program has big plans to keep local youth basketball athletes busy this summer with the announcement of six camps specially designed for boys and girls in 4th grade on up to high school. To complement the year-round competitive basketball program, the Sundevils have a basketball blueprint that develops fundamental skills, teamwork and strategy. Camps are divided by age with attention given to ball handling, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defensive skills. Boys grades 4 through 8 have two opportunities to attend camps – one June 11–29 and the other July 9–27. Head Basketball Coach Chris Vitous is sponsoring both camps with the first session led by Coach Kyle Milling, former University of Oregon and European professional player. Boys’ high school incoming freshman camps are scheduled for June 11–29 and July 9–20. They will be instructed by Coach Vitous and his team of high school basketball coaches. Current JV and Varsity boys’ camps will be by invitation only. Girls’ camps for grades 4 through 8 will be held June 11–29 and July 9–27. Sundevil Competitive Basketball Program’s championship coach, Mike Johnson, will prepare girls for the next level of competitive play. High school girls may attend camp by invitation only. Visit the all-new Sundevil Competitive Basketball Program’s website at www.sundevilbasketball.com for details, schedules, coach bios and fees.

New Micro Business Improvement District

Oklahoma! brought together – for the first time – composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. This classic American musical showcases cowboys, pioneers, box socials, simple folks and hoedowns. It introduces our younger generation to songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” and “Oklahoma” which will be masterfully performed by Mt. Carmel’s Orchestra. Song, dance, suspense and comedy is what you will see on stage. This musical appeals to all ages. A confident cowboy competes with a surly, mysterious farmhand for the honor of taking a lovely young farm woman to a dance in Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical. Oklahoma! will be presented in Mt. Carmel’s state-of-the art theatre. Performances will be April 19–21 and April 26–28 with matinee performances on April 21 and 28. A question and answer session will follow the matinee performances. For ticket information visit www.mchsdrama.com or call 858-484-1180 ext. 3366.

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Efforts are currently underway to form a Micro Business Improvement District in PQ. San Diego’s Business Improvement District (BID) program is a collaboration between the city and San Diego’s various small business communities. There are 17 local BID programs, many of which organize the City’s largest outdoor festivals, manage street banner programs, generate special marketing campaigns, drive redevelopment activities, organize security programs, supervise public right-of-way maintenance, recruit new business starts, and sponsor various neighborhood activities. The dramatic turnaround of some of San Diego’s older commercial areas is a direct result of the BID system’s activities, advocacy, and ingenuity. Recognizing that not all neighborhood business districts qualify to become a BID because they lack a “critical mass” of business tax certificate holders, the City developed “Micro Districts” to assist smaller neighborhood business districts in addressing local concerns. The PQ Town Council is excited about the Micro Bid program, with its potential revenue stream and its capacity to act as another unifying and community-building organization for Rancho Peñasquitos. Ralph Peters – the elected District 1 representative on the Town Council – will be heading up this project. For additional information call 858-430-9449.

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Dr. Pham and Dr. Grant Make Dental Visits Fun for Kids by WYNNE Love | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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trip to the dentist may not be something children usually look forward to, but Dr. Chris Pham and Dr. Richard Grant are working to change that. Since 2006, they have provided clients with the highest quality dental care and orthodontic services. They are committed to honest, reliable service that’s not just tolerable, it’s enjoyable. “A healthy beautiful smile is everything to us,” said Dr. Pham. “We work hard to ensure the comfort of our patients and strive to create a friendly environment that will have children wanting to come back.” Located on El Camino Real, just off the 56, Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has been in practice nearly six years. By joining forces, Dr. Pham and Dr. Grant offer two specialties under one roof, affording their clients greater flexibility and convenience in scheduling, while providing more comprehensive, individualized, and integrated care. “Dr. Grant loves making people smile,” said Dr. Pham. “He remembers the day he had his braces off and wants every patient to have that same glow.” Drs. Grant and Pham are both board certified; they use their additional training to provide the most up-to-date services to their clients. In addition to general dental care and orthodontics, their services include cavity risk assessment, fluoride review, tooth restorations, digital

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radiology, anesthesia, laser treatment, and toothcolored fillings. “I just love everything about dentistry,” said Dr. Pham. “I enjoy getting to know the families and watching the kids grow up and watch their smiles mature.” He grew up in a family of dentists who practice in northern California, but having earned his undergraduate degree at UCSD, he is thrilled to be building his practice in the 92130 community. Drs. Pham and Grant know that dental visits can be unsettling for children, so they make the entire experience as positive as possible. Toward that end, they employ a caring, friendly staff and use state-of-the-art technology. “Our office loves technology because it makes the patient experience so much more comfortable and less invasive,” said Dr. Pham. That includes child-sized x-ray equipment and flat-mounted televisions and headsets so kids can watch the movie of their choice during any procedure. “We work hard to provide a comfortable experience for both the parents and children,” said Dr. Pham, “providing exceptional pediatric dental care from the day they come home until the day they leave for college.” Schedule your visit today, and let Dr. Pham and Dr. Grant put a smile on your face. ¢

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The Cambridge School

Commission for Arts and Culture

B & B Kettle Corn

Vida’s Wonderful World of Sausage

County of San Diego

Bamboo Hut

Baja Grill

Carmel Mountain Preschool

Welk Resort

Country Kettle Corn

Filipino Press

Rose Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance

Eduardo Fernandez

Renewel by Anderson

Metatonic (a local Rock band)

Egyptian Delights

Ethel Cohen

Kealohilani Dance (Polynesian Dance)

FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

All State Insurance

Sleepless Pacific (Teen Alt Rock band)

Matheny’s Wagon Works

Henna San Diego

Zimbeat

Noonan Family Swim School

Micris Enterprises

Academy of Dance Arts

North County Soccer Park

Children’s Physicians Medical Group

Rancho Bernardo Republican Women’s Federation

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance Saling Jewelry

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Allies Party Rentals

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Fiesta 2012 is Dedicated to the Parents Who Volunteer at Our Schools. by RICHARD LAMBERTUS, Chair of the PQ Fiesta 2012

The “Fiesta de los Peñasquitos” presented by the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council is a street fair located in the heart of Rancho Peñasquitos, on Black Mountain Road between Twin Trails and Carmel Mountain. On Sunday May 6, for the 17th year in a row, the Fiesta takes over the streets surrounding the Peñasquitos Towne Center. It is the largest annual community sponsored event in 92129 and is an event not to be missed. The theme this year is “Education starts with Family.” Picture this: both sides of the street lined with food vendors, rides, and entertainment... community non-profit groups and other local businesses manning their booths... crowds listening to great musical entertainment... political candidates telling us why they deserve our votes... kids enjoying animal balloons, bouncy rides, and face painting... and food of all types. There are two stages to exhibit local groups singing and dancing. For the kids, there is the Carnival Zone, Kids Pavilion by Home Depot, The Rad Hatter, and Skate Demonstrations by Willy’s Skate Shop. This year we have something new: the PQ5K Fun Run on Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 12835 Black Mountain Rd. Visit www.pq5kfunrun.org for additional information. At many street fairs, it seems like many of the vendors and participants come from all over the metro area and have no vested interest in the community. This street fair has done a great job focusing on local vendors & local entertainment. Come together to celebrate the community. You will see a street filled with smiling kids munching on cotton candy, kettle corn and snow cones. Political banter between candidates and constituents, music, dancing, and a whole lot more.

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5th ANNUAL PQ5K JOINS FIESTA

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDEES TO BE ANNOUNCED AT FIESTA

Can you use the words “fun” and “run” in the same sentence? Absolutely, when describing the PQ5K Community Fun Run/Walk. In its fifth year, the annual PQ5K is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, as part of the Fiesta weekend of fun. The unofficial 5K run begins at 8:00 a.m., with onsite registration available at 6:30 a.m. Meet in the parking lot at 12835 Black Mountain Road to begin the easy 3.1 mile run, walk, jog or stroll through Peñasquitos. There are no fees and nothing to buy. A free pancake breakfast will be served at the finish line, where families can relax and visit. Also, the fire department will have a truck on display for kids of all ages to tour. After breakfast, participants may stay to assemble donated supplies for an elementary school near Camp Pendleton, where there is much need.

The Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council (RPTC) recognizes the community service efforts of one student from each PUSD school located in PQ through an annual award announced each year at the Fiesta. Traditionally, the high school awardees have received a $500 check, while the middle and elementary school awardees received an E series bond in the amounts of $250 and $100, respectively. This year, the E series bonds will be replaced with gift certificates for educational supplies from a local vendor. The exact qualifications and selection process for the annual Community Service Award are specified by each school. This year the RPTC contacted schools in early March and requested they make their student selections by April 13 in order to honor them at the Fiesta. Please inquire with

Visit the Fun Run website at www.pq5kfunrun.org for more information or to pre-register. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, but courtesy shuttles will be available from the finish line to the starting line based on volunteer availability. Donated school supplies may be brought the day of the race, or collected prior to the event by contacting Ken or Trish Wolsey at kwolsey1@yahoo.com.

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your neighborhood school for more details regarding qualifications and the application process at your child’s school.

ELECTIONS Every May, Rancho Peñasquitos holds an election for the two-year Town Council positions at the Fiesta. Would you like to get more involved in your community? Run for an elected position on the Council! The Town Council is made up of elected and appointed volunteers from eight districts laid out to coincide with the elementary school boundaries in PQ. There may be up to four representatives from each district. The Town Council is only possible because of the time and effort of those who volunteer. If you have some time and effort to give, this may be your opportunity. Read through the web site www.rpcouncil.com, to get an idea of the importance of the Town Council and where your efforts may fit. Interested candidates must complete applications located on www.rpcouncil.com and mail completed forms in prior to April 22.

PQ Community Partners Display PQ Pride

RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS UTILITY BOX ART PROJECT

A special thank you to the inaugural group of PQ Community Partners:

SDG&E has granted the PQ Town Council permission to paint artwork on 20 utility boxes in the community near Mt. Carmel High School on Carmel Mt. Rd. and near Westview High School on Camino del Sur. There are approximately ten boxes in each area. Phase 1 of the project focuses on recruiting talented high school artists whose work on these 20 boxes will beautify the neighborhoods. Paintings that are completed by May 1 will be considered for various prizes to be awarded at the annual Fiesta street fair on May 6. Awards will go to the box or boxes best representing our community spirit. To participate or for additional information visit www.rpcouncil.com/utility-box-art. ¢

Platinum: Andrada Dental Marston Orthodontics

Silver: Patel family Joanne Worrall-- JPR Consulting, Inc.

Bronze: Ratcliff family Peters family Surban family Brad & Arlene Chang DreamBigLiveHappy.com O’Connor family

Visit www.rpcouncil.com/communitypartnerships and make a donation today. 100% of your donation will go toward grants, scholarships, and community events. Because the Town Council is a non-profit organization, all donations are also 100% tax deductible. In addition to feeling good about supporting your community’s efforts to be great, all community partners will receive a “PQ Community Partner” decal for your car or business window. Let’s all display our PQ pride!

Fiesta Committee Members Jerry Bouck Richard Lambertus Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff (not shown in photo) Rozanna Zane Andy Berg Vince Ruggiero Roger Platt Ken Wolsey Christina Waddell Rick Dieterle

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anyonside Community Park played host to Rancho Penasquitos Little League Opening Day on March 3. Over 800 kids, all clad in Padres uniforms, along with community members, family, friends and business partners, turned out for this energetic day of good old, All-American fitness and fun. ¢

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

San Dieguito River Park At a Glance Location:

San Dieguito River Park

Website:

www.sdrp.org

Address:

18372 Sycamore Creek Rd. Escondido, CA 92025

Email:

sdrp@sdrp.org

Center Phone: (858) 674-2270

Activities:

Hiking, biking, & horse trails. Ranger led walks, volunteer opportunities, restoration & scout projects and much more!

Discover the beauty of the park that stretches from Del Mar to Julian by KATHY LOY

Discover the beauty that stretches from Del Mar to Julian by KATHY LOY | photos courtesy of San Dieguito River Park

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ome parks in San Diego have familiar names like Balboa and Mission Bay, but one that is bigger and more accessible is the San Dieguito River Park. Stretching from the ocean in Del Mar to Volcan Mountain just north of Julian, the San Dieguito River Park is a multi-use trail system for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. When complete, the river park will include a 55 mile linear trail system called the Coast to Crest Trail and an overall boundary that will cover 94,000 acres. Currently, sixty-five miles of trails are available to the public in various parts of the park including the North Shore Lake Hodges trail, Highland Valley trail, and Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve hiking trail

“When complete, the river park will include a 55 mile linear trail system called the Coast to Crest Trail.�

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(visit www.sdrp.org to find thirteen well described public use trails with printable trail maps). The San Dieguito River Park currently encompasses some established recreational areas such as the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Also included are Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland, where fishing and boating are permitted. To help it reach completion, a Joint Powers Authority has been tasked with acquiring land, raising funds and providing recreational opportunities for the area. As funds become available, more segments are acquired, planned and implemented. Ultimately, three visitor centers are planned within the park – at the lagoon, in the central area, and the back country area. The land acquisition, trail construction, maintenance, interpretation and habitat restoration programs are all funded from grants and donations. The creation of the San Dieguito River Park is a long-term project that began in 1989. It will take many years before the project is complete. Generations of San Diegans can get involved with helping it grow. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful to help the San Dieguito River Park project reach its full potential. Individuals can help with one-time, weekly or monthly projects such as trail restoration, habitat restoration or volunteer patrolling. Check out the volunteer and activities & events tabs at www.sdrp.org for additional information. ¢ For additional information and geographical maps of the various projects, visit www.sdrp.org. This article utilized information from www.sdrp.org.

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he 2012 Opening Day Celebration for PQ Girls Softball Association was in full swing on March 3 at Canyonside Community Park. 12U player Hannah Votel delivered a beautiful National Anthem to start the ceremonies. Field 5 was dedicated and officially renamed to “Bree

Williams Memorial Field.” Players had the opportunity to have their helmets painted by Arts Attack and slam out some great opening day plays throughout the afternoon. ¢


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Make It One Stop

One Stop Furniture & Patio has something for every room in your house

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by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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

will work together in a room. One Stop is one of the only stores in San Diego where you can purchase for every room in the house from mattresses to dining room and pool tables along with San Diego’s largest selection of outdoor patio furniture. From trusted names like Stanley Furniture, Tommy Bahama, Lexington, Norwalk, Mallin and Lane Venture to exclusive rustic and one-of-a-kind pieces – they have it all. All of One Stop Furniture & Patio staff

are designers too so they “get” that you may need help finding the perfect piece that will finish a room or selecting just the right fabric and pattern for a custom sofa. “We offer over 700 fabrics to choose from that are all American made and can be built typically in three weeks or less. We can customize the style, size, and configuration to suit our customers’ needs all at tremendous values,” explained Paul Rees of One Stop Furniture.

They offer free in-store design consultations and can also provide in-home consultations with one of their professional designers. While some stores in the area have not been able to sustain their businesses over the past few years, One Stop Furniture & Patio is thriving and was voted Best Furniture Store in San Diego by 10 News Alist. The company

started with one person ten years ago and has grown to a staff of 17 and is still expanding. Later this year they will be opening a brand new Design Center featuring window treatments, countertops and flooring while adding additional designer fabrics and brands. “We noticed that there was a massive void in San Diego. Although there were lots of furniture stores, you

would just see the same product over and over again,” said Rees. “We offer quality products at affordable prices that you can’t find everywhere, in an inviting and friendly environment.” ¢ One Stop Furniture & Patio is located at 9050 Kenamar Drive, off of Miramar Road. Stop by the store today to see what you can “get” for your home.

At A Glance

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GIVING BACK

Hospice Helper Says Volunteering Has “Nourished Her Soul” by WYNNE LOVE | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

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here are certain jobs that only a very special sort of person can do. Working in a hospice care facility is one of them. While it’s not a place any of us want to find ourselves, it is one where a knowledgeable and compassionate volunteer can make a world of difference. That is what Lisa Espiritu does for the families with whom she works. Lisa’s husband passed away eleven years ago. Suddenly, she and her two sons were faced with a terrible loss. “I sought out any and all assistance for myself and my sons,” said Espiritu. When she discovered that San Diego Hospice hosted weekly bereavement groups nearby, she made time to attend. “The support from group members and San Diego Hospice counselors was invaluable in my journey to accept the loss of my husband and carve out a healthy path for my family,” she said. She decided then that someday she would give back to that community. She has fulfilled that promise many times over. Espiritu has been a patient care volunteer for the Inpatient Care Center at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine for seven years now. Espiritu visits patients’ homes to provide companionship and relief to patients and their caregivers. Perhaps most surprising, Espiritu seems to feel that she is the one who benefits. “I treasure the life stories I have heard, dedication and love shown by patients and their families, feelings I have shared with patients and, most importantly, every hand I have had the privilege of holding in the last seven and a half years,” said Espiritu. “Volunteering with San Diego Hospice has nourished my soul as a human being and has put life in perspective.” How can a job in which she witnesses so much sadness bring her such satisfaction and peace? Espiritu explained that her own health challenges have made her truly cherish the good in her life. “I have learned, through some wonderful patients, that all we have is the ‘here and now’ so savor it, take it all in, and be grateful.” Espiritu hopes others will follow her example. You can support San Diego Hospice through one of their fundraisers, such as the Melisa & Kaye’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run, or apply to volunteer. Simply visit their website at www.sdhospice.org. ¢ Organization: San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. A 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization Mission: To prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life, at every stage of life, through patient and family care, education, research and advocacy. Location: 404 Camino Del Rio South, #200 San Diego, CA 92108 Website: www.sdhospice.org

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Beyond 20/20

Local optometric practice is dedicated to restoring, maintaining and enhancing vision

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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.” ¢

EYELUX OPTOMETRY

Owners:

Kelvin Nguyen, O.D.,

Jacquelin Le, O.D.,

Brian Chou, O.D., F.A.A.O Year Established: 2011 Address:

16615 Dove Canyon Road, Suite 105,

San Diego, CA 92127

Website: www.EyeLuxOptometry.com Email: info@EyeLuxOptometry.com Phone:

858-487-7900

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 2pm

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1, 2, 3 Smile Marston Orthodontics Helps Patients Smile with Personalized Orthodontic Care

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by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Spark Photography

“ AT A GLANCE Owner/Manager:

Blake Marston, DDS

Position/Title: Orthodontist Education:

University of Washington, Doctor of

Dental Surgery (DDS) – 2005;

Maimonides Medical Center (New York

City), 3-year, advanced training program

in Orthodontics and Dentofacial

Orthopedics – 2010

Year of Establishment: May of 2011 – Dr. Marston took over for

Dr. Adams upon his retirement. Dr.

Adams had the practice for 25 years

Address:

9330 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite D

San Diego, CA 92129

Website:

www.marstonorthodontics.com

Email contact: info@marstonorthodontics.com Phone:

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n today’s world, many families are often forced to make a choice between quality of care, price and/or treatment time, but that isn’t the case at our office. We provide all three in a safe, clean and friendly environment,” says Blake Marston, DDS. Dr. Marston, who took over the practice for Dr. Thomas Adams upon his retirement last spring, is proud to offer the same standard of orthodontic care in the same Carmel Mountain Road location. The two doctors share a similar treatment philosophy – excellent care with a personal touch. “I strive every day to build upon the foundation that Dr. Adams built,” says Dr. Marston. Marston Orthodontics provides the full range of orthodontic services for adults and children. According to Dr. Marston, these services include everything from minor tooth movement to complex orthodontic cases and treating patients suffering from jaw pain. “Alternatives to braces, such as Invisalign, are also readily available,” says Dr. Marston. According to Dr. Marston, every treatment plan is developed with the patient, not for the patient. “Patients often remark how comfortable they feel after discussing their treatment options because they felt like they had a say in it.” Dr. Marston and his team are dedicated to assuring that patients are comfortable in all senses of the word by using the smallest, most comfortable orthodontic appliances on the market today. And according to Dr. Marston, if a patient wearing braces becomes uncomfortable, the staff is available, even after hours, to make sure the situation is remedied. Another component to the personalized service at Marston Orthodontics is the new online patient rewards program. “It will reward patients and their families for taking good care of their braces. Patients can track their points and rewards online,” says Dr. Marston. Dr. Marston’s primary goal for each patient is to achieve excellent results in the least amount of time possible and with minimal interruption to the patient’s personal life. “We do everything possible to accommodate busy schedules. Our financial arrangements are also extremely flexible, allowing families to find the ideal solution for their individual circumstances,” says Dr. Marston. ¢

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ou can expect a lot of cheering at Challenger Little League games,” says Mark Waters, a Rancho Peñasquitos Little League Coach and Board Member. “When a player really smacks the ball, the crowd goes wild.” Challenger Little League is a part of the Rancho Peñasquitos Little League program that welcomes players from ages 5-22 with disabilities to play baseball. Each player on a Challenger team has a buddy that runs bases with him/her, helps make plays in the field and gives direction and motivation. “As a coach, the most rewarding part of the Challenger program is watching how each player and his/her buddy interact during the

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game,” says Waters, who coaches two Challenger Little League teams – the Thunder Pandas and the Sunwolves – in addition to coaching a Little League Majors team and two travel teams. About three years ago, Waters became involved in the Challenger program and began recruiting families to join the Rancho Peñasquitos Challenger league. “It’s a huge success. We now have over 30 players,” says Waters, who adds they recently passed an initiative making Challenger baseball free to all who sign up. According to Waters, the Challenger teams in the league are made up of local kids, as well as kids from all over San Diego. “This year Little League

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granted a waiver to allow all kids to play in the Challenger program regardless of their residence. Now, no matter where they live, there is a team out there for them,” says Waters. Waters is quick to thank everyone who helps with the Challenger league, including parents, volunteers, the Community Coaching Center and especially all the Little League teams that buddy up with the Challenger teams. “It is heartwarming and often brings a tear to your eye as you laugh and cheer at the same time. Coaching Challenger Little League teams help me to remember why I love the game of baseball so much. There’s no winning or losing – just fun and great kids,” says Waters. ¢

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Unexpected Company

The Under an Hour Guide by JENNIFER FRAKES

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e’ve all experienced this feeling at one time or another – the frazzled state of panic just moments after a phone call announcing that unexpected company is on their way. Follow these simple tips to get ready for company in under an hour. Your guests are guaranteed to think that your house always looks this good! ● ● Grab a laundry basket or other large container and go through the rooms in which you will be entertaining. Since there isn’t time to make sure that everything is put in its

proper place, put all old magazines, toys and other clutter in the basket. Then, put the basket in your bedroom and shut the door. In fact, shut all bedroom doors. ● ● Dust in the rooms where you and your guests will be, paying special attention to the TV and other electronic equipment (they tend to collect the most dust). ● ● Vacuum and/or sweep the floors in those rooms. ● ● Wipe down the mirror, counter, sink and toilet of the guest bathroom. Put out a fresh hand towel and make sure that there is plenty of toilet paper on the roll. Make sure to check for clothes or any unmentionables that may be in sight and put them away. ● ● Sweep the bathroom floor. ● ● If there are dishes in the kitchen sink, load them in the dishwasher. If there isn’t enough room in the dishwasher, rinse and stack the dishes neatly in the sink. If you have time, go back and hand wash them. ●● Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink. Sweep the floor. ● ● If it’s daytime, make sure to open the blinds or curtains to let in plenty of natural light. ● ● Take a minute to breathe. Check to make sure that you look presentable (and no, the old college sweatshirt with the coffee stain doesn’t count as presentable). ● ● Enjoy the visit!

Here are some additional tips to make sure that you are always prepared to feed unexpected company ● ● Have a box or two of miniquiches and/or cheese pastry puffs in the freezer. They heat up quickly and are perfect to offer as appetizers. ●● Who doesn’t love cookies? Have premade cookie dough in your fridge. The cookies bake in minutes and make the

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whole house smell delicious! ● ● If you have enough space, it is always a great idea to have a frozen lasagna or other type of premade casserole in your freezer. If guests happen to be coming during the dinner hour, you will have another option besides ordering pizza. ¢

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Only here will you have the privilege to live amidst a thousand acres of natural open space above Rancho Santa Fe, designed with a commitment to conservation. In neighborhoods of authentic architecture that appear to have been here for years. With intimate parks and unsurpassed education to enhance daily life. And a genuine community pride that sustains it all.

Del Sur.

Del Sur Elementary

Top schools in Poway Unified Six private parks with five solar-heated pools

Eighteen miles of trails Convenient access to I-15, Hwy 56 and I-5

DelSurLiving.com Seven neighborhoods with fourteen original model homes Mandolin Shea Homes

1,643-2,333 sq. ft. From the mid $400,000s

Madeira Closeout Shea Homes (See Mandolin Agent) 1,779-2,262 sq. ft. From the low $500,000s

Presidio Standard Pacific Homes 3,461-3,824 sq. ft. From the mid $700,000s

Carleton Standard Pacific Homes 2,621-3,059 sq. ft. From the mid $600,000s

Sentinels Closeout Davidson Communities 2,772-3,329 sq. ft. From the high $700,000s

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

Gables Crossing McCullough Design Development 4,500-5,600 sq. ft. From the mid $1 millions

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

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Sleep apnea in children may present as ADHD

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bstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often seen as a disorder in elderly or obese individuals, but is quite prevalent in children according to Dr Anoop Karippot, who is board certified in Pediatric & Adult Sleep Medicine as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. OSA is estimated to occur in 1-3 percent of otherwise healthy preschool children. Children in the range of 2 to 9 years of age are most affected. These children are sometimes misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or assessed as having behavioral problems in school. OSA in children is most commonly due to enlarged adenoids and tonsils. The size of the airway and muscle tone may also play a role. Nasal congestion from allergies and gastroesophageal reflux can be other contributing factors.

Snoring is seen in 20 percent of normal children. However, loud snoring is one of the main symptoms of OSA. Other symptoms include mouth breathing, sweating or bedwetting at night, sleep talking/walking, night terrors, difficulty waking up in the morning, and being tired and sleepy during the daytime. These children can be irritable, moody, and inattentive to the point of having significant academic difficulties and school absences. The presence of OSA cannot be determined by history and physical examination alone. An overnight sleep study is the gold standard for diagnosis. Children with family members who snore and have OSA need to be carefully evaluated. X-ray of the head and neck may show the narrowing or obstruction of the airway. The management depends on the severity of the disease and other associated risk factors. In most cases, removing the tonsils and adenoids resolves the breathing- related sleep disorder. Children show a dramatic resolution of their symptoms following the successful management of OSA. They show significant improvement in attention, academic function, and behavior at home and school. They also sleep peacefully at night and awaken refreshed. ¢ Recommendations ●● All children should be screened for snoring. ●● Loud snoring, attention and behavioral problems, weight gain and disturbed sleep at night warrant a sleep evaluation. ●● If parents witness apnea (stopping breathing/gasping/choking) at night, the child should be referred for a sleep study which is the gold standard for diagnosis of OSA.

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

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

Contact Information:

Contact Information:

Dr. Kusum Sharma

Dr. Anoop Karippot

858-412-7DOC (7362) www.AKANEinstitute.com DrSharma@AKANEinstitute.com

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:::: REAL ESTATE WATCH

Buying Real Estate Using Your

401K

by SCOTT VOAK

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ast issue, I wrote about investors we are working with who want to use cash flowing properties as part of their retirement planning. It seemed to hit a chord as I received several requests for more information, specifically if it is possible to do this with retirement funds. It is possible – and it works great!

Example:

A client just closed on a property for a little over $200k. After credits and repairs, his cash into the units is $57.5k. After all expenses, his positive cash flow will ultimately be almost $600 a month. In the short-term, he borrowed $50k from his 401K to make the purchase and has to pay that back over five years. His monthly payment is around $900. So, for five years he will have a $300/mo negative cash flow (he will use positive flow from another property we found him to cover this) and thereafter a $600/mo positive cash flow. He can pay the property off completely in about 18 years – even if we never raise rents. At that point, he will have turned a $7.5k cash investment plus $18k shortage (over five years) into a paid-off $200k property providing almost $20k a year in income. Of course, if we raise the rents at all, these numbers get better. ¢

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

Scott Voak, a top selling agent since 2008 and the real estate expert on Positively Wall Street on AM 1000 at 7am weekday mornings, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

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Price

Address

Jan 16 thru Mar 15, 2012 Beds

Baths

Est SF

Price

7670 Via Cristal # 1

2

2

1026

240,000

7881 Jake View Ln # 31

3

3

1725

480,000

13330 Via Magdalena # 1

2

2

1026

245,000

13480 Sparren Ct

3

2

1749

505,000

13345 Calle Del Campo # 5

2

3

1246

270,000

12921 Rife Wy

4

3

2137

529,000

9384 Babauta Rd # 126

2

2

1244

300,000

13980 Bryn Glen Ct

3

3

1800

515,000

9345 Babauta Rd # 2

3

3

1679

368,650

12626 Picrus St

3

2

1912

525,000

13325 Via Tresca # 4

3

3

1743

375,900

14218 Bourgeois Wy

3

3

1880

530,000

7750 Via Francesco # 4

3

3

1823

404,000

8850 La Cartera St

5

3

2349

549,000

15576 Paseo Ajanta

4

2

1405

415,000

14427 Corte Morea

3

3

1843

530,000

9773 Paseo Montril

4

2

1721

380,000

14341 Dalhousie Rd

4

3

2364

535,000

12663 Mengibar Ave

4

3

1882

425,000

8546 Clatsop Ln

5

4

2579

552,000

13560 Stoney Creek Rd

3

2

1676

436,000

14370 La Trucha St

4

3

1958

553,000

9787 Benavente Pl

3

2

1766

449,000

8515 Milbury Rd

4

3

2349

510,000

9158 Emden Rd

4

2

1684

440,000

8418 Sedorus St

4

3

1820

502,000

9713 Kika Ct

3

3

1690

415,000

11198 Amalia Ct

4

3

2374

560,000

12880 Prairie Dog Ave

4

2

1720

439,000

12606 Ragweed St

4

3

2125

565,000

8738 Park Run Rd

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3

1822

442,000

10077 Branford Rd

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3

2437

570,000

13062 Texana St

3

3

1652

451,000

9696 Oviedo St

4

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2323

610,000

13513 Hike Ln

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1697

432,000

9074 Pimpernel Dr

4

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545,000

9039 Twin Trails Dr

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450,000

9552 Babauta Rd

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570,000

10998 Guadalimar Way Ct

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435,000

12414 Brickellia St

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2420

615,000

13868 Via Boltana

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472,000

6948 Santa Fe Canyon Pl

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620,000

14074 Barrymore St

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1764

445,000

9245 Lethbridge Wy

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2524

602,000

9672 Paseo Montril

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1958

443,000

12645 Kestrel St

4

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2457

609,000

13055 Old West Ave

5

3

2518

475,000

7240 Sherbourne Ln

3

4

2789

650,000

13176 Thunderhead St

5

3

2156

489,000

12105 Salix Ct

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2869

750,000

13208 Pageant Ave

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1649

474,000

12254 Picrus St

4

3

3272

775,000

9317 Black Hills Wy

4

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2516

495,000

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European Taste

New café in Santaluz offers large and diverse menu

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usiness partners Carina and Billy Chandruang have always been passionate about food. So in September of 2011, the duo opened up their first restaurant. Named KiJ’s Cafe, after their two children, Kiana and Jett, and located in Santaluz, the restaurant is a mix between a traditional coffee shop and an elegant European bistro. After running a catering company in Tokyo, Japan, Carina was itching to pursue her passion of cooking here in the United States. Now that her kids are at appropriate ages it seems that opening KiJ’s Cafe was just the way for Carina to scratch that itch. “Food and cooking is my passion in life and always has been and I always wanted my own place like KiJ’s one day when the kids got old enough and the time felt right,” said Carina, who is also a chef at the eatery. Inspired by places they both have traveled and lived, the Chandruangs are devoted to making KiJ’s Cafe stand out from its competition. The café presents a robust menu full of traditional American items as well as distinctive culinary creations with a European 68

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flair. It boasts a unique and versatile wine list, and its gourmet brewed coffee has been called “the finest coffee anyone could ever ask for,” with freshly roasted coffee beans delivered weekly by the local coffee roasting company, The West Bean. “KiJ’s is a comfortable café bistro that offers so many different kinds of cuisines and great locally roasted coffee and great boutique wines and local beers in a clean and modern, yet comfy atmosphere,” said Carina. Although the Chandruangs highly recommend the Crouque Monsieur, they find it difficult to choose just one menu item to select as their signature dish. Describing their food as “always fresh, quality ingredients, cooked and made from scratch,” they clearly take pride in the array of dishes offered at their restaurant. From buttery croissants, to Salmon Teriyaki, or a simple mug of coffee, KiJ’s Cafe is sure to please every palate. For the local socialites, the café offers Friday and Saturday tapas nights from 5-9pm, Tuesday through Friday happy hour specials from 5-7pm, and has recently become available for catering outside events. ¢ April | May 2012 Special Advertising Section

At A Glance Name:

KiJ’s Café

Owners:

Carina Chandruang Billy Chandruang

Address:

14677 Via Bettona Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92127

Website:

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Phone:

858-367-8791

Description:

European style café with lunch specials, tapas and wines from around the world.

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pring has sprung and your Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council hopes everyone is enjoying it. As Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s party!” And speaking of parties, the Council is busy planning our annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos. You probably couldn’t miss the huge cover story spread about it, so I won’t bother giving you the Cliffs Notes. Suffice it to say, it will be an event not to be missed. William Shakespeare also had a thing or two to say about springtime. He said, “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” Your Town Council is doing what it can to encourage that youthful spirit through our community service grant program. Every year, the PQ Town Council awards monetary grants to individuals and organizations for activities, events, and projects that directly benefit PQ in the areas of community leadership, education, arts and culture, and environmental preservation. We’d like to share a little bit about just a few of our recent young grant recipients and their grant projects: ●● Matt Weir just earned the rank of Eagle Scout, in part for his project to build a much needed cabinet for the MCHS Choir Department. ●● Bill Medina built a cart for Mesa Verde’s band for moving heavy percussion instruments. ●● BMMS’ Service Gardening Class tends a fruit and vegetable garden, the food from which is distributed to needy families. ●● Anna Page participates in the YMCA Youth & Government Program, including running for Governor of the 2012 Youth Model Legislature. ●● Tyler Quackenbush constructed and installed four new trash enclosures in the PQ Canyon Preserve with a view towards reducing litter within the preserve and keeping the canyon beautiful. ●● Ryan Harney re-landscaped a turnabout near the PQ Canyon Preserve Adobe and repaired areas suffering from habitat destruction. The Town Council is proud of the work our young residents are doing to make PQ a better place to live and pleased to be able to assist them. But these grants are entirely dependent upon the Town Council’s fundraising success, and hence, are only possible with your help. Please visit us on the web and consider supporting our work to encourage community service through our new Community Partners program. ¢ Get in touch with us! www.rpcouncil.com www.facebook.com/rpcouncil P.O. Box 720783, San Diego, CA 92172-0783 (858)430-9449 Attend a meeting: 1st Thursday of every month, 7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel

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The Door & Window Masters

Vinyl Masters Doors & Windows can help you with your remodeling needs by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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n 1971, Satish Satpute moved from India to the United States with $8.00 in his pocket. Today, with a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering under his belt, Satpute is the successful owner of Vinyl Masters Doors & Windows, which has served the San Diego community for over 10 years. He says he likes to run his business with principles of Indian spirituality, American ingenuity and German technology. Mr. Anand Mahajani, Vice President joined Vinyl Masters in 2004. Anand has a Master’s degree in Engineering and has taken the business to the next level in automation. Specializing in replacement doors and windows, Vinyl Masters also manufactures products that are unique to the industry. Some of its exclusive and finest products include: oak interior, corner windows, extra large windows (up to 86 Sq Ft), built-in doggie doors, remote controlled windows, bi-fold doors, high security windows, and “self-cleaning” windows that have a special Titanium Dioxide coating to prevent water stains. Kevin Derrett, Marketing Manager of the company, explains that offering unique products is not the only way Vinyl Masters sets itself apart from others in its industry. “We also hold a class B general contractors license enabling us to perform work other companies are unable to attempt. We can do the full job

from start to finish without having to call on sub-contractors”. According to Derrett, as the only manufacturer in San Diego to have a local factory (located in Scripps Ranch), Vinyl Masters takes pride in offering their products at a great price. “We sell our doors and windows factory direct to our customers, with no middle man to mark up the price,” said Derrett. “In addition to being priced well, the products are aesthetically pleasing and economical. Not only do our doors and windows look great, but they also cut down on street noise, as well as heat and damage caused by the sun that prevents fading on your furniture, drapes, carpets, etc.” Committed to using innovative technology, Vinyl Masters has made it their mission to provide excellent products and services to their customers. They ensure that their high performance German engineered doors and windows are designed specifically for San Diego’s climate. Both their doors and windows are made from the highest quality vinyl and Cardinal© insulated glass – the leading glass manufacturer in the country. They also offer exclusive LoE5. Vinyl Masters Doors & Windows have a beautiful, extensive showroom in Scripps Ranch and their factory can be toured during regular office hours which enable you to see how your products are manufactured. ¢

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Vinyl Masters Doors & Windows Satish Satpute and Anand Mahajani 2001 10105 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, cA 92129 www.vinylmasters.com Kevin@vinylmasters.com 858-413-4000

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:::: RANCHO FAMILY YMCA Rancho Family YMCA 9410 Fairgrove Lane San Diego, CA 92129 858-484-8788 www.rancho.ymca.org

APRIL EVENTS 4/1

Easter Egg Hunt Ages 0 -14 Meet the Easter Bunny. Arts & crafts, games, face painging, & more. Free for menbers. $5 per family.

4/2 - 4/6 4/2 - 4/6

Spring Break Camp 9 am – 4 pm

Ages 5-12

Gymnastics Clinic Ages 3-17 9 am -1 pm

4/2 - 4/6 Soccer Clinic 9 am -1 pm

Ages 5-12

4/2 - 4/6 Splash Week Ages 3-14 Times vary by age. Visit website or call for more information. 4/2 - 4/5 Junior Lifeguard Program 2 – 4 pm

Ages 16 and up

4/2 - 4/6 College Tour program Ages 15-18 Times vary by age. Visit website or call for more information. 4/28 Healthy Kids Day/Family Fun Fest 1 – 3 pm MAY EVENTS

Everyone

5/21 The Y Golf Tournament Presented by Echo Pacific Construction Faribanks Ranch Country Club ACTIVE ADULTS First Wednesday of each month 11:15 am Y Active Adults Book Club 4/21 Springtime picnic in Joshua Tree National Park 5/2

Book Club

5/9

Spring Fiesta Potluck

5/11

Benedict Castle & Jensen Alvarado Ranch

5/17

Camp Pendelton’s Santa Margarita Ranch House

5/19

Strawberry Festival

5/30

Day at the Bay

Ongoing Backyard Produce Donate your excess citrus tree fruits and vegetables to The Backyard Produce Project to share backyard produce with families in need. Ongoing Operation America Cares A nonprofit network of volunteers that seeks to support America’s soldiers by collecting, assembling and shipping care packages to US troops serving overseas. Donate your extra household items like: toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, hand wipes, batteries, coffee, phone cards, books, CDs, DVDs, etc. 72

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APRIL

MAY

4/6 “Paws to Read” (Grades K-6) 4 pm – 5 pm 4/4 OASIS Our Nation’s Library of Congress 1 pm – 3 pm

5/5

4/7

George Washington Professional Storyteller 11am – 12 pm

4/18

Friends of the Rancho Penasquitos Library Meeting 2 pm – 3 pm

5/4 5/16

4/18

4/21

Cinco De Mayo Professional storyteller, Greg White will talk about the meaning of Cinco De Mayo, includes crafts and a Pinata. 11 am – noon “Paws to Read” (Grades K-6) 4 pm – 5 pm

Adult Literary Book Club “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” By Helen Simonson 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Adult Literary Book Club “The Paris wife” and/or “A Movable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. 6:30 pm – 8 pm

5/16

Friends of the Rancho Penasquitos Library Meeting 2 pm – 3 pm

“Sky of Red Poppies” by Zohreh Ghahremani 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 pm -6 pm Homework Help - Free (For school-age Children)

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Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am Pre-School Storytime Thursdays 1 pm – 3 pm Knitting/Crochet Circle Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5 pm “Wii” Get Crafty Crafts and Games for Ages 6-17 First and third Thursdays 10:15 – 11am Zumbatomics Dance class for children Fridays Hatha Yoga

1 pm – 2 pm

Saturdays Zumba

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Rancho Penasquitos Library 13330 Salmon River Road San Diego, CA 92129

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Norwegian Exchange Student Becomes One of the Family by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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an Diego is a good 5,000 miles away from Norway, but both are now home to Emilie Stensaker. “Since I was 14 years old I knew that I wanted to be an exchange student in the US,” said Emilie. Now age 17, she is delighted to have made that dream a reality. With the help of the Education First Foundation for Foreign Study (EF Foundation), Emilie was matched with her host family and invited to complete her junior year of high school here in San Diego. “From day one, our goal has been to treat Emilie as a ‘family member’ and not a visiting guest,” said Carla Moody, host mother and International Exchange Coordinator for the EF Foundation. “She pitches in with chores around the house and participates in everyday family activities and special events.” With a 14-year-old daughter of their own, Carla and Jim Moody also got a crash course in parenting a high school student. The youngest of three in her own family, and the first to spend a year abroad, Emilie has enjoyed being Elissa’s “big sister” for a

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year, attending Westview High School and perfecting her English. A particular highlight has been singing in the choir. “I have never been able to take choir as a class at school before,” said Emilie, “and I love to sing, so choir has been really fun.” “She is an amazing vocalist,” said Moody. “She fits right in at school, is doing terrific academically, and has made many friends.” And this is just one success story of many. According to Moody, the EF Foundation places more exchange students than any other high school exchange organization, so “matching the right student with the right family is a top priority.” They obviously did well for Emilie. “My host family has been the most important part of my year,” said Emilie. “I consider them as my family now, and I am sure that we will all stay in touch forever.” Interested in hosting an exchange student or becoming one yourself? Visit the EF website at www.effoundation.org or contact Carla Moody directly at carlamoody@san.rr.com. ¢

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