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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER

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or as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be older. When I was a child, I wanted to be a teenager. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an adult. In college, I couldn’t wait to start my career. At nineteen, like most people, I just wanted to reach the legal drinking age. As each year passed, I felt like I was inching closer and closer to something – perhaps some type of goal or milestone? After all, these markers tend to be big deals in all of our lives. We often see them as the ‘end’ of distinct categories. The end of our teenage years... The end of high school... The end of college... The end of our twenties... I’ll take it even further. Have I simply been on course to reach middle age? Goodness, did I really just say that? After spending a few minutes on Google, I’ve concluded that most people classify middle age as 45 to 65 years of age. Apparently this is a relatively new frame of mind because until recently, it was generally thought that 40 to 60 years made up the bracket’s classification. I assume that it wouldn’t be difficult to figure out what age group initiated the sudden five year shift. Turning the big 4-0 was actually a pretty cool experience. My adorable wife worked hard to put together an incredible 40th birthday party. I was humbled by the whole experience – surrounded by dear friends, family members, acquaintances and colleagues spanning multiple decades of memories. The most common question that people have been asking me is how it felt turning 40. The honest truth is that it’s great. For the first time that I can remember, I feel like I am actually at the beginning of something. I’m motivated and inspired. I’m right where I want to be – at the exact age that I want to be at. Truth be told, throughout my thirties I often thought of reaching forty. I’m there and it’s going to be a fantastic decade! I’m no longer looking too far into the future. In fact, I’m doing just the opposite. Spending time with my family and enjoying watching my kids grow into their pre-teen years and young adulthood is an amazing thing. If only there was a way that I could convince them that there is no rush to get older and move into the next category of their lives – but that’s a topic for a different publisher’s note. Oh, and by the way, I subscribe to the new way of thinking – the one that says middle age is classified as 45 to 65 years old. A special thank you to Google for clarifying that and giving me a five year cushion. Regards, Derrick Breaux, Publisher

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:::: COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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APRIL APRIL 1

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

APRIL 6

CUT FOR A CAUSE

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MAY 16

With San Diego Canyonlands and the Friends of Gonzales Canyon 9 a.m. ��� 12 p.m. | Sword Way trail head www.cvsd.com

Refreshments, entertainment and a live auction 5:30 p.m. | CCA Proscenium Theater www.ccagala.com

CREEK TO BAY I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO TRAIL CLEANUP

5:30 p.m. | Rancho Santa Fe Community Center www.flowfashionshow.myevent.com

APRIL 7

SPRING SAVOIR-FAIRE

4TH ANNUAL AMANDA POST GOLF TOURNAMENT Proceeds go to The Amanda Post Memorial Scholarship Fund 12 p.m. | Lomas Santa Fe Country Club www.amandaposttournament.com

APRIL 11

FILM SCREENING A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET

MAY 17

FLOW: WOMEN 2 WOMEN FASHION SHOW

Fundraiser for Build A Miracle 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Tease Salon Studios Email Beth Sczempka at tease@san.rr.com for appointments

GRAUERPALOOZA ARTS FESTIVAL

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The Courtyard at The Grauer School www.grauerschool.com

APRIL 28

MAY 23

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa www.alrsd.org

CARMEL DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION 3 – 5 p.m. | Location TBA www.dmusd.org

MAY

MAY 26

MEMORIAL DAY

MAY 2

RADY CHILDREN’S DATE NIGHT FOR A CAUSE

Hosted by The Grauer School Open to the public Suggested admission donation of $5 6:30 p.m. | The Grauer School’s Great Hall www.grauerschool.com

Hosted by The North Coast Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary 5 – 8 p.m. | The Belly Up, Solana Beach www.radysncu.com

APRIL 15; MAY 8

With a variety of games, fun activities, baked goods, a cake walk, delicious tacos, pizza, and other treats. Everyone is welcome. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Ashley Falls Elementary

PARENT COFFEE

Open to The Grauer School parents 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | 2Good2B Bakery, North El Camino Real, Encinitas www.grauerschool.com

APRIL 17; MAY 15

TORREY PINES HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS TOUR

MAY 4

ASHLEY FALLS SPRING CARNIVAL

MAY 5

CINCO DE MAYO SDNCC GOLF TOURNAMENT

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Meet at the administration building www.tphs.net

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Morgan Run Club & Resort www.sdncc.com

APRIL 20

MAY 10

APRIL 24

(Ages 21 and up only) Presented by Retirement Benefits Group All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito 6 – 8:30 p.m. | Moniker Warehouse www.bgcsandieguito.org

EASTER

CHESS/CHILI FAMILY GAME NIGHT

5:30 p.m. | Carmel Del Mar Elementary School www.dmusd.org

UNCORKED FOR A CAUSE BLIND WINE TASTING EVENT

MAY 11

MOTHER’S DAY

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CCA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: A BEATLES TRIBUTE

ONGOING ONGOING THROUGH MAY 2 10TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO DREAM HOUSE RAFFLE Benefits Ronald McDonald House of Charities of San Diego Tickets available through May 2 www.rmhcsd.com

EVERY WEDNESDAY CRAFTY MINDS: FREE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM 1 – 3 p.m. | Ocean Air Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation

EVERY THURSDAY PACIFIC HIGHLANDS FARMERS MARKET

3:30 p.m. – Sunset | Canyon Crest Academy Parking Lot www.facebook.com/pacifichighlandsfarmersmarket

TOASTMASTERS – HIFI SPEAKERS LEARN TO SPEAK WITH CONFIDENCE AND POISE IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE 12 p.m. | 3661 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 400 www.toastmasters.org

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:::: SPORTS REGISTRATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS BASEBALL CARMEL VALLEY YOUTH BASEBALL FINAL GAME May 17 | Sycamore Ridge East and West fields www.carmelvalleyyouthbaseball.com

DEL MAR AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY April 2 5 – 6 p.m. | Ashley Falls Elementary School

DEL MAR NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE SNACK SHACK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteer spots need to be filled until June 7 See website for times | Sage Canyon Park www.delmarnational.org

DANCE ROYAL DANCE ACADEMY MOVE COMPETITION 2014 April 4 – 6 All day | California Center for the Arts, Escondido www.royaldanceacademy.com

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Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Carmel Valley Recreation Center Email Janice at yoga_mom@me.com

GOLF CCA BOYS GOLF NCC TOURNAMENT May 13 Time TBA | Camp Pendleton www.cc.sduhsd.net

MULTI-SPORT CO-ED KICKBALL

Mondays Through April 28 6 – 10 p.m. | Carmel Valley Recreation Center www.govavi.com (dates & events subject to change)

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MASTER YOUR SPORTS

Xtreme dodgeball, flag football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, multi and junior sports www.masteryoursports.com

ADULT FITNESS CLASS

Wednesdays and Fridays to May 2 Active Older Adult Fitness: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Strength and Stretch Fitness: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Carmel Valley Recreation Center Gym www.cvsd.com

SKATE CARMEL VALLEY SKATE PARK

POP WARNER TORREY PINES POP WARNER REGISTRATION OPEN

SOCCER NORTH COUNTY SOCCER PARK

(Boys and girls ages 5 – 15) Pre-register online and attend one of the mandatory in-person registrations April 16 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; April 23 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bay Club Carmel Valley www.torreypinespw.com

RUGBY SAN DIEGO YOUTH RUGBY

Indoor soccer leagues always starting for all ages www.ncspsoccer.com

MASTER SPORTS SOCCER CAMP

Through May 23 See website for times | Carmel Valley Recreation Center lower field www.cvsd.com

SOFTBALL TORREY PINES HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL VARSITY CIF

Every Monday: Mandatory Conditioning Clinics 4 – 5 p.m. | Carmel Valley Middle School www.sandiegoyouthrugby.org

May 31 See website for time TBA | UCSD www.tphs.net

RUNNING RIDICULOUS OBSTACLE CHALLENGE (ROC) RACE Game show-inspired obstacle run May 10 12 p.m. | Del Mar Fairgrounds www.rocrace.com

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays www.sdskateparks.com/gallery/carmel-valley

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game changer Viva Merch’s New Printing Equipment Raises the Bar for Shirt Printing in San Diego Viva Merch, a sister company to ZCode Media, provides sophisticated screenprinting and silk-printing services to San Diego businesses, bands, schools, and charities with high-quality printed shirts and other apparel. But this past month, Viva Merch has had a technological makeover. “Our new printing equipment is a game changer,” said Nick Martin, Viva Merch’s Director of Operations. Viva Merch has recently acquired new equipment that allows them to produce a wider range of shirts. Making Viva Merch one of the most sophisticated printing facilities in Southern California, these new presses have sky-rocketed productivity, allowing Viva Merch to handle any size order that is sent their way. Whether it is one shirt or fifty-thousand shirts, Viva Merch can handle the job with the same finesse and care that their reputation is built upon, and now at a faster rate and an extremely competitive pricing structure.

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Along with the new expansion, Viva Merch has also become the only authorized training facility in San Diego to offer the Ryonet ® Silk Screen Experience screenprinting classes. People interested in learning how to make their own shirts can sign up for the monthly seminars starting in April 2014. So whether it’s volume printing, high-end designer apparel, or low-cost branding giveaway shirts, Viva Merch has all of the solutions for every organization. With the guarantee to meet or beat any quoted price, there isn’t a more reliable option. Call 858-208-0255 or visit www.vivamerch.com to get started. ¢

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“In over ten years of purchasing branded merchandise for various businesses, I have found Viva Merch to be, by far, the easiest to work with, most professional, and most timely company that I have worked with. The quality of the designs and the finished product have been second to none. The entire team works with me to make sure that I am happy with the final results in a true collaborative fashion. They have a way of taking a crazy idea that I have floating around in my head and bringing it to life, all the while making it better through their own individual contributions. I am absolutely confident that I sell significantly more merchandise as a result of our business relationship.” ~Grant Tondro General Manager & Proprietor Urge American Gastropub

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:::: LOCAL FAMILY

DEVOTED FAMILY The Braunreiters Have Thrived in Carmel Valley by AMY LEHRER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Parents: Child: Community: Hometown: Profession: Pet: Favorite Local Spot:

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s Wisconsin teenagers, Dennis and Chris met while working in a grocery store. Fast forward to now and the duo is thriving in the Sands neighborhood of Torrey Hills. The Braunreiters recently celebrated their twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. They love the diversity of San Diego, the beach, the family environment, the people and the Carmel Valley schools. Dennis works for Leidos (formerly SAIC) – a government contractor providing technical oversight and program management on research and development projects – as a chief scientist. Formerly, he was the division

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Dennis Charles Braunreiter and Kristin Ann Braunreiter (nee Paust) Kylie Cherise Braunreiter – 9th grade at Torrey Pines High School Sands in the Torrey Hills Master Planned Community since 2004 Dennis – Menomonee Falls, WI; Kris – Germantown, WI Dennis – Chief Scientist and Technical Fellow; Kris – Homemaker Quixote, German Shepherd Del Mar Highlands Plaza

manager at SAIC and the director at Raytheon Missile Systems. He received Technical Fellow Honors at Leidos and Raytheon Missile Systems and has coauthored eight patents. He received his PhD and Master’s degree from UCLA in electrical engineering, and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Wisconsin. Kris earned an Associate’s degree in information processing and worked as an office manager at Valuation Research. She also worked as an executive assistant at Dole Food Company Corporate Headquarters before retiring when pregnant with her daughter, Kylie.

As a family, the Braunreiters enjoy photography, reading, attending St. James services in Solana Beach, going to the beach, taking road trips up the coast, shopping, sharing frozen treats, attending Kylie’s softball games and celebrating holidays. Kris enjoys hosting over twenty family members each year for Thanksgiving. One year, their German Shepherd, Quixote, even sat on a dining room chair as if he were ready for Thanksgiving dinner! Kris also enjoys decorating the house for Halloween and Christmas, and according to a 7-yearold neighbor, the Braunreiter’s have a reputation for giving out the most candy on Halloween.


Torrey Pines 9 th grader, Kylie, excels as a fast pitch softball pitcher, playing for three teams this past fall. One of the teams she played on took first place in the Northern San Diego ASA District, seventh place in California and fifth place at Western Nationals. Her proud father boasted, “She and her team received a special recognition letter for their softball achievements from California’s 77 th State Assembly district assembly member.”

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orst Cahn’s message rang loud and clear at CCA’s annual No Place for Hate Week held at the school’s campus. “I don’t like anybody to use the word hate. Eliminate that word,” he declared. Horst was a teenager during WWII and survived three years living in Poland’s Auschwitz concentration camp. Horst’s story was harrowing, yet hopeful, as he always tried to stay positive. Horst was only 16 when he was brought to Auschwitz with his parents. He watched as guards rushed his parents off to the gas chambers. Horst recalled how distraught he was afterwards. However, he was grateful that his parents didn’t have to endure the horrors of Auschwitz. “I felt content because they didn’t have to suffer in the camp, they wouldn’t have been able to survive,” explained Horst. After three years, the concentration camp was forced to evacuate and take part in a death march to a camp near the Czechoslovakian border. When they arrived at the new camp they received word that Hitler had committed suicide. In Czechoslovakia, Horst was liberated by the Russians. He then returned to America where he married, became a chef and ran a deli in Encinitas. After his story was told Horst reminded students about the importance of forgiveness and maintaining positivity. “Never forget, being angry doesn’t help you. I’m in a good mood because I’m alive,” Horst said, before unveiling one of his favorite lines of advice: “The way you shout into the woods, the echo comes back. It’s up to you to be pleasant.” Horst is the author of the book Loss, Liberty and Love: My Journey from Essen to Auschwitz to the United States. His book is available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. ¢

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what it is that they love and thrive on it. They love CCA for the same reasons. “This school helps to foster a balanced but strong work ethic in its students,” Emily told us, “encouraging each person as individuals in their craft, whatever it

may be.” Madison agreed, “My school has allowed for my flexible schedule where I can be an excelling student, dancer and organizer of TEDxYouth@SanDiego.” Emily and Madison utilized those amazing opportunities to found a San


Diego youth movement for TED. “I was excited by TED and TEDx events, but frustrated that they focused on bringing big ideas to adults already connected to and engaged in their world and world pursuits,” Madison explained. The girls became passionate about exposing the young people of this region – and across the globe – to ideas that can change the trajectories of their future. Leading TEDxYouth@SanDiego since their freshman year, Madison and Emily have experienced, through countless meetings, work hours, phone calls and emails, a taste of working in the professional world. This was accomplished through a unique trust between students and adults. “Instead of focusing their energy on doubting us,” Emily said, “our mentors took the opportunity to teach us how to be willing and able team members, leaders in our own right.” These ambitious girls would naturally be drawn to TED, which started as a conference in 1984 where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and which today is a global force. Founding the TEDxYouth@SanDiego helped Madison “learn how to lead a diverse team, build a local and global community of thinkers, and run the everyday aspects of a complex nonprofit business, while managing my high school workload.” Emily affirmed, “I felt an extreme sense of connection and pride, when, on each event day, I gazed into the diverse, bright-eyed faces of future world changers.” Madison and Emily’s involvement in TED has only amplified their participation in many other realms. Emily’s talents in music composition and performance, as well as Greek folk dancing and National Charity League work, along with Madison’s passion for dance, avid skiing and a continual desire to emanate her mother’s positive energy, combine to make these two perfect student stars. ¢

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hen she was twelve years old, Lois Alter Mark launched a lifelong love for writing by winning a short story contest in American Girl Magazine. Since then, she’s been a freelance contributor to women’s magazines for many years, and was a contributing writer to Entertainment Weekly for more than a decade. She started blogging a few years ago with a couple of friends, and launched her own blog last July. It’s called Midlife at the Oasis, and Lois uses observation and humor to comment on everything from pop culture to politics. “I was thrilled and surprised and totally flattered,” she told us, “when Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop named me Humor Writer of the month, because I don’t think I’m always funny intentionally.” Intentions notwithstanding, Lois is forging an identity in the blogging world. She’s won BlogHer Voices of the Year awards for the past two years (AKA since she launched the blog), which is a prestigious award she feels honored to win, “especially because both awards were People’s Choice Awards, which means it was the readers who voted for my posts.” One post, ‘It’s Time to Re-Think Pink’ came about as a result

of Lois’s disgust with the Susan G. Komen’s de-funding of Planned Parenthood. Reaction to her blog post, among other things, sparked a movement that then convinced the Komen Foundation to re-fund their Planned Parenthood support. She’s currently working on pieces for Bloomeon, 12 Most, Manilla and Felicity Huffman’s What the Flicka? Everything Lois experiences is food for thought on Midlife at the Oasis. She got to go to Australia with Oprah Winfrey, and she also spent a week in Africa for a workshop led by Oprah’s Life Coach, Martha Beck. “It was an amazing, life-changing experience,” Lois affirmed. When asked about what she enjoys about blogging the most, Lois’s immediate response was, “The people! I have the most wonderful readers, who make it so rewarding to do what I do. When I introduce them to a cause or charity, they take action and find a way to make a difference.” Life as a blogger is an adventure for Lois Alter Mark. Carmel Valley living always gives her new topics to write about. “Whenever we do something fun or different or embarrassing,” she affirmed, "my husband or one of the kids will sigh and say, ‘That’s a blog post.’” ¢

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Lois Alter Mark Award-winning writer, www.midlifeattheoasis.com and www.huffingtonpost.com Carmel Valley since 1998 Tennis, movies, reading, travel, listening to music Starbucks, Chipotle, Cinepolis, Barnes & Noble, Champagne, Swirls, Sammy’s


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Women 2 Women, a charity organization is hosting FLOW, a fashion show on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center for the Maya Relief Foundation (MRF). The fundraiser features appetiziers, a silent auction, local vendors, entertainment and a fashion show. Local boutiques, handbags from Fashionphile and Harper’s Bazaar models will be highlights of the evening. Ticket prices range from $35 to $110 and all proceeds go to MRF. MRF is a private operating foundation which provides relief to poverty stricken people in Central America, helping them become selfsufficient by providing them with access to clean water and cooking appliances. For more information on MRF see www.mayarelief.com, and for tickets to the event visit www.flowfashionshow.myevent.com.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is proud to present the 2014 Volunteer-ofthe-Year Award to long-time Solana Beach resident, Terry Lingenfelder. This honor will be presented at the 2nd Annual Youth-of-the-Year Gala scheduled for Aug. 8, at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Infield Pavilion. “This award is in recognition of Terry’s outstanding leadership, dedication and tireless efforts in sustaining and expanding our mission at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito,” said David H. Crean, Chief Executive Officer at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. For more information on the Gala contact Ally Hanlon at 858- 720-2188 or visit www.bgcsandieguito.org.

Supervisors Support “Think Local First”

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to encourage local spending, as part of the Think Local First campaign by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce. “Buying locally instead of buying out of town – when the price for the product is the same – will positively impact local business,” Supervisor Dave Roberts said. “This program is designed to grow jobs, strengthen our tax base, and champion commerce in our county.”

Fashion Week for Dogs and Cats

Inspired by New York Fashion Week, the team at Helen Woodward Animal Center decided to show off their fuzzy friends with a fashion photo shoot, provided by Chowhound Photography (www. chowhoundphotography.com). Center staff hopes the BeFUR-and-AfFUR photos will have potential adopters taking a second look at dogs and cats seeking homes. If you are interested in adopting or would like more information contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at 858-756-4117 (ext. 313), or visit www.animalcenter.org.

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San Dieguito Union High School District is planning on opening a new middle school in the Pacific Highlands Ranch area in fall 2015. The district plans to draw 500 students to the new school from the Carmel Valley Middle School attendance area. The site is adjacent to Canyon Crest Academy, but will operate as a separate school with set neighborhood boundaries. The school site is currently being graded in preparation for construction, which will start this summer. Funding to build the new middle school is provided by Proposition AA, the district’s $449 million general obligation bond, which local voters approved in November 2012.

The Del Mar Carmel Valley (DMCV) Sharks GU9 white team were this year’s Cal South State Cup Finalists. This was the first State Cup appearance for the team who was undefeated until the final championship game. The team scored a total of nineteen goals throughout the nine game tournament, allowing only six goals. The Sharks families, team members and coaches are very proud of their accomplishments. Shannon MacMillan, DMCV Sharks Director of Club Operations, said, “[The players] are a perfect example of what the Sharks stand for, playing with the utmost respect and sportsmanship for all opponents and referees while also enjoying themselves.” For more information on the DMCV Sharks visit www.dmcvsharks.com.

Tease Salon’s “Cut For A Cause”

Tease Salon Studios in Rancho Peñasquitos has long been involved in charitable work, especially through their beauty school in El Florido, Mexico for women in poverty. This April, Tease Salon is partnering with the Build A Miracle organization, a cause devoted to building homes for needy families in Tijuana. The Tease Salon team will hold a fundraiser on April 6, cutting hair from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the goal of raising $10,000 to sponsor a home through Build A Miracle. The salon advises that appointments be made in advance by emailing Beth Sczempka at tease@san.rr.com. Donations can also be made through www.fundrazr.com by typing in Tease Salon Studios in the “Find Campaign” box. Checks can be made out to Tease Salon Studios and mailed to 9330 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite H, San Diego, CA 92129.


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The Hearts Campaign

Love is all around at Carmel Del Mar (CDM). In fact, it’s hanging off of walls, ceilings and doors! CDM recently took part in the Hearts Campaign, an annual fundraiser to raise money district wide for their Extended Studies Curriculum. School families were given paper hearts for their donations to write thank you notes for CDM teachers and staff. The hearts now hang in the CDM office as a symbol of appreciation and love for the school. The Hearts Campaign raised $15,000 which went towards a distrct wide campaign with a goal of $2 million. For more information about the campaign and other fundraising school events visit www.dmusd.org.

Authors and Writers Reach out to Students

Canyon Crest Academy’s (CCA) Creative Writing Club recently held its 3rd Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference. Best-selling authors and many other writing professionals provided free inspirational and educational workshops to high school students. Jeff Copeland, Assistant Principal at CCA declared, “Canyon Crest Academy was excited about once again hosting the Writers Conference. We once again thank each of the authors who greed to participate in this conference.” Milan Perisic, Teacher Advisor to the Creative Writing Club, was impressed by the hard work of the club members. “Students who have attended the conference in the past have overwhelmingly expressed their enthusiasm for the experience and insights they’ve gained in the process.” Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore sold speakers’ books with a portion of the proceeds going to the conference.

92130 Students in Honor Band

Many students, who are also proud members of their respective school bands, were recently honored with a place on the 2014 All Southern California Honor Band, and further placement on the 2014 All California State Honor Band. Trumpet players Joshua Rachel Gerstenfeld, Joshua Goldstein, and Catherine Marshall Goldstein and Tracy Chin, flautist Catherine Marshall, and bassoon player Alex Zhang from Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), along with oboe player Ellese Nguyen and French horn player Ryan Parker from Torrey Pines High School (TPHS), were all placed on the All Southern California Honor Band. Joshua Goldstein, Catherine Marshall, and tuba player Rachel Gerstenfeld from CCA, and Ryan Parker from TPHS, received placement on the 2014 All California State Honor Band as well.

Join the Art of Savoir-Faire

Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito’s annual spring fundraiser, Spring SavoirFaire, will be held on Monday, April 28, at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The event will be emceed by long time Southern California news anchor, Carol LeBeau, and will feature entertainment by San Diego’s premier jazz vocal ensemble Sounds Divine along with a silent auction. All proceeds will be used to support programs dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and adults affected by violence, trauma and poverty in North County San Diego. Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization serving communities from South Carlsbad to Carmel Valley. To learn about more about the organization visit their website at www.alrsd.org.

The Mileage Club

The Mileage Club is now being offered at Ashley Falls Elementary School. The club is held at 7:45 a.m. every morning and during Wednesday lunch clubs by P.E. teacher, Desiree McBride. The club gives students the opportunity to exercise, socialize, win prizes and have fun. This year students hit their school-wide goal of 6,000 miles. Several Ashley Falls students have personally completed 100 miles or more. For more information visit www.dmusd.org.

Lilah Horton – Showstopper!

North County Dance Arts’ Lilah Horton achieved the highest ranked tap solo in the Junior Advanced division at Showstoppers held in Anaheim over Presidents’ Day weekend. Choreographed by Louis McKay, her doubleplatinum a cappella routine Today We Tap placed 6th overall in a division with eighty performances from Southern California and Las Vegas soloists. “I felt very good about my overall performance, and I had a lot of fun,” said Lilah. This is also Lilah’s third competitive season as a tap soloist.

CRC Names New CEO

Community Resource Center (CRC) recently announced Paul B. Thompson as its new CEO. Paul brings more than three decades of nonprofit experience to CRC. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Community Resource Center, I am delighted to welcome Paul Thompson as our new CEO,” said Board Chair Duane Nelles. CRC’s staff currently serve more than 11,000 individuals every year through food stabilization, general and domestic violence shelter assistance, asset building, workforce development programs, and more. To learn more about the organization visit www.crcncc.org.

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Creating Lifetime Changes THERAPEUTIC LITERACY CENTER SPECIALISTS ADDRESS THE CAUSES OF LEARNING CHALLENGES

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hen Maria Bagby worked in schools as a reading specialist, she noticed students failed to reach their potential and remained in intervention programs year after year. She discovered why and opened the Therapeutic Literacy Center (TLC) to help children thrive quickly and permanently. Traditional approaches help students compensate for their weaknesses and focus learning at the skill and content level. Even innovative programs fall short because they focus on symptoms rather than causes. At the Therapeutic Literacy Center, highly trained clinicians and educational therapists determine the causes of students’ weaknesses and address them immediately so that lifetime accommodations become unnecessary. Maria advised, “When a child is working harder than necessary, it’s time to look at why and what can

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be done differently and more efficiently. There is always a reason a child struggles with homework or performs poorly in school. Learning problems happen when underlying processes are not working efficiently.” Some of the underlying processes that could be inefficient include auditory and visual processing, neuro-timing, core learning skills and integration of primitive reflexes, memory and processing speed. As many as fifty percent of those diagnosed with ADHD have auditory processing issues. And twenty-five percent of students have one of the seven types of dyslexia. Many of the underlying processes can be difficult to identify, but easy to fix. None of the deficits have to be permanent; they can be corrected with therapeutic training that enables efficient learning. SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT


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At TLC, children are individually assessed, receive individualized one-on-one programs by qualified clinicians, have access to the latest technological advances including auditory stimulation training, audio-vocal training, PATH to reading, samonas sound therapy, in-time sound therapy, attention and focus training, interactive metronome and auditory, memory and processing stimulation. Recently, TLC has announced the opening of an enlarged ASD Wing to meet the needs of more students on the autism spectrum. Parents of these children can expect TLC to develop

memory, attention, processing skills, motor skills, body awareness, reading, language and comprehension skills. Students love coming to TLC. The resources that TLC offers help them become successful students quickly, and that success makes them feel empowered. What once was considered a weakness that a child had to compensate for is now believed to be something that can be significantly improved if not corrected. Students leave TLC as independent and confident learners with unlimited choices in their futures. 

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rocks! CVMS Creates a Strong Educational Foundation for Budding Young Adults photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

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he transition from childhood to adolescence is often considered one of the most influential and challenging experiences in the development of young men and women. In 92130, we depend on the dedicated work of a group of extraordinary members in our community to not only assist in this transition, but also help mold our young citizens into mature, well-rounded individuals. This pivotal time in students’ lives is spent at Carmel

Valley Middle School. CVMS Principal Laurie Brady helps give perspective into the lives of both students and staff in the thick of the educational “sandwich” that is junior high. And you better be paying attention to this required reading, as there will be a quiz at the end.

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Q&A

with Carmel Valley Middle School Principal

Laurie Brady

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AS PRINCIPAL OF CARMEL VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (CVMS)? My role as principal has many facets. It can best be summed up as supporting the implementation of best practices in teaching and learning by cultivating a collaborative school culture that is student-centered and conducive to innovation.

WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE STUDENTS ON CAMPUS? My responsibility to students on our campus is to ensure structures and supports for best classroom practices as well as a positive and safe school climate and culture. Every student should leave CVMS prepared for the rigors of high school and beyond.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING PRINCIPAL? THE MOST CHALLENGING? The most rewarding aspect of being a principal is working with all stakeholders in the learning community. Teachers, students, support staff, parents and the community at large provide a world class education for our students (our kids!), putting the best interest of students first. Conversely, the most challenging aspect of being a principal is meeting the needs and desires of all stakeholders in the learning community – teachers, students, support staff, parents and the community at large!

AT A GLANCE Name: Community: Education: Family: Hobbies and Interets:

Laurie Brady 92130 M.Ed., Curriculum Design, Gifted Education Four great kids who have benefited / are benefitting from a world class education from the Del Mar Union and San Dieguito School Districts. Spending time at home with my family and friends, working out (yoga and Pilates), skiing, traveling, beach time, hiking, learning to be a better cook, decorating, enjoying all that San Diego and Southern California has to offer.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AS A PRINCIPAL? At all three schools where I have served as an administrator, Muirlands Middle School, Del Mar Hills Academy and Carmel Valley Middle School, I have been most proud of the staff that I have worked with. Carmel Valley Middle School truly has a staff that is second to none. They are here for students and the best interest of the school community. The CVMS teaching staff strives for excellence and has keen insight into working with the mid-level student. They are collaborators and innovators, consistently on the “cutting edge” – creative with curriculum, great instincts about best practices, and, might I add, fun to work with!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH? At every school where I have served, it is my hope that I have cultivated a student-centered culture that is complimented by support staff and teachers that put the needs of students first. It is my goal to make sure that staff feels comfortable and supported with

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regard to creativity and innovation with best instructional practices and curriculum.

WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION DO TO ASSIST WITH YEARROUND ACTIVITIES? THE PTSA? CVMS has a very active, supportive and involved PTSA. We have over 300+ parents who actively volunteer at our school in one way or another throughout the year. PTSA volunteers help at the school site on a daily basis; from lunch lines to our Media Center, to a myriad of activities for kids! Our extraordinary partnership with PTSA is integral to the success of our school. PTSA supports many school events. This year and over the years, they have done much to support the expanding of our integration of technology into the curriculum. In support of our goal to reduce paper/copying use and encourage our “Bring Your Own Device Policy”, PTSA has purchased a vast library of Chromebooks to supplement students using tablets in the classroom. Our PTSA supports our award-winning Science Olympiad and Math Counts teams.

Both teams are run by parent volunteers. PTSA also uses dollars to directly support classroom instruction through their Mini-Grant and Giving PAWS Program. PTSA was integral to the maintenance of many supplemental programs at CVMS through the managing of the budget deficit over the last several years.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR EVENTS CVMS IS HOSTING THIS SCHOOL YEAR? CVMS hosts many amazing events throughout the school year. They are posted monthly on our website calendar scroll. Some highlights include our Spring Articulation Nights, August New Student (WEB) “Welcome Everybody!” Event, ASB


Friendship Week, Back to School Night, fall and spring concerts, Coffee Concerts, ASB Dances and Movie Night, ASB School Spirit Days, Spring Carnival, Multi-Media Students Film Festival Night, Club Days (we host over twenty clubs that meet weekly), Math Counts, Science Olympiad, Talent Show, Fall and Spring Plays, 8th Grade Promotion Exercises, and Career Day (to name a few).

WHAT DOES CVMS DO TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THEIR FUTURE AS PROFESSIONALS? CVMS’s well-rounded program, in conjunction with our feeder districts and award-winning high schools prepares students for the future. Implementation of Common Core State Standards

will help to ensure that students are prepared in all areas for what I like to call “13th grade” – whether it is college, career or both. Students in the Carmel Valley Learning Community enjoy many great successes. They are masters of the 4Cs: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication!

short years, they speak fondly at promotion of memories and friendships made at CVMS. Most extraordinary is watching them move on again, eager and unsure about the next adventure in high school. The CVMS staff and I take great pride in our confidence in every Bobcat student being well prepared for 9th grade.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDENTS’ TIME AT CVMS?

WHAT SPORTS ARE OFFERED TO STUDENTS OF CVMS?

Middle School is an extremely exciting time in a student’s life. It is very rewarding for us to see a student enter from elementary school at the inception of 7th grade. Most 7th graders are eager and unsure, yet at the same time ready for a new adventure. In two

opportunities offered include girls field hockey, boys basketball, wrestling (no cut), flag football, track and field (no cut), girls basketball, boys soccer, and girls soccer. We are proud of our Bobcat athletes! We value our partnership with The Boys and Girls Club.

Carmel Valley Bobcat teams are hosted through the adjacent/ shared use facility, Boys and Girls Club, Polster Branch. The Boys and Girls Club hosts three sports teams (two cut teams and one no-cut team) three times each school year. This is called the “Big Eight” sports

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PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE WIDE RANGE OF AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES THAT CVMS OFFERS. Carmel Valley Middle School’s robust program offers a variety of opportunities for everyone! Our elective program can be found online on our counseling site. Many electives are tied with our great activities. For instance, our ASB Leadership Program, under the direction of advisor, Holly Vermilyea organizes many activities tied to school spirit, such as our Spirit Week that includes student favorites: Bobcat Derby, Bobcat 500, The Amazing Race, Dance-Offs and Carnival Day. We offer a variety of before, during (lunchtime) and after-school programs for all students. Some examples include our Academic Power Hour, Math Tutorials, Intramural Sports Program, Club Program, Science Olympiad, Jazz Band, and Math Counts Programs.

CARMEL VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL AT-A-GLANCE School Name: Principal Assistant Principal Total # of Students: Grades Served: School Motto:

Carmel Valley Middle School Laurie Brady Adam Camacho 1,540 7 and 8 Carmel Valley Connects

wide range of activities to connect students to school.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT CVMS PUTS ON THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT STUDENTS LOOK FORWARD TO?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PARTAKE IN WITH STUDENTS?

Bobcat students love their school. Our students have so much to offer. They enjoy great friendships, academic rigor, fine arts, the thrill of competition and “just being a middle school kid.” Each day there are many curricular activities that are engaging and of value to our students. Many of our lesson are hands-on and of high interest to our students. Each day offers memorable learning experiences for our kids! We offer a

I thoroughly enjoy just being around kids. I love their energy, their sense of humor, and particularly their divergent thinking and creativity (especially at this age). The first things that come to mind when I hear this question are: watching kids interact at lunch (trying to look cool and confidant) and “chit chatting” with them, watching our music ensembles perform, watching our Jazz Band

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in the morning, watching kids film our Bobcat News Network (BNN) in front of the green screen, watching kids in drama (they love the fencing unit!), observing carefree creativity in art class, observing a bottle rocket launch in science class or a first run with a robot created in our Engineering elective. It is exciting to listen to kids discuss literature in English and connect themes to their own lives, seeing students from diverse backgrounds and languages work collaboratively in science or debate a “big idea” in Social Studies. I am also always amazed at our students’ (digital learners)


proficiency and know-how with technology – it is incredible to see. It has also been fun to talk to students in math classes this year as we roll out Common Core based lessons (characterized by deep and critical thinking). Talking to kids about their assessment regarding the “why” of an answer to a problem is pretty fun.

PLEASE TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW. I love the fine arts both in and outside the school setting. I am determined to spend a few periods with our phenomenal Physical Education Program this year and

run the Super Lap in under seven minutes – now that it is in writing, I have to do it! Both of my eldest children went to Earl Warren Middle School. They elected to stay there when we moved from Rancho Santa Fe to Carmel Valley. (They loved it so much, they didn’t want to leave.) It is a blessing that parents in 92130 can choose between two great middle schools!

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? This is a nice opportunity to

acknowledge our awesome Administrative Team, my partner, Assistant Principal, Adam Camacho and our Bobcat

Counseling Staff, Toni Zurcher and Karen Infantino. CVMS has a great community of parents, kids, and feeder districts, a supportive District Office and School Board, and, again, a phenomenal teaching and support staff. Our Front Office staff is the best I have ever worked with. Together, they are all what makes CVMS a remarkable school! This is also a great opportunity to thank our community for supporting improvements at our school through Prop AA. We are already enjoying more efficient and increased Network performance throughout our school. We are no longer “bogged down” trying

to access the Internet. This project was completed last month and has made all the difference for a technology-rich program! We are also very excited about the next Prop AA Project at CVMS as we finalize plans for the modernization of our Media Center! And, our students and community have enjoyed great excitement watching improvements at our high schools and anticipating the new Middle School in Pacific Highlands Ranch. This is a historical time for the community and the San Dieguito Union High School District! I am proud to be a part of it. 

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:::: MERCHANT PROFILE “I find it extremely rewarding to see the amazing progress my clients have made. It gives me great pleasure to help people change their lives.”

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journey to a healthier lifestyle. Shoshana, who has a social science degree in psychology, has also studied physiatrics in South Africa and is currently taking courses to better her holistic lifestyle coaching through the C.H.E.K Institute. Through her courses at the C.H.E.K. Institute, Shoshana gained thorough knowledge of designing eating plans, the effects of stress on the body, functional exercise and sleep/wake cycles. In addition to her ongoing wellness training, Shoshana also has personal experience with the challenges of healthy living. “I have always been interested in nutrition and exercise and keeping my weight down has been a lifelong challenge. I find it extremely rewarding to see the amazing progress my clients have made. It gives me great pleasure to help people change their lives,” revealed Shoshana. To find out more about Optimal Holistic Health email Shoshana at optimalholistichealth1@gmail.com or call 858-245-0144. 

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lthough adopting a healthier lifestyle is a choice that many people want to make, it can be challenging to know where to start. “At Optimal Holistic Health, I personalize an eating plan for my clients, take them grocery shopping so they can [better] understand nutritional labels and make healthy choices while shopping. I also help them remove unhealthy foods from their pantries and monitor their weight loss on a weekly basis,” explained Shoshana Gross, owner of Optimal Holistic Health. She is quick to point out that Optimal Holistic Health is not a diet, but a lifestyle plan that includes healthy eating, lots of exercise and getting enough sleep. Clients of Optimal Holistic Health receive eating plans that are based on

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the foods they like to eat. Each and every client completes a customized health questionnaire that assists Shoshana in creating an individualized health and wellness plan that fits their specific needs. “I prefer all fresh, natural food, such as organic, grass-fed meat and organic, free-range chicken and eggs,” related Shoshana. She also works with clients who may be struggling to lose weight by having them document all foods they eat during a three-day period. According to Shoshana, this helps her understand the areas in which her clients are having trouble and allows her to adjust their personalized eating plan accordingly. She is also available at any time to clients who have questions or need further support on their

At-A-Glance Name of Business: Optimal Holistic Health Owner/Manager: Shoshana Gross Years in Position: 1 Year of Establishment: 2013 Address: 12934 Seabreeze Farms Dr., San Diego, CA 92130 Email Contact: optimalholistichealth1@gmail.com Phone: 858-245-0144 Description of Business: Holistic lifestyle coaching focusing on making healthy lifestyle changes in regard to eating a gluten, dairy-free and soy-free diet with lots of exercise and the correct amount of sleep.

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AT-A-GLANCE Name of Nonprofit: We Are Coaches, Inc. Founder: Peg Windisch Year of Establishment: 1999 Websites: www.delmarsurfcamp.org and www.wearecoaches.com Phone: 760-436-1514 Email: peg@wearecoaches.com Description of Organization: We Are Coaches, Inc.’s mission is to empower North County children and families to develop skills relating to the ocean and water safety, art, and family team-building. Students from Art of Beading at Ocean Air Elementary

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he exclamation Outside! is surfers’ lingo for a large advancing wave. It means get ready. Peg Windisch, founder of We Are Coaches, Inc., is inspired by what’s “outside” and how well families feel they are prepared for the ocean and various other aspects of life. We are Coaches, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers recreation-oriented and family team building programs for children and families in North County with a common thread of empowerment, healthy relationships, and healthy lifestyles. “Children are so authentic and live in the moment,” said Peg Windisch, Teacher, who raised her own two daughters as a single mother. Now married, she continues to pursue her passions for nature and nurturing, helping others achieve fulfillment. “The core values in our programs are to empower our students to maintain healthy relationships and lifestyles, express creativity,

and to develop self-reliance while having fun,” she explained. We Are Coaches tailors its programs to meet specific needs of North County’s children through after-school art programs, swim lessons, ocean camps, individual and family surf lessons, other customized programs, and family relationship coaching and seminars. “Our coaches and teachers don’t focus on competition. There are lots of ways to be a winner – being a good friend, doing one’s personal best, and being an awesome team player,” explained Peg. During the school year, We Are Coaches provide after school enrichment and break camps from Carmel Valley to Carlsbad, in public and private schools. During summer break the beach environment beckons. Aqua-Adventures Ocean Strong Camps resume at Del Mar’s 15th Street Beach this summer. Through surfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddling, games and

safety lessons, the coaches support students in gaining competency in the ocean and on land. With a low student to child ratio, camps include the Sandpiper Camp for ocean newbies, the Beach and Surf Camp for beginner to advanced ocean-goers, and the Young Waterman for older kids with more ocean experience. They also offer Ocean Art Camp and the newest program, Ocean and Beach Fitness Camp. “We have a special place in our hearts for single-parent families,” added Windisch. She knows firsthand how overwhelming it can be to meet all the needs and desires in a single parent home. When it comes to affordability of summer camps, she assures parents that there are scholarships available for families in need. Windisch invites children to get outside this summer while feeling safe becoming strong in a team environment. On the shores of Del Mar, waves of joy will wash over participants who are building confidence and life skills simultaneously. ¢

“ We have a special place in our hearts for single-parent families.”

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SPRINGTIME WONDERLAND Blooms Abound at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

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id you know that ranunculus is Latin for “little frog”? You can “leap” into the new spring by visiting the largest collection of ranunculus flowers in San Diego: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad, a place that is very near and dear to the hearts of many San Diegans. March 1 marks the reopening of the fields, with a rolling hill of ranunculus blooms in every vibrant color you can imagine. There’s even a side that was arranged in red, white, and blue in the shape of the American flag. The time to see these blossoms is now, as the fields will only be open until Mother’s Day on May 11, wherein the flowers will be harvested for sale. There’s so much to do at the fields! Enjoy an antique tractor and wagon ride through the fields, or peruse the works of art made entirely of flowers in the Artist Gardens. The Sweet Pea Maze is a family delight, and you can take your chances at striking it rich at the Carlsbad Mining Company. Visit www.theflowerfields.com for more information. And to future brides, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad during season is the perfect time for a wedding, with the fields as a backdrop, and a real barn on the property for a truly unique reception. So, hop on over to The Flower Fields today, and get a taste of the famed ranunculus’ beauty. 

How Did The Flower Fields Begin? The history of the fields stretches back nearly 100 years. Luther Gage, an early settler in the 1920s, shared a ranunculus farm with Frank Frazee. As the 1950s rolled around, after fires and moving the farm, Frank’s son, Edwin, took up the mantle of his father’s trade, breeding “superior ranunculus bulbs” with a “double” petal structure. Edwin then expanded his farms to Carlsbad, where the flowers could bloom best in the mild climate. By 1993, Edwin retired, and Paul Ecke Jr. looked to create a tourist destination so that the fields could survive financially. Thus, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch was born, where people could not only come and enjoy the blooms at springtime, but also purchase the flowers.

Flower viewing isn’t the only thing you can do at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad! MARCH 30: Kid’s Day – Arts and crafts, face painting, and a visit from Ronald McDonald!

APRIL 20: Zydeco Day – The Bayou Brothers will be stopping by with plenty of Louisiana- inspired accordion music to create a memorable Easter.

APRIL 6: Canon Photography Workshop – Enjoy a free Macro Photography workshop, with special Cannon equipment to take out to the field.

APRIL 26: Blues Day – An afternoon of blues entertainment awaits you, featuring local musicians.

APRIL 6: Bluegrass Day – A day filled with bluegrass music and an arts and crafts celebration. APRIL 13: Red Hat Ladies’ Day and Style Show – The Flower Fields Red Hatters will present a Ladies Day and Style fashion show.

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MAY 10 – 11: Bonsai Show and Sale – Come see these unique plants at the Bonsai Exhibition and Sale. MAY 11: Mother’s Day Celebration – It’s the last day of the season, and it’s Mother’s Day! Bring your mom to the fields for a relaxing day among the blossoms.


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ombine Lian Price’s expertise in fitness and nutrition with her detailed and personalized approach, and you have the perfect formula set for achieving health and fitness goals and maintaining them for life. As the owner of WorkGrindFly™, Lian has been helping clients accomplish this for the last seven years. The mantra of WorkGrindFly™ may be described as doing more with less. Well aware of the busy schedules and the stressors of life, Lian’s goal is to create workout and nutrition programs that are tailored to each individual’s specific needs, and then make them fit seamlessly into their day-to-day lives. Her a la carte style of personal training allows clients to pick and choose from a menu of

offerings, such as one-on-one private training, small group and “buddy” training, in-home healthy food prep classes, monthly full body diagnostics, kitchen clean outs, fat furnace bootcamps, as well as other, customized options. Through this design, Lian and her clients construct a fitness program that will fit each individual schedule, goal and budget. “Many people do not want to stand in their kitchen for hours to make a healthy meal, or spend hours on the elliptical machine to lose weight. There is a faster, healthier and simpler way,” Lian explained. The a la carte model of WorkGrindFly™ has also been shown to improve more than just health. Client testimonies speak about being better parents, partners, and

colleagues as a result of their fitter selves. Lian has worked with people from many walks of life – doctors, lawyers, brides, moms, athletes, nurses, servers – and all have met their goals, despite time constraints and life circumstances. “Of course, having fun while getting fit is important too, and armed with proper knowledge, drive and compassion, that is exactly what we do,” Lian added. For Lian, the true joy of her work comes from the small but vital successes she sees each day. Those small steps add up over the months and the victories become evident. “I am so proud of and honored and humbled by the healthful journeys and success of my incredible clients,” Lian acknowledged. 

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aring for a severely autistic child can be frustrating, because it is sometimes difficult to reach out and understand that child. This is exactly what Carmel Valley yoga instructor, Eugenia Ortega, hopes to remedy by volunteering to teach yoga to severely autistic children at the Include Autism Center in Hillcrest. Her own 12-yearold son, Dante, the youngest of her four children, has severe autism, is non-verbal and hyperactive. Eugenia elaborated, “Living with autism is extremely hard for the whole family. Teaching yoga to Dante and his buddies is a little something that I can do and it is so rewarding. Yes, sometimes it seems like they don’t pay any attention, or when they do a pose it may look very different, but what’s important to me is to make a connection and give them encouragement for the strength they have and for the courage to live with such a great challenge.” Crediting her faith with her fortitude, Eugenia admitted, “Although we don’t have it easy at all, we keep pushing forward with the grace of God.” Having grown up in Tijuana, Mexico with a severely mentally challenged brother, Eugenia inevitably displays patience and understanding towards those with special needs. Aside from volunteering at the Include Autism Center, Eugenia is also active at her church (the San Diego Church of Christ), and she helps out at the TERI Learning Academy in Oceanside, a school geared specifically for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Having received her yoga teaching certification two years ago, Eugenia looks forward to the grand opening of the Women’s Elite Yoga Studio in La Jolla, which she will be a part of. She also enjoys working out at the Pacific Athletic Club, taking classes at Sculpt Fusion Yoga, strolling through the Del Mar Heights Mall and running on the beach. As someone who “follows her heart,” Eugenia’s ultimate wish is for Carmel Valley to eventually establish its own center where autistic children can do yoga and other activities. Eugenia added, “We want our community to know that people with severe autism live here. If you see someone throwing themselves onto the floor, jumping, screaming or acting different, give them a smile and show compassion. I also welcome anyone to contact me who would be willing to volunteer with me!” ¢ Name: Community: Volunteer Afilliation: Profession: Husband: Children: Hobbies: Local Spots:

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team make an effort to help every patient feel hen Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi decided comfortable. “Every member of my practice to establish her own dental practice goes through extensive training to be able to she wanted its focus to be on oral perform their job in my office,” noted health care of children and adolescents, with Dr. Sharafi. “Dental Assistants are certified an emphasis on creating great smiles. “The in their field and they are super kind to our motivation [to start my practice] was based patients. They communicate very effectively on my education, from extensive training to the children and we in children with dental “Our state of the art dental use a special method to cavities, and orthodontic communicate with our training in children with offices in both Del Mar and young children to ease all kinds of dental habits, Escondido locations provide their dental experience kids with special needs Pediatric and Orthodontic in our office.” and children with fears of As for the parent’s dentists,” elaborated services for children, teenagers experience, Dr. Sharafi Dr. Sharafi. With a degree and young adults. We even replied, “We educate from Tufts University treat some of the parents of our parents on the oral School of Dental children in our office too.” health of their children, Medicine, a dental degree spend time to go over in pediatric dentistry, and their dental treatment needs, and doctor’s several certifications on orthodontic treatment availability on emergency treatments. We offer of children and teenagers, Dr. Sharafi opened various dental options on treating a child with Del Mar Pediatric & Adolescents Dental Group special needs.” in 2006, and has since helped it to become a The team at Del Mar Pediatric & stand-out dental practice in 92130. Adolescents Dental Group is especially “I am very familiar with growth and proud of its state-of-the-art facility. “From development of children’s dentitions of all the beginning of our practice, we have ages,” said Dr. Sharafi. Accepting patients implemented every possible equipment that as young as six-months-old, she and her

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makes the child comfortable,” explained Dr. Sharafi. “. . . TVs on the ceiling, and digital x-rays which reduces radiation 90% than the average x-ray machine. We have computerized anesthesia. We use the latest laser machine to ease the dental procedures for children.” Dr. Sharafi and her team maintain close ties to the community. “We have performed complimentary dental screenings and cleanings for underprivileged families with dental needs,” explained Dr. Sharafi. “We also raffle free dental services or a Sonicare tooth brush, as well as give tooth brushes to military troops.” Dr. Sharafi has even gone the extra mile, and participates every year in free dental clinics for children with no access to dental care.  SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT


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2011, then 17-year-old Griffin Jimenez and his friend J.J. Brull, decided to start a unique basketball league for kids in 92130. Griffin cited that they had the energy, the players from high school to help coach, and new coaching philosophies to mold their ideal basketball league. Falcons Elite debuted with two teams and twenty-one players in their first season, and have grown to 114 players on twelve teams this past winter season. Griffin is currently a freshman at USC, which prevents him from coaching as much as he used to, but he still wears many hats, from

scheduling to uniforms and finances. Despite the physical distance from Falcons Elite, Griffin and J.J. communicate weekly, and Griffin coaches when he’s in town. “It’s a coordinated effort to keep everything running smoothly while I’m more than a hundred miles away, but if you ask our parents and players, I think they’d say we’re doing a great job given the situation,” said Griffin. The mission of Falcons Elite remains the same as it grows: have fun and stay positive. Griffin mentioned that while winning is great, they want to prepare the kids for the next level

of basketball in their lives. Speaking of winning, Falcons Elite recently celebrated their first San Diego Sol League championships, with their 6th grade Gold Team and 8th grade White Team sweeping in their age groups. “I could go on and on,” Griffin joked, “but the bottom line is our growth in only two and a half years is astounding, and it wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t care about the quality of our program, the positivity of our atmosphere or the genuine passion we have for coaching basketball.” For more information on Falcons Elite Basketball visit www.falconselitebasketball.com. ¢

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:::: HEALTHY LIVING

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

Myth: Over-the-counter (OTC or nonprescription) medicines are just as effective as prescription medicines.

Fact: “OTC antihistamines can help control some allergy symptoms like

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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roject Wildlife, a nonprofit organization, serves as the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and conservation education in San Diego County. The organization cares for sick, injured, and abandoned wildlife throughout the County and then ensures that healthy animals are released back to the wild. Educating the public about wildlife interactions is another part of their mission, as they can have a major positive impact on the lives of wild animals.

Sick, Injured or Orphaned The first thing to remember is that wildlife generally view humans as a threat. So even if you are trying to help, too much handling or commotion can lead to undue stress on an animal. Watch to be sure the animal really is sick, injured, or orphaned and then act. When assisting the animal, stay calm. Bring the animal to a licensed rehabilitation center. If you are handling the animal yourself, wear gloves or use a towel and place the animal in a container with air holes.

frequented by coyotes. Also, ensuring trash can lids are tight, not leaving pet food outside and sealing access to garages or crawl spaces will help avoid unwanted wild animal visitors. If these efforts fail to keep wildlife out of your home or backyard, there are also some simple and safe deterrents you can try. These include using chili powder on plants, and installing motion-sensitive lights. Humane wildlife extraction is also an option. Humane exclusion encourages wild animals to leave and not to return without the use of pesticides.

Feeding Animals Avoid feeding wild animals as that teaches them to associate humans with a food source. This act causes wildlife to become too tame and lose their self-protecting fear of people.

Resident Wildlife

If you find an injured or abandoned animal, do not attempt to keep the animal yourself. Its best chance for survival is to get it to a licensed rehab facility like Project Wildlife as soon as possible.

Some wild animals live close to residential areas and may enter yards in search of food or water. Pets should never be left in unattended areas

For more information go to www.projectwildlife.org. ¢

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A Cyber High School Story

HIGH SCHOOL STORY APP HELPS VICTIMS OF CYBERBULLYING

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a world where cyberbullying exists, actions don’t always speak louder than words. Sometimes all it takes is a text. With over half of our society’s teenagers dealing with cyberbullying, it’s easy to see how cruel or embarrassing messages can lead to harmful effects like depression and loneliness. However, Torrey Pines High School alumni Oliver Miao has begun to change this. He has found a way to educate and inform students about anti-bullying resources on a large scale. Oliver is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios, and the creator of High School Story, an app which teaches students about cyberbullying. Pixelberry partnered with the The Cybersmile Foundation, a cyberbullying charity, to create an anti-bullying quest in the app. The quest teaches players how to overcome cyberbullying and directs them to anti-bullying resources. Every week over one hundred High School Story players reach out to Cybersmile. These are players who are often being bullied, self-hurting, or are thinking about suicide. “Teens spend huge amounts of time playing games, and it’s wonderful to be able

to provide the help, support and resources that they need to deal with cyberbullying through High School Story,” said Cybersmile Founder Scott Freeman. Since then, Pixelberry has donated over $100,000 to Cybersmile to help the organization reach out to more victims. “High school is a transformative time in many people’s lives – making friends, exploring hobbies, as well dealing with serious

life events like cyber bullying, applying to college and more,” said Oliver. “We felt that enabling players to build their dream school from the ground up was a perfect way to make learning and handling these experiences fun.” And with an engaging, interactive virtual high school campus, High School Story definitely has students looking forward to spending time in cyber space school. ¢

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Conserve, Conserve, Conserve! By SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS

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vote by the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors in February was unanimous and the message was clear: conserve, conserve, conserve. Drought conditions in parts of California are as bad as they have been in a century. As the county’s representative to the Water Authority, I joined my colleagues from twenty-four member agencies in support of furthering conservation. The directors’ vote initiated the agency’s Water Shortage and Drought Response Plan to conserve as much stored water as possible so it can be made available where it is needed most. Last activated in 2007, the plan is designed to preserve the water held in storage and to minimize the impacts of supply challenges. The board also approved alerting all of its member agencies that the region is at Level 1 Drought Watch. That means that water district officials must identify specific actions necessary for their communities, such as repairing leaks quickly, limiting irrigation to the evening and early-morning hours and expanding use of recycled and non-potable water. As we lay plans to conserve, we can feel good about our track

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record. San Diego County has reduced its water consumption by 27% since 2007, even though our population has increased. The Water Authority, to its credit, has greatly expanded the county’s storage capacity and has made capital investments and negotiated agreements to diversify the sources of our water portfolio. Since January, when I took over as the county’s water board representative, I have toured the Colorado River Aqueduct and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay Delta. Those trips drove home an important point: that most of the water we consume travels great distances, and at great cost, to reach us. And when water flows from our faucets, it’s no accident. To maintain our quality of life for our homes, businesses and farms, we must continue to diversify our supplies and to expand water recycling and reuse. And of course, conservation is key. To learn more about how to conserve water visit the Water Authority’s website at www.sdcwa.org. ¢ Dave Roberts represents the Third District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.


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The Appropriate Role for Cash in Your Portfolio by Richard H. Fogg, CFP®

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here’s an old saying in financial circles that “cash is king.” The actual meaning of this phrase varies depending on the context. Some investors appeared to buy into this philosophy during the market’s turbulent period from 2007 to 2009, and moved significant sums of money out of stock and bond investments and into cash-equivalent holdings like money market funds and bank CDs. That may have provided some short-term protection. But, as many are finding out in light of the stock market’s recovery over the last five years, holding too much cash can have a negative effect on long-term investment results. Cash can be an effective tool within a portfolio – but typically when used in a strategic way to help achieve long-term goals, not as a hiding place when the market is going through its inevitable downturns. The appropriate role for cash in your portfolio should be dictated by your investment goals. Here are some guidelines.

CASH DURING YOUR ACCUMULATION YEARS If you have years to let your money grow to meet future needs (retirement, tuition costs etc.), cash may play only a minor role in your portfolio. The appropriate percentage depends on your circumstances. One way people choose to invest their cash is by dollar cost averaging. Instead of investing a single lump sum all at once, you invest smaller amounts of money at

regular intervals (no matter how the market is performing). This strategy can’t guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. But, over time your average cost per share is likely to be less than the average market share price.

CASH FOR AN INCOME PORTFOLIO Cash will typically play a more significant role for those in retirement who are drawing income from their portfolio. The key is to manage

cash appropriately. Given today’s low yields on money market funds and CDs, keeping too much money in cash may limit the amount of income you can afford to withdraw from your portfolio. One approach is to place a portion of your portfolio into cash or other short-term investments that have little or no risk of fluctuating in value. Another strategy is to set aside enough money to meet two-to-three years of income needs (in addition to other sources of income you have such as Social Security or a pension). Many people find that actively investing some of their money in the market may help them keep up with inflation or provide extra income. But, it varies for everyone. The types of investments you have and how much you choose to invest depends on your situation. In today’s low interest rate environment, it is more important than ever that you pay close to attention to the percentage of your assets held in cash-equivalent investments. Think about meeting with a local financial advisor to determine how to best manage the cash in your portfolio. ¢

Richard Fogg, CFP®, and his team know clients appreciate and value their unique individualized approach, experienced advice, and the outstanding level of personal service they receive. If you are looking for a financial advisor and a relationship based on loyalty and knowledgeable advice, they welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss your specific situation confidentially.

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:::: REAL ESTATE WATCH

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he 2013 San Diego Housing Summary can be summarized in two separate-six month intervals. During the first half of 2013 low inventory and low interest rates created bidding wars pushing home prices upward! During the second half, the frenzy subsided because of sudden interest rate hikes. Mortgage delinquencies have dropped and the worst of the distressed housing problem appears to be over. The economy is trending upward and unemployment is trending downward! What can we expect for 2014? Low inventories have always supported rising prices, and once inventories gradually stabilize, pricing should return to traditional levels. With these rising prices more homeowners have returned to positive equity. Meanwhile, mortgage rates, while a little bit higher, are still historically low. Moreover, with the advent of rising home prices, lenders may loosen credit standards and make loans more affordable. New home construction is at fifty-year low, enticing builders to start construction.

We’ve seen this unfolding. Building permits approved in San Diego County have risen 43% since 2012. November 2013 saw more permits issued since the recovery in 2008. Finally, we’ve been seeing a trend regarding sellers. The baby boomers are moving down into smaller, retirement homes and the Millennials are moving up into their dream homes, to raise their families and build equity. It’s a great time to be a seller! Call or email us at 858-243-5278 or dan@conwayre.com for more information about how we can sell your home for top dollar. ¢

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4982 Gunston Ct

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4

3,307

1,270,000

5844 Cape Jewels Trl

4

3

2,056

853,000

5513 Havenridge Wy

5

4

3,094

1,300,000

3771 Ruette San Raphael St

4

3

2,734

862,000

5033 Pearlman Wy

5

5

3,521

1,330,000

5839 Cape Jewels Trl

4

3

2,453

865,000

4693 Corte Mar Del Corazon

5

4

3,277

1,330,000

5252 Vista Del Dios

4

3

2,302

865,000

13114 Winstanley Wy

5

5

3,708

1,400,000

4449 Vereda Luna Llena

4

3

2,227

880,000

5104 Seagrove Ct

6

5

3,900

1,425,000

13835 Kerry Ln

5

5

3,346

900,000

5029 Seachase Wy

5

5

3,656

1,480,000

3988 San Augustine

4

3

2,523

925,000

4889 Bayliss Ct

4

5

4,008

1,500,000

4838 Riding Ridge Rd

4

3

2,449

930,000

5299 Foxhound Wy

5

5

4,621

1,500,000

4633 Vereda Luz Del Sol Rd

3

3

2,683

939,000

5457 Harvest Run Dr

5

5

3,827

1,615,000

5294 Caminito Vista Lujo

5

4

2,935

940,000

13379 Glencliff Wy

4

4

3,659

1,625,000

5657 Willowmere Ln

5

3

2,607

945,000

5403 Castillo Gln

5

6

3,922

1,850,000

13004 Chambord Wy

4

3

2,724

945,000

14079 Caminito Vistana

5

6

5,644

1,900,000

4834 Yearling Glen Rd

4

3

2,402

954,000

13150 Caminito Mendiola

5

7

5,712

2,100,000

12469 Carmel Park Dr

4

3

2,665

965,000

5585 Meadows Del Mar

4

5

5,850

2,225,000

5483 White Oak Ln

4

3

2,726

965,000

14010 Rancho Vista Bend

4

5

6,089

2,775,000

3489 Overpark Rd

4

3

2,554

980,000

5074 Del Mar Mesa Rd

4

5

5,418

2,803,000

3703 Torrey View Ct

4

4

2,541

1,035,000

4760 Rancho Del Mar Trl

6

9

12,028

6,700,000

13395 Jarman Pl

4

3

2,538

1,037,500

(complete list of homes sold in 92130 at www.92130magazine.com)

Information considered reliable, but not guaranteed. Please check with a licensed real estate professional for more information. Not all sales are listed.

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