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STUDENT STAR

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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BGCSD DEBUTS TEEN CENTER

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BLUE ANGEL SNOW YOUTH SKI AND SNOWBOARD PROGRAM

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Angela Bushman

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NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS

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PALOMAR HEALTH

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HEALTH PROFILE

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STUDIO WEST & THE RECORDING ARTS CENTER

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SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER VOL. 7, NO. 5 TM

‘Tis the Season of Family Traditions

P U B L I S HE R

Derrick Breaux V P O F O P E R AT I O NS

Jessica Breaux D IRE C TO R O F B U SINE S S DE V E LO PME NT

Melodie Ortiz Nungesser

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omewhere along the way, I got the reputation in my family as being somewhat of a bah humbug during the holidays. My wife and children are quick to point out my lack of interest in holiday decorating and gift wrapping. But the reality is that I absolutely love the holidays – especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. And even though I may act like hunting for that perfect tree does not interest me, it’s just an act (but I think my family may be on to me since I really love everything about it). So, I’ll have to continue complaining a little in order to keep up the façade. The fact is that I love the tradition that the holidays bring. I love the buildup, the preparation, and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays. Life can bring a lot of changes, but one thing that has been important to my wife and me is continuing the family tradition. And having everyone together warms our hearts. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any of the other holidays that we celebrate, everyone in the family knows where we are going to be and who will be there. They look forward to it, and they expect it. As crazy as it sounds, we know what food will be served and who will prepare each dish (for each holiday). It works this Derrick Breaux way. It’s our family tradition. And although Southern Publisher California winter holidays may entail swimsuits and sunscreen instead of bulky coats, I wouldn’t change a thing – nor would they. So, if you hear me whining about decorating the Christmas tree or hanging lights around the house, just know that it’s all part of an act (sort of my own unconventional tradition). But let’s be sure to keep this as our little secret. I don’t want my wife and kids to know that I’m really a softy when it comes to the holidays. If they knew the truth, I’d have to do a lot more decorating and wear one of those silly holiday hats (sorry, that’s not gonna happen!).

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From urban craft distilleries to abundant green vineyards, San Diego’s local wine and spirits scene has something for every palate. Learn more in our Wine & Spirits Guide.

S TAY I N F O R M E D . S TAY C O N N E C T E D .

BOCCEFEST SUCCESS

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club’s 22nd annual event raises $42,000 for youth programs.

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The Beach & Country Guild supports United Cerebral Palsy San Diego through its annual luncheon and other events. For more information and articles visit www.delsolmagazine.com.

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PEDALING FOR A CURE

RSF residents Bill and Amy Koman work to help accelerate cures for cancer through their Padres Pedal the Cause event.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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JAN. 1

CCA Envision Festival of the Arts

New Year’s Day

Free of charge; permission slip required; ages 6-12 1 – 2 p.m. | Ocean Air Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov

Join CCA for their annual exposition of visual arts, film, dance, humanities, musical, and theatrical performances; tickets available at the door 3 – 8 p.m. | Canyon Crest Academy www.cca-envision.org DEC. 11

Christmas Community Event Meet Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and treats, and art and dance performances by local students; attendees are invited to donate a toy to Toys for Tots 5 – 7 p.m. Del Mar Highlands Town Center www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

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Kid’s Night Out Drop off your little ones for nearly five hours of snacks, crafts, games, dinner, and a movie; $18 per child 5 – 9:30 p.m. Carmel Valley Recreation Center To register call 858-552-1616 JAN. 18

Senior Luncheon

Free dinner, games and activities, train rides, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, and a showing of The Polar Express (G) Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Carmel Valley Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov DEC. 24

Christmas Eve

Winter Break Del Mar Union School District Solana Beach School District San Dieguito High School District DEC. 25

Christmas Day DEC. 26

Kwanzaa Begins DEC. 31

New Year’s Eve

Free activities including crafts, sports, and other seasonal and cultural programs for children ages 6-12; permission slip required 2 – 3 p.m. | Ocean Air Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov THURSDAYS

Toastmasters – HiFi Speakers Learn to speak with confidence and poise in front of an audience 12 – 1 p.m. | 3661 Valley Centre Dr., Suite 400 www.hifispeakers.toastmastersclubs.org

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2nd Thursdays | 7 p.m. Mount Carmel Church of the Nazarene For more information call Dael at 619-252-0804

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Afterschool Recreation Program

Free lunch, cards, and board games for ages 50 and up 12:30 – 3 p.m. Carmel Valley Recreation Center To register call 858-552-1616

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Dinner and a Movie with Santa

Afterschool Homework Club

Visits with Santa Various days and times Del Mar Highlands Town Center www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization Meeting

2ND THURSDAYS

Del Mar Mesa Planning Board Meeting 7 – 9 p.m. Carmel Valley Branch Library www.cvsd.com 4TH THURSDAYS

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Meeting No meeting in December 7 p.m. | Carmel Valley Branch Library www.cvsd.com

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S P O R T S R E G I S T R AT I O N & A N N O U N C E M E N T S BADMINTON

SKATEBOARDING

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Open Play Badminton

Carmel Valley Skate Park

10th Annual Warrior Spirit 5K Run/Walk

Days and times vary Ocean Air Recreation Center Carmel Valley Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov

10 a.m. – Dusk | 12600 El Camino Real www.sandiego.gov

Support the Mitchell Thorp Foundation and children battling life-threatening medical conditions Registration now open Event Date: Feb. 2 8:30 a.m. | Poinsettia Park www.mitchellthorp.org

SOCCER BASEBALL

Del Mar Little League Spring Season Registration open through mid-December www.delmaramerican.org

San Diego Football Academy A community-based soccer program providing players ages 5-19 with physical training, academic support, and social development info@sdfacademy.com www.sdfacademy.com

BASKETBALL

Open Play Basketball

SOFTBALL

Days and times vary Ocean Air Recreation Center Carmel Valley Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov

North Shore Girls Softball Spring Season

PICKLEBALL

Open Play Tennis Courts

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TENNIS

Open Play Pickleball Days and times vary Ocean Air Recreation Center Carmel Valley Recreation Center www.sandiego.gov

Mondays – Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Carmel Valley Community Park www.sandiego.gov

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igh school senior Jordi Bertrán is a true renaissance man. Jordi, age 16, is currently a senior at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. His interests and talents are varied. He is an athlete, an actor, and an engineer. During his sophomore year, Jordi had the opportunity to study for a semester abroad in the Bahamas at the Island School, a transformative program for high school students that focuses on experiential learning and sustainable engineering, all the while honing critical thinking skills and community building. “Every day varied in its content, yet each was equally exhausting,” explained Jordi. Students were assigned to a research project – either engineering pyrolysis systems (systems that turn plastic waste into fuel) or studying the migration of bull sharks. It was here that Jordi learned about the biochar/biofertilizer project. “Biological charcoal is highly porous, allowing for nutrients and micronutrients to cling onto it. Our charcoal was made with coconut husks that take several years to decompose,” Jordi said. This fascinated him, even after he returned home. “I knew I wanted to use biochar to mitigate the effects of the drought in Southern California. I began to use an invasive reed in the Torrey Pines area for my char and studied the water retention with different staple crops.” He hopes to continue work on this project after his college applications have been submitted. In addition to engineering, Jordi loves the arts. He does

filmmaking, recently branching out into documentaries. He is also a professional actor and has performed at the Old Globe Theatre four times. While he loves performing Shakespeare, he also enjoys musicals. When not doing engineering work or acting, Jordi can be found playing sports. He plays water polo in the fall and runs hurdles in the spring. Additionally, he is involved with the gardening and sustainability club at school, where they have built hydroponic and aquaponics systems, as well as rebooted the old garden.

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BGCSD’S POLSTER CLUBHOUSE DEBUTS TEEN CENTER

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he Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s (BGCSD) Polster Clubhouse in Carmel Valley recently debuted a new Teen Center, made possible by a generous donation from Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The teenonly space serves over 40 registered seventh and eighth graders from Carmel Valley and Pacific Trails Middle Schools, and features new furniture, computer workstations, a

“The Center provides a positive environment for students to learn, make new friends, and develop good character and leadership skills.” ping-pong and shuffleboard table, and an entertainment/video game center. The Center provides a positive environment for students to learn, make new friends, and develop good character and leadership skills. Programming at the Teen Center

includes Power Hour, a high-yield learning and tutoring program that provides a dedicated time and space for club members to study, do homework, and get the academic support they need. Teens will also have the opportunity to participate in the Boys & Girls

Clubs of America’s National Fine Art Exhibit program, community service activities, and experiential learning STEAM activities. “With the support of Del Mar Highlands Town Center, we are able to ensure that Great Futures Start Here!” said BGCSD Chief Executive Officer Marineke Vandervort. “We hope to strengthen this relationship for the benefit of all youth in our community.” As the longest-serving youth organization in the San Diego community, BGCSD is dedicated to providing positive activities to develop the education, health, self-esteem, and character of youth. BGCSD has seven clubhouses in Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach, serving over 6,500 members. Learn more at www.bgcsandieguito.org. 

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armel Valley’s Angela Bushman started her career as a CPA, but she considers her most important job – the one that has truly created the person Angela has become in business and as a human – being a stay-at-home mother to three children. “Through my ‘motherhood career,’” she smiled, “I developed a better understanding of relationships, borders and boundaries, unconditional love, self-love, and, as any mother can attest to, the skill and handling of multiple creative projects at once!” Angela has been utilizing these career skills in spades, first creating a business as an intuitive empowerment coach, then branching out as an artist and writer. “Throughout our lives we find times that we look for personal growth, inspiration, and opportunities to learn from,” she affirmed. “I realized that we can be supported or inspired on this journey through many things.” To generate understanding, healing, and life appreciation, Angela teaches many modalities of inspiration with her intuitive empowerment clients. They might practice close reading of a book, examinations of color and movement by experiencing art in multiple ways, or maybe sitting down with a coach for deep subconscious exploration. She enjoys the creation and investigation of these modalities to support others through all their different senses. After her own life lessons kept reappearing in her empowerment sessions, she knew writing them down could help others connect with their own journeys. Angela’s first book, A Soul’s Journey Home, is her own story of personal growth and reflection, and has become a tool for others to relate to and use to face their own fears and doubts. Although she’s always had an appreciation for art, Angela never considered herself an artist until she started playing with abstract painting as an emotional release. While writing A Soul’s Journey, Angela used painting when words were too difficult to express or seemed limiting, and since then has progressed from smaller pieces in a watercolor medium to much larger canvases using acrylics. “My artwork is currently represented at the Michael Seewald Gallery at the Del Mar Plaza,” Angela confirmed. The “newest baby” in Angela’s creative arsenal is her jewelry line, the next artistic tool she can share with others. Angela Bushman’s love of her Carmel Valley surroundings shines through in everything she does: “I love exploring different groups and opportunities to be involved with the community here, as well as creatively offering my own.” 

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STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS

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wo Carmel Valley residents, Jerry Qu and Athena Tsu, who are seniors at The Bishop’s School, were among the 16,000 students named as 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. More than 1.6 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools across the United States entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Jerry Qu Qualifying Test. Of the 50,000 highest scorers, approximately 16,000 were named semifinalists. Roughly 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level in February, competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling $32 million that will be offered in the spring. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their academic abilities, skills, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in college and beyond. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition Athena Hsu for recognition and scholarships conducted by the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Since its founding “Scholarship winners are in 1955, NMSC has chosen based on their academic recognized over 3 million students throughout the abilities, skills, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for country and provided more than 423,000 success in college and beyond.” National Merit, National Achievement, and special scholarships worth over $1.7 billion. For more information about the program go to www.nationalmerit.org. 

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HIP REPLACEMENT GIVES PAMPLEMOUSSE CHEF MORE TIME IN THE KITCHEN

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uilding one of San Diego’s most successful restaurants took a lot of hard work and skill but also took its toll on Pamplemousse Grille owner and executive chef Jeffrey Strauss. “Being on my feet 12 to 15 hours a day… it finally caught up with me,” Strauss said as he walked the same kitchen floor he’s walked the past 21 years. Last June, Strauss finally relented to the bone-on-bone pain in his leg and had hip replacement surgery at Palomar Medical Center Poway, the second busiest joint replacement hospital in California. As a celebrity chef, Strauss had his pick of hospitals and physicians but he chose the nationally recognized Orthopedic and Spine Center at Palomar Medical Center Poway and Dr. Brad Cohen. The hip replacement surgery lasted one hour and consisted of placing a metal rod inside the femur and connecting it to a ceramic ball and cup placed inside the hip capsule. Within two hours after surgery, the medical team at Palomar Medical Center Poway had Strauss up and walking. “After surgery, you are kind of loopy so I was shocked when they came into my room and said, ‘let’s go for a walk.’” Strauss said. Getting patients up and walking is part of Palomar Health’s pain management program that aims to reduce medications (especially opiates), speed recovery,

and reduce pain. In fact, the Orthopedic and Spine Center has one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the nation for pain management. Strauss was out of the hospital the following day and back to work in less than three weeks. Within five months of surgery Strauss was catering one of the largest horse races in the world, the Breeder’s Cup, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, across the street from Pamplemousse, and walking 25 flights of stairs. He’s already preparing to have his other hip replaced sometime soon. 

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Palomar Health helped Pamplemousse executive chef and owner Jeffrey Strauss get back on his feet in time for the Breeder’s Cup

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COMMUNITY STUFF

VOC Foundation’s 10th World Symposium

The Vision of Children (VOC) Foundation, founded by Fairbanks Ranch residents Sam and Vivian Hardage, recently hosted its 10th World Symposium, bringing together scientists, doctors, and families from throughout the U.S., England, Germany, and Spain to present and discuss the latest vision research findings. The foundation has cultivated a reliable network of researchers from various institutions to invite each year, establishing an environment of trust and a spirit of problem solving in the hopes of finding a cure. Families directly impacted by genetic vision disorders were also given the unique opportunity to listen and learn from some of the most advanced minds in vision research, providing them with comfort, hope, and answers. The program also included dinner, entertainment by VOC’s own Vision Hero Joel Gomez, and presentation of the Vision of Children Leadership Award to Phil and Barbara Huffman. For more information visit www.visionofchildren.org.

Theatre of Peace Combats Bullying Theatre of Peace (TOP), a division of the local nonprofit Act Like You Matter, Inc., is working to combat bullying by empowering young people to find their voice and change the way their generation treats each other. TOP is a troupe of 35 actors ages 11 to 19 who travel to schools in Southern California to run anti-bullying assemblies and workshops that help students build resilience and stand up for themselves and others. TOP Director Amy Jones Anichini and eight TOP members recently presented their Baffle Away Bullying! Interactive Stage Play for K-3rd – based on the book Baffle That Bully!, written by Amy and her daughter Chase – at the 15th Annual International Bullying Prevention Conference in San Diego. Since 2015, TOP has worked with over 5,000 students and more than 200 educators in seven school districts. TOP currently offers four age-appropriate programs for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12, which vary in content, language, and acting intensity depending on the age group. To learn how to get involved visit www.actlikeyoumatter.org.

Local Author Releases Newest Book Local author Kathy Cooperman recently penned a novel called The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield, a fun, witty story of friendship and romance that also looks at San Diego’s public education system. The book centers on Maggie Mayfield, a pragmatic but idealistic principal at an elementary school in Carmel Valley. To keep her cash-strapped school afloat and avoid layoffs, Maggie accepts a deal from Silicon Valley’s hottest for-profit education company, requiring her students to beta-test their program. When things take a turn for the worse, Maggie and her assistant Diane must salvage the good – by going a little bad. Kathy is an ex-improv comic, a recovering attorney, and a mother of four. She is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Crimes Against a Book Club. Both of her books are available on Amazon.

DMSEF Fundraises for STEAM+ The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) is continuing to work towards its goal of raising $1.8 million by June 2019 in order to fund fully credentialed STEAM+ specialists to teach science, technology, engineering, art, music, and physical education in all eight elementary schools in the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD). DMSEF is a parent-run nonprofit with a core mission of providing all children in DMUSD equal opportunities for enriching educational experiences. “I volunteer my time to DMSEF because I am passionate about education and want our kids to have the very best possible experience,” said Samantha Madhosingh, DMSEF President and Chairman. “They need a robust STEAM+ curriculum in addition to all the wonderful teaching they get from their classroom teachers.” DMSEF board member Ryan Gordon agreed that STEAM+ programs are “critical to the development of compassionate and morally intelligent young members of our community.” To learn more about how to support DMSEF visit www.dmsef.org.

10th Annual Mitchell Thorp 5K The San Diego community is invited to attend the 10th Annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. The event will include a patriotic skydive demonstration, three live bands along the route, DJ warm-ups and dance contest, San Diego Padres Friar and Pad Squad, vendors, Family Fun Festival with games, prizes, bounce houses, food, and activities for the entire family. The annual event is MTF’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting local families and children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. MTF was founded after 16-year-old Mitchell Thorp passed away from an undiagnosed illness. “Through our own personal journey with our dear son, Mitchell, we know firsthand the heartache that parents face when their child is diagnosed with a critical illness,” said MTF Co-founder Beth Thorp. “When communities of willing and giving hearts come together, miracles do happen.” For more information go to www.mitchellthorp.org.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NEIGHBORHOOD P H A R M A C Y

PURECARE PHARMACY PROVIDES QUALITY SERVICE AND PERSONALIZED CARE TO THE COMMUNITY by BECCA BARR | photos by Jessica Breaux

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n a time where big-box stores have become commonplace, it’s easy for customers to feel anonymous and unimportant. PureCare Pharmacy, a new establishment in Carmel Valley, hopes to change that. Their mission is to focus on customer service, and to make sure each patient receives the highest quality personalized care. As a familyowned business, they aim to make their customers feel valued. “We are welcoming and friendly. We look to get to know everyone on a personal level because you are our neighbor and we want to serve you,” shared owner Mina Said. To that end, they go out of their way to get to know their patients and ensure quality service. “Our goal is to make this part of your life smooth and easy by providing free delivery, little wait times, and being 24 • 92130MAGAZINE.COM • December 2018 | January 2019

tech savvy with our mobile app and our website,” said Mina. “Most importantly, since this is a family-owned independent pharmacy, we are not bound by any corporate bureaucracy. This allows us to take care of our patients’ needs and resolve any therapy issues to the best of our ability with more flexibility and less hassle. You are able to discuss your health with a professional that will listen and care.” A major misconception is the cost of prescriptions at independent pharmacies compared to big chains, but it’s your insurance company that sets your copay price. PureCare Pharmacy offers the same copays for prescriptions and competitive prices for over the counter products as chain pharmacies – but they don’t just dispense medications and vaccinations. Here you will find specialized skin care products that are SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT


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only sold in certain health care venues, such as Avene, Dr. Hauschka, Nuxe, and Sothys. They also sell quality vitamins and supplements, including OrthoMolecular, Metagenics, and Pure Encapsulations. All products are available with short wait times and personalized care that you would not find at larger chain pharmacies. PureCare Pharmacy also offers many extra amenities. They plan on providing direct patient care on medication therapy, and will be able to provide both routine and travel vaccinations. They will also be running health talks in the community “W E A LWAYS CA R RY A VA R IET Y with professional speakers. Finally, O F VAC C I N E S , AND CUR R ENTLY they will have the ability to do pointof-care lab testing for their patients. H AV E T HE S HI N GR IX VACCINE IN All pharmacists are highly STO CK . W HI LE S U PPLIES LAST.” trained with doctorates of Pharmacy (PharmD). Two of their staff are Advanced Practice Pharmacists, a highly specialized focus. With Saturday hours, a wide repertoire of care, and a focus on the individual, patients can be sure of quality service at PureCare Pharmacy. “We know that taking medications and dealing with medical conditions isn’t easy. We want this part of your life to run smoothly so this is one less worry for you,” explained Mina. “We want our community to know that we are taking great care of them, both on a dispensing level and on a clinical level.” 

AT-A- G L A N C E Owner: Mina Said Years in Position: 10 Year of Establishment: 2018 Address: 5550 Carmel Mountain Rd., Ste. 111, San Diego, CA 92130 Website: www.purecarepharmacy.com Email: info@purecarepharmacy.com Phone: 858-925-6149 Description of Business: PureCare Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy focused on complete customer service and making sure each patient has the highest quality of care. Our family lives locally; this is our community too.

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C O V E R F E AT U R E

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f you have a middle or high school-aged child who wants to go beyond the regimented educational system and is seeking greater connection with teachers, with peers, and with the whole learning experience, do not despair. The Grauer School in Encinitas, which happens to be the longest-serving independent school in San Diego’s North County, is a solution. Its stated philosophy reads as such: “More than just a curriculum, real teaching is the deepening relationship between teacher and student.”

“AT GRAUER, NO STUDENT GOES UNNOTICED – ALL ARE PROUD OF THEMSELVES, ALL ARE ENCOURAGED AND REWARDED IN FINDING THEIR VOICE AND THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD. THEY’RE ADVENTURESOME. THEY’RE HAPPY!” SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT SECTION

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THE GRAUER SCHOOL Established in 1991, Grauer claims to be the worldwide leader in the “small schools movement.” The school’s founder, Dr. Stuart Grauer, noted, “We have traveled far and wide studying the world’s most inspirational schools, educators, and educational movements: Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Socratic, free and democratic schooling, expeditionary learning and classical education, from one-room schoolhouses to Peking University. We support all these great movements and traditions which have provided us with heroes, mentors, and wisdom.” Grauer Principal Dana Abplanalp-Diggs added, “The Grauer School uses the foundations of these great traditions to infuse all that we keep learning and synthesizing. With the freedom to make choices in their education, our students are discovering their passions and becoming courageous, curious leaders. And even though our focus is not on rankings and test scores, our students are getting accepted to and are succeeding at their top choice colleges.”

Engaging students in six core values – resourcefulness, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, compassion, self-advocacy, and accountability – The Grauer School aims to develop well-rounded students who are purposeful, confident global citizens. The learning curriculum involves field trips, guest speakers, community service activities, and student-created programs, all of which serve to complement the required subject matters and stimulate young minds. Grauer is also the region’s only UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) affiliate school, with 176 partner schools around the world, all while gaining unbeatable college placement: 96% of top three college picks and averaging $50-60,000 in merit scholarship offers for graduating seniors. Emphasizing the concept of students taking ownership over their learning, Dana exclaimed, “In a world that often seems to put ‘standards’ before personal development, and to put institutional needs above human needs, Grauer keeps the focus on the individual student. Our students achieve and are valued because they are developing personal passions, and teens coming of age are finding their unique voices at Grauer.” 

HEAD OF SCHOOL: Dr. Stuart Grauer, Ed.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL:

PRINCIPAL: Dana Abplanalp-Diggs, M. Ed.

The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school, serves Northern San Diego and surrounding areas, offers a balanced curriculum of rigorous academics, arts and athletics, and gives students unparalleled leadership opportunities in a supportive, socially inclusive environment.

ESTABLISHED: 1991 OPEN HOUSE: Discover Grauer tours on

Jan. 10, 16, 25, or Feb. 8, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 1500 S. El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-6777 admissions@grauerschool.com www.GrauerSchool.com

GRADES: 7–12, Co-Ed ENROLLMENT: 160 STUDENT/TEACHER: 6:1 optimal class/seminar size is 12 TUITION: Financial aid offered

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THERAPEUTIC LEARNING CENTER

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Maria Bagby ESTABLISHED: 2012 OPEN HOUSE:

2nd Monday of every month 9 – 11 a.m. or call for an individual consultation GRADES: 1-12, Co-Ed ENROLLMENT: 15 TUITION: $40,000,

financial aid offered ABOUT THE SCHOOL:

Therapeutic Learning Center (formerly Therapeutic Literacy Center) provides individually specialized cognitive therapy and educational services for remediation of learning disabilities and learning challenges. Just one to two years at TLC prepares students to reintegrate into traditional school classrooms. Individual services are designed to erase not just all kinds of learning problems but all kinds of learning disabilities too so that students can move forward in any learning environment in their future independently confident without need for accommodations.

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arents with children that are struggling in school may want to consider the Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) as a short-term investment. Since its inception in 2012, TLC has a mission to FIX learning challenges and disabilities so that students can thrive in any classroom environment with confidence and joy in learning. The program was originally called Therapeutic Literacy Center, but has recently changed its name to better represent the breadth and scope of learning skills TLC focuses on. Located in Solana Beach, TLC’s clinicians provide cognitive therapies for children and adults along with a private school option with academic classes for students in 1st through 12th grades. “We provide individual educational services with specialized cognitive therapy meant to FIX or erase of all kinds of learning difficulties and identified disabilities. After a relatively short period of time at TLC, students transition back to their traditional schools as successful and independent learners,” said school principal Maria Bagby. Individual services are designed to FIX their learning problems, so that students can independently move forward on an even playing field without the need for accommodations and extra support. “These kids are smart, but struggling. They don’t need us to ‘teach to their strengths’ as we’ve all been told. They need us to strengthen their weaknesses so that learning comes easily in any environment,” Maria explained. Maria herself is a reading specialist and works closely with a network of professionals including educational psychologists, audiologists, MFTs,

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TLC OPENED DOORS OF POSSIBILITIES FOR MY CHILD’S FUTURE... IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE!” – Mother of a TLC student psychologists, and occupational therapists. The team is dedicated to identifying and fixing the CAUSE of problems rather than focusing on symptoms that come along with frustration and difficulties in attention, motivation, and organization. Some of these symptoms come with labels such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Nonspecific Learning Disabilities, Other Health Impairments, and more. Others have no label at all. TLC is ideal for kids who are struggling in a typical school environment. The school focuses

on the science of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change both its physical structure and its functional organization in response to training and experience. For many students, TLC clinicians combine proven cognitive therapies with the Arrowsmith Program. The unique hybrid method of combining cognitive therapies with the Arrowsmith Program accelerates changes in learning success. “We don’t expect our students to stay with us more than one to two years before they are ready to reintegrate into mainstream classes with new levels of success, academically and socially. This is a short-term investment in the life of a child with permanent changes in learning skills.” In addition to their private school option, TLC offers services before, during, and after school for families that choose therapy while remaining in their current school of choice. With their new name in the new year, TLC has redesigned its financial structure with a reduced cost to families. “We have no contracts, lower hourly services, and increased student services,” Maria related. “We are listening to the parents – we are making it easier for them to give their children what they need.” 


CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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athedral Catholic High School’s (CCHS) core values of faith, knowledge, character, and responsibility have guided the development of high-achieving, well-rounded leaders for over 60 years. The CCHS legacy has deep roots, though the name is only 13 years old. Cathedral Girls High School merged with University San Diego High School (UNI) in 1970 on UNI’s Linda Vista Campus. UNI transitioned to the current CCHS Campus in Carmel Valley in 2005 and took on the new name of Cathedral Catholic High School. “No matter what campus you were on, once you become a Don, you’re always a Don,” said CCHS President Mr. Stevan Laaperi. “The Dons’ legacy has never been stronger. Over 50 alumni are among the CCHS team of administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff.” The professional staff is well qualified

5555 Del Mar Heights Rd. San Diego, CA 92130 858-523-4000 cchsadmin@cathedral catholic.org www.CathedralCatholic.org PRESIDENT:

Mr. Stevan Laaperi PRINCIPAL:

Dr. Kevin Calkins ESTABLISHED: University of San Diego High School established in 1957, moved to its new location as Cathedral Catholic High School in 2005

2018 Open Division CIF Champions

to uphold that legacy. Most teachers have a master’s degree or higher in the subject they teach, and the entire staff strives to model the values of a Catholic faith community. The school is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and holds membership with the College Board. “In partnership with parents, we form an educational ministry that is mutually supportive and a community committed to excellence,” said Principal Dr. Kevin Calkins. “It is our intent that our graduates carry a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a love of learning on their continuing GRADES: 9-12, Co-Ed journey of personal ENROLLMENT: 1,650 and spiritual growth.” STUDENT/TEACHER: 18:1 Over 1,600 TUITION: $17,900 students are currently ABOUT THE SCHOOL: beginning that journey Cathedral Catholic High on the dynamic CCHS School is an innovative campus. Facilities leader in Catholic, college include 75 classrooms, preparatory education. 12 science labs, Their rigorous, innovative two computer labs, education program is offered engineering complex in a nurturing community (which will be finished based on the teachings of January 2019), a Jesus Christ and traditions ceramics studio, a of the Catholic Church. music room, a lecture hall, several special-

“IT IS OUR INTENT THAT OUR GRADUATES CARRY A SPIRIT OF INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY AND A LOVE OF LEARNING ON THEIR CONTINUING JOURNEY OF PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.” use classrooms, world-class athletic facilities, an academic center, a chapel, and meditation garden – there’s a place for every student to discover their passion. Over 70 percent of CCHS students participate in one or more of the school’s 80-plus teams. “Whether you are an athlete, love to act, or have a passion for serving others, at Cathedral Catholic you gain the confidence to make a difference not only in your life but in the world around you,” said Kate, a graduate from the Class of 2017. Nicole, another recent graduate, agreed: “There is an unparalleled wealth of opportunities, and a strong support system in the students and faculty as part of the Catholic community.” 

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DEL MAR PINES SCHOOL

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f you are considering a private elementary school for your child, Del Mar Pines School offers a unique blend of individual attention, low student-to-teacher ratios, and a robust curriculum taught in a safe and nurturing environment. Every kindergarten through sixth-grade student enjoys a core syllabus of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This is complemented by extensive programs of music, fine arts, Spanish language, computer science, hands-on science, library, and physical education. For over 40 years, Del Mar Pines School has followed its mission of challenging minds, nurturing character, and respecting individuality. It offers students the opportunity to express intellectual curiosity and creativity while promoting strong interpersonal relationships. To enhance the learning experience and promote real-world skills, a oneto-one student-to-technology ratio is integrated across the curriculum. Del Mar Pines also provides before-school and after-school care options as well as after-school enrichment classes and an extensive summer camp. Students discover how to work alone and as part of a group, communicate effectively, and apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. They learn how to solve complex problems, think critically, act with integrity and compassion, and develop a growth mindset. Each student is given the opportunity to meet his or her full academic potential, while developing and refining the qualities essential for positive personal development. Leading with a focus on individual attention and a well-rounded curriculum, Del Mar Pines School’s vision is to develop students as independent thinkers empowered to create a better world. 

anta Fe Christian Schools (SFC) is a private preschool through 12th-grade college preparatory school, located in Solana Beach. When you first step onto the campus, you will notice something unique. It is the spirit that envelops SFC and permeates throughout the campus. You will hear laughter and notice students engaged with each other and their teachers. It won’t take long to discover that, in the midst of a rigorous curriculum, the exceptional faculty comes together to challenge, inspire, and mentor each student. Believing teaching is their calling, each faculty member is committed to guiding individual students in discovering new interests, developing and utilizing their talents, and deepening their faith in the process. Being a small school with big opportunities allows for countless choices. As an Upper School student is digging into a college-level math class, they may also be performing in the school musical while playing a varsity sport. Most importantly, SFC provides every opportunity for students to grow their Christian faith through Bible study, chapel, small groups, spiritual retreats, community service, and mission trips. SFC was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award as an Exemplary High Performing School by the Department of Education for the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. With a 100% four-year college acceptance rate, SFC graduates are accepted into top colleges and universities across the nation. SFC is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International. Visit the SFC campus and see what the SFC community is like first-hand at the next Preview Day on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at www.SFCS.net/Plan-A-Visit. 

OPEN HOUSE: Individual tours

available with appointment GRADES: K–6, Co-Ed ENROLLMENT: approx. 150

3975 Torrington St. San Diego, CA 92130 858-481-5615 www.DelMarPines.com

OPEN HOUSE: January 9

STUDENT/TEACHER: 12:1 TUITION: $15,500. Financial aid

not offered but tuition is kept low through generous support from the school foundation.

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10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 838 Academy Dr. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-8900 | info@sfcs.net www.SFCS.net

GRADES: PreK–12, Co-ed ENROLLMENT: 1,008 K–12 STUDENT/TEACHER: 20:1 TUITION: Financial aid offered


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lifelong journey of learning and inspiration begins at The Village Church Preschool (VCP). Children ages two to five can play, learn, and grow through the school’s focus on developing the whole child. “That includes each stage of development – social, spiritual, cognitive, emotional, and gross motor, which provides for kindergarten readiness,” explained VCP Director Pamela Miller. “Our philosophy is Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which means we provide experiences and activities that are appropriate for each stage of development.” Teachers get to know each child as an individual, developing unique curriculum to engage and inspire each child’s interests. STEAM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math – feature prominently in the curriculum. VCP’s rich history speaks to a legacy of support and achievement. The school was founded in 1962 by young moms at the Village Church seeking the perfect place for their children to learn and play – today, some of the earliest students are now sending their own students to VCP. The highly educated teaching staff is part of that legacy as well. “VCP is such an amazing place to teach that teachers stay for many years!” Director Miller shared. “The average length of employment for our teachers is 20-plus years; we have very low turnover.” VCP knows it takes a village to raise a child, and teachers build meaningful relationships with the entire family. Supportive, respectful relationships between children and their peers, teachers, and families are vital for healthy development. “We view parents as participants in their child’s educational life and welcome you into our classroom as an intricate part of our community of learners,” Director Miller said. Learn more at www.VillageChurchPreschool.org. 

OPEN HOUSE: Call or email

6225 Paseo Delicias Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858-756-2394 www.VillageChurchPreschool.org DIRECTOR: Pamela Miller ESTABLISHED: 1962

to schedule a personal tour during school hours GRADES: Preschool Ages 2-5, Co-Ed ENROLLMENT: 140 STUDENT/TEACHER:

Age 2 – 10:2; Age 3 – 13:2; Age 4 – 17:2 TUITION: No tuition aid offered

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Cathedral Catholic High School 5555 Del Mar Heights Rd. San Diego, CA 92130 858-523-4000 | www.CathedralCatholic.org

Cathedral Catholic High School is an innovative leader in Catholic, college preparatory education. Their rigorous, innovative education program is offered in a nurturing community based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Del Mar Pines School 3975 Torrington St. | San Diego, CA 92130 858-481-5615 | info@DelMarPines.com www.DelMarPines.com

Offering elementary school students (grades K-6) a unique blend of individual attention, low student-toteacher ratios, and a robust curriculum, all taught in a safe and nurturing environment.

Encinitas Country Day School 3616 Manchester Ave. | Encinitas, CA 92024 760-942-1111 | www.ECDSchools.org

Now in its 31st year, Encinitas Country Day School serves preschool through eighth grade students on two beautiful campuses. The ECDS curriculum develops well-rounded students of scholarship, integrity, and service.

La Jolla Country Day 9490 Genesee Ave. | La Jolla, CA 92037 858-453-3440 | www.LJCDS.org

La Jolla Country Day School is an independent, college preparatory school, serving students age three to grade 12. LJCDS is committed to inspiring greatness for a better world by fostering a community that leads with dignity.

Lindamood-Bell 445 Marine View Ave., Ste. 290 Del Mar, CA 92014 858-259-3206 | www.LindamoodBell.com

At Lindamood-Bell Academy, sensory-cognitive instruction is paired with a full curriculum to develop the imagery-language foundation that underlies learning and literacy. Lindamood-Bell serves many different types of students in K-12, with classes available in person or online.

Maranatha Christian Schools 9050 Maranatha Dr. | San Diego, CA 92127 858-759-9737 www.MaranathaChristianSchools.org

Maranatha Christian Schools is a college prep learning community where students experience God’s love, are equipped to fulfill God’s unique call and purpose, and excel in their God-given potential through academics, arts, and athletics.

Santa Fe Christian Schools 838 Academy Dr. | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-755-8900 | info@sfcs.net www.SFCS.net

Santa Fe Christian Schools (SFC) is a private preschool through 12th grade college preparatory school located in Solana Beach. With a 100% four-year college acceptance rate, SFC graduates are accepted into top colleges and universities across the nation.

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The Children’s School features a supportive environment where students feel safe and known and a toddler through eighth grade curriculum designed to teach critical thinking skills and collaboration.

The Grauer School 1500 S. El Camino Real | Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-6777 | info@GrauerSchool.com www.GrauerSchool.com

As the longest-serving independent school in North County, The Grauer School develops students who are purposeful, confident global citizens by encouraging them to develop personal passions and find their unique voices.

Therapeutic Learning Center 990 Highland Dr., Ste. 106A Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-481-2200 www.TherapeuticLiteracyCenter.com www.TherapeuticLearningCenter.com

Therapeutic Learning Center (formerly Therapeutic Literacy Center) offers a full-time school as well as an after-school therapy clinic for individualized cognitive therapy and educational services. FIX learning challenges and disabilities so students can thrive in any classroom environment.

The Winston School 215 9th St. | Del Mar, CA 92014 858-259-8155 www.TheWinstonSchool.org

The Winston School inspires hope and success in students who have struggled to realize their potential. For almost 30 years, The Winston School has educated students with learning differences by creating a highquality learning environment where they can learn and are challenged to find their passion.

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For 47 years Tri-City Christian School has been a place where students are empowered to realize their full potential through a robust curriculum that is Biblically grounded and culturally relevant.

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The Village Church Preschool offers engaging, inspiring curriculum for children ages two to five, along with infant and toddler music programs. Discover a life-long love of learning in this supportive community.

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H E A LT H P R O F I L E

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online access to their child’s medical records and allows parents to manage appointments, check test results, communicate with their pediatrician, and request prescription refills. In addition to regular office hours, registered pediatric nurses and oncall pediatricians are available to your family twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to provide medical advice. Since its inception 23 years ago, CPCMG has grown to include more than 115 pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners working in 21 offices located throughout San Diego and southern Riverside Counties. CPCMG pediatricians are board-certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, representing their ongoing commitment to pediatric health and the well-being of Carmel Valley families. Certified pediatric nurse practitioners also provide care to our patients. In addition, CPCMG providers maintain close relationships with the pediatric specialists to coordinate patient follow-up care as needed, as all CPCMG patients have access to care at RCHSD. For more information about CPCMG Carmel Valley, visit www.CPCMG.net. 

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tudents at Pacific Ridge School are fully engaged in their education. In the school’s classrooms, they sit with their teacher around an oval table, called a Harkness table, giving each student a front row seat in a small (15:1 student to teacher ratio) setting. Guided by caring and experienced educators, learning is a conversation, with students actively exploring ideas together and sharing different perspectives. Students are at the center of the learning experience. Opened in 2007 with a focus on forwardlooking education, Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge

community and discover the kinds of people they want to become. The school emphasizes ethical responsibility, both in the classroom and through a comprehensive, weekly service learning program that connects students to local and global communities. At the end of each school year, over 90% of students travel internationally and domestically for academic study, cultural exploration, language immersion, and service. This year’s school trips include Austin, Big Bear, China, Colombia, Iceland, Italy, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, the Northern Sierras, South Africa, Vienna and Prague, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. “We want our students to understand the “A PACIFIC RIDGE EDUCATION INSPIRES interdependency of cultures and to be inspired to act for the good STUDENTS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF of the world,” said Ogle. Pacific Ridge School OUR EVER-CHANGING WORLD.” also offers students many opportunities to become involved, School is a private, independent school, serving learn leadership skills, and develop their 615 students in grades 7 through 12. The college passions. Extensive arts offerings, competitive preparatory school draws students from all and participatory athletics, clubs, and service over San Diego’s North County and is led by learning are built into the school day and are Dr. Bob Ogle, Head of School. “A Pacific Ridge essential parts of every student’s education. education inspires students to meet the demands Facilities on the 12.5-acre campus include of our ever-changing world,” explained Ogle. middle and upper school classroom buildings, “We aim to combine the best of traditional and state-of-the-art labs, an arts and technology innovative education in a program that reaches center, a full-size athletic field, and one of San beyond academics, bringing together classroom Diego’s largest high school athletic centers. instruction and purposeful life experience.” Interested students and their parents are As Pacific Ridge students challenge encouraged to visit www.pacificridge.org to themselves academically, they also become schedule a campus tour and find out more about aware of their roles as members of a global the Pacific Ridge School experience.  38 • 92130MAGAZINE.COM • December 2018 | January 2019

AT-A-GLANCE Name of School: Pacific Ridge School Head of School: Dr. Bob Ogle Year of Establishment: 2007 Address: 6269 El Fuerte St. Website: www.PacificRidge.org Email: admissions@pacificridge.org Phone: 760-448-9820 Description of School: Pacific Ridge School is an independent, private school for grades 7 through 12 in North County San Diego. In small, discussionbased classes with exceptional teachers, students engage in a compelling program that provides ample opportunity for practicing and refining skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT


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carmel valley branch library 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA 92130 | www.sandiego.gov/public-library Events and dates are subject to change. Contact library at 858-552-1668 to verify dates and times. The library will be closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day, and Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Family Music

Afternoon Storytime Ms. Linda will entertain you with stories and songs 4 – 4:30 p.m.

7 – 7:45 p.m. 1ST TUESDAYS DEC. 16

Walk-In e-Clinic Help for downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks 1 – 2 p.m. DEC. 19

Santa Visits the Library Listen to a special reading of The Night Before Christmas and get your picture taken with Santa 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Book Club January meeting will be held on Jan. 8 Dec. | Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan Jan. | Select books for the next six months 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. WEDNESDAYS

Yoga Class for Seniors 1 – 2 p.m.

JAN. 14

Senior Symposium Discussion followed by refreshments 1 – 3 p.m.

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Infant/Toddler Storytime Includes stories and songs; no storytime on Dec. 24, 31 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime Includes stories and songs; no storytime on Dec. 24, 31 11 – 11:30 a.m. TUESDAYS

Bridge Club (Ages 16+) Experience necessary 12 – 3 p.m.

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Lego Lab (Ages 5+)

LAST WEDNESDAYS

Parental supervision required 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Teen Book Club (Grades 7-12)

2ND AND 4TH FRIDAYS

No meeting in December Jan. | Scythe: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1 by Neal Shusterman and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts and Crafts (Grades K-6) Limited to 30 participants; no program on Dec. 28 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. SATURDAYS

Students’ Association for Young Artists (SAYA) Registration required; no class on Dec. 22, 29 10 – 11 a.m.: Woodwind session 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Strings and piano session 1ST SATURDAYS

Little Writers Club (Grades 3-5) RSVP at littlewriters programsd@gmail.com; limited to 15 participants 12:30 – 2 p.m.


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North County San Diego is known for its educational opportunities. Learn about alternative schooling options, like The Grauer School’s stude...

92130 Magazine - December 2018/January 2019  

North County San Diego is known for its educational opportunities. Learn about alternative schooling options, like The Grauer School’s stude...