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Volume 19 • 2020 Published by Village News, Inc. Publisher Julie Reeder

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Publisher Note

“December in Fallbrook” Connie Jordan photo

Community spi rit is alive and st rong in our “towns” Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz are not cities, but unincorporated communities in San Diego County. As such, they work well enough, although this year has been anything but “normal” so far. After all that we as a community have been through already, it is nice to see glimmers of hope for normalcy. At Sourcebook press time, we are just getting word that restaurants and retail businesses can start opening. We are longing to enjoy visits with friends and family at our favorite restaurants and talk to business owners and friends in town. Yes, it will be nice to experience the sense of community that has been hampered the last couple of months, while staying in our homes and trying to be careful to keep people safe. I am excited to see people smile again, without their masks. While there is fear that some businesses just will not survive the shutdown, I am hopeful that Fallbrook and Bonsall will see a flurry of business. It is the benefit to having a large population that is retired and somewhat comfortable. My hope is that everyone will make the extra effort to walk around and shop locally, to meet with friends at restaurants in town, maybe a little more often, just to help spur business or to continue ordering meals to enjoy at home. It would be truly helpful. It seems like I’m always writing these publisher notes about how thankful I am to be a part of this community, and this year is no exception. I’m thankful for our chambers of commerce and the extra effort they’ve put in during this time. I’m thankful for all the essential workers who continued to do their jobs. I’m thankful for the landlords, like mine, who preemptively called and offered to reduce rents for a time. I’m thankful for our San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond and his insistence that we should open as soon as possible. I’m thankful for our health district who initially worked with Village News to get COVID-19 information out in English and Spanish. I’m thankful for a staff who was flexible and continued to work harder than ever to get the news out and keep people connected. I’m thankful for first responders and the Fallbrook Food Pantry, the Foundation for Senior Care and the churches and volunteers who stepped up to make sure people who needed food received it. We may be unincorporated and not a “real” city, but our community is real and as strong as ever and yes, I’m so thankful for that.

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Editorial Stephen J. Abbott Jim Desmond Lexington Howe Helen V. Hutchings Lila MacDonald Rick Monroe Jeff Pack Diane A. Rhodes Sandra Shrader Nathalie Taylor Staff Photographer Shane Gibson Contributing Photographers Nicole Boyd Will Fritz Adam Lanser Jason Mraz Andrew Reeder Julie Reeder Nathalie Taylor Anne Watson Sourcebook Photo Contest Winners Shirley Binn George Compton Julie Compton Jamo Jackson Connie Jordan Margaret Larson Ron Montoya Jennifer Moosa Cheryl Nurse Shirley Poole Sandi Simpson Lead Sales Michele Howard Josephine Mackenzie Advertising Sales Tammy Birmingham Cindy Davis Cindy Langlois Graphics & Production Samantha Gorman Karina Young Support Shelby Cokeley Anna Mullen Stephanie Park Chuck Reeder

Cover photo by Shane Gibson: Fallbrook protea farmer Stephani Baxter at the 2019 Fallbrook Harvest Faire. Please note: Village News, Inc. has made every attempt to verify and document all of the information contained in The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook. If you have information or comments that would help us improve our 2021 Sourcebook, which is now in its planning stages, we ask that you contact our office at (760) 723-7319. We welcome your comments and suggestions. The Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook and all content is copyright 2020 by Village News, Inc.


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Table of Contents

Downtown Re-Opening

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Features Timber, Love & Clay – Creating Art From Imagination And Experience Cars Really ARE Catalysts Joel Anderson – Painting with a Purpose An Evening with Robert Conrad Snapshots of Fallbrook...continued on 66, 124, 144 Pre-dating the Arboreal Age of Avocado AP Design & Remodel Assessor Dronenburg Embraces the Farmer’s Life in Fallbrook Home Sweet Home The Land of Milk and Honey North County Fire Protection District, a Tradition of Service 71 The Coal Bunker – One of Fallbrook’s Newest Restaurants Finds Success Amid Pandemic 76 The Friendly Villages Encourage Warmth, Natural Beauty and Community Spirit 90 The Grape Awakening 100 James Orrin Lamb, Fallbrook’s Old Man of the Sea 104 George & Evelyn 110 Temecula Valley Hospital Offers a One-Day Breast Cancer Procedure with Xoft Intraoperative Radiation Therapy 116 Acorn Community Birth and Wellness Center Welcomes New Life 120 Hope Clinic for Women offers Alternatives for Crisis Pregnancy 126 Downtown Retail and Restaurants – Open and Ready for Business! 1 28 Blue Heron’s Sommers Cherishes 40 Years in Fallbrook 1 34 The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 100 Years 1 38 New Fallbrook Parks in Progress 140 Connections Fallbrook Networking Group Celebrating 25 Years 8 18 26 34 36 38 46 50 56 62 64


Home Sweet Home

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New Breast Cancer Procedure

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Business Spotlights 13 The Zucker Law Firm 23 Autoheim 54 Youngren Construction 98 Susie & Lo, Realtors 114 Richard Goble, DDS 137 Robert W. Jackson, Attorney 143 Clay R. Sides, Esq.

Events & Guides 30 Community Events 68 Dining Guide 74 Church Guide 86 Nonprofit Guide 108 Hiking Guide 158 Advertiser Index 160 Photo Contest Winners

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rt is like poetry. Just as a poem takes on the inferences and complexities of the poet’s imagination and experience, an artist draws from their imagination and experience. Shawn and Sally Weimer of Fallbrook are artists who work in different mediums, drawing on their imagination and experience. Shawn works with wood and Sally with clay. Together they own a business called “Timber, Love & Clay.” The name represents three different aspects of the lives of the two artists. “Timber” represents Shawn’s work building custom guitars; “Love” stands for the love that Shawn and Sally share, and “Clay” represents Sally’s pottery work. Both artists create intriguing works of art. In addition to working in different mediums, what really sets them apart is the fact that Shawn’s guitar crafting needs to be precise or else the guitar sounds fall flat. Sally’s clay work is precise, but her glazing is not. The glazing designs result in pottery pieces that exude emotion and flair.

In their own words, they describe their passion: “As ordinary people we have traveled the world and stood in extraordinary places; our breath taken away as we experience the beauty of untainted landscape. As artists we have returned from those places longing to recreate what we’ve seen with our eyes, with our hands.” The “Timber” Shawn Weimer is a luthier. What does that mean? A luthier is an artist who creates stringed instruments. But for Shawn it is much more than that. It is not only his life’s work, but his passion. He became interested in guitars when he was 18, and in the mid-80s he began to build his own. In 2008, a family tragedy struck and Shawn lost interest in creating guitars. Shawn and Sally’s son died in an accident while he was away at summer camp. It wasn’t until their daughter gave birth to a girl she named Zoe, that Shawn began to

Shawn Weimer of Timber, Love & Clay uses clamps in one of the processes of handcrafting a custom acoustic guitar.

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and named the company, ‘Zoe.’ She brought us life again, and the name ‘Zoe,’ is just a reminder for me to live life.” The process of creating an acoustic guitar is complicated. Shawn’s handcrafted guitars are works of art. Half of them are spec guitars and half are commissioned works. For the commissioned work, Shawn sits down with the musician and discusses the project. The entire process takes anywhere from six weeks to three months. Shawn spends the first three weeks or so acquiring the necessary materials. He and the musician research various woods and discuss the tones that emerge from each of them. The client then chooses the wood, either from photos or from Shawn’s studio collection. Shawn has a great deal of knowledge about various woods and how they affect the music’s tone. When he is working on a custom guitar, Shawn plays the music of the artist who has commissioned the work. Currently, he is building a guitar for a musician in Nashville. The client chose old growth Sitka spruce – an ancient piece. This wood is almost depleted, and only grows on a thin strip of land between Alaska and Washington. It is a pale yellow to creamy white wood that creates a marvelous tone when used on a guitar top. On the treble side of this piece of Sitka spruce, the growth rings date to about 1480. Shawn said that no one can find 500 years of growth any longer. When Shawn pointed to another section of the wood he said, “This is when Kennedy got assassinated.” After Shawn told his client about this particular piece, the musician replied, “It’s a song ready to be written.” Shawn uses unique and rare woods that are grown throughout the world. A favorite is amboyna burl from Southeast Asia. The color of an individual piece can range from flames of deep reddish brown to creamy white. Quilted maple from Eastern Canada is quite expensive and has a cream tone and a wave-like appearance. Redwood burl is rare and creates a mellow tone when used on a guitar. Shawn also uses bubinga from Africa, which can be a reddish-brown hue with a mottled effect. “Even koa wood from Hawaii is getting rare and hard to get,” Shawn explained. “The finish makes it beautiful. When it is

finished, it has an effervescent sheen to it.” Koa, a mostly reddishbrown wood, grows only in Hawaii. It is becoming rare because the trees are protected, and only dead trees can be harvested. In creating a guitar, the first part that Shawn builds is the sides, which is the most challenging part of the process. It is difficult to bend wood, and certain woods are even harder to bend. Bubinga is one of them. It may start to crack when the bend is deeper. When Shawn creates a curve in the wood, he uses a wood-bending machine. This machine heats the wood to 400 degrees, which loosens the fibers. The loose fibers enable him to bend the wood. When finishing a guitar, Shawn even does his own inlays. From inlay on the fretboard to the headstock logo – it is all done by hand. When he inlays his guitars, Shawn uses the iridescent part of an abalone, as well as mother-of-pearl pieces from other mollusks. One of the last procedures of the process is creating the “nut” and “saddle.” The saddle transfers vibrations to the top wood of the guitar. Shawn carves his own nut and saddles in camel bone. The final step in the process is the intonation – where he makes adjustments in order to precisely tune the instrument. Shawn goes through a lot of strings when he works on the intonation. He takes them on and off – sometimes 10 times. Every guitar that Shawn creates is intoned perfectly. “The hardest part of getting a guitar to sound good is the intonation,” Shawn said. “For a working musician that is their life. It took me six months to get it down.” How does Shawn feel when he completes a guitar? “It’s surreal. It’s like I ran 10 marathons,” he said. “I have to fight for every

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Finished pottery set created by Sally Weimer of Timber, Love & Clay.

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pieces of pottery. Then, she can get an idea of what the final color will be. Sally refers to the glazed pieces – like she would a color wheel – during the glazing process. Most of her pottery pieces have multiple layers of glaze. Some pots have as many as seven layers. The glazing is the most time consuming part of the entire process since Sally applies the glaze by hand with a brush. Many potters dip their wares in a large barrel of glaze. Also, each glaze color needs to have drying time between each coat. Sally experiments with the glaze until she gets the look she wants. It has taken her almost a year to get her current glaze combinations to where she is satisfied with them. Her glazes create incredible drips and strokes of color. “It is very imprecise and very unpredictable,” she explained. “Part of that is the glazes I use; I purposely use glazes that will drip and create their own art.” How does a piece of pottery evolve? Sally starts with a ball of clay which she “throws,” or creates, into a piece of pottery on the wheel. She lets the pot dry for a day, then places it back on the wheel to trim it. She may give it more shape during this process. Before firing a piece she affixes a foot, then stamps it with her logo. Creating ceramic art is a long process, with one day of throwing, another day of trimming, then – depending on the weather – it takes anywhere from five to seven days to dry. After the pots dry, they are ready to be placed in the kiln and fired at almost 2,000 degrees for 12 hours. The fired pots take a day to cool. Glazing a batch of pottery takes at least a day, then the pots are fired again, some at an even higher temperature. How does she know when a piece is completed? Sally said she has learned though practice. She also refers to her extensive notes regarding which glazes she used, in what order she applied them, how many coats, what temperature, etc. “It’s like a recipe,” she said. Sally follows her recipes, but also follows her heart – that is why her artistic pieces of pottery are so stunning. Sally studied English and journalism at Whitworth College, in Spokane, Washington, but her segue into a career as an artist was her 20-year career as an art director. Shawn and Sally owned a successful advertising and media production company for over 20 years. Creating clay works of art became a full-time career for Sally about four years ago, however, she said she learned to throw and glaze pottery in high school. It has only been recently that she has had the inspiration to create pottery full time. After the death of her son, Sally was grieving and had a deep grief that stole her inspiration and desire to create art. But, through time, and the birth of her granddaughter, she was once again inspired to create. Find pieces of Sally Weimer’s hand-glazed pottery collection online at: www. Her works are also found at timberloveandclay; as well as


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their small-town auto franchise selling DeSoto, Plymouth, and Willys. By 1941, Doc, having become enamored of Nash offerings with its features of unitized body construction and folding seats that turned the rear area into sleeping quarters and, oh yes, the Weather Eye heater, became Brookings, South Dakota’s Nash dealer. By the date, 1941, you know the realities are soon to change— even in small-town America, which with under 10,000 in population, Brookings was then. Orders and edicts to support the war effort curtailed car sales and instituted gas and tire rationing. When America declared war, Doc and Mary had two 1942 Nashes on hand that they could not sell. Ever innovative, they became distributors of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspapers which was considered essential work to the war effort and thus granted them special gas allowances. They made use of those two Nashes, one a 600, the other an Ambassador, putting them to work—ultimately they drove some 150,000 miles in each—to ensure their customers were always up to date on the news. Peace returned and gradually new Nashes arrived at LeFevre Motor Company. In 1949 Mary’s brother Chester came to work as a salesman. Subsequent sales indicated the effectiveness of Chet’s techniques. By 1951 county records show about 500 new car sales, and Nashes sold by LeFevre Motor Company were 20% of the total.

[Above] Over 30 years Steve and Ellen LeFevre’s Mission Motors conducted over 5,380 vehicle transactions, gaining an extremely loyal clientele numbering some 3,000. Significant details in Ken Eberts’ painting include the historic brass bell in the marquee sign and antique gas pump beside the building. The cars shown are ones that have been special or significant to Steve and Ellen starting with the white ’64 Avanti in foreground, the car he drove in hometown Brookings, SD while courting Ellen. One of Ellen’s first cars is in the background, the black ’56 T-bird. Adjacent is a yellow ’90 Nissan 300Z with Ellen standing beside it. There is a gold ’72 Citroen SM (Super Maserati), that year’s Motor Trend “Car of the Year.” Mid-lot is an azure blue ’79 Ferrari GT4, on the rack a 1990 Chrysler Touring Coupe body by Maserati; then a cranberry 2002 PT Cruiser and a red 2005 Corvette ZR6. On the street is a ’53 Nash Healey Roadster and behind the Healey is a 2002 Maserati Corsa Coupe.

Dennis and Judy Polaschek’s 1964 Avanti, which started life as a 1963 “dealer demo” at LeFevre Motor Co. Despite storage inside a garage for years, the interior looks near pristine.

By the time Steve was in his late teens, he had been actively working at the dealership, learning the business during nonschool hours for a number of years. Among some of his favorite memories are the trips to “ferry” cars from Nash’s Kenosha, Wisconsin factory or big city Chicago to Brookings. Some of his recollections are worth sharing: Dad would give me $20 for my hotel fare and a Standard Oil card for gasoline. Mom would hand me a sack of food because it was deemed too costly for me to eat in the dining car of the Chicago North Western Railway. Following my train ride to Kenosha and later Chicago, I would drive cars back to our town to be sold. In 1951 I enrolled in the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, about two hours from home, from which I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration. A couple of years of military service followed that. At the dealership, Nash sales were gradually declining, and Mom, Dad and I were considering options. Mid-decade, Dad surrendered the Nash franchise and signed on to represent and sell Pontiac for 1956-1957, then in 1958-1959 for Lincoln and Edsel. When I returned from the service in May 1959, we could see Edsel was in trouble so we also signed on with Studebaker. In 1960 we sold 48 Larks, two Hawks and a truck. Sales for 1961 were similar. The restyled 1962 Hawk was a looker, but we were able to sell only two. Then there was the advertisement Steve dreamed up that ran in the Brookings Register. Again, Steve tells the story: My first taste of advertising success was when I dreamed up “What kind of man drives a____?” My first go with it was the Lark in 1961, and in 1963 the full Studebaker name with lots of SOURCEBOOK 2020

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Steve and Ellen LeFevre in March 2001 when they attended the invitation-only event at the Loewy house in Palm Springs that was sponsored by the Raymond Loewy Foundation and British American Tobacco.

Proud of the family name and its heritage, this LeFevre family crest was made part of the dealer “tag” that was mounted on the rear of every car the dealership sold.

real customer cooperation. About two weeks after the ad ran we got a letter from the D’Arcy agency in NYC, Studebaker’s national advertising agency, and our newspaper got one also asking for 2,000 reprints of the ad and permission to use it. Subsequently every Studebaker dealer received a copy of the ad and a letter urging dealers to use this type of ad. Needless to say,

I was thrilled. But I found myself wondering where I’d gotten the idea in the first place. Then it dawned on me. As the saying goes, there’s nothing original; my thought was a plagerization from Playboy. Hugh Hefner had asked “What kind of man reads Playboy?” Of course, all the young men of that generation read it for its wonderful articles.

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Upon the occasion of Steve LeFevre’s 80th birthday in 2013, Ken Eberts did a quick color sketch commemorating the “blow out” of the 1963 Avanti’s rear window glass. Happy Birthday indeed!

In 1963, Steve formally became a full partner in the dealership, and when the franchise agreement was signed with Dodge in January 1964, he was the signatory, making him the youngest Dodge dealer in the U.S. Doc would retired three years later but not before Studebaker introduced Avanti with which father and son were immediately enamored. Steve clearly recalled his own first look at the Avanti when he attended the spring 1962 Avanti Airlift dealer introduction, which was held about 200 miles from Brookings at St. Paul, Minnesota’s

Holman Field. He recalled that seated in the bleachers on cushions emblazoned with “Avanti,” the excitement was palpable. “As the Avantis emerged from the C-82 and the styling and engineering presentations were made, the air was electric,” he said. “All any of us could think was “I’ve got to have one of these futuristic machines!” As soon as the paperwork permitting ordering arrived at the dealership, LeFevre Motor Co. ordered a white R1 1963, with orange interior, automatic trans and air conditioning. Father and



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Steve and Ellen LeFevre commissioned automotive artist Ken Eberts to create this painting as a gift to be presented to Doc and Mary LeFevre upon the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary. Doc and his cocker spaniel Cindy are shown in front the dealership – which was also home as the family lived upstairs in the apartment that went across the front of the building – in 1952 when LeFevre Motor Company principally sold Nash-produced vehicles. By the end of the decade, Studebakers would replace all those Nashes.

son would vie with one another to see who got to show off the car around town. Steve had met the lady he’d subsequently wed, and he recalled courting Ellen in that white Avanti. Doc and Mary had become snowbirds, and one year Doc announced, “We’re taking the Avanti to California this year.” So the car had around 5,000 miles on it when LeFevre Motor finally sold it in 1966—to Dennis and Judy Polaschek—the same people who own it today. At the time it sold, the car had three differences from when it had originally arrived at the LeFevre dealership. While serving as the “dealer demo” and demonstrating its speediness with the driver and passenger windows open, a loud noise and sudden whoosh accompanied the back glass exploding out. When the new back glass arrived from Studebaker, the maker also supplied more robust mounting clips which hopefully was also used on all subsequent production Avantis. Another demo drive had resulted in frontal damage. When the new front clip arrived from Studebaker, the 1963 was “as if by magic” turned into a 1964. Since the car had never been registered, along with the new front clip Studebaker sent the dealership a new Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin that designated it a 1964. And Steve had also mounted the Avanti’s tires on Dayton wire wheels just ‘cause he liked the way they set the car off. The Polascheks used the Avanti for a number of years but, as their five children came along, the car couldn’t quite accommodate them all so showing 53,000 miles on the odometer she—Judy had named her Annie—was lovingly tucked inside the garage for safe keeping. Her interior and exterior are still in excellent original condition and of late Dennis has been exploring shops capable of helping him “unretire” Annie. Despite the visitors the Avanti drew into LeFevre Motor Company, both Doc and Steve felt increasingly throughout 1964 that Studebaker’s chances of surviving weren’t good. So before 22

the year ended, they notified Studebaker that LeFevre Motor Company was relinquishing its Studebaker franchise. Steve recalled, “Everyone we’d ever dealt with at Studebaker were gentlemanly to the core and this was no exception. Studebaker proved very gracious dissolving our franchise agreement.” LeFevre Motor Company continued to serve its customers with new car and repair needs until the early 70s. And if it hadn’t been for two of Ellen and Steve’s children becoming life-threateningly ill, the family might still be in South Dakota. The children’s illness, a then little understood post-infection syndrome, resulted in Ellen not being able to attend one of the twice-annual Dodge advisory council dealer meetings. She was missed and asked after by Bob McCurry—a man with his own resonating story that ranged from beloved three-time Michigan State football team captain to respected and admired automotive exec first with Chrysler/ Dodge, then Toyota—who looked at Steve and said, “We’ve got to get you out of the cold.” It didn’t happen overnight, but Chrysler/Dodge identified three dealerships—one each located in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Oceanside—that would benefit from Steve’s expertise and energy. Ellen and Steve picked Oceanside. LeFevre Motor Company was sold and though its buyer would eventually fail in business as the family had retained ownership of the property, they eventually sold it to a repair shop that has made good use of the building. Relocating to Southern California, Ellen and Steve decided the North San Diego County town of Fallbrook looked “just right” for their home. And when the new car business didn’t work out quite as planned for them, as they truly were car folk Steve and Ellen established their Mission Motors, a car brokerage business they owned and operated with success from 1976 until 2005. Now fully retired, they still reside in Fallbrook—and they still enjoy cars. ©2019 Avanti Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Avanti Owners Association International. Reprinted with permission.

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Danny Covo and his son Mike Covo of Autoheim in Fallbrook.

possible automotive repair service for European and import vehicles, they make sure customers get the chance to meet with the actual technicians who’ll be working on their vehicles. Most importantly, Autoheim offers coding and programing for most European vehicles including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Land Rover/Range Rover, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Volkswagen and more. Diagnostics of a vehicle’s electronic equipment, which previously could only be done by the car factory or dealership, is now available at Autoheim. In addition to their long list of labors




already offered, Autoheim now provides a complete maintenance for all European vehicles. A unique service, which sets them apart from other competitors. For the customer’s convenience, they provide a complimentary shuttle service, or, if desired, a rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car at a discounted rate while your car is being serviced. Autoheim accepts most extended warranties, while also offering factory scheduled maintenance, warranty book validations, and factory recommended services. At Autoheim, they believe every car is a challenge and experience – a challenge and experience they enjoy taking with every car they work on. It is their passion for their work that allows Autoheim to provide the best service possible.

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with a Purpose “Smile and be the best you, you can be.” – Joel Anderson Joel Anderson.

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oel Anderson is a remarkable young man. Through his art- (USD), founded the ATPF – USD Football Player Mentor Program. work and positive attitude Joel encourages others to over- The program pairs children of all ages with football players for come life challenges. He inspires others to live more fruitful and one-on-one mentoring as well as for time tossing the football back satisfying lives. The fact that Joel is a member of the prestigious and forth. One of Joel’s gifts is the ability to communicate Phi Beta Kappa honor society is, in itself, an inspirathrough his paintings. He “helps make people smile” tion. Joel also happens to be on the autism spectrum. though his art. Joel began to draw at age five. When He courageously responds to the challenges this preshe was 10, the budding artist took a painting class at ents and uses his strengths to thrive. Fallbrook School of the Arts. He is currently studyPainting gives Joel peace and hope. He travels the ing under Richard Stergulz at The Green Art House at world to share that peace and hope with others. In adPala Mesa Resort. dition to traveling in the U.S., Joel has visited China, Joel has synesthesia, which he calls “an inspirationJapan, Peru, and Canada. On one China sojourn he al gift.” Synesthesia enables Joel to see colors when he traveled with the Christian organization, Joni and hears music. Due to this gift, he painted an extraordiFriends International. While traveling, Joel noticed nary portrait entitled, “MozArt,” for the Mainly Mothat in certain areas of China and Peru it is unusual zart Genius Weekend. During the painting process, for someone with special needs to attend college, own Joel’s mother was playing Mozart’s “The Marriage of a business, or travel the world. Joel’s lifestyle, as well Figaro” on the piano. as his artwork, were a light to these people. Joel relates the experience, “While listening to my “I want people to know God created everyone with mother play the piece on the piano, the notes became a purpose,” he said. colorful in my imagination. I began to paint each muJoel’s parents, Sandi and Jeff, are great supporters ‘Mozart’ an original acrylic painting by Anderson. sical note the color I saw in my mind.” and encouragers. Family activities, such as whiteCourtesy photo The result of this inspiration was a painting with water rafting, have helped foster Joel’s courage. His multi-hued musical notes. But, most impressive was the stunning parents inspire Joel to believe in himself. Many mentors have influenced Joel, including artist Julianne blue-haired Mozart, which is the color that Joel saw in his mind. Some of Joel’s paintings are displayed in the Fallbrook office Johnson and former University of Southern California football player Kyle Negrete. In 2008, Kyle and Joel, along with the Autism of the Village News. Among those are animal paintings such as a Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) and the University of San Diego kangaroo, giraffe, rhinoceros, tiger and three lions. When I asked 26

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Joel what inspired him to paint such a variety of animals he replied, “I did this because I want to help endangered species thrive and repopulate. It is to bring awareness to them.” Pointing to the tiger portrait Joel said, “See these unfinished spots? Conservation is never done.” Joel has the incredible ability to study several different photographs of the same type of animal, and have the images mesh in his mind. He then paints the resulting mind image, which is a composite of the photographs. Portrait painting is also one of Joel’s gifts. One of his portraits is a likeness of Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, is autistic. Joel sat on the stage at a “Mainly Mozart” event where Dr. Grandin was a featured speaker. While she was speaking, Joel, with brush in hand, was busy painting. “It is hard to paint in front of a crowd of 500 people and I succeeded,” Joel noted.

The Colors of My Mind I see joy in green, courage in blue, Strength in red, and love in yellow too. I know you’ll feel fine and smile – When you see the colors of my mind. Excerpt from Joel Anderson’s poem. ‘Joel’s Eyes’ original acrylic painting.


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Joel Anderson is the International Ambassador for the Autism Tree Project Foundation and travels as a speaker for the organization. Last year, he spoke to students at two prestigious east coast universities – Rutgers and Drexel. The first ATPF event was held in 2003 at a “Monday Night Football” party with Doug Flutie. Doug was an active quarterback for the San Diego Chargers at the time. Joel painted Doug’s portrait of him wearing his Chargers uniform for the event. It is still Joel’s favorite painting. The original painting was purchased by the San Diego Chargers vice president of marketing, but a reproduction was given to Doug. Have you heard of a Smile Bag? It was Joel’s idea to make them in order to “give a smile” to others. He created the logo for the bags and had them professionally sewn. He fills the bags with art supplies, toys, and Smile Cards. Smile Cards are greeting cards with positive messages that children can share with others. Smile Bags have been distributed in Africa, China, Japan, and South America. Some also brought a smile to residents of Paradise, California after the devastating wildfires. The proceeds from Joel’s art sales fund the Smile Bags project. Joel’s many awards and honors would make a story in themselves. Among them is an International Naturally Autistic People Award for Community Achievement. Received in 2010, this award was given by the Naturally Autistic ANCA organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. On Nov. 2, 2013, Joel was chosen Autism Tree Project Foundation’s “Volunteer of the Decade.” When Joel’s artwork was chosen to be displayed at the 19th International ART Exchange Exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Joel and his mother, Sandi, were in Tokyo for the occasion. Where will Joel be in the future? Probably traveling the world, distributing Smile Bags to children in foreign communities, sharing his painting gift with others…and just being a beacon of joy and hope to the world. Discover more about Joel at:

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“Busiest day of the year.” 2019 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

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Father’s Day 2019 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.


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Fallbrook Country Line Dancers.

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2019 Galaxy of Glass.

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2019 National Night Out at Summer Nights.

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Scarecrow Days in Fallbrook.

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EVENTS Annual Harvest Faire 2019.

Arts in the Park 2019.

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Fallbrook Vintage Car Show 2019.

Wine and a Bite 2019.

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Wine, Brews and Blues 2019.

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Fallbrook Christmas Parade 2019.

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An Evening with

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he evening buzzed with excitement. There he was, the man who my mother and I both idolized for years – Robert Conrad. We are both loyal fans of the television Courtesy photo Poster from the event. show, “The Wild Wild West,” in which Robert Conrad starred as the handsome and suave James West. Conrad was sitting at the head table and the guests were seated at various tables throughout the room. This magical night was dubbed, “An Evening with Robert Conrad” and was held at Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante in Fullerton. Sponsored by CRN Digital Talk Radio, the five-hour event included a live radio broadcast, hors d’oeuvres and dinner for the guests – plus a luscious chocolate cake for dessert. Why chocolate? Because chocolate cake is Conrad’s favorite. The atmosphere was one of celebration – celebration of the long and illustrious career of this man who made a foray into several genres of entertainment. He was a boxer, singer, producer and well-known actor. In later years, Conrad hosted a CRN Digital Talk Radio show entitled, “The Lounge with Robert Conrad.” Listeners would call in and Conrad would chat with them. The show was respectable as well as entertaining. When I spoke with one of the CRN staff members that evening, I told her how wonderful it was that they hosted the event. She proceeded to tell me that it was Conrad’s idea to host the event to convey his gratitude to friends and fans.

James West would whistle, the horse (Super Star) would rear his head, whinny, then run toward him. The studio allowed Conrad to keep the horse after the show went off the air.


As I circulated throughout the room and spoke with various people, I noticed that the attendees were a mix of fans, friends, colleagues, and family. Robert Conrad starred in too many television shows to mention, but the conversations that evening were mainly focused on the “The Wild Wild West.” It debuted on CBS in 1965 and ran for four seasons. It was evident that the show’s cancellation was still a sore point for Conrad as he mentioned, “They canceled the show because it was too violent…can you believe that?” Not only were we able to talk with him personally, but guests were invited to ask questions during the “on air” portion of the CRN Digital Talk Radio show. The majority of questions were regarding “The Wild Wild West.” Conrad replied with fascinating tales of his varied experiences. A touching moment came when he talked about his horse, “Super Star” and how they shared a special bond. “We had a relationship – I loved that animal – I would whistle and he would come.” Anyone who has watched “The Wild Wild West” has seen that special relationship in action. James West would whistle, the horse would rear his head, whinny, then run toward him. The studio allowed Conrad to keep the horse after the show went off the air. The atmosphere at the event was welcoming, with a “family reunion” air about it. As I circulated among the tables, I was fascinated by the interactions and conversations. Some guests brought vintage photos to share. The son of Dick Cangey, one of the stuntman regulars on “The Wild Wild West,” brought a blue bolero jacket that had been worn by Conrad during filming. One man had photos of Conrad as a boxer. He also showed me a filming schedule that included his name as well as Conrad’s name. One of Conrad’s gifts was his ability to do his own stunt work. As James West, he swung from chandeliers, jumped through many a window, climbed sheer walls and swam with alligators – among other feats. For his athletic prowess, the star was inducted into the “Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.”

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During the CRN “on air” question period I took the microphone and asked Conrad if he was ever seriously injured while performing stunts. “Only once,” he replied. Then Conrad proceeded to tell the story of how he had jumped to grab a chandelier, then lost his grip, falling about 12 feet. He hit his head on the floor and was subsequently hospitalized. Filming ceased for quite some time. After filming was finally completed, the scene where Conrad fell was shown in that episode, which was entitled, “The Night of the Fugitives.” I was thankful that we were given time to speak with Conrad personally. I told him that he had been my favorite actor since I first saw “The Wild Wild West” when I was in the seventh grade. He told me, “Thank you, I appreciate that.” Robert Conrad and my mother had quite a long private conversation. They talked about their ages since they were both comrades in advancing age. He told her, “It’s good that we are keeping going.” My mother’s last comment was, “I love you and am praying for you.” Conrad responded with a glint in his blue eyes, “I love you too and look forward to seeing you next time.” There was no “next time.” Conrad died of heart failure Feb. 8, 2020, a little over a year after the event. Those blue eyes only sparkle on film now. My mother and I are grateful that we were able to spend five hours of our lives with him. On Nov. 1, 2018, Robert Conrad was entertaining, friendly, gracious, and humble. He was honored by his friends and fans, but most importantly, he was genuinely grateful for the many accolades.

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Please watch for our next event in April 2021 Live Oak Park This annual event was created for children and their families to participate in various activities including drama, music, dance, arts and crafts. The event is open to everyone and all activities are FREE! Rally for Children raises money through donations and an annual fundraiser. Contact Rally to help fund this wonderful event or volunteer to be a part of the action as kids explore the wonderful world of art! Rally has raised over $307,000.00 since 1993, to fund non-profit groups providing programs and projects to the children in the local community.

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Arboreal Age of Avocado by Sandra Shrader


he avocado tree may have been Fallbrook’s main horticultural attention-getter after it was first planted here in 1912, but it wasn’t the only non-native tree in town. And it also wasn’t the first transplant with an interesting story behind its arrival. Just a short drive around local rolling hills and shade-covered roads will reveal other non-native tree species, many of which predate the planting of avocado trees in this region by decades. Eucalyptus trees, A 1920 photo of the first eucalyptus trees are believed to planted in Southern California in 1865. palms, California pep- have been Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library Collection per trees, olive and cittree. rus trees are all familiar [Left] A 2020 photo of a Fallbrook eucaluptus Shane Gibson photo leafy company at present, but they were strangers in a strange land in Fallbrook’s early years. And yet those tree species, as with avocado trees, played commercially and historically significant roles in the agricultural boom which began here and throughout California at the end of 19th century. Although native sycamores, live oaks, cottonwoods, white alders and Engleman oak trees were already plentiful in 1869 when Fallbrook was first homesteaded, settlers and farmers here seemed to have had little economic incentive to harvest those trees. Instead their ambitions were for a different kind of harvest— the creation of an agricultural bonanza of crops. In addition to the oats, barley and hay which had been produced in the region since the 1880s, local growers began planting non-native olives, grapes and citrus. Unwittingly or not, Fallbrook’s population of 600 may have been part of the agricultural zeitgeist formed by the boosterism and promotion of California’s matchless climate and promising farmland. Newspapers widely reported that, along with gold, California should be of interest for its agricultural potential. One 1852 San Francisco Herald story reprinted in Massachusetts was typical: “In the natural production of the earth conducive to the sustenance of man (California) is abundantly prolific, (growing) the banana, the orange, the lemon, [and] the olive.” Although olive trees are no longer as plentiful now in Fallbrook as they were in the 1890s-1920s, they are a reminder that olive pro38

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duction was a huge cash crop in the region for a number of years. The first olive trees in California are believed to have been planted around 1795 at Mission San Diego de Alcalá which had been established earlier in 1769. Exactly when the olive was brought here by Franciscan missionaries and whether the trees were cultivated by seeds or cuttings is unknown. But olive oil production at the mission was first recorded in 1803, and cuttings from the mission’s “Madre trees” as they were called were eventually the source of an olive tree planting boom in central and southern California nearly a century later. An estimated 90,000 olive trees were in commercial cultivation in the state in 1890. The tendency of settlers in California to faddishly over-plant a single crop was pointed out in an 1892 newspaper article: “Olive-growing is now all the rage in California, and…is likely to be overdone….Californians are prone to excess in the matter of fruit culture.” From 1900 and up until World War I, the Fallbrook area was well known for its production of olives. Dr. Charles Pratt’s Loma Ranch had its own olive oil press and bottling plant, producing large quantities of high-grade olive oil annually from the late 1890s until 1919. And Red Mountain Ranch, an 1887 homestead northeast of Fallbrook, sold Red Mountain Olive Oil for many years. The nearby Escondido Packing Company produced 15 gallons of olive oil per day until it burned down in 1908. And in 1917 another cannery, built at Main Avenue and Mission Road, shipped canned ripe olives as far away as New York. But olives weren’t the only crop being planted here in the 1890s. Fallbrook’s mostly mild climate was considered to be “smudgepot free,” and it spurred a second kind of “gold rush”— the establishment of non-native orange and lemon orchards in the district. As with olives, the California missions were the first to cultivate citrus trees, and in the 1840s, an enterprising frontiersman named William Wolfskill planted the state’s first ever commercial citrus farm in what is today downtown Los Angeles. SOURCEBOOK 2020


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“When the Gold Rush of 1849 hit, there was a huge demand for oranges in the gold country because it was well established that fresh citrus was useful in combating scurvy,” a vitamin-C deficiency, according to Vince Moses, historian on California citrus. “Wolfskill’s business grew exponentially and established a market for citrus fruit.” However it was the navel orange in the 1870s that propelled the growth of California citrus in many counties throughout the state, including San Diego and the Fallbrook area as well as adjoining Riverside. A bankrupt Civil War merchant and his third wife—a spiritualist medium and suffragist activist—are largely credited with introducing the orange to Riverside and surrounding areas.

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Luther and Eliza Tibbets wrote the U. S. Department of Agriculture in 1874, requesting a shipment of Bahia navel orange trees. The fruit was actually a mutation from an orange tree that had been discovered at a Brazilian monastery orchard in 1820. The species was new to the nation, having been shipped to the Washington department where, in 1870, some of the tree buds were grafted on to California sweet orange, another hybrid between pomelo and mandarin. Two of the seedlings, the first of their kind in California, were planted in the Tibbets’ garden in Riverside in 1875. One of those two trees, formally called the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, is still living and bearing fruit today. It spawned generations of other navel orange trees from its buds, and was designated a California Historic Landmark in 1932. So called because the end of the fruit resembles a belly button, the navel orange was far superior to other varieties at the time because it was seedless, sweet and ripened in winter in regions such as Fallbrook’s Mediterranean climate. Locally the formation of an irrigation district to bring in water from the Santa Margarita River to Fallbrook propelled the growth of navel oranges and other varieties of oranges, lemons, grapefruit and other citrus. The industry began to boom in 1900, prompting the organization of the Fallbrook Citrus Association and the establishment of a new citrus packing house in 1917. Another non-native tree species found throughout this area is the ubiquitous eucalyptus. Unlike citrus and olives, the introduction of the eucalyptus was originally for a different kind of commercial market, that of timber. Before the 1850s, not a single eucalyptus grew in California, including the Fallbrook region. So how did eucalyptus globulus, also known as the blue gum and indigenous to Tasmania and southeastern Australia, come to dominate the Southern California landscape? Historical accounts vary, but according to traditional sources, the first blue gums arrived in Southern California in 1865, when the aforementioned fur trapper turned citrus farmer Wolfskill planted five specimens outside his house in Arcadia. He believed that the fast-growing eucalyptus—which could grow as high as 60 feet in six years—could provide a large, local supply of timber in short order. Shortly thereafter, others began championing the tree after a national movement to prevent the possible deforestation of the United States began brewing. A California educator named Elwood Cooper spearheaded “The Eucalyptus Crusade” and planted a 200-acre eucalyptus grove near Santa Barbara in 1872. Cooper’s “Forest Culture and Eucalyptus Trees,” published in


Employees at Fallbrook Olive Plant 1916-17, located at 215 W. Fallbrook Street. Note the mature eucalyptus trees behind the building.

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California pepper tree at Mission San Luis Rey in 1900. Courtesy of USC LIbraries - California Historical Society Collection

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he Bonsall showroom of AP Design features 2,000-pound marble tubs from China and high-end teak patio furniture from Indonesia, as well as tile and other material for home remodeling. Owner Allen Yang has plenty of other examples of the company’s one-of-a-kind products. He also has the experience to complete beautiful remodeling projects with his construction team. A longtime Bonsall resident, Yang opened the showroom in October for both homeowners and contractors to select from his unique inventory. “We’re not only for high-end clients,” Yang said. “I like to listen to homeowners share their ideas – their dreams – and give them a fair quote. If it’s not in their price range, I give them advice, especially if it’s a do-it-yourself person or a family on a limited budget. The business started seven years ago after he began importing material from China. When he discovered the product wasn’t “moving,” he said he learned to install flooring and tiling himself, and he is waiting expectantly for the next state testing date to become a contractor. In the meantime, his business is operated under

the contracting license of Element Builders. Yang speaks Chinese, and that’s what led him to China to find fine building material to market in Bonsall. The imports he has personally selected include marble tubs – some are more like showers – from China and teak patio furniture from Indonesia. He is looking at importing marble from Turkey and other products from Algeria and Italy in the future. “By going directly to the source, I can skip multiple middlemen and save a lot of money for my customers,” he said. With these unique products, he said his goal is to work with more area builders and designers, offering great pricing. He also has plans to open showrooms in Solana Beach and Fallbrook. Yes, he is ambitious, but it comes with a good track record. Yang moved to Bonsall in 1981 and graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1991. After completing studies at MiraCosta College, he transferred to the University of Oregon, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. “I wanted to learn how to be effective as a salesman, and after college I had a great start in the window covering business.

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Ernie Dronenburg, San Diego County Assessor-RecorderClerk at he and his wife Merilyn’s Cypress Hill Farms in Fallbrook. The farm produces and ships high quality filler flowers and greenery for the wholesale floral industry.


San Diego County Assessor and Fallbrook resident Ernest Dronenburg works in two distinct worlds. First, there is the black and white atmosphere of public service and the business of property and tax assessment. “I’ve been in the government business, I was also on the county Board of Education for five years, so total, I’ve been in over 35 years in the business where you have a set of rules and you interpret them the best you can and you follow them,” Dronenburg said. “You try to, where possible, if there is an ability to have some discretion, you use your discretion. But the best case is to just keep things black and white. I’ve been fortunate the whole time not to have any problems because that’s the way I see things.” Second, there’s the business of being a farmer in running Cypress Hill Farms with his wife, Marilyn, and as many farmers know, that approach isn’t so helpful. “If you do stick to black and white, sometimes you’ll get yourself in trouble,” Dronenburg said. “You’ve got to think

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“At the time I was living on Mount Helix, which is probably the other end of the county, and so I moved to Fallbrook and I enjoyed the farm, and we’ve had it going for the last 16 years,” he said. “It made me a real-time farmer with a real-time business. I know what it’s like to run a business. I had been (dealing with) businesses way back in the 70s when I was a moderator for the Board of Equalization. But the experience of making a payroll, of having weather hurt your crops, I learned the good and the bad. The farming business, of course, changes one’s life.” He said he has enjoyed the comradery of being a farmer and the instant bond that connects him to his neighbors. “I like to call it the true nonprofit corporation,” Dronenburg said. “We make a small amount but we really enjoy living on the farm.” Dronenburg’s long career in public service began in 1978 when he won the first of five consecutive terms as an auditor for the California State Board of Equalization. “I represented the nine counties from San Diego to Fresno, and then I was reelected four times,” he said. “So that’s 20 years of running the California sales tax and being the tax judge for the state of California.” After he termed out in 1998, he was appointed to the San Diego County Board of Education where we served until 2005. During that time he worked as a partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited for 11 years. He was elected as the Assessor/Recorder/Clerk of San Diego County and recently won reelection in 2018 to serve four more years. “The board of equalization writes all the property textual, so I had that experience and I did property tax and income tax work when I was at Deloitte. It was natural for me to run for the assessor’s office,” he said. Dronenburg admits that there are times when his farmer’s mentality bleeds into the assessor’s office. “I do at times,” he said. “I like to think that I’m flexible enough to use the best methods. When I’m looking at a case, I look at the law and the law is the law. But if I’m looking at a problem in the office, I think of how can we get experts to help us with the particular problems.

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“This office is all about customer service,” he said. “We want great customer service, and that’s the same thing at the farm. We try to deliver a great product and great customer service. And that’s why as a farm we’ve survived. We go the extra mile to make sure our customers are very happy with our products. “I don’t make widgets as the assessor; I don’t sell tires. What I do is provide great customer service, and this office is running really well because of that. My people provide great customer service.”

Dronenburg said he has enjoyed living in Fallbrook for the past 16 years. “I like Fallbrook, of course; it’s nice to be able to get back to areas where you’re not surrounded by asphalt,” he said. “Fallbrook has enough of the things you need that you don’t have to drive to get things. You can just drive to town. It’s not like we’re remote, but yet you have the nice feeling of not being on top of your neighbors where you’re living and you have neighbors that all genuinely want to be in the area. I do like Fallbrook.”

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“The citrus, avocado and other agricultural crops begin flowering in the spring in Fallbrook,” he said. “But California pepper trees and eucalyptus trees provide pollen for the bees in the beginning months of the year, especially in March, in this area. So the bee colonies here aren’t just limited to eating their own stored honey or commercial sugar over the winter in order to sustain their hives.” Beekeeping and honey production is a long tradition in Fallbrook, and before the first citrus and avocados were planted in this area, honey was recognized as the community’s first agricultural crop. Nearly 150 years ago, proponents of the honey industry in San Diego such as Ephraim W. Morse, a failed California Gold Rush miner turned entrepreneurial San Diego banker, believed the local population of diverse native plants and wildflowers would be an unparalleled component to making fine

Above, beekeeper Forrest Breese at his Fallbrook apiary where bees work in bee hives to produce organic honey.


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many persons claim it to be ‘the finest in the world,’” according to the publication. “As other sections have made a name favorable to their products, so Fallbrook and vicinity have come to the front as the producers of a grade of honey – pure as when distilled in Dame Nature’s cups and shaded by Flora’s beauteous hues, inferior to none.”

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All the various kinds of flora and their nectar and pollen, which is a fine powder made up of microspores produced by male plants, are the keys to successful honey production in the still mostly rural Fallbrook and outlying areas. Bees are among the most significant animal pollinators in nature, and when bees fly from flower to flower, they gather the nectar and pollen and bring it back to the hive. However, for honey bees, all that flitting around isn’t really about pollinating crops. It’s actually about survival of the hive’s colony and brood food. A honey bee colony typically consists of anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 bees, sometimes even more. The vast majority of the bees in a hive are feShane Gibson photo male worker bees which do the foraging and work to sustain the hive. All are offspring from the hive’s queen bee, which on average lives up to three years, but the worker bees usually live for about 30 days. A few hundred drones, or male bees, are also a part of a colony as well as developing eggs, larvae and pupae. Nectar provides an important energy source for carbohydrates via a complex range of sugars. Bees have glands which secrete an enzyme, known as the “bee enzyme,” and when the worker bees collect the nectar, it is mixed with the enzyme in the bee’s mouth. Back at the bee hive, the nectar is passed from one bee to another, further mixing the nectar with the “bee enzyme,” and turning, with exquisite chemistry, the nectar into honey. Pollen, on the other hand, provides protein and fats for honey bees, and worker bees eat that to keep up strength for foraging and to encourage production of “brood food” which is supplied to larvae in the hive. Upon return to the hive, the pollen is further mixed, again via the magic of bee enzymes, with the honey there to make “bee bread” and dropped into wax cells, called honeycomb. These are hexagonal-shaped cells the bees make out of beeswax, and they act just like storage jars, but are made of wax. In winter, the hive will live off its own stock of honey unless it has been removed by beekeepers who will in turn supply the hive with a sugar syrup mixture. Thus, in collecting pollen and nectar for their own consumption and survival, bees end up activating pollination for many plants and flowers. In spring and summer honey production seasons, apiaries in Fallbrook draw pollen from macadamia, citrus, avocado and wildflower blossoms such as mustard and California poppy. There is purple sage in Rainbow Heights, and in the surrounding hills there is an abundance of blossoming sage and spring avocado blooms which produces a dark honey which tastes of molasses. The exotic fruit grown here also has a tangible effect on honey, Breese said, who was given seven hives from renowned grower George Emerich of Emerich Gardens in Fallbrook.

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“When George died three years ago, his brother gave me the hives that were on George’s property,” Breese said. “George grew exotic fruit that included cherimoya, rare persimmons, quince and Asian stone fruit. When I extracted the honey from his hives, the color of it was as dark as Guinness beer,” he said. “And when I entered the honey in the Orange County Fair in 2017, the judges were amazed by its color. It was an award winner.” Breese, who has been in the bee business since 2004, runs a “natural” honey-producing operation with stationary apiaries as opposed to commercial honey producers who usually move their hives to different crop locations throughout the state or country in tandem with bloom seasons. It is a general rule in beekeeping that more diverse a forage area is, the better for a stationary apiary, making this area ideal for local honey production. And stationary hives offer a great way to pollinate local groves, he said. There is a small number of natural honey producers here including those beekeepers who fall under the “hobbyist” category, and at least one large family-owned longtime commercial beekeeping business in De Luz, Breese said. According to, a website that tracks apiary permits for beekeeping, there are 16 permits authorized or pending in southwest Riverside County and north San Diego County, including Fallbrook, Rainbow, Bonsall and Pala. The Forest Bees company also provides beekeeping equipment as well as bee removal services which, Breese said, accounts today for about half of his business. In addition, he converts the honeycomb wax from his hives into lip balm products, and he also sells

the wax for guitar pickups. Bringing his own glass-covered observation hive, Breese gives talks throughout the community and to nonprofit organizations about beekeeping and honey production. Among the topics he covers is the prevalence of Africanized bees in this area: what makes them different from European honey bees and how best to avoid aggravating Africanized bees which, unlike the European honey bees that have been cultivated for thousands of years, have yet to adapt evolutionarily to humans in near proximity. For his own beekeeping production, Breese travels to the base of the Sierra Mountains to obtain European honey bees, and with any hives of Africanized bees that he removes, he will “re-queen” the feral colony with a new “nicer” European honey bee queen. Doing that will mellow out the hive of Africanized bees, he said. A century and a half after the first apiaries were set up in Fallbrook, and through 15 years of his beekeeping business, Breese finds the humble honey bee an inspiring creature, one of the most important insects for the health of the entire planet. “Honey bees are just incredible,” he said. “How their collective conscience works, how they start the scouting process for a new hive, the cooperation to build the colony, and how they transform nectar and pollen to make honey. It’s fascinating.” For more information, visit or forrestbreeseorganics.


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he solar business has advanced well beyond the early days where anyone could just go install panels and hook them into the main panel through an inverter. Most of those systems have generated power with this minimal technology for many years. Like everything else, the installation of solar involves a lot more today than just plugging in panels. Maneuvering your way through the utility has become a minefield in itself. I know of people that have had their panels installed for more than a year and still do not have permission to operate through the utility. They are making power and it is running the meter backwards; however the utility claims the right to disallow all of the kilowatts that were generated during the time period of operation without their permission. In other words those persons I know could end up owing the utility for more than a year’s worth of electricity bills. The utility is being forced to work with solar by the PUC of California, however we do have to follow all of

the guidelines now in place. The Utility has put in to effect Net Metering II, which most of us are familiar with now, which is simply a move by the Utility to institute a large rate increase from 4-9 pm each day, when the solar panels are no longer producing. This new net metering schedule is also designed to grab some money from the solar users. We are subsequently designing more complex systems involving energy management at whole new levels. We are using the batteries to not only back up critical items during outages, but to also discharge KWH’s back in to the grid each day from 4-9 pm. We are utilizing onsite and offsite monitoring to keep an eye on the day to day operation of the system. We are able to see what each panel is producing at any given time or scroll back in time to the day the system began to recapture the data. We are virtually eliminating gas from our new construction houses and replacing existing fixtures, such as water heaters, furnaces and lights to all operate from electricity and operate more efficiently. We are designing

new hybrid and heat pump technology and LED lighting in all of our new construction all powered with our solar and energy management systems. An 80 gallon hybrid electric water heater could save $1200.00-$1500.00 per year in propane if you happen to be on propane. The payback on most solar only systems is typically about five years without interest factored in. The payback on a system with energy management and batteries is typically 7 years. This is using a formula with the Utility raising its rates at 5% per year. This is conservative considering the Utility strives to get 20% per year through the PUC. There are very few investments with an ROI that you can achieve with solar. Further advancing are the inclusion of generators as a final backup fed back through the solar inverter energy management system and working in conjunction with the batteries. This is a last line of defense to power your home in the event of long term shut down by the Utility. Most non solar users are unaware of the fact that

PATIO COVER when the Grid goes down, it automatically switches your solar power off. This is to prevent the solar from feeding in to the house when the power comes back up. The new management systems overcome that shut down whereby they block the signal from the utility that shuts down the solar and pulls the solar back to the house. During the daytime, while the system is overproducing, if sized correctly, the batteries are recharged and ready for the evening when the solar no longer produces. With the sun shining day after day, a home could go indefinitely with just the solar and the batteries. In the event we have a week of cloud cover and the panels cannot keep up, then the generator comes on automatically and fills the void until such time that the batteries are charged enough to take over again. Generac is becoming a major player in the development of this full integration. Although their own inverter is not developed to this seamless inclusion as yet, we are able to couple the Generac with either the

Enphase Ensemble Energy Management System or the Outback Inverter and Energy Management System. I predict that Generac will become the leader in this area as they are currently investing billions into the development of this technology and a future whole house solution. In the not too distant future, we will see many houses going up that are not connected to the grid in any way. The technology has been slow in coming, in my opinion, but it is now being sought after by many of the big players, much like electric cars are being thrust to the forefront. The Energy Management systems are also being developed whereby they can be upgraded via the Network, much like the electric car technology. If you are interested in this technology for the future, then there is no reason to wait on this investment. I can set you up today with an Energy Management System that is capable of automatically installing all of the newest technology as it becomes available.

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Milk and Honey by Diane A. Rhodes Jen Mcmullen-Pearson founded The Land of Milk and Honey in 2009.


hile some entrepreneurs create eco-friendly businesses solely to help the environment, Jen Mcmullen-Pearson’s motivation was fueled by a mother’s desire to do the best she could for her children. She began The Land of Milk and Honey company with handmade soaps in 2009 after being told by their pediatrician that commercial baby products were not good for their skin. “Both kids had really bad eczema, and I found it very hard to find products that I could use that didn’t have some kind of chemical preservatives in them,” Mcmullen-Pearson said. “I had the goats and the bees and the chemistry background, so I decided to start making my own.”


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All Land of Milk and Honey soaps contain goatmilk and honey harvested at the 6-acre, family farm in the De Luz area of Fallbrook where she lives with husband Jeremy Pearson, son William and daughter Anna. Shortly after the soaps were made, Mcmullen-Pearson started formulating hand and body balms. All products are made from scratch, using her recipes and locally grown, seasonal herbs. “I was taught by professional level formulators, and I also have a background in microbiology and chemistry,” McmullenPearson said. The business started with word of mouth sales plus extra soaps and balms for Christmas gifts, but soon orders started rolling in, along with requests for more varieties. “I began to dabble with the idea of trying to get into the farmers market scene, since we had eggs to sell as well,” she said. As certified and inspected farmers who believe in natural, farm fresh products, the family also sells chickens and goats in addition to their eggs and body products. Their 10 beehives produce honey and beeswax for use in their many products. Pearson oversees the bees and is always available to answer questions, give advice and help teach local youth classes. The family began making appearances at the Bonsall Farmers Market and acquired a large, loyal customer base from that outlet, which is no longer operating. From there, they began selling at the Temecula Farmers Market, Fallbrook’s Avocado Festival, Del Mar’s Harvest Festival and the Carlsbad Village Street Faire. Products are also sold online. “I strive on being very consistent in my soap making and other products so that I can create the same quality every time,” Mcmullen-Pearson said. “I also studied animal and veterinary science in college and share that knowledge with the Fallbrook 4-H Club group as a leader. I teach both adults and kids, and every class I hold gives a little more insight on how to make it better next time.” She also offers homesteading and animal husbandry classes to the public utilizing the farm’s five female goats, who are all hand milked and given only the best feed and grain, a male Angora goat named Wilbur, a sheep named Dolly, about 65 chickens, four show chickens, five pigs, a turkey and 12 rabbits. The family enjoys educating others just as much as they appreciate learning as much as possible about their enterprise. “Our family is heavily involved with local, nonprofit youth

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organizations and clubs, where both Jeremy and I are leaders,” Mcmullen-Pearson, who is a registered veterinary technician, said. “We support Fallbrook Pop Warner, youth baseball and other groups. We belong to the ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association), the San Diego Beekeeping Society, the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Handmade Soap Guild, the Fallbrook Ag Boosters and more.” Mcmullen-Pearson also teaches adult and youth fiber classes and is a featured artist and instructor at the Garden Show exhibit area at the San Diego County Fair, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, teaching classes on how to infuse herbs into oils, how to make natural bath and body products and fiber arts. She also teaches “Back to the Old Ways” hands-on lessons about processing raw fiber, such as wool, from the moment it is sheared from the animal to spinning it into yarn.

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“My biggest challenge is lack of space, but Jeremy is working on building me a large workshop soon,” she said. “I also sometimes experience a seasonal lack of resources as I make or buy my supplies as locally as I can.” Item popularity is also seasonal, but top sellers from about 100 soaps, balms and scrubs to choose from include avocado citrus sage, blackberry lemon sage, gardenia oranges, mountain man and charcoal of the sea. “I think these are fresh and appeal to most of the customers,” Mcmullen-Pearson said. “I have very sensitive skin customers that only buy the olive and oats because there are no added essential oils – it’s just goat milk and honey plus oats.” For additional information go to or call (760) 723-1030.

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he North County Fire Protection District was formed in 1986 as the result of a merger between the Fallbrook Fire Protection District and the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department. Encompassing 92 square miles and serving a population of approximately 55,000, the district provides comprehensive fire, rescue, and emergency medical services for the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow in northern San Diego County. The district is governed by a five-member board of directors and is comprised of 45 full-time fire suppression personnel, 18 paramedics and EMTs, 13 administrative and fire prevention personnel, two mechanics and approximately 30 volunteer firefighters, operating out of five fire stations and one administrative facility. It also has a full-service fleet maintenance facility.

It (North County Fire) was among the first fire departments in the state of California to provide ambulance services dating back to the early 1950s.

North County Fire has a long and proud history of providing comprehensive fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services dating back to 1927. It was among the first fire departments in the state of California to provide ambulance services dating back to the early 1950s and to offer public safety defibrillation services in the 1980s. In 1990 it established the first alternative paramedic delivery program within San Diego County, which has since become the progenitor for how most paramedic systems are operated throughout the county. In so 64

doing they were able to create a mechanism by which paramedic services could be replicated in more rural portions of the county. Continuing with this rich tradition of emergency medical services, in 2016 North County Fire entered into a joint powers agreement with the Fallbrook Regional Health District to expand healthcare services. The first such venture was a health services referral program, which provides health navigation resources for people who need help managing long-term health needs. More recently this relationship has expanded into the joint purchasing of paramedic ambulances and various pieces of resuscitation equipment. Most recently the health district helped to fund a medical services officer to provide quality assurance for future community paramedic programs. This addition will begin with “medical priority dispatch” to ensure the right resources are sent to the right type of call the first time. We are also close to launching a non-medical transportation service through Lyft to provide transport for those needing non-urgent medical care. In the years to come they will expand these concepts by transporting patients to alternative destinations, providing point of care testing and routine case management, and nurse triage, as a nurse can provide certain non-urgent callers medical guidance. As they move forward, the district is excited about creating future efficiencies so that they can collaborative improve the health of community members.

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The North County Fire Protection District is your primary provider of comprehensive fire and emergency medical services for the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow.

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espite businesses being primarily closed, brothers Jason and Jeff Stankaitis have found an upside to opening their restaurant, The Coal Bunker, in Fallbrook during the pandemic. “We had hoped to open our doors in January, but everything got delayed,” Jason Stankaitis said. They opened for takeout April 11. “When the ban happened,

we thought, well, we need to kind of get that side going so we shifted gears and opened that side until we’re ready to get the dining room opened, hopefully soon.” While the restaurant has only been open for a little over a month, Jason Stankaitis found that opening for takeout had an upside.

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“It kind of gave us a chance to work out any kinks, but not having any employees actually gave us a chance to get things going a little slower and not have so much to worry about,” Jason Stankaitis said. The restaurant is train-themed and is centered around the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, whose rails once ran through Fallbrook. “We found cool vintage lights, art, photos, things like that,” Jeff Stankaitis said. “We tried to focus on the railroad that used to go through there, and then we did our bar top to look like a railroad track.” Both brothers started off with a love for food that turned into various opportunities over the years, from working in restaurants, Chart House, and culinary school. While both are originally from Point Loma, Jason Stankaitis has been living in Fallbrook for three years now and his brother lives in Valley Center. Jeff Stankaitis worked at a winery in Temecula for a short time before the brothers found the spot for Coal Bunker in Fallbrook. “We’d always kind of looked at what we were going to do next,” Jeff Stankaitis said, “and we kind of landed on finding this place.” “I actually have no formal training, except for the experience,” Jason Stankaitis said. He went through the Chart House Program during the mid-90s and has also learned from cooking shows. Jeff Stankaitis attended The Arts Institute, graduating from culinary school alongside a business degree. “We both work on recipes,” Jason Stankaitis said, adding that they like to cook everything from scratch and source locally. “I’d say our cuisine is simple but still elegant.” The menu rotates based on the season. Some of the popular items right now are the Shepherd’s Pie and the Firebox Chicken Sandwich. “We do a nice, savory gravy and then we do kind of a potato griddle cake that it (Shepherd’s Pie) gets topped with,” Jason Stankaitis said. “The Firebox Chicken Sandwich is essentially a little bit of a spin on Nashville hot chicken but as a sandwich with chicken thighs and that’s been a pretty popular item.” Some of the menu items came to be simply by what both brothers like to eat. “One of our focuses is looking at what the town doesn’t have, and we really want to do things you wouldn’t find other places,” Jeff Stankaitis said. “Mainly things that are different.” Since the restaurant is only currently serving for takeout, the menu has been modified. “I wanted things that sort of hold up

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well,” Jason Stankaitis said. “One of the issues I always have is a lot of foods don’t eat well after they’ve been taken home when it’s 15, 20 minutes later.” When they open for sit down service, he would like to focus more on the dinner items. “We’re going to be doing some different flavored sausages and a little bit of steak as well.” Coal Bunker is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30

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p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and customers can see their menu at, visit them on Facebook at The Coal Bunker, or find them on Instagram @thecoalbunkersd. “It was just a lifelong dream sort of fulfilled,” Jason Stankaitis said. “My philosophy’s always been that if the food is good and the atmosphere is good and you do a good job, then it doesn’t take very long for word to get out.”

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Bonsall Community Church 31552 Old River Road Bonsall, CA 92003 (760) 945-1276

Community Baptist Church 731 S. Stage Coach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-2966

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ith rural beauty serving as the perfect backdrop, it is the warmth of human spirit and solid community values that have allowed the Greater Fallbrook and Bonsall area to be viewed as a model community in the areas of art, land conservation, Christian unity, and volunteerism. Through the clearly focused, specialized efforts of dedicated volunteers and service organizations, these picturesque communities are deemed highly desirable in myriad ways. Building on a historic past that dates back over a century, residents have linked arms to guide Fallbrook into the 21st century

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even after many changes. After an influx of highly acclaimed artists, authors, and entrepreneurs, the area reflects a distinct richness of talent in its residents. You never know who you might meet at a Newcomers Club meeting, church, the vintage car club, Garden Club, Rotary, Angel Society, or any one of about 150 service clubs or organizations which make Fallbrook and Bonsall a wonderful place to live. What continues to draw people to this area is the beautiful landscape, rolling green hills with orchards of citrus, avocados, exotic fruit, and of course, the thousands of acres of flowers and botanicals. There are dedicated volunteers, like Joe Beyer, who work hard to keep the highways and byways free of trash and graffiti. Fallbrook and Bonsall are more than landscape and art though. Another benefit of visiting or living in Fallbrook and Bonsall are the unique variety of restaurants and cuisine. While the villages have a few chain restaurants, most of the restaurants are true bistros and family-owned cafes that are reasonably priced without long lines as there are in neighboring towns. Here diners can actually get to know the restaurateurs who are happy to personally make sure each dining experience is great and the food is top notch. Many carry local wines from award-winning Fallbrook and Temecula wineries. While residents missed some of the most famous art shows this year at the Fallbrook Art Center due to the coronavirus, by next year local artists will continue to draw attention nationwide, and local galleries will display the work of approximately 150 local and world-renowned artists. The Fallbrook Village Association has been instrumental in developing the town into a place that is quaint, fun and interesting for everyone. Fallbrook Arts Inc. works toward developing additional resources for professional artists and helps locals who want to develop their own creativity with classes of all kinds. The organization, funded by generous community members, also contributes time and funds to the “Art in Public Places” program, regularly placing bronzes and colorful murals throughout the downtown area for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Enriching children’s lives through art, Rally for Children, a nonprofit organization, joins with the Fallbrook Elementary School District to host an annual event at Live Oak Park entitled “Arts in the Park.” Thousands of children, accompanied by their parents,

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Horses, Hats & Hope benefit for REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program and Foundation for Senior Care.

2019 Foundation for Senior Care fundraising event. Shane Gibson photos

spend a delightful day at the park learning about all art from community volunteers. Children can delight in hands-on activities including painting, papier mâché, clay work, mask making, hat making, puppetry, experimentation with musical instruments, and more – all completely free of charge. A short 26-mile drive from the Pacific Ocean, the greater Fallbrook area is well known for its gently rolling hills, lush groves, ancient oak trees, equestrian and walking trails, riparian areas, nature preserves, and Mediterranean climate. Stepping forward to protect this soughtafter environment are the volunteers that comprise the Fallbrook Land Conservancy and its specialized committees. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy diligently pursues donations of land to protect open space. Volunteers from the Save Our For-

est and Treescape arms of the organization carefully plant and maintain hundreds of trees annually to enhance the environment. In addition to stately oaks, visitors will see varieties of eucalyptus, magnolia, sycamore, and pepper trees adding beauty to the area. The dedicated volunteers care for these picturesque trees, many of which line the downtown village. The Trails Committee has worked for years to bring a network of equestrian and walking trails to fruition. Horse enthusiasts can be seen regularly enjoying the Santa Margarita River trail, meandering through nature’s bounty. One of nature’s greatest gifts to Fallbrook is Live Oak Park. Accessible by Gird or Reche roads, visitors can enjoy the journey to this jewel of a destination as they drive under the protective canopy of ancient oaks to the 16-square

mile park that features barbecues, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, a sand volleyball court and more. Nestled amongst the oaks with gentle streams nearby, the park is a local favorite for festive family picnics, restful breaks, and popular community events. Community volunteers established the Live Oak Park Coalition to protect Live Oak Park. The organization focuses on the many aspects that are vital to keeping this resource available to area residents. Their efforts serve as a model for other communities, as they protect and preserve this outdoor haven. To help residents maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle, the Fallbrook Regional Health District administers nearly a million dollars a year in annual property tax revenues to fund health-related programs that serve residents of the area. The board of directors

Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). SOURCEBOOK 2020


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continues to maintain their commitment to manage tax revenue dollars in a prudent manner, while funding numerous programs that address medical, dental, rehabilitation and preventative needs. The Fallbrook Foundation for Senior Care supports the local health care effort by encouraging, obtaining, and administering funds for adult day care centers, Health Care Resources information service, SeniorNET computer classes taught to seniors at their own pace, Project CARE support for the frail, elderly and disabled, a van that transports seniors to doctor appointments and more. The foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by bequests, will, estates, and private donations. The Fallbrook Food Pantry was started by all the churches in town many years ago and is fueled by the community and many volunteers. Farmers donate produce and churches participate with food drives. The pantry serves hundreds of families each week. Fallbrook is also home to unique programs to help youth and adults with physical challenges. The REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program works to support their physical, mental, and emotional health through learning to ride horses. The nonprofit effort is assisted by volunteers who help the disabled riders as well as care for the horses. D’Vine Path, another nonprofit program in Fallbrook, provides a dynamic and safe community for people with autism spectrum disorder to learn vocational and life skills. Care Rite has also provided employment for the physically and mentally challenged adults. Keeping the business community strong and prosperous is the focus of the Fallbrook and Bonsall chambers of commerce. These organizations work to bring more opportunities to town and help local businesses succeed. By providing networking opportunities, such as the monthly Sundowners and annual recognition events, as well as special community functions, they successfully connect businesses. In the absence of a “city” structure, including a mayor, city council, etc., the chambers fill in the gaps between community and county government. Then there are groups like The Angel Society of Fallbrook, Fallbrook Senior Center and area churches, including St. John’s Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic, operating thrift stores in town that not only provide gently used items and fabulous “finds,” but the money they collect is put back into the community for worthy projects and educational grants. It is indeed staggering to see how many projects and programs are funded from sales at these shops, all because of the dedication of the volunteers who give their time working in the shops and the community members who donate items for sale. Visitors often meander along the picturesque

winding roads that lead into the Friendly Village, enjoying the many wonderful discoveries to explore along the way. Antique shops are filled with remembrances of days gone by and sometimes elegant, elaborate pieces from national and international sources. A visit to Fallbrook’s Historical Society Museum, at 260 Rockycrest Road, is well worth the time. The knowledgeable docents have spent numerous hours setting up interesting displays rich with local history. Fascinating miniatures, periodicals, pictures, artifacts, and even classic automobiles are available for perusal. A visit to the museum provides in-depth insight to the rich past of the Greater Fallbrook area. When visitors arrive in the downtown “village” area, they will be delighted to stroll along an oldfashioned Main Street lined with unique gift shops, satisfying restaurants, and intriguing art galleries. Volunteers worked with county and state officials to create the Fallbrook Revitalization Plan, putting considerable time and effort into protecting the intrinsic beauty of the downtown atmosphere. Whether residents are interested in estate jewelry, home decor accents, art of all types, delightful gifts for all occasions, or clothing, they can shop to their heart’s delight in these quaint shops with historic storefronts. Although it ceased running through town three decades ago, a caboose adorns Main Avenue and pictures around town depict the Santa Fe Railroad Station, which was responsible for ferrying visitors to the area to enjoy the annual Avocado Festival. Each spring, the Avocado Festival is a showcase of Fallbrook’s rich agricultural heritage. While olives were a significant crop in Fallbrook’s early days and nursery plants account for the greatest revenue numbers today, it is the immensely popular avocado that has become its trademark product. While the avocado industry locally does its share to help San Diego County produce over $121 million in avocados, it’s the ornamental trees and shrubs that produce over $400 million county-wide and flowers over $250 million annually. Then there are a wide variety of citrus and exotic fruits, macadamia nuts, kiwi, persimmons, pomegranates, wine grapes, and more compose the remainder of the agricultural industry in the area. With several packing plants available, Fallbrook and Bonsall offer ideal climate and conditions for large-scale growing operations and farms. Recognized throughout California as an event that shouldn’t be missed, the Avocado Festival is held every April – unless a pandemic strikes. Nearly 100K visitors converge on Fallbrook to sample one of the avocado’s most famous dishes – guacamole. Colorful booths line Main Avenue and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for

2019 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

2019 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

purchase. Live bands and other entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festivalgoers. Beer gardens and food vendors cater to every whim. Reigning over the Avocado Festival is Miss Fallbrook, who helps interview young contestants for the position of “Little Miss and Mister Avocado.” The annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade is another large-scale event held for the benefit of the community. A gift from the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, this beautiful evening parade is held each year at the beginning of December. The parade includes nearly 150 entries from the very small, sweet entries to large elaborate illuminated floats. The parade showcases all the organizations that play key roles in Fallbrook’s well-being. It’s a chilly night that visitors won’t forget. Bring warm jackets, caps, and mittens for the family. Steaming hot cocoa, homemade cookies, and other special treats are offered for sale along the route. Bright, shiny fire engines carry high spirited cheerleaders, and high school bands fill the air with music. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton always play an important role in the Fallbrook Christmas Parade, as they march down Main Street in their crisp uniforms.

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Main Street Cafe.

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While taking in the surrounding agriculture and landscape, visitors and residents will notice many equestrian properties in the community. Private horse breeders, trainers, and boarding centers are significant in number, as Bonsall boasts the renowned and respected San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. It is the only auxiliary training track continuously approved since 1984 by the California Horse Racing Board. This widely acclaimed facility offers a onemile track and a smaller training track, as well as an equine pool and many other amenities. The beauty of the area is complemented by hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including rabbits, coyotes, squirrels, opossums, mountain lions, deer, bobcat, racoons, and more. Children and adults alike can sit alongside area creeks and view frogs and other species that favor riparian areas. The rich soil of the area has produced some beautiful gems and minerals in local mines. Gem experts have shipped billions of dollars of beautifully colored pink and green tourmaline worldwide from these mines that are now primarily inactive. The fascinating displays at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Museum on Alvarado Street tell the story of this interesting aspect of area history.

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Fallbrook Oil Co. is a family owned business that has been operating since 1960. We are an essential petroleum product and service company that provides bulk deliveries of fuels and lubricants. We fully stock our warehouse so that we can give the most complete and fastest service possible. Our customers include golf courses, school districts, government agencies, transit companies, construction companies, agriculture, and industrial machine operators. Fallbrook Oil understands the impact petroleum product supply has on your business. We have the friendliest staff willing to go the extra mile for you so that you may focus on the other demands of your business. Our goal is to be your fuel and lubricant source. We will accomplish this with the fastest, most reliable service and competitive pricing. Contact us at (760) 728-1723, (951) 676-3288 or (760) 728-7703 to find out more on how we would like to become your fuel and lubricant source. Or stop by at 1208 S. Main St. in beautiful Fallbrook and meet Lee Sr., Linda, Lee Jr., Gustavo & Gwen to discuss your petroleum needs. 79

Fallbrook and Bonsall are home to many beautiful hiking trails to enjoy the natural beauty.

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Worthy of a visit, museum docents are well-informed and enjoy sharing Fallbrook history with visitors. The Fallbrook Library has the distinction of being the first branch in the San Diego County library system and was established over 90 years ago. In 1963, a handful of members from the local chapter of the American Association of University Women started the Friends of the Fallbrook Library to provide ongoing community support for the library. Today, all residents can enjoy one of the most beautiful libraries in the county with double the floor space of the other 11 branches. It is full of color and local art, as well as spacious meeting rooms. While motoring around the community, residents shouldn’t be surprised if to see people driving beautiful vintage automobiles throughout the countryside. Droves of car enthusiasts call Fallbrook and Bonsall home. Over 20,000 spectators, from miles around, travel to this area for the annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Show and Swap Meet, which is usually held in May. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be held Aug. 23. Whether car enthusiasts are enamored by Model A Fords, 1950s T-Birds, classic Mustangs, or glossy hot rods, this show is the one they don’t want to miss. Each year, close to 450 vehicles are entered into the show and over 50 vendors offer automotive-related swap meet items. Live music, food, and cold drinks are offered for families enjoying the event. Meeting on a year-round basis, members of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club are a friendly group that organizes outings, picnics, and more. New members are always welcome. For the perfect weekend getaway, Fallbrook and Bonsall offer myriad choices. Golf enthusiasts will find several quality courses to choose from. Local inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments cater to weekenders that wish to escape to a rural destination for rest and relaxation. Accommodations range from affordable motel rooms to high-end establishments complete with exquisite antiques. Many visitors fall in love with the community upon their first Ways YOU can help visit and make it a goal to purchase a home or property here. Local • Make a financial contribution real estate has proven to be not only a solid investment, but, in most – we buy in bulk, stretching recent years, a lucrative one. your dollars further While the median home value, according to Californiahometown• Volunteer your time in Fallbrook is $633K and $845K in Bonsall. The range is diverse and local Realtors are the best resource as they are ex• Support our Annual perts on this area. They are pleased to assist homebuyers in finding Charity Events the perfect property to suit them and their family’s needs. Whether • Organize YOUR personal they desire a low maintenance condominium, a traditional singleFUND DRIVE family home, a home in a privately gated community, or acreage to • Donate fruits and vegetables build a new custom home on, the area offers a variety of options. from your garden or grove Upon learning about the many areas in which Fallbrook and Bon• We also accept nonperishable sall are model communities, new residents commonly lend their items (please no glass) support to their favorite cause. It also provides a good way to meet new friends and give back to their community. Whether they are farmFeeding Those in Need with a workers, educators, business owners, corporate executives, or professionMARKET STYLE DISTRIBUTION als, a strong sense of community spirit Monday-Friday 9:30am-12:30pm seems to be woven into the fabric of 140 N. Brandon Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 their beings as Village residents. 760.728.7608 The median age in Fallbrook is 40 years. While the average household in- Local alligator lizard. “when you are hungry, nothing else matters.”

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Youth Development Strategy:

Club Sites:

Our Boys & Girls Clubs programs promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, a sense of belonging and a sense of power & influence.

• Ingold Unit • Fallbrook Street Elementary • William H. Frazier Elementary • Live Oak Elementary • Maie Ellis Elementary • La Paloma Elementary • Potter Jr. High • Turnagain Arms Apartments

With this strategy, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created to provide an opportunity for our youth to BE GREAT!

Our Mission: Hours of Operation: School year from school dismissal until 6:00pm Closed all school holidays and summer

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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Chris Murphy speaks at the 2019 Murphy & Murphy Charity Golf Tournament. Shane Gibson photos

Guests bid on items to raise money for The Fallbrook Food Pantry at the 2019 Murphy & Murphy Charity Golf Tournament.

come is $95,000 in Fallbrook and $124,000 in Bonsall, the earnings range is wide because of the diverse socio-economic makeup of the community as well as a large affluent retired population in both Fallbrook and Bonsall. Current population figures are about 51,053 for Fallbrook and 4,900 for Bonsall. Young people are a valued part of the population in the area, and they start early participating in worthy endeavors. Because of the area’s rich agricultural heritage, the Fallbrook and Bonsall 4-H Club programs are popular with area youth, as is the Rainbow Valley Grange. Fallbrook High School’s National FFA Organization and Agriculture Department have garnered many awards on a state and

2019 Boys & Girls Club of North County Dinner & Auction Gala. Shane Gibson photos

Horses, Hats & Hope benefit for REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program and Foundation for Senior Care.

national level. Students can develop skills in raising and showing livestock as well as floriculture and home arts. A sense of personal responsibility and community pride are just two things youth bring away from these valuable experiences. Members regularly participate in the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar and earn top dollar at the Livestock Auction for cattle, swine, sheep and poultry. The educational training ground for the “big show” is the annual Fallbrook Youth Fair, sponsored by the Optimist Club since 1956. Held at the Fallbrook High School Agriculture Department, this community fair allows youth involved in the program an opportunity to practice showing their animals and other work. Delicious barbecue food, game booths, an art show, and more round out the rural goodness of this family-oriented event.

Angel Society of Fallbrook

Celebrating 42 years

serving the greater Fallbrook community

ince 1978, the Angel Society has donated more than $4 Sthrough million in funds for local nonprofits and other worthy causes the operation of our Angel Shop. We are proud of our success, but also grateful for the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, who have numbered in the thousands over the years. We are also thankful for the generosity of the many members of our community who bring to our door their donations of gently used clothing, household goods, small furniture, children’s toys and collectibles. Your support has been vital to our thriving business. Together, we look forward to many more years of serving the greater Fallbrook community. The Angel Shop is located at 1002 S. Main, Fallbrook, CA 92028 (corner of Main Avenue and Aviation Road)

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The youth program at Fallbrook School of the Arts is very popular. Courtesy photo

A school planting at the preserve. Courtesy photo

Providing quality education for area children is foremost for parents in the area. Fallbrook and Bonsall offer eight public elementary schools as well as Potter Junior High School, Sullivan Middle School, Vallecitos School, and Fallbrook and Bonsall high schools. Fallbrook offers a home-school program, and there are also quality private schools in the area. Recreational opportunities abound for youth and adults in the Fallbrook and Bonsall area. Organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, Fallbrook Youth Baseball, Bonsall Valley Little League, Fallbrook Youth Soccer, and Fallbrook Pony Club provide a wide range of age divisions for youth wishing to be involved. A complete schedule of adult team sports, individual instruction and other recreational opportunities are offered through the Fallbrook Community Center. One distinct source of pride is the Ingold Community Sports

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Fallbrook Foundation for Senior care veterans pinning ceremony. Shane Gibson photo

Park, installed from the generosity of private benefactors and community service groups. Fallbrook 9/11 Memorial Hill Climb. Shane Gibson photo A drive down Stage Coach Lane provides an overview of several local churches, which along with those found around the community, provide outstanding opportunities for worship. A historic landmark in town, the First Christian Church is located at the corner of Fig Street and South Mission Road and boasts a wonderfully tall steeple. Known as a strong faith community with a firm belief in Christian unity, residents are respectful and considerate of fellow congregations. While there isn’t currently a local temple for those of the Jewish faith, or a mosque for those of the Muslim faith, both of those can be found in neighborhing Temecula. A neighbor that residents can be very proud of is the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and the “Friendly Village” is. While the base contains over 35,000 residents, many military families choose to reside off base in Fallbrook or Bonsall. Many local families welcome Marines into their homes for holiday dinners. It is with great pride and admiration that the community calls Camp Pendleton their neighbor and gladly includes these members of the armed services in their gatherings and events. Serving and protecting area residents are the quality individuals affiliated with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, North County Fire Protection District, the California Department of Forestry, and the California Highway Patrol. With state-of-theart equipment capable of handling all types of emergencies, these individuals accept responsibility for providing exceptional care of Fallbrook and Bonsall residents. The dedicated volunteers with the Trauma Intervention Program make themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist individuals and families in crisis. The external beauty of the Fallbrook and Bonsall area is easily recognized, but when people look past the surface, it is fascinating to see how many wonderful things about the area are a direct result of nonprofit organizations and volunteers from Rotary clubs, women’s clubs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Kiwanis, Lions Club, and so many more. Each one has made their mark with significant contributions. The Friendly Villages did not happen on their own; they were built, careFallbrook Warrior Football veterans fully and diligently by caring people who night game. Shane Gibson photo dared to make a difference.

Nonprofit Organizations & Service Clubs A rts CAST and Mission Theater 200 North Main Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-2278 Fallbrook Art Center 103 South Main Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1414


Fallbrook Chorale 731 South Stage Coach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 390-9726 Fallbrook Music Society P.O. Box 340 Fallbrook, CA 92088 131 West Beech Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 451-8644 Fallbrook School of the Arts 310 East Alvarado Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-6383

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Bonsall Chamber of Commerce 5256 South Mission Road Suite 311 Bonsall, CA 92003 (760) 630-1933

Bonsall Education Foundation 5256 South Mission Road, Suite 703 #606 Bonsall, CA 92008

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce 111 South Main Avenue Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-5845

California Retired Teachers Association, Avocado Division 81 Fallbrook Headstart MAAC Project (Full Day) 901 Alturas Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-2062

Foundation for Senior Care 135 South Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-7570 PO. Box 2155 Fallbrook CA 92088 North County Lifeline 200 Michigan Avenue Vista, CA 92084 (760) 726-4900 REINS 4461 South Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-9168

Hobbies Fallbrook Adult Softball League Ron Montoya photo

Fallbrook Headstart MAAC Project (Half Day) 401 West Fallbrook Street Fallbrook, CA 92029 (760) 723-4189

Fallbrook Trails Council PO Box 316 Fallbrook, CA 92088

Fallbrook Literacy Center (760) 723-2294

The “Club” Adult Day Care 320 West Alvarado Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-0890

Envi ronment Fallbrook Beautification Alliance P.O. Box 434 Fallbrook, CA 92088 Fallbrook Land Conservancy 1815 South Stage Coach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 728-0889 Live Oak Park Coalition 2746 Reche Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 SOURCEBOOK 2020


Fallbrook Regional Health District 138 South Brandon Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-9187 Hope Clinic for Women 125 East Hawthorne St Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-4105 PO Box 1588 Fallbrook, CA 92088

Fallbrook Amateur Radio Fallbrook Camera Club (760) 451-6484 Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society 123 West Alvarado Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1130 Fallbrook Quilt Guild PO. Box 1704 Fallbrook, CA 92088 Fallbrook Vintage Car Club PO. Box 714 Fallbrook, CA 92088

Local/ Govt/Political ARC - Association for the Rainbow Community 5307 5th Street Rainbow, CA 92028 Bonsall Community Center Assoc. 31505 Old River Road Bonsall, CA 92003 (760) 631-5200 Bonsall Community Sponsor Group Fallbrook Community Planning Group (760) 715-3359 Fallbrook Democratic Club 331 East Elder Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 895-1778 Fallbrook Republican Women Federated PO. Box 1328 Fallbrook, CA 92088 RepublicanWomenOfCa.Fallbrook@ Fallbrook Village Association PO. Box 2438 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 723-8384 FPUD 990 East Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1125 Morro Hills Community Services District PO. Box 161 Fallbrook, CA 92088-0161 (760) 723-3642 Rainbow Municipal Water District 3707 Old Highway 395 Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1178 87



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 Women’s Auxiliary Men’s Auxiliary 1175 Old Stage Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-8784

Angel Shop; Angel Society of Fallbrook 1002 S. Main Ave. Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-6513

Seniors The “Club” Adult Day Care 320 West Alvarado Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-0890 Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center 399 Heald Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-4498 Fallbrook Senior Softball (760) 751-8389 Foundation for Senior Care 135 South Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-7570 P.O. Box 2155, Fallbrook, CA 92088

Bonsall Rotary Club PO. Box 934 Bonsall, CA 92003 Bonsall Women’s Club PO. Box 545 Bonsall, CA 92003 Bottom Shelf/Friends of the Fallbrook Library 124 S. Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 451-9606 Care Van Free transportation for seniors and the disabled (760) 723-7570 Christians Praying for Revival Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary 232 W. Aviation Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 685-3533

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Fallbrook Community Center 341 Heald Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1671 Fallbrook Food Pantry 140 North Brandon Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-7608 Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 203 Rocky Crest Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-7830 Fallbrook Village Rotary P.O. Box 2186 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 731-7321 fallbrookvillagerotary​ Fallbrook Woman’s Club 238 West Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-1758 PO. Box 208 Fallbrook, CA 92088

Hidden Treasure Thrift Store 913 South Main Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-2800 Legacy, The Community Foundation 5256 South Mission Road, Suite 1210 Bonsall, CA 92003 760-941-8646 Milena’s Thrift Boutique 129 East Hawthorne Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 Rotary Club of Fallbrook PO. Box 1227 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 694-8688 St. John’s Thrift Shop 1075 South Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-9520 St. Vincent de Paul 520 South Main Avenue Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-7012

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Special Interest Cairin Terrier Club of Southern California (760) 728-7133 California Macadamia Society P.O. Box 1298 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 728-8081 Community Learning Center Computer Classes and Open Lab (760) 723-7570

Support Services Daughters of the British Empire Daughters of Norway Hulda Garborg Lodge No. 49 (760) 468-7406 Fallbrook Alumni Association

Fallbrook Garden Club P.O. Box 1702 Fallbrook, CA 92088 fallbrookgardenclub@ Fallbrook Historical Society PO Box number 1375 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 723-4125 Fallbrook Newcomers Club P.O. Box 1392 Fallbrook, CA 92088 fallbrooknewcomers@ Fallbrook Riders Club 1627 South Stagecoach Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 Fallbrook Running & Walking Club (760) 689-8800 Palm Society of Southern California (714) 529-3150 Rainbow Valley Grange (760) 468-7406 www. grange. org/ rainbowvalleyca689/ Rally for Children P.O. Box 2575 Fallbrook, CA 92088

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Al-Anon Family Groups, AI-ATeen 800-690-2666 Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 Grief Support Group 521 East Elder Street, Suite 208 Fallbrook, CA 92028 (Silvergate - where meetings are) (760) 728-8880 Mothers of Preschoolers (760) 941-1430 Palomar Family Counseling 120 West Hawthorne Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 731-3235

Youth Boys and Girls Club of North County 445 East Ivy Street Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-5871 Fallbrook Pop Warner P.O. Box 1866 Fallbrook, CA 92088 Fallbrook Youth Baseball 324 Elm Tree Lane Fallbrook, CA 92028 Fallbrook Youth Soccer P.O. Box 271 Fallbrook, CA 92088 (760) 529-0909 Girl Scouts of San Diego Imperial Council (800) 643-4798 89

The Grape Awakening Local wine producers stay on the artisanal path

by Sandra Shrader Editor’s note: This article was published when the state of California’s mandate was in effect to close all nonessential services in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Check with the wineries about wine purchasing and shipping options, and whether the wineries are open to the public.


o the wineries quaintly dotting the hills and valleys in and around Fallbrook, small is beautiful. The dozen or so wineries in this area is presently small in number compared to Temecula, or wineries in San Diego County overall, but winemakers here believe that the rural seclusion adds to an off-the-beaten-trail thrill of discovery for oenophiles, amateurs and connoisseurs alike. The vineyards in this area are for the most part located on small-to-middling parcels of acreage, and their growth, care and harvesting is often a family affair. Also the wines produced here, uniquely crafted and conjured from grape varietals native to Italy and France as well as from Baja California and Northern and Central California, are mostly done in small or medium batches. All of these reasons give Fallbrook winemakers, along with the coastal sea breeze and subtle range of microclimates, a lot more creative leeway than exists with older more established California wine producers who generally make wines which are mass-marketed, but may also be limited to using select grapes and specific winemaking techniques. “Most of the wineries here are much, much newer than the bigger established wineries which are in places like Napa and Sonoma.

And because we are smaller, we can experiment with growing different grape varietals,” Lisa Iacobelli said, who, along her husband Dr. Ronei Iacobelli, owns and operates Estate D’Iacobelli Winery on 15 acres bordering Pala Mesa Golf Resort in Fallbrook. “And I think that is what makes winemaking here unique,” she said. “Visitors to wineries in the Fallbrook region get to try new wines that they might never know about or find elsewhere.” As is the case with Estate D’Iacobelli Winery, nearly all of the small wineries in the area are family-owned, thus making visits to the establishments by new visitors and local residents warmly received. “My husband Ronei, who grew up watching his Italian grandfather make wine in Italy, keeps an eye on vineyards here, but I really enjoy overseeing our tasting room,” Iacobelli said. “I have fun meeting people, making new friends and sharing our wines with them.” In 1998, the couple bought 20 acres in Temecula Wine Country and established a vineyard there, selling their grapes to local wineries. But when Estate D’Iacobelli became a licensed winery in 2010 and the Iacobellis began envisioning plans for a building with a wine tasting room, they decided to eschew the Temecula winery scene.

Estate D’Iacobelli Winery is nestled on a 15-acre hilltop of citrus trees and a vineyard of Italian varietals. Courtesy photos

They began looking in the Fallbrook area where a fledgling community of small boutique wine producers was beginning to take hold and the region was already home to one longtime commercial winery—Fallbrook Winery—which had been crafting wine here since the late 1990s. In 2013 the Iacobellis purchased 15 acres with “a southern exposure which was perfect for planting Italian varietals,” Iacobelli

said, adding that the soil in Fallbrook is mostly decomposed granite which helps prevent the grapevines from getting “wet feet” which arises when poorly draining soil leads to root rot. Estate D’Iacobelli Winery produces red, white and sweet wines including Barberino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and Muscato – the winery’s version of Moscato wine from Italy. Its wine tasting room is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment

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Beach House Winery’s hilltop tasting room provides scenic views and sunsets.

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Monday-Thursday. The winery produces about 300 to 400 cases of wine annually, and their wines are sold at local markets and restaurants in Fallbrook and the surrounding communities. As with the Iacobellis, winemaking is a fulfilling hobby-turnedfamily-business for George and Kim Murray of Beach House Winery. Their hilltop winery and tasting room, established in 2010, is located in nearby Oceanside, and the vineyard on their four-acre property is planted on the border between Fallbrook and Oceanside. For the Murrays, who have a combined background of 30 years of winemaking experience between them, keeping their winery boutique-sized is a plus. “There are always challenges with winemaking, and we do it all here. But we want to provide the best individual service we can for our visitors and customers so having a small winery works well for us,” Kim Murray said, adding that the couple’s 18-year-old son also helps out with remodeling chores and shuttle service when needed for large events at winery. Beach House Winery also sells to local restaurants and markets, and its wine menu at the winery/tasting room includes Viognier and Chardonnay white wines, Rosé and Grenache, and red wines like Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery, which produces approximately 1200 cases of wine per year, was among those nominated this year as “Best Local Winery in 2020” in a viewers’ choice survey by Fox 5 San Diego. Its tasting room is open Saturday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and all other days by appointment. Murray considers the growing enclave of passionate winemakers in this region to be another great selling point for boosting wine tourism here. “Whenever someone comes in to Beach House Winery, enjoys our wine, and then is curious about the wine produced in this area of North County San Diego, I tell them to be sure and visit the other wineries here too,” she said.

Fallbrook Winery’s wines have been winning gold, silver and other awards for more than a decade, including a Double Gold for their 33° North Merlot 2015 at the recent 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Courtesy photos Wine Competition.

“The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce also does a great job in featuring the local wineries, and most of those same wineries are members of the San Diego County Vintners’ Association so this area does get some attention,” Murray said, going on to say that a few members of the winemaking community have been mulling over ways to encourage small-scale winery tours here where possible. Still she concedes along with Iacobelli that marketing the wineries in the Fallbrook area is a delicate balance between getting more exposure and still keeping the hidden-jewel


charm of the wineries and the accompanying personal touch of individuals who have a passion for making wine. “Some of the wineries here are owned and operated by people like us who are retirees, some are hobbyists, some of them are owned by people who love make wine but also have other careers going at the same time, and others which are run by families,” Murray said. The granddaddy of the wineries in the region is Fallbrook Winery which has produced award-winning red and white wines here for 22 years. Although the winery is much larger than other


Wine harvest interns Christian Rojas-Bartlett, left, and Amelia Pargellis “punch down” grape skins and solids during fermentation at Fallbrook Winery’s 2017 harvest. Courtesy Anne Watson Photography

The visitors’ wine cellar room at Fallbrook Winery. A separate barrel room at the winery is used for storing about 1,000 oak barrels of wine. Courtesy Anne Watson Photography

Fallbrook Winery’s labeling machine at work, wrapping front and back labels around wine bottles. Equniox Photo 94

wine producers here, its focus on crafting with Syrah, Grenache and Sauvignon wines, however, continues to be of the Blanc. Its wines are sold in restaurants and same passionate character that motivates retailers throughout Southern California the smaller winery owners. Like the boutique wineries which have and U.S. The wines and Fallbrook Winsprung up here within the past decade, ery itself have been consistent award winners for several Fallbrook Winery too years, including rewas started with empcently receiving the ty land and a wine“Best Local Winery in making vision. 2020” award in a view“It’s hard to imagers’ choice survey conine now, but there was ducted earlier this year nothing but bare land by Fox 5 San Diego here when we purNews. chased the property. Getting more publicWe had to plant it all,” ity and marketing exIra Gourvitz, owner posure in California’s of Fallbrook Winery, wine industry has been said, adding that the slow in coming for the site, once owned by community of winera long-defunct sparies in the Fallbrook kling wine-making area, Gourvitz said. business, was in Fallbrook Winery proprietors Rebecca Wood and Courtesy photo “Wine writers tradiforeclosure when he Ira Gourvitz. tionally don’t go any and his wife Rebecca Wood acquired it and began their win- further south than Orange County,” he explained, referring to people who craft ery in 1998. But Gourvitz, who had previous ex- influential content about wine for print perience in Sonoma County’s winemak- and online outlets. “So they generally haven’t yet reing industry and the liquor distribution business, recognized immediately that viewed the wineries and wines of this Fallbrook’s “terroir” was superlative for area. But that will change. I am confident that the Fallbrook region will continue to growing various wine grapes. And he is still as enthusiastic today attract more wineries. The conditions for about the winemaking environment here growing different varietals here are that as when he first visited the quietly pas- good,” he said. Also positive about the growth of toral—and at that time largely unknown to the California winemaking industry— wineries in the future here are Monserlandscape dominated by avocado and ate Winery owners Jade and Julie Work, who in November 2016 purchased for citrus trees. “This region gets the ocean breezes, $4.1 million a 116-acre distressed golf and it has a moderate microclimate as course and since-razed club house in the well as decomposed granite soil and soil heart of Fallbrook’s Gird Valley. Jade Work, a former professional drainage for growing different grape varietals,” he said, adding that the winery golfer who builds golf courses across not only possesses its own 27-acre vine- the United States, decided to convert the yard but also has 16 vineyard contracts property into a large vineyard with a with area growers who supply grapes wine-making facility, wine tasting room, restaurant and event center. grown on parcels of one acre or larger. Much like the three-year wait time “We can produce a number of different wines here, and that makes the area necessary for vines to produce grapes which are ready for winemaking, the great for wine production,” he said. Fallbrook Winery produces Bordeaux process of bringing Monserate Winery varietal clones and includes Cabernet to harvest and construction fruition has Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Caber- required patience and a positive attitude, net Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec along Julie Work said.

Monserate Winery’s vineyards include fifteen different Italian varietals.

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Thus far 90 acres—the front “nine holes” and the back “nine holes”—have been planted with 15 varieties of Italian grapes varietals including montepulciano, aglianico, sangrantino, negroamaro, barbera, falanghina, and greco di tufo. “It’s definitely been a learning curve,” Work said, referring to both the process of planting vineyards, beginning in 2017, and meeting with local and county officials over the past three years to obtain a major use permit for construction to begin. “But we finally got our major use permit approved in February,

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A barrel of Monserate Winery’s first red wine was produced last Nov. 2019 from the winery’s vineyards.

and we produced our first five red wines last November,” she continued, adding that construction of the new winery establishment is expected to be completed by the end of this year. According to Jade Work, Monserate Winery will be a specialized winery showcasing wines made from the Italian varietal grapes grown in the vineyards on the property. “It’s very exciting and we see such potential here,” Julie Work said. “Our plans are to build a topnotch beautiful and romantic setting where people who come to the Fallbrook wine-making

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Sblendorio Winery owner Phil Sblendorio, left, and friend Mike Fenton pressing the grapes.

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region will appreciate the views of our vineyards and enjoy our wines.” Of course, an idyllic setting is intrinsic for making enjoyment of wines at the largest and the smallest wineries all the more pleasant. Sblendorio Winery, with two acres in production for making red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Rosso,

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ot very often, but occasionally I do run across someone that is determined to lease their solar system. They don’t seem to care that it may impair the ability to sell the house. Some say, “I’m going to die here, so it doesn’t matter.” This, of course, is thinking positively about the final course of one’s life. People often put the thought that they might end up in an assisted living facility that now can cost upwards and beyond $10,000.00 per month. They could need that extra hundred grand or so that it will most likely cost to get out of the lease so they can sell the house. It also shows little respect for those that might inherit the property and want to sell it at some point. The problem is that the lease programs that are out there today require that the full 240 payments must be made, regardless of any principal amount. This will not only cost a buyer up to three times the cost of the solar system, but a consumer also loses the tax credits that are now in place. Additionally, the lease constitutes a lien against the property. Most leases are now assumable; however most lenders are hesitant to make a loan for a house with a lien on the property. A new buyer would need to pay cash for the house to circumvent

this problem. Most buyers are not in a cash position, eliminating over 80% of the buyers. Jeanne Stuart, whom was my real estate agent for 25 years before she passed, handled the majority of properties that I built and sold. She was always complaining about how many escrows she lost because of the lease on the solar panels. I have had several clients that could easily pull an equity line against their house that would be much lower interest than a lease. The client would still get the current 26% Federal Tax Credit and the principal amount only would be paid off if the client or their heirs eventually sell the property or if the owners simply decide to pay it off. I have worked with US Bank on several equity lines and that program beats the lease deals into the dirt. Some people just simply do not want to take out a loan. I will just shake my head, as if the lease deal is not a loan or as if their SDG&E bill is not a payment. Go figure. The bank loan payment will most likely be smaller than the payment they were making to the Utility. It is certainly a much more acceptable payment structure than the lease deal that actually clouds the title to your home for 20 years or more. You can pay interest only for up to ten years

or more if you want. You can pay it off at any time without penalty and pay the principal amount only, not some 20 years’ worth of payments that could be upwards of a hundred grand or more. It boggles my mind that Sunrun is the largest Solar Company in the United States and the majority of their closings are leases. I recently sold a system to a client that got a bid from Sunrun; however the salesman told him he wasn’t even interested in selling them a system and gave the client a lease quote only. I do not mean to sound negative about a competitor as I know Sunrun does a very good job with their systems. And, unlike Sunpower, their stock has remained strong. It just baffles me that so many consumers would rather enter in to a much more complicated lease agreement than than to enter in to a very easy and comfortable Bank Loan, with no hassles when it comes time to sell. I have not sold any lease deals to date and really do not plan to at this time; however, I would love to talk with you about sensible ways to get Solar on your home whenever you are ready. My company is structured to service the local Fallbrook/Bonsall market and that is how we plan to keep it.

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sing a blend of established experience in the real estate industry and long-term connections to the FallbrookBonsall communities, Realtors Susie Emory and Lauren “Lo” Henning-Emory of Coldwell Banker Village Properties are a dynamic duo when it comes to helping home buyers and sellers. Emory, who moved from Orange County to a more rural lifestyle in Fallbrook in 1975, has been a Realtor in this area for thirty years, and today her office is filled with awards, photographs, testimonials and referrals from hundreds of satisfied clients. “I love meeting new people, and helping them figure out what they need and want in a home purchase or sale. I welcome the challenge of meeting my clients’ needs,” Emory said, adding with a smile that in addition to providing professional real estate services, she is “often an advisor, a good listener, a caregiver, a problem-solver and sometimes even a mind-reader.” And her knowledge about the history of the area’s housing growth and development is a definite plus for her clients. “With all the years of living here I know the north inland San Diego County area like the back of my hand,” Emory said, “and that is important because oftentimes my clients already know what local places they want to look at for purchasing a home.” Emory’s real estate partner HenningEmory also has long ties to the Fallbrook and North County area as well as with the home-buying-and-selling industry. “My Fallbrook roots go back to my greatgrandparents who owned an avocado and citrus ranch here in the 1960s-1970s,” said Henning-Emory, who is Emory’s daughter-in-law. “I attended Fallbrook High and my father was a local doctor here. My mother started her career in real estate in the 1990s and is currently a very active agent in Carlsbad,” she said, “So getting into real estate was a


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very easy decision for me to make. I grew up talking about it.” Henning-Emory has been the industry for 18 years, beginning at age 17 as a real estate agent’s assistant to owning her own business as a real estate transactions coordinator for brokers and Realtors. In 2009 she moved into the escrow world for the next three years, starting as an assistant to an escrow officer, and followed by a promotion to being an escrow sales representative. After that, she returned to coordinating real estate transactions until early 2019 when she decided to join Emory in real estate sales. “My experience is in both aspects of the real estate industry—contracts, escrow processes, timelines, negotiations, pricing and other nuances of the front ends and back ends of helping my clients to buy and sell their homes and properties,” HenningEmory said.

“There can be a hundred moving parts in a real estate purchase or sale,” she said, “And I really enjoy being a liaison between the two separate desks of real estate transactions.” Added to the partners’ real estate expertise and attention to client needs is Coldwell Banker Village Properties’ unique marketing services, Emory said, which includes a full-time graphic artist and in-house print shop for an immediate response to needed marketing materials. Both Realtors agree that the industry will continue to evolve as home buyers and sellers use communication tools such as online research, social media and text messages. What won’t change, however, is Emory’s and Henning-Emory’s commitment to providing their clients with topnotch real estate services, and to the partners’ generational love affair with Fallbrook, Bonsall and the other nearby communities.

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hen he first arrived in Fallbrook at the turn of the 20th century, James Orrin Lamb enjoyed sitting and reminiscing on the long shady porch of the Naples Hotel, the town’s wellregarded and only major lodging establishment. In his mid-70s, Lamb had plenty of stories to tell

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of what once had been part of a Spanish land grant. And he had stories to share about serving as a constable during the city of the Queen of Angels’ rowdier times in the 1890s. But to the early settlers in Fallbrook, Lamb’s tales of his voyages across the seven seas must have either been as enthralling as stories by Mark Twain or Robert Louis Stevenson. Or they were simply deemed to be yarns too tall to be credible. As with most tales, however, there were elements of pure truth in the recollections of Fallbrook’s Old Man of the Sea. In 1840 when Lamb was 14 years old, a young man living on the east coast of the United States had basically three ways to make his fortune. He could hope to better his chances by marrying into a well-to-do family, or he could settle on open land to the west and farm it. Or he could, as Lamb and thousands of men and boys did, go to sea. Born in 1825 in New York, Lamb’s life before signing up on a whaling ship had already been fraught with hardship. According to Lamb family lore, his father, James Lamb, died unexpectedly while working on the Erie Canal, an engineering marvel that connected the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and which first opened in 1825. His death, according to genealogical records, occurred in 1833 and left his family—wife Charlotte and five children including James Orrin Lamb and his younger brother Osmer Lamb—greatly impoverished. As was often done in those times when a mother had no way to support her children, Charlotte “bundled out” (sent away) her son James to live with and work for a neighbor who in turn treated the young boy badly over the next several years. In desperation, Lamb ran away and, with the help of a sympathetic uncle, managed to get a job as a cabin boy on a whaling ship set to sail out of the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Before petroleum was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1859, commercial whaling was a big business in the United States, one that dated back the 17th century in New England. For two centuries the whale population had appeared to be inexhaustible, and whale oil supplied the fuel for the lamps that illuminated the nights in American homes. In addition, the whale was the source of a boney substance called baleen used in women’s corsets, hairbrushes, buggy whips, collar stays and various other products. Thus, in the 18th and 19th centuries the vocation of a whaler SOURCEBOOK 2020

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eventually was promoted to first mate, was considered an admirable profession, according to family lore—could possibly one that was quite literally lighting up have had an experience with cannibals, a the country. story that he likely told with gusto and But life aboard a whaling ship was which has been passed down through often as long as four tedious years at the Lamb generations. sea punctuated by random bursts of According to him, he was aboard a high adrenaline pursuit and capture ship which ran into difficulties near an of the giant creatures. It was risky and island inhabited by cannibals, and Lamb dangerous because whales never gave and rest of the crew found themselves up without an enormous fight, usually surrounded by natives who were dragging crews in small rowboats for demanding to know not what, but who miles away from the mother ship. And was for dinner. the process of obtaining whale oil from Interestingly enough, Herman whale blubber was stinky and laborious Melville, the father of all whaling novels with seemingly endless cutting and Courtesy photo including Typee and Moby Dick, was boiling needed to be done before filling James Orrin Lamb. [Top] A portion of the grand panorama of a whaling voyage oil barrels. ‘round the world. Photo courtesy of Digital Commonwealth reported to have had a similar experience in Polynesia. At the age of 23, the yet-toWhaling was not for the faint of heart—injuries and deaths were common on almost every voyage, be-novelist escaped the tyrannical captain of the whaling ship to which he had signed on, and he jumped ship in 1842 in Nuku and many vessels were lost. Lamb sailed the oceans of the world before the American Hiva, an emerald paradise in the Marquesa Islands. Despite being warned by the captain that there were cannibals whaling fleet reached its all-time peak of 199 ships in 1858. While it was possible that he began working on whaling ships on the island, Melville decided to stay with with the natives for in the early 1840s, records at the New Bedford Whaling Museum four weeks, undoubtedly attracted by the affectionate attentions show that he was aboard the Uncas, a 413-ton ship which sailed of the local women. However, Melville began seeing signs among from New Bedford to the Pacific Ocean in 1846 to 1849. He worked his hosts which made him increasingly nervous that he might as a greenhand, which is the name for a hand who came to the indeed be the next sacrifice, and he fled to another part of the island where he was able to join another ship. whaling trade with no experience at all. The Uncas returned to port in 1849 with 3,400 barrels of whale Other places in the South Pacific in the 1850s were also reported to oil and 19,000 pounds of baleen—the long strips of keratin which practice cannibalism for spiritual rituals – New Guinea, parts of the form screens in the mouths of whales to strain krill, a type of tiny Solomon Islands and Fiji, which was once known as “Cannibal Isles.” crustacean, from sea water—and which also had to be carefully As for Lamb, he said that he survived his unfortunate cleaned to prevent an unpleasant odor. encounter because he smelled of tobacco, apparently making him In 1850, according to the museum’s archives, Lamb signed unpalatable, and he was released. onto the Roscius, a 25-year-old, 301-ton ship out of New Bedford. Lamb’s sailing days may have ended shortly after the Roscius He took the job as a boat steerer which meant that he would be returned to New Bedford’s port. among the rowboat crews chasing whales. As he told his children and grandchildren, on his final voyage It was a four-year voyage, and the ship and its 30 members on what was perhaps another ship, Lamb was shipwrecked within likely followed the sailing paths of other whaling vessels: south sight of land, and he clung to the vessel’s frozen rigging for hours to sail around Cape Horn of South America and into the South before being one of lucky few who were rescued. He had made Pacific Ocean; then a northern turn to the Arctic between Russia a promise to “the Almighty God,” he later recounted, that if he and Alaska; back south through Polynesia and around Australia survived, he would never go to sea again. for the colder waters above Antarctica; and finally around the Whether that story was true or not, Lamb did keep his feet Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa before the Roscius headed on terra firma from then on. He married in 1854 and began new back across the Atlantic to New Bedford. The ship returned to adventures which took him and his family across the land of this port with 2,178 barrels of oil and 16,000 pounds of baleen. country. And in 1905, the old sailor-turned-farmer found his final It was probably during the 1850-1854 voyage that Lamb—who resting place in Fallbrook’s Odd Fellows Cemetery. 102

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eorge Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Bassel, possess a great deal of imagination and a spirit of adventure, both of which have fueled their life journey. With no marked road map to follow, they marked their own. In tandem they have aesthetically renovated and artistically decorated three homes in exotic areas of the world. George and Evelyn have the creative vision to recognize a structure’s hidden potential, then foster it, resulting in a marvelous meld of the vintage and the new. Lush is the perfect word to describe their properties in Maui, Costa Rica and St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. In each place they found natural beauty surrounding the house and property, however, in each case the houses needed extensive renovation. With an eye for the artistic they worked extremely hard to create a sound and aesthetically pleasing ambiance. A cottage near the beach in Kihei, Maui caught their imagination. It was a dilapidated plantation house built in 1920 that was moved to the beach from a sugarcane plantation. They were given advice to demolish the house, but saw its potential. George and Evelyn weren’t discouraged by holes in the ceiling, or by sections in the floors where they could see the ground below. The couple renovated, then created an interior atmosphere that pulsated life, complete with George’s own tropicalinspired paintings – paintings that flowed like the sea with the Hawaiian essence of the home. Their after-renovation life was not fully blissful, though. Soon after they had completed the landscaping, a small tsunami hit Maui. The sea rose, and salt water destroyed all the plants and grass in the yard. The wave also washed coral and fish under the house. During George and Evelyn’s time on Maui the couple experienced six tsunami evacuations. The authorities would come down the street shouting into bull horns urging residents to evacuate.

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The tsunami evacuations didn’t seem to faze the locals. They would head upcountry to the parks with their “ohana” which means family in Hawaiian, dogs, cats and tents. Then after they were settled, they would break out the barbeques and music. In Costa Rica, the couple’s mountaintop jungle property was surrounded by king palms, coconut trees, and indigenous fruit trees, including mango and cashew. The sounds of the jungle – howler monkeys, toucans and flocks of wild parrots filled the air. With a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean, George and Evelyn enjoyed watching whales, dolphins, and spectacular sunsets. Their lush retreat was named, “Escaleras Al Cielo,” which, in English is, “Stairway To Heaven.” However, when they purchased the property, the house was no “stairway to heaven.” The main house – an old hacienda built of cinderblock with a tile roof – was mostly in ruins. The interior had twenty-foot ceilings, but no windows – just screens. However, it had impressive three-inch thick mahogany doors. The couple, once again, could see potential in ruins – Cinderella in the cinder blocks. The hacienda was renovated to a splendid mountaintop retreat. When George and Evelyn purchased their home on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, much of it was pristine, however the bedrooms and bathrooms needed renovation. The interior was sprawling. George’s paintings adorned the walls, and antique Chinese cabinets lent an exotic flair. The house was situated among lush vegetation of the South, including stately oaks dripping with

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The view from the Johnson’s main house in Costa Rica. The Johnson’s remodeled casita in Costa Rica.

Spanish moss. The soul and artistic enhancement of these three homes included lustrous 19th century furniture from China, vintage paintings of Costa Rica, and George’s own artwork. Now they are pleased to have found a hilltop home in Fallbrook, California with a sweeping view, acreage with avocado trees, and a lovely swimming pool. The home and gardens have a French country elegance. George and Evelyn have some new renovation ideas churning. They are dreaming of a French country house.

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George’s Museum Career George began his foray into art as a high school student working at UCLA’s Wright Gallery. He worked there for several years, then was offered a position at UCLA’s Museum of Cultural History, which is currently the Fowler Museum, where he was hired as their exhibition designer. The museum is one of the premiere collections of ethnographic art in the United States. As designer, he created exhibits and oversaw all aspects of gallery exhibitions. His career further blossomed at a party in Hollywood where he was approached regarding a position in the Decorative the J. Paul Getty Museum, George Johnson Arts & Sculpture Conservation At worked on earthquake mitigation. The work department at the J. Paul Getty included creating armatures, such as this one, Museum in Malibu. His work to keep period clocks in place. Courtesy photo at the Getty was groundbreaking. The official title of the project was “earthquake mitigation.” He and a team of artists and engineers tackled the problem of how to displace energy from an earthquake or sudden impact. These devices were to be unobtrusive structures or mounts that could be used on everything from period rooms, and massive sculptures, to delicate Renaissance glass and Majolica ceramic objects. George was tasked with designing and fabricating mounts and isolation systems in the Decorative Arts & Sculpture Conservation galleries in the newly built Getty Center in Brentwood, California. After twenty-three years at the J. Paul Getty Museum, George retired. Evelyn also worked at the Getty as administrative coordinator for Administration & Public Affairs. While George lived on Maui, he worked on Hawaiian artifacts and “ki’is” (tikis) in the Hawaiian Hall located at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu – flying back and forth from Maui each week. When he began his work at the museum, George said that several

“kahuna” which are Hawaiian shamans, had to overcome the fact that he was a “haole,” or non-native, who was working on “ki’is” – their gods. George responded in a manner that demonstrated his respect and understanding of the culture. George asked them, “Does this object still have “mana” (life energy) for you?” They responded, “Of course it does.” “Then, I wouldn’t be working on it unless it wanted me to. I was invited here by these objects.” Calm prevailed.

show through, which resulted in paintings with so much depth they resemble photographs. The grain of the wood might resemble sand or sky, and would work perfectly with the piece. Sometimes what George might think was a mistake would actually create something beautiful. “I look for brilliant mistakes – something I wasn’t planning, something that was given” he explained. “The background is a given – it is like life – and we as individuals move through it in a flash,” George explained. “With the paintings I wanted to concentrate on George’s Artistic Journey the background to give them depth and feeling. The subject, or foreground, is George has an innate artistic gift. George Johnson at Art Maui 2012 when his painting “Natural E” loaded on the tip of the brush and it’s done On Maui he was inspired to paint his was selected for exhibition at the show. in a flash. Like our life here.” Courtesy photo George Johnson now has his own webinterpretation of tropical images, as well as site, Currently featured are paintline works. “I started making lines and thought – this looks like a fish or ings from the three locations where George was uniquely inspired – the swirling sea and seaweed of Maui, Hawaii – the vithat looks like kelp,” he said. George was also inspired to paint on wood panels. If he was not brant colors and jungle life of Escaleras, Costa Rica – and the sea satisfied with a brushstroke or two, he would sand it and quickly and marshes of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Now, through his correct his mistake. He used Japanese “sumi-e” brushes to work in website, others can be inspired, amazed and calmed by George’s the mediums of oil and ink. At times, he would allow the wood to artwork.

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One-Day Breast Cancer Procedure with Xoft Intraoperative Radiation Therapy by Temecula Valley Hospital Physicist Maung Yoe-Sein prepares the intraoperative radiation therapy machine for its prescribed dose of radiation for a patient with early stage breast cancer at Temecula Valley Hospital.

Radiation oncologist Dr. Tara Washington, left, and Xoft surgical applications specialist Bill Epperly view an ultrasound showing the placement and position of the balloon inside the cavity where a breast tumor was removed during the hospital’s first intraoperative radiation therapy procedure.

Physicist Luke Chan of Xoft Inc. demonstrates how a breast intraoperative radiation therapy machine functions to Temecula Valley Hospital health care workers who will be using the new machine to radiate tissue around the site where a tumor was removed in the operating room.



emecula Valley Hospital now offers intraoperative radiation therapy for select patients with early-stage breast cancer. Breast intraoperative radiation therapy with iCAD’s Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System provides clinicians with the option to perform radiation therapy in the operating room at the time of surgery. By delivering a complete, concentrated dose of radiation at the time of lumpectomy, this treatment offers select patients an innovative alternative to traditional external beam radiation therapy with valuable benefits for patients including shorter treatment times, fewer side effects, reduced costs, added convenience and improved quality of life. “Research shows that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women and that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “Now, more than ever, IORT is a very important option for the women in our community and we are proud to offer this innovative treatment.” IORT with the Xoft system utilizes a miniaturized, isotope-free X-ray source

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to deliver a full course of targeted radiation from inside the body, directly within the tumor cavity where the cancer is most likely to recur, carefully destroying cancer cells and reducing the risk of damage to nearby healthy tissue including the heart, lungs and ribs. Traditional EBRT involves daily radiation treatments for two to 10 weeks, while IORT with the Xoft System can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. Patients appreciate that breast IORT decreases potential side effects which are more common with whole-breast irradiation and enables them to more quickly return to normal activities with minimal downtime. IORT may be delivered as a single fraction or boost at lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer. The Xoft system is FDA-cleared for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body, including early-stage breast cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancers. Visit for more information. Temecula Valley Hospital is now accepting referral patients for breast intraoperative radiation therapy. The physicians performing these procedures are breast surgeon Dr. Amy Bremner and radiation oncologist Dr. Tara Wash-

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Physicist Maung Yoe-Sein prepares Temecula Valley Hospital’s new intraoperative radiation therapy machine in the operating room before a lumpectomy.

Temecula Valley Hospital surgery staff prepare to perform the new intraoperative radiation therapy procedure on an early stage breast cancer patient.

Physicist Maung Yoe-Sein prepares a catheter connected to the intraoperative radiation therapy machine in the operating room before a lumpectomy at Temecula Valley Hospital.

Radiation oncologist Dr. Tara Washington, left, and breast surgeon Dr. Amy Bremner next to the Xoft intraoperative radiation therapy machine in a Temecula Valley Hospital operating room before performing the hospital’s first IORT treatment.

ington – both of City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other lifethreatening diseases with 30 locations in Southern California. For more information, visit Temecula Valley Hospital, with a 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents featuring 140 private patient rooms. Temecula Valley Hospital is the first Universal Health Services Hospital Emergency Department in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians as a geriatric emergency department. The hospital specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general and surgical specialties and orthopedics as a recent Blue Distinction Center Designation for quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and patients’ consecutive “A” grades for patient safety in spring 2019, fall 2018, spring 2018, fall 2017, spring 2017 and fall 2016. Xoft’s transformative vision for the future of radiation therapy began with the breakthrough development of the miniaturized Xray source – so small, it could fit on the tip of a finger. Today, this proprietary technology, combined with the comprehensive capabilities of the Xoft system, has powered the treatment of thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Every component of the advanced platform technology has been expertly engineered to improve quality of care, optimize operational workflow and increase access to patient-centric, cutting-

Temecula Valley Hospital certified surgery technician Andrea Jessup sizes a balloon that will be placed into the cavity where a breast tumor was removed. The balloon is filled with a precise amount of saline, placed in the empty cavity and the tissue surrounding the balloon where the tumor was is radiated.


Temecula Valley Hospital certified surgery technicians Ryan Hutchings and Andrea Jessup prepare for a lumpectomy and intraoperative radiation therapy treatment during the hospital’s first time performing the radiation treatment for early stage breast cancer patients.

With the intraoperative radiation therapy balloon in position, breast surgeon Dr. Amy Bremner will step away from the sterile field where the radiation oncologist and physicist step in to conduct the IORT treatment.

Physicist Maung Yoe-Sein prepares the intraoperative radiation therapy machine for its prescribed dose of radiation for a patient with early stage breast cancer at Temecula Valley Hospital.

Xoft physicist Luke Chan and Xoft surgical applications specialist Bill Epperly move shields to protect operating room staff from radiation once the intraoperative radiation therapy treatment begins on a patient with early stage breast cancer.

From left, physicist Mung Yoe-Sein, radiation oncologist Dr. Tara Washington and Xoft physicist Luke Chan begin the new breast cancer radiation treatment at Temecula Valley Hospital.

After the intraoperative radiation therapy treatment is complete, Temecula Valley Hospital operating staff step back into the operating room to begin the next process.

Radiation oncologist Dr. Tara Washington begins the process of removing the balloon from the patient’s breast after an intraoperative radiation therapy treatment.

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he only way to do great work is to love what you do,” said Steve Jobs. Richard Goble, DDS, loves what he does, and it shows in the expert work that he performs on each one of his dental practice patients. He feels that cosmetic dentistry can improve one’s image and in turn, boost confidence. “We have a wonderful team, and we are here to help our patients,” he remarked. Dr. Goble’s dental practice is not just about teeth – it’s about people. He enjoys getting to know his patients. The minute that anyone steps in the door to the warm, inviting waiting room, they feel at home. His office is equipped with advanced technology, including digital x-rays and a 3D pan, which pans through the mouth to give a three dimensional view of the entire mouth. One of the benefits of the 3D pan is that it allows Dr. Goble and his

staff to differentiate between the various diseases of the mouth. “It is the best way to get a complete diagnosis,” Dr. Goble noted. “It also allows us to put implants in and virtually see where they will go.” It pleases Dr. Goble to see the satisfaction that patients feel after coming in. “Many are, at first, very apprehensive, but we have the ability to make top quality crowns that last a long time – in one appointment,” he said. These crowns are bonded and beautiful. There are advantages to making same-day crowns. Patients skip the series of appointments needed for traditional crowns, and they also avoid the uncomfortable feeling of wearing an ill-fitting temporary cap. Dr. Goble has been making a difference in the lives of his patients through dentistry for 38 years. It was a life-long dream

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of his because his father was a dentist, and he could see that he enjoyed his work. Dr. Goble earned his DDS degree in 1976 from the University of the Pacific Dental School, and continued his education at the post-graduate dental school – Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry. As a result of his training, Dr. Goble is adept at advanced techniques in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry. After Dr. Goble completed his dentistry degree he joined his father Dr. Gaylord G. Goble in his Beverly Hills practice. But, in 1991, searching for a more peaceful, rural atmosphere, Dr. Goble and his family moved to Fallbrook, where he established his practice. Getting that perfect smile has never been easier. Just pick up the phone and call (760) 728-2261. Also, find out how Dr. Goble’s patients rave about their treatment at the website:

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Rachel Bender and Buck Branson gaze at their newborn daughter Charlotte shortly after birth. She is the couple’s second child to be born at Acorn Community Birth and Wellness Center in a peaceful water birth. Courtesy photos

[Top and Right] Footprints of 120 babies who were born at Acorn Community Birth and Wellness Center in 2019 adorn the walls at their Fallbrook facility. Shane Gibson photos


risti Lewis goes to work every day grateful that she gets to do amazing work and help people who would otherwise not have the option of midwifery care. As director of the Acorn Community Birth and Wellness Center in Fallbrook, she also welcomes the opportunity to grow the midwifery profession by educating many student midwives. “We opened our doors in August of 2016 for prenatal and reproductive wellness care, and our first baby was born on Christmas Eve of that year,” licensed midwife Lewis said. “Karen Pecora and I were the original founders, and we came from home birth midwifery practices beforehand. We also had our own babies at home with midwives, so that style really influences the type of care we give and the feel of our birth center.” The center was borne from the desire of co-founder Pecora to leave a legacy of a birth center in her community who approached Lewis with the idea. “In 2014, licensed midwives gained the ability to be Medi-Cal providers for the first time in California, and this was huge because before this the only families that could access midwifery care outside of the hospital were the ones that could afford to pay cash or had private insurance,” Lewis, mother of two home-birthed children, said. “For families seeking to have a natural, non-medicated birth or to minimize medical interventions in their labor, and who are healthy and considered low-risk, midwifery care has been proven to be just as safe as obstetric care, has lowered Cesarean rates, has reduced both medical interventions and the possible complications that can come from those interventions, not to mention that it is much more economical than birthing in the hospital.” Lewis said that is where her passion lies within her own practice – that every woman, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances, deserves to have options on how and where she wants to birth her children, and deserves access to excellent care. “It is my goal that this birth center be part of the solution to ending disparities in health care for low-income and minority families,” she said. Women seek midwifery care for a variety of reasons including more personalized attention and a more natural and holistic approach to pregnancy care and birth. Others want providers who are experts in what is normal and who treat birth as a sacred and transformational event in their family’s life. All these reasons are satisfied at Acorn. The practice has grown by 30% each year since it opened with 60 attended births in 2017, about 90 in 2018 and approximately 130 in 2019. Lewis said about one-third are home births with the rest occurring at the birth center.

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“I think because midwifery care and out of hospital birth are not as common in the United States as in other countries, some people just lack knowledge about what kind of care providers we are,” Lewis said. “They don’t realize that, in addition to being skilled in holistic therapies such as body work and herbs, we also have a medical license directly from the state of California Medical Board. They don’t realize that we have advanced training in life-saving techniques such as neonatal resuscitation. They don’t realize that being experts in normal, physiologic birth actually helps them to be safer, because we can intervene and prevent problems right at the beginning before they become bigger problems.” This lack of widespread knowledge is why Lewis and her staff continue educating the public and other health providers on what midwifery care is and how it can work in the existing health care system as a community-based solution to the many challenges being faced by hospital-based obstetric care. “And midwifery care is also about building relationships with our clients, which allows us to know them and their families in a way that is satisfying for all people involved, allows us to truly know their preferences and needs, and helps us to provide them excellent care,” Lewis said. Being a midwife does generate some personal challenges as well, especially when trying to keep a schedule. “You work when the babies decide to come, which means a lot of long sleepless nights, leaving family events at a moment’s notice, and always being behind on the laundry and dishes,” Lewis said. “A good support system and extremely understanding family are huge parts of why I can be successful in this job. I also need to make the time for good self-care.” The birth center employs two additional licensed midwives, a craniosacral/massage therapist, an office manager, a billing manager, and approximately eight student midwives at any given time. Acorn serves as a clinical site for four different midwifery schools located throughout the United States. San Diego has the only on-site midwifery school in the state of California, the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. “I get to work with so many intelligent, strong-willed, passionate women who just want to make the best decisions for their growing families – it’s fantastic,” Lewis said. For additional information, go to or call (760) 645-3447.

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hen a young girl finds she has an unplanned pregnancy, where does she turn? Her family is a great place to start, but for one reason or another, she may feel that’s not an option or she may need additional support. Planned Parenthood may be considered, but it has the reputation of having only one answer: Abortion. There are other options, from keeping the baby to adoption – even “open adoption.” And there’s a special place in Fallbrook for young women facing a crisis pregnancy to discover answers and receive caring support. Known as the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center when it opened in 2001, the organization changed its name to Hope Clinic for Women in July 2019. It also relocated into the heart of the Friendly Village at 125 E. Hawthorne St. in Fallbrook. The new name has two key words: Hope and Clinic. According to Executive Director Carolyn Koole, the “hope” is that an unplanned pregnancy isn’t the end of the world. The “hope” is also for the young woman to realize God has a plan for her life, and it’s a plan with hope – for both her and the tiny life in her womb. “Clinic” has special meaning because any day now, following years of planning and fundraising, the nonprofit agency will become a full-fledged medical clinic. It means they will be able to offer pregnancy testing, ultrasound imaging of the baby, STD testing and other services that only a state-authorized facility can perform. “We’re very excited to become a medical clinic,” Koole said. “We will be able to offer so much more for our clients.” The ministry is supported primarily by local churches. Clients pay nothing for any of the services. The women who decide to keep their baby receive plenty of necessary items to make the journey less stressful – plus loving support. 120

“We don’t hide the fact that we’re a Christian organization,” Koole said. “But we’re not a church. We’re open about sharing our faith if there’s an interest, but that is not why the girls come. They need help – and hope. “Our purpose is not to evangelize. We don’t have scriptures on our walls, but we will pray with the girls if they desire. We won’t talk bad about Planned Parenthood. If the girl chooses abortion, we give them direction and ask them to come back for support afterward,” she said. The organization is not political, but there are a few issues the center has chosen to defend against. Ironically, one of the fights was about the same walls on which the center chose not to display Bible verses. The state passed a law several years ago that required all pregnancy care centers to prominently post a sign referring girls to Planned Parenthood. However, through the efforts of pro bono attorneys, the Fallbrook center eventually won the case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Also recently, the state has instituted a sweeping new framework for sex education in the classroom, which conservative parents say is too graphic and too explicit – and too early in an elementary school students’ education. Koole said it’s a battle worth fighting for many reasons. For one thing, she has noticed an increase in younger clients testing positive for sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence is the best solution for STDs, she said. With the center becoming classified as a clinic, it will be able to perform STD testing and pregnancy testing, as well as well-woman examinations. Hope Clinic for Women’s services are focused on ages 15 to 24. They have about 50 clients a year. Many are teenagers in high school, Koole said, but there are also women with multiple children at home who have had an abortion before, military women and the wives of

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servicemen. “We’re on the front lines with supporting life,” Koole said. “It’s all about the girls.” The center is currently operating two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed for lunch 1-2 p.m. The new clinic will be able to accommodate six to eight women at a time. However, once the medical clinic status is achieved, Koole said they would like to stay open more hours. The eventual goal is to be open six days a week, including Saturdays and some evenings. The ultrasound tests have been available at the center through a mobile clinic, but just one day a month. When the medical license is granted, there will be two ultrasound machines in patient rooms. Staffing is being trained now to operate the machines and explain what is shown. Dr. Theresa Stigen is the medical doctor for Hope Clinic. Planned Parenthood doesn’t offer ultrasounds, Koole said, denying the girls the opportunity to see the life in their womb. “The baby has a right to be seen,” she said. “We don’t try to influence the client’s decision,” Koole said. “We present all the facts, and it’s really up to them. An ultrasound is sometimes the difference-maker. If they decide to keep the baby, we’re here for them – for two years – to offer help, including the development of parenting skills.” Koole said the key to the ministry is developing trusting relationships with the clients. Trained volunteers are committed to three hours a week. “Confidentially is imperative,” Koole said. “The only thing we have to report is abuse and trafficking.” The organization’s annual Live Life gala was held in February with a smaller number of people attending, Koole said. However, the attendees raised more money than expected. “God moved a mountain!” she said. However, annual giving last year was tough, she said, which brought about reduced hours, from three days a week to two. The director said that with the medical clinic status, they are looking for grants to increase the hours of operation. Koole said she appreciates the support of Fallbrook businesses. For more information, call (760) 728-4105 or visit

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“There’s not a lot of foot traffic, so at some point in time, I became appointment only,” Sommers said. “My wife and I are lucky enough to own our building, and she has a woman’s clothing store next door called Caravan. “I cannot live on Fallbrook (alone), my clientele is aging,” he said. “The millennial generation doesn’t have the collecting bug. They live in a digital age where a great reproduction is just as good as an original. They’ve been fed a diet of minimalism, No. 1, and they don’t have their parents’ curiosity or knowledge of history. It’s been a very, very challenging 12 years for everyone in my business.” Sommers pivoted again to supplement his income by going around the United States doing antique shows. He’s done shows everywhere from Miami to San Francisco. And these days, in the time of COVID-19, even that has dried up.

“We’re fighting all sorts of forces, and yet wonderful clientele is still stepping up on occasion and my doors are still open,” Sommers said. “I’m still running. I’m still ticking.” Even with all the ups and downs of running an art gallery for 23 years, the ebb and flow of the American economy, and figuring out ways to keep the doors open in a small town — Sommers wouldn’t change a thing. “Fallbrook is my favorite place in the world; it’s a city of refuge,” he said. “I live out on a river, and I just could not have scripted a more idyllic lifestyle when it works — it’s really, really good. “I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve lived over the country and I tell people, Fallbrook is a city of refuge,” he said. “Most of us are hiding. I certainly am. I have a real problem with compression in my old age of 62, and I liked to just not have people around and get to do my own thing. The freedom that I get on that

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little patch of land is pretty amazing.” The benefit of having the ability to retreat into isolation and escape from most other humans is that it makes Sommers longtime interactions with friends he’s made over the years that much sweeter. Over the years he’s cherished the friendships he’s made and the time spent with them in myriad coffee shops that have been in business in town over the past 40 years. He writes a blog, at, that gets


thousands of views each time he posts and does what he can to help his friends and local businesses thrive. Over the years, there’s been the push and pull between transplant and old avocado farmers about what the identity of downtown Fallbrook should be. These days, Sommers said he pretty much sides with the farmers. “Main Street is probably the last vestige of old Fallbrook for locals anyway and I love that,” Sommer said. “There’s room for everybody in the town. As I get older, I love it and I can’t think of a place I’d rather be.” Blue Heron Gallery is at 113 N. Main Ave. in Fallbrook. For more information, visit

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The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 100 Years Members came from diverse businesses, but were united in building a better community.

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Fallbrook in 1912. Photo courtesy of Bill Ahrend


he Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce came into existence on June 7, 1920. However, it was orga-

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nized on April 27, 1911, as the Fallbrook Commercial Club. Due to heightened economic activity, the Commercial Club was reorganized Aug. 21, 1916. The following officers were elected: President H.V. Alexander, newspaper publisher; Vice President Jess D. Hardy of Hardy’s Drug Store, and Treasurer W.M. Smelser of Citizens Commercial Bank. In December 1916, the Commercial Club publicly promoted a membership campaign with a goal of welcoming 100 members in 1917. R. H. Blacklidge, a prominent Fallbrook surveyor and civil engineer, was elected president in 1920. On June 7, 1920, the last meeting of the Commercial Club was held, and during this meeting, the Fallbrook Commercial Club became the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. R.H. Blacklidge was elected president of the newly named organization. As recorded in the local newspaper, Fallbrook Enterprise, the chamber was involved in the development of the packing houses, as well as the creation of the North County Fire Protection District. They also brought the Santa Fe railroad through town. The chamber was also instrumental in the development of water, sewer and electricity service. They were also responsible for the introduction of UPS delivery service. How did Fallbrook come to be known as the “Friendly Village?” In early 1922, the president of the chamber sponsored a “Frost Free Lemon Celebration Day,” as Fallbrook was largely regarded as a citrus town. What caused a stir was the fact that free lemonade was given to all travelers passing through town. That compassionate gesture led to Fallbrook’s unofficial title as the “Friendly Village.” Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1949 with the purpose to promote the general civic and business interests of the community. Their goals were to create a more permanent foundation for the general business, farming and manu-

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facturing interests of the community. Other goals included fostering trade, as well as advertising the advantages of the residential and agricultural aspects of the community. One of the goals – a goal that is still foremost on the minds of the chamber members – is to develop a spirit of civic pride in community. By the 1970s, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce became a clearing house and town hall, taking complaints and acting as a liaison to the county. The chamber also served as a central meeting place and information center. They provided directory assistance, business services, a visitor’s information center, and a drop off for Red Cross deliveries or community supplies. It was truly the hub of the community. During the 2007 fires, the chamber established an Out of the Ashes fund to assist those who had suffered loss. This fund was used again just a few years ago. For the last 100 years, the Fallbrook

Chamber of Commerce has helped to shape the community by its involvement in advocating for community needs, which includes many street improvement projects, as well as sidewalks and lighting. The chamber was also instrumental in establishing the Fallbrook Community Airpark. Branded way-finding signage and the “Welcome to Fallbrook” signs are also the result of the chamber’s efforts. New trash receptacles were installed in the downtown area, thanks to the chamber. The chamber continues to campaign for better street conditions, safety, and lighting. They have also taken on the causes of health and public safety, homelessness, revitalization and agricultural stability. This is all done to further improve quality of life for community residents and visitors. For the past 33 years, the chamber has hosted the popular Avocado Festival in April of each year. The event regularly


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Fallbrook in 1940. Woodbury’s, which is currently Jackson Square.

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attracts as many as 100,000 people. The Christmas Parade, the largest night parade in North County San Diego, is held in early December. A newer event is the Artisan Faire. This event showcases work by local artisans and also promotes the Small Business Saturday and Shop Local event. Other events are Papa’s & Brew as well as Wine & a Bite. Both of these events feature art by local artists. The Harvest Faire is in October. A family friendly

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event, it features craft vendors, food and drink vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides. The chamber also hosts five networking events each month, as well as educational seminars and legislative advocacy. Today, with a membership of over 500, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce still fosters that community mentality and welcomes all who visit. The chamber is happy to be a resource, a networking place, a collaborative partner, and an advocate for all who call Fallbrook home.

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ith almost 40 years of service in Southern California as a trial attorney, Robert Jackson still calls Fallbrook home to his law practice. Although he has clients from across the nation, the community of Fallbrook is a place his family has called home since he was 11-years-old. Robert attended Potter Middle School and Fallbrook High School. Being a nationally renowned lawyer, Robert brings his vast experience and expertise to every case put before him. Even though a large number of his cases are from clients across the nation, his Fallbrook roots run deep. Robert opened his first law office in Fallbrook in 1984 and is still located in the same humble building on West Alvarado Street. Robert said, “My background is in medicine, I did my graduate work in microbiology and biochemistry at University of California, Berkley. I speak the language of the doctors and professionals that work in the area of spine injuries and brain injuries“ which is what sets him apart from other trial attorneys across the nation who specialize in his type of cases. With his skill set and history of cases won for clients he is well suited to take on any type of case. However he chooses to take on cases of those people who have faced some of the worst type of accident, such as traumatic spinal and brain injuries that can decimate a person’s life. Throughout his time as a trial attorney he’s also specialized in wildfire cases where he’s represented victims in eight different states. Wildfires like the Rice Canyon Fire, which destroyed 248 structures, Robert was selected as the lead liaison counsel in the


cases against SDG&E. His efforts helped change the way that SDG&E acts to prevent wildfires. In current cases like the North Bay Fire cases and the Camp Fire case, he is one of a handful of attorneys from across the nation that serves on the leadership committee helping to steer the path of the enormous numbers of pending cases. In the Camp Fire case alone, Robert and his co council are representing in excess of 1400 families. Robert has been either lead liaison council, head trial counsel, or on the executive committee for every major wildfire case in the western United States of the past 10 years. One of the most influential cases Robert has taken on was that of a young boy who suffered from a traumatic brain injury “it took almost 4 years to bring the case to closure but by the time we were done we had provided 60 years worth of future medical care rehabilitation, support, and economic stability, not just for the child but for their family” Robert said. The case, which took place eight years ago, was one of the biggest victories for a minor who had a traumatic brain injury in the history of the state of California. Trial law can be taxing and very time consuming, yet Robert has managed to maintain a full and rewarding family life. Robert and his wife have been married 38 years and have two sons. One of the sons is a fellowship trained vascular neurologist, the other is a student; both attended Zion Lutheran School in Fallbrook. Robert’s father also had an office in Fallbrook, was a neurosurgeon, and served as the head neurosurgeon on the USS Sanctuary. His father served two tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam. A tattered Red Cross flag hangs in a frame directly across from Robert’s desk “I keep the flag there to remind me of him everyday” said Robert. The flag, which indicated his father’s ship was a hospital ship, was flown during the infamous Tet offensive, and was shot at by the North Vietnamese to the point that its end is now ragged and torn from the bullets that riddled it.

Not only do his courtroom successes reflect his abilities and competence in front of the jury but he has also been awarded with many honors in his field. He’s been named Trial Lawyer of the Year or Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the year seven times. It’s an achievement he’s proud of but he’s more honored by helping his clients. “The awards are no longer as important to me. What’s more important to me is to make positive changes in people’s lives that have been harmed as the result of negligence and carelessness,” Robert said. Even though he sees cases from across the nation, and could have easily relocated to a larger city, Fallbrook is in his blood. His children have gone to school here, he still maintains his practice in the office he’s been in since 1984 and he loves the atmosphere of the town. “It’s a quality of life issue. I don’t want to be in Orange County or downtown San Diego. I don’t need to be in a central hub like that,” Robert said. “The interesting thing about practicing law, in the last 20 years, is access to the internet and computer technology have made a small law firm the equivalent to the largest law firms in the country. We now have the same resources available as a small law firm, with instantaneous access. The playing field has been leveled and that enables me to work where I want,” said Robert. From his office on Alvarado Street lined with law books and awards, Robert views his future as a great one with many new cases and opportunities to help those who have been injured wrongfully and need representation. “I plan on continuing to represent my clients to the best of my ability, until I decide to hang up my hat,” Robert said.

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ne of my favorite communities in San Diego County is Fallbrook. From the beautiful hills to the pristine backcountry, great things are happening in Fallbrook. It all starts with the amazing community members. Recently, I had the honor of visiting Jackie Heyneman Park, which is truly a community treasure. It all started with Jackie Heyneman, of course, who everyone knows is a one-of-a-kind volunteer. The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance maintains the upkeep of the park along with various other items in Fallbrook. Fallbrook Public Utility District provides the water and the Fallbrook Village Association is there to make sure it all runs smoothly. Fallbrook is located in the unincorporated area, which means I am the lead local government official for Fallbrook. It’s my goal to be the best servant to the public according to your specific needs. Throughout our Revitalization Committee meetings and other stakeholder gatherings, we’ve heard from you and are now following through with Form Based Code. This process will help Fallbrook with the Village Area by revitalizing the downtown area by providing design and land use criteria that provides flexibility based on community and property owners’ input and requests. Also, many improvements and new parks are coming to Fallbrook including Clemmens Lane Park, Don Dussault Park, and the Fallbrook Skate Park. For Clemmens Lane Park, we will be improving the area with the construction of a new restroom, turf soccer field, ball stop netting, and safety padding for existing soccer field. Don Dussault Park is currently in phase two, with the parking lot and play structure complete. We are now focusing on a junior play structure, picnic area, exercise equipment, and 138

paths for walking. Residents have asked for a skate park ever since I stepped into office, and we are working on it. We’ve acquired seven acres of land for a potential site and will now begin the planning phase. We also continue to accumulate land along the San Luis Rey River Park. We are in planning and design phase of the Rio Prado Park, which will be a 60-acre park on the border of Bonsall and Fallbrook. The San Luis Rey River Park will be a truly one of the kind park for all of North County that will connect from Oceanside all the way to Interstate 15. Fallbrook is a special community in large part because of the many active volunteers who are willing to step up and make a difference. I am grateful for your service and encourage others to get involved. As always, if you need anything, please contact my office, or give us a call at (619) 5315555. I look forward to seeing you out in the community.

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he members of Connections Fallbrook Networking Group have worked diligently in the community for 25 years. The group has sponsored some of the most significant events in town, and their efforts brought joy to countless residents and visitors. Established in 1994, this unique business networking group was founded by Fred Bozin, who owns a business called Watermarket. Bozin was a member of a networking group in Escondido and decided to start a similar group closer to home, in Fallbrook. A woman named Marilyn Murphy, along with her daughter Marcia, joined forces with Bozin and Connections took root. In the beginning, they met at the Garden Center restaurant. For the past eight years, their weekly breakfast meetings have been taking place at Trupiano’s Italian Bistro owned by member Faro Trupiano. Trupiano explained the camaraderie of Connections, “When you meet with someone every single week, it becomes an intimate group and you get to know each other personally. It is a unique situation. We have become friends – we have become much closer than members of most networking groups.” The 22 members not only promote their own businesses, but they refer member’s businesses to others in the community. They are also dedicated to reaching out to the community in various ways. Connections allows only one representative per business category. “Connections is about connecting with the community and with local businesses,” said Phyllis Sweeney of The Encouragement Factor and Fallbrook Senior Center. Sandra Buckingham of Flourish Yoga, who joined in 2006, said she was “impressed with the camaraderie of this group of professionals and their dedication to supporting each other with their respective businesses.” She also admired the group’s “desire to come together to coordinate fun events for the community.” Early on, the group looked for ways to serve the people of Fallbrook. Throughout the years, the members spent many hours working to host several special events and charity fundraisers. For several years, Connections decorated a 15-plus-foot Christmas tree, which was cut at a tree farm on Mission Road, then hoisted in Village Square. It was decorated with special ornaments, including those made by local school children. The most popular and well-attended event Connections sponsored was Hot Summer Nites, which was initially started by the Downtown Merchants group. Connections hosted seven to nine

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The Encouragement Factor 760-468-9172 Fallbrook Senior Center 760-728-4498

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Sandra Buckingham Flourish Yoga 760-845-6602

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Mia Smyth, Realtor Remax United 760-213-0072

Carlos Perez Affordable and Quality Home Care 760-645-3676

Jon Dickson Edward Jones 760-615-0767

Kevin Trafford Energy Consultant 760-604-9434

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of the events each year. On select Friday nights, Main Avenue was barricaded, and a happy street party would begin. Some of the themed nights included, Rods & Relics, Taste of Fallbrook, and the Chili Cook-off. Main Avenue was packed with people walking down the middle of the street, and ignoring the stop lights, which continued to blink. Guests enjoyed hot rods, vintage cars, or whatever happened to be featured. Some nights you could find Tony Suraci entertaining the beer garden revelers with his versatile voice, while children squealed with delight as they slid down a large inflatable slide. Hot Summer Nites weren’t just “middle of the street parties” – guests would also pop in and out of the shops and restaurants that remained open. In a 2008 Village News article, Miss Fallbrook 2008 Lynita Hernandez described Hot Summer Nites, “It reminds me of a mini Avocado Festival. It’s a great time for all of us to get together, enjoy one another, and just be the great community that we are.”

“It was a lot of work, but we were trying to give a party to Fallbrook,” Bozin commented. “People could socialize, the kids could enjoy the slides, and the older folks could enjoy their beer, wine and antique cars.” He continued, “We tried to have everybody in the spotlight the best we could. We showcased wonderful local bands including Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz and Tony Suraci.” My father, Lee Taylor, was a regular at Hot Summer Nites, along with other members of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club. The members would drive their vehicles downtown, set up folding chairs, and talk about their gleaming and polished cars for hours. Car club members enjoyed talking about their cars, and visitors enjoyed hearing the stories. The Taste of Fallbrook and Chili Cookoff nights were wildly popular. The Chili Cook-off was always a hot night in more ways than one. Held at the end of August, when the late afternoons were usually hot, visitors sampled hot chili made by various professional and


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amateur cooks. Some recipes were innovative, and some more traditional, but they were all delicious! The Chili Cook-off ran for about five years until the county regulations became prohibitive. San Diego County required the food to be prepared in commercial kitchens, which was difficult for amateur contestants. Taste of Fallbrook – chaired by Sandra Buckingham – was always an amazing event where sometimes 20 or more restaurants and caterers would showcase a spectacular array of food. Guests paid a nominal fee for the food, then, after sampling the small, but delicious bites, they cast votes for their favorite. Buckingham reminisced, “Hot Summer Nites involved tremendous teamwork, energy and challenges, yet holds the most wonderful memories for me, especially Taste of Fallbrook, which, despite the hard work for me personally as the chair of this event, was the most popular and well-attended. This synergy could not have been achieved if it wasn’t for the caring genuine friendships that are evident between members, friendships that continue to this day.” Phyllis Sweeney also shared her thoughts on Taste of Fallbrook, “It brought so many people to Fallbrook. The members made it happen – they put in a lot of hours. Everyone had to be committed to the effort.” Faro Trupiano, multiple-award-winning chef/proprietor of the Trupiano Restaurant Group, said that he was first drawn to Connections through Taste of Fallbrook. He was quite active in both Taste of Fallbrook and the Chili Cook-off for their duration. This community-minded restaurateur is always looking for ways to serve Fallbrook, and has been a Connections member for eight years. “Connections has been a good experience,” noted Fred Bozin. “It’s a business and community-minded group that is comprised of a treasure trove of businesses.” Connections Fallbrook Networking Group’s current officers are: President Phyllis Sweeney of The Encouragement Factor and the Fallbrook Senior Center; Vice President Mia Smyth, a realtor at RE/MAX United; Secretary Michelle Way, Community Relations Director at Regency Fallbrook; and Treasurer Matt Obermueller of Seniors Helping Seniors.


lay R. Sides has been an attorney for over 30 years. His practice focuses on representing individuals who have been injured, whether due to motor vehicle incidents or dog bites. He and his long time legal assistants, Elena Dominguez and Sandy Baltazar, work face-to-face with their clients walking them through the insurance and litigation process. Clay said that it is a joint effort and he cannot thank his staff enough for their hard work. His oldest son, Jesse R. Sides, is also working with Clay. Jesse completed law school, obtained a J.D. degree, and is awaiting his bar exam results. Once Jesse passes the bar, the Law Offices of Clay R. Sides will transition into a father/son law firm known as the Sides Law Firm. Clay said that he is honored that his son Jesse has elected to “join the family business.” He is smart and well-liked. Clay and his wife Jill have three children, Jesse, Carlene and Curtis. As discussed above, Jesse will be an attorney. Carlene is a cosmetologist with a masters in color, who is splitting her time between Wild Hair Salon in Fallbrook and Tanya Gray Salon & Design Team in Old Town Murrieta, and Curtis is a senior at San Diego State University. Even though Clay has been a successful attorney for many years, when asked, he said that having great children is his best success in life. If you are looking for a hard working, experienced and honest attorney, who is also a proud father, Clay is your guy. He, his son Jesse, Elena and Sandy will work hard on your behalf.

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Supporting business and building a better community is what the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is focused on and we invite business owners, employees, residents and visitors of Fallbrook to take part in all that we have to offer. Our staff is always ready to welcome you into our “home” at 111 S. Main in historic downtown Fallbrook. We strive to make sure that our members utilize everything the Chamber is offering – networking opportunities, educational seminars, profile page design, ribbon cuttings, advertising and member referrals are just a few of the benefits we provide. Although the Chamber is a member-based organization, we work with the community as a whole to promote business and legislative advocacy, support our non-profit organizations, and foster tourism-related activities. We thank our current members – now over 500 – for their ongoing support, welcome new members and encourage prospective members to learn about what we offer. By working and collaborating together, we can support each other and build a better community for all.

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Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members  Pine View Apartments 1101 Alturas Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-0162


 Turnagain Arms Apartments 920 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-9864

 A.C.T. Business Group, Inc. 304 E. Mission Road, Suite D, Fallbrook, (760) 692-2699  Levering & Hvasta CPAS, LLP 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 1210, Bonsall, (760) 728-8393


 Pathway Tax & Accounting 1595 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1241

 Fallbrook Art Association - The Gallery 127 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 645-0491

 William Super CPAs & Consultants 2188 Saffron Way, Fallbrook, (858) 531-7232

 Fallbrook Arts, Inc.103 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 731-9584


 Schaar Art Studio 566 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 731-1252

 Acupuncture RN 1667 S. Mission Road, Suite A, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3717

 The Green Art House 2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook, (951) 526-8055

 Get Acupuncture Fallbrook! 1588 S. Mission Rd., Suite 115, Fallbrook, (619) 244-8998


 Stephens Acupuncture & Wellness 121 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (714) 330-9244

 Law Office of Deborah L. Zoller 566 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-2600


 Law Offices of Burke & Domercq 2755 Jefferson Street, Suite 100, Carlsbad, (760) 434-3330

 Fallbrook Directory 416 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 728-5555

 Law Offices of Robert W. Jackson 205 West Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1295

 Profile Display 4614 Wilgrove Mint Hill Rd., Suite B, Charlotte, NC, (888) 545-9853

 Philip G. Arnold, Attorney 405 S. Main, Ste-A, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6335

 Welcomemat Services (760) 295-9628

 Samantha Berryessa, Attorney Fallbrook, (760) 723-5513


 PO Box 1767, Fallbrook, (760) 930-9668

 Bejoca Grove & Landscape Management P.O. Box 2168, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5176


 Canonita Canyon Farm Fallbrook, (858) 699-5075

 BP Battery 805 E. Mission Rd. Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1773

 Del Rey Avocado Company, Inc. 1260 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8325


 Fallbrook Protea 1463 Riverview Drive, Fallbrook, (949) 636-6180

 California Auto Registration Services 1030 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-0012

 Kendall Farms 4230 White Lilac Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 731-0681


 Laketree Farm 3816 Laketree Drive, Fallbrook, (970) 379-2457  McDaniel Fruit Company 965 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8438

 Fallbrook Motors 213 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7100

 McDaniel Fruit Company - Field Division 903 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 731-2013

 Gosch Ford Temecula 26895 Ynez Road, Temecula, (951) 699-1302

 Rancho Sabor LLC Fallbrook, (760) 689-2017

 Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac 27360 Ynez Rd., Temecula, (951) 699-2699

 Rossi Grove Management Temecula, (760) 468-8914

 Temecula Valley Toyota 26631 Ynez Road, Temecula, (951) 384-4409


 WAFEX USA 1588 South Mission Road #100, Fallbrook, (760) 731-0300


 Costello’s Auto Repair 516 W. Aviation Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7375  Indy-Performance/Pro-Tire Automotive 1367 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 723-8473

 Cal Security Pro 770 Reche Way, Fallbrook, (760) 257-5777

 Meineke Auto Care 742 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-9084

ANTIQUES  Sunflower Vintage 429 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 586-1174

 Neiman’s Collision Center 1381 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-8810

 The Little Schoolhouse of Past Presents 411 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6555

 Sonny’s Muffler Shop 212 W. Beech St., Fallbrook (760) 728-1234


APARTMENTS  Country Views Apartments, LLC 624 De Luz Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 723-8931

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Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members BANKS  Chase Bank 1091 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1178  Pacific Western Bank 130 W. Fallbrook St., Fallbrook, (760) 731-4500


CEMETERY  Assoc. of Fallbrook Masonic Cemeteries 1177 Santa Margarita Dr., Fallbrook, (760) 723-0492


 Harry’s Sports Bar and Grill 125 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-2000

 Fallbrook Family Chiropractic 1588 S. Mission Road, Suite 115, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9229

 Red Eye Saloon 1448 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4881

 Fallbrook Spine Center 746 S. Main Avenue, Suite D, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8999


 Neighborhood Healthcare 1309 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 520-8335


 Adonai’s Beauty Salon 213 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 696-5635  Adore & Co. Esthetic Studio-Shoppe 301 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6556

 Christ The King Lutheran Church 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 728-3256

 Bello Lei Salon 131 W. Beech St., Suite #102, Fallbrook, (760) 723-9361

 Community Baptist Church 731 S. Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook, (760) 728-2966

 Hair Lounge 219 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2104

 Fallbrook Apostolic Assembly 135 E. Ivy St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1717

 Indigo Blu Wellness Salon, 413-A S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 556-8017

 Fallbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church 1200 Rainbow Valley Blvd., Fallbrook,

 Salon Ana 113 South Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 723-5999

BOOKKEEPING  & Bookkeeping P O Box 1374, Fallbrook, (951) 526-6023  Deadline Data 141 S. Mercedes Road, Fallbrook, (760) 390-9726

BOOKS  The Shop Around the Corner 127 N. Main Avenue, Suite C, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6703

BUSINESS NETWORKING  Connections Fallbrook Networking Group Fallbrook, (760) 468-9172  San Diego North Economic Development Council 100 E. San Marcos Blvd., Suite 400, San Marcos, (760) 510-5919

CANDLES  Rustic Winds, Inc. (760) 239-6774

CAR STEREO  Fallbrook Car Stereo & Tinting 507-A S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6737

CAR WASH  Soapy Joe’s Car Wash 936 East Mission Road, Fallbrook, (619) 474-1125

CASINO  Pala Casino Spa Resort 11154 Highway 76, Pala, (760) 510-2270

CELL PHONES  OurMobile MetroPCS 106 E. Mission Road, 840 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 695-0565


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 Fallbrook United Methodist Church 1844 Winterhaven Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1472  First Christian Church of Fallbrook 318 W. Fig Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7649  Hilltop Center for Spiritual Living 331 E. Elder St., Fallbrook, (760) 723-8291  LifePointe Church 221 N. Pico Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7771  Living Waters Christian Fellowship A/G 2000 Reche Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1685  North Coast Church 1375 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-2888  SonRise Christian Fellowship 463 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5804  The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Vista CA Stake (Donna Thompson, Public Affairs Director), 621 S. Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook, (760) 533-6447

 tHE PLACE 201 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 791-1059

CLUBS, COMMUNITY & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS  AAUW Fallbrook P.O. Box 1061, Fallbrook, (760) 522-7481  American Cancer Society 5333 Mission Center Road, Suite 105, San Diego, (619) 682-7410  Bonsall Chamber of Commerce 5256 S. Mission Rd., Ste. 311, Bonsall, (760) 630-1933  Bonsall Rotary P.O. Box 934, Bonsall, (760) 728-8393  Bonsall Woman’s Club P.O. Box 545, Bonsall, (760) 801-7443  Boys & Girls Clubs of North County 445 E. Ivy Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5871  Empowering Latino Futures 624 Hillcrest Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3455  Fallbrook Ag Boosters P.O. Box 2913, Fallbrook  Fallbrook Alumni Association P.O. Box 596, Fallbrook, (760) 645-0101

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members  Fallbrook Beautification Alliance P.O. Box 434, Fallbrook  Fallbrook Democratic Club P.O. Box 293, Fallbrook, (760) 895-1778

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE  Fallbrook Old Town 300 N. Brandon Road, Fallbrook, (909) 746-3890

 Fallbrook Food Pantry 140 N. Brandon, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7608  Fallbrook Garden Club P.O. Box 1702, Fallbrook, (951) 545-9117  Fallbrook Knights of Columbus P.O. Box 551, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1192

COMMUNITY CENTER  Fallbrook Community Center - Parks and Recreation 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1671


 Fallbrook Land Conservancy 1815 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 728-0889  Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 43096 Camino Casillas, Temecula, (760) 723-7830

 The Driveway Company (800) 988-3899


 Fallbrook Quilt Guild P.O. Box 1704, Fallbrook  Fallbrook Village Association P.O. Box 2438, Fallbrook, (760) 723-8384

 John McNeill General Contracting 2251 Aqua Hill Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 207-8571

 Fallbrook Village Rotary Club P.O. Box 2186, Fallbrook, (760) 497-3716

 Youngren Construction, Inc. 443 East Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9874


 Fallbrook Vintage Car Club P.O. Box 714, Fallbrook, (714) 742-2305  Fallbrook Woman’s Club 238 W. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1758

 Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc. 120 W. Hawthorne St., Fallbrook, (760) 731-3235


 Fallbrook/Bonsall Rally For Children P.O. Box 2575, Fallbrook, (760) 723-4238  Friends of the Community Center 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 803-2943

 Prohibition Station 136 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3443


 Friends of the Fallbrook Community Airpark Fallbrook, (760) 728-9062  Friends of the Fallbrook Library 124 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 451-9606

 All Things Fallbrook (760) 731-9990

 Girl Scouts San Diego Fallbrook Service Unit PO Box 1643, Fallbrook, (760) 473-6952

 Pressed & Blessed Clothing Co. 106 W. Hawthorne Street, Suite A, Fallbrook, (760) 990-9076

 Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Foundation 3750 La Canada Road, Fallbrook,

 Ultra Graphix Screen Printing 3674 Olive Hill Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-3332

(951) 400-5725

 Legacy Endowment the Community Foundation 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 1210, Bonsall, (760) 941-8646

 Mission Resource Cons. District 130 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1332  National Charity League Fallbrook, (760) 908-7401  North County CERT 330 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2046  Rainbow Valley Grange #689 2160 Rainbow Valley Blvd., Fallbrook, (760) 468-7406  Republican Women of CA - Fallbrook P.O. Box 1328, Fallbrook  San Diego Special Olympics 10977 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego

DENTISTS  Daniel A. Flores, DDS, MS 210 East Fig Street, Suite 201, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1182  Fallbrook Mission Dental 304 E. Mission Road, Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5739  Fallbrook Village Dental 521 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 723-3535  John E. Duling, DDS 1385 South Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-9558  Nicholas Beye, DDS 645 E. Elder, (760) 630-5500

 Richard G. Goble, DDS 1108 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-2261


 The Rotary Club of Fallbrook P.O. Box 1227, Fallbrook, (760) 212-3401  The Veterans Art Project 2422 Cades Way, Vista, (760) 295-0799

 My San Diego North County 720 N. Broadway, #109, Escondido, (619) 208-8710

 Unforgotten Faces P.O. Box 1873, Fallbrook

COFFEE  Fallbrook Coffee Company 622 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-6000  Starbucks Coffee Company 1139 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 415-7425

Ste. A, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8375

 Randy D Carlson DMD & Charles L Drury DDS 5256 S. Mission Rd, Ste 1101, Bonsall,

DISABLED SERVICES  D’Vine Path (949) 233-6515

DRY CLEANERS  Manor Cleaners 125 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1307

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Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members EDUCATION  Bonsall Unified School District 31505 Old River Road, Bonsall, (760) 631-5200

FARMING  Russell Family Farms 205 Calle Linda, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8081

 California State University San Marcos 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, (760) 750-8752

 Cultura con Sabor Fallbrook, (760) 689-2017  Fallbrook Union Elementary School Dist. 321 North Iowa, Fallbrook, (760) 731-5400

FEED & FERTILIZER  Fallbrook Fertilizer & Feed 215 W. Fallbrook St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-5101


 Fallbrook Union High School District 2234 S. Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook, (760) 723-6332

 Ameriprise Financial Services 424 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2693

 Fallbrook Village Toastmasters Meetings at Fallbrook Historical Society, 1730 S. Hill Avenue,

 Edward Jones - Jon Dickson 1099 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 731-7467  Edward Jones - Jonathan Laliberte 1434 S. Mission Road, Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 731-3234

Fallbrook, (760) 695-4127

 Finch Frolic Garden 390 Vista del Indio, Fallbrook

 Imagine Financial Services 321 Bottlebrush Way, Fallbrook, (760) 846-2569

 Friends of Willow Tree PO Box 1505, Bonsall, (442) 232-2900

 Merrill Lynch - Jon Frandell 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 1005, Bonsall, (760) 305-1921

 MAAC 800 Los Vallecitos Blvd. Suite J, San Marcos, (760) 471-4210

 Merrill Lynch - Manuel Manzanera 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 1005, Bonsall,

 Palomar College 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, (760) 744-1150

(760) 305-1928

 Rancho Christian School 31300 Rancho Community Way, Temecula, (951) 303-8040

 Merrill Lynch - Tiffany Saxon 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 1005, Bonsall, (760) 731-5542

 San Diego County Gun Owners 9625 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite B2-108, Santee, (619) 828-3006

 San Diego County Credit Union 6545 Sequence Drive, San Diego, (858) 597-6218

 The Rock Rose School for Creative Learning 1636 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook,

 WealthBridge Advisors - Brad Tedrick 1921 Palomar Oaks Way, Suite 100, Carlsbad,

(760) 451-6112

(760) 758-3702

 Zion Christian School 1405 E. Fallbrook St., Fallbrook, (760) 723-3500


FIRE & RESCUE  North County Fire Protection District 330 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2005

 Karn Engineering and Surveying, Inc 129 W. Fig Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1134

ENTERTAINMENT  CAST - Children’s Acting School & Theatre 200 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 731-2278  The Mission Theater 429 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1181  The Welk Resort Group 950 Boardwalk, Suite 100, San Marcos, (619) 516-7821

ESCROW SERVICES  Fallbrook Country Escrow 1676 S. Mission Road, # E, Fallbrook, (760) 723-5400


FITNESS  California Bodies 325 N. Brandon Road, Fallbrook, (855) 902-5278  Club Paradise Fitness, Inc. 1371 S. Mission Rd, Fallbrook, (760) 731-0133  Fallbrook Community Center - Wade Into Fitness 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 212-FITU

 Fallbrook Pilates Core & More, Inc. 433 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 731-0731  Fallbrook Village Fitness/SIFT Personal Training 1588 S. Mission Rd., Ste. 115, Fallbrook, (760) 451-3488


 Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6466


 Fallbrook Flight Academy 2155-D S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (714) 927-3872


 Eagle Eye Fabrication 128 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 689-2408  Smith Metalworks 3306 Sunset Drive, Fallbrook, (949) 874-2212

 Flowers From Our Heart 770 Reche Way, Fallbrook, (866) 811-8244


FARM  Cyclops Farms 3621 Cazador Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 505-2983

 Sheri’s Flowers 839 E. Mission, Fallbrook, (760) 723-7756

 Moody Creek Farms, LLC 31257 Via Maria Elena, P. O. Box 1572, Bonsall, (760) 758-7702

 The Social Flower 5519 Mission Road, Suite B, Bonsall, (760) 442-8600

-Family Owned since 1978-

Grove & Landscape Management Charley Wolk 150


GROVE: Design • Plant • Harvest • Prune • Irrigation LANDSCAPE: Design • Install • Maintain • Hardscape Construction


PCO 98703 • Lic. #606283

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members FOOD/SPECIALTY


 Barrett’s Lemonade - Lem N Man P.O. Box 407, Huntington Beach, (714) 842-3475

 Joe’s Hardware 640 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4265

 Carl’s Hawaiian Shave Ice 1093 Alcott Ct., Hemet, (951) 652-8966

 Pine Tree Lumber 215 E. Ivy St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-6151

 Country Kettle Corn P.O. Box 247, Valley Center, (760) 749-1211  Da South In Ya Mouth 3137 S. Mission Road, Unit B, Fallbrook, (619) 738-2918

HEALING & SPIRITUALITY  Deeper Still - Fallbrook P.O. Box 12, Fallbrook, (760) 297-6745

 Dream Dinners Temecula 31757 Temecula Pkwy Suite E, Temecula, (951) 302-6982  Il Divino Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1462 Via Encinos Drive, Fallbrook, (858) 260-0706  Olde Tyme Kettle Korn P.O. Box 2038, Clovis, (559) 323-7677  The Sweet Stop 1351 Tolstoy Way, Riverside, (951) 901-9750  Trinity Foods, Inc. 16935 West Bernardo Dr., Suite 170, San Diego, (760) 809-8618

FURNITURE  Bucket of Nails 720 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 468-7927  Cliff Papik Furniture Design P O Box 417, Fallbrook, (858) 775-6075

GARAGE DOORS  Dynamic Garage Door Service 31478 Kailua Drive, Winchester, (760) 451-9396


HEALTH  Crestwood Fallbrook Healing Center 624 E. Elder Street, Fallbrook, (916) 471-2244  Encouragement Factor - Phyllis Sweeney 120 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 468-9172  Fallbrook Active Nutrition - Maryann Collings 122 Ash Street, Fallbrook, (619) 244-6126  Fallbrook Regional Health District 138 S. Brandon Road, Fallbrook, (760) 731-9187  Isagenix International 140 Palmas Norte, Fallbrook, (760) 689-2025  Miracle Ear 1104 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 645-6570  Scripps Health 4275 Campus Point Ct., CP10, San Diego, (858) 678-6202  TWBoord 823 Tumbleweed Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 321-3550  Vance Chiropractic 5256 S. Mission Rd., Suite 406, Bonsall, (760) 509-1300  Vista Community Clinic 1000 Vale Terrace, Vista, (760) 631-5000

 Quality Gate Company 563 Industrial Way, Unit 2, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2901


HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING  Excel Air Corporation 530 Opper Street, Suite B, Escondido, (760) 741-5550

 Golf Club of California 3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 451-3737

 Fallbrook Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc P.O. Box 1658, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8716

 Vista Valley Country Club 29354 Vista Valley Dr., Vista, (760) 758-2800

 Master Flow Heating & Air Fallbrook, (760) 412-1281

GRAPHIC DESIGN  Hopkins & Associates, Inc. 1816 Via Entrada, Fallbrook, (760) 731-9990

HOME ACCENTS  Vintage Retail Therapy 127 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3925

 KK Grafix (760) 728-9690  Vargo Marketing and Design Fallbrook, (310) 339-5369


HOME IMPROVEMENT  Bath Fitter 221 N Johnson Ave, El Cajon, (619) 447-2000  Superior Raingutters & Awnings, Inc. P.O. Box 2318, Fallbrook, (760) 731-0122

 Grocery Outlet 1101 S. Main Avenue, Suite C, Fallbrook, (760) 645-6108  Major Market 845 S. Main St., Fallbrook, (760) 723-0857  Pala Mesa Market 3235 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7873

GUNS & AMMUNITION  Beebe Family Arms & Munitions 1032 S Main Ave, Fallbrook, (442) 254-8133

HOSPICE  Destiny Hospice & Palliative Care 27919 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 110, Temecula, (951) 588-4548

 Hospice of the Valleys 25240 Hancock Avenue, Suite 120, Murrieta, (951) 200-7800  Living Waters Hospice 6030 Riverside Drive, Suite F, Chino, (909) 315-8113

 Defensive Tactics & Firearms 504 E. Alvarado Street, #207, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6694

HANDYMAN  IBKB Handyman Services 2410 Gum Tree Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 637-1859

HOSPITAL  Palomar Health Foundation 960 Canterbury Place, Suite 200, Escondido, (760) 739-2789  Temecula Valley Hospital 31700 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, (951) 331-2200

Putting our Clients and Community First Since 1997

Chris & Kim Murphy


130 N Main Ave, Fallbrook Corner of Hawthorne & Main Murphy & Murphy has been generously supporting the financial needs of Fallbrook charity organizations since 1997.

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling, moving up or downsizing, we are here to help you navigate the ever changing real estate market. With over 40 years combined experience and over $350 million in closed sales, this real estate power couple can help your family achieve the American Dream.

Our office is open 7 days a week. Stop by or call us today!

DRE #01246689


Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members HOUSEKEEPING/JANITORIAL SERVICES

 Individual Member - Rodney Smith

 Better Living Cleaning Services (760) 809-7642

 Individual Member - Ronne Branson

 Friendly Village Cleaning P.O. Box 85, Fallbrook, (760) 525-2594

 Individual Member - Susan Shin

HUMAN RESOURCES  Employers Workforce Relations Fallbrook, (760) 497-7823

ICE CREAM  Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors 1123 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-8831

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER  Individual Member - Alan Geraci  Individual Member - Anne Hamilton  Individual Member - Anne Klentz  Individual Member - Arnold & Emma Rashkin  Individual Member - Brandon Pilcher

 Individual Member - Tami Schlumpberger  Individual Member - Vince Ross  Individual Member - Wayne Parkola

INSURANCE  Allstate Insurance - Ross Curtis 305 West Aviation Road, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1331  Arlan Knutson Insurance Agency 3235 Old Highway 395 Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 451-9835  Cyan Insurance Solutions 12948 Peach View Drive, Knoxville, (760) 477-7542  Farmers Insurance - Cecilia Taylor agent 1588 S. Mission Road, Suite 220, Fallbrook, (760) 731-7309

 Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance, Inc. 43446 Business Park Dr., Temecula, (951) 296-6833

 Individual Member - Caron Lieber

 LanMarc Insurance 40878 Daily Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-7440

 Individual Member - Dale Mitchel

 Marc Sigmon Insurance Agent 1051 Emelita Street, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3585

 Individual Member - Deborah Nevis

 MedOptions Insurance 1356 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 525-7861

 Individual Member - Denise Mancour

 Primerica 3944 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, (858) 751-0872

 Individual Member - Dianna Branche

 State Farm Insurance Agent - Thomas Logue 1672 S. Mission Road #D, Fallbrook,

 Individual Member - Eric Westreich  Individual Member - Gayle & Chris Bamber  Individual Member - Glad Hiscock  Individual Member - Howard Salmon  Individual Member - Jean Trygstad  Individual Member - Jennifer Jeffries  Individual Member - Jimmy Aivaliotis  Individual Member - Joan Eberle  Individual Member - Joe Beyer

(760) 451-3268

 Steele Insurance Agency 422 Beavercreek Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 519-0278  Stromsoe Insurance Agency 24901 Las Brisas Rd., Suite 117, Murrieta, (951) 600-5751

INTERIOR DESIGN  Belle Maison Interiors (619) 379-9929  Village Interiors 115 E. Hawthorne St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-2637

IRRIGATION SUPPLIES  Fallbrook Irrigation 115 Laurine Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 723-9001


 Individual Member - Karen Trapane

 Jewelry Connection 101 N. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 723-4629

 Individual Member - Kenneth Rexrode

 The Collector Fine Jewelry 912 S. Live Oak Park Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-9121

 Individual Member - Linda M. Costello


 Individual Member - Phil & Eileen Delaney

 Chris Yslas Landscaping 40616 Rock Mountain Drive, Fallbrook, (949) 357-5476

 Individual Member - Ralph & Laneta Steinhoff

 Executive Landscape, Inc. P.O. Box 1075, Fallbrook, (760) 731-9036


Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members LIQUOR/SPIRITS


 The Happy Jug 138 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 728-8622

 Berry-Bell & Hall Mortuary 333 N. Vine St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1689


 Dignity Memorial - Eternal Hills 1999 S. El Camino Real, Oceanside, (760) 579-8424


 Chic Boutique Vacation Rentals Fallbrook, (760) 723-2232  Econo Lodge Inn and Suites 1608 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1127

 Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society 123 W. Alvarado St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1130

 F&R Properties, LLC (Casa Cazador) 3820 Cazador Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 275-4708  Pala Mesa Resort 2001 S. Highway 395, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5881

 Fallbrook Historical Society 1730 S. Hill Street, Fallbrook, (760) 723-4125

 Ultimate Serenity Vacation Rental 2808 Lakemont Drive, Fallbrook, (406) 461-3470


MUSIC  Fallbrook Band Boosters, Inc PO Box 1604, Fallbrook, (760) 626-6945  Fallbrook Chorale P.O. Box 2474, Fallbrook, (760) 390-9726

 Fallbrook Skilled Nursing 325 Potter Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-2330

 Fallbrook Music Society P.O. Box 340, Fallbrook, (760) 451-8644


 Temecula Valley Symphony & Chorus P.O. Box 637, Temecula, (951) 587-1536

 Standish Precision Products Co. 323 Industrial Way, #1, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7229


NEWCOMERS INFORMATION  Fallbrook Encore Club P.O. Box 1233, Fallbrook

 Big Brain Creative 1415 Via Chaparral, Fallbrook, (760) 705-4479

 Fallbrook Newcomers Club P.O. Box 1392, Fallbrook

 International Business Marketing 3690 Lupine Lane, Fallbrook, (858) 829-8953


MARTIAL ARTS  Checkmat Fallbrook Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 205 North Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 593-4682  Martial Art Concepts LLC 325 North Brandon Road, Suite C, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9948


 San Diego Union-Tribune P.O. Box 120191, San Diego, (619) 293-2415  Village News, Inc. 111 W. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 723-7319

NURSERIES  Atkins Nursery 3129 Reche Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1610

 All Star Physical Therapy 577 E. Elder Street, Suite I, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2687  Fallbrook Family Health Center 1328 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 451-4720  Fallbrook Healthcare Partners 591 E. Elder St., Suite C, Fallbrook, (760) 731-8989  Graybill Medical Group 1035 S. Main, Fallbrook, (866) 228-2236

 Madd Potter 136 Ranger Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-5635  Mellano & Company 734 Wilshire Rd, Oceanside, (760) 433-9550

OB/GYN  Acorn Community Birth & Wellness Center 577 E. Elder Street, Suite H, Fallbrook,

 Hope Clinic for Women 125 E. Hawthorne Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4105

(760) 645-3447

 MedPlus Urgent Care 617 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 509-9509  Rady Children’s Physician Management Services 1107 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook,

 IGO Medical Group 9339 Genesee Avenue, Suite 220, San Diego, (858) 455-7520


(760) 451-0070

 Rancho Family Medical Group 521 E. Elder St., Suite 103, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8344

 Perfection Imaging Technologies 3336 Old Post Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 931-8388


 Rancho Physical Therapy 521 E. Elder, Suite 106, Fallbrook, (760) 723-8337

MERCHANT SERVICES  Fuzion Payments, Inc. (619) 446-7494

 Eric Ramos, OD 645 E. Elder, Ste-D, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9440  Inland Eye Specialists 521 E. Elder Street #102, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5728


MILITARY HOUSING  DeLuz Family Housing 108 Marine Drive, Oceanside, (760) 385-4835

 West Coast Painting PO Box 1825, Fallbrook, (760) 305-8079


Nicholas Beye, Jr., DDS, MAGD, FICOI • Utilizing the latest technology • Same Day Crowns • Cosmetic Filling & Veneers • Implant Placement & Reconstruction • Root Canal Treatment Nicholas Beye, Jr., DDS, MAGD, FICOI

• Complete Periodontal Care • Extractions • Crown & Bridgework • Dentures • Invisible Orthodontics

General Anesthesia & Sedation Dentistry Available


760-728-8375 645 E. Elder St., Suite A, Fallbrook Dr. Beye has practiced in Fallbrook since 1983 & offers a complete range of general & preventive dental services.


Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members PARTY RENTALS


 Ace Party Productions 413 South Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-0639

 Clear Blue Promotions (951) 452-3856

 Allies Party Equipment Rental, Inc. 130 Vallecitos De Oro, San Marcos, (760) 591-4314

 Laser Light Images/LLI Personalized Gifts (760) 728-5481

 Reynas Party Rentals & More 229 Via Oro Verde, Fallbrook, (760) 978-4238


PROPANE & PETROLEUM  Fallbrook Oil Co. 1208 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7703

 Peters Paving & Grading, Inc. P.O. Box 2285, Fallbrook, (760) 723-3822


 Fallbrook Propane Gas Company 1561 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-9353  Kamps Propane 28335 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center, (760) 749-9153

 R&R Payroll Services LLC 43015 Blackdeer Loop #206, Temecula, (951) 296-0412

 Lava Propane 1298 Distribution Way, Vista, (760) 438-5282

PEST CONTROL  Fowler Pest Control 855-K S. Main, #397, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2592


PROPERTY MANAGEMENT  The Heald Company, LLC P.O. Box 1707, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6131  Village Property Management - Lauren Davila 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 309, Bonsall,

 Fallbrook Pet Parlor 233 E. Mission Road, Suite A, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3730

(760) 522-7917

 Performance K9 Training & Boarding 30924 Mission Road, Bonsall, (760) 685-6804  Shelter to Soldier 2909 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, (760) 870-5338  Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary 230 W. Aviation Road, Fallbrook, (760) 685-3533  Forever Love Sanctuary 20585 Avenida Castilla, Murrieta, (760) 688-9181  Live Oak Dog Park P O Box 4, Fallbrook

PUBLIC UTILITIES  Fallbrook Public Utility District 990 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1125  San Diego Gas and Electric 571 Enterprise Street SD1460, Escondido, (858) 650-6121

REAL ESTATE  Broadpoint Properties - Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo 451 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido,


(760) 532-1057

 Village Pharmacy 587 E. Elder St., Ste. C, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3021


 Capitis Real Estate - Susannah Levicki 1676 S. Mission Road, Suite A, Fallbrook, (951) 691-2048

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Abby Elston 1588 S. Mission Rd, Ste 215, Fallbrook,

 Jarin Photography (760) 239-7265

(760) 715-2229

 L. Johnhell Media (760) 535-6085

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Chris Hasvold 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 310,


Bonsall, (760) 728-8000

 Fallbrook Plumbing (760) 731-1017  George Plumbing Company, Inc. P.O. Box 607, Fallbrook, (760) 451-3229


 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Erica Williams 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 310, Bonsall, (760) 468-1721

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Geri Sides, GRI 5256 S. Mission Rd., #310,

 Fallbrook Goin’ Postal 1374 S. Mission Rd, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1188  The UPS Store #3607 1119 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7799

PRESCHOOL  Fallbrook Child Development Center, Inc. 320 N. Iowa Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-5402


Bonsall, (760) 728-8000

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Henry Portner 5256 S. Mission Road, #310, Bonsall, (760) 519-5297

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Jerry & Linda Gordon 5256 S. Mission Road, #310, Bonsall, (760) 663-0000

 Coldwell Banker Village Properties - Susie Emory 5256 S. Mission Rd., Suite 310,

 Fallbrook Printing Corporation 504 E. Alvarado Street, Suite 110, Fallbrook, (760) 731-2020  Performance Print Solutions P O Box 1570, Fallbrook, (760) 731-9929

Bonsall, (760) 525-9744

 CR Properties - Jane Kepley 128 South Main, Fallbrook, (760) 622-0204

VILLAGE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. Full Service Residential Property Management Commitment • Reliability • Follow Through

Lauren Davila, Property Manager VILLAGEDRE#01939842 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC. DRE#02004456



FAX: 760-692-9546

Expect the Best


Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members  CR Properties Real Estate Services - Allen Sargent 128 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 500-0075

 CR Properties Real Estate Services - Bob Hillery 128 South Main, Fallbrook, (760) 696-7482

 Devon Camilleri - Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Fallbrook, (760) 522-8559  HomeSmart Real Estate 701 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-1600  HomeSmart Real Estate - Debbie Loge, GRI Realtor, CaBre #00991825 701 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 271-9333

 Keller Williams Realty PO Box 1241, Fallbrook, (619) 302-5471

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS  Lilac Hills Ranch Investment Company 11452 El Camino Real, Suite 120, San Diego, (858) 345-3644

REAL ESTATE LOANS  Cushner Capital Group P.O. Box 2162, Fallbrook, (760) 845-9035  Martin Quiroz - Essex Mortgage 111 S. Main Aveue, Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 877-8107  Moni Hagerman - Lineage Lending 1902 Wright Place #200, Carlsbad, (858) 472-5600  Mountain West Financial - Steve Campbell 557 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, (760) 912-3885

 Mission Realty 337 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-8410  Murphy & Murphy So. Cal. Realty 130 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 310-9292

 The Manfred Group 120 South Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2232


 Re/Max United - Cheyanne Terracciano 1615 S. Mission Road, 1660 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 731-2900

 Re/Max United Agent - Craig Grimm 1615 S. Mission Road, 1660 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook,

 Fallbrook Trails Council P.O. Box 2974, Fallbrook, (760) 822-0888


(760) 731-2900 x425

 Re/Max United Agent - Janine Hall 1615 S. Mission Road, Suite A, Fallbrook, (760) 822-7528  Re/Max United Agent - Lisa Stadille 1615 S. Mission Rd, Fallbrook, (760) 535-2330  Re/Max United Agent - Lynn Stadille-James 1615 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 845-3059

 RJ Campo Realty, Inc. (760) 451-3417

 Fallbrook Waste & Recycling Services/EDCO 550 W. Aviation Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-6114

RENTALS  Diamond Environmental Services 807 E. Mission Rd., San Marcos, (760) 744-7191  Fallbrook Equipment Rentals 235 W. College St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1555

 RJ Campo Realty, Inc. - Mike Stanicek 1119 S. Mission Road, Suite 163, Fallbrook, (858) 414-5973

RESTAURANTS  127 West Social House 127 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3765

 Sun Realty 431 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8323  Sun Realty - Donna Gene, DRE #01928759 431 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (951) 852-9152

 Cafe Des Artistes 103 S. Main St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-3350  Casa Estrella Cocina de Mexico 3757 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-3200

 Sun Realty - Leo Romero 431 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 638-1732

 Coffee, Corks and Cuisine 139 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook , (760) 645-3891

 Sunshine Properties Real Estate 330 N. Main Ave, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8855

 Denny’s 713 S. Main Ave, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4517

 The Elite Home Group - Kim Carlson & Ken Follis 1588 S. Mission Road, Suite 200,

 Dominick’s Sandwiches and Italian Deli 1672 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7911

Fallbrook, (760) 310-1111

 The Elite Home Group - Randi Beye 1588 S. Mission Road, Suite 200, Fallbrook, (949) 697-3847

 El Jardin Mexican Restaurant 1581 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-4556

 Thompson & Associates 1120 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 723-1708  Tim Kirk - Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Fallbrook, (760) 704-9252  UpCountri Homes & Estates - Marla Cruickshank, Sales Manager 119 N. Main Avenue, Suite B, Fallbrook, (858) 202-5256

 Village Property Management - Harlee Robinson 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite 310, Bonsall, (760) 305-2492

 Zember Realty Group (760) 427-1000

 Domino’s Pizza 1075 South Mission Rd. #B, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1223  Firehouse Que & Brew 1019 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 645-3729  Garden Center Cafe and Grill 1625 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-4147  Jack in the Box 1465 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 723-8565  Jack in the Box 5256 South Mission Road, Bonsall, (760) 945-0472  Jersey Mike’s Subs 833 S. Main Avenue, Unit A, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2472  Kentucky Fried Chicken 1077 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-1767



Call Us to Look & Feel Beautiful!

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Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members  Mariscos El Pacifico 111 N. Vine Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9737


 McDonald’s of Fallbrook 143 Ammunition Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6359

 Jim’s Sign Shop 429-D Industrial Way, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8761

 Mountain Mike’s Pizza 1125 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 645-0505


 Nessy Burgers Just West of I-15 on Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook, (760) 505-9955

 Cosmic Solar, Inc. 943 Poinsetta, Unit 401, Vista, (760) 749-1111

 Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ 121 N. Pico Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6005

 New Day Solar 23811 Washington Ave, Suite C 110 #224, Murrieta, (855) 444-6329

 Prohibition Brewing Company 2004 E. Vista Way, Vista, (760) 295-3525

 Semper Solaris 1218 Spring Street, Riverside, (619) 715-4054

 Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant 1075 S. Mission Rd. Ste. A, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8006

 SoCal Solar Brokers 3909 Reche Road, Suite 95, Fallbrook, (951) 813-8688

 Small Town 118 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 990-9081

 Solar Enterprises (951) 223-5680

 Subway Sandwiches 1105 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-9151

 Sullivan Solar Power 8949 Kenamar Drive, Suite 101, San Diego, (858) 271-7758

 Thai Thai Restaurant 1055 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4938

 Sunbrook Solar Power & Electrical Systems, Inc. 747 S. Mission Road, #1215, Fallbrook, (760) 207-2094

 Trupiano’s Italian Bistro 945 South Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-0200


 Yama Restaurant 1067 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-9788

 Fallbrook Film Society 431 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 638-1732


 Sass-Hole Enterprises (760) 535-7944

 100 Main 100 N. Main Ave, Fallbrook, (760) 451-9221


 Mimi’s Spoiled Avocado Shoppe 116 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6445

 Bonsall Fallbrook Little League 315 E. Ivy Street, Fallbrook, (760) 385-8622

 The Pink Pineapple Boutique 119 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 990-9073

 Fallbrook Football Boosters Inc. P.O. Box 2645, Fallbrook, (760) 500-2207


 Fallbrook Pop Warner P.O. Box 1866, Fallbrook

 Temecula Valley Mobile Screen 30800 Branford Drive, Temecula, (951) 775-6563

 Fallbrook Sports Association 2551 Olive Hill Road, Fallbrook, (760) 731-6000


 Fallbrook Youth Baseball, Inc. P.O. Box 816, Fallbrook, (760) 803-4497

 Affordable & Quality Home Care Services LLC 1667 S. Mission Road, Suite AA, Fallbrook,

 Fallbrook Youth Soccer League P.O. Box 271, Fallbrook, (760) 529-0909

(760) 645-3676


 Estancia Senior Living 1735 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, (909) 477-7906

 Brandon Street Mini Storage 307 N. Brandon Street, Fallbrook, (760) 723-0570

 Fallbrook Senior Center 399 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 728-4498

 Citrus Plaza Self Storage 202 W. College St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-3548

 Foundation for Senior Care 135 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 723-7570

 Fallbrook Mini-Storage 550 W. Aviation, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6114

 Innovative Healthcare Consultants 746 S. Main Avenue, Suite B, Fallbrook, (760) 731-1334


 Regency Fallbrook 609 E. Elder Street, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8504

 Liberty Tax Services 139 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (805) 206-8998

 Right at Home 589 E. Elder Street, Fallbrook , (760) 782-8888

 Patty deJong Income Tax 1622 E. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 723-5215

 Seniors Helping Seniors 577-U Elder Street, Fallbrook, (760) 884-4111

 Reed Financial Services 106-B West Hawthorne St, Fallbrook, (760) 723-1375

 Silvergate Retirement Residence 420 Elbrook Dr., Fallbrook, (760) 728-8880

SHIPPING  England Logistics (760) 683-1975

 Audio & Computer Enterprises (760) 741-6511

“Encouragement gives you the direction for the courage to cope.”

– Phyllis Sweeney

Phyllis Sweeney

Phyllis is a certified Grief Counselor, Senior Advisor and Personality Coach.

120 South Main Ave., Fallbrook, CA 92028

(760) 468-9172


TECHNOLOGY  ACS Group, Inc. 12526 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, (425) 478-9699

The Encouragement Factor

This is what Phyllis’s Encouragement Factor does for you:

Enhances life • Enlivens life • Enriches life

J. Sweeney, chief encourager, is founder and president of Encouragement Factor, Phyllis an organization that offers counsel to those in crisis, grief, trauma, and transition. Phyllis has a tremendous ability to reach out to people from all walks of life. She encourages people who feel intimidated by professionals and/or family members to ask the appropriate questions. Phyllis has been a Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, a Channel 10 Leadership Award recipient and Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award recipient.

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Members  Effortless Office 1588 S. Mission Avenue, Ste 225, Fallbrook, (702) 405-4700

 Rainbow Municipal Water District 3707 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook, (760) 728-1178

 San Diego Broadband 330 Rancheros Drive Suite 112, San Marcos, (760) 621-3801

 San Diego County Water Authority 4677 Overland Avenue, San Diego, (858) 522-6714

 Sean Simmen - The Tech Guy 1044 Crescent Bend, Fallbrook, (760) 349-1049  Springston Design P.O. Box 1569, Fallbrook, (760) 691-0507

WATER & FIRE RESTORATION SERVICES  Home Perfect Restoration 41548 Eastman Drive, Suite D, Murrieta, (951) 303-1333


 Mold Safe Solutions 855 South Main Ave., #K377, Fallbrook, (760) 818-6830

 REINS 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 731-9168

 Pulido Cleaning & Restoration 26063 Jefferson Ave., Murrieta, (951) 296-9090


 Servpro of Fallbrook/South Oceanside 215 W. Ash, Fallbrook, (760) 451-0600

 Angel Society of Fallbrook 1002 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 728-6513


 Hidden Treasures Thrift Store 913 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 723-2800  Saint Peter Thrift Store 520 S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-7012

 North County Welding Supply, Inc. 1561 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, (760) 728-5764



 Scrappy’s Tire & Auto, Inc. 346 S. Main, Fallbrook, (760) 728-9252

 Cory’s SEOM (760) 207-6511

 Tire Center 615 S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, (760) 728-2076



 Fallbrook Window Washing P.O. Box 185, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8116

 Travel To, LLC (760) 728-9000



 Fallbrook Awards Fallbrook, (760) 728-7686

 Beach House Winery 1534 Sleeping Indian Road, Fallbrook, (760) 732-3236

VETERANS  American Legion Post #776 1175 Old Stage Road, Fallbrook, (619) 992-8537  Fallbrook VFW Post 1924 1175 Old Stage Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8784

 Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard 4150 Rock Mountain Rd, Fallbrook, (760) 731-2356  Estate d’Iacobelli Winery 2175 Tecalote Dr., Fallbrook, (760) 723-0616  Fallbrook Winery 2430 Via Rancheros, Fallbrook, (760) 728-0156

VETERINARIAN  Alvarado Veterinary Hospital 347 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook, (760) 728-6606  North Orange Veterinary Clinic 427 N. Orange Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 728-2244

 Foot Path Winery 36650 Glen Oaks Road, Temecula, (951) 265-9951  Myrtle Creek Vineyards 1600 Via Vista, Fallbrook, (442) 444-5066  Roadrunner Ridge Winery 4233 Rosa Rancho Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 731-7349

VINEYARD/VINEYARD SERVICES  Latica Vineyards (760) 468-4281

 Romiglio Ridge Winery 1651 Scooter Lane, Fallbrook, (435) 640-3206

 S.D. Water Into Wine Vineyard Consulting P O Box 2512, Fallbrook, (760) 695-7022

 Sblendorio Winery 38973 De Luz Rd, Fallbrook, (760) 728-8230


 The Vineyard at 1924 1924 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, (760) 651-2182

 Care-Rite Vocational Services 115 West Aviation Road, Fallbrook, (760) 728-6951

 Toasted Oak Vineyards and Winery 190 Red Mountain Lane, Fallbrook, (760) 420-3678



 Salcor UV Disinfection (760) 731-0745

 LuMiro, USA 616 E. Alvarado St., #A101, Fallbrook, (760) 451-6818



 Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water 1270 W. Mission Road, Escondido, (760) 743-0140

760-645-0792 • 128 S. Main Ave, Fallbrook

 Sage Yoga Studios 115 N. Main Avenue, Fallbrook, (760) 451-8771

Helping our clients buy and sell residential, commercial, land, new construction, equestrian and luxury properties. There is a difference, and you deserve the best.  FREE MAPS  FREE WI-FI 


Shirley Binn photo 100 Main................................................ pg 16 127 West Social 14, 69 Affordable and Quality Home Care Services............................ pg 7 All Star Physical Therapy, Inc............... pg 113 Allstate Insurance - Ross E. Curtis...... pg 134 Ameriprise Financial............................ pg 142 Angel Society of Fallbrook.................... pg 82 AP Design & Remodel.......................... pg 47 Applehouse CBD.................................. pg 20 Autoheim.............................................. pg 23 Avocado Animal Hospital..................... pg 126 Beach House Winery............................ pg 93 Bejoca Grove & Landscape 150 Be Well Therapy................................... pg 84 Bishop’s Tree Service........................... pg 39 Bonsall Chamber of Commerce........... pg 131 Boys & Girls Clubs of North County...... pg 81 California Auto Registration Services.... pg 18 California Cuts..................................... pg 127 Char Snyder’s Swim School................... pg 12

Advertiser Index Children’s Primary Care Medical Group........... Inside Front Cover Clay R. Sides, Esq.............................. pg 143 Coffee, Corks and 14 Connections Fallbrook Networking Group............................. pg 141 County of San Diego 77 CR Properties Real Estate Services.................. pg 15, 157 D’Vine 27 Elisabeth H. Lentulo Broadpointe Properties..................... pg 101 Eli’s Farms............................................ pg 59 El Toro Market....................................... pg 15 Estancia Senior Living......................... pg 3-4 Estate D’ 91 Fallbrook Active Nutrition....................... pg 15 Fallbrook Art Association.......... pg 12, 15, 152 Fallbrook Art Center....................... pg 14, 85 Fallbrook Bath & Kitchen Co................ pg 52 Fallbrook Cafe...................................... pg 69 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce................................. pg 15, 146

Margaret Larson photo


Fallbrook Directory.............................. pg 142 Fallbrook Eyecare Center..................... pg 119 Fallbrook Food 80 Fallbrook Healing Center Crestwood Behavioral Health.......... pg 122 Fallbrook Heating & Air Conditioning.... pg 63 Fallbrook Locksmith............................. pg 35 Fallbrook Masonic 21 Fallbrook Oil 79 Fallbrook Propane Gas 5 Fallbrook Regional Health District........ pg 117 Fallbrook School of the Arts.................. pg 15 Fallbrook Senior Center....................... pg 33 Fallbrook Village 121 Fallbrook Winery.................................. pg 95 Foundation for Senior 112 Fresco Grill & Wine Bar........................ pg 68 Geri Sides - Coldwell Banker Village Properties............................. pg 105 Graybill Medical Group............................. pg 1 Greek Style Chicken............................. pg 70 Green Canyon Landscape & Tree Service, Inc..................... pg 44, 45 Grocery Outlet....................................... pg 16

Shirley Poole photo

Hanna Salon............................................ pg 11 Harry’s Sports Bar & Grill....... pg 14, 69, 149 Hartcorn Construction.......................... pg 57 Henry N. Portner, JD, LLM - Coldwell Banker Village Properties................. pg 105 HomeLife Housekeeping...................... pg 62 James C. Alvord, Attorney at Law................................ pg 140 Jerry Burke Jr. Keller Williams Realty............... pg 99, 147 John Hine Temecula Mazda................. pg 25 John Hine Temecula 24 Kamps Propane.................................... pg 49 Knockout Pest Control & Termite.......... pg 55 Maddock Nursery................................. pg 40 Major 14 Mariscos El 70 MBK Solar, a division of Mark B. Kirk, 17, 60, 61, 97 MedPlus Urgent Care........................... pg 118 Merrill Lynch - The Frandell Rutledge Saxon Group.................... pg 129 Mimi’s Boutique SoCal.......................... pg 16 Mostly 14 Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty................................ pg 151 Myrtle Creek Vineyards........................ pg 96 Nessy Burgers................................ pg 70, 72 New Day Solar...................................... pg 51

Ron Montoya photo


Nicholas Beye, Jr., DDS, MAGD, 153 North County Fire................................. pg 65 North County Welding Supply.............. pg 43 Pala Casino Spa Resort............ Back Cover Pala Transfer Station............................ pg 76 Pam Moss Real Estate Brokers 106 Perfection Imaging 136 Photo Bungalow...................................... pg 11 R. Greene & Associates, 130 Rally for Children.................................. pg 35 Ranch House Veterinary Services......... pg 10 Ray White Cement.................................. pg 9 RE/MAX United Real Estate................. pg 29 Richard Goble, DDS............................. pg 114 Robert W. Jackon, Attorney at Law..... pg 137 Robinson Group - Compass............... pg 100 Rosa’s Mexican 70, 73 Rotary Club of Fallbrook...................... pg 135 Sage Yoga 14 Salon Ana............................................ pg 155 Samantha Berryessa, Attorney at Law................................ pg 128 SDG&E................................................ pg 132 148, 161 Silvergate Retirement Residence & Memory Care Suites...................... pg 115 Silverthorn Ranch 41 Sonny’s Muffler & Auto.......................... pg 19 Steele Insurance 136

Sunbrook Solar Power & Electrical Systems, Inc.................. pg 48 Sunshine Properties Real Estate......... pg 99 Susie Emory and Lauren Hemming-Emory - Coldwell Banker Village Properties.............................. pg 98 Tekila Cocina Mexicana........................ pg 68 Temecula Valley 111 The Coal Bunker................................... pg 16 The Encouragement Factor................. pg 156 The Jewelry Connection........................ pg 15 The Madd Potter................................... pg 53 The Shop Around the 16 The Spoiled Avocado............................. pg 16 The Veranda at Grand Tradition............ pg 69 The Zucker Law Firm.................... pg 13, 139 Thompson & Associates...................... pg 107 Toasted Oak 92 Travel by Cheryl.................................... pg 16 Trupiano’s Italian Bistro........................ pg 70 Udder Feed.......................................... pg 58 Village Escrow Services...................... pg 107 Village News........................... pg 16, 83, 123 Village Pizza of Bonsall........................ pg 68 Village Property Management, Inc...... pg 154 Vintage Retail 14 Yama Restaurant & Sushi Bar......... pg 69, 71 Youngren Construction, Inc.................. pg 54 Z Cafe................................................... pg 68 Zion Christian Preschool & Learning 103

Jennifer Moosa photo


8th Annual

Photo Contest Winners


Margaret Larson photo

Each year we ask our readers to submit photos of the community – people, places, events and everything that makes Fallbrook and Bonsall special! We love seeing our community through your eyes. To be considered for next year’s Sourcebook photo contest, please send your high resolution photo submissions to

1st Place - George Compton “Busiest Day of the Year” - See winning photo on page 30

2nd Place - Shirley Poole - See winning photo on page 6

Cheryl Nurse Nonprofit 89 Connie Jordan Publisher’s 4 George Compton Community 30 Jamo Jackson Hiking 108 Jennifer Moosa Advertiser Index................. pg 159 Jennifer Moosa Nonprofit 88 Julie Compton Community 31 Margaret Larson Advertiser 158 Margaret Larson Church 74 Margaret Larson Nonprofit 88 Margaret Larson Photo Winners 160 Ron Montoya Advertiser 159 Ron Montoya Community 31 Ron Montoya Nonprofit 87 Ron Montoya Snapshots of 124 Sandi Simpson Community 30 Sandi Simpson Friendly 79 Sandi Simpson Nonprofit 86 Shirley Binn Advertiser Index....................... pg 158 Shirley Binn Community 30 Shirley Binn Community 31 Shirley Binn Snapshots of Fallbrook............... pg 145 Shirley Poole Advertiser Index..................... pg 158 Shirley Poole Snapshots of Fallbrook.............. pg 145 Shirley Poole Table of 6

Look for advertisements for the 2021 Sourcebook Photo Contest in the Village News fall of 2020. Submissions may be made year round to 160




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