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County Supervisor Dave Roberts of Solana Beach believes in turf talk

County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Turf Evolutions owner Shannon Beck.

To set an example during the statewide drought, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has replaced his lawn with artificial turf.

“We’re in a drought, and I think everybody should do their part,” said Roberts, who sits on the board of the San Diego County Water Authority. “This was our next step in reducing our water usage.”

Roberts and his partner, Wally Oliver, kicked off the five-day project Sept. 15 when workers began tearing up the 6,000-square-foot lawn at their Solana Beach home and replacing it with artificial turf.

Because artificial turf reduces water use by about 44 gallons per square foot, Roberts and Oliver expect to save about 264,000 gallons of water each year.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy wins $150,000 program award from county

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has received a $150,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award from the county of San Diego, proposed by Third District County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Del Mar Kiwanis installs new officers

Participants in the installation of new officers were (L-R) outgoing Lt. Governor Pat Bell, new president Steve Gardella, vice president Dr. Bob Siggins, incoming Lt. Governor Carl Ames, treasurer Nancy Wasko, and front, secretary Sherrie Pantalon.

The Del Mar Kiwanis Club had its 2014-2015 officers installed by the Kiwanis Division 37 Lieutenant Governor.

‘Rising Star’ chef to appear at special Sea & Smoke dinner in Del Mar

Sea & Smoke chef Matt Gordon says he is ecstatic to have James Beard Award-winning chef Nate Appleman in his restaurant for a collaboration dinner to welcome Appleman to San Diego, his new home. The special dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Sea & Smoke in Del Mar.

Technology leader MediaTek opens San Diego office

Kristin Taylor, MediaTek vice president of public and analyst relations; Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego); Mohit Bhushan, MediaTek U.S. business development; Dr. Lawrence Loh, MediaTek U.S. president, CT Chuang, MediaTek corporate senior vice president; Ganning Yang, MediaTek head of Irvine office; Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek general manager of international sales; Jim Farley, MediaTek U.S. facilities director; HC Hwang, MediaTek general manager communication system design; and George Chien, MediaTek general manager of RF design. Courtesy photo

The smartphone chip business is growing in San Diego.

Expanding its U.S. footprint, Taiwanese-based MediaTek unveiled its San Diego office during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 24.

“North American is a very important market for MediaTek,” said Kristin Taylor, the company’s vice president of public and analyst relations. “Because of that importance, we need to be here to serve clients and operators, the American people, to make sure that they have the technology that we engineer.”

Gala in Del Mar, golf classic put focus on Burn Institute’s vital programs

Funds from the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic will benefit the Burn Institute’s programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars, a free camp for burn-injured children. Courtesy photo

From hosting camps for burn-injured children to installing smoke detectors for senior citizens, the Burn Institute reaches out to thousands of children and adults each year.

To raise funds for the institute’s programs, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Burn Institute Auxiliary have organized the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic for four years. This year’s gala is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, followed by a day of golf Monday, Oct. 6, at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

“This year we’ve invigorated the event with the California Dreamin’ theme,” said Susan Day, executive director of the Burn Institute. “It allows our guests to have fun and relax while raising funds for our programs.”

Musical ‘Zombie Prom’ lurches onto Canyon Crest Academy stage in Carmel Valley

‘Zombie Prom’ will be performed at Canyon Crest Aca-demy’s Envision Theatre on Oct. 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre presents the musical “Zombie Prom” over the Halloween season at the school’s Black Box Theatre.

This girl-loves-ghoul rock-and-roll Off-Broadway musical by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High. A teen’s encounter with the local atomic waste dump causes him to return “transformed” — but he still has the All-American dream of taking a pretty senior to the prom. History comes to his rescue while a selection of original ’50s-style songs keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Solana Beach moving forward with seawall mitigation study

After a four-year delay, Solana Beach is moving forward with a study that will determine how much private property owners have to compensate the public for lost sand and recreational opportunities because of the construction of a seawall.

“The seawalls are in place, but the mitigation is not in place,” said Jim Jaffee, of the Surfrider Foundation during the first community meeting for the mitigation fee study update project Sept. 23 at City Hall.

He noted that he and others of the city’s citizens committee initially proclaimed the study would be completed in 2006.

Sax player McPherson launches 14th season of Del Mar Foundation’s ‘First Thursday’ events

Charles McPherson plays at the event.

First Thursdays, a nine-event offering of cultural programs from the Del Mar Foundation, started its 14th season recently with world-renowned saxophone player Charles McPherson.

Del Mar library launches Teen Yoga classes

Teens get a chance to exercise mind and body at the Del Mar branch library with teen yoga classes at 4 p.m. every first Thursday, starting Oct. 2.

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