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Showing their concern: Local women return from inspiring trip to Zambia

A group of women from La Jolla and Del Mar, including several mothers and daughters, recently returned from a weeklong trip to Zambia where they saw firsthand the humanitarian work being performed by Project Concern International.

Look your best: Fitness experts and stylists offer advice for a long and lean look

Whether it’s a gala, a wedding or a much-anticipated vacation, a special event will be much more enjoyable if you are looking and feeling your best. But sometimes that date on the calendar creeps up sooner than expected. The good news from fitness experts is that it’s never too late to tone up.

‘Addicted to Beauty’ reality series set at local medi-spa

La Jolla-based businesswoman, author, speaker and model Dianne York-Goldman and her staff at Carmel Valley-based Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa will debut in a new reality series, “Addicted to Beauty,” on Aug. 4 on the Oxygen network.

Comic-Con nudges dollars north

Convention spreads wealth across county

Selling out to more than 126,000 participants two months before its opening today, Comic-Con is a definite boon to tourism in downtown San Diego. And although there are few numbers to support anecdotal claims, hoteliers and restaurant owners in La Jolla, Del Mar and other northern communities said their businesses are also benefitting from the four-day, comic-inspired convention.

Time to Travel: All-inclusive packages, incentives woo vacationers

While the economic downturn has caused many Americans to reduce their discretionary spending, local travel agents report that price cuts and heavy incentive offers are enticing travelers to pack their bags and get away from it all.

Award-winning recipes developed in RSF kitchen

It’s not uncommon for people to make a hobby of cooking, but Rancho Santa Fe gardener and kitchen whiz Lynn Scully takes her interest in cooking one step further: She’s in it to win.

WHEE: Slide into the 2009 San Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair has come a long way since that original opening day in 1880 when it was celebrated as an agricultural fair. Today, it is three weeks of nonstop food, music, rides, games and entertainment. Yet, no matter how big, how glamorous, how extraordinary the fair becomes, the fun remains home-grown.

Summer Solstice to showcase Food Network talent

For almost 15 years, the Summer Solstice in Del Mar has been a favorite event among local residents, but it seems the secret is out. This year, the fundraiser has been selected to host three special guests from L.A., all of them finalists from “The Next Food Network Star” television show.

Carmel Valley family man in ‘Star Trek’

Faran Tahir plays Captain Robau in cult classic prequel

Faran Tahir has added a new element to his fan base with his appearance as Captain Robau in the recently released “Star Trek.”

Crowd-pleasing catering: The latest trends

Trends: Buffets and sushi out, farm-to-table and tray passed in

Palates in San Diego are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and clients expect caterers to provide cutting-edge food and drink. For chefs such as Giuseppe Ciuffa, Scott Wagner and Adam Hiner, who are defining regional trends, it’s a challenge they meet head on.