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New coffee shop and eatery Café Cantata opens in Flower Hill Promenade

Owner Johan Engman has opened up Café Cantata in Flower Hill Promenade.  Photo by Karen Billing

Café Cantata, a new coffee shop and eatery opened up on June 18 in Flower Hill Promenade near Del Mar, filling the space left behind by Pannikin. The new café comes courtesy of Johan Engman, the owner and founder of the popular Fig Tree Café.

Carmel Valley 9-year-old golfer shoots a hole-in-one on Father’s Day weekend

Harris Feinman with the hole-in-one ball!

On Saturday, June 14, Harris Feinman, a 9-year-old Carmel Valley resident, made his first hole-in-one. Harris used his driver to clear the water from 123 yards out on the 14th Hole at The Santaluz Club. Harris’s dad Mike screamed and Harris cried tears of joy on what turned out to be a most special Father’s Day weekend.

Surf Academy Condliffe GU11 brings home trophy

Pictured, front row: Olivia Mehran, Riana Kitchen, AB Nicholas, Mia Myers, Stormy Wallace, Abby Beamer, Presley McDeavitt. Back row: Kelsey Branson, left, Emma Beckwith, Olivia Becker, Emma McChristie, Haley Miller, Caitlin Wilson, Grace Hughes, Corinne Wilson. The team is coached by Gary Condliffe, at rear. Not pictured: Lizzy Hood, Allison Luo.

SD Surf Academy Condliffe GU11 went 3-0-1 for Fathers’ Day weekend, winning a hard-fought final game to bring home the Rebels Cup Trophy in Chula Vista! Girls on the team represent communities including Carmel Valley, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Olivenhain, Encinitas, Leucadia, Point Loma, Mission Hills, Scripps Ranch and Mission Viejo.

Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks BU11 Liverpool Tournament Champions


The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks John Burson’s BU11 team recently won the San Diego Liverpool Cup and were the Tournament Champions.

Carmel Valley students win medals at Elementary Science Field Day

Elementary Science Field Day Team

More than 50 elementary schools took part in the San Diego County Elementary Science Field Day event on May 10. Students in grades 4 and 5 from Torrey Hills school took part in this event, which covered many areas of science. Students trained in Anatomy, Circuitry, Earth Science, Astronomy, Entomology, Chemistry and they built Towers of Straw, Paddle boats with styrofoam trays, aluminum foil rafts, and worked with mirrors to reflect light at the right angle to hit a target. The students worked with parent coaches and 6th grade student coaches. Torrey Hills team members won several 1st place medals, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place ribbons.

Del Mar National Little League Hooks Team wins league’s AA Division Championship


With a thrilling 5-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, including the game-clincher, a two-outs, two-strikes grand slam, the 2014 Del Mar National Little League Hooks team earned its 19th victory of the season and won the league’s AA Division Championship. The Hooks team fell to its Del Mar American League counterpart 5-4 in the two leagues’ Championship recently at Ashley Falls and finished the season with a record of 19-5.
(From left to right): Asst. Coach Brian Kanig, Rex Kanig, Coach Jonathan Newlander, Evan Newlander, Evan Kim, Chris Greco, Caden Farber, Max Schwartzberg, Dane Oleksy, David Young, James Meyer, Asst. Coach Bob Farber, Asst. Coach Dave Young, and Ethan Cho.

Carmel Valley Middle School artists receive Reflections Awards

(L-R) Award winners Hannah Leibowitz, Helen Cho, Susan Lin, Melanie Limas An and CVMS Principal Laurie Brady.

Carmel Valley Middle School celebrated its Reflections Awards with a record number of entries this year. The Reflections director at CVMS, Victoria Shoushtari, says the program encourages students to explore opportunities within the art world. Categories include visual arts, photography, music composition, literature, film production and dance choreography. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” The Reflections program is part of the California State PTA. Local winners move onto the state level then to nationals. More information on the program can be found at

Santa Fe Christian School athletes in Solana Beach sign Letters of Intent

Front row, left to right: Darrian Borboa, Grace Dwyer, Bennett Royce, Chase Bushor, Madylyn Tschantz. Back row, left to right: Elyssa Reyes, Jerry Harper, Cole Needham, Hannah Mathiesen, Tony Miro, Brian Finley.

Eleven Santa Fe Christian Schools’ seniors, or approximately 10 percent of the graduating class, signed letters of intent to play sports at their respective colleges. SFC graduates signed on for football, baseball, basketball, rowing, volleyball, softball, water polo and soccer.  Each year, many of SFC’s highly skilled athletes are recruited by colleges across the nation.  [...]

North Shore Girls 10U Gold Team tops at competition

champions coastal classic

The North Shore Girls 10U Gold team recently won its division Championship at the North Shore Girls Softball League Coastal Classic by a score of 4-2 over 4S Ranch.
L to R (back row): Manager Steve, Olivia J, Jessie R., Emily B., Anna H., Katie N., Sydney A., Coach Karla, Coach Randy; (Front row): Sophie P., Sophia B., Katie W., Zippy M., Taylor A.

Carmel Valley transplant recipient will chair the 2014 San Diego Kidney Walk

Craig Ramseyer with his family.

Craig Ramseyer, of Carmel Valley, has been named the Corporate Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation’s San Diego Kidney Walk taking place May 18 at NTC Liberty Park.