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Solana Beach artist to join ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

Todd Murphy of Solana Beach paints pet portraits, including “smush-face dogs” like the Boston terrier.

Solana Beach artist Todd Murphy’s paintings and La Jolla photographer John Maher’s work will be featured in the ninth annual ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station Aug. 16-17.

Longtime Del Mar resident combines several passions in new children’s book ‘Torrey Pines Summer’

Alice Michael Evans at her home, which overlooks the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  Photo by Kristina Houck

Having overlooked the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for more than three decades, it was easy for Alice Michael Evans to choose a setting for her children’s adventure book.

“When I moved out here, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like for a child to grow up here,” said Evans, a recently retired teacher who has lived in Del Mar for 31 years. “Children who grow up here are among the luckiest on Earth. I don’t think they always realize that.”

San Diego play-reading group’s skits liven up senior centers

Bud and Mary Ann Emerson of the Script-in-Hand Players perform Bob Newhart’s ‘The Driving Instructor’ at Vista Village Senior Living recently. Photos by Kristina Houck

With a red curtain, velvet rope and props, the community room at Vista Village Senior Living was transformed into a theater July 17. A senior acting group known as The Script-in-Hand Players created the makeshift stage to perform about a dozen short skits for the center’s residents.

Alt-rockers Neon Trees coming to Del Mar Racetrack, betting on ‘a little more pop’ to please fans

The Neon Trees come to the Del Mar Racetrack for a concert on Friday, Aug. 1.

Neon Trees guitarist Chris Allen is outside a dentist’s office not far from Murrieta, where he grew up. “We just finished the first leg of our tour, so I’m back home for a bit,” he said. But Allen won’t be home for long, since the band has an album to promote and a tour date coming up Aug. 1 at the Del Mar Racetrack for the Four O’Clock Friday concert series.

‘America’s Finest Film Festival’ returns Aug. 2 to San Diego

Camaraderie developed at The 1to1 Movement events like the Film Festival help connect people to conservation. Courtesy photo

o likes to think of itself as America’s finest city. During the second America’s Finest Film Festival on Aug. 2, it will certainly be the most featured city, with the focus on films created by San Diegans, filmed in San Diego or about San Diego. And held in San Diego.

Carmel Valley Library to host piano trio in concert

The Striano Piano Trio will play music by Debussy, Schubert and Dvorak.

The 45-minute program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, and Dvorak.

San Diego’s AmateurPianists returns to Solana Beach church for second annual concert fundraiser

A pianist performs at last year’s concert. Courtesy photo

For the second consecutive year, eight amateur pianists will take the stage at a Solana Beach church to showcase their not-so-amateur talent.

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes discusses her novels with fans at Del Mar Country Club luncheon

At the luncheon: (L-R) Marci Laulom, Jojo Moyes, Debbie Sigal, Veronica Leff. Photo by Lois Alter Mark

“On my last book tour, I had a day off in Portland and it was very nice,” said bestselling novelist Jojo Moyes at a luncheon recently held at the Del Mar Country Club. Then she paused, looked around and added, “But I can tell you a day off in La Jolla is better.”

The British author definitely knows how to please an audience – as evidenced not just by the warm welcome her comment received from the dozens of fans who came to hear her speak at the Warwick’s-sponsored event at the Del Mar Country Club, or by the fact that this is her third visit to San Diego in as many years, but, most tellingly, by the millions of books she’s sold.

Solana Beach employee featured at City Hall Gallery

Photographer David Kloz.  Photo by Kristina Houck

From Monday through Friday, David Kloz works as a management analyst for the city of Solana Beach. When he’s not at work, Kloz is often outside with a camera.

A collection of his photos is currently on exhibit at his workplace, the Solana Beach City Hall. It’s the amateur photographer’s first ever show.

“I’m curious to see what the response is going to be,” Kloz said. “We all see the world in a different light.”

M-Theory Music celebrates vinyl in Flower Hill’s Row

M-Theory Music general manager Rick Tyner in Flower Hill Promenade’s new record store in the Row Collective.

A new vinyl record shop has spun into Del Mar with M-Theory Music in Flower Hill Promenade.

The store officially opened on June 14, but held a grand opening party on July 12 with live performances from the bands Island Boy and Ditches in Flower Hill’s lively Row Collective courtyard. Saturday’s scene included outdoor ping-pong matches, and the Row’s first Makers Market was held on Sunday with homemade goods and do-it-yourself crafts.

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