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Carmel Valley girl donates hair to Locks of Love for 3rd time

Grace shows off the newly trimmed hair she is donating. Photo by Kristina Houck

Grace Daniels was 5 years old when she first donated her hair to children without any.

Former Solana Beach resident to represent U.S. in inaugural European Peace Walk

Ruthi Solari will represent the U.S. in an international peace walk across Europe marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. Courtesy photo

A former Solana Beach resident has been selected to represent the United States in an international peace walk to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. As the U.S. ambassador in the inaugural European Peace Walk, Ruthi Solari will join more than 100 individuals representing other countries in a 23-day, 341-mile trek across Europe.

Patriot Profiles: ‘Experiences good or bad, you’re never going to forget them’

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jervis Hettrick, Bridgemaster, is now based at Camp Pendleton after a deployment in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Jervis Hettrick, a combat engineer with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion now based at Camp Pendleton, is dubbed “a jack of all trades.” He joined the Marine Corps with some roofing background, a year of college and a fascination with everything going on in the war after 9/11 hit close to home in Union Beach, N.J.

Carmel Valley mom, son to volunteer in Peru

Lisa and Alex Schaerer. Photo by Kristina Houck

While other 13-year-olds are hanging out with friends or playing video games, Alex Schaerer will be spending his summer volunteering with his mother in Peru.

Del Mar Village Association donates beach wheelchairs

The DMVA was able to purchase and donate two fat-tire beach-access wheelchairs for Operation Rebound.

The sell-out crowd and subsequent grand success of Del Mar Village Association’s Summer Solstice, held on June 19 in the oceanfront Powerhouse Park

Carmel Valley family to host orphaned child from Colombia this summer

Suzanne Bacon and Jared Jacobsen will host a child from Columbia this summer as part of the Kidsave Summer Miracles program that seeks to connect children with potential families. Courtesy photo

A Carmel Valley couple is hoping to give an orphaned Colombian child a chance to find an adoptive family this summer. Suzanne Bacon and Jared Jacobsen are participating as a host family in the Summer Miracles program of Kidsave, an organization that brings older orphanage and foster kids to the United States to give them an opportunity to become a part of a loving family.

It’s ‘Hullabaloo’ time at Solana Beach Library

Steve Denyes brings Hullabaloo to the Solana Beach Library July 31.

Hullabaloo returns to the Solana Beach Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31.
It’s commotion in motion and giggles galore for all ages with the bouncy, playful music of Steve Denyes.
Over the course of 10 years, Hullabaloo has won twelve national awards, and landed on three national “Top 10 Best Children’s Music” lists. It is summer fun at its best!
The library is at 157 Stevens Ave. Call 858-755-1404.

Girl Scout Troop 3892 earns Bronze award — one heart at a time

Junior Girl Scout Troop 3892 members have earned their Bronze Award by working with CPR instructor Beth Sullivan to raise awareness in our community of the importance of becoming certified in CPR, AED (defibrillator) and first aid. In the past year the girls have spent several hours putting together skits and performing for local schools to spread the word on the importance of becoming CPR certified.

Last month, they took part in demonstrating hands-only CPR at Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park as part of National CPR Awareness Week.

Solana Beach youth chosen for Notre Dame scholarship program

Michael McRoskey will receive an annual Notre Dame scholarship, plus funding for four Summer Enrichment Experiences.

Solana Beach native and St. Augustine High School graduate Michael McRoskey has been selected for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program at the University of Notre Dame for its Class of 2018.

These 24 students were chosen from among hundreds of applicants for their embodiment of the program’s vision for leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and social responsibility.

Soap opera actress Susan Flannery to support ‘Day at the Races’ in Del Mar for Lung Cancer Foundation of America

Actress Susan Flannery, Dr. Michael Weitz and actor Jack Wagner. Photo by Rachel Schwartz/PR AdvantEDGE Inc.

Soap opera actress Susan Flannery helped raise awareness about lung cancer when her character, Stephanie Forrester, battled the disease on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Although retired from the TV show, Flannery will still bring attention to the disease on July 27 by joining the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s fifth annual “Day at the Races,” to be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.



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