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Unique Solana Beach quilt to be raffled at holiday luncheon

(L-R) Lenore Dale and Pam Dalton with the special quilt.

The Arts/Craft Group of the Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society has created a beautiful quilt depicting many scenes of Solana Beach. This special quilt is on display in City Hall. It will be displayed at the Solana Beach Library in late October and also at the Craft Boutique on Nov. 15.
The quilt will be a raffle item at the Civic & Historical Society holiday luncheon in December. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Craft Boutique and from members before the luncheon. Call Pam Dalton at 858-755-8574.

Carmel Valley author seasons ‘Halloween Stew’ to young readers’ taste

Jane Meyers’ book, ‘Halloween Stew,’ got rave reviews from first-grade students at Sage Canyon School.

It started as a “teeny little” book for her five grandchildren in 2010, a story about a crabby witch who didn’t like to share. Now Carmel Valley’s Jane Meyers is hoping to serve up “Halloween Stew” to a broader group of young readers.

Hard choice: Del Mar’s Eucalyptus Stoneware company closing doors

Eucalyptus Stoneware owner John Laver with his iconic handmade baskets. Photos by Kristina Houck

Whether holding fruit or warming bread, baskets from Eucalyptus Stoneware have become the centerpiece of thousands of kitchens across America. But after 40 years in business, the Del Mar company is closing its doors.

“It’s comforting to know that we have made as many people happy as we have,” said founder and owner John Laver. “It’s just time to close.”

‘The more we talk about this, the less shame there will be’

Actor Joe Pantoliano discussed his struggles with mental health and addiction at an International Bipolar Foundation luncheon on Oct. 8.

Joe Pantoliano, the actor known for his roles in “Risky Business,” “The Sopranos,” “The Fugitive,” “The Matrix” and “Memento,” spoke Oct. 8 in La Jolla at the International Bipolar Foundation luncheon to address the importance of open and non-judgmental dialogue when discussing mental illness.

Disabilities no hurdle for Del Mar family of athletes

Jim and Lisa Pathman of Del Mar push their 16-year-old twin sons Shane, left, and Riley, who were born with cerebral palsy, as they demonstrate the racing chairs they planned to use Oct. 19 so that all four of them could compete in a triathlon.

When Jim Pathman found out in 1998 that his wife, Lisa, was expecting twins, he bought a matching pair of Schwinn bikes for the boys. Seventeen years later, the bikes are still in their boxes, because twins Shane and Riley were born with cerebral palsy. But as Jim would say, when there’s a Pathman will, there’s a Pathman way. And on Sunday, Oct. 19, the active family of four achieved their dream of completing a triathlon in La Jolla.

Students take history by the hand with Solana Beach Living History program

Solana Vista third-graders recently learned what it was like to live in the early 1900s thanks to Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society volunteers.  Photos/Kristina Houck

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society recently turned back the clock, bringing history to life for local students. From doing household chores to playing traditional games, Solana Vista Elementary School third-graders learned what it was like to live in the early 1900s during the society’s Living History program.

Carmel Valley Recreation Center celebrates 15th anniversary

The Carmel Valley Recreation Center during this year’s summer concert series. Photo by Jon Clark.

The Carmel Valley Community Park is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Sunday, Oct. 26.

Patriot Profiles: ‘The excitement never ends,’ says female Navy pilot

Lt. Darby Clemson Driscoll with one of the ‘Battle Cats’ helicopters in her fleet squadron at North Island, San Diego. Landing on an aircraft carrier, she said, is a milestone: ‘That’s when you feel like you’re a Navy pilot.’

This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers with insight into the lives of our country’s heroes.

‘True Tails’ unleashes creativity for pair of Carmel Valley authors

Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg

The two met more than a year ago when their dogs, Max and Luther, became best friends at the dog park

International Horse Show coming to Del Mar

The Del Mar International Horse Show will take place from Oct. 22-26 at the Del Mar arena. The event is free but parking is $10.
The horse show encompasses two full weeks of world-class competition, which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders.
The Del Mar International Horse Show features West Palms Events’ exclusive Halloween Celebration,’s Funniest Horse Video Contest, barn competitions, social events and much more. The Rancho Valencia Grand Prix of Del Mar is a World Cup and Thermal Million qualifying event.



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