Category archives for: North Coast Life

‘Bringing the community together’ a key goal for new Solana Beach Library manager

Patricia Tirona

Although Patricia Tirona officially became branch manager of Solana Beach Library in June, she is a familiar face at the local library. Tirona first joined the local branch when it opened its current location in 2001.

Del Mar Library to celebrate 100th anniversary with special event

The community is invited to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Del Mar Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 1. Photo by Kristina Houck

The San Diego County Library system celebrated its centennial last year. Now, Del Mar is marking its 100-year milestone.

New rabbi brings unique experience to Chabad of Carmel Valley

Rabbi Mendel Polichenco

For more than 20 years, Rabbi Mendel Polichenco has served the people of Mexico. Recently selected as the new rabbi of Chabad of Carmel Valley, he will now serve people on the San Diego side of the border.

Patriot Profiles: He served honorably and he died, and we were there to bury him.

Cpl. John Gabino and OC Eduard Cruz fold the Flag at funeral service at Miramar National Cemetery. Photo by Jeanne McKinney

In Miramar National Cemetery, each white tombstone has a priceless story.

Del Mar resident perseveres to win his division in a 100-mile ultra-marathon

Del Mar’s Mark Backes was still smiling at mile 45 of the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, cresting Hope Pass at 12,600 feet. Courtesy photo

It took grit, determination and a lot of Fig Newtons for 50-year-old Mark Backes of Del Mar to win his division in the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon through the Colorado Rockies.

Antiques on Cedros in Solana Beach to hold Sidewalk Sale and Flea Market in celebration of anniversary

Tony and Wanda Russo Credit Diane Y. Welch

Located in the Cedros Avenue Design District close to the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe, the 5,000-square-foot Solana Beach-based showroom is nestled behind Timeless Furnishings and Patio, and is a brightly-lit showcase for objets d’arts, furnishings, collectibles, jewelry, lighting fixtures and more.

Solana Beach Library offers citizenship course

An eight-week citizenship course begins at the Solana Beach Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Classes will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, ending Saturday, Nov. 8.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary lineup of speakers to discuss cancer, Kenya, biotech

Interested individuals are invited to hear two special speakers at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach. The club’s meetings are held over breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Morgan Run Clubhouse.

San Diego surf program keeps at-risk boys from going under

Andrew has been in the Boys to Men program for two years. The 15-year-old is training for his second 100 Wave Challenge. He surfed 140 waves in last year’s fundraising event. Courtesy photos

As part of its outreach, Boys to Men holds regular outings for at-risk youth at beaches in La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Del Mar, where they learn to surf and connect with adult male mentors who offer a different perspective on life.

Del Mar veteran Pete Glaser among those recognized at ‘Spirit of ’45 Day’

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman with World War II veteran Pete Glaser. Courtesy photo

Hundreds of World War II veterans, military members and other San Diegans gathered Aug. 10 in Balboa Park to celebrate the victory and remember the sacrifices during the annual Spirit of ’45 Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan, or V-J Day. Pete Glaser of Del Mar was among the dozens of WWII veterans who attended the event.



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    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]
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