Category archives for: North Coast Life

Del Mar resident’s company restores Don Diego statue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Don Diego statue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was recently restored. Courtesy photo

The 16-foot bronze Don Diego statue, which stands at the fair’s main entrance, was restored prior to the start of the fair.

Gluten-free café opens in Solana Beach

The Curious Fork  Photo by Lauren Radack

There’s a new, all-in-one café, shop and cooking school in Solana Beach.

Co-founded by chefs Barbara McQuiston and Kai Peyrefitte, The Curious Fork opened mid-June in the Ocean Pointe complex just north of the Del Mar Racetrack at 512 Via de la Valle.

“It’s been an adventure getting this place opened up,” said Peyrefitte.

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.

Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society installs board

Recording Secretary Suellen Lodge, President Virginia Garland, Corresponding Secretary Cindi Clemons, Vice President Pat Smart and Treasurer Tom Golich. Photos by Kristina Houck

The banquet room at Tony’s Jacal was filled June 20 for the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society’s annual installation dinner. Reigning officers were re-installed with Jan Grice of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum officiating.

Virginia Garland was sworn in as president for a second term. Pat Smart was also re-elected vice president, Cindi Clemons was re-elected corresponding secretary, Suellen Lodge was re-elected recording secretary and Tom Golich was re-elected treasurer.

Del Mar Heights School holds annual Dancefest, picnic

Del Mar Heights alumni at the event.

Seniors graduating from area high schools who were Del Mar Heights alumni returned to the event to reunite with classmates and to share their next year plans with the current Heights students and families. These range from four-year colleges to two-year colleges to gap years in France to the Peace Corps to local community colleges.

Tradition has the promoting sixth-graders dancing the waltz and then inviting their parents to dance with them.

Del Sol Lions collect $1,338 in Solana Beach for backpack effort

The Del Sol Lions collected $1,338 in tips from generous community members over the two-day Fiesta Del Sol -—– May 31 and June 1 — in Solana Beach to help fund a student backpack and school supply program for the upcoming school year. Del Sol Lions Club members volunteered and collected donations in the VIP and wine garden areas.

Del Mar neighbors join in support of latest ‘Adopt a Spot’ project

Adopt a spot on Crest Rim.

Del Mar’s “Adopt a Spot” program usually brings together several families who work on a project to beautify a piece of city land. The latest “Adopt a Spot” project, however — an addition to Crest Rim Park — was developed by a whopping group of 64 supporters representing 38 households.

Del Mar 7th grader creates program to send under-served kids to camp

Campers and volunteers at Horses for Happiness’ first event.

Del Mar resident Kelsey Yin was just wrapping up her 7th grade year at Earl Warren Middle School when she founded Horses for Happiness, a program designed to send under-served youth to free horse camp.

Pacific Ridge student named Coca-Cola scholar

Delaney Miller

As a 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar, senior Delaney Miller of Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad is in elite company. Out of more than 100,000 nationwide applicants, just 150 high school seniors are selected each year.

A member from each of Pacific Ridge’s first four graduating classes has been honored by the Coca-Cola Foundation on a regional or national level. Miller joins Pacific Ridge alumni Tony Ibrahim ’13, Stephanie Sapp ’12, and Anisha Mudaliar ’11 as part of the scholarship program’s “extended family” of individuals committed to positive leadership and dedication to service.

Thirty-seven Torrey Pines High School scholar-athletes honored

TPHS scholar-athletes

Torrey Pines High School recently honored 37 seniors with the “Next Level Falcon Award” at a luncheon sponsored by Torrey Pines Pop Warner Football and Cheer.

Falcon scholar-athletes are prized recruits in baseball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Many compete on teams and/or individually at the regional, state and national level. For example, Falcon teams won eight CIF Championships in the 2013-2014 academic year: Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Golf (plus State champs four years in a row), Boys Golf, Girls Tennis (24 years in a row), Girls Volleyball and Girls Swimming (five years in a row).



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