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Carmel Valley parents chair Rady Children’s Hospital gala after daughter’s successful spinal fusion surgery

Richard and Kris Gelbart (left) with their friends Mae and Curtis Chan at the 2014 Miracle Makers Gala. Courtesy photo

Richard Gelbart’s daughter was still in a hospital bed, recovering from spinal fusion surgery when he called Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation to learn how he could help the organization. Inspired by the success of her operation and the staff’s attentive care, the Carmel Valley father wanted to give back.

“Sitting in the hospital, you get the sense of how Rady Children’s Hospital embraces not only the patient, but the family — pre-op and post-operatively,” said Gelbart, whose 15-year-old daughter Marisa underwent spinal fusion surgery Feb. 24. “I thought it was brilliant and really caring and very conscious of an institution to get down to that grassroots, family-level. It touched me. I felt fortunate in our unfortunate situation.”

Carmel Valley’s Kilroy Realty donates $10,000 to San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

Kilroy Realty staff took a tour of Carmel Valley’s Station 24 with far left, Battalion Chief David Gerboth and far right, San Diego Fire Rescue Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. Courtesy photos

As the largest suburban commercial real estate owner in the county, Kilroy wanted to show its commitment to keeping the neighborhoods safe by helping firefighters do their job, according to Brian Brady, Kilroy development manager and member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board.

Fair Trade Decor event in Del Mar helps empower women, create awareness of programs

Through training and assistance offered by nonprofits, women can begin their own businesses and create sustainable livelihoods. Fair Trade Decor of Del Mar is hosting an awareness event of fair trade crafts from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

At the heart of Global Stories: Women’s Empowerment is the idea of genuine conversation and collaboration. During the four-hour event at 1412 Camino Del Mar, Fair Trade Decor will bring women from a range of organizations and businesses to share their stories of empowerment with each other and the community.

Patriot Profiles: ‘Find the positive in everything you do’

Spc. Erin Cortez Jones. Courtesy U.S. Army

A soldier needs stress unless it leads to distress. “Stress causes energy-pumping hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to be released into the bloodstream, preparing the body to act in times of danger, known as a ‘fight or flight’ response,” states Lisa Young, a health educator with the U.S. Army Public Health Command. “While this burst of energy can help Soldiers get through a battle or even overcome a difficult obstacle course during training, chronic stress is not a good thing.”

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.

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