Category archives for: North Coast Life

BikeWalkSolana promotes ‘safety first’ in Solana Beach

Summer Camp Rodeo Snail Race

With school now in session, BikeWalkSolana is reminding children and parents that safety comes first when walking, riding or rolling to school in Solana Beach.

Grace & Salt’s custom-made furniture hopes to inspire conversations, connections

Keary and Justin Cheney

A lot of labor and a lot of love have gone into Keary and Justin Cheney’s custom-made furniture business, Grace & Salt. The newest artisans in Flower Hill’s Row Collective in Del Mar, the husband-and-wife team didn’t want to be just another furniture company — they wanted to have a heart and a message.

Del Mar’s popular Taste & Art Stroll back Oct. 5 with food, music and K-9 fun

Brie Atwater with Dutchess, Megan Gallan, Bryan Atwater with Deuce at the 2013 Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll. Photo by Jon Clark

Chef Dan Saito joined Hotel Indigo Del Mar as its new executive chef in June. Although his new menu doesn’t debut for a few more weeks, foodies can sample some on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the annual Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll in the village of Del Mar.

Del Mar student at Pacific Ridge named a National Merit Semifinalist

Tyler Chen (Carlsbad), Nathan Cheng (Encinitas), Sebastian Green (Carlsbad), Ethan Kuo (Carlsbad), Dashiell Tan (Del Mar), and Bianca Yang (Carlsbad) of Pacific Ridge School have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 1.5 million high school students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, just 16,000 score high enough to receive the distinction of Semifinalist.
All of the semifinalists excel both in and outside of the classroom.
Del Mar’s Dashiell Tan is a member of the Pacific Ridge robotics team and an International Baccalaureate candidate. Tan has completed internships with Phoenix Foods USA and KeepItGrowing Marketing Solutions. He earned a rare perfect score on his ACT exam, putting Tan amongst the top one-tenth of one percent of test takers nationwide.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, approximately 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists will compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million, to be offered next spring.

First annual Sunset 5K Run/Walk in Solana Beach to support diabetes prevention

Committee members Bob DeSimone, Malcolm Williamson and Torre Middleton training for the race. Courtesy photo

The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation invites all to run, walk or stroll along the Solana Beach coastline at low tide and sunset on Saturday, Sept. 27 to support Jump Start for Health, a new initiative to prevent diabetes in San Diego County.

Registration and a Wellness Expo, showcasing local companies that specialize in healthy living, begins at 4 p.m. at Solana Beach’s Fletcher Cove. The 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 5 p.m., followed by live music from the band “WHIP.” The top three male and female finishers will receive awards and all participants are eligible for other prizes. The fee is $45. Day-of registration costs $49. Register online at

Carmel Valley students raise funds for Promises2Kids through their nonprofit ‘Let’s Get Bowing’

Lindsey Ewing and Sophie Stein  Courtesy photo

Carmel Valley Middle School seventh graders Lindsey Ewing and Sophie Stein have a lot in common.

Both girls have grown up in Carmel Valley and play soccer for Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Competitive. They also share a love of art and volunteerism.

Combining their passions, Lindsey and Sophie found a creative way to give back to the community. The duo makes and sells hair bows with the proceeds benefitting Promises2Kids, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and fights against child abuse and neglect in San Diego County.

Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotarian modifies ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

At the first September meeting of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club, Jan Parsons modified the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge process by challenging her Rotary club members to douse both her and fellow Rotarian Kevin Cahill in exchange for donations to the ALS Association. Parsons had been challenged recently by a friend who had had four family members and friends die from ALS. This touched Parsons so much that it got her thinking about how to raise more money and make it fun, too.

Spirits of Mexico Festival to take place at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 11th annual Spirits of Mexico Festival, the nation’s largest tasting event for Mexican spirits, returns to San Diego Sept. 28.
Held for the first time at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, guests will gather amidst Spanish architecture and sunshine, sampling sips and bites of Mexico’s finest offerings. An array of spirits, including the popular varieties of tequila, mezcal, sotol and bacanora, will be poured by the industry’s top producers, award-winning brands and new-to-market makers. The evening’s food and drink festivities will be rounded out with dancing, live music by Spanish guitar duo Cantua, a silent auction and the live Cocktail Challenge — a fierce live battle between local mixologists for the crown of best tequila or mezcal cocktail.
The festival takes place 3-7 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for designated drivers, $60 for general admission, $85 for VIP and $110 for all access.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce to hold Business Expo

The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its third Business Expo from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, poolside at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club (located at 1505 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach, 92075).

Community members and businesses are invited to attend this free event to learn about local businesses, taste food and enjoy drinks and entertainment. The event will feature free samples from eight Solana Beach restaurants, live music, two full bars and a raffle. More than 25 businesses are participating.

2nd Annual Iron Mike Paddle to be held in Solana Beach

Mike McKay Courtesy photo

Solana Beach lifeguards are inviting the public to paddleboard in memory of one of their own during the second annual Iron Mike Paddle Sept. 20 at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach.

The five-mile paddleboard race and surfing festival was founded last year in honor of late Solana Beach lifeguard Mike McKay, who died when he was 23 in an avalanche at Mountain High Ski Resort in January 2008.



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  • Czech violin duo to perform at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe
    In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech School San Diego hosts a free classical violin concert by internationally recognized Czech violin player Jaroslav Svecený and his daughter, Julie Svecená, who are on a tour of the United States. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Village Church. The father-daughter duo will […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe weekly sports update
    Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 4-3 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Oct. 9. Alayna Tomlinson and Farah Farjood each scored two goals to lead the Falcons. Samantha “Sammy” Cirino added one goal and one assist. […]
  • ‘Kachina Dolls and Dances’ to be topic at Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society lecture
    Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will discuss “Kachina Dolls and Dances” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls (in photo at right), were carved typically from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about the katsinas, the im […]