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Orphanage effort in Solana Beach raises more than $12,000

Eddie Sengendo, Kimera founder and Rachel McKinney, fundraiser chair

On Saturday, June 28, supporters of Kimera Orphanage gathered for the third annual fundraiser at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Guests participated in golf and tennis clinics, an exhibition tennis game from local tennis pros, lunch, a silent auction and donation drawing.

The event brought together 65 people and raised more than $12,000.

Friends of Gonzales Canyon spruce up Carmel Valley site

Friends of the Gonzales Canyon volunteers painted a new kiosk and picked up trash, thistles and tumbleweeds. Courtesy photos

On July 19, Friends of Gonzales Canyon volunteers helped paint a new kiosk in the Carmel Valley canyon.

Middle Eastern, American youth clasp Hands of Peace

Hands of Peace youth participate in a water balloon toss with children from Kids for Peace, a Carlsbad-based nonprofit that aims to cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, services and environmental projects. Photos by Kristina Houck

While war rages in the Middle East, Israeli, Palestinian and American youth promoted peace during a summer camp July 7-24 at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. Organized by Hands of Peace, the nonprofit aims to build bridges between teens divided by conflict, culture, geography and history.

Del Mar designer Zandra Rhodes named a ‘Dame of the British Empire’

Designer Zandra Rhodes is now a Dame of the British Empire.

Damehood — the female equivalent of knighthood — has been awarded to fashion and textile designer Zandra Rhodes, a resident of Del Mar and London.

Carmel Valley marathoner takes triathlon challenge and runs with it

Carmel Valley Ironman triathlete Andi Neugarten: ‘I love what I’m doing every single day.’ Courtesy photo

When Carmel Valley triathlete Andi Neugarten isn’t pouring everything she has into training to endure grueling Ironman and half-Ironman distance races, she is putting “blood, sweat and tears” into her company Alii Lifestyle, a line of feminine and fashionable athletic wear.

Her gear is sold online and in 40 stores across the country, including locally at Her Revolution in Solana Beach and Nitro in Encinitas. A percentage of the sales goes to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a cause close to Neugarten’s heart.

Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders

Campers take a break from their nature hike for a group photo. Courtesy photos

After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking.

Passionate about making an impact on his hometown, Edgar jumped at the chance to return to the camp this year as a youth leader.

Del Mar residents back from Sport Chalet trip

The Ranglases at the top of Haleakala Volcano in Hawaii, part of the trip they won.

The grand prize included round-trip airfare for two to Kahului Airport, accommodations at the Lumeria Maui, and tickets to OluKai’s annual Ho’olaulea’a concert.

Carmel Valley youth takes third place at inventors’ competition

Denico Nieves-Ellis won third place in the final competition for the districtwide Inventor’s Showcase Competition for Del Mar Union School District.

Friends of the Powerhouse benefit to assist projects, Del Mar Lifeguards

Friends of the Powerhouse cordially invites the community to celebrate Bing Crosby-style!

California Chiropractic Association elects Del Mar practitioner as president

Brian Stenzler

The California Chiropractic Association, the Sacramento-based statewide, nonprofit organization of chiropractic doctors and allied industries, announced that Brian Stenzler, a San Diego and Del Mar-based doctor of chiropractic, was elected to serve as president of CCA. He succeeds Matt Hubbard, also of San Diego, who now serves as Immediate Past President.

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