Category archives for: North Coast Life

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.

‘Arts Alive: Dream along the Trail’ event to be held in Solana Beach

“Dream Along the Trail” at the free 2014 Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail on Sunday, Sept. 28, from noon -4 p.m.
Stroll along the trail to hear the talent of Robert Parker on the piano, the steel drum of Patrick Burke and the rock ‘N roll of Jefferson Jay. Visit the Baker Sculpture Garden and see the unique artwork displayed in the Rail Trail Fence Art Exhibition.
Be captivated by the charming Noelander Acrobats and amazed as the mysterious Stilt Walkers navigate the pathway. Dance to the sounds of Cuba from Combo Libertad as you enjoy a stimulating Sunday walk in lovely Solana Beach.
For more information, please contact Anita Edman at 858-720-2454 or email or visit (art and recreation category).

Solana Beach resident heads Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Carrolee Barlow Photo by AmyAnne Photography

When Carrolee Barlow was appointed CEO of an organization that researches and treats Parkinson’s disease earlier this year, it was a chance for her to bring together the skills, education and experience she has accumulated over her career.

“It’s very much of a coming home for me,” said Barlow, 50, a Solana Beach resident, of her appointment as CEO of the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, which is located in Sunnyvale, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Del Mar couple visits 50 states in celebration of 50th anniversary

Howard and Barbara Anderson on an American Queen Riverboat cruise of the Ohio River, celebrating their 49th anniversary and visiting the first four states of their yearlong trip — Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Courtesy photos

Although Howard and Barbara Anderson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1, they have marked the milestone for more than a year. To commemorate 50 years, the Del Mar couple is visiting all 50 states.

“He’s the romantic,” said Barbara Anderson, as she smiled at her husband. “I give him all the credit. He’s always been one to want to make our anniversary special.”

The couple launched their more than yearlong trip on their 49th anniversary, with an American Queen Riverboat cruise of the Ohio River, where they visited the first four states — Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

‘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.



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