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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.

‘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.



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