Category archives for: Outdoors

Del Mar resident perseveres to win his division in a 100-mile ultra-marathon

Del Mar’s Mark Backes was still smiling at mile 45 of the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, cresting Hope Pass at 12,600 feet. Courtesy photo

It took grit, determination and a lot of Fig Newtons for 50-year-old Mark Backes of Del Mar to win his division in the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon through the Colorado Rockies.

City of Hope’s fourth annual Yoga for Hope set for June 7 at Petco Park

City of Hope’s annual Yoga for Hope raises awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs. Photo by Epic PhotoJournalism

In an effort to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga, as well as funds for research, treatment and education programs, City of Hope’s Yoga for Hope is set to return June 7 at Petco Park.

Del Mar native completes 75-day wilderness expedition in Australia

Chase Matthews (second from left) on his wilderness expedition. Courtesy photo

Having grown up in Del Mar, Chase Matthews is familiar with sandy beaches. Now, the 22-year-old has mastered the steep-sided mountain ranges, dry tropical grasslands and tidal rivers of Australia.

Curator of the Rose Collection at The Huntington Botanical Gardens to speak at Del Mar Rose Society meeting

Tom Carruth noted rose breeder will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Del Mar Rose Society. Beginning in 1975, Carruth worked as a rose breeder with Jackson & Perkins Co. and Jack Christensen of the former Armstrong’s Nursery. At Weeks Nursery from 1987 to 2012, he was in charge of rose hybridizing, writing all the descriptive copy for their catalog, overseeing the catalog design and printing and directing the photography, marketing and website.

Accomplished gardening expert Pat Welsh to speak in Del Mar on March 25

Emmy Award winner Pat Welsh, a Del Mar resident for 57 years, will speak on how to “Grow Great Organic Vegetables Year-Round,” at the Del Mar Powerhouse, Monday, March 25, at 9:30 a.m. In her talk, Welsh will explain how to choose, plant, harvest, and grow popular vegetables, and to control pests and diseases without synthetic fertilizers or dangerous pesticides. Her slide presentation will demonstrate growing crops in raised beds or in the ground. She will fill you with tips, hints, garden timing, new techniques, and old-time secrets culled from a lifetime of growing edible crops.

La Rosa’s Garden

We, as gardeners, learn as much from books as we do from friends, neighbors and gardening mentors. Our gardening books often become our life-long mentors. Many of us have collections of gardening and plant books amassed over a lifetime, and we even have books that we have inherited from our parents. I myself know that teachers and books are a viable two-way approach to gardening.

Del Sol Lions support local Eagle Scout candidate

Del Sol Lion President Bulent Erol presents a check to Eagle Scout candidate Robert Francis of Del Mar Boy Scout Troop 713.

The Del Sol Lions presented a check for $250 to Robert Francis of Del Mar Boy Scout Troop 713 to help cover the cost of his Eagle Scout project. Francis, a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, constructed an equestrian and hiking bridge in the Horse Park section of the San Dieguito River Valley.

Earth Day beach clean up and presentation is April 22

Join the Del Mar Foundation’s Hospitality Committee and Keep Del Mar Clean on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, from 3-5 p.m. at Del Mar Powerhouse (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014).

Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Day 2012 to be held April 22

Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Day 2012 will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m., at the Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd.

The Living Studio of Del Mar to hold benefit for San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

The Living Studio of Del Mar will host a wine and cheese benefit for the public to benefit San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy on Sunday April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.



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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 […]