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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.

Antiques on Cedros in Solana Beach to hold Sidewalk Sale and Flea Market in celebration of anniversary

Tony and Wanda Russo Credit Diane Y. Welch

Located in the Cedros Avenue Design District close to the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe, the 5,000-square-foot Solana Beach-based showroom is nestled behind Timeless Furnishings and Patio, and is a brightly-lit showcase for objets d’arts, furnishings, collectibles, jewelry, lighting fixtures and more.

Solana Beach Library offers citizenship course

An eight-week citizenship course begins at the Solana Beach Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Classes will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, ending Saturday, Nov. 8.

Fall Home/Garden show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds

During its three-day session at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Sept. 12-14, the 25th annual Fall Home/Garden Show will feature interior design and garden displays, remodeling inspiration, seminars and one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to the home and garden.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary lineup of speakers to discuss cancer, Kenya, biotech

Interested individuals are invited to hear two special speakers at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach. The club’s meetings are held over breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Morgan Run Clubhouse.

San Diego surf program keeps at-risk boys from going under

Andrew has been in the Boys to Men program for two years. The 15-year-old is training for his second 100 Wave Challenge. He surfed 140 waves in last year’s fundraising event. Courtesy photos

As part of its outreach, Boys to Men holds regular outings for at-risk youth at beaches in La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Del Mar, where they learn to surf and connect with adult male mentors who offer a different perspective on life.

Del Mar veteran Pete Glaser among those recognized at ‘Spirit of ’45 Day’

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman with World War II veteran Pete Glaser. Courtesy photo

Hundreds of World War II veterans, military members and other San Diegans gathered Aug. 10 in Balboa Park to celebrate the victory and remember the sacrifices during the annual Spirit of ’45 Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan, or V-J Day. Pete Glaser of Del Mar was among the dozens of WWII veterans who attended the event.

Carmel Valley senior making waves in world of surf photography

Photographer Austin Schmid. Courtesy photo

As Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Marie churned off the coast of Baja California, the resulting waves broke records thanks to their immense size and scale. As onlookers gathered at the shores and only the most expert surfers dared to hit the water, in the midst of the action was Austin Schmid, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy who has discovered a passion for photographing the surf and is a local photographer for world-renown website

Canyon Crest Academy holds ‘welcome’ night for parents of incoming students

Volunteers Stacy Modugno, Julia Yang, CCA Foundation Executive Director Joanne Couvrette, Carey Colleran, Jeannine Marquie, Jeanette Freeman, Welcome Reception Committee Coordinator Alexis Larky, Sandra Logan, Cindy Abaunza

The events were sponsored by The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Close to 600 parents attended the receptions which provided CCA parents with the opportunity to speak with CCA administrators, including Principal Karl Mueller, teachers, and Foundation representatives.

Del Mar couple to present program about Bhutan at Solana Beach Library

Nancy and Roger Harmon will give a presentation at the library on their travels in Bhutan.

Join cultural anthropologist and photographer Roger Harmon and his wife, Nancy, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Solana Beach Library for a free presentation of their travels to Bhutan through slides and artifacts.



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