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Solana Beach resident looks to expand programs as head of the Burn Institute

Susan Day, executive director of the Burn Institute.

Growing up can be difficult if you look different, but a local camp is giving burn survivors the chance to see beyond their scars.

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Dinner and Concert Gala

Carl Adrignola, Sherry Stewart, Matt Newsome

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation presented its annual Dinner and Concert Gala on July 1 at the San Diego County Fair.

Opening Day at the races in Del Mar takes place Thursday this year

Attendees at last year’s Opening Day event. Photos by Jon Clark

Hold on to your hats for an extra day this year — Del Mar will open on a Thursday, instead of the traditional Wednesday.

One of the area’s biggest social events, Opening Day is set for July 17. It’s a feast for the eyes, from the colorful parade of fancy hats and jockey silks, to celebrity sightings. And parties are happening everywhere, on and off the track, all day long and well into the evening.

Del Mar racing season ready to run with variety of engaging events

Game On Dude, winner of the 2013 Grade I TVG Pacific Classic, may be back to defend his title this year. Photo by Kelley Carlson

There’s twice as much to look forward to at the Del Mar racetrack this year.

For the first time, the seaside oval will host summer and fall meets.

“Our fall meet is drawing a lot of buzz and looking very exciting,” said Joe Harper, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s president and chief executive officer. “But first we’ve got a classic summer season full of big purses, good horses, and more Del Mar fun than you can shake a stick at.”

Beth Am Preschool opens infant care center in Carmel Valley

Beth Am Preschool announces the opening of The Nursery, an infant and toddler care center for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years.

With 20 years of experience caring for and educating preschool children, Beth Am Preschool is pleased to introduce the much-needed services of infant and toddler care for the Carmel Valley/Del Mar and surrounding communities. This child development center is renowned for its warm, nurturing environment and highly qualified teachers, which it will now offer to the youngest children.

Solana Beach church campers and volunteers raise funds to battle childhood cancer

Campers and volunteers at KidsGames held a bake sale and car wash to raise money for Max’s Ring of Fire, which supports pediatric cancer research and clinical trials. Photos by Kristina Houck

When 7-year-old Max Mikulak died a month after his family joined Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, the church and the greater community stepped up to support the Carmel Valley family. Nearly six years later, the local church remains a constant source of support, having hosted and participated in fundraisers for Max’s Ring of Fire, a nonprofit that Max’s parents founded after he lost his four-year battle with childhood cancer.

Carmel Valley resident wins $5.4 million verdict in high-profile case

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Top San Diego trial lawyer and longtime Carmel Valley resident Robert J. Francavilla is a partner with CaseyGerry, where he has practiced law for more than 25 years, specializing in serious personal injury, head trauma and wrongful death.

He most recently achieved a $5.4 million verdict against the U.S. government in a case involving a motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a collision caused by a Border Patrol agent.

Former Torrey Pines pitching standout Joey DeNato finally gets his chance in pro ball

After concluding one of the most distinguished prep pitching careers in San Diego County history, former Torrey Pines High School standout Joey DeNato’s name never surfaced on the 2010 amateur draft board. The call finally came last month. After a stellar senior year at Indiana that was apparently too much for professional scouts to overlook, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted DeNato in the 19th round.

San Diego Beerworks receives enthusiastic welcome in Solana Beach

A “super-soft” opening at Solana Beach’s new San Diego Beerworks recently turned into an all-out flood of customers thirsting for a craft beer spot in the North Coast area.

Rio de Janeiro — Brazil’s capital of soccer passion

RIO DE JANEIRO — On match day in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, the city turns into one enormous fan zone, bringing out the true passions of soccer aficionados from all over the world who have gathered to witness the beautiful game. Especially when Brazil is playing.

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