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Carmel Valley software developer creates free app to shut down teens from texting while driving

Travis Niedosik

For Carmel Valley resident Travis Niedosik, the idea for a new phone application started with a phone call to a friend hundreds of miles away in Florida.

‘Storybook ending’ for Girl Scouts’ 17th annual urban campout fundraiser

Co-chairs Jim Tiffany and Patti Roscoe (L-R), San Diego Council President Todd Gloria, Girl Scouts’ Board Chair Debbie Rider, CEO Jo Dee Jacob and board member Rick Brooks, and guest Susan Favrot contributed to the success of the Girl Scouts’ Urban Campout fundraiser.

Debbie Rider of Carmel Valley recently played a key role in the success of Urban Campout: Adventures in Wonderland, Girl Scouts San Diego’s 17th annual “fun fundraiser for grownups.”

Canyon Crest Academy’s PALs help students connect on Carmel Valley campus

The 2014-15 PALs began their new program at Canyon Crest Academy this fall. Courtesy photo

Having moved four times and attended eight different schools, Emmy Farese knows how it feels to be “the new kid.” That’s why the Canyon Crest Academy junior joined PALs, a group of student leaders that helps connect students on the Carmel Valley campus.

“I didn’t want other kids to feel that way, (whether) they are from a different school or coming from one of the middle schools,” Emmy said. “I know how it feels, and it’s not fun.”

‘Pop Up’ culture to crop up in Del Mar

Attendees enjoying last year’s Del Mar Taste of Del Mar Art and Pet Stroll. photo by Jon Clark

A series of pop up concerts are scheduled for outdoor performances at L’Auberge Amphitheater on the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar.

YWCA’s ‘Walk a Mile’ event steps up to counter domestic violence

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4th Avenue & K Street in downtown San Diego to raise funds for the YWCA and awareness about domestic violence.

Heather Finlay, the CEO of the YWCA of San Diego County, carries the burden of knowing that 1 in 4 women faces domestic violence in their lives. Thanks to highly publicized issues involving NFL players such as Ray Rice, domestic violence has become a topic of national conversation, and more people are becoming aware just how prevalent abuse is in our society.

“The abuse is intense and without experiencing it, you’re hard-pressed to truly imagine what happens and I think this is why the video of Ray Rice punching Janay really shocked a lot of people. It showed what goes on behind closed doors,” Finlay said.

New book depicts history of San Diego’s University Club


Ann Beard, a Solana Beach resident, was on the book committee that oversaw the project. She joined the club in 1986, then served as the inaugural female president in 1996 through 1998. She remains a board member along with Jim Alcorn, Rob Scott and Suzanne Swift, with Mike Bixler as vice president.

One-man show brings Teddy Roosevelt to life at Solana Beach Library

Joe Weigand portrays Teddy Roosevelt at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. MarkGlennStudio

Joe Wiegand is regarded as the nation’s premier interpreter of Theodore Roosevelt, having entertained audiences at the White House and nationwide. Join him as he entertains at the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, in the library.

Expert to speak on ‘Water Worries’ at Del Mar Foundation Talks event

The Del Mar Foundation Talks presents Dr. Daniel R. Cayan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, to speak on our “Water Worries,” from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7. This free event will be held at the Powerhouse Community Center.

As our region experiences the worst drought in recorded history, water is a hotter topic than ever. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, “we have only enough water in storage to get through the next 12-18 months, and that’s it.”

Emeritus at Carmel Valley hosts Purple & White Gala fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

Kiyoshi Yamate, Janet Takahashi, Alice Yamate

Emeritus at Carmel Valley hosted a Purple & White Gala to support research at the Alzheimer’s Association

Carmel Creek ‘Family Fun Day Stay & Play’


On most Fridays, Carmel Creek Elementary School is holding “Family Fun Day Stay & Play.”



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