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More than soccer in Brazil: Bugs, blinding rain keep Amazon visitors on guard

The Dolphin Lodge; A sunrise on the river

There are two things every traveler to the Brazilian Amazon should know about — sudden, ferocious downpours that can turn you and your belongings into a sodden mess, and tarantulas.

Solana Beach Library’s ‘Friends Night Out’ program spotlights the wolf in legend and real life

Inuk is the alpha male of the California Wolf Center’s ambassador pack of gray wolves.

Frank Capolupo, outreach coordinator at the California Wolf Center in Julian, will present a dynamic discussion of “Wolf Ecology and Behavior” at the Solana Beach Library’s “Friends Night Out.”

Solana Beach Fund awards $16,000 in grants to five local organizations

County Supervisor Dave Roberts recognizes each of the grant recipients with certificates. Photo by Kristina Houck

Five local organizations received more than $16,000 in grants during the inaugural Solana Beach Fund Grant Ceremony June 26 at Fletcher Cove Community Center.

After raising $18,000 since launching in the fall, members of the newly created Solana Beach Fund, which is part of the Coastal Community Foundation, divided donations among the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito, Casa de Amistad, La Colonia de Eden Gardens, North Coast Repertory Theatre and San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.

Del Mar Foundation to hold Annual 4th of July Parade

The Del Mar Foundation will present its annual 4th of July Parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4, at the Powerhouse Park. Wear red, white and blue, bring your decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, electric golf carts and leashed pets, and participate in the fun and games for all ages. The parade route loops up Coast Blvd in a colorful and joyous celebration of Independence Day.

A Del Mar fire engine will offer tours and children will receive a free fire truck hat. Free lemonade and snacks will be provided compliments of Jake’s Del Mar and Bull Taco, which is opening soon in Del Mar. A DJ will be on hand for musical entertainment.

‘Del Mar Recycles’ drop-off event is July 19

Coast Waste Management and the city of Del Mar are hosting the second “Del Mar Recycles” drop-off event for city residents and businesses from 9 a.m.-noon July 19. The drop-off event makes it easy to recycle and dispose of common household items in an environmentally safe manner.

Carmel Valley Marine graduates with distinction as aerospace engineer

2nd Lt. Eric Breault, U.S. Marine Corps, has graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Breault received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and was also commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps on the same day.

A 2010 graduate of Canyon Crest Academy and Eagle Scout from Troop 713, he will undergo Marine training for six months in Quantico, Va., followed by flight school in Pensacola, Fla.

Upon completion of flight school, Breault will serve as a Marine Corps pilot. He is the son of proud parents Chris and Cathy Breault.

Star-studded tennis match to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s San Diego Chapter

Event committee (L-R): Laurel Smith of Solana Beach, Susan von Posern of Solana Beach and Janet McCulley of Rancho Santa Fe. Not pictured: Debra Hart of Solana Beach, Patty Leitch of Del Mar and Dawn Levine of Laguna Beach. Courtesy Photo

More than one million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, two painful conditions that cause chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

To raise awareness about these conditions and funds for research, the Mylan World TeamTennis has named the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America as a beneficiary of the San Diego Aviators’ opening match against the Austin Aces July 7 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

Casa de Amistad in Solana Beach honors dedicated tutor and board member as Volunteer of the Year

Ralph Cisneros  Courtesy photo

As a volunteer at Casa de Amistad, Ralph Cisneros tutors and mentors local children, helping them with their homework and encouraging them to stay in school and pursue their dreams.

“You have to instill that drive in kids,” said Cisneros, who was recently honored as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year. “That’s why Casa de Amistad is so important.”

Del Mar- Carmel Valley bridge games, players wanted

There are several bridge games in the Del Mar-Carmel Valley area. These are all friendly, “party” bridge games and are always looking for more players. These are weekly games with one at the Carmel Valley Library (3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, 92130) on Tuesdays from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.; another at Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 92014) on Wednesdays from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.; and a third at the Del Mar Library (1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 92014) on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. All the games request that the players have some experience in playing the game. If you are a beginner and would like to play at either of the library games contact Mark via email at When there are enough beginners (three or four) you will be contacted and a table will be set up and instruction provided.

Carmel Valley parents chair Rady Children’s Hospital gala after daughter’s successful spinal fusion surgery

Richard and Kris Gelbart (left) with their friends Mae and Curtis Chan at the 2014 Miracle Makers Gala. Courtesy photo

Richard Gelbart’s daughter was still in a hospital bed, recovering from spinal fusion surgery when he called Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation to learn how he could help the organization. Inspired by the success of her operation and the staff’s attentive care, the Carmel Valley father wanted to give back.

“Sitting in the hospital, you get the sense of how Rady Children’s Hospital embraces not only the patient, but the family — pre-op and post-operatively,” said Gelbart, whose 15-year-old daughter Marisa underwent spinal fusion surgery Feb. 24. “I thought it was brilliant and really caring and very conscious of an institution to get down to that grassroots, family-level. It touched me. I felt fortunate in our unfortunate situation.”



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