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Carmel Valley resident among nine to be honored for philanthropy

Sam Zien, ‘The Cooking Guy,’ will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

Nine outstanding community leaders, including Carmel Valley resident Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, have been chosen as honorees at the upcoming National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

The event, presented by Sharp HealthCare, will take place Oct. 28 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. National Philanthropy Day is in its 42nd year and is organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter (AFPSD). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Philanthropy: Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure.” Committed to celebrating the rich diversity in the region, National Philanthropy Day recognizes the critical role philanthropy plays in our community and honors those who do it best.

Scream Zone now open at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 17th annual Scream Zone, San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, openedSept. 26 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Now in its 17th year, Scream Zone is more terrifying and bloodcurdling than ever before! Every “body” is sure to be thrilled to the bone in four “spooktacular” attractions featuring: The House of Horror; The Chamber, The Haunted Hayride and returning this year, “Zombie Paint Ball!”

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County Supervisor Dave Roberts of Solana Beach believes in turf talk

County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Turf Evolutions owner Shannon Beck.

To set an example during the statewide drought, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has replaced his lawn with artificial turf.

“We’re in a drought, and I think everybody should do their part,” said Roberts, who sits on the board of the San Diego County Water Authority. “This was our next step in reducing our water usage.”

Roberts and his partner, Wally Oliver, kicked off the five-day project Sept. 15 when workers began tearing up the 6,000-square-foot lawn at their Solana Beach home and replacing it with artificial turf.

Because artificial turf reduces water use by about 44 gallons per square foot, Roberts and Oliver expect to save about 264,000 gallons of water each year.

Del Mar Kiwanis installs new officers

Participants in the installation of new officers were (L-R) outgoing Lt. Governor Pat Bell, new president Steve Gardella, vice president Dr. Bob Siggins, incoming Lt. Governor Carl Ames, treasurer Nancy Wasko, and front, secretary Sherrie Pantalon.

The Del Mar Kiwanis Club had its 2014-2015 officers installed by the Kiwanis Division 37 Lieutenant Governor.

Gala in Del Mar, golf classic put focus on Burn Institute’s vital programs

Funds from the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic will benefit the Burn Institute’s programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars, a free camp for burn-injured children. Courtesy photo

From hosting camps for burn-injured children to installing smoke detectors for senior citizens, the Burn Institute reaches out to thousands of children and adults each year.

To raise funds for the institute’s programs, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Burn Institute Auxiliary have organized the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic for four years. This year’s gala is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, followed by a day of golf Monday, Oct. 6, at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

“This year we’ve invigorated the event with the California Dreamin’ theme,” said Susan Day, executive director of the Burn Institute. “It allows our guests to have fun and relax while raising funds for our programs.”

‘Life Without Limits’ is topic at Del Mar Foundation event

Helen Thayer on her trip to the magnetic North Pole.

Participants of all ages filled the Powerhouse on Sept. 15 to hear Helen Thayer share the epic tale of her solo trip to the magnetic North Pole.

Try a Joy Ride and Walk over to Arts Alive event in Solana Beach

The Solana Beach Joy Ride and Walk promotes safe cycling and walking. The organizers of Arts Alive are hoping the public will ride bikes or walk to the Sept. 28 event. Courtesy photo

A local group is hoping you’ll ditch the car and instead bike or walk to Solana Beach’s Arts Alive Sept. 28.

BikeWalkSolana promotes ‘safety first’ in Solana Beach

Summer Camp Rodeo Snail Race

With school now in session, BikeWalkSolana is reminding children and parents that safety comes first when walking, riding or rolling to school in Solana Beach.

Grace & Salt’s custom-made furniture hopes to inspire conversations, connections

Keary and Justin Cheney

A lot of labor and a lot of love have gone into Keary and Justin Cheney’s custom-made furniture business, Grace & Salt. The newest artisans in Flower Hill’s Row Collective in Del Mar, the husband-and-wife team didn’t want to be just another furniture company — they wanted to have a heart and a message.

Del Mar’s popular Taste & Art Stroll back Oct. 5 with food, music and K-9 fun

Brie Atwater with Dutchess, Megan Gallan, Bryan Atwater with Deuce at the 2013 Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll. Photo by Jon Clark

Chef Dan Saito joined Hotel Indigo Del Mar as its new executive chef in June. Although his new menu doesn’t debut for a few more weeks, foodies can sample some on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the annual Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll in the village of Del Mar.

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