Two of Del Mar’s top jockeys — Corey Nakatani and Elvis Trujillo — are going to battle it out in the ring rather than on the track Saturday, August 30, in a highly anticipated three-round exhibition boxing match. The winner will earn jockeys’ room bragging rights as these two elite athletes trade punches to raise money for a great cause in what has been dubbed the “Battle Off the Saddle.”
The event — featuring six fights with the tussle between Nakatani and Trujillo being the fifth of the night — will begin immediately after the last race of the day at approximately 7:15 p.m. The professional main event features WBC Caribbean Champion Ruben “El Cobra” Garcia (10-0, 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico and battle-tested Javier “El Bravo” Gallo (21-9, 12 KOS) of Buena Park.
For information about other upcoming Ringside at Del Mar boxing series events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and to purchase tickets to the “Battle Off the Saddle,” visit www.ringsideatdelmar.com. This special edition of Ringside at Del Mar is presented by A&T Gym, Barron Entertainment and Paco Presents.
Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesdays through Sundays, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays, first post is at 4 p.m. There will be a special Monday racing card on Labor Day, Sept. 1. For information, call 858-755-1141 or visit www.delmarscene.com.
The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are embarking on their 2014-2015 membership campaign with a special offer.
Become a new member or renew your membership before Sept. 1 and receive an extra membership month along with a $5 coupon good for bookstore purchases. Apply by Aug. 31 to receive your coupon. The coupon is good anytime and has no expiration date. Your membership allows the library to remain a valuable resource for our community by becoming a Friend.
The Friends are made up of teachers, neighbors, students, families and retirees. Your dollars provide needed books and other materials for patrons, sponsorship of outreach programs, cultural excursions/events, and programs to encourage reading and promote the arts.
Annual memberships start at $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Download membership forms from the Friends website, http://www.friendsofsolanabeachlibrary.org, or get from the Solana Beach Library bookstore.
Pat Carney from “Weeks Roses” will speak at the Thursday, Aug. 28, meeting of the Del Mar Rose Society. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center.
As a part of the California Reads program, Del Mar Library will be hosting a conversation with local Marine Corps veteran Eric McElvenny on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. McElvenny graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006 and deployed three times. During his third deployment, while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, McElvenny suffered the loss of his right leg below the knee after stepping on an IED. McElvenny will share some of his interesting and unique experiences in Afghanistan, what it’s like in the military, and being wounded and the process of coming home — including Operation Rebound a program he participates in through the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
The partnership among the San Diego County, San Dieguito Union High School District, city of Solana Beach and Friends of the Solana Beach Library is stronger than ever. Representatives from all of these groups met last week to discuss improvement plans for the shared-use library on the campus of Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach. As part of a districtwide construction program, the aging school on Stevens Avenue is set to be razed and replaced. Plans for the library include new study rooms, a community room and an expanded book store for the Friends of the Library.
The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University announced that Management Information Systems associate professor Dr. Annette C. Easton has been named chairwoman of that department effective Aug. 18.
Congregation Beth Am continues its tradition of a Labor Day Picnic that is free to all members and potential members of the synagogue. This year is the 31st anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach.
“Come for a Day” and stay all year, as Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! If you are not a member, call to reserve for the free picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, at 858-481-8454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philanthropy and polo will again come together Sept. 7 for the 10th annual Veterans Recognition Day at the San Diego Polo Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
Through the Amigos de las Américas volunteer program, Canyon Crest Academy students Andrew Deremer and Jordan Shimizu spent this past summer living with host families in rural villages in Central and South America.
The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded local college scholarships to four women.