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  • Council to study pot cultivation in Encinitas

    Council to study pot cultivation in Encinitas

    Proponents and opponents of marijuana came head-to-head Feb. 15 at the city council meeting as the council tried to figure out how to move forward after the passing of Prop. 64. After a nearly two-hour discussion and a 4-1 vote — with Council member Mark Muir dissenting — the council approved a...

  • Band-O-Rama at La Costa

    Band-O-Rama at La Costa

    Bands from area schools performed in a joint concert at La Costa Canyon High School gym on Feb. 12. Participating schools included Ada Harris Elementary, Encinitas Union School District’s Artistry in Music, Diegueno Middle School, Oak Crest Middle School and La Costa Canyon High School.

  • Doyle, Ehlers appointed to Planning Commission

    Doyle, Ehlers appointed to Planning Commission

    Two incumbents and two newcomers were appointed to the Encinitas Planning Commission at the Feb. 15 city council meeting. Eleven people interviewed for the four open seats at the meeting. Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s seat was the only one not open, as Greg Drakos’ three-year term does not end until March...

  • San Diego Follies looking for people to audition

    San Diego Follies looking for people to audition

    The San Diego Follies are encouraging residents 55 and older to audition for their upcoming June show. Jeanie Wolf, a Carmel Valley resident who has been performing in the annual show for four years, said the show usually has about 70 to 80 performers, but last year it only had 60. “We want more...

  • San Dieguito Academy alum puts on play to benefit school

    San Dieguito Academy alum puts on play to benefit school

    Paul Coates is a firm believer that the theater program at San Dieguito High School Academy shaped his life. After all, the 1976 graduate of the school has held various careers in the entertainment industry, including talent managing, agent work and roles in television production. “Sometimes the...

  • Encinitas to host Climate Action Plan workshops

    The City of Encinitas will host two public workshops for residents to chime in their thoughts about the Climate Action Plan Update. The workshops, slated for Feb. 21 and March 1, will include an opportunity for residents to learn about the city’s current plan and review options to reduce emissions,...

  • American Red Cross hosting Encinitas blood drive

    The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Encinitas on Feb. 20. Blood donations are urgently needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need, according to a news release from the American Red Cross. Those who volunteer to donate will be eligible to receive a $5 Amazon.com...

  • Pacific View clean-up day slated for Feb. 25

    The Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA) will hold its monthly rehabilitation work for the Pacific View project on Feb. 25. Volunteers 18 and over are invited to participate in the free clean-up event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be led by Mark Wisniewski, a landscape architect...

  • Senior Expo planned for Feb. 25

    The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, will host the 2017 Senior Expo on Feb. 25. The free event — called “Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65” — will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. It is...

  • 30 rescued dogs, cats arrive in SD for adoption

    Nearly 30 dogs and cats arrived at Montgomery Field on the evening of Valentine’s Day as part of a Wings of Rescue operation. The canines have been taken to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, where they will be available for adoption. On Feb. 15, the animals began receiving health...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Feb. 17)

    For more information on the event below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2ksEMK4 and http://bit.ly/2kyhir3 Music by the Sea: Sunset Club Trio Violinist Etienne Gara, electric guitarist Ines Thome and Flamenco guitarist Michael Gratovich will perform at the Encinitas Library,...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Feb. 8-Feb. 13)

    Feb. 13 • Felony vandalism ($400 or more) - 800 block Luminara Way, 11 p.m. • Fraud - 1100 block Garden View Road, 5:30 p.m. • Felony possession/purchase for sale narcotic/controlled substance - 600 block Leucadia Boulevard, 4 a.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 300 S block Rios Avenue, 12:01 a.m. ...

  • The Spice Way hosts Tea Party

    The Spice Way hosts Tea Party

    The Spice Way in Encinitas held its 2nd annual Tea Party Feb. 12. The event featured over 60 types of teas and infusions to choose from. The event also offered patrons the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of teas, their health benefits and tips for brewing the perfect cup of tea. For more...

  • Encinitas community members help mosaic project progress

    Encinitas community members help mosaic project progress

    Encinitas community members had a chance Feb. 11 to have their hand in the upcoming ocean-themed mosaic that will be installed at Moonlight Beach’s upcoming new lifeguard tower.Dozens of residents attended the event at Don Myers Stained Glass in Oceanside to help place thousands of glass pieces...

  • Task force proposes housing expert at first meeting

    Task force proposes housing expert at first meeting

    The Housing Element Update Task Force at its first meeting Feb. 13 jumped right into its assignment: working to find a way to create a state-mandated Housing Element that complies with the law and meets residents’ needs. The group — comprised of Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz,...

  • Thousands of protesters rally to save Planned Parenthood funding in Encinitas

    Thousands of protesters rally to save Planned Parenthood funding in Encinitas

    Roughly 2,000 protesters in Encinitas on Saturday advocated for Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit which offers abortion services that is facing scrutiny under President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress.  The march was part of a national effort to defend the nonprofit as anti-abortion activists...

  • Larry Himmel Foundation to donate $5,000 to Free Flight at fundraising event

    Larry Himmel Foundation to donate $5,000 to Free Flight at fundraising event

    The Larry Himmel Foundation will present a $5,000 check to Free Flight bird sanctuary in Del Mar on Feb. 26 at “Larry Himmel Day,” a fundraising event. During the two-hour event, from noon to 2 p.m., guests are invited to meet Free Flight’s 50 parrots, as well as a canary and African Crowned Crane,...

  • Encinitas foundation hosts charity cycling event for ALS

    Encinitas foundation hosts charity cycling event for ALS

    Team Godfather Charitable Foundation, based in Encinitas, has met a $1 million fundraising goal and will host the fifth annual Bike 4 Mike charity cycling event on March 19. The event, at Del Mar Fairgrounds, will benefit the foundation's goal to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...

  • City to host free small business seminar

    The City of Encinitas, along with the San Diego County Library and San Diego Law Library, will host a free seminar for starting small businesses on Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include a panel of experts addressing issues such as business registration, permitting, legal aspects of business...

  • Participants needed for excessive sweating research study

    The California Dermatology & Clinical Research Institute in Encinitas is looking for volunteers to be studied in a large national clinical trial of an investigational topical treatment option for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Research has found that hyperhidrosis is more prevalent, severe...

  • Whole Foods in Encinitas to close Feb. 22

    Whole Foods in Encinitas to close Feb. 22

    Whole Foods Market has announced it is closing its Encinitas location Feb. 22, officials said. The 23,000-square-foot store, at 687 S. Coast Highway 101 — in the Pacific Station mixed-use center — is closing as “part of a larger review of [the chain’s] overall portfolio,” said Betsy Harden, spokesperson...

  • Seacrest seniors make their voices heard at postcard-writing event

    Seacrest seniors make their voices heard at postcard-writing event

    After decades of facing racism themselves for their Jewish beliefs, Saul Glickman and his wife Shirley Glickman said they were frustrated when they learned about the immigration ban against Muslims. The 84-year-old husband — who grew up in a predominantly Jewish part of Brooklyn — shared memories...

  • Encinitas baker tastes sweet victory on ‘Cake Wars’

    Encinitas baker tastes sweet victory on ‘Cake Wars’

    Twelve years ago when she started baking, Monika Stout just wanted to impress her children with homemade birthday cakes. But last summer, the Encinitas woman impressed people who most would consider harder to please — the judges of Cake Wars. Stout, 53, won her episode of the Food Network reality...

  • Brothers show their love for Leucadia through new boutique motel Surfhouse

    Brothers show their love for Leucadia through new boutique motel Surfhouse

    Brothers Nikki Harth and Sander Harth have taken their love for Leucadia and created a place where visitors can enjoy the area’s essence. The San Dieguito Academy graduates are opening a boutique motel, called Surfhouse, in the heart of Leucadia at 960 N. Coast Highway 101. “Sander and I were born...

  • Israeli Ambassador offers advice to San Diego Jewish students

    Israeli Ambassador offers advice to San Diego Jewish students

    Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, offered words of support and advice to students at San Diego Jewish Academy on Jan. 31. Danon, who was in town for another speaking engagement, was invited to speak to students from San Diego Jewish Academy, Torah High and Southern California...

  • Scripps doctors in Encinitas first in the west to use new technology for spinal surgery

    Scripps doctors in Encinitas first in the west to use new technology for spinal surgery

    Doctors at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas on Jan. 10 became the first west of the Rocky Mountains to use new robotic technology to perform a spinal fusion surgery. The robot, called Mazor X, brings “a new level of accuracy to these delicate operations,” according to a news release from the...

  • San Diego artist shows work of re-purposed packaging in Encinitas gallery

    San Diego artist shows work of re-purposed packaging in Encinitas gallery

    What many consider trash, Tom Driscoll sees as potential art. The San Diego resident has re-purposed plastic packaging into colored casts for about 12 years. “You know when you buy a screwdriver or toy or something from Target or Toys ‘R’ Us, you always get this nice plastic packaging? You rip...

  • Lancon, Greenberger named new EUSD principals

    The Encinitas Union School District recently announced new principals at some of its schools. Carrie Lancon, former principal at El Camino Creek Elementary School, has been named the new principal of Capri Elementary School. She has 31 years of experience as an educator, including 10 years within...

  • San Dieguito Academy presents 5th annual play/fundraiser to benefit theatre department

    San Dieguito Academy alum Paul Coates, class of 1976, will return to the Encinitas school to present an original play on Feb. 25 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater on the SDA campus that will benefit the theatre department. Coates will present the world premiere of part two of his Living Plays trilogy,...

  • Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    Scripps begins utilizing innovative breast cancer treatment

    On the afternoon of Jan. 3, Christine Geckeler had early stage breast cancer. Hours later, she did not.Geckeler, 58, underwent a new breast cancer treatment at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla that allowed her to get all her radiation at once just moments after undergoing a lumpectomy operation....

  • Young world champion proves skateboarding is not just for boys

    Young world champion proves skateboarding is not just for boys

    When Brighton Zeuner told her parents she wanted to skateboard when she was 5, she meant it. The action sport didn’t become just a hobby for the Cardiff girl who is now 12. It’s essentially become her life. “I just fell in love with it,” said Brighton, who has been competing — and winning — major...

  • Local kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    Local kids start nationwide letter-writing effort for climate change

    A group of local kids are hoping to raise national awareness for global warming in a letter- writing campaign to President-elect Donald Trump, beginning on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.The effort, called Kids4PlanetEarth, began late last year when mothers Ann Wycoff, a journalist, and Heidi Dewar,...

  • Cardiff donut shop to host blood drive

    VG. Donut & Bakery in Cardiff-by-the-Sea will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank on Jan. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donors must be 17 or older and at least 114 pounds and in good health, according to a news release from the San Diego Blood Bank. Photo identification...

  • Construction on I-5 freeway begins

    Work to bring improvements to Interstate 5 in North County began Jan. 17 and runs for six weeks, according to Caltrans. Crews began removing vegetation and fencing off construction areas in Solana Beach and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The vegetation that’s removed will be replaced by non-invasive landscape...

  • Jan. 19: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Jan. 19: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to five games as the Falcons opened Avocado League West play with a 70-51 victory over El Camino on Jan. 13. Jacob Gilliam scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Hayden Helfrich scored 11 points to lead the Falcons. Esposito scored 10...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Jan. 20)

    For more information on the event below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2j6e1LP Afro-Brazilian Dance Various styles like samba, afro-contemporary, samba-reggae, and Brazilian street dance are combined for an Afro-Brazilian Dance class, taking place on Jan. 20 from 11 a.m....

  • Reception held for new Lux artist Tom Driscoll

    Reception held for new Lux artist Tom Driscoll

    An opening reception was held Jan. 12 at the Lux Art Institute for San Diego artist Tom Driscoll. Utilizing casts of packaging materials used for electronics, small appliances and everyday household products, Driscoll creates “colorful sculptures that transform banal items into expanded installations,”...

  • Joe Mosca sets goals as new Encinitas council member

    Joe Mosca sets goals as new Encinitas council member

    Newly-appointed Encinitas City Council member Joe Mosca wants to preserve and acquire open space, pay careful attention to the budget and promote environmental sustainability, he said in a recent interview. Mosca was appointed at the Jan. 11 council meeting to a seat that became vacant in December...

  • Sheriff’s Dept. to host reading event for kids

    Sheriff’s Dept. to host reading event for kids

    A deputy from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station will read to children at an hour-long Reading Day event on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. The free event, at Barnes and Noble in Encinitas, 1040 N. El Camino Real, stresses the importance of reading to children and teaching them why they should read regularly....

  • Peter Pupping to offer six weeks of guitar classes

    Encinitas-based guitarist Peter Pupping will teach six weeks of classes for budding musicians. Pupping, who has been teaching for more than 30 years, invites guitarists of all levels to improve their skills, musicianship and technique in a small-group setting. The classes will focus on improving...

  • City installs 10 new traffic cameras

    The City of Encinitas has installed 10 new traffic cameras aimed at increasing responsiveness and getting better visibility on traffic operations, a city official said. The cameras, which add to seven cameras already existing in the city and were financed with $800,000 in federal funding allocated...

  • City of Encinitas to give away sandbags to residents

    The City of Encinitas’ Public Works Department will give away sandbags to residents Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Works facility at 160 Calle Magdalena. About 1,500 sandbags will be available for Encinitas residents on a first come, first serve basis. People must prove residency...

  • Musician George Winston to return to La Paloma Theater

    Musician George Winston to return to La Paloma Theater

    Playing at La Paloma Theater has been a longstanding tradition for musician George Winston. The Santa Cruz-based pianist said he has been drawn to the Encinitas venue each year since 1982 because of what he considers the city’s “charm.” “I love the theatre, area and people,” he said. “It’s just...

  • Council appoints Joe Mosca to fill vacant seat

    Council appoints Joe Mosca to fill vacant seat

    Joe Mosca is now a member of the Encinitas City Council after the council voted 3-1 to have Mosca fill the vacant seat at its Jan. 11 meeting.The seat became vacant Dec. 13 when Catherine Blakespear was sworn in as mayor. Mosca, who has lived in Olivenhain for two-and-a-half years and has sat on...

  • Plant Power Fast Food to offer vegan selections in Encinitas soon

    Plant Power Fast Food to offer vegan selections in Encinitas soon

    An upcoming restaurant in Encinitas is hoping to revolutionize the fast-food industry.PlantPlant Power Fast Food, which also has a location in Ocean Beach that opened in January 2016, expects to open a drive-thru style establishment in Encinitas by early May. All of the food will be free of meat,...

  • City begins eco-friendly employee bikeshare program

    City begins eco-friendly employee bikeshare program

    The City of Encinitas has started a bikeshare program for city employees aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Encinitas-based Electra Bicycle Co. donated four standard bicycles to the city for city employees to use to travel around the city, said Crystal Najera, the city’s climate action...

  • Encinitas poet Patricia Dugger to read works at event

    Encinitas poet Patricia Dugger to read works at event

    Not long after losing her husband in 1998, Patricia Dugger found a new calling in life — poetry. Just prior to his death, her husband would drive his wife to late-night poetry meetings with the Carlsbad City Library Magee Park Poets. Shortly after, Dugger was published for the first time and her...

  • City council votes for council pay raises starting in late 2018

    The future Encinitas City Council will be getting pay raises, after a 3-1 approval by the current city council on Jan. 11. Beginning in late 2018, city council members and the mayor will be paid $533.70 more per month. The increases will take effect on the elected city council members after the...

  • Budget hike nets positive results, sheriff says

    The downtown Encinitas area has seen fewer arrests and calls for service since the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station’s budget was increased, Capt. John Maryon said at the city council meeting Jan. 11. In December 2015, the council approved a $150,000 increase to the Sheriff’s Department’s budget...

  • Jan. 13: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated Dorsey of Los Angeles 70-39 in a nonleague game on Jan. 7. The victory was the Falcons’ fourth straight and their seventh in eight games. Bryce Pope scored 18 points and Jacob Gilliam scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Falcons. Pope also had...

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