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  • Seven years for man who tried to kidnap Encinitas teen

    Seven years for man who tried to kidnap Encinitas teen

    An Escondido man who admitted trying to kidnap an Encinitas teen with the intent to rape her last summer was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison, the District Attorney’s Office said. Jeremiah Owens, 28, must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, the office said. The July...

  • Business Spotlight: El Camino Memorial offers services before, after death

    Business Spotlight: El Camino Memorial offers services before, after death

    Upon pre-arranging memorial services for her own parents, Rachel Bennett said she felt "tremendous peace of mind." "I couldn’t believe the relief I experienced by simply knowing what to do for our family when my mother passed away," she said. "It is not something you generally think about. Once...

  • Celebrate Older Americans Month with a guided trail hike

    In honor of Older Americans month, on Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m., join members of the City of Encinitas Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department staff for a 40-minute guided trail walk of Encinitas Ranch/Cantebria between the intersection of Lynwood and Paseo De Las Flores. This intergenerational...

  • San Diego County Fair looking to be pretty 'sweet'

    San Diego County Fair looking to be pretty 'sweet'

    This year, from June 1 to July 4, the San Diego County Fair will have a theme of "How Sweet It Is." Decadent selections include a cotton candy ice cream sandwich and bacon-wrapped baklava.

  • Temple Solel 40th Anniversary Annual Gala

    Temple Solel 40th Anniversary Annual Gala

    Temple Solel celebrated its 40th Anniversary Annual Gala May 5. The event included an elegant dinner-dance, live auction and more. Located in Cardiff, Temple Solel is a “Reform Congregation serving the North County Coastal Jewish Community of San Diego.” Founded over 40 years ago with just 40 members,...

  • Threat from high schooler unfounded, sheriff says

    Threat from high schooler unfounded, sheriff says

    Authorities investigated — but did not find credibility to — a threat by a 16-year-old Encinitas high school student on May 15. Deputies from San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North Coastal Station responded to Sunset High School to investigate, according to a news release from the sheriff's...

  • Artist paints new mural to help revitalize street in Cardiff

    Artist paints new mural to help revitalize street in Cardiff

    Skye Walkers' latest mural, at 2121 Newcastle on the side of the Cardiff Reef Apartments building, features a depiction of pro-surfer Rob Machado riding green-hued waves at sunset at Cardiff State Beach.

  • Students to compete in Saturday’s Junior Solar Sprint

    Students to compete in Saturday’s Junior Solar Sprint

    Hundreds of middle school students will gather at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Carlsbad on May 19 to harness the power of the sun and compete to be the 2018 Southern California Junior Solar Sprint champion. The winning team will be sent to the national competition in Atlanta, Ga., by...

  • Homeless man dies after being struck by train in Encinitas

    Homeless man dies after being struck by train in Encinitas

    A man was killed when he was struck by a train on the morning of May 15 in Encinitas, just south of the Encinitas train station. The incident occurred about 4:55 a.m. on the tracks between South Vulcan Avenue and South Coast Highway, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's North...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (May 11 to May 14)

    May 14 • Felony battery with serious bodily injury - 300 block Santa Fe Drive, 5:48 p.m. May 13 • Vehicle break-in/theft - 1600 block Burgundy Road, 7 p.m. • Misdemeanor DUI alcohol/0.08 percent - 300 block Santa Fe Drive, 1:18 a.m. May 12 • Misdemeanor simple battery - El Camino Real Via De La...

  • Chorale to perform selections from 'Les Miserables,' more in Encinitas

    Chorale to perform selections from 'Les Miserables,' more in Encinitas

    "Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men..." These lyrics from the smash Broadway hit "Les Miserables" will be sung as part of a free concert filled with songs about overcoming adversity at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, on May 26 at 7 p.m. and May 27 at 2 p.m. The...

  • City to host grand opening of Marine Safety Center on May 30

    City to host grand opening of Marine Safety Center on May 30

    After it was first announced nearly four years ago, the new Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center will finally host its grand opening later this month. The City of Encinitas will host a ceremony for the $3 million, 2,350-square-foot lifeguard tower on May 30 at 6 p.m. at Moonlight Beach. Encinitas...

  • Encinitas Guitar Orchestra to perform May 25

    Encinitas Guitar Orchestra to perform May 25

    The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of 35 local amateur and professional guitarists, will perform in concert Friday, May 25, at 7:30 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour, Encinitas, CA 92024. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s session “A Guitar Anthology” features an eclectic selection...

  • San Dieguito Academy presents 'The Birds'

    San Dieguito High School Academy’s Drama Production class will present "The Birds" on May 31, June 1 and June 2. A class committed to exploring the art of theatre by participating in the production and performance process, Drama Production students have developed an exciting and engaging show. ...

  • Encinitas arts program assistant shows own work

    Encinitas arts program assistant shows own work

    Cheryl Ehlers normally helps put on art shows for others. Now, she's unveiling her own talents in a show at the Cardiff Library.

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (May 18)

    For more information and to view a complete list of events, visit the city's newsletter at https://bit.ly/2rxVoEY . Memorial Day Tribute American Legion Post 416 and Encinitas Elks Lodge #2243 will host a Memorial Day Tribute on May 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 210 West F Street. The event will...

  • Cardiff School District reveals final school design plans

    Cardiff School District reveals final school design plans

    Cardiff School District has presented the final site plan to rebuild and remodel Cardiff School. The project is part of a $22 million bond measure passed by 66 percent of Cardiff voters in November 2016. Finalized and presented to the school board, the design was a result of extensive public outreach...

  • Arts Alive auction to be held May 20 in Cardiff

    Arts Alive auction to be held May 20 in Cardiff

    Each banner is an original work of art created by a local artist and will be on display for the last time during the Live Auction.

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (May 11)

    For a complete list of events, visit the city's newsletter at https://bit.ly/2wpRtA0. Mother's Day Weekend Art, Garden and Studio Tour Bring your mom (or friends) to explore this year's amazing collection of eight distinctive Encinitas and south Carlsbad gardens that are chock full of exciting...

  • Encinitas adds properties to housing document

    Encinitas adds properties to housing document

    Following last month's removal of a controversial piece of city-owned land from the list of properties proposed to be upzoned for affordable housing, the Encinitas City Council on May 9 voted to add in nine sites to its draft housing element update. The council also agreed with city staff and consultants...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (May 3 to May 8)

    May 8 • Fraud - 17500 block Ranchito Del Rio, 9:25 a.m. May 7 • Vehicle break-in/theft - 100 block Chesterfield Drive, 8 p.m. • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 2100 block Carol View Drive, 7:30 p.m. • Misdemeanor use/under the influence of controlled substance - 2000...

  • Nanny sentenced to year in jail for abandoning toddler in store

    A Carlsbad nanny who abandoned a 2-year-old boy in her care at an Encinitas craft store, prompting an intensive 6 1/2-hour search for his parents, was sentenced May 8 to a year in jail. Desirae Harris, who pleaded guilty in March to felony child endangerment, will also be on probation for six years....

  • Encinitas receives Public Works Project of the Year Award

    Encinitas receives Public Works Project of the Year Award

    The City of Encinitas will be honored with a Public Works Project of the Year Award for its new Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center (MSC). The award, which will be presented on May 24 by the American Public Works Association (APWA) San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter, was established to promote...

  • Rising sea levels could damage city facilities, beaches, roadways in Encinitas

    Rising sea levels could damage city facilities, beaches, roadways in Encinitas

    Changing global climate conditions over the next century will likely result in storm-tossed waves tearing out portions of Coast Highway 101 in Cardiff far more frequently in the decades to come. Meanwhile, Moonlight and Cardiff State beaches could both regularly battle flooding troubles, and the...

  • Encinitas Cruise Nights return May 17

    The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association recently announced the lineup for its 19th annual presentation of Encinitas Cruise Nights, including new nightly themes and live bands. The series, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, is held on the third Thursdays of May through September, from 5:30 to 7:30...

  • Olivenhain Pioneer students unveil water filtration project

    Olivenhain Pioneer students unveil water filtration project

    While the rain would normally put a damper on outdoor events, it was the perfect complement to a presentation by young environmentalists April 19 at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School (OPE). The group of fifth- and sixth-grade student interns — dressed in orange hard hats and bright safety vests...

  • Purse Bingo event benefits Shades of Pink Foundation California’s grant program

    Purse Bingo event benefits Shades of Pink Foundation California’s grant program

    Vembra Holnagel, president, and the Fundraising Committee of Shades of Pink Foundation California hosted their 3rd annual Designer Purse Bingo night April 16 at Headlines the Salon. This was a successful and exciting event where attendees played to win designer handbags and other prizes. One-hundred...

  • Clutter, safety are resident concerns for bikeshare program

    Clutter, safety are resident concerns for bikeshare program

    Local residents shared concerns April 23 for rider safety and clutter regarding a recently-proposed bikeshare program between five coastal North County cities. Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in March for a one-year...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (April 20 to April 24)

    April 24 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - Honeysuckle Court/Shanas Lane, 11:07 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 200 block Saxony Road, 4:40 p.m. • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 2500 S block 101, 1:15 a.m. April 23 • Vehicle break-in/theft...

  • 'Walk the City' in new historical Encinitas tour

    'Walk the City' in new historical Encinitas tour

    Why are two of Encinitas' most famous houses shaped like boats? How old are some of the trees downtown? What's the story of that old school near the Pacific View site? Questions like these are answered in a new walking tour of historic downtown Encinitas. Diane Czajkowski and Rhonda Oesterle founded...

  • Large animal evacuations discussed in Olivenhain forum

    Large animal evacuations discussed in Olivenhain forum

    Staff from several county and city agencies stressed the importance of planning ahead for large animal evacuations — rather than relying solely on agency resources and shelters — to local residents on April 21. Representatives from San Diego Animal Services, San Diego Humane Society, Encinitas...

  • 25 drivers cited in sheriff checkpoint in Encinitas

    25 drivers cited in sheriff checkpoint in Encinitas

    The San Diego Sheriff's Department, North Coastal Sheriff's Station conducted a DUI sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in the 1800 block of S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:46 p.m. through Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:50 a.m. The purpose of the checkpoint...

  • Leucadia 'streetscape' opponents appeal City Council's decision to state Coastal Commission

    Leucadia 'streetscape' opponents appeal City Council's decision to state Coastal Commission

    Fifteen people, including two state coastal commissioners, have filed appeals asking the state Coastal Commission to weigh in on Encinitas' decision to proceed with an overhaul of Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. "It is a project that fails to consider public access to the coastline, that fails to...

  • Bach to Rock Encinitas presents Bachapalooza

    Bach to Rock Encinitas presents Bachapalooza

    Bach to Rock Encinitas will present BACHAPALOOZA!, showcasing its student rock bands, acoustic performers, and glee groups. Students will be performing a mix of rock, country, and pop music for an afternoon of fun for the whole family on May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Like a sports team, performing in...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (April 27)

    For more information and for a complete list of events, visit the city's newsletter at https://bit.ly/2K1dtnm. Spring Street Fair Enjoy more than 450 booths and five live entertainment stages, children's rides, bike valets and a beer garden on April 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Encinitas...

  • Musician's '20 Days' album raises funds for children's charity

    Musician's '20 Days' album raises funds for children's charity

    The album, officially released April 27, raised about $400 for Happy Star Melodies from the title submissions alone.

  • Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

    Author's true-crime book aims to steer kids straight through faith

    Forty-six years ago, author Chris Ahrens sold his first story. He’s been earning a living as a writer ever since. But the 69-year-old Cardiff resident is pleased to say that he won’t make a penny off his latest book, “God & Gangsters.” The self-published paperback features interviews with 21 hardcore...

  • San Diego Botanic Garden names new directors

    San Diego Botanic Garden names new directors

    San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) recently announced that Sam Beukema, former SDBG Senior Adult Education and Events Manager, is SDBG’s new Director of Operations, and Susanne Brueckner, former SDBG Senior Youth Education Manager, is SDBG’s new Director of Education. Beukema, who has worked at SDBG...

  • Reid Moriarty performs at Encinitas preschool

    Reid Moriarty performs at Encinitas preschool

    Reid Moriarty and his acting coach Samantha Ginn performed his energetic Purple Party at Bright Horizons Preschool on April 17 in Encinitas. The six-song performance engages the students in interactive songs that teach colors, movement, recycling, and autism awareness. Using a visual schedule like...

  • Double track work planned near Cardiff-by-the-Sea

    Double track work planned near Cardiff-by-the-Sea

    As part of the San Elijo Lagoon Double Track Project, overnight and weekend work is planned from 12:30 a.m. on April 21 to 3 a.m. on Monday, April 23 as construction crews continue to lay new track north of Chesterfield Avenue and prepare recently laid track for eventual train service. Additionally,...

  • Council votes to remove contested site from housing plan

    Council votes to remove contested site from housing plan

    A discussion originally scheduled for development standards turned into another debate about a controversial property when the Encinitas City Council voted April 18 in favor of removing the site from a housing proposal already sent to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Deputy...

  • Students press congressional candidates in forum

    Students press congressional candidates in forum

    Even though some of them can't yet legally vote, local high schoolers pressed congressional candidates April 17 on topics affecting the San Diego area and nation, such as gun safety, sexual harassment, immigration and reducing the public debt. The students from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (April 13 to April 16)

    April 16 • Other sex crime - 400 block Cole Ranch Road, 12:07 a.m. April 15 • Vehicle break-in/theft - 200 block Barbara Avenue, 10 p.m. • Felony take vehicle without owner's consent/vehicle theft - 500 block Mar Vista Drive, 7:30 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 100 block Encinitas Boulevard, 6:30...

  • 6th Annual Taste of Leucadia

    6th Annual Taste of Leucadia

    Thousands of area residents enjoyed great food and beverages at Leucadia 101 Main Street Association’s 6th Annual Taste of Leucadia held April 5. The community celebrated its beloved restaurants, retailers, craft brewers and local vintners at the event which also featured live music all along N....

  • Passport to Brazil event to take place April 28

    Passport to Brazil event to take place April 28

    The diverse cultural background of Brazil includes many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world, such as Brazilian Carnival. This colorful culture creates an environment that makes Brazil a popular destination. Encinitas Friends of the Arts (EFA) will recreate this culture...

  • 'Scratch Day' coming to Encinitas

    'Scratch Day' coming to Encinitas

    Scratch Day is a global collection of events where people of all programming levels congregate to meet, share and learn.

  • Encinitas dance company presents debut performance

    Encinitas dance company presents debut performance

    As she sat watching a play at the La Jolla Playhouse last year, dance teacher Sadie Weinberg had a vision. "If theatre companies can bring in different directors for plays, thus presenting a variety of voices for audiences, why doesn't something similar exist for dance companies?" the Village Park...

  • Stone Brewing to return to Encinitas Street Fair

    The 36th Annual Encinitas Street Fair will once again extend the hours of its popular Beer Garden on April 28 from noon to 7 p.m. The hours on April 29 will be the usual noon to 5 p.m. The tasty brews on tap will feature several styles of beer, courtesy of the Beer Garden sponsor Stone Brewing...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (April 20)

    For a complete list of events, visit the city’s newsletter at https://bit.ly/2quNc8S. Arbor Day tree planting event The City of Encinitas will be hosting a free "Arbor Day" event for tree enthusiasts on April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Tree Stewards will...

  • Teens warn against dangers of alcohol in 'Sticker Shock' campaign

    Teens warn against dangers of alcohol in 'Sticker Shock' campaign

    Local high schoolers came together April 12 with one message: "Under 21? Alcohol is illegal. Don't buy, don't provide." The group of seven teens — from Torrey Pines High School, Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy — visited six area liquor stores to place advisory stickers with the message...

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