Profiles

  • 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 is pleased to announce 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. Sam, who has worked at SDBG for the...

  • Reid Moriarty performs at Encinitas preschool

    Reid Moriarty performs at Encinitas preschool

    Reid Moriarty and his acting coach Samantha Ginn performedhis 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...

  • Encinitas schools earn three Civic Learning Awards from state

    Encinitas schools earn three Civic Learning Awards from state

    Three schools in the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) came away with honors in the 2018 Civic Learning Awards, presented recently by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The awards celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. This year, 74 schools...

  • Notre Dame Academy girl raises $16,000 to build home for needy family in Mexico

    Notre Dame Academy girl raises $16,000 to build home for needy family in Mexico

    For 13-year-old Daniella Benitez, sacrificing an entire summer to raise $16,000 to build a home for a needy family in Tijuana was an easy decision. "It was the least I could do," said the 8th grader at Notre Dame Academy (NDA) in Carmel Valley. "We are so lucky. If you have the chance to go out...

  • Encinitas 101 presents Spring Street Fair

    The 35th Annual Encinitas Spring Street Fair, sponsored by Scripps Health (www.scripps.org), returns to downtown Encinitas on April 28 and April 29 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Coast Hwy 101 will be closed from D Street to J Street, from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., to make room for more than 450 vendors, plus a...

  • Authorities seeking identity theft suspect in Encinitas

    Authorities seeking identity theft suspect in Encinitas

    On Feb. 26, a resident of Encinitas called the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station to report that someone had stolen her identity and tried to withdraw money from her bank account.

  • SDA, CCA students only Dean's List award winners at international robotics competition

    SDA, CCA students only Dean's List award winners at international robotics competition

    Two North County students were recognized as the only “Dean’s List” award recipients at an international robotics competition in Idaho late last month. Jana Roper, a junior at San Dieguito Academy, and Ronak Roy, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, each were honored with the award at the FIRST (For...

  • A Saturday brunch with a bang

    A Saturday brunch with a bang

    It was not your ordinary brunch at Belmont Village Senior Living on March 31, when the acclaimed San Diego State Drumline band, called “State of Sound,” under the direction of Tohbias Juniel, marched their way up to the building and into residents’ and visitors’ hearts. SDSU’s Drumline is a part...

  • Discussion prepares residents for potential disasters in Encinitas

    Discussion prepares residents for potential disasters in Encinitas

    If last year's fires would have spread closer to Encinitas, how could residents have better prepared themselves? A presentation March 26 aimed to answer that question. The Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) “Are You Ready?” workshop at Encinitas Community Center addressed potential natural...

  • Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    Ansari and a friend started Artizara 15 years ago as a way to creatively celebrate their Muslim identity after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ansari said the tragedies led much of the American public to think of all Muslims as the same and in a negative light.

  • Authorities looking for alleged assault suspect

    Authorities looking for alleged assault suspect

    Authorities are looking for a man who they say poked and punched a victim at a Solana Beach bar earlier this month. The suspect walked up to the victim outside the Saddle Bar, 123 Plaza Street, on March 11 and "poked the victim in the glasses and punched him on the right side of his jaw with a...

  • Encinitas woman's work on display at Civic Center Gallery

    Encinitas woman's work on display at Civic Center Gallery

    A lifelong Encinitas woman is showing a collection of original paintings at the Civic Center Gallery through May 3. Taylor Chapin's work has been on display at the gallery at City Hall, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, since March 8. The paintings all focus on people, domesticity and consumerism. She recently...

  • Off Track Gallery to host reception on April 14

    Off Track Gallery to host reception on April 14

    The public is invited to a reception at the Off Track Gallery featuring the exquisite jewelry by Cheryl DeLain on Saturday, April 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. “Join me on a global jewelry adventure featuring hand-blown glass from Murano Italy, vintage handmade silver from India and Thailand, rich lapis...

  • Coast Highway project in Leucadia gets key city vote

    Coast Highway project in Leucadia gets key city vote

    A massive makeover of Coast Highway 101 through Leucadia, a project that's divided the community for years, is headed to the California Coastal Commission. The Encinitas City Council March 21 voted to certify environmental documents for the Leucadia Streetscape project, which would add up to six...

  • Creating a space for parents and children to grow together

    Creating a space for parents and children to grow together

    After figuring out how to navigate her own post-partum period on her own, Cara H. Cadwallader began helping her friends who were pregnant, eventually creating Mama’s (& Papa’s) Cooperative Encinitas. “I am an older mother … after I gave birth to our son, I had to create work I could do with him...

  • Encinitas moves toward plastic straw ban

    Encinitas moves toward plastic straw ban

    Encinitas has vowed to do its part in reducing the 500 million plastic straws that Americans use every day. Soon, if you want one with your drink in Encinitas, you'll have to ask for it. On March 21, the Encinitas City Council unanimously approved the Environmental Commission's recommendation for...

  • BMW Encinitas helps drive success for community

    BMW Encinitas helps drive success for community

    BMW Encinitas makes it its mission to not only provide reliable cars to the North County community, but to also support the area and various charities. The dealership, which has been around since the 1970s and with its most recent owners since 2006, first started by working with local animal organizations,...

  • Garden Tour set for April 7

    This year’s San Diego Horticultural Society Garden Tour on April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., will highlight gardens in Encinitas, an area rich in horticultural history. Not only has the region been a giant in the commercial flower and plant trade, but even the city’s name has a link to horticulture — Encinitas...

  • City approves new contract with Encinitas Firefighters' Association

    City approves new contract with Encinitas Firefighters' Association

    The Encinitas City Council approved a new four-year contract with the Encinitas Firefighters' Association at its March 21 meeting. This replaces the previous contract which expired on Dec. 31, 2017. Most Encinitas firefighters (those hired before Jan. 1, 2013) will soon see the amount they pay...

  • Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    Fashion company makes modesty a mission

    On a wind-swept oceanfront catwalk in Encinitas on March 18, a team of models swept past rows of admiring customers at Artizara’s first independent fashion show. The women — wearing high heels, flowing calf-length dresses and long-sleeved tunics with pants — looked like any other models in cool-weather...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (March 30)

    For a complete list of events, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2pvUPe1. Spring Egg Hunt Calling all kids! Enjoy two performances by Hullabaloo and 20,000 eggs on March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Egg Hunt times: 10:15 a.m. for ages 4 & under...

  • Belly Up owner wins permit for Restaurant Row project

    Belly Up owner wins permit for Restaurant Row project

    A proposal to combine two ocean-view buildings along south Cardiff's Restaurant Row and create one super-sized facility with space for multiple wedding receptions has won its first set of permit approvals. The Encinitas Planning Commission voted 3-1, with Commission Chairman Glenn O'Grady opposed...

  • March for Our Lives protest to take place in Encinitas on March 24

    People are expected to take to the streets of Encinitas on March 24 to promote ending gun violence in a "March for Our Lives" demonstration. "The kids and families of March for Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence...

  • Taste of Leucadia set for April 5

    The Leucadia 101 Main Street Association will present the 6th Annual Taste of Leucadia on April 5 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Leucadia will come alive as the community celebrates its beloved restaurants, retailers, craft brewers and local vintners. Twenty-seven of Leucadia’s eateries will be serving...

  • Surfing Madonna donates $60,000 to local causes

    Surfing Madonna donates $60,000 to local causes

    The Surfing Madonna Foundation recently donated $60,000 to local causes. The nonprofit organization donated $20,000 to the City of Solana Beach toward its upcoming skatepark and $40,000 to the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA) otherwise known as Pacific View, a former elementary...

  • Guilty plea from caregiver who left tot in Encinitas store

    Guilty plea from caregiver who left tot in Encinitas store

    A Carlsbad caregiver who authorities said abandoned a 2-year-old boy in an Encinitas craft store last fall pleaded guilty March 20 to a charge of child endangerment. Desirae Harris, 42, changed her plea during a pre-trial proceeding in Vista Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Justine Santiago...

  • Homelessness discussed at forum in Encinitas

    Homelessness discussed at forum in Encinitas

    Encinitas officials and homeless advocates grappled March 20 with how to tackle the issue of people living on city streets.

  • City council adopts resolution against gun violence

    City council adopts resolution against gun violence

    The Encinitas City Council has taken a stand against gun violence, following recent events such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida and a nationwide student walk-out on March 14. In the resolution written by Mayor Catherine Blakespear and passed four to one at nearly...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (March 16 to March 20)

    March 20 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 400 block Santa Fe Drive, 8:10 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 800 block Double Peak Drive, 2 p.m. • Felony grand theft (shoplifting) - 1000 N block El Camino Real, 1:10 p.m. March 19 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol,...

  • Marijuana cultivation will not be on ballot

    Marijuana cultivation will not be on ballot

    The City of Encinitas will not move forward with plans to allow residents to decide if marijuana cultivation should be allowed in the city. The Encinitas City Council decided March 14 to instead pursue consideration for the main applicant’s land to be used to help the city meet state-mandated housing...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (March 23)

    For a complete list of events, visit http://bit.ly/2DulJIf. Kids Afterschool Art Kids can learn to paint like a master artist on March 23 at 4 p.m. at Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Participants will be led in a free instructional session that explores the artistic style on Andy Warhol. For...

  • Library offering scholarships for local graduating seniors

    The Friends of Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library is accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships for graduating local seniors through April 30 at 6 p.m. Graduating seniors who live in Encinitas (historic and new), Leucadia, Cardiff and Olivenhain will be able to compete for the scholarships. Their...

  • SDUHSD board adopts resolution for student safety

    SDUHSD board adopts resolution for student safety

    One day after students across the nation walked out in protest of gun violence, the San Dieguito Union High School District Board (SDUHSD) of Trustees took steps March 15 to better ensure safety for students following the Parkland shooting and threats made to local schools. The board voted four...

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