Profiles

  • Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

    Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

    As a toddler, Gabrielle Fish became mesmerized by a San Francisco Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," particularly by the whimsical main character, Clara. Now, at 11, the dancer at Encinitas Ballet Academy is getting the chance to play the role Dec. 16. Gabrielle, who has been dancing since...

  • Council, task force to discuss housing Dec. 16

    Council, task force to discuss housing Dec. 16

    The Encinitas City Council and Housing Element Update Task Force will explore options for the city to meet its state-mandated housing requirements at a special joint meeting Dec. 16. Mayor Catherine Blakespear said she hopes at the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the two groups will be able...

  • Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Encinitas, Solana Beach officials advocate for sand replenishment in Washington, D.C.

    Public officials from Encinitas and Solana Beach kicked off their December by visiting Washington, D.C. and advocating for sand replenishment on their cities' beaches. Following the trip, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear said it is vital for the North County cities to have their sand replenished....

  • Botanic Garden begins construction on education conservatory

    Botanic Garden begins construction on education conservatory

    Visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden will soon be able to immerse themselves into a tropical paradise. Construction crews on Dec. 7 began erecting the $5.3 million, 30-foot-high, 9,024-square-foot Dickinson Family Education Conservatory building on the garden's property near Hamilton Children's...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 15)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2B1lMOm. Garden of Lights The San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights for a magical holiday experience....

  • Redesigned senior living complex wins Planning Commission approval

    Redesigned senior living complex wins Planning Commission approval

    A senior living complex that once was to be as large as a Walmart big box store won the approval Thursday of the Encinitas Planning Commission after it underwent a months-long redesign that cut the number of units by 23 percent. It will still have a "a bit of an impact" on El Camino Real traffic...

  • Cardiff School District students participate in parade

    Cardiff School District students participate in parade

    More than 100 Cardiff School District students proudly marched down Pacific Coast Highway Dec. 2 in the City of Encinitas Holiday Parade. The students were from the Cardiff School third grade music program and the Ada Harris Wildcat Band. Cardiff School District students have performed in the City...

  • Encinitas siblings perform in 'Peter Pan' production

    Encinitas siblings perform in 'Peter Pan' production

    An Encinitas brother and sister will take part in a production of a beloved fairy tale with modern-day twists later this month. Hayden Luedde, 14, and his sister, Hunter Luedde, 11, will perform in Lythgoe Family Panto's production of "Peter Pan and Tinker Bell" from Dec. 21 through Dec. 31 at...

  • SDA presents William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

    SDA presents William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

    San Dieguito Academy’s Advanced Drama Honors students will perform William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" on Jan. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Dec. 1 to Dec. 5)

    Dec. 5 • Misdemeanor simple battery - 700 block Olympus Street, 5:47 a.m. • Misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia - 400 W block B Street, 1:45 a.m. Dec. 4 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 3300 block Calle Santiago, 10:17 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft...

  • North Coastal PTA Reflections Gala

    North Coastal PTA Reflections Gala

    The North Coastal Council of PTA’s Reflections Gala took place Nov. 29 at El Camino Creek Elementary School in Encinitas. The event featured the artwork of approximately 150 North Coastal Council of PTA’s student artists. Four school districts were represented at the event: Del Mar Union School...

  • Nanny charged after leaving toddler in Encinitas store

    A Carlsbad nanny who allegedly abandoned a toddler in her care at a strip mall, prompting an intensive 6 1/2-hour search for his parents, pleaded not guilty Dec. 1 to charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor petty theft. Desirae Harris, 42, is suspected of leaving the 2-year-old boy, identified...

  • Kringle Mingle in Cardiff

    Kringle Mingle in Cardiff

    Santa Claus visited Cardiff-by-the-Sea in his vintage “Camera Camper” sleigh Dec. 3 at the north courtyard of Cardiff Town Center for Kringle Mingle. Hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street, and sponsored by Cal Coast Credit Union, attendees were greeted by Santa’s elves at the free community holiday...

  • 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade

    2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade

    For the 60th year, Encinitas kicked off the holiday season with the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market on Dec. 2. Thousands of people participated in the event on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while tens of thousands cheered them along the parade...

  • SDA Boys Water Polo Team prep holiday baskets for CRC

    SDA Boys Water Polo Team prep holiday baskets for CRC

    The San Dieguito High School Academy Boys Water Polo Team helped out with the Encinitas Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets at the Del Mar Fair Grounds Dec. 2, in preparation for the Holiday Baskets event that will be held Dec. 15 to 17. As part of the team’s commitment to community service...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Dec. 8)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2ByiwGT. North Coast Symphony, Holiday Cabaret The program Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, will include festive holiday selections including Festive Sounds...

  • Skate Rising to hold fundraiser for young cancer patient in Encinitas

    Skate Rising to hold fundraiser for young cancer patient in Encinitas

    The event Dec. 9 in honor of Vivian Gomez will include demonstrations from pro skateboarders, food, a Locks of Love hair drive and food from local restaurants.

  • Breast cancer survivors create art out of bras

    Breast cancer survivors create art out of bras

    Ten breast cancer survivors gathered at UC San Diego Health - Cancer Services in Encinitas on Dec. 1 to turn old bras into purses.

  • Double-tracking project half-way to completion

    Double-tracking project half-way to completion

    A railroad double-tracking project across San Elijo Lagoon and into Cardiff is half-way complete, and the noisy bridge post-driving work is all done, the project manager told the Encinitas City Council. "I just want to thank everyone for their patience," Bruce Smith, a senior engineer with the...

  • Leucadia park might contain zip line, dog play area

    Leucadia park might contain zip line, dog play area

    A proposal to put a zip line in the city's next park may sound a bit farfetched, but there's a very real chance it may happen, city parks officials say. However, don't imagine that you'll be zipping across hundreds of feet at 55 mph on this line. "It's not the type of zip line that most people...

  • 20 rescued dogs arrive at Rancho Coastal Humane Society

    20 rescued dogs arrive at Rancho Coastal Humane Society

    "Controlled chaos" — as described by officials — happened Nov. 28 at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) where 20 adult dogs “set paw” on California soil after completing a 1,847 mile journey from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) in Tylertown, Mississippi to RCHS. “We began working with St....

  • Season your holiday 'The Spice Way'

    Season your holiday 'The Spice Way'

    Take the stress out of holiday cooking by visiting The Spice Way. The store, located in Encinitas at 260B El Camino Real, offers hundreds of spices, blends and loose teas — each grown, dried and hand-blended by Spice Way employees — to help even the newest chef get a grasp on his or her own kitchen....

  • Stealthy 'elves' bring holiday cheer to needy

    Stealthy 'elves' bring holiday cheer to needy

    The experience that hooked Colleen and Mark Cormier into becoming perennial holiday elves actually occurred by mistake a few years ago. That’s when a needy family came home unexpectedly one afternoon, surprising the Encinitas couple and their now-10-year-old daughter, Kennedy, in the midst of decorating...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Food Co. passionate about food, friendliness

    Rancho Santa Fe Food Co. passionate about food, friendliness

    At the Rancho Santa Fe Food Company, it's all about the food. In a social media age where restaurants often emphasize a food's presentation — sometimes over the quality of the taste — officials with the year-old Rancho Santa Fe Food Company say they do not compromise their dishes to gain extra...

  • Off Track Gallery to host artists' reception Dec. 9

    Off Track Gallery to host artists' reception Dec. 9

    The public is invited to a reception at the Off Track Gallery featuring Linda Melvin’s jewelry and Lilly Pourat’s pottery on Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Cardiff School District to host workshop regarding school renovation

    Cardiff School District to host workshop regarding school renovation

    The Cardiff School District will hold a workshop Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Cardiff School, 1888 Montgomery Ave., to discuss proposed conceptual site plans for the school. In November 2016, voters approved Measure GG, which allotted $22 million of Prop. 39 general obligation money to the district...

  • Council selects four-district map submitted by council member

    Council selects four-district map submitted by council member

    Encinitas will go to four districts and an elected mayor in future elections, the city council decided Nov. 8 after selecting one of two maps submitted anonymously by council member Tasha Boerner Horvath. Boerner Horvath announced at the decision-making meeting that she submitted the two maps that...

  • City council approves ban on marijuana

    City council approves ban on marijuana

    The Encinitas City Council officially sealed marijuana’s fate in the city — at least temporarily — at a Wednesday, Nov. 8 meeting. The council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance banning all commercial marijuana-related activities and uses, to the extent of California law. The decision essentially...

  • Farmer Bob Echter proposes his land to help city meet its housing needs

    Farmer Bob Echter proposes his land to help city meet its housing needs

    Land originally proposed for heavily debated marijuana cultivation in Encinitas could now be considered to help the city reach its state-mandated housing requirements. The Encinitas City Council considered 26 sites to be studied and potentially zoned for the city’s Housing Element Update at its...

  • Surfing Madonna Beach Run earns new world record title

    Surfing Madonna Beach Run earns new world record title

    It's official: Encinitas is the world record-holder for the largest beach run. The Surfing Madonna Beach Run on Nov. 5 earned the new Guinness Book of World Records title after more than 4,000 people ran across the sands of Moonlight Beach. Bob Nichols, president of the Surfing Madonna Ocean's...

  • Modern Times to host community meeting Nov. 14

    Modern Times to host community meeting Nov. 14

    Personnel from a contested, proposed tasting room in Downtown Encinitas are set to meet with residents for an informational meeting Nov. 14. Modern Times announced in early October that it is looking to open a 3,007-square-foot tasting room and restaurant at 470 South Coast Highway 101. Prior to...

  • Lux Art Institute presents work by UK artist Andy Harper

    Lux Art Institute presents work by UK artist Andy Harper

    Lux Art Institute is pleased to announce the exhibition of British artist, Andy Harper from Nov. 18 to Jan. 13. Harper will be staying and working at the Lux, 1550 South El Camino Real, from Nov. 18 to Dec. 16. Guided by fluctuations of thought, ideas, and nature, Harper creates lush shapes that...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Nov. 10)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2zawsJn. Olivenhain Holiday Crafts Fair The Olivenhain Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. The event has become...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Nov. 3 to Nov. 7)

    Nov. 7 • Misdemeanor petty theft (shoplifting) - 900 S block 101, 8:50 a.m. Nov. 6 • Misdemeanor drunk in public: alcohol, drugs, combo or toluene - 300 S block 101, 8:28 a.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 2400 block Longstaff Court, 2 a.m. Nov. 5 • Felony manufacture/sale/possession/etc leaded cane/billy/etc...

  • ASAP Urgent Care offers ease, affordability for patients

    ASAP Urgent Care offers ease, affordability for patients

    At ASAP Urgent Care in Encinitas, the attention to patients is personal, quick and typically not as costly as an emergency room visit. Dr. Matthew Kurlan opened the office, at 519 Encinitas Boulevard, suite 106, eight years ago. The former emergency room physician of 15 years said he wanted to...

  • Leucadia couple opens salon with creative space for artists

    Leucadia couple opens salon with creative space for artists

    A couple has opened — what they hope to be — the ultimate creative space in Leucadia. Eric and Leigh Zamora opened Solomon and Co. Hair Studio, at 1114 North Coast Highway 101, in August. The small 650-square-foot building includes two rooms: one for Eric's hair studio, with two styling stations,...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Nov. 3)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2iiUPdA Olivenhain Holiday Crafts Fair The Olivenhain Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. The event has become...

  • Del Mar author zeroes in on NSA in new thriller novel

    Del Mar author zeroes in on NSA in new thriller novel

    Stu Schreiber's 434-page thriller and science fiction novel, released July 28 through 27th Street Publishing, follows Isaac Stone, a longtime National Security agent, who predicts two of the biggest recent events that change the course of history.

  • SDA student to compete in Miss California Teen USA pageant

    SDA student to compete in Miss California Teen USA pageant

    A Rancho Santa Fe resident has been selected to represent the City of Angels in the upcoming Miss California Teen USA pageant. Kianoosh Jafari, a 17-year-old honors student at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, will compete in the pageant in Long Beach from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. The winner of the competition...

  • J Company performs ‘Lion King’ songs for Encinitas pre-school

    J Company performs ‘Lion King’ songs for Encinitas pre-school

    A La Jolla theatre group visited an Encinitas pre-school Oct. 26 to expose them to the live arts and show them how fun it can be. As youth performers from J Company presented songs from its currently running "Lion King Jr" show for the 2 to 5-year-old students of Easter Seals Head Start school,...

  • Some neighbors oppose public right-of-way to Encinitas Community Park

    Some neighbors oppose public right-of-way to Encinitas Community Park

    Some neighbors at an Oct. 11 council meeting argued the proposed gate would reduce privacy and safety for the five homes along Starlight Drive, which is privately owned, has no sidewalks and currently dead-ends with a wall that separates the street from the park.

  • Additional public meeting set for Oct. 30 to discuss proposed voting districts

    Additional public meeting set for Oct. 30 to discuss proposed voting districts

    The City of Encinitas has added another public meeting for residents to review and discuss proposed voting districts as part of the city's exploration of district-based elections. The meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. This added meeting...

  • Encinitas Crime Report (Oct. 21 to Oct. 24)

    Oct. 24 • Fraud - 200 N block El Camino Real, 2:12 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 800 block Brittany Road, 2 p.m. Oct. 23 • Misdemeanor exhibit deadly weapon other than firearm - 700 block Cole Ranch Road, 9:49 p.m. • Vehicle break-in/theft - 200 N block El Camino Real, 5 a.m. • Commercial burglary...

  • Carlsbad couple’s blood donation for Las Vegas victims hits close to home

    Carlsbad couple’s blood donation for Las Vegas victims hits close to home

    The first time Ryan Manion donated blood, it was to get out of class in high school. When he donated for the second time in Encinitas on Oct. 25, it was for a more personal reason. The blood drive, hosted by Sherri Babaie of Natural Elements Wellness Collective in Encinitas and the San Diego Blood...

  • Encinitas couple marks 75th anniversary

    Encinitas couple marks 75th anniversary

    Harry and Marjorie “Marge” Grossman met nearly 77 years ago. They happened to be at a cafe in Union Pier, Mich., where they were each vacationing with friends. He looked across the room, saw Marge and decided he’d like to get to know her. Two years later, on Oct. 17, 1942, they got married. They...

  • Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (Oct. 27)

    For more information on the events below and others, visit the city’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/2x9MWO2 Dia de los Muertos festival The free family-friendly "Day of the Dead" festival on Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, includes performances...

  • Carmel Valley woman publishes first book, receives positive feedback

    Carmel Valley woman publishes first book, receives positive feedback

    When Nikki Katz sits down to write, she does so in a way to escape the current time. A young adult author, the Carmel Valley resident always focuses on the past and future, but never the present. "I love reading contemporary, but I can't write it," she said. "I'll write two pages then be done."...

  • ‘Celebration of Second Chances’

    ‘Celebration of Second Chances’

    The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) hosted its annual “Celebration of Second Chances” Oct. 21 at the Del Mar Country Club. This year’s theme was “It’s All About The Animals.” Proceeds of the event support the RCHS programs for people and animals. The Celebration of Second Chances featured...

  • Encinitas blood drive to support Las Vegas shooting victims

    Encinitas blood drive to support Las Vegas shooting victims

    Natural Elements Wellness Collective, 609 S. Vulcan Ave., will host a blood drive for the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 1 to 6 p.m.In addition to giving gifts to those who donate, the business will also be raising funds through raffle...

  • Breeders’ Cup Festival offers a variety of unique events

    Breeders’ Cup Festival offers a variety of unique events

    The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships isn’t just a two-day showcase of the top thoroughbred racehorses in training. It has evolved to include a weeklong series of events that highlight the best of the host site’s offerings, and this year’s Breeders’ Cup Festival at Del Mar is the biggest...

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