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  • Del Mar Kiwanis donates $3,000 in support of children fighting cancer

    Del Mar Kiwanis donates $3,000 in support of children fighting cancer

    The Del Mar Kiwanis Club recently donated $3,000 to the Celebration of Champions section of Rady Children’s Hospital. The funds were raised through the Kiwanis Club’s annual Day at the Races.  The Del Mar club is part of Kiwanis International, which was is an organization founded to assist the...

  • Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary delivers over $20,000 to three organizations

    Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary delivers over $20,000 to three organizations

    Last month, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club delivered over $20,000 to three deserving nonprofit organizations the club has worked with over many years. They were the Community Resource Center, Just in Time for Foster Youth and Reality Changers.   As a partner with, and major beneficiary of,...

  • Ashley Falls Career Day

    Ashley Falls Career Day

    Ashley Falls PTA held its Annual Career Day for students Jan. 10. Speakers from a variety of professions visited classrooms and discussed their work with students.

  • Fundraiser held to honor memory of Nicolas Leslie

    Fundraiser held to honor memory of Nicolas Leslie

    The Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund (TPHSSF) held a fundraiser Jan. 7 at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar to honor the memory of Nicolas Leslie, TPHS Class of 2014. Leslie, a 20-year-old Del Mar native, was murdered in the ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016. The...

  • Penguin Plunge 2017

    Penguin Plunge 2017

    Local residents welcomed the New Year at Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge held Jan. 1. Del Mar lifeguards and community members celebrated 2017 with a dip in the Pacific Ocean during the popular event, which began at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street in Del Mar. Participants who ran into...

  • Holiday Classic

    Holiday Classic

    The 27th Under Armour Holiday Classic, presented by Torrey Pines High School, took place Dec. 27-30 at several locations. (Photos on this page) Cathedral Catholic High School wins 76-70 over La Jolla Country Day in a game played Dec. 30 at TPHS. Visit theholidayclassic.org.

  • Carmel Valley teen makes the holidays brighter for Baja California youth

    Carmel Valley teen makes the holidays brighter for Baja California youth

    This holiday marks the sixth year that Danny Limas An, of Carmel Valley, has trekked the miles to distant colonias (communities) in Baja California donating sports gear to those less fortunate. He began the tradition with his mother and sister when he was 5 years old and they would drive down to...

  • Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley closing after 13 years

    Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley closing after 13 years

    After nearly 13 years in business, Ronda’s Closet in Carmel Valley is closing its doors for good. Owner Ronda Chowaiki said she is shuttering the retail store — which sells women’s and girls’ clothing and accessories — by mid-January to welcome her first grandchild, travel with her husband and...

  • Beth Am hosts menorah lighting

    Beth Am hosts menorah lighting

    Congregation Beth Am hosted a menorah lighting to celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The event included performances by the Beth Am Choir and refreshments in addition to a traditional lighting ceremony led by Rabbi David Kornberg.

  • TPHS Holiday Classic

    TPHS Holiday Classic

    Basketball fans gathered at various games for the 27th Under Armour Holiday Classic, presented by Torrey Pines High School, which is running Dec. 27-30 at several locations. Photos on this page were taken at the Dec. 27 game where the TPHS varsity basketball team took on Fairfax High School from...

  • Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach holding annual essay contest

    The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017. The Optimist Club will judge local students’ essays on the theme and determine the winner....

  • The San Diego Foundation announces availability of grants to enhance quality of life for older adults

    The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation, recently announced the availability of grant funding through the Age Friendly Communities Program. The 2017 grant cycle will prioritize collaborative nonprofit projects that enhance the quality...

  • Holiday Baskets event helps families in need

    Holiday Baskets event helps families in need

    Holiday Baskets, an annual event held by Community Resource Center (CRC), set a goal to help more than 1,000 households (2,000+ children) in need this year with food, toys and household necessities. Last year, Holiday Baskets distributed more than 60 tons of items with the support of 1,000 volunteers...

  • Winterfest at Del Mar Heights

    Winterfest at Del Mar Heights

    Kindergarten through 6th grade students performed holiday favorites Dec. 15 at the school’s popular annual Winterfest event.

  • Del Sol Lions Club hosts ‘Christmas in Hawaii’

    Del Sol Lions Club hosts ‘Christmas in Hawaii’

    The Del Sol Lions Club held a holiday party with the theme “Christmas in Hawaii” Dec. 14 at the Park Del Mar Clubhouse. On Dec. 7 the Del Sol Lions also held an “Ugly Sweater Party and Fundraiser” at Carruth Winery in Solana Beach to raise funds to purchse bikes for kids in need. The photos on...

  • GRACEDBYGRIT hosts Chelsea Legging launch benefit

    GRACEDBYGRIT hosts Chelsea Legging launch benefit

    In conjunction with the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, GRACEDBYGRIT has created a new sustainable legging: the Chelsea Legging. GRACEDBYGRIT in Solana Beach held a launch party Dec. 7 to promote the foundation and is donating $50 per legging to Chelsea’s Light Foundation. The GRACEDBYGRIT Chelsea...

  • Bushfire Kitchen brings new Beachside dining option

    Bushfire Kitchen brings new Beachside dining option

    Bushfire Kitchen opened on Nov. 1 in Beachside Del Mar, specializing in farm fresh food made the old fashioned way. Dishes on the menu are made from scratch using only the “best of the best” ingredients, cooked simply with bold flavors. “We just tried to focus on good, quality healthy food that...

  • San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus to perform at Carmel Valley Library

    San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus to perform at Carmel Valley Library

    The Carmel Valley Library Family Concert Series presents the San Diego Jewish Men’s Chorus Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir (SDJMC) has been in existence for over 16 years. It is made up of a solid group of more than 25 singers from various walks of life, backgrounds...

  • CCA Music Outreach Club and Mrs. San Diego 2016 to appear at 'Sip & Wrap' benefit for Conner's Cause

    CCA Music Outreach Club and Mrs. San Diego 2016 to appear at 'Sip & Wrap' benefit for Conner's Cause

    Conner’s Cause for Children is teaming with community “elves” and others to help lighten the load of holiday shoppers and brighten the lives of Conner’s Cause families. Conner’s Cause, together with Zoraya de la Bastida of Pacific Sotheby’s, Lauren Hampton and Sergio Lujan of Smart Mortgage invite...

  • Eastman School of Music senior offers college music audition workshops

    Eastman School of Music senior offers college music audition workshops

    Daniela Camilleri, a senior at the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY, is no stranger to auditions. She has participated in theater productions since the age of 5, and enjoyed a successful musical theater career, winning a National Youth Arts Award for her role...

  • Del Mar knitting group holds surprise baby shower

    Del Mar knitting group holds surprise baby shower

    A Del Mar knitting group recently held a surprise baby shower for a local busboy. While dining with her husband, Larry Brooks, at En Fuego Cantina and Grill in Del Mar, Martha Brooks learned that a busboy was expecting babies in December. Rodrigo and his wife, already parents of two girls, are...

  • Students in adapted PE classes compete in annual basketball tournament

    Students in adapted PE classes compete in annual basketball tournament

    With the stands full of fans, cheerleaders in spirit-sharing mode and great competition ahead, Thursday, Dec. 1, was one basketball game Gautham Ananthanarayanan wouldn’t miss for the world. The eighth-grader at Carmel Valley Middle School had been looking forward to the game all year. On the drive...

  • Santa by the Sea

    Santa by the Sea

    A celebration of the holidays began in Del Mar Dec. 4 with the annual Santa by the Sea event held at the west corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street. Festivities included photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, seasonal tunes performed by the Original Dickens Carolers, a “Holiday Tree Lighting” ceremony,...

  • ‘Tis the Season!’ at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

    ‘Tis the Season!’ at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

    Del Mar Art Center Gallery, in the Del Mar Plaza, hosted “Tis the Season!”, its annual holiday season celebration and fundraiser Dec. 3. In addition to great art, the event included a silent auction, refreshments, music by guitarist Mark Shatz and more. The gallery is a nonprofit artist cooperative...

  • Solana Beach ‘Holiday Tree Lighting’

    Solana Beach ‘Holiday Tree Lighting’

    The City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission hosted the annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” event Dec. 4 at Fletcher Cove Park Dec. 4. The event also included Santa Claus (escorted by a fire truck), the music of award-winning pianist Robert Parker, the St. James Academy Orchestra, the...

  • Red Nose Run/Walk

    Red Nose Run/Walk

    The 25th Annual Red Nose Run/Walk took place Dec. 2 at Del Mar Beach (Powerhouse Park). The event benefits two local 501(c)(3) charities, Semper Fi Fund and Fresh Start Surgical gifts. Participants wore red noses, creative holiday attire and brought festively-adorned dogs on leashes to the event....

  • ‘Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy’ helps patients find root of the problem

    ‘Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy’ helps patients find root of the problem

    A past patient at Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Bressi Ranch location. Brian Stone, PT, DPT, clinic director at that office, said she attributed her health and longevity to “a good sense of humor and sticking to her exercise program.”  “Many of...

  • Food for the free spirited: Flower Child now open in Del Mar

    Food for the free spirited: Flower Child now open in Del Mar

    Flower Child opened in Flower Hill Promenade on Dec. 6, inspired by the mission to deliver “healthy food for a happy world.”  The delicious and nutritious menu is mix-and-match style, allowing guests to select their favorite combinations of vegetables and grains such as simple sautéed broccoli,...

  • Native Diver among special horses with final resting place in Del Mar

    Native Diver among special horses with final resting place in Del Mar

    Native Diver, a black gelding known for his brilliant speed, represented the pinnacle of horse racing in the mid-1960s in the west. Between his debut in 1962 and his death from colic days after winning the Del Mar Handicap in 1967, he made 81 starts and won 37 of them. He won the San Francisco...

  • Beth Am finally 'Building the Dream'

    Beth Am finally 'Building the Dream'

    Congregation Beth Am has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a former tire shop in Solana Beach in 1982. The Carmel Valley campus is currently undergoing a renovation, bringing new buildings and increased space for its pre-school, administration and classrooms for after-school and adult...

  • Brookdale celebrates wedding of 90-year-old residents

    Brookdale celebrates wedding of 90-year-old residents

    Brookdale Carmel Valley held its first-ever wedding reception for two residents who met and fell in love at the senior living community. Ninety-year-olds Doris Harr Swanlund and Hugh Howell Foreman were married on Saturday, Nov. 12 at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad. The couple was married...

  • The Girl Singers to bring holiday show to Solana Beach

    The Girl Singers to bring holiday show to Solana Beach

    A festive holiday musical is headed for Solana Beach that will surely be fun for all families. After all, it’s a family that will be performing popular holiday songs on stage. Starring a mother and her two daughters, “The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade Holiday Show” is set to take the stage Dec....

  • Del Mar Highlands to light up the night

    Del Mar Highlands to light up the night

    A Holiday Celebration with Santa will be held at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center in Carmel Valley Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5-7:30 p.m.  The event will include laser light shows at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., falling snow, photos with Santa, music, performances by students from local schools, complimentary...

  • Solana Ranch STREAM Night

    Solana Ranch STREAM Night

    Solana Ranch Elementary School held a Family STREAM Night Nov. 17. The Solana Ranch STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math) Lab, funded by the Solana Beach Schools Foundation, “provides students the opportunity to engage in innovative, inquiry and project-based learning....

  • Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch tree lighting ceremony

    Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch tree lighting ceremony

    The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch hosted its annual tree lighting ceremony Nov. 27. The event also included photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dickens Carolers, hot cocoa and cookies. Holiday festivities continue throughout the month of December on Sundays (Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)...

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