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  • Solana Highlands Bingo Night

    Solana Highlands Bingo Night

    Solana Highlands Elementary School families enjoyed a great Bingo Night event Jan. 19.

  • Torrey Pines High School Winter Concert

    Torrey Pines High School Winter Concert

    The Torrey Pines High School Winter Concert took place Jan. 23 at the CCA Proscenium Theater. The event featured the TPHS music program’s Advanced Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Choir.

  • Carmel Del Mar PTA Art Night

    Carmel Del Mar PTA Art Night

    The second annual Carmel Del Mar Art Show was held Jan. 25. The event featured student artwork - paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures - with the theme “Commit to Kindness.”

  • Herbert B. Turner Gallery photo exhibit reception

    Herbert B. Turner Gallery photo exhibit reception

    A reception was held Jan. 28 for a new photography exhibit on display at Del Mar’s Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair. The exhibit features 64 photographs by San Diego photographer Michael Orenich, focusing on images from Mongolia, Cuba and Morocco. Also included are shots from Greece, Italy,...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Del Mar Community Connections hosts holiday luncheon

    Del Mar Community Connections hosts holiday luncheon

    A holiday luncheon sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections was held Dec. 7 at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Del Mar. Entertainment was provided by vocalist Gary Burt with his “Tribute to the Icons of the Crooner Era,” such as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Guests were encouraged to...

  • ‘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...

  • Del Mar Hills Academy hosts Grandparents Lunch

    Del Mar Hills Academy hosts Grandparents Lunch

    Del Mar Hills Academy held a Grandparents Lunch Nov. 15. Students, grandparents and other family members and special friends gathered for a special meal at the school.

  • 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....

  • 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.)...

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar hosts Annual Holiday Open House

    Fairmont Grand Del Mar hosts Annual Holiday Open House

    The Fairmont Grand Del Mar held its 10th Annual Holiday Open House and Trees of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 27. The event included the lighting of The Grand’s 18-foot Noble fir tree, a special performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, music, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping and more. The...

  • Solana Ranch Movie Night

    Solana Ranch Movie Night

    Solana Ranch Elementary School families gathered together Oct. 21 for a Movie Night event featuring the film “Aladdin.”

  • Solana Highlands PTA Movie Night

    Solana Highlands PTA Movie Night

    A PTA Movie Night took place Oct. 14 at Solana Highlands Elementary School. The Baked Bear served as a dessert vendor at the event.

  • Ashley Falls Ice Cream Social

    Ashley Falls Ice Cream Social

    Ashley Falls parents and studemts gathered Oct. 7 for a tasty Family Night Ice Cream Social.

  • Voices for Children Starry Starry Night Gala

    Voices for Children Starry Starry Night Gala

    Voices for Children held the 14th Annual Starry Starry Night Gala Sept. 24 benefiting foster children of San Diego County. Chaired by Nancy and David Doyle, the gala took place at the San Diego Polo Club in Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s gala honored the beauty of the ocean and the starry skies of...

  • ‘Celebrate Artists of the Future’

    ‘Celebrate Artists of the Future’

    “Celebrate Artists of the Future,” a fundraiser in support of UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance Student Productions Fund was held Sept. 10 at the Solana Beach home of Janet and George Hoover. The event included great wine, food, entertainment and conversation. UC San Diego is one of...

  • ‘Art Uncorked’ benefit held for CCA EVA program

    ‘Art Uncorked’ benefit held for CCA EVA program

    Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s Vice President of Envision Nancy Coker hosted a special fundraising event, “Art Uncorked,” Sept. 17 to benefit the Envision Visual Arts (EVA) program at Canyon Crest Academy. Guests enjoyed hors d’ouevres, beer, wine and champagne, and listened to a fabulous jazz...

  • Teen Volunteers in Action SD2 Chapter kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD2 Chapter kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD2 Chapter held a kick-off event for the 2016-2017 year Sept. 11 at the Boys & Girls Club in Carmel Valley. Teen Volunteers in Action "is an organization of young men who, together with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured...

  • ‘Celebrate Artists of the Future’

    ‘Celebrate Artists of the Future’

    “Celebrate Artists of the Future,” a fundraiser in support of UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance Student Productions Fund was held Sept. 10 at the Solana Beach home of Janet and George Hoover. The event included great wine, food, entertainment and conversation. UC San Diego is one of...

  • ‘A Night on Broadway’ benefits Del Mar Community Connections

    ‘A Night on Broadway’ benefits Del Mar Community Connections

    Del Mar Community Connections held its benefit gala, “A Night on Broadway,” Sept. 17 at Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar. The event included a reception, dinner, live auction and dancing. Jackie Bridge and Nate McCay served as gala co-chairs. The event is the 16th annual benefit celebration...

  • Falcons never forget

    Falcons never forget

    Torrey Pines High School honored the lives lost on 9/11 and the country’s heroes with a “Salute to America” before the Falcons varsity football game against Fallbrook on Sept. 9. The Falcon faithful paid tribute to local San Diego police officers, firefighters and Marines in the pre-game ceremony.

  • Renowned singer to perform at River Valley Fest

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-platinum composer, and North County resident Jack Tempchin will be the featured musical entertainment at the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s (SDRVC) 7th Annual River Valley Fest, “Passion for the Park,” celebrating the Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary, on...

  • Canyon Crest Academy student spends summer in Panama

    Canyon Crest Academy student spends summer in Panama

    Dayna Dyjak left her hometown of Solana Beach for Panama this summer. It was the Canyon Crest Academy junior’s first time traveling outside the country. “You really have to go to Latin America to see what it’s like,” Dayna said. “It’s not what people make it out to be.” The seven-week summer program...

  • Ruck for Veterans on Sept. 24 in Carmel Valley

    Ruck for Veterans on Sept. 24 in Carmel Valley

    Torrey Pines High football program will team up with Rancho Bernardo High football and the San Diego chapter of Team Red, White and Blue on a Ruck for Veterans Saturday, Sept. 24. The public is invited to participate in the six-mile ruck along SR-56. Participants are asked to bring a backpack full...

  • ‘USS Indianapolis: The Legacy’ to make West Coast debut

    ‘USS Indianapolis: The Legacy’ to make West Coast debut

    After 15 years in the works, “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” is finally making its West Coast debut during the second annual GI Film Festival San Diego. The film was directed and produced by San Diego’s Sara Vladic and Melanie Capacia Johnson. “This story should be shared with the world,” Johnson...

  • The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts might hail from the United Kingdom, but San Diego has somewhat become a second home to the band. In the past two years, vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies have taken the stage in San Diego more than once. The band is set to return...

  • Mother-daughter duo promotes resources to prevent suicide

    Mother-daughter duo promotes resources to prevent suicide

    Although September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a local mother and daughter raise awareness and help promote resources to prevent suicide all year long. “It’s an important cause for anyone and everyone because nobody is immune to being touched by suicide,” said Terri Wyatt, a...

  • Cinépolis temporarily closes to add 3 new theaters, upgrades

    Cinépolis temporarily closes to add 3 new theaters, upgrades

    Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas at Del Mar Highlands Town Center will be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through mid-October as Cinépolis will undergo an expansion and remodel. The renovations will include three new auditoriums that feature nearly 200 additional seats, an expanded kitchen and concession...

  • Girl Scout Troop 1240 completes Silver Award project

    Girl Scout Troop 1240 completes Silver Award project

    For their Silver Award, Girl Scout Troop 1240 chose to partner with Access Youth Academy, a non-profit organization committed to transform the lives of youth. The girls would like to thank Christine Trinidad, program director, and Renato Paiva, executive director, for their collaboration. To earn...

  • Teen helps open school in remote Kenyan village

    Teen helps open school in remote Kenyan village

    Carmel Valley resident Shawdi Amini, 14, recently traveled to Kenya with 30 other Kids for Peace (KFP) volunteers to open an elementary school for the children of a remote village called Mikei. This village has no electricity, plumbing, or amenities, and the residents use rainwater for bathing,...

  • For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    It’s an early Wednesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Doug Gray, frontman for the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, just took a walk on the beach from his nearby home. “This is what keeps me in shape,” Gray explains. “Going to the beach just makes you relax, and it helps when dealing...

  • ‘2nd Annual Surf ‘n Paws’

    Animal Synergy, Lionel’s Legacy and KIRA: K9 International Rescue Association recently held their second annual “Surf ‘n Paws” collaborative event on Sunday, Aug. 21, to draw attention to the world of rescue beyond shelters. This dedicated trifecta seeks to raise awareness of the critical role...

  • Ready for some football

    Ready for some football

    Football was back under the Friday night lights on Aug. 26 at Torrey Pines High’s Ed Burke Field. The Falcons faced off against Steele Canyon in their season opener and won 23-10. Sophomore quarterback Miles Hastings connected with Scotty Gange and Micheal Gadinis for two touchdowns and Luke Duerr...

  • Torrey Pines Animal Hospital expands in Piazza Carmel

    Torrey Pines Animal Hospital expands in Piazza Carmel

    For the past four years, Torrey Pines Animal Hospital has become known in the area for its knowledgeable, kind, trustworthy and caring staff. The hospital, owned by Dr. Andrew McClellan and Dr. Brad Steele, operates under the motto that “your pets are our passion” and offers routine vet care, boarding,...

  • Torrey Pines Pop Warner Spirit Day

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner Spirit Day

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner held its annual Spirit Day Aug. 28 at Ocean Air Park in Carmel Valley. The event included team pictures for cheer and football, a dunk tank, expo booths, photo booth, silent auction, live music, baked goods, BBQ and more. Photos by Jon Clark.

  • Solana Highlands Mini-Open House

    Solana Highlands Mini-Open House

    To help students and parents feel comfortable with their first day of school, a Mini-Open House was held at Solana Highlands Elementary School. The event provided a time where students and parents could come and briefly meet their new teacher and see their classroom. Photos by Jon Clark.

  • Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter holds kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter holds kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter held a kick-off event for the 2016-2017 year Aug. 28 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Teen Volunteers in Action “is an organization of young men who, together with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of...

  • Teen Volunteers in Action SD1 Chapter kicks off 2016-17 year

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD1 Chapter kicks off 2016-17 year

    The founding SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) held its yearly kick-off event Aug. 28 at the San Dieguto County Park. This year’s annual kick off featured a new format, introducing the approximately 180 young men to five different philanthropies served by the TVIA Chapter. The youth,...

  • Sweet! See’s Candies opens in Flower Hill

    Sweet! See’s Candies opens in Flower Hill

    By 9 a.m., the line had formed outside to welcome the new See’s Candies store to Flower Hill Promenade on Friday, Aug. 11 – customers were anxious to taste a sampling of See’s chocolates, brittles and lollypops.The new See’s store, in its iconic black and white, held a celebratory ribbon-cutting...

  • Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

    Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

    With a Tuesday through Friday schedule at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, young Del Mar author Carly Marie Truscott spent nearly every Monday of her junior year reading to schoolchildren across San Diego County. Now entering her senior year, the 17-year-old plans to continue to spread...

  • Carmel Valley teen helps develop company to provide access to clean water

    Carmel Valley teen helps develop company to provide access to clean water

    Although still in high school, Carmel Valley teen Mihika Nadig is working to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: access to clean water. Over the summer Mihika and three other high school students founded VivaFlow, a company dedicated to solving the fresh water scarcity problem in developing...

  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy receives grants

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy recently received two grants to expand its nature education program, Watershed Explorers. The conservancy received both a $10,000 “Environmental Champions” award from SDG&E and a $25,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation to support the outdoor-education...

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