Music at the CV Library, November 2012

There are two free concerts at the CV Library this November: Kabbalah Suite by Yochanan Sebastian Winston on November 14, and Congregation Beth Am Choir on November 27. The Wednesday, Nov. 14 concert will feature the virtuoso flute, bass flute, soprano and alto sax playing of Yochanan Sebastian Winston, the composer of the Kabbalah Suite. This original music combines jazz, new age, classical and Jewish influences inspired by the ancient wisdom of the Kabbalah. The Tuesday, Nov. 27 concert will feature the Congregation Beth Am choir directed by Elisheva Edelson in a program of Ladino music entitled “Judeo Spagnol Songs of the XV and XVI Centuries.” Concerts start at 7:00 pm and last 45 minutes. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley, San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

Trick or Treat at local shopping centers, 2012

There will be Trick or treating at Piazza Carmel on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Stores will be passing out treats and special offers (see At the Town Center, the Trick or Treating is on Oct 31, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with live music by Left4Dead, in the lower plaza (see Again, for your dogs, Dirty Dogs at the Torrey Hills Center (see has a costume contests with categories for pups, kids and the whole family, 10/27 from 2-5pm.

Dog Costume Contest in Torrey Hills

The Dirty Dogs Pet Store & Spa is holding a "Howloween Yappetizers and Costume Contest" on October 27 2012, 2pm to 5pm at their location in Torrey Hills (4639 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA. 92130). See the Dirty Dogs Website Event Page for complete details. From the website: Dirty Dogs is throwing a Halloween Yappetizer event at our Carmel Valley location. There will be costume contests sponsored by for best dressed dog, best dressed human and best group costume. The Honest Kitchen will be in attendance sharing info and samples on their healthy dog foods made right here in San Diego. We will also have Yappetizer (food and beverages) from local businesses. All of our products will be 10% off during event hours and there will be plenty of other spooky treats and surprises for attendees.

October 2012 CV Planning Board Agenda

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting on October 25, 2012 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The October Agenda is attached. The Agenda includes a One Paseo update from the City, a presentation on the San Dieguito School District bond proposition, information on St. Garabed Church (in the river valley off of El Camino Real), information on the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch (a new shopping center to our East), consideration of Via de la Valley road improvements, cell installations at Del Mar Polo and in Del Mar Mesa, and the possiblity of adding parking on High Bluff Drive (in the business park). Sounds like a busy meeting! Additional information can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

Feng Shui Expert to speak in Del Mar

OK, it's a realtor event (hosted by Sampson California Realty), but if you're interested in Feng Shui, it might be fun. From the event email: This coming Tuesday October 23, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Cathleen McCandless will provide a STEP-BY-STEP, unique and practical approach to creating a home or office that will please your eye and inspire your mind and spirit. Cathleen has been recognized as one of the top FENG SHUI Experts in her field and is certain to delight. Cathleen has consulted with some of the countries largest corporate giants including: Mercedez Benz and BMW. Event is free; RSVP Required at 858.699.1145, or visit the SCR website at

Chevy's is leaving Flower Hill Mall

I see from the Carmel Valley News that Chevy's Fresh Mex is leaving the Flower Hill Mall on Via de la Valle (see the CVN Story, Chevys to close after 20 years), to be replaced by a Cucina Enoteca (a sister to Cucina Urbana, see From the Cucina Enoteca site: The restaurant’s interior evokes a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. A touch of home, splash of bohemia and many objects new and old attract the eye. A focus on natural and reclaimed material is found throughout... Whimsical expressions of Italian classics coupled with the use of the freshest local produce, organic and sustainable products comprise a diverse menu of items mostly at or below $20. This sounds like a great replacement for the old Papachino's restaurant. It will be interesting to see what else is updated as the new Whole Foods opens early next year.

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Planning Workshop, Oct 20, 2012

Interested in the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon? The Torrey Pines Association and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation invite you to participate in a special symposium -- Los Peñasquitos Lagoon: Drawing on the Past to Plan the Future. Please join us for this first workshop to launch the planning process for restoration of the lagoon! October 20, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. See the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Restoration Planning Workshop page for more details.

Free Library Concerts 10/10 and 10/27/2012

Don't forget, there's a free concert tonight (Oct 10 - Americana by Border Radio) at the CV Library, and another on Oct 27! The Friends of the Library just sent more information on the Oct 27 concert, the Fan Faire Foundation Musicians, which you can read at the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website or the CV Library Concert page. Oct 27 is a concert from the “Kids Playing for Kids” program, which was launched in October 2011. It enables musically gifted children to express and share their love of music with other children, further develop their creative skills, and build their self-confidence as performers. Concerts start at 7:00 pm and last 45 minutes. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley, San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

Free Oral Cancer Screening at Celebrity Smile Spa, Oct 17

Dr. Lori Ann Safar at Celebrity Smile Spa of Carmel Valley is working to spread awareness about oral cancer and the importance of early detection by holding a free Oral Cancer Screening Event. Open to the general public as well as existing patients. Free drinks and snacks will be served. Oct 17, 2012, 5:00pm-7:00pm. See:

Crazy gas prices this weekend?

I've heard rumors about crazy gas prices over the next two weeks in Southern California due to refinery outages around the state. That is, there will likely be a temporary shortage of gas that could cause huge short-term price spikes and some stations running out. You might want to top off your tank and keep an eye on prices, using sites like San Diego Gas Prices (Gas Buddy). Note that I've also read that gas prices should be significantly lower by next month...

Great list of Halloween Events from the North County Times

The North County Times has a great List of Halloween Events in San Diego! See their article, "GO BOO! A month of activities and attractions for Halloween thrills, chills". The list includes film frights, haunted attractions, spooky tours, pumpkin patches & corn mazes, halloween fun, and theme parks. This is everything from SeaWorld's "Halloween Spooktacular" to our local "Scream Zone" at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. About the only things I don't see on the list are the "Haunted Birch Aquarium" at Scripps, and "Halloween Time" at Disneyland (note that this weekend, Oct 5-7, is also "Gay Days" at Disneyland -- very crowded but colorful!) Finally, I've also recently heard about the Barbarella restaurant in La Jolla, which is all decked out for Halloween! Have fun!

MAD Subcommittee Meeting, October 2, 2012

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's MAD Subcommitte will meet on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the Carmel Valley Rec Center. Download the CV MAD Agenda here. There is also a CV MAD City Staff Report that you can read. Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

CV Rec Council Meeting, Oct 2, 2012

The Carmel Valley Recreation Council will meet on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center (3777 Townsgate Drive.) The CV Rec Council Meeting Agenda is attached here, or see the CV Parks Page for additional information on parks in the community and their operation. On the agenda are: Color scheme for Carmel Grove Playground, allocating funds for processing a plan change for the CV Rec Center (to include Arena Soccer & Roller Hockey Arenas), and funding for field maintenance and a "wireless controller". See the agenda for complete details.

Carmel Valley 5k Run, Dec 8, 2012

The Carmel Valley 5k and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for December 8, 2012. The race, which starts and ends at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, and extends along the beautiful CVREP* trail, benefits the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF). From the race info: This run will highlight the beauty of Carmel Valley and the people within our community by running part of the course along the 56 bike trail! The DMSEF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that supports the Del Mar Union School District. The Foundation was founded to raise the necessary funds to provide Del Mar students with enrichment programs such as science, music, art, technology and physical education. See for additional information. (Note: The "CVREP" trail is the "Carmel Valley Restoration and Enhancement Project", a trail built to mitigate the impacts of the SR-56 construction.)

Music at the CV Library, October 2012

There are two CV Library concerts in October 2012 sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, on Oct. 10, 2012 and Oct. 27, 2012. The first group, performing at 7:00 pm on Oct 10, is Border Radio, a group that plays American music that ranges from hard-driving bluegrass to lonesome folk and prairie swing, giving audiences of all ages a joyful and memorable experience. The second performance, at 7:00 pm on October 27, is the Fan Faire Foundation Musicians, feature several talented young musicians who were winners in the 2011 San Diego Symphony young artists competition and have been nurtured by the Foundation to be role models for children in San Diego. The programs last 45 minutes. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley, San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

Del Mar Heights Shopping Center Survey

The Retail Management company Donahue Schriber has recently purchased the Vons Center just across the I-5 freeway in Del Mar (called "Del Mar Heights Village", located at Del Mar Heights Road and Mango Drive.) This is the center with a small Vons, a CVS Pharmacy and a Jack in the Box. They're looking at updating the property, and want your input! From the press release: "Donahue Schriber has launched an online survey at to gather input from the community on the current amenities and to find out what other stores, eateries or services the public would like to see at Del Mar Heights Village in the future. Responses will be collected until October 19, 2012." Read the full Press Release for additional info.

Rummage sale at St. Therese of Carmel Church, Oct 9, 2012

The 6th annual fundraising Rummage Sale organized by Boy Scout Troop 713 is on Saturday, 10/6 from 7:30-11am, at St. Therese of Carmel Church, located at 4355 Del Mar Trails Road, San Diego, CA 92130. They tell me that this year should be their biggest ever because the troop is now 100 families strong! Anyone wishing to donate items can bring them to the sale before 9am.

September 2012 CV Planning Board Agenda

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board will hold it's regular monthly meeting on September 27, 2012 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The September Agenda is attached. The Agenda includes a One Paseo update from the City, discussion of the Prop CC ballot measure, information on the Griffin Residence, High Bluff on-street parking, the Worsch Way development, and T-Mobile sites on Via de la Valley and in Del Mar Mesa. Additional information can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll, Oct. 7, 2012

Del Mar is holding a "Taste & Art Stroll" on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The Art Stroll is from 10am-5pm, with the Taste of Del Mar from 1pm-4pm. The event includes Live Music, Children's Interactive Area, Dog Stroll, and much more! Dine on delicious culinary creations from 28 restaurants, quench your thirst with a drink special from our selected restaurants, and feast your eyes on juried original artwork by talented, local and regional artists. Bring your families and pets to enjoy the live music, kids activities and dog stroll. Join us for a wonderful day in the heart of the charming village in Del Mar. See the Taste & Art Stroll web page and the Del Mar Village Association page for details.

Mattress Sale Fundraiser at CCA, Sept 22 & 23

First there's a Farmers Market at CCA (Thursday afternoons), now selling mattresses? The Envision Music Program at Canyon Crest Academy is holding a "mattress sale fundraiser" this weekend, Sept. 22 & 23, 2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Canyon Crest Academy (5951 Village Center Loop Road). You can view the Mattress Fundraiser Flier for information. It says: Name brand sets, all sizes, discounted prices, brand new with factory warranty, delivery available, cash & checks accepted. Profits go directly to Envision and the Envision Music Program at CCA ("Envision" is the Arts at CCA, see for more.) This announcement came from the CCA Raven Report Facebook Page.

Prodigy Dance Grand Opening Sept 15, 2012

A new dance studio opening just east of Carmel Valley, Prodigy Dance Co. is holding a grand opening event on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm. The studio, in the Torrey Highlands Plaza (SR-56 east to Camino Del Sur) will offer dance and fitness instruction for people of all ages and all genres. See for additional information.

Prodigy Dance Company

Torrey Highlands Plaza, 13350 Camino Del Sur
Web page:

Touch-A-Truck Childrens' Cancer Fundraiser, Sept 29, 2012

The Touch A Truck event is a car show for kids, a chance to interact with cars and trucks of all types. This is also a fundraiser to fight childrens' cancer. Touch A Truck is only in its 4th year and is poised to be the largest event of its kind in the U.S. The Touch A Truck pit crew says they are gearing up to host over 8,000 guests this year, and will measure the 2012 event by the total amount of horsepower under the hoods of all the vehicles on hand. Formerly held at Torrey Pines High School, they've outgrown the site and are moving to Qualcomm Stadium. See the Touch A Truck Flier for details, or visit their Touch A Truck Website.

Education program on "Intentional Happiness"

The Doris Howell Foundation invites you and your friends/family to participate in a community education series on "Intentional Happiness!" This is two lively and informative sessions on the science of happiness and its practical applications for improving health. On September 25 and November 13th at the McMillin Center at Liberty Station, the cost is $60 for both Sept & Nov sessions or $35 for one session. The Doris A. Howell Foundation is a San Diego based foundation that supports scientific research on women’s health issues and community educational initiatives that promote the health of women and their family. See the Howell Foundation website or their Educational Outreach page for additional information.

Free Music at the CV Library, Sept 1, 2012

A special September free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It is entitled Shubham to signify the auspicious combination of melody and joy that one experiences with Indian Carnatic music, the classical music predominant in Southern India that can be traced back to the ancient Vedas from the Indian scriptures. The program will include classical pieces from various composers dating from the 15th century to modern times and rendered in different languages and musical forms. Similar to western classical music, Indian classical music embodies not only the seven fundamental notes manifested as 16 different sounds, but also the same concepts of scale, rhythm, melody, pitch, and modes. The modes, called raagas, when combined with lyrics in one of many Indian languages, set the mood and tone for the individual pieces, bringing the music to life. The program will last one hour. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley, San Diego. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at

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