San Diego Women's 1/2 Marathon looking for Volunteers

The San Diego Women's 1/2 Marathon is looking for volunteers. The event, to be held February 24, 2013, has lots of opportunities for volunteers, and with over 500 positions available, there is a spot for everyone, including teams, groups, corporate groups, or just friends and family. See a complete list of days, jobs and shifts, at the Women's 1/2 Marathon website.

CCA's Envision program Festival of the Arts, 12/8/2012

Canyon Crest Academy's Envision Program presents the Festival of the Arts on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. This event, held on the CCA campus, highlights and benefits the Vocal Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Cinema, Theater and Dance programs at CCA. Come and enjoy food and art with CCA Students! Tickets available at the door, or on the CCA Envision Events/Ticket Page ($6 for students, $10 for adults.) See the CCA Envision Page or the CCA Envision Events/Tickets Page for more.

Interview Tips and Techniques for Teens, Dec 5, 2012

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 7:00PM in the CCA Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is pleased to host Peggy Wallace of Making Conversation, LLC in, "Present Your Best Self: Interview Tips and Techniques for Teens". Open to the entire community, this talk presents interview strategies for College Admissions, Internships, Jobs and Scholarships. You will learn how to: Create interview opportunities, Craft your personal talking points, Tell memorable strengths stories, and Make the Interviewer YOUR Advocate! Teens (and their parents) will leave with actionable, concrete ideas, preparation tools and a substantive, content-rich handout. Suggested Donation is $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit CCA's Counseling, College & Career Services. See the CCA Foundation Website for complete information.

Love to Dance Company Dancers Perform During the Holidays

The Company Dancers from the Love to Dance school will perform at Del Mar’s Winter Wonderland on December 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm, and at the 1st annual Carmel Valley 5K and Kid’s Fun Run on December 8, 2012 (around 8:30 am!) The Del Mar Winter Wonderland event is located on the plaza in the Village of Del Mar, Dec 1 at 3:30pm. The Carmel Valley 5K starts at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School, with the performance around 8:30am. Don’t miss these free events to see this wonderful group athletes entertain you this holiday season. For more information and class schedules, see www.lovetodanceinc.com or Phone (858) 229-0120.

Toys for Tots Drop Off Locations, Nov 2012

Dr. Lori Ann Safar's Celebrity Smile Spa at 12750 Carmel Country Rd, #200, is a Toys for Tots drop off location. Bring your new, unwrapped toys, now through December 18. For info, call (858) 481-8688, or www.celebritysmilespa.com. Also, the Ocean Air Recreation Center is collecting for San Diego Toys For Tot’s and the San Diego Food Bank this Holiday Season. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable canned food to Ocean Air Recreation Center (through Nov 30, 2012), located at 4770 Fairport Way, 858-552-1687.

CV Library Sale of Extraordinary Books, Dec 1, 2012

A book sale at the CV Library! On Saturday, December 1, Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will present: A Sale of Extraordinary Books! The sale will feature rare & antiquarian books, signed first editions, out-of-print art books, children’s books, history books, and much, much more. Each book will be priced separately at far less than you would pay for a similar book elsewhere. All funds raised from this special sale of extraordinary books will go to support the Carmel Valley Library. The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, at the CV Library, located at 3919 Townsgate Drive. For further information call (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at www.carmelvalleylibrary.org.

Two Holiday Celebrations at the Town Center, Dec. 2012

The Del Mar Highlands Town Center will kick off the Holidays with a Christmas celebration on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This includes a holiday laser light show, take your own photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, sing along with Dickens' Carolers, performances by local schools, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and a special holiday surprise. Bring a toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. On the following weekend, Sunday, December 9, the center will host a Menorah Lighting with Congregation Beth Am, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Ocean Air Park Snow Day and Pancake Breakfast, Dec 1, 2012

Join the community for a Snow Day at The Park! The Ocean Air Recreation Council invites you and your family to our Annual Holiday Morning of Giving. Help support San Diego Toys For Tots & San Diego Food Bank! Saturday, December 1st, 8:30am-10:30am at the Ocean Air Recreation Center. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable food to receive 4 tickets to our Holiday Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy the festivities: 50 foot Snow Sled Run, Kid’s Bounce House, Visit from Santa, Arts & Crafts, Music, Fun & Games, Face Painting!! Ocean Air Recreation Center 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, Ca 92130 - (858) 552-1687. You can download the brochure in two parts: The Snow Day Brochure Front Page and the Snow Day Brochure Back Page. Bring an unwrapped toy or bag of nonperishable canned food to Ocean Air Recreation Center (11/5/12-11/30/12) to receive 4 tickets to our Holiday Pancake Breakfast! Breakfast will be served December 1st, 8:30m -10:30am (Breakfast tickets can be purchased for $5 the day of the event!) For more info contact the Recreation Center staff at 858-552-1687.

Prop AA leaps ahead, good for San Dieguito Schools

For the first time, the Prop AA bond for the San Dieguito Schools has pushed above the required 55% threshold, with 55.16% voting YES. While you may be concerned about the cost of the bonds, this should be good for the public education system in Carmel Valley, which has some very successful and very crowded schools. The Registrar of Voters for San Diego County (see www.SDVote.com) has updated its vote count again, and as of Nov 16 at 4:25 PM, Prop AA is ahead. The count is not complete, but things look good for passage.

SD Police, Northwestern Division Updates

The San Diego Police Department's Northwestern Division (our local station) has a new Community Relations Officer, Natalie Hone, SDPD Northwestern Division, 12592 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130. Her email is nhone@pd.sandiego.gov, and her phone numbers are: (d) 858-523-7031, or (f) 858-523-7023. Officer Hone will be maintaining the old email contact list (email her to be added), or you can now view the SDPD Northwestern Facebook page, or the new SDPD Northwestern Twitter feed.

Election Update: Prop AA Closer, but not quite (yet)

The Registrar of Voters for San Diego County (see www.SDVote.com) has updated its vote counts twice now, on Thursday and Friday (they've said they'll have updates every day at 5:00 PM, I don't know about weekends...) Update: New results as of Nov 14 at 4:25 PM. If you want to keep up-to-date on the numbers, ignore all the news sites and go straight to SDVote.com and follow the "Election Results" links. Be sure to refresh the results page to get the latest numbers! Currently, all of the results are unchanged, but Prop AA (San Dieguito School Bonds) is getting very close to the 55% required for passage. Immediately after the election, it was at 54.47%, now it's at 54.63% (only 0.37%, or about 200 votes short or passage.) If the trend continues, it could pass by the slightest of margins. Unfortunately, this is too close to call. FWIW, on Wednesday, there were 475,000 ballots to count, then 375,000 on Thursday, and now 325,000 remaining on Friday. It could be another week or more before the counting finishes. As of Nov 12 at 4:35 PM, there are now 260,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.74% Yes. As of Nov 13 at 4:39 PM, there are now 210,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.87% Yes. As of Nov 14 at 4:25 PM, there are now 160,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.94% Yes. For the first time, the count has moved back -- As of Nov 15 at 4:25 PM, there are now 120,000 ballots remaining, and Prop AA is 54.92% Yes (55% required for passage.)

SPECIAL CV Planning Board Regional Issues Meeting for PHR, Nov 14, 2012

A special meeting of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Regional Issues Subcommitte (RIS) next week on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 on site in Pacific Highlands Ranch (out at the end of Del Mar Heights Road, near Canyon Crest Academy.) The RIS group will meet at two different locations (see the CV RIS Agenda for details) to discuss the Taylor Morrison Kasai Property and a proposed 177 unit development on 26 acres, then to discuss the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch mixed-use shopping center. Download the CV RIS Agenda here. 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, Nov 6, 2012

The Carmel Valley Recreation Council will meet on Tuesday, November 6, 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: field renovations, unfunded needs list update, Sunday field use, CVRC Board Officers, and a number of financial items. See the agenda for complete details.

CV Planning Subcommittees: MAD & Regional Issues, Nov 2012

Two of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board's Subcommittes meet this week: MAD on Tuesday, and Regional Issues on Wednesday. The Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, November 6, 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. MAD will discuss the 2014 budget, trees at Carmel Country and Del Mar Trails, and a proposal by the City to convert passive parks into active use parks. The Regional Issues Subcommittee (RIS) will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the CV LIBRARY. Download the CV RIS Agenda here. The RIS meeting will discuss the St. John Garabed Armenian Church in the river valley, and a proposed expansion of the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital near Mary's Tack. Additional information on the planning board and its subcommittees can be found at the CV Planning Board Page on this site.

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 www.carmelvalleylibrary.org.

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 piazza-carmel.com). 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 delmarhighlandstowncenter.com). Again, for your dogs, Dirty Dogs at the Torrey Hills Center (see torreyhillscenter.com) 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 BarkingBeast.com 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 www.SCR-SanDiego.com.

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 www.cucinaenoteca.com). 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 www.carmelvalleylibrary.org.

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: celebritysmilespa.com.

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!

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