Two Library Concerts: Feb 13 and Feb 26, 2013

February's free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will Feature violinist Michael Dvoskin accompanied by pianist Irina Bessonova performing works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Brahms, Sarasate, Prokofiev, Bartok, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky. The program will last 45 minutes. Additionally, a special free family music program will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature pianist Shuntaro Sugie performing keyboard works of J.S. Bach, to include the French Suite No. 5, Toccata in C minor, and English Suite No. 5. The program will last 45 minutes. The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668. For more information, see the CV Library Music Page, call the CV Library at (858) 552-1668 or see the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library website at www.carmelvalleylibrary.org.

Agenda for CV Planning Board One Paseo Meeting, Jan 24

The CV Planning Board is holding a One Paseo hearing at the CCA Auditorium at 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130 on Thursday January 24th at 7:00 PM. Note the special location, in a large theater to accomodate any crowds. Here's the AGENDA for the Jan 24 meeting. For the developer's information on the project, see OnePaseo.com. For a community group's opposition view, see WhatPriceMainStreet.com.

San Dieguito Riverpark trail extended to Mary's Tack & Feed

Interesting article in the Carmel Valley News by Karen Billing about the opening of the San Dieguito River Park’s Coast to Crest Trail adjacent to the Del Mar Horsepark (to Mary's Tack & Feed.) The section of the trail opened on Jan. 12, completing a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of trail that begins at Jimmy Durante Boulevard, near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. See the Del Mar Horsepark portion of Coast to Crest Trail now open article in the Carmel Valley News for more information, or the San Dieguito River Park website (note: the Lagoon Trail Map shows part of the trail, and will likely be updated with complete information soon.)

Weekend outlook: warm, windy and high surf

Watching the weather forecast for the MLK holiday, it looks like a warm 75 degrees for Monday & Tuesday (see NWS Forecast.) However, there are warnings for high winds, high surf and rip currents (see NWS warning.) Of course, if you look at the current water temperatures (see Tides Online at the bottom of the page), the ocean is still a brisk 55 degrees! If you do brave the cold water, be careful of the waves and currents. The rest of us can enjoy a nice day at the beach, watching the big surf and thinking of summer.

Music at the CV Library, Jan 30, 2013

A special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature concert pianist Anna Savvas performing works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, and Debussy. The program will 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.

One Paseo Hearing by the Planning Board, Jan 24, 2013

The CV Planning Board is holding a One Paseo hearing at the CCA Auditorium at 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130 on Thursday January 24th at 7:00 PM. Note the special location, in a large theater to accomodate any crowds. For the developer's information on the project, see OnePaseo.com. For a community group's opposition view, see WhatPriceMainStreet.com.

Rides & Smiles Celebrates its First Anniversary

Rides & Smiles, part of Jewish Family Service’s "On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults" program, is celebrating its first anniversary of providing free transportation to older adults in the community. In its first year, it has provided 615 rides to senior residents. Rides & Smiles transports riders to necessary medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other life necessities in the North County Inland area, as well as Northern and Eastern San Diego. Rides & Smiles is the largest volunteer-based transportation service in San Diego County. Other components of the JFS On the Go program include shuttle service, organized excursions, and taxi scrip.

Rides & Smiles is open to people over age 60 that are mentally alert and fairly ambulatory. Riders with mobility or memory issues may still enroll if they are accompanied by a caregiver. To enroll as a rider, call (619) 220-0268. Rides are provided by a group of 275 volunteer drivers. Rides & Smiles always needs more volunteer drivers. For more information on the program, or to volunteer as a driver, call (858) 637-3051 or go to www.jfssd.org/onthego.

City Council Newsletter, Jan 2013

Councilmember Sherri Lightner has released her Jan 2013 Newsletter, which covers topics like One Paseo, recycling Christmas Trees, open positions on City Boards & Commissions, and more. Read the newsletter here.

One Paseo update, Jan 2013

Yes, Kilroy has reduced the size of One Paseo, but it's still out-of-scale with the surrounding community, and the change barely puts a dent in the traffic created by the project (now it's "only" 23,000 additional cars!) Sure, they've added a Trader Joe's (hey, we want a Trader Joe's, too!), but that's not the point. Trader Joe's would still work in a much smaller project, something that would fit in Carmel Valley.

If you're concerned, the project will be presented to the Carmel Valley Planning Board on Thursday, Jan 24 at 7:00 PM at the Canyon Crest Academy, Auditorium, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. Additionally, I've heard that Kilroy is presenting a One Paseo Open House on Thursday, January 10 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Kilroy Centre Del Mar Campus, 3579 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92130. If you have a minute, show up and tell them that the project is still too big.

Harvest Ranch gone, CV Farmers Market gone

Well, the Harvest Ranch Market in the Del Mar Plaza has closed (see the Carmel Valley News Story), as has the Carmel Valley Farmers Market. That means fewer choices in the area and more people driving into Carmel Valley for shopping. Let's hope the opening of the new Whole Foods at Flower Hill Promenade restores some balance, as it looks to be a beautiful facility! On the other hand, getting in and out of Flower Hill could be a challenge. Let's hope it works out for the best!