San Diego Blood Bank Grand Opening

The San Diego Blood Bank has opened a new Carmel Valley Donor Center in the Piazza Carmel shopping center, 3880 Valley Centre Dr., Ste 209 (in the middle of the center, behind the food court.) A Grand Opening celebration is scheduled on Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. The hours for the new Carmel Valley Donor Center are: Friday to Monday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; and Tuesday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, please call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322) or visit

Carmel Grove & Del Mar Trails Park Renovation

Just in time for spring break, there are two local parks with new play equipment ("tot-lots") that should be opening this Friday, April 5, 2013: Carmel Grove Park, located at the corner of Carmel Creek Road and Carmel Grove Road (just behind Piazza Carmel), and Del Mar Trails Park, located on Del Mar Trails Road between Mona Lisa and Mercurio. On the other hand, the Winwood Park playground, located on Carmel Creek Road just south of Carmel Creek Elementary, will close on April 8 for a renovation that should complete late this summer. So, we gain two brand new playgrounds but lose one for a while.

Gonzales Canyon Guided Tour, April 6, 2013

There will be a Guided Tour of Gonzales Canyon on Saturday, April 6, 9:00am-11:00am. Come and learn about canyon plants and wildlife! Sponsored by the City of San Diego. The tour requires intermediate hiking ability (steep hills, uneven surfaces, narrow trails). Wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen and water. Cancelled in the event of rain. Meet in front of Torrey Highlands Dog Park, off Lansdale (behind Torrey Pines HS.) Parking is limited. Location Link: FOR MORE INFO: or .

Two CV Library Concerts, April 2013

April’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature piano duets of jazz and Broadway music by the Pizarro Brothers. The program will last 45 minutes. A second, special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature pianist Oksana Germain performing works of Scarlatti, Debussy, Brahms and Prokofiev. The program will last 45 minutes. 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

Easter at C3 Church

How about an Easter Church service that's fun for the whole family? You’re invited to Easter at C3 San Diego - Food, pony rides, petting zoo, egg hunts, game truck, bounce houses, rides, the Easter bunny and more. Join them on March 31st at 10am for a phenomenal worship experience, impacting media, and live message. At the Carmel Valley Middle School, 3800 Mykonos Lane, San Diego CA 92130. For more information visit, or see their Easter Service Page.

New Restaurants, March 2013

There are two new restaurants opening in the area: Royal India has replaced the old Star of India in Piazza Carmel (Click here for the story, & click here for the restaurant website), and Snooze Del Mar will be replacing the iHop in the Town Center (Click here for the story, restaurant website not yet available.) You'll know Royal India from their downtown location, and Snooze has another branch in Hillcrest.

CV Planning Board One Paseo Meeting, March 28, 2013

The CV Planning Board will hear more information on the proposed One Paseo development this Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Ocean Air Elementary School, 11444 Canter Heights Drive, San Diego, CA 92130 (NOTE: Special time AND location!) This meeting will focus exclusively on traffic impacts.

CV Planning Board Election, March 28

The CV Planning Board Election will be held at the CV Library on March 28, 2013 from 5:00 to 5:30 PM (on the Patio of the Library, located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA.) The only contested seat is the Neighborhood 5 seat, where Resident Elissa Krasenbaum is challenging the Incumbent Debbie Lokanc. Here is a Neighborhood 5 map:

Where the boundaries are Carmel Creek Road, Carmel Country Road, and SR-56 (the area around Carmel Del Mar Elementary School.) Only residents of a neighborhood may vote for the neighborhood candidate. An individual voting for a Neighborhood candidate will be required to show proof of residency in that Neighborhood (driver's licence, utility bill, etc.)

There are other seats up for election, but none are contested. Note that an individual voting for a Business or Investor candidate will be required to show written permission from the local business or property owner to act as their designee. A business owner or investor must also show proof of business activity or ownership of property with the Carmel Valley Planning Area.

2013 CV Spring Egg Hunt

The Carmel Valley Recreation Center Spring Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 30 2013, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Bring your basket and a smile! The hunt is organized by age groups: 9:30am – Ages 0-2; 9:45am – Ages 3-4; 10:00am – Ages 5-6; 10:15am – Ages 7-8; and 10:30am – Ages 9 and up. At the Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive.

2013 CV Rec Center Spring Program and Registration

The 2013 Spring Program for the Carmel Valley Recreation Center is now available, complete with online program registration details. Register Online at the SD City Online Registration Portal ( Registration instructions are in the brochure at the top of page 8, with class registration already underway. Note that online registration requires you to create an online account. If you have questions, or if you'd rather deal with a person, you can also register in-person at the CV Rec Center. For additional information, read the brochure or call the Rec Center at 858-552-1616.