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MiraCosta College Student-Athlete Earns Top Honors

MiraCosta College women’s volleyball standout Breanna Kirklen has been selected as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2015-16. Kirklen, 19, is the third MiraCostan to earn the recognition in the past four years. She prepped at The Classical Academy High School in Escondido before enrolling at MiraCosta College two years ago. As a freshman, she was third on the team with 121 kills. This past season, she was named to the PCAC All-Conference team as an honorable mention. While at The Classical Academy, she earned the CIF Sportsmanship Award in 2013. MiraCosta.edu

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Wins 2016 “Best of the Fest” Honors

The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum’s Executive Chef Gregory Krol and Sous Chef Benjamin McBrien took home the 2016 “Best of the Fest” Honors at Encinitas’ Foodie Fest. The team competed against five other restaurants in a Food Network “Chopped” television show-styled format at the highly attended event. The competition was complete with challenging mystery basket ingredients such as porcini mushrooms or ghost pepper salami. Each chef had around 30 minutes to prepare and plate their dishes judged by industry panel experts: Ryan Jubela, James Montejano, Andrew Spurgin, Jarnard Sutton and Catt Fields White. GreenDragonTavernCA.com

Register for Pacific Ridge School Extension Program Today!

Registration is now open for Pacific Ridge School’s Extension Program! A variety of after-school STEAM courses dedicated to creating, making, and collaborating are open to all students. Past course offerings include Video Game Design, Broadcasting Team, Tinkering Lab, Ceramics Studio, and more. Visit the website for more information and to register! PacificRidge.org

North Coast Calvary’s One Church Marriage Retreat

One Church Marriage Retreat is sponsored by nine different area churches and an incredible experience for couples. Featuring guest speakers Dr. Terry and Sharon Hargrave, the retreat will be held at La Quinta Resort, $390 per couple, September 23-25, includes 2 nights lodging, excludes meals, military scholarships available. Special messages from pastors, invigorating worship and a great time to get away, relax, work on your marriage. TheMarriageResource.org

Black and White Masquerade Ball

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad presents its 35th Annual Gala – “Black & White Masquerade Ball.” All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, which provides essential programming to nearly 6,000 children at two branches located in the Downtown Village and Bressi Ranch. The event will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 6 p.m. onward at the Costa Del Sol Ballroom, La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad. Get ready to dance the night away at North County’s “Social Event of the Season!” Sponsorship opportunities are available, and unusual and unique auction items are welcome. BGCCarlsbad.org

Jimbo’s…Naturally Co-owner Authors Natural Foods Cookbook

Colleen Duffy-Someck, co-owner of the Jimbo’s…Naturally! grocery chain, has written a natural foods cookbook Dancing in the Kitchen that also touches on her victory over an eating disorder. She struggled for 20 years with anorexia and bulimia. Recovering in her mid-30s, Colleen spent the next 20 years empowering women and teens to make healthy food and lifestyle choices based on what works best for their individual needs. The print book is now available at Jimbo’s…Naturally! (Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido, 4S Ranch, and Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego) , The Curious Fork (Solana Beach), GoodOnYa® Deli (Encinitas) , and Anjali Lifestyle Spa (Carmel Valley). DancingInTheKitchen.io 

CCF Enhances Health & Human Services with 
$70,000 in Grants

The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, held its 9th Annual Grant Awards Celebration in June, providing six nonprofit organizations with a total of $70,000 in funding. The programs funded include: Basic Needs Program with Interfaith Community Services ($20,000); musicLIFE with Museum of Making Music ($20,000); Triple Play-Gardening with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad ($7,500); No More Breast Cancer / No Más Cáncer de Mama with Champions for Health ($7,500); Feeding Seniors in Carlsbad with Meals on Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. ($7,500); and Crisis Intervention with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego, Inc. ($7,500). SDFoundation.org

La Costa Film Festival announces NEW dates

The 4th edition of the La Costa Film Festival (LCFF) will be returning to the renowned Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with four days of screenings, panels, and special events and NEW dates of October 13-16, 2016. The Festival has continued to raise expectations and enthusiasm throughout San Diego County as film fans have been delighted by this intimate version of Hollywood’s magic displayed in such a romantic seaside setting. The 2015 Festival presented 48 films with 18 offering Q&As, and included 5 world premieres. Three exciting panels were complimentary to the public and played to packed houses. LaCostaFilmFestival.org