December 2016 Around Town

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A group of educators for Deaf and Hard of Hearing put their feet and hearts in motion while joining San Diego Walk 4 Hearing to raise funds for Deaf Heart, Inc., a nonprofit corporation located in Carlsbad and dedicated to our Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) youth of North San Diego County. All funds raised were for the encouragement and empowerment of DHH youth and reducing the stigma of hearing loss. Local Linda Dye organized the participation of educators of DHH in the annual walk and chose Deaf Heart, Inc. as the local nonprofit to support. Deaf Heart, Inc. offers workshops, sponsors social events, and partners with local businesses to provide on-the-job training for DHH youth in North San Diego County. Deaf Heart, Inc. support at risk youth in their endeavor towards self worth and self identity, and support DHH individuals in their ultimate goal of maximum independence.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards

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The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held its annual Small Business Awards luncheon at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. Almost 200 people attended the event to congratulate the award winners and hear about “Lessons Learned” from three small business who are members of the Chamber. Photography Chad Spinks

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s 35th Annual Black and White Masquerade Gala

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s 35th Annual Black and White Masquerade Gala 8

500 guests attended the event at Omni La Costa Resort. Bonnie Foster Productions provided sensational sounds that kept the dance floor packed all night. The event was emceed by Kimberly Hunt and her husband, Billy Ray Smith, and honored Club supporters Maribeth and Mike Maher. Photography Louise Donahue

The Reason for the Season

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Family, parties, gifts, music and yummy food…let the holidays begin! Carlsbad Lifestyle ushers in the season with a plethora of fun, fancies and festivities.
For starters…shake up your holiday party with a Whiskey Bar for a real “twist” on entertaining your friends. They will love these unique and very tasty whiskey concoctions. You will also be pleased to discover that there really are angels on earth! Our very own Mayor’s wife, Phyllis Hall, shares her heartwarming story and passion, which brings love and hope through angels.


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A magical fairytale place with romance, Fairmont Banff Springs has all the amenities for a ski resort in heaven. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a year-round luxury mountain resort that offers a championship golf course during the summer, fantastic skiing in the winter, the award winning European-style Willow Stream Spa, and authentically local intimate fine dining experiences.

Deck The Halls With Designer Handbags

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The holidays can be hectic juggling multiple activities and hard to squeeze everything in without sacrificing a little quality…but gift-giving doesn’t have to be that way! Fashionphile is a convenient and trustworthy online designer boutique offering a safe and simple online shopping destination. From Alexander McQueen to Yves Saint Laurent, hard to find designer pieces are available at discounted prices. You don’t have to leave your couch to invest in an iconic handbag for that special someone or yourself…your dream bag is just a click away.

Angels Among Us

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And that is exactly how you feel when speaking with Phyllis Hall, Founder of With Me Always, a business that has operated here in Carlsbad since 1998, and designer of the Angelheart Jewelry Collection which features the Angelheart design – a simple outline of an angel with heart-shaped wings Hall designed herself as a symbol of love, after she lost her two sons in an accident years ago.

Your Holiday Party With A Twist…

Your Holiday Party With A Twist... 5

Begins with four fantastic whiskey cocktail recipes conjured with our friends at Henebery Whiskey, along with nibbles to pair prepped by Green Dragon Tavern’s talented chefs. Now there are no excuses…party it up at home with lip-smacking libations!

12 Days of Christmas

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The holidays are a magical time! For many, it truly is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. As we become older, we realize it’s not about the gifts or what we receive but more importantly about the time together creating memories with family and friends. We spoke with some Carlsbad residents who shared their favorite traditions and memories of the season and how they love to celebrate.

A Master 
Jeweler Crafts

A Master 
Jeweler Crafts 6

Master Jeweler Chad Elliott is creating art – not on canvas with oils, but with precious metals and stones. Elliott, who has owned Oceanside Jewelers since 2008, the only jewelry store in the area that creates custom jewelry on the premises, is a jewelry artisan: a master jeweler. He has worked at his craft for over 30 years, beginning his career at age 12, when he first worked as an apprentice in a store owned by two family friends. Although he may have started working there to “…stay out of trouble…”, he soon realized that he loved the artistry involved in creating beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Hollywood Comes to La Costa!

Hollywood Comes to La Costa!

Lights. Camera. Action! The red carpet was rolled out for guests and stars at The La Costa Film Festival, October 13-16, at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Film festivals are popping up all around the globe, from Cannes to Sundance…now we have one in our own backyard! Receiving early festival attention can be vital to getting on the awards circuit radar and ultimately earning major accolades like Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards.