October 2017 Around Town 3

La Costa Glen Holds Hukilau

The Aloha spirit was alive and well at La Costa Glen retirement community’s recent summer luau. San Diego-based Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue performed ancient Polynesian dances, including the high-intensity Samoan knife dance, and played authentic music from the islands. La Costa Glen residents, staff and guests joined in the dancing after feasting on huli huli chicken, macadamia-encrusted salmon, lumpia, kalua pork ribs, and an array of island desserts. Resident Marian Schrader i is pictured with her Hawaiian dance moves. Lacostaglen.com

Piper the Pig is Back at the Discovery Center

Piper the Pig, an animal ambassador for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s Discovery Center has become extremely popular with adult and children visitors alike.  So much so that, when she was “missing” for awhile, the Discovery Center got phone calls and E-mails inquiring about her welfare! Piper has been a Monday through Friday outside exhibit at the Discovery Center since the 2016 Discovery Gala, “The Wizard of Agua” in which she “starred” as the pig in the Kansas farm scene and was “discovered” for her friendly qualities.  Her career exploded and now visitors are able to pet her and feed her a Piper pack, which is filled with some of her favorite healthy snacks, for $2.  Rest assured Piper fans, Piper is back at the Discovery Center after a shott vacation and doing well.  Stop by and pay Piper a visit. Aguahedionda.org

MiraCosta Community College Earns High Ratings

Moody’s Investors Services (Moody’s) and Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P) have assigned MiraCosta College a AAA, the highest issuer credit rating. Both agencies recognized the district’s healthy financial position, sustainable tax base of North County San Diego, leadership and solid student enrollment. According to the Moody’s report, the MiraCosta College assigned rating “reflects the district’s very large and growing assessed value (AV) and strong resident wealth levels, benefiting from its location on the very desirable northern San Diego County coast and supporting the district’s deep entrenchment in community-funded (basic aid) status. The rating further reflects the district’s robust financial position, with strong fund balances and liquidity. The rating incorporates the district’s strong and prudent management, low debt levels and an average pension liability.” The high ratings come as MiraCosta College prepares to issue its first round of general obligation bonds authorized in 2016 for Proposition MM, which was approved for $455 million by the District’s local taxpayers. The bond money will go towards modernizing aging facilities and upgrading instructional technology. Through the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan, the District will construct career training facilities for science, nursing, health care, engineering and skilled trades; improve job training, counseling and support services for veterans; modernize instructional technology in math, science and technology; repair or replace leaky roofs, worn-out floors, outdated restrooms, faulty electrical systems and deteriorating plumbing lines; and improve access for students with disabilities. “These high credit ratings are a recognition of MiraCosta’s fiscal prudence and allow us to continue to be good stewards of tax payer dollars as a higher rating means lower borrowing costs and hence savings to tax payers” explains Dr. David Broad, board president. Miracosta.edu

Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash Party Raises $95,000

There were 150 people in attendance at the Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash Party this year, and 26 kids took part in the tennis clinic! Beth and Brad Thorp discussed the pain and stress of losing their beloved son, Mitchell, to an undiagnosed disease and explained how important it is to encourage, support and uplift families going through similar situations. Guests had fun bidding on both silent and live auction items, eating an amazing dinner, and laughing with Darren Diess, the energetic and comical auctioneer. Professional tennis players Shelby Rogers and Darija Jurak made an appearance at the Tennis Smash Party before the match, urging the attendees to give to this great cause. The Pillars of Hope award was presented to Dr. Andrew Accardi with Scripps Hospital and Dr. George Tidmarsh with La Jolla Pharmaceutical. After the Tennis Smash Party, attendees met with their children at the professional tennis match where Shelby Rogers of the San Diego Aviators faced off with Maria Sharapova of the Orange County Breakers. Mitchellthorp.org

Ranger Pilot Program Underway

Two rangers have started patrolling the open space, since July, in the City of Carlsbad, including the preserves, trails, lagoons, beaches and parks. The pilot program, which includes two full time positions and a new off road vehicle, is being run by the City of Carlsbad Police Department. Rangers will have the power to issue citations, although they will also focus on providing information about the law and why it’s important to preserve these natural areas. Preserve managers will also continue to provide patrolling and enforcement, in addition to police officers, who will provide back up as needed. Among other duties, the rangers will patrol the city’s habitat preserves to help ensure the sensitive plant and animal species there are not disturbed by human activity. They will also help ensure trail users are aware of rules, such as keeping dogs on leashes. Rangers will keep records of their activities so the City Council can evaluate the effectiveness of the program once the one year pilot period is over. Carlsbadca.gov

Carefree Vacations Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research

Team Carefree Vacations earned more than $1600 for Breast Cancer research at The Relay For Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers take action against cancer, bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors, and raise money for ACS to make a global impact on cancer. Carefreevacations.com

Sundays Tea Parties at Leap of Faith Crafts & Fine Vintage Goods

On the third Sunday of every month, Leap of Faith Crafts & Fine Vintage Goods is transformed into a charming tea room. Gather your girlfriends of all ages for a fun ladies’ day out!  Their menu features finger sandwiches, fruit, nuts, dessert and, of course, tea.  Dress in your prettiest tea party attire and try on vintage gloves and hats while you’re there!  They can comfortably seat 16 to 20 guests.  Tickets are $35 and reservations are required – no drop ins.   Call today to make your reservations: (760)415-5658. Leapoffaithcrafts.com

La Costa Glen Recognized at State of the City Luncheon

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Carlsbad, held the 2017 State of the City Luncheon on August 18 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa.  The sold out crowd heard updates from Congressman Darrell Issa and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall.  This year’s luncheon provided information regarding current issues and city priorities including upcoming political changes due to district elections and an informative video about the city was shown. La Costa Glen was honored with the Ready Carlsbad Award. Pictured L-R: Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Davis, Executive Director of La Costa Glen, David Armor, La Costa Glen Director of Safety, Glenn Thomas and David Harrison, Carlsbad’s Emergency Preparedness Manager.