Our Children…

Where does a mother, coach, teacher, youth group leader, auntie and someday grandmother, begin to share... Of all of my letters to you, this one has me pondering the most deeply. I know this, I would be a very different person had I not experienced the challenges, mistakes, frustrations, exhaustion, commitments, delights, joys and LOVE of raising my two daughters.…

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Annual Gala

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation held their annual gala “Discovery Gala 2017 – Clue, The Mysteries of Agua” on July 15 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Guests enjoyed the night of clues and kindness. The gala raised $112,500 to benefit the Foundation’s award-winning educational programs teaching the importance of a healthy watershed. aguahedionda.org

Mitchell Thorp Annual Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation partnered with San Diego Aviators WTT for the Annual Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash, co-chaired by George and Sherryl Jackson, on July 16 at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Guests helped raise $95,000 for the Foundation whose mission is to support families with children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. mitchellthorp.org

September 2017 Around Town

Former San Diego State University head basketball coach Steve Fisher recently entertained a crowd of more than 170 people at the La Costa Glen Retirement Community with stories ranging from how he won the NCAA National Championship at the University of Michigan to how he built a winning basketball program at San Diego State University. Fisher, a longtime friend of…


Look no further than your backyard for one of the most memorable dining experiences you will ever encounter. Park Hyatt Aviara’s acclaimed Four Diamond, Vivace Italian restaurant, will exceed your expectations of service, ambiance and culinary performance. A glorious yet charming landscape of mature trees, grassy areas and blooming flowers welcome you. The stunning porte cochere, complimentary valet parking, a…

Kid Lunches

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Back to School Tips

Back to school may bring to mind more thoughts of backpacks and class supplies, but pediatrician Anna Lee, M.D. from North County Pediatrics in Oceanside knows that considering the overall health of your child is just as important as their notebook size. Dr. Lee has highlighted four important areas of health to consider as your child goes back to school.

The World Championship Beach Bocce Tournament Benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

The World Championship Beach Bocce Tournament was an impressive gathering of 420 teams with catchy names and costumes that played 1,002 games on 83 courts. The fun-filled and competitive event raised over $105,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Photos provided by Louise Donahue. beachbocce.com

New Village Arts Theatre

New Village Arts (NVA) is a cultural hub for Carlsbad and North County San Diego, with award-winning theatre, local music, vibrant visual arts and thriving education and outreach programs. This summer’s hit production of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY sold out nearly every show in its 6-week run.

Pacific Ridge School’s Inspirational 
Scott Silk

Some teachers live to teach while others teach to live. Meet Scott Silk who has taught history at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad since its founding in 2007. A dedicated teacher inside and outside of the classroom, Silk combines his life's passions with Pacific Ridge's unique program to leave a lasting impression on his students. He teaches United States History,…

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Supports Music!

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) Board recently approved grant funding for Carlsbad Unified School District’s music programs in the first semester of the 2017-18 school year. The projected cost is between $250,000-$300,000 for the school year. This grant provides each elementary school the opportunity to offer 45 minutes of weekly music instruction to every student.

Summertime and 
the livin’ is easy

We are in the height of our beautiful summer season and all that goes along with it. How blessed we are to have access to such a plethora of activities and adventures. Carlsbad Lifestyle has helped you out this month with some fun ideas on how to enjoy the dog days of summer… from Del Mar Dog Beach to Hawaii,…

Switchfoot’s BRO-AM Benefit Dinner

The stunning evening included an incredible Silent and Live action experiences, Five Star cuisine and imbibements, along with a private Switchfoot concert. Evening raised over $200,000 for local non-profits such as: A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Rob Machado Foundation, StandUp for Kids and VH1's Save the Music. broam.org

The Great Escape

Since White Heat was the first movie filmed on the island in 1934 to 2015’s Jurassic World, Kauai has been the stunning backdrop of more than 60 movies. Check out some of the views featured in the films, including waterfalls and the Na Pali Coast sea cliffs on a relaxing helicopter tour, or dive deep into a more intimate view…

Switchfoot’s BRO-AM Beach Fest

The annual celebration was held in June at Moonlight Beach. The event was complete with surf contests, free concert, and numerous vendor booths… and lots of fun for all ages. It celebrated community and brought awareness and funds for local youth organizations. broam.org

August 2017 Around Town

Many artists from the Carlsbad area will be showcasing their work at Art Walk @ Liberty Station Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13 in the Arts District at Liberty Station. The artists include Wade Koniakowsky, Gregg Visintainer, Justin Coopersmith, Darlene Katz and Sergei Rusakoff. The free weekend-long festival is returning to Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza for its 12th year…

Quick Trips on the Coaster Just One Zone Away

The echo of the Coaster's horn blowing through downtown Carlsbad is no foreign sound to any locals, but it may leave some wondering where the train is going? 
With amazing ocean scenery and no traffic, the NCTD Coaster is an affordable and fun way to get around. Most of us think of commuters or Padres fans using the Coaster to…

Life’s a Beach!

Featuring over seventy miles of coastline, San Diego County is truly a beach-lovers paradise, and for lucky Carlsbad residents, many of the best beaches are in North County.
Not all beaches are the same. Sure, every beach is "...a pebbly or sandy shore, adjacent to a seashore..." but what if you'd rather surf than sunbathe, or maybe your grandchildren are visiting…

Glamour, Glitz, Hats and Heels

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held their annual Glamour, Glitz, Hats and Heels event, a fundraiser for Women's Empowerment International, on June 9 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Seventy attendees enjoyed tea and a fashion show by cabi Clothing and Audrey's Boutique. Speakers this year were Carol Clause, past president of Women Empowerment International and Kristianne Kurner,…


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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Not every city can say it has a link to the glory days of Old Hollywood, but Carlsbad can, thanks to 1920s-1960s actor Leo Carrillo. Whether you’re a fan of the Golden Era or not, it is at the sprawling 27-acre Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, once owned by former co-star of TV’s The Cisco Kid, that you can be…

Happy July 4th Carlsbad!

Where will you wave your flag on the fourth? Will you join your neighbors for a backyard BBQ pool party? Enjoy one of our many beautiful beaches along the coast? Maybe head over towards the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort or Legoland to see the skies come alive with fireworks? Wherever you go remember to pack the sunscreen, something sparkling and…

Five Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend

Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.” If our dogs could talk, they would share five reasons we can improve our happiness through their example. Here is a snippet of that conversation.

5th Annual Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert

The 5th annual Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert at the Stag and Lion Pub and Grille raised $26,000 to provide scholarships for Carlsbad High School seniors. More than 100 businesses contributed to the silent auction and raffles for this popular community event, sponsored by the nonprofit Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation. arongunner.org

Carlsbad Dance Centre “Believe” Recital

The 28th annual dance recital on May 27th & 28th showcased over 100 routines in the 4 shows, from dancers 2.5 to 70 years old, including a ballet performance of Swan Lake. Dances ranged from tap, jazz, lyrical, as well as mother/father & daughter/son dances and much more. Stage Photos: Kit Chow from Jakrel Photography carlsbaddancecentre.com

Outdoor Soiree

Is there ever a time we’re not in the mood for a tropical getaway? Didn’t think so. This whimsical tropical photo shoot styled by Couture Events, is filled with decor that is both chic & dreamy plus captures the perfect essence of relaxing summer entertaining. From pineapple centerpieces to coconut cups, with a color palette of pastel pinks, yellows and…

Reclaiming Love…Rebuilding Trust

Love is the fundamental nutrient and primary pillar in the anatomy of healthy relationship. We are created for love…to be loved and to give love. The absence of love in one’s family of origin creates identity confusion and the wounds of abandonment and rejection. All of our pain and conflict in our present relationships can be traced back to the…

For the Love of Music

New York may have Carnegie Hall, but Carlsbad has its own salute to music. Whether you play an instrument or just like to listen, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music should be on your list to pay homage. 
This is not your ordinary museum but rather a spot where you can go back in time; see historic acoustic and electric pianos…

 World Team Tennis – San Diego Aviators

When we think of watching a tennis match, the first thing that comes to mind is a long game with fans sitting quietly as their heads rotate back and forth following the ball. Shhh don’t make a sound at service, don’t move during play….Well think again! World Team Tennis has created a competitive tennis format that includes the excitement and…

July 2017 Around Town

More than 50 children and their families from the Los Angeles and San Diego chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® were treated to an exclusive day at LEGOLAND® Water Park as LEGOLAND® California Resort splashes out to summer! LEGOLAND Water Park is bigger, wetter and better this summer with the addition of the newest California beach-themed area, Surfers’ Cove, opening…

Let’s hear it for the Boys!

There’s no place like Carlsbad in the summer.., events, fairs, brewfests, galas, surf contests, concerts, flowers, barbeques and evening strolls. Yes, the traffic is even worse, restaurants have long waits and there are tourists everywhere…but…that is all part of what makes Carlsbad come alive and what supports our thriving community!

Carlsbad Village Merchants Mixer

The Carlsbad Village Merchants Association hosted its first Merchant Mixer of the year at Witch Creek Winery in the Village. Merchants, colleagues, friends and family came together to raise a glass and share some snacks and stories while catching up and making new friends. carlsbad-village.com

Tri-City Wellness Center National Walking Day Expo and Celebration

Tri-City Wellness Center hosted a National Walking Day Expo and Celebration April 5th in partnership with the American Heart Association. Heart healthy activities including Zumba, chair massages and hand treatments were offered, along with health screenings and healthy drink and snack samples from vendors. tricitywellness.com

June 2017 Around Town

Treat dad to a rejuvenating Gentleman's Facial and custom 60-minute massage at the Tri-City Wellness Center Spa. The Father's Day Spa Package is valid 6/1-6/18 and the Spa is open to public. tricitywellness.com

North County Board Meeting

North County residents know that there is something special about living in this unique pocket of Southern California. We love to swim, bike, run, hike, golf and play tennis like we’re professionals and then take that passion and energy directly into our places of work, innovating creative changes in various industries that are affecting the professional landscape of North County.…

5 Things to Improve Your Sales Game

1. Have a process. Know what you want to do at each step. The Sandler Methodology is all about process. By following a process you’re able to qualify or disqualify each prospective opportunity and do it more quickly. You should know what’s happening to you on each sales call and more importantly, know what to do about it.

Men’s Prostate Health

If you are a male over the age of 55, there is a very high likelihood that you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. We sat down with Dr. Jason Phillips, board certified urologist from North Coast Urology, to discuss BPH and a new minimally invasive treatment option that…

Henebery Celebrated Whiskey

Henebery Whiskey, a 90 proof rye whiskey made with organic ingredients, dates back to 1851 in Peoria, Illinois, where it was farm-to-bottle produced by Matthew Henebery. His great-great-great grandson-in law, Jesse Fanning, is now resurrecting the brand that ceased to exist when Matthew passed. Jesse, along with his family; including his mother, father-in-law and wife, are resurrecting the family name…

The Switchfoot BRO-AM

"We want to giveback to our hometown and invest in the next generation" 
-Switchfoot One of the most common questions asked of local GRAMMY Award winning band Switchfoot, is “Where is your favorite place to perform?” Even though the band has traveled and toured around the world, their answer is always “Home, in beautiful San Diego”.

May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Beautiful Women, This month we are celebrating the wonderful idiosyncrasies, styles, pleasures and uniqueness that make women so special. My go to beautiful woman is my mother. Her class, grace, wit and charm would stop a room when she entered. She was lovely, fun and adored. I am forever grateful for her influence on my life. The other evening at…

Carlsbad Lifestyle Party

Carlsbad Lifestyle celebrated our friends and partners at Avanti Workspace on March 23rd. Guests sipped on beverages from Culver Beer & Henebery Whiskey and enjoyed a tasty menu from Felix's BBQ/Creative Flavors Catering. There were prizes, take-away gifts and wonderful live music from Rustin Sailors.

JCS Fitness & Martial Arts And Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Carlsbad Grand Opening

Long time Carlsbad residents Joao and Rosalva Silva opened the doors to their Fitness & Martial Arts Studio in Bressi Ranch on March 4th. They promote health and well-being to children and adults through exercise and martial arts. Guests enjoyed appetizers while watching and/or participating in Jiu-jitsu and Capoeira classes.

May 2017 Around Town

This spring, Pacific Ridge School is celebrating its first 10 years with a series of festivities. The middle and high school, which has grown from 108 students in 2007 to 577 in 2017, is known for its academics, service learning program, and global travel opportunities for all students. On March 2nd, the school community gathered on the athletic field to…

Spring and Summer Looks We’re Swooning Over

From eye-catching prints to practical and comfortable simplicity at its finest, bold hues, and new classics—there are many style stories right here in your own hometown. With apparel provided by Aranelle, jewelry and handbags from Clever Element, and shoes from Coolest Shoes in California, these three Village boutiques, along with La Costa model Audrey Welsh, worked together to provide their…

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Ways to Celebrate Mom on her Special Day 1. Get Fun and Get Zen with "Dat Mat Donut Yoga Mat" lookatdatmat.com 2. It might be a diaper bag, but it's super versatile with adjustable straps to make into a crossbody bag or backpack. Plus, it's so cute you'll use it for everything even without the kids JuJuBe "BFF" Bag ju-ju-be.com

Canyon Ranch

If only you could escape to relax, unwind, let loose...somewhere far from everything that distracts or causes stress. We know just the place….Canyon Ranch. Since 1979, the Canyon Ranch wellness resorts in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts have been the answer to rampant stress and busy-ness. Both of the all-inclusive resorts were built entirely around the concept of healthy living…

Golf Fitness

When it comes to the game of golf, every player from beginner to professional is looking for ways to lower their score. But, before you head to the range to hit another bucket of balls or sign up for a golf lesson, there is something that might be holding you back….YOU! Did you ever think that no matter how much…

Lovely Lady

When Maureen Simons smiles her nose crinkles and her hazel eyes gleam. She smiles a lot, not surprisingly, when talking about her seven children, fifteen grandchildren and her deceased husband, John, to whom she was married for forty-two years. She also smiles often when talking about Carlsbad, her home since 2000, the place she describes as having “great people, great…

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Growing up, my favorite assignments in school were reports. From a young age I loved the research, collecting of photos and presenting my discoveries in a nicely bound, written form for my teacher and classmates. Destiny it seems…several decades later, here I am, able to do what I have always enjoyed… as a career! The very best part, is that…

Mitchell Thorp 5K Warrior Spirit Run/Walk

The 8th annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K Warrior Run/Walk was held Saturday, February 4th at Poinsettia Park. More than 1000 people, vendors and volunteers participated. Of the $120,000 raised, 93% will go back into programs to assist families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders.