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 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
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.
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.
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.
VIP guests enjoyed a night of entertainment at the new Dave & Buster's located in The Shoppes at Carlsbad. Guests dined on their signature dishes, sipped delicious drinks and played on countless state-of-the art interactive video and classic arcade games. It was a fun night had by all. Daveandbusters.com
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation held its Membership Mingle at the Discovery Center. Members and guests enjoyed drinks, appetizers, live music and a presentation by a Juaneno Indian of the northern brothers of the Luiseno. Membership helps with preservation and conservation of this important ecosystem. Aguahedionda.org
North County Philanthropic Council celebrated those who give time and talent to help people and improve the quality of life in north county communities at their 29th annual luncheon. Each year, member organizations select an outstanding volunteer for this prestigious award. NCPhilanthropy.org
The Carlsbad Village Association, in collaboration with the Village Faire Shops, hosted its Annual Pets on Parade in December in downtown Carlsbad and raised $1,545 for Carlsbad-based non-profit Wagging Dog Rescue. The event offered up a day of four-legged fun including professional pet photos with Santa. Carlsbad-Village.com. Posh Paws Photography
Assistance League of North Coast held its 22nd annual Autumn Fantasy fundraiser which drew over 300 guests and raised $68,670 to support the chapter’s 12 philanthropic programs for needy students, K-12, in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. NBC 7 San Diego’s Dagmar Midcap and Greg Bledsoe emceed the event. ALNC.org
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation celebrated their "Nights at the Museum" series with Astronomy Night. Kids and adults enjoyed looking at the night sky through a high powered telescope, and learned about the solar system from Professor Robert Gill of Cal State San Marcos. AguaHedionda.org
Carlsbad firefighters visited city neighborhoods and collected new unwrapped toys, school supplies, toiletries and food donations which are given to the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau for distribution to over 400 families in Carlsbad. Neighborhoods included were Bressi Ranch, Rancho Carrillo, Foothills, Terramar, Canterbury and Evans Pointe.
The Adams family of Carlsbad's Team "Ella Bella" did their part to help make "Type One Type None" through fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation San Diego Walk to Cure Diabetes in Balboa Park. JDRF.org
Local nonprofit organization La Costa 35 Athletic Club hosted its 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Begun in 2011 to give back to the community, the event has tripled in attendance and raised over $185,000. BGCCarlsbad.org Photography Louise Donahue
Carlsbad Premium Outlets, owned by Simon Property Group, hosted its annual fundraiser, Shop Under the Stars, to benefit Simon Youth Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego Auxiliary and Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs. PremiumOutlets.com
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. BGCCarlsbad.org Photography Louise Donahue
125 golfers and 75 diners attended the 2016 Carlsbad Golf Classic, raising nearly $100,000 to support STEM-based programs in the Carlsbad Unified School District. CarlsbadED.org Photography Alyssa Trask
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. Carlsbad.org Photography Chad Spinks
Green Dragon Tavern and Henebery Whiskey partnered for a unique dining experience with a first-time pairing of limited edition spirits and an award-winning menu. Executive chef Greg Krol created food pairings with Henebery's Celebrated Whiskey. Net proceeds from the dinner benefited the Green Dragon Tavern Historical Foundation of California. GreenDragonTavernCA.com
The National Association of Music Merchants’ Museum of Making Music (MoMM) hosted its Annual “Play it Forward” Gala in September. Proceeds from the evening will offset the $100,000 annual operating costs of all the music education programs hosted by MoMM throughout San Diego County. MuseumOfMakingMusic.org Photography Tim Whitehouse
Highway 101 was officially shut down for an hour September 23rd for the Kindness Meters dedication ceremony at the Carlsbad sign in Carlsbad Village. CBS News 8's Dan Cohen was the emcee for the evening and many local guests and community members were present for this historic moment when the sign lit up! KindnessMeters.com
Night at the Library was held at the Dove Library on September 17. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, wine, live entertainment, dinner, dancing and fun in the library. Guest of honor Ben Schulman, who recently turned 99, was recognized for his devoted support of the library. Photography Jeff Kassebaum. CarlsbadLibraryArtsFoundation.org
Held in July at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. 150 guests attended the event hosted by Mitchell Thorp Foundation, which supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial and emotional resources. MitchellThorp.org Photography Jason Shweiki
In late August, as part of a joint project with the City of Carlsbad, Pacific Ridge School faculty and staff designed and stocked eight “Little Free Libraries” to promote education and community throughout the Carlsbad Barrio and beyond. PacificRidge.org Photography Anna Pietrowski
La Costa Film Festival kicked off the countdown to the four-day event with a fun evening mixer hosted at the home of Jolane and Kevin Crawford. Organizers Ruby and Michael Callihan announced plans for the film extravaganza they are bringing back for the fourth straight year. LaCostaFilmFestival.org
A full day of races with more than 600 junior, amateur, professional, and Paralympics hand cyclists racing in timed races for prizes in front of 3,000 spectators. The Carlsbad Family Fun Race added an additional 500 participants. Photography Eric Wiebe. SoCalCycling.com
Discovery Gala 2016 – The Wizard of Agua was held at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The event honored Tim Stripe and the Grand Pacific Resorts with the “Thinkology Award,” Walt Meier with the Courage Award, and Jason Hansen with the Heart Award. AguaHedionda.org
Each year, on the completion of the President’s term, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary produces a “demotion” ceremony roasting the outgoing President with skits and music. Stan Prowse served as 2015-2016 President. Since he always dons a hat, fedoras were the accessory of the day. CarlsbadHiNoonRotary.org Photography Patty Johnson, Yvonne Finocchiaro.
During Pacific Ridge School’s year-end global travel period in May, more than 500 students and staff traveled to 14 national and global destinations for unforgettable academic, service learning, and cultural experiences. PacificRidge.org
NCMA celebrated their ribbon cutting and grand opening at their new state-of-the-art facility on June 4th. With over 300 attendees made up of a joyful mixture of current members and local community, the affair was one to remember. NorthCountyMartialArts.net
Site Director Lacey Mizushima planned the carnival and the kids had a lot of fun! To make it STEM-related, the focus was on the "engineering" of carnival games. The kids submitted proposals and were in charge of building, facilitating, and hiring staff to run their games. CarlsbadEd.org
The SEAL – Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation's fifth annual fundraiser raised more than $1.2 million with the help of dozens of sponsors. The event was co-chaired by Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes. SEALNSWFF.org Photography Del Mar Country Club
Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pedal for a Purpose was held at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Three spin instructors led more than 100 riders in the stationary-bike-a-thon, raising $53,325 for CUSD programs. Thanks to the riders, sponsors, and community supporters for a successful event! Photography Sara Kramer CarlsbadEd.org
Audiences had a ghoulish good time at Pacific Ridge’s 2016 Middle School musical production of “Zombie Prom.” A talented student cast and crew brought humor and energy to the warmhearted tale of good girl meets bad boy, with a nuclear twist! PacificRidge.org
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held their annual networking event at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Almost 100 women gathered for networking, afternoon tea, fashion show and social hour. Special keynote speaker, Susan Taylor, spoke about “Navigating Career Transitions”. Part of the proceeds benefitted the Pregnancy Resource Center. Carlsbad.org
Pure Barre is now in Carlsbad! The new studio had a Grand Opening which included a Ribbon Cutting ceremony by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Friends and community members welcomed owner Katy Hamyk and her staff to their new location. PureBarre.com
The 31st edition of the world’s fastest 5K took place with thousands of runners participating in one of California’s most-scenic seaside towns. Ethiopian Meseret Defar dominated the women’s race. In the men’s race, Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda held back speedy competitors to win in 13:24. Photography Justin Britton. RunRockNRoll.com
SummerHouse Carlsbad – Zephyr’s 35-unit luxury beach condo community hosted a special art exhibit for world famous surf photographer Aaron Chang. Named one of the top five sports photographers by American Photographer magazine, Chang specializes in ocean and surf photography and has had his work published around the world. SummerHouse-Carlsbad.com
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Fifth Annual Taste of Bressi Festival (presented by George and Meryl Young) boasted over 500 guests and raised over $25,000 for the Club’s impactful after school programs. It was a fun-packed afternoon with 34 beer, wine and food vendors. BGCCarlsbad.org Photography Victor Goodpasture
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation hosted the annual Tip Top Run featuring World Water Day. The event celebrates the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia and helps to raise friends, funds, and awareness about the amazing resource that is the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Over 300 runners and festival goers participated. AguaHedionda.org
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Celebrating business excellence in the community, awards recognized local businesses and entrepreneurs for Community Impact, Growing Business, Technology and Innovation, and several other categories. Carlsbad.org Photos by Jeff Kassebaum, Jeff Kassebaum Photography.
A crowd of nearly 500, including Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall and Carlsbad Community and Economic Development Director Glen Van Peski, were left inspired by Pacific Ridge School’s Designing New Perspectives event, which featured presentations by celebrated engineering advocate Deanne Bell and world-renowned National Geographic photographer DeWitt Jones. PacificRidge.org