Bluewater Grill Carlsbad VIP Party 
and Ribbon Cutting

Bluewater Grill hosted an evening for local VIPs and media on November 15.  Guests enjoyed food and drinks in the warm ambiance of their dining patio. The  event was hosted by Giorgio Tegami, GM, and Art Garcia,  executive chef.  Bluewater co-founders Rick Staunton & Jim Ulcickas were mingling as well.

Phyllis Hall’s “With Me Always” 
Launch and Book Signing

North County San Diego mother, entrepreneur and author Phyllis Hall introduced With Me Always, an inspiring new book based on her true story that helps families deal with separation and grief.  Phyllis shared her remarkable story of faith, survival and commitment to helping others who struggle with grief.

Draft Republic Carlsbad VIP Pre-Opening Party

Draft Republic Carlsbad hosted a VIP Pre-Opening party on October 12. Guests enjoyed appetizers, beer and craft cocktail samples at the new Cohn Restaurant Group operation, which features over 100 beers on tap, 50 flat screen TVs, retro arcade games, table tennis, foosball, billiards and more! 

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Luncheon

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held their annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on October 6. Awards were given for Innovation in Small Business, Community Impact, Best Marketing Practices, Excellence in Professional Services, Woman-owned Business, Workplace MVP, Sustainability and Leadership Development.

Silvergate Bank and Carlsbad Lifestyle Partner for an Evening with Greg Voisen

Silvergate Bank and Carlsbad Lifestyle hosted an evening of education and networking featuring guest speaker Greg Voisen on September 21. Greg is the author of “Hacking the Gap - A Journey from Intuition to Innovation and Beyond.” Guests enjoyed getting books signed while enjoying delicious food from Gregorio's. 

Pacific Ridge School Hosts Amazing Quest Celebration

The Pacific Ridge community participated in the Amazing Quest September 3. Dozens of teams raced each other to complete a series of challenges. It was unveiled that the school’s Arts and Technology Center will be renamed the Ogle Center for Arts and Technology after Head of School Dr. Bob Ogle.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Annual 
Membership Appreciation Event

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Membership Appreciation and Capital Kickoff campaign was held September 16 at Henebery Spirits in Vista. Members enjoyed whiskey tastings and a light dinner before a short program focused on Lagoon Foundation membership and fundraising.

Carlsbad Women’s Center Gelebrates the Grand Opening of NextMed Center

The Carlsbad Women’s Center celebrated the official opening and ribbon cutting of their new location, the NextMed Center of Carlsbad on August 10. Guests enjoyed office tours and meeting the physicians of West Coast OB/GYN, Fertility Specialists Medical Group and Femina Careo Uro/GYN. For more info and RSVP:

Aaron Chang Art Gallery presents “On the Trail of Ansel Adams”

Aaron Chang presented an impressive collection of black & white photographs at his sold out shows, On the Trail of Ansel Adams, at his Solana Beach gallery on July 21 and San Diego gallery on July 22. Guests enjoyed wine and cheese along with live music. Photos: John Cocozza Photography.

Pacific Ridge School Students Go Global

Many Carlsbad residents were among over 570 Pacific Ridge School students and faculty who traveled around the country and the world for academic study, cultural immersion and service. 2017 destinations included Austin, TX; Australia; China; Costa Rica; Cuba; Grand Canyon; Greece; India; Morocco; Northern Sierras; Taiwan; and Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,…

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Membership Mingle

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.

Dave & Buster’s VIP Grand Opening Party

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.

Assistance League of North Coast Autumn Fantasy Fundraiser

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.


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. Posh Paws Photography

29th Annual North County Philanthropic Council 
Volunteer Awards Luncheon

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.

Carlsbad Firefighters Association Hosts 
Operation Santa Claus

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.

Astronomy Night at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center

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.

Carlsbad Family Raises More than $15,000 for 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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.

Pure Barre Carlsbad Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Pure Barre Carlsbad celebrated their first anniversary with free classes in the morning, then traded in their water bottles for fun cocktails and a party in the evening.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets’ Shop Under the Stars Benefits Local Charities

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.

La Costa 35 Athletic Club’s Cards for a Cause 
Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

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. Photography Louise Donahue

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards

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

16th Annual Carlsbad Golf Classic Benefits Carlsbad Education Foundation

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. Photography Alyssa Trask

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

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

Green Dragon Tavern, Henebery Whiskey Present Unique Dining Experience

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.

Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation 
Night at the Library

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.

Kindness Meters Dedication Ceremony at 
Carlsbad Sign

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!

Museum of Making Music’s Annual 
”Play it Forward” Gala

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. Photography Tim Whitehouse

La Costa Film Festival Kick Off Mixer

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.

Pacific Ridge School Creates Free Libraries

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. Photography Anna Pietrowski

Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash

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. Photography ​​Jason Shweiki

4th Annual Carlsbad Grand Prix

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.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Annual Gala

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.

Hi-Noon Rotary’s “Demotion” Ceremony

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. Photography Patty Johnson, Yvonne Finocchiaro.

Pacific Ridge School Students Go Global!

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.

North County Martial Arts Grand Opening

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.

SEAL – NSW Family Foundation Fundraiser

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. Photography Del Mar Country Club