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.
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. withmealways.com
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!
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. carlsbad.org
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.
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.
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. aguahedionda.org
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: Ivfspecialists.com/events
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. Aaronchang.com/ansel-adams
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. Pacificridge.org
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
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
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
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 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
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,…
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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