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Teen bands battle it out in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — On Jan. 30 the Calavera Hills Community Center was home to Teen Scene, a battle of the bands put on by the city of Carlsbad. The yearly event focuses on giving young local musicians a chance to show off their talents. “This event really is for teenagers,” said Steve Miller, the special events […]

Community braves chilly temps for heartwarming cause

ENCINITAS — On an uncharacteristically cold evening Dec. 17, the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce hosted a fundraiser at the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza for Conner’s Cause, a charity for families who struggle to pay for their children’s medical expenses for life-threatening diseases. The chamber worked in tandem with Karen Gliner, a chair member of Conner’s […]

Del Mar children get in season’s spooky spirit

DEL MAR — Hundreds of children and their parents gathered in downtown Del Mar on Oct. 25, dressed up in their Halloween best. The city of Del Mar hosted a special event along Camino Del Mar to let local children show off their costumes in the safety of daylight. Centered around Del Mar Plaza’s mini-amphitheatre, […]

Alta Vista hosts family day of autumn fun

VISTA — As the temperature has finally started to dwindle from its highs of summer, images of the harvest have started to pop up everywhere. Oktoberfest festivals come and go and pumpkins are being sold on every street corner. On Oct. 10, Alta Vista Gardens embraced the oncoming season with its Fall Fun Festival. Located […]

San Marcos event breathes life into the arts

SAN MARCOS — Less funding for school programs and a harsh economy has made it hard for the arts to flourish in recent years. But in an all-day event Oct. 4, the city of San Marcos pushed back against that trend and hosted its 12th annual Arts Alive festival. Tucked into the parking lot by […]

‘Dolls’ on wheels compete at fairgrounds

DEL MAR — Instead of thundering around a banked track Sept. 26, the San Diego Rollers and Santa Cruz Derby Dolls skated, clashed and grappled in the cavernous Wyland Center Hall. The skaters were constantly compensating for the flat floor they were forced to skate on, but to their credit, the action was still packed […]

Grand Summer Festival an annual sign of season’s end

SAN MARCOS — The parasol made a comeback Aug. 31 out on the streets of San Marcos during the city’s annual Grand Summer Festival. Despite the heat, a massive crowd gathered along the length of Via Vera Cruz, some protected by gauzy umbrellas they toted around. Temperatures were in the upper 80s for most of […]

Beatles tribute band rocks Hollandia park

SAN MARCOS — Hundreds of people gathered around a baseball diamond in Hollandia Park on Aug. 15, watching intently the space between first and second base. However, the crowd wasn’t paying attention to pop flies or star infielders, but to the Beatles tribute band Help!. With the sun setting behind them, the band played to […]

Bilbray talks health care with the pros

ENCINITAS — Gathered in a shady spot behind the North Coast Health Center on Aug. 6, dozens of doctors, nurses and other health care support staff waited for a darkly tinted SUV to pull up. Congressman Brian Bilbray, who represents the 50th District consisting of Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos and Escondido, was set […]

Carlsbad’s art scene steps it up with Thursdays on the Coast

CARLSBAD — If you attended the inaugural Thursdays on the Coast in Carlsbad Village on July 30, it wasn’t truly the first time Carlsbad has hosted a summertime arts festival. However, this year is the first time it has operated under the new moniker. “Last year it was called Art Surf,” said Robin Young, one […]