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Kickin’ it!

Try out some martial arts for free at the West Coast Martial Arts open house, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 451 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. At 9 a.m., join the adult class for 13 years and up, at 10 a.m. the Junior Achievers class is for age 9 to12 and at 12:15 p.m. Lil’ Champions ages 4 to 8, work out. For more information, visit cafeThrough the Carlsbad City Council’s three-year pilot program, North County’s first “parklet” for restaurant dining broke ground Oct. 17 at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 2968 State St., Carlsbad, adding 20 more seats for outdoor dining. The “curb cafes” are temporary deck structures that extend onto the public right-of-way on low-speed streets in the core Village area.

Carry it all?

The Bicycle Coalition and the Encinitas Bicycle Shop Oct. 24 showcased the latest in cargo bikes that let one bicycle haul your family, groceries, dog and more, at the Velo Hangar/Alterna Bike Shop, 637 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, call (760) 492-6450 or e-mail [email protected].

New film blog

North County Film Club’s Nancy Javier has created a blog at, featuring film review’s by club members, plus a Critic’s Corner. If you loved or hated any films you have watched lately, you can leave a comment on the site. Also comment about films, books, past showings, future showings, whatever’s on your mind.

Rancho Rotary

The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary hosted nationally known, top Real Estate analyst Jon Woloshin Oct. 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Woloshin spoke about the U.S. and Southern California residential and commercial market recovery and his prediction for interest rates. Woloshin is the Chief investment officer with UBS Financial in New York with 28 years of experience as a securities analyst covering REITS, homebuilders, Health care, technology and energy sectors.

New consignment shops

Designer Consignment Shops, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting in Encinitas at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at 146 N. El Camino Real Suites A & B. First 100 lined up get free Swag Bags. Shop on one-of-a-kind finds inside the beach-themed shops near Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real. It is the chain’s 14th store. 6,489 square feet go to the ladies at My Sister’s Closet, and 1,932 square feet is reserved for men at Well Suited.

Oceanside Y reopens

The Mottino Family YMCA celebrates its grand reopening at 4701 Mesa Blvd., Oceanside Nov. 8 through Nov. 10. Military memberships are available as is financial assistance for qualified households. For more information, please visit

Young entrepreneur

Scholastic Media, a children’s publishing company, and HandsOn Network, announced Gabrielle Pousard, 16, of Encinitas, was one of five grant winners of the “Be Big In Your Community” contest, a program of the ongoing Clifford, The Big Red Dog BE BIG! Campaign. She continued to pursue her food rescue program “Donate Don’t Dump,” to change the paradigm of commercial food waste and inspire youngsters to usher in the next generation of recycling.

Breast cancer book

Solana Beach author Wendy Sellens will be signing copies of her book, “Breast Cancer Boot Camp” from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 8 at Hotel Palomar, 1047 5th Ave., San Diego. For more information, contact (877) 727-0697.

New to Del Mar Plaza

Parsa Rug Gallery, a designer home and rug boutique, will open a 700-square-foot boutique, its first U.S. location in the Del Mar Plaza, this November. Persian designer, Minoo Yashin, is the artist behind Parsa. For more information, visit

New school

Taylion San Diego Academy opened its newest location in San Marcos, 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite 119, offering classes for grades K-12. The school presents a program that’s online, at-home, or a blended program of both, for gifted and talented students. An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 6. For more information, call (760) 295-5564 or visit

Scrapbook success

The 24-hour scrapbooking event called Survivor Crop that supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego, began Oct. 19 went through to Oct. 20 and raised more than $76,000.