Carmel Valley News Headlines
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team won the San Diego Junior Olympics Championship Feb. 22 for the third time in a row!
Course Junior Olympics, sponsored by San Diego-Imperial Swimming (SI), is an event held bi-yearly and is open to all SI swimmers that meet qualifying times. This time the event was held at Poway Community Swim Center Pool.
“Our swimmers did a phenomenal job and trained long hours to prepare for the event,” said Joe Benjamin, head coach and director of the Pardee Aquatics Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “We were the most spirited and cohesive team at the meet, and as always, our team values shined through. Many team records were broken, many of our swimmers made it to finals, and everyone brought their best efforts and best attitudes. It is clear that we are sure to see a lot more success to come from the RSD Swim Team.”
RSD swim team is compromised of a strong combination between athletes and coaches. Their success is also attributed to the endless support the team receives from the parents and families of the athletes. Even older swimmers who are also a part of the RSD Swim Team came to the event this past weekend to show support to the younger athletes and provide mentoring when needed.
Not only did RSD Swim Team take overall victory and blow out the competition with 3223.5 points, followed by North Coast Aquatics with 2799 points and Pacific Swim with 2509.5 points, but they also set new records at the event. Rebecca Madden, age 10, received the High Point Award for the Girls 10 & under category. She also broke the 36-year-old San Diego Imperial record in the 200 IM. The RSD boys also flourished during the meet. They broke the SI record for the fastest 800 freestyle relay.
If interested in learning more about the Pardee Aquatics Center or the RSD Swim Team, please visit the BGC San Dieguito website at www.bgcsandieguito.org or call (858) 755-9371.
By Jan Wagner
This week AutoMatters visits an exhibit of classic muscle cars. Then it’s off for some high-flying, thrilling entertainment with a review of the action-packed movie “NON-STOP,” now playing at a theater near you.
Ah, muscle cars – I remember them well. Glossy brochure pictures featured these loud, in your face machines in surreal settings like idyllic fields covered in flowers to stimulate your imagination. They were drag raced and many spent their Friday and Saturday nights at impromptu car shows at the local drive-in (movie or burger). These were nostalgic times, recalled by “Muscle Cars: 50 Years of American Horsepower” – a new exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.
All of the major U.S. auto manufacturers got in on the action. Their very names evoked speed: GTO, AMX, Superbird, Firebird, Mustang, 4-4-2, Road Runner, Torino, Javelin, Charger, Camaro, Barracuda and more.
I was fortunate to have been a teenager with my very own muscle car back in those days. It was a bright red, 1970 Plymouth Duster 340.
What muscle cars lacked in sophistication, build quality and reliability, they made up for with style and brute horsepower. Bright, bold colors included lime green, purple and arrest-me-red. With their big, powerful, carbureted V-8s, these high-performance, four-wheeled pavement pounders had a voracious thirst for what was then inexpensive and plentiful gas.
Revving the engine would really get the heart pumping. Punching the gas pedal resulted in billowing clouds of tire smoke. These cars were brutally fast – in a straight line. A nasty encounter with a roadside wooden fence called into question my Duster’s cornering ability on its skittish bias-ply tires. This was just before radial tires started to take over the performance tire market.
High-speed stability and poor aerodynamics left a lot to be desired too, as a very foolish, flat-out run to its upper limit made my car lift and start to lose directional control. I was lucky to have survived my youth.
Back then these cars were relatively affordable, but now – forget it. They sell at auctions for astronomical prices. Fortunately we are in the midst of a resurgence of automotive performance, only this time it is all-around performance: not just powerful acceleration but also handling, reliability, safety, economy, comfort, electronic entertainment, styling and more.
“Muscle Cars: 50 Years of American Horsepower” is at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park and open daily, through May 30, 2014. Perhaps if we ask nicely the museum will blast a soundtrack of loud, revving engines into the exhibit hall. That would be the perfect accompaniment to the cars in this exhibit.
Spend some time reading the informative display cards and check out the variety of other automobiles on display – from antiques, one-of-a-kinds and more, to one of the largest collections of motorcycles on the West Coast. Visit the museum’s well-stocked, automotive-themed store, and perhaps allow some time to explore the rest of Balboa Park with its many excellent museums, beautiful grounds, restaurants and, of course, the world famous San Diego Zoo. For museum hours, admission prices and other information, go to http://sdautomuseum.org.
While we’re on the subject of high-speed, adrenalin-pumping travel, you’ve got to see “NON-STOP” starring Liam Neeson. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Neeson’s character – a Federal air marshal, frantically tries to locate a deranged lunatic who is responsible for the systematic murder of the passengers, one at a time. The performances by the actors are believable and emotional, as is a story that provides just enough background to cause us to care about the characters. There are many unexpected twists and turns, and the movie moves along quickly; so much so that you might need to see it twice in order to catch important details that you could easily miss the first time.
So who is responsible? You might think that you know but trust me, you will be kept guessing right until the very end.
I should warn those of you who have a fear of flying. I don’t want to be a spoiler so I’ll just say that the many action sequences are extremely well done and they will take you by surprise. This is one very exciting, suspenseful film.
Racing season has begun so watch for AutoMatters’ coverage of NASCAR and then IndyCar, as well as a review of the Logitech G27 racing wheel, gear shifter and pedals.
As always, please write to AutoMatters@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions.
Copyright © 2014 by Jan Wagner – #322r1 AutoMatters
Authors educate and inspire students at annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference in Carmel Valley
By Diane Y. Welch
Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club held its third annual Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) Writers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 22. Best-selling authors, agents and other writing professionals addressed county-wide high school students, leading inspirational and educational workshops.
The event was free for attendees due to generous support from Gold Sponsors: OSIsoft, Summa Education and Chipotle, and Silver Sponsors: Entangled Publishing, DoubleTree Hotels, and Wells Fargo.
The conference, founded by CCA senior Devyn Krevat, drew almost 200 students, she said. Krevat served as emcee, introducing the first keynote speaker of the day, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, author of the novel “Freakboy.”
Clark’s talk focused on how to tackle a controversial subject matter bravely and dodge the “bumps and bruises we’re likely to encounter from coming face to face with the tough subjects that choose us,” she said.
Using the metaphor of a protective helmet, she urged the audience to chant, “No more helmets” to express a willingness to “write without fear in order to bring light to difficult topics.” Clark’s novel spotlights transgender, a subject matter that she said chose her.
She also gave highlights from the work of fellow authors Ellen Hopkins, who wrote “Crank” about her daughter’s drug addiction, and Laurie Halse Andersen, author of “SPEAK,” who writes about sexual assault and depression.
By writing these difficult edgy works authors are “holding up mirrors to what is out there” so that issues may be faced head on and possible solutions found, said Clark. In closing, Clark advised aspiring authors to “write what chooses you and create light!”
After the opening speech, students broke out into separate workshop sessions on several aspects of writing, including freelance magazine writing, self publishing, flash fiction, crafting great plots, point of view, stage plays, fantasy, romance, suspense, action scenes, song writing, book packaging, poetry, college application essays, and career building. Lissa Price, the second keynote speaker, talked passionately about her award-winning dystopic thriller series “Starters” and “Enders,” and gave tips on how to write page-turning novels with memorable characters.
A panel of agents gave candid advice on the benefits of having an agent and tips for aspiring agents on how to intern with a literary agency. Natalie Lakosil, Thao Le and Kelly Sonnack spoke about their roles in the publishing world and how they are there to springboard authors to success by taking care of the contractual details and the selling of a manuscript, leaving authors free to focus on their next book.
Advice on how to submit to an agent was covered, what genres are still hot, resources to find an agent and the importance of reading extensively and writing daily.
“You have to carve out that time every day, even if it means getting up really early in the morning,” said Sonnack.
Kelly advised, “Write from the heart and be true to yourself,” and Le told the audience, “Stand out by having a terrific book.”
Aiden McGeath, a junior at High Tech High, appreciated the advice from the agent panel. Although he is not currently working on a book, he said it was good to hear what the requirements are. “Five years down the line I might actually write something,” he joked.
Krevat, whose play “Fairy Tale” was one of the winning entries in the Playwrights Project and will be staged at The Old Globe this month, said that the conference was founded primarily to inspire students. “It’s really a thrill to be around these people who care so much about writing and it’s great to come to a place where you get such specific information to do it.”
The Del Mar Foundation is holding its first no-host Meet & Greet of the year at Poseidon Restaurant on Monday, March 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Organized by the Foundation’s Special Events committee, this event offers an extended Happy Hour to 7 p.m. Meet & Greet events bring people together in a casual setting to connect with one another in the community over a drink and optional dining. Poseidon Restaurant is located at Coast Boulevard and 17th Street. Reservations are requested at www.delmarfoundation.org/hospitality.html or by calling 858-635-1363. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation or to make a donation today visit www.delmarfoundation.org.
The Carmel Valley Middle School Junior Varsity Field Hockey Team won the Big 8 League Championship on Feb. 25 at Oak Crest Middle School, with a score of 2-1. Team players include: Mira Ananthanarayanan, Zoe Antonoff, Gretchen Burklund, Kerri Byrne, Lindy Byrne, Helena Cook, Laurel Easley, Nicole Eberhardt, Nicole Golden, Mia Harris, Riley Holcomb, Anna Hong, Kate Leonard, Valentina Macchione, Maclaine Parish, Teresa Perez, Cami Ramseyer, Alex Walling, Amy Wong, and Jill Yamanishi. Coaches for the team were Caroline Bowman, Anita Kelleher, Haley Schroeder, and Paige Weinstein.
Friends Of Jung will present a lecture titled ‘Nightmares – Urgent Messages from the Guiding Self’ in Del Mar
San Diego Friends Of Jung will present a lecture titled “Nightmares – Urgent Messages from the Guiding Self’ by Howard Tyas on Friday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Winston School in Del Mar (215 9th St. Del Mar).
A workshop will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Mueller Collage, San Diego. Tyas is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed pastoral counselor.
He will explore and examine the personal and psychological context out of which nightmares arise, with an eye toward understanding both their urgent message and timely meaning. Friday lecture: $20 non-members; Sat., workshop $60 non-members. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.jungsandiego.com.
By Marsha Sutton
Last week’s column discussed the Del Mar Union School District’s balancing act as it tries to provide professional development for its teachers without negatively impacting students and impeding learning in the classroom.
Tiffany Kinney and Gina Vargus, co-presidents of the Del Mar California Teachers Association, discussed the discomfort some teachers have with the training.
Kinney, a DMUSD classroom teacher since 2000, said teachers are unsettled “because we want to do such a good job. I know what works really well and now I’m having to use some of that but I’m having to add some of the other [techniques].”
“Veteran teachers haven’t felt like a first-year teacher in a long time,” said Vargus, who has been teaching in Del Mar since 1991. “You have to think on your feet, and you don’t know how long something’s going to take, and you don’t know where your kids are going to be at the end of your [lesson] plan, and maybe it’s not such a great plan and I’ll have to go back and rework that.”
Despite scattered criticism that pulling teachers from their classrooms for the training sessions is not in the best interests of students, Kinney and Vargus said the training definitely puts students first.
“It’s really preparing them,” Kinney said.
“What we’ve heard over the last several years is that kids are coming out of college not prepared to be workers and … they’re not independent thinkers,” Vargus said. “I think this gives kids ownership of that.”
Former Del Mar parent Melissa Myrhum vehemently disagreed. “Absolutely not,” she said, when asked if the focus on staff development in Del Mar is placing kids’ interests first. “The priority is not the students.”
Myrhum, who moved to the Del Mar district in 2011 with three children, two of whom were in fourth and fifth grades at the time, took aim at DMUSD superintendent Holly McClurg who in 2011 was assistant superintendent under then-superintendent Jim Peabody.
“She doesn’t have her client’s best interests at heart, and that’s the kids,” Myrhum said, of McClurg.
Myrhum said the schedule has meant lost time for students and adversely affects learning, and said substitute teachers are often just babysitters.
“You cannot continue to pull these teachers out and expect a great result,” she said. “It’s terrible for the learning environment.”
Myrhum took her complaints first to the principal, who she said told her nothing could be done. Then she spoke with McClurg, who she said justified it repeatedly, “to the point where I was so incredibly frustrated.”
After that she talked to Peabody, who she said told her, “It would be too hard to fight the unions to get all of this changed.”
She said she told him it was McClurg, not the teachers, who was mandating all the staff development. “But I guess it was easier for Peabody to blame the union,” she said.
“All this development, that was her baby,” Myrhum said of McClurg. “She wasn’t going to let go, no matter how much criticism she got.”
Myrhum is not alone. One frustrated parent, exasperated after two years of what she described as lost learning time for her children, protests this year by pulling her kids out of school on the days when their classroom teachers will be absent for training.
In an interview in January, McClurg defended her emphasis on staff development, saying teacher training is “the most powerful thing, [by] empowering our teachers how to teach as effectively as possible.”
She said she has no regrets about the professional development, “not for a moment.”
“Teaching is grounded in solid research,” McClurg said.
The district encourages teachers to do some of their training over the summer, to minimize lost classroom time, but McClurg said attendance can’t be compelled per the district’s contract with teachers.
“I don’t make apologies and I think it’s absolutely the right work,” she said. “That said, we are trying to determine the best possible ways to train our teachers and keep our teachers in the classroom as much as possible. I do realize when they’re not there, it’s a substitute and that is one of the pieces we take into consideration.”
Benefiting the kids
Kinney and Vargus acknowledged that many parents were initially unhappy about all the professional development during school hours.
But parents who at first objected are coming around, once they become aware of how the training and new standards will benefit the students, Kinney said.
“We’re starting to see parents becoming more and more comfortable with it,” she said. “Also, when we go to the staff development, we are getting things we can use the next day when we walk into the classroom.”
Vargus recommended that parents attend informational sessions. “The parents who have attended the evenings have been just wowed by the information they’re getting,” she said. “It is getting the word out about how valuable it is, how great it is for kids.”
“It’s our job as professionals to explain the value of this professional development – why it’s of benefit to the children,” she said.
Kinney said teachers know in August the dates they are required to be out of the classroom for training for the coming school year. She suggested that teachers secure substitute teachers well in advance and call the ones they trust, to ensure consistency and confidence that the lesson plans will be followed.
Although teachers are not required to find their own subs, “it’s in your best interest and it’s in your children’s best interest,” Vargus said. “And it’s in your best interest to find someone who knows how you run your classroom and someone who wants to come back.”
“I’ve always felt personally that it’s been my responsibility,” Kinney said. “If I’m going to be out, I need to find someone to cover my job.”
Vargus and Kinney said they know the capable subs and try to book them early. They also rely on student teachers who are not just place-holders but are motivated to follow lesson plans closely and do real teaching.
Because all districts have to prepare for the Common Core roll-out this fall by training teachers for the new standards, finding qualified substitute teachers is a county-wide problem, they said.
Teachers not resistant
Kinney and Vargus said teachers are not resistant but simply uneasy.
“It’s not about going to the training at all – it’s about making sure that in your absence things run smoothly for the kids,” Vargus said. “Any time we’re not there, we want to make sure it’s a day just as if we were there … which is impossible to replicate. So there is stress about that.”
When asked to comment on the controversy, former DMCTA president and Ocean Air fifth-grade teacher Katrina Campbell refused to discuss the issue, writing in an email, “I am not interested in speaking to anyone in the media. I prefer to focus solely on my students.”
Carmel Del Mar fourth-grade teacher David Skinner, who served as president of the DMCTA before Campbell, did speak to the issue, saying in an email, “I don’t feel I am being pulled out of the classroom an unreasonable amount of time, but I know other teachers feel differently.”
Skinner said the Common Core roll-out “has been a bit rocky” but is not sure how it could have been done better, given the delay in the state’s approval of adequate instructional materials.
“We are going in the right direction in my opinion,” he said. “I am thrilled we are finally looking critically at how we teach and learn mathematics in DMUSD. The real shame would be reversing course just because we haven’t been perfect in our application of the Common Core standards and how to teach them.”
He said parents and teachers need to understand why the professional development is important and effective.
“We need to explain what we are doing and keep doing it,” he said. “I think the research backs us up.”
Myrhum doesn’t disagree that training for teachers is important. “Everybody needs to continue their education, teachers included,” she said. But the way it’s provided, and the consequence of lost classroom time, “is not good for the kids.”
She and many other parents believe the Wednesday afternoons when teachers leave early should be used for training sessions.
“Do it on-line, or at the school on those Wednesday afternoons,” she said. “The half-day thing is putting the teachers first.”
McClurg said professional development is also offered on the two Wednesday afternoons each month when teachers are permitted to leave work at 12:30, but those are not work hours.
“We do try to schedule … trainings and meetings on those days as much as possible, but it’s not in their contract so we can’t require attendance,” McClurg said.
The two Wednesdays when teachers are required to stay at school are consistently used for professional learning and meetings, she said, this year focused on mathematics.
Kinney and Vargus said they are working closely with district administrators, teachers and parents to identify alternative delivery methods for the training, to minimize teacher absences from the classroom.
As co-presidents of the DMUSD’s teachers union, they said they support the professional development and feel it is vital to student success, while at the same time acknowledging that it is stressful for teachers and parents.
“We all want the best for our kids,” Vargus said. “We as Del Mar teachers are lifelong learners and we relish the opportunity to learn new things and we know that the CGI training is good for kids. It’s very valuable.”
Recognizing that the missed time with their students is a great concern, Kinney and Vargus said teachers are “excited about all the great ideas” that are being presented to change the delivery of teacher training.
“We’re getting great ideas from members as well as the administration about how this can look different,” Vargus said. “There’s no one who’s stuck in that ‘this is the way it has to be’ [position].”
“We’re all looking at ways to make it better,” Kinney said, “so that we’re not having to be pulled out of our classroom [as much]. The forefront of our teaching is the children in our classroom. They are our number one priority. And we want to make sure we are the best at what we do to be able to prepare them to be lifelong learners, to be successful.”
End of Part Two of a three-part series
Next week: Sitting in on professional development
Marsha Sutton can be reached at SuttComm@san.rr.com.
The Torrey Pines Girls Varsity Soccer team are Palomar League Champions with a 9-0-1 record in league play. The team celebrated Senior Night with a 4-0 win over Canyon Crest Academy. Seniors honored were: Courtney Coate, Gianna Giacalone, Stephanie Merida, Zoe Purcell, Cami Tirandazi, and Macy Vrabel. The Falcons, ranked #1 in San Diego and #7 in the nation, then advanced to the CIF Open Division quarter-finals, where they defeated Poway in a decisive 5-1 victory. Next up was CIF semi-finals versus Westview on March 4. The winner will play in the finals on Friday, March 7, at Mesa College, game time 5 p.m. The Falcons are led by Head Coach Martyn Hansford and Assistant Coach Shana Carr. Photo/Anna Scipione
By Kristina Houck
After learning about the genocides in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in his eighth-grade Jewish studies class, Zander Cowan wanted to do something to help. Now a junior at San Diego Jewish Academy, Zander is once again organizing a walk to raise awareness, support and hope for survivors of genocide.
“We want to bring across a powerful, yet positive message about spreading genocide awareness,” said 17-year-old Zander. He and his classmates, Ilana Engel and Naomi Suminski, are planning the third annual Walk to End Genocide on March 23 at Nobel Park in La Jolla.
More than 6 million people have lost their lives to the genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan and DRC, according to Jewish World Watch, which is sponsoring the walk.
After studying the Holocaust and learning about ongoing genocides in eighth grade, Zander and his fellow students raised $1,700 for JWW by selling blue rubber bracelets stamped with the words “Decide to End Genocide.”
“We said, ‘We’re not just going to sit around and get really upset about this issue,’” he recalled. “We wanted to do something about it.”
As freshmen, Zander, Ilana and Naomi organized the first walk at their campus. The inaugural walk had 100 walkers and raised $5,000 for JWW.
Last year, the trio expanded their efforts by reaching out to other high schools and religious institutions. About 175 walkers raised $7,500 during the second annual walk at Ocean Air Community Park in Carmel Valley.
“Genocide is not just a one religion, one race issue. It affects a broad base of faiths and ethnicities,” Zander said. “We reached out to church groups and other ethnic groups and clubs. That’s how the walk grew.”
With Congresswoman Susan Davis as honorary walk chair this year, organizers hope to raise $10,000 and increase participation to 300 walkers.
Davis or a representative from her office is scheduled to speak. Other speakers are still being confirmed, Zander said.
Proceeds will fund JWW programs. Founded in 2004, the nonprofit organization educates others about genocide, and establishes relief and development projects to empower and alleviate the suffering of survivors.
Women and girls who have fled the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, are particularly vulnerable to rape while collecting firewood for cooking. One of JWW’s projects equips refugee women with solar cookers so they can use energy from the sun to heat meals and avoid the often dangerous walks to collect firewood.
It costs $40 to supply one family with two solar cookers. The cookers will be on display during the walk.
“It’s really exciting because you sow the seed that’s your idea. It can only be grown and nurtured and turn into this tree after a bunch of other people have embraced it,” Zander said about the walk. “It gives me hope to see a lot of other people are passionate and as engaged in this as I am.”
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at Nobel Park, located at 8810 Judicial Drive in La Jolla. Registration includes a T-shirt and costs $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children ages 5-11. Children 4 and younger walk for free.
This year’s event will include two one-mile walks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Beginning at 11 a.m., a rally and action fair will feature informational booths and hands-on projects.
One of the projects is SDJA’s butterfly project. Through the educational art program, the school aims to create 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to represent the number of Jewish children killed by the Nazis during World War II.
“The walk is a local grassroots student-led event,” Zander said. “It would be great to get as much local support as possible.”
For more information and to register for the walk, visit walktoendgenocide.org.
To learn more about Jewish World Watch, visit jewishworldwatch.org.
By Karen Billing
The Del Mar Hills art room was transformed into a mini kitchen for mini chefs recently as it was overtaken by a Cook for Thought children’s cooking class after school. Cook for Thought founder and director Fernanda Larson led an enthusiastic group of students through making their own pita bread from scratch, paired with hummus and grilled eggplant they prepared.
Larson, a Del Mar resident and Hills parent, started Cook for Thought to provide curriculum-integrated culinary experiences for “curious minds that are hungry for knowledge.”
Her group last week was very hungry.
“I couldn’t walk here my body was so excited, I had to run,” said a student named Dora.
Larson brings her “mobile teaching kitchen” to the Del Mar Union School District for five classes a week in addition to teaching at local preschools. In March, she will be hosting some classes open to the community at Whole Foods in Del Mar, one class will be on Brazilian Carnaval cooking and one a tribute to Dr. Seuss.
Larson was born and raised in Southern Brazil in a family of Italian descent, resulting in an eclectic culinary background. The family’s backbone was in the kitchen.
Some of her most treasured memories of her childhood surround preparing lunch, starting in the morning with a walk to the butcher and then to the produce stand and the grocer. She had a full sit down-lunch every day of the week.
“One of my favorite things to make is black beans in a pressure cooker,” said Larson. “The rhythmic sound of the steam escaping the valve instantly transports me back to my childhood.”
She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition, is a certified nutritionist and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and recently was accepted as an ambassador for Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution Foundation in Del Mar.
Before having her two children she worked mainly with adults, but since becoming a mom she saw the potential for combining food, cooking, academic and social learning to close the “nourishment gap.”
Larson believes cooking is a vital life skill and it has become her dream, mission and passion to pass it on.
“To see how able they are, that’s something that’s so overlooked when working with kids,” Larson said. “They’re so capable and willing to try new things. They’re able to incorporate any technique that I teach them. And they remember and teach each other,”
As her Cook for Thought classes pair education with cooking, children have made roasted quail when studying Native American traditions, a “Hangtown fry” when studying the Gold Run, and tomato sauce caviar when they learned about futuristic molecular gastronomy.
While studying American cuisine, kids have whipped up Philly cheese steaks, gumbo, New England clam chowder and cedar planked salmon.
Her current session at Del Mar Hills is about cooking through the world’s history, from Egypt to Morocco to France. The last class will incorporate the French Revolution and students will celebrate by having a French crepe party with their parents.
Last week the kids learned abut one of the oldest populations of the world, the Mesopotamians who, Larson said, were very famous for setting the technique for making one of the most delicious foods eaten today: bread.
Larson talked about how they used to grind the grains and discovered how to use yeast.
“I think it’s made of dirt,” one child guessed about the origins of yeast before Larson explained it’s actually from the fungi kingdom and has the power to “transform flour into something yummy.”
Two young cooks “proofed” the yeast, waking it up with sugar. Larson explained that the sugar makes the yeast come alive and bubble and know it’s time to do its job to raise the bread.
The children rolled out their dough and flattened them into circles to grill. Using kid-safe knives they used the proper technique to slice eggplants and coat them in olive oil and carefully measured spoonfuls of spices to grill up as well.
Larson mans the stovetop and the grill in her classes for safety reasons.
The kids also grinded their own fragrant cumin, broke up a clove of garlic with a “ninja karate chop” and combined the ingredients with mashed-up garbanzo beans for the hummus.
“Hummus is one of my favorite meals,” said student Peter, inspecting the consistency of their hummus. Some insisted the dip needed more spice but as not all palates are the same, Larson settled for an extra sprinkling of salt.
The students remembered the shape and size of their pitas as they came off the grill and sat down to sample their cooking. Even the eggplant-wary students tried at least a bite of the vegetable and many came back for second helpings of their hummus.
“The biggest reward really is in each and every student that shares their cooking stories, that are excited about making and trying new foods and they write me the most amazing thank you notes,” Larson said. “It’s the feeling of making a positive impact by teaching kids a vital life skill.”
Cook for Thought classes can also be part of fundraisers or team building, birthday parties, Girl Scout “cook” badges, food writing or speaking, and custom-tailored projects. For more information, call (858) 242-2341 or visit cookforthought.com.
By Gideon Rubin
In any other division, Torrey Pines could have expected a relatively easy first-round playoff opponent after winning the Palomar League with an unbeaten record.
No such matchups exist, however, in the intensely competitive San Diego Section Open Division.
And so the Falcons, a No. 3 seed, had to scramble in a quarterfinal game against No. 6 Hoover, but they got through it, overcoming a four-point deficit going into the fourth quarter on their way to a 68-59 overtime victory on March 1.
Sam Worman scored 21 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons, and Dominic Hovasse added 16 points.
Brandon Cyrus and Zach Wagner contributed nine and eight points, respectively.
The Falcons outscored their opponent 15-6 in the overtime period as they improved their overall record for the season to 26-4.
Cathedral Catholic lost to Morse 57-39 in a first-round Division I playoff game on Feb. 26.
Reid Johnson scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Dons and Cameron Moore added nine points.
The Dons overall record for the season fell to 15-11.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Steele Canyon 68-56 in a Division II quarterfinal on March 1.
The Eagles opened the playoffs with a 62-60 victory over Fallbrook three days earlier.
Brian Finley, Stephen Philo and Cole Needham each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles in the Fallbrook game.
Jack Langborg and Danny Finley scored 11 and nine points, respectively.
The Eagles fell to 16-13 overall for the season.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Bonita Vista 63-54 in a Division IV opening-round playoff game on Feb. 26.
Judah Rosenzweig scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Lions and Adam Sloane added 12 points and eight boards.
The Lions fell to 16-8 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Mission Bay 66-58 in a Division I playoff game on Feb. 26.
The Ravens fell to 12-16 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated Our Lady of the Peace 61-58 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Feb. 28.
The Falcons win was their 14th in a row. It followed a 66-19 win against San Diego three days earlier.
Sierra Campisano scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Falcons against OLP.
Christina Ellis added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Campisano scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons in the San Diego game.
Christina Ellis added 15 points and Madison Lombard and Ayli Tulberg contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 24-5.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Granite Hills 68-64 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Feb. 28.
The victory followed a 60-53 first-round victory over Escondido three days earlier.
Kendall Fisher scored 25 points to lead the Dons in the Granite Hills game.
Mia Gallo added 20 points and Juliet Jones contributed 16 points.
Jones led the Dons in the Escondido game with 22 points and Fisher added 17 points.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 21-8.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Helix 68-28 in a first-round Division I playoff game on Feb. 25.
Nicolee Quraishy scored nine points and McKenna Platt scored six points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Ravens.
The Ravens fell to 11-16 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated Poway 5-1 in an Open Division quarterfinal playoff game on Feb. 25.
Camelia Tirandazi scored two goals and Anissa Dadkhah scored one goal and had two assists to lead the Falcons.
Katie Dove contributed one goal and one assist and Gianna Montini added one goal.
Falcons goalie Veronica Romines had two saves.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 22-1-1.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Del Norte 2-0 in a Division I playoff game on Feb. 28.
Alex Ocon scored one goal and had one assist to lead the Dons and Shelby Cormier scored one goal.
Tamara Gomez contributed one assist.
Dons goalie Hanna Macaulay was credited with the shutout.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 21-2-3.
Torrey Pines defeated Westview 3-1 in an Open Division quarterfinal playoff game on Feb. 26.
Tyler Valdes scored two goals to lead the Falcons.
Thomas Mackey added one goal and Hunter Willoughby and Connor Hargreaves each contributed one assist.
Falcons goalie Jack Sampiere had five saves.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 11-7-7.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Escondido 1-0 in a first-round playoff game on Feb. 26.
The Ravens fell to 11-10-4 overall for the season.
By Kristina Houck
Pat Welsh doesn’t only have one green thumb. With more than 80 years gardening experience, every finger of the longtime Del Mar resident is green.
Welsh will teach community members how to select, grow and divide cymbidiums orchids during a talk March 24 at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. Hosted by the Del Mar Garden Club, the educational lecture will be held in conjunction with the club’s plant sale.
A member of the club since it was first established in 1991, Welsh is often asked to speak at group functions.
“I’m happy to be there to answer everybody’s questions and celebrate my joy of living in this wonderful town and the joy of gardening here,” said Welsh, who has lived in Del Mar since 1955.
Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, Welsh began tending to her parents and grandparents’ gardens at 3 years old. After her family immigrated to the United States in 1939, she grew up on a farm in Bucks County, Penn. She watched as her parents attempted to plant a traditional English herbaceous border in their new garden.
“They failed, but they tried,” said Welsh, as she laughed at the memories.
Planting the seeds in Welsh, her childhood experiences led to a lifelong love of gardening and an ever-blooming career.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. — where she also studied painting, ceramics and design — Welsh went on to become the first garden editor of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, holding the position from 1979 to 1983. From 1981 to 1987 she hosted the twice-weekly gardening segment, “The Resident Gardener,” on NBC San Diego. The Emmy Award winner also hosted videos for Better Home and Gardens, several infomercials and various garden demonstrations on network and HGTV.
An author of six published books — including the popular “Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month” — Welsh maintains a blog about gardening called “Pat Welsh’s Garden Expressions.”
In her latest talk, “Cymbidiums Orchids: How to Select, Grow and Divide,” Welsh will share and demonstrate how to care for the flowers, which she said are perfect for gardens in Southern California.
“I take great joy in explaining these orchids to people, and sharing tips and hints for growing them,” Welsh said. “I tell people how easy it is and how to do it.”
Cymbidiums require little water, which Welsh noted is important as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state drought emergency in January. Having designed her own half-acre drought-tolerant garden, Welsh often highlights native and drought-tolerant plants, which she believes should “become the backbone” of every garden.
“Why struggle when there are so many things that grow wonderfully here?” Welsh said.
Welsh’s talk begins at 10 a.m. March 24 at the Powerhouse Community Center, located at 1658 Coast Blvd. in Del Mar. Following the lecture at 11 a.m., the club will sell plants and garden art from the gardens of Del Mar Garden Club members. Proceeds will benefit the club, which works to beautify the city.
“I hope people get a shot at the joy of gardening and learn that it’s really easy,” Welsh said. “That’s my main message — the joy we can take in gardening.”
For more information about Welsh, visit www.patwelsh.com.
By Karen Billing
The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board threw a detour into Grace Point Church’s plans for a 5K run, voting unanimously to prevent the race’s route from closing major streets or going through a residential neighborhood. The board did support the idea of Grace Point’s Faith in Action Run as long as the organizers tweak the route so it won’t inconvenience local residents.
According to Marjolein Grootenhuis, missions director for Grace Point Church, the run is planned for Sunday, May 4, setting off from the church off Del Mar Heights Road.
The race will support Love146, an international organization that fights child exploitation and trafficking.
“We think it creates community when people come together around a common goal,” Grootenhuis said. “We want to encourage people to be instruments of change.”
Hollie Kahn, the neighborhood 4/4a representative on the board, had concerns about the proposed route going on Winstanley Way, looping around on Sword Way. The expected race draw of 600 people on a residential street would be very intrusive, she said. The board agreed that the route should be kept out of the neighborhoods and more on Lansdale Drive and Del Mar Heights Road.
The board also vetoed an out and back route on Del Mar Heights Road with a turn-around just past Sycamore Ridge due to the lane closures that would be required on Del Mar Heights Road.
The board encouraged the church to consider an earlier start time than the proposed 8 a.m. start for the 5K and 9:30 a.m. for the one-mile fun run.
The San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation held
“Support and Remember,” its first fundraising gala, on Feb. 28 at the Del Mar Country Club.
The event raises money to support the foundation’s core programs. The gala event honored Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder for his outstanding leadership in the community as well as his benevolence and service worldwide following natural disasters and other catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. Van Gorder also volunteers as a reserve commander with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit.
The Del Mar Union School District Invention Showcase took place Feb. 26 at Torrey Hills Elementary School. Five schools participated in the event and there were more than 70 entries.
Students from K-6th grade proudly displayed their inventions and they explained how their inventions work, what problems it solved, how it helped humans and what inspired them to create their inventions. The evening was well attended by parents and the community members who spoke with the inventors and tried out some of the working models of the inventions. Courtesy photos submitted by Mary Holmes and Uma Krishnan.
National Charity League Inc., San Diego del Norte Chapter Ticktocker Class of 2014 held a Father/Daughter Dance Rehearsal on March 2 at Dance North County in Encinitas. The event was held in preparation for the Senior Presentation Ceremony and Dinner Dance to be held March 8 at the Hyatt Regency at Aventine in La Jolla.
The Athletes Saving Athletes’ “Relay the Message” walk/run was held at Cathedral Catholic High School on March 2. The event was open to all ages of the public to see how many laps they could walk or run in an hour, and raise funds and awareness about Advocates for Injured Athletes and the importance of athletic training.
At the event there were also demonstrations on CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Athletes Saving Athletes was created by Advocates for Injured Athletes, an organization co-founded by Beth Mallon and her son Tommy after Tommy suffered a life-threatening neck fracture in 2009 while playing lacrosse at Santa Fe Christian School.
For more information, visit injuredathletes.org.
The Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary hosted an informational brunch on Feb. 28 to welcome all interested prospective members.
The brunch was an informal gathering where potential members learned about the Carmel Valley Unit’s many interesting activities and accomplishments, particularly its “Sounds of Hope for Children” concert series.
The Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary not only raises awareness about the hospital and its programs and advocates for the health and well being of San Diego’s children, but also has helped generate nearly $5 million in much-needed funds through numerous activities, including its enormously popular “Sounds of Hope for Children” concert events; the most recent, held last October, featured Mat Kearney. For more information about the Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.chacv.org.