Aran Cucine celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 21 at 118 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Aran Cucine offers Italian kitchen cabinets, distinctive design and innovative products to consumers and is the largest Italian cabinet manufacturer. Aran Cucine believes the kitchen is the space in your home where you spend the most time and work to design a creative and elegant space.
SCOUTS GET CREATIVE
North County Girl Scouts were among 27 different troops who took part in creative art workshops at The Art Institute of California — San Diego Nov. 9 with seminars in culinary arts, photography, fashion, graphic design and interior design.
SEABREEZE MERCANTILE OPENS
Solana Beach Business Community will welcome Sea Breeze Mercantile with a grand opening and ribbon cutting from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at 348 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Join the evening of networking, tours, food and drinks. For more details, visit seabreezeoncedros.com/.
KNOW YOUR COFFEE
Swell Coffee Co., a locally owned and sustainable coffee roaster, at 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, introduces new branding for its bags of coffee that spotlight the source and tasting notes of each blend of coffee beans. Swell’s motto is “Coffee Roasted in Small Batches — Served with Good Vibes,” and the new bags distinguish its ethical sourcing practices that profit the families farming coffee beans around the world.
ADVENTURER’S AWARD NOMINEE
Former MiraCosta student Shannon Switzer Swanson has been nominated for National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year award. Each nominee was selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism. You can vote for Shannon through Dec. 16 at nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/#vote. Swanson has photographed women who are part of a women’s collective that gathers shellfish in Tonga’s mangrove tidal flats. The collective is working with a local NGO to record the species and number of the shellfish they bring to market.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR SCIENTIFIC INNOVATION
At San Diego State University, San Diego chapter of Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists foundation donated $7,500 to Bryan Hancock, a graduate student from Carlsbad, studying biology. The foundation funds SDSU graduate students studying natural sciences, bio-medicine and engineering.
CLUB GIVEN LEARNING LOUNGE
The Boys & Girls Club of Vista is one of seven clubs nationwide selected to receive funding to launch a Learning Lounge through a new partnership with JCPenney Cares and Scholastic. The Learning Lounge is a dedicated space where youth engage in innovative programming that can ignite their passion for academics. This new area was designed in partnership with club staff and youth members and will house more than 1,200 books, educational materials and online resources.
TRI-CITY OFFERS HEART HELP
The American Heart Association San Diego Division has partnered with Tri-City Medical Center for a “Life is Why” campaign. This new three-year partnership is aimed at increasing heart health awareness across the North County region, with the goal of building healthier lives from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The new partnership will allow heart-healthy resources and education to be invested across North County.
DENTIST POLISHES SKILLS
San Marcos dentist Jeffry Allred, was recognized as an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at its annual conference. The rating requires 300 hours of post-doctoral instruction in implant dentistry, performed implant cases and an examination. Allred’s office is at 955 Boardwalk #201, San Marcos.
EPA GIVES LAGOON GRANT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $90,000 to San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in Encinitas, to improve environmental science education by focusing on nature and conservation through a watershed project. For details, visit epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.