North County local, Charlie Yip, a UCSD undergrad and founder of Unsettle & Company, created a multi-functioning detachable keychain perfect for the urban biker. It is a simple and effective way to gain easier access to your keys while maintaining a minimal yet modern design. Made for the urban adventurer, the Unclip keychain (unsettleco.com) comes with multiple functionalities so you have what you need, when you need it, including a bottle opener. The company designed the Unclip keychain so you can have the benefits of a keychain, plus the other functions of daily tools all by just releasing the clip from the carabiner. Yip launched a Kickstarter at kck.st/1XF06rS and is already more than triple-funded.
THE BIG APPLE
Encinitas artist Cher Bettencourt will be exhibited at the Agora Gallery in New York City in the exhibition Fragmented Reality, opening Feb. 12 through March 3. For exhibition times, visit agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Cher_Bettencourt.aspx.
Solana beach resident June Gottlieb is starring in “Rasheeda Speaking,” Feb. 19 through March 6 at the La Jolla Commons Theatre, 1216 Cave St., La Jolla. “Rasheeda Speaking,” a one-act play designated Off Broadway play of 2015. June plays Rose Saunders, a new patient in a doctor’s office, who unwittingly ignites the racial tension in the office.
SYMPOSIUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Tamara Michel of San Diego North County Lions Club, will be among members of the International District 4-L6, hosting a Family and Women Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, San Diego. The mission statement is: Dignity, Harmony, Humanity … All Life Matters with a focus on human trafficking. For more information, call (760) 405-7385.
CELL TOWER UPGRADE
AT&T has upgraded a cell tower on its 4G LTE network in Solana Beach, intended to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service. The change should help customers get the most out of mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, they should see better service for watching videos, posting to social media or texting family and friends.
POLO ASSOCIATION HELPS VETS
The Veteran’s Research Alliance has received a $10,000 grant from Mike Farah, founder and commissioner of the American Polo Association. On Jan. 9, Farah presented the check to Steve Lewandowski, the executive director of the San Diego-based Veterans Research Alliance. The grant will help to fund research to help with physical injuries as well as TBI and PTSD, conducted by prize-winning scientists within the San Diego health care system.
The MiraCosta College Board of Trustees acted to expand the college’s smoking policy, Administrative Procedure 3570 (AP), to include the prohibition of other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaporizers on campus. Effective immediately, MiraCosta College students, employees, and visitors to the campuses may only use tobacco products and/or vapor-producing implements in their personal vehicles. All other use of tobacco or tobacco products is prohibited, including the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor-producing paraphernalia.
NEW DEANS AT MIRACOSTA
MiraCosta College has hired three new administrators. Nikki Schaper is the college’s new Dean of Behavioral Sciences, History and Adult Education. She began her permanent position on Dec. 9, 2015, though had served as interim dean since July 2014. Chris Hill its new Dean of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, and serves as the accreditation liaison officer and facilitator of public grants. She started on Jan. 4. Longtime faculty member Mike Fino was selected as the new Interim Dean of Math and Science. He follows Carlos Lopez, who accepted the position of Vice President of Instructional Services at Santa Ana College.
SPRING BREAK CLASSES
Pacific Ridge School’s Spring Extension Program is being opened to students in sixth-to-10th grade. Classes run from March to May and emphasize technology, creativity and hands-on learning. The majority of courses utilize equipment and studio spaces in school’s new Arts & Technology Center. To register, visit pacificridge.org/School Life/After-School Extension Program.
PRESCHOOL 20th ANNIVERSARY
Santa Fe Christian Preschool parents and students both past and present celebrated the school’s 20th year Jan. 21. Guests brought wrapped board games as a birthday present for the school to be donated to the Bridge of Hope.