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Become an Encinitas 101 MainStreet board member. The board’s mission: To preserve, improve and promote the culture, character and commerce of Downtown Encinitas. Call (760) 943-1950 to learn about board membership responsibilities and expectations.

Encinitas author and surfer Chris Ahrens will MC the 100 Wave Challenge which helps fund Boys to Men Mentoring. The group mentoring program works with fatherless and high-risk boys in middle schools, high schools, and foster care facilities. Sept. 19, the group will be joining hundreds of surfers at Mission Beach to try to catch 100 waves in 12 hours. Boys to Men holds weekly group mentoring meetings across San Diego county from Chula Vista to Encinitas. “I am inviting all to support this event. It is an honor for me to use my surfing abilities to raise money for Boys to Men and give the boys in the program an opportunity to make better choices and learn from positive male role models,” Ahrens said.

Colleen Gray

Colleen Gray has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Rancho Santa Fe as a marketing coordinator. She comes from the U-T Community Press where she had been a real estate advertising account executive. Gray has worked with real estate brokerages and agents in Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and Carmel Valley.



Opoli, a new San Diego ridesharing service, is offering a special promotion to first-time users who download the Opoli app (available on iOS and Android) giving a $10 discount off their first ride with Opoli, using a promo code. Users can schedule their rides in advance or on-demand, choose the driver, the vehicle and name the price they wish to pay. Drivers respond with competing bids. Promo code is

The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening luau Aug. 18 for Dr. Daniel Witcher Coastal Oral & Facial Surgery of Solana Beach, at 380 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach.

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. brought 50 special needs and ill children to buy school shoes and backpacks Aug. 22 at Famous Footwear, 1026 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Visit passion4kids.org.

MiraCosta College associate music technology instructor Steven Traugh, has just released three new albums of original music for young children. Together they comprise a total of 41 songs that are fun and educational for pre-K and kindergarten children. In recent months he has premiered and performed a piece with the MiraCosta College Orchestra; composed and recorded music in various popular, children’s, and world music idioms; and facilitated a large-scale collaborative project in which MiraCosta students and Oceanside fifth graders from five elementary schools used music to explore careers. Free samples and more information can be found at teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Music-To-The-Core.

Poinsettia KinderCare in Carlsbad has been awarded accreditation by NAC. This accomplishment recognizes the center for providing the highest quality early childhood education experience, and is a third-party validation of KinderCare’s early learning programs. I hope you will take this opportunity to report on this achievement that has huge benefit to the parents and children of Carlsbad.

CaseyGerry law firm has expanded its North County presence, opening new offices in Cardiff-by-the-Sea at 120 Birmingham Drive. Cardiff resident Thomas Penfield, the CaseyGerry partner who will be based there, said the new office enables his firm to be more easily accessible to clients throughout San Diego – especially the North County area. The firm also has an office in Carlsbad.

MiraCosta College graduate Ian Rigby, 21, is among 56 UCLA students to receive the Transfer Alliance Program Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Selection as a TAP Scholar entitles transfer students to a renewable academic scholarship of at least $5,000 per year. Rigby also received the UCLA Alumni Scholarship worth $2,000 per year, which is renewable for two years.


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