San Diego Music Award’s Best New Artist, Cody Lovaas, will take the stage at The Carlsbad Village Theater on January 10, 2015 at 8 PM for an all-ages show presented by The Belly Up. The San Diego-raised singer/songwriter is best known for his soft rock acoustic genre, singing original songs about surfing and the California coast. Loaves will showcase his original songs including, “Take a Ride.”
“There is nothing better than getting up on stage in front of a San Diego crowd and playing music that makes everyone feel good,” said Lovaas. “I am inspired by the ocean, surfing and the San Diego lifestyle. I have been playing music since I was seven years old and it has been a very fun journey ever since.”
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The restrooms at Carlsbad State Beach near Tamarack Avenue will be closed starting Monday, Dec. 29, through the end of January for some long-awaited maintenance and upgrades. Temporary restrooms will be available in the Tamarack Avenue parking lot, and restrooms at the Pine Avenue ramp will remain open, with extended hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The work on the restrooms will include fresh paint, an epoxy floor, new fixtures and partitions, an upgraded plumbing and electrical system, and a refurbished roof with new skylights. While the restrooms are being improved, crews will also install new hand railing to replace the corroded rails near the restrooms, as well as a new shower and drinking fountain outside. The restroom’s pump station has already been equipped with a new alarm system that will sound if there’s a spill, to prevent beach contamination.
Perfect timing. It’s been way too cold to go outside lately anyway. For the rest of the story, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Last night (December 29, 2014) the official welcome gate to the Village of Carlsbad went back up in front of the
Twin Inns, Neiman’s, Ocean House, whatever is in there now at the corner of Elm St. Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Blvd. We are so glad there are no dolphins on the sign. Looks great just the way it is. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.
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Señor Grubby’s will hold our 3rd Annual Community Christmas Party to benefit American Relief Organization’s program, Got Your Back San Diego, taking place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6-10pm. There will be raffles, silent auctions, giveaways, and much more to raise money, goods & awareness for ‘Got Your Back’.
Santa will be making his appearance at our party, and encourages all guests to bring an item to donate to the ‘Got Your Back’ food bins. Items in need include canned meat, canned veggies, canned fruit, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, individual sized cereal, individual sized shelf-stable milk, Chef Boy R Dee canned dinners. Got Your Back San Diego is a weekend food assistance program for children attending San Diego County Schools who have been identified as homeless or food-insecure, that is – kids who don’t know where their next meal will come from. GYBSD hopes to expand their efforts onto Camp Pendleton, an area where there is a huge need for food-security for children.
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GenerationOn’s Celebrity Youth Ambassador Francesca Capaldi took a few minutes out of her busy Disney Channel filming schedule to spread some cheer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Village Clubhouse.
“I’m so pleased to serve as a ‘Joy Ambassador’ for generationOn,” said Francesca. “It gives me the wonderful opportunity to meet amazing people, learn about others, and give back to the community in which I live, Carlsbad.”
The young “Dog With A Blog” star brought along 100 toys, which will be given to Club members next week. GenerationOn has partnered with Hasbro for The Joy Maker Challenge, a campaign that engages students in meaningful, hands-on service projects during the holiday season. For each action a youngster takes to help others, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots (up to $1 million). They are also providing 100 toys to each of their 100 Joy Ambassadors across the country, of which Francesca is one. [click to continue…]
The streets of Carlsbad Village come alive on Friday night December 19, 2014 as part of a special Christmas edition of Friday Night Live featuring Christmas caroling.
Gather the family and enjoy this enchanting holiday presentation as you witness the sights and sounds that make this time of year so magical. Hot cocoa and cider will keep you warm as you briefly escape the holiday rush and swoon over performances by local crooners like Alan Land and Susanna Kurner with Adrian Demain on guitar. . . While you’re out, browse Village shops like The Beat Clothing and Lavender Blu in search of the perfect holiday gifts, or keep the holiday spirits flowing with a seasonal craft beer at 83 degrees. Village restaurants like Gregorio’s and Café Panini will also be ready for your post-caroling feast.
Friday Night Live runs from 6 to 8pm on Friday, December 19, 2014. Performance sites are located outside of Carlsbad Chocolate Bar on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street and Viz Art Ink on the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street. Be there and get in the Christmas spirit.
Carlsbad Village is holding a Shop, Share and Score! holiday contest that runs until Dec. 20, 2014. All you have to do is snap photos of your holiday gifting and shopping items from any Carlsbad Village retailer, and upload to Instagram using the tag #shopcarlsbadvillage. Make sure you include the name of the shop where the gift was found. Then you’re entered to win great Carlsbad Village swag like gift certificates from Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa, and Paradise Pizza. Participants can also win an Alex + Ani bangle from Aranelle, a dozen pastries from Carlsbad Danish Bakery, and much much more. Shoot it, tag it, and share it and you could win, win, win.
The City of Carlsbad has $10,000 in grant money to donate to local organizations (or individuals) who “enhance the quality of life for the Carlsbad community.”
Programs or projects that enhance a neighborhood, or neighborhoods, within Carlsbad are strongly encouraged. . . The Community Activity Grants are intended to provide funding for services that may not be eligible under other programs, such as Community Development Block Grants. Organizations currently receiving funding from another city program are not eligible for a Community Activity Grant.
If you or someone you know needs funding for their project or organization, please click here for an application, or follow the jump for the official word from the City of Carlsbad. [click to continue…]
The City of Carlsbad is installing streetlights, signs and other fixtures in the Village as part of its ongoing efforts to revitalize this historic downtown neighborhood.
The city is placing 110 new streetlight fixtures throughout the Village that will illuminate walkways for pedestrians and make the downtown more vibrant. The new fixtures are energy-efficient and low-maintenance, so they will beautify the Village, save on the city’s energy bill and promote a more sustainable community. The new streetlights are part of a makeover intended to give the Village a unique style and ambience.
“Street lighting plays a critical role in promoting nighttime activity in the Village,” said City of Carlsbad Traffic Engineer Doug Bilse, the project manager. “We feel this project is a great investment in setting an attractive and secure nighttime atmosphere for our community.”
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Join the City of Carlsbad in kicking off the 2014 holiday season with the annual Holiday at the Rancho event at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM.
Pre-sale tickets are available at $6 per person from now until Dec. 5, and tickets at the door are $8. Children under 3 are free. . . Admission includes crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating, 14-foot tree-lighting, an outdoor movie and entertainment. Sleds and the snow hill are also included in the price of admission. . . . Children can also sit on the lap of the western-styled Santa, a unique moment that parents can capture with their own cameras or pay $3 for a souvenir photo. Pony rides will be available and are an additional $6.
Leo Carrillo Ranch is located at 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, in Carlsbad, California. Click here for photos from years past (2008, 2009), or follow the jump for the official word from the City of Carlsbad.
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