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Reef Scares Boys & Girls Clubs For Halloween

by The Editors on November 4, 2014

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Village Clubhouse was transformed into a truly scary haunted house just in time for Halloween, thanks in part to sweat equity provided courtesy of Reef.

“Here at Reef, each employee is allotted up to five paid days off annually to volunteer at a charity of our choosing,” explained Reef Marketing Coordinator Jackie Hall. “We zeroed in on the Boys & Girls Club. The option of building a haunted house as a volunteer activity is a little out of the norm, and it sounded like it would be a blast!”

For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Kids Win At 33rd Boys & Girls Clubs Gala

by The Editors on October 30, 2014

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Gala Chairs Greg and Barbi Nelson, Honorary Chairs Ann and David Kulchin, and Co-Chair Viola Wheelihan.
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The martinis were chilled, the mood was celebratory, and a terrific time was had by the 550 guests who attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s 33rd Annual Gala to celebrate “The Greatest Club On Earth!” at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

The dynamic Wayne Foster Music and Entertainment provided sensational sounds that kept the dance floor packed all night. Additional touches included a singing performance by Club members, a candy bar, a photo booth complete with dress-up props, and even a dancing stilt walker! The event was emceed by Kimberly Hunt and her husband, Billy Ray Smith. Honorary Chairs Ann and David Kulchin were recognized for their many significant contributions to not only the Boys & Girls Club, but the city of Carlsbad.

“I am so proud of the fun, memorable evening we created,” said Chair Barbi Nelson. “I loved seeing all of our guests take selfies wearing their clown noses!” Co-Chair Viola Wheelihan added “Thanks to the talented members of the event committee, we were able to exceed our fundraising goals, which means Carlsbad’s kids are the real winners.”

Proceeds from the event go directly towards operating funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, which has played an integral role in the Carlsbad community since 1952. For more information regarding Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad or your own personal tour, please call (760) 444-4893, visit www.bgccarlsbad.org, or email info@bgccarlsbad.org.

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Active8 Gets Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs Training

by The Editors on October 21, 2014

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Thanks to the generosity of Activ8 Athleticism, young athletes who participate in sports programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad are being given a first-class athletic development experience.

“Activ8 Athleticism has tailor-made specific training programs for each sport,” says Nigel Cabral, the Club’s Athletic Director. “Thanks to their efforts, our kids are developing coordination, balance, and body awareness, in turn improving their confidence level and long-term enjoyment of the sport, as well as reducing injuries.”

For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, please follow the jump.

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RIP: Carlsbad’s Former Mayor Bud Lewis

by The Editors on October 16, 2014

Citizen Of The Year 2009 3-C T352-1Carlsbad’s former mayor Claude “Bud” Lewis died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, according to announcement on the City of Carlsbad website. He was 83.

Few have done more for the City of Carlsbad than the former Mayor. He served on the Town Council for 40 years (the last 24 of those as Mayor).

“Mayor Lewis embodied the very best of Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall, who succeeded Lewis in 2010. “He devoted his life to public service and remained committed to the principles of a fair and open local government, accessible to everyone regardless of social or economic status. His values helped shape the city we are today, effectively managing growth to maintain an excellent quality of life, a strong and diverse economy, and an involved citizenry.”

“Mayor Lewis was my teacher first, then my colleague and ultimately my friend,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard. “He always took the long term view. Whether talking about how to manage growth or address our critical water supply challenges, he laid the groundwork to make sure our city would continue to thrive long after he was gone. That is a sign of a great leader.”

“Mayor Buddy Lewis was a rare politician who won people over while remaining true to himself,” said City Council Member Lorraine Wood, who served as City Clerk during Lewis’ mayoral tenure. “He wasn’t prone to telling people what they wanted to hear, but he told them the truth. He stayed true to the motto that what was right for Carlsbad wasn’t always popular, and what was popular wasn’t always right.”

“Mayor Lewis was a humble man who never forgot his roots,” said Council Member Keith Blackburn. “He was a man of integrity, and he brought that to the office every day, trying to do what was best for Carlsbad, its residents and its businesses.”

“When I served on the Carlsbad Planning Commission, I saw the result of Mayor Lewis’ legacy every day,” said Council Member Michael Schumacher. “He made sure we maintained high standards, and as a result of his hard work he left Carlsbad a better place than he found it.”

Lewis’ wife Beverly (pictured right) died in May of 2011. Our thoughts go out to Mayor Lewis’ family, friends, and the entire city of Carlsbad. For the official word from the City, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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The Art Of Santos Goes Huge In Carlsbad

by The Editors on September 19, 2014

Artist Santos Orellana is creating what may well be the largest solo art show in San Diego history with a 20,000 square foot space. The show, produced in collaboration with True Honor includes a 175 by 22.5 foot mural and a collection of eight years of the artist’s best work. The show titled Lost and Found, opens October 25, 2014. No, you won’t want to miss it.

[Link: Lost and Found]

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CHS Lancer Dancers’ Golf Tourney

by The Editors on September 12, 2014

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The Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers plan on attending the Universal Dance Association’s National Championships in Orlando, Florida and to help them fund the trip the Dance Team Boosters are holding a golf tournament on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, California.

[The tourney] will include the popular “Chopper Ball Drop” raffle event. Prior to tee-off, 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter to a temporary golf hole. Each numbered golf ball is like a raffle ticket, carrying a chance to win $2,500. The first golf ball that goes into the hole or ends up closest to the hole will win the cash! . . . Chopper Ball Drop tickets may be purchased through the Dance Team Boosters and directly from the Lancer Dancers at a cost of $10 each. Winners need not be present, but must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the raffle.

The Dance Team Boosters are still looking for sponsors and donated items for the silent auction and raffle prizes. For more information follow the jump or Greg Crump at (760) 519-5844. [click to continue…]

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Be A Volunteer In Hosp Grove

by The Editors on September 8, 2014

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On September 27, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up at Hosp Grove from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer work will include tree planting in the East Grove, as well as trail surface improvements, litter pick up and other trail work. City staff will be on hand to assist with the volunteer event.

For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Firefighter Appreciation Day At Legoland

by The Editors on September 4, 2014

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On September 20, 2014 Legoland California will be remembering all the work Carlsbad Firefighters did this year with a Firefighter Appreciate Day.

Guests can board a real fire engine and ambulance, try on firefighter gear, race against firefighters at Fun Town Police and Fire Academy and meet Sparky the fire dog. An appreciation rally at 11 a.m. kicks off the Big Test Show. Tickets, which include a full day admission to LEGOLAND, are $35 per person with a portion of each ticket donated to the foundation. Tickets are valid Sept. 20 and can be purchased only through the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation.

For more information on how you can get tickets, please call 760-212-8825 or email davisbeach@roadrunner.com.

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Kulchins To Chair Boys & Girls Club Gala

by The Editors on August 21, 2014

Ann And David KulchinThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad are happy to announce that longtime community volunteers and advocates Ann and David Kulchin will serve as Honorary Chairs of Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s 33rd Annual “The Greatest Club on Earth!” Gala.

Dave Kulchin joined the Club’s Board of Directors in June 1999. He wore many hats during his tenure, including Board President. He currently holds the highest honor – Lifetime Honorary Board Member – as a result of his significant contributions to the Club. He and his wife, former Carlsbad Councilmember and Mayor pro-tem Ann Kulchin, raised close to $1.2 million to build a new branch of the Boys & Girls Club in Bressi Ranch. This state-of-the-art Clubhouse opened in 2011.

The gala takes place at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa on Saturday, October 25, at 6:00 pm. For all the details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Art In The Village Turns 16

by The Editors on July 18, 2014

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Hard to believe that it was 16 years ago that the Village of Carlsbad, California hosted its first Art In The Village event. But there’s no stopping it now as the annual local art showcase returns to the streets of Carlsbad on Sunday, August 10, 2014. This year more than 100 loyal and regional artists will be showing their work.

Celebrating the dynamic art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists, sculptors, photographers and craftsmen. Starting at 9 a.m. attendees can browse exhibits and listen to live music along State Street and Grand Avenue right in the heart of the Village and just blocks from Carlsbad State Beach.

For the official word from the Carlsbad Village Association, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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