February 2012

Carlsbad Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

by The Editors on February 29, 2012

Dr-Seuss-1-SizedFriday, March 2, 2012 would have been Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel’s) 98th birthday (he died in 1991). To celebrate this event the Carlsbad Library is having a free story time at 3:30 PM:

. . . featuring special guest readers including members of the Carlsbad City Council. Kids and their families can also enjoy a visit from the Cat in the Hat and a Seuss-themed cake at the celebration.

The man was a hero and continues to inspire children of all ages. Join in the fun Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM at 1775 Dove Lane, in Carlsbad. For more info follow the jump or call (760) 602-2047 [click to continue…]

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The Lululemon/Specialized Carlsbad Video

by The Editors on February 28, 2012

We learned a few things watching this video. We were most excited to discover that Carlsbadistan apparently has a pier under which the Lululemon/Specialized women’s cycling team loves to hang out. Promo video don’t have to tell the truth, right? It’s marketing. Plus, we already know what yoga does to people. Glad they at least got the rolling beauty of Carlsbadistan right.

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CUSD To Cut 160 Teachers?

by The Editors on February 27, 2012

DistrictofcHow’s this for insanity in the first world. On Friday night, February 24, 2012, trustees of the Carlsbad Unified School District voted to cut nearly 160 teachers in an effort to bring their budget into balance, according to a story in the UT San Diego.

But they say cuts will only happen if the Carlsbad Unified Teachers’ Association doesn’t agree to “pay concessions.

About 60 elementary school teaching jobs were cut Friday night, along with the Carlsbad Unified School District’s sole librarian, six art teachers, eight science teachers and eight math teachers. Art, science, English, music, physical education and world language jobs were also shaved from the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Which reminds us. Shouldn’t cuts to the budget come from things that aren’t necessary? If the trustees would look at things in the proper order they would see that teachers should always be the last to go.

Click here for CUTA’s President Sally Estep’s speech to the school board on Friday night.

[Link: UT San Deigo and CUTA News]

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Carlsbad’s Own School House Rock – Live Jr.

by The Editors on February 23, 2012

Tomorrow night, Friday, February 24, 2012 The Carlsbad Community Theatre will open their newest show, School House Rock – Live Jr.

Who doesn’t remember “Conjunction Junction, I’m Just a Bill”, and many other songs. . . And not only are these kids talented, they are ready to perform on Friday! Come join us for a fun evening with your family!

For more information on the show or on Carlsbad Community Theatre in general, click the link.

[Link: Carlsbad Community Theatre]

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The New Alga Norte Skate Park

by The Editors on February 20, 2012

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According to Carlsbadistan based Action Sport Design, Carlsbad’s upcoming Alga Norte Skatepark will look a lot like this.

The new City of Carlsbad, CA Skate Park is ready for 2012 ! ASD was selected to completely re-design the park before construction. Thanks for all the input from Pro Skater Andy Mac on the bowls and the entire ASD team for their hard work.

This skateboard park has been in the planning stages so long that it’s good that it gets a little update. And it looks good. The bowls look fun and the street section looks like the latest in skate plaza goodness. This should be good.

The City of Carlsbad is currently seeking bids from pre-qualified construction companies and construction of the park project could start “before summer.” The sooner the better.

[Link: City of Carlsbad]

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Comedy Of Errors Previews Tonight

by The Editors on February 9, 2012

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Previews for the New Village Arts Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors kicked off last night (February 8, 2012) and continue through Friday night, February 10, 2012.

The Ensemble is at it again, this time tackling Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Director Justin Lang and the creative team behind Comedy have a seriously funny take on this uproarious farce that’s all about mistaken identity. We have relocated Shakespeare’s most slapstick comedy to – where else? A 1950′s television studio in Hollywood. . . Comedy of Errors is kind of like “Wife-Swap”… but by accident… and with husbands… mixed in with I Love Lucy and Dick Van Dyke. It’s an evening of hilarious fun, done in a style that only the NVA Ensemble could pull off.

Pay what you want Thursday and Friday night (February 9-10, 2012). Opening night is Saturday, February 11, 2012. The New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad, California. To purchase tickets click here.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]

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Carlsbad Lancer Dancers Win Hip Hop Nationals

by The Editors on February 9, 2012

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At the National Dance Team Chamionships at Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort on February 4-5, 2012 the Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers varsity dance team took first place in the Varsity Hip Hop competition to win their 9th National title.

“After the team danced at finals, I was thrilled! They came out with such intensity and left it all on the dance floor!” said Laura. Team captain, Camille Posard, states, “We were fighting hard to defend our Championship Title and the competition was extremely tough. All those hours of practice, rehearsals, and sacrifices culminated minutes before the Finals. During our pep-talk we all had tears in our eyes and a roaring fire lit inside.”

Congrats to all the girls. Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]

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The Riehl World: Say It Ain’t So, Farrah

by Richard J. Riehl on February 9, 2012

FarrahtealWouldn’t it be nice if grocery stores and gas stations would sign pledges to stop taxing us with higher prices until they cut their business expenses an equal amount? They could protect their profits by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in their operations. We customers could help them find the waste to prove they don’t have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem.

Sound familiar? That’s the thinking behind a local political activist group that’s asking state office holders and candidates to sign its Promise to California Taxpayers pledge. Signers must promise to vote against all tax increases, amendments to Proposition 13 and increased taxpayer contributions to public employee pension plans.

I was disappointed to learn that Carlsbad City Council member and candidate for the 76th District seat in the California Assembly, Farrah Douglas, was one of the first five signers.

Follow the jump for the rest. [click to continue…]

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad Youth Of The Year

by The Editors on February 7, 2012

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Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Gerald Ball and Club CEO Brad Holland.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named their Youth of the Year and Finalists and the winner is Gerald Bell.

Currently a junior at Carlsbad High School, Gerald became a member at the Village Branch six years ago. He immediately became involved in all the activities that were offered. He lives the adage “good citizenship is doing good when nobody is looking,” and he’s very involved with Keystone Club, a service/leadership program. With over 350 community service hours in the last year, Gerald is all about helping others. “I hope to become a psychiatrist and help people with mental disabilities,” says Gerald. “The Boys & Girls Club is an important part of my life, and will always be that way. It’s a place for fun, adventures, happiness, security, and like a second family.”

Bell and the three other finalists, Keli Moriarty-Alkire, Marina Rodriguez, and Mara Waynick, were honored at a “super star dinner” held February 1, 2012 at the Carlsbad Village branch. Bell was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. For more of the official details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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