April 2012

Spring Better Book Sale At Cole Library

by The Editors on April 23, 2012

Book SaleThe Friends of the Carlsbad Library are hosting their Spring Better Books Sale on Saturday and Sunday April 28-29, 2012. In addition to books, there will be a special group of collectible records and CDS.

There are books of current and classic fiction, coffee table books, beautiful art books, cookbooks, travel, sports, music, history, biography, children’s and many other categories of books to choose from. And they are all very affordably priced (cash and checks accepted). . . All profits from the sale are used for Carlsbad Library programs. The Friends provide major support for the children’s Summer Reading Program, the Carlsbad Reads Together community event and the Magee Park Poetry program. We also pay for enhanced technology, extra copies of bestsellers and programs for kids and teens. Friends volunteers staff the Friends Book Store at the Dove Library and keep the bookstore area at the Cole stocked with books for all interests.

The sales is at the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad. Follow the jump for details. [click to continue…]

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The Riehl World: A Lawmaker’s Lament

by Richard J. Riehl on April 19, 2012

Garrick PortYou can tell from his most recent mailer that Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad, hates his job. He complains about having to work year-round in Sacramento, with little time to ask local voters what they want him to do there. Forced to accept an overblown salary while working full-time on issues that “are not priorities for the hard-working people of this state,” he can’t take a second job in the real world.

So what’s an unhappy State Assembly member to do? Survey his constituents, of course, to see if they agree he and his colleagues are overpaid, out of touch and underemployed.

Mindful of how busy we all are, Garrick boils his survey down to four simple, yes, or no questions and one “positive” or “negative” opinion. If you answer yes to the first question, lawmakers should have full-time careers and be part-time politicians, the next three are easy. Yes, you want a part-time legislature, yes, the legislature passes too many bills, and yes your representative is grossly overpaid. If you think “no” answers are acceptable, check out the answer sheet included or just Google “Congress: job ratings.” [click to continue…]

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Speak Out Against Lagoon Industrialization

by The Editors on April 18, 2012


On Thursday, April 19, 2012 the California Energy Commission is meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Wavecrest Ballroom. At 5 PM citizens will have a chance to comment on NRG’s plans to build another powerplant on their property between the railroad tracks and Interstate 5.

NRG, owner of the 57-year old Encina Power Station, has made no guarantee that it will tear Encina down if the new plant is approved, meaning that Carlsbad would be home to two power plants on its coast. Several thousand local residents have opposed this project because: I-5 widening will create a dangerous situation. This plant will the closest ever to a major freeway; Fire safety concerns; Increase in air pollution; Disruption of view corridors; Violates Carlsbad land-use rules.

For more on why this powerplant is a bad idea and what you can do to make your voice heard, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Big Skate & Surf Sample Sale This Weekend

by The Editors on April 17, 2012

Black Box

On Friday, April 20-21, 2012 Carlsbadistan’s Black Box Distribution is having a sample sale at their warehouse. Get great deals on samples and discontinued styles from skateboard (and surf) brands like Fallen, Insight, Zero, Mystery, Slave, Super and Destroyer. Stuff like T-shirts, flannels, fleece, denim, shorts, belts, bags, socks, decks, and surfboards.

This is a great chance to get all set for summer. The sale begin Friday, April 20 at 11 AM. Block Box is located at 2777 Loker Ave. West Ste-A, Carlsbad (back left parking lot). Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]

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CEF Makes Legoland Affordable For A Half Day

by The Editors on April 16, 2012

Celebrate CarlsbadThanks to a special deal created through a partnership between the Carlsbad Education Foundation and Legoland called Celebrate Carlsbad Day local families will have the chance to purchase advance tickets to visit Legoland on April 28, 2012 (after 1 PM) for $20 (a price locals should get all year).

The annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day at LEGOLAND® will be held on Saturday, April 28th. Specially-priced $20 LEGOLAND tickets include admission starting at 1:00 pm with park hours extended to 9:00 and a special fireworks display at 8:30. SEA LIFE Aquarium tickets are also available at a discounted rate of $6 each. Parking is $12 at the gate. . . Live student performances and donor recognition will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 on a stage in Miniland USA. LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives at Carlsbad schools.

Yes, it’s amazing to us that Legoland won’t allow a full day in the park for $20, but we guess the Carlsbad Education Foundation has to take what they can get. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the CEF office at (760) 929-1555 or by emailing Patty@CarlsbadEd.org

An even better way to support the Carlsbad Education Foundation is to make a direct donation. Click here for more info. Or, follow the jump for the official word from the CEF. [click to continue…]

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Kids Act At New Village Arts Theatre

by The Editors on April 12, 2012

Kids Act

Have some kids who love nothing more than putting on shows? Now, thanks to Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre they can get some professional training even if they’re as young as 4 years old with Kids Act.

Kids Act can help motivate, inspire and enrich your child. . . With 2 distinct age groups (4-6yrs & 7-11yrs) and class sizes small enough to tailor each child’s experience, Kids Act is a special way to ignite your student’s imagination.

Session start on April 16, 2012. For more details, or to sign up click here.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]

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Chemical Fire Closes Carlsbad Streets

by The Editors on April 11, 2012

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Two Carlsbad fire fighters working the building following the fire.

A hazardous materials spill and resulting fire at what we call the “old vitamin factory” on Tyler Street closed four square blocks of Barrio Carlsbad Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Carlsbad Police had Tyler and Roosevelt Streets closed between Pine Ave. and Chestnut Ave. in the mid afternoon and had still not opened at 5:30 PM while Carlsbad Fire Department Hazardous Material crews worked to clean up. For more photos, follow the jump.

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Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Gala 2012

by The Editors on April 11, 2012

Gala Owl 4 With Date-1The theme of the annual Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Gala, to be held May 19, 2012, will be Discover The Magic. The gala will feature food from The Canyons Restaurant, Carlsbad Aquafarm, Carlsbad Chocolate Bar, Carlsbad Edible Arrangements, Hapi Sushi, Kings Fish House, Red Oven – Artisanal Pizza, Vigilucci’s, and The Village Bistro.

The Fabulous Pelicans will get you out on the dance floor, and the evening will include a silent and live auction, with a special feature from Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Owl Box project with a child-decorated priceless owl box for one lucky winner. This magical evening includes an exclusive appearance by Project Wildlife’s own resident owl, a magicians “wand off”, the long awaited unveiling of the Donor Wall by Artist Michael Leach…..and guests will compete in a wand decorating contest for a chance to win a prize.

The price for the evening’s festivities is $85 for members, $125 for prospective members. For more info follow the jump or call 760-804-1969. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Beach Crosswalks Get Safety Upgrade

by The Editors on April 11, 2012

Crosswalk2After numerous accidents and daily perilous close calls, the City of Carlsbad has finally committed to upgrading the crosswalks on Coast Highway (Carlsbad Blvd.) with medians and “high-visibility crosswalks.” This improvement has been a long time coming.

The project will improve pedestrian crosswalks at six locations along the scenic coastal roadway: Oak, Pine, Sycamore, Maple, Cherry and Hemlock avenues. . . . At five of these — Oak, Sycamore, Maple, Cherry and Hemlock — the improvements will include the installation of a raised median in the center of Carlsbad Boulevard, giving pedestrians an island in the middle of the road where they can stop halfway across. The city also will install warning signs, and some could include rectangular flashing lights that pedestrians can activate when they want to cross at these locations, to alert motorists that someone is entering the crosswalk.

We’ve always said that the most dangerous thing about going to the beach in Carlsbadistan is crossing Coast Highway. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Relm Wine Bar Opens Today In San Elijo Hills

by The Editors on April 10, 2012


Eastern Front fans of Carlsbadistan’s Relm wine beer bistro will be happy to learn that Relm’s San Elijo location is opening live today (April 10, 2012).

We’re thrilled to announce that our new location in SAN ELIJO HILLS opens today at noon! Come join us! We’re happy to be part of such a great community & look forward to many future good times ahead.

Now there are two, two, count them two places to check out great local art, music, and get your buzz on at the same time. The new Relm is located at 1231 Elfin Forest Road, unit 110, in the heart of that oddly Stepfordy San Elijo Hills.

[Link: Relm]

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