December 2014

Carlsbad Gets Its Arch Back

by The Editors on December 30, 2014

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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Disney Star Visits Carlsbad Boys & Girls Clubs

by The Editors on December 15, 2014


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…]


Friday Night Live: Christmas in The Village

by The Editors on December 10, 2014

Susanna Kurner And Band

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.


Shop, Share, & Score in Carlsbad Village

by The Editors on December 9, 2014


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.


Skateboarder Chris Cole Hits Up Alga Norte

by The Editors on December 5, 2014

Are your kids tired of skating Carlsbad’s newest skateboard park at Alga Norte? This mini-session from pro skateboarder Chris Cole should give them a few ideas on some new lines to take. Pretty smooth, huh? He makes this skatepark look even better than it is and gives away a couple pairs of Thunder Trucks in the process.


Carlsbad Community Building Grants

by The Editors on December 5, 2014


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…]


5th Annual Carols of Carlsbad This Saturday

by The Editors on December 4, 2014

This Saturday the Carlsbad Education Foundation welcomes the Holiday Season with the 5th Annual Carols of Carlsbad at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. The event will features live musical performances from a variety of Carlsbad Unified School District kindergarten through high school students. It’s all starts at 3 PM on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]


City Installs New Lights In Carlsbad Village

by The Editors on December 2, 2014

Street LightingThe 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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Enjoy Holiday At The Rancho On December 6

by The Editors on December 1, 2014

Holiday At The Rancho

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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NVA’s The Nutcracker (Not The Ballet)

by The Editors on December 1, 2014

This is not The Nutcracker you’re thinking of. Well, it’s the same story, but as the hashtag points out this is #nottheballet. This version of the famous Christmas story, directed by Kristianne Kurner, runs at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theatre from November 29 to December 31, 2014.

A fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas with the help of a magical nutcracker. This modern production weaves together magic, original song and spellbinding spectacle – fit for the whole family! West Coast Premiere. . . Created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phil Klapperich and Kevin O’Donnell for The House Theatre in Chicago, IL.

For a parents guide to the production, click here. For tickets, click here. The New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State St, in Carlsbad, California.

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