Zoofari & Education: A Great Combination
(aka Wild Wonders Animal Facility) and the Bonsall Education Foundation
will be partnering to raise money for both charities.
The partnership includes tours of the enclosure, which is something
that most kids find tremendously exciting because it provides such an
up-close and personal encounter with the animals.
“We have one hundred and forty four-legged, no-legged, feathered
and furred teachers here, and they are extremely effective teachers,”
says Jackie Navarro, director of the facility.
Recently, the Bonsall Rotary Club raised funds for the Bonsall Elementary
School to have Zoofari come to the school and do an assembly.
You don’t have to be an organization to help the animals however.
A little boy who lives across the street from the center has a project
where he collects recyclables and donates the proceeds for worms for
the hedgehogs, sugar gliders and reptiles at Zoofari.
Partnering with an organization, such as the Bonsall Education Foundation,
means that both organizations benefit, which seems a smart way to do
things in these trying economic times.
The one-day event will include a meet and greet of the staff (and of
the animals too!), food and drink.
“It’s a great opportunity for families to get involved and
raise money for both organizations,” says Jackie Navarro of Zoofari.
“We’d love to offer this opportunity to other schools. I
think it is a win-win for any organization. This economy is so hard.
If we can do something like this, then we are helping two organizations
at the same time. And working with schools is great because our primary
purpose is education.”
The animals the kids like the best when they visit might surprise you.
“I think they like the hedgehogs the best because they roll in
and chew on elephant poo in the wild to keep predators away. This is
called ‘self-anointing,’” Navarro says, adding that
she knows this is a favorite with kids because they will send pictures
that they draw of hedgehogs with little “stink” lines coming
off of them.
Naturally, the children love Victor the cheetah, but another favorite
is the slow-moving tortoise. The kinkajou (aka the honey bear) is a
favorite because of its four-inch long tongue with which it extracts
honey, and, of course, Pugsly, the 14-foot Burmese Python is loved as
Victor, of course, is a great fund-raiser. “There is nothing like
hearing that purr and looking into his eyes,” says Navarro.
The Zoofari center is in a residential neighborhood in Bonsall, just
a few hundred yards from the the San Luis Rey River, off Highway 76.
It’s not a zoo. But it is available for tours, private parties
and to visit schools. Its main purpose is education and conservation.
There’s a constantly changing “cast of characters”
at Zoofari, which has an amazing number of fascinating creatures, all
gathered together as part of the mission of promoting wildlife conservation
through local and global education.
A recently added activity that is starting to gain popularity is “Zoo
Camp,” where a child gets to feed and clean the wallabies (miniature
kangaroos) and learn how to be a better steward of the ecology. Day
camps run from 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.
In spite of the fact that the center is located inside of a residential
area, you can’t smell it a ways off. You can’t even smell
it all that much when you are right there on the property.
“We clean a lot,” says Navarro by way of explanation. “That’s
our day. Cleaning and feeding and socializing with the animals.”
Recently the center acquired 5.6 acres of adjacent property. There are
no plans for the land as of yet, except to keep it undeveloped and natural
as a buffer.
Money is always a concern at Zoofari. “Unfortunately, the overhead
doesn’t change. It’s about $22,000 a month for food, staff
and veterinary care,” says Navarro. That last part can be quite
a hit since when Zoofari acquires many of its beasts, they have been
abused or even abandoned and have compromised health systems that must
be brought back.
“We just spent five thousand dollars on a snapping turtle that,
unfortunately, later died,” she says.
About 60% of the animals come from owner-relinquished animals or confiscations
of illegal animals. Most of the rest come as surplus zoo babies.
• Kenya Tour: 1 hour. The “standard” tour. Includes
some small animal interaction. Cost is $25 per person.
• Zambia Tour: 1.5 hours. Zoofari’s standard tour, plus
a fun, interactive presentation. Cost is $35 per person.
• Deluxe Tanzania Tour: For a group of up to ten people. Zoofari’s
standard tour, plus a very special cheetah encounter. $800 per group.
Each tour includes photo opportunities. Guests have the opportunity
to feed and interact with the animals. Minimum age is 6 years old.
All tours are on an appointment basis.
Your donation will help Zoofari in three important ways:
1. Providing a permanent, loving home for non-releasable wildlife.
2. Providing high quality, environmental and conservation education
for Title I schools and disadvantaged youth.
3. Providing funding to international field biologists, such as Cheetah
Conservation Botswana, to aid in their research, conservation and education
To buy tickets and find out more visit www.zoofari.net.
& Bonsall: Places to Go, People to See
friend of mine recently moved to Fallbrook from out of state, and I
started telling her about Fallbrook and Bonsall—about where to
go and what to do in this area (she did ask!). I told her to find a
copy of The Boulevard to help her get acquainted.
It occurred to me that perhaps other people, even those who have lived
here a long time like me, may want to hear about these things (or at
least my opinions on these things). I have lived in this area since
1982, and I have seen some changes! The nice thing about the Fallbrook
and Bonsall area that hasn’t changed is the sense of community.
Getting to know the people here and seeing how much they care is heartwarming.
When giving directions, I still catch myself saying “where you
see the high school,” but then I remember that the trees were
planted a long time ago and now shield the school from the road.
As you continue into town, the median is filled with sections of roses,
lavender, blooming flowers and trees. How many towns put roses in their
medians? The area is impeccably maintained, and although I confess to
not knowing who designed it or maintains it, I would like them to know
that I am truly appreciative and grateful for their efforts. It is beautiful
and an indication of how the citizens here really care about their community.
I told my friend about the great restaurants here and realized I was
hard-pressed to say which restaurant she should try first. We have a
number of Mexican restaurants (El Jardin, La Caseta and Servano’s
[formerly Rio Rico’s]) where you can get really great food, and
most of them have been in town since before my arrival (along with many
great fast food Mexican restaurants). The Italian restaurants (Trupiano’s
and Da Giorgio’s) have delicious food, and Brothers Bistro has
a tasty mix of Italian, New York and Mediterranean styles (check out
their bread pudding!)
My favorite Chinese restaurant is Peking Wok in Bonsall. The Garden
Center Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily, and for dinner on
the weekends. Their outdoor patio is quite pleasant, surrounded by flowers,
staghorn ferns and running water. There is a good chance a bunny will
peak its nose out, too.
For French food, don’t miss Le Bistro upstairs at Jackson Square.
For sandwiches, Dominick's Italian Deli wins hands down with two locations
to serve you. It is hard to beat Nessy Burgers for their burgers and
fries. And then there’s Yama Sushi, the Fallbrook Cafe and the
lovely restaurants at the many golf courses here and... who knew there
were so many? One word of warning though: the carpet rolls up pretty
early here. If you want to sit down to eat, be at the restaurant before
There are an amazing number of talented artists in this town, as witnessed
by the Art & Cultural Center, the numerous galleries, the Fallbrook
School of the Arts and the various art events that regularly occur.
The Wildlife Art Show is held the first weekend in May at the Fallbrook
Art Center and draws big crowds. And, let’s not forget the Wine
and a Bite Art Walks. What a fun way to get to know members of the community!
Fallbrook has many opportunities for having fun and meeting people,
like Hot Summer Nites, held every two weeks in the summer near the town
square, with different themes and live music. Their is also the Avocado
Festival in April that draws thousands of people.
The Fallbrook Christmas Parade is held the first Saturday of December.
It is full of fire trucks, marching bands, baton twirlers, dancers,
vintage cars, horses, llamas, dogs, kids, even goats, with Santa Claus
bringing up the rear. More than 20,000 people show up for this old-fashioned
parade, turning out to line the streets and wave. Better get there early
if you want a seat though, territory is claimed early in the morning.
The Marines from Camp Pendleton lead the parade with the flags.
Then there is the fireworks display at the Grand Tradition on July 4th,
the Lobster on the Green charity event every summer, and the annual
Gem & Mineral Society show held in the street on the first weekend
of October. The Gem & Mineral Society has a beautiful display of
minerals and fossils with many coming from the local mines.
In addition to the live music at Hot Summer Nites, there is live music
on the weekends at Ringers in Bonsall, JJ Purty's and the Red Eye Saloon.
The Americana Series offers folk, country or bluegrass, and there are
free concerts at the new library. Check out the Bottom Shelf bookstore
in the library that sells used books to help support the library. They
gladly accept donations of books to sell at reasonable prices. They
love it when you take home more books than you drop off.
The best place for produce, outside of the two farmers markets in Fallbrook
and the one in Bonsall, is Daniels IGA Market in Bonsall. A majority
of their produce is locally grown, so the cost (and the carbon footprint)
is lower. It is well worth checking out and meeting their friendly staff.
My favorite place to go for auto repairs is Scrappy's, specializing
in brakes, tires, shocks, alignments, etc. This is a third generation
business that I have been going to for 27 years, and I trust them completely.
They are also quick with a joke and even quicker to lend a helping hand
to their customers. I know there are other good places in town, but
their line of repeat customers willing to wait says a lot.
There are a number of unique stores downtown selling clothes and merchandise.
No, we don't have a Wal-Mart, and I'm rather glad of that. Shopping
at the local stores gives one an opportunity to connect with other members
of the community, as well as helping to support this community. Chatting
it up with a local proprietor is a far cry from dealing with a clerk
in a “big box” store. The friendly and knowledgeable staff
at Joe’s Hardware makes the hardware store experience enjoyable.
If you are looking for new, estate or custom-made jewelry, or just repairs,
as well as antiques, the Jewelry Connection is the place to go.
There are several thrift stores in town that funnel their proceeds back
into the community and are staffed by volunteers. The Angel Shop, St.
John's and St. Vincent de Paul's, to name a few, all contribute to local
organizations. After the fires in 2007, many events were held to help
those who had lost everything in the fires. My gratitude continues to
go out to the firemen and all those who helped during that crisis.
I could keep going, but you get the idea. There are a lot of things
to do here. In looking back over the many things that come to mind when
I think of the Friendly Village, I realize there is one recurring theme:
I love this town! I hope you find enjoyment in living (or visiting)
here as well.
Sunday Will Raise Money for Fallbrook Conservancy
When they say “Stagecoach” Sunday, they aren’t kidding!
Have you ever wanted to ride in one of those babies from the Old West?
Now is your chance!
Stagecoach Sunday, the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Fallbrook
Land Conservancy, will happen Sunday, October 2, at Palomares House,
1815 S. Stagecoach Lane, from 1–4:30 p.m.
According to Co-Chairman Gary Beeler, the event raises between $25,000–$40,000
“This is our major fund-raiser that allows us to operate the preserves
and our educational programs,” he says.
The barbecue lunch will be from 1–4:30 p.m. The menu will include
barbecue tri-tip sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans and brownies.
A genuine stagecoach, drawn by horses and provided by G & F Carriages,
will be there to give free rides to visitors.
The event itself is free, except for the charge for meals and the cost
of the tickets for the drawings.
The raffle prizes will be from different businesses. In past years,
there have been some gym memberships, certificates for golf and tennis
play, and lots of restaurants.
In the silent auction, you can bid on golfing packages, gym memberships,
paintings, crafts, jewelry, home repairs and tax consulting. Expect
to see some gunplay from a group of gunslingers who are expected to
show up, and who actually might try to pull a hold-up of the stagecoach.
Another attraction at Stagecoach Sunday will be a demonstration by falconer
Dave Morgan, who will bring one of his birds, a goshawk, to talk about.
He will give a demonstration—sending the hawk after lures. Falconry
is one of the oldest forms of hunting.
Steve Bledsoe, with the North American Herpetological Association, will
bring several snakes that are native to the area for you to get up close
and personal with—if you want to!
There will also be children’s games, including bobbing for apples,
a pumpkin painting contest and a dress up contest (it’s October
after all, and almost Halloween!) Prizes will be given for all of these
The money that is raised will be used to support the work that the conservancy
does, including land stewardship, education programs, trails and all
of its preserves.
The Conservancy owns and manages 1,848 acres of open space, including
Margarita Peak and ten other nature preserves, manages 77 acres that
it doesn’t own, and has 666 acres of conservation easements, while
maintaining 20 miles of public trails. It has 100 volunteers and between
800–1,000 active members.
The office of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy is located in the historic
Palomares House (which is where Stagecoach Sunday will happen), which
is just a few blocks past Fallbrook High School on Stagecoach Lane.
Visit their Web site at www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org,
call them at 760-728-0889, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail them at P.O. Box 2701, Fallbrook, CA 92088.
High School Could Be Decided in 2012
November of 2012, one of the most fateful election decisions of modern
times could face voters—Bonsall voters, that is!
You thought we were talking about the presidential election, didn’t
Well, for many Bonsall parents who want to take control of the educations
of their teenagers, 2012 could be a fateful year when they could establish
their own high school.
Bonsall’s unification movement began six years ago when some parents
got together and generated a petition that they took to the San Diego
County Office of Education (SDCOE) in 2007.
In a split vote of 3–2, the County board passed it on to the state.
State law mandates that nine questions be answered for an elementary
district to leave a high school district and form its own unified district.
1) Will the new district be adequate in terms of number of pupils?
2) Is the district organized on the basis of a substantial community
3) Will there be an equitable division of property and facilities between
the two districts?
4) Will each district be racially balanced?
5) Will there be increased costs to the state of California?
6) Will the new district continue to promote sound educational performance
and not disrupt the educational programs in either district?
7) Would there be any increase in facilities costs?
8) Is the purpose of the unification to try to significantly increase
9) Would the new district continue to promote sound fiscal management
and not cause a negative effect on the fiscal status of either district?
At the time of the county board’s vote, it said Bonsall didn’t
meet 7 and 9. Despite that, it voted to pass the petition on to the
California Department of Education (CDE) where it languished for several
Bonsall Supt. Justin Cunningham had been trying to get the state to
consider the petition since he came on the job four years ago.
Finally, after CDE reviewed the facilities and program plan Bonsall
submitted last year, CDE decided that Bonsall had met all nine elements
for a successful unification application, and intended to move the process
Bonsall’s proposal, says Cunningham, is a staggered approach that
would begin by keeping ninth graders at what is currently Sullivan Middle
School and moving sixth graders down to what is currently the K–5
The following year tenth graders would be held back—which would
be the same children, of course. Eventually all four high school grades
would be kept in Bonsall.
This would mitigate the fiscal impact and the impact on facilities,
This year’s eighth grade graduating class was about 150. Not all
of them would be expected to attend Fallbrook High School. So, if the
Bonsall high school had all four grades, it would have about 500 students,
with expectations of 750 within ten years. A small school, but there
are smaller ones in the county.
“We have looked at having the ability to get another site later
on for a high school,” Cunningham says, possibly land in the district
where development is taking place along Highway 76 & I-15.
The focus at the new school would be on academics, especially technology
and science, says Cunningham.
A new wrinkle that popped up this year is the need to comply with the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Despite the fact that,
at least in its beginning stages, the new district would have no new
facilities. Before the CDE can recommend putting the unification proposal
before the voters, a CEQA study is needed. However, because of the state’s
budget crisis, there is no money for such a study.
In February, two Bonsall board members, Lou Riddle and Dr. Rich Smith,
personally appealed to the state board to move the proposal forward.
They expressed great frustration with the lack of progress, so CDE arranged
for the placement of the unification application on the State Board
of Education's July agenda, whereupon the SBE approved the process moving
further if Bonsall funded the CEQA. It could cost as little as $50,000,
or as much as $400,000.
If the CEQA study determines that an environmental impact report is
required, that would cost A LOT more. But few expect that will be the
The state board, in essence, told the Bonsall board, “If you want
to fund the CEQA, you can go forward and come back to us with the findings.”
Says Cunningham, “Our schedule is to get that done within the
next year to get back on the July 2012 state board agenda. Then it would
come back to our county and set up a November 2012 election.
The Bonsall board intends to use $50,000 from developers fees to initiate
the CEQA study.
There are three possible results to such a study:
1) a negative declaration, i.e. unification would have no measurable
2) identify issues that could be corrected in a subsequent plan
3) require an environmental impact report
“Where things start being expensive is if it goes into a fullblown
EIR, but we don’t think it will,” says Cunningham. “Talking
to some groups that do these kinds of studies, they say that for this
situation, they strongly doubt we would get near that $400,000. They
think it would be much cheaper, because of our stagged approach,”
If the study is done in time, it could conceivably be sent back to the
County board to set an election.
“We’d love to get on the November 2012 election,”
says Cunningham. Obviously a presidential election year is a high interest
Who will vote in the election is still to be decided. In other words,
will the voters of the entire Fallbrook High School District vote, or
just those in Bonsall?
SDCOE has recommended that the entire high school district vote. The
CDE recommended that the people in Bonsall should decide if they should
have their own district.
Currently, the Fallbrook High School District is remaining neutral on
the proposal. Although it opposed it at the beginning, it sent no one
to speak against it before the state board.
The reason for wanting a Bonsall high school is to extend the high quality
of Bonsall’s elementary schools all the way to the 12th grade.
“Here, we have a fairly high level of performance, if you look
at the academic performance index (API),” says Cunningham.
“Our scores are going to be somewhere in the 870’s. When
this started, this district was below 800. The momentum of increased
performance makes folks feel that if we had more control of what goes
on in our high school, we could matriculate that quality to our high
school grades,” he says.
Man of La Mancha Will Combine Musicians and Actors
Welk Resorts Theater’s production of the classic musical, Man
of La Mancha, will “dream the impossible dream” from
September 8– October 30 in a show that will go down a somewhat
different road by having the actors also provide the music.
The show runs Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees, and
also Thursday and Saturday evenings.
I caught up with the director, Dan Mojica, just as he was starting the
ten-day high energy rehearsal schedule for the show.
He talked about the show’s innovation—having the actors
being the musicians.
“It is somewhat similar to what they did with Sweeney Todd
on Broadway. They will accompany themselves,” switching over between
acting and accompanying the actors—that even includes the actor
who plays the lead.
“Because it is a play within a play, it works in that way,”
he says. ”We are going to make the music a little more organic,
but using as musical instruments things that you would find within the
prison, such as cowhide and barrels.” There will, of course, be
some real instruments such as a lute, recorder and guitar.
This is Mojica’s first time directing Man of La Mancha.
“I’m quite excited about it. It’s a great little story.
“I think I like the romanticism. I like the everyman story of
it all. You have this dream that only you can see, and you try to convince
others to see your world. It’s a reality within your own head,”
He believes that the reason it has been such an enduring favorite with
audiences, “is that people get taken away by their own little
adventure of what the world is. It has an accessibility to today, it
transcends time even though it has the period feel to it.”
He compares its idealistic feel to another audience favorite, Camelot.
“We are doing it with a fairly compact cast. It’s a small
One thing he looked for in casting the show was for actors who could
be as diverse as possible. All of the actors, with exception of those
playing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, take on the many characters.
“We have a lot of improvisation as we create the scenes within
the scenes,” he says. “As a director I’m thrilled
to create this little world that we are going to embark upon.”
Of course the music is spectacular. “That is also something I’m
excited about exploring in a new way,” he said as he was embarking
upon the rehearsals. “I don’t have a preconception of how
it’s supposed to be. And, with the conception of the actors playing
the instruments as well, it’s quite a new thing.”
He looked upon it as a challenge to bring something new to the piece.
Mojica is a veteran of musical theater, having been assistant director
for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and then
on its tour around the world. He has worked with the Civic Light Opera
and did the musical Footloose last year, as well as staging
The Producers in Sacramento. He has also worked a lot with
“Musicals are my thing. Musicals are my bag, and I like do plays
like La Mancha that are very play-oriented.”
Call 888-802-SHOW for tickets.
Restore, Staff Fire Lookout on Palomar Mountain
group of dedicated volunteers is nearly done restoring Boucher Lookout,
a fire lookout built on a cliff at 5,438 feet, on Palomar Mountain.
It was the last California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
(now Cal Fire) tower to be shut down. It is now part of Palomar Mountain
State Park, which is scheduled to be shut to the public in about a year.
According to the CDF Lookout Survey of 1991, a tower has been on Boucher
Hill since 1921. About 8,250 such lookouts once existed throughout the
U.S. Now 90% are gone.
Boucher (pronounced book-er) operated about 40 years, from 1949. During
its heyday, lonely park rangers could pinpoint the location of a fire
and dispatch crews.
Today, of course, there are so many people in San Diego County, there’s
seldom a problem figuring out where a fire is. But such lookouts can
still perform a useful service, which is the reason Boucher is being
brought back into service by volunteers.
The tower has a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. On clear
days, you can see Catalina Island, 83 miles away. You can see it from
several places in Valley Center, if you use binoculars, and from most
of Palomar Mountain with the naked eye. It is quite a view, probably
the best to be had on Palomar Mountain—which is saying a lot.
It was part of a network of towers that included High Point Lookout,
which overlooks Palomar Observatory.
Fire spotters monitored fires using a fixed-point fire detection system.
When two or more lookouts spotted a fire, they used a directional fire
finder—Osborne Fire-Finder—to find a directional bearing
or azimuth to the smoke, utilizing triangulation to pinpoint it.
Boucher and many others were retired a couple of decades ago after fire
services underwent budget changes that replaced lookouts with airplanes,
cell phones and satellite pictures. Such technology has its limitations:
cell phones don’t have good service in areas where forest fires
occur and satellites can’t see a fire smaller than 15 acres.
The lookout is being restored and staffed by a non-profit group called
Forest Fire Lookout Association, Inc., San Diego, Riverside Chapter,
whose chairman is Brad Eells. Their mission is to restore and man such
The group formed three years ago. Eells had been visiting Palomar Observatory
in March of 2008 when he saw the High Point tower, which was an empty
shell. Putting it back into service required many months of hard work
and considerable donations of service and materials.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) was extremely helpful, recognizing the
valuable service that the volunteers can provide during the fire season.
The volunteers use old photos and original construction drawings to
reproduce the interiors of the lookouts as faithfully as possible, so
they cannot only function, but be museums for visitors.
The restored tower will be known as Boucher Hill Fire Lookout Station,
Education and Interpretive Center. But whether it will be able to function
in that way remains to be seen, in view of the park’s imminent
One original piece of equipment will be the Osborne Fire-Finder that
was used at CDF Boucher Hill Fire Lookout Station in Palomar Mountain
State Park from 1935 until 1983. It sat in the tower unused from 1983,
until removed for safe keeping in 2008.
Recently, Eells obtained some additional valuable stuff when he visited
the incident command center of the Eagle Fire, near Warner Springs.
Incident Commander Kevin O’Leary (familiar to many old time Valley
Center residents as our fire chief for many years) invited Eells to
the command center at the Porta La Cruz Conservation Camp because he
had some items to donate to the Boucher Hill project.
O’Leary had a visitors log from the tower and other valuable items
that will be restored to it once it opens again.
Work on the outside of the tower included replacing or repairing the
exterior and interior siding, and putting some of the original wood
exterior siding back up.
Eells and his fellow volunteers are always on the look out for people
to join them in their work.
There are about 30 of them who have undergone 16 hours of classroom
time to learn how to operate the station—plus a day of training
at the station.
If you are interested in becoming one of them, log onto the chapter’s
Web site at www.socalfirelookouts.org.
You can e-mail the chapter directly at email@example.com.
The national Forest Fire Lookout Association Web site is www.firelookout.org.
of Glass Will Put Stars in Your Eyes
The Janice Griffiths Gallery at the Fallbrook Art Center will host Galaxy
of Glass September 4– October 16, Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4
p.m. and Sundays, noon–3 p.m.
Galaxy of Glass will showcase a broad spectrum of glass created by 19
artists from the region.
“The Galaxy of Glass is a signature show of the Fallbrook Art
Center that is enjoyed and supported by the region each year,”
said Mary Perhacs, executive director of the Fallbrook Art Center.
Works for sale include sculpture, vessels, jewelry, room dividers, paperweights,
perfumers and functional ware, created using a myriad of processes including
blown, torched, slumped, cast, stained and fused.
The exhibit will be presented with historic works by leading contemporary
glass artists, from the collections of Landra Crosby and Stuart &
The Everett family, owners of Fallbrook Propane Gas Co., originated
the show 13 years ago, and continue their strong support, not only as
sponsors, but as participating artists.
Merrill Everett started blowing glass when he was in college. He decided
13 years ago that Fallbrook should have a glass show. He teamed up with
one of the art center’s founders, Helene Ross, and called up all
of his friends who are also glass blowers—the Galaxy of Glass
Everett has a glass studio in his home and sells his works through the
shows. He taught glass blowing at Orange Coast College for several years
and built studios there, at Scripps University and at the Orange County
Fairgrounds. He also built the glass blowing facility at the Fallbrook
School of the Arts at the Fallbrook Art Center and gave demonstrations
a few months ago at the school when it celebrated the adoption of its
10-year plan that includes an expanded glass art studio.
Everett says there are plenty of reasons to visit this glass art show.“We’ve
got some of the best glass artists in Southern California, including
Laguna Beach. It’s top stuff. Some of the best glass artists in
the region are from San Diego.”
“There will be prices from moderate to expensive, so there will
be something for everyone,” he adds.
Another of the exceptional artists featured at the show will be Daniele
Fratarcangeli, internationally exhibiting emerging sculptor, who received
his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
After graduating in 2007, he apprenticed with Venetian glass masters,
under contemporary artists, glass designers and craftspeople in Europe,
Scandinavia and across America.
Fratarcangeli is now teaching glass sculpture classes at the Fallbrook
School of the Arts, where you can see one of his unique “figurative
sculptures” in the window.
Fratarcangeli created this sculpture and three others that will be in
the exhibit using a unique system that is so new he hasn’t given
it a name as of yet.
“I designed a system of putting triangles together to form a glass
fabric that is strong and durable and movable. You can design anything
that way,” he says. This technique might remind some people of
the geodesic domes designed by Buckminister Fuller.
“It is even more modular and less structural than that,”
says Fratarcangeli. “It is less structural and more reliant on
the geometry of the triangle.”
He adds, “I personally have three pieces that have taken me about
a year to create. Designing that system took a long time, and I did
a lot of traveling and picked up pieces here and there and was able
to do something unique with my technique.”
Unique is the word that he likes to use to describe the show as a whole.
“I think a lot of the art is really unique, and it will be great
for people to come out and support California artists.”
The opening reception is Saturday, September 3, 5–7 p.m. Premier
Level Members are free and $10 for non-members.
The show is open daily, September 4–October 16, Monday–Saturday,
10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–3 p.m. Admission is $5 (members,
active military & under 18 are free).
Valley Vineyards Celebrate Fall Harvest with Grape Stomps
There was a time when grapes were picked by hand and juice was extracted
from the grapes by the stomping of human feet. These days, not only
are grapes picked by machines and mechanically processed and pressed,
but regulations actually prohibit any juice from grapes stomped by human
feet to be used in the production of wine.
Fortunately, this ban hasn’t stopped wineries from holding grape
stomps for celebration, nor has it stopped people of all ages from joining
in the fun. Today’s grape stomps are usually all-day events with
live music, food, competitions, wine tasting, stomping and more.
If you want to squish, squash and slosh some Cabernet between your toes,
there are plenty of opportunities to do so over the next couple months
during grape harvesting time. Below is a short list of upcoming stomps
in the Temecula Valley. You’ll want to call ahead for prices and
additional information. Also, be sure to make a reservation as most
grape stomps fill up fast.
Lorimar Winery and Vineyards
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Call for time
Callaway Vineyards and Winery
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mount Palomar Winery
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SouthCoast Winery Resort & Spa
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wilson Creek Winery
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Call for time
A Great Value & The Finest Ingredients
WDon’t expect to hear Faro Trupiano whining about the bad economy.
In these thrifty times, he finds that while people don’t give
up going to a restaurant, they demand quality for their dollar. That
suits the owner of Trupiano’s Italian Bistro in Fallbrook just
The folks who have become loyal customers of Trupiano’s have also
helped earn the restaurant recognition several times from contests,
such as the annual Taste of Fallbrook. Last spring he won a First Place
from the judges and a Second Place People’s Choice award and honorable
mention for a delicacy he invented—the avocado cremé brule.
Last year, the restaurant also won the People’s Choice, First
Place for fusilli caprese. This hot pasta dish includes marinated grilled
chicken, buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil—but the
“secret ingredient” is white balsamic vinegar added to the
The dish that won the judge’s award is a menu item added for fall:
crespelle di autunno (autumn crepe), made with spinach, asparagus, mushrooms,
ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, wrapped in a crepe and topped with tarragon
and nutmeg-infused pumpkin creme sauce. Yum!
What is his secret for consistently winning judges’ and people’s
choice awards? “I never compromise the integrity of my ingredients
or my food,” says Trupiano.
He preserves the recipes and continues the tradition of his mother,
Mama Trupiano, a native of Sicily, who recently retired after 35 years
in the restaurant business, and whose recipes are used in four family
restaurants around the country.
“I pride myself on keeping up her recipes,” he says.
He also comes up with new recipes of his own from time to time.
His philosophy is to combine fresh ingredients with making each recipe
to order. When you order an eggplant dish, that eggplant starts in its
raw form. Nothing is premade. There are no warming trays.
“It’s always challenging and fun to keep up with the current
trends and how people are dining,” he says.
The food also isn’t overly seasoned. “That’s one thing
I learned from Mama,” he says. “She was able to make dishes
using the food’s natural flavors. You don’t need to add
a bunch of salt and garlic to make the flavor of what you are serving.”
Trupiano added “heart healthy” menu items last year that
include dishes made with wheat pasta and gluten free pasta served with
extra virgin olive oil and sauteed vegetables, as well as, grilled salmon
and grilled chicken.
The last time we checked in with Faro Trupiano, he was a bachelor, but
that changed in October of 2010. His wife, Sara, although she has her
own career, helps him with their catering service.
When he was still single, Faro used to fix food for himself before testing
it on his customers’ tastebuds. “Now I get to experiment
new dishes on her,” he says with a grin.
And, of course, they also serve a variety of pizzas, ranging from the
simple basic Margherita, made with mozzarella, oregano, basil and sauce,
to the Trupiano special, which has a wealth of toppings.
The restaurant showcases local wines, especially wines from the Fallbrook
Winery, as the house vintage.
“After seven years in Fallbrook, I really feel part of the community—earning
my place. I hear people talk about restaurants that were here before
me and which made a name for themselves. I’m enjoying doing the
same. It’s really exciting to feel a part of the town.”
When you visit Trupiano’s, you’ll be waited on personally
by Faro. He has trained the staff in his style of cooking and prefers
to interact with customers to find out what they like and don’t
They often thank him for being in Fallbrook and for making them feel
a part of his family.
“Fallbrook people are very loyal and appreciative,” he says.
This year Trupiano’s is launching a barbecue catering division.
We are not talking about Italian barbecue—if there is such a thing—but
traditional barbecued delicacies such as pulled pork, barbecue trip
tip, cole slaw, baby back ribs, corn-on-the-cob and corn bread. This
is strictly a catering menu and is not served at the restaurant. It
can be prepared for 25 to 500 guests.
Trupiano’s Italian Bistro is located at 945 S. Main Street in
Fallbrook. It is open seven days a week: Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9
p.m., Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday, 4–9
Trupiano’s also offers cooking classes. Visit their website at
for menus and more information.
P.O.B. 1529, Valley Center, CA 92082
Tel. 760.749.1112 Fax 760.749.1688
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