Therapeutic Trotting: Providing Therapy
1984, a group of loving and devoted parents in San Marcos staged what
they felt at the time would be a fun horse riding experience for their
disabled loved ones. From that handful of students and hopeful helpers
emerged a program that has now changed hundreds of lives.
REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths) therapeutic
horsemanship program is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization located
Through supervised horseback riding, the program provides therapy for
children and adults with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism,
Down Syndrome, head injuries, visual and hearing impairments, Multiple
Sclerosis, seizure disorders, speech and learning disabilities and other
mental and physical challenges.
“We are very proud to be one of the leading therapeutic riding
programs in the nation,” said Jennifer Gambrell, development coordinator.
“REINS is currently ranked in the top five percent out of more
than 700 PATH International organizations across the nation, and people
have come from all over the U.S. to participate in our continuing education
workshops and to see and support our program.”
The benefits of such a program are numerous. The pure magic of seeing
and petting a horse is often enough to put a grin on a student’s
face. To actually go for a horseback ride makes it that much more emotionally
But it doesn’t stop there. According to the REINS Web site, therapeutic
riding not only gives students a fun way to get outside and make new
friends, but it is also credited for improving normalization of muscle
tone, balance reactions, motor skills and coordination, equilibrium
responses, pelvic stability, speech and language development, and visual-spatial
skills. Not to mention self esteem.
“It is obvious that being able to sit up on their own or being
able to walk would be a huge advantage for our students. But there are
so many small little things that affect a family when someone is disabled,”
Gambrell said. “We are so happy to be able to provide a place
where our students can gain the strength and confidence they need and
are able to improve their quality of life.”
One touching example that Gambrell likes to share is that of Kacie and
Mikayla, twin 4-year-old girls with Cerebral Palsy that were once so
weak they were not expected to live.
“Kacie and Mikayla came to us when they were two years old. Both
were in wheelchairs, needed to be hand fed and were never without a
caretaker,” Gambrell said. “Neither of the girls could hold
up their own head when they first started riding.”
At home, the family was having trouble with how startle-able the girls
were. Even the slightest noise, such as the fridge door opening, would
scare the girls to the point of tears, and it would often take their
mother up to 30 minutes to calm them down.
When they first started riding at REINS, the movement of the horses
would lull the girls into relaxing their muscles, yet the smallest out-of-rhythm
movement would still startle them and they’d have to start the
process all over again.
Not anymore. Gambrell said riding at REINS has now given both girls
enough strength and confidence that their family can freely play, talk,
cook and go about their daily lives without the fear of scaring the
“The amount of relief this has brought the family is something
they talk about all the time,” Gambrell explained.
In addition to therapy practices, REINS riders are taught true horsemanship
skills and receive lessons based on their abilities. With advanced and
certified instructors, horse therapists and more than 300 volunteers,
REINS works with about 200 students each week.
Each lesson costs $95, yet the organization only charges students $27—making
charitable contributions, grants and donations essential.
“We know that our students are faced with medical bills that are
astronomical,” Gambrell said. “We hold fund-raisers, write
grants and solicit donations so that we can keep our cost to our students
as low as possible. We couldn’t work without generous contributions
of time and money from the community. They have built REINS into what
it is today.”
REINS’s next fund-raiser is the 15th annual Country Hoedown coming
up Saturday, October 8 from 4–10 p.m. The event will feature dancing,
dinner, riding demonstrations, a silent auction and more. All funds
from the Hoedown go directly to REINS and its students.
If you can’t make the Hoedown, no problem. REINS welcomes visitors
to come down any time to see their riders, trainers and volunteers in
“People can come on their own, or they can schedule a tour,”
Gambrell said. “We often go to organizations and companies to
give speeches, but seeing the program in person is the best way. It
is a life-changing experience to see our students and actually be able
to watch them improve their lives.”
For more information on REINS, its therapies or the Country Hoedown,
call 760-731-9168 or visit www.reinsprogram.org.
REINS 15th Annual Country Hoedown
Saturday, October 8 • 4–10 p.m.
Tickets: $45 each for adults ($50 at the door), $20 for children under
12 ($25 at the door) and children 2 and under are free.
All profits go directly to REINS.
Call 760-731-9168 for more information or visit www.reinsprogram.org
Unique Gem and Mineral Show is Fun for All Ages
about a fascinating hobby at the annual Fallbrook Fall Festival of Gems
and Minerals and Fossils October 2 in Fallbrook.
You will have a hard time finding another show like this anywhere. The
society that puts it on, the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society which
was founded in 1957, has been recognized as one of the most unique gem
societies in the country.
The celebration will be held October 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Alvarado Street
between Main and Mission. The street is cordoned off and the block houses
the museum itself at 123 W. Alvarado Street, in what used to be Fallbrook's
old telephone exchange building. That has been the museum’s home
for nine years.
Although the festival is a lot of fun for all ages, it is a fund-raiser
that will benefit the museum, which will be open during the festival
and is always free to the public. You need money to keep a museum open!
The money helps this nonprofit organization pay off the mortgage for
the building it occupies. It is one of the few privately-owned museums
to own its own land.
The festival is always held on the first Sunday of October. Vendors
selling all things related to the mineral hobby will ply their trade,
according to the past club president Janice Bricker. They will sell
jewelry, cut stones, beads, minerals and fossils.
“We also have free gem identification, so if people have gemstones
in their rings and don’t know what they are, they can bring them,
or even if they have a rock and they don’t know what it is, they
can bring it,” says Mrs. Bricker.
Another attraction is the Wheel of Fortune, which kids love, because
you spin the wheel and get a prize.
Another fun thing to do, especially fun for the kids, is to see geodes
broken in half to reveal their scintillating, glittering centers. Mrs.
Bricker’s husband, Garth, will probably give a gold panning demonstration,
and others will demonstrate how to make a sphere from a gem. It is fascinating
to watch the stone turning and turning until it is transformed into
a perfect, shining sphere.
Silent auctions are run continuously during the day inside the auditorium
offering all kinds of items that are related to the hobby at great prices.
The Fallbrook Kiwanis Club will operate a food booth offering hamburgers,
hot dogs, nachos, donuts and cold drinks.
The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society is widely regarded as one of the
best such societies in the country. It was profiled in the January 2010
issue of Rock & Gem magazine, the Bible of gem hobbyists.
One of the things that might have sparked the club’s interest
over the years is the fact that it is 20 minutes away from the Pala
tourmaline mines that have been continuously operating for over 100
It is an hour from the Himalaya mine in Mesa Grande, which has produced
the most tonnage of tourmaline in the world. Especially pink tourmaline,
which was a favorite of the last dowager Empress of China, who at the
turn of the century sent servants to San Diego County to sift through
the stones for choice specimens that would later become buttons on her
mandarin jackets or would decorate her imperial shoes.
It is equally distant from the Little Three Mine in Ramona, internationally
known for its aquamarine and spessartine garnets.
The 4,000 square-foot museum is the home to collections of minerals
from around the world with special attention paid to the minerals of
San Diego County, such as topaz, beryl, morganite and aquamarine.
It has a well-stocked gift shop with unusual gifts, such as jewelry
(of course!) and decorator items. “The kids like the minerals
because they can afford them. We try to keep a nice selection for them
and grab bags are always a big seller. The kids love the grab bags!”
says Mrs. Bricker.
They are also fascinated by displays, such as the fluorescent display
where they can see how different minerals react to ultraviolet light.
They also like the many fossils exhibited. The museum is currently featuring
a new fossil display case.
A real attention grabber when you enter the museum is the life-sized
mastodon fossil replica. It is there in remembrance of the actual mastodon
bone that was unearthed across the street, in what is now a parking
lot, when workers were digging for an old hotel that was located there
for many years.
The society meets ten months a year (except July and August) on the
second Thursday of the month from 7-9 p.m. People come from all over
the United States to give talks at these meetings, and, of course, there
are lots of programs on the nearby mines of Pala.
For more information about the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society,
visit their Web site at www.fgms.org
or call 760-728-1130.
Country Festival: More Fun Than Ever!
SThe Bonsall Country Festival, just about the most fun you can have
in one place, is heading your way October 8, with music, food and much
more—all at the River Village Shopping Center.
This annual event, now in its 8th year, sponsored by the Bonsall Chamber
of Commerce, will feature the successful traditions of previous festivals
with a little extra flair.
“We're still planning to have the food, crafts, entertainment
and the beer and wine garden,” said Ruthie Harris, Bonsall Chamber’s
executive administrator. “But, we like to change things up a little
bit each year for variety.”
This year’s entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter
“Chris James is totally awesome,” Harris says. “I
saw him play with Old School in 2010, and he also played at Hot Summer
Nites, and the whole crowd was out dancing and having a great time.
I thought to myself, 'Oh yeah, we've got to have him at the festival,’
so he is coming back.”
James is a highly successful local pop and rock entertainer who currently
plays with the bands Firefly, 34Below, and Old School. His band, 34Below,
has been heard on radios across the globe. James has written songs with
the likes of Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), and he has shared the stage
with acts like Sugar Ray, Hootie and the Blowfish, Vertical Horizon,
The Calling, Gin Blossoms, Pete Best (former Beatles drummer), Switchfoot,
CCR, REO Speedwagon, the Pat McGee Band, Five For Fighting and A.J.
Expect a lot of high energy, alternative, rock and pop songs because
James plays it all.
In addition to enjoying the live entertainment, you should plan to spend
a few hours perusing the food and craft booths. Harris says she has
been searching for new vendors for a whole year, and her efforts have
She expects to have more than 60 vendors and booths setting up for the
“I've found some really cool vendors—ones I haven’t
seen anywhere else,” Harris says. “We have a huge variety,
everything from plants, crafts, food and more. There really is something
Harris says that the vendor openings actually have sold out the last
two years and there was a waiting list.
“This is great news for Bonsall because it means a little extra
revenue for the Chamber, which goes right back to the community,”
“We were able to make money last year on the festival which allows
us to continue giving back to our community through programs and events.”
Profits from the festival go towards community functions such as the
monthly Bonsall Sundowner events and the Bonsall Dude scholarship.
Speaking of the Bonsall Dude: both the Bonsall Dude and the Bonsall
Honorary Mayor will be announced at the festival.
This year will again include more vendors on fire prevention with
additional information on Wildland Urban Interface codes and regulations.
“We live in a high risk fire zone,” Harris points out. “So
we really want to get the word out about how to prevent wild fires.
It’s important to have the information accessible and available
for our residents. We even have a fire truck for the kids.”
The Chamber is actually expanding the kids’ play area because
the children seemed to have such a blast last year. There will be live
entertainment, a giant slide, games, a coloring contest and an other
games and activities.
“It’s just really a super fun day," Harris says. “And
we really want to thank our sponsors for making it all possible. Without
SDG&E, Pacific Animal Productions, Allies Party Rentals and The
Village News, The Boulevard Magazine, Sullivan Solar, the Pala Band
of Mission Indians and the North County Times, we couldn't have such
a great festival.”
The festival will take place at the River Village Shopping Center on
the corner of South Mission and Hwy 76. For more information, or for
a vendor application, visit www.bonsallchamber.org
or call 760-630-1933.
New, What’s Happening At Welk Resorts
Here is a win/win for you. Get in a little healthy exercise AND help
raise funds for local fire safety.
For the first time, Welk Resorts will be hosting the Run 4 Safety on
Saturday, October 15. This is an event that will raise funds for the
Deer Springs Fire Protection District.
There are two events in one: The 5K Run and the 1 Mile Walk.
According to organizer, Jeremy Graham, the 5K Run starts at the downtown
area near the Canyon Grille and follows the Fountains Golf Course for
3.2 miles. It follows the paved roadways through the resort with a total
elevation gain of 170 feet. The 5K Run starts at 7:30 a.m. Check in
is at 6:30 a.m. at the start and finish line at the Grille. The cost
is $35 to participate, and with that you get a T-shirt. All the proceeds
go to benefit the fire district.
The 1 Mile Walk starts at 8:30 am. It takes you through the roadways
of the resort, including the pond and the circle. It has a total elevation
gain of 25 feet. It also begins and ends near the Canyon Grille. The
cost is also $35, which also benefits the fire district.
At the end of the finish line, you will find the Second Annual Safetyfest
and Deer Springs Fire District Open House. This safety event includes
static displays from emergency organizations from throughout the county,
helpful information for keeping your family safe and prepared, a bicycle
rodeo and many of the vendors who sell at Welk’s farmers market.
Fourteen safety agencies have confirmed they will attend. They include
Deer Springs Fire District, Cal Fire, the San Diego Burn Institute,
American Red Cross, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego
Gas & Electric Co. Another 14 have tentatively confirmed they will
attend. There will be plenty of fire trucks, police cars, bulldozers
and command center cars.
You also have the opportunity to take a tethered hot air balloon ride
up to 135 feet for $10 per ride.
Find out more by visiting www.welkresort.com/safety.
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According to Graham, “All the money that is raised goes to Deer
Springs, which is on a tight budget. One thing that it will go towards
particularly is pool safety, which is a program that Deer Springs and
Cal Fire are doing together.”
Another beneficiary will be Station 12, where they are doing improvements.
Right now the station is little more than a tin shack. They are making
it into an actual structure.
The event will be “super fun,” according to Graham. “We
are going to have folk art vendors and food similar to the farmers market.
There will be a pumpkin patch, pony rides, haunted house and bounce
Welk’s spa will also be there doing free demos after the race.
There will also be prizes for the winners.
There are other fun things going on at Welk’s during October,
particularly Welk’s Oktoberfest Under the Lights, which happens
every Tuesday, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. during the month.
You’ll find plenty of Bavarian-themed food such as bratwurst,
German potatoes and sauerkraut.
The resort just finished renovating 286 units of the Resort Villas.
The work, completed in July, took a year and cost over $7 million.
Welk Resorts is one of the best hospitality values anywhere, and that
is reflected in the fact that more than 90% of the rooms are rented
out at any particular moment.
The Villas got new floors, counters, furniture, sinks and other amenities.
And they’re not done! The budget was just approved to do a similar
renovation of the 230 Villas on the Green, beginning in October.
To find out more, call 760-749-3000, drop by for a visit at 8860 Lawrence
Welk Drive in Escondido or look on the Web site at www.welkresorts.com.
Rod Run: The Sound of Thunder
There is nothing like the sound of thunder produced by hundreds of hot
rods rumbling through the streets at the same time!
It’s a sound that reaches into your bones and vibrates in your
hands and produces an involuntary smile on your face.
Experience it at the Fall Rod Run, October 14 & 15, at Temecula’s
Old Town, which is shut down to traffic on Front Street and the side
streets from First to Sixth Street. The only street left open to traffic
is Mercedes. Shuttles take you from the parking areas (see below) to
where the event takes place.
You’ll hear the sound of thunder on Friday evening’s Cruise
Night, 5–8 p.m. Hundreds of hot rods cruise through town from
north to south. Announcers talk about each of the vehicles as they cruise
This is followed on Saturday by the car show from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
The judges go through and check out the 700 cars that are entered and
at 3 p.m. they award prizes.
In the midst of the cars, there is a street festival with food, auto
part vendors, and a celebrity zone where the organizers encourage celebrities
from reality TV shows such as Big Brother and Bull Run to give autographs—and
where you can donate food items.
Two Rod Runs are held in Temecula, in the spring and in the fall. Last
year’s Rod Run was attended by 78,000 visitors, making it the
biggest event in town, outdrawing even the Temecula Balloon and Wine
The two Rod Runs are charity events produced by P&R Foundation,
a nonprofit group that puts on several events around the community.
Founders are Ray Waite and Ronda Henne. They took over running the events
in 1999. They do the events in conjunction with the Drifter Car Club
of California, based in Murrieta. About 200 members of the Drifters
volunteer every year to make the event a success.
Rod Run is one of their larger events. The money goes to various charities
within the Temecula Valley, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 4089, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club of South Temecula,
American Cancer Society and to local food pantries.
This year the number of free bands playing has been increased from one
to three different locations in Old Town.
There is also a Little Rodder Zone for kids under age 12, that includes
pottery painting, face painting and more.
“We encourage local businesses who have anything to do with kids
to be there to help entertain the kids,” said a spokesman for
Free public parking is located in the Civic Center parking structure
located on the south end of Old Town at the corner of Mercedes &
Second Streets. Access to parking structure is via the north and south
ends of Mercedes Street.
Motorcycle parking is available at the Old Town Plaza shopping center
(corner of Moreno Road and Front Street) and on Sixth Street (access
via Mercedes Street).
Additional handicapped parking is located at the Second Street parking
lot (south end of Old Town).
For more information about the Rod Run, visit their Web site at www.rodruntemecula.com,
or call the P & R Foundation at 951-202-3051.
German Food and Culture with Oktoberfest
will be up to their festive ways this month with their world-famous
Of course, when it comes to Oktoberfest, nobody really cares if you
are German. All that matters is whether you like cultural heritage events
that feature lots of sausage, dancing and beer.
With origins in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest traditionally kicks off
the third weekend of September and ends the first Sunday in October.
Nowadays, Oktoberfest is internationally recognized and celebrated around
the globe throughout these two months.
In true form, this Bavarian culture will be celebrated over the next
several weeks with a number of Oktoberfest celebrations from downtown
San Diego to Temecula. Below is a just a quick overview of some of the
more local places to grab a few beers and bratwurst.
Welk Resorts will feature an Oktoberfest theme every Tuesday night in
October from 5:30–8:30 p.m. as part of its weekly “Festival
Under the Lights” celebration. The event is open to the public
and will have German food and beverages for sale. Visit www.welksandiego.com
or call 760-749-3000 and ask for the Canyon Grille for more information.
Mount Palomar Winery will be celebrating its 5th annual Oktoberfest
featuring German music, wine and German food for sale, along with dance,
costume and beer stein contests from 11:30 a.m. –5 p.m. on Saturday,
October 8 and Sunday, October 9. The event is free to the public. Call
951-676-4047, ext. 112 for details or visit www.mountpalomar.com.
Wiens Winery will host its 5th annual Wiensfest celebration on October
2. The event is for wine club members and consists of a grape stomp,
German food, a traditional German band, plenty of wine and beer, as
well as costumes and contests. For more information, go to www.wienscellars.com.
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church will hold its 16th annual October
Fest from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on October 8 and 9. Both days will feature
bratwurst, beer, oompah music and traditional German and Austrian dancing
in the parking lot of Rabobank in downtown Julian. Call 760-765-1857
or visit www.julianca.com.
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is the largest North County Oktoberfest
tradition. Now in its 29th year, the event is set to take place from
noon–10 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at Holiday Park in Carlsbad.
There will be German food, live music, polka dancing and a variety of
entertainment for children. Proceeds from the festival benefit local
charities. Call 760-434-6093 or visit www.rotaryoktoberfest.org
for more information.
This long-running Oktoberfest celebration runs from noon–4 p.m.
on Sunday, October 9 at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall. Admission is $25
and includes plenty of food and beverages in addition to live music
by The Earl Flores band. For more information visit http://olivenhain.org.
Randy Carlson and Dr. Charles Drury Offer Advanced Technology and Dental
Care in a Relaxed, Modern-day Environment
Year after year, advancements in dental technology bring the degree
of dental care to new levels. Such technology not only extends the boundaries
of dental care but also improves the patient’s overall experience.
Dr. Charles Drury and his partner, Dr. Randy Carlson, serve the community’s
dental needs from their high-tech dental office located in Bonsall’s
River Village Shopping Center. They offer everything from general dentistry
and implants to Invisalign, oral sedation and veneers, and they do it
all with the today’s latest technology.
“The art and science of dentistry is constantly changing”,
said Dr. Drury, “As professionals, we continue to learn and master
the latest in both dental technology and procedures to provide the best
care possible for our patients.” Dr. Drury said, “For example,
many patients have a real fear of going to the dentist which keeps them
from getting the care that they want and need. We have special training
in oral sedation dentistry that allows us to help anxious patients relax
during their dental appointments. A patient may also utilize sedation
dentistry to get a lot of work done in one visit so their time in the
dental office is minimized.”
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury’s office is truly state-of-the-art and
is equipped with the most modern dental technology available. Dr. Drury
said, “Our advanced equipment along with our team’s dedicated
commitment to patient care, and high standards for quality dentistry
allows us to exceed our patient’s expectations.”
Dr. Drury said that implementing recent innovations in their dental
practice has improved customer care and satisfaction and noted CEREC
as a great example. CEREC is a new 3D dental procedure that enables
dentists to make crowns and perform tooth restoration all in the same
visit. It eliminates the need for temporary crowns, and, more importantly,
saves that extra trip to the dentist for permanent crowns. Once completed,
the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth.
This all takes place in about one visit and you walk out the door with
your permanent restoration.
I wish I had known such a thing existed a few years ago when I had to
get crowns. My experience consisted of three separate visits and a week
and a half wearing temporary crowns before my permanent crowns were
finally bonded to my teeth. It is safe to say dental technology is changing
the way we, as patients, experience care.
CEREC and other digital-based procedures, such as panoramic x-rays and
laser dentistry, are just a few ways Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury have
changed since their inception in 1990. Another more recent change is
the office itself. After a remodel three years ago, this trendy, modern-day
office emanates comfort from the glowing amber lights to the artwork
on the walls. You feel relaxed from the moment you walk through the
door and are greeted by the bright, welcoming smiles of Patient Care
Coordinators Michelle and Jenni.
In addition to a warm and welcoming staff, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury
also have warm and welcoming patient rooms. Each patient care room has
satellite television with two screens, one to watch as you sit in your
chair and one to watch when you’re lying down in the chair. Yes,
that means there are televisions in the ceiling—a true testament
that they are committed to patient satisfaction. “The TV in the
ceiling makes it that much easier and enjoyable for our patients when
they are getting their treatment done,” Jenni said. “We
really try to make sure they are relaxed and do whatever we can to make
sure they are comfortable.”
Making sure patients are comfortable is definitely a mantra at this
patient-centric office. As Dr. Drury puts it, the patient always comes
“We feel it’s very important to treat each patient as an
individual, each with their unique set of dental and overall health
requirements, as well as personal cosmetic and financial considerations,”
Dr. Drury states. “It’s essential for us to listen to our
patients. We recommend necessary treatment based on dental history and
current dental conditions, but we also consider our patients’
needs, desires and concerns to develop a comprehensive, individualized
treatment plan that is perfect for them.”
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury elected to continue their educations after
graduating from dental school by completing one-year residencies (Group
Practice Residency, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, respectively).
Both doctors were also awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General
Dentistry. Dr. Drury and Dr. Carlson make a point to stay up-to-date
on the latest technological advances in dental care. This expertise
often finds them serving as lecturers and guest speakers at key conferences
within their profession, and also finds them serving the community through
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury enjoy being involved and contributing to many
community programs including the Boys and Girls Club, Reins Therapeutic
Riding Program, Fallbrook Film Festival, Fallbrook Smiles Project and
Bonsallpalooza, among others. Testimonials and additional information
about their practice can be located at their Web site at www.bonsalldentist.com.
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Drury are located at 5256 S. Mission Road, Suite
1101 in Bonsall’s River Village. For more information, or to schedule
an appointment, call 760-630-5500. You may also visit their Web site
They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., with the
exception of Thursdays when the office is open from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Nova: The Cirque du Soleil of Classical Music
Ever since the San Diego Chamber Orchestra changed its name to Orchestra
Nova three years ago, it has been on a mission to change the way classical
music is brought into peoples’ lives.
According to Beverly Lambert, CEO of Orchestra Nova, “We are trying
to immerse people into the nova experience of the music for the evening.
It’s a different way of approaching classical music.”
Most of their concerts are interactive with the audience and many of
them include multimedia with video screens.
For example, when Orchestra Nova performs “Broadway Then …
And Now!” on October 2 at the California Center for the Arts,
Escondido, there will be video in the background. It will describe what
the music is portraying and show some of the stars of the 1950s, 1960s
and beyond, whose work will be presented in this wide-ranging concert
that has, as maestro Jung-Ho Pak says, “something for people from
age twelve to seventy.”
According to Lambert, “The concert on October 2 is definitely
a pops concert, but all of them have a much more contemporary feel.
“It is working for us and we have seventy-five percent of our
subscriptions sold out,” she said.
In future concerts, they will kick off what Lambert calls “Nova
2.0” which will enhance the concerts with lobby experiences. At
a concert entitled “Taste of Spain,” they will have flamenco
dancers in the lobby teaching dance steps, a tapas bar and Spanish wine
“We want to immerse people in the experience. We don’t trivialize
the experience. We enhance the experience. And Jung-Ho totally connects
with the audience, greeting people before and after the concert, making
people feel connected,” says Lambert.
It is definitely not the traditional, stodgy classical music many of
us are familiar with.
Lambert has been with Jung-Ho Pak since he came to the San Diego area.
She was introduced to “this young whipper-snapper who needed a
different kind of marketing for what he does.”
Together they decided “to be to classical music what Cirque du
Soleil is to the circus.”
Lambert, who has a master’s degree in music education, loves the
music as much as the maestro does. Together they are dedicated to presenting
it as a more exciting media experience.
“We’re trying to bring beauty and joy into people’s
lives. What we want to do is bring them in and let them forget the rest
of the world for two hours and bring them into this fantasy land,”
The lobby experience will help audiences feel more connected with what
they will be hearing later.
“We’re doing something right because we ended the year in
the black, we are hiring people and filling seats, she says.
Jung-Ho Pak is the creative influence of Orchestra Nova. “We all
just definitely think he is on the right track. We all believe in this
vision and the track we are on. We are very passionate about bringing
classical music to everyone in a new and different way,” she says.
The maestro gives credit for the Escondido concert to Jean Will, a major
benefactor of the Center and the series. Mrs. Will has been the underwriter
of these concerts for several years. Without her, they probably wouldn’t
“She is a wonderful philanthropist who truly believes in the power
of music,” says Lambert.
“This is the fifth year of doing this with Jean Will’s support.
She is not only a supporter but an usher!” says Pak. “She
has superb musical tastes. She loves the classics and pop music. So,
for this concert, we have a lot of Gershwin, some Rodgers & Hammerstein
and some Cole Porter.”
The first half of the October 2 concert will include tunes of Broadway
from the 1940s and 50s.
“It will include the Girl Crazy Overture with all of
the great hits from that musical, including I’ve Got Rhythm,”
To help present this music, there will be a trio of singers from Broadway:
Susan Egan, Rachel York and Doug LuBrecque. “Doug, who has played
the title role in Phantom of the Opera, is one of my favorite
singers,” says Pak. “They all have fabulous voices, but
his is exceptional.
“They will sing some trios, opening with There’s No
Business Like Show Business from Annie Get Your Gun, Wonderful
Guy from South Pacific and one of Jean’s favorite,
Begin the Beguine from the musical Jubilee.”
This 1935 Cole Porter song is very complex in form, unusual for its
108-measure length, compared to the conventional 32-bar form of most
popular standards. “It is very sophisticated in spite of being
very tuneful,” says Pak.
From that point, the concert will move forward towards the modern day.
It will include Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny
Girl, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better from Annie Get Your
Gun, Willkommen from Caberet, Mr. Cellophane from Glee
and selections from All That Jazz and Thoroughly Modern
Some of the more modern selections include I Dreamed a Dream
from Les Miserables, the title song from Mamma Mia
and Defying Gravity from Wicked.
“Then we will have two show stoppers, Don’t Cry For
Me, Argentina from Evita and Music of the Night
from Phantom, which is Doug’s signature song. He just
knocks it out of the ballpark!” says Pak. The concert concludes
with You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray.
We’ve tried to pack it with as many of everybody’s favorites
as possible,” says Pak. “I never want to cheapen what we
do, but I want to take it out of the museum. My target audience is the
other ninety-eight percent who would never attend a classical concert.”
He adds, “We are so lucky to be in this theater. It has had its
challenges, but we have been blessed to be the only artists that the
Center is officially presenting. The rest are rentals. We are honored
and take that very seriously.”
For more information Call 800-988-4253 or visit www.artcenter.org.
Near Pala Prides Itself on Being a Good Neighbor
About 1.3 miles from I-15 along Highway 76 on the way to Pala, you’ll
find the Rosemary’s Mountain Quarry.
Its existence is announced by a rather nondescript road sign. Unless
you happen to be looking for it, you wouldn’t notice you are driving
The quarry broke ground in February of 2008 when the company that operates
it, Granite Construction Inc., carried out its obligation to widen Highway
76 on either side of the quarry’s entrance. It came online about
18 months ago.
A quarry is a prosaic operation. It does one thing: mine granite, break
it up into various sized chunks and grind it into what is known as aggregate.
First the granite is detached from the mountain using explosives. Then
the big pieces are broken up using a machine that crushes the rock with
gigantic metal jaws.
The gradations range from 3 foot diameter rocks used in erosion control
on down to sand particles.
It also mixes the aggregate that is 1 inch and smaller with oil for
the asphalt that forms most of our roads. Asphalt is composed of 95%
aggregate and 5% oil, although it’s the oil you smell when you
see a road crew laying out hot asphalt.
Without aggregate our roads would soon fall into disrepair, and much
of the building that is done would grind to halt. Of course, in the
current economic climate, that’s pretty much what has happened
anyway. But once the economy picks up, an operation like Rosemary’s
Mountain becomes a vital linchpin in the construction industry—an
integral part of the local economy.
According to Gary Nolan, senior project manager, most aggregate purchased
at the present time from the quarry is by government agencies, such
as Cal Trans or the county’s Department of Public Works and to
similar agencies in Riverside County. It supplies aggregate to projects
such as the California Oaks Interchange, as well as the Temecula Hospital,
bridges, and projects funded by federal dollars.
The quarry isn’t operating at anything like maximum capacity.
In fact, it is still in the development phase.
“We are using a small portable processing plant until we can build
the plant as designed,” says Nolan. When that happens will depend
on the economy. “Right now we think it will be coming in 2014
based on economic projections we have seen,” says Nolan.
The quarry, located on land owned by the Pankey family, longtime residents
of the area, is permitted to grind out as much as 1.2 million tons annually.
It is producing about a tenth of that right now, and that is due primarily
to the asphalt plant.
Granite Construction has a 20-year lease with the Pankeys.
It took about 20 years for the developers of the quarry to convince
the state and federal government to permit it at this location. There
was some local opposition, although nothing on the scale that the company
is encountering in Riverside County and parts of North County for its
proposed Liberty Quarry, whose scale would dwarf the Rosemary’s
Mountain facility by a factor of ten.
Nolan makes a particular effort to be a good neighbor to nearby residential
neighborhoods, such as Rancho Viejo and Rancho Monserate, which sit
on either side of I-15 near Highway 76.
He meets every quarter with local representatives, including people
from the Bonsall and Fallbrook planning groups at the Rancho Monserate
The meetings were initially hot. “But area people saw that we
were doing what we said we would do and that I have an open door policy:
I’ll show you anything you want to see. My phone number is on
the front gate,” says Nolan. Today, he says, his relationship
with the local community is “very cordial.”
“We sat with the community and asked what their biggest concerns
were so we could do what we could to address them,” says Nolan.
“We want to fix issues before they become problems.”
They worked together to come up with a way to monitor dust levels that
gives warning long before the Southern California Air Pollution Control
District is aware of an increase.
Four self-contained solar power dust monitors ring the quarry. They
show that dust levels vary with the seasons—less during the rainy
season, more during the summer. They are very sensitive.
“We’ve learned a lot on how to address problems,”
says Nolan. For example how to cut down on the amount of dust by applying
magnesium chloride to the dirt roads. The chemical soaks into the road
base and attracts moisture from the air. Because of it, they only have
to water the roads in the late afternoon to keep dust down.
A quarry is a year-round business. It is especially busy during the
rainy season when roads get washed out and need repair.
Nolan has a staff of nine. When the plant achieves full capacity, there
will be as many as 30.
Currently about 25 truck trips happen a day. That will jump to as many
as 500 when the plant is at full capacity.
When that happens, the permanent quarrying facilities will be installed,
which should, says Nolan, produce even less dust and noise than the
current one. Much of the actual processing plant will be under a roof
that will prevent the great majority of dust from escaping, he says.
“And we will continue our outreach with our neighbors to make
sure that issues are addressed before they become problems,” he
To learn more about Rosemary’s Mountain Quarry, visit their Web
Avocado Grill: Where It’s Easy Being Green
Maclachlan is an avocado grower with 16 acres planted in green gold
Recently he also became the proprietor of a restaurant where every dish
is based on avocados: the California Avocado Grill.
Do you see a trend here?
You’ve heard of the Stinking Rose restaurant, where they “season
their garlic with food”? Well, everything at the California Avocado
Grill is based on the green fruit, including an avocado-and-pistachio-flavored
ice cream. You can also savor the Strawberry Balsamic Avocado Fudge
Sundae, made with vanilla ice cream, avocado kahlua fudge and fresh
strawberries drizzled with sweet aged balsamic vinegar.
Are you ready to stop reading and order dessert yet?
You can get Crab Salad Stuffed Avocado on the “half-shell.”
The “gourmex” menu offers such delicacies as Thai Chicken
Tacos, whose filling includes curry chicken, lettuce, avocado, cilantro
and sweet red chili sauce.
One interesting menu item, Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp Salad is topped
with a cilantro lime dressing made with extra virgin lime-infused avocado
oil—grown and pressed locally.
There is, of course, guacamole, a special blend of avocados, jalapeno,
garlic, cilantro, tomato and some other secret ingredients.
“We are building the menu as we go,” he says
So in a farming economy where the price of water increases so rapidly
that you can almost watch it go up from minute to minute, and where
many avocado farmers have decided to cut their trees and their losses,
Maclachlan decided to try a different, gutsier tactic.
“Instead of cutting down trees, I decided to double down,”
“Very daring, Mr. Bond!” Goldfinger might say. “Putting
all your chips on green.”
You would expect that a man who owns an avocado grove would supply his
own restaurant with the finest avos, and you would be right. He gave
me a tour of his kitchen and showed me a bowl filled with halved hass
avocados—among the plumpest, most perfect-looking avocados I have
Besides having access to nearly perfect avocados, also working in Maclachlan’s
favor is a very nice location on Grand Avenue. Even though he opened
just a few weeks ago, it is obvious that he is attracting an enthusiastic
clientele, especially on weekends. Their first night open was on a Cruisin’
Grand Friday when they had 100 customers.
“We have had very positive feedback,” says Maclachlan. “It
is real crowded on Friday nights, but we can accommodate most parties
on our patios.”
Not a cook himself, he hired a great cook, Pedro Garcia. He and Maclachlan’s
wife, Christina, collaborated on the menu and especially on the guacamole
“The guacamole has gotten rave reviews from the Henry family,”
says Maclachlan. He is referring to the family that is credited with
bringing avocado growing to Escondido many decades ago. “Of course,
guacamole is such a personal preference that it is hard to make something
everyone will like.”
Which is why they will eventually add a “build your own guacamole”
bar where you can make it the way you like it.
It’s difficult to cook with avocados, so most of the dishes the
restaurant serves are cold, or the avocado is added after the dish is
Besides the fact that all of the dishes employ avocados, Maclachlan’s
philosophy is, “to take traditional dishes and make them a little
more healthy and exotic. Like the Thai Chicken Tacos.”
If you look inside, the Grill is laid out like a fine dining establishment,
but the prices and attitude are casual.
“A lot of things that we do at the restaurant are things that
we do at home. My wife, Christina, is a great cook, and she emphasizes
fresh ingredients, especially fresh fruit.”
Currently the restaurant is open from 4–9 p.m. on Thursday–Sunday
and only serves dinner. Sundays are “Sangria” Sundays.
The California Avocado Grill is located at 136 W. Grand Avenue. Call
760-291-1040 and check www.calavogrill.com
frequently to see new menu items.
Village: Savor the Moment & Wine
about 4 p.m. on a Saturday at the C’est La Vie Wine Chateau’s
tasting room. The cooling afternoon breeze Temecula is known for is
creating a bucolic atmosphere perfect for relaxing to a fine vintage.
Nearby a woman explains to friends how the special glass the winery
uses for tastings, “forces you to tilt your head back and get
the wine on the back of your tongue. It’s where you get the chocolate
C’est La Vie (French for “that’s life”) is one
of three boutique wineries at Europa Village—which opened in May.
Others are C’est La Vie Wine Chateau, Vienza and Bolero Cellars.
“We want to present a bit of Old World Europe, a time when life
was a little simpler. Each of the three buildings is representative
of a different country, a Spanish adobe, an Italian ‘cave’
and a French bistro,” says owner Denis Ferguson.
The buildings are temporary while Ferguson and his partner Dan Stephenson
wait for the economy to revive so they can take their vision from the
drawing board to construction site.
Ultimately Europa Village will be a place to celebrate wines of Italy,
France and Spain made the old-fashioned way that celebrates a slower
time when people could stop and savor the moment—and the wine.
When I talked to Ferguson they had harvested the night before. Vintners
will tell you that you don’t harvest grapes when you choose—you
harvest when the grapes are READY! When that happens, you drop what
you are doing and harvest.
This time was special: the first harvest from vines planted in 2006,
when they bought the 330 acres from the Callaway winery.
Ferguson sits with me at an outdoor table. “We’re all about
the Old World,” he says. That’s why they introduced the
unusual stemless glass. A depression on the side fits your thumb, and
a bump at the bottom (like the bottom of a wine bottle) is for your
middle finger. This aerates the wine. You notice when you pour. The
scent kisses your nose, releasing the wine’s full taste and bouquet.
“Before we had the glasses made by the Ravenscroft Glass Co.,
I had a disagreement with our sommelier [someone knowledgeable about
wines] about whether to introduce them. But they didn’t have stems
in the Old World,” says Ferguson, so the odd-looking glasses won.
It was a happy decision. “Everyone has fallen in love with the
wine glasses,” he says. They have also fallen for the nine offerings
from the three wineries made the old-fashioned way, using Old World
“We are not ‘over-sciencing’ our wines. We let the
Chardonnay make itself,” says Ferguson. It makes a wine with more
finesse, less likely to overpower the food paired with it.
The sin of modern winemaking, he says, is creating wines too bold to
enjoy with food. Letting a wine “create itself,” might lead
to spectacular failures, but Ferguson says philosophically, “One
wine lover’s spectacular failure will be another’s favorite!”
What is most important, he says, “is bringing back a simpler time
when you could enjoy life and a good glass of wine. It would contradict
that to make a wine that overwhelms.”
Ferguson’s 30 year career developing resorts such as Pechanga
Casino and casino resorts in Las Vegas and Canada doesn’t seem
to be a likely prelude for a man who likes to celebrate the simple life.
However, when he met his future wife, Lisa, in Canada, and they decided
to start a family, he realized that the roaming life from project to
project, was not for him. He wanted to stay in one place and raise his
He recalled the happy times he had had in Europe, visiting country inns
and wineries, absorbing “the lessons of people who really know
how to live.”
When they first saw Temecula, they fell in love with the valley and
saw it as a place to create their own destiny.
They became friends with Stephenson, a real estate salesman intimately
familiar with the valley. They bought the land together and planted
it in 2006 with Rhone Valley varietal grapes and Mediterranean varietals.
“This climate and soil is very similar to the Rhone Valley. We
are careful to get nothing but the best grapes.” The famous valley
ocean breeze interacting with winds from the desert creates a 30 degree
temperature differential that stresses the grapes.
Stress is good for wine. “It is what we want,” he says.
An additional way to stress them is to cut half of the grapes during
summer. “It is tough to see tons of grapes on the ground because
they are your babies,” he muses.
The plan is to eventually have three wineries in three parts of the
property, each with unique amenities. The total experience will transport
you to Europe. He compares the idea to Walt Disney’s vision, partially
inspired by Marie Antoinette’s Hameau de la Reine farm village.
“Instead of Disneyland, we want to create a rural, rustic European
At Bolero Cellars, you’ll be able to sample Spanish wines and
tapas. They are experimenting with creating wine-infused beer.
The Vienza winery will offer a Tuscan village with 80 suites for longer
“We were at the stage when everything was ready to go when the
economy put it on hold,” he explains. “But we had some fine
wines that we wanted to share.”
They decided to wait out the economy, but introduce the wines and tell
“And what a wonderful way it is to market our vision,” he
And the wines are remarkable. When you taste samplings of the nine available
vintages, you get your “passport” stamped.
You might try the 2009 Sangiovese that was released last week. “We
have a substantial Sangiovese that didn’t want to show itself
for awhile. It had a little bottle shock,” he says.
It resulted in a wine with notes of wild cherries, violets and cloves,
wild strawberry and shredded dark chocolate with a long finish—a
wine very versatile with different types of food.
Their 2009 Chardonnay is gentle, finessed and evokes green apple wrapped
in savory mineral tones. It is a French wine, from C’est La Vie.
Ferguson believes the Spanish do blends the best. A favorite is a 2007
blend called Libido, which he named when he heard some women talking
about how they reacted to this blend of 43% Tempranillo, 35% Grenache,
17% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan, a grape rarely used. “I don’t
know anyone else who uses Carignan. It is a very hard to grow and it
doesn’t stand up by itself, but it plays well with others!”
The final, most ambitious, part of their vision is Europa Vineyard Estates,
where you will be able to buy lots and live among the vines. It will
be like a country club, but without the golf course. “Wine is
the new golf,” says Ferguson. Residents will be able to bottle
their own wines if they like, and enjoy amenities such as a restaurant,
room service and spa, like a fine hotel.
“No one that I know has developed an estate among vineyards before,”
he says. “People like living next to vineyards, but don’t
want to take care of them. So Europa will do it for them.
“It is bringing back values that we think are marketable in this
fast-paced world,” he says.
But that is in the future. What is part of the present is the ten-room
bed and breakfast where Chef Dean Thomas creates breakfasts from delicacies
that he grows in his garden, creating a unique menu each morning.
Europa Village is welcoming for dogs and folks who want to bring food
and eat it on the premises with a bottle of wine.
“Come on in and enjoy!” says Ferguson.
For more information visit www.EuropaVillage.com
or call 951-506-1818.
P.O.B. 1529, Valley Center, CA 92082
Tel. 760.749.1112 Fax 760.749.1688
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