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What’s Happening in Carlsbad?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

There has been a lot going on in Carlsbad lately! Here are some of the things to check out.

photo(24)Alga Norte Park: If you have not yet visited the beautiful new Alga Norte Park, you are definitely missing out! The grand opening was held in January, and the park is already a hit. There is something for everyone at the park: play areas, a gorgeous swim complex, fields for baseball/softball, soccer, basketball courts, a fabulous skate park, and my favorite – a wonderful dog park! The dog park is definitely a hit with my dogs, and it’s terrific seeing neighbors and people from the area who can finally now congregate at a local dog park!

The dog park is very large, with lots of space for your fur people to run and play. There is obstacle course equipment and clean wood chips covering the ground, and there is a separate area for dogs under 35 pounds who may feel intimidated running with the big dogs.

New Eateries: The much-anticipated opening of the new center at 965 Palomar Airport Road (in the Costco shopping center parking lot) took place at the end of January. Both Veggie Grill and The Burger Lounge opened to big crowds. Personally I was thrilled to have a Veggie Grill so close to home (and I eat there all the time already!), and my family loves Burger Lounge. Also in the center is the area’s newest Starbucks and Nothing Bundt Cakes – a delicious desert place with multiple kinds of bundt cakes, both big and small (and they always have samples out). It’s great to have some fun new places in the area for lunch and dinner.

Trail Cleaning Event: If you are looking for something to do to help beautify Carlsbadimages, bring the whole family on February 8 to the El Fuerte Trail in Bressi Ranch, from 8:30-11:30. Instructions will be provided by city members, after which volunteers will help to clean and repair erosion damage. The city will provide tools, water, gloves and snacks. The trail is located on El Fuerte just north of Poinsettia Lane. For more information call 760-434-2978.

Carlsbad Teen Scene: It’s that time of year again! Teen Scene will be held February 22 from 4-9 PM at Calavera Hills Community Center. This is an exciting teen event, and there are always talented musicians on hand. Tickets are $8 at the door, and you can save $3 by buying them before February 21. Call 760-602-7510 for more information and to purchase tickets, or go to the city website.


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What’s Happening in Carlsbad?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Aside from the beautiful weather, beaches, and great places to live, work, shop and dine, there is a lot going on in the wonderful city of Carlsbad, California. Here is the latest:

Carlsbad wins $1.25 million in active transportation grants. The city of Carlsbad has combined $600,000 in local taxpayer funds with the winnings, received from the San Diego Association of Governments, to total $1.85 million. These funds will be used to improve various means of transportation around the city, including walking and biking paths, new bike racks and corrals, traffic roundabouts, and other projects to improve the city and contribute to an even more livable community.

Construction at Alga Norte Park is well under way! Carlsbad residents are excited for the new park, which we have been anticipating for many years. Construction is well under way on the olympic swimming pools, play areas and skate park. You can visit the web cams to see the progress here , or stop by and peek through the cutouts in the fence. The park is scheduled to open in late 2013, and will be a welcome addition to the community.

Several Carlsbad beaches will get more sand in November. Here come the dredgers! Ponto Beach and the beach just north of Pine Avenue will receive new sand in mid to late November. Other county beaches have already or are in the process of receiving new sand. For more  information on the dredging schedule click here.

Halloween Activities: There are several Halloween activities throughout the city this month. To make sure you don’t miss anything, click here to download the latest version of Carlsbad Currents. Also, visit for information on Brick-or-Treating events, which take place several times this month.

Oktoberfest. Join friends and neighbors for the 30th annual Oktoberfest at Holiday Park, October 6, from noon until 10:00 p.m. There will be lots of food (dinner tickets are $10 each), bands, dancing, face painting and jumps for kids, a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin decorating contest.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, contact the Carlsbad Rotary at 760-443-0482, or visit their website.


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Carlsbad News and Events

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Here is the latest going on in Carlsbad:

Carlsbad Predator Alert: A predator has been hanging around the Aviara/South Carlsbad area. He apparently tried to get a young boy into his car in an Aviara neighborhood and approached the same child at Aviara Park later this week. The man is caucasian, 25-35 years old and well-built, has short black hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo above his upper lip of wings and a pitchfork and flames. He has been seen driving both an older dark green Toyota van and an older red Toyota Matrix. He has two dogs: a white Pit Bull and a Rottweiler. Please be cautious and contact police if you see anything suspicious.

TGIF Jazz in the Park Concert Series Starts June 24: The wonderful summer concert series begins soon at Carlsbad Parks. This is a great chance to pack a picnic and bring the family over for dinner and live jazz outside. All concerts begin at 6:00. For the schedule visit

Library Film Series in May and June: The Dove Library offers a film series weekly. For example, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m you can view documentaries like Waiting for Superman (May 11), Sicko (May 18) or Exit Through the Gift Shop (May 25). There are also novel films being shown in June. For the schedule visit and click on May/June Calendar under Library News – you can download the schedule and print it out. The library also offers computer and CPR classes, and don’t forget about the summer reading program – teens can sign up now to participate in helping younger students with the program. There is always something exciting going on so check it out!

Celebrate Carlsbad Day is May 14th: I have blogged about this before, but it is worth another mention. This wonderful event is put on by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. You enjoy a visit to Legoland and pre- pay for tickets for only $20 each. There will be performances from local area schools (from 3-5 at the Fun Town Stage) and it will be a fantastic day to spend with the Carlsbad community. Tickets must be purchased before next Saturday so hurry up and do so at local Carlsbad schools and other venues. To find out where and to get further information visit

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What’s Happening in Carlsbad This Spring?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

There is a lot to do this Spring in Carlsbad, the beautiful Village by the Sea. Here are some of the great events and places you can enjoy:

The Flower Fields: The rununculas are in bloom and spending time at the Flower Fields is always fun and beautiful. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., there is so much to do at the Flower Fields–wind through the sweet pea maze, mine for gem rocks, spend time in the play area, see a performance and walk the fields or take a hay ride. For more information visit

Trail Volunteer Event, April 9: Join local nature lovers in another great trail clean up event from 8:30-11:30 at the Calavera Trails. Meet at the Leo Carillo Elementary School in the west parking lot. For more information call 760-434-2978.

Challenge Golf Event April 17 at the Crossings: If you love to golf or know someone who does, get ready for a scramble golf tournament at the crossings. Starting time is 8 a.m. and the cost is $85 a person or $70 for Crossings members. For more information visit

Eggstravaganza, April 23 10:00-1:00 at Poinsettia Park: Stop by Poinsettia Park for some great fun for the children, including an Easter egg hunt, crafts, bounce house, a slide, a fun zone, a chance to “soak the bunny,” and photos with the Easter bunny. To participate in this event you must purchase a prepaid $5 card. The cards can be purchased April 18-22 at the following locations only: Calavera Hills Community Center, Harding Community Center and Stagecoach Community Center. Purchases must be made in person and are non-refundable. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Arbor Day Celebration April 30 8:30-10:30 at Poinsettia Park: Come on over and help plant trees and learn all about Arbor Day from local garden centers, tree experts and vendors. For more information and to download a volunteer application prior to the event, visit

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Join the Fun: FREE Carlsbad Family Events!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Community Play Date February 5: 10:00-noon at the Stagecoach Community Center. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend with the whole family, look no further! The City of Carlsbad is hosting its Build legos, play tennis games, try county line dancing, belly dancing or karate, have fun with arts and crafts, try your skills at an obstacle course and much more. The community center is located at Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de las Coches, Carlsbad, just east of Rancho Santa Fe Road near La Costa Canyon High School.

Trail Volunteer Event March 12: If you frequent all the beautiful trails here in Carlsbad you know they are well-maintained. That is thanks in part to the numerous volunteers who help keep our trail systems pristine. Why not join them at Lake Calavera from 8:30-11:30 to offer a hand? All you need to bring is water, gloves, sunscreen and a hat.

World in the Village, March 19: Come on down to the village by the sea from 1:00-5:00 and enjoy art, delicious local cuisine, jump houses for the kids, live music and performances, storytelling and more. It will be a day of fun for the entire family.

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What’s Going on in Carlsbad?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

There is a LOT happening in Carlsbad, so whether you have a New Years resolution to be fit, spend more time outdoors or be more social, our beautiful city has you covered.

Trail Volunteer Event: Help preserve Lake Calavera by joining others on January 15 from 8:30-11:30. Girl Scout troops will assist volunteers in cleaning the trails, planting native species, installing new trail signs and making repairs due to trail erosion from recent rainstorms. Take College to Lake to Skyhaven Lane (near Calavera Hills Elementary School). Parking is on Skyhaven Lane. Follow the east trail entrance to the work area. For more information call 760-434-2978.

Carlsbad Teen Scene: Calling all teen bands…it’s that time of year again! Do you have what it takes to battle out other local teen bands? Registration is still open until January 10. Teen Scene will be Saturday, January 29 from 4-9 p.m. at the Calavera Hills Community Center. Entry cost is only $5, and there will be a film shorts festival, game lounge for video nuts and an art cafe. It’s a great night out for teens. For more information and to find out how to save $3 on tickets visit

Carlsbad Triathalon: The Carlsbad Triathalon is Sunday, July 10 and registration is now open. You can even register online. If you wanted to get in shape this year there is no better way to do it, so start training! For more information on registration go to

Fitness Classes Galore! There are all kinds of ways to stay fit and have fun doing it here in Carlsbad, so no more excuses! Choose from swimming, trail hiking, yoga, pilates, martial arts, jazzercise, Zumba…the possibilities are endless. You can even try them all. To learn more about all the classes offered and to register you can pick up a copy of the Carlsbad Community Services Guide, or to see the online version click here:

Library Events: There is always something going on at the Dove and Cole Libraries. Join a book club, see independent films with the Cinema Society of Carlsbad, attend a poetry reading, or one of many events that the library hosts (including kids and teen events). For more information on what is happening at the library visit the library website at

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Carlsbad Parks Update

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

There is great news to share on the new Alga Norte Community Park in Carlsbad, which has been in limbo for some time. The City Council voted last week to move ahead with construction on this exciting new city addition, located on Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road.

The new park will house an aquatic complex, a skate park, play and picnic areas, baseball fields, 3 basketball courts and a dog park (yay!). The aquatic complex will contain a 12-lane instruction pool, a competitive pool, tot wet play area and a therapy pool. A moving river and water slides will be constructed in a later phase.

Preparation for the bidding process and design review is expected to take about two months. Financial issues also need to be finalized. Thereafter the city will put the project out for bidding. Estimated completion is to be 2-3 years from the start of construction. Although it seems a far off, I have a feeling this new park will be a welcome addition to our wonderful city.

To learn more about the park as progress continues, and to see a plan drawing, you can visit the city website at

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