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  • Daughters of Norway to learn about Ellis Island

    Updated Jan 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Daughters of Norway Hulda Garborg Lodge 49 will see “Ellis Island” by the History Channel for its cultural program, Saturday, Jan. 11. The episode is hosted by Mandy Patinkin and shows rare photographs and film covering the history of Ellis Island as an immigration center. Interviews from the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveal firsthand accounts of what it was like leaving home, crossing the sea and arriving in America at the turn of the last century. The business meeting starts at 10 a.m. followed by the c...

  • FPUD awards contract for Winter Haven Road pipeline replacement

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Jan 11, 2020

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District pipeline along Winter Haven Road will be replaced. FPUD’s 4-0 board vote Dec. 9, with Don McDougal absent, approved the contract with Kirtley Construction for the San Bernardino company’s bid of $750,400. “It’s just replacement of an old pipeline with a new one,” Jack Bebee, FPUD general manager, said. FPUD has a pipeline and valve replacement program which includes a priority list based on pipelines’ ages and rates of past failures. “Every year we have pipelines we target for replacement...

  • Fallbrook girls win World Youth Rugby Festival featured match with Rhinos

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 11, 2020

    Though they started slow, the Fallbrook Union High School girls' varsity rugby team came back from a 12-5 halftime deficit to run away from a Rhinos Academy team 24-12 in the featured girls U18 match at the World Youth Rugby Festival in Irvine Friday, Jan. 3. "We started off like deer in the headlights and let the Rhinos play," Coach Craig Pinnell said. "We woke up in the second half and showed confidence in imposing our quick playing style on them. (It was) a good showing...

  • Kicking it XI

    Elizabeth Youngman Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 11, 2020

    At a time when everything is considered political, here is one thing which women can all agree: women's clothing sizes. Why can a man buy a size 16-inch neck shirt anywhere around the world yet, women cannot find consistency in our sizes? Sorry, after shopping for the holidays, I just had to rant. Just returned from a quick jaunt to San Francisco; it was good to get home and back to the gym. My go-to exercise is the hip abductor. While it sounds eerie, it is an exercise to...

  • Critical need for blood and platelet donors after the holidays

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives...

  • Get ready for late-winter pruning

    Frank Brines|Updated Jan 11, 2020

    Happy New Year! This month I'm going to help you get ready for the major late-winter pruning that garderners should do in mid- to late-February. I'll provide details on pruning in my February column. Gardeners are welcome to join me for an in-person rose care workshop at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, in Temecula, Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your questions. In this area – the corridor from Riverside to San Diego – this major ann...

  • North County CERT offers free disaster preparedness classes

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The citizens of Bonsall, DeLuz, Fallbrook and Rainbow have an opportunity to take free classes in disaster preparedness, Jan. 11 and 18. The community can learn how to be prepared for any type of disaster, whether natural or man-made, such as fire, earthquake or terrorist attack. These free classes are offered as a two-Saturday session starting with classroom instruction and concluding in a disaster simulation drill on the final Saturday. Classes will be held at North County Fire Protection District’s Scout Hut at...

  • NFPA encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    QUINCY, Massachusetts – If residents are having trouble parting with their Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate them: Nearly one-third, or 29%, of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occurs in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association strongly encouraged everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out,” Lorraine Carli,...

  • Learn the art of thrifting

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jan 11, 2020

    Thrift stores thrive on the fact that "one man's junk is another man's treasure." Visiting thrift stores can not only satisfy a yen to shop, but also save shoppers money and put discarded objects to good use. As many people donate items to these stores, there is an endless supply of "new" stock to look at. Back in May, when I took several car loads of stuff to the local thrift stores, I wasn't the only one cleaning house while moving as a few of the thrift stores temporarily s...

  • Prevent the hazard of overloaded electrical circuits

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – A home is a safe haven for its residents. No matter what’s going on at school or the office, many people know they can relax in comfort and safety when they arrive home at the end of a day. Safety at home is something that can be taken for granted until it’s too late. The National Fire Protection Association said that each year more than 47,000 home fires in the United States are caused by an electrical failure or malfunction. Overloaded electrical circuits are a frequent culprit in residential fires. Fortu...

  • Two new art exhibits come to Fallbrook Library

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The new art shows at Fallbrook Library, "What is Abstract Art (and why should I care?)" presented by various artists and "Abstract Figurative Sculpture" by Julia S. Rasor, are hosted by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library from Jan. 12 to March 6. Abstract art does not represent reality but uses visual language to make an effect on viewers. In other words, what is painted may not be something realistic and recognizable. The works in this show will make viewers t...

  • Bitter to be guest artist for FAA

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The public is invited to the Jan. 18 meeting of the Fallbrook Art Association, at 9:15 a.m., at the Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W. Mission Road, in Fallbrook. The meeting will include a critique by guest artist Gabriele Bitter for members, one work each, from 9:15-10:15 a.m., followed by a demonstration in acrylics. After the demonstration, she will also conduct a workshop from 1-4 p.m. This event is open to members and nonmembers; to register, call Carol R...

  • Encore celebrates the holidays

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Encore Club ended the year with many holiday festivities while also looking forward to a fun filled New Year. This is a social club that welcomes members from the Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and DeLuz communities. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. Members can sign up for the upc...

  • Top 10 library book and movie checkouts of 2019

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    Katie White San Diego County Communications Office The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to set some reading goals for the months ahead. San Diego County Library has released its Top 10 checkout list for 2019. Get some inspiration for your 2020 reading list and see if your favorite books, e-books and DVDs from last year made the cut. Ready to leave the last decade behind and start this one off with some fresh recommendations? County librarians can tell you what to...

  • Former Olympian prepares for Palomar College Fire Academy

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – At the age of 31, Lynda Morales has already lived the kind of highlight reel most athletes only ever dream of, culminating in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Now she's ready for her next act as a firefighter – with some beach volleyball on the side. "The physicality of the sport correlates well with being a firefighter – you need to be in good shape and working in the sand is really good for your joints and strengthens your legs," Morales said. "It's perfect." Moral...

  • Menard joins the Peace Corps

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Joel and Johanna Menard, the parents of Jeffrey Menard, announced his acceptance into the Peace Corps to serve in Albania. Jeffrey is a December 2019 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in psychological sciences. He is also a member of the Landshark Rugby team. Jeffrey Menard graduated from Fallbrook Union High School in 2015. His duties in Albania will include serving as a health services volunteer. He will be w...

  • Overall postsecondary school enrollment dips since 2011

    Updated Jan 11, 2020

    Erik Schmidt Special to Village News Despite an overall decline in school enrollment, the number of people enrolled in graduate and professional schools in the United States jumped 8.1% from 2011 to 2018. From October 2011 to October 2018, the total number of people enrolled at all levels of school declined by 2.2 million to 76.8 million people, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey School Enrollment Supplement. Over the...

  • Guide to popular herbal teas

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Tea is a healthy beverage. Black, green and oolong teas get their fair share of health-boosting attention, but a grouping of teas, which technically are not true teas at all, also can be a boon to the body. Consumption of herbal teas predates consumption of Chinese black tea. Since they do not contain leaves of the camellia sinensis, the tea plant, herbal teas really aren’t tea but have been given the tea moniker because they are often steeped in a manner sim...

  • Reducing conflicts with your boss

    American Counseling Association, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 10, 2020

    If you're in a work situation where you have a strong, positive relationship with that supervisor or boss above you, congratulations. While it definitely does happen, this is not always the case for many of us in our jobs. Good relationships with a supervisor require effort on your part, but it's effort that pays dividends. Studies have shown that one of the most important things affecting someone's job performance, stress levels, and overall job satisfaction and happiness is the relationship they have with the person above...

  • Look for changes in retirement plans

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you'll want to learn more. The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, include these noteworthy changes: • Higher age for RMDs – Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – kno...

  • Performance Poet Karla Cordero launches Writers Read 2020 Season

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Writers Read at Fallbrook Library, a free monthly author series with open mic, will launch its 2020 season Tuesday, Jan. 14, with a visit from award-winning performance poet Karla Cordero. Cordero will read from her new collection, "How to Pull Apart the Earth," from Not a Cult in 2019. Her new book is a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and a finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards. The reading is 6-7:30 p.m., and begins with open mic. A descendant of t...

  • Garden club to learn about building better soils

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Garden Club’s Tuesday, Jan. 28, program will feature Mary Matava, president and agronomist of Agri Service. The meeting starts with a social time and potluck at 12:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 1 p.m. and program at 2 p.m., at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Matava obtained her degree in agronomy from Oregon State University in 1979. After moving to California, she started an agricultural consulting and laboratory business. The laboratory afforded her a unique opp...

  • FHS cheerleaders to host Winter Jr. Cheer Clinic

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook High School Cheer Team is sending a “shoutout” to all young girls and boys to come join them at their first Winter Jr. Cheer Clinic for young, aspiring cheerleaders Saturday, Jan. 25. The clinic will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, in Fallbrook from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration fee is $50, and all participants must register for the clinic and provide proof of insurance. A keepsake bow, lunch, drinks and snacks will be served. Girls and boys in grades K-8 can p...

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