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Articles from the April 1, 2021 edition

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  • Bird club to learn about regulations

    Updated Apr 6, 2021

    VISTA – North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, presents Adrianne Mock and “Take Your Parrot to Court: Navigating Regulations and Laws Affecting Our Animals.” The meeting will be on Zoom, Saturday, April 3, business meeting at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. This meeting is available to members at no cost, but visitors can attend by going to or sending an email to [email protected] for instructions. Submitted by North County Aviculturis...

  • Evelia Ponce and her granddaughter

    Mother of four diagnosed with cancer again

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Writer

    In 2016, Evelia Ponce was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she successfully went into remission after completing chemotherapy and radiation. In November 2020, Ponce received the unfortunate news, however, that she had a unique and dangerous case of melanoma. It began on her upper chest, but it has since spread to her neck. Ponce is a single mother of four sons, and she lived in Fallbrook for 44 years before moving to Temecula last year. She has been delivering the San Diego...

  • Parents of FUHSD students

    FUHSD votes to resume in-class learning April 7

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    The Fallbrook Union High School District board held a special meeting March 29, and a 5-0 vote approved a return to on-campus learning effective April 7 albeit with a hybrid model. "We needed to have school open," said FUHSD board president Diane Summers. "We understand the necessity to get this going." District administrative staff worked with the Fallbrook High School Teachers Association on a plan to resume in-person learning. "We had a common interest in doing what was...

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    Backyarding has a purpose, what's yours?

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Backyarding – the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working and working out to relaxing and recreating – has a different purpose for each person. Identifying your backyard's role in your family's health and happiness is the key to cultivating a purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your needs. "How do you create a more purposeful outdoor space? First, you need to identify what type of 'backyarder' you are," Kris Kiser, presi...

  • Low vision specialists to host webinar on macular degeneration

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    CORONA – Richard J. Shuldiner, president of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, will host a free webinar on macular degeneration Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. He will be talking about everything seniors never wanted to know about macular degeneration and what can actually be done to help. Registration is required to attend this event, to register visit Call for a free phone consultation with Dr. Richard Shuldiner O.D., F.A.A.O., toll free 888-610-2020 or visit h...

  • The Elizabeth Hospice to host Butterfly Release Ceremony

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    ESCONDIDO – Everyone in the community is invited to attend “Wings of Hope,” hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, Sunday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m. This free drive-thru event will be held in the north parking lot of the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., in Escondido. Attendees will have the opportunity to release a butterfly while honoring and celebrating the special people who have touched their lives in a beautiful way. Registration is required by April 23, online at or by...

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    Fallbrook Women's Connection returns this summer

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – All women are invited to come celebrate summer with their friends at the Fallbrook Women's Connection's brunch and program, tentatively set for Friday, June 18. The program will include brunch at the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Beverly Mansion, from 10 a.m. until noon. Watch for further announcements on the special program, live music and inspirational speaker as June gets closer. The cost per ticket is $25 for adults, which includes a brunch prepared b...

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    Variegation in horticulture: making light of plants

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    What are variegated plants, where do they come from, and how do they develop and thrive? They are a collection of mottled, checkered, spotted, blotchy, multi-colored, or variegated foliage plants. It's like having a brightly colored plant in flower all year long without the flowers. By definition, "variegated" means to have discrete markings of different colors or white stripes on the plant's leaves. The word more often applies to the foliage of plants that we have in our...

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    6 tips for older adults to travel safely

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – One of the perks of getting older is having more time to devote to recreation and traveling. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 52 million people who are age 65 or older in the United States. With a $1.6 trillion total net worth, older adults spend more on groceries, pharmaceutical items and travel and leisure than any other demographic. Age does not have to restrict one's ability to travel, and with age comes experience and more o...

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    How to sell a car safely

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – More and more auto buyers are considering and purchasing pre owned vehicles. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, used vehicle sales in the United States have risen every year since 2013. The increase in used car sales over the last decade reflects a growing confidence among consumers that pre owned vehicles are reliable and worth buyers' investment. Though many dealerships now offer sizable inventories of pre owned vehicles, private citizens c...

  • Theater Talk about past, present and future shows

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    The much-anticipated reenactment of the life of Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, 1858-1924, by Hershey Felder closed Sunday, March 21. Acclaimed as the most celebrated writer of opera since Verdi, “Puccini” is an original work developed by Felder in conjunction with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Opera San Jose. Filmed near Puccini’s birthplace in Lucca, Italy, Felder was joined by an international cast of renowned opera singers to present excer...

  • Jack Ragland

    Listening to the 'Master in our midst'

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – "Master in our midst" is the expression used by artists who attended the Fallbrook Art Association's art lecture and demonstration conducted by longtime FAA member, award-winning artist and resident of Rainbow, Jack Whitney Ragland. After a year of pandemic crisis, it was an invigorating environment at the FAA's monthly meeting held Saturday, March 20, at CrossWay Community Church, which was formerly Baptist Community Church, in Fallbrook. With style, humor and a...

  • Marleen DuBona

    Bonsall Woman's Club holds art festival

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    BONSALL – The Bonsall Woman's Club members always look forward to displaying their talents in the annual Palomar District Art Festival. When this year's art festival was canceled due to COVID-19, the BWC decided to hold their own art festival as part of their March 4 monthly Zoom meeting. There were 31 entries shown as part of the program entitled "Unmasking Our Creativity." This first-ever virtual BWC art contest and show mirrored what would have been held at the district l...

  • Alonso Duran, and Silvestre Hernandez Jr.

    Vallecitos honors Student of the Month recipients

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    The Vallecitos School District, whose only school is Vallecitos Elementary School, held its Student of the Month ceremony March 24. The drive-thru ceremony recognized preschool students Breseida Leon and Anthony Sanchez, kindergarten students Leslie Bernardino, Victoria McLaughlin and Kylee Murphy, first graders Emelyn Bernardino, Sergio Garcia and Belinda Jimenez Sotelo, second graders Alexsa Alegria, Luis Leon, Jason Ortiz and Lily Sims, third grader Andre McLaughlin,...

  • Palomar plans drive-thru commencement May 28

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – Graduates of Palomar College in 2021 are on track to celebrate in a historic way, with a drive-thru commencement ceremony that will take eligible candidates on a lap of the San Marcos campus before receiving their diplomas. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 28, at 5 p.m., and will be livestreamed in addition to a special pre-recorded program featuring the customary schedule of speakers and awards. The recorded program will be available online starting a...

  • North Island Credit Union looks to fund teacher projects

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – North Island Credit Union is inviting all San Diego teachers who have a class project idea to apply for a credit union grant through its biannual teacher grant program. The North Island Credit Union program is available to full-time teachers in San Diego and Riverside County or credit union members teaching in California who are looking to fund special classroom and/or virtual learning opportunities for their students. The project should have clearly defined learning objectives tied to students’ academic nee...

  • Yadira Duran Zuniga, Laura Guzman, Barbara Luther, and Karen Estes.

    AAUW seeks women as mentors for high school girls

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook American Association of University Women is actively seeking qualified mentors for sophomore and junior female students in Fallbrook High School's AVID program. The only requirement is that the mentor must be a member of Fallbrook AAUW and be committed to developing a one-on-one relationship with a high school girl for the remaining two or three years before she graduates. AAUW is best known as an organization that promotes equality and education for w...

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    Tasty bites for Easter meals

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Easter dinner is a special occasion, presenting an opportunity for family and friends to gather, celebrate their faith and give thanks for their blessings. Traditional dishes tend to find their way to the Easter dinner table, but no meal would be complete without some sort of deviled eggs appetizer. Deviled eggs make good use of hard-boiled eggs that may not have been colored, or even those that have been dyed and can now be safely repurposed as food. "Debonaire D...

  • Sweet treats make Easter special

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – From chocolates to marshmallows to caramel eggs to jelly beans, Easter is chock full of candy. And for those who think Easter is only child's play, guess again. Americans spend up to $2 billion on Easter candy each year, according to Sweet Services, an online candy retailer. The National Confectioners Association says people in the United States consume nearly seven billion pounds of candy during the year, and Easter is the second-most popular holiday (behind Halloween) for indulging a sweet tooth. Faith comes f...

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    Fire up the smoker for Easter dinner this year

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    FALLBROOK – For much of the country, Easter Sunday typically falls during a time of year when the weather outside is still pretty chilly. But in California, the chances are that temperatures will be more spring-like and less reminiscent of winter. Warmer temperatures on Easter Sunday means hosts tasked with cooking Easter dinner might be able to expand their culinary horizons and avoid the stove. Though they might not have considered it before, hosts might want to fire up thei...

  • SDG&E customers to receive bill credit in April, August and September

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas and Electric’s residential customers will receive a break on their utility bills in the coming months, thanks to the California Climate Credit program, which is part of the state’s efforts to fight climate change. In April, natural gas customers will see their bill reduced by $17.86. This summer, SDG&E electricity customers will also see their bills offset by $34.60 in climate credits in both August and September, when energy use typically goes up due to hot weather. The California Climate Credit is...

  • Midyear budget adjustments include Bonsall Community Park

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    San Diego County’s mid-year budget adjustments were approved by the county Board of Supervisors, March 16, including appropriating $227,000 for Bonsall Community Park. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote appropriated the funding for what is listed as the Moosa Downs Active Recreation Node of the San Luis Rey River Park, but what the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation is calling Bonsall Community Park. The mid-year budget adjustments funded the Bonsall Community Park expenditure with $190,000 from the budget of the Dulin Road...

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    D'Vine Path students participate in first job fair

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    On March 24, D'Vine Path held its first job fair with students participating in mock interviews for 30 different jobs in general business, agriculture and hospitality....

  • County adds second deputy to Pala law enforcement contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new law enforcement contract between the county and the Pala Band of Mission Indians which adds a second deputy sheriff to patrol the reservation. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, March 16, approved a three-year agreement which covers the period from March 31, 2021, to March 31, 2024. The new contract adds one full-time deputy to the previous agreement which was approved in March 2018 and covered the period from April 1, 2018, to March 30, 2021, and the 2021 agreement also i...

  • Jewon Williams

    Warriors outnumbered in basketball season opener

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    The first Fallbrook High School boys basketball game of the 2020-21 season was played March 26 against Carlsbad at Fallbrook High School. That night Fallbrook's football team was playing at Ramona, so eight students who play both football and basketball for Fallbrook didn't play basketball for the Warriors and a ninth Fallbrook player had made plans to be out of town before he learned of the basketball schedule. "We only had six kids, so it was tough," said Fallbrook coach...

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