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  • Avocado Festival has two new contests this year

    Updated Apr 25, 2023

    A.C. Roberts Special to the Village News Fallbrook’s 36th annual Avocado Festival is on Sunday April 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Avenue, between Hawthorne and Fallbrook streets. “It may attract many people who love avocados and want to dress as an avocado,” laughed Lila Hargrove, CEO and event coordinator. “You might see ‘avocados’ strolling down Main Avenue since one of the two new contests is Dress In Your Best Avocado Attire,” said Hargrove. “Participants will compete in...

  • Changing Times in Real Estate: Welcome to town!

    Ken Follis, Compass Real Estate|Updated Apr 25, 2023

    As a longtime resident in this community, one thing I can say with pride is how friendly, close knit and supportive everyone is of each other. For new folks coming to town, this is definitely a big draw in addition to the multitude of activities we have for our pleasure. Churches, clubs, nonprofit organizations, and so much more. At the top of that list is of course, the Avocado Festival...and that event is this coming weekend! The Avocado Festival is one of the most popular...

  • Earth Day Festival to be hosted by Wings of Change

    Updated Apr 21, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Wings of Change is hosting an Earth Day Festival at two local places, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A plant sale and STEM crafts will be offered at 111 W. Mission Road. The crafts for all ages will include coloring pages, butterfly clips and upcycled planters with chalk dudleyas. Available plants are milkweed in 4" pots: Narrow Leaf, Wooly Pod, Skeleton and Tropical. Free sprouts are available to the first 50 customers. To preorder larger sizes, text 7...

  • Police chase ends in standoff on I-5 in Carlsbad

    City News Service|Updated Apr 20, 2023

    CARLSBAD - A vandalism suspect who allegedly stole a ride-share vehicle in Carlsbad today and fled in it refused to surrender when officers stopped her on a nearby stretch of Interstate 5, prompting a road chase and an ensuing 90-minute freeway standoff that ended with her arrest. Darneisha Hill, 39, allegedly vandalized a vehicle in the 6000 block of Paseo Del Norte, near Palomar Airport Road, shortly before noon, then summoned a ride-share car and was driven out of the area...

  • Ag pass offers help during disaster

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Chuck Westerheide County of San Diego Communications Office Disasters and wildfires threaten lives and businesses in San Diego County each year. Often people are forced to gather up their most important possessions and evacuate to safety. But commercial livestock operations may be too large to evacuate all their animals immediately and need to return as quickly as possible to care for them. Farmers also must abandon their operation, leaving crops and critical infrastructure...

  • San Diego County's largest cleanup effort returns on Earth Day

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is set to host the 21st anniversary Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – on Earth Day. There are three cleanup sites in this area, Old River Road Street Sweep in Bonsall, Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook and Rainbow County Park in Rainbow. The event is the region's largest one-day environmental volunteer effort on Earth Day, with over 100 cleanup sites around the county. I Love A Clean San...

  • Fallbrook's BOLD graduates cultivate avocado growth

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Judith Bell Staff Writer The $7 billion avocado market is growing. The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is cultivating professionals with its Board Leadership Development (BOLD) program. It is a year of immersion into everything avocado. Caitlin Cunha and Hillary DeCarl, two professionals at Del Rey Avocado, are recent BOLD graduates. Cunha, a graduate of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, majored in agribusiness with a minor in Spanish. She'll soon celebrate five years as a...

  • California avocados star in desserts

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Judith Bell Food Editor Culinary professionals can be amazingly creative. Meg Quinn created a nutritious and delicious chocolate sauce with California avocados as the base in her beautiful Avocado and Fruit Board. It could be served as dessert for almost any occasion. The sauce is a blend of avocados, cocoa powder and mascarpone cheese sweetened with maple syrup. It can be made in advance of serving. Hillary DeCar, Del Rey Avocados professional and recent graduate of the Haas...

  • Free legal clinic offered May 2 in Vista

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    VISTA – The North County Bar Association, in conjunction with the San Diego County Public Library and San Diego Law Library, is hosting a free legal clinic on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 2 at the Vista County Library. This free walk-in event gives the public a chance to chat with a lawyer for about 15-20 minutes about whatever legal matter they are dealing with. Attorneys are invited to volunteer for an hour or more that day. Members of the public are invited to come on a first come, first served basis. Any attorneys i...

  • If the Earth is warming, why all the snow?

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Climate Action Team (FCAT) will present Jonathan Cole, Mira Costa College Professor Emeritus, to speak about the effect of Climate Change on the water cycle as well as cold weather patterns. The Zoom meeting will be on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Cole has been a professor for 38 years and wrote the curriculum on climate change for the college. Last year he spoke about hot spots to FCAT; his presentation was well-received, with many attendees commenting o...

  • Fallbrook conquers Mission Hills, 16-7

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Village News/Shane Gibson photo...

  • Lady Warriors wins home game against Vista

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

  • CIF allows split dead period

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The CIF San Diego Section has a “dead period” in which contact between coaches and student-athletes is not allowed. The period is 14 days, and schools can now split that no contact period into two seven-day periods. A unanimous CIF Board of Managers vote Wednesday, April 5, approved a revision in the language which allows schools to split a no contact period while also allowing the retention of a 14-day consecutive period. “This would be another option,” CIF commissioner Joe Heinz said. In 200...

  • Fallbrook Senior Softball seeks new ballplayers

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Senior Softball welcomes new players who are 50+ years of age for their next season which starts Monday, May 22. Games are played at Ingold Sports Park Mondays thru Thursdays at 4 p.m., with warm-ups beginning at 3:30 p.m. Each team is scheduled to play two games per week. Potential players must show up for a screening before being placed on a team so that appropriate placement can be made. The current season is underway, and the club welcomes all potential players to come for a screening, practice a...

  • CIF planning to split Division V for playoffs

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    In 2013, the CIF San Diego Section’s Board of Managers transitioned CIF playoff divisions from enrollment to competitive balance. That placed small schools with talented programs (including private schools with no limited attendance areas) into higher divisions while placing some programs of larger schools into lower divisions. The result meant that schools with larger enrollments often won CIF Division V championships, and in many cases the Division V playoff berths were dominated by larger schools. A proposal by small schoo...

  • CIF girls flag football to be fall sport

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Girls flag football will be added to the list of CIF San Diego Section sports for the 2023-2024 academic year, and flag football will be a fall sport. The CIF Board of Managers meeting Wednesday, April 5, included the unanimous approval of flag football as a fall sport. The approval also includes use of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association rule book. A separate April 5 vote unanimously approved the CIF master schedule for 2023-2024 which governs permissible dates for...

  • Five recognized at Students of Month for Fallbrook

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News There were five students – instead of the usual four selections – at the April 13 breakfast meeting to recognize the Fallbrook Students of the Month. The students are Antonia Magana from Ivy High School, and Annie Riley, Kimberly Rodriguez Bautista, Joseph Tygart and Lily VanHaeren from Fallbrook High School. The monthly awards program was hosted by North Coast Church in Fallbrook. Each student had a table where family, friends and...

  • Fallbrook youth remind adults to not buy alcohol for teenagers

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Village News / Courtesy photos...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    April 5 3100 blk Old HWY 395 Domestic violence - Spousal/cohabitant abuse w/ minor injury April 8 1100 blk Alturas Rd. Domestic violence April 9 1100 blk Alturas Rd Display of weapon in a threatening manner - Exhibit firearm threatening manner - Citizen’s arrest made 900 blk E Mission Rd Burglary - Vehicle 600 blk De Luz Rd Petty theft from vehicle April 10 3400 blk S Old Highway 395 Subject Stop - Felony bench warrant (our agency) - Warrant/probable cause arrest made 400 blk N Pico Ave. Found narcotics - Found narcotic, n...

  • Looking at homes online vs in person

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The internet has made so many things a lot easier to find – even homes! It's understandable that everyone wants to present their best selves online, and that's where in-person meet ups come in to see if things are what they say they are. Below are the expectations vs realities of looking things online and in person: Expectation Online: Wow, there's so much space! A skilled photographer who knows how to work with angles can make a space look larger than they act...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Prices are stable

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Apr 20, 2023

    The below article was written by Ben Verde who is a staff writer for Inman News, one of the most respected real estate news sources in America. My article last week dealt with this subject on the micro level of Fallbrook-Bonsall plus a mention that all North County markets were experiencing the same phenomenon, stable prices despite ominous predictions of dramatically falling prices. Verde’s article describes the same thing but treats it from a macro perspective of the e...

  • Updating your home insurance policy

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Jane Kepley CR Properties When you buy a house, your mortgage company will require a home insurance policy before closing on your loan. But home insurance isn't necessarily a one-and-done deal. You'll want to reevaluate your policy regularly over the course of your time in the home. This is especially important if you renovate and when home prices or building material costs rise in your area. Here are a few lesser-known times when you might want to reassess your policy. • Y...

  • SDG&E seeks federal funds for wildfire safety efforts in high fire threat district

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – As part of its commitment to reduce the impact of infrastructure costs on electric rates, San Diego Gas & Electric has submitted an application to the United States Department of Energy seeking up to $100 million in federal funds through the Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships Grant program, which is part of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. If awarded, the grant would help offset the costs of wildfire hardening efforts on and around federally recognized Tribal Nations’ land within SDG...

  • Area 1 election approved for high school district

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Fallbrook voters in Area 1 of the Fallbrook Union High School district will be able to vote in the next several months for a vacancy on the school board. Courtney Hilborn won election last November and was seated in December, but resigned in January after moving out of the district. The board made a provisional appointment of Jim Dooley at its Feb. 13 board meeting, but conservative parents were not pleased, contending the female applicant they endorsed would better represent the...

  • Cupa Days will return to Pala

    Updated Apr 20, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Since 1974, the Pala Tribe has held a Cupa Days event, which will return to the Cupa Cultural Center on the Pala reservation May 6-7. "It is tiring for two days to be the MC, but it is a lot of fun," said past and likely 2023 master of ceremonies Eric Ortega, who is a member of the Pala Tribal Council and is the assistant station manager for Pala Rez Radio. Cupa Days will include cultural entertainment, native crafts, and peon. Peon is a game...

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