Corvette buffs raise $51,000 for veterans …north county events

Corvette buffs raise $51,000 for veterans …north county events

The North Coast Corvette Club in Carlsbad raised $51,000 at its seventh annual all-Corvette car show, which featured 240 corvettes. (courtesy)

PHOTO: The North Coast Corvette Club in Carlsbad raised $51,000 at its seventh annual all-Corvette car show, which featured 240 corvettes. The car show alone raised $14,000 and in addition, the club received a $7,000 donation from the Go Daddy Foundation of Bob and Renee Parsons and $30,000 donated by the Easterday Family Foundation. The funds will be distributed between the Semper Fi Fund based at Camp Pendleton supporting injured service members and their families and Cal Diego Paralyzed Veterans benefiting service members with spinal cord injuries. From left: Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Rios; Sandy Hendren, Semper Fi event manager; Gary Pebley, club president; Ruth Kurisu, master of ceremonies; Peter Ballantyne, executive director of Cal Diego; JD Duncan, car show chairman; and seated, Buddy Wachtstetter and his dog Lexus. The club is sponsored by Weseloh Chevrolet/Kia in Carlsbad. Visit

North County community events, news….


Free low-vision consultations

The Carlsbad Senior Center hosts the Braille Institute of San Diego for free low-vision consultations for adults 50 and older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at 799 Pine Ave. Community members who have low vision and eye glasses that are not fully effective can get a free appointment with a low-vision rehabilitation specialist to determine the correct magnification device to maximize remaining vision. Reserve at (760) 602-4650.

Housing presentation for seniors at center

The Carlsbad Senior Center will host a free Successful Aging in Place talk on “Housing Solutions for the Future” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for adults 50 and older at 799 Pine Ave. The discussion will include multigenerational housing and ways to optimize current property for aging in place with safety, comfort and additional income. Call (760) 602-4650.


Walk for Animals fundraiser Saturday

The San Diego Humane Society holds its Walk for Animals fundraiser at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway. The event includes a pancake breakfast, 2-mile walk, dog activities and vendor booths. Registration is at 7 a.m.; blessing of the animals is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. followed by the dog activities and vendor village from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Visit

Cellist, pianist perform Sunday at arts center

Cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Ilya Yakushev perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in the Center Theater. Mesa won the 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 First Prize and recently performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Yakushev has performed at major venues on three continents and won many awards. Tickets are $35-$55; After-show meet and greet is $100. Visit

Military officers group to meet Thursday

The Hidden Valley Chapter of Military Officers Association of America invites all military officers, active duty and retired, to attend its chapter meeting and luncheon at 11:30 am. Thursday at Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, 515 W. 13th Ave. The cost will be the price of menu selection. Reservations are required by 6 p.m. Monday at

Library offers discount passes for museums

The Escondido Public Library in partnership with the San Diego Museum Council is offering half-price admission passes to more than 40 San Diego museums during San Diego Museum Month in February. Passes are good for up to four people and will work at all participating museums. Pick up passes from one of the library’s service desks through Thursday (while supplies last). Passes are valid for February only. Call (760) 839-5456.

California condor recovery topic of talk

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and EcoLife Conservation present a lecture on the California Condor Recovery Program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Bill Toone, executive director and founder of EcoLife Conservation, speaks about one of North America’s most endangered birds, the California condor. Visit


Yoga class with wine tasting set for Sunday

The Uncork & Unwind series hosted by the Spa at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in partnership with Joyworks Network continues from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Inn, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. The 80-minute yoga class with wine tasting benefits a different charity each month. Tickets are $40, with $5 of each ticket benefiting Breast Cancer Angels. Visit


Kiwanis pancake breakfast Saturday

The Kiwanis Club of Lake San Marcos will hold its 53rd annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction with more than 100 auction items from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Healy Hall at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, 1147 Discovery St. Funds raised go to support scholarships that will be presented to area high school students later in the spring. Tickets are $7 in advance at (925) 348-3834 or $8 at the door. Visit

‘Hair’itage’ play set for Sunday at Palomar

The North County African American Women’s Association presents the play “Hair’itage” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Howard Brubeck Theater, Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, in celebration of Black History Month. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and there will be a stylist’s presentation at 2 p.m. Cost is $40; $30 for open seating. Purchase tickets at

Community forum on park improvements

A community forum on Trails and Walnut Grove Equestrian Park improvements is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Mary Connors Hall at Walnut Grove Heritage Park, 1952 Sycamore Drive. The meeting is hosted by the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association and Horse Heritage Conservancy. Visit

Deadline nearing for city’s photo contest

The deadline for the city’s annual “Best of San Marcos” online photo contest is this weekend. Amateur and professional photographers can submit images that capture the best that San Marcos has to offer — natural beauty, recreational activities, points of interest and people enjoying the community. Photos will be accepted online through Sunday. Visit


‘Washday at the Adobe’ exhibit on display

The “Washday at the Adobe” exhibit runs through Saturday at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, 640 Alta Vista Drive. The exhibit features laundry implements from long ago and was put up by the Gallery Friends of the Rancho with the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Email or

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