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City Council Seeking Applicants for District 1 Vacancy

On Oct. 9, City Council Member Barbara Hamilton resigned her District 1 seat. District 1 covers the oldest part of Carlsbad, including the Village and Barrio. When a vacancy occurs, the City Council has 60 days to decide how to fill it, either by an appointment or a special election. On Oct. 22, the City Council decided to fill the vacancy by an appointment process. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 12 from residents interesting in fulfilling the term, which runs until November 2022.

Fire Danger: Santa Ana Conditions

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With warm weather and Santa Ana winds forecasted through the next few days, City of Carlsbad public safety officials remind the public to take precautions.

Avoid any activity that could lead to sparks near a wild land environment or open space, including:

  • Lawn mowing
  • Edging
  • Using leaf blowers
  • Setting a piece of hot gardening equipment in the brush
  • Electrical work
  • Using outdoor grinding or cutting tools
  • Outdoor grilling 

Be aware of trees, power lines and anything else that could cause harm or damage during strong winds.

Use caution when driving off-road vehicles or even driving on the road’s shoulder during dry, windy conditions. Stopping or parking in the brush can quickly start a fire. When towing a trailer, make sure your trailer hitch chains and cables don’t drag on the roadway. 

Review this guide and video series for tips on protecting your home from wildfires.

Do a home safety check, using the tips in our fire prevention guide. 

The city also has webpage dedicated to emergency preparedness, including an Emergency Preparedness Guide with tips for creating an emergency plan for your family, putting together an emergency kit and  staying informed in an emergency through city website and social media sites, as well as Alert San Diego, the region’s reverse 9-1-1 emergency notification system. The County’s emergency app can be downloaded through your device’s app store. 

Budget Savings Put to Use 

The City Council decided to put $9.1 million in savings from last year’s city budget into an “economic uncertainty” reserve fund so it can be set aside for a rainy day. The decision was part of a larger discussion about how to use a $16.3 million surplus from the fiscal year 2018-19 budget.

New Pavilion, Gathering Spaces Open

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Park improvements are now complete at Aviara Community Park. The new area is located on a 1-acre site of the park and the new improvements are ideally positioned to take advantage of the outstanding views of the surrounding habitat preserve.

The entrance into the gathering area features a 2,000-square foot shaded picnic pavilion with an outdoor fireplace and a facility flanked by trees and additional shaded and unshaded picnic areas.

The new amenities also include a large grassy area for gathering and playing, a new stage with a shade structure, individual and group picnic areas, and a community facility that contains restrooms, storage and a dedicated room that caterers can use as a prep space. This new outdoor community gathering area will be ideal for hosting weddings, birthdays, small concerts, company or family picnics, and other similar gatherings.

The park’s sustainable landscaping design features include drought-tolerant plantings irrigated with recycled water; porous concrete paving to manage stormwater by preventing runoff and pollution; and energy-efficient features such as a two-port electric vehicle charging station, solar tubes for natural lighting, and LED lighting fixtures.

Public Art
Following a national call for artists, bronze sculptor Michael McLaughlin was selected to develop designs for the art work at Aviara Community Park. The artwork, called Myriad and Manzanita and California Quail and Cone consists of two bronze sculptures, approximately 5 feet in height. These whimsical works of art are located to the left and right of the stage area and are prominently placed to be enjoyed by all, during the day and the night, while visiting this park for years to come. Read more about public art.

Construction of this final phase of improvements for Aviara Community Park began in early August 2018. The improvements were identified in the master plan update for this park, based on community input and a comprehensive needs assessment.

More Information
Aviara Community Park webpage

For rental information
Lori Swenck, recreation area manager, lori.swenck@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-7515

Events Around Town

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Leo Carrillo Ranch

dia del los muertosOn Nov. 2 celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park and experience the tranquil beauty of the Hacienda at night adorned with traditional decorations. Enjoy a special cultural adventure of sights, sounds, and tastes of this traditional Mexican holiday. During a candlelight tour, guests will have the first opportunity to view the ofrendas (alters) that will be on display at Leo Carrillo’s historic Hacienda.

Enjoy complimentary Mexican hot chocolate and a build-your-own churro sundae bar. One adult beverage is included with each adult ticket and a cash bar will be available.

Candlelight Hacienda Tours
Saturday, Nov. 2
Session 1 (code 7150): 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Session 2 (code 7151): 7:30 - 9 p.m.
$20 per person

Advance tickets required at www.carlsbadconnect.org

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane

William D. Cannon Art Gallery

anselNational quality with a regional focus. Variety and balance. Introduction of new work to the area. Engaging new audiences... These are just some of the primary goals of the changing exhibition program that have made the William D. Cannon Art Gallery a dynamic center for the visual arts in San Diego’s North County. Through museum-quality exhibitions, hands-on family activities, acclaimed arts education programs, lectures and publications, the gallery strives to make the visual arts an accessible, integral and ongoing part of the community’s life.

Location and hours: Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011
Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Current Exhibition

Ansel Adams: Early Works
September 22 – December 1, 2019

Intimate master prints from the 1920s through the 1950s depict Adams’ transition from pictorialism to straight photography, and provide a fresh look at this legendary master of the American landscape. Presenting 42 photographs, several singular examples are included in this exhibition, including an extraordinary rare print of Moonrise, Hernandez, NM, 1941, and Clearing Winter Story, 1938, Adams' most celebrated Yosemite view. Traveled by Art2art Traveling Exhibition Service.

Marion Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, California, Photograph by Ansel Adams, Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Trust 

Library Hosts Fall Author Talks

Carlsbad City Library is hosting a “Meet the Author” event Nov. 13. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7;30 p.m.  
Author Talk With
Michael Wilken-Robertson
Georgina Cole Library, Community Room
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson will discuss his book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias, which explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. Presented in partnership with the Carlsbad Historical Society.

Each program will include a discussion with the authors followed by a book signing.

More Information
Oct. 20 event made possible by Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment.

Events Around The County

November 1
The Museum of Making Music offers Nellie McKay in Carlsbad - www.museumofmakingmusic.org
November 1
The Museum of Making Music offers Nellie McKay in Carlsbad - www.museumofmakingmusic.org
November 1 - 2
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. - www.sandiegosymphony.com
November 1 - 3
Seasons of the Heart Craft Faire is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. - www.delmarfairgrounds.com
November 1 - 3
Home & Backyard Show is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. - www.delmarfairgrounds.com
November 2
San Diego Union Tribune Successful Aging Expo 2019 is at the San Diego Convention Center. - visitsandiego.com
November 2
Poway On Stage presents Steve Poltz: A Brief History of My Life – with special guest Jack Tempchin on stage at 14598 Espola Road in Poway. - www.powayarts.org/
November 3
The Museum of Making Music offers California Guitar Trio in Carlsbad - www.museumofmakingmusic.org
November 8, 10
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is in concert at the Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. - www.lajollasymphony.com
November 1 - 2
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. - www.sandiegosymphony.com
November 8 - 10
Broadway San Diego brings you BLUE MAN GROUP, on stage in Downtown San Diego. Very popular on the San Diego event calendar. - www.broadwaysd.com
November 8 - 10
SnowJam Ski & Snowboard Expo is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. - www.delmarfairgrounds.com
November 8 - December 15
Coronado Playhouse brings you MAMMA MIA!, on stage at 1335 First Street at the Coronado Ferry Landing. One of the exciting San Diego events. - www.coronadoplayhouse.com
November 8 - December 22
New Village Arts Theatre presents Around the World in 80 Days at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad. - www.newvillagearts.org
November 9
Moonlight Stage Productions bring you The Doo-Wop Project on stage in Vista, California. - www.moonlightstage.com
November 9 - 10
America's Got Talent Season 15 Auditions is at the San Diego Convention Center. - visitsandiego.com
November 10 - December 29
The Old Globe presents Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, on stage at the Old Globe complex in Balboa Park. An outstanding San Diego event. - www.theoldglobe.org
November 12 - 17
Balboa Theatre presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, on stage at the historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. - broadwaysd.com
November 12 - December 15
La Jolla Playhouse offers CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, on stage at the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. A favorite San Diego theater event. - www.lajollaplayhouse.com
November 14
The Museum of Making Music offers Sons of Mystro in Carlsbad - www.museumofmakingmusic.org
November 14 - December 8
San Diego Repertory Theatre brings you Hold These Truths on stage at The Lyceum Theatre Complex at 79 Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. - www.sdrep.org
November 15
Poway On Stage presents Melissa Etheridge on stage at 14598 Espola Road in Poway. - www.powayarts.org/
November 15
San Diego Folk Heritage offers DAN FRECHETTE & LAUREL THOMSENS in concert. - sdfolkheritage.org
November 15, 17
The San Diego Symphony presents a Jacobs' Masterworks Series performance - a top San Diego concert event - at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. - www.sandiegosymphony.com
November 15 - 17
Del Mar Antiques & Art & Design Show is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. - www.delmarfairgrounds.com
November 16 - December 22,
New Village Arts Theatre presents AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at 2787 State Street in Carlsbad. - www.newvillagearts.org
November 23
San Diego Folk Heritage offers MEN OF WORTH in concert. - sdfolkheritage.org
November 23
Craft Beer Festival is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. - www.delmarfairgrounds.com
November 23 - December 24
The Old Globe presents Ebenezer Scrooges BIG San Diego Christmas Show, on stage at the Old Globe complex in Balboa Park. An outstanding San Diego event. - www.theoldglobe.org
November 24
The Museum of Making Music offers Family Day: Dixieland Day! in Carlsbad - www.museumofmakingmusic.org
November 27 - December 29
Cygnet Theatre presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL on stage at the Old Town Theatre located at 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego. Tops on the San Diego events calendar. - cygnettheatre.com
November 30
Moonlight Stage Productions bring you Live in Central Park: Revisited on stage in Vista, California. - www.moonlightstage.com