Rancho Bernardo/4S Ranch Digest – Issue of Nov. 15, 2012

New water times

City of San Diego residents can water their landscaping earlier, starting at 4 p.m. This remains in effect through May 31. Due to cooler weather they are also encouraged to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation.

For information on water conservation and to access the city’s landscape watering calculator, go to www.WasteNoWater.org or call 619-515-3500.

Planners to meet

Rancho Bernardo Planning Board will meet at 7 tonight (Thursday) in the Club 21 room at RB Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Agenda: www.RBPlanningBoard.com.

Spread holiday cheer

Bernardo Heights Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association is sponsoring an Adopt a Family program for the holidays. It assists families in Poway Unified School District who need a little help over the holidays.

To make a donation, send checks (payable to BHMS PTSA) or gift cards (like to Wal-Mart, Target and grocery stores) to: BHMS, Attn: Adopt a Family, 12990 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128. Questions? Send an email to stacylagoy@yahoo.com.

Share harvest early

Due to Thanksgiving, the Backyard Produce Project will collect backyard fruits and vegetables a week earlier. Collection will be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive in Rancho Bernardo, and The Connection Church, 14047 Twin Peaks Road in Poway.

All produce is donated to local families in need. Questions? Contact Jane Radatz at jradatz@att.net or 858-485-5449.

Register for 4S run

Those who want to participate in the 4S Ranch Thanksgiving Thank You Run need to register by Friday, Nov. 16 at www.thankyourun.org/registration. It will be held in 4S Ranch Community Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 22. The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 10K at 7:45 a.m. and the Kids 1K Fun Run for those 8 and under at 9 a.m.

Cost is $45 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $10 for the kids run. Proceeds benefit the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation and Helen’s Closet, an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) organization.

Hear a siren?

San Diego Fire-Rescue has launched a website at www.sdfiredispatch.org so those in the City of San Diego can see to what type of emergencies the department is responding when they hear sirens. The site is updated every five minutes.

Have your art critiqued

Rancho Bernardo Art Association will hold its annual potluck and art critique at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the RB Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Bring one or two artworks to be evaluated by art instructor Nathan Huff.

Cost: Free to RBAA members, $5 for non-members. The fee will be credited if individual joins within 30 days. For details, go to www.ranchobernardoart.org or call Phyllis Hensperger at 858-675-2262.

Poker tournament

San Diego North Rotary Club’s biannual Texas Hold’em poker tournament will be 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the DoubleTree Golf Resort, 14455 Penasquitos Drive, Rancho Penasquitos.

There will be cash prizes and raffle. All proceeds will support the annual free Fun Run for elementary and middle school students, scholarships for high schoolers, clean water projects and other club charities. For details, call Matt Mahoney at 858-248-7775.

Chamber trip information night

San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is organizing trips to Ireland, Austria and Germany next year that are open to the community. An information meeting will be at 6  tonight (Thursday) at National University, 16875 W. Bernardo Drive, Suite 150, Rancho Bernardo. RSVP at 858-487-1767 or danielle@sdncc.com.

The nine-day trip to Ireland will begin on April 15. It features Dublin, Killarney and Limerick. The nine-day trip to Austria and Germany will begin on Oct. 1 and include Innsbruck and Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Chanukah party

The Aviva Chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual Chanukah party at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Ner Tamid Synagogue, 15318 Pomerado Road, Poway.

There will be Israeli music and dancing. Wear appropriate shoes if you wish to learn some new dances. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: $18. RSVP by mailing check to Barbara Kotkin, 17141 Ruette Campana, San Diego, CA 92128. Questions? Call Flora Kuritsky at 858-334-1333.

Free concert

The Catalina Trio will perform at a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 concert sponsored by Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library. The trio consists of pianist Paul Kenyon, cellist Glen Campbell and clarinetist Jim George. They will perform works by Brahms and contemporary composers Rota and Juon.

The free, 75-minute concert will be in the Rancho Bernardo Library’s second-floor community room, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive. Free-will donations are welcome. Questions? Call 858-485-0602.

Toy drive

Rancho Santa Fe firefighters are holding their annual toy drive to benefit the Toys for Tots program and local children. They are seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys, which can be left at any of the department’s four fire stations including Station No. 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 10.

Holiday show

RB Chorale will present its annual holiday show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road.

Tickets: $30 for preferred seating; $20 for general admission; $18 for seniors (55-plus), students (13-18 years) and active duty military; and $5 for children (infants to 12 years). Purchase at www.rbchorale.org.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign.

Fido, meet Santa

Escondido Humane Society’s Holiday Boutique will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the animal shelter, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido.

For $10, pets can meet Santa and have their photo taken with him and their families, who will receive a 4×6 keepsake photo. For an additional $10, they can get a digital file in order to create holiday cards. Additional packages are available upon request.

The holiday boutique and bake sale will offer gourmet gifts for dogs and cats, and homemade presents for people and pets.

For details, call 760-888-2235 or go to www.escondidohumanesociety.org.

Drivers needed

Would you drive a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or to the store? Sign up with Rides & Smiles, where volunteers give local seniors rides for appointments and errands.

Drivers receive liability insurance, mileage reimbursement and weekly list of ride requests to select as their schedule permits. Call 858-637-3051.

Protect RB

Rancho Bernardo Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol needs locals, 50 years and older, to join their group that assists San Diego Police Department. Members help prevent crime by serving as SDPD’s “eyes and ears” and perform non-confrontational tasks so police can perform other law enforcement duties.

RSVP members also patrol the community, help with traffic control, make vacation house checks, visit elderly shut-ins, and make photo and fingerprint ID cards for children.

Members are trained, wear a uniform, use a provided vehicle and volunteer a minimum of three days a month. To join, call 858-538-8146.

Help at school

Local elementary schools are seeking senior volunteers to come to school an hour a week to help a child with reading. No special background is needed. Pick your day, time and school. Contact Jane Radatz at jradatz@att.net or 858-485-5449 for details.

Are you single?

Rancho Bernardo Singles is holding a membership drive. The club is open to single men and women who live in Rancho Bernardo or adjacent communities. Most members live in the age 55-plus neighborhoods of Oaks North and Seven Oaks.

The club offers a variety of activities. Annual dues are $17. Call Nedra Ward (membership chairwoman) at 858-673-9584.

Free Zumba for seniors

Rancho Bernardo Library is offering free Zumba classes for seniors at 1 p.m. on Fridays in the library’s community room, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive.

Zumba is dance-style exercise done to Latin rhythms. Those who are wheelchair bound can also participate. Call 858-538-8163.

Donate magazines

Pomerado Hospital is seeking used magazines for its waiting rooms and patient magazine cart. Please donate news magazines up to a month old and monthly magazines up to three months old. Bring to the front desk, 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway. Questions? Call 858-613-4659.

Help with harvesting

The Backyard Produce Project is seeking volunteers to harvest residential fruit trees. It is an enjoyable outdoor group activity. Participate at your convenience. All fruit is donated to local families in need. Contact Jane Radatz at jradatz@att.net or 858-485-5449.

Help needed

Palomar Health is looking for volunteers for its medical facilities, especially the new Palomar Medical Center opening this summer in Escondido. Positions include those with and without patient contact, various locations and duties, and flexible hours.

For details, go to www.pph.org/volunteer or call 760-739-3081 ext. 3654 for volunteer services at Palomar Medical Center and 858-613-4659 for volunteer services at Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Flag disposal

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7766 in Rancho Bernardo will pick up worn, torn or badly faded American flags so they can be disposed in a respectful manner. Flags must be removed from poles.

To schedule a free pick-up, contact Mike Vaughn at 619-316-6851 or adj@vfwpost7766.org. To purchase a new, high quality, American-made flag, go to www.VFWstore.org.

Grief help

San Diego Hospice presents “Understanding Grief: A Workshop for the Newly Bereaved” for adults recently impacted by a death from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the RB Swim & Tennis Club’s Club 21 Room, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive in Rancho Bernardo. Call 619-278-6141 or go to www.sdhospice.org.

New emergency website

Get critical emergency information on your computer, mobile phone or tablet using San Diego County’s new website, www.sdcountyemergency.com. Visitors can also get information about preparedness and recovery, up-to-date maps, shelter locations and social media messages.

Like to write?

Rancho Bernardo Writer’s group is accepting two new members writing a novel, memoir or articles. Members critique each others’ work. It meets 9 a.m. to noon every Friday in Rancho Bernardo. Call Peter Berkos at 858-485-7148.

Adopt a doll

Sponsors are needed to provide healing dolls to children at hospitals in San Diego and Jerusalem. The dolls are made by local Aviva Hadassah chapter members and those at Jewish Family Service at Temple Adat Shalom.

Cost: $18 to adopt a doll that will be donated to a child. Dolls are inscribed with a donor’s or honoree’s name. Call Rose Greenberg at 858-487-5882 or go to www.adoptadoll.net to adopt a doll or volunteer with the project.

Hospital seeks volunteers

Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway, is seeking volunteers to help in the emergency room, work in the gift shop, drive the parking lot shuttle, transport patients in wheel chairs, attend to families of patients in surgery and do other interesting jobs. Call  858-613-4659.

Book bargains

Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library has book specials from 1-7 p.m. each Wednesday in its Book Shop on the library’s first floor, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive. All books are half the marked price. Call 858-613-3926.

Got news?

News brief submissions need to be received by noon Friday. Items run on a space-available basis. Submit by email at rbnews@pomeradonews.com or to Rancho Bernardo News Journal, 14023 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064.

Provide comfort

Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet or sew afghans or quilts that will be given to local foster children. Call Chris Bodle at 760-480-3412.

Green thumb?

Volunteers are needed to tend a garden near Pomerado Hospital in Poway, growing produce for local families in need. No gardening experience is needed. Shifts are one hour a week on the day of your choice. Contact Jane Radatz at 858-485-5449 or jradatz@att.net.

Help RB’s seniors

Rancho Bernardo Senior Services needs volunteers. Front office volunteers are needed 3.5 hours a day to answer phones, schedule appointments, greet visitors and provide community information. Drivers are needed to deliver hot meals to home-bound individuals who live in Rancho Bernardo.

The office is at 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite K-14. Call Beth Wilson at 858-487-2640.

Be fire-prepared

San Diego County has a website with free information on how property owners can prepare for emergencies, especially wildfire, at www.ReadySanDiego.org.

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