January 2018 Around Town 2

SAN DIEGUITO RIVER VALLEY 
CONSERVANCY VOLUNTEER HONORED

Diane Coombs, founder of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program, was honored at the North County Philanthropy Council’s 2017 30th Anniversary Volunteer Awards Luncheon at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. A former Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, Coombs has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Conservancy. Her knowledge and experience continue to enhance the Watershed Explorers Program. She also trains and recruits other volunteers. Presented by Tri-City Medical Center, the luncheon recognized 85 outstanding volunteers from 81 of the Council’s member organizations. SDRVC.org

LEGACY OF LOVE BEGINS 
ON DEL MAR RACETRACK

At the Don Diego Legacy Brick Fountain at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Michael Pettinato, 26, orchestrated his marriage proposal to Katie Brown, 25, in November 2017 with a customized brick with a heart inscribed: “Katie Brown, 2017: Will You Marry Me? –Michael Pettinato.” Family that had gathered for the special moment and race fans walking by applauded and extended their good wishes to the ecstatic couple. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club graciously hosted the entire Pettinato and Brown families for an afternoon they will not soon forget. Don Diego Legacy Bricks begin at $150. Each Brick purchase is a donation that enables the Foundation to build a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time. DonDiegoScholarship.org

WEST ELM OPENS STORE IN SOLANA BEACH

West Elm celebrated the opening of its new location in Solana Beach, an 11,560 sq. ft. store generating approximately 30 jobs, at the Cedros Avenue Design District with a grand opening party attended by community members, design enthusiasts and well-wishers. West Elm Solana Beach features an array of local products made by 14 California-based makers and designers alongside the brand’s assortment of home furnishings and decor. West Elm also offers Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s cross-brand design consultation program Design Crew, which pairs customers with experts who can provide design, installation and registry services. WestElm.com

BAKED BEAR CARMEL VALLEY 
PARTICIPATES IN GIVING TUESDAY

Carmel Valley’s The Baked Bear participated in the national Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, by donating 50 percent of total sales to the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego. The location, owned and operated by local Daniel Arabi, offers a variety of ice cream flavors, hot pressed cookie or brownie sandwiches, and Bear Bowls. TheBakedBear.com

Fishmonger’s Market Grand Opening Party Lures Locals 

The Grand Opening Event for the authentic, European-style fish market and dining destination was held in November with guests experiencing an impressive seasonal seafood collection made possible by the direct sourcing and global trading abilities that set Fishmonger’s Market apart. In partnership with the SD Fire Department, guests were requested to bring unwrapped toys for donations to Rady Children’s Hospital. Fishmonger’s Market practices a sustainable “fish-to-fork” mentality brought to life by Chef Frank Terzoli who was crowned the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen in 2013 and earning the nickname “Frankie the Bull” during the second season of Bravo’s Top Chef. FishmongersMarkets.com