CycleBar Opens in CaRmel Valley

A new concept in Premium Indoor Cycling offering a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, CycleBar Carmel Valley is now open. Ride the Rhythm with CycleStar instructors in a 45-minute ride fueled by incredible music playlists in the state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, which features 49 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics, and audio with a DJ Booth. Guests can take advantage of the free shoes, towels, showers, and lockers. After the workout, relax with friends old and new in the community room complete with in-house aromatherapy, fresh fruit, and water. Book your first free class today!  CarmelValley.CycleBar.com

SDPolice Foundation’s Women in Blue Honors Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman

To kick off the San Diego Police Foundation’s 20th Anniversary, a special edition of the 2018 Women in Blue Luncheon Presented by ESET® will be held on February 15. This event will gather elected officials as well as San Diego business and community leaders. This year’s sole 2018 honoree is San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman. She will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award as she completes 35 years of service at SDPD. In her keynote, she will share her insights and anecdotes from her groundbreaking career to an anticipated crowd of over 300 at the eighth annual Women in Blue event. Chief Zimmerman will be retiring from the SDPD in March. The Women in Blue event will honor Chief Zimmerman, a trailblazer for women in policing, and acknowledge her years of service and dedication to the San Diego community. Chief Zimmerman’s work has been instrumental in making San Diego one of the safest cities in the country. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the US Grant Hotel. SDPoliceFoundation.org

Save the Date – Pardee Homes Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run

It’s back on March 11, 2018. Mark your calendars for the 6th annual community event that benefits our schools. The race will begin and end at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. 5K start time is 7:30 a.m., Fun Run start time is 8:45 a.m., award ceremony will take place at the Post Party at 9:00 a.m. and the Post Party hours are 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Register as individual or with your team and join in on the fun while supporting education in the community. CarmelValley5K.com  

Solana Highlands Elementary School debuts new look

Now that the finishing touches have been placed on the school’s $7 million modernization, a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new and improved Solana Highlands was held in January. After 30 years of educating students, the Carmel Valley school was in need of a refresh and it was made possible due to the passage of Solana Beach School District’s $105 million Measure JJ school bond in 2016. While demolition took place in June, most of the work was completed over the summer by the time school started. Some administration areas were completed this fall and the school opened its new kitchen and student food service just before Thanksgiving. The exterior improvements include new paint and new school lettering, turf on new seating walls, and new fencing along the frontage of the school which allows for each classroom to have space for outdoor instruction. sbsd.k12.ca.us

32nd Annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge

Community members ‘plunged’ into the New Year at the 32nd annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge on January 1, 2018 on the beach in front of City of Del Mar Beach Safety Center. Participant Certificates were available to those who took the plunge! Donuts and refreshments were provided by Poseidon Restaurant. VisitDelMarVillage.com

Fairgrounds groundbreaking on indoor concert venue

With the bidding process underway and final architectural tweaks being polished off, officials at the Del Mar Fairgrounds are gearing up for construction to start April 1 on the $13 million project to build an indoor arena and exhibition hall inside the fairgrounds’ offtrack betting center. The 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA), which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, plans to convert half of the 26-year-old Surfside Race Place into a 1,869-seat concert venue flanked by a 7,000-square-foot space for beer tasting and cultural exhibits. The satellite betting operation will continue in the other half of the building. Fairgrounds officials have pushed the renovation for more than a year as a way to breathe new life into the facility, which has seen daily attendance plummet to one-tenth of its 5,000-person capacity. Depending on the number of events, the revamped facility is expected to rake in between $1.2 million and $2 million in profits. DelMarFairgrounds.com

Local Author Releases New Series

Local author Kathy Krevat has released The Trouble With Murder, first in the new Gourmet Cat Mystery series by Kensington Books. Krevat also writes the bestselling Chocolate Covered Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House, under the pen name Kathy Aarons. Krevat is currently president of the board of Playwrights Project whose mission is to advance literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. She’s also president of Partners in Crime – the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national mystery writers organization. KathyKrevat.com

SD 2018 Opera Ball Pretty in Pink

Honoring Dame Zandra Rhodes on Saturday, April 7 at The US Grant Hotel. Save the date for the much awaited arts event this season! Get your tickets now SDOpera.org/gala-2018