December 7, 2017
Shop with a Cop
This year the Carlsbad Police Department hosted the annual Shop with a Cop Event along with the Oceanside Police Department. More than 350 officers and 28 agencies participate in this holiday event. The goal is to bring some much needed holiday cheer to children who may not otherwise get to participate in the holiday season this year. Officers pair up with a child and go shopping at Target. The children buys gifts for their families.
27th Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive
The Police Department participated in this year’s 27th Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. With the help of the community, the department collected over 600 teddy bears. In a law enforcement caravan, the bears were delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital and will be given to children who are spending the holiday in the hospital. The teddy bear drive organization helps the hospital year-round to gain fun and necessary items to help with the care of the children.
Lieutenant Chris Boyd Receives Legacy Award
Lieutenant Chris Boyd was recognized by the California Association of Tactical Officers or CATO and was the recipient of a Legacy Award. The award hailed Boyd’s long-term contributions and service to CATO and to the Carlsbad SWAT Team.
Carlsbad High School Honors Officer Meroniuk
Carlsbad High School held an assembly to honored Officer Jaime Meroniuk. The school, students and school district expressed gratitude for Meroniuk’ s service and wished him well on his upcoming deployment. During the assembly, the drum corps played, the choir sang and Meroniuk was presented with a plaque.
Operation Santa Clause 2017
The Carlsbad Firefighters Association visited seven neighborhoods over the weekend and were able to fill a 20’ trailer with non-perishable food, toys, and cash/gift card donations from the community. This year marked the biggest to date, with donations allowing the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau to organize gifts for over 400 Carlsbad families in need. All of the items will be distributed on Saturday at the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.
Firefighters sent to LA to Help Battle Fires
Earlier this week two crews from Carlsbad were sent to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. The Thomas Fire is now 96,000 acres, and 5% contained. Over 2,500 fire personnel have been assigned to the incident, with 15,000 structures still threatened. The Creek Fire is over 12,600 acres, and 10% contained. Over 1,600 fire personnel have been assigned to the incident, with 2,500 structures still threatened. Mandatory evacuations and road closures continue for both incidents. For the latest fire information http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents .
Holiday at the Rancho
It was a festive night on Saturday at Leo Carrillo Ranch during Holiday at the Rancho. Over 700 people attended the event that included a musical tree lighting, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, and an outdoor movie presentation of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Families also got to enjoy some unique activities like the photo booth with props from the season, a holiday train ride, and a plush snowball fight. Santa even made a special appearance at the event. The cool evening and beautifully decorated property was the perfect setting to get in the holiday spirit. This event partnered with the staff from Leo Carrillo Ranch who hosted tours of the hacienda and the L.I.T.E. program who sold concessions at the event.
Library & Cultural Arts Host Holiday Staff Event
On Saturday, Library & Cultural Arts staff and their families were invited to an after-hours event at the Cole Library. This annual celebration has been taking place for 10 years and provides an opportunity for staff to share their workplace with family and celebrate the holiday season together. The event included a special appearance by Santa, who rode in on the library’s new book bike!
Carlsbad City Library Hosts Holiday Concert Series
On Saturday, the first of three holiday concerts took place at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. About 110 attendees enjoyed Jessica Fichot and her band’s performance, “From Paris to Shanghai: Holidays around the World!” which included the sounds of gypsy swing, international folk and jazz, covering classic Christmas songs from various cultures that cross multiple dialects. The series will continue on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center with K. Emeline, whose soulful voice and upbeat energy to create a refreshing blend of soul, rock, pop and everything in between. Finally, the series concludes on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. with the Clay Colton Duo, who will present a special show in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Georgina Cole Library.
Cole Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues
On Sunday, the 50th anniversary of the Georgina Cole Library continued with “A Celebration of Libraries,” where Union-Tribune language columnist, best-selling author and KPBS’s A Way with Words co-host Richard Lederer, gave a talk to 60 attendees, illustrating how libraries change lives and tracing the history of the Cole Library. The anniversary celebrations will conclude this weekend with the Clay Colton Duo hosting a special musical production performing hits from the mid-1960s along with a backdrop of historical narrative and a photo slideshow from the Carlsbad History Collection. This event will be on Saturday, Dec.9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cole Community Room.
Community Arts Grant Awardees Selected
This week, twenty-nine applicants comprised of artists, arts organizations and schools with activities planned in 2018, were chosen to receive a portion of the $78,000 in city funding allocated for community arts grants. Two grants panels, one for education and one for arts organizations, reviewed and scored the applications and participated in creating the funding plan. The panels were comprised of Carlsbad Arts Commissioners and two or three members from the arts and education communities across San Diego County. A new “Capacity Building” category was added to assist Carlsbad-based organizations. Also, each applicant had an opportunity to make a three-minute presentation to the panel and answer any questions. This was a record number of applications over previous years where twenty to twenty-four applications were usually received. The Arts Commission will review and be asked to approve the funding plan at the December meeting.