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Checking out books was the Human thing to do at Encinitas Library event

Japanese-American internment camp survivor and local resident Tak Sugimoto (left) speaks with Paul Meardon about his experiences in 1942 when he and his family were sent to a camp during World War II. The discussion was part of the Human Library event held June 7 at the Encinitas Library. (Photo by Troy Orem)

Helen Hawes

June 11, 2015

Reading got personal at the Encinitas Library on June 7 with a Human Library event, where borrowers could check out a Human Book and discover life from a different point of view through a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Prizila Vidal was a bestseller at the event. She offered three topics th...

Parade of characters: Residents, pro runners race for the beloved ‘Cardiff Kook’

More than 2,500 residents and professional runners hit the streets of Encinitas on Feb. 1 to support the upkeep of the “Cardiff Kook” statue, also known by its official name, “Magic Carpet Ride.” (Photo by Helen Hawes)

Helen Hawes

February 6, 2015

Mere minutes after world class runner Luis Orta blasted to victory in the men’s 10K on Feb. 1, the glamorous Dragonfly Team, wearing matching white sweatshirts and empowered by sporting the bejeweled sunglasses they made the night before, took off on their first 5K run. At least they think so. Some...

Shedding light on a dark topic: Local resident, growing movement aim to open discussion on death and, in turn, celebrate life

Encinitas resident Tiffany Fox is hosting a Death Cafe discussion group Oct. 18 in Del Mar. (Photo by Troy Orem)

Helen Hawes

October 9, 2014

Encinitas resident Tiffany Fox is hosting a Death Cafe on Oct. 18 in Solana Beach. She’ll be serving cake with tea, and you are invited to attend. When Fox heard of the Death Cafe, she felt she’d been looking for it all her life. A mother with children ages 2 and 4 years old, she had been diagn...

Chicken ‘parade’ has San Marcos on the hunt

This chicken sculpture, pictured Aug. 15 at Old California Coffeehouse and Eatery in San Marcos, is part of the community’s Chicken Parade event running through Sept. 30. (North Coast Current photo)

Helen Hawes

August 15, 2014

Why do the chickens in North County cross the road? Because they’re in the San Marcos Chicken Parade. But these fowl don’t move, they actually get the residents in the area to crisscross the city’s streets in a scavenger hunt in an effort to build community, have fun and win prizes. It’s a...

North Coast Current wins several SPJ awards

North Coast Current

July 10, 2014

North Coast Current contributors, and its editorial director, won multiple awards July 10 from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Current also won Second Place for Online News Site behind U-T San Diego. Contributors Scott Allison, Alex Groves and Helen Hawes,...

From dance to food, Ki Holcomb found path to restaurateur

Ki Holcomb founded Ki's Restaurant, a healthy-food eatery that has become a Cardiff-by-the-Sea institution. She also danced and sang. (Courtesy photo)

Helen Hawes

April 13, 2014

Ki Holcomb used to enjoy pampering her regular customers at Ki’s Restaurant by remembering their preferences and adding extra avocado for this one, a little more cheese for that one. She loved her customers, calling them her “regs,” and tried to get to know everyone, including even occasional diners...

Nancarrow tribute fundraiser nets $50,000 for garden

Longtime San Diego news anchor Loren Nancarrow died Dec. 28 after battling brain cancer. (Courtesy photo)

Helen Hawes

February 25, 2014

Bidders raised their paddles the night of Feb. 21 to win prizes and rack up donations at Rock in the Park: A Tribute to Loren Nancarrow at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The money goes to the Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden at Scripps to benefit cancer patients. Between phone-in donations and...

February fundraisers scheduled in honor of Nancarrow

Longtime San Diego news anchor Loren Nancarrow died Dec. 28 after battling brain cancer. (Courtesy photo)

Helen Hawes

January 20, 2014

Loren Nancarrow’s memorial service was a paddle-out at the beach in Cardiff led by his wife, Susie. Two hundred people followed her into the ocean on their boards while hundreds more waited on the sand. As they said goodbye, a whale swam by right in front of them and flicked its tail. It was a fitting...

Proclamation to honor late Del Mar community activist

Louis “Lou” Terrell, a former Del Mar mayor and longtime political science professor at San Diego State University, died Jan. 3. (Courtesy photo)

Helen Hawes

January 20, 2014

The celebration of Louis “Lou” Terrell’s life, held recently at the Del Mar Powerhouse, was bursting with family and friends who came to say goodbye. “The service was set up for about a hundred people,” said close friend and county Supervisor Dave Roberts, “but there were about 400 people...

Dentists bring smiles for the holidays in Del Mar

Doctors and assistants provide free dental care Dec. 7 at a clinic sponsored by the California Dental Association Foundation at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. (Photo by Helen Hawes)

Helen Hawes

December 23, 2013

People waited in a line five lanes wide inside a big white tent at the Del Mar Fairgrounds recently for free dental care at a giant clinic sponsored by the California Dental Association Foundation. Most looked like any North County neighbors even though some patients came from as far away as Modesto....

From challenging times to community celebrations, North Coast residents recall season’s magic

Local newspaper Coast Dispatch often marked the local holiday season with special coverage. (North Coast Current archive)

Helen Hawes

December 21, 2013

Some people lament the merging of the holidays into one long shopping spree. It’s hard to imagine a time when there was no such thing as “Black Friday.” But once upon a time ... Back before Cardiff was a town and was, instead, a collection of houses on a hill, the holidays were exciting but...

Current wins special award for media coverage

North Coast current

November 1, 2013

The North Coast Current won a special award Oct. 30 for its reporting on the state of local media. Writers Alex Groves and Ernesto Lopez received the Wildcard award from the San Diego Press Club during the organization’s 40th annual awards celebration. The Current won 19 awards overall. The special...

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