Stephanie Glidden

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Home of The Month: A Spanish Treasure

Only the terracotta-tiled roofline of a Spanish Colonial estate near the heart of downtown Rancho Santa Fe is visible from the street.

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Climate Curriculum Emphasizes Environment, Engagement

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy was awarded $7,500 from San Diego Gas & Electric to support SDRVC’s climate-science curriculum, “Microclimates on a Macro Scale,” which is a part of the conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program.

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San Ysidro Recognizes Health Champions’ Role in Ensuring Care

San Ysidro Health held its annual gala, “Monte Carlo: A Night to Remember” recently at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event hosted 600 guests and raised $400,000.

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You’ll Love the Sights From the Saddle or the Viewing Deck

At the easternmost edge of Encinitas, Lone Jack Road, the main road through the community of Olivenhain, hits a dead end. On the right, a tree-lined drive leads to an impressive iron gate with keypad access. Once the gate swings open, the road continues up the hill past large estate homes that were part of a development completed in 2001, to more custom estates on larger parcels at higher elevations.

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Job Search Workshops Map Out Strategy for Veterans, Spouses

VetCTAP of JBS Transition Experts has reached an historic milestone. It recently conducted its 55th job search workshop series for transitioning military, veterans and spouses.

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A Tip of the Toque to All Chefs at Meals on Wheels Challenge

Meals on Wheels San Diego County recently held its “Over the Rainbow” Ball & 9th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge at the Sheraton Harbor Island.

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One Oak Offers Some Top Spots for Taking In the Scenery

The drive along Lone Jack Road in Encinitas on the way to “One Oak,” a new home development by Shea Homes San Diego, has the feel of a pleasant Sunday drive in the country. The gently winding road is lined white split-rail fencing, towering trees and horses grazing in corrals among outstanding custom estate homes on large tracts of land.

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Tackling Disconnection Must Be a Communitywide Imperative

The San Diego Workforce Partnership recently launched OpportunitySD, a movement to dramatically reduce the number of opportunity youth — young adults ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor working — in the region.

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Stunning Home Takes You on Tour of Architect’s Imagination

The seaside village of La Jolla has many charms, among them a diversity of eclectic neighborhoods, each with their own personality. One of those neighborhoods is the exclusive Country Club Estates, with sea view homes that rise dramatically, stacked street by street, from Torrey Pines Road.

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Festival Raises Money, Salutes Surgical Teams’ Missions of Mercy

The Scripps 7th Annual M.O.S.T. Mariachi Festival was held recently at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.

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Connection, Change Were Celebrated and Served at Gathering

The San Diego Women’s Foundation held its 18th Annual Grants Celebration Building Bridges: Connecting Women, Creating Change recently. More than 200 people gathered at the Cygnet Theatre to celebrate the power of women in united philanthropy.

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Center Peace

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This home in the 14-story Park Laurel condominium tower is directly across the street from San Diego’s cherished Balboa Park and minutes from downtown. It is firmly in the center of a dynamic urban setting, yet, at the same time, a world away.

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Harrah’s ‘All-in 4 Change’ Delivers For 15 Deserving Causes

Harrah’s Resort Southern California announced that it hosted its fourth annual “All-in 4 Change” awards luncheon, awarding $150,000 in grants to 15 of Southern California’s most deserving nonprofit organizations.

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Inside and Outside, Ranch Home Is Best of Both Worlds

At the entrance to a lovely family home on Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe is a low slung, white stucco wall framed with mature bougainvillea and towering eucalyptus trees.

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Serving Seniors’ Gala Makes 200,000 More Meals Possible

Serving Seniors announced that it raised $477,000 at its 5th annual Experience of a Lifetime Gala held recently at the Del Mar Country Club. With more than 350 people in attendance at the sold-out event, the funds raised will go toward nearly 200,000 meals for those in need.

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Grants Aim to Be Game Changers for Chula Vista’s Workforce

Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced that. at the 9th Annual CVCF Grants Celebration, $55,000 in grants are going to benefit Chula Vista residents of all ages and backgrounds for job training and workforce development resources. The grants were announced at the Reminiscence Therapy facility in the Glenner Town Square.

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Coastal Home’s Delicious Details Offer a Feast for the Senses

It’s apparent this home in Solana Beach is not your standard issue Spanish Colonial from the moment you pull into the driveway.

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Sun-Kissed Beauty

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The distinctive character of this new home overlooking the 13th hole of the world-renowned Rancho Santa Fe golf course is deserving of its “summer house” name. The sprawling estate is clad in crisp white siding and painted white brick.

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Success Was in the Cards at Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs

The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit organization, announced that it raised more than $250,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad through its annual charity poker tournament.

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C.W. Driver Event Brings Shelter, Help to Homeless Families

C.W. Driver Cos., a California-based builder since 1919 with seven offices in California — including San Diego and Carlsbad, announced that it hosted its third annual charity golf tournament benefiting San Diego-based nonprofit Solutions for Change.

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Grant Will Help Open Books and Open Doors for Students

United Way of San Diego County received a $100,000 grant from the David C. Copley Foundation and will use it to grow its early grade attendance and literacy pilot initiatives in City Heights and Lemon Grove. The grant will also help United Way share best practices with regional partners for greater reach.

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Developmentally Disabled Get Chance to Work and Create

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an El Cajon-based nonprofit, announced that it received a $35,000 Project Innovation grant from NBCUniversal Foundation.

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Healthcare District Makes Investment in Future Workforce

The Grossmont Healthcare District recently announced $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a health-care professional.

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Finding Your Muse

The masterful reincarnation of Prospect Place, the iconic California Modernist office building at the foot of Girard Avenue in La Jolla, into a collection of world-class, luxury residences is without equal. Now known as Muse La Jolla, it sits high above the sea that cradles the sandstone cliffs of the picturesque La Jolla Cove. The meticulous design of each unit’s airy open flow showcases the finest interior materials and finishes. The result is a serene, indoor/outdoor living environment with a transcendent view. Step outside and an upscale village lifestyle — with art, culture, shopping, dining or a soul-soothing stroll along the cliffs — beckons.

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Grant Will Give Grieving Children A Safe Place to Heal

The Elizabeth Hospice announced a $10,660 grant from Las Patronas to fund the construction of an innovative activity room where children experiencing loss can express powerful emotions as they process their grief.

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Program Gives Students Some Key Lessons in Kindness, Helping

During a three-day period last month, Shoal Creek Elementary students in Poway collected $1,000 in donations for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House as part of the charity’s Red Shoe Crew program. To foster a sense of kindness and charity among school-aged children, students participating in the Red Shoe Crew program help educate their peers on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s mission.

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Cottages Will Take You on a Magical History Tour

It was a passion for preservation and a sense of place that created Heritage Place in La Jolla — a charming collection of three historic cottages in La Jolla’s Barber Tract neighborhood.

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Mercy Ball Brings in $700,000 to Support Scripps’ Facilities

Scripps Mercy Hospital celebrated the institution’s three decades of lifesaving trauma care at the annual Mercy Ball recently at the The Pendry hotel in downtown San Diego. Nearly 500 supporters attended the sold-out event that raised $700,000 to benefit the Scripps Mercy San Diego Trauma Center patients on both campuses, including the purchase of cutting-edge technology for head and spine trauma surgery in Hillcrest and the remodel fund for Chula Vista’s Triage Center.

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Home of the Month: Surf, Sand And Serenity

This modern beach house on the sand in Del Mar defines the California beach lifestyle. The entire facade of the two-story home is large panels of glass that frame the priceless view. No opportunity to revel in the broad expanse of white sand and the vastness of the sea was wasted on architectural features that might obscure the view. The warmth of the sun pours in by day; the moon glimmers on the water by night. Designed by local award-winning architects, Batter Kay Associates, the home is the consummate example of the creative use of space to enhance an environment.

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Foundation’s Gift to Help Improve Kids’ Reading Skills

The David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, has awarded $12,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The funding will allow the center to cover any expenses related to the Intensive Reading Improvement Program, including staff, materials and curriculum.

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Each Detail Is an Artistic Discovery at Covenant Property

Just two miles from downtown Rancho Santa Fe and six miles from the beach is Buena Vista Farms, an exclusive 15-and-a-half-acre equestrian estate atop a peaceful oasis of exquisite Covenant land. Mature groves of lemon and olive trees, along with native California pepper trees, obscure the home from the road.

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American Indian Health Center Launches Capital Campaign

The San Diego American Indian Health Center held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the acquisition of the buildings that house its current location plus an additional building immediately north of the clinic that is designated for expansion of the organization. The ribbon cutting kicked off the capital campaign to raise an estimated $11 million for the renovation and expansion that will double SDAIHC’s capacity.

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Students’ Actions Raise Money, Awareness for Environment

Two years ago, three La Jolla High School students formed Clean for a Cause, a nonprofit to recycle plastic, aluminum, and glass at CRV redemption centers and donates funds raised from those recyclables. During this time, Cause has recycled approximately two tons of material. Led by Mason Matalon, a senior at LJHS, Clean for a Cause announced that it has made its first donation to San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

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Santaluz House Embraces Luxury and Embraces Nature

The original developers of the master-planned community of Santaluz were ahead of their time when they began development in the late 1990s with environmental stewardship as its fundamental principle.

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Student Brings Camaraderie of Sports to Autistic Kids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad announced that it has offered its gym free of charge to Ethan Hope, an enterprising young man with a big heart.

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The Best Coast

At the southernmost tip of Del Mar a secluded home sits atop an ancient sandstone cliff 100 feet above the sea. Insulated from all other residences nearby, it overlooks the coastline southward to Torrey Pines State Beach and the tip of La Jolla. In the distance hang gliders drift in the wind, pods of whales journey by and dolphins frolic in the surf as the mesmerizing seasons of the sea progress. Cocooned into a cove of sandstone cliffs, the home is a singular masterpiece that weaves luxury, architecture and seclusion into one transcendent tapestry.

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Doggie Gras’ Canine Couture Pays Off for Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center announced it put on its Sixth Annual Doggie Gras Parade that showcases its “orphaned” pets by marching into the farmers market in Rancho Santa Fe. The event invited participants to support animal rescue “Mardi Gras-style” by creating colorful costumes and parade floats for the participating animals.

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Name Emphasizes Bigger Scope of San Ysidro Health’s Mission

San Ysidro Health Center, a local nonprofit organization providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for all, has announced a new name and brand identity and is now San Ysidro Health.

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Luxury, Style and Location Define Top Real Estate Deals

San Diego County has an extraordinary mix of distinctive residential environments; the choices of how and where to live are diverse. Among the choices are beaches, mountains, valleys, farmland and desert communities.

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S.D. Workforce Partnership Earns Praise From Its Peers

The San Diego Workforce Partnership announced that it received the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards, the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce development boards nationwide and their network of American Job Centers.

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Point Loma Peninsula Should Be on Any S.D. Treasures Map

When Richard Henry Dana Jr. landed in San Diego in the mid-1830s, he wrote about his experience as a merchant seaman in his classic memoir “Two Years Before the Mast.” Upon arriving at the harbor mouth in Point Loma, Dana wrote: “...we had a large and well-wooded headland directly before us, behind which lay the little harbor of San Diego.”

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Co. Opens Location and Opens Its Heart With Donation

Arhaus LLC, a nationwide home furnishings company, donated $16,921 to Promises2Kids. Arhaus selected Promises2Kids as its charity of choice to receive 10 percent of sales during its recent grand opening event at Westfield UTC.

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Atlantic Charms, Pacific Setting

A quest for untapped potential is the driving force behind this Hamptons-style residence on the southwestern edge of the Muirlands neighborhood in La Jolla. As part of its Signature Series of residential homes, award-winning builder Zephyr challenged the boundaries of traditional thinking by rotating the footprint of the previous home to maximize the panoramic views that span from Dana Point to Mexico. This spacious, light-filled home is an impeccable fusion of classic East Coast styling with the luxury of California indoor/outdoor living.

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Grant Helps Center for Children on Its Education Mission

Las Patronas, a La Jolla-based nonprofit, announced it awarded a $16,657 grant to the San Diego Center for Children Academy’s expansion project.

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Gift of $30M Will Help Build ‘One-of-a-Kind Children’s Zoo’

Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford announced during a San Diego Zoo employee meeting in January that he is making a $30 million donation — the largest single gift the San Diego Zoo has ever received.

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From Tree to Design Treasures, Del Mar Home Has Cool Covered

With the rumble of the racetrack to the east and the soothing sound of waves lapping the shore just a few steps to the west, this Craftsman-style home is the personification of life in the Beach Colony of Del Mar.

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Month of a Million Meals Delivers the Million and Much More

Feeding San Diego announced that $1,055,634, equating to 4,222,536 meals, was raised during the fifth annual Month of a Million Meals campaign in partnership with ABC10 and Live Well San Diego.

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Corner Market Delivers Food Aid With Dignity, Determination

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Hand Up Food Pantry was awarded “Best Choice Pantry” for its Corner Market at the 2017 San Diego County Hunger Conference. Each year, the Hunger Conference, hosted by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, convenes to discuss how to stop hunger in San Diego County, focusing on collaborative approaches, unified efforts and prioritizing those served.

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Intriguing Intricacies

This singular contemporary estate — seven years in the making — materialized from the unparalleled creativity of two trailblazers in architecture and engineering.

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Toy Ride Lights Up Lives and Spreads the Joy on Its Journey

Nearly 500 kids had something to unwrap for Christmas thanks to the San Diego Bike Club and the participants in their annual toy ride.

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