Fairbanks Ranch Association 2015 Directories Now Available


The Fairbanks Ranch Association is excited to announce that the 2015 Fairbanks Ranch Directories have arrived and are now available for pick up at the Clubhouse. The first copy is complimentary. Additional copies are available for $10.00 each.

If you have any questions please contact:

Fairbanks Ranch Association
17651 Circa Del Norte
P.O. Box 8166
Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067

Phone: 858-756-4415
Fax: 858-756-5485

Rancho Santa Fe: New Children’s Museum’s Winter Day Camps are Open


Now that the kids are home on their winter breaks, Rancho Santa Fe families may want to take note. The New Children’s Museum will be hosting day camps throughout December and early January for children ages 4 through 12. In order for the kids to participate in the great events, daily admission fees and advance registration are required.

Thematic program activities at the museum will begin daily at 9 a.m. and conclude promptly at 4 p.m. Snacks, meals and beverages are not included. Consequently, Rancho Santa Fe moms and dads will want to pack their kiddos wholesome foods and beverages that will tide them over until dismissal. Whatever goodies families choose to provide, they should be suitable for storage at room temperature and not require preheating.

Depending on the child’s age, good choices to consider are crudités, fruit cocktail cups, granola bars, PBJ sandwiches, graham crackers and whole fruits. The list of beverages that may work well for little campers includes, but doesn’t stop at bottled water, PediaSure®, V-8® vegetable juice and all-natural fruit juices.

The museum staff also encourages Ranch Santa Fe families to make it a point to dress the kids in weather appropriate, casual play clothes and comfortable footwear as well as send a spare outfit in case the kids get wet or dirty. Sending a kid-size, water and stain resistant painters’ or crafter’s apron may prove to be a smart idea for Rancho Santa Fe parents as well.

The museum’s fall/winter camp themes are slated to vary by day. In December alone, the kids will be invited to participate in string art, printmaking, weaving and so much more. January’s day camp, on the other hand, is expected to focus on character acting and costumes. Additional information about each daily theme may be obtained by contacting the New Children’s Museum’s day camp staff directly.

Fairbanks Ranch, CA Foodies Anxiously Await SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

Fairbanks Ranch, California’s foodie population is undoubtedly stocking up on the wet naps in anticipation of the Annual SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off. It’s set to get off to a saucy start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 7th in nearby North Park and end around 5 p.m. on the same day. The event, which is being presented by the San Diego Ceramic Connection and McKinley Elementary PTC, is actually a well loved fundraiser that’s jam packed with food, craft beer, live musical entertainment and a rib-sticking dose of family fun.

This year’s participating food vendors and local restaurants are an eclectic lot. As such, Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe residents may expect to savor more than just bowlfuls of mind-blowing chili. Devilicious will be on hand serving foods from their well loved menu, like duck confit grilled cheese and all American cheeseburgers. Ms. Patty Melt and Chop Soo-ey will be hawking their hot foods too. Most San Diego County residents agree that their Vietnamese dumplings and prime rib sandwiches are absolutely amazing. Afterward, everyone will be able to cool their palates with tempting, frosty treats from the Calexico Creamery and Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream.

For the adults in the group, there are more than a baker’s dozen of craft breweries anticipated to be in attendance. So attendees will be able to look forward to a wide assortment of milk stouts, saisons, rye IPAs, honey wheat ales and mugs full of seasonal goodies. Plus, a smattering of winemakers will be pouring their wares for the masses too. As for the Bar Pink Cocktail Lounge and The Casbah, they’ll be on hand as well. However, they’re expected to help sponsor the day’s live entertainment.

Speaking of which, it’s just as eclectic as the event’s food and drink offerings. Case in point, there will be bands playing everything from punk, rock, country, reggae and the blues to freak beat, psychotic garage and surf. A donation from all attendees will help keep the event going for years to come. To learn more about this year’s event, please contact the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off organizers directly.

Rancho Santa Fe: Come and Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s on the Water


Throughout the month of December 2014, Rancho Santa Fe residents will have ample chances to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s on, or near the chilly waters of San Diego Bay. Some of the events are being sponsored by public entities and others are being offered by private businesses. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of what the Big Bay area’s venues have planned:

Holiday Cruises with Refreshments

Hornblower™ Cruises & Events is sponsoring a number of events on the water. They kickoff on Friday, December 5th with thematic lunch and sunset dinner cruises. Both are due to depart from the Grape Street Pier and continue on throughout the month. The lunch cruises are slated to be two hours long and include seated lunches, a dessert buffet and a champagne or sparkling cider toast. The dinner cruises are longer and more elaborate. They are slated to run 3.5 hours long and include a three-course meal, dancing and the afore mentioned, celebratory toast. But that’s not all. The company will also be offering champagne brunch, Christmas, New Year’s and marine mammal focused cruises in December too. Making advance reservations for any of the Hornblower™ events is paramount and prices are likely to vary per cruise date.

Big Bay Balloon Parade

The Big Bay Balloon Parade is another event that Rancho Santa Fe residents may want to plan on attending. It’s set to take place at 3 p.m. the day after Christmas. The parade is part of the Annual National University Holiday Bowl 2014, which is actually a nationally recognized, sporting event. Scheduled to be broadcast live, it is expected to include a bevy of balloons, live entertainment, amazing floats and snippets of two, very different sporting events. They are the Bumble Bee Seafoods’® 5K and the Wienerschnitzel Wiener® Nationals.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Of course the Holiday Bowl isn’t the only football event taking place in December 2014. Rancho Santa Fe residents may also get their tailgate on the evening of Tuesday, December 23rd. That’s scheduled to be the kickoff day of the much loved, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Football fans hoping to spend the holidays cheering for their teams at either nationally televised event should think about purchasing their stadium tickets online now.

Rancho Santa Fe Student Athlete Invited to Play in National Competition


For those that may not have noticed, Rancho Santa Fe residents take their volleyball seriously. So seriously, in fact, that one of our own has worked hard enough to make it to the big time. That’s right; high schooler Kate Swanson has been welcomed with open arms to the First Team All-America. As a result, the 5-foot, 8-inches tall teen is expected to participate in the highly anticipated, Under Armour All-American Volleyball Match & Skills Competition®.

It’s a well respected, annual, winter volleyball event that is typically broadcast on the CBS Sports Network for all the country to see. This year, students participating in the event will be taking the Chesapeake Energy Arena’s court in mid-December. For Rancho Santa Fe residents that have never been, the arena is located more than 1,300 miles away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Capable of seating more than 15,000 screaming volleyball fans, it’s the city’s pride and joy.

When she’s not being invited to participate in national competitions, the athletic teen is donning her #2 jersey and playing in the libero position for Bishop School’s Knights Volleyball team in nearby LaJolla. Nationwide, she’s ranked by MaxPreps as the 53rd best varsity volleyball player whereas statewide, her fine-honed skills have earned her 14th place among her peers.

We should also mention that only 24 volleyball players nationwide made the previously mentioned First Team and only three of them were from the State of California. The other two were Alexa Dryer of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach. Additional California teens made the competition’s Second and Third Teams as well as Honorable Mention. They hailed from Santa Ana, Aliso Viejo, San Jose, Chino Hills, San Diego, Sonoma, Los Altos and La Jolla. The second La Jolla student was 6-foot, 1-inch tall Annie Hasselmann. Hasselmann currently plays in the setter position for the La Jolla Country Day School. We wish them all much success!

Fairbanks Ranch, CA: Great Places to Bundle Up and See the Holiday Lights


Once the turkey and giblet gravy has been put away in Fairbanks Ranch, California, it will be time to check out how our friends and neighbors have decked their halls. There are several venues that are expected to light up early in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival. Here’s a Christmas ribbon rundown of where to go and catch the sights:

The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe (Nov. 30th)

Start things off the evening of November 30th at The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. They’ll be hosting their annual lighting event and dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. for members and community homeowners. For more details, please contact the golf club’s staff directly in the days ahead.

Holiday on Horton Square (Dec. 3rd thru Jan. 4th)

Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice in Horton Square opens up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 20th. However, the holiday lights don’t officially go on until the evening of Wednesday, December 3rd. If you go for the lights, try and get there a little before 7:30 p.m. That’s when the annual, televised show that accompanies the lighting is due to kickoff. Consequently, parking is expected to be a bear. Access to the ice skating rink and skate rentals will also be available post event for a modest fee.

Balboa Park December Nights (Dec. 5th thru 6th)

Every winter, Balboa Park puts on the ritz as part of their December Nights Festival and 2014 will be no exception. The greatly anticipated event is slated to start with much fanfare at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 5th and run through to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. During that time, the park will literally come to life with a cavalcade of seasonal activities, lights, musical entertainment, belly dancing, food, spirits and museum events. Admission is complimentary and reservations are not needed. Free shuttle service and public transportation will be available.

Holiday Wonderland at PetCo Park (Dec. 5th thru 24th)

PetCo Park will also be dressed up in its holiday finery, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 5th. It will remain open every weekend until Christmas Eve. It will also be open for public viewing the final weekdays before Christmas Day. Festivities include Polar Express kiddie train rides, visits with Santa and a chance to interact with his live reindeer. Parking and admission fees are separate. Plus, advance ticket sales are strongly encouraged. Prices for parking and admission both start at $10.

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival (Dec. 6th)

Santa will also be on hand at the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival. It’s all slated to begin at 11 a.m. sharp on Saturday, December 6th and run until 4:30 p.m. The parade kicks things off and the related festivities are due to start shortly thereafter. Admission is free but Fairbanks Ranch families may anticipate paying at least a negligible fee for parking nearby.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo (Dec. 13th thru Jan 4th)

Each year, the San Diego Zoo holds its Annual Jungle Bells event. This year, it’s expected to start on Saturday, December 13th and wind up on Sunday, January 4th. During the event, Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe children will get to meet with Santa, check out the polar bears, ride the Twinkle Light Trolley and watch a live recreation of a classic Christmas tale.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights (Dec. 14th and 21st)

Lastly, let’s not forget about the city’s yearly lighting event on the water, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. It is currently slated to take place at 5:30 p.m. sharp, two Sundays in December, the 14th and the 21st. Gazing upon the lighted vessels is free for Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe spectators. However, there is a fee for those that want to participate in the event’s annual dinner.

Highest Water Consumption Per Home In California Is In Rancho Santa Fe


The drought that has been ravaging California has resulted in numerous attempts to curb water usage throughout the state. The California Water Resources Control Board recently released new data for water usage per county for September 2014.

The California Water Resource Control Board’s data shows that customers in the Santa Fe Irrigation District used 584.4 gallons per capita each day in September. The Santa Fe Irrigation District includes around 19,400 customers, according to the most recent data. In contract, the San Dieguito Water District only used 154 gallons per capita, per day. The Santa Fe Irrigation District has a ways to go before matching some of the best conservation efforts in the state.

Officials around the state have been trying to urge citizens to save as much water as they can, in case this winter is as dry as the last few winters have been. Another dry winter would only add to the current water problems.

Some counties have been under mandatory water restrictions for quite some time. The Santa Fe Irrigation District only started mandatory water restrictions in September, and is confident that their district will be able to reach all state mandated water use reduction targets. In order to educate their customers, they sent out direct mail to all of their customers.

This is one of the first times that the state of California has released water usage date. The California Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus hopes that this information will “informed localized conservation efforts” and will provoke conversations in communities across the state about how to best use water.

All citizens across the state, including those in the Rancho Santa Fe area, are encouraged to do everything they can to conserve water. If you are not sure what you can do to conserve water, you can check out the resources at bewaterwise.com or check out some of the tips offered by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Fairbanks Ranch, CA Residents Have a Chance to Learn about Juan de Valdes Leal


In December 2014, Fairbanks Ranch, California, residents will be given an opportunity to learn more about Spanish artist, Juan de Valdes Leal. It’s all part of the museum’s ArtStop program. The program is designed to provide residents of Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe and other communities a guided look at some of the museum’s featured artists. Leal is expected to be spotlighted at noon on Thursday, December 11th.

The museum acquired one of the 17th century artists’ oil on canvas paintings in August 2014. Titled, The Visitation, it is 69.6 x 57.1-inches without the frame. Thus, with the frame intact, the circa 1673 painting casts a shadow over museum visitors that is over 6-feet in length. Perhaps fittingly so, the oil painting’s imagery includes representations of Mary, Elizabeth, Saint Joseph, Zacharias, cherubs and a dove of peace. For Fairbanks Ranch residents who may be unfamiliar with Juan de Valdes Leal’s work, it’s actually an important piece that sold for more than $182,000 at a 2009 Sotheby’s Auction.

The fact that it was created the same year that he did work on his native Seville’s Archiepiscopal Palace and Hospital de la Caridad is part of what makes the painting so significant to collectors. Both buildings, by the way, feature extensive Baroque stylings. Leal specialized in creating Baroque artwork similar in style to the pasos and polychrome sculptures of his day. The majority of them were religious in nature and he did not shy away from depicting violent scenes, like The Crucifixion.

It should also be noted that many of his family members were accomplished artists too, including his wife, father-in-law and children. Together, they left their marks on the world using many mediums (e.g. oils, engravings, sculptures and gilding). To learn more about them, Fairbanks Ranch residents are encouraged to visit the museum on December 11th. Advance reservations are not needed to participate in Thursday’s guided viewing but all of those that wish to attend must plan on being there promptly at noon.

Fairbanks Ranch, CA: Residents Have an Opportunity to Reduce Their Falls Risk


As the National Council on Aging’s latest research and a recent November 2014 special report published in The New York Times pointed out, falls remain one of the top causes of accidental death in America. Thankfully, Fairbanks Ranch residents have a convenient, enjoyable way to reduce their falls risk. It all starts with a Monday morning visit to the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center.

Each week, the center hosts a licensed physical therapist led fitness class that is specifically designed to reduce falls among San Diego County’s aged population. No advance registration is required and classes typically run from 10:45 a.m. sharp to 11:15 a.m. Admission to the falls prevention focused fitness class is a modest $5 per person. The instructor is none other than Iranian, Navid Hannanvash.

Navid Hannanvash received his B.S. in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from the University of Michigan. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Fellow of Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute. He is currently one of several talented people that call the R.I.S.E. Physical Therapy office in Solana Beach home. Hannanvash is the establishment’s owner and offers a number of services to Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe residents year round.

Services available at Hannavash’s Solano Beach location includes, but isn’t limited to a series of injury prevention programs, balance exercises, acute injury/post-op care, neurological rehabilitation, deconditioning prevention, elite sports training and biomechanical assessment. A variety of insurances are accepted by Hannavash’s team and cash discounts are often offered too.

Fairbanks Ranch residents most apt to take a tumble at home are those with a history of sensory problems, muscle weakness, hypotension, polypharmacy, delirium, incontinence and neurological related health problems. By attending the fitness classes available through the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, residents may improve their muscle strength. The center also hosts free blood pressure readings in the morning, the last Thursday of every month. They may help Fairbanks Ranch residents manage their hypotension. To learn more, please contact Hannavash or the senior center’s staff directly.

Fairbanks Ranch, CA: Is Your Pantry Already Stocked for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Shopping ListThanksgiving weekend is quickly approaching and Fairbanks Ranch, California residents with empty or half full pantries may want to take note. The Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is slated to be open this month, every Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Located on San Dieguito Road, in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, it’s a great place to stock up on essentials for Thanksgiving dinner.

There will be many San Diego County food and beverage purveyors on hand, including Sage Mountain Farm. Sage Mountain Farm offers Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe residents a chance to sign up for their wonderful CSA program, which involved farm fresh, 100% organic foods. The Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is one of the program’s scheduled pick-up locations.

CSA produce boxes available at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market typically come in two sizes, small and large. The large boxes are designed to feed five people and the small boxes will generally accommodate the appetites of three Fairbanks Ranch residents. Obviously, box contents vary from week to week. Right now, they contain a lot of different Thanksgiving fare, including dry yellow onions, butternut squash and white rose potatoes.

They are not the only CSA boxes available to Fairbanks Ranch residents either. Sage Mountain Beef has a program of its own. The major difference between the two, as you might have guessed, is that their boxes are all about red meat. The Green-Fed™ beef boxes come in three sizes based on pounds. The smallest boxes usually contain five pounds of beef whereas the large ones contain 20 pounds. Pick-up is presently not available at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market but there are locations in other nearby places like Riverside, Claremont and Temecula.

In addition to local food and beverage vendors, the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is also a fabulous place for Fairbanks Ranch residents to pick up a few host or hostess gifts for friends and family. To learn more about them and the other vendors that are slated to be at the market this weekend, please make it a point to stop by the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center or visit the organizers’ Facebook page.