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Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Library hosts author Jenny Craig

RSF Library librarian Diana Hughes reads Jenny Craig’s book “I Believe in Genevieve” at an author event on July 15.

The Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Library hosted author Jenny Craig on July 15 for a reading and book signing of her children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve.”

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities’ Annual 211 Club Patron Recognition Party

Bernie and Suzi Feldman, Lee and Frank Goldberg (event hosts), Anne Nagorner, Eddie Goldberg

Over 130 dedicated contributors gathered to celebrate their commitment to the charitable mission of Seacrest Village.

County Board of Supervisors honors longtime former Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager

Former longtime RSF Association Manager Pete Smith recently received a proclamation declaring July 8 as “Pete Smith Day” throughout the County of San Diego. Smith is pictured above with the proclamation and members of his family (wife Debbie with granddaughter Mackayla to the left of Smith, and daughters Courtney and Caroline to the right). County Supervisor Bill Horn is on the far left and former longtime County of San Diego Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard is pictured in the back row, third from right. Courtesy photo

The County Board of Supervisors recently honored former longtime Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager Pete Smith for “his outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents.” Supervisor Bill Horn presented a proclamation to Smith on July 8 and the county board declared July 8 to be “Pete Smith Day” throughout the County of San Diego. Smith retired as Manager of the RSF Association at the end of June. (Note: A group of private citizens will be hosting a Pete Smith Appreciation Party in October. To attend the event and receive an invitation, email:

Jerome Strack named General Manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Jerome Strack

Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Jerome Strack general manager for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, the historic hotel located near San Diego. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is part of Benchmark Hospitality’s Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels brand collection. Greg Champion, executive vice president & COO, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Jerome to this remarkable and historic property,” said Champion. “He brings to his new role a keen understanding of all aspects of luxury hospitality and an innate love for the unique equestrian setting of The Inn. I can’t think of a more qualified professional to lead The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.”

‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ fashion show in Rancho Santa Fe to benefit Mitchell Thorp fund

The Pillars of Hope Under the Tuscan Sun Charity Fashion Show, benefiting the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, will be held “under the stars, al fresco” from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Cielo Village, 18029 Calle Ambiente, Rancho Santa Fe.

The event will include the Pillar of Hope Awards presentation, Tuscan cuisine, wine and beer tasting, a Couture Men and Women’s Fashion Show, entertainment, dancing, health and beauty vendors, and a silent and live auction.

De Anza DAR holds American history essay contest

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces its annual American History Essay Contest to celebrate America’s history. All fifth- through eighth-grade students in public, private, and parochial schools or those who are home-schooled are eligible to participate. Students may also independently submit essays directly to the judging committee.

Ritto, Frank to run again for Rancho Santa Fe School board

Trustees Todd Frank and Marti Ritto have decided to seek re-election on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board.

“I’ve so enjoyed being able to help the school district expand the music programs as well as the robotics and technical programs these past four years,” Ritto said. “There are so many exciting things happening in the world of education these days!”

Rancho Santa Fe resident earns scholarships to Western Washington University

Western Washington University incoming freshman Dallas Dyson, daughter of Robert and Loraine Dyson of Rancho Santa Fe, received a $1,213 scholarship from the Bliss Family Academic Scholarship from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, and a $600 scholarship from the Vassdal Art Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dallas graduated from Canyon Crest Academy in June and plans to study Environmental Studies and Design at Western. She graduated with a 3.8 cumulative GPA.

Village Church Community Theater offering two summer camps in Rancho Santa Fe

Final preparations are being made for the 2014 Summer Theater Camps for kids in grades 3 through 6 and students in grades 7 through 12 at the Village Church Community Theater, at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.

A few places are still available for both camps, held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the week of July 21-25.

‘Croquet on the Lawn’ rolls back to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Croquet on the Lawn

The main lawn of The Inn was refurbished, offering a clean, smooth surface perfect for croquet. A professional will be on hand to give lessons, followed by cocktails and light appetizers. Photos by Karen Billing.