Category archives for: Rancho Santa Fe Life

Fundraiser to boost Rancho Santa Fe teen’s literacy efforts

Sarah Lackey and her Books for Friends nonprofit delivered 3,218 books to the Monarch School library in August.

A Rancho Santa Fe teenager put her love for books and passion for giving back into starting her own non-profit Books for Friends, which seeks to get more literature into the hands of kids who need it most.

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe Village shop The McNally Company Antiques consolidates

McNally Antiques in their new location in the village. Photo by Karen Billing

Connie and Bill McNally started The McNally Company Antiques 23 years ago in a different village storefront before taking over the corner spot from Maggie’s Dress Shop in 1996.

Nativity class in Rancho Santa Fe solves ‘mystery’ via Skype

A student points out a location projected from the Skype screen.

“Investigators” at The Nativity School’s second grade social studies class discovered the secret location of a partner school by participating in an online adventure called Mystery Skype.

Moms & Tots Halloween party to be held at Rancho Santa Fe Community Center

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Moms and their little ones are invited to have a spooky good time at the annual Moms & Tots Halloween party, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center.
There will be tricks, treats, lunch, games, crafts, jump house, face painter and more! Attendees are encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit by dressing in costumes.
The party is open to all RSF Community Center members for just $20, and non-members are welcome to attend for $25 per family at the door. Meet other moms and their tots in the Rancho Santa Fe community and learn more about this group that gathers weekly for play dates in and around the Rancho Santa Fe area. Call the RSF Community Center for information and to reserve at 858-756-2461.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Morris Cerullo embarks on 11-day journey to Africa

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This 11-day trip to Africa will include training meetings in: Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Lagos, Nigeria; Kigali, Rwanda; Bujumbura, Burundi; Nakuru, Kenya; and Juba, South Sudan. The Sudan Ebola virus is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of three identified species that have been associated with large outbreaks in Africa.

Alumni and Advancement Center named for longtime supporters Larry and Cindy Bloch of Rancho Santa Fe

Larry ‘75 and Cindy Bloch (center) were joined by their children, Matt (left) and Reisa (right), to mark the dedication of the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center at the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester’s Alumni and Advancement Center in Rochester, N.Y. has been renamed the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center in recognition of the couple’s support of the university and, in particular, its Advancement programs. In a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UR President Joel Seligman formally dedicated the center in honor of the Blochs, who live in Rancho Santa Fe. A university trustee, Larry Bloch ’75, chairs the board’s Development Committee and has served on several leadership committees for the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Cindy, have established the James D. Thompson Chief Advancement Officer position, and they have committed support to create the Larry and Cindy Bloch Endowment for University Advancement.

Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders

Steve and Kathleen Flynn, Deepak Chopra and musician Sia at the Chopra Foundation’s Sages and Scientists event in August, in which the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation took part.

Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe.

The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has been located in their La Flecha office for the last three years.

The Flynns have been involved in the foundation for the past 10 years, after Kathleen was diagnosed with the disease that attacks the thyroid gland.

‘Kachina Dolls and Dances’ to be topic at Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society lecture


Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will discuss “Kachina Dolls and Dances” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.

Katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls (in photo at right), were carved typically from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about the katsinas, the immortal beings that bring rain, control the forces of nature, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world.

Rancho Santa Fe resident behind fundraiser benefiting pair of military charities

Michelle Pius

One of the fall’s largest fundraisers was put together by one Rancho Santa Fe resident in less than three months.

Michelle Pius, chairwoman of the fundraiser “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Laughter,” was approached back in August about coming on board to chair the benefit in late October.

“We just talked about it, and I just thought it was really interesting and important that we support the military,” Pius said. “Especially veterans of PTSD. So I just thought it was an important cause.”

Rancho Santa Fe native Caroline Ingalls wins prestigious riding championship

Champion Caroline Ingalls on Y2K. Photo by Captured Moment Photography

Caroline Ingalls, an accomplished equestrian who honed her skills riding horses since the age of 7 in Rancho Santa Fe, was this summer’s champion at the Showpark Summer Classic’s California Professional Horseman’s Association Foundation Finals.


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