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Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry to hold Holiday Open House benefit

Rancho Santa Fe Jewelry owner Coleen Freeman with granddaughter Abby Freeman. Courtesy photo

Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry will host a family- and pet-friendly Holiday Open House Celebration from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The event, at 6024 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe, will include holiday entertainment by musician Ean Corbett, free appetizers from Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, holiday cookies by Claire’s on Cedros Bakery and Café, hosted beverages and an opportunity drawing.

Gene implants may hold promise for Alzheimer’s research, says expert at Rancho Santa Fe event

L-R: Susan Appleby, RSF Library Guild membership and development manager; Dr. Michael Rafii, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and assistant professor at UCSD; and Lynn Mullowney, Alzheimer’s Association associate director, Western region. Photo by Diane Y. Welch

Experimentation with genetic implants in Alzheimer’s patients may yield a way to stop or slow the loss of healthy brain cells, a medical expert told the the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild recently.

The guild held an informative presentation about Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 13 at the Rancho Santa Fe library. Dr. Michael Rafii, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and assistant professor at UCSD, discussed advances in research.

Rafii’s lecture was the last of three in the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Series offered by the library guild in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. November is designated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month.

Rafii was introduced by Lynn Mullowney, AA associate director, Western region. Susan Appleby, guild membership and development manager, opened up the evening.

Rancho Santa Fe co-chair promises ‘Circus Nights’ will be memorable benefit for Rady Children’s Hospital

Sandra Den Uijl

The Rancho Santa Fe Unit (RSF Unit) of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary has another “evening to remember” planned for its guests who attend its upcoming gala “Circus Nights” at the Grand Del Mar on Jan. 31, 2015.

“It will blow their minds,” said gala co-chair Sandra Den Uijl (pronounced “owl”).

Her partner chairing the event is Greta Sybert, with 14 women total on the planning committee. After eight years of using standup comedy for the gala entertainment, last year a new theme was introduced by then-chairwoman Roni McGuire, with “Bohemian Nights.” Guests enjoyed an elegant sit-down dinner accompanied by the musical talents of acclaimed performer David Garrett, said Den Uijl.

Rancho Santa Fe students will assist homebound seniors and their pets at special event

Local school children participate in Giving Tuesday at Helen Woodward Animal Center.)

On Dec. 2, 55 second graders from Solana Santa Fe Elementary School in Rancho Santa Fe will team with Helen Woodward Animal Center for a very special Giving Tuesday. The annual day of giving, created as a juxtaposition to consumer-based “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” will employ good old-fashioned elbow grease to ensure that elderly AniMeals clients and their pets will have a wonderful holiday season. The Tuesday-Givers plan to create personalized cards for the homebound seniors and pack special holiday-themed meals for their pets with toys and treats included. The students will also aid Helen Woodward Animal Center by prepping craft projects for the upcoming Frosty Farms Event on this national Opening Day for the End-of-the-Year Giving Season.

Creative wreathmaking to take place at Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will hold its annual wreathmaking event on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club patio.

Fresh greens will be provided by the RSF Association. Hardware will be supplied by the RSF Garden Club. Limited dried materials and decorations will also be provided.

Please bring your own gloves and clippers. Your first wreath will be donated to seniors or the needy; the second wreath you may take with you.

Garden Club members pay $5 for materials; non-members pay $10 to be collected at the event.

Shop in Rancho Santa Fe to host The Country Friends Holiday Tea

Theresa O’Connor, Ulla Updegraff and Erika Horn enjoy themselves at last year’s Country Friends Holiday Tea. Photo by Jon Clark

The Country Friends will host its 19th annual Holiday Tea from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Country Friends Shop on 6030 El Tordo. The tea will also feature boutique shopping and opportunity prizes. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at

Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club to hold Holiday Tree Lighting event

The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club will kick off the holiday season with its third annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday, Nov. 30. Attendees are invited to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for holiday treats such as ‘smores, a petting zoo for the children and live entertainment by festive carolers. The tree will be lit around 5-5:15 p.m., as soon as it gets dark.
Last year, over 300 people attended the tree lighting, according to RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro.
“It’s just a great family time,” Castro said.
He said many families opt to stay for dinner at the club so he encouraged people to make reservations early.
The club will host several holiday events throughout the season, including its Holiday Gift Boutique on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4-7 p.m., a Santa Day Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and a New Years Eve party starting at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to make reservations, call 858-756-1182.

Princeton Theological Seminary president to be guest speaker at Village Church

The Village Community Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe will host the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Barnes will preach at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services, then give a lunchtime lecture at the Fellowship Center. All are welcome for this free event.

The Country Friends in Rancho Santa Fe planting memorial trees in honor of past presidents

Esther Rodriquez, chairwoman of the Presidents Circle of the Country Friends; Rhonda Tryon, president, Country Friends; Jo Ann Kilty, chairwoman of the Presidents Circle of the Country Friends; and Arnold Keene, field operations manager for the Rancho Santa Fe Association. Below: some of the saplings that will be planted. Photos by Jon Clark

Oak trees, donated by Mia McCarville of Cedros Nurseries, will soon be planted in the Honor Grove in the San Elijo and Fortuna area of the trails in Rancho Santa Fe in memory of the nine former presidents of The Country Friends who have passed away since the non-profit was founded in 1954. The nine [...]

Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe hosts Egyptian scholar, Christian leader for lecture

Gendy is a world-renowned scholar and leader in Egypt and the Middle East. He has been president of the seminary for the past 14 years, where he also teaches the New Testament.

“We in the United States hear and read so much about Egypt’s Second Revolution, ISIS, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East,” said the Rev. Dr. Jack Baca, senior pastor at the Village Church, who serves with Gendy on the Outreach Foundation Board.


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