$1,000 Challenge Grant, Rec-In-The Ranch, Junior Dunkers and more


By Erin Weidner

Rancho Santa Fe Community Center executive director

$1,000 Challenge Grant to the Community Center

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has thrown down the gauntlet, and here at the Community Center, we’re rising to the challenge! It’s not too late to add your donation to the RSFCC to be able to join the RSF Foundation’s 30th Anniversary celebration Oct. 20. For those of you already in our data base, you can plan to receive an email, or a phone call, from me as we head towards the finish line. We’re already almost halfway there to meet the Foundation’s $30,000 challenge and I appreciate your confidence in the Community Center and how we are moving forward.

I have been impressed with donors and founders who have taken the time to reach out and show their confidence in and support of your RSF Community Center during these last few months. Back in 1972 when those 27 founding families came together with the idea of building the Holcomb Gym (and bravely signed on the mortgage to finance the building) who knew what a legacy they were creating? They even had to amend the CA State constitution to enable private donors to pay for and construct a gymnasium on school property. It was an innovative vision for a joint-use that brought benefit to the entire community--for youth and adult recreation alike. Thank you.

Join us for a Sunset Paddle and Clambake Saturday, Oct. 8

For the last two Saturdays there’s been an intrepid group of Rancho Santa Fe-ites gathered at the Cardiff State Beach for a Standup Paddleboarding clinic. The final Saturday, Oct. 8, we’ll meet at 5 p.m. for a lesson for those that want it (wetsuits and paddleboards are available from our instructors) and a Sunset Paddle. Bring your own board and join the fun. You can buy tickets just for the clambake/barbeque for $32/pp through the RSFCC. We’ve had several families and couples already RSVP and are bringing friends as well. This gives those who might not be “quite ready” to get out on a board (yet) the opportunity to get together with your RSF friends for a civilized beach BBQ/Clambake.

October means Boys Junior Dunkers Basketball

The sign up DEADLINE is Monday, Oct. 10! There are only a few days left to get your boys signed up for Junior Dunkers (Girls Junior Dunkers come around in January) Hurry to ensure inclusion in our pre-season clinics, assessments, team selection and practices. This series often has standing room only attendance at the games at the Holcomb Gymnasium, with practices held there and in the Community Center Gym. Your family will want to cheer on your Junior Dunker at every game! Those who already know Coach Mike are excited for this season. The Instructional League is for 1st and 2nd Graders; Rookie League is third and fourth grades; and the Star League is for 5th and 6th basketball enthusiasts. You can stop by the RSFCC to fill out the forms, call us at 858-756-2461, or signup online at

We’re in the middle of recruiting coaches, so let us know if you’d be interested in coaching in our Junior Dunkers program. We also have sponsorship opportunities for the teams. If you’d like to sponsor a team, regardless of whether you do or do not still have a player in the house, give us a call. You can have your Company name and Logo on the back of team jersey--we can still all remember the sponsors names of the jerseys our kids wore, or we wore! We even had a grandpa call and offered to anonymously sponsor a team, as his grandson plays in the league. That’s the spirit! Send me an email if you have any questions:
Rec-In-The-Ranch is coming back strong!

Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to call, email or just stop in to talk about what you’d like to see for community recreation. Jazzercise has seen enrollment grow with a nice group of 12 +/- dancing their way to fitness on Monday-Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. We’re working on Drop in Volleyball (with enthusiastic interest support!), a morning walking group, and a series of ElliptiGO group rides with instructors, here in the Ranch and down on PCH. We’ve got access to a half-dozen (or dozen if demand is there) to use for the morning. Come see what all the buzz is about. It’s like running on air. All the time and MET efficiency of running, but nothing hurts. What else would you like to see?

Our wine events, Soiree de Vin return this month as do our Business to Business evening. Details will follow or find them online at


  1. We’ve now put together a group working on welcoming Newcomers to our town. I am also looking for a couple more people to help taking the lead with Ladies Who Lunch, which somehow disappeared over the course of the last year, so send me a note if you’d like to help bring it back.

We’ll keep the calendar updated as you can always find our schedule online. Or just send me an email as I welcome your input, suggestions and continue to be amazed by the generosity of our Rancho Santa Fe family.