Community and family-focused activities are in high demand


By Erin Weidner

Executive director, RSF Community Center

For those of you who missed out on last week’s Group/Family Paddleboard Sunset Paddle don’t worry: We’ll be doing it quarterly. Our group of about 30 people included families with young kids, individual members, couples and parents with adult children. We watched the sun set over the Cardiff Reef while we ate, and then drove the couple of minutes home to RSF. Our paddleboard instructors, Cameron Trickey and Ron Nugent, finished up a successful three-week clinic and Ron’s catering company prepared a wonderful feast complete with clams, lobster, ribs, salmon, chicken, potatoes and corn. Watch for the next Beach BBQ in January and read on to find out about the Family Fun Run/Mud Run.

Fall Business-to-Business and RSF Newcomers Thursday Oct. 27

We’ve combined our Quarterly Business-to-Business gatherings with our newly minted “RSF Newcomers Group” for Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7 p.m., at our RSF Golf Club. Come mix and mingle, meet your new neighbors, find some new connections and make a new friend or two. Find out what’s happening in the neighborhood, where to go and who to see! You’ll enjoy appetizers and a glass of wine for a lovely evening at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

Cost is $23 for members and $30 for non-members and includes appetizers and a drink ticket. This is open to Community Center members, their guests and CC Business Affiliates.

Call us at 858-756-2461 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Exciting new after-school Youth Programs for Session 2!

Sign-ups have begun for classes starting Nov. 7. Don’t miss out on perennial favorites like the Woodworking Bus, Golf, Tennis and GIRLS Pre-Season Junior Dunkers! New classes include: Chess, Beading & Jewelry Making, Rock Band Class for the aspiring musician in your home, Spanish, and Music Video Creating Club for the budding filmmaker. There will be Gymnastics, Critter Club with Robb Daly and we’re bringing back All Fired Up Ceramics Class.

Chess Club teaches strategy and includes prizes at the end of each class and trophies at the end of the session. There is even a life-sized chess set!

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have added a USA Jump Stars Class. Your child will learn jump rope tricks, including single rope, Chinese wheel, two-person one-rope, traveler, Double Dutch, and long rope. What a great way to get their wiggles out with a big ol’ grin across their faces!

Sunday, Nov. 27, is our Family Fun Run/Mud Run out on the El Vuelo property

Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss out on all the fun when everyone is still laughing during December. We’ll mark the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, when everyone will be looking for a way to work off all the wonderful food we’ve shared over the holiday. As we’re pulling this event together, we welcome any expertise, volunteers, additional sponsors and all-around fun people who know just how enjoyable this will be! This event will replace our fall fundraiser (We’ve moved the Poker Tournament to Jan. 21). Sign up as a family team, solicit your neighbors as a Street Team, enlist your co-workers, or a band of brothers, but rise to the challenge! There will be prizes, music and a post-race BBQ out on this gorgeous piece of Rancho. More details to follow, or just call me at 858-756-1480. We’re thankful to the Association for helping to bring this family friendly, fitness focused, laughable mess of a Race to our doorsteps!

Volunteer opportunities with our Rancho Youth

We have had numerous requests from members and parents for a way that their high school or college-age students can earn community service hours. As a result, we’ve created our Junior Rec. Leader program, but space is limited. The Junior Rec. Leader will be paired one-on-one with our terrific Recreation Leaders here at the Community Center. They’ll get the chance to lead field games, playground time, study time and work with our Rancho Youth.

Sponsor a Team for Boys Junior Dunkers

Remember what it was like when you saw your parents’, or grandparents’ company on the back of your team’s jersey? Well, here’s your chance to build that memory with this next generation. So far we’ve had families, grandparents, businesses and foundations sign up to sponsor a BJD team. We’ll have around 22 teams playing three times a week to a packed house at the Holcomb Gym and here at the RSFCC Gym. There are about 9-10 sponsorships left at $300 each which can include a logo in addition to the team’s name.

Ongoing Rec-In-The-Ranch programs will be easier to find & follow

Look for our new bulletin board at the RSFCC and online in our emerging eCommunityCalendar. Yoga and Jazzercise have an ongoing, enthusiastic group of participants. Join in the fun, and make some new, like-minded friends:

Yoga: Tues & Thu 8:15-9:15 a.m. Ongoing

Jazzercize: Mon & Wed 9:15-10:15 a.m. Ongoing

*Core/Boot Camp: Tue & Fri 8:15-9:15 a.m. Beg. Nov 1

*Core Strength Training/Boot Camp will be taught by our Stand Up Paddleboarding instructor and fitness enthusiast Cameron Trickey beginning Nov. 1. This first class will be complimentary,so that you can see what all the buzz is all about. Fast, burst interval training is just what our bodies need to mix things up, and keep our muscle groups guessing.

We’re working on a drop-in volleyball, men’s weekend basketball league, a ballroom dance class that looks like it will start with a dozen people, and a walking group. We’ve been asked for a weekly drop-in stretching session before they hit the trails for all those walkers and runners who park in the village as flexibility is an essential part of lifelong fitness. Whew! Thank you for all your suggestions and help in these last few months. We’ve made great strides. I can always use a helping hand, a champion for an individual program or a volunteer, so please don’t hesitate to send me an email ( or stop by “your” Community Center.