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Pizza on the Grill

Pizza on the Grill

Sur la Table

Monday, August 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market and Food Fair

Carlsbad Village

Wednesday, September 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Return to the Forbidden Planet

Return to the Forbidden Planet

New Village Arts Theatre

Thursday, September 3, 8 p.m.
Jack Tempchin

Jack Tempchin

Museum of Making Music

Friday, September 4, 6 p.m.

Carlsbad News & Stories

What a Dragmaster it is getting old

Historic Carlsbad auto shop gets retooled as drinking-and-dining center

A historic building, once the hub of drag racing in the U.S., is getting a facelift in the downtown village of Carlsbad. The old auto-mechanic shop and quonset hut in the 2700 block of State ...

The big guy wins another in Carlsbad

City council approves plan to develop 27 acres of strawberry fields

Over 350 people turned out for the Carlsbad City Council meeting on August 25. The hot-button issue was the proposed shopping center on 203 acres of the Ukagawa family's strawberry fields, above the Agua Hedionda ...

Brews and food and music and more brews

Thursday | 27 Dr. Andreas Marks, Japanese and Korean art curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, introduces the museum’s vast Japanese art collection, which, at almost 8000 works, is one of the largest and ...

Grand Deli Mike won't slam greedy landlords

Carlsbad institution to close after 28 years

Mike Downs and his family have owned the Grand Deli, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Carlsbad Village, for 28 years. On August 27, he will close the doors to the ...

Why didn't SDG&E come up with this idea?

Carlsbad bio-gas facility expected to produce cheaper electricity

Escondido is set to ink a deal today (August 17) with the Carlsbad-based private firm Anaergia in which the company will capture waste from a city water-treatment facility, convert it into energy, and then sell ...

Carlsbad HOLLER

Holler about this neighborhood in the comment section below. Share anything and everything about Carlsbad: compliments, critiques, lost-n-found items, recommendations, neighborhood crime watch, you name it!


Shelli DeRobertis March 19, 2013 @ 10:18 a.m.

Did you know that Carlsbad offers free Neighborhood Conflict Resolution services to help settle issues between people who may be considering taking the matter to a judge? The program is confidential, and trained volunteers meet with the involved parties to help guide them toward a mutual agreement. Some of the cases that were resolved last year, in the program's first year, include a noise issue between neighbors who shared a common wall, two business partners who were dissolving their business, and an issue between a father and son. The free mediation services do not handle divorce cases, according to the city. Carlsbad Mediation Solution Hotline: (760) 434-2868


Shelli DeRobertis March 20, 2013 @ 5:05 p.m.

If you know of a senior in need of a meal, Emeritus at Carlsbad is delivering free meals this month to seniors who may not be getting enough nutrition. Emeritus senior living centers have locations throughout the county and nationwide, and are celebrating National Nutrition Month with a goal of delivering 10,000 meals in 60 days. Six meals have went out to local residents, so far, and today two meals were delivered to seniors in Vista, according to the community relations director at Emeritus on El Camino Real. To arrange a free meal delivery, call Nicole: (760) 720-9898


Shelli DeRobertis March 22, 2013 @ 5:13 p.m.

Can someone explain the wall blocking the view from (or near?) Armada Drive to the colorful mass of flowers on the rolling hills at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte? The Carlsbad flower fields are in full bloom and open to visitors until May 12, for $11 each adult, $10 for seniors and $6 for kids. A neighbor said she remembers back in the day when a visit to the nearly 50-acres of flowers was free, but nevertheless, street views have remained a popular choice for some. Might those days be over, too?


Shelli DeRobertis April 2, 2013 @ 12:02 p.m.

If you have someone you think would make a great Carlsbad Citizen of the Year, nomination forms are available online or at Carlsbad City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, and accepted until April 30.


Lisa Bruhn April 26, 2013 @ 11:04 a.m.

Carlsbad High School's award winning Live Daily Broadcast crew CHSTV has created a film "Steering Teens Straight" film to bring awareness to the consequences of teens drinking and driving. This particular film project is lead by Carlsbad High School student Hannah Evans. The teaser to this four part series can be seen at CHSTV


Lisa Bruhn May 7, 2013 @ 8:15 a.m.

Carlsbad's history is in its soil. Yes, the alkaline water is what founded Carlsbad, but Carlsbad's character runs deep in the dirt. Formerly full of agricultural lands, the city has been overtaken by development both business and residential. Now with Legoland California, golf club manufacturers, biotech industry including billion dollar Life Technologies, the essence of Carlsbad's history can be experienced by visiting The Flower Fields , the U Pick It Strawberry fields

by just driving through the neighborhoods, or taking the I-5 off-ramp at Canon Road exit, blanketed with purple ground cover beauty.


Lisa Bruhn May 10, 2013 @ 1:40 p.m.

Carlsbad Village Faire Today I was a very brave person. Despite my inner voice telling me to stay home, give my busy self a relaxing day for a change, I put the lease on my dog and we headed out for the Carlsbad Village Faire. Where else can you walk a crowd of more than 100,000 with a propaganda sign in your hand and not be arrested or accosted? I left my signs and home, had to walk with my dog in my arms much of the way, but survived a day at the massive Carlsbad Village Faire, the largest single day street fair in the nation.

Visited by more than 100,000 people who crave crowds, the streets are packed elbow to elbow from 8 to 5 rain or shine. For 40 years now they keep coming, some new and unsuspecting folks, and some that have been coming for 40 years. "I didn't know it was this big," and "Where does this thing end?" are comments I heard frequently while pushing my way through the streets.

Despite the crowds, most of my friends go to the street fair. I used to man the Carlsbad Gourmet booth with my family but now just walk amongst the crowd in search of something new, stopping to say hello to friends I see all along the way, and stopping for a beer at either O'Sullivan's, Hennessey's, or Coyote giving me the chance to go to the bathroom in a real bathroom.


Shelli DeRobertis May 23, 2013 @ 2:08 p.m.

Is your recycle bin not getting completely emptied? For those in the South Carlsbad area, East of El Camino Real in the La Costa area, trash services changed about a year ago from manual pickup to the use of automatic trucks where the driver doesn’t get out and make physical contact with the cans. For two consecutive weeks my recycle bin hasn’t been completely emptied, although the trash collector lifted the can in his automatic truck and dumped the contents. Last week, at least three-quarters of my recyclables were still left in the large, 95-gallon cart. I realized that some large boxes were wedged inside too tightly, which most likely caused them not to come out. It also caused an overabundance of recyclables for this week’s pickup. So, I waited to personally watch the contents get emptied today. As I did so, I thanked the Waste Management driver for taking the over-filled container, and explained what had happened last week. He said it was a common issue, and that because he was operating an older truck he had a disadvantage of not being able to see the contents get emptied into the truck. But after he emptied the blue bin and drove away, I looked inside and my can was still half-full – and the stuff inside was not tightly packed! He was nice enough to backup and pick up the can again, and this time he tightened the grip and squeezed the can, which forced all of the contents out. The driver also said that the company should be issuing new trucks, and a spokesperson from WM verified that they are “rolling out new trucks” and replacing the diesel trucks with trucks that operate on natural gas.


Shelli DeRobertis May 23, 2013 @ 3:26 p.m.

I just received a phone call from Waste Management, and was told that the age of the trucks used to empty the recycle bins have nothing to do with the reason the bins haven't been emptying completely. They said they would get back to me later with more details.


Ken Harrison June 1, 2013 @ 4:07 a.m.

I Have to Buy Gas, Really? I recently needed air in a tire and stopped at the Chevron in Carlsbad Village Dr. I was told the air is free for customers only. So I pulled around and bought 8 cents worth of gas. Really? Did I really have to do that? The clerk didn't know whether I was an established customer or not? Guess which one I am now?


Taulagia June 14, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m. I drove to Carlsbad California; I been driving to Carlsbad look at apartments the last pass three mouths. I been trying to find a beautiful peaceful place to live.Drive down the 805 Freeway and merging to the 5 Freeway It's a very nice drive to Calsbad from San Diego.


John T. Griffith June 25, 2013 @ 7:55 a.m.

I just love Carlsbad, I was born in Oceanside and grew up in Carlsbad one block from the beach. After college at SDSU I was drafted in the US Army. After doing my due for Uncle Sam, I returned home but couldn't afford to live in Carlsbad, so I settled in Vista. It's fine, but Carlsbad will always be my heart's home. The best part of being in Vista is, I'm only 8 miles from Carlsbad. When I get there, my surf board is water and I'm home again in Carlsbad. Maybe I'll meet you there? or afterwards at the Coyote Bar & Grill for cool drinks and some great music. Hope so,


Ken Harrison Sept. 20, 2013 @ 10 a.m.

Really? The City of Carlsbad still allows commercial developers to get away with these bogus "compact" parking spaces in order to meet the number of parking spaces needed in regulation? What is compact car? Does my "mini-van" apply? Who enforces this? The answer - no one. Why doesn't the city just admit that a project may not be able to provide the exact number of full sized spaces, allow them to use what they have, appropriately striped for regular sized cars, so that we don't bash each others doors. Sorry, Carlsbad, anyone is free to use any of these spaces, no matter what sized vehicle they have. And if one's door gets dented, that's why the other driver is required to have insurance. And you can both the sue the city of this stupid parking space plan.


Ken Harrison Sept. 30, 2013 @ 12:28 p.m.

Who Knew? Unless I had seen it with my own eyes, we Netflix users would never have guessed there would be a line, on a Friday night, at this Redbox in front of Albertson's on Carlsbad Village Dr. There were six people standing in line.



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