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Places to go in Rancho Penasquitos

Rancho Penasquitos Events

Vista Farmers' Market

North County Courthouse

Saturday, October 10, 8 a.m. to noon

Old Town Temecula Certified Farmers' Market

Old Town Temecula

Saturday, October 10, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market and Food Fair

Carlsbad Village

Saturday, October 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ramona Open Air Market


Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rancho Penasquitos News & Stories

La Costa developer Merv Adelson dead at 85

After long lawsuit, and denial, he admitted he had mob ties

Merv Adelson, one of the co-founders of La Costa, is dead at age 85, according to a story yesterday (September 9) on deadline.com. Adelson, co-founder of Lorimar Television and former spouse (twice) of TV star ...

No to Ridgewood Park eucalyptus cell phone tower

Verizon incursion on Penasquitos park follows AT&T attempt in La Jolla

A group of residents calling themselves Don't Cell Our Parks has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for granting building permits without environmental review to cell phone company Verizon Wireless to place ...

A church needs to be at least as friendly as a bar

Membership: 300 Pastor: John Ettore Age: 52 Born: Columbus, Ohio Formation: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Assembly of God Faith Bible Institute, Chula Vista Years Ordained: 24 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject ...

Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Camino Ruiz Trailhead

Hike down to a canyon floor through scrub oak “tunnels."

This is the only trail that accesses Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve from the south rim between Black Mountain Road and the West End parking lot off Sorrento Valley Blvd. Before the Camino Ruiz Trailhead was ...

Lopez Canyon, Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

This Los Peñasquitos tributary canyon has varied natural resources and a rich biodiversity of species.

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monicadear Feb. 22, 2013 @ 7:29 p.m.

1st Annual Helping Hands Food Drive at Mesa Verde Middle School through Feb. 28

Last year, Mesa Verde Middle School students in Rancho Penasquitos participated in Rachel's Challenge, an anti-bullying program that came out of the tragic events of the Columbine high school shooting. The initiative was part of a multi-year, school-wide effort to equip students and adults with tools and strategies to combat bullying, teasing, and harassment. The point of the program is to allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of deeper kindness and compassion throughout the school community.

"We believe that every little bit makes a difference," says Monica Flores, VP of Programs at the Mesa Verde PTSA. "Take a moment to put some of your extra canned food or pantry supplies in the car right now and make the effort to drop off your item with our students anytime this whole month - our students really appreciate your support."

As part of the program, many MVMS students signed a pledge that they will abide by the objectives of the program. Because Rachel Scott, a victim of the school shooting, wrote in her journal that she believed that "these hands will touch millions of people's hearts," the students are organizing around the idea of "Helping Hands".

For their kickoff project, the February food drive is a community effort to collect canned food and supplies for 60 local families.

"People will never know how far a little kindness can go," wrote Rachel Scott, and the students themselves believe they, too, can make a difference.

Donations of the following are encouraged: dry pasta, white and brown rice, dry beans like pintos and kidney beans, peanut butter, canned tuna and canned chicken, canned vegetables like corn, green beans, and carrots, and tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce. Canned food donations may be dropped off during school hours (8:30am to 3:15pm) at Mesa Verde Middle School at 8375 Entreken Way, San Diego, CA 92129, or call 858-538-5478 for more details.


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