Rancho Bernardo Stories

The Church at Rancho Bernardo

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As my eyes adjusted to the half-light of the church and my ears absorbed the happy boom of the band, I thought, is that the theme from Friends? It was. A little ways into the ...

Car Crime

The first of many signs banning vehicles for sale along a busy street recently went up, addressing a neighborhood nuisance long ago dubbed the Rancho Bernardo “Mile of Cars.” Starting September 5, those who leave ...

Magic

“There may be trouble ahead/ But while there’s moonlight and music/ And love and romance/ Let’s face the music and dance.” Irving Berlin wrote that at the height of the Depression, and Fred and Ginger ...

Green Valley Church

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The wall of windows looking into Green Valley’s vestibule was frosted around the transparent words: “Believe, Belong, Become...self-control, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, patience, peace, love.” Inside the vestibule stood a painting of what looked like a ...

Olive fruit fly invades San Diego orchards

Extra-virgin maggoty oil

At Bernardo Winery, one of the oldest olive oil producers in California, oil flow has come to a standstill. While the Rancho Bernardo company has historically produced 300 to 400 gallons of olive oil per ...

Light of Life Church

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“Allow yourself to simply be one with the service,” read one of the suggestions in the program for the Good Friday Taizé Service at Light of Life Church. But there’s nothing like a nagging cough ...

Not to fear, Joseph

A visit to Hope United Methodist Church

A number of spiritual currents ran through the service on the Sunday before Christmas at Hope United Methodist; several made themselves felt within the choir’s opening set. We began with the traditional: a straight-up rendition ...

The Rainbow Sign

We are a frazzled, worried country after seven years of every important decision being decided wrong by that "deciderator" and the awful gray eminences whispering in his ears. So do I dare to interpret the ...

A Feeling of Hope in Rancho Bernardo

How do I even begin to tell you about the incredible turnaround my neighborhood has taken? I will start here. Hi, my name is Mychal McMahon. I am a single mom living with my mom ...

Dam Leaks

Anyone living downriver from the Lake Hodges Dam, just north of Rancho Bernardo, might wish to take note. The City of San Diego is spending "not-to-exceed" $159,026 on a consultant who is supposed to find ...

Talk Jocks

Radio station 103.7 changed its format from classic rock to talk radio. Listeners disapproved, but was it necessary to have two stations in town playing Boston, Journey, and Heart? And 103.7's new shows are funny. ...

Learn about Kumeyaay culture and get a fine view of Lake Hodges on the Piedras Pintadas Trail near Escondido.

Just south of today's city of Escondido a lazy river once ran, fed by tentacle-like tributaries that drew water from as far away as the desert-bordering mountains, several days journey to the east. On the ...

Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church

"What makes this day special?" asked Pastor Bruce Humphrey of the crowd seated beneath the octagonal dome that is the roof of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. The congregation answered, "This is the Sunday we ...

Holiday Hookah

I got a call from Susie in P.B. who was turning 28 and planning a holiday party. She requested toys be brought for the Toys for Tots program. I went out and bought a toy ...

Must Love Dogs

Rancho Bernardo luau for nonedible dogs

Last month, Norma and Joe of Rancho Bernardo had a luau-themed party for their dog's first birthday. I'm not sure if that meant dog years. I'm not sure the dog realized that this event was ...

...And All I Got Was This T-Shirt

Since my voice mail appears at the end of this column, I get interesting calls. One person wanted to know why I made fun of Asians. Another person called saying I was making fun of ...

Enrages women

That's Entertrainment

I noticed they had sheets with a betting pool. People had their names next to their guesses about whether Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) would stay with her new boyfriend in France or go back to Mr. Big.

Best of 2003: Best Pastime For Suburban Moms

Bunco If you're a bored mom in Sabre Springs, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, or Carmel Mountain Ranch, put your ear to the ground and listen for the sound of dice rolling and blenders whirring. Bunco ...

Explore the easy-going Highland Valley Trail at upper Lake Hodges near Escondido.

The Highland Valley Trail, in northernmost Rancho Bernardo, runs along a hillside just above Highland Valley Road, with good views of the currently dry upper arm of Lake Hodges and the broad, agriculture-dotted San Pasqual ...

The Rock Art Mystery

Rancho Bernardo pre-historic mazes

About the only certainty: the creator of the Rancho Bernardo style never considered him- or herself an artist in the traditional sense. The designs — so abstract, schematic, intricate — look like nothing in nature.

What About Hodges?

To San Diego County residents who drive Interstate 15, Lake Hodges has been their drought meter. Since the rainy El Niño year of 1998, they've watched the lake's edge slowly recede from a mile east ...

Best of 2001: Best Entertainment For A Children's Party

Clown Mates 10890 Poblado Road, Suite 1222, Rancho Bernardo 858-451-6907 www.clownmates.com Clown Mates offers a full line of cartoon, comic, and popular television character look-alikes to entertain small children and even toddlers. Entertainment includes storytelling, ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Eat Vegan Fish

Formosa Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo 858-487-8999 Julie Teng says she has invented a new way of eating without killing animals, which also gives the eater a longer lease on life. ...

Best of 2001: Best Fungus Among Us

El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo 858-487-1611 It looks like a roast turnip, sitting there on the plate next to the squab topped with foie-gras-whipped-cream chantilly -- just ...

Best of 2000: Best Place To Cut Your Own Record

Studio West 11021 Via Frontera, Rancho Bernardo (858) 592-9497 www.studiowest.com Founded nearly 30 years ago, this studio boasts clients such as blink-182 and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The 6000-square- foot facility has room for a ...

Survivors

Dinner with a fractured family

His parents got divorced “after 37 years of marriage. Seven kids and 37 years later — it was like, ‘You’re what?’ It happened right in my salon back in Minnesota. I see my mom out there pacing.”

Golf fanaticism in Rancho Bernardo

The pursuit of par

Cooper has the Golf Channel in his cable TV package. “It’s golf, golf, golf, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. I always turn it on when I come home to see what they have on.”

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