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Ridgeview Church: 

The Intersection of Life and Faith


Cul-de-sacs are intentional dead ends. There is no through traffic. They provide nowhere else to go. Only the people who already live there truly belong. Cul-de-sacs are nice for a family with kids, but cul-de-sacs are a bad idea for life with God.

Intersections provide a way to get somewhere else. They open up a world of options and possibilities!

You never know who might show up at an intersection because locals, tourists and people who are lost on the road all converge at the intersection.

Jesus creates intersections.
Turning dead ends into unexpected opportunities.
Providing the way off a bad road.
Offering clear direction to the lost or confused.

At Ridgeview Church we believe that no matter where you've been, or what road you've traveled, Jesus wants to create an intersection with you. We know it's true, because it has happened to us. We don't feel like we've arrived, we know we're just fellow travelers just like you. This makes Ridgeview a safe place to learn how to relax and enjoy the ride as you discover the road that leads to the best possible destination of all.

We hope you'll connect with us this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30AM.   

Ridgeview Church
28094 N. Lake Wohlford Rd. 
Valley Center, CA 92082

760-751-9890 |  



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Christmas in the Valley - A Free Children's Event
The 3rd annual "Christmas in the Valley" will be held at Bates Nut Farm on Friday, December 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year's event is sponsored by Tri-Valley Medical.
"Christmas in the Valley" is a collaboration of Valley Center service clubs, businesses and churches that provides a free two day old fashioned Christmas experience for local families.
Each child (under 6th grade) that attends will receive a free event T-shirt donated by the Valley View Casino and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.

The event kicks off Friday evening, December 12th at 4:00 p.m. Santa arrives by fire truck at 5:30 p.m., and at 6:00 p.m. Santa will light the Christmas tree. On Saturday, December 13th Santa will arrive by helicopter at 11:30.

To enhance the spirit of the celebration the event will feature several local singing and music groups, storytelling, Christmas karaoke for kids and a Polar Express Hay Ride to visit Santa, all free of charge. 

Each child (under 6th grade) that attends will receive a free event T-shirt donated by the Valley View Casino and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians.     

This year as part of the "Christmas in the Valley" festivities, individuals or groups can design and build a gingerbread house to exhibit. Everyone who participates will receive a certificate of participation, and all gingerbread houses will remain on display throughout the weekend. The winning gingerbread houses will be displayed in the Bates store until Sunday, December 21st.

Bring your gingerbread house and completed entry form to Bates from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th, or 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th. Judging begins promptly at 10:30 on December 13th, and winners will be announced at 12:00. Cash prizes will be awarded! Click here for registration form.  

The VCHS High School Band, student volunteers and Key Club members will be on hand to help entertain the children. 

The event organizers state "It is a joy to see how much caring goes into this event by the many community volunteers who come together to entertain the children of the community. Working together, the community has created a safe and fun two day Christmas celebration in Valley Center for our children and their families."

Santa says" See you there." 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Marcia Townsend at

Dos Valles Garden Club Poinsettia, Wreath and Plant Sale

The Dos Valles Garden Club will hold its annual Poinsettia, Wreath & Winter Clearance Plant Sale Sat., Dec. 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at the Martin Gang Ranch, 28933 Cole Grade Rd, Valley Center.
This sale is open to the community and will feature beautiful wreaths and locally grown plants. Highlighting the sale will be a variety of poinsettias, some of which are not normally available. These are high-quality, locally grown, and come foil wrapped and sleeved. 
Visit, for more details.
Click here to view full size flyer on the "Events" page.  

Red Flag Warning Issued  
11/23/2014 - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 4 AM Monday to 6 PM Wednesday for the San Diego County inland valleys and mountains. The Red Flag Warning has been issued due to strong gusty winds and low humidity. The northeast winds will peak Monday night into Tuesday and weaken slightly Tuesday night into Wednesday.  
More forecast information and updates are available from National Weather Service.
The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index for San Diego (Zone 3) indicates that Monday's Santa Ana has no rating, while Tuesday's is High and Wednesday's is Marginal.

Arrests Made in Valley Center in Connection with Attempted Murder in Santee
On November 9, 2014 Robert Johnson, age 20, was assaulted and repeatedly stabbed by three men outside the Walmart in Santee. After the attack the suspects fled with Mr. Johnson's backpack and left Mr. Johnson with five stab wounds to his lower back, a laceration to his right knee, and minor bruising to his head and torso. Mr. Johnson was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening wounds and has since been released. The suspects were identified as Roady Briley, age 29, Randy Briley, age 24, and Kevin Cave, age 24.
On November 20, 2014 Roady Briley, Randy Briley, and Kevin Cave were arrested at Lilac Oaks Campground in Valley Center where they were hiding since the attack. All three were booked into San Diego Central Jail, with no bail, for attempted murder and robbery. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

The Brandon Strausbaugh Story 
(You're "Insured" of a Good Read)
By Phyllis Knight
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Brandon Strausbaugh, either from the Chamber of Commerce, where he is Past-President, and/or through Pauma/Valley Insurance (PVI), but if you haven't had a chance to sit and talk with him, well, pull up a chair and get to know him a little better. I'm sure you'll find him as interesting as I did recently when I had the opportunity to spend some time with him. He definitely is a "cool" guy (one of his favorite descriptive terms, and mine, hence an immediate connection for us). He definitely does not think himself too "cool" to say cool. I had just met him and I liked him already!
Of course, I had heard of Brandon, but I had no idea of the influence that his family has had on and in Valley Center. For instance, did you know that his grandparents are Van and Marge Quackenbush, who founded the Valley Roadrunner Newspaper after moving here in 1974? I didn't. Did you know that his father, Barni, was partners in the development of the Old Town Shopping Center, where he founded PVI in 1978 and then the Country Junction Deli in in 1984? I didn't. Further, did you know that his mother is the "Ann" in Ann's School of Dance, which she started in Valley Center in 1977? You guessed it, I didn't either. Understandably, Brandon, a life-long Valley Center resident, is proud of his family's heritage and success in his hometown. They definitely practice the commitment of keeping it local.
Although Brandon is a many-faceted fellow, let's talk first about the business side. Brandon is the manager of Valley Pauma/Insurance, which his father, Barni, started in 1978. It was first established in the Old Town Center (which Barni co-owned) where the Video Playhouse is now located. They moved to their current location on Valley Center Road in 1998. However, it wasn't until 2007 that Brandon truly became involved in the business. He said he knew that his father "sold insurance" but he had no idea what that encompassed. It wasn't until he began working at the insurance office (and a "light bulb" went on for him) that he saw that it was much more than just selling insurance, it was a way of life; which meant long-term personal relationships being built with members of the community; it meant supporting local businesses, events and sports teams; and it meant making a difference in the lives of others, while enriching your own life through those connections. Any way you slice it, it's a win/win/win for everyone.
Now, being the boss's son, you might think that Brandon started at the top when he decided to follow in his father's footsteps, right? Not so. Actually, Brandon started his insurance career at the bottom, but soon worked his way up as he proved himself. How did he do that? Determination. Brandon determined he was going to go "whole hog" as we say in Texas, and took out a credit card to pay for Insurance school, where he not only earned one license, but two. In 2008, as a licensed sales agent, he started building his own book of clients. His father supported him by making his office resources available, but Brandon had to do the work himself. 
And work he did. Brandon soon discovered that being an insurance agent was his niche after all. Exhibiting his family's strong work ethic and community spirit (and his personal motto of being true to himself), Brandon excelled at both and has made a name for himself in the insurance industry and in his community. However, Brandon has not rested on his laurels, but has continued to pursue ways to make himself and the company more valuable to their clients. In fact, in addition to being a California State licensed insurance agent, Brandon also is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), one of only a handful in North County and, currently, the only one in Valley Center. To be designated as a CIC, Brandon had to successfully complete numerous hours of classroom work and written examinations covering all major fields of insurance, agency operations and insurance management. Just another example of his "can do" spirit.
One of the things that makes PVI unique is that it is comprised of Independent Insurance Agents. What that means to you is that they work for you instead of any one insurance company, therefore, they are able to source the best fit for you and your lifestyle from the over 30 companies with which they are affiliated, including all the "name brands." Another valuable service they provide locally is DMV services, saving you a trip down the hill. (You can check-out these services at the link below.)
Although Brandon has been very successful in his own right, in addition to his father's support, he also quickly credits his excellent team of coworkers for much of the success of PVI. Having met just a few of them while I was in his office, I can understand why. It was immediately obvious that there is a positive attitude of teamwork when you walk in, with everyone committed to the company's pledge: To do everything they can to make your life Simpler, Safer and more Secure. (You can find out more about Brandon's team by checking out their bios on the company's website at the address listed below.) 
As I mentioned, there are many facets to Brandon. In addition to the business side, he's just a "neat" guy (another one of his favorite adjectives), and he is very sentimental and thoughtful. This is immediately evident when you enter their office, where one of the first things you'll see is a stained glass panel with the PVI logo incorporated in it. That panel (although much larger at the time) was in the original office. When Brandon did a remodeling of their current building in 2012, he discovered the glass panel in storage and had it updated to their new logo color (blue to red) and resized to fit their reception area. When he surprised his dad with the unveiling, needless to say, it was quite a moment for both of them.
Another example of Brandon's thoughtfulness is a picture frame on his dad's desk. Brandon found an original brochure with a close-up of his dad and then placed a matching picture of himself beside it and framed it. Now, here they sit, side-by-side, symbolically and literally. Brandon speaks very highly of his dad and his accomplishments, and it is obvious what a positive influence he has had on his life. We spent a lot of time talking about his family, and his admiration, respect and love for them came shining through. He considers himself very fortunate to have his family still living close by and enjoys spending time with them, including his grandparents who are in their 90s.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of Brandon's other activities in his "spare" time. When not involved with his Chamber of Commerce and Rotary duties and activities, Brandon makes time to be outdoors, where he enjoys all kinds of sports (including rooting on his two favorite sports teams, the San Diego Padres & Chargers!) In fact, Brandon was on the Amateur Motocross circuit for ten years until a very serious injury (the last of many) sidelined him for good in 2003. At that time, he turned to residential contracting, and was very successful. However, the timing was not great, and with the collapse of the housing market in 2007, Brandon found himself turning to his dad for some direction. Brandon, as usual, didn't take the easy way out, but did accept the opportunity to work with his dad, albeit at the bottom, as previously mentioned. The rest, as they say, is history.
It is obvious when talking with Brandon how much he loves his community and he feels blessed to live and work surrounded by good people. Brandon in no way expects perfection from others, but he does have a knack for bringing out the best in those with whom he has contact, and it is evident how highly regarded Brandon is in the community, and his service and dedication are almost legendary, especially considering he is still a young guy. No telling what other accomplishments await this talented and dedicated young man. I, for one, am looking forward to finding out! 
Click here to view more pictures.  
Brandon Strausbaugh, CIC, CLCS
Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc.
27357 Valley Center Rd. 
Valley Center, CA 92082 
Phone (760) 749-2493 Fax: (760) 913-6074 (DMV Services) 

Valley Center Fire Board Selects New Fire Chief
By Trina West 


UPDATE: 11/20/14 -- Joe Napier was selected by the Valley Center Fire Protection District Board as the new Valley Center Fire Chief. The board enlisted the help of Chiefs Reed, Lowry and Metcalf to review the 23 highly qualified applicants. The board then interviewed the selected finalists and held an official vote during Closed Session at tonight's board meeting.

When Board President Weaverson announced Joe Napier as the new Fire Chief for the Valley Center Fire Department, he was given a standing ovation from those in attendance. 

Valley Center Happenings will post an official statement and biography of Joe Napier in the near future.   


The recently independent Valley Center Fire Protection District (VCFPD) is slated to choose a Fire Chief at this month's board meeting.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 PM in the VCMWD Board Room (29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center).

According to the posted Agenda, the board will convene in Closed Session to discuss "Public Employment - Government Code Section 54957 Title: Fire Chief" and then reconvene in Public Session for the regularly scheduled "Board Comments" portion of the board meeting. 

On August 21, 2014, the VCFPD voted unanimously to establish an independent fire department by adopting Director Phil Bell's Proposed Fire Department Services Delivery Options.  A committee was then established to draft the Fire Chief responsibilities and qualities desired in a Fire Chief.

The selection of a Fire Chief will mark the end of a long journey of transitioning to an independent fire department and will start the new journey of creating an independent chain of command for Valley Center firefighters. The public is welcome to attend.

Free Community Christmas Concert in Valley Center on Monday, December 15
The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters today announced the 2nd Annual free Community Christmas Concert for Monday, December 15 bringing the holiday spirit to the Maxine Theater.

The lobby will open at 5:30 pm with entertainment, refreshments and light dinner items available for purchase at the Maxine Theater, which is located at the Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Road.  The free concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Following on the heels of the full house for the recent 11th annual free Veterans Day concert, the Christmas Concert will offer a wide range of Christmas music from a full complement of choirs and bands.  The award-winning Valley Center Middle School Choir and Jazz Band and the Valley Center High School Choirs and Bands are all slated to perform.
"Each year, we see incredible support for our Veterans Day annual concert which allowed us to look at other ways to bring quality entertainment to the community with no cost and tremendous support." said Diane Conaway, president of Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters.  "These events are consistently filling the house, allowing us to give back to the community and build awareness of the incredible talent we have in the ranks of our students in Valley Center." "Because these music program events are proving to be popular, we encourage guests to arrive early for a good seat," added Conaway.   The event is sponsored in part by Left Coast Engineering and RE/MAX United. 
Also on Wednesday, December 10, the award-winning VCHS Marching Band and Color Guard will be showcased at Disneyland's California Adventure, after being selected for the 2nd year to perform in the elite Disneyland Christmas parade.  The students will be offering a sneak peek of their Christmas songs at the corner of Valley Center Road and Cole Grade Road at Pala Gas on Friday, November 21 and Friday, December 5. The students are working hard to fundraise $3,000 to offset the cost of the bus transportation.  Donations are appreciated and tax deductible - PO Box 841, Valley Center, CA 92082.
The VC performing arts calendar also includes: 
  • Christmas in the Valley, Bates Nut Farm, Friday, December 12 
  • Escondido Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 13 
  • VCMS Bands Christmas Concert, Tuesday December 16, 6:30 p.m., Middle School Multi-Purpose Room  
The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters is a non-profit organization designed to support music in our Valley Center Schools.  Their funds purchase and maintain hundreds of instruments and performance attire for over 800 5th to 12th graders.  The Boosters also provide the funds necessary for the students to participate in competitions. 
The Booster's annual goal is nearly $60,000 to cover expenses of these regularly funded programs, but they have so many more ideas to grow the music program and expose the students to more events.  They are currently challenging our Valley Center Community to raise $100,000 this school year!  Anyone can become a Booster Member for just $5 and contribute to this goal.  In addition, they organize many fundraising opportunities throughout the year: Krispy Krème doughnut sales, cookie dough sales, VCMusicFest slated for June 6, Jazz Benefit Dinner and Concert in March and more.  Even the profits generated at this concert's concessions stands are used to meet this goal. 
For more information about the Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters and how you can help, please visit, email, like Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters on Facebook or call 760-749-2888.

Who's on Your Shopping List This Holiday Season?
A public notice from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Lock your car doors and roll up the windows whether you are at home or in town. Take all valuables out of your vehicle.
Lock all doors and windows before leaving your home.
Password protect everything your phone, your wire-less internet and all of your online accounts. Use strong passwords with letters, numbers and special characters.
When shopping online, use secure shopping sites. Look for 'https' or a lock icon in the browser bar. These provide an extra layer of security for your safety.
Make sure packages are picked up promptly after being delivered to your home. Check your mailbox daily.
If you will be away from your home for a long period of time, leave a radio tuned to a talk show at a low volume and place several lamps on overlapping timers to simulate movement inside of your home.
f you are planning a vacation, contact the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol to request a FREE vacation check of your home at 760 751 4405.
For more information and Crime Prevention Tips, contact your local San Diego Sheriff's Department Crime Prevention Specialist at (760) 751-4408.

Don't Miss the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Deadline
There are only a few days left to file a property tax assessment appeal for fiscal year 2014-2015. Residents can appeal if they feel the value of their property as determined by the County assessor exceeds the market value.
The filing period for an appeals application ends Monday, Dec. 1. Applications must be received by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors office no later than 5 p.m. or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. that day.
Those filing will need to include their parcel or tax bill number, property address and their opinion of the property's market value on the application.
The application, information booklets, a step-by-step guide,video explaining the assessment appeals process and other resources are available on the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors website. Residents may also pick up applications and booklets in person and speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board's office in the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway in Room 402 in San Diego. You can call the office at (619) 531-5777. 

Local FFA Member, Zack Kertz, Awarded National American FFA Degree
by Danielle Bauer, Valley Center FFA Advisor
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,765 American Degrees will be awarded.
Zack Kertz, a member of the Valley Center FFA chapter in Valley Center, will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Zack Kertz earned and productively invested $15,081.86 through his beef production agriculture enterprise from 2010 to 2013; not including his earnings in 2014. He worked 2479 hours in excess of scheduled classroom time on his agriculture enterprise. Zack was a Valley Center FFA chapter executive officer for 3 years, including FFA Chapter President. He participated in over 100 FFA leadership activities, logged 79 hours of community service, participated in public speaking, and was a member of the livestock judging team. In addition to earning the American FFA Degree, Zack Kertz has won numerous FFA awards at the local, section, region, and state levels.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that FFA National Convention. Zack Kertz will be accompanied to the awards ceremony by his FFA Advisor, Danielle Bauer and his mother, Susan Martin. 
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades 9 through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
About National FFA Organization:
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.


The Nutcracker Ballet Comes to Valley Center's Maxine Theater November 29

For the first time, Valley Center's own Maxine Theater will be hosting a beautiful production of "The Nutcracker" to kick off the holiday season on November 29th. The North County Academy of Dance has staged its acclaimed production for thousands of audience members throughout the years; yet despite the many Valley Center dancers that have participated in the production it has never come to the Maxine, until now.  
"The Nutcracker" follows young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince through an epic battle between the house mice and soldiers, through the land of Snow and finally to the Sugar Plum Fairy's Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring Tchaikovsky's iconic score, attending "The Nutcracker" is holiday tradition for many families. 
This year's show is complete with professional set, costume, and lighting design as well as over 100 talented dancers from all over North County. Completing the cast will be international guest artists who have danced around the globe, as well as local Valley Center dancers who are excited to perform in their home town. 
One such local resident is Valley Center High School senior Mindy Goodlett. Mindy has trained extensively since a young age, and is excited to be performing in NCAD's "The Nutcracker" for the second time. Her roles this year include "Russian Cinnamon," "Chinese Tea," "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dancing Snowflake." 
Mindy's connection to NCAD goes beyond performing in their annual Nutcracker. One of her first roles was as a dwarf in California Ballet Company's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," in which NCAD director Cassandra Lund played Snow White. Says Cassandra Lund, "Mindy is a wonderful asset to our performance. Her dedication and work ethic make her one of our strongest dancers and she is beautiful to watch on stage." 
In addition to Valley Center dancers, NCAD's Nutcracker performances at the Bob Burton Theater in Fallbrook will also be featuring some Valley Center musicians. Every year, "The Nutcracker" at the Bob Burton is accompanied live by the 50-piece San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, including some gifted Valley Center High School members. 
NCAD is coming to Valley Center's Maxine Theater for one show only on November 29 at 6:00 p.m. and tickets will go fast. Tickets can be purchased from the Maxine Theater website at For more information on this show and the shows at the Bob Burton, visit NCAD's website at or call (760) 703-4958. 
Click here to view full-size flyer.  
Tickets available online:
November 29, 2014
Maxine Theater
Valley Center High School
31322 Cole Grade Rd.,Valley Center, CA 92082
$18 Adults, $15 Children - age 12 and under


Multiple Accidents Shut Down the Grade in Both Directions
by Trina West 


11/12/14 - At approximately 7:45 a.m. multiple accidents on the Grade had both directions of traffic shut down for over an hour. The initial accident was a single vehicle rollover involving a white Toyota pickup. The driver reportedly stated she believed one of her tires blew out, causing her backend to fishtail and push her into the guard rail. There is a very long mark along the guard rail where the truck impacted prior to rolling over. The vehicle also contained two children and all three occupants were taken to the hospital. There were no major injuries reported.

Meanwhile, a two vehicle collision occurred in the northbound lanes between a gold Camry and an unidentified vehicle. Initial reports claim that accident was caused when the drivers were distracted by the rollover accident occurring in the southbound lanes. The driver of the gold Camry was reportedly not taken to the hospital Against Medical Advise (AMA). 

Once again, the community turned to the Valley Center Happenings Facebook page and provided timely status updates. Jessica Wiggins reported, "I just had a friend call me. He said people are starting to turn around and drive the wrong way back up the Grade. Be careful out there folks!" Acts of kindness were reported by Shaunntae Miller, "...I must say though, you get to see the good side of people. Had someone offer water to me for my boys. Another lady offered another family cookies for her little ones."

Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured in either accident and within a few hours the Grade was clean and clear. 

Photo courtesy of Kea Stathatos  

Daughters of the American Revolution Honor Veterans
Members of the Center of the Valley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and guests placed flags on veteran's graves at the Valley Center Cemetery on November 10, 2014 in preparation for ceremonies held on Veteran's Day.
Over 100 veterans are buried at the Valley Center Cemetery, dating back to the Civil War. "We honor our military and their families for their sacrifices and service," said Sharon Healey Bartholomew.

Back Row (L-R): Marjorie Talmadge, Carol Hamilton, Margaret Simonson, Bart Bartholomew
Front Row (L-R): Susan Harris, Sharon Bartholomew, Irene Again, Jennifer Bancroft, Wanda Prosser


Fire Tax Update
by: The Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association 
11/11/14 - Our attorneys are reviewing 13,000 pages of documents.
Many people affected by the fire tax have asked us when our lawsuit will be resolved.
With our state's high unemployment and high poverty rates, we understand your frustration with this burdensome tax.  Unfortunately lawsuits can take a long time and that is especially true here because this is a "class action" with lots of complicated procedures.
Our legal department is currently working on a phase of the case known as "discovery," where both sides are given the opportunity to ask each other for relevant information.
After our attorneys sent the State's lawyers formal questions and requests for important documents, the State sent back 13,000 pages of material.
Our attorneys are presently reviewing these documents in order to prepare for trial.  We will continue to provide periodic updates regarding this matter.
Click here to like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association on Facebook. 

Valley Center Chamber Block Party & Local Business Exposition
By: Donna Santana
Thank you to everyone that stopped by the Valley Center Happenings booth on Saturday, November 8th at the 2014 Valley Center Chamber Block Party & Local Business Exposition.
Trina and I enjoyed meeting and visiting with many of our incredible subscribers and are humbled by all of the positive feedback we received from you.
We also had the opportunity to share how Valley Center Happenings is working to keep our community informed and connected on all things Valley Center with several new residents and businesses. 
In addition, we would like to thank A1 Irrigation Do it Best Hardware for providing the perfect venue for the event. 
Click here to view more pictures from the event.  

So I Was Thinking…"Blessings Ode"
By Phyllis Knight  
Years ago, when we were living in the Detroit area, my husband held a Christmas meeting/party at a hotel in Windsor, Ontario, Canada for his sales team and spouses. While the husbands were meeting one day, I treated the wives to a sightseeing trip around Windsor. I took my five-year-old son, Ryan, with me as I didn't have anyone to leave him with, and I knew he would love the limousine ride as we cruised around town.

After a lovely morning, we stopped for a late lunch at a nice restaurant just inside a mall. My son had been on his best behavior and all the ladies were bragging on him, especially Sally, who was a grandmotherly-type and seemed particularly taken with Ryan and he with her. As I sat beaming like the proud Momma I was, I saw my sweet little boy look up at Sally and innocently ask, "Since I've been so good, would you buy me something?" I think my "Ryan!!!" was heard all over the restaurant. I was so surprised and embarrassed that I almost fell off my chair.

Sally, not a stranger to little boys, and despite my protests to the contrary, insisted on doing as Ryan asked. She said it would be her pleasure to be his "grandmother" for the day and treat him to a toy. I found I couldn't resist without causing a further scene, so I reluctantly acquiesced. It just so happened there was a toy store inside the mall next to the restaurant, and Sally insisted on taking Ryan's hand and leading him in so he could pick-out a toy "for being so good." I tried to follow so that I could steer Ryan towards the cheaper items, but Sally knew my motive, and sweetly insisted I wait outside during their little adventure. I could just see "dollar signs" in my mind as I wondered what Ryan was going to pick out.

Well, the dynamic duo emerged about fifteen minutes later, empty-handed, with a puzzled look on Sally's face and a dejected one on Ryan's. Sally said she took him all over the aisles for the $10-15 dollar range (a lot of money 30 years ago), but he didn't see anything he wanted. What? What's wrong, Ryan? Are you sick? I couldn't understand it either.

(We'll come back to this story a little later, but in the meantime...)

So I was thinking...

That although I am a lot older than Ryan was and should know better, sometimes I find myself thinking the same thing, e.g., "Lord, since I've been so good, would you do "this" or do "that" for me?" Yes, I sometimes find myself thinking that my "good behavior" entitles me to extra blessings or more "yeses" to my prayers, that I might somehow deserve preferential treatment for my good behavior. Or, the flipside, "Since I've been so good (helping others, sharing my blessings, etc.), why are You allowing these bad things to happen?" as though I should be immune to negative things because of my good behavior, (completely forgetting that God has a plan and purpose for everything, even suffering).

Of course, both of these attitudes are wrong! God doesn't "owe" us anything because we do the right thing, nor is He obligated to keep all the bad stuff away because we are following Him. In fact, it is because of God and His mercy and grace that we don't get what we actually deserve - death and damnation; because you can never be good enough to deserve what God freely gives to those who love Him - forgiveness and life everlasting. Most importantly, He already gave us the greatest gift of all, His Son, what more could we possibly ask?

Now, for the rest of Ryan's little adventure. Come to find out, at the hotel gift shop, he had seen these itty-bitty plastic airplanes in a glass jar on the counter and he wanted just one. The cost? Three for a dollar. I had to laugh out loud when he finally told us what he really wanted. (He's always loved airplanes.) Ryan had his chance at an expensive toy, but he couldn't get his mind off the little 35-cent plastic airplane he had seen that morning.

When we got back to the hotel, Sally bought him a handful. The result: Ryan was happy he got the desire of his heart; Sally was happy she was able to put a big smile on his face; and I was happy my son wasn't trying to see how much he could get out of Sally, but was content with what was truly important to him. Yep, I guess you could say this story has just a "plane" old happy ending.


All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:2-10 (NIV)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! 

©2014 Phyllis Knight


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Coffee With The Community - Valley Center
Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff. 
The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee With The Community on: 
Friday, December 12th 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
Country Junction Deli, Meeting Room 
29115 Valley Center Road 
This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station's Lieutenant, Crime Prevention Specialist and Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) members in a casual setting to exchange ideas and concerns over a free cup of coffee. 
Join us and help make a positive difference in your community. 
For more information, call Crime Prevention Specialist Brandy Contreras at (760) 751-4408.    

VCPUSD Breaks Ground on New Sports Field
By Donna Santana
The Valley Center Pauma Unified School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, November 6th for the new sports field that will be built in front of the Elementary School.  When complete, the fields will primarily be utilized by the lacrosse and soccer programs at Valley Center High School.
The ceremony started with the singing of the National Anthem by VCHS Senior McKenna Barron. Then the VCPUSD Superintendent, Mary Gorsuch, introduced the ceremony participants which included: VC Parks & Recreation President, Marcia Townsend; VCP Teachers Association President, Susie Knoll;  VC Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Mary Gordon; Retired VCPUSD Superintendent, Dr. Lou Obermeyer; VCPUSD School Board President, Don Martin; VCPUSD Superintendent, Mary Gorsuch; VCHS Athletic Director, Michael Cummings; and, VCHS Principal, Ron McCowan.
Also in attendance to celebrate the ground breaking were the VCHS Boys Soccer Team, the VCHS Jazz Band, VCHS Cheerleaders, Boys Lacrosse Team, the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams, several district employees, as well as members of the community. 
Click here for more pictures of the event.

Halloween Happenings at Ridgeview Preschool
By Phyllis Knight
There's something about Halloween that brings out the kid in you, especially if you have the pleasure of spending the morning with actual kids, as I did today with the wonderful group at Ridgeview Preschool in Valley Center.
Although I think almost every day is a celebration at Ridgeview Preschool, today was especially so, and not just because everyone - children and staff - got to come to school in their pajamas! (Unfortunately, I didn't get the memo...and had to come to school dressed.)
This morning's festivities started with the children decorating their own little pumpkins and moved on to a mini-carnival complete with all types of decorations, prizes and games ranging from a cupcake walk to bobbing for apples. I think the adults in attendance (teachers, parents and yours truly) had as much fun as the kids did!
One of the highlights of today's festivities was Ridgeview Preschool's good friend, Chris Marszalek, who, again this year, amazed the children with his unique pumpkin carving. Chris loves being with the children and the feeling is mutual as demonstrated by all the waves and smiles he received as he was working on his creation. Chris will be making a return engagement to the school later this year. He is excited about it and can't think of a better "Clause" (oops, I means cause) than the children.
Although October is coming to a close, the fun is not. The preschool is gearing up for November when they will be focusing on Native Americans, Pilgrims and a whole new month of activities involving fun and learning. I can't even imagine what they have in store for December. I may have to schedule a return engagement myself!
If you're not familiar with Ridgeview Preschool, let me share a little about them. The school, which opened in 2003, is for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds and their mission is simple, but its importance cannot be overstated: to nurture good character while providing educational excellence in a loving environment acknowledging their inherent value as a gift from God. They accomplish this through their hands-on methods of teaching, individual attention and by example. Their curriculum focuses on Kindergarten readiness, social interaction and community involvement. Very importantly, the children get to learn while having fun doing it!
I didn't know there were so many ways to learn the letter "A" until Sarah shared some of the unique ways they do it.Sarah Lopez is the Director of Ridgeview Preschool and also teaches, along with Deanna Gustine and Becky Rice. A student intern, Jessica Yarush, gets to join the fun two days a week.
If you are interested in your children, or grandchildren, joining the fun and learning at Ridgeview Preschool, give Sarah Lopez a call. She would love to answer any questions you may have, as her passion is evident as she shares what they do and why they do it.
On a personal note, I was so impressed with how well-behaved, happy and helpful all the children were today. The low student-to-teacher ratio definitely plays a role in this, but it's also evident that these children are loved at home and at school. What a winning combination for all! Thank you children and leaders at Ridgeview Preschool for a "howling" good time today! Happy Halloween all!
Click here for more pictures of the "Halloween Happenings at Ridgeview Preschool."
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Jaguar Marching Band to Perform Again in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade
Congratulations to the VCHS Jaguar Marching Band for once again being selected to march in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade!  
Disneyland hosted their annual "Community Art's Showcase" competition in which schools from all over Southern California were invited to send in a live unedited audition video.  Based on this year's video submission, the Jaguar Marching Band was awarded a free trip to Disney California Adventure.
While many schools are invited to perform at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks throughout the year, they have to pay full price per student for the opportunity to perform. The Jaguar Marching Band, however, will receive free admission along with the opportunity to perform as a result of their outstanding video submission.  
The Jaguar Marching Band will be showcasing their talents in the Disney California Adventure Christmas Parade on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 



















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