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The Annual Soroptimist Salad Luncheon

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy…This is an event I look forward to all year long. For me it’s the best of the all the springtime events. I’m referring to the Annual Soroptimist Salad Luncheon. The food is great and there is always a good turn out from the community. On April 12 the turnout at the Grace […]

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VVBA Director Position Eliminated

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Local  /  2 Comments

I remember when Jeffrey Frankel first came to Vista to become the Executive Director of the Vista Village Business Association (the VVBA). He was a much needed breath of fresh air after the scandalous departure of the previous Executive Director. He brought with him 24 years of non-profit experience, a fresh eye, and a ton […]

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An Evening with Lyle Pearce Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  North County  /  No Comments

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen brought the heart of Texas to North County on Feb. 13th. The evening consisted of two longtime school friends who were exchanging humorous stories and singing some of their well-known songs. Lovett and Keen sat on the stage surrounded by multiple instruments in front of a […]

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Coffee with the Sheriff In Vista

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy …It’s popular and it’s happening across the country. It’s taking place in cities like Edmore, Pontiac, Southhaven, Suffolk, Frisco, Kalamazoo, Yuma, Tampa, Rancho San Diego, Del Mar, Encinitas, and yes, here in Vista. I’m referring to Coffee with the Sheriff. Set-up by the City of Vista in response to requests from the community, […]

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Big Jim Delivers

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy….Panther Students got the day off when Vista High School hosted a Professional Development Day for Classified employees. Well not all the students, because students from the ASB were on hand selling donuts and muffins. This more than just another student day off, it was also another big day for Big Jim’s 395 Grill. […]

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The State of Vista

By   /  January 25, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…The State of Vista…This annual event always attracts the movers and shakers in Vista. These are the folks that are leading the innovative growth and directing the challenging responses to our changing society. Mayors Jim Desmond from San Marcos, Matt Hall from Carlsbad and Jerry Kern from Oceanside were at the event to support […]

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Christmas Elves at Work in Vista

By   /  December 21, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy….Amidst all the Holiday parties and events taking place in Vista there are Christmas Elves running around all over Vista. Behind the scenes many Vistans are giving and volunteering to help others. I’m sure you know some of these Christmas Elves but I’d like to introduce you to several that make me proud to […]

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Vista Historical Society Christmas Party

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Local  /  2 Comments

Pat Murphy… I’ve covered this event for several years and each year it is one of the most fun events in Vista. However, this year was a little different. Oh yes, just like past years, it was free, we enjoyed great food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and a real live Santa Clause. There was one small […]

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Silver Bells Were Ringing for the Moonlight Angels

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…The annual Silver Bells Luncheon for the Moonlight Angels was held on Thursday, Dec. 7th at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. Becky Kwock, the Committee Chair of the Moonlight Angels for the past 2 years, opened the ceremonies and welcomed everyone. Kwock then gave a very big “thank you” for the continued […]

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“Vista Views” A Photo Exhibit by Vista School Students

By   /  November 3, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

“Vista Views” A Photographic Exhibit by Vista School Students Vista Unified School District students & families were invited to submit the photographs for this special exhibit. Over 60 photographs were submitted by students ranging in age from 12-17 and from 4 different Vista schools. A reception was held in the Gallery outside the City Council […]

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Spooky Happenings at the Vista American Legion/VFW Lodge

By   /  October 31, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…It was the night before Halloween but there is no hard fast rule as when they might appear. Close to 5 pm the first of these Halloween revelers started to arrive at the American Legion/VFW Lodge. Then as time passed, more and more trickled in. The hoard included 2 Escaped Convicts, An Indian Princess, […]

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Anticipation in Vista

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Local  /  2 Comments

Pat Murphy…Vistans are wondering when they will open. The wait is excruciating for many. Signage promises that it won’t be much longer but just how much longer will it take? Meanwhile many stomachs are grumbling in anticipation. I’m referring, of course, to a bevy of new eateries that are coming to Vista. Wildwood Restaurant, When […]

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Vista Restaurant Celebrates Anniversary

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy….In the last ten years there have been big changes in the Historic downtown area of Vista. New businesses have replaced empty storefronts bringing a welcome vibrancy to Main Street. Murals and sculptures have brought color to the thoroughfares that now teem with pedestrians on most evenings. However, some things never change and […]

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A Farewell to Vista

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Local  /  5 Comments

A Farewell to Vista It was just a little over 14 years ago that we first came to Vista. We had previously lived in the San Fernando Valley for 39 years and until stumbling over a new development one Sunday while visiting our daughter, we had no idea where Vista was. Our first 10 years […]

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The Sergeant Major’s Big Birthday Bash – Hoo Rah!

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

A Very rare and significant birthday took place at the Village Café in Historic downtown Vista. City leaders, Vista’s top Sheriff and Deputies, almost the entire Senior Voluntary Sheriff’s Patrol, Family members, and close friends convened at the restaurant that has been a cornerstone of downtown Vista for 38 years. They all came for the […]

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Vista’s Vintage and Maker Market Brings More Attention To Vista

By   /  May 2, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Danny’s Donuts garnered National attention with their prize winning blueberry donuts. Then Don Hein brought the National spotlight to Vista by winning the televised “Cup Cake Wars “, on two occasions. Several publications have proclaimed that Vista has the most micro-breweries per capita than any other city in America. This past weekend an event took […]

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A Silver Moonlight Event – Moonlight Angels Spring Luncheon

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy…It was a beautiful day in Vista. Warm but not too hot with a steady mild breeze. The Vista Valley Country Club was surrounded by green hills and pink flowers. The parking lot was overflowing onto the main street in this exclusive neighborhood. It wasn’t just because it was a great day for golf. […]

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2017 Miss Pride of Vista Pageant – Changing the Queens

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

…Not every queen gets to reign as long as Queen Elizabeth of England. Maybe if you spend a year of being “the queen” as long as Aleena Record, Jacky Colon, Elizabeth Perez and Sabrina Zary have been, you wouldn’t want to be the queen for 65 years like Queen Elizabeth has been. These young women […]

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Heroes of Vista – An Evening in Carlsbad

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Hey Vista! Did you feel it? On Friday April 21 at 6 pm there was a rather large decline in the population of Vista. Why would this happen? Well it happened because many Vistans were attending the 6th annual “Heroes of Vista” in the ballroom at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort. Yes, they were celebrating Vista… […]

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Earth Day Trash Talkers at Earth Day Festival

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy….The Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens this year wasn’t at all what I expected. The first thing I noticed was a severe lack of automobiles in the general parking lot that sits just below the entrance to the gardens. I normally wait until the event has been going for an […]

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