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Meet the Leaders – A Vista Chamber of Commerce Event

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…The view from the entrance of the Shadowridge Golf Club was breathtaking. The late afternoon sun cast long shadows across the green fairways. Golfers were racing to finish their games before dusk. A gentle breeze floated across the green landscape as the whirl of a scuttling golf cart broke the silence. The entire scene […]

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PLUS at Mission Vista High School

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…Following behind Counselor Angel Chavarin, I was led out of the Counseling and Career offices and onto the campus grounds of Mission Vista High School. We briefly crossed a portion of the yard and I could see that the morning rain had stopped. It was only a short distance to a doorway that Chavarin […]

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THIS TIME ISSA CAME – Town Hall Meeting in Oceanside

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Last month I wrote about Congressman Darrell Issa being a no-show. Billed as an Emergency Town Hall Meeting by organizers, and with a public invitation to Congressman Darrell, his constituents convened at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Brengle Terrace City Park. The attendees I spoke with told me they just wanted Darrell Issa to […]

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Civil War in Vista – A Photographer’s Paradise

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

March 4rd and 5th Vista, CA President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses Grant, and Marshall Ward Hill Lamon were helping to bring history to life. A cast of hundreds was in Vista to recreate authentic battle scenes and bring the sights and sounds of the Civil War to life. This is an annual event that attracts […]

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The HeART Show – Bringing Love to Vista

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy – The Vista Art Foundation had its first pop-up art show of 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 25th. Dubbed, “The HeART Show”, it was held at 517 S. Santa Fe, the former home of Botanica Venus. Botanica Venus was a business with Psychics & Astrologer Consultants on staff. Now empty, the building was made […]

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Table Top Auction at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy – On Saturday (Feb. 25th) the “boys” were at it again. It was auction day at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. It looked like they were selling everything that wasn’t bolted down. Auctioneer Tony Mitchell De Zago was perched on his podium and to his left sat Museum Director Rod Groenewold. […]

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President’s Awards at the AL/VFW Post

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…Someone at the American Legion Post 365 / VFW Post 7041 in Vista receiving an award from the President of the United States is not that unusual of a story. These two Posts that share the building at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave. are where you find many former military personnel. What about thirteen […]

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Panther Café – Farm to Table Showcase

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…If you haven’t read our previous articles about the Panther Café at Vista High School you probably don’t know what you’ve been missing. The school has an award winning culinary program attended by 120 students. The culinary classes are taught by Chef Kim Plunkett and as part of the curriculum in on-campus Café, the […]

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Congressman Issa Where Were You?

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Billed as an Emergency Town Hall meeting by organizers and with a public invitation to Congressmember Darrell Issa, an event took place this evening at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Brengle Terrace Park. Rarely has Vista seen such public outpouring. At 5 pm people started to show for the meeting that would start at […]

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“Only Losers Litter” Strikes Again

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

It was another “Only Losers Litter Trash Walk”. It was held on Sunday, 19 February at 11:00 am in Brengle Terrace Park. If you’re not aware, the on-going Only Losers Litter Trash Walks are a cleanup campaign by The Backfence Society and supported by the Women’s Club of Vista, the Vista Art Foundation, and North County […]

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Pancake Breakfast Well Attended

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Going strong for 37 years, the Annual Amigo de Vista Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast was held this past Saturday. Organizers were concerned about the turnout for this fund raiser that benefits youth sports in Vista. The previous day Vista was drenched with showers from a so-called “Monster Rainstorm” that was pounding the entire California coast. […]

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Lambs of Faith “Boots ‘n Bling” Valentine’s Barn Dance

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy …Even though the dance was held four days before Valentine’s Day, LOVE was in the air. Families, friends, and singles came for the dinner and dancing. As advertised, Boots ‘N Bling was a time of LOVE, fun and fellowship for all ages at the Faith Lutheran Community Life Center located at 700 E. […]

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Vista Art Foundation Seeking Art Submissions for Show

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Aleta Dirdo….The Vista Art Foundation (VAF) is actively seeking art submissions for its pop up art show, one night only, on February 25, 6-10 p.m., at 517 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Vista. The show celebrates love and the “Heart Month” of February, and is the kick-off to a VAF membership drive and introduction of […]

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Strongmen and Strongwomen Compete In Vista

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

The first Strongman Corporation sanctioned contest in San Diego for 2017 was held on Saturday Feb. 4 at Metahuman Fitness here in Vista. This contest was open to all athletes from beginners to experienced athletes. This inaugural “Contest of Champions” attracted 23 Strongwomen and 26 Strongmen. Based on the overwhelming positive feedback stemming from December’s […]

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Successful Retriever Adoptions – at “Contest of Champions”

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Local  /  2 Comments

Pat Murphy….The first Strongman Corporation sanctioned contest in San Diego for 2017 was held on Saturday Feb. 4 at Metahuman Fitness here in Vista. In conjunction with this event at Metahuman Fitness, Dave and Lisett Ellinger invited Labrador Retrievers to conduct an adoption clinic on the sidewalk in front of the fitness center where the […]

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Medals Finally Awarded to a Local Hero

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…At the Veterans Association of North County (VANC) it’s all about providing services to our veterans. The Veterans Association of North County (VANC) represents over 30 veteran organizations spanning all branches of military service. Their mission is to serve as a one-stop resource center offering the services of diverse agencies to assist with jobs, […]

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Farewell to ArtBeat

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy….On Saturday, Jan. 28, a very sad hearted group convened at ArtBeat on Main Street. It was like attending a wake. There was food, music, and piñatas. People were cheerfully greeting each other but the party signified that it was the end of line for Vista’s beloved Art Gallery. The event was titled “Broken […]

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San Diego Civic Leaders Converge in Vista

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat MurphyThe streets and freeways were a rain soaked mess. As the sun set a light drizzle still remained as a reminder of the earlier rain storm. This was the kind of evening when you went straight home from work. It wasn’t the kind of evening that you got into your car after work and […]

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BIG Jim’s BIG Sandwich Day

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

  Pat Murphy…..Big Jim’s BIG Sandwich Day started at 4:30 am when most of us were still asleep. His helper Roger arrived at 5:30 and the rest of the crew shortly followed. Big Jim if you don’t already know, is the retired Marine that owns and operates Big Jim’s 395 Grill on E. Vista Way. […]

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Council Approves Annexation and Fire Engines

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Local  /  2 Comments

Despite the gray threatening overcast skies, Tuesdays January 9th City Council meeting was filled with interesting and even exciting issues and events. As I entered the chamber hall I noticed a large number of uniformed officers. Sitting up on the podium all by himself at 5 pm was newly elected Council Member Joe Green. At the […]

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