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New City Manager Announced
The Carlsbad City Council has voted to appoint Scott Chadwick as its next city manager effective Aug. 1, part of a succession plan recommended by current City Manager Kevin Crawford, who came out of city retirement in February 2016 to serve in the role. “When I agreed to come back as city manager, it was with a very specific set of goals,” said Crawford, who served with the city’s Fire Department for 28 years, retiring as chief in 2014.

Read the Latest Carlsbad Currents
Read the latest issue of Carlsbad Currents to find out about the future City Hall, trash day changes and fun things to do! Carlsbad Currents comes out every other month and is mailed to Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers in their water bills, mailed directly to non CMWD customers, and available at city libraries and community centers.

Give Input on New Neighborhood Park in Northwest
The City of Carlsbad will hold a neighborhood workshop Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Buena Vista Elementary School to find out what neighbors would like in a new park being built near the corner of Buena Vista Way and Highland Drive in northwest Carlsbad. The three acre city-owned property is currently home to a long-abandoned water reservoir and had been previously slated for up to 14 new houses. Neighbors asked the city to consider a park instead.

Carlsbad Triathlon Volunteers Needed
The City of Carlsbad is seeking volunteers to help with the upcoming Carlsbad Triathlon on June 10.
Volunteer Shifts and Opportunities such as:
Athlete checkin: 5 to 7 a.m.
Run course monitor at Carlsbad Boulevard: 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Transition zone: 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Carlsbad Encourages Safe Graduations
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and with it comes many landmark celebrations.  From graduations to the end of school year parties, June is a time of celebration.
Unfortunately, celebrating can also lead to an increase in underage drinking. The City of Carlsbad Police Department warns that alcohol is the leading factor in the cause of death among youths and reports an increase in underage drinking incidents during the graduation season.
Budget Meetings Next Week…The City of Carlsbad will hold several public meetings in May and June to present and finalize the proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.  Watch a video about the city budget. Learn about the city budget process.
The city’s budget planning process follows a fiscal year that runs July 1 through June 30.

City Wins Financial Reporting Award
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Carlsbad for its fiscal year 2016-17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the 20th year in a row the city has received this prestigious award, which is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.


It’s Here: TGIF Concerts in the Parks 2018 Lineup
Block off your Friday nights, dust off your pop-up tables and start your picnic list: TGIF Concerts in the Parks 2018 is here to start your summer weekends off on the right note. Get acquainted with new bands, say hello again to some fan favorites and take in all the fun this classic Carlsbad tradition has to offer – now with a couple new twists.
Stoney B Blues kicks things off on June 22 at Stagecoach Community Park. Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/tgif for all the details including the band lineup, park locations, parking and free shuttle information. We’ll see you at the parks.
Ages: All
When: Fridays, June 22 – Aug. 17, 6 – 8 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Where: Carlsbad community parks
Admission: Free


New San Diego Wildlife Center Open in Carlsbad
The San Diego Wildlife Center is a 2600 sq ft. wildlife rehabilitation center facility newly opened in Carlsbad, where the community can bring injured, ill and/or orphaned wildlife patients. They currently specialize in ducks, gulls, songbirds, and squirrels but will take in other species and work with their partners on long-term care to ensure that wildlife has a place to heal and a chance to return to the wild. Read more
Science & Exploration Camps —Weekly camps start June 18
Does your child like to build, engineer, experiment and explore? Kids ages 4 to 14 will tap into their imaginations and learn about science, nature and real-world concepts with hands-on fun, in a safe environment with qualified instructors.
View entire Community Services Guide including sports & fitness, creative & performing arts, aquatics and specialty camps.
Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy Recruiting Underway
The City of Carlsbad Police Department is actively recruiting participants for the next Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy. The academy is scheduled for late summer of 2018. The Senior Volunteer Patrol draws on the experience and mature judgment of members that are 50 years and older. The patrol supports the Police Department by increasing law enforcement services to the community.
The City of Carlsbad offers Lifeguard Academy courses this spring at Alga Norte Aquatic Center.
 The course dates are: June 11-15
The week long courses run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are for ages 15 and older.
  • Participants must be able to swim 300 yards using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for two minutes without use of hands and swim 20 yards combined with a surface dive to retrieve a 10 pound brick.
  • The course also requires some home study. Successful completion of the course will provide participants with certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
  • Also upon successful completion of the course and pre-employment tests, participants may be eligible for hire. Jobs are available at Alga Norte Aquatic Center and Monroe Street Pool.
  • The course fee is $290 and Carlsbad residents will receive a 10 percent discount.
For more information or to register visit www.constantcontact.org, or contact Nathan Baker, 760-268-4779nathan.baker@carlsbadca.gov
Arts & Culture Plan Update
New opportunities to provide input on the City of Carlsbad’s Arts & Culture Plan are right around the corner. Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/arts and sign up for the email list so you never miss a chance to tell us what you think.
Are you a part of a community group or organization that would like to hear the latest about the plan? Contact us at arts@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2090 to schedule a presentation.
The Arts & Culture Plan will serve as a road map to fulfill the city’s vision for arts and culture in the community. The plan is scheduled to be released this spring. More info

Carlsbad Newcomers Host Mike McMahon Wednesday, June 6 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Mike will share the personal story of his family’s fire evacuation in both 2007 and 2014.  He will present an organized and thoughtful approach that will help you calmly and efficiently respond to the call to evacuate your home.

Mike leads a group of 30 ham radio operators with Carlsbad’s Community Emergency Response Team.   He received the Carlsbad Citizen of the Year Award this past July for his volunteer contributions.

June 11: Category Fund of the Month

A monthly session whereby lecture attendees will be schooled in the use of Morningstar analytics to thoroughly study the choice of a specific top-quality mutual fund.

June 18Morningstar Fund Investing Basics
These sessions delve into meaningful fund investing takeaways from Morningstar’s Library Edition database of investing tools and analysis.

Free Hearing Screenings & CTAP Phone Distribution Event – Tuesday, June 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Audiologist, Dr. Julie Khoury-Ghaffary with Sonus Hearing, will provide free hearing screenings in conjunction with California Telephone Access Program (CTAP). This program provides specialized telephone equipment and services to residents who have an active phone line but have difficulty hearing. All hearing-impaired, eligible residents from this event will be provided with a free amplified phone on-site. Age and income level are not considered. Reservations are required. Call 760-602-4650 to reserve an appointment.

Digital Photo & Tech Classes

These free classes are taught by instructor Mike McMahon, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The last 15 minutes of class will be devoted to your questions. Please bring note-taking material.

 Photo Restoration With Photoshop Elements – Wednesday, June 20 – 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Photoshop Elements has great tools for restoring photos. It can help with repairing damaged photos (tears, stains or spots) and it has face-retouching tools that can help with wrinkles and blemish repair. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will demonstrate how to make it all happen.

 Wildfires – Are You Ready to Evacuate? – Wednesday, June 20, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

The 2014 Poinsettia Fire forced residents to evacuate as the wildfire spread quickly in Carlsbad. That experience reminds us that we need to be prepared for emergencies. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will share a personal story of his family’s evacuation in both 2007 and 2014. He will present an organized and thoughtful approach that will help you calmly and efficiently respond to the call to evacuate your home.

  Learn About Your Car – Thursday, June 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Your car is the second most expensive investment you make, yet the complexity of today’s automobiles has caused a myriad of issues for owners. In this presentation, attendees will find out things like, whether to use synthetic or petrochemical oil and what the benefits are of using Tier 1 gasoline.

In addition, attendees should leave this presentation with a better understanding of:

  • ·         How to seek help
  • ·         Basic maintenance
  • ·         What neglect will do to car parts, systems and your wallet

Presenter, Halsey King, has written several articles on the vocation and has served as a subject matter expert in federal and state cases involving defects, regulations and death and injury to passengers.

Baby Grand Piano Performance by 11 Year-Old Ethan Dohrmann – Thursday, June 21 –12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Ethan Dohrmann has been playing piano for four years, taking lesson from teacher, Kia Portafekas. He has developed a fondness for anything from the classic composers to current pop music. He loves playing piano for his family and friends, and we’re delighted to bring him here to share his talent with us in this free performance!

 24k Zumba Gold with Saleemah – New on Monday, June 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m

A new “24k” Zumba Gold with Saleemah class is coming to the Carlsbad Senior. Cha-cha, merengue, salsa and swing are just a few of the infectious rhythms that will get you moving your feet, clapping your hands, shaking your hips and having so much fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising! Easy-to-follow dance steps makes this class suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Fee for four classes is $41.40 for residents and $46 for nonresidents.

Successful Aging in Place: Financial Implications of Aging – Kindra French and David McGee, NAIPC members – Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Join us for this monthly series which offers insights from professionals who share their expertise concerning specific aspects of how to age in place successfully.

Retirees can expect to live 30 years, or longer, past the age of retirement. How do we plan to use our financial resources wisely so that the golden years remain golden? In this month’s class, presented by Scott McClatchey, we will:

  • Review perspective, research and practical insights on the financial implications of aging
  • Discuss common changes in expenses associated with older adults
  • Explore some myths and realities of aging
  • Learn financial planning tools especially helpful in retirement

Backing Up Your Smartphone – New Wednesday, June 27. 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Our smartphones are loaded with valuable items such as important photos and videos, text messages and much more. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will show you how to safely back up that important information. In addition, we will discuss offloading your phone to allow more space for new content.

Traveling Better With Technology – New – Wednesday, June 27, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Smartphones and other technology have made traveling easier and better. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will explain how to make it work for you. We will cover best-in-class apps for everything from maps and navigation to avoiding expensive cellular roaming charges when traveling abroad. These techniques can save time, money and make your travels less stressful.





  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

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