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Give Input on New City Hall, Civic Center
The City of Carlsbad wants to know what community members would like to see in a new city hall and civic center, which the city has been saving up for and will be ready to start building in 2023.


Stellaluna Exhibit at Cannon Art Gallery
The City of Carlsbad is hosting Janell Cannon: Stellaluna in honor of the 25th anniversary of the popular picture book. The exhibit will be on display from July 1 through Aug. 19 at William D. Cannon Art Gallery, located at the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free.
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.


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 – 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
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.
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
Summer Reading Author Panel
Meet the authors! We’ll delve into 1950s romances and scandals, a time-ticking mystery, romances entwined decades apart and darkness hidden by summer pleasures.
Where: Carlsbad City Library, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free
Good Life Lecture Series
Travel is the theme for our Good Life Lecture Series, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28.
Up first, enjoy a visual travelogue of three of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring National Parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite and Crater Lake.
Where: Carlsbad City Library, Gowland Meeting Room, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free
Carlsbad Playreaders:
Mrs. Farnsworth
by A.R. Gurney
In this comedy, set at a creative writing workshop, Mrs. Farnsworth shares with the class the opening to her novel about an old lover. Upon further exploration, the lover begins to resemble a certain successful politician.
Where: Carlsbad City Library, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Suggested donation of $5 for adults, $1 for students. Seating is first come, first served.
Jeri Sager for annual gala
Save the Date:
Night at the Library
Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation presents their annual gala. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment in the library, with a special performance by Broadway star Jeri Sager.
Where: Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Purchase tickets ($75/person) at www.carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org
More information: 760-651-CLAF (2523)
Get Your Books to Go!
Books To Go is Carlsbad City Library’s new library on wheels. We are bringing books and other library services to the community. See you in the neighborhood!
Where: Bike to Library Day replenishment station at grassy area near beach on Carlsbad Boulevard & Pine Avenue.
Stellaluna Exhibit Now Open!

The City of Carlsbad is hosting Janell Cannon: Stellaluna in honor of the 25th anniversary of the popular picture book. The exhibit presents all of Janell’s original artwork created for the book.
Where: William D. Cannon Art Gallery, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free


Seaside Singers Practice – Wednesdays, Aug. 8, 15 & 22
Newcomers are welcome, but must be able to read music, print music and receive emails.
Know Carlsbad! – Carlsbad Historical Society’s Susan Gutierrez
Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 10 to 11 a.m.
Come learn about early Carlsbad history and how it relates to the larger community of San Diego County and California. Topics that will be covered are:
  • Carlsbad’s connection to Spain, Mexico and the United States
  • Early European influences
  • Ranchos and their place in our history
  • Establishment of a town
  • Reasons for incorporation
Susan Gutierrez is past president of the Carlsbad Historical Society, and author or co-author of four history books. She and her husband were recently awarded 2017 Citizens of the Year for their volunteer work researching and preserving Carlsbad history.
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.
NEW! Gentle Chair Yoga With Optional Standing Poses
Stagecoach Community Center
Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m., starting Aug. 14
Join Silver Age yoga-certified instructors for our newest class, held at Stagecoach Community Center. All fitness levels can benefit from this free class. Benefits include improved flexibility, balance, breathing, strength, stamina and state of mind. Pre-registration is not available. Allow enough time prior to the start of the class to register at the location before the class begins. Stagecoach Community Center is located at 3420 Camino de los Coches.
Photoshop – Head Swapping and More
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Swapping heads in a photo can be used to create the perfect group portrait or to create an amusing effect. Our instructor, Mike McMahon will show you how to do it using Photoshop and/or Photoshop Elements. Other fun photo effects will be demonstrated as well.
Google Maps – Essentials
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Many have grown to love and rely upon Google Maps. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will cover the basic features of this amazing free software that runs in your computer’s browser and on all mobile phones and tablets. We’ll cover searching for locations, getting turn-by-turn directions and other useful features.
Handy Computer Tips
Wednesday, Aug. 22
10 to 11:15 a.m.
Many of us spend lots of time each week on our computers. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will show you many of the handy tips that he uses to make that time more productive and less frustrating. Many standard features can make a big difference, yet they are often undiscovered by the average user. Mike’s demonstration will use Windows 10 but will be helpful for users of earlier Windows versions too.
Safe Computing
Wednesday, Aug. 22
1 to 2:15 p.m.
While the use of computers and mobile devices has enriched our lives, threats such as viruses, ransomware and malicious emails make staying safe more complicated. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will discuss these issues and make suggestions on how you can best protect yourself from computing threats.
Intro to American Politics: The Fundamentals
June Trudel, Collegiate Level Political Science Instructor
Thursday, Aug. 23 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Would you like to brush up on American institutions and the basic structures of our political system? Across generations, we are changing our political attitudes and priorities. Can we reconcile generational differences and hold up our shared American values? For the good of the Republic, must we find a way?
Discourse of the day:
  • The changing face of America
  • The deep divide in partisan lines
  • My freedoms end where yours begin
Successful Aging in Place: Universal Design for Aging in Place
Kindra French and David McGee, NAIPC members
Tuesday, Aug. 28 – 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. Universal design represents a shift in the approach to residential design and construction. Comfort and convenience regardless of age, stature, and ability are the hallmark of universal design. In this informative class, presented by Anne Kellett, participants will
  • Understand the key concepts of universal design
  • Recognize design features that make a home livable for people of all ages and abilities
  • Learn how to apply universal design concepts to create useable, functional space that will meet your needs as you age
Intro to American Politics: Policy Making in America and Shaping Up Our Critical Analysis
June Trudel, Collegiate Level Political Science Instructor
Thursday, Aug. 30 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Can we secure that more perfect union with the power that rests with the people? How must partisan concessions rule the day? We will examine the Presidency, Congress and the Judiciary. Will the separation of powers ensure we arrive at policy decisions based on the consent of the governed? How can we come together to serve the greater good?
Discourse of the day:
  • The Democratic Republic and compromise, compromise, compromise
  • Policies most pressing
  • A house divided cannot stand
Learn About AIS Community Programs & Resources/Project CARE: Matthew Parcasio, of Aging and Independence Services (AIS)
Thursday, Aug. 30 – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Aging and Independence Services (AIS) provides services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities.
Join us for an overview of nearly 30 programs and services offered by AIS and other local community providers that align with the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego vision of healthy, safe and thriving communities in San Diego County. Includes safety net components of the Project CARE program such as Vials of Life, telephone reassurance and safe return.



  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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