North County School News, May 1



STEAM Block Party today at park

The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering will be adding a little STEAM into a family day out at San Dieguito County Park from noon-3 p.m. today. Join local STEAM companies and community organizations, including Live Well San Diego, for a scavenger hunt through the park’s nature trails, along with passport books to visit interactive activities and booths to win prizes. The San Diego County Office of Education will be bringing its “Play Math!” space to show how students play with math outside of school. The day will include a family-friendly band, local food trucks, and BYOP (bring your own picnic) if you choose! The park is at 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Call (858) 623-4253; visit


Wildcat car show seeks sponsors, donors

The El Camino Wildcat Foundation will host its 10th annual Wildcat Run Car and Motor Show from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at El Camino High School, with all proceeds going to El Camino High School students. The event showcases about 200 cars/motorcycles and draws several thousand spectators. The day also includes a food court, silent auction, opportunity drawing, vendor booths, trophies, T-shirts and more. Sponsorship and vendor booth opportunities are still available, and donations are also appreciated for the raffle/silent auction. Contact [email protected]. To register a car, motorcycle, boat or anything with a motor, contact the Wildcat Foundation through that email address, or visit Registration costs $30 until May 13, $35 on show day, and includes a dash plaque, T-shirt and goodie bag. For other questions, contact Shawna Williamson at [email protected].

MCC play dramatizes Flint water crisis

The news of the contaminated water that affected thousands of residents of Flint, Mich., is the subject of a new play, “Flint,” being presented at MiraCosta College. The play, written by José Casas, examines the state of the water crisis through narratives based and inspired by the lives of the people affected by the tragedy. Shows are at 2 p.m. today and May 8, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at theMiraCosta Theatre. Masks are required. Tickets are $12 general public, $11 seniors/military, and $10 students at Call (760) 795-6815 or email [email protected].


Palomar hosts report to community

The community is invited to join Palomar College’s campus and community leaders from across North County as they mark 75 years of student success. “A Time for Celebration,” Palomar’s 2022 Community Showcase, will take place Wednesday at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Registration, networking and breakfast start at 7 a.m., followed by the program at 8 a.m. featuring updates, highlights from the 2020-21 academic year, and presentation of this year’s Comet Award. The program also includes remarks by Superintendent/President Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey, her introductory address to the community after being appointed in mid-2021. Hosted by the Palomar College Foundation, this celebration will also include the opening of Palomar’s 75th anniversary time capsule. Tickets to the Community Showcase are $20 and are available at


Discovery Fest coming Saturday

The community is invited to join in the fun at the third annual Discovery Fest (formerly called STREAM Fest), which will celebrate all things prehistoric. The free event runs from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Solana Pacific School. Families can explore the theme, “Can You Dig It: All Things Prehistoric.” Student teams from each of the district’s seven schools will take part in a real-time engineering competition that challenges them to create something to help a paleontologist, geologist, or gemologist do their work. Students will also deliver TED Talk-style presentations. Activity booths will offer learning opportunities, and food trucks will have refreshments for sale. The day is hosted by the Solana Beach School District with the Solana Beach Schools Foundation. Solana Pacific School is at 3901 Townsgate Drive, San Diego. Visit


Culinary students earn scholarships

Four Vista High School students recently won culinary college scholarships at the California Restaurant Foundation’s 2022 ProStart Cup, a culinary arts and restaurant entrepreneurship competition held in Long Beach. More than 40 students from across California competed by preparing three-course meals and pitching innovative restaurant concepts to a panel of restaurant and food industry professionals. The Vista High School team of Getzain Lopez Alonzo, Allison Levings, Eric Kirsch and Grace Heffner, led by teacher Kim Plunkett, placed third in the BJ’s Restaurants Culinary Cup competition. They had just 60-minutes to create a three-course meal, and presented the judges with: Kampachi Crudo (starter); Beef With Mexican Street Corn (entree) and Abuelas Panna Cotta (dessert). The dishes earned each team member up to $75,000 in culinary scholarships. Colleges offer set scholarships based on the winner’s ranking, and students claim the scholarships when they enroll in any of the colleges offering ProStart competition scholarships. Visit

P.E.O. chapter offering education grants

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Educations is a need-based grant program providing one-time financial help to women whose educations have been interrupted and who have returned to school to complete a degree or certification. The money can be used for expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, transportation, child care while in class, testing fees and equipment. The maximum grant is $3,000. Applicants must have had at least 24 consecutive months as non-students and be within 18 consecutive months of completing an educational program. Applications are now being taken for the fall semester (August 2022). Contact Carol Gruber of P.E.O. Vista Chapter ND at [email protected].

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