January 2, 2004

DEL MAR TIMES

A new year and new beginnings for the Del Mar Foundation

By Lynn Gaylord

There is always something wonderful about January and the New Year besides the new calendar with the wonderfully empty blank squares. For most of us the new year is a time for fresh starts, new resolutions, and maybe even new perspectives. I would love to take this opportunity to challenge those of you who might want to become more involved in your community. The Del Mar Foundation would love to have you!

The Del Mar Foundation was founded in 1982 as an outgrowth of the "Del Mar Days" community celebration. For over twenty years our mission has remained the same:

. To promote civic pride and community cohesiveness in the City of Del Mar

. To educate the people of Del Mar about our community's history and heritage

. To plan, promote and operate cultural and athletic programs in the City of Del Mar

. To work to acquire, preserve and protect open space.

The Foundation is probably best known for the popular summer concerts at Powerhouse Park. The whole family can enjoy magical sunsets, picnic baskets, and great live music. It takes a lot of effort to put these concerts on and if you would like to help, we could sure use you.

The "First Thursdays" music and lecture series is a recent addition to the Foundation's projects and is run by the Cultural Arts Committee. This committee plans and organizes lectures and musical events for inside the Powerhouse from September through June. The committee meets once a month on the Wednesday following a "First Thursday" event from 9 - 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs of the Powerhouse. All ideas and help are most welcome.

If you are interested in the family programs like Bingo night or the Independence Day Parade or the holiday parties, these are run as a separate group within the Cultural Arts Committee. This is a great chance to become involved if you have little ones.

The Payasada Committee (or "HorsePlay Del Mar") is looking for help in putting together another successful year of painted horses to sell at auction. This committee solicits funds from the community to sponsor artists who would like to paint the life-size thoroughbreds. They choose the artists, work closely with the artists throughout the process and plan the grand unveiling. The horses are then sold at auction with the proceeds going to the Foundation to support programs. This committee meets starting now until auction time which is in August.

If you have a special interest, special skill, or something you would like to see happen in the community, the Del Mar Foundation is the organization to approach to see if it might work. Our best example of this was last year's first annual Powerhouse Paddleboard Race held in mid-September. Attended by hundreds of young adults, this event was a total blast and sure to be repeated next year.

To contact us, either log onto our website www.DelMarFoundation.org or call (858) 635-1363 or (858) 404-0580 and leave a message We would love to have you on board. We encourage you to start the New Year off right by giving back to the community, meeting new friends, and having a good fun at the same time.