Del mar community building
grand opening and open house

August 28, 2012

Photos by Bill Morris unless otherwise noted

More than 200 Del Mar residents attended the Grand Opening and Open House
for the newly-minted Del Mar Community Building.

Del Mar Community Building

Jan Barnes readies the sign-in table for the Grand Opening, as Larry Brooks looks on. In the foreground is the focal garden designed by Mary Friestedt of the Del Mar Garden Club, which she installed with assistance from City of Del Mar Public Works, featuring Agave attenuata specimens donated by Del Mar gardeners. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Special Guests

 More than 200 members of the Del Mar community attended the grand opening. Among those spotted in the crowd in this photo (at right): Assistant City Manager Mark Delin, City Council Member Don Mosier; former Mayor Crystal Crawford; DMF Board Member Martha Brooks; City Council Member Mark Filanc; and DMCC Board Member Carol Kerridge. (Photo: Dwight Worden)


Special guests

Among those spotted in this crowd: Julie Iantorno (standing near right, in magenta shirt), who donated the beautiful furniture, artwork and other furnishings for the Community Building; Mary Friestedt (left, in blue hat), who designed and installed the gardens for the Community Building, and organized several work parties to spruce up the grounds; City Council Member Mark Filanc (next to Mary Friestedt); Del Mar Garden Club member Linda Teague (behind Mark Filanc); and City Clerk Mercedes Martin (center).

at the Grand Opening


Special Guests

The Grand Opening's special guests included City Council Members Lee Haydu (left) and Don Mosier (center, white beard), plus Don Countryman (to Mosier's right), who designed the ADA-compliant restroom for the Community Building on a pro bono basis. Also attending as special guests were City Council Members Terry Sinnott and Mark Filanc; City Manager Scott Huth; and Assistant City Manager Mark Delin. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Reception Room

Nate McCay, DMCC President (center right, facing camera) was a key member of the DMF-DMCC team that oversaw the building's remodel.

Reception room

The reception room is a welcoming space, with beautiful furnishings donated by DMCC Board Member Julie Iantorno. Del Mar Garden Club member Linda Teague designed the two tall floral arrangements, and the building was filled with flowers from Linda and other Del Mar gardeners. (Photo: Dwight Worden)


Mary Friestedt, Nancy Atherton, Linda Teague

Mary Friestedt (blue hat), the garden designer for the Community Building, visits with Del Mar Garden Club members Nancy Atherton and Linda Teague, who provided key donations for the gardens.

Art Proposals

Del Mar artists Becky Deller and Mara Bickett developed three proposals for an artwork for the long concrete block wall on the west side of the building. Two are pictured here. Open House attendees "voted" on their favorite.



Del Mar gardeners filled the Community Building with beautiful flower arrangements for the Grand Opening, including this rose display from Kathy Reed McCarthy.

Renovator-in-Chief Larry Brooks

"V" is for "volunteer"! Larry Brooks served as Renovator-in-Chief for the Community Building, donating his considerable expertise and many hours of labor to get the building ready for use, assisted by a team of 40+ volunteers from the community.

Poster of Volunteers and Donors

It took an extra-large poster to acknowledge the many volunteers and donors who contributed to the remodeling and spruce-up of the Del Mar Community Building (see the list here).

DMF Office

DMF Board members Martha Brooks, Carolyn Kling (President) and Robin Crabtree enjoy a moment in the Del Mar Foundation's new office. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Ann Gardner - Edie Parti

Ann Gardner and  Edie Parti admire the DMCC Computer Lab, which will be used for computer tutoring and the Brain Fitness training program.

DMCC Office

The Del Mar Community Connections office


Heather Glenn, DMCC Program Director

Heather Glenn, Program Director of Del Mar Community Connections (2nd from left),
enjoys a moment with Open House guests.

Sherryl Parks

Sherryl Parks, former Del Mar Foundation president, checks out the the kitchen with former board member Claire McGreal, Tom McGreal, and Julie Maxey-Allison, current Board member and Hospitality Committee chair. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Betty thanks the many volunteers

DMF Vice President Betty Wheeler, who served as the Project Coordinator for the Community Building, paid special tribute to the many volunteers and donors who made this project a reality. L-R: Betty, DMF President Carolyn Kling, DMF Executive Director Karen Wilson, Renovator-in-Chief Larry Brooks. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks, DMF board member and Cultural Arts Committee chairperson

Scott Huth-Lee Haydu

Scott Huth, City Manager, with (l-r) Chris Engelbrecht, City Council Member Lee Haydu & Betty Wheeler (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Dave Druker

Dave Druker

Mai Lon & Jayne

Mai Lon Gittelsohn and Jayne Haines


Jeanne Carney (right) (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Jay Stegman

Jay Stegman

Loretta Morris - Jill MacDonald

Loretta Morris, chair of DMF's Investment Advisory Committee, and Jill MacDonald, DMF Board member and chair of the Communications Committee

Kathy Finnell, DMCC Treasurer, and Nancy Atherton

Claire McGreal

Claire McGreal

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan (blue shirt), President of Friends of Del Mar Parks, talks with Carolyn Kling, DMF President, and Mike Peterson (hidden behind Carolyn), Headmaster of The Winston School. In the background: City Council Member Mark Filanc and Assistant City Manager Mark Delin. (Photo: Dwight Worden)

Children's Committee

Three stalwarts of the DMF Children's Committee: (l-r) Sandra Hoyle, Kelley Huggett (DMF board member), and Kim Filanc (DMF Secretary).

Richard Earnest

Richard Earnest, former DMF Board member

Tom Kling

Tom Kling served as bartender, after having already earned his volunteer badge by vigorously cleaning the parking lot! (photo: Dwight Worden)

For photos showing the building's renovation, and for information on how Del Mar community organizations and groups can reserve the conference room, go here.