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Carlsbad News

Carlsbad News

Carlsbad City Manager

Carlsbad, CA –Yesterday the people behind the Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced their word of the year: pandemic. According to the announcement, words of the year are chosen based on a statistical analysis of words that are looked up in extremely high numbers in the company’s online dictionary while also showing a significant year-over-year increase in traffic.

Although the first spike in searches happened Feb. 3 (the same day the first known COVID-19 patient in the U.S. was released from the hospital), lookups had been increasing consistently starting on Jan. 20. The single largest spike occurred on March 11, when the World Health Organization officially declared that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic. Unlike other popular words, searches for “pandemic” have remained at or near the top of the most-searched list for the past 10 months. Other COVID-19 related terms also made the top 10 list, including asymptomatic, quarantine and coronavirus.

So, what’s the official definition? “An outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affects a significant proportion of the population.”
If you’re a word nerd, you will enjoy reading more about this story on the Merriam-Webster website.

I share this not because it’s a particularly important story, but because it’s that time of year. Year in review articles are being written, top 10 lists are coming out, the holidays are upon us, and 2020 is coming to an end. I find this still a little hard to believe.

Thanksgiving follow up, part 1 Speaking of the holidays, I hope you were able to enjoy your Thanksgiving, as different as it may have been this year. Just the practice of setting aside time to be thankful is important to our overall sense of well-being, especially now. A recent study on the topic, found that grateful individuals may be inclined to see the good in people and situations, which could result in a more compassionate and less critical view of others and themselves.

That same study found that gratitude exercises really only help a little. It’s got to come from the heart and be part of your overall outlook on life.
Thanksgiving follow up, part 2

Now onto the reality of Thanksgiving 2020: If you gathered with people outside your household or traveled, the County of San Diego public health officer urges you to:

1. Get a COVID-19 test

2. Decrease unnecessary activities this week to avoid spreading the virus, in case you have contracted it and don’t know yet
The County operates more than 50 testing sites throughout the region, but the recommendation is to start with your own health care provider. All providers are required to provide diagnostic COVID-19 testing free of charge for patients. (Some clinics charge for specialized or quick-result tests.) For more information on testing, visit 211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1.

Hospitals and ICU statusYesterday the governor and the state’s top health official held a news conference to give an update on the recent surge in cases affecting most counties in the state (including San Diego). As cases increase, state officials will be looking at hospital capacity in general and ICU beds in particular as a key measure when deciding whether or not additional health restrictions are needed. They hinted that if things don’t improve, we could see a temporary return of the stay at home order.

Statewide, hospitalizations have increased by 89% in the last two weeks. And, hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, showing up two to three weeks after cases are reported. Because on average about 12% of cases require hospitalization, the state is expecting hospitalizations to increase more still, and that’s not counting any increase in cases as a result of holiday-related gatherings. Those cases will not likely show up as reported cases for another week or two.

Vaccine updateAs predicted the news is increasingly focused on vaccine availability and distribution plans. Since my last update on vaccines, the federal government has changed how vaccines will be allocated to states. At first, the recommendation was to distribute them based on risk, but now, in an effort to simplify plans, they will be distributed based on the adult population in each state.

A CDC advisory panel is meeting today to discuss how the scarce early supplies should be allocated among groups. Everyone seems to agree that health care workers go first. After that, other high priority groups could include to workers in essential industries, people with certain medical conditions and people age 65 and older. There also seems to be wide agreement that those who do not fall into a high-risk category will not likely have a vaccine available until at least the spring or summer.

Two of the three vaccines announced to date are on track to receive emergency approval and, if they do, be available within weeks. The third, AstraZeneca’s, announced irregularities in some of its data, which will slow down its approval process.
The CDC updated its Q&A about vaccines late last week, if you want more details.

More rental assistance available The county is accepting new applications for emergency rental assistance starting today and has allocated $27 million in new funding to the program. To qualify for up to $3,000 in relief, renters must demonstrate pandemic related financial hardship and meet income requirements (single person cannot make more than $48,540 and a household of four no more than $69,300). For the full list of eligibility requirements, visit the county’s website.

More help for businesses Last week the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the addition of $20 million in funding to the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program established in May.The funds will be available to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the following industries:

  • Restaurants
  • Gyms and fitness centers, including yoga studios
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Event planners (weddings, festivals, fairs, etc.)

Businesses in these industries have had to close or stop indoor operations to limit the spread of COVID-19. The financial relief will help them to reverse some of the disproportional impact on their operations and keep some from having to close permanently.

The county’s five supervisorial district offices each has $4 million to allocate. Applications are available at the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program website. Award recipients will also be posted on the site.
Businesses that submitted a previous application do not need to reapply.

Sales tax deferral for businesses The state announced yesterday it will allow businesses to defer making sales tax payments for up to three months. Although they will eventually have to pay, the goal is to free up the money to be used for other things to help keep businesses afloat during the restrictions and closures. More information is available on the state’s website.

Case numbers Carlsbad’s case numbers are still among the lowest in the region, but they are nonetheless going up. Of particular note is the number of active cases, a new reported high of 201. Keep in mind, this only includes those cases confirmed by testing. As Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of California’s Department of Public Health, said yesterday, at this point, COVID-19 is becoming so widespread you should assume that every time you enter a building, a store, someone else’s house, etc., you could be coming into contact with someone who is contagious. 
The chart below shows changes in case data since my last update, on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

More Carlsbad-specific case information is available on the North Coastal” dashboard, including

  • COVID-19 rate by sex, ethnicity and age
  • Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths

The county also tracks:

National and state case history: CORRECTION On Tuesday I shared two charts, side by side, showing daily case numbers for the United States and California. Eagle eyed readers (of which there are many!) pointed out that I had the labels swapped. Below are the latest charts, with the correct labels. The editor (that’s me) regrets the error.
You can see this data as it is updated daily on The New York Times’ COVID data-tracking web page.

Creative celebrations The news is full of inspiring and heartwarming examples of people finding new ways to connect during the pandemic. A recent example involved a wedding celebration right here in Carlsbad. Joan Jeske, an 88 year old resident of the GlenBrook Health Center skilled nursing facility, was treated to a pre-reception celebration for her granddaughter just before Thanksgiving. The family, decked out in their wedding finery, gathered in front of GlenBrook to enjoy a champagne toast and wedding cake while chatting about plans for the day. Not only did Joan get to see her granddaughter Tamara in her gown, but the family and the staff at GlenBrook made her feel a part of this special life moment.
Tamara said, “My grandma, I love her, she’s great and she’s been a huge, huge influence. Her and my grandpa were married for 60 years, so she’s an inspiration and she’s always so positive. I couldn’t miss seeing her today.”
You can read the full story and see photos on The San Diego Union-Tribune website.

Even though all signs point to a tough next few weeks, we can still make a difference. Now more than ever we need to turn the corner on this recent surge. We know what to do. Let’s not get complacent or, even worse, give up. The so called non-pharmaceutical interventions work, and we can all do our part:

  • Stay home as much as you can
  • Limit gatherings to no more than three households, keep them short and only meet outdoors
  • Always maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from people not in your household
  • Cover your face when you leave home
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or believe you could have been exposed

Vaccines are coming. Hope is on the horizon.

Thank you for continuing to #Care4Carlsbad. I’ll be back Thursday with more updates.

Scott Chadwick, City Manager

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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New! Online Help for Job Seekers & Veterans
JobNow / VetNow™ is an online service that supports job seekers, veterans and their families with all stages of job searching, employment transition assistance, navigating the VA, preparing for standardized tests and building marketable academic skills. JobNow/VetNow is free for Carlsbad City Library cardholders on the library’s website under “College and eLearning.”

About JobNow JobNow is designed for all stages of the job-hunting process, including career coaching, expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and more. Get live assistance 1-10 p.m. each day, excluding holidays.

About VetNow VetNow Navigators are trained to help veterans and families connect with valuable benefits and resources and available between 2-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
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Save the Dates
Save the dates for upcoming December events:

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Virtual Good Life Lecture Wednesday Dec. 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Free Mindfulness and Meditations for Managing Stress and Anxiety with Shazia Gogia Register

Virtual Winter Concert Thursday, Dec. 3, 7-7:45 p.m., Free Featuring the dazzling talent of Val Vigoda streaming via Facebook Live

Virtual Author Talk Saturday, Dec. 5, 2-3:30 p.m., Free Featuring a panel of talented authors and audiobook narrators, including author Gregg Hurwitz Register More information

Virtual Book Clubs
Looking for a way to connect with others? Meet new people, experience great literature and engage in interesting discussions in one of our virtual book clubs.
Choose from six book clubs for adults, one for teens and one for children.

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Reading Recommendations
Need reading recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Check out these videos of our staff members sharing their recommendations:

Discover lesser known gems in Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Technology Librarian Joe

Children’s books about thankfulness and gratitude with Storytime star Ms. Angelica

Great reads with Liza – Librarian Liza shares four great reads in four minutes, featuring book club favorites

See more reading recommendations for adultsteens and children.

Virtual Concert
Peter Dayeh and Nicolas Reveles Watch on-demand anytime, Free

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Recorded just for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home! Enjoy a classical concert featuring clarinetist Peter Dayeh and pianist, composer and educator Nicolas Reveles. They perform favorites by Claude Debussy and Carl Maria von Weber as well as Reveles’ stunning The Volcan Mountain Suite. Watch on YouTube

Cultural Arts Programs
Cultural Arts offers fun programs for all ages. Enjoy new online programs and virtual events:

Virtual On-Demand Experiences Learn how to write a play with family friendly lessons, explore embroidery in a series of workshops, experience the joy of movement in dance classes designed for 55+ and more.

At-Home Art Projects Create and perform with the whole family.

Programs & Performances
On-demand video programs include:

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Live From My Living Room with Pipe Dream

Concert featuring Leonard Patton Duo

Dance Performance: Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles

Cultural Arts virtual programs

Wellness & Workshops

Breathwork for Stress Management with Shazia Gogia

Good Life Lecture: Mastering the Art of Resiliency with Jennifer Pharr Davis

Gentle Hatha Yoga and Chair Yoga with Shazia Gogia

Mindfulness for Stress Management, Part 1 and Part 2 with Erik Conklin

Introduction to Folklorico Dance, Part 1 and Part 2 with Kareli Montoya

More past programs

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Holiday Closures
All Library & Cultural Arts locations will be closed and curbside service unavailable:

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving.

Carlsbad, CA — November 19, 2020 –Given all the somber news I’ve had to share lately, I want to start today with something positive. The city recently launched a photo series profiling local residents and sharing their stories of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. By highlighting all the ways our community members are caring for themselves and each other, we hope to provide a little comfort, hope and inspiration during this challenging time in our city’ history.

Here’s a sample: meet Nazila, who sees the value of finding support for herself so she can support others through her work.

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“I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and am supporting a lot of people through the group practices that I’m a part of. There’s a great need for therapists right now and it’s been challenging. I’ve had to learn to say no. I’ve also recognized that I need more support than usual right now. As a therapist, I need to receive my own help and encouragement so I can continue to support others. I’m finding that through morning meditation, online groups, my own teachers I rely on and my partner is also a great support. He encourages me.I’ve lived in many different cities and traveled a lot, but one of my favorite places is along Highway 101 where I can take my two dogs out. We live off Cannon and the wooded areas around us are beautiful. There’s always some kind of trail nearby. I feel safe here.My partner and I both had COVID and both recovered well, but it was so scary. My partner had preexisting conditions and he took longer to recover. The mental struggle of it was not worth it. I know at some point, we got tired and weren’t wearing masks, but don’t let your guard down. Don’t have too much fear, but be concerned enough to take care of yourself. It was scary and not worth getting.Right now I’m focusing on the positive and feel relaxed. This time has brought me and my partner closer and for us it’s been good. Having the right perspective is the most important.” You can see other stories on the city’s website. If you would like to share your story of life during COVID-19 and how you are making it through the day, things you’ve found that help you cope and ways you have been able to help others, please email communications@carlsbadca.gov, and we’ll get in touch!

Vaccine update Another positive story for today, a second vaccine is on the horizon. Moderna announced promising results from phase three trials earlier this week. Specifically, its vaccine was 94% effective in the trial participants. Pfizer’s vaccine was originally reported to 90% effective, but the company has now completed more testing, which shows it’s 95% effective. Either way, both are well over the 50% threshold established by the CDC. The next step is for the companies to complete their trials and apply for emergency authorization, which could start within days. If everything goes just right, vaccines could start to be given to very specific populations by the end of this year.
To put this in perspective, here is a compilation from The New York Times showing how long it took to develop vaccines for other diseases:

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Health experts are stressing that the average person will likely not see a COVID-19 vaccine available until at least spring 2021. Both vaccines require two shots, meaning we need double the production capacity to have enough for everyone. Both need to be stored in the cold, which presents logistical challenges with mass distribution.

The Pfizer vaccine requires extra cold storage. How cold? Try minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit. USA Today reported that at such a cold temperature, rubber will shatter, metal can become brittle and exposed skin freezes almost instantly. Apparently, the news has caused a rush on dry ice and medical grade freezers.

Unfortunately, the vaccines will not be here soon enough to get life back to normal by the holidays. But I think everyone agrees that this bit of good news will at least make it easier to put up with the health restrictions just a little while longer.

If you’d like to know more about vaccine development, this page on The New York Times’ website has a lot of interesting information.

At home test approved

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 test for self-testing at home that provides rapid results. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a single use test using a self-administered nasal swab that provides results in about a half hour. The cost is projected to be about $50 per test and requires a prescription from a health care provider.
Other at home tests have been approved, but those required you to send your sample to a lab for analysis, delaying the results.
New records reachedWe have gone from not enough data in the early days to the fire hose of data that we have now. Here are some recent statistics that caught my eye:

  • Nationwide, more than 250,000 have now died from COVID-19.
  • Here in San Diego County, we are nearing the 1,000-person milestone for deaths, at 945 to date.
  • On Wednesday, COVID-19 killed nearly 1,900 people nationwide— the highest number of fatalities reported in a single day since the first week of May. At this rate, coronavirus is now killing on average at least one American every minute of the day.
  • Also on Wednesday, the country set a record for the number of virus patients hospitalized, a number that has more than doubled in the last month.

Johns Hopkins University continues to expand its dashboards of COVID-19 data. I encourage you to take a look. Below is one example that overlays cases in California with policy decisions about health restrictions.

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Closer to home, here are the latest data tracking COVID-19 in San Diego County (again notice the increases).

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The county continues to stress that most cases are not linked to outbreaks. However, you can see by the data below, that outbreaks are still a concern, especially at businesses and restaurants.

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In Carlsbad, our case numbers are consistently lower than average. In fact, we tend to have the lowest in the entire county per capita. And, thankfully, we have not had any Carlsbad residents die from COVID-19.

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I cannot mention our “low” numbers without also warning that we must still be vigilant in following all health precautions. As you can see by the chart below, our cases are, in fact, rising quickly, just like cases in the county, state and country.

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Daily dashboard

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More Carlsbad-specific case information is available on the “North Coastal” dashboard, including

  • COVID-19 rate by sex, ethnicity and age
  • Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths

The county also tracks:

Thanksgiving plansI am again sharing the CDC’s guidance for safer holiday celebrations as well as our county guidelines. Please keep in mind that close contact should be avoided even with family members if they live in a different household.
So far it looks like it will be cool, but not rainy, on Thanksgiving Day. So, please bundle up and move any gathering you may be planning outdoors. All in home gathering should be limited to no more than three households, and 6-foot distances should be maintained between households. Face coverings should be worn except when eating and drinking.

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Emergency rental assistance In addition to the health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic effects have been significant. I am pleased to report that the city has partnered with Interfaith Community Services and the Community Resource Center to manage and implement the CARES Act funded Carlsbad Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program provides up to $4,500 of rental assistance payments on behalf of qualifying Carlsbad residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 and who meet federal low-income requirements. Residents can find program details on the city’s housing website or by directly contacting: 

Interfaith Community ServicesRental Assistance Screening Line: 760-448-5696 Website

 Community Resource CenterIntegrative Services Office: 760-300-3238 or housingnavigation@crcncc.org.Website 

The application period is now open, and applications will be accepted until funds have been expended. 

Carlsbad recognized as top 10 “digital city”Like all organizations, the City of Carlsbad was faced with an immediate transition to remote work amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Like many government organizations, the city had no prior experience with remote work or flexible work schedules for staff. Within three weeks, we were able to successfully shift more than 500 employees to work safely from home.

The City of Carlsbad has now been recognized as a top 10 digital city for its efforts to address COVID-19 through digital infrastructure, cybersecurity and online community services. The recognition comes from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

Ensuring proper cybersecurity was a big part of this effort. We ramped up employee education about common scams and even implemented a “secret shopper” effort to try to lure employees into clicking on links they shouldn’t. Those who fell for the ruse had to complete additional online training. Finally, we transitioned our public meetings, community programs and events, library services, building inspections and more to a virtual environment, allowing us to continue to serve the public while in-person services were suspended.

I’d like to give a huge shout out to our City Council and staff for working together to drive innovation during this critical time. 

That’s it for today. At Monday’s news conference, the governor hinted that some additional guidelines and restrictions could be announced Friday. We’ll share this on our social media and city website. As a reminder, here is where you can follow the city’s official social media channels. If you don’t use social media, you can see our live Twitter feed on the city’s website even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

Today’s update was long, so thanks for hanging in there until the end. I very much appreciate you taking the time to keep up with the latest COVID-19 news affecting our city. Please share as much as you can with friends and neighbors. We are all in this together, and together, we will get through it. There is light at the end of the tunnel now, so let’s all get there healthy, safe and well.
Scott Chadwick, City Manager

Village and Barrio Master Plan Amendments

City Council directed staff on Dec. 10, 2019 to take several steps to modify Carlsbad’s Village and Barrio Master Plan.
The Planning Commission will meet virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at 3 p.m. to receive an informational presentation and community feedback on the proposed amendment package recommended by the City Council, which includes the following:

  • Addition of permitted uses that foster a live, work, play community (i.e. post offices, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, farmers markets)
  • Parking in lieu fees and public/private partnerships for parking structures
  • Traffic impact analysis and mitigation fees in the plan area
  • Other related issues of concern with the plan

Planning Commission Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at at 3 p.m.
Watch online

You can participate in the meeting by emailing your comments to the Planning Division at planning@carlsbadca.gov prior to commencement of the agenda item. Your comments will be transmitted to the Planning Commission. If you desire to have your comment read into the record at the Planning Commission meeting, please indicate so in the first line of your email and limit your email to 500 words or less.

View the Planning Commission agenda and staff report for more information.
Previous Actions
The City Council also proposed an amendment to the master plan and the Local Coastal Program to modify decision-making authority for discretionary development permits.

The Planning Commission reviewed the amendment at its April 15, 2020 meeting. The City Council is anticipated to review the Planning Commission’s recommendation at an upcoming meeting in early 2021. The Village and Barrio Master Plan approved by the Coastal Commission in October 2019 remains in effect.

Next Steps

  • Staff will return to City Council for consideration of a work plan, timeline, and resourcing strategy to address remaining master plan issues.
  • A public meeting with the City Council will be scheduled regarding the Planning Commission’s recommendation on an amendment to revise the decision-making authority for discretionary permits in the Village and Barrio.
  • A public meeting with the City Council will be scheduled regarding options for development of objective design standards, including the formation of an ad hoc design review committee.

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City of Carlsbad, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Virtual sneak peek of Cannon Art Gallery new exhibit

Join William D. Cannon Art Gallery Curator Karen McGuire for a virtual tour of the current exhibit, Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman, showcasing four local multigenerational women artists who each bring their own inspiration and vision to their work. View the video here.

Come see the exhibit in person! The gallery is currently open with limited capacity, following safety and health protocols, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only (subject to change). The exhibit runs through March 7, 2021 at the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane.
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Arts Commission meeting this Thursday, Nov. 5

The Carlsbad Arts Commission will meet this Thursday at 9 a.m. The Arts Commission meeting can be watched via livestream or replayed on the city website. You can participate in the meeting by emailing your comments to the Minutes Clerk at arts@carlsbadca.gov prior to commencement of the agenda item. If you desire to have your comment read into the record at the Arts Commission meeting, please indicate so in the first line of your email and limit your email to 500 words or less. The agenda includes results of the second round of the Community Arts Grants and an update on Arts Education programs. More Info

Music takes center stage virtually

Cultural Arts brings a wealth of musical experiences to Carlsbad this month. Watch and register for all programs on the Cultural Arts webpage.

Seffarine | International EnsembleNov. 1 – 5, streaming performanceThe musicians of Seffarine, soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp, supported by master musicians of diverse cultures, embrace and extend this rich legacy through explosive flamenco footwork, exotic instrumentation and grooving basslines.

Artist Talk with Seffarine Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., LIVE eventJoin host Branden Muresan, Mira Costa College faculty, on a journey through the minds of artists and discover what drives and inspires them through a live interview during virtual Artist Talks. Free with registration.

TAKE3 | Classical Crossover Nov. 18 – 23, streaming performance With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-defying trio, TAKE3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuses it with rock star charisma while performing their arrangements of top pop hits, Americana and classical favorites.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Front Row National | Chamber MusicNov. 25 – 29, streaming performance Cho-Liang Lin, violinist, performs Foss, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky. CMS Front Row events include live, HD performance video from the CMS archive, introductions by CMS Artists and end with a Q&A with the featured artist, hosted by CMS co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.More Info

Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation sponsors special holiday music program

‘Tis the season for ukulele! Jazzy Ash invites the whole family for an adventure to learn a new instrument and share the gift the music! Jazzy is a celebrated vocalist, writer, arts educator and tours the country performing jazz for young audiences. Through the generosity of the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation and in working with Giacoletti Music, families can register to receive a free ukulele kit which includes a ukulele and lessons (in English or en Español). Best of all, everyone has access to streaming beginner lessons, all created by Jazzy. Kit availability is limited on a first come, first served basis. For a timeline, additional information and to register starting November 2, please visit the Cultural Arts website. More Info

Three-Part Art launches virtually

In working with local schools, this free, multi-part arts educational program is designed to provide arts education experiences themed to the current exhibit Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman in the William D. Cannon Art Gallery. For the 2020-21 school year, Three-Part Art will be a virtual experience that hosts a scheduled live virtual gallery tour, a free art kit for each student and a Q&A session or an option to utilize a pre-recorded gallery tour with pre-recorded arts instruction. Three-Part Art runs through March 3, 2021. Registration is now open! Teachers may reserve a live virtual gallery tour and class art kits online at: www.carlsbadconnect.org.

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At-Home Art Projects spotlights female artists

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. In celebration of this anniversary, Cultural Arts has created At-Home Art Projects inspired by contemporary female artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Check back for new additions. More Info

Teens: Create your own graphic novel

Cultural Arts teamed with Carlsbad City Library staff to create a free make-your-own graphic novel art kit, which includes a guide and all the supplies needed to make a unique graphic novel from home. The Teen Art Kit is distributed through the Library’s curbside service and is available for students in grades 6-12 while supplies last. Reserve a Teen Art Kit by registering. Register today!

Chapters Cafe Now Open
Chapters Cafe, at Dove Library, has reopened for business Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a sandwich, hot drink or smoothie.
Get $2 off any sandwich with your “I voted” sticker!
Orders can also be placed via Grubhub.com.

Book Returns Open 24/7
Did you know our library parking lot book returns are open 24/7? Books may also be returned to staff during curbside services. For Dove Library, please enter off Dove Lane.
Even though fines are not accruing and due dates have been extended, we encourage you to return materials you’ve finished for the next person to enjoy. We’ve heard from some patrons that they’ve been waiting a long time for certain books and can’t wait to read them!
Please note that once you return items, they will remain on your account for a minimum of seven days due to the need to quarantine all library materials upon their return. Once the materials can be processed, they will be removed from your account.

Read all about all of the wonderful virtual activities, programs and more brought to you by the Carlsbad Senior Center in the October Newsletter

Carlsbad Libraries to Offer Computer Hours

All three Carlsbad City Library locations will offer access to computers and printing starting Tuesday, Sept. 29, on a first come, first served basis, at the following times:

Georgina Cole Library Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library Dove Lane Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Library Learning Center Tuesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Computer use will be limited to one hour per person per day. In addition to the computers, staff will be available to issue library cards and collect fines that may have accrued prior to March 15 (no fines are currently being accrued for items due between March 15 – Dec. 31, 2020). Other parts of the library will remain closed. Curbside service will continue to be available at all three locations Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
More information

We’re Here to Help
We’re available to answer your questions over the phone, through our chat service or by email. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 760-602-2049 or 760-434-2870, email librarian@carlsbadca.gov or chat with us.

Other Helpful Links

COVID-19 Latest Updates Bookmark this page to get the latest updates from the City of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Learning Center
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008


  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.

  2. Joanne Kontic says:

    I would like to help others during the Carona Virus and after by submitting questions to each newsletter. I waa diagnosed with Lupus 2003 and like to share my stories, experience, and educate people about Lupus. I am a life coach and helping other people now on my Facebook page with the same condition I have. If anyone has questions about lupus please submit them and I will answer them from my experience to educate people. I am spreading Lupus awareness.

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