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Academy coaches potential candidates

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce offers a four-week Candidate Academy to educate, inform and prepare potential candidates on the realities of running for and serving in public office. This nonpartisan seminar series will provide training and resources and allow participants to interact with business and civic leaders. If you have ever wanted to run for office but didn’t know how to start, this series will show you how. Sessions are from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August at 5934 Priestly Drive. Cost is $129, or $49 for college students. Visit Contact Kathy Steffen at

Nonprofit names leader

Beacons Inc., a Carlsbad-based nonprofit that supports adults with diverse intellectual abilities in life planning, vocational training and social recreational activities, has named Kimberleigh Kopp as its new executive director. She will oversee Beacons’ third site expansion since 2018, and continued expansion of its programming. Kopp was an executive director managing 22 K-12 schools, as well as a lead teacher of educational technology. She brings 15-plus years of experience in education, as well as a demonstrated record of grant writing and working with underserved individuals. Visit; call (760) 448-6230.


Super Dentists plan grand opening party

The Super Dentists location at 390 W. Valley Pkwy. is planning a free party to celebrate its grand opening. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 and will feature live music, carnival games, face painting, movie theater and more. Come for a free exam and X-ray from 8 a.m. to noon and receive a dental health screening certificate. The Super Dentists offers pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Half-off tickets to Sesame Place San Diego are available for those scheduling visits through Sept. 22 at any Super Dentists location. Call (760) 336-8478; visit

Register for financial workshop at library

The Escondido Public Library will host an information and registration session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the lobby for its upcoming financial workshop. A representative will be on hand to answer questions and to register participants for the workshop, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the library, 239 S. Kalmia St.


Learn how to use macros in editing

The San Diego Professional Editors Network hosts editor Jennifer Yankopolus on Aug. 12 for a two-hour virtual workshop on the world of macros. Macros are small computer programs that perform mundane editing tasks in Microsoft Word, such as correcting capitalization, inserting comments and identifying inconsistencies among proper nouns. No programming skills are needed.
The session is focused on Paul Beverley’s free library of more than 1,000 macros. Beverley will also be on hand to answer questions and
offer tips. The cost is $15 for SD/PEN members and $30 for non-members. RSVP no later than Aug. 10 at

Tax assessment appeals period opens

Applications are now available for San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2023-2024 to file an appeal. Applications and information booklets are available at Residents may also pick them up and speak with staff at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego. To file an application, taxpayers must have their parcel or tax bill number and property address, and must state their opinion of the property’s market value on the application. Mail applications and forms to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101-2471. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 30 or postmarked by midnight Nov. 30.

Free seminar offered on romance scams

San Diego County Credit Union will host “Online Romance Scams,” a free webinar presented by former San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, at noon Wednesday. The webinar is part of SDCCU’s Financial Wellness Wednesdays. Social media personality and meteorologist Jodi Kodesh will be interviewing Greenwood to discuss current romance scams and strategies to protect yourself. Virtual seats are limited and registration is required at

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