It’s that time of year again to celebrate PQ. The Fiesta 2012 is dedicated to the parents who volunteer at the local schools but also starts a day early with the 5th annual PQ5K run. After you relish in the experiences had on Saturday at the run, be sure to gather your neighbors to join together to be part of the PQ Fiesta on Sunday, May 6. Whether you are vying for a seat on the PQ Town Council, a new homeowner in the area, a high school student accepting a community service award or scholarship, a native PQ resident with fresh ideas, or just wanting to learn about locals who have some professional advice, this day is the day for you.. to enjoy.. laugh.. have fun.. vote.. relax.. and just sit back and take in the energy that the PQ community exudes. Ole!


Education Starts with Family

Fiesta 2012 is Dedicated to the Parents Who Volunteer at Our Schools.

by RICHARD LAMBERTUS, Chair of the PQ Fiesta 2012

The “Fiesta de los Peñasquitos” presented by the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council is a street fair located in the heart of Rancho Peñasquitos, on Black Mountain Road between Twin Trails and Carmel Mountain.  On Sunday May 6, for the 17th year in a row, the Fiesta takes over the streets surrounding the Peñasquitos Towne Center.  It is the largest annual community sponsored event in 92129 and is an event not to be missed.   The theme this year is “Education starts with Family.”

Picture this:  both sides of the street lined with food vendors, rides, and entertainment… community non-profit groups and other local businesses manning their booths… crowds listening to great musical entertainment… political candidates telling us why they deserve our votes… kids enjoying animal balloons, bouncy rides, and face painting… and food of all types.

There are two stages to exhibit local groups singing and dancing.  For the kids, there is the Carnival Zone, Kids Pavilion by Home Depot, The Rad Hatter, and Skate Demonstrations by Willy’s Skate Shop.  This year we have something new: the PQ5K Fun Run on Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 12835 Black Mountain Rd.  Visit for additional information.
At many street fairs, it seems like many of the vendors and participants come from all over the metro area and have no vested interest in the community.  This street fair has done a great job focusing on local vendors & local entertainment.  Come together to celebrate the community.  You will see a street filled with smiling kids munching on cotton candy, kettle corn and snow cones.  Political banter between candidates and constituents, music, dancing, and a whole lot more.


Can you use the words “fun” and “run” in the same sentence? Absolutely, when describing the PQ5K Community Fun Run/Walk. In its fifth year, the annual PQ5K is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, as part of the Fiesta weekend of fun.  The unofficial 5K run begins at 8:00 a.m., with onsite registration available at 6:30 a.m.  Meet in the parking lot at 12835 Black Mountain Road to begin the easy 3.1 mile run, walk, jog or stroll through Peñasquitos. There are no fees and nothing to buy. A free pancake breakfast will be served at the finish line, where families can relax and visit. Also, the fire department will have a truck on display for kids of all ages to tour. After breakfast, participants may stay to assemble donated supplies for an elementary school near Camp Pendleton, where there is much need.

Visit the Fun Run website at for more information or to pre-register. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, but courtesy shuttles will be available from the finish line to the starting line based on volunteer availability. Donated school supplies may be brought the day of the race, or collected prior to the event by contacting Ken or Trish Wolsey at


The Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council (RPTC) recognizes the community service efforts of one student from each PUSD school located in PQ through an annual award announced each year at the Fiesta.  Traditionally, the high school awardees have received a $500 check, while the middle and elementary school awardees received an E series bond in the amounts of $250 and $100, respectively.  This year, the E series bonds will be replaced with gift certificates for educational supplies from a local vendor.

The exact qualifications and selection process for the annual Community Service Award are specified by each school.  This year the RPTC contacted schools in early March and requested they make their student selections by April 13 in order to honor them at the Fiesta.  Please inquire with your neighborhood school for more details regarding qualifications and the application process at your child’s school.


Every  May, Rancho Peñasquitos holds an election for the two-year Town Council positions at the Fiesta.
Would you like to get more involved in your community?  Run for an elected position on the Council!  The Town Council is made up of elected and appointed volunteers from eight districts laid out to coincide with the elementary school boundaries in PQ.  There may be up to four representatives from each district.  The Town Council is only possible because of the time and effort of those who volunteer.  If you have some time and effort to give, this may be your opportunity.  Read through the web site, to get an idea of the importance of the Town Council and where your efforts may fit.  Interested candidates must complete applications located on and mail completed forms in prior to April 22.

PQ Community Partners Display PQ Pride

A special thank you to the inaugural group of PQ Community Partners:

Andrada Dental
Marston Orthodontics
Patel family
Joanne Worrall– JPR Consulting, Inc.
Ratcliff family
Peters family
Surban family
Brad & Arlene Chang
O’Connor family

Visit and make a donation today.  100% of your donation will go toward grants, scholarships, and community events.  Because the Town Council is a non-profit organization, all donations are also 100% tax deductible.  In addition to feeling good about supporting your community’s efforts to be great, all community partners will receive a “PQ Community Partner” decal for your car or business window.  Let’s all display our PQ pride!


SDG&E has granted the PQ Town Council permission to paint artwork on 20 utility boxes in the community near Mt. Carmel High School on Carmel Mt. Rd. and near Westview High School on Camino del Sur.  There are approximately ten boxes in each area.

Phase 1 of the project focuses on recruiting talented high school artists whose work on these 20 boxes will beautify the  neighborhoods.  Paintings that are completed by May 1 will be considered for various prizes to be awarded at the annual Fiesta street fair on May 6.  Awards will go to the box or boxes best representing our community spirit.  To participate or for additional information visit





Fiesta Committee
Jerry Bouck
Richard Lambertus
Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff
(not shown in photo)
Rozanna Zane
Andy Berg
Vince Ruggiero
Roger Platt
Ken Wolsey
Christina Waddell
Rick Dieterle

[tabs] [tab title=”Booth Vendors”] B & B Kettle Corn
Bamboo Hut
Carmel Mountain Preschool
Country Kettle Corn
Eduardo Fernandez
Egyptian Delights
FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Matheny’s Wagon Works
Noonan Family Swim School
North County Soccer Park
Rancho Bernardo Republican Women’s Federation
Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance
Saling Jewelry
Superior Water
The Cambridge School
Vida’s Wonderful World of Sausage
Baja Grill
Welk Resort
Filipino Press
Renewel by Anderson
Ethel Cohen
All State Insurance
Henna San Diego
Micris Enterprises
Children’s Physicians Medical Group
Kinecta Federal Credit Union]



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92129 Magazine
Allies Party Rentals
Commission for Arts and Culture
County of San Diego

[/tab] [tab title=”Entertainment”] Rose Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance
Metatonic (a local Rock band)
Kealohilani Dance (Polynesian Dance)
Sleepless Pacific (Teen Alt Rock band)
Academy of Dance Arts

[/tab] [tab title=”Carnival Zone”] Carnival Zone
Kids Pavilion by Home Depot
Skate Demos by Willy’s Skate Shop
The Rad Hatter
Poster contest

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