North County Business Briefs, Dec. 11: ‘Holiday Spectacular’ in Carlsbad; new restaurants in Vista, Oceanside


‘Holiday Fun’ Friday at Shoppes

The Shoppes at Carlsbad is hosting a free all-day “Holiday Parade” on Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will include live music and dance performances and arts and crafts from local schools. The elves will be making balloon animals and doing face painting all day. Santa’s Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will appear from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mrs. Claus will read four classic stories. The Grinch and Cindy Lou will be appearing from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Shoppes of Carlsbad at 2525 El Camino Real. Go to


A new Center for Mental Balance has been opened

Mind Balance, a drug-free program that helps adults and children improve focus, behavior, social skills, cognitive function and emotional well-being, will open its third San Diego County location at 165 S. El Camino Real, Suite E. The new center will help students and families who may struggle with social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges. The program aims to strengthen brain connectivity through physical and sensory motor exercises, academic skills training, healthy nutrition, and confidence-building activities to get to the root of anyone’s challenges. Other locations are in Carmel Mountain Ranch and Chula Vista. Call (858) 324-5545 or visit

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Sammy’s founder opens a new restaurant

Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner at 339 N. Cleveland St. Opened in, by Sami Ladiki, creator of Sami’s Woodfire Pizza & Toast Gastrobrunch. The new location is close to the beach promenade and houses a carte blanche bistro and bar. Toasted has expanded to include a full dinner menu but retains brunch favorites from Toasted Gastrobrunch (formerly in Carlsbad) such as brisket hash and stuffed French toast. Dinner will include favorites from the Sami menu as well as new dishes. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with dinner served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and half-off items, and Dinner is served from 6 to 9 p.m. Military personnel receive a 20 percent discount. Go to

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The Vietnamese restaurant is moving to Vista

Pho Truc Xanh at 770 Sycamore Ave. Opened in, serves Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant was previously located at Center City Parkway and Mission Avenue in Escondido. Specialties include a full line of pho soups, rice vermicelli dishes, banh mi sandwiches, vegetarian fare and Chinese specialties. Hours are 10:30 am to 3:30 pm and 4:15 pm to 8:30 pm daily except Tuesday. Call (760) 536-9291; Visit

North County

Cybercrime webinar offered by SDCCU

San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a free webinar Wednesday afternoon with cybercrime expert Randy Lawrence, who will provide an overview of different cyberattack methods and explain how to reduce your risk. Learn about current trends, including scam emails and phone calls from the IRS, phishing attempts and malicious mobile apps. The webinar is open to the public, but virtual seating is limited and reservations are required. Register at

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Free contractor workshops are available

The San Diego County Department of Purchasing and Contracting along with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties provide several free lunch and learning workshops. Workshops explain the San Diego County contracting and procurement process. The next webinar is “Eligibility Test/County of San Diego Small Business Program,” scheduled for Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Register at

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