‘Shopping Spree’ to raise money for La Jolla Community Center renovations

Ongoing renovations at the La Jolla Community Center in WindanSea include this copper-lined entryway arch.

If you go
What: Autumn Shopping Spree and Wine Tasting
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
Where: La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
Cost: $25
Contact: (858) 459-0831
Website: ljcommunitycenter.org

The La Jolla Community Center (formerly the Riford Center) will host an Autumn Shopping Spree and Wine Tasting event from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 to raise money for ongoing renovations to the center.

Painter Dottie Stanley and other artists will sell their works during the La Jolla Community Center’s Autumn Shopping Spree and Wine Tasting event on Oct. 20. Pictured here is Stanley's 'The Cheetah.' Courtesy

An array of local artists and merchants will sell everything from handbags and furs to orchids, hand-painted scarves, jewelry, artisan cheeses, paintings and glass and ceramic pieces. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit the La Jolla Community Center renovations.

The event will coincide with the unveiling of the center’s new art installation.

Admission is $25 and includes free valet parking, food, music, wine, a silent auction and free mini-massages.

To date, $219,000 is still needed for planned but yet-unfunded upgrades to the center. Ongoing renovations include the addition of raised lettering for the entrance archway, new flooring, glass entry doors, lighting and the addition of custom “beach cottage casual” furniture, to give the center a warmer, homey feel.

Community center board member Sherry Ahern (in black) and executive director Nancy Walters discuss an ornate WindanSea-themed bench that will be added to the front of the center, by ceramic tile artist Laird Plumleigh. Design and installation of the bench is being paid for by an anonymous $10,000 donation.

Already completed renovations, including a new entryway that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), were funded through federal and county grants, and gifts from individuals and groups such as the Las Patronas and Kiwanis Club of La Jolla.

A party for La Jolla Community Center donors is planned for 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

“This is an ambitious project, but we want to have an asset for the community that’s very clean and durable, and makes someone feel very comfortable when they come in,” said the center’s board chair, attorney Glen Rasmussen.

–Staff Reports

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla Community Center needs funds to finish renovations
  2. La Jolla planning group wants another review of Riford plan
  3. La Jolla panel advances Riford front access plan
  4. La Jolla’s Riford Center regrouping for the future as it launches fundraising drive
  5. Debate over Riford Center ADA access continues

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Posted by Pat Sherman on Oct 12, 2012. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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