La Jolla Community Center thanks benefactors at ‘reopening’ party
La Jolla Town Council trustee Sonia Marie Olivas of Harp Enchantment entertains guests in a room filled with paintings by artist and LJCC board member Dottie Stanley.
La Jolla Community Center
- Members: 400
- Annual dues: $100 individual, $175 couple
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and for special events
- Address: 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
- Phone: (858) 459-0831
- Web: ljcommunitycenter.org
By Pat Sherman
The La Jolla Community Center (LJCC) Board of Directors thanked the center’s donors at a Nov. 9 ribbon cutting ceremony where many of its recent renovations, including new tile flooring, an arched copper entryway, glass doors and a decorative tile bench, were formally unveiled.
Board CEO Ruth Yansick began by thanking the late philanthropist Florence Riford, who founded the center as a social club for local residents, later deeding the 1950s property to the City of San Diego.
Yansick also thanked District 1 City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner for obtaining a community development block grant for the renovations, as well as County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who obtained funding for the tile flooring in the entryway, hall and a new classroom.
Yansick praised the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, who she said stepped up “at a crucial point in the development of this building,” as well as Las Patronas, whose funding helped the center combine two rooms to create a multi-purpose classroom.
Architect Michael Morton of Marengo-Morton Architects, Pancho Dewhurst of GDC Construction and architect and board member Don Hodges were also recognized for their donations of time and labor.
“We just didn’t want to add a front entrance and a lobby,” Yansick said. “We wanted to give excellence.”
Yansick reminded those in attendance that the LJCC’s mission is to “promote lifelong learning, wellness, fitness, and health and friendship.
“We give a lot of free pro- grams to the citizens here,” she said. “Most people think that everybody in La Jolla is rich. That isn’t the case. … There are many people here who are living on (monthly) social security of $700 to $1,000. They have found their way over here. They have found a purpose by coming here and volunteering.”
Yansick said the center still needs $200,000 to $250,000 to complete its bucket list of facility upgrades.
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