Category archives for: La Jolla Life

‘The Orphan of Zhao’ opening draws crowd to La Jolla Playhouse

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The opening night party for “The Orphan of Zhao” July 11, 2014 at La Jolla Playhouse was attended by sponsors, board members and the press with rave reviews coming from all. Some critics have likened the epic tragedy to the Chinese version of “Hamlet,” starring BD Wong. It runs through Aug. 3 on La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandel Weiss stage on the UC San Diego campus.

Scenery for the Greenery: New sculpture exhibit blooms at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

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Any time of year is a good time to visit San Diego Botanic Garden, but now is particularly inviting, with the recent installation of the fourth annual “Sculpture in the Garden” show. The garden itself is a beauty, boasting 37 acres filled with almost 4,000 types of plants from around the world. The sculptures, placed in appropriate settings throughout the garden, provide an added feast for the eyes.

Mmm Mmm Good! Hundreds gather for annual Kiwanis Club of La Jolla pancake breakfast

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Kiwanis Club of La Jolla’s 51st annual pancake breakfast July 19, 2014 at La Jolla Recreation Center fed and entertained more than 900 attendees. Noting that the primary purpose of the party is for the community to come out and have a good time, event organizers proclaimed the event a success — especially for the kids under age 10 who can eat for free.

La Jolla YMCA gets new name after $5 million donation

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The La Jolla YMCA will get a new look and a new name next year thanks to a $5 million donation from the McKinney family of La Jolla.

Patrons feted at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library dinner party in La Jolla

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The Athenaeum hosted its 25th annual Patron Dinner on June 23, 2014 at the music and arts library, 1008 Wall St. The membership library is home to an ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music and librettos, as well as a significant collection of artists’ books. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz and new music), lectures, studio art classes, tours and special events.

Grants awarded to children’s charities at St. Germaine luncheon in La Jolla

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St. Germaine’s annual Membership and Grants Award Luncheon took place June 10, 2014 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. In attendance were outgoing and incoming St. Germaine officers (and a few doing both) plus representatives of 13 San Diego child abuse prevention agencies receiving grant checks. One of these, Hannah’s House, was also chosen to receive the annual Barbara Christensen Heart of San Diego Award.

UC San Diego’s Geisel Library draws revelers to Steampunk Tea in La Jolla

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Steampunk. It’s more than a fad for dressing up in neo-Victorian costumes and UCSD Library recently held a Steampunk Tea.

National Charity League San Diego honors young women from its Ticktockers class of 2014

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This year’s National Charity League San Diego graduating class (Ticktockers) included young women who completed the six-year program and were presented at “Once Upon A Time … Her Story Begins,” a celebration in their honor at the Hyatt Aventine during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.

Saucy sailors, pirates and lasses show up for Meals on Wheels’ Buccaneer Ball in San Diego

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Meals on Wheels’ Buccaneer Ball (aka Swashbuckling for San Diego Seniors) was held June 14, 2014 at the San Diego Sheraton Resort and Marina on Harbor Island. Some 300 guests were in attendance to raise $175,000 for the program that brings hot meals to the ill and the elderly. The pirates in attendance partook of a silent auction, cocktails and the 5th annual Chef Appetizer Challenge, and then dinner and dancing.

Keeping it Simple: La Jolla native has Sumi-e, Japanese-art exhibit in Balboa Park

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Sumi-e art is all about simplicity, said La Jolla native and artist Lauris Phillips. The strokes are minimal to show the “essence” of a subject. Even the word is simple, when broken down. Sumi means “ink” in Japanese, she said, and adding the –e changes the meaning to “ink painting.”

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