Category archives for: La Jolla Life

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.”

Chef William Bradley brings French flavors to new La Jolla bistro

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Award-winning Chef William Bradley — one of only 160 chefs in the world and 17 in the United States to receive the designation of Grand Chef from Relais & Châteaux — is the executive chef and director of Addison, the signature-dining venue at The Grand Del Mar. Bradley recently lent his talent to another eatery operated by the resort: Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla. The new restaurant, which opened June 27 at 1205 Prospect St. (formerly the site of Amaya La Jolla), features classic French bistro fare.

San Diego Zoo hosts wild ‘n’ wonderful night at annual Rendezvous in the Zoo gala

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Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, animal education presentations by Conservation Ambassador Joan Embrey and staff, auctions, a glamorous gourmet dinner from Executive Chef Terry Guise of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, and dancing the night away to Wayne Foster Entertainment made “Wild Things: A Night in the Savanna” another memorable Rendezvous in the Zoo (RITZ) benefit.

Summer party ushers in a new year for La Jolla Newcomers Club

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La Jolla Newcomers Club hosted a “Summer Blast” party June 8, 2014 at the La Jolla Alta Clubhouse. Members gathered to give a big thank you to the board members and interest group chairs that served this past year and to welcome the new board. The tone of the delightful afternoon was set to music by Essentially Jazz, and chef John Bocuzzi of Verona Bistro prepared a scrumptious Italian dinner.

Picture Perfect: Photographer captures essence of La Jolla’s people, places in new book

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Photographer Nick Agelidis has transformed his love affair with La Jolla into a 102-page picture book.

Patches of Purple: Village Garden Club of La Jolla salutes donors to jacaranda tree project

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If you’ve ever driven past a jacaranda tree blooming with purple flowers throughout La Jolla and San Diego, odds are it was one of the 2,200 planted by the Village Garden Club of La Jolla since its inception in 1986. On June 4, 2014, members of the Village Garden Clubof La Jolla gathered at Kate Sessions Park to publicly recognize the donors who make it possible for the club to purchase, plant and care for the trees.

Kenny Loggins rocks at concert gala in La Jolla to benefit Promises2Kids

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Grammy winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins was the guest performer at the sixth annual “Dream On” concert gala June 9, 2014 at the hilltop home of La Jolla philanthropist Joan Waitt. A benefit for Promises2Kids, the event featured a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and music after sunset.

La Jolla Presbyterian Church says goodbye to retiring preschool teacher Betty Hilbert

Current and former teachers honor Betty Hilbert: (front row) Jenn Loper, Michele Chapman, Betty Hilbert, Julie Gibbs; (middle row) Susan Hinmon, Mary Jane Mitchell, Amy Jones, Mare Peddie, Connie Evans, Carrie Hicks; (top row) Tracy Martin, Valorie Anderson, Mary Lynn Carroll, Michelle Goeglein, Nena McGhee, Linda Martinico and Sandy Bacon.

La Jolla Presbyterian Church bid farewell to its preschool educator of 34 years, Betty Hilbert, at a retirement party May 31.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts will kick off the summer this weekend, June 21-22

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The 28th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts (LJFA) returns to UCSD’s Warren Field, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21-22, bringing for show and sale thousands of works of fine art, local cuisine, wine, craft beers and musical entertainment — including American Idol finalist, Casey Abrams.

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