The National Cheers Foundation, based in La Jolla, hosted its first gala, Fanta Sea En Masque, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Scripps Forum. The benefit raised funds to support non-profit women’s health advocacy groups and programs in San Diego. The gala entrance featured a Hall of Mirrors. Once inside, guests viewed Triton’s Treasures from local artists, feasted on dinner inside a magic genie bottle, and heard musical entertainment by NRG.
San Diego Symphony’s OPUS 2013 gala Oct. 12 began with pre-concert cocktails and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, which had models presenting its jewelry. Dinner followed at the University Club atop the Symphony Towers. The evening continued downstairs at Copley Symphony Hall where Kevin Cole performed George Gershwin’s American classic “Rhapsody in Blue” with the San Diego Symphony, conducted by San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling. The evening culminated with dancing, desserts and games of chance back upstairs at the University Club.
Alice Hoffman, author of “Survival Lessons” (among many other novels, short fiction pieces and children’s books) will be keynote speaker at the Words Alive Luncheon, noon, Nov. 12 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road.
Jack Munson, La Jolla resident and 10-year-old Monopoly master, won the YWCA of North Orange County’s eighth annual Monopoly Tournament on Oct. 19. Oh, and the competition is for adults. The eldest player was 74 years old, but young Jack won the $500 first prize — in real money.
La Jollans just couldn’t wait and got in the Halloween spirit early with events throughout the community. On Oct. 22, 2013 Warwick’s Books hosted a pirate party, where young swashbucklers heard stories and got to search for treasure. On Oct. 24, the La Jolla Shores Fall Fest brought out kids of all ages for games, music, candy collecting and more. Once there, families got to see the spook-tacular decorations at Barbarella. Muttropolis also hosted its annual Howl-O-Ween costume contest on Oct. 25 and it featured 43 canine contestants.
Shores Fall Family Fest: Sixth annual event hosted by merchants along Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Hullabaloo Band, raffle, face painting, food, costume parade, jumper and more! Tickets: $5. (619) 840-3482. lajollashoresmerchants.com
Oct 23, 2013 | Posted in La Jolla Life
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Organizers report that $1.25 million was raised at the 11th annual Voices for Children’s Starry Starry Night gala on Sept. 28, 2013 at Rancho Valencia Resort. The funds will be used to provide more than 400 more foster children with CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates). These volunteers work directly with the children, speaking on their behalf in the courtroom and community.
The Riford Library in La Jolla held another wonderful art reception, this time for the new show titled, “Fresh Paint: Impressions of California Plein-Air Artists,” and it was a Jim Dandy. The library art gallery climbed another rung on the ladder to the stars with this exhibition, which features the work of 15 of California’s top plein-air artists.
The La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association (REBA) is partnering with the La Jolla Kiwanis Club and the La Jolla Village Merchants Association on the 5th annual Pillage the Village event, 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The event, in which Village merchants give out treats to children on Halloween afternoon, has grown into a tradition over the last couple of years on a par with the annual Holiday Open House. Participating merchants will display orange and black balloons at their entrances.
UC San Diego’s 10th annual “Dinner in the Library” was held Sept. 12, 2013 in the Geisel Library building. The evening’s festivities included a presentation by author, poet and critic Jay Parini on “Books That Changed America.” The Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy was presented to John A. Berol, who as founding member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Board, provided consistent philanthropic support to the libraries, including the establishment of the June Waterous Berol Reading Lounge in the Biomedical Library building. Event proceeds will support UCSD libraries’ most pressing needs, including collections, resources and services.