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His calm, canine companion: La Jolla family with autistic son finds hope (and help) in assistance dog

Nine-year-old Otto Lana of La Jolla gets the reassurance he needs to face busy days from his service dog, Cara,

Shelley and Claudio Lana of La Jolla have an unpredictable life and they have to be prepared for anything. Their 9-year-old son, Otto, has autism, and the high social anxiety that comes with it, and is non-verbal.

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

National Charity League San Diego's Ticktockers class of 2014 (Courtesy Photo)

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.”

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.

Law and Junior League cast a spell over Andrea Nelson Myers of La Jolla

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Andrea Nelson Myers is an attorney at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, who specializes in resolving complex business and property disputes. She compliments her work by serving as the fund development director for the Junior League of San Diego. Myers re-launched the Junior League’s signature fundraiser as a Kentucky Derby-themed Food & Wine Festival, held annually at La Jolla Cove. In two years, she helped double revenue and increase attendance by 40 percent. She has been recognized as a “Woman Who Moves the City,” “Top Young Attorney” and “Young Influential.”

Junior Lifeguards spend a day in La Jolla

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San Diego Junior Lifeguards, in the midst of their month-long training, came to La Jolla at the end of June for some exercises in water safety.

La Jolla’s Mount Soledad Memorial Association seeks docents, volunteers

Mt. Soledad volunteers Docent Bill Sturgeon with Frequent Visitor Chloe

A highlight of Sturgeon’s bi-weekly shifts is connecting with his canine visitors.

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