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La Jollan Sondra Berk receives institute’s honorary fellowship

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Sondra Berk of La Jolla, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on June 15, for her leadership and dedication to the Technion and the San Diego community. The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy.

Restaurateur of the Year: Sami Ladeki of La Jolla

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La Jollan Sami Ladeki, owner of Ladeki Restaurant Group, was born in Lebanon and has opened more than 35 restaurants and fine-dining concepts around the world since 1983. This summer, he celebrates 25 years of combining globally- inspired cuisine with locally-produced ingredients at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, with a variety of social media promotions at his 19 locations in Southern California and Nevada.

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.

Children’s welfare inspires Jeanette Day of La Jolla to work for justice

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Jeanette Day is an attorney who represents children. Due to her awareness of the unique, critical needs of foster children, she co-founded “Just in Time for Foster Youth” (JIT), a non-profit whose services help steer foster youth into productive adulthood. (More at JITFosterYouth.org)

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.

La Jolla Shores gathering celebrates surfing dog, book deal

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About 100 people met at La Jolla Shores June 8 to celebrate the publication of “Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions,” the story of a surfing dog and those whose lives she has touched.

Rocks, Rips and Reefs: Divers offer free instruction program in La Jolla

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The San Diego Council of Divers kicks off its 2014 season on Rocks, Rips and Reefs, an in-water education and site-orientation program for divers and snorkelers, 8 a.m. June 14 at Boomer Beach. The program is held on Saturdays.

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