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