The Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) held its holiday party Dec. 3, 2013 at Voce del Mare restaurant on La Jolla Boulevard. The BRCC also held its inaugural Winter Walk, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 along La Jolla Boulevard with live music, interactive art, merchant specials and samples. During the walk, participants had the opportunity to purchase a decorative tile designed by artist Jane Wheeler to help complete the Waverly Wall mosaic in Bird Rock Park. The project benefits Bird Rock Elementary School. More information about the Bird Rock Community Council at birdrockcc.org
Women named Barbara from across La Jolla gathered Dec. 4, 2013 at Barbarella’s Restaurant in the Shores for the annual St. Barbara’s Day party and holiday toy drive. The Barbaras were treated to cocktails and appetizers on the restaurant’s patio. In getting to know one another, several of the Barbaras asked after whom they were named. The list included actresses, grandmothers and even one Barbara’s father’s former girlfriend (the one he didn’t marry, but wished he had).
Floats, marching bands, cowboys and beauty queens made their way down Girard Avenue in the 56th La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, Dec. 8, 2013. Local politicians and business owners, along with dance teams, the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and classic cars advanced the parade route with little elves-for-a-day running alongside tossing candy canes to the crowd.
Since 1974, volunteer members of the Greater La Jolla Meals on Wheels have been serving nutritious meals to isolated homebound seniors in La Jolla and University City. Seventeen volunteers with La Jolla Meals on Wheels received recognition for their service of five to 30 years at a luncheon event Nov. 14, 2013 at All Hallows Catholic Church.
La Jolla Community Foundation hosted a holiday party at George’s At The Cove on Nov. 21, 2013 to celebrate its members, its achievements and its plans for the future. At the event, Foundation Board Chair and La Jolla Light Vice President and General Manager Phyllis Pfeiffer recognized several members for their efforts on behalf of the foundation, and revealed that the 12th mural in the Murals of La Jolla collection had just gone up on the wall facing Jonathan’s Market. Foundation Executive Director Julie Bronstein announced that the organization is looking forward to implementing its “Partners In Grime” initiative to beautify and clean up the streets of La Jolla.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity, a private, nonprofit dedicated to ending the destructive cycle of child abuse, hosted its members and friends for Coffee and Conversation, Oct. 29, 2013 at the La Jolla home of Lisa Betyar and her husband, Karl Walter, owner of Old Venice Restaurant in Point Loma. The couple catered the event and welcomed speakers Annie Petersen, CEO of Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies; and Carol Davis of Paws’itive Teams and her therapy dog, Kiwi.
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla hosted its annual gala, “On the Track to Discovery,” on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Del Mar Country Club. The event’s honorary co-chairs were Roberta Burnham, Pauline Foster and Madeleine Pickens. The gala featured the merriment and inspirational spirit of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and celebrated the lives of two Institute luminaries, Board leader Duane Roth and co-founder Lillian Fishman. The lead sponsor was Life Technologies, Inc., and with support from gala patrons, $2.1 million was raised for biomedical research.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County hosted its 51st annual Gourmet Dinner on Oct. 24, 2013 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, where James Brennan, CEO of Enlightened Hospitality Group, was recognized as its “Person of the Year.” Brennan is a former Big Brother and a long-time board member. The night began with cocktails and seafood, sponsored by Donovan’s, and a silent auction with 50 items. The program that followed was emceed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and included a live auction of 10 incredible experiences, an address from Brennan, an inspiring video, and a cigar and brandy after-party.
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.