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  • Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    Kitchen Shrink: Crown jewel of the Christmas table - Italy's Panettone

    KITCHEN SHRINK: Even the most experienced and extravagant bakers across the lands with a keen knowledge of the behavior of yeast and its leavening properties, a background in culinary chemistry especially fermentation and PH levels, an instinct for perfect timing and precision equal to the Greenwich...

  • Mt. Soledad bunker's shocking history in La Jolla

    Mt. Soledad bunker's shocking history in La Jolla

    Most of the stories you hear about mysterious things atop Mt. Soledad — the Munchkin House, the troll bridges — are bunk. Except the one about the World War II bunker at 7110 Via Capri. That story is 100 percent true. Mt. Soledad residents, meet your neighbor — the Old Blockhouse. Nicknamed that...

  • A Stitch in Time for the Holidays: La Jolla knitting group offers warmth to those who need it most

    A Stitch in Time for the Holidays: La Jolla knitting group offers warmth to those who need it most

    Louarn Sorkin has busy fingers. She loves to crochet hats, scarves and baby items. Back in 2007, she decided to turn her crafty creativity into something much more than a hobby. Sorkin and her girlfriend, Donna Papera, started the Creative Yarn and Girlfriend Therapy Group. Today the group boasts...

  • Waylon Salon & Boutique celebrates year one in Bird Rock

    Waylon Salon & Boutique celebrates year one in Bird Rock

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Understanding the intricacies of hair is only part of what makes a successful stylist. Alli Hayes ought to know. Not only is she an experienced hairstylist herself, but she's the owner of Waylon Salon & Boutique in Bird Rock where she employs seven other stylists possessing...

  • La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    Carl Ekstrom shows this reporter a photo of himself surfing taken from the deck at Duke’s La Jolla, sometime in the 1960s. “That’s me, doing a bottom turn on an asymmetrical,” he says, beaming. “I’m going up into there.” Ekstrom, 76, doesn’t surf anymore, but his surfboard designs still will for...

  • People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    Editor’s Note: The “People in Your Neighborhood” series shines a spotlight on locals we all wish we knew more about! La Jolla Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com...

  • Veterans receive free PTSD therapy in La Jolla

    Veterans receive free PTSD therapy in La Jolla

    An artillery round rips through a concrete wall in the computer lab where Pablo Markesis is sending an e-mail to his parents. It lands 12 feet away from the U.S. Army specialist and fails to explode. This occurred in December 2009. But for years afterward, Markesis woke up right back in that room...

  • Christmas Parade kicks off holidays in La Jolla

    Christmas Parade kicks off holidays in La Jolla

    The streets of La Jolla were filled with the sights and sounds of the season on Sunday, Dec. 3 as more than 80 entrants — including a dozen floats — joined the 60th Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival down Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, including marching bands, drum and dance troupes, horses...

  • La Jolla Christmas Parade will hit the 60th year mark; Sunday, Dec. 3

    La Jolla Christmas Parade will hit the 60th year mark; Sunday, Dec. 3

    To fill the air with the sights and sounds of the season for the 60th year, the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival returns to The Village of La Jolla, starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. The 2017 theme is "Christmas Jewels" to commemorate its diamond year. For one special afternoon,...

  • Holiday Events Guide: Lots of Christmas cheer coming to La Jolla and San Diego County

    Holiday Events Guide: Lots of Christmas cheer coming to La Jolla and San Diego County

    From free film screenings to illuminated winter wonderlands and holiday choir classics, the month of December is booked full of seasonal celebrations and appearances by Santa Claus. Here is a rundown of the many events planned in La Jolla and San Diego County: Holiday events in La Jolla • To pick...

  • 'SANDY' WARHOL: Recalling the pop-art icon's La Jolla days

    'SANDY' WARHOL: Recalling the pop-art icon's La Jolla days

    La Jolla isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think Andy Warhol, but the pastey pop-art superstar actually combed the sunny beaches of WindanSea and La Jolla Shores in May 1968.

  • La Jolla Cove Suites completes remodel

    La Jolla Cove Suites completes remodel

    You wouldn’t know it from looking at the outside, but the La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites has undergone a major interior renovation, which was completed this July, at 1155 Coast Blvd. The rooms were redesigned to make each one more spacious and add beds. They were also repainted and new carpeting...

  • La Jollan to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

    La Jollan to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

    La Jolla High School junior Abigail Martin will join thousands of other performance lovers who will take to the streets of New York City for the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be televised 6-9 a.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday, Nov. 23 on NBC.

  • La Jolla Community Center holds sixth patron party

    La Jolla Community Center holds sixth patron party

    upporters of the La Jolla Community Center rocked in the treetops all night long at a 1950s-themed member appreciation party, Nov. 3 at the center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

  • La Jolla High School grads launch Invyte app

    La Jolla High School grads launch Invyte app

    Corbin Fargo and John Weil (La Jolla High Class of 2011 and 2012) have developed an app to ease the process of creating events and inviting friends to them. More organized than text messaging, more centralized than Facebook and less formal than evite, the Invyte app went live in August for iPhones...

  • DOG-EARED COPIES: La Jolla pooch pens book

    DOG-EARED COPIES: La Jolla pooch pens book

    The author shuffles tenuously over to greet me in the parking lot of his La Jolla apartment building. Talrich deYorkshire doesn’t seem very enthused about this interview. deYorkshire is a veritable J.K. Growling. His first book, a compendium of short stories called “Cur Vitae” (Latin for why life?),...

  • 92037 impostors trade on La Jolla’s name

    92037 impostors trade on La Jolla’s name

    “The name ‘La Jolla’ has become world famous for luxury and excitement,” reads the website for the Vista La Jolla Townhomes. That’s a good bet to explain why builders chose that name for a condo complex located at 4464 Via Billiante IN UNIVERSITY CITY. La Jolla Baking Company, La Jolla Biologics,...

  • Juan Reque: Sports-injury massage therapy to the stars ... and you!

    Juan Reque: Sports-injury massage therapy to the stars ... and you!

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: If massage therapist Juan Reque wanted to be a name-dropper, you could hardly blame him. His professional tennis clients alone include the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, for whom he worked five years as personal trainer and therapist. But happily for...

  • Two La Jollans among Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's 12 ‘Women of Dedication’ for 2018

    Two La Jollans among Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's 12 ‘Women of Dedication’ for 2018

    The Salvation Army Women of Dedication event, themed “Wonder Women,” turns 53 next year, and on Nov. 2, event chairs Kristy Gregg, Dee Ammon and Molly Cartmill hosted a reception at the La Jolla Country Club to reveal the 12 newest honorees. The 2018 Women of Dedication are: Deborah Cross, Suzi...

  • Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Cal Mann is a La Jollan who has always embodied the philosophy of giving back to his community. But recently, he felt a greater urge tugging at him to leave La Jolla for a spell to help others around the world. That’s how he ended up in Macedonia, working for the Peace Corps. Throughout his years...

  • La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival (WoW) heads to downtown San Diego and beyond, Oct. 19-22

    La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival (WoW) heads to downtown San Diego and beyond, Oct. 19-22

    La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival (WoW), a biennial adventure that has been bringing theater out of buildings and into the wider world since 2013, made a giant leap this year, moving almost all performances to downtown San Diego and beyond. As before, the four-day event will feature immersive,...

  • 100 Percent at 100 Years Old?

    100 Percent at 100 Years Old?

    Turning the big three digits doesn’t suck for everyone. Norman Smith reaches the milestone on Oct. 12. The former La Jolla resident is still tack-sharp and — other than the knee arthritis that put him in a wheelchair — isn’t falling apart physically, either. “It feels about the same as 90,” Smith...

  • Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

    Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

    Any La Jollan with half a brain realizes there’s no truth to the story of a former Munchkin colony on Mt. Soledad. Even Google points directly to dozens of websites debunking it. Yet this urban legend refuses to go away. Tourists, UC San Diego students and even some residents (mostly teenagers)...

  • La Jolla surf legend Bill Andrews' long wave goodbye

    La Jolla surf legend Bill Andrews' long wave goodbye

    The 73-year-old surfer, an icon to local tube-seekers since gracing the cover of Surfing magazine in 1964, is rapidly submitting to ALS.

  • Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

    Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

    La Jolla teenager Otto Lana participated in a first-of-its-kind swim with his school team, The Zombies, Aug. 21-22. The team was the first to complete the 24-nautical-mile swim in relay, swimming in 17 hours from Santa Rosa Island to Goleta in Santa Barbara. So far, only solo swimmers have finished...

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