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All hallows Academy fourth-grader Alex Goldman with his favorite picture of bonobo apes

La Jolla fourth grader raises $1,015 for bonobo apes

May 22, 2015, 9:56 a.m.

Inspired by an Earth Day project at school, All Hallows Academy fourth grader and La Jolla resident Alex Goldman raised more than $1,000 to help four orphaned bonobo apes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The focus of the project had to be on an environmental issue or an endangered animal. With an estimated 20,000-50,000 left on the planet, Alex decided to focus on the endangered, and often hunted, bonobo. “I wanted to teach my classmates about bonobo apes because ...

St. Germaine Children’s Charity president Wendy Neri, vice-president of programs Besty Witt, vice-president of publicity Nicole Hall-Brown, San Diego Rescue Mission’s Michael Johnson, St. Germaine vice-president of philanthropy Coco Bancroft and Rescue Mission development manager Robin Colberg. Teri Newlee

St. Germaine members fund grant to aid moms, kids at Rescue Mission

May 22, 2015, 9:31 a.m.

Anyone can become homeless. According to the San Diego County’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless, an estimated 8,742 people are homeless in San Diego County — living on the streets or in shelters. On any given day in San Diego, more than 1,000 homeless mothers and their children are struggling with life on the streets. On May 6, members of St. Germaine Children’s Charity gathered at a home in La Jolla to listen to an eye-opening, hour-long presentation on ...

Comfort Cub founder and La Jolla High school graduate Marcella Johnson (nee Millot)

To Have and To Hold: The Comfort Cub continues to console grieving mothers

May 21, 2015, 3:52 p.m.

Sixteen years ago Marcella Johnson (nee Millot) experienced one of the toughest things a parent can endure — the death of a child. Since then, the La Jolla High School graduate has been helping other mothers in the same situation heal and cope. But Johnson’s efforts don’t include peer counseling or support groups, or sending flowers or cards, but simply making a teddy bear. She founded The Comfort Cub organization to distribute the bears. Although The Comfort Cub only received ...

Bonnie Dumanis

DA Bonnie Dumanis to speak at La Jolla Woman’s Club June 3

May 20, 2015, 3:02 p.m.

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will be the next speaker in the La Jolla Womans Club’s leadership series. Dumanis will talk about her path to district attorney and opportunites for women in her field, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at the club, 7791 Draper, Ave. There will also be catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Seating is limited to this free community event. RSVP by May 29 to (858) 454-2354 or

Danny Green

La Jolla Community Calendar May 21-28

May 20, 2015, 2:50 p.m.

Fourth Friday Jazz ■ The music series returns with the Danny Green/ Peter Sprague/Tripp Sprague Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, May 22 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The program will include original new compositions as well as jazz and Brazilian standards. Tickets: $25 at the door, includes admission, hors d’oeuvres and free valet. (858) 459-0831. Thursday, May 21 ■ Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. ...

Sally Oxley

10 QUESTIONS: Helping children is close to Sally Oxley's heart

May 15, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

Sally Oxley is a board member of Watt Companies, which offer diversified real estate services across the United States to investors and partners, homebuyers and commercial customers. In this role, she draws on many years of experience to provide guidance, insight and direction to the company. Her career at Watt began at age 13 when she began filing and acting as the office assistant. Since then, she has served in many capacities, committed to carrying on her father’s legacy by ...

La Jolla Community Calendar May 14-20

May 13, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

Booksigning at the Library ■ La Jolla author D.N. Sutton, age 95, will autograph her latest novel, “The Carolinian Chronicles: Romantic stories of five generations of a French aristocratic family 1820-present,” 10 a.m., Saturday, May 16 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. Thursday, May 14 ■ Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. ■ Qi Gong, 9:30 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Gentle ...

It’s interesting how the trash is so gracefully balanced on top of the trash container in this photo taken Sunday, April 26.

OUR READERS WRITE: Come on now city! Step up trash pickup in the Village! ... plus comments about troublesome sea lions, Cove stench, Children's Pool and more La Jolla topics

May 8, 2015, 11:31 a.m.

— Opinion / Letters to the Editor / Our Readers Write — • Come on now city! Step up trash pickup in the Village! It’s interesting how the trash is so gracefully balanced on top of the trash container in this photo taken Sunday, April 26, early afternoon. I pulled into this parking spot in the Village on Girard Avenue and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And these store owners are paying high rent for this curb appeal ...

Tables design chair Nicole Velazquez and design co-chair Susan Barrera (Not pictured: Design co-chair Nicole Repp)

Ooh La La! The next Las Patronas' Jewel Ball will be manifique!

May 7, 2015, 9:14 a.m.

This year’s Las Patronas’ annual fundraiser, The Jewel Ball, will offer attendees all the romantic, glamorous joie de vivre of France. The La Jolla-based women’s philanthropy group unveiled the décor (and teased up some excitement for “Magnifique”) at a preview April 29 at the La Jolla Community Center. Design co-chair Susan Barrera promised lavender fields, hot-air balloons, chandeliers, candelabras, large paper flowers, bubbly fountains and Champagne. “We’ve taken everything we love about France — the essence of French romance — ...

Dennis Holland portrays hangman William Maledon in the musical ‘Rope,’ by La Jolla resident Mark Sickman, as staged in February during the Venus Theater Festival in New York City.

Something to Hang His Hat On: La Jolla playwright plans to stage his hangman musical ‘Rope’ in 2016 at San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Arts Center

May 6, 2015, 11:26 a.m.

Local playwright plans to stage his hangman musical ‘Rope’ in 2016 at San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Arts Center ON THE WEB: For La Jolla playwright Mark Sickman, seeing a production go from page to stage means paying close attention to what theater companies are looking for at any given moment. “It’s a difficult situation for the local playwright,” said the retired Chicago and San Diego advertising professional, who also runs a website for people who pen sports-themed poetry, ...

La Jolla Quaker Friends Ellie Hitchcock, in front of the meeting spot at 7380 Eads Avenue.

La Jolla Friends Meeting: Quaker group builds on concepts from the 1600s

May 6, 2015, 11:25 a.m.

Editor’s Note: This is the 13th in a bi-monthly La Jolla Light series examining various faith communities in our town and the people within them. Reporter Linda Hutchison and photographer Milan Kovacevic take us into the familiar buildings for insight on what goes on inside … and why. Read previous installments at Walking along Eads Avenue, just south of Pearl Street, it would be easy to pass the unassuming bungalow and not realize it is a house of worship. ...

La Jolla Community Calendar May 7-14

May 6, 2015, 8:53 a.m.

Soup’s On for Charity! ■ Empty Bowls will host its annual fundraiser to fight hunger and feed homeless people, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Local potters have created ceramic bowls for the event and area restaurants are donating the soups and breads. Guests choose a bowl to take home from hundreds on display for $20 and then have it filled with soup. Thursday, May 7 ■ Sunrise Rotary of ...

(Front Row) Lynn Mooney and Jean Kuisel (Back Row) Barbara Frickle, Jerry Kuisel and Bea Parnes

Vi at La Jolla Village thanks volunteers with a luncheon

May 5, 2015, 5:05 p.m.

A luncheon was held by Vi at the UTC-area La Jolla Village April 22 to thank volunteers who help enhance the lives of the retirement community’s residents. A total of 32 volunteers, some residents and some from the community at large, were honored and treated to a concert from La Jolla Country Day School junior Cameron Wirtz, who organized a group of student musicians to come perform. Volunteers facilitate concerts, craft projects and activity circles for residents to help enrich ...

2015 Mitzvah Award recipients are Susan G. Komen San Diego (represented by its executive director Laura Farmer Sherman); Evelyn (not pictured) and Ernest Rady,  and Joellyn and Ron Zollman (with Aliza and Zachary Zollman) at the Jewish Family Services' Heart & Soul gala, March 28, 2015.

PHOTOS: Jewish Family Services’ Heart & Soul gala salutes 2015 Mitzvah Award honorees

Apr 30, 2015, 10:02 a.m.

Jewish Family Services held its annual Heart & Soul gala, March 28, 2015 at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla. This year’s theme, Embracing Community, celebrated the accomplishments of the 2015 Mitzvah Award Honorees: Evelyn and Ernest Rady, Ron S. Zollman, and the agency’s partnership with Susan G. Komen, San Diego. Proceeds will benefit JFS’s work to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency, support aging with dignity, and foster community connection and engagement. • Click on VIEW GALLERY ...