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La Jolla High School student Ana Gimber with her dog, Paco. Courtesy

Two sides of one coin

May 28, 2015, 10:44 a.m.

During her last few months of middle school in 2011, La Jolla resident Ana Gimber had a lot on her mind. Chiefly, preparing to start high school at La Jolla High. She said she felt anxiety and some depression as her final year of eighth grade came to a close, but as soon as summer hit, she felt uplifted and energized once again. What she didn’t know was underneath the seemingly normal teenage behavior for that time of year, the ...

Summer Fun Guide 2015: Clip-and-save list of La Jolla events and San Diego arts & entertainment

May 27, 2015, 9:45 a.m.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872 ■ Night Owls: Mural Crawl, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Meet at the Athenaeum and enjoy a pre-walk glass of wine and Stone Brewing Co. beer while you explore the art-filled walls of the library, before heading out to explore the murals (and bars) of La Jolla. Tour leaves at 7 p.m. Lynda Forsha will explain the murals against the backdrop of the setting sun. ■ Flicks on the ...

Bonnie Dumanis

La Jolla Community Calendar May 28-June 3

May 27, 2015, 9:17 a.m.

DA to Talk About Leadership ■ San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will speak to the community about her career and leadership as a guest of the La Jolla Woman’s Club, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at 7791 Draper Ave. Catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Free, but limited seating. RSVP by May 29 to (858) 454-2354 or Thursday, May 28 ■ Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. ...

This plaque honoring Nathan Krissoff, son of Christine and William Krissoff, will be dedicated May 25 at Mt. Soledad. Brother, Austin, also served in the Marines.

Mt. Soledad Memorial Day Ceremony to salute Krissoff family

May 22, 2015, 11 a.m.

It was nearly five years to the day after the 9/11 attacks that Marine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, a counterintelligence officer with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, deployed to Iraq on Sept. 6, 2006. Just three months later, in the early morning hours of Dec. 9, as he and three fellow Marines were returning to base after combat patrol in a town on the outskirts of Fallujah, Krissoff’s Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb. Nathan bore the brunt of the ...

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, ...