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La Jolla Community Calendar July 2-9

Jul 1, 2015, 9:13 a.m.

Want to join Soroptimist? ■ Interested in becoming a member of Soroptimist International of La Jolla? Curious about what the nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of women and girls does? The club invites prospective members to its Social Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Location given upon RSVP to (858) 454-9156 or Thursday, July 2 ■ 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 ...

One day: 15 bottles

OUR READERS WRITE: Lots of drinking (and driving) on hilltop roads

Jun 26, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

Dear La Jolla Light and San Diego Police: “There’s a killer on the road, his brain is squirming like a toad ...” — Jim Morrison There is a recent and remarkable proliferation of dozens of littered miniature liquor bottles alongside Mt. Soledad roads. This image is of one day’s haul from the 1300 block of Olivet Street, the 1500 block of Soledad Avenue and the 7600 block of Hillside Drive. One day: 15 bottles. There were many more, all the ...

Betsy Witt, April Winograd, Nicole Hall-Brown and Wendy Neri attend the St. Germaine Children’s Charity annual Membership & Grants Luncheon, June 9, 2015 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

PHOTOS: St. Germaine Children’s Charity raises $175,000 to fight child abuse

Jun 25, 2015, 3:38 p.m.

St. Germaine Children’s Charity hosted its annual Membership & Grants Luncheon, June 9, 2015 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, where president Wendi Neri welcomed guests and grantees. St. Germaine’s donated $175,000 among 11 organizations whose daily work is preventing child neglect and abuse: 1) Angels Foster Family Network, for foster parent recruitment, training, certification costs, support and retention. 2) Casa de Amparo, to support the Residential Services Program that provides care, counseling and support for 42 foster youth ...

Piper Groff, 7, of La Jolla poses with the clothes and supplies she asked for as gifts for her birthday, which will be sent to children affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Arigato, Piper!

Jun 25, 2015, 3:27 p.m.

La Jolla resident Piper Groff celebrated her seventh birthday June 14 with a unique request for gifts: She asked for new items of clothing for boys and girls, ages six months to 5 years, electric toothbrushes and toothpaste. Piper said she would send all the gifts collected to Helping Hands for Tohoku, an organization that helps those living in temporary housing following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Her mother, Stacey Groff, explained, “All these years later, there are still children ...

Sidney Crockett, January Knoke, Cali Crockett, Casandra Early, Grace Crockett, Lucy and Roxy Parkinson

LOLA supporters linkup to clean La Jolla beaches

Jun 25, 2015, 3:16 p.m.

Twenty-seven supporters of Limited Off-Leash Access at the Beach (LOLA), ages 3-78, assembled to clean South Casa, Cuvier and other La Jolla beaches as part of the California Coastal Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach program Saturday, June 20. The program permits people to adopt a beach by committing to cleaning the beach at least three times each year. Working for several hours, the group was able to collect 26 large bags of trash and recyclables (estimated to weigh a total of 70-80 pounds). ...

Cal Mann of La Jolla

10 QUESTIONS: Intrinsic rewards of community service inspire Cal Mann

Jun 24, 2015, 2:38 p.m.

Cal Mann was born to a happy family of nine in an idyllic lakeside community near Seattle. He majored in industrial design and marketing, and spent college summers as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska. He moved to the New York City area to join and build a successful design firm, consulting for Tylenol, Jell-O, Frito-Lay and other top consumer product clients. His community service started in Connecticut as a Big Brother to a fatherless 9-year-old boy. His volunteerism continued ...

Conrad Prebys

Conrad Prebys donates $100 million to Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla

Jun 24, 2015, 2:21 p.m.

Philanthropist Conrad Prebys gave the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute $100 million on Wednesday, June 24 to speed the development of drugs and therapies, the latest in a series of huge gifts that have made San Diego a national leader in “translational medicine.” Prebys has donated more than $250 million for various causes and projects since 2007. The gifts include $45 million for the new Prebys Heart Institute in La Jolla, and $25 million to the nearby Salk Institute for Biological ...

Renata Ochabski in her La Jolla office

Eye-Opening Year: La Jolla ophthalmologist experiences highs and lows in 2015

Jun 24, 2015, 11:12 a.m.

Thus far, 2015 has been a tumultuous year for La Jolla ophthalmologist Renata Ochabski: She started her first year as head of the Polish Medical Association, received a couple of honorariums from political officials, and saved her husband’s life during his heart attack. A native of Poland, Ochabski has had a practice on Girard Avenue for 15 years, screening patients for and treating eye conditions. She said she came to America in 1981 and immediately felt patriotism for her new ...

La Jolla Community Calendar: June 25-July 2

Jun 24, 2015, 9:23 a.m.

Think you know tide pools? ■ Laura Jordan-Smith will offer an in-depth workshop for adults and teens featuring live demonstrations that reveal the flora and fauna found in local tide pools, 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657. Thursday, June 25 ■ 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. (858) 453-6719. ■ ...

National League of Young Men, 9th Grade/Class of 2018 — FRONT ROW: Mitchell Morrison, Ben Albence, Nathan Miller, Elliot Austin, Cole Browning,Zach Albence, Teddy Dykstra, Hudson Liu, Mason Matalon and Liam Brinton. — BACK ROW: Cole Wolf, Dan Grushkevich, Tanner Ruane, Tyler Shapiro, Tyler Roberts, Matt Buckley, Max Leonard, Oliver Parker, Carwyn Gambling, Ethan Wagenseller, Miles Matalon

La Jolla’s National League of Young Men end inaugural year

Jun 22, 2015, 9:59 a.m.

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men celebrated its first year, saluting its 49 participants at an end-of-year banquet May 8, 2015 at Phil’s BBQ. NLYM is an organization for guys in grades 9-12 that guides their development into community leaders through involvement in philanthropic and cultural experiences, as well as protocol education. This year’s members volunteered more than 2,200 community service hours that included donation distribution, food delivery, beach and park cleanups, and helping to ...

The sign under the One Way arrow indicates the water used is recycled!

Letters to the Editor: June 18, 2015 Save the dirty looks folks, it’s recycled water

Jun 19, 2015, 12:04 p.m.

I have been planting the small roundabout located at the intersection of Bird Rock Ave. and Bellevue Ave. for almost eight years. Rather than having it adorned with decomposed granite that the city contractors put in, I replaced it with rich soil and plant flowers each season of the year. Now with the water drought our county and state are facing, I occasionally get unfriendly comments and stares while watering the flowers. Six years ago I put in an extensive ...

Prince Chapel by the Sea African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7517 Cuvier St., La Jolla.

Prayer vigil Friday, June 19 at Prince Chapel in La Jolla for Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina

Jun 19, 2015, 11:36 a.m.

In response to the recent shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina, Pastor Churck Norris of Prince Chapel by the Sea African Methodist Episcopal Church in La Jolla, will hold a prayer vigil 6-7 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 19. He released the following e-mail to the community and media sharing his plans: "By now, I know you've heard the horrific news concerning Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina. Unfortunately, acts of violence against places of worship are far too ...

William Bradley, executive chef of Addison at The Grand Del Mar, and host Bibi Kasrai of Harvard Cookin’ Girl during the 'One Chef, One Dish, One San Diego' cooking demo and charity fundraiser at Harvard Cookin’ Girl kitchens in La Jolla; May 19, 2015

Chef cooking demos at La Jolla's Harvard Cookin’ Girl raise funds for San Diego Food Bank

Jun 18, 2015, 11:22 a.m.

Harvard Cookin’ Girl kitchens at 7441 Girard Ave. in La Jolla kicked off its five-year anniversary by hosting the first in a series of charity events to benefit the San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.” William Bradley, executive chef of Addison at The Grand Del Mar, was the inaugural guest of the “One Chef, One Dish, One San Diego” series, and each subsequent event will also feature a behind-the-scenes cooking experience with some of the finest chefs ...

A monarch butterfly in Mary Ellen Morgan’s garden

A Gracious Host: La Jollan plants milkweed for monarch butterflies

Jun 18, 2015, 10:14 a.m.

In an effort to attract and provide a breeding place for the fiery-colored monarch butterfly, La Jollan Mary Ellen Morgan has dedicated a part of her garden to planting milkweed. Considered a “host plant” for the monarchs, milkweed provides a place for monarch caterpillars to grow and thrive before embarking on their transformative journeys. Her efforts started by accident three years ago. “I went to a nursery just looking for flowers for my flowerbed, and I found this pretty plant, ...