La Jolla Shores Association readies for big October events

October will be a busy month in La Jolla Shores, as the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) prepares for the expanded 10th annual Fall Festival, the unveiling of Walter Munk Way and an information-packed LJSA meeting next month. These events were discussed at the Sept. 13 LJSA meeting.

10th annual Fall Fest

The milestone 2017 Fall Fest is slated for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 and will feature, for the first time, a street closure of Avenida de la Playa between El Paseo Grande and Calle de la Plata to extend activities, which will include music from La Jolla High School and La Jolla Country Day School bands. There will also be children’s crafts, trick-or-treating, a photo booth and a dunk tank.

“You never know who might show up at the dunk tank,” joked LJSA member Sharon Luscomb.

For $10, a “passport” grants participants an item from participating merchants. The signature Fall Fest train will also provide rides up and down Avenida de la Playa.

Volunteers and participants of all ages are encouraged to come in costume. This year, LJSA chair Nick LeBeouf said he would like to see more board and community participation. “Ever since I’ve been on this board, La Jolla Shores Association has had limited participation, but this is a community event and I don’t think we’ve done our part. I’d like the board and the community to step up and support this festival,” he said, inviting anyone who might be in town to attend, and if they can volunteer, to contact organizers through enjoylajollashores.com

Walter Munk Way designation

Legendary oceanographer Walter Munk will be honored 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 — one day before his 100th birthday — when the La Jolla Shores boardwalk (aka La Vereda) will be renamed Walker Munk Way.

In an announcement about the renaming, City Council member Barbara Bry said, “Walter Munk is not only a world-renowned geophysicist, often referred to as ‘The Einstein of the Oceans,’ but he is a beloved local icon with deep roots in the San Diego community. … Munk is a pioneer of geophysical and oceanographic science whose research ranges from predicting the wave conditions for the Allied invasion of Normandy to climate change. The City of San Diego is proud to recognize Dr. Munk by naming a La Jolla Shores street in his honor. Our office has received an outpouring of support for this effort, and we look forward to unveiling the honorary street sign in the community.”

LJSA member Terry Kraszewski added, “We want to make this a grand event to honor him in the best possible way,” and that representatives from Scripps, UC San Diego and local government will attend. The event will be open to the public and hundreds are expected to attend.

Following the unveiling of the street name, there will be a party at the nearby Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way. The party will also be open to the public. Munk’s wife and LJSA trustee, Mary Coakley Munk, said she thought it was “incredible” that this event is coming to fruition.

A website has been set up to provide information on Munk, as well as details about the event as they are confirmed: munk100.ucsd.edu

Next meeting

Lifeguard Marine Safety Lt. Rich Stropky will provide summer rescue statistics — which are reportedly down from previous years — and there will be a presentation on smoke emitting from Kellogg Park, at the next LJSA meeting. Part-time resident Charlie Williams said, “I live in front of the park … and because of the fire rings, barbecues, and the portable fire pits that are showing up, there is so much smoke coming from the park, we’ve taken out our smoke detectors in our house.”

He asked the board to look at available data on the subject and the effect of smoke on humans, and offered an expert that could produce such data at the next meeting.

“I don’t want to eliminate the fires, but there is a way to reduce it and there are certainly simple solutions that you can to do to reduce the amount of smoke that is emitted in the park,” Williams said, and he noted that cigarette smoking is prohibited in the park, yet fire pits that produce copious amounts of smoke are allowed.

LJSA agreed to hear the data and discuss options for moving the fire sources to minimize impact on nearby residents.

La Jolla Shores Association next meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8840 Biological Grade on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus. A website is being developed for the group, where information will be posted. An agenda will be posted 72 hours prior at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.

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