April 2, 2020
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Storm water is not a friend to Coast Walk Trail. Luckily, Brenda Fake is. The La Jollan, who lives adjacent to the trail, is attempting to raise $18,000 to $20,000 to repair major erosion that has occurred due to rains and pedestrian use. So far, she’s got $4,500. Friends of Coast Walk Trail — which Fake founded in 2011 with Paul Teirstein and residents north of Coast Walk Bridge — wants to resurface the trail, level the walking path and remove invasive vegetation along the trail, which runs west of Torrey Pines Road between Coast Walk and Cave Street.
Nearly all of La Jolla’s religious institutions and churches have moved their services online in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government’s mandates against social gathering. Here is a roundup of how local clergy are holding daily or weekly services through live-streaming and recorded videos.
It’s not just because she’s the president of La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) that Ann Dynes has a unique perspective on La Jolla’s parks and beaches. From the balcony of the condo she shares with her husband (former University of California president and UC San Diego chancellor Bob Dynes), she overlooks the park and the beach at Whale View Point. Dynes also helped found the San Diego Parks Foundation; worked with La Jolla Conservancy; and with the LJP&B board, advises the City Parks & Rec Department on improvements needed for La Jolla’s parks and beaches.
For the past 28 years, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) has shown up for both the community and the San Diego Police Department, providing extra eyes and ears to deter crime, check in on the elderly and serve as overall “ambassadors of goodwill,” while on patrol in specially marked cars cruising through La Jolla and Pacific Beach neighborhoods.
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After living a bicoastal life in which she found success as a model, teacher and author, Doris Sutton celebrates her 100th birthday this week in La Jolla.
Shelter to Soldier honors its Red Star corporate sponsors at a recent reception. The nonprofit organization adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans.
La Jolla residents are facing the coronavirus pandemic the same as they do everything else — in different ways. Some only leave their homes for non-essential trips, others spend more time outdoors. Some fear for their lives and livelihoods, others look for silver linings. All of this is due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 executive order mandating California’s 40 million residents to stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs and errands, acquiring food, seeking medical care or getting some exercise.
For April Winograd and Betsy Witt, etiquette is never antiquated. The La Jolla friends, who have supported each other through parenthood and worked side-by-side philanthropically for more than a decade, are now partnering in business together to bring modern manners to the community.
County officials announced Monday new emergency regulations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 including a ban on all gatherings of 50 people or more, the immediate closure of all adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and restrictions on in-dining options.
La Jolla Community Center began its 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series on March 3 with an evening presentation by international fashion icon Zandra Rhodes, who colored the program with her stories about decades in the industry. The event, which boasted a registered 84 attendees, kicks off a series the Community Center believes will be its best yet.
Broadway star Lulu Lloyd is back home in San Diego after following her dreams to the Great White Way. She said she is home to help others wishing for similar success by launching The Broadway Clubhouse with after-school classes on all things Broadway.
It’s no secret that greatly admired La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps greatly admired Abraham Lincoln.
To the world, Barry Goldwater was a five-term Arizona Senator, the architect of the modern conservative movement and the 1964 Republican presidential candidate defeated in a landslide by Lyndon Johnson.
As this issue of La Jolla Light went to press, a few local businesses reached out to inform the community how their services have changed with the limits imposed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Art of Elan will be presenting Brooklyn-based violinist Johnny Gandelsman at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla, playing all six of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello — on violin. And it won’t be in The Conrad’s concert hall, but in the intimate cabaret space called The JAI, where attendees can precede the musical feast with light bites and cocktails.
More and more of us are turning to plant-based diets, whether for health reasons or environmentally-conscious ones. So the hunt is on for protein sources that don’t bleed, yet are satisfying, hearty, tasty and versatile. I broke down last week, and tried a batch of “cheat meat.”
Often overlooked or discarded, the bookmark — or “quitter strip” — has recently begun enjoying recognition as a book-lover’s faithful companion with its own holiday: World Bookmark Day. UC San Diego’s Geisel Library celebrated the occasion, marked for the fourth year on Feb. 25, 2020 by hosting a make-your-own bookmark event along with a weeks-long exhibit of unique bookmarks.
A 1964 graduate of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Christine Oatman has devoted most of her adult life to art-making and teaching. Her work has been shown locally and nationally, and for 36 years she taught art in city schools and community colleges, often doing collaborative projects with elementary school students. Her current exhibition at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library — “Stories of Innocence and Experience” — invites visitors of all ages to step into a 1950s-era classroom, and it’s more of a full mind-and-body experience than a regular art show. This is one class you won’t want to miss, and it’s closing March 7, 2020.
Some folks love to spend a leisurely Sunday morning strolling the stalls of a gourmet farmers market, scoping out seasonal offerings from local growers and purveyors, and feeling like part of the community. A couple of Sundays ago, I joined a group of intrepid foodies in a farmers market trip on steroids — an adventure that began in the state-of-the-art Studio Kitchen, San Diego headquarters of Specialty Produce, the glitterati of fruit and vegetable sellers. There, the first in a series of “Food as Medicine Cooking Classes” was launched by Chef Christina Ng, chair of the Berry Good Food Academy, a non-profit that embarks on benevolent food programs.
Artist Cherry Sweig is bringing a collection of angels she “found” in Venice, Italy to her native La Jolla, hoping to inspire those who view them to look at, up, through, and into the images as she did. “Finding Venetian Angels” will debut with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at the St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church’s Gallery by-the-Sea. For the exhibit, Sweig produced a profound number of works inspired by her recent stay in Venice.
On the evening of Feb. 8, 2020, almost 1,000 art-lovers and techies turned out for the opening of “Illumination,” at San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in Balboa Park. Subtitled “21st Century Interactions with Art, Science and Technology,” the show paired 16 local artists with scientists from seven different La Jolla-based research institutions to see what kind of artworks could result from their interactions in the fields of Global Health, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Touch-Screen Technology. The artists and scientists seemed to appreciate the opportunity to connect with each other, and an additional 10 artists were invited to create their own works on similar themes.