Feb. 23, 2020
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Construction in Kellogg Park began Valentine’s Day morning on what has become a valentine to late Scripps Institution of Oceanography rock star Walter Munk from his widow. Workers from Shaw & Sons poured and paved thousands of pounds of concrete between the children’s playground and a comfort station adjacent to Walter Munk Way. Then, they placed pre-assembled portions of a 2,400-square-foot tile mosaic in place. “The Map of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla Educational Plaza” (aka “The Map”) displays some 119 different species of sea life found just offshore in La Jolla Canyon.
About 200 people packed the La Jolla Community Center on Feb. 17 to witness a showdown between the six candidates for the March 3 San Diego Mayoral primary: Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, Rich Riel, Scott Sherman, Gita Appelbaum Singh and Tasha Williamson. A showdown is not exactly what they got, however. A dozen questions were posed by Ann Kerr Bache, president of La Jolla Town Council (LJTC), which sponsored the 90-minute event. Then, pre-selected members of the audience got to ask a dozen more questions. Each candidate received only one minute to answer, with no opportunities to follow up or address one another head-to-head.
Sixteen La Jolla Cub Scouts are now Boy Scouts, after a bridging ceremony that celebrated the work they’ve done to earn their new ranks. During the Blue and Gold Banquet, Feb. 12, 2020 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, Scouts in Pack 4 and their families dined together on a potluck meal, applauded those who earned awards for fundraising through popcorn sales, watched as several of the boys were presented with the coveted Arrow of Light award and cheered for the newest Boy Scouts.
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Against the wondrous background of sand and sea at the Marine Room on Jan. 22, ten San Diego non-profit organizations participated in a 74-year-old tradition and received generous grants from Las Patronas, a La Jolla organization with a long history of philanthropy.
With more than three successful decades in the restaurant business, longtime La Jolla residents Lehn and Ritch Goetz turned their attention to a new project: wine-making.
A Bird Rock business is revolutionizing the wine bar business, creating craft wines and pouring innovation into every glass. Lowell and Anne Jooste, the married owners of LJ Crafted Wines on La Jolla Boulevard in the heart of Bird Rock, explained how they’re helping to improve the community, one beverage at a time.
Here comes “Fly,” a new Wendy-centered musical opening at La Jolla Playhouse Feb. 18. And it’s offering a whole new Pan-orama, with a re-imagined Wendy taking center stage. Book-writer (and co-lyricist) Rajiv Joseph is a playwright best known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” and “Guards at the Taj,” which had a controversial production at the Playhouse in 2016. (I loved it.) “Fly” is an offbeat take on J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy,” a 1911 novel that was the Scottish-born, London-based writer’s follow-up to his hugely successful 1904 play “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up.”
From changing financial incentives for solar+storage, to new promising programs like Community Choice Energy and the growing importance of battery backup power during frequent blackouts, there is a lot for residents to prepare for in the new decade. For this reason, the San Diego Solar Experience is back for the fourth consecutive year, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 with five solar+storage seminars across the county followed by a celebration at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego. All events are free and open to the public.
La Jolla Historical Society’s next exhibition, “Tijuana 1964: The Photography of Harry Crosby,” opens Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 with more than 60 black-and-white photographs. The La Jolla Historical Society presenting an exhibition on Tijuana? Yes indeed, Historical Society executive director Heath Fox says: “There is a stereotype of what a ‘historical society’ is, focused on reporting the past of a defined geographic area ... but a 21st century museum cannot be so static. It must be dynamic, presenting programs that are fresh, thought-provoking and forward-thinking. We don’t think of La Jolla as a cultural island. We consider it in context to the City of San Diego and part of the Southern California/Northern Mexico megalopolis.”
Peter Yarrow — of the popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary — will perform a benefit concert in La Jolla on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The concert, to be held at a private home whose address will be identified only to ticket-buyers, benefits One Story at a Time and littlemercies.org, two non-profits that bring humanitarian aid and hope to refugees detained at the Mexican border. As you are about to read, the 81-year-old author of “Puff the Magic Dragon” — who spoke to the Light from his home in Manhattan — remains as committed as ever to his ’60s idealism, and has some very strong beliefs about what’s right for the future of this country.
It’s not often that married couples choose to work together in the time they spend not living together. But the lines between personal and professional were blurry for La Jolla Dental Boutique co-owners/Drs. Erez and Irene Nosrati since the day they met at a Starbucks at Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Irene was completing her dental degree and Dr. Erez was a resident in periodontics and oral implantology.
“Paintings are People Too” is the latest mural curated and installed by the Murals of La Jolla program. The large-scale, vibrant print of paintings floated against a photograph of a Berlin street hangs at 7661 Girard Ave., created by artist and UC San Diego professor Monique van Genderen while she was living in Germany.
Before a highly interested audience of community leaders and merchants at the Rec Center, Jan. 16, La Jolla Community Foundation chair Phyllis Pfeiffer and architect Mark Steele presented the first phase of a proposed project to create a new public plaza at “The Dip,” located at the north end of Girard Avenue at Prospect Street. The presentation, titled “La Jolla Village Streetscape Plan,” included a myriad of fresh ways these overdue changes could enhance the community.
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.
Mellifluous holiday tunes have quickly been replaced by a cacophonous chorus of sneezing, coughing and retching. And wherever you turn, someone is wearing an ominous blue surgical mask — to either shield themselves from airborne illnesses or prevent the spread of their own. Whether the threat is seasonal colds and flus, viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), or the many strains of Coronavirus, especially the current COVID-19, causing respiratory infections — they are all nothing to sneeze at.
The recent locavore soiree with sweeping views of the blue Pacific aptly titled, “Fishing for the Future,” drew a lively, packed-as-sardines crowd that started at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Sumner Auditorium, and then flowed to the Robert Paine Scripps Forum. The UC San Diego philanthropic event hosted by SIO benefited the state-of-the-art Marine Conservation and Technology facility currently under development. Speakers, panelists, culinary talent and guests read like a Who’s Who of sustainable rock stars.
If you want to view masterpieces from tomorrow’s Picassos to Kahlos, there’s no need to leave La Jolla.
In 1992, the mail received by La Jolla native Coleen Jan Paderewski drove her postal carrier insane with curiosity. He had never delivered an actual envelope from the White House to anyone before, much less two dozen in two weeks. Finally, the guy just blurted it out: “Who are you?!!” It can be safely assumed that the carrier was neither a big fan of classical music nor an American of Polish descent.
Two new exhibitions have opened at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla — “Christine Oatman: Stories of Innocence and Experience: Altered Mid-20th Century Children’s Books in Pedagogic Tableaux” and “Artists’ Books from the Steven Leiber Catalogs.” The exhibits are on display Jan. 11-March 7, 2020.
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