La Jolla Light News Nuggets: Sept. 7

September is library card sign-up month

Those who register for a library card (or already have one) can stop by the La Jolla Riford Library any time in the month of September, show a librarian your card and pick a prize from the treasure chest (ages 0-18), one per person. The library is at 7555 Draper Ave. Sign up for a library card at

Potato chip-loving sea gull busted

Last week, local photographer Sharon Hinckley said she witnessed a thief in action at Vons grocery store on Girard Avenue. “Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a photo of the actual robbery, however, I caught this cunning sea gull opening a potato chip bag and helping himself to an afternoon snack. He flew up onto the roof of the store by the time I got my hands on my camera!”

Mansionization talk is postponed

Although it was reported the Incentive Based Zoning for Coastal Development draft document would be discussed at the Sept. 7 La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting, organizers have since announced the presentation would take place at a later date. The regulations are in response to the increase in large, boxy houses being built on small lots. The draft document proposes a point system to allow developers to obtain a Coastal Development Permit if they integrate features recommended in the La Jolla Community Plan. A full presentation will be given at a date to be announced.

Registration now on for youth surf contest

Entries are being accepted for the annual WindanSea Surf Club Menehune + Junior Surf Contest, Saturday, Oct. 7 at La Jolla Shores. The “Granddaddy of all Junior surf contests,” the WindanSea Surf Club-sponsored Menehune features long board and short board divisions of multiple age groups for boys and girls 16 and under, including the popular Super Menehunes for ages 6 and under. The $60 entry fee includes admission to the pre-contest Pizza Party for contestants and their families, 6 p.m., Oct. 6 at a location to be determined. There will be surf movies, a raffle, heat sheets, and the introduction of special contestants.

Patrick Stewart will receive Gregory Peck Award at Int’l Film Fest

Iconic stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart (known for his roles as Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” movie franchise, Dr. Edward Roebuck on “Maybury” and for his voice talents) will be the recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema at the San Diego International Film Festival.

The award will be presented Oct. 5 at The VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel San Diego downtown. In addition, the festival (Oct. 4-8) will screen 117 films, among them 10 Narrative Spotlight Competition films, 18 Narrative Competition films, 12 Documentary Competition films, 5 Documentary Spotlight Competition films and 72 Short films. Screenings will be held in the newly renovated historic Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. Learn more at

La Jolla cottage gets national attention

Nationally circulated design magazine Cottages & Bungalows recently came to La Jolla to photograph a beach cottage bungalow for its Spring 2018 issue.

Residents may recognize Nancy Estrada’s home from its vibrant green door and blue shingles. The magazine’s editorial director Jickie Torres did a walk-through video touting the home’s style at

Veterinary Hospital offers free stay for Houston pets

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, 7520 Fay Ave., will offer free boarding to animals owned by displaced Houstonians staying with friends in La Jolla, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. “We have limited space in our Pet Resort, but we’ll help as many as we can,” said Stephanie Coolidge via e-mail at

Pumpkin sponsorships raising funds for Balboa Park display

Friends of Balboa Park are selling pumpkin sponsorships for $20, to ensure hundreds of big orange guards are part of the annual pumpkin display at the Botanical Building.

Reserve one online at or call (619) 232-2282.

This display is part of Friends’ seasonal programs in the Botanical Building: Easter lilies (spring), orchids (summer), pumpkins (fall) and poinsettias (winter).

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