Is your yard a breeding groundfor mosquitos?

San Diego County officials warn residents that West Nile virus season is back and two new invasive mosquitoes have arrived in town. West Nile virus is a disease transmitted to humans, birds, horses, and other animals, by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get the disease from feeding on infected birds and can later pass it on when they bite animals or humans.

In 2015, 44 San Diegans were infected with the West Nile virus, and six died from the disease. To watch a video showing how homeowners can help prevent their backyards and homes from becoming mosquito breeding grounds, visit

Gardender’s Market returns, May 7

Just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8, the La Jolla Garden Club’s annual Gardeners’ Market will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 on the patio at Chase Bank, at the corner of Girard Avenue and Silverado Street. Potted plants, flowers and baked goods will be for sale, offered with ribbons to give to Mom the next day. Proceeds support horticulture scholarships for local community college students. For more information call (858)-454-6227.

Young Artists asked to depict ‘home’ for museum contest

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is hosting its fifth annual “25 and Under Art Contest,” with this year’s theme “home.” MCASD invites San Diego artists, age 25 and younger, to submit their original artworks in any medium inspired by the places they call, or have called, “home.” Artworks can be submitted online at before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

A panel of judges will select the 25 finalists whose work will be displayed in the Showcase event, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at MCASD Downtown. Not only will the winners have their work displayed, but they’ll also receive gift certificates to Blick Art Materials.

The public is invited to cast their favorite vote on the museum’s Facebook page May 23-27, and in person at the Showcase event June 4. Winners will be announced at the end of the Showcase, once the final votes are tallied, in the following categories:

• Curator’s Choice, First Place: $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, a private, curator-led tour of the exhibition of the winner’s choice, and a year-long MCASD Membership;

• Curator’s Choice, Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials and a year-long MCASD Membership;

• People’s Choice (Facebook and showcase votes), First Place: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials and a yearlong MCASD Membership;

• People’s Choice (Facebook and showcase votes), Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a yearlong MCASD Membership.

La Jolla pathologist to offer free screenings

During Better Hearing & Speech Month (May) La Jolla Speech & Language Pathologist Penny L. Cohen will offer free speech and language screenings for children, teens and adults by appointment only.

Especially common in children, untreated speech and language disorders can lead to problems with reading, writing, learning and overall academic achievement.

Early detection can be the key to a shorter, more effective, and less expensive course of treatment.

Cohen’s office is at 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 340 and screenings take about 10-15 minutes. (858) 623-9345.

Remembrance, Hope and Freedom

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County will host the Holocaust Memorial Commemoration at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. San Diego’s commemoration — a day of reflection, reconciliation, and honor for our community’s Survivors — is one the largest in the country with more than 500 people expected to attend.

The theme this year is Remembrance, Hope and Freedom. As part of the theme, the Federation will host The Butterfly Project, an international education program that started in San Diego, which pays special homage to the children of the Holocaust. The event is free and open to the public.

La Jolla High earns national award

La Jolla High School is one of three San Diego high schools that received a Gold Award in the 2016 national rankings of America’s Best High Schools by US News and World Report.

Given to the top 500 of the nation’s more than 28,000 high schools, the magazine annually evaluates schools based on their students’ college readiness for the awards. Of the 28,561 high schools analyzed by US News, only 6,000 received gold, silver or bronze awards. According to the magazine, it evaluates schools based on four steps.

“The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and graduation rates as the benchmarks,” the magazine writes on its website. “For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.”

MCASD art auction slated for May 18

Local and international art will be up for grabs at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) auction. The biennial event will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at 700 Prospect St, La Jolla.

“This event is unlike any other in our city and has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated nights in San Diego’s arts scene,” said Hugh M. Davies, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO.

The 2014’s auction garnered more than $1 million to support the institution.

This year’s auction will offer a range of works, from paintings and prints to drawings and sculpture. Artworks will be on display in the galleries at MCASD La Jolla from Saturday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 18, the night of the auction.

Gold Circle tickets go from $250 for MCASD members and $275 for non-members. General tickets are $100 for MCASD members and $125 for non-members at