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La Jolla News Nuggets June 16

Alliance for African Assistance will hold an event to commemorate World Refugee Day at La Jolla Presbiterian Church.
Alliance for African Assistance will hold an event to commemorate World Refugee Day at La Jolla Presbiterian Church.

Breakfast set to honor San Diego’s refugees

Alliance for African Assistance (established in 1989 by Walter Lam) will be hold its 15th annual breakfast celebration to mark World Refugee Day, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, June 20 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave.

Guests will have the opportunity to hear from refugee speakers and performers who have been resettled in the area. Through this event, Alliance hopes to strengthen the connection between refugees and the larger San Diego community by bringing a diverse group together to celebrate the refugees’ new beginnings. Tickets are $40 at alliance-for-africa.org

Can you walk 30 miles this summer?

The challenge is on! Walk, run or swim 30 miles between June 18 and Aug. 13 with the reward of getting fit, staying healthy and receiving a “Parks Fit” T-shirt.

To enroll, visit any San Diego Park & Rec facility (rec center, pool, nature center, activity center or golf course) — including the La Jolla Rec Center at 615 Prospect St. Chose one activity or mix it up. A kick-off event will be a one-mile fun run, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at Morley Field, 2221 Morley Field Drive.

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The finale event is a 5K run/walk and family-friendly celebration, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road. More at sandiego.gov/parksfit

Tennis Club offers free clinic for ages 6-12

For over 25 years, the La Jolla Tennis Club has been hosting free, two-week tennis clinics for interested juniors, ages 6 to 12. This year, the tennis clinics will be held at The Bishop’s School courts, July 11-15 and July 18-22.

Clinics for ages 6-8 will be 9-9:50 a.m. and ages 9-12 will be 10-11:50 a.m. Due to space limitations, enrollment will be limited to the first 60 juniors for each age group. A registration form can be found at ljtc.org and mailed to La Jolla Tennis Club, 7632 Draper Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037. (858) 454-4434.

La Jolla High School Quiz Bowl team makes national playoffs

The weekend of May 28, La Jolla High School joined 271 top high school Quiz Bowl teams to determine who was the best at the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament, held at Hilton Anatole. On the Vikings team was Olivia Doehr, Vincent Doehr, Clay Halbert, James Malouf and Eric Wang, coached by Aaron Quesnell.

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La Jolla began the preliminary rounds with a four-game winning streak, in which they defeated teams from Minnesota, New Jersey, Missouri and more. They finished the preliminary rounds with a 8-2 record, which qualified them for the playoffs. La Jolla’s shot at the title ended when they lost to Manheim Township from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in round 20. Coming in 21st place, La Jolla finished with the best performance by any California team.

Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students who use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Participation in Quiz Bowl reinforces classroom lessons and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests.

Economist to discuss low oil prices at UCSD roundtable

Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, Shantayanan Devarajan, will speak as a guest of the UC San Diego Economics Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7 at the UC San Diego Faculty Club on campus. His topic will be “How Arab oil exporters and importers can benefit from low oil prices.”

Born in Sri Lanka, Shantayanan Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the UC Berkeley.
Born in Sri Lanka, Shantayanan Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the UC Berkeley.

The $50 cost to attend includes refreshments and parking. Discounts are available for faculty, staff, students and alumni. To register, visit economics.ucsd.edu/roundtable, e-mail econroundtable@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-9710.

Devarajan joined the World Bank in 1991. He was director of the World Development Report 2004, “Making Services Work for Poor People.” Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of some 100 publications, Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries.

La Jolla artist earns blue ribbon at the Fair

Judy Shufro with her San Diego County Fair-winning ‘Carrots’
Judy Shufro with her San Diego County Fair-winning ‘Carrots’
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La Jolla artist Judy Shufro won first place at the San Diego County Fair for her acrylic painting in the Still Life and Florals category. Riding a mini wave of success, she said she will also be exhibiting in the upcoming Friends of Riford Library summer show, “Life Speaks,” opening June 26 and “showing my work at Finches on Girard Avenue for the month of August.”

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Beginning June 18 (then every second Saturday), Shufro will offer free art classes at the library; children’s group meets 10-11 a.m. and adults 11 a.m. to noon. Materials will be provided. judithshufro.com

Construction Alert: Steer clear of I-5 and Genesee Interchange

Construction will make I-5 a nightmare June 17-26.
Construction will make I-5 a nightmare June 17-26.

From June 17 to 26, motorists can expect traffic delays at the Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue interchange. Crews will build new freeway on- and off-ramps and move traffic onto the newly constructed north side bridge, reports SANDAG. During this time, motorists can expect reduced lanes during the day and intermittent lane closures at night on Genesee Avenue between Science Center Drive and Scripps Hospital. During the weekend of June 24-26, there also will be intermittent daytime and nighttime closures of the on- and off-ramps to I-5. Once the traffic has been switched, crews will begin demolition of the old Genesee Avenue Bridge and construct the second half of the new structure.

Detours will be in place, but motorists and people on bikes are encouraged to avoid the area if possible during this work. To view the schedule of the planned closures and associated detours, visit keepsandiegomoving.com/genesee. Note: construction schedules are subject to change as closures are weather permitting.

The $105 million project will replace the existing six-lane Genesee Avenue overpass with a ten-lane structure that will include additional vehicle lanes, new bike lanes and sidewalks, and better accommodate current and future traffic demands in the San Diego region. The I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project is expected to be completed in 2017.


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