La Jolla News Nuggets, May12


‘Billy Elliot’ meets his maker

La Jolla actor Luke Garbacz, who will be playing the title role in the California Youth Conservancy production of “Billy Elliot,” met the man responsible for the show’s music: Elton John. Before a late-April concert in Las Vegas, Luke and his siblings Matthew and Juliet (who also have roles in “Billy Elliot”) got a chance to meet Sir Elton, who composed all the music for the 2000 film of the same name, on which the play is based.

Of the encounter, Luke said, “It was really nerve-wracking but also really fun, and I was nervous until I realized he is a really nice guy and a kind person.” Matthew added Elton John gave the family a shout-out during the show, which was “really cool.” Juliet observed, “He was dazzling, especially his red jacket and shoes!”

The production runs matinee and evenings, May 28 to June 5, at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $22 ($18 for military, students and seniors) at

La Jolla garden tour set for Saturday

The 18th annual Secret Gardens of La Jolla tour is anticipated to raise $60,000 for the La Jolla Historical Society. The tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, with six “secret” La Jolla gardens open for viewing to be revealed the day of the event. The theme is California Living in Outdoor Rooms.

In each garden, there will be an artist working on a painting of that location, a musician playing tunes, and a tabletop arrangement done by various designers. Following the tour, the paintings crafted during the tour will be on display at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. for about a month.

The self-guided tour is $50 ($40 for members) with check-in at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. A map of the garden locations and the wristband necessary to gain entrance will be provided. The Cottage’s Secret Garden Boutique will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Get garden tour tickets at (858) 459-5335 or

Middle-schooler wins art contest

After an April weekend of community voting at La Jolla’s Riford Library and La Jolla Farmers Market for C2 Education’s Gallery of Dreams — an art show featuring work created by La Jolla’s young artists — Muirlands Middle School student Olive Winograd won a $1,000 scholarship.

On April 16, Olive presented her artwork, which showcased a “dream genie” and represents her hope “for everyone else’s dreams to come true.”

As part of the grand opening of support center C2 Education, 18 students submitted artwork to compete for a $1,000 donation from the tutoring company for a college scholarship. The community chose the top winners through a weekend-long voting campaign.

The Winograd family plans to save Olive’s winnings so she can attend a school in South Carolina to become an animator.

Socks needed for veterans’ Stand Down

Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins is hosting a sock drive as part of the 2016 Stand Down — an event where homeless veterans can gather downtown for haircuts, hygiene products and an extra set of clothes. During the Stand Down, held annually in July, there are never enough socks, her office reports. As a donation location, La Jolla’s Riford Library will have a collection bin set up during Atkins’ mobile office hours, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at 7555 Draper Ave. For more information, call (619) 645-3090 or visit

Puppy adoption at Farmers Market Sunday

La Jolla High School students will help facilitate a dog-adoption event during the La Jolla Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Sunday, May 15 at Girard Avenue at Genter Street. Puppies from the non-profit organization Mutt Scouts will be up for adoption. More information at

Scripps Health celebrates local cancer survivors

Scripps Health will host free public celebrations throughout the month of June for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community at large at each of its five hospital campuses across San Diego County, as part of its 25th annual observance of National Cancer Survivors Day.

The programs are open to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received. Events will include inspirational stories of survival, presentations on advances in cancer treatment and research, refreshments, musical entertainment and opportunities to connect with caregivers and fellow survivors.

La Jolla celebrations include 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Schaetzel Center, Great Hall, 9888 Genesee Ave. Register by June 10 at 1(800) 727-4777, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Valerie Timken Amphitheater, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road. Register by June 6 at (858) 554-8388.

Fleet Center launches photo scavenger hunt

This summer, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center challenges young scientists to a countywide photo scavenger hunt. Over the course of seven weeks, scientists will issue photo assignments via Facebook for San Diegans to capture science in their everyday lives. Challenge No. 1 is “faces in unusual places.” Use #ScienceIsEverywhere and tag the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on social media. When the goal is hit, scientists and science fans will unlock the next challenge. For every challenge unlocked, another prize is thrown into the pot. The top five submissions from each challenge will be featured in the center’s Live Exhibit. Find more information at

Community Foundation issues ‘beautification’ grant cycle

The La Jolla Community Foundation announced the theme for its next (and third annual) grant cycle will be “beautification.” With a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, nonprofits are welcome to apply with project plans to beautify an area within the 92037 ZIP code. Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000. The grant guidelines and application forms are at

Speech pathologist to offer free screenings in May

During Better Hearing & Speech Month (May) pathologist Penny L. Cohen of La Jolla Speech & Language 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, she said, adding that early detection is the key to a shorter, more effective, and less expensive course of treatment. Cohen’s office is at 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 340. Screenings take about 10-15 minutes. (858) 623-9345.

Coaches set summer sports training program

Coaches from The Bishop’s School will offer summer workshops in co-ed basketball, volleyball, and strength and agility that are open to students of all schools and the community.

Basketball clinics run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6-9, June 13-16 and June 27-30 for boys and girls in grades 3-12. $185 per session. For more information, e-mail Nick Levine:

Volleyball will be offered in three levels: Level one for grades 3-7 is designed as an introductory course for players with limited experience. Level two is for grades 7-10 as an intermediate course for players who can execute the basic skills of the game, but are now ready to apply them in game-like situations. Level three is reserved for girls who play at the high school varsity level. Registration $130-$180. For schedules and information, e-mail Jacqueline Gomez:

The Strength and Agility program is designed to help athletes in grades 6-12, collegiate athletes, as well as adults, improve their overall athleticism, 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 13-July 20. $150 per week, $500 all six weeks. For more details, e-mail Charles Johnson:

SOHO salutes La Jolla preservationists

Three preservationists with La Jolla ties will pick up honors from the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) at the 34th annual People in Preservation (PIP) Awards next week — architect Trip Bennett for his work on the La Jolla Y Fire Station restoration and adaption, and Jeffrey Shorn and Charles Kaminski for their citywide efforts and their continued focus on La Jolla preservation from Rudolph Schindler’s El Pueblo Ribera at WindanSea beach to Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Shorn had an architecture and design office in La Jolla for more than 35 years, practicing as Pegasus Architecture + Design, Shorn + Kaminski Architects, and finally, in the last years, as Jeffrey D Shorn + Associates Architects. He supported La Jolla’s historic preservation efforts through his work with many La Jolla clients, as well as his presence on the Board of the La Jolla Historical Society and the San Diego Historical Resources Board.