La Jolla News Nuggets June 9


Estate Sale for Mingei Museumfounder to be held in La Jolla

Continuing a legacy of art appreciation, an estate sale for Mingei International Museum founder and longtime La Jolla resident Martha Longenecker will take place June 16-19 at a residence to be announced. Proceeds will go toward continuing the art endowment in her name for UC San Diego students.

Treasures from India, Bhutan, Japan, as well as the Americas, including “museum quality crafts, textiles and ceramic from masters of historical and cultural significance, as well as mid-century modern furniture and a host of other eclectic pieces that pay homage to a legacy of craftsmen and women around the world” will be available, states a page dedicated to the sale on

A biography written by a family member indicates Longenecker studied art most of her life, and, inspired by the teachings of the revered 20th century Japanese scholar, Soetsu Yanagi – who coined the term Mingei, Min meaning all people and Gei, for art –founded the museum in 1978 in Balboa Park. During her tenure as museum director from 1978 to 2005, Longenecker directed the organization and design of 128 exhibitions drawing from Mingei International’s permanent collection and other museum and private collections. Longenecker died in 2013 at age 93.

Estate Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16-19, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19. The location will be announced after 9 a.m. June 15.

Athenaeum to house threeexhibits through June 11

See them while you can! The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall St., has three exhibits on view until Saturday, June 11.

For the 14th year, work by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History is in the Rotunda Gallery. The SDSU Art Council selects students from the upper division of the undergraduate or graduate programs and each of the award winners presents their artwork or thesis paper.

For the sixth year, the San Diego Art Prize spotlights established San Diego artists together with emerging artists. A panel selects the established artists and they, in turn, select a newbie. In 2015, the winners were Wendy Maruyama with emerging artist Peter Scheidt, and Roy McMakin with emerging artist Kevin Inman. The artwork for this year’s display is in the Clayes Gallery.

The North Reading Room has works from the art students of The Bishop’s School. The Athenaeum open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Free admisison. (858) 454-5872.

National Cancer SurvivorsDay events June 11-12

Scripps Health will host a free public celebration 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 11 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 Scripps’ 25th annual observance of National Cancer Survivors Day. in la Jolla, the event will be at Schaetzel Center, Great Hall, 9888 Genesee Ave. Register by June 10 at 1 (800) 727-4777.

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 treatment and research, refreshments, musical entertainment and opportunities to connect with caregivers and fellow survivors.

Weekly Parkinson’swalking group forms

A walking group for those with Parkinson’s disease has been formed and will continue to meet for weekly strolls in La Jolla Shores. Departing from the La Jolla Shores lifeguard station at 8:30 a.m. Fridays, those with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and/or caregivers are invited for a walk along the beach and companionship. Complimentary coffee served. Free. No RSVP needed. Got questions? Call (619) 723-5302.

Two young runners deemed ‘fastest in La Jolla’

During the La Jolla Kiwanis Junior Olympics May 14, Torrey Pines Elementary student Capri Lewis proved to be “the fastest girl” and French American School student John Guckian “the fastest boy” in the 400-meter dash. Held at Clairemont High School (due to La Jolla High School’s athletic field construction), students from La Jolla, Bird Rock and Torrey Pines elementary schools, joined students from Gillispie School, The Children’s School, All Hallows Academy, Evans School, San Diego French American School and Stella Maris Academy in a series of Olympic events.

The annual event is the pride and joy of the La Jolla Kiwanis Club and is staffed by more than 100 volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, UCSD Circle-K Club, La Jolla High School Key Club, University City High School Key Club, Mission Bay High School Key Club and staff from the La Jolla YMCA.

California Senate passes ignition interlock’s bill

The California Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in the State on June 1. The breathalyzers would be installed in cars and impede the ignition if the driver’s level of alcohol in breath exceeds the limits. DUI offenders could have a device in their cars for up to a year. The bill is now headed to the Assembly for consideration.

Alameda, Los Angeles, Turale and Sacramento counties are part of a pilot program that requires ignition interlocks to offenders. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a nonprofit that helps victims of drunk driving, reported that the devices have prevented more than 1 million attempts to drunk drive in California. The organization applauded the bill sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill.

250 street miles repaired in San Diego this year

Eleven months after San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to repair 1,000 miles over five years, the city has completed a quarter of those miles. “Working together with the City Council, our neighborhood investments are paying off, especially in communities that hadn’t received the attention they rightfully deserved and the investments they required,” Faulconer said in a press release.

The Mayor has proposed $109 million in funding for street repair in the 2017 budget.

World Ocean’s day Beach Cleanup

To commemorate World Ocean’s Day, San Diego Coastkeeper is holding a beach cleanup 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at La Jolla Shores. The estimated address is 8302 Camino del Oro.

The first 50 volunteers will receive a self-standing reusable bag and a marine-themed rash guard (a neoprene shirt that can be used for swimming, snorkeling and surfing).

The events intends to raise awareness about San Diego underwater state parks, where extractions such as fishing or kelp harvesting are prohibited. Underwater state parks increase fish populations by providing a safe haven where fish can live and grow longer.

World’s Ocean Day is officially celebrated Wednesday June 8.