La Jolla News Nuggets Aug. 13

Bourgeoning Blossoms

One very large purple bougainvillea plant has grown to towering heights in La Jolla, drawing oohs and aahs from residents on the 2500 block of Ardath Road. The signature pink/purple “flowers” on its reaching vines are actually spring leaves ensconcing its tiny white flowers. Bougainvillea can grow up to 40 feet tall and can range in color from deep purple to pink, yellow and white. Due to its thorns and likelihood of shedding, neighbors were concerned the plant would be trimmed down, so La Jolla Light got a photo while we could!

Back-to-school bell rings in 25 days

County issues vaccination reminder

California law requires children to receive certain immunizations. This requirement is for students who attend private and public schools from kindergarten through grade 12.

Children ages 4-6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis — whooping cough), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.

Older children, like preteens and teens, need a Tdap booster shot to protect them against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that teens get vaccinated against human papillomavirus and meningococcal disease. Lastly, a yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza collecting school supplies

All Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill locations throughout California, including 702 Pearl St. in La Jolla, are collecting school supplies for children in need. Drop boxes are set up for the requested supplies, which include binders, highlighters, notebooks, pencils, pens and backpacks.

Sammy’s will also offer a $5 coupon to those who donate at least $5 worth of supplies. The offer is valid once per person and restrictions apply.