La Jolla News Nuggets Dec. 4

Cabaret shows come to La Jolla: Society Cabaret plans to produce monthly evenings of entertainment at Forshaw Hall on the property of Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. at Ivanhoe Avenue. Opening weekend is Jan. 23-24 with performances starting at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) On Friday, Jan. 23, Craig Noel Award winner Sandy Campbell will sing American Songbook and musical theater standards. On Saturday, Jan. 24, Broadway veteran and San Diego native Allie Trimm (“13” and “Bye Bye Birdie”) will perform. Society Cabaret is a partnership between long-time collaborators Tim Heitman, Christopher M. Nelson, G. Scott Lacy and Paula Heitman, who’ve been producing shows at the Hotel Rex in the Union Square area of San Francisco. The group said they will “bring stars and regional entertainers to an intimate venue where the performers will provide an evening of storytelling through song.” Tickets from $25 at or (619) 535-1896.

Monarch gallery transforms: After seven years on the corner of Prospect Street and Ivanhoe Avenue, Monarch Arredond Contemporary (formerly Monarch Fine Art of La Jolla) reopens with a celebration 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at its new location 7629 Girard Ave. #C-2. The first display at the gallery is “Metamorphosis,” a group exhibition of international contemporary masters that speaks to issues of personal, societal and universal metamorphosis. The gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and by appointment Sunday and Monday.

Success for orphanage funding: Corazon de Vida Foundation, a nonprofit that funds the operations of 13 orphanages between Tijuana and Ensenada in Mexico, launched its San Diego chapter in early 2014. Their first chapter gala Nov. 18 raised $96,000 to fully fund Casa de Paz orphanage in the Valle de Guadalupe. The organization hosts monthly trips to visit the orphanages it supports, and will make its final trip of 2014 on Dec. 14. For more information, visit

Foundation has scholarships for 2015: The Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship program at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego is accepting applications for the upcoming scholarship cycle. Turk Scholarships are awarded on a non-discriminatory basis, regardless of religion, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

The need-based program provides up to 10 scholarships each year (of up to $10,000 each) to graduating high school seniors and those who have graduated within the last five years and have not yet attended a post high school institution. Funding is for students who meet program requirements and plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or a technical or vocational school.

Scholarships are initially granted only for the first year of post high school study, with no guarantee of future financial assistance. However, recipients may apply for financial assistance for additional educational years. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2015 at

Book signing: A veterans benefit Jeff Wolf, a La Jolla resident and author of the step-by-step guide “Seven Disciplines of a Leader,” will have a book- signing event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Eddy M’s Café UTC, 4250 Executive Square, Suite 125.

Book sale proceeds will benefit Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station. The San Diego-based non-profit serves members of the military, and proceeds from the book signing will be used for quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing for those injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Attendees can purchase the book at the event or by e-mailing Michael Adams at