La Jolla News Nuggets Jan. 15-22

Scripps to check all visitors for flu symptoms

In an effort to protect patients and staff from the flu, Scripps Health is putting in place a number of interim visitor restrictions at its five hospital campuses in San Diego County.

“With cases of H1N1 influenza rising quickly in the area, we are taking precautionary measures to limit the risk of

infection in our hospitals,” said Scripps Chief Medical Officer James LaBelle, M.D. “We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

The following restrictions went into effect Jan. 12, at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.

■ All visitors will be screened. Visitors displaying symptoms of flu-like illness will be asked to leave.

■ Children age 14 and younger will not be allowed in the hospital unless they are patients receiving treatment or have appointments. This includes lobbies, dining facilities and common areas.

■ Patients will be limited to a maximum of four visitors per day.

■ Exceptions may be allowed by infection control and department supervisors for special circumstances.

Scripps physicians also are reminding patients that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting the flu. Other precautions include washing your hands often with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding contact with sick people.

If you become sick, stay home from work and school to avoid infecting others. Check with your doctor to see if you should be treated with an antiviral drug.

Avoid the emergency room unless you are suffering from more serious flu symptoms, which include trouble breathing or shortness of breath; chest or abdominal pain or pressure; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting; flu symptoms that improve but then return with fever and a worse cough. More details at

Actor BD Wong named La Jolla Playhouse’s artist-in-residence

La Jolla Playhouse announced that Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong has been named the theater’s latest Artist-in-Residence beginning this month. The multi-month residency program is designed to give artists the freedom to focus on their ongoing body of work, while becoming fully immersed in all aspects of the institution, from the stage to the boardroom to the classroom.

In addition to developing his own writing and directing projects, Wong will act as a representative of the Playhouse and participate in artistic planning, education and outreach activities, lead master classes at UC San Diego and serve as a community liaison for arts advocacy in San Diego, among other Playhouse activities.

“BD Wong has a long history with the Playhouse, and it is incredibly satisfying to offer him the resources to develop his own projects while further integrating him into the Playhouse community, with a special emphasis on both new musical development and education,” said Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley.

Wong is the second artist to be named an artist-in-residence. The program was initiated last year with the appointment of scenic designer and UCSD graduate Robert Brill.

Artist ‘brightens’ hospital’s walls

Examples of “The Playful Art of Gabriel Rayes,” will be on exhibit at Scripps Memorial Hospital, 9888 Genesee, Main Corridor, through April 2.

The show will feature Rayes’ use of vibrant colors and clever distortions of landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Hotel del Coronado, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, The Arc de Triomphe, as well as calming Greek scenes, all designed to lift the spirits and bring a smile to the lips of patients and visitors.

Rayes is a member of the La Jolla Art Association and his works are often on display at their gallery at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, La Jolla.

Balboa Park art show accepting submissions

The committee behind “Prospectus,” the 40th annual Small Image Art Competition held at Gallery 21 in the Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park, is accepting submissions for its annual competition. Work must be original and completed within the last year. Work done under supervision of an instructor or work requiring special installation or handling will not be accepted.

Accepted media includes acrylics, ceramics, digital art, enamels, fibers, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oils, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolors and wood. First place wins $300, second place wins $200, and third place and Leslie von Kolb Memorial Award each wins $100.

The show opens to the public Jan. 31, with a 6 p.m. reception to announce the winners. Exhibit remains on display until March 1. Apply online at SIS_about.html

Humane Society seeks ‘Animal Compassion Awards’ nominations

San Diego Humane Society is accepting nominations for the third annual “Animal Compassion Awards,” which recognizes extraordinary people and businesses that support animals in our community. Those who have demonstrated an exceptional level of compassion toward animals will be recognized in one of the following categories:

■ Animal Impact Award: Recognizes the powerful and unique relationship between people and their pets. It will highlight how an animal has impacted a human life in an extraordinary way, or vice versa.

■ Humane Hero: Recognizes an individual, business or group that goes above and beyond to create positive awareness of animals and the unconditional love they bring to individuals.

■ Pet-Friendly Business: Recognizes a business that promotes and supports an extraordinary pet-friendly environment in the following categories: Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant, Best Pet-Friendly Hotel, Best Pet-Friendly Housing, Best Groomer, Best Pet Sitter, Best Dog Beach, Best Dog Park, Best Pet Boutique, Best Dog Wash and Best Boarding Kennel.

Nominations accepted through Feb. 13 at

Winners will be featured in the July issue of San Diego Pets Magazine

UCSD International Center to host scholarship benefit

The UC San Diego Friends of the International Center (FIC) will host its first 2015 Scholarship Benefit Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, with a Chinese New Year banquet and cultural program by Professor Chris Wills in the International Center at UCSD at the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane (at south end of Library Walk). Tickets $50-$60. Reservations required by Jan. 23. The team preparing the meal was honored with a Chancellor’s Award in 2012. For this event, on-campus parking is free. or

Athenaeum adds exhibits in north reading room

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall St. will now include exhibitions in the North Reading Room. “Silhouettes and Graphic Space,” artists’ books from the Athenaeum collection, are on display through Feb. 14. “PROCESS: Selections of Sketches & Small Works” will be on display Feb. 21-March 21. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. (858) 454-5872.