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La Jolla’s ‘gems’ of the week: Wine monkies, solastalgia and sharks

Among the treasures at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., is a gift shop with make-'em-smile items such as this beverage sleeve, $10.50. Other X Store merch is on view at

www.mcasd.org/store

— Susan DeMaggio
NOW IN THE VERNACULAR

solastalgia:

noun. Distress or melancholy caused by a significant change to one’s local environment.

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TRUE OR FALSE?

Sharks have extremely sensitive hearing.

(True.)

They can identify much lower sounds than human ears can detect, and some can hear sounds more than 700 feet away. Some scientists think hearing is typically the first sense sharks use in detecting their prey.

Smell, however, could be the most remarkable of the sharks’ senses. Some sharks may be able to track their prey by smell from up to a mile away, probably by following a trail of microscopic particles of protein or blood.

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shark-world.com

WISH I SAID THAT!

“If you make children happy now, you will make them happy 20 years hence by the memory of it.”

— Kate Wiggin

HOT TICKET

“An Afternoon at The Riford.”

See all the changes made and the plans to come from 3 to 6 p.m. July 18 at the adult activities center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The party will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, tours, silent and live auctions, and an exhibit by 25 members of the Allied Artists Association with works for sale to benefit the center. A suggested donation of $25 is requested from each guest. Valet parking will be available. (858) 459-0831.