‘Shopping Spree’ to raise money for La Jolla Community Center renovations

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Autumn Shopping Spree and Wine Tasting


1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20


La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.




(858) 459-0831


The La Jolla Community Center (formerly the Riford Center) will host an Autumn Shopping Spree and Wine Tasting event from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 to raise money for ongoing renovations to the center.

An array of local artists and merchants will sell everything from handbags and furs to orchids, hand-painted scarves, jewelry, artisan cheeses, paintings and glass and ceramic pieces. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit the La Jolla Community Center renovations.

The event will coincide with the unveiling of the center’s new art installation.

Admission is $25 and includes free valet parking, food, music, wine, a silent auction and free mini-massages.

To date, $219,000 is still needed for planned but yet-unfunded upgrades to the center. Ongoing renovations include the addition of raised lettering for the entrance archway, new flooring, glass entry doors, lighting and the addition of custom “beach cottage casual” furniture, to give the center a warmer, homey feel.

Already completed renovations, including a new entryway that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), were funded through federal and county grants, and gifts from individuals and groups such as the Las Patronas and Kiwanis Club of La Jolla.

A party for La Jolla Community Center donors is planned for 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

“This is an ambitious project, but we want to have an asset for the community that’s very clean and durable, and makes someone feel very comfortable when they come in,” said the center’s board chair, attorney Glen Rasmussen.

--Staff Reports