La Jolla news and community briefs
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On July 28, friends, family and fellow lifeguards held a massive memorial paddle out to celebrate the life of Chloe Buckley, a well-known San Diego lifeguard and professional surfer. As a surfer, Buckley was listed on World Surf League’s qualifying series at No. 76 in 2011. She was 27-years-old at the time of her death in a car accident. To donate to her Go Fund Me page, visit  PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA
On July 28, friends, family and fellow lifeguards held a massive memorial paddle out to celebrate the life of Chloe Buckley, a well-known San Diego lifeguard and professional surfer. As a surfer, Buckley was listed on World Surf League’s qualifying series at No. 76 in 2011. She was 27-years-old at the time of her death in a car accident. To donate to her Go Fund Me page, visit PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA
La Jolla college student launches vegetarian cooking workshops

La Jolla resident and viral food blogger, Erica Barry, has launched a new community initiative called SweetRoots Kitchen, which will feature a new workshop series to help girls ages 8 to18 explore the benefits of vegetarian cooking for nutrition, health, and leadership.

Barry is not new to the innovative food space. Her recipes and photographs have been featured by Martha Stewart Online, BuzzFeed, Food 52, The Kitchn, The Huffington Post, and Fox News Magazine.

Her first free workshop, “Totally Raw-some: Raw Vegan Recipe Workshop” will take place at the La Jolla Riford Library on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. “This is going to be one “raw-some” event that you won’t want to miss,” said Barry. Those interested in attending can register at sweetroots

In the upcoming workshop series, girls ages 8-18 will learn fundamental culinary techniques and concepts, taste a wide variety of ingredients and dishes, and explore a range of topics including the environmental and health benefits of a vegetarian diet. “

We believe that within each girl exists a confident leader, gracious team player, brilliant entrepreneur, and creative chef,” said Barry.

This month’s workshop focuses on raw, vegan snacks. Fudge brownie energy bites, zesty lemon hummus, and raw granola go far beyond celery and carrot sticks.

Mayor Faulconer, Bry reopen Doyle Community Park

Continuing his commitment to put neighborhoods first, on Aug. 6, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by City Council president pro tem Barbara Bry and community leaders to reopen Doyle Community Park in University City. This followed a period of much-needed equipment upgrades and park enhancements.

For the first time since it opened in 1993, the park received improvements to replace obsolete children’s playground equipment, rubberized surfacing, accessible play equipment and walkways to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, new picnic and tennis tables and a unique expression swing for parents and children to interact face to face.

The total project cost is approximately $255,000 funded in partnership with the Doyle Park and Recreation Council. 

Documentary on Fish surfboard design

Joseph Ryan – Freeway Project – will present the documentary “FISH” at the Ocean Beach Historical Society 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Water's Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

“FISH” is a look at the origin and impact of the Fish surfboard design and how it would influence surf culture 40 years later. The presenter will be Cher Pendarvis, surfer, artist and author.

The Fish surfboard design was innovated in Ocean Beach/Point Loma by Steve Lis in 1967.

Local surfers who are passionate about the fish surfboard are interviewed and seen surfing in the film, including Lis, Skip Frye, Jeff Ching, Stanley Pleskunas, Bird Huffman, Pendarvis, Mitchell Peligrin, Trevor Neilsen, Cory Edging and others. There will be appearances by surf greats Mark Richards, David Rastovich and others. 

For more information, visit 

La Jolla named one of ‘America’s 25 Best Beach Towns’ by Fodor’s Travel

“In a state made for beaching, La Jolla (derived from 'joya,' the Spanish word for ‘jewel’) offers the whole package,” the list read.

“There are beautiful white-sand beaches, to be sure, but its tiny village is filled with seafood restaurants, upscale boutiques, sophisticated cafés, art galleries, and even a playhouse co-founded by actor Gregory Peck back in 1947.

“Stroll along Girard Avenue and Prospect Street, peeking into Warwick’s(an indie bookstore), Legends Gallery (with paintings by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss), and other one-of-a-kind shops. Be sure to time it so you catch the sunset from shimmering La Jolla Cove (where you’ll also find the ubiquitous seals and sea lions).”

Athenaeum Jazz at TRSI: John Scofield and other major acts

The Athenaeum’s fall jazz program at The Auditorium at TSRI features rare local performances by some of the leading artists in jazz: master guitarist John Scofield in his newest band, brilliantly inventive cornetist Ron Miles at the head of a trio featuring Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, and the return of Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza.

Seating is limited and early reservations are advised. For tickets, visit or call 858-454-5872.

The fall series opens on Friday, Oct. 19, with a return by iconic Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield, who teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity.

Since the late 1970s, Scofield has been a major influence on jazz, continuously finding new and exciting avenues to reinvent himself as an artist.

In recent years, Scofield won two consecutive Best Jazz Album Grammy Awards for Past Present and Country for Old Men —for which he also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo—and has received resounding critical acclaim for his 2017 release Hudson.

UC San Diego names Addy Royal as track and field assistant coach

The University of California San Diego cross country and track and field programs are pleased to announce the addition of Addy Royal as new assistant coach beginning in 2018-19.

Royal previously served as assistant coach at Southern Oregon University, where she helped guide the men's team to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 NAIA National Championships, as well as leading the women's team to seventh place at the 2016 NAIA Championships.

In addition, Royal had a role in the development of six NAIA All-Americans during her two seasons with the Raiders.

"We are very excited to have Addy join our program," said UC San Diego cross country head coach Nate Garcia.

SD Coastkeeper, volunteers to clean up Tourmaline Beach

On Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m., join SD Coastkeeper for a cleanup at Pacific Beach – Tourmaline Surf Park. Tourmaline Surf Park is a great spot to surf and find gypsum crystals along the cliffs. Meet next to the public restrooms in the parking lot.

Driving directions:

From I-5 North or South: Exit Balboa/Garnet Ave/Grand Ave. Merge onto Mission Bay Drive. Head west on Garnet Ave. Turn right onto Mission Blvd. Turn left onto La Jolla Blvd. Turn left onto Tourmaline St. Park in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill.

• Meet at the location described, and look for the blue Coastkeeper pop-up tent. That’s where you’ll start your morning by signing in and borrowing cleanup supplies.

• Please wear comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers (individuals as well as groups) are welcome to participate and must sign this liability waiver. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the beginning of the cleanup to sign a liability waiver before the minor can participate.

• Registration is not required unless a group is larger than 25 people – to register please contact

• As a volunteer, you play an active role in determining the sources of trash on our beaches. During the cleanup, please be prepared to fill out a data card detailing the types of trash that you collected, and make sure to have your trash weighed when you return to the registration table at the end of the cleanup.

If it is lightly raining, they will hold the cleanup. If there are heavy rains, they will cancel the cleanup. To check the status of a cleanup, please see the San Diego Coastkeeper events calendar or visit them on social media.

For additional information, contact

Revolt Summer Surf Series to host PB surf contest

Revolt Summer Surf Series (RSSS) will host their second surf competition this summer at Pacific Beach Drive on Saturday, Aug. 11.

If you wish to compete, categories range from: Men’s and women’s open (18 and older), as well as men’s and women’s longboard, masters and women’s pro-am.

For the juniors and groms, categories will include junior women’s and men’s (17 and under), or grom boys’ and girls’ division (12 and under).

RSSS sponsors for this event are Ekzo, Kicker, SoulR, The Mavin Group West, Rock & Roll San Diego and The Hitmark Group.

For more information, or to sign up, visit
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