The next UCCA general meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. at the Community Branch Library, 4155 Governor Drive. Agenda items include election of officers, Westfield UTC construction and retailers update, the Mid-Coast Trolley Project report, and former California Assembly Toni Atkins to discuss the state legislature’s 2017 schedule based on the results of state ballot measures. For UCCA info, visit universitycitynews.org.
Curie Craft Fair: Curie Elementary’s Annual Craft Fair and Carnival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school located at 4080 Governor Drive. Over 100 vendors will be offering handmade crafts and gifts. There will also be carnival games, photo booth, music, book sale, and a silent auction. Make sure to come hungry as lots of food will be available for purchase, including kettle corn, a Cake Walk, bake sale, and the Dad’s Club Grill. For info: curiepta.org.
Hall of Fame: The University City High School Hall of Fame Committee honored four new inductees. Since their graduation from UCHS, the four have all made a significant impact in their chosen fields. At a reception held in the Media Center, the alumni recalled high school memories, inspiring teachers and coaches, and the benefits of growing up in such a supportive community. They are:
n Colonel Susan Romito Davis, Class of 1987 Deputy Corps Chief of Army Medical Specialist Corps serving on Army interagency efforts on healthcare, research, and medical advances related to care of wounded warriors. She is a speaker, author and adjunct faculty member. A Physical Therapist for 20-plus years, she serves on the Army Surgeon General’s Staff.
n David Michael – Class of 1983 Professor of Practice, School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD. He is a leader of Boston Consulting Group that orchestrates emerging markets for Global Clients, a respected author and member of the World Economic Forum, and a TED talk presenter.
n Yari Allnutt – Class of 1989 The first soccer player inducted into the UCHS Hall of Fame. He has played collegiate and professional soccer in the U.S. and Mexico, is a two-time member of the U.S. national team and was a member of the 1992 Men’s U.S. Olympic team.
n Captain John Ring – Class of 1984 Assumed command of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in July of 2014 having served as executive officer from 2009-2011. He attended Air Force Command and Staff College and has served as Naval Flight Officer with Surface Warfare assignments, Carrier Strike Force and Nuclear Power Training.
Congrats to the well-deserving alumni for their patriotism, hard work, accomplishments, and the honor they bring to the community.
Blood drive: On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be taking blood donations at the Sprouts/Starbucks Marketplace on Governor Drive. If you plan on donating, please sign up at mysdbb.org. Walk-ins are welcomed. Donors are reminded to keep eating beans and greens in the days before giving blood, so as not to be turned away due to iron deficiency. The 2017 Blood Drives will be on Jan. 14, March 11, May 13, July 8, Sept. 9, and Nov. 4.
Senior inspiration: Proof that you’re never too old to do anything, two University City senior residents competed in the San Diego Senior Games at Mesa College in September. Iraj Hashemzadeh, age 76, earned a gold medal in both the 50- and 100-meter dash, and Noel Durkin, age 82, won a gold in the javelin event. The Senior Games are open to anyone over the age of 50 and are held in different parts of California, as well as across the United States. These two UC senior residents have inspired people to be active at any age. Info about the San Diego Senior Games Association at: sdseniorgames.org.