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University City High School student Mica Giaconi.
University City High School student Mica Giaconi.
UCHS student on ‘American Idol’

University City High School student Mica Giaconi took her musical aspirations up to a new level when she auditioned for TV show “American Idol.” Mica was selected to sing in front of celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry as part of the top 40 contestants. While unable to reach the finals, Giaconi is not done with her musical career. “I think with every new opportunity or gig, I come close to finding my own style,” she said. “I do think that every musician has their own vibe, and I’m still trying to find that.” Giaconi is active with the UCHS Music Club, and performs regularly with her father Daniel Giaconi at Pesto restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard. We’re sure to hear more of Giaconi’s voice in the future.

Taste of the Triangle celebrates 25 years

The popular Taste of the Triangle presented by EdUCate! returns on Friday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the fabulous PIRCH Showroom in the Westfield UTC mall. The special 25th anniversary event promises to be a glittering affair, starting with a special VIP Reception featuring specially selected wine and food pairings from 6 to 7 p.m. The VIP reception is for those who have contributed $500 or more to EdUCate! this school year and will get two tickets to Taste – so get your donations in. Taste prices have been reduced for the 25th anniversary. This year, tickets are: $50 in advance/$65 at the door for general admission, and $25 in advance/$40 at the door for school faculty and staff of the five UC public schools. The community is encouraged to sponsor local school teachers and staff. Tickets available at

During Taste, there will be entertainment, a 25th anniversary UC Trivial Pursuit Game, and restaurant tastes, including: Aaharn Thai, Amardeen, California Pizza Kitchen, Corner Bakery, Crossroads Deli, Eureka!, Farmer’s Table, The French Gourmet, Great Maple, Lorna’s Italian Kitchen, Outcast Grill, P.F. Chang’s, Rock Bottom, Snooze, Vitallity Bowls, plus more. The annual EdUCate! Silent Auction returns with baskets of all types to bid on, including restaurant packages, Padre tickets, New Orleans accommodations, and the much sought after school graduation day packages. Much more will be offered, and you can plan ahead as auction items may be previewed online. Thanks goes out to current event sponsors: Platinum – Caryl Lees, Sprouts Marketplace, Steve and Terri Gray, Valerie Upham; Gold – Nancy Beck, Katie Dunahoo, and University City Community Association.

EdUCate! is a nonprofit foundation established in 1993 with the goal of providing supplemental funds to all five University City public schools, through teacher and principal grants and funding programs such as the EdUCate! Math Academy and Jr. Achievement BizTown. To donate an auction item, become a sponsor, or volunteer, contact [email protected] More info about EdUCate! and Taste of the Triangle is at

Parenting workshop offered

On Thursday, May 2 University City United Church Preschool will be hosting a parenting workshop titled “How to Balance Love and Discipline.” Family coach and stress/anxiety relief specialist Hilde Gross will present a two-hour workshop wherein she will introduce the concept of firm and kind discipline, unconditional love, and the value of more action and less talk. She’ll help folks with tools to help them feel calmer and reduce arguing and yelling, while learning the difference between punishment, discipline and consequences. The workshop will be 6 to 8 p.m. at UCUC Preschool located at 2877 Governor Drive. Cost is $25 per person. For more information: email [email protected] or call 858-455-0336. Note that childcare is not provided, and is an adult only presentation.

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