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    Volunteers collect 130,000 pounds of trash at annual Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sep 17, 2018 | 4853 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers sign up to help clean up trash at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
    Volunteers paint a storage facility at South Shores Park on Mission Bay on Sept. 15.
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    At the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 15, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) harnessed the power of people to combat ocean pollution by mobilizing an estimated 7,000 volunteers at 106 cleanup sites in San Diego County, including four on-water sites. Volunteers including residents, corporate groups, and civic organizations turned their appreciation for the environment into action for the planet by choosing to do their part to protect and enhance their local communities. During this three-hour cleanup, volunteers improved the overall health and beauty of the natural environment by removing an estimated 130,000 pounds of trash and debris from the San Diego County. Among the debris, there were several notable odd items collected during the cleanup including: a disco ball, a stuffed animal tiger, 641 golf balls at one location (they were returned to be reused), a snowboard, and fake eyelashes.  Volunteers also restored the local environment through beautification projects such as mural painting, vegetation trimming, mulching, trail restoration, tree planting, and weeding. While priming a storage container that was covered with a mural at the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center, Mission Bay Park’s Senior Park Ranger Karolynn Estrada-Sparlin, said, “I am looking forward to seeing the final project, for years this has been in my head but now it will be reality thanks to all of you.” Coastal Cleanup Day was an opportunity for the community members to conserve in more ways than one. As part of the effort to boost zero waste practices, ILACSD encouraged all youth and adult volunteers to be more sustainable by choosing to bring at least one reusable item for the cleanup like a water bottle, work bucket, or gloves – and many stepped up to the challenge. Volunteers had the opportunity to showcase their creativity and commitment to zero waste practices by decorating reusable buckets to enter the Bling Your Bucket Contest for a chance to win prizes while celebrating sustainability.  Coastal Cleanup Day also received attention from several of San Diego’s elected officials who visited cleanup sites in their respective districts including Congressman Scott Peters; State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins; City Council members Barbara Bry, Lorie Zapf, Chris Ward, Myrtle Cole, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman, David Alvarez, and Georgette Gomez; County Supervisor Greg Cox; Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Councilmember Mark West; and National City Mayor Ron Morrison.  ILACSD organizes Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission as part of a global international event led by the Ocean Conservancy. Top tier supporters of Coastal Cleanup Day include the County of San Diego, Think Blue San Diego, The Coca-Cola Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Evans Hotels/The Bahia, and KFMB.  Coastal Cleanup Day is one of two annual countywide cleanups hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego that engages thousands of local families, community groups, and local businesses. Beyond countywide events, ILACSD continues to empower volunteers at hundreds of cleanups targeting specific neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In 2017, ILACSD mobilized over 31,000 volunteers who removed half a million pounds of debris from San Diego County. For more information about upcoming cleanups, workshops, or zero waste tips, please visitCleanSD.org.
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    Nicole Kay Clark – entrepreneur, model and ultimate ‘cool girl’
    by PAIGE FULFER
    Sep 09, 2018 | 43085 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection works with both local and global brands. Here, Nicole models Volcom's sustainable swimwear in collaboration with ISHINE365. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Cool Girl Connection collaborates with various brands that promote women empowerment and self confidence, such as this collaboration with She Emerges. / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
    Nicole Kay Clark and Ricardo De Jesus founded Cool Girl Connection.
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    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
    Nicole Kay Clark brings her fresh Southern California vibe to each and every collaboration, like the collab seen here with GypSea Dreams (an accessories line). / Photo by Ricardo De Jesus.
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    Nicole Kay Clark couldn’t be happier to now call Ocean Beach her home. “For years I had bounced between Florida, New York, and California while working in the entertainment industry,” she says.  After settling in Florida during school at Daytona State College, she was ready to make one final move.  “I had lived in Los Angeles in the past but it was too overpopulated for my liking. My mother had been living in San Diego, and offered to help me make the move so I took the opportunity and went for it! San Diego was my last shot at California. I absolutely love it here,” Clark says. Since moving to the west coast, Clark has blossomed to take the social media and branding worlds by storm. On top of modeling and participating in brand collaborations on her own, she even co-founded her creative agency called Cool Girl Connection.  “Photographer/ videographer Ricardo De Jesus (co-founder) and I work together as a team specializing in photo/ video production, social media management, and branding strategies. Our client list is as unique as we are and ranges from fashion to food brands,” Clark says. It was Clark’s 10-plus years modeling and acting that led her to change course and open her own agency. She decided to merge her knowledge from working at modeling agencies with her experience as a model/ actress to “come up with a game plan.” “Cool Girl Connection was born out of my desire to inspire girls to be themselves. Industry standards weren’t making room for ‘real’ girls so I decided to create a space that encouraged people not to be ‘models’ but to be ‘cool.’ The world needs more people that believe in the power of being themselves and we’re here to help encourage it,” urges Clark.  Cool Girl Connection is making quite the name for itself in sunny San Diego, recently working with brands including Reef, Dickies Girl, Skull Candy, Volcom, Billabong, Rocket Dog, and Tipsy Elves.  Clark even works with companies that allow her to travel in order to fulfill creative branding activations. For example, she recently traveled to Costa Rica for a collaborative shoot for Dang Foods, and is currently in Puerto Rico with De Jesus shooting new content. She constantly works on building her content and presence on social media. Between emails, photoshoots, and editing, Clark manages to remind herself to embrace the beautiful beach city she is lucky enough to call home.  “Most days at 10 a.m., I take a walk to the beach to give my eyes a break from the computer screen and allow for creative thoughts to flow. Once I get home, I write down the ideas that came to mind and start putting forth the effort to put my thoughts into action,” says the entrepreneur. Want to know more? If your company is in need of photo/ video content or social media management, Nicole Kay Clark can be reached at coolgirlconnection@gmail.com. Visit nicolekayclark.com and follow on Instagram @nicolekayclark, @coolgirlconnection for more information.
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    Museum of Contemporary Art redesign faces architects’ criticisms
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 07, 2018 | 14038 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Coast Boulevard facade of MCASD. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
    The Coast Boulevard facade of MCASD. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
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    The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) director and CEO defended the institution against a claim by international architects and historians who’ve branded work which will destroy the museum’s post-modern entryway as “a tremendous mistake.” One of two MCASD campuses, the oceanfront La Jolla branch has been closed since January 2017.  An addition/retrofit, scheduled to begin in October, will quadruple its current gallery space from 10,000 to about 40,000 square feet.  During reconstruction, the museum’s current entryway, designed by high-profile post-modern architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, will shift the entrance to the building’s south side, removing the signature columns and pergolas that have been there since 1996. “We recognize the museum’s need to expand, but we ask that it do so without irreparably damaging a cultural landmark,” said a petition to MCASD signed by Harvard University architecture student Yaxuan Liu and about 90 others. “Brown and Venturi are widely recognized as among the 20th  century’s most important architects … this building remains a shining reminder of their enduring cultural contribution. This  well-loved  urban  space  is  now  threatened  by  the  museum’s  expansion  plan, which would  tear  down  much  of  the museum’s facade  as  well  as  their  dramatic  colonnade interrupting  the  urbane  rhythm  of  the  street  and  destroying  the  courtyard.”   MCASD La Jolla’s expansion-renovation was designed by  Annabelle Selldorf of New York-based Selldorf Architects, who is leading the museum reconstruction project. Kathryn Kanjo, the museum’s director/CEO, was puzzled by the petition drive’s timing. “The building redesign has been in the process since as early as 2014,” said Kanjo, noting, “changes are planned to the facade removing the colonnade, the pergola and the oversized columns and re-orienting the campus entry path. We’re rethinking the entrance, not just for aesthetic experiential things, but because the center of activity for the building has shifted to the south, where we’re moving the entrance.” Kanjo added the public “was often confused on where to enter the old building.” She said what MCASD has asked for was “for somebody to give us more flexible gallery spaces for our collection and to unify and bring some kind of clarity to our historical buildings.” The museum’s administrator said the objective of the museum redesign was to “make a clear and welcoming building entryway that would draw people in and let them know it’s a museum.” Kanjo added Seldorf’s plan is to reconfigure MCASD La Jolla’s entryway “to make it glassy and welcoming, not a forest of columns.” Sherwood Auditorium and its 500-seat capacity is gone in MCASD’s retrofit, replaced by exhibit space. But Kanjo said reconstruction plans include a 250-seat classroom/lecture/theater space. Answering the charge of critics that MCASD is ignoring its own architectural history in its redesign, Kanjo replied: “Their petition wanted us to consider the history of the building. We did. We’ve been very systematic in considering not just our architectural history, but how our audience and the community use this building.” Opened in 1941, MCASD La Jolla has previously undergone several architectural expansions: La Jolla architects Mosher & Drew completed a series of expansions in 1950, 1960 and the late 1970s; and Venturi Scott Brown & Associates’ did an entryway renovation in 1996. The dissenting petition by architects/historians disapproves of MCASD’s current La Jolla campus refit. “It would move the museum ’s entry to a formulaic glass lobby that thumbs its nose at Gill ’s architecture... Demolishing the colonnade would prevent visitors from experiencing it in the way Gill intended… The new plan is a slap in the face to  Gill … it would reduce the ties between  Prospect Street and the museum… We ask that the museum does better, that it come up with a plan for expansion that is sensitive and respectful to the Village of La Jolla,” the petition read. We ask that it avoid demolishing the colonnade and build its new galleries without harming the carefully planned existing circulation.”
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    La Jolla news and community briefs
    Aug 24, 2018 | 36199 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Beachgoers escape the heat during a hot day at La Jolla Shores. PHOTO BY DON BALCH
    Beachgoers escape the heat during a hot day at La Jolla Shores. PHOTO BY DON BALCH
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    U.S. News & World Report ranks UC San Diego Health nationally UC San Diego Health and its medical and surgical specialties have again been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19. Each year, U.S. News & World Report analyzes and reviews hospitals performance in clinical specialties, procedures and conditions for its “Best Hospital” rankings. These rankings distinguish hospitals that provide excellent treatment for health conditions that require the most comprehensive care. “UC San Diego Health is the only academic medical center in the region, and with our focus on recruiting world-class physician-scientists and accelerating bench-to-bedside treatments, we continue to receive patients from all over the region who are highly complex, acute and in many cases facing mortality,” said Patty Maysent, chief executive officer, UC San Diego Health. “We are proud of the high quality care we provide to the sickest and most complex patients in our region and beyond, and we continue to focus on serving our community by creating more access for patients to our sub-specialized physicians and ground-breaking treatments.” For 2018-19, U.S. News & World Report ranked 4,500 hospitals. Among these UC San Diego Health ranked in six specialties: • Cancer (No. 45) – Anchored by Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego Health is home to the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region. Moores Cancer Center is at the forefront in developing promising new therapies and bench-to-bedside innovation and offers the latest surgical technologies, plus more than 300 leading-edge precision and immune therapy trials. • Cardiology and heart surgery (No. 40) – The region’s first cardiovascular institute, the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center was opened at UC San Diego Health in 2011. So far this year, Sulpizio physicians and staff have performed 48 ventricular assist device procedures, 54 heart transplants, 900 cardiac surgery cases, 3,700 cardiac catheterization procedures; and handled more than 34,000 outpatient clinic visits across the San Diego region. • Geriatrics (No. 36) – A pioneer in the field, UC San Diego Health will open a state-of-the-art physical space dedicated to treating seniors requiring emergency health care. The new space will be located in the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla and will open in 2019. In May, the Gary and Mary West Emergency Department was accredited as California’s first geriatric emergency department by the American College of Emergency Physicians. • Neurology and neurosurgery (No. 46) – This year, UC San Diego Health added a second Joint Commission-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, making it the only health care provider in the region with two such centers. Additionally, this specialty is home to a Level 4 epilepsy center; a Lewy Body dementia research center of excellence; two intra-operative imaging suites; and a world-class skull base tumor program.    · Orthopedics (No. 49) – UC San Diego Health is the official health care provider of the San Diego Padres, with a medical team led by orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists, who also care for Olympic athletes and several local sports teams, including the San Diego Sea Lions, San Diego Sockers and UC San Diego Tritons. · Pulmonology (No. 17) – For the past decade, UC San Diego Health has been consistently ranked in the top 20 for this medical specialty and pioneered the development of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) and balloon pulmonary angioplasty, procedures for treating chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Our pulmonologists are experts in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for all forms of pulmonary disease and are very active in advancing the scientific frontiers of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Surfing named ‘official sport of California’ On Aug. 20, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1782, which officially declares surfing as the “official sport of California.” The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, is co-authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon. “I am stoked that surfing is now California’s official sport,” said Muratsuchi, apparently an avid surfer, to multiple press outlets. “No other sport represents the California Dream better than surfing, riding the waves of opportunity and living in harmony with nature.” Not only is the state home to more than 1,100 miles of coastline, which boasts some of the world’s best/most iconic waves, but the surf industry has maintained an economic boon. Lest one forget that the Beach Boys, whose hometown is represented by Muratsuchi himself, hail from the Golden State as well. Despite their questionable surf abilities, the group nonetheless championed the sport’s popularity. Whale watching lecture to be held at Scripps On Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., at Sumner Auditorium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the San Diego Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is pleased to present a free lecture.  Erin Gless, lead naturalist at Island Adventures Whale Watching will present: "From San Diego to the Salish Sea:  A Whale Watching Comparison."  Erin has worked for successful whale watch companies in both locations and will highlight the differences in operating procedures, viewing regulations, and wildlife sightings between the two areas. Learn about the "Humpback Comeback," what a "Sounder" is, get an update on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales and more. Erin currently serves as a lead naturalist for Island Adventures Whale Watching in Anacortes, Wash. La Jolla YMCA announces new board chair Susan Botticelli has been named the new board of advisors chair of the La Jolla YMCA. The La Jolla YMCA features two branch locations – the Dan McKinney Family YMCA and the Shepherd YMCA Firehouse. Botticelli began her volunteer career with the YMCA back in 2005, serving as a board member in the East County at the McGrath Family YMCA. Since 2015, she has served on the La Jolla Y’s board as a member, helping guide the branch through its grand re-opening, leading the Board Development Committee, and serving as chair for the branch’s major gifts campaign. “Susan’s dedication and passion for the YMCA is second to none,” said Sue Ball, district executive director for the YMCA of San Diego County. “She’s a vibrant and dedicated community leader and we’re incredibly lucky to have her. We’re thrilled to see where she helps guide us during her tenure as board chair, and how the community will benefit.” By day, Botticelli is a real estate broker and owner of San Diego Properties Group, serving California since 1995. She has two children, Stefani and Andrew, and credits a nurturing environment where compassion, education and desire to become her personal best was cultivated by her parents and grandparents. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from San Diego State University, and it was likely then that her passion for healthy living began. She previously worked for the Jenny Craig Corporation as the company’s exercise physiologist where she developed exercise classes, video and audio marketing materials. Botticelli received her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Botticelli has been an active member of the La Jolla Y since 2012 and will continue to serve as a board member, as her passion for the Y stems from three generations of YMCA members, donors and participants. “It’s Annie’s dream to make the YMCA a part of every family’s active daily life,” said Ball. “During her tenure as board chair we were able to create an amazing facility to help achieve just that. We thank Annie wholeheartedly for her service and personal investment, and for what she’ll continue to do for the community as a ‘Y-Lifer.’” Del Mar to host2021 Breeders’ Cup Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar as the host site for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. This will be the second time that Del Mar - where the Turf meets the Surf - will serve as the event’s host site. A formal announcement took place in the Del Mar paddock, and will also be streamed live on BreedersCup.com and the Breeders’ Cup Facebook page. Breeders’ Cup also announced that the event will return to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Nov. 1–2 in 2019 and to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. on Nov. 6–7 in 2020. The three-year announcement reflects Breeders’ Cup’s forward-thinking growth strategy to showcase the best tracks across the country and allow for ample lead time to engage local communities ahead of each event. Breeders’ Cup’s decision to return to Keeneland and Del Mar is a testament to the brand’s effort to offer a more elevated and enhanced fan experience by bringing the event to more intimate venues. With a renewed focus on patron experience and event logistics, the 2015 and 2017 renewals of the World Championships produced record-breaking ticket sales revenue and on-track wagering revenues, respectively. Fans are encouraged to visit www.breederscup.com/2021 to sign up for ticket information. “The Breeders’ Cup World Championships had an incredibly successful debut last year at Del Mar and surpassed every expectation for both Breeders’ Cup and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,” said Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Del Mar, Solana Beach and San Diego communities to once again create a world-class horse racing and entertainment experience at this remarkable location.” Known for its scenic locale on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and prestigious summer meets, Del Mar underwent an extensive development process to expand its luxury seating options and infield experiences for its first Breeders’ Cup in 2017. The Breeders’ Cup debut at Del Mar resulted in a record-breaking, two-day on-track wagering mark, while also generating an estimated $96.8 million in economic benefits for San Diego County. “Del Mar is delighted to again be hosting our sport’s championship days,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s chief executive officer Joe Harper. “We know we put on a good show here in 2017 and we look forward to presenting an even better one in 2021.” Promises2Kids expands Guardian Scholars program On July 26, Promises2Kids, San Diego’s leading nonprofit with a focus on foster care, honored the 2018 Guardian Scholars graduates and welcomed a new class of students at the La Jolla home of Ramin Pourteymour. More than 250 youth and community members gathered on this special occasion to honor and celebrate the 24 Guardian Scholars graduates and welcome the new class of nearly 175 youth into the Guardian Scholars program. Promises2Kids' Guardian Scholars encourages foster youth to pursue higher education through community college, trade school or a university degree. This highly successful resource provides former foster youth with a partial financial scholarship along with mentoring support to assist them in adapting to and excelling in a higher education setting. Of the 55 percent of former foster youth that attends college, only 8 percent will graduate nationally compared to the 80 percent of Promises2Kids Guardian Scholars. The incoming class of Guardian Scholars will include 13 alumni from Promises2Kids’ Junior Guardian Scholars. This unique component to Guardian Scholars reaches foster youth while they are in high school – intervening at a critical time in their lives – preparing them for graduation, a higher education, and beyond. Junior Guardian Scholars provides multifaceted support through mentoring, SAT preparation, college planning, financial aid, college tours and college application workshops. With the community’s generosity and support, Promises2Kids has been able to grow its capacity and was able to welcome the largest class to date with up to 175 students. Promises2Kids is seeking 50 community volunteers to serve as mentors for its Guardian Scholars. To support this program, visit www.promises2kids.org/, call 858-751-6617or e-mail patricia@promises2kids.org
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    La Jolla news and community briefs
    Aug 10, 2018 | 36606 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    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 gofundme.com/chloe-buckley-memorial-fund.  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 gofundme.com/chloe-buckley-memorial-fund. PHOTO BY JOHN COCOZZA
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    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 kitchen.org. 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 obhistory.org.  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  ljathenaeum.org/jazz-at-tsri 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 cleanups@sdcoastkeeper.org. • 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 cleanups@sdcoastkeeper.org 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 revoltsurfseries.com.
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