University City Updates: Rubik's Cubes, dinosaurs and musical masterpieces
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Volunteers of People for a Clean UC, doing their part. PHOTO BY VINCE REARDON.
Volunteers of People for a Clean UC, doing their part. PHOTO BY VINCE REARDON.
Barbara Bry Victory Celebration

Barbara Bry held her victory celebration at University City High School on Sunday, Jan. 8. It was standing room only as Bry celebrated her election as City Council Member for District 1, and took the time to meet her constituents. Bry was introduced by other newly elected officials California State Senator Toni Atkins, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, City Councilmember Georgette Gómez (District 9), and City Attorney Mara Elliott. Bry thanked her volunteers, introduced her staff, reviewed her priorities, and stated she will focus on ensuring a safe, clean and prosperous District and San Diego. She added that these principles will guide her decision-making during her term.

Bry encouraged residents to volunteer for one of her three citizen councils focused on the needs of seniors, on small business, and on public safety. Bry stated she will meet with these groups three to four times a year to help her understand the concerns of the local community. To contact Barbara Bry and City Council District 1, visit

Rubik’s Cube Enthusiasts

UCHS student Henry Helmuth organized a Rubik's Cube event last month at UCSD, which saw a new world record in the sport of speed cubing. Max Park from Temecula is now the World Champion for fastest average one-handed solve time of a Rubik's Cube with the incredibly fast time of 10:59 seconds. He takes over from the previous world champion, Felix Zemdegs of Australia, who has been featured in news stories around the world.

Henry is a junior at UCHS and coaches a Standley Science Olympiad team. He also teaches Rubik's Cube Solving and Coding in Minecraft at San Diego French-American School and has interned at the Salk Institute. Henry Helmuth's co-organizers for the event are Andrew Nathenson of San Diego High, and Kevin Tangtartharakul and Corey Young of the UCSD Cubing Club. SpeedCubeShop sponsored the event and provided prizes.

Musical Masterpiece. Our Mother of Confidence Church will be hosting a presentation of Donizetti’s masterpiece Roberto Devereaux on Sunday, Jan. 15, starting at 1:00 p.m. The event is free of charge to all. Guests are encouraged to bring your own snacks, sack lunch, wine, beer, sodas and come enjoy the presentation. Our Mother of Confidence Church Hall is located at 3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, 92122. For more info call or text 858-736-4128 with questions.

Dinosaurs in UC. In a salute to University City, literacy and the ‘Dinosaur Park’ playground at University City Gardens Park at Governor Drive and Gullstrand Street, amateur artists Guido Klap and Mychang Krotosky are created an original work of art on the northeast corner of Governor and Gullstrand featuring a newly discovered species of dinosaur (Universaurus Urbem) who just happens to love reading.

The transformer art project is sponsored by University City Community Association (UCCA), the County Board of Supervisors, and SDG&E as part of its Utility Art program. Besides the actual painting, it takes a lot of behind the scenes effort to create a public art piece, Guido and Mychang had to develop a suitable design and color scheme, clean the box, put on the primary coat, as well as the stencil of letters and the design. The project also became a Klap family project, Guido, as his wife Patricia noted that their sons would come almost every day to help out and have been very patient.

The family enjoys going to the library on Governor Drive on a regular basis, and the boys love books. For more info on UCCA’s ongoing transformer art project, visit:

Good Deeds—Cleaning Up UC. UC resident Vince Reardon saw a need for cleaning up the community and started a group called People for a Clean UC to actually do something about it. After a few years, the group continues to meet once a month and spend the morning picking up trash along UC streets. The first People for a Clean UC event was on Jan. 8, and the next is Sunday, Feb. 12, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

The group meets at Starbucks in the UC Marketplace, 3202 Governor Drive, San Diego, 92122. Supplies are provided. This month the group cleaned up portions of Regents Road, the on- and off-ramps to I-52 at Regents Road, Governor Drive, Genesee Ave., and as far north as Gilman Drive. Anyone is welcomed to help clean up the UC neighborhood. One regular volunteer comes from La Mesa to assist with the UC clean-ups. Thank you, Vince Reardon, and People for a Clean UC volunteers!
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