University City updates: The Addams Family, Paint Me Mendo’ and nature exploration
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Mendoncino Farms recently donated $1,000 to Doyle Elementary’s art program. / PHOTO FROM MENDOCINO FARMS INSTAGRAM
Mendoncino Farms recently donated $1,000 to Doyle Elementary’s art program. / PHOTO FROM MENDOCINO FARMS INSTAGRAM
Paint Me Mendo’ Winner Goes to Doyle Elementary

Mendocino Farms held an elementary school art competition among five area schools and Doyle Elementary won, earning the school $1,000 for its art program. The schools (Bird Rock, Doyle, La Jolla, Spreckels, and Torrey Pines Elementary schools) each took a mini “Mendo the Cow” back to their school to decorate. The winner was determined via the total number of Instagram and in-store votes. Doyle won by approximately 100 votes over Spreckels. Well done to all the little artists. Mendocino Farms is located at 8795 Villa La Jolla Farms. For more information, visit

The Addams Family Musical

The University City High School drama department presents “The Addams Family,” a Broadway musical. The weird and wonderful performance will be shown on March 22, 23, and 24. All shows start at 7 p.m. in the UCHS Auditorium, located at 6949 Genesee Ave. For ticket information, call the school at 858-457-4030.

Swinging in the School Gym

Friday Night Dancing, sponsored by the UCHS PTSA, starts on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with the "Wear Something Green to Swing" dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Additional dances are on March 31, April 28, May 12, and June 9 starting at 7 p.m. All ages and all levels are welcome to come and learn about West Coast Swing, California’s official state dance. Each night starts with a lesson followed by “open social dancing.” Couples are welcome, but no partner is necessary. Attire: casual or business casual. Shoes: dress flats and business shoes, or any sneaker or boat shoe. (Please, no high heels on wood gym floor.) The dances support the UCHS PTSA. Tickets cost $10 per dancer, or $5 with any school’s student ID.

Buy a Brick and Be a Part of University City High School History

UCHS stadium is going through a complete renovation that will be completed this year. Now you can be a permanent part of the stadium through the Centurion Foundation’s Brick Memorial fundraising campaign. Each brick purchased will be prominently displayed on the new tower of UCHS Stadium to show your support for many years to come. Cost is $100 for 4-by-8-inch brick, $225 for an 8-by-8-inch brick. Order at

Free Nature Exploration Walks

The Friends of Rose Canyon welcome everyone to enjoy nature walks, which will last one to one and 1/2 hours. You can leave at any time during the walks, where participants will spend time looking for insects, spiders, flowers, seeds, birds, lizards, animal tracks, and animal homes – you’ll never know what you’ll find. Bug boxes and hand lenses to examine small things will be available. To register, email rosecanyon with the number of kids and adults participating. Please wear closed-toe shoes, and remember there is no bathrooms or water in Rose Canyon Park or at the trailheads. On Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m., the walk starts at Regents trailhead (two blocks north of Governor Drive). On Sundays, March 19 and 26, walks start at the Genesee Ave. entrance. Walks are supported by SDGE/Sempra Energy and Patagonia. For more information, contact Debby Knight at, visit, or call 858-597-0220.

Curie Elementary Parent Party

The annual parent party will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room, located at 5985 Santa Fe St. There will be a taco cart, DJ, and live auction. The price is $35. The event is casual and for adults only. For information and to order tickets, visit

Good Deeds—Curie Community Service Group

Curie Elementary School’s community service group gathered to make “no sew” blankets for Project Linus (, which provides comfort by distributing new, handmade blankets to critically ill children or those who have gone through trauma. The Curie Community service group members were excited to be able to help other children by making these blankets. What a great lesson to learn. Well done Curie students!

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