University City news: Electrical boxes transformed, Cars and Coffee, and more
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Gail and Chuck Connors finish on their electrical box zoo animal artwork. PHOTO BY JEMMA SAMALA
Gail and Chuck Connors finish on their electrical box zoo animal artwork. PHOTO BY JEMMA SAMALA
Zoo animals transform box

University City artists have continued to transform electrical boxes into works of art.

Artists Gail and Chuck Connors have created an outstanding zoo scene on a transformer box at the corner of Governor Drive and Regents Road. This is the sixth creation they have painted for the University City Community Association's transformer box project. They were able to rope in their friend and neighbor, Julie Conidi, to participate in this last transformation.

The zebra and giraffe peek out behind colorful flowers and fauna while a lounging mother panda and her baby enjoy some bamboo leaves. Colorful butterflies flitter among the flowers and a squirrel sits calmly on a tree branch.

Gail compliments the community by saying, "This is the nicest community we have ever worked in; people are so friendly and gracious." Local business Alphagraphics sponsored this classy and colorful creation. Community beautification is a major priority for the UCCA. More info can be found at:

Cars and Coffee

The next UC Cars and Coffee get-together will be Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of UC Marketplace, located at 3202 Governor Drive.

UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute open house

Discover the joys of continued learning and enrichment at a free open house on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 9:30 a.m. at UC San Diego.

Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this membership program for adults over the age of 50 offers daytime lectures, seminars, and guided discussions by the renowned UC San Diego faculty and community leaders. 

There are no prerequisites, exams or credit. – simply the joy of learning in a community of peers.

To learn more about Osher and its fall program at UC San Diego, visit To RSVP, visit or call 858-534-3409. Parking is free on Saturdays. 

Community conversations

University Community Library is hosting Community Conversation sessions on Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., and again at 1 to 2 p.m. They will take place at Standley Park and Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive.

The Community Conversations are an opportunity for UC residents to have their voices heard by key community organizations and representatives.

Organizers are interested in hearing both the good and bad about living in UC, and how to make it an even better place to live.

UC residents are encouraged to share their aspirations for the neighborhood, concerns, and ideas to help improve the quality of life in UC.

All residents are invited to participate. For more information, call 858-552-1655.

Good deeds: EdUCate!’s 9th annual Oktoberfest

EdUCate! continues to serve the students of University CIty, distributing more than $1.7 million in funds to the five public schools in UC. Save the date for their annual fundraiser, Oktoberfest, on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be sample beers from local micro-breweries, food, a book sale, games, and plenty of entertainment.

Entertainment will include the UCHS Marching Band, DJ Rick, Rumba y Soul, Victims of Authority, and Rare Form. Plus the annual principal’s challenge can be pretty entertaining too. Homebrewers can also participate in the annual Mash Heads Homebrew Competition. There will be a complimentary shuttle service, with pick-ups along the length of Governor Drive.

Donations of $180 to the Dollar A Day campaign will receive two commemorative cups and all-you-can-taste beer or soda.
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