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A view of La Jolla from Torrey Pines State Park. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
A view of La Jolla from Torrey Pines State Park. / PHOTO BY BLAKE BUNCH
Celebrate the Creeps of the Deep at Birch Aquarium

Meet some of the creeps of the deep and get hands-on with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego science at the eighteenth-annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Families are invited to dive into the spooky, slimy side of ocean science and enjoy a Halloween-themed evening of music, crafts, and close encounters with underwater creatures.

On October 20 and 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will experience eerie and unusual organisms from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, see a super-sized squid dissection, and create their own seaweed slime to take home. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying ocean creatures big and small and get an insider's look into what it takes to study different creatures of the deep.

Inspired by the Infinity Cube, guests will make unique glowing crafts and learn more about bioluminescence from Scripps Oceanography experts. 

Haunted Aquarium is a fun and educational Halloween celebration. Costumes are encouraged, especially if they have an ocean science theme. Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters will return for music and dancing, and Splash! Café by The French Gourmet will be open for ghoulish treats.

Birch Aquarium is also calling on the community to “Reduce, Reuse, Repumpkin” and create spooktacular pumpkins out of recycled plastic containers. The plastic pumpkins can be made of any clean, reused plastic container and should be submitted to Birch Aquarium for a coupon to the Gift Shop. The Plastic Pumpkin Patch will be on display for Haunted Aquarium. Please visit the website for more details.

Haunted Aquarium often sells out, so purchasing early is encouraged. Discounted presale tickets are available for $18.50 for the general public, $13.50 for Birch Aquarium members. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. General admission tickets cannot be used for Haunted Aquarium. Annual memberships are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 858-534-FISH.

Congregational Church of La Jolla welcomes Reverend Tim Seery as new spiritual leader

The Montana native is settling into his new post. He will preside over his first official service as the congregation's new pastor Sunday, October 15th, when the church welcomes the community to its annual Blessing of the Animals celebration.

A recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he earned his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), Reverend Seery holds a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard University. 

He served as an Assistant Minister to two churches in the Boston area and most recently as a Chaplain at an assisted living residence. 

His call to ministry came early in  life; Reverend Seery has been preaching since his childhood pastor first invited him to at age 15. 

The reverend’s passions in ministry include a rich worship life, preaching, pastoral care, and working to enhance life together as community. A lifelong student of history, Reverend Seery is intrigued by Congregational Church of La Jolla's rich heritage, and inspired by its distinction as the oldest faith community in the La Jolla.

Seery enjoys collecting antiquarian books, reading about and appreciating art and its history, and traveling through Asia and South America. To date, he has visited 35 countries and counting. 

He has discovered that stretching himself to really experience another culture and to see how real people live across the world is probably the most formative part of his faith development and his experience of the Divine. Reverend Seery hopes that he can inspire his congregation to never quit learning, discovering, exploring and “putting themselves out there” to connect with others, create formative memories, and to go deeper with God. 

Reverend Seery is inspired by open and affirming churches that proclaim a bold message of inclusion and radical love—much like Congregational Church of La Jolla. He is excited to make San Diego his new home, becoming reacquainted with the West Coast and pursuing his ministry in the relaxed and welcoming community of La Jolla.

Reverend Seery (who likes to be called Tim) would be happy to discuss his hopes and aspirations for guiding Congregational Church of La Jolla into the formative years of its second century as an open and affirming faith community. 

Man crushed by garbage truck on Herschel Ave.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, authorities released the name of a 22-year-old sanitation worker who was killed when an unoccupied trash truck rolled into him and pinned him against a wall in a La Jolla alley.

David Strobridge of San Diego was moving a garbage bin in the access road off the 7600 block of Herschel Avenue when his work vehicle coasted forward and hit him shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, according to police and the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Emergency crews freed Strobridge, and medics took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, was called in to investigate the fatality, as is standard in serious work-related accidents.

“Cal/OSHA was notified yesterday afternoon of a fatality incident involving a truck driver for Tayman Industries. The worker had exited the front-loading refuse truck without properly setting the brake and was pinched between the wall and the truck when the truck began to move forward. Tayman Industries is a private waste collection company and there is no affiliation with city garbage collection known or suspected at this time in relation to this incident.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco to join Walter Munk 100th birthday celebration

 On Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m., UC San Diego will welcome His Serene Highness (H.S.H.) Prince Albert II of Monaco to campus for a Centennial Conversation with Walter Munk at the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment at Scripps Oceanography. The invitation-only event with H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Munk will be a dialogue on exploring the seas and the importance of oceanographic research.

Often called the world’s greatest living oceanographer, Munk is known for inventing the science of wave forecasting with former Scripps director Harald Sverdrup, which helped Allied troops plan amphibious invasions. In 1943, Munk created the first wave prediction course and trained American military meteorologists at Scripps Oceanography, including those who would later predict conditions for World War II D-Day landings in Normandy.

Munk also pioneered tide prediction, and many aspects of ocean acoustics, ocean circulation, and deep-sea tides. Recently, he has explored the relationship between changes in ocean temperature, sea level, and the ocean between ice sheets and the seafloor. Known for his endless curiosity, Munk still conducts research today.

“We are honored to host His Serene Highness Prince Albert II at UC San Diego and thankful that he will join us in lauding Walter Munk as we celebrate his centennial birthday,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The Principality of Monaco has a long history of oceanographic research and conservation. This commitment to scientific discovery and conservation are values we share at UC San Diego, and have been lifelong attributes of Walter Munk.”

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