University City updates: ‘The Lion King,’ birds of prey and more
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JCompany Youth Theater's production of 'The Lion King.' / PHOTO BY SARAH SOTO PHOTOGRAPHICS
JCompany Youth Theater's production of 'The Lion King.' / PHOTO BY SARAH SOTO PHOTOGRAPHICS
UC actors roar onto center stage

UC residents are helping the African savannah come to life as JCompany Youth Theatre kicks off its Jubilee Season with Disney’s Tony Award-winning “The Lion King” at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, Garfield Theatre. The show runs from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. 

With its stunning staging, innovative choreography, incredible costumes and poignant music, including the songs “Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Hakuna Matata,” the show will delight audiences of every age and background.

JCompany uses theatre as an educational tool, and artistic director Joey Landwehr challenges the cast, crew and audiences to go deep into the story and explore “What does it mean to be a family?” and other life lessons. The cast of 84 members, ranging in age from 7 to 15, includes Rosie Shaughnessy, Natan Lemoine, Maital Meltzer, Mikel Lemoine, Camille Le Saux, Romi Bendet, Miles Reinstein, Haley Copans, and Micah Goold, all of whom live in UC.

To support local theatre actors and purchase tickets, contact the JCC box office at 858-362-1148 or at

Birds of prey in UC

Meet Native Birds of Prey on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. at University Village Park (at Cather Avenue and Florey Street).

The free event is open to children and adults. Arrive early to get seated, and bring a blanket or beach chair to sit on the grass. Meet a red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, and a peregrine falcon.

“Celerity,” which means swiftness or speed, is the Raptor Institute's peregrine falcon. She was found in the wild with a broken wing, and even after the wing was treated, cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild.

Peregrines are the fastest animals alive. The Raptor Institute will showcase raptors that are native to San Diego, including Rose Canyon and Marian Bear Park. You’ll see these birds up close, perched on the trainer’s glove.

Bring your questions. Rose Canyon is a greenbelt that provides habitat for numerous birds of prey, including many others besides the ones you’ll meet at this event. Friends of Rose Canyon is dedicated to the protection, preservation and restoration of Rose Canyon and the Rose Creek watershed. For more information, contact Debby Knight, Friends of Rose Canyon,, 858-597-0220, or visit

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ at Doyle Park

Bring friends and family to Doyle Park and Recreation Center’s first annual Halloween Movie in the Park on Friday, Oct. 20. Activities will include arts and crafts, games, an airbrush artist, music, and a costume parade. All activities are free. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks. The “Hotel Transylvania 2 “movie will start at dusk. Doyle Park is located at 8175 Regents Road.

Pure Water San Diego update and open house

The City of San Diego is moving forward with Pure Water San Diego, a phased, multi-year program that will provide one-third of San Diego's water supply locally by 2035. The first phase of the Pure Water Program is located in the North City area and includes a new Pure Water facility across the street from the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant at 4949 Eastgate Mall.

To convey additional wastewater supplies to North City for purification, a new pump station is proposed to be constructed at Sherman Street and Custer Street, along with two proposed 11-mile-long wastewater pipelines through Clairemont and University City. Improvements will also be made to the water distribution system on a segment of Morena Boulevard. Construction will occur in phases between early 2019 and late 2021.

The North City Project is currently undergoing environmental review, and the Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for public review and comment through Nov. 7. The public is invited to attend a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department located at 9192 Topaz Way.

The public is also invited to the Pure Water Day Open House, on Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the Pure Water Facility and taste the purified water. Visit to reserve your tour spot. To contact: purewatersd@sandiego,gov or 619-533-7572.

Braille Institute

Braille Institute San Diego was established in 1993 and is situated on three acres of land in University City. Their mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and tour Braille Institute any Monday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Call 858-404-5009 to reserve a space.

Volunteers needed

The Braille Institute is looking for volunteers interested in helping in its award-winning library, technology lab, course instructors, facilities assistant, lunchroom guides, special events, etc. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session before beginning an assignment. The next orientations are scheduled for Oct. 2, and Nov. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Braille Institute, located at 4555 Executive Drive. Please call if you plan to attend 858-404-5009.

- White Cane Walk/Ice Cream Social, Friday, Oct. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

As a group, they will walk from campus to the heart of UTC mall providing education to those whom we pass along the way.

- Community resource information, Friday, Oct. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

AIS provide services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes and promote healthy and vital living.
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