University City updates: Halloween Carnival, opera and more
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Cox Communications Manager of Governor Affairs Oscar Urtega, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, Bob Byrnes, and Councilmember Barbara Bry at the City Council awards ceremony. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Cox Communications Manager of Governor Affairs Oscar Urtega, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, Bob Byrnes, and Councilmember Barbara Bry at the City Council awards ceremony. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Bob Byrnes named conservation hero

University City’s Bob Byrnes was recently recognized by Cox Communications and the San Diego City Council for his conservation and restoration efforts on behalf of the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Not only does he invest his personal time to the organization's efforts, he also sets aside time to encourage and train other volunteers on best practices. Byrnes and his team of dedicated volunteers spend countless hours removing invasive plants that could potentially harm wildlife.

As one of two California winners this year, Bob was able to select the nonprofit Native Plant Society to receive an award of $10,000 from Cox Communications.

For more information, and to view a video depicting Bob’s efforts, visit

Brown bag opera

Our Mother of Confidence Church will be hosting the next Brown Bag Opera – “Anna Bolena,” on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. This opera explores the story of the mistress for whom Henry VIII broke with the Church of Rome and divorced his wife Catherine. Anna bore him a daughter but miscarried two male children, and when Henry becomes involved with one of Ann’s ladies in waiting, he accuses her of treason and has her beheaded so that he can marry Jane Seymore.

This is a free event, and everyone is encouraged to bring their own sack lunch, snacks and a couple of beers or a bottle of wine. Our Mother of Confidence is located at 3131 Governor Drive.

Halloween Carnival

Standley Park will be hosting a Halloween Carnival on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be free carnival games, crafts, face painting, and jump castles. There will also be costume contests for the following age groups:

0-2 years-old – 5:30 p.m.

3-4 years-old – 5:45 p.m.

5-6 years-old – 6 p.m.

7-8 years-old – 6:15 p.m.

9+ years-old – 6:30 p.m.

Standley Park is located at 3585 Governor Drive.

Musical mandolin evening

The Newman Center at UC San Diego Women's Ministry presents a musical evening with the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra, the Newman Choir, and the Good Samaritan Handbell Choir on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Good Samaritan Church, 4321 Eastgate Mall.

Tickets for this ecumenical, musical event are only $10. Contact Teresa, Anisha, or Bessie at to order tickets. Proceeds benefit Newman Women's Ministry Fund, which sponsors speakers and scholarships for women's retreats.

Good deeds: Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

University City’s Girl Scout Troop 3884 earned their Bronze Award; the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.

Their passion and love for animals led them to partner with the San Diego Humane Society. These G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) made goodie bags for new adopters of dogs, cats, and rabbits.

The project was funded with their Girl Scout Cookie proceeds combined with donations from Purina, Petco and Pura Natural Pets. Sixty goodies bags were filled with food, treats, pet care items, handcrafted toys created from recycled materials and personalized pet care information sheets. Congratulations to these amazing Girl Scouts for making the world a better place.

Additional event Reminders:

Oktoberfest by EdUCate! – Oct. 21, 1 to 6 p.m. at Standley Park.

UC Bloodmobile Blood Drive – Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sprouts Marketplace on Governor Drive.

Curie Holiday Craft Fair – Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Curie Elementary. School
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