University City updates: Christmas concert, Shift Program and Adopt-A-Family
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Participants in the UC Turkey Trot. / PHOTO BY JEMMA SAMALA
Participants in the UC Turkey Trot. / PHOTO BY JEMMA SAMALA
Christmas concert at the UC Library

Jonathan Crick and Mary Lu Brandwein will perform a Christmas concert with many musical modes and moods by performing with Japanese Bamboo flutes on Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the UC Library, 4155 Governor Drive. For more information, go to, call 858-945-8739, or email


University City Community Association President Barry Bernstein shares his favorite latkes recipe, his family’s Hannukah tradition.


2-3 peeled medium potatoes (Yukon Gold or White Rose); 

1 large egg;

1/4 cup chopped onion;

1 tsp of salt;

flour, cooking oil, two medium size frying pans.

Directions: Grate potatoes, squeeze out the starchy liquid. Mix in the whisked egg, chopped onion, 1 tsp. salt, and one tablespoon of flour. Add enough canola/vegetable oil to fill the entire bottom of the pan and then some. 

When the oil is popping hot, using a large tablespoon, place one over-sized tablespoon in frying pan smoothing it down to somewhat rounded. Be careful of the hot popping oil! When golden brown underneath flip over for two minutes or until lightly brown before taking out.  Place the latkes on a thick paper towel and dab off extra oil. Best served with a side of applesauce or sour cream. 

Shift Program to help community construction

Over the next several years, nearly 50 major public, private and transportation infrastructure projects are anticipated in the University City and La Jolla area. While many of these projects were in the planning phases, the community asked that a single information source is developed for updates about all the work in anticipation of the cumulative impact it would have on the surrounding neighborhoods. So, at the urging of the community, the agencies responsible for the biggest projects – Caltrans; City of San Diego; MTS; SANDAG, and the University of California, San Diego – came together to expand a helpful program that provided access to multiple sources of construction information. Since the program was first presented to the University City Community Association in 2015, it has now grown to include an expanded website and increased community outreach.

The Shift program is designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters impacted by construction with information and resources in one website. Communication from the program will help University City and La Jolla residents understand what projects are underway, how they can better navigate larger impacts like lane and street closures, and what alternative transportation resources are available to them to make their commute easier.

On the website, residents can find a map of projects, notifications of street closures and trip planner to help find different ways to get around the community. To communicate with what projects you most want to hear about, send an email to or call 1.844.SHIFT.SD. You can also sign up for email alerts about major construction information and see a map of all the ongoing projects at

Local church holiday events

Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church will have a Christmas Senior Social on Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m. There will be entertainment, and the lunch menu includes baked ham, scalloped potatoes, grilled vegetables, salad, rolls, and Christmas dessert. Lunch is $7, due at the door. Sign up in advance by contacting Ellie at 858-395-5570. OMC Catholic Church, 3131 Governor Drive,

Torrey Pines Church will have three services on Christmas Eve day at 2 and 4 p.m. in the auditorium, and the 6 p.m. service will be a candlelight service in the Sanctuary. There will be no services on Christmas Day. Torrey Pines Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North,

University City United Church will have a visit with Santa luncheon on Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m., and a Candlelight and carols ceremony on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. University City United Church, 2877 Governor Drive,

Good deeds: UCHS students do the Turkey Trot

The University City High School P.E. Department held their second annual Turkey Trot before students left for Thanksgiving break. During PE, students ran laps around the track and won tickets for free prizes. Donations were also taken for some of our UCHS families in need. It was a success. Special thanks to Coach Ashley Franz for spearheading this project and starting such a wonderful tradition at UCHS.

UCHS Adopt-A-Family

Spread some UCHS holiday cheer and help the PTSA Adopt-A-Family Program.  The program will directly benefit UCHS students/families who are in need of a little something extra this year. Your tax-deductible donation will help them purchase grocery gift cards, store gift cards and wishlist items. The PTSA will be accepting donations through Dec. 15, go to If you adopt an entire family or donate wish list items, please contact Jemma Samala at

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