University City updates and community news
by JEMMA SAMALA
Published - 05/05/19 - 09:05 AM | 1523 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Centurion Robotics team members: (back row) Zachary Schremmer, Michael Smith, Pritam Mukhopadhyaya, Ian Cosgrove, Max Scott. Front row: Alex Banham, Mikaela Norum, Naama Mazor, Aleksa Radomirovic. Not pictured: Peter Eckmann.  COURTESY PHOTO
Centurion Robotics team members: (back row) Zachary Schremmer, Michael Smith, Pritam Mukhopadhyaya, Ian Cosgrove, Max Scott. Front row: Alex Banham, Mikaela Norum, Naama Mazor, Aleksa Radomirovic. Not pictured: Peter Eckmann. COURTESY PHOTO
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Trees 1000 Foundation gives away trees to children. Easter Sunday brought children more than just colored eggs and baskets of treats. Trees 1000 Foundation board member Martha Emerald was on hand to help provide kids and their families a new tree for their home. The nonprofit Trees 1000 was founded last year to replace the estimated 1,000 trees that have been removed to make room for major construction projects in the UTC and University City neighborhoods.

So far, the foundation has distributed 211 trees, including 74 that were given away on Easter. The pop-up tree lot attracted shoppers outside the Ralph’s supermarket at La Jolla Village Square. It was staffed by volunteers and a troop of Brownies from University City. The Brownies potted up kid-sized cypress trees and helped families pick a favorite tree from a wide selection: Japanese Maple, Fern Pine, Bottle Brush, and the ever-popular Money Tree, among others.

Special thanks to Ponto Wholesale Nursery in Vista and the Davey Resource Group for their generous donations and expertise that made this event possible. If you missed out on this Easter event, you still have an opportunity to receive a new tree and become a member of the Trees 1000 Foundation during the annual UC Celebration on July 4, at Standley Park. Find more information at Trees1000.org.

UC High Robotics Club

University City High School's two robotics teams were selected to compete in the San Diego Regional First Technical Challenge (FTC) Championship. Before going to the Regionals, both teams competed in league competitions, where they qualified to move on to the Regional Championship.

This is the first year in which both UCHS teams have qualified for this stage, at which a total of 35 teams from San Diego County competed for trophies and scholarships. UCHS teams ranked 18th and 27th, a very respectable outing for these two relatively new teams as they move up the rankings. The UCHS Robotics Club fosters a STEM learning experience, where members are introduced to skills such as building and programming a robot, networking, communication, and leadership.

UC Del Sol Tournament Softball All Star season has begun and UC Del Sol’s “Tournament Del Sol” will take place May 10 and 11 at both of Standley Middle School’s fields, and at Hickman Fields in Kearny Mesa. Join them as teams from around San Diego compete for top honors in this tournament. Games will take place on all fields all day long.

The UC Del Sol spring season ended in April with Closing Day, and now teams in the 8U, 10U and 12U divisions will embark on the All-Star season. Five weekend tournaments will take place until they reach the District playoffs in Santee the weekend of June 14-16. If the UC Del Sol teams are successful in Districts, they will head to the State Tournament in Lancaster June 28-30. Come out to watch the Tournament Del Sol and support girls’ softball. Info: ucdelsol.com.

Music for Winds at University City United Church. The public is invited to University City United Church on Sunday, May 12 at 7 p.m. for a performance in their sanctuary of music by Beethoven and Mozart, written for an ensemble of eight wind players. Proceeds from a free-will offering at this program will benefit the church. The musical selections will include Beethoven’s “Octet” and Mozart’s “Serenade in C-minor.”

The Beethoven “Octet” was written in 1792, when Beethoven was 22 years old, and only 10 years after the Mozart “Serenade in C-minor.” Beethoven’s piece was strongly influenced by the Mozart Serenades; however, his writing, especially for the French horns, is significantly more challenging. University City United Church is at 2877 Governor Drive.

There is plentiful parking available behind the church (on the west side of the church, accessible from Gobat). As one of the players said, “Sunday is Mother’s Day and I would very much enjoy playing with you all to make it even more special.” Enjoy listening to a harmonious end to a delightful day.

Welcome new Nobel Recreation Center director Nicole Ann Otjens recently assumed the position of Recreation Center director at Nobel. With more than 18 years working at San Diego Parks and Recreation, Nicole brings a wealth of experience and ideas to Nobel. She’s working with staff to create more youth programming including a kids summer camp. For more information about programming at Nobel, visit sandiego.gov and search on Nobel Recreation Center & Athletic Field.

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