UC San Diego hosts annual 'Watermelon Drop,' new Dr. Seuss graduation gifts and other briefs
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Kate Antonovics, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Economics, was chosen as this year’s Watermelon Royalty. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications.
Kate Antonovics, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Economics, was chosen as this year’s Watermelon Royalty. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications.
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UC SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES LONG-STANDING WATERMELON DROP TRADITION

At the end of each academic year, a great honor is passed to one lucky UC San Diego Student — the honor of “Watermelon Royalty.”

Since 1965, students have elected one of their own to carry a sacrificial watermelon to the top of seven-story Urey Hall, drop it in the midst of a captive audience and measured how far the splat reaches. The Watermelon Drop is UC San Diego's oldest student tradition.

The annual physics experiment started 55 years ago when physics professor Bob Swanson asked the exam question: “What would be the terminal velocity of a watermelon dropped from the seventh floor of Urey Hall, and how far would it splat?” The record splat happened in 1974 at 167 feet, 4 inches. This year's splat measured 72 feet.

The 2019 Watermelon Royalty was Revelle College Acting Provost Kate Antonovics. She also serves as an associate teaching professor in the Department of Economics. After the drop, students were invited to a festival with fresh watermelon, corn dogs, and other treats in Revelle Plaza. The UC San Diego Pepband provided entertainment. For more information, visit ucsd.edu.

DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES RELEASES NEW GRADUATION GIFT LINES

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the leading children’s entertainment company that connects children (and children at heart) to the inventive world of Dr. Seuss via licensed partnerships, is releasing a new line of gifts just in time for graduation. 

 

Capturing the meaning of graduation in a nutshell, Dr. Seuss’s book "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!" continues to be a go-to gift for graduates, from pre-K to college. In fact, last year the book reached #2 on Publishers Weekly’s list of Children’s Bestsellers for the hardcover backlist category, almost 20 years after it was originally published in 1990. This year to amplify "Oh, the Places You’ll Go!," the company is partnering with a handful of well-known and respected companies to pay homage to the classic book while bringing Dr. Seuss’s vision to life in new products.

 

Products include the "Oh The Places You’ll Go book," ($10.79) on Amazon and the "Oh The Places You’ll Go!” bracelet from MantraBand ($35). Hallmark has “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” passport holders ($19.99), luggage tags ($9.99) and water bottles ($24.99). And Walgreens’ "Oh The Places You’ll Go!” line includes a ceramic picture frame ($15.99), ceramic mug ($7.99) and stainless steel tumblers and water bottles from Tervis ($39.99). For more information, visit seussville.com.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION ANNUAL SUMMER GALA



The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County will host its 18th annual Endless Summer Art Gala and Auction at 7 p.m. June, 21 at Seaside Room, 1936 Quivira Way. Tickets cost $85 now and $95 at the door. They include entry, buffet dinner, two drink tickets, and live entertainment from Iron Sage Wood with Paul Cannon. Over 75 art and non-art items are up for bid in a silent auction. For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org.

INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY 

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County will host an event for International Surfing Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 15 at La Jolla Shores on the grass north of the parking lot. There will be a beach cleanup, yoga, free surfboard rents, games, snacks, and goodies. For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org.

R.B. STEVENSON GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION



The R.B. Stevenson Gallery will host an opening reception for artists Richard Allen Morris and John Rogers from 5-8 p.m., June 15 at the gallery, 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 101. Their exhibition, “Methodology and Process,” features paintings and sculptures. It will run from June 15 to July 20. For more information, visit rbstevensongallery.com

SECRET GARDEN ARTISTS RECEPTION 

The La Jolla Historical Society will host a reception for the Secret Garden’s "Artists in the Garden” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.  Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you meet the artists: Leah Higgins, Court Jones, Dottie Stanley, Tasha Bock, Patricia Jasper Clark,  Dot Renshaw, Toni Williams, Edward Juarez, and Sharon Hinckley. For more information, visit lajollalibrary.org

PINNACLE REMODELING TO OPEN LA JOLLA OFFICE 

Colliers International San Diego Region recently announced that Pinnacle Remodeling, a San Diego-based full-service home remodeling company, has acquired a 2,028-square foot mixed-use property in La Jolla’s Bird Rock neighborhood for $1,150,000.

 

Pinnacle Remodeling plans to open the company’s office and retail space at the property immediately. The residential and retail property is located on a 4,359-square foot lot at 5761-63 La Jolla Blvd.

 

“The Bird Rock neighborhood has an exciting retail, culinary and boutique office environment, located just minutes from both Pacific Beach and La Jolla,” said Joe Brady, of the Urban Property Team. “Pinnacle Remodeling’s new office will add to the neighborhood’s unique offerings and support the company’s ability to serve clients.”
 
For more information, visit pinnacle-remodel.com.

BARONS MARKET POINT LOMA TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE



The Barons Market in Point Loma is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m., June 21 at 4001 West Point Loma Blvd. All donors will be awarded a $10 Souplantation gift card. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).

CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY AT FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO

Dads love a good hearty meal so Fireside by The Patio is bringing back its buffet-style brunch for one day only to celebrate Father’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 16 at their Liberty Station location, 2855 Perry Road. Fireside’s Father’s Day Brunch Buffet includes a full buffet of Fireside favorites and one beer, mimosa or Bloody Mary for $39 a person. 

Dads can look forward to a Fireside-inspired carving station of chipotle Tri Tip, 14-hour smoked brisket and pulled pork with The Patio’s favorite sauces—Carolina BBQ and pickled green onion Chimmi Churri. The menu also includes delicious salads, grilled veggies, classic breakfast offerings, like eggs benedict and French Toast Bread Pudding, and comfort food sides like cornbread, and mac n’ cheese! Last but not least—dessert includes build-your-own strawberry shortcake drop biscuits. For more information, visit firesidesd.com.
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