Owl box installed in Marcy Park and other University City news
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City workers install an owl box in Mercy Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF RUTH DESANTIS
City workers install an owl box in Mercy Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF RUTH DESANTIS

Next time you visit Marcy Park, look up! A fairly large owl breeding box was installed in a eucalyptus tree near the canyon rim. 

This was a project spearheaded by the University City Community Foundation in partnership with local resident, Robert Wiegand, who built three owl boxes. The other two owl boxes will be installed at University City Gardens Park and Standley Park. The hope is that the local owl population will increase and the rodent population can be controlled naturally — discouraging poisoning rodents, which in turn poisons birds and cats, etc. 

The city of San Diego assisted by installing the owl boxes. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the park, look up and try and spot the owl boxes. For more info about UCCF, go to uccfsd.org.



Our Mother of Confidence continues their popular Brown Bag Opera series for the following year. The Brown Bag Operas are on Sundays and begin at 1 p.m. They are free events, all are welcome and feel free to bring a brown bagged lunch. The operas are viewed on a 25-foot-wide screen with surround sound. Our Mother of Confidence is located at: 3131 Governor Drive. For more info, go to omcsandiego.org, or contact Glenn D’Abreo at: [email protected].

The 2020 Brown Bag Opera schedule is:

  • Jan. 26 – “Magic Flute” by Mozart 
  • Feb. 22 – “Andrea Chenier” by Giordano 
  • April 26 – “Carmen” by Bizet   
  • May 24 – “Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart   
  • June 28 – “I Puritani” by Bellini   
  • July 26 – “Cosi Fan Tutte” by Mozart 
  • Aug. 23 – “Ernani” by Verdi 
  • Sept. 27 – “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky 
  • Oct. 25 – “Falstaff” by Verdi
  • Nov. 22 – “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck



The University City Community Association’s Citizens Advocating Safe Aviation (CASA) committee is coordinating an Aviation Update 2020 information session at the University Community Library, 4155 Governor Drive, from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Speakers include representatives from: MCAS Miramar, Quiet Skies La Jolla, San Diego International Airport (SAN), Montgomery-Gibbs Airport, Montgomery Gibbs Environmental Coalition, and Citizens Advocating Safe Aviation. Additionally, representatives from the following elected officials will be in attendance: City Council member Barbara Bry, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, and U.S. Congress Representative Scott Peters. The format of Aviation Update 2020 will be similar to a community plan meeting with an open forum comment period (limit two minutes each). Each presenter will then have up to 10 minutes to speak on their topic. Questions will be addressed at the end. Each speaker is asked to prepare a one-page information sheet. This will not be a debate; this is an information session. 

University City is located at the crossroads of aviation traffic. Residents experience local flights arriving and departing from San Diego International, Montgomery-Gibbs, Gillespie Field and MCAS Miramar airports on a daily basis as well as countless trans-regional, transcontinental flights, and international flights. San Diego International Airport has plans to rebuild Terminal 1 to accommodate higher numbers of passengers, Montgomery-Gibbs Airport has plans to increase capacity, and the FAA is implementing its NextGen plan for the redesign of airspace. MCAS Miramar is expecting a new air-frame (the single-engine F-35C) and is in the process of updating its Airport Installation Compatibility Use Zone (AICUZ) document. In addition, University City is undergoing a community plan update; and the UCSD and University City student, resident and employee populations are growing rapidly. There is a lot going on — both on the ground and in the air. For more info, contact Diane Ahern at [email protected]



The Friends of Rose Canyon are looking for volunteers to help plant acorns of coast live oaks, toyon, lemonadeberry, and elderberry on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will plant trees and native plants, as well as a little weeding, digging, and hauling water. Be prepared to get a little muddy. Children are invited to participate (permission slip needed, will be provided) and volunteers may leave at any time. Meet at the dead-end of Regents Road from Governor Drive (Regents/Lahitte Court). Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Bring water to drink and work gloves if you have them. The Friends of Rose Canyon works to preserve and restore all of Rose Canyon and its wildlife habitat. For more info about the Friends of Rose Canyon, go to rosecanyon.org.

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