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Fall in full effect at La Jolla Shores. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
Fall in full effect at La Jolla Shores. DON BALCH/VILLAGE NEWS
San Diego Outreach Synagogue

San Diego Outreach Synagogue (SDOS), a new independent Jewish congregation led by Cantor Cheri Weiss and the Outreach Band, will hold its inaugural Shabbat celebration on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nobel Recreation Center, 8810 Judicial Drive (behind the San Diego Public Library) in north University City.

Musical Shabbat service, followed by a light vegetarian dinner at no cost. RSVP required for dinner at 858-280-6331 or email: For more information about SDOS, go to

New solar projects deliver energy to SDG&E customers

A newly built solar plant is providing clean, renewable energy to customers who signed up for SDG&E’s EcoChoice and EcoShare programs.

The new solar plant and two more that are in development will deliver a combined 42.4 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy to the San Diego region, enough to power about 31,800 homes.

The Midway Solar III project, owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, began delivering energy in September.

MCASD to break ground on expansion project

On Oct. 18, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will break ground on its highly anticipated $95M expansion project in La Jolla. 

This momentous event will be led by the museum's David C. Copley director and CEO Kathryn Kanjo, board president Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, and founding principal of Selldorf Architects Annabelle Selldorf. MCASD Trustees and Capital Campaign supporters will be in attendance. 

Since its founding in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, MCASD has evolved into a leading visual arts organization of national and international renown.

With artworks dating from 1950, the permanent collection includes more than 4,700 objects in all media. International in character, the holdings boast strengths in abstraction and minimalism, California art since 1960, Latin American art, and installation art.

As the collection has grown, the building has remained constrained, with inadequate galleries to display its holdings.

Prudent real estate acquisitions and strong donor engagement have provided the opportunity for MCASD to expand its La Jolla campus at last.

For more information about MCASD's expansion project, please visit  

Get Spooked for Halloween by Master Mentalist, Lior Suchard

October is here! Trick or treat yourself to an astonishing performance of mind tricks by master mentalist Lior Suchard Monday, Oct. 29 at the La Jolla JCC. Suchard has previously been a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Tonight Show, Larry King and has been featured on the Late Late Show with James Corden three times.

Do you believe that your mind can be read? Lior Suchard does. Considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist, Suchard routinely reveals the innermost thoughts of even the most skeptical audience member. Don’t miss his mind-blowing, mind-reading performance that the whole family can enjoy! Skeptics are not only welcome but encouraged to attend. Grab your tickets before they’re gone!

To be held at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets cost $55 to $75. For more information, visit

La Jolla Girl Scouts earn silver award

For nearly four years, members of La Jolla Girl Scout Troop 3803, Selma Hyytinen, Maggie Johnson, Natalie Saham, Allison Foerster and Amber Watt, have been raising community awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, and have assisted in the training of more than 600 middle school students and staff members in Hands-Only CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use.

While working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award, the troop also completed the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation’s (SADS) Heart Safe School accreditation process to make Muirlands Middle School the first public school in California to achieve this distinction.

These students, along with the Girl Scouts of San Diego, San Diego Project Heart Beat, American Heart Association – San Diego, and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, gathered recently to share their journey, and celebrate the school’s accreditation and the students’ Girl Scout Silver award.

“This is everything I know that is good and right about public education. About the American Heart Association. About the Girls Scouts USA.” said Superintendent Cindy Marten. “This is what happens when great organizations come together to support the vision of leaders like you girls. I am so proud and so impressed by what you have done.

“You girls are leading the way for something that will happen across the district, this state and this nation because you have shown through your leadership how to make it happen. You are amazing leaders and I thank you for what you have done.”

Heart Safe School Accreditation for Muirlands Middle School is the culmination of a four-year journey for the girls in Troop 3803 that began after Maggie Johnson’s father went into cardiac arrest while working out. CPR saved his life.

In 2014, Troop 3803 began partnering with San Diego Project Heart Beat to provide CPR/AED training to elementary and middle schools in La Jolla. To expand their efforts, the girls reached out to San Diego Unified School District for assistance. In 2016, the district partnered with the American Heart Association, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and the County of San Diego, which provided a $100,000 grant to purchase Hands-only CPR training kits for students across the district. These additional kits helped the students train more students at Bird Rock Elementary, where their efforts began, and Muirlands Middle.

“The American Heart Association has a vision to train thousands of young life-savers across our county, and with funding support from Supervisor Roberts and leadership support from Superintendent Cindy Marten, they were able to bring that vision to life at Muirlands and throughout the district,” said Jennifer Sobotka, American Heart Association San Diego Division executive director. “And that vision is catching on, as we continue to see more examples across the district of students and teachers being empowered through education and taking action, teaching CPR, learning CPR, saving lives….”

The Heart Safe School Accreditation program consists of seven elements aimed at raising awareness and preventing sudden cardiac arrest.

15th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance to be held in April

Celebrating its 15th year the weekend of Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial will be returning to the stunning shores of La Jolla.

Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. In 2019, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be celebrating Cadillac as the honored marque.

Cadillac is the oldest surviving brand in the United States, dating back to 1901, which promises a stunning assortment of models to be showcased at the 15th annual La Jolla Concours.

In addition to Cadillac, La Jolla Concours will celebrate 100 years of Bentley and the 50th anniversary of the Mach 1 Mustang. In total, attendees can expect to see more than 130 spectacular automobiles from around the world.

This celebratory automotive weekend will begin on Friday, April 12 with an exclusive private-themed party.

Saturday, April 13, will kick off with the annual Tour d’Elegance, followed by a VIP reception on the Concours lawn that evening.

Saving the most extravagant for last, the weekend will conclude with the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, April 14 with more than 130 world-class autos, a champagne and honey tasting garden, a VIP lounge, and hospitality suites.

Staying true to tradition, the event will also be featuring the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours, which will once again be free and open to the public and will expand the show from the Ellen Browning Scripps Park into the La Jolla Village roadways displaying a variety of automobiles.

The 15th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance proceeds will go towards La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the history of the gem known as La Jolla.

In addition to the La Jolla Historical Society, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance benefits several additional local community nonprofit partners each year.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 619-233-5008.
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