Monday, October 11, 2010

Bird Rock Fab has moved....

Head over to Bird Rock Fab blog at its new address Thanks so much for your readership over the years. Hope you'll be visiting regularly! Also following on Twitter @Birdrockfab

Monday, October 4, 2010

Green Expo at La Jolla Cove Sunday, October 17th

Go Green at this all day festival and recycling event. Admission is free! Come enjoy live music, food, kids activities, an eco-parade & more. Many retailers will be there showcasing eco-friendly goods. All Green Electronic Recycling will be providing a Free E-Waist Drop-Off at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla. To learn more about this event and see a list of sponsors and exhibitors click here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Best Local Food Trucks

Joes on the Nose

Just because your on the go it does not mean you can't enjoy good food! Below is a list San Diego Magazine featured in their "Best of" Readers Poll.

Joes on the Nose: Joes on the Nose opened as a business designed to offer drinks to surfers and other beachgoers in San Diego county, so the only way to do this was to be completely mobile. We also love Joe for featuring award winning beans locally roasted by Bird Rock Coffee

MIHO Gastrotruck: Two Linkery veterans teamed up to serve fresh, locally sourced, clever street foods like conchinita pibil tacos, banh mis, Cuban sandwiches and more.

Tabe: Drawing on a unique blend of flavors —Mexican, Japanese, Pacific Islander —Tabe offers barbecued chicken, beef, spicy pork and beer-battered fish to add to its bowls, wraps and more.

Marisco's German Taco Truck: This truck produces some of the best tacos in town, from the battered fish (naturally) to the gobernador (shrimp, cheese and chiles).

Sweet Treats: This list wouldn't be complete without an ice cream truck, and Sweet Treats does it right by combining cool gourmet-brand sweets with nostalgic faves like sno-cones, drumsticks and ice-cream sandwiches.

Kiwi Coach: Bareback Grill's mobile operation brings the best parts of the P.B. and downtown restaurants along for the ride, including organic burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, fries and onion rings.

Dave de Jour: A former Navy SEAL, Dave isn't a guy to be taken lightly. Neither is his cooking, which includes shredded-beef Cubano sandwiches, mahi sliders, chicken skewers, mac-and-cheese on a stick and more. davedejour.com

Source: San Diego Magazine Readers Poll

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival October 9th and 10th

Save the date! The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, a premier fundraising and community event will be held on the weekend of October 9 and 10, 2010 from 9am to 5pm. This unique two-day event will showcase over 300 booths featuring outstanding artists from Southern California and Northern Baja. Created by Friends of La Jolla Elementary as an extension of its popular and well-established Open Aire Market, this event donates all proceeds to key programs at three area public schools: La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and Bird Rock Elementary. These commonly underfunded programs include art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care by a school nurse. All three beneficiaries are part of the financially troubled San Diego Unified School District. Learn more

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bird Rock Bikini closing

50% off on all merchandise
Bird Rock Bikini is closing their store and transitioning exclusively to online sales. They've been La Jolla's most established Bikini and Womens Beachwear Shop, founded in 2004. They will be missed!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Halloween Fun, The Haunt on Bellevue

The Haunt on Bellevue Haunted House
 Halloween is right around the corner! This year a group of La Jolla High School students are busy preparing for the best year ever by helping build the ultimate Haunted House experience. This year "The Haunt on Bellevue" organizers are looking for sponsors to help with building expenses.

Levels of available sponsorship include*:

1 . Buccaneer, a $25 donation (includes Two front of the line passes on Halloween night)

2 . First Mate, a $50 donation (includes four front of the line passes on Halloween night)

3 . Captain, a $100+ donation (includes four front of the line passes on Halloween night, name recognition on the sponsorship board, and a private behind the scenes tour of the Haunt)

Your donation also contributes to a good cause:
*A portion of all sponsorships will be contributed to the La Jolla High School Interact Club. Interact is a community service based club, that once a year heads down to build homes in Tijuana for underprivlaged families.
For more information, photos from last years event and to purchase tickets visit the website 
For questions please contact organizer Tom Wheeler.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Please comment, what would you like to see next?

Bird Rock like many neighborhoods has been impacted by the recession. We've lost restaurants such as Bully's La Jolla, The Cotton Patch, The French Pastry Shop and Cuvee. Long ago we even had the upscale Cindy Blacks. We currently have more than one restaurant space available in the Bird Rock business district along La Jolla Blvd..  That got me thinking what kind of restaurant would we like to see next? What would the community support? I started a poll and listed favorites (has since ended) I'd love to see open a second location here. In no particular order I’d love to see Isabel’s Cantina, Blue Water Seafood , Blind Lady Ale House, The Wine Encounter, O’Brothers Burgers or Jayne’s Gastropub consider opening here.
However, you probably have ideas too. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bird Rock's Calumet Park

Calumet Park
Calumet Park is a hidden gem and has one of Bird Rock's best views at Sunset. That's my husband waiting for me on the bench, gotta go!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Neighborhood Albertson's Store becomes Earth Friendly!

Locally Harvested Produce is Identified
Albertson's recently celebrated a grand re-opening. Introducing customers to their newly remodeled earth friendly store. As environmental stewards they are encouraging customer involvement in the company’s recycling programs and operationally they’ve committed to using energy and water more efficiently. Changes shoppers might notice are the 19 skylights bringing natural light in and reducing need for electric light. All dairy and frozen food doors are equipped with new LED lighting. Also during the remodel over 50% of construction waste was recycled or donated. I was also impressed to learn if there’s a power outage within the area, the store will be able to operate without disruption because electricity is generated on-site by the fuel cell. This will allow Albertsons to avoid costly food spoilage and ensure a reliable food supply in emergency situations.

What I like about our new store is they carry more organic and locally sourced fruits & vegetables. In this photo I took you can see they identify which were locally harvested. The deli counter also carries more readymade food which is helpful when you don’t have time to cook or need a bakery item last minute. Albertson's address is 703 Turquoise St., Paulette Loper is the store manager, let her know what you think about the changes!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Beginnings

Future home of Bird Rock Surf Shop... they are moving from present location to their new permanent home after remodeling is completed late fall.
Additional changes to Bird Rock Village include Bodywear Boutique at 5623 La Jolla Blvd., exiting and going online. Their next door neighbor, Julian Bakery will expand taking over Bodywear's space.We also saw two new arrivals open this Summer, Mimi & Red a trendy women's clothing boutique at 5630 La Jolla Blvd. and Dulce Shoes & Bags at 5663 La Jolla Blvd. In Bully La Jolla's case, 5755 La Jolla Blvd, an as-yet-unnamed fitness facility is going in.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bird Rock Cookbook features close to 500 favorite recipes!

Bird Rock Community Cookbook
The Bird Rock Community Council's "Bird Rock Community Cookbook" is finished and ready for the printer. With an overwhelming response from residents, merchants, and those with longstanding ties to the neighborhood, the book features almost 500 favorite recipes, art by Jane Wheeler, and photography by Shirley Preis.
The book is available ONLY as a pre-order with proceeds from the $20 donation per book going to benefit Bird Rock Elementary school. To ensure arrival in time for the holidays, all cookbook orders must be received no later than Sunday, Sept. 19. Orders can be placed by using a credit card: go to, click on "Cookbook," and submit order via PayPal; or a check, made payable to "BRCC," including name, contact information (phone number AND email address,) and quantity of books.
Mail a check and information to BRCC, 5666 La Jolla Blvd, #168, La Jolla, CA 92037. Delivery date is late November. The cookbook committee said the book will make "a lovely keepsake," and stated its gratitude to all contributors.

Source: La Jolla Light & BRCC

Friday, September 3, 2010

Locally Owned Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Service

The La Jolla Light recently profiled Clean Air Lawn Care, in case you missed the article I thought this story was worth repeating since they offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gardening services:

We want to retire the gas lawn mower," says Ankist Zadeyan, co-owner of Clean Air Lawn Care San Diego. With gas lawn mowers having been the lawn mower of choice in recent years, this may seem like an ambitious goal, but he and his brother don't think the idea seems so far-fetched after all.
Ankist Zadeyan and Antranik Zadeyan, natives of La Jolla and alumni of La Jolla High, launched the San Diego franchise of Clean Air Lawn Care this summer with the hopes of providing San Diegans a lawn care service that is environmentally green. Read the full article here.

Solar panels on the company's truck powers the mowers.

I was surprised to learn the EPA says a gas mower emits the same amount of hydrocarbons in one hour as an SUV driven 23,500 miles. Learn more how Clean Air Lawn Care is Green.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Birdstock" Summer Concert & Family Event

Come join family, friends and neighbors to celebrate our community Saturday, September 11th, from 4-7 pm at Bird Rock Elementary Park. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will benefit Bird Rock Elementary.There will be live bands, food and drinks (for purchase). Bring a blanket or beach chair, but please no pets. 

Asia Salter
Local Cheese

Come early for the dedication of the Waverly Gate Entrance with special guest speaker Sherri Lightner.

Temporary Community Art Installation
Also, bring a flower petal or natural element to add to our Temporary Community Art Installation. “A Tribute to Andy Goldsworthy”. Inspired by Bird Rock 6th Grader & artist Eric Haer. In addition a chance to create fused glass tiles to adorn the new ramp to the park (5 for $20).

Bird Rock Community Wall
This fall the BRCC will be working on a community art project, the "Bird Rock Community Wall", at the Wavery Street Gate Entrance. The community is encouraged to get involved and leave your mark by purchasing a commemorative tile for the wall. You can choose either a large or small tile to memorialize your family name, pet or organization. “In memory of” tiles will also be available. All proceeds will benefit Bird Rock Elementary School. Email Pamela Garvey or Jane Wheeler for a tile order form.

Lastly, "The Bird Rock Community Cookbook" is taking pre-orders through September 19th.

Brought to you by the Bird Rock Community Council & Bird Rock PTA.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Infamous "Coast Toast" Recipe

"Coast Toast" is featured on the breakfast & brunch menu at Beaumont's Neighborhood Eatery in Bird Rock and also at Brockton Villa (Beaumont's sister location in La Jolla Village). Once you've tried it's hard to order anything else! Best described as a soufflé like version of French toast, it's made with thick-cut French bread and a hint of orange.  This will make you popular if you're cooking for guests and is sure to be a family favorite!

Coast Toast and Ocean View at Brockton Villa

Coast Toast Recipe

1 loaf soft French bread (sliced)
1 qt. whipping cream
10 eggs
¾ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
a pinch of salt
2 tbs. vanilla
2 tbs. orange flavoring

Combine liquid ingredients. Pour over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
Remove bread and discard liquid. Spread butter on flat grill. Cook bread until golden brown, then bake at 450° for 5 -7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a soufflé. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately. Serves 6

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Caution to Local Dog Owners: Unfriendly Plants on the Bike Path

The following information is for neighbors who have dogs and walk the bike path stretching between Nautilus Street in La Jolla and La Jolla Hermosa Avenue in Bird Rock.
Two dogs were recently poisoned by Century Plants on the west side of the bike path (off Via De Norte). The plants have expanded into a large grove, and are a member of the agave family (large, bluish with sharp thorns on the ends of the leaves).
Squirrels hide in these plants and dogs who chase them can get the very toxic juices on their fur, ingest it and become extremely sick. One of these dogs sadly did not survive and the other required extensive emergency care and hospitalization. Keep your dogs away from these plants they are extremely toxic!

Sent as a community service by the Bird Rock Community Council

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bird Rock Shopping Event Saturday August 28th

Come down to La Jolla Boulevard
Enjoy live music, great shopping discounts
and have some fun!
Start your day shopping day with Breakfast Specials at Beaumonts
Grab a coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and enjoy live entertainment
from 10:00am -noon, Robin Henkel Solo Acoustic Blues 
Elizabeth Allen 15% off everything!

Then Check Out All Day Shopping Deals from your favorite merchants: 

A Better Deal Tuxedo – Major stock reduction in progress on Men’s wear
Armonia Skincare– 25% off a Fitness Facial
Beads of La Jolla -15% off pre-made jewelry
Bird Rock Bikini – 50% off
Bodywear Boutique – Moving Sale continues with unbelievable deals
Capricorn Boutique -15% off everything PLUS sale items 50-60% off
Elizabeth Allen – 15% off everything
G Whiz Party and Papery – Free Sno-cones! 20% off (excluding custom orders)
Mimi & Red Boutique – End of Summer/Back to School Sale
Bird Rock Surf Shop - End of Summer/Back to School Sale
Dulce Shoes & Bags -
Nightingale Music – Free stickers for kids and registration continues for next session
White Light Studios –Doors open offering coupons for pilates training services

Download a Bird Rock Walking Tour Map
Courtesy of Bird Rock Community Council

Bird Rock Surf Shop, End of Summer Sale!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bird Rock Resident Named New Salada Tea Spokesperson

Bird Rock resident & Nutritionist Tara Coleman beat out hundreds of tea lovers from across the country to claim her role as Salada Tea’s first ever consumer spokesperson. The search began last May, when nutritionists, trainers, fitness instructors and tea lovers from across the country were encouraged to visit to submit an entry form and upload a video explaining why they would make a great spokesperson. After reviewing each entry, Salada Tea selected the 10 best candidates and posted their entry videos to the same website. From June 28 to August 1, America was invited to log on, review each :30 second video and vote for their favorite contestant. After a tight race, Coleman came out on top! Receiving the most votes for her video about incorporating tea into her everyday activities like shopping, jogging and yoga.
Beginning in September, Tara will be providing tips and suggestions on nutrition, fitness and how simple steps can add up to a big healthy results.
To view Tara’s submission video, introduction video and bio, visit
You can also follow Tara on Twitter @nutritiontara

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Are you ready to go back-to-school?!

I'm a little sad summer is already ending and first day of school is fast approaching. Our summer has been cooler than normal and only warmed up the past week. Even after three kids, I have yet to develop a back-to-school or first-day-of-school tradition so I am looking for ideas of ways to make the first day back to school very special. Thinking of special lunch box ideas or something special we can do after I pick them up. I would love to hear any traditions you might have!

In the meantime, I have some important shopping to get done and I'm striving to do it all locally. I encourage other parents to do same. I heard from business owners some leases in the Bird Rock business district have gone up by 30%; let's do our part to show support and shop for all those back to school items here in Bird Rock.

Our local surf & bikini shops have more than board shorts and suits, they have clothing, backpacks & accessories. August is when selected items go on sale! You'll see many name brands kids/teens love.

Bird Rock Surf Shop
Bird Rock Bikini & Beach Wear

Hoodie, Bird Rock Surf Shop

Obey Berlin Sweatshirt, Mimi & Red Boutique

For teen girls many trendy and affordable options can be found at Mimi & Red Boutique and Capricorn Boutique.

Also for your consideration this time of year, Promises2Kids invites you to participate in the 2010 Back to School Backpack and Flash Drive to collect school supplies for children and youth in foster care in San Diego. Local businesses, churches and community groups will host collection points throughout the community from August 2 to August 23, 2010.  Learn more

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bodywear Boutique Closing Sale

Bodywear Boutique is closing the Bird Rock Store and having a sale. Everything is now 40-70% off. Great time to shop for workout wear, casual tees and accessories. If you can't make the sale you can shop online

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cass Street Cafe & Bakery to Re-Open Today

As many of you know, Cass Street Café had to temporarily close for repairs following Sunday's tragic accident. The Café will re-open for business today. The Bird Rock Community Council encourages you to stop by and support the owners, Mike and Michelle Campagna, as they bring their business back on line.
Latest details

Saturday an event is planned, spearheaded by Pepper Prietto and Bird Rock Community Council members:

B-RADD (Bird Rock Against Drunk Drivers) Event Saturday August 21

Come show your love and support for: Ian, Alani and Myles

Come visit or dine at Cass Street Cafe & Bakery 555o La Jolla Blvd. There will be three poster-sized cards to sign for each of the injured teens. Anyone interested in bringing in additional cards and gifts for these victims may do so as well.

♥♥♥ The Bird Community would like Myles, Alani, Ian and their families to know that Bird Rock has them in their thoughts and prayers. While there is little if anything we can do, we want to show our love and support in this small way. ♥♥♥

Bird Rock Community Council

Sunday, August 15, 2010

4 reported injured after vehicle crashes into Cass Street Cafe & Bakery

Three children and one adult where injured when a drunk driver ran up onto the sidewalk and then crashed in to Cass Street Cafe on La Jolla Boulevard just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a police spokesman said.
The motorist was southbound on La Jolla Boulevard when he hit three children on the sidewalk before crashing into the restaurant, the police spokeman said. The man was in custody.

Four people were injured, with two of them children reportedly being transported to to Rady Children's Hospital. It appeared that a man came around the roundabout near Starbucks and lost control of his car. He reportedly went between two trees, hit a power supply box and then went into the restaurant.
At 8:10 p.m. the vehicle was still inside the restaurant and structural engineers were on the scene.

Source: La Jolla Light 

Monday, August 9, 2010

2010 Best of La Jolla Awards

Each year the La Jolla Light gives readers a chance to tell them about their favorite restaurants, stores and services - and to win a prize for voting.
This year’s voting will be conducted entirely online with user-friendly drop down menus and a chance to write in your own choices.
To support your favorites click here. Voting will end at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3. Winners will be published in the Oct. 21 edition of La Jolla Light.
Also, each week a name of a voter will be drawn for a gift from La Jolla Playhouse, Birch Aquarium, San Diego Symphony and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Dollar-a-Dish Event is On!

Help raise money for the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. In short this effort helps feed chronically hungry elementary school kids over the weekend. The goal is to enroll more schools with kids who already are in school-meal programs so that being away from school doesn't mean having nothing to eat. The Dollar-a-Dish event's participating restaurants are featuring a best-selling dish that when you order Food 4 Kids gets a dollar! A great excuse to eat out and help end hunger. To learn more and for list of participating restaurants.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Save the Date for "Birdstock" Summer Concert & Event

A Summer Concert and Family Event will take place September 11th at Bird Rock Park (adjacent to Bird Rock Elementary). Check back, details to follow closer to event date!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Find Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in New iPhone App

Food & Wine just came out with a new app helping aficionados find the best coffee, wine and pastries. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is there! Listed as one of the top 175 coffee shops in the U.S.
To learn more and download

Sunday, July 25, 2010

La Jolla History

Classic photos of La Jolla High School being built, La Jolla Cove, a few shots of Gunnery Training at Bird Rock (rare photo) Ocean Beach pier, Pacific Beach's dirt streets, Windansea and some of the luaus that later became Mac Meda Conventions, summer at the beach, lifeguards, the Plunge, La Jolla High football team and cheerleaders, football team. Fun to see few buildings La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club with no homes in the background. Even Raquel Welch makes an appearance.

THE WAY WE WERE from Tommy Carroll on Vimeo.

Source: Mac Meda

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time to Feed the Kids! San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” Backpack Fundraiser

Today is the launch of the second annual Food 4 Kids Backpack Program Fundraiser!

Food 4 Kids provides a backpack full of food for chronically hungry kids to take home over the weekend. The official launch date is today, July 15th and is an this important local cause.

Food 4 Kids Backpack program was launched by the San Diego Foodbank in 2007. Every Friday, participating children receive a backpack filled with child-friendly foods. They need this weekend bag because while they receive free or reduced cost meals in school, food may not be available to them on weekends or school holidays. To qualify, students must attend a school where at least 80 percent of the population receives free or reduced cost lunches, and receive a teacher referral. During the 2008-2009 school year, the program served just 200 children in eight schools throughout San Diego County. With help from Food 4 Kids, they are now serving 550 children in 19 schools and are looking to expand that to 850 children this year.

How you can help:
1. There is a fundraising page on at, People can make donations here, add comments, and keep track of progress. This launches today and runs through the end of August.

2. People are encouraged to collect neutral backpacks (as in no logos and preferably black or red since those are the kids’ favorite colors) and kid-friendly non-perishable foods (applesauce, cereal, fruit cups, mac ‘n cheese, pretzels, etc. No junk food but just be aware that they are not doing nutrition education here, just trying to fill hungry tummies.) The collection for this food and backpack drive will be at the Little Italy Mercato on August 21.
3. A “dollar-a-dish” event throughout the month of August by participating restaurants. These restaurants will select one of their best selling dishes and for the month of August will contribute $1 for every dish sold.

As of today’s date, the following restaurants have agreed to particpate:

Alchemy: Sea Bass Ceviche

Bencotto: Pollo all Pizzaiola

Café Chloe: Steak Frites

Casa de Bandini

Casa de Pico

Casa Guadalajara

Cosmopolitan Restaurant: Watermelon Salad

Cowboy Star: Meyer Natural “Certified Humane” Filet


Cucina Urbana: Pizza ordered at lunch

Dining Details (Caterer)

Gaglione Brothers: Meatball Sandwich “Father Joe”

George’s at the Cove: Date salad with arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, and pomegranite vinaigrette

JRDN: Lamb Lollipop

Jsix: Monthly Sustainable Seafood Dish

Kensington Grill:: Hog Bar

Lotsa Pasta: Timpano

NINE-TEN: Hamachi Sashimi with marinated baby shitake mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette

O’Brothers: Big O Burger

Pizza Fusion: Farmers Market Pizza

Playa Grill: Carnitas Plate

Ritual Tavern: Niman Ranch Skirt Steak served with Roasted Market Vegetables, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Sherry Demi Glace

Royal India: Chicken Tikka Masala

Sessions Public: Ribeye Fries

Soleluna Cafe: Pasta of the Day

SoNo Trading Company: Cuban Sandwich

Starlite: Jidori Chicken

Stingaree: Manage a Trois of Fried Point Vincente Calamari, Mexican White Shrimp, Bay Scallops with Sherry Chili Aioli and Lemon

Terra: Sea Bass

The Red Door: Meat Loaf

Wine Steals (all four locations): whole pizza ordered
Flippin Pizza (all four locations and their new truck): whole tomato basil pizza

Urban Solace: Duckaroni (Mac n’ Chese with Blue Cheese, Duck Confit, Roasted Garlic, Arugula, and Scallion and New York White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese with Caramalized Bacon and Charred Tomatoes

Zenbu: Hot Rock

Please visit these restaurants during the month of August and ask about their dishes!

The Food 4 Kids committee includes Co-leads, Caron Golden and Alice Robertson, food writer Susan Russo, Chefs Diane Stopford and Amiko Gubbins, KNSD anchor/reporter Catherine Garcia, and PR pro Peyton Robertson. Stay tuned for August “dollar-a-dish” event details.

Spread the Word!
Please help us all spread the word about this fabulous by liking on Facebook, and using the Twitter hash-tag #food4kidsSD.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"La Jolla / 92037" a book of photography

Olivier Dalle and Paul Burlingame have a passion for art and a passion for neighborhoods. These two interests have came together in their latest endeavor, a book of photography focused on La Jolla appropriately called "La Jolla / 92037." They showcase everything local - local artists, local culture, local characters. On what defines La Jolla. This definition included profiles on many of La Jolla's most fascinating, and sometimes most eccentric, residents. Raymond Chandler (creator of the genre of pulp fiction), Niki de Saint-Phalle (local artist), and Dr. Seuss are all mentioned. They talked to many residents and followed whatever leads they provided and spent 3 1/2 years preparing this book.Dalle and Burlingame plan to create more collections on neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Hillcrest, Coronado, Encinitas, and some neighborhoods in Tijuana. "La Jolla / 92037"  will be released to area bookstores in October.

Photo: Niki de Saint-Phalle, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art 
Source: La Jolla Light

Friday, July 9, 2010

La Jolla Street Clean Up this Saturday

Come out this Saturday and help the La Jolla streetscape committee. Saturday July 10th, from 9am to 12pm. The sign-in table will be on Silvarado behind Union Bank parking lot on Girard Ave. Gloves, pickers, trash bags and other tools that are needed will be provided. This weekends focus will be on Herschel St. from Prospect St. going East to Torrey Pines Road. Snacks and refreshments will be served to the volunteers. JunkMD will donate the removal of trash bags once filled.
The once a month clean ups on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month. Did you know that students of most schools are required to do community service? Even the girl scouts and boy scouts are required to perform community service. Let the La Jolla Beautification Committee and JunkMD help you with that commitment.
For more information call Esther Viti 619-742-1373 or email
More about our junk removal services.

Look who's open! Dulce Shoes & Bags

Dulce Shoes & Bags recently opened at 5663 La Jolla Blvd. in the the space Little Baby Bird Rock used to occupy. Designer Dulce DeHaven brings a fresh approach to the shoe and accessory scene.
They are a welcome addition to the Bird Rock Business district!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters celebrates four years on the boulevard

Thanks to community support Bird Rock Coffee Roasters celebrated their fourth year serving and roasting organic & socially responsible coffee (no easy task since BRCR is across the street from Starbucks).

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters founded by Chuck Patton lives his values. He has initiated multiple outreach efforts to coffee producing countries with the support of loyal customers and the Bird Rock Community.

  • Bringing clean water to coffee farms and villages around them
  • Empowering homeless kids in developing countries by teaching them to surf
  • Educating orphans in the St. Mary Kevin orphanage in Uganda
  • Contributing to cancer prevention in coffee growing countries
  • Establishing relationships directly with coffee farmers to help them improve their crops and get the best possible price for their beans. Farmers in Nicaragua, Columbia, Ethiopia, Mexico & Guatemala.
Anyone who followed the "Where's Chuck" announcements knows first hand the passion and generosity Chuck has to improve the lives of others. We also have him to thank for creating a central meeting place for Bird Rock. Also providing space for the Bird Rock History Museum.
Although Bird Rock Coffee Roasters launched a Thank You Neighbors campaign, I think we should be thanking him.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Taste of Bird Rock

Have a signature dish your family adores? Here's your chance to share it with the Bird Rock community.
Recipes will be accepted by any of the following means (deadline July 31).

How to submit:

- Mail to BRCC, 5666 La Jolla Blvd, #168, La Jolla, CA 92037

- E-mail to

Be sure to include a recipe title, brief story about the recipe, list of ingredients and instructions, your name and contact information, and your affiliation with Bird Rock.

Look for cookbook pre-order information in the September issue of the BRCC newsletter and at "Birdstock" event September 11th.

The Cookbook Committee: Lorene LaCava, Linda Dowley, Lorraine Fisher, Jane Wheeler, and Julie Cockrell

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

31st Annual 2010 Beaumont Avenue 4th of July Celebration!

"The circus is coming, the circus is coming..." The mystery, magic and fun of the circus comes to Bird Rock. Get ready to clown around and start planning for our 4th of July Celebration. Be a part of the Three Ring Circus and parade down Beaumont Avenue with your decorated float, bike, trike, skateboard etc. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the procession, so keep the theme in mind and be creative. Come join the celebration and remember to keep your entry traveling under 1 mph (no motorized vehicles). Beaumont Avenue residents, remember to decorate your homes and yards. THE 4th of July Procession will begin at Camino de la Costa and end at the cul-de-sac behind the Methodist Church. At the end of the parade, there will be great music & great food (hot dogs, popcorn, water and homemade cookies). The band The Sophisticats are back this year!
This event is special to all of us living in the Bird Rock community. It provides that slice of Americana that we all enjoy, particularly when celebrating the anniversary of our country's independence. This parade needs your help. If you’re a Bird Rock resident please send in your $20 family donation, order T-shirts or volunteer:

Start Time, 11:00a.m. Registration for Floats begins at 10:15a.m., SW corner of Camino De la Costa & Beaumont Ave.

*Photo from 2009 parade, Dr. Seuss theme.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Artsy Smartsy is closing

Artsy Smartsy is closing its doors in Bird Rock after 2 years. Their art classes have provided a creative learning center for children and will be missed.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Look who's open! Mimi & Red Boutique

 The Bird Rock store is their second location 5630 La Jolla Blvd. They opened first at 3032 University Avenue in North Park. Owned by Michelle Knudson and Rhondda Begley. I visited yesterday and was impressed by how affordable the clothes & accessories were. They offer many trendy and casual styles. Welcome welcome!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Stop by and see an oil painting set in Bird Rock

Bird Rock resident and professional artist, Richard Warner, has an oil painting on display in Bird Rock's Starbucks. If the scene looks familiar it's because the subjects are sipping coffee and visiting in front of the same Starbucks on 5604 La Jolla Blvd. I contacted Richard to find out what inspired the painting and he revealed it involves his wife's daily Starbuck visit. On her way to work she frequently ran into "the boys". He became curious about "the boys", so one morning he went down to Starbucks to see her extended family for himself. The painting shows their typical morning grouping. He added, "capturing everyday experiences is very interesting to me, as those moments are the ones that we will treasure with fond memories."

Friday, June 18, 2010

Surfers Healing a Surf Camp for Children with Autism

If you are a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum you know how challenging it can be to do “the simple things”. The things that others take for granted, like going to the grocery store or out to dinner. The thought of a family vacation or even a family day at the beach often seem out of reach.
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload– simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea–with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
The Camps are FREE. The only way they are able to do this is by the generosity of others. Their goal is simple, to increase the number of camps  every year. More funding will help accomplish this.
Most visible expenses are wetsuits, surfboards, rash guards, life vests and other equipment that must be replaced every season. Food and drinks are provided to the kids and their families. Beach permits, insurance, and administration are other equally important if less visible expenses that’s incurred.
How you can help: Please make a tax-deductible donation. To give you an idea of the costs involved it takes approximately $75.00 to completely sponsor a child. This money covers insurance, beach permits, equipment upkeep and maintenance, lunch for the child and his family. So therefore $25.00 dollar donation would cover a third of 1 child’s day at the camp.
To donate via paypal click here and if you can donate equipment or other resources other than money please email
Also,  Eli’s Lids (OC Mom Kara-Noel) donates 10% of profits to this unique autism charity:  Eli’s Lids blog

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Empowerment Through Surfing: Beyond the Surface

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is offering "Beyond the Surface Blend". One dollar from every bag of this specialty roast sold at the coffee bar or online will benefit this cause. This Direct Trade blend was constructed from several small farmers that owner, Chuck Patton, works with in Cauca, Colombia.
Beyond the Surface is a non-profit working to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal communities and to empower street children through surfing and give children a chance to escape homelessness. Lifelong surfer and native La Jollan Emi Koch has turned her passion for surfing into a path to help others. At 20 years old she is founder and director of Beyond the Surface. The international nonprofit corporation's goal is to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal communities throughout the world, and empower homeless street children through the sport of surfing. Also a Georgetown Sophomore and Billabong Girls team rider Emi Koch, an inspiring advocate for social change. Koch said she started surfing at the age of two at Tourmaline Beach in Pacific Beach. Jeffrey, her dad, pushed her out into the water. Now at the age of 20, her skills earned her a spot on the Billabong Surf Team. Her intelligence took her from Our Lady of Peace High School to Georgetown University in Washington, DC and her determination has helped her go beyond the surface.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
5627 La Jolla Blvd.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Here Not There, an exhibition of visual artists of San Diego

Here Not There, an exhibition of visual artists of San Diego, will be on view June 6 through September 19, 2010 at MCASD in La Jolla. The exhibition will focus on the variety, strength, and vitality of individual contemporary art practices in this region.
Artists: David Adey, Adam Belt, Agitprop, Susannah Bielak, Brian Black and Ryan Bulis, Kelsey Brookes, Sheldon Brown, Micha Cárdenas and Elle Mehrmand, Brian Dick, Ricardo Dominguez, Tom Driscoll, Kelly Eginton, James Enos, Steve Gibson, Brian Goeltzenleuchter, Matthew Hebert, John Hogan, Jeff Irwin, Glenna Jennings, Wendell Kling, John Oliver Lewis, Lev Manovich, Heather Gwen Martin, May-Ling Martinez, Jessica McCambly, Gretchen Mercedes, Patricia Montoya, Ingram Ober, Christopher Puzio, Andy Ralph, Marisol Rendon, Allison Renshaw, Jason Sherry and Matt Hoyt, Tristan Shone, The Border Corps (Armando de la Torre, Anthony Vasquez, Endy, Perry Vasquez, and Shondra Dawson), Stephen Tompkins, Michael Trigilio, Robert Twomney, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Vicki Walsh, and Allison Wiese.

MCASD La Jolla

700 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Friday, June 4, 2010

Surfrider partners with Bird Rock Resident to Teach Landscaping Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens: A How-To Gardening Guide to Help Restore a Healthy Coast and Ocean

The Surfrider Foundation invites the public to learn how to plant an ocean friendly garden. This specific type of landscaping requires little water and prevents ocean-polluting runoff by utilizing native plants and permeable mulch. Bird Rock resident, Steve Roeder, will open up his yard to illustrate the landscaping lessons. This event will take place Sunday, June 6 from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at Roeder's Bird Rock home, 5560 Chelsea Ave. The public is encouraged to drop by throughout the day to witness the garden transformation.

Celebrate World Oceans Day, Seuss Style

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will mark June 8th with special activities from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., including a 50th Anniversary Salute to the Dr. Seuss classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish", with a fishy scavenger hunt and storytimes. Birch Aquarium 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Admission $8-$12.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Celebrating Dad's and Grad's

G-Whiz is a great store for party decorations, wrapping paper, greeting cards, and balloons. Custom printing is offered for Graduation parties, add your name, school and year! Also, Fathers Day is June 20th. Owner, Nicole Gerle does a great job of planning and stocking for every occasion. She already has 4th of July decor. Located at 5687 La Jolla Boulevard, Bird Rock Business District.