Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bird Rock Community Council launches new website!

The Bird Rock Community Council launches new website. This new and improved site was designed by La Jolla's own Smashing Design with photography by La Jolla Photojournalist Don Balch. New focus on Community, Merchants & Happenings. New features include a Walking Map, Photo Gallery, Events Calandar, Blog and monthly BRCC Newsletter is archived online as well.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Look for eco-friendly toys at Geppetto’s

In honor of Earth Day, Geppetto’s Toys is promoting dozens of eco-friendly games, toys and books that it sells at each of its seven locations, including the La Jolla store at 7850 Girard Ave. The selection includes toys made from recycled milk containers and organic materials, books about the natural world printed with 98 percent post-consumer recycled materials and puzzles made from sustainable resources that feature endangered wildlife and their habitats. Prices for the green projects range from $2.99 to $99.99. Gepetto’s will open an eighth location at Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar on May 1, with a grand opening party taking place on site from 11:08 a.m. to 3:08 p.m. Eight percent of sales that day will be donated to charity.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cups La Jolla 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®!

Congratulations to Cups La Jolla Crew and Michelle Ciccarelli! This organic cupcakery, lounge and teaching kitchen in La Jolla Village is now a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Pink Lady Goes Green

Intimate and charming, La Valencia Hotel has been the place to stay in La Jolla since its opening in 1926. With 113 rooms, suites and Ocean Villas. La Valencia's also has three famous distinctive restaurants. There’s no better view in La Jolla while you relax by the outdoor pool with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. What you might not know about this landmark is that it embraces Green practices and is a Member of the Green Hotels Association.

Here are just a few of the La Valencia Hotel's Green efforts:

• Cleaning Supplies: All rooms and linens are cleaned with environmentally friendly eco certified cleaning     products Member of the Green Hotels Association
• Recycled Paper: Property wide printing on recycled paper
• Non Smoking Hotel: La Valencia is a smoke free hotel
• Towel/Linen Reuse: Guests have the opportunity to do their part to reduce energy and detergents required for daily washings
• Recycling: Back of house recycling programs addressing glass, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc.
• Energy Conservation: Back of house lighting retrofitted and audited to ensure energy efficient bulbs are in place
• Water Conservation: Implementation and auditing of low flow systems for faucets, toilets, and showers
• Best Practices: Recycling of coat hangers, elimination of Styrofoam cups, battery and toner cartridges recycling system, complimentary overnight valet parking for hybrid cars
• Dry Cleaning: Guests and Employee dry-cleaning uses eco friendly methods and products
• Eco-friendly Food: We offer food organically grown and purchase some of our produce and vegetables from local farms
• Donation programs: Instead of being thrown away, unused amenity bottles and sheets are donated and used by local charities. They also a partner with Birch Aquarium at Scripps with Adopt a Seal program

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Island Divine, Santorini

On Saturday May 1st from 3:00-7:00pm the Junior League of San Diego will transform the La Jolla Cove into the elegance and delight of Island Divine. The 10th annual event theme transports you to the beautiful and romantic Greek island of Santorini. Join them for their annual Spring fundraiser, an afternoon of award winning wines, beers, spirits and culinary delights. In addition, a silent auction.

Friday, April 16, 2010

One of the stars of "Endless Summer," to discuss book

Mike Hynson will discuss his book "Mike Hynson: Transcendental Memories of a Surf Rebel" at 7 p.m. April 17 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The book is a who's who of 1950s and '60s culture - with names such as Duke Kahanamoku, Hobie Alter, Bruce Brown, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Timothy Leary, Jimi Hendrix - and is a gritty portrayal of Hynson's adventurous frolic spanning three decades questioning, exploring and breaking new ground. He is also one of the stars of "Endless Summer," the iconic film from Bruce Brown, Hynson writes that he lived his entire life on the edge - from his formative years as a Navy brat in the 1940s and '50s bouncing between Hawaii and San Diego, to his timing and innovation that kept him at the forefront of the surfing industry throughout the '60s. Hynson helped found the legendary WindanSea Surf Club in 1962; and planted the seed in Tom Morey's head for the Boogie Board in 1965.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Summers coming... get gorgeous & toned

Have you heard of the Pure Barre Technique? Last week I had the opportunity to try at their La Jolla village studio. Pure Barre is a total body workout. It combines the best elements of Pilates and Lotte Berk exercises with dance for an incredibly intense workout. This is the same method Sex & the City actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, uses to stay fit. Benefits include, lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Students see results in just 10 classes. I also learned that it can help new moms bounce back after having a baby. 
To try out Pure Barre, there’s no better opportunity than with a BuyWithMe voucher that offers $25 to for 2 Pure Barre Classes (a $50 value). Summers coming, join me to get fit & toned!

Monday, April 12, 2010

UCSD Earth Day E-WASTE Recycling Event

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 07:00am through Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 03:00pm located at La Jolla's UCSD off Rupertus Way inside the campus. This event is FREE and open to the public and any type of business. Bring in all of your end of life e-waste and AERC will responsibly recycle it for you. Items can include: TV's/monitors, computers, fax, copiers, printers, servers, routers, video games, arcade games, juke boxes, video/ stereo equipment, vcr/dvd players, CD's/DVD's/tapes/VHS tapes, cell phones,laptops, speakers, cables, power cords, MP3 players, IPOD/I-touch.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Erosion Impacting Bird Rock Neighborhood Landmark and Namesake

This weeks La Jolla Light newspaper interviewed Bird Rock Resident, Don Schmidt, about the erosion impacting "Bird Rock". The Bird Rock neighborhood's namesake geological formation is offshore at the end of Bird Rock Avenue. "One of these days, there's going to be a big wave that comes in, and when it does, the rock is going to collapse," predicted Schmidt, a Bird Rock resident and La Jolla Historical Society member who has watched the rock literally "washing away" the last couple of years." Click here for rest of article.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mini-Community Cleanup and Recycling Event

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Separate Waste, Metals. Please place at point of regular trash collection by 8:00 am. Only for homes on La Jolla Hermosa, Beaumont, and Waverly between Colima and Camino de la Costa

Accepted Items:
Appliances, Electronics, Lawnmowers, Metals, Wood & Yard Trimmings, Carpet, Junk Furniture, Mattresses, Palms (bundled)

Not accepted:
Light bulbs/tubes, dirt, demolition, rubble, hazardous waste, paint, batteries, propane tanks, gas cylinders, tires.
Questions? 858.694.7000, Bird Rock Community Council

Monday, April 5, 2010

Are you ready Bird Rock?

Yesterday a 7.2 earthquake occurred south of San Diego in Baja Mexico. It was felt throughout Southern California, especially here in San Diego. For full report click here. My husband and I happened to be grocery shopping at Vons Pavillion during the quake. However, the kids were home and this made us realize we had not created our disaster plan in case of such an emergency. I'm including here some information & tips I found. Ready San Diego has tips and resources to help prepare for an emergency including earthquakes. In addition, SDG&E has helpful tips to prepare you for emergencies. In addition a real time Outage Map. During the month of April, which is Earthquake Preparedness Month, the Red Cross would like to remind the community to have a family disaster plan to ensure that all family members know what to do, where to go and who to call in case of a disaster. The Red Cross recommends that everyone have an emergency disaster kit at home, in the car and at work or school.. More tips from the Red Cross.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Coming soon: Rush Hour Express Line at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Later this month! Also, Yemen Haraaz Supreme was just roasted. Try while you can, very special and sublime. We bought and brewed already! Chuck was only able to secure a small amount. You can buy onsite or online: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Thursday, April 1, 2010

La Jolla's Google entry is in

La Jollan Adam Harris and more than 194,000 other communities had responded by Friday's deadline for initial applications to be part of Google's "Fiber for Communities" initiative. La Jolla will be up against in its effort to get the company to install a super high-speed network in the community. It noted that they'd seen "cities rename themselves, great YouTube videos, public rallies and hundreds of grassroots Facebook groups come to life. In the coming months, Google say it will narrow down the choices, announcing communities by the end of the year.

April Mini-Session Photography Special!

Call soon to schedule 858-454-0331 and

A Better Deal Tuxedos received a “Best of La Jolla” award

For the second year in a row, A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos and Suits, located at 369 Bird Rock Ave., has received a “Best of La Jolla” award in the Tuxedos and Suits category from the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Each year, the USCA recognizes companies nationwide that “enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community,” according to a press release.
Owners Jerry and Janet Klein have been in the tuxedo business for more than 30 years, and they have spent half that time at their present location. Jerry said that the duo’s personal attention to customers and control over their products sets their business apart from their competitors, which are primarily large chain stores.

Source: LJVN