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.