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 www.bellevuehaunt.com 
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 www.birdrock.org, 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.