Poetry contest

La Jolla News Nuggets: Grammys for Music Society Artists; youth poetry contest; egg hunts; Continued

Grammys go to La Jolla Music Society artists

The April 3 Grammy Awards ceremony saw honors given to artists who have recently appeared or are scheduled to appear in La Jolla through the La Jolla Music Society.

Caroline Shaw, who won Best Contemporary Classical Composition for “Shaw: Narrow Sea,” will perform in several concerts during the Music Society’s SummerFest and in a “Takeover @ The JAI” at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on Wednesday August 24. .

Anthony Roth Costanzo, who will perform at the Conrad on Thursday August 18, won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording as part of an ensemble with conductor Karen Kamensek; opera singers J’Nai Bridges, Zachary James and Dísella Lárusdóttir; producer David Frost; and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Béla Fleck, who performed “My Bluegrass Heart” earlier in the LJMS season, won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

Subscription packages are on sale for SummerFest. To learn more, visit ljms.org.

La Jolla/Riford Library presents a youth poetry contest

The La Jolla/Riford Library presents a poetry contest for children in K-12 through Tuesday, April 19.

Applicants can submit their poetry to Youth Services Librarian Katia Graham at grahamk@sandiego.gov. Entries must include the author’s name, age, grade level, email address, and phone number.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 26. Prizes include a $25 gift certificate to Warwick Bookstore and a newspaper. The winning poetry will be featured on the library’s and Warwick’s social media accounts.

Easter Eggs-cellent events coming this month

San Diego County is teeming with Easter egg hunts and other festivities, including some in and near La Jolla.

The Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will host a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9-10 and April 16-17 with an exploration of the diversity of eggs in the ocean and how sea animals take care of their eggs. Participants can create an egg-themed craft and participate in an “underwater” egg hunt. The “Eggstravaganza” is included in the admission price of $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 3-17 years old. Reservations are required at aquarium.ucsd.edu.

The Standley Park Spring Egg Hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9 at 3585 Governor Drive, University City. The event will offer different times for different age groups up to 10 years old, as well as artistic activities. Bring your own basket. To visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/standley.

The La Jolla Open Aire Farmer’s Market will host its Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Genter Street on the La Jolla Elementary School grounds. The event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, a market photo scavenger hunt with prizes, giveaway, face painting, crafts and live music. Free. To visit lajollamarket.com.

The La Jolla Recreation Center will host a Spring Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 10 at 615 Prospect St. Egg hunts will begin at different times depending on age; the event will also include food, games and photos with the Easter bunny for purchase. FREE ENTRANCE; bring your own basket. Dial (858) 552-1658.

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla donates to Gillispie School

La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation member Wendy Matalon (left) presents Debbie Rodriguez, director of advancement at Gillipsie School in La Jolla, with a check for $6,000.

(Courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla)

La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation member Wendy Matalon presented Debbie Rodriguez, director of advancement at Gillipsie School in La Jolla, with a check for $6,000 for the school’s scholarship program.

The presentation took place at the April 1 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla.

UCSD wins $1.4 million grant for malaria research

UC San Diego scientists have received a $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study new genetic technologies to reduce mosquito populations and combat the spread of malaria.

The grant will also allow researchers to mitigate the risks associated with using gene-editing systems in nature, according to UCSD.

Ethan Bier, Distinguished Professor of Developmental Biology at UC San Diego and Scientific Director of the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, and his colleagues at UCSD and elsewhere are working on next-generation CRISPR-based gene drive systems , a technology used for gene editing. .

Once deployed, the technologies could spread through mosquito populations in a season – immunizing mosquitoes against malaria parasites or acting as genetic insecticides – and decreasing insect numbers.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that infects more than 200 million people worldwide each year and causes more than 600,000 deaths, mostly among young children living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Cleanup of the creek at the bay coming April 23

I Love A Clean San Diego will host the 20th annual Creek to Bay cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23, the day after Earth Day.

This year, Creek to Bay is returning to in-person group cleanups at nearly 75 sites around San Diego County. Organizers expect more than 5,000 volunteers of all ages to participate.

The La Jolla’s Creek to Bay cleanup effort will pick up litter on the La Jolla Bike Path. Volunteers will meet at the entrance to the Fay Avenue extension bike path at 409 La Canada. Individual self-managed cleaning is an option, with details online.

In 2021, volunteers said they removed nearly 30,000 pounds of trash from streets, parks, canyons and beaches. This year, I Love A Clean San Diego hopes to see that number approach pre-pandemic levels of 100,000 pounds.

Learn more about creektobay.org.

NASA astronaut to deliver graduation speech at UCSD

Jessica Meir, a UC San Diego graduate who was part of the first all-female spacewalker team as a NASA astronaut, was chosen to deliver the university’s keynote address on Saturday, June 11 at RIMAC Arena on campus.

Meir, who could travel to the moon this decade as part of NASA’s Artemis project, will attend what will likely be the biggest graduation in the school’s nearly 62-year history. Enrollment approached 43,000 last fall and more than 11,000 students could graduate.

La Jolla Institute of Immunology benefits from fundraising effort

Swing for a Cure, a fundraising effort from Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo, raised about $50,500 in March for the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, a nonprofit biomedical research organization.

Swing for the Cure Executive Director Julie Stone and Executive Director Carole Tessicini ran a variety of money-making activities in March, culminating in a golf tournament on March 20 in which more than 110 members participated. Many of them bought memorial tee signs dedicated to friends and families touched by cancer. Activities also included silent and live auctions of items donated by club members and local businesses.

– Compiled by La Jolla staff