La Jolla News Nuggets: Blessing of the Animals; food collection; donation to UCSD; After

La Jolla Congregational Church Holds Blessing of Animals

The La Jolla Congregational Church held its annual Blessing of Animals on October 23.

Pastor Tim Seery conducted the ceremony as part of the traditional outdoor Sunday service on the churchyard patio accompanied by a program of animal-inspired musical selections.

The La Jolla Newcomers Club is hosting its first in-person wine party since the pandemic began

The La Jolla Newcomers Club hosted a wine party on October 14 at the Mount La Jolla Clubhouse.

(Ron Dumoff)

The La Jolla Newcomers Club hosted its first in-person Wine Social since the COVID-19 pandemic began on October 14 at the Mount La Jolla Clubhouse.

Members sampled various wines from California’s Napa and Sonoma counties, accompanied by appetizers and desserts from local businesses.

For more information about the La Jolla Newcomers Club, visit

Heart to Hands food drive from November 3 to December 12

The 10th Annual Heart to Hands Food Drive begins Thursday, November 3 and will continue through Monday, December 12, with multiple donation locations in La Jolla and Pacific Beach.

All donated items will be distributed locally, with four recipients: San Diego Food Bank, Feeding San Diego, Triton Food Pantry and San Diego Humane Society. Human and pet food will be accepted.

In La Jolla, food items are accepted at Compass, Warwick’s, La Jolla Community Center, and La Jolla Open Aire Market. Other locations may be added.

In Pacific Beach, items can be donated to the PB Water Store, Noah’s Natural Pet Market, and Java Earth.

For more information, visit

UCSD creates Kroner Center for Financial Research after $5 million donation

UC San Diego alumnus Kenneth Kroner and his wife Jennifer have pledged $5 million to establish the Kroner Center for Financial Research at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. The newly named center will build on the work of the Pacific Center for Asset Management, which the Kroners established in 2019 with a $1 million gift.

The most recent gift provides unrestricted funding to support research, with the aim of bringing together academic researchers with owners and asset managers representing organizations that hold long-term retirement savings, insurance and other assets. The center focuses on social good by generating high-quality research to answer relevant investment questions that ultimately affect the living standards of retirees around the world.

Kroner said: “The goal of the Kroner Center for Financial Research is to bring the power of academia to the asset management industry in a way that provides real solutions to investment questions that might otherwise be ignored.”

Local students participate in the Challenged Athletes event

Members of the La Jolla High School varsity water polo team were in attendance at the Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon Challenge in Mission Bay, volunteering to assist those who competed in the swim events Oct. 23. The event included a one-mile swim, 36-mile bike ride and a 10-mile run. Considered the flagship event of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the event raises funds for grants for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses.

Alden Pfau and Finn Bugelli escort athlete Beth Hudson out of the water

Alden Pfau and Finn Bugelli escort athlete Beth Hudson out of the water following a swim as part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon Challenge.

(Nicola Bugelli)

The city will update its policy on contributions to neighborhood improvements

The City of San Diego is updating its policies on how it collects information regarding which infrastructure projects residents would like to see prioritized in their neighborhoods. The city is also updating its policies on how to prioritize these investments so they are funded “more equitably and efficiently,” according to a news release.

The city will conduct a city-wide public outreach effort at least once every two years to help determine the budget for the capital improvement program. This could include gathering feedback from community organizations, community planning groups, and other interested stakeholders and individuals. Targeted engagement would occur within the city’s communities of concern and historically underserved or structurally excluded communities.

City staff are also proposing to update the policy that sets guidelines for how CIP projects are prioritized and funded. The updates include changes to the factors that should be considered when adding requirements to the five-year capital infrastructure planning outlook. These changes ensure that guiding principles from initiatives recently adopted by the city, such as the Parks Master Plan, Climate Action Plan and Build Better SD, are incorporated into future neighborhood developments and infrastructure investments.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light

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