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NEW PARK OPENS IN UNIVER- SITY HEIGHTS Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Councilmember Todd Gloris cut the ribbon on the Birney Elemen- tary School Joint Use Field Friday, Jan. 28. The field park is located on the corner of Park Boulevard and Meade Avenue in University Heights. The new park, which is part of the field at Birney Elemen- tary will now become a shared public park for the community. Recently completed improvements to the park include a 1.6-acre ir- rigated turf multi-purpose field, a quarter-acre perimeter walkway, fencing and an access pathway that leads into the field from the area neighborhood.


non-profit organization that pro- vides nutrition, health and wellness services for San Diego seniors— recently received a $62,000 grant from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The San Diego Foundation. The grant went into effect on Jan. 1 and is good for the rest of the year. It will go towards helping seniors liv- ing in apartments, homeless shel- ters and hotels who are unaware of help nearby.

The grant will also go towards helping the Senior Community Centers’ Gary and Mary West Se- nior Wellness Center at 1525 4th Ave. in Hillcrest.


San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH) established a $214,000

endowment with the San Diego Foundation this year. To establish this endowment, SDHFH sold a house that they had had in their possession and donated the pro- ceeds to the San Diego Foundation to ensure future funding and dona- tions.

SDHFH builds affordable

homes for local families through volunteer labor and contributions which are used for land and mate- rials, among other necessities. “We truly are honored to have San Diego Habitat for Humanity join our family,” Bob Kelly, presi- dent and CEO of The San Diego Foundation said in a recent state- ment. “As a result of our recent re- search, we know that affordability is the number one priority for San Diegans, which makes our rela- tionship with Habitat for Humanity so critical.”

SDHFH is currently working on

residential remodels in the Uptown area on Polk Avenue, 35th and 38th Streets, three homes on Van Dyke Avenue, two homes on Arthur Av- enue and two homes on C Street. For more information on how to volunteer visit


The San Diego History Center (SDHC), located at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park, received a grant of $162,024 from the Center For Li- brary and Information Resources (CLIR) to assist with the catalog- ing, identification and access to 133 of their 284 archival collections. The SDHC has more than one million documents and over 2.5 millions photographs in its ar- chives. Some of the documents that will be archived with the grant will be: the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition, women’s temperance

movements, Spanish and Mexican- era land grants, local election re- sults and voter lists, railroad, aque- duct and Edward Fletcher’s water supply projects.

MUSEUM OF MAN PRESENTS NEW BIOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL RACE EXHIBIT The San Diego Museum of Man will be having a private showing of its new traveling exhibit “RACE: Are we so Different?” on Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The title sponsor of the ex- hibit and event is law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps. At the event, the firm will, along with Sempra Energy and other title sponsors, emphasize the im- portance of diversity in the legal profession.

The exhibit explores the histo-

ry, science and experience of race and was developed by the Ameri- can Anthropological Association (AAA) in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. According to the AAA, it is the first national exhibition that looks at race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view. “Sponsoring the Museum of Man’s ‘RACE’ exhibit is a perfect way to involve the community,” Kurt L. Kicklighter said, Luce For- ward’s managing partner, in a re- cent statement.

TRE PORCELLINI OPENS IN HILLCREST Hillcrest gained a new wine bar

and restaurant at 1417 University Ave.: Tre Porcellini, which means “Three Little Pigs” in Italian. Chef Roberto Gerbino dishes classic Italian with modern


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On Jan. 20 the San Diego Con- vention & Visitors Bureau held its annual meeting at the Conven- tion Center downtown. The meet-


ing, coined “Titans of Travel,” ad- dressed the state of the regional, national and global tourism indus- try, and presented awards recog- nizing the city’s “Titans of Travel.” Among the many awardees, Kevin Faulconer, who has served District 2—including Old Town, Downtown, Mission Bay and La Jolla—since 2006, received the

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