La Jolla News Nuggets: New Executive Chef, Inventor of ‘Game of Life’, Sunset Pier Walks, Authors’ Fresco, more

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club appoints new Executive Chef

Award-winning chef Mike Minor has been named the new executive chef of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, succeeding Bernard Guillas, who retired after 27 years at the helm. Minor will lead the culinary teams at The Marine Room and The Shores restaurants, as well as at catering and club catering events.

“It’s a longtime dream for me to live and work in San Diego,” Minor said. “The food, culture and climate of the city reflect my cooking style, and I look forward to incorporating this into the menus at The Marine Room, Club Dining and The Shores.”

Minor has made several television appearances, most notably in “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. He was recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation for his volunteer service with several global charities, including March of Dimes and Three Square.

He said his next project is to bring a new interpretation to The Shores menu, where he will emphasize the use of local indigenous ingredients.

The inventor of “The Game of Life” Reuben Klamer died in La Jolla

Reuben Klamer, a toy industry icon and inventor of the classic board game “The Game of Life”, died at his home in La Jolla on September 14. He was 99 years old.

Reuben Klamer, inventor of the classic board game “The Game of Life”, has died in his home in La Jolla at the age of 99.

(Courtesy of Jodi Levin)

“The Game of Life” was introduced in the Archives of Family Life at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, in 1981. The game, produced by Hasbro, has been marketed in 59 countries and 26 languages ​​since its introduction in 1960. One estimated 70 million copies of the game have been sold. The Japanese edition, “Jinsei”, has been the best-selling game in this country for over 50 years.

Klamer has worked in a wide range of categories and in a variety of media. Although most of his most successful products were toys and games, he also held design, development, and invention credits in textiles, plastics, aviation, publishing, music, cinema and television. He built the Starfleet phaser rifle for the original “Star Trek” series.

His approximately 200 other toy credits include Fisher-Price Preschool Trainer Skates, Art Linkletter Hoop, Gaylord the Walking Dog (Ideal), Moon Rocks (Hasbro), Dolly Darlings (Hasbro), Erector-Constructor Sets (AC Gilbert) and Busy Blocks and Zoo-It-Yourself (Tupperware).

One of Klamer’s most important contributions has been to pioneer the worldwide use in toys of an unbreakable plastic called polyethylene. Prior to its development of what became the Big Poly line of large molded toys, plastic toys broke easily and posed potential safety hazards to children. He also developed glue-free “nesting” hobby kits for Eldon Industries, an industry first.

Klamer was inducted into the Hasbro Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the TAGIE (Toy & Game International Excellence) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Earlier this year, Klamer completed a dissertation titled “Blitz, Sizzle and Serendipity: My Game of Life”. – Jodi Levin

Sunset Pier Walks returns to Birch Aquarium

After more than a year and a half, the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in La Jolla is bringing back its series of Sunset Pier Walks this week.

Guests will join naturalists at Birch Aquarium on an exclusive walking tour of the Ellen Browning Scripps Pier – which is normally closed to the public – and learn about research conducted at Scripps Oceanography through interactive experiences including an investigation of the plankton, a squid dissection and more.

“The Sunset Pier Walks are a great opportunity for the San Diego community to learn more about the research being done at Scripps Oceanography in a safe and engaging manner,” said Cari Paulenich, Public Engagement Program Manager. “We are delighted to be able to share the science and the sunsets from the pier with the guests after having gone so long without our wonderful outdoor adventures.”

Sunset Pier walks are priced per group of up to six people and cost $ 135 for aquarium members and $ 150 for non-members. Guests must be at least 9 years old and minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. Face coverings are mandatory during Sunset Pier walks for all guests, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

The walks will take place on certain Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between September 24 and November 19. Learn more about

Warwick’s installs a mural by authors overlooking an alleyway

A new mural featuring illustrations by authors of the lane side of Warwick Bookstore on Drury Lane was completed on September 15. It obtained approval from the La Jolla Planned District Ordinance Committee at its June 14 meeting.

A new mural featuring artwork by authors can be found on the lane side of Warwick Bookstore on Drury Lane.

A new mural featuring illustrations by authors can be found on the lane side of Warwick Bookstore on Drury Lane.

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

The mural features authors who have spoken or organized events related to the book in partnership with Warwick’s. It was printed on canvas and mounted on a blank second floor wall above the guest parking lot, with a wraparound corner so it could be seen from Silverado Street.

Twenty authors are featured, including Amy Tan, Colson Whitehead and Julia Child. There are also other notables who have written books, such as rock star Ozzy Osbourne, United States Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, feminist activist Gloria Steinem and actress Diane Keaton.

“These are all people we’ve organized events for, and a lot of them have been hosted at the University of San Diego or in downtown theaters; that’s the common thread between them, ”said Nancy Warwick, owner of Warwick, at the PDO meeting. “The aim is to create something artistic and culturally dynamic, so that the list is representative of a range of people… people who are valued in the country.”

100 Wave Challenge invites surfers to participate in a fundraiser

A team is participating in the 2020 100 Wave Challenge, a fundraiser for the Boys to Men Mentoring Network.

A team is participating in the 2020 100 Wave Challenge, a fundraiser for the Boys to Men Mentoring Network. This year’s event continues until November 21.

(Courtesy of 100 Wave Challenge)

The 12th Annual 100 Wave Challenge gives surfers along the San Diego County coast the chance to host team rides and catch 100 waves by November 21 to raise money for the Boy-to-Male Mentorship Network, which aims to help at-risk boys break the cycle of violence, gangs, drugs and prison in their communities and succeed.

Teams hoping to raise $ 5,000 or more will be treated to a full day beach experience that includes breakfast and lunch, snacks, assorted drinks and 100 Wave Challenge loot bags.

To register, make a donation or get more information, visit

Windansea Surf Hut to be Honored by the Landmark Group of the Historical Society

Recognizing 75 years that the Windansea Surf Hut has been keen to provide “shade and aloha” overlooking the beach of the same name, the Landmark Group of the La Jolla Historical Society will honor the hut during its week benchmark in 2022.

The historically designated cabin was built in 1947 by WWII veterans who were also surfers.

“This is such an important landmark, which is so dear to so many,” said Landmark Group Chairman Seonaid McArthur. “We are grateful to everyone who worked to preserve it. There is a lot of heart in this little structure.

A plaque recognizing the surf hut as a historic monument was installed in 2017, although the hut received its historic designation in May 1998.

UC San Diego Enrollment Could Reach 50,000 Within 10 Years

UC San Diego, a university already struggling to manage historic growth, could add up to 10,000 students over the next decade, bringing enrollment to 50,000 and making the La Jolla campus one of the largest schools in the western United States.

Chancellor Pradeep Khosla cited this figure in a recent Focus on maintenance with The San Diego Union-Tribune this happened when students moved into dorms for the fall term, which started this week.

UCSD enrollment numbers have climbed by over 10,000 over the past decade, reaching around 40,000.

Nearly 1,175 students are still on a waiting list for on-campus housing, in part because the university has permanently cut beds to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school also decided that it had crowded too many people into dormitories. – The Union-Tribune of San Diego

La Jolla Presbyterian Church to match donations for Afghan asylum seekers

Alliance for African Assistance, in collaboration with Presbyterian Church La Jolla, is seeking donations of money and household goods for more than 500 Afghan asylum seekers who have assisted the former Afghan government or coalition forces in Afghanistan.

“These people arrive in San Diego with little or no resources, forced to flee at any time and with no room for any kind of baggage,” La Jolla Presbyterian Church spokesperson Jim Sedgewick said. “The challenges of finding and renting an apartment, furnishing it, and buying clothes for your family in San Diego are tough for anyone, let alone someone who literally flees for their life. “

To increase the impact of each contribution, La Jolla Presbyterian provides up to $ 50,000 in donations if donated through the church. Donors can send a check to La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 (put “Afghan Resettlement” in the memo line), or donate online to

Direct donations can be made to

Alliance for African Assistance also collects new or slightly used household items. For more information on the items most needed and the filing protocol, call (619) 282-4218.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light ??

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