ST. PAUL’S TO HOST ANNUAL SENIOR HEALTH FAIR
St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services is hosting its annual Senior Health and Resource Fair on May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Held in conjunction with National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the fair offers free health screenings, informational seminars and fitness classes at St. Paul’s Villa, located at 2340 Fourth Ave. Vendors will also attend with resources including nutritional information, caregiver resources, health screenings, elder law issues, senior safety, dementia information and educational programs. The free event will also enable San Diego seniors an opportunity to try activities such as Wii bowling. For more information on the Fair, call 619-239-6900 or visit stpaulseniors.org.
GROSSOLOGY IS BACK AT REUBEN H. FLEET
The “GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” exhibit returns to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center this month. Based on the best-selling book “Grossology,” the exhibition uses animatronics to illustrate runny noses, body odor and more. Listed as the most popular exhibit to date, “GROSSOLOGY” opens Saturday, May 26 and runs through Jan. 1. For more information, call 619-238-1233 or visit grossologytour.com. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park.
OLD GLOBE ANNOUNCES 2012 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL CAST
The Old Globe Theater announced the complete cast and creative team for the 2012 Shakespeare Festival, performed at their outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Adrian Noble, returning for his third season as the artistic director of the festival, will direct Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” as well as Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s “Inherit the Wind.” British director Lindsay Posner makes his debut at the Globe with “Richard III.” The Shakespeare Festival runs June 3 – Sept. 30. Ticket subscriptions range from $66 to $246. Single tickets are also available, starting at $29. For show descriptions, artist biographies and schedules, visit theoldglobe.org.
BURLINGAME NEIGHBORHOOD PRESENTS CENTENNIAL HOME TOUR
Six homes built during the first established year of San Diego’s historic Burlingame neighborhood will be featured in its Centennial Home Tour on June 2. With construction beginning during the boom of 1912 that preceded the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, the Burlingame “Tract of Character” has become known for the pink sidewalks along its streets and the early-California architecture. The Burlingame Club, founded in 1913 as the Burlingame Women’s Club, is organizing the tour. Homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at Burlingamesd.com or at 3117 Laurel St. on the day of the event.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON TO CAUSE EARLY MORNING ROAD CLOSURES
On June 3, the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and half marathon course will work its way through Balboa Park, as well as parts of Hillcrest and North Park. As a result, several road closures have been announced. Closures will begin at 5 a.m. along the marathon route, which includes Sixth Avenue from Laurel Street to University Avenue, University Avenue from Sixth Avenue to Park Boulevard, and Park Boulevard from University Avenue to Market Street, downtown. These streets will be reopened at approximately 9 a.m. Both the northbound and southbound directions of SR-163 will be closed from 2 a.m. until approximately noon. MTS bus routes and trolley detours will also be in effect that morning. For a list of alternate schedules, visit sdmts.com. For a map of all road closures, visit competitor.com/community.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS RESIDENT AWARDED BY SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
University Heights resident Susan Weinberg-Harter was awarded the Best of Miniatures Award in this month’s exhibition at San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS). Weinberg-Harter’s painting, “Still Life with Bottles,” was done on Yupo paper, which is a form of polypropylene with a slick finish. SDWS presents a different, juried exhibition each month, with an evening opening reception on the first Friday. Works on paper, using watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and tempera, as well as mixed media, are accepted. For more information, visit sdws.org.
HISTORIC BRONZE PLAQUES TO BE REPLACED
On May 8, the San Diego City Council authorized $5,000 from the Historic Preservation Fund be spent to replace historic markers stolen from the public right-of-way and City property in Mission Hills. The markers include two signs each for Inspiration Heights, Sunset Boulevard and Alameda Drive, and one sign identifying Mission Hills Pioneer Park Playground. Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer contributed $1,700 to the Historic Preservation Fund for this purpose.
NORTH PARK ATTACK LEAVES ONE HOSPITALIZED
After an attack and attempted robbery in North Park in the early morning of May 14, one man is in the hospital undergoing surgery and San Diego Police are looking for the assailant. As two men sat in a car on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Alabama Street at approximately 1 a.m., the suspect approached the driver-side window and demanded money. After the driver refused, the assailant smashed in the window with a rock and hit the driver in the head multiple times. Initial reports indicated the assailant used a sledgehammer, however, SDPD confirmed this was false. Following the attack, one of the passengers then ran from the car, screaming for help. When he looked back and realized the attack was still occurring, he returned and chased the assailant away. The victim underwent surgery to repair a crushed eye socket, fractured sinus bone, broken cheekbone and a four-centimeter laceration above the eye. Original reports also suggested this was a hate crime, however police have since determined this was an attempted robbery not motivated by other factors.
‘HOOD N HOSE’ BANDIT ARRESTED
Detectives with the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit announced the arrest of Maurice Gibbs in connection with a series of commercial robberies that occurred in the Mid-City Division neighborhoods of North Park, Normal Heights and University Heights in April and May. The suspect targeted a video store, a fast food restaurant and gas stations in the late night and early morning hours. The suspect would enter a business, walk directly to the service counter, display a handgun and demand money, which he then took from the cash register. Witnesses were present during some of the robberies. Gibbs was booked into county jail on five counts of second-degree robbery and arraigned on May 22.
BIKE CORRAL OPENS IN HILLCREST
On May 14, Councilmember Todd Gloria teamed up with bicycle advocates and local businesses for the opening of District Three’s first bike corral, located near the intersection of Fifth and University avenues. The corral provides free, dedicated on-street parking for up to 12 bicycles. Funding for the corral came from the Uptown Community Parking District, as well as a grant from San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). At the opening, Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Robert Butterfield, general manager of Snooze Eatery and Tim Gahagan, chair of the Uptown Community Parking District, all joined Gloria in a ribbon cutting. The corral replaces the designated parking spot of one vehicle.
PRIDE FLAG IN HILLCREST APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL
The San Diego City Council voted 7-0 at their May 15 meeting to approve the construction of a 65-foot flagpole to fly a permanent rainbow flag at the east end of the Hillcrest. The monument will be located at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue, with construction beginning June 18. The project includes the installation of the flagpole with a 12-foot by 18-foot rainbow flag. San Diego LGBT Pride will pay for maintenance of the flag and pole after construction is complete, with initial funds coming from private donors.
HISTORIC STREETCAR CENTENNIAL COMING TO TROLLEY BARN PARK
The Historic Streetcar Centennial Party is scheduled for June 1 from 3 – 7 p.m., in Trolley Barn Park. Speakers at the Centennial include former state senator Jim Mills, District Three Councilmember Todd Gloria and other community leaders. There will be historic organizations on hand to teach the history of the Class 1 streetcars and green energy exhibitors to showcase future transportation. There will also be live music, the MIHO food truck, a turn-of-the-century costume contest and the official unveiling of a proposal to get the Class 1 streetcars restored and functioning by 2015.