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The Circus Stays in Town

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By Melissa Gtz. De Pineres

Although many University Heights residents are not aware of its existence, The Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, located at 4241 Park Blvd., is one of a growing number of sophisticated enterprises that contribute to our community’s increasingly hip vibe.

Founded in 2005 by Cheryl Lindley and Rogelio Lopez to honor the memory of their daughter, Sophia Isadora Lindley-Kessler, who died in an automobile accident on her way home from teaching at a Fern Street Circus summer camp, the Academy gives kids and adults an opportunity to learn acrobatics, contortionism and other physical skills. Read the entire story.

Fire Officials Ask Residents To Keep Watch On Canyons
Our canyons provide open space, recreation opportunities and lush vegetation, but this fall they are especially prone to fire danger because of last summer’s record heat. Fire safety officials are asking University Heights residents to immediately report any signs of smoke or fire to 911 and to report any questionable activity in canyons to the SDPD: 619-531-2000. Other tips about canyon fire safety and brush management are available on The San Diego Fire Rescue Department website.

Play Details The Extraordinary Events Experienced By Teen On Ordinary Day

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Inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Diversionary Theater’s When Last We Flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective. After stealing his local library’s only (and unread) copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager, Paul, locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight. And over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen. Playing through December 9.

When We Last Flew
A new play by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Colette Robert
Diversionary Theater
4545 Park Blvd #101
www.diversionary.org
(619) 220-0097

Fire Officials Ask Residents To Keep Watch On Canyons
Our canyons provide open space, recreation opportunities and lush vegetation, but this fall they are especially prone to fire danger because of last summer’s record heat. Fire safety officials are asking University Heights residents to immediately report any signs of smoke or fire to 911 and to report any questionable activity in canyons to the SDPD: 619-531-2000. Other tips about canyon fire safety and brush management are available on The San Diego Fire Rescue Department website.

UH Cleans Up! Saturday, November 3rd

Join your neighbors on the first Saturday in November from 9 am to noon for the semi-annual Clean UH Up! at the intersection of Washington, Lincoln and the Hwy 163 entrance. Previous and new volunteers are welcome.

Come for an hour, or more if you’d like. Bring your family, neighbors and friends, as well as brooms, dustpans, shovels, rakes and clippers if you have them. UHCA is also accepting permanent donations of any tools for this and future events. We will provide water, snacks and gift certificates to local establishments.

We are proud to live in University Heights! Let’s keep it looking sharp.

This event is sponsored by the UHCA Beautification and Planning Committee. For more information, contact MaryBeth Chruden.

Vermont St. Bridge Paint Job Starting in November

It’s possible the Vermont Street Bridge will be repainted by year’s end, said Dion Akers, an aide to Councilmember Todd Gloria, at the Sept. 6 University Heights Community Association (UHCA) meeting at the San Diego Schools Ed Center Auditorium, 4100 Normal St. Since the meeting, the City has informed UHCA of a start date for the first week of November.

The year-end completion date was made possible when the city removed the project from the city’s capital improvement process and placed it in the city’s street division improvement process, assuring UH of a refurbished bridge in time for our 125th Anniversary next August.

Got Time? The UH 125th Anniversary Committee Wants You!

Do you have an idea for University Heights 125th Anniversary celebration? Would you like to volunteer your time and talent?

If so, you can become a part of your community’s history. The Anniversary, which will be celebrated next August, includes a block party along Park Boulevard that will feature live music and food booths.

Contact the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) to get involved.

Help Make Community History at 125th Anniversary

 

Volunteers Sought for UH’s 125th Anniversary Events

Next August marks University Heights’ 125th birthday and plans for a month of festivities include a block party along Park Blvd that will feature live music, food booths, Birney School exhibits, arts and crafts vendors and even an ostrich or two. Read more to find out how to get involved.

Artists and Restaurants Will Indulge Your Tastes At 7th Annual UH Event

Culinary, performing and visual arts all will be showcased during the 7th Annual UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights which takes place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 at various University Heights restaurants and venues. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample delicacies from many of University Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free, self-guided tour of our community’s vibrant art scene. Read more.

Gloria Explains His Park Vote
By Todd Gloria, District 3 Councilman

After two years of debate, the City Council voted in July to move forward with a plan to take back the heart of Balboa Park from cars and return it to the people. When completed in late 2014, this $45 million project will represent that largest park improvement since 1935. Read more.

University Heights to Note 125th Anniversary

Quasquicentennial Means Let’s Party Like it’s 1888

Next August marks University Heights’ 125th birthday and plans for its celebration include a street fair along Park Boulevard, bands and whatever else it takes to have a Quasquicentennial good time.

“The purpose of the event is to showcase University Heights as one of San Diego’s best places to live and visit, increase community involvement and enhance community pride,” said Carol Neidenberg, vice-president of the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) the event’s sponsor.

Committee members include: Mary Anne Stevens, Cassie Morton, Daniel Hernandez, MaryBeth Chruden, Suzy Holts, Tommy Cope, Filly Gaines, Kristi Edmonds, Paul Farris, Refugio (Will) Rochin, Greg Sorini, Oz Blackaller and Bernie Horan.

“UHCA welcomes suggestions from residents and also is looking for volunteers to help in the event’s planning and organization,” said Neidenberg. Those interested can contact UHCA at uh125@uhsd.org.

Birney Buzz

Birney’s School Year Wrapping Up

The last day of instruction at Birney is July 20. Thanks to everyone who made this year a great success! Over the summer, Birney’s PTA and Friends of Alice Birney Elementary will be planning our social, community, academic and fundraising events for the 2012-13 school year. If you want to become involved in supporting your neighborhood school and you have ideas, resources, time or money you’d like to donate, please email us or go to our website and make a tax deductible donation on our secure PayPal link.

Volunteer to Work in Birney’s Garden this Summer!

Did you know Birney has a native plant, fruit, vegetable and herb garden? The garden is a wonderful learning resource for Birney’s kids for several years now and it is always in need of volunteers to weed, water, plant, mulch and generally maintain the garden. The need is especially great once summer comes and the kids are not in school. Please help us keep this fantastic resource healthy by volunteering. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Mindy Swanson.

Have a Say in the Future of University Heights

Special Uptown Planners Meeting
Tuesday, July 17 at 6 pm
UCSD Hospital Auditorium
West Arbor Drive, West Wing Entrance

At the Uptown Planners meeting this Tuesday, July 17 at 6 pm, City of San Diego Development Services (DSD) staff will present a revised, proposed Land Use Map for the Uptown Planning Area that will affect housing growth in University Heights. Download the agenda with a map and directions to the meeting.

Based upon a detailed analysis by the University Heights Historical Society (UHHS) of Census data, SANDAG data, and the proposed Land Use Map, the UHHS estimates that the number of housing units (or density) could more than double in University Heights, if the proposed Land Use Map is approved.

The University Heights Historical Society will make a short presentation during public comment about the potential impact of the proposed land use map on University Heights. We will also ask DSD staff for more information to help the community better assess the potential impact of their proposal.

If you would like to have a say in the future of your neighborhood and our community, please attend the Uptown Planners meeting on Tuesday. The next draft of the Land Use Map will be delivered by the city later this summer.

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Update on Rebuilding Birney’s Cafeteria and Auditorium
By Laura Dadmun, President, Friends of Alice Birney Elementary

On June 11, a meeting was held about rebuilding Birney’s cafeteria and auditorium that was destroyed by an arsonist in January of this year. Present were Principal Amanda Hammond-Williams, teachers, parents, representatives of PTA and Friends of Alice Birney, the architect in charge of the project and representatives from SDUSD.

The current estimate is for construction to begin in December 2012 with expected completion in June 2013. There have been some delays getting the project off the ground. Initial reports by the insurance company indicated no structural damage; however, an independent structural engineer hired by SDUSD discovered there was structural damage. This will require the interior of the building to be gutted. Asbestos tiles were discovered in the cafeteria, which will require specialized removal and safety procedures, particularly since demolition will be occurring during the school year. Now that the scope of the project has been determined, it must be put out to bid.

The essentials of the exterior and interior of the building will not change. The exterior will be cleaned and painted, and new windows, floor and wall coverings, and a new heater, prepped for AC installation if funds become available, will be installed. The exterior tile mural will be preserved and the stage cleaned and refinished. Two doorways and two school bathrooms will have to be reconfigured to conform to current disabled access standards. In addition, a disabled access area must be created in the parking lot to the south of the school, resulting in the loss of five staff parking spaces.