"Circle of Life” Bench #5 Completed December 18, 2010

“Circle of Life” is the theme for the 5th and final bench in the 5 bench series of the Bird Rock Community Council mosaic bench beautification project. The 5th bench was created using a green palate of mixed tessare and features Mexican smalti, Murano Italy milefiori, fused glass hand made by the Dunklee family (bench sponsors) and Grace Feeney& Niki Schroeder –students from Muirlands Middle School. The stones on top and surrounding the bench are hand picked agates from Agate Beach, CA and various stones the Wheeler family collected along the Oregon Coast this summer.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters brews up new option: art

by: Kendra Hartmann

Bird Rock Elementary School students regularly have their work displayed at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, along with the work of other artists. Courtesy photo by Pearl PreisIn December, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (BRCR) owner Chuck Patton decided to throw a fundraiser for his long-time employee, Jocylynn Breeland. Breeland had recently been injured in a train accident in Little Italy that left her without a right arm and part of a foot, and Patton mobilized the community, bringing more than 1,200 people to the coffee shop and raising about $30,000 for Breeland’s recovery. Part of that event involved a live auction, during which local artwork was displayed and sold. And that, Patton said, was just the beginning.

Candlelight Labyrinth at Law St – Teenagers Create!

Photo by Pearl Preis

At low tide on Saturday October 15, 2011 the La Jolla High School Interact Club & Bird Rock Artist Guild created a temporary Labyrinth walking path at Law St. Beach. Members of the community young and old came to experience this ancient spiral designed walking path & temporary art experience. At sunset they light the path with 300 lumenaria candle bags! Located in the center of the Labyrinth was a no-obligation donation jar of giving to collect for Interact’s fall service project “Project Mercy”– building a home in Mexico for an impoverished family. Interact is an action-oriented community service club of La Jolla High School. The club is tied to the La Jolla Rotary and fosters ambitious volunteerism as well as active leadership development. They will use the donations to purchase building materials.