The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

 DECEMBER 14, 2017


 “Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder"

SPEAKER: Richard Louv



This non-fiction book by author and journalist Richard Louv is about exposure of children to nature in American society and how this “nature-deficit-disorder” harms children and society.  The book concludes that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of both children and adults.

Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal and the author of 7 books.  He is chairman of the Children and Nature Network and honorary co-chair of the National Forum on Children and Nature.  He has won awards from the San Diego Academy of Psychologists and the California Association for the Education of Young Children.

He was born in New York City and educated at the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.  He worked at the School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Richard has said, “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along the grass-stained sleeves to the heart.  If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment we must also save an endangered species – the child of nature.”

Club Happenings and Information



After our September club meeting, Bonnie requested a joint meeting with the management of both the Temple and Ace Parking, and explained the problems our members experienced and how this was impacting our club.

Both Lesley Mills, the Executive Director at the Temple and John Morgan of Ace Parking Management, were very receptive and supportive in looking for solutions to our parking needs.  However, the reality is that spaces in the parking structure are leased out to surrounding businesses who now fill their spaces every day.

CBI has just 106 spaces in the parking structure. They have always made all their spaces available to us. Last month the plan to park cars straight with the help of the valet parking service was somehow not carried out.  Despite this, we did not need the services of the valet parking to park in the aisles – since many of you carpooled or parked on the street.    Since valet parking is a costly service we will try without it this month, and depending on the outcome we will re-evaluate.

So we hope you will repeat last month’s experience. 

The parking spaces under the solar panels on the right as you drive in will be reserved for the speaker and for car poolers.

Although our club has not been successful with car pooling, a modified carpool idea would be for 2 or 3 friends to team up and follow each other -  2 cars would park on the street, or at the Judicial Street public parking structure (There is a public parking garage at One Judicial Center.) The third car ferries them to the Temple, and parks in the reserved carpool spaces.

In addition we are welcome to park in the exterior CBI spaces in their lot, once the Nursery School children have arrived.

Eventually it is hoped we will be able to make some arrangement with the Westfield Mall.  CBI is reaching out to them, but so far they have had no response.

The only entrance to CBI is from Golden Haven Drive.  Do not enter from Towne Center Drive.

We know that parking has been a continuous problem.  Please give us feedback on what works for you.  We appreciate your support as we work on solutions.

Penelope and Bonnie

December Nights at Balboa Park

VGCLJ's Tree for San Diego Floral Association’s Festival of Trees

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Here is the Village Garden Club tree decorated by Sue and Mary Ann Driscoll  for the San Diego Floral Association’s Festival of Trees in Balboa Park. The tree was later transferred to Moores Cancer Center Healing Garden, where we hope the seed packets on the tree will attract birds. 

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