October 4, 2012


Senior Community Centers photo exhibit to promote positive portrayal of aging

Senior Community Centers will present “Notes to our Sons and Daughters,” a stylized black-and-white photographic exhibition featuring 30 diverse members of the community with emphasis on the wisdom of their lifeís journey. The exhibition is a fundraising project to benefit San Diego seniors and support the advocacy efforts of Senior Community Centers, a nonprofit agency transforming the aging experience for San Diego’s vulnerable seniors, by promoting a positive portrayal of aging.

An evening reception will unveil the photographs on Oct. 11 at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier Event Center, according to a release. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.; individual tickets are $150 for general admission and $250 for VIP.

Each photograph will accompany a note from the subject, revealing lessons learned to be passed on to the next generation, our collective sons and daughters. After the event, the photos will become part of a traveling exhibit throughout San Diego County.

For more information about the event, visit

Bilbrays to speak out on melanoma at Bruce Gorder 5K Walk

Briana Bilbray and her father, Rep. Brian Bilbray, will speak at the University of California, San Diegoís annual Bruce Gorder 5K Walk for Melanoma on Saturday about the need for prevention and early detection of melanoma. Briana Bilbray, 25, was diagnosed with melanoma last year.

The Gorder Walk raises funding for cutting-edge melanoma research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Since the event was founded, the Gorder Walk has raised $1.2 million to support doctorsí efforts to develop better treatments and ultimately, a cure for melanoma, according to a release.

As part of the walk, dermatologists will offer free professional skin cancer screenings to registered participants. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center on the UC San Diego east campus; the walk will begin at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20 for those with a valid student ID and $30 for all others. To register, visit

Eighth annual walk to raise funds for autism research

The eighth annual 5K San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday will seek to raise funds for autism research and educate participants about the increasing prevalence of autism. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder that now affects about one in every 88 American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, the 2011 walk hosted 2,500 people, according to a release, and raised $128,500 for researching the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of autistic individuals and their families.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. at Liberty Station of Point Loma, Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities gala to raffle off Mercedes-Benz

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego is selling $100 raffle tickets for the chance to win a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 or $30,000. Proceeds will benefit the charity, which offers meals, lodging and emotional support to the families of critically ill or injured children being treated at San Diego-area hospitals.

The Hoehn family, owner of many car dealerships in North County, has donated the Mercedes-Benz C250 four-door sedan to the raffle. 

The winning ticket will be drawn at the charityís annual gala, ROMP 2012 “Once Upon a Time,” on Oct. 13, but the winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at 


October 4, 2012