Mama’s Kitchen volunteers assemble 3,000 cake boxes for the annual bake sale in La Jolla
Volunteers from the nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen assembled and labeled 3,000 pie boxes in La Jolla for the 18th Annual Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale.
Assembled at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine Hotel, the boxes are shipped to local bakers who spend their time making cakes that are in turn sold by Mama’s Kitchen and volunteer cake vendors to benefit Mama’s Kitchen.
This year, each cake costs $32, and funds raised will enable Mama’s Kitchen to cook, prepare, and deliver 12 nutritious meals to people living with serious illnesses, including HIV, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney diseases. The nonprofit hopes to raise $145,000 during the four-week sale period to fund 55,000 meals.
Pies are available until Saturday 19th November or until sold out. To learn more, visit mamaspies.org.
County Monkeypox Health Emergency expires
As the number of new cases decreased, San Diego County phased out its public health emergency of monkeypox on November 10.
The decision, announced Aug. 2 and ratified Aug. 9 after a similar decision by the state, was explained as a way to educate the public about the disease and encourage access to a limited supply of vaccines for cities across the country and globe requested extra doses to prevent the virus from spreading.
dr Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said in a statement that the emergency “is no longer necessary now that numerous tests, treatments and vaccines are available.”
The weekly totals of new cases in San Diego County have fallen sharply since the first week of August, when 57 residents tested positive. The number dropped to a single new case in the first week of November. The weekly number of cases has been in the single digits since the beginning of October.
The cumulative case count in San Diego is more than 440, with 14 becoming ill enough to require hospitalization and zero deaths. Nationwide, there have been more than 28,000 cases and about a dozen deaths. — The San Diego Union-Tribune
UCSD researchers awarded $360,000 for safe driving training program
Researchers from the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego were recently awarded a $360,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct UCSD training, research and training for safe driving. or TREDS, program aimed at educating drivers and pedestrians that safety is the top priority when sharing the roads.
NHTSA estimates that 42,915 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2021, a 10.5 percent increase from 38,824 in 2020. The estimate is the highest number of deaths since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase in the United States History of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
TREDS offers courses, online training, and written materials to prepare law enforcement, clinicians, and other road safety professionals to educate the public. The free courses cover alcohol, cannabis and prescription drug driving disorders, as well as distracted driving, pedestrian safety and refresher training for older drivers.
Promoting teen safety is a priority for the program next year, officials say. A recent NHTSA report shows that 1,885 young drivers died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2020, a 17 percent increase from the previous year. According to the report, alcohol was a major contributor to many of these deaths.
The La Jolla chapter of the National League of Young Men is looking for new members
The La Jolla chapter of the National League of Young Men is open to new members and has recently partnered with the non-profit organization Feeding San Diego to help prepare and distribute nutritious meals to hungry people.
Founded in 2007, NLYM is a mother-and-son organization dedicated to educating youth to be leaders and the importance of community, philanthropy and charity.
Membership is open to students or residents of La Jolla graduating from high school between 2025 and 2027.
For more information visit nationalleagueofyoungmen.org.
— Compiled by La Jolla Light staff ◆