News Briefs — March 10, 2017

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Get ready for Taste of Morena

The date is set and tickets are soon to be on sale for one of the Morena District’s premiere events.

The 10th annual Taste of Morena will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature an evening of savory food samples, drink specials from microbreweries and local bars, and special sweets from several eateries, sponsored by the Morena Business Association, Max Folkers Team at RE/Max Pacific, US Bank, Mission Valley News and Morena Storage.

Volunteers serve up dishes at Taste of Morena 6. (Courtesy of Morena Business Association)


For only $25, attendees will enjoy a culinary adventure from more than 20 restaurants, breweries and bars including Bay Park Coffee, Pita Pit, Andres Restaurant, Baci Ristorante, Bay Park Fish Company, Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ, Dan Diegos, JV’s Mexican Food, La Gran Terraza, Luce Bar & Kitchen, Offshore Tavern & Grill, Sardina’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, zPizza, Fiji Yogurt, Home Brew Mart by Ballast Point, The Clutch Bar, Side Car Bar, Poseidon Project, and new this year, the cafe and bar at San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club, Pho Kitchen, and tastes from a local establishment at Morena Storage.

The Taste of Morena takes place in the Morena District along Morena Boulevard, West Morena Boulevard, Linda Vista Road and the surrounding side streets.

Complimentary Old Town Trolley shuttles will take guests to the participating restaurants and a special tram from University of San Diego will be on hand to shuttle guests to La Gran Terraza on the University of San Diego (USD) campus.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20 at the following locations:

Jerome’s Furniture – 1190 W. Morena Blvd. (cash or credit card)

Morena Storage – 908 Sherman St. (cash or credit card)

Max Folkers Team at RE/Max Pacific – 4112 Napier St. (cash only)

For more information, call 619-892-8307 or visit

USD in list of top Peace Corp volunteers

USD ranked No. 14 among medium-sized schools in the Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 18 Toreros currently volunteering worldwide, according USD.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said in a press statement. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 217 alumni from USD have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. This is the second year the university has held the No. 14 spot.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body.

In 2016, California ranked No. 1 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, with 916 volunteers serving worldwide.

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

This year’s rankings follow the launch of a refreshed brand platform that underscores the agency’s commitment to putting the user experience first and makes the Peace Corps more accessible to audiences through the platforms they already use.

A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting and connecting with a recruiter.

Mission Valley lawyer joins South Asian Bar Association board

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel associate Priyanka Talukdar has been appointed to the South Asian Bar Association, San Diego Chapter (SABA-SD) board of directors for the 2017 term.

Talukdar is a resident of Mission Valley. She is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation and business transactions practice groups. Her practice focuses on providing legal services to businesses and commercial enterprises located in the United States, as well as foreign jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Sullivan Hill, Priyanka worked as a foreign lawyer and as an associate at several international law firms located in Singapore and India.

Priyanka Talkdar (LinkedIn)

Priyanka has worked in a wide range of cross-jurisdictional matters including commercial and contractual matters and disputes, shareholder agreements and disputes, joint ventures, derivative actions, and breaches of fiduciary duty.  She also served as an associate for the National Judicial Academy (India), which is India’s foremost training institute for the judiciary.

The South Asian Bar Association of San Diego is a San Diego-based, nonprofit organization that strives to promote the professional and academic development of its members; increase the opportunities for South Asian-American legal professionals to participate in and lead civic and public affairs; support efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession; raise the South Asian-American community’s awareness of relevant legal issues affecting their interests; support public interest associations providing pro bono legal services and other grassroots community organizations serving the South Asian-American community; and serve as a resource and an advocate for both South Asian-American legal professionals and the South Asian-American community.

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel has provided legal representation for more than 40 years. The firm provides full service representation to clients in a variety of industries with an emphasis in insolvency, construction disputes, insurance coverage, real estate, employment, business disputes, civil litigation and transactional work. The firm has offices in San Diego and Las Vegas. More information can be found at

San Diego Music Awards announce Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

The 2017 San Diego Music Awards, presented by Harrah’s Resort Southern California and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, return on the evening of Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m., in the music hall at House of Blues San Diego, located at 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown. The awards gala recognizes the diverse achievements of the talented San Diego music community, with proceeds from the event donated to fund the San Diego Music Foundation’s Taylor Guitars for Schools program.

Each year, a Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a San Diego musician, recording artist, manager or someone of impact within the San Diego music community. This year, guitarist Wayne Riker will receive the honor.

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A virtuoso player in just about any genre since his 1980 arrival from the East Coast in San Diego, Riker has performed both solo and in numerous acclaimed bands, releasing nine albums along the way, as detailed in his recent autobiography “50 Years, 50 Bands, 50 Bucks.”

But his biggest impact has been as teacher and mentor to hundreds of performers, teaching at local shops and rehearsal spaces, and most recently becoming an instructor at the Guitar Workshop Plus music camp.

Taking things to a whole different level, Riker’s six-string prowess also landed him long-running columns, writing for national music magazines Guitar Player and Acoustic Musician, as well as a major worldwide deal for his music instruction books from Alfred Publishing, which has seen nine titles released since 1994. For these reasons and many more, the San Diego Music Awards will present Wayne Riker with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, at the awards gala on March 21.

The 26th edition of the San Diego Music Awards will feature performances from Hirie, Schizophonics, The Verigolds, The Creepy Creeps, Gilbert Castellanos and the Young Lions Orchestra, plus a special opening set by Steph Johnson & the Voices of Our City Choir.

Proceeds from the San Diego Music Awards are used help to keep participatory music programs in local elementary and middle schools through the Taylor Guitars for Schools programs, which has put instruments into the hands of more than 55,000 students county-wide from San Ysidro to San Onofre.

For complete event information or to purchase tickets, visit

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