Dec. 28, Dec. 21, Dec. 14 and Dec. 7 event briefs

Dec. 28 event briefs:

Comedian to perform new show at La Jolla Playhouse

Award-winning comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia will perform In The New One at the La Jolla Playhouse Jan. 9-14, 2018.

Birbiglia has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Birbiglia has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called Birbiglia’s recent show Thank God for Jokes “the best night I’ve spent in a theatre in a very long time.” In The New One the Birbigilia approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor he is known for.

Visit lajollaplayhouse.org/mike-birbiglia

New Village Arts to hold New Play Festival

New Village Arts recently announced its inaugural New Play Festival, to be held Jan. 4-Jan. 7 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad Village.

In partnership with Oceanside’s Bagby Beer Company, NVA will offer readings of three new plays, a playwriting workshop, and a panel discussion geared towards advancing the careers of playwrights, as well as local craft brewery beer tasting.

“We wanted to create an event that celebrates our local playwriting community,” says Festival Producer Tiffany Tang. “San Diego is rife with writing talent and playwrights who are eager to take the next steps in their careers. We are looking forward to a weekend of inspiring events, networking opportunities over tasty beer and, of course, great theatre from a handful of our city’s finest writers.”

Visit www.newvillagearts.org/final-draft

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show runs Dec. 28-Jan. 1 at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit sdautoshow.com.

Gem Faire coming to Del Mar Fairgrounds

Gem Faire, a jewelry and bead show, will be held Jan. 12-14, 2018 at Del Mar Fairgrounds, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. Exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with a large selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more.

Visit www.gemfaire.com

Penguin Plunge

The 32nd Annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge will take place at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day on the beach in front of the 17th Street Lifeguard Station in Del Mar. Donuts and refreshments provided courtesy of Poseidon Restaurant. Participant certificates available to those who take the plunge. For more information, call Del Mar Lifeguards at (858) 755-1556.

Last Call for ‘Jewels’ Exhibit

Jewels of the Season: Holidays at the Timken” closes Dec. 31 at Timken Museum, 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. This exhibit, a partnership between the Timken Museum and San Diego State University, presents ornaments with semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the two artists from around the world. See it during museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). Free admission. (619) 239-5548. timkenmuseum.org

New Music Festival

SoundOn Music Festival opens with “Exotic Images from an Inner Journey,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Program includes Toshio Hosokawa’s, “Stunden-Blumen (Toki no Hana),” Anne LeBaron’s “I am an American ... My Government Will Reward You,” Juan Pablo Contreras’ “Palimsesto,” Roger Reynolds’ “imagE/viola” and the world premiere of Adam Greene’s “Absence.” Tickets $25, with discounts. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

The Athenaeum continues to offer its Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28-30 at 1008 Wall St., with hundreds of gently used books and CDs. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Dec. 21 event briefs

Penguin Plunge

The 32nd Annual Del Mar Lifeguard Penguin Plunge will take place at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day on the beach in front of the City of Del Mar Beach Safety Center. Donuts and refreshments provided courtesy of Poseidon Restaurant. Participant certificates available to those who take the plunge. For more information, call Del Mar Lifeguards at (858) 755-1556.

Art by RSF native on display at Solana Beach City Hall

Snapshot, a 26-piece installation of minimalist impressionism by Madeline Claire is on view at Solana Beach City Hall through Dec. 27. Claire's paintings have a unique perspective on the present. She depicts provocative scenes in her unique monochromatic style leaving the viewer free to interpret the story within each painting.

Claire is from Rancho Santa Fe where she attended Solana Santa Fe, Earl Warren and Canyon Crest Academy before moving to Oakland where she completed her fine art education at California College of the Arts.

The exhibition is free to the public, open Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Solana Beach City Hall Lobby is located at 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, 92075.

Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar

Frozen Fairgrounds will run Dec. 15-31 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Featuring a community (holiday) ice rink and NHL ice hockey rink. Holiday public ice skating and Golden State Hockey Rush Tournaments. Concession stands available. Visit frozenfairgrounds.com

Holiday Concert with Peter Sprague in Del Mar

Jazz artist Peter Sprague will perform at the L’Auberge Amphitheaterin Del Mar Sunday, Dec. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar.

Three Nutcracker Productions

City Ballet offers matinee and evening shows Dec. 22-24 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. Saturday evening performance tickets start at $20, all others start at $25. The dancers will be accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus. Following matinees, cast members will be in the lobby to greet the audience and pose for photos. cityballet.org

San Diego Ballet’s version features 100 dancers reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. It also features members of the San Diego Children’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 22 and 23, and also 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Mandeville Theater, UC San Diego campus. Tickets $25-$55. sandiegoballet.org

California Ballet’s Nutcracker is onstage matinees/evenings through Dec. 23 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. downtown San Diego. Tickets: $54-$75. (800) 295-5354. sandiego.civictheatre.net

Streisand Tribute

Actress/Singer Rebecca Clark becomes Barbra Streisand in this live one-woman, holiday-themed musical delivering the greatest hits of this legendary singer, and its’s performed live with no sync or voice track! Clark promises to capture the character and heart of Streisand, recounting her amazing journey through stage, television and film, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets from $39. (858) 362-1348. sdcjc.org

Holiday Happenings

West Coast Performing Arts Presenters will stage the Dickens’ classic “Scrooge” starring Kellan Baker in a one-man show, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23 at Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets $39-$59. (858) 362-1348. sdcjc.org/garfield/boxoffice.aspx

Global Winter Wonderland, an international celebration featuring the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China — along with Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics, 35 carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, and international food and shopping — is on through Jan. 7 at SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium), 9449 Friars Road. Tickets $22, with discounts. globalwonderland.com

Balboa Park Offerings

This year’s Holiday Food Truck Festival invites you to eat, drink and be merry, Dec. 26-30 with a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks, live music and dance performances in the Plaza de Panama. The Spanish Village Art Center will also present craft activities for kids, and the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth will help visitors capture the moment. Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway, Balboa Park. (619) 331-1920. balboaparkconservancy.org

Your last chance to see The Old Globe’s production of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is Dec. 24 on The Old Globe Theatre’s Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (ages 17 years and younger). Children under age 3 will be admitted to 11 a.m. performances only, which are open to all. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

Ahead of its January performances, Culture Shock dance company presents a free public preview of its take on “The Nutcracker,” 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 on The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, Balboa Park. The preview features “the snow scene” performed by intermediate- and advanced-level Culture Shock dancers, trained in all styles of dance, including hip-hop, freestyle, breaking, popping, jazz, ballet, contemporary rhythms, and gymnastics. bit.ly/CultureShockNutcracker

Fleet Science Center’s Tinkerer’s Club meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 will help young engineers make holiday rockets. Design a pop-up holiday rocket using PVC pipes, extra-large rubber bands and more, or design a rocket that uses air power to fly. Price: $5 per project, while supplies last. Registration recommended. Gallery admission not required. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 238-1233. rhfleet.org

It’s not too late for Santa and snowfall

Saturday and Sunday, Dec.23 and 24: Flower Hill Promenade is the place to visit this holiday weekend: Snow will be falling throughout the day with plenty of snowpack to create a snowman and toss a few snowballs. Santa is seeing visitors at his chalet for any last-minute requests as well as Elsa the Snow Queen and many other great family activities! Last-minute shopping is handled with ease at the award-winning shops, all beautifully decorated. Located on Via de la Valle just east of I-5. Free parking.

Fairen Del offerings

Last-minute gifts wrapped free with style and tasty treats. Fairen Del, the award-winning shop with two floors of fashions and gifts, has extended hours to 8 p.m. this week with extra wrapper elves (free service) and complimentary homemade spiced nuts and beverages for all. Located at the Flower Hill Promenade on Via de la Valle. Free parking.

Dec. 14 event briefs:

Seas ‘n’ Greetings

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography is offering holiday-related activities with admission, daily through Dec. 31at 2300 Expedition Way. Highlights include a Scuba Santa dive show inside the Giant Kelp Forest tank on select days and animal encounters, scavenger hunts, photo opportunities, kids crafts and live music on weekends. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Tickets: $18.50 adult, $14 child, $15.50 senior. aquarium.ucsd.edu

Catch a Concert

Winter Soulstice“ brings together a variety of soul, gospel, jazz and R&B in addition to original material with a holiday twist, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. A UC Berkeley music graduate, Tina Leinenweber performs under the project name Ala Fringe. Tickets: $10-$15. Reservations required. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

San Diego Symphony will offer a Christmas carol sing-along in “Noel Noel,” with shows 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Friday, Dec. 22; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St. “Fanfares and Celebrations,” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, with selections by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and more. Tickets from $20. sandiegosymphony.org

Catch snowfall at Flower Hill

Bring the family for a weekend of snowmen and falling flurries this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at Flower Hill. Mail your letters to Santa through Flower Hill’s Polar Mailbox, have a chat with St. Nick in his cozy Alpine chalet, watch a magic show by Buddy the Elf and take in the beautiful shops at the Promenade for great shopping, dining and pampering. Open to the public. Free parking. Location: Via de la Valle, just east of I-5.

Hanukkah Laser Show and Menorah Lighting

Flower Hill Promenade will present a fabulous light display at its annual Menorah Lighting ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Feel the magic of the season alongside your community at Flower Hill Promenade. Open to the public. free parking.

Flower Hill Mall is located at 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.

Holiday Concert with Peter Sprague in Del Mar

Jazz artist Peter Sprague will perform at the L’Auberge Amphitheaterin Del Mar Sunday, Dec. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar.

Designer Handbag Trunk Show at Fairen Del

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Designer Richard Elgrechi of Carla Mancini will be on site showing a huge assortment of his premium quality leather handbags and small leather goods. Twenty percent off all CM purchases, special orders welcome. Refreshments served, parking is free. Flower Hill Mall is located at 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.

Three Nutcracker Productions

City Ballet offers matinee and evening shows Dec. 15-17 and Dec. 22-24 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. Saturday evening performance tickets start at $20, all others start at $25. The dancers will be accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus. Following matinees, cast members will be in the lobby to greet the audience and pose for photos. cityballet.org

San Diego Ballet’s version features 100 dancers reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. It also features members of the San Diego Children’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 22 and 23, and also 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Mandeville Theater, UC San Diego campus. Tickets $25-$55. sandiegoballet.org

California Ballet’s Nutcracker is onstage matinees/evenings through Dec. 23 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. downtown San Diego. Tickets: $54-$75. (800) 295-5354. sandiego.civictheatre.net

Bipolar support group to meet Dec. 19 in Del Mar

The Del Mar branch of Depression Bipolar Support Alliance will meet from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Pacifica Del Mar restaurant in the Del Mar Plaza. Family and friends are welcome.

Parking is validated for the underground garage.

For information about the group, contact Roger Alsabrook at 858-525-1509 or rogeralsabrook@yahoo.com.

Maritime Museum Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits, celebrates the New Year in style with the Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party Sunday, Dec. 31.

Guests bring in the new year on the transformed event center deck of the historic steam ferryboat Berkeley overlooking San Diego Bay in a classy glitzy lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The affair includes music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, full bar, appetizers, photo booth, enormous dessert buffet, dancing, balloon drop at midnight, and champagne toast. Tickets also include party hats, noisemakers, beads, and fun faire to help ring in the New Year.

Tickets are $50 and up and private “booths” are available for groups of six or more. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged at sdmaritime.org.

Show: Classic ‘Scrooge’

Bah Humbug! The West Coast Performing Arts Presenters stages Charles Dickens’s classic “Scrooge” starring Kellan Baker in this one-man show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets $39-$59. (858) 362-1348. sdcjc.org/garfield/boxoffice.aspx

Foreign Film: Barbara, German with English subtitles

Friday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, room 204. Free

An East Berlin doctor working in 1980s Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues— except for the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her.

Info: lifesanelijo@gmail.com

Mommy & Me Playdate With a Purpose

Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Minimarket at Flower Hill is hosting a family event to benefit Miracle Babies. When you donate a pack of diapers you will be entered to win their great raffle with lots of prizes! Refreshments, photos with Santa, crafts and more. Located in the Row courtyard at Flower ill Promenade. Open to the public. Free Parking.

Feast with Cucina

Cucina Enoteca is offering its spin on the Italian Christmas Tradition: Feast of the Seven Fishes. They will be offering 2-3 seafood dishes per night from Dec. 18 – Dec. 24. Their chefs are excited to share their small plate creations with you and invite you to visit often and try them all. Located on Via de la Valle in Del Mar at the Flower Hill Promenade. Reservations recommended: (858) 704-4500 Valet parking available.

Menorah Lighting at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center will host its traditional Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting. The event will include the lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6 p.m. Del Mar Highlands Town Center is located at 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 92130.

UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Open House

Discover the joys of continued learning and enrichment at a free Open House on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at UC San Diego. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this membership program for adults over the age of 50 offers daytime lectures, seminars, and guided discussions by the renowned UCSD faculty and community leaders. There are no prerequisites, exams or credit. – simply the joy of learning in a community of peers. Learn more about Osher and its winter program at UCSD at olli.ucsd.edu. RSVP at olli.ucsd.edu/openhouse or call 858-534-3409. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Dec. 7 event briefs:

RSF Library Guild Christmas Tea & Tree Raffle

The RSF Library Guild will present its 27th Annual Christmas Tea & Tree Raffle Friday, Dec. 8 from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the RSF Library. The event will feature holiday creations, music and treats. Event times: Adults only: 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Rowe School choir performance: 2:30 p.m.; All ages welcome: 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Tree and wreath raffle: 4 p.m.

Raffle tickets on sale beginning Dec. 5 for $1 each or $10 for 12. Feeling festive? Decorate your own table top tree, wreath or menorah for the raffle. Please deliver your items to the library by Wednesday, Dec. 6, for display.

This is a free event sponsored by the RSF Library Guild. The RSF Library is located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. Visit rsflibraryguild.org.

Red Nose Run

Sign up and join the fun at The Red Nose Run at therednoserun.com. Dixie Courtney of Carrington Real Estate Del Mar is a loyal participant. “I am getting excited and my zany holiday costume is ready to go on Dec. 15. It is a fun unique holiday event for all ages.The Poseidon Restaurant and Del Mar Lifeguards make a great team helping at the event. I especially love Santa arriving on a zodiac!”

Participants will be welcomed at 1 p.m. by the high-energy sounds of 91X . The run starts at 2 p.m.

Each participant receives a windbreaker with the popular The Red Nose Run logo. The Poseidon restaurant provides delicious hors d’oeuvres after the walk/run. Live and silent auction items make great unique holiday gifts. Don’t forget all this fun benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts who provide free surgeries to children with facial disfigurements and also the Semper Fi Fund helping injured vets and supporting the needs of their families.

RSF Chanukah Library Hour

The RSF Chanukah Library Hour will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the RSF Library. Children will learn about the miracles of Chanukah hands on and create their very own chanukah candles.

The RSF Library is located at 17040 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. Contact Chabad Jewish Center of RSF for more information at jewishRSF.com or 858-756-7571. 

‘Jewels of the Season’

The Timken Museum and San Diego State University have partnered to present “Jewels of the Season,” through Dec. 31 at 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Each ornament features semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the ornament-makers. See it during museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). Free admission. (619) 239-5548. timkenmuseum.org

American Legion Post 416 hosts The Army v Navy College Football Classic

American Legion Post 416, Encinitas 501(c) 19 veterans nonprofit hosts The Army v Navy College Football Classic Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tented outdoor event with food, drink specials, free parking and a Kids Fun Zone. Fun for the entire family. Address: 210 West F Street, Encinitas. For more information, call 760-753-5674.   

It’s snowing at Flower Hill Promenade through Dec. 24

Bring the entire family for some winter snow fun every weekend between 10 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Alpine Village at Flower Hill Promenade. Build a snowman and catch a falling snowflake when the flurries are swirling at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stay for story time with Elsa the Snow Queen and visit St. Nick at his chalet. Browse the beautifully decorated shops and eateries while you explore the magical transformation of your neighborhood center. Free parking.

Bach Collegium San Diego

Bach Collegium San Diego is presenting its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Bach Collegium San Diego’s Messiah has become one of the country’s most compelling interpretations of this beloved oratorio, emphasizing Handel’s prowess as one of the great composers of dramatic music from the 18th century. A stellar ensemble brings both the grandeur and intimacy to this seminal work.

Upcoming events include Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla; Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date St., downtown San Diego; Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Visit bachcollegiumsd.org

Menorah Lighting at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center will host its traditional Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting. The event will include the lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6 p.m. Del Mar Highlands Town Center is located at 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 92130.

Fairen Del at Flower Hill to host Holiday Open House

“HOHO ,” a Holiday Open House event at Fairen Del at Flower Hill Promenade will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 2-8 p.m.

The public is welcome to stop in to this award-winning boutique where they will be serving refreshments all day, raffling off prizes every hour and wrapping all purchases for free with their signature flair. Parking is free. Located at the Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

RSF Chanukah Library Hour

The RSF Chanukah Library Hour will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the RSF Library. Children will learn about the miracles of Chanukah hands on and create their very own chanukah candles.

The RSF Library is located at 17040 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. Contact Chabad Jewish Center of RSF for more information at jewishRSF.com or 858-756-7571.

Growing Up Fisher: Music, Memories and Misadventures

Actress, director, entertainer Joely Fisher invites you backstage, into the intimate world of her career and family with her hilarious, irreverent, down-to-earth show (based on her memoir) which is filled with incredible, candid stories about her life, her famous parents, and how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer and performer within.

The show will be held at Martinis Above Fourth Mondy, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit ma4sd.com/shows/

Matinis Above Fourth is located at 3940 4th Avenue, Second Floor, San Diego, 92103, 619-400-4500.

UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Open House

Discover the joys of continued learning and enrichment at a free Open House on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at UC San Diego. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this membership program for adults over the age of 50 offers daytime lectures, seminars, and guided discussions by the renowned UCSD faculty and community leaders. There are no prerequisites, exams or credit. – simply the joy of learning in a community of peers. Learn more about Osher and its winter program at UCSD at olli.ucsd.edu. RSVP at olli.ucsd.edu/openhouse or call 858-534-3409. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Lecture: Too Few Earthquakes! What to Do?

Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free

Jean Bernard Minster, Distinghished professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and former Scientific Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will review recent advances in assessing seismic risks in Southern California. He’ll examine Professor Jordan’s (USC/SCEC) characterization of the southern San Andreas fault as “Locked, Loaded, and Ready to Roll.” His words triggered a spike in earthquake insurance applications. But because our experience with large earthquakes in the region is very limited, we have to turn to videos generated by massive supercomputer simulations of such events to evaluate their potential effects.

Info: lifesanelijo@gmail.com

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ at Old Globe

The Old Globe’s 20th annual production of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” runs through Dec. 24 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in The Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets: TheOldGlobe.org, (619) 23-GLOBE or visit the Box Office.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will present Poulenc’s great choral work “Gloria” and more Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 858-534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.com.

A quartet of Holiday shows at North Coast Rep

December theatregoers will find something for everyone’s taste at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Impro Theatre “Dickens Unscripted” Dec. 8-10 is a winter holiday improvised gift for the literary minded; “From Berlin to Brooks: Celebrating Broadway!” Dec. 16-17 is an evening of Broadway’s greatest songs by some of America’s most successful Jewish songwriters; finally the return Dec. 20-24 of “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” is certain to delight the entire family; and due to popular demand North Coast Rep is bringing back Elijah Rock’s “Gershwin For My SOul” Dec. 18.

For more information on the Rep’s holiday shows, visit northcoastrep.org, or call the box office at (858)-481-1055. Students, military and educators - $3 off admission. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach

Garden of Lights

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience. Garden of Lights also feaures great music, food, visits with Santa and more.

Garden of Lights runs Dec. 2-23 and Dec. 26-30.

Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available at the Garden or on the website. Address: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024,sdbgarden.org.

Tim Flannery & Friends to perform at Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits, announces the return of Tim Flannery and Friends performance aboard the world’s oldest active sailing ship Star of India. Tim Flannery & Friends will perform a colorful blend of folk, country and traditional music and storytelling Saturday, Dec. 16. Some of San Diego’s most popular artists have been known to join Tim Flannery for a special night of music such as Eve Selis and Steve Poltz. Flannery’s music now also serves another purpose: every cent from ticket sales benefit his nonprofit, the Love Harder Project, for anti-bullying and anti-violence programs across the country.

Entrance begins at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Concert tickets are $49 for adults 21 and older. VIP tickets are available for $85 which includes heavy appetizers, two complimentary drinks, concert and early entry for seat selection. Tickets can be purchased online at sdmaritime.org/publicevents or by calling 619-234-9153 ext. 106.

Annual Parade of Lights Dinner hosted by Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum of San Diego, where visitors explore dockside the entire collection of historic vessels from sail to steam to submarine with just one admission ticket, announces the 2017 Parade of Lights Dinner and Winter Wonderland holiday event. Festive fun organized to complement the delicious holiday

buffet to include “ice” skating, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, cider, and holiday cookies.The buffet and no-host bar will be open 5 p.m. –8 p.m. on Sunday evenings, Dec.10 or 17. More details are available at sdmaritime.org.

American Legion Post 416 hosts The Army vs Navy College Football Classic

American Legion Post 416, Encinitas 501(c) 19 veterans nonprofit hosts The Army v Navy College Football Classic Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tented outdoor event with food, drink specials, free parking and a Kids Fun Zone. Fun for the entire family. Address: 210 West F Street, Encinitas. For more information, call 760-753-5674.

‘Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate’s Christmas’

Lythgoe Family Panto will present “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate’s Christmas” at the Balboa Theatre Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 27-31.

The production is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan, as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.

Local performers include Bella Pavan, Sofia Mah (Carmel Valley); Riley Washington (Del Mar); Hunter Luedde (Encinitas); and Alexandra Flower (Rancho Santa Fe).

Balboa Theatre is located at 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 92101. Visit bit.ly/2iwi7Of

Holiday Cabaret

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra directed by Daniel Swem will perform “Holiday Cabaret” on Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. The concert features festive holiday selections, including “Festive Sounds of Hanukah,” Dances from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” “The Polar Express” by Silvestri and Ballard, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and more. Tickets available at the door: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max.

For more information visit northcoastsymphony.com. The orchestra is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation.

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