La Jolla’s BEST BETS for events week of Dec. 23-31
‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ plays matinees and evenings through Dec. 26 at The Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets are $39-$77 adults; $20-$57 ages 7 and younger at (619) 23-GLOBE or TheOldGlobe.org
Big Screen ‘Galapagos’
Join marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin on a tour of one of the world’s most intriguing natural environments — the Galapagos Islands. The San Diego premiere of this IMAX film features the volcanic archipelago’s famous tortoises, sea lions, lizards and birds, and then dives beneath the ocean to find fantastic sea creatures, some of which were previously unidentified. (40 minutes) The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. Tickets from $11.75, schedule at (619) 238-1233 or rhfleet.org
Friends of The Seany Foundation will gather at Mira Mesa Bowl, 8210 Mira Mesa Blvd., to help strike out childhood cancer from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. Tickets at the door are $27 for adults, $17 for kids under 18, and include lane and shoe rentals, pizza and soda. Proceeds from the party will fund pediatric cancer research and patient care projects. The event occurs on what would have been Sean Robins’ 27th birthday. Sean passed away in 2006 after a seven-year battle against Ewing’s sarcoma. theseanyfoundation.org
Free Day of Dance
Keeping with its five-year tradition of giving back to the community during the holidays, the three resident dance companies at Dance Place San Diego in the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station (San Diego Dance Theater, San Diego Ballet, and Malashock Dance) will hold a variety of free classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. The event is open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. It provides an opportunity to meet the instructors and to experience the diverse companies in their own studios. 2650 Truxtun Road, San Diego www.sandiegodancetheater.org www.sandiegoballet.org
Sister’s Christmas Catechism
It’s going to be one ho-ho-holy night as Sister tackles the question that’s been puzzling historians through the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? CSI-goes-to-Bethlehem-in-Solana Beach as Sister delivers a sleigh load of holiday laughs. Bring a camera to capture the action! Showtimes 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23, 2 p.m. Dec. 24. North Coast Repertory Theater, 987 Lomas Sante Fe Drive. Tickets are $30 at northcoastrep.org or the box office (858) 481-1055.
At 2 pm, Sunday, Dec. 26 there is a 100 percent chance of snow at San Diego Botanic Garden. Some 7,000 tons of snow will be created in the Eucalyptus Grove for sledding. The Garden of Lights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25) with 100,000 sparkling lights, a vast poinsettia garden, hot cocoa, hot mulled wine and Mexican fare, a team of Belgian draft horses for wagon rides, Santa photos, crafts, and a campfire for S’Mores. Dec. 23 Raggle Taggle entertains, Dec. 26 Klezmer Celebration, Dec. 27 singer John Jenkins, Dec. 28 Cuban Holidays, Dec. 29 Dave Scott Jazz Trio and Dec. 30 Len Rainey Blues. Admission $12-$4. Free parking. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, www.SDBGarden.org.
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