La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, the week of March 17-March 25
Irish Poetry on Tap
Messieurs Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings when members of the public read their favorite selections of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Fingal O’Flaherty, Wills Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Sean O’Casey, etc. at the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800, dgwillsbooks.com
As part of San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Spring Plant Sale, Tomatomania, and Herb Festival (featuring a salute to the horseradish), culinary herbalist Susan Belsiner will discuss Mediterranean herbs 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19. She will present a cooking class with those herbs 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Other lectures are scheduled along with information booths, tours of the herb gardens, and vendors selling plants. Related children’s program 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with garden admission. Sdbgarden.org
The American Red Cross will offer free CPR training with certification to the public every hour from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 in the Golden Hall at the San Diego Concourse, 202 C Street, downtown. Wear comfortable clothing. Disaster education for kids, ages 5-11, will also be available. (858) 309-1200. sdarc.org
Historian Robert Barde will discuss the arduous trans-Pacific journey from Asia to San Francisco made by thousands of immigrants between the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and the opening of the Angel Island Immigration Station in 1910, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 third Ave. (619) 338-9888. sdchm.org
Take a Cellular Journey
Expand your knowledge of human cell biology and learn the value of stems cells in regenerative and personalized medicine by visiting the “Cellular Journey” exhibition opening Saturday, March 19 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation in Carlsbad. Visitors can step aboard a motion-activated scooter to take a virtual tour inside of a human cell. “From Tissues to Cells,” will allow guests to use a microscope to examine various human tissue samples including epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscle tissue and nerve tissue to see that each type of cell has a specific function, and that its job determines how the cell is structured and how it works. (619) 238-1233. rhfleet.org.
The new exhibit, “Exquisite Corpse: Femme Fatale,” showcases a part of the Women’s Museum costume collection in an innovative way; using four clothing items, four artists explore the Surrealist concept, through April 2. Conversation with the curator, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Women’s Museum of California, 2323 Broadway at 23rd Street. Free. (619) 233-7963.
Founded in the 1930s, the Smetana Piano Trio featured some of the Czech Republic’s leading soloists of the time. The tradition continues with Jana Novakova on violin; Jan Palenicek on cello, and Jitka Cechov on piano performing Brahms and Beethoven, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus. Pre-show conversation with the artists. Tickets $50. (858) 534-8497. Artpower.ucsd.edu
Jazz and Java
Hear some blues and jazz from Robin Henkel, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 19 at Birdrock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 551-1707.
Photographer Philipp Scholz Ritterman will provide a presentation on “Industrial Expansion on the Grand Canal in China,” based on his visit there in 2009 and 2010, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets $17-$12. (858) 454-5872. Ljathenaeum.org
The second annual Wildlife Baby Shower will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Project Wildlife Care Center, 887-1/2 Sherman St., San Diego. Guests can take behind-the-scenes tours to see baby birds and mammals in the care of the center, interact with animal “ambassadors,” enter to win raffles, play games, have their face-painted, shop for handmade arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Each spring when local wildlife nest and birth their young, Project Wildlife receives and cares for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they are ready for release. (858) 866-0555 ext. 201.
Local author/illustrator Linda Lyerly will launch two children’s books, “The Adventures of Little Wave and Her Friends” and “Little Wave and the Mystery of the Lost Whale,” at a book signing 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at Pannikin coffee shop, 7467 Girard Ave.
Themes on Passover
The Jewish Community Center will present an invitational Passover show and sale, “Old Story/New Works,” with the creations of 28 area artists on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Friday, through May 23 at the Gotthelf Art Gallery, 4126 Executive Dr. Proceeds will benefit both the artists and the gallery. (858) 457-3030. sdcjc.org
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