Best Bets for Fun Things to Do In and Around La Jolla, Sept. 15-22

Y Workouts Begin

The La Jolla YMCAwill present “America on the Move Week,” Monday, Sept. 19 to Saturday, Sept. 24, with free fitness challenges for members at 8355 Cliffridge Ave. Organizers said the goal of the event is to “help get Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. We want to promote moving around more and making smarter food choices!” A membership discount will be offered starting Sept. 17. Some of the events planned include sit-up and crunch challenges, Zumba for kids, dance workshops, family yoga, and computerized workout-tracking systems. (858) 453-3483, ext. 125

Eat Your Heart Out!

San Diego Restaurant Week runs Sunday, Sept. 18 to Friday, Sept. 23 with (new this year!) lunch for $10, $15 or $20. In addition, more than 180 eateries will be offering three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30 or $40. This countywide affair gives foodies the chance to explore culinary delights from the beaches to downtown and from North County to South Bay. Definitely time to head over to that restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Tickets aren’t necessary; show up at any participating location (there are dozens in La Jolla) or visit where you can make a reservation. Pictured: An entrée from Marine Room

Tours of La Jolla on Tap

A guided walking tour of historic La Jolla is set for 10-11:30 a.m. next Saturday, Sept. 24 starting off from Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. Reservations are required. The cost is $10. Docents have also scheduled walks for Oct. 14 and 28. (858) 480-6424.

How About a Little Night Musical?

The Improvised full-length, Stephen Sondheim musical “Sondheim UnScripted” from Improv Theatre will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, as part of its Off Nights series. Using only audience suggestions, the cast will invent a never-before-seen musical. Tickets $20-$15. (858) 481-1055.

Garden Club Plants Meeting

Bridget Lacey Oleata of Bridget’s Blooms will discuss and demonstrate flower arranging at La Jolla Garden Club’s first meeting of 2011-12 on Tuesday, Sept 20 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. A light lunch will be served at noon. Members and guests are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the garden club may contact membership chairperson Judith George at (858) 459-3076 or

Bountiful Bargains

A special rummage sale to benefit injured service members, as well San Diegans who need food assistance, is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Blvd. Shoppers will find furniture; jewelry; house wares; clothing for men, women and children; camping gear; electronics and more. Payment is by cash only. Donations for the sale will be accepted 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday. (858) 454-6459.

Buzz Book

Vanessa Diffenbaugh will be at Adelaide’s Flowers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7766 Girard Ave., to discuss and sign her debut novel, “The Language of Flowers.” It’s the story of a young woman, a product of the foster care system, who uses the Victorian language of flowers to communicate and make sense of her troubled past. Diffenbaugh, a foster parent herself, said she wrote the novel while taking care of her two biological children and two foster kids. She launched “The Camellia Network” (camellia means “my destiny is in your hands”) for foster care youth at (858) 454-0146.

Panel Discussion

Quint Contemporary Art will host Kent Jones, Leah Ollman, Robert Polito, Robert Walsh and Sally Yard in a talk about the catalog “Patricia Paterson: Here and There, Back and Forth,” 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 17 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Paterson’s career as a painter has been active since 1964. She recently held a retrospective at California Center for the Arts, Escondido. She did much work in Leaucadia, where she lived with her partner, the late Manny Farber. Paterson graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York, and joined the UCSD Department of Visual Arts in 1975. (858) 456-1800.

Night Moves

Take a lesson with Janice from 6:30 to 7p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, then hit the dance floor at the Riford Center 7-9 p.m. Refreshments. Admission $15, non-members $20.  6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Artistic Arrangements

The Sakura Ikebana Group will present its first annual Ikebana Exhibition 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at The Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Admission is free. Many works have been inspired by master teacher Jackie Zhang, who has been leading the group for the past five years. (858) 552-1657.

Ships Ahoy!

Climb aboard Navy ships, explore military displays, and chat with sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman at the Fleet Week Big Bay Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 along Broadway Pier, downtown. Sponsored by the Port of San Diego, the event will also feature military bands playing, food, information booths, speakers and exhibitions. (619) 858-1545.

Family Moon Festival

Join the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in celebrating the brightest full moon of the year, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at 404 Third Ave., downtown. Mooncakes (prepared during the Mid-Autumn Festival since Ancient times as an offering to the moon) will be served, and there will be storytelling, arts and crafts, and calligraphy demonstrations. RSVP (619) 338-9888,

Book Sale

Paperbacks, hardbacks and members’ arts and crafts will be priced to sell from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Admission is free. The library’s School of the Arts marks its 25th anniversary this year. The next sale will be held on Dec. 3. (858) 454-5872.

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