Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Nov. 28-Dec. 8
• Father Joe’s Villages 12th Thanksgiving 5K Run/Walk, 7:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 in Balboa Park. Fee: $31-$45. Register: Thanksgivingrun.org
• 12th Thanksgiving Day 10K/5K (6.2 mile/3.1 mile) Run/Walk for the Hungry, Nov. 28 at Broadway Circle, Horton Plaza through Gaslamp District and East Village. 10K: 7:10 a.m. 5K: 8:15 a.m. Proceeds to San Diego Food Bank and Jewish Family Service’s food assistance programs. Fee: $35. Register: unitedrunforthehungry.org
Get into the Act
Actor Jeffrey Tambor will present an inspirational one-man show, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road in Carmel Valley. Tickets for “What’s Keeping You From Performing Your Life?” are $60 and $25 at (858) 481-8454 and www.betham.com
The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild has been invited by La Jolla Art Association to participate in a unique exhibition, “Lifting The Human Spirit,” opening with a free, public reception, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. Members exhibiting their work include Rose Irelan, Toni Williams, Kim Wilkins, Cindy Klong and Alison Harding, among others. (858) 459-1196.
Tide Pool Trips
Explore the mystery of life along San Diego’s coastline during tide-pooling excursions hosted by Birch Aquarium. Naturalists will show participants how to tread lightly through these fragile ecosystems teeming with native marine life such as hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones to discover their wonderful world. Nov. 30: 12:30-2:30 p.m., False Point. Dec. 1: 1-3 p.m., Dike Rock. Dec. 29: noon to 2 p.m., False Point. Dec. 31: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dike Rock. Jan. 12: 1-3 p.m., False Point. Members: $12, Public: $15. Ages 2-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Directions to meeting place provided at time of RSVP: (858) 534-7336 or aquarium.ucsd.edu/
Santa Claus is Coming to La Jolla
“Christmas in the Surf and Sand,” the theme of the 56th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival, will march down Girard Avenue beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. A party for children follows at 3:30 p.m. in the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St., which ends with the 4:30 p.m. lighting of the Village Christmas Tree. www.ljparade.com
USTA National Men’s 40, Women’s 40, Mixed 40, Father-Son, Grandfather-Grandson Hard Court Championships will be held Dec. 2-8 at
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive.
(858) 551-4680. www.ljbtc.com/Tennis
Tale From the Deep, Blue Sea
J*Company Youth Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid,” matinees, evenings
Dec. 6-15, in the Garfield Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Directed by Joey Landwehr, the show is based on the animated 1989 Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Tickets: $14-$16.
(858) 362-1348. www.sdcjc.org/jcompany
Two on the Aisle
Barrett Martin, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik star in La Jolla Playhouse’s re-imagined production of Broadway’s musical “Side Show,” through Dec. 15 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre on the UCSD campus. The plot is framed around the true story of conjoined twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born in England in 1908. They became instant sideshow attractions, earning their barmaid mother a living until she died and they became the property of a family who booked them into American vaudeville. Tickets from $15. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org
Walking Tours of UCSD
The UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program offers free, 90-minute Sunday afternoon tours led by volunteer guides, 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Bus Tours are offered the second, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. All tours begin at the Gilman Entrance Information Center. RSVP: (858) 534-4414. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/tours/
Life is Utterly Ecstatic Concert
That’s a big theme for the next concert in the “Life” series from the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus. Music director Steven Schick will conduct a program that opens with Aaron Jay Kernis’ ethereal “Musica Celestis” for string orchestra, and ends with a performance of Maurice Ravel’s opulent ballet “Daphnis et Chloe,” scored for orchestra, chorus, wind machine, and vast percussion battery. Between them, will be the premiere of a work for orchestra, chorus and electronics by Paul Hembree, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient. Free pre-concert lecture, one hour before each show. Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com
Tour Sanford-Burnham Center
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will offer behind-the-scenes tours of its La Jolla campus, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. The free tours include an overview of the Institute’s history, followed by a visit to the Stem Cell Research Center and the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics. Another highlight is a look at how the robotic platform screens chemical compounds by the millions to find the few that could potentially be developed into the medicines of tomorrow. To register, visit sanfordburnham.org/oursupporters or call (877) 454-5702.
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