La Jolla’s Best Bets for events in and around La Jolla, Dec. 19-30

Listen In
The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble will stage a reading of two Oscar Wilde tales and O. Henry’s holiday classic, “The Gift of the Magi,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Valet parking and a holiday reception will precede the performance, beginning at 7 p.m. and resuming at intermission. Suggested donation, $5- $10. (858) 459-0831. Questions? Contact John Tessmer at

The Frying Pan, by Rickenbacher, is one of the oldest known electric guitars. Courtesy

Guitar Exhibition Opens
Play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5-foot-long guitar and check out megatons of classic axes, amps, speakers, wah-wah pedals, whammy bars and other iconic rock items at the exhibition, “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World!” opening Friday, Dec. 20 at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Discover how different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create the elaborate device that revolutionized music. Learn the guitar’s history, evolution and design through the sound it created and the technology that keeps it evolving. This is a touring exhibit of The National GUITAR Museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: From $7. (619) 238-1233.

Tail Spins
Whale watchers can book passage on daily cruises with Birch Aquarium naturalists and Flagship Cruises to see the annual journey of 20,000 gray whales passing San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from their Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja California’s lagoons, Dec. 26-April 13. Once there, the whales will play, rest, breed and give birth. Tours: 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. leaving from San Diego Bay. Wear warm clothing and bring binoculars and camera. (If you don’t see a whale on your trip, you’ll receive a voucher to come back on a later cruise.) Tickets: $37 weekdays, $42 weekends. RSVP: (619) 234-4111.

Whoville Harkens!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is in its final 10 days at The Old Globe Theatre, playing through Dec. 28 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at the theatre complex in Balboa Park. Tickets: From $24 and $37. (619) 234-5623.

Stories of the Holidays
The “Art Tales & Mini Masters” series at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park will present, “The Light Within: Stories of the Season,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 with storyteller Harlynne Geisler. She will share tales of Christmas and Hanukkah with children, ages 5 and older, in front of the Timken’s holiday tree. Afterward, kids may create a gift for someone they love with artist Elizabeth Washburn. Admission/art materials free. No reservations required.

Holiday Music
The San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present a winter concert, “Videntes Stellam: Behold the Star,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 in the candlelit sanctuary of St. Andrews-by-the- Sea, 1050 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach. Free, although donations accepted. Patrick Walders and John Russell will lead 20 singers performing Poulenc’s “Four Motets for Christmas,” different settings of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and traditional carols. The audience is invited to sing along. (609) 937-6619.

Just for Kids
It’s a modern twist on a classic fairy tale full of quirky characters when the Professional Theatre for Families presents “Sleeping Beauty,” 11 a.m. Dec. 21-22 and Dec. 26-29 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $16-$20. (858) 481-1055.

Garden of Lights
Evening strolls through San Diego Botanic Garden run 5-9 p.m., Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. The holiday event features a winter wonderland with 150,000 sparkling lights and “snow” for sledding (weather permitting, bring your own disc or sled, no metal runners). Musical entertainment, puppet shows, campfires, s’mores, hot mulled wine, coffee and cocoa. Blonde Belgian Draft Horses will provide wagon rides. Kids may make crafts in The Ecke Building, home to the nutcracker exhibit. Santa visits for photos in the Victorian Gazebo, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19-23. Admission: $6-$14. (760) 436-3036.

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