Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 13-22

Fresh-cut Findings

Floral designer Darlene Hill Karinen will provide a presentation titled,  “Using flowers and foliage from your garden to create lovely arrangements,” at the next La Jolla Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. A tea reception will follow. Newcomers are welcome to the free event. For a reservation, contact Ginger Taylor at (858) 453-0828 or

Travelogue Time

La Jolla Photo Travelers will present a slide show by Christopher Wills about the island of New Britain, a primitive island off the coast of Papua New Guinea with pristine coral reefs and “the most colorful fish it is possible to see,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Wesley Palms’ Newbury Hall, 2404 Loring St. in Pacific Beach. Wills is an UCSD biology professor, author, world traveler, ecology photographer and scuba diver, who will also share photos from a tribal festival he witnessed. Wills’ recent books include, “The Darwinian Tourist,” and “Green Equilibrium,” both from Oxford University Press. Free. Refreshments.

A Rose is a Rose

Anita Clevenger, manager of Sacramento’s Historic Cemetery’s Rose Garden, will be the guest speaker at San Diego Floral Association’s next meeting, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, room 101. This all- volunteer supported garden has been recognized by the Great Rosarians of the World Hall of Fame and is known internationally for its efforts to preserve roses that would otherwise be lost. Free to public.  (619) 232-5762.

Poetry Reading

“Jewish Poets — Jewish Voices” continues in its sixth year with a reading, 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Astor Judaica Library at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Authors Penni Rubin, Thea Iberall and Rae Rose will read their works during the first hour. A half-hour open mic session will follow for members of the audience to read poems. A sign-up sheet will be available at the entrance. A reception will cap the night. The public is invited to the free event. RSVP: (858) 362-1150.

It’s All About Tea

The Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD) will present “5,000 Years and Still a Star: The Worldly Fascination with Tea,” by Cheryl Graf of Point Loma Tea, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, in the 9th Floor Special Event Suite at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Graf has a certification from the Specialty Tea Institute, has completed the Tea Masters course, and is working toward Tea Sommelier recognition.

Accent on Romance

The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble’s “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing,” will feature many of the performers from past shows in a one-time presentation by the ensemble’s artistic director John Tessmer and Jef Olson of the West Coast Radio Theatre Players. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Suggested donation: $5-10. (858) 459-0831

Spotlight on the Harp

“Legends of the Celtic Harp” is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument, presented by three of the world’s premier Celtic harpers — Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter. The trio from Northern California has created a dramatic ensemble that takes listeners into the myths, stories, magic and fabled history of Celtic Harps, including the Swedish nyckelharpa, cittern and Irish bouzouki. Hear them perform, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the

Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Advance tickets: $15/18 at, Tickets at the door: $20/$18. (858) 459-5045.

Playing the Hits

Pianist/composer Leo Marcus, a former member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and soprano Renee Burkett, will perform excerpts from operas and Broadway shows at the next Sunday Musicale, Feb. 16 at the Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas St. Proceeds benefit Social Service League’s affordable housing program for seniors. Guests meet in the garden at 2 p.m. for a Champagne/wine reception and then an hour-long concert follows. Afterward, meet the artists for more refreshments and conversation. Tickets: $40, includes valet parking. (858) 454-7625.

Virtuoso on the Violin

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series continues 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with the season headliner, violinist Sarah Chang performing in the music room, 1008 Wall St. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 8, Chang has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally, in a career spanning more than two decades. Tickets: $45 members, $50 non-members. (858) 454-5872.

Fancy Footwork Festival

Dances from around the world will be showcased at the annual festival sponsored by the International Dance Association of San Diego County, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Balboa Park Club, 2150 Pan American Road West, near the Puppet Theatre and International Cottages. Free. (619) 291-4322. Schedule:

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