La Jolla's best Bets for Events: Oct. 6

Art & Wine Events

“An Evening of Visual and Epicurean Delights,” welcomes guests to the St. James By-the-Sea Art of Wine & Water Reception, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at 743 Prospect St. Premium California wines will be coupled with a bountiful banquet of art, live music and gourmet fare. Tickets: $40. (858) 459-4321. sjbts.com 

The eighth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9 along Girard Avenue. It will feature the work of some 150 artists, and pour samples from more than a dozen wineries and breweries. Admission to the festival is free, but proceeds from the silent auction, and wine and beer garden benefit La Jolla’s public elementary and middle schools. ljawf.com

More Art Exhibits

UC San Diego-affiliated artists and alumni who redefined the photographic medium will be highlighted at the “Extensions of Photography” exhibit at the University Art Gallery (UAG) in the Mandeville Center on campus, near Scholars Lane. An opening reception is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. The show runs through Dec. 9. (858) 534-2230. visarts.ucsd.edu

Steve Gould and Katherine Keeling are the guest artists at La Jolla Community Center this month where their work is on display until Oct. 26. An artists reception is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The exhibit will be on view 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Book Talks

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society presents Judy Schulman discussing “Finding the footsteps of my mother in Vienna,” 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Schulman works as a senior financial manager for UCSD’ s School of Medicine. For the last 35 years, she has been the historian of the Torrey Pines Docent Society, and has been researching her family genealogy for about 10 years. Free. (858) 457-3030. sdjgs.org

Jacqueline Davies, author of “Panda Pants,” a story about a young panda that wants to wear pants, will speak and sign her work, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. lajollalibrary.org

The event will also feature a craft project. Books available for purchase at warwicks.com 

Student Theater Production

Agatha Christie’s best, spine-tingling, who-dunnit tale “The Mousetrap,” is on stage Oct. 6-9 at The Theatre School at North Coast Rep. In the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor in the winter of 1952, a group of people find themselves stuck in a house where murder lurks around every corner. The theater is in the shopping plaza at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $12-$16. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Just for Kids

The Built Environment Education Program (BEEP) San Diego, presents a hands-on workshop for elementary school children as part of the Irving Gill Collaborative project featured at La Jolla Historical Society. The workshop will include sketching, model-making, and understanding the use of landscape. Two sessions: 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at La Jolla Historical Society, 780 Prospect St. Free. RSVP recommended: eventbrite.com and search BEEP San Diego. 

Jazzy Tunes

The Athenaeum jazz program continues at The Auditorium at TSRI, with the return of the SFJAZZ Collective, an eight-piece group featuring many of today’s top jazz artists, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Series concludes Nov. 29 with Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars. $30-$35. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org 

Dancers and Desserts

San Diego Ballet kicks off its season with a mix-and-mingle event, “Dancers and Desserts,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Dance Place San Diego studios, 2650 Truxton Road, Point Loma. Cocktails, desserts, original works of art on display and a chance to chat with the San Diego Ballet artistic director and dancers. Free. (619) 294-7378. sandiegoballet.com

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