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La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest gala heralds big news for chamber music fans

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La Jolla Music Society presented its 2014 SummerFest gala, “A Summer Celebration of Music,” Aug. 9 at the home of Frances and Tom Powell in Rancho Santa Fe. Co-chaired by Jean Shekhter and June Shillman, this year’s gala celebrated the music and culinary delights of Asia.

Weather cancels Las Patronas’ Jewel Ball, but can’t dampen crew’s spirits

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Although Las Patronas had to cancel its 68th annual Jewel Ball, “Moonlit Mambo,” at 5 p.m. on the day of its scheduled event, Aug. 2 — due to persistent rains that caused danger from wet electrical wiring, slippery floor surfaces and the threat of lightning — the food was sent back to the Hyatt (frozen), and later distributed to La Jolla charity and 2013 beneficiary “So Others May Eat.”

Old Globe Theatre gala raises funds for artistic programs in San Diego

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The Old Globe Theatre hosted its annual gala, “Summer Splendor,” in Balboa Park, San Diego, on July 26, 2014 in support of the theater’s education and artistic programs. The event featured cocktails, dinner and dancing to the 13-piece band Midnight Special, and a performance by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, which was based on her hit New York cabaret (and new CD) “In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention.”

La Jolla Playhouse patrons party at ‘Ether Dome’ premiere

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Another opening of another show! This time, La Jolla Playhouse celebrated the premiere of “Ether Dome,” July 19 at its Mandell Weiss Forum on the UC San Diego campus. Patrons and artists mingled, sharing insights on the story of anesthesia.

Pretty in Pink: Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes named a ‘Dame of the British Empire’

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Damehood — the female equivalent of knighthood — has been awarded to fashion and textile designer Zandra Rhodes. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth bestowed the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) status upon Rhodes as part of her annual Birthday Honors list.

Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego

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“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre.

Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club celebrates golden anniversary

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Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club marked its 50th anniversary with a dinner celebration June 28, 2014 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Known as the Rotary with the wine club, members have traveled to France and Italy and maintain contacts with Rotarians there. The club often works locally with veterans, military, needy families and its own international projects.

La Jolla Hat Show and luncheon raises funds for breast cancer research

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The La Jolla Hat Show on June 29 featured a three-course lunch and fashion show with hats by Jill Courtemanche Millinery, Greenpacha and Ann Demeulemeester at Bijou French Bistro (formerly Amaya La Jolla) 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla. This year’s beneficiary was the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Mary Soriano chaired the event.

‘The Orphan of Zhao’ opening draws crowd to La Jolla Playhouse

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The opening night party for “The Orphan of Zhao” July 11, 2014 at La Jolla Playhouse was attended by sponsors, board members and the press with rave reviews coming from all. Some critics have likened the epic tragedy to the Chinese version of “Hamlet,” starring BD Wong. It runs through Aug. 3 on La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandel Weiss stage on the UC San Diego campus.

Mmm Mmm Good! Hundreds gather for annual Kiwanis Club of La Jolla pancake breakfast

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Kiwanis Club of La Jolla’s 51st annual pancake breakfast July 19, 2014 at La Jolla Recreation Center fed and entertained more than 900 attendees. Noting that the primary purpose of the party is for the community to come out and have a good time, event organizers proclaimed the event a success — especially for the kids under age 10 who can eat for free.

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