La Jolla’s BEST BETS for events - Dec. 27-Jan.6

Holiday Lights

Last chance to view the 16th annual “Holiday of Lights” show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. See more than 400 illuminated and animated scenes on a 1.5-mile drive around the racetrack. Open 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Tickets $14 per vehicle with up to 5 people. (858) 792-4252.

Chorus Auditions

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will hold winter auditions for its chorus from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UCSD campus. The chorus welcomes trained singers of all voice types who possess music reading skills and a commitment to choral singing. Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more information at

Weight Watchers at The Riford

To help residents keep their resolutions to lose a few pounds in 2011, The Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., will host meetings of the Weight Watchers Points Plus program beginning Jan. 4. Meeting times are 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. To sign up, call (858) 459-0831.

Cool Stuff

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Balboa Park Carousel, its jeweled replica is featured in the ‘All That Glitters’ exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum — open on New Year’s Day if you’re looking for a place to take holiday guests. The exhibition features a stunning selection of spectacular natural mineral crystals, exquisite jewelry, and works of art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission from $11.

Fun with Postage

Ever wonder what grandpa’s old stamp collection is worth? Find out at SANDICAL, San Diego’s premier stamp show, Jan. 21-23 at the Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road. SANDICAL experts will provide free evaluations of stamp collections, offer postal history, and review other philatelic material from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. An exhibit of some 2,500 pages of rare stamps is part of the educational show targeted to all ages.

Winterscapes Show

Pictured is ‘Le Gare du L’est’ by French illustrator Galien Laloue, one of the many exquisite snow scenes for show and sale at Cosmopolitan Fine Arts Gallery, 7932 Girard Ave. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other artists in the themed exhibit include Nekolay Navros, Nasonov, James Fetherolf, Fischer, and Cortes. (858) 456-9506.

Woodblock Prints

At ‘Dreams & Diversions’ visitors will view 250 years of Japanese block prints from the San Diego Museum of Art’s rarely seen collection. Spanning the history of Ukiyo-e and beyond from the 17th to 20th century, the exhibition is arranged thematically within a chronological framework, and includes works by the most celebrated print artists, including Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. Open 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission $12. (619) 232-7931.



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