La Jolla’s Best Bets for fun events in and around town the week of March 10-19

Mysterious Meteorology

Girls in grades 5-8 can join the Reuben Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday March 12 to investigate “how hard can it be to predict the weather in San Diego?”

The answer? It’s more difficult than you might think! Explore wind currents, weather fronts, precipitation, storms and more. Wrap up the day by taping a weather forecast. $12 per person. Pre-register at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806.

Orchid Lecture

Collector and afficonado Norito Hasegawa will speak to the San Diego County Cymbidium Society about “multifloral paphs and their hybrids,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas. A cultural class will precede the lecture at 6:30 p. m. Free to all.  (760) 732-0055.

Let’s Talk Tomatoes

The Point Loma Tomato Queen, aka master gardener Karan Cooper Greenwald, will discuss “Heirloom tomatoes from seeds to salsa,” at the next La Jolla Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. Newcomers are welcome to the free program. An informal tea with cookies ends the event. For more information, call Anne Caprioglio, (858) 454-6227.

Gallery Reception

The public is invited to the opening of an assortment of works by 1960s and ‘70s Bay-area and Los Angeles classic modern artists, 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 11 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. See the works of John Altoon, Tony Berlant, Vija Celmins, Maxwell Hendler, Dennis Hollingsworth, Tom Knechtel, Richard Allen Morris, Manuel Neri, Claes Oldenburg, Nathan Oliveira, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Hassel Smith and Emerson Woelffer. (858) 459-3917.

Book Deals

The Friends of the La Jolla Riford Library will hold a Winter Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at 7555 Draper Ave. A special group of some 1,000 books will be priced for one day only at 2 for $1. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books for the library. (858) 552-1657.

Insights on Bach

To enhance the upcoming performances of J. S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (April 29-30, May 1), the La Jolla Library will present two free lectures by Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace, Ph.D. ‑ “Bach and Lutheran Musical Rhetoric: To Move the Heart,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13; and “The Passion(s) of Christ according to J. S. Bach: Musical Narratives of Theological Complexity,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the community room at 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Mainly Mozart

Pianist Robert Levin performs five Mozart masterpieces, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Dr. Austrian wine celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $48. (619) 239-0100.

LJ Symphony & Chorus

“Concerto” will feature the world premiere of a “Work for Florist & Orchestra,” with ornamental horticulturist James Del Prince creating designs to the music of Mark Applebaum, plus works fom Bartók and Prokofiev under the direction of Steven Schick, 8 p.m. March 12 and 3 p.m. March 13, Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637.

St. Paddy’s Day Parade

San Diego’s Irish will gather at 6


and Laurel Streets at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the Irish Congress of Southern California. Festivities include entertainment, folk singers, food and crafts, a Celtic Village, Kids Zone and two beer gardens.

On a related note: shamROCK is set for 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday, March 17 in the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. The Young Dubliners will perform and there will be green beer and Irish specialites. Tickets $25-$30. (619) 233-5008.

At The Loft

Folk artistry of Jurado with the psychedelic influences of Viva Voce, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, tickets $12; High-energy, cross-pollinated gypsy music with fast-paced tunes and strong vocals from Fishtank Ensemble, 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, $15; Pamela Z’s voice and electronic processing kicks off Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound Series in a new venue 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, tickets $20-$15; rock indie band Bonnie Dune, with Jared Lee, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 13, tickets $12. UCSD Price Center East, second floor. (858) 534-8497.



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