BEST BETS for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Dec. 1-8

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It’s Parade Sunday!

The 54

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annual La Jolla Christmas Parade presented by the Town Council, will kick-off from Girard and Kline Avenues at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.  4, followed by the Holiday Festival from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St., and ending with the lighting of the Christmas Tree sponsored by the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club and GDC Construction. There will be music, entertainment, food and Santa visits. www.ljparade.com

Glass Act

Mastery of the process enables glass artists to make pieces that are extraordinary, whether they be blown, etched, or fused. These techniques will be on display at “Sand 'n Fire: The Wonder of Glass,” showcasing local Jewish artists who express their creativity through this malleable material — Garry Cohen, Leslie Perlis, Ilanit Shalev, James Stone and Keith Wahl. All are welcome to the opening reception, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Gotthelf Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Refreshments by Finch's Wine Bar & Bistro. (858) 362-1154. www.sdcjc.org/gag

An Evening of Jazz

Renowned contrabassist Bert Turetzky (UCSD professor of music Emeritus), and poet Chuck Perrin will present the performance piece, “Mingus Live In The Underworld,” along with other hits and special guest Jamie Shadowlight on violin, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave.  Free. (858) 456-1800.  www.dgwillsbooks.com

Hurry Down to Whoville

The 14

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annual holiday musical ‘Dr

  1. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

‘ continues through Dec. 31 at The Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. Tickets from $39 for adults; $24 for ages 17 and younger. (619) 234-5623. Oldglobe.org Photo by Michael Lamont.

Holiday Art Festival

The second annual San Diego Holiday Art Festival comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2-4 with 200 craft and fine art exhibitors, including La Jollan K.L. Timmerman, who creates jewelry with a sense of fun the way the rings and bracelets wrap. Several artists will demonstrate how they make their unique pieces. The Lindley Lopez Circus with aerial and trapeze acts, jugglers and clowns, will perform at noon and 2:30 p.m. along with Hollywood Steel Caribbean band, magician Michael E. Johnson, jazz guitarist Dirk K, and The Spirit of Christmas Past, a cappella vocal ensemble in Renaissance costume. There will also be food and drinks available from area restaurants. Tickets at the door $8-$7.  holidayartfestival.com  (805) 461-6700.

Navy Salute

Naval Base San Diego invites the public to its first Surface Navy Holiday Lights Event on Dec. 6. Admission is free. Drive on the base to view U.S. Navy ships displaying their decorations and tour one of the Navy’s finest ships. Entertainment will be provided by the Navy Band Southwest and there will be cocoa and cookies. Gate 2, on Harbor Drive at Belt Street, will open at 6:30 p.m. The event ends at 9 p.m. There will be checkpoints at all entrances. All bags will be inspected, and all individuals are subject to search prior to entering the venue gates, or onto the pier. Adults need a VALID form of ID.

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