Best Bets for fun things to do in and around LaJolla, Feb. 23-March 1

Charles Hartford
Charles Hartford

Fateful Journey

Ever wonder what life was like aboard the R.M.S. Titanic 100 years ago? Well then, make your way over to the NAT in Balboa Park. From now through Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, “

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

,” showcases such items as perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples to perfectly preserve china and even pieces of the ship. View recreations of the staterooms, learn the stories of those who perished when the ship sank on April 15, 1912, and get your replica-boarding pass when you enter. Tickets $12-$27 at

or (619) 232-3821.

Hike Lake Hodges

Take a walk around the east arm of Lake Hodges in Rancho Bernardo with the NAT’s Canyoneers, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. A naturalist will lead the easy, 4-mile hike that will climb to 200 feet along varied terrain and past a waterfall. You’ll learn how the Kumeyaay used plants from the area as you trek the trail. Take I-15 to West Bernardo Drive and park in the dirt lot on the right. Meet at the Bernardo Bay Natural Area.

or call (619) 232-3821, select Option 4.

Historical Perspective

If Renaissance art is up your alley, join Douglas Barker at The Riford Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, as he talks about “The French Ambassadors and the Secret Horoscope.” He’ll discuss the uproar in Europe in 1533 as King Henry VIII makes plans to take over the Church in England and divorce his very Catholic Spanish queen, Catherine of Aragon. Free. Refreshments. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831


Speaker at the Riford

Lt. Col. Charles Hartford, a Bronze Star recipient, will talk about his adventures during 19 years in the Army in the next installment of The Riford Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. A West Point graduate who also holds master’s degrees in history, diplomacy and international commerce, Hartford led the ground convoy portion in the rescue of an American prisoner of war in Iraq. Refreshments. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Dark Side of Life

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Off Nights series brings back “Film Noir Unscripted,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. The Impro Theatre gives new life to tough-talking private eyes and femme fatales through unpredictable staging, improvisational wit and verbal dexterity, according to the theater’s website. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $15-20.

(858) 481-1055 or

Banjo Man

The Loft at UCSD brings on Jayme Stone: Room of Wonders, Wednesday Feb. 29. Stone, a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award winner, calls the banjo “the hippest instrument … kind of quirky but it’s really adaptable.” He’ll be joined by Sandra Wong, Andrew Small and Nick Fraser. Also, dinner and drinks at the Zanzibar when doors open at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. on the second floor, Price Center East. Tickets $5-$20 (858) 534-TIXS or

Concert Time

La Jolla Music Society goes from a string quartet to piano concert with two weekend events. The first, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at MCASD’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., puts the Takács Quartet in the spotlight of the Revelle Chamber Music Series. The award-winning group is based at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tickets: $25-75.



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