Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, May 9-17

Time for Circus Tunes

La Jolla United Methodist Church presents its final family concert of the season, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. A woodwind quartet — Cathy Blickenstaff (flute), Heather Marks (oboe), Tom Schubert (bassoon), Ryan Beard (French horn) and Jim George (clarinet) — will play melodies for a program titled, “Sounds of the Circus.” Selections will include the Barnum & Bailey theme, pieces by John Philip Sousa, and portions of “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens. Six fun rhymes, based on the book “Riotous Rhymes for Children of All Ages” by Carole and Midge Roberts Scutt, could be the highlight of the show. There will also be a tribute to mothers. Freewill offering. Childcare for the very

Glass Act

The Art Glass Guild will hold its annual Show & Patio Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11-12 at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place in Balboa Park. There will be juried works in all forms of glass art by some 30 craftsmen. (619) 702-8006.

Hymns to Hum

The 10th anniversary season of Bach Collegium San Diego, under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela, will close with “Venetian Vespers,” featuring the First Vespers of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin (1640s) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St.A discussion begins 45 minutes before the concert. Tickets: From $20. Rush tickets at the door if available.(619) 341-1726.

Music for Moms

Glenn Vanstrum will present a pianoforte solo concert and lecture 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Admission is free. In honor of Mother’s Day, Vanstrum will share historical notes about the mothers of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Debussy, and their relationship to their sons’ music. (858) 552-1657.

Soup Lunch Fundraiser

The annual Empty Bowls event to benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Area potters have donated ceramic bowls while restaurants have made soups and breads to help guests participate in the fight against hunger. Tickets: $

Art by the Sea

The Bird Rock Artist Guild will hold its annual Art in the Garden show and sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Davis-Garitty Garden, 5571 Bellevue Ave. Refreshments will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Drew Taylor Bird of Rock Coffee Roasters. Some 30 artists and crafters will participate.

Scholarship Show

The Athenaeum will host the 11th annual exhibition of artwork by scholarship winners from the San Diego State University School of Art, Design and Art History, with an opening reception 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the rotunda at 1008 Wall St.

Tennis Tourney Time

Fans are invited to watch the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships, May 13-19 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive. Matches start 8 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Events include singles and doubles in the age groups: 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over. LJB&T Club’s 41st annual Spring Senior Championships for men will also take place in connection with the women’s events. Admission is free, parking fee. (858)

Sculptor Visits

The Museum of Contemporary Art and The San Diego Museum of Art will host the L.A.-based sculptor Charles Ray, as the featured speaker for the 13th annual Axline Lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Ray’s work is part of the “Lifelike” exhibition on view at MCASD through May 27. The artist is known for his uncanny sculptures, which alter and refashion familiar objects, testing the viewer’s ability to discern between what seems to be and what is. Tickets: From $5. (858)

Flower Power

The San Diego County Cymbidium Society will meet for a chili potluck at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 in the Ecke Building at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. There will be an orchid exchange, and members are urged to bring suitable plants, as well as potluck dishes. Dennis Wharton will discuss back-to-natural settings, and orchid growing and mounting in trees. (619)