Camps, art fairs, pier walks among the events ahead

Festival of the Arts

The works of some 200 artists and master craftsman will fill the east campus of USCD from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 and 27 as the 24th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts unfolds.

The festival doubles as a benefit for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and its work on behalf of San Diegans living with disabilities, including many returning veterans.

New this year will be celebrity and chef author lectures, demonstrations and books signings; a unique car show; and music performed throughout the venue.

A food area will feature a variety of international dishes. Guests can interact with the Madonnari (chalk artists) who will turn an asphalt canvas into a beautiful street of colors. Children can try their hands at art projects, games and other activities. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

Rated as one of the top art shows in California, the La Jolla Festival of the Arts brings together national and local artists displaying watercolors, oils, sculpture, serigraphs, fine jewelry, photography, and more. Northern California watercolorist Cara Brown created this year’s festival poster.

Tickets are $10. Kids, ages 10 and younger, enter for free. The festival will be set up on the campus at Genesee Avenue and Regents Road.

For more details, call (858) 456-1268 or visit


Birch Aquarium

Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD

  • Snorkeling adventures. Join aquarium naturalists to learn about sea creatures and the ecology of their underwater homes. Swimming ability is required, previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants, ages 10 and up, must supply their own gear, snorkelers ages 10-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Snorkel with Sharks: 8-10 a.m. June 19, July 10, 17 and 31; Aug. 14, 21 and 28. Snorkel La Jolla Cove: 8-10 a.m. July 3 and Aug. 7. Reservations $30 at (858) 534-7336 or
  • Also for kids: Summer Learning Camps, classroom and field programs, pier walks and exhibits. Call for brochure.
  • World Oceans Day June 8. Activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including a 50th Anniversary salute to the Dr. Seuss classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” with a fishy scavenger hunt and story times.
  • Sea Days. Focus on Fish Diversity 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 with activities, chats with Scripps scientists, and a recycled fish craft.
  • Moonlit Pier Walk. Exclusive evening tour with a Scripps naturalist 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 25. Learn about the history of Scripps Oceanography and current research projects while collecting plankton, performing experiments and exploring the nocturnal habits of marine life. Kids ages 9-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations $25 at (858) 534-7336 or


  • Shark Week. July 17-23, with unique exhibits and programs.

La Jolla Playhouse

UCSD campus
  • June 15-July 11: World premiere of family drama “Surf Report,” by Del Mar playwright Annie Weisman.
  • July 20-Aug. 22: “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  • Young Performers workshops, June 28–July 23. Full day, one-week to four-week sessions for students entering grades 2- 12. (858) 550-1070 ext. 103.
  • 16th Summer Conservatory intensive 6-week acting experience for high school students grades 10-12, July 5-Aug. 13. Tuition $1,800.

La Jolla Recreation Center

615 Prospect

(858) 552-1658

  • Summer 2010 Enrichment Camps. June 21 to Sept. 3 with martial arts, sports, science and art programs.


  • Summer Luau Senior Dinner Dance. 5:30-8:30 pm. June 11. For ages 55 and older. Tickets $10.

Riford Center

6811 La Jolla Blvd.

(858) 459-0831

  • Adult enrichment classes, fitness classes and much more. Visit the website for a daily calendar of events through the summer.
  • Dance, 5:30 p.m. June 4
  • Singles Night, 6 p.m. June 5
  • Unrehearsed reading of Woody Allen’s “Play it Again Sam.” 7 p.m., June 7
  • Game Night – 7 p.m. June 17

Riford Library

7555 Draper

(858) 552-1657

Closed Mondays
  • Book Club for Grades 1-3. Meets 3 p.m. June 9 on “Gooney Bird Greene,” by Lois Lowry; 2 p.m. July 14 on “Tide Pools: Life at the Edge of the Sea,” by Anita Malnig; and 2 p.m. Aug. 11 for “Ocean Soup: Tide Pool Poems,” by Stephen Swinburne and Mary Peterson.
  • Summer Reading Program. “Make a Splash@Your Library” for kids and “Make Waves@Your Library” for teens.

La Jolla YMCA

8355 Cliffridge Ave.

(858) 453-3483

  • Summer Camps. Programs start June 22. Camp Orientation Night is 6:30- 8 p.m. June 9, childcare available. Meet the camp management staff and get questions answered. View the program online at (Some of the specialty day camps will make you wish you were a kid again!)
  • Swim lessons, adult fitness programs and sports leagues.

Museum of Contemporary Art

700 Prospect

(858) 454-3541

  • “Here Not There.” Exhibit runs June 6-Sept. 19 offering “a provocative view into the variety, strength, and vitality of work being produced by contemporary artists living in San Diego County.”
  • Related art event. 7 to 10 p.m. June 19; experience a range of different performances planned to unfold simultaneously throughout the night. Members free, others $5-$7 admission.

La Jolla Youth Sports:

  • Baseball, softball, soccer leagues. Information at

or (858) 677-9810.