■ La Jolla Symphony & Chorus has partnered with Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden for a free performance of “Sila: The Breath of the World,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Listeners are free to wander throughout the garden while up to 80 musicians, strategically placed across the terrain, create an exploratory and immersive experience for guests. 2215 Pan American Road East. lajollasymphony.com
■ Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI kicks off its fall series with the Mark Dresser Septet 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at TSrI Auditorium, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Dresser on bass, marty ehrlich on reeds, Nicole mitchell on flute, michael Dessen on trombone, David morales-boroff on violin, Joshua White on piano and Kjell Nordeson on drums. Tickets: $84-$99 series, $30-$35 each concert. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
■ Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents Trio De Janeiro performing Brazilian jazz and the music of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Ron Satterfield on guitar and vocals, Tommy Aros on percussion, and Lori bell on flute. Tickets: $18-$23 in advance, $20-$25 at the door. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
■ Glenn Vanstrum returns to La Jolla Library for a “Pianoforte Across the Centuries” concert on solo piano, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at 7555 Draper Ave. program includes mozart’s “piano Sonata No.12 in F major,” Beethoven’s “piano Sonata No. 30 in A major,” Gryc’s “Moon Thoughts” and Debussy’s “Children’s Corner.” Free. (858) 552-1657.
Contemporary Art Show
■ “San Diego Collects,” an exhibit featuring works from the private collections of San Diego art owners who’ve loaned their cherished pieces for temporary display, runs Sept. 26-Jan. 10 2016 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 prospect St. The works are dominated by paintings, or two-dimensional pieces, but include some sculpture and mixed media, and reflect (in connection with the museum’s historical focus) the 1950s to today. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Wednesday. Gallery walk-through 2 p.m. monday, Sept. 28 with deputy director Kathryn Kanjo discussing San Diego’s collecting community. Free for members, free with paid admission ($5-$10) for non- members. Note: mCASD offers free admission 5-7 p.m. third Thursdays. Also on view: “One Cannot Look: Graphic Wars,” Sept. 26-Nov. 29. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org
■ San Diego Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food) will be 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Westfield mission Valley, 1640 Camino Del rio North, in front of bed bath and beyond. $10. stjude.org/walkrun
■ World Wildlife Fund will host its first San Diego fundraiser in connection with Closing Day at the San Diego Polo Club, 2 p.m. (polo match followed by party benefit), Sunday, Sept. 27. WWF works to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. tickets from $15. 14555 el Camino real, rancho Santa Fe. sandiegopolo.com
■ Mainly Mozart’s Prodigy Year begins with the dawn of the 2015 Mozart & the Mind series. International pioneers in the fields of science, medicine and the arts share contemporary research through informative presentations, interactive installations and live performances. Workshops, concerts and lectures throughout the day Sept. 25-27. UCSD Calit2 Atkinson Hall 5th Floor, 9500 Gilman Drive. tickets from $50. (619) 239-0100, ext. 2. Schedule: mainlymozart.org
■ A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla’s most prominent landmarks, the Ellen Browning Scripps memorial pier (usually closed to the public). Pier Walks are led by aquarium naturalists, Birch Aquarium presents a moonlit walk along the entire 1,090-foot concrete pier, 6-7:30 p.m., Sept. 26-27. tickets $25. pre-purchase required: (858) 534-7336. aquarium.ucsd.edu/education/public_programs
Play in Progress
■ North Coast Rep’s New Works Reading Series presents plays-in-progress by new and emerging playwrights, followed by a talkback with the playwright, director and actors. “One Perfect Rose: Stories and Poems by Dorothy Parker” takes the stage, 7:30 p.m. monday, Sept. 28 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana beach. tickets from $18. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org/season/readings.html
Garden Group Party
■ Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will mark 20 years of tilling their soils with a new-members welcome event 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at a location that will be revealed upon RSVP at (858) 755-6570. the group met for the first time in September 1995 with ladies from minorca Way and minorca Cove in Del mar Heights sharing their passion for gardening. Florence Warnock suggested the club’s name. the group averages 12 at a meeting, with a mission to inform members on a variety of plant topics, from how to propagate proteas to which plants (milkweed!) attract Swallowtail butterflies to soil chemistry and tomato plant from-seed exchange. they meet in members homes, listen to invited speakers, enjoy plant demonstrations, travel to nurseries/gardens, share plants and take docent-led nature walks in nearby lagoons and reserves.
Last Call for Restaurant Week Deals
■ price-fixed menus from hundreds of area restaurants are available through Saturday, Sept. 26 during San Diego Restaurant Week. For a list of participating eateries, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com