La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events

Painting Workshop

Young artist Damien Grafte and Ooh La La Dance Academy are teaming up for a painting workshop, 1-3 p.m. for children ($40) and 4:30–6:30 p.m. for adults ($50), both Sunday, April 13. No experience needed. All paint, brushes and canvases are included, as are snacks for children (and wine and cheese for adults!) Ooh La La Dance Academy, 7467 Cuvier St. RSVP: (858) 456-4500 or or register


Salute to Nat King Cole

The La Jolla Music Society will end its season’s Jazz Series with The Nat King Cole Tribute band, featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Tickets: $27-$77. (858) 459-3728.

New Sounds at SpringFest

Birch Aquarium will host the SpringFest 2014 event, featuring musical performances from UC San Diego graduates located at stations throughout the aquarium, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2300 Expedition Way. New this year will be sound- art pieces composed by high school students from A Reason To Survive (ARTS). Tickets: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. (858) 534-3474.

Art and Flowers

The Village Garden Club of La Jolla will present two days of its annual Fabulous Expressions in Art and Flowers exhibition, April 16-17 at Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. A preview event 4-7 p.m. is Wednesday, April 16 with refreshments, live music and a no-host bar. The main event — which features artwork by club members and floral designs inspired by the art — starts 9 a.m. Thursday, April 17. Tickets: $15. or

Rock-Star Book Signing

Kiss frontman and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul Stanley (pictured) will sign copies of his new memoir, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” 7 p.m. April 17 at Warwick’s bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. Tickets are $31.31 for two adults, which includes a copy of the book. (858) 454-0347.

Late Night Grunion Run

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for the must-see grunion run — during which hundreds of the small silvery fish ride the waves onto shore for a mating ritual — in the first outing of the season. 11 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Bring a flashlight and warm jacket. Tickets: $14 members, $16 nonmembers. Ages 6-13 must attend with a paid adult. Meet at 2300 Expedition Way. Advance Reservations required. (858) 534-7336.

Palm Sunday Lenten Concert

Classic Choral Works of the Romantic Era featuring Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major plus selections by Brahms, Beethoven, and others will be performed 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. A freewill offering will be taken to support the church’s music ministry. (858) 454-7108.

Easter in Bloom

The Botanical Building in Balboa Park will present its annual display of some 300 Easter Lilies, April 11-30. The free exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Wednesday at 1549 El Prado. (619) 239-0512.

Young Musicians Concert

Student orchestras and wind ensembles take center stage for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) second Inspiration Series Concert of the season, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Poway Performing Arts Center, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets $5, students free. (619) 233-3232, ext 115.

Natural Designs

The San Diego Floral Association presents floral designer Katherine Brozowski (pictured) speaking on “nature is my inspiration,” 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 1650 El Prado No. 101 in Balboa Park. She focuses on colors, lines and textures to create an organic and fresh style infused with classic elegance. Free. (619) 232-5762.

Pro Arte Voices Returns

After a successful inaugural concert in December, the San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present a spring concert titled “Lenten Reflections,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1050 Thomas Ave. in Pacific Beach. Suggested Donation: $15. (609) 937-6619.