La Jolla’s Best Bets for events April 9-16

Tour San Diego Neighborhood Gardens

San Diego Horticultural Society and the San Diego Floral Association join forces for a spring garden tour, “Gardens Then and Now,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in historic neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park: Marston Hills, Mission Hills and North Park/ 28th Street. More than 12 private home gardens will provide self-guided tour-goers with the opportunity to see both historic and contemporary landscapes. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members at in advance. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at Francis W. Parker Mission Hills Campus, 4201 Randolph St. Plants, jewelry and garden-related merchandise will be available for sale.

On Stage

California Ballet presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors and their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday April 12 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. Tickets: $40-$90. (858) 560-6741.


■ The Neave Trio will present a Chamber Concert series program, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Toni James have achieved international success. They will perform works by Mozart, Schubert and Dvorák. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

■ More than 130 students from 13 San Diego Unified high schools (including La Jolla High), selected by audition, will be playing in the San Diego Unified High School Instrumental Honor Concert, High School Honor Orchestra and High School Honor Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown San Diego. Free. (858) 256-2700.

Cultural Events

■ For the first time in San Diego, 13 Shaolin Kung Fu Monks will offer a showcase of 1,500 years of Shaolin Culture and Kung Fu. This performance will also be a rare demonstration of the daily routines of the Kung Fu monks at Shaolin Temple, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, Garfield Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $35-$65. (858) 362-1348 or (619) 467-6308.

■ Inspired by teach-ins and the oral tradition of campfire lessons, UC San Diego alumnus, social activist and director of the Peace & Dignity Project, Carlos Pelayo, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, University Art Gallery, Mandeville Center, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. (858) 534-8497. Directions: and

■ On Monday, April 13, theaters across the country will unite to honor victims of the Holocaust by joining in the inaugural Remembrance Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) locally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory and Lambs Players Theatre. Each reading will be followed by a discussion with audience members about the lessons of the Holocaust and the relevance of those lessons in today’s world. Schedule:

Dinner Dance

La Jolla Community Center will host a dinner dance with the Little Big Band swing jazz septet, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Start the evening with a buffet dinner among friends and prepare to dance the night away at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $25 ($20 for members). RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Art Exhibit

■ Conceptual photographer Dina Goldstein, who sets out to evoke feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy by using photos of dolls and “princesses” with modern messages, will exhibit “In the Dollhouse/Fallen Princesses” through May 4 at Madison Gallery during gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 1020 Prospect St. (858) 459-0836.