La Jolla's Best Bets for Events Dec. 4

Something Special

■ Senior Dance: Those ages 55 and older who want to go waltzing in a winter wonderland can visit La Jolla Rec Center, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 for the annual seasonal dance. Dinner, coffee and dessert will be served, with live entertainment by The A-Team. 615 Prospect St. Tickets: $15. (858) 552-1658. bit.ly/ljreccenter

■ Shakespeare on Broadway Musicale: The team behind Leigh Scarritt Productions will take classic Shakespeare quotes and pair them with music, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free admission, donations accepted. (858) 552-1657. LaJollaLibrary.org

Art Happenings

■ Bird Rock Artist Guild Holiday Art in the Garden will showcase jewelry designs, cards, mosaics, mixed media, paintings, photography, pottery and more, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at a private home, 5571 Bellevue Ave. Donations support Art Reach and La Jolla Historical Society. Musical entertainment. (619) 822-1120. dwheeler@san.rr.com

■ San Diego Arts Foundation hosts its annual gala 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at a private home in La Jolla Farms (location given upon RSVP). Entertainment by young and adult singers, with work from local artists on display. Event doubles as a toy/food drive for Salvation Army San Diego. $10 with a donation, $20 without. SanDiegoArts.org/tickets or text (858) 518-8404.

Performances

■ The Holiday Café Concert features three La Jolla residents — Veda Larson Palmer, Liz Hooper and Marina Hayden — performing with the award- winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction, 50/50 auction and refreshments. Performance at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-20 at Sandiegochorus.yapsody.com or the door. (619) 796-5162.

■ Opera Wednesday returns 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The cabaret evenings offer performances from top operatic singers of Southern California, including promising collegiate singers, San Diego Opera Chorus members, and professional soloists of all ages. Snacks, desserts and drinks are available for purchase. $10 donation is recommended for the artists. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

■ Handel’s Messiah from La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Choral Director David Chase leads the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, chamber orchestra, guest soloists and audience members in San Diego County’s longest-running, annual sing-along of the Christmas portions of Handel’s classic, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. Tickets $15. (858) 534-4637. LaJollaSymphony.com

■ Salk Music and Science series presents a piano concert with Rachel Kudo and Karen Joy Davis performing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and a science lecture by Tom Albright, professor and director of the Vision Center Laboratory, Sunday, Dec. 7. Concert 4 p.m., science talk 4:40 p.m., concert resumes 5:10 p.m. at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. Tickets $35. (858) 453-4100, ext. 2098. salk.edu

■ Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the Garfield Theatre at the Jewish Community Center 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4126 Executive Drive. Set to various musical styles, from country-western and calypso to pop and rock ‘n’ roll, the story from the Old Testament is told through this production. Tickets: $30. (858) 586-7834. scrippsperformingarts.com

■ J’OY VEY, from musical theatre actor and director Evan Pappas, is a comedic story about two grandmas during the Christmas/Hanukkah season written by Lojo Simon and Anita Simons, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at Garfield Theatre, JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $9. (858) 362-1114. lfjcc.org

■ Prince of the Violin Edvin Marton and his internationally acclaimed tour makes its San Diego debut 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. Marton is an Emmy Award-winning composer, winner of the prestigious International Violin Competition in Canada. Tickets from $45. (858) 454-3541. ticketsr.com

Wild Time at the Movies

■ Warren Miller Entertainment’s latest film “No Turning Back,” captures breathtaking scenes with world-class skiers and snowboarders throughout the world. It screens 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $18. (800) 523-7117. WarrenMiller.com

Center to host day trip to see Mission Inn lights

La Jolla Community Center is sponsoring a day trip to the Festival of Lights at the national historic landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside to see “the most dazzling holiday spectacle south of the North Pole.”

The bus will leave 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 from the center at 6811 La Jolla Blvd., and return at 8 p.m.

The landmark hotel encompasses a city block and is a 320,000-square-foot maze of stained glass and spiral staircases with an architectural mix ranging from Spanish Baroque and Italian Renaissance to hints of Japanese.

Guests will take a docent-guided tour to witness how two million cascading lights transform the Mission Inn into a land of holiday magic. Prior to the tour, attendees will have time to stroll the adjacent pedestrian shopping area and have lunch.

Tickets are $60 for members and $80 nonmembers. Reservations required: (858) 459-0831.

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