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La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events Jan. 1

On Stage

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■ Ready to have “the time of your life”? Then check out “Dirty Dancing,” live on stage at San Diego Civic Theatre. This musical adaptation of the 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze runs Jan. 6-11 with evening shows Tuesday through Friday, matinees and evening shows Saturday and Sunday. Tickets from $25. 1100 Third Ave. (858) 570-1100. sdcivic.org

■ Two child-friendly shows play in repertory over three weekends through Jan. 18 at Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park. In “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” two siblings stumble upon a tree house time machine. In “Fancy Nancy — The Musical,” a little girl destined to play a mermaid in a play and is cast as ... a tree, and left wondering if she can bring joy to the role. Matinees and evening shows. $11-$15. (619) 239-8355. 1800 El Prado. juniortheatre.com

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Jump In!

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■ Witness the La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s Polar Bear Plunge, where swimmers literally dive into the New Year. 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 at La Jolla Shores near the lifeguard tower (look for the club banner). Free. Cider and coffee provided, participants asked to bring their favorite chili, soup or other warm food. lajollacoveswimclub.com

Sensational Sounds

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■ Winter concerts set at Darlington House: The Social Service League of La Jolla will again present its monthly Winter Classical Music Series 2-4 p.m. select Sunday afternoons Jan. 11-March 15 in the living room of the historic Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas Ave. The series benefits League House, which provides affordable housing for seniors. “It’s a lovely way to spend a few Sunday afternoons with Champagne and wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres provided before and after the concerts, as well as free valet parking,” organizers said. The 2015 Series begins Jan. 11 with the Anthem Trio. On Feb. 15 members of the San Diego Symphony will perform. On March 15, the series concludes with the Torrey Pines Chamber Players. Tickets for the series are $100 per person or $40 for individual concerts. Send payment to Social Service League of La Jolla, 7441 Olivetas Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037. For more information, call (858) 454-7625.

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■ Julian Lage, hailed by JazzTimes’ 2013 critics poll as the “Best Jazz Guitarist” and the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Jules at Eight,” comes to The Loft at UC San Diego, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. With his first recording, “Sounding Point,” Lage arrived at a unique approach to composition and ensemble craft that earned him his 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. $12-$28. (858) 534-8497. 9500 Gilman Drive. boxoffice.ucsd.edu

■ San Diego performance artists Chris Mosher, Shannon Perkins and musician Nathan Hubbard will present spoken word and music, followed by People’s Choice Poem Awards, Friday, Jan. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. $5 at the door, or bring wine to share and get in free. San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 236-0011. Sandiego-art.org

■ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents its annual San Diego New Music soundON Festival of Modern Music — a showcase of the vibrant, exploratory ensemble-in-residence NOISE, presenting cutting-edge world premieres and festival favorites Jan. 8-11. All events held at the 1008 Wall St. library, except a Jan. 9 workshop. Festival concert kicks off the event, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 with workshop concerts noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 10 and 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11. Individual show tickets $20-$25, festival passes $55-$70. (858) 454-5872. sandiegonewmusic.com/events.html

For the kids

■ Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., La Jolla Library hosts a storytime and craft hour for preschoolers, in the children’s area. Teri Newlee reads a story and then facilitates an arts-and-crafts activity. Free. 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552- 1657. lajollalibrary.org