La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events July 2-9


Up On the Screen

■ Dive In at the Pool, a series of family-friendly film screenings, kicks off 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, where guests can enjoy the Disney animation classic “Frozen” from the pool. La Jolla YMCA, 8355 Cliffridge Drive. Series continues with various films, Fridays in July. Free and open to the community. (858) 453-3483.

■ Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Secret Ocean,” premieres Friday, July 3, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Multiple showings daily. Filmed over three years in vibrant marine environments from the Bahamas to Fiji, this family-friendly film runs 40 minutes. 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. $17.95-$19.95. (619) 238-1233.

Summer Concert Season

Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts presents a series of music performances this week, each starting at 6:30 p.m. See 145th Street contemporary blues Thursday, July 2; Bi-Nacional de Mambo Orchestra (salsa dancing lessons at 5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, July 7; Breez’n (pictured) jazz blues Wednesday, July 8; and Stoney B Blues Thursday, July 9. Free. Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.

■ Award-winning musicians Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel will perform dynamic blues, jazz and swing at a free concert, noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 4 in Westfield UTC Mall’s Palm Plaza, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. (858) 546-8858.

■ Athenaeum Arts & Music Library’s Farrell Family jazz series concludes 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, with the guitar and piano duo Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca. Hailing from the geographically distant homelands of Greece and Cuba, Exaras and Villafranca find common ground in their musical heritages and mastery of jazz. 1008 Wall St. $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

San Diego County Fair closes July 5, but before it does, check out the following concerts, included with $15 admission. 7:30 p.m. Friday July 3, Kansas, known for hits “Dust In The Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son,” performs. Comedian Dana Carvey takes the stage with Navy Band Southwest (7:30 p.m.), fireworks (9 p.m.) and performance (9:30 p.m.) Saturday, July 4 — party on, Garth! Closing the fair are Mexican musical groups Calibre 50 and Banda Carnaval, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. (858) 755-1161.

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops 2015 presents “Star Spangled Pops” conducted by Bill Conti, complete with “American Idol” runner-up and Chula Vista native Jessica Sanchez and fireworks, 7:30 p.m. July 3-5. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $22. (619) 235-0804.

Special Events

■ Haute ladies and gentlemen are invited to party for a cause, when the La Jolla Hat Show returns, 7-11 p.m. July 10 at Madison Gallery, 1020 Prospect St., Suite 130.

The popular fundraiser, now in its fifth year, is a pre-party for opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack (July 16). This year’s event will feature an appearance by Storm and Spark, two rescued ponies from event beneficiaries Speak Loud Animal Protectors and TheraPony, local sanctuaries for abused and neglected horses.

This year’s event includes a live performance by fashion designer Adam Saaks, known for his live T-shirt cutting performances. Dress to impress, as eight attendees are chosen randomly from the audience to strut the runway. First- through third-place prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed guest, including two tickets to the Del Mar Racetrack and dinner at Eddie V’s steakhouse or The Hake Kitchen and Bar.

The event includes food and raffle gift bags valued at $500 each. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at

■ In a collaborative exhibit that supports local artists who live and work throughout San Diego, “(I Want You to) Support Local SD Artists, Part III” will be 6 p.m. Friday, July 3 at Dolphin and Hawk Fine Art Gallery, 7742 Herschel Ave., Suite M. Free. (858) 401-9549

■ In a co-production with the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Theatre Ensemble will present a staged reading of Del Mar resident Gary Seger’s prequel to “Hamlet.” titled “Alas, Poor Yorick,” 7 p.m. Friday, July 3 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831.

■ Saturday, July 4th activities in La Jolla to celebrate Independence Day include:

• Bird Rock parade: 10 a.m. Beaumont Avenue

• Barber Tract parade: 10 a.m. Monte Vista Avenue

• Fireworks: 9 p.m. Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove