La Jolla’s Best Bets for events May 7-14


Flowers for Mom

■ Just in time for Mother’s Day, the La Jolla Garden Club’s annual Gardeners’ Market will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9 on the patio at Chase Bank, 7777 Girard Ave. Potted plants, baked goods and garden- oriented gifts will be tied up with bows, will be for sale — all ready to give to mom. Proceeds support horticulture scholarships for local students. (858) 454-6227.

■ In connection with the “Garden Party of the Century” in Balboa Park, San Diego Floral Association presents a judged flower show “Our Treasure, 1915- 2015” and display of historical photos, 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 8; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sunday, May 10 at Balboa Park Club, Pan American Road West. Free. (619) 563-1249.

Classic Ballet

■ “Don Quixote,” a three-act ballet based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, will be performed 8 p.m. Friday, May, 8; Saturday, May 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 by City Ballet, with its orchestra under the direction of John Nettles. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway. Tickets: $29-$79. (858) 272-8663.

Concert Time

■ The binational Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra of the Californias will fill the Spreckels Organ Pavilion with classical music by Mexican, American and European composers with a free public concert, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Balboa Park. The orchestra is comprised of student musicians from the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and Tijuana’s Centro de Artes Musicales music conservatory. (619) 239-0100 x 2.

La Jolla Music Society will welcome violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff accompanied by Lars Vogt, one of the leading pianists of his generation, in a program featuring works by Brahms, Webern, Bartók and Mozart, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $35-$99. (858) 459-3728.

Mainly Mozart will present a program of Czerny’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C major and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Four Pianos in A minor, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 (a reception precedes at 6:30 p.m.) at The Scripps Research Institute auditorium, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $55. (619) 466-8742.

■ Grammy-winning a cappella singing group Chanticleer, comprised of 12 male voices, will return to St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for a program titled “The Gypsy in My Soul,” 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $30. Children and students are admitted free at concert time, space permitting. (858) 459-3421.

To Your Health!

■ Join the La Jolla Community Center for a day full of health and wellness information during its third annual Health Fair — complete with demonstrations, materials and resources, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Free. (858) 459-0831.

■ The Behavioral Health Committee of Jewish Family Service of San Diego will host its annual luncheon in support of mental health awareness, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. This year’s theme, “A Battle Against Time,” will feature Greg O’Brien, author of “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.” Tickets: $55. (858) 637-3231.

Cultural Events

Gator by the Bay, the largest most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou, will be May 7-10 at the Spanish Landing Park, 3900 North Harbor Drive. It features 85 musical acts on six stages, including three-time Grammy winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana. Daily tickets $35-$40 (Thursday night $25-$95), four-day pass $140. (619) 234-8612.

■ For much of his life, Raymond M. Wong pretended he wasn’t Chinese. He didn’t speak his native Cantonese. He didn’t date Asian women, and he pushed away his mom because she mirrored a culture of which he wanted no part. Hear his story “I’m Not Chinese: The journey from resentment to reverence,” 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 404 Third Ave. Admission: $4. (619) 338-9888.

Works of Art

■ In partnership with Combat Arts, a nonprofit that provides art experiences for combat troops, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego created ArtOASIS, a comprehensive art-based program that invites military members to engage in weekly art classes, both on base and at MCASD. See a special unveiling of the service members’ work 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St. RSVP: (858) 454-3541, ext. 151 or with subject line “ArtOASIS” by May 8.