Best Bets: A Quick Guide to Online and In-Person Fun and Experiences


This is an ongoing series of online activities to be undertaken on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conferences & learning

• The Pen to Paper Writers Course will return to the La Jolla / Riford Library at 7555 Draper Ave. from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1 and will continue every Thursday. The course is open to writers 18 years of age and over of all experience levels. Release. (858) 552-1657

Scott Farr will be teaching a series of bridge lessons at La Jolla Community Center starting Monday July 5th.

(Courtesy of Scott Farr and La Jolla Community Center)

• La Jolla Community Center presents a series of face-to-face meetings bridge lessons from July, taught by seasoned instructor Scott Farr, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Beginner bridge lessons will take place at 2 p.m. on Mondays starting July 5. Intermediate courses will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays from July 5 and will cover manual assessment and tendering. Advanced classes will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting July 6 and will cover auctions and competitive or defensive play. $ 100 for members of the community center; $ 120 for non-members. [email protected]

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “Magic of watercolor ” at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 6 at 6811, boulevard La Jolla The four-week course, taught by Minnie Valero, will teach the basics of watercolor painting, mixing colors and how to use them effectively. $ 80 for members of the community center; $ 100 for non-members. ljcommunitycenter.org/inpersonclasses

Family & children

• The Athenaeum music and art library presents “Children’s story time” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday July 7 at 1008 Wall St. The event is open to children aged 1 to 9. Release. ljathenaeum.org

La Jolla playhouse present “Choose me last”, streaming online now. The production of the 2021 Theater Performance Awareness Program Tour for Young Audiences is about standing up for friends and learning to let them stand up for themselves. Free (use the password pop2021). bit.ly/LJPlayhousePickMeLast

Arts & culture

• Warwick’s bookstore presents the author J’nell Ciesielski at 4 p.m. on Wednesday July 7 via Facebook Live. Ciesielski will discuss his new book, “The Ice Swan”, during a conversation with author Rachel McMillan. Release. warwicks.com/event/Ciesielski-2021

• The San Diego Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe present “We’re listening” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday July 8, online. The bi-monthly Black Theater Life Show continues with guest Miki Vale, international hip-hop artist, Old Globe-commissioned playwright and founder of SoulKiss Theater. Release. bit.ly/WALVale

Pianist Larry Goldings and the rest of his quartet will perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on July 10.

Pianist Larry Goldings and the rest of the Larry Goldings Quartet will perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla on Saturday July 10.

(Courtesy of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library)

• Live jazz returns to the Athenaeum’s musical and artistic library with Farrell Family Jazz, a series of summer concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday July 10 at 1008 Wall Street. The first concert will feature the Larry Goldings Quartet with Goldings on piano, David Piltch on bass, Jay Bellerose on drums and Sebastian Aymanns on percussion. The next concerts are July 31 and August 7 and 14. $ 35 per concert for Athenaeum members / $ 132 for the series; $ 40 for non-members / $ 152 for the series. ljathenaeum.org/summer-jazz

• The North Coast Repertory Theater presents “Become Dr Ruth”, which was extended until Sunday July 11 online. The solo showcase, written by Mark St. Germain, features Tovah Feldshuh as a sex therapist and media personality. $ 35 for an individual visit; $ 54 for a group visit. northcoastrep.org

Galas and events

• The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America presents “Corona and the new normal” at 11 a.m. on Sunday July 11 online. The Zoom Coin is a fundraiser for the organization, which hopes to open a Yiddish cultural center in La Jolla. $ 36. yaaana.com/fundraising

• Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the San Diego-Tijuana section of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists are present “Culinary Traditions of Rosamaria: Virtual Cooking Class” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday July 14, online. Fundraising for Olivewood and NAHJ San Diego-Tijuana’s nutrition and gardening programs will feature traditional vegan recipes. $ 20 for course registration; $ 20 for an ingredient kit, available for pickup on Tuesday, July 13. bit.ly/olivewoodclass

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