San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte will be at the Solana Beach Library on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. He enjoys visiting each of the more than 30 community libraries in the system, because, as he says, “It is an opportunity to say thank you to the people who give us our purpose. The public is the driving force behind everything we do, and one of the best parts of my job is getting out and thanking the community for making our libraries great.”
The Solana Beach Community Senior Center presents its 2014 Health Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach. The event starts at 10 a.m. in Debin Hall and includes free screenings, giveaways, door prizes, a free lunch and entertainment. Call 858-509-2587 for more information.
January is when gray whales are seen off the coast on their way from the Arctic to Baja California. Learn about the longest migration of any mammal in a talk at the Solana Beach Library’s Friends Night Out on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Del Mar lifeguards and brave area residents will plunge into the New Year during the annual Penguin Plunge on Jan. 1. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street.
The Brandeis National Committee chapters of San Diego, San Dieguito and Rancho Bernardo will host Brandeis University’s annual “gift” to its members and to the community at large — University on Wheels. Every year, during winter break, the university sends its best and most popular professors to speak to BNC chapters around the country.
Throughout the month of December, Del Mar will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, ringing in the season with a host of holiday events and festivities.
The City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event at Fletcher Cove Park on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
The San Diego Center for Children (SDCC) and Il Fornaio Del Mar are partnering to host “Light Up A Life” toy drive and cocktail reception on Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at Il Fornaio Del Mar. Bring a toy or gift card from Wal-Mart or Target for entry to the event.
The Cedros Avenue Merchants Association in Solana Beach will hold its Annual Open House Holiday Event on Dec. 7, from 2-7 p.m. This is the largest event the North County design district holds each year. Most of the 85-plus merchants in the street are actively organizing the event and will participate by having their stores offer special events, such as belly dancing, exhibits, complimentary beverages and food, special sales, product give-aways, and live music.
Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting Ceremony; Hanukkah lighting at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center (12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130) Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6:16 p.m.