Falling out of summer

10 things to do before summer ends

By Del Mar Times Staff

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Though summer seems to last all year around here, the season technically ends Sept. 21. Before the cooler weather rolls in, the young'uns are back in school and the holidays start to monopolize your calendars, there are a handful of summery things you still have to do. These 10 got our votes.

Get brain freeze:

Chuao Chocolatier

did a noble thing this summer: it added single-serve gelato to its confectionary repertoire. We're not talking plain ol' chocolate here. Chuao did nothing but the unexpected with flavors such as parchita, white grignottine, picante, cambur and spicy maya. The gelato is available at the Chuao Chocolatier cafes at UTC and Del Mar Highlands. More information: (760) 476-1668.

Run for your life:

La Jolla has some of the most scenic running routes in San Diego County. Whatever distance you prefer, there are plenty of options to choose from: Bishop's School to Mission Beach (7 miles), La Jolla Shores to Mt. Soledad to La Jolla Country Club (5 miles), Torrey Pines (8 miles) and the Terryhill loop (5 miles). For the exact routes and maps:

www.run.com

and

www.torreypine.org

.

Snorkel with sharks:

We double, no, make that triple dare you to swim with schooling leopard sharks and smoothhound sharks. Think you're up to it? Don't worry - Scripps naturalists will be there to hold your hands. At 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 and 21,

Birch Aquarium

is giving shark enthusiasts 10 years and older an opportunity to snorkel with sharks, rays and flatfish at La Jolla Cove. Intermediate swimming ability is required, previous snorkeling experience is recommended and participants must supply their own gear. More information: (858) 534-FISH.

Listen on the lawn:

Catch one of the last remaining free summer concerts on the lawn - put on by the Del Mar Foundation - at

Powerhouse Park

  1. The setting is a perfect place to meet old and new friends. Be sure to bring your blankets and picnic baskets. And don't feel guilty about bringing that bottle of wine or champagne -Del Mar's beach alcohol ban does not apply to the concerts. Cactus Twang Whyte, Grano and Nash, and Eve Selis will perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19. Soul Seduction performs at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. More information: (858) 635-1363.

Place a bet, watch a race:

OK, this one's an obvious summer activity, but the

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's

annual race meet seems to end as fast as it begins. This year's season ends on Sept. 3. Make sure to get one last up-close view of the majestic racehorses at the paddock or near the rail in the infield. The evening concerts are also a must. On Aug. 15, Bob Marley's old band, The Wailers, performs. Black Francis, formerly of the Pixies, performs Aug. 22. The season's final Saturday infield concert features '80s favorite Devo. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free with track admission. More information: (858) 755-1141.

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