Nov. 30: Event briefs


In aChord at Carmel Valley Library

December’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room.

In aChord Men’s Ensemble is one of San Diego’s premier singing groups dazzling audiences with their signature sound of tight-harmony, pop, jazz and seasonal music. Known for their electrifying performances and unique vocal blend, this group has entertained audiences of all ages throughout San Diego County.

Under the artistic direction of Bob Wuertz, In aChord’s 13 singing members continue to produce the remarkable degree of musicality for which they are known. Continually striving for excellence in style and genre of music, they present sharp and creative arrangements ranging from standards from the ‘30s and ‘40s, classic hits from the ’60s and ’70s and current millennial favorites. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.

Annual Light Up A Life fundraiser Dec. 10

The Annual Light Up A Life fundraiser will be held Sunday, Dec. 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the Del Mar Plaza.

Monica Nash, of Chaparro and Nash Real Estate Group, has teamed up with local sponsors, including the Charitable Foundation and Carmel Valley Moms, for the fifth year to support local at-risk youth through the San Diego Center for Children and to ensure each child receives a Christmas gift this year.

The event will feature live entertainment by Chris Lomeli Sounds, as well as free Santa photos. The event will also include a light buffet dinner. Admission is $25 or bring an unwrapped gift for age 12 and over.

Del Mar Plaza is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Upper Ocean View Deck, Il Fornaio.

Del Mar Village announces holiday events, offerings

The Del Mar Village Association recently announced a lineup of festive offerings in the Del Mar Village.

Free Parking - The City of Del Mar will offer free parking in downtown Del Mar for customers throughout the holiday season. The all-day parking gift from the city includes complimentary downtown parking where holiday bags are posted. The free parking takes place Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and Jan. 1.

Santa By the Sea - Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

This is a free holiday event offers something for every member of the family. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onsite to pose for pictures. Live music will be provided by the Original Dickens Carolers; holiday treats and drinks will be supplied by local Del Mar Village restaurants. There will be a Make Your Own Rad Hatter Holiday Hats station sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation and a workshop for writing and sending letters to Santa at the North Pole. The event culminates with the annual tree lighting at 5 p.m. The festivities take place in the L’Auberge Amphitheater at the corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th street in Del Mar.

Holiday Voucher Program – now through Dec. 31

Del Mar Village retail shops and restaurants have teamed up to make shopping and dining in Del Mar during the holidays not only festive but rewarding. Each purchase of $75 at one of over 30 participating local retail shops earns the customer a $15 voucher toward dining at over 15 participating Del Mar Village restaurants.

L’Auberge Del Mar Holiday Concert with Peter Sprague in the Amphitheater

On Sunday, Dec. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. talented American jazz artist Peter Sprague will once again perform a concert in the L’Auberge Amphitheater. This annual free event has become a popular, relaxing way to spend Christmas Eve afternoon. For more information about holiday events at L’Auberge, including the Holiday Traditional Tea by the Sea and Make Your Own Gingerbread House, visit

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Santa Claus to visit SB Library Dec. 6

Jolly Santa is arriving at the Solana Beach Library Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., to make his favorite stop on the holiday tour. Coming with Santa is Elf Jingles who is an expert at face painting and making balloon animals. The library’s service-dog friends are coming to watch all the fun, hoping to have a story read to them. There will be refreshments, crafty cards and ornaments to make, and a gift for each child attending. This merry time will be at the library, 157 Stevens Ave. 858-755-1404

A quartet of holiday shows at North Coast Rep

December theatregoers will find something for everyone’s taste at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Impro Theatre “Dickens Unscripted” Dec. 8-10 is a winter holiday improvised gift for the literary minded; “From Berlin to Brooks: Celebrating Broadway!” Dec. 16-17 is an evening of Broadway’s greatest songs by some of America’s most successful Jewish songwriters; finally the return Dec. 20-24 of “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” is certain to delight the entire family; and due to popular demand North Coast Rep is bringing back Elijah Rock’s “Gershwin For My SOul” Dec. 18.

For more information on the Rep’s holiday shows, visit, or call the box office at (858)-481-1055. Students, military and educators - $3 off admission. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach

Upcoming Shows at the Belly Up

‘90s night at Belly Up

Dec. 2 is ‘90s night at the Belly Up featuring No Duh - A Tribute to No Doubt, the Fooz Fighters and Pearl Jammed. The show is Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Tickets are available online at, by phone at (858) 481-8140 or at the Box Office. Tickets are $16 and the show is 21+. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave in Solana Beach, 92075

Abbey Road’s Christmas With the Beatles

Featuring all the top hits of the Beatles along with some great holiday tunes, Abbey Road’s Christmas With the Beatles promises to be a night of fun. Abbey Road recreates an authentic Beatles concert experience, with period-accurate costume changes, too. Don’t miss this special night filled with Abbey Road’s mash-ups of Christmas classics and Beatles faves. Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. at the Belly Up. Tickets are $16/$18 and available online, by phone (858) 481-8140 or at the box office. The show is 21+ Doors are at 8:30 p.m.

The Boss vs. Bon Jovi

The Boss vs. Bon Jovi - two of the greatest bands face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. Bruce Springsteen, represented by tribute band Springsteen Experience engage in a barrage of hits against premier Bon Jovi tribute band, Livin’ on a Prayer. The show is Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Tickets are available online at, by phone at (858) 481-8140 or at the Box Office. Tickets are $15 and the show is 21+. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave in Solana Beach, CA 92075

Solana Beach Holiday Tree Lighting

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. 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature plenty of sweets, treats, cider and hot cocoa to go along with all the fun. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. so don’t be late or you might miss Santa’s arrival!

Fletcher Cove Park is located at 111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach.

‘Deck the Halls’ at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

Del Mar Art Center Gallery, located in the Del Mar Plaza, is hosting its annual holiday season celebration and fundraiser titled “Deck the Halls”! Saturday, Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m. The event will feature fine art, holiday items, refreshments, live music and more.

The gallery is located in the Plaza-top level on the corner of Camino del Mar and 15th Street in Del Mar. Two-hour underground parking will be validated. The event officially starts at 5 p.m., but auction items will be out for viewing the day before. Visit

Garden of Lights

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience. Garden of Lights also feaures great music, food, visits with Santa and more.

Garden of Lights runs Dec. 2-23 and Dec. 26-30.

Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available at the Garden or on the website. Address: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024,

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will present Poulenc’s great choral work “Gloria” and more Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 858-534-4637 or visit

Holiday Cabaret

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra directed by Daniel Swem will perform “Holiday Cabaret” on Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. The concert features festive holiday selections, including “Festive Sounds of Hanukah,” Dances from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” “The Polar Express” by Silvestri and Ballard, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and more. Tickets available at the door: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max.

For more information visit The orchestra is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation.

San Dieguito Art Guild Holiday Bazaar

The San Dieguito Art Guild presents its seventh annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive (corner of Encinitas Blvd and Balour), Encinitas. Admission to the Bazaar and ample parking are free. For more information, go to, call 760-942-3636, or contact

North Coast Singers Youth Chorus concert

The San Diego North Coast Singers Youth Chorus 25th annual winter concert, Catch a Falling Star, will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at San Dieguito United Methodist Church (170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas). Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door.

This concert promises plenty of musical variety and is the perfect way for the entire family to start the holiday season. The performance includes all four youth choruses with singers aged 8 to 18. Several guest artist instrumentalists from the La Jolla Symphony will join the choruses in performance.

For more information,

See! It’s Scrambled Christmas ABC!’

In a heavenly school little angels are learning their ABCs. Teacher Marianna wants them to memorize the alphabet by words starting with individual letters. She tries to come up with a theme for those words. Maybe a food group will do. No! Angels consider it boring. Finally they settle on a Christmas story words to help them memorize the alphabet. At the same time they want to tell the Christmas story, but it did not happen in alphabetical order. They have to scramble letters to tell the story in the correct order. Come and help them to do so!

The mini-musical “See! It’s Scrambled Christmas ABC!” will be performed Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2-3 p.m. at Parish Social Center of St. Therese of Carmel, 4355 Del Mar Trails, San Diego 92130.

The performance will feature children, youth and adults of St. Therese of Carmel Parish and Notre Dame Academy students.

‘Monet in Giverny’art lecture in Del Mar

San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter, will present an art lecture titled “Monet in Giverny” on Monday, Dec. 4.

Speaker Ariel Plotek, associate curator, San Diego Museum of Art, will highlight the 1904 work of Monet titled “Le Bassin de Nympheas” on special loan from the Denver Museum of Art. She will also discuss other works of Monet during his time in Giverny and his desire to portray the changing qualities of color and light in nature.

The lecture will be held in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th & Maiden Lane (across from the Del Mar Plaza). Registration and refreshment at 9 a.m. and lecture meeting at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members. $10 for others. Information: 760-704-6436

Friends of Jung free workshop: ‘Healing Our Losses’

Speaker Dr. Jack Miller, Ph.D. will discuss “Healing Our Losses” at the Del Mar Friends of Jung free workshop Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar 92014. The workshop is in honor of Jungian analyst Katie Sanford.

Participants will share their losses through a particular form of meditation and learn about creative visualization and dream interpretation. Participants will view a film of Miller’s work and are invited to participate in The Phoenix Project.

Miller is the author of “Healing Our Losses,” which enables people to resolve their grief. He also founded the Center for Education on Death and Dying,Inc. 

LIFE film: ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’

LIFE San Elijo presents a free screening of the Argentinian film “The Secret in Their Eyes” on Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, in room 201.

The movie follows a retired legal counselor in Argentina who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior-both of which still haunt him decades later.

For more information, email

American Legion Post 416 hosts The Army v Navy College Football Classic

American Legion Post 416, Encinitas 501(c) 19 veterans nonprofit hosts The Army v Navy College Football Classic Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tented outdoor event with food, drink specials, free parking and a Kids Fun Zone. Fun for the entire family. Address: 210 West F Street, Encinitas. For more information, call 760-753-5674.

Robin Henkel at Zel’s Del Mar

Solo blues artist Robin Henkel will perform at Zel’s Del Mar Thursday, Dec 7, from 7-10 p.m. Zel’s Del Mar is located at 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Phone: (858) 755-0076

Toys for Tots drop-off station in Del Mar

For its 19th holiday season, Jim Coleman and his staff at Your State Farm Insurance Agency are proud to be an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” campaign. Help make the holidays brighter for San Diego-area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at their office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, suite 116, in downtown Del Mar. The office is open to accept your holiday donations from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday now through Dec. 15. For more information, call (858) 755-6794.

Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays Celebration

This year, as families gather around Christmas trees and holiday tables across the world, over one million newly adopted pets will join the festivities thanks to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual global adoption campaign – Home 4 the Holidays, sponsored by Blue Buffalo. Helen Woodward Animal Center invites animal-lovers and their furry family members to share the joys of the adoption season at the Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays Celebration, hosted by Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town on Saturday, Dec. 9 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 4133 Taylor St., San Diego, CA 92110. People and pets welcome. To adopt, make a donation, or for more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information on Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays®, go to

La Jolla Christmas Parade

The 59th annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival returns to The Village of La Jolla, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 down Girard Avenue with the theme, “Christmas Jewels.” Enjoy floats, bands and a special visit from Santa Claus followed by the Holiday Festival at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. with activities and the lighting of the Rec Center Christmas Tree. Free. Read more about the Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on page A1.

Annual Parade of Lights Dinner hosted by Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum of San Diego, where visitors explore dockside the entire collection of historic vessels from sail to steam to submarine with just one admission ticket, announces the 2017 Parade of Lights Dinner and Winter Wonderland holiday event. Festive fun organized to complement the delicious holiday buffet to include “ice” skating, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, cider, and holiday cookies.The buffet and no-host bar will be open 5 p.m. –8 p.m. on Sunday evenings, Dec.10 or 17. More details are available at

Kids Theater

The Little Prince” is on stage with matinee and evening shows Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. This play with music, tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert, and a mysterious Little Prince who tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy. Tickets from $16. (858) 481-1055.

French Film

The French Film Club of San Diego presents “In Harmony,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at San Diego French-American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. An injured equestrian stuntman (Albert Dupontel) develops a bond with his insurance agent (Cécile De France) in this 2015 film. At 6:30 p.m. prior to the screening, join a meet-and-greet fundraising event with the French adaptive surfing National Team. Tickets $9.

Brooklyn-Born Stars

The “Boys and Girls from Brooklyn” lecture series examines the lives and music of four great musicians who were born in the borough: George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Beverly Sills and Barbra Streisand. Lecturers will compare and contrast not only the musical worlds they came from, but also their personal struggles and achievements, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets $28-$36. (858) 362-1348.

Author Talks

Denis Leary, comedian, actor and author of “Why We Suck,” presents his latest work, “Why We Don’t Suck,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown. $29.09 general admission includes one pre-signed copy of the book. Presented by Warwick’s. (858) 454-0347.

Blood Truth,” the fourth book in the Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill crime series will be released in December, with a book signing with author Matt Coyle, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. Reserved seating available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick’s for the event ($16-$26.95). (858) 454-0347.