July 20: Event briefs

North Coast Repertory Theatre will hold a Monday Night Jazz performance featuring The Peter Sprague Trio July 24 at 7:30 p.m. (Above) Trip Sprague, Leonard Patton and Peter Sprague

Del Mar Rose Society to host Hudson Elliott

The Del Mar Rose Society will host its favorite guest speaker, Hudson Elliott from Armstrong Garden Center, at 7 p.m. July 27. His rose and garden lectures are always entertaining, lively and fun, and promises to be interesting. The group meets at Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd, Del Mar. Wine and cheese reception is 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. Call 760-809-6860 or visit delmarrosesociety.org

DanceArts to present ‘The Journey’

Award-winning North County DanceArts Inc. in Carmel Valley presents its annual showcase, “The Journey,” Saturday, July 29, with a matinee performance at noon and an evening performance beginning at 6 p.m. at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium located in La Jolla. Both performances are unique and vary in content.

“The Journey” showcase will include all styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, contemporary, lyrical and acro dance. Dancers range from ages 3 years to adult, and include all levels of dance from beginning pre-dance toddlers through professional levels. For more details abput the showcase, call (858) 792-9303 or visit northcountydancearts.com

Kites by Carla Manuel grand opening event

Kites by Carla Manuel will hold a free grand opening and ribbon-cutting event Wednesday, July 26, from 5-7 p.m. at 502 Rosa Street, Solana Beach, 92075. Enjoy an evening of networking, tours, food, giveaways and drinks. Visit bit.ly/2tfuHEL

English Conversation Café at SB Library

English Conversation Café meets at the Solana Beach Library on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. If you wish to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary, and better understand the nuances of the English language, this class is for you. There is no registration required, and you are welcome to join at any time. The library location is 157 Stevens Ave; the phone 858-755-1404.

Film ‘Day of Days’ at The Lot — La Jolla

A premier/public screening of the film “Day of Days” with Tom Skerritt will be held Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at The Lot — La Jolla. The film is produced by Rancho Santa Fe resident John Cappetta.

Synopsis: “A reclusive, God-fearing 91-year-old war veteran and a young Cuban home-aid worker struggle to come to terms with their regrets, the pain of unimaginable loss and the most difficult, and yet beautiful, of human truths.”

The Lot-La Jolla is located at 7611 Fay Ave, La Jolla, 92037. Visit thelotent.com

Coastal Artists present ‘Summer ArtSplash ‘17’

Coastal Artists will exhibit artworks at La Vida Del Mar from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, titled “Summer ArtSplash ‘17.” A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with refreshments and music. The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

La Vida Del Mar is located at 850 Del Mar Downs Road, Solana Beach, CA 92075, two blocks east of the Coast Road, and a half block north of Via de la Valle. For more details, visit coastal-artists.org and/or srgsenior living.com, or call the Program Department at 858-755-1224.

‘Love Letters’ coming to North Coast Rep

Join North Coast Repertory Theatre Artistic Director David Ellenstein and actress Denise Young for an elegant and touching evening Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. as they read A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Love Letters “is that great work whose emotional richness requires no embellishment in order to become a full-bodied theatrical experience. Love Letters will have you laughing, sighing and possibly wiping away a few tears. A very special fundraiser featuring a champagne reception,” according to a North Coast Rep press release.

For more information, visit northcoastrep.org or call 858-481-1055.

Timken Museum Collector’s Dinner

A Collector’s Dinner at the Timken Museum of Art will be held Saturday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. The event will feature “Private Devotions: Italian paintings and sculptures highlight magnificent Italian artworks from the 13th through the 17th century.” A semi-formal evening with an elegant summer white dress code starts with a private gallery viewing of the exhibition by Director of Curatorial Affairs Derrick Cartwright, followed by dinner catered by Pamplemousse and finishing with dessert and a salon-style conversation with private collector Robert Hoehn and Cartwright.

Timken Museum of Art is located at 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, 92101

Register at timkenmuseum.org or rsvp@timkenmuseum.org.

San Diego Waterfront Beer Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, will host its popular annual event touted as “the best beer fest in San Diego”. This year the venue expands and the museum will be closed to the public all day Saturday, Aug. 5 to host the Beer Festival from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets include general admission to all ships and submarines. Guests may come aboard and choose from a delicious assortment of foods, and listen to live music. Festival participants will have the opportunity to sample assorted beers from popular local craft breweries. Guests are encouraged to take public transportation or use a ride-sharing service. The trolley stop is two blocks from the museum.

The museum is located at Star of India Wharf in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101-3309. sdmaritime.org.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

There’s mischief in the woods! The Theatre School @ North Coast Repertory Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magical fairies with love juice complicate two teen couples’ relationships in this “First Folio” Shakespearean comedy. Benjamin Cole directs his theatre school students in this entertaining summer performance, from Aug. 2 — 6.

Performances are free, outdoors at La Colonia Community Center & Park, Aug. 2 - 6 at 6 p.m., 715 Valley Ave. Solana Beach, 92075. For more information, call 858-481-1055, visit northcoastreptheatreschool.org

SB Concerts at Cove

Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove summer series runs every Thursday at Fletcher Cove Park from 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m. with a different musical group through Aug. 24. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnics and friends. Address: 140 So. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. For more details, visit cityofsolanabeach.org or call 858-720-2453.

Monday Night Jazz at North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theatre will hold a Monday Night Jazz performance featuring The Peter Sprague Trio July 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Peter Sprague trio explores the jazz tradition of improvisation but with a slightly different spin — they bring their jazz viewpoint to songs that resonate with the boomers. They start with The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, and Cream, and then for balance they play “Georgia” by Hoagy Carmichael or add in a Cole Porter beauty and one of Peter’s original compositions. For tickets, call 858-481-1055 or visit northcoastrep.org

Free family fun at Flower Hill

Flower Hill Promenade at 2720 Via de la Valle in Del Mar is hosting two free Family Fun Festival events this month on Sunday, July 23 and Sunday, July 30. From noon to 3 p.m. at the center there will be pony rides,a petting zoo, face painting and multiple arts and crafts stations. Local musicians will provide live entertainment and many more activities will take place throughout the afternoon.

SD Botanic Garden Insect Festival

Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches.Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, as well as tasty cooked mealworm larva — in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque — are just some of the activities scheduled at the Festival. Local bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 educational booths will instruct and entertain children and adults alike.

The Insect Festival is presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and sponsored by K&M Pest Solutions. This event is free with paid admission or membership. Children under 12 are free. Visit sdbgarden.org

Mendocini Farms Hiring Fair

Mendocino Farms sandwich market, which is opening in Del Mar Highlands Town Center this August, is holding a Hiring Fair Tuesday, July 18 through Friday, July 21 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, Suite J-0, San Diego, CA 92130. For more details, visit mendocinofarms.com/del-mar-hiring/

On stage

1. J*Company Youth Theater takes on the story of “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson with “Tick, Tick … Boom!” a production covering the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a life-changing, Broadway blockbuster, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Tickets: $11-$13. (858) 457-3030. sdcjc.org/jc

2. “Guys and Dolls,” the quintessential Broadway musical, is on stage with matinee and evening shows at The Old Globe in Balboa Park through Aug. 13. It stars Terence Archie as Sky Masterson and J. Bernard Calloway as Nathan Detroit (roles made famous in film by Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra). Tickets: $40. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

3. The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble presents the first of two, summer, staged readings of the classic American romantic comedy, “The Rainmaker” by Richard Nash, 7 p.m. Friday, July 21 and Monday July 24 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Art exhibits

1. La Playa Gallery’s summer art exhibition “The Urban Ocean” features the works of emerging local artists Jeff Yeomans and Katy Helen Stockinger. Also highlighted are the amazing wood carvings of blind woodworker, Mick Yoder. An opening wine and cheese party is 5 p.m. Friday, July 21 at 2226 Avenida De La Playa. Free. (858) 454-6903. laplayagallery.com

2. The last chance to see world-renowned artist and architect James Hubbell “That Which Must Be Hidden” is July 23 at the gallery of St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Exhibit features stained glass, paintings and sculptures. It will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (858) 459-3421. sjbts.org

Three summer concerts

1. The 19th Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero (featuring the works of Enrique Granados) concludes 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Single ticket with dinner: $165. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

2. Australian rock duo Air Supply, known for hits such as “All Out of Love” and “Lost in Love,” take the stage as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights, 7:30 p.m. July 14-15 at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way. Tickets from $18. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org

3. The one and only Tony Bennett performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 as part of San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $18. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org

Fashion Films screened July 20-22 at UCSD

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, the world’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers, is July 20-22 in La Jolla. While the Festival is invitation-only, there is a free screening of fashion films for the public, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 22 and the public is invited to view the red carpet 2-7:30 p.m. July 22 at Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-2230. ljfff.com

Get Fit Summer

Have you signed up for The City of San Diego’s Parks Fit Challenge? You have until Aug. 12 to walk, run or swim 30, 90 or 120 miles. Visit any City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department facility (recreation center, pool, nature center, activity center or golf course) for a quick enrollment process. Choose one activity or mix it up. Track your miles and turn them in by the due date. Free. sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation

Carousel Day: July 25

National Carousel Day at the historic Balboa Park Carousel, located next to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 with carousel rides, circus performers, face painting, music and more. Presented by Friends of Balboa Park. Free. friendsofbalboapark.org