Dec. 7: Event briefs


Annual Solana Beach Holiday Sing-Along 

The 31st Annual Solana Beach “Holiday Singalong” will be held Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. The event will include refreshments, a visit by Santa, and a guest musician. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Siegel, (858) 755-0316. Address: 133 Pacific Avenue, Solana Beach. This event is sponsored by the City of Solana Beach.  

Red Nose Run

Sign up and join the fun at The Red Nose Run at Dixie Courtney of Carrington Real Estate Del Mar is a loyal participant. “I am getting excited and my zany holiday costume is ready to go on Dec. 15. It is a fun unique holiday event for all ages.The Poseidon Restaurant and Del Mar Lifeguards make a great team helping at the event. I especially love Santa arriving on a zodiac!”

Participants will be welcomed at 1 p.m. by the high-energy sounds of 91X . The run starts at 2 p.m.

Each participant receives a windbreaker with the popular The Red Nose Run logo. The Poseidon restaurant provides delicious hors d’oeuvres after the walk/run. Live and silent auction items make great unique holiday gifts. Don’t forget all this fun benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts who provide free surgeries to children with facial disfigurements and also the Semper Fi Fund helping injured vets and supporting the needs of their families.

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. Register at

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

It’s snowing at Flower Hill Promenade through Dec. 24

Bring the entire family for some winter snow fun every weekend between 10 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Alpine Village at Flower Hill Promenade. Build a snowman and catch a falling snowflake when the flurries are swirling at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stay for story time with Elsa the Snow Queen and visit St. Nick at his chalet. Browse the beautifully decorated shops and eateries while you explore the magical transformation of your neighborhood center. Free parking.

Menorah Lighting at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Del Mar Highlands Town Center will host its traditional Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting. The event will include the lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6 p.m. Del Mar Highlands Town Center is located at 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 92130.

Fairen Del at Flower Hill to host Holiday Open House

“HOHO ,” a Holiday Open House event at Fairen Del at Flower Hill Promenade will be held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 2-8 p.m.

The public is welcome to stop in to this award-winning boutique where they will be serving refreshments all day, raffling off prizes every hour and wrapping all purchases for free with their signature flair. Parking is free. Located at the Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Holiday events at Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will celebrate the season in style, offering free weekend events sure to spark holiday cheer.

Village! On Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 from 2 p.m to 9 p.m. slide on in for a spin at the frosty ice rink. Admission is free with an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to AJ’s Kids Fund for Rady Children’s Hospital. Forget your gift? Present a receipt of purchase of $20 or more from any one of the many local shops at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Pack your blankets, get cozy, and enjoy Free Movie Saturdays at The Village Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16. Films begin at 6 p.m. each night, featuring “Polar Express” on Dec. 9 and “Elf” on Dec. 16. As a special addition, live music will be performed before the shows starting at 5 p.m.

The Village is located at 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, 92130. For more information visit

Anza-Borrego Desert guide author talk at Del Mar Library  

The Friends of the Del Mar Library will host an author talk by Diana Lindsay, co-author of Anza-Borrego Desert Region on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Del Mar Library. 

For almost 40 years the Anza-Borrego Desert Region guidebook has been the most comprehensive guidebook for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), and the surrounding region, including federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) desert lands. The new 6th edition has been updated and includes new areas that are now completely part of ABDSP. The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. For information about San Diego County Library and other events, visit 

Breakfast With Santa

The big man in the red suit is visiting Flower Child Restaurant at Flower Hill Sunday, Dec. 10 and 17 from 9 a.m.-11: a.m. Order from the breakfast menu and plan on a visit from Santa right at your table as you enjoy a tasty healthy morning meal. Reservations are recommended but not required: 858.314-6145. Flower Hill Promenade, 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Free Parking. 

Breakfast in Bethlehem 

In what has become a cherished tradition for families across North County, Breakfast in Bethlehem returns to the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, Dec. 9. Featuring drama, crafts, music and a breakfast buffet, this holiday tradition holds a special place in the hearts of Village Church families, staff, and volunteers, according to Kjersti Atkins, interim director of Children’s Ministries at Village Church. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children over the age of two and can be purchased at the Village Church or online: 

For information, call Kjersti Atkins 858-756-2441, x. 119 or email

‘Jewels of the Season’

The Timken Museum and San Diego State University have partnered to present “Jewels of the Season” through Dec. 31 at 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Each ornament features semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the ornament-makers. See it during museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). Free admission. (619) 239-5548.

Growing Up Fisher: Music, Memories and Misadventures

Actress, director, entertainer Joely Fisher invites you backstage, into the intimate world of her career and family with her hilarious, irreverent, down-to-earth show (based on her memoir) which is filled with incredible, candid stories about her life, her famous parents, and how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer and performer within.

The show will be held at Martinis Above Fourth Mondy, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit

Matinis Above Fourth is located at 3940 4th Avenue, Second Floor, San Diego, 92103, 619-400-4500.

UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Open House

Discover the joys of continued learning and enrichment at a free Open House on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at UC San Diego. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this membership program for adults over the age of 50 offers daytime lectures, seminars, and guided discussions by the renowned UCSD faculty and community leaders. There are no prerequisites, exams or credit. – simply the joy of learning in a community of peers. Learn more about Osher and its winter program at UCSD at RSVP at or call 858-534-3409. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Lecture: Lecture: Too Few Earthquakes! What to Do?

Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free

Jean Bernard Minster, Distinghished professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and former Scientific Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will review recent advances in assessing seismic risks in Southern California. He’ll examine Professor Jordan’s (USC/SCEC) characterization of the southern San Andreas fault as “Locked, Loaded, and Ready to Roll.” His words triggered a spike in earthquake insurance applications. But because our experience with large earthquakes in the region is very limited, we have to turn to videos generated by massive supercomputer simulations of such events to evaluate their potential effects.


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 

‘Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate’s Christmas’

Lythgoe Family Panto will present “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell - A Pirate’s Christmas” at the Balboa Theatre Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 27-31. Local performers include Bella Pavan, Sofia Mah (Carmel Valley); Riley Washington (Del Mar); Hunter Luedde (Encinitas); and Alexandra Flower (Rancho Santa Fe).

Balboa Theatre is located at 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 92101. Visit  

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.

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, 

Shows at the Belly Up

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 

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 through Dec. 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,

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.??

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. 

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.

Bach Collegium San Diego

Bach Collegium San Diego is presenting its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Bach Collegium San Diego’s Messiah has become one of the country’s most compelling interpretations of this beloved oratorio, emphasizing Handel’s prowess as one of the great composers of dramatic music from the 18th century. A stellar ensemble brings both the grandeur and intimacy to this seminal work.

Upcoming events include Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla; Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date St., downtown San Diego; Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Visit

Pacific Arts Dance Center presents ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’

San Diego's newest home of performing arts Pacific Arts Dance Center will perform the highlight of everyone's holiday season, “The Nutcracker Ballet” on Sunday Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Joining forces as a new dance studio and performing company, Del Mar Ballet and Royal Academy of Performing Arts are performing their first Nutcracker together at the California Center for Performing Arts in Escondido.

Professional and pre-professional dancers will join the young dance company as they take the audience on an unforgettable and stunning journey to the Land of Snowflakes and Sweets.

For tickets, visit