Dec. 14: Event briefs


Santa Claus is coming to CV Library

Join the Carmel Valley Library as Santa Claus will do a special storytime with the reading of Twas the Night before Christmas. Be sure to bring a camera for a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. All ages are welcome. Santa Claus is at Carmel Valley Branch Library on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Carmel Valley Branch Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA 92130. For more information, please contact the Carmel Valley Branch Library at (858) 552-1668.

Title Wave Bookstore sale at SB Library

Please come shop for books, art work, puzzles, CDs or DVDs at the Title Wave used bookstore at the Solana Beach Library. The sale will run through Dec. 31.

Check out “like new” children books. These books will make perfect gifts for the holidays. Title Wave also offers many quality books for teens and adults. Plus, look for the sale rack of paperback books at 10 for $1.

Friends of Solana Beach Library is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from the sale will pay for programs for all ages at the Solana Beach Library. Your support is appreciated. Visit

Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Ave. Sufficient parking will be available in the parking lot below.

CV Library: Senior Symposium, TED talks

TED talks streaming on video: TED Talk: Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts. She is author of Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

TED Talk: Chip Kidd does a TED Talk on The Art of First Impressions Design and Life. Chip Kidd is a graphic designer. As a graphic designer for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, Chip Kidd has designed shelves full of books, including classics such as Jurassic Park, Naked by David Sedaris, and All the Pretty Horses. Enjoy these wonderful TED Talks on Monday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. The Carmel Valley Branch Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA, 92130. Please contact (858) 552-1668 for more information.

Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar

Frozen Fairgrounds will run Dec. 15-31 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Featuring a community (holiday) ice rink and NHL ice hockey rink. Holiday public ice skating and Golden State Hockey Rush Tournaments. Concession stands available. Visit

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.  

Bipolar support group to meet Dec. 19 in Del Mar

The Del Mar branch of Depression Bipolar Support Alliance will meet from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Pacifica Del Mar restaurant in the Del Mar Plaza. Family and friends are welcome.

Parking is validated for the underground garage.

For information about the group, contact Roger Alsabrook at 858-525-1509 or

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

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

Holiday shows at North Coast Rep

December theatregoers will find something for everyone’s taste at North Coast Repertory Theatre. 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

Seas ‘n’ Greetings

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography is offering holiday-related activities with admission, daily through Dec. 31at 2300 Expedition Way. Highlights include a Scuba Santa dive show inside the Giant Kelp Forest tank on select days and animal encounters, scavenger hunts, photo opportunities, kids crafts and live music on weekends. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Tickets: $18.50 adult, $14 child, $15.50 senior.

Hanukkah Laser Show and Menorah Lighting

Flower Hill Promenade will present a fabulous light display at its annual Menorah Lighting ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Feel the magic of the season alongside your community at Flower Hill Promenade. Open to the public. free parking.

Flower Hill Mall is located at 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.

Holiday Concert with Peter Sprague in Del Mar

Jazz artist Peter Sprague will perform at the L’Auberge Amphitheater in Del Mar Sunday, Dec. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar.

Designer Handbag Trunk Show at Fairen Del

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Designer Richard Elgrechi of Carla Mancini will be on site showing a huge assortment of his premium quality leather handbags and small leather goods. Twenty percent off all CM purchases, special orders welcome. Refreshments served, parking is free. Flower Hill Mall is located at 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.

Three Nutcracker Productions

City Ballet offers matinee and evening shows Dec. 15-17 and Dec. 22-24 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. Saturday evening performance tickets start at $20, all others start at $25. The dancers will be accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus. Following matinees, cast members will be in the lobby to greet the audience and pose for photos.

San Diego Ballet’s version features 100 dancers reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. It also features members of the San Diego Children’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 22 and 23, and also 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Mandeville Theater, UC San Diego campus. Tickets $25-$55.

California Ballet’s Nutcracker is onstage matinees/evenings through Dec. 23 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. downtown San Diego. Tickets: $54-$75. (800) 295-5354.

Maritime Museum Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party

Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits, celebrates the New Year in style with the Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party Sunday, Dec. 31.

Guests bring in the new year on the transformed event center deck of the historic steam ferryboat Berkeley overlooking San Diego Bay in a classy glitzy lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The affair includes music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, full bar, appetizers, photo booth, enormous dessert buffet, dancing, balloon drop at midnight, and champagne toast. Tickets also include party hats, noisemakers, beads, and fun faire to help ring in the New Year.

Tickets are $50 and up and private “booths” are available for groups of six or more. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged at

Enjoy snowfall at Flower Hill

Bring the family for a weekend of snowmen and falling flurries this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at Flower Hill. Mail your letters to Santa through Flower Hill’s Polar Mailbox, have a chat with St. Nick in his cozy Alpine chalet, watch a magic show by Buddy the Elf and take in the beautiful shops at the Promenade for great shopping, dining and pampering. Open to the public. Free parking. Location: Via de la Valle, just east of I-5.

Catch a Concert

Winter Soulstice“ brings together a variety of soul, gospel, jazz and R&B in addition to original material with a holiday twist, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. A UC Berkeley music graduate, Tina Leinenweber performs under the project name Ala Fringe. Tickets: $10-$15. Reservations required. (858) 459-0831.

San Diego Symphony will offer a Christmas carol sing-along in “Noel Noel,” with shows 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, Friday, Dec. 22; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St. “Fanfares and Celebrations,” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, with selections by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and more. Tickets from $20.

Foreign Film: Barbara, German with English subtitles

Friday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, room 204. Free

An East Berlin doctor working in 1980s Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues— except for the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her.


Mommy & Me Playdate With a Purpose

Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Minimarket at Flower Hill is hosting a family event to benefit Miracle Babies. When you donate a pack of diapers you will be entered to win their great raffle with lots of prizes! Refreshments, photos with Santa, crafts and more. Located in the Row courtyard at Flower ill Promenade. Open to the public. Free Parking.

Feast with Cucina

Cucina Enoteca is offering its spin on the Italian Christmas Tradition: Feast of the Seven Fishes. They will be offering 2-3 seafood dishes per night from Dec. 18 – Dec. 24. Their chefs are excited to share their small plate creations with you and invite you to visit often and try them all. Located on Via de la Valle in Del Mar at the Flower Hill Promenade. Reservations recommended: (858) 704-4500 Valet parking available.

Show: Classic ‘Scrooge’

Bah Humbug! The West Coast Performing Arts Presenters stages Charles Dickens’s classic “Scrooge” starring Kellan Baker in this one-man show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets $39-$59. (858) 362-1348.

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.

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.