Finest Bets: A fast information to (principally) on-line leisure and digital experiences

This is an ongoing set of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine situation, as well as local in-person events as we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lectures & learning

• UC San Diego’s African and African-American Studies Research Center is hosting its 27th Annual Awards Banquet online on Friday, June 4th at 4:00 pm online. The event recognizes the achievements of scientists, students and administrative staff. Shannen Hill of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art will speak. Free of charge, but donations are accepted.

Families & children

• La Jolla Playhouse presents “Pick Me Last” which is now streamed online. The production of the Schauspielhaus Performance Outreach Program Tour 2021 for young audiences is about standing up for your friends and learning to let them stand up for themselves. Free of charge (use password pop2021).

Art and culture

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will end its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, June 8th, at 6.30pm online. The fifth lecture, led by art historian Victoria Martino, deals with Beuys’ legacy. $ 14 for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members.

• The North Coast Repertory Theater presents “Becoming Dr. Ruth ”, online from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9th. The solo showcase, written by Mark St. Germain, shows Tovah Feldshuh as the media figure Dr. Ruth and runs through Sunday 4th July. $ 35 for single views; $ 54 for group viewing.

• The Warwick Bookstore will feature writer Elizabeth Letts on Thursday, June 10th at 4pm on Facebook Live. Letts will discuss her new book “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America” ​​with author Christina Baker Kline. Free.

• DG Wills Books presents writer and journalist Douglas Cavanaugh on Sunday June 13th at 2pm at 7461 Girard Ave. in La Jolla. Cavanaugh will review his new book “Remembering Butch: The Story of Butch Van Artsdalen.” Free.

Kelsey Brookes'

Kelsey Brookes’ “LSD” (2012) is part of the artist’s exhibition at the Quint Gallery in La Jolla.

(Courtesy Kelsey Brookes and Quint Gallery)

• Quint Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by San Diego-based artist Kelsey Brookes at 7655 Girard Avenue in La Jolla through Saturday, July 24th. The exhibition is an overview of Brookes’ art created over the past 12 years. Free.

• La Jolla Playhouse presents the “AAPI Artists Launch #StopAsianHate Campaign,” which is now streamed online. Artists Arianna Afsar, Jess McLeod, Lauren Yee, and theater director Eric Keen-Louie launched the digital video campaign with nearly 40 Asian-American and Pacific islanders to spread awareness of anti-Asian hatred in America. Free.

Galas & Events

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center is offering an online cooking class on Saturday June 5th.

The Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego – Tijuana Chapter will present the Olivewood Kitchenista Rosamaria’s Culinary Traditions cooking class online on Saturday June 5th.

(Courtesy Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center)

• Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego – Tijuana Chapter present “Olivewood Kitchenista Rosamaria’s Culinary Traditions” online on Saturday, June 5th at 4:00 pm online. Traditional vegan recipes are presented at the virtual cooking event, a fundraiser for Olivewood’s nutrition and gardening programs. $ 20.

• St. Germaine Children’s Charity will have lunch in June on Tuesday, June 8th at 11am at Lot La Jolla, 7611 Fay Ave. hold off. Subsidies will be made to the leaders of social services who work to prevent child abuse. The newly appointed board of directors will also be announced. $ 60. Email Janice Farnow at

• Doors of Change will be presenting its 20th anniversary symposium online on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:00 pm. The virtual event examines what municipalities, states and federal governments can and do for homeless young people. Speakers include US MP Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) and San Diego County’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Nathan Fletcher. Free. tü

• The Center for Community Solutions will hold its “Tea & Tonic with a Twist” online and in person on Friday June 18th at 2pm at the Coasterra in San Diego. The event features live music, a silent auction, and writer Chanel Miller. $ 150 and up for virtual or in-person.

• Promises2Kids is hosting its peer-to-peer fundraiser for the Brighter Futures Ball Drop on Thursday June 24th at 5pm at the Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo and will be streamed online. Participants can buy golf balls at lunchtime until June 24th, which will then be loaded into a helicopter to drop the ball. The ball that lands closest to the pin wins a $ 2,500 award for its owner. The proceeds go to the care of foster children. Contestants don’t have to be there to win. $ 25 per golf ball.

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