Finest Bets for the Break: A fast information to on-line leisure and digital experiences

This is an ongoing series of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine problem.

Lectures & learning

• The Doris Howell Foundation will present its “Top Women’s Health Stories of 2020” online on Friday, February 5th, at 12 noon. The event and its guest speakers will review key research reports from last year and the potential impact on women’s health in 2021 and beyond. $ 25. Register at

• Adventures By the Book presents “Super Book II: A Virtual Adventure by the Book” online on Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 am. The all-day event will feature 12 authors and more. There are different levels of admission, including book copies.

• The Birch Aquarium at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography kicks off online on Monday, February 8th at 6pm with the next iteration of its Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series. In the first lecture, “The Art and Science of Atmospheric Rivers and the Changing Hydroclimate of the West,” meteorologist Alexander Gershunov will discuss the mechanisms behind projected precipitation changes, their expected effects on California, and how art can help convey the science. The lecture series will continue on March 8th and April 12th. Free. Register for the zoom link at

Arthur Brooks will discuss how to heal a bitterly divided America online on Thursday, February 11th.

Arthur Brooks will discuss how to heal a bitterly divided America online on Thursday, February 11th.


• The National Conflict Resolution Center will present “A Path Forward” online on Thursday, February 11th at 5:00 pm. At the event, writer Arthur Brooks will discuss how to heal a bitterly divided America with a Q&A led by NCRC President Steven Dinkin.

• Warwick’s Bookstore presents bestselling author James Patterson on Thursday, February 11th at 6pm on Zoom. Patterson will be discussing his new book, Walk in My Combat Boots: True Tales of America’s Bravest Warriors. $ 30; Includes a copy of the book for collection from Warwick in La Jolla (shipping possible). Free access to events for active and retired military personnel (book not included).

Family & children

• The Nature Collective will present “Virtual Connections: Tidal Pools” online on Thursday, February 4th at 12:00. All age groups can find out about local marine reserves and become Tidepool ambassadors. Register at

The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America presents “Intergenerational Fun with Yiddish” online on February 7th.

The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America presents “Intergenerational Fun with Yiddish” online on Sunday, February 7th.


• The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America will be launching “Intergenerational Fun in Yiddish” online starting Sunday, February 7th at 10:00 am. Naomi Miller will teach Yiddish conversation skills through songs, storytelling, word games, and skits. Children, parents and grandparents are welcome. The first class is free; $ 18 per session or $ 75 for a five-class package.

• The La Jolla Leisure Center will present a virtual Valentine’s Day craft on Wednesday 10 February at 4:30 pm. The activity, a heart wreath, is aimed at children ages 5 to 10, but any age can participate. Free. Register at with the code 85292 to get the meeting link and delivery list.

Art and culture

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library closes its lecture series “Rembrandt & Vermeer: ​​The Golden Age of Dutch Art” online on Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm. Linda Blair will talk about Rembrandt’s later years. $ 14 for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members.

• The Bach Collegium San Diego is continuing its 2020-21 virtual season online with “JS Bach: Welcome to Leipzig” on Saturday, February 6th. The concert, which is part of the organization’s reDiscover series, will be accompanied by soprano Margot Rood, tenor Scott Mello and baritone Tyler Duncan. Free of charge (donations accepted).

• The Museum of Photographic Arts is hosting the Human Rights Watch Film Festival online until Monday, February 8th. The event features films and Q&A discussions on topics such as LGBTQ rights, immigration rights, equal access to childcare for working class parents, free speech and systemic racism. $ 9 and more.

• Starting Monday, February 8th, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego presents “Experiments on Stone: Four Artists from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop” online. The exhibit, which comes from the museum’s collection, examines the prints that Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Gego and Louise Nevelson made in the 1960s at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.


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• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is continuing its five-week series of lectures on the history of art about Albrecht Dürer on Tuesday, February 9th at 6.30pm online. Victoria Martino will report on the artist’s service to Maximilian I from 1512 to 1519. $ 14 for Athenaeum members and $ 19 for non-members.

• The San Diego Museum of Art presents “On Screen Exhibition: Rembrandt” online on Thursday, February 11th at 6:00 pm. The opening event of the SDMA Film Club includes the film and a discussion with Michael Brown, the curator of the Museum of European Art. $ 5 and above.

• The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center is hosting the 31st annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival online, February 31-21, showing a selection of 31 contemporary Jewish films. $ 15 per program; $ 12 for JCC members.

• UC San Diego Visual Arts Department’s Kamil Gallery is currently hosting That Woman is Bizarre, an online photo exhibition by Haina Wang. The UCSD student designed the self-portrait series to place her in various social situations that contemporary Chinese women face.

Virtual galas & events

• The 12th Annual Mitchell Thorp Warrior Spirit 5K will take place online February 6-21. The event, which benefits seriously ill children, offers a “Explore Your City” scavenger hunt, during which certificates and prizes are won. Register at

• The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Doggie Gras is held online and has prizes at the center
Costume and float photo competition. For a $ 10 donation, attendees can enter a photo of their pet’s New Orleans-inspired ensemble. Registration ends on Tuesday, February 16. The winners will be announced on February 19th.

• Mission Fed Credit Union is supporting the San Diego division of the American Heart Association’s “San Diego Go Red for Women” campaign online through February 26th, including National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5th, and ending with one Go Red for Digital Experience for Women. The campaign raises women’s awareness of heart disease by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising funds to support research and education initiatives.

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