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

The La Jolla Light presents this ongoing series of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine dilemma.

Lectures & learning

• The San Diego County’s Master Gardener Association is presenting “Learn, Plant, Grow!” Online through Sunday, March 28th. The virtual seminar includes 13 presentations by landscape architects, horticultural authors and horticultural experts on ways to grow beautiful gardens with little water, control pests and attract native bees and other pollinators. $ 35.

• The Scripps Front Row Lecture Series will continue online on Thursday, March 25th at 1:00 pm with “Cracking the Code of Chronic Inflammation”. Mark Sundrud will explain how his and his colleagues’ research can influence the development of safer and more targeted therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases. Free.

• San Diego Oasis, Sharp Healthcare and West PACE present “You Got Your Recordings … Now What?” Friday, March 26th, 1pm, online. The older adult community conversation will include a group of health professionals and other experts offering their insights for the future beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Free. Registration required.


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• The Sister Cities Project Cultural Tours presents its next virtual tour, “Southeast San Diego / Solana Beach Partnership”, online on Saturday, March 27th at 12:00 noon. The tour will explore southeast San Diego through the eyes of the people who know it best. A discussion follows between community members in southeast San Diego and Solana Beach to discuss how two very different communities can support one another.
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• The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America presents their Inclusive Second Night Queer + Allies Seder online on Sunday, March 28th at 11.00am. Free. Register at

Organizational expert Andrew Mellen will speak in an online session at the La Jolla Community Center on Tuesday March 30th.


• The La Jolla Community Center will present “Unstuff Your Life” online on Tuesday, March 30th at 10 am. In the free session, organizing expert Andrew Mellen will preview a five-week course starting Tuesday April 6th.

Family & children

• The San Diego Public Library and Library Shop present “Could You Survive Alone?” Thursday, March 25th, 4 p.m., online for 9-17 years. The live program includes the poet Megan Freeman and her novel “Alone”. Freeman will discuss the ideas that inspired the book and challenge readers to ponder how they might react to some of the situations in the story. Free. Register at

Art and culture

• Gill Sotu, candidate for avant-garde culture and the poet award winner, will present “The Story of Joy” online from Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 pm. The four-part series of cinematic performances inspired by real-life stories of struggle, beauty and triumph begins with “Social Justice”. Future meetings will take place on June 24th, September 23rd and November 18th. $ 15 per event or $ 50 for the series.

• The Lux Art Institute presents its Amir H. Fallah Reception and Artist Talk on Friday, March 26th at 6pm online. The livestream presentation will cover Fallah’s art practice and career, as well as her exhibition in Lux. Free.

• Project [BLANK] presents “Contralto” online on Friday, March 26th at 7pm and on Sunday, March 28th at 2pm. The live streamed experimental documentary and musical performance by Sarah Hennies celebrate Women’s History Month and feature a cast of transgender women speaking, singing, and performing vocal exercises, accompanied by a varied musical score. $ 20; $ 10 for students and seniors.

• The San Diego Symphony presents “A Shimmer of Strings” online on Friday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. The livestream program, led by music director Rafael Payare, will include works by Antonín Dvořák, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Krzysztof Penderecki. $ 20.

• The Bach Collegium San Diego continues its 2020-21 virtual season with “Welcome to All the Pleasures!” On Saturday, March 27th, online. The concert, which is part of the organization’s reDiscover series, will feature works by Henry Purcell with sopranos Stefanie Moore and Clara Rottsolk, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Aaron Sheehan, and baritones Enrico Lagasca and Stephen Salts. Free of charge (donations accepted).

The Athenaeum presents “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” with Billy Childs online on Monday March 29th.


• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live”, a series of four online concerts. On Monday, March 29th, at 7 p.m., the multi-award-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs will perform in a duo performance with a bassist, which will be announced. $ 15 for Athenaeum members; $ 20 for non-members.

• Warwick’s Bookstore will be showcasing authors Chelsea Clinton and Atia Abawi on Tuesday, March 30th at 4pm on Zoom. Clinton and Abawi will discuss their new book, She Persisted: Sally Ride, hosted by Sally Ride Science co-founder Karen Flammer. Free. Registration required.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is hosting a two-part lecture concert series that will begin online on Tuesday, March 30th at 6:30 pm. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of JS Bach’s composition of six sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin, the baroque violinist and scholar Victoria Martino will give a performance and commentary. The series will continue on Tuesday April 6th. $ 34 for both days for Athenaeum members; $ 44 for non-members.

• The North Coast Repertory Theater is running Trying online through Sunday April 18. The piece, written by Joanna McClelland Glass and directed by David Ellenstein, shows two completely different personalities who find it difficult to understand each other. $ 35- $ 54.

Virtual galas & events

• The birch aquarium and the association of zoos and aquariums will present “All together for animals” online on Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm. The concert with top country artists is a fundraiser for AZA. Tickets bought at will benefit Birch Aquarium directly. $ 30.

• The San Diego Automotive Museum is hosting a Jay Leno Garage Tour through Friday, May 14th 7:30 pm. The raffle winner and a guest will have the opportunity to view Leno’s collection of more than 200 vehicles in his Big Dog Garage in Burbank, known as one of the largest auto collections in the world. The proceeds will go to the San Diego Automotive Museum. Donations start at $ 40.

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