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 Congregation Beth Israel will present its next men’s club forum “A Conversation with the Deputy Head of Mission Eitan Weiss” on Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Weiss from the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles will discuss current issues that pose challenges and opportunities for Israel and the region. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

• The San Diego County Bike Coalition presents City Cycling online on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 pm. The virtual class is designed to help drivers feel more comfortable on the road. Topics include general bicycle safety, legal rights and obligations, and emergency maneuver skills. Free.

Family & children

The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum presents “Roots: Portugal” online on Thursday, May 13th.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum presents “Roots: Portugal” online on Thursday, May 13th.

(Courtesy of the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum)

• The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will present “Roots: Portugal” on Facebook Live on Thursday, May 13th at 4pm. The event includes a tour of the Portuguese historical center, a cooking demonstration, a language class and much more. The museum, in partnership with the San Diego Public Library, also offers free activity kits for children inspired by Portuguese culture and tradition.

• The Nature Collective presents “Virtual Connections: Oh, Octopus!” Thursday, May 20th, at 3:30 pm, online. Connect with the largest of all octopuses, the giant Pacific octopus, and learn about its nine brains and three hearts. High school environmentalists will run an online pet shop. Free.

Art and culture

• La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents “A Meeting in Time – Bach and Messiaen”, which will be streamed online starting Friday May 14th. The selection of Bach’s “Cantata No. 106” is arranged and performed by Steven Schick (drums) and Ruben Valenzuela (keyboards). $ 18- $ 39.

• The San Diego International Film Festival is hosting the first ever San Diego International ShortsFest online, May 14-16. The three-day event includes 100 short films from around the world, 11 filmmaker panels and more. $ 29 and more.

• The San Diego Women’s Choir presents “Stronger on the Other Side” on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 pm on YouTube and on Sunday at 4:00 pm. May 16 on Facebook Live. The virtual concerts offer newly recorded songs of hope, joy and resilience. Free.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present the next concert “Jazz at the Athenaeum Streaming Live” online on Monday, May 17th at 7pm. The third event in a row will feature alto saxophonist Charles McPherson with pianist Randy Porter. $ 15 for Athenaeum members; $ 20 for non-members.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will continue its lecture series on the artist Joseph Beuys on Tuesday, May 18, at 6.30 pm online. The five-week course, led by art historian Victoria Martino, celebrates Beuys’ 100th birthday. The second lecture discusses his early training from 1946 to 1961. $ 14 per lecture for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members.

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A still from Guide On, one of 38 films to be shown online during the GI Film Festival in San Diego from May 18-23.

(Courtesy GI Film Festival San Diego)

• The GI Film Festival in San Diego is presenting its annual listings online from May 18-23. Presented to, by, and about active members of the military and veterans, the festival will include 38 entries. $ 10 each; $ 8 for military, veterans, students, or CPBS members with bundled tickets and all-access passes ranging from $ 40 to $ 125.

• The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Collaboration: Perspectives on Collaboration, Diversity, and Women in Print” online on Thursday, May 20th at 5:00 pm. The panel discussion on women in printmaking is part of the museum’s “Experiments on Stone: Four Artists from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop” exhibition and is moderated by the MCASD’s deputy curator, Alana Hernandez. Free.

• The San Diego Symphony will be hosting an online preview performance of The Shell, the orchestra bay venue on Friday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. The concert entitled “What’s That Sound? First Music from The Shell ”is conducted by music director Rafael Payare and contains Wagner’s“ Siegfried Idyll ”and Mozart’s“ Jupiter ”symphony. Shell will be open to the public for live performances this summer. $ 25.

• The San Diego City Ballet will be hosting “Raymonda” streaming online upon request through Sunday, May 23rd. The performance features ballets by Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez. $ 29 and more.

Virtual galas & events

• The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s San Diego Chapter presents Raise Your Spirits online on Friday, May 14th at 6:30 pm. The event, a curated home liquor tasting event, features libations from the Cutwater Spirits distillery and an interactive streaming program. The proceeds will support local research, education and support programs. Tasting kits start at $ 150.

• The National Conflict Resolution Center will present its 33rd annual Peacemaker Awards online on Saturday, May 15th at 6:50 pm. The event will honor individuals and organizations dedicated to peacebuilding in their neighborhood and around the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the 2021 National Peacemaker. Free.

• Gelson’s will host an online virtual Wisconsin cheese tasting event on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 pm. Wisconsin cheese representatives will lead the event, which will feature a curated cheese platter for two. Order by Monday, May 17, for collection on May 19 or 20 at Gelsons Pacific Beach, 730 Turquoise St .; Gelsons Del Mar, 2707 Via de la Valle; and Gelsons Carlsbad, 7660 El Camino Real. $ 23.99.

• Soroptimist International from La Jolla and Soroptimist International from Mission Valley present “Dreams of Italy” online on Saturday, May 22nd at 4.30pm. The event, an annual recognition of Live Your Dream winners, features an interactive evening of Italian wines and appetizers with wine specialist Stefano Poggi. $ 20 and more.

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