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

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

Valentine’s day

• The San Diego Oasis is offering virtual classes for older adults including “The Heart as a Symbol of Love: A Story” on Friday, February 12th at 11:00 am. Instructor Kim Keeline will trace the origins of the symbol, its uses, and the traditions that spread through Valentine’s Day, including wacky Victorian postcards and other ways we humans say we care. $ 10.

• The La Jolla Community Center will present “Valentine’s Day: Wine and Chocolate Pairing and Tasting” online on Friday, February 12th at 12.00. The certified wine specialist Stefano Poggi will lead the event. Each tasting includes two wines and four chocolate truffles. $ 50 for Community Center members; $ 55 for non-members. Register at

Pianist Robert Parker will play a free livestream concert for Valentine’s Day featuring classic love songs on Sunday February 14th.


• The Scripps Ranch Theater and Oceanside Theater Company present “Robert Parker: Love Songs Live” online on Sunday, February 14th at 6pm online. The event, a Valentine’s Day concert with classic love songs by the renowned pianist Parker, will be broadcast live. Free.

Lectures & learning

Kathryn Shade from the National Conflict Resolution Center will be in charge

Kathryn Shade from the National Conflict Resolution Center will lead “10 Tips for Conflict Management” online on Saturday February 13th.


• The American Association of University Women in Del Mar-Leucadia will present “10 Tips for Conflict Management” online on Saturday, February 13th at 10 am. Kathryn Shade, Senior Program Manager of the National Conflict Resolution Center, will discuss how to bridge the current climate of polarization in families and across the political divide, and how to re-establish civil conversations with those we disagree with. To receive the Zoom link, email your name and address to

• UC San Diego’s Economics Department presents Alan Auerbach online on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00 am. The UC Berkeley economics professor will discuss financial policy during the new Biden administration. Register at

• The San Diego Community College District will celebrate Black History Month online with Agents of Change on Wednesday, February 17 at 11:00 am. The event will include a discussion with Agents of Change Producer / Director Frank Dawson covering the racist conditions on college campuses in the United States in the 1960s. Free., Meeting ID 752 496 5099.

• The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla and the March of Dimes present the “Virtual High School Science Week” from February 22nd to 26th. The event features webinars highlighting the importance of basic research to scientific discovery and giving students a glimpse into a day in the life of scientists as well as the opportunity to interact with Salk researchers. Registration until Wednesday, February 17th at


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• The Immunotherapy Foundation will present another episode of its webinar series “Coffee & Conversation” on Monday, February 15th at 1:30 pm. The event will focus on the promise of immunotherapy in breast cancer screening and research with Dr. Rebecca Shatsky, a breast cancer specialist at UC San Diego Health. Free.

• The La Jolla Community Center presents the next of its Distinguished Speaker Series, “The Heart Speaks. Do you hear? “Tuesday, February 16, 10 am. Integrative cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri will discuss how and why the heart is much more than a physical pump, and discuss the science of why purpose, joy, meditation and lifestyle are positive causing physical changes in our bodies that can lead to long-term heart health.

• The Phoenix, a sober active community, offers free virtual fitness and social programs daily through Zoom. The program includes yoga, functional exercise, meditation, boxing, and community fitness training for all levels. Classes take place at different times during the week and do not require any cost, equipment, or prior knowledge to attend. The only requirement for enrollment is 48 hours of uninterrupted sobriety.

Art and culture

• The Old Globe and the University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theater Program are hosting William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream online February 12-28. Free.

Pianist Gloria Cheng will play a chamber concert on February 15, which will be broadcast live from the music room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.

Pianist Gloria Cheng will play a chamber concert on Monday February 15, which will be broadcast live from the music room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.


• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present Gloria Cheng in a chamber concert that will be broadcast live from the Athenaeum’s music room on Monday, February 15 at 7pm. Cheng, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pianist, will perform several pieces, accompanied by a surprise guest. $ 18 for Athenaeum members; $ 23 for non-members.

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will close its five-week art history lecture series on Albrecht Dürer on Tuesday, February 16 at 6.30 pm. Victoria Martino will report on the artist’s journey through the Netherlands and his later work from 1520 to 1528. $ 14 for Athenaeum members; $ 19 for non-members.

• The Bach Collegium San Diego continues its virtual season 2020-21 with “A Bohme in Dresden” on Wednesday, February 17th, at 12:00 noon. The concert, which is part of the organization’s Bach at Home series, will feature the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Adolph Hasse and Johann Sebastian Bach. Free of charge (donations accepted).

• The La Jolla Community Center will present “Watercolor Magic”, a four-week course for beginners, on Thursdays at 10 am starting February 18. The artist Minnie Valero will teach the course. $ 49 for Community Center members; $ 59 for non-members.

• The Research Center for African and African American Studies at UC San Diego is hosting an “Afro-Caribbean Dance & Drumming Workshop” online on Thursday, February 18 at 3:30 pm. Featuring master percussionist Gene Perry and musician Fred Thompson Jr., the event is part of the AASRC’s Black History Month events.

• The San Diego Museum of Art will be streaming an “Art of Elan Pop-up Performance” on Friday February 19th. The 15-minute performance delves deeper into the power of transformation and includes “Advice from a Caterpillar” for bass clarinet by South Korean composer Unsuk Chin. Free.

Virtual galas & events

• The 12th Annual Mitchell Thorp Warrior Spirit 5K is now online through Sunday, February 21st. The event, which benefits seriously ill children, features an “Explore Your City” scavenger hunt, graduation certificates and prizes. To register, visit

• 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 department of the American Heart Association’s “San Diego Go Red for Women” online campaign online through Friday, February 26th, ending with a Go Red for Women Digital Experience. 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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