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Best Bet: A quick guide to online and in-person entertainment and experiences

This is an ongoing list of online activities and local in-person events.

lecture and study

At the La Jolla Community Center

Starting Thursday, September 8th, the La Jolla Community Center will host American Mahjong for Beginners.

(Courtesy of La Jolla Community Center)

• Giveaway at the La Jolla Community Center “American Mahjong for Beginners” Beginning Thursday, September 8th at 10am, the address is 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The 6-week course will teach you the basics of Mahjong. $165 for community center members, $190 for non-members. Registration required.ljcommunitycenter.org/bridge-classes

• Giveaway from La Jolla/Riford Library “(P)Luck: Improving Healthcare and the World — Book Talk & Author Event” Thursday, September 8, 1:00 pm at 7555 Draper Ave. La Jollan Blair Sadler Co-author of new book “(P)Luck” with his twin brother, Alfred, discusses the history and future of healthcare in America. lajolllibrary.org

• Institute of America Presents “Order of the Earth: How Natural Law Defines Human Life” Saturday, September 10th at 10:30 am at 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Environmental economist and professor of energy and environment at the University of Delaware, Saleem Ali, explores how the laws of nature affect and define our lives in his new book. share the highlights of free. bit.ly/IOA2022

• Giveaway at the La Jolla Community Center “Better Bridge by Fur” Starting Monday, September 12, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Taught by Scott Farr at various times depending on your level, 10 weeks of classes cover everything from basic rules and skills to competitive bidding. Community Center $225 for members and $250 for non-members. Registration and COVID-19 vaccination are required.ljcommunitycenter.org/bridge-classes

• Giveaway at the La Jolla Community Center Beginner Italian course Starting Tuesday, September 13, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The eight-week course called Beginner Italian 1 (noon) and Beginner Italian 2 (1:10 pm) will help you understand and communicate in Italian. It aims to give students the tools they need. $160 for community center members, $200 for non-members. Registration required. ljcommunitycenter.org/writing-language-classes

La Jolla Library Poetry Group Meet at La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, on Thursday, September 15th at 2:00 pm. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month where participants read poetry and share it with other budding and experienced poets. free. e-mail vmdandrea@hotmail.com.

family and children

• La Jolla/Riford Library “Serena Watch Party” at 3:45 pm Friday, September 16, 7555 Draper Ave. The event kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with pizza, the movie Selena, and bejeweled 1980s accessories. free. lajolllibrary.org

Health & fitness

• Gifts from La Jolla Woman’s Club “Gentle Yoga” It’s 11:30 am on Thursday and the address is 7791 Draper Ave. Weekly classes are for all levels and are open to the public. $15.

art and culture

• Adventures with book gifts “Immersed in Reading” Online, Thursday, September 8, at 4 p.m. Writer Carol Vanden her Hende talks about her book Orchid Blooming. Free; you can purchase a copy of the book.bit.ly/3pfmf7h

• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host an opening reception for the new exhibit on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 PM at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla. “Continuum: The Art of Faiya Fredman” takes a closer look at the life work of Fredman (1925–2020). His 70-year art career has yielded an eclectic body of work produced by experimentation with unusual formats and unconventional materials. “Derek Bosher: Occupation” is a visual overview of the various humorous occupations represented by Bossier’s distinctive head. “Aiming for 100 people” A selection from Athenaeum’s Erika & Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection. The exhibit runs through his Saturday, November 5th. free. ljathenaeum.org

• St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Gifts “Pop-up Art Market by the Sea” Saturday, September 10, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 743 Prospect Street, La Jolla. Featuring works by Starkweather Forrest, Upcycler, DawnbytheBay, Love James Jewelry and local photographer Andrew Hertel. free. A concurrent exhibition of Forrest’s work will run until Saturday, September 24th. sjbts.org

• La Jolla artist and writer Peggy Hinaequan I’ll be performing at a book signing on Saturday, September 10th at 1pm at La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.

• Introducing La Jolande in Warwick’s Bookstore Neil Centuria and Barbara Bly Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m., 7812 Girard Street, La Jolla. Centuria and Brye publish and sign a new book about San Diego business woman Gina her champ her Kane, “I Did It: The Largest Woman-Run Ponzi Scheme in American History.” Free or $27.95 for a copy of the book and reserved seating. warwicks.com/event/senturia-and-bry-2022

• Exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art “Alexis Smith: The American Way” Begins Thursday, September 15th at 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. This exhibition is California artist Smith’s first retrospective in 30 years. Smith is widely known for his collages of his culture-heavy mixes of film, literature and pop. The exhibition runs until his Sunday, February 5th. $25. mcasd.org

• Giveaways from the Quint Gallery “New Sculpture” Until Saturday, September 17th, at 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibit features work by San Diego artists Adam Belt and Christopher Pugio and Bay Area artist Chris Thorson. free. quintgallery.com

Starring Carlo Alban, Jen Anaya and Silvia Dionisio

Carlo Alban, Jen Anaya, and Silvia Dionisio perform “Fandango (and Coyote) for Butterflies” at the La Jolla Playhouse through Sunday, September 25th.

(Maria Baranova)

• Giveaway at La Jolla Playhouse “Butterfly (and Coyote) Fandango” Through Sunday, September 25th at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. This work is inspired by interviews with immigrants from Latin America. $25 and up. lajollaplayhouse.org

• La Jolla Community Center and La Jolla Art Association Art exhibition Until Monday, October 10, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The exhibit features nearly 50 works by local artists Beverly Bullock, Chris Conroe, Dan Kilgore, Eileen Mandel, Jose Luis Nunez, and Mark Sherman . free. ljcommunitycenter.org

• La Jolla/Riford Library photo exhibition Jordan Burdin Through Saturday, October 15th, 7555 Draper Ave will feature portraits and stories of local homeless people. The show doubles as a fundraiser for Humanity Showers, which provides pop-up showers for homeless people. The library is also soliciting donations of socks and hygiene products. free. lajolllibrary.org

gala and event

• Exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art “The Gala @ MCASD” Saturday, September 10, at 5 p.m., 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla. The fundraising event previews the museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” and includes dinner and more.$600 and up. mcasd.org/galla

• I Love a Clean San Diego hosts its 38th annual event.beach cleaning day It takes place Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 am at more than 75 locations throughout the county, including Scripps Park at La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. Volunteers of all ages are invited to bring buckets and gloves. Free.Register with Cleanupday.org.

• The San Diego Sparkle Foundation isChild Welfare Fashion Show and LuncheonSaturday, September 17, 10:30 am, Hyatt Regency La Jolla Hotel, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. This non-profit foundation works to combat child trafficking and assist children displaced by war. The first event includes statements from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephen. Over $100. e-mailtamarpak77@gmail.com.

• Presented by La Jolla’s Social Services League“Memories of September 2022”Wednesday, September 21, at 5:00 pm at Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas Street. Fundraising activities include food, music and Silent His auction items. Proceeds will be donated to League House Senior Housing. $100. ssloflj.org

Have an event (online or in person) you’d like to see here? Email your leads to efrausto@lajollalight.com.

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