UC San Diego’s 10th annual Dinner in the Library will take place Sept. 12 in the university’s Geisel Library building. The evening includes dinner and cocktails, a silent auction and a keynote talk from acclaimed author, poet and critic Jay Parini. Proceeds from the event will support the UC San Diego Library’s most pressing needs, including its collections, resources and services.
Guests will hear Parini’s perspective on “Books That Changed America.” Parini is the author of numerous biographies and works of nonfiction, including “Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.” His novels include “The Last Station,” which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.
Tickets are $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and Parini’s talk following at 7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit libraries.ucsd.edu/about/dinner.
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition will bring in 300 tons of sand that will be carved and molded into sculptures by nearly 40 artists in three classes of competition on the B Street cruise ship terminal pier downtown through Sept. 2.
With more than $60,000 in appearance, prize money and expenses at stake, some of the best sculptors from around the world will challenge the best in the U.S. Rusty Croft from Carmel won the event in 2012 and will defend his title.
The event started on Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 2, during which artists in the World Masters class will have four days to create their masterpieces. Starting on Aug. 29, the public will be able to view the last two days of sculpting and have two more full days to marvel at the finished work. For more information, visit www.ussandsculpting.com.
SATURDAY, Aug. 31
Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, 7 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., $15 admission. The festival's 20th anniversary includes more than 25 classic and new risqué animated films. Visit www.spikeandmike.com.
SUNDAY, Sept. 1
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea, 2 to 4 p .m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Blvd., Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, free.
MONDAY, Sept. 2
Finals of Fifth annual La Jolla Labor Day Classic Soccer Tournament, all day, Allen Field, 3980 Torrey Pines Road, free, lajollasoccertournaments.org/Tournament
TUESDAY, Sept. 3
Bird Rock Community Council, Bella Roma Pizza & Restaurant, 5737 La Jolla Blvd., 6 p.m., the advisory group makes recommendations to the city on neighborhood issues and concerns, www.birdrockcc.org.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4
Free tours of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Behind-the-scene look at the institute’s campus, visits to the Stem Cell Research Center and the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, (858) 795-5111 or email@example.com to reserve a spot
THURSDAY, Sept. 5
La Jolla Community Planning Association, 6 to 9 p.m. La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. The group makes planning and land-use recommendations to the city
FRIDAY, Sept. 6
“First Friday Artwalk,” 6 to 9 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a tour of the art galleries, delicious cuisine and unique wine selections in the Village of La Jolla, www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtwalkLaJolla, free
SATURDAY, Sept. 7
The Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St., Headliner Jeff Garlin, $25 tickets. 21 and over, two-drink minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show and at 10 p.m. for the 10:30 p.m. show. (858) 454-9176, lajolla.thecomedystore.com.
SUNDAY, Sept. 8
83rd annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim, La Jolla Cove, day-long swimming events with more than 2,000 swimmers of all ages competing in ocean swimming competitions culminating with the Gatorman swim from the Cove to Scripps Pier
MONDAY, Sept. 9
“Early Decision” by Lacy Crawford, Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m., debut of local author Crawford who will be discussing and signing her novel about the frightful world of high school, SATs, the college essay, and how getting in is getting in the way of growing up, warwicks.com, free
TUESDAY, Sept. 10
“The Book of Someday” by Dianne Dixon, Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m., Award-winning screenwriter Dianne Dixon returns to discuss her new novel, warwicks.com, free
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
La Jolla Village Merchants Association, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave., represents community business owners, as well as hosting special events drawing patrons to La Jolla’s downtown Village
La Jolla Shores Association, 7 to 9 p.m., Building T-29 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, addresses community issues in the Shores area related to parks, planning and land use and public safety
THURSDAY, Sept. 12
La Jolla Town Council, 5 p.m., La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St., serves residents and businesses and works as a unifying voice on behalf of the entire La Jolla Community, lajollatowncouncil.org.
FRIDAY, Sept. 13
“The Skin’s the Thing,” 1:30 p.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., Catharine Kaufman’s “Fountain of Youth Cooking Series,” (858) 459-0831, www.ljcommunitycenter.org, $40 members, $45 nonmembers