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One major benefit of calling San Diego home is the ability to catch sunsets like this one, captured recently at La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is one of the countless spots to catch a proper beach sunset in the area. / PHOTO BY DON BALCH
One major benefit of calling San Diego home is the ability to catch sunsets like this one, captured recently at La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is one of the countless spots to catch a proper beach sunset in the area. / PHOTO BY DON BALCH
Torrey Pines holiday culinary schedule

A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal featuring the tastes of the season. Indulge in fare from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.                                                                                                                                                              

Thursday, Nov. 23 - Lunch seating will be from noon to 4 p.m, with dinner seating from 4 to 10 p.m. Costs is $110 per person and $55 for children under 12; $130 with free-flowing sparkling wine. Advanced reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit or call 858.777.6635.

The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Savor the smoky flavors of the outdoor rotisserie at The Lodge’s more casual restaurant, The Grill, on Thanksgiving. Cozy up for a three-course meal with beer or wine pairings complete with sweeping views of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.

 Thursday, Nov. 23 - Lunch seating will begin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., while dinner seating will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost will be $60 per person, $75 with beers, $85 with wines and $35 for children under 12 Advanced reservations highly recommended. For more information visit or call 858.777.6641/

Second Chance to host ‘Bail Me Out’ event Nov. 28

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Sheriff William Gore, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan will volunteer to "go to jail" to help raise money to support Second Chance services. The event will be held at Palm Plaza at Westfield UTC Mall from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in honor of Giving Tuesday.  Proceeds will go to benefit Second Chance programs that provide employment skills and amenities to the men, women and youth who seek an opportunity to become self-sufficient.

San Diegans are asked to stop by UTC and help "bail” the officials out of the "jail" by making a donation to Second Chance. Those who cannot attend can text "bailmeout" to 41444 to donate by text on #GivingTuesday, or donate online at

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

“Our goal is to raise $10,000 through our ‘Bail Me Out’ Giving Tuesday campaign.  The proceeds will provide job-readiness programs, sober living support, professional clothing, bus passes and job-related education to men and women throughout San Diego,” said Robert Coleman, president & CEO of Second Chance.  “We are so grateful for the generosity of all who participate in Giving Tuesday, especially our elected officials.”

Participants can additionally set up their own account and become a crowd-fundraiser to be “bailed out” of “jail” by texting “bailmeout” to 71777. To additionally fundraise for Second Chance or to be a social media ambassador, please contact Maureen at  For more information on Second Chance, visit

La Valencia holiday season

Enjoy a classic Christmas at the Pink Lady this season.  The landmark La Valencia Hotel is celebration central with a calendar of holiday fun built around the theme “Miracle on Prospect Street,” harkening to another holiday tradition. The season starts when millions of twinkling lights begin illuminating the sky for the hotel’s annual “Sea of Lights” on Nov. 23.  Don’t miss a community favorite – La V’s cozy Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 28, complete with carolers, cocoa and crafts for the kids. 

In fact, La Valencia is such an integral part of this seaside community that its long-time Managing Director, Mark Dibella, has been invited to be the Grand Marshal of La Jolla’s 60th annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3rd.  La V is also ready to help take the stress out of your holiday feasting with specially crafted and lavish menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.   

La Valencia is proud to be partnering with Miracle Babies this holiday season, a local charity started by Dr. Sean Daneshmand to assist families of sick newborns in their time of need. Miracle Babies will have a very special Pack ‘n’ Play set up by La V’s beautiful Christmas tree for the collection of:  diapers, wipes, socks, blankets, burp cloths, and toys for siblings. Hotel guests and local residents are invited to share the holiday spirit by donating goods to help support the mission of this San Diego based non-profit.  

Nov. 23 – Annual Sea of Lights – The 6th annual Sea of Lights will be switched on to illuminate the Pink Lady from top to bottom with millions of twinkling lights, taking the enchantment of La V to magical heights.

Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving buffet – From noon to 8 p.m. A culinary masterpiece to be thankful for.  Relax over a lavish Thanksgiving buffet feast at THE MED restaurant complete with all the trimmings and decadent desserts.  Café la Rue debuts a season of holiday craft cocktails and happier happy hour.

$89 per adult and $39 per child (12 and under).

Nov. 28 – Tree Lighting Ceremony – From 5 to 7 p.m. Join in at La V's annual holiday party in La Sala Lounge with warm holiday beverages, homemade cookies, classic carols and children's crafts.  

La Jolla Country Day School Madrigal Singers at 5 pm, Countdown at 6 pm and live Entertainment to follow with Roman Palacios.

Dec. 3 – La Jolla Christmas Parade – Held at 1:30 p.m. On the eve of La Valencia’s 91st anniversary, La V Managing Director, Mark Dibella, will be the proud Grand Marshal for La Jolla’s 60th annual Christmas Parade. Stepping off at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Kline and Girard, the parade heads west with a turn down Prospect to the La Jolla Recreation Center where a fun-filled holiday festival keeps the magic going. 

Dec. 24 and 25 - Sunday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Monday, from noon to 8 p.m. Gather at THE MED and indulge in four delightful & decedent holiday courses crafted by Executive Chef Alex Emery and garnished with ocean vistas, seasonal music, and sweet treats. $95 per adult $49 per child.

Dec. 31 – Starts at 5:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year at THE MED with an unforgettable five-course over-the-top dining experience followed by a countdown celebration in La Sala Lounge and live entertainment. $150 per adult.

Jan 1 – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join to kick off 2018 at our award-winning New Year's Day brunch at THE MED featuring recovery cocktails and resolution specials. A la carte menu items starting at $16. Casual dining offered in Café la Rue.

To book rooms or holiday events please call: 858-424-0771 or book your restaurant reservations on Open Table at

Little Mensches beach clean up a success

Thanks to everyone who participated in the beach clean up, organized in cooperation with San Diego Coastkeeper.  Approximately 70 children/participants collected just under 50 pounds of trash off of the La Jolla Shores beach and park. 

They will not be holding an event in December, but hope that you will join for their next event on Jan. 7, 2018, which will run in partnership with the amazing Challenged Athletes Foundation.  

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