Get a musical fix at La Jolla United Methodist Church with the “Sounds of the Circus” concert, a free woodwind-quintet tribute for mothers everywhere. Selections will include everything from the Barnum & Bailey theme to pieces by John Philip Sousa and portions of “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens. Also highlighted will be “Six Riotous Rhymes,” based on the children’s book “Riotous Rhymes for Children of all Ages.”
The event will begin with a show-and-tell teaching children about quintet instruments. The concert and on-site childcare services are free but a goodwill offering will be collected to compensate for the musicians’ time. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 4 p.m.
6063 La Jolla Blvd.
Spoil mom with a steak or seafood dinner at Donovan’s Steak & Chop House La Jolla on May 12. Donovan’s chef Sal Reynoso has crafted a Mother’s Day featuring filet mignon medallions with grilled shrimp scampi and pan-seared halibut with lemon caper beurre blanc. Donovan’s will also offer a three-course prix fixe menu including a salad, entrée and choice of dessert for $50. Those who make a reservation for Mother’s Day will also be automatically entered in a drawing for a complimentary spa day for mom. Reservations are available from 3 to 9 p.m.
4340 La Jolla Village Drive
Beaumont’s will offer special brunch items this May 12 starting at 8 a.m. with a surf ’n’ turf omelet, chicken ’n’ waffles Benedict and an “almost summer” scramble, all of which are available alongside the Bird Rock eatery’s brunch menu until 3 p.m.
5662 La Jolla Blvd.
Brockton Villa will offer, alongside its famous “Coast Toast,” a one-day-only “Queen Bee Special” brunch menu. For $25, guests can select a signature bunch item like the crab Ipanema benedict, pulled pork and soy chorizo chilaquiles or artichoke and asparagus omelet with any beverage. Lunch items, like the roasted zatar lamb wrap, basil pesto summer vegetable pappardelle or balsamic marinated steak sandwich, will also be available as part of the special.
1235 Coast Blvd.
Sprinkles Cupcakes in La Jolla is offering its MOM box, featuring dark chocolate, red velvet, vanilla and lemon cupcakes. The treats will be adorned with daisies and sealed with a MOM Loves Cupcakes sticker. The MOM box is available from May 10-12.
8855 Villa La Jolla Drive.
DINING BRIEFS Upcoming events at Hotel La Jolla
‘Veuve Around the Clock’ — Every Wednesday night at Cusp Dining & Drinks, sip on the yellow-labeled bubbly. Starting at 4 p.m., glasses of Veuve Clicquot will start at $4 and go up one dollar each hour until close. CuspRestaurant.com
Movie nights by the pool — Share a bottle of wine, order small bites from chef Lockhart and cozy up to the fire for Sunset Movie Wednesdays. Movies will begin at 8 p.m. each Wednesday, and will range from classics to comedies. There is no admission, so check Hiatus’ website for the schedule. CuspRestaurant.com
A picture worth a trip to SF — Take your best sunset photo from inside Cusp on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla and post it on the restaurant’s Facebook page by May 20. One photographer will get roundtrip airfare for two to San Francisco, plus a two-night stay at one of Kimpton Hotel’s boutique properties and dinner for two at an acclaimed Kimpton restaurant in the city by the bay. www.facebook-.com/CuspRestaurant
Cocktails the world over — Cusp Dining & Drinks introduces its first-ever World Cocktail Day Dinner on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. The seven-course meal is paired with seven global cocktails from each of the seven continents. Call to reserve: (858) 551-3620. $77 per person.
In other culinary news
Seasonal changes at Brockton Villa — Brockton Villa recently made seasonal updates to its lunch menu. While mainstays like the “Epic Chowder,” daily oysters and grilled fish tacos still remain, executive chef Mareyja Sisbarro has added a selection of new tastings, salads, wraps and more, including standouts like the picante tequila steamed local mussels and clams; chimichurri flank steak salad; roasted Zatar lamb wrap; and barbeque pork ribs. Brockton Villa’s lunch service is offered Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from noon to 3 p.m. www.brockton-villa.com