Just because San Diego’s I Love Poke Festival is over doesn’t mean locals have to settle for anything less than the freshest catches made by the area’s leading Asian seafood chefs. Some of the festival’s award-winning chefs will ensure poke lovers have more to look forward to this summer with the launch of poke cooking classes at Cups Culinary in La Jolla.
Chef James Harris, winner of the I Love Poke Festival’s traditional poke category, will teach participants how to recreate his classic ahi poke dish, sprinkled with macadamia nuts, sesame oil, Hawaiian salt and taro chips on June 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Chef Antonio Friscia, winner of the festival’s non-traditional “Any Kine” category, will demonstrate how to produce his own winning dish — a yellowtail, bay scallop and octopus poke with chili yuzu, uni and micro shiso — alongside other Gaijin-style Asian fusion dishes. Friscia’s class will take place on July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cups Culinary is located at 7857 Girard Ave. The cost is $65 per person. RSVP at www.cupslj.com/classes-parties or (858) 459-2877.
To get a taste of the exceptional wines Paso Robles is dishing out without the trip up north, visit the La Jolla Community Center on June 28 and try community leader Steve Haskins’ Paso Robles-based blends. The Rob Thorsen Jazz Band will be on site to entertain guests as they sip on Windansea wines alongside hors d’oeuvres provided by The French Gourmet. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle, and Haskins will be on hand to answer questions. The first 50 people who sign up will be entered into a raffle to win a free bottle. The event is $10 and will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. RSVP online at www.lajollacommunitycenter.org or call (858) 459-0831.
A retrospective of Jennifer Thompson Gunn’s pastels, monotypes, sculpture and jewelry will be held at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery from July 3-15.
Gunn grew up in La Jolla, attending Country Day and La Jolla High School. She exhibited in galleries in Alexandria, Va. and Santa Fe, N.M. and had her studio open for two studio tours in Santa Fe before her death in 2011.
The gallery is located at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso and will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Call (858) 459-1196 or visit www.lajollaart.org for more information.
THURSDAY, June 28
• Avant Garden: (RE)covered Manuscripts, 6:30 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., music and art mixer featuring the new exhibition “Robert Kushner: Scriptorium: Devout Exercises of the Heart,” (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, $12 nonmembers, $10 members, A List members free
• “When God Talks Back: Understanding the America Evangelical Relationship with God,” 7 p.m., D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave., book discussion with Stanford anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann, (858) 456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com, free
• The Cheese Concierge, 2 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., Venissimo Cheese presentation and wine pairing, (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, $25 for 1 lb.
• Dragon Storytime & Drawing Activity, 3 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, free
• “Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) the Grief of Widowhood,” 7:30 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., book discussion with founder and CEO of Widows Wear Stilettos, Carole Brody Fleet, (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, free
FRIDAY, June 29
• Srikanto Acharya, 7:30 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, renowned Bengali artist Srikanto Acharya will perform his Bengali and Hindi songs, (858) 705-3695, www.gs-ba.org, general admission $25, children 18 years and younger $12, GSBA members free
SATURDAY, June 30
• Soul Tones – a “Singing Bowl” concert, 4 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., www.ljathenaeum.org, (858) 454-5872, $20 members, $25 nonmembers
• Laugh Out Loud with Rich Little, 8 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, comedic performance, (858) 457-3030, www.lfjcc.org, $35 members, $42 nonmembers
SUNDAY, July 1
• Weekend with the Locals: Ben Kamin, noon, Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., book discussion with the author of “Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel,” (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, free
MONDAY, July 2
• Mosaic Masterpieces art class, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., two day children’s art class for ages 7-12, (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, $130 members, $150 members plus $30 materials fee to be paid to instructor at first class meeting
TUESDAY, July 3
• Investment Workshop, 2 p.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., discussion with award-winning financial planner Dottie Stanley on today’s investment issues, (858) 459-0831, www.lajollacommunitycenter.org, free
• Bird Rock Community Council meeting, 6 p.m., Bird Rock Elementary School, 5371 La Jolla Hermosa Ave.
WEDNESDAY, July 4
• Fireworks show, 9 p.m., La Jolla Cove, 1100 Coast Blvd., www.savelajollafireworks.org, free
THURSDAY, July 5
• Joe Locke and Geoffrey Keezer, 7:30 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., jazz concert, (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, $21 members, $26 nonmembers
• “Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life,” 7:30 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., local writer and photographer Mark Johnson discusses and signs his new book, (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, free
• La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting, 6 p.m., La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St., www.lajollacpa.org, (858) 456-7900, free