“Art and Music of the Baroque – from Ecstasy to Enlightenment”: The Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., 7:30 p.m. This is the third of five installments in a lecture/concert series on the evolution of the world's baroque period, characterized by ornate architecture and musical and artistic mannerism. $20-$25. Call (858) 454-5872 or see ljathenaeum.org.
Wednesday, April 1
'Beneath the Surface': Book discussion with author John Hargrove at Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m. Hargrove is a former SeaWorld orca trainer of 14 years' experience who resigned his post with the company in August of 2012. Free. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. For more, call (858) 454-0347 or see warwicks.com.
Thursday, April 2
Preparing Your Mind and Body for Childbirth: Scripps Menda Well Being Center, Westfield UTC, 4305 La Jolla Village Drive, 6:30-9 p.m. This four-week course teaches childbirth preparation basics. Couples learn effective ways to reduce stress and increase comfort during labor. Topics include breathing, relaxation and the role of the labor support person. Medications, hospital procedures and cesarean birth are also discussed. For more, call (858) 626-7024 or see scripps.org.
Friday, April 3
UCSD Grad SLAM: Price Center West, 9500 Gilman Drive, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. The UC San Diego Grad SLAM is a graduate student competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Grad SLAM participants present their research using PowerPoint slides in a three-minute TED-like talk that can be understood by a general audience. Presenters will compete in successive rounds and receive prizes ranging from $100 to $2,500. For more, see grad.ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-2230.
Saturday, April 4
Thurgood Marshall College & UCSD Cultural Celebration: Marshall College campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indian dancers, dance theater, spoken word, a children's village and international cuisine and merchants will mark the 37th annual arts festival at which Marshall College celebrates the differences. Free admission. (858) 534-4390, marshall.ucsd.edu.
Sunday, April 5
Open-Aire Farmers Market: Grounds of La Jolla Elementary School, corner of Girard Avenue and Genter Street. Fresh produce, food court, hundreds of local artisans. Proceeds benefit programs at La Jolla Elementary. For more, call (858) 454-1699.
Monday, April 6
Prenatal Orientation and Tour: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, 9888 Genesee Ave., 6-7 p.m. Learn where to enter the hospital, special services available during your stay and how to streamline your admission. You’ll also get answers to your questions about delivering your baby at Scripps. Registration allows us to reserve your space and contact you in the event of a change to the time or location of a class. See scripps.org or call (800) 727-4777.
Tuesday, April 7
Whale Watching: Meet at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Join Scripps naturalists and Flagship Cruises & Events for a 15th season of whale watching. Twice-daily cruises seek to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska breeding grounds to Baja California. Search for seals, sea lions, dolphins, migrating birds, and more! Naturalists will showcase gray whale biofacts and will answer all your marine animal questions. Dress in layers and don't forget your camera! For more, call (858) 534-3474 or see aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Wednesday, April 8
La Jolla Shores Association Meeting: Building T-29, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 8622 Kennel Way, 6:30 p.m. The association's primary purpose is to address community issues as they relate to the protection and enhancement of the unique characteristics of the La Jolla Shores area. The association strives to represent the interests of the local community to other organizations, including local and state government agencies. It holds regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are open to the general public, and we welcome your input. For more, see ljsa.org.
Thursday, April 9
Spring Barcourts at Harcourts: Harcourts Prestige Properties, 7938 Ivanhoe Ave., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Complimentary beer/wine/tapas/music and business networking at this benefit for Smile Train, a children's charity addressing the needs of those born with cleft lips and palates. For more, call (858) 459-5478.