Hundreds brave chilly waters for annual Polar Bear Plunge — and other upcoming events
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Some participants for the annual New Year Day Polar Bear Plunge at La Jolla Shores gather before their chilly dip. DON BALCH / VILLAGE NEWS
Some participants for the annual New Year Day Polar Bear Plunge at La Jolla Shores gather before their chilly dip. DON BALCH / VILLAGE NEWS

Around 400 people attended the La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1. The water Kellogg Park at La Jolla Shores was 57 degrees according to swim club president Don Simonelli. 

It’s a really great way to kick of the year,” said Simonelli of the event that was created over 30 years ago. “Some people dip their toes in for fun, others go out and wade for awhile and some regular members even do a half-mile swim.”

For more information on the club, visit




Thresholds, the 13th annual soundON Festival of Modern Music will be held Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla. Presented by San Diego New Music and The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, this festival is curated by guitarist and conductor Colin McAllister, who guides the audience on a musical journey through the distension of the mind that occurs in simultaneous awareness, what musicians experience as “performative time.” For more information, visit 


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host Christine Oatman’s “Stories of Innocence and Experience: Altered Mid-20th Century Children’s Books In Pedagogic Tableaux” in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery from Jan. 11 to March 7, at 1008 Wall St. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 10. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 858-454-5872 or visit 


Salk Institute’s second concert of the 2019-20 season will feature concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung at 4 p.m., Jan. 12, at the Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. After intermission, Joseph Noel, professor in the Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics Laboratory, will give a brief talk on his latest scientific discoveries at Salk. For more information and tickets, visit 


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present “Fusion: Classical Meets Jazz” in partnership with Camarada at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 17, in the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room at 1008 Wall St. This series of three concerts is based on a collaboration between Beth Ross Buckley, from Camarada, and Holly Hofmann, a prominent classical and jazz flutist in San Diego. Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information and the purchase, visit 


Senator Byron L. Dorgan will discuss his new book, “The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America,” at 2 p.m., Jan. 18, at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Through the story of Tamara, an abused Native American child, North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan describes the plight of many children living on reservations — and offers hope for the future. He served as a U.S. congressman and senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring in January 2011. For more information, visit 


Join the Sierra Club Seal Society for an illustrated talk about harbor seal and sea lion life patterns at 2 p.m., Jan. 18, at Mangelsen's Images of Nature Gallery, 7916 Girard Ave. After the talk, take a short walk to Casa Beach to possibly see a birth and or a nursing pup. Talks are bi-monthly through April 11. Free. Call 858-551-9553 for more information. 


St. James by-the-Sea’s Music Series2019-20 35th anniversary season continues with the Westminster Choir from Princeton, New Jersey, at 4 p.m., Jan. 19, at 743 Prospect St. The Westminster Choir will appear in a concert titled “Appear and Inspire: 100 Years of Singing.” Tickets are $30 and are available online at

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