WOMEN’S AUXILIARY GALA
The Seacrest Foundation’s 2020 Women’s Auxiliary Gala will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Cocktail reception, multi-course dinner, a live auction and fund-a-need, and entertainment and dancing by The Dancing Fire. For more information and tickets, visit seacrestfoundation.org.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIP BRUNCH
All are invited to join in UC San Diego’s 18th annual Black History Month Scholarship Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Price Center East Ballroom at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. The annual fundraiser will feature a keynote address by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an African American economist, author, commentator and businesswoman. The event will also include a silent auction, live music performance by The Wildside Band and a Southern-style soul food brunch. All proceeds from the silent auction support undergraduate scholarships, enabling ambitious and motivated students to realize their academic dreams at UC San Diego. General public tickets begin at $85. For tickets, visitblackhistorymonth.ucsd.edu.
The La Jolla Chapter of National League of Young Men will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 23, at La Jolla Elementary School, 7335 Girard Ave. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
WORLD BOOKMARK DAY
A new exhibit for the fourth-annual World Bookmark Day will be celebrated from noon-1:30 p.m., Feb. 25, at the UC San Diego Library in Geisel West, 1st Floor, 9500 Gilman Drive. Visitors can enjoy unique bookmarks of varying shapes and sizes. There will also be a DIY opportunity to make your own one-of-a-kind bookmark. For more information, visit library.ucsd.edu.
WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASS
The free Tuesday morning Watercolor Painting Class with Sharon Hinckley will once again meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. All levels welcome. You may enroll at any time. There is no charge for the class, coffee or parking. However, you do have to provide your own art supplies. For more information, visit lajollaart.com.
Aleck Karis will lead the Palimpsest Ensemble in a program honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mario Davidovsky at 7 p.m., Feb. 26, at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. In honor of Davidovsky, who passed away last August, Karis has chosen a program including: Flashbacks, Sefarad, Pennplay, and biblical songs, featuring Susan Narucki, soprano. The program will also highlight Milton Babbitt’s “Composition for 12 Instruments,” from which a new “palimpsest” composition with the same ensemble will be created by UC San Diego graduate composer Yi-hsien Chen. Cost is $15.50 for GA, $10.50 for UCSD faculty, staff and alumni, and free to all UCSD students. To purchase, visit music.ucsd.edu/concerts.
South Korea’s Black String will perform at 8 p.m., Feb. 26, at Price Center East Ballroom at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. Creating a unique musical language that embraces traditional Korean music, American jazz, chanting, and improvisation, the ensemble captivates audiences’ senses with amplified bursts of the geomungo and Korean bamboo flutes, the fierce quake of Korean traditional percussion, and unpredictable jazz guitar melodies. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by visiting ucsdboxoffice.com.
Grammy-nominated and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz award-winning drummer, bandleader, and vocalist Jamison Ross will perform at 8 p.m., Feb. 27, at The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. One of the hottest young names in music, singer and drummer Ross’ music shimmers between jazz, R&B, soul, gospel and blues. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased by visiting ucsdboxoffice.com.
‘EMILY DRIVER’S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE’
The annual POP Tour journeys through San Diego schools this winter, but it's making a pit stop Feb. 29 and March 1, with shows at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Created in partnership with National Disability Theatre, the show centers around 12-year-old Emily Driver, who uses her YouTube channel to celebrate landmark moments of activism. She is launched into a high-spirited, time-traveling quest across the country, where she meets trailblazing leaders from the past who have fought for equal rights. Performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets: $9 for children; $12 for adults. To purchase, visit lajollaplayhouse.org.
La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 1, in the church's Life Center Building, Room 3, 7715 Draper
Ave. Donors must present a photo ID, be age 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The blood bank recommends an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at 619-469-7322 or sandiegobloodbank.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
UC San Diego will host a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 2-4, on Library Walk at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
International fashion maven Dame Zandra Rhodes will be the first speaker in the 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series starting at 5 p.m., March 3, at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Dame Zandra Rhodes’ iconic designs and collections have been worn by Princess Lady Diana, Freddy Mercury, Barbra Streisand and others. Her talk at the center will focus on her work and contributions in San Diego including her work with the San Diego Opera.
With the exception of Rhodes, all events will be held on the second Tuesday of each month and will run from March through October 2020 and are usually free and open to the public. Events include a reception from 5-6 p.m. and a lecture and Q&A from 6-7 p.m. For the Zandra Rhodes event, the cost is $25, with advance registration required. To purchase, visit ljcommunitycenter.org.
SHAKEDOWN STRING BAND
Shakedown String Band will play a blend of Americana, soul, and bluegrass at 7:30 p.m., March 6, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. After the release of their San Diego Music Award-nominated debut album, “In the Key of OB,” the band hit the road with notable performances at Live at Lakeview and Lost Sierra Hoedown, and as battle-of-the-band winners at Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Festival. Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased at ljathenaeum.org/acoustics.
Gem Faire — America’s Premier Jewelry & Bead Show — returns on March 6-8 to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more. From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring-sizing service is available while you shop. Free door prize drawings are conducted every hour throughout the weekend.
Hours are Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission of $7 is valid for the entire weekend. For more information, visit gemfaire.com.
The 131st annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship will be held from March 6-8 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. For more information, visit LJBTC.com.