• Canvas Design & Wine with Dottie Stanley, 5 p.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., (858) 459-0831, www.rifordcenter.org, $40 members, $45 nonmembers
• “Dust to Dust,” 7:30 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., book signing with Bejamin Busch, (858) 454-0347, www.warwicks.com, free
• La Jolla Town Council SunSetter, 5 p.m., Finch’s Wine Bar & Bistro, 7644 Girard Ave., (858) 456-4995, www.lajollatowncouncil.org, $5 La Jolla Town Council members, $10 nonmembers, free for new members who sign up and pay at the event
• “Up&Coming Film Festival,” 8 p.m., The Loft, 9500 Gilman Drive, industry professional-selected student film screening event, (858) 534-8497, www.artpwr.com, free
• “Kosher Sex: The Path to Spiritual Intimacy,” 6 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 8660 Gilman Drive, happy hour and discussion led by Rabbi Avi Libman, (858) 362-1348, www.sdcjc.org, $12 JCC members, $15 nonmembers
FRIDAY, May 18
• “How to Protect Yourself from Financial Elder Abuse,” 10 a.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., (858) 459-0831, www.ljcommunitycenter.org, free
• “My Personal Panther” by Jerry Cesak, 7:30 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., author book-signing event, www.warwicks.com, (858) 454-0347, $16.95 for book and two seats
SATURDAY, May 19
• Howard Alden, 8 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, jazz concert with special guests trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and bassist Bob Magnusson, (858) 362-1348, www.sdcjc.org, $25-$28 members, $30-$33 nonmembers
• Beth King Estate exhibition and sale, 6:30 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., opening reception and silent auction, (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, free
• “Mozart & the Mind,” 6:30 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, “music-brain” fair, wine mixer and concert performance, (619) 239-0100, www.nsi.edu, free
• “I Suck at Girls,” 6:30 p.m., Point Loma High School gym, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd., Justin Halpern, author of “Sh*t My Dad Says,” reads and signs his latest offering, sponsored by Warwick’s, www.warwicks.com, (858) 454-0347, $16.99 for the book
SUNDAY, May 20
• An Afternoon of Jazz, 1 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, concert, music video showings, and a “musical petting zoo” with lecturer and performer Virginia Eskin, (858) 362-1348, www.sdcjc.org, $10 JCC members, $12 nonmembers, students free
• La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., La Jolla Elementary School, 1111 Marine St., (858) 454-1699, www.lajollamarket.com, free
• John Rutter celebration, 7 p.m., La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave., (858) 454-0713, www.ljpres.org, free
• Weekend with Locals: “16 Amazing Stories of Divine Intervention,” noon, Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., James Lambert signs his book, www.warwicks.com, (858) 454-0347, $15.99 for the book
MONDAY, May 21
• “Judaism in the 21st Century: Taking Jewish Wisdom Public,” 7 p.m., Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, (858) 362-1348, www.sdcjc.org, $14
• “Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts,” 1 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., Alice Medrich signs her latest, www.warwicks.com, (858) 454-0347, $25.95 for the book
TUESDAY, May 22
• Distinguished Speaker Series presents Scott Silverman, 5:30 p.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd, (858) 459-0831, www.ljcommunitycenter.org, suggested $5 donation
• “Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism,” 7:30 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., lecture by Victoria Martino and concert by the Musica Pro Arte Ensemble, (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, $19 members, $24 nonmembers
• San Diego Youth Symphony small ensembles concert, 7 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, (619) 233-3232, www.sdys.org, free
• Grunion run, 10:30 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, observe grunions as they ride the waves to La Jolla beaches to spawn, RSVP required, (858) 534-7336, aquarium.ucsd.edu, $10 members, $12 nonmembers, children ages 6-12 free with adult ticket
WEDNESDAY, May 23
• Children’s storytime, 3 p.m., Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., (858) 454-5872, www.ljathenaeum.org, free
• Education of the Modern Doctor: Marcus Welby vs. House, 7 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, (858) www.bronowskiforum.org, free
• “Prosper in Love,” 1 p.m., Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., book-signing event, www.warwicks.com, (858) 454-0347, $15 for the book
THURSDAY, May 24
• Vegetable Delight with Urs le Chef, 6 p.m., La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., cooking class, (858) 459-0831, www.ljcommunitycenter.org, $40 members, $45 nonmembers
• “Unmeasured Strength: A Journey of Survival & Resiliency,” 11 a.m., Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, luncheon and lecture by Lauren Manning, (858) 637-3231, www.jfssd.org, $55
“Cirque Wings,” a unique production of aerial and ground circus acts, dance, acrobatics and comedy, will take viewers on a journey exploring the history and passion to fly from ancient times to modern days on May 19 at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. Free for kids, the show features former Cirque du Soleil stars from shows like Dralion, O and Saltimbanco, as well as world-renowned performers. In addition, “Cirque Wings” is drawing on local talent, as well. La Jolla’s San Diego Rhythms, a school of rhythmic gymnastics, will delight audiences with breathtaking feats, superhuman strength and plenty of humor.
Founded by director Ivo Gueorguiev and his partner, Jill Hansen, the New York-based company The New Cirque began its 2011-12 tour of “Cirque Wings” in Santa Barbara after a season in Hawaii.
Adult ticket prices are $35 ($100 VIP). Children ages 3 to 12 admitted free with the purchase of one adult ticket in any price category. For tickets, call or visit the Balboa Theatre box office, 868 Fourth Ave., at (619) 570-1100 or www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Show times for the one-day performances are 2 and 6 p.m.
Every spring, the La Jolla Historical Society extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest, most secluded gardens for the annual Secret Garden Tour.
Featuring a variety of garden styles, past tours have showcased some of La Jolla’s large estate gardens, as well as intimate cottage-style, romantic Mediterranean, formal French and English gardens.The locations are kept secret and only revealed in the program distributed the day of the tour.
The gardens will again be enhanced with music performed by local musicians, tabletop displays by local designers and merchants, and by La Jolla artists in the process of capturing each garden’s unique beauty.
This year’s tour will take place on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $40 for society members, $50 for non-members. For tickets or more information, visit www.lajollahistory.org or call (858) 459-5335. Tickets are also being sold at Adelaide’s, Warwick’s, RED — Interior Design and Seaside Home.
La Jolla United Methodist Church will host concertmistress Cathy Blickenstaff and the La Jolla Symphony’s woodwind quintet on May 20 at 4 p.m. for a fun, kid-friendly concert as part of the church’s Family Concerts Series. The concert will kick off with an informative “show and tell” portion to peak children’s interests about the instruments, including the clarinet, flute or piccolo, bassoon, oboe and French horn. Performers will play recognizable songs from movies like “Star Wars” and video games like “Super Mario Brothers,” as well as a grand finale featuring a patriotic score just in time for Memorial Day.
Free childcare will also be available before or at any time during the concert.
The free concert will take place at La Jolla United Methodist Church, located at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. For more information, visit www.lajollaunitedmethodist.org or call (858) 454-7108.
Bikini-clad models at Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar will strut their stuff on May 23 for the restaurant’s 2nd annual “Bikini Ready Fashion Show” alongside the debut of the restaurant’s Skinny Summer Cocktail menu, featuring the Skinny Ginny, Svelte Strawberry Martini, Slim Mango Jalapeno Martini and Thin Thai Chili Margarita — each for only $4.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m., five Fashion Week San Diego designers will put on a fashion show showcasing the hottest summer trends in swimwear, motivating guests to ready themselves for beach season.
Guests can also enjoy guilt-free light bites throughout the evening on Roppongi’s renovated patio and burn some calories dancing to the beat of DJ Demon’s tunes.
Roppongi is located at 875 Prospect St. For more information, visit www.roppongiusa.com or call (858) 551-5252.