• Benny Lewis, Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m., to present his latest book, Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. Lewis, named a 2013 "Traveler of the Year" by National Geographic's Traveler magazine, is a polyglot with average natural aptitude and has created a must-read for anyone wanting to learn another language.
WEDNESDAY, July 2
• Richard Torregrossa, Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m., to present his latest book, Terminal Life. Well known for nonfiction writing, Torregrossa debuts his The Suited Hero trilogy with this action-filled series opener.
THURSDAY, July 3
• Shore Thing, MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., 5-8 p.m. The museum is offering extended summer hours in La Jolla, staying open until 8 p.m. every Thursday evening through August 29. Visitors can tour the galleries, enjoy cocktails with friends on the oceanfront terrace (cash bar available) and picnic in the Edwards Sculpture Garden. Call (858) 454-3541 or visit www.mcasd.org.
FRIDAY, July 4 Independence Day.
• Fourth of July Cove Fireworks, La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., 9 p.m., annual fireworks display lasting 30 minutes, free, www.lajollafireworks.org.
SATURDAY, July 5
• Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, live performance by Robin Henkel, 5627 La Jolla Blvd., 10 a.m.-noon. Local art adorns the walls; on Saturday mornings, there’s live music. Sunday is open mic day from 10 a.m. till noon. There’s free wifi and a little walled area with benches for kids to play in. Call (858) 551-1707 or visit www.birdrockcoffee.com
SUNDAY, July 6
• The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival, with pianist Gustavo Romero, 1008 Wall St., 4 p.m. The 2014 Athenaeum Summer Festival celebrates its 16th year. Romero returns for a four-part concert series celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven. Call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org
MONDAY, July 7
• Sushi Mondays in Torrey Pints Bar & Restaurant, Whole Foods Market, 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Full-service dining concept right in the store offers 32 craft beers and sushi specials on Monday nights. (858) 642-6700 or visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
TUESDAY, July 8
• La Jolla Playhouse, “The Orphan of Zhao,” Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, 7:30 p.m., tickets $15-$57. New adaptation by James Fenton, directed by Carey Perloff. Often described as the Chinese “Hamlet,” this was the first Chinese play to be translated in the West and has inspired countless operas, plays and movies. Call (858) 550-1010 or visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.
WEDNESDAY, July 9
• Lynn Sherr, Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave., 7:30 p.m. Sherr will discuss and sign “Sally Ride - America’s First Woman In Space.” Reserved seating is available. Call the book department at (858) 454-0347.
THURSDAY, July 10
• Qi Gong, La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave., 9:30 a.m. Exercise designed to recharge the body and mind, a simple preventive method of relaxing and harmonizing the body, suitable for any age and health condition. www.sandiegolibrary.org.
FRIDAY, July 11
• Martin Lawrence Galleries, artist reception, Kerry Hallam, 6-9 p.m., 1111 Prospect St. Martin Lawrence is proud to host British artist Kerry Hallam; be the first to acquire his charming new works. RSVP to (858) 551-1122.
SATURDAY, July 12
• Beaumont’s, live music, 5662 La Jolla Blvd., 9 p.m. Jones Revival plays classic rock covers. 21 and up. Free. Call (858) 459-0474 or visit www.beaumontseatery.com.
SUNDAY, July 13
• Women’s Empowerment International Celebration, UCSD Great Hall at North Torrey Pines Road and Pangea Drive, 2-4 p.m. Event includes presentations by San Diego women who are leaving poverty behind. Guests will enjoy ethnic specialties prepared by caterers from Somalia, Ethiopia and Ghana who were assisted in developing their businesses by WE’s Star Center. There will also be Brazilian folk music by Nos de Chita, wine and light refreshments. Call (619) 333-0026 or visit www.womenempowerment.org.