5 Things to do in La Jolla this Weekend: May 20 – 21

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There’s always something happening in exciting La Jolla for people of all ages! Get out and have a great time this weekend at these five appealing places/events.

La Jolla Library events

Friday through Sunday

If you’re thinking libraries are boring, you couldn’t be more wrong, especially this weekend at the La Jolla Library. Located at 7555 Draper Avenue, the library has several fun events for kids and adults alike. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Big Science for Little People: Inspect Inspectors promises to enthrall the kiddos. Take your children to discover remarkable variations of insects and be educated about food chains in this hour long program dedicated to the amazing insect world. On Saturday at noon, for those 18 and older, the library will host a writing workshop. Writers of any level will delight in experimenting with writing prompts to create unique experiences with their words. Led by published author Heather Fowler, this hour long workshop helps writers sharpen their skills and interact with other like-minded people. Finally, on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library features CSI: La Jolla. This intriguing workshop teaches those 12 and above the powerful molecular techniques for solving crimes with DNA and fingerprint analysis, chromatography, and other exhilarating scientific methods. All events are absolutely free!

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An exclusive opportunity presents itself this weekend sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Those who are fond of gardens are free to roam through the garden gates and private courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most exclusive secret gardens. This élite tour is the single principal fundraiser of the year for the La Jolla Historical Society. Proceeds assist in supporting assorted programs for both La Jolla residents and visitors. The Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage is open to the public throughout the day with an assortment of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts.

This is a self-guided tour that begins with a check-in at Wisteria Cottage. Once there, garden lovers will get a program booklet with all the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour, and a wristband which is a must have to gain entrance. Best of all, you can take a look at the map and visit any garden in any order to your heart’s content. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street. Cost is $50.

Bite San Diego: La Jolla Walking Tour

Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Looking to get your munch on this weekend? The La Jolla Walking Tour is an awesome place to spend 4 to 5 hours discovering La Jolla’s food establishments. The tour originates in the very center of La Jolla Cove, conceivably one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods for getting your eat on.

As you start your journey on the fringes of the cove, you’ll listen to your guide enlighten you, your friends, and loved ones about the extensive history of the Spanish settlers dating back to the early 1900s. Your tour guide will also relate the history behind the Scripps family, and you’ll personally see where Ellen Browning Scripps once resided in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.

La Jolla yet remains one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the US and is one of the most popular areas in all of San Diego. Stops along the tour consist of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Ohana Cafe, The Public House, We Olive, Jonty Jacobs, Prospect Bar, and Beaming. Tickets are a mere $47. For additional information, kindly call 619-634-8476.

Philanthropic Hobnob

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are a fan of great theater, why not mix it up with New Fortune Theatre artists and friends for a fantastic charity evening? Scrumptious catering will be sponsored by The French Gourmet. Patrons will delight in La Jolla’s scenic ocean view, open bar, and live musical entertainment, all for a great cause. The Hobnob is an annual fundraising event for New Fortune Theatre. New Fortune is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit organization enthusiastically devoted to presenting “Great Plays, Rarely Done.” All proceeds, yes, 100% of Hobnob ticket sales as well as additional donations will create an elegant and moreover relevant production, to be announced at the Hobnob this October 2017 at the Lyceum Space.

And just for a tease, this Nobel Prize-winning script relates an actual true and prominent story, which stimulates captivating thoughts as they concern contemporary matters. Located at 9530 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, tickets range from $65 to $85 for an exciting event you won’t dare want to miss.

La Jolla Playhouse

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Round out your weekend at the La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, for Native Voices at the Autry. This program is returning for its second year as resident theatre company through the 2017/2018 season. Led by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program purposes to inspire the imaginative advancement of up and coming performing arts organizations, all the while advancing and contributing to the San Diego and Southern California theatre scene as a whole.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company wholly dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.

Visitors will experience staged readings of new works that examine inquiries of cohesion and community, spirituality and culture, environment and financial attainment, and the repeatedly antagonistic relationships that transpire. An audience talkback follows each reading. Admission is entirely free but space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

Spotlight Feature on Piatti Ristorante & Bar

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Piatti Ristorante & Bar continues to be a trendy Italian restaurant in the beautiful seaside community of La Jolla for locals and visitors alike. Piatti Ristorante is conveniently located in La Jolla Shores and offers an earnest and appealing ambiance to go along with the family-friendly service numerous San Diego patrons have come to appreciate. The renowned traditional Italian Trattoria is mere blocks from the scenic and ever inviting beaches of La Jolla shores in beautiful La Jolla. Piatti Ristorante offers dining on their patio as well as a complete bar to go along with its palatable Italian cuisine, always delightfully prepared by executive chef Pepe Ccapatinta and served by friendly staff on a daily basis for both lunch and dinner.

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Piatti showcases Italian-inspired, seasonally-dictated cuisine with an emphasis on local farms and producers. Their rationale is relatively simple: merge rural, appetizing food with unpretentious, down-to-earth design, a harmonious and an attention-grabbing wine list (many of which are served via their novel barrel-to-table program), and an all-inclusive assortment of craft beers and exclusive, artisan cocktails.

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More than a fantastic setting to bring friends and family together for a great time, Piatti is additionally the perfect venue for hosting private occasions. Whether you’re looking to have a holiday themed party, memorable anniversary or birthday celebration, shower or other festivity, Piatti has a number of menus at various prices. Their enthusiastic special events managers exert every effort to work together with you to tailor your special event based on your distinctive needs to make certain you and your friends or loved ones have a memorable experience.

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There are more ways Piatti endeavors to please its patrons. For dog aficionados, Piatti’s La Jolla allows dog owners to dine with their pets in the outside patio area. Finally, Piatti La Jolla offers full-service off-site catering for those who seek to hold an event at the venue of their choice, be it their home or other location. Piatti La Jolla provides the same outstanding excellence and service that people have come to expect from Piatti. Reservations are available by calling 858-454-1589.

The Best Mother’s Day Activities this Weekend

Mother’s Day is that extra special time of the year to show your appreciation for the women that have profoundly touched your heart and affected your life in a positive way. Why not give her a treat, pamper her, and choose from several things she can enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend?

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Mother’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise

6 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
Here’s a treat sure to thrill your sweetheart this Mother’s Day weekend. Take mom on a scenic three-hour yacht cruise of the San Diego Bay! The cruise price consists of a private table, a special three course seated dinner, ongoing entertainment by a DJ, and, finally, an absolutely spectacular sunset view of lovely downtown San Diego and the bay. Tickets begin at $79.

Mother’s Day Brunch San Diego Zoo Safari Park

10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The weather looks spectacular this weekend and what better day to take mom to enjoy something different for a change? The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is having a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday May 14. The special brunch and all day pass for adult non-members is $98.95, $46.95 for members. If you’re bring the kiddos along, non-member prices are $60.95 and $18.95 for members.

La Valencia Mother’s Day Brunch

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s a perfect way to pamper that exceptional mom with all you can drink mimosas and a memorable champagne brunch in La Jolla. The Mother’s Day brunch at THE MED Ocean View Restaurant features live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in addition to an extravagant Mother’s Day menu. Breakfast classics, savory small bites, and tasty treats are but a small token to demonstrate your appreciation for that extraordinary mom in your life. Reservations are suggested at (858) 454-0771.

Ragtime: j Company Youth Theatre

7:45 p.m. David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla

After a day of treating mom to an awesome brunch in La Jolla, why not plan on wrapping up the special day by treating her to the J Company theatre production of Ragtime, an emotional performance that captures the essence of the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Located at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, non-member tickets are $19.

Mother’s Day Helicopter Tour

Corporate Helicopters, San Diego

Give mom an exciting and memorable Mother’s Day gift this year – a helicopter tour of the stunning San Diego coastline! Her heart will soar as an experienced pilot provides a breathtaking view from above of magnificent Torrey Pines, Crystal Pier, Tourmaline Beach, La Jolla Cove and Mission Bay. The approximately 18-minute exhilarating tour is reasonably priced at $199 for up to 3 passengers.

Wine & Dine Mom this Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother’s Day is the time to honor our mothers and grandmothers. Be sure to treat your mom this Sunday and check out these fantastic places to spend time with the special woman in your life this Mother’s Day in La Jolla.

Marine Room

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Conveniently positioned in La Jolla at one of the more picturesque seaside locales in the entire world, people from all over San Diego and even from around the world have revered and honored the tradition of elegant dining at The Marine Room for well over 70 years. The La Jolla, San Diego landmark, is certainly one and the same one may equate with fine dining and a sophisticated environment. While the Pacific Ocean waves rush against the floor-length windows, patrons are coddled with definitive, award-winning cuisine by executive chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The experience is certainly one the special woman in your life will long remember. Where indeed but the The Marine Room located in pleasant La Jolla Shores might a mother be pampered and feel like the queen she is? This Mother’s Day be sure to enjoy such entrees as Alaskan Halibut, Shetland Island Salmon, Maine Lobster Tail, Lemon Thyme Roasted Mary’s Farm Chicken and more. Kindly remember that we do not permit beach or active wear in the dining room (including t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.).The Marine Room is the definitive favored locale for an exquisite dining experience among San Diego visitors and residents alike, a place where each and every meal is truly an extraordinary time for mothers to celebrate and reminiscence years and years later.

Shores Restaurant

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For those seeking one of the better places to celebrate a delightful Sunday brunch for your special mother or wife, the Shores Restaurant is a fine choice to make. Aside from its remarkable Pacific Ocean view, patrons can hardly make a better choice than to make merriment at the Shores Restaurant. Fittingly situated smack right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. And Mother’s Day is no different! This Sunday Chef Percy Oani will be serving up a specialty menu in honor of Mother’s Day with such exquisite main courses as Madras Curry Spiced Orange Roughy, Charbroiled Hawaiian Swordfish, Lobster Raviolis, Natural Chicken Piccata, Angus Prime Rib of Beef and Five Spice Molasses Glazed Bone-In Ham. Rounding out just some of the desserts will be Amaretto Tiramisu, Coconut Caramel Cheesecake, Sea Salt Caramel Brownies and more! That special lady in your life will love and remember the day she brunched at The Shores Restaurant. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $58 per person, $29 for children 6 to 12 years of age, and a paltry $4 for kids aged 5 and under.

Brockton Villa 

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If you’ve never been to La Jolla or Brockton Villa, you’ve surely been missing out on a fantastic treat. Brockton Villa Restaurant is pleasantly situated in but one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. The seaside location offers diners a striking and otherwise spectacular view overlooking La Jolla Cove. The notable dining establishment has a superb menu in store for those special women in your life this year. Main brunch menu choices by Chef Mareyja Sisbarro include Lobster and Crab Omelettes, Honey Glazed Ham Benedict, the ever popular Spring Vegetable Steamer, Bananas Foster Pancakes, and a Breakfast Croissant Sandwich. Make your reservations now and prepare to see the glow on that special mother’s face as she is treated like the veritable queen she is.

Nine-Ten

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NINE-TEN’s continuing pledge for fine innovative cuisine continues this May 14th for Mother’s Day. Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will be preparing a special Mother’s Day a la carte brunch menu for those loving mothers who deserve the finest in Sunday brunches. This year the chefs team up with a spectacular menu that features a must have Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, Lemon ricotta pancakes, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict and Short Rib Hash. The ever acclaimed Sunday brunch pastry bar will please the palate with house-made croissants, various pastries and breakfast breads. The intimate and ever-friendly restaurant offers mothers and grandmothers a picture-perfect mixture of sophistication and casual stylishness. NINE-TEN is conveniently located along Prospect Street in La Jolla. Perfectly matched wines are ever available from the impressive wine cellar. Clients are able to take advantage of either indoor dining, al fresco on the sidewalk patio, or relax and enjoy their favorite meals in ocean-view terrace seating. Reservations for this special Mother’s Day brunch are highly recommended and may be made by calling (858) 964-5400.

George’s at The Cove

Snuggled among the fantastic shops and galleries in La Jolla Village, and overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean coastline, George’s at the Cove provides the perfect ambiance to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. Treat your loved one to this spectacular entrée menu including a Baja Shrimp Omelet, Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, Baja Striped Bass, Smoked Jidori Chicken, Chilaquiles, and an absolutely sumptuous Prime Short Rib Hash. Of course, mouth-watering appetizers and sides are always available. Brunch begins promptly at 10 a.m. downstairs at California Modern. Reservations are suggested.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? May 6th – 7th

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If you’re a San Diegan, you already know there’s a gazillion things to do in the city. Picking one out of many can make for a difficult choice. Maybe you’re visiting our wonderful city and are looking for something to do. Either way, here’s some great events to consider this Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego: Cinco de Mayo Edition
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Mexican craft beers will be pouring repeatedly at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the downtown San Diego Hard Rock Hotel. Participants of the annual extravaganza have an opportunity to delight in sampling in excess of 50 brewski’s! Meanwhile, patrons are free to peep out there separate areas to party down in: the “Woodstock Deck”, highlighting live music from Latin-inspired cover bands, the ever popular kicked back pool area, and “Float” featuring high-energy goings on! Once you get that urge to munch out, superb varieties of tacos replete with the works will be on hand. Tickets begin at $35 and $50 per person.
San Diego Padres v. Los Angeles Dodgers
7:10 p.m. at Petco Park
A three-game series begins this weekend at lovely Petco Park between the hometown Padres and their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friday’s game begins at 7:10 p.m., Saturday’s game sees the first pitch hurled at 5:40 p.m., and the series wraps up on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. This is Nurse Appreciation Week so get out and show your support for the home team. Tickets begin at $18.

Cinco DEL Mayo
All day through May 8 at the fantastic Hotel del Coronado
Affectionately named and quite creative, the “Cinco DEL Mayo” weekend will see patrons relishing in adult beverages and foot-tapping tunes. Of course, all the fine food and good times come with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mexico to the south.

MiraCosta College’s 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MiraCosta College Parking Lot 1A
The MiraCosta College Automotive Technology Program will hold its 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on its delightful campus located at Parking Lot 1A (1 Barnard Dr. in Oceanside). The eye-opening event is always free for spectators. Patrons can expect to feast their eyes on exciting cars, live music, awards, a drawing, and a heart-pounding go-cart competition.

Car daddies (and mommies, too!) may display their vehicles for $20 a pop on the day of the event. This isn’t only about cars, however! Any car or motorcycle may be exhibited and there is never any undue restrictions when it comes to makes or models. Types of vehicles will feature those head spinning hot rods, classics from years past we wish we’d kept, tuners, trucks to drool over, customs rides and choppers, rat rods, plus original and restored cars (and works in still in the progress of restoration). As always, all proceeds from the exciting event will benefit our military, veterans and EOPS students at MiraCosta College.