Best Bets for the Break: A quick guide to online entertainment and virtual experiences

The La Jolla Light presents this ongoing series of online activities that you can do on your computer or tablet during your quarantine dilemma.

Lectures & learning

• The San Diego County’s Master Gardener Association presents “Learn, Plant, Grow!” Online starting at 9:00 am Saturday, March 20. The virtual seminar includes 13 presentations by well-known landscape architects, horticultural authors and horticultural experts on ways to grow beautiful gardens with little water, control pests and attract native bees and other pollinators. $ 35. Available through March 28th.

• Miracle Babies will present “Coping with Stress in Difficult Times” online on Sunday, March 21st at 5:00 pm. The psychologist and Holocaust survivor Edith Eger will speak, followed by a question and answer session. $ 40.

• The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute presents “COVID-19: The Way Forward” online on Tuesday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm. A group of experts will discuss the research results of the past year as well as current updates and strategies for the future, followed by a question and answer session. Free. Register at

• UC San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University will present the 35th annual Kyoto Prize Symposium online from March 24-25, with presentations from award winners from the fields of technology, science, and the arts and humanities. This year’s winners are Ariane Mnouchkine, founder and director of the Theater du Soleil; James Gunn, Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics at Princeton University; and Ching Tang from Hong Kong University and Professor Emeritus from the University of Rochester. Registration and participation are free.

The La Jolla Community Center will be showcasing Pandemic Puppies online with Jamie Bozzi on Wednesday March 24th.


• The La Jolla Community Center will be launching Pandemic Puppies online on Wednesday March 24th at 10am. Professional dog trainer and behavioral counselor Jamie Bozzi helps participants learn fun and easy training tips and socialization suggestions for puppy success.

• The San Diego League of Women Voters presents “Equal Justice for Some” online at 11:30 am on Wednesday, March 24th. Gloria Goodwin-Killian, an activist for women’s rights in prison and an advocate for the release of those wrongly accused, will speak. Free.

• The Scripps Front Row Lecture Series will continue online on Thursday, March 25th at 1:00 pm with “Cracking the Code of Chronic Inflammation”. Mark Sundrud will explain how his and his colleagues’ research can influence the development of safer and more targeted therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases. Free.

Family & children

• On Thursday, March 18th, at 3:30 pm, the nature collective will present “Virtual Connections: SoCal Sharks” online, covering sharks such as leopards, horns, swell and gray smooth dogs. High school environmentalists will run an online pet craft. Free.

• La Jolla Recreation Center is offering a virtual spring egg decorating class for children ages 5 to 10 on Wednesday March 24th at 4:30 pm. The staff lead the participants to decorate eggs. All supplies are provided prior to the class. Free. Register by March 19th at (enter the code 87339).


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Art and culture

• The San Diego Storytellers will be hosting their 10th Annual Storytelling Festival online starting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 18, with a livestream show from Celtic Stories. The festival lasts until Wednesday March 24th with workshops, presentations and other events.

• UC San Diego Music presents “Retrato de Mujer” online on Friday March 19th at 7pm. The concert by soprano Mariana Flores Bucio with pianist Kyle Adam Blair will feature music by Mexican composers Georgina Derbez, Gabriela Ortiz and Marcela Rodriguez.

• The San Diego City Ballet presents Rhapsody in Blue, which will air online through Sunday, March 21st. City Ballet-based choreographers Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoff Gonzalez will offer works in the traditions of ballet, both new and classic. $ 29 and more.

• The Lux Art Institute presents Art Exploration online on Monday, March 22nd at 4pm. The live event offers an interactive exploration of a work of art currently on view at the Lux Art Institute. Free.

• Warwick’s Bookstore will be featured by author Patti Callahan on Tuesday, March 23rd at 4pm on Facebook Live. At the event, which is part of the Couch Surfing Book Tour, Callahan will speak to Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke about their new book, Surviving Savannah. Free.

• The North Coast Repertory Theater presents “Trying” online starting Wednesday, March 24th. The piece, written by Joanna McClelland Glass and staged by David Ellenstein, shows two very different personalities who find it difficult to understand each other. $ 35- $ 54. Expires April 18th.

Vanguard Culture and the award-winning nominee for Poet Prize Winner Gill Sotu will present “The History of Joy” online from Thursday, March 25th.


• Vanguard Culture and the award-winning Poet Laureate nominee Gill Sotu present “The History of Joy” online from Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 pm. The four-part series of cinematic performances inspired by real-life stories of struggle, beauty and triumph begins with “Social Justice”. Future meetings will take place on June 24th, September 23rd and November 18th. $ 15 per event or $ 50 for the series.

Virtual galas & events

• The San Diego Automotive Museum is holding a raffle for the Jay Leno Garage Tour on Friday, May 14th until 7:30 pm. The raffle winner and a guest will have the opportunity to view Leno’s collection of more than 200 vehicles in his Big Dog Garage in Burbank, known as one of the largest auto collections in the world. The proceeds will go to the San Diego Automotive Museum. Donations start at $ 40.

What kind of entertainment and other activities have you found from a (social) distance? Email your leads to [email protected]

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