Around Town

Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony

As a solo artist and as frontman for Ben Folds Five, singer-songwriter-pianist-raconteur Ben Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. One of pop and rock’s great piano-playing showmen, Ben’s sound and sensibility – an eclectic mix of rock power, jazz chops, and wry observational songwriting – evokes the essence of classic pop while adding an idiosyncratic infusion of energy and wit.

As multi-platinum selling artist, Folds is responsible for popular indie rock tunes as such as “Brick,” “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Underground,” and “The Battle of Who Could Care Less.” The San Diego Symphony returns to the Center to accompany the bespectacled songsmith who will showcase his brand new piano concerto in addition to performing selections from his catalog.

Ben’s appearances sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets now. Visit ArtCenter.org for more info

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, will run February 4-14, 2016.

This year the festival will showcase a total of 60 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. The mission of the Film Festival is to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people to attendees of the community at large. Festival programs aim to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives. Visit Sdjff.org for more info

Local Water Usage Restrictions

Not long ago Governor Jerry Brown declared an emergency draught. The state Water Resources Control Board mandated that state water districts reduce water use by a certain amount. San Diego County is has expended great resources implementing new water supplies due to the state’s mandate. San Diego County has built desalination plants in Carlsbad and used water transfers from Imperial County. San Diego County is clamoring for more credit for the expenses used towards water conservation. But it’s not just officials that are suffering the consequences from the state’s water conservation mandate, but local residents as well. Local residents face penalties for using more than their “fair share,” of water per month. San Diego County already has 99% of the water it needs for the coming year. So why penalize our county when our county is ahead of the curb and doing its part?

Plastic Bag Ban in Del Mar

Del Mar council members are moving forward with a proposal that will prevent distribution of disposable plastic bags in the community. The proposal was submitted by the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board. It is well documented that disposable plastic bags are unhealthy for the environment, and subsequently, for our city. Think of our majestic beaches. Think of the Pacific Ocean, which seemingly welcomes us as family. Think of local wildlife we share this community with. Our City Council will consider the proposal on February 15. If the proposal is agreed to, the ordinance will require residents to supply their own shopping bags, or there’s an option to pay 10 cents per paper bag. Stores will have a six-month “grace period” to cease use of disposable plastic bags; meanwhile restaurants and the Del Mar Farmer’s Market will have a one year “grace period.” If our readers are interested in learning more visit DelMar.Ca.Us for more info

Junk Bonanza Vintage Market at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Junk Bonanza is the place for antique collectors, flea market lovers and for folks who love to hunt for classic treasures!

For the first time on the west coast, purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds will beautiful antiques, artisan-repurposed goods and handcrafted items and will experience the best-of shopping within this treasure trove of items predominantly 40 years and older especially selected from hand-picked vendors. JunkBonanza.com 

Sweet Temptations Event

Enjoy a decadent Sweet Temptations Adventure with famed food blogger Sally McKenney as she discusses her new book, Sally’s Candy Addiction. In this latest book, with over 75 new recipes, Sally ensures her sugary temptations will give you that sweet tooth fix. Your Adventure includes a decadent tasting of toffee with unexpected flavors, such as, peanut butter, sea salt, & smoked almond, a fleet of expertly paired wines, a book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate and fun setting. Hello, my name is Sally and I am a baking addict.” So says famed food blogger and cookbook author Sally McKenney, who makes it her life mission to let her creative juices flow in the kitchen. After college, Sally took to baking to help her figure out the next stage of her life. It wasn’t long before she realized baking was her passion, so in 2013, she made her baking blog a full-time job and new career. The event will be held February 16 at the Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro.

Felt Hat Blocking – Two Day WorkShop

Jill Courtemanche Millinery is offering a two-day Felt Blocking workshop on Saturday Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this workshop taught by Jill Courtemanche herself, students will learn the technique of hat blocking, including: manipulating the felt on wooden hat blocks, wiring the brim, finishing hats to the appropriate size, and basic trimming techniques. This class is designed for more advanced sewers, and students who have taken Jill’s intro class. All materials to block and trim one hat are included in the price. Class size is limited to six and reservations are required. For more information or to register, visit JillCourtemanche.com or call 858-876-6353. Private group classes are also available at your convenience for groups of 4 or more.

San Dieguito Half Marathon 
& 5k Run/Walk

The event starts and ends at San Dieguito County Park. Featured is a scenic course through Rancho Santa Fe. “This is one of the most beautiful and scenic courses you’ll ever run.” Also featured is a great beer garden sponsored by Stone and Ballast Point. The event sponsors the San Diego County Parks Society. Active.com 

Classic Melodies in Balboa Park

Every weekend from August 29, 2015 until May 29 2016, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s ensembles will fill Casa del Prado with beautiful classical music. Visitors are invited to observe these rehearsals share the musical journey of our student musicians (ages 8-25). This is a wonderful treat to enhance any visit to Balboa Park. All rehearsals for the large ensembles are held in the Casa del Prado Building, in Balboa Park (1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101). Visit us on Saturdays from 8:30am to 7:15pm or Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. For repertoire and times of each ensembles’ rehearsals, visit Sdys.org/ClassicalMelodies.

The Mardis Gra Run/Walk 2016

Celebrate in style and flare as you dash along our festive course all the way to the FINISH LINE!  It’s a parade for all to enjoy, so come dressed in you colorful costumes and masks, and have a ball! When you cruise across the finish line and get ready to celebrate your success in the Mardi Gras Finisher’s Village, you’ll enjoy a post-event celebration where runners can enjoy  a bit of New Orleans Cuisine. Delicious bites direct form Louisiana prepared by New Orleans Cuisine & Catering for an additional fee!  Active.com 

Paws for Pink San Diego 2016

There’s a lotta love in February! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ALL the ones you love (both 4-legged and 2-legged) this Valentine’s Day Weekend! Partial proceeds from Paws FUR Pink benefit the San Diego affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event takes place February 21 at Liberty Station. Active.com

Balboa Park – Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Balboa Park into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. This event occurs daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Sign up online at UrbanAdventureQuest.com.