Through Tuesday, May 31
Restaurants throughout San Diego are participating in this annual campaign benefitting San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. The program provides weekend backpacks full of food on Friday afternoons for school children in need. Participating restaurants select one of their best-selling items and donate $1 each time that dish is ordered throughout the month. Uptown restaurants participating (and their dishes) include: 100 Wine Kitchen (Melted Brie), The Patio on Goldfinch (Ahi Poke Tacos), URBN Coal Fired Pizza (Chef’s weekly pie) and more. Visit sandiegofoodbank.org/dollar for a full list of restaurants.
Trolley tour of Kensington
Saturday, May 7
An old-fashioned trolley will take ticket-holders on tours of historic Kensington at 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. The tours will include fascinating facts about the neighborhood. Refreshments will be served after the tour. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at the Kensington Community Church office (4773 Marlborough Drive) or at Ken Video (4067 Adams Ave.).
Toastmasters open house
Tuesday, May 10
Mission Valley Persuasive Speakers Club open house will showcase how the Toastmasters program can help people become confident public speakers. Someone will win a free Toastmasters Membership at this event. The free event (4444 Zion Ave. in Grantville) will start with a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. followed by the open house/meeting from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Call Josh or Tom at 619-284-8444 with any questions.
The Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th (4434 30th St., North Park) will open its summer art exhibit with a reception from 6 – 8 p.m. The participating artists will be hanging a show that features yellow as the prominent color in honor of the warm season to come. Art on 30th is a full-service art center with private artist’s studios; and art instruction in various disciplines through classes and work
‘Anti Racism and Facing White Privilege’
Tuesday, May 17
This talk is part of a series presented by Partnership for Racial Justice. The event will start with light snacks at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Community Church UCC (4773 Marlborough Drive, Kensington). The speaker and small group discussion will cover the questions: “What is ‘white privilege?'”, “Do you have it?” and “Can you use it to fight racism?” Visit bit.ly/1W6Rgat.
San Diego Council for Literacy will host this special event at Liberty Station (2641 Truxton Road) from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The event will feature local restaurants, breweries and more sharing their cuisine and beverages. Attendees who bring books to donate for children will receive a raffle ticket; those who buy a book at the event will also receive a raffle ticket. All donated books will be given to families in need of them. Tickets are $95 and include beverage and food tastings. Visit literacysandiego.
‘Science Fiction, Science Future’
Saturday, May 21 – Monday, Sept. 5
This traveling exhibition opens today at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) in the main exhibit gallery. The exhibit brings to life innovations and inventions once considered only science fiction, but now are becoming reality. Visitors will have an interactive experience with robots, holograms, invisibility and more. “Science Fiction, Science Future” was created by the Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. Visit rhfleet.org.
Mission Hills community garage sale
Saturday, May 21
This large community garage sale will take place from 8 a.m. – noon with stops throughout Mission Hills. A map and addresses of participating homes are available at Coldwell Banker (1621 W. Lewis St.). Call 619-800-1103.
Canyoneers guided nature walks: These free walks are part of a countywide program by the San Diego Natural History Museum through June 26, 2016. A map and schedule of walks can be found online at sdnhm.org.
Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.
North Park Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., weekly meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3725 30th St., North Park. 8469. toastmastersclubs.org.
Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free. Lestats.com.
Unsung Genius: 6:30 p.m., bi-weekly trivia hosted by Rafael Gaitan starting at 7 p.m.; $2 to play; cash, bar tab and other prizes. Karaoke to follow at 9 p.m. on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Themerrow.com.
Curbside Bites: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. Curbsidebites.com.
Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. Sdfoodtrucks.com.
Uptown Democratic Club: 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center hosts these meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. New members wanted. 1220 Vermont Ave., Hillcrest. Uptowndemocrats.org.
Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 9:30 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.
North Park Brewer’s Club: 8:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the club every second Tuesday of the month on the back patio at Thorn Street Brewery, 3176 Thorn St., North Park. Thornstreetbrew.com.
Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest, love offering requested. Universalspiritcenter.org.
Storytelling: 7 – 8:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month featuring members of Storytellers of San Diego at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, Suggested $5 donation. Ages 12 and up. Storytellersofsandiego.org.
Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest. Sdurotary.org.
Gentle yoga for seniors: 2:30 – 4 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free. Thecentersd.org.
North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd Street and University Avenue, North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket.com.
Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 6:30 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy) 7 – 10 p.m. Family-friendly event at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Rebeccascoffeehouse.com.
Liberty Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Community Care Center, 328 Maple St., Bankers Hill. Libertytoastmasters.org.
2016 San Diego Film Series: 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday view a film representative of Italian cinema at the Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com.
Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, donation requested. Pilgrimageyoga.com.
Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., classic movie screenings at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Additional showings Friday – Sunday. Tickets start at $15. Topspresents.com.
Memory Café: 10 – 11 a.m., second and fourth Fridays. Gathering place for those with memory loss, caretakers and those worried about memory problems in the Common Room at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St., Hillcrest. At-will donation. Memoryguides.org and Firstuusandiego.org.
Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.
Square Dancing Classes: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., every Friday. No previous dance experience needed. Recital Hall, 2130 Pan American Plaza. $50 for 13 classes. 858-277-7499 or circulators.sdsda.org.
Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Also held on Sundays. Oldtownsaturdaymarket.com.
Golden Hill Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free. Sdmarketmanager.com.
Tai Chi Qigong: 10 a.m., all skill levels welcome in Balboa Park, Upas Street and Sixth Avenue, free. Call Chris at 619-504-1557.
Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Library92103.org.
Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free. Comedyheights.com.
Free Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., every second Sunday this neighborhood breakfast precedes worship service and Sunday school at Normal Heights United Methodist Church, 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights. Email email@example.com.
ASD Mornings: 9 a.m. – noon, every second Sunday members of the autism spectrum community are given chance to explore the museum in a quiet, less-crowded environment at the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. bit.ly/1TjvYkQ
Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. Hillcrestfarmersmarket.com.
Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest. Themerrow.com.
To view local community organization meeting information online, visit: sduptownnews.com/community-organization-meetings.
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