Calendar: Jan. 1 – 14

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Old Harbor Distilling grand opening
Friday, Jan. 1

The celebration for Old Harbor’s grand opening will take place at SILO at Makers Quarter (753 15th St., East Village) and the nearly finished Old Harbor Sunset Bar (270 17th St., East Village). A free bus will be taking attendees between the two venues and there will be live music throughout the day by Wild Wild Wets, Diamond Lakes, Jimmy Ruelas, Sound Collage and more. Tickets include one drink ticket and proceeds go to David’s Harp Foundation — a nonprofit helping “to inspire, educate and empower ‘at-risk’ and homeless youth to achieve academic success through music education, sound engineering and multimedia production.” The party takes place from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Visit for more information and tickets.

‘Whales 3D’
Monday, Jan. 4

This documentary by Jean-Michel Cousteau will be shown at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park) today through Sept. 6. The film explores everything from the coral reefs of the Bahamas to the exotic Kingdom of Tonga. The awesome film gives viewers an up-close view of humpback females with their newborn calves, singing humpback males and more. Narrated by Daryl Hannah. Admission to “Whales 3D” is included with admission to the museum. Visit for tickets and show times.

Book clubs at Mission Hills Branch Library
Wednesday, Jan. 6 and Thursday, Jan. 7

The “Famous Book” club will meet on Jan. 6 from 3 – 4 p.m. to discuss “Absalom, Absalom” by William Faulkner. The Mission Hills book club will meet on Jan. 7 from 10 – 11 a.m. to discuss “Notes from the Underground” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. New members are welcome to attend and participate in either or both of these clubs. Please read the book beforehand. Note: books are available at the library’s circulation desk while supplies last. The Mission Hills Library is located at 925 W. Washington St. Visit them online at

Live music: Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah, Jimmy Ruelas and Mario Esteban and the Blessed Hellhounds
Thursday, Jan. 7

Hillcrest music venue The Merrow (1271 University Ave.) will host a trio of psychedelic rock acts for this rousing show. San Francisco-based band Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah is comprised of Midwest and Southern transplants that craft roots-based music. Their sound blends classic styles akin to The Band along with drawing contemporary comparisons like The Black Crowes and Heartless Bastards. Local musician Jimmy Ruelas is also woven into the psychedelic tapestry with his intoxicating vocal prowess that channels Marc Bolan and David Bowie. Rounding things out will be Mario Esteban and the Blessed Hellhounds a self-described “modern rock band with blues and classic rock influences.” Tickets for this rockin’ night are only $5. Head to for tickets.

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Sunday, Jan. 10

The second Sunday of every month the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park) opens early for adults and children on the autism spectrum (ASD) and their families, friends and caregivers. The program is designed to give members of the ASD community the chance to explore the museum in a quiet, less-crowded environment. “Ocean Oasis” will be shown in the theater at a lower volume and with higher light levels. There will also be a “quiet room” from 9 a.m. – noon if visitors need a space to decompress or desensitize. Attendees will also receive a special gift from the museum. Visit for more information, an online RSVP form and tickets.


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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


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.

North Park Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., weekly meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3725 30th St., North Park. 8469.

Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free.

Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest.  


Curbside Bites: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest.

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.

North Park Farmers Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd Street and University Avenue, North Park, free.

Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 7 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.

Liberty Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Community Care Center, 328 Maple St., Bankers Hill.

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.

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.


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. and

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free.

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


Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Also held on Sundays.

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free.

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.

Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free.


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

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free.

Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest.  

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