Friday, Jan. 24
‘Star Trek: Picard’ episode 1 screenings
Join us as we boldly go where no Comic-Con Museum has gone before. In collaboration with CBS All Access, the Comic-Con Museum will be screening the first episode of “Star Trek: Picard” on Jan. 24. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve a spot for yourself and one guest! 7 p.m. at 2131 Pan American Plaza. RSVP at bit.ly/2uXVxXL.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Australia Day Weekend at the Zoo
As part of San Diego Zoo Global’s ongoing effort to raise awareness of the crisis facing wildlife in Australia due to catastrophic fires, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are inviting guests to a weekend-long Australia Day Celebration event on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event marks the Australian national holiday and honors the international nonprofit conservation organization’s nearly 100-year relationship working collaboratively with Australian colleagues to help protect their wildlife. During the two-day Australia Day Celebration Presented by Koala Kare, guests at both the Zoo and Safari Park can enjoy special entertainment and activities, find out more about unique Australian species from wildlife care specialists and get an opportunity to help “adopt” a koala.
Strong Strong Women Opening Reception
The local arts collective “Strong Strong Women” presents its inaugural show, titled after the name of the group. Seven Female Artists – six photographers and one painter, all actively exhibiting, met each other at local art events and formed an organic bond fueled by a respect for each other’s work and a dedication to the arts. The collective meets regularly to support individual visions as they prepare for exhibitions, conferences, projects and reviews. While the works will be on view until March 28, the opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Frame Maker, 3102 Reynard Way.
Join the second annual Australia Day in San Diego at Liberty Station and North Park. Australia Day 2020 is organized by the San Diego-Perth Sister City Society in association with the San Diego Lions Australian Rules Football Club. At 11 a.m., there will be a San Diego Lions Australian Rules Football Club picnic and game at Liberty Station. From 3-8 p.m., come to beer tastings in North Park at North Park Beer Company, Mike Hess Brewing and Thorn Street Brewery. Volunteers will sell Australian T-shirts, hats and flags and hand out “Know Your Australia” quizzes. A portion of the proceeds raised on Australia Day will benefit the victims of the devastating fires in Australia. At 6 p.m. at North Park Beer Company, San Diego City Council member Chris Ward will present a proclamation from the city of San Diego recognizing Australia Day in San Diego to Jan Gontang, president of the San Diego-Perth Sister City Society. A didgeridoo player will perform.
‘Mission Hills: Images of America’
Join local authors of “Mission Hills: Images of America,” Allen Hazard and Janet O’Dea, as they provide commentary and insight about this stunning architectural community as it developed. In 1905, George Marston, a San Diego civic leader, commissioned urban planner John Nolan to implement a development plan for the city. Nolan’s plan, however, was never adopted. In 1908, as if to prove what was possible, Marston’s syndicate formed the restricted subdivision of Mission Hills. Then in 1909, the city announced plans to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. The fuse was lit and the boom that followed brought builders and skilled artisans to San Diego. As it was built, Mission Hills became architecturally magnificent. 3-4:30 p.m. in the community room at the Mission Hills/Hillcrest-Knox Library.
Library NExT Presents: Introduction to Circuits Using Makey Makey
Do electronics and bananas go together? Absolutely! Using Makey Makey circuit boards, students will create fun circuits that incorporate everyday items like bananas, gummy bears, aluminum foil or bouncy balls. Students will then use their new circuitry skills to make games, music or art. Registration is required. For grades three to five. For more information, go to sandiego.librarymarket.com. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Sunday, Jan. 26
All Girls STEM Society presents Neuroscience!
In collaboration with All Girls STEM Society, Mission Valley Library presents a neuroscience workshop. Have you ever wondered what really goes on in your brain? Learn about the basics of neuroscience, including the anatomy of the human brain and the nervous system. There will be fun activities, “Jeopardy” games, and plenty of opportunities to win prizes! This workshop is recommended for girls in grades five through eight (ages 10-14); all are welcome. Registration is required! For more information about how to register, go to San Diego.LibraryMarket.com. For more information about All Girls STEM, go to allgirlsstemsociety.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Uptown Democratic Club
Dr. Casey Dominguez, associate professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego, will be speaking on “Understanding the Impeachment of Donald Trump.” Joyce Beers Community Center 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting. We are open to the public!
King Princess will be in San Diego to perform at the Observatory North Park at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.
Thursday, Jan. 30
City Council District 3 Candidates Forum
Save 30th Street Parking and the SoNo Neighborhood Alliance will co-host a community forum for all announced candidates for the March 3rd primary election for the SD City Council District 3 seat on Thursday, Jan. 30th, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Park Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St. The event, which is open to the public, will give residents and small business owners an opportunity to learn where District 3 candidates stand on key land use and transportation issues that are having a growing impact on mid-city neighborhoods.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Final Farewell: ‘The Art of Shag’
All great exhibits must come to an end, so please join the Comic-Con Museum as we bid a fond farewell to “The Art of Shag.” This retrospective look at the artist’s career will make its final appearance on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with a special, rare presentation by Shag himself from 2-3 p.m. Shag is the museum’s first featured artist and created an exclusive limited-edition print available while supplies last. His fun and colorful take on all aspects of pop culture is a must-see!
Sunday, Feb. 2
‘Hercules in the Haunted World’
San Diego Italian Film Festival and Film Geeks SD are presenting a showing of the 1961 film “Hercules in the Haunted World.” KPBS “Cinema Junkie” host Beth Accomando and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival founder Miguel Rodriguez will be on hand to present the films and there will be themed treats. 7:30 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema.
Monday, Feb. 3
Propositions & Measures: Pro & Con
There are ballot measures to raise taxes, regulate growth in unincorporated areas, raise taxes, change police oversight, reform school governance, raise taxes and change how the city’s auditing department works. There will be state propositions with heated debates about property taxes and Uber. This is the latest Senior Lunch & Learn Lecture Series at the Mission Hills-Hillcrest Library. Bring your own brown bag lunch. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Toddler Story Time
A story time designed for toddlers, featuring songs, rhymes, and finger plays. Mission Valley Library from 11 a.m.-noon.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Tax Preparation Assistance
Free tax preparation assistance at the Mission Valley Library but appointments are required. Because this is one of the most popular events hosted by the library, appointment spaces will fill up quickly, so make yours now! To make an appointment, please call Home Start at 619-283-3624 and leave a message. A representative will return your call. You can also visit their website at myfreetaxes.org to set up an appointment yourself. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout February will have available appointments.
Taxes for Artists and Creatives
California Lawyers for the Arts and Vanguard Culture invite artists and creative freelancers of all disciplines to join for a workshop on the essentials of income tax for individual artists. Topics will include record keeping, IRS form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedules, itemized deductions, hobby losses, and home offices. Please join us for this workshop and be prepared for tax season! $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the workshop will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Idea Box at IDEA1, 899 Park Blvd.
Baby Time is a weekly program which is perfect for babies and young toddlers: short, fun and interactive. 3-3:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Weaver Fever is a time to hang out with others who weave, knit, or crochet. Bring your projects, share your tips, and make some new friends! We will have some yarn here but please bring your own tools. This program will be recurring on the first and third Tuesdays every month. 5 p.m. at North Park Library.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
State of Biodiversity Symposium
Join us at the third annual State of Biodiversity Symposium to rally around the latest science, emerging threats, and management success stories in the world of conservation. The symposium is timed to be after the State of the Union, State, and City addresses to shine a light on conservation and biodiversity, a topic that is discussed all too infrequently in these public addresses. The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Todd Keeler-Wolf titled “California-Style Biodiversity: Why We Wonder, Worry, and Hope.” It will be followed by four concurrent panel sessions: San Diego Canyon Conservation, HCPs for Conservation and Discovery, Biodiversity and Human Health, and Implications of Black-Market Biodiversity. The State of Biodiversity Symposium is open to anyone and everyone. Tickets are $65 with discounts for students. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
League of Extraordinary Scientists will be launching a brand-new tour. We will be teaching about the flow of electrons from negative to positive. Kids will learn how resisters slow the electrons down to keep them from blowing the circuit — and they will build an actual working shadow box they can take home. This free engineering tour will be at North Park Library at 4 p.m. Online registration is required. The recommended age is third-eighth grade.
Thursday, Feb. 6
She Fest Paint Nite
Join She Fest for a fun-filled night of painting! Come have a drink, unleash your creativity, meet up with old friends, and make new friends as we enjoy an awesome evening together. 7-10 p.m. at Gossip Grill. Tickets are $45 and benefit She Fest.
Dance Pants Party
Recommended for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-school age kids, this simple dance program will feature the hokey pokey, the chicken dance, and more. Families, it’s time to get your groove on! 10:30 a.m. at the Mission Valley Library.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Awards Viewing Party
San Diego’s most glamorous Oscars party returns! Walk the red carpet and watch the Academy Awards in style. Enjoy signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as you sip elegantly crafted cocktails and cast your vote for the Oscar winners. Delicious desserts and Champagne toasts will cap off the evening. Proceeds to benefit the FOCUS On Impact Film Program, serving thousands of high school students each year. Join us at the top of one of San Diego’s newest and most elegant Bankers Hill address. 41 West – Penthouse Floor, 2604 Fifth Ave. Red carpet at 4:30 p.m., Academy Awards show telecast at 5:30 p.m. $195 per person.
Through Sunday, Feb. 16
‘Going to a Place Where You Already Are’
Is there a heaven? Joe says no; it’s all a bunch of hokum. His wife, Roberta, has always claimed to agree. But lately she’s beginning to wonder, especially when they find themselves in church a lot, having reached the age when funerals are more frequent than weddings. Their granddaughter, Ellie, doesn’t have time in her own busy life to ponder the afterlife. But when mortality confronts them, her grandmother’s claim to have gone to heaven and back doesn’t sound so crazy after all. With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Brunstetter looks at beginnings, endings — and an enigmatic angel. OnStage Playhouse’s latest production plays from Jan. 17-Feb. 16. Tickets start at $25. Written by Bekah Brunstetter; directed by Hannah Logan. 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 91910.
Lestat’s West Open Mic
Weekly open mic event hosted by Robby Robertson every Monday, 6:30-11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.
Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
Join an all-ages introductory class to learn the basic Buddhist concepts as well as participate in a discussion and silent meditation. Weekly event led by Jeff Zlotnik. Free. 7-8 p.m. at Dharma Bum Temple 4144 Campus Ave. Also held on Saturdays at 11 a.m.-noon
North Park Thursday Market
Shop at more than 90 tents for locally grown produce, seasonal grocery items, fresh food and hand-crafted arts and crafts. 3-7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st to Utah streets in North Park.
Thursdays at the Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night at the Kensington Club. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 4079 Adams Ave. bit.ly/ThursKen
Free Friend Friday
Looking for a co-working space with value-aligned social entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofit professionals and local startups? Collective Impact Center offers a complimentary day pass to use shared desks and office space. Bring your laptop and check in on social media with #cicfreefriendfriday for free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Collective Impact Center, 3295 Meade Ave.
Art after Hours
For only $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, experience exhibitions and the museum’s 20 galleries while live music plays at Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Free admission for members, youth 17 and under, and college students with ID. Tickets available and sold at the door. 5-8 p.m. at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Old Town Saturday Market
This street market features original works from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue in Old Town.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 venders offer a variety of locally grown produce, hand-made arts and crafts, and fresh-cut florals at one of the city’s largest open-air markets. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.