Calendar: July 1 – 14


‘A Beautiful Planet’
Friday, July 1

This new IMAX film opens today in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park).

Fleet filmThe film directed by Toni Meyers and made in cooperation with NASA offers stunning views of Earth with footage shot by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to showcasing beautiful images, the film also highlights the impact of humans on Earth showing the effects of deforestation, fracking fires and glacial melting — all visible from the ISS. The film is rated G and is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. Visit for showtimes and tickets.

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 8.55.49 AMMeet the artist: ‘Petit Point Needlework’ by Linda Gillespie
Saturday, July 2

Ladybug Art Center (4685 Biona Drive, Kensington) will be displaying more than a dozen handcrafted art pieces by Linda Gillespie. Her Petit Point is a delicate version of needlepoint using finer linen, needles and thread. Her pieces depict historical buildings including San Diego’s Heritage Park. The “meet the artist” reception will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with light refreshments served. The artwork will be on display through the end of July. Visit for more information.


South Park Summer Walkabout
Saturday, July 9

South Park Business Group presents this quarterly festival to support brick-and-mortar businesses in the area. The free event will feature complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers at various businesses. For a guided tour by Urban Safaris, meet in front of West Grove on 30th and Juniper streets at 6:30 p.m. Visit the info booth in the California Liquor lot for South Park maps and other information. You can also enter a free drawing to win a South Park gift basket and/or buy a South Park T-shirt. The Walkabout highlights the business district on the north end at Kalmia and 30th streets and at the south end at Beech and 30th streets. The event will take place from 6 – 10 p.m. Get details and a walking guide at

Live music: Clarinet concert
Saturday, July 9

Mission Hills Branch Library (925 W. Washington St.) will host this concert starting at 3 p.m. Clarinetist Philip Lipton will present a performance in tribute to the legendary Benny Goodman. Visit for more information and more library events.

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’
Saturday, July 9

With summer comes outdoor movies and San Diego parks and other venues offer many. The Morley Field Sports Complex (2221 Morley Field Drive, Balboa Park) will be hosting this showing of the family-friendly animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 3.” A snack bar will be open with concessions for purchase and there will be carnival-style games set up for pre-movie fun. Visit for more information and a full schedule of summer movies.

Live music: Hills Like Elephants
Saturday, July 9

Hills Like Elephants will perform as part of the Bird Park summer concert series presented by the North Park Community Association. The local indie-rock band combines electronic elements with pop-rock melodies. Bird Park is located at Upas and 28th streets in North Park. Concerts are from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and continue every other Saturday throughout the summer. Visit for more information.

‘Scent Lab’
Sunday, July 10

This two-hour lab at San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park) will be led by artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter! Participants will start with a nose-training exercise, leading up to the basics of blending. Each participant will have a chance to make trial scents, discuss their formulations and leave with a finished sample of their own creation. The lab costs $65 per person and will be held from noon – 2 p.m. Visit to register.

StudioDoorFree lecture demo with Hyacinthe Baron
Saturday, July 16

Artists are invited to attend this unique workshop from noon – 2 p.m. at The Studio Door (3750 30th St., North Park). The lecture demo will explore the process of untapping creativity as outlined in Hyacinthe Baron’s book “Seeking the Stranger: Drawing Your Way into the Deeper Self.” Visit for details and RSVP for the event by emailing

Live music: The ORVIT Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, July 20

The ORVIT Chamber Ensemble – a string quartet and modern chamber ensemble – will perform at The Studio Door (3750 30th St., North Park) from 7:30 – 9 p.m. They will be performing works by G. P. Telemann, Alec Wilder, Eugène Bozza, and original film score arrangements. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit for more information.


Select dates:

Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week. Upcoming films:

  • “Casablanca” Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3
  • “Strangers on a Train” Thursday, July 7 – Friday, July 8
  • “Muriel’s Wedding” Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10
  • “An American in Paris” Thursday, July 14 – Friday, July 15

Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221. 


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.

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.   


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 Thursday Market: 3 – 7 p.m., at 3000 North Park Way, between 30th Street and Granada Avenue, North Park free.

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.

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

Courage to Change – Al-Anon meetings: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., a weekly meeting for friends and relatives of alcoholics at Christ United Presbyterian Church (in the chapel), 3025 Fir St., South Park.

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.

Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:30 p.m., chant and sing ancient and contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3301 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free – donations welcome. 


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

ASD Mornings: 9 a.m. – noon, every second Sunday members of the autism spectrum community are given a chance to explore the museum in a quiet, less-crowded environment at the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park.

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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