Calendar: July 15 – 28

Live music: Sue Palmer
Friday, July 15

Mission Hills Concerts in the Park summer concert series continues tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. at Pioneer Park (1521 Washington Place, Mission Hills). One of seven weekly concerts will feature Sue Palmer. Known as the “Queen of Boogie Woogie,” Palmer’s career has taken her around the world playing styles from blues to jazz and more. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the music with neighbors and friends. Visit for the full lineup. 

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Mission Hills Branch Library events
July 16, 21, 27 and 28

This library location (925 West Washington, Mission Hills) has several events to finish up the month. There will be a book sale by the Friends of the Mission Hills Branch Library on Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The library’s summer reading program will continue with an event by Pacific Animal Production on Thursday, July 21 where kids can get up close with real wild animals; and a puppet show by Gaston Morineau on Thursday, July 28. The mystery book group will meet on Wednesday, July 27 to discuss a new book. Visit for more information.

Summer camps at San Diego Art Institute
Monday, July 18 – Friday, Aug. 5

San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado, Balboa Park) has several summer camps with morning and afternoon sessions for kindergarten – third grade and fourth – eighth grade. From Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 the “Trash Mash Up Camp” will teach about indigenous cultures and conservation with lessons on making ceremonial costumes from non-recyclable materials. Monday, Aug. 1 – Friday, Aug. 5, the “Fiber Arts Camp” focuses on fiber as an art material utilizing different techniques to create various pieces. There are four other types of camps that will be offered in coming weeks. Visit for full details and to register your children. 

Live music: Liquid Blue
Friday, July 22

Mission Hills Concerts in the Park summer concert series finishes tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. at Pioneer Park (1521 Washington Place, Mission Hills). The last of seven weekly concerts will feature Liquid Blue. The dance and party band is known for their high-energy shows featuring covers from every era. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the music with neighbors and friends. Visit for more information.

Live music: Three Chord Justice
Saturday, July 23

Three Chord Justice will perform as part of the Bird Park summer concert series presented by the North Park Community Association. The local female-fronted band combines rock ‘n’ roll with classic country twang. 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.

Art lecture series with Stephen Morris
Tuesdays from July 26 – Aug. 16

This free series at The Studio Door (3750 30th St., North Park) will take an in-depth look at the history of art and its current condition along with painting practices. Irish artist and tutor Stephen Morris will present these lectures from 6 – 8 p.m. each week. The lecture series topics are as follows:

Tuesday, July 26: “Tracing a genealogy of American painting”

Tuesday, Aug. 2: “A contemporary position for abstract painting”

Tuesday, Aug. 9: “A contemporary position for figurative painting”

Tuesday, Aug. 16: “Painting in the expanded field”

Visit for more information

Sacha Boutros in ‘Roman Holiday: A Musical Journey Through Italia’
Thursday, July 28

Songstress Sacha Boutros returns to Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest) with special guest vocalist Salvador Padilla for a performance of the music of Italy through the ages. The duo will take the audience on a journey through Italy’s beloved songs from pop to classic opera and more. Tickets are $30-$35 for reserved seating with a $15 food/drink minimum per person. Doors open at 6 p.m with the show at 8 p.m. 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:

  • “An American in Paris” Friday, July 15
  • “Midnight in Paris” Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17
  • “The Big Sleep” Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22
  • “Pretty Woman” Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24
  • “The Big Chill” Thursday, July 28 – Friday, July 29

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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


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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