by Berenice Cisneros
Nativities from Around the World
Tomboctou Gallery is currently holding an exhibit of folk art nativities from around the world. Running through the 6th of January, 2002. Store is located at 3564 Adams Ave., San Diego. For other gallery events you may call 282-8708.
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus presents its annual Christmas "Messiah-Sing" on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at the beautiful St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carls-bad. The church is located at Alga Road & El Fuerte, La Costa, Carlsbad. General admission is $12.00; seniors $10; and students are $8. Please call (858) 534-4637 to purchase your tickets.
KPBS Programs for the Holidays
This series of programs includes musicals, tips for a successful holiday and documentaries:
Grabrab Your Mittens
A toy drive for South County's Paradise Valley Hospital's children program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. at KB Home's model grand opening of Viento at Sunbow in Chula Vista. The event will include fun family activities and feature man-made snow, sledding, holiday music and refreshments.
Art Gallery for the Holidays
The exhibit Double Vision at Santa Ysabel Art Gallery runs December 1 through January 6, and will feature two different but equally beautiful painting sides of well known San Diego County artist Joe Garcia. He is nationally recognized as a watercolor painter of wildlife. Joe Garcia will be on hand at the reception Saturday, Dec. 1, 4-8 PM to greet visitors and to answer questions about his work. The gallery is located at 30352 Highway 78 at the intersection of Highway 79 in Santa Ysabel. For more information, call 760/765-1676.
Mrs. Burton's Tea Parlor
Share the experience with your friends and Mrs. Clause in our historic Victorian Tea Parlor. Mrs. Burton's Tea room would like to announce a special Mrs. Clause Tea, Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 11 AM and 2 PM. The cost is only $18 per person. Guests will receive a special gift for children. This is an open tea with no minimum. Delicious food includes, tea sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, tartlets, short bread, cakeletts, fresh fruit of the season and all the tea you can drink. We're located inside the historic Victorian Burton House, in Heritage Park Old Town. For reservations call 294-4600.
Nominated for six Tony Awards, Swing is an all-singing, all-dancing show featuring a mix of new and classic songs and over 30 dance numbers - some comic, some romantic, some nostalgic, some sexy. Running from Dec. 4-9 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd Avenue and B Street. Ticket prices range from $24 - $62 and may be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations.
Charger at the Library
San Diego Chargers left tackle, Vaughn Parker, will participate in the Chula Vista Public Library's "Tackle a Good Book" reading program by reading stories and signing autographs on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. This special event will be held at the South Chula Vista Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue. For further information, call (619) 691-5063.
Music for the Season
To celebrate the holiday season, a musical and reading program will be presented on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista, 276 F St. Music, vocal and piano entertainment will be presented by the Trio Vivace band and Chula Vista Councilwoman Mary Salas will be the guest reader of "The Night Before Christmas." For more information, call 691-5069, ext. 3.
Student Art and Pottery Sale
Attention gift buyers, visit the annual "Student Art and Pottery Sale" Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8 at Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. Sale will be conducted on the covered patio immediately south of the Howard Brubeck Theatre. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. You'll find a wide variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, including dishes, planters, plates, platters, stoneware, jewelry, bowls, jugs, wind chimes, hand-blown glass vases, goblets and other decorative items. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Palomar art students.
Pearl Harbor 60th Anniversary
On the morning of December 7th, the San Diego Aerospace Museum will commemorate the Pearl Harbor 60th Anniversary of the Japanese attack, with a flyover of World War II-era aircraft over Balboa Park. The aircraft will approach from the Northeast and fly directly over the Museum building at 9:55 a.m. the exact time (PST) that the attack began in Hawaii (7:55 a.m.). After passing over the Museum, the pilots will land at Montgomery Field in Kearney Mesa near the Casa Machado Restaurant. Public is invited to attend the event in Balboa Park and greet the pilots at Montgomery Field. The flyover will be preceded by a brief ceremony in front of the Museum at 9:30 a.m. featuring dignitaries, Pearl Harbor survivors and other WWII veterans. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park. Please call 234-8291 for further information.
"Christmas on The Prado"
Balboa Park is a great place to spend the day with family and friends, and in December there are lots of special holiday happenings in addition to ongoing exhibits and events. For example Christmas on the Prado, Dec. 7 & 8 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. There is music from around the world, dance and multi-cultural activities, food samplings from a variety of countries, and live entertainment on 4 stages and many Park institutions.
The Mingei International Museum exhibit of Italian Nativity Figures; The Timken Museum of Art will display the exquisite Schlappi Collection; The San Diego Natural History Museum showcases an exhibit on the natural history of plants used during the holiday season; The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center showcases the Winter Nights Planetarium Show; How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The SantaLand Diaries are on stage at The Globe Theatres; and the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" in the Casa del Prado Theater.