Wacky Wonky Wonderland
Sunday, Dec. 11
This holiday event will serve as a donation drive to benefit local children. The event will include festive food and drinks, live holiday music and special seasonal activities at the San Diego Center For Children’s main campus (3002 Armstrong St., Kearny Mesa). Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift card (worth $25 or more) or make a monetary donation to the Center as the price of admission. The wonderland will be open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Visit centerforchildren.org for more information and to RSVP.
‘Holiday on Adams Avenue’
Sunday, Dec. 11
Kensington Park (4121 Adams Ave.) will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with snow provided by Villainous Lair from 1 p.m. until it melts! There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus starting at 1 p.m., peppermint ice cream and hot cocoa by Moosie’s Ice Cream and caroling. This is a free, all-ages community event. Visit adamsavenuebusiness.com.
San Diego Oasis presents this film class at their location in Mission Valley (third floor of Macy’s at 1702 Camino del Rio North) starting at 1 p.m. The Coen brothers’ film “Hail, Caesar!” stars George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson. The class fee is $12. Visit OasisNet.org for more information.
‘Voices of Christmas’
Monday, Dec. 12
Write Out Loud will present this production at Old Town Theatre (4040 Twiggs St.) featuring short stories read aloud by professional actors along with poems and music interwoven. A pre-show reception will start at 6:15 p.m. with the readings starting at 7 p.m. Selections for this year’s event include “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and more. Tickets for the event are $20 with discounts for seniors, students and military. Visit writeoutloudsd.com.
San Diego Unified School District’s Family and Community Engagement team have planned a rally to pledge their support and protection for all students. The event will include multi-cultural student performances, crafts for children and food trucks/bag lunches. The event will provide services and resources for diverse families including: immigration advice, healthcare information, LGBTQIA resources, Muslim student support and more. This event will be held from 4–6 p.m. at the Ballard Center (2375 Congress St., Old Town). Visit bit.ly/2heOguE for more info.
7th annual ‘Clean Your Drawers’ Holiday Clothing and Electronics Drive
Thursday, Dec. 15–Friday, Dec. 16
Radio station The Mighty 1090 will host this two-day drive to collect clothing and unwanted electronics from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. each day. The drive will be held at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (1770 Camino de la Reina, Mission Valley). Donors are asked to bring new or gently used clothes and electronics for donating. Visit bit.ly/2g3C0bc for details.
Friday, Dec. 16–Sunday, Dec. 18
The Gem Faire returns to the Scottish Rite Event Center (1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley) with a three-day event. Admission is $7 for the entire weekend (children under 12 are free) and there is free parking. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, pearls, gold and silver and more. Jewelry repair and ring-sizing services will be available while you shop. There will be a special wholesale preview on Friday from 10 a.m.–noon. The general admission hours are: Friday noon–6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit GemFaire.com for more information.