Friday, Aug. 21 – Sunday, Aug. 23
The Gem Faire returns to the Scottish Rite Event Center (1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley) with a weekend-long event. Admission is $7 for the entire weekend (children under 12 are free) and there is free parking. Over 100 exhibitors on hand will showcase fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, gold and silver and more. Jewelry repair and ring sizing services will be available while you shop. There will also be hourly door prizes given away. The 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.
Civita Friday Movie Night with “Big Hero 6”
Friday, Aug. 21
Mission Valley housing community Civita will wrap up their summer movie series with this event. This edition features a screening of the 2014 animated film “Big Hero 6” featuring the voices of Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, Damon Wayons Jr. and many more. This event is open to the public and attendees are invited to bring their own picnic or partake in free popcorn (starting at 6:30 p.m.). There will also be tacos for sale for $1 each. The film will start at about 7:45 p.m. at Civita’s temporary park located at the corner of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta. Visit CivitaLife.com for more information.
Parks Fit Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, Aug. 22
The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department is hosting this event to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for San Diego residents starting at 7:30 a.m. The 5K course winds around NTC Park at Liberty Station. After the run/walk there will be a variety of booths promoting city facilities including park and recreation centers, pools, golf courses and more, which can be utilized by residents to keep active. The post race event will also include games and activities, fitness challenges and more. Participants will receive a Parks Fit drawstring bag and raffle entry for prizes. The event is scheduled to end at noon. Visit SDRecConnect.com to register and for more information.
“Firescaping with waterwise plants” gardening class
Saturday, Aug. 22
For this gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will teach the basic principles for designing a firescape for your home; and provide plant suggestions as well. The Mission Valley store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit ArmstrongGarden.com for more information.
Sixth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Thursday, Sept. 10
The San Diego ASIS Chapter hosts this yearly ceremony and luncheon recognizes and celebrates the achievements of San Diego County law enforcement investigators. San Diego District Attorney’s Office chief investigator Adolfo Gonzales will be the keynote speaker. Awards will be presented to investigators from several local agencies. The event will be held at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse (2400 Admiral Baker Road, Mission Valley) from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Visit asissd.org/meetinginfo.php?id=26&ts=1436186919 for more information and to register.
Taste of Old Town
Thursday, Sept. 10
This event gives attendees the chance to sample food and beverages from local restaurants while meandering through Old Town. Various locations will also host live music and entertainment to keep with the festive vibe. A trolley will provide free shuttle service with several stops throughout Old Town. Taste of Old Town will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. Participating restaurants include Barra Barra Saloon, Old Town Mexican Café, Old Town Tequila Factory, Rockin’ Baja Lobster and more. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event, and $25 for food only (designated drivers). Visit TasteofOldTown.com for more information and visit bit.ly/1WdAvs7 for a chance to win tickets from Mission Valley News!