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11/02/2018 - Discussion: Bodie Good Times & Bad
Will Furman, the fine art photographer behind Nicholas Clapp's Bodie: Good Times & Bad (Sunbelt Publications, 2017), will discuss the history of Bodie State Historic Park and the "Inside-Out Reflections" photography technique he developed while working on the book.

Bodie Historic District, the best-preserved ghost town from the California Gold Rush, is located seven miles south of Bridgeport, California, at an elevation of 8,379 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Now in a state of arrested decay, Bodie is an excellent example of an American West boomtown and the accompanying lifestyle that developed in the western mining towns. As part of the California Gold Rush, many Chinese came to live and work in Bodie during its early years. More than 100 historic buildings remain in the district to convey what life in Bodie was like between its founding in 1859 and its end in 1942, when mining was suspended and the last Bodie residents left the town.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center
3900 Vermont Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Friday, November 2 - 6:30 PM
08/25/2018 - Little Italy Mercado
Come stroll through the Little Italy Mercato Farmers
08/28/2018 - Discussion: San Diego La Playa Trail
In this presentation by the La Playa Trail Association, you'll learn about the oldest European trail along the Pacific Coast. Stretching from the harbor entrance to the Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley and beyond, the La Playa Trail was first traversed by the Kumeyaay Indians and later by Spanish explorers. The La Playa Association will also present the book Point Loma, an exceptional collection of pictures and commentary that chronicle the history of the Point Loma Peninsula, its neighborhood, maritime traditions, military connections, development and people.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mission Hills Library
925 W. Washington Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Tuesday, August 28 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 682-4910
08/09/2018 - Book Signing: Underwater Vibes
Join in for this opportunity to meet local, multicultural author, Mickey Brent.

Come to hear about Mickey and her recent LGBTQ novel, Underwater Vibes, published by Bold Strokes Books.

Underwater Vibes is an unforgettable, quirky tale that takes place in Brussels, Belgium. It is a contemporary romance with an LGBTQ twist, showcasing multilingual, multicultural characters with plenty of humor.

This public literary event is hosted by the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library
2081 Newcastle Ave.
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Thursday, August 9 - 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 694-3900 or visit:
08/04/2018 - Art: Without Borders
Border X Brewing will be hosting a show of collective artwork from both sides of the border (San Diego/Tijuana) with artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. Local artists, musicians, poets and photographers will come together to show solidarity among our community with regard to immigration.

Come Opening Day and show your support for this extraordinary event. Listen to some music, mingle, have a beer and tacos, and meet the Border Angels Organization who will be handling a fundraiser on Opening Day (25% of the art profits will go to Border Angels). Free event. Family- and pet-friendly.

No Need To Print Ticket!

Admission/Cost: FREE

Border X Brewing
2181 Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Saturday, August 4 - 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 501-0503 or visit:
08/07/2018 - Book Signing: Underwater Vibes
Take up the opportunity to meet local, multicultural author and creative writing teacher, Mickey Brent.

Visit for more information about Mickey and her recent LGBTQ novel, Underwater Vibes, published by Bold Strokes Books.

Dates and times of events are subject to change.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Escondido Public Library
239 S Kalmia St
Escondido, CA 92025

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

For more information, please call: (760) 839-4601 or visit:
07/31/2018 - A Vivir!
07/24/2018 - Tour to Cuba Informational Session
Do you want to learn more about the Citizen Diplomacy Trip to Cuba? Join the San Diego Diplomacy Council for an information session.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Havana 1920
548 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, July 24 - 5:30 PM

For more information, please contact: (619) 291-8105 or visit:

To RSVP please contact Natalie Maroun at
07/17/2018 - Discussion: Who Wrote the Bible
Why do there appear to be two creation stories in Genesis? Why did Abraham ask Sarah to pretend to be his sister two different times? How many animals of each species did Noah bring onto the ark? These questions will lead us to consider the "Documentary Hypothesis," the scholarly assertion that the Torah is a compilation of separate sources. In this class, we will begin to untangle these sources and shed light on some of the Torah's most puzzling stories.

Dear readers, by press time we have been unable to confirm the details for this event. As such we are not sure what the cost is or even if the event is still happening. If or when we know more we will update this listing.

Admission/Cost: ???

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Tuesday, July 17 - 10:30 AM
06/21/2018 - Workshop: Italian for Travelers Workshop
Planning a trip to Italy? This lively two-hour workshop will equip students with a basic set of handy communicative tools for comfortable interaction with the Italian people. Participants will learn key expressions, vocabulary words and idioms necessary for the traveler. Travel tips, cultural aspects, regional characteristics, social protocol and customs will also be presented. Course taught by Paola Baracco.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $30

La Jolla Community Center
6811 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, June 21 - 10:00 AM

For more information, please call: (858) 459-0831 or visit:
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