Holiday concert at Copley-Price YMCA
Saturday, Dec. 17
Young musicians from the City Heights Music School (CHMS) will perform a free holiday concert at the Copley-Price YMCA (4300 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights) featuring Mariachi, Latin Ensemble, Guitar, Violin, Teen Drum/Ukulele and Voice. CHMS is a program of the nonprofit Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO), with support from the Copley-Price YMCA. The concert begins at noon. For more information about YPO visit yposd.org. Find more about the Copley-Price YMCA at ymca.org/copleyprice.
Songs of Peace 2016
Thursday, Dec. 22
Joe Rathburn hosts regular themed, acoustic showcases at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living (4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H, Grantville). This edition will feature several performers including Lee Coulter, Kinnie Dye, Harold Payne, Cici Porter and Rathburn himself performing songs within the theme “songs of peace.” The concert will benefit The Peace Alliance and their efforts to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peacebuilding. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Visit folkeymonkey.com for tickets.
Jazz piano master class
Sunday, Jan. 8
Accomplished jazz pianist and Steinway artist Lenore Raphael will present a master class in jazz piano techniques at 2 p.m. in Room 220, the recital hall at Grossmont College (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon). Raphael is a jazz pianist and educator from New York who, as a classical prodigy, performed at Carnegie Hall. The event is presented by the SoCal Jazz Society and the Amateur Pianists in conjunction with the Music Department of Grossmont College. Admission is $15, $5 for college and high school students. Parking is $2 per car. Tickets are available at bit.ly/2hj5oP8.
Sunday, Dec. 18
The Hemlock Society of San Diego presents “Amour,” a film about what happens to an older couple when one gets sick and the other attempts to be the caregiver. This award-winning French film will screen from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Mission Valley Library (2123 Fenton Parkway). Free. The Hemlock Society will hold a chat afterward. Visit hemlocksocietysandiego.org.
‘Finding Dory’ at College Avenue Center
Monday, Dec. 19
Bring the grandkids to see “Finding Dory,” a Pixar family film playing at 1 p.m. in the College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro). “Finding Dory” is an animated movie about a young, often forgetful fish on a search for her long-lost parents, making friends along the way. Rated PG, 97 minutes. For more information, visit www.jfssd.org/cac or call 858-637-3270.
Movies at the College Avenue Center
Mondays and Tuesdays in January
The College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) will host several movie screenings in January. The showings start at 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and the lineup includes:
“Free State of Jones” on Tuesday, Jan. 3:
“Sully” on Monday, Jan 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 10
“Florence Foster Jenkins” on Monday, Jan. 16 and Tuesday, Jan. 17
“Captain Fantastic” on Monday, Jan. 23
“Mr. Church” on Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31
Visit jfssd.org for more information.
‘Rented Christmas: The Musical’
Friday, Dec. 2–Sunday, Dec. 18
This holiday play at Lamplighters Community Theatre (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) tells the story of a middle-aged bachelor and businessman who asks a local rent shop for an unusual rental. He wants to rent a Christmas – not just a tree and carols but one with a wife and family and the happiness he is longing for. Visit lamplighterslamesa.com for tickets and showtimes.
‘The Gate: A Christmas Pageant’
Sunday, Dec. 18
The youth of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will perform a special Christmas pageant during Sunday worship at 10 a.m. UCCLM is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome. 5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa. Visit tableucc.com for more information.
Through Friday, Jan. 6
The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) presents an art exhibit featuring works from student artists in the Grossmont Union High School District. The exhibit will be displayed in the MTRP Visitor Center Art Gallery through Jan. 6. Schools with students participating in the exhibit include Grossmont, Idea, Monte Vista, Mount Miguel, Steele Canyon, Valhalla and West Hills. The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit mtrp.org.