Featured LEISURE



(photo by Ken Jacques)

NOV. 12-DEC. 4

‘Extreme Home Makeover’

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s production of “Extreme Home Makeover,” the tale of a family’s audition tape for “Extreme Makeover,” the once popular ABC show. To reserve seats, call Dani DeCarlo at (858) 395-0573 or visit scrippsranchtheatre.org

Steve Smith performs “Ripples from Walden Pond.”


Lit Alive

Write Out Loud presents Lit Alive, two one-person productions, running in repertory: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman featuring Rachael VanWormer, and “Ripples from Walden Pond” by Richard Platt featuring Steve Smith. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is part autobiography – part gothic horror. “Ripples from Walden Pond” is an evening with Henry David Thoreau. LitAlive is running at the 10th Avenue Arts Center from Nov. 17-Dec. 10. $30 tickets available online at writeoutloudsd.com/lit-alive/ or call (619) 297-8953.

(courtesy of SD Botanic Gardens)



Lightscape will transform the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. The after-dark, illuminated trail will span one mile and feature spectacular sights with eye-catching artistic installations that come alive at night. Tickets available online, with entry times available every 15 minutes. sdbg.org/lightscape.

Misha Dichter


Poway Symphony Orchestra

The Poway Symphony Orchestra Fall 2022 Concert features two concertos by renowned pianist Misha Dichter, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. in the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets: (858) 748-0505 or powaycenter.com.

Dr. Richard Lederer


Fun with Grammar

Dr. Richard Lederer, award winning columnist and author, will present a benefit performance of his one-man show for Scripps Ranch Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 9783 Avenue of Nations on the campus of Alliant International University. This benefit performance will support Scripps Ranch Theatre. All ticket sales and auction items (Lederer on Language or Poker 101) will go to SRT. Tickets are $20. scrippsranchtheatre.thundertix.com/events/205128


Christmas in the Park

Visit Old Poway Park for an old-fashioned holiday tradition that will take you back in time with caroling, live music, a visit with Santa, free children’s crafts and model train displays. Purchase tasty holiday treats, finish your Christmas shopping at the craft boutique, or board the Poway Midland Railroad. Dec. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Dec. 10, 3:30-8:30 p.m. 14134 Midland Road


Mission Bay Boat Parade

The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California event features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade. The boat parade begins at 6 p.m. from Quivira Basin. Best viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.

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(photo by Rich Soublet II)

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’

The Globe presents “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 2022,” running through Dec. 31 in the Old Globe Theatre. “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is transformed into the snow-covered Who-ville. Tickets: (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org