(courtesy of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance) 



‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’
Shakespeare meets “I Love Lucy” in this 1950s spin on one of the Bard’s wildest and most appealing comedies. The notorious John Falstaff, larger-than-life in every way, leaves the big city to work his charms on the suburban inhabitants of Windsor. Always hustling for his next buck, he sets his sights on two of Windsor’s ladies-who-lunch, but when they figure out Falstaff’s game, they decide to teach him a lesson he won’t forget. Runs through Sept. 3. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

Pet adoption fees waived
Make a difference in a homeless pet’s life by giving them a home and love in August for Clear the Shelters, a month long national effort to find caring homes for animals in shelters. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services is waiving pet adoption fees throughout the month of August. All animals adopted from County shelters will be spayed or neutered, have vaccinations, a microchip and a one-year license for dogs in the service area.

Rotary Blood Drive
There is a dire need for blood donations, so the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps and the San Diego Blood Bank will hold a blood drive on Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the old Vons parking lot at 10016 Scripps Ranch Blvd. The public is invited to participate by scheduling an appointment at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate or by calling (619) 400-8251. Appointments are mandatory and donors will need to bring a photo ID. Efforts from this blood drive aid the San Diego Blood Bank which must collect more than 350 units of blood each day to meet the needs of patients. 


Santosha Food Fest
The third annual Santosha Food Fest will be held at Helia Brewing Co. in Vista. This fun event is perfect for families, foodies, craft-beer enthusiasts, music lovers, eco-warriors and anyone looking for the perfect Sunday Funday. Tickets are on sale now or at the door for access to unlimited bites from local chefs, mocktails, sustainable creators, DJ, digital photo booth and craft beer. Aug. 27, 1-5 p.m., Helia Brewing Co., 1250 Keystone Way, Vista.


‘The Savoyard Murders’
The Roustabouts Theatre Co. presents “The Savoyard Murders.” This uproarious murder mystery promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats with its scandalous secrets, over-the-top theatrics and unforgettable characters. Sept. 8-30 at Scripps Ranch Theatre, 9783 Avenue of Nations.


The Hit Men Of Country
Poway Onstage presents The Hit Men Of Country, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., 15498 Espola Road, Poway. The season Kickoff Party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. before the performance. (858) 748-0505.


‘Passing Conversations’
PowPAC presents “Passing Conversations,” a comedic drama. Acclaimed playwright Terrence returns to his Connecticut home at the insistence of his wife Lillian, during the final days of his terminal illness. During an autumnal Saturday morning in the beauty of the garden patio, multi-generational family and friends stop in to see Terrence and have the conversations that so many of us wish we could with someone we love. Runs Sept. 15-Oct. 8 at 13250 Poway Road. Box office: (858) 679-8085.


Food, Wine & Brew
San Diego’s wildest tasting event returns to the San Diego Zoo on September 23 when more than 3,000 attendees will enjoy sampling a multitude of mouthwatering menu items and refreshing beverages from more than 100 restaurants, dessert shops, brewers, wineries and other vendors. The San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration is a yearly gala that serves up fun, entertainment, food and beverages. Guests must be at least 21.

The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced construction is underway on the largest project in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s history. The new Denny Sanford Elephant Valley will reimagine the heart of the Safari Park. Surrounded by elephants on multiple sides, including from below via an overhead walkway with views of the herd passing through, guests will learn about the role elephants have as ecosystem engineers, and about their intricate social dynamics. Elephant Valley is expected to be completed in 2025.