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Add a spooky movie, gem fair and health screening to your to-do list

Halloween is creeping up on us, so it’s a great time to schedule some family fun. This week we’ve got a beachside movie, a gem fair and a kids art activity on the agenda. You can also register for health screenings being offered in the community in early November, or support breast cancer survivors.with a fun Friday tea party through October.

Spooky movie in Coronado

Families will want to hit Hotel del Coronado at 7:30 p.m. tonight for a beachside showing of the 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus.” Doors open at 7 p.m., giving you time to grab a bite at nearby Beach + Taco shop. Private bonfires with s’mores are available, as well as beach daybeds and beach sand chairs.

Reservations are required and warm clothes are encouraged for chilly nights. Tickets are $25.

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Affordable health screenings

Life Line Screening is holding a health-screening event on Nov. 2 at Communion Church on Balboa Avenue.

The screenings can check for:

  • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health
  • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Kidney and thyroid function
  • And more

Special package pricing starts at $159 and preregistration is required.


Gem Faire in Del Mar

The Gem Faire, one of the largest gems shows in the country, returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 21-23.

The fair highlights a large selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more, allowing consumers to buy direct from importers and wholesalers. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring-sizing service is available while you shop.

The Gem Faire is open to the public and admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend.

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For more information, visit or call (503) 252-8300.

Tea party toast to cancer survivors

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, La Valencia Hotel is celebrating the power of pink with its second annual Pink Tea on Friday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. A midday celebration filled with finger sandwiches, pink homemade sweets and scones, the event is priced at $75.

Sport your best pink attire knowing a portion of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego. In addition, $1 from the “Pink Lady” signature cocktail ($17) and La V Cinnamon Roll will be donated to the Komen foundation all month.


Performance art in La Jolla

Named a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist, the play “Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord,” written and performed by Kristina Wong, tells the story of Wong and how she ended up leading a sweatshop she’d call the Auntie Sewing Squad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The play’s final hoorah at the La Jolla Playhouse will be today, with performances at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $25.


Art for kids, for free

October is a great time to take kids to the New Children’s Museum of Art in Del Mar. One child admission is free with the purchase of one full-priced adult admission ($15 for adults).

The museum is open every day except Tuesday.

The first play session is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the afternoon session is from 1 to 4 p.m.


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