Walter Mencken 4 p.m., May 3
Best San Diego Events December 22-26
Saturday | 22
PASTIES FOR PUPS
Join Ginger N. Whiskey, Bibi Bordeaux, Dottie Deville, and the rest of the Drop Dead Dames for an evening of burlesque and good cheer. All proceeds go to the FACE Foundation, which provides financial grants to animal owners unable to cover the cost of critical care for their pets. Music by Behind the Wagon. $7.
WHEN: 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
WHERE: Eleven, 3519 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights, 92104. 619-450-4292; elevensandiego.com
Sunday | 23
AUTHOR CHAT WITH DOMINIC CARRILLO
Take a break from last-minute holiday shopping, and have a drink with Dominic Carrillo, local author of To Be Frank Diego. Carrillo’s debut novel follows the perambulating journey of protagonist Frank Diego through the San Diego landscape. The author will be signing and selling copies at this happy-hour event.
WHEN: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gordon Biersch Brewery, 5010 Mission Center Road, Mission Valley. 619-688-1120; tobefrankdiego.com
Monday | 24
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER
Leave your apron behind and enjoy a holiday three-course tasting menu with your choice of four starters, four entrées, and three desserts created by executive chef Todd Allison. Local carolers will provide Christmas music from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. $64.95 for adults; $18.95 for children over five. No charge for children under five.
WHEN: 3:00, 5:30, or 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. 858-756-1131; theinnatrsf.com
Tuesday | 25
SKATING BY THE SEA
Windsor Lawn has been transformed into an ice-skating rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Show off old tricks or try new ones during two- or three-hour sessions. Skate rentals are included in the price. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. $15–$25. WHEN: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 2–5 p.m., or 6–9 p.m. WHERE: Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 800-468-3533; hoteldel.com
Wednesday | 26
Re-create “Birds on a Wire” while sipping wine or cocktails. Local professional artists instruct you step-by-step through the process of painting. Supplies (canvas, paints, brushes, apron) included. No experience necessary. $20–$45 (save $20 with promo code 98BOT12).
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy. 619-255-7885; 98bottlessd.com