If bridge, Jazzercise, and cooking classes are things you enjoy, check out The Riford Center, La Jolla Community Center, while you’re in San Diego.
This long-time recreational facility – The Riford Center (recently renamed the La Jolla Community Center) is located on La Jolla Boulevard. It has been remodeled and is drawing renewed attention. All adults – visitors and residents – are welcome to join classes and attend events.
The cooking classes offered by Swiss Chef Urs Baumann are a particularly popular addition to the weekly calendar. As I write this, Le Chef is leading his students through a menu that includes potage vichyssoise, gazpacho, and pasta salad with gorgonzola, nuts, grapes and herbs, as well as a healthy dessert. “Students,” who enjoy the lunch they’ve made, pay a fraction of the cost of other cooking classes offered in La Jolla.
Traveling bridge players will find a home-away-from-home at the center, which originally started – 35 years ago – as a bridge club. Visitors can also take classes in yoga, tai chi, art, investing, dance, and various languages. The center also offers a fully-equipped computer lab with Internet connection.
If your La Jolla vacation is in mid-July, you might want to attend “Summer Afternoon at the Riford,” featuring an exhibit of 25 local artists, live music, a silent auction, hosted wine and appetizers.
In any case, take a look at the Riford Center’s website and see what else is on offer when you’ll be in town. After all, you can’t spend all your time on the beach.