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The Riford Center, La Jolla Community Center

June 18, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

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.

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Category: cooking classes, gyms

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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  1. Great info and links! I’m glad I’ve found this!

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