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Special Events


We’re happy to present our 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series, generously underwritten by Judy White!


The series is made up of a cadre of exciting and informative presenters to discuss topics related to community issues, science, medicine, climate change and cancer prevention and detection. 


We invite you to consider these issues and bring your questions for these distinguished speakers who will be presenting monthly from March through October.


Events are free and open to the public and will feature a reception from 5-6pm, followed by the lecture and Q&A from 6-7pm. Presentations will be on the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of March, where it will be held on the first Tuesday).

Reservations required (858) 459-0831

The "Princess of Punk" 

Kicks-Off 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series


The La Jolla Community Center is pleased to present the international fashion maven Dame Zandra Rhodes as the first speaker in its 2020 Distinguished Speaker Series. 


Enjoy an evening of captivating fashion, textile displays - A Visual Extravaganza! Help us celebrate Zandra's 50 years of fashion!


Dame Zandra Rhodes’ iconic designs and collections have been worn by Princess Lady Diana, Freddy Mercury, Barbra Streisand and others.  Her talk at the Center will focus on her work and contributions in San Diego including her work with the San Diego Opera, who commissioned her to design her first opera, The Pearl Fishers; and later, The Magic Flute. In addition, she also received commissions for work with the Cardiovascular Center, titled Go Red for Women. 

Zandra's designed scarves, dresses and special merchandise items will be available for sale.

Zandra's recently published book titled Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion, will also be available for sale at the event. (Book signing following the event)


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

5-6pm PINK Reception

6-7pm FASHION Showcase and Remarks

$25 ticket with advance registration required.

Valet parking included​. 

Tickets available online and at (858) 459-0831. 



Dr. Dilip Jeste, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist and director of UC San Diego’s Center for Healthy Aging will speak on his San Diego-based research on loneliness in seniors, the role of wisdom and his suggestions on interventions for loneliness.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

5-6pm Reception

6-7pm Presentation and Q&A

Free, open to the public with advance registration required.

RSVP (858) 459-0831


Dr. William Mobley will discuss the latest research and possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease and Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf will present information on the important role of diet and lifestyle changes in creating an “ageless brain.”

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

5-6pm Reception

6-7pm Presentation and Q&A

Free, open to the public with advance registration required.

RSVP (858) 459-0831


Other topics and speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.