1. Food drive: Bring over canned and nonperishable food items today to Coronado Island Fitness. Make someone less fortunate have a holiday with plenty of food. Bring a minimum of four food items (listed on the gym’s site) and you’ll get an entry voucher to be eligible for a special prize drawing. All food benefits the San Diego Food Bank. This food drive continues through Jan. 4.
2. Volunteer for the bids: The San Diego Audubon Society is inviting people of all ages to come out to Emory Cove to help restore sensitive coastal habitat. On Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, help plant 500 plants at the cove to create enhanced feeding and resting grounds for birds that flock to that area. Wear old work clothes, long pants, hat, boots or sturdy shoes, and use sunscreen. The Audubon Society will provide gloves, tools, water and snacks. RSVP for this great volunteering opportunity to Shannon Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-273-7800 x101.
3. Kwanzaa celebration: Today marks the second day of the African culture celebration. Balboa Park will have a ceremonial candle lighting and libation with live African music tonight from 6-10 p.m. Today’s theme is self-determination and is the park’s main event for Kwanzaa. All are welcome.
4. Ring in the New Year: Thinking of a memorable way to spend New Year’s Eve? The Del‘s got it covered. Make reservations for the bubbliest celebration on the island. “Champagne by the Sea” will include a four-course dinner, champagne reception and toast, dancing, and dessert. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 and is $260 per person, including tax and gratuity, or $310 per person for preferred seating, including tax and gratuity.
5. This day, in 1932 … Radio City Music Hall opened. This midtown Manhattan venue is famous for hosting events like the Grammy Awards and the MTV Music Awards, among others. The venue seats around 6,000 people and was the largest movie theater in the world at the time of its opening.