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Balboa Park 4-Day Weekend: Aug. 25-28

My picks for what to do and where to go in Balboa Park this weekend. See the Balboa Park calendar or download one of our mobile apps for the full schedule of events and exhibitions.

Thursday, August 25

From 5-9pm, The San Diego Museum of Art continues its Summer Salon Series themed “What does a city need?” This week’s salon features a panel discussion about farm-to-table agriculture, a concert by The Tree Ring, poetry readings, and a mask-making craft table. Combined with a glass of wine and snacks from Guiseppe’s, it’s a fantastic, inspiring Thursday night activity – with or without a date.

Friday, August 26

Go to the San Diego Air & Space Museum to meet Al Worden, command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971. Worden will speak about his fascinating moon-travel experiences and sign copies of his new book "Falling To Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon." Book signings are at 1 & 3pm with a talk at 2pm. Entrance is free with general museum admission.

Saturday, August 27

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center continues its “Forensic Detectives" Family Science Saturdays. From 1-3pm, families can go to the Fleet’s Discovery Lab to participate in special activities for $2 (with museum admission). Activities are geared toward kids ages 5-12.

No little ones in tow? Grab tickets for the matinee or 8pm performance of “Engaging Shaw” at The Old Globe. The comedy follows the real-life romance between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend and playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Sunday, August 28

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon among flowers and plants. Check out the bonsai show at Casa del Prado’s Room 101 then go over to the Japanese Friendship Garden to see the progress of the garden’s expansion. Then walk over to the Lawn Program at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages to taste food from Panama and watch entertainment from the House of Panama’s folkloric group “Sonares de mi Tierra.”

And if you're planning to take advantage of the summertime sun at any point this weekend, bring your four-legged pal to do a photo shoot for our second annual Top Dog photo contest. Entries will be accepted through September 16.

Photo (from left) Rod Brogan as George Bernard Shaw, Michael Warner as Sidney Webb, Natalie Gold as Beatrice Webb and Angela Pierce as Charlotte Payne-Townshend in the West Coast Premiere of John Morogiello's Engaging Shaw, directed by Henry Wishcamper, July 29 - Sept. 4, 2011 at The Old Globe. Photo by Ed Krieger.