what we love tn The excitement is back… The most popular equestrian competition in the West Coast is coming from April 19 through May 6 to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Del Mar National Horse Show brings Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competitions along with its own signature Saturday Night Event. America’s favorite horsewoman and actress Bo Derek will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. www.delmarnational.com.

Are you ready to be enlightened? His holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama will be in San Diego April 18 and 19th. A two day symposium, Compassion Without Borders will be held at UCSD, USD and SDSU. His Holiness will share his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today’s society. www.dalailamasd.org

Looking good in the spring! The latest in cosmetic trends, must-have accessories and fashionable flair at Simon Fashion Now April 27 and 28. Enjoy energetic spring fashion shows and participating retailers at Fashion Valley offering in-store promotions and special discounts. All fashion shows and events are free to the public. Giveaways throughout the event and one lucky shopper will win a $2,500 shopping spree. www.shopfashionvalley.com

Travelling South… Discover Baja California while giving back to a good cause. From April 27-29, an educational tour will explore and teach about the cultural traditions of the first indigenous settlers, the endemic wildlife and natural beauty of Baja California that CAREM and Terra Peninsular have been working to protect. Proceeds will help preserve the cultural traditions and wildlife for future generations. www.discoverbajacalifornia.org