Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (April 20)


For a complete list of events, visit the city’s newsletter at

Arbor Day tree planting event

The City of Encinitas will be hosting a free “Arbor Day” event for tree enthusiasts on April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Tree Stewards will be on hand to discuss tree care and management in an urban setting. Vendor booths with tree information and giveaways. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees (the holes will be pre-dug!). For more information, call 760-633-2850.

Mayor’s Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast

Mayor Catherine Blakespear will speak at the 25th annual Mayor’s Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast on May 3 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Reverend Megan Cefalu will speak on “Poverty and Privilege.” Check-in begins at 7 a.m., and seating is limited, so attendees must RSVP by April 30 by contacting Keith Goodsell at

Earthquake lecture

Jean Bernard Minster, distinguished professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and former Scientific Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will review recent advances in assessing seismic risks in Southern California in a free lecture presented by Life San Elijo on the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, on April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The discussion will examine Jordan’s (USC/SCEC) characterization of the southern San Andreas fault as “Locked, Loaded, and Ready to Roll.” For more information, email

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Star Theatre’s youth company presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on select nights from May 4 to May 13 at 402 North Coast Highway in Oceanside. Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is an irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and a coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including Go, Go, Go, Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph blends pop, country, and rock into an uplifting story of biblical proportions. For dates, tickets and more information, visit

Mosaic Mandala with Textural Clay Embellishments

In this two-day meditative and fun class, on April 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., led by Marsha Rafter, you will be working with handmade textural ceramic tiles as well as a wide variety of glass tiles, glass gems, stained glass, mirror and ball chain to create a 16-inch mosaic mandala at the Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive. You will become immersed in the symmetry and flow of this circular form as the creating becomes a form of meditation. To RSVP and for prices, visit

SDA Foundation’s Inaugural Golf Tournament

Take part in San Dieguito Academy Foundation’s first-ever golf tournament on April 20 at 1 p.m. at Shotgun Start, Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 S El Camino Real in Oceanside. For more information, visit

Creek to bay cleanup

Join volunteers of all ages in an annual cleanup of the San Elijo Lagoon, in partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego. Activities include removal of invasive for better water quality and to improve habitat for animals and birds. To RSVP, visit

‘Songs & Sacred Songs’

The San Dieguito United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presents Songs & Sacred Songs: Adolphus Hailstork’s “I will lift up mine eyes” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Psalm 42” in a free concert in the SDUMC Sanctuary, 170 Calle Magdalena, on April 22 at 4 p.m. Under the direction of Emilie Amrein, the program features guest artists Tasha Koontz, soprano; Daniel Myers, tenor; Michael Blinco, baritone; and SDUMC’s resident organist, Sharon Watson. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, visit .

Art Class: The Language of Seeing, with Alex Schaffer

Representing the world we see is the very reason oil paint was invented and it’s the first thing we wish to understand when we are learning to paint. Visiting artist and teacher Alex Schaefer will teach the process of painting step by step, from start to finish, on Saturdays from April 21 to June 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real. For more information, visit

Large animal evacuation forum

Join the City of Encinitas, Olivenhain Town Council, San Dieguito Riders and Encinitas Trails Coalition as they facilitate a positive dialogue between government agencies, organizations, and the local community regarding future large animal evacuations on April 21 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services, San Diego Humane Society, CalFire and Encinitas Fire have been invited to participate. Laura Ward, deputy director of the County Department of Animal Services will present on how large animal owners can be prepared in an emergency. In addition, each agency will explain their role in a fire evacuation and how a large animal owner can be prepared. For more information and to register, visit

Earth Month Recycled Collage

April is Earth Month. Create a fun and environment-friendly recycled art project, a three-dimensional collage every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Using recycled materials, such as cardboard, paper, bottle caps, fabric, newspaper, paint, some bling, and of course your imagination. For more information, visit or call 760-632-9711.

Performing Arts for Teens and Adults with Autism

Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) teaches theatre, dance and group singing workshops designed to teach social/communication skills to teens and young adults with autism. Volunteers are welcome. Pacthouse Players will perform Beyond Bullying on Saturdays in April from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at 535 Encinitas Boulevard. For more information, call 760-815-8512.

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: Bombshell: The Lefy Lamarr Story, The Death of Stalin and Rocky Horror Picture Show. 471 Coast Hwy. 101. For show times, call 760-436-7469.

Encinitas Lions Club fundraiser

The Encinitas Lions Club will host its annual Champagne Night at the Movies at the La Paloma Theatre, 471 South Coast Highway, on Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. This year’s movie is “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon.

The event will feature free champagne, prize drawings, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and a grand prize of $500. You need not be present to win. 100 percent of the donations will be used to give back to the community and to help those who need help.

For tickets call 760-436-7528, text 760-419-1033, or email

22nd Annual Meet the Chefs event

The 22nd Annual Meet the Chefs event will be held Sunday, April 29, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Hilton Del Mar. This special culinary experience treats over 350 guests to sample signature dishes from over a dozen premier restaurants and chefs in San Diego, complemented by an extensive selection of wines and champagne. The event also features auction items, opportunity drawings, and live music. All proceeds raised will directly benefit Casa de Amparo. Tickets:

Art Alive 2018

Springtime in San Diego means Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art April 27-29. A blaze of color, bright blossoms, and lush foliage—a garden of earthly delights—the museum blooms again. With 100-plus floral interpretations of masterworks of art and four flower-filled days of events, Art Alive returns for its 37th year. Created by top local and national designers, these floral interpretations can be seen April 26 at the Premiere Dinner and throughout Art Alive weekend April 27 – 29. This year Art Alive honors the opening of Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold.Visit

Benefit concert for local immigration relief, a journey to citizenship

North County Immigration and Citizenship Center (NCICC) located in Solana Beach recently announced that tickets are on sale for the annual benefit concert with live entertainment of inspirational jazz and gospel music. The event will be held be held Sunday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Solana Beach, Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075.

NCICC is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization legal and educational service provider serving San Diego County residents whose mission is to help immigrants navigate the complicated legal and cultural path to citizenship in the United States. Over 100,000 permanent residents in San Diego County are eligible for citizenship. Visit for tickets and more information.

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair will be held April 28-29 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event features 150 local and national companies that have products and services that cater to kids and families. Meet instructors and coaches teaching karate, soccer and football. Or sign up for a gymnastics, talent or dance school. Pet a furry friend like a miniature donkey or touch exotic animals like a huge a snake. The event also includes kids activities, games, crafts and more. Visit

Del Mar National Horse Show

Steeped in tradition and a rich history of showcasing some of the most exciting and prestigious world-class equestrian competitions in the United States – the 73rd Del Mar National Horse Show is gearing up for its best show yet April 17-May 6 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The iconic three-week event brings together many of the most accomplished, athletic and revered horse and rider teams to compete for coveted trophies. Visit

Full Moon Hike

Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for a full-moon hike on the Dust Devil Nature Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon. This 1.7-mile loop trail is easy, short and flat. Dogs are welcome on leash.

April 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. Directions provided on registration. https//

Father Joe’s Village gala benefits children in need

Father Joe’s Villages invites the community to create a better tomorrow for local children at its 2018 Children’s Charity Gala: Up, Up and Away on May 5 at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel. Father Joe’s Villages will honor four community leaders who serve neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness. The gala will raise funds for Father Joe’s Villages’ therapeutic childcare center and other services for children and families.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction with hosted bar and entertainment. The event will also feature an exquisite dinner and program, including a live auction and dancing to San Diego’s favorite band, Atomic Groove.

Tickets and sponsorships are available at or by calling 1-800-HOMELESS.

SOS land use initiative discussion

The League of Women Voters of San Diego North County invites the public to join them on April 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos for its next General Meeting, which will be a discussion of land use and the Safeguard our San Diego Countryside (SOS) Initiative; the initiative was given League support at its recent board meeting. For more information, contact the League of Women Voters North County San Diego at or 760-736-1648.