Encinitas events this weekend and beyond (May 11)

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

Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden and Studio Tour

Bring your mom (or friends) to explore this year’s amazing collection of eight distinctive Encinitas and south Carlsbad gardens that are chock full of exciting artwork on display and for purchase by the San Dieguito Art Guild’s multi-talented artists on May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets available at Off Track Gallery, at each home, or online at

Blue Star Museum Program

The San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, is offering free admission to active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members) through Labor Day. To express appreciation and say ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military. For more information, visit

Parks & Recreation Café Mother’s Day Party

Celebrate the Mothers in your life with a special lunch. Choose between the main course: salmon, creamy dill sauce, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, or soup/salad: vegetable soup, egg salad on romaine or roll on May 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. To RSVP, call 760-943-2258.

Foreign Film: Kolya

This Czech film with English subtitles will screen May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Avenue in room 204. Louka, a virtuoso performer with the Czech Philharmonic, has been banned from playing by the state. Now he finds himself playing at cemeteries for a living. The film portrays an enduring tale of the transforming powers of music, language, and love. For more information, email

Opening Receptions, Civic Center Art Gallery

Canyon Crest Academy’s “A Conspiracy of Ravens” -- a collection of student pieces -- and Amanda Saint Claire’s “Rebel in the Soul” will debut at the Civic Center Gallery, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, on May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 760-633-2748.

Jackson Borges Organ Recital

Jackson Borges , organist and director of Music for The Episcopal Parish of All Saints’ Church & St. George’s Chapel in Rehoboth Beach and Harbeson, Delaware, will present an organ recital on May 20 at 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Borges has studied under Robert Plimpton, Alan Morrison, and the late Tom Hazleton, with additional instruction in improvisation from Bruce Neswick

His presentation will include: Festival Toccata - Percy E. Fetcher (1879-1932); Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator,’ Op. 4 - Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986); Prelude & Jubilee - Dale Wood - (1934-2003), Sharon Watson, pianist; Lead, Kindly Light - Carolyn Hamlin (b. 1937); and Toccata en Ré majeur - Marcel Lanquetuit (1894-1985). He is a frequent recitalist, both at home and abroad. The concert is free to the public, a good will offering will be taken.

Crack Shack fundraiser

Show you care and dine where it matters throughout the month of May to help 3,000 children in foster care. Promises2Kids has partnered with local restaurants to raise funds for San Diego foster children through Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better, now and for years to come. At all Crack Shack locations, including the one in Encinitas, 100 percent of proceeds will be donated from Bird’s Nest Sandwich purchases.

Chocolate festival

Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets will be sold on site. For more information, visit

The Hutchins Consort: Saturday Matinée

If you want to know what music diversity is, don´t miss this Hutchins Consort free family concert and hear world-class music on world-class instruments on May 12 at 11 a.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit

Mother’s Day Concert: Jonathan Leviim, violin, Dan Yu, piano

Their virtuosity will be on display as these two exceptional musical artists perform beautiful violin masterpieces by such brilliant composers as Bach, Handel, Dvorak, Paganini, Massenet, Schubert, Chopin, Gluck, Mozart, Kriesler, and Rachmaninoff on May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit

Movie Night at Glen Park

Pack up the family for the film Despicable Me 3 on May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Glen Park, 2149 Orinda Drive. The event will include fun activities for kids before the sun sets, then enjoy a night under the stars and this fun movie for all ages (approximately 7:15 start). Be sure to bring blankets or low-back chairs, a picnic and drinks, but please no glass containers. For more information, call 760-633-2740.

Bach Collegium San Diego

The concert on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Avenue, features selected works by Henry Purcell, one of the greatest and most original composers of the seventeenth century, who produced a uniquely English form of music by incorporating French and Italian stylistic elements into his compositions. For more information, visit

Coastal Roots Farm Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our production methods and the innovative technology used at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road, as you enjoy a gentle walk through the ever-evolving, beautiful and diverse vegetable, herb and flower gardens on May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please wear close-toed shoes and a sunhat.

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: Isle of Dogs, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, The Death of Stalin and Rocky Horror Picture Show. 471 Coast Highway 101. For tickets and showtimes, visit

San Diego Writers and Editors Guild event

The San Diego Writers and Editors Guild will hold a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the La Jolla Riford Library. Seventeen San Diego authors will tell their stories and present their books at the event. Visit

The La Jolla Library is at 7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla. (858) 552-1657.

Salvaged Tree Jubilee

The Salvaged Tree Jubilee will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Tree San Diego for an afternoon of storytelling, problem solving and celebration. The free event also includes woodcrafts made by local artisans, log milling demonstration, live music by Ashley Mazanec and more. RSVP at

San Diego Botanic Garden is located at 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 92024.

Tree San Diego is a 50l(c)(3) tax-exempt organization “which works to benefit the greater San Diego region by helping provide a healthier place to live, work and play.” For more details, visit

All Arabian Region One Championship Horse Show at fairgrounds

The 39th Annual All Arabian Region One Championship Horse Show will be held May 16-20, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena. This show brings together top-notch Arabian Horses in all disciplines and along with a qualifying pre-show qualifies them for all Arabian National Shows.

The Region One Championship Horse Show is the primary fundraiser and provides for all the region’s activities, including scholarships, youth programs, emergency preparedness, breed promotion and education to list just a few of the things the show supports. Visit or

Misunderstood Plants Tour

A “Misunderstood Plants Tour” will be held Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.

Hikers and flower enthusiasts can join San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy naturalists on a special tour about puzzling plants. Registration is online at

Writing Life Stories workshops

Barbara Field is offering her Writing Life Stories workshops on May 23 (morning and evening) at the Women’s Museum of California. She is also offering a workshop on May 26 for Legacy Week at the USS Midway Museum. Free same-day admission to the Midway once you purchase tickets to this workshop. More information at and on Eventbrite.

Field offers Writing Life Stories classes in San Diego and NYC at museums, libraries, private organizations and colleges. She worked for UC San Diego, Harcourt Brace, CBS, The Op Ed Project and Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She published widely and her novel won a Writer’s Digest fiction award. She was recently featured at a Generation Women storytelling event. Go to for more information.