Encinitas events this week (Aug. 10)


The Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and more on Aug. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. The orchestra’s talented musicians perform the authentic arrangements of these famous big bands. For more information, visit

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

For dogs and dog lovers, this event Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. features over 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies and Maker’s Market Row at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Get ready for dog contests, live music, beer and wine garden, food trucks, opportunity drawings, kids activities and more. For more information, visit

Fiddler Girl Concert

Celia Lawley will demonstrate different instruments and perform world music on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Come early at 1:30 p.m. for an ice cream social. For more information, visit

Great Outdoor Shabbat

Join the Hive at Leichtag Commons and Coastal Roots Farm for the last family-friendly Great Outdoor Shabbat of the summer on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. The ambiance, challah, candles, music, and activities for the kids will all be provided. Bring a picnic dinner, blankets or chairs. For more information and to register, visit

West African Dance

Babacar Ndiaye from Kaolack, Senegal will lead this class on Aug. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Boulevard. Ndiaye is known for his Sabar expertise which he will be teaching along with djembe dances. Live percussion accompanies class. For more information, visit

Skate Rising

For girls, ages 4-18. Take part in a skate clinic and feel inspired and empowered on Aug. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Encinitas Community Park Skate Plaza, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Learn about a need in the community and address the need through a community service project: build back to school kits and sign commit to kindness contracts. For more information, visit

Japan Festival

One of the library’s largest events celebrates Encinitas’ Sister City Amakusa, Japan. This event on Aug. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library, 540 Cornish Drive, features an array of Japanese artists with exciting performances: music by Silk Wind Trio, fashion show by San Diego Kimono Club, tea ceremony demonstration in the Urasenke style, Japanese drumming by Naruwan Taiko, plus origami, kendama toy demonstrations, free refreshments and Yo Yo Bento Japanese food truck items for purchase. For more information, visit

San Dieguito Art Guild Off Track Gallery: Artist Reception

Enjoy refreshments and an awards ceremony to recognize Encinitas Friends of the Arts and three promising MiraCosta College students: Rachel Greenstein (watercolor, oils), Priscilla Rivera (portraits), and Jonathan Broberg (variety of media) on Aug. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Off Track Gallery, 937 South Coast Highway 101. All artwork in the Gallery will be 10 percent off. For more information, visit

Landscape Workshop

Olivenhain Municipal Water District will host a free landscape workshop Aug. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Taught by WaterSmart instructor Sharon Zipperman, this workshop will provide step-by-step instruction on how attendees can reduce their water bill while improving the health and appearance of their gardens. Attendance is free and open to the public, although reservations are required. For more information or to register for this WaterSmart workshop, visit or call 760-632-4641.

Star Theatre benefit concert

Star Theatre hosts a very special benefit concert featuring the talents of Gregorio and the Mello Cello on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at 402 North Coast Highway in Oceanside. Help the theatre raise money to support its capital campaign for a new heating and air conditioning system. Come and enjoy this delightful duo as they infuse “The Romero Family” Spanish Guitar with the whimsical musings of the Mello Cello to create a unique experience for the senses. This one-hour-and-45-minute program will include three performance sections and two intermissions including wine, appetizers and desserts. For more information, visit

Food trucks, Reggae Fest at Del Mar Racetrack

Foodies and reggae lovers won’t want to miss out on events at the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 11 — in addition to the races the day will include the Gourmet Food Truck Festival and the annual Reggae Fest featuring Ziggy Marley. The 8th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. After the last race, Racetrack guests can groove to the reggae beats of Ziggy Marley as he takes the stage as the main act of this year’s Reggae Fest.

Aug. 11 is also a Family Saturday. From 1-6 p.m., the infield will be lined with several free attractions for families to enjoy, including pony rides, a game zone, face painters and a giant obstacle course. For more information, visit

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

In honor of National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day on Aug. 18, which aims to bring awareness to the nation’s animal-homelessness crisis, people are encouraged to adopt instead of shop. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza Street, will participate in the Clear the Shelters program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding. Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes. For more information, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: The King, RBG, The Karate Kid and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets: $10. For more information and show times, visit

Free art/creativity workshop

Linda Luisi hosts free art/creativity workshops from 7 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon Center, 2202 South Coast Highway, in Oceanside. Beginners are welcome. Participants should bring paper, pencils, pastels or watercolors. To register, call 760-439-2473. For more information, visit

Summer Concerts by the Sea: The Pettybreakers

Hear the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band accurately recreates the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty performance. Rock out on the sand at beautiful Moonlight Beach. Bring blankets and beach chairs. No dogs, glass or alcohol. Sunday, Aug. 19, 3-5 p.m. Moonlight Beach, 400 B St. Free. 760-633-2740.

Community Resource Center Open House

The Community Resource Center is open for visitors. Join the team at CRC for a tour of the Food & Nutrition Center and learn about their impact in the community where they address hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. Please RSVP. Tuesday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m. Community Resource Center, 650 2nd Street. Free.

Meet and Greet the Sea with the Birch Aquarium

Learn how different sea creatures move and survive in the tide pools through puppet demonstrations, role-play and live animal interactions. For ages 3-5 years. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 3:45, 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 18, 1:00-2:15 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Wednesdays@Noon concert

Toni is an award-winner at numerous competitions, earned her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and is an Assistant Professor of Music at San Diego State University. Flutist Pamela Vliek Martchev has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony and LA Chamber Orchestra. They will perform works by Chaminade, Blavet, Tailleferre and Taffanel. (Parks, Rec. and Cultural Arts Dept.) Wednesday, Aug. 15, 12:00-12:50 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-633-2746.

Open Mic

Open Mic Night: The new open mic event features local singer songwriters in performance and is hosted by Semisi Ma’u from the band Fula Bula. Every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. Tower 13, 2633 S. Coast Hwy 101. Free.

Summer Open Mic: Enjoy some musical fun this summer and share your hidden talent: sing, play an instrument, or be part of the audience. With musical theatre director Marcia Hootman on piano. Wednesdays, through Aug. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. Seaside Center, 1613 Lake Drive. Free.

Solar System Explorers Club: Asteroids and Comets

Led by Susan (“Dr. Sooz”) Kurtik, this month’s adventure includes a presentation on the NASA OSIRIS-Rex mission that will approach the target asteroid, Bennu, in August. Followed by fun asteroid and comet hands-on activities. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m. (3rd Wednesdays). Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Thursday Family Fun Night

Families are invited to pack up the kids and enjoy some outdoor fun. Live, kid-friendly entertainment is provided each Thursday night from 6-7 p.m. in the Ocean View/Blue Lot. This week, enjoy a performance by Kristen Cook. Thursday, Aug. 16, 4:30-8 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr. Free with paid admission/membership.

Encinitas Cruise Nights

Cruise downtown Encinitas to see hundreds of hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage vehicles and enjoy live music at several venues and find car clubs. All types and makes of classic vehicles, domestic and foreign, are welcome in any open street parking spaces. Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. S. Coast Hwy 101 between D-J Streets. Free. 760-943-1950.

9th Annual TwainFest

Write Out Loud, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience — announces the 9th Annual TwainFest to take place on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego.

TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is an all day free festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old-fashioned gathering at the park. Presentations occur at a variety of park venues throughout the day. Visit

Brandeis National Committee luncheon

The San Dieguito Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will hold its first event of the year, the Opening Meeting/Study Group Showcase luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Study Groups, which are informal learning sessions including book and movie discussions, music, current events and history, will be described, and many social activities have been added this year.

Hannah Cohen, author of Remarkable Women of San Diego will speak. Newcomers are especially welcome. For more information, to see the menu, or to reserve ($36) please call 858-309-8348 before Aug. 20.

36th Annual UCP Golf Classic

Be a part of the 36th Annual UCP Golf Classic to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 20, with check-in at 11:30 a.m. A shotgun start will follow (1:00 pm) at the El Camino Country Club and festivities will continue with an awards dinner after tournament play is finished. Entry fee is $325 per person - $1,180 per foursome and includes lunch, green fees, golf cart, dinner, tee prizes, and refreshments. For more information call (858) 571-5365 or sign up directly on the web at or

‘Create a California Native Garden’

“Create a California Native Garden: Ready-Set-Go!”: The California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter will hold a day of presentations from experts in the field of California native gardening Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at UCSD-Scripps Sumner Auditorium, 8596 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla. Tickets are $55 and include coffee, muffins, snacks and box lunch. For questions, contact Judie Lincer or Joseph Sochor at or (619) 800-0898. Visit and tickets can be purchased at

PRIDE by the Beach

Mark your calendars to attend PRIDE by the Beach on Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the beautiful outdoor Oceanside Civic Center Plaza in downtown Oceanside. PRIDE by the Beach, a coastal street festival, is a visibility and outreach program of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center (501C3.) Live entertainment, exhibitors, food and fun-right by the beach. Family and dog friendly. Interested festival exhibitors/sponsors should contact Lisa Nava at: or 760-994-1960. Location: Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside (intersection with Pier View Way). Visit