Encinitas events this week (Sept. 21)


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Encinitas Oktoberfest

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will hold its 23rd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The event, located at the intersection of Mountain Vista Dr. at El Camino Real, will feature a German band and Bavarian dancers, up to 200 vendors, including artisans with unusual arts and craft items, a family food tent serving authentic German food and beverages, and a ceremonial parade. There will be a family Funzone and a 21+ Craft Beer Garden. Admission is free. Call (760) 753-6041 or visit for more information.

Wavecrest Woodies

Wavecrest Woodies

Experience the longest running and largest gathering of Woodies in the world with 300 Woodies of every size, shape and description on display on Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moonlight Beach Parking Lot on the corner of Third and C Streets. Throughout the day, Hawaiian and surf music will be performed live, along with fabulous raffle prizes and awards. For more information, visit

The Planting and Care of Fruit Trees

LIFE San Elijo welcomes John Clements, moderator of San Diego Gardener, to talk about the planting, care and maintenance of fruit trees in San Diego’s moderate climate on Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, in the student center conference room. For more information, email

Afterschool Art: Sunflowers and Scarecrows

Kids, join the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue, for a fun class learning about creativity while making art that you can take home on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Learn to paint a fall scene with sunflowers and scarecrows. For more information, visit

Encinitas Community Garden Farm-to-Table benefit event

The Encinitas Community Garden is celebrating its third year and is holding a Farm-to-Table Dinner to support its future. A benefit event will be held Oct. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the garden, 401-473 Quail Gardens Drive. The evening will include Peruvian food prepared by Q’ero chef Monica Szepesy, who will be assisted by Chef Gordon Smith, the Encinitas Community Garden president. Special musical guest Daniel Hendrick will perform. Seating is limited. For more information and to register, visit There are also openings for plots. Visit to sign up.

U.N. International Day of Peace

The program will showcase a live set by popular musician, Emily Afton, along with international and local speakers on Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grauer School, 1500 South El Camino Real. Guests will enjoy food and wine/beer tastes at no cost. Be part of the peace that will be celebrated around the world. For more information, email

Reception and Artist Talk: Becky Robbins

Join the Lux Art Institute in welcoming local artist Becky Robbins who will lead an engaging discussion about both her work and artistic process on Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1550 South El Camino Real. A fun evening with art discussion, live music, drinks, and incredible art. For more information, visit

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Volunteer Orientation

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents to improve our lands and community connections, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy might be for you. Learn how to volunteer on Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue. For more information, visit

The Bronte Family: Achievements and Tribulations

In recognition of Emily Bronte’s 200th birthday, join the Encinitas Library for a special presentation focusing on the lives and work: their inspiration, love lives, and trials of grief and loneliness in addition to their poetry, artwork, Charlotte’s letters and Branwell’s tragic life on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at 540 Cornish Drive.

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Opening Reception: North County Photographic Society

More than 90 photographic artworks in 9 categories are on view in this juried exhibition. Subject matter ranges from picturesque landscapes to soulful psychological portraits of a human subject. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments on Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive.

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Deep Space Blueprints: Explore Art and Science with Lia Halloran

Join the Lux Art Institute’s first artist-in-residence Lia Halloran for a fun and engaging kids workshop on Sept. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1550 South El Camino Real. Discussion of her fascinating process and inspiration will be paired with a hands-on cyanotype art project using images from photographic glass negatives from the Harvard Observatory. For more information, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: Eighth Grade, Juliet Naked and Rocky Horror Picture Show. 471 Coast Highway. Tickets and showtimes:

Kelly Mellos art exhibit

The local artist and board member of the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club presents a showing of her art work and a salon talk for her new book on Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside. For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

Hospice of the North Coast is looking for Saturday volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B El Camino Real (Homegoods Shopping Center). One 4-hour shift per week is required. Volunteers will process customer purchases and price and sort donated merchandise. If you are interested, contact Mary Jo Barry, manager at 760- 943-9921. All profits go directly to Hospice for care and assistance to those in need.

City of Encinitas seeking artists to exhibit in 2019

The City of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division oversees three civic galleries: the Civic Center Gallery at City Hall, the Encinitas Library Gallery, and the Encinitas Community Center Gallery (with 2-D and 3-D exhibits at all locations). The city is accepting applications for 2019. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. There is no gallery commission, the artist receives 100 percent of all art sales. Artists from Encinitas and San Diego County are welcome to exhibit. Visit

Olivenhain Kids Cross Country Invitational

The sixth annual Olivenhain Kids Cross Country Invitational will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Olivenhain Town Hall. The invitational is a great way for kids ages 5-14 of all abilities to experience a fun, kids-only running event. Age group races begin at 8 a.m.

The course is a 500-meter loop with each race consisting of one to four loops (one for the youngest age group and up to four loops for the oldest age groups). All races are run entirely on the meeting house grounds. Entries are $15 per person in advance or $20 on race day. The town hall is located at 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road in Encinitas. For more information, visit

Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week returns for its fall edition starting Sunday, Sept. 23 and running through Sunday, Sept. 30, offering 8 days of multi-course dining deals where customers can enjoy exclusive three-course dinner menus for $20-$50 per person and two-course lunches for $10-$20 at over 180 participating restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants with their menus and to make your reservations in advance, visit

Register for annual Menehune Surf Contest

The Windansea Surf Club is accepting entries for its annual Menehune + Junior Surf Contest which will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at La Jolla Shores. Long board and short board divisions of multiple age groups are contested for boys and girls 16 years of age and under, including the popular (and very entertaining) Super Menehunes for 6- year-olds and under.

$60 entry fee includes a stocked goodie bag, event t-shirt, lunch, and admission to the lively pre-contest Pizza Party for all contestants and their families at 6 p.m., Oct. 5. Surf movies, a raffle, heat sheets, and special contestants introductions will round out the festivities. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. To register, visit

‘Pups in the Park’

Holli”day…Anyday! is inviting all furry friends to its exclusive debut event “Pups in the Park” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Proceeds from this family dog-friendly afternoon soiree will go to benefit Southern California Bulldog Rescue’s (SCBR) expansion into San Diego. Pups and their pet parents will enjoy an unforgettable afternoon at a private Rancho Santa Fe 3-acre estate.

Well-behaved dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcome to attend the event and must remain leashed. Pups in the Park is a chance for dogs and their owners to enjoy a fabulous afternoon with a picture-perfect backdrop while raising funds and awareness for SCBR. Pups in the Park will paw-off at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. A $10 donation for adults goes towards a taco of their choice at Pochos Tacos and a soft drink. For reservations, visit The private location will be disclosed after registration.

Sukkot Harvest Festival

Coastal Roots Farm hosts Sukkot Harvest Festival at Leichtag Commons, Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. This annual event for all ages coincides with the last day of the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and is the Farm’s biggest event of the year.This year’s festival theme is Renew & Reroot. The family friendly event will include a host of Jewish learning workshops, farm tours, music, tours of neighboring Butterfly Farms, a “libation station,” fermentation tastings, as well as food options for purchase. There will also be a Kids Zone with several activities, including a flower crown making station. For more information, visit

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Join fine art and wine aficionados from around the region on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., as they gather to celebrate La Jolla Art & Wine Festival’s 10-year anniversary. Free admission. Over the years, the LJAWF has expanded through the quaint streets of the village of La Jolla, and grown to be noted as one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California. This milestone anniversary celebrates how far this extraordinary event has come over the past decade and the support it will give to future generations in the next 10 years to come. The event features great food, art, entertainment, a Wine & Beer Garden and more. Proceeds benefit local public school art programs. Located on Girard Avenue, between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street in La Jolla.

For more information visit or call 619-233-5008.

Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen San Diego’s (Komen San Diego) 22nd annual Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, in Balboa Park. The vendor expo will be open at 6:30 a.m. along Balboa Drive, and the race will begin at 8 a.m. With the money raised from the event, Susan G. Komen San Diego provides free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including research, mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, care coordination, advocacy and financial assistance for breast cancer patients’ most critical needs during treatment.

“The Race is our largest fundraiser of the year where community members from across the county unite to end breast cancer,” said Shaina Gross, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “It’s emotional to see thousands of walkers pouring into Balboa Park to celebrate survivors, support those still in treatment and remember those we’ve lost.” Registration:

2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.A walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 22. Registration at 7:30 a.m., Ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Walk at 9 a.m. Route length: 2 miles. Location: North County - Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy Escondido, 92025. Visit

Jewish Short Film Festival

The Joyce Forum Short Film Festival is the first-ever stand-alone short film festival dedicated to the art and imagination of Jewish short films and filmmakers from across the globe. Almost every cinematic genre will be represented including documentary, drama, comedy, horror, animation, and more. The two-day festival takes place Oct. 6 – 7, 2018 and features distinguished jurors, Q&As with renowned filmmakers, and other special guests. Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 92037. Visit or call (858) 362-1157.

Scream Zone

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds returns Sept. 28 for a month of haunts and scream-worthy scarezones. This year, the 21st annual event runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 31 at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. For more information, visit or call 858-755-1161.

Sandpipers Square Dance Club

The Sandpipers Square Dance Club had an energetic and enthusiastic turnout for its first class of the new season recently. It was instructed by caller Mike Haworth, who introduced dancers to modern American square dancing, which uses a wide variety of music from all genres. Haworth will continue teaching fun dance sessions, Monday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe Street. At the upcoming Monday, Sept. 24 class, first-time dancers are welcome for free. Returning dancers pay $6. Contact - Christine 310-710-7530, or Terry 858-748-4219.

Beatles vs. Stones benefit concert

Beatles vs. Stones will perform at The Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 6, to raise funds for state-of-the-art surgical equipment at the Hospital Infantil de las Californias. Funds raised will also support the Hospital’s “Programa de Apoyo a Pacientes Indigentes” (program for indigent patients) and Foundation operations.A crowd of 400 is anticipated at the event, which includes dinner stations, opportunity drawing, live auction and silent auction. The humanitarian hospital provides care for children from the “mega-region” of San Diego County, Baja California and beyond. Tickets available at

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy River Valley Fest

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will hold its 9th annual River Valley Fest, “Filling in the Gaps,” on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the L’Auberge Del Mar. Guests will enjoy music performed by Gregory Page, hosted wine and beer, a gourmet dinner buffet, and enticing and exciting silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150 per person. All proceeds from this event go toward the Conservancy’s programs. Visit