Encinitas events this week: May 31


Art Night Encinitas
Enjoy an evening of visual art as Encinitas civic and local art galleries swing open their doors to celebrate the city’s diverse visual art scene at nine participating galleries. Take the shuttle buses and enjoy live music, artist demos and refreshments, including Lux Art Institute, Off Track Gallery, Art and Soul on the 101, Bliss 101, Corner Frame Shop/Leucadia Art Gallery and First Street Gallery. (Parks, Rec. and Cultural Arts Dept.)
Saturday, June 1, 6-9 p.m. City Hall, Encinitas Library, Encinitas Community Center and other locations. Free. 760-633-2746.

Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival
The Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival is slated to take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive. The festival is an opportunity for the community to stroll the grounds, sample fine wines and beverages from around the world and enjoy taste sampling from 24 local restaurants. This event will also feature live music, a silent auction and a raffle. For ages 21+. Proceeds benefit community charities. Tickets from $110.

Farm Work Party
From 1-5 p.m. Friday, May 31, a Farm Work Party will be hosted at Ocean Knoll Elementary School Children’s Farm, 910 Melba Road. Volunteers are invited to help work on the school farm, and are encouraged to bring gloves, close-toed shoes and tools, and stay for live music by the local Vulcan Mountain Boys. Refreshments will be provided by KombiKeg and Hawaiian Shaved Ice will be provided by Old School. (760) 944-4351.

Monthly Volunteer Work Day on Ocean Knoll Children’s Farm
Every first Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m., Ocean Knoll Elementary School hosts its volunteer work day on the Children’s Farm. The farm grows food for the school’s Nutritional Lab, where the children learn to grow, harvest, cook and eat nutritious food. The farm also houses chickens that first graders hatched while learning about life cycles, along with a community garden, an array of fruit trees and a composting system. The next Volunteer Work Day on OK Elementary School Children’s Farm will be June 1. (760) 944-4351.

FIESTA UNIDOS event at Ocean Knoll School
Ocean Knoll Elementary School will be celebrating its children at the annual fiesta “FIESTA UNIDOS,” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The community is invited to join for kid games, photo booth, a cake walk, face painting, a magician, music, fire truck, homemade food and more. Free admission, food tickets for $1. Address: 910 Melba Road, Encinitas. (760) 944-4351.

Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Santos
Artist Santos will be giving a talk about his work and artistic process on Friday, May 31 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real. Santos celebrates his cultural heritage through brightly colored sculptures and paintings. An art lounge DJ, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be available from 6-7 p.m. and the artist talk and a Q&A session will take place 7-8 p.m. Members free, guests $10. (760) 436-6611 or

West African Dance
Abagail Fritz will teach a West African Dance Class from 7-8:30 p.m. at Dance North County, Suite 100, 533 Encinitas Blvd. West African Dance classes feature rotating instructors from Southern California and beyond who teach the traditional movements and meanings of folkloric dances from Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast. All skill levels welcome. Prices range $6-$15. (760) 402-7229.

Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club Meeting
The Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club will meet on June 8, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Library, Dove Lane, in Carlsbad. The guest speaker will be Joel Day, director at the City of San Diego, who will speak on “Countering Hate Extremism and Radicalization.” Day oversees the city’s 49 public policy boards and commissions. He is also is a liaison on the homeland security issues of violent extremism and targeted violence. In addition Day is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies and a National Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. Refreshments will be served.

Green Living Tour
A Green Living Tour is offered by Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to teach participants some easy steps to address issues around water, waste, soil health and more practical solutions to incorporate into your life and home. The tour takes place 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N El Camino Real. Tour attendees will have the opportunity to explore the center’s worm bins, greywater systems, innovative compost projects, tool lending library, water-wise garden and more. For individuals and groups of six or less, sign up online to reserve a spot. Space is limited. For groups of more than six, e-mail to set up a private tour for a nominal fee. (760) 436-7986 ext. 707 or

Healing Arts Class
Synergy Art Foundation is hosting a class facilitated by Denise McMurtrie for those recovering from brain injuries and/or neurological challenges. Participants get to partake in self-expression through art, increase skills and improve eye/hand coordination under the warm and supportive direction of McMurtrie. The class takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays June 1 and 15 and at 4 p.m. Saturdays June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Scripps Hospital, Brain Injury Treatment Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free. (760) 633-6709 or

This Week at the Heritage Ranch
Families Make History: Join Miss Mary on the patio for fun make-and-take projects for the entire family. Every Sunday in June from noon to 4 p.m. Free. Tour the Teten Farm House: Visit one of the first homesteads in Olivenhain, which has been restored and features original furniture. Every Saturday in June from 12:30-4 p.m.

Suzanne Harper in concert: Takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1. $10 tickets.

Jam Circle: Pickers, players, singers and spectators. All styles, ages and abilities are welcomed. Bring a chair and your instrument. Takes place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2. $5.

All events held at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. (760) 632-9711.

Performing Arts for Teens and Adults with Autism
Positive Action Community Theatre is hosting performing art workshops designed to teach social/communication skills to teens and young adults (3-5:30 p.m.) and children (2-3 p.m.), with autism in an inclusive environment. Workshops take place 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and 8 at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101. $20 per session, scholarships available. (760) 815-8512.

Encinitas Friends of the Arts Artists Collective
Encinitas Friends of the Arts is inviting artists working in all art forms residing in Encinitas to gather for refreshments, conversation and brainstorming as they set goals for the group. Participants should bring food or drink to contribute toward the potluck. For ages 21+. This event takes place 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. RSVP at

First Sunday Music Series: Danny Green Trio
Danny Green Trio will put on a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Over the past decade, jazz pianist and Origin Records recording artist Danny Green has earned recognition as a bandleader and as a composer with a gift for spinning supple, absorbing narratives. His growing portfolio of vibrant sounds includes a mix of jazz, classical and Brazilian rhythms. Free.

Encinitas Ballet: Don Quixote
Encinitas Ballet is putting on a production of Don Quixote, full of Spanish flair, comedy and romance. The performance is slated to take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at David H. Thompson Performing Arts Center at La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. A lavish full-length production, replete with a large cast, costumes from the Bolshoi Ballet and gorgeous sets captivating the spirit of 17th century Spain. Tickets from $20. (760) 632-4947.

Movies at La Paloma Theatre
La Paloma Theatre is now showing Red Joan, The Mustang, Amazing Grace and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are $10, cash only. 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show times available at or (760) 436-7469.

San Dieguito River Park trail run, community fair
On Sunday, June 9 the San Dieguito River Park JPA will celebrate 30 years of environmental preservation, recreation and education with trail runs, a community fair, farmers market and silent auction from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead in Escondido.

The San Dieguito River Park 15k / 5k /1k / Tot Trot trail runs will begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants are invited to come run or walk along the beautiful trails adjacent to Lake Hodges, along both sides of Interstate 15 on nicely maintained trails with light rolling hills. The courses will be well marked with ample aide stations. The event will be professionally timed with live onsite and online results.

The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is located at 12655 Sunset Drive in Escondido. To register for the trail runs, visit and don’t forget to enter the discount code celebrate30years.

Celebrate National Pride Month at Cardiff Library
Community members are encouraged to check out a “living book” and challenge prejudice in the community at the Cardiff Library’s Human Library Program Saturday, June 1, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The event is part of the National Pride Month celebration.

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘’read’’ the book- meaning they would have a one-on-one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library is located at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff, 92007. Visit

Encinitas Library book sale
Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale Saturday, June 1. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CD’s for 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. Books range from current fiction, children’s selections, biography, self-help and spirituality to health, history, travel and science. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the general public and opens at 9 a.m. for members at the library, 540 Cornish Drive. Community members can join the Friends group at the door. Visit

Blues musicians at Ki’s Restaurant

Friday, May 31, at Ki’s Restaurant, 7:30-9:30 p.m., blues musicians Robin Henkel and Whitney Shay will perform. Address: 2591 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, (760) 436-5236.

Lady Brain Fest
Lady Brain Fest partners with Listen Local Radio to host Lady Brain Fest festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 at Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. The event will feature music from 20 women-fronted musical acts (get the full lineup at Additional activities and entertainment will include poetry readings by Lizzie Wann, interactive art stations, special guest performers, local vendors and a kids zone. Food and drinks available for purchase. Lady Brain Presents founder and festival co-organizer Lindsay White said, “Our members are all about taking action to create opportunities where they don’t normally exist. Since male-fronted acts routinely get the lion’s share of festival bookings, we brought forth a festival that challenges those norms while celebrating intersectional Lady Brain talent that is inclusive of a range of ages, cultures, sexualities, and music genres.” Tickets from $10 at

The Rat Pack
Coastal Cities Jazz Band presents “Direct from Las Vegas: The Rat Pack.” Andy DiMino will star as Dean Martin, Lambus Dean as Sammy Davis Jr. and Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra. This performance will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. To purchase tickets in advance, call Gary Adcock at (858) 775-1113.

Volunteers invited to help improve trails
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is participating in National Trails Day at Gonzales Canyon Open Space Preserve in Del Mar on Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-noon.

Volunteers are invited by the Conservancy (SDRVC), REI, and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association to participate in improving trails within the Gonzales Canyon Open Space Preserve and tend SDRVC’s 2018–2019 habitat-restoration sites in Gonzales Canyon. Gloves, tools, and water will be provided. All ages welcome with waiver.

This event is free. Ample free parking is at the trailhead, 13510 Sword Way in Del Mar, 92130. Contact Jonathan Appelbaum, SDRVC Conservation manager, at

Register at

San Diego County Fair
The San Diego County Fair is back, featuring a “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” theme in a nod to the classic children’s tale by L. Frank Baum. The festivities will kick off at 4 p.m. May 31 and continue through the July Fourth holiday. Location: Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Visit

North Coast Rep presents ‘Wiesenthal’ June 10-11
From Off-Broadway, North Coast Rep presents “Wiesenthal,” a play written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. His 90-minute play is heartfelt, deeply moving and compelling; he makes history come alive. Simon Wiesenthal was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor who became a Nazi hunter after the war. He spent his life tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals so they could be brought to trial. He was affectionately called “The Jewish James Bond,” as he recounts his life, like a gripping spy thriller, and how he solved his most sensational cases.

“Wiesenthal” will run June 10-11, at 7:30 p.m. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $40 with discounts for students, military, and educators. Call 858-481-1055, or visit to purchase tickets.

RB Chorale 45th anniversary show
Pat Bean will present “The RB Chorale: A Celebration of 45 Years” on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at the Poway Performing Arts Center, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. This milestone show will include some of the most popular numbers performed by the Chorale since its inception in 1974. Tickets may be purchased at

NC Rep Impro Theatre Twilight Zone Unscripted
From the darkest corners of reality, to the land of the unexplained — Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone Unscripted pays homage to Rod Serling’s breakthrough sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone.” The Twilight Zone Unscripted will run Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theatre, located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 92075. Call 858-481-1055, or visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Desperado show returns to Belly Up
It takes a lot of talent to pull off the vocals and musicianship of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, but Southern California’s Premier Eagles tribute band, Desperado does it. These musicians have honed their skills and boast an “all live presentation.” No backing tracks or samplers are used in their show. Desperado truly challenges the audience to tell the difference between what they played live and the original recordings.

Desperado performs on Saturday, June 22 at the Belly Up at 9 p.m. Santana Ways opens the show. Tickets are $18/$20 and may be purchased at the venue’s box office, by phone at (858) 481.8140 or online at The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. The show is 21+.