Encinitas events: June 21

Another Roll of the Dice cast members (front row, seated): Allison Spratt Pearce and Darrick Penny; Back row, l-r: Elliot Lazar, Jason Maddy, Lance Carter and Sarah Errington
Another Roll of the Dice cast members (front row, seated): Allison Spratt Pearce and Darrick Penny; Back row, l-r: Elliot Lazar, Jason Maddy, Lance Carter and Sarah Errington
(Aaron Rumley)

NC Rep: Another Roll of the Dice
North Coast Repertory Theatre is capping its successful Season 37 with the World Premier of Another Roll of the Dice, a rollicking musical conceived by Mark Saltzman, based on the stories of Damon Runyon and the songs of Frank Loesser, who penned some of the best-loved songs in the American Songbook. Dice performances take place Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, Aug. 4.

Times vary. Previews $45, week nights $52, Saturday matinees and Sunday nights $49, Saturday nights and Sunday Matinees $56, Wednesday Matinee (July 31) $52. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. (858) 481-1055.

Volunteers needed
Hospice of the North Coast is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B El Camino Real (Homegoods Shopping Center). One four-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.

Summer Fun on the 101
Walk, bike or skate to Leucadia Roadside Park with family and friends to hear nine live performances by local legends and up and coming musical talent. Plus children’s activities, opportunity drawings and the Swell Property Craft Beer Garden. Saturday, June 22, 12-7:40 p.m. 860 N Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia Roadside Park. Free. 760-436-2320,

Lady Brain Fest brings all-female fronted music festival to Encinitas July 7

The official lineup has been announced for the first annual Lady Brain Fest, which will take place on Sunday, July 7 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas. The all-ages festival is hosted in partnership with Listen Local Radio and will encompass live music from 20 women-fronted musical acts, poetry readings, interactive art stations, special guest performers, local vendors, a kids’ zone and more.

“Our members are all about taking action to create opportunities where they don’t normally exist,” said Lindsay White, founder of Lady Brain Presents and festival co-organizer. “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 are on sale now and can be purchased online at for $12 or at the door for $15. Admission is free for children 12 years old and under. Additional activities and entertainment will include poetry readings by Lizzie Wann, interactive art stations, special guest performers, local vendors, food, drinks and a kids’ zone.

For a list of performers and more information, visit

Open Mic Jam Session
Tuesdays are an opportunity to share your hidden musical talent: sing, play an instrument or be part of the audience (think Karaoke, but with live music!) under the direction of Doug Allen of the Mar Dels.

Open Mic Jam Sessions take place every Tuesday 6:30-10 p.m. at San Dieguito American Legion Post 416, 210 West F Street. Free. (760) 753-5674.

Coastal Communities Concert Band: Music from Stage and Screen
Musical themes from favorite Broadway plays and movies, including Aladdin, Star Trek, Schindler’s List, Robin Hood and The Golden Age of Broadway will be performed, featuring vocal favorite Michael Ruhl. This concert takes place 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St.

Free students, $20 adults, $15 seniors. Tickets available at (760) 727-3741 and

Concert: Good Pour
This group specializes in classic music and will play a variety of songs from past to present, celebrating the California sun, surfing and more. The concert is slated to take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. (760) 944-1936.

15th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
Surf contests, surf joust session, performances, beach vendors and more are all featured for this day of surfing and music to raise awareness and funds for kids in need. Surf contests take place 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the concert takes place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 29 at Moonlight Beach, 400 B Street. Free.

The Game: A Songwriter’s Get Together
Write a song to the title “Stand Out” or “Make it Up,” then show up by noon to play it. All ages and abilities are welcomed. There will be an outdoor stage available, small PA, two mics and one input. Refreshments available. This event is set to take place noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. $5. (760) 632-9711 or

West African Dance
Los Angeles dancer and choreographer, Jahana Blunt, will be teaching West African Dance to all levels, accompanied by talented percussionists. Dance lessons take place 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Dance North County, Suite 100, 533 Encinitas Blvd. Prices range $6-$15. (760) 402-7229.

North Coast Symphony Chamber Recital
Chamber music ensembles from the North Coast Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Encinitas Library at 2:30 p.m. on June 30. A variety of groups will perform at the free recital, including a flute quintet, string quartet, wind ensemble, and more, playing music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and others. For more information visit:

Ron Salisbury Presents Nature Poems
Saturday, June 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Award-winning poet and exceptional teacher Ron Salisbury invites the community to join him for an exploration of Nature Poems: how to write them, why we write them and how different cultures treat them. Plenty of examples provided, held as part of A Summer Learning Challenge program. (760) 753-7376. or

Artist Colleen Veneri, Ocean View: Over and Under

The process of intuitive thinking is reflected in the artwork through the way the painting unfolds with shapes, colors and values. View paintings through July 15 at Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. (760) 633-2600.

Artists Cam Baher and Grace Swanson, Turned Wood and Gourd Art

Cam Baher said about his artwork, “Turning, for me, is an expanding dialogue, first with the wood, and then with the viewer, as they look at the piece, trace its profile, discover its patterns, and hold the wood in their hands. If I’ve done my job right, I’ve helped to reveal the message of the wood.” Grace Swanson stated, “My interest in gourds was sparked by a one-day workshop I took. I knew about gourds from my childhood in Nigeria, where the people use gourds for everything, from spoons to bowls and for storage.” View their artwork at through July 15 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. (760) 633-2600. and

Artist Sheryl Tempchin, Mindscapes.

Sheryl Tempchin’s acrylic paintings are mostly abstract and express deep feelings for nature, filled with color and emotion. They create a visual poetry or music environment. Her work is available for viewing through July 16 at Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. (760) 753-7376.

Artist Pierre Bounaud, Glazed/Unglazed: Working the Ceramic Surface

The ceramic artwork explores the surface of porcelain and features a diversity of decorating techniques, glazes and non-glazing elements. “My inspiration is mainly visual in nature,” said Bounaud, “I found that I am sensitive to shapes, geometric patterns, and contrasting colors. Probably a consequence of years of looking for patterns in a sea of random scientific data.” Available for viewing through July 16 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. (760) 753-7376.

Artist Cheryl Ehlers, Hypnotic Movements: Chasing Coral.

Cheryl Ehlers’ acrylic paintings reflect a yearlong project based on coral and underwater themes. In collaboration with Exploration Film Labs and The Ocean Agency, the hope is to heighten public awareness and engage the community in the hidden story beneath the waves about the coral reef crisis. Available for viewing through July 17 at Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. (760) 943-2260.

Photographer Barbara Murray, My Town

Barbara Murray’s photography reflects the unique and eccentric residences, back alleys and small out-of-the-way streets in Encinitas. Her photography is available for viewing through July 17 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. (760) 943-2260.

Sculptor Armida Flores, The Art of Expression

Armida Flores’ clay sculpture features creatures, figurative and fantasy, that are finished with acrylic washes and velvet glazes. The artwork is available for viewing through July 17 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. (760) 943-2260.

Painter Carolyn Case displays her oil paintings

Carolyn Case’s oil paintings are multi-layered paintings that symbolize the complexity of culture and the constant demolition and rebuilding of cultural elements throughout history. Her process involves adding and subtracting layers of paint through sanding and scraping. The destruction of architecture, artifacts and sometimes the dilapidated state of past cultures are depicted. Multi-layered paintings symbolize the complexity of culture and the constant demolition and rebuilding of cultural elements throughout history. Her paintings are available for viewing through August 3 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real. (760) 436-6611.

Expressive Arts Workshop: The Artful Book of Wonders
This workshop is an 8-week series that will take place 10 a.m. to noon June 28-Aug. 16 at UCSD Cancer Center, 1200 Garden View Road. RSVP to join and alter used books and re-purpose them into creative personal expressions by adding simple drawing, painting, writing, stamping and collage with pictures, images, quotes and found objects to express your thoughts, ideas and cherished moments. E-mail or call (858) 735-5708.

Ceramics Lab
From 3-7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, June 24-Aug. 14 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, a ceramics lab is offered to adults 18 and older. Participants have the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned in class and explore new possibilities with a ceramics lab membership. $380-$420. (760) 436-6611 or

Healing from Pregnancy Loss
Zen teacher Nicollee McMahon and Board Certified Art Therapist Ellen Speert are hosting a workshop to make art and utilize ritual to commemorate losses. This workshop is open to anyone who has had a pregnancy loss and will take place 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at California Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive. Free, donation appreciated. (760) 436-3310.

Healing Grief Thru HeArt, Intro to Expressive Arts Workshop
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. UCSD Cancer Center, 1200 Garden View Road. Suggested donation $20. This program facilitates healing for those who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Participants will use a variety of guided mixed-media art activities to help process the complex physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the loss. Suggested donation $20. E-mail or call (858) 735-5708.

Encinitas Heritage Tree Topper Design Competition
2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Heritage Tree Lighting Ceremony and residents of Encinitas are asked to submit their best tree-topper ideas, keeping in mind this year’s theme: “The Spirit of Encinitas!” The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Dec. 6 at Moonlight Beach. Entries are due June 30. Details at

Pacific View Volunteer Work Event
Pacific View Academy of Arts is looking for help rehabbing buildings and remodeling landscape. Volunteers are invited to join them at the next work party from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 390 West F St. Bring work gloves and closed toe shoes. or

10th Annual Women of Valor
“A Woman of Valor, who shall find,” asks the famous text from the Book of Proverbs. Honoring seven inspirational San Diego Jewish women and telling the story of their lives, joys, challenges and accomplishments: Theresa Dupuis, Barbara Fischbein, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Allison Price, Cheryl Rattner Price, Jacqui Silver and Manya Wallenfells. With music, poetry and imagery. Slated to take place 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Cici’s Last Stand
Cici is leaving town after 36 years. Many clues to these changes can be found in her new CD, “The Lucky One.” This is a family-friendly event that will include music, art, food trucks, no-host bar, games of chance, live art, video-filming, poker, fortune tellers, horse shoes, rainbows, and pots of gold everywhere.

This event will take place 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. $35. Tickets include a CD! (760) 632-9711.

Families Make History
The community is invited to join Miss Mary on the patio from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, for a day of make-and-take projects for the entire family. (760) 632-9711.

Fairy Festival
All young children are invited wear fairy costumes (or come as they are) to celebrate summer at San Diego Botanic Garden. Children may take pictures with the Fairy Princess, leave wishes at the Wishing Bush, visit the Fairy Land Market and make a variety of fairy-themed crafts to take home. Child-friendly live entertainment will be provided by Twinkle & Friends and Ruth & Emilia.

The Fairy Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Entrance to the Fairy Festival is included with paid admission ($10, $18) or SDBG membership. Small fee for crafts. No adults in costume.

Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual Workshop
A free poetry writing workshop for school-age children, with snacks and supplies provided and an opportunity for publication in Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual is slated to take place noon to 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Registration is requested; please call or visit the library to sign up. This workshop is intended for ages 6-12 and is a Summer Learning Challenge program. (760) 753-7376.

Parks and Recreation Café
The Encinitas Senior Center provides nutritious lunches in partnership with Kitchens for Good, a nonprofit organization that serves delicious farm-to-table meals. Visit the café 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Suggested donation for seniors age 60 and over: $4. Age 59 and younger: $6. Reservations are required before 8 a.m. (760) 943-2258 or

Volunteer in the Vineyard
Volunteers are welcome to help out in the vineyard 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday at Coastal Roots Farm, 800 Ecke Ranch Road. These hours are open to anyone age 14 and older. Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle and sunhat.

Coastal Roots Farm Volunteer Days
Three times a week, volunteers are welcome to help with planting or harvesting the crop for donation to a local Encinitas food pantry. 2-4 p.m. Sundays; 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays; 8-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Coastal Roots Farm 800 Ecke Ranch Road. RSVP at

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

Bayside Summer Nights concert series
7:30 p.m. June 28 to Sept. 1 at Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Single tickets $17-$108 (subject to change).

Highlights over the next month:  June 28-29: Star Spangled Pops opens the series, complete with patriotic favorites, rousing tunes, familiar film soundtracks and Broadway blockbusters, capped off fireworks.
 July 4: America’s Birthday with Lyle Lovett, known for eclectic performance style and his impressive Large Band fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues.
 July 13-14: “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” screens with live symphony orchestra performing the score.
 July 28: Award-winning hip hop artist, actor, film producer and poet, Common joins the San Diego Symphony conducted by Steven Reineke for a one-night-only showcase
 Aug. 3: The B-52s, one of rock music’s most enduring band performs its hits.

San Diego County Fair
The San Diego County Fair features a “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” theme in a nod to the classic children’s tale by L. Frank Baum. The fair runs through July 4.

Location: Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Visit