Encinitas event briefs: July 5


Summer Concerts by the Sea: Cold Duck

The first concert of the summer features the old-school rhythms from Cold Duck. The band’s motto: “Give the people what they want to her and have a good time delivering it!” The Patrons of Encinitas Parks booth will also be featured during the concert. Slated to take place 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 7 on the sand at Moonlight Beach, 400 B Street. Free. The community is invited to bring blankets and beach chairs. No dogs or alcohol. Free.

Heritage Ranch Deep Pit BBQ and Americana Music Fest

The Heritage Ranch in Encinitas presents its 31st Annual Deep Pit BBQ and Americana Music Fest Saturday, July 13 from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. The event features great music, food, artists and crafters, kids’ activities and more. The Heritage Ranch is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit or (760) 632-9711.

Encinitas Library book sale

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore holds a book sale Saturday, July 6. Most books will be from 50 cents to $2, with CD’s for 25 cents and DVDs typically $2. 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

Italian Film Festival: The Habit of Beauty

The Habit of Beauty tells the story of Elena and Ernesto, a couple torn apart by the death of their only child. Three years later, after each starting a new life, destiny forces them to reconnect. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Hwy. 101. Tickets are $8-$12, cash only.

Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club meeting

The Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club will meet on July 13 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Dove Library, Gowland Room. The guest speaker will be Michael Allen, writer/director of the documentary “How Hot is it Going to Get” who will speak about the effects of climate change.

Hope Nelson from the voluntary organization C4FA (Citizens for a Friendly Airport) will provide an update on their organization’s role in opposing the D-111 expansion of the Palomar Airport. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit

Elements to perform at SD Cal State Summer Games

Indie rock band The Elements, who are local musicians, athletes and SDA students, recently announced they will be performing for the first time at the San Diego Cal State Summer Games July 12 at the SDCCU Stadium. They will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. and get the crowd of approximately 9,000 attendees pumped for the Opening Ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. The Elements will play a mix of originals as well as cover songs from a variety of different bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Talking Heads, and Cage the Elephant.

For more information on The Elements, visit or follow on Instagram For more information on the Cal State Games, visit

Italian classes offered in Encinitas

The Italian Cultural Center of San Diego will present Italian classes for all levels at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas (450 Quail Gardens Drive) beginning Aug. 5. Classes are all taught by native speakers. For more information, visit

Father Joe’s Villages 3rd Annual 2K walk and festival

Father Joe’s Villages 3rd Annual 2K walk and family-friendly festival is San Diego’s only walk to end homelessness. Join hundreds of other supporters who are reaching out to family and friends to raise funds to help people move off the streets.

The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 92101. Register at

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. Members free, nonmembers range $12-$15. Call (760) 632-9711 or visit

First Sunday Music Series

Edward Gabrielyan will be playing with his friend, musical mentor and jazz flute icon Holly Hofmann during an afternoon of jazz standards in an intimate duo setting. The concert takes place 2-3 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Happy Tales: Reading Program

Children from ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to read to adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits. Space is limited and registration is required. $5. Reading takes place 4-5 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Rancho Coastal Human Society, 389 Requeza Street. Visit or e-mail or call (760) 753-6413 for more information.

Great Outdoor Shabbat

Coastal Roots Farm welcomes people of all backgrounds for their free festive summer Shabbat series on the Farm. The public is invited to join for an all-inclusive, intentional, lively Shabbat with friends and family. Bring a picnic dinner. Shabbat is slated to take place at 5 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Rd. Free.

The Park Dale Players present: The Fearsome Pirate Frank

A bumbling actor and his crew get shanghaied by the terror of the high seas, The Fearsome Pirate Frank. This musical comedy is filled with zany pirates, zombie ships, mermaids and even a woebegone albatross. The performance is slated to take place at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 12 and 13, 26 and 27 at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, 8000 Calle Acervo. $4 donation. (760) 672-3581 or

Youth Guitar School Open House

The public is invited to visit Devine Guitar School, a nationally-awarded Encinitas youth guitar studio for the opportunity to meet the instructor and hear some talented kids play the guitar. The open house will take place 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Devine Guitar School, 1224 North Coast Highway 101, Suite 110. Free.

Positive Action Community Theatre

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. Saturdays, July 13, 20 and 27 at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 100. $20 per session, scholarships available. Volunteers are welcome for the teen/adult workshops. For information or to register, or (760) 815-8512 or visit

Americana Extravaganza: North Coast Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra will be joined by the Villa Musica Community Chorus to perform favorites from American composers, including Irving Berlin’s America, America the Beautiful, Leroy Anderson Favorites, Duke Ellington! And Fanfare for the Common Man. Americana Extravaganza takes place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, $8, $10 or $25 for a family. Tickets at the door. or (760) 944-0872.

Public Farm Tour

The public is invited to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of production methods and the innovative technology onsite at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. Guests may visit the labyrinth, gardens, chickens, compost, food forest and vineyard. Wear close-toed shoes and a sunhat. The tour takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at Coastal Roots Farm. Suggested donation: $18. (760) 452-8149 or

Families Make History

The public is invited to join Miss Mary on the patio for fun make-and-take projects for the entire family, a unique and creative way to spend the day. Free. (760) 632-9711 or

Grades 2-12 Auditions for San Diego North Coast Singers

San Diego North Coast Singers meets in Encinitas and has four choirs serving the youth of the San Diego area. Interested students in grades 2-12 are invited to schedule a brief and friendly 15-minute audition with Artistic Director Melissa Keylock. To audition, e-mail Auditions take place July through September, San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena. For more information, visit

Ceramics Lab

From 3-7 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, July 1-Aug. 9 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 Arts Classes

Healing Arts Classes will be held for those recovering from brain injuries and/or neurological challenges. Participants may partake in self-expression through art, increasing skills, improving eye/hand coordination and enjoy the support of facilitator Denise McMurtrie. Supplies provided. Hosted by Synergy Art Foundation. Register at or call (760) 633-6709. Classes take place 4 p.m. Tuesdays July 9, 16, 23 and 30, Scripps Hospital Brain Injury Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free.

Movies at La Paloma

La Paloma Theatre is now showing “Echo in the Canyon,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Jaws” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets are $10, cash only. 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show times available at or (760) 436-7469.

Artist Cheryl Ehlers, Hypnotic Movements: Chasing Coral

The San Dieguito Art Guild and artists are supporting, in collaboration with artist Cheryl Ehlers, to provide art with a screening of the Sundance award-winning film Chasing Coral. Teams of divers, photographers and scientists photograph the elusive process of coral bleaching, a phenomenon happening at an unprecedented rate. Ehlers’ acrylic paintings reflect a yearlong project based on coral and underwater themes. The hope is to heighten public awareness and engage the community in the hidden story beneath the waves about the coral reef crisis. The screening takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6 at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. (760) 519-1551.

‘Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown’

“Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown” performs at the Belly Up Tavern on Friday, July 12. Door open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, $23 at the door and reserved seating is available for $37. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (858) 481-8140. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros in Solana Beach 92075. The show is 21+.

‘Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

The Star Theatre Company in Oceanside presents “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” July 19-28.

A musical thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and from the book by Hugh Wheeler, this is the story of a barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge and returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies.

For tickets, visit or call the Star Office at (760) 721-9983. Address: 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.