Event briefs: Aug. 9

“Tenderly” runs Thursday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 25. at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Tenderly — The Rosemary Clooney Musical at NC Rep

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Tenderly — The Rosemary Clooney Musical,” based on the life of Rosemary Clooney, who was hailed as America’s favorite girl singer. It offers a fresh, personal picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. “Tenderly” runs Thursday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, August 25. . North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. (858) 481-1055. Visit for more information and tickets.

Lux Family Day Art Show

Lux Art Institute’s Family Day Art Show will feature hundreds of art pieces from the Summer Art Camp that have been installed professionally on the museum walls. Live music, a robot demonstration, face painting, dance and other family-friendly fun activities will take place 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real for the art show. Entry is free and open to the public. (760) 436-6611.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Dogs and dog-lovers are invited to enjoy this event featuring more than 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies and Maker’s Market Row. This event will include dog contests, live music, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, opportunity drawings, kids activities and more, slated to take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Free. (760) 436-0431 and

Water and Irrigation Workshop

Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Encinitas Community Center. Learn how to irrigate your landscape efficiently at this free three-hour workshop. Topics include soil analysis, the anatomy of your irrigation system, designing the best irrigation system for your landscape, DIY upgrades, available rebates, and more! The workshop will be held at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visit to register.

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 10:30 a.m. Saturday Aug. 17, 4 p.m. Tuesdays Aug. 16, 13, 21 and 28, Scripps Hospital Brain Injury Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free.

Trauma and Creative Keys to Resilience: An Integrative Approach

Both primary and secondary trauma can be unraveled through creative use of resourcing using journaling, drawing, simple movement and meditation. This event will use imagination to reclaim and unify “the innocent child, the wise self and the operative, present self” and will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at California Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive. $130. (760) 436-3310 or

Awaken the poet within

Dr. Marit Anderson will facilitate this weekly writing group as participants experience the practical magic of writing a poem. Free. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. (760) 753-7376.

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night will feature local singer songwriters in performance and hosted by Semisi Ma’u from the band Fula Bula. Open Mic Night takes place 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday at Tower 13, 2633 S. Coast Hwy 101. Free.

Workshop: How to Know if He/She Is Right for You

A mini workshop on How to Know if He/She Is Right for You is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Participants learn about what causes relationships to not work and how to get clarity about if he/she is right for you. The workshop is taught by Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen, NLP & TimeLine Master Practitioner. Suggested donation is $10-$20. RSVP and get address at (760) 753-0733. Visit

Kizomba Classes

The African partner dance from Angola (called Kizomba) will be taught with husband and wife teachers Allen and Nnenna Harris 8-9 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 14 and 28 at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd. Open to all ages, no dance shoes required, wear flat comfortable shoes. Prices: $10, $30. (760) 453-3094 or

Kindergarten Guitar Class

This class will be parent participation-styled and will include learning the parts of the guitar, handling of the guitar, and other helpful tips to getting started with guitar. If planning to participate, contact the instructor so necessary supplies can be provided. This class will take place 9-9:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. (760) 978-0643 or

Mosaic Mini Totems

The public is invited to learn how to build a mini totem for a garden or patio. Using a rock as a base, stack small beads of handmade clay onto a pole and select from a heart, a fish or a butterfly for the top focal point, which you will mosaic. $75-$90 materials fee. This workshop takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive.

Public Farm Tour

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

Plein Air Painting in the Garden

Similar to the painting of French Impressionists, the public is invited to set up their easels outdoors in the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, and paint directly from life. Ample discussion on art materials, composition, color and light will give even the most beginning painter plenty of understanding to enjoy themselves. Students are required to bring their own supplies. This painting session takes place 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Garden. Cost ranges $45-$54.

Wednesdays@Noon: Mr. & Mrs. Something

Benjamin “Bino” and Chelsea Peck, guitars and vocals, will weave the soulful passion of blues with the honesty of folk, offering a refreshing taste of hope that feels like coming home. Since 2012, they have written and performed their own music. Their concert is slated to take place noon to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. (760) 633-2746 and or

Walk a Labyrinth

The public is invited to walk a labyrinth—a walking meditative path—from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. The labyrinth may traveled by walking, dancing, crawling or whatever the body calls for; there are no rules. Free.

Open Air Yoga Experience

The public is invited to a yoga experience surrounded by beautiful trees. Leave restored and rejuvenated after gently moving your body. Bring your own mat. This Open Air Yoga Experience takes place 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $20-$24.

Encinitas Cruise Nights

Cruise downtown Encinitas to see hundreds of hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage vehicles, 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. The theme for August theme is “Heels & Wheels.” Cruise Nights takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 on S. Coast Hwy 101 between D and K Streets. Free. (760) 943-1950 or

La Paloma Summer Poetry Slam

Twelve outstanding local poets compete for cash prizes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at La Paloma Theater, 471 S. Coast Hwy 101. Judges are picked at random from the audience and poets are judged on content and presentation. 21 years of poetry slams in the historic theater has made this a favorite event in Encinitas.

West African Dance

West African Dance will take place 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Dance North County, Suite 100, 533 Encinitas Blvd. Dance teacher to be announced, check out the Encinitas West African Dance Facebook page for up-to-date details. Accompanied by live percussion. Beginners welcome. Price $6-$15. (760) 402-7229 or

Healing Grief Thru HeArt

This intro expressive arts workshop facilitates healing for those who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Guests will use a variety of guided mixed-media art activities to help process the complex physical, emotional, spiritual aspects of your loss. This workshop will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at UCSD Cancer Center, 1200 Garden View Road. Suggested donation: $20. Contact or call (858) 735-5708.

Forest/Nature Bathing

Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a way of connecting people to nature. The positive health effects of walking in a state of relaxation in nature has undergone significant scientific testing and validation that is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country. Shinrin-yoku is taking place 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Price ranges $32-$40.

Coastal Communities Concert Band: Summer Pops Concert

Under the direction of Tom Cole, the internationally known concert band Summer Pops will perform favorite music from “Wicked,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” plus Irving Berlin showstoppers and much more, featuring popular vocalist Michael Ruhl. The concert takes place 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Drive. Tickets are $15-$20 at or call (760) 727-3741.

Upcoming events at Del Mar Racetrack

Racing at Del Mark happens Wednesday through Sunday (with the exception of Closing Day on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2). First post daily will be at 2 p.m. First post on Fridays will be at 4 p.m. The following events take place at Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Call (858) 755-1141 or visit

• Chase Rice: Country singer Chase Rice will take the stage Friday, Aug. 16, shortly after the last race at Del Mark Racetrack, Del Mar Fairgrounds. VIP spots available in the exclusive South Terrace VIP area. Racetrack guests will receive free admission if they enter before the final race of the day. Concert admission is $30 after the last race. Must be 18 or older.

• Sip in Style: Every Friday, track-goers can be seated at a table at the exclusive Turf Club at Del Mar Racetrack and partake in a featured Drink of the Week and complimentary drink tastings from different beverage partners from 4-6 p.m. Sip in Style admission is $80 and includes Turf Club admission and a table reservation. The beverage partner for Friday, Aug. 16 is Maker’s Mark.

• Pacific Classic: Pacific Classic takes place Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Del Mar Racetrack. The $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic is Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious stakes race. Thousands of fans will take to the track to witness the nation’s top equine athletes and Thoroughbreds race to the finish in five stakes races with purses totaling more than $2 million. As part of the celebration, Diamond Club members can pick up a Del Mark beach blanket, while supplies last.

• Turf & Surf BBQ Championship: More than 40 top BBQ pit masters will compete to win more than $15,000 in prizes in the Turf and Surf BBQ Championship on Sunday, Aug. 18. Receive unlimited samples of competition-ready brisket, pork, ribs, chicken and tri-tip, plus seafood and desserts from professional cooks and top local restaurants. Vote for the best in People’s Choice award.

La Paloma Theatre

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

Summer Concerts by the Sea: The Mighty Untouchables

Summer Concerts by the Sea will feature Top 40 hits, Motown to classic rock, along with Latin, country and much more. Songs from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Prince and David Bowie will be performed 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Moonlight Beach, 400 B Street. Bring blankets and beach chairs. Free. No dogs or alcohol.

‘Healing the Grieving Heart’ workshop

“Healing the Grieving Heart” workshop with Ken Druck, Ph.D. and Alexandra Kennedy MA, MFT will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Del Mar. The event is for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, are seeking help with grief related to a health crisis, breakup, a job loss or wish to learn from two of the nation’s top experts on healing after loss.

Participants must be pre-registered to attend the Aug. 17 workshop. Make a $125 check payable to: Druck Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 1117, Del Mar, CA 92014. The location address will be made available upon receipt of registration fee.

‘Showing Up for Racial Justice’ meeting

New “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (SURJ) Chapter to meet Aug. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sand Dieguito, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, 92075. All are welcome to attend the first meeting of a new chapter of SURJ. SURJ North County is part of a national network encouraging white people to work toward racial justice, through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. For more information, contact or visit Facebook at page@surjncsd.

Torrey Pines Docent Naturalist Training

A comprehensive docent training program at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve begins on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday training sessions will include plants, insects, geology, birds, history and much more. Participation is limited and preregistration is required. To register, go to

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10th 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, will hold the 10th anniversary of its annual TwainFest on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego. TwainFest is an all-day free festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. Visit

Bayside Summer Nights concert series

7:30 p.m. through Sept. 1 at Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Single tickets $17-$108 (subject to change).

 Aug. 18: Blues Traveler

Frontman and harmonica player Jon Popper and the band return to their bluesy roots with new jams of old favorites and tunes from their latest album.

 Aug.24: Chaka Khan (with special guest Macy Gray)

The soulful power of her voice on massive hits like I Feel for You and I’m Every Woman has won her 10 Grammys, sold 70 million records, and influenced generations of musicians.

 Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1: 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The summer season comes to a dazzling end with a must-see grand finale: the 1812 Overture complete with booming cannons and a sparkling fireworks display over San Diego Bay.