Event briefs: Aug. 16

Coastal Communities Concert Band

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.

Culture Brewing celebrates two years in Encinitas

Culture Brewing Company is celebrating its two-year anniversary in Encinitas with a party on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 12 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature brews, food, a raffle with items from local businesses.

A free Boga class (beer plus yoga) will be held at 10:30 a.m. Local food vendors will be available throughout the day including Thick and Think Cookie Co. and Urban Remedy from noon-2 p.m., Napizza from 2-4 p.m. and Goodonya and Lobster West from 4-6 p.m. Address: 629 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.Visit

Olivenhain Movie Night
Movie Night – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (1971), Friday, Aug. 23 (movie starts at dusk).
Location: Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Rd. For more information, email:

Water and Irrigation Workshop
Water and Irrigation Workshop Tuesday, August 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.

Wednesdays @ Noon

Jonathan Leviim on violin and Alex Polian on piano will perform Massenet’s “Meditation” from the Opera Thais, Paganini’s “Moses in Egypt” Variation on One String G, plus works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Gluck, Debussy, Brahms, and Kriesler. Polian will also showcase solo piano pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and La Campanella by Liszt. This concert will take place noon to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. (760) 633-2746.

Concert: Heather Nation, Aug. 22

This singer/songwriter from San Diego will perform original music and tunes celebrating the California sun and beyond. The concert will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. (760) 944-1936 or

Hope Made Visible: Expressive Arts Workshop for Cancer Patients

This eight-week series invites cancer patients to explore and transform their experiences into creative personal expressions using mixed-media painting, writing, stamping and collage with images, quotes and objects to help them express their thoughts, ideas and home for themselves and others.

Workshops take place 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Aug. 23-Sept. 27 at the UCSD Cancer Center, 1200 Garden View Road. Suggested donation: $20. RSVP: or (858) 735-5708.

Fresh Dances

This yearly performances showcases local, national and international choreographers in San Diego. Presenting work this year are LITVAKdance, Emily Miller (Performing Arts Workshop), Trixi Agiao, Mayra Barragan, Thom Dancy/Ashley McQueen and others.

This show presents diverse and quality dance work, funds artists and paves a way for dance makers to build connections. This performances takes place 8-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 23-25 at White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxtun Rd. #205. $20. (614) 935-8021 or

Pacific View Volunteer Work Event

Volunteers are needed to rehab buildings and remodel the landscape. Join from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Pacific View, 390 West F. Street. Bring work gloves and closed-toe shoes.

Auditions, San Diego North Coast Singers

San Diego North Coast Singers is looking for singers in grades 2-12. SDNCS meets in Encinitas and has four choirs serving the youth of the San Diego area. Auditions will be held through September at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena. To schedule a brief and friendly 15-minute audition with artistic director Melissa Keylock, e-mail

Forest/Nature Bathing

The positive health effects of walking in a state of relaxation in nature has undergone significant scientific validation. Join from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Cost: $32, $40. (760) 436-3036.

Lux Art Institute: 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.

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.

La Paloma Theatre

La Paloma Theatre is now showing Pavarotti, Echo in the Canyon, The Biggest Little Farm, Booksmart 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.

‘Geology in the Reserve’

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will hold a “Geology in the Reserve” event Saturday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Pavillion near the parking lot for the Upper Trails. The event includes a short lecture by Ray Barger, and an easy nature discovery hike. Free with Reserve entrance fee. Visit for directions.

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.