Encinitas event briefs: Oct. 25

Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters will stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Hwy 101, from Encinitas Blvd to K Street, on Oct. 31.
Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters will stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Hwy 101, from Encinitas Blvd to K Street, on Oct. 31.

Encinitas Safe Trick-or-Treat event

The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will present its 18th Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters and other revelers will stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Hwy 101, from Encinitas Blvd to K Street. Carved pumpkins will be on display at multiple viewing locations, and dozens of merchants will have goodies for kids. Many downtown Encinitas businesses stay open late to welcome trick-or-treaters. This event is made possible by presenting sponsor Lazy Acres Market ( and treats will be provided by Nuttzo (

The Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) plays a central role in the festivities. Their monks carve the 100+ pumpkins that amaze and amuse passersby. Plus, SRF converts the parking lot next to their K St. store into the Queen’s Court, where children line up to share their wishes on stage with Her Royal Highness.

Kids also enjoy Halloween-themed activities and games in The Lumberyard Courtyard, courtesy of the 101 Artists Colony, plus dancing to the live music of Bucket Ruckus.

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Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Tthe Carlsbad Village Street Faire will take place Sunday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Carlsbad, also known as Carlsbad Village. The Faire will stretch east to west from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street and north to south from Beech Avenue to Carlsbad Village Drive.

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 800 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more. The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast. This exciting event draws in visitors from all over Southern California and even other states.

For more information, visit or call (760) 931-8400.

Revive Our Roots: Nosh, Explore and Connect

Berry Good Food and Coastal Roots Farm have partnered to present a collaborative Sunday afternoon experience on the farm where guests are invited to nosh, explore and connect. Guests may sample delicious creations and interactive tasting stations with San Diego chefs known for sustainable sourcing, along with learning about beekeeping, permaculture, fermentation, zero waste and more at various interactive education stations. This event will take place 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. Cost: $95.

‘Day of the Dead’ festival, Oct. 26

The “Day of the Dead” festival is a family-friendly event that includes performances by San Diego’s top Mariachi bands and ballet folkloric dancers, art-making workshops for children, artist demos, student art exhibits, Callejeros de Encinitas Car Club, food trucks, opportunity drawings, vendors, giveaways and the Community Ofrenda. The festival will take place noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. (760) 633-2746.

San Dieguito Academy Play: ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

San Dieguito Academy presents the play by F. Andrew Leslie based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. Hill House stands empty and silent, cut off from the outside world. Dr. Montague’s mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. The play will be performed 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26 at Liggett Theater at San Dieguito High School Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets: $15, $8.

Documentary: ‘Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness’

Through vivid storytelling and direct testimony, “Lift the Mask” takes viewers into the lives of a diverse group of people living with mental illness and the people who provide much of their care. This documentary and discussion will be shown 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at San Elijo Campus MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave. building 200, room 204. Free.

Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale

Succulent specimens from around the world will be on display and for sale at the annual Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale at the Garden, which will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. The public may check out award-winning show plants, available for viewing Saturday and Sunday. Winners of the show will be announced at 1 p.m. the day-of and will be on display throughout the entire weekend. Cost: $18 guests, free for SDBG members.

Dog Adoption and Paw-Painting Party

The community is invited to bring their dogs in for artist Paige Perkins to make a small painting with their dogs’ paw prints. Dogs will also be available for adoption at the event, which is hosted by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Champagne and light snacks will be included to celebrate art, community and dogs everywhere. This event will take place noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Art N Soul on the 101, 633 S. Coast Hwy 101. Free. Art N Soul can be reached at (619) 847-7757 or

Surfing Madonna Beach Run

The community is invited to run along hard-packed sand during low tide to support local ocean awareness programs that benefit children with special needs, disabled veterans, marine mammals, marine biology students and more. The run takes place 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Moonlight Beach, 400 B St. Cost: $34-$135.

La Paloma Theatre

La Paloma Theatre is now showing “The Peanut Butter Falcon”; “Linda Ronstadt, The Sound of My Voice” 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.

Accomplished double bassist Susan Wulff to perform at Encinitas Library Nov. 3

Friends of the Encinitas Library First Sunday Music Series will present Susan Wulff Sunday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas)

Double bassist Susan Wulff has been the associate principal bassist with the San Diego Symphony since 2004 which includes performing productions of the San Diego Opera. Wulff has had the privilege of working with many highly regarded orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the National Repertory Orchestra where she was a featured soloist and principal bassist. She has held positions with The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and New West Symphony and performed on many Hollywood soundtracks including playing on The Tonight Show Willie Nelson, Julian Lennon and Andrea Bocelli. Wulff has gained international recognition for her innovative workshop that utilizes dance as a way to connect musicians with their inner groove.

Encinitas Library book sale

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale Saturday, Nov. 2. On this day, the entire store is ½ price. 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. Look for great titles in the store and outside under the canopy at 540 Cornish Drive. Community members can join the Friends group at the door. Visit

Olivenhain Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine) at Olivenhain Meeting Hall & Grounds, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Olivenhain (Encinitas).

Mini-Workshop: ‘Life is Designed to Work’

A Mini-Workshop on “Life is Designed to Work” is Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p,m. The workshop is taught by Dr. Jane Ilene Cohen, NLP & TimeLine Master Practitioner. Cohen will address what isn’t working in your life from this very positive perspective, integrated with NLP TimeLine. $10-$20 suggested donation. RSVP and get address at (760) 753-0733. Details:

Spooky Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will host its annual Spooky Lagoon on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This free family Halloween festival will feature games, crafts, prizes, cookie decorating and lots more “spooky” fun. Kids are invited to come in costume. Meet at the nature center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit

Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Kayak Cleanup event

Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will be having its 14th Annual Kayak Cleanup and Fundraising event on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. People are invited to help clean up the lagoon and enjoy kayaking waters normally closed to boating. Launch site is on south shore at I-5/La Costa Park and Ride lot, and launches are every two hours. People can bring their own kayaks or one will be provided. The cost is $60 per person. Single kayakers must be 12 or older, but children as young as 6 can ride in a tandem with an adult. For more information and to register, visit

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs? The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event is on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Encinitas – Scripps Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive. This service is free and anonymous. No sharps or needles accepted. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dangerous to the community by falling into the wrong hands.

If you can’t participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can always drop off unwanted prescriptions at any Sheriff’s Station or Substation during normal business hours. For more information, visit:

Volunteers needed at Hospice of the North Coast Resale Shop

Hospice of the North Coast is looking for volunteers to help out in its Resale Shop at 278-B El Camino Real, Encinitas (Homegoods Shopping Center). A one 4-hour shift minimum per week is required. Volunteers will process customer purchases and /or 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.

Beatles vs. Stones returns to Belly Up

Two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as the Belly Up host tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash engage in a musical showdown of the hits. Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown comes to the Belly Up Tavern on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $21/$23 and may be purchased by phone at (858) 481-8140, at the Belly Up Box Office or online at The show is 21+. The Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, 92075.

Solutions for Change anniversary celebration

Solutions for Change celebrates two decades of transforming the lives of homeless families at a 20th anniversary celebration dinner Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mark Golf Club at 1750 San Pablo Drive in San Marcos. The event will feature a gourmet dinner, silent auction, entertainment and dancing, along with a surprise appearance and an announcement that national and regional poverty reform leaders say could fundamentally change the way we see and act on homelessness.

The 20th Anniversary celebration brings together 300-plus Solutions for Change friends, supporters, and community leaders to recognize Solutions’ two decades of accomplishments. Since 1999, Solutions for Change has helped 1,000 families, including 2,500 children find their way to permanent self-sufficiency. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the event are in high demand but still available. Visit or call (760) 295-6013.