Encinitas event briefs: Jan. 31


Art Night Encinitas

The community is invited to partake in an evening of visual art as Encinitas civic and local art galleries open their doors to celebrate the City’s diverse art scene. Art Night takes place 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at seven participating locations with all-new artists and exhibits. The event will include live music and refreshments, along with free shuttle buses to transport attendees to and from all seven art galleries throughout the evening. Refreshments will be provided at each gallery.

 Civic Center Art Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. The work of artists Lori Nichols and Alex Nichols will be on exhibit. Attendees may meet the artists and hear live performances. The Stonesteps perform 6-7:30 p.m. The next band performs 7:30-9 p.m. and is yet to be announced. (760) 633-2600.

 Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The artwork of Grace Chow, Su Lund and William Leslie and Alessandra Colfi will be on exhibit. The event includes a chance to meet the artists, hear from Encinitas School of Rock from 6-7:30 p.m. and Semisi Ma’u from 7:30-9 p.m. and experience a docent-led art tour. (760) 753-7376.

 Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The artwork of Karob: Robert and Katherine Bender (2-D and 3-D art) will be on exhibit. The event includes a chance to meet the artists and hear live performances from Coffee on the Moon from 6-7:30 p.m. and Mediterranean Sundance from 7:30-9 p.m.

 Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real. The artwork of Chiachio and Giannone will be on exhibit. The event will include a live DJ. (760) 436-6611.

 Art N Soul on 101, new location at 670 S. Coast Hwy. 101, suite 110. The work of various artists will be on exhibit. A live performance will provide entertainment. (858) 442-8666.

 Bliss 101, 553 S. Coast Hwy. 101. The artwork of Josh Bernard and other artists will be on display. Attendees may meet the artists. (760) 487-1900.

 Off Track Gallery, San Dieguito Art Guild, 938 S. Coast Hwy 101. The Guild celebrates Heart to Art with hand-crafted artworks by guild artists. All artwork will be 10 percent off. Attendees may meet the artists. (760) 942-3636.

First Wednesday Music Series concert at Cardiff Library

The Friends of the Cardiff Library will host a free concert on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7-8 p.m., featuring Sergio: Live Music and Live Art. Sergio pairs an acoustic guitar performance with large-scale acrylic paintings on canvas, a one-man show that flows naturally from music to visual art.

The concert will take place at the Cardiff Library Community Room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. For questions or more information, call the Friends of the Library Book Nook/Bookstore at 760-635-1000.

Congressman Mike Levin to speak at Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club meeting

The Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club will meet on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Carlsbad Dove Library Gowland Room from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Representative Mike Levin, Congressman for the 49th District, will discuss impeachment and other important issues that he has been working on in Washington, D.C. The membership will also consider various endorsements for the upcoming election. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café

The Encinitas Community & Senior Center offers an alternative to cooking for seniors. A nutritious and delicious hot meal with dessert is offered 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Entrees change daily. Suggested donation: $4 for ages 60 and older, $6 ages 59 and younger. To make a reservation, call (760) 943-2258. For more information, call (760) 943-2257.

Family Art Day

The community is invited to bring their families to Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real for a morning of community, creativity and fun. The event will include art activities, guided tours of the Lux campus, and coffee and treats for the whole family. Attendees will get to meet new artists in residence, Chiachio and Giannone, and see their work in the studio. Additionally, guests will be able to check out San Diego’s first sweet-and-savory waffle food truck, Molten Waffles, Crepes, and More. Family Art Day takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1 at Lux Art Institute. Free. (760) 436-6611 or

Half-Price Book Sale Encinitas Library Bookstore

Encinitas Library Bookstore will hold a book sale with the entire store (5,200 items) at half price Saturday, Feb. 1, at the bookstore at 540 Cornish Drive. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs being 25 cents and DVDs typically priced at $1. Books range from current fiction, children’s selections, biography, self-help and spirituality to health, history, travel and science. Friends of the Library may shop early at 9 a.m. (those who are not members may sign up at the door). The general public may begin shopping at 10 a.m. and the sale ends at 4 p.m. (760) 944-7294.

Green Living Tour: Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation invites the community to visit its home base as they walk guests through simple steps to address issues around water, waste, soil health and more. Participants will be able to see sustainability in action, explore worm bins, greywater systems, innovative compost projects, the tool lending library, water-wise garden and more. For individuals and groups of six or less, sign up online to reserve a spot. Space is limited. The tour takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1 at Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N. El Camino Real. Suggested donation: $10. (760) 436-7986, extension 707.

First Sunday Music Series: Joshua White Trio

Joshua White is a gifted jazz performer, classical pianist and composer. From 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, he will perform a free concert in which he interprets original compositions and explores the boundaries of collective improvisation. (760) 753-7376.

2020 Valentines on Volcan

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the Volcan Mountain Foundation is offering an event for lovers of all ages, Valentines on Volcan, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will take a moderate hike on Volcan Mountain, starting at the Foundation’s nature center and passing Ironside Springs. This 4-mile round-trip at an elevation gain of 1,000 feet offers rewards of scenic views, a delicious picnic, refreshments, and other delectable treats. Limited to 26, $25, and no dogs.

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Solana Center Master Composter workshop series

Solana Center in Encinitas is holding its next Master Composter workshop series. This workshop is sponsored by the City of Encinitas and takes place at Solana Center’s headquarters at 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024.

The workshops will be held Saturdays. Feb. 8,15, 22, 29, and March 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. City of Encinitas residents will receive priority registration. Bring a friend from Encinitas and their fee is waived. Workshops include a field trip and hands-on, composting lessons. Sign up at

Seacrest Foundation presents 2020 Women’s Auxiliary Gala

Gala Co-Chairs Mary Epsten and Alana Ziman, and Honorary Chairs Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky along with an expected 400 guests, will gather on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla when the Seacrest Foundation presents the 2020 Women’s Auxiliary Gala “Legacy of Light and Love” honoring the legacy of the San Diego Jewish community.

The event will feature a cocktail reception, live auction, three-course dinner, electrifying entertainment by The Dancing Fire, and dancing to Spencer and his Players.

The Legacy of Light and Love Gala has a robust fundraising goal for the evening. All proceeds raised will support the Seacrest Village Resident Assistance Fund, which provides charitable care for those in the community who are most in need. The number of seniors requiring assistance to cover the cost of their food, shelter, and physical care is growing tremendously; this year alone, approximately $2.5 million in charitable care is needed.

For more information about the gala, tickets and to register, visit

Free foreign film

MiraCosta College will host a free foreign film as part of the lifelong learning lecture series from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Student Center Conference Room 926, at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Foreign Film: Dersu Uzala—Russian book adapted to film. This film is the near-poetic story of an elderly guide and gold hunter (Maxim Munzuk). At the turn of the century, Munzuk agreed to shepherd a Russian explorer and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of Siberia. The guide is able to save his party from perishing.


Batiquitos Lagoon bird walk

Batiquitos Lagoon will be holding a bird walk on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. This walk is for all birders who want to see the migratory birds that visit the lagoon every year. Bring binoculars. This event is free. Meet at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad.

For more information, visit

Musicians to perform at Ki’s Restaurant

Musicians Robin Henkel and Whitney Shay will perform at Ki’s Restaurant on Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Address: 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, (760) 436-5236.

La Paloma Theatre

La Paloma Theatre is now showing “JoJo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Parasite” 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.

Music in the Air

 Embark on a sentimental journey with Camarada as they perform “Shuffle” from Opus di Jazz by Mike Mower; Pierre Sancan’s snazzy “Sonatine” for flute and piano; and the wild “Malambo” by Uruguayan composer Miguel del Aguila. Their rendition of Bottesini’s “Elegy” for bass and piano (united with Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio,”) highlights the lyrical and spirited side of classical music heightened by jazz, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Athenauem Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Tickets: $30 member/$35 nonmember. (858) 454-5872.

 Experience a new musical frontier at the San Diego Symphony’s Beethoven v. Coldplay concert — a one-of-a-kind performance where Beethoven’s original “Eroica Symphony” will be combined with the melodies and lyrics of rock band Coldplay (including “Fix You,” “Paradise” and “The Scientist”) to produce a perfect modern pairing, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. Conductor Steve Hackman said he was compelled to blend the works of Beethoven and Coldplay because “their music deals with the universal, humanistic themes that every person on this planet will encounter: love, loss, triumph, failure, joy, pain.” Though the San Diego Symphony Orchestra does appear on this program, members of the group Coldplay do not. Hackman hopes audience members will walk away with “a re-energized passion for music they love, as well as exposure to music they had no idea they would love.” Other innovative Symphony concerts coming up include: “Beethoven the Music Genius,” Feb. 9, at this family concert, wonderful facts about the life of this gifted innovator will be shared, as attendees enjoy pieces of his most famous music. “Love Me Tonight,” Feb. 14, celebrates Broadway’s greatest love songs sung by Broadway’s shining stars. Tickets: (619) 235-0804.

 Fresh Pots Music Festival, blending groups from San Diego (Feb. 1) and Tijuana (Feb. 8) at 4 p.m. in the Che Café on the UC San Diego campus, 1000 Scholars Drive.

‘Greek’ Comedy

 The West Coast premiere of “Hurricane Diane,” an unconventional, Obie Award–winning comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (directed by James Vásquez), runs Feb. 8-March 8 in The Old Globe Theatre’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. The press advance reads: “See the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey?” Tickets from $30. (619) 234-5623.