Event briefs: Feb. 14

Kembang Sunda will perform Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library's Community Room.
Kembang Sunda will perform Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library’s Community Room.

Encinitas Chamber hosts February Sundowner Mixer event

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute. Come celebrate the love the chamber has for its members and the community while eating, drinking, and strengthening your professional connections. Catering by Urbane Cafe. Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas,92024.

Free for members of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and first time guests; $20 for non-members. RSVP:

Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra returns to Encinitas

The Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra will perform Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.-6p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. The Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra consists of 40 talented musicians who are interested in Eastern European folk instruments and their unique sound. The Orchestra prepares new material each year and performs an annual full concert in Los Angeles and San Diego. Featured artists are brought by the Orchestra from Kiev, Moscow, or St. Petersburg, Russia, and also include world class artists who now live in the Southern California area. The concert will also feature traditional Russian folk dancers, virtuoso baritone Vladimir Chernov, and gifted soprano Anna Belaya.

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Box office opens 45 minutes before the concert at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024.

Meet and Greet to be held at Assistance League Thrift Shop

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will host a Meet and Greet activity from 9-10 a.m. at its thrift shop, located at 1542 Encinitas Blvd. in the Encinitas II Shopping Center.

This is an opportunity to explore the many volunteer openings to serve the community and make new friends. There is no obligation to join.

ALRSD raises funds through philanthropic programs such as the Assistance League Thrift Shop in Encinitas, fundraising events, individual and corporate donations, and grants. Membership is open to everyone.

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Paw Walk in the Garden

There’s only one day of the year when you can walk your dog in the San Diego Botanic Garden. The 8th annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) will join paws to raise funds that support people, plants and pets.

Register yourself, your team, or for a virtual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden online at

Day of event registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and paws cross the starting line at 9 a.m. More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas or at

First Sunday Concert at Encinitas Library

A free concert on Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library’s Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, will feature Kembang Sunda, a San Diego-based ensemble that performs Sundanese gamelan degung music from West Java, Indonesia. Degung music developed in the royal Sundanese courts of West Java beginning in the 14th century. Like all gamelan styles, the music is based on a colotomic structure: music organized into cycles defined by periodic punctuation played by specific instruments. Today, degung music is typically heard at traditional Sundanese wedding ceremonies and other important events.

The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, 92024, (760) 753-7376.

UC Economic Roundtable: ‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Technology’

Hal Varian, chief economist, Google, will discuss The Seven Deadly Sins of Technology at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2 at the UC San Diego Rady School Of Management, Multipurpose Room II.

Varian is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and recipient of the Paul Gerowski Prize for research in industrial organization and the Humboldt Prize for general scientific research, among many other honors and distinctions. In this talk he will share some of the insights from his distinguished career in academics and business on how new technology is changing the concentration of economic power, the nature of competition, and barriers to entry for new firms. For more information or to register, visit

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Assistance League fundraiser ‘Springtime in Paris’

The Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will hold its annual fundraiser “Springtime in Paris” on March 28 at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The event—which is held to help children and adults at risk in area communities—includes a fashion show, lunch, a live auction and opportunity drawings. Early bird savings are available until Feb. 15. For tickets and information contact: Chair Linda Kermott at 619-894-5378.

Songs for SONGS V2 - Voices for Action on Nuclear Waste

Songs for SONGS, a concert and speaker event, is back for the second year.

Come out Feb. 24, 6 p.m. for a free concert at the Belly Up in Solana Beach to be entertained and learn how you can take action on nuclear waste at San Onofre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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A Sentimental Journey: Coastal Cities Jazz Band and vocalists concert

The Coastal Cities Jazz Band will present an all-star lineup of the smoothest vocalists around singing favorite tunes Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad Community Church. Tunes will be performed such as Over the Rain Bow, Orange Colored Sky. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around that Old Oak Tree, It Had to Be You, and Chances Are, to name a few. Tickets: $25/$15 seniors and students.

For more information or advance tickets, call Gary Adcock at 858-775-1113.

28th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro to be held March 8-9

Come tee off with Hollywood actors and professional athletes at the 28th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic March 8 and 9 benefiting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the annual golf tournament helps transform the lives of children suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. Aaron Pollock, Charlie Joiner, Hank Bauer, Rob Heidger, Sam Scarber, Tina Mickelson, Derek Smith, and Jason Kyle, to name a few, have all signed on to help these disadvantaged kids.

The festivities begin on Sunday, March 8 with a pre-tournament welcome dinner held at Morgan Run Club & Resort, 5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe, 92091. The evening will include dinner, cocktails, entertainment, and a live and silent auction. The next day is when the action begins where groups will be paired with a celebrity to participate in contests and sample delicious food by Casanova Tacos and Los Chuchys, and, of course, non-adult and adult beverages hosted by Thorn Street Brewing, Viewpoint Brewing Company, and Societe Brewing Company at every hole.

Since 1991 Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has been successful in bringing together talented, caring people to help children with deformities feel better about themselves and be more comfortable in society. Fresh Start has transformed the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children who are now thriving in school and in the workplace.

Tickets for this fun annual event are $700 for a single golfer and dinner and $2,500 for a foursome and dinner. Guests who are unavailable to golf are encouraged to show their support and attend the welcome dinner and live auction for only $100.

To learn more about Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and/or learn more about the golf tournament and sponsorships, contact Tracy White at at 760-448-2019. To register, visit

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Lecture: Zero Waste: What Is It and What Can We Each Do?

Friday, Feb., 21. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, 92007, Room 926, Student Center Conference Room. Free, parking is free. Lecture: Zero Waste: What Is It and What Can We Each Do? Jackie Bookstein, the Zero Waste lead from Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, will talk about the Center’s Zero Waste program, whose goals include recycling, reducing and reusing, composting and food waste. Info:

The Peter Pupping Quarter Valentine Concert

The community is invited to hear tunes that center around love and romance at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive. Suggested donation: $25 at the door. (760) 815-5616.

Tony Award-winning musical ‘Sweet Charity’

Bob Fosse’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Sweet Charity,” explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, “Sweet Charity” captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Rhythm of Life,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Production of “Sweet Charity” runs March 6-29, Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. at The Historic Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy,Oceanside, 92054. Visit

2020 Step by Step Walk is open for registration

The chairman of this year’s Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Step-by-Step 5K Walk at Liberty Station on Saturday, April 4 is board member Paul Dawson. Paul was care partner for his wife Eva, who dealt with Parkinson’s for over 21 years. Eva passed away in June 2018. Paul now leads the Oceanside Parkinson’s Support Group and is board president for North County Parkinson’s Support Group, which also includes additional chapters in La Costa, Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook. Paul and Eva, their kids and grandkids, have walked the 5K at Liberty Station every year since 2012.

“My goal is to make the event even more of a “family affair,” Paul says. “Folks are always welcome to register and walk as individuals, but I encourage friends and families to form teams to walk in honor of or in memory of those bravely fighting Parkinson’s.
“On our website you can create a unique team name, or join another. You can build a friendly competition with other families, service clubs, employee groups, churches, motorcycle clubs, knitting groups, scout troops. Those who can’t attend can support your team by donating in memory of, or to honor a loved one.”

The Parkinson’s Association San Diego provides very valuable services for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, caregivers and families. These services include outstanding educational programs, transportation, information and referral, plus a comprehensive website and e-blasts regarding critical updates.

All funds donated to PASD stay in San Diego County to help people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, caregivers and others impacted by this disease.

For more information about the event or to register, visit

Theatre and dance/group singing workshops for people with autism

Children, teens and young adults with autism are invited to join Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste 100 for improvisational theatre and dance/group singing workshops designed to teach social and communication skills. Workshops are held throughout February, with no workshop on Saturday, Feb. 15. $20 per session, scholarships available. For more information and schedules: (760) 815-8512. or

North Coast Symphony presents ‘Made in America’ concert

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Made in America” featuring America-themed compositions and composers on Saturday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. The performance will include the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak and feature pianist Byron Chow performing Piano Concerto No. 1 by Edward MacDowell. The orchestra will also present the premier of Implied Architecture, a piece by NCSO cellist Jordan Kuspa. Funded in part by the City of Encinitas Community Grant Program, the orchestra is conducted by Daniel Swem. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. For more information, visit

Valentine’s Day Party

The community is invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Check-in time is 10:30-11:30 a.m. and lunch is served 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featured lunch includes chili-rubbed pork with apricot passion glaze; mixed rice with almonds; a vegetable medley; and spinach salad with feta, cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette; and fruit with chocolate for dessert. Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the day before. (760) 943-2258.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Wheel Ceramics Workshop

Lux Art Institute invites the community to an intimate evening at the institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Lux’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Wine & Wheel night features an event that is part lesson and part social. Attendees will get to relax with a glass of wine while creating on the ceramics wheel with friends and fellow participants. The studio offers two hours to make and create a cup and/or bowl with assistance from ceramics instructor. Wine, sangria and cheese platter will be provided along with clay and firings. Price: Lux member— $120 per couple; non-member—$135 per couple. (760) 436-6611 or or

Music by the Sea Concert: Voices of Central America

Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library.

Alternate First Prize winner of 2018 International New York Lyric Opera Competition, Camila Lima from Argentina, sings soprano alongside tenor voice Xavier Prado, a native of Chile who starred as Don Quixote in the world premiere of the new opera “Dulcinea XL.” The lyric tenor has sung with Opera San Jose, Sarasota Opera and Opera Southwest. Lima and Prado will perform opera arias and duets from Turandot, Romeo & Juliet, Die Fledermaus and others. Danny Pravder will accompany. (760) 633-2746. Address: 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, 92024.

West African Dance

The community is invited to learn West African Dance at Dance North County, Suite 100, 535 Encinitas Blvd. Adama Jewel is the founder of African Soul International and has been teaching for decades. She will teach all levels of the dance from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Price: $15. (760) 402-7229. Visit the West African Dance Encinitas Facebook page for more.

Valentine Romance Concert and Oceanview Dessert Buffet

LA’s Song of the Angels (SOA) Flute Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Fernandez, offers an afternoon of romantic music and a delicious dessert buffet, catered by the talented harpist (also performing) and caterer Naomi Alter. Arranger and conductor Fernandez will premier his arrangement featuring San Diego harpist Alter and SOA founder Frederick Staff on “Introduction and Allegro.” The concert includes 22 flutes of all shapes and sizes to inspire a Valentine Day celebration. The concert takes place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: $20.

Art for Learning SD Family Arts & Literacy Connection Workshop

A workshop to develop skills, nurture hope and motivate a love of reading through visual and performance art is being hosted 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The library hosts an immersive experience each month, tailored for families with children ages 4-14. All materials are provided, and each family receives an award-winning book to take home. Space is limited, registration is required. Free. Sign up at (760) 753-7376 or

Safe Neighborhoods: North County Coastal Sheriff Outreach Team

The community is invited to pose their questions and engage with deputies from the local Sheriff’s Department to shape the future of the community and keep the neighborhood safe. This interaction takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. (760) 753-7376 or

Free financial health presentation

The City of Encinitas, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, offers a free presentation about Behavioral Science and the Concept of S&P Envy. The one-hour presentation will examine the risks that may have an impact on your portfolio objectives and how to mitigate those risks in downside markets. The presentation will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Also, mark your calendar for a “Long-Term Care” presentation to be held on March 18, where you’ll learn about your options and how to save money with long-term care discounted plans. The presentations are intended to educate attendees about topics crucial to personal and family financial health. No strings attached and no pressure, just great information and tools to help you and your family thrive. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information or to RSVP to attend, email or call (760) 633-2740.

Sweetheart Ball

Sweethearts young and old are invited to attend at evening of dance, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Light hors d’oeuvres, treats and refreshments will be provided. A photo backdrop will be available for attendees to take photos (must bring own camera). This family-friendly event welcomes all ages, from children to grandparents. Tickets are $8 per person, $30 per family, available at the door. Sales begin 5:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:45 p.m. (760) 633-2740.

Hutchins Consort: Irish Fiddle Master Winifred Horan + Consort

The community is invited to a concert featuring Winifred Horan on the Irish fiddle, performing the McNalley composition “The 8 Immortals.” This concert takes place 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive. Tickets: $15-$35. (858) 366-2423.

Happy Tales

Children from ages 6-12 have the opportunity to read to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St. Price: $5. Space is limited and registration is required. (760) 753-6413. or

Studio Series: Chiachio & Giannone

The community is invited to join Lux Art Institute for Artists-in-Residence Chiachio and Giannone’s Studio Series 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real. The artists discuss their background and artistic process and unveil their residency work. The reception takes place 6-7 with music, drinks and light refreshments. The artist talk occurs 7-8 p.m. Free for Lux members, $10 guests. (760) 436-6611.

West African Dance Class

Los Angeles performer and choreographer Jahanna Blunt will share her artistry during her West African Dance Class 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Dance North County, Suite 100, 535 Encinitas Blvd. Blunt began performing at age 7 and teaches children and adults all over LA. The class will be accompanied by live drumming. Price: $15. (760) 402-7229.

Symbols in Art—An OASIS program

Symbols have been important to artists since the earliest of times, and this OASIS lecture from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive will explore the representations of ideas, codes and symbols in art history. Free. (760) 753-7376.

A Jungle in the Desert—Ceramics Workshop

The community is invited to join the Lux Art Institute’s Artists-in-Residence as they lead a ceramic workshop, with instructor Aeriel French, as part of a community art installation. This workshop takes place 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real. Families are encouraged to attend. Participants will make animals, plants and flower in clay. Artists Chiachio and Giannone will incorporate the pieces into their own work as part of their residency at Lux. Pieces will be returned to the participants after the exhibition. All ages welcome. Adult supervision required. Price: $15, free for ages 6 and under. (760) 436-6611.

Healthy Haven Live Health Show

A live health show to address the root cause of autoimmune disorders and how to prevent and help reverse them takes place 4-6:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. This event discusses cancer, inflammation and removing stored negative emotions, detoxifying organs, specific diets and lifestyles. Price: $12, 10 percent of proceeds go to Hope4Cancer. Prizes and raffles. (760) 310-1854 or

After School STEAM Enrichment Courses

San Diego Lab Rats offers enrichment courses designed for students in Grades K-8 who are eager to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Courses offered include Robotics, Tiny Engineers, Computer Code Masters, It’s My Business, Light & Signals, Musical Spanish, Biology is All Around Us, Builder Buddies, Family STEAM Day and Money Matters (for adults). These courses take place at varying times from Feb. 25 through March 28 at STEAM Discovery Center at Encinitas Boys & Girls Club, 1221 Encinitas Blvd. $30 drop-in. Optional add-on: $10 for pick-up from select elementary schools. (760) 450-4717. or

Wednesdays @ Noon Concert: Orvieto Piano Trio

Lauren Basney on violin, Daniel Frankhuizen on cello and Byron Chow on piano perform noon to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The trio presents a series of concerts once a year in San Diego. The ensemble will perform Dvořák’s Piano trio No. 3 in F minor and works by Shostakovich and Piazzolla. Free.

Basic Computer Help

Basic computer help is offered 1-3 p.m. Mondays at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Help includes e-mail account set up, internet searching, Overdrive and Libby support, using Facebook and Microsoft Office applications and more. For all levels and ages. Free. (760) 753-7376.

French Conversation

Those learning to speak French, both intermediate and advanced, are invited to improve their French fluidity with weekly conversational practice. The group meets 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. (760) 753-7376.

Citizenship Class

Those beginning the process of getting their United States citizenship are invited to attend a free class 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The classes are conducted in English and all materials are provided for free. (760) 753-7376.

English Café News for You

Those learning English are invited to red intermediate-level newspaper articles and participate in group discussions with other English learners. This meeting takes place 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Encinitas Library. Free. (760) 753-7376.

Spanish Conversation

Both intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers are invited to improve their Spanish fluency with weekly conversational practice, hosted from 3-5 p.m. Fridays at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. (760) 753-7376.

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

Trained tax preparers with AARP will be at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday in February to help the community prepare and file their taxes. Reservations and walk-up customers are welcome. To make a reservation, e-mail or call (760) 706-0540 and leave a message, including your name, a contact phone number and e-amil address, and the preferred date of your appointment. Free. (760) 753-7376.