Oct. 7: Local events in and around Encinitas

“Into the Breeches!”
“Into the Breeches!” cast members: Front (l-r): Melanie Lora, Taylor Henderson, Mikaela Macias and Geno Carr; Back (l-r): Rosemarie Chandler, James Newcomb, Katie MacNichol and Shana Wride
(Aaron Rumley)

Encinitas council candidate forums

For a list of Encinitas council candidate forums that will be held or have been held and a recording is available see the story at (or go to, news category, story titled: “Encinitas council candidate forums begin this week”).

SDUHSD Candidate Forum to be held on Oct. 12

The League of Women Voters of North County San Diego, the Carmel Valley Middle School PTSA and the North Coastal Council PTA are co-sponsoring a candidate forum for San Dieguito Union High School District candidates on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a nonpartisan event and all candidates have been invited. The League of Women Voters will moderate the forum and the public will have an opportunity to submit questions.

The forum will be recorded and the complete video will be posted on the League’s YouTube website. The link to either asking a question of the candidates or making a reservation to attend the Zoom webinar is at

20th Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event

The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will present its 20th Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters and other revelers will stroll through downtown Encinitas, aka South Coast Hwy 101, from Encinitas Blvd to K Street. F street will be packed with a live band, an E101 booth as well as a booth for the event’s treat sponsor, Mooski snacks. Many downtown Encinitas businesses stay open late to welcome trick-or-treaters with candy. This event is made possible by the presenting sponsor Lazy Acres Market (

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.

For more information please visit

Sukkot Harvest Festival

The 10th annual Sukko Harvest Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. The festival is inspired by the Jewish tradition of gathering the community outdoors to celebrate the end of an abundant summer harvest and reflects themes of hospitality. Meet under the sukkah (temporary shelter) for live music, food, handcrafted goods, a kids zone and activities for all ages. Suggested donation is $18; $9 for children. Visit

Encinitas author Phyllis Schwartz to hold book signing at Barnes & Noble

Encinitas resident and author Phyllis Schwartz’s book “When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!” was released Sept. 23 by Acorn Publishing. Schwartz, a three-time cancer survivor, crafts an uplifting tale in her book based on her own experiences

Schwartz will do a book signing on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the children’s book section of the

Encinitas Barnes & Noble (1040 N El Camino Real Drive, Encinitas, 92024). Her book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and more.

For more information, visit Schwartz’s website:

Comedy ‘Into the Breeches!’ coming to North Coast Rep

North Coast Rep Theatre will present “Into the Breeches!” by George Brant Oct. 19-Nov. 13.

That time-honored adage, “The Show Must Go On,” takes on new meaning in this endearing and moving comedy. “Into the Breeches!” transports audiences to a small American playhouse in 1942. With the actors and director off at war, a group of passionate women face the daunting challenge of preserving the theatre’s reputation for mounting outstanding Shakespearean productions. Crammed with laughs and an abundance of visual humor, their fierce determination and unbridled enthusiasm will have audiences cheering as they prove that art and community triumph even in times of peril. Reserve your seats now for this powerful, witty play that captures the true meaning of being an American.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Call 858-481-1055, or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Surfboard ‘shape-off’ part of upcoming show

Eight surfboard shapers will compete Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 during the “Icons of Foam Shape-Off,” part of the Boardroom International Surfboard Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, presented by US Blanks. Besides the Shape-Off, the show will feature state-of-the-art surfboards, wetsuits, fins, gear and art from the industry’s top brands. There will be a surfcar exhibit from the1950s through the 2020s, live music, and Carver Skateboards will sponsor a ramp area. A live discussion on big-wave surfing with Jojo Roper and Peter Mel is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets start at $15. To buy tickets, visit

Public Safety Open House

Fire Prevention Week celebrates its 100th anniversary this October, and it’s also National Crime Prevention Month. You can celebrate by attending the City of Carlsbad’s Public Safety Open House on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This beloved annual community event offers free fun for all ages and a chance to learn from Carlsbad city staff, including first responders, and partners.

Location: City of Carlsbad Safety Training Center, 5750 Orion Street. For more information, visit

San Diego Botanic Garden October events

San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) welcomes autumn to Encinitas with an October calendar filled with a cactus and succulent sale and show, a celebration of local biodiversity, a resource fair for local educators, and a diverse range of classes, workshops, and lectures for adults. The Garden’s programs are set against a backdrop of fall décor arriving in mid-October, which includes great photo opportunities with pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, and other seasonal favorites. For more information, visit

Bach Collegium San Diego presents 20th season premiere in Cardiff

Bach Collegium San Diego, one of the country’s leading ensembles performing historically informed performances repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early classical eras, presents Blow by Blow Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff. The performance will feature John Blow and Henry Purcell, two of England’s most influential composers of the 17th century.

For more information, visit

Pumpkin Station

The Pumpkin Station is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 30-Oct. 31. Open daily: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Pick your perfect pumpkin and enjoy the many activities and attractions for kids of all ages, including giant slides, an antique carousel, and several other rides and inflatables. Visit and for more information.

Mainly Mozart All-Star Festival Orchestra fall series

The Mainly Mozart All-Star Festival Orchestra fall 2022 series will be held Oct. 12, 14 and 15 at The Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. For tickets and more information, visit or call (619) 239-0100. Concert schedule:

• Wednesday, Oct. 12: Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin (Nathan Olson, violin, Erin Hannigan, oboe); Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue; Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (featuring members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra); Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks; Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

• Friday, Oct. 14: Ibert’s Divertissement; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (Javier Perianes, piano); Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (Nurit Bar-Josef violin); Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G (Javier Perianes, piano)

• Saturday, Oct. 15: Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Alexander Kerr, violin); Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances Op. 72

The Scream Zone at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Scream Zone returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on selected nights beginning Oct. 6 and continues through Oct. 31. Favorite activities will be back as well as new scary ones. Visit and for more information.

Three-day Harvest Festival art, craft show

The annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show will be held Friday, Oct. 7 through Oct. 9 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Attendees can shop for thousands of handmade American art and crafts ranging from wall art, sculptures, glasswork, metalwork, jewelry and clothing to specialty foods, ceramics and home decor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets are $9; $7 for ages 62 and older and military members; $4 for ages 13-17; free for ages 12 and younger. Visit

More upcoming events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

In addition to The Scream Zone, some of the upcoming events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds include Jiu Jitsu World League (Oct. 16-17); Fall Home/Garden Show (Oct. 29-30) and more. Visit for more information.

16th Annual Kayak Fundraiser & Cleanup

The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF) will host the 16th Annual Kayak Fundraiser & Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. This event allows kayakers access to enjoy an excursion on the lagoon that is normally closed to boating, while simultaneously aiding in preserving the lagoon habitat by removing trash. The cost is $150 per two-person tandem kayak and is a tax-deductible donation to BLF.

There will be four launches of two-person tandem kayaks on both Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. The available check-in times are 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. Children as young as 6 years old are welcome to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Water safety guides will accompany each group to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

For more information, and to register online, visit Proceeds from the event will benefit BLF’s ongoing habitat restoration and other projects. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Rady benefit: Dinking for Dollars Pickleball Tournament

The La Jolla Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary invites all to the 3rd Annual beWELL event Dinking for Dollars Pickleball Tournament. The benefit event will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Bobby Riggs Racket & Paddle in Encinitas.

To register for the tournament or beginner clinics go to

Come join the fun and help support the at-risk youth in San Diego. Net proceeds from the event benefit the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego.

River Valley Fest

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) is planning its popular River Valley Fest, Sunday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m., at the San Diego/Del Mar Hilton. Funds raised will allow the Conservancy to continue its role in making connections within the San Dieguito River Valley and watershed. Tickets are $175 per person and are available at

San Diego International Film Festival returns

The 21st Annual San Diego International Film Festival runs Oct. 19-23. The event includes the return of the Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception, the Night of the Stars Tribute, Culinary Cinema, plus more in-person parties, panels and networking events. Visit for the full schedule, tickets and more information.

Not So Scary Eco Fest

A free nature-themed Halloween family day is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Highlights include environmentally-friendly craft-making, live animal encounters with bats, reptiles and raptors, a bounce house, and interactive nature activities. A costume contest is at noon, with prizes for Most Eco-friendly, Best Animal Theme and Most Creative. Bring your cup for coffee, lemonade, water and Jimbo’s fresh organic fruit. Reserve a spot at

League of Women Voters event: Spokeswomen to discuss state-wide and local propositions

League of Women Voters: Spokeswomen will discuss the state-wide and local propositions on the November ballot. Friday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, 92007, Room 1131. Free, parking is free. Info:

Nature Discovery Series to present ‘Raptors: Birds of Prey’

Torrey Pines Docent Society’s Nature Discovery Series for October will be a presentation about “Raptors: Birds of Prey” by Dr. Bob Gordon. Learn about local raptors and meet Huxley the Harris Hawk. The public talk on Sunday Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. is free and suitable for all ages. Participants will meet at the pavilion area near the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve upper parking lot.

Balboa Park Spooktacular

The San Diego Automotive Museum (SDAM) will be partnering with the City of San Diego for the Balboa Park Spooktacular. This free event on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Municipal Gym (2111 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, 92101) includes games, crafts, costume contests, a flash mob, and safe trick or treating. SDAM will be setting up a Fall Pickup Truck Craft Booth where children can express their creativity while enhancing fine motor skills to bring their pickup trucks to life. They will be able to add pumpkins, ghosts, and googly eyes, among other details, to complete their truck. In addition to the event at the gym, they will be holding a Trunk or Treat event where all children 12 and under, as well as their parents, will be granted free admission to SDAM and be able to safely trick or treat from some of the cars inside. For more information, visit

San Diego Italian Film Festival presents Settembre (September), 2022

San Diego Italian Film Festival will present Settembre (September), 2022 Sunday Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas (471 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 92024). The quest for happiness, for authentic human relationships and for new beginnings, whether at 15, 40 or 60 years of age, is the thread tying together the three stories told in Settembre, actress/screenwriter Giulia Louise Steigerwalt’s brilliant directorial debut. It’s a fresh and brilliantly written ensemble comedy which combines emotion and the painful irony of Italian-style comedy with a classic American narrative structure, all in a well-balanced mix of light-heartedness and melancholy. Italian with English subtitles.

Tickets $16 ($12 SDIFF members, $7 students): online or at the Box Office. Visit

SD Junior Theatre features ‘The SpongeBob Musical’

San Diego Junior Theatre, the nation’s longest-running youth theatre program, opens its 75th Anniversary Season with “The SpongeBob Musical”.

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.

The SpongeBob Musical will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 13 and is recommended for all ages. All Junior Theatre productions are performed in Balboa Park’s historic Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place. For tickets and more information, visit or call the box office at 619-239-8355.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at JCompany Youth Theatre

JCompany Youth Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony and Academy Award-winning Broadway musical Oct. 29-Nov. 13. Staged by the Award-Winning director Joey Landwehr, with a wonderful cast of more than 60 young artists, this production is perfect for the entire family. Featuring beautiful music, stunning choreography, and incredible talent.

The production will be held at David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 92037. Tickets and more information: JCC Box Office: 858-457-3030 or online at

Rooftop Cinema Club offers Halloween-themed screenings

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is carving up a full month of Tricks and Treats and it’s a definite must-do for anyone looking to get out and enjoy Halloween this year in San Diego.

Throughout the month of October, RCC Embarcadero will screen Halloween-themed films and the venue itself will be decked out in Hocus Pocus-themed décor, paying homage to its most-popular film of the season. The Halloween Month slate at Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero will include costume contests, a Witches Weekender, Wooftop Puppyween, Hocus Pocus Madness and lots more.

Tickets and information on all Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Halloween Season screenings are available online at