Encinitas events this week (Jan. 4)


Julian Roel Quartet

Julian’s quartet spotlights bebop, west coast jazz and compositions by such artists as Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Cedar Walton, and Thelonious Monk. Julian Roel studies the alto saxophone at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary music. Watch him perform Jan. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit

Healing Arts Class

For those recovering from brain injuries and/or neurological challenges, enjoy self-expression through art, increase skills, improve eye/hand coordination and enjoy the warmth and support of facilitator, Denise McMurtrie. Supplies provided. Classes take place Jan. 5 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.; and on Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 4 p.m. in Scripps Hospital Encinitas’ brain injury room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. For more information and to register, email

Families Make History

A new year is an exciting and hopeful time for all. Join Miss Mary on the patio for fun make-and-take projects for the entire family, a unique and creative way to spend the day, every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. For more information, visit

Tour the Teten Farm House

Lovingly restored by architect and museum docent David Oakley, the home features its original furniture as well as objects from the period. Tour it every Saturday in January from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. For more information, visit

Sunday Songwriter Circle

Bring your unplugged instrument and get in on this weekly jam circle every Sunday in January from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Local songwriters, singers, pickers and listeners are welcomed. For more information, visit

Home Away from Home Family Fun Day

Each winter, millions of birds fly along the western coastline of North America to and from breeding grounds. Young children are invited to explore bird migration with crafts, hikes and hands-on activities, co-presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy educators and County Parks rangers, on Jan. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue. For more information, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: A Star is Born, Free Solo and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are $10. 471 Coast Highway 101. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Half-Price Book Sale at Encinitas Library

Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. general public. Members of EFL get to shop early, from 9-10 a.m. Encinitas Library Book Store, 540 Cornish Drive. Thousands of books, mostly priced from 25 cents to $1. CDs, 25 cents. DVDs, mostly $1. Encinitas Friends of the Library:

Christmas tree recycling

Place tree in green waste cart on collection days through Jan. 11; must be cut into 4-foot sections. No ornaments, tinsel, nails or tree stands. Flocked trees accepted. (760) 728-6114 or

Encinitas Lions Club to host ‘Gift of Sight’ event

Encinitas Chapter of Lions Club International, in conjunction with the California Lions Friends in Sight, Essilor Vision Foundation, and the Encinitas Branch of the San Diego County Library, will hold a community event Jan 12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., to provide free vision and hearing screenings, and free refurbished eyeglasses to all people of all ages, especially those with financial hardship. During these screenings, licensed sight and hearing professionals will provide eye and hearing health assessments and, if necessary, free refurbished eyeglasses. The vision screening is not intended to replace the comprehensive eye examination obtain through a doctor’s office. It does assess eye health concerns and provides a useable pair of recycled eyeglasses until professional services can be obtained.

No registration is necessary and services are provided on a “first-come, first-served” basis. For more information, please visit or, or visit the Encinitas Lions Club on Facebook.

Location: San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 92024

Madison Gallery ‘Black Desert’ exhibit

Madison Gallery presents Black Desert, a group exhibition featuring the work of James Austin Murray and Mareo Rodriguez. These two artists find inspiration in light as the most important source of energy and life.

The exhibition will run Jan. 16-March 11. A grand opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6-9 p.m.

Madison Gallery is located at 320 S Cedros Ave, Ste. 200, Solana Beach, 92075. For more information, call 858-523-9155, or visit

‘Life and Death Conversations’ speaker event

Dr. Bob Uslander will discuss “How Healthcare Can Fail Us in Our Last Season of Life (and What You Can Do About It)” Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 6-7: 30 p.m. at the Solana Beach Library.

Over his 30 years in medicine, Uslander has been an advocate and innovator, creating more compassionate and supportive care for all, especially for those who are aging, living with illness, and dying. This is an opportunity to learn about the gaps in healthcare that create the most fear and struggle for people, and Uslander’s prescription for a more peaceful and empowered last season of life.

The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, 92075.

Playwrights Project presents ‘Plays by Young Writers’

Playwrights Project will produce its 34th annual festival of “Plays by Young Writers,” sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on Jan. 10 - Jan. 26. The festival will feature winning scripts from Playwrights Project’s California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under.

Contest winners were selected from 415 plays submitted by students from across the state. Three scripts will receive full professional productions, and two scripts will receive staged readings in this highly regarded festival of new voices.

For more information and reservations Visit, (858) 384-2970 or

North Coast Symphony ‘Carnival of the Animals’

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra chamber music players will present Carnival of the Animals and Septet for piano, trumpet and strings, both by Camille Saint-Saëns, on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Guest pianist Byron Chow will be featured on both pieces. Especially enjoyed by children, the whimsical Carnival of the Animals includes a narrator, and each movement represents a different animal, including a lion, donkey and elephant, as well as giraffes, an aquarium, and an aviary. Admission is free, donations are encouraged. For more information, visit This performance is funded by a grant from the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation.

Osher Lifelong Learning at UC San Diego Open House

One of the best kept secrets in San Diego is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego. Come discover the joys of continued learning at an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. on UC San Diego’s Extended Studies campus, 9600 North Torrey Pines Road. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this membership program for adults over 50 offers daytime lectures, seminars and guided tours by renowned university faculty and community leaders. Subjects include science, medicine, international relations, law, art and humanities among others. To learn more visit the UCSD program at or call 858-534-3409.

Art Talks

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in partnership with The Lot movie theater, presents “An Artist’s Perspective,” a casual lecture series featuring artists from around the region. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, you’ll hear a panel discussion featuring artists from the exhibition “Being Here with You/Estando Aquí Contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana.” The Lot, 7611 Fay Ave. Free.

Free San Marcos Ranger-led hike Jan. 5

Come join City of San Marcos Park Rangers as they host members of the public on a free 6.2-mile hike, Saturday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead and parking lot at Cerro de Las Posas Park, Aquatics & Recreation Facility, 1387 W. Borden Road, San Marcos, 92069. Hike along the Flume that transports water from Lake Wohlford to the Pechstein Reservoir near Blue Bird Canyon and the 2nd San Diego Aqueduct. There will be 880’ of elevation gain. Please bring sun protection and plenty of water.

At the Athenaeum

 The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s San Diego New Music 2018-2019 concert season is themed “The Stories We Tell” and kicks off 2019 with the soundON Festival Jan. 10-13. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. $55-$70 weekend passes, $20-$25 individual shows. (858) 454-5872.

 Ceramicists Beliz Iristay and Irène de Watteville collaborate on a provocative surrealist food table installation, an exhibition of which opens with a reception 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. In addition to the collaborative installation, each artist will show a variety of individual works. Exhibit on view through March 9. Free. (858) 454-5872.

 The Athenaeum honors deceased book artist and founder of the San Diego Book Arts organization, Genie Shenk, with an exhibition of her work, on view through March 9. A reception for the exhibit is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free. (858) 454-5872.

On Stage

 “Jeeves at Sea,” a comedic play about mistaken identities and international mishaps by Margaret Raether, comes to life when the Osher Play Readers Theater presents a staged reading, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

 Five young La Jolla actors make up the cast of “Newsies,” the first JCompany production of the new year. See matinee and evening shows weekends Jan. 11-27 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. $17-$25. (858) 362-1348.

Concert Time

 La Jolla Renaissance Singers presents “Night Song: Seasonal Music for End of Day and Deepest Night,” 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at University City United Church, 2877 Governor Drive. This is the season for tuneful melodies in the presence of good friends, a blazing hearth and thick walls to keep out the chill. They will perform poignant songs full of hope and joy as night descends. Donations accepted.

As part of the Symphony’s January Festival, Music Director Designate Rafael Payare’s debut with the San Diego Symphony is 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego, with music from Mozart, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. All funds from this concert support the Symphony’s Learning and Community Engagement programs. Tickets from $20.