Encinitas events this week (Feb. 1)


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Band-O-Rama school bands concert

This special concert will feature local school bands playing a variety of music for your enjoyment on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at La Costa Canyon High School, 1 Maverick Way in Carlsbad. Participating schools include Ada Harris Elementary, EUSD’s band program, Diegueno Middle School, Oak Crest Middle School, San Dieguito Academy, and La Costa Canyon High School. The concert concludes with a finale performance of “Bandorama March” featuring more than 400 band students. For more information, visit

Encinitas Senior Expo

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Encinitas, will again host the Encinitas Senior Expo titled “Embracing Retirement, Before and After 65” on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The Presenting Sponsor for the event is Belmont Village Senior Living in Cardiff.

This free event is focused on people that will be retiring soon and those already retired, and provide information for children of aging individuals looking for options for their parents. The event will include expert speakers on subjects pertinent to a healthy and successful retirement life. Healthy snacks will be available with opportunity drawings throughout the day and a commemorative bag for the first 300 attending the expo. For more information, call (760) 753-6041 or visit

Sweethearts’ Ball Dance in Encinitas

Sweethearts’ Ball Dance is a night of fun for the whole family on Friday, Feb. 15, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Admission price to the Ball Dance is $6 /Encinitas residents and $9/non–residents. Children under the age of 2 are free. Parking for the event is free and all are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 7. Light hors d’oeuvres, treats and refreshments will be provided. This is a family event for children on up to grandparents.

For more information, visit, course #9583, call 760-633-2740, or email

Free ranger-led hike to the top of ‘P’ Mountain

Come join San Marcos Park Rangers who will lead members of the public on a free 6.1-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy spectacular views from the top of “P” Mountain above Palomar College. Register at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead in the parking lot at Cerro de Las Posas Park and Aquatics/Recreation Facility, at 1387 W. Borden Road, San Marcos, 92069. There will be 840 feet of elevation gain. Please bring sun protection and plenty of water.

LIFE Lecture

Sociology professor, Dr. Thao Ha will discuss a documentary film, “Seadrift,” which was inspired by her research on the Vietnamese fishermen in Texas and the conflict in the 1980s with native fishermen and the KKK. Dr. Ha will show a trailer of the film and then discuss the issues of refugee assimilation, racial and ethnic conflict, and community resolutions and reconciliation for a better world on Feb. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the San Elijo campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave. in the student conference room. For more information, email

Free musical band clinic in Encinitas

The Coastal Community Concert Band is sponsoring a free clinic with the U.S. Army Band Brass Quintet on Feb. 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Oak Crest Middle School, 675 Balour St., Encinitas, in the band room. The clinic is open to all — including music teachers, students and musicians — who desire a deeper understanding of music as instructed by one of the best brass ensembles in the nation. The quintet will also be featured in the CCC Band’s 36th anniversary “Musical Sensations” on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Street. For more information about either event, visit

Spring succulent wreath class

Design and create your own succulent wreath using over 350 cuttings from the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your new wreath can be mounted on your wall (indoors or outdoors) or displayed on a table in your very own garden or home. Please bring small clippers to class. 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. Classes take place Feb. 2 and 16 at 10:30 a.m.; and Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 4 p.m. at Scripps Hospital Brain Injury Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. For more information and to register, email

Birds, beaks and feet! Family Day

Some beaks are shaped for cracking nuts while others are designed for probing sticky mud. Learn about beaks, feet and everything neat with crafts, hikes and hands-on family fun on Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at San Eljo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave. Co-presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy & County Parks. For more information, visit

Super Bowl party

Come see the big game with the San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 on Feb. 3 from noon to 10 p.m. at 210 West F St. For more information, visit

Trails & Rails

Walt and Paula have enjoyed performing together for over 25 years in various formats, including nine years with the instrumental group, MandolinMadness. Hear music played on guitar, banjo, acoustic bass and mandolin in this program of Western music on Feb. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: The Favourite, A Star is Born, Free Solo and Rocky Horror Picture Show. 471 Coast Highway 101. For tickets and show times, visit

Valentine Romance concert

Visit the Encinitas Library on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. for a heavenly flute orchestra and harp concert followed by a lavish Valentine Oceanview reception. The show will feature harpist Naomi Alter, flutists Lori Bell, Chikako Iverson, Deborah MacMurray and 20 flutes of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit

‘Heart to Art’

The public is invited to an artists’ reception at the Off Track Gallery, 937 South Coast Highway 101, celebrating hand-crafted artworks by the members of the San Dieguito Art Guild on Feb. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme for this special sale will be all things heart shaped or Valentine’s Day themed. Included will be jewelry, gourd art, glass, pottery, and paintings. Come on by and find a gift for your special Valentine. For more information, visit

Art show

Margot Villa, Cherie Gollaher and Kim Simas are among the artists displaying work at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, through March 27. An artists’ reception night is scheduled for Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Mike Levin to speak locally

The Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club will meet on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Carlsbad Dove Library, Gowland Room, from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mike Levin, newly elected Congressman for 49th Congressional District, who will speak on: “The View from Washington DC: Policy, Politics and What to Expect in 2019.” For more information, visit

Encinitas Library Book Sale

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale Saturday, Feb. 2. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs for 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. 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 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive. Visit

Paw Walk in the Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with Rancho Coastal Humane Society for the seventh annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden on Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. This is the one time during the year that pet dogs are allowed in the Garden with their human friends. For registration, visit

Jurassic Quest at the DM Fairgrounds

Jurassic Quest, “the largest exhibition of lifestyle, moving, and museum-quality dinosaurs in North America,” will be held Feb. 1-3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (O’Brien Hall and Bing Crosby Hall). For more information, visit

NC Rep to hold free reading

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents a free reading of “Late Company” Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

A successful middle-class couple’s lives are irrevocably changed after their teenage son is mercilessly cyber-bullied. In an attempt to “move on” they invite his chief tormentor and his parents to a dinner party. Content of this play is for mature audiences. High school and up. Visit Must reserve tickets. On the website under “shows” click “readings” to reserve seats for Late Company.

Sandpipers Square Dance Club Monday night dances

Sandpipers Square Dance Club invites all to Monday night dances, 7:30-9 p.m., for couples, singles and families. No prior dance experience is needed. Live caller guides all dances. Price is $6 per person.

Location: Woman’s Club of Carlsbad Hall, 3320 Monroe Street, Carlsbad, 92008.

For more information, call 310-710-7530 or 858-748-4219.