Encinitas events this week (March 1)


American Legion Centennial Celebration

The American Legion is turning 100! The public is cordially invited to celebrate with San Dieguito American Legion Post 416, 210 West F Street, on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature distinguished guest, WWII Paratrooper Tom Rice, 97, who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day as part of the 101st Airborne Division. Enjoy lunch and other festivities. Lunch will be sold. For more information, visit

Foreign Film: Nowhere to Call Home, a Tibetan in Bejing

Following a chance encounter on the streets on Beijng, a destitute Tibetan widow tries to give her child to an American journalist, drawing the foreigner into a violent family feud. This Chinese film with English subtitles will be presented March 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the San Elijo campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, in room 204. For more information, email

Encinitas Guitar Orchestra

The Advanced Ensemble of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of local professional and amateur guitarists, will present a concert of complex orchestra works featuring music by Bach, Hayden, Mozart and others, including the Boccherini guitar masterpiece Introduction et Fandango, as well as De Falla’s La Vida Breve on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive. All of the pieces have been adapted for four or more parts in a guitar orchestra. Peter Pupping will direct. For more information, visit

State of the City Address

The public is invited to join the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Encinitas at the State of the City Address on Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-8 p.m., in the Encinitas Community Center at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and a no-host bar. Attendees will have this time to socialize and network. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will culminate with the keynote speech from Mayor Catherine Blakespear. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber at 760-753-6041. Early ticket purchase is encouraged to secure a seat at this annually sold-out event.

Families Make History

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 San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens 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 will be provided. Classes take place March 2 and 16 at 10:30 a.m.; March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 4 p.m. in Scripps Hospital’s Brain Injury Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, email

Performing Arts for Teens and Adults with Autism

Performing arts workshops are offered and designed to teach social/communication skills to teens and young adults (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and children (2 to 3 p.m.), with autism, in an inclusive environment on March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Boulevard. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit

The Art of Surf and Skate

Special guest panel, Virtual Reality, live music, art activities, and other highlights will make part of this all-ages community event on March 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real. The event celebrates Encinitas’ surf, skate and art culture. Featured panelists include Grant Brittain, Aaron Chang and YESNIK. For more information, visit

Volunteer in the Vineyard

Now you can volunteer in the vineyard every week. These hours are open to anyone age 14 and up on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon at Coastal Roots Farm, 800 Ecke Ranch Road. Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t forget your refillable water bottle and sunhat. For more information, visit

First Sunday Music Series: Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

Hot Pstromi bandleader and founder Yale Strom was a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe. This unique research formed the foundation for their sound: a fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, khasidic, world beat and Balkan music. Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi will perform at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, on March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

North Coast Symphony

The Soloist Spotlight will feature Ray Nowak, trumpeter with the San Diego Symphony, performing the exciting Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat Major by Alexander Arutiunian on March 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Avenue. The orchestra will perform Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvorák and the Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. For more information, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: The Favourite, Free Solo, Roma and Rocky Horror Picture Show. 471 Coast Highway 101. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Flower Fields opening day

SoCal’s beloved springtime attraction, The Flower Fields, opens to the public March 1 at Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad. A rainbow of Tecolote ranunculus graces the 50 acres of rolling hillsides that overlook the Pacific Ocean, making it the ultimate flower paradise. For more information, visit

Climate change topic at Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club meeting

The Encinitas North Coast Democratic Club will meet on March 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Library, Dove Lane, in Carlsbad. The guest speaker Andy Kopp, deputy executive director of Climate Action Campaign, will present on “Climate Change and San Diego’s Green New Deal.” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Candidate Terra Lawson-Remer (supervisor, District 3) will also be speaking.

There will be an extended social time with refreshments to mingle with others a well as elected officials and candidates running for office. Visit

Basketry, gourd classes

A wonderful weekend of basketry and gourd classes will be held May 4-5 at “Weekend in the Garden” at the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas. All classes are open for registration online. Details and information at

Spring Home/Garden Show at fairgrounds

Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds March 1-3 for a three-day event “of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services, exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts.” Visit

Kids4Community volunteer event and essay contest

Kids4Community invites the public to volunteer to help feed San Diego’s low-income and homeless neighbors March 23 from 9:30-11 a.m. The day’s events include packing 500 sack lunches and hygiene kits plus a student essay contest. Donations for lunches and empty shoe boxes are needed. Please go to for more information about the contest requirements and donations needed. This is an all-ages event. 10123 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego.

Warwick’s to host author Ashton Applewhite

Warwick’s book store in La Jolla presents Ashton Applewhite, activist, TED speaker and “Influencer of the Year” Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Applewhite will discuss her book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” For more, which includes a book signing, visit Reserved seating available.

San Diego Storytelling Festival

Storytellers of San Diego collaborates with Encinitas Library annually to put on a Storytelling Festival for all ages on March 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 540 Cornish Drive. Visit

For One Night Only

The Off-Broadway hit comedy “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus LIVE” moves through a series of vignettes featured in the 1992 classic guide to understanding the opposite sex, in a one-man show starring Ryan Drummond, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at North Coast Rep Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $32. (858) 481-1055.

Event to host Holocaust survivor/author

The inaugural speaker in The Bishop’s School’s Woltman Lecture Series is Dr. Edith “Edie” Eva Eger, award-winning author, eminent psychologist and Holocaust survivor. She will discuss her memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at 7607 La Jolla Blvd. Books available for purchase/signing after the lecture. Free, but reservations are requested by March 1. To RSVP, go to and search for “Edith Eva Eger.”

‘An Afternoon with Gretchen Rubin’ benefits Voices for Children

Voices for Children, in partnership with Warwick’s in La Jolla, is hosting “An Afternoon with Gretchen Rubin,” the first of a new Author Luncheon Series partnership between the two San Diego organizations. The event will feature Rubin’s recently published “Outer Order Inner Calm” and include lunch, conversation with the author, and a complimentary book signing. Proceeds in part will benefit Voices for Children to fund its Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

The event will be held Tuesdya, March 19, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UCSD Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion.

For more information about the event, visit or call 858-598-2211. To learn more about VFC and its CASA program, visit

Heyjojo Productions auditions

Solana Beach-based Heyjojo Productions is holding open auditions for “Legally Blonde jr” for ages 8-18 and “101 Dalmatians kids” for ages 4-10. Multiple casts are planned. Auditions for Dalmatians are Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m.-noon. Auditions for Legally Blonde are Sunday, March 3, from noon-3 p.m. Cast fees are due the day of auditions.

All auditions are at the Heyjojo Rehearsal Studio at 742 Genevieve St. Suite F in Solana Beach. All rehearsals are only once a week with each cast having two performances. Performances are June 7-10. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Visit