Encinitas community news briefs


Historical walking tour meets Nov. 21

The Encinitas Historical Society will host a docent-led historical walking tour of Old Encinitas on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. at 390 West F St. Find out where movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood used to live and play. Get up close to the most photographed buildings in Encinitas. Learn why the town of Encinitas was developed.

The tour finishes around 11:30 am. Call docent Barbara Vilardo at 661-992-5740.

Travelers to discuss ‘Travel on the Silk Road’

Roger and Nancy Harmon will show photographs and discuss their 2014 visit to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey and their upcoming 2016 trip to Silk Road sites in northwest China at a free event from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in Room 201 at the San Elijo campus of MiraCosta College. They will include retrospective comments on their visits 15 years earlier when Roger led the Peace Corps pre-service training and staff development in three Central Asian countries.

Nancy is an English as a Second Language teacher and writer, with a special interest in folktales and their use in second language learning. Roger is an applied cultural anthropologist. For 10 years, the Harmons have been leading small group trips to Asia. The college is at 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Email

Community invited to drug conference Dec. 7

The community is invited to the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 13th yearly Educational Coference, to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

Learn about the dangers of drugs that exist in this community, and how they endanger the lives of children. This free educational conference will give you information to start drug prevention education in your home.

Sponsors include the Mano A Mao Foundation, the Carlsbad Police Department, the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department, theCalifornia Highway Patrol, the Migrant Education Program, Drug Free World Foundation, and the city of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.

Contact Dr. Beatriz Villarreal of the Mano A Mano Foundation at 760-492-8897.

Encinitas Guitar Orchestra performs Dec. 4 with Peter Pupping

A large group of amateur and semi-professional acoustic guitarists, members of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, will perform a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas.

A $12 donation at the door is suggested.

Peter Pupping, who leads and conducts the orchestra of 35 beginning to advanced guitarists, chooses a theme for each spring and fall session that ties the music together. This year, the theme is Renaissance, Baroque, and Celtic folk. It includes Celtic folk selections “Follow Me Up to Carlow” and “Jenny Picking Cockles,” along with traditional Renaissance guitar pieces. All have been adapted for guitar orchestra.

“It’s really fascinating and genuinely exciting to hear traditional and other types of music arranged for a guitar orchestra,” Pupping said. “The orchestra presents a sound that is unique to this area.”

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is composed of local musicians who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Contact Pupping at 760-943-0755 or

Leucadia Main Street to host Small Business Saturday event Nov. 28

Leucadia 101 Main Street and more than 35 businesses along the North Coast Highway 101 corridor will be hosting Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.

“These business owners are your neighbors, friends and they are definitely some of the hardest-working people you can find,” said Nick Winfrey, president of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association.

Start with a morning Bike N’ Brunch — a tour of North Leucadia by bike, stopping for free coffee, and a special bottomless mimosa brunch at Le Papagayo at the end. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Leucadia Roadside Park, 866 N. Coast Highway 101.

All day, shoppers can enjoy live music, scavenger hunts, prizes, store promotions and gifts in exchange for purchases. With each purchase, participants get a raffle ticket for a chance at $1,000 in prizes. The Leucadia Main Street crew will also be hosting mini scavenger hunts for different $100 gift cards.

The goal of Small Business Saturday is to encourage residents to shop where they live. One study from Civic Economics found that for every dollar spent at a small business, 48 cents recirculate into the community, compared with only 14 cents spent at a chain retailer.


MiraCosta College offers noncredit sewing course

MiraCosta College’s Community Education Program is offering “Sewing: Clothing Reproduction, Knock-Off & Pattern Making,” to be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 21-Dec. 19, in Room 4529 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Fee for the class is $80.

Students will learn how to remake a favorite garment in time for the holidays. Bring your favorite garments and learn how to make the pattern and sew it from beginning to end.

MiraCosta College does not provide sewing machines. Bring a sack lunch. A materials list will be sent before the start of class. Instructor is Angela Fesi-Pouliot.

No class on Nov. 28. Call 760-795-6820.

Passport for $1,000 Shopping Spree offered in Encinitas

Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association has organized the Passport Shopping Spree to get more people to put their money where their hearts are this season –– in their community. One shopper will win a $1,000 shopping spree.

“Small local businesses are still the backbone of our economy,” says Thora Guthrie, executive director of the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association.

Pick up Shopping Spree Passports now at participating retail stores along South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas as well as in some locally owned stores in the rest of Encinitas. Shoppers need 15 stamps to be entered to win the Shopping Spree. Turn in stamped passports to the Encinitas 101 MainStreet office or any participating business by Dec. 17. Winner will be drawn and notified on Dec. 18.