Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


After-school drama program

Kids in second through sixth grade who want to sing, dance and act are invited to sign up for The Park Dale Players’ new show Animal Tails.

Weekly rehearsals at various EUSD schools began Sept. 5 and will continue through January, when there will be weekend performances complete with costumes and sets. Cost is $275 and information is available at or by calling 760-672-6415.

Lux Art Institute

The Lux Art Institute has several programs available this fall, with more information available at

Teen Collective (Tuesdays through Dec. 13): This program is designed to challenge young artists to strive for their highest possible artistic potential. It runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lux Education Pavilion, 1550 S. El Camino Real. Cost is $425, $525 (nonmembers) and more information is available at 760-436-6611.

Youth Lab (Tuesdays through Nov. 22): For ages 9-12, this studio course is organized as a way for students to work both independently and collaboratively. It runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and costs $375, $475.

Painting with Oils (Wednesdays through Dec. 14): Artist Vicki Walsh will provide personal guidance from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost: $550, $600.

Toddler Time (Fridays through Dec. 16): For ages 2-4, this programs runs from 9 to 11 a.m. and costs $10, $20.

Live Music at American Legion

American Legion Post 416, 210 W. F Street, will host free concerts by Blown Fuse Band (Friday, Sept. 9) and Highminded Band (Saturday, Sept. 10) from 7 to 10 p.m.

Blown Fuse Band will present its high energy acoustic rock show, while the Encinitas-based Highminded Band performs a mix of reggae, funk and jazz fusion.

For more information, call 760-753-5674.

Walking Encinitasrestaurant tour

Join a Saturday, Sept. 10 walking food tour with an array of bites at the area’s top restaurants along historical Highway 101, with stops at the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens and Encinitas boathouses along the way.

Tour goes from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs $47. For more information or to register visit restaurant_tour or call 619-634-8476.

Virtuosi USA concert series

On Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Virtuosi USA concert series presents violinists Martin Chalifour (concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic) Pasha Tseitlin, Ben Ulleri and Sasha Tseitlin along with cellists Robert DeMaine and Marek Szpakiewicz.

The group will perform Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet Souvenir de Florence at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost is $30, $20 (members).

For more information, visit or 858-207-6967.

German Saturday school

The German American School Association (GASA) is offering classroom-based German language programs to children ages 4 to 17, classes for adults, as well as online tutoring for different age groups.

The classroom program, German Saturday school, begins Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon on the campus of The Rhoades School, 141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road.

The program of 90 hours over 30 days, running through May 13, costs $620 per child and new students are accepted all year long. For more information, visit or call school director Katja Petrascheck at 206-890-7125.

Dog obedience training

Encinitas Parks and Recreation will provide a pair of five-week group classes in dog obedience this fall at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. The classes, which will be held in the northeast area of the park are scheduled for Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 4 and Saturdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 8, from 9 to 10 a.m.

The classes will be put on by Dog Sense Dog Training. To register online, visit (search key word “dog”). For more information, call the Encinitas Community Center at 760-943-2260.

Blind surf event

A surfing event for the blind and sight impaired is set for Sunday, Sept. 11 at the South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad (also known as Ponto Beach) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Encinitas Lions Club, in partnership with Urban Surf 4Kids, will donate their time and expertise by offering surfing instruction to individuals and members from blind centers from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Imperial Counties.

Coastal Club

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Coastal Club, at 3575 Manchester, presents Cozy Café (9:30 a.m.), Fit and Flexible with Danyll (10 a.m.), Showcase workshop “Character: Evolving with Age: Moral Goodness” (11) and the noon movie, “Youth.”

All events are free and open to all seniors.

At the Cozy Café, come eat snacks, play games or read the paper while schmoozing with friends. The workshop description is: “A virtuous person is someone who has ideal character traits. These traits derive from natural internal tendencies, and also need to be nurtured. Over the course of the series, we will explore “characteristics” within the 4 themes of Respect, Self-Control, Regard, and Benevolence. Come join us for this new series of workshops to discover your best characters and discuss how they change with time.”

The noon movie follows a composer (played by Michael Caine) and a film director (Harvey Keitel) who compare notes on old age as they vacation at a Swiss spa while surrounded by younger people.

“Zootopia” lecture

On Friday, Sept. 16, Richard Lederer will give a free lecture titled “Zootopia” at San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave.

In Room 201, San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist Lederer — a Verbivor, author, speaker and teacher with a Masters in Teaching and a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard — will offer a caravan of animals that run and swim and jump and fly and crawl through our beastly English language. The event is part of a celebration of the San Diego Zoo as it approaches its centennial.

For more information, send an email to

Talks in Spanish

Spanish-speaking presenter Elizabeth Pastrana will present three talks exploring education and family dynamics on Thursdays at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

Topic include: how to motivate your child or teenager to read (Sept. 15), learn how the K-12 system works and how to be successful at college (Sept. 22) and how to build a strong family unit (Sept. 29).

For more information, call Veronica Maciel at 858-694-2411.

Coastal Cleanup Day

There’s still time to sign up as a volunteer for the 32nd annual Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) on Saturday, Sept. 17.

From 9 a.m. to noon that day, an expected 8,000 volunteers will work to clean up more than 100 sites around San Diego County. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to sign up for a site in their neighborhood — clean up will be done at Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo Lagoon at MiraCosta College, San Elijo State Beach and Beacon’s Beach — and help leave a lasting impact on the whole region.

For more information about sites and volunteer registration, please visit

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Fall tours and events (starting Sunday, Sept 18): This fall, 15 tours and events will bring out the imaginations and interests in all San Elijo Lagoon visitors. On Sept. 18, Birdwatching for Beginners introduces how to get the most out of birding. For more information on this and other tours and events, visit

Salt Marsh Yoga (Saturday, Sept. 24): Exhale stress and inhale sage-scented air as you find balance in your mind and on your mat at San Elijo Lagoon. Join a 90-minute Vinyasa flow yoga experience, trailside with James Petracca. Includes sage relaxation eye pillow. Limited to 15 participants, and more info is at

Olivenhain CrossCountry Invitational

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Pete Chenard Memorial Olivenhain Cross Country Invitational for kids ages 5-14.

Set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at the historic Meeting Hall at 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, the event is designed for kids to learn about and participate in the sport of running, a healthy life-long activity.

For more information or to register, visit

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: Captain Fantastic, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). 471 Coast Hwy. 101. For show times call 760-436-7469 or visit

Art Lounge on the 101

Learning to Draw by Accessing the Right Side of the Brain with Therese Bushen goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29 at Art Lounge on the 101, 816 S. Coast Highway. Cost is $145.

Later this month, drawing and painting classes with instructor BFA Linda Luisi, are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Tuesdays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4 and 11, Luisi teaches Drawing With Pencil Plus Any Media from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Learn to draw with pencils, pastels, brushes and with individual attention for all levels. Beginners are welcome and intermediate artists will improve their skills. Use line, shape, texture and color (optional) to have fun creating realistic, expressive and abstract art. Cost of $135 includes all four weeks.

Then on Thursdays, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13, Luisi teaches a painting class with individual attention for all levels. No prior experience is necessary and to come use brushstrokes and textures to have fun creating realistic, expressive and abstract art. Learn highlights, shading, depth, dimension and color mixing. Choose subjects provided, or bring photos from your travels. Cost of $125 includes all four weeks.

For more information, visit

To register for any class, visit or call 858-442-8666.

Cardiff Greek Festival

Enjoy authentic Greek food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Church, 3459 Manchester Avenue. Cost is $3.

The Olympians Greek dance band, Mark Danisovsky, Kompania and Tony Soraci will perform, and parking is free at the MiraCosta San Elijo Campus next door.

For more information, visit or call 760-942-0920.

Poetry Slam

One of the largest events of its kind in San Diego County, the La Paloma Summer Poetry Slam is being presented by Full Moon Poets on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the historic Encinitas theater. Door open at 6:30 p.m.

Poets from throughout North County and beyond will have their names placed in the famous popcorn bucket, with the first 17 names pulled making up the night’s lineup.

The event, at La Paloma Theater, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, is free and open to the public (prize money collected from the audience will go to the winners) and information and rules are available at or by calling Danny Salzhandler at 760-845-8456.

Fall Guitar Orchestra

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is forming its fall session which runs from Sept. 12 through early December and has a Christmas theme. A concert is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to participate and learn classical guitar technique and ensemble skills under the supervision of noted local guitar performers and teachers Peter Pupping and William Wilson.

Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Rd. For more information, visit or contact Pupping at 760-943-0755 or

Senegalese Dance

On Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., take a Senegalese dance class with an accomplished guest teacher at Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Blvd., St. 100. Come dance, sing or just watch and listen to the live drumming. Cost: $15. For more info, go to

Outdoor movie

The Olivenhain Town Council, along with sponsor Hay House Publishing, is presenting a second outdoor movie on Friday, Sept. 9 (The Jungle Book).

The movies begin at sundown (around 7:45 p.m.) at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Santa Fe Road. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family and popcorn is $1. Families should bring their own chairs, blankets and other refreshments.

Cottonwood Creekhabitat restoration

Cottonwood Creek Conservancy will hold its monthly native habitat restoration event on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (late arrivals OK).

Meet at the trail entrance near the southeast corner of B St. (extension of Encinitas Blvd. west of Coast Highway 101) and Third St., 2 blocks west of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. It’s just up from the pump station on that corner. Parking is on the street or in the big Moonlight Beach parking lot at the top of the hill at Third and C Streets.

Activities will include native plant maintenance, invasive plant removal, and an interpretive tour. Tools, water, and oranges will be provided. For more information, contact Brad Roth, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy at 442-888-0839,

Lux Art Instituteopening reception

The Lux Art Institute will feature five artists from all over the world coming for residency in its upcoming 10th anniversary season, beginning with Colombian Camilo Restrepo.

In residency from, Saturday Sept. 10 through Oct. 2 (the exhibition runs through Oct. 29), Restrepo will work on two separate pieces created from collected newspaper clippings and drawings from his personal sketchbooks. These works will focus on concepts of failure and appropriation in relation to the drug-trade, and will be exhibited at ArtBo in Bogotá upon their completion. An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real.

For more information, visit

Bollywood Dancingfor adults

Bollywood Steps instructor Payal Nanavati will teach a fusion of Indian and Western dance styles at a session that will also provide a cardio workout. All levels are welcome. Bollywood Steps is an established Indian dance company with locations all over San Diego County.

Sessions are Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. A102. A month of classes costs $60. For more information, call 215-8691.

Women’s club meeting

The San Dieguito Woman’s Club, a member of the international Federation of Women’s Clubs, will hold its monthly meeting and luncheon at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the U.S. Bank, 131 North El Camino Real.

The meeting opens the club’s 2016-17 season, during which it will embrace the idea of “women serving our community while having fun.” President of the Palomar District of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Myrna Binford is the guest speaker at this free event and lunch will be served following the meeting.

For more information, call 760-612-5804, visit San Dieguito Woman’s Club on Facebook or check

From the Heart art show

On Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Casa de Amparo Art Program will present a show with original art created by Casa Kids ages 12 to 24. See the Casa Kids use creative expression as a way to heal and grow. The event — at the Casa Kids Campus, 325 Buena Creek Road, San Marcos — will feature the art gallery, an artist meet and greet, silent auction, live music, dinner reception and opportunity drawings.

Tickets cost $15 and are available at the-heart?id=372.

Families Make History:Family Trees

Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 4560 Quail Gardens Drive, create your own family tree by using an array of supplies and tools and, of course, your imagination.

Family life and the beauty of trees have always played major roles in our San Dieguito area. Families are like trees: our branches may grow in different directions but our roots remain as one. Free. More information is available by calling 760-632-9711 or visiting!free-family-activities/uaqqu.

Open Mic at TheStudio Encinitas

For all ages. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Kennady Tracy, each slot is 10 minutes or the duration of two songs. Food and refreshments will be available from concessions. Sign-ups start at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays in August from 6-9 p.m. Free.

Coastal Roots Farm

Farm Volunteer Days: On Tuesdays from 8 to 10 a.m., rise and shine like a farmer and help harvest for donation to a local Encinitas food pantry. On Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., plant, weed and keep the farm, at 441 Saxony Road, looking beautiful. Free.

Farm Stand: On Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., purchase fresh, local and seasonal produce grown using organic and biodynamic practices. Proceeds help support our efforts to donate fresh, organic produce to families in need. Coastal Roots Farm at Leichtag Commons, 800 Quail Garden’s Drive, Free. For more information, visit

Improv acting class for older adults

On Tuesdays from 3:40 to 6 p.m., through Dec. 13, learn self-awareness through the practice of improvisation. Ideal for esteem-building or public speaking.

Sign up in advance at MiraCosta Community Learning Center or on the first day of class at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. For more information, call 760-753-7376.

Reading Day withNorth Coast Sheriffs

The North Coastal Sheriff’s Station is inviting children of all ages to attend its Reading Day event on Sept. 21. Beginning at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1040 N. El Camino Real, a sheriff’s deputy will read to children and teach them the importance of reading. After story time, the deputy with answer questions.

“Reading is an important part of a child’s life,” the release says. “It teaches them everything from their ABC’s to incredible stories filled with wonder.” The department urges the entire family to come to this hour of fun and learning.

Museum of Making Music gala

The National Association of Music Merchants’ Museum of Making Music recently announced its annual “Play it Forward” gala, which is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 5790 Armada Dr. in Carlsbad.

Inspired by Memphis, Tennessee and its musically rich heritage, the evening’s highlight will be the nationally touring live show “Take Me To The River,” with performances by award-winning, legendary musicians that have shaped the music scene for blues, soul, rhythm & blues, rock ‘n roll, rockabilly, rap, hiphop and more. Proceeds from the gala will help offset the $100,000 annual operating cost of the Museum’s year-round music education programs that are crucial to thousands of children, adults and seniors in San Diego County. The recommended attire for the evening is casual elegance. Tickets can be purchased at

Check out the city’s newsletter at for more information.