Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


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Live music at the American Legion

Each week, enjoy your favorite local bands. On Friday, Aug. 12, Blown Fuse Band, a high-energy band that features special guest musicians will play acoustic rock and roll and covers to entertain the troops from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Shrimper Dan and the Bottomfeeders will perform classic rock, from Jimmy Buffet to Jimi Hendrix, plus a blend of beach, surf and pop from 7 to 10 p.m.

The American Legion San Dieguito Post 416 is at 210 F Street. Admission for the concert is free and more information is available at 760-753-2671.

Sham Saintsfree concerts

The Sham Saints, a band which has been described as cosmic Americana with psychedelic undertones, will play a pair of free shows in the next few weeks with all new and original music.

First, on Saturday, Aug. 13, the Sham Saints are at First Street Bar, 656 S Coast Hwy 101 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on that show, visit

The Sham Saints will also be playing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 as part of the Leucadia Artwalk. That show is at the Plant Lady Shop, 1114 N Coast Hwy 101 # 1, and more info can be found at

San Diego Botanical Garden classes

Learn the principles of the hydroponic wick method by building your own sustainable garden to take home with instructor Alex Kallas of AgPALS on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the

San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Cost: $96 or $80 for members.

Learn how to coil a beautiful pine needle basket around an unusual stone with instructor Nadine Spier on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $60 or $50 for members plus $37 materials fee. For more information visit or call 760-436-3036.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Including a dog parade, blessing of the dogs, Lost Abbey beer garden, 200 booths including pet adoptions from local shelters, specialty products and services, food vendors, Zoom Room agility course, doggie photo booth, doggie cool zones, Kid’s Zone and silent auction, the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Newcastle, Aberdeen and Liverpool Streets.

The event is free and there is parking with a shuttle from City Hall. For more information visit

Art Lounge on the 101

Make a mini mosaic jewelry pendant with Yolanda Gutierrez on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Create a mini pendant using hundreds of bits and pieces of mini tiles, glass and mirror. Cost: $55.

San Dieguito Art Guild Off Track Gallery

An artists reception featuring MiraCosta College student artists Xochitl Munoz Ramos, Alexandra Gray and Josepy Curiel, as well as wine and refreshments is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Hwy 101, Suite C103.

This is a free event and all artwork in the gallery will be 10 percent off the entire day. For more information, visit or call 760-942-3636.

Summer camp art show at Lux

View the culmination of six weeks of the Lux Art Institute’s Summer Art Camp while enjoying light refreshments on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1550 S. El Camino Real. Observe the variety of topics and projects covered and the outpouring of young creativity from the students in grades 1-12.

The event is free. Visit or call 760-436-6611 for more information.

Salsa dance class

Experience the fun of Salsa dancing with free instruction provided by Dance North County on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Call 760-753-7376 for more info.

Coastal Communities Concert Band presents ‘Broadway’

Performing the music of Broadway, such as Man of La Mancha, Candide, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I and more, the Coastal Communities Concert Band will perform with vocalists Shawna Bergstrom and Michael Ruhl on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Drive.

Cost is $15, $12. For information or to buy tickets, visit or call 760-436-6137. Tickets are also available at the door.

North Coast Rep to present ‘Suburban Showgirl’

North Coast Repertory Theatre will present “Suburban Showgirl” Aug. 15-17. This dramatic musical comedy takes you into the heart and soul of a modern day dancer/wife/mother. While locked in the bathroom 5 minutes before curtain, former Rockette-turned- magician’s assistant Wendy Walker looks into her past to understand how her perfectly choreographed life has spun wildly out of control. Writer-performer Palmer Davis brilliantly plays over 20 characters whose struggles and triumphs will make you laugh and cry.

The North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $30. To buy tickets call 858-481-1055 or

La Paloma Theatre

Now showing: Captain Fantastic, The BFG, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show Times 760-436-7469.

Modern Dance and Yoga for older adults

Adults ages 45 years and up who wish to strengthen their bodies, increase flexibility, improve posture and have fun exploring creative expression through contemporary dance techniques complemented with yoga postures are invited to join instructor Naomi Nussbaum on Wednesday mornings, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Eve Encinitas, 575 S. Coast Highway 101. By donation. For more info, call 858-204-2058.

Do Re Mi: MakeMusic with Me

This music program is for toddlers and the young at heart is set for Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the community room at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Free. For more info, call 760-753-4027.

Collect, observe insects at San Elijo Lagoon

Come join the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, and guest insect expert Moe Magowski, for an Insects at Night event Friday, Aug. 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Kid of all ages are welcome to (gently) collect and observe insects and pollinators of our nighttime skies.

After a stroll in waning light, and just before dusk, Magowski will set up the night trap and suspend a black light in front of the white sheet. This way, we’ll be able to see those insects that land behind the light for a rest stop on a contrasting background. Some bugs can be collected by hand for closer inspection.

Wearing light layers is recommended as are headlamps or flashlights. Space is limited and cost is $5 for members, otherwise $10. For more information, call 760-436-3944 ext: 706 or send an email to

Musical: TheMusic Man

The smash Broadway hit by Meredith Wilson about fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill who cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band. (Ovation Theatre) Aug. 12 and 13, 7 p.m., and 6, 7, and 14, 2 p.m. Brubeck Theater, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. $13, $18. Tickets: 760-487-8568.

Japan Festival at Encinitas Library

Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan at the seventh Annual Japan Festival, scheduled for Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 pm at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free

The festival will feature performances by Naruwan Taiko Drummers, Chika & the Happy Hoopers hula hooping students and Kikuta Kai Japanese Folk Dance and Bon Odori. Other activities include origami, tea ceremony presentations and kendama toy demonstrations. In addition, there will be refreshments, giveaways, a prize drawing and Japanese-themed books, movies and music available for checkout.

Operation Game On Golf Classic is Aug. 15

Operation Game On’s 9th annual Golf Classic fundraiser will be held Aug. 15 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. In addition to the golf tournament, the event includes food, beverages, tee prizes, silent auction and a chance to meet “combat injured heroes.” Operation Game On gives returning combat-injured troops “suffering from physical and mental disabilities a very special custom intro-to-golf package.” For more information and to register, visit

Del Mar Pizza& Beer Fest

The biggest race day of the season at the Del Mar Racetrack, Pacific Classic Day on Aug. 20, just got a whole lot tastier. Introducing the Pizza & Beer Fest, where you’ll find San Diego’s best mobile pizza ovens serving a variety of unique pizza styles. Then wash down the melted cheese goodness with over 100 craft beers featuring hard-to-find specialty craft brews. Fest begins at 1 p.m. For more information, visit

Upcoming JFSCoastal Club events

The following free events for seniors will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Coastal Club at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester, Cardiff.

10 a.m.: Feeling Fit with Danyll

Showcase at 11 a.m.: Laughter Yoga - Enjoy a delightful hour of movement, breathing and laughter — the best way to both enhance cardio and improve your sense of well-being.

Noon: Movie: Eye in the Sky

After tracking a British citizen-turned-terrorist for six years, Colonel Katherine Powell finally corners her target in Kenya with the help of high-tech American drone surveillance.

TVG Pacific Classic

The Pacific Classic on Aug. 20 is the biggest race day of the year at the Del Mar Racetrack and there are one million reasons to attend the event. On the track, the sport’s most famous thoroughbreds will battle it out for the $1 million purse in the 26th running of the TVG Pacific Classic. 2014 Kentucky Derby Winner, California Chrome is expected to compete in a world-class battle of the sexes against 2015 Pacific Classic winner, Beholder. For more information, visit

Summer guitar workshop withPeter Pupping

Improve chord vocabulary, music reading, scales, improvisation and technique, and jam with other guitarists in various ensembles at this beginning through advanced workshop. All styles are welcome from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday in August at the Ranch View Baptist Church, 416 Rancho Santa Fe Road. Cost: $225. 760-815-5616.

‘Defying Darkness: Photography at Night’

The Museum of Photographic Arts acquired 24 photographs and 100 photo books by Australian artists such as Max Dupain, David Moore, Olive Cotton, Tracey Moffat and Bill Henson, which make up “Defying Darkness: Photography at Night.” Check them out 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. Thursdays) Tuesday-Sunday at 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park. Admission: $8. (619) 238-7559.

Families Make History: Fun With The Sun

Early settlers preserved fruits and vegetables for the winter by drying them in the summer sun. In August, create monoprint banners in the sun, using painting and printing techniques on paper and, of course, your imagination. Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Open Mic atThe Studio 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.

Village Church Community Theater to hold auditions for dramatic comedy

The Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe recently announced auditions for the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic comedy “Harvey,” by Mary Chase. Auditions will be held on Monday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug.16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe 92067. Roles are for adults ages 18 through 90.

Performances will be held Friday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct.15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. Visit