What’s going on around Encinitas this weekend and beyond


These are just some of the events taking place in and around Encinitas this weekend. For details, visit

• Play: “Is He Dead?” by Mark Twain, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21, Grauer School Great Hall, 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost: $5 at the door. Call 760-274-2116.

A fictional comedy of the brilliantly non-fictional painter, Jean-Francois Millet, who succumbs to pressure from friends to stage his own death and increase the value of his paintings. The devious plot includes mistaken identities, cross-dressing, a funeral and a kind of madness that is almost surreal.

• Intrepid Shakespeare Company: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Friday, Feb. 20-Sunday, March 15. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Performing Arts Center, 1615 W. San Marcos Blvd. San Marcos. Cost: $35, $30, $25. Tickets/info: 760-295-7541.

Six adolescents (played by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! With audience participation. PG-13.

• Discussion: “Attachment, Attraction and Adult Relationships,” 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, Room 201. Free;

Ever wondered why only a specific few people become close friends? This lecture will look at how our infant attachment patterns and factors such as proximity, similarity, and reciprocity contribute to adult relationships. With Psychology Professor Krysta Byrd. (Life Club San Elijo)

• Music by the Sea: Hayk Arsenyan, piano; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost: $13; tickets at or at door; call 760-633-2746.

The New York City-based piano virtuoso made his orchestral debut with the Armenian Philharmonic at age 11 and at 17 was awarded a platinum medal by the city of Paris. He has performed in the United States, Armenia, Russia, France, Italy and Spain. Arsenyan holds a doctorate from the University of Iowa and teaches at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He will perform “Five Preludes” by Mompou, “Three Preludes Op. 32” by Rachmaninoff; Suite for Piano, Op. 96 by Hovhaness, “Suite: Romeo and Juliette: by Prokofiev, and “Aria di Figaro” from “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini.

• 5K Paw Walk, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost: $32, $21, $14; visit

Once a year, the garden opens the gate to furry friends and their families. Dogs are encouraged to bring their owners to enjoy the 5K walk as well as pet products, doggie treats, people food and other great items for dog lovers. Limited to two dogs per person. Vaccinated and well-behaved dogs only.

• Lagoon Platoon Habitat Restoration, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 21, San Elijo Lagoon, Cardiff. Free. Location info will be emailed to you. Register at

With winter rains, this is planting season. Shovel by shovel, volunteers help improve once-degraded habitats with native plants. Nature tour included.

• Master Composter Course, 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Feb. 21 through March 21, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost: $50. Register at

Join us at the San Diego Botanic Garden for a 5 week course that will cover everything you need to know to get started composting! Class size will be limited.

• Discussion: Grace for the Illness Journey; 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376.

Walking a Wiser Path with CSU Institute for Palliative Care. Today’s topic: besting the stress, a prescription for self-care.

• Hands-on Activities for Families: Bean Mosaic Art. Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive; free;, 760-632-9711.

Beans played a central role in the history of Encinitas, and many of the first families to arrive here were following dreams of agriculture. Learn more about our history while letting your inner bean-tastic artist free!

• Salon Dances #6: Commence; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Suggested donation: $10; visit

Commence is a new work that challenges the notion of what makes a dance. A series of beautiful beginnings that delve into multiple stories, approaches and possibilities all performed to live piano. Salon Dances is inspired by Isadora Duncan’s salon dances of the 1900’s, when patrons would watch dance in an intimate setting. Q/A afterward. Patricia Rincon Dance Collective featuring choreography by guest artist Erin Tracy.

• Coastal Communities Concert Band: Coming Home. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. Cost: $15, $12. Tickets at, or call 760-436-6137, or at the door.

Hear the great music of this country, celebrating Americana, including “A Tribute to Stephen Foster,” “American Civil War Fantasy” and “Liberty Fanfare.”

• La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets: $9, $7. Call 760-436-SHOW (7469).

“Birdman,” “Whiplash,” Friday Midnight Movie: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”