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

• “Gift of Sight,” 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Oak Crest Middle School, Encinitas.

Engage Encinitas is assisting the Encinitas Lions and the Encinitas Library in their search for volunteers at the first “Gift of Sight” event. The outreach will offer free vision exams, refurbished eyeglasses, diabetes testing and blood pressure and hearing screenings. Volunteers are needed between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help people from station to station. A two-hour shift is requested, although volunteers can offer more time. To help, email For details, visit

• Opening Reception: Celebration of Spring. Oil Paintings by Carole Mayne. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Art Gallery, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

“My love for capturing the light and shadow patterns with oil paints is my calling. Exploring the subtleties of color nuances and temperatures has forged my course throughout my career.” Meet Carole and enjoy refreshments. On view till March 16.

• Mini-Comics Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 7, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real. Cost: $50 (child learner members), $75 (non-members) Ages 13 and up. Visit

Join eclectic local artists Toshwerks for a mini-comic jam session. Learn the history and process of creating comics and try your hand at creating your own book!

• Opening Reception: Vicki Walsh, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Education Pavilion, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real. Free. Visit

Walsh will be exhibiting new works, including a series of happy faces, and one work specifically created for Lux. These works explore a variety of emotions. On view: March 7-April 17.

• Jewish Family Services Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave. Cardiff. Activities free, lunch: $7.

Seniors 60-plus can choose among different activities: 10 a.m., Flexibility and Fitness with Danyll; 11 a.m., “Understanding the Law” with experts from the Elder Law Center; a healthy lunch is served at noon; and at 1 p.m. see the film “Gone Girl.” RSVP for lunch by noon Monday, March 9 to 858-674-1123; visit

• Tuesday Movie, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376, ext. 03.

In a seemingly perfect community, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world (PG-13). County libraries can’t publicize titles of free screenings, so call for info.

• San Diego Shakespeare Society Open Reading: Favorite Fools and Jesters, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit; 760-753-7376.

A series of fun open readings of various speeches or monologues. Anyone can join in the reading or come and listen.

• San Diego Italian Film Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101. Tickets: $10, $8. (cash only) Info:

“La Prima Neve” (First Snowfall), by Andrea Segre, 2013. This rich and uplifting movie is a story about overcoming, about the ways in which pain is made into strength.

• Wednesdays@Noon: Courtly Noyse. Noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free; 760-633-2746; visit;

Jay Sacks, Sandra Stram, Vickie Jenkins, Penny Hawkins, Laury Flora and John Cassaboom make up the early music ensemble Courtly Noyse. They will present a concert of medieval and Renaissance music, instrumental and vocal, performed on reproductions of period instruments, and wearing period costumes.

• Gentle Zumba for Cancer Patients and Caregivers, 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Fitness Evolution, 780 Garden View Court, Encinitas, free;; 858-735-5708.

With Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D. Enjoy a playful, easy, good-for-body-mind-spirit time. Moving is one of the keys to healing and to prevent recurrence. Learn salsa, cumbia, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, hip-hop, and free-flow too! Bring water and wear sneakers.

• “Objects, Images and Ideas in Art of the 21st Century;” 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Room 201, Cardiff. Free lecture; parking $1.

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder? Are there universal elements that make up what we know as “fine art”? In this informative talk, Professor Anna O’Cain will discuss art from a working artist’s point of view and explain how non-artists can hone their art appreciation skills.

• Intrepid Shakespeare Company: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” through Sunday, March 15. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 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.

• Kishkushim, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, Chabad La Costa, 1980 La Costa Ave., Carlsbad. Free;

A fun, informal “Mommy and me” support group; make new mommy friends, talk the mommy talk and simply enjoy an hour around some fun mommies making new connections while the little ones play in a safe and fun environment.

• Mosaic Garden Jewels, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 and 18, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Members: $30, nonmembers $36 (plus $20 materials fee). Register by Friday, March 6. Info:

Create a beautiful mosaic using ocean rocks and glass beads. Learn how to glue and grout colorful beads to create flowers, plants, or other shapes for fabulous garden art.

• California Friendly Landscape Training, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 7, Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Free. Register to

Learn a holistic approach to sustainable landscape design and maintenance, with an emphasis on water-use efficiency and solutions to common landscape problems.

• Families Making History Together: Washcloth Bunny. Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free; 760-632-9711.

Before the hills of North County were covered with houses, they were home to rabbits, lizards, snakes, coyotes and other local fauna. In March, we will create washcloth bunnies to remind us of when rabbits ruled the hillsides and canyons.

• 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.”