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

• Blue Star Museum Program: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, now through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Free admission for active-duty military and up to five immediate family members. Info:

The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members).

• Endangered Species Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 15, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission/membership. Info:

See notable endangered species both native and from other parts of the world, and signs with QR codes at those locations that will direct visitors to additional information and photos on plants we are helping to preserve for future generations.

• Discussion: Future of Wetlands in Southern California, 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., room 201. Free lecture; parking $1.

Doug Gibson and Trish Boaz will present an informative discussion on the past, present, and future of coastal wetlands along the California coast.

• Film: “The Burden,” Friday, May 15, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. film, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. Suggested donation: $10. Call 760-753-5786.

A powerful and provocative documentary that tells the story of our dependence on fossil fuels and how the military is leading our transition away from oil. With panel discussion and a reception.

• Music by the Sea: Hans Kristian Goldstein, cello, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost: $13. Tickets, online or at the door; call 760-633-2746.

With Izumi Erskine, piano. Goldstein will perform the “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor, by Franz Schubert, and Bach’s Cello Suite.

• Lagoon Platoon Habitat Restoration: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, San Elijo Lagoon, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Free. Info:

Underfoot are broken bits of shells, reminders of the native people who once lived here. You will see the freshwater marsh below, and if lucky, you might glimpse mule deer that reside in this eastern region of the reserve.

• Arbor Day: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive.

If the springtime sunshine makes you want to flex your green thumb, come help the city of Encinitas and Cardiff 101 MainStreet Association plant trees at Encinitas Community Park as part of the annual Arbor Day celebration.

• Ornate Pine Needle Basket Weaving: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Nadine Spier studio, Olivenhain. Cost: $50 (plus materials $32 optional).Call 760-944-9369.

In this one day workshop, learn how to coil a beautiful basket from fallen pine needles, using Irish waxed linen thread to stitch, and a polished stone as an ornate center. A wonderfully creative way to recycle from the environment!

• Families Making History Together: Peanut Butter Bird Feeders. Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.

Calling all bird lovers! This month, create peanut butter bird feeders and keep our feathered friends fed and happy. Teaching children to appreciate all the wildlife San Dieguito has

• Artfest at the Ranch: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, The Ranch, 441 Saxony Drive. Free. Info:

An art sale and showcase with crafts, jewelry, clothing and art from local artists and 15 artisans from Israel. Including textiles, landscapes, metals, vintage, natural materials, stone, wood. Local artists can still join in.

• Concert: Music Side by Side, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Members of the Neave Trio, Anna Williams, violin, Mikhail Veselov, cello, and Toni James, piano, and local musicians who have been part of the weeklong chamber music program will perform. A reception follows.

• Folk Concert: Sandy Cash and Jen Hajj, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena. Cost: $18, $15. Info:

Cash is a popular Israeli musician who was part of the Emerging Artist showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Hajj will perform the “Ireland Set,” nine songs co-written at the Listening Room International Songwriting Retreat.

• EcoFest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, The Ranch, 441 Saxony Road. Free.

The annual celebration of environmental awareness! Explore the Eco Car show, take an electric bike for a test ride, browse the Eco Art show and engage with over 80 eco-friendly businesses presenting info and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. Plus local bands, activities for all ages and local craft beers, wines and food.

• Demos and Dialogue: Drawing with Debby and Larry Kline, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Reserve to 760-942-3636.

The Klines will discuss their work and how to collaborate, mostly as a means to generate images and ideas. Then they will engage the group in activities to help you to create and collaborate. Drawing materials provided.

• Concert: Coastal Communities Concert Band, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, San Dieguito Academy Gym, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Cost: $12, $10; call 760-436-6137.

“Salute to Young Musicians.” 20-plus outstanding high school musicians will perform with the 70 member band. Hear “The Ayres of Agincourt,” “Exultate,” “A Longford Legend,” and more. Student scholarships will be announced. Tom Cole, Conductor.

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

“Woman in Gold,” Friday Midnight Movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

• JFS Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Activities free, lunch: $7. Reserve for lunch by noon Monday, May 18, to 858-674-1123.

Seniors 60-plus, choose from several different activities: 10 a.m., Flexibility and Fitness Yoga with Danyll; 11 a.m., Women’s Museum of California — take a virtual tour through stories and photographs; noon, a healthy lunch is served; at 1 p.m. see the film “Advanced Style.”

• Tuesday Movie, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

County libraries can’t publicize titles of free screenings; for info, call 760-753-7376, ext. 03.

• Wednesdays@Noon: “Sundance Trio,” noon Wednesday, May 20, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit, call 760-633-2746.

Based in Utah, members of the trio are oboist Geralyn Giovannetti, bassoonist Christian Smith, and pianist Jed Moss. Giovannetti and Smith are faculty colleagues at Brigham Young University’s School of Music and Moss is a much-sought-after solo and collaborative artist. They will perform trios by composers Willard Elliot, Robert Planel and Bill Douglas as well as works by California composers Gernot Wolfgang and Jenni Brandon.