Encinitas events this weekend and beyond

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Dog Obedience training at Encinitas Community Park

Encinitas Parks and Recreation will provide a pair of five-week group classes in dog obedience this summer at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. The classes, which will be held outside of the dog park, just east of the skate park are scheduled for Saturdays, July 23 to Aug. 20, from 9 to 10 a.m. and Tuesdays, July 26 to Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The classes will be put on by Dog Sense Dog Training. To register online, visit (search key word “dog”).

Bikes on Tap talks Coastal Rail Trail

Bikes on Tap, a function through the Bike Coalition, is set for July 28 at The Confessional, a Lost Abbey tasting room at 2007 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff at 5:30 p.m. Each month, the bike-in happy hour features a brewery in a different San Diego County neighborhood and invites the community to learn about bike improvements in its own backyard. The July event will introduce and allow discussion on the planned Coastal Rail Trail.

Passport To France

Celebrate French culture with San Diego’s finest French artists. Enjoy regional French cuisine, wine and beer, and artisan items in the Marketplace. With performances by Fern Street Circus, Dragon Knights Stilt Theatre, Encinitas Ballet, Can Can dancers, and dancing to the band Jessica Fichot. Plus, art, film and opportunity drawings. (Encinitas Friends of the Arts)

Saturday, July 23, 6:30-9 p.m. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. $20, $25; $35. Tickets, or at the door. 760-298-1708.

Insect Festival

This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages featuring thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission or membership. Kids 12 and under free. 760-436-3036.

Families Make History: Summer Seascape Sculptures

San Dieguito ancestors fished in the ocean and rivers and gathered shellfish and seaweed on the beach. During the month of July, create brightly colored seascape sculptures featuring marine life, seashells, and surfboards. Your imagination and personality will make them come to life. You’ll have oceans of fun!

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Chamber Music Concert: Musical Melange

Six ensembles from the North Coast Symphony will perform, including a string quartet: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, a wind quintet: Spanish Encores arranged by Silvia Coricelli, London Trios by Haydn for two flutes and cello, and more.

Saturday, July 23, 2:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-3003.

Ovation Theater: The Music Man Sociable

Join Ovation Theatre (formerly North County School of the Arts) for excerpts from the upcoming production of The Music Man. With strolling barbershop quartets, old fashioned carnival games, Apple Pie Bakeoff, picnic dinners, performances and ice cream!

Saturday, July 23, 6-8 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free, tickets for food/games available at the door. 760-487-8568.

Coastal Club at Temple Solel music event

Come sing along on Tuesday, July 26: The Vidals will sing and play music. They are a husband and wide duo - he plays keyboard, trumpet and sings, and she is a talented vocalist. This experienced duo delights audiences with renditions of classics from the 1930s to the 1960s and are headliners at many dances around town. $5 and open to all. 11 a.m. at Temple Solel JFS Coastal Club, 3575 Manchester, Cardiff. Enjoy a hot, plated, kosher lunch at noon. $5. (Stuffed cabbage) call 858-637-7320 to reserve your spot.

Also on July 26 at the JFS Coastal Club, Temple Solel: 10 a.m.: Feeling Fit with Danyll.

SRC Dance for the win

Experience the fun of line dancing with easy instruction provided by Dance North County.

Sunday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Looking BackLagoon tour

Coastal wetlands are naturally dynamic. So is our intertwined history with them. Learn more about ways both nature and humans have altered the landscape of the lagoon over time in this Conservancy naturalist-led tour.

Sunday, July 24, 3-4:30 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue. Free.

Bollywood Dancingfor Adults

A fusion of Indian and Western dance styles. The session 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. Payal Nanavati, Instructor.

Sundays, July 24 and 31, 4-5 pm. Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A102. $60/month (4 classes). 215-327-8691.

Virtuosi Concert: Annelle Gregory, violin, Alexander Sinchuk, piano

Featuring two outstanding young artists, Annelle Gregory, violin, and Alexander Sinchuk, piano. They will perform works by Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev and Dousa. (Virtuosi USA).

Sunday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $30, $20 senior, student, military.858-207-6967.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: Love & Friendship, The Lobster, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show Times 760-436-7469.

Luau and Legends

The 23rd annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational returns to the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21 to support cancer research and patient care at UC San Diego Health.

A San Diego tradition, the Invitational brings together surfers, scientists and community members to compete in the contest to support the fight against cancer. The luau follows at 11:30 a.m. with live entertainment and a tropical buffet.

The surf tournament is free for viewing, tickets to the luau are $200; sponsorships available. (858) 822-5630.

Del Mar BeerFest is July 23

More than 100 local and international brews will be served at the Del Mar Beer Fest to be held Saturday, July 23 from noon- 6 p.m. at the Del Mar racetrack’s Seaside Concert Area. Del Mar’s racing season runs through Sept. 5. For more information, visit

Birch Aquarium swims

Birch Aquarium naturalists will lead swims with schooling leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks and guitarfish in La Jolla Shores, 8-10 a.m. July 30, Aug. 14, Aug. 27-28, Sept. 9, 11, and 18. See rays, flatfish and sand-dwelling invertebrates, too. Previous snorkeling experience preferred. Bring your own gear. Cost: $30. Ages 10 and older with adult. 2300 Expedition Way. RSVP: (858) 534-7336.

Visual Arts classes by Linda Luisi

Thursdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Art Lounge on 101, 816 S Coast Hwy. $110.

Linda Luisi: Acrylic Painting Class. Learn to paint with individual attention for all levels. Beginners welcome. Use brushstrokes and textures to have fun creating realistic and abstract art. Expand your observation skills to see like an artist. Transfer this skill to painting. Choose subjects provided, or bring photos from your travels. No prior experience needed. Visit or call 858-442-8666.