What’s going on around Encinitas this weekend and beyond, Sept. 17-23


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

• Classic Car Nights, Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7:30 pm. South Coast Highway 101, between D-J streets. Free. Call 760-943-1950.

Cruise downtown Encinitas to see hundreds of hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage vehicles and enjoy live music at several venues. This month’s theme is “Heels and Wheels,” featuring female classic car owners.

• Author Reading with Louise Mathews, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Free. Call 760-753-4027.

How did a nice girl like Louise wind up in Jail? She chose to go there to cook and never regretted it! Mathews takes you behind bars in her book, “Jail House Cuisine,” to show you what it’s like cooking and eating in jails. Considering that 97 percent of prison riots are over food, this should be good.

• 3rd Thursday Citizens Academy: Urban Agriculture in Encinitas, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Info:

Hear from Daron “Farmer D” Joffe, director of agricultural innovation and development for the Leichtag Foundation, about the Urban Agriculture movement and meet some of the many local farmers who are helping to cultivate sustainable food sources in our community.

• Shibouri Indigo Workshop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real; $75 members, $125 nonmembers. Info:

Amanda Rouse teaches you to dye fabric following shibori techniques. Participants finish the workshop with a custom-dyed bamboo rayon scarf.

• Lecture: “The Blob, El Niño, and Related Topics,” 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Room 201, Cardiff. Free; parking $1. Info:

Katherine Zaba, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will discuss recent atmospheric and oceanic anomalies in the Pacific, focusing on the “blob,” El Niño and their potential impacts on the ecosystem.

• Music by the Sea: Hye Sung Choe, flute, Somang Jeagal, piano; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive; $13. Info: 760-633-2746.

Hye Sung won the 2007 National Flute Association Young Artists Competition and was principal flute with the San Antonio Symphony. Somang won Grand Prize at the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. They will perform Sonata for Flute and Piano in E Major (“Undine”) by Reinecke, and “Suite Antique” by Rutter, and Somang will perform Liszt’s “Vallée d’Obermann.”

• Wavecrest Woodies, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Moonlight Beach Parking Lot, Third and C streets. Free. Info:

Experience the longest-running and largest gathering of woodies in the world with 300 woodies of every size, shape and description on display. Throughout the day Hawaiian and surf music will be performed live, and there will be raffle prizes and awards.

• Smartphone Photography Class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Members $59, nonmembers $71. Info:

If you own an iPhone or an Android and love nature photography, then this class is for you! Learn to take an ordinary nature snapshot and turn it into a work of art using phone aps like Snapseed, Slowshutter, and Procamera.

• Cooking Class with Chef Elizabeth, the Opera Singing Chef; 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Members $35, nonmembers $42. Info:

Autumn Themed Recipes: Learn how to make Apple-Smoked Chicken Breasts With Cherry Balsamic Barbecue Sauce, Rustic Red Potato Mash and Gingersnap Rum-Baked Pears. Recipes and samples of each dish will be offered.

• Lagoon Platoon: Coastal Cleanup Day; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 19, San Elijo Lagoon. Free. Info/Map:

Join teams of volunteers at the lagoon to remove unhealthy trash and roadside debris. It’s all for community and for nature!

• Families Making History: Lima Bean Crafts. Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.

Every weekend, enjoy activities that revolve around a historical theme. September is Lima Bean Month: Celebrate with a lima craft encompassing accessories, jewelry and more. Later in the month, Weidner’s Gardens should have baby lima plants ready to take home and plant in your own yard.

• Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes, 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Members $30, nonmembers $36. Info:

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation presents this class as part of its Green Living Workshop Series. This workshop will teach you how to use an artistic approach to design a succulent landscape that is lush, vibrant and low-water use. Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design will cover design basics, plant selection, plant placement, care and maintenance and provide a handout.

• Encinitas Oktoberfest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. Free. Info:

One of the most popular cultural events in town! Traditional German food and beverages, along with Bavarian music and dancing, craft beer garden, plus vendors, family fun, and a Kids Zone.

• Demos and Dialogue: Sarah Stieber, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. RSVP to Julie Bubar: email or call 760-942-3636.

Learn to use vibrant color to paint a portrait. Materials needed: 3 to 5 brushes of varying sizes, a 12” x 12” or larger canvas or board to paint, and various colors of paint, see List at

• La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). Call 760-436-SHOW (7469).

Now showing: “Mr. Holmes,” “Meru,” Friday midnight movie: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

• JFS Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Call 858-674-1123. Info:

Coastal Club Community Event: Tour the Dove Library, a North County treasure complete with art gallery, computer lab and theater. This tour will help you learn how to use computer and digital tools, download free publications and books, and access audio and video materials. Includes guided tour of the Cannon Art Gallery exhibit. 10:30 a.m., brunch/coffee at Beach Plum (at the Dove Library Center). Order off menu, pay on your own. Library Tour: noon-2 p.m. Cost for library and art gallery tour — $5.

• Tuesday Movie: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Info: or call 760-753-7376.

See movies ranging from big new releases to old-school classics with something for everyone. Call library for titles.

• Wednesdays@Noon: Trio Arpavioluta, noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-633-2746; visit

Päivikki Nykter, violin/viola, Cathy Blickenstaff, flute, Laura Vaughan, harp. This trio was formed to present delightful 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century repertoire in different combinations for flute, violin/viola and harp. They will perform works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Théodore Dubois, Gabriel Pierné and César Cui.

• Dinner and a Movie, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Free. Call 760-753-4027,

Helen Mirren makes the hundred-foot journey. Bring your own dinner to enjoy.