Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


The Hutchins Consort: Springtime is for Schmendrix

“Outlaw Klezmer” group Jimmy’s Schmendrix joins the Hutchins Consort in a celebration of the season featuring traditional klezmer tunes, “klezmerized” versions of Jimi Hendrix classics and much loved standards.

Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. St. Andrew’s Church, 890 Balour Drive. $35, $20, $60 Family-2 adults/2 kids.


A delightful combination of fine art exhibit, Asian art, art demonstrations and a Woodie car show. A quick draw competition for youths and adults on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Garden’s juried Fine Art Show features more than 20 artists showing and selling their works including sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, as well as gourd and fiber artists.

Sat. & Sun, April 9 and 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr. Free w/paid admission /membership.

Family Concert: The Hutchins Consort

A program of music with Schmendrix, the outlaw Klezmer group.

Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Families Make History: Flower Pots

Every weekend, enjoy fun activities that revolve around a historical theme. In April we celebrate Encinitas’ abundant floral history by decorating spring flower pots. No RSVP necessary. For ages 4+.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. I760-632-9711.

Gallery Reception with Featured Artists

Artists Cheryl DeLain, jewelry, Aleksandra Owczarek, acrylic and Bernie Worby, digital art. Enjoy wine and refreshments and take advantage of a 10% discount on all purchases.

Saturday, April 9, 4-7 p.m. Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103. Free.

Bach Collegium San Diego: Trumpets and Tassels

Featuring Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Lully’s festive Te Deum. Two virtuosic works replete with trumpets, timpani, orchestra, and chorus. Soloists include Jennifer Paulino, soprano, Reginald Mobley, countertenor, Aaron Sheehan, tenor, and Paul Max Tipton, bass.

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff. $10-$50.

Cabaret Caccia: Some Enchanted Evening

Amanda McBroom and George Ball with Michele Brouman, piano. Love songs for adults by Porter, Brel, Weill, Sondheim and singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom. Enjoy complimentary wine, candlelight, chocolates and table seating.

Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $25, $20, at the door.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: The Lady In The Van; Hail, Caesar!; Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

Encinitas ‘Passport to Africa’ fundraiser is April 29

A fundraiser titled “Passport to Africa” for Encinitas Friends of the Arts & Pacific View Alliance will be held Friday, April 29, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Enjoy African culture with dancing, live music, visual art,

African cuisine and marketplace with performances by:

Niancho Sanneh, Bhakti Griots, Nomsa Burkhardt, and Zimbeat.

Tickets are available at

Temple Solel’s Shir Energy Music Festival is April 17

The 4th Annual Shir Energy Music Festival will be held April 17 from 2-7 p.m. at Temple Solel.

This year’s lineup for the multiple stages at the 4th Annual Shir Energy Music Festival, includes the talented acapella group, the Maccabeats, the creative Billy Jonas and the inspiring Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Yale Strom, the Hausman Quartet, and Temple Solel bands. In addition, American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, and America’s Got Talent finalist Taylor Williamson will entertain the audience. Food, drinks and a beer tasting courtyard will be available. There will be a Kid Zone and local art vendors.

In addition to the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry Drive (please bring a non-perishable food item), The Shir Energy Music Festival is collaborating with the Veterans Village San Diego (VVSD) and its summer Stand Down event for homeless veterans. Festival attendees are asked to bring a new package of undergarments for women. These packages will be collected at the festival and donated to VVSD.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

World-renowned spiritual teacher and medium returns to Seaside Center

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living recently announced it will once again host James Van Praagh, internationally respected spiritual pioneer and one of the world’s most celebrated mediums. Van Praagh’s 2015 performance at Seaside Center sold out prior to the event.

His appearances feature an insight into the mind-full awareness on the subject of “communication with the dead” that Van Praagh has shepherded into the public psyche for the past 30 years. The event is on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at

Van Praag will be joined by Lynn Probert, another internationally respected psychic medium and teacher, for an unforgettable evening of insights and inspiration. Attendees will be amazed when they see James select people from the audience to participate in the calling of spirits.

Their feelings about life and death will be forever changed as James and Lynn deliver detailed messages of love, comfort, forgiveness and joy from loved ones on the other side.

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito to present ‘April Affair’

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will hold its “April Affair” event April 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Carlsbad Sheraton Resort and Spa.

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. It philanthropic programs are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children and adults affected by trauma, violence and poverty.

A special award will be presented at the event to Encinitas Mayor Kristen Gaspar for the city’s support of our Operation School Bell program, serving the city since 1998.

The chapter will receive a special recognition from 36th Senate District State Senator Pat Bates for its Assault Survivor Kit Program.

Tickets available online at:

Expert to discuss tax issues

Friday, April 15, 1-2:30 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, room 201. Free

“Nothing is certain except Death and Taxes. ” This quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin is even more true today. Joe Silverman, Professor of Economics at MiraCosta College, University of San Diego and Southwestern College, will discuss tax issues including, tax structures at the state and local level; types of taxes and their equity considerations; and what happens to the revenue raised from different types of taxes. Other topics discussed include the Laffer Curve; the history of the income tax in the United States; and government budgets/spending priorities at the state and federal level.

The 20th Anniversary of Meet the Chefs is April 24

Nearly 300 food enthusiasts and passionate community members will gather to attend Casa de Amparo’s 20th Annual Meet the Chefs on April 24, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. The popular fundraiser annually raises over $125,000, which will directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s programs that treat and prevent child abuse and neglect throughout San Diego County and beyond.

The event will be held poolside and guests will have the opportunity to sample food from 15 renowned San Diego restaurants.

All in attendance will receive a complimentary 20th Anniversary wine glass.

Guests have the option to purchase tickets to the VIP Reception, held before the Chefs’ Food and Wine Tasting.

There guests will be treated to an exclusive live auction, champagne and wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres by Harrah’s Resort Southern California, and complimentary valet parking.


Blown Fuse band to perform at The Kraken in Cardiff

Local band Blown Fuse will perform at The Kraken on Thursday, April 21, from 8-11 p.m.

Audiences enjoy the group’s unique mix of creatively-arranged cover songs and

catchy original tunes.

The Kraken is located at 2531 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff, CA 92007. and

Expert to speak on ‘Fascinating Facts about Our Presidents’

Tuesday, April 19, at JFS Coastal Club

Fascinating Facts about Our Presidents

With Wordsmith Richard Lederer

Richard Lederer will offer a treasury of insights into the feats, fates, families, foibles, and firsts of our American presidents, including the patterns of their elections.

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current book, The Gift of Age. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and frequently appears on the radio as a commentator on language. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.

Location: Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007; 858-674-1123.

Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival

The 43rd annual Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival is coming on Sunday, April 24, from noon - 4 p.m. Authentic German-style bratwursts will be served with all the trimmings. Kids are welcome, of course, at $5 for a hot dog and all the pop you’ll

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Enthusiastic fellow tomato lovers looking for the coolest tomato varieties enjoy the world’s largest and most fun tomato seedling sale. One day only. Please park across the street at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EUSD Farm Lab, 441 Quail Gardens Drive. Free.

Join CCA’s Envision Cinema for fundraising event

Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Cinema invites members of the community to join them for the last special Envision fundraising event leading up to the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s Gala Event, “Venice: Unmasked.”

“Cinema UNCUT” is a fabulous cocktail soiree on Sunday, May 1, from 3 - 7 p.m. at the beautiful home of Judy and Tom Tullie.

All proceeds from the event will benefit CCA’s Envision Cinema. Enjoy delicious tray passed hors d’ouevres, champagne cocktails and the chance to spend time one on one with television, video, and film professionals Mark Raines, Brad Kester and Thomas O’Hara as they share the secrets of their craft.

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Engage Encinitas Citizens Academy is April 14

Engage Encinitas Citizens Academy to hold a presentation on “Swami’s Marine Protected Area. What Is It? Where Is It? Why Does it Matter?”

Hear a presentation from WILDCOAST, a international conservation group, who has been working to educate San Diego residents and visitors about the new MPA network and providing opportunities to participate in stewardship actions. Encinitas Marine Services Captain Larry Giles will also participate in the discussion.

The event will be held Thursday, April 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.


Encinitas Historical Society to hold walking tour

The Encinitas Historical Society will host a free docent-led walking tour of Old Encinitas on Saturday, April 16. Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. at 390 West F Street.

Find out how Encinitas’ population doubled in the late 1880s. Discover which movie stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema Era visited and lived in Encinitas. See the most photographed buildings in Encinitas. The tour finishes around noon.

For more information, call docent Barbara Vilardo at (661) 992-5740.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy looking for volunteers to help with botanical survey

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is holding its second citizen-science survey of 2016, on Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m. This is a free event.Keir Morse, professional field botanist and photographer, will guide participants as they explore Bernardo Mountain in search of flowering plants.They’ll spend the morning compiling an inventory of plants on site and mapping any rare species that they find. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register email”

Weidner’s Gardens to host ‘Succulent Weekend’

Weidner’s Gardens will hold a “Succulent Weekend” April 16-17. The event features guest speakers, specials, and workshops.

Starting at 10 a.m., guest lectures by three experts in the succulent field — Debra Lee Baldwin, Jeff Moore and, new this year, Katie Christensen.

For more information, visit!

Monday Night Jazz Series at North Coast Rep to be held April 18

Kamau Kenyatta’s band will be performing romantic music by Brazilian composers, including Chico Buarque, Tito Madi, Radamés Gnattali & Ivan Lins as part of North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Monday Night Jazz Series on the intimate mainstage Monday, April 18, at 7:30 pm.

To order tickets, visit the website at, or call the box office, 858-481-1055.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

Upcoming events at Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego Nice Guys 2016 Auction: April 9

The Nice Guys have been a part of San Diego since 1979, helping local families and individuals who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on tough times. With donations in excess of $14.7 million, the Nice Guys are known for “Offering a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.” Local radio favorite and former “Nice Guy of the Year” Joe Bauer will headline the evening as auctioneer.


Tour de Cure: April 9

Since 1991, Tour de Cure riders have raised over $250 million nationwide towards their goal of stopping diabetes. It’s a day packed with excitement and energy where riders of all levels join forces for the cure. The picturesque coastal routes offer spectacular views of San Diego’s best beaches and quiet mountain ranges of North County. After your ride, enjoy quintessential racetrack favorites including healthy street tacos, live entertainment, a cash bar, great hospitality and more.


5th Annual Healthy Living Festival: April 9-10

Energy, productivity and happiness thrive with a healthy lifestyle. Featuring more than 200 exhibitors offering the latest in healthy living products and services. Choose from more than 30 free lectures and workshops where experts will share ideas and give advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle through better food choices, exercise and everyday living. The festival also features cooking demonstrations with local chefs, preparing healthy and ultra-tasty dishes with take home recipes, dancing, yoga, fitness experts and more!


San Diego Cotillion: April 9 and 30

Ballroom dance and Etiquette classes for children. Helping the youth of San Diego form the manners and confidence to forge into their adult lives. Membership required.


21st Annual Ugly Dog Contest: April 10

Not just for ugly dogs. Cutest dog, best trick, dog who looks like their owner and more. Gift baskets with dog products will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. Gift bags with samples will be handed out to the first 100 to check in that morning.


Golf Mart Tent Sale/Demo Day: April 15-17

This three-day tent sale has something for golfers of every age and level and features the best prices on all of your golf equipment needs. Enjoy demonstrations and experience all of the latest equipment, golf wear and more. Let the Del Mar Golf Center fit you with equipment that works with your swing, your ability and your requirements. The Del Mar Golf Center and Pelly’s Mini Golf are great venues for group fun and one-stop shopping for all of the golfers in your family!


Home Improvement Show: April 15-17

Your one-stop-shop for home improvement products and services offered by local businesses. Featuring products, remodeling and design by award-winning professionals. Full service construction and home improvement specialists all three days of this event. See the best in window design, solar energy, landscape, kitchens, indoors, outdoors and so much more.


The Del Mar Antique Show and Sale: April 15-17

Celebrating 54 years at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and featuring dealers from across the USA. 55,000 sq. ft. of quality vintage antiques and collectables showcasing everything from “tin” to Tiffany! Repair & restoration people will be there to help you make your damaged treasures as good as new. They are able to repair all types of glass & crystal, pottery & porcelain, furniture, jewelry, art and much more. Don’t forget to go online to receive your 50% discount coupon.


Del Mar National Horse Show - Western Week: April 21-24

Four American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) shows, and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) classes are the hallmarks of Western Week. Spectators will see classes in Trail, Western, Reining, English, Barrel Racing, and more! This week’s featured evening performance is Night of the Horse, sponsored by Mary’s Tack & Feed, Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m.


Wings of Freedom Tour to be held April 18-20

Participating in the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into Gillespie Field Airport in San Diego for a visit from April 18 to April 20. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.

The B-17 is one of only 8 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. The B-25 is best known for being used in the daring Doolittle raid. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Discounted rates for school groups.

Visitors may also experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. Get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. B-25 flights are $400 per person. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924.