Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


Encinitas 101 MainStreet’s 33rd Annual Spring Street Fair

The 33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair, sponsored by Scripps Health (, returns to downtown Encinitas on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Coast Hwy 101 will be closed from D St. to J St., from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., to make room for more than 450 vendors, plus a Beer Garden, three stages, a brand new Adventure Zone, and a Dog Zone, along this award-winning main street.

The Encinitas Fire Department will kick things off with their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the 7-Eleven parking lot, at the corner of Hwy 101 and D St.

For more information, including the full entertainment lineup, visit

Cottonwood Creek Conservancy restoration event

Cottonwood Creek native habitat restoration: Plant maintenance, invasive plant removal, and interpretive tour. Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (late arrivals OK)

Meet at the trail entrance near the southeast corner of B St. (extension of Encinitas Blvd. west of Coast Highway 101) and Third St., 2 blocks west of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Park on the street or in the big Moonlight Beach parking lot at the top of the hill at Third and C Streets.

Wear gardening clothes. Tools, oranges and water provided.

For more information, contact Brad Roth, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy, 760-436-2632,

Korean War veteran shares unique story at April 29 event

Community members have the opportunity to meet Capt. E. Royce Williams, USN RET., on Saturday, April 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 416, 210 W 2nd St., Encinitas, 92024. (Presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.)

Williams is the only pilot to shoot down four Russian MIGs in a single mission while defending Navy Task Force 77 during the Korean War (Nov. 18, 1952).

Williams will tell his top secret story which was classified for over 50 years.

Cost is $25. For more information, visit

New Soul Line Dancing classes at the Encinitas Community Center

If you like the Electric Slide & the Cupid Shuffle, then you’ll love dances such as the Michael Jackson Shuffle & Hip Swinging Blues. Learn Soul Line Dances choreographed to popular R&B, jazz, Blues, and Latin Tunes as taught by instructor Pamela Jackson at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive, Encinitas. 90-minute dance classes are scheduled Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m beginning Friday, May 6. Additional classes will be held on Tuesday nights beginning in June.

For additional details about Soul Line Dance and more information about late spring, summer and fall programs contact the City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department at or the Encinitas Community Center at 760-943-2260.

Rancho Encinitas Academy to hold Spring Art Fair

Encinitas Academy (REA) will host a Spring Art Fair on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local art vendors along with REA’s student artists will showcase and sell their creations of fine art, home decor, jewelry, and unique gifts. A free petting zoo and food for purchase will be available.

Rancho Encinitas Academy is located at 910 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 92024.

Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club to host annual Golf Ball Drop

On May 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club is organizing its annual Golf Ball Drop to raise funds and support the Navy SEAL Foundation and other local charities.

A fun gathering (with drinks, appetizers and dessert) will be held at the club house overlooking the hole where a helicopter will drop the purchased golf balls. \The three participants who purchased numbered/color coded golf balls that are closest to the flag (or in the hole) will win cash prizes ($2,000, $1,000 and $500).

For more details and to purchase the golf balls or tickets, visit:

Swiss foreign film April 22

Friday, April 22, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Student Center Conference Room. Free

Foreign Film: Tosca’s Kiss Switzerland 1984. (87 minutes, NR) Italian with English subtitles.

Tosca’s Kiss is a documentary of life in the Casa Di Reposo in Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. This home is maintained by the Friends of the Casa Verdi, after Verdi’s royalties that supported the home ran out in the 1960s.

Director Daniel Schmid interviews several of the operatic stars living there in 1984: Sara Scuderi, Giuseppe Manachini, Leonida Bellon, and the composer and conductor Puligheddu. The singers reminisce about their past and display an independent, extroverted spirit that does not need rehearsing to come alive Visit

This Week at Lux Art Institute

Colors and Lines. Ages 18+. Students will learn different watercolor techniques in this 6-week course. They will learn how to combine vibrant washes with bold, graphic lines of black ink pen. Mondays, April 11-May 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Lux Art Institute, 1578 South El Camino Real. $190, $220.

Collaborate and Create. Ages 9-12. Students will collaborate with their peers to construct a three-dimensional installation over the course of 8-weeks, and create zines, calendars, collages, and sculptures. Tuesdays, April 12-May 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $250, $300.

Kids in Residence. Ages 5-8. Inspired by the work of our artists-in-residence Margaret Griffith, Lux students are guided in creating a range of art projects in dialogue with the body of work on exhibition. Wednesdays, April 13-May 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $160, $200,

Drawing in Media. Ages 9-12. Students will experiment with different media and settings for drawing. Students will practice drawing a sill- life, drawing from nature, and self-portraits while exploring different materials such as graphite, charcoal, and pastels.

Thursdays, April 14-May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $160, $200.

Studio Series with Margaret Griffith. Ages 18+. Experience a unique opportunity, as Resident Artist, Margaret Griffith leads an engaging discussion about both her work and artistic process. Thursday, April 15, 5-7 p.m. Free for members, $10 guests. Visit

Discussion: Taxes

Nothing is certain except death and taxes. This quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, is even more true today. Learn about tax structures, types, revenues, history and budgets at the State and Federal levels. Presented by Joe Silverman, MiraCosta College associate faculty. (LIFE Club San Elijo)

Friday, April 15, 1 p.m. San Elijo Campus/MiraCosta College, Room 201, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Free.

Opening Reception: Paralyzed Veterans of America

The exhibit is a showcase of paintings and artwork by San Diego Veterans. The mission of Paralyzed Veterans of America is to improve the quality of life for veterans of the United States Armed Forces and others who have a spinal cord injury or dysfunction. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. (Encinitas Arts Division)

Friday, April 15, 6-8 p.m. City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. Free.

Advanced Composting Workshop

Learn how to make rich, organic soil amendments in your own back yard through traditional and worm composting methods taught by expert staff from Solana Center. (Healthy Day Partners)

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m-12 p.m. Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita 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. 760-632-9711.

Performing Arts for Teens and Adults with Autism

Positive Action Community Theatre (PACT) offers theatre, dance, and group singing workshops designed to teach life skills in a supportive community. Volunteers serve as peer mentors. Scholarships available.

Saturday, April 16, 23 and 30, 2:30-5 p.m. 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101. $20 per session.

Demos, Dialogue & Art: Camilla Robina

Camilla is a master painter and chalk artist. In this session, you will combine color, pattern, nature and women to created dreamy and bright artworks. A wood painting panel is provided. Bring an image of a woman, palette, acrylic paint in primary colors, black and white, and paint brushes, round or flat.

Sunday, April 17, 2-4pm. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10. Registration required, RSVP to Julie, 760-942-3636.

Native Plants Tour at San Elijo Lagoon

Discover native plants along the nature center trail in this naturalist-led tour by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Learn the many benefits of using native plants in water wise landscaping and how native plants attract beneficial insects and birds. Ages 9+.

Sunday, April 17, 3-4 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Free.

La Paloma Theater

Now Showing: The Lady In The Van, Star Wars, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

Introduction to Art Journaling Class

Sign up today for a fun, intuitive and freeing art making process. Art Lounge 101 is the new, cool site for art classes in the downtown.

Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Art Lounge 101, 816 S. Coast Hwy 101. 858-442-8666. $65 includes supplies.

Lux After Dark gala is April 30

Lux After Dark will hold its annual fundraising gala, “Glow in the Dark,” on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. The event will feature glow in the dark cocktails, decor, and games. Chef Jeffrey Strauss will be preparing the food for the night, Living Vines will provide music and entertainment, and a silent and live auction fwill be held. Additionally, Tesla is a sponsor of the event and will be giving VIP attendees rides between the buildings in new Teslas.

The event helps to support Lux’s education and mission of making art accessible to San Diego County.

Lux Art Institute represents one of the most ambitious artist residencies for contemporary artists in the country.

For more information and tickets, visit

Chipotle to support music in local schools at April 18 event

All four high schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) will be holding fundraisers on Monday, April 18, at local Chipotle restaurants in support of their music programs.

The Chipotle restaurant in Encinitas on El Camino Real will host the San Dieguito Academy music program and Chipotle restaurant in Carlsbad on Via Mercato will host La Costa Canyon’s music program that includes the district’s only marching band, the Maverick Brigade.

Join the district musicians any time from 4- 9 p.m. on April 18 at any of the three Chipotle restaurants to support music in the district. You may just got dinner and a concert.

Just be sure to let the cashier know you are there to support music in our schools and and 50 percent of your purchase will go directly towards the corresponding school music program(s).

River Valley Conservancy botanical survey event rescheduled to April 17

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is holding its second citizen-science survey of 2016, on Sunday, April 17, at 9 a.m.This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 9, but was cancelled because of rain. 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.

Participants will meet at the Bernardo Bay Staging area, then take an easy hike to Bernardo Mountain (approximately 1.25 miles) over the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge, the longest stress ribbon bridge in the world. Directions to the meeting location will be provided upon registration.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register email

Keir Morse’s photography can be viewed 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:

Top 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.

Fascinating Facts about Our Presidents

Tuesday, April 19, at JFS Coastal Club

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.

For more information, visit