Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


Death Cafe Encinitas coming toKi’s Restaurant

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff-by-the- Sea will partner with Lynne Calkins to host the first Death Café Encinitas of 2016,from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ki’s is the first restaurant to host a death cafe in North County. This event is a fitting tribute to Ki Holcomb, founder/owner of Ki’s, who passed away just last March 2015. Her legacy of serving fresh, homemade, organic food continues in this scenic beachfront location. Calkins has hosted two prior Death Cafes Encinitas.

This is a free event open to the entire community. It is called a Death Cafe because refreshments are enjoyed while friendly, interesting people discuss death, dying and living. RSVPs are mandatory as seating is limited and most death cafes reach capacity. Please RSVP to with “Death Café Encinitas” in the subject line.

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Unveiling of the 2016 Arts Alive banner exhibit is Feb. 21

On Sunday, Feb. 21, from noon-2 p.m., the reception for the Unveiling of the 2016 Arts Alive banner exhibit will take place at the Leichtag Foundation, 441 Saxony Rd. Barn # 2, Encinitas, Ca. 92024 located North on Saxony from Encinitas Blvd.

The 101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 MainStreet and Leucadia 101 MainStreet are once again unveiling the Arts Alive Banners to be displayed along the Historic Coast Highway on the lampposts from La Costa Avenue in Leucadia to through Encinitas and south to Cardiff Seaside Market.

The most spectacular exhibit of the year and a favorite art event in North County, the Encinitas Arts Alive Banner Exhibit began in 2001. This is the 16th year artists have been invited to participate in the six-mile art exhibit that will be installed immediately after the unveiling on Feb. 21. The banners will be on display until the end of April when they will be taken down in preparation for the Final Live Auction on May 15, 2016.

Silent bidding on the banners begins at the Unveiling Reception and bids can also be placed during the outdoor exhibit by calling Leucadia 101 MainStreet at 760 436- 2320. Bidders can place bids right up to the Final Live Auction on May 15, which will be hosted by our favorite auctioneer, Rich Houk. The entire collection of original art will be on display one last time at the Final Auction to be held at the Cardiff Towne Center in Cardiff.

Sponsors for the 2016 exhibit are Hansen Surf Shop, Cardiff Seaside Market, and the LeucadiArt Walk.

Come to the Unveiling Reception to get the first view of all the art in one place and to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. For more information, visit

Fourth Annual ‘5K Paw Walk in the Garden’ to be held Feb. 20

It happens the same weekend every year and it’s the only day when dogs are allowed in the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG). Register now for the “Fourth Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden” on Saturday, Feb. 20. Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden are joining paws to support programs for people, plants, and animals.

Registered walkers (with or without dogs) can start at 9:30 a.m.. The Walk is not competitive and walkers are not required to cover the full 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course. They can enjoy as much or as little of the lush, green garden as they want.

There will be pet products, food, treats, information and displays for animal lovers, a pet first aid station, and the “Peanut Butter / Cream Cheese Challenge” (for dogs.)

Register for the Fourth Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden online at or Day of event registration starts at 9 a.m.

More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

‘Eat and Shop’ Rady benefit

An “Eat and Shop” event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas. Matt Gordon’s lively American cuisine eatery has invited several North County-based brands to host a children’s-themed pop-up shop benefitting the North Coast Auxiliary of Rady Children’s Hospital.

The event will feature comped bites prepared by Chef Gordon along with two unique speciality cocktails, with the proceeds from the cocktails and a percentage of sales from the vendors going directly to Rady’s. The brands include: Bink & Boo, Kamp & Co., Bowie James, Plum and Sparrow, Bliss & Baker, and Narrow Gauge Designs. The pop-up shop will feature everything from baby booties to children’s swimwear, ideal for spring gifting and refreshing little ones closets.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge is located at 25 East E Street, Encinitas.

Encinitas Historical Society to hold walking tour of Old Encinitas Feb. 20

The Encinitas Historical Society will host a docent-led walking tour of Old Encinitas on Saturday, Feb. 20. 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.

Canyon Crest Academy to present ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Canyon Crest Academy will present Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 19, Feb. 20, Feb. 25, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at CCA, located at 5951 Village Center Loop Dr. Carmel Valley, 92130.

The title roles will be played by Third Year Envision Theatre Arts Conservatory seniors Annika Patton and Jacob Surovsky. Devotedly directed by Steve Lipinsky (former board member and head acting coach of the San Diego Shakespeare Society).

All show times are at 7 p.m. except for the Feb. 25 performance, which is at 4:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit

NC Rep presents a special concert ‘Love Letters from Vietnam’

“For the Sender” leader and primary singer-songwriter Alex Woodard has fueled a dedication to veterans’ causes into “Love Letters from Vietnam,” being performed at North Coast Repertory Theatre Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The songs are inspired by the extraordinary correspondence into the past between a passionate yet deeply flawed soldier and his daughter.

“As I put myself behind this soldier’s eyes to write these songs, I talked to veterans, volunteered at events, and became more immersed in their stories,” Woodard says. “I found that there could be something post-traumatic other than a disorder. Beauty, growth, and hope. that’s what I tried to get across on the album and in my concert.”

A concert version “For the Sender: Love Letters from Vietnam” will be read and sung by Alex Woodard as Sergeant Fuller and Molly Jenson as Jennifer Fuller. For tickets: (858) 481-1055 or North Coast Rep is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach 92075

‘Now You See It’ coming to NC Rep

Hasty entrances and exits, jealousy bordering on paranoia, a philandering husband, hypnotism, a spurned lover and a scandalous discovery. Here is classic French farce as only North Coast Rep can do it. “Now You See It” opens Feb. 27 at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach and runs through March 20. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets.

Youth and adult photography sought in lagoon contest

From now through March 31, adult and youth photographers are encouraged to enter the #LoveYourLagoon Photo Contest sponsored by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, in partnership with MiraCosta College. All ages are encouraged to capture those vibrant moments that express San Elijo Lagoon’s natural landscapes, plants, animals, and personal interactions.

First Place prizes will be awarded in adult and youth divisions by a panel of visual arts judges. A People’s Choice award for overall best entry will be chosen by public vote. Winners will be announced in May. For more information and how to submit, the website is

Free nature photo workshop and tour to be held at San ELijo Nature Center

For those seeking higher quality outdoor photography skills, a free nature photo workshop and tour with photojournalist Jac Flanders will be held on Feb. 28, from 3-5 p.m. at the San Elijo Nature Center. Participants will learn tips on how to capture the best moments in nature with wildlife and people in focus. The workshop meets at the nature center, complete with a tour to test new skills in action.

Photos taken during the tour will be encouraged for submission to the conservancy’s #LoveYourLagoon photo contest. This workshop is free and ideal for ages 8+. Registration is limited to the first 25 participants. More information:

Budget Blinds helps renovate home of Air Force veteran

Budget Blinds, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with over 1,000 territories, recently participated in Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover special that surprised an injured air force veteran, his wife and five young children with a newly renovated home better suited to the family’s ever-growing needs. The show works hard to find deserving military veterans and families in need of home renovations in an effort to give back to those who have already given so much.

Technical Sergeant Kevin Parke, in Crestview, Florida, is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician currently assigned to Eglin Air Force Base. He entered the Air Force in 2003. He served two deployments in Afghanistan where he survived three separate IED detonations.

Despite sustaining injuries, he stayed with his team each time. For this bravery and his accomplishments he earned countless medals and awards, including receiving two Purple Hearts for his injuries. The home’s completed renovations were unveiled to the Parke family in a private ceremony on Oct. 29, 2015.

To see the family’s reactions to receiving the dream home they truly deserve, watch the three-part series of Military Makeover on Thursdays, Feb. 18, March 3, and March 10 at 7 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime® Television. Visit ; 760-529-0014 or visit