Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


For more info on events, check out the city’s newsletter.

Cardiff Library to hold half-price-off sale, anniversary celebration

The Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library invite the public to join the community in celebrating the library’s 102nd birthday on March 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the library community room at 2081 Newcastle Avenue. As a part of the birthday celebration, the Friends used bookstore, the Book Nook, will offer all materials and books, including collectibles, for half off the regular marked price. And of course, since this is a birthday celebration, there will be cake! Please join in the celebration.

La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam is March 19 in Encinitas

The La Paloma Winter Poetry Slam will be held Saturday, March 19, 6 p.m. Poets call to enter at 5 p.m. at the front door of the La Paloma Theatre. 471 South Coast Highway in historic downtown Encinitas. More information at

Cindy Lee Berryhill and Darius Degher to perform at library

The Leucadia 101 Main Street Association and Ruthless Hippies present their “After Hours Session Series” with Cindy Lee Berryhill and Darius Degher Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

Two of the area’s most uncompromising and original singer-songwriters will perform intimate sets at the library’s community room. Since the 1980s, both Cindy Lee and Darius have been making eclectic, critically lauded records. Both have defied easy categorization, in their own ways, inhabiting the traditions of both rock and folk. Both are long-time Encinitas residents.

For tickets and more information, visit

Blood drive to be held at MiraCosta College -San Elijo Campus

The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at MiraCosta College - San Elijo Campus on Wednesday, March 9, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The drive will be held at 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, 92007. main parking lot.

Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health, may qualify to give blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment when they donate.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (469-7322) or visit

6th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival

The Storytellers of San Diego and Encinitas Branch Library are hosting the 6th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Encinitas Branch Library. The event will feature a wide range of stories for everyone from children focused programs to veteran stories.

All are welcome throughout the day. Don’t miss the final presentation on “Voices from the Water’s Edge” an Adult Storytelling Concert. There will also be workshops to help attendees gain skills of their own, and an open mic for those wanting to share stories of their own or try out their abilities.

This event gives the opportunity to everyone in San Diego to enjoy the art of storytelling by captivating the audience and rekindling their imagination. For more information, visit our website at

Bollywood Dancefor Adults

New! 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.

Sunday, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 4-5 p.m. Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A102. $60/month (4 classes). For more information, call 215-327-8691.

This Week at the Botanic Garden

HDR Photography Effects with Bob Bretell. HDR (high-dynamic range) is an amazing photography technique that is ideal for any subject matter. The process is easy to learn - you will need a camera capable of manually adjusting exposure, a computer, and an HDR processing program (free download). Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $62, $75. Register at

Succulent Wreath Class. Take home a beautiful succulent wreath that you make yourself. Taught by the SDBG Succulent Wreath Team. Fee includes materials. Students should bring small clippers or scissors to class. Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $65, $78. Register at

Play: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Critic’s Choice! Following a faculty dinner party at a small northeastern college, two married couples - one younger, one older - meet for drinks. What begins as fun and games becomes a revealing, haunting, and searing emotional journey. Edward Albee’s “masterwork,” Tony Award: Best Play. (Intrepid Theatre)

March 3-26, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Street, San Diego. $24-$48. Visit

Foreign Film: Lisanka

The plot revolves around a love triangle that later evolves into a love square involving three Cubans (two men and a woman) and a Soviet soldier. Set in a fictitious rural village near a Soviet military base in central Cuba. (91 minutes, NR) Spanish w/English subtitles. (LIFE Club San Elijo)

Friday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, Student Center Conf. Room, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Free.

West African Dance

Guest instructor Daunte Fyall is an L.A. performer teaching the energetic and soulful moves from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. Classes are accompanied by talented percussionists. All levels welcome.

Friday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100. $15. 760-402-7229.

California Friendly Landscape Training

Learn a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance, with an emphasis on sustainable practices and water-use efficiency. Class topics include rainwater harvesting, building a living soil sponge, irrigating efficiently and choosing the best plants for each yard.

Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free.

Basketweaving Workshop withNadine Spier

Learn how to weave an ornate basket using flexible pine needles and Irish linen thread. Basketry is a wonderful way to channel stress and recycle from the environment. Pre-registration required, class size kept small.

Saturday March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist’s Olivenhain home studio. $87. Register: 760-944-9369,

Half-price book sale at Encinitas Library

Check out the great selection of books, from ancient to modern, at this monthly sale. Members of EFL get to shop early, from 9-10 a.m. (Encinitas Friends of the Library)

Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Encinitas Library Book Store, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Saturday Family Fun at Cardiff Library

Every Saturday, enjoy a storytime at 10:30 a.m. and a family-friendly movie at 2 p.m.

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p/m. Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Free. 760-753-4027.

Healing Arts Class

For those recovering from brain injuries and/or neurological challenges. Enjoy self-expression through art, increase skills, improve eye/hand coordination and enjoy the warmth and support of facilitator, Kathy Harvey. Supplies provided. (Synergy Art Foundation)

Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m.; Tuesday, March 8 and 22, 4 p.m. Scripps Memorial Hospital, Brain Injury Treatment Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free.

Families Make History: Weaving

Families, join us as we explore the tradition of weaving, which dates back 12,000 years, when branches and twigs were interlaced to create fences, shelters and baskets. Learn the basics of weaving on a loom. 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 Workshop: Teens/Adults with Autism

Improvisational theatre, dance, and group singing workshops designed to teach life skills and create community.

Saturday, March 5, 12 and 19, 2:30-5 p.m. Dance North Country, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101, $20 per session.

Opening Reception: Karen Angelia Kohlberg

Conscious Evolution. Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita, these paintings explore the interpretation of the universality of existence and our relationship with it. With dancer Adelaide Marcus, music performer Jesus, Tibetan healing bowls by Diane Mandle and catering by Waters.

Saturday, March 5, 1-4 p.m. Encinitas Library Art Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Bird Bingo Family Day

Birds have many skills highlighted in a Bird Behavior Bingo game. Visitors will hit the trail to observe birds while filling in their bingo behavior card.

Sunday, March 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue. Free.

Sea Vibes Festival

Experience art, live music, yoga classes, local businesses, and different speakers in a unique Sea Vibes style.

Sunday, March 6, 1-5 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.760-753-7376.

First Sunday Music Series: Peter Sprague

Peter is considered one of the great jazz guitarists of our time. More than just his instrumental and improvisational prowess, he is a writer-composer of positively world-class abilities.

Sunday, March 6, 2-3 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Concert: North Coast Symphony Orchestra

March Musical Montage. The orchestra will perform Symphony No. 3 by Bizet, Danzas Fantasticas by Turina, Berceuse and Finale by Stravinsky, Trumpet Concerto in E by Hummel, Serenade No. 12 by Mozart and Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra by Elgar. Dan Swem, conductor.

Sunday, March 6, 2:30 p.m. Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road. $10, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. 760-753-3003.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Son of Saul, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

Pianist Roberta Swedien to perform at Encinitas Library

Renowned pianist Roberta Swedien brings her acclaimed recital series “The Music Room” to the Encinitas Library on March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Swedien’s concert is being presented by SWEA San Diego, the Swedish Women’s Education Association and a portion of the proceeds will go to fund their Swedish cultural projects. SWEA promotes Swedish Culture and Tradition. For tickets please go to:


  1. For more on Swedien, visit or see story in Feb. 26 issue.

‘Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Shoot Out’

Two tribute bands — Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash — will perform in a “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Shoot Out” Friday, March 11, at 9 p.m. at The Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, 92075.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 858-481-8140 or at the Belly Up box office.

This show is for adults 21 and older.

Spring Home/Garden Show runs March 4-6 at Fairgrounds

Now in its 31th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza March 4-6 of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside.

For more information, visit

Expert to speak on elder abuse and caregiver issues

Lois Brown Kelly, an attorney for 28 years specializing in litigation, has spent the past 15 years dealing with senior issues including elder abuse. On Friday, March 11, she will discuss the signs of elder abuse, when to recognize that it is happening and how people can report it. Her talk will also cover who the mandated reporters are and the resources available in San Diego County to help victims and their families.

When and where: Friday, March 11, 1-2:30 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, room 201. Free.


Pacific Ridge presents ‘Designing New Perspectives’

Pacific Ridge School invites Carlsbad families to “view the world through different lenses” during an evening event on Thursday, March 17. Celebrated engineering advocate Deanne Bell and world-renowned National Geographic photographer DeWitt Jones will inspire audiences with their passion and unique perspectives on innovation, engineering, design and photography.

Deanne Bell is an engineer, television host, and the founder of, a platform that hosts national invention challenges for students. Her TV hosting credits include PBS, CNBC, ESPN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and DIY Network. A champion of innovation in all its forms, Bell is dedicated to sharing the excitement of engineering with everyone.

Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards before he was 30. An inspiring speaker, DeWitt uses his extraordinary photographs to teach both creativity and vision.

The March 17 event begins at 6:30 p.m., with a coffee and dessert reception to follow. Limited parking will be available on the Pacific Ridge School campus, at 6269 El Fuerte Street in Carlsbad. Overflow parking and shuttles will be provided.Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For tickets, visit

Jefferson-Hemings descendant to address AAUW

The members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite the public to join them on Saturday, March 12, to hear guest speaker and member Mary Jefferson’s talk, “Sally, Thomas, Oprah, and Me: A Family Story.” The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Encinitas Community Center Ballroom, 1140 Oakcrest Park.

Mary Jefferson, shown by DNA testing to be a direct descendant of Sally Hemings and President Thomas Jefferson, has appeared on the Oprah show and has spoken for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. The event is a joint Women’s History Month Event sponsored by the AAUW branches of Del Mar-Leucadia, Carlsbad-Oceanside-Vista, and Escondido-San Marcos.

Guests will enjoy a Monticello-style breakfast buffet with breads, muffins, ham, fruit, and sweets. Tickets are $20 and the deadline for reservations is March 7. A reservation form can be found online at For more information, contact AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia President Linda Quinby at 760-931-9789.

RB Chorale Scholarship application” deadline looms

Do you dream of winning a Grammy or playing with the Boston Pops? If you are a senior high school graduate planning to further your education in the musical performance arts, the RB Chorale has a casting call for you! Any field of music is applicable, including voice, string, wind, percussion (no combos), or any other solo instrument.

Applications for the 2016 RB Chorale Scholarship program will be accepted through April 9, 2016 and those who qualify will audition in front of the RB Chorale Board and an esteemed panel of judges April 30, 2016 in the world-class recording studios of Studio West in Rancho Bernardo. The program is open to all San Diego County graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university to further their education in musical arts. An application form and further information can be obtained from the RB Chorale web site or contact Keith Cheney, Scholarship Chair at 858-748-1273.