Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


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First Fridays

A new, monthly event supporting local artists with visual art and live music and dance performances. The hot San Diego band, UpFunk will perform, Steve Mendoza will curate the art exhibit, and drinks will be available.

Friday, April 1, 8-10 p.m. Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd. Suite A102. $10.

Foreign Film: Fermat’s Room

Three mathematicians and one inventor are invited to a house under the premise of solving a great enigma. At the house, they are trapped in a room and must solve puzzles given by the host, who calls himself “Fermat.” Dr. James Bunch will discuss the mathematics used in the film. (LIFE Club San Elijo)

Friday, April 1, 1 p.m. San Elijo Campus/MiraCosta College, Student Ctr. Conf. Room, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Free.

Soul Line Dancing

Learn dances choreographed to popular R&B, jazz, blues, and Latin tunes. Do you like the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle? Then you’ll love dances such as the Michael Jackson Shuffle and Hip Swinging Blues. Please wear secure footwear.

Fridays in April, 1, 8, 15, 22. 6-730 p.m. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive. $69.50, $79.50.

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)

Sat. April 2, 11 a.m.; Tues. April 12 and 26, 4 p.m. Scripps Hospital, Brain Injury Treatment Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free. 760-633-6709.

Families Make History

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.

Meet Author Tara Mackey

Tara will be here to sign her new bestseller, “Cured by Nature: How to Heal from the Inside Out, Find Happiness and Discover Your True Self.”

Saturday, April 2, 12-2 p.m. Barnes & Noble Encinitas, 1040 N. El Camino Real. Free.

First Sunday Music Series: Therianthrope

Guitarist Dusty Brough and percussionist Miles Shrewsbery perform music inspired from Indian classical, jazz harmonies, Flamenco, killer grooves, and live loops. They unabashedly break down genre barriers while drawing from their own training in their respective music traditions.

Sunday, April 3, 2-3 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Farm Volunteer Days

On Sundays, we plant, weed and keep the farm looking beautiful and on Tuesdays, rise and shine like a farmer and help harvest for donation to a local Encinitas food pantry.

April Sundays 2-4pm and Tuesdays 8-10 a.m. Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. Free.

Bollywood Dancing

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, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 4-5 p.m. Perf. Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A102. $60/month (4 classes). 215-327-8691.

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.

Taste of Leucadia

Enjoy bites from more than 20 favorite Leucadia eateries, a Craft Beer Pavilion and local wineries sampling in Leucadia businesses. Enjoy live performances by Cordelia Degher, Kiki Halliday, Boaz Roberts, Wish and the Well, Emily Afton and Jake Loban. (Leucadia 101 Mainstreet)

Thursday, April 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Coast Hwy. 101 in Leucadia. $20-$45.

Spring Break Camp

This is an exciting opportunity for young artists to get creative. A “Bug” themed week of art camp will allow students to explore the colors, characteristics, and “design” of bugs. For ages 5-12.

Monday-Friday, April 4-8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lux Art Institute, 1578 South El Camino Real. $275, $350.

Park Dale Players Drama Camp

Sing, dance and act! For 3rd-6th graders, rehearse the musical Bratty Brother In Outer Space! Alice thought she wanted her bratty brother to disappear until a young alien beams him up into outer space! Performances on Apr. 9 and 10.

Monday-Friday, April 4-8, 9 a.m.-2 p,m. Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, 8000 Calle Acervo. $360. 760-672-3581.

Sheriff’s Coffee with the Community

Outreach in the community is important to our Sheriff’s Dept. Exchange ideas and concerns with officers and enjoy a free cup of coffee.

Tuesday, April 5, 8-9 a.m. Chck-fil-A, 194 N. El Camino Real. Free. Info: 760-966-3588.

Encinitas Happy Feet

A new walking group is forming. Walking is one of the most effective forms of physical activity and delivers substantial health benefits. It is an opportunity to get fit, stay healthy, and make new friends.

Wednesdays, April 6, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. Info: 760-943-2250.


Beth is the Executive Director of Camarada and is an advocate of chamber music performed at the highest artistic level. Peter is considered one of the “great jazz guitarists of our time,” -San Diego Troubadour. They are frequent collaborators in concerts that explore jazz music and will perform original music by Peter Sprague. (Encinitas Arts Division)

Wednesday, April 6, 12-12:45 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Open Mic Nights

The Studio presents a weekly open mic open for all ages! Hosted by local singer/songwriter Kennady Tracy, each slot is 10 minutes or the duration of two songs. Food and refreshments will be available from concessions. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Wednesdays in April, 6-9 p.m. The Studio, 1057 S. Coast Hwy. 101. Free

Parenting Workshop: Sibling Rivalry

Learn practical tools to improve relationships with your children. Led by Dr. Adria O’Donnell, who specializes in conflict resolution with children. Also, enjoy delicious Sushi. (Leichtag Foundation)

Wednesday, April 6, 7-8 p.m. Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. RSVP:

First Wednesday Concert Series

Whether you catch his one-man-band playing guitar or stomping out time on his custom suitcase drum set while singing and blowing harmonica, you are sure to be moved and impressed with his unique energy and soul.

Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Free.760-753-4027.

Live Well with Diabetes

Learn how to live healthier and self-manage your diabetes. This 9-week program includes, orientation, private sessions with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and small group sessions facilitated by peer educators. The program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Thursday, April 7, 12-2:30 p.m. Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. Registration required: 858-505-6953.

Temple Solel’s Shir Energy Music Festival

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:

Celebrity designer to appear at Kohl’s

Celebrity event planner, designer and star of WeTV’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations, David Tutera will be making his way to Encinitas on April 7. He will be making an in-store appearance at KOHL’S for the debut of his fine jewelry collection, David Tutera Celebrations Jewelry, and will also be conducting a meet and greet with fans.

The event will take place at Kohl’s, located 134 North El Camino Real in Encinitas, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.


Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation Chili Dinner

Glen Doherty was a Encinitas resident and a U.S. Navy Seal. He was one of the four Americans killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Lybia on Sept. 12, 2012.

Please join us Wednesday, April 6, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Encinitas as we celebrate Glen’s life and legacy. The event will include a fun night filled with chili (Glen’s recipe), drinks, raffles and a live auction. All proceeds of the event will go to the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. The cost is $25 and will include a chili dinner, drink of choice and dessert.

The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation’s focus is on providing current and former special operations professionals, from all branches of the government, the means necessary to transition and succeed in civilian life.

The American Legion in Encinitas is located at 210 W F St, Encinitas, 92024; (760) 753-5674.

Free adult art classes for beginners offered at Cardiff Library

Local Encinitas artist Sandra Dodd now conducts complimentary adult art classes for beginners at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library the first and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 5-6 p.m. in the library community room at 2081 Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Pre-registration is not required. The classes are sponsored by the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. For more information, contact the library staff at 760-753-4027.

Next Engage Encinitas Citizens Academy event 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. Visit

AAUW to host CSUSM speaker on sexual violence prevention

Members of the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite the public and local school and college Title IX coordinators to join them on Saturday, April 9, to hear guest speaker Melissa Swartz discuss “Title IX Advocacy and Action: Your Role in Sexual Violence Prevention, “ as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness month. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park.

Swartz will discuss what colleges and universities are doing to prevent sexual violence, and what individuals can do to help. In her role as Student Equity and Compliance Manager at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), Swartz conducts campus-based investigations on issues of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Swartz also educates students and employees on Title IX and sexual violence. In addition, Dr. Bridget Blanshan, CSUSM Title IX Coordinator, and Christa Wencl, CSUSM’s Sexual Violence Advocate and Educator, will participate in the Q&A portion of the program.


San Diego Botanic Garden to present ArtFest 2016

ArtFest 2016 will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden April 9 and 10, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

This year, locally-owned Woody cars will be on display from the San Diego Woodies Club (Saturday only). For more information, visit

Breaking Silence — VIP Warrior Gala’ to be held April 15

The “Breaking SIlence — VIP Warrior Gala” will be held April 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. The event will feature keynote speaker Capt. Florent Groberg (U.S. Army, Medal of Honor). The event is geared to help eliminate “the stigma that surrounds PTS (Post Traumatic Stress).” For more information and to buy tickets, visit

The Spice Way to hold one-year anniversary celebration April 3

Sunday, April 3, The Spice Way celebrates its one-year anniversary from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Encinitas’ newest boutique spice and tea store has hit the ground running over this past year offering a wide variety of spices, blends, tea and infusions as well as cooking classes.

Marking its one-year anniversary, The Spice Way will feature cooking demos, kids’ activities, free tasting, an opportunity drawing and a one-day sale: buy two, get one free. The Spice Way will feature cooking demonstrations with Debbie Kornberg, featuring the theme of Nature with Benefits and is scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The event will be held at The Spice Way store at Camino Village Plaza, 260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Encinitas Rotary Club’s to hold 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 to this great event visit:


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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