Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


Check out the city’s newsletter for more info.

2016 Battle of the Bands to be held May 22, entry deadline soon

The stage is set for the young musicians of Encinitas to compete for radical prizes and a spot at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival. Join the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association at the 4th Annual; Battle of the Bands for Summer Fun on May 22 from noon-3 p.m. Leave your car at home and come by foot, bike, board or train to Seaweed and Gravel (1144 N Coast Hwy 101). Bring a beach chair and blanket, turn off your phone for a few hours and revel in the day. When you get hungry, just walk to one of the many fine local eateries located along the 101 such as The Lanai or French Corner. This is event is free admission to all ages.

Each band that enters will have 15 minutes on stage to impress the judges and audience. At the end of the battle, our expert panel of judges will choose one band, and a second band will be chosen by audience vote. These two bands will win special prizes and the opportunity to play at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival being held on June 25 and 26.

Young musicians interested in entering should contact the Leucadia Main Street Association via e-mail ( and no later than Monday, May 16. Space is limited and bands will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. See more information and rules at: For more information, call 760-436-2320 or visit the Leucadia 101 Main Street website:

The Sham Saints to perform at Mr. Peabody’s May 7

The Sham Saints will play its debut show at Mr Peabody’s in Encinitas on May 7 at 9 p.m. There’s no cover charge, and the Boaz Roberts Band will also be on the bill. Mr Peabody’s is located at 136 Encinitas Blvd.

In the early 1980s, before both became fixtures of the Los Angeles folk-Americana resurgence, Darius Degher and Michael Packard played together in the psychedelic rock band Darius and the Magnets. Then Degher went on to release six solo CDs and relocate to Europe. Packard became co-founder of seminal folk-punk band Walking Wounded. Now, these many years later, both are back in San Diego County and have started a new band, the Sham Saints.

Armed with fresh, new compositions by Degher, and also Packard, the band makes a cosmic Americana that relies equally on the vocals and guitars of both men. Notably, along with the folk, rock, and country influences that dominate, strains of psychedelia have also returned, like ghosts from the paisley underground. The band also includes drummer Gary Reed Johnson and bassist Mark Windrum.

Encinitas Firefighters to flip pancakes for Community Breakfast and Carnival

Kids of all ages, those young and old, eagerly await the annual Pancake Breakfast and Carnival at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School (PEC). The annual event will take place on Saturday, May 21, this year. The Encinitas Firefighters will kick off the event serving a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. alongside Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. The firefighters will donate their proceeds from the breakfast to serve the needs of children through nonprofit organizations such as Rady’s Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Burn Institute, etc.

The Carnival will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will include a variety of rides and attractions, including a crazy hair salon, face painting, a kiddie train ride, an obstacle course, games, spin art, a cake walk and much more. All proceeds from the carnival will go directly to the PEC PTA to fund school programs such as Garden, Art, Music, PE & Science.

On the main stage, children from PEC will show off their talents in the “Fiesta Showcase” with music, dancing and skits. There will also be a free magic show.

All members of the community are invited to attend this fun, family day. For more information about the event, please visit:

Tickets can be pre-ordered and discounts will apply by purchasing online at:

Tickets will be available for pick up on the morning of the event.

Carlsbad to host sea level rise meeting May 19

The City of Carlsbad will host a free panel discussion and community meeting to discuss sea level rise and the future of Carlsbad’s coast and lagoons, Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place at the City of Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave. RSVP at 760-434-2820 or

Blue Star Museum Program

Enjoy free admission for active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members). As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military.

Daily thru Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free.

This Week at Lux Art Institute

Intro to Acrylics for Kids. Students’ ages 9-12 interested in painting will learn the fundamentals of working with acrylics. Color theory, glazing, values, and textures will be explored. Wednesdays, May 4-June 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Lux Art Institute, 1578 South El Camino Real. $265, $315. 760-436-6611.

Intro to Acrylics for Teens. Students, ages 13-17, will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting including color mixing, values, and glazing. Thursdays, May 5-June 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $265, $315

Toddler Time. Ages 2-4. Parents, care providers, friends and family are welcome to join their little artists for a session of experimentation and play with non-toxic materials. Maximum six toddlers per session. Coffee and tea provided for the adults. Friday, May 6, 13 and 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $10, $20. Visit

This Week at The Studio Encinitas

Songwriting Lessons and Performance Coaching with Caitlin Evanson. Caitlin spent the last 8 years traveling the world playing violin and guitar and singing background vocals for seven-time Grammy winning superstar Taylor Swift. Wednesdays in May, 4-5 p.m. The Studio Encinitas, 1057 S. Coast Hwy. 101.

Open Mic Nights. An open mic open for all ages. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Kennady Tracy, each slot is 10 minutes or the duration of 2 songs. Food and refreshments will be available from concessions. Sign-ups start at 5:45pm. Wednesdays in May, 6-9 p.m. Free.

Benefit Concert for Pacific View Academy of Arts. Show your support for the new arts center with performances by Sofie Wolk, Madi Blake, The Altruist, Lizzie Waters, Kennady Tracy, Raena Jade and Grace Humphrey. Plus special guests. Presented by The Studio Encinitas and Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance. Friday, May 6, 7-11 p.m. Free. Visit

West African Dance

With L.A. artist Daunte Fyall and local teacher Kiki Ogulu, two knowledgeable teachers who will guide you. Classes are accompanied by talented percussionists.

Friday, May 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 100. $15.

First Fridays

The monthly event supporting local artists with visual art, music, and live performance. Music by Lindy Crandall along with dancers from isadoraNOW performing a structured improvisational piece. Artists featured are Lauren Alexandra, Rebecca Nebert, Aliana Sabrina Julian, and Krtitzia Lara, curated by Steve Mendoza. Refreshments.

Friday, May 6, 8-10pm. Performing Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd. Suite A102. $10. 760-753-2671.

Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden and Studio Tour

Bring your mom (or your friends) to explore this year’s amazing collection of 8 distinctive Encinitas and South Carlsbad gardens that are chock full of exciting artwork on display and for purchase by the San Dieguito Art Guild’s multi-talented artists.

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presented by the San Dieguito Art Guild. $25. Visit

Chocolate Festival

Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets will be sold on site.

Saturday, May 7, 10am-4pm. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission/membership.

Opening Reception: San Dieguito Academy, Oh, What a Wonderful World!

Celebrating the wonders of nature and its beauty with an array of photography by SDA students. Susan Coppock, Instructor. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday, May 7, 3-6 p.m. Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. 760-943-2260.

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. May 7, 11am; Tues., May 10 and 24, 4 p.m. Scripps Hospital, Brain Injury Treatment Room, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free. 760-633-6709.

Families Make History: Art Rocks!

What a fun and creative way to travel back in time and celebrate the Native-American rock art of the San Dieguito area. Paint and decorate small rocks gathered from our local beaches and rock on! 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.

Encinitas Ballet: Swan Lake

Wonderfully imaginative sets and lighting, charming and innovative costumes, and artistic choreography by M. Petipa brings Tchaikovsky’s classic masterpiece to life. Three professional guest artists, from New York and Santa Barbara, will perform alongside fifty talented Encinitas ballet dancers.

Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. La Cost Canyon High School Theater, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad. $25, $20. 760-632-4947.

Older Americans Month: Operation Frequent Wind

Presented by Rob Boyd from Midway Museum. Learn of the events leading up to the routing of the South Vietnamese Army during the final days of the Vietnam War.

Saturday May 7, 1-2pm. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr. Free. 760-753-7376.

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, May 7, 14 and 21, 2:30-5pm. 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101, $20 per session.

Grand Opening: A Journey to Morocco

Discover the latest, hip and fun teaching studio to explore all your artistic talents at the new Art Lounge on 101. The evening will be alive with Moroccan music, delicious food and beverages. Featured artist Nancy Walter will present a slide show of her adventures in Morocco.

Saturday, May 7, 5-8 p.m. Art Lounge on 1o1, 816 S. Coast Hwy 101. Free.

San Diego Baroque Soloists: A Musical Offering

Featuring selections from one of J.S. Bach’s final masterpieces, The Musical Offering, and trio sonatas by Telemann and C.P.E. Bach. Violinists Pierre Joubert and Healy Henderson, cellist Alex Greenbaum, and harpsichordist Alison Luedecke.

Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost: $25, $10, at the door. 619-494-0415.

Bollywood Dancing for Adults

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, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 4-5 p.m. Perf. Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A102. $60/month (4 classes). 215-327-8691.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing:

Hello My Name Is Doris, Born To Be Blue, Purple Rain, Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

Free composting workshop to be held May 14

A free composting workshop will be held in Encinitas Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-noon.

The workshop will be held at Barrels and Branches 1452 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, 92024.

Join Solana Center for this two-hour presentation where you will learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle.

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Roundtable of Foreign-born LIFE Members May 13

Friday, May 13, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free

A panel of LIFE members, who were born abroad and immigrated to the United States, will share their reasons for immigrating, what their transition to the American culture was like, and how they retain key aspects of their home cultures in their lives here.