Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


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Memorial Day Celebration to be held May 30 at American Legion in Encinitas

The public is invited to a “Memorial Day Celebration and Special Event” May 30 at the American Legion San Dieguito Post 416, from 11 a.m.-noon, located at at 210 West F Street in downtown Encinitas. A special ceremony will follow immediately after.

The event will include food, drinks, the National Anthem and concert by Nashville recording artist Amy Scruggs (brought to the event by The Home Lending Group), Cub Scout Troop 772 and musicians from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

For more information, visit or contact the Public Relations Department at 760-908-3550.

Encinitas Guitar Orchestra performs French songs and flamenco June 3

A large group of amateur and semi-professional acoustic guitarists, members of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Dr., Encinitas.

Peter Pupping, who leads and conducts the orchestra of 35 beginning to advanced guitarists, said he chooses a theme for each spring and fall session that ties the music together. This session, the theme is French Songs and Flamenco. Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years.

For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or A $12 donation at the door is suggested and reservations are not required.

Play: Hamlet

The world famous play by William Shakespeare is presented with a modern day twist--two brothers running for president--the classic tale of a tragic relationship that ends in murder. Presented by San Dieguito Academy Theatre Dept.

May 27, 28 and June 2, 3 and 4. 7 p.m. Liggett Theater, San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive. $15, $8.

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, 4-5pm. 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, 6-9pm. Free.

This Week at Art Lounge on 101

Drop-in Art Journaling. Spend your Sunday making art! Led by master artist Nancy Walker, this ongoing class is designed for individuals who have prior art journaling experience. Bring your own supplies. Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Art Lounge on 101. $20. Info/Register

West African Dance

Led by local teacher Kiki Ogulu, a knowledgeable teacher who will guide you, accompanied by talented percussionists.

Friday, May 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 100. $15.

SDA Rummage Sale

Experience a fun morning of bargain shopping! The SDA Foundation sponsors the annual sale to benefit San Dieguito student organizations. Support your favorite sports team, council or club and shop for those hidden treasures with bargains galore.

Saturday, May 28, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. San Dieguito High School Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Free. Email:, 760-753-1121 x5085.

Today at the Botanic Garden

Palm, Cycad, Bamboo and Tropical Plant Sale. This one-of-a-kind event features rare and exotic species of palms, cycads and other tropical plants provided by exceptional Southern California nurseries. (Palm Society of Southern California) Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission or membership.

Class: Digital Coloring Black and White. Join professional flower photographer Bob Bretell as he demonstrates how to convert your color photos into stunning black and white images using a variety of techniques in Photoshop Elements. Saturday, May 28, 9am-4pm. $59, $71.

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.

Alexander Gourevich: Songs of Joy and Yearning

The Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival’s popular clarinetist returns with a timeless Klezmer program of Jewish, Yiddish, and Israeli songs that will touch the heart and stir the soul. (Encinitas Friends of the Library)

Sunday, May 29, 2pm. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Farm Volunteer Days

On Sundays, help 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.

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

Trail Detectives Tour

Like our footsteps, animals leave imprints too. Join an investigative tour to examine evidence of animals on the trail, from critter scat to talon tracks, even chewed leaves. Led by Conservancy Naturalist Barbara Wallach. All ages welcome.

Sunday, May 29, 3-4:30 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon (Directions Emailed to Participants). Free.

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 29, 4-5pm. 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; Eye In The Sky; Everybody Wants Some; Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

San Diego County Fair opens June 3

The 2016 San Diego County Fair opens Friday, June 3 and runs through Monday, July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The 26-day fair will feature the “Mad About the Fair” theme exhibit, which will include a first edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” first published more than 150 years ago. The fair will also offer a wide variety of other exhibits, rides, music, food and more.

The 2016 San Diego County Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and runs through Monday, July 4. The fair will be closed Mondays, except the Fourth of July, and the first two Tuesdays.

For more about the fair, visit

Exec Trek planned on Santa Fe Valley Trail

Join Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, Trish Boaz, for an easy/moderate 4-mile (round-trip) hike at Santa Fe Valley on Saturday, May 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free, donations appreciated. More information and trail map: