Encinitas events this week and beyond


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Kiwanis Club of Encinitas to feature ‘A Night of Comedy’ at annual fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Encinitas is hosting its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. when they present a “Night of Comedy” with Patti Phillips, “The Comedy Queen,” who will perform, “The Queen Comes Clean.” The event also includes dinner provided by Seaside Market, music, dancing and a silent auction at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff.

This annual fundraiser provides the necessary support to several important programs including Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Red Shoe Day, the Good Ship Literacy Book Mobile and the Treasure Chest Literacy Program featuring Captain Book.

Tickets are just $35. Seating is limited so please come out and support the Kiwanis and reserve your ticket today by calling (619) 507-2100 or via email

Coastal Communities Concert Band to perform ‘Golden Oldies’ Feb. 21

The Coastal Communities Concert Band celebrates its 33rd year entertaining North County on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Street in Carlsbad.

This concert’s theme is the “Golden Oldies,” and Conductor Tom Cole has chosen tunes with a wide appeal - from Elvis to Rossini to Gershwin - expertly played by The CCCBand’s 80+ musicians.

Fan favorite Michael Ruhl is back, so expect silky smooth vocals on “Birth of the Blues” and “I’m Confessin.’”

Tickets are $15 adult/$12 senior & student. They may be reserved online at or purchased at the door.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

It’s not too late to prune your fruit trees! Join Solana Center and Revolution Landscape on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Infield Farm for a hands-on fruit tree pruning workshop. Learn how to keep your fruit trees healthy and bountiful with proper pruning techniques. Registration required. $40 per person. Presented by Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop series at the historic Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information and to Register visit:

Ovation Theatre: Guys and Dolls Night

Join Ovation Theatre (formerly North County School of the Arts) for a sneak peek at performers and scenes from their upcoming production of Guys and Dolls. With food, drink and gaming themed tables to give you a taste of what it was like to be a “Guy” or a “Doll” back in the good ol’ days.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 7-10 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free, donations appreciated. 760-487-8568.

Jefferson-Hemings descendant to address AAUW for Women’s History Month

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.

Peace Corps: Nigeria and the Biafran War

Encinitas resident Jerry Sodomka, a former Peace Corps volunteer, taught in the Islamic Hausa northern region of Nigeria from 1966 to 1968 and witnessed the “Northern Riots” and onset of the Biafran Civil War. He will present photos, written material and items to create a vivid mosaic of what it was like to live in Africa during this turbulent moment in its history.(LIFE Club San Elijo)

Friday, Feb. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, room 201, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Free.

West African Dances of Senegal

Guest instructor Mareme Faye is a former performer with Ballet Africans. She will break down traditional Senegal dances for beginners and advanced alike. Accompanied by outstanding percussionists. All levels welcome.

Friday, Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100. $15. 760-402-7229.

Music by the Sea: European Concert Trio

Harriet Fraser, soprano, Amanda Walker, clarinet, Irina Bazik, piano. They will perform works by Mozart, Schubert, Cavallini, Three Folksongs by McCabe, Three Vocalises by Vaughan Williams and piano works by Chopin and Mokranjac. Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $13.

5K Paw Walk

Once a year, the garden is open to furry friends and their families. Dogs are encouraged to bring their owners to enjoy the 5K walk as well as pet products, doggie treats, people food and other great items for dog lovers. Limited to 2 dogs per person. Vaccinated and well-behaved dogs only. (Rancho Coastal Humane Society). Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $32, $21.

Day of Mindfulness

Set amid healing gardens, participate in a peace-filled day of gentle yoga, guided sitting and walking meditation, and art making. 7 CEUs can be provided for LCSWs & MFTs. Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. California Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive. $80.

Lagoon Platoon

Get your hands dirty in the fun of community habitat restoration. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy biologists guide teams in the planting of native species and removal of non-native plants. Refreshments and nature tour are provided. Ages 13+. Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon (check web for map: Free.

Senior Expo: Embracing Retirement Before & After 65

The health and wellness expo includes information on retirement with a diverse range of exhibitors, expert speakers on a variety of subjects, and demonstrations. Enjoy snacks, opportunity drawings and giveaways. (Encinitas Chamber of Commerce). Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. 760-753-6041.

Zero Waste Shopping Workshop

Reusable bag arts and crafts, bring clothing for an exchange, get a zero waste shopping tutorial, learn how to go zero waste when getting take out food, and tour the Ocean Knoll Farm. Opportunity drawings and giveaways. Part of the monthly Sustainable Living Series. (City of Encinitas, Healthy Day Partners, I Love a Clean San Diego). Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive (behind Ocean Knoll School). Free.

Families Make History: Weaving

Families, join the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in February as it explores 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.

Will San Diego Ever Become a Great Art City?

What elements are necessary for a city to become a true leader in the arts and which of these elements is San Diego missing? Artist Jenessa Goodman, museum and urban planner Priya Sircar, and City of San Diego Senior Public Art Manager Christine Jones will discuss how San Diego could raise its art profile. Moderated by Kinsee Morlan, Engagement Editor, Voice of San Diego. (Zócalo Public Square). Saturday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m. Lux Art Institute, 1550 S El Camino Real. Free.

Arts Alive Banner Unveiling

Meet the artists and view the street banners that will hang on Coast Hwy 101 this spring. 99 original artworks will comprise the 6-mile long exhibit. Bid on your favorites. Refreshments will be served. (101 Artists Colony, Leucadia Mainstreet Assoc., Cardiff Mainstreet Assoc.). Sunday, Feb. 21, 12-2 p.m. The Farm, Building 2, 441 Saxony Road. Free.

Demos, Dialogue & Art: Elizabeth McGhee

Symbolic Humor. Many famous paintings have hidden meanings or humor beneath the surface. Explore puns or turns of a phrase with still life objects. Bring a small canvas, oil or acrylic paints, pencil, brushes and a favorite toy. Registration required. (San Diego Art Guild). Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10. RSVP to Julie: 760-942-3636.

Cabaret Caccia: The Gospel Train

Songs and stories of courage and endurance in the “Underground Railway.” With three exceptional artists: Ken Anderson, pianist and tenor, Michael Morgan, bass, and Martha Jane Weaver, mezzo-soprano. Enjoy complimentary wine, candlelight, chocolates and table seating. (Cabaret Caccia). Sunday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $25, $20 at the door.