What’s going on around Encinitas this weekend and beyond, May 21-27


These are just some of the events taking place in and around Encinitas this weekend. For details, visit

• Blue Star Museum Program: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, now through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Free admission for active-duty military and up to five immediate family members. Info:

The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members).

• iPalpiti Festival, July 9-18; contact: Jim Gilliam,, or 760-633-2746.

For two weeks this July, Encinitas welcomes 25 award-winning young musicians from 20 countries who will make this their summer home as they prepare and present six glorious concerts in town. For the first time, the iPalpiti Orchestra will perform a free concert at the San Dieguito Academy Amphitheater on July 18. Please help us raise the much-needed funds to make the festival a success. A donor will match, dollar-for-dollar, your contribution. Donate at (write “Encinitas” in the comment section.) Thank you!

• Mixed Media with Allison Renshaw, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26, 28, June 2, 4, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real. Cost: $200, $240. Info: Ages 18 plus.

Visiting artist Allison Renshaw leads students in discovering the process of mixed media in a style following her own artistic practice.

• Encinitas Classic Car Nights, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Coast Hwy 101 from D to J streets. Free. Call 760-943-1950.

Hot Rods, Woodies, and other classic and vintage cars will be parked in dedicated lots along Highway 101 and on side streets. Featuring live music at two locations and an award ceremony to close each evening. No registration needed for car owners.

• Discussion: “What Is a County Supervisor?” 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., room 201. Free lecture; parking $1. Info:

County Supervisor Dave Roberts will talk about the multiple roles of a county supervisor for the fifth most populated county in the United States, as well as highlight some of the key initiatives and projects which he has championed during his first term.

• Concert: Jun Kawajiri, piano, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost: $20.

Jun is a professional pianist with a master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has expanded his musical performance to the U.S. and Japan. Feel the joy, gratitude and love of classical piano music by Mozart, Beethoven and Mussorgsky.

• Blurred Borders Dance Festival, 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, UCSD Wagner Dance Building, Studio Theatre, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Cost: $18, $22 at the door.

Featuring new works by Baja California’s premiere dance company Lux Boreal, Florida/San Diego artist Erin Tracy and Patricia Rincon Dance Collective’s Natalia Valerdi. These artists are crossing boundaries in their work and blurring the lines between art forms with quality and daring inventiveness.

• Palm, Cycad, Bamboo and Tropical Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission/membership.

This one-of-a-kind event features rare and exotic species of palms, cycads and other tropical plants provided by exceptional Southern California Nurseries.

• Summer Watercolor Journal with Barbara Roth, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 23, 30, June 6, 13, San Marcos area. Cost: $100. Reserve to or 760-942-3636.

Learn simple watercolor, drawing and shorthand journal writing skills to be more in touch with your summer’s sights, smells, inspirations and memories.

• Deep Pit BBQ, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Cost: $20, $15, $7, or $25 at the door. Tickets/info: 760-632-9711.

Celebrate the 27th annual event with delicious deep pit BBQ plus side dishes, silent auction, bake sale, animal exhibit, a huge new kids’ area with crafts and games, live music and more. The Teten House will be open for tours.

• Passport To Cuba: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 760-633-2746.

Celebrate and experience Cuban culture with music by Jaime Valle & Equinox, artwork by Silfredo La O Vigo, dance by Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Co, travelogues by Jeffrey Brosby and Naomi Nussbaum, sample savory and sweet Cuban delicacies and check out ’50s classic cars!

• Families Making History Together: Peanut Butter Bird Feeders. Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.

Calling all bird lovers! This month, create popsicle stick bird feeders and help keep our feathered friends fed and happy. Teaching children to appreciate all the wildlife San Dieguito has to offer, while having a blast getting our hands dirty too.

• La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets: $9, $7. Call 760-436-SHOW (7469).

“Woman in Gold,” Friday Midnight Movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

• JFS Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Activities free, lunch: $7. Reserve for lunch by noon Monday, May 25, to 858-674-1123.

Seniors 60-plus, choose from several different activities: 10 a.m., Flexibility and Fitness Yoga with Danyll; 11 a.m., Elder Law and Advocacy with Karen Shumacher — everything you always wanted to know about wills, trusts and estates; noon, a healthy lunch is served; at 1 p.m. see the film “Blended.”

• Tuesday Movie, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

County libraries can’t publicize titles of free screenings; for info, call 760-753-7376, ext. 03.

• Wednesdays@Noon: Beth Folsom, violin, Fontaine Laing, piano, noon Wednesday, May 27, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit, call 760-633-2746.

Folsom is a gifted violinist who has performed with music legends from Placido Domingo to Yanni, and is a member of the Hutchins Consort. Laing is a highly accomplished chamber musician and collaborative pianist. They will perform music by Brahms, Kreisler and Vivaldi.