Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


Check out the city’s newsletter for more info.

Encinitas Arts Festival

Your Passport to World Music with dance and music performances on two stages. Featuring Omo Ache Afro-Cuban, Korean Classical Music and Dance, Arpana Indian Dance, Samahan Filipino and Viver Brasil. Six rock bands perform in the Battle of the Bands. Plus an artist expo, artist demos, art-making workshops, student art exhibit and food trucks. Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine.

Sunday, March 13, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive. Free. 760-633-2746.

San Dieguito Academy presents ‘Kindertransport’

The San Dieguito Academy Drama Production class will present “Kindertransport” by Diane Samuels on March 17, 18, and 19.

The Kindertransport was a British rescue mission at the beginning of WWII in which over 10,000 Jewish children were relocated to British foster homes to escape from Nazi Germany. The show follows nine-year-old Eva’s journey as she arrives in London, speaking no English, and is taken under the wing of her new foster mother, Lil Miller. Kindertransport depicts the agonizing consequences that come with separating a child from her parents and the sacrifices made by its courageous characters.

All proceeds from SDA’s production of Kindertransport will benefit Casa de Amparo. Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,030 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 900 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential Services, Counseling Services, Family Visitation, Hayward Child Development Center, New Directions, and Young Parent Network. Casa de Amparo is also the San Diego Chargers Courage House, part of a national network of NFL teams and local charities dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.

All shows start at 7 p.m. at the Clayton E. Liggett Theater on the San Dieguito Academy Campus, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults and are available online at

Public invited to attend 2016 State of the City Address

The public is invited to join the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Encinitas at the State of the City Address on Tuesday, March 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Encinitas Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive).

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and a no host bar. Attendees will have this time to socialize and network. At 7 p.m. there will be presentations by various representatives from the Encinitas Community, followed by an update by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and culminating with the keynote speech from Mayor Kristin Gaspar.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber at 760-753-6041. Early ticket purchase is encouraged to secure a seat at this yearly sold out event.

CabaretCaccia presents ‘Songs for the Cabaret’

CabaretCaccia presents “Songs for the Cabaret” March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Encinitas Public Library. These entertaining songs written by famous classical composers in the spirit of the cabaret are represented by Benjamin Britten, Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schoenberg, and William Bolcom. Celebrated singers Priti Gandhi, soprano, Walter DuMelle, bass, Zen Wu, soprano, and Michael Blinco, baritone, will be partnered with distinctive pianists Ines Irawati, Lawrence Lee, Brendan Nyugen, and Bryan Verhoye.

CabaretCaccia is dedicated to the performance of the solo voice repertoire of any historical era, style, or ethnicity. Performances take place in a theatrical setting with table seating, candlelight, complimentary wine and chocolates. Tickets are sold at the door: $25 general/$20 student, cash or credit card.

The Encinitas Public Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.


Cottonwood Creek Habitat Restoration to be held March 12

Cottonwood Creek Conservancy will hold a native habitat restoration event Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (late arrivals OK).

Meet at the trail entrance near the southeast corner of B St. (extension of Encinitas Blvd. west of Coast Highway 101) and Third St., 2 blocks west of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. It’s just up from the pump station on that corner. Parking is on the street or in the big Moonlight Beach parking lot at the top of the hill at Third and C Streets.

Activities will include native plant maintenance, invasive plant removal, and an interpretive tour. Tools, water, and oranges will be provided. For more information contact Brad Roth, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy, 760-436-2632;

Pianist’s March 11 concert to feature ‘Swedish Soul inwords and music’

Pianist Roberta Swedien will perform Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library.

A glimpse into the landscape of the Swedish Soul in words and music. Swedien will perform Rangström’s Mälarlegender, Peterson-Berger’s Frösöblomster, the modern Sonatin by Milveden and jazz from Dalarna by Lindberg. Concluding with a medley: “The Swedish Flag,” Sverige, Ack Värmeland and Du gamla, du fria.

Encinitas Library: 540 Cornish Drive. $20, at the door.

Guys and Dolls

Ovation Theatre (formally North County School of the Arts) will present the smash Broadway hit, considered by critics to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls involves the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager.

Fri., Sat., Sun., March 11-13 and 18-20, 7 p.m., 2 p.m, Avo Playhouse, 303 Main Street, Vista. $18, $13. Visit

Cardiff Library 102nd Anniversary Celebration

The festivities include half-price off all materials and books, including collectibles and media in the Book Nook used bookstore, and birthday cake.

Saturday March 12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Free. 760-753-4027.

Family Concert: The Hutchins Consort

A program of music centered around the great composer J.S. Bach.

Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

Families Make History: Musical Instruments

Early pioneers and settlers didn’t have much to work with, so they may have made their own musical instruments out of materials found at home. This month, kids will learn how to make a harmonica, banjo and maracas. For ages 4 and up.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Opening Reception: Hooshang Yashar

His love of nature is a source of great inspiration. Landscapes, woodlands, meadows, seascapes and shorelines are seen at various times of the day and in different seasons, taking on a range of physical attributes. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday, March 12, 1-4 p.m. Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free.

L101 After Hours Session: Cindy Lee Berryhill andDarius Degher

Two of the area’s most uncompromising and original singer-songwriters. Since the 1980s, both have been making eclectic, critically lauded records. They have defied easy categorization, inhabiting the traditions of both rock and folk. Light refreshments provided. (Ruthless Hippies, Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association)

Saturday, March 12, 7-9:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10, $12 at door, $11 senior/student/military.

Engage Encinitas: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Self-Realization Fellowship

A guided tour of the iconic Encinitas landmark including the Hermitage, where founder Paramahansa Yoganada lived for many years. Stroll through the beautiful and serene gardens high above the Pacific Ocean.

Sunday, March 13, 2-3:30 p.m. Self-Realization Fellowship, K Street Entrance. Free.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: Spotlight, The Big Short, Son of Saul, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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

Encinitas Historical Society to hold walking tour

The Encinitas Historical Society will host a free docent-led walking tour of the Encinitas Historical District on Saturday, March 19. Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse at 10 a.m., 390 W. F Street. During the tour visitors will learn how Encinitas’ population doubled in the late 1880s and find out why the city did not have water until the 1920s. They will walk in the footsteps of movie stars of the Classical Hollywood cinema era who visited and lived in Encinitas. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to take a picture of the most photographed buildings in Encinitas. The tour finishes around noon. For more information, call docent Barbara Vilardo at (661) 992-5740.

CCA to present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Canyon Crest Academy will present “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison March 10, 11, 17, 18, 19. Show times are at 7 p.m. except March 17, which will be 4:30 p.m. and March 19, which will be 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a story within a story, a homage to early American jazz! The story centers on a forlorn musical theatre fan. Playing the record of his favorite musical, the show springs to life as he guides us through this delightful story. Envision Theatre Arts Coordinator, Jeannine Marquie brings her passion and energy as director/producer of The Drowsy Chaperone.

CCA is located at 5951 Village Center Loop Dr., San Diego, 92130. Tickets for sale at

Brandeis National Committee to host concert

The San Dieguito Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will host a concert, Heritage of Music – Berlin to Hamlisch, and a traditional English tea, Thursday, March 31, at 12:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. The program of show tunes and popular songs by Jewish songwriters will be performed by Rabbi/Cantor Gabi Arad and Jennifer Walsey, a professional singer in musical theater and opera; they will be accompanied by Gayle Simon.

A full, traditional English tea will follow. The event, costing $50 or $65, will benefit the BNC Scholarship Campaign, whose goal is to raise $1 million for scholarships within two years for Brandeis University students. Reservations should be made by March 25. For more information, please call 858-487-1422.

Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club to hold luncheon

North San Diego County Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club will hold a meeting and luncheon Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. in Del Mar.

For more information, call 588-755-7564.

Lux Art Institute to hold new artist exhibit

Lux Art Institute recently announced the exhibition of Margaret Griffith, the fourth of five resident artists at Lux during the 2015–2016 season. Griffith begins with photographs of gates that she transforms into flowing, organic sculptures. The twisting and billowing pieces, made from waterjet cut aluminum and hand cut paper, are installed along the wall, suspended from the ceiling, and piled on the floor.

The result is one of visual and conceptual floating, as a previously rigid and recognizable architectural detail becomes abstract in form and function. In deconstructing and reconstructing a tangible object of residential living, Griffith both reexamines the function of the gate and explores its metaphorical role in creating divisions and boundaries in modern American society.

Griffith will reside at Lux March 22–April 23, and the exhibit will run March 26–May 28, 2016.

Lux Art Institute is located at1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024. Visit

SD River Valley Conservancy presents Wax & Wine event

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is planning a 30th anniversary event, Wax & Wine, in partnership with the Knorr Candle Factory. The event is at the factory on Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. Knorr is located at 14906 Via de la Valle in Del Mar.

Guests will savor gourmet bites from Jeremy’s on the Hill (located at the headwaters of the San Dieguito River in Wynola), Urban Kitchen Catering (featuring cuisine from Del Mar’s Cucina Enoteca), and Gaglione Brothers from Encinitas. Each of these purveyors chose two wines to pair with their dishes for guests to enjoy.

Popular guitarist Bill Fleming will serenade guests as they stroll among the lush gardens of Knorr. Artisan David will show guests how to make their own beeswax candle to take home. Knorr is offering 15 percent off any Knorr Beeswax purchase at the Knorr Candle Shop.

Tickets are $50 and must be purchased online in advance at

Tickets are not available at the door. There will be plenty of on-site parking.

Knorr Candle Factory:

‘Living and Trekking in Nepal’ presentation

Friday, March 18, 1-2:30 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, room 201. Free.

“Living and Trekking in Nepal”

Longtime Leucadia resident Ron Ranson has been an advocate for Nepal since he was a high school and college-level teacher in the Himalayan kingdom during the mid- 1960s. Ranson will present an overview of living in such a remote location and take attendees on a couple of treks in this spectacular country. Ranson taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego for 24 years and now, in retirement, has returned to filmmaking. He will show a segment from his latest film, “Prayer Flags of Nepal,” shot on location.

Weidner’s Gardens to hold Herb and Vegetables Festival

“Garden to Table” is the theme of Weidner’s Gardens Herb and Vegetables Festival March 19 and 20.

Mia McCarville, formerly Cedros Gardens will be the celebrity speaker. Weidner’s Gardens has been helping people garden successfully for over 45 years.

Weidner’s Gardens is located at 695 Normandy Rd., Encinitas, 92024. For more on the event, visit

Women’s Health Symposium on Ovarian Cancer and Heart Health

The public is invited to attend a complimentary Women’s Health Symposium that will provide valuable insight on ovarian cancer and heart health. The event takes place on March 19, starting at 9:45 a.m, at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego. A light lunch will be served.

The event begins with a “Stretch for Health.” Attendees interested in participating should dress in active wear and bring a floor mat.

At 10:30 a.m., the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego will offer a presentation on the symptoms and risk factors of this disease. It will include inspirational stories from ovarian cancer survivors.

Following, Dr. Aristotelis Laliotis of Sharp HealthCare Department of Internal Medicine, will discuss hypertension and symptoms of an acute cardiac event in women.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP by March 16 to 858-405-8592 or

Union Cowork space opens in Encinitas

Union Cowork, a community developer of office space for small businesses and entrepreneurs, announced that it has opened its newest location in downtown Encinitas at 1010 South Coast Highway. The space at 1010 South Coast Highway is housed within the confines of an historic brick building, next to Swami’s Beach. It is the first of two spaces the company plans to open in the coming year in Encinitas.

Jamie Miller, founder and CEO of the company explained “We are passionate about helping people, and business, succeed. Our spaces are designed specifically to be environments for people to thrive in. As a resident of Encinitas, it is important to me to develop and build space that are sensitive to the local community.”

For more information, please contact Lindsey Kneeland by calling 760-537-4670, or e-mail Lindsey at