What’s going on around Encinitas this weekend and beyond


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

• Basics of Oil Painting With Vicki Walsh: 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, April 2-June 18, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost: $450. Ages 18-plus;

Learn color theory with clear and concise instruction for handling oil paint and using color in an inspiring way. Participants will come away from this class with a thorough understanding of color and value, and a systematic approach to palette creation that will allow them to use color with skill and confidence, every time.

• First Thursdays: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Call 760-436-2320 or visit

Come downtown every first Thursday for unique events, activities and freebies at dozens of shops and restaurants. Enjoy free entertainment, food, drinks and special offers well into the evening.

• Film: “Inside the Garbage of the World,” 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Suggested donation at door: $10. Info: 760-753-5786;

A new, informative and educational documentary about ocean preservation and the environmental challenge of plastic pollution rising to dangerous levels and threatening life on Earth. Solutions-based panel and open forum discussion follow. Plus music by Tiamo and an art exhibit.

• Benefit Concert: Tolan Shaw. 7 p.m. food, 8 p.m. concert, Friday, April 3, at San Dieguito Academy Performing Arts Center, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Cost: $15, Tickets:

The award-winning San Diego singer-songwriter releases a new EP, “Chin Up,” to benefit his former high school’s music program. Tolan and his five-piece band, including other SDA alumni, will play an eclectic mixture of pop, rock, soul, and funk music. Opening act is SDA student Cordelia Degher.

• Families Making History Together: Woven Baskets; noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.

Early settlers didn’t have plastic bags to carry their vegetables, eggs or sewing, so they used woven baskets with handles made from reeds, slim tree branches or other natural materials that settlers found in the area. These baskets were useful in many ways, and we think that you’ll find your no-sew woven basket to be useful, too!

• Art Exhibit Reception, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free; 760-942-3636;

Enjoy refreshments and meet the Plein Air artists whose work is included in the “Capturing Reflections” exhibit, and Grace Swanson, Terry Oshrin and Bobbi Hirschkoff, whose work is on view in the “Gourds, Geckos and Glass” exhibit. All are members of the San Dieguito Art Guild.

• Spring Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Free. Call 760-633-2740.

Enjoy arts and crafts, prizes, jump houses, face painting and 22,000 eggs! Egg Hunt times: 2 and under, 10:15 a.m.; 3-year-olds, 10:45 a.m.; 4- to 5-year-olds, 11:15 a.m.; ages 6 and up, 11:45 a.m. Bring your own basket or bag for eggs. Limited parking; extra parking available at Scripps Hospital Encinitas lower parking lots, accessible off Devonshire Drive.

• Scurry, Slither & Slide Family Fun Day, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Free. Info:

Get an up-close look at reptiles as they wake up for spring time. Learn whether or not all snakes and lizards lay eggs, and make a fun reptile theme craft.

• Virtuosi Series: Russian Easter Concert; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: $25, $21 in advance or at the door. Call 858-207-6967.

Explore the music of Russia with celebrated San Diego violinist Annelle Gregory, virtuoso cellist Ruslan Biryukov and New York-based pianist Alexei Podkorytov. They will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Fantasy,” Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz Scherzo,” and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata and Trio No. 2.

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

“Still Alice,” “The Imitation Game,” Friday Midnight Movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”