Events in and around Encinitas


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Music Matters: Raising funds for Innovations Center Encinitas’ music program

Encinitas Lifeguard Lieutenant Paul Chapman and Second Cousins’ guitarist Dillon Casey team up for a finger style guitar concert to benefit the music program of Innovation Center Encinitas at the Encinitas Library on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Innovations Center Encinitas’ Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Ruthless Hippies Promotions have organized a fun evening of beautiful and technically demanding “finger style” acoustic guitar playing by Dillon Casey and Paul Chapman. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Encinitas Library with its gorgeous ocean view.

Dillon Casey is guitarist for local folk standouts Second Cousins and the ever-funky In Motion Collective. He will play rich instrumental folk guitar melodies inspired by the likes of John Fahey. Paul Chapman is a lifeguard Lieutenant for the City of Encinitas whose child attends ICE. A lifelong musician, Chapman will be playing and singing many recognizable tunes from the classic rock canon, as well as highly technical instrumental guitar pieces by the likes of Tommy Immanuel and Doc Watson.

This concert is open to the public for all ages. There will be terrific silent auction items, including Belly Up, Coors Arena and Disneyland tickets, gift cards to local restaurants, craft beer gift baskets and one of a kind art pieces by ICE students. Food will be served and beer will be available for those who are 21 and up. The proceeds of the evening will benefit Innovations Center Encinitas’ music program. ICE is a Julian Charter School for K-5th graders.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets here:

Public meeting for Encinitas parks, beaches, trails and open space master plan to be held Feb. 24

Your input matters! The City of Encinitas is conducting a Parks, Beaches, Trails and Open Space Master Plan, and wants to hear from all community residents, business owners, sports groups, and any other interested parties. This project will help guide the City in current and future parks, beaches, trails and open space provisions to determine how the current systems effectively serve the community. The Open Public Forum will be held at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The City has hired a nationally-known parks and recreation management consulting firm, GreenPlay, LLC, whose home office is in Louisville, Colo., to oversee this process. Any questions regarding the Parks, Beaches, Trails and Open Space Master Plan or the Public Meeting can be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department at 760-633-2740 or Information can be found at

Learn health tips from experts at ‘Wine, Women and Hormones’ event Jan. 28

Tired? Gaining weight? Mood swings? It’s not you, it’s your hormones! If you want more energy, want to lose a few pounds, increase your sex drive, and gain emotional control, then join experts Dr. Amanda Ward, ND and Chris Givant RPh to learn how.

The event provides an amazing “girls night out” escape where you will learn about the benefits of bio-identical hormones that can help you live healthy, better longer. The team of experts will show you the way. Bring a friend, and make it fun. Escape for a night that can improve your quality of life.

“Wine, Women and Hormones” will be presented on Jan. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vohg Hair 90 North Coast Highway 101, Suite 206 Encinitas. Wine, snacks, prizes and laughs are all included, and you can RSVP at or by calling 858-354-4050.

Join the Commission For The Arts

The City is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Commission for the Arts. Applicants must be residents of Encinitas. The commission provides recommendations to the City Council on arts-related issues and carries out projects and programs in the visual and performing arts.

Deadline to apply, Jan. 28.

Beginning-Advanced Guitar Class with Peter Pupping

Improve chord vocabulary, music reading, scales, improvisation, and technique. Jam with other guitarists in various ensembles. All styles welcome.

Mondays, Now-March 7, 7-9 p.m. Ranch View Baptist Church, 416 Rancho Santa Fe Road. $225. For more information, call 760-943-0755.

Music by the Sea: SAKURA

Rising stars from the studio of Ralph Kirshbaum, SAKURA cello ensemble is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members, with each cellist taking solo roles in turn. Their repertoire spans eight centuries, they will perform Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro overture, Debussy’s Four Preludes, Renaissance music by Dowland, Farmer and Gesualdo, and Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy.

Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $13. Purchase at the door.

Wellness Week

A week-long program of events and special offers designed to engage the public in learning about and experiencing ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Participating organizations offer free exams, consultations, classes, workshops, and discounts. Saturday-Saturday, Jan. 23-30. Various locations in downtown Encinitas. Free. For a complete schedule and more information, visit

Wellness Week Festival. The opening day features dozens of exhibitors offering free product demos/samples, health screenings, mini-treatments and educational workshops, plus food vendors and a variety of kids’ activities. Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. I

Happily Ever After Dog Adoption and Pet Faire

Looking for the perfect pet? Rancho Coastal Humane Society will match shelter dogs with their forever homes. Bring your doggie along to find his/her new best friend. Pet merchandise vendors, samples and giveaways, raffle, food vendors, kids’ no-sew pet bed craft and more.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 12-3pm. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Wings Over Wetlands Family Discovery Days

Celebrate the arrival of feathered friends during the winter bird migration. Kids can meet live birds in presentations and enjoy bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities. Families can enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common species.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24, 1-4 p.m. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave. Free.

Performing Arts Workshop: Teens/Young Adults with Autism

The workshop series includes instruction in improvisational theatre, dance and group singing, valuable life skills to those with autism. Volunteers serve as peer mentors and participate as equals with the group. (Positive Action Community Theatre)

Saturdays, Jan. 23-Mar. 19, 2:30-5 p.m. Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101, $20 per session (scholarships available). To register, visit

Saturdays, Jan. 23-Mar. 19, 2:30-5pm. Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 101, $20 per session (scholarships available) Info Register

Food Forest Festival

Pick up a shovel and plant some trees. Plant an edible forest in the heart of Encinitas in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees, and create lasting community connections. Participants should be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coastal Roots Farm, 450 Quail Gardens Dr. Free. Register at

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: The Martian; Room; Spotlight; Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

Circus Darius to perform at Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill Jan. 30

Darius Degher’s bar band, Circus Darius, will be making a rare local appearance at Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill in Encinitas on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 3:30-7 p.m.

For this show, the group will feature Darius on vocals, guitar, and mouth harp; Gary Johnson on drums; Mark Windrum on bass; and surprise guests. Expect to hear songs plucked from Darius’ extensive oeuvre as well as gems from the great American song bag of blues, country, folk, rock and roll, and reggae.

Darius released his sixth CD Eleven Story Strum last May. In the 1990s the San Diego Union Tribune said Darius’ song lyrics were “so wondrous, so vital, that they should be scripted on parchment, bound in fine leather and handed out.” His 2012 CD The Coyote Cantos was nominated for a San Diego Music Award. Once called “L.A.’s poet laureate” by the Los Angeles Reader, Darius’ songs are lyric-centered and unique. He also played sitar on the late Warren Zevon’s Sentimental Hygiene album.

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Mr. Peabody’s is located at 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, 92024. Call (760) 753-7192.

‘Hearts for Hope’ 5K Run/Walk to be held Feb. 6 in Carlsbad

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (“MTF”) recently announced that its annual “Hearts for Hope” 5K Run/Walk will take place on Feb. 6 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad.

The 5K race course will bring runners outside the park, while the chip-timing offers runners a precise measurement of their time.

“We had a great response on the new course we developed from the runners,” noted MTF CEO/Co-Founder, Brad Thorp. “So we are glad to bring it back. Our runners really enjoyed the challenge.”

The walk course remains the main component of the event, which supports families and children in their greatest time of need.

“Our walkers and their families will enjoy the loop through Poinsettia Park at their own pace,” added MTF Co-Founder Beth Thorp. “Whether you are running or walking, you will have a wonderful experience while supporting a great cause.”

With food, music, health/wellness vendors, and entertainment producing the usual fun atmosphere during and after the race, MTF also made changes to enhance the overall family experience. New features, such as the Kid Ventures Timed Obstacle Course, presented by The San Diego Gulls, will make the event even more fun for kids. This new activity includes great prizes from the San Diego Gulls, including tickets and special fan experiences.

In addition, three former U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, and current members of a parachute demonstration team, will jump into Thorp Field to highlight the opening ceremonies of the 5K Run/Walk.

The event is once again made possible by the support of sponsors, including Independent Financial Group, Caruso Affiliated, NRG, Datron and Avista Technologies. Information and online registration can be found at

About Mitchell Thorp Foundation

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) is a public 501(c)(3) organization, commemorating Mitchell’s shortened life of 18 years and his five-year heroic struggle against an undiagnosed illness. Mitchell’s strength and courage, along with the community’s support, collectively inspired the family to establish the MTF that supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resources to their desperate situation. In addition, MTF provides scholarships and awards to promising young athletes, like Mitchell, acknowledging their accomplishments in youth baseball and leadership skills.

The Nativity School to hold annual Open House/tours Jan. 25-29

On Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29, The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe will host Open House tours for preschool-eighth grade families from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Parents and students will be able to meet the school’s principal, Margaret Heveron, the friendly and inviting teachers, and explore the beautiful campus and classrooms to see firsthand teachers and students in action. The Nativity School provides three key features to each family: Small class sizes, stimulating curriculum enhanced by specialists, and a dedicated Catholic community.

The Nativity School is dedicated to providing a challenging educational environment, as well as developing the moral judgment and decision making skills nurtured in the school’s Catholic values. The school’s philosophy of education, based on the Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, is the foundation that cultivates the intellect of each student. This philosophy promotes the sound spiritual, social, emotional, and physical growth of its students.

The Nativity School uses Schoolwide Learning Expectations as a framework for establishing overall goals for student growth and achievement. The rich and challenging curriculum of the core subjects Religion, Language Arts, math, reading, science, and social studies, are enhanced with specialized curriculum in Spanish, technology, art, music, and physical education. Technology is available to all students in every classroom, and is infused into the curriculum to support and enhance the learning


The Nativity School opened its doors in September 1996 as an integral part of The Church of the Nativity. The addition of the school represented phase two of the master plan of the parish, and its commitment to serving the spiritual, academic, emotional and physical needs of Catholic families.

To learn more about The Nativity School, please come to one of the Open House Tours held daily on Jan. 25 – 29, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please call 858-756-6763 for more information, or visit

The Nativity School is located at 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.