Annual Tip Top Run slated next month
The annual Tip Top Run, a 5k/10k walk & run to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s Academy of Environmental Stewardship, takes off 8:30 a.m. March 12 and donations are sought to invite military members and their families to the event. Exhibitors with an educational message can participate in the free World Water Day event at the Discovery Center after the race. Both the walk and run start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person; $25 for ages 3-10; members receive a 10 percent discount. Vendor spaces for businesses are $100. Sponsors sought. Email [email protected]
The Flower Fields set to open Tuesday
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch featuring 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus are slated to open Tuesday March 1 at 5704 Paseo Del Norte. More than 70 million flowers are set to bloom over several months through mid May. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Admission is $10-$22. Seasons passes are $20-$46. Visit theflowerfields.com.
Rotary expands scholarships
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is expanding its scholarship opportunities this year for high school seniors in Carlsbad. All seniors who live in Carlsbad or attend a high school in Carlsbad are eligible. To raise the additional funds for this significant expansion, and because of Covid concerns about large events, the club is organizing a Scholarship Raffle. This raffle runs through March 30. Tickets are $20; six for $100. Tickets may be purchased from Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotarians and by mail to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Foundation, PO Box 130175, Carlsbad, CA 92013. Visit carlsbadhinoonrotary.org.
Tax help offered at senior center
AARP Foundation’s free Tax-Aide program is offered 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 14 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Volunteers help prepare income tax returns. Bring photo ID and required documents, along with a copy of last year’s tax return to the appointment. Schedule appointments at carlsbadconnect.org or (760) 602-4650.
Nature talk focuses on Grey Whales
Torrey Pines Docent Society’s monthly Nature Discovery Series features a free talk about Grey Whales by Jane Barger 3 p.m. Saturday March 5 for all ages. Meet in the pavilion area near the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve upper parking lot. Visit torreypine.org.
Church hosts movie, book discussion, suppers for Lent
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Del Mar hosts a series of five book discussions, virtual and in person 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting March 9 on, “The Room Where it Happens: A Lent Course for Groups or Individuals Based on the Musical Hamilton” by Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin. A soup supper is 6 p.m. A “Watch Party” of “Hamilton” is noon March 6, in the church’s Parish Hall, 334 14th St. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the previous 24 hours required at book discussions. Masks required. RSVP at (858) 755-1616 or email [email protected]; indicate whether you wish to contribute to the meal. Visit stpetersdelmar.net.
Library hosts free concert
The Friends of the Encinitas Library hosts a free concert featuring Robin Adler and the Mutts of the Planet 2 to 3 p.m. March 6 in the library’s Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive. Vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, guitarist Dave Blackburn lead their band in a show based around the music of Joni Mitchell. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org/new-events.
‘Concrete Alchemy’ art show at library
An art show, “Concrete Alchemy,” by international muralist Maxx Moses is on view through Monday Feb. 28 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The exhibit is said to capture the energy of New York City graffiti combined with colors shapes and forms inspired by ancient spiritual systems. Moses, who has painted large-scale murals across the globe, uses materials such as spray paint, acrylics, oils, collage, glitter and mirrored glass to get his point across. Visit encinitasca.gov/visualart.
Sculpture exhibit on pizza cutters
Don Henley’s exhibit, “The Alternative Slice,” runs through Monday Feb. 28 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The exhibit features an assemblage of hand-crafted sculptural pizza slicers that “are alleged to have belonged to historic and literary characters.” A reading list complements the display. Visit encinitasca.gov/visualart.
International Guitar Night at Arts Center
California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts International Guitar Night 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 2 in the theatre, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The show celebrates its 22nd year of touring the country, featuring acoustic rock sensation Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), progressive classical guitarist (Vietnam), Thu Le Slack Key master Jim Kimo West (Hawaii) and Latin Swing pioneer Lulo Reinhardt (Germany). COVID vaccination or negative test required. Tickets are $35-$45. Visit artcenter.org/event/international-guitar-night-5 or call (800) 988-4253.
Jane Monheit to sing at Arts Center
California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts vocalist Jane Monheit 7:30 p.m. Friday March 4 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The program features songs from her album, Come What May, and includes upbeat standards and fresh takes on well-loved ballads. COVID vaccination or negative test required. Tickets are $25-$55. Visit artcenter.org/event/jane-monheit-2 or call (800) 988-4253.
Call for Artists to join “Small but Mighty” show
The Escondido Art Association is calling artists for its March show, titled “Small but Mighty” at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave. Paintings cannot be larger than 14″ x 18″ or a total of 252 square inches (framed or unframed). Entry fees for members are $20 1st entry; $5 each for 2nd and 3rd; non-members $30/$5. Take-in of art will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the gallery. A free reception is 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 12 with award ceremony 6 p.m. at the gallery. An art demo by Richard Stergulz will be 2 to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Fusion Restaurant, 201 E. Grand Ave. Free to members; ‘nominal’ fee to guests. The gallery will also holding the “The Senior High School Scholarship” show. Visit escondidoartassociation.com.
Reverse mortgages subject of talk
The Escondido Adult School hosts a free class on “The pros and cons of getting a reverse mortgage” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday March 4 at 220 W. Crest St. in Room 111. Reverse mortgage programs will be described along with their benefits and pitfalls. Masks required if not vaccinated. Register at (760) 737-8000. Visit escondidoadultschool.org.
Kuumba Fest in-person and virtual
The 30th Annual San Diego Kuumba Fest hosted by the San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Urban Warriors Inc. and African American Advisory Council of San Diego REP will take place both in person and virtually through Feb. 27 at the San Diego Repertory. The event is curated by festival Artistic Director Dajahn Blevins. For the schedule, visit sdrep.org/kuumba,
Upcoming blood drives
In response to blood bank shortages, the San Diego Blood Bank will hold the blood drives at the bloodmobile in the following parking lots:
Eppig Brewing noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 4 at 1347 Keystone Way, Vista.
Fallbrook High School 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 8 at 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook. Bus parked in front of school by the Marquee.
Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Support group for widows/widowers to hold social events
The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, which fosters friendships through various social activities, will hold these events:
March 4 and 18: Fish Dinner, San Rafael Church, Rancho Bernardo.
March 8: Lunch, The Shop, Rancho Bernardo.
March 10: Walk Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad.
March 15: Dinner, Miguel’s Cocina, 4S Ranch.
March 21: Dinner, Cheesecake Factory, Carlsbad.
March 23 Outing San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas.
March 25: Fish Dinner, St. Thomas More Church, Oceanside.
March 30: Lunch, PF Chang’s, Carlsbad.
Reservations are required at (760) 696-3502.
Women Warriors holds movie screening
The San Diego-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors hosts a free screening of the documentary Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots via Zoom 6:30 p.m. Wednesday March2. The two hour documentary highlights the heroic sacrifices of women that served in the American military. Executive producer is Ron Howard. Register at foundationforwomenwarriors.org/event/unsung-heroes-special-screening/
Free marriage conference
Grace Church hosts its XO Marriage Conference (live/simulcast hybrid), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the church, 1602 S. El Camino Real. Childcare is available for ages 0-grade 5 for a small fee. Light dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday will be provided. Registration is required by Feb. 27. Visit gracesd.tv/xo.
Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarships offered
Applications for the 2022 City of Oceanside Martin Luther King, Jr. College Scholarship Program are at the Oceanside Public Library, local high schools and the City website. Graduating high school seniors who live in Oceanside and will attend college after graduation can apply. The deadline for application submissions is April 13. Recipients will be introduced to donors at the annual scholarship garden reception in May. Call (760) 435-5042 or email [email protected]
Miss Oceanside applicants sought
Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Miss Oceanside Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Oceanside Sea Lions Club. The pageant will be on June 4, at the Star Theater in Oceanside. Single girls, between the ages of 13-24 living in Oceanside are eligible to enter. The winners become goodwill ambassadors for the City of Oceanside, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the Oceanside Lions Club and appear at various events throughout the city gaining community service hours. Net proceeds from the pageant go to scholarships for the winners and local charities. An orientation meeting will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 21 at the Mission Branch Library, 3861 Mission Ave. Email [email protected]
Library book club on social justice meets Wednesday
A new in-person and online adult book club covering social justice topics is 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861-B Mission Ave. The club explores social justice issues through literature and nonfiction. At the next meeting this Wednesday March 2, the club will discuss ‘All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks. Register at bit.ly/osidesignup.
Theater stages musical mystery comedy
Ovation Theatre stages the musical mystery comedy “Curtains” Friday through March 6 at the Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway. The musical mystery comedy parodies many whodunnit classics and is set in Boston in 1959. In the comedy, the leading lady of a new musical mysteriously dies on stage during opening night leaving the entire cast and crew as suspects. Tickets are $25 at ovationtheatre.org/curtains. Call (760) 487-8568.
Food drive to benefit Salvation Army
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road, hosts a drive-thru food drop off 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5 benefiting the Salvation Army in Escondido. Suggested Donations include canned vegetables, fruit, soup, chili, pasta & sauces, peanut butter & jelly, cereal & oatmeal, sweet & salty snacks. Checks can be made out to Salvation Army. Visit escondido.salvationarmy.org.
Parkinson’s Support Group meets March 7
The Inland North County Parkinson’s Support Group for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners meets 10 a.m.to noon March 7 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, in the Parish Hall. The featured speaker is Jon Schwartz who will discuss, “Finding Caregivers & Residences.” Discussion sessions will follow the presentation. Call (760) 749-8234 or (760) 518-1963.
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Concordia Choir to perform Tuesday at church
The acclaimed Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Minnesota is slated to perform 7 p.m. Tuesday March1 at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The 69-voice choir directed by Dr. Michael Culloton will play music ranging from J. S. Bach to familiar hymn arrangements. Masks are required for all performers, staff and audience members. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID or a negative Covid 19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. Tickets are $25; $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at ConcordiaTickets.com.
Model A Ford club to hold meeting
The Palomar Model A Ford Club will hold its monthly membership meeting to discuss upcoming tours and technical advice 7 p.m. Wednesday March 5th at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments and socializing will follow the program. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month except in December; local day tours are typically scheduled for the Saturday following the meeting, departing from the clubhouse. All Model A owners and enthusiasts are welcome along with moderns. Email [email protected], call (619)425-3241 or visit palomarmodelaclub.org.
‘Baroque and Blue’ performance set for Thursday
California State University San Marcos’ Arts And Lectures Program will host an in-person event, “Camarada presents Baroque and Blue” noon Thursday March 3 in Arts Building 111 at 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd. The event will feature flutist Beth Ross Buckley, CSUSM faculty pianist Dana Burnett, percussionist Duncan Moore, and CSUSM faculty bassist Mackenzie Leighton performing baroque, jazz, contemporary and electronic. Tickets are $10; $5 for faculty/staff/alumni and free for CSUSM students at eventbrite.com/e/camarada-presents-baroque-and-blue-tickets-251535879587.
Benefit performance features Richard Lederer’s Dr. Grammar Guy
North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Richard Lederer’s Dr. Grammar Guy 7:30 p.m. March 7 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. During his performance, Richard Lederer, known as San Diego Union Tribune history quizmaster and language columnist, will illuminate essential grammar, usage, and punctuation, will auction off his services to benefit the North Coast Rep. The auction items include Lederer on Language and Poker 101 instruction. His books and CDs will be available. Tickets are $25. Call (858) 481-1055 or visit northcoastrep.org.
Soroptimists host anti-human trafficking meeting
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, March 3rd, at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave. The topic of the free event will be the new Family Justice Center, “One Safe Place” set to open in San Marcos in April. A video preview of the facility will be shown with discussion afterwards. Coffee and pastries served. Email [email protected] or visit soroptimistvista.org/ending-violence-against-women-and-girls.
Garden Club gives demonstration Friday
Demonstration of two floral design types, angular design and featured plant material design, plus flower show competition tips will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Friday March 4 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The speaker is Barbara Weiler, a National Garden Clubs Flower Show judge and floral designer. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., horticulture report at 1:15 p.m. and program 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Email [email protected]
Redistricting meeting Wednesday
Vista Irrigation District board of directors will hold a public hearing 9 a.m. Wednesday March 2 to discuss proposed adjustments to division boundaries as part of the decennial redistricting process. Community members are invited to attend and provide input on the proposed boundary division map. The redistricting process is required to be completed by April 17. Visit vidwater.org/notice-of-public-hearing.
Church holds drive-thru Ash Wednesday event
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 651 Eucalyptus Ave., will host “Ashes to Go” for the third year 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. Participants can drive through the parking lot of the church to receive ashes and a blessing from Father Kirby. At 6:30 p.m., the church will host a traditional Ash Wednesday service in the church. All are welcome to attend the free event. Visit allsaintsvista.org.
AARP Tax Aides are back
The AARP Tax Aides are back at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, and will be in the second building, behind the main building through April 14. Tax Aides will be available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; appointments start at 9 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome and will be assisted when time allows. To make an appointment, call (760) 643-5290.
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