Genealogy buffs meet virtually
The Legacy Users Class, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will meet virtually 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 25. Free; email [email protected]
DeMaio to speak at Republican women’s group
The Carlsbad Republican Women meets 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Holiday Inn, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, with keynote speaker, Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform CA and host of The DeMaio Report on AM-600 KOGO. DeMaio will give a presentation titled, “The 2022 California Elections – How Conservatives Can Organize to Win.” Program begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $32. RSVP required by noon Friday Jan 21 at CarlsbadRepublicans.com; no payment at the door. For questions, call (760) 707-7777 or email [email protected]
Gun owners group meets Wednesday
San Diego County Gun Owners will host its North County meeting 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Gunther Guns, 2717 Loker Ave. Topics include updates on the group’s education and advocacy efforts, gun safety classes and new gun laws. Free; open to the public. Visit sandiegocountygunowners.com.
Jurassic Quest back at the Fairgrounds next weekend
Jurassic Quest featuring life-like dinosaurs will be back Friday to Sunday Jan. 21-23 in O’Brien and Bing Crosby Halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The interactive dinosaur event features dozens of true-to-life size dinosaurs recreated with scales or skin with help from palentologists. Highlights include walking dinosaur and baby dinosaur shows and dinosaur-themed play land along with face paiting and crafts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Jurassic Quest is a limited capacity, timed event as part of its covid safety measures, so attendees must come during their selected arrival time. Tickets are $19-$36. Visit jurassicquest.com/events/san-diego-ca.
Borisevich Duo performs at library
The Borisevich Duo will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday Jan. 21 at the Encinitas Library as part of the Music by the Sea series. The duo features Nikita Borisevich on the violin and Margarita Loukachkina on the piano. The duo has won international music competitions and performed across the US and Europe, including at the Kennedy Center, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Shriver Hall, and Manuel de Falla Auditorium. Tickets are $20. Visit tix.com/ticket-sales/MusicByTheSea/4736?subCategoryIdList=198.
Purse Bingo fundraiser helps three local charities
Encinitas Coastal Rotary hosts a Purse Bingo fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 to benefit three local women’s charities, Shades of Pink Foundation California; North County Lifeline and Carol’s House, emergency shelter for domestic violence victims. The event is at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Participants play to win designer purses and support breast cancer patients and survivors and domestic violence victims. Tickets are $65. Visit encinitascoastalrotary.org.
Animal shelter’s program helps senior pet owners in need
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society offers a “Veterinary Care Assistance Program for Seniors” that provides financial assistance, resources and support to senior pet parents (60 years and older) facing economic hardship in providing veterinary care for their pets. Applicants must be on a fixed or limited income. Financial documentation and a written estimate and treatment plan from an accredited San Diego County veterinarian is required. To participate or make a donation, visit rchumanesociety.org.
or email [email protected]
Assistance League thrift store seeks donations
The nonprofit Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito seeks donations of clean clothing, decorator items, art and jewelry at its volunteer-run thrift shop,1542 Encinitas Blvd. Monday-Saturday from 11-2. Proceeds support philanthropic outreach assistance programs in North County. 760-634-1091. Visit alrsd.org.
Exhibit opens featuring fiber arts
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum opens an exhibit featuring artwork of the regional fiber arts group, titled “California Fibers in Surface, Substance, Structure: Selections from California Fibers.”The exhibit runs through March 6. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Tickets are $12; $6 for seniors and students. Visit artcenter.org.
Submarine veterans meet Saturday
The United States Submarine Service Inc. Scamp Base meets 10 a.m. Saturday Jan 22 at Charlies Family Restaurant, 210 North Ivy St. The veterans group is open to submarine crew who have qualified to wear the warfare specialty pin, the dolphins (Silver or Gold). Others can apply to become associate members. Visit ussvi.org.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” opens at Patio Playhouse
Performances of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical with text by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, opened on Friday Jan. 14 and will run 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 6 at Patio Playhouse Theater, 116 S. Kalmia. The production is directed by Juztine Tuazon, produced by Tim Arends and Matt FitzGerald. Music Direction by Jerrica Ignacio and choreography by Audrey Ward. Attendees should review Patio Playhouse’s COVID-19 policy before purchasing tickets. Tickets are $20; $18 for seniors, military, and students and $12 for youths 16 and under. Group rates available. Reserve at patioplayhouse.com or (760) 746-6669.
Library offers PJ Storytime
The Escondido Public Library offers PJ Storytime 6 to 6:30 p.m. TuesdayJan. 18, for ages 5-12 in the library’s Turrentine Room, 239 S Kalmia St. Participants can wear their PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal Visit library.escondido.org.
Escondido Democratic Club meets
The Escondido Democratic Club meets 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Annual dues are $25; $10 for students and $35 for family membership. Visit https://esco-dems.square.site.
Hospice offers support group for caregivers
The Elizabeth Hospice offers a support group for family and friend caregivers to meet with others in a similar situation, learn caregiving tips and reduce isolation. The group meets 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays via Zoom. The next meeting is Jan. 18. An email address and a device with a camera interface are required. To enroll, call (760) 737-2054.
Volunteers sought to help seniors with tax returns
The Senior Service Council Escondido, 728 N. Broadway, is looking for volunteers to help elderly and low-income Escondido residents with their tax returns. The council will provide training for volunteers. Call (760) 480-0611.
Blood drives this week
In response to blood bank shortages, the San Diego Blood Bank will hold the following blood drive:
Saint John’s Catholic Church 1 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday January 19, January 20, January 21,in the parking lot at1001 Encinitas Blvd.
Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Families Needed for Type 1 Diabetes Study
Families who have adolescent children with Type 1 Diabetes are being sought for a study by Sharon Hamill, Ph.D. and her graduate student, Jessica Preciado from the Psychology Department at California State University San Marcos. This study is designed to explore Type 1 diabetes in adolescents aged 13-18 and how families manage the disease. Participants will complete a brief online survey at their convenience. Eligible participants who complete the survey receive $5 (maximum of $15 per family). Study results will be made available upon request. For information on volunteering, visit: https://preci012.wixsite.com/my-site or email the researcher, Jessica Preciado, at [email protected]
Tech program seeks volunteer trainers
San Diego Oasis is bridging the technology gap for seniors through its Digital Divide Program by providing tablets and training sessions for older adults to boost tech skills and reduce social isolation. At no cost, San Diego Oasis provides a Samsung tablet, Internet for 12 months and training for eligible seniors. Oasis is looking for tech-savvy volunteers to train older adults to use their devices, which are given through various community organizations. To volunteer, call Jolyn Parker at (858) 353-0439.
MLK Community Prayer Breakfast Monday
The MLK Community Prayer Breakfast is 9 a.m. Monday Jan.17 at the Oceanside El Corazon Senior Center. The Breakfast is hosted annually by the North San Diego County NAACP, in partnership with the City of Oceanside. People can attend in person or via zoom. Tickets are $20 to $500 (table of 10) at eventbrite.com/e/2022-mlk-prayer-breakfast-tickets-224382864187.
Pewless church offers family tables
As part of its covid response, the North Coast United Methodist Church offers family tables for children to do crafts during services along with individual chairs and outside patio seating with monitors. Sunday services are 10 a.m. at 1501 Kelly St. and online via Zoom. Masks required indoors. Three new on-Line weekly worship videos and podcasts are available anytime at NorthCoastUMC.org. Call (760) 439-4099.
Author Night at Sunset Market Thursday
Meet local authors 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 20 at Authors Night at the Sunset Market, which is on Pier View Way west of Coast Highway in Downtown Oceanside. Area writers representing a variety of literary genres will sign and sell their work and share their literary vision. About a dozen writers are slated to be there, including the Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego. Visit sunsetmarket.com.
Brian Maryott to speak at Republican Club
The Republican Club of North County meets Wednesday Jan. 19 with keynote speaker, Brian Maryott, 2022 candidate for Congress in the 49th district. Maryott will discuss, “Issues and opportunities for the 2022 election.” Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way. Lunch served noon, speaker begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $25 to $30 per person depending on lunch choice. Cash or check only at the door (credit cards not accepted). Email [email protected] or call (760) 497-6117.
Drive-thru collection of household goods for Afghan refugees
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a drive-thru, drop off collection of household items for Afghan refugees 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at 17010 Pomerado Rd. The RB Community is partnering with the Alliance for African Assistance, a nonprofit that has been helping refugees resettle in San Diego since 1989. They nonprofit has a goal of helping 1,020 Afghan asylum seekers this year. To help these individuals and families establish homes, the church is collecting household goods, including bedding sheets and blankets (not king size and not mattresses), cookware, dishes/silverware, small countertop appliances, bath/hand towels, and kitchen towels. New or gently used items are appreciated. Checks can be made out to Alliance for African Assistance and indicate Afghan Assistance in the memo section. Mailing address is 2875 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115.
Author of “Sophia: The Bionic Cat” to speak at AAUW meeting
Karolyn Smith, a native San Diegan, will be the guest speaker 11:30 a.m. at the Jan.18 RB-AAUW branch meeting at the Swim and Tennis Club on Bernardo Oaks Drive in Rancho Bernardo. Smith, a wounded army veteran, will speak of her service in Iraq. Smith is author of a children’s book titled, Sophia: The Bionic Cat, and in partnership with Fab Lab San Diego, she designed a 3D printed detachable prosthetic leg for Sophia. She will sign copies of her book; proceeds go to Smith’s foundation. Masks are required. Email [email protected]
Attorney to speak about Immigration Court process at Republican group
The Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated holds a luncheon meeting 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 21 at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway. Cost is $30. The guest speaker will be Esther Valdes Clayton, principal attorney at Valdes Associates, who will discuss the Immigration Court process. Valdes has been interviewed nationally and internationally about her advocacy and legal representation of immigrants. RSVP by Monday Jan. 17 at rbrwf.org.
New Year’s celebration slated for Wednesday
The San Marcos Senior Activity Center hosts a New Year celebration starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, featuring entertainment by Ricky Rivas. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and reservations must be made by 2 p.m. at least one day before the event. Suggested lunch contribution for ages 60 and over is $4; cost for age 59 and under is $5. Sign up by calling, (760) 744-5535 ext. 3607. called and confirmed
Democratic Club meets virtually
The San Marcos Democratic Club is slated to meet 12:35 p.m. virtually Feb. 12. Brian Lane, Senior Regional Planner for San Diego Association of Governments, will focus his presentation on SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan, and projects in North County. There will be time for Q & A after the presentation. For the Zoom invite, email [email protected] The event begins with a social time and the business meeting starts at 1 pm. Visit sanmarcosdems.org.
Friday at theater
Scripps Ranch Theatre opens its 42nd season with “Heisenberg” by Simon Stephens, directed by Charles Peters. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 30, on the campus of Alliant International University. All patrons must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the show. Masks are required. Check website for covid protocol and any show schedule updates. Tickets are $10-$39; season passes are also offered at scrippsranchtheatre.org/tickets or (858) 395-0573. confirmed with theater publicist
Volunteers sought for Citizen Commissions
The city of Solana Beach is looking for volunteers who are residents to fill 16 advisory positions in its five Citizen Commissions: Budget & Finance, Climate Action, Parks & Recreation, Public Arts and View Assessment. Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 18. Visit cityofsolanabeach.org.
Women’s Club recruiting new members
The Woman’s Club of Vista meets 10 a.m. Thursday Jan. 20 via zoom. The community service oriented club is recruiting new members. Club members volunteer at Operation HOPE-North County, Vista Community Clinic, Women’s Resource Center, Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and Gently Hugged among other local nonprofits. RSVP to [email protected] by Jan.17.
Free tax service back in Vista
The AARP Free Tax Service is back in Vista at the Senior Center. Tax volunteers will begin serving the community Feb. 2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Make an appointment at (760) 643-5290.
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