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Woman’s club organizes rummage sale

Woman’s Club of Carlsbad will holding a rummage sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday April 2 at their clubhouse, 3320 Monroe St. to raise funds for improvements and maintenance of their clubhouse. Visit

Congregation holds Family Passover Seder

Congregation B’nai Tikvah holds a 1st Night Community Family Passover Seder 6 p.m. April 15 at Richard Walker’s Restaurant, 2656 Gateway Road. The 30-minute Seder will be led by Cantor Larry Kornit and followed by catered Kosher-style dinner and fun. Bring canned food for Interfaith Community Services. Reservations are $65, $35 for children under 11 and military at (click “Shop page, Passover”). Call (760) 650-2262.

Garden club puts on plant sale

The Carlsbad Garden Club will holds a plant sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 2nd at the Makers Market on the grounds of St Michael’s by the Sea in Carlsbad, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd. The sale includes potted flowers, succulents and other plants. Proceeds provide college scholarships for Horticulture students at Mira Costa College. The club welcomes new members; applications will be at the event. Visit

Community events to celebrate Earth Month

The City of Carlsbad is putting on several events as part of a month-long celebration of Earth Month, showcasing city programs to live more sustainably. A community Earth Month Celebration 9 a.m. to noon Saturday April 2 with free family-friendly activities, pickle making, sustainability-focused workshops, including composting and live music at Pine Avenue Community Park, 755 Chestnut Ave. A free Shred and Recycle It event for Carlsbad residents is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 (location provided at registration). Limit of three standard-sized boxes of paper for drop-off. Proof of residency and advanced registration required by Friday April 1 at

Church hosts fish dinners

The Knights of Columbus at St. Elizabeth Seton Church hosts its annual Lenten Fish Dinners 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through April 8 at 6628 Santa Isabel St. Cost is $15, $10 for children; widows and children under 5 are free. Mac and cheese is also being offered. Visit

The Flower Fields open daily

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch featuring 50 acres of giant tecolote ranunculus is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5704 Paseo Del Norte. More than 70 million flowers are set to bloom over several months through mid-May. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Admission is $10-$22; seasons passes are $20-$46. Visit


Street Art Block Party at One Paseo

One Paseo is partnering with The San Diego Museum of Art for the center’s annual Street Art Block Party noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at 3725 Paseo Place. The event will feature four local chalk artists, six muralists, art supplies for children to create their own chalk art and an activity for kids led by the New Children’s Museum. One Paseo will also be the host location of a Petal Pop-Up flower art event, with the San Diego Museum of Art and Native Poppy along Caminito Court, where the Block Party is. Visit


Spring Nature Festival Saturday

A free Spring Nature Festival is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Highlights include animal athletes obstacle course, interactive animal activities and nature crafts. Presented by Nature Collective and County of San Diego Parks and Recreation. Register at


Free concert at library

The Danny Green Trio will perform 2 to 3 p.m. April 3 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Green, an award-winning jazz pianist and Origin Records recording artist is known for spinning engaging narratives with a mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms. The trio includes bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm. Free. Visit

Sheriff’s Community Park Day

The North Coastal Station of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is hosting Sheriff’s Community Park Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. The family event includes crime prevention tips, meet-and-greets with Sheriff’s deputies and K9s, helicopter landing and takeoff and displays of vehicles and equipment.

Author talk Wednesday at library

Local author, Robert Pacilio will give a book talk on his newest novel, a courtroom drama, titled, Whitewash 1 p.m. Wednesday March 30 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit

Documentary screened at La Paloma

La Paloma screens a new documentary film, Psychedelia: The History and Science of the Mystical Experience 6 p.m. (including discussion with filmmaker) and 9 p.m. Thursday March 31 at the La Paloma, 471 South Coast Highway. Tickets are $25 at

New story time series kicks off

PR From The Heart’s Story Time with Mr. John Series kicks off 10 a.m. Saturday April 2 at Moonlight Beach Overlook, 430 Moonlight Lane, hosted by John Masiulionis, of PR From The Heart. The event in honor of International Children’s Book Day and Earth Day, will feature children’s book, ‘Little Palm: An Earth Day Celebration’ by Lindsay Ann Fink. Kids can also paint a potted palm tree together and meet Gulliver (from the San Diego Gulls), who will be available for autographs and pictures. Free. Visit


Art Exhibit for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, The Arc of San Diego will present Art for All, an art exhibition and reception featuring works by adults with disabilities at The Arc of San Diego 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday March 30 at California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum Sculpture Courtyard, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Visit

Alzheimer’s subject of workshop

A free workshop on ‘Normal aging brain vs Alzheimer’s disease’ is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 1 at Escondido Adult School, 220 W. Crest St. The class covers some of the typical brain changes that are part of aging and compare that to how the brain changes with Alzheimer’s disease. Call (760) 737-8000.

Chamber hosts carnival

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce Carnival is Thursday March 31 to April 3 at Corner of Washington Ave. & Ash St. Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. April 3. Visit

Call for Artists for “Dreaming” show

The Escondido Art Association is accepting entries for its April show, “Dreaming” at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave. Entry fees are $20 1st entry, $5 each for 2nd and 3rd; Nonmembers $30/$5. Take-in of art will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the gallery. A free reception is 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 9 at the gallery. An art demo by Sara Cole will be 2 to 4 p.m. April 14 at Fusion Restaurant, 201 E. Grand Ave. Free to members, nominal fee to guests. Visit


Fallbrook Garden Club presents “The World of Agaves”

Jeff Moore is the guest speaker at the Fallbrook Garden Club’s Tuesday March 29 meeting at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Moore, owner of Solana Succulents Nursery, has written numerous books including Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation. Social time begins 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m, business meeting, 2 p.m. program. The public is welcome. Visit .

Women’s club puts on Maj Jong fundraiser

Fallbrook Women’s Club puts on its Mah Jongwith Friends Fundraiser noon Friday April 1 at 238 W Mission Rd. Proceeds benefit scholarships and philanthropic programs. Doors open 11:15 a.m. Lunch served; prizes and raffle baskets. Reserve at (760) 723-8286 or [email protected]


Upcoming blood drives

In response to blood bank shortages, the San Diego Blood Bank will hold the following blood drives at the bloodmobile in the following parking lots:

St. Stephen Catholic Church 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at 31020 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center.

 Dixieline & Starbucks 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at 663 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Simplified Builders noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at 1760 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

Nonprofit looking for foster parents

(just brief for now)

The Kearny Mesa-based nonprofit Angels Foster Family Network is looking for Resource Parents, aka foster parents, to care for children five and under in foster care throughout San Diego County and provide them with a safe, stable, loving home. Visit

For online The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group fosters friendships through social activities and will hold these events. Reservations are required at (760) 696-3502.

April 1 and 8: Fish Dinner, San Rafael Church, Rancho Bernardo.

April 5: Dinner, Tuesday Special, Carver’s, Rancho Bernardo.

April 11: Dinner and Karaoke, Coyote Bar & Grill, Carlsbad.

April 14: Walk, North Bluff Trail, Carlsbad with meal to follow at Pelly’s Primo, Carlsbad.

April 18: Lunch, Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad.

April 21: Bowling, Bowlero, San Marcos. Meal afterward.

April 24: Mass, St. Thomas More, Oceanside. Meal to follow at Pegah’s, Vista.

April 25 Outing. Flower Fields, Carlsbad with meal to follow at BJ’s Restaurant, Carlsbad.

“Singing Our Way to Freedom” screened at library

The Oceanside Public Library hosts a free documentary screening of “Singing Our Way to Freedom” in honor of Cesar Chavez Day 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31. The documentary looks at the life of Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, who was one of Cesar Chavez’s favorite musicians. Registration required at

Annual Native Plant Garden Tour

Plant experts and neighborhood locals will lead a free 1.5 mile walking tour 2 p.m. today for online March 27 to see native plant gardens in front yards. Meet in the St. Mary School parking lot, 515 Wisconsin Ave. Kids will be selling lemonade and cookies along the route. The tour is sponsored by the Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association and Buena Vista Audubon Society. Visit

Bookmobiles host museum exhibits

Several Oceanside Public Library bookmobiles host San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Mobile Exhibits during March and April. The Mobile Exhibits are hands-on, portable versions of the museum’s displays set up outdoors to engage children in STEM challenges. The exhibits are slated at:

Joe Balderrama Park, 709 San Diego St., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday March 28 and April 25.

John Landes Park, 2855 Cedar Road, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 6.

Crown Heights Resource Center, 1211 Division St. April 13 and April 27.

Visit oceansidepubliclibrary.orgCQ.


Senior patrol volunteers sought

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Stations in Poway and 4S Ranch are looking for adults to join the Senior Volunteer Patrol. Duties include traffic control, patrolling neighborhoods in Poway and 4S Ranch, checking on homes of residents on vacation, and checking on the welfare of residents as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s “You Are Not Alone” program. Volunteers must be at least 50 years old, a U.S. citizen or legal resident who has applied for citizenship, and have a valid California driver’s license and car insurance. Volunteers must be of good moral character with no felony convictions and attend a two-week Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy. Volunteers typically work up to five hours a week. Call (858) 232-8000.

Kiwanis hosts Flock of Fun

The Kiwanis Club of Poway hosts Flock of Fun, a fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Poway Community Center’s Lilac Courtyard. Proceeds benefit the club’s annual Holidays with Heroes event, which helps underserved children in the community. The event will include dinner, rubber duck races, karaoke and silent auction. Visit


Food drive to benefit Salvation Army

Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church sponsors a drive-thru food drop off 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at 17010 Pomerado Road to benefit the Salvation Army in Escondido. Suggested Donations include canned vegetables, fruit, soup, chili, pasta and sauces, peanut butter & jelly, cereal, oatmeal and snacks. Checks can be made out to Salvation Army. Visit


Concert features Duke Ellington’s sacred music

Duke Ellington’s collection of sacred music will be performed by the Village Church Community Chorale with special guest Denise Tillman and the Rancho Santa Fe Big Band 4 p.m. April 3 in the Village Church sanctuary, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Juan Carlos Acosta, Village Church director of music ministries, will present a pre-concert lecture at 3:15 p.m. covering the history of the work including its place in religious life and the civil rights movement. Freewill offering. Childcare available with an RSVP to [email protected] Audience required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination and ID or a negative Covid-19 PCR test. For unvaccinated patrons, PCR tests must be taken within 72 hours of the event. Visit

Church hosts blood drive

The Village Church hosts a blood drive with the American Red Cross 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 3 in the preschool parking lot, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Donors must be at least 16 years old and all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Visit and use sponsor code VCPC. For questions, email [email protected] or call (858)756-2441 x123.


Democrat group hosts Assemblymember Maienschein

San Marcos Democrats will host Assemblymember Brian Maienschein at its virtual meeting 1 p.m. April 9. Maienschein has represented California’s 77th Assembly District since 2012. Starting in January 2023, based upon the recently redrawn district lines, San Marcos is slated to be represented by Maienschein. Virtual meeting room opens 12:30 p.m. for discussion. For Zoom meeting information, email [email protected]

Play bingo for prizes at senior center

The San Marcos Senior Activity Center, at 111 Richmar Ave., hosts bingo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $1 per card. Prizes include snacks, decorations and household items. Participants can also have lunch at 11:30 a.m. before bingo. Suggested lunch contribution for ages 60 and older is $4; cost for ages 59 and younger is $5. Lunch reservations must be made by 2 p.m. Friday at (760) 744-5535, ext. 3607, or visit the Lunch Desk.

Outdoor concert series begins Saturday

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, kicks off its Summer Concert Series April 9 with Yachtley Crew, performing soft rock of the ‘70s and early ‘80s on the Lakeside Lawn. Bring blanket or low back chair. Tickets are $45 at—Amanda—I checked and it looks like this is sold out already.


Drag Takeover Benefit Show Tuesday

A Drag Takeover Benefit Show – Disney Edition, is 7 p.m. Tuesday March 29 at Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., hosted by North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Oceanside’s Pride by the Beach for North County. For ages 21 and over. Tickets are $30-$35. Visit

Church hosts public dialogue on immigrant services

Faith leaders at St. Leo Mission Church host a public conversation on the need for expanding the Immigrant Legal Defense Fund’s services with Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer at 11:30 a.m. March 27 at St. Leo’s Church, 936 Genevieve St,. Visit


Spring Gem and Mineral Show

The Vista Gem & Mineral Society holds an Open Air Gem and Mineral Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 1-2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 outside at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. There will everything from crystals and gems, rough slabs and cabs to lapidary tools. Food trucks will be parked at the event. Free admission. Visit

Garden club gives tips on entering flower show

The Vista Garden Club Flower Show Committee hosts a presentation on Everything you need to know to have a winning entry in this year’s flower show at 1:45 p.m. Friday April 1 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Fingertip lunch is noon, followed by business meeting at 12:30, and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit

Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, call for vendors

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens will hold an Earth Day Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 and is accepting vendor applications. The free family event includes kids’ activities, plants and food for sale and vendor booths. Booth space is $40; application deadline is April 10. Visit

Bird Club meets Saturday

North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, will meet 5 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 761 Eucalyptus Ave. General meeting starts 5:30 p.m. Steve Duncan will share his experiences with “Let’s Build a Bird Farm (How to move 1,000 birds 70 miles)” Duncan will cover site selection, zoning, facility layout, cage design and methods of construction. Visit


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