Gentlemen’s Gourmet set for Saturday
The North County African American Women’s Association presents their 24th annual Gentlemen’s Gourmet event, “Color the Night” 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Omni Resort La Costa, 2100 Costa del Mar Road. The annual scholarship fundraiser features tastings from amateur and professional chefs. Entertainment will be by Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble. Cocktail attire. This event routinely sells out. Free parking and handicap access are available. Tickets are $75 at ncaawa.org.
Genealogy buffs to gather online
A free Intermediate Genealogy Class, sponsored by the North San Diego Genealogical Society, is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in GoToWebinar format. Linda Barr Quinby will discuss “Cemetery Research: Digging Up Clues in the Graveyard.” Registration is required at nsdcgs.org.
Free smartphone workshops for seniors
The Carlsbad Senior Center will offer free “Learn How to Use Your Smartphone” workshops from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday and Sept. 23 via Zoom. Students will have access to the recorded trainings for seven days after the workshop. Register at (866) 271-1540 or email@example.com.
Genetic genealogist to give talk Saturday
The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will present a free webinar program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Genetic genealogist Carol Rolnick will discuss “An Investigative Genetic Genealogy Case Study.” Registration required at nsdcgs.org.
Free nature walk at Torrey Pines reserve
Torrey Pines Docent Society is restarting its monthly Nature Discovery Series. A free low-tide geology walk for all ages is at 3 p.m. Saturday, led by Norrie Robbins. Meet at the picnic table area in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve south beach parking lot. Visit torreypine.org.
Rotary hosts LobsterFest
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club will put on a Baja-style LobsterFest dinner and fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor patio of the Del Mar Hilton. This year’s Rotary International theme is “Serve to Change Lives.” Proceeds benefit local and international nonprofits. Just in Time for Foster Youth and Reality Changers will be the major beneficiaries again this year. The evening will include a mariachi band welcoming guests, tequila tastings, a lobster feast, a silent auction, and dance music by Hot Rocks San Diego. Visit dmsblobsterfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Connections seeks volunteer drivers
Del Mar Community Connections is seeking volunteers to drive seniors and disabled residents to medical and other essential appointments. Volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and insured vehicle. Call (858) 792-7565.
Rotary Wine and Food Festival on Saturday
The Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive. Highlights include international wines, spirits, local microbrews, and cuisine from some of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers. The event benefits local charities including Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Tickets are at encinitaswinefestival.com.
Farm hosts annual Sukkot festival
Coastal Roots Farm hosts its ninth annual Sukkot Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at 441 Saxony Road. The family-friendly festival is inspired by the Jewish end-of-summer harvest festival reflecting themes of hospitality and the welcoming of strangers. The community is invited to meet under the sukkah (temporary shelter) for festivities including farm tours, Kid Zone, crafts by local Jewish artists, live entertainment, and food and drink for purchase. The music line-up features Lee Coulter and Craig Parks. RSVPs required at tinyurl.com/524upa53. Visit coastalrootsfarm.org.
‘World of Bromeliads’ at botanic garden
The San Diego Botanic Gardens hosts a “World of Bromeliads” through Sept. 26 in the garden’s Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. The display features plants from the San Diego Bromeliad Society members’ collections, along with plants from nurseries, including pineapples, air plants, and the sapphire tower Puya. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. On weekends, the bromeliad market is open. Admission is $10-$18; free for garden members. Reserve at sdbgarden.org.
Free library concert set for Wednesday
The Wednesdays@Noon concert features Iryna Krechkovsky on violin and Sorah Myung on viola from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. They will perform works by Mozart, Handel, Telemann and Barkauskas. Visit trioceleste.com.
Artist Talk set for Thursday at library
A free Artist Talk featuring Steven Dern is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Dern will discuss the development of his “Games People Play” series and his interest in narrative art. Visit bit.ly/dern-sep16.
Encinitas Cruise Night set for Thursday
Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association’s free Encinitas Cruise Nights with classic cars and live bands is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. All classic cars are invited. There will be three half-street closures on F, G and H streets; reserved space for car clubs is along South Coast Highway 101. The event is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Visit encinitas101.com.
Music By The Sea concert Friday
The Zēlos Saxophone Quartet will perform Music of the America’s with works by William Grant Still, Piazzola, Riojas and Villalta at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets are $20. Visit encinitas.tix.com.
Blood drive coming up
The San Diego Blood Bank hosts a blood drive at Office Depot, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1018 N. El Camino Real. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in good health. Appointments strongly encouraged. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Artist to discuss exhibition Saturday
Denise (bonaimo) Sarram will give a free Artist Talk on her exhibit, “Immigrate: Assimilate-Stories of Resilience” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Tour and Q&A will follow. Visit bit.ly/sarram-sep18.
League’s thrift shop 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., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Proceeds support philanthropic outreach assistance programs in North County. Call (760) 634-1091 or visit alrsd.org.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming up
The North County Walk to End Alzheimer’s is 9 a.m. Sept. 25 at Kit Carson Park, 333 Bear Valley Parkway. Registration is 7:30 a.m. with opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. The route length is two miles. No registration fee; participants who raise $100 receive a Walk T-shirt. Start a team or join one at alz.org/walk. Register at act.alz.org/northcounty.
Library programs offered for children
The Escondido Public Library offers the following programs at 239 S. Kalmia St. Visit library.escondido.org:
- Knights Realm Chess Club, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Sept. 27 for ages 6-12.
- Paws For Reading program, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday for ages 5-12. Children can read aloud to certified Love on a Leash pet therapy dogs and improve reading skills. No registration required.
- Rhymes & Reading program, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Sept. 27 for ages 4-5. The program features stories and activities to help preschoolers prepare for kindergarten. Arrive early for a spot.
- Teens Go to the Movies, featuring “Cruella” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday for ages 13-18.
Mended Hearts group meets online Tuesday
Mended Hearts of North County will hold its monthly Zoom meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The group offers free support and education to all heart patients and families. All welcome. Free. Call (760) 846-0626.
Brain health subject of webinar
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America hosts “Brain Health Awareness for Veterans,” a free webinar for California veterans and their families, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday. The session will provide information about brain health, memory screenings and veterans benefits, including facts and figures about veterans and Alzheimer’s, and services and support for California veterans. Q&A. Register at alzfdn.org/veterans.
Tech program for seniors seeks volunteers
San Diego Oasis is bridging the technology gap for seniors through its Digital Divide Program by providing free Samsung tablets, internet for 12 months, and training sessions for eligible older adults to boost tech skills and reduce social isolation. 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.
Coastal Cleanup Day set for Saturday
International Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Saturday. Volunteers can choose a time for their cleanup during that day and a location in San Diego County, such as beaches, parks, canyons, neighborhoods and other outdoor spaces. Free. Registration is required at cleanupday.org.
‘Clear the Shelters’ adoption drive
The San Diego Humane Society is participating in a nationwide pet adoption drive to “Clear the Shelters” through Sept. 19 in partnership with NBC Universal and Telemundo. Walk-in adoptions are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday at its campuses in Escondido, El Cajon, Oceanside and San Diego. To view animals available for adoption, visit sdhumane.org/adopt.
San Diego Public Library expands hours
The San Diego Public Library hours at the 29 branch Libraries with in-person services are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Contactless pick-up service will continue at three branches and all libraries will be closed on Sundays. There is a Welcome Station for New Americans with resources for new immigrants in the area, including materials in various languages. Visit sandiego.gov/public-library/in-person-library-services.
Veterans group meets Monday
The VANC Veterans Advisory Committee meets from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the Veterans Association of North County resource center, 1617 Mission Ave. Speakers include Austin Tureaud, rapid resolution specialist for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH); Anissa Lopez-Flores, program manager for the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (PATH); retired Marine Kynan T. Henderson, transition manager, USO Pathfinder Camp Pendleton; and Valeria Ochoa, community educator, Southern Caregiver Resource Center. Interfaith Community Services will provide pizza. Visit vanc.me.
Brother Benno’s seeks sponsors for golf fundraiser
Brother Benno’s Auxiliary will host its third annual “Pay It Forward” Charity Golf Fundraiser at the Camp Pendleton Marine Memorial Golf Course on Oct. 5. A range of sponsorships levels is offered including for civilian golfers and businesses. Proceeds and donations benefit the Brother Benno’s Foundation, helping the area’s working poor and homeless. Sponsorships range from $150 to $5,000 and include golf carts, breakfast, lunch and game of golf. Visit brotherbenno.org/golf-2021.
Annual Harbor Days kick off Saturday
The annual Oceanside Harbor Days will provide events and attractions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 19 at the harbor, with music, food, a car show, arts and crafts exhibits, a costume party for kids, Capt’n Junebug’s Kids Zone with pirates and mermaids, and a beer garden for those 21 and older. A local car club, Por Siempre Car Club, will showcase 25 unique cars on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Oceanside Police Department K9 Unit will give demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oceanside Harbor Days is free to the public, with free transportation. Buses will pick up guests from shuttle stops within the harbor and will provide a pickup/drop-off location at the Oceanside Transit Center on Seagaze and Cleveland streets. Visit oceansideharbordays.com.
Republican women’s group meets Friday
The Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated hosts a breakfast buffet meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Hamburger Factory, 14122 Midland Road, in Poway. Guest speaker will be Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey,. Bailey is running for the 52nd Assembly seat in 2022 against Rep. Scott Peters. Cost is $25. Register at rbrwf.org.
Church holds tableware drive Saturday morning
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is collecting new and gently used sets of dishes, mugs and tableware from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 17010 Pomerado Road. Donations go to apartments for families in transition that are being renovated by Interfaith Community Services, Salvation Army and Solutions for Change. Checks to those nonprofits are also appreciated. Volunteers can unload items from your trunk. Visit rbcommunity.org/events.
Free public speaking class offered
A free class on “The Secrets to Public Speaking” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Monday to Nov. 15, in the chapel of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road. The class will be led by John Scholte, pastor of education at RB Community Church, who has taught public speaking to college students. Sign up at email@example.com.
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Art of Fashion show Thursday
The annual Art of Fashion show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, presented by The Country Friends with South Coast Plaza. The runway show and luncheon features designs from top luxury brands. This year’s event, emceed by ABC 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt, will benefit dozens of San Diego nonprofits. Visit thecountryfriends.org.
Hospice hosts Swing Fore Hope Golf Classic
The Escondido-based Elizabeth Hospice hosts the Swing Fore Hope Golf Classic with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday Sept. 17 at Twin Oaks Golf Course, 1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, to benefit the nonprofit’s Children’s Bereavement Program. Highlights include lunch hosted by Harrah’s Resort Southern California, on-course game competition and dinner. Registration, warm-up and lunch start at 11 a.m. Non-golfers can join the cocktail reception, followed by dinner, live auction and awards. After-tournament festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Register at elizabethhospice.org/swing. For sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart and Stroke Walk set at Seaside Trails
A San Diego Heart and Stroke Walk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Harbaugh Seaside Trails. Tours will be led throughout the day by the Nature Collective. Visit thenaturecollective.org/event/sd-heart-stroke-walk.
Church participates in service weekend
Calvary Lutheran Church is one of thousands of Evangelical Lutheran churches nationally participating in “God’s work. Our hands” Weekend, which concludes today. Their community service work includes raising money for Feeding San Diego, collecting food for local families in need, caring for the environment, sending caring messages to those in need of cheer, donating books to a local tutoring program, making dog toys for animal shelters and participating in an 18-hour prayer chain. Visit calvarylutheranchurch.org.
Golf tournament benefits veterans
Wounded Warrior Homes annual golf outing, Fairways 4 Veterans, will be held Sept. 20 at Shadowridge Golf Club to raise money for transitional housing for single post-9/11 veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder through the San Marcos-based nonprofit’s program. Cost is $175 per player, including lunch, cart, greens fees, dinner and a 19th hole celebration. Sponsor a veteran to play for $175 or make a donation to support the event. Register by Friday. Visit woundedwarriorhomes.org.
Veterans Stand Down starts Thursday
The fifth annual North County Veterans Stand Down is set for 8 a.m. Thursday to noon Sept. 19 at Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Road. The four-day event allows veterans to “receive much-needed services in a safe, friendly, drug-free and secure environment.” Register at ncstanddown.org/the-stand-down-event. Volunteers and donors are also sought.
New show opens at Moonlight Amphitheatre
The Moonlight Amphitheatre presents “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan” starting Wednesday through Oct. 2. Gates open at 6 p.m. for dining and picnicking; curtain at 7:30 p.m. A socially distanced seating area will be on the theater’s “great lawn.” Patrons in the theater’s other seating areas must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the performance. Face masks required. Tickets are $17-$59 at moonlightstage.com or (760) 724-2110.
Toe Tappers troupe recruiting dancers
The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers older than 55 who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. Dancers must be available to rehearse twice weekly from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays in Vista. The group performs throughout North County. Call (760) 845-5705 or visit toetappers.org.
Fall Fest seeks vendors
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is open and planning its 13th Fall Fun Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. The free event includes a Scarecrow Contest, kids’ crafts and activities, GrowGetters Plant Sale, Music by Vic, craft vendors and food vendors including the Amigos de Vista Lions BBQ lunch. Vendor booth space is $40; register by Oct. 1. Find vendor applications at altavistabotanicalgardens.org under Events/Fall Fun Festival.
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