Escondido Art Association receives donation to promote the arts …North County events

Yoshiko Yap


Older & Bolder Expo offers tips for seniors

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce holds an Older & Bolder Expo 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel. The free event features dozens of exhibits and speakers with information on topics ranging from financial planning and navigating Medicare to home safety, adult learning and stroke awareness. Visit

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].

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 kicked off on Monday and 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

Local genealogy buffs meet online

A live webinar, “Location, Location, Location: Placing your Ancestors in Their Places,” presented by Diana Elder for North San Diego County Genealogical Society, is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Free; registration required at Later that day, the Legacy Users Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will meet virtually 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Email [email protected].

Food distribution set for Wednesday

Feeding San Diego hosts a free drive-thru food distribution 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, at the mall’s parking lot in front of Macy’s Furniture Gallery. Register at

Presentation focuses on tips for visiting Family History Library

North San Diego County Genealogical Society continues its series of “Salt Lake City Prep” classes 10 a.m. Wednesday, in GoToMeeting format. Learn how to prepare for a research trip to the Family History Library. Free, reservation not required. Visit

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 or (760) 602-4650.

Allgire Foundation offers scholarship

The Carlsbad-based Allgire Foundation offers a scholarship to help San Diego area college-bound high school students who live in low-income housing. The scholarship application deadline is Feb. 25. The link to the application and eligibility criteria is


‘Concrete Alchemy’

art show at library

An art show, “Concrete Alchemy,” by international muralist Maxx Moses is on view through 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

Watercolor exhibit runs through Feb. 25

An art exhibition of 26 watercolors by Vista artist Krista Timberlake featuring a collection of watercolor paintings melding animals and figures with machinery and mechanical parts runs through Friday at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Visit

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
or email [email protected].

Sculpture exhibit

on pizza cutters

Don Henley’s exhibit, “The Alternative Slice,” runs through 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

Last week of ‘Adventures With Glass’ on view at City Hall

An exhibit of glass art by Marcy Stinton, titled “Adventures With Glass,” is on view through Fridayat Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Stinton, a wilderness traveler, uses a combination of glass-fusing techniques in her work, which is “inspired by nature and its many intricacies.” Visit


Friends of Library hold book sale

The Friends of the Escondido Library bookstore is holding its monthly half-price sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturdayat the library, 239 S Kalmia St. All items in the store will be 50 percent off (25 cent minimum), including a variety of fiction, non-fiction, collectors books and DVDs and CDs along with an extensive children’s section, with books, DVDs and VHS. Call (760) 839-4832. Visit

Rotary to put on Great Gatsby gala

Escondido Rotary after 5 presents the Great Gatsby Fundraising Gala 5 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan Run Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Highlights include dinner, dancing, and auctions. Al Owens will be honored with the ERA5 spirit of the Community Award. The Rotary’s fundraising efforts go directly to local schools, veterans, families in need and social service organizations, such as Operation Standown, Salvation Army, Education COMPACT, Rising Star. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].

Residents can join new online Discussion

The Escondido online Discussion page was recently launched as part of this year’s budget process. Escondido residents can share their priorities for the city. Some priorities folks identified range from addressing homelessness and improving public safety and police services to keeping public areas clean and free of graffiti. Join the Discussion by visiting


Garden club meets in-person

Susan Liebes, of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, will be the guest speaker at Fallbrook Garden Club’s Tuesday General Meeting at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Ln., Social time starts 12:30 p.m. with business meeting 1 p.m. and program 2 p.m. Visit

Sustainable Landscaping topic of talk

Fallbrook Climate Action Team will host a talk about Sustainable Landscaping 6:30 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom. The speaker is Valerie Lowe, a community education manager with I Love a Clean San Diego, who will talk about two components of landscaping: water and sediment and will discuss the watershed, erosion control, insecticide use, native plants, water conservation and mitigating effects of climate change. Visit .


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. Patrick Catholic Church 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at 3821 Adams Street, Carlsbad.

City of Vista 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista.

Willis Allen Real Estate 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday curbside at 6024 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe.

The Broken Yolk Cafe 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at 101 S. Las Posas Road, San Marcos.

Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

Volunteers sought for homeless count

The San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness is seeking volunteers for their annual ‘We All Count’ on Feb. 24. The data that is collected will assist in addressing the needs of the unsheltered in the community. Visit


New library book club focuses on social justice

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 March 2, the club will discuss ‘All About Love: New Visions’ by bell hooks. Register at

Film Festival runs this week

Oceanside International Film Festival by Visit Oceanside, runs Tuesday through Feb. 27 at the Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy., featuring 55 films screened across six nights and two days, including dramas, and comedies and stories of the human experience. See the lineup at

Family Fest set for Saturday

A family Fun Fest and makers market is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hosted by Rising Co., Pacific Coast Spirits and Creative Communal at the Rising Co., 332 S. Coast Highway. Highlights include local makers, live music, food and drinks. Free admission. Visit

Veterans Writing Group hosts book launch

Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego County hosts a book launch party for their fourth book, ‘At Ease’ 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Association of North County resource center, 1617 Mission Ave. RSVP by Mondayat [email protected]. Visit


February Critter Camp

A hands-on kids camp with animal encounters, games and crafts during February break continues this week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Visit


Mardi Gras celebration at senior center

A Mardi Gras lunchtime celebration with live Cajun music and dancing by Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters, chair parade, a taste of creole cuisine and lots of beads is Friday in the Discovery Café at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Ave. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon. Suggested lunch contribution for ages 60+ years is $4; cost for ages 59 years and younger is $5. Lunch reservations must be made by 3 p.m. Thursday at (760) 744-5535 ext. 3607 or visit the Lunch Desk.

University hosts screening of “Exterminate All the Brutes”

California State University San Marcos’ Arts And Lectures Program will host a screening of the first episode of the series “Exterminate All the Brutes” in-person and virtually 6 p.m. Wednesday , in the USU ballroom. Free for students and streamed online with a panel discussion. Tickets are at

Families Needed for Type 1 Diabetes Study

Families with 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. All eligible participants who complete the survey will receive $5 (maximum of $15 per family). Study results available upon request. To volunteer, visit or email the researcher, Jessica Preciado, at [email protected].


Exhibit honors local rancher

for Women’s History Month

The Valley Center History Museum will honor a local rancher for Women’s History Month in March. The exhibit will focus on Maria Juana de Los Angeles who, in 1845, received a Mexican land grant of 2,174 acres from Governor Pio Pico, according to Robert Lerner, historian at the Valley Center History Museum.

“Among the state’s nearly 800 ranchos, only about one dozen land grants were given to women,” Lerner said. The property in Pauma Valley was called Cuca Rancho and was used for many years to raise cattle. Over the decades, most of the original ranch was sold off to individuals, according to Lerner. Today, Cuca Rancho appears on historic maps and is surrounded on most sides by the La Jolla Indian Reservation on SR-76.

The museum will exhibit a rare photo of the rancho, its original Indian owner and maps. The free museum is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at 29200 Cole Grade Road. For information, email [email protected] or call (760) 749-2993.


State of the Community Luncheon planned in-person

The Vista Chamber presents the annual State of the Community Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Vista Civic Center. The keynote speaker is Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, who will talk about her last year in office after serving the City of Vista for 24 years. Other speakers include Aaron Byzak, chief external affairs officer at Tri-City Medical Center; Dr. Matt Doyle, Vita Unified School District superintendent; Adam Brooks, chairman of the board at the Vista Chamber of Commerce; and Lev Gershman, founder and managing partner at Tideline Partners, who will discuss the importance of investing in Vista. Speakers will give updates on their fields/industries. The first hour of the luncheon will be for talking with other attendees and getting to know people from different industries that impact the Vista community. Individual tickets are $75; there are sponsorship options. Lunch will consist of surf and turf, with a vegetarian option also available. Tickets required at[email protected].

Podcast series tours Vista

A new podcast series is out, called, Vista Made Tours, featuring self-guided tours of popular historical and cultural destinations in the City of Vista. The free podcast is on iTunes and Spotify among others along with Episode 1 focuses on Downtown Vista’s Arts & Historical District. The first tour highlights Downtown Vista’s public art scene, including punk art installations, Kites over Vista sculptures and historical murals. More than a dozen interviews about Downtown’s range of businesses also are featured throughout the one-hour narrated tour that covers a 1-mile loop. Additional episodes are being produced spotlighting Vista’s popular craft beer, spirits and wine makers, and other dining, art and music venues. The Vista Made program includes spotlights on innovative businesses and entrepreneurs based in Vista. The program includes video stories, podcasts and events sponsored by the City of Vista as part of the city’s efforts to support local businesses recovering from the pandemic. Visit

AARP Tax Aides are back

The AARP Tax Aides will be back at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center,1400 Vale Terrace Drive, starting Feb. 2 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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