PHOTO: Girl Scouts from Troop 2158 joined the Kids in the Garden class on “Bugs and Butterflies” at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. The Scouts learned about insects and watched green fruit beetle larvae dig down into the soil backward. As part of the class, the Scouts and other students used recycled materials, pipe cleaners and markers to create bug crafts to take home. Pictured are Nancy B. Jones, aka Farmer Jones, with the Scouts. For information about the classes and field trips to the gardens, email [email protected]
Community news and events…
AAUW announce Tech Trekkers
The American Association of University Women, Del Mar–Leucadia branch will announce this year’s 10 Tech Trekkers selected from area middle schools to participate in the summer camp at UC San Diego during the branch’s meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Encinitis Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park. Among the speakers will be former Tech Trekkies Carolina Quirarte, nursing major at California State University San Marcos; Sophie Hernandez, microbiology major at Mira Costa, and Romy Beigel, engineering management major at Montana State University. Barbara Newton, retired software developer and manager, will give the keynote talk and last year’s Tech Trek campers will share their experiences. Visit delmarleucadia-ca.aauw.net.
Chefs sought for Lima Bean Cook-off
The San Dieguito Heritage Ranch is looking for amateur, professional and children’s chefs to compete in their 9th annual Lima Bean Cookoff from noon to 4 p.m. May 19. The five categories include Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Entrée/Soup and Dessert. Celebrity judges will determine awards in each division for each category and for the Best Vegetarian Dish. A ‘People’s Choice’ award will be selected in each division by the tasting participants. The Heritage Ranch will provide cooks with large dried lima beans, which can be picked up during Museum hours noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Register at sdheritage.org.
An art lecture on the exhibition, Campus Creatives: From the Classroom to the Museum, is 2 p.m. May 6 featuring a group of artists discussing the exhibit and their 3D artwork along with the creative process at the Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The exhibition features 47 local visual art department faculty members teaching at the college level in 14 San Diego County institutions. Admission to the lecture is $10; non-members and $5 for members, students and seniors. Military and children under 12 are free. Tickets are at (800) 988-4253. Visit artcenter.org.
The San Luis Rey Rotary hosts its 4th annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. May 5 at the Rookies Sports Bar in Oceanside. Highlights include watching the 144th running of the Derby on multiple big screens, silent auction, prizes and ladies best hat contest. Tickets: $35, including appetizers and two drinks. Proceeds benefit local charities. Email [email protected]
LIFE at MiraCosta College Lectures in Oceanside for Friday, May 4, 2018.
The Whimsical World of Rolly Crump and Critical Thinking and Social Media The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Friday, May 4 , at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Katie Sanderson, Oceanside Museum of Art exhibition manager, will exploration into the world of whimsical dreamer and designed Rolly Crump, an original Disney Imagineer. (2) Guy Harrison, Author, wrote Think Before You Like which encourages us to use our brains more effectively, helping us to live safer, more efficient lives. Doing so will help make us a better and more sensible species. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.
Library hosts Royal Afternoon Tea
The Oceanside Public Library hosts a Royal Afternoon Tea at 1 p.m. May 20 at at Civic Center Plaza, 300 North Coast Highway. Registration is open for the fundraiser, which features teatime fare with various teas, a hat contest and table decorating contest along with a silent auction, opportunity drawing and entertainment celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Tickets are $40 or $280 for a table for eight at 2018royaltea.eventbrite.comCQ. Email [email protected]
RANCHO SANTA FE
Famed SDSU coach to speak
Former San Diego State University men’s basketball coach Steve Fisher will discuss his coaching journey 6 p.m. May 6 as part of the Viewpoints series copresented by the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Fisher, earned the title all-time winningest coach and the winningest coach in Mountain West history as head coach of the San Diego State University Aztecs Men’s Basketball Program. Fisher, recipient of the 2015 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award, is credited with three Final Four appearances and six Sweet 16 appearances, including the 1989 National Championship. He has twice been named national Coach of the Year and received 2011 Naismith, NABC and Adolph Rupp honors. Tickets are $35. Seating is limited; advance purchase recommended. Visit villageviewpoints.com or call (858) 381-8070.
Youth ambassadors sought for program
The city of San Marcos is looking for Youth Ambassadors. The San Marcos Youth Ambassador program offers volunteer opportunities for high school students and provides assistance to city, local service clubs, charities and Chamber of Commerce events. Applicants must be in grades 9-11 and must have been attending high school in San Marcos for at least six months prior to the application process. Ambassadors serve a one-year term from July 1 to June 30 and must agree to complete this term. The ambassadors will be selected by a committee based on their application, written answers to two questions and one letter of reference. Those selected receive an interview and are judged by a panel of local community leaders on personality, enthusiasm, ability and willingness to support San Marcos. The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. May 7. Email [email protected]
SAN MARCOS – The City of San Marcos invites you to go on a moderate 5-to 6-mile hike from 9 am to noon on Saturday, May 5. This hike will start at San Elijo Hills Park and take in a circle tour of the San Elijo Hills area. Trails to be explored will include the Sunset, Canyon, Old Creek Ranch and Copper Creek trails. Registration will take place at 8:30 am at the San Elijo Hills Park/Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Rd.
More community news this week and beyond…
holds sale Saturday
The Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale Saturday. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1, with CDs for 25 cents and DVDs typically $1. Books range from current fiction, children’s selections, biography, self-help and spirituality to health, history, travel and science. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the general public and opens at 9 a.m. for members at the library, 540 Cornish Drive. Community members can join the Friends group at the door. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
Folk trio to give free concert Sunday
The Encinitas Friends of the Library hosts a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday featuring the modern folk trio Watson, Beldock and Beach as part of the First Sunday Music Series. The trio will perform an acoustic blend of original folk, blues and jazz. Joining them will be percussionist Enrique Platas. Seating is limited. The concert is in the library’s Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive. Call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
Battle of the Bands
set for this weekend
The Leucadia 101 Main Street Association presents Battle of the Bands from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Seaweed & Gravel, 1144 N. Coast Highway 101. Youth bands will compete for a chance to play at “Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival” slated for June 23. This year’s contestants include The Elements, Skulpin Bomb, Extraterrestrial, “Rubenstein Drive-by” and “Off Limits.” Each band that enters will perform 15 minutes onstage. Visit leucadia101.com/events/battle-bands or call (760) 436-2320.
Dads & Donuts event Saturday at library
The Escondido Public Library will host its first “Dads & Donuts” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 239 S. Kalmia St. This free all-ages event includes giveaways and will celebrate Free Comic Book Day and “Star Wars” culture. Dads (and male caregivers), bring your kids to the library to mingle with fellow dads, enjoy free doughnuts and coffee, pick out a free comic book (while supplies last), play a virtual reality game and watch a 3D printer demonstration. Kids may come dressed as “Star Wars” characters to enjoy educational, age-appropriate activities. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged. Visit escondidolibrary.org or call (760) 839-4836.
Grandmothers to gather this afternoon
The Grandmothers Club will hold a meeting and potluck luncheon at noon today at Carefree Ranch Mobile Home Park, 211 N. Citrus Ave. Bring a dish to share plus your own eating utensils. You do not have to be a grandmother to join. Call (760) 745-0215 or (818) 219-3040.
The nonprofit MatchingDonors.com seeks organ donors and for donations of cars, trucks, RVs, planes and real estate to help people needing organ transplants. Visit matchingdonors.com or call (800) 385-0422.
Palomar College holding spring art sale
The Palomar College Student Spring 2018 Art and Craft Sale is open to the general public and continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Palomar Art Department courtyard. Live demonstrations by artists in glass, wood, and ceramic are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Spring Art Department open house and student art exhibition is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Art Department Courtyard and C Building.
Registration open for Vacation Bible School
Registration is open for Vacation Bible School July 9-13 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Children from 3 years old (by July 1) to those entering fifth grade may attend the annual event, “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.” Hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Registration is $60 per child or $140 per family. The fee covers a T-shirt, music CD, crafts, creative games, tropical treats and more. Lunch will be provided on Friday at the end of the closing program. Calvary is also looking for middle and high school students to be volunteer assistants or crew leaders. For registration forms or more information, visit calvarylutheranchurch.org.
Craft beers featured
at festival Saturday
The San Diego Brewers Guild’s seventh annual spring festival, “Rhythm & Brews” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the heart of Vista Village, South Citrus Avenue and East Broadway. Choose among more than 120 beers by more than 50 award-winning breweries, while enjoying live music and food from local eateries. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit San Diego Brewers Guild. For tickets, visit tickets.sdbeer.com/e/2018-sd-rhythm-and-brews/tickets. General admission is $45, VIP (noon entry) is $65. VIP tickets are not available on event day. For more #SDBeer updates follow the guild on Instagram: @sdbrewers.
The Vista Garden Club hosts a “Tribute to Mother Nature” — A National Garden Club Flower Show plus plant sale Saturday and Sunday at the Jim Porter Recreation Center, Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace. The show features flowers grown in the San Diego area along with displays of flower arrangements. The sale includes plants and vegetables. The flower show is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The plant sale is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit vistagardenclub.org.
LINDA MCINTOSH & LAURA GROCH U-T
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