Kids gardening class focuses on Bugs … community events

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

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…


Library bookstore

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

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

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 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 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.


Nonprofit seeks

organ donors

The nonprofit seeks organ donors and for donations of cars, trucks, RVs, planes and real estate to help people needing organ transplants. Visit 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


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 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.

Garden show

this weekend

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


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