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Marine Protected Areas subject of talk at lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon hosts a presentation on “California Marine Protected Areas,” 10 a.m. Saturday June 11 led by Angela Kemsley. The free, family event will focus on 124 marine protected areas in California that are a type of “underwater park,” including 11 in San Diego County that protect sandy shores, tide pools, kelp forests, submarine canyons, and lagoons, such as Batiquitos. Meet at the picnic tables next to the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane. Visit Batiquitoslagoon.org.

Summer concert at La Costa Spa & Resort

The next Live summer concert series continues with Tris Imboden Yacht Stars 7:30 p.m. Saturday June 11 at Omni La Costa Spa & Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road. Self parking is free; valet $25, Cocktails and beverages sold. Tickets are $60-$250 at tix.com/ticket-sales/apaulomusic/2914/event/1262879.


Monthly Bird Watch at botanic garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts its next monthly Monday bird walk at 8 a.m. Monday June 6 led by birding specialists at the garden, Quail Gardens Drive and Ecke Ranch Road. which is a hot spot for native and migrating birds. Visit sdbgarden.org.

Last week of orchid show

San Diego Botanic Garden’s second annual spring orchid showcase, World of Orchids continues through June 12 in the 8,000 square foot, glass-enclosed Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. Garden admission is $12-$18, including access to the Garden’s 37 acres; free for members of SDBG and other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program. Reserve an entrance date and time at sdbgarden.org.


Computer tutoring for seniors offered

The Senior Service Council Escondido holds registration for computer tutoring 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday June 10 at 728 N Broadway. One-on-one tutoring is offered for PCs, tablets, and smartphones (Android and iPhone). Fee is $10/hr or three sessions for $25. Visit escondido-senior-services.org.

Sikes Adobe 150th anniversary celebration

San Diegito River Park and the Friends of Sikes Adobe will hold a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Sikes Adobe Historic Homestead. The Open House is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 5 at the Sikes Adobe, 12655 Sunset Drive. Free festivities will include the history of the Sikes homestead and early agriculture in North County, recognition of the descendants of the Sikes family, and tours of the adobe home and gardens. Email [email protected] or call (858) 674-2270, ext.14.

Interfaith gathering responding to violence

An interfaith gathering, on “More Than Thoughts and Prayers: Responding to Gun Violence in our Country” led by Escondido Faith Leaders and Escondido Together, will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the corner of Grand and Juniper. Blank cards will be provided to express your concerns and offer your ideas and solutions to legislators on mass shootings. Interfaith leaders will provide contact information for organizations and resources that are responding to gun violence.

Assistance League recruiting volunteers

The Assistance League of Inland North County is recruiting volunteers to join in their mission to support local children and families. The nonprofit’s largest programs are Operation School Bell, which serves 100 schools in nine county school districts, and the McKinney-Vento Programs for homeless students in Vista, Escondido and Poway. The nonprofit also helps neighboring Assistance League chapters clothe children of military families at Camp Pendleton. A new program began this year with the state-subsidized child care centers in Escondido called Growing Minds. Members work with children ages 3 to 5 with reading and other projects to prepare them for kindergarten. The group runs an all-volunteer thrift shop at 2068 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Visit assistanceleague.org/inland-north-county or email [email protected].


Knights of Columbus holds golf tourney

The Knights of Columbus Chapter 3162 hosts the 10th Annual Scramble Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction fundraiser June 13, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at The Golf Club of California, 3742 Flowerwood Lane. Tournament proceeds will benefit the historic Mission San Luis Rey Parish and the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund Camp Pendleton Unit which provides financial support to combat wounded, ill & injured members of armed services & their families. Register at kofc3162.org/golf.


Upcoming blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank will hold blood drives in the following parking lots:

Target 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 10 at 3150 Business Park Drive.

Park Circle noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at 27679 Park Circle Way, Valley Center—Harvest Park.

Vallecitos Water District 7 a.m. to noon June 13 at 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos.

Donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive T-shirt while supplies last.

Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.

Widows/widowers support group offers social activities

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group fosters friendships through various social activities and will hold these events.

Tuesday June 7: Lunch, Dominic’s Italian Restaurant, Oceanside Harbor.

Thursday June 9: Walk, Buena Vista Park, Vista with lunch to follow La Casa De Los Alambres, Vista.

June 14: Lunch, The Grill at St Mark’s Golf Club, San Marcos.

June 16: Bowling, Bowlero, San Marcos and meal afterward.

June 18: Coastal Communities Concert Band, Carlsbad and meal afterward at Blue Water Grill, Carlsbad.

June 22: Happy Hour/Dinner La Tapatia, Escondido.

June 26: Mass, Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside with meal to follow, Upper Crust Pizza, Oceanside.

June 29: Tour Museum of Making Music with lunch to follow at Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Carlsbad.

Reservations are required at (760) 696-3502.

Virtual Cancer Survivors Day Wednesday

Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center will host a virtual Cancer Survivors Day event for cancer survivors, families, friends and the community 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The program will focus on living life well and will include welcome remarks by Scripps MD Anderson medical director Thomas Buchholz, M.D., followed by a cancer patient story by author Catherine Datte. Robert Bonakdar, M.D., of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, will discuss using mindfulness meditation to help cope with stress. There will be a mindfulness and stretch break led by Scripps fitness instructor, followed by a discussion on nutrition and fitness for wellness. Free. Advance registration required at (800) 727-4777 or https://www.scripps.org/events/scripps-md-anderson-cancer-survivors-day-virtual-event-june-8-2022.

“I Hate Hamlet” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues Season 42 with the comedy “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick, directed by Phil Johnson. The production runs through June 12 on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$39.

Meals on Wheels holds in-person gala Saturday

Meals on Wheels San Diego County will host its in-person “Reach for the Stars” Galaxy Gala from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday June 11 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Mission Bay for the County-wide community . Highlights include Attendees cocktail reception, a silent auction, and Chef Appetizer Showcase. The evening will close with dancing to live music from local funk, soul and R&B band, Lust for Life. General admission tickets are $250. Visit sandiegomealsonwheels.org.

Dance Troupe seeks new members

The Toe Tappers senior dance group is recruiting experienced tap dancers who enjoy rehearsing and performing for audiences. The group entertains at special events throughout San Diego. Dancers rehearse in North County on Monday and Thursday mornings. Call (760) 845-5705.


Creative Community gathering Saturday at author’s home

The 9th annual Creative Community Convergence is 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11th at the home of best-selling author Victor Villaseñor, hosted by A Word With You Press publishing house. The free, casual, outdoor event features local authors, artists, editors and other creatives. There will be a potluck, book swap, live music and a raffle at the end of the day for a chance to be published. Attendees will have a chance to go on stage and talk about their creative accomplishments and work in progress. Bring a potluck dish. For questions, email [email protected].

Grand opening of library bookstore Thursday

The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library hold a grand opening of Jane & Evie’s Used Books, a Friends of the Oceanside Public Library Bookstore 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at 323 North Coast Highway. The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, guest speakers, light refreshments and giveaways. The store’s name honors the late Jane Cheadle and Evie Magaña, Friends who devoted many years of service to the Library and community. Visit oplfriends.org or call (760) 435-5560.

Pride by the Beach fest Saturday

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center’s Pride by the Beach annual festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday June 11, at 300 N. Coast Hwy. This year’s theme is “Together.” The free alcohol and tobacco-free event features local speakers, music, entertainment and education zone. Oceanside Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale will deliver the keynote address. The Los Angeles queer pop group Boi Band BOI will be the headline. All-female salsa band Sabrosas Latin Orquesta, rapper Tony Ocean, Lana Segi aka theholyrainbowclub and local drag queens will also perform. Visit ncresourcecenter.org.

Fishing enthusiasts meet Friday

The Senior Anglers of Escondido meets 9:30 a.m. Friday June 10 and will host Dr. Jay Grossman, a local dermatologist for 35 years, for a presentation on “Maximizing protection when enjoying outdoor activities during sunlight conditions.” The club is open to fishing enthusiasts age 50 and above, and meets at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave. Visit senioranglersofescondido.net.

Veterans group meets Monday

The Veterans Association of North County’s Veterans Advisory Committee meeting is noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. The speakers include Jaime Salome, assistant director for Ft. Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemetery; Sin Kook, student outreach & recruitment specialist-Workshops for Warriors and Lindsay Livingston, outreach coordinator at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD Oceanside. Visit vanc.me.

Brother Benno Thrift Shop open

The Brother Benno Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 3955 Mission Ave. Donations are being accepted at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Visit brotherbenno.orgCQ or call (760) 967-7505.

Summer reading program begins

Oceanside Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading program for children, teens, and adults. All ages earn prizes and can attend literacy-based, educational and fun events through Aug. 6. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Sign up at oceansidepubliclibrary.org. Other area libraries are also offering Summer Reading programs.


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. For information about the Senior Volunteer Patrol program in other parts of San Diego, visit sdsheriff.gov/recruitment/senior-volunteer-patrol.


Historical Society gives talk on book ‘Measures to Missiles’

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society Speakers Series presents a free talk 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Rancho Bernardo History Museum in the Bernardo Winery. Historian and author Vincent Rossi will discuss his new book, From Measures to Missiles, the story of a government laboratory that developed the first U.S. guided missiles. Visit rbhistory.org.


Republican women’s group hosts Senator Jones

The Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated hosts guest speaker State Senator Brian Jones at its luncheon/meeting 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. June 17 at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Pkwy. Cost is $30 for two course lunch. Jones will discuss legislative measures he has authored and supported. He recently completed a project with the Warrior foundation – Freedom Station to provide disabled parking for the residents and their families. Register and RSVP by Friday June 10th to rbrwf.org.


‘Reunion Gala’ benefits Seacrest Village care for seniors

The Seacrest Foundation’s Women’s Auxiliary presents the 44th annual gala on Saturday June 12 outdoors at a private residence and vineyard in Rancho Santa Fe. Highlights of the ”Reunion Gala” include champagne and cocktail reception, a three course wine-paired dinner overlooking the vineyard, and entertainment. auction and Fund-a-Need Program. Proceeds support the Seacrest Village Resident Assistance Fund, which provides charitable care for residents in need. Visit seacrestfoundation.org.


Bingo on Mondays 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. the Friday before bingo at (760) 744-5535, ext. 3607, or visit the Lunch Desk.

Writing group meets Wednesdays

The San Marcos Writers’ Critique Group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays via Zoom for serious writers to critique each other’s writings. Basic requirements include a computer with video, audio and Internet and a commitment to participate every week for four months. The group splits the $16 monthly cost between members. Participants read their pieces and receive constructive critique. Email [email protected].

Summer Soiree concert Saturday

Pacific Coast Harmony will present “Summer Soirée, a concert of modern four-part harmony music 3:15 p.m. June 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5967 La Grenada. The music spans the Great American Songbook, Broadway theater and film, popular traditional pieces and beyond. In addition to the chorus, there will be several special quartet appearances. The concert will follow a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 at the door or pacificcoastharmony.bpt.me.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” staged at the Moonlight

The opening of Moonlights’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” has been postponed from Wednesday June 8 to Friday June 10 because of COVID cases in the cast and the production runs through June 25 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive. The romantic musical offers a fresh take and surprising twists on the tale. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for dining and picnicking, curtain at 8 p.m. Table reservations on the Moonlight Patio are $5 per person, including early entry at 6 p.m. Bread and Cheese Eatery returns as the Moonlight’s concessionaire. Patrons holding tickets for the Wed.., June 8 performance will be rescheduled to June 14 and those with tickets for Thurs.., June 9 will be rescheduled to June 21. Patrons unable to move into the new dates can call VisTix at (760) 724-2110. Tickets are $17-$61 with additional general lawn discounts for seniors, students, and the military at moonlightstage.com.

5K Fun Run and Walk to support mental and physical health

Vista Community Clinic’s fourth annual 5K Fun Run and Walk is June 12 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr. The new course is scenic and has plenty of areas for participants to explore. All ages are welcome and this family-friendly event allows each participant to set their own pace. Check in is 7 to 10 a.m. on day of race. At the end of the race, the clinic team will have swag, continental breakfast snacks, and information on the clinic’s mental and physical health services. Registration fee is $12. http://www.vistacommunityclinic.org/vcc5k/.

City provides free breakfast, lunch to kids

The City of Vista is providing free, nutritional breakfast and lunch to children, 18 and under during its summer day camp program at Jim Porter Recreation Center in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. Meals are served weekdays from Monday June 13 through August 12. Breakfast is served 9 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is 12 to 12:45 p.m. On the Independence Day holiday July 4, meals will not be available. Call (760) 643-5272.

Annual Alley Art Festival Saturday

The 6th Annual Alley Art Festival, a free community event with live entertainment, art demonstrations, food trucks, artist market and puppet parade, is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 11 at Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Road. Artists will exhibit a range of works from contemporary to traditional, including kinetic artworks and sculptures to puppetry and paintings. Visit artinvista.org.


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