North County FYI Datebook

FYI Datebook

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Family Nights: Fabulously Funny Fairy Tales by the Prodigy Players Children's Theater Troupe is 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Lawn Garden at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Children's activities 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Children's Garden. Free with admission. $12; seniors and students $8; children 3-12 years old $6. (760) 436-3036;

Jazz Jam: California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host Jazz Jam Sessions in the Center's open-air Lyric Court, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays Aug. 5 to Sept. 2. Local musicians of all ages can participate. Sign-ups start at 7 p.m. (800) 988-4253 or

Local Couleur: An Art Expo and exhibit is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 on the promenade in the La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road.

2nd Annual Kids Fish Derby. The second annual event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 for ages 6-16 at the Oceanside Pier with registration starting at 8 a.m. (760) 722-3936.


Antiques and Artifacts: Motorized artifacts of the late 1920s will join 2000-year old Poway artifacts 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai, 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail, Poway. Ford Model A vehicles arrive around 10 a.m. Tours of the ancient artifacts will be given at the Center until 11:30 a.m. Free. (858) 668-1292.

Smokin' Q Classic and Rod Run: Watch 45 barbecue teams compete in Vista's 3rd Smokin' Q Classic 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 in downtown Vista. Taste tickets are $3 each for a 2 oz. serving. Street fair is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Vista Rod Run with 300 classic cars and motorcycles follows on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment, kids activities, awards at 1:30 p.m. and exit car parade. Free admission.; (760) 414-9391.

Orchid Auction: The Palomar Orchid Society's annual fundraiser Orchid Auction is noon Aug. 6 at the Woman's Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe Street. A preview of orchids begins at 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free; (760) 726-7763.

Wine Festival: Taste wines from across the county 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano, Rancho Bernardo, Winemakers from participating wineries will talk about their wines and answer questions. Tickets: $20, includes wine tasting and San Diego Wine Country logo glass. Free admission for non-tasters.

Eve Selis Concert: An Evening of Music Under the Stars features Eve Selis and her Band of Ruffians 7 p.m. Aug. 6 with a barbecue dinner 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach. Concert tickets: $20; $15 ages 12-17; free for under 12. Dinner tickets: $10; children under 12 free. Dinner RSVP: (858) 755-2855.

Youth Music Night: Local youth give a concert 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido. Free. Art Fair: Vista Art Foundation holds an art sale and boutique, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at 204 Main St. in Vista. (760) 305-8278.

Family Art Day: Learn how to transform everyday objects into art by designing small works of art that reflect concepts from the exhibits in "Hidden Treasures" 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. Free. (760) 435-3720.

Poetry Reading: Poets from throughout San Diego County will gather 6 p.m. Aug. 10 for a reading of the latest "San Diego Poetry Annual" anthology featuring 235 poems by area poets at the Café des Artistes, 103 South Main Ave. in Fallbrook.


Family Nights: "Wild Wes" is 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Lawn Garden at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Children's activities 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Children's Garden. Free with admission. $12; seniors and students $8; children 3-12 years old $6. (760) 436-3036;

Escondido Carnival: The Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Christiansen Amusements co-sponsor a community carnival Aug. 11 to 14 with games and rides such as Crazy Plane, Motorcycle Jump, Sky Diver, Alligator Alley and Zumer on the grounds of Westfield North County on Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. Hours: 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11-12; 1 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 13 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 14.

Advance tickets at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 North Broadway. Eight-ride ticket book $10 pre-event. (760) 745-2125.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer: A free fest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13 with over 120 dog related vendors, dog contest, Kids Zone, and silent auction at Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Highlights include a performance by celebrity dog trainer Melissa Heeter and the Purina Incredible Dog Team. Proceeds benefit local animal charities and Cardiff 101 Main Street,

Japan Festival: The Encinitas Library will host its 2nd Annual Japan Festival 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive to honor its sister city Amakusa, Japan. Features drum performance by San Diego Taiko, traditional Japanese music from Masazumi Kai Koto Ensemble and "Geta Dance" from LA-based actress Miyuki Matsunaga, along with a display of swordsmanship from world-renowned martial artist James Williams. Sushi and Japanese snacks. Origami workshop. (760) 753-7376.


"Oliver Twist:" Shows performed by ages 8 to 23 at 7 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-12 at St. John Church Auditorium, 1001 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. Tickets: $10;$5 children and seniors.

Summer Dance Explosion: MiraCosta's Dance Program presents a dance concert 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the MiraCosta College Theatre, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Admission is $8. Tickets:; (760) 795-6815.

Sound of Music: The Patio Playhouse production runs 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays Aug. 5-27 at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido. Tickets are $16-$19; $10 for youth up to 16.; (760) 746-6669.

"Godspell Jr:" The new teen theater company, Stage 2 Productions, organized by Randall Hickman and Douglas Davis stages its first production, Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell Jr." 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 on the Hearth Theater Stage in the San Marcos Community Center on Civic Center Drive. $10; seniors and children under 12 are $7. (760) 806-7905.

"Annie:" Moonlight Stage Productions presents the American musical classic from 8 p.m. through Aug. 6 at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets: $22-$50. (760) 724-2110 and

"Rapunzel — A 'Hairy' Tale:" Runs Aug. 18 to 28 at Vista's OFF Broadway Theater, 131 Main Street.


Open Mic: Sunshine Brooks theater presents a poetry reading, spoken word open mic on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Twilight Stage, 219 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.

Museums and galleries

Film & Art: The comic drama, "Noodle." will be shown 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Pre-film snacks, beer and wine at 6 p.m.

Wet into Watercolors: Watercolor paintings of local artist, Kene Lohmann, are featured in an exhibit through Aug. 27 at the Oceanside Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive in the Village Square Center in Carlsbad. An open house is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 28 at the gallery. (760) 845-9017.

Pet Art show: The Encinitas pet portrait exhibit is through Aug. 29 at in the community room at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive presented by the City of Encinitas and Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Cardiff Dog Days of Summer.

PhotoArts: A photography exhibit entitled, "Presenting the PhotoArts Group" is through Aug. 30 at the Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. (760) 436-3854 or (760) 803-3064;

Exhibit at Olde Ramona: Kathleen Bergen and Raziah Roushan exhibit works through August 31 at the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery, 845 Main St.(760) 789-3682;

Adobe Gallery: The Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe and Rancho Buena Vista Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution host an exhibit of art from their private collections, including oil paintings, stained glass, sculpture, graphics, embroidery, crochet, quilts, lithography, and baskets at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista through August 31. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. (760) 752-1082.

COAL'S 60th Anniversary Show: Annual juried art show runs through Sept. 4 at the COAL Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive. Reception and awards ceremony on Aug. 7.

Call to Artists: Artists of all media can submit up to three images for possible inclusion in the Oceanside Museum of Art's Memento Mori: Remember Your Mortality Oct. 15-30. Submissions are due by Sept. 1. Selected artists will be notified by September 9. Email a CD with up to three high resolution jpg images (300 dpi 5x7) along with an artist's statement, biography and resume to or send to her at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside.

Anniversary Exhibit: The Heather Roddy Gallery's anniversary summer exhibit of paintings and furniture by Roddy and guest artists is open noon to 6 p.m. daily in the Flower Hill Promenade, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. (858) 395-5605.

Beatrice Wood Exhibit: An exhibit of The Virgin's Dream-Beatrice Wood Drawings and Ceramics is through Sept. 10 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way.

Nate Harrison: A collection of artifacts from Harrison's life as a legendary African American homesteader in San Diego is on exhibit through Sept. 15 at the San Diego Archeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. or (760) 291-0370.

Marianela de la Hoz Exhibit: Metamorphores, a collection of drawings and egg tempera paintings exploring metaphor and metamorphosis will be on exhibit through Oct. 9 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. Meet the artist 2 to 3 p.m. July 30. (760) 435-3720.

Ceramics Exhibit: "When Lifted to the Eye: Ceramics from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection Exhibition" is through Nov. 6 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. (760) 435-3720.

Françoise Gilot: The Oceanside Museum of Art features "Transitions: The Work of Françoise Gilot" through Nov. 13 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. $8 $5 seniors over 65. Free for OMA Members, students and military. (760) 435-3720;

Sculpture in the Garden: Exhibition showcases sculptures from 26 artists through April 2012 in the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $12; seniors and students $8; children 3-12 years old $6. (760) 436-3036;

Children's Discovery: San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, 380 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. $5. Free for members and infants under 1 year. (760) 233-7755.


Family Gardening: A workshop series on healthy food and habitats continues 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. 10 at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. $15 per adult-child pair and $10 for each additional child (limited three per adult). (760) 436-7986;

Dog Surfing: Surf dog clinics in preparation for Helen Woodward Animal Center's September Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon are 10 to 11 a.m. August 6, 13 and 20 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. $45 per dog. (858) 756-4117, ext. 312 or

Grow your Food: Paul Maschka, organic horticulturist and edible landscaping instructor at San Diego City College, will be guest speaker on growing your own food in small spaces 12:20 to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Unity Way Church, 171 Unity Way, Vista.; (760) 726-1224.

Noncredit ESL: Registration for MiraCosta College's free noncredit English as a Second Language Program evening classes is Aug. 8 at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. at the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, in Oceanside. Registration for morning, afternoon and evening classes is Aug. 9-10 at 8 a.m. and noon. A listening and reading assessment test will be given as part of registration. (760) 795.8719.

Computer Class: Buying and Selling on E-Bay & Craiglist Computer class for Ages 50 and up is Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. $33; Encinitas residents $30. (760) 943-2250.

AARP 55 Alive Driving Class: Refresher Course is Aug. 8. in Room 13 of Debin Hall, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. Preregistration required: (858) 509-2587. $14; $12 for AARP members. (858) 509-2587.

Vermicomposting: Workshops 1 p.m. August 13 at the El Corazon Compost Facility on proper vermicomposting techniques and worm bin maintenance.; (760) 439-9920.

Seaside Day Camp: The City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department offers Seaside Day Camp 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekly through Aug. 26 in the Scout House in Glen Park in Cardiff for ages 6-12 with arts and crafts, cooking classes and field trips. (760) 633-2740;

Dance Away: Learn ballroom and tango 7 p.m., Latin and nightclub 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Studio 4 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. $5 to $10 per class. (858) 248-0593.


Teen/Adult ballet: Classes at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Level I, for ages 14+ is on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. and level II, for ages 14+ is Mondays from 7:15-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. and/or Saturdays from 8:45-10 a.m. (760) 943-2260.

Oldies But Goodies: Line Dance classes 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Intermediate class 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at the Vista Elks Club, 1947 East Vista Way. $4 per class. Helen Pietroforte, Instructor. (760) 724-6375;

Hawaiian Dance: Beginning Hawaiian dancing is Mondays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, $8 per lesson or $25 per month. Instructor is Marilee Garcia. (760) 941-2785.

Yoga in Nature: Yoga classes 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. (760) 804-1969;

Free Computer Classes: Internet and email basics 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Rancho Bernardo branch library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive. Free. Sign up at least one day ahead at the library (858) 675-1479.

Kabbalah Classes: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Chabad at La Costa, 1980 La Costa Ave. Carlsbad. Free. (760) 943-8891;

Gentle Yoga: Naomi Judith offers ongoing classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Ed Brown Senior Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo. (760) 419-9817 or

Poway History Tours: City of Poway, the Poway Historical Society and Poway-Midland Railroad host historical tours for groups ranging from 20 to 60 participants. $4 per person. Reservations:; (858) 668-4579.


"My Big Backyard:" Children's summer program 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 6 with outdoor learning experiences for children ages 9-11 sponsored by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy at San Dieguito River Park, 18372 Sycamore Creek Road, Escondido Free. Registration required.; or (858) 674-2275, ext. 12.

Lake Poway Campouts: Family Campouts are Aug. 13-15 starting 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Fee: $62 per family; $52 for Poway residents. No alcohol is permitted. Registration: or visit City Hall, Community Services Department, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway. (858) 668-4781.

Bird Watching: Join bird watchers 8 to 9 a.m. the first Monday of the month at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive,

Buena Vista Audubon: View Audubon hands-on exhibits and picnic by the Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center, 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. (760) 439-BIRD;

Trail Maintenance: First and third Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Nature Center, end of Gabbiano Lane in Carlsbad. (760) 931-0800 or

Monthly bird count: The second Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Meet at the Gabbiano Lane trail head. For more information, call (760) 931-0800 or

Guided Nature Walk: Come for a walk 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at San Elijo Lagoon. Meet at the Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue.

Star Parties: The MiraCosta College astronomy department hosts viewing events from 8 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday and Saturday at MiraCosta College baseball field in Oceanside. Free and open to the public. (760) 757-2121, ext. 6201.


Lunch and Wellness: A free luncheon and wellness presentation sponsored by Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department and "Longevity" is noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Civic Center Library community rooms, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Preregistration required: or 888-55-HEART.

City of Hope: Rancho Bernardo Chapter will visit the Canterbury Gardens, 1677 S. Centre City Parkway, Escondido 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 for a demonstration on "How They Make All Their Beautiful Things." (858) 485-1686 or (858) 487-8041.

LIFE at MiraCosta: A Senior Learning Group, meets 1 p.m. Aug. 5, Room 1068, MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. The 1 p.m. speaker is Hilary Carson, program director of "Get on the Bus" which brings children to visit their mothers and fathers in prison; 2:30 p.m. speaker is Beth Accomando on the "Comic-Con Phenomenon." (760) 721-8124.

North County Widows and widowers: The club hosts a Champagne brunch 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Gordon's on the Green, Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. (760) 727-7275.

"Never Alone On Sunday:" The group hosts a day of games including bridge, canasta, contract gin and Mah Jongg 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Bernardo Heights Clubhouse, 16150 Bernardo Heights Parkway, Rancho Bernardo. Reservation required: (858) 451-0065.

Computer Genealogy Group: "Land Ho" presented by Blythe Stokes of the Computer Genealogy Group is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. the same day, North San Diego County Genealogical Society will hold the monthly Business and Sharing Meeting at Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 967-8635 or (760) 435-2536.

Parkinson's Support: Vista North County Parkinson's Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 with Speaker Debra Lobatz on "Living with the challenges of Parkinson's disease" at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, Brengle Terrace Park, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Rancho Bernardo Travelers: Meets at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in the auditorium of Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Rick Howard will speak on "Royal England." For ages over 18. (858) 451-3964.

Escondido Democratic Club: Milton Saier, UCSD professor of molecular biology, will discuss climate change and its ultimate cause 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 N. Broadway in Escondido. (760) 740-8595;

Military Officers Association: Pendleton chapter meets 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at Hunter's Steak House, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. Guest speaker will be a representative from the Coast Guard, celebrating Their 221st Birthday. $13 for lunch. (760) 720-9917.

Catholic Widow & Widowers: North County support group hosts the annual picnic Aug. 14 at Calavera Community Park in Carlsbad. For reservations and time: 858/674-4324

North County Singles: The social club for senior singles ages 55 and up will hold a sunset walk at the Carlsbad Tamarack Beach, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Meet at the beach parking lot. (760) 295-6123.


North County Jewish Seniors: The club hosts guest speaker, Jeff Frank, a newspaper columnist, 12:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. (760) 476-9888.

Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary: Club meets at noon Mondays at the Carlsbad Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Program and lunch. Visitors welcome.

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary: Meetings at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, 12280 Greens East Road. The public is welcome. Meetings are free, $15 for breakfast.;

Chamber Toastmasters: The Escondido group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Activity Room of Redwood Town Court, 500 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. (619) 520-2818.

Carlsbad African violet Society: Meetings at 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 651 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. (760) 433-4641.

Stamp Club: For collecting enthusiasts looking to share individual and unusual stamp stories and trade stamps; meets 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. (760) 943-2250. To donate stamps, call (760) 436-4601.

Take off Pounds Sensibly: The weight loss group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at San Diego County Credit Union, 501 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 634-2936.

Tri-City Cancer Support: Cancer Support Group meetings are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. (760) 940-7007.

Women's Cancer Support: Palomar Pomerado Health hosts the group 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion Education Classroom, first floor, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway. Free. (858) 675-5018.

Emotions Anonymous: The group offers a 12-step program for those with depression, anxiety, relationship problems and other emotional difficulties. Meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first four Tuesdays at the Weingart Senior Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway. (760) 207-2944.

Brain Injury Support: Gray Matters Support Group for people who have sustained brain injuries is the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Del Mar branch library, 1309 Camino Del Mar. Individual mentoring available for people who have newly sustained brain injuries. (760) 579-3895.

World Affairs Council: The North County chapter meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Remington Club, 16925 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free. (858) 487-1776.

Cardiff North County Parkinson's support group: Meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the Belmont Village, 3535 Manchester Ave. (760) 940-2763.

Catholic Widow & Widowers: The North County support group hosts outings at area restaurants and venues. Call for times and locations. (858) 674-4324.

The North County Singles Club: Seniors 55 and older meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays for dinner and dancing in Vista and Oceanside. $14. (760) 942-2719.

Alzheimer's Association: Meetings from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Vista Village, 2041 West Vista Way, Vista. The group has a guest speaker the third Thursday of every month. (760) 727-9089 or

Soroptimist International of Vista: Meetings at 12:10 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Dr. Lunch: $14.50. (760) 726-4101 or email at

Lady Lions: Meetings at noon on the first Wednesday at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, 14050 Carmel Ridge Road. (858) 487-4671.

Knitting Circle: Meetings from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at Knitting by the Beach, 616 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. (858) 509-9276.

North County Investors group: Meets 6:30 p.m. the 2nd Wed. of the month at The Jolly Roger on Oceanside Harbor Drive for anyone interested in investing or stock trading. Food is served with separate checks. Bring your three favorite stocks or ETFs for our the Just For Fun Contest.; (831) 206-5212

North County Videomakers: Meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at KOCT studios, 3058 Industry St., Oceanside. Annual dues: $30. (858) 484-3903.

PFLAG North County Inland: The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Temple Adat Shalom, in Room 9 (by cinderblock wall), 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway. (858) 673-4560 or (858) 485-6480.

Cancer Support Group: Meetings for people with oral, head and neck cancer at noon on the first Saturday of the month at 4S Ranch branch library, 10433 Reserve Drive. (760) 751-2109.

Weight Loss Support Group: TOPS Ca 635 meets Fridays 8:15 to 10 a.m. at El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. (760) 804-1702.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick: Share Irish stories, jokes, limericks and songs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Friday at The Jolly Roger, 1900 N. Harbor Drive, Oceanside. (760) 908-2322.

North County Amnesty International: Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at Hill Street Coffeehouse, 524 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. (760) 731-0735 or

Bonsai and Beyond: The club meets 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive.

Buena Vista Audubon Society: Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. (760) 439-2473.

Vista North County Parkinson's Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. (760) 940-2763.

North County Woolgatherers: The group of fiber artists interested in traditional rug hooking serves North San Diego County/Temecula Valley and meets the last Saturday of each month at the Fallbrook Public Utilities District offices, 990 E. Mission Rd, Fallbrook. New members welcome.; (760) 758-008, ext. 119.

Woman's Club of Vista: Regular meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. New members welcome. (760) 295-8686.

Senior Living

Hearing Tests: David Illich, audiologist, will give hearing tests and advice on hearing aids 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Senior Service Council, 728 N. Broadway. Free. Appointments: (760) 480-0611.

Eye Screening: Irene Chennell, a local ophthalmologist, will test for glaucoma and cataracts 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 and the first and third Thursday of the Month at Senior Service Council Escondido, 728 N. Broadway. Appointments: (760) 480-0611.

Diabetes Blood Sugar Test: Offered Aug 19 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Senior Service Council, 728 N. Broadway. Free. Do not eat, drink or take meds before. No appointment necessary. (760) 480-0611.


Blood Pressure Check: Mondays 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Service Council Escondido, 728 N. Broadway. No appointment necessary. (760) 480-0611.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Noon to 2 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Palomar Medical Center Lobby, 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido and noon to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Pomerado Hospital Lobby, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway. (858) 675-5100;

Tax Help: Senior Service Council Escondido provides free help if you received a notice from the IRS or Franchise Tax Board, or need to submit previous year's income taxes or change a previously submitted tax return Thursday mornings at 9 and 10 a.m. through Nov. 15. Bring documents to the Dorothy Boeger, Building at 728 N. Broadway, Escondido.

Social Dance: Beginner class on fox trot, rumba, swing, waltz is 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Studio of the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. $5 donation required. (760) 602-4650. Zumba Gold Classes: The class for seniors is 1 to 2 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Resident $21, nonresident $24. (760) 943-2250.

Oceanside bingo: Bingo is 12:45 p.m. Thursdays at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane and 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. Early bird special includes five games for $1. Proceeds go the Senior Nutrition Program. (760) 435-5285.

Line Dance: Beginner classes are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, $3 per class, Intermediate is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $4 per class, and Intermediate/Advanced 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $4 per class, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Helen Pietroforte, instructor. (760) 724-6375;

Yoga and fitness: Gale Gibbons teaches yoga classes at 8 and 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. Cost: $3. Body balance classes are at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $3. (760) 726-7236.

Senior Service Council of Escondido: Free services include job referrals from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays; a bereavement support group from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday; screenings for blood pressure from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays; help with wills, trusts, divorce, foreclosure, powers of attorney and advance health care directives from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; and assistance with tax preparation and other tax issues from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through mid-November. The council office is at 728 N. Broadway, Escondido. (760) 480-0611.

Seniors Lunch Bunch: 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at Applebees, 573 Grand Ave., San Marcos. (831) 206-5212.

Chorale group: Meetings from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. (760) 744-5535.

Homebound Services: Oceanside Public Library offers free delivery of library materials to Oceanside residents of any age who are physically unable to visit the library. To sign up for delivery, call (760) 435-5657. Escondido residents, call the Escondido Public Library (760) 839-4819. Carlsbad residents, call the Carlsbad City Library (760) 434-2847.

Rancho Bernardo Senior Services: Free legal assistance, financial planning, simple wills, health insurance consultations, hearing tests and other services are available at RB Senior Services, 16769 Bernardo Center Drive Suite K-14. (858) 487-2640.

Volunteers & Donations

Animal Center Volunteers: Orientation for volunteers at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at the center for ages 14 and over. (858) 756-4117, ext. 305;;

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Operation Bigs program needs civilian and military volunteers to spend one-on-one time with elementary school aged children at Camp Pendleton with parents deployed, playing sports, board games, etc. for one hour once a week. (619) 218-3532;

Lagoon Docents: The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation needs docents to lead public walks and volunteers for the newsletter, fundraising, marketing, trail maintenance, coordinating volunteers and grant writing. (760) 931-0800.

Landscaping Volunteer: Rancho Buena Vista historic adobe needs a volunteer with landscaping background to assist in maintaining the gardens at 640 Alta Vista Drive in Vista. (760) 724-5743.

Volunteer Drivers: City of Encinitas Senior Center needs volunteers drivers for the Out and About Transportation Program. (760) 943-2256. Mission San Luis Rey: Shifts vary from 2 to 4 hours on weekends and include the historic museum, Mission church and welcome center at the mission, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. (760) 757-3651, ext. 148.

Hospital Seeks Volunteers: Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway, is looking for volunteers to help in the Emergency Room, work in the Gift Shop, drive the parking lot shuttle, transport patients in wheel chairs and attend to families of patients in surgery. (858) 613-4659.

Donate Backyard Produce: Residents of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, and vicinity are invited to donate backyard fruits and vegetables to help local families in need. or (858) 485-5449.

Give a Neighbor a Lift: Drive a senior neighbor in the Rancho Bernardo/Poway/Penasquitos area to a doctor's appointment or other errand. Sign up with Rides & Smiles. Volunteers receive liability insurance, mileage reimbursement and a weekly list of ride requests to choose from. (858) 391-0033.

Carlsbad Volunteers: Get involved in the city as a volunteer at various events and places, for example, the Library Learning Center (760) 434-2929 or

Disabled American Veterans: The Disabled American Veterans need volunteer drivers to transport veterans from their homes in coastal North County to doctor's appointments at the VA Hospital in La Jolla, one day a week for six to eight hours. DAV van provided. (858) 552-7470.