Welcome to summer: Concerts, horse racing, fair among events ahead
Del Mar and Solana Beach will offer residents plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the summer of 2010. Whether looking to cool off with a movie, or soak up some sun with a beach campout, there’s always something going on in these towns by the sea.
Susan McCrea and Soul Seduction. The drummer and her band will perform jazz, blues and baby boomer favorites. 6 p.m. May 28 and 5 p.m. June 6, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. Free. (858) 792-1555, www.delmarplaza.com.
Randy Fontaine & the Swingers. The last First Thursdays concert of the season will include music by Cole Porter, the Gershwins and Rodgers and Hart. 7 p.m. June 3, Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 1700 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. (858) 635-1363, www.delmarfoundation.org/Pages/cultural.htm.
Spanish Guitar Del Mar and Mark Langford. These locals will play classical and flamenco guitar, featuring nylon-string guitarist Mark Langford. 6 p.m. June 4, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. Free. (858) 792-1555, www.delmarplaza.com.
Children’s Summer Concert with Hullabaloo. The kid-folk duo will perform some of their hits. June 6. Details pending. Check www.delmarfoundation.org/Pages/children.htm for more information.
Michaeal Tiernan. The musician examines life questions through song with optimism and hope. 6 p.m. June 18, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. Free. (858) 792-1555, www.delmarplaza.com.
Bahman Sarram. The violinist, composer and producer will present songs crafted with a Middle Eastern fusion folk edge. 6 p.m. June 25, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. Free. (858) 792-1555, www.delmarplaza.com.
Bert Turetzky with the Wethersfield Trio. The First Thursdays 2010-11 season will kick off with more than 600 years of chamber music. 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 1700 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. $175 for the season (10 concerts). (858) 635-1363, www.delmarfoundation.org/Pages/cultural.htm.
Summer Twilight Concert Series. Musical acts perform at Powerhouse Park overlooking the ocean. 7 p.m. one Tuesday per month, June-September, Del Mar Powerhouse Park, 1600 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Free. (858) 635-1363, www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-coast/events-del-mar-summer-concerts.html.
Events are free and presented at the Del Mar Branch Library, 1309 Camino del Mar. (858) 755-1666, http://sdcl.org/locations_DM.html.
Summer Reading Club kickoff. Join Captain Book and sign up for the fun. 11 a.m. June 16.
Summer Story Time. Kids of all ages can hear stories at this weekly event. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 22-Aug. 3.
Make a summer journal with Karen Lusby. Adults and teens will learn how to turn books into summer journals. Registration required. 1 p.m. June 26.
Mad Science. An introduction to science for young children through water play. 11 a.m. June 30.
Popsicle Story Time. A great way for families to cool off during the summer heat. 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 1- Aug. 5.
Wild Wonders. Meet wild animals in the library and learn about their care. 11 a.m. July 14.
Amazing Dana. Magic show for all ages. 11 a.m. July 28.
Pirates with Mary Beach. Join in on the fun at the summer reading club party. Activities available for preschoolers through adults. 11 a.m. Aug. 11.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race season. The ponies are running where the surf meets the turf, July 21-Sept. 8 in ol’ Del Mar. Family Sundays and Free and Easy Wednesdays return. Among the highlights: Two Beer Festivals, a Craft Microbrew Festival, the $1 Million Pacific Classic and the Weiner Dog National. Post time is 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 4 p.m. Fridays — 3:30 p.m. for the last three. Concerts are scheduled some Friday and Saturday nights. For a schedule of entertainers, see page B8. More race news at (858) 755-1141 or www.delmarscene.com.
Recreational programs and camps
Surf Sessions Surf Camp. San Diego’s premier surf camp offers day and overnight camps for ages 12-18. June 14-Sept. 3. Surf Sessions, 26th Street, Del Mar. $651-$1,000/week. (858) 481-1450, www.surfsessions.com.
Del Mar Union School District Day Camp. Children entering grades 1-6 are invited to five two-week sessions that include arts and crafts, games and field trips. June 21-Aug. 19, Ashley Falls Elementary School, 13030 Ashley Falls Drive, San Diego. $42/non-field trip days, $63/field trip days. (858) 755-9301, www.dmusd.org/
Summer Adventure Camps. Children ages 5-15 are invited to participate in single-day adventures to multiweek camps. June 21-Aug. 27, Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito, Del Mar Branch, 14125 Mango Drive, Del Mar. Fees vary by length and nature of activity. (858) 720-2180, www.positiveplacesd.org/
Fairs and festivals
2010 San Diego County Fair. June 11-July 5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year’s theme, “Taste the Fun,” features all the beloved ingredients for traditional good times — carnival rides; a Midway full of games and food booths; stages packed with musical entertainment; 4-H animals, arts and crafts, cooking contests and much more. (Closed June 14, 21 and 28.) Tickets at ticketmaster.com or at the fairgrounds box office: $13; seniors and kids ages 6-12, $7 (free on Tuesdays); Pass-22 days of fun for $22 — a $286 value. Parking $9. Daily news updates at www.sdfair.com.
Summer Solstice in Del Mar. Celebrate the arrival of summer with live music, a silent auction, culinary creations from Del Mar’s outstanding restaurants, and selections from an array of wineries and breweries. 5 p.m. June 17, Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. $50. (858) 755-1179, www.delmarmainstreet.com.
Independence Day Parade. The family can take part by decorating bikes and pets for this parade and contest. 9 a.m. July 4, Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Free. (858) 635-1363, www.delmarfoundation.org.
Lobster Festival. The third annual Lobster Festival will include a live auction, wine and a lobster feast, with proceeds benefiting the preservation of Del Mar parks. 6:30 p.m. July 31, Del Mar Shores Park, Ninth Street and Stratford Court, Del Mar. $85-$100. (858) 755-4844, www.sandiegocoastalchamber.com.
Del Mar Art Center Open Invitational. The Del Mar Art Center Gallery invites you to submit original artwork and view creations by other local artists during the month-long show. Awards for best submissions. Open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, Aug. 4-29, Del Mar Art Center Gallery, 1555 Camino del Mar, Suite 315B, Del Mar. (858) 481-1678, www.dmacgallery.com.
Hullabaloo CD release concert. Join this nationally recognized duo as they release their new children’s folk album, “A Might Good Day.” 10:30 a.m. May 30, North Coast Repertory Theater, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. $5. (858) 481-2155, www.hullabalooband.com/calendar.html.
Coco Rosie Guest. This band, composed of two sisters, has played to audiences across Europe. Guests over age 21 have the chance to see them in a rare U.S. appearance at the Belly Up Tavern. Check website for other summer shows. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $20. (858) 481-8140, www.bellyup.com/show/
Concerts at the Cove. Thursdays, 6 to 7:45 p.m. June 10-Aug. 19. Free. At Fletcher Cove Park.
All programs are free and held at the Solana Beach Branch Library, Earl Warren Middle School, 157 Stevens Ave. (858) 755-1404, http://host.evanced.info/sdcl/evanced/eventcalendar.asp.
Toddler Story Time. Toddlers are invited to listen to classic and contemporary children’s stories at this weekly get-together. 9:30 a.m. Mondays, June 21-Aug. 9.
Infant Story Time. For babies up to the walking stage, a weekly half-hour story reading. 10:30 a.m. Mondays, June 21-Aug. 9.
Summer reading kickoff event with Mad Science. Kids of all ages are invited to start their summer reading with a science show. 10:30 a.m. June 24.
Summer reading event for kids. Kids are invited to touch sea creatures from the Birch Aquarium and watch a magic show at this weekly meeting. Activities vary by week. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, July 1-Aug. 12.
Big Kids Story Time. A weekly story reading appropriate for kindergarteners through sixth-graders. 11 a.m. Fridays, July 9-30.
Recreational programs and camps
Memorial Day Ceremony 2010. Remember war veterans with a ceremony featuring the Santa Fe Christian School Band, Camp Pendleton Young Marines and special guest speaker Col. Susan Thompson, USAF Ret. 11 a.m. May 31, La Colonia Community Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. (858) 720-2453, http://solana-beach.hdso.net/Events/CS_MemorialDay.pdf.
Student film contest. The Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission invites all San Dieguito High School District students to submit a film. Winning submission will be shown at Beach Blanket Movie Night in August. Contest ends June 1. Mail DVD to Solana Beach City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach. (858) 720-2453, http://solana-beach.hdso.net/Events/CS_FilmContest.pdf.
Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp. Kids ages 6-12 can learn about the rain forest or splash in the water when they sign up for one of the seven weeklong camp experiences the Recreation Department is offering. June-August, Fletcher Cove Community Center, 133 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach. $106 ($123 nonresidents)/week. (858) 720-2400, http://solanabeach.hdso.net/docs/CS_SummerDayCamp.pdf.
Family Camp Out. This overnight camping adventure includes campfire songs, s’mores and games for all. Register with the Parks and Recreation Department. 5 p.m. July 24-25, La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. $25/family. (858) 720-2453, http://solana-beach.hdso.net/Events/CS_CampOut.pdf.
Solana Beach Triathlon and Duathlon. Some 2,000 athletes will compete this year in the sporting race sponsored by The Triathlon Club of San Diego. 7 a.m. July 25, Fletcher Cove Park, West Plaza Street and South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach. $75-$110. (858) 268-1250, www.kozenterprises.com/Triathlons/solanadf84.htm.
Beach Blanket Movie Night. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and come watch movies under the stars. 6 p.m. Aug. 28, Fletcher Cove Park, West Plaza Street and South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach. Free. (858) 720-2400, http://solanabeach.hdso.net/Events/CS_BBMN.pdf.
Fairs and festivals
Fiesta del Sol. This two-day music festival will offer a variety of performances from folk to beat boxing, as well as street vendors, children’s activities, and arts and crafts. 1 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 and 2 to 8 p.m. June 6, Fletcher Cove Park, West Plaza Street and South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach. Free. (858) 755-4775, www.fiestadelsol.net.
Playa del Run Beach Festival. The race will feature four events, including a 5K run, one-mile sand sprint, one-mile ocean swim and an aquathlon. The series will provide live music, a Green Beach Expo, a raffle and food. 8 a.m. Aug. 15. Fletcher Cove Park, West Plaza Street and South Sierra Avenue. $15-$50, varies by event. (310) 821-7898, www.playadelrun.com.
— Compiled by Emily DeRuy
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