Encinitas events this weekend and beyond.

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Passport to Africa

Encinitas Friends of the Arts will celebrate the diversity of African arts and culture with music, film, dancing, visual art, silent auction, African marketplace and delicious cuisine. Performers include Zulu dancers Nomsa Burkhardt and Niancho Sanneh, Zimbeat--music of Zimbabwe and Bhakti Griots, a San Diego music and dance group originally from West Africa. Proceeds will benefit EFA and the Pacific View Academy of Art.

Friday, April 29, 6:30-9 p.m. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. $25, $30, $40. 619-414-8929; encinitasarts.org/2016/03/24/passport-to-africa/

Top high school musicians to perform at Encinitas concert

On May 1 at 2 p.m., the Coastal Communities Concert Band is featuring top North County high school musicians at its Encinitas Pops Concert at the San Dieguito Academy. This concert, made possible by grants from the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation, gives 26 of the best student musicians in the San Dieguito Union High School District an unforgettable experience – performing with the award-winning CCC Band.

Highly anticipated is the solo performance of Max Opferkuch, last year’s winner of the coveted Don Caneva Scholarship grand prize, sure to impress in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. One of the most exciting moments of the Young Musicians Concert will be the announcement of this year’s scholarship recipients, one of whom will return to solo with the CCCBand in 2017.

Foreign Film: Tosca’s Kiss

The documentary film is about life in Casa di Reposo in Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. Directed by Daniel Schmid. (LIFE Club San Elijo)

Friday, April 22, 1 p.m. San Elijo Campus/MiraCosta College, Student Center Conf. Room, 3333 Manchester Avenue. Free.

San Diego Botanic Garden to present Chocolate Festival

Don’t miss San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Your taste buds will thank you when savoring the many varieties of goodies created by 15 – 20 chocolate artisans.The Chocolate Festival is the day before Mother’s Day, so it is the perfect gift for Mom. She can enjoy the day relaxing in our beautiful garden oasis while sampling edibles made from the ground beans of the Theobroma cacao. Demonstrations and tips on creating delicious chocolate treats will also be featured at the Chocolate Festival.Enjoy music from Bob Ballentine and Friends as delicious food and coffee will be available.Don’t miss the Garden’s Kidzone where children can have fun making crafts and gifts for Mom like: Flower Key Chains, Hand Print Mother’s Day Keepsakes, Bamboo Flutes, and Heart Shaped Paper Collages.Visit www.sdbgarden.org

Music by the Sea: Vladimir Khomyakov, piano

“Virtuosic technique... deep emotional intensity.” ~Daniel Pollack.

Vladimir is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory and the USC Artist Diploma Program. A top prize-winner of numerous International piano competitions, he concertizes internationally and toured Russia in fall 2015. he will perform works by De Falla, Albeniz, Granados, Ginastera and Ravel. (Encinitas Arts Division)

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $13. Tickets at the door. 760-633-2746.

Encinitas Student Film Symposium

The day-long event will teach the art of filmmaking to North County high school and college students. Experience an actual film set as pro’s from the film industry teach all facets of their craft. (San Diego Filmmakers, Encinitas Arts Division)

Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Free. RSVP required: http://www.encinitasstudentfilmfestival.com/Symposium.html

Encinitas Student Film Festival. Deadline to submit films is Monday, May 2.

33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair

Live music on three stages, beer garden, children’s rides, dog zone, kids zone, bike valets, and more than 450 arts, crafts and food vendors. The kid’s zone will feature a wide range of interactive booths and free activities, and the dog zone offers fun for your pets.

Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Beer Garden open till 7 p.m. S Coast Hwy 101 between D St and J Streets. Free. 760-943-1950.

Interfaith Emergency Preparedness Fair and Food Drive

Join Encinitas Community Resource Center, Encinitas Fire, Encinitas CERT, Ready America and Rancho Coastal humane Society at this fun, informative and hands-on community fair. Please bring food donations.

Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue. Free. 760-753-8300.

Families Make History: Flower Pots

Every weekend, enjoy fun activities that revolve around a historical theme. In April we celebrate Encinitas’ abundant floral history by decorating spring flower pots. No RSVP necessary. For ages 4+.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Concert: Steep Ravine and Second Cousins

“After Hours Sessions.” Steep Ravine is a blue grass and folk group steeped in traditional influences, yet thoroughly modern and original. One of the best young acts this side of Mississippi. Opening set by the exquisite local folk pop band Second Cousins. Light refreshments provided. (Ruthless Hippies, Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association)

Saturday, April 23, 7-9:30 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10, $12 at door, $11 senior/student/military.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing:

The Lady In The Van, Love Thy Nature, Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show Times: 760-436-7469.

Del Mar National Horse Show – Dressage Week

April 28-May 1, Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Del Mar National has been designated as a selection event for the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Cup during Dressage Week. Competitors will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 USEF National Championships at both Grand Prix and Prix St. Georges; USEF National and International Young Horse Championships; USEF Developing Horse Championships and both the National and North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The highlight of Dressage week is the exquisite Evening of Musical Freestyles on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

More information: delmarnational.com

SD Kids Expo & Fair

April 30-May 1, Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is two days of everything about kids; there are over 150 different companies with products and services for kids. Many of the vendors provide free activities and demos so kids can hit some balls in the batting cage and try a little volleyball, or do a little painting or coloring on a huge coloring page. There are also two huge outdoor fairs, featuring rides and activities like a Zip Line, Walk on Water bubbles and a two-person Gyro, plus all inflatable jumpies, slides and body bubbles that cost only $5 for all day fun!

More information: sandiegokidsexpo.com

Expert to speak on constitutional law and more

Friday, April 29, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free

Lecture: SCOTUS

Joe Chirra, associate professor of political science at MiraCosta College, will speak on constitutional law, The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and the roles and responsibilities of the President and the Senate in the selection of Supreme Court Justices.

lifesanelijo@gmail.com

Top spiritual teacher and medium returns to Seaside Center

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living recently announced it will once again host James Van Praagh, internationally respected spiritual pioneer and one of the world’s most celebrated mediums. Van Praagh’s 2015 performance at Seaside Center sold out prior to the event.

His appearances feature an insight into the mind-full awareness on the subject of “communication with the dead” that Van Praagh has shepherded into the public psyche for the past 30 years. The event is on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at www.seasidecenter.org.

Van Praag will be joined by Lynn Probert, another internationally respected psychic medium and teacher, for an unforgettable evening of insights and inspiration.

Meet the Chefs

Nearly 300 food enthusiasts and passionate community members will gather to attend Casa de Amparo’s 20th Annual Meet the Chefs on April 24, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.

The popular fundraiser annually raises over $125,000, which will directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s programs that treat and prevent child abuse and neglect throughout San Diego County and beyond.

The event will be held poolside and guests will have the opportunity to sample food from 15 renowned San Diego restaurants. Visit casadeamparo.org/events/meetthechefs

Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival

The 43rd annual Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival is coming on Sunday, April 24, from noon - 4 p.m. For more information, visit olivenhain.org.

San Dieguito Academy presents Fleischman’s ‘Zap’

The San Dieguito Academy second period Drama Production class will be performing Paul Fleischman’s “Zap” on April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

“Zap” is a comedic driven show that is compiled of seven genres of theater: Shakespeare, Comedy, Southern, Avant-Garde, English Mystery, Russian, and a Performance Arts Piece. The show is a parody of all the greatest playwrights intertwined into one must see farce. Each person in the audience is given a remote control and is able to control the flow and pace of the show, similar to watching television.

All shows will be performed at the Clayton E. Liggett Theater on the San Dieguito Academy Campus, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Tickets cost $8 for students and $15 for adults and are available for purchase at www.seatyourself.biz/sandieguito. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. for all performances.

Spring Art Bash

Come celebrate art in Carlsbad at the C3, Carlsbad Causes for Community, Spring Art Bash on April 29 at the Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-op. Local artists’ work will be on display and for sale, and the event will provide opportunities for collaboration among artists.

The artists will graciously donate half of their proceeds from the sale of their artwork to C3. The donations will help C3 fund programs for the community, including kids and seniors programs, food drives, and family events in the Carlsbad Village.

The Spring Art Bash will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will include food, drinks, a cash bar, art activities for kids and adults, a jumpy jump for kids, a silent auction and live music by The Elements, as well as other local musicians. Tickets can be purchased online at carlbadcauses.org and cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

C3 is located at 2801-B Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, CA, inside the Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-op.

CCA Ocean of Hope Club to host film screening to benefit cancer research

The Canyon Crest Academy Ocean of Hope (O2H) Club is hosting a film screening of the movie “Channel of Bones” to raise money and awareness for cancer research. On Saturday April 30 at 7 p.m. CCA O2H Club will be screening the California premiere of “Channel of Bones” by Australian filmmaker Mic Simpson.

“Channel of Bones” is the story of two paddleboarders who train to cross the world famous and treacherous Moloka’i Channel. The documentary focuses on Kendrick Louis and the journey he undergoes in his quest to compete in the toughest paddle board race in the world – the Molokai 2 Oahu. Included in the presentation will be a showing of the new documentary film by San Diego filmmaker Gage Hingeley about a team of Ocean of Hope paddlers who dedicate their training and racing to the sea of people affected by cancer. All proceeds from will be donated to The Sarcoma Alliance on behalf of the Ocean of Hope.

The event will be held at the Canyon Crest Academy Black Box Theater, 5951 Village Loop Road, Carmel Valley.

The event is open to the public. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the door if tickets are still available.

FACE Foundation’s ‘Bags & Baubles’

On Sunday, May 1, animal lovers and fashionistas will unite for the premier fundraising event of the season, Bags & Baubles.

From 1-5 pm, the San Diego-based Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) will host Bags & Baubles for its sixth consecutive year at an exclusive Rancho Santa Fe estate to raise funds and awareness for local pets in need of critical or life-saving veterinary care.

Bags & Baubles is a one-of-a-kind event that allows animal and fashion lovers to shop for a cause. Guests can register online at www.face4pets.org.

Studio Barre hosts ‘My Happy Place’ events, April 23 and 27

April is Stress Awareness Month, and Studio Barre is inviting San Diegans to follow their bliss with special “My Happy Place” events, Saturday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 27. Studio Barre is teaming up with Carmel Valley psychologist Dr. Samantha Madhosingh to gain tips to de-stress and find happiness.

The events will kick off with a Studio Barre class, offering a results-producing workout class that focuses on building core strength and improving the body’s posture to resemble that of a dancer’s physique. Following the class, Madhosingh will give a talk about finding “Your Happy Place,” managing stress and being the best “you.” The event will conclude with a sugar hand scrub demo and DIY recipe, led by Jimbo’s.

The Saturday, April 23, event will be at Studio Barre Encinitas; located at 208 N. El Camino Real, Ste. C (Encinitas), taking place from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Wednesday, April 27, event will be at Studio Barre Carmel Valley; located at 7845 Highland Village Place, Ste. C (San Diego, 92129), and take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required as space is limited; guests are asked to RSVP to katy@citruspublicrelations.com.

Local resident releases debut novel, book-signing event to be held at Lux

Rancho Santa Fe resident Jennifer Shun will launch her debut novel “We Once Had Wings ”at Lux Art Institute on Thursday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. The event will include a book signing, refreshments and music.

In time for Mother’s Day, the launch celebrates this multi-generational family chronicle where mother, daughter, and grandmother struggle to find happiness over nearly a century.

“In the novel, the main character listens as her favorite sister dies behind a locked bedroom door,” Shun explains. “She not only blames her mother, but also decides femininity is one inch away from evil. As the book unfolds, the reader is asked to re-evaluate motherhood and the innate strength women find within themselves to bear the burden of this and future generations.”

“We Once Had Wings” will be available on Amazon.com on May 1, 2016. For more information, visit jennifershun.com.

Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024.

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