Encinitas events this weekend and beyond

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. $15-$40. 619-414-8929.

Art Classes

Encinitas artist Jeffrey Watts and the Watts Atelier of the Arts help artists of all levels to discover and develop their talent. A new series of 10 week classes include: Figure Drawing, Intro to Still Life Painting, Landscape Painting Essentials, Drawing Pet Portraits, and more.

Monday, April 25. Watts Atelier of the Arts, 171 Calle Magdalena, Suite 103.

This Week at Lux Art Institute

Ceramics for Kids. Ages 5-8. Learn a variety of ceramic painting techniques to create vibrant and bold designs on your very own, customized set of dinnerware. Mondays, Apr. 25-May 16, 3:30-5:30pm. Lux Art Institute, 1578 South El Camino Real. $170, $210. 760-436-6611.

Lux After Dark. The evening will feature the unveiling of artist Margaret Griffith’s residency project realized at Lux and a site-specific installation in the Education Pavilion, paired with specialty drinks, activated studios, live music, and more. Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m. $300.

Play: Red Dog Howls

The play explores the horror of a forgotten genocide, the enduring strength of the human spirit and how the choices we make for our children will-for better or worse-reverberate for generations to come. Stay for the talkback after the performance with panelists photographer Bardig Kouyoumdjian and author Dawn MacKeen. (Intrepid Theatre)

Monday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., appetizer reception, 7 p.m., play. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: $15. RSVP required, 760-295-7541; boxoffice@intrepidshakespeare.com .

Play: ZAP!

The comedic driven show is comprised of seven genres of theater: Shakespeare, comedy, southern, avant-garde, English mystery, Russian, and a performance arts piece, in a parody of the greatest playwrights. 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.

April 28-30, 7 p.m. Clayton E. Liggett Theater, San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive.$15, $8.

North Coast Singers: Cuba Pre-Tour Concert

The singers are preparing to travel to Cuba and will present two pre-tour concerts featuring four of the five choirs, a showcase of the music to be performed in concerts and workshops while on tour.

Friday, April 29, 7pm and Saturday, April 30, 4pm. San San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena. $12, $5, at the door.

Garden Friendly Plant Fair

Join local water agencies SDWD and OMWD for a fun, festive morning. Get great deals on water-wise plants, talk to landscape experts about your yard, and learn about free programs and giveaways available from your water district. There will be music, food and activities for children.

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Home Depot, 1001 N. El Camino Real. Free.

Lecture: Chinese Arts and Humanities

Famous Chinese science fiction writer Shi Kuo Chang will share his story and passion as a scientist as well as a famous writer. He is a computer science professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, April 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Info

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 pm. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Art N Soul’s Anniversary Celebration

Join us for delicious food, live music, and the spirit or art, originality, and community! The celebration with feature a variety of art and artists.

Saturday, April 30, 5-8pm. Art N Soul on 101,

633 S. Coast Hwy 101. Free. RSVP: 619-847-7757.

Concert: A Salute to Young Musicians

The members of the Coastal Communities Concert Band are lifelong lovers of music and very supportive of the next generation of musicians. North County’s best high school musicians will join the band to perform Solas Ane, Southern Harmony, Pineapple Poll, John Williams’ Fantasy of Flight and other music. Conductor: Tom Cole.

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. San Dieguito Academy Gymnasium, 800 Santa Fe Drive. $12, $10.

First Sunday Music Series: Besos de Coco

The trio is comprised of three dynamic women: vocalist/guitarist Lorraine Castellanos, bassist Evona Wascinski, and tap percussionist Claudia Gomez. With a seductively delicious sound that maintains its roots in old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. (Encinitas Friends of the Library)

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: The Lady In The Van, Midnight Special, The Witch,

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

RC Humane Society presents class with animal communicator

Cindy Brody, nationally-renowned Animal Communicator, Reiki master, author and originator of CinergE, an energetic healing modality that can be applied to all living beings, will be teaching a two-day animal communication class at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society May 7-8.

In her Developing Intuition and Animal Communication clinic, Brody teaches how to tune into the messages animals have to share through photographs. These easy-to-learn techniques will help people to listen with their hearts and to hear their four-legged family members inner voices. She will also teach an introduction to CinergE, energy balancing skills to help open intuitive channels.

Space is limited, so advance registration is required. The clinic will meet Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, 92024. Contact Danielle at (858) 699-7291 to register.

San Dieguito Art Guild to hold Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour

The San Dieguito Art Guild, a nonprofit guild, hosts the 2016 Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour. This is a self-guided, driving tour on Saturday and Sunday, Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are good for both days and homes may be re-visited.

Take your mom or best friends on a leisurely tour of the eight North County homes where you can peek into an assortment of fascinating artists’ studios, peruse more then 30 exhibits of locally made art, and relax in each unique coastal garden.

This two-day event is the major fundraiser of the year for the San Dieguito Art Guild. Without funds from this tour the Guild would operate at a loss. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Off Track Gallery (937 South Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas), at OffTrackGallery.com, or at each home both days of the tour. Children 17 and under are free.

For more information: SanDieguitoArtGuild.com, swanson121@cox.net, 760-805-0434.

San Diego Botanic Garden 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. 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

French film ‘Girlhood’ to show May 6

Friday, May 6, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Student Center Conference Room. Free

Foreign Film: “Girlhood” France, 2005 (82 min, NR) French w/English subtitles.

Girlhood is a coming of age film that focuses on the life of a girl who lives in a rough neighborhood outside of Paris. The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class. The director’s goal is to capture the stories of black teenagers, characters she claims are generally underdeveloped in French films. The protagonist, Marieme, with few real prospects in life, joins a gang, thus reinventing herself. She gains a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

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Free international film at MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College’s International Languages Department presents the following film this month:

May 6: “Cinco de Mayo” (Mexico 2013)

On May 5, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world’s largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico. Directted by Rafa Lara. (125 min.) Rated R.

Each film will screen at 7 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Little Theatre (Room 3601) at 1 Barnard Dr. in Oceanside. The films will be presented in the original languages with English subtitles. Admission is free.

Free composting workshop to be held May 14

A free composting workshop will be held in Encinitas Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-noon.

The workshop will be held at Barrels and Branches 1452 Santa Fe Dr. Encinitas, 92024.

Join Solana Center for this two-hour presentation where you will learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. The following topics will be covered:what is composting and why it is so important, what tools and materials you’ll need, which items are compostable and which are not, harvesting and using your compost. Registration required. This workshop is funded by the City of Encinitas. Register at: https://www.solanacenter.org/free-compost-workshops

Korean War veteran shares unique story at April 30 event

Community members have the opportunity to meet Capt. E. Royce Williams, USN RET., on Saturday, April 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 416, 210 W 2nd St., Encinitas, 92024. (Presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.)

Williams is the only pilot to shoot down four Russian MIGs in a single mission while defending Navy Task Force 77 during the Korean War (Nov. 18, 1952).

Williams will tell his top secret story which was classified for over 50 years.

Cost is $25. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/sbchamber/

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.

“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.

Rancho Encinitas Academy to hold Spring Art Fair

Encinitas Academy (REA) will host a Spring Art Fair on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local art vendors along with REA’s student artists will showcase and sell their creations of fine art, home decor, jewelry, and unique gifts. A free petting zoo and food for purchase will be available.

Rancho Encinitas Academy is located at 910 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 92024.

Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club to host annual Golf Ball Drop

On May 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club is organizing its annual Golf Ball Drop to raise funds and support the Navy SEAL Foundation and other local charities.

A fun gathering (with drinks, appetizers and dessert) will be held at the club house overlooking the hole where a helicopter will drop the purchased golf balls. \The three participants who purchased numbered/color coded golf balls that are closest to the flag (or in the hole) will win cash prizes ($2,000, $1,000 and $500).

For more details and to purchase the golf balls or tickets, visit: EncinitasCoastalRotaryGolfBallDrop.eventbrite.com

Lux After Dark gala is April 30

Lux After Dark will hold its annual fundraising gala, “Glow in the Dark,” on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas. The event will feature glow in the dark cocktails, decor, and games. Chef Jeffrey Strauss will be preparing the food for the night, Living Vines will provide music and entertainment, and a silent and live auction fwill be held. Additionally, Tesla is a sponsor of the event and will be giving VIP attendees rides between the buildings in new Teslas.

The event helps to support Lux’s education and mission of making art accessible to San Diego County.

Lux Art Institute represents one of the most ambitious artist residencies for contemporary artists in the country.

For more information and tickets, visit www.luxartinstitute.org.

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