These are just some of the events taking place in and around Encinitas this weekend. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/1c8GJXR.
• Blue Star Museum Program: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, now through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Free admission for active-duty military and up to five immediate family members. Info: http://www.sdbgarden.org/military-specials.htm.
The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus five immediate family members).
• Artist Book Making: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, May 11, 18 and June 11, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost: $150; $175. Ages 18-plus. Visit https://luxartinstitute.wordpress.com/category/adults.
Break the bounds of bookmaking and experiment with a variety of types and methods to make unique books in this class with visiting artist Michelle Montjoy.
• Healing Arts Class and Support Group: 2:30-4 p.m. first and third Mondays, Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive; or 6-7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesday, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Rehabilitation Center, 354 Santa Fe Drive. Free. RSVP to Nancy Coleman, 760-633-7417.
Open to those recovering from brain injuries and/or neurological challenges. Enjoy self-expression through art, increase art skills, improve eye/hand coordination and enjoy the warmth and support of the arts facilitator, Kathy Harvey. Supplies provided.
• Foreign Film: “Talk To Her,” 1-3 p.m. Friday, May 8, San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, room 204. Parking $1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Male nurse Benigno (Javier Cámara) becomes infatuated with a complete stranger when he watches dancer Alicia (Leonor Watling) practicing from the anonymity of his apartment. Academy Award winner (Spain, 2002, 113 min., R). In Spanish with English subtitles.
• North Coast Singers Spring Concert, “I Dream A World”: 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena. Tickets at the door: $12, $5. Info: 760-944-1866.
Songs from diverse cultures by the advanced ensembles Caprice and Capella on Friday, and by all five ensembles, beginning, intermediate and advanced treble choirs, high school choir, and Ragazzi del Coro, on Saturday.
• Wildlife Walk in San Elijo Lagoon: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, Santa Carina Trail in San Elijo Lagoon. Free. For map and info: http://sanelijo.org/welcome-san-elijo-lagoon-conservancy.
Underfoot are broken bits of shells, reminders of the native people who once lived here. You will see the freshwater marsh below, and if lucky, you might glimpse mule deer that reside in this eastern region of the reserve.
• Mother’s Day Weekend Artist’s Studio and Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Cost: $20. Tickets/info: http://offtrackgallery.com/tour.
Bring your mom (or your friends) to explore this year’s amazing collection of 10 distinctive Encinitas gardens that are chock-full of exciting artwork on display and for purchase by the San Dieguito Art Guild’s multi-talented artists.
• Chocolate Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission or membership.
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at the garden’s famous Chocolate Festival! Enjoy delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more. This family-friendly event also features children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets will be sold on site.
• Move It! Animal Discovery Program: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. Free. Call 760-753-4027.
Bring the kids to learn about the animals that call San Diego home in this program presented by Living Coast Discovery Center. Through fun dance moves and up-close animal encounters, children will walk away knowing how to crawl like a tortoise and slither like a snake.
• Hutchins Consort: What a Tangoed Web We Weave: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376.
A family concert celebrating Latin inspired music, with an emphasis on Tango. This is the last family concert until October — a sponsor is needed for next season!
• Families Making History Together: Peanut Butter Bird Feeders. Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.
Calling all bird lovers! This month, create peanut butter bird feeders and keep our feathered friends fed and happy. Teaching children to appreciate all the wildlife San Dieguito has to offer, while having a blast getting our hands dirty too, is all the reason to join us.
• Children’s First Steps for Guitar: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376.
This 45-minute introduction to the guitar is for children ages 5-10. Children will learn how to hold the guitar, hand positions, and beginning music reading skills. Guitars provided. Craig Devine, instructor.
• Artist Meet & Greet, with Heather Brown and Susan Wickstrand: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Bliss101 in Pacific Station, 687 S. Coast Highway. Free. Call 760-487-1900.
Hawaiian Artist Heather Brown and Encinitas artist Susan Wickstrand will be at Bliss101. Their beautiful ocean art will take you away to your favorite places here and in Hawaii. Music, beer, wine and finger food provided.
• North Coast Symphony: Divine Duets: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road. Cost: $10, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family. Call 760-753-3003.
Hear Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos; Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets; Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and “Danse Bacchanale” from “Samson and Delilah”; Polonaise from “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky, and the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr.
• La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets: $9, $7. Call 760-436-SHOW (7469).
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Wrecking Crew,” Friday Midnight Movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
• JFS Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Activities free, lunch: $7. Reserve for lunch by noon Monday, May 11, to 858-674-1123. Visit http://www.jfssd.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_older_coastal_club
Seniors 60-plus, choose from several different activities: 10 a.m., Flexibility and Fitness Yoga with Danyll; 11 a.m., “All About Eyes: Understanding Vision Loss,” exploring basics of visual impairment and blindness, including resources from the Braille Institute; noon, a healthy lunch is served; at 1 p.m. see the film “The Theory of Everything.”
• Tuesday Movie, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.
County libraries can’t publicize titles of free screenings; for info, call 760-753-7376, ext. 03.
• Wednesdays@Noon: “World Harps” Trio, noon Wednesday, May 13, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit www.Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon, call 760-633-2746.
A very special concert that features harps from three different countries: the Japanese koto, the Persian qanun; and the Paraguayan harp. Miguel Lopez, Reiko Obata, and Dara Bamoradi are leading performers of their instruments, internationally and in the U.S. Experience the unique sounds of these exotic instruments. Visit www.reikoobata.com.