Above photo: Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland recently donated $500 worth of $25 gift cards to children in Operation Hope’s year-round shelter for homeless families. Soroptimist co-President Lani Beltrano came up with the idea after hearing Kathleen Higgins, Operation Hope’s executive director, speak at the club’s meeting. From left, holding envelopes with gift cards are Soroptimists Kaye Van Nevel, who volunteers at the shelter and Lani Beltrano, Soroptimist co-president and Operation HOPE’s Nicole Ketcher, resource development manager) and Kathleen Higgins, executive director. Photo by Jackie Piro Huyck.
Second photo: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received a $1,000 grant from Oceanside Elks Lodge to enrich after school programs. The grant is earmarked for science programs at the club’s new Center for Innovation, expected to open in spring. The grant will provide hands-on education for youth, interested in specializing in the areas of culinary arts, performing arts, and STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). From left, BGCO Board Member Roseanne Kiss, BGCO Board Chairman Bob Botkin, California State Youth of the Year and BGCO member Julie Hernandez, Phil Dumas from Elks Lodge and BGCO CEO Jodi Diamond. Visit BGCOceanside.org
Painting class for seniors starts Jan. 19
The Carlsbad Senior Center is offering an art class, “Discover Your Inner Artist with Oil or Acrylic,” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 16, at 799 Pine Ave. Students will learn basic painting skills and explore techniques beyond the fundamentals with acrylic and/or oil medias. All levels are welcome. Materials are not included. A materials list is available online or at the senior center front desk. Fee for five classes is $77.40 for residents and $86 for nonresidents. Participants should register before Jan. 15. Visit www.apm.activecommunities.com/cityofcarlsbad or call (760) 602-4650.
Chamber music group to perform at library
The Chamber Music Players of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra presents a family-friendly concert, “For the Young at Heart,” at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 featuring “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev and “Morceau de Concert” by Camille Saint-Saëns with harp soloist Stefan Wendel. The concert will be at the Carlsbad Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Visit northcoastsymphony.com.
Library bookstore to hold half-price sale
The Friends of the Encinitas Library Bookstore will hold a half-price sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the bookstore, 540 Cornish Drive. Most books range from 25 cents to $1, including fiction, children’s books, biographies, self-help, spirituality, heath, history, travel and science. CDs are 25 cents and most DVDs are $1. The sale opens to members at 9 a.m.; membership is available at the door. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
Youth reading club to discuss ‘The Witch Boy’
The Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children ages 9-12 will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Turrentine Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. Participants will explore Molly Ostertag’s graphic novel “The Witch Boy.” Registration is required at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout, while supplies last.
Computer workshops, classes open to seniors
The Foundation for Senior Care will sponsor a series of computer classes and workshops taught by volunteer computer technicians at the Crestview Estates Clubhouse. Four workshops are offered Jan. 15 and Jan. 18: “Taking & Managing Photos on Your Smartphone,” “Google Maps,” “Online Safety” and “Social Media.” Cost is $5 for each two-hour workshop. Also, four classes are offered: “Using Windows 10,” “Android Smart Phone & Tablet,” “iPad & iPhone” and “Introduction to Computers/Basic.” Classes start Jan. 22 and are four weeks long, meeting for two hours once a week. Cost is $40. Class size is limited and fills up quickly. Registration is open until Jan. 12 for workshops and Jan. 21 for classes. Register from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the foundation, 135 S. Mission Road. For more information, call the foundation at (760) 723-7570 or visit seniorcarecomputerlearningcenter.org.
Single Travelers group to discuss best values
The Single Travelers group meets from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Hunter Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way. The topic of discussion will be “Lowest price versus best value travel cost.” There will be happy hour specials. Visitors are welcome. RSVP at (760) 438-1472.
Master Rosarian to speak to garden club
The Poway Valley Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Lake Poway Pavilion, 14644 Lake Poway Road. A social and business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Bob Martin will give a presentation at 10:30 a.m. on “The Right Rose in the Right Place.” Martin is president of the American Rose Society, an American Rose Master Rosarian, and an accredited Horticultural and Arrangement Judge. With 45 years of experience, Martin will answer questions about growing and pruning of roses. Visit powayvalleygardenclub.org or call (858) 231-7899.
Nonprofit seeks volunteer tutors
Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County is looking for volunteers to tutor English as a Second Language. A two-day tutor-training workshop will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27, in the Community Room at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road. No prior experience as a tutor is required. The nonprofit, volunteer-based council has been providing free English tutors since 1961 throughout San Diego County. Register by Jan. 12 at laubachsandiego.org/volunteer.htm. For more information, email email@example.com.
‘Around the World in
80 Days’ hits the stage
“Around the World in 80 Days” opens 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Previews begin Jan. 10 and a special talkback is slated for Jan. 19 with the cast and artistic director. Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 4. Tickets cost $42-53.Seniors, students, military and educators get $3 off admission. There are also $20 rush for tickets one-half hour before performance if available. Call (858) 481-1055 or visit northcoastrep.org to purchase tickets.
Gardening enthusiasts meet Friday afternoon
The Vista Garden Club meets from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at 1400 Vale Terrace Court. During each monthly meeting, the group offers a program addressing some aspect of gardening. A fingertip luncheon will be served at noon, followed by an informative program or demonstration. Visitors are welcome to attend. Visit vistagardenclub.org.
LINDA MCINTOSH U-T
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