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PHOTO: Local Girl Scout Troop 2361 took the lead in collecting more than 600 donated unwrapped toys at The Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch ice skating rink in support of Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. Three girl scouts worked the first night of two collecting half of the toys. Troop 2361 had more helpers come out to collect the rest of the toys for the foundation.


Free Photoshop workshop at center

The Carlsbad Senior Center will offer a free “Photoshop Elements – The Organizer” workshop from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 17 for adults ages 50 and older. Instructor Mike McMahon will demonstrate the use of star ratings, albums, slideshows and tools the program offers. Learn how to put Photoshop Elements to work for your photos. Call (760) 602-4650.

Monthly dance Thursday at center

The Carlsbad Senior Center hosts The Vidals from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday with refreshments and prizes sponsored by Las Villas de Carlsbad. Admission costs $4. The senior center is at 799 Pine Ave. Call (760) 602-4650.


Firearm safety class

set for next month

A monthly three-hour familiarization and handgun safety class is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan.7 at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class, but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun if they already own one. The range is at 16525 Guejito Road and Lake Wohlford Road. Fee is $60. Register at (760) 746-2868.

‘Pianist for Peace’

to perform at library

The Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series presents Louis Landon performing for all ages from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at 239 S. Kalmia St. Steinway artist Landon, a self-described “Pianist for Peace,” aspires to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing music from the heart. Landon will perform a solo piano concert of his original compositions. Visit

Computer classes

for seniors kick off

Senior Service Council, Escondido hosts a new lineup of classes starting in January. Courses include Beginning & Intermediate Windows 10 and Beginning/Intermediate iMac with OSX El Capitan. Classes run one and a half hours per week for eight weeks for a $30 fee. “Email & the Internet” classes, “iPad Basics” and “Androids Basic for Seniors” run for four weeks for a $15 fee based on instructor availability. One-on-one tutoring is available on most subjects on an appointment basis for $10/hour fee. Call (760) 480-0611.


Lectures on rodent control, costuming

LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College is hosting two lectures on organic rodent control and costuming starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Building 1000. Tom Stephan, owner of Air Superiority, will discuss man’s history with birds of prey, especially the common barn owl, the design and installation of nesting boxes and owls as efficient rodent control. Renatta Lloyd, a Vista-based professional costume designer, will present “Costuming, Part of Her Character.” Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.

Book-publishing presentation at library

The Oceanside Public Library hosts “Book Publishing 1-2-3,” a presentation with book editor Laurie Gibson at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in the second floor Foundation Room of the Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. Gibson, a San Diego-based editor, will give tips for writers of all levels, including on how to connect with editors and agents and how to promote a book. Her talk includes ideas to help writers refine their craft. Other highlights include writing prompts and a four-page handout. Visit or call (760) 435-5600.


GOP women’s club

to meet next month

Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated will hold its annual membership meeting from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 8 with cocktails at the home of Susie and Mike Glass, 1164 Sunrise Way, Lake San Marcos. The cost of attendance is club membership: new and renewal members, $35; associate member, $20; college student member, $20. Checks made out to LSMRWF may be sent ahead of time to Deanna Hempel, 833 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078, or bring the check to the meeting. Reservations are not necessary. Call (760) 744-0953.


High school stages ‘Addams Family’

The Valley Center High School Musical Theater’s production of “The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy” is set for Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-20. The musical from “Jersey Boys” writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, is based on Charles Addam’s characters in the 1960s TV show. Performances are at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and Jan. 19; 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 13 and Jan. 20; and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Tickets cost $12, or $10 for groups of four or more at

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