These are just some of the events taking place in and around Encinitas this weekend. For details, visit http://bit.ly/1QaKLAW.
• Thursday Family Fun Nights: 4:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 27, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission/membership.
Families are invited to pack up the kids and enjoy some outdoor fun in the Hamilton Children’s Garden. Live, kid-friendly entertainment is provided from 6-7 p.m. San Diego favorite Zimbeat performs.
• Opening Reception: Cathy Carey, “Vivid Views.” 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 12, Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Free.
The contemporary expressive colorist style of Cathy Carey is a blend of impressionistic brush strokes and symbolic images that impart a sense of emotion and mood. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.
• Teen Library Lock-In: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.
An after-hours event just for teens (grades 6-12). Come and experience the library as you never have before. Entertainment, food, a scavenger hunt, challenges, and more. Parental permission required.
• Play: “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. Cost: $12, $7 in advance. Call 760-753-5786.
Six youth vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A delightful den of comedic genius.
• Wildlife Walk at San Elijo Lagoon, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, Rios Avenue Trail (check map at http://www.sanelijo.org/wildlife-walks). Free.
Reconnect with friends in San Elijo Lagoon’s south side, featuring riparian woodlands and coastal sage scrub with intimate views of the salt marsh.
• Derby House Tour, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, corner of Vulcan and McNeil streets. Cost: $20. Reservations recommended to 760-632-9711.
A rare opportunity to tour the historical 1887 Derby House, the oldest continuously occupied structure in Encinitas. The three-story home is made of redwood and was built by English cabinet maker E.G. Hammond.
• Pet Health Expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Free.
Enjoy demonstrations, a best trick contest and 20 informational booths with vendors and animal rescue organizations to encourage pet health and wellness. Plus give-aways and prizes.
• Families Making History: Succulents. Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Free. Call 760-632-9711.
The Kumeyaay Indians used succulent plants for everything from clothing to shelter to food. Succulents thrive in the dry California climate and require little water. Children will decorate a pot and plant a few succulents to take home, a great activity to showcase their creativity.
• Food and Wine Pairing with the Opera Singing Chef, 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Cost: members $35, non-members $42.
Chef Elizabeth’s menu features Tuscan spiced chicken wings; tamales filled with potatoes and cilantro, topped with two tasty salsas, tomatillo and roasted vegetables; and Mexican brownies, made with Ibarra and dark baker’s chocolate. Singing included!
• Prodigy Players: “The Mischief Makers,” 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376.
Meet Raven, Spider and Fox and watch while they try to out-trick each other. Their tales are incredible — and they need you to vote for the best story! Children’s theater troupe Prodigy Players entertains all ages with amusing 30-minute plays.
• Ca$h Mob to Benefit Ducky Waddles Emporium, 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 414 N. Coast Highway 101. Call 760-632-0488.
The beloved art gallery and bookstore hosts book signings, literary events, workshops and music performances. Owner Jerry Waddle has fallen on hard times since the last economic recession and is seeking community support to help restore the shop. You are invited to attend the event.
• Coastal Communities Concert Band: Around the World, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Cost: $15, $12. Tickets: 760-436-6137.
An international journey through symphonic band music that celebrates summer, travel and good times, including “Caribbean Hideaway,” “A Night in Tunisia,” “Carmen” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Michael Ruhl, vocalist, Tom Cole, conductor.
• Staged Reading: Women of Valor, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376.
A celebration of the lives of five of San Diego’s most incredible Jewish women. With music, visuals, and a new world premiere script by Todd Salovey. The staged reading will touch the heart with laughter, drama, and inspiration.
• Concert: “Art of Élan,” 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. concert. Sunday, June 14, Lux Art Institute, 1578 S. El Camino Real. Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members. Info/Tickets: http://artofelan.org/event/art-of-elan-lux-art-institute.
The concert will be paired with an opportunity to view the works of resident artist Squeak Carnwath, including a meet-and-greet with the artist and a special pre-concert reception with the musicians. The program features Demarre McGill on flute, with works by American composers Lowell Liebermann, Aaron Copland and more.
• La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Tickets: $10, $9. Call 760-436-SHOW (7469).
“The Age of Adaline,” “Spirit of Akasha,” Friday Midnight Movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
• JFS Coastal Club, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Activities free, lunch: $7. Reserve for lunch by noon Monday, June 15, to 858-674-1123.
Seniors 60-plus, choose from four different activities: 10 a.m., yoga; 11 a.m., Alzheimer’s: Learn the 10 warning signs and symptoms; a healthy lunch is served at noon; 1 p.m., see the film “Advanced Style.”
• Tuesday Movie, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Call 760-753-7376, ext. 03.
“The Hunger Games” saga continues in this sequel that finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) faced with a decision that could sway the fate of a nation. Rated PG-13. Contact library for the title.
• Wednesdays@Noon: Violeta Petrova, piano; noon Wednesday, June 17, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. Visit www.Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon, call 760-633-2746.
The internationally acclaimed concert pianist served on the faculty of the Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Conservatory for more than 25 years. She will perform the “Fantasia in C minor” by Mozart and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky.