Feb. 16: Event briefs

‘The Illusion’ coming to North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theatre will present The Illusion, hailed by The New York Times as “Fantastical…takes your breath away.” Legendary playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) displays his brilliance in this wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theatre.

The Illusion previews begin Wednesday, Feb. 22. Opening Night is Saturday, Feb. 25 and the show runs through March 19. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 92075. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets.

Half-price book sale at Solana Beach Library

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are holding a half-price sale in the bookshop from Feb 21. Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, CDs, many genres, including Children’s books. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Monday-Saturday. Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075.

Bees topic at Del Mar Rose Society meeting

Del Mar Rose Society will host Hilary Kearney and Janet Wilson, members of the San Diego Beekeeping Society and Girl Next Door, Feb. 23.

They will share their experience and love for bees and discuss the proper use of pesticides. Education on this subject and understanding about bees and what the world would be like without them makes this meeting particularly vital to attend. All are welcome.

Del Mar Rose Society will meet Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and cheese social. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. Call 760-809-6860 or visit

‘Larry Himmel Day’ at Free Flight Feb. 26

The Larry Himmel Foundation will present a $5,000 check to Free Flight bird sanctuary in Del Mar on Feb. 26 at “Larry Himmel Day,” a fundraising event. During the two-hour event, from noon to 2 p.m., guests are invited to meet Free Flight’s 50 parrots, as well as a canary and African Crowned Crane, while donating toward veterinary costs for the birds. Children 12 and under. It is free to Larry Himmel Foundation donors.

Donations can be made at For more information on Free Flight visit Free Flight is located at 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 92014

Expert to speak on succulents Feb. 27

Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents, will speak at the Del Mar Garden Club Community Outreach meeting Feb 27, 9 a.m. at the Del Mar Powerhouse. The event is free to the public. Moore will be introduced by Pat Welsh, bestselling garden expert and longtime Del Mar resident.

Moore’s talk and powerpoint will follow the flow of his book, Under the Spell of Succulents, which shows how we engage with succulents — growers, collectors, landscaping, container gardening, specialty niches, etc.

Furry Friends hike at San Dieguito Lagoon

Bring your dog(s) and join other animal lovers and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for an easy and family-friendly Furry Friends Hike at the San Dieguito Lagoon (approximately 3.5 miles) Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. This out-and-back hike will take you along the Coast to Crest Trail and onto the new river Path Del Mar extension ending at the Grand Avenue Overlook.

This hike provides unique vantage points and the closest access to the sensitive marsh areas of the lagoon, which serve as a stopover for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, a fish hatchery, and an important nesting and foraging habitat for threatened and endangered species.

Cost: Free. Hikers are encouraged to bring a donation of dog and cat food to support the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Register:

Susie Walton to present ‘Bully Proofing Your Child’ Feb. 28

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, author and parent educator Susie Walton will present Bully Proofing Your Child, a parent education workshop for San Diego parents. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 92014). Walton will take a close look at bullying behavior, its causes and share what parents can do about bullying. Participants will learn tools that will help break the bullying cycle and identify ways to bully-proof their child whether they are a victim, bystander or bully.

This event is free and open to the community. Space is limited. Attendees are asked to reserve their seat at To learn more, visit

San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter meeting

The topic of the Feb. 27 San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter meeting will be “Quiet Philanthropy: Legacies of the Putnam Sisters in San Diego.” Derrick Cartwright, professor of Practice, Art Architecture and Art History at USD and director of the University Galleries, will present the story behind the gifting by wealthy but reclusive Putnam Sisters of their world-class art in San Diego. The lecture will be held in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th and Maiden Lane (across from he Del Mar Plaza). Registration and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and meeting at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members. $10 for others. Information: 858-523-1411 or 858-259-5232.

Two generations of musical styles come to North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theatre is presenting a variety show “Hey! I’m Tha Mama,” two generations of musical styles and showbiz experience with Angela Teek and Spanky Wilson. The show will run Feb. 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.

“Hey! I’m Tha Mama” is a musical journey of a showbiz mother and daughter, The internationally-renowned Jazz recording artist Spanky Wilson (Mama) and her $100,000 “Star Search” winner and Broadway Star daughter Angela Teek. If you think you like Broadway and not jazz or jazz and not Broadway this show will change your mind. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets.

Hospice of the North Coast seeks volunteers for Resale Shop

Hospice of the North Coast is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B N. El Camino Real (Homegoods Shopping Center). One four-hour shift per week is required. Volunteers assist with customer purchases, pricing, sorting and processing donated merchandise. All proceeds go directly to Hospice, a nonprofit organization. If you are interested, please contact Mary Jo Barry, manager, at 760-943-9921.

Walking Tour of Historic Encinitas

The Encinitas Historical Society will hold a free walking tour of Historic Encinitas on Saturday, Feb. 18. The tour, which is led by a volunteer docent, begins at the 1883 Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. at 390 West F St.

During the tour, the participants will find out about the history of how Encinitas came to be known as the “Flower Capital.” They will also learn why early settlers came to town in the 1880s and hear the background about buildings that were built in the 1920s by Encinitas’ first “recycler,” Miles Kellogg. The most photographed buildings in Encinitas are also a stop on the tour. The tour finishes around noon.

For more information about the walking tour, call the Encinitas Historical Society President Carolyn Cope at (760) 753-4834.

San Diego Opera presents ‘Falstaff’

San Diego Opera’s mainstage season continues with four performances of Verdi’s “Falstaff” on Saturday, Feb. 18. An international cast of opera stars brings the story of Falstaff, Shakespeare’s beloved character from his plays “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV,” to life in Verdi’s final opera he composed and only his second comedy. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets $37. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. (619) 533-7000.

Free introduction Free public-speaking class for children

The Academy for Public Speaking offers fun, interactive courses, camps, and coaching sessions to empower children to become confident, effective communicators. During the free introduction class, your child will learn why public speaking skills are important, how common the fear of public speaking is, and how he or she can quickly overcome the fear of public speaking. The next free public speaking class will be offered on Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Del Mar. A limited number of seats are available, and advance registration is required. Please visit

Spring Busker Festival

Seaport Village invites visitors from near and far to experience the most bizarre, colorful and entertaining street performers at its 11th annual Spring Busker Festival. On Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, fire breathers, sword swallowers, stilt walkers and contortionists will travel from all over the world to excite and amaze during a spectacular weekend of live street entertainment. The free festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. each day, bringing incredible energy and unforgettable acts to San Diego’s historic waterfront.

Come nightfall, Seaport Village will let performers loose for Buskers After Dark on Saturday, March 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. This untamed show will feature a DJ, food and drink specials and busker acts best suited for those over 18.Visit

Scripps Health’s 45th Annual Mercy Ball

The 45th Annual Mercy Ball will be held on Saturday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. Featuring fine cuisine, live musical entertainment and a high-energy live auction, the fundraising gala will benefit cancer care at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Scripps Mercy Hospital has a deep-rooted heritage of providing high-quality patient care for the communities of central and south San Diego County. It was founded in 1890 by Mother Mary Michael Cummings and the Sisters of Mercy.

The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is located at 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101. For tickets and to learn more about the 45th Annual Mercy Ball, visit or call 858-678-7346.

Women’s Health Symposium Feb. 25

The public is invited to attend a complimentary Women’s Health Symposium that will provide valuable insight on important women’s health issues. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Cypress Room, 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego. A light lunch will be served.

The event begins with a “Mindful Movement.” Attendees interested in participating should dress in active wear and bring a floor mat.

At 10:30 a.m., Susan G. Komen San Diego will offer a presentation on the many free services they provide benefitting women with breast cancer and where the money goes raised from their fundraising and sponsorship efforts. Breast cancer survivors will share their personal and inspirational stories.

Following, Dr. Althena Philis-Tsimikas, vice president of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health and director of Community Engagement for the Scripps Translational Science Institute, will discuss metabolic disorders, pre-diabetes, diabetes and thyroid disease.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP by Feb. 21 to 858-405-8592 or

Great Train Show

The Great Train Show will be held Feb. 18-19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds The nation’s largest model train show, featuring dealers from across the country and operating train layouts of different sizes and scales. Many of the local clubs will be offering workshops and demonstrations, covering a variety of topics for both beginners and experienced modelers. There is also a riding train for kids. Visit

San Diego Pet Expo

The San Diego Pet Expo will be held Feb. 18 - 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats, and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. Rounding out the list of activities is an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, and an exciting pet/owner look-alike contest. Visit

Paw Walk in the Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden and Rancho Coastal Humane Society present the fifth annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. The non-competitive event, which is open for people and their dogs, spans an optional 3.1-mile course. To register for the event and for more information, visit or Day-of event registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with the first walk starting at 9 a.m.