Aug. 24: Event briefs


SB Beach Blanket Movie Night 

The City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the 13th annual Beach Blanket Movie Night (BBMN) at Fletcher Cove Park on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 5-10 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. 

The evening begins with live music by Tower 7. BBMN’s feature presentation is “Finding Dory.” BBMN offers plenty of refreshments. The public is encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs. Everyone is encouraged to arrive car free. There will be free supported bike parking provided by BikeWalkSolana. No alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, or pets allowed. Fletcher Cove Park is located at 111 South Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. 

Taste of Del Mar

The Del Mar Village Association will present The Taste of Del Mar Sept. 7 from 5-8 p.m. The village of Del Mar celebrates the culinary flavors and local libations that make the Del Mar Village so unique. Attendees are invited to savor tastes from more than 25 local and award-winning restaurants as well as sips from 15 craft brewers, local vintners and makers of distilled spirits all while enjoying live music throughout the Village.

For a complete list of participants and vendors or to purchase tickets go to visit   

SB Civic and Historical Society BBQ

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society will open the 2017 season of evening meetings with its traditional September barbecue. The barbecue will be held at the Fletcher Cove Community Center on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and checks can be made payable to the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society. Please write as a memo on the check: September Barbecue. Checks can be sent to SBC&HS, P.O. Box 504, Solana Beach, Ca. 92075. Catering will be provided by Brett’s BBQ. Please join the Historical Society for an evening of friendship and delicious food. New members and friends are always welcome.

SB Concerts at Cove

Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove summer series runs every Thursday at Fletcher Cove Park from 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m. with a different musical group through Aug. 24. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnics and friends. Address: 140 So. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. For more details, visit or call 858-720-2453.

Memory Café

Come “perk” up your memory as you visit with friends sharing stories, games, songs, and laughs. Refreshments and coffee served. Free to attend. All family members are welcome. Memory Café is held monthly on the second and fourth Fridays from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at Grace Point Church, 13340 Hayford Way, San Diego 92130, Room 1B. Next meetings: Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 22. No RSVP required, just show up. For more information, call Michelle Mullen: 972-342-9727 or email 

Gary Puckett to perform at benefit concert 

Former San Diego resident, American pop rock legend and holder of multiple gold-record music awards and top-10 Billboard hits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap will return to San Diego for The Vision of Children Foundation’s “Concert with a Vision,” an evening concert Friday, Sept. 8 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club to support research to cure genetic vision disorders and blindness in children. 

Tickets to the Friday, Sept. 8 “Concert with a Vision” are $50 and available for purchase at     

Cedros ‘Shop in the Village’ event  

The Village on Cedros is holding its “Shop in the Village” event this Sunday, Aug. 27 from noon-3 p.m. at 346 & 348 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach.

Grab a bite to eat at Lockwood Table and shop gifts, décor & home design, as well as fashion at Sea Breeze Mercantile, Kites by Carla, Gratitude and Temecula Olive Oil. Local guest artisan Toni Williams will be joining and selling her original plein air artwork.  

FirefighterAid benefit at Belly Up 

On Friday, Aug. 25, from 5-8 p.m., the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Association Local 4349 will partner with Atomic Groove and the Belly Up Tavern to host a fundraiser benefiting San Diego-based 501(c)(3) FirefighterAid and the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. 

“Atomic Groove’s ‘Back to Skool’ Happy Hour: A Benefit for FirefighterAid” is open to the general public and will feature high-energy dance hits from the 1960s to today. $10 admission is available online at or at the Belly Up box office. Doors open at 5 p.m., with live music by Atomic Groove from 5:30 - 8 p.m.; this event is ages 21 and up. 

Atomic Groove and the Belly Up Tavern will donate $2 from each ticket sold to FirefighterAid, a San Diego 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing charitable assistance to firefighters and their families in crisis.  

Brandeis National Committee luncheon  

The San Dieguito Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will hold its first event of the year, the Opening Meeting/Study Group Showcase luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Study groups, which include book and movie discussions, and topics ranging from current events to music, art and history, will be described, and Shelly Moses, teacher leader and an innovative instructor at the San Diego Jewish Academy, will speak. Newcomers are especially welcome.

For more information, to see the menu, or to reserve ($35) please call 858-792-6954 by Aug. 25.  

San Diego Botanic Garden in the Gala

Join hundreds of local business leaders, supporters and guests for San Diego Botanic Garden’s 18th annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5-10 p.m. This year’s theme is A Night in Nature and the event will celebrate Paul Ecke, Jr. Award honorees Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn.

For more information about Gala in the Garden please visit Mobile Blood drive 

Solana Beach School District will host a mobile blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank Friday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Address: 13605 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, Calif. 92130 (in the parking lot). 

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience but walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322) or visit        

Cardiff Greek Festival

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church welcomes the San Diego community to experience Hellenic cuisine, entertainment and hospitality during the 39th Annual Cardiff Greek Festival on Sept. 9 and 10. Under its iconic gold dome, the church grounds will once again be transformed with the sights, sounds and aromas of Greece.

“We look forward to sharing Greece’s rich history and tradition with the community every year through the festival’s food, music and dance,” said Rev. Father Michael Sitaras, Pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. “The spirit of Greece is alive in us. Let us share it with you!”

The Cardiff Greek Festival will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen, 3459 Manchester Avenue, a half mile east of I-5 at the Manchester exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Free parking is available at the adjacent Mira Costa College.

For more information, visit

LeucadiART Walk

LeucadiART Walk will be held Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature a day packed with art, music, culture and fun. Local juried artists will display original art in specified areas along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. The event will also include a Craft Beer Garden featuring beers from The Lost Abbey, six places for live music, new and improved Children’s Art Pavilion with multiple art stations sponsored by Scripps Health, and more. Beat a parking hassle by parking at Encinitas City Hall (505 S Vulcan) and taking the trolley to the event. For more information, visit

2017 LJS&C Gala: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) launches its 2017-2018 season with a “Magical Mystery Tour” Gala Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The event features an evening of fun and fundraising, silent and live auctions, a wine raffle, elegant three-course dinner, dancing to the music of The Catillacs and a tribute to this year’s Arts Angel, Amee Wood. The Gala also celebrates the LJS&C’s 50th anniversary as an Affiliate of UC San Diego (1967-2017), and takes its playful theme from The Beatles’ groundbreaking album that debuted 50 years ago this fall. Gala co-chairs are Brian and Sherri Schottlaender and Betty McManus and Cecil Lytle.

Gala tickets are $200 each. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Funds benefit the artistic and educational programs of the LJS&C, an independent nonprofit charitable organization. For tickets or more information, call 858-534-4637 or visit

Citizen Science Bird Survey

Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy in a Citizen Science Bird Survey with the Palomar Audubon Society at Volcan Mountain in Julian on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 a.m. The survey will take place at the Conservancy’s property near Volcan Mountain. This walking survey is an approximately 0.85-mile round-trip and rated moderate to strenuous due to the elevation and slope. The group will meet in at Albertsons’ parking lot, 1459 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065.

To register or for more information, email Conservation Manager Jack Hughes at There is no cost to participate.

Mobile Blood drive 

Solana Beach School District will host a mobile blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank Friday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Address: 13605 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, Calif. 92130 (in the parking lot). 

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience but walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322) or visit      

Tom Gun LIVE! A Maverick’s Homage

Tom Gun LIVE! A Maverick’s Homage, Los Angeles’ lauded, full-immersion, interactive, smash hit, absurdist stage adaptation of the 1986 Tom Cruise cinematic masterpiece Top Gun, is coming to the storied San Diego Music Box for one show only on Sunday, Aug. 27. Tom Gun LIVE! A Maverick’s Homage is written, directed and produced by On the Fly Entertainment’s Thomas Blake Jr., producer and director of Point Break LIVE!, and writer, producer and director of Terminator Too: Judgment Play.

For more information and tickets, visit

Neil Simon classic at NC Rep

North Coast Rep will begin Season 36 with one of Neil Simon’s enduring comedic masterpieces, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Barney Cashman, middle-aged, overworked, and with no experience in covert maneuvers, is bored with his bland, “nice” life. He is anxiously trying to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. His bungled attempts at seduction will leave audiences howling with laughter. Last season’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Simon was a smash sellout, so playgoers are advised to order tickets early. “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” previews begin Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Opening Night is Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. There will be a special talkback on Friday, Sept. 15, with the cast and artistic director. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 1. Call 858-481-1055 or visit to purchase tickets.

‘Kill Local’ at La Jolla Playhouse

“Kill Local” continues with matinee and evening shows through Aug. 27, at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus. Sisters Sheila and Abigail work for their mother’s small family business, but when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Tickets from $20. (858) 550-1010.