May 4: Event briefs

26th Annual Pug Party

The 26th Annual Pug Party will be held Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Largest pug event in Southern California. 2017 theme “APUGalypse.” Fundraiser for Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pug costume and other contests, unique pug boutique, Ask the Vet. Opportunity drawing for over 20 prize baskets, vendors, food, fun. Visit

Surfrider Art Gala & Auction, May 12

The San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will host its 17th annual Art Gala & Auction, May 12, at Paradise Point Resort to benefit the Foundation’s work. The event will feature silent and live art auctions, a show by Fashion Week San Diego designers, a menu from Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz of Lionfish, and music by DJ Hevrock. The online auction began May 2 and ends at the gala.


Touch A Truck fundraiser May 13

Beat Nb Southern California (formerly Max’s Ring of Fire) is gearing up for its highly anticipated annual Touch A Truck fundraiser, taking place 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Pacific Trails Middle School in Carmel Valley (5975 Village Center Loop Rd, San Diego, CA 92130).

The 9th annual event is California’s original kid-friendly car show. Little drivers are given the green light to touch, sit behind the wheel and honk the horn to their little hearts’ desire in every type of vehicle imaginable, ranging from construction, emergency, off-road, delivery, hot rods, and military. 100 percent of admission ticket sales go directly to childhood cancer research and clinical trials.

Tickets are available online at

San Diego Botanic Garden Chocolate Festival

The San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The event includes a variety of goodies created by nearly a dozen chocolate artisans, a Kidzone and more. Visit

Cinco De Mayo event May 7 at The Village on Cedros

The Village on Cedros is holding a Cinco De Mayo event on Sunday, May 7 from noon-3 p.m. at 346 and 348 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. Participating businesses include Sea Breeze Mercantile, Lockwood Table, Temecula Olive Oil and Kites by Carla Manuel. The event will also feature handmade jewlery by a local artist.  

New exhibit opening at Herbert B. Turner Gallery

Herbert B. Turner Gallery in Del Mar will feature the photography of Terry Scott Allen. Scott Allen’s “Lonely California” is a collection of photographic images depicting California’s remote back country and quiet places. His selections are large in scale and deep in detail as well as being thought provoking. 

A Grand Reception is scheduled for May 20, 2-5 p.m. Exhibition dates are May 13 to July 1, 2017. Refreshments served, free parking, free admission. 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.


Del Mar Mud Run 2017

The renowned 8th annual Del Mar Mud Run is back at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on May 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., for its biggest and best year yet, featuring 15 epic mud- and fun-filled obstacles strategically placed along a 5K course.Save $5 with code DMFAIR at    

Del Mar Art Gallery reception May 6

The Del Mar Art Gallery will hold a reception Saturday, May 6, 5-8 p.m. for its new “Summer Sizzle” exhibition. The community is invited to come take in the artwork, meet the artists and enjoy the party. The gallery offers original art, jewelry, ceramics, fused glasswork, sculpture and more.

The gallery is located in the heart of Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza, top level (suite 314) on the corner of Camino del Mar and 15th Street. Onsite parking is available with the first two hours free with validation. Call 858-481-1678 or visit for more information.

Next SDMA art lecture May 15 in Del Mar

 On Monday, May 15 in Del Mar, Speaker Ariel Plotek, Ph.D., curator of Modern Art and Contemporary Art at the San Diego Museum of Art, will highlight the modern work in abstract forms that has established sculptor Richard Deacon at the forefront of British sculpture since the 1980s and whose work is now exhibited through July 25, at SDMA. The lecture will be held in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th and Maiden Lane (across from the Del Mar Plaza). Registration and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members. $10 for others. Information: 760-704-6436. 

Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Day 

Come for a day of family-friendly events. On Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Del Mar Lagoon Committee is planning a day of fun for all ages at the Birdwing located east of San Andreas and just below Via de la Valle. At 8:30 a.m., a San Dieguito River Park Ranger will lead interested participants on a birdwalk. At 10 a.m. Wild Wonders will present live native birds, reptiles and mammals. This will be followed by three hours of events including art projects, hands-on science and animal identification games. Admission is free and participants may drop in at any time.     

Balboa Park Pow Wow

The San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Balboa Park, on the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. The Pow Wow is a cultural event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians. As a demonstration of the cultural and spiritual traditions, participants of all ages will be present from many American Indian Tribes, bands and communities.

Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry and a variety of other crafts and wares. Food venders will be selling a variety of food items, including fry bread and Indian Tacos. The Pow Wow will also feature a Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Zone that will include physical activities for youth, nutrition education, games and a variety of information booths with materials focused on promoting healthy lifestyles. Visit        

2017 Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour

The San Dieguito Art Guild, a nonprofit group, hosts the 2017 Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour. This is a self-guided, driving tour on Saturday and Sunday, Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14, of eight homes in the Encinitas/Carlsbad area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are good for both days and homes may be re-visited.

For more information:,, 760-805-0434. 

Art Glass Guild Annual Spring Show and Sale

The Art Glass Guild will host its 2017 Spring Patio Show and Sale May 13-14 at Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park. You will see more than 30 juried artists exhibiting their creations as you stroll the patio in Spanish Village. There will be entertainment for all, including live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children and adults alike to create their own unique mosaic art piece to take home. The event is free to the public and pet friendly.

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 1770 Village Place, Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego.

To learn more visit, or call 619-702-8006.

Local artist to speak at lecture May 5

Friday, May 5, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free. Manuelita Brown, an Encinitas resident, will speak of her career as a mathematics educator and creator of bronze artwork. Many of her works can be found locally, from the dolphins at UTC, three sculptures on the UC San Diego campus, to the Encinitas Child on Pacific Coast Highway 101. She will also discuss her perception of art in the community.

Father Joe’s Villages gala to be held May 13

For the 2017 Children’s Charity Gala: Pioneering the Future presented by Witt Lincoln, Saturday, May 13, at the US Grant Hotel, Father Joe’s Villages will celebrate its history of innovation and explore how it will continue to uphold that tradition. Proceeds will be used for Father Joe’s Villages’ therapeutic childcare programs for ages infant through 12. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception, followed by a 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction, with hosted bar and entertainment. Emcee Bill Griffith will preside over a dinner and program, including a live auction and dancing to the music from Atomic Groove.

Gala tickets (from $350) at or by calling 1 (800) HOMELESS.