Sept. 21: Event briefs

Exhibit by local artist on display at Carmel Valley Library

An art exhibit featuring the work of Karen Peppard Caruso is on display at the Carmel Valley Library through Sept. 30.

Caruso, a multi-dimensional artist who studied art and architecture in Rome, has a masters in fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in New York. Caruso taught art at the Walter T. Bergen School in New Jersey for five years. Prior to that she was the director of the ceramics program for a multi-million dollar recreation center in New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Rome and throughout the U.S. East Coast. In Southern California, she has had solo shows at the Del Mar Art Center, the New Millennium Art Gallery and two solo award shows at the San Diego Art Institute, according to a press release. She has also participated in numerous group shows.

In addition to publishing a book on papier-mache for the Henkle Co., her polo photographs have been published in Polo America.

The Carmel Valley Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr, San Diego, CA 92130. Phone: 858-552-1668.

Conner’s Cause for Children Golf Classic Oct. 2

The 19th Annual Conner’s Cause for Children Golf Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 2 at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., Shotgun Start is at noon. Conner’s Cause for Children is the only nonprofit organization in the San Diego region that offers direct family assistance for out-of-pocket expenses relating to any, and all life-threatening illnesses or injuries associated with children. With the help of the San Diego community, Conner’s Cause assists approximately 400 families per year. The entry fee includes greens fee with cart, box lunch, awards dinner, tee prizes, contests and more. Register at For more information, contact Carol at (760) 487-1592.

San Diego Film Festival Oct. 4-8

The San Diego International Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced recently that iconic stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart will be the recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. The award will be presented Oct. 5 at The Variety Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel San Diego in downtown San Diego.

Additionally, the festival announced its full lineup of films, including Spotlight, Competition and Short Film sections. Now in its 16th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from Oct. 4-8 in San Diego. For more information, visit 

Del Mar Rose Society to host Del Mar Floral owner

On Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m., the Del Mar Rose Society will present Ann Engert, owner of Del Mar Floral, who will discuss new rose varieties and types, autumn and holiday trends, and holiday decor ideas from all over the world, including colors and textures of the season. Bring a vase, blooms and greens from your garden and together create a beautiful table design to take home. The group meets at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd, Del Mar. Wine and cheese reception is 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Call 760-809-6860 or visit

Eighth Annual River Valley Fest Oct. 8

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will hold its Eighth Annual River Valley Fest, Coast to Crest and Beyond, on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 4-8 p.m. at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

Guests will enjoy music performed by crowd favorite Bill Fleming & Friends, hosted wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages during cocktail hour, gourmet dinner buffet and exciting live auction. This year there will be some surprise guests in attendance. All proceeds from this event go toward the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreating programs.

All proceeds from this event go toward the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs. For reservations 

Art instruction at Del Mar Library

Del Mar Library hosts a new monthly art class with local artist Sandra Dodd on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Come and learn with different mediums and techniques each month. Supplies are provided. Upcoming class dates: Oct. 11, Nov. 14, Dec. 13

The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. Visit  

The Scream Zone returns to Del Mar

This year the Scream Zone runs 24 selected nights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds beginning Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 31. The event features “four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions.” For specific dates, times and more information, visit

Guided meditation classes at Del Mar Library

Del Mar Library is hosting a new meditation class led by Tanya Barach, E-RYT on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Tanya Barach, E-RYT, has been practicing and teaching yoga & meditation for twenty years. She was lead instructor of the Yoga & Meditation Program for Deepak Chopra’s Center in New York for the five years it was open. She has studied many different styles of meditation and has participated in countless retreats, including three months at an ashram in India. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, has taught in a wide variety of venues, including at workshops with Deepak Chopra, at Lincoln Center, many private clients with a wide variety of health issues, and at workshops around the world, including NYC, South Africa, Costa Rica and Mexico. Her meditation classes include breathing techniques and guided visualizations to help her students to ‘drop in’ into a calm space of breath-centered mindful awareness.

The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. Visit 

Talk on getting rid of ‘clutter’ Sept. 27 

Linda Diller, founder and president of Senior Move Masters, will present a free talk on “ letting go of your ‘stuff’” –and what to do with it—sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Del Mar Library. “It’s time to clean out, clear out and throw away from you mind and home all the things that are preventing you from making positive changes in your life,” Diller notes. 

The presentation will help attendees get started in a new direction and a new way of thinking about tangible clutter and letting it go forever, Diller said. 

RSVP for the talk by calling 858 792-7565 or    

Wavecrest Woodies

Experience the longest running and largest gathering of Woodies in the world with 300 Woodies of every size, shape and description on display in Encinitas. Throughout the day, Hawaiian and surf music will be performed live, along with fabulous raffle prizes and awards. Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Moonlight Beach Parking Lot, corner of 3rd and C Streets. Free.


Free Flight’s ‘All-Stars’ Carnival Fundraiser

Free Flight, Del Mar’s one-of-a-kind exotic bird sanctuary will be having its third annual Carnival Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme will celebrate sports and perseverance. Join the birds for fun games, prizes, a raffle, snacks, and more. Become both an athletic champion and a champion for parrots in need! All are welcome and urged to spread the word. Tickets are priced at $10 (both adults and children ages 3+). Children 2 and under are free. Snacks and drinks will be available for $1/each.

All proceeds benefit Free Flight. Free Flight is located at 2132 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014. Visit

28th annual Fall Home/Garden Show

During its three-day extravaganza this Sept. 22-24 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the 28th annual Fall Home/Garden Show will feature hundreds of products, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars by professional trade, building and design associations.

For more information: 858-350-3738 or visit

Encinitas Oktoberfest

The 22nd Annual Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real in Encinitas. This event is free and fun for the entire family. Free parking is available at the Flora Vista Elementary School (1690 Wandering Road) with free shuttle service from the parking lot to the Oktoberfest site.

The event entertainment features authentic German music from The Bluebirds, the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, carnival rides, a street craft faire featuring 200 vendors and more. Visit

CCC Band to present ‘Great American Songs’

The internationally-acclaimed Coastal Communities Concert Band will present a toe-tapping program of “Great American Songs” at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. This musical journey will include selections from jazz, ragtime, blues, film, and theater. Popular vocalist Michael Ruhl will present favorites from Gershwin and Broadway.

Tickets are $20/adult and $15/senior and students. Tickets may be purchased from the band by calling 760-436-6137 or via credit card at Tickets are also available at the California Center for the Arts Escondido at 800-988-4253.

Volunteer to tutor ESL

Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County is a 100 percent volunteer operated nonprofit organization. A two-day workshop to train its volunteer tutors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Encinitas Branch Library located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. No teaching experience is necessary. If you can speak English, you can make a difference in someone’s life. LLCSDC has been providing free tutors to adult learners since 1961 throughout San Diego County. Tutoring locations are available countywide. Deadline to register is Oct. 13. To register, e-mail

NCPS Photography Exhibition

The North County Photographic Society is hosting its 22nd Annual Members’ Photography Exhibition from Sept. 20 through Oct. 28 at the Encinitas Library Community Room located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Professionally judged images in eight categories submitted by NCPS member/artists are on display for the viewing public. An Artists Reception is being held Saturday, Sept. 23, and will provide appetizers, live classical music and a chance to speak with the artists from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. This event is free to the public.

‘An Evening with Rod Laver

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, in partnership with the RSF Tennis Club and Warwick’s, will present “An Evening with Rod Laver” Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club (5829 Via de la Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe). The event will include a Q&A and “Tennis Talk,” beer, wine and appetizers. Cost is $65 and includes a signed copy of Laver’s autobiography. All proceeds benefit the RSF Library. Visit or call 858-756-4780.

Solana Beach Sunset 5K and Wellness Expo

Join Champions for Health at its 4th Annual Solana Beach Sunset 5K and Wellness Expo - Southern California’s only sunset 5K to take place on the sand. The event will be held Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at Fletcher Cover in Solana Beach. Benefiting its diabetes prevention program, Jump Start for Health, the event includes a wellness expo and registration at 3 p.m. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 4 p.m. After the race, at 5 p.m., cool down and rock out to 706 Union Band.

Fletcher Cove is located at 111 S Sierra Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Cost: $39-$100. For information and registration:

Taste of Rancho Santa Fe

The Taste of Rancho Santa Fe will present country pop artist Steven Ybarra during the 5th annual Wine and Food Event on Oct. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Put on by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, the Taste draws hundreds of attendees each year and raises thousands of dollars for charity. Tickets are on sale now at 

Dance with The Cotillion Club of San Diego

The Cotillion Club of San Diego invites all to join them for one of the club’s ballroom dance events. You will be escorted by a member of the club from RSF for an evening of easy and fun dancing, including a large dance floor, a formal dinner with wine, and a live band. The dress is formal, with either dark suits or tux for men, and evening wear for women.

Dances are held five times a year at different locations. The next one will be at the Hilton Mission Valley, on Saturday, Oct. 7 starting at 6 p.m. The cost for the evening is $160 per couple.

For more information, you can contact the Presidents, Gary and Barbara Gentzkow at 858-756-9404 or email them at