Feb. 23: Community Events

Free Tax Preparation Workshop at CV Library

A free Tax Preparation Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Carmel Valley Branch Library. Learn how to prepare your own individual income tax return for free and which tax software can be purchased. Additionally, learn basic ways to claim deductions and credits to lower your taxes. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, 92130. 858-552-1668. 

Robin Henkel at Zel’s Del Mar March 2

Robin Henkel will perform solo blues at Zel’s Del Mar Thursday, March 2, 7-10 p.m. Zel’s Del Mar is located at 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858) 755-0076. 

Solana Beach City Hall art exhibition reception

The City of Solana Beach will host the opening of its new City Hall exhibition “Reflections” by Monique SantanderThursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-8 p.m. Solana Beach’s City Hall Gallery is located at 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, 92075. For more information, visit 

Half-price book sale at Solana Beach Library

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are holding a half-price sale in the bookshop and on tables in the foyer from Feb 21-28. Hundreds of great used books on sale at half-price. 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 Ave., Solana Beach.

English Conversation Café at Solana Beach Library

English Conversation Café meets at the Solana Beach Library each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you wish to practice your English-speaking skills in an informal setting, this course is designed for you. No registration is necessary and you are welcome to join at any time. The library location is 157 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach; the phone is 858-755-1404. 

Woodward Center Doggie Gras Parade Feb. 26

Helen Woodward Animal Center is marching its most colorful event back to Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market. On the last weekend in February, the free fifth annual Doggie Gras Parade will once again stretch its furry legs down an imaginary “BourBONE Street” in “CATon Rouge.” The festivities shine a light on Center orphan pets by inviting participants to join a parade supporting animal rescue and celebrating Mardi Gras traditions. Don’t miss the kickoff to all other Mardi Gras festivities on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center in Rancho Santa Fe (16079 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe). Visit or call (858) 756-4117 x 379. 

Bees topic at Feb. 23 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

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. 

North Coast Symphony Orchestra concert March 5

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Swem, will hold a Sunday, March 5, concert featuring Isaac Allen, violin soloist, in Piazzolla “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” He currently is the first violinist with the Hausmann Quartet and frequently appears on San Diego’s Art of Élan series. The concert will be held at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas at 2:30 p.m. The program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, and the overture to Rossini’s opera “Semiramide.” The orchestra is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation. More information is available at

Solana Center composting workshop

Solana Center will hold a composting workshop on Sunday March 12, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024,

Solana Center’s composting experts will teach you all about how to compost your food waste with red wriggler worms (also known as vermicomposting) at this interactive presentation. A raffle will also be held of a compost bin, worm bin, or kitchen scrap caddy to two lucky attendees.


‘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 

Susie Walton to present ‘Bully Proofing Your Child’ 

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

Philosopher and scholar to discuss ‘The Kabbalah of Happiness’  

Internationally-acclaimed philosopher and scholar Rabbi Manis Friedman, author of "Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?" will discuss "The Kabbalah of Happiness" in a community lecture on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Friedman is slated to delve into the ancient wisdom of the Torah and Jewish mysticism to discover the mystery of "Happiness."

Visit or call Chabad Jewish Center of RSF at 858-756-7571 for event details and to RSVP.

San Diego Film Festival presents Oscar viewing party

The San Diego Film Foundation, presenters of the San Diego International Film Festival, will be the beneficiaries of "And the Award Goes To …", the Oscar viewing party and fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 26, during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards at a private residence in La Jolla. Guests will be greeted with a Red Carpet welcome, sip elegantly crafted cocktails and champagne, and enjoy signature dishes from highly-acclaimed San Diego chefs. Attire is black tie optional or cocktail. The party starts at 4:30 p.m. with the Oscar viewing beginning at 5 p.m.

To purchase tickets, go to or call 619-818-2221

Read & Romp event for kids Feb. 25

A parent is their child’s first, and best, teacher. One of the most important things new parents can do, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is read aloud to their young children. Whether it’s a classic like “Goodnight Moon” or to make up a story together while getting ready to go to sleep. Reading can incorporate play time and be creative and fun. So to inspire read-aloud time for young kids and families, Reach Out and Read San Diego puts on an annual fundraiser at Point Loma’s Liberty Station called Read & Romp. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. -noon at Liberty Station, McMillin Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma.

The 8th annual fundraiser, happening Saturday, makes popular storybooks come to life through crafts, songs, story times and costumed characters. Visitors are greeted by “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Thing 1” and “Thing 2.” Children’s author Scott Sussman will be on hand to read his books “Weird the Beard” and “Silly the Seed.” Best for children ages 8 and under, but all are welcome.

Tickets: Online presale is $8 (children) $10 (adults); $30 for family of four; tickets at the door are $12 per person, or $40 for a family of four at the door. Free for children ages 2 and under. Online:

‘The Festival of Spring Flowers’

“The Festival of Spring Flowers” annual flower show will be held March 4-5, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Balboa Park, Casa del Prado (Room 101). Presented by San Diego Wabu Study Group of the Ohara School of Ikebana and co-sponsored by San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation. Free admission. The event includes Ikebana Arrangement demonstrations at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Bestselling author to speak March 24 

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living continues its series of annual presentations featuring relevant and inspirational speakers with an appearance by Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author, speaker and cancer survivor. Moorjani will share her story of healing and the insights she gained from her near-death experience and her time in the other realm. The event is on Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. VIP and General Admission tickets are available at Location: 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, 92024.