Feb. 9: Event briefs

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.

JAMB bass clarinet quartet at CV Library Feb. 15

February’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room.

JAMB (Jim, April, Mark & Bob) is a chamber music ensemble unlike any you’ve heard before. JAMB plays classical and modern works for clarinet quartet as well as transcriptions of popular favorites, holiday music and distinctive music for special occasions.

Their experience encompasses The San Diego Symphony and Opera, Orchestra Nova, San Diego Civic Theater, The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lawrence Welk Theater, major international chamber music festivals and more. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.

Book drive to benefit YWCA Feb. 13

In celebration of the upcoming International Book Giving Day, locally-based Book Buzz is holding a book drive and donation collection to benefit the YWCA San Diego. This special event is held to raise much-needed book donations and funds for local children and families. The YWCA is a foundation that supports victims of domestic violence, and recently a project (Jenny’s Jungle by The Wildflower Initiative) installed a reading space within one of the foundations safe houses. It’s called Becky’s House, and the event will be focused on making a difference to that house and reading space.

The book drive event will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 at Mint Studio in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch at 5965 Village Way Unit 105, San Diego CA 92130. For more information, visit or call 408-409-0948.

Cookbooks, jigsaw puzzle sale at SB Library

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are selling a large collection of gently-used cookbooks. Prices start at $1. Come look today. These won’t last long. Also on sale are a collection of jigsaw puzzles priced from 25 cents to $5. Why not purchase a cookbook, cook a yummy meal as a family, and enjoy putting together puzzles! What could be more fun for a wintery evening family fun time? Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Monday-Saturday, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, 92075.

Next CV Library Symposiums for Seniors event Feb. 13

Symposiums for Seniors: “Images of Aging” on Monday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Branch Library. Seniors gather for interesting talks and presentations followed by refreshments. This event will be a presentation by Professor Joaquin Anguera of the SDSU School of Social Work.

Yoga at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom on Feb. 19

Join the the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. for a coastal yoga session at the San Dieguito Lagoon Open Air Classroom. All yoga levels welcome. Bring a mat. Instructor, Susan McCrea. Directions: From 1-5, take Via de la Valle exit and go east. Turn south on San Andres Drive and then left into the parking area. It’s a short, easy walk to the classroom. Free, $10 donations appreciated. Visit

Expert to discuss ‘Surf, Sand and Stone’ at SB Library

Please join Friends of the Solana Beach Library for a special program by Dr. Keith Heyer Meldahl on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Meldahhl will discuss the formation of the Southern California coastline, how it is constantly changing and how we can prepare for the changes. The Solana Beach Library is located at157 Stevens Avenue in Solana Beach. The program is free of charge and appropriate for adults and older students.

Festive India ‘Winter Mela’ event Feb. 12

Shiva Vishnu Temple (a nonprofit organization) will present the “2nd Annual Winter Mela” on Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ocean Air Park in Carmel Valley. The event is free and is open to all community members. There will be a variety of activities taking place as well as booths, including music, dance, henna, ethnic wear, ethnic gifts, jewelry, obstacle course, face painting, balloon sculpture, carnival games and yoga. Unique this year are the Spelling bee and Rangoli competitions. One-hundred percent of proceeds go to Shiva Vishnu Temple. Ocean Air Park is located at 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego (Carmel Valley), 92130.

Hospice of the North Coast seeks volunteers for 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.

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

Auditions to be held for musical

The Village Church Community Theater will hold auditions for “Alice @ Wonderland - The Musical.” Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 20, 5-8 p.m. Roles are available for 14-29 actors, ages 10 and up, including chorus roles with solo opportunities. Many roles have singing solos. Most roles have flexible casting for age, gender and type. Non-singing and dancing roles will also be available.

Performances will be: Friday through Sunday, May 5, 6 and 7. Email for an audition appointment. 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

SB Civic and Historical Society to present Equinox String Quartet Feb. 10

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early on Friday, Feb. 10 when the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society will present the music of the Equinox String Quartet. Refreshments and conversation will begin at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center in Solana Beach. The Civic and Historical Society welcomes everyone to this lighthearted evening of music and friendship.

Meditation workshops at Del Mar Library

Learn about the transformational benefits of meditation at the Del Mar Library. Workshops will be offered in February and March. The next workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. Transforming the Heart Through Meditation: Richard Scotti, PhD., an educator, researcher, and international consultant with over 40 years of meditation experience will discuss how to use meditation to transform the heart and integrate this practice into your daily life. The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666,

T.E.A.M. to present film ‘The Forgotten Refugees’

T.E.A.M. (Training and Education About the Middle East) will present a film, “The Forgotten Refugees” on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., in the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Library, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. The 50-minute film tells of the forced exodus of Jews from Arab countries and Iran during the last century - a mostly unknown, untold story. Afterwards, Dan Mahni, who was born and raised in Baghdad, will speak on Jewish refugees like himself and answer questions. After being imprisoned merely for being Jewish, he was able to leave Iraq and emigrate to Israel and eventually to the U.S. The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

John Thornton to speak at M&A Groundbreaker Series event

Join the Association for Corporate Growth San Diego Tuesday, Feb. 21, to hear the history of one of the region’s most celebrated careers, that of M&A Groundbreaker John Thornton (Wavetek, Micom Systems, Mitek Systems, Thornton Winery and more.) This promises to be a discussion filled with revelations of company formations, growth and development prior to a number of successful exits.

The event will be held from 7-9 a.m, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Paul Thiel, regional managing director, BNY Mellon, will moderate the event. Register at

‘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.

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.

The Spice Way to hold annual Tea Party event

The Spice Way in Encinitas will hold its 2nd annual Tea Party Sunday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature over 60 types of teas and infusions to choose from. This free event, open to the public, invites patrons to learn about a wide variety of teas, their health benefits and tips for brewing the perfect cup of tea. Visit 260 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024. (760) 634-9709.