March 9: event briefs

Lucie Arnaz set for NC Rep’s Spotlight Gala

Save the date of Sunday, April 30, for this year’s North Coast Repertory Theatre Spotlight Gala, celebrating North Coast Rep’s 35th season.

The entertainment will be Lucie Arnaz and her Latin Trio.

Enjoy live and silent auctions featuring luxurious trips and restaurant packages, and opportunities to sponsor the artists and productions at North Coast Rep.

The event will be held at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe,92067, at 5 p.m.

Tickets start at $300, or 858-481-2155, ext. 224.


Herbert B. Turner Gallery holding reception for new art exhibit

The Herbert B. Turner Gallery in Del Mar will host a solo art exhibit of images by photo illustrator Bob Coletti. Over 33 Images will be on display featuring work produced in his Foto Oscura style. A Grand Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for March 25, 2-5 p.m. The event is open to the public. Refreshments served. Free parking. Free admittance.

The Herbert B. Turner Gallery is located at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014. Visit

Memory Cafe gatherings held twice a month 

Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for friends starting to experience forgetfulness or concerns about changes in thinking as they age, where they can relax, learn, and socialize, have refreshments, and be entertained. All family members are welcome. Monthly on second and fourth Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at Grace Point Church, 13340 Hayford Way, Room 1A, Carmel Valley. Next meetings March 10 and 24.  

Meditation workshop at Del Mar Library March 11

Del Mar Library will host “Meditation: Unlock the Power Within You” on Saturday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. Speaker Doug Frankel has meditated over 30 years and will discuss how meditation improves the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our health. Learn effective strategies through a simple, but profound meditation technique that will help manage daily stress and worry. The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique.

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

Richard Lederer to speak on ‘Fascinating Facts About Our Presidents’ in SB

On Friday, March 10, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society will present an evening with Richard Lederer. His presentation will be “Fascinating Facts About Our Presidents.” The program will begin at 5 p.m. at the Community Center at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach.

Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, “Amazing Words,” “Lederer on Language” and “Presidential Trivia.” Lederer’s column “Lederer on Language” appears weekly in The San Diego Union-Tribune, and he is a founding co-host of “A Way with Words” on KPBS Public Radio. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel Award winner. 

Award-winning author to speak at SB Library

Friends in the community will gather at the Solana Beach Library on March 9 to hear Ona Russell discuss her recent historical book, “Rule of Capture.” This mystery takes place in Los Angeles in the 1920s. “Alternating between taut, suspenseful story-telling and lush descriptions, Russell eases her readers into a welcome literary escape with well-paced intrigue, suprising subterfuge, and gripping secondary story lines…against the seemingly conflicting backdrop of oil and oranges.” Los Angeles Review of Books.

Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue in Solana Beach. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments available and there is no charge for this event.   

Spring Ice Cream Social March 25 at SB Library 

The Solana Beach Library will hold its popular Spring Ice Cream Social Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome. The event will include Sparkles the Clown performing a show, followed by ice cream sundaes, face painting, and balloon animal sculptures.

The Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. 858-755-1404, The event is supported by Friends of the Solana Beach Library. 

Upcoming Del Mar Foundation events

On Tuesday, March 14 please join the Del Mar Foundation for the March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day Meet & Greet at Jimmy O’s, 225 15th Street, Del Mar. From 6-9 p.m. this no host event will celebrate March’s “Perfect Storm” with Happy Hour pricing.

On Saturday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m., the Del Mar Foundation is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Meet & Greet for dogs and their people at Del Mar Shores Park, which is east of Stratford, south of 9th Street. Calling Del Mar dogs: bring your owners to the Shores Park for a casual gathering to meet your friends and neighbors at 3:30 p.m., so you can be off leash if your owners agree.

On Sunday, March 19 at Shores Park (east of Stratford, south of 9th Street) from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. the Del Mar Foundation will be hosting “Brunch with the Band,” free music and dancing for the young and young at heart featuring Hullabaloo, San Diego’s favorite kid folk band. There will be face painting, fun and light bites.

RSVPs are requested for each of these events, and can be made at

2nd annual Citizen Science Expo

The 2nd annual Citizen Science Expo, showcasing over 20 regional science efforts, will be held on March 11 at the La Jolla Riford Public Library at 7555 Draper Ave. in La Jolla from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Who should attend? People of all ages who enjoy nature, hiking, strolling on the beach, reading, casual games, or learning science.

Participants will learn about the world of microbes within themselves and how American Gut uses citizen science to reveal connections between our environment, our microbiome, and our health from keynote speaker Dr. Embriette Hyde (American Gut/UCSD). Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon geared toward increasing the visibility of women in science, and more.

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.

Foundation to host charity cycling event for ALS

Team Godfather Charitable Foundation, based in Encinitas, has met a $1 million fundraising goal and will host the fifth annual Bike 4 Mike charity cycling event on March 19. The event, at Del Mar Fairgrounds, will benefit the foundation’s goal to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) while honoring Michael Ramirez, a Carlsbad resident who died after a battle with the disease. Distances at the event are 10, 25, 50 and 62 miles. It will also feature an after-party with vendor booths, music, food and beverages, as well as a raffle.

Gates open at 6 a.m. for late registrations, check-in and breakfast, and the first race will begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit

San Diego FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Robotics Competition March 9-11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

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LIFE Lecture: What is a Genome and How Does it Apply to You?

Dawn Barry, vice president at Applied Genomics at Illumina, will lead a discussion on genomics on March 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave. in room 201.

For more information about this free lecture, email

2017 Women’s International Film Festival San Diego

The 2017 Women’s International Film Festival San Diego will be held March 24-26 and is hosted by the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego. The Festival was created to celebrate women’s stories and experiences through film. The Festival is held in March in honor of Women’s History Month. The goal of the Festival is to select films that represent the diversity of women from around the world. This year the Festival welcomes films from Canada, Indonesia, the UK and the U.S. Every film selected for the Festival was directed by a woman. The films range from scripted comedies to issue- focused documentaries, from short 10-minute films to full-length 90-minute features.

The selected Festival films will be screened at THE LOT in Liberty Station. Panel discussions about the films and VIP receptions will be held at THE LOT and the Women’s Museum of California. For more information, visit

‘The Tragedy of Carmen’

San Diego Opera’s “Shiley dētour Series” continues with “The Tragedy of Carmen,” in evening and matinees, March 10-12 at the Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. Production is Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s beloved opera and tells the story of the soldier Don José who leaves his sweetheart for the fiery and passionate Carmen. Tickets from $20. (619) 533-7000.

‘Music of the Movies’

Following his sold-out “Giants of Broadway” lecture/performance in 2016, Bruno Leone presents a two-part series, “Music of the Movies.” Part one, “Movies and Music” is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Series continues March 21. Tickets: $17-$22, $30-$40 for both. (858) 454-5872.