March 23 issue: Local and regional events

Participants at a previous Del Mar Rose Society event.
Participants at a previous Del Mar Rose Society event.
(Samantha Cash)

Learn how to show roses at the San Diego Fair

Del Mar Rose Society will host Linda Clark, presenting what is involved in submitting roses for the annual San Diego Fair Rose Show, on Thursday March 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Reception followed by lecture at 7 p.m. Call 760-809-6860 or Visit for more information.

Upcoming Del Mar exhibit: Call for artists

The Del Mar Arts Advisory Committee will present “An Instant Out of Time” exhibition of local photography May 5 and May 6 at Del Mar Town Hall (1050 Camino Del Mar). A call for art has been issued with a deadline to submit of April 15. Submissions of up to two images must be sent via email for consideration with title, date, size, photographer name, email and phone number to Each image must be no bigger than 11x17.

The May 5 viewing event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and include wine and light refreshments, and a performance by the Lynch Dance Institute. The May 6 general viewing event will run from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Del Mar Farmers Market announces new starting time as of April 1

The Del Mar Farmers Market, located at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino Del Mar, open every Saturday, rain or shine, has a new starting time of 12 p.m. starting April 1. (The market will be open from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. starting April 1. It is currently open from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.) The market is the second oldest farmers market in San Diego County, in operation since 1986. Certified by the SD County Agriculture Department and a nonprofit organization, the DMFM donates excess funds to scholarships for vendors and to support local community groups. Join the market for free yoga before shopping for fresh produce, crafts and flowers. Then enjoy lunch from one of the prepared food vendors while enjoying live music.

Village Church to present free Spring Choral Concert

In anticipation of Easter, the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe will hold a special Spring Choral Concert on Sunday, April 2, that is centered on the light, hope and comfort found in the promise of eternal life. Featuring the more than 80 voices of the Village Community Chorale, soloists and members of the San Diego and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, this unique concert celebrates Christ’s triumph over death by exploring the work of Gabriel Faure, a 19th century composer and church organist in Paris. Using elements of the Requiem, the traditional Catholic mass performed at funeral services, Faure’s composition was revolutionary at the time because of its intimate concert setting.

Listeners will be treated to two beautiful and powerful compositions that exude light, rest, and comfort for the living. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, in the Village Church sanctuary at 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. A freewill offering will be collected. Childcare is available with an RSVP to

For more information email or visit

‘Diesel, A Bookstore Del Mar’ to present author and attorney Justin Brooks

Join “Diesel, A Bookstore Del Mar” at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. as it hosts Justin Brooks to discuss and sign “You Might Go To Prison, Even Though You’re Innocent.”

Brooks has spent his career freeing innocent people from prison. With You Might Go to Prison, Even Though You’re Innocent, he offers up-close accounts of the cases he has fought, embedding them within a larger landscape of innocence claims and robust research on what we know about the causes of wrongful convictions.

Brooks is a criminal defense lawyer, law professor, and the founding director of the California Innocence Project, where he has spent decades freeing innocent people from prison. He is the author of the only legal casebook devoted to the topic of wrongful convictions and was portrayed by Academy Award–nominated actor Greg Kinnear in the feature film Brian Banks.

Address: 12843 E Camino Real Suite 104, San Diego, 92130. This event is free to attend. Free seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please purchase one copy of a book for one seat.

Upcoming Del Mar Toastmasters meeting theme is ‘Books that Influenced Us’

Improve your communication and build leadership skills. Del Mar Toastmasters invites you to an in-person meeting with the theme of “Books that Influenced Us” on Friday, March 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. Peters Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 334 14th St., Del Mar. For details, go to or contact

Celebrate the holiday at Rancho Santa Fe Passover Seder event

This Passover, don’t stay home alone! Come celebrate the holiday together with friends and family in a warm and friendly environment. Your Seder experience will include a delicious traditional three-course gourmet dinner, hand-baked shmurah matzah, plenty of wine and fascinating insights into the festival of freedom. Celebrate this Passover on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the RSF communal Seder. Limited seating. For more information and to make a reservation visit or call Chabad Jewish Center of RSF at 858-756-7571. Feel free to contact the Chabad Jewish Center for all your Passover needs.

Free First Wednesdays Concert Series at Cardiff Library presents Leonard Patton

Friends of the Cardiff by the Sea Library will present the next First Wednesdays Concert Series event on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Cardiff by the Sea Library (Community Room). The free event will feature Leonard Patton, a talented and versatile singer, percussionist, actor, songwriter, teacher, and more. Patton sings soul, jazz, pop, theatre, and originals.

He is also the impresario of the new music club The Jazz Lounge.

Cardiff by the Sea Library is located at 2081 Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff (between Birmingham and Liverpool). For more information, visit or call 760-635-1000.

Birch Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly event

This Earth Day, Birch Aquarium is throwing a Party for the Planet, offering guests a fun opportunity to celebrate the ocean’s biodiversity and learn how they can take action to make a difference.

As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the aquarium aims to connect families to the ocean through research, play and social learning that support healthy habitats. Held over two weekends, Party for the Planet runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22-23 and 29-30. Interactive activities include earth-friendly crafts, live music, a community art project, a scavenger hunt and more. Birch Aquarium educators and Scripps scientists will be hosting hands-on stations that discuss how people can collectively tackle some of the planet’s greatest challenges. The event is included with the cost of General Admission, which is $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3-17.

The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and advanced reservations are required for all guests, including members.

Visit for more information about Party for the Planet.

Call for visual artists

The city of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division is looking for visual artists to feature in individual and group exhibits of 3D artworks to be displayed in the second half of 2023. Amateur and professional artists ages 18 and older who live in Southern California can apply. Preference may be given to artists in San Diego County. Artworks must fit in exhibit cases. Applications must be emailed by 8 a.m. April 3 to

Volunteers sought to help foster children

The San Diego nonprofit Voices for Children, which was founded in 1980, is looking for volunteers to advocate for foster children in need.

The nonprofit started a new program called “Your Voice, Their Future” to encourage community members to become Court Appointed Special Advocates, aka CASAs.

Volunteers are trained and supported by the nonprofit to speak up for foster children in court, school and medical settings to make sure their needs are met. The “Your Voice, Their Future” campaign runs through May 1. Visit

Humane Society holds Wildlife Baby Shower

The San Diego Humane Society is preparing for the spring baby season when thousands of orphaned wild animals will rely on the nonprofit for lifesaving care. The Humane Society seeks the community’s support for its 13th annual Wildlife Baby Shower, a virtual event benefiting its Project Wildlife program. Participants can buy supplies from Amazon or Target or make a donation. For the wish lists, visit

Free introduction to Square Dance classes

A free introduction to Square Dance classes will be held March 23 and March 30 at the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come to one or both nights. No partner or dance experience needed. Great way to socialize and keep fit in mind and body. It’s free, it’s fun, not that far away. For more information, contact the Wranglers Square Dance Club at

Operation Game On 8th annual 15-Inch Cup Challenge

Operation Game On will hold its 8th annual 15-Inch Cup Challenge on Monday, April 17 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club’s driving range. The 8th Annual OGO 15-Inch Cup Challenge will feature four Challenge distances, ranging from 50-yards to 125-yards, as well as cash prizes for hole-in-one wins, great food, beverages, music and more. Operation Game On is a nonprofit organization that provides golf as a form of rehabilitation for returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Visit for more information and to register.

Free Alzheimer’s Educational Conference

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free Alzheimer’s & Caregiving Educational Conference for Southern California residents on Wednesday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of its 2023 national Educating America Tour. It will take place at Hilton Irvine/Orange County (18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine). The free conference is open to everyone and will allow participants to learn from experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and caregiving.

To register and for more information, go to Advanced registration is highly recommended.

Photo contest calling for submissions

The nonprofit San Diego Floral Association is running a photo contest on “The Power of a Single Flower” for both amateurs and professionals. The winning photo will be featured on the front cover of San Diego Floral’s magazine California Garden in the July/August 2023 issue. Deadline for submissions is March 31. Entry fee supports the nonprofit’s programs. Visit — SD Union-Tribune report

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego to hold 21st Annual ‘Step by Step 5k Walk’

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) is holding its 21st Annual “Step by Step 5k Walk” on Saturday, April 1, at Liberty Station. CBS News 8 Anchor Carlo Cecchetto will emcee the event.

Walk Chairperson Lisa Evans points out that there are several ways you can participate: 1. Walk yourself (with your family); 2. Join a team; 3. Form your own team; or 4. Make a contribution to the Association( if you’d like; make it in memory of or in honor of a loved one). Register online: or call 858-215-2570.

Proceeds from the Walk enable the PASD to continue to make critical resources available to thousands of San Diego County residents who have or are affected by Parkinson’s disease. All funds raised from the event stay within San Diego County.

The Walk commences at 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. The donation is $50, youth 12 to 17 are $10 and children under 12 are free. The donations are tax deductible under IRS guidelines and includes a Walk Step by Step T- Shirt. There will be over 50 health and other resources in attendance in the exhibitor area. The walk is dog friendly.

Events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

A variety of events are being held this month at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information, visit