March 2: Event briefs

Arts Alive Banner Unveiling March 5

Join Leucadia 101 and The 101 Artists’ Colony for the 2017 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling on March 5 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. at The Leichtag Commons (441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas) in Barn 2.

Each year the Arts Alive Encinitas exhibit features 101 local artist creations in a fantastic display of color on the lamp posts along a 6-mile stretch of historic Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. See the 2017 banners for the first time at the unveiling and place your starting bids on your favorite ones.

The Leichtag Commons is home to Coastal Roots Farm, a nonproft farm and community education center. Take advantage of a farm tour during your visit for the unveiling and make sure to buy some beautiful produce at the “Pay What You Can Farm Stand” open from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. on event day.

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320 musicians fill the stage for Verdi’s Magnificent ‘Requiem’

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the concert event of the season. Music Director Steven Schick conducts orchestra and chorus, four operatic soloists, and two guest choruses in Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent Requiem. There will be three performances of this concert: March 17-19.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637 or visit

Artist Alliance exhibit at OMA

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) will present its third juried Artist Alliance members’ exhibition. Ninety-two artworks were chosen from more than 900 submissions, representing artists working in a wide variety of media and exploring a diverse range of subjects and styles. Juried by Karen McGuire of the Canon Gallery in Carlsbad and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, this exhibition features a cross-section of the most noteworthy artwork from OMA’s talented artist members.

The Artist Alliance exhibition at OMA runs from March 4 through Aug. 27. OMA is located at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Please call (760) 435-3721 or go online for hours. An artist reception is scheduled for March 25 from 6-7 p.m. Artist Alliance exhibit at OMA

Poetry & Art Series 2017

On Saturday, March 25, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents artist and performer Perry Vasquez and San Diego poet Sunny Rey. Renowned street artist, Mr. Maxx Moses makes a special guest appearance. People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances. DJ GillSotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door. The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

Visit and and here: P&A Facebook and SDAI Facebook

Full Moon hike with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

A family-friendly, easy hike will be held March 12 at 7 p.m. by the light of the moon along the Dust Devil Nature Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon. Don’t forget your flashlights! Dogs on leash are welcome. Free. Donations appreciated. Directions provided upon registration at

Spring Home/Garden Show returns to DM Fairgrounds

Now in its 32nd year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds March 3-5 for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside.

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Cardiff Purim Carnival March 12

A Purim Carnival with games, rides and ethnic foods will be held March 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea. The Carnival is open to the public and raises money to help fund programs for the Temple’s youth. Parking is available nearby at Mira Costa College with free shuttles to Temple. Prices the day of the carnival are $1 per ticket and $35 for a wristband that allows unlimited access to most rides. Advance ticket prices are 20 tickets for $18, 40 tickets for $36, 60 tickets for $54 and $25 for a wristband. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets please visit or contact Ellen Fox, Temple Solel School Director (760-334-1465;

‘AT&T Texting and Driving’ demonstration for teens

In celebration of 2017 Teen Tech Week (March 5-11), the Rancho Santa Fe Library is hosting an “AT&T Texting and Driving” demonstration Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Through the use of a simulator, teens will see first-hand the dangers of driving and texting. The RSF Library is located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. 868-756-2512. Visit

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. Visit

‘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.

Accomplished violinist Ayrton Pisco to perform at Carmel Valley Library March 8

March’s free family music program, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, will feature violinist Ayrton Pisco and pianist Lesi Mei. The program will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room.

Pisco performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras of the Music School of Brasilia, featuring works by Paganini, Bazzini, Bartok, Sarasate, Monti, Mozart, Mignone, Vivaldi, among others. He has earned awards in many competitions, including, the Musical Merit Foundation Competition in San Diego, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists Competition, and the San Diego State University’s Concerto Competition, becoming the only student in the history of the university to win the competition two years in a row.

Pisco has participated as a fellow in several music festivals, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Young Artists’ Festival Bayreuth (Germany), the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, among others. In 2013, at the age of 18, he made his professional solo debut, performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the Brasilia National Orchestra.

In August 2014, he moved to the United States and began his Bachelor of Music in Performance at San Diego State University, where he currently studies under the guidance of Professor Pei-Chun Tsai. In December of the same year he performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York while participating in the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

For more information, call (858) 552-1668. The Carmel Valley Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, CA 92130.

Ona Russell, a local author, will be the guest speaker at the Solana Beach Library program on March 9. She will discuss her most recent historical mystery, “Rule of Capture.” This is an award-winning book which takes place in Los Angeles during the 1920s.

Award-winning author to speak at Solana Beach Library March 9

Russell has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California where she has taught for many years. She is the author of two previous historical mysteries; one of which, “The Natural Selection,” was a finalist in the prestigious California Commonwealth Club Book Awards. Russell has been widely published in other venues and is an accomplished public speaker.

Solana Beach Library is located at 157 Stevens Avenue in Solana Beach. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library and a warm welcome is extended to all members of the community. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be available at 6:15 p.m. and the program will start at promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Del Mar Foundation announces three March 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