North County FYI Datebook (2024)

FYI Datebook

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Oceanside Jazz Festival: The 5th annual event is 7:30 p.m. April 15-16 featuring 50 area high school and college bands at MiraCosta College Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. (760) 795-6815 or

Miss Fallbrook Pageants: Crowns will be awarded 7:30 p.m. April 15 for “Miss Teen Fallbrook” and 7:30 p.m. April 16 for “Miss Fallbrook” at the Mission Theatre, 200 North Main Ave. Tickets: $15. or (760) 731-2278.

Antique Show and Sale: More than 250 antique dealers from California and surrounding states will display 65,000 square feet of antiques, vintage collectibles and decorator items including pottery, crystal, jewelry and American and European furniture for the 51st annual event April 15 to 17 at the O’Brien Pavilion in the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Appraisers, repair and restoration artisans will be on site. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $8 for entire show. Discount at; (800) 943-7501.

Flower Show: Plant sale, show and arts and crafts market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway. Free admission. (858) 748-3497.

Garden Tour: The Escondido Spring Garden Tour is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at four homes that began as ranches. Tickets: $15; $12.50 in advance at the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park. (760) 743-4382 or

Encinitas Gardens Open House: Spring open house and plant sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 16 at Encinitas Gardens, 18531 Aliso Canyon, Rancho Santa Fe. (619) 334-3700.

Health Fair: The free community event with health screenings is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Escondido, 488 East Valley Parkway. (800) 727-4777.

History Walk: The Encinitas Historical Society gives a free history walk 10:30 a.m. to noon April 16 starting at the 1883 Schoolhouse. (760) 753-5726

Big Block Party: Lego fest with over 100 lbs. of Lego bricks to build a vehicle and race down a 12-ft. track 2 to 4 p.m. April 16 at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido. (760) 743-8207.

Relay for Life: The 10th annual Oceanside Relay for Life starts 10 a.m. April 16 and continues through April 17 at the Mira Costa College athletic field to raise money for Cancer research and support services for cancer patients, families and care givers.

Sunset Poets: Open mic reading by creative writing students from Palomar College for National Poetry Month 2:30 p.m. April 17 at Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista. (760) 643-5100.

“Fiddlin’ in the Flowers:” Bluegrass Day with bands Pickin’ in the Posies and Fiddlin’ in the Flowers is April 16 with an Arts & Crafts Fair April 16-17 at The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. $10; $9 seniors; $5 for ages 3-10. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (760) 431-0352 or

Oceanside Days of Art: Free street fest with more than 120 artists displaying ceramics, painting, jewelry and a variety of art along with music and food 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17 at Civic Center Plaza and Pier View Way, Oceanside. Live music on two stages all weekend featuring The Warned, Xperience and Exo Tiki along with high school art show. Posters from the annual K-12 contest and display of artwork by area military artists and seniors.

Science Fair: MiraCosta College hosts a free hands-on Science Fair 1 to 4 p.m. April 16 for community members and children on the central lawn near the clock tower at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. The fair features more than 100 interactive science activities for elementary and middle school children led by MiraCosta College Service Learning students.

Flower Photography: A Canon Photography Workshop is 9 a.m. April 17 at The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. $10; $9 seniors; $5 for ages 3-10. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (760) 431-0352 or

Jazz concert: Ed Kornhauser performs with Harley Magsino of fusion rock band Hectic Watermelon and Isaac Crow, drummer on the album “Mostly Blue” 1 to 3 p.m. April 17 at Unity Way Church, 171 Unity Way, Vista.; (760) 726-1224.

Free popcorn: Doc Popcorn celebrates its grand opening with free popcorn 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at Westfield Camino Real Mall, Carlsbad.

Hottest Dog Contest: The contest is April 17 at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, 33750 Valley Center Road in Valley Center with three categories, costume, personality and walk. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. (760) 651-3071 or

The Great Outdoors: Free family-friendly activities planned around a nature theme 10 a.m. April 18 at Westfield North County

Level 1, Center Court, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. Storytime and crafts. (760) 489-0631.

French Film: “Persepolis,” directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi plays 10:15 a.m. April 19 in Markstein Hall, room 213 at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos.

Guerrilla Gardening: Use drought tolerant plants to remake a local landscape 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. April 16. Hosted by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. For location and RSVP: (800) 988-4253. $8 per person or $15 per family.

Shaping of Holocaust Memory: Oren Meyers, visiting Israeli Scholar at San Diego State University, will lecture on “The Shaping of Holocaust Memory in Israel” 4:15 p.m. April 20 at in the M. Gordon Clarke Field House/University Student Union in the Grand Salon at California State University San Marcos.

420 Remix: Open to 6th-9th graders in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista with student I.D. for free access to bumper boats, games, go-carts and golf with DJ, and prevention resources for parents and youth 3 to 6 p.m. April 20 at Boomers, 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista.; (760) 631-5000, ext. 7149.

Lawn Concert: California State University San Marcos host an outdoor lawn-concert 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 from with art exhibits, student performances and professional musical at the campus, 333 Twin Oaks Valley Road. Lawn Concert: California State University San Marcos host an outdoor lawn-concert 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 from with art exhibits, student performances and professional musical at the campus, 333 Twin Oaks Valley Road.

“Coco Before Chanel:”The Free International film series at MiraCosta College features “Coco Before Chanel” 1 p.m. April 22 in Room 204 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff; and 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Room 3601, at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. PG-13. Films are presented in the original language with English subtitles. (760) 757-2121, ext. 7737.

Exotic Plants: Palm and Cycad Exchange sponsors an Exotic Plant Invitational Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 at 3562 Olive Hill Rd., Fallbrook. or (760) 451-9499.

Push-ups for Charity: A fundraising competition between the Oceanside Fire and Police Department, Camp Pendleton Marines and area residents is April 23. Hosted by Dare to be Fit, a personal training studio in Oceanside run by a retired master gunnery sergeant. The event benefits wounded warriors.


“The Misanthrope:” The 17th-century comedy performed by students, is 7 p.m. April 14-16 and April 20-22 in Arts 111 at California State University San Marcos, 333 Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos.

“39 steps:” Alfred Hitchco*ck’s comedy thriller is 8 p.m. April 16 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. Tickets: $47 to $55; $5 under age 18 with adult. (858) 748-0505;

Open Mic: Sunshine Brooks theater presents a poetry reading, spoken word open mic on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Twilight Stage, 219 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.

Museums and galleries

333’s Jazz: Peter Sprague and the Latin Jazz Quartet perform 7 p.m. April 14 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. Classic Brazilian tunes with vocalist Kevyn Lettau and appetizers from 333 Pacific restaurant. $25; $20. (760) 435-3721.

“Paper to Place:” MiraCosta College presents an exhibit of proposals highlighting the public art of the college through April 14 in the Kruglak Gallery, at the Student Center, Bldg. 3400, MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside.

“From The Heart:” A spring art exhibit and sale featuring the work of 25 artists from North County’s Sargent Art Group is April 15 through May 20 at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. A free opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m.

Contemporary Realism: Receiving dates for the show, “The Return of the Real” is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 -16 at Escondido Arts Partnership’s Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. The show runs May 13 to June 3. (760) 480-4101;

Lux Art Free Saturday: Open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 with free admission, studio tours, refreshments and live music by San Diego songwriter/musician Dawn Mitschele. Painting workshop inspired by the style of resident artist Rick Stich. Lux is at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas. (760) 436-6611;

Calling artists for LeucadiART Walk: The deadline for artists to apply for Leucadia 101 Main Street Association’s Aug. 28 artwalk is April 18. (760) 436-2320 or

Plants of Imogen: Dave Ehrlinger, director of Horticulture at the San Diego Botanic Garden, talks about the plants depicted in the “Botanicals–The Photography of Imogen Cunningham” exhibition 2 p.m. April 23 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. Includes discussion of plants suited for the San Diego landscape. Free with museum admission for OMA and San Diego Botanic Garden members. (760) 435-3720;

Open Juried Art Show: Hosted by the Fallbrook Art Association through April 24 at the Fallbrook Art Center 103 S. Main, Fallbrook. (760) 723-2124.

Animal Depictions: Oceanside Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, features animal depictions and portraitures by Marla Epstein through April 27. (760) 845-9017.

Islands of Color: Polynesian Quilts will be on display through May 1 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. (760) 435-3720;

Forever and Floating: An exhibition of new paintings by Josh Goldberg and Jamie Chase through May 14 at the Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. The gallery also features sculptures by Nancy Legge.

Rick Stich Exhibit: Santa Barbara-based painter Rick Stich will be the artist in residence through April 23 with works on exhibit through May 18 at the Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436 6611.

Botanicals: The exhibit features black and white botanical photographs from the 1920s-1930s by Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) and continues through May 22 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way. (760) 435-3720;

“Face to Face: The Changing Face of Portraiture:” An exhibit of 46 paintings by 17 artists runs through May 27, 2011, at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane at El Camino Real.

Combs: A diverse collection of hair combs from Asia, Africa and Oceania will be on view through May 29 in the Parker Gallery of the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way.

Nate Harrison: A collection of artifacts from Harrison’s life as a legendary African American homesteader in San Diego is on exhibit through Sept. 15 at the San Diego Archeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. or (760) 291-0370.


Water Workshop: Several water districts host the free workshop 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 16 at the Encinitas Community Center. Reservations due by April 13. (760) 633-2676.

Hospice Workshops: The Elizabeth Hospice Center for Compassionate Care offers free workshops to help community members complete an advanced directive for health care: 2 to 3 p.m. April 15 at Rancho Santa Fe Seniors, 16780 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 15 at Vista Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista; 11 a.m. to noon April 20 at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos.

Julian Family Fiddle Camp: Music camp on fiddle and mandolin for all ages and levels April 14-17, with public concerts by “Mandolin Monsters.” Evan Marshall and Scott Gates April 15 and Canada’s folk fiddler, Calvin Vollrath April 16.

Dog Surfing: Surf dog clinics in preparation for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s September Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon are 10 to 11 a.m. April 16, May 21, June 18, July 17, August 06, 13 and 20 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. $45 per dog. (858) 756-4117, ext. 312 or

Teen/Adult Ballet: Classes start April 18 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive Mondays from 7:15-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. and Saturdays 8:45-10:00 a.m. www.EncinitasRecReg or (760) 943-2260.

“Spotlight on Cancer:” University of California San Diego experts present a seminar on head and neck cancer 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr. (760) 753-7376.

Water Conservation: Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply, Hunter Irrigation and FX Luminaire give free demonstrations on water conservation and landscape lighting with a barbecue April 20 at 189 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas and April 27 at 29219 Juba Road, Valley Center.; (760) 745-4671, ext. 215 Bill Riedell.

Oceanside Citizens’ Academy: A series of classes with facts about the community 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month through Aug. 18. A prepaid registration fee of $50 covers materials and refreshments. (760) 722-1534, or

Oldies But Goodies: Line Dance classes 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Intermediate class 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays at the Vista Elks Club, 1947 East Vista Way. $4 per class. Helen Pietroforte, Instructor. (760) 724-6375;

Hawaiian dance: Beginning Hawaiian dancing is Mondays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, $8 per lesson or $25 per month. Instructor is Marilee Garcia. (760) 941-2785.

Yoga in Nature: Yoga classes 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. (760) 804-1969;

Free computer classes: Internet and email basics 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Rancho Bernardo branch library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive. Free. Sign up at least one day ahead at the library (858) 675-1479.

Kabbalah Classes: Tuesdays 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Chabad at La Costa, 1980 La Costa Ave. Carlsbad. Free. (760) 943-8891;

Gentle Yoga: Naomi Judith offers ongoing classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Ed Brown Senior Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo. (760) 419-9817 or


Habitat Restoration: Help restore wildlife habitat 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 17 at San Dieguito Lagoon, Del Mar. Remove invasive, nonnative plants. RSVP:; (858) 674-2275, ext. 12.

Bird Watching: Join bird watchers 8 to 9 a.m. the first Monday of the month at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive,

Buena Vista Audubon: View Audubon hands-on exhibits and picnic by the Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center, 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. (760) 439-BIRD;

Guided Nature Walk: Come for a walk 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at San Elijo Lagoon. Meet at the Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Avenue,

Star Parties: The MiraCosta College astronomy department hosts viewing events from 8 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday and Saturday at MiraCosta College baseball field in Oceanside. Free and open to the public. Information: (760) 757-2121, Ext. 6201.


Journalist Roundtable: Oceanside, KOCT-TV presents a Journalist Roundtable on “Nuclear Power—Is it Safe,” April 14, live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Cox cable channel 18 in Oceanside.

AAUW: The American Association of University Women Escondido/San Marcos Branch meets 10 a.m. April 16 at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. The speaker is Ashley Gardner, director of the Women’s History Museum; members will model “Historic Clothing” from the 1800s. Buffet lunch: $16. Reservations due by April 13: (760) 739-0710.

Women’s Auxiliary: Rady Children’s Hospital auxiliary meets 9:30 a.m. April 20 at the First Methodist Church 341 Kalmia St. Escondido. (760) 749-0330.

World Affairs: Dr. Ken Blanchard speaks on “Making sense out of government chaos in Washington and around the world” 10 a.m. April 21 and Abe Gruber presents “The Northwest Coast” 10 a.m. April 28 at 16925 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Group meets each Thursday.

Vista Gem and Mineral Society: Presentation on a collection of rocks, fossils and minerals 7 p.m. April 21 at Gloria McClellan Senior Center Center, Azalea Room, 1400 Vale Terrace. (760) 724-0395.

Dads on Duty: A group for military fathers with children ages newborn to 5 meets to discuss parenting issues and strategies 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. twice a week through April 25 at the Stuart Mesa Housing Office, Camp Pendleton. Free dinner; childcare available.

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary: Meetings at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, 12280 Greens East Road. The public is welcome. Meetings are free, $15 for breakfast.;

Chamber Toastmasters: The Escondido group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Activity Room of Redwood Town Court, 500 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. (619) 520-2818.

Carlsbad African violet Society: Meetings at 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 651 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. (760) 433-4641.

Stamp Club: For collecting enthusiasts looking to share individual and unusual stamp stories and trade stamps; meets 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. (760) 943-2250. To donate stamps, call (760) 436-4601.

Take off Pounds Sensibly: The weight loss group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at San Diego County Credit Union, 501 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 634-2936.

Women’s Cancer Support: Palomar Pomerado Health hosts the group 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion Education Classroom, first floor, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway. Free. (858) 675-5018.

Emotions Anonymous: The group offers a 12-step program for those with depression, anxiety, relationship problems and other emotional difficulties. Meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first four Tuesdays at the Weingart Senior Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway. (760) 207-2944.

Brain Injury Support: Gray Matters Support Group for people who have sustained brain injuries is the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Del Mar branch library, 1309 Camino Del Mar. Individual mentoring available for people who have newly sustained brain injuries. (760) 579-3895.

World Affairs Council: The North County chapter meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Remington Club, 16925 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free. (858) 487-1776.

Cardiff North County Parkinson’s support group: Meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday at the Belmont Village, 3535 Manchester Ave. (760) 940-2763.

Catholic Widow & Widowers: The North County support group hosts outings at area restaurants and venues. Call for times and locations. (858) 674-4324.

The North County Singles Club: Seniors 55 and older meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays for dinner and dancing in Vista and Oceanside. $14. (760) 942-2719.

Alzheimer’s Association: Meetings from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Vista Village, 2041 West Vista Way, Vista. The group has a guest speaker the third Thursday of every month. (760) 727-9089 or

Soroptimist International of Vista: Meetings at 12:10 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Dr. Lunch: $14.50. (760) 726-4101 or email at

Lady Lions: Meetings at noon on the first Wednesday at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, 14050 Carmel Ridge Road. (858) 487-4671.

Knitting Circle: Meetings from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at Knitting by the Beach, 616 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. (858) 509-9276.

North County Videomakers: Meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at KOCT Studios, 3058 Industry St., Oceanside. Annual dues: $30. (858) 484-3903.

PFLAG North County Inland: The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Temple Adat Shalom, in Room 9 (by cinderblock wall), 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway. (858) 673-4560 or (858) 485-6480.

Cancer Support Group: Meetings for people with oral, head and neck cancer at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday at 4S Ranch branch library, 10433 Reserve Drive. (760) 751-2109.

Weight Loss Support Group: TOPS Ca 635 meets Fridays 8:15 to 10 a.m. at El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. (760) 804-1702.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick: Share Irish stories, jokes, limericks and songs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Friday at The Jolly Roger, 1900 N. Harbor Drive, Oceanside. (760) 908-2322.

North County Amnesty International: Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at Hill Street Coffeehouse, 524 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. (760) 731-0735 or

Buena Vista Audubon Society: Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. (760) 439-2473.

Vista North County Parkinson’s Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. (760) 940-2763.

North County Woolgatherers: The group of fiber artists interested in traditional rug hooking serves North San Diego County/Temecula Valley and meets the last Saturday of each month at the Fallbrook Public Utilities District offices, 990 E. Mission Rd, Fallbrook. New members welcome.; (760) 758-008, ext. 119.

Senior Living

“Ask the Nurse:” A registered nurse will give free, brief, one-on-one sessions to discuss medically-related questions 9 a.m. to noon April 15 at the Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. in Carlsbad. or (760) 602-4650.

Senior Olympic Games: To be held April 18 to 22 at the San Dieguito Tennis Club hosted by the The San Diego Senior Games Association. or (760) 602-4650.

Digital Camera Workshop: A two-part workshop on settings, composition and uploading photos 1 to 3 p.m. April 18 and 25 at the Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. in Carlsbad. $5 donation per session and reservations required. (760) 602-4650.

Retirement Seminar: Carlsbad’s Senior Center will host a free lecture to identify challenges and develop strategies for the nonfinancial retirement process on April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. or 760-602-4650.

Healthier Living: Carlsbad’s Senior Center hosts a free six-week workshop “Healthier Living: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions” beginning April 29 at the Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. in Carlsbad. Meets Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration: (760) 602-4650;

Blood Pressure Screenings: Noon to 2 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Palomar Medical Center Lobby, 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido and noon to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Pomerado Hospital Lobby, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway. (858) 675-5100;

Social Dance: Beginner class on fox trot, rumba, swing, waltz is 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Studio of the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. $5 donation required. (760) 602-4650.

Zumba Gold Classes: The class for seniors is 1 to 2 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays at the Encinitas Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Resident $21, nonresident $24. (760) 943-2250.

Oceanside bingo: Bingo is 12:45 p.m. Thursdays at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane and 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. Early bird special includes five games for $1. Proceeds go the Senior Nutrition Program. (760) 435-5285.

Line Dance: Beginner classes are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, $3 per class, Intermediate is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $4 per class, and Intermediate/Advanced 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, $4 per class, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Helen Pietroforte, instructor. (760) 724-6375;

Yoga and fitness: Gale Gibbons teaches yoga classes at 8 and 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. Cost: $3. Body balance classes are at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $3. (760) 726-7236.

Carmel Valley area Tax help: Free tax preparation and filing service through the AARP Tax aide program is 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. through April 15 at the Carmel Valley Library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. The program is for seniors and low income tax payers under $60,000 income per year. bring in a copy of your 2009 Tax Return and 2010 Tax Documents Appointments are required: (858) 509-2587.

Oceanside area Income tax help: Professionally trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free income tax services for low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to seniors, age 60 and older at the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive on Fridays. Appointments: (760) 435-5250 or for El Corazon Senior Center: (760) 435-5300.

Free Tax Prep: RB Senior Services offers free income tax preparation and filing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at RB Senior Services, 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Call for appointment: (858) 487-2640.

Senior Service Council of Escondido: Free services include job referrals from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays; a bereavement support group from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday; screenings for blood pressure from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays; help with wills, trusts, divorce, foreclosure, powers of attorney and advance health care directives from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; and assistance with tax preparation and other tax issues from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through mid-November. The council office is at 728 N. Broadway, Escondido. (760) 480-0611.

Seniors Lunch Bunch: 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at Applebees, 573 Grand Ave., San Marcos. (831) 206-5212.

Chorale group: Meetings from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. (760) 744-5535.

Homebound Services: Oceanside Public Library offers free delivery of library materials to Oceanside residents of any age who are physically unable to visit the library. To sign up for delivery, call (760) 435-5657. Escondido residents, call the Escondido Public Library (760) 839-4819. Carlsbad residents, call the Carlsbad City Library (760) 434-2847.

Rancho Bernardo Senior Services: Free legal assistance, financial planning, simple wills, health insurance consultations, hearing tests and other services are available at RB Senior Services, 16769 Bernardo Center Drive Suite K-14. (858) 487-2640.

Volunteers & Donations

Easter Baskets for Military: Donations of food and candy are needed for Easter baskets for 200 to 300 military families at Camp Pendleton. Distribution is April 22. Donations can be dropped off at Chili’s, 2627 Vista Way Oceanside. Co-hosted by Marines Helping Marines. (949) 201-0182.

Volunteer Drivers: City of Encinitas Senior Center needs volunteers drivers for the Out and About Transportation Program. (760) 943-2256.

Mission San Luis Rey: Shifts vary from 2 to 4 hours on weekends and include the historic museum, Mission church and welcome center at the mission, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. (760) 757-3651, ext. 148.

Easter Festival Volunteers: Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to assist with crafts, egg hunts and other activities at the Egg Hunt Festival & Summer Programs Preview 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Ecke Sports Park, 278 Saxony Road, Encinitas. (760) 633-2740;

Volunteer at School: Elementary schools in the Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Penasquitos area are seeking retirees and other volunteers to come to school an hour a week and help a student with reading or other subjects. or (858) 485-5449.

Hospital Seeks Volunteers: Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road in Poway, is looking for volunteers to help in the Emergency Room, work in the Gift Shop, drive the parking lot shuttle, transport patients in wheel chairs and attend to families of patients in surgery. (858) 613-4659.

Donate Backyard Produce: Residents of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, and vicinity are invited to donate backyard fruits and vegetables to help local families in need. or (858) 485-5449.

Give a Neighbor a Lift: Drive a senior neighbor in the Rancho Bernardo/Poway/Penasquitos area to a doctor’s appointment or other errand. Sign up with Rides & Smiles. Volunteers receive liability insurance, mileage reimbursem*nt and a weekly list of ride requests to choose from. (858) 391-0033.

Carlsbad Volunteers: Get involved in the city as a volunteer at various events and places, for example, the Library Learning Center (760) 434-2929 or

Disabled American Veterans: The Disabled American Veterans need volunteer drivers to transport veterans from their homes in coastal North County to doctor’s appointments at the VA Hospital in La Jolla, one day a week for six to eight hours. DAV van provided. (858) 552-7470.

Tax Assistance

Free Tax Help: Students from the tax program at MiraCosta College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offer free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income families who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Appointments are at Lifeline Oceanside, 707 Oceanside Blvd. and Lifeline Vista, 200 Michigan Avenue. Appointments: (760)-842-6225.

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