Oct. 5: Event briefs

Del Mar International Horse Show

The Del Mar International Horse Show returns to Del Mar from Oct. 11- Oct. 29 at the Del Mar Horsepark, located at 14550 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 92014. Known for its incredible atmosphere and exciting competition, the Del Mar International Horse Show encompasses multiple weeks of world-class show jumping, which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders.

The Del Mar International Horse Show is part of the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, hosting one of only seven World Cup Qualifiers on the West Coast of North America. The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Del Mar attracts Olympic veterans and world class athletes, competing head to head for a spot in the World Cup Finals. Visit

Dia del Sol luncheon/fashion show benefit

The Beach & Country Guild’s 48th annual Dia del Sol luncheon, “Moulin Rouge,” will be held at the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The day’s festivities will include a silent and live auction, children’s and adult fashion shows, a gourmet lunch and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego ( For tickets and more information, visit

Casa De Amparo benefit at Mille Fleurs

A Holiday Fashion Show & Luncheon will be held Oct. 31 at Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Holiday Fashion show and luncheon features exclusive fashion selected by Maggie Bobileff.

All proceeds raised at the Holiday Fashion Show & Luncheon will benefit Casa de Amparo, which has a mission “to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships,” according to its website. Visit

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will be held Saturday Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in the heart of the La Jolla Village, on Girard Ave. Entry is free. The event features a weekend of fine art, delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at La Jolla public elementary and middle schools. Visit

Moonlight Beach Bash

Moonlight Beach Bash, Encinitas’s coolest beach party of the year, hits the sand on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3-6 p.m. Free. All are welcome. Moonlight Beach Bash brings together art, music, dance, food, fun and beach culture, all the ingredients to have an awesome time at Encinitas’ most popular tourist destination, Moonlight Beach.

For more information, visit, call 760-633-2740 or email

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Get ready to discover a treasure trove of arts and crafts by the sea when the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 13-15, featuring 24,000 handmade originals from hundreds of artists.

As the west coast’s largest and most prestigious indoor showcase, the Harvest Festival creates a mega shopping experience for all ages with live entertainment, strolling performers, demonstrations, contests, and an interactive Kidzone. Visit

Teen Penning Event Oct. 14

Don’t miss an evening of excitement and thrills on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Put on your jeans and western boots and join in the fun. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is organizing a Team Penning Event to benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy.

What is Team Penning? This is a very exciting and fun activity to watch that involves horses, western riders and cows. It is a timed competition, where a team of three riders on horses attempt to put three of the same numbered cows in a pen. The team that does this the fastest wins. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, 12 and under, which can be purchased the day of the event at the Box Office. Visit

Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad

The Forum Carlsbad and West Coast Artists present the Third Annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival to be held at The Forum Carlsbad on Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. This free, juried show will feature more than 50 exceptional artists and craftsmen offering high quality original artwork from throughout the Western United States.

Complementing the art show, the event will also feature a wine garden with a variety of quality wines for sale and food will also be available for purchase. Non-stop live bands and a DJ will perform throughout the festival including the Clay Colton Band, The Mar Del Boys and The Jazz Pigs.

The Forum Carlsbad is located at 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 92009. Visit or 760-479-0166

‘Alzheimer’s San Diego presents Memory Loss 101’

Church of the Nativity, Mental Health Ministry is hosting “Alzheimer’s San Diego presents Memory Loss 101” Thursday, Oct. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067.

Learn about risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; Common signs and symptoms of dementia and other forms of memory loss; Resources and support for those with memory loss as well as caregivers.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit or call 858-492-4400.

‘Civic Engagement’ at AAUW event

Mary Thompson and Martha Cox, well-known League of Women Voters presenters on civil discourse, will discuss Civic Engagement at the October meeting of the American Association of University Women Del Mar-Leucadia branch, on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. This may be one of the most valuable talks you attend this year as we all strive to discuss issues in a nonpartisan, civil manner with others of differing beliefs. The public is welcome to attend this free discussion held at the Encinitis Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitis.

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‘Of Mice and Men’ coming to North Coast Rep

For its second play of Season 36, North Coast Rep in Solana Beach is reviving John Steinbeck’s classic drama novella-turned play, Of Mice and Men. The play electrified the opening night audience at the Music Box Theatre in 1937. Now, 80 years later, the story of these two iconic figures, Lenny and George, continues to be part of the country’s collective imagination — a tale of friendship in a world of solitude that is sustained by illusory dreams.

Of Mice and Men previews begin Wednesday, Oct. 18. Opening Night is Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 12. There will be a special talkback on Friday, Oct. 27, with the cast and artistic director.

Visit to purchase tickets.

Mama’s Kitchen Bake Sale fundraiser

Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers and bakeries will donate hundreds of traditional Thanksgiving pies for the 2017 Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. The fundraiser, now in its 13th year, benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a community-driven organization that provides nutrition services improving the lives of women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses. In 2016, the fundraiser was the biggest and most successful to date, netting more than $116,500 through pie sales and event sponsorships for the organization. This year, the non-profit hopes to surpass that goal raising $134,000 to fund more than 37,000 meals.

Sales begin Oct. 9 and continue through Nov. 19, 2017. Pie flavors are pumpkin, traditional apple, pecan and Dutch apple, and are available for just $25 each. Pies can be purchased online via or by calling 619-233-6262.

Restaurants raise funds for breast cancer services

Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego), the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support, will hold its Fifth Annual Dine Out for the Cure on Thursday, Oct. 12. The community fundraiser will take place at numerous restaurants, bakeries, and coffeehouses across San Diego County. Each restaurant will donate 10 to 25 percent of their sales to support breast health education, breast cancer research, free mammograms, transportation, financial assistance and more. Komen San Diego hopes to raise $35,000 this year, which would equate to providing 105,000 warm meals delivered to local breast cancer patients and their families.

Film Festival Oct. 4-8

The San Diego International Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced recently that iconic stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart will be the recipient of the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. The award will be presented Oct. 5 at The Variety Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel San Diego in downtown San Diego.

Additionally, the festival announced its full lineup of films, including Spotlight, Competition and Short Film sections. Now in its 16th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from Oct. 4-8 in San Diego. For more information, visit

October Native Plant Sale

California Native Plant Society-San Diego presents October Native Plant Sale in Balboa Park, Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Open at 9 a.m. to CNPS Members. Memberships available at the door.

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a native garden. There will be native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents. Visit

Art Glass Guild Annual Fall Show and Sale

The Art Glass Guild will host its 2017 Fall Patio Show and Sale Oct. 14-15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. This event features more than 30 juried artists exhibiting their creations as attendees stroll the patio in Spanish Village. There will be entertainment for all, including live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children and adults to create their own unique mosaic art piece to take home.

The event is free to the public and pet friendly. Visit

Speaker to present ‘Real Talk’ about Israel, the BDS movement

T.E.A.M. (Training and Education about the Middle East) and StandWithUs San Diego will co-host “Real Talk” with Dr. Michael Harris at the Encinitas Public Library, 540 Cornish Drive, on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.

Real Talk is about Israel, the BDS movement, and what’s happening today on college campuses. Harris was one of the founders of the San Francisco Voice for Israel, which became the S.F. StandWithUs chapter, and like T.E.A.M., educates and counters mis-statements about Israel. He is the author of a best-selling book, Winning a Debate with an Israel-Hater. The books will be available for purchase and signing. There is no charge, but RSVP to

Gaslight Steampunk Expo

Gaslight Steampunk Expo is hosting an all-ages fantasy-themed festival Oct. 6-8 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego. Guests of Honor include: Tim Powers, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Last Call and Anubis Gates; LGBT Fine Artist & Illustrator Alex Ferruzca, whose artwork evokes his love of steampunk with classic Disney characters; and local San Diego electrical engineer (retired) and 3D artist Greg Barnhart, who goes by the artist name of Vandegraaff Gearheardt, who uses variety of electronic contraptions to create motion and light activated works of art using Victorian mantle clocks.

This year’s theme is “Steam Worlds of Wonder.” Visit

Solar and Sunset

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and Sullivan Solar Power will present a free discussion on the importance of alternative energy sources, trends within San Diego County, community-choice energy, and how to navigate the solar industry.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Powerhouse in Del Mar.

Free parking options in the neighborhood off Coast Blvd. North of 17th Street, paid parking meters under the L’Auberge Hotel, along Coast Blvd., between 15th and 17th Streets.

Questions? Contact Ana Lutz

Local artist to talk about alternative comics, new book 

Friday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Room 201. Free 

Lecture: Local artist to discuss her work in alternative comics and her new book. Mary Fleener, an alternative comics artist, writer and musician who lives in Encinitas, will discuss her development as an artist, with the focus on her latest work in progress, a graphic novel about the San Elijo Lagoon told from the point of view of its wildlife. 


Halloween Costume Swap  

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and Thread Bumpin’ are holding a free Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Birdwing Openair Classroom at the San Dieguito Lagoon, 2775 Via de la Valle.  

This is a swap-in/swap-out costume swap: however many pieces you bring in that’s how many you take out. “Clothing swaps are a great way to connect with your community, live a more sustainable lifestyle and take home an affordable outfit,” said Ana Lutz, education manager of the Conservancy. The first 20 families will have the opportunity to decorate and take home a mini pumpkin of their choice, and light refreshments will be provided to everyone. Get directions and all the details at sdrvcohthehorror.eventbrite.  

Questions? Ana Lutz, Educator Manager,, 858-755-6956.   

Disney’s The Lion King

The African savannah is coming to life as JCompany Youth Theatre kicks off its Jubilee Season with Disney’s The Lion King at The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla running Oct. 20 through Nov. 5.  

Based on the Disney’s 1994 Academy Award winning animated film, the stage adaptation with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, took Broadway by storm in 1998 winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

JCC Box Office: 858-362-1348 or online at

GI Film Festival presents free preview screening

Organizers of the third annual GI Film Festival San Diego (Oct. 18-22) announce a special preview screening of Thank You for Your Service on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Regal Carlsbad 12 (2501 El Camino Real). The film is rated R and will be officially released nationwide in theatres on Oct. 27. Although the screening is free, advance registration is required. To register and for more information, visit   

North Coast Symphony Orchestra: ‘Chills and Thrills’

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Swem, will perform “Chills and Thrills” on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m. at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas, 92024. Among other eerie selections, the concert will include: Berlioz’ “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” from the “Symphonie Fantastique,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from ‘Peer Gynt Suite No.1.” Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. For more information, visit The orchestra is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation.  

El Camino Quilt Guild meeting 

The El Camino Quilt Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at its new location at Veterans Administration of North County, 1617 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92058. Doors open at 9 a.m. 

The October meeting includes the always popular Silent Auction. There will be beautiful fabric and all sorts of treasures for you to bid on. If you are a visitor, there will be no charge for you to join this event. There is no workshop this month.    

Taste of Carlsbad Village 

The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA) presents a night of food, fun and friends at the Taste of Carlsbad Village on Oct. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Carlsbad Village. The event will feature more than 25 local restaurants with either sweet or savory signature dishes, and 10 sip stops serving local craft beer and wines. Non-alcoholic options such as Kombucha, cold-brewed coffee and more will also be available. 

Tickets can be purchased, in advance, online at or by contacting Christine Davis at (760) 644-2121. Tickets will be available the night of the event at the CVA office at the Carlsbad Visitor Center located at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad.Tickets might sell out, so advance registration is highly recommended.