Aug. 25: Local and regional events

Participants enjoying a previous Beach Blanket Movie Night which also featured live music.
Participants enjoying a previous Beach Blanket Movie Night which also featured live music.
(Jon Clark)

Beach Blanket Movie Night Aug. 27

The 17th annual Beach Blanket Movie Night is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 27 at Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave., hosted by the City of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission. The free family-friendly event begins with live music by The Jackstraws surf band. The feature presentation is “The Endless Summer.” There will be refreshments such as pizza, popcorn, ice cream, cookies and brownies along with free prizes. Refreshments tickets will sold inside the park for $1 per ticket. Proceeds go to future Solana Beach Parks and Recreation events. Bring a beach blanket or low-back beach chairs. No alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes or pets. Visit

San Diego County District Attorney to speak at DM-SB Optimist Club Zoom meeting

The Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club recently announced that San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan will be the guest speaker at the club’s Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Interested parties may join the Zoom meeting by contacting Don LaVigne at or 760-419-9078 for the Zoom link to the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

Stephan has devoted her life to protecting children and families and advancing public safety. She is the “People’s Prosecutor” for San Diego County and manages a professional staff of 1,000 employees engaged in keeping San Diego County one of the safest urban regions in the United States.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 60,000 adult and youth members in over 2,700 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the world. To learn more about Optimist International visit the organization’s website at

Empire Trio’s ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ program at upcoming Community Concerts of RSF event features beloved film songs

Community Concerts of RSF is looking forward to entertaining its audience with the first concert of its 2022-23 season on Sept. 16. Come join CCRSF for a wonderful evening of beautiful music with the Empire Trio. Their program, Hooray for Hollywood, features the most beloved songs in the world of film from the ’30s to the ’90s; songs from Casablanca, James Bond, Titanic, Wizard of Oz and more favorite theme songs of the silver screen.

Several years ago, three musicians from the far corners of the world moved to New York City with the common goal of pursuing their dreams of becoming world-class performing musicians. When these three musicians met in New York City in 2012 a musical explosion occurred resulting in the creation of Empire Trio (formerly known as the very successful, O Sole Trio), an exhilarating and uniquely talented classical crossover ensemble, that has been taking concert halls by storm all over the world.

Empire Trio quickly established themselves as a musical force, selling out major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (who also commissioned their first show), The Redlands Bowl, Calif. (to a crowd of 6,000+), Ronnie Scott’s, London, and over 300 other venues all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. Empire Trio features the lush and mesmerizing voices of soprano Erin Shields, and baritone Michael Kelly, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin, the world’s first (and possibly only) musician to play violin and piano simultaneously.

From deliciously witty to incredibly moving, Empire Trio’s shows have it all; they breathe new life into familiar toe-tapping favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. The trio has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Empire Trio continues to tour extensively throughout the United States. A short video clip of Empire Trio plus the other concert artists in CCRSF’s upcoming season are available at

Concerts are at the Fellowship Hall, RSF Village Church campus. Festivities begin pre-concert at 6:15 p.m. while enjoying a glass of wine sponsored by CCRSF’s friends at Northern Trust. Other beverages are available plus a delicious selection of appetizers pre-concert and desserts at intermission. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Both series and single concert tickets can be purchased online with credit card at or by mail with credit card or check to PO Box 2781, RSF 92067. Questions? Email CCRSF at

‘AAUW Scholarships & Fellowships for Women’ topic at AAUW event

“AAUW Scholarships & Fellowships for Women” is the first program in “Better. Together.” the 2022-2023 theme of the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women. The public is invited to the virtual program Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Zoom room opens at 10 a.m. for a 30-minute social/chat time followed by the program at 10:30 a.m. Information about local branch scholarships and AAUW fellowships and grants offered by the national organization will be presented. Guests must send their name and email address to to receive a Zoom link to the meeting and for their name to be recognized when they enter the Zoom Waiting Room. Questions for the speakers may be submitted during the presentation using the Chat function.

Three recent branch scholarship recipients, all California State University San Marcos scholars, will be introduced. Liliana Montijo received a $1,600 Fran Miller Memorial Scholarship and is working on a B.A. in communications. Maryam Hedayatzadeh and Shahinaz Isaac received $1,200 scholarships to pursue studies in sociology and communications, respectively.

Applications for the 2023-24 national AAUW fellowships and grants are currently being accepted for women pursuing academic work or leading innovative community projects to empower women and girls. Women can see if there is an AAUW fellowship or grant that matches their academic or professional goals as well as tips for getting funding at

AAUW is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Membership is open to all college graduates with an associate or higher degree. AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.

The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch serves coastal San Diego communities and reflects the varied interests of its members with monthly meetings (open to the public) and special interest groups such as Great Decisions, dining, book, movie, and bridge groups. Some groups meet virtually, while others are in person.

The local AAUW branch raises money for scholarships for local college students and for local middle school girls who are chosen to attend AAUW’s Tech Trek, a STEM camp for girls. The branch also supports Speech Trek for local high school students and AAUW Greatest Needs Fund.

For more information, visit or contact Karen Dorney,

North Coast Women’s Connection ‘Sunflowers & Smiles’ Luncheon

All are cordially invited to North Coast Women’s Collection’s Fall Luncheon. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Guest speaker Anna Johns will share how she faced personal and cultural challenges as the daughter of a career military father — “Footprints On My Heart”. RSVP BY Sept. 3. Invite your friends for this heartfelt and inspiring event. Questions: Contact Beverly Pruitt at (858) 755-6224. Register at

‘Favorite Sports’ topic at Del Mar Toastmasters Aug. 26 meeting

Improving your communication skills leads to a better, more successful life. Del Mar Toastmasters invites you to an in-person meeting with the theme of “Favorite Sports” on Friday, Aug 26, 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

Taste of New Orleans

Upcoming events at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will include Taste of New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Seaside Cabana. The South meets the West in an epic celebration of New Orleans culture. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, including gumbo, po’boys, beignets, and jambalaya and wash it down with hurricanes, daiquiris and local beers. The Big Easy experience will also include live Cajun music, bead vendors and face painters. Tickets include track admission, racing program and tipsheet, five New Orleans themed drink or beer tasters, live music and trackside viewing area. Visit for more information.

TVG Pacific Classic

The TVG Pacific Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 3. The most exciting race day at Del Mar features their richest and most prestigious race, the Grade I $1,000,000 Pacific Classic, which takes place over Labor Day Weekend. The winner of this race gets an automatic bid to the horse racing world championships, Breeders’ Cup. Visit for more information.

Family Fun Day

Back at the Del Mar race track for the first time since 2019, Family Fun Day at the Seaside Cabana returns Sunday, Sept. 4. Admission is free for anyone under 18 (must be accompanied by parent or guardian). This special day is packed with a variety of free attractions, such as bungee trampolines, rock climbing walls, Pony Boy mascot meet & greet and more. Visit for more information.

College Day

For the first time during the summer racing season, Del Mar is hosting College Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, 3rd floor, Stretch Run. Show your valid student ID for free admission to the track that includes exclusive access to Grandstand seating. Visit for more information. First post is 1 p.m.

Del Mar Overdose Awareness Day event

An International Overdose Awareness Day event is set for 3:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the upper park of the San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The community event is being held in memory of those who died from drug overdoses and is organized by the North County Justice Allies, as part of its addiction awareness initiative. Highlights include an art ceremony and community mandala, along with recovery resources. There will be free naloxone distribution. Visit

LeucadiART Walk set for Aug. 28

The 16th annual LeucadiART Walk with art, dance performances and music is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 along Coast Highway from 1900 to 434 N. Coast Highway 101. The free community event, put on by Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association, also includes live art demonstrations, beer garden and electric bike training. The beer garden, which is open noon to 4 p.m. for ages 21 and over, will be at Noni Salon, 704 North Coast Highway 101, with live music. Additional free parking is at the La Costa Ave. Park and Ride, 710 La Costa Ave., where attendees can board a free, open air trolley 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that stops along the art walk route. The last trolley returning to the Park and Ride is 5:15 p.m. Visit

North Coast Rep Theatre presents ‘Annabella in July’

The world premiere of “Annabella in July” inaugurates North Coast Repertory Theatre’s eclectic Season 41, starting Sept. 7. Penned by Richard Strand of last season’s smash-hit Ben Butler, this comedic fantasy transforms a ski resort during the off-season into a strangely magical environment of self-discovery. This funny and insightful new work poses questions of identity and perception that will have audiences laughing out loud, while simultaneously examining the hopes and dreams of their own lives.

Performances begin Wednesday, Sept. 7 and run through Sunday, Oct. 2. There will be a special talkback on Friday, Sept. 16, with the cast and artistic director. Call 858-481-1055, or visit for tickets, schedules and more information.

Botanic Garden continues Summer Nights

The San Diego Botanic Garden continues its Summer Nights program Thursday Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 with extended hours until 8 p.m. Stroll through the Garden at sunset. Visitors can pre-order food and enjoy it around the fire pits near the main entrance. Each evening features a different special event. This Thursday, Aug. 25, features a Concert on the Lawn with Billy Lee and the JukeTones. Visit

‘World of Houseplants’ exhibit featured

San Diego Botanic Garden holds its summer exhibition, “World of Houseplants,” through Aug. 31, featuring rare species and everyday houseplants ranging from air plants and aroids to carnivorous plants and wax plants. Highlights include workshops and vendors.

The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Non-member admission is $12-$18. Members of the San Diego Botanic Garden and other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program receive free admission. Members get exclusive access to the exhibition from 9 to 10 a.m. Sundays. Entrance to the exhibition includes access to the rest of the garden’s 37 acres during the same day. Visitors are encouraged to download the app before coming to the garden. Visit

Movies in the Park

at San Dieguito

Movies in the Park will come to San Dieguito County Park on Friday, Aug. 26 with a 6 p.m. outdoor screening of “The Princess Bride”. Pre-movie activities will include a free arts and crafts project and there will also be an ice cream truck. Parking within the park is a $3 parking fee but free parking can also be found outside the park along the street. The park is located at 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

18th Annual Sunset Soirée Gala and Auction

September 13 marks the return of the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s 18th Annual Sunset Soirée Gala and Auction. Join the merriment from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the ocean-view deck of the Del Mar Plaza. This event is a celebration of the Rotary Club’s work in the community and the new and exciting projects to come.

Enjoy an intimate evening with the sunset as your backdrop; you will partake in fabulous food and beverages, as you appreciate exciting entertainment and lively conversation. Tickets are on sale now at

Alila Sessions: Seaside Concert & Dinner Series benefit event

Alila Marea Beach Resort is hosting its third Alila Sessions – a new intimate seaside concert and dinner series benefiting the Rob Machado Foundation.

In partnership with iconic concert venue Belly Up, Alila Sessions showcases performances by celebrated singer-songwriters at the resort’s tranquil beachfront setting, complemented by an elevated dinner, cocktails, gentle ocean breezes and soulful sunsets over the Pacific.

Taking the stage on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. is acclaimed American folk artist Brett Dennen, known for meditating on life’s most meaningful subjects with equal parts innocence and razor-sharp wit. All ages are welcome to enjoy this mesmerizing performance and original songs reflective of a life well-explored, well-pursued and well-lived. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $179 per person and include a pre-show reception-style dinner, cocktail and tasting from Templeton Rye (a full bar will also be available) and concert lounge seating in the Oceana Ballroom. Tickets are available now and may be purchased online at

2022 San Diego Festival of the Arts

The 2022 San Diego Festival of the Arts will return to San Diego Surf Sports Park (formerly the Del Mar polo fields) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11. Residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy this juried festival, now in its 36th year.

This age 21 and up event showcases works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from more than 150 world-renowned artists. Guests will also once again enjoy world-class live music and entertainment both days, a selection of outdoor lawn games and a variety of cuisine options for every palate, from gourmet wood-fired pizza to BBQ and more.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 10, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 11. Location address: 14989 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Visit for tickets and more information.