May 18 issue: Local and regional events

Students with Earl Warren VPA Department Chair Tami Austin at last year’s Seahawk Showcase.
Students with Earl Warren VPA Department Chair Tami Austin at last year’s Seahawk Showcase.
(Robert McKenzie)

Earl Warren Middle School to present Seahawk Showcase

Earl Warren Middle School’s “Seahawk Showcase: A Night Celebrating the Arts and Student Achievement” will be held Thursday, May 25, from 5-8 p.m. at Earl Warren Middle School, 155 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach.

The event features a student art gallery, student awards, band performance, and drama presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Ferrari Owners Club, San Diego Region to present 5th annual ‘Bella Cielo’

Ferrari Owners Club, San Diego Region, will hold its 5th annual “Bella Cielo” event Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cielo Village, Rancho Santa Fe. Address: 18021 Calle Ambiente, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067.

This is a free event open to the public.

On display will be many spectacular and rare Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis, as well as a few “Extra Special” automobiles of interest. The event will also feature Italian music and fine food.

In addition, attendees can vote for their favorites cars in the “People’s Choice” competition.

Once Upon a Frame in Solana Beach to feature paintings by Rin Colabucci

Born in post-Hiroshima Japan and the daughter of a Japanese master craftsman, Rin Colabucci began studying traditional Japanese calligraphy by the age of 5. As an adult she developed into a self-taught artist as she traveled the globe, absorbing ideas, techniques, and motifs that are reflected in her unique, ethereal style. Colabucci’s vivid and emotional work can be found throughout the world, from the Marin Beach Resort in Dubai to San Diego International Airport. Once Upon a Frame (132 E. Cliff St., Solana Beach, CA 92075) will display her current works, with an opening event on June 1, 4-9 p,m. Her work will then be on display for three months. All are welcome. Visit

42nd annual Fiesta del Sol to take place May 20-21

The 42nd annual Fiesta del Sol music festival will be held May 20-21 at Fletcher Cove Park in Solana Beach. The free festival runs from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

Presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and Belly Up, the event features a variety of musical performances, great food and beverages, activities, Children’s Area, arts & crafts, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and more. For the full schedule and additional information, visit

Music event featuring British pianist, singer/songwriter

British pianist, singer/songwriter Andrew Brewis from London, England, will be performing inspirational music and selections from his new CD “Home” on Saturday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center in the Manzanita “A” Banquet Room. Admission free, donations welcome. Address: 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, 92024.

American Legion Post 416 to hold Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion Post 416 invites all to participate in its Memorial Day Ceremony in front of the American Legion at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Legion in downtown Encinitas located at 210 W. F Street.

Everyone will be invited to help the Legion unfurl its huge American flag (20 ft. x 25 ft.). Attendees can then join the League for burgers, brats and music on its patio.

The Old Globe hosts three local community groups for three weeks of readings and performances

The Old Globe announced the full schedule for its upcoming partnership with three local community organizations: the San Diego Black Artist Collective (BAC) presenting The Black Arts Festival, an event that celebrates Black actors, playwrights, musicians, visual artists, and more; Tijuana Hace Teatro and New Feet Productions presenting The Frontera Project, an interactive theatre performance that explores the varied experiences of people on both sides of the border; and The Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival presents The Whole Megillah, filled with a rich selection of arts and cultural events reflecting Jewish experiences.

These limited engagements will play for three weeks from May 25 through June 11 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in Balboa Park. Single tickets for select dates are on sale now at

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park events

Guests visiting the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park can see new wildlife, while also enjoying special events and activities. For more information on activities, events and more available visit

Events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

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

Del Mar Village Summer Solstice

The Del Mar Village Association invites all to celebrate the beginning of summer at the Del Mar Village Summer Solstice event on Thursday, June 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar (VIP early entry at 4 p.m.). The event features great food from Del Mar Village restaurants, delicious craft cocktails, wine and beer from local and nationally recognized brands, beachside music, ocean views and more.

For tickets and more information, visit

Powerhouse Park is located at 1658 Coast Boulevard Del Mar, 92014.

San Diego Botanic Garden holding spring classes

San Diego Botanic Garden is offering a variety of classes and activities this spring. Visit for more information.

Experience a night of musical brilliance at Virtuosi USA’s Opening Gala Concert

Virtuosi USA’s Concert Series will present its highly-anticipated Opening Gala Concert featuring a stunning lineup of world-renowned musicians at the Encinitas Library Auditorium on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature the exceptional talents of world-renowned violinists Irina and Pasha Tseitlin, former LA Philharmonic principal cellist Ronald Leonard, and pianist Kevin Fitzgerald, performing works such as Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata and Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, among others. With the majestic ocean as a backdrop, guests can expect an unforgettable musical experience.

Tickets are available for purchase online at or at the door on the evening of the concert. Admission costs: $35 online purchase; $20 for students; and $40 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting the projects and activities of Friends of Musical Arts 501(c)(3), which include providing assistance to local music students and organizing community concerts like this one.

The Encinitas Library Auditorium is located at 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, 92024. For more information, visit or contact

Latino Book & Family Festival

Empowering Latino Futures invites everyone to participate in the 7th Annual Latino Book & Family Festival on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MiraCosta College in Oceanside. This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before with over 100 booths divided into five villages, including Authors, Children’s, Community, Education, and Health, as well as Food and Entertainment.

ELF’s Latino Book & Family Festival is a celebration of Latino culture, literature, and family. This year, the festival will feature keynote speakers Reyna Grande, author of “The Distance Between Us,” “A Dream Called Home,” “Across a Hundred Mountains,” “Dancing with Butterflies,” and “A Ballad of Love and Glory,” and Jimmy Figueroa, executive director of Operation Hope and a motivational speaker from Oceanside. Additionally, there will be a series of workshops featuring authors, health topics, educational topics, and financial empowerment.

Live entertainment will include the Sabrosa Latin Orchestra, while youth entertainment will feature the San Bernardino Ballet Folklorico Cultural, Vista Rancho Buena Vista Mariachi Band, Oceanside Foussat Elementary Steel Drums, Escondido Rose Elementary Ignite Dance Group, and Vista Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information, visit

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra presents ‘The Spanish Guitar’

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, directed by Peter Pupping, will perform a program titled “The Spanish Guitar” Friday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Dr., Encinitas. Suggested donation $20 at the door. There are no reservations. Seating is based on a first come first serve basis.

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra includes 35 guitarists. The concert program features the music of Spain which will include music by composers Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Luigi Boccherini , Ennio Morricone, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi and an arrangement of The Eagles “Hotel California”. For more information, including the upcoming May 26 concert, visit and/or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 815-5616 or

Batiquitos Lagoon to hold children’s event

On Saturday, May 20, the Batiquitos Lagoon will host a children’s event from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for children ages 8-11. They will learn about the watershed and engage in a fun activity. They will also have an opportunity to silkscreen a t-shirt to take home as well as use QR codes to learn about their environment. Classes are free and open to the general public. Registration is required and will be limited to the first 15 kids.

Register at , click Earth Explorers science club.

The Flower Fields now open through May 21

The Flower Fields extended its season and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through May 21 at 5704 Paseo Del Norte. All tickets are sold online at

North Coast Symphony Orchestra to present concert of all women composers

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of all women composers on Saturday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdelena, Encinitas. The performance includes the Gaelic Symphony by Amy Beach, D’Un Matin du Printemps by Lili Boulanger, Callirhoë by Cécile Chaminade, and features Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Orchestra with flute soloist Valerie McElroy.

Founded in 1947, the orchestra is conducted by Daniel Swem. Admission: $12 general, $10 seniors/students/military, $30/family max. For more information, visit

Foodies 4 Foster Kids

Show you care by dining where it matters throughout the month of May to benefit 3,000 current and former foster children in San Diego County. Promises2Kids has partnered with local restaurants to raise funds for San Diego foster children. The campaign will run throughout the month of May, in honor of National Foster Care Month.

Each restaurant will designate a select menu item which will support the Foodies 4 Foster Kids campaign. Funds raised will benefit foster children by reuniting siblings living apart in foster care, supporting foster youth in reaching their educational and career goals, providing birthday gifts, school clothes and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and providing an emergency shelter where children feel safe and cared for.

Promises2Kids helps foster children overcome the difficulties of their past and grow to become healthy and successful adults. The community is invited to support Promises2Kids by dining in or ordering online at participating businesses. For a list of participating restaurants visit:

The community can also make an online gift at

For more information on Foodies 4 Foster Kids, visit: