Volunteer Awards Celebration on Friday
The North County Philanthropy Council will put on its 34th annual Volunteer Awards Celebration virtually from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, November 5 on KOCT-TV and YouTube Live. The event will be hosted by CBS8 Evening News Anchor Carlo Cecchetto and San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond will proclaim that day as North County Philanthropy Council Day on behalf of the Board of Supervisors during the broadcast. Register at ncphilanthropy.org/programs/2021-volunteer-awards-celebration.
The North Coast Vettes car club’s annual All-Corvette Car Show, “Vettes for Veterans,” is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 6 at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, benefiting the Semper Fi Fund and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. More than 225 Corvettes are expected and the event is free to spectators. Corvette registration is $45 at the door from 7 to 9 a.m. day of show. Visit northcoastvettes.org.
Museum highlights pioneering family
The Carlsbad Historical Society Museum is displaying photos, maps and artifacts relating to the pioneering Kelly Family, who arrived in the area in the 1860s. The family settled, ranched and homesteaded most of what is now Carlsbad. The museum at 258 Beech Ave. is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Masks are mandatory. Visit carlsbadhistoricalsociety.com.
Grant application process starting
The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation is accepting letters of intent for its 2022-2023 grants to fund innovative projects that help Carlsbad residents in the areas of Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, Environmental Sustainability, and Youth and Educational Programs. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. The deadline for submitting letters is 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Nonprofits accepted for the next step have until Jan. 21 to submit an application proposal. Those selected to submit a full application must do so by Feb. 7. Visit carlsbadcharitablefoundation.org.
Senior center offers free walking group
The Carlsbad Senior Center hosts a free weekly walking group, the “Carlsbad Cruisers,” from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The group walks in various areas of Carlsbad, such as the village and coast. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Meet at the west entrance of the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Dogs, strollers, family and friends welcome. Visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.
on annual River Fest
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy holds its annual River Valley Fest fundraiser, themed “We’re Building Bridges” from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., in person or via livestreaming. Highlights include updates about the conservancy’s accomplishments, live music by Hot Rocks San Diego, cocktails and appetizers, a silent auction and gourmet dinner. A take-home meal is available for virtual gala guests to purchase. Visit sdrvc.org/2021-river-valley-fest.
Hospice hosts Light
Up a Life ceremony
The Elizabeth Hospice hosts a communitywide Light Up a Life candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate the memory of loved ones from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The family-friendly event includes inspirational messages and music, and a memorial ceremony to lift the hearts of those touched by loss, illness or sorrow. Registration is required by Friday Nov. 5 at elizabethhospice.ejoinme.org/Light2021.
Dia de Los Muertos celebration at library
A Day of the Dead Celebration is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday Nov. 1 at the Escondido Public Library’s Turrentine Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. There will be Dia de los Muertos stories, music, folkloric dance and sugar skull making. Families can create a community exhibit to honor loved ones who died, and can bring items such as a photo, memento or their favorite food. Visit escondidolibrary.org.
Hospice offers virtual volunteer orientation
The Elizabeth Hospice hosts a free volunteer orientation session via Zoom to discuss helping adults and children with serious illnesses or those grieving. Attendees will learn about virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities, including serving as a patient companion, providing caregiver respite, performing aromatherapy, sewing Cuddle Bears and officiating at veteran-pinning ceremonies. Information will be provided on the application and training process. This month’s orientations are from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday Nov. 4 and noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. Register at (800) 797-2050 or [email protected].
Toe Tappers troupe recruiting dancers
The Toe Tappers are seeking tap dancers older than 55 who are interested in performing with a senior tap dance troupe. Dancers must be available to rehearse weekly from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in Escondido. The group performs throughout North County. Call (760) 845-5705 or visit toetappers.org.
Library seeks input
for five-year plan
The Escondido Public Library seeks input from the community for its five-year strategic plan in an online survey in English and Spanish through Nov. 17 at escondidolibrary.org/strategicplan to participate. The plan will include goals and objectives for library operations, services and technology.
The 2018-2022 strategic plan can be viewed at escondidolibrary/strategicplan.
Technology fair for seniors this week
The ninth annual “Get Connected: Technology Fair for Adults 50+” is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday Nov.4-5 online hosted by San Diego Oasis and the County of San Diego. In addition, an “Ask the Experts” series is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 with slots for 20-minute one-on-one in-person appointments. Registration is required at sandiegooasis.org.
Diabetes topic of
online health class
Champions for Health, a local nonprofit, offers free virtual health and wellness classes in English and Spanish. Diabetes is the topic for 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Nov.4 Visit championsforhealth.org/virtual-health-education-classes.
Upcoming blood drives
In response to blood bank shortages, the San Diego Blood Bank will hold the following blood drives:
Saint John’s Catholic Church, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday Nov3-5 at 1001 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas.
Sharp Rees Stealy, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday , November 4, at 16899 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo.
Spinal Elements, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday , November 4 at 3115 Melrose Drive, Carlsbad.
Mellano Farm Stand, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday , November 5at 5750 N. River Road, Oceanside.
Eppig Brewing, noon to 5 p.m. Friday , November 5at 1347 Keystone Way, Vista.
Anytime Fitness, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at 850 Main St., Ramona.
Appointments are strongly encouraged. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Oasis offers classes
for adults 50, older
The nonprofit San Diego Oasis offers a variety of classes for ages 50 and older. Most of the classes and events are either free or low-cost. Visit san-diego.oasisnet.org.
king tides exhibit
An open house with a photo exhibit on “The Future is Now: King Tides Photography Project” is from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov.6 at the Buena Vista Audubon’s Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway. The photos document king tide events from Oceanside to Imperial Beach. Admission is free. The exhibit, and co-hosted by the San Diego Audubon, runs Tuesday November 2 through late December. Visit bvaudubon.org.
Veterans association hosts food distribution
The Veterans Association of North County hosts a drive-thru food distribution for veterans and active-duty military members and their families at noon Nov. 12 in the parking lot of the VANC center, 1617 Mission Ave. Register or sign up as a volunteer by Friday nov5 at vanc.me/food.
Veterans advisory group meets Monday
The Veterans Advisory Committee meeting hosted by the Veterans Association of North County is from noon to 1 p.m. Monday November 1 in the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. The speakers will be Vicky Johnson, general manager of Fisher House Camp Pendleton; Mike Miller, publisher/editor-in-chief of Homeland Magazine and San Diego Veterans Magazine; and Andréa Griffin, connection coordinator for Vets’ Community Connections. Visit vanc.me.
Nonprofit’s thrift shop accepting donations
Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays at 3955 Mission Ave. The shop is accepting donations at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Visit brotherbenno.org or call (760) 967-7505.Veterans group seeks volunteers
The Veterans Association of North County seeks volunteers to help at its resource center for active-duty military members, veterans and their families. Volunteer duties include front desk operations, handyman/maintenance, events set-up and take down and light cleaning a few hours a week. Shifts are normally from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (760) 722-1277 or email [email protected].
Train Song Festival
set for Saturday
A Train Song Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday nov6 at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, with musical entertainment from the San Diego Folk Heritage group. Highlights include model railroad layouts in the Great Room. The Nelson House will be open for tours; ride aboard the 1907 Steam Engine for a nominal fee, or browse handcrafted items at the Boardwalk Craft Market. Also, Cowboy Jack will sing traditional country train songs with acoustic guitar and harmonica from noon to 1 p.m. Visit sdfolkheritage.org.
marks 50th year
The AAUW Poway-Peñasquitos branch turns 50 this year and will celebrate with a party from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 November 10 at the Poway Community Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive. There will be cake, 1970s music and memories. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1970s attire. Bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks. RSVP to aauwb[email protected] by FridayNovember 5. Visit powayarea-ca.aauw.net.
Fall Fashion Show, luncheon planned
A Fall Fashion Show with clothing from Chico’s will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 by the Rancho Bernardo Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. The show will be at the Rancho Bernardo Community Center, Glassman Building, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required; bring mask. The cost is $18, including lunch. Reservations are required by Wednesday November 3 at (858) 487-8041.
Parkinson’s Support Group meets
A free support meeting for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners is set for 10 a.m. to noon Monday Nov. 1 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo Center Drive in the Parish Hall. The speaker is Dr. Thomas Jones, a urologist, who will discuss “Symptoms and Treatments of Urinary Tract Infections.” There will be separate breakout sessions after the presentation and free refreshments. Call (760) 749-8234.
Church holds food drop-off Saturday
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a drive-thru food drop-off from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday November 6 at 17010 Pomerado Road to benefit 4 Community Care, a nonprofit food pantry serving families and seniors living in the Poway Unified School District. Also, the church is partnering with STEP, 4 Community Care and Poway Unified to provide Thanksgiving dinner bags for military families and those on a limited income. Bags with a list of items can be picked up at the drive-thru event Saturday Nov. 6 and dropped off at the drive-thru event Nov. 13. Visit rbcommunity.org/events.
CSUSM hosts virtual dance program Monday
California State University San Marcos’ Arts And Lectures Program will host a free virtual dance and multimedia performance, “Rhythmic Ancestries,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. MondayNov. 1. Tickets are at bit.ly/3pJgTCJ.
The San Marcos Writers’ Critique Group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays on Zoom for three hours for writers to critique each other’s writings. Basic requirements include a computer with video, audio and Internet and a commitment to participate every week for four months. The group splits the $16 monthly cost between members. Participants read their pieces and receive constructive critiques. Email [email protected].
food drive, 5K run
ALCE 101, a southwestern farm-to-table restaurant in Solana Beach, is hosting its Moose Tracks 5K run at 9 a.m. Nov. 13 at 243 N. Highway 101 to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. Runners get 10 percent off their brunch bill and a free mimosa. Also, food bank donations can be dropped off at the restaurant, and ALCE 101 partnered with Vizer, an exercise rewards app, which allows folks to donate meals and earn reward points at local businesses. Visit alce101.com.
Annual art show puts out call for entries
The Valley Center Art Association will hold its annual open Art Show Nov. 19-20 at the Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Road. Entry fees are $10 for the first entry, $5 each for additional entries for members and $15/$5 for nonmembers. No entry fee for high school students. Art will be accepted from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at the library. An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the library. Email [email protected] or call (760) 703-5476.
Veterans foundation collecting baby items
The nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors is collecting donations of diapers, baby wipes, formula, car seats, cribs, school supplies and other household goods to benefit female veterans and their children. Visit foundationforwomenwarriors.org.
Bird club meets Saturday evening
The North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, will hold a round-table discussion in person at 5 p.m. Saturday November 6th at 761 Eucalyptus Ave. Visit ncabirdclub.com.
LINDA MCINTOSH U-T
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