Marines from Camp Pendleton help distribute food to pet rescues at animal shelter



Miss Bonsall Pageant applications being accepted

Applications are being accepted for the 2023 Miss Bonsall Pageant to be held 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church in Vista. Single girls, ages 13-28, living in Bonsall, Vista and Oceanside or Bonsall Unified School District students and alumni are eligible to enter. Court Members will be awarded prizes and gifts and become goodwill ambassadors for Bonsall and surrounding communities. The Miss Bonsall Pageant is a nonprofit community service organization, offering candidates more than 60 service opportunities during their year of service. Proceeds from the pageant go to this year’s Charity of Choice, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary. First orientation will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 3 at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista, 410 W. California Ave. Email [email protected].


Genealogy buffs meet Tuesday in person and virtually

The North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 at Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive and virtually for a presentation by Debra Duden on, “Discovering Your Irish/UK Roots: Online Resources for “English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry.” Learn what’s new on databases FindMyPast, Scotland People, and RootsIreland and how to apply them to your research. Free; register for virtual event at That day, the Legacy Users Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will meet virtually from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 in GoToMeeting format. Free. Email [email protected].

Omni hosts community concert series

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa hosts a concert series, “Live from La Costa,” which will feature Hiroshima, an ensemble offering a mix of traditional Japanese folk music and instruments interwoven with Jazz, R&B, Salsa 7:30 p.m. Saturday May 28 at 2100 Costa Del Mar Road. Self parking is free; valet parking $25; cocktails and beverages sold. Tickets are $60 to $250 at

Library bookstore seeks volunteers

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library are looking for additional volunteers for the Georgina Cole Library Bookstore, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive and Dove Library Bookstore, 1775 Dove Lane. For more information or to volunteer, email [email protected]. Volunteers should provide name, email address and the store location where they would like to volunteer.

Senior center offers free walking groups

The Carlsbad Senior Center hosts two free weekly walking groups, the “Carlsbad Cruisers,” 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays; meet at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. and the “Calavera Cruisers,” 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays; meet at Calavera Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive. Register at


Food center reopens for in-person visits

The Community Resource Center’s Food & Nutrition Center reopened for in-person shopping after modifications because of COVID-19. Safety protocols meant that although clients could still receive food, it was pre-selected, and staff/volunteers had limited ability to fill client preferences. The center provides food to food-insecure people including seniors, those who are homeless or facing homelessness, veterans and domestic violence survivors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The center is at 650 2nd St. Call (760) 753-8300.

Monthly Bird Watch at botanic garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a bird walk 8 a.m. first Monday of the month led by birding specialists at the garden which is a birding hotspot to native birds, migrants and wintering guests. The next bird walk is June 6. Visit


Library Friends hold monthly book sale

The Friends of the Escondido Library bookstore holds its monthly half-price sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday May 27-28 at the library, 239 S Kalmia St. All items in the store will be 50 percent off (25 cent minimum), including a variety of fiction, non-fiction, collectors books and DVDs and CDs along with an extensive children’s section, with books, DVDs and VHS. Call (760) 839-4832; visit

Mobilehome Positive Action Committee meets Saturday

The Escondido Mobilehome Positive Action Committee meets 11 a.m. Saturday May28 at Imperial Estates Mobilehome Park clubhouse. 2300 East Valley Parkway. Dave Myers candidate for San Diego County Sherriff, will be the guest speaker. Join EMPAC for $12 a year to be informed about your rights as a resident in a mobilehome park. Refreshments will be served.

Assistance League recruiting volunteers

The Assistance League of Inland North County is recruiting volunteers to join in their mission to support local children and families. The nonprofit’s largest programs are Operation School Bell, which serves 100 schools in nine county school districts, and the McKinney-Vento Programs for homeless students in Vista, Escondido and Poway. The nonprofit also helps neighboring Assistance League chapters clothe children of military families at Camp Pendleton. A new program began this year with the state-subsidized child-care centers in Escondido called Growing Minds. Members work with children ages 3 to 5 with reading and other projects to prepare them for kindergarten. The group runs an all-volunteer thrift shop at 2068 E. Valley Pkwy. in Escondido, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Visit or email [email protected].


Upcoming blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank will hold blood drives in the following parking lots:

VG Donut & Bakery 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at 106 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff by the Sea. Donuts will be served to donors, courtesy the bakery.

Cornerstone Church 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 at 13617 Midland Road, Poway.

Donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive T-shirt while supplies last.

Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

“I Hate Hamlet” opens at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues Season 42 with the comedy “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick, directed by Phil Johnson. The production runs Friday May 27 to June 12 on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be a preview performance on Friday. May 27th.Tickets are $10-$39. at

Dance Troupe seeks new members

The Toe Tappers senior dance group is recruiting experienced tap dancers who enjoy rehearsing and performing for audiences. The group entertains at special events throughout San Diego. Dancers rehearse in North County on Monday and Thursday mornings. Call (760) 845-5705.


Buena Vista Audubon Nature looking for nature guides

The Buena Vista Audubon is looking for volunteer nature guides to offer a short lesson as well as small group walks on the lagoon nature trails. School children come to the nature center for free guided tours on topics such as birds, insects and animals of the lagoon. All training and materials are provided and time commitment is flexible. Visit

or email [email protected].

Democratic club meets at library Wednesday

The Oak Tree Democratic Club meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday May 25 at the Oceanside Library, Mission Branch Community Room, 3861-B Mission Ave., or via Zoom. Sue Alderson, a local political and social justice activist, will receive the club’s “2022 Senior Activist of the Year Award” at a reception in her honor at the beginning of the meeting. The club will also be h
osting Rosa Rascon, a representative of the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, to update attendees on this year’s voting rules and allowed poll watching activities. To join the Oak Tree meeting use this link: There is no cost to attend. Visit

Veterans group holds car show fundraiser

The Veterans Association of North County holds its annual car show fundraiser June 4 featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to new rides with modern technology at the VANC resource center parking lot, 1617 Mission Ave. Highlights include live music. All years, makes and models are welcome and trophies will be given to “The Best” in several categories. Event starts at 9 a.m. and a pancake breakfast begins 8 a.m. for registrants. Breakfast, lunch and drinks are available for purchase. Parking is limited to the first 110 registrants, Free for spectators. Visit

Community meetings on Oceanside’s General Plan

The City of Oceanside is in the process of updating its General Plan and holds two meetings open to the community. As part of its General Plan Update and through community input, Oceanside Planners developed a “Community Vision” which summarizes broad goals. These efforts will be discussed at the Planning Commission 6 p.m. Monday May 23 and City Council meeting 5 p.m. June 22 at 300 N. Coast Highway. City staff is recommending “Alternative B” as the preferred plan for the General Plan Update (GPU), since this alternative provides for a higher jobs-to-housing ratio and more growth in the industrial sector. The Alternatives Report can be accessed at Email [email protected] or call 760-435-3525.

Brother Benno Thrift Shop open

The Brother Benno Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 3955 Mission Ave. Donations are being accepted at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Visit brotherbenno.orgCQ or call (760) 967-7505.


Senior patrol volunteers sought

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Stations in Poway and 4S Ranch are looking for adults to join the Senior Volunteer Patrol. Duties include traffic control, patrolling neighborhoods in Poway and 4S Ranch, checking on homes of residents on vacation, and checking on the welfare of residents as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s “You Are Not Alone” program. Volunteers must be at least 50 years old, a U.S. citizen or legal resident who has applied for citizenship, and have a valid California driver’s license and car insurance. Volunteers must be of good moral character with no felony convictions and attend a two-week Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy. Volunteers typically work up to five hours a week. Call (858) 232-8000. For information about the Senior Volunteer Patrol program in other parts of San Diego, visit


Bingo on Mondays at senior center

The San Marcos Senior Activity Center, at 111 Richmar Ave., hosts bingo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $1 per card. Prizes include snacks, decorations and household items. Participants can also have lunch at 11:30 a.m. before bingo. Suggested lunch contribution for ages 60 and older is $4; cost for ages 59 and younger is $5. Lunch reservations must be made by 2 p.m. Friday at (760) 744-5535, ext. 3607, or visit the Lunch Desk.

Writing group meets Wednesdays

The San Marcos Writers’ Critique Group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays via Zoom for serious 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 critique. Email [email protected].

Families Needed for Type 1 Diabetes Study

Families with adolescent children with Type 1 Diabetes are being sought for a study by Sharon Hamill, Ph.D. and her graduate student, Jessica Preciado from the Psychology Department at California State University San Marcos. This study is designed to explore Type 1 diabetes in adolescents aged 13-18 and how families manage the disease. Participants will complete a brief online survey at their convenience. All eligible participants who complete the survey will receive $5 (maximum of $15 per family). Study results will be made available upon request. For more information on volunteering, please visit: or email the researcher, Jessica Preciado, at [email protected].


Friends of the Library holds Buck a Book Bag Sale

The monthly Buck a Bag of Books Sale, sponsored by the Valley Center Friends of the Library, will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Valley Center Public Library bookstore, 29200 Cole Grade Road. Fill a bag, or several bags, with four or five books each of your choice from the sales table for a dollar. Also, on that day most books inside the bookstore will be half-price. Proceeds support the library. Visit

Rodeo and Memorial Festival next weekend

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival will open 4 p.m. Friday May 27 with rodeo beginning 7 p.m. and Memorial Festival opens 11 a.m. Saturday May 28; rodeo starts 2 p.m. at 29902 Valley Center Road. Highlights include vendor booths with food, drinks, crafts and merchandise along with entertainment ranging from carnival games and pony rides to petting zoo. A “Memorial Wall” honoring fallen service members will be at Star Valley Park, 29902 Valley Center Road. The rodeo will honor military service members and first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty. Live band and dancing each night after the rodeo. General admission to the rodeo is $20, $15 for active duty military and dependents with ID and children 6-12. Free for children 5 and younger. Parking is $10 cash. Admission to the Memorial Festival is free. Visit


Strawberry Festival coming next Sunday

The annual Strawberry Festival is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 in historic downtown Vista. Highlights include hundreds of vendors, food, beer garden, 5K run and kids’ runs, crafts and entertainment on several stages along with contests and kids play zone. Contests include pie eating, strawberry costume, strawberry shortcake, strawberry poster, strawberry film fest and stein holding. The strawberry run 5K takes off 7:30 a.m., 1/4-mile Kids Run at 8:30 a.m. and 1-mile Kids Run at 8:40 a.m. Visit

Family History Center holds free class

The Vista Family History Center will present a free class 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 26 at , 1310 Foothill Drive, on “Spring Cleaning in FamilyTree” and tips to make genealogy research easier. Visit

Senior Wellness Fair

The Gloria McClellan Senior Center hosts a Senior Wellness Fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday May 25 at the Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Dr. The celebration of seniors will include representatives from local agencies providing information as well as entertainment and lunch. Call (760) 643-5288.

‘Memphis The Musical’ staged at the Moonlight

The Tony Award-winning production “Memphis The Musical” runs through Saturday May 28 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for dining and picnicking, curtain at 8
p.m. Table reservations on the Moonlight Patio are $5 per person, including early entry at 6 p.m. Bread and Cheese Eatery returns as the Moonlight’s concessionaire. Tickets are $17-$61 at moonlightstage.comCQ or (760) 724-2110.

Lions Club holds golf tourney

The Amigos de Vista Lions 45th Annual Tim Black charity golf tournament is set for Monday May 23 at Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive. Check-in is 10 to 11:45 a.m. with shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Visit


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