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Women’s group writes Letters of Love to shut-ins

March 13– Mar. 13–PHOTO — Members of the GFWC Contemporary Women of North County recently wrote short notes to elderly community members and shut-ins so they would not feel lonely. The women wrote a bit about themselves and let the recipients know people care about them. The notes will be hand delivered by Meals on Wheels to North County clients. Visit cwonc.org.

North County events…

CARLSBAD

Leprechaun Dash Bash set for Saturday

The annual Tip Top Run “Leprechaun Dash Bash,” 5k/10k walk and run to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event for all ages, presented by Poseidon Water, includes lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag and medal along with entry to the World Water Day festival from 9 a.m. to noon that day featuring family activities, music, vendors, exhibitors and “be seen wearing green” costume contest. Registration is $40 to $120 per person; free for children 10 and under. Five dollars from each registration benefits a public school district of the participant’s choice. Visit aguahedionda.org.

Library hosts blood drive

Dove Library will host a Mobile Blood Drive with San Diego Blood Bank from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdayat 1775 Dove Lane in the parking lot. Anyone 17 and older, who weigh at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Photo identification required. Walk-in or make appointment at (800) 469-7322 or visit SanDiegoBloodBank.org.

ENCINITAS

Italian movie shown Thursday at La Paloma

San Diego Italian Film Festival’s March movie will 7 p.m. Thursday at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S Coast Hwy 101. The featured movie is L’ordine delle cose (The Order of Things) in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets: $12; $8 for SDIFF members, students and military. Visit sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/film/lordine-delle-cose-2.

String quartet to perform at library

The Villiers String Quartet will perform from 12 to 12:50 p.m. today at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The program includes works by Alwyn and Delius. Free. For questions, call (760) 633-2746.

‘The Trials’ opens Thursday at academy

The San Dieguito Academy opens its production of ‘Trials’ Thursday in the Academy’s Liggett Theater, 800 Santa Fe Drive. The play revolves around Samantha Belford, unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, who returns home to try to reconcile with her family and pick up the broken pieces she left behind. The play is 7 p.m. through Saturday. Tickets are $15, $8 at search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/sandieguito/buy-tix?d=0event=.

Storytelling Fest set for Saturday

The 9th annual San Diego Storytelling Festival, “Stories, Stories Everywhere,” is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The free event presented by Storytellers of San Diego and the Encinitas Branch of the San Diego County Library, includes concerts and workshops along with live music, a food truck and opportunity drawing. Visit sdcl.org/locations_EN.html.

OCEANSIDE

Quilting enthusiasts to meet Thursday

El Camino Quilt Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdayat QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro. The speaker is Lynne Pillus, who has developed a method of making patterns from photographs, and turning them into art quilts. Her workshop on Friday is Mechanical Quilt, a class using one of Pillus’ easy to follow patterns and will cover how to make a pattern from a photo. Parking is limited, carpooling recommended. Doors open 9 a.m. Guest fee for the meeting is $10. Visit elcaminoquilters.com or email [email protected].

Life lectures focus on stars, homelessness

The “LIFE” lecture series continues 1 p.m. Friday with a presentation by Astronomy Professor Rica French from Mira Costa Faculty on “Astronomy News/Views” including Rica’s perspective on what to expect in the cosmos over the next decade. At 2:30 p.m. a talk on “Interfaith Community Service” by Greg Anglea, CEO, Interfaith Services, will focus on homelessness and why it is a growing problem, realities, myths and solutions. The lectures are in the administration Building 1000, Room 1068 at the Oceanside College Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.

Free dental services for military, families

Oceanside-based Discounted Dentistry is offering some free dental services to Camp Pendleton military personnel and their families who could otherwise not afford those services. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by meeting basic income requirements and/or show they have no dental insurance. Applicants can reserve a free video consult at [email protected]. Visit discounteddentistry.com.

POWAY

Garden club meets today

The Poway Valley Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. today at Templars Hall, Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. A 20 minute program, “Our Club’s History,” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. by historians Rosemary Anderson and Judy Nemec, followed by discussions on “Preparing for the Flower Show.” Emily Troxell and other club members will show how to prepare award winning entries. Visit powayvalleygardenclub.org or call (858) 486-7015.

SAN MARCOS

Volunteers needed at senior resource center

The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing, 131 Richmar Ave., seeks volunteers to help North County seniors at the Information Resource Center. Duties include answering phones and providing free guidance and advice to seniors, their caregivers and families. The mission is to help North County seniors with resources to improve housing, transportation, food ne, health issues and more. Volunteers help in the office 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Training is provided. Call (760) 891-8176.

VALLEY CENTER

Garden club holds Plant Sale/Seed Swap Saturday

A community Seed Swap and Plant Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Martin Gang Ranch, 28933 Cole Grade Road. The event, hosted by the Dos Valles Garden Club, will offer se for sale or for trading with shoppers who bring their own se to share. In addition, house plants, trees, herbs, perennials, succulents and native plants will be sold. The Valley Center nonprofit club, formed in 1954, offers five plant sales each year, an annual flower show and “Out and About” trips to local gardens. The group gives local students scholarships and hosts an annual landscaping contest. Visit dosvallesgardenclub.org.

VISTA

Relay for Life holds pizza kickoff event

The Vista Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society hosts it’s Kickoff event 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Grand Slam Pizza 1910 Shadowridge Drive. Grand Slam will donate 20 percent of purchases to the Relay. Visit facebook.com/RFLVista.

Newcomers group meets for coffee

Vista Friends and Newcomers meet for coffee 10 a.m. Thursday at Pegah’s Kitchen, 945 Santa Fe Ave. in their private room. Come prepared to order breakfast and meet new friends. The speaker will be Linda Sundran from the Camp Pendleton Rotary. Call (760) 390-2397.

Ukulele band performs Irish tunes today

The Sunset Strummers ‘Ohana Ukulele Band will present a St. Patrick’s Day performance featuring Irish tunes, popular sing-a-longs and dancing along with corned beef and cabbage and pies from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Vista Way Cafe, 868 East Vista Way. Email [email protected] or call (760) 630-1422.

St. Patrick’s Day lunch at senior center

The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon” 11 a.m. on Friday at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The event features entertainment by Doug Allen. Lunch is corned beef and cabbage, mustard sauce, red potatoes, carrots, roll, apple crisp and milk. Alternative menu is minestrone soup, egg salad on romaine, carrot sticks, roll, apple crisp, and milk. Lunch served at noon. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older; $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reservations are required by 1 p.m. Thursday at (760) 643-5288.

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