Tamale festival, community events

Community news for Friday Nov. 10 and beyond

CARLSBAD

Qigong classes start Tuesday at center

The Carlsbad Senior Center offers “Live Long: Do Qigong” classes for ages 50 and older from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. The class, which starts Nov. 14, uses deep relaxation techniques, gentle breathing exercises and tension releasing movements. Students may stand or sit in a chair. Four classes are $36.90 for Carlsbad residents; $41 for nonresidents. The center is at 799 Pine Ave. Participants should register by Monday. Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 602-4650.

DEL MAR

Monthlong fitness class for older adults offered

A monthlong fitness class for older adults will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Nov. 14, in the Del Mar Powerhouse, Community Room. Exercises include a short cardio/warmup, full body resistance exercises, balance and coordination exercises and muscle/joint specific stretches; all performed either standing or sitting in a chair. The goal is to maintain/increase strength, balance and flexibility. Movements are presented at various levels of intensity with modification, as needed, making it appropriate for all participants. Free parking is available until 11:15 a.m. at Jake’s Del Mar restaurant. The class includes nine sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Nov. 14 through Dec. 14. No class on Nov. 23. To register, call (760) 795-6820.

ESCONDIDO

Art auction fundraiser to benefit preserve

The Friends of Hellhole Canyon will host a silent art auction from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. The event, with the theme “Hellhole to Paradise,” aims to raise money to buy 400 acres of the wildlife corridor on Paradise Mountain to add to the preserve and protect the open space. The event includes fine wines from local wineries and food. Call (760) 480-4101, or visit escondidoarts.org or hellholecanyon.org.

Annual Tamale Festival set for Saturday at park

Escondido’s third annual Tamale Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association. Attractions include a Best Tamale Contest, food court with food trucks and Mexican food vendors, selling traditional, gourmet and vegetarian tamales ranging from Oaxacan, banana wrapped and dulce to lobster and smoked barbecue varieties, along with a craft beer and wine garden and holiday tamale ordering. Entertainment features Mariachis, bands, Folklorico dance, a Chihuahua costume contest and a fashion show along with a low rider car club display, children’s area with craft and sugar skull decorating and inflatables, craft and holiday gift vendors and Hispanic heritage exhibits. Admission is free. VIP Tamale Package is $40 in advance; $45 at door, including tamale plate, 5-Tab Craft Beer/Wine Wristband, VIP event bag, tamale making class and raffle ticket. Designated driver tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at door. A veterans discount is available. VIP tickets are at brownpapertickets.com/event/3065846. Visit escondidotamalefestival.org.

Veterans Council puts on patriotic program

The Escondido Allied Veterans Council will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Military Tribute Wall of Courage at Grape Day Park. The ceremony will include a patriotic program with music and veterans serving as guest speakers. A fried chicken lunch will be at the American Legion Post 149, 230 E. Park Ave., after the ceremony for a $5 donation. Call (760) 745-1159 or email adjutant149@gmail.com.

Colonel to speak at Veterans Day event

The Veterans Association of North County will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. The guest speaker is Marine Col. Sam Porter, Assistant Chief of Staff G2, 1st Marine Division. Refreshments will be served. Call (760) 722-1277.

OCEANSIDE

Patriotic dance slated at senior center Sunday

A “patriotic salute” dance will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with music by the Billy Harper Band at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, hosted by the City of Oceanside Parks & Recreation Division. Cost is $5 per person. Call (760) 435-5041.

RANCHO BERNARDO

Ceremony celebrates Veterans Day Saturday

A Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial in Webb Park (Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive). The Hon. William V. Gallo will be the keynote speaker and retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nick Herbka will be the master of ceremonies. The invocation and benediction will be given by Lt. Col. Rick Blank, Deputy Command Chaplain California State Military Reserve, Chaplain Corps. Retired Marine Lt. Col. Paul Atterbury, a RBVMA board member, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A patriotic musical prelude will be from 10:45 to 11 a.m. The Westview High School JROTC Color Guard will present and retire the colors. Members of VFW Post 7766 and General J.P. Holland Chapter, Military Order of World Wars, will post the Service, MIA, MOWW and VFW flags. Visit rbvma.org.

SOLANA BEACH

Theater hosts reading of ‘Traitor or Patriot’

North Coast Repertory Theatre will hold a free reading of “Traitor or Patriot?” by Judge H. Lee Sarokin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D. Two friends who are government employees take opposite views about disclosing corruption that they discover during the course of their work. The play asks which of the two is the hero or villain. Visit northcoastrep.org/readings or call (858) 481-1055.

Dove release part of Veterans Day event

The city of Solana Beach and Solana Beach VFW Post 5431 will host a Veterans Day ceremony with a “Feathers From Heaven” dove release from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. The Camp Pendleton Young Marines will serve as honor guard and the Santa Fe Christian School Band will perform patriotic songs. Call (858) 720-2453.

VALLEY CENTER

School puts on free patriotic concert

The Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters hosts its free annual Veterans Day concert at 1 p.m. today in the Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Road. The concert will feature 175 student performers and features patriotic songs, including jazz, big band and marches. Lunch will be sold starting at noon for $5-10, with desserts and drinks for $1. Visit vcpmusicboosters.org.

VISTA

Free rides offered to veterans this month

In honor of veterans, the Gloria McClellan Senior Center’s Out and About Transportation Program is offering Vista veterans, ages 60 years and older, one free ride during the month of November. Call (760) 639-6161.

PHOTO:

The Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award was presented to Angela Kennedy Perez by Regent Alida Woodward and 1st Vice Regent Charla Boodry of the Santa Margarita Chapter. Perez, a registered nurse and Vista High School graduate, was recognized for her volunteer work, including advocacy work at the state and national levels. She recently was part of a delegation to Washington, D.C., to speak about mental health issues of veterans. She also volunteers medical services at fundraising marathons. From left: DAR National Vice Chairwoman Southwest Region Jennifer Smith, Woodward, Perez, Boodry and DAR State Chairwoman for Community Service Wendy Malone. Visit santamargarita.californiadar.org.

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