Community classes, meetings and more


Chess group meets weekly at senior center

The Carlsbad Senior Center’s weekly Chess Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Play is informal, and all skill levels are welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and there is no charge. Participants need not be Carlsbad residents. The center is at 799 Pine Ave. Call (760) 602-4650.

Free investment seminars for seniors

The Carlsbad Senior Center offers several free investment education lectures led by Richard Loth from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays at 799 Pine Ave. The topic Nov. 13 is “The ABCs of Bond Mutual Funds”; Nov. 20, “Balanced Funds for an Out-of-Balance World”; and Nov. 27, “Overdoing Portfolio Diversification.” Loth uses Morningstar’s mutual fund data, analyses and educational material to help attendees use Morningstar’s guidance for investing. Morningstar is a subscription-based program, offered free through the Carlsbad City Library and the San Diego County library systems. Visit or call (760) 602-4650.

Flower Fields needs volunteer teachers

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad is looking for volunteers to teach recycling and vermicomposting to children from preschool through fifth grade during the spring. Training will be provided in February at The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte. The classes run from March 15 to April 30. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Dates are flexible. Call (760) 930-9123, ext. 118.

Free Photoshop workshop for seniors

The Carlsbad Senior Center will offer a free “Photoshop Elements – Slideshows” workshop from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday for adults ages 50 and older at the center, 799 Pine Ave. Instructor Mike McMahon will use Photoshop Elements 15 to demonstrate how to make a photo slideshow, including customizing the sequence of the photos, adding title slides and music. Visit or call (760) 602-4650.


Library hosts craft class for teens

The Escondido Library will host a craft class for teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on string nail art as part of its Create It @ Your Library series of craft-based monthly programs for teens ages 12-18. Craft supplies will be provided. Registration is not required; early arrival is recommended as supplies may be limited. Call (760) 839-4283 or email

Multiple sclerosis support group meets

The Escondido Multiple Sclerosis Connection Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Escondido Senior Center, 210 Park Ave., in Room 5. The support group is intended for those with multiple sclerosis and their families and caregivers. The group typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss topics such as medicine, doctors and nutrition. For more information, call Michele Easterling at (760) 805-6390 or email


‘Blood Brothers’ author to speak about book

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library, a free monthly author series, will feature Southwest author Deanne Stillman and her new book, “Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill.” The reading is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s Community Room. The author’s presentation is preceded by an open mic. “Blood Brothers” will be available for sale and signing by the author. The library is at 124 S. Mission Road. Visit


Travelers group to hear about trip to Italy

The Single Travelers Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hunter Steakhouse in Oceanside. A traveler will speak about her three-week trip to Italy. Early bird special menu is available. RSVP to Jackie Johnson at (760) 438-1472.

Help a Hero campaign seeking donations

The Armed Service YMCA Camp Pendleton started its Be a Hero, Help a Hero Campaign and is seeking donations from community members, civic groups and businesses to support its programs that assist Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors and their families. Visit


Vietnam veteran to speak at GOP meeting

Republican Club of Ocean Hills hosts Richard Rider as keynote speaker at its meeting Wednesday. Rider will discuss “California vs. the Other States — Taxes, Regulations, and Irritation.” Rider served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 26 years and is a Vietnam veteran. He is also a retired stockbroker and Certified Financial Planner and president of Economy Telcom, a family business brokering telecommunications services nationwide. The group meets at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way. The Meet and Greet, and the optional lunch purchased individually from the restaurant menu, is from noon to 1 p.m. The speaker is at 1:15 p.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP at (760) 842-8735.

Olympian Willie Banks to speak Wednesday

USA Beach Handball will introduce the Pan Am Beach Handball Championship and its partners, Visit Oceanside and San Diego Exploratory Foundation, at a community event 11 a.m. Wednesday at SpringHill Suites Marriott Oceanside, 110 N. Meyers St. Olympian and Oceanside native Willie Banks, USABH National Director Dennis Berkholtz and Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery are slated to speak. The USA national Team coaches and players will be on hand to discuss the upcoming championships. Visit

Public input sought on Master Plan for Arts

Public input on the city of Oceanside’s Master Plan for the Arts is sought at a community meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861 Mission Ave. Call (760) 435-5614 or email


Music appreciation presentation set

A music appreciation presentation focusing on classical music is offered from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The event, hosted by Hank Presutti, aims to teach attendees how to listen to, appreciate and enjoy classical music. The presentation includes state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, giving the attendee an experience like a “front row seat in the auditorium.” The presentation is free, and no registration required. Call (760) 643-5288 or email

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