‘Tattooed Trucks of Nepal’ screening Friday
MiraCosta College will host a free lecture and screening of “Tattooed Trucks of Nepal – Horn Please” as part of the lifelong learning lecture and movie series from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in Room 204 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave. UC San Diego lecturer emeritis Ron Ranson will present a “sneak preview” of his latest film he made in Nepal. The documentary depicts the artistic way Nepali freight trucks are painted. Email email@example.com.
Free doughnuts for blood donors Saturday
VG Donut & Bakery will host a Mobile Blood Drive with the San Diego Blood Bank from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 106 Aberdeen Drive. Doughnuts will be served to donors, courtesy of the bakery. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Genealogical group to discuss DNA matches
The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Georgina Cole Library’s Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Sara Cochran’s presentation on “My DNA Test Brought Me to the Forest, but Where are the Trees?” will provide new techniques for figuring out how DNA matches connect to you, with a focus on ancestry testing. Admission is free, reservations not necessary. Call (951) 567-3322.
Nature Discovery Day focuses on trails’ birds
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve’s fourth Nature Discovery Day will focus on “Common Birds of the Torrey Pines Trails” with a talk by Marty Hales from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the pavilion near the lodge and parking lot for the Upper Trails. A short birding hike will follow the lecture. Bring binoculars. The event is free with reserve entrance fee. Visit torreypine.org.
Endangered Species Day event Saturday
Buena Vista Audubon Society and Preserve Calavera are sponsoring the ninth annual Endangered Species Day and Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway. The free family event features activities for children of all ages, including nature journals, seed “mudders,” lagoon dip and scavenger hunt. Participants can learn about the Endangered Species Act, local threats and recovering species and get a peek at local birds and reptiles. Visit bvaudubon.org/nature-center.
Preventing elder abuse, Semester at Sea talks
MiraCosta College’s LIFE Lectures series continues at 1 p.m. Friday for a presentation by Nancy Tietge of Semester at Sea on “Semester at Sea-Worldwide Learning.” At 2:30 p.m. retired Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood will speak on “Elder Abuse Prevention.” The lectures are in the Administration Building at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Pick up a $1 parking permit in Lot 1A and park in Lot 1A. Visit miracosta.edu/life.
Gardening author to speak about succulents
A “Simply Succulent” event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Drive. The event will feature a succulent slide show presented by Debra Lee Baldwin, award-winning garden photojournalist and author of “Designing with Succulents,” “Succulents Simplified” and “Succulent Container Gardens.” There will be a silent auction and succulents for sale. The cost is $40; $35 for members, including glass of champagne, light refreshments, and a small succulent to take home. Ticket are at the Civic Center Library or eventbrite.com/e/simply-succulents-tickets-58757184320.
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Animal center holds volunteer orientation
The Helen Woodward Animal Center is recruiting volunteers and holds orientations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Aug. 17 and Oct. 12 at the center, 6461 El Apajo Road. Volunteers are required to complete an orientation session. Visit animalcenter.org/get-involved/volunteer.
Trio Ellas to perform benefit concert
Trio Ellas presents “Come Dream with Us,” a benefit concert supporting “Journeys to Citizenship” through the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. The group’s debut album earned them a 2012 Latin Grammy nomination. The trio members are: Suemy Gonzalez (violin and vocals), Nelly Cortez (guitarrón and vocals) and Stephanie Amaro (guitar and vocals). Cost is $60; $30 for students; including concert, silent auction and light supper on the patio. Tickets are at northcountycitizenship.org or call (858) 509-2589.
slated for Saturday
A free Wildfire Symposium is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Road. Speakers will discuss how to keep family, home and business fire safe. Highlights include information booths and raffle prizes. Lunch will be provided by Valley Center explorers. RSVP required at (760) 751-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.