The senior center offers a free walking group
The Carlsbad Senior Center hosts a free weekly walking group, the “Carlsbad Cruisers”, 9 am-10am Tuesday. The group wanders around various parts of Carlsbad, such as the village and the coast. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and light clothing. Meet at the West Entrance of the Center, 799 Pine Ave. Dogs, strollers, family and friends are welcome. Visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.ENCINITAS
Sunday concerts return to the library
The Friends of the Encinitas Library are hosting a free concert from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on January 2 featuring jazz pianist Chase Morrin in the Encinitas Library Community Hall, 540 Cornish Drive. Morrin and his trio, Max Kraus on bass and Julien Cantelm on drums, will perform jazz standards accompanied by original compositions. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
Squash and basket artists exhibit their work at the community center
Nine members of the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild are hosting an exhibit of 27 works of art that will be on display at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive until January 5. Some works will be for sale. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To free. Visit encinitasca.gov/VisualArt.
Rotary hosts Purse Bingo fundraiser
Encinitas Coastal Rotary is hosting a Purse Bingo fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on January 27 to benefit three local women’s charities, Shades of Pink Foundation California; North County Lifeline and Carol’s House, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. The event takes place at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Participants play to win designer handbags and support breast cancer patients and survivors and victims of domestic violence. Early bird tickets are $ 55; or $ 65 from Saturday. Visit encinitascoastalrotary.org.
Assistance League is looking for donations for a thrift store
The Rancho San Dieguito Nonprofit Aid League is looking for donations of clean clothing, home dÃ©cor, art and jewelry at its volunteer run thrift store, 1542 Encinitas Blvd. Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds support philanthropic outreach assistance programs in North County. 760-634-1091. Visit alrsd.org.
Volunteers needed to help seniors pay their taxes
The Escondido Senior Service Council, 728 N. Broadway, is looking for volunteers to help older and low-income residents of Escondido with their tax returns. The board will provide training for volunteers. Call (760) 480-0611.
The Toe Tappers troupe recruits dancers
The Toe Tappers are looking for tap dancers over the age of 55 who wish to perform with a senior tap troupe. Dancers must be available for rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday in Escondido. The group performs throughout North County. Call (760) 845-5705 or visit toetappers.org.
New York Times bestselling author hosts library book launch
Friends of the Fallbrook Library is selling tickets for the launch event for T. Jefferson Parker’s new book ‘A Thousand Steps’. Parker, a resident of Fallbrook, is a New York Times bestselling author and three-time Edgar Prize winner. The event is January 22 at the Pala Mesa Resort. Doors open at 11:30 am, followed by a light lunch at noon. The author will speak and sign copies of his new book. Barnes and Noble will be there to sell the novel at 20% of the retail price. CDC Covid guidelines will be followed. For any questions, send an email to [email protected] or [email protected] Tickets are $ 35 through January 7 at the Library’s Bottom Shelf, 124 Mission Road or fallbrooklibraryfriends.org.
Blood drive this week
In response to blood bank shortages, the San Diego Blood Bank is organizing various blood drives. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers
The San Diego County nonprofit Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to community members across the county. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift per month. Delivery days are Monday to Saturday, approximately 10:30 am to 1:30 pm Background check is required as well as an active driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Virtual training is provided, including how to deliver safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit meal-sur-roues.org/volunteer or email [email protected] or call 800-573-6467.
The technical program is looking for volunteer trainers
San Diego Oasis bridges the tech divide for seniors through its Digital Divide program by providing tablets and training sessions for seniors to strengthen their tech skills and reduce social isolation. At no cost, San Diego Oasis provides a Samsung tablet, internet for 12 months, and training for eligible seniors. Oasis is looking for tech savvy volunteers to train seniors to use their devices, which are donated by various community organizations. To volunteer, call Jolyn Parker at (858) 353-0439.
Speech contest open to high school students
The American Association of University Women of California is sponsoring Speech Trek, a speech competition for high school students. The subject is “Has the United States kept its promise of freedom and justice for all?” Would requiring the study of diversity, equity and inclusion in a secondary setting help ensure freedom and justice for all? The date of the contest is February 5th. The registration deadline is January 22. The local competition will take place at the Rancho PeÃ±asquitos Library. The prize for first place is $ 1,000, second place is $ 500 and third place is $ 250. The winner of the local competition competes in the state semi-finals. Email the AAUW Poway PeÃ±asquitos branch at [email protected]
Tri-City Hospital Auxiliaries Are Looking For Volunteers
The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary needs more volunteers. The all-volunteer auxiliary, who was trained over 60 years ago, provides support throughout Tri-City Medical Center. Volunteers help in a variety of ways, from shuttle drivers and escorts at the hospital to staffing the information desk and gift shop and helping with registration. The store’s proceeds are used for purses and necessary medical equipment. Visit tricityhospitalauxiliary.org or email [email protected]
The Women’s Resource Center is looking for volunteers
The Women’s Resource Center, aka WRC, is looking for volunteers to act as an Emergency Advisor for Emergencies and Advocate for the Sexual Assault Response Team. Both volunteer positions need empathetic and compassionate people who can support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Experience not necessary. Apply on wrcsd.org or call (760) 547-8805.
The library’s Amazon bookstore reopens
Friends of the Oceanside Public Library have reopened their Amazon bookstore, donating lightly used books and helping to support the library’s hardcover and paperback programs in a variety of genres, as well as price, condition of the book, and cost. estimated date of delivery. Buyers can search for a specific title or author, or browse AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases to friends. Visit amazon.com/shops/check_out_books.
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Animal shelter is looking for volunteers for host families
The Helen Woodward Animal Center is in need of adoptive volunteers who care for animals that are not yet ready for adoption because they are too young or in need of medical treatment or are nursing or in need of mothers. sterilized surgery or vaccines. Foster care assignments can range from a few days to several months. The center provides volunteers with what they need to take care of their orphaned animals. Visit animalcenter.org/foster.
Bingo for seniors offered on Mondays
The San Marcos Seniors Activity Center hosts bingo from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mondays at the center, 111 Richmar Ave. The cost is $ 1 per card. The prices include snacks, decorations and household items. To join the pre-Bingo lunch, reserve at (760) 744-5535, Ext. 3607.
Soroptimists organize a marathon to fight human trafficking
The Soroptimist International of Vista and North Inland County is hosting their â30 Mile in 30 Days to Combat Human Traffickingâ Virtual Walkathon, which begins on Saturday and runs through January 30. Participants can register online at https://bit.ly/3Fbp7ID. In addition, the club will host its 16th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk and Event from 10 a.m. to noon on January 29 at Vista United Methodist Church, 490 S. Melrose Drive, Vista, with guest speaker, San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan. Participants can walk down Melrose Drive approximately one mile round trip from the church. Information boards, water and traffic stop signs will be provided. To free. Masks compulsory for the indoor part of the event. Visit soroptimistvista.org.
The Vista Community Clinic offers HIV testing and counseling, as well as health care and support services. Preventive services include education about HIV and STIs, rapid testing for HIV and HCV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. âCHATncsd,â a branch of the clinic’s outreach programs focuses on high-risk youth. (760) 631-5000 x 7000.
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