News and Events

Keep up-to-date with what's happening at Chamberlain Property Management, as well as our local community.

Feb 12, 2016
Live Music in the Village!
What could be more romantic than strolling the Village of Carlsbad with your sweetheart and stopping a while to listen to the smooth sounds of the Moonlight Ramblers of North County? From 6pm to 8pm this Friday, enjoy this fantastic, local ensemble featuring unique acoustic stylings of popular and original music spanning bluegrass to blues.

Friday Night Live “Valentine’s Edition” will bring music to the Village with the Moonlight Ramblers at the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street and local artist Alan Land at the corners of Carlsbad Village Drive and State Street.

Come down to the Village for a lovely evening, and enjoy live music, at no charge, from 6pm to 8pm. Happy Valentine’s Weekend from the Carlsbad Village Association!

Feb 5, 2016
Oceanside Valentines Week
Celebrate all things LOVE in Oceanside, CA for the inaugural Oceanside Valentine’s Week from February 5- February 15, 2016. Businesses and attractions throughout the City of Oceanside have planned a special 10-day celebration just for you, all centered around the theme of love. From romantic dining specials and sunset harbor cruises to a family-friendly movie night at the Oceanside Pier and a Valentine themed fun run & bike event… celebrate with those that you love during Oceanside Valentine’s Week.

The celebration will launch in a grand fashion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 4th revealing what could be America’s largest heart, a gigantic 25 foot heart-shaped balloon! The balloon will be making appearances throughout the week at different community events. Don’t miss the opportunity to show your love for Oceanside and take a photo in front of our very own inflatable heart. For more information, click here.

Jan 31, 2016
Super Salsa Sunday
Salsa the dance, that is! Join Dance Essence in Carlsbad for a Salsa Dance lesson with Maria & Larry from 7:30-8:30 and stay for the dance party, 8:30-12:00. $8 cover, includes dance lesson, food, dance party and fun!

Dance Essence in Carlsbad offers an array of dance classes - our Chamberlain employees just took a lesson and it was a blast! For the complete calendar of dance classes, click here.

Jan 29, 2016
Chinese New Year Festival
It's the year of the monkey! Kick-off the festivities by starting at the Lunar New Year Festival happening from Jan. 29 – 31. This pan-Asian festival costs $5 for adults and $4 for kids. There is free admission for anyone dressed in a complete military uniform. This festival at Qualcomm Stadium includes 16 carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment and food from all over Asia is available for guests to enjoy. Friday 5-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-10pm.

Jan 22, 2016
Monthly Beach Cleanups
The first Saturday of each Month, the Surfrider Foundation hosts a Beach cleanup. Supplies will be provided, but please bring your own reusable bag, bucket and work gloves if you have them. Unless otherwise noted, all cleanups will be held from 9 am to 11 am. Meet on the north side of the Oceanside pier. - See more information and other beach cleanup locations here.

Jan 17, 2016
San Diego Restaurant Week
Kick off the new year with San Diego Restaurant Week, this January 17 through 24, offering 8 days of price fixed dining at over 180 restaurants throughout San Diego County! Celebrating 12 years of culinary excellence, San Diego Restaurant Week will be offering delicious discounted dining where foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at a long list of participating restaurants including unbeatable price options and, best part - no reservations necessary! The pricing includes three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. Click here to see if your favorite restaurant is participating!

Jan 17, 2016
Carlsbad Marathon
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Over 10,000 runners and walkers from all over the United States and many foreign countries are expected to participate in the race weekend festivities, announced In Motion, Inc., the event organizer.The race weekend also includes a three-day Health & Lifestyle Expo and Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND. Geared for children age 12 and under, the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND is a one-mile, noncompetitive, age-staged run/walk that winds through the LEGOLAND theme park, located at One LEGOLAND Drive in Carlsbad. A Diaper Dash, entertainment and other fun activities will take place immediately following the kids’ races. The Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at 8 a.m.

Jan 16, 2016
WSA Championship Tour
This is a surfing competition at the beautiful Oceanside South Harbor Jetty beach to qualify young competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Events & any World Team Events. Check out these young rippers who may end up on the pro-surfing tour one day! Sponsored by Western Surfing Association with the City of Oceanside, Parks & Recreation, Special Events Dept. Free and open to the public, all ages will enjoy! January 16th & 17th, east of 300 Harbor Drive

Jan 8, 2016
Be Storm Ready!
With heavy rains hitting Southern California this month, I hope you will find the resources below helpful in navigating the next storm. To report an emergency, including downed wires, call 9-1-1.

National Weather Service Forecast Office - real-time weather updates.
Ready San Diego - emergency preparedness information for San Diego County residents.
San Diego County’s Twitter feed - updates on San Diego County storm conditions.
Camp Pendleton Weather Advisory - information for people who are in or near Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Caltrans QuickMap - real-time map of current traffic conditions including lane closures and CHP incidents.
San Diego Gas & Electric - power outage information for local customers. To report an outage call 1.800.411.7343.
Be Storm Ready - a webpage from our State Senator's website that links to other resources.
Stay safe!

Jan 7, 2016
Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off
The City of Carlsbad is offering free, curbside pickup and drop-off bin locations for Christmas trees from Saturday, Dec. 26, to Saturday, Jan. 9. The trees will be recycled and converted into mulch that will be used throughout San Diego County.
Curbside tree pick up will take place on residents’ normally scheduled collection days. Drop off locations in Carlsbad include:

  • Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive

  • Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches

  • Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road

  • Fire Station 1, 1275 Carlsbad Village Drive

Jan 5, 2016
Christmas Recycling
Be "Green" after Christmas! Here's a way to help save the planet:
Christmas Light Recycling
Ace Hardware offers free holiday light recycling. Simply drop-off your burnt-out and broken strands of lights at any Ace location so they may be recycled now through December 31. Find an Ace Hardware near you, click here.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Waste Management customers: Christmas trees are collected curbside for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart. When possible, residents are asked to cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection. Please remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, and must be disposed of through regular trash service. Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection.

Thanks for helping to make 2016 more green!

Dec 21, 2015
Garden of Lights
There is still time to enjoy the Garden of Lights! After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.

Come out and experience the holidays ‘Southern California Style’ at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Garden of Lights!

Dec 11, 2015
Christmas in the Valley: Bates Nut Farm
Families can start a new Christmas tradition at Bates Nut Farm with the 5th annual “Christmas in the Valley”, presented as a gift to the community by Valley Center businesses, organizations, schools, churches and volunteers. Local non-profit Promote Valley Center is the sponsor. The event kicks off Friday evening, December 11th at 4:00. The evening's highlight will be the arrival of Santa by fire truck at 6:00, escorted into the farm by the Valley Center High School marching band. The Valley Center High School choir will lead the crowd in singing Christmas favorites. There will be live entertainment, the "Christmas Voice" singing contest, and a Polar Express Hay Ride to visit Santa, all free of charge.

Dec 8, 2015
Time for Ice Skating!
It’s that time of year to get your skate on. The holiday festivities have begun. There is no cold snap in our immediate future but we’ve searched high-and-low for the most sparkling skating rinks in San Diego County. Whether you want to enjoy a seasonal holiday rink or year-round skating our guide will give you the edge on where to lace up this season. Click here to find a rink near you!

Dec 4, 2015
Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights: Dec. 4 & 5 2015
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Nov 27, 2015
"Santa's Coming" Craft Fair
Bates Nut Farm will be hosting their largest Arts ‘n Crafts Fair of the year over the long Thanksgiving weekend. The “Santa’s Coming!” Craft Fair will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 27th through November 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Each day live bands perform on the Bates stage from 12:00 - 3:00. Santa arrives by hayride both Friday and Saturday, and he will spend time with young visitors until 3:00 pm. Take a free hayride with Santa and be sure to bring your camera! Admission and parking are free.

Nov 26, 2015
Oceanside Turkey Trot
The Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot has enjoyed quite a run as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Nov. 26. The race is a holiday tradition in North County, with 10,000 running and walking in 2014. All that has helped raise more than $210,000 for local schools and non-profit organizations over the years. Be a part of the fun this Thanksgiving! Check the OTT website for race day events and times.

Nov 22, 2015
25th Annual Fall Street Fair
With 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of unique downtown Encinitas retailers, here’s a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities. And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention.

When it’s time for a bite or a drink, the options are abundant, from the unique food vendors in the street fair to the 40+ restaurants and bars in downtown Encinitas. Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9am-4pm

Nov 21, 2015
Trotting for "Toys for Tots"
Movin Shoes store is excited to host their first ever Toys For Tots campaign event! On November 21st at 8am for a family friendly run or walk along the coast of scenic Encinitas, from downtown to the Cardiff Kook and back! The run is free to all who want to come, and we suggest a donation of a new unwrapped toy for the San Diego Toys for Tots campaign! There will be 2 dress uniformed Marines in attendance to accept your donations as well as special offers at the store for all who participate!

So bring yourself, your families, and your fun! Let's have a great run and help a great cause! 897 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Nov 21, 2015
Mother Goose Parade
The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus. November 21st, 10:00am-3:00pm

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Nov 11, 2015
Veteran's Day Parade
2015 Veterans Day Parade celebrates “70th Anniversary Of World War II and America’s Greatest Generation”.
Join in delivering a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years 1941 to 1945! We invite all San Diego region to participate in this tradition, and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

The San Diego Veterans Day Parade on November 11 on Harbor Drive, is produced by Veterans Week San Diego: Open to all. Free of charge to view or to participate. President Eisenhower dedicated November 11 as Veterans Day in 1954, and called upon all citizens to participate. As Veterans Day is observed nationwide, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. 11:00 am November 11th.

Nov 11, 2015
Happy Veteran's Day
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom!

Nov 8, 2015
Oceanside Music Festival
The 14th annual Oceanside Music Festival, titled Colors of Music, offers concerts this year with a variety of music genres, showcasing both student and professional musicians from throughout Southern California. The event, FREE of charge to the general public, is held 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the corner of Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way downtown Oceanside. The annual Oceanside Music Festival was created to showcase performing artists from Oceanside and the surrounding communities.

Oct 31, 2015
Pumpkin Patch
Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Now through October 31st, Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and pony rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events. Check our calendar for details and schedule, click here.

Oct 30, 2015
Halloween in the Village
Trick-or-treating in the Carlsbad Village will be in full force this coming Halloween on Saturday, October 31st. In addition to that, other spooky events are planned Friday night for both the little ones and adults who are young at heart at both the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club and the Yoga Co-op. Come have some ghoulish fun in Carlsbad this Halloween!

Oct 1, 2015
Museum Month-Kids Free in October
October is a good month to be a kid in San Diego: local museums and other popular attractions are offering free admission to kids all month long. The San Diego Museum Council says the fun and educational program, presented by ScholarShare, runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 and offers free admission to children ages 12 and under at more than 40 museums, with a paid adult admission.

To cash in on the freebie, parents will have to download a coupon online for each visit to each museum. One coupon is good for up to two free child admissions with one full-price paid adult admission. For a list of museums, or to download your coupon, click here!

Sep 15, 2015
Rain in San Diego!
The forecast calls for rain overnight. Remember to turn-off your sprinklers and help the drought!

Forecasters predict .36 inches of rain in San Diego, .43 inches in Oceanside, .47 inches in Escondido, .56 inches in Ramona, .57 inches in Alpine, .83 inches at Mt. Laguna, .92 inches in Julian and 1.26 inches on Palomar Mountain by late Wednesday morning.

Sep 12, 2015
Grape Day Festival - Escondido
For early birds, the Grape Day 5K fun run at 7:30 am is the way to start your day. The Grape Day Parade begins at 9:30 am on Grand Ave, and travels from Escondido Blvd to Juniper. It includes marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic cars.

The festival in the Grape Day park is from 9:30 am until 4 pm. It features grape stomping, free grapes provided by Major Market, entertainment stage, demonstrations, contests, fun zone, vendor booths and international food court.

Sep 11, 2015
Dog Surf-A-Thon
Dog surfing in San Diego means more than just a great time - all proceeds help rescue pets too! The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon dog surfing competition begins at 8:00am, September 13, 2015, at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The day also includes vendors, dog agility course, and a canine costume contest. Event proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Sep 5, 2015
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a real, olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. This grape stomp out-does all others by providing two barrels for stomping - one for adults and one for children. Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale will keep you busy. Situated in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an ideal setting for the Festa. 11:00am - 7:00pm, $5-$15.

Sep 4, 2015
US Sand Sculpting Challenge
September 4-7, World Master Sand Sculptors come from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia and Singapore, to challenge the best in the U.S. Their 3-dimensional art is astounding. You'll fall in love with it. But you can't take it with you. The sculptures weigh over 10 tons each and they'd ruin your lawn. So we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. Oh, and there's live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, tall ships and cannon battles. B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier 9:00am-7:00pm.

Aug 22, 2015
Float 'n Flick
The final Carlsbad pool event of the summer this Saturday at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. Float ‘n Flick will take place on Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. and is an event for those who love both movies and the pool. Attendees of all ages are welcome to bring an air mattress and enjoy the movie, Jungle Book (rated PG) under the stars in the heated pool. The movie begins at sundown. Tickets are $8 per person. One child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult. While you’re there, grab a freshly made burger, pizza, shaved ice and more at the newly expanded menu at the Dive in Grill. You can preregister here.

Aug 20, 2015
Flicks at the Fountain
This week's movie is "McFarland USA" starring Kevin Costner. Flicks at the Fountain is a free, family-friendly outdoor movie event like none other! Bring a low backed chair, a cozy blanket and a picnic dinner and make a night of it. Local eateries are on site to take food orders and will deliver to your chair. Seating begins at 6pm; movie starts at 8:05pm. Movie sponsored by Dancin' Soul. State & Grand Parking Lot.

Aug 14, 2015
TGIF Jazz in the Parks
The City of Carlsbad continues its 30th season of TGIF Concerts in the Parks. The free outdoor concert series runs each Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 21 at Stagecoach, Alga Norte, Poinsettia and Calavera Hills community parks.

This Friday, 8/14: Calavera Hills Community Park, Liquid Blue. This is the second to the last concert in the 2015 series. For more information, click here.

Aug 9, 2015
Art in the Village
The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA)’s 17th Annual Art in the Village will return this Aug. 9, 2015, bringing over 150 local and regional artists for a one-day, open air event. Celebrating art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists. Mediums include oil painting, watercolors, photography, jewelry making, woodworking, furniture, pottery, and hand-painted clothing and accessories. Browse exhibits, listen to live music along State Street & Grand Ave. 9 a.m.

Aug 8, 2015
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is set for Saturday, August 8, from 9:30am-5pm on Newcastle Ave, Aberdeen Drive and Liverpool Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The event is hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street and is expected to draw 10,000 four-legged friends, their fans and family members. Free for the whole family!

Jul 25, 2015
Splash Bash: A Parents’ Night Out
Saturday, July 25, offers a new twist on the traditional parents night out, giving parents an evening away and their kids a fun time at the pool. Splash Bash is designed for children 8 and older, but kids under 8 are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Attendees will spend an evening playing on giant inflatables, walking on water in giant water balls, diving off of diving boards and dancing to music under the lights by the pool. The events is from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 per person. One child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult.

Jun 20, 2015
Carlsbad Music Festival
Carlsbad Music Festival kicks of the summer with its third annual free Village Music Walk, featuring dozens of musicians performing over 60 sets during a 6 hour celebration of adventurous music. Saturday, June 20th, 4:00-10:00pm with 20-minute sets starting every half hour. Free for the whole family!

Jun 12, 2015
Friday Night Live - Carlsbad Village
Bring a folding chair and a sweater and spend the evening in the village listening to everything from acoustic guitar rock to bluegrass and country, and make some new friends in Carlsbad. Performances run from 7pm to 9pm Friday evenings. June12 - Alan Land (Acoustic guitar standards, blues and jazz) on Roosevelt Street by Paon; Lou Shook (Acoustic guitar rock) Carlsbad Village Drive/State Street corner by Carlsbad Chocolate Bar; The Bad Carls (Pop/Rock) at Grand Avenue/State Street corner by Vz Art. For a list of artists for all of June, click here!

Jun 6, 2015
Celebrate National Trails Day
On Saturday, June 6, the City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Trails Day, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a demonstration trail cleanup and a one mile educational hike along La Costa Glen Trail. The self-guided hike will include informational exhibits about the city’s trails, hiking information, how to become a trail volunteer, and facts about the local flora and fauna that can be observed while hiking trails in Carlsbad. Hear presentations by naturalists and other speakers who can address the nature of the trail and its surroundings, as well as what other trails in Carlsbad have to offer.

Jun 5, 2015
Cheap Ways to Enjoy the Fair!
Here are some great ways to save on admission to the San Diego County Fair with your family, which runs June 5 - July 5.

Kids Days – Little ones 5 and under are free every day of the fair. Kids 12 and younger receive free admission on these designated Tuesdays: June 23 and 30.

Read Your Way Into the Fair – Kids 12 and under can earn free admission any day of the fair by presenting a reading certificate signed by a teacher or librarian. All they need to do is read ten books on their own or with an adult. If you can’t make it to your local library, you can also download the fair’s reading certificate.

Albertsons|Vons Tickets – Buy $4 tickets ahead of time at Albertsons for all family members good only for Friday June 5, Saturday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 10. Albertsons also offers a $13 ticket (a $2 savings) for any other day of the fair. Click here for more great discounts.

May 30, 2015
Fiesta Del Sol
Don’t miss the 36th Annual Celebration of Fiesta del Sol – Solana Beach’s official kick-off to summer! The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts this FREE 2-day Music & Crafts Event for over 36 years and this year’s event is shaping up to be our BEST ever. Once again, the Belly Up has lined up a great list of musicians to perform over the two day event; which also includes local community talent. We also have an expansive, fun and exciting Children’s Area set up for families to enjoy rides, games, a climbing wall and much more. All parking is FREE. - For more information, click here

May 21, 2015
Tour of Mission San Luis Rey
Explore areas of Mission San Luis Rey that are not normally open to the public; including the private rose gardens and the pepper tree. The special behind-the-scenes tour is available most weekends beginning at 1 pm. Docents provide interesting historical facts and stories about the Historic Church, the cemetery and the site in general.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 12:45pm to check-in. It is suggested to wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, a hat and sunscreen. For more information, click here.

May 17, 2015
Escondido Grand Ave Festival
Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989.

The festival kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and will jump and jive all day until 5:30 p.m. Come and join us on historic Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.

Enjoy special attractions and great family fun!

May 15, 2015
National Bike to Work Day
Cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15...

In Carlsbad, stop at a “pit stop” location at the seawall at Frazee Beach at Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue as they pass through the City of Carlsbad from 6 to 9 a.m.

Oceanside has 3 pit stops, so roll on by and pick up a FREE t-shirt, refreshments, and plenty of encouragement: Civic Center Plaza, College and the Rancho Del Oro Sprinter Station on Oceanside Boulevard.

May 9, 2015
Chocolate Festival
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets are sold for $1 each and tastes are between 1 – 3 tickets with most costing just one ticket. 10am-4pm. Click here for a $2 off coupon and for more information.

May 7, 2015
Turn-off Your Sprinklers!
The recent rainfall and the potential of another shower over the next 24 hours make this a great time for San Diegans to shut off their automatic lawn sprinklers, San Diego County Water Authority officials said Tuesday.

"While these rainstorms are welcome, they will not break the serious drought conditions that exist statewide, and we need to continue to take advantage of these opportunities to reduce our use as much as possible," said Mark Weston, chairman of the Water Authority's Board of Directors.

May 3, 2015
Carlsbad Village Faire
Located in the heart of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors, making it the largest street festival of its kind in the county. The art fair offers a little of everything, including arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Don’t worry – there is plenty to do for the everyone, including kid’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast. You’ll find fun for the whole family. Sunday, May 3rd, 8:00am-5:00pm

Apr 25, 2015
Encinitas Street Faire
Join San Diego families and vendors browsing 400 unique booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques and more. The Faire also has lots of fun kids events including rides, crafts and four live stages of entertainment. Stone Brewery Beer Garden with the best bands in San Diego on the Garden Stage. Dog Zone with fun to for your four-legged companion in a dog park and obstacle course, community Stage and the Encinitas School of Music Stage! Saturday & Sunday, April 25th & 26th 9:00am - 5:00pm. FREE!

On Saturday, the Encinitas Fire Department holds its Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:00am – 11:00am in the 7-Eleven Parking Lot located at D Street and Hwy 101.

Apr 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Apr 20, 2015
Celebrate Earth Day with National Parks Week
Looking for something fun, free, and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience. And the best news? During National Park Week, April 21-29, ALL 397 of your national parks offer free admission, all week long! In San Diego enjoy beautiful Cabrillo National Park for free, daily from 9am to 5pm.

Apr 19, 2015
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook to sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.

Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths - you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim - and don't forget the guacamole! Sunday, April 19th, 9am-5pm. FREE!

Apr 13, 2015
Free Sprinkles Cupcake!
Help Sprinkles celebrate its tenth birthday! Stop by any of the store locations for a free red velvet cupcakes. Sprinkles North County location: La Jolla, Sprinkles, 8855 Villa La Jolla Dr., San Diego. April 13th, 9:00am - 9:00pm. FREE! Need more information on Sprinkles Cupcakes? Visit their website.

Apr 11, 2015
Earth Day Festival - Vista
Join the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens for a fun day for kids and families. Activities for children will include Earth Day ROCKS! Interactive educational displays, creative crafts, face painting, games and relays, planting for nutrition, a cotton spinning demo, worms and compost, music, and the Rancho Folklorico dancers. A big plant sale, vendor will sell a variety of wares and crafts. Creative Healing with vendors, exhibitors and music will be offered as well as yoga. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Admission is $3 or free with a membership.

Apr 11, 2015
Free Shredding Event
Identity theft strikes more than 10 million Americans every year. Don't take a chance - attend this free Shredding Event! Cintas Document Management will have a commercial shredding truck on hand to shred all those boxes of personal papers that you've been storing in your attic, garage or office. - best of all, it's FREE! Your papers will be shredded on site - as you watch! Don't miss this Shredding Event on April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Carlsbad Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 7030 Avenida Encinas #100 (off Poinsettia Avenue at the north end of the Ralph's Shopping Center)

Apr 6, 2015
Save Water!
On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order asking all Californians to cut water use by 25% as we experience unprecedented low amounts of water. Simple water-savings investments can help save gallons of water per day, learn how you can do your part, click here.

Apr 4, 2015
Looking for an egg hunt near you?
Here's a list of egg hunts and possible bunny sightings throughout north county! Click on the city name below for more information, including some fees:
Come celebrate spring with music, fun games, arts and crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and a chance to "soak the bunny." Collect eggs in the ongoing “egg scramble” activity. 10:00am - 1:00pm, Poinsettia Park.
This is an annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 to 11 yrs of age. There will be four egg hunt areas, prize tables, a magic show and photo area. 10:00am - 11:30am, Buddy Todd Park.
10:00am, Vista Optimist Club
11:30am, Brengle Terrace Park
San Marcos
Breakfast with Peter Cottontail and "Spring Egg Scramble". Come early to have your picture taken with Peter Cottontail, create free craft projects, and enjoy carnival games and party jumps 8:00am - 1:00pm, Walnut Grove Park.

Mar 28, 2015
Garden Bunny Spring Party
There’s fewer settings more ideal for a spring party than the San Diego Botanic Garden, and this year all little ones ages 2 – 6 are invited to the garden for an Easter celebration. Kiddos will get to visit with the garden’s gentle bunny, pet REAL bunnies and chicks and make colorful spring-themed crafts. Worried they’ll miss the traditional egg hunt? Let them know they’ll get to parade through the garden on a BUNNY hunt instead. We think they’ll forget about those plastic colored eggs in no time.

Dates: Apr. 4, Early Party 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Late party 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $18/non-member; $15/member (parties are limited to 50 guests, so pre-registration is required). San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas

Mar 28, 2015
Chamorro Cultural Fest - San Marcos
The Chamorro people are the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Islands, which are divided between the United States territory of Guam and the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The 2015 Chamorro Cultural Festival will be hosted at the beautiful and spacious campus of California State University - San Marcos. Invite the entire family for a fun-filled day of cultural celebration, education, entertainment, art and food! March 28th, 10:00am - 6:00pm.

Mar 28, 2015
Bunny Train
Looking for a new way to celebrate the Easter holiday with your family? Look no farther than the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum! Complete with a train ride, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt, the Bunny Train event at the Museum is perfect for the whole family.
The celebration kicks off with a train ride. The Easter Bunny will board the train at the Campo Depot and visit with all of the passengers on the train as it travels toward the U.S. border. After enjoying the one-hour journey through San Diego County’s beautiful mountain terrain, the train stops at the Museum’s Display Building where more fun awaits. Egg hunting is available, where the children may turn in the plastic eggs they find to Museum volunteers for sweets and other prizes. The best part – entrance into the Display Building and both Easter egg hunts is included in the price of your train tickets! For pricing and to make reservations, click here!

Mar 21, 2015
San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo
The seventh annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO DAY. This is a mind-blowing day of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. EXPO DAY will provide fun interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, families and teachers in science and engineering as well as illustrate how science and engineering is right in our own “backyard.” EXPO DAY is a culmination of the week long event that features exciting STEM activities and events all around San Diego County. Expo Day is Saturday 3/21, 10:00am-5:00pm, Petco Park. FREE for the whole family.

Mar 14, 2015
St. Patrick's Day Parades
North County - Vista
Enjoy the North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival with Grand Marshal is Celia Lawly. There’s the “Cutest Redhead” and “Most Freckled Kid Contest,” and much more including games, contests, food, a limerick writing and reading contest, a and entertainment. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Main Street, Downtown Vista

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Mar 5, 2015
San Diego Bird Festival
The San Diego Audubon Society presents this annual event that offers an array of activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Featuring live bird programs, art workshops, the Birding & Optics Expo, San Diego River Estuary walks, movie screenings and free family activities.Mission Bay, Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego. March 5th-8th, 5am - 6pm. For more information and to register, call 858-273-7800.

Mar 2, 2015
Turn-off Your Sprinklers!
According to San Diego Water Authority, this recent storm brought a quarter-inch of rain to many parts of the county – and in some places well over an inch. After rainstorms pass, landscapes do not need to be watered again until the top one to two inches of soil are dry. Lawns that lose their lush green luster will rejuvenate with the next rain. To learn more from the San Diego Water Authority on water conservation, click here.

Feb 21, 2015
Epic Teen Nights: Party at the Park
The City of Carlsbad presents a new teen event, Epic Teen Nights: Party at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Calavera Hills Community Center. Teens from 11 to 15 years old will enjoy age-appropriate activities, dancing, contests and more.

Only middle and high school students are allowed to attend, and participants must show a school ID. Marine volunteers will chaperone the event. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
Tickets are $8 at the door. Save $2 by registering online in advance on the city's website.

Feb 21, 2015
Chinese New Year
This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children's crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

Visit the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about San Diego Chinatown history, see our traditional garden with koi pond, and see what's new at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension, housing the museum's rotating exhibits. Free activities will be offered to museum guests including paper lanter making, wood block printing, and calligraphy. February 21-22 at 3rd and J St. downtown, 10am-4pm

Feb 21, 2015
Paw Walk in the Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for the 3rd annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Both organizations benefit from this event, so bring your furry friends and follow a 5K walk through our 37-acre garden. The route winds through some of the most spectacular areas of the Garden including California Native Plants, Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii as well as the bamboo, sub-tropical fruit and palm canyon areas. 9am-1pm. Entry fees and more information are on the website.

Feb 21, 2015
Artist of the Month
The Glass & Mirror Shoppe proudly presents a free event to showcase a local artist. This Saturday, February 21st, come and see our "junior" artists as the artwork of the kids from Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club is displayed.

Checkout the Shoppe's featured artist on the third Saturday of every month. 3095 State Street #G in the Village. Best of all it's FREE!