Events subject to change or cancellation. Confirm before you go!
READING FESTIVAL WITH ELIZABETH ROSNER. Thu, Feb. 26, 10-11:30am, Wed, Feb. 25, 7-8:30pm. Free. Aimed at making reading fun for our local students and community, bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist Elizabeth Rosner will visit as well as discuss topics such as World War II and genocide. MiraCosta College Community Learning Center1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 92054. (760) 795-8702. www.elizabethrosner.com
SPABLUE: GRAND OPENING. Thu, Feb. 26, 5-8pm. Free. Enjoy polish changes, hand massages, spray tanning demonstrations, makeup touch-ups, and chair massages as well as spa product giveaways, offers, tours, and refreshments throughout the evening. SpaBlue, Flower Hill Promenade, 2710 Via De La Valle, Suite B-270, Del Mar
OCEANSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET & FAIRE. Ongoing indefinitely, Thursdays, 9am-1pm. Pier View Way at Coast Highway. (619) 440-5027.
IGNITE SAN DIEGO. Thu, Feb. 26, 6-9:30pm. $10. The ultimate melting pot of ideas and stories: each presenter has five minutes to share their passion/idea. 18 presentations, live music, and craft beer and grub. Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101
CIRCUS VARGAS: ARLEQUIN. 7:30-9:30pm. Thu, Feb. 26 thru Wed, Mar. 4. $20-70. Circus Vargas, a traveling Big Top circus, presents the 2015 edition, Arlequin. Westfield Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 91950
TOWER AFTER HOURS: IRELAND. Thu, Feb. 26, 6-8pm. $15-30. Taste Irish pub fare from local eateries, watch performances of music and dance, and enjoy a cold Guinness. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101
MICHAEL GRECCO. Thu, Feb. 26, 7-8:30pm. $15-25. Michael Grecco, known throughout the world for his iconic celebrity portraits and advertising spreads for the likes of Time, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and ESPN visits with a juried exhibition of 30 photographs, a silent print auction, prizes, and entertainment. Riverdale Studios, 6314 Riverdale Street, Grantville. www.apasd.org
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: VAREKAI. Thu, Feb. 26, 7:30pm, Fri, Feb. 27, 7:30pm, Sat, Feb. 28, 4 4pm, Sun, Mar. 1, 1:30pm. $35. Varekai has been seen by over eight million people. Come see the classic cirque experience. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, 92110
HOME DECOR, GIFT, & CRAFT SHOW. Fri, Feb. 27, 9am-6pm, Sat, Feb. 28, 9am-3pm. Free. One-of-a-kind items including fabric arts, jewelry, food, wood products, and more. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, 91941
2015 CHINESE NEW YEAR RED BALL. Fri, Feb. 27, 7:30pm. 21+. Free. Live music will be provided by the Mighty Untouchables, plus DJ Mike White will spin. Club M, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, 92130
Los Angeles Lakers v. Milwaukee Bucks. Fri, Feb. 27, 7:30pm. www.nba.com/lakers
OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING. Sat, Feb. 28, 8-11am. Free. Brandon Michael, with over 15 years of rock climbing, will lead participants on some of his favorite climbs. All climbing levels are welcome. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos, 92119. www.balancedfitnesshealth.com
OLD MISSION DAM. Sat, Feb. 28, 8:30-10am. Free. An adventure in nature with a visit to a nationally registered historical site, scenic Old Mission Dam. Kumeyaay Lake Campground, Two Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Diego, 92119
SAGE AND CHAPARRAL: GETTING GREEN. 9:30-11am. Sat, Feb. 28, Sun, Mar. 1, Wed, Mar. 4. Free. Enjoy the transitional stages of sage, chaparral, and riparian environs as they boast new growth and flowerings. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos, 92119
BALBOA PARK PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE. Sat, Feb. 28, 1-4pm. $35. Bring your camera or smart phone and a picnic lunch for this gentle walk around Balboa Park. Led by a fine-art and photography instructor. Japanese Friendship Garden, Pan American Road, San Diego, 92101
CLEAN UP THE BEACH WITH PB SHORE CLUB. Sat, Feb. 28, noon-3pm. Free. Join the PB Shore Club for a beach cleanup. Sign up 9-10am and enjoy a hosted breakfast. Clean the beach 10am-noon and party until 3pm. Pacific Beach Shore Club, 4343 Ocean Boulevard, San Diego, 92109
SCRIPPS PREBYS CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE OPENS. Sun, Mar. 1, 10am-2pm. Free. Wellness activities; health screenings and exhibits; healthy cooking and family-friendly events with a Kids’ Zone, sponsored by the Parent Connection and featuring a Lego station, interactive science, music by Hulabaloo; and kids tattoos and facepainting. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, 9888 Genesee Avenue, San Diego, 92037. (800) 727-4777. scripps.org/grandopening
ANIMAL TRACKING AND BEHAVIOR WALK. Sun, Mar. 1, 8:30-11am. Free. Expect a leisurely two to three hour walk discussing animal prints, scat, foraging locations, trails, burrows, and body structure. Remember to bring sun protection, water, and your camera. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, 92029. (760) 632-4212.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. Sun, Mar. 1, 3:30pm. www.nba.com/lakers
RESTORE NATIVE HABITAT. 9:30am-12:30pm. Sun, Mar. 15, Sat, Apr. 4. Free. Manage invasive plants in Mission Bay to protect endangered birds. Mariner’s Point, Mariners Way, San Diego. www.sandiegoaudubon.org
THE THIRST GAMES. Ongoing until Wed, Jun. 10, Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Teams of two compete in pool, shuffleboard, trivia, XBox 360, and Genghis Jenga. Prizes, drink specials, and bragging rights. The Salty Frog, 992 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach, 91932. /www.facebook.com/thesaltyfrog
HOTEL DEL CORONADO HISTORIC TOUR, Ongoing. Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m,; Tuesdays & Fridays at 10:30 a.m. $15. Coronado Historical Association docents lead 75-minute walking tours of the historic hostelry through Coronado. Reservations are required (619) 437-8788. Coronado Museum of History and Art, 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado.
WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN TOURS. Ongoing indefinitely Sat, 10:30am-11:30am. Tour the lush, charming, and water-wise garden. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, 92019. www.thegarden.org
ZUMBA GOLD, ongoing Fridays thru June 26, 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Age 18+. Zumba Gold is lower-impact version of Zumba Basic class on Mondays, but just as fun. Moves designed to be easy to follow by participants of any size or age. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway.
THE SKY TONIGHT. Ongoing Fridays, 7-8:15pm until Fri, Dec. 18. $4-6. The audience will take a virtual journey through our current night skies. Current events in astronomy are also discussed. Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, 92069
OLD-TIME TRAIN RIDE. Ongoing Sunday until Sunday, June 14. 11am-3:30pm. $15. Trains leave at 11am and 2:30pm. The 85-year old coach Golden State departs for a 12-mile, one-hour journey. Gift store, free parking, modern restrooms, wheelchair-friendly. For a special treat, ride in the locomotive with the engineer. Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot Street, Campo, 91906. (619) 465-7776.