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Poway Swim Center 30th Anniversary Party, Fri, May 24, 3-7pm. $8-$15. Join the party with land and in-water inflatable fun, games, summer treats, and prizes. Food truck. Poway Community Park and Auditorium, 13094 Civic Center Dr.
Little Shop of Horrors at New Village Arts Theatre. Friday, May 24-Aug 4. www.newvillagearts.org
Leaves on the Trees Hike, Sat, May 25, 8:30-10am. Free. MTRP Trail Guide leads hike. Meet at Campground flagpoles at entry station. Kumeyaay Lake Campground, Two Father Junípero Serra Trail, Santee
Discover Daley Ranch, Sat, May 25, 7-10am. Free. Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced, 5-7 mile, 3 hour hike on the trails. Daley Ranch, 3024 La Honda Drive, Escondido.
Palm, Cycad, Bamboo & Tropical Plant Sale at San Diego Botanic Garden, Sat, May 25, 9am-3pm. www.sdbgarden.org
Valley Center 69th Annual Western Days, Sat, May 25. This is small town America at tis best! Pancake Breakfast-7am. Parade 10-noon. Festival after parade at VC Elemenatary 11-6, 28751 Cole Grade Rd.
Open Cockpit Days, Sat-Sun, May 25-26, 9am-3pm. Free. Cockpits of several aircraft will be open so kids and adults can experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Strap into an ejection seat, put on a helmet, talk to pilots and try your luck with an “I Spy” activity. See 31 historical aircraft up close as well as hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to present day. Open Cockpit Days are a family friendly activity that will be hosted every other weekend during the summer from May 25th to September 1st. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Ave, off Miramar Rd.
San Diego Spring Walk, Sat-Sun, May 25-26, Wed, May 29, 9:30-11am. Free. Delight in a nature walk with a trained MTRP Trail Guide. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Aquatica is open at SeaWorld San Diego. Sat, May 25-Sun, Sept 29. www.aquatica.com/san-diego
Festival of the Sea at San Diego Maritime Museum. Sat-Mon, May 25-27. www.sdmaritime.org
Vista Strawberry Festival in downtown Vista, Sun, May 26, 8am-6pm. www.vistastrawberryfest.comSpreckels Organ Pavilion Concert. Sun, May 26, 2pm. Hour-long organ concert at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.
Ethnic Food Fair at House of Pacific Relations International Cottages in Balboa Park. Sun, May 26, 11am-5pm. sdhpr.org/events-food.html
Memorial Day, Monday May 27
The Gods of Comedy at The Old Globe. Through June 16. www.theoldglobe.org
Memorial Day Observances and Ceremonies
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422 will host a remembrance and tribute starting at 10 a.m. Monday at Star Park, near Star Park Circle and Flora Avenue. Speaker will be Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces. Refreshments will be served afterward at VFW Post 2422, 557 Orange Ave.
San Dieguito American Legion Post 416, ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, 210 W. F St. Battle of the bands. “Walk for the Fallen” from 11-4. Fee for walk is $29, fundraiser. Parking will be at either Coastal Station or Moonlight Beach.
Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road. Barbecue on the auxiliary patio at American Legion Post 149, 230 E. Park Ave.
Observance from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Julian Pioneer Cemetery, weather-permitting. A Street at Farmer Road. A potluck will follow at American Legion Post 468, 2503 Washington St.
Lakeside Observance ceremony will start at 11 a.m., doors open at 10, Monday at VFW Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lane. Guest speakers. Lunch will be served afterward.
National City Remembrance ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3191 Orange St., Missing Man flyby dated back to WWI 2 p.m. Lunch to follow. Ruby Barnard will be musical guest.
The Veterans Association of North County will hold a remembrance starting at 10 a.m. Monday in its resource center, 1617 Mission Ave. in Oceanside Complimentary lunch will be served. Keynote speaker: Gen. (Army-Ret.) Paul Lebidine.
The Mission San Luis Rey parish will hold a special Mass at 8 a.m. Monday in the Serra Center, followed by a Franciscan blessing in the cemetery, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside.
The Veterans Museum At Balboa Park. 2115 park Ave. Saturday: 9:30-11 a.m. “America’s Freedom Bell;” 7:15 p.m., candlelight ceremony.
Legacy Week at USS Midway: National Moment of Remembrance, Monday, 3-3:30 p.m. on the flight deck. Following the ceremony, will remember our country, following the half-hour ceremony, there will be a live performance of Echo Taps. Two groups will perform live: instrumentalists with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and the Bonita Vista Music Machine show choir (12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.). General admission tickets to the USS Midway Museum (purchased online ahead of time) costs $22 for adults, $9 for retired military, and $9 for kids ages 6 to 12. Kids age 5 and under get in free.
Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Monday, 9 a.m. The cemetery - home to more than 100,000 graves - is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is a registered California Historical Landmark.
Ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery, Monday, 1 p.m., on Nobel Drive, paying tribute to fallen military service members. The federal military cemetery - located on the northwest corner of MCAS Miramar - is home to nearly 7,000 graves and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial, ceremony at 2-3 p.m. Monday. Keynote speaker will be Major Gen. (USMC-Ret.) Anthony Jackson. Music by Marine Band San Diego and flyover. 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive (at Via Capri) in La Jolla. Free shuttle.
Ceremony Monday, 11 a.m. with Camp Pendleton Youth Marines Color Guard, Sante Fe Christian School Band, commemorative ceremony with release of doves, in the Veterans Honor Courtyard La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Avenue. Guest speakers.
Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival, held over the weekend (May 24 & 25 at Star Valley Park, located at 29902 Valley Center Road. Rodeo will open at 5 p.m. Friday, while the Memorial Festival will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. A parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lilac Road and Valley Center Road.
Memorial Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 365, 1234 S Santa Fe Ave.
Ongoing events around town
Cowles Mountain Hike, Ongoing Saturdays thru June 1, 5:30-6:30am. Free. Looking for an adventure? Join us! Group photos will be taken at the summit and water will provided. Meet at Cowles Mountain Staging Area (corner of Golfcrest Dr & Navajo Rd) at the trail head south of the comfort station. Cowles Mountain, San Carlos.
Box Lacrosse Pick-Up Games, Sundays, 4-6pm. Ongoing thru Dec 2019. $10. Play Box Lacrosse Pick-Up Games. Everyone 18+ welcome, or high school Varsity players. Fun, fast box lacrosse-get a great workout. Sportsplex USA, 12349 McIvers Court, Poway. Registration requested. https://www.epiclacrosse.org/
Daley Ranch Open House, Open to public 2nd Sunday of every month. 11am-2pm. Free. Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. Ranger staff/docents provide infoand insights into the history of the ranch. Steady rain cancels. Daley Ranch, 3024 La Honda Dr, Escondido.
Fun & Fitness Hiking Series at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, thru Jan 28, 9am, every Monday. www.poway.org
Middle-Eastern Drumming Class, Mondays, 6-7pm ongoing thru Dec 16, 2019. $12-$15. New Doumbek Drumming Class series, $15 drop-in or 5 class card for $60. All levels welcome, followed by tribal belly dance class with Raine Alexandre WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd, Balboa Park.
Baby Time, Ongoing Tuesdays 3-3:30pm, thru Dec 31, 2019. Free. Join us for a program that is perfect for babies and young toddlers: short, fun and interactive. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, Mission Valley, 92108
Run Club. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm ongoing thru Dec. Free. Choose 2-mile or 4-mile group. All paces/abilities welcome. Meet at Refill cafe, 3752 Park Blvd, Hillcrest.
Qualcomm Stadium Swap Meet, Ongoing Wednesdays, 2-10pm. $1-$2. Open air swap meet and farmer’s market. Info: 619-283-3100. SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 92108. http://www.qualcommstadiumswapmeet.com/
Fly Casting Clinic, Ongoing Sundays thru Sun, Dec 29, 2019, 9am-noon. Free. If you have wanted to cast a fly rod, or you know how but just want to practice, then the free fly casting clinic at Lake Murray on Sunday mornings might be the ticket. The sponsor, San Diego Fly Fishing Club has rods, reels and casting instructors for the participants without gear. Ages 16 and up. Look for the Gazebo and the fly poles east of the Boat Ramp by the Lake. Lake Murray Reservoir, 5540 Kiowa Drive, San Diego, 91942
Waterski and Wakeboard, Ongoing thru Dec 23, 2019. Sundays, 8-11am, Thursdays 5-8pm. The Convair Waterski Club is active year-round on Mission Bay. The club provides two ski boats for waterskiing and wakeboarding, with instruction and equipment available on request. Nominal fee per run. Meet at the south end of Crown Point Beach, 3500 Crown Point Drive. Guests of any skill level are welcome. Info: email@example.com. Crown Point, 3700 Crown Point Drive, Mission Beach, 92109. http://sdwaterski.org/
La Mesa Walk ‘N’ Talk, Tuesdays, 9-10:30am. Free. Walk the paths along the lake, enjoy friendly encounter with fellow walkers who enjoy getting out and about the cool environs of Lake Murray. The topic for this month will be owls of San Diego. Meet at the ball fields by entering from Murray Park Dr and Belle Glade Ave. Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive, San Diego, 92119
Children’s West African Drumming. Ongoing Tuesdays, 2pm. $8-$10. With Master of Drums Nana Yaw Asiedu. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd, Balboa Park.
Qualcomm Stadium Swap Meet. Ongoing Wednesdays, 2-10pm. $1-$2. Open air swap meet, farmer’s market. 619-283-3100.SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, Mission Valley. qualcommstadiumswapmeet.com
Softball Thursday Pick-Up Game, Ongoing Thursday thru Dec 20, 9-11:30am. Free. Age 21+. For 55 and Up/Females 50 up. Batting/fielding practice starts 9am. Game starts 10am. Have extra bats/mitts if needed. John F. Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Ave, El Cajon.
Sunset Market at Coast Hwy & Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, 5-9pm, every Thursday. www.visitoceanside.org
Emei Qigong Practice. Saturdays, 11:30am. Ongoing thru Fri, Jan 25, 2019. Free. Master Wendy has been studying natural medicine and natural healing techniques since the late 1980s and meditation and Eastern energetic arts since 1994. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park.
Behind the Scenes Tour at Mission San Luis Rey, every Saturday & Sunday. www.sanluisrey.org
Youth Fishing Clinic at Chollas Lake. Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm. Free. Kids-only fishing clinic open to children 15 years and under, Saturday and Sunday year-round. No experience or equipment necessary. Fishing lessons, bait, and fun provided. Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego (Oak Park), 92115.
LEGO League, Ongoing Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Weekly LEGO® freestyle build session whith creating, learning, and collaborating. All LEGO® pieces provided. Ages 3/up. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, Mission Valley.