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It’s a month of variety, from the Punk Rock Food Drive to the Ukrainian Mosaic Orchestra

The fall season. (Photo Autumn Mott Rodeheaver via Unsplash)

November launches a season of gratitude, giving and warmth, with events in our coastal communities that celebrate local artisans and international musicians, support those in need and express thanks to those who have served in the military. This month has diverse offerings, from arts and crafts fairs, literary events and Oaxacan culture to the Punk Rock Food Drive and Ukrainian Mosaic Orchestra.

Click the links embedded in this story’s text for more information about the events covered. Information for this month’s Spotlight is provided by organizations and individuals in the communities covered by the North Coast Current and OsideNews.


Nov. 11: Olivenhain Craft Fair — The Olivenhain Town Council hosts the Olivenhain Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Olivenhain Meeting Hall. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit council and preservation and maintenance of the hall and its property. More information is available at the event website.

Nov. 19: Encinitas Holiday Street Fair — The 39th Annual Encinitas Holiday Street Fair, sponsored by Ting Fiber Internet, returns to downtown Encinitas on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m along Coast Highway 101 from D to J streets. There will be more than 450 vendors, plus a beer garden, three stages and children’s rides. For more information, including the full entertainment lineup, visit

Nov. 25: San Dieguito Art Guild Holiday Bazaar — The San Dieguito Art Guild presents its 12th annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The Guild is a 200-member all-volunteer nonprofit organization that operates the Off Track Gallery located in the Lumberyard Shopping Center in Encinitas. Visitors can enjoy food, a silent auction and art for sale by artists in media such as paintings, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, mosaics, fiber art, gourd art, cards, prints, journals, holiday napkins, table runners and wall hangings. Admission is free. For more information, go to or call 760-942-3636.

Nov. 25-30: Tibetan Buddhist monks visit Encinitas — The Tibetan Buddhist monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery, from Southern India, are on an 18-month tour of the United States. They visit Encinitas several days later this month. On Saturday, Nov. 25, there will be sacred Tibetan music and a group healing ritual at the California Center for Creative Renewal, 1905 Crest Drive in Encinitas. Call Ellen Speert at 760-436-3310 for reservations. Suggested Donation: $25 in advance and $35 at the door. More information: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Dec. 3, five Tibetan Buddhist monks will construct a Sacred Sand Mandala for the Buddha Maitreya at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. Daily viewings of the mandala are available until it is swept up on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. View the full schedule at the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation website.


Nov. 11: Veterans Day Military ReviewRep. Mike Levin (D-49th District) is the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day Military Review on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Army and Navy Academy’s Bliss Stadium, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd. The event will include a flyover by the Salute Formation Flying Team, cadet review and wreath presentation. The event is sponsored by the Army and Navy Academy and Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad. For more information, call 888-762-2338. To RSVP, email marketing[at]

Nov. 11: Veterans Day at The Shoppes at Carlsbad — The Shoppes at Carlsbad marks Veterans Day with an event designed to support local military members, veterans and their families. El Camino Quilt Guild will host a silent auction offering 15 individually crafted quilts focused around themes of patriotism and more. The quilts will be on display and available for bid until 4 p.m. All proceeds from the quilt silent auction will benefit Operation Homefront. The local chapter of the Foundation for Women Warriors is accepting new and gently used clothing and accessories for women veterans and their families. The clothing drive is part of the foundation’s professional development effort, which aims to improve the self-sufficiency of women veterans. More information is available at the shopping plaza’s events website.

Nov. 13: Carlsbad county meet-and-greet — Join county Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and colleagues who represent Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad for a meet-and-greet on Monday, Nov. 13 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street in Carlsbad. Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP online at


Nov. 11: Punk Rock Food Drive — The 15th Annual Punk Rock Food Drive is a concert event that collects food and funds to benefit the North County Food Bank. The all-ages event runs 1-9 p.m. at Belching Beaver Brewery, 1334 Rocky Point Drive, and is sponsored by Double Helix Records, DRM Productions, Slabratory Clothing and Sound Speed Records. Suggested donation is three non-perishable food items, although more is encouraged. Participants who bring donations receive a raffle ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Nov. 11: Christy Cashman and Jane Seymour at Ivey Ranch — Author, actress and producer Christy Cashman will be in conversation with Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10am to 2pm at the Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center in Oceanside. The two discuss Cashman’s recent book, “The Truth About Horses.” The ticketed event also includes meeting therapy horses, a tour of the ranch, a signed copy of the book and a casual lunch with Cashman and Seymour. Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center is located at 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive in Oceanside. Click here for more information.

Nov. 12: Ukrainian Mosaic Orchestra — Join the Encinitas Friends of the Arts for an evening of music and culture at the Ukrainian Mosaic Orchestra 2023 Concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Oceanside Performing Arts Center, 1 Pirates Cove, in Oceanside. The 500-seat concert hall is on the campus of Oceanside High School. Proceeds from the concert will be used for North County arts education programs for youth and public art. Ticket prices run $25 to $50. Click here to purchase tickets.

Nov. 18: Write On, Oceanside! literary festival — The annual Write On, Oceanside! literary festival, hosted by the Oceanside Public Library and Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, returns Saturday, Nov. 18 with the goal to celebrate, showcase and inspire local authors. The event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 330 North Coast Highway. Write On, Oceanside! will showcase 20 local authors sharing from, selling and signing their books. Winners of both the six-word story contest and the “Picture This In Oceanside” contest will be announced during the event. Call 760-435-5600 or visit the Oceanside Public Library and Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation online for more information.

Now through Dec. 14: A celebration of Oaxacan culture — Join the Oceanside Public Library for Creando Memorias en Oceanside, a series of six free, family-friendly workshops and events celebrating the richness of Oaxacan culture. This cultural series will include a cooking class, an art workshop, a dance class, a screening of a documentary film, an Oaxacan craft-making workshop and a final Noche de Calenda, a night of music and dancing and celebration to close out the series. The events will be held at the Crown Heights Community Resource Center, 1210 Division Street, and Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside. All events are free to attend and welcome to everyone, no registration is necessary and all materials will be provided.

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