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Village and Barrio Master Plan Hearing, 4/18
A public hearing for the Village and Barrio Master Plan will be held at the April 18 City of Carlsbad Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation on the master plan to the City Council, and the public will have an opportunity to share input. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and take place at City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.

Shred and Recycle It Event, 4/7
The City of Carlsbad Recycling and Trash program is kicking off its Earth Month celebration with the Shred and Recycle It event on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5815 El Camino Real. Participation is free for Carlsbad residents. Advanced registration and proof of residency is required. Registration is open until the event reaches capacity.

Pirate Plunge at Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 4/14
Enjoy pirate themed pool activities and games during the City of Carlsbad’s annual Pirate Plunge event at Alga Norte Aquatic Center at 6565 Alicante Road on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Library Hosts Children’s Author Festival
On April 14, Carlsbad City Library will host its second Local Children’s Author Festival featuring several local authors of children’s books in a panel discussion moderated by Joy Chu, instructor in children’s book Illustration at UCSD Extension and former art director at Harcourt Brace.

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Earth Month Events: Arbor Day, Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off and More
April is Earth Month, and Carlsbad is celebrating with events and programs to help you reduce, reuse, recycle and more. Participation is free for Carlsbad residents. *Advanced registration is required for some events. Join us and help keep Carlsbad beautiful.

Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy Recruiting Underway
The City of Carlsbad Police Department is actively recruiting participants for the next Senior Volunteer Patrol Academy. The academy is scheduled for late summer of 2018. The Senior Volunteer Patrol draws on the experience and mature judgment of members that are 50 years and older. The patrol supports the Police Department by increasing law enforcement services to the community.

Sign up for Spring Break Camps
The City of Carlsbad offers a variety of fun and exciting spring camps for kids ages 3 to 13, during the week of April 2 – 6, to coincide with spring break for Carlsbad, San Marcos and Encinitas Unified school districts. Online registration is now open.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event, 4/14
The City of Carlsbad Recycling and Trash program is hosting a household hazardous waste drop-off event on April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5815 El Camino Real. Participation is free. Proof of residency and advanced registration are required. Registration is open from March 26 through April 6, or until the event reaches capacity.

Latest Carlsbad Currents
Read the latest issue of Carlsbad Currents to find out about Earth Month events, spring cleaning tips, habitat protection, fun things to do and more! Carlsbad Currents comes out every other month and is mailed to Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers in their water bills, mailed directly to non CMWD customers, and available at city libraries and community centers.

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Starring Artist Program: Traversing the Americas
The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is launching a new program designed to take participants on a journey through the minds of performing artists. The program takes place at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located in the Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove Lane. Admission is free.  


Lifeguard Academy

The City of Carlsbad offers Lifeguard Academy courses this spring at Alga Norte Aquatic Center.
The course dates are:
The week long courses run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are for ages 15 and older.
  • Participants must be able to swim 300 yards using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for two minutes without use of hands and swim 20 yards combined with a surface dive to retrieve a 10 pound brick.
  • The course also requires some home study. Successful completion of the course will provide participants with certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
  • Also upon successful completion of the course and pre-employment tests, participants may be eligible for hire. Jobs are available at Alga Norte Aquatic Center and Monroe Street Pool.
  • The course fee is $290 and Carlsbad residents will receive a 10 percent discount.
For more information or to register visit www.constantcontact.org, or contact Nathan Baker, 760-268-4779nathan.baker@carlsbadca.gov
Arts & Culture Plan Update
New opportunities to provide input on the City of Carlsbad’s Arts & Culture Plan are right around the corner. Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/arts and sign up for the email list so you never miss a chance to tell us what you think.
Are you a part of a community group or organization that would like to hear the latest about the plan? Contact us at arts@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2090 to schedule a presentation.
The Arts & Culture Plan will serve as a road map to fulfill the city’s vision for arts and culture in the community. The plan is scheduled to be released this spring. More info

Spring Break Camps


Keep your children active and engaged over spring break. Spring break campsrun April 2 -6. This year the city is offering aquatics, soccer, basketball, sewing, science and cooking camps.

Summer Camps

Sports and Fitness Camps

Kids ages 3 to 13 can build on fundamentals, improve technique and master skills while developing a love of sports and fitness. Participants will have fun, keep fit and make new friends in one of the city’s many sports and fitness camps including soccer, laser tag, baseball, basketball, rugby, golf, tennis, dodgeball and gymnastics.
Science and Specialty Camps
Does your child like to experiment in the kitchen, build forts, navigate in the wilderness, play with LEGOS or build rockets?  If so, check out the city’s latest and greatest science camps for ages 4 to 12, including Wonders of Science, smash lab, pre-engineering, reptiles, archaeology, and specialty camps like cooking, LEGO, magic, ceramics, sewing, spa-tastic and much more!

Creative and Performing Arts Camps

Let your children express themselves this summer in one of the city’s art camps. Explore a variety of creative arts camps and performing arts camps where kids from ages 3 to 16, can draw, paint, sculpt, film making, dance, write a script and even create their own comic book story!

Spend the day at the pool in aquatics camp or junior lifeguarding camp. Campers ages 7 to 14 will participate in a variety of aquatic sports and games, organized swim lessons and dry land activities. Junior lifeguards will also have group lectures on aquatics safety. Campers will be introduced to water sports and have the opportunity to play on giant inflatables.
Day Camps

Day camps will encourage new friendships, help kids stay active and provide opportunities to gain new experiences under the care of recreation staff. Pee Wee camp is a half day camp, perfect for first time campers, ages 3 to 5. Kidz Camp provides a full day of summer fun including field trips for children ages 5 to 11. Explorer camp, similar to Kidz camp but for ages 10 to 13, allows campers to decide for themselves which activities they would like to participate in. Each camp includes arts and crafts, sports, team building activities and more. There is even a counselor in training camp for 13 to 15 year olds who wish to build leadership skills. These camps sell out quickly each year so book early!
Cinema Club…Whether you love comedies, dramas, musicals or foreign films, the Cinema Clubhas a movie for you! You can now find the listing for Foreign Films Fridays, Wednesday Film Series, Saturday Cinema Series, and Special Cinema Events all in one place.
When:  Anytime
Where: Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served.
Free Tax Assistance in English and Spanish

The Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization, will be offering free tax preparation assistance in both English and Spanish at the Library Learning Center on Wednesdays through April 18.

Appointments are available from 9:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Library Learning Center, and walk-ins are welcome. Please allow approximately one hour for an appointment.

Where: Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place
Admissions: Free. Walk-ins welcome. For appointments call (760) 753-8300 ext. 1301
Carlsbad Reads Together
We are committed to providing engaging, educational and quality programming to the community. Help us improve Carlsbad Reads Together. If you attended any of the Carlsbad Reads Together events, we would love to hear about your experience.
   Your Input Needed

The city is finalizing an Arts & Culture Master Plan to continue the growth of arts and culture in Carlsbad. We created a preview to help us confirm that we are on the right track with recommendations. Each preview also includes a short survey for community feedback. Please  share your thoughts with us and take the surveys.

Author Talk: Susan Meissner
Join us as we celebrate Susan‘s most anticipated novel yet,

As Bright as Heaven

During this event, Susan will not only explore the devastation the world felt in the midst of the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic, but also the incredible strength that this kind of horror brings about in women and mothers when they must do whatever it takes to protect their families.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Where:  Cole Library, Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served.
Good Life Lecture Series
The Good Life Lecture series returns April 10 with workshops led by Dr. Phillip Goscienski. These health and wellness lectures are designed to help participants learn new skills and information for a better quality of life for themselves and their loved one.
Sleep, Light and Your Health
Join a fascinating discussion about sleep, light and the problems that can arise from a lack thereof.
A True Mediterranean Diet
Why is it that people from this area of the world are healthy, long lived and slender, in spite of a diet that is 40% fat? Come find out why.
Where: Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served.

Magee Park Poets: Exploring Surreal Metaphors 
In this workshop writers will have the opportunity to explore surrealism in literature while considering its benefit in assisting the writer to expand upon a single metaphor. Valerie K. Ruiz will give poets a hands on experience in creating a list of potential surreal metaphors.
Where: Cole Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free. Advanced registration is required. To register, please call 760-602-2400 ext. 8149.
Free Tax Assistance in English and Spanish

The Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization, will be offering free tax preparation assistance in both English and Spanish at the Library Learning Center on Wednesdays through April 18.

Appointments are available from 9:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Library Learning Center, and walk-ins are welcome. Please allow approximately one hour for an appointment.
Where: Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place
Admissions: Free. Walk-ins welcome. For appointments call (760) 753-8300 ext. 1301
Looking for something great to read this winter? Novelist will recommend books based on what you like! Award winners, hot reads and more. This is one of several online tools available with a Carlsbad City Library card. Check it out today!
Visit Carlsbad City Library’s eResearch webpage or call 760-602-2038.

AARP Tax Assistance
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AARP tax volunteers will be here to assist adults 50+ with their 2017 tax returns. They will be available by appointment beginning Thursday, Feb. 1. Call 760-602-4650or drop by the front desk to schedule an appointment. Be sure to bring a photo ID, along with all necessary documents and a copy of last year’s taxes to your appointment.
Ever wanted to know more about your prescription drugs? Schedule a free 15-minute appointment with a licensed pharmacist to discuss areas of concerns and to find out more information on your prescriptions. For a more comprehensive evaluation, be sure to bring your medications and vaccination history to the session.
Take these instructors up on the opportunity to try the following classes without risk! You only pay if you decide to register for the rest of the session.
  • Beginning Tai Chi Kung: Thursday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, DS
  • Chair YogaThursday, April 5, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., DS






  1. Jeanette Chaffee says:

    I want to submit information about my upcoming Author Talk at the Vista Library.

    What’s your email please?

    Thank you!

      • Author Talk with Jeanette Chaffee
        Join Jeanette Chaffee as she discusses her book Extravagant Graces: 23 Inspiring Stories of Facing Impossible Odds.
        Chaffee shares her survival of a midair explosion of a terrorist bomb less than fourteen feet from her. She also talks about her exclusive interviews of the personal difficulties and tragedies of famous people such as Donnie Dee, Steve Arterburn and Elisabeth Elliot who have had life-changing encounters with God.
        Jeanette has appeared on 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The 700 Club, and 100 Huntley Street. She has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.
        Books will be available for sale and signing. Learn more at JeanetteChaffee.com
        When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m.
        Where: Vista Public Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
        Admission: Free. First come, first served.

  2. I love anything & everything that is written well… yeah you got some good content going on there for sure.

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