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City Assists With Affordable Housing
In a report to the Carlsbad City Council, Housing Program Manager Bobbi Nunn said that the city is working to expand the supply of affordable housing by leveraging private and public funds, and is meeting goals and objectives established in its Public Housing Agency Annual Plan. Read more

Earth Day Events This Weekend
The City of Carlsbad will offer residents two Earth Month events this weekend. Give your used items a second chance at the Donate, Don’t Waste Collection Event. And the Cole Library will offer FREE composting workshops, crop swapping and a gardening class on Saturday in partnership with the Ecology Center. Read more

EGGStravaganza Spring Festival, 4/20
The City of Carlsbad’s popular EGGStravaganza Spring Festival returns Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road. The event features ongoing egg scrambles for children 6 and olderwho want to race for their eggs, as well as one for children ages 5 and under. Read more

Shred and Recycle It Event, 4/20
The City of Carlsbad is hosting Shred and Recycle It to help residents safely shred and recycle sensitive documents on April 20, 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 through April 19 or until the event reaches capacity.

Carlsbad Taking Steps Toward Locally Controlled Energy Utility
A new study shows the Community Choice Energy model is technically feasible and would save Carlsbad ratepayers 2% a year compared to SDG&E. Based on these findings, the Carlsbad City Council voted Tuesday, April 16, to accept the North San Diego County Cities Community Choice Energy Technical Feasibility Study and authorized the city manager to negotiate, execute and fund a cost-sharing agreement. The latter will allow the City of Carlsbad to participate in procurement of joint legal services to assist the city in negotiating and preparing Community Choice Energy formation documents.  Read more

 Creek to Bay Cleanup Event, 4/27
The City of Carlsbad Watershed Protection Program is hosting a Creek to Bay Clean Upevent on April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Haymar Drive. Participation is free. Advanced registrationis encouraged but walk-ups are welcome.  Read more

Landscape Design Workshop for Homeowners
The City of Carlsbad encourages residents to participate in a landscape design workshop on the use of drought-tolerant plants and how to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate. Attend this free, three-hour seminar and learn how to transform your yard into a beautiful, water saving landscape. Space is limited. Read more
Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant a Tree, 4/27
The City of Carlsbad is celebrating Arbor Day, Saturday, April 27, by working with local volunteers to plant trees along the Coastal Rail Trail beginning at its intersection with Oak Avenue. Read more

Apply to Serve on Redistricting Commission
As the 2020 federal census approaches, the California State Auditor’s Office is seeking applicants for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. The 14-member commission will redraw the boundaries of the congressional, state senate, state assembly and State Board of Equalization districts so they reflect the state’s population. The open application period begins June 10 and will run through Aug. 9. Read more

New Invasive Weed Species Found in Carlsbad
A new invasive weed species has been identified in Carlsbad and other parts of San Diego County. Ward’s Weed is a small compact plant in the mustard family that almost looks like a tiny tumbleweed. It is easy to identify by its small yellow flowers with four petals and unique beaked seed pod.  Read more

Earth Month Events This Week
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.  

Turn It Up Band Competition for Adults 18 to 25
The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office is now accepting submissions for its inaugural Turn It Up Band Competition, designed to showcase and help develop emerging musical talent in San Diego County. Online video submissions will be accepted through April 30. Three finalists will perform at Front Row Fridays on June 14.

AMPED Music & Arts Throwdown, Teen Artists Wanted
The City of Carlsbad is collaborating with Carlsbad teens to launch the first annual AMPED, a music and arts throwdown on Saturday, May 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pine Avenue Community Center at 3209 Harding Street in Carlsbad. The event will be a night of creative expression by teen artists featuring a music throwdown, student film showcase, art exhibit and more.

EGGStravaganza Spring Festival, 4/20

The City of Carlsbad’s popular EGGStravaganza Spring Festival returns Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road.

At a Glance

  • The event features ongoing egg scrambles for children 6 and older, who want to race for their eggs, as well as one for children ages 5 and under
  • There is also a noncompetitive egg scramble for young children, children with special needs, and for families wanting to pose for a photo opportunity
  • Attendees can also enjoy photos with the Easter bunny, a fun zone with bounce houses, a giant slide and a chance to “soak the bunny”

More Information

  • $5 activity cards and $5 unlimited fun zone wrist bands can be purchased for activities like the egg scramble and Easter bunny photos
  • These can be purchased at the event or in advance, April 1 through April 19 at these locations Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive

Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding Street

Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino de los Coches

Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road

Sports and Fitness Camps
Kids ages 3 to 16 can build on fundamentals, improve technique and master skills while developing a love of sports and fitness. Campers will have fun, keep fit and make new friends in one of the city’s many sports and fitness camps including soccer, laser tag, basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis, dodgeball, flag football and gymnastics. To view and/or sign up for sports and fitness camps, visit our camp registration page and click camps.
Science and Specialty Camps
Does your child like to conduct experiments, navigate in the wilderness, play with LEGOS or build rockets? If so, check out the city’s latest and greatest science camps for ages 5 to 14, including Wonders of Science, smash lab, STEM, reptiles, archaeology and much more! Special interest camps like cooking, sewing and magic keep kids learning fun skills all summer long! To view and/or sign up for science or specialty camps, visit our camp registration page and click camps.
Creative and Performing Arts Camps 
Let your children express themselves this summer in one of the city’s arts camps. Explore a variety of camps where kids from ages 3 to 16, can draw, paint, sculpt, make a film, dance, write a script and even create their own comic book story! To view and/or sign up for creative and performing arts camps, visit our  camp registration page and click camps.
Aquatic Camps

Spend the day at the pool in aquatics camp or junior lifeguarding camp. Campers ages 7 to 11 will participate in a variety of aquatic sports and games, organized swim lessons and dry land activities. Junior lifeguards for ages 9 to 14 will also have group lectures on aquatics safety. Campers will be introduced to water sports and have the opportunity to play on giant inflatables. To view and/or sign up for aquatic camps, visit our camp registration page and click camps.
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 6. Kidz Camp provides a full day of summer fun including field trips for children ages 5 to 12. Explorer camp, similar to Kidz camp but for ages 10 to 14, 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 16 year olds who wish to build leadership skills. These camps sell out quickly each year so book early! To view and/or sign up for day camps, visit our camp registration page and click camps.

Veterans Memorial Park Planning Begins
The City of Carlsbad is kicking off a master planning process for its next community park, Veterans Memorial Park, near the corner of Cannon Road and Faraday Avenue. Come to a special “Day at the Park” planning workshop and site tour to learn about the project and share your ideas.   

A new sewer pipeline is being installed along Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad that will transport wastewater from the Buena Sanitation District in Vista to the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility in Carlsbad.   
The Ron Tatro Exhibit is Open at the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden
The works of internationally renowned and self-taught sculptor, Ron Tatro are now on display at the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden. With a collage-like quality, each piece of Tatro’s metal welded sculptures is shaped into geometric forms and manipulated with other pieces to create a dynamic three-dimensional space. A trained painter, Tatro uses color to provide a vibrant element to each work.
Who: All ages
When: Through August 2019
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, 2955 Elmwood St.
Admission: Free

Good Life Lecture Series:
Are You a Sugar Addict? Get Unhooked!
The Good Life Lecture Series is designed to help you live your best life. Learn why sugar is the cause of numerous health issues and learn tips for getting unhooked with Angela R. Vittucci, an Integrative Functional Medicine Nutritionist R.D.N.
Where: Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane
Admission: Free
Mindful Stress Navigation: Resiliency Part 2
Join us for the closing session of our Mindful Living workshop series. Learn additional physical activities and games that demonstrate how to turn stress into a manageable challenge. Wear clothing you can easily move in.
Where: Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free
Diego Mondragon Concert
Diego Mondragon is a Latin jazz violinist who has performed throughout California and internationally as well as for American and Mexican presidents. Classically trained, his music is a passionate, fiery fusion of acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Rymand Entezari.
Where: Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Admission: Free. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
Exploration HUB
April 15
April 20
Space is limited.To sign up and view additional classes visit the HUB website.
Wednesday Film Series
Carlsbad City Library                                       Georgina Cole Library                                               Library Learning Center
760-602-2049                                                           760-434-2870                                                              760-931-4500
1775 Dove Lane                                              1250 Carlsbad Village Drive                                             3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92011                                          Carlsbad, CA 92008                                                      Carlsbad, CA 92008
Library Concerts 2019

Carlsbad City Library’s concert series continues April 28, May 5 and June 23. Admission is free. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Diego Mondragon  – Sunday, April 28, 2-3 p.m.
Georgina Cole Library – 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive

Diego Mondragon is a Latin jazz violinist who has performed throughout California and internationally as well as for American and Mexican presidents. Classically trained, his music is a passionate, fiery fusion of acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance. He will be accompanied by keyboardist Rymand Entezari.

Jarabe Mexicano –   Sunday, May 5, 2-3 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Jarabe Mexicano invites audiences on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican folk as well as rock ‘n’ roll, Tex-Mex, Latin rock and reggae-cumbia. Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s dramatic, harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them the admiration from audiences across the country.

Bayou Brothers – Sunday, June 23, 2-3 p.m.
Carlsbad City Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

With a sound straight out of Louisiana, the Bayou Brothers deliver a rousing, rollicking good time full of endless enthusiasm at every performance. An eclectic blend of traditional zydeco, blues and R&B, this rocking musical jambalaya transports audiences straight into a Mardi Gras celebration.

For more information call 760-602-2055 or visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org

Community Garden Club
Jano Nightingale, Master Gardener
Tuesdays, April 2 – 30
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
April is National Garden Month so celebrate with us by helping us to grow and develop the Senior Garden bed in the Pine Community Garden. Haven’t visited yet? Join this free garden club and explore all the health benefits of gardening while enjoying nature outdoors. Garden bed is a higher, age-friendly design and the club will plant warm weather crops to include tomatoes, peppers, basil and lettuce. The goal of the garden club is to share produce with club members while inspiring and encouraging members to grow at home. Limited space available.
Emergency Preparedness and “Go-Bag” Starter Kit Giveaway Event
David Harrison, City of Carlsbad Fire Department
Mike McMahon, Carlsbad Community Response Team (CERT) Volunteer
Tuesday, April 16
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Are you ready for the next natural disaster or emergency evacuation? The City of Carlsbad Senior Center, in partnership with the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing, invites Carlsbad seniors to participate in this free Senior Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Starter Kit Giveaway Event. Participants will learn about types of emergencies, how to make their own plan and what the community is doing to prepare. The first 80 seniors who register and attend will receive a free emergency “go-bag” starter kit. Limited space available.
Download and View (Mostly) Everything Google Knows About You
Dr. Sherman E. DeForest, Group Leader of CTUG
Thursday, April 18
10 – 11:30 a.m.
What data about you does Google collect? Can you access it? Internet searching is necessary, but it leaves trails which are used for commercial purposes. Is that good or bad? We will explore information Google stores about you, and we will demonstrate downloading a copy of personal information and display it in a meaningful way.
Dr. DeForest chairs the Carlsbad Technology Users Group and is Chair of the Library Board of Trustees.
Seaside Singers Spring Concerts
Wednesday, April 24 & Thursday, April 25
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This 35-member mixed chorus is directed by Jeff Sell, who is assisted by accompanist Violeta Petrova and bassist Mark Phelps. This year’s program will feature not only medleys from The Sound of Music and West Side Story, but also solo performances including patriotic music and several memories from the past.
Aging in Place: VA Aid & Attendance and 2019 Updates 101 Mobility
Tuesday, April 30
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for this monthly series, held the last Tuesday of each month, which offers insights from professionals who share their expertise concerning specific aspects of how to age in place successfully.
Who qualifies for VA aid & attendance? The VA changed their rules. Come find out which veterans and surviving spouses qualify for benefits under the new rules. Those with assets can still qualify. Come learn when the timing is best for asset protection and applying for benefits. Presented by Angela McGlasson.
Project Dulce Diabetes Classes
Scripps Encinitas Hospital
Wednesdays, May 1-29
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Do you ever ask yourself what am I able to eat? What can I do to better control my blood sugar? This free five-class series will teach you how to manage your diabetes and stay healthy as well as:
  • How to prevent and treat high blood sugar
  • How to choose the best meals and exercise for you
  • How your medications work and how to use them safely
  • How to share information and get support from others like you
Join us for these free, informational classes taught by Shirley Saenz, Scripps Diabetes Health Educator MA, starting May 1.
Presenter Shelley Murasko is thoroughly familiar with Morningstar’s mutual fund investment education resources and bases her lectures on this content. Area residents have free access to this Morningstar guidance through Carlsbad City Libraries’ online database. Each weekly class examines the changing monthly information. All classes are from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
April 15: Category Fund of the Month
April 22: Morningstar Fund Investing Basics
April 29: The Morningstar Monthly Reader
City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department, 799 Pine Avenue, Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008


  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.

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