Some upcoming events in coastal North County:
The city of Carlsbad hosts the EGGStravaganza Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Community Park. Carlsbad’s largest egg hunt features races for kids to collect candy-filled eggs and other fun activities. Kids are divided into age groups. Activity cards and wristbands are available for purchase at the event for $6. For more information call 760-434-2843.
The city of Encinitas presents its annual Easter Egg Hunt Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Encinitas Community Park at 425 Santa Fe Drive. Three egg hunts take place at 10:15, 11 and 11:45, with ages 4 and up on the upper field and 5 and up on the lower field. In addition to 20,000 eggs for the kids to collect, the event this year features two live music shows from Hullabaloo at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Free children’s activities will be hosted by the city of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department. Please bring your own basket or bag for eggs. Limited parking is available on-site at the park. Auxiliary parking is available at the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas lower parking lots, accessed off of Devonshire Drive. For more event information call 760-633-2740.
Legendary reggae band Toots & the Maytals will play the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8. 21 and up. Tickets are $47 to $49. For more information contact the Belly Up Tavern at www.bellyup.com.
The City of Carlsbad is partnering with The Ecology Center to host a series of hands-on composting workshops this spring. Composting turns organic waste, including food scraps, leaves and grass trimmings, into organic fertilizer. Participation is free for Carlsbad residents. Registration is required. 10 a.m. to noon, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road. For more information contact the city’s Recycling & Trash staff at 760-602-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Open Studios at the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. This free event takes place all day. It’s an all-ages art-making event for the whole family. Tour the art gallery and then create art with the help of professional art educators and talented volunteers. Take home your completed art project. For more information call 760-602-2090.
The city of Carlsbad Watershed Protection Program, in partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego, is hosting a Creek to Bay cleanup site on April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Tamarack State Beach. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, reusable buckets (for collecting trash), and water bottles. Registration opens April 1, at www.creektobay.org. The cleanup event is April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Tamarack State Beach.
MiraCosta College Physics Instructor Jonathan Cole will address the current state of the climate change debate, and offer options to explore for the future, in an Oceanside Public Library program, “Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here?” at 10:00 a.m., at the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, in downtown Oceanside. For those who wonder how to move forward and deal with climate change in a time of rising temperatures and political polarization, Cole brings academic expertise to the topic. He has taught physics at MiraCosta since 1984, and began teaching an introductory course on climate change in 2013. Cole was a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has done graduate work in Climate Science at Scripps. This is a free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more information call (760) 435-5600 for more information on this event or visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, the 1960s super group behind such hits as “How Can I Be Sure,” “Groovin’” and “Good Lovin’,” will be at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach for a 21 and up concert. Doors open at 7 p.m; the show starts at 8. Tickets are $38 to $40. For more information contact the Belly Up Tavern at www.bellyup.com.
Pirate Plunge, sponsored by the city of Carlsbad, offers kids a variety of pirate-themed activities at the Alga Norte Aquatic Center. Come dressed in a swimsuit and enjoy the fun, swashbuckling activities which include diving for treasure, cannonball crush, hook it, ship raider race and more. Dry activities will include a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide, a tropical bounce house and photo opportunities. The fun goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ends with a special movie presentation of “The Wild Life” on a giant outdoor movie screen. Enjoy dinner at the Dive In Grill which is open during the event. The menu includes made-to-order grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, shaved ice, ice cream and other items. Tickets are $10 each. For more information visit the city website at www.carlsbadconnect.org, keyword search “Pirate Plunge,” or call 760-268-4777.
The 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art will be held on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ODA is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more. The festival, which is offered free to the public, has live stage performances, children’s and adult’s hands on art activities, street chalk artist, painting and sculpture demonstrations, and a delicious variety of food choices in the food court. Oceanside Days of Art is held at the corner of Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside. Visitors can purchase a variety of food usually ranging from Hunter Steak House to Mariposa Homemade Ice Cream at ODA’s food court. Hundreds of pieces of art by high school students from Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista will be on display at the Oceanside Photo and Telescope’s OPT Underground Gallery at 918 Mission Avenue as part of the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League’s annual High School Art Show, with its grand conclusion through Oceanside Days of Art. The free exhibition, promoted by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, features paintings, mixed media, graphics, ceramics, photography, and sculpture. For more information visit www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art/.