North County community happenings

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Grace Anglican Church in Oceanside was among the area congregations whose members were evacuated in the recent Lilac fire. The congregation saw an opportunity to assist fire victims by donating a pickup truck load of canned goods and rehydrating drinks to The Salvation Army for distribution. “If we all give a little, the benefit would be a lot,” said Grace’s pastor, the Rev. Bill Mugford (right). John Lipnicke (left), one of the church’s leaders, said, “We can all make a huge difference when we pool our resources.” The church is collecting furniture and appliance donations for future distribution. The congregation meets at 4055 Oceanside Blvd. Visit graceanglicanchurch.com.

CARLSBAD

Chess group meets Tuesday at center

The Carlsbad Senior Center’s weekly Chess Group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Play is informal and all skill levels are welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and there is no charge. Participants need not be a Carlsbad resident. The center is at 799 Pine Ave. Visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 602-4650.

ESCONDIDO

Library hosts photo exhibit through Jan. 31

The Escondido Public Library hosts an exhibit, “HOME: A Living Archive,” through Jan. 31 at the library’s Pioneer Room, 247 S. Kalmia St. The exhibition documents the experiences of adult students in the Read Succeed Adult Literacy program. The display includes photographs and narratives of learners as they reflect on Escondido and the meaning of “home.” The exhibit is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends and the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services. Call (760) 839-4315.

Legal aid provided for seniors Wednesdays

Senior Service Council, Escondido provides legal aid and notary service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Advice is given on wills, trusts, divorce, landlord relations, and other general legal issues. Free notary services are available. Register at (760) 480-0611.

Better Breathers group to hold meeting Jan. 10

The Better Breathers Club meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Senior Service Council, Escondido building, 728 Broadway. The support group is sponsored by the American Lung Association and is intended for people with respiratory problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and emphysema. Topics include an update on lung disease treatment, medications, respiratory equipment as well as psychological aspects of lung disease, nutrition, exercise and breathing techniques. Visit escondido-senior-services.org.

Holiday Food for Fines Program ends Sunday

The Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs through Sunday. The program allows library patrons to clear up to $20 in fines from their accounts. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido, which distributes the food to needy families throughout North County. Nonperishable items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces and peanut butter credit up to $1 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired or damaged items are not accepted. All patrons are invited to bring donations to the library, 239 S. Kalmia St. Call (760) 839-4613 or visit library.escondido.org.

Community center

to reopen Tuesday

Because of the city of Escondido’s observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway, is closed through Monday and will reopen Tuesday for normal business hours. For information, call (760) 839-4382 or visit recreation.escondido.org.

OCEANSIDE

History of San Onofre, surfing focus of talk

A presentation on the history of San Onofre, the birthplace of California surf culture, is set for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway. The presentation by Milford Wayne Donaldson looks at San Onofre and the history of surfing, including its influence on Camp Pendleton. Donaldson was appointed by former President Barack Obama as chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2010. He was the California State Historic Preservation Officer from 2004-2012. Donaldson grew up in Oceanside and surfed San Onofre starting in the 1950s. Call (760) 435-5600.

Second public scoping meeting on EIR slated

The city of Oceanside will conduct a second public scoping meeting on the Environmental Impact Report for the North River Farms Planned Development at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Melba Bishop Recreation Center, 5306 N. River Road. A previous scoping meeting was held Dec. 13. Due to the recent Lilac fire, the city is scheduling a second meeting to allow those affected by the fire an additional opportunity to participate in the scoping process. The response period will be extended an additional two weeks concluding on Jan. 30. Visit bit.ly/2BLuPQO or call (760) 435-3563.

Grief support series

to begin Thursday

A 13-week GriefShare series for anyone who lost a friend or loved one begins Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, 2001 E. El Camino Real. Each week covers a topic of grief, and people may begin attending at any point in the series. Cost of $15 includes the workbook. Group meetings are either from 3 to 5 p.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register at (760) 330-9499.

MiraCosta starts Emergency Relief Fund

The MiraCosta College Foundation has created an Emergency Relief Fund to help members of the MiraCosta community whose lives have been turned upside down by the recent wildfires. Visit giving.miracosta.edu/campaigns/emergency-relief.

SAN MARCOS

City hosting hike

to Blue Bird Canyon

The city of San Marcos hosts a hike from Las Posas Park to Blue Bird Canyon on Jan. 6. This 7-mile hike will explore the Second San Diego Aqueduct north from Las Posas Road to Buena Creek Road and then head east along the Lake Wohlford Flume that transports water from Lake Wohlford to the Pechstein Reservoir at Blue Bird Canyon Road. There will be 580 feet of elevation gain. Meet at 8:30 am at Cerro de Las Posas Park, 1387 West Borden Road. Visit san-marcos.net.

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