Vietnam veterans gather in Oceanside ... community events
Linda McIntoshContact Reporter
PHOTO: More than 350 attendees gathered at the inaugural Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration at the Veterans Association of North County resource center in Oceanside. The event was one of a series of commemorative National Vietnam War Veterans Day services across the country honoring Vietnam veterans. The event was sponsored by Hospice of the North Coast and VANC. From left: VANC President and founder Chuck Atkinson, Vice President Michael Walsh, and master of ceremonies and Vietnam veteran John âStrykerâ Meyer.
Interact with reptiles
at free presentat ion
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and local herpetologist Jeff Nordland will host a free interactive presentation on local habitats, how they affect herps and why herps are necessary from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom, 3201 Via De La Valle. Participants can get up close to the reptiles. Call (858) 755-6956. Register at herphangout.eventbrite.com.
Concert features works of female composers
A free concert featuring the lesser-known music of female composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The program features Eileen Wingard, violin sonata by Amy Beach; Lynne Becker, flute sonata by Mel Bonis; Monique Kunewalder and Lerina Chmura, Waltzes for Piano Four-Hands by Mel Bonis; and Alexandre Annen, mezzo soprano, songs by Nadia Boulanger and Amy Beach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic c lub to endorse candidates
The Fallbrook Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Hilltop Center, 331 East Elder St. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. At this Special Endorsement Session, club members, who are registered Democrats, will vote to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office in several key Democratic primary races where state party delegates were unable to reach a consensus on which candidate to back. These races include governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate. Pros and cons of the candidates will be discussed prior to voting. Visit fallbrookdemocrats.org.
Full Moon Hike
at lagoon Sunday
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy hosts a free Full Moon Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the 1.7-mile Dust Devil Nature Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Directions will be provided on registration at form.jotform.us/614461 50600141.
Writing contest open
to kids in grades K-3
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories â" fiction, nonfiction, poetry or prose â" and must include at least five colorful illustrations. New this year is a separate category for the best illustrations that accompany a story. The entry period ends Friday. Entry forms are available online at pbssocal.org/writerscontest.
YMCA launches 75th anniversary campaign
The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton has a launched its 75th anniversary fundraising campaign to benefit deployment support, family and youth programs and single service member assistance. For information, call (760) 655-4058 or email email@example.com.
76th District candidate forum set Wednesday
A California 76th Assembly District Candidate Forum is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MiraCosta Collegeâ s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, in the Student Center Cafeteria (Building 3400). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Candidates will briefly discuss their positions on issues and take written questions submitted by the audience. Call (760) 795-6612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
to perform Sunday
Palomar Collegeâs percussion, saxophone and brass ensembles will perform a âBetter Togetherâ concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Howard Brubeck Theatre, 1140 W. Mission Road. The ensembles are directed by Heather Barclay and Paul Kurokawa. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For tickets, visit palomarperforms.com/event/better-together or call (760) 214-9109.
Secretary of State candidate to speak
Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federatedâs May 7 meeting features small-business legal advocate Mark Meuser, an entrepreneur and small-business owner who is running for California secretar y of state. The meeting starts with social time at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 11:30 a.m at St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive. Cost is $27. For reservations, make check payable to Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated by Thursday; $5 surcharge after Thursday. Call (760) 744-0953.
topic of meeting
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave. The event is free to the public; coffee and pastries will be provided. The guest speaker will be Jonathan King-Cretot, who has expertise in human trafficking and is the case manager for the services at the North County Resource Center, which advocates for employment, Social Security, housing, welfare issues and other benefits for members of the LGBT community. Email email@example.com or visit soroptimistvista.org.
Church to hold