PHOTO: Helen Woodward Animal Center’s ninth annual Puppy Love 5K raised $72,000 for the nonprofit’s programs to help orphaned pets until they get adopted. The event presented by Blue Buffalo with support from the Petco Foundation drew hundreds of participants to the Embarcadero downtown. The fundraiser included a 5K run and 5K walk, canine costume contest, food and interactive information booths. Pictured are participants. Visit animalcenter.org.
Representatives of the Escondido Union School District will speak during the next Escondido Democratic Club meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Ave. Michael Taylor, assistant superintendent of business services, and Russ Decker, director of facilities planning and construction, will speak about the progress of implementing the EUSD’s bond program. Slides and videos will show the facilities, technology infrastructure, and school site safety improvements already completed or under design and construction. Visit escondidodems.org.
Garden opens for tour, permaculture class
The Finch Frolic Garden opens its doors for a two-hour tour and introduction to permaculture class from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at 390 Vista del Indio. Cost is $15, $5 for ages 6-10 and free for children younger than 5. Reserve at email@example.com or visit vegetariat.com.
AAUW branch to hold public policy forum
The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women will present a public policy forum and call to fact-cased action from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The forum will feature a panel of speakers including Kathy Harper, group president, speaking on AAUW-CA Public Policy Priorities for 2018-2020; Anne Omsted, president of the League of Women Voters of North County, speaking on the Make It Fair Initiative endorsed by LWVCA to fund schools by revising Proposition 13; Jennifer Lonbom, activist with Never Again California speaking on how to create a movement on an issue like gun violence/gun control; and Elizabeth Brady, director of Voter Service, LWVNC, speaking on how to get out the vote and changes in voting procedures. Visit delmarleucadia-ca.aauw.net.
Golf to support early childhood education
The Escondido Community Child Development Center will hold its fifth annual golf classic with a tee off/shotgun start at 1 p.m. April 20 at Twins Oaks Golf Course, 1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided. The format is four-player scramble. There will also be a putting contest, silent auctions, a dinner, raffle and awards. Cost is $500 per foursome and $125 for an individual player. The ECCDC provides a early childhood education, development and health programs for children 4 months to 5 years of age at little or no cost, and to low-income families. Proceeds from the event will benefit its infant/toddler and preschool programs. Reserve at (760) 535-5160 or (760) 839-9361, ext. 111, or visit eccdc.com.
Retired Marine to speak at DAR meeting
The Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet for a breakfast buffet and presentation at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way. Chapter member Marianne Waldrop will talk about the research and interviews that she has done on the 11 women who became generals in the United States Marine Corps. Waldrop is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and did this research as her doctoral thesis. Visit santamargarita.californiadar.org.
Railroad society to hold swap meet, train show
The North County Model Railroad Society will hold a swap meet and train show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Oceanside Railroad Museum in Heritage Village Park, 230 Peyri Drive. Proceeds will help support refurbishing the children’s train layout where kids of all ages are able to operate model trains every Saturday. The train show will include free clinics on improving model railroading skills. The society’s large historically based model railroad that portrays railroad operations in San Diego County will be in operation during the event. Admission and parking are free. Visit ncmrs.org or call (760) 803-3627.
Tree planting event celebrates Arbor Day
The city of Oceanside has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. In honor of Arbor Day and this recent recognition, the city’s Public Works Department will hold a tree planting event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Ditmar Street. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, be sure to arrive at the address and time above or contact (760) 435-5208 for information.
The San Marcos Historical Society is offering a genealogy class, “Interpreting Ancestry.com DNA Results,” taught by genealogist Julie Miller from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Park, 1952 Sycamore Ave. Cost is $15. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 743-8591.
Campaign team to speak to club Saturday
The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will host Ammar Campa-Najjar and his campaign team from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Discovery Elementary School, 730 Applewilde Drive. Campa-Najjar was a team member of the successful presidential campaign for former President Barack Obama. Visit lsmdem.org or call (760) 752-1035.
Free shred/recycle event set for Saturday
The city of San Marcos and EDCO will hold a free paper shredding and electronic waste collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road. The event will take place in student parking lot 14 on Mission Road. Participants are limited to two banker’s boxes (10-by-12-by-15 inch) per household. Items that can be shredded include legal documents, medical records, financial statements, accounting records, personnel files, audits, bank statements, tax records, receipts/invoices, canceled checks and business plans. Unwanted electronics will also be collected including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines and VCRs. No household hazardous waste material will be accepted. The event will be set up as a drive-thru and drop-off event. Documents will be shredded on-site. Call (760) 744-2700.
Trio to perform WWII-era music
Friends of the Valley Center Library will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the library, 29200 Cole Grade Road. Following a brief business meeting, the musical group Sweethearts of Swing will perform. This trio of singers perform music by the Andrews Sisters from the era of World War II. Visit vcfol.org.
You can make a difference in a local teen’s life by donating a gently used formal gown during the annual prom dress drive and gown giveaway, sponsored by the Princess Project. Dresses can be dropped off through Sunday at any San Diego County library. Branches will accept gently used formal gowns that are less than five years old and in good condition. All sizes and styles are needed. Teens can then pick out dresses and accessories between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 21 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. Teens who are interested can sign up for the giveaway at (760) 643-5100 or visit princessprojectsd.org.
JANELLE WERTHMANN & LINDA MCINTOSH U-T