The environment, culture, and kids doing amazing things in the community are all on tap in this April 26-28 weekend guide.
The City of San Diego will host the first citywide Arbor Day event in Balboa Park Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free celebration will begin with a large volunteer project to plant nearly 100 new native and drought tolerant trees throughout the west mesa of the park. After the volunteer event, the park will host a variety of activities including live music, garden tours, a wildlife talk, a scavenger hunt and a pop-up nature play area. For a full list of activities and times, visit www.sandiego.gov/arbordayevent.
Arbor Day is also being celebrated at Civita, the growing urban neighborhood in Mission Valley, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The free event includes music by dance band Backstage Pass, an interactive exhibition of exotic birds, and a bounce house and petting zoo for children. The event takes place at Civita Park, which is located at the intersection of Civita Boulevard and Russell Park Way. Guests are invited to bring a blanket, beach chairs and picnic, or select from a lineup of food trucks.
Opening Friday, San Diego Junior Theatre presents Seussical, featuring characters and stories based on Dr. Seuss childhood favorites like “Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” Directed by Susan Jordan DeLeon, musically directed by William Ah Sing and choreographed by Marc Caro, Seussical showcases San Diego performers, musicians and technicians all ranging in age from 8 to 18. The production runs through May 12 at Balboa Park’s historic Casa del Prado Theatre. Showtime Friday is 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 – $16; discounts are available for seniors, military and season subscribers. For tickets and more information, visit www.juniortheatre.com or call the box office at 619-239-8355.
Little Saigon Stories
A free community event will be held in San Diego’s Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District along El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to commemorate the final installation of Little Saigon Stories, a multi-media art project honoring San Diego’s Vietnamese-American community. The event will also include walking tours (10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.) and restaurant tours of the Little Saigon District as well as a postcard-writing station for the international community art project PostSecret. For more information about Little Saigon Stories, click here.
NAMI 5K Walk/Run
Thousands of people will gather Saturday to raise awareness about mental illness by taking part in the annual NAMI San Diego 5K Walk/Run and HHSA Wellness Expo. Organized by the County Health and Human Services Agency and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this year’s walk/run will take place from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma. The event is free and open to the public. Pets are also welcome. You can register or make a donation here.
Creek to Bay Clean Up
The City of Carlsbad Watershed Protection Program is hosting a Creek to Bay Clean Up event Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Haymar Drive in Carlsbad. Participation is free. Advanced registration is encouraged but walk-ups are welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, reusable buckets (for collecting trash) and water bottles. Creek to Bay Cleanup events are held in partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego.
Goodbye Golden Rule
A farewell picnic for the Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat will be held Saturday, 1-3 p.m., at the Yokohama Friendship Bell, 1500 Shelter Island Drive, as crews prepare to embark on a Pacific Voyage that will take them to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa, Korea and Japan. The boat will arrive in Japan in time for the August 2020 75th anniversary commemorations of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace, has been sailing up and down the West Coast for nearly four years, and has been based in San Diego since September. For more information, visit www.vfpgoldenrule.org.
Teddy Bear Fun Run
The Junior League of San Diego is hosting its first-ever “Teddy Bear Fun Run”— a family friendly 5K that takes place Sunday at De Anza Cove along Mission Bay. Every runner is encouraged to bring a new teddy bear that will be donated to children at various mission-based organizations supported by the JLSD. The event begins at 7:30 a.m., 3000 N. Mission Bay Drive. For more information, visit www.jlsd.org/category/events/
Oceanside Earth Festival
Oceanside’s annual “Earth Festival” returns Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Pier View Way and Tremont Street in downtown. This year’s themes will focus on a sustainable food system, zero waste, water conservation, watershed protection and climate action. The Earth Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore more than 100 booths and vendors to learn ways to increase sustainability efforts, peruse the vintage market to find upcycled items from environmentally conscious businesses, discover and taste Oceanside’s local food and enjoy live local bands with music from Jesse Lozano with Star 94.1 FM. Kids can do arts and crafts, explore a mini recycling truck, and learn how to save water, recycle and become a steward of the great outdoors at the Kids-Eco Zone. For more information about this free event, visit www.greenoceanside.org.