Upcoming Local Events – Del Mar Times

The children’s book author will host a story time event on April 30 at Flower Hill Promenade

Come join Millicent as she experiences weird and wonderful adventures, making new friends along the way. “Weird Millicent” author and illustrator Mel Clarkston will host a story hour and book signing at Flower Hill Promenade on Saturday, April 30, outside The Creative Collective on the first floor.

Reading and story time begin at 1 p.m. The event is free and books will be available for purchase afterwards. Weird and wonderful refreshments will be served. For more information, message the Weird Millicent FB page or call: (619) 218-1993. Visit weirdmillicent.com.

A conference on the famous aristocrat and WWII spy will be held virtually on April 28

Best-selling author Michelle Gable will be the guest speaker at the event

A discussion of The Bookseller’s Secret, a historical fiction novel about literary icon Nancy Mitford will be held virtually with the author at 2 p.m. on April 28. The discussion is co-sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections’ Page Turners and the Del Mar Library’s Book Discussion Group. Michelle Gable, best-selling author and local resident, will be the featured guest and will discuss her story about Mitford, the WWII aristocrat, author, bookseller and spy.

Registration is mandatory. Those interested in participating will find the registration link at dmcc.cc/calendar, or they can call the DMCC office at (858) 792-7565 for assistance.

Gable is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer and The Summer I Met Jack. She attended the College of William & Mary and spent 20 years working in finance before becoming a full-time writer. She grew up in San Diego and lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Find her on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, @mgablewriter.

The Solana Beach Historical Society is hosting an April 29 meeting on native bees

Did you know there are over 600 species of bees native to San Diego County? And that most of them nest underground? Can you guess what could be the biggest threat to their health and existence?

The answer might surprise you! Learn more about the incredible diversity of native bees at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, when the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and the SeaWeeders Garden Club host pollination researcher and ecologist Dillon Travis at the La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. Center.

Travis will take a break from his field studies to share his expertise on the diversity and importance of native bees to the ecosystem – and to food! He holds a doctorate. Kohn Lab candidate, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego. This spring, Travis studied bees in remote parts of Southern California (where M*A*S*H and Planet of the Apes were previously filmed). “I conduct field research in the Santa Monica Mountains, where honey bees are present, and on Santa Cruz Island, where honey bees were eradicated 20 years ago. This allows us to study the impact of the presence or absence of honey bees on the diversity and abundance of native bees.

This in-person meeting is the first general gathering of Society members since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic. The session will be videotaped for future replay from the News and Events section of the Society’s website, sb-chs.org

North Coast Rep Presents ‘An Evening With Groucho

Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed New York and London stage performance in honor of one of America’s greatest comedians, Groucho Marx. You’ll feel like Groucho is back, as Ferrante sings, dances and performs classic routines in “An Evening with Groucho” on the North Coast Rep Stage, May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.

The two-act comedy features Groucho’s finest one-liners, stories, routines and songs, including “Hooray for Captain Spalding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience becomes part of the show as Ferrante works his way through the performance in beautiful Groucho style. Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film in a “nothing less than masterful” way (Chicago Tribune) and rediscovers to the public the humor of the Harpo brothers, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, WC Fields and Marx foil Margaret Dumont. “An Evening with Groucho” is a show perfect for all ages. Dreya Weber conducts with the accompaniment of Gerald Sternbach.

An Evening with Groucho will be performed at the North Coast Repertory Theatre: 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Solana Beach, 92075. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.northcoastrep.org or at the box office: (858) 481-1055.

Del Mar Antiques + Art + Design Show Returns to Fairgrounds

The Del Mar Antiques + Art + Design Show produced by Dolphin Promotions will return to Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on April 29-30 and May 1. The show will feature 75 quality exhibitors from California and the United States. Assessments will be offered. by experienced and knowledgeable experts in the antiques industry to all customers who wish to bring items with them to the show. There is a $5 fee per item for appraisals.

Exhibitors at the show will display a wide range of quality antiques including fine antique furniture, silverware, paintings, bronzes, weapons, porcelain, Asian antiques, antique jewelry and watches and estate, pottery, lighting, crystal, prints, oriental rugs, rare books, textiles, posters, toys, dolls, vintage designer clothing and accessories and more.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit www.delmarantiques.com for more information.

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