Saturday, February 11, 2006 | An organic experience. Join the Solana Center, 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas as they host a free home composting workshop to teach participants about the basics of recycling yard and food waste into valuable soil essentials to grow healthy plants. The workshop begins at 11 a.m. Call (760) 436-7986 ext 216 for more details or to reserve your place.

Blissfully hearty fun. Macy’s School of Cooking,1555 Camino de la Renta, invites you to join them for Heart Happy Recipes from noon to 1:30 p.m. Attendees can participate in a cooking demo of black bean enchiladas, pineapple coleslaw and chocolate crackle cloud cookies with Mexican spiced hot chocolate, while learning more on healthy hearts. The cost is $10 a person.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Relic finds. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park welcomes you to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday and a world of evolution as they host a book launch and lecture for Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert. The free event begins at 1 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. For more information call (760) 767-4205.

New Year affair. The San Diego Chinese Center invites you to celebrate the Chinese New Year at their free 24th Annual Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Faire, Third Ave. at J Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shin-dig will feature lucky lion and dragon dancers, martial arts performances, Chinese acrobats, activities for children, Asian cuisine and more. For more information visit

Monday, Feb. 13

Get snazzy for jazzy. Jazz88.3 requests your presence at the Air Conditioned Lounge, 4673 30th Street, as their DJ Sachamo spins and jams along with a live musician beginning at 9 p.m. For details visit

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Voyage in history. Join the San Diego Natural History Museums, 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, as they take a Journey to New Worlds while exploring the Vikings on the big screen. The film explores both the cultural and historical impacts of the Viking culture along with their scientific achievements. Call (619) 232-3821 for more.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Senior showcase. Amazing photos, moments captured and more will be on display as Senior Citizens Services hosts a Senior Citizen Art Show, running today through Feb. 24 at city’s Administration Building, 202 C Street. The event will begin daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with prizes for winning shots.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Of violence and intrigue. Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla, are excited to announce mystery author Robert Ferrigno will be in to discuss his latest book, Prayers for the Assassin at 7:30 p.m. The author will be discussing his book which is set in the year 1940, as the story takes place during a time of nuclear wastelands, a divided nation and the question, what would happen to America if the terrorists won?

Volunteer and Goodwill Opportunities

Aid friends of furballs. The Animal Protection and Rescue League has opened the doors to its first thrift store to support animal rights and is looking for volunteers to help in the store, promote the store by e-mail and to donate old clothes. Interested individuals are asked to contact the league at (619) 299-0191.

Seeking science and tech enthusiasts. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, is looking for interested individuals who would like to volunteer their time. They will be hosting a new volunteer information session on Feb. 25 beginning promptly at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Kim Vukasovich by Feb. 17 at (619) 238-1233.

– Betsy Lopez Fritscher, Voice Editorial Assistant

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