Community events in San Diego County: From Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade to Fourth of July Carnival (2024)

CARLSBAD

Author of California Native Landscape gives talk

Batiquitos Lagoon hosts a free presentation at 10 a.m. July 13 on “Living with Native Plants” led by Greg Rubin, author of “The California Native Landscape.” Rubin will discuss the design, installation and maintenance of native ecology in a garden. This family-friendly event is open to ages 15 and older. Meet at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane. Registration is required at batiquitoslagoon.org.

Star Spangled Sisters to sing at mall

The Forum Carlsbad Discovery Days, a free summer series for all ages, kicks off from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 5 with an Independence Day Celebration in the garden area near the Yeti store at the mall, 1923 Calle Barcelona. Highlights include vocal performances by the Star Spangled Sisters and an airplane-making craft with a pilot. Adult supervision is required. Visit theforumcarlsbad.com.

CHULA VISTA

‘Hot Bands, Cool Cars and Family Fun’

The Summer Sundays “Hot Bands, Cool Cars and Family Fun” is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through July 28 featuring a different band and car club every week at Village Walk at Eastlake, 884 Eastlake Parkway. There will be food and product samples from Village Walk businesses and activities for kids, including free craft activities, balloon sculptures and face painting. Visit shopvillagewalk.com/special-events.

CORONADO

Independence Day Parade

Coronado’s Independence Day Parade is from 10 a.m. to noon July 4 heading south on Orange Avenue, beginning at First Street and Orange and ending at Churchill Place and Ocean Boulevard. Pre-parade entertainment is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Orange Avenue.

Concerts in the park July 4

Several concerts will be held July 4 at Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave. A Public Kids Concert is from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. with Katleen Dugas performing children’s songs. The Coronado Concert Band will perform a Patriotic Concert from 4 to 5 p.m., and a public concert featuring The Mighty Untouchables is from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Visit coronadofourthofjuly.com/schedule.

Crown City Classic race takes off July 4

The Crown City Classic 12K & 5K Run is from 7 to 9 a.m. July 4, starting and finishing at Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. Register at crowncityrun.com.

DEL MAR

Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby

The Burn Institute’s Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby presented by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7 inside the Del Mar Arena, at the San Diego Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Highlights include firefighting demonstrations and the Firefighter Demo Derby. The event kicks off with the Burn Run Parade made up of fire engines and apparatus trucks. visitburninstitute.org.

EL CAJON

Star Spangled Extravaganza at park

The city’s Star Spangled Extravaganza will feature free live entertainment with a DJ and family games starting at 3 p.m. July 4 at Kennedy Park, 1675 E. Madison Ave., with fireworks at 9 p.m. Pack a picnic. Visit elcajon.gov or call (619) 441-1676.

Cajon Classic Cruise Show continues

The Cajon Classic Cruise Car Show continues from 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 3 at Magnolia Avenue and Main Street. The event features classic cars and typically draws crowds from across Southern California. This week’s theme is Off Road Madness. There are restaurants along the street to grab a bite. Visit downtownelcajon.com/cajon-classic-cruise-car-shows.

Fortunate Son to perform at promenade

A free concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. July 5 featuring Fortunate Son at the Prescott Promenade, 200 E. Main St. The concert series, known as Dinner & a Concert, runs Fridays through Sept. 27. Visit downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert-shows.

ENCINITAS

Free concert July 7 at library

The Friends of the Encinitas Library hosts Missy Anderson in a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. July 7 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Anderson is known for her blues and Americana-inspired guitar work and gospel-tinged vocals. She has performed at prestigious venues in Europe and North America. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org.

ESCONDIDO

Tech tutoring offered for seniors

The Senior Service Council Escondido, 728 N. Broadway, is taking reservations for smartphone and computer tutoring. Fee is $5 per hour for one-on-one tutoring for personal computers, tablets and smartphones (iPhone and Android). Appointments are required at (760) 480-0611.

Arts center hosts free concerts,fireworks

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts free outdoor concerts July 4-7 with food vendors on the Great Green at Grape Day Park, 321 Broadway. The concert on July 4 features Daring Greatly, Ian Moore and the Navy Band Southwest’s 32nd Street Brass Band and festivities from 4 to 10 p.m. The event culminates in the fireworks display at 9 p.m., which can be seen from central Escondido. There will be food trucks, an artisan market and games along with craft beer. Visit artcenter.org/event/59th-annual-independence-day-festival.

Art group puts on July exhibit; entries sought

The Escondido Art Association puts on its July exhibit, themed “Outer Limits: Art from the Great Beyond” from July 10-Aug. 2 at the EAA Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave. Take-in of art for the exhibit will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 at the gallery. Artists are encouraged to use oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and mixed media. There is a limit of three pieces per artist per month. A free Live Art Demo will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The gallery reception for the show will be from 4 to 6 p.m. July 13 at the EAA Gallery. Visit escondidoartassociation.org.

FALLBROOK

Rotary hosts pancake breakfast, festivities

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook puts on its annual pancake breakfast and celebration from 8 to 11 a.m. July 4 at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Tickets are $12; $5 for children ages 4-12; free, ages 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit community programs. A dog show is from 11 a.m. to noon and a Fourth of July celebration is from noon to 3 p.m. with live music, entertainment, including ballet folklorico, a display of fire and police vehicles, and food vendors. Visit fallbrookrotary.org.

JULIAN

Parade honors school district

Julian’s parade starts at noon July 4 on Main Street and is themed “Soar Like an Eagle,” recognizing the Julian Union High School District as the grand marshal. Attendees can join in carrying a huge American flag down Main Street before the start of the parade. Pre-parade activities start at 9:30 a.m., including a western re-enactment, musical performances and pie-eating contests. The flyover by vintage aircraft will be at noon to kick off the parade. After the parade, there will be a deep-pit barbecue, live music and dancing at the American Legion. Visit the Julian Town Hall for the Julian Woman’s Club Quilt Show; shops will be open. Visitors should come early to find parking near Main Street, which will be closed after 9 a.m. Visit julianparade.com.

LAKESIDE

Library puts on Christmas in July

The nonprofit Lakeside Friends of the Library celebrates “Christmas In July” with special sales during July.

July 1-6: Wear red, white and blue and get one book free withthe purchase of one of equal value or less.

July 1-13: Buy a cookbook and get two free.

July 15-20: Buy one, get one free to mark national Give Something Away Day. (Pens and magnets also sold.)

July 22-27: All Western-themed books and movies will be 50 percent off in honor of Day of the Cowboy.

July 29-Aug 3: Paperbacks by selected authors will be three for $1 in honor of National Paperback Day.

The bookstore at 12428 Woodside Ave. is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The store is closed July 4. Visit lakesidecafriends.org.

NATIONAL CITY

Fourth of July Carnival returns

The National City Lions Club hosts its annual Fourth of July Carnival from July 3-7 at Kimball Park, 12th and D streets, with fireworks at the park at 9 p.m. July 6. The carnival, featuring food, rides and games, is open from 5 to 11 p.m. July 3, 1 to 11 p.m. July 4, 5 to 11 p.m. July 5 and 1 to 11 p.m. July 6-7. Visit nationalcityca.gov.

OCEANSIDE

Veterans group meets Monday

The Veterans Association of North County’s veterans advisory committee meets from noon to 1 p.m. July 1 in the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. The speakers include Talia Gaytan, program manager of Zero8Hundred, which helps service members transitioning to civilian life; Holly Shaffner, director of public relations for Honor Flight San Diego; and Nina Ridgley, regional career development coordinator for Home Builders Institute’s transitioning military and veteran program. The community is welcome. Visit vanc.me.

Library offers summer lunch program

The Oceanside Public Library offers a free Lunch at the Library program this summer for kids up to age 18 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, and from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Landes Community Center Library, 2855 Cedar Road, and Joe Balderrama Park, 709 San Diego St. Visit oceansidelibrary.org.

Yankee Doodle boat parade July 4

The annual Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade starts at 1 p.m. July 4 in the Oceanside Harbor at the Oceanside Yacht Club and continues on to the south end of the harbor. Decorate a patriotic dinghy 12 feet and under and enter the parade. Trophies will be awarded. Register at the skippers meeting at 10 a.m. July 4 at the yacht club, 1950 Harbor Drive North. Entry fee is $5. Call (760) 722-5751 or visit oceansideyc.net.

Music, food, fireworks show at church

Live music, food vendors and bounce houses, face painting and a free raffle will be from 7 to 10 p.m. July 3 at Grace Church, 1602 S. El Camino Real. Bring a beach chair. The parking lot opens at 6 p.m.; fireworks are at 9 p.m. Visit gracesd.tv or call (760) 433-9922.

POWAY

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

The annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, with patriotic entertainment, old-fashioned games, children’s crafts and model train displays. Treats and train rides will be sold. VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee host a ceremony honoring service members at Veterans Park, next to Old Poway Park, beginning at 11 a.m. Free shuttles will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. from Poway Adult School and Poway City Hall. Visit poway.org.

RANCHO BERNARDO

Fair celebrates Spirit of the Fourth

The annual Spirit of the Fourth fair, themed “Volunteers are the SPARK of our community,” starts at 9 a.m. in Webb Park. Highlights include a Patriotic Pet Contest, games and activities for kids, Quilts of Valor display, Wheels of Freedom Motor Show, and food trucks and food booths, along with a parade from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Visit spiritofthefourth.org.

SAN DIEGO

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More than 170 women volunteer at San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event

San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s 16th annual Women Build drew more than 170 women from across San Diego County. Volunteer builders restored the safety of a Logan Heights duplex, which was damaged from flooding during January’s rainstorms. The project included repairing the duplex’s exterior and replacing the deteriorating fencing along with planting drought- and flood-resistant landscaping. At the same time, 11 teams built playhouses that will be donated to nonprofits that help area families in need, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Chicano Federation. The event raised more than $100,000 through sponsors and volunteers, and culminated with San Diego Habitat for Humanity honoring Luda Safransky with the Women Builder of the Year Award for her eight years of participation in the annual event, bringing together more than three dozen builders. Since it started in 2009, Women Build has brought together more than 2,300 volunteers to build or renovate 65 homes across San Diego County and raised more than $1.2 million to support affordable homeownership programs. Visit sandiegohabitat.org/get-involved/events/women-build.

Mobile health care for veterans

Veteran Affairs mobile medical units will be parked at a number of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolley stations to provide on-the-spot services to homeless veterans, including health care, urgent care, vaccines, prevention screening, pharmacy and lab services, telehealth services and information about veterans housing programs. The mobile medical units, called “Veteran Healthcare on Wheels,” will also offer help with benefits, enrollment and VA wrap-around services, such as employment programs, mental health resources and programs, substance abuse resources and caregiver support. The vans are scheduled to be at various MTS trolley stations at 9 a.m. Fridays. A medical unit will be at the MTS Old Town Station, 4009 Taylor St., at 9 a.m. July 5. For the latest schedule, visit va.gov/san-diego-health-care/events/70106.

Blanket Sounds Summer Concerts series continues July 7

The Blanket Sounds Summer Concerts series continues from 4 to 8 p.m. July 7 atWaterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway. The event features local artists, musicians and collaborators to create a “multicultural and multigenerational space that uplifts creativity.” Picnics are encouraged. Admission is free. For free tickets, visit events.eventnoire.com/e/blanket-sounds-summer-concerts/tickets.

Belmont Park marks 99th birthday

The historic Belmont Park beachfront amusem*nt park, which turns 99 on July 4, is open with old-fashioned summer fun and newer activities from classic roller coasters like the Giant Dipper to merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and arcade games to laser tag and a zip line. Belmont Park is at 3146 Mission Blvd., in Mission Beach. Visit belmontpark.com.

Valley Vibes Summer concerts

The Valley Vibes Summer concert series continues through Sept. 2 at Mission Valley mall, 1640 Camino del Rio. The free concerts are from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays. No tickets are needed. The July 1 concert features Farrah Camu; July 3, David Shyde; and July 6, Blaise Guld. Visit mission-valley.com/event/valley-vibes-summer-concert-series/2146500835.

Twilight in the Park Free Concert series

The Twilight in the Park Free Concert Series continues from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 2-4 at Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2125 Pan American E. Road. The event is held Tuesdays to Thursdays through Aug. 29. For the full schedule, visit balboapark.org/twilight-concerts.

Guided tours from San Diego Bay to Balboa Park

Bay to Park Paseo provides a free guided tour from 10:30 a.m. to noon July 6 along Park Boulevard from San Diego Bay to Balboa Park to see installations designed by leading San Diego artists. The 1.7-mile paseo, endorsed as an Impact Project of World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024, was created to encourage walking and to highlight the connection between the San Diego Bay and Balboa Park. The paseo includes up to 13 installations outside iconic locations along Park Boulevard. The tours start at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and run the first and third Saturdays of each month through Nov. 16. Visit baytoparkpaseo.org.

Freedom Fest at Beach House

The Almost Nakey Freedom Fest will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. July 6 at the Plunge pool and Beach House at Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Highlights include entertainment on three stages and huge inflatables. The Almost Nakey team will turn the “swimming extravaganza into a yuma tent.” Clear decking will cover the water, lighting will come from the waters and a stage will be built inside. Tickets are $45-$125.00. A portion of ticket sales benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Visit almostnakey.com/pages/almost-nakey-freedom-fest.

Fashion show at Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum hosts The Runway 40 Fashion Gala from 4 to 8 p.m. July 6 at 2001 Pan American Plaza, in Balboa Park. The event features the latest collection from award-winning designer Ugochi Iwuaba surrounded by displays of the history of aviation. The show includes vintage-inspired to cutting-edge designs. Tickets are $52.50-$175 at eventbrite.com/e/runway-40-fashion-gala-tickets-825048681817.

Mission Beach cleanup set for July 5

A Mission Beach Morning After Mess Beach Cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon July 5. Bring your reusable cleanup supplies, if you have them. Sign up at volunteer.surfrider.org/opportunities/Slyr4y6YIy. For other July 5 beach cleanups around the county, visit volunteer.surfrider.org.

Mission Bay kayak tour July 25

Ocean Connectors hosts a Wildin’ Mission Bay Kayak Eco Tour from 9 to 11 a.m. July 25 at San Diego Mission Bay Resort, 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive. The kayaking tour through Mission Bay starts from Paradise Point Resort & Spa or Mission Bay Resort. Participants can see marine life and birds and learn about local conservation efforts and Ocean Connectors’ mission. Cost is $35-$55. Visit oceanconnectors.org/mission-bay.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Upcoming blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank will hold blood drives in the following parking lots (unless otherwise noted):

  • Barons Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 29, parked on curb at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego.
  • Albertsons, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 29 at 8920 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.
  • Cruise for the Cause, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista.
  • Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 30 at 278 Alvarado St., Chula Vista.
  • Ascension Catholic Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at 11292 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.
  • The Broken Yolk Cafe, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 1 at 9832 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.Rio Vista Shopping Center, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 2 at 8590 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego.
  • Mike Hess Brewing – Ocean Beach, 1:30 to 4 p.m. July 2 at 4893 Voltaire St., San Diego.
  • Chick-fil-A, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2 at 3474 Marron Road, Oceanside.
  • Target, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 3 at 3150 Business Park Drive, Vista.
  • San Diego County Credit Union, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3 at 677 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach.
  • San Diego County Credit Union, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3 at 6545 Sequence Drive, San Diego.
  • Chick-fil-A, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5 at 475 Hacienda Drive, Vista.
  • Barons Market, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 5, parked on Groton Street at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego.
  • Starbucks, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 at 4227 Genesee Ave., San Diego.
  • USS Midway Museum, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 6, parked on North Harbor Drive side of Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
  • North County Mall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6 at 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido.
  • Escondido Promenade, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 at 1200 Auto Park Way, Escondido.
  • St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7 at 1147 Discovery St., San Marcos.
  • St. Margaret Catholic Church, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 at 4300 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside.
  • First United Methodist Church, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 at 1200 E. H St., Chula Vista.
  • Windmill Farms, 1 to 6:30 p.m. July 8 at 6386 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego.
  • Sundt Construction, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8 at 1660 Hotel Circle North, San Diego.
  • Petco, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8 at 8501 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.
  • Boys & Girls Club of South County, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 9 at 847 Encina Ave., Imperial Beach.
  • Cameron Family YMCA, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10 at 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee.
  • Hazard Construction, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10 at 10529 Vine St., Lakeside.
  • Carlsbad Brewing, noon to 5 p.m. July 12 at 6133 Innovation Way, Suite 101, Carlsbad.
  • Town Center Encinitas Ranch, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 13 at 1018 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas.
  • Newbreak Church, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 14 at 10791 Tierrasanta Blvd., San Diego.
  • St. Brigid Catholic Church, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 at 4735 Cass St., San Diego, parked curbside on Missouri Street.
  • Skyline Hills Branch Library, 1o a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 16 at 7900 Paradise Valley Road, San Diego.
  • Albertsons, 1 to 6 p.m. July 16 at 1459 Main St., Ramona.
  • Hazard Center, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 17, , near theater marquee at 7676 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego.

Donors must be 17 and older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. Photo identification is required. To make an appointment or find more drives, call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

School supplies for homeless kids

The San Diego County Credit Union’s 10th annual Stuff the Bus campaign to raise money for back-to-school supplies for local homeless children has begun in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations to support Live Well San Diego. The community can donate at Jersey Mike’s locations in San Diego County, at SDCCU branches or online at sdccu.com/donate through July 31.

Coast to Crest Challenge starts new year

The Coast to Crest Challenge starts its eighth year on July 1 for hikers to sample the San Dieguito River Park’s trail network by finishing a series of five hikes, organized by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. The deadline to complete this year’s series is June 30, 2025. For some of the hikes, the conservancy organizes “Walk N Talk” outings for groups. For example, a Bernardo Mountain Lake View Trail Walk N Talk will be held July 26. Visit sdrvc.org.

SAN MARCOS

Americana singalong, carnival and boat parade

A patriotic kickoff program is at 10 a.m. July 4 at Lakehouse Resort with the Freedom Choir leading the Americana singalong. Veterans will be recognized and there will be guest speakers. A patriotic dog contest will take place at 11 a.m., and a carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with children’s games, a bounce house, food and drinks. The entry fee after 11 a.m. is $5, free for ages 10 and younger. The annual July 4 Yacht Club Boat Parade will be at 4 p.m. on the lake. The event is sponsored by Lakehouse Resort, Lake Church, Lake San Marcos Community Association and Lake San Marcos Kiwanis. Lakehouse Resort is at 1025 La Bonita Drive. Visit lsmkiwanis.org or thelakehouseresort.com/4th-of-july-carnival.

Pilates and Palomas at Lakehouse Resort

Lakehouse Resort hosts Pilates and Palomas as part of its Summer Wellness at the Lake Series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 at 1025 La Bonita Drive. The event includes a full-body workout, co*cktail and day-pass at the resort’s pools. Participants must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Tickets are $45; or $25 without pool access at thelakehouseresort.com.

‘Moana’ next featured movie at plaza

A free movie night featuring Disney’s “Moana” will be held July 26 at North City’s plaza, 251 North City Drive. Highlights include special appearances from themed movie characters, games, family activities and character meet-and-greets at 5 p.m., followed by the movie screening at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited; bring low chairs and blankets to the open-air pop-up theater.

SANTEE

Sea Monks next up in concert series

The 40th Santee Summer Concerts series continues with the Sea Monks from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive. The concerts are held Thursdays through Aug. 15 Visit cityofsanteeca.gov/calendar.

SOLANABEACH

Concerts at the Cove run through Aug. 8

The city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern host the free summer Concerts at the Cove series from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 8 (except July 4) featuring local musicians at the Fletcher Cove Park stage, 111 S. Sierra Ave. The next concert on July 11 features the Coronado Big Band/Swing Orchestra. Visit cityofsolanabeach.org.

VISTA

The Wave salutes military with free admission July 4

The Wave Waterpark offers free admission July 4 to active or retired military, firefighters and law enforcement personnel for its Public Safety and Military Appreciation Day. Valid ID is required at the gate. Up to six dependents can buy tickets for $10 each. The Wave will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. July 4. Visit thewavewaterpark.com/home.

Community clinic starts diabetes education program

The Vista Community Clinic started anew Diabetes Self-Management Educationand Support program. This program helps community members with diabetes manage their condition. Participants learn about nutrition, physical activity, medication and monitoring blood sugar levels. The program includes personalized education led by a certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian and health care professionals. The program is seven months long with a one-on-one appointment each month. Visit vcc.org.

School of Rock performance benefits Solutions for Change

A School of Rock performance July 9 and “pre-party” reception at the Moonlight Amphitheatre will benefit Vista-based nonprofit Solutions for Change, which helps families get out of homelessness. The pre-show party is at 6 p.m. at the Terrace with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet the performers before the show. General admission is at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. The Moonlight Amphitheatre is at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive. Tickets are $30-$40 with pre-show party and admission to show; $20 for reserved lawn seating only; $10 for parking. Visit moonlightstage.com.

For a listing of community Independence Day celebrations across San Diego County, visit sandiegouniontribune.com/2024/06/20/where-to-go-for-fourth-of-july-fireworks-parades-and-festivities-a-guide-for-san-diego-county/?clearUserState=true

If your nonprofit would like to submit an event listing or photos of events that have happened recently, please email linda.mcintosh@sduniontribune.com. Include the name of the group, date and time of event, address, cost and contact information for readers within the email text. Photos should be sent as JPEGs. Include the names of those in the photos from left to right along with the photo credit and permission from the photographer to use the photo in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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