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Legends of Broadway

This special event is brought to you by the Friends of CSUSM at Lake San Marcos in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). No Osher membership is required to attend - Invite your friends to experience OLLI!

Enjoy an evening of entertainment at this one-of-a-kind event with Bruno Leone (pictured above)! Legends of Broadway is a tuneful journey through the most memorable moments in American musical theater. Leone, a pianist and recording artist, will play, sing and chat through nearly 150 years of musical comedy combining his piano styling with absorbing stories and witty anecdotes about the musicals and their composers. 

A feature article in The San Diego Union Tribune praised the pianist's remarkable gifts by noting that, "No one nods off during a piano concert by Bruno Leone. He combines the classroom with the concert hall to create musical stories that actually enliven his audience." 

Giving Opportunities will be held throughout the event. 

*PLEASE NOTE:* TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PERMITTED. This is a 21 and older event. Guests will receive drink tickets upon event check-in.

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 4 - 6 PM
Location: Lake San Marcos (Room TBD)
Cost: $25 for Lake San Marcos residents/$35 for nonresidents
(Includes appetizers and two drink tickets. No discounts apply.)

REGISTER NOW! (Lake San Marcos residents - Call (760) 750-8613 to receive the $25 ticket price)


Ecolife Conservation

Ecolife Conservation is a local nonprofit dedicated to a world where people and nature prosper together. The organization focuses on utilizing aquaponics, a sustainable method of food production combining aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) to inspire our next generation of farmers. In this circulating system, fish waste acts as a natural fertilizer for plants and then plants take up those nutrients and return clean water to the fish. Perfect harmony! Students will tour a solar-powered aquaponics farm, learn the basics of aquaponics, see numerous varieties of fish, pose questions to professionals in the industry and take home their own fresh head of lettuce or basil. 

This trip requires walking uphill, downhill, and on uneven surfaces. Please plan accordingly.

Date: Wednesday, February 8th
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Location: 26933 Champagne Blvd., Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: $20 



Kitchen Event

Spring has sprung at the Flower Fields’ Kitchen Culinary event showcasing the area’s abundance and talent. Well-known chef Mary Papoulias-Platis will demonstrate how you can create various healthy grain bowl recipes while you enjoy a delightful lunch complete with dessert. While dining, a docent will lecture on the history of the Flower Fields and how to grow ranunculus. The chef will also provide you with all the materials you need for a take-home project.

Date: Monday, March 27th
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch)
Cost: $20 



Neighborhoods Tour

Tour unique and historic San Diego neighborhoods on this one-of-a-kind day trip. The tour will begin with a visit to Del Mar Terrace, near Torrey Pines, where you’ll be amazed by the ultra-modern hillside mansions with fabulous ocean views. Next, survey La Jolla and more oceanfront topography. Coronado, presenting a combination of beach bungalows and mansions, will follow. Enjoy the architectural wonder, famous Del Coronado Hotel, and its little sister across the street, the Glorietta Bay. Lunch will be on your own at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The afternoon will feature the Spruce Street Walking Bridge, constructed in 1912 to connect two neighborhoods divided by canyons, and the historic and diverse properties of Mission Hills. Finally, see how Kensington is a neighborhood dominated by canyons.

Date: Thursday, April 27th
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Bus pick-up at Cal State San Marcos: 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096
Cost: $20 (Parking permits are included and will be provided upon arrival on campus)