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Light up history with candle-making

ENCINITAS — Weekends in July, mind your own beeswax by making your own beeswax candle and holder at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive.California beekeeping is an integral part of the state’s agriculture. Unbeknownst to many, bees play an important role in the pollination of many vegetable, fruit, and nut crops right in San Dieguito area, while also producing honey, nectar, and beeswax.

In addition, the museum’s exhibits will be open during the activity times with docents to guide you through the history of San Dieguito. Explore the newest exhibit, “La Paloma Theatre at 85.” Relive the history of the iconic theater along Highway 101.

Each weekend there will be free hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. These activities will change monthly. The historic eras and corresponding activities may include:

— Native American period: rock painting and acorn grinding,

— Rancho Period: adobe brick making, cattle roping and soap making

— Pioneer days: butter making, washboard clothes washing and quilt making

— Flower-growing period: seed planting, plant identification and plant dyeing

— Surfing and concern for ocean ecology: balsa mini-surfboard shaping, kelp cookie making and

ocean awareness experiences.

For more information visit or call the museum office at (760) 632-9711.