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Support the arts at Spring Fest

OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation will hold a special fundraiser, “Spring Fest‚” 1 to 4 p.m. May 18, celebrating its 25th anniversary at The Kern Gardens, home of Oceanside City Councilmember Jerry and Blake Kern.

This is OCAF’s first fundraiser that benefits itself, instead of its particular projects as it had been traditionally done over the years. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, champagne and hors d’oeuvres and coffees paired with chocolates from So Rich Chocolates, a local confectioner. Admission is $40 for single ticket in advance, $70 per couple in advance or $50 each at the door. For tickets, call (760) 433-3632, email, mail checks to OCAF, P.O. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051, or purchase online at

For a quarter of a century, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation/OCAF has pledged its support of the arts community. The brainstorm of Mayor Larry Bagley created the Oceanside Museum of Art and OCAF has developed the annual Oceanside Music Festival, Oceanside International Film Festival, Write On Oceanside! and Oceanside Days of Art.

OCAF proposed and helped charter Oceanside Arts Commission, June 7, 1989. OCAF first began with the creation of Oceanside Museum of Art, which is now thriving. Next, it developed Oceanside Days of Art, which is in its 22nd year this April.

OCAF took over the American Songbook/Gershwin Festival, expanded it and it is now in its 13th year this October as Oceanside Music Festival. Partnering with Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Friends of the Library, it has added Write On Oceanside!, an Oceanside-authors only book fair to its lineup of annual events, held in July. Finally OCAF will round out with the fourth year of its Oceanside International Film Festival this August.

During the past 25 years, OCAF has provided venues for student, vocational, and professional visual and performing artists and given out several scholarships to students from throughout North County San Diego.