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Wine Tasting at Cruisin Grand Postponed to June 3 

03/22/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Michelle Geller

PHONE: (760) 839-4587

EMAIL: mgeller@escondido.org

 

 

WINE & CRAFT BEER TASTING AT CRUISIN’ GRAND POSTPONED TO JUNE 3

 

Due to the possibility of rain, the wine tasting event which was scheduled for this Friday, April 8 on Maple Street Plaza. The new date will be Friday, June 3rd. Updated information will be posted ASAP.

 

NOTE: Cruisin’ Grand has not officially been cancelled at this point. That call will be made by the event organizer by Noon on Friday and posted to the CG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cruisingrand

 

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Temporary Road Closures 

03/21/16 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664

 

The City of Escondido advises motorists of the following temporary road closures:

  • North bound Ash St. from Lehner Ave. to Stanley Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 21 to March 25, 2016
  • South bound Ash St. from Stanley Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 28 to April 1, 2016

Detour signs will be posted during the closure.

 

The road closures are due to new road surface improvements being made by Lennar Homes as part of the new Pradera Project. The work has been scheduled to coincide with Rincon Middle School’s Spring recess to minimize the inconvenience to motorists.  The road is expected to be completely reopened with all detours removed by April 2, 2016.

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Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library 

03/21/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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New Assistant City Manager Appointed 

03/17/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Jay Petrek, current Director of Community Development, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager effective March 27, 2016.

 

Mr. Petrek has been employed by the City of Escondido since 1984.  He currently serves as the Director of Community Development, a position he has held since October 2015. Prior to that he has held the positions of Assistant Planning Director and Principal Planner. During his long tenure, Jay has overseen numerous projects including the development of three General Plan updates, the Downtown Specific Plan update, Climate Action Plan, large annexations, and several master plan communities.

 

Mr. Petrek holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is also a member of the San Marcos Unified School District Board of Trustees, which serves portions of Escondido.

 

In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Jay knows and loves our community.  As the author of the City’s General Plan and work on various specific plans, he has attended over seventy community meetings, getting to know the residents, businesses and culture of Escondido.  Also, I believe that Jay will be a tremendous asset in overseeing the completion of the thirty major development projects that are under construction or in the planning pipeline.”  

 

Mr. Petrek’s salary will be $164,390.

 

 

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New Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

03/16/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets for the first time at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required, please register at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Bees by Laline Paull  

03/16/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Bees by Laline Paull. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Told from the perspective of Flora 717, a lowly sanitation bee, The Bees challenges the way we see the world. Flora’s unusual ability to move easily amongst varying levels of the strict caste system empowers her to question the status quo and challenge the Queen’s authority. Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees introduces us to a dazzling young heroine.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club continues on May 10, 2016 with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The selection for June 14, 2016 is Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez. This title was selected for the 2016 Adult Summer Challenge theme of Exercise Your Mind! Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.

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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

03/15/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 7609-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained, providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained will be held on Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org, call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or send an email to dfrazee@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Wonder 

03/14/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, meets on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, Wonder, will be discussed and followed by a craft activity related to the book. A limited number of copies of Wonder will be available for checkout with registration at the Children’s Desk.

August "Auggie" Pullman has been homeschooled all his life. Now, his fifth grade year, he'll be attending real school for the first time. All children experience first-day-of-school jitters, but Auggie is special - born with a terrible facial deformity, all he wants is to be just like everyone else and not send the other children away screaming on the playground. Called "frank, funny, [and] astonishingly moving," this beautiful novel meditates on the enormous capacities for kindness and courage in us all.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets in March 

03/14/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion of this month’s selection, Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, in both English and Spanish. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Todo oscuro sin estrellas/Full Dark, No stars features four dark and suspenseful novellas, all dealing with the concept of retribution. In the novella “1922,” a man tells the story of murdering his wife. “Big Driver” is the story of a writer who, following a book signing at a library, takes a shortcut resulting in a dark and brutal event. A man with terminal lung cancer is given a second chance at life in “Fair Extension”, and in “A Good Marriage”, a woman stumbles upon a box that reveals her husband of 27 years is not the man she thought he was. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 to discuss the classic El Conde de Montecristo/The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Days in March 

03/07/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owen, 760-839-4519                                                    

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN MARCH

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on two days in March: This Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 20, 2016, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

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