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

12/15/15 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, January 22, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Author Holly Black’s Doll Bones, a Newbery Honor winner, will be discussed, and followed by a craft activity related to the book. Beginning December 22, 2015, a limited number of copies of Doll Bones will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

For almost as long as they’ve been friends, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors, all ruled by the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who curses those who displease her. Now in middle school, Zach is pushed to give up make-believe by his father. Poppy, however, declares she's been having dreams about the Queen and the ghost of a girl who wants the doll buried. The friends set off on one last journey in this award-winning New York Times favorite.

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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Winter & Spring 2016 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

12/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers a variety of storytime programs in winter and spring 2016, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds in these age groups. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after storytime.

Escondido Public Library’s 2016 winter and spring storytime schedule begins January 4, 2016 and runs through April 28, 2016 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers who are walking up to 3 years-old. Toddler Tales is a bilingual program.

Note: Storytime programs will not be offered March 23-24 or 30-31.

The Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes 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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Nominations Sought For City Council Awards 

12/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.

The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager’s Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading  a copy from the City’s web site:

https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/AwardNominationForm2016.pdf

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth.  The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

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Temporary Full Road Closure on Juniper Street 

12/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 X7031

TEMPORARY FULL ROAD CLOSURE ON JUNIPER STREET, BETWEEN WASHINGTON AVE AND VALLEY PKWY.

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Juniper Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Wednesday, December 16, 2015 through Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able access either side of Juniper Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and merchants along Juniper St. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during the full road closure will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBL Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon 

12/09/15 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 January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon.  

In these elegantly written novellas of relationships at home and abroad, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, who opens the heart of a high-school kid in America.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on February 9, 2016 with the non-fiction title Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The selection for March 8, 2016 is The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas.

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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Temporary Closure of Mayflower Dog Park 

12/08/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney, 760-839-4871

Escondido City officials announced that Mayflower Dog Park, located at 3420 Valley Center Road,  will be closed from Tuesday, December 8, to Saturday, January 2, 2016 as a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo. Escondido is choosing to be proactive in order to keep our animal family members safe.

 

For further information, call 760.839.4691.

 

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QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER 

12/07/15 Categories: City of Escondido

NEWS RELEASE 

DATE: December 7, 2015                                                         

PHONE: 760-839-4519

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

 

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 December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, 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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Flood Control Channel Maintenance in Preparation for El Nino 

11/30/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001

The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.  In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels.  Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by  the summer 2013.  After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.

 

The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015.  To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first.  Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.

 

In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.

 

More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at  https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx. In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.

 

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Courtly Noyse  

11/30/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA —Celebrate the holidays Renaissance-style at the Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert featuring Courtly Noyse on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Courtly Noyse members are skilled Renaissance musicians who play a wide variety of unique instruments such as the recorder, viola da gamba, mandolin, and vielle. For a sampling of their musical stylings, visit www.courtlynoyse.com/.

The 2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from January through May 2016 and features an array of diverse musical styles. The January 9, 2016 concert will highlight emerging vocalists from the San Diego Opera with their program Opera Exposed! For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian, David Frazee, at 760-839-4839. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop  

11/20/15 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.

 

The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.

 

This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.

 

Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.

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