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Escondido Public Library Celebrates Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead 

10/06/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children and families to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration that commemorates loved ones who have passed away through music, stories, and crafts. An altar will be set up to honor the lives of departed loved ones so please bring a picture or memento that can be included. Senior Youth Services Librarian Cindi Bouvier commented, “The Escondido community loves this event and many families attend to remember their loved ones.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this program, please contact Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at 760-839-4827 or at cbouvier@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.




10/02/14 Categories: City of Escondido


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


The Public Hearing appealing the Planning Commission decision regarding the Immigration Facility previously scheduled for October 22, 2014 has been rescheduled to October 15, 2014 per City Council direction at its September 24th  meeting.



Download Popular Magazines – Free with Your Escondido Public Library Card 

10/01/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4828

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library is now offering free online access to over a 100 popular magazines through Zinio for Libraries. From Newsweek, to Runner’s World, Rolling Stone, to Forbes, get cover-to-cover popular magazines online at no cost using the library’s newest service. Zinio is convenient and easy to use, providing users access to magazines from any location by using their computer, tablet, mobile device, or eReader. Zinio magazines remain checked-out to users and can be accessed again and again. Zinio magazines do not have due dates, which means that magazines are available to all users any time, and can be kept indefinitely. The Zinio display allows users to organize their magazines, bookmark favorite articles and select back issues.

Anyone with an Escondido Public Library card, an email address, and a computer or mobile device with Internet access can sign up for Zinio through the Library website at http://library.escondido.org/zinio.  A step by step guide to signing up is available on the website.. For additional guidance on Zinio, call Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4828.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For general questions, contact the library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

10/01/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814          

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Attendees discuss the book in both English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while polishin” both their English- and Spanish-language skills. El angel perdido/Lost Angel, by Javier Sierra, is the selected book for October.

In approximately seventy-two hours, a little-known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world.  Convinced that they are the descendants of angels and on the verge of at last returning to heaven, they kidnap scientist Martin Faber, whose research has uncovered an extraordinary secret.  Martin’s only hope for survival is the rare psychic gift of his young wife. Julia Alvarez must find the courage to save her husband while running from religious extremists and clandestine government agencies. 

Javier Sierra takes readers on an exhilarating international adventure, from the summit of legendary Mount Ararat to the high desert of New Mexico, from the monuments ofWashington, D.C., to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  This is a spine-tingling apocalyptic thriller set in real-world locations and based on well-researched mythology and scientific facts. 

Book Club facilitator, Miriam Ruvinskis, commented, “Rincón Literario affords participants an opportunity to practice their English and Spanish language skills and pronunciation in a supportive environment, while they enjoy immersing themselves in great literature from around the world. They acquire language skills effortlessly as they share lively and engaging discussions on selected books with their fellow participants.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On November, 29, 2014, readers will discuss Y las montanas hablaron/And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Hosseini.

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 call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Final Night of 2014 Cruisin’ Grand – Nitro Night 

10/01/14 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507

This Friday, October 3, 2014, is the final night of Cruisin’ Grand also known as “Nitro Night.” “Nitro Night” has traditionally drawn up to 20,000 spectators with some car clubs traveling from outside the County and the State. The vehicles that will be featured on Friday night are dragsters that run on nitrous oxide. Due to the special nature of this event, Grand Ave. will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy Street in both directions. The duration of the closure will 2 – 10 p.m.


For additional information please visit: http://cruisingrand.com/


Traffic Advisory 

09/25/14 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Motorists are advised to avoid the area of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway while San Diego Gas and Electric crews work to repair a natural gas line leak. The Escondido Fire Department has unlocked the fire gates at Hidden Trails to help relieve traffic congestion for residents living there. They will be closed again once repairs are completed. No estimate is available yet as to when the work will be completed.


Escondido College and Career Fair 

09/25/14 Categories: City of Escondido


CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on levels 2 and 3  at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs, or military service.


Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: our presenting sponsor Mission Federal Credit Union,  in collaboration with Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and Westfield North County.


The first 2,500 attendees will receive a complimentary tote filled with gifts.  The bags can be obtained near the mall entrance by Tavern Bowl on level 2.  The Dining Court Patio will transform into a “College Lounge” for the day and current college students will be on hand to share their experiences about campus life with prospective students.


For more information, please visit: collegeandcareerfair.escondido.org


Escondido Public Library Presents a Celebration of Filipino Dance  

09/25/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library presents the Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.

This event is a highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS to promote 2014’s One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress, by author Lysley Tenorio, a San Diego native. Monstress describes the Filipino experience through a series of heartfelt short stories.

The FACO Dance Group shares their talent, serving as ambassadors for Filipino culture through dance. Their performance includes traditional Filipino dances such as "Bulaklakan" and “Tinikling.” The Bulaklakan is the dance of flowers, usually done during the month of May in the Philippines when flowers traditionally bloom. In the Tinikling, dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed as they dance between a pair of snapping bamboo poles.

Escondido Public Library also presents the following upcoming events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is targeted for children ages 6 to 10.
  • As a grand finale, Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, will make his only North County appearance at Escondido Public Library on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. KPBS is promoting this event and reservations will be required. More information on how to secure a reservation will be announced on KPBS.org in the near future.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and KPBS. All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library Presents Free Genealogy Workshop 

09/23/14 Categories: Library


CONTACT: Helene Idels, 760-839-4315


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host a free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s Pioneer Room—the City’s local history and genealogy archive. The Pioneer Room is located in the Mathes Community Center at 247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025.

The Workshop will be taught by Ginger Kullman, a lifelong Escondido resident and genealogist. It is designed for beginning genealogy enthusiasts who want to discover their family history and learn about research resources and techniques. Registration is required as seating may be limited. Call 760-745-6633 to register.

Attendees will receive free information packets and an introduction to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource. Escondido Public Library provides this popular genealogy database for public use in the Library and at the Pioneer Room.

This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido’s rich local history.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For information about Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 or visit library.escondido.org.



Lake Wohlford Road is Now Open 



CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, (760) 839-4665

Lake Wohlford Road, which had been closed between Lake Wohlford Court and Oakvale Road due to a rockslide, is now open to traffic. Slope repair is complete.


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