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Queen Califia Will Not Be Open January 9 

01/05/16

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

PHONE: (760) 839-4519

 

Due to recent inclement weather, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will not be open to the public this Saturday, January 9.

Weather permitting, we plan to open the Magical Circle on Sunday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. 

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

01/05/16 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, January 30, 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, La chica del tren/The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, 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.

Every morning Rachel takes the same commuter train, passes the same suburban homes, and stops at a signal that allows her to see the same couple routinely having breakfast on their deck. Then one day, during her trip, she sees something shocking.  Suddenly, her life takes a turn from the mundane to the thrilling, yet horrifying. Rachel alerts the police and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Was it a mistake to get involved?

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to discuss Isabel Allende’s new novel, El amante japonés/The Japanese Lover.

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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New Year, New You at Escondido Public Library 

12/28/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers opportunities to experience something new in 2016 through the New Year, New You series of events. Throughout January and February, adults can start their next adventure - for free - at the Library.

New Year, New You includes the following events:

  • Saturday, January 9
    12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Travel Adventures With Road Scholar

    Learn about Elderhostel’s Road Scholar Program, the world’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities for adults across the globe. Learn from inspiring instructors, and make lifelong friends. Drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
     
  • Fridays January 22, 29 & February 5, 12
    11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Feldenkrais: Discover Natural Pain Relief

    After a Feldenkrais lesson, you may feel taller, lighter, breathe more easily and begin to feel a sense of grace and elegance in your movements. Instructed by Anita Noone, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Bring a mat, towel, or blanket. Pre-registration encouraged, call 760-839-4814 to register.
     
  • Tuesday, February 2
    6 – 7 p.m.
    POUND Rock Out Workout

    POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Instructed by Cynthia Demorest. Pre-registration required, call 760-839-4814 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation.
     

For more information about the New Year, New You series, please visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Adult Services Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at vsjoberg@escondido.org or by calling 760-839-4814. Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles 

12/28/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Opera Exposed!, a program of operatic selections, will be performed at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Emerging vocalists perform selections from familiar operas to entertain and educate, as well as to promote the San Diego Opera’s 2016 season.

San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed! program is made up of undergraduate singers from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University enthusiastically spreading knowledge and the joy of opera!” said Dr. Nicholas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Company’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. Dr. Reveles will accompany the singers on piano and provide commentary on the great stories behind operas such as Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and Great Scott.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. February’s concert presents Mohavi Soul, performing traditional bluegrass and original music by guitarist Mark Miller and mandolinist Randy Hanson.

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. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Community Services Department Facility Holiday Closure 

12/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amy Shipley, 760-839-6269

In observance of the holidays, the City of Escondido's Community Services department facilities will have the following operating hours:

The Escondido Sports Center, located at 3315 Bear Valley Road, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Sports Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015, and Friday, January 1, 2016. For information call 760.839.5425.

The Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Avenue, will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The Community Center will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016.  For information call 760.839.4688.

The East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Friday, December 25 as well as Wednesday, December 30, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 for maintenance. Weather permitting, the Community Center will reopen on Saturday, January 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 760-839-4382.

 

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Escondido Public Library Holiday Closure 

12/18/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – In observance of the holidays, all Escondido Public Library facilities will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016. Library facilities will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve) and Thursday, December 31, 2015 (New Year’s Eve). Library services will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Saturday, December 26, 2015 and Saturday, January 2, 2016.

In addition, the Escondido Technology Center, located in the East Valley Community Center at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed for annual maintenance on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 and Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Although the facilities may not be open, the Library’s website is available 24/7 with a plethora of resources and access to library card accounts. For more information, call 760-839-4684 or visit the website at library.escondido.org.

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East Valley Community Center Holiday Hours 

12/18/15

CONTACT: Micaela Doucette

PHONE: (760) 839-4530

Due to the City of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Friday, December 25 as well as Wednesday, December 30 through Friday, January 1. Weather permitting, the Community Center will reopen on Saturday, January 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call (760) 839-4382 or visit the website at www.recreation.escondido.org.

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Mayflower Dog Park Reopens 

12/16/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       DATE: December 16, 2015                                                                      

CONTACT: Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, 760-839-4665

 

Mayflower Dog Park Reopens for Use

 

The Mayflower Dog Park has reopened for use as of December 16, 2015. The recent closure was a precautionary action as a result of a park user reporting their dog contracted parvovirus after a visit to the park. City staff contacted the County of San Diego's Department of Environmental Health, County Veterinarian, Dr. Nikos Gurfield, for information about parvovirus and what steps should be taken to protect dogs visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield explained the most effective way to protect a dog from contracting the virus is to have all dogs properly vaccinated against parvovirus, as well as other diseases such as distemper and rabies, before visiting the park. Dr. Gurfield added that it was very difficult to determine where a dog actually contracted the virus. City officials, after consulting with Dr. Gurfield, have decided that sterilizing the park grounds would not be a long term solution because the virus could be introduced to the park by a sick dog that was shedding parvovirus. Dr. Gurfield recommended that pet owners only bring healthy, fully vaccinated dogs to the park.

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Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 

12/16/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson, is the selected title. Copies of The Kiss of Deception are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in a fantasy series about Princess Lia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. Strong and determined, Lia flees on the morning of her marriage, which is no more than a political alliance to a prince she has never met. As she settles into her new life, she becomes intrigued when two male strangers arrive in the village she now calls home. What Lia does not know, is that one of them is the prince that she jilted and the other is an assassin sent by her own father. As she becomes involved with both gentlemen, Lia also tries to determine what mysteries are hidden within the ancient documents she stole from the Chancellor’s secret collection. These documents take Lia on a quest; a journey where she uncovers deception upon deception and unlocks perilous secrets that could lead to the unraveling of her world.

In addition to discussing The Kiss of Deception, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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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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