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Escondido Public Library Hosts 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/19/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 7, 2016 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 12 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, commented, “Our 12th annual Scrabble-Thon promises to be a fun-filled event for avid Scrabble® enthusiasts and novice players. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California. Participants will be thrilled to know that all proceeds go towards helping adults improve their reading and writing skills to better their quality of life.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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POUND Rockout Workout at Escondido Public Library 

01/19/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer POUND Rockout Workout on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, as a part of the Library’s New Year, New You 2016 programming.

POUND is a full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant drumming. Burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour while strengthening and sculpting infrequently used muscles. Pre-registration is required; call 760-839-4814 by February 1, 2016 to register. This class is presented in partnership with Escondido Recreation and instructed by Cynthia Demorest. 

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 or call Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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"Dine Out Escondido" - Jan. 24-30,2016 

01/15/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Katherine Zimmer, 760-839-4777 or Katherine@visitescondido.com

 

Escondido is hosting its third annual “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting 28 local restaurants. 10 restaurants are located around town, such as Vintana Wine + Dine and Cocina del Charro, and 18 restaurants are in the heart of historic downtown, walkable to art galleries, theatre, shopping and museums.

 

In partnership with California Restaurant Month, Visit Escondido produces the successful annual Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week during the last week in January. “With 28 local eateries offering diverse specials, our restaurant week gives everyone a chance to visit their favorites and create delicious new experiences,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. And the timing is perfect, immediately following San Diego Restaurant Week.

 

The culinary scene in Escondido has exploded with many new restaurant openings and nine new participants in this year’s Dine Out Escondido! program, including The Wooden Spoon, Cute Cakes, Burger Bench, Hacienda de Vega, and the newly opened Black Angus Steakhouse.

 

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to www.VisitEscondido.com

 

Participating Restaurants:

Downtown…

A Delight of France Bistro & Bakery

Bellamy’s Restaurant

Burger Bench

Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine

Cute Cakes

EscoGelato

Il Forno Ristorante

Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar

Jalapeño Grill

Kettle Coffee & Tea

La Tapatia

Mi Guadalajara

Plan 9 Alehouse

Sunny Side Kitchen

The Continental Deli

The Grand Tea Room

Vincent’s

Vinz Wine Bar

 

Around town…

Black Angus Steakhouse

Carin de Ria

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Cocina Del Charro

Hacienda de Vega

Offbeat Brewing Company

On The Border

North County Tavern+Bowl

The Wooden Spoon

Vintana Wine + Dine

              

About Visit Escondido

Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.

Go to www.VisitEscondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777

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Annual Recruitment for City Boards and Commissions 

01/12/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 12, 2016.

 

Applications are being accepted for:

 

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission

 

Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson 

01/12/16 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 February 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.  

Larson’s non-fiction narrative captures the drama of the deadliest natural disaster in American history. Set in 1900 and told largely from the perspective of Isaac Cline, the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston at the time, Larson expertly captures the power of the storm itself and the often catastrophic consequences of the intersection of natural force and human choice.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 8, 2016 with The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence by Elizabeth Loupas. The selection for April 12, 2016 is The Bees by Laline Paull.

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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Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need 

01/11/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful. This popular program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account.  During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds. The Library gladly accepted both fine and non-fine related food donations. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services www.interfaithservices.org/ in Escondido which will distribute the food to families in need throughout the North County area.

Interfaith’s Communications Coordinator Lauren Holt commented, “Interfaith Community Services is continually thankful to receive support from a diverse array of community groups in North County, such as the Escondido Public Library. Thanks to the incredible donations resulting from their Food for Fines program, the Escondido Public Library will help feed the nearly 16,000 low-income community members in need that Interfaith serves each year.  With 1 in 4 children in San Diego County at-risk for hunger, along with an estimated 9,000 homeless residents living without permanent shelter, the basic human need for food has never been greater. Interfaith Community Services thanks the Escondido Public Library for their commitment to our local community and hopes to continue our partnership for the benefit of those in need of a hand up.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at jaxelrod@escondido.org or 760-839-4330. Information about other events and services can be found at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


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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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