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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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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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