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Escondido Public Library Presents Artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop 

09/09/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents artist Dave Boatman’s Basic Cartoon Workshop on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dave Boatman, a professional cartoonist and caricaturist, teaches creative, educational, and interactive cartoon drawing and instruction for children, ages 10 to 15 years. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn cartoon drawing basics, while improving their drawing techniques and skills. Registration is not required; however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended.

This program is offered as a complement to an upcoming, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by graphic novel author, Jimmy Gownley. Gownley’s book, The Dumbest Idea Ever! is KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection. Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library beginning Monday, September 21, 2015.

Library programs are 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 in Escondido, CA 92025. For more information on general Library events and Escondido Public Library’s special KPBS 2015 One Book, One San Diego programming for children, teens, and adults visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

 

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QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY 

09/08/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    DATE: September 8, 2015                                                   

CONTACT: Kristina Owens                                                   

PHONE: 760-839-4519

 

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN THIS SATURDAY

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 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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Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! 

09/08/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will offer Identity Theft: What to Look Out For! on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Identity theft occurs when someone intercepts or steals your personal information. SDFLC will demonstrate how to protect personal information and how to monitor financial accounts for problems. This free workshop is part of an ongoing financial series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library.

San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Escondido Public Library will continue this series as SDFLC presents Real Estate—Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. SDFLC will present the pros and cons of buying vs. renting and provide information for patrons thinking of buying a house for the first time.

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 about this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact 760-839-4839 or nrobinson@escondido.org.

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Escondido Library’s R.E.A.D. Book Club Discusses KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego Selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley 

09/08/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, (760) 839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the return of the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club, for children, ages 9-12 years old. The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen selection, The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley, will be the featured book in anticipation of a special, after-hours visit to Escondido Public Library by the author. Copies of the The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

Free tickets to Jimmy Gownley’s author visit and book signing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room will be will be available to the public at Escondido Public Library starting Monday, September 21, 2015.

In his comedic and sincere graphic memoir, Gownley focuses on his adolescence. Jimmy is a popular and smart basketball star at his school until he’s bedridden by a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia, forcing him to miss a month of school. While Jimmy recovers, he reconnects with his love of drawing and comics, eventually creating and publishing his own book.

The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club provides young readers the opportunity to commune with others who share their excitement about books. Vibrant discussions, book-themed crafts, and socializing are perfect ways to engage all readers—especially reluctant readers. The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on November 20, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Turrentine Room. Participants will discuss Doll Bones by Holly Black.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-5456 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Tree Triming on Downtown Streets 

09/08/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bud Oliveira, 760-839-4665

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the City of Escondido will be performing tree work on the Grand Avenue median trees and the street trees located on Grand Avenue, Second Avenue and Valley Parkway between Orange and Juniper. The work will start at 6:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m.  At times there will be lane closures to allow work to be completed on the larger trees. Work will include pruning and crown reduction of trees located in the sidewalk/parkway areas to establish pedestrian clearance and improve tree health. The large eucalyptus trees in the medians on Grand Avenue will be pruned to improve the structural stability of the trees.

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Temporary Closure of Midway For Pipeline Installation 

09/03/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x7031

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along Midway Dr. between Washington Avenue  and Valley Parkway will be either limited or closed to through traffic for the next several weeks. Motorists should anticipate a partial or full lane closure during construction on Friday, September 4, 2015 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The work will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 through Friday, September 18, 2015. Detour signs will be posted.  During the full road closure, no vehicles except emergency vehicles will be allowed through the construction zone. All work will be performed between 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

 

Residents and merchants along Midway Dr. (between Washington Ave. and Valley Parkway) should still have access to their respective destinations. However, gaining access to those points during full road closures will be limited to either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic (across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge) will be allowed except for emergency vehicles. During traffic queues along south Midway Dr. all motorists are encouraged to maintain the “Keep Clear” zone, noted, in front of Fire Station No. 2, for emergency response purposes.

Persons with questions or comments may contact 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 provide reclaimed water to local citrus farmers and the North County Cemetery District in eastern Escondido.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/15 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, September 26, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the selected title for September. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising is a best-selling, Newbery Award winning novel about Esperanza, the daughter of a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Esperanza believed that she would always live a fortunate life with new dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza is unprepared for the hard labor, financial struggle, or lack of acceptance she and her mother now face. When their lives are threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances.

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, to discuss KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS, and its partners, as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego community read title. Copies of the book are available for check-out in print or eBook format and can be reserved at library.escondido.org. For more information on KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the county-wide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. To access books in the Library catalog, and 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.

 

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Drought Solutions at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions, a series of three consecutive programs providing insight into California’s current water situation and possible solutions. H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Turrentine Room on September 22, 2015; October 27, 2015; and November 3, 2015.

H2O(h) No! – Drought Solutions covers practical strategies for water conservation presented by leading experts from the City of Escondido’s Utilities Department and Scripps Institute for Oceanography, gray water consultants, and local home owners who have converted their yards to water-wise gardens. Find out what you can do to conserve water and save money.
 

  • September 22, 2015: Examine our current water situation and the technology that is being used to address this situation locally.
  • October 27, 2015: Get practical tips and learn about money-saving resources for conserving water at home.
  • November 3, 2015: Turn your lawn into a drought resistant oasis!

 

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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Fall 2015 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library 

08/31/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers a number of storytime programs this fall, designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with fun songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills.

Escondido Public Library’s 2015 fall storytime schedule includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m., for children, ages 4-5;
  • Baby Lapsit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1 — November 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., for newborn babies to pre-walkers;
  • Toddler Tales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September 1—November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., for toddlers who are walking, up to 3 years-old;
  • Kinder Crafts on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years; and
  • Cowboy Charlie on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 3-5 years.

The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher;

storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. Storytimes provide a positive experience with books and play that often leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For information about storytimes, contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Ricca Gaus, at 760-839-4827 or rgaus@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

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Escondido Bond Ratings Raised by Standard & Poor's 

08/28/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Clay Phillips, 760-839-4631

 

City officials announced today that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had upgraded two of Escondido’s bond ratings.

 

Standard & Poors raised its long-term rating and underlying rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on Escondido’s existing series 2012 water revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s raised the long-term ratings to 'AA-' from 'A+' on the series 2007 water bonds.

 

The outlook is stable for all bonds. The stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor's opinion that the financial performance of Escondido’s water system has been consistently strong and will remain strong over the two year outlook rating period.   Further support for this rating is evidenced by the water system’s stable and diverse customer base and recent track record of water system annual rate increases to support operations and fund future capital projects.

 

A copy of the rationale supporting the ratings and outlook is available on the city’s website at: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Finance/City%20ofEscondidoReport.pdf

 

 

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