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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

08/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on September 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is 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 One Book, One San Diego, and a list of community events surrounding the countywide reading of The Shadow of the Wind, go to www.kpbs.org/one-book.

Author Ruiz Zafón’s novel is an international bestseller, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide. The story takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War and centers on a young boy who sets out to protect a mysterious book with his life. It is a story about mystery, fantasy and love.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 13, 2015, with Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  The selection for November 10, 2015, will be Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

All 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 the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Escondido Awarded Two Grants 

08/14/15 Categories: City of Escondido

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

The City of Escondido has won two competitive grants totaling $1.6 million from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to improve bike and pedestrian access to the Escondido Transit Center and the Escondido Creek Trail.

 

One of the grants is a $335,000 active transportation grant, which will help fund the installation of a pedestrian signal and pedestrian refuge across El Norte Parkway, including a decorative trail overhead signage structure. The other grant is a $1.27 million smart growth grant that will enable the city to build a pedestrian/bike bridge to connect the Escondido Transit Center with the Escondido Gateway shopping center on W. Valley Parkway, and construct bike lanes between Tulip and Quince streets.

 

The grants are made possible by the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by voters countywide and administered by SANDAG.  For more information please visit: http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?newsid=876&fuseaction=news.detail

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Saturday Night Dances at Park Avenue Community Center 

08/10/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Williams, 760 839-4046


Saturday Night Dances are held on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Avenue.   Each month features a different live band, refreshments, and door prizes. Singles, couples, of all levels and varieties of dancers, are welcome to join fun each month.  Entry fee is only $4 per person.

On Saturday, September 5, slip into your dancing shoes and enjoy the ballroom ballads and oldies, but goodies with the Cradit Union. This popular band is great for swing, line dancing, two-step, cha-cha, and much more.

For questions or additional information, please call 760-839-4688.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/06/15 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, August 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is the selected title for August. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out or can be reserved in the Library catalog.

Bajo la misma estrella/The Fault in Our Stars, is a best-selling novel and also a recent movie starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is a young cancer patient trying to live a normal life while struggling with what it will be like for her parents after she dies. Hazel meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, a participant in a support group. Their friendship develops as they courageously face their disease, while dealing with youthful aspirations and unexpected twists of fate.

Cecy Rayphole, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, commented, “Rincón Literatio brings readers together to share their views, experience different perspectives and discover what they have in common. Rincón Literario also provides a supportive setting where participants can practice or improve reading and speaking in either English or Spanish.”

Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, to discuss the delightful Esperanza renace/Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

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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Queen Califia's Sculpture Garden Open this Saturday August 8 

08/03/15

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristina Owens (760) 839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to Noon. 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.

For photos and more information about the sculpture garden, visit https://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx

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Rose Street Closure Extended A Day 

07/27/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.  Washington Park users can still access the park’s parking lot from Washington Avenue. But Rose Street south of the Washington Park parking lot driveway to Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions during these days.

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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Temporary Closure of Rose Street 

07/22/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Rose Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during construction.  A partial road closure will begin today July 22, 2015 through Friday, July 24, 2015.  A full closure of the street will be in effect Monday, July 27, 2015 through Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Detour signs will be posted. All work to be performed between (8:00AM to 4:00PM). No vehicles will be able to get through including emergency vehicles.

 

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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Escondido Public Library Presents “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” and Children’s Summer Reading Awards 

07/21/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA — Escondido Public Library presents "It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald!” on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from  2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ronald McDonald makes a special appearance to share his love for books with children in an interactive show that includes an opportunity to meet him. Ronald McDonald teaches children that reading is fun and introduces kids to the important concept of "book time," the time we set aside each day for reading. He will also award prizes earned in a special drawing for Escondido Library’s Summer Reading Club readers.

As Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program draws to a close, Ronald McDonald congratulates summer readers and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue to read for pleasure and join the Summer Reading Club next year. Reading during the summer helps prevent the “summer slide” that can occur when students who don’t read could lose up two months of reading achievement from the previous school year.

Escondido Public Library encourages book time through its early literacy programs and full schedule of summer and year-round programs for school-age children and teens. For more information on Library events, visit library.escondido.org or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827.

This program is free to the public and registration is not required: however, space may be limited and early arrival is recommended. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin 

07/15/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 8, 2015 with KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego winning selection for adults, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. For nearly a decade, KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego program has enriched the pleasure of reading by adding an element of meaningful community engagement. Each year, the community helps choose a book that becomes the featured “One Book”, shaping community discussions; shared experiences; and special events that comprise the One Book, One San Diego experience. Escondido Public Library is proud to partner with KPBS, and other local libraries, in this endeavor.

All 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 and One Book, One San Diego visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Join a Summer Reading Club and Read to the Rhythm at Escondido Public Library 

07/13/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ricca Gaus, 760-839-4827

 

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs offer reading fun for all ages and special programs for children, teens, and adults through August 1, 2015. Join a Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Club by July 25, 2015 and read for enjoyment and incentive prizes. Register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/SRC.

Children’s Summer Reading events include craft programs every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Read to the Rhythm! Music-themed programs every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.:

  • July 16, 2015 - Ken Frawley Animal Tales and Musical Scales!
  • July 23, 2015 – Craig Newton’s Music
  • July 30, 2015 – John Abrams’ Animal Magic!

Read to the Rhythm! events for teens also include crafts and music-themed programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including Hula BasicsEscondido’s Got (Teen) Talent,  and a Live Concert! with Nicole Burns & Katya Brown, and Triceratropical.

Adult Summer Book Clubs and family-friendly concerts are also scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information about the 2015 Summer Reading Clubs and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/SRC or contact Ricca Gaus, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at rgaus@escondido.org, 760-839-4827, or David Frazee, Adult Services Librarian, at Dfrazee@escondido.org, 760-839-4211.

Library programs are free to the public and generously supported by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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