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New Weekday Hours Announced for Queen Califia's Magical Circle 

08/01/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

August 1, 2016                                            

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519                                     

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKDAY HOURS

Beginning on August 9, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, weather permitting.  Queen Califia’s Magical Circle will continue to be open on Second Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon with docents on site to provide information and answer questions. “The City is excited to be able to add regular weekday hours for the community to explore and enjoy this unique and interactive sculpture garden.” said Jay Petrek, assistant city manager.

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.

Additional information is available at (760) 839-4000 or www.queencalifia.org.

 

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Temporary Road Closure 

07/25/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

 

Due to the installation of new utilities and surface improvements, the City of Escondido advises motorists of the following road closure:

 

  • The north bound lane of Ash Street from Vista Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be closed now through Thursday,  August 11, 2016.

 

Detour signs will be posted and all work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These improvements are being done by a sub-contractor for a nearby housing construction project that is currently underway. The work is being done during the summer months to lessen the impact on neighboring resident and schools which are on summer recess.

 

Persons with questions or comments about the work on northbound Ash may contact City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector Ricardo Cervantes  at 760-807-1109.

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Improved Technology at Escondido Public Library 

07/25/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library provides high-speed broadband Internet access via public desktop computers as well as improved wireless (Wi-Fi) service. Take advantage of this wireless on a personal device or borrow a Chrome Book laptop for use in the Library. This improvement in bandwidth provides a high-quality online experience for users enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities through increased upload/download speeds, shorter wait times, and greater availability of computer access.  

Escondido Public Library is also a designated “cool zone” providing an air-conditioned setting for community members to gather in comfort while conserving energy use for the whole community.

For more information about programs and services offered at Escondido Public Library, contact Joanna Axelrod, Principal Librarian, at 760-839-4330 or jaxelrod@escondido.org or visit our website library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter 

07/25/16 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 August 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

There’s something I want you to do...” What appears to be a simple request turns increasingly intricate as Charles Baxter crafts ten interrelated stories around virtues (bravery, chastity, loyalty) and pits them against vices (lust, vanity, sloth), with each tale centered around this very sentence. Stories of love affairs, murders, betrayals, and explorations of all walks of life along the mighty Mississippi River make this an engaging read for every interest. Join the discussion as we explore the question of how far one would go to satisfy someone’s deceptively harmless request. 

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 13, 2016 with The Martian by Andy Weir.

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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eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library 

07/12/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers eReaders eXplained, providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained will be held on the first Wednesdays of the month, August 3, September 7, and October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks and eAudiobooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices and any necessary login information such as Apple ID or Amazon accounts. Pre-registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

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, call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839, or email dfrazee@escondido.org.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

07/12/16 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, July 30, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 13 to July 31. Exercise Your Mind by reading for enjoyment and log your reading for opportunities to win prizes at library.escondido.org/summer. This month’s selection is El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in Andy Weir’s El Marciano/The Martian. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to discuss the bittersweet Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

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, 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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Escondido Public Library Hosts Magical Harry Potter Party! 

07/11/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library invites muggles, witches, and wizards of all-ages to a Magical Harry Potter Party on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This event welcomes children and families to celebrate the world of Harry Potter and the release of the new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The public is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character to be wowed during a magic show performed by The Amazing Dana. After the show, attendees may participate in crafts including making snitches and edible wands. There will also be thematic games, such as “Pin the Sock on Dobby,” and a very special photo booth where wizards and witches can create their own picture-perfect posters.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public and this program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information about the Magical Harry Potter Party contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836 or at mbarrette@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library Presents an Evening with Author Neal Griffin 

07/06/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Oscar Lujan, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA – As part of its Summer Reading Challenge, Escondido Public Library presents An Evening with Author Neal Griffin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room.  Police Lieutenant turned crime thriller author, Escondido’s own Neal Griffin has been celebrated by critics and readers for his realistic and action packed novels Benefit of the Doubt and A Voice from the Field.

Hear Neal Griffin speak about what inspired him to join the police force as a young man, his literary influences, and his recent success as an author. Griffin’s speaking engagement will be followed by a book signing. Benefit of the Doubt will be available for purchase for $9.99 in paperback and $25.99 in hardcover.  A Voice from the Field will be available for purchase for $25.99 in hardcover.

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public.  To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and our summer events, please visit library.escondido.org/summer or contact Adult Services Librarian Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.

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There’s Still Time to Join the Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 

07/05/16 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Shawn Townsend, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers reading fun for all ages and special programs meant to Exercise Your Mind for babies, children, teens, and adults. The Challenge runs through July 31, 2016, and the last day to register at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/summer is July 23, 2016. Prizes must be claimed by August 6, 2016. Free Summer Reading Challenge events for the weeks of July 18, 2016 and July 25, 2016 include:
 

  • Children’s Events:
    • Crafts every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 19: Hand Puppet – Craft a puppet to play in our Puppet Stage!
      • July 26: Sandpaper Art – Create art using sandpaper as the canvas – then cut it into your very own puzzle!
         
    • Baby Storytime (Infants & Toddlers) every Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
       
    • Children’s Performers every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
      • July 21: Marcus Miller – Fascinating history of drums with hands-on fun!
      • July 28: John Abram’s Animal Magic – Music, Magic, and Animals

 

  • Adult Events:
    • July 19 @ 6:00 p.m.: Building Artificial Intelligence – How does the human brain influence the creation of Artificial Intelligence? Professor Garrison Cottrell from UCSD’s Computer Science & Engineering Department shares the latest developments in AI research.
                                                
    • July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.: An Evening with Neal Griffin – Police Lieutenant turned crime thriller author, Escondido’s own Neal Griffin has been celebrated by critics and readers for his realistic and action packed novels Benefit of the Doubt and A Voice from the Field.
       
    • July 30 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – Left behind on planet Mars, astronaut Mark Watney faces the challenge of a lifetime in El Marciano/The Martian by Andy Weir.

 

  • Teen Events:
    • July 20 @ 3:30 p.m.: Create It @ Your Library – Deconstruct old relics of technology & use the parts to create something new. Supplies & tools provided.
       
    • July 13 @ 3:30 p.m.: Escondido’s Got Talent – Do you sing? Dance? Perform tricks with a yo-yo? Compete & you could go home a winner! Pre-registration is required by July 13 at library.escondido.org/register
       

The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library. 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 the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/summer or call 760-839-4839.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday 

07/05/16 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 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 July 9, 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.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot www.dejavuphotoservices.com

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