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Candidate Nomination and Filing Period Begins July 14 

07/07/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE;
CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk
PHONE: (760) 839-4617

The Candidate Nomination and Filing Period begins Monday, July 14, 2014, and ends Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5 p.m. At the November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election, the residents of Escondido will elect one Mayor to serve a four-year term; the residents of District One in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term; and the residents of District Two in Escondido will elect one City Council Member to serve a four-year term.

From July 14 through August 8, 2014 the City Clerk will be issuing nomination paperwork, which will provide the information necessary to become a candidate for elective office. As a mayoral candidate, you must be a registered voter in Escondido to receive the nomination papers; District One and District Two candidates must be registered voters in their respective district.

All required documentation must be filed in the City Clerk’s office by the August 8 deadline in order for your name to be placed on the ballot. To better serve you, call (760) 839-4617 or email dhalverson@escondido.org and make an appointment. The Escondido City Clerk’s Office is located at 201 N. Broadway and is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

07/02/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez is the selected book for July.

Acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet, Julia Alvarez, takes us on a journey that travels beyond borders and reflects on the joys and burdens of love–for her parents, for her husband, and for a young Haitian boy known as Piti.   In this intimate, true account, Alvarez describes experiences that challenge our way of thinking about history and how it can be reimagined when people from two countries, who are traditional enemies, can become friends.  Alvarez’s touching memoir serves to introduce readers to Haiti as it once was, and could be again. 

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish.  On August 30, from 3:30-4:45 PM, readers will discuss Mi vida querida / Dear Life by Alice Munro.

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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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Summer Aquatics Program 

06/20/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT; Nicole White, 760-839-4204

The City of Escondido Recreation Department is offering a wide array of aquatics programs and open swim hours this summer at James Stone and Washington Park pools. Learn-to-Swim classes are available for children as young as 6 months old through adult.  Classes are offered in group or one-on-one settings. Splash Ball will teach children 5-9 years water polo fundamentals and prepare them for competitive play through our ACE Riptides Water Polo Club. Swim Club and Summer Swim League embrace both the novice and elite swimmers and are excellent ways to improve swimming techniques, get fit, and make new friends. SCUBA classes for ages 8 through adult will prepare you for underwater exploration!  Kids will enjoy Bubblemaker and Seal Team and adults can earn their PADI Open Water Diver Certification.

 

Extended open swim hours are available at both pools this summer from now through August 16, 2014. Washington Pool open swim hours are Monday through Thursday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Friday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 to 4 p.m.  James Stone Pool open swim hours are Friday 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. “Keeping our community water-safe is a high priority for Escondido Recreation. We are happy to offer many learn-to-swim classes and more sessions and extended hours for open swim this summer including, Friday evening at James Stone,” said Loretta McKinney Director of Library and Community Services.

 

For more information on Escondido aquatics program and all recreation activities, please call 760-839-4204 or 760-839-4382 or check out the website at www.escondido.org/recreation

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2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont 

06/17/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont.

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Lyndon,” a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.”

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 12, 2014, with a discussion on The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad. The selection for September 9, 2014, will be Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. 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 the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

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Escondido Public Library’s Hosts eReader Training Classes  

06/17/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer two tutorials on how to use eReaders to download free library eBooks. On Monday, June 30, 2014 “A Kindle Safari” will teach Amazon Kindle owners how to access eBooks online from the Library’s catalog. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, “Train your Tablet for eBooks” is designed for iPad, Android, or Windows tablet owners who want to set-up their device to download eBooks from the Library. Both programs are free and begin at 6:00 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Registration is not required. Participants should bring their Kindle or tablet eReader device. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, CA 92025.

Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Supervisor, commented, “Most eReaders, like Kindles, are given as presents to avid readers. Readers who love print books and browsing the shelves of well-stocked libraries may not be sure how to browse the library’s eBook collection and download them. These programs take the mystery out of how to perform the one-time set up for their eReader. The classes will demonstrate how eReader devices, whether a Kindle or tablet, are very easy to use once set-up and can be a convenient tool for the bibliophile and book lover.”

Both programs are part of the Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Club, Paws to Read. The Summer Reading Club runs from June 23 to August 2, 2014. Starting June 23, adults can enroll by visiting the Library in-person or by registering via the Library’s website at library.escondido.org/adultSRC. Registration runs through July 19, 2014.

Escondido Public Library offers Summer Reading Clubs for all ages and events are sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on Library programs for adults, contact the Library at 760-839-4839 or go to library.escondido.org/adultSRC.  

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Escondido Public Library Offers a Summer Reading Club for Adults 

06/10/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs begin Monday, June 23, 2014 and run through August 2, 2014. This year’s theme is “Paws to Read,” encouraging book and animal-lovers of all ages to “pause,” read, and discuss what they’ve read with others. The Library’s Adult Summer Reading Club offers the opportunity to record books read and share recommendations and reviews with others. Beginning June 23, 2014, adults can join by registering in-person at the Library Information Desk or online at library.escondido.org/adultSRC. Participants who submit book reviews will be eligible for prizes.

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the Adult Summer Reading Club kicks-off with a free movie, “We Bought a Zoo,” showing at 5:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. “We Bought a Zoo,” is about Benjamin Mee, a widower who buys a home that includes a dilapidated zoo and renovates it for a grand reopening to the public. Matt Damon, who plays Benjamin Mee says, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just, literally, 20 seconds… and I promise you, something great will come of it.”’ Summer Reading Club coordinator, David Frazee, agrees saying, “It takes just 20 seconds to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and something great will come of it!”

In addition to the movie, adult summer readers will enjoy a line-up of free programs:

  • A Kindle Safari: Learn How to Download Library eBooks – Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Kindle owners learn how to set up their device to accept free library eBooks.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club – Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The selected book is Amber Dermount’s Damage Control.
  • Train Your Tablet for eBooks – Monday, July 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Android, Windows, Nook, and iPad owners can learn how to set up their tablet or smart phone to download free library eBooks.
  •  Rincón Literario, Bilingual Book Club – Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM. The selected book is Julia Alvarez’s A Wedding in Haiti/Un Boda en Haiti.

All programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information, contact librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211 or visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org/adultSRC.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

06/02/14 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 28, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  La llave de Sarah / Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is the selected book for June.

The setting is Paris, July 1942.  Ten-year-old Sarah and her family are brutally arrested by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. She just has time to lock her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking she will be back within a few hours.  In the summer of 1942, the French police arrested thousands of Jewish families and held them outside of Paris before shipping them to Auschwitz.

Fast forward to Paris, May 2002, it is the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, a black day In France’s past.  Julie, an American journalist, stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. She is compelled to retrace Sarah’s ordeal to discover what happened to Sarah, the only member of her family to survive.  The author offers a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On July 26, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM, readers will discuss Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the 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 the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Senior Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

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Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled to June 4 

05/22/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The Town Hall meeting originally scheduled for May 14, 2014, but cancelled due to the Cocos Fire, has been rescheduled.  Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will be welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99

This is the seventh town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

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Kit Carson Park Reopens 

05/22/14 Categories: City of Escondido

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Loretta McKinney        PHONE: 760-839-4871

 

Kit Carson Park Reopens To The Community

 

The City of Escondido is pleased to reopen Kit Carson Park for the public’s use.  The Recreation Department is resuming all regularly scheduled programs and activities, including youth league practices and tournaments at Kit Carson Park, effective Thursday, May 22, 2014.

With last week’s fire event and subsequent evacuations, CalFire requested the use of Kit Carson Park as a base camp to provide emergency services to the areas affected by the fires. Since the fires are now contained and all evacuations have been lifted, the CalFire base camp has been disassembled. “The collaboration between the City and CalFire proved to be an excellent service to the community.” Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney said. “People have been patient and understanding during last week’s park closures and the Recreation Department is happy to announce that Kit Carson Park is once again open for the community’s enjoyment!”

For questions about specific programs and activities, call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691 or the Escondido Sports Center at 760-839-5425.

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Recognition for Cocos Fire Responders 

05/21/14 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

The City of Escondido will recognize Police, Fire and other personnel for their excellent efforts during last week’s Cocos Fire.   A special ceremony will be held in conjunction with Cruisin’ Grand, this Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Plaza located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  Escondido residents are encouraged to come to show their support for those who worked so hard to protect lives and property.

Speakers will include Mayor Abed, Fire Chief Mike Lowry and Police Chief Craig Carter.  There also will be a display of various fire vehicles, including Ol’ Betsey, a 1926 American La France fire truck.

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