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Spring 2015 Storytime Programs at the Escondido Public Library 

01/26/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-4219

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this spring designed for all pre-K age groups: babies, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are fun for kids and filled with songs, stories, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets, and craft activities that encourage the development of early literacy and reading skills. Escondido Library’s spring storytime schedule includes:

Rhymes and Reading with Mrs. Cox
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Turrentine Room
Ages 4-5
Mrs. Cox tells stories and leads activities to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

Toddler Tales Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 6 – April 28
Turrentine Room
Ages 1-3
Favorite rhymes, songs, books, fingerplays, and craft activities build early literacy skills for toddlers.

Wee Wigglers Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
January 7 – April 29
Turrentine Room
Ages 0-24 months
A Lapsit, high-energy, storytime stimulates learning and language development through rhymes, use of books, and music.

Cowboy Charlie
4th Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Room
Ages 3-5
A fun-filled, sing-and-clap-along with cowboy tunes and favorite children's classic songs.

Library storytimes reflect research that shows that critical language and literacy development occurs in the first three years of life. The Library’s storytime programs address early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school and helping them learn to read and write. While the programs are fun for children, parents will appreciate that storytimes help children recognize names and sounds of letters, enjoy books, and hear and play with sounds and words that develop speech, and build vocabulary. Participating in storytime has the added benefit of developing comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, plans each storytime with the following in mind: parents are their child’s first and most important teacher; and storytime facilitates bonding between parents and young children. It’s a positive experience with books and play that leads to a love of reading.

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 Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-4219 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for children can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Love Music @ Escondido Public Library Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers 

01/26/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

 

Escondido, CA — Virtual Strangers, a local, award-winning bluegrass band, bring high-energy music to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying Virtual Strangers’ three-part harmonies and a driving, bluegrass beat that is guaranteed to lift spirits and get feet tapping.

Virtual Strangers have performed at many bluegrass festivals throughout the West, winning top honors in several of them. Their signature sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, influenced by Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs, with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, and Del McCoury.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs from November 2014 through May 2015 and features an array of diverse musical styles. For more information about future performances, visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is 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, Escondido, CA 92025.

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Community Meeting on Downtown Parking Management January 29 

01/20/15

CONTACT: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587 mgeller@escondido.org

Next Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6 – 8 p.m., city officials will hold a community meeting to discuss options for managing parking in Escondido’s historic downtown. The goal of this effort is to optimize parking availability for customers of downtown businesses and events. The meeting will be held in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

Traffic engineering staff will present findings from recent research on downtown Escondido parking patterns and share information about other cities’ successful parking management strategies, including paid parking. This is an opportunity to provide input to the City, and downtown Escondido merchants and patrons of downtown Escondido businesses and events are especially encouraged to attend.

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Escondido State of the City Address - February 25 

01/20/15

Escondido’s 2015 State of the City Address will take place at a morning event on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard.

The event is co-sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and will be begin with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by a program at 8 a.m. The program will include awards to outstanding community volunteers, remarks by members of the City Council and will conclude with the Mayor's address.

An optional breakfast is available for $20 per person. Pre-registration is required for breakfast, and is available online at https://www.escondido.org/state-of-the-city-address.aspx or by contacting the City Manager's Office at (760) 839-4631. Deadline to reserve breakfast is February 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Persons wishing to attend the program only (without breakfast) may do so at no cost and do not need to pre-register.

Table sponsorships are available for this event. For sponsorship information, please contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at (760) 745-2125.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/14/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Cynthia Smith, 760-839-4329

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 11th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Social Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, located at 341 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. Tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final winners’ trophies for highest individual, team and high school scores. High school players compete for a trophy for their school.

Players must pre-register by March 10, 2015. The registration fee for adults is $30.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

Register online now at library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office. Visit the Library’s Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser website for complete information on registration, payment options and tournament rules.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile drawing, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 14 and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith, commented, “Scrabble-Thon is the premier annual event for local Scrabble® enthusiasts who love to play competitively. We’re in our 11th year now and welcome local players from all around the Southland. You don’t have to be a Scrabble® expert to compete. It is loads of fun for adults and high school players who enjoy the challenge of the game. High school students compete to win the coveted trophy for their school. The mix of new and returning players makes Scrabble-thon exciting entertainment and it benefits a very good cause, the Escondido Public Library’s Literacy Services program.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss March by Geraldine Brooks 

01/14/15 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 Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is March by Geraldine Brooks.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March.   Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time,   Brooks turns her talents to exploring the devastation and moral complexities of the Civil War through her brilliantly imagined tale of Mr. March.  With Mr. March, Brooks has created a conflicted and deeply sensitive man, a father who is struggling to reconcile duty to his fellow man with duty to his family against the backdrop of one of the grimmest periods in American history.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 10, 2015, with a discussion on The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. The title for April 14, 2015 will be Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

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 Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org or 760-839-4214.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Zita the Spacegirl 

01/13/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ONLY

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 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, February 6, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl will be discussed, followed by a craft activity. Beginning January 14, 2015, a limited number of copies of Zita the Spacegirl will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk.

In Ben Hatke’s whimsical graphic novel, a young girl finds herself immersed in an intergalactic adventure. While exploring a meteoroid crater with her friend, Joseph, Zita discovers an unusual device with a red button. She presses it and summons an alien creature that kidnaps Joseph. Fearless Zita makes a plan to rescue him, and along the way, she encounters a motley bunch of beings that assist in her pursuit, including a giant mouse, a blob-like creature named Strong Strong, and a mobile battle orb named One. Fans of quest stories such as The Wizard of Oz will appreciate Hatke’s modern take on a beloved classic.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “Much of the success of the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club has to do with offering a wide range of books, craft activities, and meaningful interactions with writers to engage children. We aim to promote reading in a fun, engaging way.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room, where readers will discuss A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

The 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, contact Youth Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, at 760-839-5458 or at lnataraj@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs for all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

 

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Escondido Public Library Offers Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks Course for Job Seekers 

01/12/15 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sheila Rodriguez, 760-839-5440

 

Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will offer Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks, a course to assist job seekers beginning February 17, 2015. This 4-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run through March 12, 2015. The class meets at the Escondido Technology Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks will provide a basic overview of the key elements required to prepare an effective resume. Participants will learn how to create a new resume or improve an existing one. The course covers how to format a resume, provides constructive feedback, and teaches participants about Library print and online resources that assist in resume preparation. Later in the course, participants will learn how to tailor a basic resume to fit specific job requirements.

The Library plans to offer several future career readiness classes later this spring on interviewing skills and how to prepare job seekers for employment and career success.

Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist in the Library’s Literacy Services Division, commented, “This class helps Library patrons and the general public become better prepared as they seek new career opportunities. Participants will receive feedback on their resume, which is always a good idea before applying for a job.”

Registration is required to enroll in Resume Writing: Tips & Tricks and space may be limited. Participants must have basic computer skills and will need to bring a USB flash drive for uploading and storing documents. Register by calling Sheila Rodriguez in the Literacy Services Division at (760) 839-5440 by February 10, 2015.

All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information on Library programs, visit library.escondido.org.

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“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week - January 25-31 

01/08/15 Categories: City of Escondido

Dine Out Escondido!In conjunction with Visit California’s annual “California Restaurant Month” during the month of January, Escondido will be hosting its second “Dine Out Escondido!” culinary tourism program promoting local restaurants.

This year, “Dine Out Escondido!” will offer a change of strategy from last year. “Following a hugely successful first year, we’re excited to give our restaurant partners a more focused program by building momentum for a 7-day program,” said Katherine Zimmer, Tourism and Marketing Administrator for the City of Escondido. Zimmer also mentioned that these dates align well with San Diego Restaurant Week, which occurs the week prior to the Escondido program.

Visit Escondido is confident last year’s high promotional reach during “Dine Out Escondido!” will prove just as impactful in 2015 through the highly anticipated program.
 
The City of Escondido is the only city in San Diego’s North County to be involved in this important economic program. Forty cities participated statewide in 2014.

Everyone can savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido during “Dine Out Escondido!” by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite restaurants, discover new ones, and truly enjoy the creativity of Escondido’s fantastic chefs and restaurateurs.  

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to www.VisitEscondido.com

U-T San Diego article: Escondido's Eateries Aim To Entice More Customers To 'Dine Out'

Participating Restaurants:
Around town…    
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Vintana Wine + Dine
Cocina Del Charro
Offbeat Brewing Company
On The Border
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Canyon Grille Restaurant & Bar
Carin de Ria
Mike’s BBQ

Downtown…
Bellamy’s Restaurant
California Avocado Grill
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
EscoGelato
Intertwined Bistro and Wine Bar
Jalapeño Grill & Cantina
Kettle Coffee & Tea
Plan 9 Alehouse
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
Vincent’s
Vinz Wine Bar

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as scenic and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events. Go to www.VisitEscondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information, or call 760-839-4777. The Visitor Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am – 4pm.

 

Mayflower Dog Park to Close Temporarily for Maintenance 

01/07/15 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Andy Villalobos, 760-839-4362

Escondido’s Mayflower Dog Park, 3420 Valley Center Road, will be closed January 19-23, 2015 for maintenance.  The work will include maintenance on the irrigation system, new wood chips, fence repairs and gopher eradication.

For questions about the closure, please contact Andy Villalobos, Parks Supervisor, at 760-839-4362.

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