Originally Posted November 27, 2014

The Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program will begin on Monday, December 1, and run through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their records. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to needy families throughout the North County area.

Expensive items, such as canned hams and powdered infant formula, count for up to $5.00 worth of fines per item. Nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, pasta, canned tuna fish, and dried pasta count for up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious and perishable items such as candy and chips; damaged cans/containers; and food past its expiration date cannot be accepted. Food may only be used to clear fines - not for fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees. The Library also welcomes donations from patrons who do not have any fines but want to bring in food just to help those in need.  

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit their website library.escondido.org.

4th Annual Community in Unity Celebration at City Hall Dome 

Originally Posted November 20, 2014

On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 5:31pm to 8:31pm, over 300 guests will experience Escondido’s 4th Annual Holiday Celebration – “Community in Unity” under the dome at City Hall.

Fine foods and spirits are provided by more than 20 local restaurants, craft brewers, and wineries. Local schools and churches provide music to create the caroling mood, followed by a step into Santa’s Sweet Shop where tantalizing desserts will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. 

In the spirit of giving, guests are encouraged to bring new pajamas for Rady Children's Hospital and/or a new toy for the Escondido Police Department’s (EPD) annual Children’s Christmas Party. Last year over 500 pajamas/toys were collected.

Tickets may be purchased for $20.00 prior to the event or $30.00 at the door. For further information and ticket purchase contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760/745-2125


Originally Posted November 13, 2014

On August 6, 2014 the City Council authorized the City’s Environmental Programs Division to move forward in developing a Storm Water Alternative Compliance program.  Established as a new tool in the current Municipal Storm Water Permit (Order No. R9‐2013‐0001) issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the program aims to facilitate watershed improvements at a scale and in locations where they might not otherwise be achieved.  As part of the coordination of regional Watershed Quality Improvement Plans, the City is taking its first steps to develop the Alternative Compliance program by identifying possible projects.  Potential projects will be incorporated into the Watershed Quality Improvement Plans. 

I invite the public to nominate a project or a location within the City of Escondido with potential to improve the quality of storm water and urban runoff.  To do so, please complete the Project Nomination Form found at https://www.escondido.org/storm-water-program.aspx  and email it to water@escondido.org by Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  Please note that implementation of these projects is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, feasibility, availability of funding, permission of property owner(s), availability of permits and likely benefit to the watershed.

Celebrating the Craft Brewing Industry 

Originally Posted October 30, 2014

Here are a few things you may not know about the San Diego Craft Brewing Industry: 

  • San Diego County is home to more than 90 craft breweries
  • The craft beer industry in San Diego has an annual economic impact of about $300 million
  • San Diego County has been ranked as "Best Beer City" by numerous sources (CNN, Men's Fitness, USA Today, New York Times) 

The San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing for its sixth annual San Diego Beer Week 2014 (SDBW), November 7-16.  San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. The festival attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of the region’s brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego's breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. 

You can celebrate SDBW in Escondido by visiting the hugely popular Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, as well as Escondido’s other two craft breweries, Offbeat Brewing Company and  Plan 9 Alehouse. 

For more information on San Diego Beer Week, visit SDBW.org. For general information about the City of Escondido, visit www.escondido.org

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