Originally Posted September 25, 2014

After months of repairs, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The repairs involved excavating, refabricating, replacing and re-grouting many mirror, black and white tiles in the sculpture garden entry. Complete restoration of the exhibit is estimated to take an additional 12 months. But in the meantime, the public can once again enjoy the exhibit which will be open for docent tours and for individual/group visits by appointment only.  To schedule a tour, please contact Kristina Owens, Associate Planner, at (760) 839-4519 at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle before her death in May 2002.  Its beautiful architectural sculptures are provocative, amusing, powerful and spirited.  The images reflect the legendary, mythological  and historical aspects of California.  They invite you to enter the circle through the maze, and to explore and touch the rich diversity of colors, textures and shapes.


For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.escondido.org

Escondido College and Career Fair 

Originally Posted September 18, 2014

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs, or military service. 

Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: our presenting sponsor Mission Federal Credit Union,  in collaboration with

Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and Westfield North County. 

The first 2,500 attendees will receive a complimentary tote filled with gifts.  The bags can be obtained near the mall entrance by Tavern Bowl on level 2.  The Dining Court Patio will transform into a “College Lounge” for the day and current college students will be on hand to share their experiences about campus life with prospective students. 

For more information, please visit: collegeandcareerfair.escondido.org

Patriot Day – September 11, 2014 

Originally Posted September 11, 2014

All across the U.S. Americans will reflect on the tragic events of 13 years ago.  We are moved as a nation, to pay tribute to the innocent victims of terrorists as well as to honor the valiant efforts of those brave first responders who lost their lives trying to save them. 

Our community, like hundreds across the nation and world, felt the loss of one of our own.  Juan Pablo Cisneros was a bright young man with a promising future. He was the first in his family to attend college, having earned a full scholarship to Dartmouth College. He worked as bond trader so that he could earn money to send his younger sister to college and so he could go to graduate school. He was hard at work on September 11 in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.  He was among the 3,040 lives cut short that terrible day. 

Every year on September 11, flags are flown at half-staff on government buildings to honor those who lost their lives.  I urge all residents to join in this solemn tribute by displaying their flags at their homes or businesses.

Daley Ranch House Tours Starting in October 

Originally Posted September 04, 2014

Beginning on October 12, 2014 Escondido  Rangers will begin offering monthly tours of the Daley Ranch House.  The tours will be held the second Sunday of each month, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Rangers will lead the tours/presentations, with volunteers from the Friends of Daley Ranch assisting.  

The Ranch House was built in 1928 out of single-board heart redwood. It was used primarily by the Daley Family for summer entertaining since its one-board thickness made it too cold for year-round living. The great room features a massive stone fireplace made of cobblestones that were brought around the Cape by clipper ship. The great room also has beautiful single wall tongue and groove redwood walls, which are original, as is the hardwood floor. The original light fixtures were made by Escondido blacksmiths, and still hang from the tall ceiling.

This past year, renovations were completed on the Ranch House and grounds and it is now available to rent for weddings and other private or corporate events.  For information on renting the Ranch House, please contact Teresa Collins, Special Events/Economic Development Coordinator at 760-839-4507 or tcollins@escondido.org.  

For general information about the City of Escondido, please visit www.escondido.org

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