The Escondido City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the City’s boards and commissions.  Terms for the unscheduled vacancies listed below will all expire on March 31, 2018, except for the Community Services youth member, which is a one-year term. The qualifications to serve are that you work or reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan.  All board and commission members are required to file annual Conflict of Interest statements.

The Building Advisory & Appeals Board has one vacancy. Meetings are held as needed at City Hall.

The Community Services is looking for a youth member, age 16 or older.  Meetings are held quarterly, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Personnel Board of Review has two vacancies.  Meetings are held as needed at City Hall.

The Planning Commission has one vacancy.  Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Commissioners are paid a stipend of $100 per meeting attended.  The requirement for this member is to reside within the City Limits.

The Public Art Commission has two vacancies. Meetings are held quarterly at City Hall, on the second Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.


Applications are accepted for all boards and commissions at the City Clerk’s Office. More information is available on the City’s website at or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617.

2nd Saturday Concert line-up

Escondido Library announces the new 2nd Saturday Concert Series season with a monthly line-up of jazz, classical, and folk performances in the Library’s Turrentine Room November 2016 through May 2017. These concerts take place on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The series opens November 12, 2016 with Cuban Salsa and Timba music by the Q-Ban Street Band with Special Guest Maritza Baida who will also provide dance instruction. Don’t miss the holiday concert performed by the San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet on December 10, 2016. Future performances will feature the Peter Sprague Trio, San Diego Opera’s community engagement program, Opera Exposed!,  Bluegrass, Contemporary Jazz, and piano and violin virtuosos performing classical music.

For more information, visit or call 760-839-4839.


The City of Escondido is seeking adult volunteers to serve as greeters at Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park.  The sculpture garden is located on the western side of Kit Carson Park in the Iris Sankey Arboretum.  No specific knowledge of art is required, just a desire to allow the public to experience artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s only American sculpture garden.  High School students seeking to volunteer are required to volunteer in pairs. High School students: this activity may qualify for Community Service hours! Here are some details:

  • Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am – noon, in addition to 2nd Saturdays of every month.
  • City staff opens and closes the sculpture garden; volunteer greeters would not be responsible for opening or closing the facility.
  • Greeters may serve for any blocks of time when the gates are open Tuesday or Thursday, from one (1) hour up to three (3) hours. 
  • Greeters are in a visible area, stationed at a chair at the gate entrance, to the side on a bench, or on a bench inside the maze among the totems.
  • Greeters decide how involved they want to be with visitors.  Greeters meet visitors upon entry, and walk throughout the sculpture garden during their stay, keeping a tally of visitors; socializing is optional.
  • Greeters may learn as much or as little as desired about the artist and the art pieces; information is displayed in a kiosk at the site to answer questions visitors may have.   
  • There is no fee to visit, and visitors may come and stay as long as they want to experience the art.  Most visitors enjoy taking photographs of the very colorful pieces.  
  • This is a low-key, simple, and easy way to provide a valuable service to your community, and a great opportunity to meet people of all ages from near and far!

For more information please contact Kristina Owens at (760) 839-4519.

21st Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Come and celebrate el Día de los Muertos with art, ballet folklórico and more!  As always, attendees will be able to create altars to remember lost loved ones in a special area created by artist Eloy Tarcisio.  There also will be live music by Cumbia Machin, Mariachi Divinas, and Ritmos del Tiempo.  For children, there will be face painting, arts & crafts, and more.  Food and handmade goods will be available for purchase. The festival begins at 6:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  Altar space will not be available until 6:00 pm, but early arrival is strongly recommended. 

In addition to the free event, the Festival also features two ticketed events:

 México…Vive Su Folklor, a special production by Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts that brings the history of Mexico to life through teatro, ballet folklórico, and live folk music;


Mexrrissey—Mexico Goes Morrissey also joins this year’s festival with a concert in the Center Theater at 7:30pm. Enjoy Morrissey’s most popular songs that have been translated into Spanish and laced with Latin beats. Opening act: Los Hollywood.

For more information, including ticket purchases, please visit