19th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour

If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day, you may want to consider the Old Escondido Historic District’s 19th Annual Mother’s Day Home Tour.  On Sunday, May 8, 2016 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. you will be able to tour the interiors and gardens of a variety of houses including a Queen Ann Victorian built in 1896, a Colonial Revival built in 1904, a Craftsman style built in 1924, a Minimal Traditional style built in 1939, and a Mid-Century Ranch style built in 1953.   

Tickets are $25 each if purchased prior to the event or $30 on the day of. One child under the age of 12 admitted at no charge with each paying adult. 

This is a self-paced tour. The homes are within walking distance for the average person although there are a couple of fairly steep hills along the way.  Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.   

Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Home Tour help the Old Escondido Historic District, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to achieve their mission, to “promote and protect Old Escondido, the City’s oldest neighborhood.” 

For more information please visit: http://oldescondido.org/Old_Escondido_Historic_District/Home_Tour.html

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by so many community volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to give back to Escondido.  We take this time to say thank you to our community members who give so much. 

In the Library and Community Services Department, volunteers can be seen daily at both the Escondido Public Library and the Park Avenue Community Center. The Library has over 200 active teen and adult volunteers working in a variety of ways, from shelving books and preparing materials, to working in the Friends of the Library Book Shop, tutoring adults to improve their literacy skills, conducting story time programs, and serving on support group boards, such as Library Trustees, Foundation or Friends groups.  As a way to say thank you, and celebrate their service, the Library honors its volunteers this week by hosting a luncheon at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

The Escondido Senior Center, located in the Park Avenue Community Center, has over 150 active volunteers. The Escondido Senior Center will host its annual “Our Volunteers Are Stars” luncheon to recognize and praise the dedicated efforts of its many wonderful volunteers.  This event is generously sponsored by the Assistance League of Inland North County. 

Annually, Library volunteers provide over 24,200 hours of service, and volunteers at the Park Avenue Community Center provide 10,240 hours. Combined, the City benefits by more than 34,440 hours of service to the community, with an estimated department savings of over $723,240 in labor alone. We are grateful for the cost savings, and equally appreciative to have so many caring and engaged community members who contribute throughout the year.

Upcoming Special Events at the Library

Learn to Download Free eBooks from Escondido Public Library

Don’t miss eReaders eXplained, on Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Escondido Public Library’s Turrentine Room. Learn how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with step-by-step guidance from librarians. Like all Library programs this is a free event. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or call 760-839-4839.

NEW Escondido Writers Group

Escondido Public Library is starting a new program for adults. Escondido Writers Group meets for the first time at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and memoirs are invited to join. This is an opportunity to improve writing by participating in monthly readings and receive group feedback. Pre-registration is required, please register at library.escondido.org/register.

Celebrate National Library Month

National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April showcasing special programs and services. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives. The community is invited to visit the Library soon, either in-person or virtually.

National Library Month highlights include the brand new Escondido Writers Group; 2nd Saturday Concert with Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet; Bookmobile Pop-up Programs, and a Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration. To find out more about Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.


The City of Escondido’s Façade and Property Improvement grant program has awarded over $1 million to business property owners since its start almost 30 years ago. In February, the Escondido City Council approved a new allocation of $100,000 into the program’s budget. Business property owners planning exterior renovations are encouraged to apply. Projects can qualify for up to $25,000 in reimbursed grant funds based on property size and location.

A free information session will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall (201 North Broadway). City economic development staff will provide basic information about the program including eligible improvements, the application process and examples of past projects. Planning division staff will also be in attendance to answer development-related questions.

Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by contacting Michelle Geller, Management Analyst, mgeller@escondido.org or (760) 839-4587.