SPEND IT! In Escondido

With the busiest shopping season of the year about to begin, this is a good time to remind residents about a community awareness campaign called Spend It! In Escondido. The focus of the campaign is to educate community members about the importance of shopping in Escondido. 

Every taxable dollar spent in Escondido benefits important City-provided services such as police and fire, senior services, libraries, street maintenance, street lights, parks and recreation. Sales tax generated from Escondido transactions (1% of gross taxable sales), stays in Escondido and contributes to the quality of life you enjoy.

Purchases generating sales tax revenue are critical to a healthy Escondido economy.  But it’s not just about sales tax revenue: While the goal is to increase sales during the busiest shopping time of the year, there are other benefits to shopping locally. If you stay in town, you save on gas, you discover new businesses you might not have otherwise visited, and you contribute to community pride and the health of the Escondido business environment. 

More information about Spend It! In Escondido is available online at http://www.escondido.org/spend-it-in-escondido.aspx


The Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. The program provides Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributes the food to families in need throughout the North County area.


Non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged items such as canned goods, pasta, sauces, and peanut butter credit up to $1.00 worth of fines per item. Non-nutritious, perishable, expired, or damaged items cannot be accepted. Customer Services Supervisor, Linda Weber, explains, “This event is a wonderful way for Library patrons to not only clear some of their fines, but to also give back to their community by helping those in need. Last year we collected more than 90 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,340 pounds. We hope to top that this year.”

Food may only be used to clear fines, and may not be used to clear fees associated with lost or damaged books and materials, or City Attorney fees.

The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. For further information, contact Linda Weber, Customer Services Supervisor, at 760-839-4613. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.

Library Offers Workshop - “Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers”

The Escondido Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, will offer Real Estate: Rent or Buy/First Time Buyers, on November 17, 2015, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This free workshop is designed to help adults gain a more complete understanding of the real estate market—when it is advantageous to rent, or when buying is the best option.

First time home buyers will benefit from financial tips that will make the home-buying experience more understandable. Experts from the San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, will lead the workshop. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s mission is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions as they develop positive personal finance habits for life.

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 this workshop and the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, call 760-839-4839 or contact Adult Services Librarian Neva Robinson at nrobinson@escondido.org.


You won’t want to miss two special events offered by the Downtown Business Association this November:  

2015 Wedge Cheese Festival
November 7, from 1 to 5:00 p.m., Grand Avenue

Tasting stops consist of thirteen local downtown businesses hosting fine cheeses and a diverse selection of local and regional craft beers and boutique wines, along with eight Grand Ave restaurants offering cheese-forward samples of their delicious creations, plus great craft brews or wines. Your passport includes all the cheese and restaurant nibbles, and your choice of up to 15 beer and/or wine samplings. A $45 Wedge Tasting Passport gets you access to all 21 gourmet tasting stops. There is also a Designated Driver (DD) ticket that includes everything but alcoholic beverage tasting, for only $25.  Must be 21+ to purchase  a passport or DD ticket. In between tastings, enjoy live music from the Buskers performing along Grand Ave. At Heritage Garden (Juniper and Grand), there will be working artists, local dairy and agricultural exhibits, sources for locally-gown locally-produced goods, information on creating your own patch of healthy garden crops on your patio or porch, and more live music. For more information, visit http://wedgeescondido.com

Escondido Tamale Festival
November 14, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Grape Day Park

The inaugural Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture.  Enjoy free admission, great food to purchase, entertainment, competitions and celebrity chefs. Don’t miss the chihuahua costume contest and fashion show!  An optional VIP Ticket is available which includes gourmet tamales tastings paired with Baja and California craft beers and wines, as well as access to shaded seating on the Train Depot at Grape Day Park. Tickets purchased prior to 5 p.m. November 6, 2015 are $35; after that the cost is $45.For more information, visit: http://www.escondidotamalefestival.com   

SPECIAL COMBO PRICING:  The Escondido Downtown Business Association, in conjunction with the California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE), has developed a special combination ticket for $50 which includes The Wedge Festival and the VIP Ticket for the Tamale Festival, as well as admission into the CCAE’s  Dia de los Muertos exhibit on Nov 14 only. Combination tickets can only be purchased through the Escondido Tamale Festival website at www.EscondidoTamaleFestival.com