As summer comes to a close, new adventures await. In early August, the Fall 2015 Escondido Recreation Guide will be available to our community.  I encourage youth and adults to participate in recreation programs that develop and strengthen leadership skills, enhance teamwork, support academics, foster confidence, and instill a sense of well-being and health.  Fall programs will run from August 31 through December, 2015. On-line registration for Fall programs will begin on Monday, August 10. For more information about these programs visit the Community Services website at www.recreation.escondido.org or call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691


Research shows that providing positive preschool experiences benefits children as they gain a sense of self, learn how to play and work with others, and prepares them for their future in education. The result of this experience is mature adults who excel academically, are less likely to commit crime, and who are contributors to an economically successful community. 

Escondido Community Services provides preschool programs throughout the year to ensure the success of our youth and future families within the community. Enroll your child for the Tiny Tots Preschool Programs, which prepares children as young as 18 months for kindergarten through play exploration, academics, and social interaction. Enrollment for the Fall season begins on August 17, 2015. For more information about these programs visit the Community Services website at www.recreation.escondido.org or call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Escondido Public Library Partners with KPBS One Book One San Diego 2015: The Shadow of the Wind

Escondido Public Library is proud to be a partner in KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego community reading program, along with local libraries and other community sponsors. I encourage you to read this year’s title, The Shadow of the Wind, by author Carlos Luis Zafón, and enjoy the shared experience of discussing it with friends or in a book group, such as Escondido Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club in September or Rincón Literario in October. Reserve your copy and look for more information about upcoming One Book, One San Diego events at library.escondido.org or check it out when you visit the Library.


Beat the Heat at the Park Avenue Community Center

In the summer, the County of San Diego designates Cool Zone sites which are air-conditioned settings where seniors and other community members can stay out of the heat.

Designated Cool Zone sites in Escondido include:

  • Park Avenue Community Center, home of Escondido Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue
  • East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway
  • Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street         

Older adults aged 50 and over are encouraged to stop by the Park Avenue Community Center for a wide variety of older adult-focused programs and services geared toward providing healthy, vibrant living through meaningful social and community connections.  The Escondido Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It is open to all ages of the community after 3:00 p.m. and is located at 210 Park Avenue, Escondido, 92025. The Escondido Senior Center also serves a delicious lunch in the Park Ave Café. For more information about the Senior Center, please call 760-839-4688. For information about the hours of operation of the East  Valley Community Center or the Public Library, please visit http://www.escondido.org/community-services.aspx