Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library

National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration with its own National Library Month in April, showcasing programs and services offered to the community. Our Library services today exceed offering traditional print books and materials with new digital formats for everyone to enjoy, such as eBooks, and free downloadable magazines. 

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts. 

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public. More information about Library events and programs can be found at library.escondido.org. Come and explore the unlimited possibilities for lifelong learning and culture at Escondido Public Library.


The City of Escondido is pleased to announce the Escondido Hero Banner Program. The program honors men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering personalized banners that will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.

Banners include a photo of the hero, their name and customizable text that can include their military branch, special awards or honors they received, etc. Banner orders are being taken through early May. The banners are being offered for $140, which simply recovers the cost to produce them.

If you would like to order a banner you may do so online at www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx .  If you have questions about the banner program, please contact Michelle Geller at 760-839-4587.

Countdown to Cruisin’ Grand

On Friday, April 3, 2015 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 3 to October 2 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 10.    Local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza. Admission to the festival area is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at:



We are so proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County in our city. Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  And for those die-hard fans that are already polishing their classic cars, we look forward to seeing you again! For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisingrand.com .


The Escondido Police Department is committed to creating safer communities by focusing its efforts on environmental transformation, one neighborhood at a time. By partnering with various city departments, community based organizations and neighborhood groups they hope to affect long term solutions that will result in measurable crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in your neighborhood.  Throughout the life of each project you can expect to see increased patrols as well as special enforcement efforts in your neighborhood.  You can also expect to see other city departments (Code Enforcement, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, etc.) focusing their efforts and devoting resources to your neighborhood as well.  As your Mayor, I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and ask for your support, as well as your involvement, in making your neighborhood a great place to live, work and play.

I am pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Transformation Project completed its first project on South Escondido Boulevard and has moved to East Escondido.  Under the five year comprehensive plan to cover the entire urban core throughout the next year the Police Department will work closely with Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Code Enforcement and many other city departments, as well as our community and faith-based partners, to further our goal of environmental change, one neighborhood at a time.