National Library Week

Escondido Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, 2014.  National Library Week highlights the value of libraries and their contribution to the world of learning.

The Escondido Public Library is at the heart of the community, enriching quality of life as a place where people can gain knowledge and enjoy cultural experiences. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Library, either on-site or online, and discover services and programs for all ages. Library patrons can come in and checkout a book, or visit the Library website to download an eBook. The Library is a place to study, explore the City’s archive, improve literacy skills, access Wi-Fi, or use a computer. Free programs such as book clubs, career readiness workshops, concerts, author visits, and a monthly calendar of events for children and teens are continually offered.

Visit the Escondido Public Library at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on hours, locations and coming events, call 760-839-4684, or access the Escondido Public Library website at

Countdown to Cruisin’ Grand

On Friday, April 4, 2014 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  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. It’s an affordable, family-friendly event that appeals to people of all ages, and it is a wonderful way to showcase our historic downtown. 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.” Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 4 to October 4 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido. 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

New Saturday Market In Escondido

In addition to the long-standing Tuesday Farmer’s Market sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, earlier this month a new Saturday morning open-air market began operating in downtown Escondido.  Located on Kalmia Street, between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway, the market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This family-friend market brings local vendors selling fresh produce, unique crafts, and delicious baked goods. There also is health and nutrition information, downtown business specials and discounts and much more.  A ZUMBA class is offered between 8:30-9:30 a.m. for $5 per class (the first class is free). 


The market is operated by Escondido Events, a company comprised of a group of merchants who are dedicated to holding events in downtown Escondido. For more information, please visit or call (760) 233-7714.


The City of Escondido is considering closing Maple Street Plaza to motor vehicles at Grand Avenue and Maple Street. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 20114 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, to solicit feedback from the public about this issue.

 Currently vehicles may enter Maple Street Plaza from Grand Avenue as well as from the alleyway between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. The city is considering closing the street at Grand Avenue, but may allow delivery trucks to continue to access businesses from the alleyways.  The closure is intended to enhance pedestrian safety as well as to encourage more special events on the plaza.

 If you are not able to attend the meeting but wish to send in comments, please send them to Joyce Masterson, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations at or by calling 760-839-4621.