Get into the Holiday Spirit- Donate food to remove Library fines!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library's annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 26, through Monday, December 31, 2018. 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 equal $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 53 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,590 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.

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 www.escondidolibrary.org.


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Vacancy on City Appointed Historic Preservation Commission

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Eva Heter, 760-839-4617

The Escondido City Council is seeking applicants for the Historic Preservation Commission due to a recent vacancy.  The term of office will expire on March 31, 2020. 

 

The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for developing and implementing the City Historic Preservation Program under the direction of the City Council, and advises the Council on matters relating to historic preservation. 

 

Appointed by the City Council, this seven-member Commission meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 3:30 p.m.  Due to specific membership criteria an application and a resume are required. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a month to serve your community, please contact the City Clerk's office at 839-4617 for further information and an application form.  Applications can also be downloaded from the city's website at www.ci.escondido.ca.us.  Please submit your application to the City Clerk's Office no later than Monday, December 3, 2018

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Saturdays in October

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, October 13, and Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Municipal Election to be held November 6, 2018. During regular business hours, you may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters or online at www.sdvote.org. Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.
If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 22.
If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the

Town Hall Meeting Wednesday 10/3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-270-4707

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Following a brief update by the Mayor, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99.

This is the 15th town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Saturdays in September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, September 8, and Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

Escondido Public Library Launches 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kristine Mirate, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Learning to read is an early indicator of academic success. Even before school begins, kids get critical literacy skills from parents and caregivers. Reading, discussing books, and singing out loud contribute to a child’s language development skills. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is intended for parents with children ages birth to 5 years old. Kickoff events will be held during Baby Lapsit storytime on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as during the Toddler Tales storytime on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. The kickoff events will discuss how the program works, registration, and how to log progress. For more information on 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/1000books.

Library programs are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at www.escondidolibrary.org or call the Youth Services Desk at 760-839-5456. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Saturdays in August

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, August 11, and Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

Select Oak Trees to Be Treated at Daley Ranch Next Week

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Hippert, 760-839-4345
 

Aguilar Plant Care, as a contractor for the City of Escondido, will be treating select oak trees at Daley Ranch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 7th, 8th and 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The treatment area will be the Jack Creek Meadow Loop trail, which runs north and south from the Daley Ranch House to the northern boundary of the Ranch.  During the treatment, both the east and west sides of the Jack Creek Meadow Loop trail will be closed to all travel. 

Treatment of these trees is needed to help eliminate the Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), a pest that is damaging mature oaks throughout southern California, including Daley Ranch.  The GSOB tunnels underneath the bark of many species of oaks, causing severe damage to the nutrient delivery system of the tree.  Eventually, the tree weakens and dies. 

Aguilar Plant Care will be applying two different products to help control this pest: Sevin SL and Pentra Bark.

If you have any questions about the trail closure or treatment, please contact the City’s Park Ranger station at (760) 839-4345.

Escondido Public Library Invites You to Endless Exploration, 2018 Summer Reading Challenge for All-Ages!

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CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4624

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to “Endless Exploration.” The Challenge, which runs from June 9, 2018 to July 28, 2018, includes special events and celebrates reading for all ages. Participants log reading online at http://www.escondidolibrary.org/summer. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. Summer readers of all ages earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses.

This year has seen record breaking numbers for the Challenge! At week four, we have 131 babies (ages birth-3), 948 kids (ages 4-11), 244 teens (ages 12-18), and 343 adults enrolled, for a total of 1,666 people! Kids and teens have read over 5,000 hours already and over 3,000 books have been read!

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events, and Annie Banannie’s Big Balloon Adventure.

Teen events include a screen printing t-shirt craft event, a Burritos and Book Club chat discussing books by authors who explored far off worlds or those close to our own, and Esco Sings!, an annual talent show with cash prizes! Adult programs include book discussions, a special summer movie screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Virtual Reality drop in sessions on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2018 Endless Explorations Summer Reading Challenge, including program dates and times, prizes, sponsors, and rules for participation, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/summer.Summer Reading events are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and local businesses. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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