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

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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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Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          
CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN ON SATURDAY

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, July 14, 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.

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Escondido Public Library Survey Links

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Deborah Joy,  301-540-5100 x2200

As the Escondido Public Library looks to the future and develops a strategic plan, we want to better understand patron views of the Library. Public participation in the 2018 Escondido Public Library Survey is very important and findings will help the Library better serve the citizens of Escondido. Please take about three minutes to complete the survey in either English or Spanish by May 31, 2018. 

The information citizens provide will be completely confidential and anonymous. Completed surveys will go directly to Opinion Research Specialists, LLC, an independent research company, which will collect and analyze the results.

Please direct questions about the survey or the strategic plan to Deborah Joy at debbie.joy@lsslibraries.com or 301-540-5100 x2200.

A Highlight of June Events at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special events for adults during the month of June. All events are free, open to the public, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room unless otherwise noted. 

  • Death Café North County on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Death Café provides a safe and agenda-free place to discuss death, dying, and end of life concerns, over coffee, tea, and tasty treats. Registration is encouraged at www.escondidolibrary.org/register
  • Summer Reading Challenge All-Ages Kickoff —Outside Portico. Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Register for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Baltimore Snowball. Participants who complete the Summer Reading Challenge earn chances to win gift cards and the grand prize, a Kindle Fire!
  • Escondido Writers Group Open Mic on Saturday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Writers of all genres are invited to participate in this special open mic event. Read your work to the audience and receive friendly critiques. Please arrive by 10:00 a.m. to secure a spot.

For more information about Library events, visit the website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836 or monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library Presents Endless Exploration 2018 Summer Reading Challenge for All-Ages!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

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.

Summer Reading Challenge festivities kick off-on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library’s front patio. Sign-up for the Challenge and receive free samples from Chick-Fil-A and Baltimore Snowball.

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles; and a John Abrams Animal Magic Show.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top games, VR, and 3D Printing; Clue in Space; and a Burritos and Book Club chat discussing books by authors who explored far off worlds or those close to our own. Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, and a special summer movie screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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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Free Dads & Donuts All-Ages Event at Escondido Public Library!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host the first ever Dads & Donuts on Saturday, May 5, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This interactive, all-ages event includes free giveaways and will celebrate Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars culture, and promote family bonding.

Dads (and male caregivers), bring your kids to the library to mingle with fellow dads, enjoy free donuts and coffee, pick out a free comic book (while supplies last), play a virtual reality game, and watch a 3D printer demonstration. Kids may come dressed as Star Wars characters and be entertained with educational, age appropriate activities.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged.  For more information on this and other programs, visit the Library’s website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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