Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday


CONTACT: Kristina Owens, 760-839-4519
DATE: May 8, 2017 PHONE: 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, May 13, 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 City Council Appoints City Manager and City Attorney


CONTACT: Teresa Collins, (760) 270-4707

Escondido, CA – During their closed session meeting yesterday, the Escondido City Council unanimously voted to appoint Jeffrey Epp as the Escondido City Manager and Michael McGuinness as the City Attorney. Mr. Epp and Mr. McGuinness were serving as the Interim City Manager and Interim City Attorney respectively.

In making the announcement Mayor Sam Abed noted, "Jeff and Mike did an excellent job for the city in their interim positions. Their long time tenure with the city and their strong relationships with the community will be a great benefit to Escondido. They are the best qualified to help the City Council to take Escondido to the next level of economic prosperity"

Jeffrey Epp joined the City of Escondido in August of 1985. He held the titles of Deputy Attorney, Senior Attorney and Assistant City Attorney before being appointed as City Attorney in 1996. Prior to working for the City of Escondido, Jeff worked as a prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Mr. Epp obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming.

Mike McGuinness started his professional career in 1987 with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office where he served in the roles as a prosecutor and then civil litigator of all types of cases.  Mr. McGuinness joined the Escondido City Attorney’s Office in April 2008 as an Assistant City Attorney responsible for all litigation.  Prior to joining the City, Mike was Of Counsel with the San Diego office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, now part of the Dentons law firm.


Escondido Public Library Offers Easy Access to New Books and Movies


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library introduces New Book Alerts featured on the Library’s website that announces the latest titles added to the collection. New Book Alerts also allows patrons to sign up for email notifications of new titles by the most in-demand authors or recently released items in favorite genres. When a new book, DVD, or audiobook is added to the Library’s collection, participating patrons can receive email alerts. Patrons may also choose to browse new titles on the New Book Alerts web page at https://library.escondido.org/new and place holds on brand new titles.

Anyone can access Escondido Public Library’s New Book Alerts service through the Library website at https://library.escondido.org/new.  Funding for this service was generously provided by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information, contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or vsjoberg@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Presents Navy Band Southwest Woodwind Quintet


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library proudly presents the unique sound of Navy Band Southwest Woodwind Quintet on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

With over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, Navy Band Southwest serves the military and civilians throughout the Southwestern United States.Blending the individual sounds of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone, the Quintet creates a highly eclectic sonic palette. They will perform works from various genres, with an emphasis on popular American composers such as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

Visit library.escondido.org, or contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 or vsjoberg@escondido.org for more information. Library programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club Meets in May


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, El secreto de mi marido/The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty in both English and Spanish. The book is available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

Cecilia finds a letter from her husband, to be opened after his death. Her husband is very much alive, but she decides to read it anyway, only to find his deepest, darkest secret revealed. Australian author Liane Moriarty has written six internationally best-selling novels, and her book Big Little Lies was recently turned into a dark comedy-drama miniseries for HBO. CBS has acquired the rights to The Husband’s Secret and a feature film is currently in development.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, June 17, 2017, discussing La casa de los espíritus/The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.  Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.


City Of Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief


CONTACT: Sheryl Bennett, 760-839-4643

Escondido, CA – Following the recent retirement of Chief Russ Knowles, Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp has named Rick Vogt as the new Fire Chief for the City of Escondido.

Chief Vogt started with the City of Escondido in 2015 as the Division Chief for Training and EMS, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2016.

Chief Vogt’s career in fire services began over 30 years ago as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Palm Desert. He subsequently became a firefighter for the City of Temecula/Cal Fire, was appointed Station Captain for Riverside County/Cal Fire and served as Administrative and Field Battalion Chief for the City of San Marcos just prior to coming to the City of Escondido.

“Chief Vogt is the ideal candidate to continue the traditions of excellence, efficiency, integrity and outstanding public service that characterize the Escondido Fire Department,” said Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp.

Chief Vogt will be focused on overseeing a smooth transition for the department, and maintaining its high standards of excellence in public safety and emergency services.


Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. New York Times bestseller, Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton, is the selected title. Copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Rebel of the Sands is set in the desert nation of Miraji, an unwelcoming place, and the small town of Dustwalk is even less welcoming. Orphaned, barely tolerated, and stifled in a culture that considers females worthless, Amani must rely on her skills as a sharpshooter to escape from an arranged marriage and finally be free. Brash, witty, and fierce, Amani’s plans for escape backfire, but then she suddenly gets another chance. In this action-filled adventure, she never imagined she’d gallop away from back-country

Dustwalk on a mythical horse made of sand into the heart of the wild and barren desert. Even more startling to her is the charming and mysterious scoundrel Jin, who accompanies her on this rollicking fantasy adventure full of romance, myth, and magic.

After discussing Rebel of the Sands, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido, California. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Fourteenth Goldfish


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Jennifer L Holm’s novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Holm, author of the popular Baby Mouse and Squish series, gives readers the quirky tale of fifth-grader Ellie, whose life takes a strange and mysterious turn when her mother brings home an unusual guest. Oddly enough, the guest, a teenage boy, looks, dresses, and speaks exactly like her grandfather Melvin, who has vanished while conducting scientific research on age-reversal. When Ellie’s grandfather needs to break a specimen out of his lab so he can publish his work, high jinks ensue. With humor, a delightful cast of characters, and snippets of the history of scientific discovery sprinkled throughout, Holm inspires children to view science as fun and filled with possibility.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on May 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Experience the riveting true story of Alexandre Dumas, the almost forgotten hero who   inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Born the son of a black slave, Dumas escaped bondage and was schooled as a sword fighting member of the French aristocracy. The group will discuss his humble beginnings and swashbuckling adventures.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 13, 2017 for a group discussion of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836.


Dixon Lake Closed to Anglers April 18-21

CONTACT: Dan Hippert, Lake and Open Space Superintendent

PHONE: (760) 839-4345

Dixon Lake will be closed to anglers from 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 through 6:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 in order to maintain the trout stock prior to the 20th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Charity Trout Derby.  There will be no fishing from either the shore, the piers or from boats.   Day use areas and the campground will remain open, and the concession stand will continue to supply visitors with food, drinks and sundries.  Rental boats also will be available, but fishing gear will not be allowed on boats.  Signs will also be posted to remind visitors of the restriction.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the shutdown, but will be strictly enforcing the closure.  Lake and Open Space Superintendent Dan Hippert said, “We will have Park Rangers patrolling the shoreline regularly, and visitors found fishing on the closure dates will be subject to a citation and ejection from the park for up to 72 hours.”

The Kiwanis Trout Derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 and ends on Sunday April 23 at 4:00 p.m. 

Dixon Lake is owned and operated by the City of Escondido and is located at 1700 La Honda Dr.  The park opens every day at 6:00 a.m. but closing hours vary by season.  Call Dixon Lake at (760) 839-4345 or visit www.escondido.org and click on the Dixon Lake page for more information.