Escondido Public Library Hosts Broke A$$ Holidays


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289 

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Broke A$$ Holidays - a fun, creative craft experience for adults looking to create unique gifts this holiday season. The program will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Participants upcycle used books to create free, sustainable gifts for those on their holiday short list. Craft supplies, good cheer, and holiday tunes will be provided. Supplies are limited and registration is required at by December 2, 2016.

Broke A$$ Holidays is a free craft program open to all adults who are full of gift-giving spirit, but low on cash. For more information about this and future Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.



County to Hand-spray Escondido Neighborhood in Travel-related Zika Case


CONTACT: Ms. Alex Bell, 619-531-5410

County Vector Control crews plan to hand-spray an Escondido neighborhood to kill invasive Aedes mosquitoes and prevent them from potentially spreading the Zika virus after finding them near a person who contracted Zika outside the country. Vector Control plans to hand-spray the area Thursday, November 10th weather permitting. The area to be hand-sprayed is roughly 17 acres in size, includes 109 units and is bordered by Rimrock Drive on the north and East El Norte Parkway on the south.

County crews went door-to-door in the area Tuesday to notify residents in person, leave door hangers and show people how to prevent mosquitoes from breeding inside and outside their homes.

This will be the eighth neighborhood in San Diego County that Vector Control has had to hand-spray this year to protect the public health.

For more information or to view a map of the area to be sprayed, please visit the County’s website at



Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday


DATE: November 7, 2016

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, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 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 Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party


CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at



Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses Inside Out & Back Again


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, December 2nd, 2016, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Thanhha Lai’s novel, Inside Out & Back Again. Registration is required and now open at 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

Ten-year-old Hà narrates the pivotal year in her life when she and her family flee the war in Vietnam and make the long journey to America. Once there, Hà copes with learning English and the taunts of cruel children, and she also witnesses her brothers’ and mother’s struggle to find their own places in the community. Drawing on each other’s support, as well as the help of a few kind neighbors and classmates, Hà and her family eventually find their way.

The Vietnam War and refugee crisis are not easy subjects but Hà is brave and funny, and her singular voice illuminates her and her family’s struggle to navigate a strange land and maintain hope.

Inside Out and Back Again, a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award, is inspired by the author’s personal experience as a young immigrant.

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  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


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, November 19, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo/El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

When several notebooks were recently discovered among Frida Kahlo’s belongings at her home in Mexico City, acclaimed Mexican novelist F.G Haghenbeck was inspired to write this fictional account of Kahlo’s life. Haghenbeck takes the readers on a mystic journey through Frida’s passionate life: her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, her artistic development, and her relationships with famous friends such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvador Dalí. The book also features Frida’s famous recipes for everyone to enjoy this holiday season; pumpkin tamales, pan de muertos (Day of the Dead bread), and salsa borracha (drunken salsa), to name a few.

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet again on Saturday, January 28, 2017, to discuss Story of a Sociopath/Historia de un canalla by Julia Navarro.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.


Escondido Police Chief Named Law Enforcement Official of the Year


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter has been named “Law Enforcement Official of the Year” by the San Diego Crime Commission.  The award was presented on October 14, 2016 at the Commission’s 31st annual Blue Knight Award ceremony.

Chief Carter was recognized for his commitment to making San Diego County a model example for the country. Chief Carter has served as the President of the San Diego County Police Chief’s and Sheriff Association for the past two years. Chief Carter also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Duncan Hunter, as well as a proclamation from Assembly Member Marie Waldron and  a certificate of recognition from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Chief Carter was honored to receive the award and credited all of the county’s law enforcement officials for their outstanding leadership and for keeping San Diego County on the cutting edge of innovative policing.

The annual award ceremony gives every law enforcement agency in the county the opportunity to honor their agencies’ men and women for their outstanding service. Additionally, the Crime Commission honors one Law Enforcement Leader in the county for outstanding dedication to their community as well as the entire law enforcement community.


City Manager Announces Resignation


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell informed the City Council today of his plans to resign no later than December 31, 2016 due to personal reasons.

Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Escondido since December 2015 following the retirement of Clay Phillips.  Prior to that he was Assistant City Manager from June to December 2015.  He previously was City Manager in Lemon Grove for twelve years, as well as City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. 


Escondido Public Library Announces the 2016-2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the scheduled performers for the 2016 –2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series season, opening on November 12, 2016. Free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. from November 2016 through May 2017. All performances take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

The 2016—2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

November 12, 2016             Q-Ban Street Band – Cuban dance music

December 10, 2016            San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

January 14, 2017                Peter Sprague Trio – Brazilian-style jazz

February 11, 2017              Opera Exposed! With San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

March 11, 2017                   Virtual Strangers – Bluegrass music

April 8, 2107                         Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind - Contemporary jazz

May 13, 2017                       Minna Han and Joo-In Lee – Classical piano and violin virtuosos


The Q-Ban Street Band opens the season with pulsing Cuban Salsa, Bachata, and Timba music on, November 12, 2016. Bachata is a popular guitar-based, dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic; Timba, is based on classic Cuban music, along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Maritza Baida, special guest and director of Baila Cubano San Diego, will show interested audience members some Cuban dances while her dance group demonstrates moves to the beat of the Q-Ban Street Band.

For more information about the 2nd Saturday Concert Series visit or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is 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 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Anita Diamant, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent, delivers a gripping portrait of Jewish immigrant life in the early 20th century. Elderly grandmother Addie Baum relays her life-story of early poverty, family-strife and her rise as a career woman who stood by her beliefs at all costs. Join the book club and examine how life choices make up who we will become.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 13, 2016 with a group discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande.

Library programs are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.