Escondido Public Library Kick Starts 2019 with Community-Wide Wellness Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Azar Katouzian, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host the first-ever Wellness Fair. This all-ages event is free and will be held on Saturday, January 26, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. More than twenty Escondido businesses are partnering with the Library to share their resources to help start the New Year with good health.

Participating partners include IHOT, St. Paul's Pace, AMCR Institute Inc., Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Interfaith Community Services, Neighborhood HealthCare, Seniors Helping Seniors, Southern Caregiver Resource Center, United Healthcare community plan, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, and more!

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other programs, visit the Library's website at www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Adult Services Librarian Azar Katouzian at azar.katouzian@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Winter-Spring 2019 Events for Families

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

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library offers special programming for children and their families in the month of January. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Weekly Baby Storytimes at SDCDM for pre-walkers-3 years old and their families. Every Monday starting January 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., children and their families can attend Baby Storytime at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum. The Museum is located at 320 North Broadway. Storytime runs from January 7, 2019 to May 20, 2019.
  • Stem Exploration Hour for children ages 6-12 and their families on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Library's Turrentine Room. Explore hydraulics, wind power, coding, and engineering at various activity stations. The library's 3D printer, Silhouette Cameo printer, and raspberry Pi's will be on display.
  • Inclusive Art Club for all ages on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Library's Turrentine Room. On select Fridays, starting January 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., children and their families can enjoy stories and create art from favorite picture books. The program runs from January 4, 2019 to April 19, 2019.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about these programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Children's Librarian, Kristine Mirate, at 760-839-5458 or kristine.mirate@escondidolibrary.org.

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Nominations Sought for 2019 City Council Awards

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CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

 

Each year at the State of the City meeting, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. Nominations now are being solicited for these awards.

 

The public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager's Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading a copy from the City's web site: https://www.escondido.org/council-awards.aspx

 

Categories include: Arts, Business, Community, Education, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, and Youth. The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in early February. The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

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About Escondido

Incorporated in 1888, Escondido is a safe, clean, and efficiently managed city of nearly 150,000 residents. Escondido is home to a growing number of businesses and a wide range of cultural, educational, healthcare, tourism, and recreation amenities, making the City the ideal destination in which to live, work and play.

East Valley Community Center Holiday Closure

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CONTACT: Danielle Lopez, 760-839-6269

Due to the City of Escondido's observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will have a modified schedule on Monday, December 24, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Open Gym Basketball, and closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Community Center will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information call (760) 839-6269 or visit the website at www.recreation.escondido.org.

Incorporated in 1888, Escondido is a safe, clean, and efficiently managed city of nearly 150,000 residents. Escondido is home to a growing number of businesses and a wide range of cultural, educational, healthcare, tourism, and recreation amenities, making the City the ideal destination in which to live, work and play.

Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open Two Saturdays in December

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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, December 8, and Saturday, December 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.

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

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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.