Queen Califia Will Be Open This Saturday, April 9

CONTACT: Kristina Owens

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, April 9, from 10 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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.


For photos and more information visit https://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx



Escondido Public Library Hosts “Star Wars: May the 4th Be With You” Celebration


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will host a Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This interactive event for all ages celebrates the Star Wars culture in books and cinema.

Children and adults are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed costumes and participate in a contest which will begin at 5:00 p.m. Special guests from the international Star Wars costume enthusiasts’ organization, the 501st Legion, will be dressed in authentic Star Wars regalia to provide character meet-and-greets. Bring your camera for this unique photo opportunity! Additional activities include craft stations, an interactive lightsaber workshop, and a costume parade through the Library led by the 501st Legion.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library.Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. For more information about the Star Wars May the 4th Be With You program, contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836 or at mbarrette@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day)


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 3:30—5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This interactive program with storytelling and crafts connects families and children of all ages to books and reading, and celebrates the diversity of cultures in our community.

El Día, as it is commonly known, is inspired by Mexico’s annual El Día del Niño (Day of the Child) and serves as an introduction to the rich family traditions preserved in the Latin community. It is also a nationally recognized initiative, especially celebrated by libraries, that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The program encourages parents to celebrate their children by making a daily commitment to promoting reading at home. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature storytime beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by a variety of craft stations for puppet-making, tissue paper flower creation, water color painting, and chalk art.

Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, is organizing the festivities and commented, “The Día event is a perfect way to celebrate all children and highlight the importance of books, individual reading, and family reading time. It also encourages the community to visit the Library, check out books, utilize our many resources, and learn about our programs.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. All Library programs are free and open to the public and this program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and craft supplies may be limited. For more information about the El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros program, contact Senior Library Associate, Cecy Rayphole, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.


Cruisin' Grand Returns April 1


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On Friday, April 1, 2016 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 1 to September 30 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2016 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza.  Seven local wineries, plus Stone Brewing, will be offering tastes and local wine and craft beer expertise. The participating wineries are:

  • BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge
  • Forgotten Barrel
  • Highland Valley Vineyards
  • Hungry Hawk Vineyards
  • Keys Creek Winery
  • Manzanita Ridge Winery
  • Vesper Vineyards

Proceeds will benefit the Escondido Arts Partnership. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.escondido.org/cruisin-grand.aspx


Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisingrand.com .



Temporary Closure of Ash Street


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 ext. 7031


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Ash Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during nighttime construction (9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.). The temporary full closure of the street will be in effect Sunday (night), April 3, 2016 through Friday (night), April 8, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. No through access will be allowed to either side of Ash Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.


Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Ash Street between Washington Ave. & Valley Parkway by either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge will be allowed.


Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.


The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.



Temporary Road Closure


CONTACT: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664


Due to pipeline work being performed in northern Escondido by the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, North Avenue from Broadway to Laurashwan Lane will closed beginning March 28, 2016 through April 8, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During that time, only residents will be granted access.  Detour signs will be posted during closure times.


The contractor for the project is Southland Paving.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents String Quartet Quartetto Sorrento


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA - String quartet Quartetto Sorrento will perform at the Escondido Public Library on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Violinists Paula Simmons, Ondrei Lewitt, Michael Dvoskin and cellist Gordon Grubbs perform classical music by composers ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich, Debussy, and Thompson. Learn more about Quartetto Sorrento at http://theviolinshopsandiego.com/quartetto-sorrento/. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. May’s concert presents bass and mandolin duo MandoBasso.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. 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. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.


Wine Tasting at Cruisin Grand Postponed to June 3


CONTACT: Michelle Geller

PHONE: (760) 839-4587

EMAIL: mgeller@escondido.org





Due to the possibility of rain, the wine tasting event which was scheduled for this Friday, April 8 on Maple Street Plaza. The new date will be Friday, June 3rd. Updated information will be posted ASAP.


NOTE: Cruisin’ Grand has not officially been cancelled at this point. That call will be made by the event organizer by Noon on Friday and posted to the CG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cruisingrand



Temporary Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664


The City of Escondido advises motorists of the following temporary road closures:

  • North bound Ash St. from Lehner Ave. to Stanley Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 21 to March 25, 2016
  • South bound Ash St. from Stanley Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 28 to April 1, 2016

Detour signs will be posted during the closure.


The road closures are due to new road surface improvements being made by Lennar Homes as part of the new Pradera Project. The work has been scheduled to coincide with Rincon Middle School’s Spring recess to minimize the inconvenience to motorists.  The road is expected to be completely reopened with all detours removed by April 2, 2016.


Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.