Escondido Public Library Celebrates Halloween Carnival & Día De Los Muertos


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos, on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented celebration includes stations with “spook-tacular” crafts, face-painting, and sugar skull decorating. As a special feature, two Día de los Muertos storytimes will be held, one at 3:45 p.m., and the second at 4:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival & Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Halloween Carnival & Dia de los Muertos is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at


Queen Califia's Sculpture Garden Open this Saturday October 10

CONTACT: Kristina Owens
PHONE: 760-839-4519

Join us for a special day as we celebrate Niki de Saint Phalle’s birthday and the 12th “birthday” of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, on October 10, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public, with Queen Califia docents on site to answer questions. Free Mardi Gras beads will be given to the first 50 visitors. 

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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.


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, October 31, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is La sombra del viento/Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This book was specially selected by KPBS and its partners as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult community read title. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Ruiz Zafón’s international bestseller takes place in Barcelona in 1945. As the city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son mourning the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. When he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last Carax book in existence. Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets—an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. Rincón Literario will meet next month, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, to discuss Misión olvido/The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. Find out more about the Escondido Public Library’s 2015 One Book, One San Diego events throughout the month of October at For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at



Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley,” Author of One Book, One San Diego’s 2015 Teen Selection


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-4219


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library and KPBS will host “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Jimmy Gownley is the author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!, selected as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen read. Gownley will talk about his graphic novel, as well as the comic art form, and influences that helped shape his success. A book signing will follow his talk and copies of The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for purchase at a price of $10 with cash or credit card.

This event is open to the public, but attendees must pre-register online at The Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 p.m. and early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM are highly encouraged. Remaining seats may be available on the day of the event, but due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to pre-register in advance.

Gownley is known for his keen emotional sensitivity and engaging storytelling, and ‘tweens and teens will readily identify with his comedic and heartwarming memoir. In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Gownley focuses on his adolescence as a popular and smart basketball star who was forced to miss a month of classes due to a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia. While recovering from his illness, Gownley reconnected with his love of drawing and comics, ultimately creating and publishing his own book.

KPBS is a founding partner of the One Book, One San Diego community reading program and programs such as “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” are made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation with additional funding provided by the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, Lloyd Pest Control, and Jerome’s Furniture. “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley” is also supported by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2015 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, please contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-4219. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit


Escondido Public Library Announces 2015-2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library is pleased to announce the scheduled performers for its 2015–2016 2nd Saturday Concert Series. These free concerts will be held on the second Saturday of each month from October 2015 through May 2016 in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The 2015—2016 Saturday Concert Series:

October 10, 2015

Flamenco Artists - Flamenco dance and music highlighting the Spanish culture depicted in KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego adult selection, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz

November 14, 2015

The Gilbert Castellanos Trio – Latin jazz

December 12, 2015

Courtly Noyse – Renaissance era instruments and music

January 9, 2016

Mohavi Soul – Bluegrass​

February 13, 2016

The Gilbert Castellanos Trio – Latin jazz

March 12, 2016

Quartetto Sorrento – classical quartet

April 9, 2016

The Gilbert Castellanos Trio – Latin jazz

May 14, 2016

Mandobasso – a duo on mandolin and bass

The season opens with Flamenco Artists, an exciting combination of flamenco music and dance. Performers include guitarist, Juan Moro, singer Reyes Barrios, and dancers Erika Lopez, and Makiko. Their selection provides cultural background for KPBS’ 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind. Find out more about the Escondido Public Library’s 2015 One Book, One San Diego events throughout the month of October at

In November, The Gilbert Castellanos Trio will play jazz standards as well as contemporary and original songs. They will be followed in December by Courtly Noyse whose Holiday concert draws inspiration from Renaissance music. 

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, visit, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or
















Escondido Public Library and Pioneer Room Friends Present the Story of Hollandia Dairy


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library, and the Pioneer Room Friends, will host The Story of Hollandia Dairy, presented by second-generation owner, Arie de Jong, on Tuesday October 20, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Local dairyman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Arie de Jong tells the story of North San Diego County's Hollandia Dairy, founded by Arie's father in 1950. It is the story of an immigrant family of 12 leaving the Netherlands and risking everything to create a new life for themselves in Escondido. Arie De Jong’s story will appeal to all local history enthusiasts interested in Escondido - then and now.

The Story of Hollandia Dairy is sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. This presentation is the highlight of their annual meeting.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4624

Escondido, CA – Celebrate your right to choose what you read during Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2015 at Escondido Public Library. Banned Books Week is an annual national awareness campaign celebrating the freedom to read, and drawing attention to banned and challenged books, such as Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, and The Bible. During Banned Books Week the Library promotes the availability of works that represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints, even those that might be unorthodox or unpopular, to all who wish to read them, and the need to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions.

Visit the Library and select a book of your choice, or one from a Banned Books Week display. Visit to take part in the celebration of one of the greatest driving forces in this country – the First Amendment.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information about Banned Books Week, contact Senior Librarian, Joanna Axelrod, at 760-839-4624 or at Additional information about Library programs and services can be found at


College and Career Fair - Oct. 3 at Westfield North County


Contact: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs and military service.


Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: Mission Federal Credit Union, Westfield North County, Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.


For more information, please visit:


Escondido Community Wellness Expo - Information and Resources for Older Adults

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karen Williams, 760-839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center will host the 9th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Avenue. The Expo is designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” by providing valuable health/wellness information and resources that support older adults, family members, friends and care givers who help and assist with important life enhancing decisions.


Wellness Expo attendees can browse over 30 exhibitor booths staffed with well-informed personnel who will disseminate vital information.  The event also features:

  • Health screenings provided by community partners including Palomar Health who offer Meet the Pharmacist for one-on-one consultations (older adults should bring all medications), body composition, blood pressure, flu shots;
  • Meet the Registered Dietician/Nutritionist educator;
  • Professional Hearing Associates will evaluate hearing health;
  • Wellness Activities include Pot-A-Plant, Pet Therapy by Helen Woodward Animal Center, Senior Portraits by Palomar Community College, and Chair Massage.


Attendance at the Expo is free and includes a continental breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30 am with gift basket drawings being held throughout the event.


The Expo is sponsored by the City of Escondido in partnership with Palomar Health.  For information please call the Escondido Senior Center at 760-839-4688.




Temporary Closure of Eastbound East Lincoln Ave


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Bud Oliveira

DATE: September 18, 2015                                                        PHONE: 760-839-4668



Due to a sink hole, the City of Escondido advises motorists that access along eastbound East Lincoln Avenue at Rose Street will be closed to ALL traffic until further notice while repairs are being made. Detours will be in place in the surrounding areas to help reroute traffic. Foot traffic to Rose Elementary School will not be effected.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bud Oliveira, Deputy Director of Public Works, at 760-839-4668.