Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway



DATE: October 13, 2015                                                                       

CONTACT: Lori Rountree, 760-839-6245



Temporary Lane Closures on Bear Valley Parkway


The City of Escondido will performing repairs to a water line located on Bear Valley Parkway. The number one northbound lane of Bear Valley Parkway and the southbound turn lane from Bear Valley Parkway onto Peet Lane will be closed until approximately 10 p.m. tonight. Please consider using an alternate route.



Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, meets on Saturday, November 7, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, is the selected title. Copies of The Winner’s Curse are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.

The Winner’s Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about seventeen-year-old Kestrel and a society consumed by slavery and class warfare. Kestrel’s father is a powerful Valorian general and she is beginning to understand and test the limits of being raised in a position of privilege. Arin enters Kestrel’s life when she purchases him as a slave at a local market in a moment of guilt, not realizing that he is a spy for rebels plotting to overthrow her father’s government. As feelings of trust and love begin to develop between them, an uprising turns Kestrel and Arin’s world upside down. They are torn between loyalty to their people and traditions and a love that can never be realized.

In addition to discussing The Winner’s Curse, teens can share their opinions and ideas about other books they have enjoyed and propose titles for the next Burritos & Book Club meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the next meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2016. 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 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.


Council Approves Settlement Agreement with Stuck in the Rough


Contact: Jeffrey Epp, 760-839-4608

The Escondido City Council has reached an agreement under which Stuck in the Rough (SITR) will dismiss its litigation pertaining to the former Escondido Country Club property.

Under the agreement, a prior court ruling which invalidated an Open Space Initiative for the property will remain in place and the City will not appeal that ruling.  SITR will withdraw its 2015 application for 270 homes, with fees to be either credited or reimbursed. While SITR retains ownership of the property, another developer will act as the lead representative on any future development application for the former Country Club property and to accept proposals for development from the surrounding community. SITR has presently identified three potential developers for the property. The City will process any application in accordance with CEQA, the Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and any other applicable laws.

Each side will bear their own costs and attorney fees.


A copy of the agreement will be placed online on Thursday, October 8 and can be found at:



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 library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.


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 library.escondido.org.

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 library.escondido.org/onebook. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org.



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 www.kpbs.org/one-book/teens. 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 www.kpbs.org/one-book 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 library.escondido.org.


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 library.escondido.org/onebook.

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 library.escondido.org, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or dfrazee@escondido.org.
















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 library.escondido.org 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

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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 library.escondido.org/banned 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 jaxelrod@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs and services can be found at library.escondido.org.