“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week Celebrates Its Fifth Year

...and continues benefitting the North County Food Bank

January 28 – February 3, 2018

Visit Escondido’s Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week is happening January 28 to February 3 at over 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town. Held in partnership with California Restaurant Month, this successful culinary tourism event happens during the last week in January and is celebrating its fifth year.

Southern California residents and visitors will enjoy scrumptious specials from Escondido’s highly acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries while savoring the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite places and create new experiences! There are no food themes or menu restrictions to what each restaurant can offer, so the range of diversity provides something for everyone.

“With over thirty local eateries offering unique specials, our restaurant week gives everyone the perfect excuse to finally get out to that great restaurant they haven’t tried yet, all while giving back,” said Katherine Zimmer, tourism manager for the City of Escondido.

Continuing to support of the North County Food Bank, each Dine Out Escondido! restaurant will donate $1 of every special they sell during this week to the North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO James A. Floros said, “We are very grateful to the restaurants that are supporting our North County Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Dine Out Escondido! campaign. Children on the program receive free meals at school during the week, but face hunger over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Funds raised through Dine Out Escondido! will help us provide weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty.”

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to visitescondido.com

2018 Participating Restaurants – 32 total:

Downtown Escondido
A Delight of France Bakery & Bistro
Bellamy's Restaurant
Burger Bench
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Cute Cakes Bakery & Café
Dominic's Italian Gourmet
H Brothers
Jalapeño Grill
Joe's Italian
Kettle Coffee & Tea
La Tapatia
Mi Guadalajara
Plan 9 Alehouse
Rosie's Cafe
Sunny Side Kitchen
Suzy Q's Diner
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
These Islands
Vinz Wine Bar

Around Town
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Carin de Ria
Pegah’s Kitchen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
The Sand Crab Tavern
The Wooden Spoon
Vintana Wine + Dine

Westfield North County
Famous Waffle Sandwich
Nordstrom Marketplace Café
On The Border

About the Food 4 Kids Backpack program:  
The North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school students living in poverty (Escondido's Lincoln Elementary is in the program). Kids on the program receive free breakfasts and lunches at school Monday through Friday, but face hunger at home on the weekends.

The backpack of food they receive sees them through the weekend so they can return to school ready to learn on Monday. Food items include: peanut butter; beans and franks; ravioli or stew in pop-top cans; soup; fruit bars; cereal; tuna fish pouches; juice boxes; fruit cups; raisins; granola bars; shelf-stable milk; and macaroni and cheese. Currently, the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program serves 1,733 elementary school students at 37 schools in 11 school districts. To feed one child for the entire school year costs $200; for one month it costs $22, and for one weekend it costs $5.50.

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as rural and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.
Go to visitescondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777


Escondido Public Library’s Holiday Food for Fines Benefits Locals in Need


CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program once again proved to be a win-win for those involved. This popular program provided Library patrons with the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from their account through food donations. The collection drive ran from November 27 through December 30, 2017, and the Library accumulated 53 crates of food weighing 1,590 pounds. Proceeds from the drive were donated to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido which distributed the food to families in need throughout the North County area (www.interfaithservices.org/).

Escondido Public Library’s Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber remarked, “This event is a wonderful way for our Library patrons not only to clear some of their fines but to simultaneously give back to their community to help those in need. Many patrons brought in extra food we had one patron who brought in 2 large boxes of food just to donate. She said it was her turn to give back.” 

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber lweber@escondido.org or 760-839-4613. Information about other events and services can be found at library.escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.


Annual Recruitment for Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk - 760-839-4617


The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 16, 2018.


Applications are being accepted for:


  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission


Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term and Community Services Youth Member, who serves a one-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx



Nominations Sought for Escondido City Council Awards

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 24, 2018. A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January.  The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses More Than This by Patrick Ness


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The selected title is More Than This by award-winning author, Patrick Ness. Copies are available for checkout in the Library’s Teen Area or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org. Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Seth wakes, thirsty and starving, remembering his death. Surprised to find himself in the small English town where he grew up, everything is covered in dust and dirt, something like a ghost town. Plus, every time he closes his eyes, he experiences painfully vivid memories, memories so clear as to be confused with the world around him. As Seth explores his new reality, trying to find signs of life and answers to why he might be trapped in this strange place, he can only hope that there is more than this.

After discussing More Than This, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. 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 the 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 S. Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025. 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.


Winter and Spring 2018 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this winter and spring designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2018 Winter and Spring Storytime Schedule begins January 10, 2018 and runs through April 26, 2018 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5.
  • Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old.
  • P.J Storytime, a once a month evening storytime on select Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. for ages 4-12.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.



Escondido Public Library Presents January Programs for Adults


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate the New Year with special programs planned during the month of January. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

  • The Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet other writers and published authors and learn from them in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects.
  • Adult Winter Crafts: Watercolor Painting with Cotton Swabs: On Tuesday, January 6, from 10:30 p.m. –12:00 p.m., bring out your inner artist by using cotton swabs and watercolors to create a unique art piece.
  • 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet January 9th from 6:00 –7:30 p.m. for a discussion of H is for Hawk. Helen Macdonald presents an award-winning and gorgeously written account of how she managed her grief at losing her father. A naturalist and falconer, Macdonald trains a bird of prey to hunt and finds parallels to her own experiences in a beautiful book ripe for discussion.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Louis Landon for all ages on Saturday, January 13, from 3:00 p.m.-- 4:30 p.m. Steinway Artist Louis Landon, the self-described Pianist for Peace, aspires to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart. Landon will perform a solo piano concert of his original compositions.
  • Rincon Literario, Bilingual Book Club is discussing Isabel Allende’s newest novel Mas alla del inviemo/In the Midst of Winter in both English and Spanish on Saturday, January 27, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

All library programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about January programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.  



Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Witch Boy


CONTACT:  Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CAEscondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Molly Ostertag’s graphic novel, The Witch Boy. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. 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 library.escondido.org.

In Aster’s community, everyone is born to practice a certain kind of magic: boys learn to shapeshift and girls master “witchery,” or spells and potions. Aster feels his true talents lie in witchery and not shapeshifting, but everyone tells him he must conform according to an ancient code created for the good of all. When one of the boys mysteriously disappears, Aster will have to decide whether to follow the rules or use a bit of magic, even if it means risking frightening consequences.

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


Queen Califia's Magical Circle Closed This Saturday

Update: December 8, 2017
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle will be closed this Saturday, December 9th due to the closure of Kit Carson Park. Kit Carson Park is being used as a CalFire base camp and is CLOSED to the pubic until further notice. Please go the City of Escondido’s website or Facebook page for more information.


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, December 9, 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!


CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

Escondido, CA– Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines Program runs Monday, November 27 through Sunday, December 31, 2017. 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 credit up to $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 79 crates of food weighing an estimated 2,370 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.

>The Library is happy to accept any donations whether or not they are fine-related and welcomes donations from patrons who bring in food just to help those in need. 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 library.escondido.org.