Queen Califia's Magical Circle Garden Open this Saturday, March 14


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, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Art Commissioners 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. Photos and more information about the art piece are at http://www.escondido.org/queen-califias-magical-circle.aspx .



Traffic Advisory Update: Broadway Water Main Break

City crews have repaired the water main break and are prepping the area for asphalt repair.

Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenues will remain closed until late afternoon on Wednesday, March 4.

4th Avenue between Kalmia and Broadway will be open today by 4:30 p.m.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Additional updates will be posted here and on the City of Escondido Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido .



Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4271


Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. En el tiempo de las mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, is the selected book for March. Participants will discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature in either language. Rincón Literario also provides an opportunity to practice either English or Spanish language skills. 

It is November 23, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  The local newspaper reports their deaths as an accident.  It does not mention that a fourth sister lives.  Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.  It doesn’t have to, everyone knows of Las Mariposas – “The Butterflies.” 

Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Caribbean history to tell their story in a brilliantly characterized novel, through the voices of all four sisters.  The Butterflies were extraordinary women.  Through the art and the magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. 

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In April, readers will discuss the classis work, Cien anos de soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4271 or crayphole@escondido.org.


Traffic Alert Update: Broadway Closure Expanded Due to Water Main Break

Due to a water main break, Broadway is closed between 2nd and 5th Avenues, and 4th Avenue is closed between Broadway and Kalmia. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. City crews are on scene and repairs are underway. No customers are without water at this time. Additional updates will be posted here and on the City of Escondido Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido as they become available.

Traffic Alert: Broadway from 3rd to 4th Closed Due to Water Main Break

A water main break occurred at approximately 4 a.m. this morning. City crews are on scene working to repair it. Broadway is closed between 3rd and 4th Avenues. More information will be posted here and on the City Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido as it becomes available. 

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library: Financial Planning for Retirement


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library with this month’s topic, Financial Planning for Retirement, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to present an overview of important steps that should be completed before retirement. The program will also provide an in-depth look at the A-B-C’s of investing to assist with achieving retirement goals.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center, sdflc.org, provides expertise for this ongoing series. The Center enhances the financial IQ of San Diego County residents by providing information, education, and training to manage finances, create strong credit profiles, borrow wisely, and plan for retirement.

Librarian Neva Robinson, program coordinator, commented, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library is a new series to help community members receive information about financial topics that affect their every day lives. As an introductory series, we zeroed in on planning for social security, retirement, college and managing debt. The San Diego Financial Literacy Center’s expertise is complemented by the many financial planning resources and books available in the Library’s collection.”

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Planning for College Expenses will be presented as the final program in this series.

All Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library series, contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor”


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents, “An Evening with Doris Martin, Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, will recount her and her family’s story of extreme challenge and survival during Nazi occupation. She will discuss her life experience and share her message of tolerance and remembrance at this event. Ms. Martin will be available to sign her book immediately following her talk.

Born in Bedzin, Poland, Martin survived the Ludswigdorf Concentration Camp where she spent three-and-a-half years, forced to handle and measure explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. Doris Martin believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place.

She and her husband reside in Escondido, California part of the year, and have a home in Flagstaff, Arizona where they’ve established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. When in California, and as often as possible, Ms. Martin speaks and shares her story with groups, community members and students.

Copies of Kiss Every Step are available in the Library’s circulating collection for check-out and will be available for purchase for $15.00 at the speaking engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited.  For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.