FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Micaela Doucette  

DATE: April 22, 2015                                                                   PHONE: 760-839-4530


The City of Escondido recognizes the month of May as “Drowning Prevention Month” in accordance with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Nationwide and in Escondido, May begins the swimming pool season. The main goal of “Drowning Prevention Month” is to raise awareness of the importance of making children and families water safe. Drowning is a preventable act that serves as the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four.  In order to assure children are safe in and around water, the City’s Recreation Department provides the opportunity for children and adults to become water safe through over 260 Learn-to-Swim classes held at James A. Stone and Washington Park pools.  Classes are taught by Aquatics staff who meet the American Red Cross and State of California requirements for Aquatics professionals.

In addition to the Learn-to-Swim classes, Escondido Recreation hosts Open Swim for the public at both James Stone and Washington Park pools for just $3 per person. Escondido Recreation Aquatics staff encourages people of all ages to practice their swimming techniques, beat the heat, spend time with their families, and have fun at Escondido pools.

Open Swim hours for the 2015 summer:

James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave

Begins June 19 through August 16

Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm


Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street

Begins June 20 through August 16

Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm

Fridays 1-4pm

Saturdays 2-6pm

Sundays 12-4pm


For more information about Learn-to-Swim classes or Open Swim, please call 760-839-4691 or visit the Recreation Department website at:



Escondido Public Library Offers Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want


CONTACT: Sheila Rodriguez, 760-839-5440

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library will offer Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., from May 5 through May 14, 2015. This two -week course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027.

Job Search Techniques: Find the Job You Want will teach participants effective Internet techniques to search for jobs, cover the online application process, and discuss the importance of professional networking. By the end of course, students will know how to create and maintain an up-to-date, professional online profile. Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, offered insight into the program, saying, “This course provides hands-on training that is vital because job applications are processed online today. The course also helps participants learn how to put their best foot forward in the job search process.”

Registration is required by April 28, 2015. To enroll, contact Sheila Rodriguez by phone at (760) 839-5440 or by email at All Escondido Public Library programs and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA. 92025. For more information on literacy services and Library programs, visit


Traffic Advisory: 1600 Block of El Norte Parkway


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Please be advised that the 1600 block El Norte Parkway has just been closed in both directions due to a fatal traffic accident.  The road is expected to remain closed until approximately 11:00 a.m.


Escondido Public Library Teen Burritos & Book Club Discusses Insomnia by J.R. Johansson


CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club, for teens, for ages 13 to 18 years, meets on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Turrentine Room from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson, is the selected title for the discussion and complimentary burritos will be provided. Copies of Insomnia are currently available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s catalog on the website at

Insomnia introduces Parker Chipp, a high school junior who hasn’t slept in four years. Instead of sleeping every night, Parker enters the dreams of the person he last made eye contact with, preventing him from sleeping peacefully. If something doesn’t change soon, Parker could be facing death. Change comes in the form of Mia, whose dreams are so calm that Parker is able to get much needed sleep. But when someone begins terrorizing Mia, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

In addition to discussing Insomnia, time will be set aside to share opinions and ideas about other books participants have enjoyed and propose titles for the next meeting. The selected book will be discussed at the Teen Summer Reading Club edition of Burritos & Book Club, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

Cathy Janovitz, Escondido Public Library’s Teen Librarian commented, “Burritos & Book Club provides a forum for teens to share opinions, feelings, and insights in a casual and comfortable environment about any book that interests them.”

This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell located at 627 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, CA. 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 Additional information about the Library can be found at


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Latin-Jazz Chamber Music by Besos de Coco


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series proudly presents Besos De Coco on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Besos de Coco is an innovative and eclectic chamber group that generates a great deal of excitement with groundbreaking performances.

Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Voce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos form the group. They blend their talents and influences into a fresh and unique sound rooted in old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Besos de Coco commands the attention of their audiences with stage presence and intensity while establishing an intimate connection through lyrical, soul-searching Afro-Brazilian numbers, pulsating Spanish rhumbas, and sensual tangos.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series will be extended to include two summer concerts as part of Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program that carries the musical theme, Read to the Rhythm. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi will perform a fusion of traditional klezmer, New Jewish, Gypsy, World Beat, and Balkan music. On August 8, 2015, the Neave Trio will perform classical chamber music. For more information about Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs and programs, visit, or contact Librarian, David Frazee at 760-839-4839 or

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.



Escondido Library’s 2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Washington Square by Henry James


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the classic Washington Square by Henry James.

One of the most instantly appealing of James's early masterpieces, Washington Square is the tale of a trapped daughter and a domineering father. Catherine Sloper, heiress to a fortune, attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend. Her father is convinced that his motives are merely mercenary and he will not consent to the marriage, regardless of the cost to his daughter. Out of this classic confrontation, Henry James fashioned a tale with great depth of meaning and an understanding of the human condition. First published in 1880, but set some forty years earlier in a pre-Civil War New York, this novel reflects the restricted world in which its heroine is marooned.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 9, 2015, with a discussion on Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  The selection for July 14, 2015, Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, is in keeping with this year’s Summer Reading theme, Read to the Rhythm. Join Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Club and take part in the California Library Association’s goal of signing up 1 Million Summer Readers this year. In addition, Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading program includes special events such as 2nd Saturday Concerts and the Be Money Smart series, as well as a chance to earn weekly prizes.

All Library programs are free to the public and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club or Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs visit or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4828

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” providing instruction and demonstrations on how to access and download free Library eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone, tablet, eReader, or computer. eReaders eXplained, will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Seating will be limited to the first 20 people, so please come early.

eReaders eXplained takes the mystery out of how to use Library eBooks with eReaders, including iPads, iPhones, and other tablets, and will provide step-by-step guidance for the required one-time set-up. Attendees should bring their own devices to get the most out of this hands-on learning experience.

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 Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4828. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Traffic Advisory - Northbound Bear Valley Parkway

Contact: Lori Rountree, Deputy Director of Utilities (760) 839-6245

One lane of northbound Bear Valley Parkway between Old San Pasqual Road and Mary Lane will be closed until 7 p.m. this evening due to road work.



Queen Califia's Magical Circle Open This Saturday

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 11, from 9 a.m. to Noon. 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.

For more information, go to



Cruisin' Grand Returns April 3, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


On Friday, April 3, 2015 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 3 to October 2 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 10.    Local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza. Admission to the festival area is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket is good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at:

Escondido is proud to have one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County. 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 .