April Pools Day Event Promotes Water Safety and Water Fun


CONTACT: Micaela Doucette, 760-839-4530

The City of Escondido’s Recreation Department is kicking off National Drowning Prevention Month with “April Pools Day”. The event is free and will take place on Saturday, April 4th at Washington Park Pool from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The goal of April Pools Day is to promote safety in and around water. The Aquatics staff will have a variety of activities aimed at teaching water safety such as offering a swim lesson and demonstrating lifesaving techniques, but this event is also about having water fun. An underwater egg hunt is planned and participants will watch Escondido Lifeguards and Fire Department demonstrate a real-time water rescue. Escondido’s Recreation Department will also be available with information on additional spring and summer programs for all ages.

The Washington Park Pool is located at 501 North Rose Street. For more information about this event or Recreation programs, call the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.


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, April 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is the selected book for April. Participants discuss books bilingually, in English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while improving their English and Spanish language skills.

In Macondo, a metaphoric Colombia, visits from ghosts representing the past, a magical-realist style, and European influence, all combine in the extraordinary literary journey of Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude, written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  This novel tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo.  Soon after Macondo is founded, it becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events involving generations of the Buendia family, who are either incapable or reluctant to escape their episodic misfortunes.

This novel was an instant success, winning many awards and being translated into dozens of languages. In 1982, the novel’s author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On Saturday, In May, readers will discuss Una y otra vez/Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

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 call Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4271.



Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library Managing your Debt/Credit Cards


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library continues the series, Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library, with Managing your Debt/Credit Cards on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Library is proud to partner with the San Diego Financial Literacy Center to provide this series. This program provides an overview of understanding your net worth, different types of credit, and useful tools and methods to eliminate credit card debt.

The San Diego Financial Literacy 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. 

Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library will continue on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, with Planning for College Expenses

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 Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library call 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.



Celebrate National Library Month in April Unlimited Possibilities @ Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is April 12 – 18, 2015, celebrating the wealth of unlimited resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing the variety of programs and services offered to the community. This encompasses more than the traditional provision of print books and materials and offers the community endless possibilities for information access and lifelong learning.

A host of special events and programs will be offered by Escondido Public Library leading into April and during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Doris Martin, Author and Holocaust Survivor.
  • April 11, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Kensington Trio, performing classical music with virtuoso skill on piano, violin, and cello.
  • April 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 2nd Tuesday Book Club discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
  • April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library – Managing Your Debt/Credit Cards presenting strategies to gain financial freedom and savvy credit card use.
  • April 28, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - eReaders eXplained: Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, showing Library users how to use their smart devices to access free Library eMaterials.
  • April 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) celebrating children and promoting a love of reading through storytelling and crafts.

“Escondido Public Library has always represented unlimited possibilities,” said Loretta McKinney, Director of Library and Community Services. “The Library is a multi-dimensional purveyor of cultural and educational materials and activities that enlighten and entertain. It is also a community hub, providing a forum for community engagement. Escondido Public Library’s National Library Month shines a spotlight on these programs and services. I invite the public to take advantage of all that we offer.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library events and programming celebrating National Library Month events, contact Senior Librarian, Paul Crouthamel, at 760-839-4814 or at pcrouthamel@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at library.escondido.org.


City Offers 'Escondido Heroes' Banner Program to Honor Military

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      

CONTACT: Michelle Geller
PHONE: (760) 839-4587


The City of Escondido is pleased to announce the Escondido Hero Banner Program. The program honors men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering personalized banners that will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.

Banners include a photo of the hero, their name and customizable text that can include their military branch, special awards or honors they received, etc. Banner orders are being taken through early May. The banners are being offered for $140, which simply recoups the cost to produce them.

Banner orders may be placed online at www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx .


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie


CONTACT: Neva Robinson, 760-839-4214


Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s nonfiction selection is Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.

Massie relates the life of a minor German princess, Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729–1796). She was related through her ambitious mother to notable European royalty; her husband-to-be, the Russian grand duke Peter, was the only living grandson of Peter the Great. As Massie relates, during her disastrous marriage to Peter, Catherine bore three children by three different lovers, and she and Peter were controlled by Peter’s all-powerful aunt, Empress Elizabeth.  Six months into her husband’s incompetent reign as Peter III, Catherine, 33, who had always believed herself superior to her husband, dethroned him. Confident, cultured, and witty, Catherine avoided excesses of personal power and ruled as a benevolent despot. Magnifying the towering achievements of Peter the Great, she imported European culture into Russia, from philosophy to medicine, education, architecture, and art. Effectively utilizing Catherine’s own memoirs, Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on May 12, 2015, with a discussion on the Henry James classic Washington Square.  The selection for June 9, 2015, will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

April is National Library Month, and the 2nd Tuesday Book Club is just one of many programs highlighted during the month-long celebration. There will be special programs such as Be Money Smart @ Escondido Public Library—a new financial series on becoming debt free, managing your money wisely, and planning for retirement; the 2nd Saturday Concert Series featuring the Kensington Trio—classical music for a piano and strings; and a host of programs for teens and children.

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 2nd Tuesday Book Club and National Library Month events, visit library.escondido.org or contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or nrobinson@escondido.org.


Escondido Public Library Offers Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers


CONTACT: Sheila Rodriguez, 760-839-5440


Escondido, CA  Escondido Public Library will offer Successful Interviewing: Tips for Job Seekers, beginning April 7, 2015. This 3-week course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will run through April 21, 2015. The course will be held at the Escondido Technology Center located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027. Registration is required and enrollment is currently open through April 1, 2015.

Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers will provide essential components and confidence-building techniques that will lead to a more successful interview experience. The course will cover how to highlight skills that match a job posting and create an elevator pitch to promote skills and experience. The importance of appearance and how to dress appropriately for an interview will also be covered. Later in the course, participants will practice their elevator pitch along with newly acquired techniques.

Sheila Rodriguez, Career Readiness Specialist, commented, “This course is practical and provides opportunities to practice an elevator pitch, try new interviewing techniques, and receive useful feedback. When it comes to interviewing, you have to be ready in order to be successful.”

Registration is required as space may be limited. To enroll in Successful Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers, contact Sheila Rodriguez at Escondido Public Library at (760) 839-5440 or srodriguez@escondido.org by April 1, 2015.

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 library.escondido.org

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 .