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 .


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 or contact Neva Robinson at 760-839-4214 or


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 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

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 .



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 .



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 or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4271 or


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 as they become available.