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Emergency Repair to Pipeline on Hale Avenue 

01/24/17 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

DATE: January 24, 2017                                                          

CONTACT: Mike Schultz, 760-839-6290 x7019

Emergency repair for a 24-inch pipeline on North Hale Avenue between North Tulip Street and the North County Transit District railroad tracks will begin on January 24, 2017, and is anticipated to be completed by February 10, 2017.

Motorists should expect delays along North Hale Avenue. The inside traffic lanes will be used for the construction zone. Therefore, traffic through this area will be reduced to single lanes on each side of North Hale Avenue and right-hand turns from North Tulip Street onto North Hale Avenue will be restricted due to a limited turn radius. The work is scheduled Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. to 4:30p.m. but may also involve extended work hours such as longer days, weekend work and night-time shifts as needed to expedite the repair. Motorists should observe warning signs, including No Parking signs, along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone. 

Persons with questions or comments may contact Mike Schultz (760) 839-6290 xt7019 or Lance Lauricha (760) 839-6290 xt7020. After hours, please contact the non-emergency line at (760) 839-4668.   

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

01/19/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

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 28 through December 31, 2016, and the Library accumulated 79 crates of food weighing 2,370 pounds. This is an increase of more than 870 pounds over the 2015 program. 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, “The outpouring of generosity from our patrons was incredible this year. Many patrons brought in more food than needed to clear their fines. One patron in particular who did not have outstanding fines donated $90 worth of items. She asked Library staff to pay it forward by applying the credits to the accounts of other patrons in need.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at jaxelrod@escondido.org or 760-839-4330. 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.


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Escondido Public Library Hosts 13th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser 

01/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj,  760-839-4219

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 13th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 6, 2017 online at http://library.escondido.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a four-player team. Team play requires that all four teammates compete within the same division. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual, team, and high school scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Library support group, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Opportunity drawing tickets will be on sale at the Library prior to March 11th and at the event. Donations are tax-deductible.

Literacy Services Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj, noted, “Scrabble-Thon is a great, intergenerational activity that’s fun and also aids vital literacy efforts in the community. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to play, and we welcome local players from all around Southern California.”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services, contact Lalitha Nataraj, Literacy Services Librarian at 760-839-4219 or visit the website library.escondido.org.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 

01/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

This American literary classic by 1949 Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner explores the mysterious and contradictory nature of human motives and endeavors. Is this work a tragedy or comedy, genuine or ironic, noble or ludicrous? Join the facilitated discussion to discover perspectives and share impressions with other dedicated readers. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club always welcomes new and returning participants.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on March 14, 2017 for a group discussion of The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and 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 visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens 

01/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library announces the next series of the craft-based monthly program, Create It @ Your Library, for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18 years old.  Create It @ Your Library will take place in February, March, and April, on the third Wednesday of the month. The first meeting will be on February 15, 2017 in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A variety of craft projects and techniques will be introduced at the following hands-on sessions:

  • February 15, 2017 – Origami: Introducing the Japanese art of paper folding, from basic to more complicated designs.
  • March 15, 2017 – Screen Printing: Create a basic design and use screen printing tools to print onto a t-shirt. (Participants must bring their own, plain t-shirt.)
  • April 19, 2017 – Mosaics: Create a picture or pattern using small pieces of tile, adhered to a wooden board.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All craft supplies will be provided, except for t-shirts. Registration is not required; however, early arrival is recommended as supplies may be limited. 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 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

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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles 

01/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4211

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Opera Exposed!, San Diego Opera’s community engagement program, on, February 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Opera vocalists from local universities will perform selections from famous operas including La Boheme, Romeo and Juliette, and Pirates of Penzance.  

Opera Exposed!  is led by Dr. Nicholas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Company’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. He recruits exceptional undergraduate singers from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University to perform and promote the joy of opera. In between selections, Dr. Reveles shares the great stories behind operas to educate and engage the community. For more information on the 2017 San Diego Opera season, visit http://www.sdopera.org.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2017 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. On March 11, the 2nd Saturday Concert

Series welcomes the bluegrass band Virtual Strangers. For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

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. For more information about other Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

01/17/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors and learn from each other in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Space is limited and registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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January 11 Council Meeting Moved to California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

01/11/17 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507

The regularly scheduled Escondido City Council meeting will take place today, January 11, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in a new location: Conference Center at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido located at 340 North Escondido Boulevard, in Salon #1.

The City Council Chambers at Escondido City Hall is currently under construction to upgrade the audio/visual equipment. It is a City priority to ensure access for the community to have their voices heard therefore, City staff made the decision to move today’s meeting to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The normal alternate location of the Mitchell Conference Room may not be large enough to accommodate the expected number of meeting attendees.

Tonight’s agenda can be viewed here: https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/agendas/Council/2017/1-11-17CCAgendaPacket.pdf

SKATE PARK RALLY AT WASHINGTON PARK 

01/10/17 Categories: City of Escondido

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  CONTACT: Loretta McKinney

DATE: January 3, 2017                                                            PHONE: 760.839.4871

SKATE PARK RALLY AT WASHINGTON PARK

Escondido, CA – The City of Escondido’s Community Services Department is hosting a community Skate Park Rally at Washington Park on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to generate interest in and gather community input on a proposed skate plaza in the Park.

In addition to providing skate ramps for local skaters, at 11:00 and 12:00 professional skaters will provide demonstrations and tips to participants. Various skate vendors will be on hand with giveaways for the first 40 skate participants.

City staff seeks input from the local community and skaters on the desired types of skate plaza features as well as the pros and cons of providing a skate plaza in Washington Park. In addition to generating interest in the skate plaza, staff hopes to generate a list of community members who are willing to be involved in the project.

The Skate Park Rally is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 760.839.4691.

Escondido Public Library Presents For the Love of Music, a Violin Concert by and for Kids 

01/10/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents “For the Love of Music,” a violin concert performed by children, ages 7 to 12 years, who are in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (the Center) Jean Will Strings musical program. This special concert is by and for children, however, all ages are welcome to attend. For the Love of Music will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Conducted by Kim Stephens-Doll, the children will perform a medley of American classics. Following the performance, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet the young musicians.

Named after its benefactor, Jean Will of Escondido, the Jean Will Strings Program at the Center provides children with a violin and free classical music instruction. Sherehe Hollins, the Center’s Education Program Manager, explained, “Children in the Jean Will Strings Program also participate in master classes with internationally renowned musicians, experience live concerts at the Center, and perform on stage throughout the year.” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “Partnering with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido brings a special violin performance to the community. Children who attend the concert will enjoy the music and may be inspired by the young musicians to want to play as well.” For more information about the Jean Will Strings Program please visit http://artcenter.org/education/school-outreach-programs/.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Additional support for the Jean Will Strings Program musical performance is generously provided by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Senior Librarian Dan Wood at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

 

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