Escondido Community Wellness Expo - Information and Resources for Older Adults


Contact; Karen Williams, 760-839-4688


The Escondido Senior Center will host the 8th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center. Designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” the Escondido Community Wellness Expo will provide valuable health/wellness information and resources to older adults in the community.  The Expo is open to all adults 50 and over, and their families and friends who support them and assist with important life enhancing decisions.


Attendees can browse over 30 exhibitor booths with personnel available to discuss resources and information on programs and services pertaining to seniors.  The Expo will also feature pneumonia and shingles vaccination shots, flu shots, and a variety of health screenings that focus on body composition, and blood pressure, and hearing health.  Seniors are encouraged to bring their medications and questions for one-on-one pharmacist consultations.  A free continental breakfast will be offered to all attendees from 8:30 – 9:30 am, and free gift basket drawings will be held throughout the event.


The Escondido Community Wellness Expo is free and open to the public. The Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 Park Ave. Escondido, Ca. 92025.  The Expo is sponsored by the City of Escondido in partnership with Palomar Health.  For information please call the Escondido Senior Center at 760-839-4688.



Escondido Public Library’s Middle Grade Book Club Hosts Author Erin Fry


CONTACT: Lalitha Nataraj, 760-839-5458


Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, November 7, 2014, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss Secrets of the Book. The novel’s author, Erin Fry, will be present at the event to answer questions about her book and writing process. A limited number of copies of Secrets of the Book will be available for checkout at the Children’s Desk beginning on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Spencer’s mother forces him to visit a nursing home each week, where he befriends Ed, an elderly resident. Soon after entrusting Spencer with Pandora’s Book, Ed mysteriously disappears. In this vivid fantasy novel, sixth-grader Spencer Lemon, a young boy with rapidly failing eyesight, finds himself the unwitting guardian of Pandora’s Book, a magical tome that brings famous historical figures back to life. It’s up to the tween and his friends to figure out how to properly use the book and keep it out of the hands of evil doers. Fans of The 39 Clues series and Dan Gutman’s Genius Files will eagerly swoop up Fry’s fast-paced tale.

Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj said, “The Youth Services’ Department is thrilled to have Ms. Fry come to the Library and directly engage children on the topics of books and reading—this is a wonderful opportunity that underscores the uniqueness and fun of the R.E.A.D Book Club program.”

The next R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meeting will be on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Readers will discuss Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about the R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club, contact Youth Services Librarian Lalitha Nataraj at 760-839-5458 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for children of all ages can be found at

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

For Immediate Release

Contact: Diane Halverson, 760-839-4617


Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, October 20 is the last day to register to vote in the General Municipal Election to be held November 4, 2014.


During regular business hours, you may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters or online at  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.


If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 20.


If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.



Escondido Public Library Celebrates Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead


CONTACT: Cindi Bouvier, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library invites children and families to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration that commemorates loved ones who have passed away through music, stories, and crafts. An altar will be set up to honor the lives of departed loved ones so please bring a picture or memento that can be included. Senior Youth Services Librarian Cindi Bouvier commented, “The Escondido community loves this event and many families attend to remember their loved ones.”

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this program, please contact Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at 760-839-4827 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs for children of all ages can be found at



Download Popular Magazines – Free with Your Escondido Public Library Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4828

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library is now offering free online access to over a 100 popular magazines through Zinio for Libraries. From Newsweek, to Runner’s World, Rolling Stone, to Forbes, get cover-to-cover popular magazines online at no cost using the library’s newest service. Zinio is convenient and easy to use, providing users access to magazines from any location by using their computer, tablet, mobile device, or eReader. Zinio magazines remain checked-out to users and can be accessed again and again. Zinio magazines do not have due dates, which means that magazines are available to all users any time, and can be kept indefinitely. The Zinio display allows users to organize their magazines, bookmark favorite articles and select back issues.

Anyone with an Escondido Public Library card, an email address, and a computer or mobile device with Internet access can sign up for Zinio through the Library website at  A step by step guide to signing up is available on the website.. For additional guidance on Zinio, call Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4828.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For general questions, contact the library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website


Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

CONTACT: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814          

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Attendees discuss the book in both English and Spanish, enabling them to enjoy great literature while polishin” both their English- and Spanish-language skills. El angel perdido/Lost Angel, by Javier Sierra, is the selected book for October.

In approximately seventy-two hours, a little-known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world.  Convinced that they are the descendants of angels and on the verge of at last returning to heaven, they kidnap scientist Martin Faber, whose research has uncovered an extraordinary secret.  Martin’s only hope for survival is the rare psychic gift of his young wife. Julia Alvarez must find the courage to save her husband while running from religious extremists and clandestine government agencies. 

Javier Sierra takes readers on an exhilarating international adventure, from the summit of legendary Mount Ararat to the high desert of New Mexico, from the monuments ofWashington, D.C., to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  This is a spine-tingling apocalyptic thriller set in real-world locations and based on well-researched mythology and scientific facts. 

Book Club facilitator, Miriam Ruvinskis, commented, “Rincón Literario affords participants an opportunity to practice their English and Spanish language skills and pronunciation in a supportive environment, while they enjoy immersing themselves in great literature from around the world. They acquire language skills effortlessly as they share lively and engaging discussions on selected books with their fellow participants.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On November, 29, 2014, readers will discuss Y las montanas hablaron/And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Hosseini.

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 or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.


Final Night of 2014 Cruisin’ Grand – Nitro Night


CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507

This Friday, October 3, 2014, is the final night of Cruisin’ Grand also known as “Nitro Night.” “Nitro Night” has traditionally drawn up to 20,000 spectators with some car clubs traveling from outside the County and the State. The vehicles that will be featured on Friday night are dragsters that run on nitrous oxide. Due to the special nature of this event, Grand Ave. will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy Street in both directions. The duration of the closure will 2 – 10 p.m.


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Traffic Advisory

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Motorists are advised to avoid the area of El Norte Parkway and Valley Parkway while San Diego Gas and Electric crews work to repair a natural gas line leak. The Escondido Fire Department has unlocked the fire gates at Hidden Trails to help relieve traffic congestion for residents living there. They will be closed again once repairs are completed. No estimate is available yet as to when the work will be completed.


Escondido College and Career Fair


CONTACT: Michelle Geller, 760-839-4587

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on levels 2 and 3  at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs, or military service.


Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: our presenting sponsor Mission Federal Credit Union,  in collaboration with Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and Westfield North County.


The first 2,500 attendees will receive a complimentary tote filled with gifts.  The bags can be obtained near the mall entrance by Tavern Bowl on level 2.  The Dining Court Patio will transform into a “College Lounge” for the day and current college students will be on hand to share their experiences about campus life with prospective students.


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