eReaders eXplained at Escondido Public Library


Contact: Paul Crouthamel, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA –On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Escondido Public Library will offer “eReaders eXplained,” a free seminar on how to download eBooks to eReader devices or computers. The seminar will be held in the Turrentine Room.

“eReaders eXplained” will help take the mystery and confusion out of using eReader devices, including tablets. Librarians will explain how to use devices efficiently and demonstrate how to access and download free eBooks from the Library’s catalog, and other online sources. Attendees should bring their eReader or tablet to get the most out of hands-on learning and to follow along. Anyone thinking about buying an eReader for their own personal use or as a gift can learn about the features found in different models.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at or call Adult Services at 760-839-4839. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents the Neave Trio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

Contact: Paul Crouthamel,760-839-4814   

Escondido, CA - The Neave Trio, a piano and string trio, will be performing on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room of Escondido Public Library.  This young, classical music trio, consisting of violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Toni James, has been hailed by critics as an “up-and-coming ensemble” (WQXR Radio, New York City) and praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey).

The Neave Trio has enjoyed international concert and competition success spanning four continents, with recent notable performances in Guatemala, Belgium, and Russia, as well as a recital appearance at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway.  They have performed in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. All rising young soloists, members of the Neave Trio have been recipients ofmajor classical music awards such as the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize, and Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize.  They will be playing works by Ravel, Beethoven, Mozart, and others.

These concerts are free and generously sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.  For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or visit the Library online at


Escondido Public Library Invites Children to Annual Holiday Tree Trimming Party


Contact: Cindi Bouvier, 760 839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Library Youth Services invites children and their families to get in the holiday spirit and create holiday ornaments for the Children’s Room tree as well as an ornament to take home. This program will be held on December 5, 2013, at 3 PM in the Children’s Room. 

Children may choose from five designs: a Hanukkah star, a 3D star, a Kwanzaa chain, a kaleidoscope, and a bell. Cindi Bouvier, Senior Youth Services Librarian, states, “There will be plenty of stickers, paper, ribbon, sparkles, and glue to create these holiday ornaments.”  Please arrive early in the Children’s Room, as supplies and seats are limited. Registration is not required.  

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Please contact Senior Youth Services Librarian, Cindi Bouvier, for further information on this program at 760-839-5456 or at Other programs and events can be viewed on the Library’s monthly calendar or at


Escondido Public Library's 2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Round House by Louise Erdich


Contact:  Neva Robinson, 760-839-4839

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened to the police, her husband, Bazil, or their thirteen-year-old son, Joe.  In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.  While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 14, 2014, with a discussion on The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  The selection for February 11, 2014, will be The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.

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 visit  or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.


Preliminary Districting Plan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk

DATE: October 30, 2013                                                  PHONE: 760-839-4617


On Tuesday, October 29, the Independent Districting Commission approved a Preliminary Districting Plan dividing the City of Escondido into four (4) Council districts.  If adopted by the City, those districts shall be used for all future elections of City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of member of the Council until new districts are established.  The Preliminary Districting Plan shown here may also be viewed on the City website by visiting

During the thirty (30) day period after filing the designated preliminary districting plan with the City Clerk, the Consent Decree directs the Commission to hold at least three (3) public hearings in various geographic areas of the City before it makes any modifications.  The schedule for these public hearings is as follows:

  • Thursday, November 21; 6 p.m. at Hidden Valley Middle School
  • Saturday, November 23; 9  a.m. at Mission Middle School
  • Sunday, November 24; 3 p.m. at Center for the Arts, Escondido

Following these public hearings, the Districting Commission will hold a Public Meeting on Sunday, November 24; 6  p.m. in City Council Chambers, 201 N. Broadway, 92025 for discussion and approval of a Recommended Districting Plan.  The approved Plan will be submitted to the City Council for its up or down approval.



DATE: October 28, 2013

CONTACT: Loretta McKinney

PHONE: (760) 839-4871



On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Community Services Commission will conduct a meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 201 North Broadway.

In addition to the Park Improvement Projects Update, New Business agenda items include:

  • · Review an unsolicited proposal and business plan to build and operate a BMX track in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park or in another location
  • · Request to rename Kit Carson Park’s “Sand Lake” to “Eagle Scout Lake”
  • · Review of the James Stone Pool Audit
  • · Kit Carson Park Adult Softball Complex Concession Update
  • · Recreation Services Update
  • · Older Adult Services Update

Any action taken at this meeting is advisory only and will require Council approval before implementation. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information regarding this meeting, please contact Loretta McKinney by phone at 760.839.4871 or email at



Tempoary Closure of Washington Avenue


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621 

Washington Avenue between Juniper and Broadway in Escondido will be closed beginning  Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. until approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22,  2013  to complete emergency pavement repairs resulting from a recent water main break.

Traffic control and detour signage will be placed to assist motorists around the construction area. As always with work of this nature, unanticipated problems may delay the completion of the work. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes and to avoid the area if possible during the scheduled construction.

City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspectors will be onsite during the construction. Should a need arise to report a problem the following City staff can be contacted during the hours indicated:

Kevin Brickley            760-855-6129           From 8:00 p.m. to 1:00am

Colin Kemper            760-216-3917           From 1:00 a.m. to Completion


Escondido Community Wellness Expo October 19

Information and Resources for Older Adults and Their Families


CONTACT: Karen Williams, (760) 839-4688

The Escondido Senior Center is excited to host the 7th Annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 19, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Designed to “Enrich the Lives of Older Adults and Their Families,” the Community Wellness Expo will provide valuable health and wellness information and resources necessary to make important decisions for optimal care of older adults. 

We encourage older adults, their families and friends to participate in this very important event!  Browse through over 30 exhibitor booths and learn about resources, programs and services available for older adults in our community.  Prepare for the cold and flu season by getting your flu shots, and/or pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Take advantage of free health screenings by our experts in body composition, blood pressure, and hearing health.  Bring your medications for one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist! 

A free continental breakfast will be offered to all attendees from 8:30 – 9:30 am, and a free gift basket drawing will be held throughout the event.  Admission is free and parking is plentiful and easy!

This event will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center, home of Escondido Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave. Escondido, CA 92025.  For general information please call the Escondido Senior Center at (760) 839-4688. 

This community event is coordinated by the Community Wellness Association of Escondido.  This group is comprised of local organizations and businesses that serve older adults and their families:  The City of Escondido’s Senior Center, Seniors Serving Seniors, and Palomar Health. 

Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Oct. 6

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Geller - (760) 839-4587

A free community event commemorating the city’s quasquicentennial will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Grape Day Park near the Escondido History Center (321 North Broadway).

The event will include:

The Downtown Business Association, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Visit Escondido, Think Grand and Friends of Daley Ranch will also offer information and activities. For more information visit


Escondido Town Hall Meeting


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Residents are welcome to ask questions or share their thoughts on any topic relating to city government.  The event is free and no reservations are required.

The meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast the following Sunday and Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Cox. Ch. 19 and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99, as well as being available in the online archive at .

This is the sixth town hall meeting Mayor Abed has held since his election as Mayor.