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Cruisin' Grand Returns April 1


CONTACT: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

On Friday, April 1, 2016 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 1 to September 30 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2016 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza.  Seven local wineries, plus Stone Brewing, will be offering tastes and local wine and craft beer expertise. The participating wineries are:

  • BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge
  • Forgotten Barrel
  • Highland Valley Vineyards
  • Hungry Hawk Vineyards
  • Keys Creek Winery
  • Manzanita Ridge Winery
  • Vesper Vineyards

Proceeds will benefit the Escondido Arts Partnership. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to


Cruisin’ Grand brings thousands of visitors to Escondido every Friday night throughout the summer. This popular event is not only for classic car enthusiasts but for everyone to enjoy strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.” If you’ve never been there, don’t miss it this season!  For more information and a schedule of events, visit .



Temporary Closure of Ash Street


CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290 ext. 7031


Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Ash Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during nighttime construction (9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.). The temporary full closure of the street will be in effect Sunday (night), April 3, 2016 through Friday (night), April 8, 2016.  Detour signs will be posted. No through access will be allowed to either side of Ash Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.


Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Ash Street between Washington Ave. & Valley Parkway by either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge will be allowed.


Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.


The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.



Temporary Road Closure


CONTACT: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664


Due to pipeline work being performed in northern Escondido by the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, North Avenue from Broadway to Laurashwan Lane will closed beginning March 28, 2016 through April 8, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During that time, only residents will be granted access.  Detour signs will be posted during closure times.


The contractor for the project is Southland Paving.


Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents String Quartet Quartetto Sorrento


CONTACT: David Frazee, 760-839-4839


Escondido, CA - String quartet Quartetto Sorrento will perform at the Escondido Public Library on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Violinists Paula Simmons, Ondrei Lewitt, Michael Dvoskin and cellist Gordon Grubbs perform classical music by composers ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich, Debussy, and Thompson. Learn more about Quartetto Sorrento at The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. May’s concert presents bass and mandolin duo MandoBasso.

For more information about this and future performances, visit, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839. 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


Wine Tasting at Cruisin Grand Postponed to June 3


CONTACT: Michelle Geller

PHONE: (760) 839-4587






Due to the possibility of rain, the wine tasting event which was scheduled for this Friday, April 8 on Maple Street Plaza. The new date will be Friday, June 3rd. Updated information will be posted ASAP.


NOTE: Cruisin’ Grand has not officially been cancelled at this point. That call will be made by the event organizer by Noon on Friday and posted to the CG Facebook page at



Temporary Road Closures

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Brickley, 760-839-4664


The City of Escondido advises motorists of the following temporary road closures:

  • North bound Ash St. from Lehner Ave. to Stanley Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 21 to March 25, 2016
  • South bound Ash St. from Stanley Ave. to Lehner Ave. will be temporarily closed from March 28 to April 1, 2016

Detour signs will be posted during the closure.


The road closures are due to new road surface improvements being made by Lennar Homes as part of the new Pradera Project. The work has been scheduled to coincide with Rincon Middle School’s Spring recess to minimize the inconvenience to motorists.  The road is expected to be completely reopened with all detours removed by April 2, 2016.


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


CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4330

Escondido, CA – National Library Week is celebrated April 10 to 16, 2016, to raise awareness of the resources, programs, and services offered by libraries everywhere. Escondido Public Library extends this celebration throughout April with its own National Library Month, showcasing special programs and services offered to the community. The Library offers endless opportunities to access information and technology that enhance learning, nurture the love of reading, and enrich lives.

In addition to weekly children’s programs and monthly adult book clubs, a host of special events are offered during National Library Month. Highlights include:

  • April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - April Pools Day - Join Library and Recreation staff at James A. Stone Pool (131 Woodward Ave, Escondido) for a free water safety expo.
  • April 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - Escondido Writers Group - Aspiring writers share samples of their work and receive constructive feedback at this new monthly workshop.
  • April 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Quartetto Sorrento, a classical string quartet.
  • April 13, 2016, 10 a.m. - National Bookmobile Day - participate in pop-up programs for all ages throughout the day in the Library's parking lot.
  • April 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. - Día de los Ninos, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) Celebration with music, storytelling, and crafts honoring children families, books, and reading.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the Library,” said Cynthia Smith, Assistant Library Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Escondido Public Library invites everyone in our community to discover the treasure chest of learning and cultural opportunities during National Library Month. I hope you’ll come visit!”

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information about Library programming celebrating National Library Month, contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at


New Assistant City Manager Appointed


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621


Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Jay Petrek, current Director of Community Development, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager effective March 27, 2016.


Mr. Petrek has been employed by the City of Escondido since 1984.  He currently serves as the Director of Community Development, a position he has held since October 2015. Prior to that he has held the positions of Assistant Planning Director and Principal Planner. During his long tenure, Jay has overseen numerous projects including the development of three General Plan updates, the Downtown Specific Plan update, Climate Action Plan, large annexations, and several master plan communities.


Mr. Petrek holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is also a member of the San Marcos Unified School District Board of Trustees, which serves portions of Escondido.


In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Jay knows and loves our community.  As the author of the City’s General Plan and work on various specific plans, he has attended over seventy community meetings, getting to know the residents, businesses and culture of Escondido.  Also, I believe that Jay will be a tremendous asset in overseeing the completion of the thirty major development projects that are under construction or in the planning pipeline.”  


Mr. Petrek’s salary will be $164,390.




New Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library


CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets for the first time at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required, please register at

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


2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Bees by Laline Paull


CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Bees by Laline Paull. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Told from the perspective of Flora 717, a lowly sanitation bee, The Bees challenges the way we see the world. Flora’s unusual ability to move easily amongst varying levels of the strict caste system empowers her to question the status quo and challenge the Queen’s authority. Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees introduces us to a dazzling young heroine.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club continues on May 10, 2016 with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The selection for June 14, 2016 is Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez. This title was selected for the 2016 Adult Summer Challenge theme of Exercise Your Mind! 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 or contact Adult Services Librarian Monica Barrette at 760-839-4836.



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