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Escondido Public Library Hosts 14th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser

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CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 14th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 17, 2018 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 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 12, 2018 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 and team 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.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

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A Highlight of March Events at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for adults during the month of March. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room unless otherwise noted.

  • Recipes of Escondido - Contribute to Culinary History!

Share your family recipe, the story behind the recipe, and a photo, either online (http://library.escondido.org/recipes) or in-person at the Pioneer Room. Staff will digitize your submissions, create a cookbook, and all participants will receive a copy. Contact is Aspen Hill at aspen.hill@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4315.

  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series: Bayou Brothers - Saturday, March 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bayou Brothers recreate the infectious sounds of a Mardi Gras celebration with their Zydeco-influenced blend of banjo, guitar, accordion, and rubboard.

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836.  

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

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CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CAEscondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, March 9, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson. Registration is not required, but space and supplies may be limited. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin’s journey across time and space to save a loved one from a malevolent force, chronicled in Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award-winning 1962 novel, gets the graphic novel treatment. The three children, with the help of guardian angels Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who, must face a terrifying darkness in the universe, one that seeks complete control of the minds on the planets it inhabits.

R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club meets again on May 18, 2018, to discuss Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Kristine.Macalalad@escondidolibrary.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Expanded Hours & Tech Improvements Coming to Escondido Public Library!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4869

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library is excited to announce expanded operating hours, including Sundays, beginning Sunday March 4, 2018. These changes are based on the direction provided by the Library Board of Trustees. They are as follows:

Monday – Friday        9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday                     9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday                       1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Escondido Public Library is also introducing technology upgrades that will improve user checkout experience, allow payment of fines and fees to be made with a credit or debit card, and provide better security and inventory of library materials. These are just a few of the outstanding ways your library continues to serve the Escondido community.

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836.  

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Create It @ Your Library for Teens

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 each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first meeting will be on February 21, 2018 in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

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

  • Voodoo Doll on February 21, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Learn some basic sewing skills by making your own pincushion voodoo doll.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine on March 21, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Create a complex contraption that uses multiple devices to complete a task utilizing the domino effect.
  • Beading on April 18, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Put shiny objects (beads) together to create a one-of-a-kind item.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All craft supplies will be provided. 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 cathy.janovitz@escondidolibrary.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org

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February Events at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for adults during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room unless otherwise noted.

  • Adult Winter Crafts: Picture Frame Decorating on Saturday, February 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bring your inner artist to create a picture frame with recycled books and magazines.
  • Visit with Author Michelle Carter on Saturday, February 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Journalist and Escondido native Michelle Carter will read from and sign copies of her memoir, From Under the Russian Snow, an eyewitness account of the second great Russian Revolution. Copies will be available for purchase.
  • The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot on Tuesday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come browse your library’s digital books and play in the Gadget Gallery, an interactive experience with multiple Overdrive-enabled devices.
  • Recipes of Escondido - Contribute to Culinary History! The Pioneer Room introduces Recipes of Escondido, a project to capture the culinary history of our community. Share your family recipe, the story behind the recipe, and a photo, either online (library.escondido.org/recipes) or in-person at the Pioneer Room during business hours. Staff will digitize your submissions, create a cookbook, and all participants will receive a copy. Contact is Aspen Hill at aspen.hill@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4315.

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of Escondido Public Library. For more information, visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at monica.barrette@escondidolibrary.org or 760-839-4836.  

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Escondido Public Library Celebrates Lunar New Year with Programs for All Ages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CAEscondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with special programs planned during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

  • Panda Express Pawsibilities Reading Program for children ages 4 to 12 starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Children read five books to earn a free meal! Pick up registration materials at the Children’s Desk.
  • 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Lunar New Year Bohua Youth Group for all ages on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An instrumental ensemble comprised of middle grade and high school students whose traditional performances inspire appreciation for Chinese art and culture.
  • Lunar New Year Meditation Storytime for children ages 4-12 years and their families on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn Tai Chi, how to meditate through an interactive story, and create a meditation jar.
  • Stories to Celebrate the Lunar New Year for children ages 6-12 years and their families on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Escondido resident Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author, presenter, and professor at San Diego State University. In her interactive program, she will read from two of her picture books, Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, and Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Children will participate in fun activities that relate to the stories and that celebrate Asian culture and the Lunar New Year.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dancers for all ages on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Legendary Lion Dance Association performs a traditional dance.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Pawsibilities Reading Program is sponsored by Panda Express. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Lunar New Year programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

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“Dine Out Escondido!” Restaurant Week Celebrates Its Fifth Year

...and continues benefitting the North County Food Bank

January 28 – February 3, 2018

Visit Escondido’s Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week is happening January 28 to February 3 at over 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town. Held in partnership with California Restaurant Month, this successful culinary tourism event happens during the last week in January and is celebrating its fifth year.

Southern California residents and visitors will enjoy scrumptious specials from Escondido’s highly acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries while savoring the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit their favorite places and create new experiences! There are no food themes or menu restrictions to what each restaurant can offer, so the range of diversity provides something for everyone.

“With over thirty local eateries offering unique specials, our restaurant week gives everyone the perfect excuse to finally get out to that great restaurant they haven’t tried yet, all while giving back,” said Katherine Zimmer, tourism manager for the City of Escondido.

Continuing to support of the North County Food Bank, each Dine Out Escondido! restaurant will donate $1 of every special they sell during this week to the North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO James A. Floros said, “We are very grateful to the restaurants that are supporting our North County Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Dine Out Escondido! campaign. Children on the program receive free meals at school during the week, but face hunger over the weekend when school meals are unavailable. Funds raised through Dine Out Escondido! will help us provide weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary school children living in poverty.”

For details of participating restaurants and their specials, go to visitescondido.com

2018 Participating Restaurants – 32 total:

Downtown Escondido
A Delight of France Bakery & Bistro
Bellamy's Restaurant
Burger Bench
Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine
Cute Cakes Bakery & Café
Dominic's Italian Gourmet
EscoGelato
H Brothers
Jalapeño Grill
Joe's Italian
Kettle Coffee & Tea
La Tapatia
Mi Guadalajara
Plan 9 Alehouse
Rosie's Cafe
Sunny Side Kitchen
Suzy Q's Diner
The Continental Deli
The Grand Tea Room
These Islands
Vincent’s
Vinz Wine Bar

Around Town
Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
Carin de Ria
Pegah’s Kitchen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
The Sand Crab Tavern
The Wooden Spoon
Vintana Wine + Dine

Westfield North County
Famous Waffle Sandwich
Nordstrom Marketplace Café
On The Border

About the Food 4 Kids Backpack program:  
The North County Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food to elementary school students living in poverty (Escondido's Lincoln Elementary is in the program). Kids on the program receive free breakfasts and lunches at school Monday through Friday, but face hunger at home on the weekends.

The backpack of food they receive sees them through the weekend so they can return to school ready to learn on Monday. Food items include: peanut butter; beans and franks; ravioli or stew in pop-top cans; soup; fruit bars; cereal; tuna fish pouches; juice boxes; fruit cups; raisins; granola bars; shelf-stable milk; and macaroni and cheese. Currently, the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program serves 1,733 elementary school students at 37 schools in 11 school districts. To feed one child for the entire school year costs $200; for one month it costs $22, and for one weekend it costs $5.50.
sandiegofoodbank.org/food4kids/

About Visit Escondido
Visit Escondido promotes Escondido’s great variety of attractions, events, and things to do in the heart of San Diego’s North County Inland area. Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and renowned events such as Cruisin’ Grand, as well as rural and urban wineries, craft breweries, unique arts & theatre, diverse culinary experiences, and a vibrant historic downtown. Additionally, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of in the beautiful year-round climate including golf, hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian and sporting events.
Go to visitescondido.com for a complete calendar of events, dining, lodging, arts, outdoor activities and attractions information. The Visitors Center is located at 235 East Grand Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 760-839-4777

 

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

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CONTACT: Linda Weber, 760-839-4613

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 27 through December 30, 2017, and the Library accumulated 53 crates of food weighing 1,590 pounds. 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, “This event is a wonderful way for our Library patrons not only to clear some of their fines but to simultaneously give back to their community to help those in need. Many patrons brought in extra food we had one patron who brought in 2 large boxes of food just to donate. She said it was her turn to give back.” 

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. For more information about Food for Fines, contact Customer Services Supervisor Linda Weber lweber@escondido.org or 760-839-4613. 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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Annual Recruitment for Boards and Commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

CONTACT: Diane Halverson, City Clerk - 760-839-4617

 

The City of Escondido is seeking volunteers to serve on a number of City Boards and Commissions. Interested citizens who would like to apply may file an application with the City Clerk’s Office no later than February 16, 2018.

 

Applications are being accepted for:

 

  • Building Advisory & Appeals Board
  • Community Services Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Personnel Board of Review
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Art Commission
  • Transportation & Community Safety Commission

 

Volunteers serve for a four-year term, with the exception of the Library Board, which carries a three-year term and Community Services Youth Member, who serves a one-year term.  Meeting times and subject matters are outlined in a Handbook available at the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website.  For further information concerning qualifications and an application form, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, or call 760-839-4617.  You may access the website application form and handbook at http://www.escondido.org/boards-commissions.aspx

 

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