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Paving on Hamilton Lane

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

CONTACT: Randy Manns, 760-839-6290, x7031

PAVING ON HAMILTON LANE – AS PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SOUTHWEST SEWER REALIGNMENT PROJECT

The Southwest Sewer Realignment Project is near completion. Please be advised that traffic delays should be anticipated within the Felicita Area. Paving activities are scheduled between August 28 to September 1, 2017, for the following streets: Hamilton Lane, Bernardo Ave, Park Drive, north end of Felicita Road at Monticello, and the south end of Felicita Road at Via Rancho Parkway. The paving activities and sequences will vary for different streets. Motorist should anticipate one lane of traffic which will be controlled by Flagmen to allow alternating patterns for traffic flow. This project is part of the City of Escondido’s Capital Improvements Program.

The paving activities will be from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.

  • During Hamilton Lane paving, alternate routes could be used that include; Acker Way to Dexter to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr. to Felicita. Eucalyptus Ave to Via Rancho Parkway. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Bernard Ave., routes could be used that include; Dexter to Acker Way to Hamilton. Bernardo Avenue to Felicita Lane to Via Rancho Parkway.
  • During Felicita Rd. (north end), routes could include Hamilton ln to Bernardo to Gamble Ln/Citracado Pkwy. Gamble Ln. to Bernardo Ave. to Park Dr.

It is highly encouraged that all motorists observe the warning signs –including No Parking signs - along the construction route and slow down while driving through the construction zone; including the detoured routes. Felicita Park should remain open during regularly scheduled times (unless the Park staff suggest otherwise).

Persons with questions or comments may contact Bill Janda, NV5 Construction Manager & Resident Engineer at (760) 650-6477, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121, Sam Lopez, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at (442) 777-0937 or the construction contractor, CCL Contracting, Inc. (760) 743-2254.

Join Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Club

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CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Cuchillo de agua/The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook, and can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

What would happen if water became more valuable than gold? Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s national bestseller The Water Knife is a dystopian story of corruption, control, and murder set in the American Southwest of the not-too-distant future. Considering Southern California’s constant fear of drought conditions, The Water Knife has the reader imagining their own reaction to the events in Bacigalupi’s thriller.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, September 23, 2017, discussing La niña alemana/The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.  Rincón Literario is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Librarian Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

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World of Reptiles at Escondido Public Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5458

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host World of Reptiles for children ages 5-12 years on Thursday, August 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The program features EcoVivarium of Escondido, a local non-profit organization that introduces children to the world of reptiles, their habitats, favorite foods, and the role humans play in their survival.

This program presents an opportunity for hands-on learning and interaction so that children can get up-close and personal with reptiles, such as bearded dragons, lizards, and snakes. Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad states, “EcoVivarium founder Susan Nowicke’s passion for our scaly friends and education is infectious. Children are in for a fascinating show.”

For more information on other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad, at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Fall 2017 Storytime Programs at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4287

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers storytime programs this fall designed for babies, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten children. Storytime programs are filled with songs, fingerplays, flannel board presentations, puppets and, of course, stories just right for the development of young minds. Library staff are happy to help families find books to check out after programs.

Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Fall Storytime Schedule begins September 4, 2017 and runs through November 16, 2017 and includes:

  • Rhymes and Reading on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. for children ages 3-5;
  • Toddler Tales, a bilingual program, on Thursdays in September and November at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers who are walking and up to 3 years-old;
  • Baby Lapsit on Thursdays in October at 10:30 a.m. for newborn babies to pre-walkers.

Escondido Public Library’s storytime programs address the development of early literacy skills that are important in preparing children for school. Each storytime program is planned and presented around the idea that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Storytimes facilitate bonding between parents and young children and provide a positive experience with books and play that leads to a life-long love of reading and learning.

Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on storytimes and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Literacy and Youth Services, 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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Explore Space @ Your Library: The Great Eclipse and Palomar Telescope

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CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites the community to attend two space-themed events for adults and families this August: The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Both events run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room on the second floor of the Library.

On August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. Astronomy hobbyists and expert photographers Les and Mary Anderson, have been photographing eclipses for more than 38 years. They will present The Great American Eclipse 2017, on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. to explain how to safely view and photograph the event. Mr. Anderson is the President of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs, which oversees the Photographic Arts Building in Balboa Park, and Mrs. Anderson is the Vice President of Programs.

In 1921 no one knew about galaxies, quasars, or nebulae. Twenty years and $6 million later, one man’s dream to build the world’s largest telescope was realized - the 200” Hale Telescope on Palomar Mountain. On Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m., author and lecturer Mark Carlson will share the history of the Hale Telescope and how it continues to influence our understanding of deep space today during Palomar Telescope: Bridge to the Stars.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Adult Services Senior Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, at vsjoberg@escondido.org or 760-839-4814.

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Escondido Writers Group Meets Monthly at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, August 1, 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 one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

This month the group is joined by special guest Dana Elmendorf, author of the young adult novel South of Sunshine.  Ms. Elmendorf’s first published novel centers around Kaycee, a teenage girl in a small southern town. As Kaycee starts discovering her sexuality, she finds that she is attracted to other girls, and is forced to face the social pressures that surround her. Ms. Elmendorf was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee and currently resides in Southern California. She will be reading a passage from South of Sunshine, discussing her writing process, and sharing her sources of inspiration.  

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

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Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop at Escondido Public Library

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CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Kids! the San Diego Poetry Annual Summer Workshop for children ages 7-12 years on Friday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Terry Spohn, poet and Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, will teach children how to write poetry. Their work will be published in the 2017 Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. Writing materials will be provided. Registration is required at: www.ksdpa.com/workshops and is limited to 20 participants.

This workshop is sponsored by the San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild (SDEAG) and commemorates its inaugural year by conducting over a dozen one-day workshops county-wide this summer. The Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual website states, “We believe that learning and writing poetry early in life leads to a greater ability of expression, self-confidence and empathy for others and the world around us, and promotes an active, life-long appreciation for The Arts. Plus – it can be a lot of fun!” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “This is a fantastic opportunity to teach children in Escondido and the local area about poetry. It is exciting to be part of a county-wide effort to promote the arts and encourage children to explore and experience poetry.”

For more information on other 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. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.  Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on August 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Surviving, resisting, and defying the injustices of war during Nazi-occupied France, the bond between sisters Vianne and Isabelle is tested. New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah skillfully develops this historical fiction drama showcasing a facet of World War II not often revealed – the stories of women in the French resistance.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 12, 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 mbarrette@escondido.org or 760-839-4836.

 

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The Past, Present and Future of Escondido; Summer Events for Adults

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CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Design Your World offers reading fun and special events for all ages from June 19 – July 31, 2017. Participants log reading and event attendance online at library.escondido.org/summer, enabling anyone to take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using computers at the Library. Summer readers have the opportunity to earn prizes donated by the Friends of Escondido Public Library and dozens of local businesses.

On July 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room, Library staff and representatives from the City of Escondido’s Planning Department will present Designing Escondido: The Past, Present, and Future of Our City. Investigating the city’s history from a planning perspective, as well as taking a historical view utilizing resources and photographs from the Library’s Pioneer Room archive, staff will discuss how Escondido evolved into the city it is today, and what the future may hold. Covering everything from first nation populations to self-driving cars, Designing Escondido will be a truly fascinating presentation.

In addition to Designing Escondido, the following free Adult Summer Reading Challenge programs will be offered in July:

  • July 11 @ 6:00 p.m.: 2nd Tuesday Book Club - Outliers: The Story of Success. Author Malcolm Gladwell explores the world of "outliers" who manage to design their own destiny through persistence, timing, opportunity, and luck.
  • July 29 @ 3:30 p.m.: Rincón Literario: Bilingual Book Club – All the Light We Cannot See. Author Anthony Doerr elegantly weaves a beautiful tale of survival and morality in war-torn Europe into this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. 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. For more information about the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge and scheduled performers, visit library.escondido.org/summer or call 760-839-4814.

 

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE OPEN ON SATURDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     CONTACT: Kristina Owens

DATE: June 29, 2017                                                                  PHONE: 760-839-4519

 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. 

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Lightfoot www.dejavuphotoservices.com  ###

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