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City Of Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief 

04/20/17 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sheryl Bennett, 760-839-4643

Escondido, CA – Following the recent retirement of Chief Russ Knowles, Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp has named Rick Vogt as the new Fire Chief for the City of Escondido.

Chief Vogt started with the City of Escondido in 2015 as the Division Chief for Training and EMS, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2016.

Chief Vogt’s career in fire services began over 30 years ago as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Palm Desert. He subsequently became a firefighter for the City of Temecula/Cal Fire, was appointed Station Captain for Riverside County/Cal Fire and served as Administrative and Field Battalion Chief for the City of San Marcos just prior to coming to the City of Escondido.

“Chief Vogt is the ideal candidate to continue the traditions of excellence, efficiency, integrity and outstanding public service that characterize the Escondido Fire Department,” said Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp.

Chief Vogt will be focused on overseeing a smooth transition for the department, and maintaining its high standards of excellence in public safety and emergency services.

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Escondido Public Library Teen Book Club Discusses Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 

04/19/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cathy Janovitz, 760-839-4283

Escondido, CA Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. New York Times bestseller, Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton, is the selected title. Copies are available for checkout at the Library’s Information Desk or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at library.escondido.org.  Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Rebel of the Sands is set in the desert nation of Miraji, an unwelcoming place, and the small town of Dustwalk is even less welcoming. Orphaned, barely tolerated, and stifled in a culture that considers females worthless, Amani must rely on her skills as a sharpshooter to escape from an arranged marriage and finally be free. Brash, witty, and fierce, Amani’s plans for escape backfire, but then she suddenly gets another chance. In this action-filled adventure, she never imagined she’d gallop away from back-country

Dustwalk on a mythical horse made of sand into the heart of the wild and barren desert. Even more startling to her is the charming and mysterious scoundrel Jin, who accompanies her on this rollicking fantasy adventure full of romance, myth, and magic.

After discussing Rebel of the Sands, teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Pubic Library and Taco Bell located at 1944 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. 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 teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cjanovitz@escondido.org. Additional information about the Library can be found at library.escondido.org.

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Escondido Public Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Fourteenth Goldfish 

04/19/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 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, May 19, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Jennifer L Holm’s novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. 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.

Holm, author of the popular Baby Mouse and Squish series, gives readers the quirky tale of fifth-grader Ellie, whose life takes a strange and mysterious turn when her mother brings home an unusual guest. Oddly enough, the guest, a teenage boy, looks, dresses, and speaks exactly like her grandfather Melvin, who has vanished while conducting scientific research on age-reversal. When Ellie’s grandfather needs to break a specimen out of his lab so he can publish his work, high jinks ensue. With humor, a delightful cast of characters, and snippets of the history of scientific discovery sprinkled throughout, Holm inspires children to view science as fun and filled with possibility.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and 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. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss 

04/18/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Monica Barrette, 760-839-4836

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on May 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at library.escondido.org.

Experience the riveting true story of Alexandre Dumas, the almost forgotten hero who   inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Born the son of a black slave, Dumas escaped bondage and was schooled as a sword fighting member of the French aristocracy. The group will discuss his humble beginnings and swashbuckling adventures.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 13, 2017 for a group discussion of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. 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 760-839-4836.

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Dixon Lake Closed to Anglers April 18-21 

04/17/17

CONTACT: Dan Hippert, Lake and Open Space Superintendent

PHONE: (760) 839-4345

Dixon Lake will be closed to anglers from 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 through 6:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 in order to maintain the trout stock prior to the 20th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Charity Trout Derby.  There will be no fishing from either the shore, the piers or from boats.   Day use areas and the campground will remain open, and the concession stand will continue to supply visitors with food, drinks and sundries.  Rental boats also will be available, but fishing gear will not be allowed on boats.  Signs will also be posted to remind visitors of the restriction.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the shutdown, but will be strictly enforcing the closure.  Lake and Open Space Superintendent Dan Hippert said, “We will have Park Rangers patrolling the shoreline regularly, and visitors found fishing on the closure dates will be subject to a citation and ejection from the park for up to 72 hours.”

The Kiwanis Trout Derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 and ends on Sunday April 23 at 4:00 p.m. 

Dixon Lake is owned and operated by the City of Escondido and is located at 1700 La Honda Dr.  The park opens every day at 6:00 a.m. but closing hours vary by season.  Call Dixon Lake at (760) 839-4345 or visit www.escondido.org and click on the Dixon Lake page for more information.

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Escondido Writers Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

04/12/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecy Rayphole, 760-839-4289

Escondido, CA – Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, May 2, 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. Space is limited and registration is required: library.escondido.org/register.

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, Senior Library Associate, 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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Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Pianist Minna Han and Violinist Joo-in Lee  

04/12/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Viktor Sjöberg, 760-839-4814

Escondido, CA – Classical virtuosos Minna Han and Joo-in Lee will perform the season finale of the 2nd Saturday Concert Series at Escondido Public Library on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Skilled artists Minna Hann and Joo-in Lee have played to enthusiastic audiences across the U.S. and South Korea. They will perform classical duets on piano and violin by composers such as Wagner, Strauss, and Beethoven. For more information on the duo, please visit their website: www.minna-jooin.com.

Following the May concert, the 2nd Saturday Concert Series will take a hiatus until next fall. Escondido Public Library will host a concert by the Navy Band Southwest Woodwind Quintet on June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. With over 80 years of support to the San Diego community, Navy Band Southwest serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Southwestern United States.

Visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Senior Librarian Viktor Sjöberg at 760-839-4814 for more information. 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.

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Traffic Advisory 

04/06/17

Contact: Will Deile, Field Engineering Inspector, (760) 802-7122

The following road closures are scheduled to begin next week. Electronic message boards and detour signs will be posted. Roads will be open to emergency personnel.

·         Vista Ave. between Ash St. and Lehner Ave. will be closed to through traffic from April 10, 2017 to April 21, 2017 for the purpose of street improvements. The contractor performing the work is Haitbrink Asphalt.

·         Ash St. between Vista Ave. and Hubbard Ave. will be closed to through traffic during daytime hours only (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) from April 10, 2017 to April 21, 2017 for the installation of a 24” water line. The contractor performing the work is Southland Paving Inc.

 

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Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club 

03/29/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, April 22, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, El océano al final del camino/The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman in both English and Spanish. The book is available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at library.escondido.org.

Horror and vengeance threaten to destroy a middle-aged man’s family in this New York Times #1 best seller. His only defense centers around his neighbors, three women who live in a rundown farm at the end of the lane. Award winning author Neil Gaiman tells a mesmerizing story of how a 7-year-old boy is transformed through the discovery of supernatural secrets, and reminds the reader of how memories and friendships can affect our lives even decades later.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, May 20, 2017, discussing El secreto de mi marido/The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  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 library.escondido.org or contact Senior Library Associate 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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Escondido Public Library Hosts El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day)  

03/27/17 Categories: Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristine Macalalad, 760-839-5456

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will celebrate El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) for children ages 5-12 on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 3:30—4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This program features bilingual stories from Mexico and around the world, songs, and crafts. El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros connects families and children to books, the joy of reading, and the diversity of cultures in our community.

El Día, as it is commonly known, is inspired by Mexico’s annual El Día del Niño (Day of the Child), and serves as an introduction to rich family traditions preserved in the community. It is also a nationally recognized day, especially celebrated by libraries to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all backgrounds. Escondido Public Library’s program will feature story time beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft stations for puppet-making and tissue paper flower bouquet creation. Participating children may receive a free book, provided by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, program sponsors.

Registration is not required, but plan to arrive early as craft supplies and books may be limited.

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 call Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5456. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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