Halloween lovers float on flights of fantasy at Escondido Grape Day Park

Friends and family of Christina King, of The Fairy Godmother costume shop showed up for a photo shoot in Grape Day Park last week. King recently purchased the home-based business from Nancy Benson, who started it 14 years ago. Benson, who worked in Escondido school administration, started making cos­tumes for fun, but soon demand had her turning the hobby into […]

North County high schooler auditions for ‘The Voice’

North County local Dawson Daugh­erty will audition on NBC’s “The Voice” sometime this week. The 17-year-old senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos will be performing for the blind audition of “The Voice.” Dawson has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since he was 11 years old. He wrote and recorded his first CD at 13. Dawson’s […]

Transportation plan is expected to pass tomorrow

The update of the county’s Regional Transportation Plan is expected to be ap­proved by the San Diego Association of Governments board at the October 9 SAN­DAG meeting. The 2015 RTP update anticipates spend­ing of more than $200 billion for highway, transit, rail, and bicycle projects. The rev­enue includes projections of anticipated federal, state, local and private funds from existing and […]

Calvin Christian breaks ground on new building

The student body of Calvin Chris­tian School, family, and community members gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of The Heritage Center Chapel & Auditorium on Sept. 25. “We are behind you, and we sup­port you,” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said at the groundbreaking cer­emony. The new building will provide the school with a space for choir and band concerts, plays […]


Research animals might get another chance Most of us love Beagles. Their ea­ger to-please, calm personalities make them the perfect pet. This trait also makes them perfect for research pur­poses. But what happens after these animals are no longer needed for re­search? As a dog owner and animal lover, I am interested in protecting animals that have been used for […]

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I have always looked forward to my copy of The Times-Advocate, but now it lays unopened thanks to the Phyllis Knight column. I respect Ms. Knight, her right to her own opinions and her beliefs, but do we need to see them every week? I think not. I value a “Faith” column but shouldn’t it be about the wonderful […]

Times-Advocate welcomes new co-editor

The Times-Advocate would like to welcome Mike Peterson as an interim co-editor. Mike Peterson is a local, award-win­ning freelance writer and designer with years of writing, copy editing and news­paper layout design experience. He likes to tell people that he’s been writing short stories, poems, and articles since he was old enough to tap on a key­board. That part is […]

Lilac Hills Ranch plan to be considered by county supervisors on October 28

On October 28 the San Diego Coun­ty Board of Supervisors will consider the approval of Accretive Investments’ proposed Lilac Hills Ranch develop­ment. An approval would include cer­tification of the Environmental Impact Report and its finding of overriding considerations to unmitigable signifi­cant impacts. The overriding considerations and thus the benefits of the project include not only tax revenue and employment economic […]

Around Escondido

Spirit play at Calvin Christian School On Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, Calvin Christian High School will pres­ent Spirit, a play by Peg Kehret. Calvin Christian School is lo­cated at 2000 N. Broadway Av­enue in Escondido. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Seats can be reserved at calvin­christianescondido.org. Reycled Materials Fashion event Saturday The Escondido Minicipal Gal­lery […]

Have lunch at Historic Daley Ranch

The Friends of Daley Ranch will host a lunch celebration from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the historic Daley Ranch in Escondido. The lunch will also include tours and historic information about the ranch. Everyone is welcome to attend, in­cluding members of FODR, non-mem­bers, friends and family, and the general public, according to the press […]