Case against students caught with knives blows over



The story of two San Pasqual High School students suspended and facing expulsion for bringing weapons onto school grounds on Jan. 27 blew over last week. Local news media had broadcast the stormy Escondido Union High School District board session Feb. 9 and cov­ered last Friday’s emergency meeting that promised the students would not be punished for having knives in […]

Chamber of Commerce promos ‘Paint, Prosper’—



The Escondido Chamber of Com­merce and Spiritivity are hosting an evening of creating art and friendships from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. The “Paint and Prosper” event features speaker Stephanie Hughes, who promises to “open your mind and heart to meeting new people, exchanging ideas,” according to the Chamber’s promotional materials. Spiritivity is located at 102 W. Grand […]

Cruisin’ Grand rolls out fundraiser on wheels—



The Grand Champion Fundraiser for Escondido’s vintage car show will roll onto Grand Avenue from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The rain-or-shine event will benefit the 17th annual grand cruise itself, which takes place every Friday from April 1 to Sept. 30. The show accepts only pre-1974 vehicles. Pre-registration is before March 8 and costs $20 to […]

North County bird lovers will meet on March 5—



The North County Aviculturists of pet bird owners and breeders will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus, Vista. The club has a bird-related topic every week and the meeting in­cludes refreshments. Admission is free. See www.ncabirdclub.com/.

Get fit at Daley Ranch—



The Friends of Daley Ranch will be hosting a guided hike at 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 28. The 13.9 mile hike, led by natu­ralist Rita Ospelt, will be a brisk one that follows the perimeter of the Ranch, with a trip to Stanley Peak for an extra challenge. Expect steep uphill and downhill sections. The hike will begin at the […]

Irish Stew Cook-Off seeks contestants



The only Irish Stew Cook-off in North County happens on St. Pat­rick’s Day, March 17, at St. Stephen’s Hall on Cole Grade (near Valley Cen­ter High School) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in neighboring Valley Center. As you can see, funny hats is a big deal in this event sponsored by Knights of Columbus and The Valley Roadrunner. Applications to […]

Huge Torrey Pine smashes Escondido cottage



A tree once declared to be the second tallest Torrey pine in the state crashed to the ground during the last storm, flatten­ing a small historic cottage in the 500 block of E. 4th Ave. in Escondido, dur­ing a violent wind storm two weeks ago. While the giant tree with an 8-foot diameter trunk could have landed on the historic […]

Escondido Crime Blotter



• On Feb. 12, the Escondido Police Department conducted a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint near Centre City Parkway and Decatur Way. According to authorities, a little un­der 1400 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. A total of 25 citations were issued at the checkpoint, including six for sus­pended licenses, 16 for unlicensed driv­ers and six for not having insurance. One […]

Gardeners will talk on organic veggies



Gangretto’s Garden Club will offer information on planting spring veg­gies March 12 at Gangretto’s Farm and Garden Supply, 1105 W. Mission Ave., Escondido. Experts will give advice on starting an organic vegetable garden and keep­ing it going. Talks also take place at store branches in Fallbrook, March 5; Encinitas, March 26; and Valley Center on April 2. For more information, visit […]

Mayor to give State of the City address



Mayor Sam Abed will deliver the annu­al State of the City on Wednesday morn­ing, Feb. 24, at the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escon­dido. The event is co-sponsored by the Es­condido Chamber of Commerce and will be begin with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8 a.m. The optional breakfast is […]