Bokah Blocks intrigues children and adults alike



A new toy that inspires STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) was just released this past December and made available for sale online to consumers. Growing up with toys like Lincoln logs, Legos, K’nex, Tinker Toys and so many other connector toys, there was a desire to have more from a toy that would inspire ingenuity and the creative […]

Former Escondido businessman to be inducted posthumously into Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame



The late Bill Speeg, an Escondido businessman, longtime volunteer in Oceanside, state and national Soap Box Derby activities, will be inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame during the post-race awards ceremony for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on the evening of Saturday, July 16. Speeg was 46 when he died in February 2014. […]

Soccer tournament aims to raise $50,000 to fight breast cancer



Inspired by soccer moms battling breast cancer, a tournament in Escondido’s Frances Ryan Park hopes to raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen San Diego The fifth annual Kickin’ It Challenge soccer tournament—a tournament that brings San Diego and Southern California’s youth soccer teams together to help fight the battle against breast cancer—will take place Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June […]

San Pasqual Valley Soils: It’s all about the dirt



Note: This article appeared originally in Edible San Diego magazine March April 2016. The Frank Konyn Dairy has been a San Pasqual Valley landmark and a steward to the land for over half a century. Current owner Frank Konyn, Jr. recalls: “For years, my dad would supply cow manure as fertilizer to friends and neighbors by pushing it out to […]

Community gardens give new meaning to “urban growth”



For hipsters and seniors alike, the urban lifestyle has much to offer: low maintenance residences, easy access to public transportation, and a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment options. The downside for anyone with a green thumb is that, with urban real estate at a premium, there is little space, aside from balconies and rooftops, for actual gardening. It was […]

Escondido softball falls in playoff heartbreaker 1-0



For nine innings on Saturday, Escondido’s starting pitcher Victoria Cervantes was strutting her stuff, shutting out the opposition and clearly holding down the fort. All that was needed for this heroic effort to be justifiably rewarded was for the Cougar offense to lend her just a wee bit of support in the form of but a single run. Who could […]

Pala Casino tries to set record for poker tournament prize money



Pala Casino this week and last has been hosting the River Card Quest for the Cup 2016 Super Mega Event poker tournament, which is a new kind of tournament for San Diego County. It’s a tournament where players can display their talents in a world-class venue. This tournament has 11 buy-ins and the potential to net up to $150,000 for […]

Dance studio is an Escondido institution

Whether it’s the rumba or the two-step, or anything in between Arthur Murray can teach you the moves

The Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been an Escondido institution since 1977, but for many years it was hidden in a shopping center at Felicita Avenue and Escondido Boulevard. In January 2015, Autumn Dinh opened the studio’s current location at 301 E. Grand Ave. At the southeast corner of Grand and Juniper, it stands as a little beacon, drawing people […]

Times-Advocate Shorts



Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition June 4 The Burn Institute’s Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby presented by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 is back again with exhilarating firefighting demonstrations and the crowd favorite, Firefighter Demo Derby. Firefighters from Escondido will be taking part in the thrills and fun. This year’s event will take […]

‘Setting the record straight’



How many times have you heard the words, “Don’t judge me” or “Jesus said ‘Don’t judge’ ”? I find it hard to imagine meeting someone who hasn’t heard them. Why is this? And does the Bible really teach that we’re not supposed to judge others? The phrase originated from Jesus himself. In what is commonly called “The Sermon On The […]


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