Grape Day festival cancelled this year; but Rotary Grape Day 5K WILL happen

The very first Grape Day happened in Escondido in 1905. No one knows when the next one will be, except that it won’t be this year.  Carol Rea of the Escondido History Center, which had put on the festival the last two years, put out the announcement earlier this week. However, fans of the annual Grape Day 5K need not […]

El Super donates $5,000 to Lincoln Elementary

Officials with new El Super grocery store recently presented Lincoln Elementary with a $5,000 check during a recent assembly at the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) campus.  The Paramount-based grocery chain is opening its first Escondido store in mid-September at West Lincoln Avenue and North Broadway between Hwy 78 and the elementary school. “We are really excited to be part […]

Congressional candidate Campa-Najjar talks affordable housing, immigration, jobs at Democratic gathering

Last week Democratic nominee for the 50th Congressional District Ammar Campa-Najjar spoke for nearly an hour to a candidate forum in Escondido at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido, which invited both Campa-Najjar and Duncan Hunter to present their cases—but only the Democrat showed up. Local Democrats remarked that the challenger to Duncan Hunter was “clear concise and a […]

A few comments on the football front

With high school play well underway, the college season having just kicked off and the pros about to begin their slog of a 16-game regular season, it seems an appropriate time to make a few observations about the current state of affairs. Locally, the prep team that has gotten off to perhaps the most surprising start has been Orange Glen […]

Community Lutheran’s music director to give first recital in 17 years

Jeff Johnson, the music director at Community Lutheran Church, a tenor who graduated from Cal State University Northridge in 2001 with a B.A. in music, hasn’t given a public recital since then. That’s about to change. Johnson will be giving his first recital since college on September 30 at noon. He will be singing Hymn Classic in recital format arranged […]

DesEscondido / No Longer Hidden: Public Address Art Exhibition opens at Center’s Museum Sept. 29

The Center Museum has announced its fall exhibition: DesEscondido / No Longer Hidden: Public Address Art Exhibition opening on September 29. Members of the dynamic and diverse group of public artists called Public Address, have created an array of multimedia artwork that will explore how things can be both obscured and visible in a city (Escondido) whose very name means […]

NSDCAR reports on North County housing market for July 2018

The median sales price for a detached single-family home in North San Diego County reached $755,000 in July 2018, which was 8.6% higher than the $695,000 price in July 2017, according to a recently released housing market report from the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), a 7,000-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The July 2018 figure […]

SDG&E unveils new safety measures before the height of fire season

As California responds to what is now the year-round threat of wildfires, this week San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) unveiled additional enhancements to improve public safety and help ensure customers and communities in the utility’s service territory are better prepared for  wildfire emergencies. Extreme weather and fire safety improvements include: Erickson Aircrane available 365 days a year. Traditionally here […]

New exhibit “Coexisting with Coyotes” opens Sept. 5

The Escondido Creek Conservancy presents a new exhibit, “Coexisting with Coyotes,” which will be on display in the Interpretive Center at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve on September 5 through December 31.  Coyotes are adaptable and found almost everywhere in San Diego County—including wild lands, suburban neighborhoods, and even in our cities.  As coyotes continue to lose their traditional habitat […]