March weekend rail closures for the Coaster

To facilitate infrastructure improvements along the coastal rail corridor, there will be no Coaster or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service in San Diego County on the weekends of March 2-3, and 9-10. On the Fridays preceding the closures, March 1 and March 8, southbound Amtrak R2R trains A792 and A796 will complete their trips to Santa Fe Depot, but Amtrak train […]

Circus Vargas raises tent in Escondido March 5

Circus Vargas will return to Escondido to celebrate its 50th anniversary next week, with the tent raising Tuesday, March 5 with media and the public invited for a sneak peek between 2 to 3 p.m.   The circus tent will rise, as if by magic, adding to the scenery of the Westfield Mall, if only temporarily.  Opening night for the […]

March’s First Wednesdays exposes opera in Escondido

Experience the power of performance at First Wednesdays music series, a free community music series that happens the first Wednesday of every month from September through June.  For the month of March, First Wednesdays showcases Opera Exposed! on Wednesday, March 6 starting at 6 p.m. Opera Exposed! is San Diego Opera’s community engagement concert series. Concerts include staged operatic arias […]

March’s 2nd Saturdays Free Art Lesson features painted Japanese fans

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson on Saturday, March 9.    March’s free art lesson will feature “Sensu” Painted Japanese Fans. The folding fan (called Ougi and Sensu) was invented in Japan between the 6th & 9th centuries. The fan named Ougi (hi-o-gi), or the “court fan,” […]

SP basketball, Classical soccer capture CIF titles


Without a doubt, it proved to be a one of the most eventful and impactful 24 hours in the annals of Escondido prep sports. First the San Pasqual boys basketball team, ignited by a late surge that broke a deadlock, went on to secure a 49-42 victory over Clairemont in the San Diego Section Division V final contested last Thursday […]

Calvin Christian soared despite obstacles


By any measure, the Calvin Christian girls basketball team enjoyed a tremendous season.  To begin with, the Crusaders won 17 of 21 games. Their home record was a near perfect 10-1. Coming out of the chute, CC won its first eight games. That was later followed by a pair of four-game winning streaks. Moreover, the Crusaders would eventually finish a […]

Center Chorale to present Concert of the Americas March 10, CCAE

The Escondido Center Chorale will present the Concert of the Americas on Sunday, March 10, 3 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Center Theater.  The Center Chorale will perform music that is expressive and exciting. Artistic Director Joe Stanford told The Times-Advocate:  “This concert for us, is unusual, particularly in the wide variety of musical styles we […]

A Step Beyond announces the appointment of six board members

A Step Beyond, a Creative Youth Development nonprofit in Escondido announced that it will be welcoming six new members to its board of directors.  These members are Bonnie Platt, Candise Holmlund, Jose Villarreal, Dan O’Connell, Leslie O’Connell, and Jonathan Fikse all from North County. Bonnie Platt has served on the board of several nonprofit such as Horizon Christian Fellowship, Santa […]

Escondido man dies in three vehicle collision on Hwy 78

Wednesday at 12:53 a.m., a 34 year man from Escondido, was driving a 2017 Honda CR-V on Hwy 78 eastbound approaching Twin Oaks Valley Road.  The man was proceeding eastbound on Hwy 78, within the  #1 lane at an unknown speed.   For reasons that are still under investigation, the Honda collided with the rear of a stopped and disabled […]


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