Oil painting exhibit opens Sunday at Center

Oil Painters Of America: 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils will be presented by California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  The exhibit opens Sunday, April 11 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Center museum.  Cost to attend the exhibit ranges from $6-$12.  Dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is […]

Small Business Shopping Spree Saturday

Businesses in Downtown Escondido Saturday are participating in the Small Business Shopping Spree. Because those businesses like to spread happiness, they are giving customers a free surprise gift with any purchase at participating merchants. Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the 2nd Saturday Art Walk with pop up artists on Grand Avenue. Galleries are open […]

Take a guided tour of barrier painting project

As a response to the social restrictions put in place in connection with the pandemic in 2020, the City of Escondido narrowed Grand Avenue to two traffic lanes in August 2020 and made the former parking lane available to businesses.  This was accomplished by placing almost 100 gray, dull looking concrete barriers (K-rails) to mark the boundary to the new […]

On March Madness


Ah, the last day of Easter Week and coincidentally “March Madness.” Have you ever wondered how the name for the NCAA Division I championship came to be? In the next paragraph I will explain.  MM, begun in 1939, was actually the second national college basketball tournament after the National Invitational Tournament came to be in 1938, When I was growing […]

N.C. Veterans Stand Down postponed until September


Not enough guests were signing up for the North County Veterans Stand Down that had been scheduled for the weekend of April 15— so organizers have postponed it until September. The reason? Fear of COVID. Matt Foster, president of the event, told The Times-Advocate that it will be held September 16-19. “We did it because of feedback from our guests. […]

Nonprofit to build homes for injured Marines

The national nonprofit organization, Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will kick off building homes in Escondido for two injured Marines with a virtual, dual Community Kickoff event on Saturday, April 10.  On Sept. 7, 2010, Marine Corporal Kionte Storey lost his right leg while serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. On April 20, 2011, Marine First Sergeant […]

Escondido man opens Jersey Mike’s at Camp Pendleton

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County on March 3. Tylor Rasmussen of Escondido is in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is now part owner in the Camp Pendleton Jersey Mike’s location.  Rasmussen is the operating partner of the store along with franchise owners/area directors Cathy and Mike Brown who own nine […]

Buy a brick to leave a legacy of conservation

The Escondido Creek Conservancy has launched a buy-a-brick campaign to replenish its land acquisition fund. For as little as $100, donors can memorialize their commitment to the environment and leave their mark on the grounds of the Conservancy’s new headquarters, called Boulder Outlook, which is under construction in Hidden Meadows.  The land fund is covering costs to improve the old […]

Former councilwoman Diaz named UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor

Former Escondido city councilmember Olga Diaz has been named the next vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Diaz has been director of student success and equity at Palomar College since 2015. She will begin work at UW-Eau Claire on June 14. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and a […]

For EUSD’s Tracy Schmidt, adjustments, need for ‘engagement’ are everyday certainties


Every morning, when Tracy Schmidt heads to work at the Escondido Union School District, she pretty much expects one thing – something has changed and necessary adjustments will have to be made. And with outbreak of COVID-19, Schmidt found herself with a unique new assignment:  creating a system for recording the data concerning the virus, coordinating with county and local […]