Escondido, CA


Park Avenue Community Center reopens

In late March the Park Avenue Community Center (PACC) had to close in order to repair flood damage from a broken water heater. We are happy to report that the all of the repair work has been completed and with a fresh coat of paint and brand new carpet, the PACC will reopen on May 28.

109th Annual Installation &

 Awards Dinner

~ A Starlit Gala ~ the annual installation and awards dinner for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce is coming Friday, June 14. 

California Center for the Arts

340 N. Escondido Blvd

Escondido, CA 92025

Friday, June 14th, 2019

5:30pm – 9:00pm

Register Here:

Free Family Museum Passes 

Escondido Public Library is excited to announce FREE family museum passes will be available for checkout starting June 3rd for THREE different museums!

San Diego Museum of Art family pass checks out for one week. The pass is good for free museum admission for two adults. Youth ages 17 and under are always admitted free.

San Diego Museum of Man family pass checks out for one week. The pass is good for free general museum admission for two adults and up to four kids.

The New Children’s Museum family pass checks out for ten days. The pass is good for free museum admission for up to four people.

Passes can’t be renewed and must be returned to the Escondido Public Library. Passes can be checked out from the Youth Services Desk with a valid Library card.

Library’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Escondido Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children, teens, and adults to “Read, Act, Play.” The Challenge encourages reading for fun and life-long learning for all ages and runs from June 8–July 27. Educational, recreational, and cultural events are offered throughout the Challenge. Participants log reading and event participation online at

Summer readers of all ages record their progress to earn prizes donated by the Friends of the Library and local businesses. Anyone can take part in the program from home, on a mobile device, or by using Library computers. 

Summer Reading Challenge programs for children, babies, and families include special storytimes; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-themed craft events; a visit from reptiles, and Rick Huddles’ Scary Squirrel’s Retro Reboot Dance Party.

Teen events include a chance to explore table top and virtual reality games, attend art-based events such as Crescent Moon Henna, and Ink Floating Art, and to attend Cosplay 101, where you can learn all about costume design and creation! Adult programs include concerts, book discussions, a career fair, and a special open mic event for local writers!

Now here are more activities at the Escondido Public Library:

Toddler Tales Storytime

Tuesdays, June 11, 18, & 25

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages Walkers-3 years

Enjoy interactive bilingual stories and action songs. Seating is limited, arrive early for a spot! Complete a challenge to win a fabulous prize.


Baby Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, & 26

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages Pre-walkers

Great books, lively songs, and rhymes. Seating is limited, arrive early for a spot! Complete a challenge to win a fabulous prize.

Kids Summer Reading Challenge Events

Thursdays, June 13, 20, & 27

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages 5-12


Ecovivarium of Escondido:

World of Reptiles June 13. Learn about reptiles and their habitats, favorite foods, and the role humans play in their survival. Get up close and personal with bearded dragons, other lizards, and snakes!

3D Mini Paper Lanterns June 20. Spark your creativity and light up your world by designing a 3D Mini Paper Lantern!

Engineering Challenge June 27. Engineer a marshmallow structure! Then challenge its design by seeing how much weight it can hold!

Teen Summer Reading Challenge Events

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, & 26

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Ages 11-18

Gameology June 12. So many games! Table top, video, and Dungeons & Dragons… plus Virtual Reality (ages 13+).

Crescent Moon Henna June 19. Learn about the art of henna and receive your own henna decoration during the event.

Ink Floating Art June 26. Practice the ancient art of Japanese marbling to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge Events

2nd Saturday Concert: Blue Creek Band 

Saturday, June 8

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Summer Reading Challenge signup stations will be available as the Blue Creek Band entertains with Bluegrass, Americana, and a mix of blues, swing and gospel.

2nd Tuesday Book Club 

Tuesday, June 11

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. Reserve a copy from the Library’s catalog!

Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club

Saturday, June 15

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

Bilingual book discussion in English and Spanish will discuss The Neighborhood / Cinco esquinas by Mario Vargas.

Open Mic

Saturday, June, 16

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Be heard! Writers of all genres are invited to participate in this special open mic event. Read your work to the audience and receive friendly critiques. Please arrive by 1:00 pm. to secure a spot.

San Diego Comic-Con Adult Graphic Novel Book Club 

Monday, June 17

6:30 p.m. –  8 p.m.

Membership in this group is limited to 20 and determined by application process. This month’s graphic novel selection is Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.

Escondido Writers Group

Tuesday, June 18

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Writers of all genres are invited to read their work and receive group critiques in a friendly and comfortable environment.

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