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Summer Sing

Singers of the community are invited to join The Center Chorale for a fun Summer Sing at the California Center for Arts, Escondido Studio One Theater.

The Escondido Choral Arts Summer Sing will be Monday, August 22, 7 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door.

Read through some unusual and wonderful music, meet fellow musicians, and catch up with singers from around the county while experiencing the joy of singing together.

Featured in the Sing will be Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, an unusual and charming work about sailing the high seas. Other beautiful choral works include compositions by Giovanni Gabrieli, Giacomo Antonio Perti, and a new work by Stephen Sturk, resident composer and assistant conductor of the Center Chorale.

Reservations are requested. Send an email indicating your intent to attend and how many guest singers to Or RSVP by phone 760-805 3945.

Escondido Republican Club to meet on July 18

Carl DeMaio, host of the Carl De- Maio Show, heard daily on AM-600 KOGO, will be the featured speaker at the the Escondido Republican Club’s (TERC’s) lunchtime meeting on Monday, July 18. DeMaio is a nationally-recognized government reformer, who has built a business and a political career on making broken government programs work again for the people.

The meeting will be held at the Cocina del Charro Restaurant located at 890 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. with the buffet luncheon service starting at 11:45 a.m. The meeting begins promptly at noon and concludes at 1 p.m.

A reservation is necessary. The cost is $14 per person. To RSVP for the meeting, call 760-480-8300. For more information about TERC, visit:

Escondido Public Library hosts magical Harry Potter party

Escondido Public Library invites muggles, witches, and wizards of all ages to a Magical Harry Potter Party on Thursday, August 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. This event welcomes children and families to celebrate the world of Harry Potter and the release of the new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

The public is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character to be wowed during a magic show performed by The Amazing Dana. After the show, attendees may participate in crafts including making snitches and edible wands. There will also be thematic games, such as “Pin the Sock on Dobby,” and a very special photo booth where wizards and witches can create their own picture-perfect posters.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St. All Library programs are free and open to the public and this program is sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited.

For more information about the Magical Harry Potter Party contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836 or at Additional information about the Library’s programs can be found at

City of San Marcos offering a Pound.Rockout.Workout class

The City of San Marcos is offering a Pound.Rockout.Workout class for 16 years and up at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Cost is $56 for eight weeks. Pound is a rock-out/workout using lightly weighted drumsticks (Ripstix) to achieve a full body workout which combines cardio, strength training and Pilates. Ripstix are provided.. Registration required at For more information, go to

A local “Antiques Roadshow” July 17

A local version of TV’s popular “Antiques Roadshow” will return to Valley Center this month sponsored by the local Historical Society.

On three previous occasions, hundreds of persons brought collectibles to the Valley Center Antiques Appraisal Faire for evaluation by appraisers who will again suggest if family heirlooms might be trash or treasure. Appraisers will be on hand at the Valley Center Library on Sunday, July 17, from noon to 4 p.m.

There is a cost of $5 per evaluation, and a limit of two items per person. All proceeds benefit the History Museum. Evaluators will volunteer their time and talent.

Treasures uncovered at past appraisal events in Valley Center included a rare commemorative Tiffany watch worth $50,000, a bronze statue valued at $50,000, a pair of Chinese lamps assessed at $25,000, and a Civil War family album with shots taken by famed photographer Matthew Brady.

For more information, contact the museum at 760-749-2993.

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Valley Center Kiwanis invites Muslim speaker

The public is invited to hear Karem Elham, an American Muslim, speak at the Valley Center Kiwanis breakfast meeting at 7 am. on August 12 at Country Junction Deli.

He will tell the group about the current Muslim experience of living in America, during this period of fear and controversy. His message is basically that we are one people, Americans all, working for the continued success of the USA, ourselves and our children.

Elham is active with the North County Interfaith Council working in cooperation with all faiths for mutual understanding and to support community charitable endeavors. He speaks with 38 years of experience living in the U.S. Elham recently retired from working for the City of San Marcos as principal civil engineer and manager of the Inspection Section of the Public Works Department. This gives him more time to pursue his mission of reconciliation.

“Be informed by joining the group on August 12 with your questions for this inspirational and informative speaker,” Philip Stone of the Kiwanis told The Times-Advocate.

All are invited to attend, but be sure to RSVP Stone at 760-742-1201, 760-519- 4394 Or e-mail

Rabid bat found at Safari Park

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reported Tuesday that a bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for rabies.

The bat was found alive on Sunday, July 10 at approximately 2:15 p.m. near the Oasis Deli in Nairobi Village. Trained park staff collected the bat without directly touching it and no human or animal contact has been reported. The bat, which was not one of the park’s collection animals, was delivered to the County on July 11 and tested positive for rabies. Another rabid bat was also found at this location on June 11.

County health officials are interested to know if anyone who was in the park on Sunday, July 10 directly handled the rabid bat. If you or someone in your family or group had contact with the bat, you are urged to contact the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency as soon as possible at 619-692-8499. If you did not have direct contact with the bat, such as touching or holding the animal, you are not at risk for rabies.

“There has been no reported human or animal contact with this bat, but it was found in an area where many park visitors pass by, and we want to be sure that no one had contact with it,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Human rabies is usually fatal without prompt post-exposure vaccine and treatment.”

Rabies transmission can occur from a bat bite or if a bat’s saliva comes in contact with a cut or abrasion, or with mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose or mouth. There have been three rabid bats found in San Diego County so far this year.

“People should always stay away from bats and other wild animals to prevent possible exposure to rabies,” said Wooten. “If you see a bat, dead or alive, don’t touch it. Contact the County as soon as possible at 619-692-8499.”

Rabies in humans can be prevented by avoiding contact with wild, stray, and unknown domestic animals, ensuring pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations, and receiving prompt medical advice following animal bites and other significant exposures to potentially rabid animals.

If direct contact with a bat does occur, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice immediately.

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