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Craft fair October 7

The Artisans of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its 20th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, October 7 (1:30 to 8 p.m.), Saturday, October 8, (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and Sunday, October 9, (8:30 a.m. to noon), at 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

The fair will have handcrafted gift items for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and every day, as well as decorative and useful items for the home. Don’t miss “Grama’s Kitchen” with home-baked goodies, homemade pickles, jams and peanut brittle. There will be gift baskets, jewelry, quilts, holiday vests – items for the whole family, and great prices too.

This event is sponsored by United Methodist Women’s Artisans. All proceeds will go to help missions for women and children. For more information and directions visit www.fumcesc.com.

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Debate Party Monday

You are invited to a Debate Party Monday night Sept. 26 at Mike’s BBQ. 1356 W. Valley Pkwy Escondido, sponsored by the North County Conservatives. The debate starts at 6 p.m.

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Firearm safety class

A monthly 3 hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun.

The class is offered Sunday, October 9 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun if they already own one.

The Escondido Fish and Game Association range is located at 16525 Guejito Rd. near the intersection with Lake Wohlford Road. Cost is $60.

To register for the class call Jack at 760-746-2868.

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Community Players Theatre to hold auditions

Community Players Theatre will hold open auditions for ages 4-99 for the holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas on Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Monday, October 3 from 7–8 p.m. at Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido.

No appointment is necessary. Just show up at the listed time with a sample of your acting ability.

This show will have two separate casts: an adult cast and a youth cast, making this Christmas Classic something special

Productions are scheduled for December 2-4.

For more information, call 760- 739-1650. Or visit the webpage www.clcfamily.org/

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Hike at Las Posas Park

The City of San Marcos invites you to go on a 7-mile hike from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 1. Explore the 2nd San Diego Aqueduct north from Las Posas Road to Buena Creek Road, and then head east along the Lake Wohlford Flume that transports water from Lake Wohlford to the Pechstein Reservoir at Blue Bird Canyon Road. 580’ of elevation gain.

Registration will take place at 8:30 am at Cerro de Las Posas Park, 1387 W. Borden Rd. San Marcos.

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Chamber “Know How” rescheduled

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Know How” workshop, which had been scheduled for September 12, has been rescheduled to Monday, October 3, noon–1 p.m. at the Chamber office, 720 N Broadway, Escondido

Do you know how to keep your computer safe from viruses? When was the last time your computer had a “health check-up.” Bring your questions for Bill Durney with Rancho Computer Networks, who is this month’s guest speaker.

Reservations are required. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 760-745-2125 for more information.

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Chamber to sponsor candidate forum Oct.6

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidate forum for city council and the Board of Supervisors Thursday, October 6, 7:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

The candidates for Council District #3, including incumbent Olga Diaz and challenger Joe Garcia; for Council District #4 incumbent Michael Morasco is faced by challenger Ingrid Rainey.

Also appearing will be Kristin Gaspar, candidate for the Third Supervisorial District.

The forum will be hosted by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Government Affairs Committee with moderator Kevin S. Svetich, CLU.

RSVP is required to attend. Contact the Chamber at 760-745-2125

Cost $15 per person, which includes continental breakfast.

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Escondido Writers Group Meets at Library

Escondido Writers Group meets at the Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, October 4, from 1– 3 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs are all invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Pre-registration is required at library.escondido.org/register.

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future Escondido Writers Group meetings and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library

Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at crayphole@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.

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Bloodmobile drive Sept. 29

The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Rancho Buena Vista High School on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. 1 p.m. The drive will be held at:

1601 Longhorn Drive

Vista, 92083

High School Gym

The San Diego Blood Bank is experiencing a shortage of donations, due in part to the Zika virus travel deferral, which asks donors who’ve traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America to wait 28 days after returning to the U.S. to begin donating again. All blood types are needed. Current inventory for the universal blood type, O negative, is at critically low levels.

Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

– 17 and older (Age 16 requires a parental consent)

– 114 pounds and in good health

To schedule an appointment, call 619 – 469 – 7322 or visit www.SanDiegoBloodBank.org.

San Diego Blood Bank

A 501 (c)3 non-profit organization

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Interpretive nature walk Sept. 25

A free guided hike/ Interpretive Nature Walk will be held in the Elfin Forest

September 25,10 a.m. – noon, beginning at Elfin Forest Interpretive Center

8833 Harmony Grove Rd.

Escondido, CA 92029

Questions? Call 760-471-9354.

The hikes are held the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 10 a.m.- noon.

Follow along as docent, writer, and artist Donna Walker leads a free interpretive nature walk through the Elfin Forest. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

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