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Unveiling of sign at Kit Carson Park

The official unveiling of “A Chimney in the Park” Interpretive Sign will be held at Kit Carson Park on Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m. at the flagpole at the entrance to the Skate Park.

The Escondido History Center and the City of Escondido have collaborated to raise awareness as well as to preserve our local and regional history. By placing an interpretive sign near the stone base of the flagpole, they hope to provide the next generation with a vital link to our roots and foster understanding of the city’s growth, cultural heritage, and economic legacies.

The event includes a brief presentation and acknowledgements of the many individuals who contributed to this effort.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Veterans Day

Escondido Public Library will host two events to celebrate and honor Veterans Day this November. The first event is Defeating Stress, an iRest Yoga Nidra meditation workshop on Saturday November 5, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Mathes Center. The second program is USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon, presented by USS Midway Museum Speaker’s Bureau docent, Joe Ciokon, on Monday November 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

Defeating Stress is a Veterans Daythemed meditation workshop presented by Melissa Wise, Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. This class is designed for anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or for anyone feeling overwhelmed and seeking relaxation techniques.

The class is open to anyone that wishes to heal unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds in the body and mind. To attend Defeating Stress, register at since space is limited. To learn more about iRest Yoga Nidra, visit http:// and find materials on a number of meditation techniques in the Library catalog at

Attend the lecture USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon and discover the crucial role played by the USS Midway during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975. As the People’s Army of Vietnam surrounded Saigon, thousands of South Vietnamese fled for their lives to the safety of the United States fleet just off-shore.

The USS Midway received more than 3,000 refugees, many of them one step ahead of certain death, or long term re-education camps under the “Liberation Armies.” This is a story of fear, hope, and sanctuary for those South Vietnamese fortunate enough to escape Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War.

The USS Midway aircraft carrier of the United States Navy was commissioned one week after the end of World War II and was the largest ship in the world until 1955. It operated for 47 years and is retired today as a museum and memorial ship in San Diego. USS Midway and the Fall of Saigon is an important story, among the many missions in this ship’s proud history.

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other Library events, visit the Library’s website at or call Adult Services Librarian, Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214 or at The Mathes Center is located at 247. S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St.

Congressman Duncan Hunter to Address Republican Women

Escondido Republican Women, Federated (ERWF) has invited Congressman Duncan Hunter as their afternoon guest speaker at their October 26 luncheon. Congressman Hunter is an advocate for enhanced border security, the elimination of sanctuary cities and veterans rights. He will be updating the group on current events.

The morning speaker is Frank Kacer from the Christian Citizenship Council who will present the pros and cons of the state ballot measures.

The meeting begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. at Cocina del Charro, 890 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido, includes a buffet luncheon for $16 and is open to the public. For reservations (Deadline: October 23) contact Val at 760-432-0816 or Rosalia at 760-489- 1407.

Bloodmobile at Pacific Western Bank

The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Pacific Western

Bank on Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. –  2 p.m. The drive will be held at: 900 Canterbury Place, Escondido, in the parking lot.

About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate, can save up to three lives. About 34% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% do annually. In California, less than 5% donate annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.

Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

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

– 114 pounds and in good health

It is recommended that donors consume an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. A photo identification must be presented upon signing up to donate.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience but walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 619 – 469 – 7322 or visit

Movie matinee at senior center

The City of San Marcos presents Movie Matinee at the at the Senior Activity Center located at 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos on Friday, October 28 at 1 pm. They will be showing “Money Monster” featuring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and other refreshments.

The cost of the movie is $1, or free if you join the group for lunch. Parking is free. RSVP is required for the movie and lunch one day in advance. For more information, call 760-744- 5535 or visit

Social Dance Planned at Senior Activity Center

The City of San Marcos presents Social Dance at the at the Senior Activity Center located at 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos, October 20 from 1-3 pm. Join them for the “Hobgoblin Hoedown” themed dance. Bring a guest or meet new people to dance with. Live DJ music and refreshments.

Cost of admission is $3 at time of event. Parking is free. For more information, call 760-744-5535 or visit

Book club to discuss “The Boston Girl”

Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on November 8, at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Anita Diamant, New York Times bestselling author of “The Red Tent,” delivers a gripping portrait of Jewish immigrant life in the early 20th century. Elderly grandmother Addie Baum relays her life-story of early poverty, family-strife and her rise as a career woman who stood by her beliefs at all costs. Join the book club and examine how life choices make up who we will become.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 13 with a group discussion of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End” by Atul Gawande.

Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.

Fall Festival Saturday

The public is invited to experience autumn at the Harmony Grove Village Fall Festival this Saturday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free activities will include live music, carnival games, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and more.

The family-friendly event, hosted by builder and developer CalAtlantic Homes, will take place at 4th of July Park in Harmony Grove Village located at 2815 Starry Night Drive, Escondido.

Guests are encouraged to RSVP by visiting For more information about Harmony Grove Village, please visit or contact Stephanie Norris at 949-751- 8951 or

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