Escondido, CA

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Poets INC Literary Series Nov. 6

POETS, INC (Inland North County) and the Escondido Arts Partnership will host a free monthly Literary Series Sunday, November 6, 1–3 p.m.

Reception is at 12:30 p.m., with light refreshments. Open mic reading begins at 1 p.m.

The program, entitled “Voices of Dissent: protest poetry, then and now,” is a fun look at past centuries of poets with social outrage as an integral part of their written history, from Shakespeare to Slam. The afternoon becomes an homage to the legacy they left behind them, with both feature performers and group pieces of which the entire audience can be part if anyone so desires. This month’s program is an all-open mic, where reading to the theme is voluntary, never mandatory.

The location is the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. Call 760-480-4101 with questions or visit

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Indian basket exhibit opens at VC museum

A collection of 15 Native American baskets, some of which were crafted more than a century ago, has been placed on exhibit at the Valley Center History Museum

The baskets have been attributed to the Luiseno,

Diegueno and Kumeyaay Tribes. Six of the items are in the museum’s permanent collection and are being exhibited for the first time; the other nine are on loan from Nancy Barrett, longtime resident of Pauma Valley.

The museum at 29200 Cole Grade Rd. is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 760-749-2993.

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Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, November 19, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo/El libro secreto de Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish, and new members are always welcome. Rincón Literario will meet again on Saturday, January 28, 2017, to discuss Story of a Sociopath/Historia de un canalla by Julia Navarro.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025.

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Tamale Festival returns to Grape Day park Nov. 5

The 2nd annual Escondido Tamale Festival will come to Grape Day Park

November 5, 11 a.m– 5 p.m. This free event is being sponsored by the Downtown Business Association.

The festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Thirty-five food vendors have been signed up. That’s several more than last year, with each vendor asked to bring 2,000 tamales.

Part of the fun for the second year is chihuahua costume contest and fashion show.

There will be free admission, great food, craft beer and wine to purchase, entertainment, competitions (including the chihuahua costume contest and fashion show) and celebrity chefs.

For more information, visit:

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Guejito Gateway Hike November 13

Valley Center Trails Association will sponsor a Guejito Gateway Hike Sunday, November 13, 8 a.m.

The hike starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, crosses Bureau of Land Management land, and then traverses the “Guejito Gateway Parcels.” These parcels are usually closed to the public. We will have access to the area thanks to Friends of Hellhole Canyon. Friends of Hellhole Canyon is leading the effort to acquire 400 acres southeast of the Preserve, adjacent to BLM land and the Rancho Guejito. Acquisition of the land will help create an open space wildlife corridor from Hellhole Canyon Preserve to the Guejito.

This hike is rated moderate; participants should be physically fit and have some recent experience walking longer than an hour. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. The total distance is about three miles and includes a short, steep uphill section and a number of sections that are less steep, but are hilly. Long pants, water, and sun protection recommended.

Meeting place: Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice will be given on VCTA FaceBook page.

Questions? Email the Trail Master:

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