The Escondido Fire Department recently graduated 14 residents from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy held in March. The CERT Academy consisted of 24 hours of training over three weeks (Tuesday and Thursday evenings and one Saturday). The training included: Disaster Preparedness, Small Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Unit Organization – ICS, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, and Wildland Fire Urban Interface. With the addition of the 14 new members the department now has a total of 137 CERT members.
Here is a good volunteer activity for high school students who want summer volunteer work for their scholastic resumes: The Pegasus Rising Project is located near Lake Wohlford at the Escondido Equestrian Center for Natural Horsemanship. They are always looking for volunteers to help feed and care for the project’s herd of 14 Polish Arabians who have been repurposed to provide equine therapy free of charge to returning service members and their families who are healing from PTSD/TBI.
If you are interested, visit their Website, pegasusrising.org, and click on the red heart for volunteers.
HELPING OLDER ADULTS—
Volunteer Action for Aging has recently expanded into San Diego County to connect older adults to caring individuals from their own communities. On Saturday, April 30, VAA is hosting a pre-Mother’s Day Tea Party at a senior Trailer Park in Escondido. Volunteers will serve tea and refreshments from 2 – 4 p.m., and will also judge a hat contest and play games that encourage the participating seniors to socialize with their peers.
Volunteer Action for Aging Mother’s Day Tea Party for Seniors
Carefree Ranch (Senior Trailer Park)
211 N. Citrus Ave.
Escondido, CA 92027
BEAR VALLEY PARKWAY UPDATE—
Progress continues on the County project widening Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road. The irrigation systems are being installed this week along Bear Valley Parkway from Idaho Avenue to San Pasqual Valley Road. New traffic signal poles have been completed for the Idaho Avenue/ Bear Valley Parkway intersection and Idaho Avenue has been reopened to all traffic. The remaining section of roadway between Lloyd Place and Boyle Avenue intersection is having base material placed for the construction of the concrete improvement. The remaining work includes traffic signal conduit installation as well as completing the final storm drain boxes.
POOL ALMOST READY FOR SUMMER—
The Washington Park Pool Re-plastering project was completed last week, and the County inspected and approved the project on April 8. Staff walked the project site on April 12 to have any problems resolved and turn the site over to Parks staff.
ESCONDIDO DEMOCRATIC CLUB—
Escondido Democratic Club (EDC) meets on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month in the meeting room of Escondido Chamber of Commerce building, 720 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025. Social hour starts at 10 a.m. followed by formal meeting at 10:30 a.m. Meetings usually consist of two parts, the club business report/discussion and invited speakers’ talk. The next meeting will be held on May 14..
EDC Executive Board (e-board) meeting is held every month on the Monday before the general meeting. Next one will be on May 9, at 6:30 pm in club president John Ward’s house. Members are welcome to attend. Please contact John at <ahref=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>Johnward552@gmail.com for more information.