Escondido, CA

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Queen Califia’s magical circle open this Saturday

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle’s later work.

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New 2nd Saturday Series Season announced

Escondido Library last week announced the new 2nd Saturday Concert Series season with a monthly line-up of jazz, classical, and folk performances in the Library’s Turrentine Room November 2016 through May 2017.

These concerts take place on the second Saturday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and are free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

The series opens November 12, 2016 with Cuban Salsa and Timba music by the Q-Ban Street Band with Special Guest Maritza Baida who will also provide dance instruction.

Don’t miss the holiday concert performed by the San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet on December 10, 2016. Future performances will feature the Peter Sprague Trio, San Diego Opera’s community engagement program, Opera Exposed!, Bluegrass, Contemporary Jazz, and piano and violin virtuosos performing classical music.

For more information, visit library. or call 760- 839-4839.

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Library to host annual tree trimming party




Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party on Thursday, December 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido.

For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at

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Escondido Republican Club to meet

Mark Larson, radio personality whose voice is heard on a variety of programs and commercials via more than 2,000 radio and TV outlets worldwide, will be The Escondido Republican Club’s (TERC’s) guest speaker for TERC’s lunchtime meeting on Monday, November 21. Larson’s Southern California talk show airs on AM 1170 “The Answer” (KCBQ) weekdays from 6-9 a.m.

He is also heard on various programs on sister-station KPRZ 1210 AM and also serves as a news analyst and commentator on KUSI Television (Channel 9) in San Diego.

The meeting will be held at the Cocina del Charro Restaurant at 890 West Valley Parkway, Escondido.

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:

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