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The Escondido Elks Lodge Announces 2017 Scholarship Programs

Every year on a national basis the Elks National Foundation (ENF) provides more than $3.7 million to high school seniors through its three scholarship programs: The Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program; The Legacy Awards; and the Emergency Educational Grants.

The Escondido Elks Lodge administers these scholarship programs for area high school seniors. If you are, or know a high school senior, and money for college would help, PLEASE take advantage of these programs – it’s FREE MONEY!

The ENF Most Valuable Student scholarship application must be completed online no later than NOVEMBER 30, 2016! ENF scholarship information is available on the Elks National Foundation website at:

If you have a high school senior in your family or if you know one – whether in an Elk Family or not – let them know about these Elks scholarship opportunities. Please don’t let students you know miss out on these outstanding scholarship opportunities!

Open auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

Community Players Theatre announces open auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace. Arsenic and Old Lace is a murder mystery comedy with roles for ages 18 and up.

Audition dates are Sunday December 17 from 11a.m.–1 p.m. and Monday, December 18 from 7-9 p.m. Community Players Theater is located at 3575 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027.

For information, contact Kristin Morales at 760-716-0394.

Character Information:

Abby and Martha Brewster:
Two lovable old ladies in their 60s.
Abby is the take charge sister, while
Martha is a bit more scatterbrained.
Both need to be dynamic and relatable.
Teddy Brewster:
Somewhere in his 50s, Teddy believes he is President Roosevelt.
Loud, and in charge, Teddy is the
comic relief, and scene stealer.
Mortimer Brewster:
20-30, Mortimer is a theatre critic
and a bit of a cynic himself. This

character is high energy, with lots of
body language
Elaine Harper:
20-30, Elaine is the Reverend’s
daughter, and in love with Mortimer.
She needs to be sweet, and a little
daring at the same time.
Jonathan Brewster:
30-40, Jonathan is the Boris Karloff
type villain. He needs to be dark and
intimidating, yet be able to pour on
charm at a moment’s notice.
Dr. Einstein:
30-40, Einstein is the quintessential
sidekick. He has qualities of Igor, yet
is still relatable and lovable.
Officer O’Hara:
30-50, O’Hara is a clueless policeman, who dreams of being a playwright. Officers Brophy and Klein:
20-40, Both are police officers who
stop by the Brewster house often,
and have a good relationship with the
Brewster sisters.
Reverend Dr. Harper:
40-50, is the Reverend of the local
Lieutenant Rooney:
40-50, Take charge Police Officer
Mr. Witherspoon:
30-50, is the manager of the local
insane asylum. He is kind of a regular
guy, who is instantly trustworthy.
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Multicultural Holiday Festival coming to Grape Day park

The Multicultural Holiday Festival will be held on December 10, in Grape Day Park.

The Escondido Christmas Parade is that morning and will end right in front of Grape Day Park, which is where the Festival will be.

There will be music, arts and vendors from around the world. The event is being put on by Sohaila and Angel Aguilar with USA Multicultural. Currently they are accepting vendor applications.

Questions? Call 760-855-8115 Angel or 760-519-9615 Sohaila.

Citizens Water Academy

The San Diego County Water Authority the Citizens Water Academy to citizens interested in learning more about our region’s water issues, and willing to serve as outreach ambassadors to others upon completion. For more information, please click here: PHONE: 760-839-4289

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2nd Tuesday Book Club to meet

Escondido Public Library invites readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on December 13, at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is the Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Drawing from his own experience as a prominent surgeon, Harvard medical professor and best-selling author Atul Gawande explores aging and death in modern American medicine. Having assisted many terminally ill patients and their families, Gawande asks: At what cost do we value prolonging quantity of life over quality of the remaining time? Gawande uses both storytelling and research to explore these ideas, and book club attendees will have much to discuss.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on January 10, with a group discussion of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida.

Library programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at 760-839-4814.

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Hike at Leo Carrillo Ranch

The City of San Marcos invites you to go on a 5.3-mile hike from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 3. The more challenging 5.3-mile hike to Simmons Family Park will give hikers the opportunity to explore the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Please note: DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT LEO CARRILLO PARK! A shorter, 4.0- mile hike will allow hikers to explore the trails of the Rancho Dorado/Rancho Carrillo area and visit Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. There will be 654’ of elevation gain. Registration will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Carrillo Elementary School (parking lot near the trailhead), 2875 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad.

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