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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, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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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Concert pianist Tina Chong to perform in January

Tina Chong, concert pianist, with guest trombonist Brian Hecht, of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a concert sponsored by the Hidden Valley Community Concert Association of Escondido — which is celebrating its 71st season.

The concert will be January 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Tickets available by calling 800-988-4253 or going online to

Tina Chong is an artist with passion, infectious energy and exciting programming. She has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras all over the world and is a sought after recitalist and chamber musician in North America. Chong will be joined after intermission by Atlanta Symphony trombonist, Brian Hecht.

They will play the following works: Fantasy in Fsharp Minor, op. 28 by Felix Mendelssohn, Sonata No. 6 in A, op. 82 by Sergei Prokofiev, World’s Apart by Frank Gulino, New Orleans by Eugene Bozza, Concerto for Bass Trombone by Eric Ewazen and Collection of American songs.

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San Diego Humane Society Holiday Doggie Cafe

San Diego Humane Society, Escondido, located at 3450 E Valley Pkwy, will host a Holiday Doggie Café on Saturday, December 10 from Noon – 2 p.m.

Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around exciting distractions like people, other dogs and food! San Diego Humane Society’s certified behavior training team will be on-hand offering training tips on how to keep your dog calm and happy in this fun, pet-friendly cafe setting. This month will include photos with Santa!

And early next year join them for the 2017 Walk for Animals. Join the group on Saturday, February 25 at Kit Carson Park.

The Humane Society has just launched its Walk for Animals website at

Sign up now as an individual, or create a team with your family, friends, colleagues, and furry



companions to make the most of your fundraising dollars, and have fun doing it.

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Bird club meeting January 7

North County Aviculturists, a group of pet bird owners and breeders will next meet Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus, Vista.

Speaker will be David Benites, whose topic will be “All About Canaries.” Admission is free and there will be refreshments. For more information visit

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Christmas Cantata Dec. 11 at Grace Lutheran Church

The Escondido Choral Arts ensembles, The Center Chorale and The Center Children’s Chorus will present “Tidings of Joy,” a concert celebrating the joy of the season. The fifty voices of the Center Children’s Chorus, ages 7-18, will sing music capturing the spirit of the holidays and combine with the adult ensemble for a glorious grand finale. The concert at Grace Lutheran Church in Escondido is Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.

The Center Chorale, conducted by Dr. Joe Stanford, will sing two well-known choral works of the season, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, and John Rutter’s Gloria, both accompanied by brass ensemble, and the magnificent Rodgers organ of the host church, Grace Lutheran.

Join the group for an uplifting musical and seasonal experience including a cookie and cider reception. Tickets: event/2710574 800-838-3006 Adults $20, Seniors/ Military $18 and Students $10

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Carols by Candlelight

For 27 years, our community has come together for a spectacular Christmas Concert created in 1990 by Steve Vaus and Wayne Nelson, “Carols by Candlelight.”

Name entertainers, local businesses and the San Diego community, join forces to make a difference in the lives of young children being cared for at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Five time Grammy winner BJ Thomas will headline the 27th Anniversary concert on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Thomas is known for such hits as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” and many, many more classics.

Joined by Four-time Grammy nominee, Brandy Clark; Grammy nominee, Collin Raye; Glee star, Noah Guthrie; six-time San Diego Music Awards winner, Eve Selis; Country vocalist and writer Anna Vaus, who was recently chosen by Miranda Lambert to receive the first Women Creators Scholarship at Nashville’s Belmont University, and our very own 2010 Grammy Winner and Mayor of Poway, Steve Vaus.

“Carols” is a joyous night that celebrates the holiday season and brightens the lives of children in need. Over the last 26 years, Carols has raised over $1 million and organizers hope to make an impact this year!

Tickets are on sale now. Each evening will offer live and silent auctions, plus raffle prizes.

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