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Volunteers needed

The City of Escondido is recruiting volunteers to serve on various Boards or Commissions.

Applications are being accepted for the following:

-Building Advisory and Appeals Board

-Youth Member to serve a One- Year Term on the Community Services Commission

-Library Board of Trustees

-Personnel Board of Review

-Planning Commission

-Public Art Commission

For information on qualifications and an application form, please contact the Escondido City Clerk’s Office at City Hall or call 839-4617. Information is also available on the City’s website at

Deadline to apply is February 20.

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Archaeological Center needs docents

Do you love archaeology and helping people? Are you looking for something new and meaningful to do for 2017? Do you have a few hours to spare every week or two? If so, why not consider becoming a docent at the San Diego Archaeological Center?

For more information on how you can become a valued volunteer at SDAC, please contact Stephanie Sandoval, Public Archaeology Director, at or 760-291-0370.

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Skate park rally this Saturday

The City of Escondido’s Community Services Department is hosting a community Skate Park Rally at Washington Park on Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the event is to generate interest in and gather community input on a proposed skate plaza in the Park.

In addition to providing skate ramps for local skaters, at 11 a.m. and noon professional skaters will provide demonstrations and tips to participants. Various skate vendors will be on hand with giveaways for the first 40 skate participants.

City staff seeks input from the local community and skaters on the desired types of skate plaza features as well as the pros and cons of providing a skate plaza in Washington Park. In addition to generating interest in the skate plaza, staff hopes to generate a list of community members who are willing to be involved in the project.

The Skate Park Rally is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

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Learn about business taxes

Deductions, business expenses and filing requirements will be covered when the Escondido Chamber of Commerce presents one of its Lunch & Learns on Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Get helpful tips and dessert provided by H&R Block. Tax professionals will be on hand to answer your questions.

Escondido Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 N Broadway, Escondido.

Cost for members is $10 and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required by January 17.

For information and to make reservations call the Chamber office at 760-745-2125.

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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, January 14, 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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Trash delivery on MLK Day

There will be no delay in waste and recycling collection services on Monday, January 16. EDCO’s customer service offices, including its recycling centers and public disposal sites, will also remain open. This includes Fallbrook Waste and Recycling Services and Daily Disposal.

For more information regarding EDCO visit

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Robert Burns Supper

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, located in Escondido, will host its annual Robert Burns Supper on Saturday, January 21 from 6–11 p.m. The evening will start off with performances by the Cameron Highlanders Piper Band and Dancers. The celebration and three course dinner will feature a menu of traditional Scottish dishes, a bag pipe band, a toast to the haggis and live entertainment. Following dinner get on the dance floor and move to the sounds of the Highland 6 Piece Band.

Purchase tickets for $75 per person at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon and online.

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News from Alternatives Women’s Center

The following items are activities of the Alternatives Women’s Center during the upcoming year.

January 15, 10 a.m.—Tammy DeArmas, CEO of Alternatives Women’s Center, will speak at Broadway Baptist Church. 1135 N. Broadway, Escondido CA 92025. Call 760-746-0421. Or find more information at Synopsis:

DeArmas offers compelling testimony of her own life, and news from the battlefield of protecting the lives of pre-born babies.

January 22, 9:30 a.m.—Tammy DeArmas will speak at Grace Point Church 30053 Miller Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. Call 760-749- 2653 for more information.

February 21, 6:30 pm—Alternatives Women’s Center will host a screening of the documentary, “HUSH- A Liberating Conversation about Abortion,” at Bethel Baptist Church, 855 Brotherton Rd., Escondido. Call 760-745-4995 for more information.

March 25, 8 a.m.—Alternatives Women’s Center will host the annual Walk 4 Life & 5K Run at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. The 5K Run starts at 8 a.m. The Walk starts at 9 a.m.

May 14 – June 18, — Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Alternatives Women’s Center hosts its annual (and famous) Baby Bottle Campaign. Pick up empty baby bottles from their medical clinic, fill them with spare change and bring them back. They also offer drop off and pick up for groups, churches, life groups, women’s and men’s ministries and Bible study groups.

See more information about all programs at Alternatives Women’s Center is located at 257 East 2nd Ave. in Escondido.

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Closed for the holiday

San Diego County offices, library branches and animal shelters will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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PAL (Police Athletic League)

Basketball League registration is now open. You may register your player at either City Hall, The East Valley Community Center, or online at . Registration Closes on February 4.

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