Escondido, CA

Times-Advocate Shorts



Town Hall Meeting

Senator Anderson’s Escondido Community Coffee Town Hall Meeting will take place March 9, 6-7 p.m. at VFW Post 1513 in Escondido. Senator Anderson’s Escondido Community Coffee Town Hall Meeting will be hosted by Escondido Mayor, Sam Abed and City Councilman, Ed Gallo

RSVP at 619-596-3136.

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Auditions for “Annie”

Community Players Theatre is holding auditions its upcoming production of “Annie,” the Broadway musical about an orphan’s lifelong dream of finding her parents and the people who love her. This show includes such favorites as “Tomorrow,” “Little Girls” and “Hard Knock Life.”

Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 9, 7–9 p.m. Auditions are open to anyone ages 5-99. No appointment necessary. Please bring in a resume if you have one. The auditions will be held at Bailey Bees Theater, Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E Valley Parkway, Escondido.

Chris Ryan, artistic director of the theater told The Times-Advocate: “There is no cost in participating in our production company and we encourage people of our community to come and share their talents. If you aren’t good at acting, but like sewing or construction, please contact us. We have so many openings for some many different talents.”

For auditions, arrive with a short monologue and 30 seconds of a song to show off your talents.

Contact Chris Ryan at 760-638-6042 if you have any questions

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Kids Kaleidoscope Art Show

The Escondido Art Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and the community since 1956, is once again hosting the Kids Kaleidoscope Art Show during the month of April, thanks to the generous donations of EAA members. The 2017 show will be held during April at the Artists Gallery located at 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido.

The show, open to kids ages 5 through 18, showcases young artists in North County San Diego and presents the winners with ribbons and cash prize awards. Artwork is judged in the following age groups: K-5, Gr. 5-8, and Gr. 9-12. There are no entry fees to compete, one entry per student is permitted and awards will be given in each of the age groups for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention. All age groups compete for the “Best of Show” $50 cash award. A Reception with refreshments will be held on Second Saturday, April 8, from 3– 5 p.m., with the awards ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Drop-off dates for artwork at the Artists Gallery are Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m.—4 p.m. and Monday, April 3, 4–6 p.m. Artwork must be submitted suitable for gallery hanging. Entry Forms are available at the Artists Gallery. Show dates are Tuesday, April 4 through Friday, April 28. All artwork must be picked up on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. or Monday, May 1, 4–6 p.m.

Questions? Call Nancy Sommers at 760-884-6109, or visit the EAA website at

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History Museum recognizes “Oscar” contenders

As the Motion Picture Academy prepares to hand out its annual gold statuettes this Sunday (February 26), visitors at the Valley Center History Museum are discovering that several onetime local residents — all Hollywood celebrities — won or were nominated for Academy Award Oscars.

Each is profiled in a permanent exhibition at the museum which recognizes persons of fame, celebrity or notoriety.

The big winner among former local residents was longtime MGM producer Sam Zimbalist, who lived on Fruitvale Road. He won the Best Picture Oscar in 1959 for “Ben-Hur” and was nominated for two additional Best Picture Oscars: “Quo Vadis” (1951) and “King Solomon’s Mines” (1950).

Other local residents who won or were nominated for an Oscar include Fred Astaire, who lived on Valley Center Road; Bill Murray, who owns two homes on Indian Bend Road in Pauma Valley; Harry Carey, who lived on Pala Road in Pauma Valley; Gary Cooper, whose home was on Rock Hill Ranch Road; Merle Oberon, a resident on Vesper Road; and John Wayne, who built a home on Pauma Valley Road.

The History Museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (760) 749-2993.

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Looking for Irish stew cooks

The Irish is about to take over in March for Valley Center’s annual St. Patrick’s family event. The application is now available online if you wish to cook, or donate:

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Library Concert Series

Virtual Strangers will bring high energy bluegrass to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Virtual Strangers will play their award-winning music in the tradition of bluegrass legends such as Earl Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs.

Virtual Strangers is a highly talented bluegrass band made up of Mike Tatar, Sr. on banjo; Yvonne Tatar on bass; guitarist Kit Birkett; and Jon Cherry on mandolin. They have played bluegrass festivals throughout the Western United States, and their three-part harmonies and driving beats have earned them top honors in the 4 Corners Band Contest, the Arizona Bluegrass Band contest, and the Southwest Bluegrass Play-offs.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2017 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. On April 8, the 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes Adrienne Nims and the Spirit Wind Trio.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library., or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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30th annual Koi show

Largest West Coast Koi Show 2017. Over 300 Koi on display in competition, from 6 inches to 3 feet long. Described as “living jewels,” Koi can live over 100 years. Learn how to build your own Koi pond and waterfall, turning your backyard into a tropical paradise (everybody can own “waterfront property.”) Vendors will be selling Koi art, Koi T-Shirts, Koi fish of all sizes, pond and pump equipment, Koi food, patio furnishings, pond and water garden design, solar power, water garden plants and free advice for your Koi Pond and/or water garden. Free admission, located in Activity Center, next to the Spring Home/Garden Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds. Fun for the whole family. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. Fairground parking is $13.

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Poets, Inc. monthly meeting

-The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by open mic reading after the featured author. The featured author for March 5 is Melisa Malvin ( a Los Angeles poet, playwright, and musician who teaches writing at CSU Northridge and College of the Canyons.

Malvin’s work has been performed by Fresh Produce’d and Savage Players. She will be in Escondido signing copies of her chapbook “Hover the Bones,” which has just been released by Yak Press.

There will also be an open reading for any attendees who want to read their own work, or share something from one of their favorite authors.


Call Escondido Municipal Gallery at 760-480-4101 or visit:

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