Escondido, CA

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Escondido Democratic Club 

Due to the overwhelming attendance at general meetings, the Escondido Democratic Club has found a new and bigger meeting location. At the next meeting, April 8, 10 a.m.–noon at the Park Avenue Community Center (formerly Joslyn Senior Center) Auditorium Room, members will hear about new sub-committee/work groups, a new proposed health care bill, The People’s March, and other updates.

Refreshments will be served. If you are new, you are invited to come check them out.  They welcome new guests and visitors. If you decide to join or renew, you can do so at the meeting.

The Park Avenue Community Center is located at 210 E. Park Avenue, Ste. A, Escondido.

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The Escondido Republican Club  

Sam Abed, Escondido’s Mayor, will be the guest speaker for “The Escondido Republican Club’s” (TERC) monthly lunchtime meeting on Monday, April 17.  Among other topics, Mayor Abed will

be sharing a video showing the City of Escondido’s most recent economic accomplishments.

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

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 call 760-480-8300.

For more information about TERC,  visit:

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“Annie” production needs costumer

The Community Players Theatre production of “Annie” needs a costume coordinator. The job has a budget and isn’t over demanding, but the director, Christopher Ryan, needs help with leadership for this show in this area. If you are interested, call Ryan at 760-638-6042.

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Business after Five Mixer

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Five Mixer will be hosted by Best Western Escondido, 1700 Seven Oaks Lane Thursday, April 13, 5–7 p.m.

Exchange business ideas, meet qualified business connections and generate new leads.

In addition to networking in an innovative environment, you can choose to sponsor a table and display your products and services for valuable added exposure.

There will be appetizers and no host beer and wine.

Limited Sponsor Tables are available for $75. Call 760 745-2125

The event is free to members and $20 for future members. First time guests can call the Chamber of Commerce for a free invitation. RSVP by April 11.

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open Saturday

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public this Saturday, April 8, for newly expanded hours from 9 a.m. to 2 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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2nd Saturday Escondido Arts and Cultural Experience

Escondido’s 2nd Saturday Arts and Cultural Experiences will happen this Saturday.

This collection of diverse cultural experiences still includes eclectic art galleries of Escondido’s historic downtown and has grown to include arts, theater, museums and historical and educational experiences all around the area … and all throughout the day. Bring the kids, enjoy a date night, or a girls’ night out… there’s something for everyone.

Download a printable PDF of the Participants List and Walking Map by visiting:

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Saturday Series at Sikes Adobe Farmstead April 15

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is the location for the monthly Sikes Saturday Series.

This is a  fun educational series for kids and adults, held at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead (12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido) adjacent to the park and trails of the San Dieguito River Park.

Offered each Saturday beginning January 7th and continuing every Saturday through the end of April 2017. There are typically two different programs each Saturday and they are approximately 1½ hours long.

The Farmstead is a State Point of Historic Interest and a City of San Diego historic site that is being restored to its period of significance. Established circa 1870 and featuring one of the area’s oldest adobe homes from the American era, the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead is a remarkable survivor of San Diego’s rural history and has a special role to play in preserving the legacy of old California. With the restoration, visitors will be able to learn what life was like for the pioneer settlers in San Diego shortly after statehood.

Each program has a limited number of seats / places, so they need to know you are attending! The cost per person (adults and children) is $5.00 per Saturday event .

For more information and to register for each event, go to

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Escondido Public Library’s Rincón Literario Book Club 

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, April 22, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room to discuss this month’s selection, “El océano al final del camino/The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman in both English and Spanish. The book is available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook. Copies can be reserved at

Horror and vengeance threaten to destroy a middle-aged man’s family in this New York Times #1 best seller. His only defense centers around his neighbors, three women who live in a rundown farm at the end of the lane. Award winning author Neil Gaiman tells a mesmerizing story of how a 7-year-old boy is transformed through the discovery of supernatural secrets, and reminds the reader of how memories and friendships can affect our lives even decades later.

Rincón Literario will continue on Saturday, May 20,  discussing “El secreto de mi marido/The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty.  Rincón Literario is made possible by  support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit or contact Senior Library Associate Cecy Rayphole at 760-839-4289 or at  

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