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No fishing at Dixon Lake April 18 – 21

Dixon Lake will be closed to anglers from 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 22 in order to maintain the trout stock prior to the 20th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Charity Trout Derby.  There will be no fishing from either the shore, the piers or from boats.   Day use areas and the campground will remain open, and the concession stand will continue to supply visitors with food, drinks and sundries.  Rental boats also will be available, but fishing gear will not be allowed on boats.  Signs will also be posted to remind visitors of the restriction.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the shutdown, and will be strictly enforcing the closure.  According to Lake and Open Space Superintendent Dan Hippert, Park Rangers will be patrolling the shoreline regularly, and visitors found fishing on the closure dates will be subject to a citation and ejection from the park for up to 72 hours.

The Kiwanis Trout Derby begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 and ends on Sunday April 23 at 4 p.m.

Dixon Lake is owned and operated by the City of Escondido and is located at 1700 La Honda Dr.  The park opens every day at 6 a.m. Closing hours vary by season.  Call Dixon Lake at 760-839-4345 or visit and go to the Dixon Lake web page for more information.

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Movie Matinee featuring “Patriots Day” 

The City of San Marcos will present the movie “Patriots Day” at the Senior Activity Center located at 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 26.  Refreshments and closed captions for the hearing impaired will be provided.

The cost of admission is $1, or join them for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the movie is on them! RSVP for lunch one day in advance by phone. For more information, or to RSVP, call 760-744-5535 or visit

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Escondido writers group meets at library

Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on Tuesday, May 2,  from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback. Space is limited and registration is required:

Escondido Writers Group is free and open to the public. For more information about future meetings and other Library programs, visit or contact Cecy Rayphole, Senior Library Associate, at 760-839-4289 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St.

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2nd Tuesday Book Club Discusses the real Count of Monte Cristo

Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on May 9,  at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” by Tom Reiss. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

Experience the riveting true story of Alexandre Dumas, the almost forgotten hero who   inspired such classics as “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers.” Born the son of a black slave, Dumas escaped bondage and was schooled as a sword fighting member of the French aristocracy. The group will discuss his humble beginnings and swashbuckling adventures.

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on June 13, 2017 for a group discussion of “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King. Library programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836.

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ECCHO community meeting

ECCHO (Escondido Country Club Home Owners) is having another community meeting to provide updates on the status of ECC. The meeting will be held Tuesday, 25, 5:45 p.m. at the Life Church, 1001 West Country Club Ln., Escondido.

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Bird Club Meeting

North County Aviculturists Pet Bird Owners and Breeders will meet Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Vista Masonic Lodge 761 Eucalyptus, Vista Topic: Avian Genetics or Why is the chick Green? What to expect and what not to do when breeding birds. Speaker will be Johan Otter. Refreshments are free, admission is free. Questions? Visit

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Kiwanis 20th annual Trout Derby April 22-23

For the 20th year, the Hidden Valley Kiwanis of Escondido will host their annual Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23.

Saturday’s hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be prizes for adults and juniors, with additional prizes for anglers that bring in any of the 15 tagged fish.

Permit prices will be $14 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors.  Anglers under 8 do not require a permit.  California State fishing licenses are not required at Dixon Lake.  There is a $5 entry fee for vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays, including derby days.  Guests 60 or better are free.

To provide a fun and productive derby, Dixon Lake will be closed to all fishing beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, and will re-open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 22.

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