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Cast members from the Community Players Theater production of Annie.

Annie continues this weekend

Community Players Theater presents The Broadway Musical Annie, Friday, May 5  7 p.m., Saturday,  May 6, 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7,  2 p.m. at Bailey/Bees Theater, Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E. Valley Parkway Escondido.

The Sun will come out for this story of a rags to riches orphan. Fabulous music, live orchestra, set in an intimate setting that will make you feel a part of the show! This production stars Tirzah Villarreal as Annie and Brandon Phelps as Daddy Warbucks.

General admission tickets cost $15, reserved seating $18.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting

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Free Community Event

On Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. join the Escondido Fire Department and the Rincon del Diablo Fire Protection District for their annual open house at Fire Station 4 located at Kit Carson Park, 3301 Bear Valley Parkway

The Fire & Water Expo titled, “The Art of Living Safely” is free to the public.  Activities for the event will include Fire Station tours, vehicle displays, activities for kids, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience, and much more!

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Home firearm safety/ basic handgun class offered May 14

A monthly 3-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already own, a handgun.

The class is offered Sunday, May 14 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range east of Lake Wohlford. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun if they already own one.

The Escondido Fish and Game Association range is located at 16525 Guejito Rd. & Lake Wohlford Road. $60.00. To register for the class call Jack at 760-746-2868.

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A ten year fire reunion

Fired Up Sisters Southern California  (FUS SC) is currently seeking donations in the form of food, financial support  or entertainment for its 2007 Fires 10th Anniversary Reunion  to be held October 21 in Rancho Bernardo. If you can assist them,  contact the  They are also trying to update our member contact information.   If you are a FUS member and have not been receiving their newsletters, provide updated information, so you can be included.  Send it to

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Library’s R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club discusses “The Fourteenth Goldfish”

Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, May 19,  in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Participants will explore Jennifer L Holm’s novel, “The Fourteenth Goldfish.” Registration is required and now open at Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at

Holm, author of the popular “Baby Mouse and Squish” series, gives readers the quirky tale of fifth-grader Ellie, whose life takes a strange and mysterious turn when her mother brings home an unusual guest. Oddly enough, the guest, a teenage boy, looks, dresses, and speaks exactly like her grandfather Melvin, who has vanished while conducting scientific research on age-reversal. When Ellie’s grandfather needs to break a specimen out of his lab so he can publish his work, high jinks ensue. With humor, a delightful cast of characters, and snippets of the history of scientific discovery sprinkled throughout, Holm inspires children to view science as fun and filled with possibility.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is  sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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Democratic Club to hold fundraiser

You’re invited to the Escondido Democratic Club’s annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Saturday, May 6,  at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Gloria & Xavier Martinez, 783 Calle de Soto

San Marcos.

Join Escondido Democrats and friends for their traditional “Run for the Roses” festivities – the 143rd Kentucky Derby.

Enjoy the games, faffle, and hat contest

Win – Place -Show Bets Party style

Savor traditional gourmet fare

Indulge in the Derby drink of the day – Mint Juleps

Ticket are $25 per person  $40 per couple.

RSVP by May 2.  Questions?  Call Chris Nava at 760-715-9053

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