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Free microchipping for pets

San Diego Humane society offers free microchips for pets in anticipation of the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

San Diego Humane Society<> is offering FREE microchipping on select days for all animals in anticipation of the 4th of July holiday – when shelters typically see a substantial increase in lost pets.

July 4 is a festive day of celebration for people, but it can be a terrifying time for our pets due to the loud noises associated with fireworks and revelry. Also, pets spooked by the noise of fireworks, have been known to jump fences out of fear and confusion resulting in a higher number of stray animals entering the shelter post July 4 celebrations.

“There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals that we receive the day after a big holiday, like the 4th of July,” said Jennifer Brehler, chief operating officer for San Diego Humane Society. “We want to help pet owners take precautions to protect their pets on these busy holidays, which is why we’re offering free microchips so we’re able to reunite pets with their families faster.”

Licensing and microchipping pets helps reunite lost pets with their owners faster. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, San Diego Humane Society is offering free microchipping at the following times and locations:

SDHS Escondido Campus: 3450 E. Valley Parkway. Every Sunday in June from 1-3 p.m.

This offer will also be extended at all campus locations on Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment necessary.

If your pet does go missing, ensuring your pet is microchipped and licensed will assist in a quick reunion. San Diego Humane Society also utilizes a facial recognition app, Finding Rover<;, to quickly reunite lost dogs with their owners! It’s one more tool to get pets home faster. Register your dog’s photo on Finding Rover. It’s free! Learn more and register here:

Remember to contact your local shelter immediately if your pet goes missing (for the cities of Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Poway and San Marcos, contact San Diego Humane Society).

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Stacy Archambault at (619) 243-3432 or

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Birders to hold treasure hunt

North County Aviculturists, for pet bird owners and breeders, will host a Treasure Hunt as members bring their gently used bird supplies to sell. You’ll no doubt find cages, perches, food dishes, toys, and much more. There may even be birds. The meeting is on Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at the Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus in Vista. Admission is free, plus a potluck is planned. Bring a dish to share with 6 to 8 people. For more information, please visit

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Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: the local link

Museums and architectural societies around the country are celebrating the 150th birthday this month of Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s best-known architect.

At the Valley Center History Museum, a display has been posted to note that work of the iconic architect is reflected in two local properties.

In 1959, the year Wright died, one of his sons, John Lloyd Wright, was hired to design a home on a 10.5-acre bluff on North Lake Wohlford Road that echoes the architectural concept of his famous father. The home of 2,900 square feet has been compared to an extant Wright house in Iowa that was built in 1908.  Original blueprints of the Valley Center house, signed by Wright, were examined by local historians when they were found in a bedroom closet inside the home in 2004.

According to documentation at the Valley Center Historical Society, the home was commissioned by industrialist-turned-rancher Willis H. Merrill who, in 1967, would become the first president of Valley Center Rotary.  Merrill sold the house in 1973.  Since that time, the property has changed hands multiple times including a stint as a boarding school.  Its present owner purchased the historic home in 2012.

Elsewhere in Valley Center, John Lloyd Wright, who worked briefly with his famous father, was commissioned in 1949 to design an office for United Nations Ambassador Irving Salomon at historic Rancho Lilac on Lilac Road.  In 1958, Wright designed another home on N. Lake Wohlford Road.  The complicated design attracted no bids from contractors.

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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Coffee with the Chief

Meet Escondido’s new fire chief Rick Vogt at an event hosted by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 a.m. Contact the Chamber at 760-745-2125 for more information.

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Ribbon Cutting – Morgan Brown Realty

The Chamber of Commerce will welcome its newest member, Morgan Brown Realty,

2150 N Centre City Pkwy, Ste. D, Escondido, Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m.

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Ribbon Cutting – Gallery Home Design

George Brown-Principal of Gallery Home Design, will celebrate the opening of the new showroom at 743 E Valley Parkway, Escondido Thursday June 29 at noon.

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Library book club to meet

Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on July 11, at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room as a part of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults, which runs from June 19 to July 31. Attend events, read for enjoyment, and earn opportunities to win prizes by logging your activity at This month’s selection is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. Copies of the book are available for check out and may be reserved in the Library catalog at

2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 8, for a group discussion of “The  Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge and summer events,  visit

Library programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library and are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido.  For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact Adult Services Librarian, Monica Barrette, at or 760-839-4836.

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Free Quiz Night

A free event is being hosted Saturday July 1 at Vinz Escondido for Grades K-12. The youth will go head-to-head on an electronic quiz show set to test their brainpower and to compete for bragging rights and to win prizes! We hope to do this on a monthly basis.

The contest starts up Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. and will run from 1–3 p.m. approximately.


Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs

Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs is being offered July 8 in Escondido at a location to be disclosed upon paid registration.

Cost is $125/dog for initial training with us, $90 for annual refresher training if prior training done is through Ma & Paw Kennel within the last 12 months.

A course on rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs – featuring live rattlesnakes that have been disabled from biting – will take place on multiple dates in your area.

Reservations required. Space is limited.

For more information or to register online please visit

Or Call 805-523-3432.

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