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Holiday Bazaar

Westminster MOPS 7th annual Holiday Bazaar is happening on  Saturday, November 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church 1500 S Juniper, Escondido.

There will be 35 vendors including jewelry, skincare, health, gifts, decor, clothing, crafts, Rita’s, and Street Chef California food truck. There will also be a silent auction with thousands of dollars’ worth of donated goods, services, and gift cards. Only the highest bidder pays.

Lastly, the women in the group are making soup and brownie mixes in a jar that are wonderful gifts for the coming holidays. You could get all your shopping done in one place, pick up something for yourself, and have a great time! Check out the event page for a look at the vendors.

This event is a fundraiser for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) that meets at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido. They are a non-profit group that believes that “better moms make a better world”.  They have about 60 moms in their group from Escondido, Valley Center, and surrounding areas. The event raises funds to help cover some of the childcare costs of their three meetings a month throughout the school-year.

Organ Concert

As part of its 2017-18 Music Series, First United Methodist Church (341 S. Kalmia, Escondido) will host an organ concert by Dr. Michael Munson on Sunday November 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Munson will perform pieces by Bach, Haydn, and Moller as well as an original composition for flute and organ.  No tickets are required, although a free-will offering will be accepted.  A reception will follow the concert.

Dr. Munson has been organist at First United Methodist Church since 2006.  He is on the faculty at Palomar College, where he currently teaches beginning and applied piano and organ.  Dr. Munson is a Life Member of the American Guild of Organists and Past Dean of the Palomar Chapter.  He has concertized in the eastern United States and Europe, most recently performing in Denmark this past summer.

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, November 11, 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.

Hellhole Canal Loop

A Hellhole Canal Loop hike will be held Sunday, November 12, 8 a.m. It is sponsored by the Valley Center Trails Association.

This new hike starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, crosses parcels of land that were recently acquired, and returns by another route. Hikers will have access to the area thanks to Friends of Hellhole Canyon; Friends President Joaquin Aganza will lead the hike along with the VCTA Trail Master.

This hike is rated moderate; participants should be physically fit and have some recent experience walking longer than an hour. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. The total distance is about three miles and includes steep uphill sections. Plan on the hike lasting about two hours. Long pants, water, and sun protection are recommended.

The Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot is located at 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.

Questions? Email the Trail Master:

Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike. Notice will be given on VCTA Facebook page.

Books and Beer

Escondido Public Library will host Books & Beer: Intro to Craft Brew.

Escondido Public Library invites adults, ages 21 and over, to its first ever Books & Beer craft brew education event on Saturday, December 2, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Space is limited to 50 attendees, and registration is required at or 760-839-4836, by December 1. Proof of ID will be needed for entry to this event.

Join the group for a fun afternoon talking all things beer with certified Cicerone (a Sommelier for beer), Jace Milstead. Learn about craft beer, how you can brew at home, and enjoy a variety of samples from local brewery, Latitude 33. A beer question and answer session will follow this event, and attendees will receive a free keepsake pint glass.

For more information about other Library programs for adults, please visit or contact Senior Librarian, Monica Barrette, at 760-839-4836 for details. Library programs are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

A mystery to be revealed on Veterans Day

For several years, a portrait of a young soldier has been featured prominently in a veterans exhibition at the Valley Center History Museum. Visitors frequently inquire about his background, but his identity has not been stated.

That will change this Saturday, Veterans Day, when his full history is revealed.  The museum will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and will feature an expanded version of its popular display of military memorabilia.

The museum also has documentation on many of the 175 veterans buried at Valley Center Cemetery, and features a prominent display of Civil War veterans, all of whom will be on featured on Veterans Day.

The History Museum at 29200 Cole Grade Rd. 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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