Escondido, CA

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Free Smoke Alarm Testing

The Escondido Fire Department, in conjunction with the San Diego Burn Institute, offers testing of smoke alarms free of charge to Seniors, age 62 and over, in owner-occupied households. Have your smoke alarms tested at no charge! If you need a new battery or even a new or additional alarms, replacements will be provided FREE!

There is no purchase necessary and no further obligation.

To request service, call 760-839- 5435. After the tone, leave your full name, phone number and address (with unit number, if applicable) so that a fire department representative can respond. You will be contacted within 24-hours to schedule a day and time for the department’s visit.

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Climate change talk

Jana Clark, a board member of the Cleveland National Forrest Foundation will speak about the responsibilities SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) has in mitigating the effects of climate change and what concerned individuals can do. The talk will be on Tuesday May 17, at 6 p.m. in the Hitzke Community Center at 251 Autumn Dr. San Marcos. Following her talk there will be an opportunity for questions and comments from the audience. This presentation is one of an ongoing series of talks sponsored by the North County Climate Change Alliance and other concerned local groups with the goal of providing opportunities for local residents to become informed about, and engaged in the climate change issue. For more information contact Dave Peiser at

The North County Climate Change Alliance is comprised of North County residents concerned about climate change and the quality of life here in the north county area of San Diego. The group’s emphasis is on raising awareness among the public and promoting cooperation between like-minded individuals and organizations.

The North County Climate Change Alliance is currently linked to the North County Eco Alliance, which is part of Encinitas Environment Day Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

May 23 is deadline to register to vote

Escondido City Clerk Diane Halverson reminds residents that Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the California Primary Election to be held June 7.

Escondido City Hall will remain open until midnight May 23 to accept voter registration cards. During regular business hours, you may register online at or at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; however, between 5:30 p.m. and midnight, they will be registering voters in the City Council Chambers foyer at City Hall, 201 North Broadway.

If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, May 23. For more information on political party rules for presidential primary voting visit:

If you have any questions concerning voter registration, contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565- 5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

“Shrek the Musical” opens May 27

Classical Academy High School presents “Shrek The Musical” at The Maxine Theater in Valley Center, at Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center.

May 27 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.

May 28 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

May 29 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. For tickets, go to

Palomar Health collecting used hearing aids

During May, Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital are collecting used hearing aids so they can be reconditioned and given to people around the world with hearing loss.

It’s part of a program called “So the World May Hear,” and it marks Better Speech and Hearing Month. This program recycles donated hearing aids and fits more than 100,000 hearing aids annually to children and adults throughout the U.S. and in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Palomar Health’s Chief of Audiology, David M. Illich, Au.D is spearheading the hearing aid drive and he has been on many missions around the world to help people hear—many for the first time ever.

“Hearing is your main intellectual and cognitive sense,” says Dr. Illich, “And there’s nothing more important in life than communicating with your family and friends.”

Dr. Illich points out that there are more than 36-million people in the world with debilitating hearing loss and fewer than three-percent of them have any kind of medical care or hearing care.

“Our goal is to help one-million people worldwide by the year 2020 and we are already at 650,000,” Dr. Illich says. “If you, a loved one, or friend have hearing instruments that are no longer being used, whether they are working or not, we invite you to donate them, so that together we may help the world hear.”

Dr. Illich says that they can use each and every part of a used hearing aid, “no matter how broken it is.”


Palomar Medical Center: 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido.

Pomerado Hospital: 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway.

Free Class on Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

In an effort to spread awareness and understanding of impaired hearing conditions Dr. Illich regularly holds free classes, seminars and lectures on hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). You are invited to join his next class on Monday June 6, from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m., in the Pomerado Hospital Outpatient Pavilion Classroom, and learn more about Tinnitus and its treatment. To register for this class, visit or call 800-628-2880.

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