Escondido, CA

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For bird owners and breeders

North County Aviculturists, for pet bird owners and breeders, presents: Have you ever wondered where your Cape Parrot or Canary or Gouldian Finch originated? Maybe you’d like to give your bird a diet similar to what could be found in the wild. Aviculturists Johan Otter and Demi Hungerford will be speaking on Where in the World birds we know come from and what the diet is like in that part of the world. Saturday, January 6 at 7 p.m. Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus, Vista 92084. Find more information at

’Rhythms & Ripples’

First Congregational Church of Escondido, 1800 North Broadway, will host a concert on January 14, 3 p.m., “Rhythms & Ripples” presented by the Wind Spring Quintet, featuring Becky Dominguez on Flute, Gerry Lester on Oboe, Rebecca Frybarger on Clarinet, Eric Gripp on French Horn, and Cheryl Knapp on Bassoon, with Guest Musician Emily Just on Percussion.

The Quintet will feature light classical, popular, and folk music.  Refreshments will follow the concert.  There will be a free will offering.

Everyone is invited to share coffee, juice, and appetizers after the concert.

Questions?  Call 760-745-3320 or visit

Home firearm safety/ basic handgun class

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, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 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 Road and Lake Wohlford Road. Cost is $60. To register for the class call Jack at 760-746-2868.

January hike

Las Posas Park, 2nd San Diego Aqueduct, Lake Wohlford Flume, Blue Bird Cyn.

This 7-mile hike will explore the 2nd San Diego Aqueduct north from Las Posas Road to Buena Creek Road and then head east along the Lake Wohlford Flume that transports water from Lake Wohlford to the Pechstein Resevoir at Blue Bird Canyon Road. There will be 580’ of elevation gain.

Meeting location: Cerro de Las Posas Park, 1387 West Borden Road, San Marcos 92069

Ensemble auditions

January 8 is Cutoff for YPO/Palomar College Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Advanced Percussion Players Age 15-25 to Begin Rehearsals in January

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) of San Diego opened auditions for its Percussion Ensemble, with a cutoff of Jan. 8.

This program, in partnership with Palomar College, offers a Percussion Ensemble for advanced percussion players age 15-25 to perform music from the vast array of percussion ensemble literature. Ensemble members learn different and unusual techniques of playing styles and experience the use of a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists. To schedule an audition, contact Heather Barclay, Artistic Director and Conductor, at (619) 890-0161 or email at

The nonprofit YPO mission is to enhance the musical, social and intellectual growth of young musicians of all ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.  For more information about YPO, visit

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