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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.
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
East Valley Community Center Holiday Hours
Due to the City of Escondido’s observance of the holidays as well as annual maintenance to the gym floors, the East Valley Community Center, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway, will be closed on Sunday, December 24th through Monday, January 1st. The Community Center will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd for normal business hours.
For information call 760-839-4382 or visit the website at
Holiday hikes
Two hikes sponsored by Valley Center Trails Association are coming up:
January 1, 2018 – Resolution Walk
Start 2018 off right by participating in the annual Valley Center Trails Association’s Heritage Trail Resolution Walk on January 1. Round up the kids and some friends and join us! The trail surface is fine for strollers. Bring the dog, on leash, and tote some poop bags. Traffic should be light, so horses might feel comfortable, too. There is no official start time, so come out whenever you are ready.
You can start anywhere between Woods Valley and Cole Grade Roads on the trail, which runs along Valley Center Road. Enjoy the trail, get some exercise and greet your neighbors and the New Year.
January 5, 2018 (date corrected) – Del Dios Highlands
Join the Valley Center Trails Association (VCTA) for a moderately strenuous three mile hike at Del Dios Highlands Preserve. The hike starts at the Preserve parking area on Del Dios Highway, a quarter mile southwest of the intersection of Via Rancho Parkway and Del Dios Highway. Bring water, and wear appropriate sun protection and footwear. There is little to no shade on the trail. This out and back hike ascends steeply and continuously for one and one half miles. Total elevation gain is 600+ feet. Views are spectacular on a clear day. Allow two hours. The hike will be led by VCTA President Fred Wollman.
Gates open at 8. Hike begins as soon as everyone is parked and waivers are signed. Everyone is welcome and no pre-registration is required.
Heavy rain during 24 hours before hike or steady rain one hour in advance of start time cancels hike.
Library January Programs for Adults
Escondido Public Library will celebrate the New Year with special programs planned during the month of January. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Library’s Turrentine Room.
• The Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month, from 1– 4 p.m. Meet other writers and published authors and learn from them in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects.
• Adult Winter Crafts: Watercolor Painting with Cotton Swabs
Tuesday, January 6, from 10:30 p.m. –noon. Bring out your inner artist by using cotton swabs and watercolors to create a unique art piece.
• 2nd Tuesday Book Club will meet January 9 from 6–7:30 p.m. for a discussion of H is for Hawk. Helen Macdonald presents an award-winning and gorgeously written account of how she managed her grief at losing her father. A naturalist and falconer, Macdonald trains a bird of prey to hunt and finds parallels to her own experiences in a beautiful book ripe for discussion.
• 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Louis Landon for all ages on Saturday, January 13, from 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Steinway Artist Louis Landon, the self-described Pianist for Peace, aspires to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart. Landon will perform a solo piano concert of his original compositions.
• Rincon Literario, Bilingual Book Club is discussing Isabel Allende’s newest novel Mas alla del inviemo/In the Midst of Winter in both English and Spanish on Saturday, January 27, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
All library programs are free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., in downtown Escondido. For more information about January programs visit or contact Senior Librarian Monica Barrette at or 760-839-4836.
Middle Grade Book Club Discusses The Witch Boy
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, January 12, 2018, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Molly Ostertag’s graphic novel, The Witch Boy. 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
In Aster’s community, everyone is born to practice a certain kind of magic: boys learn to shapeshift and girls master “witchery,” or spells and potions. Aster feels his true talents lie in witchery and not shapeshifting, but everyone tells him he must conform according to an ancient code created for the good of all. When one of the boys mysteriously disappears, Aster will have to decide whether to follow the rules or use a bit of magic, even if it means risking frightening consequences.

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