Escondido, CA


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, February 10, 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.

Pay-what-you-can museum exhibition and free art lesson Feb. 10

In February’s FREE 2nd Saturday Art Lesson, learn how to draw and write in a similar style to Niki de Saint Phalle’s unique handwriting at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido museum. The artist used to journal in artistic ways and created pieces of artwork based on what she wrote. Organizers will use pieces from her Californian Diary series for inspiration in creating an original signature in her likeness.  You can also view these pieces in our current exhibition, Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California.

Due to the popularity of the museum’s 2nd Saturday art lessons, they now have two times available to participate. The first lesson will run in the Art Studio from 10 a.m.-11a.m., and the second lesson will run from 11a.m.-noon.

While this event is free, it’s a good idea to RSVP as they have limited seating. RSVP here:

For all art activities, they provide the materials — attendees just bring their creativity! All ages are welcome.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido.

Sign Dedication Thursday, February 22 

You are cordially invited to join the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park on Thursday, February 22, at 10 a.m., as they celebrate the installation of eight interpretive signs. The signs tell the story of the museum buildings and their importance to Escondido’s rich history.

The History Center is inviting members, supporters, and the many people who helped them complete this project to join them for this short celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

They will gather in front of the Santa Fe Depot. RSVP to or (760) 743-8207 if you intend to attend.

Business mixer after 5

The next Escondido Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 mixer will be February 8, 5-7 p.m.

Business After 5 is a social/networking event. It gives you the chance to visit a host business and network with other Chamber members. At Business After 5, you will have the chance to introduce yourself to other members, exchange business cards, make new business contacts, win a door prize and enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.

Table Sponsorships available: Display your business’s products and services; attract new clients and connect with potential customers. Fee $75.00

Friends of feathers

North County Aviculturists, for pet bird owners and breeders, presents: David Benites, canary expert and official show judge, will be displaying his beautiful birds and explaining how the various color mutations happen. Saturday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM. NEW MEETING TIME Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus, Vista 92084. Find more information at

Walk for Animals

Walk for Animals – North County will be held Saturday, February 24 beginning at 7 a.m. at

Kit Carson Park, Escondido.

Join San Diego Humane Society supporters to help create a more humane San Diego region for our most vulnerable companion and wild animals.

San Diego Humane Society’s annual Walk for Animals helps raise critical funding to give a second chance to homeless, injured, orphaned and abused animals in our community. Don’t drop the ball on this opportunity to have fun and—most importantly—save lives!

¡Viva México!

Celebrate the rich cuisine and cultural traditions of México on April 21 from 5– 9 p.m. at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, which is located at 320 North Broadway, Escondido.

Join the group for dinner, drinks, live performances, silent and live auction, and raise the paddle to support the Museum’s educational programs and “Access for All” Initiative.

Early bird tickets are available until February 28.  Visit

Hospice seeks volunteers

The Elizabeth Hospice is Seeking Volunteers Throughout San Diego County and the Inland Empire.

It will host its next volunteer orientation Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m. to noon at The Elizabeth Hospice Escondido office located at 500 La Terraza Blvd., Suite 130.

At this session you can find out more about why so many volunteers find this role so rewarding and fulfilling. You will also learn about the application and training requirements process.

Volunteer orientation is free and open to the public. Volunteer opportunities exist throughout San Diego County and the Inland Empire and volunteers can choose to serve in the surrounding area where they reside.

Bilingual (Spanish) speaking volunteers and veterans are needed, along with licensed massage therapists and people who can sew for the Cuddle Keepsakes program. Specialty volunteers who can assist with complementary therapies such as pet therapy, aromatherapy, music support and Reiki are in high demand. In addition, office and clerical support volunteers are needed at all office locations: Temecula, Carlsbad, Escondido and San Diego (Mission Valley.)

To ensure a place in the volunteer orientations, contact the Volunteer Department at (800) 797-2050 or send an email to

Psychic Fair

The Psychic Fair at Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association is held on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Relax under an ancient oak tree, wander through the meditation garden, browse the vendors and purchase lunch as you await a reader or energy healer. All readers and energy healers are established professional mediums with the highest of ethics and accuracy.

A reading is $25 for 15 minutes.

Go to for more information.

Candidate forum

The Escondido Democratic Club will be holding a local candidate forum at their meeting on Saturday, February 10. Democratic candidates for Escondido Mayor and City Council will speak. Visitors are welcome.

The meeting will be held Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Park Avenue Community Center, 210 E. Park Avenue, Escondido.

Escondido Fire Department needs volunteers

The Escondido Fire Department is seeking volunteers. The requirements are that you need to be 50 years old or older. Be willing to volunteer at least 4 days a month and attend a monthly meeting. If interested, call 760-839-5435 and leave a name and contact information.

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