Escondido, CA


Escondido Choral Arts Foundation will host Alec Roth’s “A Time to Dance February 25 at 3 p.m.

Concert Hall at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Two works will be performed: J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and Alec Roth’s “A Time to Dance.”  The Magnificat is from standard choral repertoire in Bach’s timeless style. Roth’s work is relatively new, having been premiered in 2012 in England.  This performance is the West Coast Premiere of his entertaining cantata.

“A Time to Dance” is a secular cantata based on texts and poems that range from Ecclesiastes (To Every Thing There is a Season) to Twentieth Century poet W. B. Yeats and including such well-known poets in literary history as William Blake, John Donne, Emily Bronte, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  The cantata is based on the four seasons of the year and includes a wide variety of poems on the subjects of life, dancing, death, sex, youth, aging, but most importantly, love.

Mojalet Dance Collective will dance various movements of the work since the theme of dance pervades the entire cantata.  Poet John Davies words, “For dancing is love’s proper exercise” concludes the cantata.  Roth’s musical style is readily accessible and entertaining, reminiscent of the melodic style of Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Alec Roth designed his “A Time to Dance” to fit on the same program with Magnificat, in that, the orchestra for both pieces is almost identical.  The ensemble is a Baroque orchestra with flutes, oboes, trumpets, strings.  Roth asks the percussionist to expand to a big drum, gong, timpani, and even a desk bell, adding much color, and even humor. The symphony orchestra consists of professional players, contracted by concertmaster Ulli Reiner, one of San Diego County’s widely known educators and respected violinists.

Business after 5 mixer

Ever wanted to know what Cryo Therapy is all about? Business After 5 gives you the chance to visit a host business and network with other Escondido Chamber members. You will have the chance to introduce yourself, exchange business information, make new business contacts, while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards.

The mixer will be held Thursday, March 8, 5-7 p.m.

Members & First Time Guests – Free

Non-Members $20

(registration requested)

Elks  Celebration

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The 150th Anniversary will attract more than two million Members, families and community partners nationwide.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is one of the premier Charitable and Patriotic organizations in the United States.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than $6 billion in donations since we first started 149 years ago.  Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $323 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live.

There are more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

There are 377 local Elks Members from the city of Escondido and 84,500 from the state of California. The Escondido Elks Lodge #1687 has contributed more than $9.4 million in charitable contributions to this community.

For more information on joining the Elks, go to and click on Who we are?  You may also want to watch “Why We Join” to learn more.

Escondido Elks Lodge #1687 is located at 2430 S. Escondido BLVD. Call 760-745-1687

Friends of birds and their owners

North County Aviculturists, for pet bird owners and breeders, presents: Eleanor Love was the Supervisor of Birds at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida years ago and a keeper of several endangered species now. She’s just back from a trip to study birds in Antarctica in January and she’s coming to talk to the club Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus. Find more information at

Blood Drive

Saint Francis Catholic Church host a mobile blood drive in partnership with San Diego Blood Bank February 25, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Parking Lot, 525 West Vista Way, Vista.

Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

·         17 and older (Age 16 requires a parental consent)

·         114 pounds and in good health


It is recommended that donors consume an adequate meal and plenty of fluids prior to giving. A photo identification must be presented upon signing up to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience, but walk-ins are also welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 619-469-7322 or visit

San Diego Blood Bank is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.

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