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Escondido Creek Conservancy to receive $500,000 donation

The Escondido Creek Conservancy will receive a $500,000 donation to support its work to protect and restore the Escondido Creek watershed. The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, want to inspire others to take advantage of the CARES Act during the closing days of the 2020 tax year to help hard-working nonprofits like The Escondido Creek Conservancy. “The donors hope […]

Don’t be fooled by counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines


The end of the pandemic is in sight. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the FDA and the first phase of distribution to states has begun. In addition, the Moderna vaccine is on the verge of FDA approval.  Even though the vaccine will eventually be available to all Americans free of charge, we are months away from that prospect […]

Escondido police celebrate annual children’s Christmas party

Each year, the Escondido Police Department hosts a Children’s Christmas party to give kids who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, and violent crime a Christmas they might not otherwise get to experience. This year’s event was held on December 10 at the North Coast Church in Escondido.  The party was modified to be a drive-thru celebration due to […]

More nonprofits worthy of your last minute donations

For the last three weeks, The Times-Advocate has solicited locally-based nonprofits to send us their information to publish before the December 31 deadline for making donations that can be deducted from income taxes for 2020.  This is the final article on nonprofits for this year.  Escondido Creek Conservancy The Escondido Creek Conservancy is focused on the health and vitality of […]

PAL helps need families in Escondido

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) stepped up in a big way to help the Escondido community. Victory Outreach Church December 19, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. hosted a drive through Christmas party for needy families where each child is given a toy. About 2220 low income families registered for the event.   The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) had a […]

Santa visits apartments in Escondido

Tuesday morning Santa, riding an antique fire engine from the Escondido Fire Department, visited the Palmillo apartments. The antique engine blew its  horn to let the kids know Santa was here to give presents to the children. Charles Baxter took the photos.  

2020 employee holiday drive

Each year City of Escondido employees organize a Holiday Drive to give back to the community. This year’s drive has ended, and a total of 291 Souper Sacks and 502 sets of pajamas were collected.  Souper Sacks are bundles of nonperishable food items and holiday surprises that are distributed to seniors at the Park Avenue Community Center during the holiday […]

Police host annual “Shop with a Cop”

On December 5, the Escondido Police hosted their annual “Shop with a Cop” with modifications to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions. Typically, cops are paired up with kids from the community who then shop together at local stores for holiday gifts. The cops, who are “armed” with gift cards, provide kids with a positive experience with a police officer in […]

The house that gingerbread built


If you are looking for a life-sized gingerbread house to help you celebrate the season (and why wouldn’t you be?) you need look no further than the gingerbread house built by Deanna’s Gluten Free Bakery. The bakery itself is located on Centre City Parkway at 2250 S. Escondido Blvd Suite 110 but the gingerbread house was built at Farm Stand […]

Non-profit holds drive-by with Santa, elves

On Saturday, December 12, the non-profit organization Arise To Serve celebrated the “Spirit of Christmas with Gratitude, Hope and Love” with a drive-by Santa & Elves visit.  Families drove up with children who were able to talk with Santa as Christmas stockings, gift bags and pies were given to each family through the car window.  This is the 6th year […]


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