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Rattlesnake Safety Class

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and Southwestern Field Herping Association are offering a free, fun and educational class for beginning and seasoned outdoorsmen and women (not suited for children). Snake researcher Steve Bledsoe will give an in-depth presentation on identifying dangerous snakes in San Diego County and what to do if they are encountered in the wild. Participants will […]

Old fishing reels are reeling in big interest

Old saltwater and freshwater fishing tackle is worth a lot of money to collectors. Sometimes a colorful old lure or reels fishing-themed packaging and boxes are worth more than the actual product that was sold inside. Paul Berinson, a professional tackle collector and tackle company owner in Temecula, is a 20-year member of the Old Reel Collector’s Association (ORCA). He […]

Escondido Lakes offer 7 hikes in March

Hikes begin at the Daley Ranch La Honda Drive entrance unless otherwise noted.  Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections. Do not leave valuables in your car.  Steady rain cancels activities unless otherwise described.  The schedule is also posted at and  Drinking water is not available in many areas so carry […]

Police Athletic League fundraiser raises $63K

On February 21, the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) and the North San Diego County Real Estate Professionals Group and Affiliates held their annual fundraiser for PAL. The event is named “Have a Heart for PAL.” Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez, 76th Assembly Candidate Melanie Burkholder, former Mayor Sam Abed, Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso, and Captain Justin […]

The Home Depot donates benches to thank police

Members from The Home Depot loss prevention department recently commissioned honorary benches to be displayed at Escondido’s Police & Fire Headquarters. The benches were made to show gratitude of the partnership formed with the police department in efforts to combat organized retail crime. Regional managers from The Home Depot, which covers the western states and Hawaii, relayed that they’ve never […]

Over 200 participate in first foot race at Daley Ranch

On Saturday, February 22 Daley Ranch and Dixon Lake hosted the first “The Ranch” 50 K ultra-marathon. This event was the product of several months of collaboration between event organizers: Second Wind Trail Running, and various City departments such as Utilities/Lakes, Community Services, Police, Fire and Public Works. Over 200 racers participated, including some city staff. Prior to the race, […]

Local homeless treated to Valentine’s BBQ

Saturday, February 15 “Mission to Our Escondido Neighbors” hosted an all-you-can-eat barbecue event to share a hot meal with local homeless. Cocina Del Charro provided some of their food and everyone left with an extra meal in hand to share with others in the community. A gospel message from John 3:16 and the prodigal son was delivered by Eric Johnson, […]

Fire Dept. Support Volunteers seek members

If you are at least 50 years old and looking for a unique volunteering challenge, the Escondido Fire Department Support Volunteer program currently has openings for qualified men and women to provide incident support and assist Escondido Fire in daily operational duties. Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 16-20 hours per month; be able to lift 40 […]

Escondido Public Library Hosts 16th annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament

 Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido. Doors open for player check-in at 8 a.m. and tournament play […]

Volunteer honored upon retirement

After nearly 10 years of service and 3,680 hours of donated time, Clint Sweet retired from the Escondido Fire Department’s Support Volunteer Program. Sweet volunteered his time to many activities that helped provide knowledge to community members and visitors of the City of Escondido. In recent years, he served as the program’s volunteer coordinator and he provided 350 hours in […]

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