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Assistance League named Nonprofit of the Year

The Assistance League of Inland North County was named nonprofit of the year by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron. For the last five years, legislators from across California have chosen a winning nonprofit in their district, and there are over 72,000 nonprofits in California alone. The Assistance League of Inland North County strives to improve the lives of children and adults in […]

Elks lodge given $3,500 grant

The Escondido Elks Lodge has recently received a $3,500 Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation. This is the seventh consecutive year the Elks Lodge has received this grant to support disabled veterans from the La Jolla Veterans Administration Hospital. This year the funds will be used to provide equine therapy for veterans at the Rockin’ L&D Ranch in Escondido. […]

Children’s Museum launches virtual parenting workshop

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is launching its first virtual parenting workshop series, “Parenting on the Go,” this Friday on its Facebook page. Each workshop conversation is bite-sized–perfect for busy caretakers on the go. Episode 1 will feature the Museum’s Director of Education, Whitney Raser, as she speaks with Debbie Zeichner, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Parent Coach […]

Creek Conservancy to have fundraiser Saturday

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is having an event called “Awesome Adaptations Fundraising Event” on Saturday, November 7 from 4– 5 p.m. Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Habitats program serves all 3rd graders from every school in the Escondido Union School District. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, they cannot do physical field trips so they have completely overhauled the program for the 2020-21 […]

Two EPD detectives retire

Detectives Al Estrada and Tom Phelps of the Escondido Police Department have retired after 29 1⁄2 and 28 1⁄2 years of service respectively. In the photo above Tom Phelps is congratulated. In the photo below Detective Estrada is congratulated by Chief Ed Varso.

Elks Lodge raises $1,000 at dinner

The Escondido Elks Lodge Saturday, October 17 held a fundraising dinner for the Elks National Foundation supporting Veteran Services and scholarships for high school seniors among other things. ENF Chairman and Past Exalted Ruler Steven Wagstaff spearheaded the event and shared a video presentation of the Elks National Foundation followed by a speech on how the ENF also supports our […]

Salvation Army to host Thanksgiving meal

The Escondido Salvation Army located at 1301 Las Villas Way will be having a Community Thanksgiving Meal that will be a to-go style this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The dinner on November 25 will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.is for everyone who needs it.  Like other organizations that serve the homeless and lower income residents, the Salvation […]

Interfaith faces many holiday challenges


This year Interfaith Community Services will be helping more people than ever during the holidays—with fewer resources than they usually have. Needless to say, they can use your help, both financial and volunteer. The Times-Advocate spoke to Interfaith CEO Greg Anglea, who said, “There are more people who need our help this holiday season than in many, many years. The […]

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy announces Crest Trail Challenge

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) this week issued its fourth Coast to Crest Trail Challenge to hikers who will explore some of San Dieguito River Valley’s most iconic spots along the Coast to Crest Trail. From now to June 30, 2021, participants must complete the five designated hikes listed below, in any order, on their own time. Everyone […]

Lori Pfeiler, president/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, takes on COVID-19 challenges


Just as businesses are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, so are community service organizations. But Escondido resident Lori Pfeiler, president and CEO of the San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, has dealt with tough times for this organization before.  In 2011, the home-building non-profit got “top of the fold headlines” in local press coverage, hardly ever a positive development, […]


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