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So I was Thinking…

“Happy Tails to You”

If you happen to be friends with my husband on Facebook, you no doubt have met the new love of his life. (After forty years together, I no longer qualify as “new.”) I’m speaking, of course, about our newest dog, Noel. If you were to have the pleasure of meeting her, then you quickly would understand. She definitely is a […]

Cancer survivors celebrated at Bow Ties and Parasol Party

Saturday, May 9, Relay For Life of Valley Center celebrated the lives of cancer survivors in our community with a High Tea reception. Miss Valley Center Allyson Crouthamel and Junior Miss 1st Princess Sophia Rizzotto welcomed the guests with parasols for the ladies and bow ties for the gentleman. The tables were set with linen, tea sets and place settings […]

Grand Ave. Street Festival brings them in by the thousands

Sunday’s Grand Avenue Festival was blessed by one of the finest mornings of the spring, and the public showed up in their thousands to stroll along the avenue, sampling the wares of over 500 vendors. We talked to one such vendor, Mike Richman, who has been doing the festival for about eight years with his collection of “ephemera” i.e. paper […]


ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH RITE OF CONFIRMATION – will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31 with celebrant Bishop Robert Brom. A rehearsal will be Friday, May 29th beginning with the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This week begins with the Feast of the Ascension, the parish blood drive, then K of C breakfast, Confirmation preparation, all middle school and high school youth […]

Teacher of the month—

Schlesinger submits 270 home plan to city for old Escondido Country Club

Developer Michael Schlesinger May 6 submitted a community plan to the City of Escondido for the now-defunct Escondido Country Club golf course that would create an upscale neighborhood of 270 single-family homes designed by Rancho Santa Fe-based land planner, engineer and architect Ali Shapouri. Meanwhile, residents of the ECC area are demanding that the city continue to fight to keep […]

Music summer camp offered in June

Woods Valley Music of Valley Center is offering a week-long summer music camp for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Teachers are Mrs. Spencer, director, a credentialed, CLAD certified music teacher, and her daughter Olivia, an exceptional soprano and recent graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan. The two will offer fun music instruction for grades K through 8. […]

Cowboy Mounted Shooting comes to Valley Center

Sunday, May 24 will be the first time our Valley Center rodeo has a mounted cowboy shooting competition. Using two .45 caliber single action revolvers (like those used in the 1800’s) loaded with specially prepared blank ammunition, riders race through a “stage” (course) competing for best time and accuracy. Cowboy mounted shooting is a CMSA event. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting […]

Dog day morning at the Grand Ave Festival