2016-12-01 E-Edition

‘Setting the record straight’

It happened a year ago last month. The envelope was thrown in the “not-urgent-yet-should-be-opened-soon” pile of mail on our dining room table. After a few days I picked it up and opened it, not knowing that my life would be forever changed. The envelope contained a family portrait and a letter from someone who claimed to be my half-sister! She […]

“It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” opens Dec. 8 in Escondido

Travel back to a simpler time, America’s mid-twentieth century, as the award-winning North County Players (northcountyplayers.org) brings its newest show, “It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” to the Women’s Club of Escondido theater December 8-18. The club will be transformed into the idyllic post-WW II town of Bedford Falls, made famous by the Frank Capra Christmas classic film, “It’s a Wonderful […]

‘Moana’: The best Disney movie this year

Much has been made of Disney’s hot streak in 2016. They’ve already had hits with “Zootopia;” “The Jungle Book;” “Captain America: Civil War;” “Finding Dory;” and “Doctor Strange,” plus “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to dominate the Christmas box office. Now here comes “Moana,” and it’s the best one yet. What puts the film over the top […]

Of Notre Dame, a father, a war and an unfulfilled dream

It was a blessing that my Dad wasn’t around to see Notre Dame’s deflating 45-27 season-ending loss to USC that put the Irish out of their agony, at least for this forgettable season. It would have made him wince and shake his head in utter disappointment. The setback to the Trojans dropped ND’s overall record to a disgraceful 4-8 and […]


December Events at Sip, Wine and Beer Sip, Wine and Beer at 131 S. Orange Street, will be hosting the following events during December: December 1, 7-10 p.m. Start December off with soulful sounds from Jimmy & Enrique! Bring your friends, SIP a bottle of wine, and enjoy the atmosphere! December 7, 7-9 p.m. Bill Powell, wine maker from Paso […]


RESISTING AN OFFICER — On November 15 at about 4 p.m., officers were on routine patrol in the area of 8th Street and Spruce Street when they attempted to stop a male pedestrian for walking in the roadway. The man immediately fled while simultaneously keeping one hand in his waistband, leading the officers to believe the subject was possibly armed with […]

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday at the Center

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland will be held Saturday, December 3, 3-8 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This annual community event brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer! The […]

Why did one of America’s best generals botch the Battle of San Pasqual 170 years ago?

This Sunday, California State Parks and the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association will commemorate Battle Day. This is an annual, family friendly, North County event focusing on the interpretation and commemoration of the 1846 Battle of Pasqual, the bloodiest battle fought in California during the U.S. – Mexican War. This year the event will have enhanced living history activities that […]


Escondido Entertainment/Events Thursday, December 1 - Wednesday, December 7

Thursday Dec 1 Open Mic Night at Kettle Coffee and Tea119 East Grand Avenue Escondido, CA92025Check out Open Mic Night at Kettle everyThursday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, signups at 5:30 PM. Bring your original talent(no covers) to Kettle! Live on the Lanai at Vintana1205 Auto Park Way Escondido6-pm-9pmLocated at the Penthouse level of the Centreat Lexus of EscondidoLive […]