2019-11-07

“Paw-tastic” stunt dog show is coming to Escondido

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience will be performing at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, November 16, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theater.  Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience produces the world’s first and #1 “Stunt Dog Show” since 1999, starring dogs that have been rescued from pounds and shelters! As seen on the […]

Del Lago Academy earns top honors at the Aurora Institute Symposium

The Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) last week recognized Carissa Dunn, a teacher from Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science of the Escondido Union High School District as one of two recipients of the 2019 Innovator Awards at its annual Symposium  in Palm Springs. The Teacher of the Year Award went to Carissa Duran. The annual award honors a K-12 […]

Dance teacher honored

Dance Teacher Jennifer Robbins from Rose Elementary received the Class Acts award, presented by Mission Federal Credit Union and Jam’n 95.7 in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education. Robbins was nominated by Rose Family Liaison Veronica Casanova for her work as “an exceptional teacher and selfless volunteer to Rose’s Ignite Dance Team.” In the picture from: Luis […]

Police Athletic League cleans up

Saturday, October 26 was a Community Service Day for the Police Athletic League (PAL) with 120 volunteers. The group was made up of kids, coaches, scorekeepers, and parents doing yard work at the senior mobile home parks located at 1751 W. Citracado and 2400 W. Valley Parkway. Many of these seniors could not afford a landscaper and they could no […]

November’s Art Spark Lesson features oil pastel poinsettias

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s November Art Spark art lesson will be on Saturday, November 16,  from 10 a.m.–noon and will feature oil pastel.  Explore a medium that offers beautiful, rich color as well as texture.  Oil pastels produce vivid, intense hues when used alone or when layered and blended to create a sense of softness and flow.  […]

Sabers’ coach Vychodil not shying away from high expectations


When you first meet San Diego Sabers coach David Vychodil, what strikes you most is the man’s physicality.  To begin with, his handshake is extremely forceful, almost vicelike. And yeah, the dude is cut. He seems almost to be bursting out of his shirt. A former 16-year hockey professional who played more than 700 games across Europe, Russia and the […]

Conquering Your Giants: Five Smooth Stones


  “Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine (1 Samuel 17:40, NKJV).   People everywhere are facing giants these days.  They […]

Owner of Spice & Tea Exchange finds his dream job


The teas bring in customers to the Spice & Tea Exchange at the Westfield mall, but the numerous exotic spices and spice mixes keep them sticking around and coming back. While I was interviewing Joel Meek, the proprietor of the Spice & Tea Exchange, a man came into the store and bought a half dozen packages of teas and spices. […]