February 2016

Jose Balderas, ice cream maker, liked it hot

Summertime was when Jose Balderas and his 675 N. Broadway ice cream factory gave Willy Wonka a run for the money. “Mango, strawberry, rompopo, which is like egg nog, over 20 flavors; popsicles, ice cream bars, it’s alright to eat as much as you want,” Balderas said a few years ago. “You only live once in this world so enjoy it. What else can you…


Escondido Police train in, enforce, underage liquor laws

Escondido Police LEAD alcohol training program Now that you’ve got a California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) license, maybe you want to know how to serve. Escondido Police Department was scheduled to host an ABC  Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs training class 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The class will be at Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters,1163 N. Centre City…


Take a look at this Kim Jong-un: Korea Day at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Saturday kicked off its 4th Annual Escondido Roots Series with a nod to Korea on Saturday afternoon. Soon to follow are celebrations of Korea, Mexico, Israel, Puerto Rico, Iran and Scotland. The free community event blasted away with the with the big drums of from San Diego Korean Pungmui School and Korean United Methodist Church Nanta Team. The Silver Wings…


Valentine’s Eve: Stone, glass and love

Whoever said love can shatter like glass hasn’t visited Escondido’s Stone & Glass where love and glass mix quite nicely, thank you. Glass art meets form and function in a industrial section of town, Simpson Way, where James Stone plies his craft for commissions large and small, the cause of ocean conservation, and home decor while also holding workshops, events and studio tours. “I’m the…


Wide world of North County sports shorts

With all due respect to ABC’s Wide World of Sports…Spanning North County to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is The Escondido Grapevine’s Wide World of Sports Shorts. Play ball? Padres caravan rolls through Westfield North County, Escondido Alas, 2016 has just begun and the Padres are million-to-one…


Gas under $2/gallon at seven local stations

For Escondido drivers, the price definitely was looking right this week. That’s the price of gasoline, one gallon regular at 36 stations around Escondido as the Hidden Valley featured the lowest gas prices in Southern California. Seven stations, in all, had prices below $2 per gallon as of early Monday. Another dozen chimed in at under $2.10 per gallon. Enjoy the lowest gas prices in…


Eat goes on at 13th Annual Coeur de Cuisine, California Center for the Arts

Time for good food and good fellowship to go to a good cause. The Escondido Rotary Club & Foundation holds its annual Coeur de Cuisine at California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Feb. 28. Translated from the language of food, Francais, that means the heart of food. The gala food festival with a heart draws on the finest area restaurants and markets to raise…


The Fabulous Lipitone’s at Patio Playhouse

Modern society meets barbershop quartets in the new Patio Playhouse Community theater presentation of The Fabulous Lipitones playing through March 13. The rollicking musical has generated great reviews since its 2013 premiere. “This a cappella musical works just fine without much glitter or glamour,” New York Times theater reviewer Ken Jaworski said. “It’s greatest pleasures spring from the simplest of intentions.” The barbershop quartet of…


Do you know the way to Highland Way at California Center for the Arts, Escondido?

At the height of the roaring Twenties Ray Henderson’s “The Best Things in Life are Free” was a popular song. The sentiment applies to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (CCAE) presentation of Highland Way, highlighting Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland, and the occasional cover. Highland Way is highly free at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 shows at CCAE. Tickets,…


Fans converge on store to meet rap star

Welcome to “underground” Escondido. The future starts now. Rapper Self Provoked was in the HypeFright house. His teenaged admirers snaked around the long building, spilling across the 239 E Valley Parkway parking lot into a well-mannered, yet energetic, line for a very special meet and greet opportunity. They were maybe 30 yards away from a staid Second Saturday Art Walk crowd trudging around the Escondido…