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Escondido Christmas Bird Count results

Greater Escondido definitely is going to the birds as attested by the latest Audubon Society bird count. Palomar Audubon Society president and bird count compiler Ken Weaver flew in Valentine’s Day with the official results of the Escondido Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This was part of the 116th CBC in national Audubon Society history. “Seventy-one observers participated in the Escondido Christmas Bird Count held on…


Scrabble-Thon for Escondido Library

Time to scrabble it up and aid the Escondido Public Library as the library and Friends of Literacy Services hosts the 12th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The event takes place at the Park Avenue Community Center Auditorium, 210 Park Ave. Doors open for player check-in at 8:30 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9 a.m….


Historic home no match for state’s second tallest (now fallen) Torrey pine

A historic cottage was crushed underneath a Torrey pine in Escondido during a storm earlier this month. Not just any Torrey pine either, but one believed to be the second tallest in the state. The two-story cottage, in the 500 block of E 4th Ave. was just a few feet away from the occupied Pritchett House, home to a family of four, according to Carol…


Keeping up with the Bonsall Woman’s Club

The Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) had a New Member’s Luncheon at the home of membership chair, Arlene Rutherford, on Jan. 21. After a scrumptious lunch, provided by BWC Board members, the new members engaged in various conversations about the club. In addition to the exchanges, it gave everyone a chance to learn more about each other, the BWC Board and the club. Pat Harvey gave a…


Food for fines went fine, volunteering and more Escondido community news

Library ‘Holiday Food for Fines’ program deemed successful Escondido Public Library’s principal librarian Joanna Axelrod didn’t mince words. “Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful,” Axelrod said. “During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds.” The program lets library…


Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade rolled Saturday, Dec. 12 (Video)

It’s all about having “A Superhero Christmas” Saturday morning in the heart of Escondido. It’s all about having “A Superhero Christmas” Saturday morning in the heart of Escondido. Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Escondido High School, the Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade was expected to bring joy as well as tens of thousands of people downtown. This is the longest…


Briefly Speaking: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, CSUSM business, El Nino preps

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open two days in December Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, will be open to the public on two days in December: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 27. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American…


Briefly Speaking: News and notes from Escondido and Valley Center (Video)

Sponsored by Oakwood Escrow. Preparing for the winter worst Back by popular demand and the demand of an El Nino season, a disaster readiness/winter weather workshop comes Escondido way from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Get over to Police-Fire Headquarters community room at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway for the free, but limited seating, event. “The workshop will provide valuable information related…


San Elijo Hills Business Expo shares a fine day of early holiday shopping

It was all about sharing as San Elijo Hills was alive withe sound of neighborhood networking recently. The San Elijo Hills foundation and its neighborhood Share Magazine hosted a grand gathering on the big lawn featuring 80 vendors with local community ties. Free to attend, the Saturday Business Expo made for a fun afternoon of connection and community building at the Town Square. The aim…


Get your tamales on at Grape Day Park along with Dos Valles poinsettias, VC art

Here today, gone tamale? With a salute to that classic Speedy Gonzalez Looney Tunes animated feature, and a tip of the corn-based dough, Escondido hosts its first ever, and hopefully annual ,Tamale Festival. Tamales are set to roll from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway. The FREE festival will feature a VIP tamale tasting area —…