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ON THE COVER Local photographer Tehara Tweed had the privilege of getting an early, behind the scenes tour of our new hospital. What she came away with was the sense of nature being incorporated into the hospital for a more natural and comfortable feel for all who visit there. She captured the essence of what she felt through this cover photograph. Along with doing this cover shot and other ones throughout the magazine, she is kept busy doing outdoor portrait photography as well. The hospital shots were taken with her Canon Mark 5D Mark ll.
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FEATURES 16 LOOSENING THE STRAITJACKET Two organizations focus on returning Escondido Creek to its
natural state to create a thoroughfare of vitality and sense of community
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20 BEAUTY IN THE BEETS
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22 CUTTING EDGE CARE
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The latest news in the local business community
IMMORTALIZED: Then and Now 2012
9 IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Mothers’ Day Home Tour in Old Escondido
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10 FROM CITY HALL
Key developments around the city
Volunteering for a fun and productive summer
Beat the heat with an icy treat
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New owners of French Bakery delighted to be back home Alberta Agyan wants customers to feel like they are in their own home when they come to her restaurant. And the casual dining atmosphere at Delight of France and Allberta’s welcoming smile work just the magic it takes to make you feel like that.
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Over the past 20 years, Alberta had come to the French bakery and restaurant for coffee and breakfast frequently, as often as three times a week.. She felt privileged to be part of the original restaurant back when Jacques and Kathy owned it. But Alberta’s husband Sako’s food product career took the Agyan family to the Philippines and to Central California and it wasn’t until 2010 when they decided that they wanted their own bakery that an unbelievable opportunity befell them. “It was meant to be,” says Alberta. A realtor told them that there was a bakery for sale in Escondido. “We had always returned to Escondido no matter where we lived. It was here we were most at home.” Alberta was stunned when she discovered that the restaurant was her old home-away-from-home Delight of France. She followed her heart and got to work transforming the restaurant back to the charming and homey restaurant she remembered, keeping on French pastry chef Bernard who has been at the restaurant for more than 8 years. Sako runs a wholesale bakery business out of the back. Alberta is expanding the bakery’s custom cakes and catering services, including private parties inside the restaurant fairly regularly. But you can tell when you walk in that most of all, she is grateful to be part of Escondido’s downtown experience. Delight of France 126 West Grand Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 746-2644 www.adelightoffrance.com
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Old Escondido Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour By Erin Peet
On Sunday, May 13, the Old Escondido Historic District hosted the fifteenth annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. It was a home and history lover’s delight featuring five gorgeous historic houses. Docents guided nearly 500 guests through two Italianate Victorians, a Craftsman style bungalow, a Dutch colonial, and a colonial revival house offering historical, architectural and just plain interesting facts about the homes and their prior owners. In one of the scenic gardens, visitors were treated with Auntie Helen’s special recipe lemonade, iced tea, cookies, and cupcakes.
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Attendees’ names were also entered into a drawing for fantastic local prizes. A Model T touring car was available to give guests a lift from house to house. All proceeds from the tour went to carrying on the historic district’s mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the city’s oldest neighborhood, Old Escondido. Make sure to mark your calendars for Mother’s Day next year and join in on the fun of this cherished Escondido tradition!
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Vintana Opens at Lexus Escondido
Vintana, the much anticipated restaurant atop the Lexus dealership in Escondido, is now open, offering diners a unique dining experience.Vintana is the product of a partnership between San Diego’s Cohn Restaurant Group and nationally-celebrated chef Deborah Scott. Seeing an opportunity to diversify the area’s dining options, the Cohns and Scott decided that Lexus’ third-story location would be ideal for serving the Interstate 15 corridor communities. Diners arrive in style in a glass elevator to dine in the 10,000 square-foot restaurant amidst expansive city and mountain views in a contemporary atmosphere with a casual vibe. Scott’s focus is on small production and boutique wineries to pair with her forward thinking approach to modern California cuisine, expressing a commitment to using local products whenever possible.The wine list includes over 20 selections by the glass and entrees are reasonably priced at $25 and less. In addition, more than 100 vodkas from around the world are featured in the Vodka Lounge and Lanai. Just outside of the restaurant lies 20,000 square feet of outdoor space that the Cohns will utilize for private functions. A retail wine shop is also on site.
Sharing Local Knowledge
By Donna Feddern Digital Services Manager, Escondido Public Library
Have you ever dreamed of becoming an Internet star? The Escondido Public Library is offering community members the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise on any number of subjects through a new project called LibraryYOU. It’s a very simple concept: anyone who lives, works or plays in Escondido can star in and create videos and podcasts that are showcased on the new LibraryYOU website.
In this fast-paced digital world, Escondido Public Library is at the forefront of using technology to benefit our community. In addition to providing free eBook downloads and offering access to online subscription research resources, the library started Library YOU as a way for the community to connect and interact online. With Library YOU, Escondido’s Library users can go beyond being consumers of knowledge and become creators of knowledge. The LibraryYOU project makes communication through multimedia options a reality for everyone in Escondido’s community.
Contributors may submit their own videos or podcasts, or schedule time to have staff create one in the Library’s new recording studio. All you have to do is propose the idea you want to share and library staff will help produce and edit your “how to” or informational video. The videos or podcasts will appear on the LibraryYOU website http://libraryyou.escondido.org/. And once your videos are online, they may be shared on your website or Facebook page or discovered through search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing. 10
Local businesses are taking advantage of LibraryYOU to connect with the community online. Their brief How To’s can be shared to introduce people to their area of skill or expertise. LibraryYOU videos demonstrate how to apply fondant icing to a cake, start a vegetable garden, discover what it’s like to travel in Uganda, or get advice on how to be a patient advocate. The possibilities are
FROM CITY HALL Updates from the City of Escondido
Report Graffiti To The City Using Your Smartphone Get the Report It app for your iPhone, Droid or Blackberry and easily report graffiti and other issues to the City. Go to http://www. escondido.org/escondidoreport-it.aspx for more information. Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Maple Street is closed to through traffic and the City is working to minimize the impact to Downtown businesses as much as possible during construction. The project is slated for completion in August.
Mayor’s Business Visits Mayor Sam Abed is conducting visits with Escondido business owners to hear first-hand the experiences of the local business community. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587 or email@example.com . Façade & Property Improvement Program (FPIP) The FPIP provides matching funds to business property owners for exterior improvements that enhance the appearance of their business. Please contact Michelle Geller at (760) 8394587 or mgeller@escondido. org for more information or to apply.
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endless and the number of videos that show the wealth of knowledge in this community is growing. Library YOU is for you if you want to reach a larger audience and increase your visibility. Library YOU is for you if you are interested in teaching something new to others. Not sure if you are interested in sharing your knowledge just yet? You can always learn something new by visiting the LibraryYOU website: http:// libraryyou.escondido.org. The Library YOU project is grant-funded and like all library programs, it’s free. For more information about Library YOU or to become a Library YOU star contributor, contact the Escondido Public Library at 760-839-4601.
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BEAT THE HEAT. . . . . . . . . . . . . WITH AN ICY TREAT With bright, damp-skin afternoons and balmy golden evenings just ahead, we share some of the coolest treats and beverages in town for taking the edge off the heat. Don your sunglasses and head over to one of these unique, home-grown establishments for something icy to sip or savor.
EscoGelato EscoGelato on Kalmia is a delicious new addition to the downtown neighborhood offering gelato, sorbet, paninis, salads, and coffee. Suzanne Schaffner, the owner, keeps ingredients local and seasonal by creating gelato and sorbet in flavors like blood orange, cherimoya with strawberry, lemon and more. The brownie and nutella gelatos are to die for. Swirlz Swirlz is a charming candy store on Grand Ave. with an old-fashioned soda fountain. They carry Niederfrank’s Ice Cream and offer malts made to order; try the Red Mint and Chip Malt. The Pablitos provides a surprise twist on the ordinary sundae, serving up a lemon sorbet with Chamoy and a tamarindo stick. Escondido Joe’s Escondido Joe’s is a fantastic little coffee shop on Grand. Along with a full coffeehouse menu, they offer flavored frappes like the Milky Way and Snicker Bar. Smoothies and slushies are a delicious treat with the Passion Fruit Slushie and Avocado Smoothie as favorites. The
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens The spacious and airy dining area as well as the shaded gardens and koi pond make this one of the ultimate places to cool off with a tasty beverage. Enjoy a beer from the ever-expanding menu, such as the Avery White Rascal or Paulander Hefe-Weissbier, or try one of Stone’s own creations: Stone Cali-Belgique IPA or Stone Levitation Ale. The Domaines Ott Rose and Villa Sande Prosecco are truly refreshing summer wines. Keep your eyes out for Sunday Brunches with Bellinis and more.
The Grand (Formerly 150 Grand) With a full bar, The Grand offers an unparalleled cocktail selection to help you beat the heat. The Cucumber Dill Gimlet is refreshing, and the Salt and Peperita is savory. The St. Germain cocktail is a sweet masterpiece, while the Tobin James Dream Catcher is a perfect muscat wine for a hot summer evening. Chai Milk Tea is the perfect chilly pick-meup and add boba (similar to big tapioca) if you like. La Tapatia La Tapatia is an authentic family-owned Mexican restaurant. In addition to sumptuous food, they have a large cantina menu with house-made margaritas, mixed drinks, beer, and wine. The Mojito has just the right balance of lime and mint. The original Lime Margarita is an ideal iced drink, and the Guava Margarita is a local specialty to help ward off the heat especially when sitting out under the vine covered patio. The Jalapeno Grill and Cantina Jalapeño Grill ffers mesquite-grilled fresh mex cuisine and has a full bar. The House Margarita is the perfect complement to a meal, and the Cadillac Margarita is even better with a dash of Grand Marnier. The Paloma Margarita, a grapefruit margarita with Corralejo Blanco Tequila, is also a hit.
exciting new restaurant on Grand Ave., with scenic front and back patios, features Avocado Pistachio Ice Cream and an Avocado Kahlua Fudge Gourmet Sundae. Try either and you will adore it! It’s also a great place to grab a meal (with avocado, of course) and a cold beverage. Mike’s BBQ Mike’s has brought true barbeque to Escondido and has a great sports bar. Cool down with their wine, mixed drinks, and probably the best selection of local craft beer in town. With a vast array of beers on tap from local breweries like Stone, Greenflash, Lost Abbey, Port Brewing and more, you are sure to find something you will love.
Tango Restaurant and Louge Tango has a terrific happy hour that goes all night Wednesdays and provides the perfect opportunity to sample one of their choice cocktails. Three of the most requested martinis are the Pear Blossom with St. Germain, the Pomegranate Cooler, and the Blue Jazz with blueberry vodka and puree. The Pink Lady, Ruby Red, and Cosmo drinks are divine as well. Vinz Wine Bar Vinz is an idyllic spot to grab a chilly drink while catching some fabulous people-watching. Sit on the corner of Grand and Kalmia and sample a tasty Key Lime Martini, Aloha Mai Tai, or Tutty Fruiti. Also, check out their refreshing summer wines like Trefethen Dry Riesling and Moscato Di Asti, Il Conte D’Alba. Vinz carries a fantastic array of beers, including tasty summer brews like the Paulander Pilsner and Hefe Wiezen.
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Toward a better Escondido The Escondido Creek slices through the heart of the city, not so much meanders as its name might imply, but cuts, sharp and linear in its concrete straitjacket. The channel protects the city from flooding that had been known to occasionally turn downtown neighborhoods into a temporary lake. Adjacent to the creek is an asphalt trail where some commute by foot or bike. By day it is quiet, by night it becomes a canvas for graffiti artists. But what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in potential. In this issue, we highlight two volunteer-driven organizations that have a vision for turning our functional creek channel into a thing of beauty...for both human and wildlife inhabitants, for present and future generations.
REVEAL ESCONDIDO CREEK The Idea If Reveal Escondido Creek (REC) has anything to do with it, one day this seven-mile stretch of creek will no longer be a graffiti-littered crime magnet, but rather a lively thoroughfare full of vitality and a deep sense of community. Bird songs will fill the air. Ducklings will no longer swim through trash and abandoned shopping carts. Families will ride their bikes leisurely past lush native landscape. Senior citizens will relax on benches. Mamas pushing strollers will be able to grab a few moments of exercise, and children playing hopscotch at one of the many pocket parks will fill the air with their giggles. Street performers will trickle out on the weekends. Businesses will face the creek with patio seating and open balconies rather than turning their backs to it. Interpretive stations will teach visitors about the area, and tourists will include the creek trail as a must-see destination in Escondido. “Reveal Escondido Creek is an incredibly dynamic thing that could change the face of Escondido,” said Kevin Barnard, board member of The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC). “Cities today are realizing what a huge economic force - tourist and economic attraction - their rivers can be. This has the chance to redefine how Escondido thinks about itself.” The History REC has followed a meandering path of development, more like a free flowing river might. According to Katie Ragazzi, chair of REC, the idea to transform the creek began years ago in the mind of Geoffrey Smith, then Executive Director of TECC. He passed the vision on to Ragazzi. Her conversations with community leaders
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eventually led to the interest of city council member Olga Diaz, who discovered a program at Cal Poly Pomona that matched graduate students in landscape architecture with a real-life project. One of the students, April Marshburn, had graduated from Escondido High School, another serendipitous connection. She and her team of three other students took on the project. When the students presented their ideas, designs, and rationale to the city council, “People really saw the vision,” said Ragazzi. The city council enthusiastically embraced the possibilities. Now the project is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the volunteers of REC and involving liaisons from the City, local nurseries and businesses, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Escondido History Center, Friends of Daley Ranch, and representatives from various neighborhoods. “This is a really interesting partnership between the City, with city-owned land, and people in the community who are taking an interest in enhancing this resource,” said Ragazzi. “It’s taken a lot of different people working in their own areas, but now there’s this momentum building.” Just this spring, the underpass at Ash Street was completed. In 2011, grant money was found to commission a master plan to guide the design of any new or rehabilitated infrastructure, including lighting, fencing, and landscaping. “We can’t snap our fingers and expect it to be done in a couple of years,” said Ragazzi, “but it’s going to be a very different place in the next 10 years.” Get Involved REC communicates events and opportunities through their e-newsletter. Sign up at: http://www.revealthecreek.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE ESCONDIDO CREEK CONSERVANCY The Idea Protecting the Escondido watershed is at the heart of The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s (TECC) efforts. “The bottom line is that a watershed is a lifeline,” said Barnard. TECC either acquires or facilitates others acquiring land within the watershed for preservation - land that will best protect habitats and ensure the survival of as many species as possible. “Our main goal is to conserve land that makes sense,” said Barnard. “We’re all going to lose something precious if we don’t become better stewards, if we aren’t smarter about how we approach development.” TECC also provides recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages. The Interpretive Center at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, a joint project with the Olivenhain Municipal Water District, offers workshops on gardening and sustainable living,
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Straitjacket resources for class field trips, and art shows featuring local artists. Docent-led tours are available, and the reserve has more than 11 miles of trails for hiking.
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TECC is expanding efforts to include the restoration of species. The Southern Steelhead, a type of fish left over from the ice age, is native to the area and can be found at Camp Pendleton and in Orange County. TECC recently became involved in a project to encourage its return to the Escondido Creek. “We want to get [the land] back to [being] fully functioning so people can experience it for what it was a couple hundred years ago,” said Barnard. “It’s really cool when you actually save something, and it’s there for future generations.” The History The Escondido Creek Conservancy came into existence as a response to North County’s building boom in the early 1990‘s. Community members were concerned about the impact of rapid growth on the Escondido watershed. Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove were two of the areas originally targeted for dramatic development. “Most people first get involved with something that happens in their own backyards,” said Barnard, who lives in Harmony Grove. Today the watershed boasts one of the largest protected tracts of virgin “elfin forest,” chaparral and coastal scrub native to Southern California, in the United States. This is largely due to TECC’s work to promote and facilitate the purchase of more than 2,000 acres of open space. While TECC began with a few residents concerned about a “backyard” issue, it has expanded to include collaboration with city governments all throughout the watershed. Once out of its concrete channel, the Escondido Creek returns to its natural state as it flows toward the ocean. “People in Escondido don’t necessarily know how pretty the creek is when it leaves the city, how pristine it is,” said Barnard, adding that cities downstream are invested in the efforts to care for the creek. Just last year, when equipment failed at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility in Escondido, dumping nearly 250,000 gallons of raw sewage into the creek, TECC worked with government entities to track the progression of the spill’s impact. National conservation organizations and large financial donors from outside the area also consult with TECC and offer funding or assistance with local projects. Get Involved Become a member, make a donation, volunteer for a work day, help out in the office, or serve on a committee. Committees manage land acquisition and maintenance, education, finance, monitoring water quality, and development. Check the calendar at the web site for events hosted at the interpretive center. http://escondidocreek.org. email@example.com
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By Maki Tanaka Nielsen In today’s world stress can affect our wellbeing more than one might think. Unhealthy stress, such as negative emotions and thinking, overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and chemical and environmental toxins, challenge our health and can trigger physical and mental problems, particularly if experienced over a long period of time. In pre-modern times, our stress response, also known as our “fight or flight response,” provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as an attack or threat by a wild animal. Today, we don’t have to look much further than our windows or computer screens to view various forms of stressors – everything from prime-time news and road rage, to the 40-hour (or more) work week, cell phones, email, and economic woes. Unfortunately, modern-day stress is considerably higher, more
consistent stress, our white blood cells, which defend the body against viruses, decrease. This decrease results in lower immune resistance, leading to physical disease and emotional instability. The stressors that cause our bodies to fall out of harmony and allow illness to develop can come from many sources and take many forms. Stressors can come from toxins in our environment or diet. Stress can also be emotional in nature, and strong negative emotions such as grief and anger can also send the body into disharmony. Stress can be psycho-physical in form, in that pressures from work, family, or economy can lead us to push the body beyond its limit. We remain in nearly constant “fight or flight” mode and this sympathetic nervous system response does not allow for sufficient parasympathetic down time where healing and self repair can occur.
Stress and the Acupuncture frequent and more consistent than what our predecessors experienced. Over time this excess stress can be detrimental to our health. Long-term, consistent levels of physical, emotional, and mental stressors can cause the stress response to become chronic and get “locked in,” resulting in the depletion of the body’s resources over time. In some cases, even when the stressors are no longer present, the body continues to keep the stress response active. This results in the depletion of our nervous system, lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus, and lymph nodes), kidneys and adrenal glands, paving the way for a wide variety of symptoms, and ultimately, disease. Medical studies have shown that with increased and
What is acupuncture and how does work? Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective way to treat pain and improve overall health. This holistic treatment originated more than 2,500 years ago, although today it is often used in conjunction with other treatments, including Western medicine. The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture to treat more than 43 common disorders including food allergies, indigestion, anorexia, infertility, emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, back, neck and shoulder pain, hypertension, depression, anxiety, addictions, and eye, ear, nose and throat disorders. As Western medicine would explain it, acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a desired effect. The inserted needles stimulate various sensory receptors that then stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamicpituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins are significant in the function of the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture works well for back pain, arthritis and infertility.
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The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body; they regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects human disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture works on harmonizing the body, bringing it back into balance and thus into a healthier state of wellbeing. Regular treatments will alter a person’s “locked in” responses to constant stress and allow for new, healthier patterns. It will also shift the body out of the sympathetic state (fight or flight) into a parasympathetic state. Acupuncture can boost the immune system, improve digestion and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Beauty in the An Escondido family pieces together their small backyard farm – finding surprise, frustration, and joy in each mulch-covered step Story by Jaime Kautsky Photos by Jessica Petrencsik
There is nothing country-chic or particularly romantic about our property. This is no sprawling Iowa farm dominated by a large red barn, rows of sweet corn, and meandering cows, nor a scenic Salinas ranch bursting with strawberry and lettuce fields. What it is – our little acre in north Escondido – is a pale green house, trimmed in a hue I can only describe as “electric seafoam,” and several assorted outbuildings. The yard is framed on the west by Reidy Creek, the east by a hand-built rock wall, and the north by vivid yellow traffic hazard barrels. There are power lines overhead and chain-link fences we’d love to someday replace with one of those fancy numbers made from the reclaimed wood of an abandoned Virginia farmhouse. Our set-up is not the picture of an idyllic farm, and we – my husband, Mike, a former Marine who grew up near Long Beach, and me, a stay-at-home mom and Midwestern transplant with an uncanny ability to kill anything related to plant life – are not your stereotypical farmers. But here we are, amateurs on an imperfect property, with 14 chickens, two guinea fowl, two turkey poults, 10 raisedbed mini-gardens, 60 mounds of corn and sweet potatoes, and five orange trees - with plans for pigs, maybe goats and a llama, and more fruit trees. Toss in an aging (and increasingly grouchy) beagle, a young German shepherd, one tabby cat, and two spunky daughters – ages 2 and 4 – and our little homestead has become quite the menagerie. 20
Backyard to Table “Our food doesn’t just come from the store,” says Naomi, our 4-year-old, when I ask where we get groceries. “It comes from a garden.” (I’m secretly relieved she didn’t say The 99 Cents Only Store or Vons, because let’s be honest – I am a valued customer at these fine Escondido establishments.) It wasn’t always like that. The little girl who now asks to remove the seeds from her apples so she can plant them didn’t always have such a direct connection to her food. Naomi was a toddler, reared on suburban grocery stores and the occasional farmer’s market, when we moved from our rented San Diego condo two years ago into this, our first real home. I was six months pregnant with our second daughter, Sadie, and consumed with all things maternal. Mike, however, was already examining the new yard – the grassy patches, dusty patches, and tiny mounds of fresh earth that signaled the destructive presence of gophers. There was a row of orange trees that needed a little tending, and a well under the property that could potentially irrigate more plants. Over the course of the next year, he plotted – scouring the Internet, picking up books at the library, and wandering the neighborhood, making friends and asking questions – about the area, our property, gardening methods, gopher management tips, farm equipment, everything. He decided the square-foot gardening method was a good way to start, and built the raised beds, as well as removable chicken-wire covers to prevent nibbling bunnies, by hand. (Sure, you can buy them, but that’s not how Mike rolls.) He mixed soil combinations and devised an irrigation method that runs water from our well through a system of hoses and PVC pipe that ensures each square foot of plants gets equal water. The girls and I ooh-ed and ahh-ed at my husband’s MacGyver-like preparations, watching him turn random pieces of cast-off materials found in our sheds into working pieces of garden and farm equipment. Finally, the little ones “helped” us drop seeds in those tiny little holes in the dirt and cover them. (Note: Do not expect a toddler to accurately drop the appropriate number of seeds in the correct place; supervise them closely, unless you want leeks growing out of a crack in your driveway.)
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Even when our first harvest yielded somewhat disappointing results due to a late planting, the girls rejoiced in the few cucumbers and beans that did grow. They began to take pride in being little farmers, and ask for second helpings of organic spinach and turnips. Name the Farm, Not the Poultry Naomi claims that animals are an essential ingredient to legitimate farming (the other three must-haves: “overalls, boots, and vegetables”). That’s not exactly true, but the first time we walked into “Chick Days” at Hawthorne Country Store in downtown Escondido, I knew chickens would be a vital part of our agricultural mix. Teeny, tiny chirps filled the open, barn-like building. Sweet little balls of fluff – yellow, black, and speckled – huddled together in large, round, metal containers and occasionally ventured out for a drink before waddling back to their flock, chirping happily (I imagined) all the while. I leaned into Mike. “This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen.” Even MacGyver had to agree on the cute factor, but he approached the chickens differently from the very beginning – practically, from the lens of an actual farmer, and one who is not a vegetarian. We would have laying hens for awhile, he said, and eventually we would have meat hens. I looked at our baby flock – Ophelia, Juliet, Betsy, Puffy, Dolly, Clicks, Simone, and Adele – and proclaimed we could never, ever eat birds that we named. (To this day, we have that uneasy agreement. I have tried naming every new bird we get, but Mike says that’s not really fair.) The kids immediately took to them. And as the chickens and the children grew, the latter quickly became experienced wranglers who would chase the hens down and show them off to friends, explaining the different parts of the birds, and the best way to secure them. (Their confidence in handling still exceeds my own,
even as their friends and some adults shrink away from the flapping wings and squawking beaks.) Chickens might be a little eye-rollingly hip now, but I must say that after having them for awhile, I get the hype. They are mostly friendly (Ophelia, a Buff Orpington, is essentially a lap chicken), funny, not smelly, and produce delicious, fresh eggs every morning. They can be a little harsh with each other – the term “hen-pecked” is quite literal - but watching them free-range for bugs along the banks of Reidy Creek in the evening is one of the most charming and relaxing aspects of life in our home. And they are, by far, the most popular attraction for visitors at our house. (It’s a shame that I can’t say the same for guinea fowl, our purchase of which Mike calls simply a “bad idea.” these birds have beautiful feathers but are terrifically ugly, and make a relentless, cacophonous noise that – when coming from several of them at once – causes you to simultaneously rip out your hair and throw open your back door, screaming things at them that you would never say in polite company. The girls do pretty good female guinea fowl impressions, so at least they have added that to our family.) As we continue to build our new, little one-family farm, I can’t help but think of the richness this experience has brought to us in the last year alone. Besides the obvious health benefits of growing and producing such fresh, whole foods, our children understand that carrots don’t just show up in a grocery store crisper and that eggs don’t magically appear in a cardboard carton. They know the work that’s involved, and they know it’s rewarding. I’ve watched my husband labor over building and planting, and seen the satisfaction on his face when he walks in with an armful
But it’s home-base for us, and the site of our first real family adventure. I can’t wait to see where our little homestead goes from here.
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CUTTING EDGE CARE
Escondido’s new hospital stands above the city like a fortress, but it feels more like a sanctuary Story by Briana Alfaro Photos by Tehara Tweed
n a quiet afternoon, you can hear birds chirp on the drive up the hill to the new medical center. Sage green succulents, goldentipped deer grass and red kangaroo paw stand in repeating arrangements between the parking lot and the main entrance of the building. The view from here reveals the valley below. Past the 78 and I-15 freeways, you can see the black and white tower of the old hospital. The new Palomar Medical Center plans to open its doors to patients on August 19. The culmination of four years of construction, the labor of an estimated 6,000 workers, with a $956-million price tag, North County’s newest hospital will join the downtown location, renamed Palomar Health Downtown Campus, in providing services for a district covering 800 square miles. Voters passed Proposition BB in 2004. The bond measure provided $496 million for the project. The new hospital will open as a fully functioning facility, but with the groundwork laid for the space to double in size as demand and growth dictate. “We built this as the hospital of the future,” boasts Leonel Sanchez, Media Relations Manager for Palomar Health. 22
Private Rooms The facility will open with 288 private, single-patient rooms anThe facility will open with 288 private, single-patient rooms and the capacity to expand to 360 rooms in its east and west towers. The master plan includes a not-yet-built third tower to house an additional 240 rooms on the 56-acre property. The spacious rooms include sitting areas for visitors and private restrooms. Each visitor space has a curtain for privacy, a couch, a table, a light and a view. With clean, modern fixtures, the en suite bathrooms look more like hotel lavatories than hospital washrooms. Rooms were designed in a universal manner, with similar layouts and capabilities. Headboards include connections for gases and electronic outlets for equipment, making each space ready for most patients. This allows staff to minimize the movement of patients between rooms. Instead, the amount of care they receive will change around them, reducing the risk for error and creating a higher level of continuity and comfort. State of California licensing requires that critically-ill patients be
in special, intensive-care beds. These patients will move only once from an intensive-care bed to a general-care bed, where they will remain for the rest of their stay.
volunteer, Norma Stern, chose to split their time between both facilities. There will continue to be opportunities for volunteers at both locations.
Training Staff and Volunteers
Though they look forward to upgrades at the new hospital, like kiosks for measuring weight and new phones, they acknowledged the extensive training that will be necessary, including which elevators to use and how to navigate around the facility.
New methods, systems and equipment require intensive staff training. After construction officially ended in April, Palomar officials got the green light to bring in furniture and staff. The hope is that all staff will be trained by the end of July.
“I think I’ll leave a bread crumb trail,” Stern joked.
Another integral part of Palomar Health that will expand and require training is its pool of volunteers. In May the district kicked off a campaign to recruit 200 friendly faces to add to the 570 who already volunteer. Pat Goepfert, a volunteer at the downtown campus, said the new hospital has everyone excited.
Within the massive facility, overseers focused on completing the sixth floor first, so that staff would have a complete level to train on while the rest of the building was being furnished.
“It’s going to give the community the opportunity for first-class healthcare,” Goepfert, who has volunteered at the current hospital for six years, said.
On the sixth floor, a large painting of a tree hangs on the wall adjacent to the elevators.
Current volunteers were given the choice of staying at the old facility or moving to the new one. Many, like Goepfert and 12-year
A Natural Haven
A placard next to each room displays the room number and a small tree motif. Designers assigned each floor a nature-based theme to help patients, staff and visitors familiarize themselves SUMMER 2012
with their location. Elements of nature are found throughout the new hospital. Los Angeles-based designers, CO Architects, embraced Palomar Health’s goal of creating a healing environment that includes the presence of nature and natural light. “There are studies that say it helps with the healing process,” Sanchez said. Each floor contains terraces with garden spaces and sitting areas. On the third floor, vibrant, red-flowered Coral trees stand out amongst tables and chairs on the café patio. From here, visitors have another expansive view of the city in one direction and a look at the green roof in the other. The 1.5-acre green roof is located above the two-story wing that houses the Emergency Department and Trauma Services. The wavy cover is home to drought-tolerant plants that look like an extension of the surrounding landscape, including native grasses, wild buckwheat, sage scrub and “Our Lord’s Candle” yuccas. Large, circular skylights allow for natural illumination in the operating rooms below. Green roofs insulate and reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool buildings. They also filter rainwater before it reaches storm drains. Hospital officials estimate that they will recover the cost to build the special roof with energy savings within seven years. Palomar Medical Center 2185 W. Citracado Parkway Escondido. Services: Emergency and Trauma Cardiology Surgical Services Orthopedics Neurosciences Interventional Radiology and Cath Lab Medical Oncology Imaging Inpatient Rehabilitation Services Laboratory
Palomar Health Downtown Campus 555 E. Valley Parkway Escondido Services: 24-hour Urgent Care (no emergency services) Maternity and Women’s Services Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Inpatient Behavioral Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Services Cardiac Rehabilitation Radiation Oncology Ambulatory Surgery Infusion Therapy Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Imaging Laboratory Diagnostic Services
High Tech The “Hospital of the Future” isn’t all birds and trees. Designers aimed to balance a serene environment with the latest in healthcare technology. High-tech features can be spotted throughout the building. Next to the lobby reception desk, there is a touchscreen kiosk for hands-on information access. For those more inclined to speak with a person, there will be staff at the desk to point patients and visitors in the right direction. On patient floors there aren’t traditional nursing stations. The floors were designed to house computer workstations outside each patient room, keeping staff closer to patients and minimizing the walking nurses have to do along the 100-yard corridors. The hospital was constructed to support not only systems available today, like wireless communication and electronic record keeping, but also technology that is still in development. One such device in the making can continuously monitor and record heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation and blood pressure. The measurements automatically upload to electronic records for hospital staff to review. The system can substitute for routine, in-person checks. Growth and expansion
To stay within budget, project overseers concentrated on the clinical and technological aspects of the hospital. The Hospital of the Important dates: Future was deemed as such, in part because it was built with the Public welcome and encouraged to attend the grand opening celebration, July 28. expectation to expand with the population of the community and as New hospital open for patients, August 19. the demand for services increases. To volunteer, call 760.739.3081.
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rooms in various departments were “shelved” for completion as needed. Also shelved for future completion are a community room for meetings and a chapel. Inspired, hospital employees created a fund to complete the chapel. The grassroots campaign is now an active fund that the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation oversees. The goal is to raise $500,000. The Downtown Campus currently has a chapel that will remain open during the transition. Combining Forces Palomar Health originally intended to replace the Downtown Campus with the new medical center. The old hospital, built in 1950, didn’t meet state-mandated requirements for earthquake safety or the needs of a community that continues to grow. During the past eight years, the Downtown Campus received an extension for seismic renovation requirements and Palomar Health officials decided to retain the facility for some of the services it currently provides.
ESCONDIDO’S HOSPITAL HISTORY
First Escondido Doctor Dr. David Crise. Dr. Crise was Escondido’s first doctor. Here he is at his office, built in 1888, at Ohio & Lime Streets (now Broadway and 3rd). In 1912, the building became the dental office of Dr. Neils Matzen. (Photo loaned by Blanche Crise. (© 1980, Ryan Collection, Historical Photos) Photo courtesy Pioneer Room, History/Genealogy Archive, Escondido Public Library.)
Escondido Community Hospital (1933) Escondido Community Hospital in the Lincoln Hatchery building on South Broadway. Though the facility was over crowded, it served until 1950 when the Palomar Memorial Hospital opened. (Photo courtesy Pioneer Room, History/Genealogy Archive, Escondido Public Library.)
Professional Building When the R. V. B. Lincoln Hatchery business closed, the building became doctors’ offices. Dr. Ray Larzalere is standing in the doorway to the left, and Dr. C. J. Ridley is in the Doorway to the right.
Women’s and children’s services, including the Birth Center, will remain and expand downtown. Other anticipated expansions at the Downtown Campus include behavioral health and outpatient services. Upgrades have already begun on infrastructure such as plumbing, air handling and electrical. Although no emergency services will be provided at the Downtown Campus, the current Emergency Room will transition into a 24-hour Urgent Care Center. In the event that an emergency patient goes to the old facility, they will be stabilized and transferred. “Part of our challenge is to let the public know that emergency services are here,” Sanchez said. Palomar Health plans to educate the community about which services are located at each facility by distributing brochures, communicating through local media, and hosting a grand opening celebration at the new hospital, scheduled for July 28. The event is open to the public and will showcase food, technology and entertainment. Parking at the hospital includes 800+ spaces and is free.
(Photo courtesy Pioneer Room, History/Genealogy Archive, Escondido Public Library.)
Dr. Graybill Dr. M. B. Graybill and Nurses Pauline Arend and Dorothy Whalen study patient charts at the nurses station at the Escondido Memorial Hospital in July, 1946. (Photo courtesy Pioneer Room, History/Genealogy Archive, Escondido Public Library.)
IMMORTALIZED: Then & Now 2012
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scondido thrives on its capacity for creating great events. And the events that bring families downtown include Distinction-ArtHatch Galleries and Cruisin’ Grand’s IMMORTALIZED where youthful contemporary art and the art of hot rods and custom cars mix-it-up on a Friday night. On Escondido’s Grand Avenue IMMORTALIZED merges art, cars, music, showmanship and energy to attract and entertain all generations. It’s a hip gallery and street event that excites adults, teens, and kids with its no-holds-barred cool cars and thought-provoking contemporary art. It’s not only fun to go to and be a part of, it’s also fun to talk about afterwards. The photoops for your smart phones are endless – you can be there and share the experience with your friends. For IMMORTALIZED Cruisin’ Grand creates a pedestrian mall on E. Grand Ave., east of Juniper, in front of Distinction-ArtHatch Galleries. Escondido’s Hot Rods & Custom Stuff invites some of SoCal’s most exclusive hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, and dragsters to populate the space in front of the galleries. Music by Gino and the Lone Gunmen will fill the street.
This year’s IMMORTALIZED is August 10th, 6-10 pm, and features Then & Now, where muscle cars from the 1960s are paired with their counterparts from today. Hot Rods & Custom Stuff is a sponsor of the event, with Chick Koszis arranging all the classic cars and the Mustangs that create the Then part of Then and Now. Heller Ford of Escondido is also a sponsor of the event and is providing the modern Mustangs that create the Now part of Then and Now. Sponsorships help support ArtHatch. ArtHatch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates opportunities for teens to participate in the art community. For these teens, participating in the art scene can be a life-altering opportunity. ArtHatch uniquely provides teen artists with a place to create, exhibit, and blossom, all at no charge to the teens. Distinction-ArtHatch Galleries creates an art show and reception for this event. Stone Brewing Company and Vinz Wine Bar are two of the sponsors of the reception, which will have a nominal cover charge and include beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. New and returning artists include Cruisin’ Grand’s Steve Waldron, Sara Ray, Big Toe, and many more. Patrons can participate in an art auction that generates proceeds to help fund Palomar College student scholarships. We look forward to seeing you IMMORTALIZED. IIMMORTALIZED: Then & Now 2012 Friday, August 10th, 6-10 pm www.arthatch.org/autoshow
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Osteopathic Medicine: Healthcare for By Barbara Burton, RN
Facts from The American Academy of Osteopathy
Osteopathic doctors work alongside traditional medical doctors. They complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school and a residency program. They choose specialties, such as internal medicine or pediatrics.
• Osteopathy was developed in the late 1800s by Dr. A.T. Still, a Missouri-based physician who thought there was a better way to treat patients than the methods of his day. He focused on the musculo-skeletal system as a core component of the
The difference lies in how a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) approaches, evaluates and treats patients. Trained to look at the whole person, a D.O. views each patient as more than a collection of body parts that may become injured or diseased. This holistic approach incorporates evaluation of the patient’s social, emotional, family, and professional lives, and how these factor into overall health. Patients are also directly involved in their treatment plans, increasing their chances of achieving and maintaining better health.
healing process. • Osteopaths comprise approximately five percent of the total number of U.S. physicians. • More than 100 million patients make visits to a D.O. annually. • The number of osteopaths graduating from the 26 U.S. Colleges of Osteopathy increased by more than 140% between 1980 and 2005.
For further information: American Osteopathic Association www.osteopathic.org American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine www.aacom.org
Even as our nation debates the “how” of providing accessible healthcare, we benefit from a growing variety of approaches to healing the body. One of these approaches, osteopathic medicine, is increasingly available in Escondido. Hospitals, clinics and medical groups have incorporated osteopathic physicians into their practices. “We believe, as many group practice models do, that osteopaths provide a unique and complementary approach to the treatment of our patients---from pediatrics to geriatrics,” said Palomar Medical Group president and internist Dr. Brian Meyerhoff. “Both traditional medicine and osteopathy can learn much from each other---from osteopathy’s emphasis on the holistic approach to traditional medicine’s focus on pharmacology, diagnostics and scientific research.”
“I became an osteopath because I believe that a holistic approach—one that focuses on all aspects of the patient--creates health,” explained Dr. Rebecca Samuels, D.O., with Palomar Medical Group. “My passion is working with patients to help them achieve better health—not just in the next few months, but for the rest of their lives.” At the core of osteopathy are the beliefs that: (1) The body has a natural ability to heal itself. (2) The health of the musculo-skeletal system is linked to healing other parts of the body. (3) A patient-centered approach is the key to effectiveness. While osteopaths do treat with medication, they may utilize other courses of treatment such as changes in diet, exercise/stretching regimens, lifestyle modification, or osteopathic manual treatment (OMT). OMT is a “hands on” treatment - physical manipulation that focuses on the structure and function of all the aspects that support the body’s movements: muscles,
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It’s April. It isn’t often that the sun shines like it has today, and though I’m only part way through my shift, I can’t help but think I could make some afternoon climbing plans. A quick run through my regular resources, though, and no partner turns up to hold the other end of the rope. Just as I was resigning myself to an afternoon of laundry and grocery shopping, a familiar face walks into the climbing store where I work on Grand Avenue. “Hi, Mom. You’ve got the afternoon off?” It looks like I found a climbing partner! My mom, Kit, and I started climbing together quite some time ago and are 100% climbing addicts – who else could I expect to have a harness and rock shoes in their trunk on a Tuesday? A short while later we are parking at the Trout Cove parking lot at Dixon Lake. Ten minutes from Nomad Ventures, Daley Ranch and Dixon Lake are a great resource for anyone local looking to squeeze an adventure into remaining daylight. I’ve been visiting this crag for years. Many of my first climbing adventures were here – coming back again, for the first time in a few months, I replay in my head what it was like the first time I put a rope on and clawed up (somewhat clumsily) these steep rock faces. My family started climbing 11 years ago, and this could be the fiftieth time that this mother/son combo is out at this local cliff. There isn’t much light so first up is a hard one – The Shoulder - a thin crack that weaves back and forth across a dead vertical buttress 30
of rock, down below the Aeries that are visible from El Norte. Long ago I had hoped to just get up it, hanging on the rope if need be, but after hundreds of laps it has sunk itself into the memory of my muscles. Every hold feels familiar, every placement of my sticky rubber shoes exactly as it was the last time. Soon I am on top, having started from the ground, using the rope only to catch me in the event of a fall, clipped into the temporary anchors that I place myself. In this style of climbing, leading, I take the risk of a longer fall, but is a very pure way of climbing: starting at the bottom and ending on top without a safety line from above. Anchoring a top belay, I tell mom to tie in to the rope and start when ready. “I may not finish, this one is still hard to me,” she warns. I know she is very capable and, despite the warm sun causing slick sweat on the hands, shouldn’t have much trouble. From my vantage there isn’t much to see, but the periodical stopand-go movement of the rope through my locking belay carabiner tells me when she is in a tough spot. “I might come off here!” “Jam your hands, thumbs down, just above the little constriction in the crack!” By offering advice (or what climbers call ‘beta’) another climber can assist...if it is warranted! Some prefer the on-sight, bottom-to-top adventure into the unknown. I, however, don’t mind a little help, and soon Kit finds the hidden hand-hold and is up on top. Summit high fives are exchanged, and I can tell she, too, has reconnected with the elation of
Cool Crags that first time up The Shoulder all those years ago. We gather our rope and gear and head out to the next objective. This small cliff, next to Dixon Lake off La Honda, has on it about 20 (worthwhile) climbs, all documented in a Guidebook to San Diego Rock Climbing. Along with Mount Woodson and Mission Gorge, it is one of the more traveled East County locations, and, despite the occasional beer can or spray paint, it is a great afternoon getaway into a pristine area. Whether you are a rock climber or just a hiker, scrambling to the tip of the escarpment can afford great views. Already tapping into nostalgia gets me excited for a climb, or route, I haven’t tried in a while – Overhanging Buckets. It is a good deal more physical than The Shoulder, consisting of long reaches on an overhanging bulge just around the corner from the trail. The holds are small, the rock is sharp, and it packs a punch in just six climbing moves – a veritable 100-yard dash as opposed to the calm, methodical techniques a vertical crack climb requires. Owing to a nagging shoulder injury, Kit opts out of the climb, and being that Overhanging Buckets is devoid of cracks or crevices for placing temporary anchors, I choose to top rope the climb with the rope anchored above me. Attempting to climb it without a rope is out of the question, as a fall from even the first move would put one tumbling down a rocky hill. So instead of starting from the bottom, I start from the top, and anchor the rope and toss it to the start of the climb. Using rappel devices we slide down the rope from above and I tie a knot around crucial points of my harness, and a fist-bump sees me off. The moves right away are steep – and hard, for me. I realize, as I reach for a pocket in the rock that can only accept three fingers, the last time I put my SUMMER 2012
hand in this hold George Bush was still on his first term as president. Another climb, another memory. Light begins to fade as the rope is put away, yet there is time left to squeeze in some bouldering. Not requiring any gear, bouldering is my usual option for climbing when I can’t scrounge up a partner. All one needs are shoes, chalk and strong fingers – though portable gymnastic pads designed for absorbing impact from short climbing falls are often recommended. One of the great things about bouldering is the ability to focus on doing the most difficult moves possible - a difficult section can be worked over and over again if it is right off the ground. Crimping fingers over an edge, smearing feet on tiny nubbins of rock, all techniques used by climbers to ascend blanklooking granite slabs. If I look closely, I can see my home from atop one of these boulders, and I look back and reflect in this fading light. How lucky I am to have this in my veritable back yard, I wonder, and more so I am reminded that I needn’t travel to Yosemite, Joshua Tree or the Grand Canyon to have a quick adventure. All I need is motivation and, sometimes, my mom. Greg Davis splits his time between the mountains of California and managing the local climbing store.
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Are you looking to brighten your summer days? Would you like to meet more people in the community? Do you want to feel needed and appreciated? Then volunteering in Escondido may be just the thing for you. Below are opportunities at a variety of locations and links where you can search for other options. Maybe you’ll even want to mix and match: Soak up the sun as you work at Daley Ranch one day each week, then enjoy the calm and quiet as you shelve books at the Main Library another day. City of Escondido Opportunities: City Hall, California Center for the Arts, fire department, police department, Joslyn Senior Center, Daley Ranch, Escondido Sports Center. Requirements: Complete application and supplemental questionnaire. Information: http://www.escondido.org/ volunteer-intern-program.aspx. Escondido Downtown Business Association Opportunities: Helping with projects like
office assistance with the Farmers’ Market, Escondido City Magazine (administrative support, advertising sales, distribution); Requirements: Call eDBA office for information and qualification requirements Information: 760-740-0658 Escondido Humane Society Opportunities: Staff mobile adoption units, assist with fundraising events, walk and care for animals, help with day–to-day services
offered to the community, and more; both kids and adults can volunteer. Requirements: Complete Volunteer Profile and attend orientation. Information: Mary Ellen Kuhn, maryellenk@ escondidohumanesociety.org, http://www. escondidohumanesociety.org/ehs_041.htm. Interfaith Community Services North County Interfaith Council dba Interfaith Community Services was founded in 1979 by a handful of diverse faith communities to address the needs of low-income, homeless, and underserved populations. Urgent needs: Food pantry distribution, social services intake, computer lab assistance; groups and individual kids and adults can volunteer. Requirements: Volunteer application and questionnaire and background check. Information: Jennifer Maestas, 760-4896380 x 221, http://www.interfaithservices. org/helpvolunteering.html Main Library Opportunities: eBook downloads assistant, shelver, friends of the library, pioneer room, literacy tutor; older teens and adults can volunteer. Minimum requirements: http://library. escondido.org/volunteer.aspx Information: Cookie Allen, callen@escondido. org, 760-839-4819 OASIS
OASIS is a pioneer in the field of successful aging, offering programs of continued lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles, and civic engagement for people age 50+. Opportunities: Intergenerational tutoring, CATCH health habits, center volunteers, computer volunteers, instructors, travel. Requirements listed under each volunteer opportunity: http://www.oasisnet.org/Cities/ West/EscondidoCA/Volunteer.aspx. Information: http://www.oasisnet.org/ Cities/West/EscondidoCA/Volunteer.aspx; contact person listed under each volunteer opportunity. Palomar Hospital Opportunities: Ambassador, birth center, courtesy shuttle, emergency room, Hearts and Hands, hospitality, patient ambassador, sterile processing. Requirements listed under each volunteer opportunity: http://www.pph.org/ ContentPage.aspx?nd=352. Information: 760-739-3081 or 760-7393654. Safari Park Opportunities: Information ambassadors, interpretation, conservation. Requirements: Must be 18 years or older; other requirements listed under each volunteer opportunity, http://www. sandiegozoo.org/volunteer/. Information: 619-231-1515 x 4030, http:// www.sandiegozoo.org/volunteer/. San Dieguito River Park The San Dieguito River Park is responsible for creating a natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian. Opportunities: Volunteer patrol, trail restoration, water quality testing, habitat restoration; opportunities for all ages. Requirements: Application. Information: Leana Bulay, 858-674-2275 x14; http://www.sdrp.org/volunteer.htm.
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Fiber & Book arts at the municipal gallery Fiber & Book Arts are highlighted in exhibitions featuring over 60 artists from the West Coast of the United States at the Escondido Municipal Gallery in August and September. This bi-annual exhibition features artists from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and California. Fiber and book arts in the exhibition include crochet paper, hand dyed and woven silk, watercolor tint papers, pine needle basketry, beading, quilting, knitting, tapestry, textiles, and hand woven felt. The exhibition takes place during San Diego’s Arts Month and is supported by So. California fiber collective Designing Weavers. http://www.escondidoarts.org/ Bird Palace, mixed media, by Rebecca Smith
june 1 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S KING LEAR Shakespeare’s careful crafting of this work’s characters clearly defines their human natures as being good or evil in this tragic tale of family conflict, personal transformation, and loss. Directed by Steve Murdock. Runs June 1 – 24. 8 - 10 pm. Reservations 760-7466669 or patioplayhouse.com. 201 E. Grand Avenue. Entrance off Kalmia Street on the patio between Continental Deli and Vinz Wine Bar. 2 WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPE AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY with David Lenhart 11 am. – 2 pm. Cost: Members - $65/General -$75. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760-480-4101 www.escondidoarts.org 2 Escondido Day at Petco Park Against division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. Replica Jersey Day. Arrive early for a Padres replica jersey giveaway! Purchase discount tickets to this nationally televised game while support ing the History Center. (buy tickets at EHC and avoid fees and order charges while supporting local history). 2-3 Relay for Life Del Dios Middle School, 1400 W. 9th Street, Escondido. 9 am Saturday until 9 am Sunday. 3 Poet’s Inc. North County Reading Literary Series hosted the first Sunday of each month at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. 12:30 – 3 pm. Free. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760-480-4101 www.escondidoarts.org 38
6 WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS: Too Much Fun Band This Event is Free! Limited reserved seats are available for $7 until one hour prior to curtain by calling the Box Office at: (800)988-4253. 4 pm. & 7 pm. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. artcenter.org
Living History Circle members. Others $2 per person or $5 family donations. San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road. Escondido, CA 92027; Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido, CA 92025. Information acox@ sandiegoarchaeology.org or 760-291-0370.
9 RECEPTIONS - Small Scale: Toy Store; Expressions Artist Doug Disney; The Photo Arts Group, and studio artists. 5:30 – 8 pm. Free. Exhibitions run thru July 6. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760480-4101 www.escondidoarts.org
12 SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection is I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. Suitable for Adults. 6 – 8:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4214. Library.escondido.org.
9 RECEPTION – GALLERY 262 Reception for local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm. Gallery 262, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery). 760-480-4101
16 FARM TOUR DAY A rare, behind-the-scenes look at how your food and flowers are grown in this third annual Farm Tour Day in North San Diego County. Guided walking tours led by the farmers themselves will take you through their unique farming operations and showcase a variety of the region’s agricultural specialties. This year, featured farms include indoor and blooming plants, cut flowers, berries, tree fruit, a vineyard and winery, free-range livestock, and more. Demonstrations, samples, and other fun activities. All ages. 9 am. to 3 pm. www.sdfarmbureau. org, or call (760) 745-3023.
9 The Muppets (Movies in Grape Day Park:) The History Center presents movies in Grape Day Park. 7pm activities, movie airs at dusk. Bring low-backed chairs or blanket, money for the snack bar, a sweater, and flashlight. Escondido History Center, 321 N. Broadway 92025. 760 743-8207 9 6th Annual Summers Past in the San Pasqual Valley The San Diego Archaeological Center and Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead invite families, youth groups and life-learners to relax, learn and have fun during the 6th Annual Summers Past in the San Pasqual Valley. Both the Center and Sikes Adobe will have interactive stations set up where participants can make Victorian sachets, punch leather items, rag dolls, create art with sidewalk chalk and play a game of jacks and marbles. Refreshments. No charge for San Diego Archaeological Center and
23 REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: “THE SHOW” Presented by Ariel’s Dance Studio. 1 pm. and 7 pm. $12-$20. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. artcenter.org 23 Happy Feet 2 (Movies in Grape Day Park-See page 41 for entire schedule) The History Center presents movies in Grape Day Park. 7pm activities, movie airs at dusk. Bring low backed chairs or blanket, money for the snack bar, a sweater, and flashlight. Escondido History Center, 321 N. Broadway 92025. 760 743-8207 30 WORKSHOP: WATERCOLOR CARDS with Rachelle Farber. 11 am. – 3 pm. Cost $40. Register on line. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760-480-4101 www.escondidoarts.org 30 RINCON LITERARIO Selected title is El tiempo entre costuras/The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. Suitable for adults. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4329
4 4TH OF JULY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Now in its 12th year, this fun-filled Fourth of July celebration draws crowds as large as 20,000 to see performances by local and regional bands, a spectacular finale by Marine Band San Diego, a dazzling light show and the best fireworks display in North County. Fireworks start at 9 pm. Free. Sponsored by American Legion, City of Escondido, California Center for the Arts Escondido and Escondido History Center. Great Green at the Center & Grape Day Park!
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7 STUDIO ARTISTS SHOW Exhibition of works by Distinction Gallery studio artists. Reception 6 – 10 pm. Exhibition runs thru August 4, 1012. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand, 760-781-5779. Distinctionart.com 8 SAN DIEGO NORTH COUNTY ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW The North San Diego County Antique and Collectible Show is the one-stop show of a variety of exquisite and hard-to-find items. Between 35-50 quality vendors from the San Diego area come together to sell their unique collections at this antique show on the second Sunday of every month from 9 am. - 3 pm. Free. Professional appraisals are available for $5.00 per item (limit 3 per guest). (760) 839-4140. Conference Center, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. artcenter.org 10 ASTRONOMY FOR EVERYONE Learn about the night sky from a renowned astronomer and former NASA consultant. 5:30-7:30 pm. Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4382 10 SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection is Trashy Chic by Cathy Lubenski. Suitable for Adults. 6 – 8:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4214 14 RECEPTIONS: Local Color, a juried exhibition; The PhotoArts Group; Expressions Artist Sherry Krulle-Beaton; and studio artists. 5:30 – 8 pm. Free. Exhibitions run thru August 3. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760-480-4101 www.escondidoarts.org 14 RECEPTION – GALLERY 262 Reception for local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm. Gallery 262, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery). 760-480-4101 28 RINCON LITERARIO Selected title is Sonar en Cubano/Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. Suitable for adults. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4329
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16 HISTORY MYSTERY CHALLENGE The
Center and the Escondido Arts Partnership with
Escondido History Center’s third annual History
funding from The San Diego Foundation. Grape Day
Mystery Challenge is a fun and lively scavenger hunt
Park. 760 743-8207 www.grapedaypark.org www.
for adults. Recruit your team for an evening riddled
escondidohistory.org (More info on page 39)
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10 RECEPTION: IMMORTALIZED: NOW AND
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THEN Fundraiser for Palomar College scholarships
25 RINCON LITERARIO Selected title is Cautiva/
and ArtHatch. 6 – 10 PM. Exhibition runs thru
Captive by Clara Rojas. Suitable for adults. Monthly
September. All artwork starts at $100. Advance
bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam
tickets $10, $15 at door. Distinction Gallery, 317 E.
Ruvinskis. 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido
Grand Avenue, 760-781-5779. Distinctionart.com
Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4329
11 Exhibitions: West Coast Fiber and
25 Grape Stomp 2012 Fun, friends, food and wine
4 kids day in the park FREE and open to all
Book Art Designing Weavers fiber artist collective;
at the19th annual Grape Stomp at Orfila Vineyards
Escondido residents at West Side Park, this event
The PhotoArts Group, and studio artists. Also,
& Winery Escondido on Saturday, August 25th, 2012
includes free food, games and prizes. Hosted by
Celebration of Arts Month San Diego. 5:30 – 8 pm.
from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. $85 per person (+ tax)
Westside Involved Neighbors and West Hillside
Free. Exhibitions run thru September 29. Escondido
includes wine tasting reception with hors d’oeuvres,
Neighborhood Group. Opportunity drawings,
Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. 760-480-4101
dinner buffet, grape stomping, live music, tractor rides
watermelon eating contest, basketball clinics, and much
and lots of FUN!
more. 10 am to 2 pm. 333 S. Spruce St. Info 760-735-
11 RECEPTION – GALLERY 262 Reception for
local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry
4 GLOW-IN-THE-PARK Don’t miss Glow-in-the-
and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm. Gallery 262, 262 E. Grand
Park, an innovative summer evening of art installations
Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery).
that will transform Grape Day Park. Visitors to the
event will be invited to interact and investigate art
14 SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s
installations that feature light, sound, film, florescence,
selection is Doc: a novel, by Mary Doria Russell.
water, fiber and inflatable art. The immersive art
Suitable for Adults. 6 – 8:30 pm. Board Room,
environment will be fun and interesting for all ages
Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia. 760-839-4214.
with opportunities to participate in art activities. 4
ONGOING TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET The Downtown Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market and Other Purveyors, an open-air, international marketplace is located in the heart of the historic Downtown Commercial and Antique District of Escondido, where local small farmers and California growers sell the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables (many organic), flowers, herbs, nuts, eggs and honey. You will also find gourmet chocolates, salsas, European breads, tamales, coffees, crafts, clothing and jewelry. Enjoy the tastes of the many ready-to-eat foods at the market or take them home for a great dinner! Tuesdays 2:30-6 pm. Information: 760-740-0602
Cruisin’ Grand Every Friday night from April through the end of September, from 5 to 9 pm. Downtown Escondido is packed with every type of fantastic classic vehicle imaginable, as well as a few surprises! If it will run, it will show up on Grand! Join car buffs and people watchers as they vie for the best view of the street, outdoor dining table, retro-dressed attendee! Don’t miss this amazing Southern California tradition. For details, contact Steve Waldron at Top End Tees: 760-746-8461.
SATURDAYS 2ND SATURDAYS Visit Downtown Escondido’s art and cultural scene every 2nd Saturday of the month. Participating venues are: Escondido Arts Partnership, Distinctions Gallery, The Artists’ Gallery, Gallery 262, Escondido Public Library Concert Series 40
Saturday Mountain Bike Ride Saturday mornings. Meet @ 7:30 am, leave at 8 am sharp! Meet at trailhead parking lot. Call Centre City Cycles for weekly ride location; 760. 746.3742; This ride is a no-drop ride, open to all age and all riding levels. Mostly Daley Ranch, Lake Hodges & Elfin Forest. Mountain Biking Classes & Rides SpinUR Wheels offers classes for the rider who knows how to ride bikes but just not confident on trails. Lake Hodges in Escondido. 8 am to 1 pm. Meet at the parking lot behind Chevron on Via Rancho Parkway, across from the mall. $100. Lunch and RevvNRG will be provided! Pay in advance to reserve your spot! Demo bikes available, thanks to TREK Bikes! Register:Michele Taylor at 760-8022757or Michele: firstname.lastname@example.org; www. spinurwheels.com
2012 Farm Tour Day Enjoy a rare opportunity to get a behind-thescenes look at how your food and flowers are grown in this third annual Farm Tour Day in North San Diego County. Guided walking tours led by the farmers themselves will take you through their unique farming operations and showcase a variety of the regionâ€™s agricultural specialties. This year, featured farms include indoor and blooming plants, cut flowers, berries, tree fruit, a vineyard and winery, freerange livestock, and more. Demonstrations, samples, and other fun activities will delight all ages. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.sdfarmbureau.org, or call (760) 745-3023. Farm Tour Day is June 16
by Wendy Wilson
low-in-the Park is an innovative summer evening of installation art that will transform Grape Day Park into an Art Park featuring works of art illuminating the space with light installations, inflatable art, film as well as performance, and environmental pieces. Glow-in-the Park takes place Saturday August 4th from 7pm – 11pm. The public is invited to ‘play’ in the park as we transition from hot twilight to cool evening. Produced by the Escondido History Center in association with the Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery and sponsored by the San Diego Foundation, this free event highlights the diversity of contemporary artists working in our region as well introducing the park to large-scale installation art. Grape Day Park comes to life at night inviting visitors to interact and investigate everything that is fun about summer in our region. Art installations will feature light, sound, film, fluorescence, water, fiber and inflatable art. “This innovative project, the first of its kind in Escondido will bring new and returning people to our community park” said Wendy Barker, Executive Director of the History Center. “It’s hot in August, so
it is a great time to enjoy the cool evening and be part of a one of a kind art happening.” “This event allows exposure to innovative participatory art and activities which widen the understanding of the power of art to enlighten and engage,” says Wendy Wilson, Executive Director of the Escondido Arts Partnership. Hundreds of artists will be collaborating and experimenting to create one-of-a-kind installations.” Sections of the park will be overseen by “curators” who include local artists such as Michael McGaugh, who is the art teacher at Classical Academy High School located near Grape Day Park. Michael specialized in inflatable art while at CSULong Beach, “How often do we get the opportunity to show large-scale inflatable art? The park is a perfect venue for large-scale work.” Yarnbombers who construct space through the use of fiber will be on hand, as well as performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians who specialize in sculpting environments with sound. For more information about Glow-in-the-Park, see the website or facebook page for either the Escondido History Center (www.escondidohistory.org) or Escondido Municipal Gallery (www.escondidoarts.org). Glo In The Park Saturday, August 4th from 7pm – 11pm Grape Day Park
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