Escondido City Magazine Spring 2014

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COVER The agave was photographed by Mary Waring, an original member of the PhotoArts Group and president of the organization in 2008. She is a member of Women in Creative Photography, Escondido Arts Partnership, and Museum of Photographic art. Her Photo of the new Palomar Medical Center courtesy of David Cox, DPR Construction.

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Kathy Rubesha, President Rubesha Properties, LLC

Kenneth Altschuler, M.D.

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The doctors of AHP Family Medicine Escondido have been providing care in this community for more than 50 years and are committed to excellence. Our new office is conveniently located on Valley Parkway in downtown Escondido, directly across from the Palomar Health Downtown Campus.

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Staff: Dan Forster CEO Connie Braun Accountant Marie Pegram Farmers’ Market Manager

Escondido CITY Magazine is published quarterly by the Escondido Downtown Business Association (eDBA), a 501(c) (6) non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, created in 1962. The eDBA is a membershipbased organization with a volunteer Board of Directors and numerous committees dedicated to cultivating a vibrant, historic Downtown. The eDBA’s mission is to create and nurture a healthy economic and cultural environment through community, culture and commerce. The eDBA will consider submissions of articles deemed to be of interest to our readership. Advertising: Contact Tif Zimmer at 602.574.8932 or

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Copy Editor Chris Anderson Contributors: Julie Drexler Desmarais Leigh Ann Dewey Patrick Flynn Heather Harshman Maria Marks Tehara Tweed Norma Wadell

Arch Health Partners (AHP) is growing to meet your needs! With the opening of Arch Health Partners Family Medicine Escondido and the addition of seven family medicine physicians, AHP is bringing high-quality health care to you.

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Plus, by choosing an AHP primary care physician there’s no longer a need to travel to the coast for emergency or hospital services. All AHP patients have access to the New Palomar Medical Center, as well as all other Palomar Health facilities. Whether you are currently a patient of one of our new providers, or if you are looking for a new primary care physician that offers personal comprehensive care in your neighborhood, choose Arch Health Partners. Visit or call 760.294.2266.

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DAY TRIPS A look at San Elijo Hills and Elfin Forest



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sm{ART} Festival returns to Escondido

40 CALENDAR What’s happening in and around Escondido



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22 Local wedding venues What the nearby ranches and estates offer for the big day STORY JULIE DREXLER DESMARAIS



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A Chocolate Confession Yet, when left alone with the chocolates, I still found myself picking up one of the white boxes. Surprisingly heavy, the refrigerated cardboard gave off the faint, unmistakable scent of dark chocolate. At this point, though, I was still following instructions. I had not yet tasted the exquisite combination of deep, rich chocolate and delicate sweetness of the famed Chuao hearts; I hadn’t yet eaten 3 in a row, one after another, turning my head away so I wouldn’t be noticed.

I blame the very first chocolate festival. My husband and I had just opened a design store on Escondido’s Grand Avenue, and he had signed us up as a “Tasting Location.” The morning of the event, we received 4 smooth, white boxes, each about the size of a large shoe box. We also received our instructions: the white boxes held exactly 300 chocolates, we were told, and 300 attendees were expected. The implication was obvious.

The top of the box slid up reluctantly before suddenly releasing. And there they were: a tray of perfect, glossy, 1” wide chocolate hearts, each nestled into its own immaculate square. I couldn’t help but tip up the corner of the tray, and as I did, I counted 5 more full trays underneath. There were so many layers, so much chocolate. I now know that I was overwhelmed, and no longer rational. A table sign identified the chocolatier as a local boutique with an unpronounceable name, “Chuao.” Some things, perhaps, it’s better not to know; some things

are better left untouched. It’s been said that sharing chocolate is like sharing a deep secret, an intimate gift; so is it really so hard to understand? It was later in the day, when I saw the event coming to a close, that I did the only thing possible, the thing we all want to do when faced with such wealth, such richness, such a surplus of sweetness: I squirreled half a tray of the hearts into the back fridge of our store. There, the story’s out: my sweet, deep descent is secret no longer. I blame the Chocolate Festival. If you would like to blame the Chocolate Festival too, you can do so by attending on February 8th from 1 to 5:30 pm Downtown Escondido. Check in will be at the Maple Street Plaza beginning at 1 pm. Check the website for ticket sales at www. Sponsored by: Design Moe Kitchen & Bath Hosted by the Escondido Downtown Business Association.


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“Come & Make Pretty Stuff” at The Making Place By Leigh Ann Dewey

Owner Cheryl Ciuffreda opened the shop last October. The family business is managed by daughter Nicole Moody, whose husband Jason, sister Jennifer Brouwer, and father Michael also help out.

If you’re a crafter -- if you unleash your creativity using paper, paints, inks, glitter, ribbon, beads, bangles, fabric and other mediums – you’ll want to check out this new Escondido business. The Making Place, in the Felicita Village Center at 330 W. Felicita Ave., Suite B-4, is quickly becoming a mecca for experienced artists and beginners who want to learn how to make paper craft, mixed-media projects, greeting cards, scrapbooks, jewelry, and other crafty creations.




“While it is an arts and crafts supply store, The Making Place offers much more. With no independently owned shop like it in Escondido,” Ciuffreda said. “It fills a gap for many crafters who appreciate having a local place to buy supplies, discover their hidden talents, and meet others who share their interests. “The shop carries the most popular lines of paper, embellishments, stamps, inks, paints, adhesives, die cutting and embossing supplies, glitter, sewing notions, fabric, ribbon and trims, home décor gifts, and craft magazines and books,” she said. Beyond its merchandise, The Making Place lives up to its name by offering crafters a place to practice their skills at on-site

classes and work stations offered to groups of four or more who reserve time to craft together at the shop. Ciuffreda said the atmosphere and décor of the store itself also set it apart. She and her daughters “decided to create an edgy but feminine place” that allows shoppers to relax on the sofa and chairs in the store’s “living room,” or on vintage tables and chairs outside. Listening to warm, inviting music, “they can have a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or iced tea and gaze at the shabby, industrial chic surroundings full of vintage pieces,” she said. “They’ll never see another shop like this.” The Making Place 330 W. Felicita Ave, Ste B-4 • 760-739-8605 In the Felicita Shopping Center


New Developments

Chick-fil-A The Escondido Planning Commission recently approved construction of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. The 2,908-square-foot eatery will be located in the Promenade Shopping Center near the Target store at 1290 Auto Parkway. Plans call for the demolition of an existing building on the site, which previously housed El Pollo Loco and La Salsa restaurants. City planner Jay Paul said there is no expected completion date for the project. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A currently has eight restaurants in San Diego County, including locations in Encinitas, Oceanside and San Marcos.

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Black Angus A new Black Angus Steakhouse restaurant has received final approval from the Escondido Planning Commission and will be located in the Westfield North County mall, 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway, near the On the Border restaurant. Plans call for construction of a new 7,989-square-foot facility, which would feature a bar and outdoor patio area. Headquartered in Los Altos, Black Angus has three other restaurants in San Diego County. According to the city’s planning department, there is no expected completion date for construction.

Hemingway Cigars Have a cigar. If you visit Hemingway Cigars, one of Escondido’s newest businesses, you can choose from more than 500 varieties of them. The shop carries popular brands, including La Aurora, Ashton, Padron, Black Market, Rocky Patrol, and Montecristo. They are stored in a walkin humidor to preserve their quality. But cigars are only part of what the shop has to offer. Hemingway carries a large selection of pipe and roll-your-own tobacco, fruit-flavored hookah tobacco, e-cigarettes and traditional cigarette packs. Hookahs of all shapes and sizes, vaporizers, personal humidors, lighters, ash trays, cigarette holders, high-end wooden pipes, and rolling machines are some of the accessories available. The shop opened in September in the Felicita Village center, between Major Market and Rite-Aid, and is gaining a loyal group of customers who make the store one of their regular stops. Hemingway Cigars 1835-L South Centre City Parkway • 760-747-1599

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2014 Art Scholarship Program Announcement The Escondido Art Association has announced its 2014 Art Scholarship Program and invites graduating seniors currently enrolled in any Escondido-based high school to apply. A total of $1,000 in Scholarship money will be awarded: $500-First Place, $300-Second Place, and $200-Third Place. In order to compete, students must: (1) fill out a Scholarship Application/Entry Form; (2) obtain a letter of validation from their scholarship coordinator/art teacher; (3) write an essay about their interest in art; and (4) submit three pieces of artwork (at least one original.) All Scholarship materials are available at Application drop off deadline is March 3, 2014, from 2-6 p.m. Winners will be notified by March 6th, and accepted artwork will remain on exhibit through the month of March. A Reception/Awards Ceremony will take place at the Artists Gallery on Saturday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., with the awards being presented at 6:00 p.m. Winners of the cash awards must be present. For more information please call (760) 743-6634 or (760) 745-3585, or visit www. The event is sponsored, once again, by a grant from the Stensrud Foundation.

Lobo’s Country Store Returns Seven years after Witch Creek Fires’ Destruction Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, and after many years of hard work following the devastation that was the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, the legendary oasis previously known as the San Pasqual Store is returning with a new name and desire to survive. Owners Chris and Jeannette McBrearty have recently re-opened what is now called Lobo’s Country Store, the store name dedicated to the wild dog that lost his life to the evil Witch. Promoting the warmth of community that the San Pasqual Valley is known for, the store is hosting First Friday Markets. From 3 – 7 pm on the first Friday of every month you will find tasty food, local crafters / artisans and live music! And watch for their quarterly Spring and Summer markets on Saturdays! Offering both convenience store items and unique gifts / vintage household items the store is open from 11 am – 6 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Lobo’s Country Store 17314 San Pasqual Valley Rd • 760-317-9034

Cathy Carey Open Studio Tour to Benefit Escondido Humane Society


Local Escondido artist Cathy Carey has opened her studio twice a year for fifteen years to neighbors and friends to view her latest creations. Last spring she included the Escondido Humane Society as a beneficiary of her annual studio tour, to honor her love of animals and to bring help to the organization. She does so again this year.

Tuscany to southwestern vistas of horses and mountains. No matter the subject, you can tell a Cathy Carey painting from the vivid color and the spirit of joy you feel when you see them. Many of her subjects originate in her garden which is an acre of hilltop overlooking the gorgeous Lake Hodges area of North San Diego, a hidden gem.

On Saturday, April 26 Sunday, the 27th, from 10 am - 4 pm, you can meet Cathy, view her latest work, stroll the beautiful gardens and support the animals at the Escondido Humane Society. The event will include delicious appetizers and tasty beverages. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to support the Escondido Humane Society.

Cathy Carey is an award winning Escondido artist, who was educated at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. She has exhibited her paintings nationally and regularly shows in the Escondido Municipal Gallery. Her paintings are represented at Gallery 104 in San Clemente, Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.

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New Downtown Diner Serves Up Abundant Nostalgia and Classic American Food Anyone who enjoys nostalgia and classic American food should check out the Metro Diner. Opened in October, the Metro is the newest Escondido business to set up shop in the space formerly occupied by the Metaphor Café and Chippy’s Diner at Second Avenue and Juniper Street. The atmosphere is decidedly ‘50, with jukebox-style music, wall-posted checkered racing flags, and posters of “I Love Lucy,” James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. The menu offers a variety of selections and breakfast is served all day. If you’re in the mood for an omelet, choices include cheese, Spanish, Denver, Parisian, and country-fried steak varieties served with a pancake, toast, or hash browns. Choose from 15 types of burgers and a wide

selection of sandwiches and salads. Appetizers are also on the menu. Keeping with its ‘50s theme, specialties include milkshakes, malts, sundaes and ice cream cones. Metro Diner 258 E. Second Avenue • 760-270-5429

In with the new: School Breathes New Life Into Escondido Landmark By Julie Drexler Desmarais

After a year of negotiations, The Classical Academy charter school has finalized the purchase of the old North County Times building, including all the buildings on the block and the parking lot across the street. The campus will provide classroom space for the Academy’s on-site high school instruction four days a week, and will house the finance and human resource departments that support all four North County Classical Academies schools. The site had been occupied by the Escondido Times-Advocate beginning in the 1950s and became the headquarters for the North County Times when it was spawned from the merger of the Times-Advocate and the North County Blade-

Citizen in 1997. The old printing press and other equipment were removed months ago, making room for renovations that will transform the space into labs, a library, auditorium, and offices. “The entire inside of the building will be gutted, leaving the external shell,” says Cameron Curry, the Executive Director of the Classical Academies. “How it looks now will be completely transformed. No one will even recognize the building inside from how it used to be.” The renovations are due to complete in August, in time to open the doors to students for the 20142015 school year. After such a long process, Curry is excited to be moving forward. “This is a dream realized and a goal achieved!”

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“The first house we saw in Del Dios, we bought,” says Brian, 44, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. “It’s a little time capsule down there....”

concession on Lake Hodges. Somewhere along the way, he turned to music.

“We have this great little community. You feel like you are in the country, but you are five minutes from Home Depot and Albertson’s and half an hour from the beach.”

“That’s the weird thing,” Brian says. “I picked up a guitar. I’d never touched one until I was 29. Before I knew it, I had a band – Highland Way. It’s bizarre.”

It’s also minutes away from O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub on Grand Avenue where Brian performs most Tuesdays and Sundays.

He makes his living performing locally and at festivals around the country.

On top of that, it’s an easy drive from the Caldwell home to The San Diego Zoo Safari Park where 45-year-old Kim, an animal training supervisor, has worked since 2002. “I love Escondido,” Kim says. “I have everything I need.” The couple has been married for more than 20 years after meeting by chance in a Pacific Beach bar. “I think we are one of the few couples that met in a bar and actually stayed together,” Kim says with a laugh. Brian says that after graduating from college in Scotland with an engineering degree, he planned to travel the world. After traversing Europe with a friend, he came to the states and San Diego County. “The plan was to stay here for three and four months, then on to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. I didn’t make it. I met my wife and that was the end of that,” Brian said. When the couple met, Brian was building boats. With a windsurfing background in Scotland, he ended up running the now defunct windsurfing




“It’s audience driven,” he says. “We do everything from real classic Celtic stuff to popular music. We’ll do a bit of Johnny Cash, the Beatles … anything that pays the bills. Every year we suddenly put on green hats and become Irish in March.” For her part, Kim says her love of animals probably “goes back to the womb.” “When I was a little girl, I’d go out and catch a mouse in the garage and try to make it a pet,” she says. “I’m surprised I even have a human friend.” While Kim and Brian each grew up hiking and camping, he did not

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Thomas Nolan, a manager and bartender at O’Sullivan’s who has worked with Brian on Sunday nights for seven years or more, is a fan not just of the music, but of the Escondido couple. “I know Brian a lot better, but I know Kim, too,” he said. “I think they’re awesome. She ran through here on Halloween in her honey badger outfit.”

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It’s all part of the package for the Caldwells. “Our lives aren’t boring,” Kim says. “We’re just lucky we get to do the things we do.”


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Choosing your dentist is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to your health. At Dr. Kerbs office we are working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dental care. Dr. Kerbs is highly trained to provide you with excellent natural-looking cosmetic dentistry while focusing on full mouth health and prevention. Dr. Kerbs utilizes the highest quality materials that promote health and long lasting results. Dr. Kerbs has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years in San Diego and has perfected his technique during this time with thousands of hours of continuing education, and achieving accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Kerbs office offers Laser Gum Treatments and Laser Dentistry, Dental Implants, Esthetic Dentures, Invisalign, Braces, Safe Mercury Filling Removal, Metal Free Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Sleep Apnea Therapy, TMJ Treatment, and Teeth Whitening. Please call 760.746.3663 to make an appointment or visit to find out how you can have a more healthy and beautiful smile.

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Vintage Treasures:

Restored beauties show off history Story by Norma Waddell Photos by Tehara Tweed

It’s spring and among the many splendid things happening in Escondido is the annual Mother’s Day Home Tour put on by the Old Escondido Historic District. The five homes featured this year, which will be announced as the tour draws closer, are like the proverbial box of chocolates. You may not know what you’re going to get but they are guaranteed to be a treat. Looking back at some of the past homes on the tour, you will understand why it has become a local favorite to mothers, daughters, sons and fathers alike. We’ll also look at the group that puts on the event and how they are changing Escondido for the better. The Old Escondido Historic District, a non-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of the city’s oldest neighborhood. By helping local homeowners maintain the historical integrity of their homes, they have helped improve the area as a whole. Homes within the boundaries of 5th and 13th Avenue to the north and south, and Chestnut Street Right, craftsman-style home on Juniper shows off a wraparound porch and rock-covered pillars. Below, a wrought iron gate leads to another beauty on Juniper.




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originally designed for the Prime Minister of Australia. Throughout the house there are authentic period pieces, including a fireplace grate from the home of Ulysses S. Grant. The home was on last year’s tour, and an authentic tea was served in its garden. Homeowners have not only embraced restoration by rejuvenating their houses, they have enhanced their gardens as well by adding everything from arbors replicating Victorian design to eclectic water features using recycled concrete. Other renovated homes in the neighborhood include a supposed “haunted house,” a bordello that had its own liquor license, a former school house, and the home of the “Black Widow,” a house on East 9th where Mrs. Black supposedly killed her drunken husband in the early 1950s. She claimed he’d fallen on the knife while making a sandwich in his drunken state, uttering his last words, “Where’s the mustard?” Mrs. Black received one to 10 years in prison but still inherited the house. Not all the homes offer such colorful or dramatic histories. One house was featured in a Sparklett’s water commercial in 2002 because they believed the neighborhood and the house “typified America.” This meant it included homes ranging in price and size, and with homeowners and renters from a variety of ethnicities and incomes. This is still true today. If you would like more information about Old Escondido, check out the Old Escondido Historic District’s website, www.oldescondido. org. Also be sure to visit the website in April to buy your tickets for this year’s Historic Home Tour. They are $20 if bought in advance or $25 if purchased the day of the event. You can buy them either online or at Rosemary Duff Florist on 2nd and Broadway. The tour and Escondido Boulevard to the east and west, are part of the Old Escondido neighborhood. When a new homeowner purchases a home takes place on Sunday, May 11. in the area, they are given a welcome packet congratulating them and offering advice on how to reduce property taxes, research their home’s history, and just be a good neighbor. Above, left, the Hick House, located at 7th and Broadway, was built in

Owning a home in the area has become so desirable they are rarely 1887 and has been nicely restored.The Beach House, below, was built in available for sale, according to local Old Escondido president Carol Rea. 1889. Restored and currently listed for sale, the Beach House is located at Styles vary among the 860 homes. They include Victorian Italianate, 700 South Juniper Avenue. Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, bungalows, and mid-century modern. One home was designed by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lloyd Wright, who was also the inventor of Lincoln Logs. Designed and built by laborers, as well as captains of industry, each home tells a different story. Like the houses built by Hartley Henderson, a carpenter who worked as a mail carrier for 36 years. Mr. Henderson built his family’s home and later several rental properties. He built a home for his father in 1927 and rented it to him for $20 a month. Another highlight is that several of the homes in the neighborhood have cellars and basements, not something you see too often in California. One of the most popular homes is the Beach House, located at 701 S. Juniper. The stately Queen Anne-style home was built in 1896 by Albert Beach, a real estate broker and insurance agent, and his wife. It was restored 10 years ago to include ornate period wallpaper. One of the richly patterned papers includes scenes from nature and was 20



Designed and built by laborers, as well as captains of industry, each home tells a different story.

Above, a dog peeks from the upstairs window as the homeowner works at her desk in this old, red barn in the alley behind Ivy Street. At right, another home on Juniper boasts crisp gray and white paint and multi-paned windows underneath its sloping roof.




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North CountyStyle Story by Julie Drexler Desmarais

From elegant affairs at private estates to rustic farmstyle settings, North County has the perfect spot to say “I do”. When conjuring images of San Diego wedding venues, many think of sandy beaches and views of the Bay, but North County is proving there’s more to San Diego than its coastline.

your surroundings are absolutely gorgeous and it feels perfectly normal to bring in chandeliers, Chiavari chairs, and china.” Couples can say “I do” in several locations throughout the property, all with sweeping views of the mountains. Guests can dine poolside or around the tiled fountain in the outdoor pavilion under the stars and twinkling lights. One of the highlights of an event at the Ranch is the culinary talent of Chef Patrick Ponsaty of Bellamy’s Restaurant in Escondido. Chef Ponsaty, a fifth-generation French chef, brings the prestige of multiple Michelin Stars and over 30 years of experience to his culinary preparations which are inspired by coastal Mediterranean flavors.

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is a historic site situated on 144 acres of trails and rough-hewn beauty in the heart of the San Pasqual Valley. Originally purchased in 1870, the property has grown to be as large as 4000 acres, much of which is now home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The main lodge was the first structure in San Diego County to be built by the famed Weir Brothers, and was constructed using locally sourced adobe bricks and beams originating from the San Diego pier. Nine additional cottages offer cozy yet comfortable and stylish accommodations for overnight guests.

While the Ranch has only been hosting weddings for two years, its popularity has spread quickly and they are already booking events into 2015. According to Trimm, “I would suggest calling for an appointment the day after you say ‘Yes’!” 16251 Bandy Canyon Road, Escondido •

The property and structures have recently undergone a multimilliondollar renovation to cater to all occasions, and includes a full equestrian center. Gilly, the Ranch’s “famous” white horse, is available to bring the bride by carriage down the eucalyptus-lined path for her grand entrance. Weddings at the Ranch have a “rustic elegance,” says Director of Corporate Sales Kristen Trimm. “While you are on a ‘ranch’, at the same time, the beauty and splendor of

Keys Creek Lavender Farm At Keys Creek Lavender Farm, couples can say their vows surrounded by the wafting fragrance of over 20 varieties of lavender, and overlooking fields of purple blossoms. Long revered for its healing and calming properties, lavender not only adds an aesthetic element to the day but a soothing one as well. Guests at the Farm can expect a relaxed but gracefully appointed event. Weddings at the




Weddings Farm have a “country, rustic, chabby chic” vibe, says Events Specialist Connie Roberts, but “each event is unique unto itself. Guests create the feel they are looking for.” A working lavender farm for over 20 years, the Farm incorporates lavender into any and every aspect the couple desires, from the décor to the bouquets to the menu. Peak bloom season is May and June, but the gardens, property, and views provide a scenic setting for weddings year-round. Situated on over eight acres of picturesque property in the foothills of Palomar Mountain, the farm can accommodate up to 190 guests from as early as 7:30 am. to 11 pm. The property features a pool and deck for the reception, and soft lighting for the evening hours. Couples are offered the use of the bridal barn for preparation and dressing, and have the option of retiring to the Lavender Loft after the event where they will enjoy a cozy, romantic evening and a light breakfast of lavender scones in the morning. 12460 Keys Creek Road,Valley Center • D Park Photography

Los Willows Set among 55 acres in the foothills of Fallbrook, Los Willows offers the luxurious feel of an Italian estate. At the entrance of the property, Fields of lavender bring color and fragrance to weddings at Keys Lavender Farm (top left and background photo). At right, bride strikes a pose at Orfila. SPRING 2014



Swans on the lake and spectacular grounds are part of the magic of Enchanted Forest Weddings (above).Wedding couples enjoy tender moments in the vineyards at Orfila (left and opposite).Tables set up for outdoor dining at Bandy Canyon Ranch (center left) and at Orfila (bottom left).The bride arrives in her horse and carriage at Enchanted Forest Weddings (bottom right)

guests are escorted past a stonTuscan-style fountain and onto an expanse of green lawn leading up to a gazebo overlooking a natural spring-fed lake flanked by wide walkways and lined with oaks. Hills surrounding the area don rows of mature, trellised vineyards from which up to a thousand cases of syrah and viognier are bottled annually by the estate’s private label. Brides are offered a dramatic arrival by horse-drawn carriage, or by the venue’s signature entrance across the lake by boat, set to music of their choice. The groom may also arrive in style, riding in a small red roadster alongside the lake accompanied by the best man. Due to the size and privacy of the property, Los Willows has accommodated all manner of traditions 24



and ceremonies in its 25 years of weddings. Some of the most exotic, says Wedding Director Liza Isacsson, have included animals such as a camel and an elephant. Up to 250 guests can dance the night away in the wedding pavilion draped with chiffon and adorned with a 6-foot Swarovski crystal chandelier. The property also features a luxury bed and breakfast that is only open for the private use of the wedding guests. Guests may select up to five guest rooms named after Italian cities, all boasting king-size beds, balconies, and private baths. The B&B is fully appointed with generous common dining and living areas. A full-service salon for the bridal party is located downstairs and includes a sauna and steam shower as well as

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hair, makeup, and manicure stations. After the event, the bride and groom can retire to La Dolce Vita suite and wake up to a champagne breakfast served on a private balcony. Owners Al Ransom, a retired colonel for the Marines, and his wife Cathie are particularly sensitive to the military community. When couples need to postpone their events due to deployment, they are happy to accommodate them. Los Willows and its vendors have also provided two weddings free of charge to Wounded Warriors. “It’s a good way to give back,” says Isacsson. “Los Willows supports the troops.” 530 Stewart Canyon Road • Orfila Vineyards Orfila Vineyards has been the destination of hundreds of weddings over the past 15 years, and it is no surprise why. Nestled in the hills of the San Pasqual Valley, its 7026



acre estate provides countless photographic opportunities, from rows of vines laden with 10 varieties of grapes, to dramatic mountains, to the barrel room containing its many awardwinning wines. Weddings usually take place on the lawn overlooking the vines against the contrasting mountain landscape. Brides make their grand entrance down the grape arbor as up to 300 attendees look on. After the ceremony, guests are invited to the arbor for a cocktail hour, followed by a grand reception in an elegant tent pavilion. Orfila books weddings year round, but those who want to say their vows when the grapes are on the vine may want to plan a date in the summer months before the fall harvest. 13455 San Pasqual Road •

Enchanted Forest Weddings This dramatic property and its fantasy-inspired features more than live up to its name. Acres of private property surrounded by views of the mountains provide a serene and private backdrop to this magical site. A spring-fed lake, complete with a pair of elegant white swans, is ensconced in lush greenery and trees and features lamp-lit paths and a waterfall. In keeping with an authentic Renaissance feel, the bride and groom have his-and-hers dressing quarters located in small castles, and the property is lined with stone masonry, manicured hedges, and medieval style décor. Guests can be served beer and wine at the Me Tail’s A Dragon Pub and current renovations will provide a large outdoor fireplace as an additional location to enjoy the evening hours. A venue such as this is not conceived overnight. “It’s been a labor of love,” says


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Venue Coordinator Carol Carlson, that has taken shape over many years and continues to evolve. The property owners, a married couple who wish to remain anonymous, first began developing the property as their own private estate 25 years ago. They consulted with Disney Imagineers to learn techniques of how to develop their land into a fairytale world in which to spend their lives. However, after hosting an anniversary party years ago, friends were awed by the setting and suggested they open their property up to weddings, and the idea of Enchanted Forest Weddings was born. If this venue hasn’t come up in your wedding research, it is not a surprise. The owners do not advertise their services outside of their own website, and they keep the actual location of the estate under wraps to guard their privacy. Interested couples are welcome to visit their website and submit an inquiry

to see if they are a mutual fit. As Carlson imparts, “We love what we do, and we have an unbelievably beautiful place for people to start their lives.” Located in the De Luz Valley between Fallbrook and Temecula

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Venue and wedding photos, opposite and above (from far left): A tender post-wedding moment at Los Willows by Shadowcatcher Imagery; wedding cake under the canopy, overlooking the vineyard at Orfila; Showing off festive feet and swinging bride and groom at Bandy Canyon Ranch (opposite and above).

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Over the Hill and Through the Forest to an Enchanted Day Trip in North County

Day Trippin’ to San Elijo

Story by Heather Harshman Photos by Tehara Tweed

Many people never wonder what exists in San Marcos beyond the peak of South Twin Oaks Valley Road. They don’t venture past Lake Hodges to investigate what lies to its west. They don’t think to drive the windy roads behind the Auto Park Way shopping area to see what wonders can be found. Life doesn’t seem to take people to that realm of North County, but perhaps it should, in the form of a day trip. A fun yet relaxing day can be had by singles, families, older, and younger people alike by beginning in San Elijo, then venturing through the Elfin Forest, and returning to Escondido by Harmony Grove Road. To begin your journey, enjoy the magnificent views as you crest South Twin Oaks Valley Road. It turns into San Elijo Road as it descends into San Elijo Hills, a newer development that is largely residential, yet has a number of attractions to keep you entertained. Just before you reach the main part of San Elijo Hills, turn left on Questhaven Road. Follow it to its end at the Questhaven Retreat which is described as a refuge for the Spirit, a place of indescribable peace, and a spiritual training center of Christian Mysticism. Its 655 acres are open

to the public for activities such as hiking, meditation in the labyrinth, and attending the Sunday church service. Be sure to check in at the office before meandering your way through the grounds, so they know who is on the property for safety purposes. Next, continue south on San Elijo Road for a short distance to the town center. You’ll know you’ve reached it when the road splits and you see rows of liquidambar trees by a delightful tri-level fountain in the town square. Park on the street by the fountain and wander past the birds of paradise and agapanthus in the square before crossing to the other branch of San Elijo Road. There you’ll discover a Visitor Center where you can pick up a guide for the eighteen miles of hiking and biking trails, learn about free special events in the town square, and find out about the area. The Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information can also be found through Facebook, Twitter, and Just across Elfin Forest Road you’ll stumble upon Relm, a wine bar offering 18 to 24 wine glass pours each day and some craft beers. Any three of the wines can be tasted for $12. Enjoy a cheese board, flat bread, pasta, sandwich, or salad with

your beverage in the tastefully decorated interior that has rebar wine racks, or on the brick patio with tarp coverings and pots of bamboo. Should time allow, you can wander into Paint Your Own Pottery & Glass Studio, where walk-ins are welcome. There you’ll pay a $6 studio fee, then select a ceramic piece to cover with a design of your choosing. You can linger until 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, but women can stay for ladies night on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. If you like the store on Facebook, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Arrive on a Tuesday, and two people can share one studio fee. Friday is 3’s-a-crowd day when three or more in a group pay only $3 per person. Learn more and check out their events calendar at www.acolorfuluniverse. com. Further down the street you’ll find Yogurt Utopia, where you can sample flavors such as cookies-n-cream, cake batter, pistachio, raspberry, mango tango sorbet, and dolce de leche, while sipping on a flavored coffee. Coat your frozen delight with Captain Crunch cereal, sour worms, Reese’s Pieces, granola, almonds, yogurt chips, or a number of other toppings. Other options include an acai bowl, smoothie, or energy drink. Happy hour is 20% off your order 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. If pizza’s your thing, try a pulled pork, buffalo chicken, or chicken pesto pie at Hendo’s Local Pizza & Pints, also on San Elijo Road. If you’re more of a wing person, choose from six flavors, including sweet chili, teriyaki, and

(Left) The liquidambar tree-lined streets of San Elijo Hills. (Right) Relm, a wine bar offering eighteen to twenty-four wine glass pours each day. 28







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Hendo’s hot. The pizzeria has twelve beer taps that rotate weekly. Sign up for their email list to learn about the once-per-month beer night. When your belly is full, make your way down Elfin Forest Road to Harmony Grove Road where you’ll find the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. It’s a 784acre area with about eleven miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, picnic areas, and scenic mountain view points. Some of the native plants found at the Reserve include oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. Free interpretive nature walks are offered the second, third, and fourth Sundays of each month at 10 a.m. If you’re interested in a leisurely two to three hour walk with a naturalist and tracker, join Mike Gibbs the first Sunday of each month at 8:30 a.m. to learn about animal signs and tracking. Additional information about the Reserve can be found at elfin-forest-recreational-reserve. If you want to peruse others’ thoughts on the Reserve, read the more than fifty reviews on that give the Reserve a 4.5 out of 5 rating. For the last part of your journey, continue down Harmony Grove Road to the Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association, located on thirteen acres in a beautiful oak tree grove. The Association was formed and incorporated in 1896. It hosts events such as an 30



annual blanket making party, Thanksgiving dinner, a murder mystery dinner, a psychic fair the first Saturday of each month, a Halloween masquerade potluck, and healing services. It also has pet friendly cabin rentals.

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If you’re a cyclist, doing the above-described 19 mile loop in the reverse direction will reward you with forty-plus miles per hour of speed down South Twin Oaks Valley Road before turning right onto East Barham Road, and following West Mission Road back to Escondido. Another idea is to catch Questhaven Road from Harmony Grove Road and continue on the trail to Questhaven Retreat, since the road no longer goes through to San Elijo Hills. The trail is manageable on a road or mountain bike. Whether you drive or cycle your way through this day trip, you’ll enjoy areas of North County that are yet to be discovered by most. It will make for a unique, satisfying experience that begs to be repeated.

(Opposite page, top to bottom) The mediation labyrinth at Questhaven Retreat; Stoked, another restaurant option in San Elijo Hills; Paint Your Own Pottery & Glass Studio where you select a ceramic piece to cover with a design of your choosing. Above, one of many picturesque sites that can be found when hiking in the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.


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Considering solar for your home?

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Story by Norma Waddell

So you’re thinking about solar for your home. It makes sense. Living in southern California affords us with sunshine a little more than 70% of the year, one of the highest in the country. Solar power is clean and green and sunshine is free. The technology is sound and it has been around long enough to know what to expect. Yet, you still haven’t taken the plunge. Why? It’s complicated. Understanding and ultimately deciding on solar is complicated, but we will try to offer a course of action that will make it easier to understand. Solar power is the process of converting sunlight into energy. To explain how it works would require us to go back to high school science and the movement of positive and negative electrons or the photoelectric process. Suffice it to say, it works. Photovoltacic panels, which are glass panels lined with silicon and other minerals, convert said sunlight into energy. Different combinations of silicon and other minerals have proven to be the most efficient method used to date. Solar thermal panels are also popular but are used for heating water for water heaters and 32



The way it works is, based on your past usage; the contractor will come up with a system size. The size will break down into how much energy you need to generate to sustain your household without using the energy from SDG&E. The reality is that, at some point, you will need to buy your energy, but with a solar-powered system, it will be a lot less and you can even generate enough energy that they will owe you money.

later date. They bank the excess energy. They also send you weekly emails updating you on your usage. Should you have an excess in your account, they will buy the energy back from you at $.04 per watt. So you agree that solar is a good idea, but still don’t know how to get started. First, contact a license solar contractor and have them walk you through the process of determining what a system would cost you.

You can look at the difference adding solar power can make by going to the Center for Sustainable Energy website, http://energycenter. org/california-solar-initiative/homeowners. Using the Electric Rate Analyzer program, you can input your monthly usage or cost and it will show you how solar energy will change that by turning the dial in the center from 0 to 20. The goal would be to get 100% of your usage at the lowest possible rate.

When homeowner Colleen Pescatore and her husband wanted to upgrade their home, they chose a contractor they had used and trusted. They wanted to decrease their monthly electric bill and increase the efficiency of their home. They also hoped to purchase an electric car in the future. So when Lublin Construction became part of Swan Solar, as Colleen said, “it was a no brainer.” They added a 24-panel array half on their house and half on their newly built barn. It was exciting to see the meter running backwards.

So what happens to the energy when you don’t use it? SDG&E holds it for you. In essence they put it into a bank account for you to use at a

Things the contractor will have to take into consideration in providing you with bids are the roof area you have available, south-facing panels





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are the best, West is the second best. Do you have a large expanse of roof or several smaller roofs at varying levels? Is there shading around your home? Trees, other homes, commercial buildings, and mountains all can play a role in determining the cost of your system. Next, based on your current use, they will look at how many panels you’ll need. This can get tricky, because not all panels are alike. Just like any appliance or product you buy, each manufacturer varies in quality, price and efficiency. For example, one make from a particular company may only offer 100 watts of energy while another can offer 250 watts. Since you’ll use fewer panels with the one that offers higher output, it may make more sense to go with the better quality. You’ll want to look at the warranties offered by the panel manufacturers and the contractor, as well. Solar panels are typically installed on a roof. Proper installation requires them to be bolted into the roof ’s joists. To do that they will obviously need to remove some existing roofing material and replace it. Homes with concrete or clay tile roofs that easily break can




end up having leaks if the work is not done properly. Maintenance on panels is pretty basic, only requiring a hosing off once or twice a year depending your area’s amount of dirt and debris. All systems require an inverter and you do have an option of adding a battery. Batteries are used to store your excess energy. Batteries tend to be expensive and require more maintenance, and warranties are limited. They also require adequate space and fencing to protect people from injury. But if you want to be off the grid you may have no choice. For SDG&E customers, a battery may not be necessary because they will store the excess energy for you. There a few things to consider if you use SDG&E as your bank, however. If there is a power outage, you will have no power in the evening, just like the rest of us. Some systems offer a small amount of energy storage so you could operate fine during daylight, but come night you would be subject to SDG&E’s ability

to provide you power. Also, the use of solar power will not eliminate the distribution charge you currently pay. But how can you offset some of the upfront costs? First, talk with the contractor and ask what kind of financing is available. The federal government offers a 30% tax credit to everyone putting in a system. Some contractors will credit that toward your system. You would be given a 0% loan to give you time to get that credit back from the government. SDG&E is also providing rebates. The rebate program stopped early last year but they were able to get funding at the end of October 2013, they will pay $.20 per watt. And lastly, if you use a home equity loan to finance your system, the interest you pay is tax deductible. So if you’re still thinking, contact a contractor in your area to ask for a free quote. The Center for Sustainable Energy provides a list of contractors in your area. They are also offering workshops and a free shading analysis. Check out their website, or call them at 858244-1177.


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VINCENT’S For 20 years, Vincent’s restaurant has won rave reviews and the hearts of diners at its location in historic downtown Escondido. Combining classic French techniques with his passion for quality ingredients, proprietor and chef Vincent Grumel offers a seasonally inspired cuisine. His dishes are meticulously balanced, complete, fresh and stunning.

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LUCIO’S. AN AMERICAN GRILL Discover the new gem of Escondido as it paves the way to a “New” North County where proprietor Lucio Di Pace is providing an environment for quality entertainment, reasonably-priced food, the finest selection of craft beer from local microbreweries, while allowing the live musical performances to reach deep within your soul.

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BELLAMY’S San Diego Magazine named Bellamy’s one of San Diego’s “Top 10 Restaurants in 2013.” Serving California Modern Cuisine with French influences, you are assured a farm to table dining experience serving the most robust flavors of every season. Great food accompanied by great service.

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INTERTWINED Enjoy an incredible dining experience in an exotic and romantic environment. Perfect for special occasion dining, a celebration, or for happy hour. Relax in the outdoor patio, snuggle up in the cozy living room, or retreat to the intimate bar area.

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A DELIGHT OF FRANCE A Delight of France offers the finest in French pastries in Escondido at moderate prices. They bake their exquisite delicacies daily using only the freshest and purest ingredients. They offer a wide variety of American and French wines. Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Auction of artists works support Municipal Gallery during gala fundraiser Panache 2014 More than 40 award-winning local, national, and internationally acclaimed artits will donate works for a gala fundraiser supporting the Municipal Gallery, March 22, at 5:30. “Panache Invitational” Art Auctions is a highly collectible, always delectable evening of silent and live art auctions, food, and wine. A preview of the art work in the auction will take place from March 7 - March 16th, 2014. Highlighting the auction will be an original signed lithograph by the late, internationally acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Artwork by award winning local and regional artists will be auctioned off during the annual fundraiser. Auctioneer Eric Lehew will lead the live auction which is a lively and fast paced event. A preview reception on Saturday, March 8th, will celebrate the re-opening of the Niki de Saint Phalle’s Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden in Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

The Municipal Gallery promotes the art and culture of our region and represents more than 400 local and regional artists. Panache is the most important event on EAP’s busy calendar of exhibits, educational programs, and special activities benefiting San Diego county residents and visitors. Proceeds from this event fund programs throughout the year, including the High School Student show, Art & Science exhibitions, as well as the sm{ART} Fridays “artist in schools” and Art Connection programs which provide free art lectures and hands-on workshops to the public. Panache sponsors include The Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Escondido Sunrise Rotary, Synergy Clinical Research-Escondido, Grand Galleria, Stone Brewing Company, SunCatcher Design, DejaVu Photoservices, and Don and Linda Manor. The Municipal Gallery is located at 262 East Grand Avenue at Juniper Street in Downtown Escondido.

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The Best Western Escondido Hotel has just completed $1.2 million renovation of it’s 100 guest rooms with new carpet and furniture, all new bathrooms and plumbing, 42” flat-screen Televisions, and upgraded WiFi. “We are thrilled to share our extensive renovations and upgrades with our guests and local community”, remarked Cindy Jensen, the General Manager. “We are the top-rated and nicest mid-scale business hotel in the city of Escondido, and winner of TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence three years running.” Best Western International Interior Design Team assisted in the redesign, assuring that functionality and aesthetics are dramatically improved, and making guest comfort and convenience a top priority. It’s the small details, such as additional LED lighting over the shower and soft-close toilet lids, that enhance the customer experience. Other renovation features include flat-screen TVs with HDMI and USB input, so guests can easily watch their own movies and other digital content. The number of WiFi access points has been doubled, replaced with the newest technology, and bandwidth has also been doubled. All rooms have a microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, iron and hairdryer. There is an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The hotel is pet-friendly, for a small fee you can have your small pet with you. There is an electric car charger on-site. Nearby are restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping. To celebrate this milestone, Best Western Escondido Hotel is offering two specials until May 15, 2014. Stay two nights, and get the third night 50% off, or save $10 per night. Advance reservations required. Must book directly with the hotel. Subject to Availability. Best Western Escondido Hotel 1700 Seven Oaks Road • Escondido, CA 92026 760-740-1700 or 800-752-1710 SPRING 2014




Collaborative sm(ART) Fridays & Festival returns MARCH 8 - sm{ART} Festival at California Center for the Arts celebrates the arts in schools, organized by the Alliance for the Arts, Escondido. There is also a high school show in April at the Escondido Municipal Gallery as part of the sm{ART} Festival. (Photo by Tehara Tweed)


Story by Kathy Hamilton Photos by Tehara Tweed

Last spring over 50 volunteers helped to create Escondido’s first Citywide Arts Festival (sm{ART} Festival) in Grape Day Park. The culminating festival was a result of sm{ART} Fridays, a new district-wide program in Escondido Schools in which community artists are matched with teachers who are interested in bringing the ARTS back into

their classrooms. The community artists bring visual and performing arts lessons into the classrooms on selected Fridays from January through March. The artwork and performances created in the classrooms are then displayed and performed at a culminating festival in the spring. The sm{ART} Fridays/Festival idea came about after more than two years of meetings with a collaborative of team members from the Escondido Alliance for Arts Education. The “EAAE” is a pilot local alliance network, or “LAN” of the California Alliance for Arts Education. The mission of California Alliance for Arts Education is to promote, support, and advocate for visual and performing arts education for preschool through postsecondary students in California schools. Here in Escondido, the collaborative decided the best way to achieve the mission in the short term locally was to collaborate with community resources and bring artists into the classrooms, while the long term goal is to have more training for teachers and additional funding for arts education. This year parent volunteers are being sought, especiallly those who are interested in being trained to work with students to teach visual arts lessons or those with expertise




in the performing arts that are interested in volunteering in local schools. There is high demand with many new schools and teachers signing up this year to participate. With the implementation of Common Core Standards in California Schools, there is a renewed eagerness among teachers to implement the arts into classroom learning and curriculum. Partner and sponsor organizations this year include: California Center for the Arts Escondido, Escondido Municipal Gallery, California Alliance for Arts Education, Escondido Union School District, California International Young Artists Competition, Arts Off Broadway, Patio Playhouse, Innerdance Inclusion Dance Company, Civic Youth Orchestra, Georgia’s Dance Studio, San Diego 3rd. Dist. County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Artist and Craftsman Supply Hillcrest, Staples Foundation, and Sempra Foundation(employee matching program). In-kind donations and sponsorships are being sought, as are community partnerships. To participate in sm{ART} Fridays or to volunteer at the sm{ART} Festival on March 8th, please send an email to “Like” sm{ART} Festival on Face book at Escondido Alliance for Arts Education for updates and announcements.

Photo by Wendy Wilson


Gallery 262

Art in CrAft MediA Offering fine craft by local & regional artists 2nd Saturday Receptions - 5:30 - 8 PM Hours: 11AM - 4 PM (Closed Sun/Mon/Wed) 262 E. Grand Avenue (Inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery) 760.480.4101 |

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April 12 DREAMABILITY OPENING RECEPTION Artists with Ability not Disability with curator Marty Tiedeman, HIGHLIGHTS OUTSTANDING AND INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS. Concurrent exhibitions include sm{ART} festival Emerging Artists:High School Student exhibition, People PhotoArts Group Innerspace gallery and studios for Jorge Garza, Daniel Brooks, Carrie Repking, Renee Richetts, Gallery 262, and Gallery Too. Reception 5:30 - 8:00pm Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. FREE. Phone 760 480-4101.

FEBRUARY 1 Trash and Treasures Rummage Sale You never know what you’ll find at the annual rummage sale sponsored by the History Center. But for sure there are always lots of books, and great bargains on everything, including clothing, decorative items, and collectibles. 9am-1pm; Grape Day Park. FREE. 760-743-8207; escondidohistory. org

1 River Clean-Up Via Kayak 9am-12pm. The Clean and Green team will tackle trash in our estuary using kayaks and canoes. Limited kayaks slots available. Shore volunteers are also needed to help our estuary be a clean and healthy place for birds and wildlife. RSVP to 619 297-7380;

Thru 16 Other Desert Cities It’s Christmas and the entire Wyeth family has gathered to celebrate at the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years. Brooke announces that she has written a memoir chronicling the most tragic moment of the family’s history and suddenly the family is faced with examining their relationships and what damage can be done when secrets become public. 8 pm Friday & Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. General Admission $25/$20 760-746-6669;

2 Poet’s INC. North County 11:30 reception – readings start at noon. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. FREE 760-480-4101;

5 WOW First Wednesdays-SWEETHEARTS OF SWING A trio of singers who capture the unique style and harmonies of the 30s and 40s by way of the Andrews Sisters, America’s most popular female singing group. FREE. 1pm, 4pm & 7pm, Center Theater, California Center for the Arts. 340 N. Escondido.

8 Concert: Hawiian Music Duo Nalukai Desi Relator on guitar and vocals and 40



David Babcock on congas perform your favorite, contemporary and classical, island tunes. 3pm4:30pm. Escondido Public Library. FREE. 760839-4839;

8 Art Exhibition: Scott Rohlfs Reception with the artist, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer. 6pm-10pm FREE. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand. 760-781-5779;

8 Opening Receptions: LOVE: a people’s choice exhibition (the public is invited to vote for their favorite piece). Concurrent exhibitions includes New California Abstract Expressionism: C.J. Ross and Daniel Brooks; Objects of my Affection: Still Life PhotoArts Group; Innerspace Gallery: Jorge Garza; Studio Artists Carrie Repking, Renee Richetts & Richard Woodaman. Reception: 5:30 – 8 pm. Exhibitions run thru February 7. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand. 760-480-4101; escondidoarts.or

8 “Valentine Making” “Valentine Making” station during the 2nd Saturday Chocolate Festival 2 – 4pm at the Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. FREE 760-480-4101; escondidoarts. org

8 GALLERY 262 Work of art in clay, fabric, glass and gourds by local and regional artists. Gallery 262, 262 E. Grand Ave/ (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery); 8 Artists Reception The recent work of artist Daniel Brooks will be on exhibit through March 1. Mind-bending aerial photographs & maps, inspirational weathered surfaces and nostalgic game boards all come to play in his colorful, expressionistic paintings. Reception: 5:30 – 8 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave.,

9 Valentine’s Day Tea Events 1pm to 3pm Celebrate Valentine’s with your beloved or bring friends and family to High Tea at this unique historical venue! Two seatings available.

Reservations required, no walk-ins please. $10 a person 1-800-988-4553. sikes Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

15 In the Mood 2 pm & 7 pm Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and you’ll soon be “In the Mood” to hear some great musicians “Sing, Sing, Sing.” In the Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and all the big band greats of the ‘40s. $24 – 49 CCAE, Concert Hall; 340 N. Escondido. 15 Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Cello Intimate Classics 7pm Known for her “emotional intensity,” (Los Angeles Times) Icelandic cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is a soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist and classical music advocate. CCAE, Center Theater


Valentine’s Day Tea Events At the Grand Tea Room. 1pm to 3pm (see February 9 for info)

22 Rincon Literario Selected title: El prisionero del cielo / Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. Escondido Library 3:30pm-5:15pm . FREE. 760 839-4839.

23 Coeur De Cuisine For general information, please e-mail Fred Baranowski at 760520-0409 . 5-9 pm.

23 Valentine’s Day Tea Events At the Grand Tea Room. 1pm to 3pm (see February 9 for info)

26-March 2 Shen Yun For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture. Wednesday, February 26, 7:30pm Thursday, February 27, 7:30pm Friday, February 28, 7:30 pm Saturday, March 1, 2 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, March 2, 2 pm. CCAE, Concert Hall $60 - $200 340 N. Escondido.

March 1 Native Plant Garden Work Party 9:00am-11:00am Join the Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant garden as they continue to care for this wonderful community native plant garden. All tools and supplies provided. No experience needed and community service hours can be verified. A guided plant walk included. RSVP’s required. Point Loma Native Plant Garden FREE 619 2977380;

2 Walks and Talks: Walk with a Tracker/Naturalist 8:30am-11 am Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, Mike Gibbs, as he leads a leisurely two to three hour walk discussing animal signs found along the trails and the animal behaviors associated with those signs. Mike promises the group will discover their first sign before ever leaving the parking lot! FREE. 760 415-630;

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2 Poet’s INC., North County 11:30am reception, readings at noon Escondido Municipal Gallery Event begins with reception for poet’s, leading into featured poet reading and then open readings by local poet’s. This group publishes the annual SUMMATION poetry and art publication. Group coordinator Robert O’Sullivan. FREE. 760-480-410; 4 Escondido Art Talk- Critique and Social Group 11am – 1pm Escondido Municipal Gallery Monthly meeting, the first Tuesday of every month at the Municipal Gallery. Informal meeting to discuss technique, show recent art work and make things while connecting with other creatives in the community. FREE 760-480-4101;

4 Center Stage: Performances for Youth In Tlanextli Tlacopan: Aztec Fire Dancers 2014, 9:30am & 11:30am CCAE, Center Theater Center Stage: Performances for Youth offers weekday matinee show for regional school groups including homeschooled students. $4; 340 N. Escondido.

4 17th ANNUAL JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters will present its 17th annual Jazz Benefit Concert Featuring the Award-Winning Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands and Choirs, on Wednesday, March 4th, 2014. Tickets: Concert $12, VIP Backstage Passes with Dinner and reserved seating $30. The concert takes place at the Maxine Theater, 31322 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. 619.987.0709; or

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MARCH 8 ARTISTS’ RECEPTION/ SECOND SATURDAY # U Can’t Cage Color Long-time Escondido artists, Barbara Preston and Diane Hettula present a vibrant display of technical ability coupled with raw feeling and energetic splashes of color in their latest exhibit of new works at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 5:30-8 pm. Through March 22. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue, 760.480.4101

5 Art Show Featuring Kelly Vivanco 6:00pm10:00pm Reception with the artist, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer FREE 760-781-5779 SPRING 2014



Tickets $30-50, Students $20-40 CCAE, Concert Hall; 340 N. Escondido.

7 Panache Invitational Art Exhibition and Auctions Featuring over 40 multi media pieces of art by award winning artists including the late Niki de Saint Phalle. Concurrent exhibitions include solo work by Diane Hattula and Barbara Preston. Exhibition Dates: March 7 - 16 Reception Saturday March 8, 5:30 - 8 pm

8 Sm{ART} Festival – Escondido Alliance for the Arts CCAE, multiple locations A day long celebration of the arts in Escondido featuring work from local elementary, middle and high school students. Drama, dance, music, poetry, 2-D and 3-D art work. 8 # U Can’t Cage Color Long-time

5 WOW First Wednesdays CHRISTOPHER DEAN CCAE, Center Theater Internationally recognized, California-based guitarist Christopher Dean mesmerizes audiences with his musical style, and his mix of fingerstyle and flat picking traditions performed on six and 12 string guitars. 1pm, 4pm & 7pm. FREE; 340 N. Escondido.

7 Richard Elliot-In Concert Concert Hall Live performance by world renowned jazz artist Richard Elliot. Concert benefits the High Tech High North County Foundation; 8 pm;

Escondido artists, Barbara Preston and Diane Hettula present a vibrant display of technical ability coupled with raw feeling and energetic splashes of color in their latest exhibit of new works at the Escondido Municipal Gallery; 5:30-8 pm; Show runs through March 22, 2014. 262 E. Grand Ave., 760-480-4101

8 RECEPTION/AWARDS CEREMONY Escondido Art Association will present the awards for its 2014 Art Scholarship Program. The event and exhibit will be held from 5 – 8 pm at the Escondido Art Association, 121 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. 760-489-0338 or

8 Reception: Art Tradition Gallery

Art Tradition Gallery welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages to visually indulge in the latest works by Darrel McPherson and other local, exhibiting artists. Meet the artists an enjoy light refreshments during their reception. 7-9:30 pm; 321 E. Grand Ave.

12 River Rescue Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday Morning (Various locations along the river) Join our mid week River Rescuers to attack smaller trash and dumping sites along the river. Help create a healthier environment and community along the river. All tools and supplies provided. Contact for location. 9 am-12 pm . FREE 619 297-7380

13 Buisness After 5 Mixer 5 pm-7 pm Escondido Chamber of Commerce business professionals and prospective members engage in an after hours networking event to meet with business leaders and city officials as they enjoy the accommodations provided by the event host, Children’s Paradise. Children’s Paradise, 986 West El Norte Parkway Members $10.00, Guest $15.00

14 through April 6th I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change 8 pm Fri & Sat, 2 pm Sun. This hilarious musical revue delves into all aspects of dating and mating be they truth or myth and through comedy and song will leave you with a better, or at least different, view on the contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship. Pays tribute to anyone who has ever dared to step into the fire that is falling in love! $18 Adult, $15 Senior/Military/Student, $10 up to age 16 760-746-6669;

Second Saturday ArtWalk Escondido’s Second Saturday ArtWalk began in the mid 1990s, organized by a group of local artists. The Escondido Municipal Gallery and Distinction Gallery have been the consistent art destinations of the monthly art outing, but more and more art venues have been jumping on board. There are currently 14 galleries and museums, all within a 10-block walking area in downtown, who open their doors and feature art works from both world-renown and emerging artists, along with artists’ workshops and exhibit openings, live music, wine tastings, and refreshments.

The following locations are current participants of 2nd Saturday ArtWalk: 1. Darrell McPherson • 321 E. Grand Ave. 2. ArtHatch//Distinction Art • 317 E. Grand Ave. 3. Municipal Gallery/Escondido Arts Partnership 262 E. Grand Ave. 4. Gallery 262 • 262 E. Grand Ave. 5. StreetLife • 254 E. Grand Ave. 6. Arcade Bldg. Studios • 218 E. Grand Ave. 7. Patio Playhouse • 201 E. Grand Ave. 8. Michael Steirnagle • 120 W. Grand Ave. 9. Art Association • 171 W. Grand Ave. 10. M Gallery • 345 W. Grand 11. Joe’s Glass Shack • 365 W. 2nd Ave. 12. California Center for the Arts Museum • 340 N. Escondido Blvd. 13. History Center • 321 N. Broadway 14. San Diego Discovery Museum • 320 N. Broadway

(760) 480-4101 2nd Saturday of each month • 5pm to 9pm Between Centre City Parkway & Ivy Street Between Woodward & Third • Escondido, CA 92025




16 The Center Children’s Chorus-Singing ‘round the World 3:00pm The Center Children’s Chorus will perform music across many cultures and from many lands, taking listeners on a musical trip to feel the beat that connects children around the world. The sound of voices and instruments will fill the theater, creating meaningful harmonies for all. $5, Children 12 and under Free 340 N. Escondido. 800-988-4253


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15 River and Community Clean-Up The San Diego River Park Foundation’s Clean and green Team will hold a river cleanup event to help remove trash and debris from the San Diego River east of Qualcomm Stadium. All tools and supplies provided. Community service hours can be verified for those that need them. 5800 Ward Rd San Diego, CA 92108 under the trolley stairs. 9 am-12 am; Info or RSVP 619.297.7380 FREE

20-23 Classical Academy - Seussical Thursday, March 20, 7pm Friday, March 21, 4pm & 7pm Saturday, March 22, 2pm & 7pm Sunday, March 23, 2pm CCAE, Center Theater; 340 N. Escondido. 22 Panache Auctions featuring silent and live auctions benefiting the Escondido Municipal Gallery: Saturday, 5:30 – 8:30pm 760 480-4101 30 Hutchins Consort 2pm CCAE, Center Theater Hutchins Consort performances are virtuosic, uninhibited sometimes, improvisational and always entertaining presented by Hidden Valley Community Concert Association. $20 (Children, Students and Active Military: $10) 340 N. Escondido. 30 Mariachi Festival Route 78 Rotary. Enjoy San Diego’s widely admired Mariachi Garibaldi & the all female Mariachi Femenil Garibaldi back from touring Europe & Mexico. Adding to the fun will be top high school Mariachi Chula Vista & the delightfully young Mariachi Los Caballeros from Chula Vista Middle School. Vista’s Ballet Folklórico Tierra Caliente will showcase beautiful and rhythmic dancers. 3 pm CCAE, Concert Hall $15-55. 340 N. Escondido.

April 1 Escondido Art Talk- Critique Group 11am – 1 pm Location: Escondido Municipal Gallery FREE 760 480-4101. 340 N. Escondido.

2 WOW First Wednesdays - HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND 1pm, 4pm & 7pm High Society Jazz Band puts a fresh twist on the lively sounds of traditional jazz music featuring New Orleans, Chicago-style, Dixieland, swing, big band and even rock n’ roll. CCAE, Center Theater FREE 800-988-425; 340 N. Escondido. 3 4 Crusin’ Grand Opening Night One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido runs for six spectacular months. This is a FREE EVENT where more than 5000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night come to check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. 5 -9 pm. Runs every Friday April-September. FREE www.

4-22 Second Spring: Conserving Nature in Life and Art, CCAE, Museum Exhibition. Through April 27 with receptions on April 4th & 5th. Exhibition highlights: Friday April 4, 5 -7PM: Pre-opening Meet the Artists; Saturday April 5, 5 PM Lecture by Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum; Saturday

PAPA members paint for a cause in California The Plein-Air Painters of America announces its first wet-paint sale in a decade. Known for its annual wet-paint show on Catalina Island from 1986-2003, PAPA has focused since 2004 on plein-air museum exhibitions across the country... until now. In partnership with the Art in Nature Alliance, PAPA members will be painting in the San Dieguito River Valley watershed and San Dieguito River Park and presenting wet-paint canvases for sale during an opening weekend gala April 4-6, 2014, at the California Center for the Arts. SDRVC Board Member Chris Khoury explained, “We wanted to develop a fundraiser that would call attention to nature’s beauty and diversity, as well as the importance of preserving our natural environment. Three Exhibitions Explore Art in Nature Second Spring—Conserving Nature in Life and Art comprises three exhibitions focused on the landscape of the San Diego area. The exhibitions take place simultaneously at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, April 4-27, 2014: Contemporary Painters: Twenty PAPA members will document the area from an early 21st-century perspective. .

Early Artists: A complementary exhibition of more than 50 artworks from private collections by early California impressionist painters document the San Diego area in the early 20th century. Plein-Air Painters of Tomorrow: The California Center for the Arts coordinates with local schools and art education organizations to provide schoolchildren the opportunity to observe nature by making paintings of it in the outdoors and to exhibit their work. Opening Weekend Events Several events, including the opening weekend of April 4-6, offer an opportunity to learn about the interaction of art and nature and to acquire paintings by the top artists in the field, as well as contributing to SDRVC projects. Tickets through the SDRVC at 858.755.6956. Friday, April 4, 5 to 7 pm: Preopening Meet the Artists Saturday, April 5, 5 pm: The Art of Looking at Art, a visual presentation by Jean Stern, Director, Irvine Museum Saturday, April 5, 6 pm: Exhibition Opening Gala and Sale (Ticketed Event: $100 per person) Sunday, April 6, 1 to 4 pm: Exhibition Opens to the public (museum admission) SPRING 2014




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April 5, 6 PM Ticketed Exhibit Opening Gala; Sunday April 6, Museum open to public; Sunday April 13, Lecture by Rich Louv on Children and Nature. 340 N. Escondido.

5 Native Plant Garden Work Party Join the Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant garden as they continue to care for this wonderful community native plant garden. All tools and supplies provided. A guided plant walk included. RSVP’s required. Gardening clothes, and closedtoe shoes are required. Point Loma Native Plant Garden. 9 am-11 am. FREE 619-297-7380

Did you know that you can get Escondido City Magazine online? Each issue is posted in a way that you ART-A THON can leaf through the publication and 3rd Annual Art-A-Thon to raise money even go to web by just for ArtHath’s teen links program. 25clicking local artists come together to create for 24 hours Find straight. it at All artwork to be auctioned off starting at $50. January 11-February 1, Reception with at these and other locations: theand artist, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer January 11, 6-10pmDisRacks all along Grand Avenue tinction Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. California Community Bank 760-480-4101.

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6 Walks and Talks: Walk with a Tracker/ Naturalist 8:30am-11:00am Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, Mike Gibbs, as he leads a leisurely two to three hour walk discussing animal signs found along the trails and the animal behaviors associated with those signs. FREE 760415-6304 12 DREAMability Artist Reception & Art Exhibitions. Artists with Ability not Disability with curator Marty Tiedeman, concurrent exhibitions include sm{ART} festival Emerging Artists:High School Student exhibition, People PhotoArts Group Innerspace gallery and studios for Jorge Garza, Daniel Brooks, Carrie Repking, Renee Richetts, Gallery 262, and Gallery Too. Opening Reception Sat., April 12, 5:30 - 8 pm Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Ave. FREE 760480-4101;

13 Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano CCAE, Center

C. Aeling Family. Presented in partnership with La Jolla Music Society. 3pm Center Members: $20-30, 12 and under: FREE. 340 N. Escondido. artcenter. org

13 San Diego River Garden Work Party Volunteer at the San Diego River Garden. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month from 8am-11am for this family friendly event. All tools provided. Dress in clothes that can get a little dirty. RSVP’s required.619 297-7380. 8-10 am;

18 & 19 Art Receiving for Contemporary Realism with juror Harry Bliss 11:00am – 2:00pm Location: Escondido Municipal Gallery Palomar College’s Harry Bliss invites you to enter your contemporary work documenting the ‘real’. Find the show prospectus on the ‘exhibition’ page online or in the gallery.$20 (members), $30 (general) 760-480-4101; www.

26 & 27 Cathy Carey Studio Tour & Escondido Humane Society Fundraiser Meet Cathy, view her latest work, stroll the beautiful gardens and support the animals at the Escondido Humane Society. Appetizers and beverages. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to support the Escondido Humane Society. 10 am - 4 pm each day at 2048 Ridgecrest Place Escondido CA 92029. cathy@ 760-489-9109; www.

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ONGOING EVENINGS/NIGHTS MONDAYS YOGA Kettle Coffee; All levels; Bring mat/towel; 6pm. Donation $10; TUESDAYS Pianist Bellamy’s LIVE MUSIC Nightly except Mondays at O’Sullivan’s WEDNESDAYS WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS Info Pianist Bellamy’s THURSDAYS Karaoke Swami’s Cafe; 9-closing Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s LIVE MUSIC Nightly except Mondays at O’Sullivan’s THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE at Vintana OPEN MIC NIGHT Kettle Coffee

FRIDAYS LIVE MUSIC Swami’s Cafe; 8:30-closing LIVE MUSIC O’Sullivan’; nightly except Mondays. LIVE MUSIC Vinz Wine Bar Pianist Bellamy’s local theater Patio Playhouse SATURDAYS Pianist Bellamy’s LIVE MUSIC Vinz Wine Bar LIVE MUSIC Swami’s Cafe; 8:30-closing LIVE MUSIC Nightly except Mondays at O’Sullivan’s local theater Patio Playhouse; 8 pm. 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK Get with Downtown Escondido’s arts & cultural scene the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gallery/artists’ receptions, hands-on art activities and other activities. See 2nd Saturday info in this calendar section.

SUNDAYS PIANO AND JAZZ Swami’s Cafe LIVE MUSIC Nightly except Mondays at O’Sullivan’s

DAYTIME TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET An outdoor, international marketplace with fresh produce, eggs and sauces, ready-to-eat foods to eat or take home. Tuesdays 2:30-6 pm. SUNDAYS PATIO PLAYHOUSE MATINEES Take in a play after brunch at a downtown restaurant. 2 pm; PERFORMANCES There is typically a performance of some type at the California Center for the Arts on Sundays around 2 pm. Check for details.

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North County Insurance Pg 34 760.745.9511• Peck & Schroeder Pg 36 760.466.2000 • Printing Solutions Pg 8 760.741.9899 • Stephen’s Custom Jewelry Pg 31 760.489.1566 Swami’s Café Pg 35 760.735.3333 • Swan Solar San Diego Pg 37 760.294.4404 • Tehara’s Photography Pg 8 760.445.3871 • The Catamaran Resort & Spa Pg 3 858.539.8821 • The Grand Tea Room Pg 27 760.233.9500 • Traci Bass Pg 2 760.519.7355 • Vincent’s Pg 35 760.745.3835 • Visit Escondido Pg 44 760.839.4777 •




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Restaurants A DELIGHT OF FRANCE BAKERY 126 W Grand Ave, 760-746-2644 BELLAMY’S 417 W Grand Ave 760-747-5000 CHAMPION’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 117 W. Grand Ave, 760-747-0288 CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT 210 N. Ivy St., 760-738-1545 CHIN’S SZECHWAN 445 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-480-4115 CONTINENTAL DELI 201 E. Grand Ave. #1E, 760-743-8466 COCINA DEL CHARRO 890 W Valley Pkwy., 760-745-1382 CUSCATLAN 221 E. Grand Ave., 92025, 760-2911225 DOMINIC’S ITALIAN 391 N. Escondido Blvd., 480-1704 DOWNTOWN DELI 138 W Grand Ave, 760-743-6498 EL NOPAL 126 S Kalmia St, 760-741-8723 FATBURGER 314 W Valley Pkwy, 760-489-9999 46



HICHIZUKI 324 W Valley Pkwy, 760-745-3120

SUSHI YAMA 500 N Escondido Blvd., 760-747-1424

INTERTWINED 113 E. Grand Ave., 760-432-9839

SWAMI’S CAFE 150 West Grand Ave., 760-735-3333

JOE’S ITALIAN DINNERS 403 W Grand Ave, 760-489-6835 KETTLE COFFEE 119 E. Grand, Ave, 760-738-8662 LA FARFALLA CAFE 155 S. Orange St., 760-741-0835 LA TAPATIA 340 W Grand Ave, 760-747-8282 LUCIO’S AMERICAN GRILL 239 E. Valley Parkway, 760-291-0047 MARIACHI’S 501 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-740-8581 METRO DINER 258 E. Second Ave., 760-270-5429 R. O’SULLIVAN’S IRISH PUB 118 E Grand Ave, 760-737-0954 PARADISO 340 W Valley Pkwy., 760-480-7279 PLAN 9 ALEHOUSE 155 E Grand Ave., 760-489-8817

THE GRAND TEA ROOM 145 W. Grand Ave., 760-233-9500 VINCENT’S 113 West Grand Ave, 760-745-3835

Museums & Galleries ART TRADITIONS GALLERY 321 East Grand Ave., 760-580-2300 ARTISTS’ GALLERY 121 W. Grand Ave., 760-489-0338 DISTINCTION GALLERY 317 East Grand Ave, 760-781-5779 SAN DIEGO DISCOVERY MUSEUM 380 North Escondido Blvd, 760-2337755 ESCONDIDO HISTORY CENTER & MUSEUM 321 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025 760-743-8207 ESCONDIDO MUNICIPAL GALLERY 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025 760-480-4101

What’s Happening Gourmet Chocolate Paired with Wines Gourmet Chocolate Paired with Beers Taste & Shop on “Sweet Street” in Maple Street Plaza while listening to live music from Brian and Lady Ivy of Caliber Restaurant Chocolate Inspired Tastings And 2nd Saturday “Sweet Art” Festival! Located In Downtown Escondido Throughout The Historic District

Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to the Downtown Business Association's 4th Annual "For the Love of Chocolate and Sweet Art Festival!" Enjoy the best of our downtown shops and spas while sampling local craft beers and bouquet wines, paired with San Diego's finest chocolates. Also, spend the day shopping at “Sweet Street” enjoying live music, or taking a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue

Horse & Carriage Rides Special Valentine Treats and Treatments at Downtown Spas and Restaurants Contact us about Special Romance Packages!

Tickets Available at $35 Until 5pm on 2.7.14 $45 At the door $20 For Designated Drivers Until 5pm on 2.7.14 (No alcohol) $30 For Designated Drivers At the door (No alcohol)

Admission to Sweet Street is FREE

Contact 760.740.0658 #EscoChocFest Sponsored By





The only name you need to know for real estate in Escondido! ARLEEN LIVELY 760-594-1355

AARON ANAYA 760-846-0766

CINDY COCHRAN 760-845-1261

Residential JIMMY CLEMONS 760-390-6340



JOANN CASE RADY 760-884-6943

Commercial KAYE ATKINS 760-500-0882

MATT DEWITT 760-801-5363


JEFF PETERS 760-644-2499

Property Management JIM BORDEAUX 760-207-4435

JASON MENDES 760-7845-3756


MIKE JASPERING 760-613-5074

ANDY JUDSON 760-604-9895



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