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It’s time to buy and here are some great choices. There’s a home in Escondido to fulfill every lifestyle. Find the right home to fulfill yours.

TUSCAN VILLA This fabulous custom Tuscan Villa style Estate home features, 4 BR, 4 BA, 4400 sq ft with breath taking sunset views. Master chef kitchen, handcrafted alder cabinets. Open floor plan with 12’ ceilings, stone flooring, 3 fireplaces, two family rooms, a spacious master suite. The perfect home for an active lifestyle of entertaining family and friends. Situated in an enclave of Million dollar homes with easy access to Golf, Wineries, Shopping, Schools and Freeways. $1,020,000

FABULOUS VIEWS Situated on 1.25 acres, this updated 3700SF home includes 4 bedrooms, loft and music room, new kitchen, master suite with fireplace, views and upgraded master bathroom, circular driveway, pool, spa and built in bbq. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac. Great home for entertaining family and friends, wonderful school district, close to shopping, golf, winery and freeway access. $639,000

This wonderful view home features 2800sf with four bedrooms and an office, which could be a 5th downstairs bedroom. The kitchen has just been upgraded with granite counters, and all new high-end stainless steel appliances. The family room is large with a beautiful stone fireplace. You will really enjoy the spacious master suite with beautiful views. This lovely home is situated on a private cul-desac of seven custom homes.$549,000-$565,000

HOME FOR THE FAMILY This beautiful home is situated on a corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac street, in an exclusive neighborhood. A wonderful floor plan with 3465 sq ft with 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room. The vaulted ceilings, and abundant windows makes this a light and bright home. The lot is over half an acre and has room for a pool, or gardeners delight. $750,000

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FEATURES 14 ANOTHER KIND OF WONDERFUL A new mother’s account of giving birth at PPH’s Birth and Neonatal Center STORY HEATHER HARSHMAN


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The Amgen Tour of California, “America’s Greatest Race,” is coming back to Escondido! On November 27, the host cities for the 2013 Tour were officially announced at a press conference at Escondido City Hall. For the first time, the Tour will start in Southern California, with Escondido as the only San Diego County city to host a stage. The AMGEN Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world, and is one of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international cycling calendar. • The City of Escondido is the host organization of the race’s overall start (Stage 1) on Sunday, May 12 • 2013 is the first year the race has started in Southern California and headed north • Stage 1 will start and finish on Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido at • The route will be a 103-mile loop and include a climb on Palomar Mountain • Spectators on race day in Downtown Escondido and in other locations along the route are expected to number in the tens of thousands • Local sponsors to date include:

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Salon Sultry Shauna Rau had been a hair stylist on Grand Avenue in Escondido for 13 years when she finally gave in to insistence by her clients and opened her own salon there. The design of Salon Sultry was a family effort, with Rau’s interior designer aunt and general contractor cousin pitching in to create the salon with its aqua walls and black and white French toile accents. Salon Sultry is a full-service hair salon dedicated to “making their clients feel beautiful inside and out.” says Rau, adding, “We maintain a friendly, fair, and creative work environment, which respects diversity, new ideas and hard work.”

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New Designer joins Design Moe Kitchen & Bath Bonnie Bagley Catlin, Certified Interior Designer, joined the Design Moe design team recently. Known for her award-winning projects, Catlin has been featured in San Diego Magazine, Riviera Magazine, Kitchens Magazine, William Sonoma’s, and in the “Home” section of the UT San Diego. A Portland native, Catlin earned her Interior Design Degree in Oregon and started her career with well-known design/build firm Neil Kelly. Catlin went independent in 2004, quickly earning local prominence in Seattle Design Center. Just two years ago, a position with local firm Jackson Design and Remodeling brought Catlin and her husband south to San Diego. “Bonnie’s recent San Diego Design-Build experience is a real asset,” said Design Moe’s owner/partner Heather Moe, “and we’re excited to bring her on board. Her knowledge of fabrics, furniture, and fixtures means that we can now offer our clients a more complete interior design service.” Now a Certified Interior Designer, Catlin is also a member of both the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Design Moe Kitchen and Bath 143 West Grand Avenue • 760-740-0578

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Art Tradition Gallery at 321 East Grand Ave in Escondido carries a selection of landscapes and Impressionistic works of local Southern California Artists. The gallery also serves as the working studio of Darrel McPherson known regional painter. Darrel opened his gallery on Grand in December 2011. He had been working from a studio off Grand but had no walk in traffic and realized that a move to the heart of Downtown would help him reach a wider audience and enable him to sell art directly to the public in a convenient location. When this writer called Darrel for information on his gallery, he was holding an oil painting class to students with a wide variety of capabilities and experience. From home owners to collectors, all are invited to stop by to view Darrel’s most recent California landscapes and local scenes in the casual atmosphere of his working gallery and studio. Art Traditions Gallery 321 E. Grand Avenue • 760-580-2300 Welcome to these other new eDBA Members: Escondido Library Foundation Star Repertory Theater Gracie Jiu Jitsu Escondido Real Living Lifestyles Cognella Inc. Nativ Designs Kooler Ice BluFi Lending Best Western Escondido Hotel 10




Chippy’s Diner opens in former Metaphor location Wayne “Chip” DuFault opened his new diner just weeks after he walked by the former Metaphor Lounge and noticed it was empty. DuFault and his partner Laurie Bernard opened the diner on Valentine’s Day, just a year after they became engaged and moved to Escondido. We think it’s a romantic move. DuFault has been in the restaurant business for 17 years. At Chippy’s, he serves up good old-fashion food like sandwiches, burgers, generous breakfasts, including a “build your own omelette” and the best peach cobbler this writer has ever tasted. Until Cruisin’ Grand begins, they are open from 8:30 am until 4 pm. During the interview with DuFault and Bernard, a patron called toward the kitchen, “That was the best tuna salad sandwich I ever had!” DuFault smiled. “Great timing,” I said. Chippy’s Diner 258 East 2nd Avenue • 760-743-3245 MAKING HEADLINES

The Loft Hair Design Named To Top 200 in the U.S. The Loft Hair Design recently was named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today magazine, the top business publication for salon and spa owners. The magazine’s 16th annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected 5 salons in its January 2013 edition. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country. 8 The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including Advanced Education, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Environmental Sustainability, Philanthropy, Planned Profitability, Recruitment & Training, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Technology, and Growth. The Loft Hair Design was honored in the following: Compensation & Benefits, Philanthropy.

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Shawna Cruise, owner of The Loft Hair Design one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients.” said a publication representative. The winning salons were profiled In the commemorative issue. The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care 106 W. Grand Avenue • 760-741-5638



Move as One March 9 - March 23, 2013

A highly collectible, always delectable evening of silent and live art auctions, food, and wine, returns to Escondido Municipal Gallery on Saturday, March 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Panache is the gallery’s gala fundraiser and the most important event on EAP’s busy calendar of exhibits, educational programs and special activities benefiting San Diego County’s resident’s and visitors. Attendees will enjoy silent and live auctions of artwork by more than 48 award-winning local, national, and internationally acclaimed artists during Panache Invitational 2013. Among this year’s artists are Niki de Saint Phalle, James Hubbel, Peter Mitten, Carol Mansfield, Clair-lise Matthey Anderegg and more. Highlighting the auction will be an original signed lithograph by the late, internationally acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle. A preview of the artwork in the auction will take place from March 9 - March 16th, 2013, with a preview reception March 9th from 5:30 8:00pm. Auctioneer Eric Lehew will lead the live auction event, which is a lively and fast-paced auction.

Student, Art & Science exhibitions as well as the Recycled Materials Runway Event, and Art Connection which provides free art lectures and hands-on workshops to the public. Artist contributors include architect and artist James Hubbell, Peter Mitten, Alicia Sotherland, Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Clair-lise Matthey Anderegg, Chuck McPherson, Carol Mansfield, Kathy Rubesha, William Ferrell, Daniel Brooks, Richard Powers, Renee Richetts, Julie Brooks, and bronze work by Victoria Johnson. Panache sponsors include The Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Escondido Sunrise Rotary, Synergy Clinical Research-Escondido, Grand Galleria, Cosmic Solar, Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, Stone Brewing Company, SunCatcher Design, DejaVu Photoservices, Murphy’s Fine Woodworking, and Don and Linda Manor. A Delight of France will provide sweet sustenance for the gala event. The Municipal Gallery promotes the art and culture of our region and represents more than 400 local and regional artists. The Municipal Gallery 262 East Grand Avenue •

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Orfila wines and dines local foodies at food trucks and to support the Iron Horse On February 20, Orfila Winery hosted a media preview to an April event entitled the “Iron Horse.” Organized by the Chefs de Cuisine of San Diego and the Campo Railroad Museum together with the Southern California Vintners Alliance, “Iron Horse” will feature gourmet food sampling, wine tasting, a beer garden, silent auction and live music. The event will take place at The Campo Railroad Museum on April 20th.


The preview included a delicious sampling of food and wine as well as an introduction to the heads of the three organizations.


Pictured are: 1. Art Athans, left with Orfila winemaker Justin Mund, center and John A. Brunetto, director of the Southern California Vintners Association. 2. Chefs de Cuisine of San Diego president David Chenelle samples the fare served up by other CDCSD members (left to right) Ricardo Santana, Stan Rodriguez and David Litke. 3. Shannon McCollough and John H. Robinson, IV, owners of San Diego Wine Journal. 4. John Barnett with Rock Canyon winemaker Tim Petersen, a helpful neighbor and Orfila’s Justin Mund. 5. Visit Escondido CEO Katherine Zimmer, left, with Shawna Cruise, owner of The Loft Hair Design and Bob McClain of Wyatt Oaks Winery. 7. Diana Hyatt, president of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association with Chef David Chenellle










Arbor Day Planting Planned

The public is invited to Arbor Day activities on April 26 in Grape Day Park and grounds of California Center for the Arts, Escondido. A team will be replacing purple leaf plums during tree planting demonstrations, adding identifying tags to some trees. There will be speakers from SDG&E, Davy Tree and the San Diego Urban Forest Council. City employee and San Diego Urban Forest Council board member Chris Guenther is Escondido’s self-appointed tree advocate and is organizing the activities. Area contractors are donating tree maintenance in the park for the day. Call Chris Guenther for more information 760-802-0584

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Another Kind of Wonderful: The birth of Christian Alexander at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus Story by Heather Harshman  

“Your baby weighs about ten pounds, seven ounces, give or take a pound,” my doctor announced. “Give or take a pound?” I asked incredulously. There had to be a mistake with my final ultrasound. There was no way my first baby of unknown sex could possibly be that big, or so I fervently hoped. I wracked my brain for what could have possibly made our boy or girl so big. Did I eat too much spinach? Maybe it was because the baby’s dad is six feet two inches tall? Or was it all of those cycle classes I taught through thirty-nine weeks and four days? Could it just be big-boned? Whatever the cause, there was concern that the weight could cause problems with the delivery. Despite this, we decided

to try to deliver on our own rather than scheduling a Caesarean section (C-section). Shortly thereafter, my husband, Dale, and I found ourselves in the labor and delivery unit at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus where we were scheduled for an induction. Our baby was already six days late and had no intention of appearing any time soon. We chose this hospital because it was only minutes from our home and had a reputation for excellent patient care. Our nurse, who was conveniently named Heather, settled us into a room. Once the Pitocin was flowing, we fell into a routine of Heather increasing the dose about every half hour and charting while patiently answering our steady stream of questions.

Over the next twenty-three hours, the nurses and our Kaiser Permanente doctors supported our desire to bypass a C-section. Once my water broke and things weren’t progressing, though, Dale and I realized we needed to reconsider our game plan. After we decided to schedule a C-section, Heather comforted me through my tears and woe is me’s about the delivery going completely contrary to my vision. She explained the procedure while gently reminding us that we would still be the glowing parents of a beautiful baby no matter how it was delivered. Her calmness, soft voice, and the excitement she shared about the birth of our baby were exactly what we needed to feel at peace about the situation. As I was about to be wheeled into the operating room, Heather announced she had received permission to join us even though she did not typically partake in the surgeries. She had been through so much with us already, she wanted to experience the big finale, too. With our camera in hand, she positioned herself beside my head where she took precious pictures of us holding our baby boy. She snapped pictures of him being weighed in at nine pounds fourteen ounces and others that commemorated his first few minutes of life. The kindness and personal touch of our stay continued when we arrived in the postpartum unit. With every push of the call button, I received an instant response. Every time I needed something, whether it was help with breast feeding, more water, or a new IV bag, a nurse appeared within minutes. We had





The renovated Palomar Health Downtown Campus will be a bright spot in the lives of Escondido residents and those of surrounding communities. Families will look forward to calling it their “home away from home.� Photography S P R I N GPhoto 2 0 1 3by Our365 ESCOND IDO 15

Quick facts: The hospital offers the following services: • Birth Center • Rady Children’s Pediatrics & NICU • Rehabilitation Services • Behavioral Health • Outpatient Surgery • Expresscare PLUS - 24/7 outpatient clinic for minor illnesses and injuries • Stereotactic Radiosurgery • Radiation Therapy • Infusion Therapy • Sleep Lab/EEG/Pulmonary • Laboratory Services • Imaging The secured main parking garage entrance on E.Valley Parkway is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. enter the parking garage through the Expresscare PLUS entrance on E. Grand Avenue.

The Birth Center is currently on the 4th floor. A fourth floor patio has colorful murals capturing the agricultural history of Escondido from the early 1900s designed by local artist Gloria Favela Rocha. Included are scenes from San Pasqual and the Grape Day Festival, Wolfskin Ranch, and the Santa Fe Train Station. The café, located on the second floor, serves delicious, reasonably priced food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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the pleasure of interacting with numerous nurses and aids during our three day stay, but one special lady really stood out. Doree is a certified nurses’ aid who worked a few shifts while we were there with our big boy who we named Christian Alexander. One day I pushed the call button, desperately needing a break from Christian’s incessant crying. In my post-surgery, unrested state, I was shedding tears when Doree entered our room. “Can you please take him for a few minutes?” I asked between sobs. “I can’t handle the crying anymore.” Delivering tender smile, she took him from my arms, rested him in the bassinette, and said, “Sure. I’d love to spend time with him.” Twenty minutes later she wheeled him back into the room blissfully asleep. She told us how much she enjoyed having him at the nurses’ station with her, and that he just wanted to suck his way into slumber. I will forever think of Doree as the baby whisperer. The morning of the day we were released, a hospital photographer appeared in our doorway, ready to snap photos of our bundle of baby. We stood by, mouths agape, as she moved him from one position to another without him uttering a sound. On his belly, in Daddy’s hands, sitting up. No matter what she did with his arms or legs, he was content to simply stare at her and wonder what was going on. She also goes in our book of miracle

workers because the photos she took of our grumpy Christian are priceless. We can’t help laughing and smiling each time we look at them. And so ended our memorable stay at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus. It was a beautiful experience that we are looking forward to repeating for our next child. However, when that time arrives, the campus appearance should be markedly different even though the patient care will be just as wonderful. The campus has an impressive patient-centric five-year plan for remodeling the labor and delivery unit, constructing a new post-partum unit, and upgrading other areas of the hospital. They intend to make the campus feel like home rather than an institution. Soft colors, infusions of nature, and calming influences are part of what are on the drawing boards. The post-partum unit is being moved to the seventh floor, where patients will have impressive views of the surrounding hills. Patients will enjoy private rooms, with a shower and sleeper sofa that dads can use. There will be feminine sink vanities, and most of the medical equipment will be hidden behind paneling. The renovated Palomar Health Downtown Campus will be a bright spot in the lives of Escondido residents and those of surrounding communities. Families will look forward to calling it their home away from home.

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Something creative is brewing in Escondido among local artists and teachers. Throughout February and March, visual artists, musicians, actors, poets, a photographer, and various other artists will be volunteering in local classrooms to lead creative workshops with local students. Dubbed the “sm[ART] Fridays & Festival” project, it was organized by the Escondido Alliance for Arts Education as a significant effort to enhance arts education in our schools. In the three decades since the enactment in 1978 of the California constitutional amendment known as Proposition 13, public resources for the arts in California schools have been continually reduced, forcing schools to make “Sophie’s choices” between basics and enrichment. To their credit, public school administrators, managers, teachers, parents and volunteers, have worked smarter, more creatively and sacrificially to sustain a surprisingly effective program of arts despite decimated budgets. However, they would admit there is still much to be desired in our schools’ art programs. At the recent sm[ART] Fridays mixer, which brought teachers and artists together at the Escondido Public Library, there was palpable excitement and hunger among the teachers to bring these creative workshops to their students. The need was so keenly felt that artists who had come planning to do a couple of workshops ended up gladly committing to six or eight workshops. Many folks have opined on the declining state of the arts in the schools. Escondido resident Cathy Hamilton, head of the Escondido chapter of the California Alliance for Arts Education, decided to do something about it. She came up with the idea of a city-wide arts festival, and for two years, pitched the idea wherever she could get people to listen. Folks began to agree with her, like Mayor Sam Abed and Joe Bowe of the Staples Foundation. She was joined and assisted by Lenka Juric (Arts Off Broadway), Katie Ragazzi (Escondido Education





Foundation), Wendy Wilson (Escondido Arts Partnership), Mel Takahara (California International Young Artists Competition), Shannon Fralisch (Escondido Union School District) and Linda Woods (Escondido Union School District). That collaboration resulted in the “sm[ART] Fridays and Festival” project which will begin in February 2013 in seven participating elementary and middle schools. The creative workshops, which will happen each Friday through March 15, will culminate in a sm[ART] Festival on Saturday, April 13. Participating schools are Del Dios Middle School, Juniper Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, L. R. Green Elementary, Nicolaysen Center, North Broadway Elementary and Orange Glen Elementary. At the time of this writing, the roster of participating local artists included: Laura Glusha (see article on page 34), (drawing), Lenka Juric (Drama - Arts Off Broadway), Bob Gilson (San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra), Sue Gilson (Georgia’s School of Dance), Don Greene (photography), Dori Gray (drawing), Marilyn Segraves (watercolor), Cathy Hamilton (pottery), Wendy Hammarstrom (mandalas), Carol Murphy (mixed media), Nancy Lee (mixed media), Shannon McNeill (watercolor), Dee Kimball (mixed media), Charlaine Vitarelli (poetry), Terry Spohn (poetry), Mel Takahara (poetry), Wendy Wilson (watercolor), Elizabeth Eisemann (watercolor), Scott Gengelbach (mixed media), Elizabeth Yahn Williams (poetry) and Bob Lundy (poetry). A pretty impressive lineup of artists!

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For some, it is the thrill of the hunt. For others, it is the bargain, like wearing a favorite cashmere sweater that cost only a few dollars. For still others, it is knowing that the big score from the thrift store did nothing to contribute to child slavery in an impoverished country halfway around the world. SPRING 2013





hether dressing up, dressing down, dressing for work, for play or for a costume party, shopping for your attire at second-hand stores has definite advantages. The obvious one is cost. Who would not be more tempted by a cashmere sweater for eight dollars than one for 80 dollars? Another is variety. And, last, but not least, is the adventure of searching through racks of thousands of garments, the lives of which may have stretched over many decades before you laid your hands on them. It holds a bit of mystery. And it’s green. You can be assured that some of these garments were made before clothing was being mass-produced and imported from far-off lands. When we discovered how many of our Escondido City Magazine team were regular thrift store shoppers, we thought it would be fun to design an entire fashion spread using only second-hand clothing. Our visions for the pages varied and the combined ideas led to an afternoon with stylists, directors, photographers, models, horses, and quite a few bystanders having fun playing dress-up and drama in Del Dios near Lake Hodges. On previous page, from left, Nicole Rickards in paisley silk scarf, fringed suede vest and white shawl worn as a skirt; Center, Katie Wagner wears a suede ruffled shirt with a Squeeze denim mini skirt, $2, from Escondido Assistance League Thrift &






Who would not be more tempted by a cashmere sweater for eight dollars than one for 80 dollars?

Consignment Store, $4; turquoise BCBG leather boots from Deborah’s Next To New, $35; Upper left, Tara Houston in rabbit fur vest, white taffeta skirt and her own boots with fur pull-on cuffs; Lower left, Nicole wears a Charlotte Sparr shawl, $39, over a gypsy skirt, $14, both from Deborah’s. Above Tyler Muehlhauser wears a purple velvet bolero by Paula McCoy, $24, from Deborah’s Next To New. Katie’s dress by Rouge, $5 from Escondido Assistance League Thrift & Consignment Shop. CDBG boots All headpieces by Dory Gobiel. Jewelry personal property of Julianne Jones and Thora Guthrie. Photo direction by Thora Guthrie. Style by Julianne Jones, owner of Studio 158. Makeup by Carly Martinez. Hair by Elyana Gomez and Becky McColley. Horses provided courtesy of Roger Robichaud.





Escondido Story by Heather Harshman   Photos by Tehara Tweed

Gliding over pavement like you’re lighter than air. Experiencing an endorphin rush when reaching the top of a long climb. Dancing sun beams playing with shadows on the road with each sweeping turn. Appreciating the beauty of balancing on the pedals and lowering a flattened back during a long descent. Winding roads with hidden treasures that go unnoticed by drivers. These are some of the many awesome things a road cyclist can experience when her tires connect with the pavement in Escondido. Early spring is an ideal time to take to the road around town because of the cooler temperatures, green surroundings, and energy in the air. Whether it’s hills, flats, winding, straight, sunny, shaded, rural, or urban routes that a rider seeks, Escondido has many options to choose from. This article showcases three diverse rides. The first two can be completed in about three hours or less. The third route will likely take most of your day. Ride 1 This option is not for the faint of heart or light of pedals. It begins and ends at the intersection of E. Valley Parkway and S. Midway Drive in Escondido. After following the bike path along the flat terrain of E. Valley Parkway towards Valley Center, grab some water before starting the winding, steep climb up Lake Wolford Road. 22




This climb demands endurance and focus since it has an approximate 963-foot elevation gain, and there is a decent amount of traffic but no bike lane. The rewards for completing this ascent are passing through the village of Lake Wolford, and catching views of the lake and rolling hills with majestic trees lining the two-lane Woods Valley Road. Stopping at the Bates Nut Farm on Woods Valley Road is also a fun option. If a shorter route of 17.6 miles is desired, end with a thrilling ride down Valley Center Road that will leave you out of breath and wanting more. An additional 11 miles can be completed by instead continuing north on Valley Center Road to N. Lake Wolford Road. This presents the opportunity to check out the Valley View Casino before coasting along the rolling hills of Woods Valley Road again. Ride 2 This route is a 26-mile mix of mellow hills, fun descents, rural areas, quaint city spots, and varied vegetation. It begins and ends at the intersection of W. 11th Avenue and W. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Continue on W. Valley Parkway for a few miles past where it changes to Del Dios Highway. You’ll appreciate a well-maintained bike lane and views along Lake Hodges. Next, follow El Camino Del Norte and Rancho Sante Fe Road to the hidden community of San Elijo Hills. You can stop for

a coffee, a bite to eat, or to just stretch your legs before continuing onto the rural, rolling Elfin Forest Road/Harmony Grove Road that begins the last eight miles of the scenic loop. Fans of craft beer can end the ride by seeing what the new Offbeat Brewing Company ( has to offer in its tasting room at 1223 Pacific Oaks Place, Suite 101. Another option is to cycle an extra half mile or so to Stone Brewing Company where you can savor a drink or snack on the outdoor patio. Ride 3 The final route is the Escondido leg of the Amgen Tour of California, one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events, that will take place May 12 – 19, 2013. Sixteen elite professional teams and athletes from around the world will compete. Escondido was awarded the privilege of serving as the first host city for the eightday, eight-hundred mile cycling event. Stage 1 of 8 for the competitors begins and ends in Escondido on May 12th, but others can ride this stage on May 11th, which includes a chance to compete for the title of King and Queen of the Mountain on the timed climbs. Information on the race route, teams, and volunteering opportunities can be found at the Amgen website http://www. Riders can register for the May 11th ride at the L’Etape website


On Two Wheels

Early spring is an ideal time to take to the road around town because of the cooler temperatures, green surroundings, and energy in the air.




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The Car Shop as Sculptor’s Studio Story by Kurt Lightfoot Photos by Kurt Lightfoot and Will Gibson

Artists and car culture writers understand the level of wholly integrated aesthetic design that goes into a fully functioning street-worthy hot rod or custom car. And part of the aesthetics is that

Cruisin’ Grand is one of America’s all-time great cruisin’ venues because it brings all the cultural content together; awesome car creations, real cruisin’ on an intimate tree-lined boulevard, a large audience, food and beverages, music, hula-hoop competition for kids, old and new friends. I can’t think of any event that brings together more Americana than Cruisin’ Grand. Cars as Art — as Rolling Sculpture It’s the awesome car creations that are the catalysts that ignite Cruisin’ Grand. So let’s think a moment about the art of these cars, and about the car artists — the hot rod and custom car sculptors.

it must work great and appeal to its audience. When you look at these cars in that light you see them like you have never seen them before — rolling sculpture.

To grasp how a car shop can be a sculptor’s studio, let’s start with the big picture: Americana car culture. And there’s no better example of that than Escondido’s Cruisin’ Grand.

exactly? How should it look? What was the relationship in terms of its machinery, its social bearing, everything? I mean, all these things were being weighed in terms of the aesthetics of how the thing should look. It was a perfect example.” Artists and car culture writers understand the level of wholly integrated aesthetic design that goes into a fully functioning street-worthy hot rod or custom car. And part of the aesthetics is that it must work great and appeal to its audience. When you look at these cars in that light, you see them like you have never seen them before — rolling sculpture. Escondido’s award-winning car artists include Super Rides by Jordan, located near Escondido’s Auto Park on Venture St. It’s where art sculpture happens in the form of hot rods and custom cars.

World renowned installation artist Robert Irwin describes the aesthetic effort of a young custom car builder creating a hot rod: “…I mean real aesthetic decisions, truly aesthetic decisions. Here was a fifteenyear-old kid who wouldn’t know art from schmart, but you couldn’t talk about a more real aesthetic activity than what he was doing, how he was carefully weighing: What was the attitude of this whole thing? What

The Super Rides By Jordan two-page spread on the previous pages is my conceptual brainchild born out of my love affair with cars and car culture. Although Jordan Quintal, the owner of Super Rides By Jordan, was a stranger to me when I explained the concept to him, his artist’s eye could envision the end result. To my amazement he instantly approved the project. It was no small commitment on Jordan’s part: it took almost eight hours to arrange the cars and shop tools, perform the lighting, and photograph the scene.

Pictured below (left to right), Jordan Quintal III, Henry J owner Larry Henderson, Jordan Quintal II

To implement the project with me, I recruited Will Gibson. Will is a Palomar College photography instructor and “painting with light” expert. Working with Jordan and his employees Will and I directed rearranging the cars and tools in the shop to get a composition that worked photographically. I cannot thank Jordan Quintal enough for trusting us with his Car Shop as Sculptor’s Studio and letting us create the image you see on the previous pages. It gave Will and me the opportunity to merge the art of photography with the art of creating hot rods and customs. Cruisin’ Grand starts April 5th and we begin a season of living America’s love affair with our car culture.








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California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents “Squawk!” an award-winning play about a peace song competition in a society of birds. Created by Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane, two South African performance artists, “Squawk!” touches on human conflict and competition in a metaphorical story about the birds’ bitter but comical struggle in their search for the best song.With the active participation of the audience, the birds ultimately learn that the most beautiful music is made when we all sing together. Shows on Wednesday, March 6th, at 9:30 and11:30 am. $3. (800) 988-4253. 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025.

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Intertwined Chef Boyd Kerr delivers.

Eclectic Fusion in Exotic Surroundings Story by Briana Alfaro Photos by Jean-Louis Husson

A young couple shares a caramelized pear flatbread in the dining room. In the living room, ladies laugh and take photographs together over glasses of iced tea. The patio enter tains guests with wine. While it could be a dinner par ty at someone’s home, this is one of Escondido’s newest restaurants-Inter twined.

Inter twined opened in September to a great reception with three weeks of Cruisin’ Grand to bring Friday night crowds. The restaurant remains busy, something Kerr credits to pleasant ambiance, quick and friendly service and good food.

Inter twined Bistro and Wine Bar first opened as “Entwined” in the fall of last year. Despite being forced to surrender its name to a similarly-named East Coast establishment, owners and Escondido natives, Chef Boyd Kerr and Kristi Petrik McGee, continue to entertain on Grand Avenue.

Weekend specials, like a Ginger-Soy Glazed Lamb Chop with Tasso Creamed Spinach, bring regulars and new patrons alike.

“This is the prettiest restaurant,” a guest says to Petrik McGee. She thanks the patron warmly. Indeed, the decor is stylish without being stuffy. There are dark woods and deep reds. Past the dining tables, there is an area with arm chairs, couches and moroccan lamps, deemed the “living room.” The space lends a comfor table place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine or appetizers, Petrik McGee said. Decorating help came from another downtown business, Savannah Design. “In the restaurant business, being your own boss is the dream,” Chef Kerr said. “You want to utilize your creativity.” Kerr describes his cooking style as eclectic fusion, combining elements from different cuisines and pulling ideas from his diverse restaurant experiences. Popular menu items include Stuffed Chicken with goat cheese and a wild mushroom sauce; Filet Mignon with a rich blackberry-stout sauce; and a variety of flatbreads, like the one topped with Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola.

“The food delivers,” he said.

Chef Kerr uses a Colorado domestic lamb which tends to taste gamier, compared to lamb from Australia or New Zealand, he said. The light ginger sauce plays well with the strong flavor of the meat and the subtle spiciness of the spinach served on the side. “The sweet hits your tongue, follows through with saltiness,” he said, “then heat, and a clean finish. “ The dish leaves the kitchen with beautiful contrasts in color between the sauce, the chop and a sprinkle of pretty, edible flowers. “All of his plates come out looking like that,” Petrik McGee said. The Nutter Butter Mud Pie is another testament to balanced flavor combinations. A cool, creamy bite of the desser t reveals a sweet, chocolatey experience with chewy, crunchy macadamia nuts and almond brittle to complement. Petrik McGee and Kerr moved in and created a lively, new spot at 113 East Grand.They open their doors to charm food, wine and beer enthusiasts at the prettiest restaurant in Escondido--Intertwined.


“...we can’t stop talking about how great the food is, and every time we’ve gone here, perfection seems to be the norm. The interior is classyrustic yet casual. Thank you Chef Boyd Kerr for bringing Entwined to Escondido!”*

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Escondido Education Foundation’s call to support innovative learning in Escondido schools By Katie Ragazzi

What comes in all shapes and sizes, morphs before your very eyes, and absolutely bubbles, jiggles, and glows with potential? Stumped? Here’s a couple hints. You were one once. You are one at heart. That’s right children!

Communities all over the world support their local schools, and Escondido is no different.

It may have been a while since you set foot on an elementary school campus. You would be amazed at life in a 21st-Century classroom. Kids are still studying the 3 R’s, and they are also producing videos, emailing homework, managing projects, and using digital tools like you and I use a pencil. The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) is one of the largest organizations in town, with well over 1,000 employees that serve more than 18,000 children in 23 different campuses. A non-profit emerged six years ago to raise additional funds to accelerate the district’s successful programs, and with the recession, the Escondido Education Foundation’s (EEF) work has become even more important.

Our children reflect our priorities.

Changes are afoot from inside and outside the classroom that will continue to move American schools from a 19th-Century model into the 21st-Century. Inside, EUSD teachers and administrators have been winning awards for the innovative use of technology, which helps them prepare students for life and work in a globalized world. Outside, national educational standards called the Common Core are coming to





California, and EUSD is a leader in preparing for the profound changes it requires. EEF has two signature programs. In the fall, all teachers are offered the opportunity to apply for grants that allow for some creative projects despite still-reduced school budgets. Examples include students building catapults to study the physics of motion, or using math and science to monitor their health statistics during a semester-long fitness program. In the spring, the Foundation and the school district produce the Escondido Youth Media Festival, which showcases digital audio, photography, and video projects made by students all around the district. The Foundation invites you to take a school tour to see these programs for yourself. This spring the Foundation is calling upon everyone in the community to learn about and donate to a school. Details are on Communities all over the world support their local schools, and Escondido is no different. Our children reflect our priorities. Join the Escondido Education Foundation in building Escondido up, one terrific boy and girl at a time. www.

A Celebration of Succulents By Thora Guthrie Photos by Debra Lee Baldwin

Fire sticks. Donkey’s tail. Tiger’s Jaw. String of Pearls. Their names sound like the ingredients for a wizard’s magic potion. Magical they are. Not potions, but succulents, the water-wise gardener’s dream plant. The inspiration of many a garden artist. The remedy for a brown-thumb-wielding, plant lover’s frustration. They are bumpy, prickly, soft or fuzzy. They range in color from pale greens, grays and whites to vivid blues, reds and purples. Hardy and tenacious, they reign where they fall, sending out tendrils of roots that grab hold in the light or in darkness, whether the earth there is dry or damp or whether there is ear th there at all. Well utilized in Southern California gardens where many are native, the past decade has seen some über creative garden and container expressions using these fleshy, pendulant botanic wonders. Implanted into colorful ver tical garden walls, pouring down

Photo by Debra Lee Baldwin SPRING 2013



CUISINE from waterless fountains, ganged together in pots or frames, or adorning old chairs, typewriters or barbecues, the possibilities are as endless as the colors of a painter’s palette and the strokes of a brush. Some succulents look more like aliens than any earthly species. But it is the combination that results in varied designs. Tropical. Deser t. Even Oceanic. The textures of some succulents resemble undersea plants and corals so much that garden designer Bill Teague and Jeff Moore of Solana Succulents create remarkably realistic undersea-themed garden using succulents and lava rock. As Joyce Kilmer praised trees, Debra Lee Baldwin honors succulents. The Hidden Meadows resident and garden photojournalist is recognized internationally as THE expert on using succulents in gardens and containers. “We live in the Mecca of all things succulent,” Baldwin says. Baldwin is author of three books on using succulents in garden design. Her third, Succulents Simplified, will be launched at Escondido’s Waterwise Botanicals during the nursery’s first annual Succulent Celebration June 7-8. Baldwin recently revealed her fascination with the textures of succulents in her blog “Succulents in Sweaters,” noting that “Certain succulents are downright odd in the way they exhibit their fuzziness, like Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’, which has goatee-like protrusions. Why on ear th?!” Baldwin says of aeoniums, some of which also are fuzzy, “Whenever I come across an aeonium I’m unfamiliar with, I caress it out of curiosity.” Photo by Debra Lee Baldwin

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Nevermind traditional flowers. Common, jewel-toned Jelly Bean, lipsticks and some echeveria show as brilliant as any flower garden and the texture is often more divine with draping tendrils of string of pearls (senecio) and bursting blooms of the purple aeonium. More understated tones are achieved with the pale Silversand or a pastel Echeveria, used recently even in bridal bouquets, softened by the frosty green of the Ghost Plant or the brilliance of a kalanchoe. There is a species and combination for every gardener’s vision. From the tiniest solitary succulent hailing from a tiny vessel to the statuesque dancing figures created by Pam Hammer for the San Diego Botanic Gardens, they cannot help but make a sculptural statement.

Photo by Debra Lee Baldwin

Courtesy Bloom Garden Shop

Plant fairs offer discounts on water-wise plants The San Diego County Water Authority and a number of its member agencies are teaming up with Home Depot to offer savings on water-wise plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs scheduled over the next several months. During the events, specially marked containers of low-water-use plants such as lavender, lantana, agave and rosemary will be heavily discounted at select Home Depot stores. Industry experts will be at the plant fairs to provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies, and how to select and grow low-water-use plants. Home Depot-certified nursery consultants will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be on-hand with information about water conservation programs and services. Plant fairs are designed to increase adoption of water-wise landscapes that are appropriate for San Diego County’s semi-arid climate. About half of the water used in a typical home is for landscaping. In addition

to the plant fairs, the Water Authority recently launched an incentive program for residents and businesses who replace turf grass with water-efficient plants. In North County, the plant fairs will be from 8 a.m. to noon at these Home Depot locations: March 9: 1001 El Camino Real, Encinitas;

April 20: 1475 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido

March 12 185 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego

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Laura Glusha: Artist, teacher, author & By A.K. Rubesha Photo by Tehara Tweed

Medical illustrator, artist, published author, lecturer, environmentalist, teacher. At 91, Laura Glusha has had many life-changing experiences, none more inspiring than her introduction, in 1972, to a two-day-old De Brazza monkey named Suck-a-toe (because he sucked on his toe) at the Los Angeles Zoo. He had been battered at birth by his father. He was rescued by zookeepers, but exhibited all of the same neurotic behavior of abused humans. Over the next five years, Laura visited and sketched Suck-a-toe daily. Because of the patient and loving attention of the nurses at the Zoo, Suck-a-toe became rehabilitated and he and Laura became friends.

one of these lectures, the teacher noticed that they still had time and could Laura, perhaps teach the children (2nd graders) how to draw the monkey? So, without any real idea of how to proceed, she started with the top of the monkey’s face. One eager, but frightened, little girl said she “couldn’t do THAT—she didn’t know how!” Laura told her that it’s just an upside down “U.” This worked and the little girl “not only turned

out a successful drawing, so did all of the other children,” she said. “My entire drawing system evolved from that experience. I knew if I could relate art forms to letters of the alphabet, or parts of letters, I could reach the children.” By this time, she had already lectured and taught more than 14,000 school children. These talks included an emphasis on

As a result of this rewarding experience, Laura determined to tell this story, especially to those young people who may have suffered abuse; the Boy’s Club of Hollywood in 1974, and, most recently, the Shriner’s Hospital, where the children had been brought in from Iran and Iraq with broken backs. Incorporated into her lecture about Suck-a-toe was a drawing lesson using a teaching technique that Laura had developed. “What an experience, telling the children the story and teaching them to draw the monkey. They actually did the drawing and their faces were radiant!” she said.

“My life was changed forever,” she said. The turning point, however, was an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, “About Women.” It spread her name all over. “I received calls from schools in Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Orange County. That also led to nine television appearances,” she said. At 34




Photo by Tehara Tweed

But Laura wasn’t always a teacher—she sort of “fell in to it.” As a result of an article in the Los Feliz Hills newspaper in 1974 about her story, libraries and elementary schools called her, wanting her to lecture and show her drawings of Suck-a-toe.

endangered species and, later, she created a little book called “The Laura Glusha Drawing Book of the Endangered Species” featuring a Panda and a Penguin, using her special drawing technique, to help teachers teach art. The book was purchased by the central library in Los Angeles and since then many more of the libraries have bought it. In 1980, Laura published a long-dreamed-of book on Suck-a-toe, co-written with Sister Mary Dorothy Stirling, BSP. And later she turned it into a coloring book. Laura moved to Escondido in the early 1990s and remains an artist and an art teacher. She has five private students that have been with her for quite some time. Among them is a little boy who was five and a half when she first met him. “He is now twelve and tells me he wants to be an art director when he grows up,” she said. She is also involved in the “sm{ART} Festival,” which is a Citywide art fair featuring the work of local elementary, middle school and high school students. She’s been working with 2nd graders at Broadway Elementary School.

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Laura said, “It is a project that I believe is needed all over California as all creative art, music, theatre, etc., has been removed from the schools. To me this is a tragedy because my experience in teaching has told me how much children need the arts to complete their lives.” She also teaches at the ROP-Adult School in Escondido called “Even You Can Draw,” and plans to offer “Even You Can Do a Portrait” in the Spring. In the end, Laura says that “I hope my work with Suck-a-toe and the children will be remembered. It changed my life and gave it real meaning.” It is very likely that Laura Glusha, in turn, changed lives, too. Laura Glusha is represented by the Main Frame & Art Gallery at 2426-B Auto Park Way in Escondido, where you can see her stone paintings—acrylic paintings of animals on semi-precious stones. She also enjoys pastels and has created several animal portraits and a triptych of Bald Eagles using pastels. Her website is www., where her stone paintings of wildlife are featured.


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Prop 30: What It Means To Our Schools Story by Julie Drexler Desmarais During the General Election in November Californians joined the nation at the polls, voting on national leadership as well as eleven state initiatives on weighty issues ranging from the death penalty to genetically modified foods. San Diego County voted with the majority of the state on all but two of the initiatives. One of these was Proposition 30.

student than its sponsoring district, EUSD. Multiply that by their 2,600 students and that amounts to just over $1.9M annually. In addition, Curry says, charter schools offering independent study are required to spend their per-student funding annually: “We, by law, cannot keep a reserve like traditional schools and districts.”

The Details Also known as The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, Prop 30 will increase income taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years, and will raise sales taxes by one fourth of a cent for four years. These tax revenues will cancel planned spending reductions in education and public safety for 2012-2013, and will provide funding for these programs through 2019. The initiative passed with a 55% state-wide majority, with 48% of San Diegans giving a yes vote.

What it means While local school districts are breathing a cautious sigh of relief, the passing of Prop 30 is not the answer to all of their financial challenges. The Sequestration planned for March 1st may have a significant impact on school districts’ ability to reap the full benefits of these tax revenues. If large cuts to government programs occur as planned, this will reduce funding for military programs significantly. Given California’s militaryrich industry, the trickle-down effect could reduce contributions to the state’s education budget. Explains Taylor, “As the DOD gets cut, defense contractors that provide support to the military are going to be affected.” This, he says, will in turn affect local businesses and the state’s ability to collect revenue by way of sales tax, income tax, and corporate income tax.

Local Impact The per-student reduction in funds that would have occurred had Prop 30 not passed would have varied among school districts. According to Michael Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Escondido Union School District (EUSD), this would have amounted to a reduction of $457 per student for the EUSD, or $7M annually. Given that about 83% of the EUSD’s budget is allocated to personnel, the cuts could have equated to a significant loss of teaching jobs, and more deficit spending. Over the past several years of cuts in funding, the EUSD has relied on its conservative spending and “having a relatively healthy reserve”, says Taylor, to stay solvent. The impact of educational cuts has been even harder on some local charter schools. According to Cameron Curry, Executive Director of The Classical Academy (TCA), charter schools receive up to fifteen percent less funding per student than traditional public schools. The per-student cut for TCA would have been $465 per student – eight dollars more per





Silver lining While there is no guarantee how much money will be raised through the increased taxation, the revenue from Prop 30 will be protected in special accounts that the Legislature cannot touch. This means that these revenues cannot be spent on state bureaucracy or administrative costs. In addition, school funding cannot be suspended or withheld regardless of what happens with the state budget. To find out exactly how this revenue affects our communities, stay tuned to your local school district’s and charter schools’ websites. As part of the measure, recipients of funds from the Education Protection Account will be obligated to annually publish on their websites an accounting of how the money was spent.

Real Estate Update Isn’t it nice to see the SOLD signs back again! Our real estate market is improving and, in some areas now, it is “HOT!” The February 10th Union Tribune issue reported that 40,000 properties sold last year in San Diego County, the highest volume since 2006. They also reported that Escondido’s 92029 zip code was the second highest of the top 10 zip codes in San Diego County for increased sales.

2013 Saturday, March 23, 2013

The DOW Jones Industrial Average recently crossed the 14,000 mark for the first time since 2007. Unemployment numbers are slowly improving. All of this is good news for our real estate market this year! While the highest number of sales and highest amount of value increase is mostly in the lower price range homes, the higher priced homes are starting to sell. February through May has typically been the best time of year to sell locally. Gardens are in bloom and the color displays certainly assist in the marketing. While the summer months can also be a good time, San Diegans tend to take a brief rest in June for graduations, weddings and summer vacation planning. The weather can sometimes take its toll in August and September and the lush green can turn into a dry brown. With a very low inventory of homes listed, now is a good time to sell. It is also a good time to buy before the prices and interest rates rise further. Some are successfully taking advantage of the current conditions to sell relatively fast and then buy in different areas at still low prices with financing at low interest rates. If a buyer has a home to sell, but does not need to sell in order to buy, a smart move may be to buy now at the lower prices and interest rates (lower property taxes too) and then sell later after the prices have increased. If you are considering selling, it is more important than ever to get expert advice for pricing your home. If you are buying, ask for a market analysis of the area of the property you are purchasing to be sure you do not overpay. With multiple offers and overbidding, it is easy to get caught up in the moment. Also, due to the previous years of economic downturn, some properties have not been properly maintained. It is highly recommended that a buyer hire professionals to inspect and report on the condition of the property being purchased during the due dilligence period. Let’s hope the positive economic news continues and that 2013 will be the year we have been waiting for!

A Wonderful Evening of Magnificent Art, Music, Fine Wine and Delicious Food to Benefit the Escondido Arts Partnership Make reservations online: or call the Escondido Municipal Gallery at 760-480-4101 or send checks to 262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 Reservations $55. Reservations are limited Tickets at the door $65 if availble. Please respond by March 16 Reservations will be held at the door Catered by Delight of France Panache Co-chairs: Petey Dietz and Nancy Jennings Auctioneer: Eric Lehew

2013 Panache sponsors include The Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Escondido Sunrise Rotary, Synergy Clinical Research-Escondido, Grand Galleria, Cosmic Solar, Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, Stone Brewing Company, SunCatcher Design, DejaVu Photoservices, Murphy’s Fine Woodworking, and Don and Linda Manor

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Now is a great time for energy upgrades Story by Laura Parsons, California Center for Sustainable Energy

Did you spend the winter huddled under blankets or layered in sweaters and thick socks? Are you dreading the summer months when parts of your home become uncomfortably warm?

California Center for Sustainable Energy. “By tightening up your building envelope, you might even be able to downsize your heating or cooling equipment.”

If so, it must be time for a home energy upgrade. Sealing air leakage and adding insulation typically make the greatest difference 3 in lowering your energy bills and keeping indoor temperatures comfortable. Your next priority would be updating old heating or cooling systems with high-efficiency models.

Dual-pane windows also help with energy savings, but can take many years to pay for themselves because of high up-front costs. “Windows are like the icing on the energy efficiency cake,” Gray says. “If you have a limited budget, start with air sealing and insulation instead.”

“When you seal air leaks and insulate, it dramatically reduces the amount of heat escaping from or penetrating into your home, so your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work so hard,” explains Liza Gray, a home energy coach at the San Diego-based

And there is good news for those on a budget — tax credits and rebates for home energy upgrades. In early January, Congress reinstated a federal tax credit of up to $500 for energy efficiency improvements as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Qualifying measures include insulation and high-efficiency furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners and windows. The credit is good through the end of 2013 and is retroactive for 2012. In addition, a statewide program called Energy Upgrade California offers rebates between $1,000 and $4,500 for home energy improvements. Homeowners work with local participating contractors who are specially trained in home energy efficiency and subject to the program’s quality assurance standards. The contractors begin by conducting diagnostic tests and, based on the findings, recommend cost-effective upgrades. Homeowners then choose the upgrades that make sense for their families and budgets. “We love hearing stories from homeowners after they’ve completed their upgrades,” says Gray. “They tell us, ‘I used to see my breath in the morning, it was so cold in my living room.’ But after the upgrades, their family stays warm and cozy in the winter and cool in summer.” Homeowners who also want to generate their own power can go solar and take advantage of a 30-percent federal tax credit. There’s also the California Solar Initiative – Thermal Program, which provides rebates for solar water heating systems.

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Second Saturday ArtWalk


We look forward to serving 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

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Palomar Family YMCA welcomes New Executive Director The Palomar Family YMCA is excited to announce the start of the Executive Director, Carola Cardenas. Carola joins them with over nine years’ experience working within the YMCA and four years in the for-profit sector. Carola received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is certified as a Strengths Performance Coach from Gallup University in Charlotte and has an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. Carola is committed to leadership development and membership development, which she believes is key to establishing success in growing a Y. Through this commitment she has overseen growth in programming and membership revenue by $400k in a three-year span and has created an environment of leadership growth that has tripled the Simmons Y annual fundraising campaign in less than four years. Carola is active in the YMCA movement; she sits on the national Steering Committee Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group, has been published in AYP magazine and has

received awards for her achievements in Servant Leadership. Carola is a native of Venezuela, and was raised in Southern California as a latch-key child with the support of the Y of Metropolitan Los Angeles. She is eager to return to Southern California. Carola is excited to be joining the Palomar team in her new role as of February 2013. She has relocated to the area with her husband Miguel and their 6-year-old daughter Amelia.

Escondido Osteopathic Rebecca Samuels Receives National Honor Dr. Rebecca A. Samuels, D.O., an osteopathic physician affiliated with the Escondido-based internal medicine group Palomar Medical Group (PMG), was recently honored by the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) for excellence in the practice of Internal Medicine. Dr. Samuels received the honorary degree of Fellow during a special ceremony at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. To qualify for the degree of Fellow, a physician must demonstrate continuing professional accomplishments, scholarship and professional activities including teaching, research and community service. “We are proud of Dr. Samuels’ honor and her accomplishments,” said Dr. Brian Meyerhoff, MD and CEO of PMG. Dr. Samuels earned her doctor of osteopathy degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She

completed her Internship at the University of Connecticut and her Residency at Michigan State University. Her focus is on restoring function in the body, and she may utilize traditional and other courses of treatment, such as OMT (Osteopathic Manual Treatment). She joined Palomar Medical Group in 2012 and is affiliated with Palomar Medical Center.

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Noted artist, Mike Steirnagle celebrates the opening of his new gallery/studio on Grand Avenue.


ESCONDIDO ART TALK Open critique and art talk group. 11am to 12noon. FREE. Escondido Arts Partnership/Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101. www.

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WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS: STONEY B BLUES BAND Big Sweet Daddy Peaches is a stately, comical and kind gentleman from Chicago who has travelled the country playing his Blues. FREE. 4pm & 7pm. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 340 N. Escondido.

9 SPRING FLOWERS The Art Tradition Gallery and Studio presents collections of paintings of flowers, landscapes and nudes by Darrel McPherson, Pal Fried, Darwin Duncan Leonor Fini prints Brad Kaskin and several others. Come enjoy the informal atmosphere and warmth at this must see show! 321 E. Grand. 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. 760-580-2300


ARTIST RECEPTION: One Plus Six Equals Seven: Curated by Chris Polentz 6-10 pm. Exhibition runs thru April 6, 2013. 317 E. Grand Avenue, 760-7072770, Image: Heather McKey, Untitled


ARTIST RECEPTION: ARTISTS GALLERY A new show is held every month in the Escondido Art Association Artists Gallery. The Gallery Reception is a special event held during the monthly Second Saturday Artwalk where the artists receive awards and ribbons for their paintings. 5-8 pm. 121 W. Grand Avenue. (760) 489-0338

9 ARTIST RECEPTION: Works by noted artist Michael Steirnagle. 5 - 8 pm. Michael Steirnagle Studio/Gallery, 120 West Grand, Studio 102, 760712-2424

9 THE CENTER CHILDREN’S CHORUS: SINGING FOR SPRING Three musically trained ensembles, Brio, 2nd-3rd grade; Arioso, 4th-6th grade; and Coro Vivo, 7th-12th grade, will present folk, traditional and contemporary song repertoire for Spring. 7 pm. Tickets: Adult $8, Senior/Student $5, Children 12 and under FREE. Center Theater, Tickets available soon California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. 9 SCRABBLE-THON New “King of the Hill” format: Players of all ages will participate in ALL five rounds of 30-minutes each. Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4684



RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery), 760-480-4101. 42




NIMS AND SPIRIT WIND Adrienne and her band play contemporary and world jazz with passionate energy and dazzling musicianship, creating an inspiring and unforgettable entertainment experience. 3 – 5 pm. Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4814


TERESA WALTERS - INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL PIANIST Tickets: $10 - $20. 2 pm, Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido.

“Godfather of Fashion”, Michael Steirnagle, Oil, 24”x24”


2ND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection is “Turn of Mind” by Alice LaPlant. Suitable for adults. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St.

15 AN IRISH HOOLEY WITH SLUGGER O’ TOOLE Slugger O’Toole concocts a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, heart-rending ballads and deft instrumentals. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35 - $39. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido.

17 SPECIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY SUNDAYS ON THE TERRACE 3 – 5:30 pm. Music by Shea Webster. Food Truck: God Save the Cuisine. $4 Irish Beers, $5 Glasses of Wine, $6 Wine Tastings ALL DAY. Orfila Winery, 13455 San Pasqual Road (800) 868-9463




PANACHE ART AUCTIONS Gala event featuring live and silent auctions of more than 48 local and internationally known artists including Niki de Saint Phalle, James Hubbell, Peter Mitten, Carol Mansfield, Claire-lise Matthey Anderegg and more. 5:30 - 8:30pm. Escondido Arts Partnership/ Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101

24 CIVIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING SHOWCASE For over 55 years the Civic Youth Orchestra has been providing performance opportunities for talented youth in the San Diego & Riverside Counties. 3 pm Tickets: $20, Senior/ Military: $15, Childer 12 and under: $10. Center Theater,California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. 29

ORFILA’S SPEAKEASY Orfila is going back to the Roaring ‘20s with their Speakeasy! Live music by Firefly Jazz Quartet, Mixed Wine Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, Blackjack with Orfila Game Play Money and a live auction! Tickets are $35 for this exclusive event, and you must have the password to enter. 7:30pm. Orfila Winery 13455 San Pasqual Road. (800) 868-9463


RINCON LITERARIO Selected title: La carretera / The Road by Cormac McCarthy Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760839-4329

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ESCONDIDO ART TALK Open critique and art talk group. 11-12noon. FREE. Escondido Arts Partnership/Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101. www.

3 WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS: DAVID DE ALVA A stirring journey into the heart of Spain with passionate flamenco guitar, percussion and dance blended with world beats. FREE. 4pm & 7pm. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido.


IN THE MOOD America’s premiere Big Band Revue, celebrating America’s Greatest Generation and the 1940s through song, swing dance and music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more. 3 pm & 7:30pm. Tickets: $15$49. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Image: In The Mood Image courtesy CCAE

TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET The Downtown Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market is an outdoor, international marketplace located in the heart of the historic Downtown Escondido. Local farmers and California growers sell the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables (many organic), flowers, herbs, nuts, eggs and honey. Also find gourmet chocolates, salsas, European breads, tamales, coffees, crafts, clothing and jewelry, as well as ready-to-eat foods to eat there or to take home for dinner! Tuesdays 2:30-6 pm.


CRUISIN’ GRAND RETURNS In its 14th year, Cruisin’ Grand returns bringing cruisers, car buffs, people watchers and more to Grand Avenue. 5 to 9 pm on Grand Avenue from Center City Parkway to Juniper Avenue.


POET’S INC NORTH COUNTY Readings by published poets. Open reading after the guest poet. 12:30 – 3 pm, Escondido Arts Partnership/ Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101


2ND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection: “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. 6 – 8 pm. Suitable for adults. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4214

FRIDAYS FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS Orfila Vineyards and T1O Events team up to bring Food Truck Fridays to Escondido. San Diego’s Best Gourmet Food Trucks will be on site dishing up some amazing eats, with LIVE music. 5 to 7:30 pm every Friday (except 3/29). Orfila Vineyards & Winery, 760-738-6500.

13 ARTIST RECEPTION: JOSEPH BELLOWS Works by San Diego artist Joseph Bellows. 6 - 10 pm. Exhibition runs thru May 4, 2013. 317 E. Grand Avenue, 760-707-2770,

13 ARTIST RECEPTION: MICHAEL STEIRNAGLE STUDIO/GALLERY Works by Michael Steirnagle. 5 - 8 pm. 120 West Grand, Studio 102, 760.712.2424


ARTIST RECEPTION: ARTISTS GALLERY A new show is held every month in the Escondido Art Association Artists Gallery. The Gallery Reception is a special event held during the monthly Second Saturday Artwalk where the artists receive awards and ribbons for their paintings. 5-8 pm. 121 W. Grand Avenue. (760) 489-0338

The Fourteenth Season of Cruisin’ Grand hits Grand Avenue again on Friday, April 5th. From April through the end of September, on every Friday night from 5 to 9 pm, Grand Ave and side streets will be packed with every type of fantastic classic vehicle imaginable, as well as a few surprises! Join car buffs and people watchers vie for the best: view of the street, outdoor dining table, retro-dressed attendee! Don’t miss this amazing Southern California tradition. For more info, contact Steve Waldron at Top End Tees: 760-746-8461.

SATURDAYS 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK Visit Downtown Escondido’s art and cultural scene every 2nd Saturday of the month. Gallery and artists’ receptions, hands-on art activities and other activities at participating businesses. Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery, Distinction Gallery, The Artists’ Gallery, Gallery 262, Escondido Public Library Concert Series, and more. See the eDBA website: www. More on page 39.




C ALENDAR 13 ARTIST RECEPTION: DREAMABILITY “ ARTISTS WITH ABILITIES NOT DISABILITIES” Outstanding and inspirational artists showcase talent and ability. Curator Marty Tiedeman. Cosponsored by the Ability Center of San Diego and Escondido Rotary Club. 4:30 – 8 pm. Exhibition runs thru May 4. Escondido Arts Partnership/ Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue.

26 ARBOR DAY Tree planting demonstrations in Grape Day Park and California Center for the Arts. Speakers from SDG&E, San Diego Urban Forest Council, Davy Tree. Times and information

760-802-0584 27 RINCON LITERARIO BOOK CLUB Selected title: “La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. Monthly bilingual book club facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4329

R I SC 13 ARTIST RECEPTION: EMERGING STUDENT ARTIST: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION Local students curate and hang their annual exhibition. 4:30 – 8 pm. Exhibition runs thru May 4, 2012. Escondido Arts Partnership/ Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101

Star Repertory Theater’s “13 THE MUSICAL”

April 19-21 and April 26-28, 2013 at 7:30 pm; The AVO Playhouse, Vista, CA






13 RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery), 760-480-4101.


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sm{ART} FESTIVAL Citywide art fair featuring the work of local elementary, middle school and high school students. Organized by the Escondido Alliance for Arts Education (EAAE), the fair highlights the work of local students in various venues throughout the city. Locations include Grape Day Park, California Center for the Arts, and at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. Escondido Arts Partnership/Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101 www.


2nd SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES: THE “STRANGERS” The “Strangers” sound is a mixture of traditional bluegrass influenced by artist like Earl Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and some Del McCoury. Usually a quartet consisting of banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass, they are still able to produce nice three part harmony with all musicians singing on one song or another. 2 – 4 PM. Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4814 44




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Spring 2013 Escondido City Magazine  

Find out what to do and where to go in Escondido. Historic Grand Avenue events, dining, art galleries and receptions. Second Saturday ArtWal...

Spring 2013 Escondido City Magazine  

Find out what to do and where to go in Escondido. Historic Grand Avenue events, dining, art galleries and receptions. Second Saturday ArtWal...


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