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Downtown welcomes some fabulous new businesses An app to fill the gaps



A look at three organizations working for change STORY AND PHOTOS JESSICA PETRENCSIK

An update on developments around the city




Find the best Mexican dishes in town with Erin Peet



Spring events and programs

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Things to consider when cohabiting with felines STORY HEATHER MOE PHOTOS DAN FORSTER


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Published by the Escondido Downtown Business Association of Escondido 262 E. Grand Ave., Ste E Escondido, CA 92025 760.745.8877 Fax 760.745.0307 Office Hours By Appointment

Co-Editor/Art Director Thora Guthrie Associate Editor Jessica Petrencsik Copy Editor Chris Anderson

Official Photographers 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery)

Contributors: Dan Forster Michelle Geller Thora Guthrie Kurt Lightfoot Heather Moe Erin Peet Jessica Petrencsik Cynthia Smith Mary Waring Wendy Wilson


ON THE COVER Local photographer Tehara Tweed spends many hours each month photographing in and around Escondido for her pleasure. The cover photo was captured at Kit Carson Park in the Queen Califia’s Magic Circle. Taken with a Canon G9 under the garden’s centerpiece looking up and out to the sky. Tweed says, “I love this small

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Shawna Cruise, President The Loft Hair Design & Skincare

Niki de St. Phalle Foundation

Jim Spann Expressions Interior Design

Dan Forster,Vice President Design Moe

Vicki Omstead Stitchers’ Treasures

Kathy Rubesha, Secretary Rubesha Properties, LLC

Fran Ronalds The Sculpture Salon

David Barkin, CFO David R. Barkin, Esq.

Peggy Stankowitz The Wave Shoppe

Scott Peck, Im. Past President Scott Peck, CPA & Associates

Wendy Wilson Escondido Municipal Gallery

Jim Rady, Ex Oficio Voluntary Member

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 membership-based organization with a volunteer Board of Directors and numerous committees committed to cultivating a vibrant, historic Downtown. Mission Statement: The eDBA’s mission is to create and nurture a healthy economic and cultural environment through community, culture and commerce.



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Marie Pegram Farmers’ Market Manager

Connie Braun Accountant




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Full Service Tea Room & Gift Shop Our guests say it all! “This place is an absolute delight. Lovely atmosphere with light colors, beautiful chandeliers, just enough “British style chintz” to make it homey.” Cammy, San Diego

The Grand Tea room has it all; ambiance, excellent food/drink and atmosphere. Lisa, Escondido

“This will be the talk of the town. Something for Escondido to be proud of.” Robbie, Escondido

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“What a lovely addition to Grand. Simply gorgeous decor and tea settings!” Celeste, Escondido

LOC AL BUSINESS NEWS Lucio’s An American Grill & Entertainment When he was eight, Lucio Di Pace started cooking in his parents’ restaurants in Italy, an early beginning to a long and successful restaurant career. Over the years, Di Pace’s experience extended to many phases of the food and wine business, his restaurants garnering recognition for notable quality. He most recently partnered with wife Jennifer’s family to develop the Cordiano Winery in Escondido. Now he brings his story and expertise to Downtown Escondido “in hopes of reviving and enhancing my local community.” Lucio’s will include all fresh, locally grown and hand crafted food, wine and beer. Di Pace has been closely connected with the San Diego food and wine communities and plans to work exclusively with local growers and producers to further expand the local food, wine and brewery cultures in North County, and bring more restaurateurs to open businesses here. When not making wine or pizza or creating a new restaurant, Di Pace can usually be found with a guitar in hand. Music is a big part of his plans for his restaurant, including bringing in some of the well known musicians he knows. Food, family and music are Lucio Di Pace’s passions and Lucio’s Place promises to be a passionate combination of food, wine, music and the people who love to live! Plans are to open their doors by Summer.

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We look forward to serving you as our guest. On Grand Avenue in Historic Downtown Escondido

Graffiti? Potholes?

There’s an App for that! The City of Escondido launched a useful smartphone app some time ago. Escondido, Report It! is a real-time mobile civic engagement platform that provides a free and simple way for Escondidans to use their smartphones to report community problems such as graffiti or potholes. Recently updated, Escondidans can now access it via the City’s Facebook page in addition to via their smartphones.

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Become a Friend of Downtown! You get Escondido City Magazine delivered to your door and other valuable benefits Your $25 membership supports our community and includes: • A free tapa at Vinz Wine Bar • A free cinnamon roll at Champions • The new Shop Escondido Discount Card • And much more

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Suzanne Schaffner grew up in Escondido and, after leaving for college and to work in Europe, moved back with her husband Jacob to put down roots. A life full of gardening, traveling, and cooking has inspired them to open a gelateria in historic downtown Escondido. Suzanne looks forward to producing classic Italian gelato flavors like chocolate, tiramisu, and pistachio while also working with local farmers to source fruit for sorbet. “Escondido grows so much interesting produce. It’s exciting to showcase these local fruits as they come into season throughout the year.” Suzanne and Jacob are committed to building a family business that helps contribute to the vibrancy of the city. Suzanne says, “...we need a place in Escondido where you can go for dessert, that is romantic for couples yet casual enough for families with children,” adding “...a place that’s open late enough so you can go after dinner.” EscoGelato’s hours will be 10am to 9pm, 7 days a week. EscoGelato 122 South Kalmia • 760.580.2482;

MEHR INTERNATIONAL CULTERAL CENTER Karim Mirreghabi believes that diversity is to be celebrated. A painter and a ceramicist from Iran, Mirreghabi is remodeling the building at 345 West Grand Avenue for his new International cultural center. The center will be an art, music and social center, and a place for arts and culture-related discussion. Mirreghabi says, “Mehr International Cultural Center is a Center with the primary goal of introducing local and international culture, art and artists of the different countries to the world, to bring more harmony and create a better understanding among nations and their people.” Mehn International Cultural Center 345 West Grand Avenue • 760 419 5543 10



FROM CITY HALL Updates from the City of Escondido

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Facebook and Twitter Last fall, the City of Escondido launched its official Facebook page. “Like” us today at www. and follow us on Twitter at http:// Economic Development Master Plan In September 2011, the Escondido City Council approved its FY 2011-2013 Action Plan which identified economic development as a priority focus area. The City has retained the services of the Natelson-Dale Group to form an economic development master plan for the City that identifies key strategies to retain, expand and attract business and private projects in Escondido. The process involves extensive citizen participation and the plan is anticipated to be completed and presented to the public this summer. Public Art The latest addition to the City’s public art collection, entitled “New Leaf ” by artist Dan Dykes, was installed in the median on Centre City Parkway near Felicita Avenue in December. The leaf-like top of the sculpture is said to point to Downtown.

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Contract was awarded to L.B. Civil in December 2011, and construction began at the end of February. The project is expected to take approximately six months to complete. Maple Street will be closed in phases to through traffic, but local access to individual properties will be maintained as needed. The City will work to minimize the impact to Downtown businesses as much as possible during construction. New Downtown Housing Pre-leasing will begin soon for the “Latitude33” apartment homes and townhomes located on North Escondido Boulevard at Woodward Avenue. Interested parties can register to be notified once properties become available at register-for-info/ Mayor’s Business Visits Mayor Sam Abed is conducting visits with Escondido business owners to hear first-hand the experiences of the local business community. If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587 or Façade & Property Improvement Program (FPIP) The FPIP provides matching funds to business property owners for exterior improvements that enhance the appearance of their business. Please contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587 or for more information or to apply. For more information, contact Michelle Geller in the City Manager’s Office at (760) 8394587 or .

Great Music for All Ages (even 10 year olds!)


MASTERPIECE HITS APRIL 29, 2012 - 4 PM Concert Hall Tickets: $20-$46 / Students: $10 / Under 12: FREE! Jung-Ho Pak and the gifted musicians of Orchestra Nova are presenting some of the most popular masterpieces of the last 300 years that will be enjoyed by young people and devoted classical music fans as well. From Bach to Beethoven to Bernstein, youʼll love hearing these all time favorites played in the exciting style of Orchestra Nova. Get your tickets by calling the Center at 800 988-4253. This performance is generously sponsored by Mrs. Jean Will. California Center for the Arts Escondido

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A view of the mountains from almost anywhere

Photo by Jessica Petrencsik


No. 2 Location. Location. Location.

We’re about a half an hour to almost anywhere in San Diego County: the beach, the Gaslamp Quarter, the airport, Legoland, Julian (for that famous apple picking season), and Bates Nut Farm. It’s also a nice perk to have

No. 3

No. 4

Escondido Public Library

Free concerts and movie viewings, a book club, children’s story time, The Pioneer Room, the most beautiful savannah-themed children’s room, and Cowboy Charlie.

No. 5 Cheap avocados

This year they were $3 a bag. Now, even a restaurant on Grand Avenue pays homage to the local delicacy.

No. 6 The Escondido Street Faire No. 7 Diversity

What a rich mix of culture and language we have in our fair town! Currently 32 different languages are spoken by students at our schools, and there are strong cultural and culinary influences from Latin America, Native America, Asia (China, Japan, Viet Nam, Korea, Polynesia,

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etc.) as well as both Eastern and Western Europe.

Photo Courtesy of: California Avocado Commission

the commuter lot in south Escondido with easy access to the carpool lane.

LOVE ...


No. Cruisin’ Grand

Running from spring through

the onset of fall, Cruisin’ Grand is perhaps the most ambitious

weekly event put on in this town.

No. 9 Grand Avenue


A true downtown complete with historic architecture, an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and tree-lined streets.

No. 10 Escondido has soul!

Grand Avenue and the historic neighborhoods around it give us personality, a sense of history, and a beautiful, central place to convene. We are one of the largest cities in San Diego county, yet we still possess the feel of a small town. We can look forward to a future infused with our rich history.

No. 11


The restaurants that bring Escondido more class Stone Brewing company, Vincent’s, Tango Restaurant & Lounge, Coast Bistro and Catering, The Grand Tea Room and The Grand.

No. 15 But also..... the comfort

No. 12 Our inventive minds

food found in a tremendous selection

Escondido was recently ranked** as the 23rd most

of down-home, family-

inventive city in America based on patents per capita.

type diners

In 2010 that means 179 patents per 100,000 residents. **The Daily Beast, an online publication by Newsweek

No. 13 The Downtown Farmers’ Market One of the best in the county

No. 16 Authentic Mexican Food See page 32 for review




ABOUT No. 17 Queen Califia’s Magic Circle French artist Niki de Saint Phalle fell in love with

Escondido and chose to create her fantastical mosaic sculpture garden here. 120 feet in diameter, this shimmering circle draws upon the legend of a powerful,



black Amazon queen who ruled over the island of California. A golden, armor-clad Queen Califia astride a monumental eagle reigns in the center surrounded by eight totems representing animals and elements of the land. Nestled in the hills, this delight of light and color does indeed feel magical.

Photo by Kathy Rubesha © Niki de St. Phalle Foundation

Outdoor Adventuring Daley Ranch, Lake Hodges, and Dixon Lake are breath-taking destinations for getting outside to hike, bike, fish, kayak and ride horses.

No. 19

Kit Carson Park

Featuring a disc course unlike anything else in North County, a duck pond, three playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, an amphitheater, Queen Califia’s Magic Circle, and a stream running through it, Kit Carson really does take the lead in local parks.

No. 20 Felicita Park This state park features a

No. 21 Grape Day Park and the multitude of festivities there

one-room museum, education on local Native American (Kumeyaay) history, tree-covered trails, a meandering river, three playgrounds, two stages, grassy rolling hills and plenty of picnic tables.

No. 22 Thrift Stores

So many to choose from and most of them are within blocks of each other on Escondido Blvd.




E S C O N D I D O 23 No.

The Center for the Arts

No. 24 Our commitment to art: Distinction Gallery and the Art Hatch, the Escondido Arts Partnership and its Municipal Arts Gallery, Public Art Program and the dozens of art pieces that enhance our urban landscape.

No. 25 San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum No. 26 Our History

Preservation groups like The Escondido History Center and the Old Escondido Neighborhood help us retain our sense of history. There are plenty Photo by Wendy Wilson

of residents who have family that came to Escondido in the 1800s and have some great tales to tell.

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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 | SPRING 2012



Move as One

Toward a better community

The Grass is Greener Something happened this year. It’s like dozens of folks all took a look at the concerns in Escondido and had the same response - some version of the proverb “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” young professionals decided to voice ideas for attracting more of their kind. Those who wanted to protect recreational and educational services from the city’s proposed budget cuts rose up and advocated for creative solutions to the lack of funding. And despite the restructuring of the business development organizations that once represented downtown merchants, a new and potentially more viable model is emerging.

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This issue, we draw attention to the grassroots volunteer groups that sprang up this past year. They are working to creatively solve problems with a roll-up-yourshirtsleeves-and-jump-right-in kind of attitude. “Things don’t just happen on their own,” said Dave Woods, founder of Think Grand. “It takes people like you and me pitching in.” THINK GRAND The Idea: Think Grand (TG) offers an online community for people who are thinking big about Escondido. The web site provides a place for discussing those big ideas, for proposing possible solutions to the things that ail Escondido, for informing and being informed, and for dreaming out loud. Oh, and vicious talk and anonymity are strictly forbidden. But Think Grand doesn’t limit itself to the Internet. Participants are invited to inperson events: networking at locally owned restaurants, hiking or biking around town, and volunteering alongside other organizations that need the manpower. “We’re a volunteer labor force for making big ideas happen,” said Woods.

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More than anything, TG is a mindset, not a group. “I hope we can inspire people to get involved - go volunteer at your child’s school, get out and volunteer for something you’re passionate about,” said Woods. “You don’t

have to be a member of Think Grand - just go volunteer; that’s thinking grand.” The History: Somewhere around December of 2010, Woods put an idea in motion. He had returned to his hometown wanting to believe it could be as hip, productive, and economically viable as other neighborhoods he frequented. What he found was a city with a whole lot of potential stymied by cynicism and infighting. By creating a community that would appeal to young professionals (though all are welcome) and provide a forum for positive communication, he hoped to alter the culture so that change would be possible. So far, TG has been Escondido’s biggest cheerleader. Heading into 2012, TG will begin to address topics that participants have cited as areas of interest or concern: improving the downtown area; bringing jobs, industry and youth to Escondido; healing the division between the races; promoting and growing the small business sector; and, as this is an election year, gaining a deeper understanding of the candidates and the charter city proposal. Get Involved: Think Grand needs people to write short, informative pieces to stimulate discussion in the Topics section of the web site. Also needed are people who can help plan an event. To get involved, sign up at the TG web site, “Like” Think Grand on Facebook, or email Dave Woods to tell him how you can help out. ESCONDIDO DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Idea: Everything about the eDBA these days is “new and improved.” The new mission emphasizes the development of a strong community and culture, believing that healthy commerce will naturally follow. And merchants within the downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods may voluntarily become dues-paying members based on a


at the roots tiered fee structure that corresponds with the level of benefits desired. But you need not be a business owner to take part in the effort to enliven and sustain our quaint downtown. Do you frequent Grand Avenue? Do you care about the independently owned businesses in our central core? Do you have opinions about what shops and restaurants are located there or what kind of night life could exist? You are needed.

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merchant meeting - they are open to merchants, customers, and neighbors alike. Your input and willingness to serve on a committee or to volunteer at an event are welcome. For just $25 annually, you can become a member. Board meetings occur every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:00 am at the eDBA offices. Dates for upcoming merchant meetings will be announced in early March.

“Things don’t

Get Involved: Attend a board meeting or

make a difference in our town? Escondido has experienced a recent surge in folks

just happen

who possess both ideas for

on their own.

how to better our city and

It takes

a willingness to step up

people like

personally and make change

you and me

happen. For the next year,

pitching in.”

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“The eDBA is here if you want it to be,” said Cruise. “We all believe in the downtown, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. If you believe The History: About half of the too, speak up - write a check, eDBA’s budget once came join a committee, put in time Dave Woods from managing the Business volunteering in the office. We will Think Grand Improvement District fees channel the energy and focuses required of businesses in of the people who are excited to the area. Last year these help the downtown area.” fees were halved by the city council, and the association decided to cut ties and regroup. So here it is – with two part-time staff members and the need for impassioned volunteers to step in and help create something wonderful ESCONDIDO’S FUTURE downtown. The Idea: One of the “The bottom line is that without any true things that has staff, the efforts of the organization are going made Escondido to come from the efforts of the great has been members themselves,” said the quality of Shawna Cruise, president. “If community life you want something done, you experienced have to figure out how to do by it. The eDBA is a coordination of member efforts.” The eDBA will continue to organize several community events in the downtown area, while spending less time on advocacy. A web site is being developed that will publicize member businesses and offer a calendar of events, among other features.

Do YOU want to

will introduce you to groups that are transforming our town. So choose a cause: you’ll make friends, do something purposeful in your community, and inspire your neighbors.

Community organization leaders (from left to right), Shawna Cruise, Dave Woods, Mel Takahara,


residents. Escondido’s Future (EF) is a grassroots organization that is working to inform citizens who wish to see this “quality of life” continue to thrive, and to provide a medium for citizens to communicate their opinions on these issues. To do this, EF is developing a comprehensive web site that will provide timely, objective, helpful, non-partisan information about quality of life issues in Escondido. The site is intended to serve young families who will appreciate the breakdown of information and the simple ways to get involved or speak out effectively on an issue affecting their families. The History: Born out of concern in 2011 for how the proposed budget cuts would impact city-funded programs like the East Branch of the public library, community recreational opportunities, city pools and other services, the citizens who eventually formed Escondido’s Future began meeting to track the issues and clarify a community response. “We realized that it was difficult to accurately communicate to the community these issues in a timely way, and that so many people were really unaware of what was happening even though their lives were being impacted,” said Mel Takahara, a member of the steering group. “[We] determined there was no infrastructure in the community to have a voice to speak out. There was no device for community sentiments to be expressed in a clear and focused way.”




Thus the idea of a web site was born. “We are trying to address issues that will impact young families and the future of their children,” said Takahara. “Our hope is that when young families begin to read this and see the value of it, they will become engaged.” EF is currently tracking the public library, recreation and enrichment programming, senior citizen concerns, city council decisions, CDC and redevelopment actions, education, the charter city proposal, and the city’s general plan. Get Involved: Go to the web site and sign up to receive email updates. You will be informed when topics are posted and opportunities to volunteer become available.

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As a designer, I’ve seen some crazy things in my clients’ homes because of their cats. I’ve seen couches covered in sheets of aluminum foil to discourage scratching. I’ve seen door levers ducttaped in place, windows covered by shredded draperies, and living rooms filled with a virtual jungle of scratch posts. I’ve seen the edges of kitchen countertops lined with a row of upright books to keep animals from jumping up. And I’ve even seen families actually abandon an entire area of their homes over to their pets.

Designing with It’s happened to me twice, recently, that I’ve toured a new client’s home for the first time only to discover that the family has repurposed the oversized and no longer used master bath tub into a sunken cat box “room,” with the walls of the tub containing the mess. Needless to say, this usually drives the humans out of the bathroom. Sometimes it drives them out of the adjacent bedroom and closet as well. So part of my job is to work with my clients and their feline “children” to develop workable solutions for common animalhuman challenges. Lately I’ve had the pleasure of remodeling several multi-cat homes, and together my clients and I have come up with some fun, workable designs. We created a novel new way 20



for cats to exercise indoors. We set up a kitchen with designated “cat” and “non-cat” areas. And we created some unusual hiding places for that most necessary but unpleasant accessory, the cat box. In a recent remodel of a 1950’s era Escondido home, we addressed the exercise needs of the owners’ indoor cats by building an elevated indoor “racetrack” that lined the walls of the great room and the front entry. We camouflaged the track by disguising it as architectural trim, and we provided picture ledges at staggered heights at each end of the track to provide cat-friendly up and down access. To build the track, we installed a second level of crown molding on the wall about a foot below

Cats in Mind the room’s existing crown. We added a solid board to the top edge of the crown for a racetrack floor, and we glued down a strip of indoor/outdoor carpeting to give the cats traction when they were running. We painted the whole assembly semi-gloss white to match the existing moldings, and we made sure that any art work on the picture ledges was not just leaning there, but was fastened securely to the wall.

In the same household, we also addressed the issue of cats and kitchen counters. We find that our clients generally want their pets with them in the kitchen, where the animals can be nearby and part of the family. At the same time, clients want their cats out of the kitchen, away from the cooking and food-handling counters.

In the Escondido remodel mentioned above we addressed this conflict by dividing the kitchen into “no-cat zones” and “catwelcome zones.” For security and food-safety reasons, the main prep areas around the commercial gas rangetop and the main wash-up sink were designated cat-free. Then we set up a separate sunny counter at the end of the kitchen as a cat snooze zone. The west-facing window looked out at an adjacent large tree, and we added some additional cat-friendly features. To warm up the stone countertop on cloudy afternoons, we installed a pair of highwattage, heat-emitting halogen lights to the overhead decorative soffit. We set up a nearby cupboard as a dedicated pantry for cat food and treats. SPRING 2012




For the humans, we added a secondary pull-out recycling unit (for discarded food cans) in the base cupboard directly below our cat warming counter. For all cat households, and particularly for multi-cat households, the largest ongoing challenge is the question of where to put the cat box. The rooms we see clients use most often include the utility room, the mudroom, and the bathrooms, but even in these rooms the inevitable mess and unpleasant smell are never welcome. With this mind, we’ve come up with three alternatives, all of which allow our clients back into those parts of their homes. In the recent remodel of a gracious country home in Fallbrook, Contractor Scott Youngren of Youngren Construction modified the base opening of a new sink cabinet in the laundry room to fit a full-width, full-extension, heavy-duty roll-out shelf. This often overlooked storage space is usually large enough to fit a roll-out tray that can fit at least one cat box; in this case we were able to fit two boxes side-by-side. A plastic or stainless steel tray mounted on the floor of the roll-out tray caught any escaping sand. We added a standard “cat flap,” or indoor/outdoor cat door, into the center of one of the existing base cabinet door panels to allow cat access. Although we prefer to use the cat flap (because the “flap” swings back as a closed door, holding in smells), an alternative to installing a commercially produced cat door is to simply cut an opening approximately 5 x 6 inches in one of the cabinet doors, perhaps even in a whimsical shape such as a cat face. Most cats are comfortable with tight surroundings and dark spaces and are easily trained to access a base cabinet with a cat flap or door cut-out. When it’s time for cleaning the boxes, cat owners can open the cabinet doors and roll the box out. Another solution recently used in an eight-cat Escondido household was to designate the existing hall closet as a walk-in cat box room. Multiple cats mean multiple boxes, and knowing that cats are comfortable with heights means that a second layer of boxes can be added on a counter-high shelf 22




directly over the first set of boxes sitting on the floor. Again, a catflap or cut-out in the door provides access for the animals while also providing visual shielding, and cat owners can easily open the closet door to fully and easily access the two levels of boxes for maintenance. Perhaps my favorite cat box solution comes from a recent Poway master bathroom remodel where we added a small outdoor cat patio, or “catio.” In the two-cat home, we were in the middle of designing an elegant, minimalist master suite when the question arose of where to put the cat box. As much as the homeowners really didn’t want such an unsightly item in the middle of their new Zen-inspired room, they also felt it was not fair to their aging pet to move the box to a another area. Project contractor Andy Frost of Coral Construction came up with a solution he had used in his own Oceanside home: a small, enclosed, roofed patio located directly on the exterior side of the toilet room wall. A standard cat flap set into the wall of the toilet cubicle allowed the cats access into their new Catio; a small gate set into the side of the catio structure gave the humans access for cleaning. In this solution, the cat box is easily available to the animals, it is located in an area with great natural ventilation, and the exterior location gives the cats the secondary benefit of safe, limited interaction with those fascinating outdoor sights and smells. A well-decorated home is expected to be both beautiful and comfortable, and as a rule we want our clients’ finished homes to have the attractive, controlled, flawless appearance of an interior design magazine photo. But thank goodness most of our clients don’t live in a magazine-world. They live in a very real world with a whole bunch of hard-tocontrol challenges: messy teenagers, unorganized spouses, and furshedding, chaos-producing animals. And what a wonderful world it is.

Heather Moe and her husband Dan Forster own and operate Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. Heather is the lead designer there. Design Moe’s recent projects include both remodels and new construction projects in Southern California including San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.Their showroom is at 143 West Grand Avenue in Escondido. 760.740.0578.






America’s Cruisin’Art


oday’s hot rod and custom car cruisin’ success is the result of the appeal of its art form — an art form that tugs at our cultural DNA, pulling us to times and feelings that are familiar, friendly, exciting, daring and romantic. Those core feelings are why Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido is so popular, Friday after Friday, all summer long. People feel it in their bones — feel it in their souls? — without having to think about it much. But the mission of this article is to think about it. It’s through the lens of art and culture that we can see more deeply and clearly into the appeal of Cruisin.’ Like Jazz and Rockn-Roll the founding aesthetics of hot rods, custom cars, and muscle cars emerged organically. Hot rod car culture aesthetics originated in the 1920s-1930s when the working guy had access to cheap used cars that they could modify for performance — the original hot rods. And nothing exemplifies the commitment to those original aesthetics more than today’s rat rods with their patinas and rust (although the surfboard shown here on Christian Davis’ rat rod truck is definitely an idea from the Beach Boys era). 24



The quickest way to increase acceleration and speed came from pulling off fenders, running boards, roofs, hoods and anything else that didn’t make it go faster. Rebellion, simplicity, directness, and power became the aesthetic principles that drove car culture from the hot rods of the ‘20s & ‘30s to the original Ford Mustang and Pontiac GTO of the ‘60s. We’re as romantic about those aesthetics as we are about cowboys, the old west, and manifest destiny. Today’s hot rods echo the early aesthetic foundations from the ‘30s through the refinements in the ‘50s. We can see that in Chick Koszis’ 1932 Ford roadster built by Escondido’s Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, and Rick Trestrail’s owner-built 1934 Ford 3-window coupe. In today’s customs we see all of the original aesthetics extended and expressed for today’s sensitivities. A great example is Larry

& Culture Story and Photography by Kurt Lightfoot/Deja Vu Photo Services

estimated 5,000 spectators, and an estimated 500 hot rods, customs and muscle cars creating the reason to be there. In 2011 Distinction/ArtHatch Gallery merged car art and Cruisin’ Grand into a crowd-pleasing event called IMMORTALIZED. Escondido’s Hot Rods and Custom Stuff arranged to have their clients’ cars out front, the gallery featured some great car culture artists, and the street and the gallery were packed with car fans. Cruisin’ art and culture has an audience. A generation from now, America’s cruisin’ will still be an expression of art and culture. It will be an extrapolation from the 1930s through the ‘60s, but it will also be a surprising and creative integration of whatever the then-current forms of expressing power and performance are. Mid-chassis Tesla 3-Phase Alternating Current Induction Motor and 3rd-generation liquid-cooled Lithium-ion battery pack retrofitted into a 1932 Ford Tudor hot rod doing illegal burn-outs at Cruisin’ Grand’s Nitro Night? I hope to be there.

Henderson’s 1951 Henry J. Larry’s award winning custom, built by Escondido’s Super Rides by Jordan, merges the power and performance goals of the hot rod with the ethos of the custom. Art needs an audience and that’s why cruisin’ venues became a necessary part of the culture. Cruise-night venues like Cruisin’ Grand provide an old-town style of active cruisin’. Escondido’s intimate boulevard is full of cars actively cruising all night long. There are an SPRING 2012





Before summer break suddenly takes you by surprise, take a minute to review some options to letting your kids running amok.These local organizations run a myriad of fun, life-enriching, educational and activitybased programs for children of all ages.

More Camps: Tiny Tots Preschool/Summer Sessions Kamp Kindergarten Great Outdoor Summer Camp at Dixon Lake (preschoolers) Registration begins March 31continuing throughout the summer.


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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego changes lives through quality youth programs and guidance in a safe, affordable and fun environment. Great futures have been starting here for 70 years. Serving kids ages 5-18 years old with academic success, character development and healthy lifestyle programs, the Club makes a difference in the lives of Escondido future leaders - our youth! Trained professional staff provides fun and structured activities. Participants have an opportunity to meet new friends and try new things. Each full week of day camp includes a field trip to a fun location. Summer Day Camps Monday, June 11-Friday, August 17 Theme weeks include: • Super Hero • Go Green • Olympic Games • Wet n Wild • Star Spangled • Game On Chris Endris, Mitchell Branch, 115 W.Woodward Ave., 760-746-3315 Dawn Gonzalez, Baker Branch, 835 W. 15th Ave., 760-745-0515 Closed Wednesday, July 4. More information at

ICEOPLEX SUMMER CAMP “The Coolest Camp in Escondido!” Iceoplex has more to offer than just ice skating! Iceoplex Summer Camp will take full advantage of our facility, offering several activities throughout the week including: ice skating, swimming, broomball, flag football, arts and crafts, and many other indoor/outdoor activities. Camp participants will also rehearse for the end of the week Friends and Family Recital. Healthy snacks will be provided; however they must provide their own lunch. Each participant will receive an official Iceoplex Camp T-shirt. Ages: 6-10years ; Cost: $250.00 per week. Daily rates available upon request Week 1: June 25-29; 9am - 6pm; Deadline for registration: June 15 Week 2: July 23-30; 9am - 6pm; Deadline for registration: July 13 For more information please visit:

CITY OF ESCONDIDO RECREATION PROGRAMS Escondido Recreation is geared up to kick off the 56th year of summer fun and safety! Realize peace of mind knowing that your kids are enjoying their summer while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and well-supervised environment. Weekly sessions: On Track Kid’s Camps (Ages 5-12) June 11, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m; Only $85/week Optional field trips to Wild Rivers, Knott’s Soak City, and more, for an additional fee. $25 deposit per camp reserves a space Weekly half-day skate, soccer, or hockey camps(ages 6-13); MUSICSTAR® Rock Academy & CIT Teen Leadership Program (ages 13-15) These specialty camps will be a huge hit this summer. Aquatics Club of Escondido (ACE) offers: Learn-to-Swim classes (6 months–adult) Water polo programs (ages 5–adult) Swim Club for youth (ages 5-8) Master’s Swim Open Swim begins June 16 at Washington and James A. Stone Pools




ESCONDIDO PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading Clubs for Children “Dream Big – READ!” Ages 3 - 12 “Own the Night!” Teens ages 13 -17 June 11 – August 4; FREE Register to join a library Summer Reading Club starting June 11th. Track your reading time and earn free incentives throughout the program. For more information on free weekly programs and activities, go to: or call 760.839.4827. Sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Free and open to the public.


DOM BLUES!! PATIO PLAYHOUSE Practical Acting classes and Practical Hands-on Workshops for students in grades 6-12! Six week sessions taught by costumer and set designer, Spencer Farmer! Learn stage direction, memorization, character motivation and intention, movement, diction and voice work, and much, much more. Exciting Saturday workshops include: Mask Making, Stage Combat, and Theatre Make-up techniques! Now through Summer. Novice and advanced sessions; $60/session or $10 per day; 201 E. Grand Avenue, Downtown Escondido; or (760) 746-6669 CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO What does the Center have for children this summer? Well, there’s the Film/Media Summer Camp, a special program for children presented in partnership with Media Arts in San Diego. The Center is hosting the Escondido Youth Media Festival in the Concert Hall on May 18th which highlights many talented and creative local Escondido Union School District students. Center Stage – Weekday performances for Youth

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Now is the time to make plans for your child’s summer vacation! On Track Kid’s Camps Ages 5–12 • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. • $85/wk • Begins 6/11 • Early registration begins 3/31 for Kid’s Camps Skate, Soccer, & Hockey Camps Ages 6–13 • Build skills at the Escondido Sports Center Summer Aquatics

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MAY: Refuge in the Arts: Hip Hop from the Heart of Eveoke; Wednesday, May 16th, 9:30a.m. (Grades 2-5) & 11:30a.m. (Grades 6-12) Eveoke is an award-winning modern dance company based in downtown San Diego. This program uses Hip Hop and the spoken word to explore the cycle of violence in our lives, our schools and our community, and how to navigate and transform them.

Each day, campers will have opportunities to meet animals up close. Summer camps run from June 25 to Aug. 17, Safari Park also will be offering one-day camps for ages 6 through 17!

JULY: Lisette’s Dance: Ballet Dance Camp in July M-F Saturday 9:30-12:00 Amazing Grace Dance:Tues 3:30 pm-6:30 pm Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm Arts Off Broadway also will have an acting camp, dates and times TBD. These are just a few of the many wonderful programs being presented by the Center. For more details about these events and to see the full range of activities, visit www. SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Summer Camps for Animal-Loving Kids San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers unique weeklong summer camps for youth. Unforgettable experiences include a weeklong residential camp focused on exotic animal care for pre-teens, and day camps on everything from animal senses to wildlife careers.

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Escondido and Mexican Food: by Erin Peet

Escondido is one of the great meccas of Mexican food. In some neighborhoods, Mexican restaurants can be found on nearly every block. It has become a tradition for me and friends to explore their fare on Tuesdays after shopping at the downtown Farmers’ Market. While we have not yet tried every restaurant in town, here are some of our favorite places for these popular dishes. CHICKEN SOUP, CHICKEN CHIMICHANGAS & FISH TACOS Lourdes Mexican Food is an Escondido standard. People flock here on cold winter nights for chicken soup. It is truly home-made deliciousness. Chicken chimichangas and battered fish tacos (all tacos are $1.79 on Tuesdays!) are some of their other specialties. Desserts are fabulous at Lourdes, especially their homemade flan. Lourdes Mexican Food 650 S Escondido Blvd # A 92025-4856 (760) 746-1141

FLAUTAS Las Brazas has excellent beef flautas. Definitely try them in a combo with rice and beans. And speaking of refried beans, Las Brazas has some of the best, so check out the bean and cheese burrito. Battered fish tacos are also worth ordering. I highly recommend splurging and buying the chips and salsa. They cost a little extra, but are definitely worth the price. An added bonus is that there is an outdoor patio, which makes eating with kids much easier. Las Brazas 330 W Felicita Ave # A1 92025-6531 (760) 741-3110 CHIPS & SALSA & MARGARITAS Cocina del Charro is one of the top sit-down Mexican food restaurants in Escondido. Chips and salsa and fabulous margaritas are a given at this restaurant. Refried beans are excellent here, and I love their chimichangas, shredded beef tacos, fish tacos, enchiladas suizas, and flautas, too. For dessert, try the flan which my friends all adore. Cocina del Charro has

a beautiful new location that can easily fit big parties. The outdoor patio is great for dining on spring and summer nights. Cocina Del Charro  890 West Valley Parkway 92025 (760) 745-1382 • Rolled Tacos and Chips & Guacamole Alberto’s Mexican Food is a small drive-thru, but it is the perfect place to get rolled tacos and chips and guacamole. Bean and California burritos are a delicious choice as well. An added bonus is that they are open 24 hours a day and almost every holiday. So any time you need a Mexican food fix, Alberto’s is your place. Alberto’s Mexican Food  623 N Escondido Boulevard 92025-1701 (760) 743-5911 Carne Asada Burritos, Al Pastor, and Carne Asada Fries Paco Taco is a newer addition to the Escondido Mexican food scene. This fast food outlet offers street-style tacos and burritos. Carne asada is one of the specialties at Paco, so try the carne asada burritos and fries, considered by some to be number one in town. Al pastor is delicious here as well, and they offer carne asada and al pastor California burritos that melt in your mouth. Fish tacos are a sure bet. Seating is nice but limited, so go with a small group of your favorite people. Paco Taco 331 S Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025-4118 (760) 294-5357 Jilberto’s Mexican Food is a small joint with superior carne asada burritos and carne asada fries. I’ve been going there for over 15 years and the carne asada keeps bringing me back. Try the California and bean burritos, too. Jilberto’s Mexican Food 1301 E Valley Pkwy # A 92027 (760) 480-2618





Un Par Maravilloso BREAKFAST BURRITOS & CARNE ASADA CHIPS Mariachi’s has first-class breakfast burritos full of savory beans, eggs, cheese and ham. Carne asada chips are large enough to feed two people at Mariachi’s. Salsa is also their specialty, and they offer many great choices. A spacious dining room makes this an easy place to go with kids or a big group. Speaking of kids, they eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult combo plate. Mariachi’s Mexican Food 393 N Escondido Blvd 92025-2624 (760) 740-8581

comfy diner style, even though it’s a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru, and they have a great patio. Ceasar’s Mexican Grill 802 E Valley Pkwy 92025 (760) 735-8300 MEXICAN BAKERY Pan Paulitas is one of the tastiest Mexican bakeries in town. Try their pan dulce with a cup of coffee. Pan Paulitas 620 N Broadway 92025 (760) 743-8587

BEAN BURRITOS Ceasar’s Mexican Grill has legendary bean burritos. Chips and salsa, carne asada chips, and a variety of tasty salads (yes...salads!) also make satisfying choices. The interior is

With a diverse population comes expansive dining opportunities. Escondido is blessed with an abundance of ethnic food as well as people that appreciate the chance to indulge in the experience of dining on food from around the globe without leaving town. This is the first of many articles that will explore the exotic and adventurous culinary opportunities – whether accompanied by white linens and candlelight or plastic cutlery and plunky music.

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PANACHE 2012 March 24. Enjoy a magnificent evening of art, silent and live auctions.The cornerstone of the live auctions will be a work of art by the late Niki de St Phalle. Silent and live auctions feature award winning local and regional artists with proceeds benefiting the Escondido Arts Partnership and Municipal Gallery. 5:30 - 8 pm Reservations at www. 760.480.4101.



2 CAT in the HAT-A-THON San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and KPBS are proud to celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday in 2012, featuring two new CAT in the HAT episodes. This celebration of Read Across America Day 2012 includes the CAT in the HAT-ATHON screening, giveaways, FREE admission 10 am and 2 pm plus other surprises. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido. (760) 233-7755, 4 POET’S INC. NORTH COUNTY A featured poet starts the program followed by poet’s open mic. 12 - 3 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 6 ESCONDIDO ART TALK Donna Meyer leads this group of creatives in discussions of individual work and art talk in general. March meeting focuses on the “Artful Inches” fundraiser. 11 am – 1 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 7 WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS: BRAZILIAN SOUNDS AND DANCE WITH SOLEMAR Brazil comes to Escondido in a percussion & dance collaboration - a concert of band music including bossa nova & modern samba. This Event is Free! 4 & 7 pm. Limited reserved seats available for $7 until one hour prior to curtain at (800)988-4253. California Center for the Arts Escondido Center Theater, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. 9 SLUGGER O’TOOLE – A WILD AND WONDERFUL ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION It just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without honoring the great tradition and the mighty joy of being Irish. 34



The 6 musicians of Slugger O’Toole share their passion for the music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations by concocting a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, heart-rending ballads and deft instrumentals. 8 pm. Tickets: $35 - $39. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd. 800.988.4253

I Remember the Night I Learned Death JoKa, Acrylic

Distinction Gallery 10 TICKET TO RIDE – THE ULTIMATE BEATLES TRIBUTE An exciting musical journey through the best of the Beatles, with their greatest hits from the sixties all the way through the Sgt. Pepper era. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $42. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. Box Office 800.988.4253 10 2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY: LUNA LLENA Luna Llena plays Cuban rumbas, boleros, and cha-chas with a salsa flavor. Suitable for all age groups. 3 – 4 pm, Escondido Public Library’s Turrentine Room; 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4684. 10 OPENING RECEPTION: PANACHE PREVIEW The public is invited to preview artwork that will be featured during the upcoming Panache Invitational Art Auctions taking place on Saturday March 24th. 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Preview will run March 9th - 17th, 2012

at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue, and on line at 10 GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry & gourds are offered for sale. 5:30 – 8pm 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery. 760.480.4101 10 OPENING RECEPTION: JoKa, Dan Barry, Mike Bell. Opening reception Saturday, March 10 from 6 to 10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older. Exhibition runs thru April 7. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779. 12 “THE NERD” Willum, an aspiring young architect, has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick, a fellow ex-GI who he has never met, but who saved his life in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up at his house the night of his 34th birthday party. However, his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless nerd. Written by Larry Shue and directed by Rob Wolter. Patio Playhouse.Adults 15, Senior (60+)/Student/ Military $13, Youth 16 & under $7. Thru March 25. 201 E. Grand Avenue (entrance is off Kalmia Street next to Vinz Wine Bar). Call for start time. (760) 7466669. 13 Second Tuesday Book Club Discussion of Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr. Free. 6 – 8 PM, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4214. 17 CIRQUE: Illusions of Grandeur Enjoy acrobats and fire dancers with the world’s most talented variety performers. 7:30 PM. Tickets: $62. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. 800.988.4253

22 Center Stage: Mainly Mozart Live! A live educational music ensemble closes the program with beautifully played music that will bridge the connection between the audience and the composer! 9:30 and 11:30. $3.00; (800) 988-4253. California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido


24 PANACHE INVITATIONAL ART AUCTIONS Enjoy a magnificent evening of art, silent and live auctions with chef Barry Layne from Coast Catering and desserts by A Delight of France. The cornerstone of the live auctions will be a work of art by the late Niki de St Phalle. Silent and live auctions feature award winning local and regional artists with proceeds benefiting the Escondido Arts Partnership and Municipal Gallery 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Reservations on-line at Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101.

1 TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER AND THE BIG BAND VOCALISTS Tex Beneke Orchestra and Special Guest Star, Carol Lawrence. This all new show features the best in Big Band entertainment. As an added bonus, Broadway, concert and television star, Carol Lawrence performs her award winning concert act. 3 pm. $25 - $45. California Center for the Arts Escondido Concert Hall, 340 North Escondido Blvd. 800.988.4253

25 P AWS IN THE PARK Kit Carson Park. A celebration he bond between people and their pets and raise funding and awareness for animals in need. Escondido Huane Society. 8 am to noon; (760) 8882235 or

3 ESCONDIDO ART TALK Join other artists in a group discussions and activities. 11am – 1 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101.

31 Rincon Literario Selected title is Los hombres que no amaban a las mujers/The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. For adults. 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Escondido Public Library Board Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4329 library. 31 ESCONDIDO RECREATION OPEN HOUSE Watch demos for Zumba, ballroom dance, & more, and meet instructors; register for classes, including

Learn-to-Swim, and for Spring or Summer On Track Kid’s Camps; and learn about Escondido Senior Center Programs & Services. Prize drawings, continental breakfast, and activities for kids included. Park Avenue Community Center (formerly Joslyn Senior Center), 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Schedule of events at www.

4 WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS - MALASHOCK DANCE Malashock communicates through Modern Dance, and entertains through dynamic performances that ignites the imagination. Performances at 4 & 7 pm. Free! Limited reserved seats are available for $7 until one hour prior to curtain by calling the Box Office at: (800)988-4253. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts Escondido. 10 SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection is Fame, a novel in nine episodes by Daniel Kehlmann. For adults. 6 – 8 pm. Board Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4214; 14 ESCONDIDO SPRING GARDEN TOUR The garden tour this year features water-wise gardens. From small city lots to a large 5 acre property, you’ll see how you can incorporate more water-wise plants


Activities: • Exhibit Playtime • Science Story Time • Art, Music and Games • Science Activities • Games/Movement • Story/Drawing Time Discounts for multiple days.

All day camp 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Call about half-day and extended day SDCDM provides snack and drinks. Campers need to bring their lunch. Day Rate for Campers Age 5-8: $50 (members); $60 (non-members) Extended Care 8:00-9:00 am $6/day Late Departure: 4:00-5:30 pm $8/day

The thirteenth season of Cruisin’ Grand hits Grand Avenue again on this April. Every Fridy night from April through the end of September, from 5 to 9 pm, Downtown Escondido will be packed with every type of fantastic classic vehicle imaginable, as well as a few surprises! If it will run, it will show up on Grand! Join car buffs and people watchers as they vie for the best: view of the street, outdoor dining table, retro-dressed attendee! Don’t miss this amazing Southern California tradition. Come on down to the cruise! For details, contact Steve Waldron at Top End Tees: 760-746-8461.

into your own garden. A plant sale is also part of this endowment fundraiser. 10 am – 2 pm. Purchase tickets in advance at the History Center; $12.50 or at a garden on April 14th for $15. Sponsored by the Escondido History Center, 321 N. Broadway, Grape Day Park. 760.743.8207. 14 2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY: KENSINGTON TRIO Chamber Music (piano & strings) by the Kensington Trio. Suitable for all age groups. 3 – 4 pm, Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-839-4684. 14 OPENING RECEPTION: JENN PORRECA: SOLO SHOW The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 14, 6 to 10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older. Exhibition runs thru May 5. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779. 14 OPENING RECEPTION: DREAMABILITY “ARTISTS WITH ABILITIES NOT DISABILITIES” Coordinated by Marty Tiedeman, the exhibition features artists overcoming obstacle to achieve incredible results. 5 – 8 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 14 OPENING RECEPTIONS: INNERSPACE GALLERY PhotoArts Group: Works by local and regional artists in the photographic arts; and Artists Studios: Renee Richetts, Bettina Heinz, Michael Steirnagle and Nathalie Davie. 5 – 8pm. Exhibitions run through April 13. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 14 GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, SPRING 2012




2nd Saturday Concerts

Presented by Escondido Public Library Luna Llena Saturday, March 10, 3 PM Luna Llena plays Cuban rumbas, boleros, and chachas with a salsa flavor. Suitable for all age groups.

Kensington Trio Saturday, April 14, 3 PM Chamber Music (piano & strings) by the Kensington Trio. Suitable for all age groups.

Peter Sprague Saturday, May 12, 3 PM Peter Sprague is a nationally renowned jazz guitarist, composer, and producer. Suitable for all age groups.

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Turrentine Room 239 South Kalmia, 760.839.4601 Sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library

glass, fiber, wood, jewelry & gourds are offered for sale. 5:30 – 8 pm. 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery. 760.480.4101 28 RINCON LITERARIO Selected title is Nunca me abondones/Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. Suitable for adults. 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Board Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4329 29 ORCHESTRA NOVA – “MASTERPIECE HITS Hear your favorite classical piece performed live by the Nova musicians. Tickets: $20 - $46. 4 pm. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, 92025. Box Office 800.988.4253

May 2 WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente The history of Mexico through the exciting art of dance in costumes that reflect Mexico’s colorful traditional culture. Led by award winning Director Jose Jaimes. 4 & 7 pm. Free! Limited reserved seats are available for $7 until one hour prior to curtain by calling (800)988-4253. California Center for the Arts Escondido. 3 CARIBBEAN NIGHTS Children’s Discovery Museum Guests will enjoy a wide variety of live Caribbean music from Trinidad to Cuba. All proceeds benefit San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; Tickets are $100 before April 1, $125 after April 1 and $150 at the door. 6-10 pm




5 HOMEWARD BOUND – A TRIBUTE TO SIMON AND GARFUNKEL With Special Guests Ventura Highway. This live musical tribute to Simon and Garfunkel returns to the theater by popular demand! 7:30 pm, California Center for the Arts Escondido Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. $42. 800.988.4253 8 SECOND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB This month’s selection is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Suitable for adults. 6 – 8 pm. Board Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4214.

12 OPENING RECEPTIONS: “Contemporary Realism” and the “Emerging Student Artists: High School Student Exhibition”. Exhibition runs thru June 1. 5:30 – 8 pm. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 12 OPENING RECEPTION: INNERSPACE GALLERY. PhotoArts Group features local and regional artists working in the photographic arts. 5:30 – 8 pm. Exhibition runs through June 1. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave. 760.480.4101. 12 OPENING RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry & gourds are offered for sale. 5:30 – 8 pm. 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery. 760.480.4101 12 OPENING RECEPTION: Aaron Jasinski and Matt Linares. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 6 to 10PM with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older. Exhibition runs thru June 9. 6 – 10 pm, Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779. 16 CENTER STAGE: REFUGE IN THE ARTS: HIP HOP FROM THE HEART OF EVEOKE This exciting and interactive hip-hop and spoken word performance not only explores ways to connect students to social issues but offers tools to navigate and transform them! Performances at 9:30 & 11:30 am. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. $3.00 800.988.4253

11- June 3 “KING LEAR” King Lear is a tragic tale of family conflict, personal transformation, and loss. Shakespeare’s careful crafting of the characters clearly defines their human natures as being good or evil. Directed by Steve Murdock. Adults 15, Senior (60+)/Student/Military $13, Youth 16 & under $7. Patio Playhouse; 201 E. Grand Avenue (entrance off Kalmia Street next to Vinz Wine Bar). Call for start time. (760) 746-6669. Patioplayhouse. org 12 2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY: PETER SPRAGUE - jazz guitarist, composer, and producer. All age groups; 3 – 4 PM, Escondido Public Library Turrentine Room; 239 S. Kalmia St., 760-8394684.

19 LUMA Luma is innovative, illuminated entertainment that brings light onto a darkened stage to create three dimensional illusions of light that are both colorful, brilliant and spellbinding. $30. 7 pm, California Center for the Arts Escondido Concert Hall, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. 800.988.4253 26 RINCON LITERARIO Selected title is Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. Suitable for adults. 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Escondido Public Library Board Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760.839.4329

Spirits of the Southwest Harry Bliss At the Municipal Gallery through March

26 AMERICAN HERITAGE CAR SHOW The Toyota of Escondido American Heritage Car Show features hundreds of fabulous cars on the lawn in Grape Day Park. Includes a pancake breakfast, vendors, DJ, raffle and museum tours. Spectators free, vehicle entry fee. 9 AM – 3 pm. Escondido History Center, 321 N. Broadway, Grape Day Park. 760.743.8207.

ONGOING TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET An open-air marketplace in historic Downtown Escondido. Local farmers sell the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables (many organic), flowers, herbs, nuts, eggs and honey. Also gourmet chocolates, salsas, European breads, tamales, coffees, crafts, clothing, jewelry and many ready-to-eat foods to take home for dinner! Tuesdays, 2:30-6 PM on Grand Avenue between Juniper and Kalmia Street. 760.745.8877; 2ND SATURDAYS Visit Downtown Escondido’s art and cultural scene every 2nd Saturday of the month. Participating venues are: Escondido Arts Partnership Distinctions Gallery The Artists’ Gallery Gallery 262 Escondido Public Library Concert Series








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CYCLING SATURDAYS Saturday Mountain Bike Ride Saturday mornings. Meet @ 7:30 am, leave at 8 am sharp! Meet at trailhead parking lot. Call Centre City Cycles for weekly ride location; 760. 746.3742; This ride is a no-drop ride, open to all ages and all riding levels. Mostly Daley Ranch, Lake Hodges & Elfin Forest

May is Bike to Work Month Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18! Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually on the third Friday in May. Since May is National Bike Month Escondidans will have opportunities to participate all month long! Bike to Work 2012 supports bicycling as a viable, environmentally friendly, cost saving commute choice. Visit iCommute to get the resources you need-getting started, bike maps, and more. http://www. spinUR Wheels Mountain Biking Classes & Rides Monthly; March 17, April 28 & May 12 This class is for a beginner who knows how to ride bikes but just not confident on trails. Lake Hodges in Escondido. 8 am to 1 pm. Meet at the parking lot behind Chevron on Via Rancho Parkway, across from the mall. $100. Lunch and RevvNRG will be provided! Pay in advance to reserve your spot! Demo bikes available, thanks to TREK Bikes! Register:Michele Taylor at 760-802-2757or Michele: michele@spinurwheels. com;

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Safari Park All Aflutter Butterfly Jungle MARCH 24 TO APRIL 15 Once a year, the magic of butterflies sparks wonder and imagination among visitors both young and old at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Stroll through an aviary filled with 30 butterfly species. Included with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Admission is $42 for adults and $32 for children ages 3-11. Two and under free admission. SPRING 2012



Under the Rotunda Photo by Jessica Petrencsik

The business community of Escondido gathered on December 8 under the City Hall Dome to kick off the holiday season. The event was sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Visit Escondido Convention and Visitors Bureau. The guests were greeted by Saint Nicolas, Miss Escondido and her court, and Christmas carols by Tom Hogarty and his barbershop quartet. The guests then proceeded to be wined, dined and entertained by local restaurants, wineries, and Harrah’s and Pala casinos. The entertainment was beautifully performed by local school and church groups who were presented on the balconies above the guests.

Al Owens, Training Sergeant Escondido Police Department

A beautiful Christmas tree that was donated by Home Depot was auctioned off for $500 with the proceeds going to the Escondido Police Association for the abused children of Escondido. Total monies donated that evenng exceeded $1,000, the most ever collected at any event. Over 100 pajamas were donated to Rady’s Childrens Hospital. The event was so well received that it will now become an annual gathering. The 2012 Holiday mixer will be on Thursday, November 29, under the City Hall Dome. San Pascual Show Choir

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