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THE BEACH HOUSE The Crown Jewel of Escondido

This fabulous fully-restored 1896 Queen Anne Victorian home is not just a treasure, but a wonderful environment to raise a family, retire, or just live the good life. A wonderful floor plan with ample living spaces both inside and out. Beautiful hardwood floors, Victorian wall papers which were designed to reflect the light. Four large bedrooms and tthree baths, a formal entry, living room, dining room, and a more casual sitting room, family room and an updated modern kitchen. Outside enjoy the wrap around front porch, the side porch, the covered patio, or

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Help our community pay tribute to soldiers from Escondido who served or are serving our Country in a branch of the military. Up to 100 eight-foot banners to be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Escondido in time for Memorial Day & Independence Day. Each banner will be unique and honor a specific Escondido service person, including his/her photo, name, branch of service and era of service. • This program is non-political and non-partisan • For $200 families or businesses can sponsor a banner for someone they wish to honor • Banners will be installed in time for Escondido’s Independence Day Celebration • The banners will serve as a reminder of what Escondido has contributed to our Nation. Additional business and civic group sponsorships are being sought to cover additional costs

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Amgen Special Events Here is a list of events officially associated with the 2013 Amgen Tour Friday, May 10 Cruisin’ Grand in Downtown Escondido One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, this free, family-friendly event features hundreds of 1973 and earlier American-made hot rods, customs, cruisers, and more. 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. www. The Amgen Tour of California is the nation’s most prestigious professional cycling stage race. This year’s edition will feature 16 teams competing through nearly 750 miles of California’s most iconic roads, bridges and towns, with 12 cities hosting race starts and finishes from May 12-19. The race will run south to north for the first time this year, The City of Escondido is the host organization of the race’s overall start (Stage 1) on Sunday, May 12, at 11:15 am on Grand Avenue. The route is a 103-mile loop and includes a climb on Palomar Mountain. Spectators in Downtown Escondido are expected to number in the tens of thousands. The City of Escondido and AEG will host the Official 2013 Amgen Tour of California Team Presentation and Gala on Friday, May 10, at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Concert Hall. The evening will showcase the best of local entertainment, attractions and cuisine, and serve to introduce the teams and riders.

Escondido Out Front Team Presentation Gala Kick off the Amgen Tour of California in style at the opening gala, featuring the official presentation of the teams, wine tasting, entertainment, and a silent auction. This is a must-attend event! 5:30 p.m.–9:30 pm; Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido; $125 per person; includes wine tasting, dinner, and VIP entrance to the after party. Saturday, May 11 L’Etape du California L’Etape du California challenges riders of all abilities to complete a stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. This ride provides amateur cyclists quite a unique experience, challenging participants to ride the overall start and Stage 1: the “Escondido out and back course.” The courses will be long and difficult but fully supported with fluids and nutrition. While many riders will be satisfied by merely finishing the route, others will be able to compete for the title of King and Queen of the Mountain on the timed climbs of the route. Info: www.letapeducalifornia. com. Sunday, May 12 Overall Race Start in Downtown Escondido Lifestyle Festival on Maple Street Plaza Honor Ride The Amgen Tour of California has teamed up with Ride 2 Recovery to raise money for veterans through Honor Ride events in three of this year’s host cities. Ride 2 Recovery’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The funds raised through the Honor Ride Series support





outdoor cycling programs and Spinning Recovery Labs at Military and VA locations around the country, as well as local rides for healing heroes. The Escondido Course allows riders to cross the Amgen Tour of California finish line (limited to 200). Each event offers two distances: approximately 20 and 60 miles. Participation is open to all ages, including veterans and the general public. Good Morning AMGEN! Ready for an epic day? Get your blood pumpin’ in Grape Day Park with a FREE Crossfit session! Sponsored by Crossfit Xystum. 9:00 a.m. Grape Day Park Kids’ Zone Enjoy fun for the entire family! The kids’ zone will be full of exciting, hands-on events for all ages. This special area is generously sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Food Truck Village All that pedaling making you hungry? Stop by the Food Truck Village organized by T1O Events for a quick bite. Featuring all of your favorites and some new truck faces! Check back for a complete list of participating trucks! 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. On Broadway, between Woodward & Valley Parkway Jam in the Park Find a spot and relax! The Amgen Jam will feature live entertainment all day long featuring Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra. 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Grape Day Park Mother’s Day Home Tour Enjoy this lovely opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day in a most charming and memorable way by touring several historic homes in the Old Escondido Historic District and enjoying lovely refreshments in a garden. Noon–5:00 p.m. Old Escondido Historic District;

Tickets to two very special VIP experiences still available Friday, May 10 “Escondido Out Front” Team Presentation Gala at the California Center for the Arts Enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine pairing in the Concert Hall. Diners will be “on stage” for a unique perspective in this beautiful venue. The gala provides the Escondido community and southern California cycling enthusiasts the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the world-class cyclists competing in the race. The evening will include a local wine-tasting reception with the opportunity to meet some very special “guests” from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the chance to bid on oneof-a-kind items in a silent auction, a seated dinner featuring local cuisine and perfectly paired wines, capped off by the official team presentation. 5:30 pm. California Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets: $125 each; discount on 3+; Sponsor tables with seating for 12 are also available for $1,500.

Sunday, May 12 Escondido VIP Hospitality Tent At the race start/finish line on Grand Avenue Downtown Escondido 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Only 75 tickets are available for this exclusive front-row seat to the race. Mingle in style and enjoy all-inclusive food and beverages (including beer and wine). Flat-screen TVs inside the tent will broadcast the race live, plus guests will be able to see the start/finish and announcers’ stage right from the tent’s patio. Tickets: $200 each To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www. .

These are one-of-a-kind opportunities, especially for cycling fans, or a unique Mother’s Day gift.

COMMUNITY Others are celebrating the arrival of America’s prestigious cycling road race too! MAY 11 SPECIAL AMGEN WINE EVENT Enjoy a free concert in the outdoor amphitheater, of the the Escondido Wine and Culinary Campus, featuring the smooth sounds of Mike McGill. Gourmet food trucks and vendors. Tour three wine tasting rooms, gourmet food trucks & vendors. A special “Bello Escondido” (Beautiful Escondido) wine will be available, which will be offered for sale with a commemorative label for this one day only. FREE. Family friendly. Food and wine are available for purchase. MAY 11 ZIGGY STARDUST BIKE RIDE Decorate yourself and your bike and head down to the Escondido Municipal Galllery. 11am-12noon. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101 www.

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Hometown Heroes banners return: Sponsor One Today!

April 5th was not only the kickoff for 2013 Cruisin’ Grand, but SDG&E was there to support organizers of the Downtown Escondido signature event. Pictured above with a $5,000 check are Jack Brooks, representing Cruisin’ Grand, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and SDG&E’s Frank Urtasun, Regional Vice President for External Affairs. Also pictured are, left to right, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Escondido City Councilmember Mike Morasco, Steve Waldron, Escondido Councilmember Ed Gallo, and Sam Roberson.

Cali Stilo a cut apart from other Downtown barber shops Ricky Muñoz and Vidal Bautista liked the vibe and atmosphere of Downtown Escondido that they moved their barber shop here a few months ago. Ricky says he likes the “old-school and new school” contrast, Cruisin’ Grand and meeting all the people. Cali Stilo specializes in traditional haircuts, blowouts, toppers, lineups, designs and beard trimming. They will soon also be offering old-style hot towel shaves. Ricky says he hopes to soon see his dad showing an old ‘54 Chevy at Cruisin’ Grand.

Last summer, more than 50 banners were sponsored by local residents and businesses to honor those who have served or are serving in our armed forces. The banners were installed on light poles throughout downtown. The banner project was a heartfelt, patriotic effort that touched the hearts of many in Escondido. 2013 Hometown Heroes Banners that were sponsored for our military last year will be reinstalled.

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Cuscatlan brings traditional Salvadorean food to Downtown

In December of last year, Ismael Alvaranza moved his pizza restaurant from El Norte Paekway to Grand Avenue, rebranding as Cuscatlan, More sponsors are being sought for more downtown’s only Salvadorean restaurant. Their banners honoring our brave men and customers from “World’s Best Pizza” followed them women. Also, in 2013, the banner project is because Alvaranza serves “Authentic Salvadorean being expanded to also honor the immediate 8 food with great prices,” he says. responders that help create a safer community for us all. The sampler is a great way to try all the traditional dishes. It includes pupusas, fried plantains, fried yuca, Banner sponsorships cost $200 each. two kinds of tamales and black beans and rice. The You can sponsor someone you know or couple enjoying lunch on the patio commented sponsor someone who may not be able on how good everything was while this writer was to afford a sponsorship for a loved one. there. Go to Don’t forget to try the traditional drinks too! and fill out a Hero Form or call 760-7153230. Or you can send an email to thora@ Cuscatlan 221 E Grand Ave • Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 291-1225 • 10




The Loft Hair Design celebrates Salon Today 200 Award with 2013 “Hair Raising Challenge”

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Shawna Cruise has plans to celebrate some good news with a good deed. Cruise owns The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care, which was recently named by Salon Today magazine as one of the top 200 salons in the United States. Cruise is celebrating the award with The Loft’s “2013 Hair Raising Charity Challenge,” setting a goal of collecting at least 200 inches of hair for “Locks of Love,” the charity that provides wigs for children suffering hair loss from any medical condition. “It’s a way to give back to the community that has supported us over the years.” The Loft was the only salon in California that was recognized for the categories of Philanthropy and Compensation & Benefits this year. The Loft Hair Design will provide a free haircut and certificate of appreciation for those who come forward to donate at least ten inches of their hair for the challenge between May 16 and June 15, 2013.


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Escondido pub O’Sullivans named to top 10 in the world! O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in historic Downtown Escondido has been named one of the top 10 Irish pubs in the world by “Ireland of the Welcomes”, a magazine published in Ireland. The results were announced in the March/April 2013 issue of the magazine. O’Sullivans 118 E. Grand Avenue. (760) 737-0954

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Ready.....Set.....Read! Sponsored by the Assistance League of Inland North County, author, illustrator, song writer and musician Barney Saltzberg, paid visits to 5 local elementary schools in March as part of the Assistance League’s Ready…Set…Read Program. Assistance League raises funds through sales at the Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop on East Valley Parkway. Assistance League Inland North County 2068 E Valley Pkwy Escondido • (760) 746-7532

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Summer Opportunities for Kids California Center for the Arts July 15th through August 14th Spend an exciting summer at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and explore your creative side! Reservations 760-839-4179 or 760-839-4174

Beginning Ballet August 7-19 • Ages 6-8 An opportunity for students to work with the world-famous Ballet Hispanico from New York City. Learn primary techniques, but also specialized training in the rich and varied Latin American dance traditions. Comic Art Camp July 8 -J uly 12 • Ages 9-12 Learn the skill of comics and cartooning! From basic anatomy to manga and comics, this exciting camp offers techniques in drawing, story structure and design. Students will visit the Exhibition, Art Illustrated: 80 years of Comic Art, opening June 20 at the Center Museum Theatre Camp July 15, 2013-July 19, 2013 • Ages 7-12 Dive into acting lessons, prop choices, costume design and lighting techniques. See what it takes to put on a production. Camp ends with a performance showcase. Video/iPod Camp July 29, 2013- August 2, 2013 • Ages 7-12 Lights! Camera! Action! Work on film techniques, editing, voice-over, puppetry and script writing. Campers will become a film crew and work with award-winning instructors to develop short films for a final public screening. Education Through Music August 5, 2013- August 9, 2013 • Ages 4 and up This Summer Family Arts Day Camp fosters the development and wellbeing of children everywhere! Through music, campers will learn language development, listening skills, literacy, physical coordinationand more! Contact Val Beh at; Information www.





Emmanuel Faith Community Church July 8-11, 2013; 1st-12th graders Kickin’ It up Performing Arts Camp Four Days of Performing & Creative Arts for Students. Includes t-shirt, snacks, classes & time with professionals in the Arts and dinner on Thursday before the Celebration. Cost $85; Register by June 17; No walk ins. Lori Smith at 760-781-2138 or visit www.efcc,org/kickin-it-up-info 639 E. Felicita Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. 760-781-2138 Escondido Public Library June 17- August 3 “Reading is Soooo Delicious!” Summer Reading Clubs for Children, Teens & Adults. Join a Summer Reading Club, track reading hours to earn prizes. Free weekly programs for children and teens! Information 760-839-4684 or http://library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Ice-plex H20 Above and Below Summer Camp A fun filled day packed with activities such as beginning skating lessons, water safety courses, games, an ice show. Learn to ice skate and swim with professional, experienced staff. 760-489-5550, www.escondidoiceoplex. Patio Playhouse Acting Classes for All Levels, K-12 Six-week sessions taught by director/artist, Spencer Farmer. Students learn stage combat and swordplay, choreography, movement and characterization in these fun, interactive workshops. Learn stage direction, memorization, character research, and more. Classes $120/session. 201 E. Grand Ave. or 760-746-6669.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park June 25 to Aug. 17, 2012. Discover an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers interacting with rhinos and giraffes, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! This is hands-on, join-in, be-a-partof-it fun with options for kids ages 2 through 17. http://www. education/summer_ camp.html








Having ridden bikes for more than 20 years, Michele Taylor has a varied background on two wheels, spanning from BMX to motorcycles. During her professional career, she raced all over the country, becoming the National Downhill Champion in her age group and placing 2nd in the Masters World Championships in 2000. She has taught women’s mountain bike clinics in Big Bear, California and performed stunt work in Hollywood. Michele now teaches classes, introducing many to the spor t but also helping people overcome personal fears and unleash their potential through cycling.’re spinning your wheels? I teach mountain biking clinics called Spinurwheels. We are committed to helping people overcome their fears and to inspiring new personal potential through interactive adventure training and the patient education of technical and fitness skills. Our mountain bike trainings are real-life adventures, and the exciting, unpredictable nature of each expedition makes every class different. Through our customized classes, whether you are just being introduced to the world of mountain biking or you have been riding for years, you will gain the necessary skills to confidently hit the trails and enjoy your riding experience. Spin UR Wheels is also a great team building oppor tunity for groups. We take members of an organization and remove them from their usual roles and relationships, putting them into unexpected challenges. Teams come together, helping each other and building powerful, lasting connections. Why I do what I do During my racing career, I had some awesome teachers





and mentors who taught me much more than just riding a bike. I realized that there is a need in this area, so I decided to pass this knowledge along to others. This class is more than just riding a bike. People come in with their personal fears, like “I’m not good enough” or “I am scared!” and “What if I fall?” We overcome those things in a few shor t hours and it makes me smile ear-to-ear to see the confidence emerge. The bike is just a vehicle for them to see their weaknesses. How you show up to this class is often how you show up in life. My greatest achievement Climbing Mt. Whitney in one day with my best friend Shawna Cruise and then going back up to marry the love of my life Jay Taylor. This brings me joy Watching my children and grandchildren grow into people that I am so proud of. My hero My mother, who keeps me grounded and puts things back in perspective when

I am looking through a tunnel. Her energy keeps me laughing until my stomach hur ts. That is great medicine! My biggest regret I have no regrets, I do the best that I can always and learn from lessons, life is too damn shor t. This really happened I did some stunt work for the Dixie Chicks for their “Ready to Run” video. I actually jumped a bmx bike into a swimming pool with a wedding dress on, among other stunts. You can see the video on youtube. Where I’ll be 10 years from now Still riding with total passion! I still love “downhilling,” and I love biking the ski runs more and more every year.

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Flowering Season

Escondido Wine Country Story by Kimberly Bergquist Cales Photos by Tehara Tweed

In late March, as grapevines are well into the flowering season, a team from Escondido City Magazine toured through four local wineries. Each destination presents a unique experience, distinct style, and diverse varietals. The Wine and Culinary Campus at Belle Marie and Chateau Dragoo, Orfila Vineyards, Altipiano, and Cordiano Wineries nourish the agricultural roots of Escondido. Mick Dragoo, proprietor of Belle Marie and Chateau Dragoo, draws the attention of the tour group to an old red mechanical device in the Wine Culinary Center courtyard. “This is one of the original grape-crushers used by the first winemakers in California. It is over 130 years old. We acquired it from a Napa Valley museum. With research, we found that it came from the Escondido area.” San Diego is rich in California wine history dating back to the 18th century as Spanish Missionaries grew grapes for sacramental wine.

In the mid-1800s, Agoston Haraszthy, founder of Buena Vista Vineyards, Middletown, and “Father of Modern Winemaking in California,” planted European clones near the San Diego River before heading north to Sonoma.Two factors stunted the development of Escondido as a wine region: the passing of the 18th Amendment uprooted many grapevines and closed cellar doors; urbanization engulfed agricultural areas. The San Pasqual Valley AVA, located in North San Diego County, became the fourth designated area effective in 1981. A long growing season finds balance between desert warmth, Pacific Ocean breezes, and, usually, moderate winters. Primarily granite-based soils provide adequate drainage, allowing for balanced color and acidity in the fruit. Orfila Vineyards is the solo commercial winery in this area. Cordiano and Altipiano wineries border the region. Housing developments in Escondido Valley limit its potential to become an established viticultural area. Forerunner George Ferrara, founder of Ferrara Family Winery, began bottling wine from his Escondido estate on 15th Avenue the year before Prohibition ended in 1932. Ferrara Vineyards became a Historic Point of Interest in 1971. While celebrating its centennial, the City Council of Escondido included a special bottle of Ferrara wine in its 1988 time capsule to be opened in 2088. In 2011, the oldest family winery in the area went up for auction. Rows of Muscat of Alexandria remind neighbors of the rebirth of wine country set in motion by the Ferrara family. San Diego Wine Country intertwines values of community, variety, quality, and sustainability. By analogy, the struggle of the vine intensifies varietal character. Close proximity to neighboring vines, and selective pruning, will cause vitis vinifera to thrust its roots deep





into the soil in search of resources. Rather than freely expanding, the vine concentrates its energy into producing grapes of intense flavor. As local winemakers refine viticultural practice and hone vinification technique, the local wine industry blossoms. The Wine and Culinary Campus of Escondido at Belle Marie and Chateau Dragoo dusts the Valley with vino magic. A 17th-century Chateau Bordeaux replica overlooks the I-15. No need to scale castle walls. The intoxicating spring scent of citrus blossoms beckon visitors. Bring a picnic basket and plan to stay the entire afternoon. Belle Marie, Chateau Dragoo, and the Hidden Valley Enoteca is a one-stop tasting experience of artisanal wine. All three tasting rooms on campus offer wine for exclusive on-site purchase and to Vintage Club members. Multiple venues offer space for private events and corporate parties. The campus yields a cluster of purpose. Demonstration vineyards and gardens serve an educational function. A 20,000-gallon wine processing facility serves as a crush pad for micro wineries. The campus showcases 10 brands including 2Plank Vineyards, Bella Toscano, Blue Merle, Coyote Oaks Vineyard, Tenuta de Farragamo, and Screaming Chief, and soon, Speck Wines from Bonsall. “All wineries on the campus are fully bonded and licensed, but are tucked away in remote areas, so the Enoteca is a platform for smaller operations to share with a broader audience,” states Dragoo. Inside the Hidden Valley Enoteca, visitors receive a warm greeting from tasting room managers Nick and Rosie Barnett. They hone in on which wine from the tasting menu best suits the individual palate. Dragoo treats the group to a barrel tasting of 2012 Screaming Chief, Private Reserve,

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As local winemakers refine viticultural practice and hone vinification technique, the local wine industry blossoms.




3rd Alarm. The blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Franc will age in New French oak for 18 months, and mature another six to eight months in neutral oak and bottle. Already, flavors of raspberry, blackberry and cassis come through. The 2011 vintage releases this September. As Chief Bowman of JD Vineyard, Mick Dragoo, and co-winemaker Jeff Lazenby would attest, “Today, the only screaming should come after the joy of drinking an excellent bottle of wine… when screaming for more!” Sustainable practice stands at the forefront of the campus principles. Repurposed church pews offer solace in the Castle. A stately 40-foot bar graces the tasting room. Formerly a 300-foot cedar tree recovered from Palomar Mountain after the October wildfires of 2007, the giving tree serves as majestic symbol of the deep-rooted community. Belle Marie and Chateau Dragoo spare no expense in applying refined methods to fruit grown in best-suited microclimates. The Dragoos survey regions from Northern California to Baja, and manage a 154-acre vineyard in Valle de Guadalupe in partnership with Camillo Magone. Belle Marie produces “New World” style wine; Chateau Dragoo assumes an “Old 18




Chateau Dragoo, above, stands out as an impressive central building of the Wine & Culinary Campus of Escondido at Belle Marie Winery owned by Mick Dragoo (right). World” approach. By producing over 30 wines each year with over 100 varieties of direct clones from around the world, they fashion wine profiles to enhance seasonal food. Although the respected winemaker sells a seasoning blend, Vino Magic, the wine alone reveals its charm. Mick’s eyes dance like candlelight in the underground cellar when he describes his 2009 Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley as aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, and then neutral oak and bottle aging for another six to eight months. The ambrosial Pinot Noir, derived from a funnel-shaped valley in the Central Coast, is a perfect selection for the royal French oak treatment. Mouthwatering flavors of strawberry and rhubarb kiss the lips while sweet scents of spring fruits and brown

spices wander from the glass. To put this luxurious experience into perspective, the cost of one new French oak barrel ranges from $750 to $3600. Like fruit sources, oak aging is a crucial component of winemaking. Its size, grain, origin, and treatment create a distinct effect on the finished product.

Chateau Dragoo will release its prized 2012 Mt. Veeder Merlot in approximately 2015. Dragoo seized the fruit from an abandoned vineyard in the low-yield, rugged Northern California bayside mountain. He is familiar with the coveted microclimate, having established a commercial winery in Napa Valley in the 1980s. His vision for promoting wine culture in the county thrives at the Wine and Culinary Center. “We have all the elements in place. We just need them to come together,” posits the proprietor. The Wine and Culinary Campus at Belle Marie is a valent element for boutique winemakers and visitors. Public awareness is the catalytic agent which fans the local wine industry into flame. The official commercial winery of the San Pasqual Valley, Orfila Vineyards, opened in 1994. The smallest region of the Golden State is no secret to San Diego residents. Social media engagement, prime location, strategic programming, and excellent product has branded Orfila as a popular destination. On a Saturday afternoon, young families and retired professionals fill the patio and tasting room. Food Truck Friday lures gastrotruck groupies to the scene as live music fills the air. Tourists may stop in for lunch and a bottle of Estate wine before winding down to San Diego Safari Park. Over 1,300 world-recognized awards adorn

Altipiano owners Peter and Denise Clark in front of their Highland Valley vineyard. the enterprise of expert craftsman Justin Mund. On the 70-acre vineyard, 40 acres push out Merlot and Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Rousanne. Offerings include a generous selection of Estate wine. The 2010 Petite Sirah is seductive. Primary aromas of ripe blueberries, pepper, and earth engage the senses. A supple tannic grip and plummy acidity fill the mouth. Its lingering finish gestures for another sip. Of similar appeal, the 2010 Benign Neglect Estate Syrah results in a rich, well-rounded, age-worthy wine full of black fruit. Left to

A seating area outside Orfila’s tasting room offers expansive views of their vineyard and of the valley.

its own development in tank storage and tank fermentation, French oak treatment rounds the deeppurple beverage into a voluptuous sensation. Leon Santoro, former world-class winemaker of Orfila Vineyards, and San Diego natives Peter and Denise Clarke, met through the Slow Foods organization over a decade ago. Santoro steered the Clarkes toward an enterprise: the planting of 2,600 Brunello vines and 1,100 other varietals in former avocado groves, cleared by the 2007 wildfires. Nestled in Highland Valley, Altipiano Vineyard and Winery provides a haven of scenic views and vine rows. On the intimate terra-cotta patio, one finds respite from the pressures of everyday life.The grand escape is a mere 5 miles from the Rancho Bernardo off-ramp of the I-15. “We prefer Hungarian Oak. It creates a warming sensation,” Denise expounds. The oak is not the only warmth that visitors experience. Peter and Denise emanate a spirit of hospitality, offering personal tours through their vineyards and facility. She pours a taste of Chardonnay. The barrels impart sweet caramel aromas and a rich, caressing mouthfeel. Meyer lemon zest lends balanced acidity, resulting in a crisp finish. Harvested and kept under cold conditions, the Chardonnay develops into an aromatic wine of medium body. Cooler conditions slow the fermentation process. SUMMER 2013



ESCONDIDO & REGIONAL VINEYARDS AND WINERIES ALTIPIANO 20365 Camino Del Aguila (619) 857-7242 BELLE MARIE & HIDDEN VALLEY ENOTECA 26312 Mesa Rock Rd (760) 796-7557 CORDIANO 15732 Highland Valley Rd (760) 469-9463 DEER PARK WINERY & AUTO MUSEUM 29013 Champagne Blvd (760) 749-1666

On a clear day, you can see the ocean from Cordiano’s outdoor patio. Enjoy the view, some pizza and a toast with owners Gerardo and Rosa, right. You can even play bocce ball until the sun goes down.

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The 2009 Old Vine Tempranillo from Paso Robles unfurls aromas of cherry and tobacco leaf. A bite of tannin and spice intrigue mid-palate. Bright tartness and a savory finish trigger a thirst for more. The intimate atmosphere and the release of Estate Brunello calls for a revisit. Purchase wine online or on site. Reserve the private patio for close-knit occasions. Tastings and tours are available from noon-6pm on Friday through Sunday.

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Less than a mile from the Tuscan Villa at Altipiano is Cordiano Winery at Primo Amore Vineyards. The Cordiano Winery extends its home and heart to all who enter. Transport to the Old Country as breathtaking views of the horizon, illuminated by the auburn rays of the setting sun, reveal the dream of proprietors Gerardo and Rosa Cordiano. Born in Calabria, Italy, Gerardo and Rosa express a lifelong passion for family, friends, food, and wine.

FALLBROOK WINERY 2430 Via Rancheros Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 728-8787

In 2002, Gerardo produced his first wine and named it after his first love, Rosa. Former restaurant owners cook brick fire oven pizzas on site. It is no surprise that, on a Saturday evening, their backyard is teeming with company. One member of the tour group walked through the front door of their house in search of a tasting room. “We got used to visitors walking into our living room,” recalls son Frank. No wonder Rosie runs a tight ship when it comes to keeping the house tidy. “We welcome everyone— children, dogs,” gestures Rosa. Children skip along the patio and play bocce ball.

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An old-world approach to winemaking, similar to Italian cooking, renders a rustic provision of several varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Frank treats the group to the Reserve 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon brimming with robust fruit 2013

and distinct character. A purple grin reveals one’s level of pleasure in the authentic surroundings— mangia mangia! Gerardo and Rosa’s tradition will thrive through their children Frank, Joe, and Jennifer. What is not to love about Primo Amore Vineyards? It pulls on our heartstrings. Celebrate life on Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am to sunset. Many boutique wineries don the Escondido community with culture, generosity of spirit, and level of skill deserving of our appreciation. As public awareness of local-sustainable practice grows, San Diego wine country will witness a growing reputation, residential loyalty, and tourist visitation. Refuge from city life is not far. Unearth the vinified treasures of the local winemaking community.

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Hot Pin Ups & Cool Cars on Grand Story and photography by Kurt Lightfoot

It looks like a Hollywood production taking place on Escondido’s Grand Avenue: Beautiful women in retro pin-upstyle hair and clothing, the beauticians who created the pin-up style, classic 1957 red Cadillac Eldorado convertible, professional photographer creating action and giving direction, light reflector to soften shadows, and a gathering crowd.

Below: A typical night scene during Cruisin’ Grand.



This energized scene, shown on the previous pages, is the result of the convergence of three Escondido creative forces: Shadow Boudoir, Studio 158, and Cruisin’ Grand. Cruising for a Photo Thanks to sheer luck I stumbled onto this incredible scene. It’s a Cruisin’ Grand late afternoon and I’m walking on the shady side of the street looking for photo stories that might be happening on the sunny side. The photography logic is to have the sun to my back and dramatic lighting on my subjects. With the instincts of a photojournalist I meander along studying the numerous cruise-night vignettes. Usually the best I get from this strategy is an opportunity to catch a very special mix of cars in front of an interesting backdrop drawing a few car admirers and sometimes unusual behavior. Cruisin’ Grand provides dozens of those vignettes every Friday night, April through September. Creating a Scene But this night the scene was special. This perfect photojournalism moment was created by photographer Heather Middleton of Shadow Boudoir, with hair and makeup by Studio 158, owned by Julianne Jones. The gathering crowd formed spontaneously in reaction to how exciting the scene was — hot pin-ups and cool cars — the all-time American iconic combination. You can see such scenes in magazines, but it’s very rare to stumble on it live in Escondido.



The production was the brainchild of photographer Heather Middleton. She does pin-up photography as part of a repertoire of styles for her Shadow Boudoir photography business. She initiated this production to create images that communicate her talent. She needed hair and make-up artistry in the perfect pin-up-style so she recruited the help of Julianne Jones of Studio 158. Together they brainstormed the project and came up with the Cadillac convertible (owned by a friend of Julianne’s) — the perfect iconic car for the pinup narrative. Check out the fins. Draws a Crowd The biggest surprise in the scene is the dynamics of the seven people crowding in — elbowing in — on Heather and her assistant. They’re surrounding Heather, apparently to frame the scene the way her camera is. Two people are out in the street. Five cameras/ cellphone cameras in the crowd are mimicking what Heather’s camera is seeing. Everyone in the scene is “switched on.” This little crowd’s dynamism is testimony to how compelling hot pin-ups and cool cars are. From my point of view, the whole thing is like a Norman Rockwell illustration of how fascinating humanity is and how alive iconic American car culture is today. A car culture brought to us every Friday night throughout the summer by Escondido’s Cruisin’ Grand.

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The unfolding of a Treasured Gem:

The colorful history and diverse current offerings of Escondido make it a treasured gem for those who get to call it home. It is steeped in stories, community, and family traditions both for those who have lived here for decades, and those who pulled into town just a few years ago. Each resident has his personal perspective of what made the city great in times past, and what makes it thrive in the current time. Wanting to see how broad a picture of Escondido’s past and present could be painted, we decided to interview a number of residents from various walks of life. What each person and family recalls from their younger years of living here is varied and interesting, even humorous at times.

Life on Grand was a different world when they grew up. Purchasing a treat at the Palace Sweet Shop at South Kalmia Street and Grand, or catching a flick like “Gone with the Wind” or a war movie at the Ritz Theater or Pala Theater always made for a good time. One movie showed at a time at the theaters. It ran continually on the single screen. Ushers, including Bill, also known as “Smock,” showed people to their seats and tended to troublesome kids. Scraping together 10 cents in the 1940s to see a movie was often challenging, so cheaper or free entertainment had to be pursued. During World War II, though, a tire donation could get a person in to the theaters for free while simultaneously helping the war effort. The war also made driving along San Diego Boulevard, now Escondido Boulevard, eventful because vehicles weren’t allowed to use headlights at night. This led to many crashes and stories to share. Other fond memories of The Romeo Club members are when the Escondido Valley had only about 4,000 residents, and when Homer Heller Ford, located at Centre City Parkway and Grand, was considered the edge of town. Farm country was all around, and there were few buildings east of Juniper Street. Then World War II made a lasting impact on Escondido development, bringing people to town who might not have otherwise moved to the area.

As you follow their tales, long-time habitants will revel in reminiscing of places once frequented, of landmarks long forgotten, and of favorite locations that have withstood the test of time. Those who have landed here more recently will be intrigued by the evolution of the place we call home.

After graduating from Escondido Union

High School between 1943 and 1947, Don Calac, Bob Harroun, Bud Palmeter, Bill Bozarth, and Ted Watterson chose to stick around Escondido once their varied participation in the military was completed. Meeting for breakfast every Friday morning for the past many years at Champion’s Family Restaurant (Champion’s) on West Grand Avenue (Grand) is a tradition that has helped them maintain their multiple decade friendships through each phase of their lives. Dubbed “The Romeo Club,” the five men savor hearty laughs, a kaleidoscope of memories, and ordering the same tasty dish with merely a nod or smile to the wait staff at each gathering.

For a while, citrus was a way of life for Don, Bob, and Bud. They or their families worked at the orange and lemon packing houses for Sunkist. Bill also took part in the industry by growing oranges, whereas Ted chose to pursue a different avenue by raising chickens and avocados on a ranch in the late 1940s. They recall, though, that vineyards covered the land before the citrus trees were planted. The vines led to


Story by Heather Harshman Photos by Tehara Tweed and Maria Marks

The front seat bench always provides an excuse to put an arm around his Maria, who is his favorite part of living in Escondido because this is where he met his sweetheart.




the September Grape Day Parade, when towers of boxes overflowed with grapes. Those standing along the parade route were rewarded for their presence with bunches of grapes thrown from the floats. More recently, Don served as the head of a local Indian tribe for twelve years. During his tenure, he helped establish the Harrah’s Rincon Casino in Valley Center. A picture of Don’s family from when he was a young child is featured on one month of the calendar produced by the Pioneer Room History and Archival Center, which is affiliated with the Escondido Public Library.

Orange groves on North Midway Drive

(Midway) from East Lincoln Avenue (Lincoln) to El Norte Parkway are a favorite memory of Charles Martinez from when he and his late wife, Josephine, purchased their home on Lincoln in 1959 for $11,900. The trees made for a beautiful view out one side of the house. The sales office for their development was conveniently located in the garage of a house across the street. Another home opposite his also had an intriguing history: it was won by a woman granted the title of Queen for a Day, which was big news in the neighborhood.

a surplus, he parked his truck on the street by his house so he could hand out loaves to the women who worked at Henry’s Avocado Corporation (Henry’s) as they walked past after work. Henry’s is a marketer and distributor of fresh avocados that was founded in 1925 by Charles Henry and his wife Florence, who were among the first to plant avocados in San Diego County.

Gerardo (“Little Jerry”) and Maria Cabral

have enjoyed searching for teapots and kettles at garage sales across Escondido during their 42 years of marriage. Their finds are displayed around their home in Old Town Escondido, and are a great discussion topic for those who stop by to enjoy a cold beverage or some of Maria’s home cooking. Surveying the goods at the swap meet on Mission Avenue, and then catching a flick at the nearby one-screen drive-in theater also made for good times. “The Exorcist” was one of the many movies they saw come alive on the screen. Before marrying Gerardo, Maria lived with her

perfection. The car has been his for twenty-four years. The front seat bench always provides an excuse to put an arm around his Maria, who is his favorite part of living in Escondido because this is where he met his sweetheart.

Romance was imminent for native

Escondidans Andy and Erin Peet when they met at Hume Lake Summer Camp during the summer of 1995. They started dating in 1996 when Erin was still in high school and Andy had just graduated. Wedding vows were exchanged on August 8, 2004, at the California Center for the Arts on Escondido Boulevard. A few years later they welcomed their daughter Julia, followed by their son Everett. Escondido heritage runs strong in each of their families, with multiple generations having lived in the city – six generations on one side of Andy’s family and five generations on one side of Erin’s family. The Palomar Health Downtown Campus played a large role in their lives, with three generations of each family having members born there, including little Julia. Their families’ rich history in the city and the amazing sense of community make it a place where they look forward to raising their children. They also appreciate the “hidden gems” in Escondido, including the Public Library, parks, city recreation programs like gymnastics and swim lessons, programs coordinated by the Westfield North County Mall, and the San Diego Safari Park. When they were in late elementary and junior high school they frequented the Ups N Downs roller skating rink on North Broadway. Whether they went there for birthday parties or just hanging out with friends, the roller rink was the place to be. Roller blading at the rink took over traditional skates for Andy later on, but it was just as much fun.

A fun pasttime for Charles was buying jumbo eggs from an egg ranch on Midway across from where 7-Eleven is now located. The jumbos were his favorite because they tended to have double yokes. He was a volunteer bread handler with Interfaith Community Service for 15 years after he retired from being a tool maker at General Dynamics for 35 years. He picked up day-old bread from numerous stores and delivered it to Interfaith. When he had 28




family at an orange grove camp for one and-ahalf years. Her father awoke at 3:00 a.m. each day to cook for the 300 men who resided there. Ringing a triangle for the breakfast call was the fastest way to get the men to gather before they were bused to orange groves in Escondido and Valley Center to work for the day. In recent years, Maria and Gerardo have enjoyed participating in Cruisin’ Grand in his 1965 Chevrolet Impala that is polished to

Eating breakfast at Champion’s was a weekend tradition for Andy’s family. Erin has also enjoyed the restaurant for the last twelve years. Since they currently live in Old Escondido, they appreciate being able to walk there with their kids to order the cinnamon rolls and biscuits with gravy.

A panoramic view of nature from her back patio is one of Callie Zurcher’s treasured memories from when she and Paul, her late husband of 69 years, purchased their home

near Lake Hodges in 1975. Thirty-nine avocado trees graced their property, which allowed them to do business with Henry’s. The lack of development in the area also created exceptionally dark nights that were perfect for star gazing. Even though the land was later built up, Callie still enjoys the quiet, rural feeling she gets when she’s home.

As you follow their tales, long-time habitants will revel in reminiscing of places once frequented, of landmarks long forgotten, and of favorite locations that have withstood the test of time.

Since her kitchen was “closed on Sundays,” she and Paul enjoyed eating at Mr. Steak on Valley Parkway. She recalls when the entire length of Valley Parkway was two-ways. The transition to being partially one-way took some getting used to. Shopping at stores in downtown Escondido was convenient and enjoyable for Callie. Sears, JCPenny, and Mercantile Stores Company were stores she frequented, but Walker-Scott was a top-notch department store she favored. Highway 395 being the primary means of getting around rather than Interstate 15 made for longer journeys, while also creating a pleasant small-town feel. Driving from her home to the Salton Sea without encountering a single traffic light was a treat, as was driving in to Sunday service at what is now Infusion Church on West Felicita Avenue. They and others parked their cars in front of a large picture window and attached a speaker to the vehicles so they could both see the pastor and hear the service. This experience was both convenient and memorable. SUMMER 2013




Keeping the traditions alive

Escondido’s Family Run Story by Heather Harshman Photos by Tehara Tweed

Wedeking’s Bakery Wedeking’s Bakery was built on family – over 100 years of it. Mike Wedeking still uses the cake pans his grandfather placed in the ovens at the bakery when it was originally in an old post office on Grand Avenue. Mike’s father took over the bakery from his grandfather, and constructed its current home on East Valley Parkway, where the tradition of providing daily freshly baked breads, cakes, and goodies continues. Danishes for $2.07, brownies for $1.19, and a whole cinnamon walnut coffee cake for $8.33 are a few of the reasonably priced items that can be enjoyed for breakfast or an afternoon treat. Breakfast sandwiches with ham, bacon, sausage, or pastrami, with egg and cheese on a soft roll are only $3.99, plus they have a frequent buyer card where you get one free sandwich after purchasing ten.



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If lunch is your thing, you can stop by for a piping hot jalapeno popper sandwich for $5.99. The delectable combination of jalapenos, cream cheese, bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese on sourdough bread can also be a breakfast meal that will put a spring in your step. Wedeking’s is known for its custom cakes. You name it, they have created it, from a police car, to a whiskey barrel, to a pumpkin that looks like it’s ready to be carved. If you have an idea for a cake, just email it to their pastry chef at (760) 745-8550 815 E. Valley Pkwy • Escondido, CA 92025 Monday to Saturday, 5:30 am - 5:30 pm


Restaurants Joe’s Italian Restaurant Are you new to the area and don’t have local family? Then stop by Joe’s Italian Restaurant where regulars are adopted into Joe’s family. Since he opened the restaurant in 1980, he has befriended many a patron who now stop by the kitchen to give a quick shout to him between marinara dishes. If Joe is sick, the restaurant closes until he’s on the mend; that’s how seriously he takes his customers’ satisfaction. His family appreciates his fervor for the business, and assist him with achieving the level of service he desires. His daughters and son-in-law help him run the restaurant. Even his grandson gets to par take in the fun during summer break when he assists his Papa by busing tables and filling cheese shakers.

the word “fresh.” The meat is sautéed with wine, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and mushrooms, then topped with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. Joe is generous with the garlic and mushrooms, although their taste is not overwhelming. Another excellent choice is the cannelloni. A blend of cheeses are rolled in a pasta sheet and covered with marinara sauce. Clean is the best way to describe the flavor of the sauce, which will make you want more.

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For fans of corned beef hash, your mouths will water when a plate full of it is set in front of you. No other hash will ever be able to measure up once you’ve tried it. The regulars at Champion’s are like one big family. They don’t have to say a word when they take a seat because Annette knows what to throw on the griddle or whip up for each one. Some have been going there for twenty or thir ty years, or even more. One patron, Ruth Rowles, has been frequenting the restaurant since it was called the Chatn-Chew before becoming McCain’s, and then Champion’s.

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Sample a taste of the extra-moist, freshly baked turkey, the orange juice squeezed when you order it, or the sauces and gravies made from scratch, and you’ll agree that Annette Champion is keeping up her parents’ tradition by serving quality food at Champion’s Family Restaurant. She also doesn’t skimp on the frosting that graces the top of the hot-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls. One bite and you’ll be back.


One patron, Ruth Rowles, has been frequenting the restaurant since it was called the Chat-n-Chew before becoming McCain’s, and then Champion’s.

Coming home

Summer in Escondido School lets out. Days get longer....and hotter. Kids return home from college. The whole vibe is different when summer arrives.




And they say you can’t go home again!

School lets out. Days get longer. Generations convene to celebrate and share memories of friends and old times. To wonder how things changed so much compared to the old days. Kids return home from college. The whole vibe is different when summer arrives. Summer is a really special time in Escondido. Cruisin’ Grand is in full swing. It’s a great place to run into old friends. Driving downtown on a quiet weekend day just feels like the old days. Yeah, it may be hot, but that’s par t of what makes Escondido feel like home. And there’s nothing like going out for ice cream on a hot summer day with friends or family. Or going to watch a movie in the coolness of a movie theater. Then there’s Four th of July! Grape Day Park! Grab some chairs. Pack up a picnic and the family and spend the afternoon on the grass at Grape Day Park, playing games, listening to the Marine Band, singing along with the National Anthem or America the Beautiful. Waiting for darkness and fireworks. Finally,, ooooohs and Aaaaaaahs with each one bursting in air. Driving home with the windows down to take in the warm Escondido night air. Now that’s summer! And they say you can’t go home again!





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Escondido: A destination for Story by Julie Drexler Desmarais Photos by Tehara Tweed

The Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science The Escondido Unified High School District (EUHSD) is in the final stages of constructing a state-of-the-art high school employing project-based learning with an emphasis on biotechnology and medical sciences, to be completed in June. Using funds as a provision of Proposition T – a bond measure that passed in 2008 – the Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science is being constructed on a 34-acre parcel of District-owned property at 1740 Scenic Trail Way in Escondido, between West Valley Parkway and West Citricado Parkway. While the facilities include classroom and general use buildings, a gym, two soccer fields, computer and science labs, a theater, and food service facilities, the school is deliberately planned to support a small student body of 500-800. Small class size is one of the tenets of the school’s core beliefs that are modeled on the research conducted by the School Redesign Network at Stanford University to identify common markers of successful schools. Other hallmarks of the educational model include longer class periods with students juggling fewer subjects at one time, a “revision and redemption” approach to assignments 36




where students are able to improve work through an iterative process, and student-teacher-parent collaboration to develop educational goals. The curriculum will include clusters of three or more biotechnology and medical sciences courses in which investigative, problem-based learning will be applied. Curriculum, including language arts and humanities courses, will be taught using a “Linked Learning” approach that creates pathways linking learning to student interests and career preparation. As Keith Nuthall, Principal of Del Lago Academy, explains, “Imagine a tenth grade student learning biotechnology content and skills in science and reading and writing about bioethics in humanities. At its core, the Linked Learning concept helps students answer the question: Why am I learning this?” To further connect learning to real-world application, students will engage in internships that will foster relationships with community members and industry professionals. The school’s Industry Advisory Board consists of local biotechnology and medical professionals working for Gen-Probe, Life Technologies, Pfizer, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD, Genentech, and Palomar Pomerado Hospital, to name a few. For the 2013-2014 school year, the school will comprise ninth and tenth grades, with plans to add a grade level for the following two years until it spans ninth through twelfth grade. Ninth grade is currently full for the coming year, but enrollment is still open for tenth graders. “Del Lago Academy is for anyone but it might not be for everyone,” says Nuthall. Interested families are encouraged to visit the school website at to learn more about their mission and to contact the school as soon as possible regarding enrollment. John Paul the Great Catholic University In a day in age when even the Pope tweets, the idea of a Catholic media arts university may not seem unusual, however John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCU) – relocating from Scripps Ranch to Escondido early this summer – is “the only Catholic university in the world with a unique media focus,” according to President and founder Derry Connolly. “The university is a response to the call of the late Pope John Paull II to learn and use the tools of new media for the good of society.” With negotiations currently under way to potentially lease the former H. Johnson Furniture building as well as several other nearby buildings, the one certainty is that JPCU is purchasing the Mingei Museum on Grand Avenue which will be converted to a studio that will include a sound stage for film production, film editing lab and suites, set design lab, sound lab, library, classrooms, conference rooms, and faculty offices. Latitude 33 has also leased 22 apartments and town houses to the

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school that will serve as student housing, with projected enrollment of 240 by 2014. The university will offer two Bachelor of Science degree programs – in Communications Media and Business – as well as two graduate degree programs: a Master of Arts in Biblical Theology and a Master of Business Administration in Film Production. “Eighty percent of our curriculum is ‘secular’,” says Connolly, with 20 percent focused on philosophy, theology, morals and ethics, and the great art, literature, and music of Western civilization. “The primary goal,“ says Connolly, “is to form students to produce ‘secular’ media that has a positive and uplifting theme with a strong and clear ethical underpinning.” He adds that the university does have “a small group of students who are primarily interested in producing ‘Catholic’ media.” Connolly says downtown Escondido is an ideal location to relocate the university because of its history and “cool ambience.” The Sprinter will also be convenient to students traveling to L.A. and Hollywood for exposure to the media and film industry. He hopes to bring a youthful

vitality to the area and perhaps even build an entertainment industry cluster centered in Escondido, attracting media production, gaming, and animation companies. It is hopeful that the university will invigorate business in the downtown area, but not only by providing student patronage. The senior curriculum includes an in-house business incubator called the Do.School for students interested in building companies. Students will work in teams over nine months and will learn about business creation, planning, and the launch process. Faculty and outside professionals will mentor students as they develop their business ideas and turn them into full-fledged business plans, including funding and market strategies, a legal structure, and a refined financial forecast model. Once the curriculum has been completed, the university will provide the student companies with space and other infrastructure support until they can support themselves. JPCU is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 and financial aid is available. For more information, visit their website at SUMMER 2013



The power of yoga: Finding strength, balance, and flexibility in Escondido Angie Martinez feels like a different person than she did 10 weeks ago. She’s not in as much pain and she doesn’t get stressed out as often. The difference, she says, is yoga.

from the trauma of his injury with the practice. The former football player found a vigorous approach that resonated with his athletic lifestyle.

Yoga is a union. The physical poses, called asanas, work in conjunction with breathing practices and meditation to create strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and the mind. There was a time when Escondido residents had to drive to Encinitas to find a dedicated yoga studio, but now, there are options.

“It was a powerful experience,” he said. “I knew it would be a big part of my life.”

Martinez suffers from Pronator’s Syndrome, which is a lot like Carpal Tunnel, in both of her arms. Her chiropractor and her hand surgeon both recommended yoga, but she didn’t think she could do it. “I thought it was too hard,” she said. “I didn’t think I could enjoy it as much as I do.” She joined Dang Good Yoga, which opened on South Escondido Boulevard in February. The studio is within walking distance from her home. She now takes two classes a day. One of her teachers is owner Chris Cravens-Dang. The instructor dabbled in yoga while attending college, but found the classes too slow, too harsh or too expensive. The ancient art of yoga has many variations, most of which find their roots in India. She studied massage and middle eastern dance, but later found her way back to yoga. “I just knew I wanted to teach yoga,” she said. Besides yoga classes, the studio also offers massage services and hoop classes. Cravens-Dang could never hula hoop as a child, but rediscovered it in her late 30’s. She says it’s a great way to trick yourself into exercising. Before she went through her teacher training program, she didn’t have a dedicated practice. After completing the threemonth training, she repeated it two more times. The second time she went through the experience with the man that would become her husband and business partner, Vu Dang. Dang grew up in Escondido and began practicing yoga shortly after a near-fatal head injury at the age of 17. His mother practiced yoga to help keep a balanced mind and thought that her son could heal 38




The power of yoga rings true when the optimistic and cheerful yogi reveals that 3 he is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Because of this, he hasn’t been able to teach at the studio yet. Teachers from around North County have stepped up not only to keep the studio functioning, but to help it thrive. Rached Maalouf, owner of Sattva Fitness on Grand Avenue, recounts a similar experience when he recovered after a major motorcycle accident, last year. He spent two months healing from brain trauma. In his absence the teachers stepped up to run the yoga center, which he first created in 2002 at the Escondido Athletic Club.

LeRoy Walters, above, is a bicycle coach ( and yoga instructor at Sattva Fitness. Photo by Tawny McLedo.

The longtime motorcycle enthusiast found his way from Lebanon to San Diego via Boston. His family moved there when he was 12. He used to look through glossy motorcycle magazines and see photos of beautiful California roads. At the age of 26, he said, “I’m outta here,” and headed for sunny San Diego. He joined Gold’s Gym in 1998, where a teacher suggested he take a yoga class. He hasn’t stopped since. He completed three teacher training programs and estimates that he has taught 17,000 classes. Maalouf is known for his ability to make adjustments. This is when a teacher helps a student move into a pose so that they can get all the benefits of a pose and do so without causing injury to their body. It can be a light touch to the shoulder or a pull on the hips. The yoga instructor credits his experience teaching karate for his ability to move his students into their poses effectively. “Manipulating another body in martial arts,” he said, “gave me the ability to make adjustments in yoga.” For Linda Kaczur, much of her practice at the Dahn

Yoga Center involves the body, but emphasizes the brain. Kaczur discovered Dahn Yoga while at a healing center in Sedona, Ariz. Dahn Yoga traces its origin to ancient Korean mind-body practice. While Kaczur had practiced traditional, Indian yoga, she felt a calmness at the Sedona center that she’d never experienced before. When she returned to California, she found a local center. She joined 15 years ago and has been teaching for seven. “I like to keep young by using my body,” says Kaczur. Dahn Yoga’s founder is an internationally-revered spiritual leader, named Ilchi Lee. He emphasizes brain development as a means to world peace. “He believes if everyone feels peace in their bodies, there will be peace in the world,” Kaczur said.

After 10 weeks of dedicated yoga practice, Angie Martinez feels peace in her body. The former medical billing employee said that yoga has changed her lifestyle. She can deal with stress better and doesn’t let little things upset her as often. “Even when I don’t want to go,” she said. “I go because I know I’ll feel better.”

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MODA FASHION SHOW Palomar College Fashion Merchandising & Design. Tickets: $12-15; $20 at the door. 7 pm. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido.


LAKE HODGES ARTIST’S SHOW & SALE At this year’s Spring Show & Sale, artists will present new designs in pottery, silver & glass jewelry, steam punk, soaps, home décor, wood and kitchen utensils, and handwoven wearable art. 10 M – 4 pm. FREE. 9814 Carson Place, Escondido (Del Dios). 760-740-9700


2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS: TODO MUNDO Todo Mundo’s unique mix of world rhythms and danceable songs has helped them to appeal to people of all ages and ethnicities. 3 - 5 pm. Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760839-4814


OPENING ART RECEPTIONS “Contemporary Realism”, juror Daniel Foster Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art; People”; PhotoArts Group; and “Velocipede”, an exhibition about all things bike related. FREE. 5:30 to 8 pm. Exhibitions run thru June 1. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101



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ARTIST RECEPTION: DISTINCTION GALLERY “Songs of Purity” Solo show by artist Jana Brike. Reception with the artist (visiting from Latvia), live music, and open studios; 6-10pm; FREE. Workshop with the artist May 12, 1-4pm $50 in advance. 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779.


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


ARTISTS RECEPTION Works by noted artist Michael Steirnagle. 5 - 8 pm. Michael Steirnagle Studio/Gallery, 120 W. Grand, Studio 102. 760-712-2424


ARTISTS RECEPTION: ARTISTS GALLERY A new show is held every month in the Escondido Art Association Artist Gallery. 5 – 8 pm. 121 W. Grand Avenue. 760-489-0338. www.

12 THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA The Amgen Tour of California, “America’s Greatest Race,” is coming back to Escondido! Runners start off at approximately 11:15 am at Broadway and Grand. .


ZIGGY STARDUST CLOWN BIKE RIDE: Ode to David Bowie and the spectacular clown bike. Meet at Municipal Gallery. Noon - 1pm


OLD ESCONDIDO MOTHER’S DAY HOME TOUR Celebrate Mothers Day in a most charming and memorable way by touring five historic homes in the Old Escondido Historic District and enjoying lovely refreshments in a garden. Homes are toured individually, in any order, at your own pace. Comfortable walking shoes are strongly encouraged - Absolutely no high heels are allowed to be worn in any of the tour homes. Noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 on the day of the event. Each child under the age of 12 free with paying adult. Old Escondido Neighborhood, 760-291-7206. www.

25 AMERICAN HERITAGE CAR SHOW The Toyota of Escondido American Heritage Car Show features hundreds of fabulous cars on the lawn in Grape Day Park. Show includes a pancake breakfast, vendors, DJ, raffle and museum tours. This year we are honoring D.Mac, Dennis Macdonald, local racer and builder. Spectators free, vehicle entry fee. 9 am – 3 pm. Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway. 760-743-8207 www.


RINCON LITERARIO EVENT TYPE: BOOK CLUB Selected title is “La Cupula” /” Under the Dome” by Stephen King. Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. Suitable for adults. 3:30 – 4:45 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760839-4814



SAN DIEGO YOUTH SYMPHONY SHOWCASE CONCERTS 1pm & 7pm. The 1pm Showcase Concert will feature SDYS Debut Winds, Concert Winds, Wind Symphony and Concert Orchestra. The 7pm Showcase Concert will feature SDYS Debut Strings, Concert Strings, Sinfonia, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: adults $30, seniors/military $25, students $10. Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido.


POET’S INC. NORTH COUNTY Readings by published poets. Open readings after the guest poet. 11:30 – 3 pm. FREE. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101


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


WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS - BRIAN PI’IKEA & LAVA JAM All about Uke (you-k) is a musical journey from the birth of the Ukulele, commonly known as the “Uke,” until today. Tickets: FREE! Doors open 1 hour prior to show. Early arrival recommended. Firstcome, first-seated basis. 4 pm & 7 pm. Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. 760-839-4138.


OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE: STAR SPANGLED GIRL From the master of oneliners, Neil Simon, STAR-SPANGLED GIRL swells with romance, comedy and a great setting: San Francisco in the late 1960s. As with any good romantic comedy, the course of true love never did run smooth. Performances thru June 30. Patio Playhouse, 201 E. Grand Ave, Ste. 1D. 760-7466669


SECOND SATURDAY CONCERTS: THE DANNY GREEN TRIO At twenty-nine years old Danny Green has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who seem to have a pulse on keeping the tradition of jazz piano alive while stepping boldly into the future through the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms. 2 – 4 PM. Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4814


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8 OPENING ART RECEPTIONS Small Scale”, juried by Annette Cyr, National University Art Dean; “Land & Sea”, PhotoArts Group. FREE. 5:30 – 8 pm. Exhibitions run thru July 6. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101


ARTISTS RECEPTION: DISTINCTION GALLERY “Dreaming in the Hippodrome” Solo show featuring Nicole Waszak Reception with the artist, open studios and live music, 6-10pm. Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779.

ONGOING 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.


ARTISTS RECEPTION Works by noted artist Michael Steirnagle. 5 - 8 pm. Michael Steirnagle Studio/Gallery, 120 W. Grand, Studio 102. 760712-2424


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


2ND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB Selected title is “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatge. Adults. 6 – 8 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4814

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.


4TH ANNUAL FARM TOUR: SAN PASQUAL VALLEY Features one of the last San Diego County dairies, wine grapes, greenhouse growing grounds, succulents, citrus, an avocado packing house. Guided walking tours led by the farmers themselves will take you through their unique farming operations and showcase a variety of the region’s agricultural specialties. Demonstrations, samples, and other fun activities for all ages. 9 am to 3 pm. $25 Adults, $10 Children ages 6-17, (under 6 free), $70 Family Package (2 adults and up to 4 children 6-17 years.) Visit for additional tours.

The Fourteenth Season of Cruisin’ Grand is in full swing. 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.






ART EXHIBITION Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art More than 200 pieces of 20th and 21st century art from comic strips and original works from classic comic books. It will also feature works by major American pop artists, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein and contemporary Korean artist, Donghyun Son. The show will Pop! Whiz! and Kablow! with excitement for museumgoers and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. $8. $5/seniors, students, military; FREE/members; California Center for the Arts, Escondido; www.


RINCON LITERARIO BOOK CLUB Selected title: La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. Adults. 3 – 4:45 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4814


OPENING ART RECEPTIONS “Local Color” featuring Ehren Tool, ceramic artist and activist; “Surprise” in the Expressions Space Gallery; “Reflections” PhotoArts Group. FREE. 5:30 – 8 pm. Exhibitions run thru July 6. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101


ARTIST RECEPTION: DISTINCTION Studio Artists: 9 years in the Making; Reception with the artists, live music, and open studios 6-10pm. 317 E. Grand, 760.781.5779.


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


POET’S INC. NORTH COUNTY Readings by published poets. Open readings after the guest poet. 11:30 – 3 pm. FREE. Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, 262 East Grand Avenue. 760.480.4101


ARTISTS RECEPTION Works by noted artist Michael Steirnagle. 5 - 8 pm. Michael Steirnagle Studio/Gallery, 120 W. Grand, Studio 102. 760-712-2424


FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to Grape Day Park on July 4 for a fun-filled, star-spangled celebration! 4-9:30 pm. See more info on next page and on page 34.

13 ARTISTS RECEPTION: ARTISTS GALLERY A new show is held every month in the Escondido Art Association Artist Gallery. 5 – 8 pm. 121 W. Grand Avenue. 760-489-0338. www.

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OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE: “Sheila – A New Rock Musical”. Sheila is the girl every guy wants and every girl wants to be. Sheila “Gets round,” giving her classmates the “Sheila Blues.” So they come up with “The Plan” to give the campus queen a taste of what she’s been handing out. Music, lyrics and book by San Diegan Charles Jirkovsky. Adults. Through Aug. 5. Patio Playhouse, 201 E. Grand Ave, Ste. 1D. 760-7466669


RINCON LITERARIO BOOK CLUB Selected title: La laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Adults. 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760839-4814

Second Saturday ArtWalk


We look forward 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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Summer 2013 Escondido City Magazine  

Discover the people, places, events and other things that make Escondido a unique and special community in which to live, work and play

Summer 2013 Escondido City Magazine  

Discover the people, places, events and other things that make Escondido a unique and special community in which to live, work and play


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