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COVER “Fake” is a painting in acrylic on linen by artist Cathrine EdlingerKunze. Kunze’s work is being featured at Distinction Gallery from December 10 through January 4, with a reception on December 14. Born in Germany, Kunze has been teaching Art to children & adults for over 16 years in schools as well as in her private studios. Cathrine now lives and works in Carlsbad, California.
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FACES AND PLACES The Loft Hair Design celebrates 15 beautiful years in business
New and expanding businesses Downtown Escondido
Scooters take to the streets of Escondido
FOUR-LEGGED CRUISE ON GRAND
Local canines take to the streets
Where to dine in and around Escondido
38 CALENDAR Whatâ€™s happening in and around Escondido
SECOND SATURDAY ARTWALK
Monthly art receptions and activities
Local restaurants and galleries
FEATURES 16 DECKING THE HALLS Canterbury Gardens shows us how they adorn and decorate for the holidays STORY TERI A. ALASANTRO
PHOTOS TEHARA TWEED
22 VINTANA Delicious offerings by a recent Escondido addition STORY Jaime kautsky PHOTOS TEHARA TWEED
THE BENEFITS OF DANCING
Julie Desmarais explores how this age-old expression has healing properties STORY julie desmarais
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CARE FOR YOUR AGING PARENTS
A look at your options when making critical decisions STORY NORMA WADDELL
THE BATTLE OF SAN PASQUAL
The reenactment of this important battle in our own backyard STORY NORMA WADDELL Background photo of Santa and child Background photo by Tehara Tweed shot by Tehara Tweed
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Saturday, December 7 TREE LIGHTING Kick off the Holiday Season with the lighting of the tree, carolers, arts and crafts, costumed entertainers, Santa himself and a Winter Wonderland complete with real snow! California Center for the Arts;Throughout Campus; 3-8pm; FREE Festival Event!
Saturday, December 7 A CHORAL YULETIDE A seasonal celebration with the Center Chorale and the Center Children’s Chorus, Tickets at www.artcenter.org.
Saturday, December 14 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE Presented by Escondido Jaycees. 9:30 am. Broadway from Escondido HS to Grape Day Park. Fri. & Sat. December 13 & 14 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT With Jose Feliciano and Billy Ray Cyrus; Details on page 40
See the Calendar on page 38 for more holiday events
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FACES & PLACES
The Loft’s 15th Anniversary
A Night of Beauty and Celebration Friends and clients of The Loft Hair Design & Skincare were treated to a “Night of Beauty” and more on September 12th. It was the celebration of 15 years in business.
The event included beauty treatments, product, hairstyling and other demonstrations, frequent raffle giveaways, hors d’oeuvres by Vincent’s, exotic martinis, and wine and beer. Dr. Birchall of Dermacare was offering discounted non-invasive med spa treatments like botox and fillers. Shawna and her team are looking forward to another 15 years of beautifying the men and women that have come to know The Loft, well as well as any newcomers. 1) (Left to right) Cindy Fullwood, Shawna Cruise, Julia Morrow, Meghan Roth and Tiffany Townsend. Kaleigh Richey (in black asymetrical dress) and other guests in back. 2) (Left to right) Sebastian professional Oliver, Stacy Brown, Deborah Oliver, Melody Valleroy (seated) and Sebastian stylist. 3) Shawna Cruise and Vincent’s Lisa Grummel
4) (Left to right) Katie Bersamin, Meghan Roth, Jared Bernstein, Desiree Rancourt and Tiffany Townsend
5) (Left to right) Oliver (from Sebastian) Shawna Cruise and Julianne Jones 6) (Left to right) Ellen Duggan, Ed Duggan and Simone Bourgo 7) The Loft Hair Design stylists
Swamis opens at 150 Grand
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Swami’s Cafe quietly opened in downtown Escondido on September 23rd with little fanfare but lots of buzz. With locations in Encinitas, La Mesa and Oceanside, the restaurant is a North County favorite and a welcome addition to a downtown that is showing signs of an enlivening nightlife. Swami’s is located in the historic building that formerly housed 150 Grand. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Swami’s is a great dining choice for people with special dietary requirements, serving gluten free, many vegetarian, other health-conscious options. Manager John Ventimiglia said they have been known for their smoothies and signature dishes like their Ahi Salad and Lobster Benedict, adding that they use mock bacon and mock turkey. He also said that bartender Brian makes a mean Moscow Mule and is also famous for his Asian Pear Martini.
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Ventimiglia says Swami’s philosophy is that they are “community-based and healthy,” adding that they source nearly all of their food from local producers, not only for health and environmental reasons, but because it supports the community…the schools and the future of our kids. He also added that the majority of their employees live in Escondido. He hopes to work with other restaurant owners, striving together to create a shared vision for downtown. “Grand Avenue is a beautiful, wonderful place with so much potential. I would love to see it become the next Restaurant Row, but we have to do it as a community.” He added that the City of Escondido has been quite accommodating during the process of opening the restaurant. Swami’s Café Happy hour 4-8 daily. Thursdays Karaoke 9-closing Friday & Saturday 8:30-closing Sunday Nights Piano and Jazz beginning mid-November
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Delight of France owners Alberta and Sako Agyan have enjoyed steady growth since they took over the French bakery, cafe and restaurant in 2011. Between Alberta’s warm, cheerful welcome and the delicious pastries and fresh menu items, one cannot stay away long from the friendly Grand Avenue establishment which they run with the help of their son Greg. They are in the final planning stages of an expansion to accommodate the enthusiastic crowd that descends upon them Mondays through Saturdays. The expansion will include not only additional square footage for more seating, but an overall refreshed look and new display cases, some new equipment and, as always, creative new items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pastry selections. The expansion is expected to be complete in time for the holidays. Delight of France 126 W. Grand Avenue • 760-746-2644 • www.delightoffrance.com
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New retail store Laurel Glenn opened in October on Grand Avenue. The eclectic store is a collaboration of local women offering an appealing collection of items and gifts from antiques and clothing to jewelry and collectibles. The store is actually a creatively laid-out assortment of smaller retail spaces owned by dozens of retailers but with the effect of a very diverse single retail store. Just in time for the holidays, we think! Laurel Glenn 158 E. Grand Avenue • 760-735-3333
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Plan 9 Alehouse: New neighborhood hangout take home Aaron’s brews. If you’re a foodie, the talents of Chef Dave Brown, a former Chef de Cuisine of Savory Casual Cuisine in Encinitas, will make you want to have a designated chair because you’ll be there for lunch and dinner every day. Some menu items include duck drumettes with Bourbon Sriracha hot sauce ($8), a BLT with pork belly braised in the house stout and root beer ($12), marinated black tiger shrimp with cheddar grits ($15), and spicy sweet potato wedges with apple cider ketchup and garlic aioli ($6).
Tasty. Unique. Family-friendly. That will be your experience when you visit Plan 9 Alehouse, a new brewpub on Grand Avenue. Escondidians first experienced Plan 9 in September during the final days of Crusin’ Grand when the owners opened to throngs of people looking for craft beer and unique food offerings. Craft beers from the Midwest, Europe, and local breweries like AleSmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, and Offbeat fill many of the twenty-five taps on a seasonal rotating basis. A stainless steel direct draw system houses the beer less than five feet from the taps. Sixteen ounce pours under 8% alcohol are $6, eight ounce pours over 8% are $5.50. You can also enjoy beer tasters ($2 - $3 each), Julian Hard Cider, wine, or the house root beer while sitting by the roll-top garage door opening onto Grand Avenue. About five rotating Plan 9 brews will be on tap when they’re in full production. Founder Aaron Calles will brew Belgians, IPAs, stouts, sours, and other special recipes. Purchase one liter growlers if you want to
Dave creates food that goes with beer, so he varies some of the menu to pair with seasonal beers. Co-founder Chad Brewer can also provide recommendations on foods pairings with Plan 9 and guest brews to take your dining experience to the next level. Want to know the current beers and foods? Like Plan 9 on Facebook to find featured offerings. Parents appreciate the indoor children’s play area. It allows you a few minutes reprieve to catch up with friends or grab food while your children write on a chalkboard and play with toys. These are just some of the many ways Plan 9 is not your typical bar and restaurant.
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When does a means of transportation become a passion? For a number of area residents, it happened when they bought a motor scooter and joined the Slow Burn Scooter Club. Escondido couple Lisa and Kurt “Ace” Nunez founded the group in 2011. “This city is perfect for riding scooters,” said Lisa. “Escondido has every type of road for every skill level and (some have) magnificent scenery.” The couple started riding together in 2009. Two years later, they started the club and spread the word by establishing a web site, creating Facebook and Meetup pages, and wearing club back patches that publicize the group. Members take part in meetings, rides to destinations from Temecula to Mission Bay, and gather for monthly meetings, barbecues and other activities. They also participate in special events, such as the Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade, where they will ride on Dec. 14. The group now has 62 members who range in
age from their 20s to their 60s, and hail from throughout North County and the Temecula area. “Slow Burn is extremely democratic and members take part as much as they want to,” said Ace. “There are no mandatory meetings, dues or rides.” The club also prides itself on being “drama free,” with no discussion of politics, religion or other controversial topics at gatherings.
Both men and women belong to the club. “Quite a few of our members joined as couples,” said Lisa. “It’s a very pleasant way to spend time together.” Members Bob and Jan Cox agree. They said they appreciate the group’s stress-free atmosphere and the gas economy of scooters, which averages 90 miles per gallon. They both have two scooters – blue and white Kymco
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“We just put on the saddle bags and go shopping,” said Bob. They learned about Slow Burn from David Garman who, with wife Mary, own Cool Scooters in Escondido and have sponsored and supported the club in many ways.
“We just walked in one day on impulse and walked out with scooters,” said Jan. “It’s a great activity for men and women … I would recommend it to anyone. The bottom line is it’s a lot of fun.”
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Decking the halls with boughs o Story by Teri A. Alasantro Photos by Tehara Tweed
Canterbury Gardens in Escondido was founded in 1982 by Diane and Jack Hansen. They were passionate entrepreneurs who had a thriving business in La Jolla called Nostalgia Gifts and were eager to relocate to a larger building. They fell in love with a 10,000-squarefoot winery built in the 1960’s and steeped in timeless and authentic historical culture. The Old Brookside Winery, a longstanding landmark within the Escondido community, was reminiscent of the Old World charm and unique characteristics that inspired the business. As avid travelers, the Hansens had a love for the famous town of Canterbury, England, with its lush landscapes, rich heritage and architectural design. Canterbury Gardens was born through the creative identity of this popular destination. Canterbury Gardens creates an extraordinary experience. The perfectly manicured landscape leads into a festive entrance of holiday treasures. Excitement begins on the red carpet where guests stop to snap photographs on Santa’s sleigh.
Award-winning collectable displays by renowned designers Department 56, Byers Choice Ltd., Mark Roberts, Mary Engelbreit, Jim Shore, Christopher Radko, Old World, Hansa, and Walt Disney each capture a special element of the season. Designers at Canterbury Gardens spend weeks planning and preparing for a night of celebration showcasing the elaborate presentation of the finest holiday décor. This year, on Thursday, September 19th, the annual launch attracted visitors from across the country, eager to be inspired by the artistic expressions. Stretch your imagination and celebrate the season with 38 robust 12-to-24-foot Christmas trees crafted by design. Guests are mesmerized by the individual motifs that are brought to life through impeccable attention to detail in the quest to captivate the essence of the enchanting spirit. We tell infinite stories about ourselves and our experiences through the things that surround us. Canterbury Gardens strives to inspire you to create your own signature holiday masterpieces. Bring your personality alive with “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” an ultra-chic, hot pink, one-of-a-kind tree, harnessing the impeccable power of femininity. A collection of elegant crystals adds dimension by reflecting the unique character, a signature pink chandelier attracts light and accents the gorgeous twinkling shoes, sequined handbags, and ballerina ornaments. Snow White, Cinderella, and horseback riding figurines complete the festive scene. An intricate balance of texture and shimmer creates rave reviews for the bold statement of style and glamour.
Moving through the kaleidoscope of color, “We Fish You A Merry Christmas” gives a glimpse into the tranquility of surf and sand and the creatures that inhabit our underwater world. Calming hues of blue surround graceful dolphins, prickly sea urchins, and colorful seahorses. Hula girls, statuesque lighthouses, and beautiful expressive mermaids top the tree with elaborate sprigs of brilliant aquamarine. Continuing on the aesthetic journey and taking note of a special tree, “Land of the Brave” is decorated in red, white and blue for all the men and women who have served our country. Symbolic ornaments adorn the tree with special accents of ribbons and camouflage. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is an especially stimulating tree crafted with the travel enthusiast in mind. Several large trains cascade through the branches, a train track protruding through one side creates an intriguing asymmetrical design. There is an extensive collage of ornaments reflecting popular travel destinations such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, Paris and London. Another extraordinary design is the “Animal House.” This tree is a pet lover’s dream with everything imaginable to include your furry friends in the celebration from tree ornaments, designer accessories, stockings, planters, and much more. “Savannah Nights,” adorned with peacock feathers and animal prints, expresses bold and dramatic elegance. “Baby’s Christmas” is for anyone who is expecting or celebrating a new bundle of joy. A beautiful “Aviary Tree,” full of exotic and wild birds transforms the space into a magical wonderland woodland
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like a storybook that has come to life. These birds from the forest and the tropics create a whole new flair in designing and decorating a holiday tree. For the careerminded and the sports fanatic, there is an endless assortment of ornaments devoted to personal interests and lifestyles. Canterbury weaves tradition throughout with spectacular nativity scenes against beautiful backdrops. Whether you are looking for a complete nativity or to build your own village, they offer the simplest settings to the most elegant hand-painted, authentic-style nativities. These wonderfully hand-crafted crèches provide a wide selection of quality displays of the Christmas Story you and your family will treasure. Count down the days til Christmas with a variety of advent calendars that add festive entertainment. Do you know the Story of the Glass Pickle? The pickle ornament was considered a very special tree decoration by many families in Germany. According to tradition, the fir tree was decorated on Christmas Eve and for good luck the pickle was always the last ornament to be hung on the tree. The ornament was hidden in the green boughs among the other ornaments and whoever found the special ornament first would receive an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas. Canterbury Gardens extends the tradition by offering the pickle ornaments. Trains have a rhythmic way of making us childlike. Collectable designer Department 56 heightens all of our senses with a miniature model train clattering through cities full of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Happiness and joy surround the three communities of the North Pole, Snow Village and Dickens Village, as trains pass along Chick Fil A, Harley Road House Café, Leon Lake Bait Shop, Moondoggie’s Board Shop, E. Tipler Wine and Spirits, Chriswick Brewery, and many more. 18
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Deck the Halls with motif string lights, another way decorators are expressing their personalities with “Hello Kitty,” “Star Wars,” M&M’s, Angry Birds, and The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” Where will your creativity lead you? There are infinite possibilities at Canterbury. Dave Hansen, President and CEO, attributes the success of Canterbury to a dedicated staff who love what they do and are passionate about helping customers create their visions for the holidays. The store for “All Seasons” has designers who create custom floral arrangements with special family heirlooms or colors to accent any décor. They also personalize ornaments and offer many classes to inspire and engage customers in the art of decoration. Some of the upcoming classes include: Small Sleigh Arrangement, Christmas Food Demo, Tree Decorating and Bow Making, Canterbury Heirloom Wreath Decoration, and Christmas Stocking Wall Hanging. Guest appearances by sought after designers Mark Roberts and Mary Engelbreit will be on Saturday December 7, when they will be signing their 2013 Collections. Canterbury Gardens is the largest national distributor of Mark Roberts fairies, and Mary Engelbreit has an enduring collection that has been celebrated for over 30 years. Canterbury Gardens is a truly magical place imparting a large dose of Holiday spirit! WINTER 2013/2014
For more information on the workshops and the special appearances please visit www.canterburygardens.com or call 760-746-1400
Hundreds join four-legged cruise on Grand It was a different kind of cruise on Grand Avenue Saturday, September 28th. Hundreds came cruisinâ€™ on four paws for the 2nd Annual Woofstock. The event drew dog owners and dog lovers from around the county to show off their best friends or to see what other canine owners had on the ends of their leashes. With barely a growl or skirmish, the dogs and people nibbled and strutted and lumbered peacefully along the red carpet. that lined the street, keeping little paws cool. They competed and won awards. They wandered among informational and product booths and sniffed and snorted and woofed the day away. The event organizers plan on continuing the event annually.
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I n the year and a half since the Cohn Restaurant Group opened Vintana Wine + Dine, much has been made about the fact that the fine-dining establishment sits high above a luxury car dealership. There has also been plenty of buzz that the restaurant features dramatic views of the North County hills, the influence of celebrated Executive Chef/ Partner Deborah Scott, and open-air concerts featuring artists the caliber of Miss Chaka Khan. Maybe it was the hype – chatter peppered with words like “elegant,” “beautiful,” and “Lexus” – or maybe I was unsure about driving a white minivan into a parking lot with a glistening waterfall, but In the year and a half since the Cohn Restaurant Group opened Vintana Wine + Dine, much has been made about the fact that the fine-dining establishment sits high above a luxury car dealership. There has also been plenty of buzz that the restaurant features dramatic views of the North County hills, the influence of celebrated Executive Chef/ Partner Deborah Scott, and open-air concerts featuring artists the caliber of Miss Chaka Khan. Maybe it was the hype – chatter peppered with words like “elegant,” “beautiful,” and “Lexus” – or maybe I was unsure about driving a white minivan into a parking lot with a glistening waterfall, but for whatever WINTER 2013/2014
reason, I figured Vintana was out of my dining league. After a longoverdue visit, it turns out my hesitance was unfounded. True, it’s elegant. After all, you can valet your Toyota Sienna and ride a glass elevator to the penthouse-level restaurant and its adjacent wine boutique. But it’s also comfortable. Much of Vintana’s beauty comes not from the marble and glass interior, but from the sunshine that pours into the open-air dining areas, and the view offered by 17-foot-tall windows that direct a diner’s gaze out over the bustling heart of the city and onto those Escondido hills.
There were plenty of well-dressed folks, but I was at ease in jeans and ballet flats. The black-clad servers were friendly and attentive, professional even as they cooed over the 6-month-old baby in our party. (Yes, children are welcome – they are treated to a special menu ranging from chicken tenders with honey-mustard dipping sauce to petite filet mignon.) Our party of four decided to share meals so we could sample several appetizers and entrées, which I regretted almost immediately upon my first taste of the Grilled Portabella Sandwich. It’s topped with parsleygarlic pesto, arugula, vine-ripe tomato, roasted red bell pepper, olive tapenade, and goat-cheese spread, and it was so rich and delicious I almost became a vegetarian on the spot. The herbed fries that accompanied the sandwich were nice, but completely overshadowed.
Vintana Appoints New Executive Chef
The Cohn Restaurant Group recently announced a new appointment for Vintana: Executive Chef Greg Stillman will now work alongside Chef Deborah Scott as she takes on a larger role and partnership within the group. Stillman, a Temecula resident who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, has worked for Napa’s exclusive restaurant, The French Laundry, and Los Angeles’ Patina Group. Stillman says his influences range from celebrated California chefs like Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal, and Cindy Pawlcyn to his own mother, and describes his approach as “simple, local, and fresh” (though he notes, “I do like a little complexity.”) The East Coast native often picks wild pomegranates on bike rides through Fallbrook for homemade pomegranate vodkas, and he plans to continue pulling produce from his favorite farms in Temecula and Hemet while searching for new sources in San Diego. “It is an honor to be a part of one of San Diego’s largest restaurant groups, specifically to be working in North County,” Stillman says. “I’m excited to learn the Cohn Restaurant Group’s systems, and especially to work with Deborah Scott and gain knowledge of her San Diego culinary history. “Chef Deb and I will try to work together to keep the food in her style … but slowly develop into a cohesive style that is uniquely Vintana.” 24
The seafood lovers in our group enjoyed the Bloody Mary Shrimp and White Fish Ceviche appetizer and surprisingly colorful Tempura Fish Taco plate. But the real standout was the Macadamia & Coconut-Crusted Sea Bass, topped with crispy sea beans (yes, sea beans) and roasted pineapple salsa – all atop mashed sweet potatoes with lime and gingerlime bleur blanc. It elicited lots of “mmms” from all of us, as well as an “amazing” and one “phenomenal.” The generously portioned Skirts on Fire Salad, which can also be enjoyed in quesadilla form, was spicy and satisfying: charbroiled skirt steak with grilled red onion, avocado, candied walnuts, roasted red peppers, blue cheese, garlic croutons, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Vintana’s vodka bar – the one that features 125 varieties of the stuff and turns out cocktails like Chef Deb’s Mai-Tai and the Prickly Pearnapple with housemade pineapple vodka – also produces one of the main reasons to visit the daily Social Hour at their V2L2 Lounge & Lanai. The Black Rose Martini, with Absolut citron vodka, Licor 43, blackberries, and rosemary, was perfectly strong and not too sweet. Though the vodka bar and wine list are well-known, I found that Vintana also has a substantial, locally focused selection of craft
beer on draft. There are currently 10 taps, and only one brewery, Avery, is from outside the area. The rest come from breweries just minutes from Vintana, and mostly in North County – think Lost Abbey, Stone, Lightning, Latitude 33, and Iron Fist, as well as San Diego’s Alesmith and New English Brewing. I’ll happily return to Vintana, hopefully sooner rather than later, and hopefully basking post-meal in the glow of their rooftop fire pits, Black Rose in hand. I’ll also stop by for dessert, because we forgot to order that and I’m sure there’s some sort of fancy chocolate dish with my name on it.
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Bound for Asia (Part II)
Story and photos by Heather Harshman
Traveling through Japan and Thailand for 23 days with two suitcases, a backpack, diaper bag, baby carrier, and six-month-old Christian - would our trek be one of triumph or tragedy? Bangkok After spending seven days with my husband Dale’s host family in Japan, we flew to Thailand for the final two weeks of our Asian adventure. We were accosted by thick, hot air when we stepped out of the Bangkok airport - a typical May night in the capital. The Shanghai Mansion in China Town was home for three nights. It’s a 1930’s-themed boutique hotel with a gorgeous three-story atrium. The room was lavish by U.S. standards, with a chaise lounge, massive tub on a platform, tile shower, and elegant lighting. We enjoyed dim sum brunch at their restaurant in the mornings, and live jazz music in the evenings. The $55 per night was worth it, especially since it came with a bit of free babysitting. Whenever we went to the restaurant, a flock of wait staff and cooks surrounded us. Their eyes were fixed on Christian as they commented on his hair, his eyes, his smile. It wasn’t until one of them held him that we were able to eat. Then we watched Christian be handed from one person to another all over the restaurant. The mother in me thought, “What if someone drops him? Or he gets sick? Or they give him 26
something to eat that is too hard to gum?” But everywhere we went in Thailand the same thing happened – Thais lined up to hold him because they love babies. So I had to decide whether I would be anxious the entire trip, or relax and enjoy the freedom their attention provided. After a few days I settled on the latter of the options and developed an appreciation for their kindness. While in Bangkok we searched the open air markets for jackfruit and durian. Jackfruit tastes like a combination of apple, pineapple, mango, and banana. Durian, however, has been compared to onion ice cream, and has an odour de sewage that makes it a prohibited item on Asian airlines, buses, and trains. I found both fruits to have desirable qualities, although it was challenging to keep my nose plugged while eating the durian. One sweltering morning we took a water taxi to the Grand Palace. Kings resided there from 1782 to 1925. Since then it has been used for official events by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has reigned since 1946. He is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch of Thailand. Although we melted into the asphalt as we roamed the Palace grounds, we were willing to bear it to savor the rich history and colorful architecture. It was easy to stare at the detail of one building for twenty minutes, oblivious to the crowds of people surrounding us.
Chiang Mai A fourteen hour train ride delivered us from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the northwest. Two things Chiang Mai is known for are outdoor adventures and spas. Dale and I took turns watching Christian so we could each splurge on one of these. He chose a four-hour guided mountain bike ride, whereas I got two onehour massages, a one-hour facial, and a onehour body scrub, all for $45. It was heavenly even though the massages were more aggressive than I was used to. We enjoyed the serenity of our hotel, Yaang Come Village, for three nights, and appreciated its proximity to temples, night markets, and restaurants. It had a tropical outdoor pool where Christian first experienced “swimming,” and where we had a cocktail as the sun set over the majestic trees. When in search of meals in Thailand, we faced an unexpected dilemma – finding spicy Thai food. We figured our mouths would be on fire most of the trip, but instead found the spiciness to be lacking. Our quest led us to non-touristy areas in Chiang Mai where meals were served from pots on tables along the street, but alas, little heat was found. We could have been to blame for our quandary, though, by having a high tolerance for heat from using copious amounts of hot sauce and spice back home. To explore the countryside in the Mae Hong Son province outside Chiang Mai, we rented a
car for a three-day road trip involving 1,864 turns in 373 miles, many of which were hairpins. I often sat in the back seat with Christian to keep him entertained and fed. Not the best place to be when dealing with so many curves. Plus the man who rented us the car failed to mention the air conditioning barely coughed out cold air, and there were no headlights – only brights. These added to the adventure when Dale negotiated curves as the sunlight faded and oncoming cars flashed their lights at us. Khao Lak Next we flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket in the southwest. A 70-minute taxi ride took us to the beachfront JW Marriot Khao Lak Resort for our last three nights of relaxation. The area was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, but has since rebuilt and developed a tsunami warning system. A massage on the beach, rubbing our feet in the sand while eating Thai food under a straw hut, and meandering through the maze that makes up the longest swimming pool in Southeast Asia made our stay in Khao Lak a refreshing way to prepare for the two long flights home.
Tips for travel to a developing country with an infant: • Public bathrooms are generally dirty, do not have changing tables, and are cramped, so be creative with changing diapers. Carry a blanket or changing pad to place on the floor, counter, or other surface. You can also sit on a toilet and lay the baby on your lap. Carry hand sanitizer as soap is uncommon. • Only use bottled water for your baby, even if you think the tap water is safe. • Splurge to stay at nicer places with large rooms, hot water, and a crib. Depending on the country, this could be $30 - $70 per night. In Thailand we spent about $50 per night. • Formula and diapers may be available at large grocery stores or pharmacies for prices comparable to the U.S., but you may not want to chance being able to find them. We found both at grocery stores. • Take enough baby food for the duration of your trip. In Thailand it cost about $2 per jar, and there was a limited variety. • Don’t be afraid to let the locals hold and play with your baby.
Was our trek a triumph or tragedy? Dale and I weren’t sure what to expect when we started our 23-day journey. Although we’d traveled internally many times before, having our six-month-old Christian along was a big variable. The majority of our struggles with him were due to jet lag from the 16-hour time difference between California and Japan. Struggling through meals and dealing with inconsolable nighttime crying were the worst of it. These issues slowly resolved about 10 days into our trip. Otherwise, Christian was a trooper on the eight flights, only crying on one descent. He also adapted well to sleeping in eight different places, including on tatami mats, on a train, and in many different cribs. His ability to withstand the steaming hot weather in Thailand was better than we anticipated, and his willingness to be held and cared for by others was outstanding. So triumph it was.
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THE CATAMARAN SPA Located in the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, the Catamaran Spa is a truly unique spa experience, from its gorgeous waterfront location to its innovative treatments. Inspired by South Pacific and Asian healing traditions, treatments feature marine and botanicalbased products. The Catamaran Spa offers a complete line of massages, facials, body wraps, Vichy shower, and hydrotherapy treatments. Also offered are nail treatments, hair care, styling, makeup application, and bridal hair and makeup in the salon. The Spa’s outdoor whirlpool offers breathtaking views of Mission Bay, while the fitness center has an outdoor patio overlooking the water with cardio and strength training equipment. Guests can also enjoy seasonal yoga outside on the lawn or relax in the hotel’s beach cabanas or pool area. Seasonal specials include: Scrub-N-Sun Do you miss your summer glow? Enjoy a Spray Tan and a 25 minute Lime and Salt Scrub. Retail $135 $105
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Locals discover psychological an Story by Julie Desmarais Photos by Maria Marks
When asked why his students drive from as far away as Ramona to take his class, Gibbons says it’s all about the social benefits. “The best part about it is the people that you meet through dancing. I’m not sure what came first, but my classes have become a social network for people.” While traditionally thought of primarily as a form of exercise, dance has been a source of spiritual and cultural expression for thousands of years. In addition, recent research presents overwhelming evidence that dance has significant social and cognitive benefits as well, warding off ailments from stress to dementia.
The room is divided in half with men on one side and women on the other. The instructor demonstrates the man’s steps while his assistant shows the ladies how to follow. After several sets of practice steps, the instructor turns on the music and the two groups come together in pairs, forming couples. Over the music, the instructor repeats, “Slow, slow, quick-quick, slow,” and the couples move to the rhythm, drawing out their steps on the “slow” counts and skimming the floor briskly on the “quick” ones. There is some uncertainty in the exact placement of the dancers’ feet as they work to synchronize their movements with their partners’, but after a few attempts they fall into a comfortable rhythm and the steps transform into a tango. “One more time, please” calls the instructor, Dan Gibbons. Teaching for most of his 25year dancing career, Gibbons is a ballroom, Latin, and theatrical dance instructor at Mary Murphy’s renowned Champion Ballroom Academy in San Diego, but on Tuesday nights he moonlights at the California Center for the Arts, where he teaches two ballroom classes back-to-back starting at 7 pm: the first geared for beginners and the second for a more advanced set. 30
Cathy Rising says it was the cognitive benefits of dance that brought her and her husband, Greg, to ballroom. “I read an article and it said as you get older if you really want to help your brain to stay good, you should take up another language or start dancing,” she says. She found Gibbons’ flyer at Cruisin’ Grand six years ago and tried it out. Greg says learning to dance indeed gives your brain a workout. “The men are supposed to lead so you have to think about what you’re going to do before you do it. And the lady has to pay attention to the signals the man gives.” After taking just four classes, the Risings also felt social gratification when they were applauded after leaving the dance floor at a wedding reception. “I thought to myself, ‘Yeah, that’s who I want to be,” says Greg,. “I don’t want to be a wall flower. I was a wall flower in school and I want to be the guy everyone else wants to be.” Adds Cathy, “It’s rewarding when you’ve worked at something and someone says you’ve done a good job.” Amy Eddo, owner of the Best Foot Forward dance studio on East Valley Parkway, agrees that the confidence dance engenders is very rewarding. She says her students feel proud when they see their hard work paying off.
“They stand up straighter, are more confident, and have more respect,” she says. Eddo, who trains a competition team of 37 kids of all ages, says there is much more to dance than the physical attributes. There is a mutual respect and support between the dancers that is imperative. When they join the team, Eddo has the kids sign a contract that represents their commitment to good behavior and upholding the studio’s code of ethics. “I tell the kids you can be a great dancer, but you need to be an awesome person,” she says. “Dance is so vulnerable and personal. It comes from inside you. It’s what you are, not what you do. You are a dancer.” Dan Gibbons agrees. When asked if he considers dance a big part of his identity, his answer says it all: “On my tombstone I want it to read, ‘Dan Gibbons: Dancer. One more time, please.’ ”
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Caring for your aging parents A look at your options when making the tough decisions Story by Norma Waddell
At the age of 63, my mother suffered a massive heart attack, and shortly thereafter, a stroke, changing all our lives. It became clear our family would have to make some choices regarding her care. Sadly, this situation is becoming all too common. Baby boomers looking at retiring are instead looking at circumstances surrounding aging or infirmed parents and spouses. Modern science is allowing people to live longer. Life insurance actuaries are even preparing for life spans as great as 125 years. Planning for the future without considering Long-Term Care can be a mistake. According to Wikipedia, approximately 60 percent of people over the age of 65 will need Long Term Care within their lifetime. This could include home care, assisted living, adult daycare, respite care, hospice care, nursing home, or Alzheimer’s facilities. So the question becomes, “Who decides?” Having a medical or healthcare directive can help with understanding a person’s wishes should they be unable to communicate. A living will can offer guidance to family members as well. However, while financial factors are usually at the top of the list when making any choice regarding a person’s living circumstances, in this case looking at the level of care needed by the individual should come first. The description of your insurance company’s Long-Term Care coverage can provide a good benchmark as to the factors you will be considering. In a tax-qualified Long-Term Care policy, a claim can be made when a person in unable to perform two or more activities of daily living which include eating, bathing, dressing, transferring, continence and toileting without assistance. If any of these things is becoming more and more difficult ,you need to 32
consider professional caregivers or alternative living facilities. A doctor’s recommendation is key. Often, however, older loved ones have little or no health issues but simply need occasional assistance due to failing eyesight or hearing. Depending on where the loved one lives, family and the community can provide for many of their needs. Transportation for elderly is readily available in the Escondido and Rancho Bernardo areas. Housekeepers and even companions obtained through friends or agencies can give some seniors all the assistance they need. Some families are opting to combine households, adding onto existing property to allow for independent living, for example, building a guest house or adding a second living area. It is a viable solution for young families that cannot afford their own home and an elderly parent that can use the assistance. It is a good solution but not always workable. Lorraine Lawrence and her sisters were faced with decisions after their 80-year-old mother, Dr. Marjorie Lawrence, had a severe stroke. Since none of the children lived in the area, they considered a board and care or assisted living facility. Places such as these are becoming quite popular, providing residents with the feel of home and with necessary medical assistance as well. Some are operated from homes in neighborhoods similar to the one the parent is currently living in or nearby. They help the residents with activities of daily living. Many of these homes are also equipped for people with some type of mental impairment, such as Alzheimer’s. Since Dr. Lawrence’s mental capacity was intact, the family opted for a home health care provider. After several attempts to hire
someone themselves failed, they chose to utilize an agency. They found the cost of $4,000 to $6,000 monthly comparable to an assisted living facility and their mother was able to stay in her own home. Agencies such as the one the Lawrence family used offer a variety of options. Brightstar, an agency in the Escondido area, can help find solutions from a simple companion to someone to assist with hospice care. The good thing about using an agency such as this is the ability to match the caregiver with the patient. Nancy McGoldrick of Brightstar reminds families that knowing the personality of the patient as well as the caregiver is essential. Their company works to meet every patient personally before providing a referral. Agencies such as this are not only utilized to provide assistance when the patient wants to remain in their home but can give the family help with respite care, or follow the patient to a nursing facility and/or hospice care. If you need to choose a nursing facility, the Center for Medical and Medicare Services (CMS) has an excellent brochure entitled “Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home”. It can be found online or you can call 1-800-MEDICARE to request a copy in English or Spanish. CMS can also help with determining suitability based on inspections made of the various facilities. Visit their website www.medicare.gov for further information. When a parent or spouse experiences a drastic change in health it is called a “life transition.” To family members, it can be much like what you would experience should they have died. There can be a great deal of grief. Counselors tell us grief comes in five stages; disbelief or shock, anger, bargaining, depression,
USEFUL RESOURCES In addition to the numerous retirement communities and elder-care facilities available in the Escondido area, there are other valuable resources to help you with caring for your aging parents: BrightStar provides a full range of care, from medical home health care to nonmedical homecare, BrightStar’s quality nursing services, adult and elder care offer you more options. Serving San Diego County, including Escondido, San Marcos,Valley Center, and the rural areas of North County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BrightStar 760-738-1926 http://www.brightstarcare.com/ escondidosan-marcos/ AccuCare Home Medical Equipment has been supplying medical and rental equipment for over 40 years. Located at 941 E.Valley Parkway, Escondido. They supply respiratory, lift chairs, powered mobility, and nursing supplies, and more. They are dedicated to exceeding their customer’s expectations by providing the greatest selection and value of home healthcare products, supplies and services. and, finally, acceptance. These feelings can happen throughout the transition and can cause a number of difficulties should they go unaddressed. Recognize that conversations with family members, friends, doctors and social workers can reflect that loss. Counseling can help families to cope with the myriad of emotions involved. Tara Hodgens, LMFT, recommends group therapy to help deal with the emotional journey. According to Hodgens, groups allow a person to hear suggestions from an outside source – suggestions they may not hear from an individual therapist. Groups also provide people with a sense of community – letting them know that they are not alone in what they are experiencing. Doctors, nursing care facilities, and many hospitals may be able to provide a list of resources. Finally, should financial assistance be necessary, look at programs offered through the state, a retirement plan or insurance. Long-Term Care is generally purchased individually but there are some companies or unions such as CALPERS
that are beginning to offer group Long-Term Care policies. Benefits are generally not as good as individual policies and are subject to change, but can be better than no coverage at all. Keep in mind insurance would have to already have been purchased prior to the health change. In order to receive benefits. Whatever you and your family choose to do, it’s important to communicate and to discuss available options with all the parties involved. It will usually fall on one or two people to do the research. Hopefully your parent has already discussed their wishes with someone able to make these decisions. If not, consider that there is no time like the present. Every adult, regardless of age, should look at completing a healthcare directive and a living will. Try not to wait until you can no longer communicate with them to consider the options. Life transitions are part of the cycle of life. With care and understanding, they can be positive.
AccuCare Home Medical Equipment 760-746-2331 www.accucaremedical.net Make sure you look at online reviews and also visit the facilities several times before choosing one. Websites like the ones listed below can give you valuable information to help you choose. www.agingparents.com www.caring.com www.agingcare.com www.angieslist.com www.ourparents.com www.seniorhomes.com Experts like Carolyn Rosenblatt of agingparents.com and Gregory Weldy have written numerous articles to help guide families through the challenges of caring for aging parents. Their articles offer tips on how to deal with the “grey zone” of diminishing capabilities, knowing when it’s time to remove privileges like driving and spending, and resistance to those kinds of decisions.
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JANUARY 11 Wood, A Furniture Show V curated by Brian Murphy of Murphy’s Fine Woodworking and, in conjunction with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, returns in January, showcasing some of the very best furniture makers, wood turning and marquetry artisans in Southern California. American handmade furniture is highly sought after and collectable. Featured woodworkers from previous shows include Del Cover, Russ Filbeck, Lorenzo Foncerrada, Brian Carnett, David Chaffee, Brian Murphy, Dick Ugoretz, Amal and Shem McNew, Patrick Edwards, Patrice
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Mix and mingle with the artists during the opening reception Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM. Stop by the Municipal Gallery located at the corner of 262 E. Grand Ave. and Juniper St. and warm your winter soul with the best of our regional talent and raw Americana. Show runs from January 10 – February 1st, 2014. The gallery is open Tuesdays 11am – 5pm, Wed. – Saturday 11 – 4pm; www.escondidoarts.org.
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SWAMI’S CAFE A family-owned restaurant with six San Diego County locations, Swami’s specializes in organic, healthy food. A unique menu, a great atmosphere and a friendly staff that create an excellent dining experience. Karaoke on Thursdays. DJ on the weekends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Full service bar. Happy Hour 4-8 pm. Open for private parties. Sun-Wed 7 am to Midnight Thursday 7 am to 1:30 am
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VINCENT’S For 20 years, Vincent’s restaurant has won rave reviews and the hearts of diners at its location in historic downtown Escondido. Combining classic French techniques with his passion for quality ingredients, proprietor and chef Vincent Grumel offers a seasonally inspired cuisine. His dishes are meticulously balanced, complete, fresh and stunning.
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LUCIO’S. AN AMERICAN GRILL Discover the new gem of Escondido as it paves the way to a “New” North County where proprietor Lucio Di Pace is providing an environment for quality entertainment, reasonably-priced food, the finest selection of craft beer from local microbreweries, while allowing the live musical venues to reach deep within your soul.
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LA FARFALLA La Farfalla Cafe offers creative, affordable and delicious meals for everyone, regardless of taste, preference, or diet. In addition to their regular menu items they proudly offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and low-carb options. Check their website for specialty cooking classes. Mon-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm; Dinner: Fridays 5:30 pm-8 pm (Reservation Recommended)
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INTERTWINED Enjoy an incredible dining experience in an exotic and romantic environment. Perfect for special occasion dining, a celebration, or for happy hour. Relax in the outdoor patio, snuggle up in the cozy living room or retreat to the intimate bar area.
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A DELIGHT OF FRANCE A Delight of France offers the finest in French pastries throughout Escondido at moderate prices. They bake their exquisite delicacies daily using only the freshest and purest ingredients. They offer a wide variety of American and French wines. Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Story by Norma Waddell Photos courtesy San Pasqual Battlefield State Park
Fog lay stubbornly at the bottom of the peaceful San Pasqual Valley early on the morning of December 6, 1846. But that quiet valley would soon change into a bloody battlefield. General Stephen Kearny (pronounced
Karney) and his U.S. Dragoons would engage Captain Andres Pico, brother of the Mexican Governor Pio Pico, and 80 of his men in what would later be known as the Battle of San Pasqual. The skirmish would leave 19 Americans dead, 19 wounded (two that would die of their wounds later) and five Californios dead or missing in action. One of the few battles of the Mexican American War, fought on what is now U.S. soil, the Battle of San Pasqual is part of California history and the subject of an annual reenactment in the very same place the actual battle occurred. For the past 27 years, reenactments of the Battle of San Pasqual have been going on in our very own neighborhood. Less than a mile past the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park sits on the site of the former Indian village and is where spectators can watch members of the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association play out the events of that fateful day. This year it will take place on Sunday, December 1st. As part of the promise of Manifest Destiny, President James Polk made an offer to purchase California from Mexico shortly after
taking office. Already incensed by the United States making Texas its 28th state while still under Mexican rule, Mexico would refuse the offer and break off negotiations. Following an attack by the Mexican cavalry on an American fort near the Rio Grande, land claimed by both sides, war was declared against Mexico. Polk called the attack that would leave 16 Americans dead or wounded, an “invasion” of U.S. territory where American blood had been “shed.” General Kearney was ordered to march his troops from their fort in Levenworth, Kansas to San Diego, California, the longest march in history, measuring over 2,000 miles. He was to capture New Mexico and continue across what is now Arizona and finally California. What he did not expect was to engage a group of non-military ranchers that weren’t keen on potentially losing the land they had been granted. The ranchers, or Californios as they called themselves, upon learning of the Americans’ presence, united and fought back. When Captain Archibald Gillespie of the U.S. Marines, sent to meet Kearney, fired a cannon, the battle ended. After burying their wounded the Americans would resume their march, but would be stopped again by the
Californios, at what would later be known as Mule Hill. Pinned down, the Americans sent three men, including the famous Kit Carson, to sneak out of camp and get much-needed supplies and reinforcements. Carson would be the only one to make it in relatively good shape. Removing his boots to reduce the chance of being heard, Carson would travel over rocky terrain to what is now Old Town, more than 20 miles without boots, and succeed in his task.
90-member group also offers lectures and discussions about the area’s history. Both sides claimed victory that day – General Kearney, because he continued to occupy the land after the Californios retreated, and Pico, because his casualties were fewer than the Americans. So thousands of questions remain. This year, the reenactment takes place on Sunday, December 1st.
History of this battle is preserved by the San Pasqual Battlefield Historic State Park. The park and its park aides offer a wealth of historic information. The San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association performs a living history at the park site the first Sunday of each month. Park Aid Gil Garcia has abundant knowledge of the role the famous guide and tracker, Kit Carson played in the battle, how Mule Hill got its name, and how the Californios were able to cause so many casualties despite the United States’ superior weaponry. The
Sunday, December 1 San Pasqual Battle Reenactment 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Period music and entertainment, military and mountain men encampments. Kids’ activities including basket weaving, candle making, and abobe brick making. New this year: a period blacksmith demonstration. The cannon fired by Captain Gillespie marks the end of the battle of San Pasqual on that day in history and at the reenactment as well.
San Pasqual Battlefield State Park The park is located just east of the San Diego Wild Animal Park, at San Pasqual Valley Road, 8 miles east of Escondido on Highway 78. Open weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 760.737.2201
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9 Second Saturday ARtwalk See “ArtWalk” calendar on page 41.
9 & 10 Christmas on the Farm
November 9 “Put a Bird On It” curated by Aaron Jasinski. Reception with the artists, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer November 9, 6-10pm; Exhibition runs November 5 - December 7 Painting: “Bianca” By Kari-Lise Alexander Oil and Acrylic on Panel 12 x 9 inches
Through 24 Hairspray
1 Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead An annual tradition at the California Center for the Arts. Día de los Muertos is a time to gather family and friends to celebrate the lives of those who have passed. On the evening of November 1, you are invited to participate by creating your own memorial in remembrance of loved ones while enjoying live music, entertainment, crafts and traditional Mexican fare. 6-9pm; Throughout Campus. Generously sponsored by Crescentera.
In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. Hilarious, full of live and energy; matinee and evening; this show won eight out of thirteen TONY® awards! Welk Resorts Theatre.
1, 2, 3 Alladin Jr. All of your favorite characters are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film by Classical Academy; Califoria Center for the Arts; Nov. 1, 4pm & 7pm; Nov. 2, 2pm & 7pm; Nov. 3, 2013, 2pm; Center Theater
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9 The Clean Comedy Experience II
Presented by REED’s Culture Club Kombucha, MantraFest 2013 brings together two visionary musical ensembles: the amazing Deva Premal & Miten with Manose (and Maneesh de Moor) and the GuruGanesha Band. Concert Hall at CCAE; 3, 7pm; Tickets: www.artcenter.org or 800-988-4253. 38
21 Community in Unity The Chamber is proud to host the third annual Community in Unity at the Escondido City Hall Courtyard. Eateries from around Escondido will be providing an array of food, so come and enjoy a time for fun, laser lights and music; Escondido City Hall
22-Dec 22 Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge A simple retelling of the Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this twisted musical version, Mrs. Cratchit takes center stage as an angry, stressed-out modern-day woman who wants out of repressive Victorian London and away from her 20 children. Getting drunk and jumping off London Bridge seems like a perfectly reasonable option. However, a magic malfunction by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future while rehabilitating Ebenezer Scrooge transports Mrs. Cratchit and Scrooge to the wrong time and place with hilarious, unintended consequences. By Christopher Durang, Directed by Grant Gelvin, Produced by Andy Lukes; 116 S Kalmia St.;
28 San Dieguito River Running Club: Turkey Bomb A point-to-point 1-10 San Diego Beer Week
3 Deva Premal & Miten with the Guru Ganesha Band
Arts ‘n Crafts Fair at Bates Nut Farm. Start your holiday shopping early! Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food vendors will round out this day of family fun. Admission and parking are free. www.batesnutfarm.biz; 760-7493333; 9am-4pm
buddy run around Lake Hodges (10-miles, all trail). Meet at Santa Fe Trailhead, located along Del Dios Highway. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-755-6956. Lake Drive at Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, 92029
30 San Diego Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Celebrate your winter holidays
The Platinum Elite Clean Comedy Experience boasts profanity-free comedy that is family friendly. The show will not be short on laughs and will feature some of today’s popular comedians from “BET’s Comic View,” HBO’s “Def Jam,” and Comedy Central. 8pm; CCAE Center Theater; Tickets: $1520; $25 at the door.
with this lavish production with its beautiful sets and costumes. Join Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy, soldiers and mice, along with dancers from the Kingdom of the Sweets for this annual tradition. 2 pm & 7 pm; Admission: $34-42; Students/Seniors: $24-30;12 and under: $17-21;
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30 Cultura, Arte y Tradicion Grupo Tapatio de Oceanside
Wow First Wednesdays Event; 4pm & 7pm CCAE Center Theater; FREE; See special event box.
Grupo Folklorico Tapatio directed by Luis Oceguera is
Nightlife Blossoming in Downtown Escondido Nightlife? Downtown Escondido? Talk of it is on the tips of the tongues of many Escondidans that have never relinquished their vision of a thriving Grand Avenue – that after years of wishing and wondering, but wandering through many a quiet and dark Downtown – our quaint and adored downtown is showing sure signs of a blooming nightlife. Sounds of the chatter and laughter spill out of Plan 9 Alehouse, Kettle Coffee, Bellamy’s, O’Sullivans, and recently-opened Swami’s Cafe even on weekday evenings. The sounds of music, much of it live, can be heard for block after block of a downtown that, just a year or two ago, seemed to roll up the sidewalks at five. In an October 20 article, David Garrick of the San Diego Union reported in his article “Escondido Reinventing its Downtown,” that “downtown Escondido is experiencing a boom this fall...”
“become the next Restaurant Row or our own Gaslamp District for North County, adding that, if the growth and diversity of downtown establishments continues, people of all ages won’t have to go to the coast or downtown San Diego anymore.
Swami’s manager John Ventimiglia says that, if restaurant owners work together, there is potential for downtown Escondido to
So, check it out! You’ll find good food, good music and good friends having a good time!
ONGOING EVENINGS/NIGHTS MONDAYS FOOTBALL BY CANDLELIGHT Vinz; quarterly prize drawings YOGA Kettle Coffee; All levels; Bring mat/towel; 6pm. Donation $10; TUESDAYS Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s O’SULLIVAN’S Live music nightly except Mondays WEDNESDAYS WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS Info www.artcenter.org Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s THURSDAYS Karaoke Swami’s Cafe; 9-closing Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s O’SULLIVAN’S Live music nightly except Mondays. THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE AT VINTANA Vintana OPEN MIC NIGHT Kettle Coffee FRIDAYS LIVE MUSIC Swami’s Cafe; 8:30-closing LIVE MUSIC O’Sullivan’; nightly except Mondays. LIVE MUSIC Vinz Wine Bar Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s local theater Patio Playhouse SATURDAYS Pianist Jim Melone Bellamy’s LIVE MUSIC Vinz Wine Bar LIVE MUSIC Swami’s Cafe; 8:30-closing
O’SULLIVAN’S Live music nightly except Mondays local theater Patio Playhouse; 8 pm. 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK Get with Downtown Escondido’s arts & cultural scene the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gallery/artists’ receptions, hands-on art activities and other activities. See 2nd Saturday info in this calendar section. SUNDAYS PIANO AND JAZZ Swami’s Cafe; beginning mid-November FOOTBALL Vinz Wine Bar O’SULLIVAN’S Live music nightly except Mondays.
DAYTIME TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET The Downtown Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market is an outdoor, international marketplace with fresh produce, eggs and sauces, ready-to-eat foods to eat or take home for dinner! Tuesdays 2:30-6 pm. SUNDAYS PATIO PLAYHOUSE MATINEES Take in a play after brunch at a downtown restaurant. 2 pm; Through the holidays (except Thanksgiving Weekend): Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge PERFORMANCES There is typically a performance of some type at the California Center for the Arts on Sundays around 2 pm. Check www.artcenter.org/performances for details. WINTER 2013/2014
C ALENDAR dedicated to perserving & maintaining the culture of Mexico. It promotes the history and traditions of the Mexican dance with quality & authenticity that is true to it’s heritage. Grupo Tapatio celebrates it’s 9th annual presentation with invited guest, Grupo Folklorico Cuautitli. A beautiful portrayal of the CULTURE of Mexico, ART of dance, and TRADITIONS of our heritage. “Cultura, Arte y Tradicion.” 6:35pm; California Center for the Arts Center Theater; Tickets: $15
29, 30, Dec. 1 Glass Ranch Thanksgiving Demo and Garden Tour View the blooming gardens, watch glassblowing demonstrations, and browse handmade glass pieces by Garry Cohen and fused glass jewelry and sculpture by Lyn Feudner. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20307 Beech Lane in Del Dios (Escondido, 92029)
DECEMBER 14 & 15 Carols by Candlelight A spectaculary family Christmas concert! The 24th Annual Carols by Candlelight features music stars singing their hits and favorite holiday songs. With JOSE FELICIANO on Friday and BILLY RAY CYRUS on Saturday. Also featuring Stephen Bishop, Mary James & Steve Vaus. www.artcenter.org Friday, December 13, 8pm performance. One of the Top Christmas Songs every year is Feliz Navidad, by JOSE FELICIANO. The name FELICIANO is synonymous with MUSIC and accordingly, this legendary musician has been called “the world’s greatest living guitarist.”
6 DINNER/COMEDY/MONIQUE MARVEZ Comedienne Monique digs into relationships, primarily the male/female kind! She will keep you in stitches as she “reflects” on sex, dating and growing up. An hour spent with her is a treat not to be missed! Vinz Wine Bar; $10 plus dinner.
1 San Diego Ballet “The Nutcracker” Celebrate your winter holidays with this lavish production with its beautiful sets and costumes. Join Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy, soldiers and mice, along with dancers from the Kingdom of the Sweets for this annual tradition. 2 pm; Admission: $34-42; Students/Seniors: $2430;12 and under: $17-21;
1 Battle of San Pascual The annual reenactment of this historic battle in the very same place the actual battle occurred., less than a mile past the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. See details on page 36.
4 WYATT LOWE & THE YOUNGBLOODS Just back from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Wyatt Lowe & The Youngbloods are an all youth blues trio out of Temecula, California. Enjoy their driving sound made up of soulful blues, rockabilly and roots. ; 1pm, 4pm & 7pm; Center Theater
6 An Irish Christmas
The electrifying stars of Magic of the Dance and Riverdance fame, members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, sensational Irish musicians from the Kerry Traditional Orchestra along with a host of actors and singers in a sparkling Irish Night! Presented by Kerry Records; 7:30 pm; Center Theater.. www.artcenter.org 40
7 WEST COAST BALLET “THE NUTCRACKER” Be transported into a land of dancing nutcrackers and sugarplum fairies at this holiday favorite. 1pm & 7pm; California Center for the Arts Concert Hall; Center Members: $19-29; Non-members: $22-32
7 A CHORAL YULETIDE A seasonal celebration in song with the Center Chorale and the Center Children’s Chorus. The program includes the beautiful Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, and a reading of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales with accompanying yuletide carols. 7:30pm; Center Theater; Members: $15-22; Non-members: $18-25; Student/Military: $10; 12 and under: FREE
8 INTERPRETIVE NATURE WALK Docent, writer, and artist, Donna Walker, leads a nature walk among the watershed community’s native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times. 10-11:30 am. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve; 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, 92029. More dates on page 42.
14 Second Saturday ARtwalk See “ArtWalk” calendar on page 41.
Saturday, December 14, 8pm performance. BILLY RAY CYRUS lassoed a slew of fans in the 90s. Now, Billy Ray Cyrus still has the swagger and puts on a fan-thrilling show, even if he is, after all, Miley’s father.You’ll have an “Achy Breaky Heart” if you miss this!
14 & 15 Carols by Candlelight See above or www.artcenter.org
14 ANNUAL Christmas Parade Escondido Jaycees. present the annual parade. The theme for the 63rd Annual Christmas parade is “Christmas across the Galaxy.” 9:30AM.
JANUARY 5 Walks and Talks Walk with a docents as they lead a leisurely two to three hour walk discussing animal signs found along the trails and the animal behaviors associated with those signs. 8833 Harmony Grove Road ; 760-415-6304 Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. See page 41. 11 Second Saturday ARtwalk See “ArtWalk” calendar on page 41.
11 ART-A-THON See “ArtWalk” calendar on page 41.
14 JazzReach: Metta Quintet Performances for Youth: Get Hip! Get Hip! is a fun and interactive introduction to jazz that illuminates the art form’s cultural origins, concepts about improvisation and creative self-expression. Recommended for grades 3-5. 9:30am & 11:30am; California Center for the Arts Concert Hall; Tickets: $4; 800-988-4253.
18 THE HARVARD GLEE CLUB The famous Harvard Glee Club, the oldest continuing choral ensemble in the United States since 1858, will be our guests for a memorable evening of delightful song. The sixty voice ensemble of all men’s voices have toured extensively and are in California on
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26 Moscow Nights and Golden Gates Back by popular demand! This is the tenth season for this Russian ensemble of three world-renowned, prize-winning musicians (Moscow Nights) and dancers (Golden Gates) touring together presenting authentic and traditional Russian folk music, songs, rituals, stories, audience participation and dances. 2pm; Center Theater; www.artcenter.org
their winter tour. Conducted by Andrew Clark.; 7:30 pm; Tickets www.artcenter.org; 800.988.4253
19 Nadir Khashimov,Violin Discovery Series. Appearing with orchestras the world over, violinist Nadir Khashimov is praised for his virtuosity. Playing on an 1828 violin, Khashimov embodies the passion and elegance of classical music; 3pm; CCAE Center Theater; Presented in partnership with La Jolla Music Society. 800-9884253.
24-Feb16 Other Desert Cities This 2012 Pulitzer winner examines the lies we tell to protect each other and the damage they cause. By Jon Robin Baitz; Directed by Spencer Farmer, Produced by Becca Noland; Patio PLayhouse; Performances: Jan 24-Feb 16, 2014, 8:00pm Fri & Sat, 2:00pm Sun. email@example.com; 116 S Kalmia Street; 760 746 6669
San Dieguito Interpretive Nature Walks
Docent, writer, and artist, Donna Walker, leads a nature walk among the watershed community’s native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, 92029 Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 8, 10 am-11:30 a.m. Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, December 22,10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Did you know that you can get Escondido City Magazine online? Each issue is posted in a way that you ART-A THON can leaf through the publication and 3rd Annual Art-A-Thon to raise money even go to web links by just clicking for ArtHath’s teen program. 25 local artists come together to create for 24 Find straight. it at hours All artwork to be auctioned off starting http://issuu.com/escondidocitymagazine at $50. January 11-February 1, Reception with at these andopen otherstudios, locations: theand artist, live music, and Stone Beer January 11, 6-10pmDisRacks all along Grand Avenue tinction Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. California Community Bank 760-480-4101.
Escondido Public Library Esco Gelato Graybill Medical City Hall California Center for the Arts Escondido History Center Children’s Discovery Center Holiday Inn Express Cool Scooters Mike’s BBQ Mossy Volkswagen Palomar Hospital The Philosophical Library Comfort Inn Major Market Prudential Realty Orfila Holiday Wine Cellar Chamber of Commerce YMCA Sunland RV Resort Best Western Welk Resort Bates Nut Farm Rancho Bernardo Inn Marriott RB RB Winery Urban Barn Silvergate Bank Escondido Municipal Gallery
Second Saturday ArtWalk NOVEMBER 9 ART RIOT Escondido Municipal Gallery. Reception with the artists, live music, open studios.; 5:30-8 pm “Put a Bird On It” Distinction Gallery. Reception with the artists, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer; 6-10pm Curated by Aaron Jasinski Family Art Discoveries CCAE offers FREE art or movement exploration, including materials. You bring your creativity! Presented by the Center’s Education Dept. 10am-noon; Studio 1 &3 ESCONDIDO ART ASSOCIATION “Adult Student Show” Reception 5-8 pm. Show runs through November 30. KPBS KIDS Workshops San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Hands-on science activities for children 3 and older; 10 am - 12 pm. Free with museum admission. DECEMBER 14 SUMMATION Escondido Municipal Gallery. Recepti 5:30 pm - 8:pm; Awards presentation 6:30 pm.
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.
“Home” Solo show Distinction Gallery; Reception with the artist, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer; 6-10pm; Featuring Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze
Family Art Discoveries California Center for the Arts. See November. 10 am to noon. KPBS KIDS Workshops San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. See November listing. 10 am - 12 pm. ESCONDIDO ART ASSOCIATION “Christmas Dreams” Reception 5-8 pm. JANUARY 11 WOOD Municipal Gallery; Artists’ Reception; 5:30 - 8 pm Awards presentation at 6:30pm 3rd Annual Art-A-Thon Distinction Gallery’s 3rd Annual fundraiser to raise money for ArtHath’s teen program. 25 local artists come together to create for 24 hours straight. Reception with the artist, live music, open studios, and Stone Beer January 11, 6-10pm; All artwork to be auctioned off starting at $50. January 11-February 1
JANUARY 11 Distinction Gallery’s 3rd Annual fundraiser to raise money for ArtHath’s teen program. 6-10pm. Jennifer Anichowski, acrylic, 8 x 8 inches
Family Art Discoveries. CCAE. See November. 10 am to noon.
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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Museums & Galleries ARTISTS’ GALLERY 121 W. Grand Ave., 760-489-0338 DISTINCTION GALLERY 317 East Grand Ave, 760-781-5779; www.distinctionart.com SAN DIEGO DISCOVERY MUSEUM 380 North Escondido Blvd, 760-233-7755; escondidochildrensmuseum.org ESCONDIDO HISTORY CENTER & MUSEUM 321 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025 760-743-8207 ESCONDIDO MUNICIPAL GALLERY 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido 92025 760-480-4101
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