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42 CALENDAR Learn what’s going on in Escondido this winter



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14 REBIRTH OF ESCONDIDO Local leaders reflect on current changes and the future of Escondido STORY JESSICA PETRENCSIK & JAIME KAUTSKY


17 A TIMELESS TRADITION A mother reflects on her daughter’s preparation for The Nutcracker STORY DONNA SCHWEITZER






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The Wedge 2012: Tasting, pairing local products and promoting Escondido’s ag roots Spreading the word about the wealth of locally grown and produced products has been a frequent topic of conversation recently. The organizers of The Wedge 2012 are just one group determined to rebrand Escondido by promoting the community’s agricultural roots and the slow food movement. Many of the area’s spirited growers, producers and restaurant owners share the vision of marketing Escondido as an agricultural and viticultural destination. For the event, held on October 27, artisanal California cheeses were paired with local



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brews and wines. Local food-related vendors and organizations featured their creations (and livestock) at Maple Street Plaza while the band Talk Like June entertained the crowd. Passports enabled those 21 and older to step into local retail shops to savor the cheeses, beers and wines, provided by the local producers and distributors. Cheese-making classes with wine tasting and restaurant-offered samples added even more chances to become familiar with the abundance of foodie opportunities around. See you at next year’s Wedge! Photos by Tehara Tweed


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Rebirth of ‘La Valle Escondido’ by Jaime Kautsky and Jessica Petrencsik Among the avid mountain bikers who trek to the heights of Daley Ranch, Bernardo Mountain, and Elfin Forest is Mike Morasco, a city council member and decades-long resident of Escondido. From that vantage point, Morasco says, the perspective is breathtaking. “Each view is unique and, quite honestly, spectacular. It’s easy to see why so many were attracted to settle in ‘La Valle Escondido’ so many decades ago,” he says. Morasco is hardly alone in his enthusiasm for the city’s storied history, and its promising future. Residents, business owners, and civil servants alike are optimistic about changes being made to restore the city’s economic health, and revitalize its status as a destination for business, technology, agriculture, art, tourism – and family life. As a new year rounds the bend, local leaders weigh in on appreciating what we have and taking a fresh approach to the city’s near, and long-term, future.

START WITH WHAT WE HAVE Escondido’s motto, “City of Choice…The Heart of San Diego North,” may appear to be an ambitious claim at first glance, but to those who love our city, the attributes are obvious: beauty, location, small-town appeal. First, the hidden valley is an ideal location for “successful enterprise,” Morasco says. He notes that our proximity to both the coastal cities and the mountains – while straddling the intersection of I-15 and Highway 78 – make the area attractive to businesses, industries, and families. Escondido itself is rich with personality. “We are a diverse community; we have a great history,” points out Dan Forster, Vice President of the Escondido Downtown Business Association’s Board of Directors. Even with recent growth, Forster notes the city’s “small-town sensitivity” and downtown’s “relaxed and social” feel. Mayor Sam Abed sees the city’s slogan as a “fitting description.” “Escondido is home to a new, state-of-the-art hospital – Palomar West, a first-rate arts center – the California Center for the Arts, and one of the most successful craft breweries in the world – Stone Brewing Co.,” he says, noting that Stone



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Brewing Co. and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are among the top three visitor destinations in North County. Of course there are the challenges: rumors tell of fingerpointing and stonewalling from those at the top, a general unwillingness to, as Forster puts it, “respectfully meet in the middle.” And both Morasco and Forster recognize that unnecessary business regulations, a lack of business diversity, and the need for higher education and job training among adult residents (Forster notes that 27.9% of our residents over the age of 25 have not earned a high school diploma) have contributed to the economic concerns of today. But, it appears that there is hope. For one, community leaders are attempting to cooperate with each other. “There are groups working toward the same goal that have different ideologies, and I see those groups working together,” Forster says. Morasco agrees. “My goal is to continue to bring the local leaders together with projects and services of mutual interest and need.There is so much that we can do...if we will put our differences aside and work together as a team.” And the mayor’s office, the City Council, and community leaders are working for progress by enhancing the city’s attributes. Indeed, “strategic” thinking and planning was mentioned by every leader interviewed for this article.


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Local leaders cast a vision for 2013 AND BUILD ON IT This strategic, forward thinking clearly registered for voters with the passage of Prop N, changes to the city’s General Plan, in November. “This new plan is a vision of the future and provides a more realistic and workable blueprint for our city,” says Morasco, pointing out that the previous plan was “outdated and severely problematic.” In addition to changes that should grow Escondido’s economic potential, the General Plan now includes community-wide improvements such as new parks, libraries, recreational facilities, plazas, bike paths, and infrastructure upgrades, including roadways and thoroughfares. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) approved by the City Council last July is also expected to make Escondido more business-friendly. “One of Escondido’s challenges is that we [lack] business diversity,” notes Forster, “However, the current CEDS indicates that the City is aware of this and is making interdepartmental coordination a priority: they are streamlining the new business application process.” Forster is excited to see how “new and expanding companies view Escondido as an easy city [in which] to start a new enterprise.” The City Council is hopeful about continuing to promote economic growth, as Morasco explains: “[W]e now have a clear vision of what it will take to bring more jobs, higher-

paying, secure, and attractive jobs, to our area.” He observes that “mistakes of the past” have allowed neighboring cities to thrive in ways Escondido could not, but “we are changing our approach and doubling our efforts to correct those policies...that have hampered us.” Strategic thinking required cuts to the budget in recent years that raised some fees and controversially reduced or terminated several community programs, including the East Valley branch of the public library.The result, however, is a city prepared for the future – a future that may become financially viable, able to return some of those quality of life benefits.

Agriculture and a revitalization of the grape and wine industries that once thrived here are also at the forefront in discussions of Escondido’s future.

“Our city has weathered the most severe financial downturn in our country since the Great Depression and is emerging fiscally sound, with rising revenues to support quality of life initiatives,” says Katherine Zimmer, CEO of Escondido’s Chamber of Commerce.

The forecast for Escondido 2013 might be best summed up by Zimmer: “Our city is trending positive on all fronts. We are a proud city with competent leadership that can harness the energy and talent that reside in our resident and business population.”

So where is all this strategic thinking taking us?

And that should help ‘La Valle Escondido’ remain as attractive in the future as it was in the past.

Industries such as bio-technology, clean technology, and healthcare have been mentioned as a natural fit.

“The wineries here are working hard individually and cooperating together to produce excellent product and promote the potential tourism opportunities,” says Zimmer. “With the help of the Escondido Convention and Visitors Bureau, and support of the community and City government, this economic sector can be fully realized. It’s a very exciting time for this industry.”

“We really feel that the world-class facility that is the new Palomar Health Medical Center will help solidify Escondido as the medical ‘center’ of San Diego North,” says Zimmer, who is also optimistic that the development of a high-tech industrial park will attract more of the thriving bio-tech industry resulting in increased high wage jobs. In addition, the new Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science is set to welcome its first classes in fall of 2013, preparing high school students for post-secondary learning through the sciences.

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2012 YMCA Gala - Safari Nights Supporters of the Palomar YMCA turned out for the annual gala held this year at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on September 29th. The evening included dinner, animal exhibitions, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by Eric Cahil. Pictured are attendees of the event: 1. A feathered friend 2. Traci Bass with Councilmember Marie Waldron and Mayor Sam Abed 3. Hyder and Anna Rabbani 4. Bryon & Andie Wischstadt 5. Melanie Rodriguez, Alfredo Velasco and Anna Rabbani 6. Donna Pickett and guest 7. Escondido Princesses 8. Rozanne Reguly and Larry Tate 9. Mary Ellen Hageman, Kitty Aeling and Rich Aeling 10. Dick and Barbara Warden with Carol Stensrud


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A Timeless Tradition A mother reflects on her daughter’s preparation to dance in The Nutcracker

By Donna Schweitzer

The theater quiets as the lights dim. Seats creak as the audience settles, the last whispers die down, and behind the curtain, dancers shuffle to take their places. Nerves push my heart into my throat, and I’m not even performing. Tonight


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is the culmination of months of preparation, a final week full of rehearsals and dress rehearsals. She is exhausted but exhilarated. We have spent countless hours preparing for tonight’s opening Nutcracker performance. The music plays in our minds through days and nights. Candy Cane and Jester Doll steps are practiced down the hallway, in her room in front of her closet mirrors, on the sideline at her soccer games, and on the playground at school. Performance day arrives, and we spend an hour getting her into full make-up and her hair into the now-perfected ballet bun. I hold my breath as I catch a glimpse of the future in her made-up face. She quickly eats, checks her dance bag one last time for extra tights, ballet slippers, spare bobby pins, hair spray, lipstick, and her water bottle. She kisses her daddy goodbye and we are off to the theater. On the drive, I give last-minute reminders to smile, have fun, reapply her lipstick during intermission, and take it all in. She is becoming aware of her role in a holiday tradition. At the theater, I check her in the backstage door, one last kiss, a hug, and wishes for luck. She absentmindedly waves goodbye, already focusing on the task at hand.

Where can you see the Nutcracker this year? North County Academy of Dance Bob Burton Theater in Fallbrook Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 San Diego Academy of Ballet, California Center for the Arts, Escondido Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 West Coast Ballet Theater in association with San Elijo Dance and Music Company and 4S Dance Academy California Center for the Arts, Escondido Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16



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It will be madness backstage. Costumes will hang on racks, awaiting dancers. Tiny gumdrops, tinier gingerbread dolls, will be corralled and enter tained. A TV stands in the corner so the dancers can watch what is going on onstage during the show. Younger girls look up to the older girls. The older girls look up to the pointe dancers already in their Variations costumes. A barre is on one side of the room for warm-ups. My dancer puts on her first costume and twitches the skirt into place. She puts on her mask, adjusting feathers, and takes her place on the stage. She dances first, a solo as a Jester Doll. Gone are the days of “peeking through the window� to learn how to plie, and leaping over hula hoops. She is becoming a real ballerina. I wonder and worry if I have pushed this into becoming her dream. Then she appears on the stage in full costume. This is bigger than my daughter dancing. This is the Nutcracker. I see her take a deep breath and then she dances. A light glows within her. A proud mom smiles past the lump in her throat and applauds her ballerina.


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So, you’re staying home for th By Thora Guthrie 1. Go for a Hike or Bike Nothing offsets holiday overindulgences like a brisk hike or bike ride. The hills and lakes surrounding Escondido offer some of the best recreational locations in the county.

3. Practice Mindfulness Located on the outskirts of Escondido, Deer Park Monastery is described as “blissful,” “a place of quiet, refuge, and transformation,” and “One of my favorite places on earth.” People come from around the world to the retreat, yet it is relatively unknown to most Escondido residents. The brothers and sisters at Deer Park invite you to celebrate the holidays with them, practicing a variety of forms of medication, listening to Dharma Talks, and participatiing in deep relaxation. The retreat is open to anyone wishing to recharge their spirit. 20


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2. Visit Julian Winter brings snowfall and bright, crisp days to Julian. Barely an hour’s drive from Escondido, it is the perfect destination for a one day getaway. This historic gold-mining town remains a sleepy hamlet and host to a myriad of fun-filled activities, some with traditions dating back for a hundred years. If you time it right, you can even catch the annual Holiday Home Tour or have Breakfast with Santa at the Pine Hills Lodge.


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4. Ice Skating by the Sea Creating a unique Southern California experience not to be missed, the Hotel del Coronado transforms its oceanfront lawn into a spectacular ice rink during the holidays. From Thanksgiving through Christmas you can enjoy day and evening skating sessions with a view of the Pacific Ocean. http://www.hoteldel. com/holidays.aspx Photo by Tehara Tweed

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Photo courtesy of Hotel del Coronado

Surrounded by natural beauty and blessed with enviable weather, San Diego County has more to offer residents and visitors during the holiday season than any other city in the world. Here are a few unique and stress-reducing activities for those sticking close to home this year.

5. Special Holiday Events at California Center for the Arts Escondido’s very own cultural center offers more than one magical evening of holiday celebrations, many of them free to the public. Check out our calendar for a list of this season’s events, including the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland with real snow on December 1.


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6. Thrill Rides on the Giant Dipper Originally built in 1925, the Belmont Park wooden roller coaster known as the Giant Dipper is a thrill a second. There aren’t many wood roller coasters still around and those who love coasters say this is one great ride. Nearby shops, restaurants and a popular boardwalk make this Mission Beach destination an entertaining day trip for families and friends.

Photo by Tehara Tweed

7. Indulge in a Royal Tea Party Elegant and charming, with decor and an atmosphere fit for a queen, the Grand Tea Room on Grand Avenue in Escondido offers a formal tea experience not to be missed. Wear your tea party clothes and sit amidst British-style chinz, fine bone china and chandeliers. They’ll even provide you with a hat while you sip an exotic tea! Don’t forget to make reservations.

8. Wine Tasting San Diego wineries exist like hidden jewels along the coast, tucked into the fertile North County farmland and amidst the rugged terrain of East County. With more than 50 wineries across the county and more vineyards being planted, the San Diego wine region is upholding the tradition of viticulture in California. Start in Escondido and head in any direction – north toward Fallbrook and Temecula, east toward Valley Center or Ramona and Julian, south toward San Pasqual Valley and Rancho Bernardo, or even west toward wine-tasting rooms in Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Encinitas.

10. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights returns with its annual procession of boats. More than 100,000 viewers are expected to line bayfront to see the lavishly decorated vessels reflecting this year’s theme, “USS Santa.” The parade kicks off the Port of San Diego’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. For a special evening, watch the parade over dinner on the platform of the ferryboat Berkeley at the Maritime Museum. (Reservations recommended) Sunday, December 9th and Dec. 16, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA 22


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Photo by Danny Green

9. Free music at the Escondido Public Library On Saturday, December 8, at 3 pm, catch The Danny Green Trio in the Turrentine Room. At twenty-nine years old, Green has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who manage to keep the tradition of jazz piano alive while stepping boldly into the future through the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms.


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11. Balboa Park December Nights Balboa Park December Nights is one of the nation’s premier holiday festivals. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge and offer a truly multicultural experience to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Those who attend San Diego’s largest free community festival will enjoy food, music and entertainment from around the world. From 5-9 PM on Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8, from noon to 10 PM.

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12. Stroll around Historic Downtown Escondido Nothing says “my hometown” like Escondido’s historic downtown. Visit the shops and galleries along Grand Avenue for unique gifts. Enjoy lunch or dinner al fresco at one of the excellent restaurants. Visit the Farmers’ Market on a Tuesday afternoon for fresh produce for your holiday table. Doing your Christmas shopping here keeps your dollars local too. Downtown Escondido business owners thank you for your business during this challenging economy. These business owners are passionate about our quaint, historic downtown and want you to know how grateful they are to you for supporting our local economy by shopping shopping and dining here.. So with much appreciation during this holiday season, a toast to you!

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Mud is Thicker Than Water: The Brothers Who Left an Adobe Legacy ... this area saw a resurgence of the use of adobe in more artful construction from the 1950s until Story by Julie Drexler Desmarais   Photos by Tehara Tweed

the mid-1980s when changes in building codes made the use of adobe all but obsolete.

Few may know the history behind Weir Brothers Construction, but most Escondido residents work and drive among its legacy every day.  In the 1940s, brothers Jack and Larry Weir moved from their home town of Chicago to Encinitas, both having fallen in love with San Diego during their service in the Navy. There, a contractor made a deal with the brothers: he would teach them how to make adobe building blocks in exchange for their labor on a construction job.  Shortly thereafter, the WWII veteran brothers – who previously considered careers in opera (Larry) and commercial flying (Jack) – built their first “mud” home and sold it for a decent profit.  They brought brother Bob into the business and in 1947 Weir Brothers Construction was formed, moving to Escondido in 1951.  The Weir Brothers, as they came to be known, quickly made a name for themselves as the architects who used reclaimed building materials in their designs such as old piers, metal work, train trestles, and wagon wheels.  They incorporated these signature features into their unique brand of adobe construction that included arched doorways, turrets, and terrazzo tile.  Adobe building techniques long predate the 1888 incorporation of Escondido as a city, but this area saw a resurgence of the use of adobe in more artful construction from the 1950s until the mid-1980s when changes in



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building codes made the use of adobe all but obsolete. One reason for this resurgence was that, due to abundant natural resources, Escondido became the site of two major adobe block manufacturers around that time.  One of these companies, the Adobe Block Company, was formed by L. R. Green in 1949 after he was inspired by a visit to a 1930s construction adobe home (what is now the Hacienda de Vega restaurant on Centre City Parkway).  The materials used to make the adobe blocks were sourced directly from the company’s 100 acres of land, located in present-day Kit Carson Park. “We liked the look, the feel, the idea, that all the materials came from the ground,” says Phil Gibbs of his Weir Brothers home on Summit Ridge Road.  His home is indeed an amalgamation of local materials. The vaulted ceiling of his living room is set with century-old wooden beams originating from various structures throughout San Diego County, and is joined together at its apex with a trademark Weir wagon wheel.  After living in a master-planned community, Gibbs and his wife, Rebecca, were “looking for something with a little more character.”  Originally built for Bob Weir in 1966, the home has more than character – it has history. Over the course of their careers, the Weir Brothers built more than 350 custom residences in Southern California, including the home of local aerospace benefactor Reuben


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The vaulted ceiling of his living room is set with century-old wooden beams originating from various structures throughout San Diego County, and is joined together at its apex with a trademark Weir wagon wheel. H. Fleet and many other prominent figures.  While the original Weir Brothers have passed away, their nephew Robert Weir carries on the family tradition with Robert Weir Construction in Rancho Santa Fe.   The Escondido Historical Center hosts an annual tour of adobe homes in Escondido.   For more information on this fall event, visit  28


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Cool Weather Drinks a Story by Heather Harshman Photos by Heather Harshman and Tehara Tweed

If misty mornings and early evening darkness bring a shiver to your bones, it’s time for a hot beverage to ward off the chill. Whether you wish to stay in by the fire or

Holiday Wine Cellar Versatile enough for a romantic night at home or a festive holiday par ty, try the Cockburns Special Reserve Por t ($19.99). This winter treat pairs well with Stilton blue cheese. Two other palate pleasers are the Campfire Mar tini and the Stoli Salted Karamel Appletini. For the Campfire, dip the rim of a mar tini glass in chocolate syrup and coat it with crushed graham crackers. Pour three par ts Three Olives S’mores Vodka ($23.99) into a mar tini shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the glass. Garnish with a skewer of three marshmallows. The Appletini requires one par t Stoli Salted Karamel ($26.99) and one par t chilled apple juice. Shake over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with melted caramel. 302 West Mission Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 745-1200

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A Delight of France Check out the peppermint mocha (served with a candy cane) or a chai spiced latte. For tea buffs, select one of the loose leaf teas and turn it into a latte with a bit of syrup. Add milk and hazelnut syrup to the vanilla with pieces tea for a magnificent combination, or ask for the mint tea with milk and chocolate. 126 West Grand Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 746-2644

Vintana A top recommendation is the Caribbean café with the potted brownie. Kraken Spiced Rum and spiced whipped cream make this coffee sing a holiday tune, and the treat is served in a champagne glass. The warm, gooey brownie is topped with just the right amount of banana ice cream and whipped cream. A mythical, handmade white and milk chocolate dragon graces the top of the treat, making heads turn as it’s delivered to your table by the cozy outdoor fire pits. 1205 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA 92029 (760) 745-7777

Stone Brewing Co. A night at home with a warm blanket and cozy fire begs for a glass of Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout. Intensely aromatic, with notes of dark chocolate, anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness, and alcohol, this beer’s heaviness on the palate and 10.5% alcohol content make it a body warming, soothing drink. It should be allowed to warm up to 50-55º F for the complexities of the aroma and taste to come alive. Make an evening of it by pairing the stout with your favorite Gouda, cheddar, or dark chocolate truffles. 1999 Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA 92029 (760) 471-4999


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CUISINE Tango Restaurant and Lounge Chocolate martinis are the specialty drink of the house at Tango. Chocolate swirls on the inside of the glass and on top of the cream-colored beverage create a visual treat. Vanilla Smirnoff Vodka and other ingredients are shaken together over ice making for a smooth and warming experience. A perfect mate for the chocolate martini is the apple upside down cake. Its cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are a good counterbalance for the rich, creaminess of the drink. 417 West Grand Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 747-5000

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The Grand Tea Room Cinnamon apple and hot cinnamon spice black teas are a comforting option on chilly winter days. Sipping tea while enjoying a pumpkin spice dessert or a freshly baked scone served with cream, lemon curd and preserves is a great way to spend an afternoon. If lunch is on the agenda, try the December savory special of Shepard’s pie. It will be available for high tea, which begins at two o’clock. 145 West Grand Avenue Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 233-9500

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Happy Holidays To You from The Downtown Escondido Business Owners Downtown Escondido businesses are owned and operated by people that are passionate about our quaint, historic downtown shopping district and grateful for you – the people that shop and dine and spend time here. So with much appreciation during this holiday season, we toast to you! Our party toast was made possible by a collaboration of many: Concept, styling and coordination by Julianne Jones, owner of Studio 158, extraordinary photographer Kurt Lightfoot of Deja Vu Photo Services, and Thora Guthrie, Escondido CITY Magazine editor. Assistance in makeup, hair and details from Brandon Montilla, Elyana Gomez, Faith Culver, Jen Webb, Karley Martinez, Becky McColley, all of Studio 158. Julianne’s hat by Dori Gobiel. Shot on location at Entwined Bistro & Wine Bar. Interior design by Michele Coseo of Savannah Design. Pictured above (seated, from left) Sam Pulvers and Melissa Walker of Distinction Gallery, Heather Moe and Dan Forster of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath, Julianne Jones, Machelle Ferketic and Vinnie Griffin of Vinz Wine Bar; (standing) Christy and Alex MacLachlan, Thora Guthrie, and Entwined owners Kristi McGee and Boyd Kerr.

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Pairing Decadent & Delicious Chocolate The Chocolate Festival returns February 9th. What do you know about chocolate pairing?

It comes from the cacao pFor hundreds of years,

More recently, gourmet chocolates are also

Truffles are often filled with Winter and Sum-

pairing the finest Gourmet chocolates with in-

being paired with American microbrewed

mer Cabernets, Merlot, Champagne, Port and

ternational wines has been a common tradition,

Beers, introducing a whole new range of tast-

Chardonnay, so it follows that these wines will

bringing the extraordinary pleasures of sight,

ing experiences. Any darker beer, even an am-

complement your chocolates.

feel and taste to the likes of Shakespeare, Na-

ber ale, will pair nicely with chocolate. Look

poleon, Catherine the Great and Queen Isabella!

for wheat beers or light fruity beers match

Chocolate is fast becoming an item to pair

with chocolate and fruit combos.

with beer. A very dark beer, such as Grant’s Imperial Stout, will be a winner if paired with

Twenty-first century sophisticated palates

your favorite chocolate dessert.

have discovered the major differences between common chocolate and real chocolate,

Liqueurs with a wine base that are aged in

and we have begun to pair many international

large barrels, like Congnac or Armagnac, have

wines, and some American microbrews with

amber colors, with the aromas of oak, leather

gourmet and vintage chocolates. By the way,

and dried flowers. And these aromas find to-

like fine wines, dark chocolate improves with

tal expression with a chocolate of high cocoa

age, when stored properly. Here are some tips for matching wines, beers and liqueurs with your gourmet


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Marsala, an often forgotten classic wine, partners well with chocolate. Both chocolate and Marsala have “empyreumatic”


and flavors… the result of Zinfan-

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especially dark chocolate. Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are made with more concentrated, ripe

stored properly.”


heating and roasting. White Chocolate Some fortified orange muscat wines made in California are intensely flavored and will go well with any kind of white chocolate. In

general, semi-dry white wines with a burnt Strawberries dipped in sweet chocolate are always a hit and usually they

aroma and a little sweetness will complement milk or white chocolate.

are served with a white zinfandel. This wine generally has a hint of

Many new fruit microbrews compare to a

a strawberry taste, so the three

port or a dessert wine, and will pair well with

are natural bedfellows.

desserts. Pyramid Apricot Ale and Belgian Lambic are two examples.



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In general, your choice of wine, beer, and

Milk Chocolate

Chocolate desserts which have a hint of bit-

Try a creamy chocolate cheesecake with a

terness can readily be enjoyed with young red

soft Merlot. Pinot Noir also works well with

wines, wines of the Loire, the Beaujolais and

chocolate mousse.

the Bordelais.

Sweet natural wines with flavors of dried fruits,

Gild a warm bittersweet chocolate cake with

spices, and oak complement milk and white

orange-muscat and serve it with raspberries

chocolate … the marriage between the two

and port ice cream. Using both muscat and

will be tender, bold. Try Rieslings, Sauternes,

port together is exotic and your dessert will

Italian yin santo, and semi sweet white spar-

be unforgettable.

kling wines with chocolate, especially Moscato d’Asti which has just a prickle of carbonation.

liqueur must be able to stand up to the chocolate you choose. Together they will create a mysterious

In general, your choice of wine, beer, and liqueur must be able to stand up to the choco-

Bittersweet Chocolate

late you choose. Together they will create a

Rich bittersweet chocolate with an equally

mysterious alchemy.

rich Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding tasting experience. Both have a slight bitter-

Adapted from an article in ChocolateMonth-

ness, a roasted flavor, and an earthy quality.

The chocolate helps take away some of the astringency and the dryness of the wine. Try


melding the two to make an extraordinary sauce to add to desserts.

SDG&E Encourages Customers To Prepare for W Free appliance safety checks available for all SDG&E customers With the holidays and cooler weather right around the corner, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is helping customers prepare for the winter season by offering easy tips on how to stay safe and keep warm while also saving money. Free Appliance Safety Checks After months of non-use, customers may be unaware if their furnace is not operating properly. While maintaining gas appliances is always the homeowner’s responsibility, at a customer’s request, SDG&E can perform free appliance safety checks. All SDG&E customers are eligible. To schedule an appointment, call SDG&E at 800-411-SDGE (7343). Customers may also schedule an appointment online through MyAccount or by using the 36


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“Check My Appliances” link on the SDG&E website,

pects carbon monoxide is present in their home by visiting

A dysfunctional furnace can emit carbon monoxide. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas is formed when carbon-based fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, charcoal or wood, are burned with inadequate amounts of oxygen, creating a condition known as incomplete combustion. Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly, which is one of the reasons all California homeowners are now required to install carbon monoxide detectors in their home.

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Is it a sense of humor? An unwavering commitment to the vows they made? Working in the same industry? Just how do some married couples keep their love healthy year after year?

KEEPING LOVE ALIVE Escondido CITY Magazine invited these three couples to share a bit of their stories, and the reasons for their enduring love. Jared and Danielle Zacharias Jared grew up in Escondido, and he and Danielle made their home here after getting married in 2007. They are cinematographers who founded and run their own business, SidebySide Cinema, specializing in weddings and promotional films. We have always had a lot in common which is why we became so close so fast. We met through mutual friends at a Halloween party, 38


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but didn’t really start to like each other until we started working on some video projects together. We had both done some projects in college and love visual arts. We worked really well together, and we only dated two months before we were engaged. We started our business shortly after.

love having the time and freedom to travel together. We keep our marriage fresh by checking out new local businesses, antique shopping and getting coffee. I love his sense of humor, and he loves my free spirit; we love doing life side by side.

For us, the more time we spend together, the better, so having a small family business has been a blessing. We love getting to relive our wedding day at each wedding we shoot, and


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Dana and Wendy Moen Dana and Wendy are both Escondido natives. Dana is the principal at Classical Academy High School, and Wendy teaches at The Classical Academy primary school. They were married in 1995 and now have three children.

Photo taken by Dana & Wendy’s son KyleeMoen in Hawaii

Wendy and I met when my younger brother asked her out on a date. I told him she was a catch and that if he didn’t ask her out again soon, I would. I beat him to it! (I did return the favor later when I introduced him to his wife.) Wendy and I share a great friendship and romance. She is my best friend and the only lover I will ever have! We enjoy many of the same hobbies while leaving room for each other to explore our own interests and activities as well. We enjoy hiking, movies, and going out to eat. One way we have found to keep the romance alive is to continue to date each other and to get away without the kids a couple of times a year. We believe that the best gift that we can give our children is to remain madly in love with each other. We have also found true happiness in serving one another as opposed to trying to take from each other. Our source of strength and our example of service is found in Jesus Christ.

Elmer and Ruth Cameron Elmer and Ruth have called Escondido home for the last 44 years. They wed in 1956 and have four children and five grandchildren. In addition to service in the army during the Korean War, Elmer has worked in education as a school psychologist, a speech pathologist, as deputy and associate superintendent, and as acting superintendent of Escondido Union District. He has also served as a council member and mayor pro tem. Ruth was a teacher and now volunteers at Felicita Elementary. Community service is one of their shared values.

Photo taken by Tehara Tweed

I was attracted to Ruth when I first met her at college not only for her internal and external beauty, but because of her candid honesty. It was the old story of “love at first sight.” Ruth and I are bonded by an enduring love of each other and a lasting friendship. Our likes and interests are compatible with regard to raising a family, traveling (45 countries), hiking, and respect for other people. Ruth and I are part of international Global Volunteers where we have traveled to Poland, Wisconsin and St. Lucia to help children and adults improve their English-speaking skills. Our children tell us they have never heard us argue or raise our voice in anger toward each other. We both have had loving parents where care for family was uppermost in their minds as it is with us. Today we have a close-knit and loving family.


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CERT Team: At the Ready

By Cynthia Smith

Earthquakes, wildfires, or natural disasters are bound to happen. When disasters strike, first responders and emergency services do their best, but with limited resources, just can’t meet every need. Escondido’s Fire Department sponsors trained volunteers, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), to help out.

Volunteers go through extensive training and receive an essential emergency preparedness kit. Hands-on training is practical, teaching basic emergency, life-saving and decision-making skills and emphasizing doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT volunteers understand their role as support for professional responders.

Photo by Tehara Tweed

CERT is Escondido’s neighbor-helping-neighbor program that trains community members to prepare for and respond to emergency situations. CERT volunteers are ready to provide first aid, extinguish small fires, assess damaged buildings, and perform basic search and rescue operations. EFD’s CERT program has two dedicated teams, one comprising 130 residents who live in Escondido or the Rincon Water District, and one made up of 26 city employees. Randy Licata, EFD’s CERT program manager said, “CERT is a force multiplier for our community, focused on preparing others to assist in major emergency situations. Beyond CERT, it’s everybody’s responsibility to prepare for a disaster. The better prepared we are as citizens, the better prepared we’ll be to recover from a disaster.”

Licata conducts CERT training academies throughout the year in conjunction with the City of San Marcos and Palomar College. CERT graduates have the opportunity to become disaster volunteers with the City of Escondido. To learn more about Escondido’s CERT program, visit



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December 15 ORIENTAL BRUSH PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH ROSEMARY KIMBAL Rosemary KimBal, is one of those artists for whom the present makes all the difference. “It takes fifty years and a breath to do the stroke,” says KimBal. Escondido Municipal Gallery 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101 Passion, Rosemary KimBal


THE NUTCRACKER Celebrate your winter holidays with San Diego Academy of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1 pm & 7 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $17-$42.


HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & WINTER WONDERLAND 3:00 - 8:00 pm, Lyric Court, Arrival Court Lawn, Great Green Lawn, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. FREE.


POETRY READING - Poet’s INC and the Escondido Arts Partnership host published poets and open readings. FREE. 12:30 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-4804101.


18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT Revel in the holiday spirit with the glorious sounds of brass, wind and percussion at the annual concert with the Coastal Communities Concert Band, that donates all proceeds to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego. 2 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $15-$20.

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encounters, his art and the work on display. RSVP 760-839-4138. 2 – 4 pm, California Center for the Arts Museum, 340 N. Escondido. Members: FREE / Non-Members: $10.


WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS - HIGHLAND WAY Holiday songs of good cheer, lively jigs and reels, and favorite yuletide carols. 7 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. FREE.

8 RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery). 760-4804101 8


RECEPTION: DENISE BLEDSOE: SOLO SHOW Works by artist Denise Bledsoe. Exhibition runs thru January 5, 2013. 6 – 10 pm, Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Avenue. 760781-5779.

7 & 8 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT One of San Diego County’s favorite family Christmas concerts. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. 8 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $27-$60.


HOLIDAY TREE TRIMMING PARTY The Escondido Public Library invites children and their families to get into the holiday cheer by decorating an ornament for the Children’s Room tree, as well as one to take home. FREE. 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Children’s Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street. 760-839-5456


RECEPTIONS: Escondido Municipal Gallery - Summation 2012, juried by Martha Ehringer; Enlightened Lens, Palomar College Photography; PhotoArts Group, Faith. Exhibitions run thru January 4, 2013. 5:30 – 8 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101.

2ND SATURDAY CONCERT – DANNY GREEN At twenty-nine years old he has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists. FREE. 3 – 4:30 pm, Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4814.

8 & 9 A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL Enjoy all the nostalgia of the holidays wrapped up in this lively musical retelling by the Broadway


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C ALENDAR Theatre Arts Academy. December 8 - 2pm & 7pm; December 9 - 1pm & 6pm, Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $15-$17.


Walking Tour of Old Escondido East Tour begins at the SE corner of Broadway and Grand Ave. 10 am. FREE. Sponsored by the Escondido History Center. 321 N. Broadway. 760- 743-8207.



History Center Annual Open House Refreshments, photographs, and tours. 1- 4 pm. FREE. Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway. 760- 743-8207.


POETRY READING - Poet’s INC and the Escondido Arts Partnership host published poets and open readings. FREE. 1 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-4804101.

WORKSHOP - Oriental Brush Painting with Rosemary KimBal. Contact gallery for fee. 11 am – 3 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101.

15 & 16 THE NUTCRACKER West Coast Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker, a family-oriented performance, captures the magic, wonder and innocence of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet as seen through a child’s eyes. December 15 – 1 pm & 7 pm; December 16 – 1 pm & 5 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $21.50$42.

12 ART EXHIBITIONS: Escondido Municipal gallery: “WOOD, A Furniture Show” featuring local and regional woodworkers curator Brian Murphy; The PhotoArts Group and solo artist exhibitions; studio artists Bettina Heinz, Daniel Brooks, Carrie Repking, Renee Richetts and Gallery Too artists. 5:30 – 8 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101. 12

RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery). 760-4804101

12 RECEPTION: 2ND ANNUAL ART-A-THON Twenty-five local artists creating for 24 hours straight. Runs thru February 2, 2013. 6 – 10 pm, Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Avenue. 760781-5779.


WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS – SAN DIEGO DANCE THEATER Unconventional, courageous and diverse, SDDT brings you an audience favorite, Cabaret Dances. 4 pm & 7 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. FREE.


INTIMATE CLASSICS - PABLO SÁINZ VILLEGAS, SPANISH GUITAR Spanish guitarist Sáinz Villegas’ combination of charismatic stage presence, deep passion for his music, and stunning technical abilities deliver performances that consistently bring audiences to their feet. 3 pm, Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Members: $40, $30; Full Price: $47, $35.

8 2ND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB – “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. 6 – 8 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4214.

ONGOING TUESDAYS ESCONDIDO FARMERS’ MARKET The Downtown Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market and Other Purveyors, an open-air, international marketplace, is located in the heart of the historic Downtown Commercial and Antique District of Escondido, where local small farmers and California growers sell the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables (many organic), flowers, herbs, nuts, eggs and honey. You will also find gourmet chocolates, salsas, European breads, tamales, coffees, crafts, clothing and jewelry. Enjoy the tastes of the many ready-to-eat foods at the market or take them home for a great dinner! Tuesdays 2:30-6 pm. Information: 760-740-0602

SATURDAYS 2ND SATURDAYS 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:


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12 2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS – THE ORVIETO PIANO TRIO The Orvieto Piano Trio, featuring Lauren Basney (violin), Daniel Frankhuizen (cello), and Byron Chow, MD (piano) , will perform an educational and interactive concert that will introduce the audience to the works of composers such as Beethoven and Dvorak with commentary by the artists. FREE. 3 – 4:30 pm, Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4814.


2ND SATURDAY CONCERTS – ZIMBEAT Zimbeat is a San Diego-based ensemble that performs the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa. FREE. 3 – 4:30 pm, Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760839-4814.

Walking tour Rediscover Escondido by meeting at the SE corner of Broadway and Grand. FREE. 10 am. Sponsored by the Escondido History Center. 760- 743-8207. escondidohistory. org

23 RINCON LITERARIO – Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. FREE. 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4329.



ALL NEW BEST OF DOO WOP CONTOURS, CHORDETTES, AND MORE Back by popular demand is The Best of Doo Wop with an exciting new lineup of the top performers of the era. 7:30 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $23-$45.

26 RINCON LITERARIO – Monthly bilingual book discussion facilitated by Miriam Ruvinskis. FREE. 3:30 – 4:45 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4214.


POETRY READING - Poet’s INC and the Escondido Arts Partnership host published poets and open readings. FREE. 1 pm, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-4804101.


Escondido Art Talk Monthly critique group meets at 11 am, Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101.

9 OPENING RECEPTIONS: Escondido Municipal Gallery; The PhotoArts Group; “Artful Inches” fundraiser for high school student show; Solo exhibitions by local and regional artists; studio artists Bettina Heinz, Daniel Brooks, Carrie Repking, Renee Richetts and Gallery Too artists. 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Tasting location and valentine making station 1 – 4 pm during the “For the Love of Chocolate Festival.” Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue. 760-480-4101. RECEPTION: GALLERY 262 – ART IN CRAFT MEDIA Reception for works by local artists working in clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry and gourds. 5:30 – 8 pm, 262 E. Grand Avenue (inside the Escondido Municipal Gallery). 760-4804101


RECEPTION: PAMELA WILSON: SOLO SHOW Works by artist Pamela Wilson. Exhibit runs thru March 2, 1013. 6 – 10 pm, Distinction Gallery, 317 E. Grand Avenue. 760-781-5779.

WOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS - BILLY LEE & THE SWAMP CRITTERS Raised near the border of Louisiana, Billy Lee will get you in the mood to “Mardi Gras Down” with a mixed gumbo of Mardi Gras, Cajun, Zydeco, and boogiewoogie. 4 pm & 7 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. FREE. artcenter. org

1ST DIVISION MARINE BAND Celebrate Sousa and so much more when 50 of Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians return for their annual patriotic and entertaining concert. 7 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. FREE. 44


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23 RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED AND JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE - NELSON BROTHERS & JIM CURRY A nostalgic evening of great music in a tribute to two of the most popular performers of all time. 7:30 pm, Concert Hall, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Tickets: $23-$45.




12 2ND TUESDAY BOOK CLUB – “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. FREE. 6 – 8 pm, Board Room, Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. 760-839-4214. 15 “SAILOR’S SONG” From the keyboard of multi-faceted writer, Patrick Shanley “Sailor’s Song” is an American seaside story decorated with dance. Patio Playhouse, 201 E. Grand Avenue (entrance off Kalmia Street). 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, 2 pm on Sunday. Call for ticket information. 760746-6669.


Trash and Treasures Rummage Sale Annual sale benefiting the Escondido History Center, 9 am - 12 pm. Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway. 760- 743-8207.

Champagne Garden which will stay open until 7.


INTIMATE CLASSICS - GUSTAVO ROMERO, PIANO Concert pianist Romero, a San Diego native with Guadalajara heritage, has a stellar reputation for both the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing. 3 pm, Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido. Members: $40, $30; Full Price: $47, $35.


CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL The “For The Love of Chocolate” Festival returns to Downtown where chocolate dominates! Chocolate fountains, activities and tastings in many of the businesses. With a ticket, from 1-5 pm, taste gourmet chocolates paired with local wines and craft beers. Live music in the


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Escondido Charitable Foundation Celebrates Awards totalling $215,000 for the 2012-2013 Grant Cycle By Kathy Rubesha Photos by Tehara Tweed

Mike Whalen and Jerry Harmon, grantees – Friends of Daley Ranch; Rick Paul- ECF member and Friends of Daley Ranch Board Member; Ken Myers - ECF Chair.

The Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded a record-breaking grant amount of $215,000 to deserving programs focused on Arts and Culture, on October 25 at the Vineyard in Escondido. This marks the largest funding amount in a single year by any community affiliate of the San Diego Foundation. One hundred percent of all donations benefit Escondido. Also, thanks to the creation of the Live Here, Give Here Matching Program though the Matt McLaughlin Legacy Fund, the grant-making portion of each ECF membership will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. This year brings the total amount of grants to Escondido nonprofit organizations to more than $778,000 in merely six years. The 2012-2013 McLaughlin Grant Awardees are: Escondido Community Child Development Center ($6,000). Escondido Palomar Family YMCA ($6,000), Escondido History Center ($7,500), City of Escondido, Recreation Division ($10,000),

Founding ECF Member Ken Lounsbery congratulates Jack Raymond, Founding ECF Chair, on birth of first grandchild just hours before event.

The 2012-2013 Arts and Culture Grant Awardees are: The Friends of Daley Ranch ($17,500), California Center for the Arts, Escondido ($25,000), Reveal Escondido Creek ($26,450), San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum ($27,000), Escondido History Center ($29,075), and La Jolla Playhouse ($29,950), Zoological Society of San Diego ($30,000)

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Lisa Ruder- ECF Grant Chair; Javier Guerrero – Grantee, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; Jack Raymond - ECF Founding Chair; Mike Peters – ECF Membership Chair.

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