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Escondido News

Escondido News

The Guns are back in the gazebo on Grand for another season! We will be there on Opening Night and the first Friday of each month, May-September. Get you motors running!

We are happy to announce Cruisin Grand 2024 season will begin Friday May 3rd ! Special thanks to O’REILLY auto parts and the Rincon band of Luiseno Indians. This iconic event is in its 24th season. We still are looking for sponsors to help carry this event throughout the season. Also visit our website cruisingrand.net

Escondido Art Association – January 2024 Winners

BEST OF SHOW Craig Reeser “Old Man”

EXCITING NEWS: We had a RECORD SETTING number of entries yet again with our January show, “And Now For Something Completely Different!” YAY! We hope you will come visit the gallery with friends and family to see all of this beautiful work! The January 2024 Exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through February 2.
The next take in is February 3 and the show theme is “Seeing Red! Passion Play” judged by Igor Koutsenko. This show will be a co-production with LoveEsco. Please visit the SUBMISSIONS page of our website for more information about hang your artwork.
Thank you to ALL of our artists who participate in our shows. 

OIL

1st Place: “Closing Time” by George Mrazek

2nd Place: “Cliffs at Torrey Pines” by Doris Bertch

3rd Place: “Hidden” by Sean Cathey

ACRYLIC

1st Place: “Sailing” by Byron Marler

2nd Place: “Sticks and Stones” by Lorraine Page

3rd Place: “Cool Blues” by Carole Kuck

MIXED MEDIA

1st Place: “Horsin’ Around in Nightmare Alley” by Larry Baker

2nd Place: “Presence” by Daniel Tobin

3rd Place: “Freddie” by Ginger Samuels

WATERCOLOR

1st Place: “Flurry” by Karen Langer Baker

2nd Place: “Pacific: Cool Waters” by Kathryn Peterson

3rd Place: “Babe” by Jinx Lennon

PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL MEDIA

1st Place: “The Library Has Eyes” by Peggy Stokes

2nd Place: “Dreamscape: Falling/Failing” by Tokeli Baker

3rd Place: “Can I Trust You?” by Peggy Stokes

HONORABLE MENTIONS

“Time Out of Mind” by Sean Cathey

“Painting Plein Air” by Craig Reesor

“Persian Delights” by Karen Langer Baker

“Teamwork” by Kene Lohmann

“Bradbury Buiding” by Roy Henderson

ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL AWARD WINNERS HAVE PHOTOS UP ON OUR WEBSITE ON THE AWARDS PAGE. CLICK BUTTON TO SEE WEBSITE . AWARDS

DATES TO REMEMBER:

LIVE ART DEMO AT CCAE MUSEUMThursday, Jan. 11 at 6:30pm

California Center for the Arts Escondido Museum 340 N. Escondido Blvd. , Escondido, CA 92025

Presented in COMMUNITY COLLABORATION with California Center for the Arts Escondido Foundation.  Our demos are always free and open to the public as a service to our community. So bring a friend!

GALLERY RECEPTION Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4-6pm

EAA GALLERY 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 442-317-0980

Always free and open to the public. POTLUCK: Bring a dish to share!

www.escondidoartassociation.org

Escondido Jaycee’s Christmas Parade 2023 : Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. along Grand Avenue and downtown Escondido. Road closures will be in place starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. City parking lots #1, #3, #5, & #7 will be closed starting at 10 p.m. on Friday.

Head to Grape Day Park starting at 11 a.m. for the Escondido Holiday Festival. This tradition includes something for the whole family, including live music, shopping, food vendors, and Santa will be in the park as well.

Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce Announces

3rd Annual “Best of Escondido Eats” Awards

Chamber’s Facebook Group Continues To Grow, Over 10,000 Votes This Year

ESCONDIDO – Food, food, glorious food. If one thing can bring a community together, if there is one thing in common with most everyone, and if one thing can elicit fond memories and experiences, it is food. And in Escondido if you want to know where to eat, what to eat, when to eat, and what you’ll be eating looks like there is only one place to go: Escondido Eats.

This program was created at the very beginning of the pandemic by the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the City of Escondido to assist all the struggling businesses in the food and beverage industry. However, the Chamber took it to the next level by creating a Facebook group that has grown in that short time to over 16,800 members and has more than 25,000 weekly comments! In fact, the Escondido Eats program earned the 2022 Excellence in North County Economic Development award from the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

With that type of engagement, it only made sense in 2021 to create the inaugural “Best of Escondido Eats” awards, which was a huge success with 17 categories and over 4,000 unique votes. However, this year the Chamber added several new categories upping the total to 20, including a “People’s Choice” category and participation was more than double the first year with over 10,500 unique votes in 2023!

To celebrate this year’s winners the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce will be hosting and presenting the awards at their September mixer being held at The Churchill House on Thursday, September 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. More information can be found at www.greaterescondido.org

About The Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1886 as the Escondido Board of Trade, the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest Chambers in the state of California. Our goal is to build a stronger local economy by empowering businesses, engaging the community, providing networking opportunities, assisting economic development, and being a liaison to local government and elected officials.

Cruisin Grand RETURNS Jun 09, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Escondido, W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025, USA

We call it Hot Rod Heaven!

Cruisin’ Grand is honored to be called one of the best cruises in the country. We try to keep it simple, and focus only on what works with our community history, i.e. 1973 and earlier American-made Classics, Customs, Vintage, Muscle, and Hot Rods cruising Grand Ave, just like they did 50-60- years ago, on a Friday night, hopefully shoulder-to-shoulder with a date!

We invite those same cars to park on Grand Avenue and side streets and enjoy the early 50’s setting of downtown Escondido.

Events & Information

– Parking for event-era cars is on Grand Avenue and side streets, from Escondido to Ivy Street.

– “Reserved” parking area for local/regional 73 and earlier American made Car Clubs who pre-reserve a night. 

– Awards weekly for five selected cars. No pre-registration. No fees. Just fun!

– Restaurants cafes, pubs, specialty retail stores open late.

– Family-friendly features Hula Hoops, Name That Tune contests, and more.

– Information booth at event at Grand & Broadway

Escondido Jaycees 70th Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 – 2 p.m. Grand Avenue, Downtown Escondido, CA

Escondido Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade:

“We are pleased to welcome you all to the 70th Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade, ‘Miracle on Grand Avenue!’  “The parade will start promptly at 2:00 pm. “Our parade’s route will be in historic Downtown Escondido! “Come join us and support local businesses and organizations!”

MORE INFO HERE

Stone and Glass: Coexistence of Man and Reef Room Divider by James Stone

Stone and Glass629 W. Grand Ave.Escondido, CA 92025 Hours: Sunday to Wednesday by appointment, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm James Stone, an award-winning ocean conservation mixed media sculpture artist, is an environmentally conscience glass artisan based in Escondido, CA.

James creates ocean creatures and sea-themed sculptures that depict the magnificence of the ocean’s diverse plants and animals. His eco-awareness message leaps out of the forged aluminum and sculpted glass pieces with the message that fish and other sea life are vanishing at unprecedented rates. Creating a dialogue about climate change, overfishing and their devastating effects on the oceans of the world is the heart of James’ work.

Want to commission a special piece of art? As each person is unique each commission is unique. James will design and create art that connects with your soul and brings peace and happiness every time you look at it. Browse his website to see some of his exquisite commissioned pieces.

DECEMBER 2022 Events

09DECPRAIRIE LIGHT – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

10DECESCONDIDO HOLIDAY FESTIVAL11:00 am – 6:00 pm

10DEC06JANSUMMATION4:00 pm – (january 6) 4:00 pm

10DECGALLERY RECEPTION AND HOLIDAY PARTY4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

10DECART RECEPTION AND CHRISTMAS PARTY5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

10DECVALENCY GENIS SOLO SHOW “FERAL FRIENDS”6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

10DECEL ALEBRIJE PERFORMANCE6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

10DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

12DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

13DECESCONDIDO CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

15DEC17LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL7:00 pm – 7:00 pm (17)

15DEC23THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (23)

16DECFUN ANIMAL FRIDAY: LOVE ON A LEASH10:00 am – 12:00 pm

16DEC24THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (24)

16DEC18LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL7:00 pm – 7:00 pm (18)

16DECPRAIRIE LIGHT – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

17DEC19LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL7:00 pm – 7:00 pm (19)

17DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

17DEC25THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (25)

18DEC20LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL7:00 pm – 7:00 pm (20)

18DEC26THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (26)

19DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

19DEC27THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (27)

19DEC21LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL7:00 pm – 7:00 pm (21)

20DECESCONDIDO CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

20DEC28THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (28)

21DEC29THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS AT THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ESCONDIDO7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (29)

24DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

27DECLITTLE EXPLORERS WINTER CAMP9:00 am – 2:00 pm

27DECESCONDIDO CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

28DECLITTLE EXPLORERS WINTER CAMP9:00 am – 2:00 pm

29DECLITTLE EXPLORERS WINTER CAMP9:00 am – 2:00 pm

31DECPRAIRIE LIGHTS – A MUSICAL7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SHOW MORE EVENTS

ENJOY

Attractions | Events

Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce Presents

The Evolution of Transportation Illuminated at the Green Transpo Expo
On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at the Westfield North County Mall, the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce will host their inaugural Green Transpo Expo. As our entire transportation system is changing rapidly, the event focuses on trending topics from how the world is transitioning from gas to electric fleets, to how to convert your home to accommodate this transition.

The event starts with the “Cars & Coffee” meetup that goes from 9 – 11 AM with complimentary coffee and donuts from local businesses. All car enthusiasts and car clubs are invited and encouraged to attend for an inclusive car mashup to merge the past and the future of transportation. 

The main event will include an education forum and vendors from 11:30 AM to 4 PM. The Mayor and Chamber CEO will kick off the Expo with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 AM. Additional City, County, and State officials will also attend the kickoff.

An educational forum with Q&A will coincide with the event throughout the day with presenters from SDG&E, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, ALIVE Solar, and more. Rad Power Bikes will also be on hand to test ride bikes, and organizers will be giving away one (1) Rad E-Bike at the end of the event! Online registration is encouraged but not necessary to attend the event.

“This is a very timely event as people are seeing energy prices skyrocket, experiencing the pinch in their wallets and are now, more than ever, looking for alternatives.” says CEO, James Rowten of the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce, “Many aren’t quite sure where to start, what’s available or how to implement the alternatives. That is why we’re presenting this event that is all about the evolution of the transportation industry.”

For an agenda of the day, a list of the speakers and topics, online registration, and a comprehensive list of sponsors, please visit the Chamber’s webpage at: www.escondidochamber.org/greentranspoexpo and follow on Instagram @greentranspoexpo.

Escondido, CA –This Year, the Grand Ave Festival, will take place in Escondido’s historic downtown on Grand Ave from Escondido Blvd to Ivy.

Attendees will be able to shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment at the Maple Street Community Stage.

New this year will be a Beer & Wine Garden @ Maple & Grand. And there’s more…Such as the Creative Kids Corner @ Juniper & Grand that will feature Robotic Team Demonstrations from local High Schools, and the ever-popular Art In The Garden at Heritage Garden!

 Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce website.

Light Up a Life, a free community event, hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice. Photo Jennifer Regnier Photography

Escondido, CA – October, 2021 – The community is invited to Light Up a Life, a special candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate the people whose lives have warmed their heart and whose memories illuminate their life. This family-friendly event will be hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice on Sunday, November 14, 2021, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at the California Center for the Arts at 340 N. Escondido Blvd in Escondido. Light Up a Life blends inspirational messages, music, and a memorial ceremony to lift the hearts of those touched by loss, illness or sorrow. Registration is required by Nov. 5 at https://elizabethhospice.ejoinme.org/Light2021. Admission and parking are free.

All attendees will be invited to light a candle during the memorial ceremony. In support of The Elizabeth Hospice’s nonprofit mission, a donation of $50 is suggested. Individuals can receive a 2021 keepsake ornament with a $100 donation or a personalized ornament with a donation of $250 or more. Information on sponsorship opportunities can be found at https://elizabethhospice.ejoinme.org/Light2021 or by calling 760-796-3708. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, requires all guests wear a face mask.

The Elizabeth Hospice is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides hospice care, palliative care and grief counseling services to everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. The Elizabeth Hospice depends on the generous support of individuals and organizations to continue providing these much-needed services to the community. Donations can be made at elizabethhospice.org/donate.

About The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit healthcare leader, provides medical and emotional support to children and adults facing the challenges associated with an advanced life-threatening illness, and restores hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 115,000 people in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. The Elizabeth Hospice has earned the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission and is a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. To learn more, call 800-797-2050 or visit elizabethhospice.org.

Escondido, CA. (September, 2021) – The wait is finally over. Raising Cane’s will start sharing its ONE LOVE® with more of North County when the fast-growing chicken finger concept makes its Escondido debut today at 1280 W. Valley Parkway.

“Caniacs” will want to join the celebration because Raising Cane’s will accept entries all day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for its “Lucky 20” drawing to award 20 Customers ages 13 and older Free Cane’s for a Year! The drawing will take place at 8:30 p.m. and winners will be contacted by Cane’s to pick up their prize. Caniacs do not have to be present to win and there’s no purchase necessary. The first 100 dine-in Customers ages 13 and older to purchase a combo meal will also receive a free Cane’s t-shirt and a free combo card to use on their next visit.

“In the past few weeks, we’ve met lots of loyal Caniacs through our sponsorships with Cruisin’ Grand, Plays in the Park, and Escondido Pop Warner Football and Cheer,” said Area Leader of Restaurants Mark Condello. “We’ve developed a loyal following in North County, so we’re thrilled to expand in the area and give Escondido their very own Raising Cane’s. As part of our Grand Opening partnerships, we will be donating to Dogs on Deployment and Escondido Rising Stars.”

Escondido’s new Raising Cane’s will serve Customers through its mobile app, online ordering, takeout, dine-in and its double drive-thru. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., Raising Cane’s will be the perfect destination for lunch, dinner and late-night meals. This Restaurant marks the fifth in the San Diego area and 47th in California.

In May, Raising Cane’s was one of just three restaurant brands named to Forbes’ “Best Employers For New Grads” Top 100 list, and the company’s “fast-paced, fun culture and growth opportunities” earned it a spot on Glassdoor’s coveted “100 Best Places to Work in the U.S.” list in 2021. Cane’s is still seeking enthusiastic individuals to join its Escondido Crew. Interested candidates should apply at WorkAtCanes.com. Applicants will be contacted to set up an interview after applying.


Raising Cane’s is consistently ranked among the top restaurant brands for food quality, speed of service, cleanliness, and customer service. In 2020, Sandelman ranked Raising Cane’s the third-highest Restaurant brand in the U.S. for Overall Customer Satisfaction. Technomic® also recently announced Cane’s was voted by its Customers as the top fast-casual Restaurant for Customer Safety during the pandemic. 

ABOUT RAISING CANE’S®: Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 570 Restaurants in 31 states and the Middle East with 75 new Restaurants and 20 new markets planned for 2021. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to grow Restaurants, serving our Customers, all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great Crew, cool Culture and active Community involvement. In addition to being named the “Fastest Growing Chicken Chain” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2020, Raising Cane’s was also named the #1 fast-casual restaurant for “Keeping Customers Safe.” More information is available at raisingcanes.com.   

Cruisin’ Grand 2021

Cruisin’ Grand 2021
Cruisin’ Grand returns this Friday night, June 18th, in downtown Escondido! SoCal Productions and the City of Escondido are excited to welcome this event back for its 21st season.

All of your favorites will return including live music, DJs, kettle corn, and of course, the best display of pre-1974 hotrods in the country! Something a little different this year is the closure of additional streets to allow enough room for street-side dining and retail as well as plenty of space to display the vehicles and allow for spectators.

Each Friday, Grand Avenue will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy St. and the side streets (Maple St., Broadway, Kalmia, and Juniper) from Second Ave. to Valley Parkway.

More information about the event https://www.cruisingrand.net/

Come visit us. Visit Escondido – 760-839-4587
info@visitescondido.comhttps://visitescondido.com/

201 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 – In an effort to ensure quick and efficient service and to reduce your wait time, we encourage residents to conduct business online with the City using our Online Services Portal


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