This December, America's most-beloved holiday tale, "It's a Wonderful Life," comes to the California Center for the Arts Escondido's Studio 1 Theatre. Titled "It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol," the stage play recounts the struggle of one family and the small town in which they live, both trapped in the web of a heartless, greedy tycoon. Sound familiar? Don't be too sure because, just when you think you know how everything is going to turn out, the story adds twists and surprises straight from the mind of none other than Charles Dickens.
"It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol," conveys powerful messages about love of family, faith, and redemption that will resonate with any audience member of any age.
Shows run December 7-10 and December 14-17 (7pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun). Buy tickets and get complete info at northcountyplayers.org or http://artcenter.org/event/wonderful-christmas-carol/2017-12-07/
MONEY-SAVING TIP: to avoid the online ticket processing fee purchase your tickets directly from the Center's Box Office, located at 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA (open Tues.-Sat.12-6pm, 7pm on show dates, Sun. 12-5pm, closed Mon.)
Discover your inner artist at San Diego's premier painting studio!
Invite friends, family, co-workers... reserve your spot and come ready for a fun, creative experience all while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Beer, wine and non-alcohol beverages available.
Call 760-294-755 or go online for info, more calendar dates and registration: spiritivity.com
Spiritivity's paint + sip studio was born out of the belief that every person has innate creative gifts and talents but they often don’t have experiences to express their “you-nique” creativity. Through our painting events, groups will explore their creativity through a directed art lesson led by our artists while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. Painters will experience true creativity in a fun, safe and supportive community environment! So grab your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and sign up for a Spiritivity studio event.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is closed due to the temporary closure of Kit Carson Park. Kit Carson Park is being used as a CalFire base camp for the Lilac Fire and is CLOSED to the pubic until further notice. We estimate that the park will reopen on Tuesday, December 19th. Check back for updates.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is now open to the public weekly, with free entrance, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to Noon AND on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 2:00pm, weather permitting*.
Docents will be on hand for questions on 2nd Saturday dates. Kids of ALL ages love this park... bring your family, friends, imaginations and cameras!
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle's later work.
Open Hours and Other Info:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am to Noon
2nd Saturdays, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Docents are on-site on 2nd Saturdays only.
Free entrance. Weather permitting*.
For more info, please call 760-839-4000.
(Hours subject to change and the site will be closed on major holidays.)
*After a recent rain or heavy fog/moisture, there is chance that the sculpture garden will be closed, due to safety issues, usually 24-48 hours after a rain event, while it dries.
For more info about Escondido's 2nd Saturday Arts & Cultural Events, please click HERE.
About Queen Califia’s Magical Circle:
The City of Escondido has completed Phase I of its repairs of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park and has reopened the internationally famous sculpture garden to the public on a limited basis.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California's mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular "snake wall" and maze entryway, sculptural integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of Saint Phalle's later work.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle is situated within a 12-acre natural habitat in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park on a parcel of land donated by the City of Escondido. The park's entrance is located five minutes from I-15 (Via Rancho Parkway Exit) at the corner of Bear Valley Parkway and Mary Lane.
The sculpture garden's key architectural features are an undulating circular wall measuring 400 feet in length (with varying heights from 4 to 9 feet) that surrounds the garden. Monumental playful serpents, decorated in colorfully patterned mosaics, slither along the top of the wall, their curved bodies forming a pattern of solids and voids that allows visitors to see landscape vistas beyond the garden. The "snake wall" opens into a maze whose walls and floors are covered with black, white, and mirrored tiles. Once through the maze, visitors enter into the central courtyard.
There are nine freestanding sculptures in the garden. The imposing mosaic sculpture of Queen Califia standing on the back of a five-legged eagle commands the center of the garden. Eight large totemic sculptures surround Queen Califia. They are covered with symbols and forms freely drawn from Native American, Pre-Columbian, and Mexican art as well as the artist's own fantastic imagery.
*The exhibit will not open during rain and inclement weather. The Garden will be open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 12-noon, weather permitting*. Docents will be available to answer questions on Second Saturdays. The exhibit will be closed on holidays. The exhibit will be closed for bad weather (rain, or imminent threat of rain) until the sculpture is thoroughly dry (this may take a day or so). After a rain event, the sculpture garden may be closed for 24-48 hours to allow the area to dry. The tiles can be very slippery when wet.
The sculpture garden is located in Kit Carson Park
in the Iris Sankey Arboretum
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
More information, PDFs:
Press Release (original opening): Niki de Saint Phalle's Queen Califia's Magical Circle Opens in Escondido, California, October 26, 2003
Queen Califia's Magical Circle Fact Sheet
Niki de Saint Phalle's International Workshop Team
Niki de Saint Phalle's Collection in San Diego
Niki de Saint Phalle Chronology (1930-2002)
Community in Unity Holiday Celebration Party
Celebrate the Season
Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:31pm – 8pm
Escondido City Hall Rotunda
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce
presents the 7th Annual Holiday Celebration
Escondido’s Premier Seasonal Event officially launches the 2017 Holidays. Community in Unity Holiday Celebration Party takes place under the magnificent Escondido City Hall Dome at Broadway and Valley parkway.
Experience delights from local chefs, our finest restaurants, wineries and local micro breweries. Entertainment from musical groups representing Escondido communities will provide a truly festive atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for the Escondido Police Department Children’s Christmas Party and children’s pajamas for Rady Children’s Hospital.
This is a 21 and over event.
Tickets or contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760-745-2125.
Infants (0-2) & Teens (13-17) are always the hardest to shop for and often the most left out.
Below are suggested gift ideas!
Infants (0-2) & Teens (13-17) are always the hardest to shop for and often the most left out. Below are suggested gift ideas!
Ages 0-2 (infants)
Educational Toys; Lullaby or sing along Cd’s; Books; PJ’s
Ages 13—17 (Boys & Girls)
Gift Cards, Body lotions, Hair & Makeup supplies, Games, Cameras, Fuzzy PJ’s, Sports articles.
About the Escondido Chamber of Commerce
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is here to build a stronger local economy and help our community thrive. The Chamber has existed for one hundred years based on the concept that businesses are more effective working together than alone. Whether you choose to become actively involved and network or merely take advantage of our many benefits available without participation, your business success is our mission.
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