Comedy Night at Orfila Winery

Join us April 27th for our Comedy Night!! Starring Steve Mazan (Emmy-winning writer/comedian from the Ellen show, Late Night w/David Letterman)! We will also have the following comedians featured:
Brian Apprille (SiriusXM, NBC, AOL, Disney)
Matin Atrushi (Laughs on Fox, SyFy Channel)
Lisa Gilbert (San Diego’s Ultimate Funny Mom)

With host: Jim Taylor

Headliner Steve Mazan is a Comedian, and Emmy-Winning writer. After serving for five years on a US Navy submarine, Steve decided to come up for air and start telling jokes.

In his decade plus in the entertainment industry he has performed on many television shows including the Late Show w/David Letterman, and won awards for his time writing on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show.

From performing at clubs, festivals, colleges, corporate events and cruises, to writing on television shows & movies, and even warming up audiences at TV tapings, Steve has almost done it all in the comedy world.

He is most proud of his 8 trips to Iraq & Afghanistan to perform for the troops.

Tickets can be purchased in the tasting rooms, OR with the link on this post. We hope to see you there!

 

Daley Ranch Guided Hikes

Escondido’s beautiful Daley Ranch offers some of the best hiking opportunities in San Diego County. With trails for beginning, intermediate, and advanced hikers, exploring Daley Ranch on foot is family-friendly, and a great way to get some exercise and experience the natural beauty of Southern California.

Daley Ranch is located in the northeastern portion of the City of Escondido, north of Dixon Lake and west of Valley Center Road. Access is provided via La Honda Drive to the south, Valley Center Road to the east, and Cougar Pass Road to the west. See below for directions.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7:00 a.m.   Discover Daley Ranch 5-7 miles
Meet Naturalist William Sherrard for a slow to moderately paced hike on the trails of Daley Ranch. The planned hike is between five and seven miles in length and will last about 2.5 – 3 hours. Bring plenty of water, as there isn’t any water source on the trails. There are plenty of spots to turn back to the parking lot if you wish to shorten the hike.

Sunday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. Daley Ranch Scenery
A diverse plant population and expansive views are waiting to be enjoyed on Naturalist Rick Paul’s occasionally strenuous 4-mile hike, leaving from Cougar Pass. MEET AT THE COUGAR PASS PARKING LOT.  Cougar Pass Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido east about a half mile to Broadway. Take Broadway north four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right, and drive about one mile. Park in the asphalt lot on left.

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  – Daley Ranch Open House
Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, the Ranch House will be open to the public, and Daley Ranch Docent Lee Dezan will be available to provide information. Please note that steady rain cancels.

Daley Ranch Naturalist-guided Hikes
General Info

All hikes begin at the Daley Ranch entrance on La Honda Drive unless otherwise noted. Bring water, sun hat, sunscreen, and proper hiking boots or treaded footwear. All trails include steep and/or slippery sections.  Please do not leave valuables in your car.  Steady rain cancels a hike.  The hike schedule is also available at www.escondido.org and www.visitescondido.comPlease note that drinking water is not available in many areas of Daley Ranch so be sure to carry a sufficient supply. Please wear layered clothing as it may be cool in the mornings and warmer as the hike continues. Reservations are not required, unless otherwise stated. Dogs leashed to adults are allowed.

Download/View Daley Ranch Trail Map PDF
Directions to Hike Locations below.

 


Want to be a volunteer?  If you are interested in volunteering as a Trail Patrol, Hike Leader, Trail Maintenance or Litter-Abatement Team Member, please stop by the Dixon Lake Ranger Station for information and an application—or call (760) 839-4345.

For more information, please contact Ranger Kathy:  (760) 839-4345 or kboyd@escondido.org.


Directions to Hike Locations:

La Honda Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido.  Go east four miles to La Honda Drive, turn left, drive one mile to Daley Ranch entrance and park in dirt lot on left.

Cougar Pass Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the El Norte Parkway exit in Escondido east about a half mile to Broadway.  Take Broadway north four miles to Cougar Pass (dirt road), turn right, and drive one mile.  Park in the asphalt lot on left.

Caballo Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5 miles. Turn left at Bevin into the Eureka Springs development. Follow the road toward the filtration plant entrance and turn right at the Escondido Humane Society sign (Volunteer Lane).
Park in the dirt parking lot.

Lake Wohlford Trailhead—From Interstate 15, take the Valley Parkway exit in Escondido and go northeast about 5.5 miles.  Turn right on Lake Wohlford Road and go 1.9 miles to Oakvale Road.  Turn slightly right onto Oakvale and go about one mile.  Turn left into the fenced parking lot.

About Daley Ranch:
Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas.

Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker’s residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest.

Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley’s original log cabin.

NOTE: Leashed dogs are allowed.

More information… rules & regs, map, history, volunteer, etc.:
City of Escondido
Friends of Daley Ranch

 

Good News Basketball Tournament at Orange Glen High School

March Madness Escondido–Community Event
You are invited to our 3rd annual Good News Basketball Tournament. Participate or Spectate. This is a FREE event happening at Orange Glen High School in the big gym Saturday March 23, 2019!

• Co-Ed
• Music
• Free Prizes
• Free Lunch
• Tournament Winner Trophy
• 3 on 3 Teams up to 6 player

Go online to register-

orchard.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/198563

 

Escondido Grand Ave Festival – Street Fair in Downtown Escondido

Escondido Grand Ave Festival
Downtown Escondido

Sunday, May 19
9:00am–5:00pm
For the full day’s entertainment line up, go to escondidochamber.org

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Centre City Parkway to Juniper. Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment.

This awesome street fair has been happening since 1989… bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine, live music, dance and family entertainment to Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

Every 3rd Sunday in May and October… come out and enjoy the fun, food, music, games, activities and shopping! The Festival runs all day Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm covering Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper Street.

Fun rides, games, entertainment, food, art, and shopping for everyone. Bring your Christmas list to get some early shopping done.

 


 

Escondido may mean “hidden” but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here! Located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the coast, Escondido is home to major attractions, beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts and theatre, delicious culinary experiences and a charming historic downtown. Enjoy our beautiful climate with year-round golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, and fantastic events!

Escondido is the heart of northern San Diego… rich in history and culture. The list of “must do’s” includes the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a unique performing arts complex, museum, and conference center; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park; Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens; the amazing sculpture garden, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, created by the late world-acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle; Cruisin’ Grand Escondido, one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County; the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum; and Daley Ranch, a wilderness preserve with extensive hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

St. Patty’s Day at Highland Valley Vineyards

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Get On Yer Irish Jig at the Winery
Sunday, March 17 – Noon to 6pm

Ye Lads and Lassies – join us in celebrating St. Patty’s Day at Highland Valley Vineyards!  One of Jeannine’s favorite holidays!  The vineyards and valley are lush green right now and it truly looks like Ireland.  You might even spy a leprechaun or two!

Come share in some Irish faire as well – Irish potato soup and Irish soda bread to warm the cockles of your heart as we sip wine and enjoy the Ireland-like weather!

 

 

Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

In this much-anticipated annual celebration, you can walk through a greenhouse filled with thousands of butterflies of all colors and sizes.  the winged wonders perching on you! Enjoy taking amazing photos and “putting a face to a name” using the butterfly identification guides provided. Don’t let this magical moment flutter by without you!

There will be more than 30 species hailing from, Central, South and North America, including eye-catching butterflies such as the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger, Grecian shoemaker, giant swallowtail and blue morpho. In addition to butterflies, 22 exotic bird species—including the endangered Bali myna and Mariana fruit dove—share the aviary.

The aviary also includes exotic birds, lush greenery and flowers. Butterfly Jungle guests are able to walk leisurely among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, take photos and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colors and move slowly, to attract the butterflies. They may land on your shoulder, your head or anywhere they want!

Butterfly Jungle is open from March 23 to May 12.
Park Hours: 9am – 6pm
Your Park Day Pass includes access to the Butterfly Jungle.
Priority butterfly viewing is available for a nominal fee. Inquire at the Lorikeet Landing ticket booth.
For more info, go to sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle

Butterfly Jungle is presented by Wheelhouse Credit Union.

 

Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

In this much-anticipated annual celebration, you can walk through a greenhouse filled with thousands of butterflies of all colors and sizes.  the winged wonders perching on you! Enjoy taking amazing photos and “putting a face to a name” using the butterfly identification guides provided. Don’t let this magical moment flutter by without you!

There will be more than 30 species hailing from, Central, South and North America, including eye-catching butterflies such as the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger, Grecian shoemaker, giant swallowtail and blue morpho. In addition to butterflies, 22 exotic bird species—including the endangered Bali myna and Mariana fruit dove—share the aviary.

The aviary also includes exotic birds, lush greenery and flowers. Butterfly Jungle guests are able to walk leisurely among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, take photos and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colors and move slowly, to attract the butterflies. They may land on your shoulder, your head or anywhere they want!

Butterfly Jungle is open from March 23 to May 12.
Park Hours: 9am – 6pm
Your Park Day Pass includes access to the Butterfly Jungle.
Priority butterfly viewing is available for a nominal fee. Inquire at the Lorikeet Landing ticket booth.
For more info, go to sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle

Butterfly Jungle is presented by Wheelhouse Credit Union.

 

April Seller’s Faire at Boulder Oaks Golf Course

The April’s Seller’s Faire is set for April 13th! We will be hosting a succulent exchange and there will be a free electronics recycling truck!

To participate in succulent exchange, just bring a succulent with you to the event. We will have a table set up to exchange with others!

Recycling Truck services provided by Update Green Recycling. The truck will be there from 9am-1pm.
Accepted items to recycle are:

*Computers and Peripherals*
Apple and Computer PC – Desktop – Server – Laptop Notebook – Monitor – Printer – Plotter – Laptop Battery – Laptop Charger – IT Equipment – Computer Part and Accessory – Circuit Board – Power Supply – Storage Device – Zip Drive – RAM – CPU – Hard Disk Drive – Digital Storage Device – Speaker – LCD Display – LED Screen – Electronic Board and Chip – Network Equipment and Device – Router – Switch – Wireless Device – Game Console – Keyboard – Mouse – Microphone Ethernet Cable – Floppy , Zip , Cassette , CD , DVD , Flash or Jump Drive and Backup Disk – IT Accessory – Computer Peripheral – Circuit Card – Video Card – Sound Card – Modem – Firewall – Toner and Ink Cartridge – Signal Booster – Duplicator – USB and Firewire Hub – Projector – Transmitter Electronic Tool – Extension Cable and Card – Webcam – KVM Switch

*Mobile Devices*
Tablet – Cellphone – Digital and Analogue Camera – Media and MP3 Player – PDA or Personal digital Assistant – GPS and Tracking System

*Office and Telecommunications Equipment*
Fax Machine – Scanner – UPS – Battery Backup – Copy Machine – Office Printer

*Data Center Equipment*
Phone and Telephone System – Headphone , Hands Free and Bluetooth Device

*Cable Equipment*
Any Type of Cable , Wire , Cord and Charger

*Audio Video and Home Entertainment Equipment*
Audio Video (AV) Equipment – CD and DVD Drive or Player – Home Theatre and Speaker – Receiver Cable Box – Gaming System like XBOX , Play Station, Wii – Video Projector

Items that are NOT accepted are:
Home Appliances, Fans, Vending Machines, AC Units, Flat Screen TVs, CRT Monitors, Tube & Projection TVs, Satellite Dishes, Vacuum Cleaners, and Light Bulbs.

The recycling truck will be available from 9am – 1pm. For more information on recycling, please visit https://www.updategreen.com/

 

 

 

 

Wings of Hope Butterfly Release Ceremony

Everyone in the community is invited to attend Wings of Hope, hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm. The event will take place at the California Center for the Arts, located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd in Escondido. Attendees will have the opportunity to remember, honor and celebrate the special people who have touched their life. Admission and parking are free.

The Wings of Hope program will include inspirational messages, musical performances, refreshments and a butterfly release ceremony. Each guest will receive a colorful flower to add to a communal bouquet, symbolizing the beauty of being part of a kind and caring community. Bereavement counselors from The Elizabeth Hospice will be present to provide support to grieving attendees.

In support of the organization’s nonprofit mission, a donation of $50 is suggested to sponsor a butterfly. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration is required and can be submitted online at http://bit.ly/WOH2019 or by calling 760.796.3722.

Celebrate with Gorilla Joanne’s 5th Birthday at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is inviting the public to a special celebration next Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the gorilla habitat inside Gorilla Forest, in honor of gorilla Joanne. She is turning 5, marking a major milestone for a youngster once called a “miracle baby” because of the challenges she overcame following complications during her mother’s labor.

Safari Park guests are encouraged to arrive at the gorilla habitat by 9:15 a.m. March 19 to watch Joanne and her troop enjoy their myriad treats and enrichment items.

Joanne—named in honor of Joanne Warren, the first chairwoman of the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global—was born March 12, 2014 at the Safari Park’s Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital. Due to complications during mother Imani’s labor, she was born via a rare emergency C-section. Joanne spent 11 days in the hospital before being reunited with her mother and the other members of her gorilla troop. Since then, she’s made a full recovery and can be seen interacting with 2-year-old Leslie and 7-year-old Monroe on a daily basis.

Safari Park animal care staff said now that she is a juvenile, Joanne will have a new job to do. She must learn her new role and how she fits into the troop’s social dynamics.

“Each gorilla’s status in the troop is an important one, for a variety of reasons,” said Peggy Sexton, lead mammal keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Whereas infants can get away with anything, juveniles are held to a higher standard.”

Safari Park animal care staff and volunteers have planned a special butterfly-themed celebration, in keeping with the upcoming Butterfly Jungle event at the Safari Park. Joanne will receive special enrichment that will include butterfly decorations, cardboard animals and painted gift boxes to explore. Nutritionists will prepare special gorilla treats like popcorn, sunflower seeds and dried cereal, plus a special ice “cake” filled and decorated with fruits and veggies, and colorful browse prepared by the Horticulture team. Safari Park guests are encouraged to arrive at the gorilla habitat by 9:15 a.m. March 19 to watch Joanne and her troop enjoy their myriad treats and enrichment items.

Butterfly Jungle presented by Wheelhouse Credit Union returns to the Safari Park March 23 through May 12. To learn more about this popular event, visit sdzsafaripark.org

At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, more than 1 million guests each year see animals in herds of mixed species, in expansive habitats. Safari tours offer savanna views of African and Asian animals, trails take visitors on treks to experience Australian and North American habitats—plus, there are opportunities for up-close encounters and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. Known for its leadership in rhino conservation, the Safari Park is home to the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, which is devoted to groundbreaking work to bring back the northern white rhino. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species at the Safari Park, they are directly contributing, through admission and on-grounds sales, to the efforts of San Diego Zoo Global, an international nonprofit conservation organization that works to fight extinction through recovery efforts for plants and animals worldwide. To learn more, visit sdzsafaripark.org.

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Escondido may mean “hidden” but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here! Located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the coast, Escondido is home to major attractions, beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts and culture, delicious culinary experiences and a charming historic downtown. For more info on Escondido’s awesome attractions and things to do, go Attractions.

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