Living Room Lecture: Turkeys in California

Biologists have proposed that we could resurrect the roles of extinct species in ecosystems by introducing closely-related surviving species. However, this idea—called “taxon substitution”—has never been intentionally tested on a large scale. California used to have a native turkey species, the California Turkey, that went extinct at the end of the last Ice Age. In the 20th century, a related species from the central and Eastern United States, the Wild Turkey, was introduced into California as hunting stock. Since then, the Wild Turkey has multiplied and spread all across the state. This study uses fossil and current occurrence data as well as climate information from the Pleistocene and present to try to determine if the extant Wild Turkey is occupying an ecological niche analogous to that of the extinct California Turkey. If true, this may be a case of an accidental large-scale taxon substitution and would suggest that the technique could be further investigated as a potential tool for wildlife conservation.

This talk will be held on Zoom.
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About the Presenter
Ashwin Sivakumar is a high school senior at Flintridge Preparatory School at La Canada-Flintridge, CA. He is extremely interested in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, and advocacy. He has engaged in science research in these fields for several years, publishing two peer-reviewed papers and presenting his work in several international conferences.

About the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County’s archaeological artifacts.

City Ballet: Nutcracker Event

Join us for a special visit from the City Ballet of San Diego!

On December 11 from 10:30am to 11:30am meet the Nutcracker, Clara, and the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker ballet as well as enjoy a special storytime, holiday arts & crafts, and the chance to dance with the ballerinas.

Attendees will receive discount codes to the City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker on December 22 and 23 at The California Center for the Performing Arts in Escondido.

This event is free with Museum admission.

“Hope Springs, Eternal” Christmas theatrical production

North County Players presents the Christmas production “Hope Springs, Eternal”

What would you do if someone offered you more money than you’ve ever seen in your life to do something worse than anything you’ve ever done in your life?

A man named Charlie wanders into a small town sheriff’s office one afternoon during the Christmas season. Some say Charlie is an angel but he sure makes one devil of a mess. Who is Charlie and what is he up to?

The award-winning San Diego North County Players brings the exciting stage play, “Hope Springs, Eternal” to the stage this holiday season. Written by master storyteller and nationally published playwright Charles Caratti, “Hope Springs, Eternal” tells the story of a post-WWII Midwestern town caught up a web of lies, corruption, and ultimate redemption. Told in the tradition of beloved classics like “A Christmas Carol,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Hope Springs, Eternal” is just the thing to get you into the holiday spirit.

The show is packed with locally- and nationally-known actors including Lolly Boroff, Fred Gaines, Lexsy Aviles, Charles DeNatale, Marsi Carr, Ford Curtiss, Bill Kvitli, and Elizabeth Toker.

“Hope Springs, Eternal” is complimented by dozens of musical passages and sound effects that make it feel more like a movie soundtrack than what is normally experienced in a theatre production, including exciting big band arrangements of all your Christmas favorites.

Additionally, “Hope Springs, Eternal” will be performed in-the-round, an exciting way for audiences to get as close to the action as they wish.

“Hope Springs, Eternal” is perfect for the entire family (mild PG-rated language) and the venue provides plenty of space to socially distance if you wish and an air purification system for added safety. Plenty of well-lit parking, a snack bar and refreshments, including wine, are available. The venue is situated at the intersection of E. Mission Ave. and N. Rose St. right in the heart of Escondido.

Evening and matinee shows take place Dec. 9, 10, 12 and 16, 17, 19. Tickets are set at movie theater prices so the entire community can experience excellent live theater.

For tickets, directions, and further info visit


Escondido Cars and Coffee

Every Sunday we hold our cars and coffee at Kit Carson park in Escondido. Come join us from 8am-11am. We have some really great people, it truly is a good time. All makes and models are welcome! We are always looking forward to seeing some new cars/trucks rolling through.

Small Business Saturday – Shopping Fun in Downtown Escondido

Let’s go Shop Small® this season

‘Tis the season to celebrate old traditions – and make new ones. And, whether you buy a festive sweater from a local boutique or grab a hot cocoa from your favorite café, your support makes the holidays even happier for small businesses. And don’t forget: This year Small Business Saturday® falls on November 27.

For more details on the event, please go to 

Bellamy’s Restaurant Presents: Live Music with Weston Wilson

Join us at Bellamy’s Restaurant, beginning at 6pm on Friday, November 5th as musician Weston Wilson takes the stage.

Hailing from a small town in central North Carolina, Weston Wilson starting playing piano at age 5 and picked up a guitar at 7. By 16 he’d added singing and songwriting to his repertoire and started landing gigs in local venues, discovering a love of live performance that partly inspired his move to L.A. in early 2015. He was a contestant on “The Voice” season 7 and continues to perform out in public.

Bellamy’s Restaurant Presents: Live Music with Gabriela Aparicio

Join us this Saturday, November 6th beginning at 6pm as musician Gabriela Aparicio takes the stage.