August 13, 2014EVENING STARGAZING
Valley Center Trails Association in conjunction with Friends of Hellhole Canyon Preserve will offer a Guided Evening Stargazing program on Saturday, Sept. 6 beginning at 7 p.m. The event, held at Hellhole Canyon Preserve, will host an expert guide to the stars from Palomar Observatory to point out celestial items of interest and to answer questions. The group will meet at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot off Kiavo Drive in Valley Center.
The Grand Opening of the Escondido Republican Headquarters will be held on Saturday, August 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 158 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 – adjacent to the Maple Street Plaza in downtown Escondido. Mike Slater, AM/760 talk show host, will be the Master of Ceremonies for this exciting event. Meet the Republican candidates for the upcoming November 4 election. This event is being hosted by The Escondido Republican Club and the Escondido Republican Woman Federated.
ESCONDIDO REPUBLICAN CLUB MEETING
John Franklin, principal at Pacific Political, Inc., will be guest speaker for the Escondido Republican Club's (TERC) meeting on Monday, August 18. Franklin, a proven organizational leader, will be sharing helpful campaign ideas with attendees. In addition Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra, the new Escondido Union School District Superintendent, will be given a warm welcome. The meeting will be held at the Cocina del Charro restaurant located at 890 West Valley Parkway in Escondido. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. with the buffet luncheon service beginning at 11:45 a.m. and the meeting starting promptly at noon and concluding at 1 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (760) 807-5827. Cost is $14 per person. For more information about TERC, visit escondidorepublicanclub.com' target='_new'>www.escondidorepublicanclub.com">escondidorepublicanclub.com.
LOCAL FAMILIES NEEDED FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests. Those persons interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family should call toll free: 1-800-733-2773 or go to host.asse.com . There are many students to choose from, so call or go online – and begin the process of selecting your new host son or daughter today!
PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS
Those who wish to appeal the appraised value of their property, appeals may be filed from July 2 through Dec. 1 Applications and booklets with instructions are available at the Clerk of the Board's office in the County Administration Center or by visiting sdcounty.ca.gov' target='_new'>www.sdcounty.ca.gov">sdcounty.ca.gov. Once filled out applications and forms can be mailed to Clerk of The Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101-2461.
BILINGUAL BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library's Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 30, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Library's Turrentine Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Mi vida querida/Dear Life, by Alice Munro, is the selected book for August. Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, readers will discuss the classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library's website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at
A FREE LIFE SAVING PROGRAM FOR SENIORS
The Burn Institute's Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with FREE smoke alarms and installation. Fire service personnel from various fire departments throughout the county and other volunteer groups assist the Burn Institute year-round in installing the smoke alarms. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older, own your own home, and not currently have a working smoke alarm. To sign up for this program, call the Burn Institute at (858) 541-2277 ext. 18. The Burn Institute is a local nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties through fire and burn prevention education, burn care research and treatment, and burn survivor support services. Visit ' target='_new'>www.burninstitute.org"> burninstute.org.