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Valley Briefs

August 20, 2014

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 Pala Band of Mission Indians will hold its seventh annual "Honoring Traditions" Powwow August 22-24, 2014 at the Pala Rey Youth Camp on the Pala Indian Reservation located at 10779 Highway 76 in Pala. This event is free and open to the public. Activities include powwow dance contests, bird singing, and a peon tournament with cash prizes over $60,000. All ages are welcome to participate in the singing and dance contest. Eight invited performers will also compete in a drum contest for a grand prize of $12,000. Along with the traditional activities, there will be a variety of food vendors, including traditional fry bread and Indian tacos. There will also be arts and crafts booths that offer authentic Native American jewelry, beadwork, art, and souvenirs. Tribes from all over the country will be in attendance. For more information go to


Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 6 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This month's selection is Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 14 with a discussion on the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio. In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11. The selection for December 9 will be nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard. All Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the Library information desk at (760) 839-4839.


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 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!


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 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.


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 or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 
(760) 839-4814.


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


The Art Glass Guild will hold its annual Fall Show/Sale in Balboa Park on October 11 and 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Featuring handmade Art Glass by local artists, functional, decorative and jewelry Over 30 juried artists plus live music, food and hands on demonstrations for children and adults, the show will offer fun for the entire family. Visit or call (619) 702-8006 for more information.

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