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September 02, 2013
TAKING A TRIP?—Going on vacation or need to feel comfortable about leaving your house? Unsure if your belongings will be safe? VC Sheriff's Volunteers have a solution. They will check your house and surroundings daily for free. Who better to watch your house than the professionals who have extensive resources at their disposal? They do need a few days notice to make sure the location is in the Sheriff's Department's system. Questions? Call Alan Kirkpatrick at 760-751-4405 and leave a message.

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"LIKE" OUR COLUMNIST—Phyllis Knight, author of the popular devotional column entitled "So I was Thinking" also has a Facebook page that you will find if you visit Facebook and type in "Phyllis Knight" and "author." She blogs just about every day on this site as she develops themes that may find their way into her weekly column. If you "like" her page you'll be sent her postings whenever she does one. Look for it!

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DOS VALLES GARDEN CLUB MEETING—The Dos Valles Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the 2013-2014 year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center. This is our Welcome Back potluck luncheon with a short business meeting prior to lunch, and a time to visit with old and new gardening friends. Guest are always welcome, so bring a favorite dish to share and come join us. Call Sharon Gran at 617-834-0300 for more information.

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LAKE WOHLFORD UPDATE—In order to protect Lake Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a temporary ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water.

The lake will be closed during the weekdays and open weekends only beginning Sept. 3 and will remain so through the fall season. We will re-open for weekday fishing at the time of the first trout plant in December. Lake Wohlford is offering a $20 all-day motorboat rate to active military personnel on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

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BOOK CLUB—The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday September 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month's selection is Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on Oct. 8, with a discussion on Toby's Room by Pat Barker. The selection for Nov. 12 will be Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit or contact the library reference desk at 760-839-4839.

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GRANDPA BOB BIRTHDAY—Grandpa Bob is turning 80 and Patty in all her wisdom has decided to have a party for him at her house in Campo. There is going to be live music by The Doppler Effect. Good food and fun for all. The festivities shall take place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at Patty's house which is located at 33934 Shockey Truck Trail in Campo. Patty and Henry have room on their property for people to bring their motor homes, trailer and tents in order to stay the night.

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GRAPE DAY—"125 and Still Growing" is the 2013 Grape Day theme. It refers to the city of Escondido's 125th anniversary as well as the city's long agricultural tradition. Grape Day takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7. With roots back to 1908, Grape Day is an opportunity to celebrate Escondido's heritage, while also enjoying what the community offers today.

The day starts with the Grape Day 5K at 7:30 a.m. Walkers and runners will go through parts of downtown and the Old Escondido Historic District. Register in advance at

Then the whimsical parade will travel on Grand Avenue between Escondido Blvd and Juniper beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade features dignitaries, equestrians, floats, marching groups, bands and antique automobiles. It will be led by Grape Day King Ben Hillebrecht, a third generation farmer and former Farmer of the Year

The festival in Grape Day Park begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The free festival includes grape stomping, free grapes provided by Jimbo's Naturally! entertainment stage highlighting dances from around the world, contests, demonstrations, fun zone for the kids, wine and craft beer pavilion for adults, gourmet food trucks, SDG&E energy savings zone, vendor booths, bake sale and more. A new permanent exhibit on local agriculture at the Escondido History Center will also debut.

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GUEST SPEAKERS—The Valley Center Rotary Club is looking for guest speakers for its upcoming meetings. If you are interested in speaking to the group regarding your company's industry and would like more information call Nicky Lovejoy at 760-749-1311 or email her at

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HELLHOLE FRIENDS—Friends of Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve present: Mountain Lions in Valley Center by Winston Vickers, DVM, MPVM

Saturday Sept. 14, 9 a.m. at the VC Library.

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HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT—Rotary Club of Escondido After 5 presents its Second Annual Rotary "Picnic in the Park" and Horseshoe Pitching Tournament on Saturday Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Felicita Park in Escondido. All proceeds benefit local charities, including Valley High School and the Miss Escondido /Miss Teen Escondido Pageant. Cost includes lunch and one beverage (beer, soda or water). Adults $20, kids 12 and under free. Tournament entry fee is $25 per person. Trophies will be awarded. Call C.J. Szytel at 760-533-7111.

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