Source: Valley Roadrunner


August 28, 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 Dept.’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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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. – 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 CJ Szytel at 760-533-7111.

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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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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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SUNRISER—Friday, Sept. 6 the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Sunriser” networking meeting at the Chamber office. This is an open house style meeting from 8 a.m. –10 a.m. The meeting is free and open to members and non-members. You are invited to stop by and have a coffee and light breakfast on the Chamber before work The Chamber office is located at 29115 Valley Center Rd., Ste. I-3 Visit their Web site at for more information.

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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.