May 9, 2003

Escondido Civic Faire Provides Information and Fun For Local Families

On Saturday, May 10, 2003, Escondido residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their community, what it can offer them, and how they can give back, during the We Love Children and Families! Escondido Civic Faire, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Grape Day Park at 321 North Broadway.

This free community event is sponsored by the City of Escondido’s Community Development Block Grant Division and Cal State San Marcos. Many of the information booths will be targeted toward Latino families from the surrounding neighborhoods.

More than 65 organizations and agencies are expected to provide information about a variety of services and resources related to health care, child care, recreation, education, cultural arts, public services and voter registration. Residents will also learn about opportunities to volunteer with a variety of organizations and social service providers.

Fun events will be available for the entire family, including music by local children’s groups; martial art and dance demonstrations; crafts and activities for children; displays of fire and police vehicles; and free tours of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. A variety of food vendors will also be on hand, including Stir Fresh of San Marcos.

This citywide event began in 2002 as a service-learning project for freshmen students at Cal State San Marcos. Under the guidance of Professor Joanne Pedersen, nearly 30 students in the First-year Student Learning Community work with Escondido city administrators to learn about the operation of the city and then plan every aspect of the civic faire.

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