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Local News July 28, 2006


 

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum Features Nationally-Syndicated Comic Artists Exhibition

The newest and most humorous exhibition, Luann & Friends: Comic Families is coming to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum on this Saturday, July 29, with Art & Intrigue, a celebratory opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Exhibitions run through Sunday, October 1, 2006.

Luann & Friends: Comic Families features original comic art by San Marcos’s own Greg Evans, creator of the nationally-syndicated Luann comic strip and includes other comic artists such as Jim Davis (Garfield); Rick Detorie (One Big Happy); Brian Crane (Pickles); Lynn Johnston (For Better or for Worse); Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues); Patrick McDonnell (Mutts) and Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate).


Greg Evans, creator of Luann and Friends, a resident of San Marcos

These artists are tied together not only by appearance of their work in weekly and Sunday newspapers, but also by their ability to convey the humor inherent in familial relationships in all of its various, and sometimes embarrassing, forms.

Mary-Catherine Ferguson, Museum Director for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido said, “Everybody loves something to laugh about.”

Headliner Evans is best known for his depiction of “growing up” through his famous teenage comic character, Luann, created in 1987. While Luann herself may not evolve in a normal chronologic fashion, Evans’ creative appeal has. Earning the National Cartoonists Society’s coveted Ruben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 2003, Evans has become one of the most popular cartoon artists ever.

“I am thrilled to take part in such a creative and unique exhibition,” Evans said. “Although quite laughable, comic art is a serious art form and the California Center for the Arts is treating it as such.”

Also on display in the CCAE Museum -- Passageways: Life’s Journey. Work from Sophie’s Gallery. Sophie’s Gallery provides creative opportunities to developmentally disabled adults, encouraging them to express their rich inner lives.

Artwork by local artist Kelly Vivanco and pieces from the private collection of Niki de Saint Phalle will fill the remaining museum space.

The Center Museum is open until curtain on performance nights and admission is free with show admission. Tickets for Art & Intrigue cost $10. Regular ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Center members and children under 12 years of age are free.

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Mondays: Closed

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. For additional information call 839-4120

Candidates Emerging for Escondido Council Seats

Three seats on the Escondido City Council are up for grabs and already candidates have begun to step forward.

Two council seats and the mayor’s chair are all up for election this November. To no one’s surprise both Marie Waldron and Mayor Lori Pfeiler, the incumbents, have picked up filing papers.

Councilmember Ron Newman has opted to not stand for re-election so a number of candidates have begun assessing their chances and testing the political waters.

In addition to the incumbents, Dick Daniels, who runs his own public relations business, RMD Communications, has picked up papers. Another political newcomer, Inki Welch, who is a real estate broker and member of the Escondido Charter High School's board of directors, intends to run.

Waldron, who is seeking her third term in office, has said she is hoping whoever wins Newman’s seat will help continue the pro-business philosophy the present council has embraced.

Based on past comments, it appears Pfeiler may have to face former Councilman Tom D'Agosta, for the mayor’s chair. D’Agosta, while a strong pro-business candidate, was often at odds with Pfeiler and other council members as to how best to achieve the city’s goals.

Olga Diaz, owner of the Blue Mug, in downtown Escondido and an active member of the Escondido Downtown Business Association, and Carmen Miranda pulled papers,
saying she would like to represent the Hispanic community.

San Elijo Elementary Set to Open in San Marcos

More than 700 students will begin school in August in brand new quarters when the San Elijo Elementary School opens.

Students will find a 34-classroom facility encompassed with in the 59,000-square-foot, 34-classroom facility. It all comes alive on August 14. The elementary school cost the district $21 million.

Built across the street from the San Elijo Middle School campus, the new school promises to make an easy transition from elementary to middle school when the time comes.

A "sneak-a-peek" event for parents will be held on Aug. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m., two days before school starts, to give everyone an opportunity to see the elementary school.

The school will open with 32 teachers. The number of teachers will change the previous student-to-teacher ratio from 33 students to 1 teacher to 20 students to 1 teacher at the new school.

Grades one through five will begin classes at 8:25 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m., in order to be aligned with other elementary schools in the district.

While the immediate impact will be to lessen overcrowding at the surrounding schools and accommodate the growing community of San Elijo in the coming years, the long term effect will be to add nine to 10 teachers, even in the first year, because there are more than 3500 homes under construction so the demand will continue to rise.

Nursing Expansion Put on Hold by Palomar College

Not enough available nurse instructors. That’s the bottom line as to why Palomar College was forced to delay opening of the plans to expand the nursing program this fall. College officials say they hope the delay will only be one semester.

There is a large demand for nurses and a large backlog of eager nursing students . . . but some are having to wait, literally, for years to get into a qualified local nurse training program. Qualified instructors are very difficult to find, say officials.

Palomar had planned on increasing the number of students it serves from 72 to 92, based on recent receipt of a $395,000 state grant this spring to cover the cost. The grant was intended to reduce the severe shortage of nurses in North County and help Palomar shrink its waiting list of 402 people.

Officials hope they will find enough qualified nursing instructors to begin the new class schedule in January. Palomar is only offering salaries ranging from $55,000 to $90,470 . . . not much money for someone with the necessary credentials . . . and the demand for these instructors is so high from competing colleges and/or nursing schools that the job is doubly difficult. Being a community college, Palomar is not allowed to renegotiate the salaires offered.

If and when the program begins there will be night and weekend classes, because Palomar does not have the classrooms or lab space to support expansion during the day; this would also make it difficult for the new professors to have a second full-time job. One more obstacle in hiring the right people, officials say.

 

 

 

 


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