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Jimmy Gownley is ready to spend an evening with Escondido.

Escondido Public Library and KPBS Present “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley”

Escondido Public Library and KPBS will host “An Evening with Jimmy Gownley, at 6 p..m. Wednesday, Oct, 21 in the Turrentine Room. Jimmy Gownley is the author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!, selected as the 2015 One Book, One San Diego teen read.

Gownley will talk about his graphic novel, as well as the comic art form, and influences that helped shape his success. A book signing will follow his talk, and copies of The Dumbest Idea Ever! will be available for purchase at a price of $10 with cash or credit card.

This event is open to the public, but attendees must pre-register online at www.kpbs.org/one-book/teens. The Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 p.m. and early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM are highly encouraged. Remaining seats may be available on the day of the event, but due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to pre-register in advance.

Gownley is known for his keen emotional sensitivity and engaging storytelling, and ‘tweens and teens will readily identify with his comedic and heartwarming memoir. In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Gownley focuses on his adolescence as a popular and smart basketball star who was forced to miss a month of classes due to a terrible case of chicken pox and pneumonia.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2015 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, please contact Librarian, Lalitha Nataraj at (760) 839-4219. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Garden Club Speaker on Traditional Uses of Native Plants Oct. 13

The Dos Valles Garden Club will present a talk on “Traditional Uses of Native Plants” given by Jim McPherson, Manager of the Rincon Cultural Resource Department.

Many articles about the Luiseño Bands of Native Americans focus on their culture as hunters/gatherers, even though by the time the Spanish arrived Luiseño villages included at least three different plant communities.  The Rincon Band has been gathering information about this subject, and Mr McPherson will present an overview of the native plants involved and their traditional uses.

The public is welcome to attend the monthly meetings of Dos Valles Garden Club, held the second Tuesday of most months at 10 a.m. at the St. Stephen Community Hall, 31020 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center.

Bonsall Woman’s Club Celebrates Thanksgiving

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore visits Bonsall Woman's Club.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore visits Bonsall Woman’s Club.

The Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) will celebrate an early Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 5The lunch will include Roasted Turkey with gravy, apple stuffing, cranberry sauce, garden salad with balsamic dressing, warm rolls and butter, and pecan pie for dessert.

The program will feature Sheriff Bill Gore who oversees one of the largest Sheriff’s Departments in the nation.  Along with patrol and investigative operations, his department provides air support, search and rescue service, and forensic support for the San Diego region. The Sheriff will share some of his wit and wisdom with the audience.

The Club meets at The Golf Club of California (Sycamore Ranch) located at 3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook. Doors open at 9 a.m. for social hour with coffee and tea.  After the social hour and business meeting the program begins followed by lunch.

The cost is $20 which includes tax and tip. Checks, made payable to BWC, should be mailed to Joan Kaford, P.O. Box 514, Bonsall, CA 92003. The deadline is October 29.  The lunch count is called in by the deadline so mail your check early. For information, call Joan at (760) 728-2028.