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Have You Visited Queen Califia’s Magic Circle Garden?

In Art, Escondido, Family Fun, Norh San Diego County, North San Diego County, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in Escondido, Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 at 5:23 am

One thing I find surprising is that many people do not know about the great things about living in Escondido, so today I am going to talk about one of my personal favorites.  Tucked away in Kit Carson Park is Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden by the acclaimed artist NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE’S.   It is just one piece of Escondido’s considerable Public Art Program which makes it a special place to live or visit.

You will find this magical, joyful place in the park, just behind the 17th hole of the Frisbee Golf course.  Imagine fanciful colors, and mirrors all working together to create a maze of imaginative creatures.  There is also a treasure waiting to be discovered at the heart of the maze. So I will say no more least I spoil the surprise of discovery for you.  This is such a fanciful place no one can leave here without a song in their heart and a smile on their face.

The park also offers beautifully shaded picnic tables, play ground areas for the younger  kids, and as noted before an awesome Frisbee golf course for the big kids.  It is a great place to spend a lazy Southern California day.  It’s  location is 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025.

The thing that got me thinking about this was the fact that I just listed a beautiful home in Escondido.  If you are here to enjoy the Kit Carson Park and decide that Escondido looks like a great place to live you should give me a call.   I can help you with that.

See you in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group

(760) 609-0952

5-Star Award Winner  San Diego Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012

Serving Home-Buyers and Seller in San Diego County


Day of the Dead Celebration in Escondido

In Art, Halloween, Real Estate, San Diego County, Uncategorized on October 13, 2011 at 12:13 am
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Have you ever wondered what the Day of the Dead Celebration is all about?  Then mark your calendar for Tues. November 1st, 2011 and get ready to head over to the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.  They are offering a hands-on, free community celebration that features art projects for everyone. 

 There will be a paper flower-making workshop and an interactive exhibit, Eloy Tarcisio’s Muerte de todos ofrendo de participacion, (Death comes to Everyone, a Participatory Offering).  Visitors are encouraged to participate in the installation by leaving personal objects in memory of loved ones such as photographs, mementos representing favorite things, and flowers. 

There will be traditional refreshments available such as Pan Dulce and Mexican Hot Chocolate and  performances by Ballet Folklorico performances.

This annual event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1st 2011 from 6:00-9:00 PM.  The California Center for the Arts Escondido is located at 340 N Escondido Blvd (between 3rd Ave and Valley Parkway) Escondido, CA 92025.

Presented by Vallarta Supermarket and Crescentera.

For more information visit www.artcenter.org (800) 988-4253.

 As always, remember I am here to answer your San Diego County real estate questions.  Call me, Karen Urata, at (619) 454-7959.

License # 01720025

Discovering Poway’s Gems

In Art, Poway, Real Estate, San Diego County, Things to do in Poway on October 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

As a real estate agent I find the opportunity to discover many wonderful neighborhoods and what better way to share that with others than through a blog.   So today is the first day of  In the Neighborhood with Karen Urata.  I invite you to join me in sharing what you love about your neighborhood (here in this virtual neighborhood).

Today I would like to take a look at what makes Poway a great place to live.  One of the things everyone loves about Poway are the wonderful schools.  A recent report of academic performance shows all the comprehensive high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in PUSD already surpassing the states 2014 target for academic performance.  For details visit http://www.powayusd.com/news/press-releases/2010/PR_09-14-10-APIIncreaseTo883.pdf .

With this in mind, I though it would be fun to explore some of the offerings that Poway has for family fun.  A recent discovery  of mine is the Xspressive Arts Center.  This quaint cottage tucked away in Old Poway is reminiscent of simpler times, almost like attending summer camp in the country woods.  What a pleasure to cross out of the hustle and bustle of the modern world into this quiet space surrounded by trees, birds, and bunnies.  It seems the perfect environment to discover and nurture the creative spirit.

There are a variety of offerings here for children (as well as your own inner-child).  Classes and workshops range from  drawing and painting classes to crafts, beading and knitting classes.  They even offer birthday parties with lots of fun crafts for the children to create and take home either at the studio or at your home.

In celebration of their 3rd anniversary, Bonnie Stromer the owner of  Xpressive Art Center, is inviting you to join them for a Halloween Party on Sun. Oct. 24th at 2:00-6:00 PM complete with free refreshments, free art activities,and a special Halloween drawing demo by their own Miss Jessica.  Activities will include Halloween Rubbings* *Make-a-Mask* *Halloween Cards *Halloween Bookmarks* *Halloween Bingo* *Halloween Carols* *Decorate-A-Cupcake* *Halloween Fuse Beads* *Halloween Paint-A-Magnet* *Halloween Velvet Art* *Glow in the dark Halloween jewelry* *Halloween Sand Art *Costume Contest.

Wear your costume for a chance to win the costume contest, decorate a cupcake, enjoy games and prizes.   Bonnie asks that in the spirit of community that you bring a Halloween treat to share.

Hope to see you at the party!

12257-B Old Pomerado Road

Poway, CA 92064

858-679-ARTS (2787)

For more information contact:

Bonnie Stromer, MA, ATR

Registered Art Therapist

858-679-ARTS (2787)

(cell phone)  619-415-5538


Until next time….

Karen Urata

License # 01720025