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As part of the annual Escondido Shines Day/Coastal Cleanup, we'll be heading over to Dixon Lake.  The event is from 9am-Noon on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

We would love to have a large presence that day so please consider coming out. And bring a friend!

Registration is required, starting September 1st using the following link:

OFFICIAL International Coastal Cleanup Day | San Diego County


Kindly remember to bring your forms to the registration table that morning. The organizers will provide sunscreen, hand sanitizer, gloves (although they love it when people bring their own), vests, trash pickers and bags (here again, if volunteers bring their own bucket or bag, it’s a good thing).

Everyone will need to listen to a safety talk before setting out. They'll also have snacks, water bottles, and water for those who bring refillable water bottles.


Vaughn North, Sandy MacDougall, Scott Horst and James Wright

Welcome to Escondido Shines

Escondido Shines Day

Is being rescheduled in view of Covid limitations. Come back to this site for further announcements. You can still join the Creek to Bay Cleanup: click CreektoBay.org to find another location.

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  • kit carson clean up
  • 2018 youth concert
  • creek to bay
  • 2016 tamale fest
  • 2016 youth concert
  • 2016 creek to bay cleanup


Escondido Shines is a coalition of citizens and local organizations striving to realize Escondido’s slogan – “City of Choice”. This initiative will encourage members of the community to consider the positive impact of simple, daily choices such as supporting community events, neighborhood beautification, and service to those in need. Such positive choices create unity, and enable each of us to make a meaningful contribution. We set as our goal to raise the awareness and desire of everyone to participate in making Escondido shine.


The Escondido Shines initiative covers four broad categories: Youth, Beautification, “Family” Relationships, and Gratitude which are tied to the seasons:

Youth: (Winter) Instilling in our youth a sense of community pride, self worth, and willingness to serve.
Beautification: (Spring) The appearances of our homes, businesses and community are visible indicators of individual and community pride.
Family Relationships: (Summer) A focus on individual families, that also includes the “extended” family of neighbors, co-workers, churches, clubs, etc. A kind and friendly community is a powerful force that can energize virtually every aspect of community life.
Gratitude: (Fall) Raise self-esteem and create a foundation for trust and respect necessary to perpetuate our positive choices and create an expectation of success.


Within each season, Escondido Shines will coordinate appropriate events that match the theme of each of the four seasons. They will be listed under the appropriate tab and on the calendar.


In addition, this website will list community events beyond those listed under Escondido Shines. If your organization has an event that you would like to promote, please contact us.

Upcoming Events

Litter Update - We have had strong activity on the Escondido litter front in the last couple months. Ten new Street Steward adoptions! Great turn outs at N. Quince St., Westside Park area, Lake Dixon, and Grove Park group pickups.

For our next project we are joining the Escondido Rotary on our first SECOND SATURDAY STREET STEWARD PICKUP. Plan is for a group pickup on every month’s Second Saturday, where we will target problem areas around Escondido.

On October 9th at 9:00 AM, we will join the Escondido Rotary Clubs, coordinated with Caltrans, cleaning the on and off ramps/green areas at Route 78 from Centre City Pkwy. The Rotary has been cleaning these areas quarterly for five years.

Since this is freeway proximity pickup, we will meet promptly at 9:00 AM for a required one-time safety briefing, and then work for about 90 minutes. Meet next to the community garden entrance at the east end of W Lincoln Ave, just west of CCP. From El Norte Pkwy, turn south onto Morning View Dr., follow Morning View until it dead ends at Lincoln, left on Lincoln and park near the community garden entrance.

Caltrans will provide vests, gloves, hard hats, trash pickers and bags. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts and pants. Caltrans COVID protocols will be enforced.

We do need registration for this event so that Caltrans can supply all the supplies we need. You can register at https://streetstewards.com/ by clicking on the orange banner and please do so by 10/7.

Consider Adopting a block or two in your neighborhood and If looking to get you own litter pickers see the recommendations in the “Stay Safe” section on the website.

Let’s keep this momentum going, spread the word, and thank you for all your efforts.

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