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Social Butterfly December 2, 2004

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly


Book Signing 


for New Children's Book This Saturday


Local Escondido authors Cathy Modica and Laura Van Eyck, and their dogs Niik and Bling, will be discussing, signing, and paw-printing their new childrens book "Niik and Bling The Friendship Begins" on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00Noon to 3:00pm, at Artisan's Gallery And More, 224 East Grand Avenue, Escondido.


This children's book is well done, written, photographed, and published by local people with a publishing company they created (Wholesome Puppy Tales), that tries to teach children positive messages while being unique in using real photos in place of the typical children's book illustrations. This is a classy book. See you at the "book-paw" signing!



SHHH Escondido to Hold Holiday Party


The SHHH Escondido chapter, sponsored by the Escondido Senior Service Council, will hold their annual holiday party on Saturday, December 4, from 10am-12Noon at the Joslyn Senior Center in Escondido. (Please note the date: Chapter normally meets on the 2nd Saturday). This meeting will be socializing and Irv Erdos will be the speaker. Irv writes the "Ham On Wry" column in the Sunday issue of the North County Times.


There will be a catered finger-food buffet luncheon, planned for members/spouses, speaker and advertising sponsors only. Visitors are welcome (at $4/person). Please call Sylvia, 745-5408, in advance so enough food can be ordered.


CCC Band to Present Holiday Concert


The Coastal Communities Concert Band, San Diego's internationally acclaimed 85-piece symphonic band, will present its 10th Annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 5, at 2:30pm, at the Carlsbad Community Church, corner of Jefferson/Pine, Carlsbad. The music will feature holiday favorites from home and abroad. Vocalist Michael Ruhl will perform.


One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to Meals-on-Wheels of Greater San Diego, which delivers over 670,000 meals to San Diego seniors each year.


Tickets for the concert at $12, or $10/seniors (60 and over) and students, and they may be purchased in advance by calling Meals-On-Wheels at 760/736-9900, or 800/5-senior, or visit Tickets are also available at the door.


Check for more information about the CCCBand, or call Charlotte Fan of Meals-on-Wheels at 760/736-9900, or Jim Reed at 858/481-2087.


Celebrate The Season!


The Woman's Club of Escondido will hold their Annual Membership Luncheon Meeting on Monday, December 6, from 11am-2pm, at their Clubhouse, 751 No. Rose St. (corner Rose and Mission Ave.) Escondido.

Special entertainment will be James Tate & 'Mavix' Barbershop Quartet. The catered luncheon will cost $8/person. Call for reservations, Callie Zurcher at 743-5730 or Viola Kelley at 746-4526. Please bring donation of non-perishable goods for the Interfaith Community Services.


Holiday Tea and Boutique at The Inn in Rancho Santa Fe


An invitation is extended to join the members of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra Guild and celebrate the Holiday Season with a delicious English High Tea, piano music, and a selection of boutique stalls for your gift buying pleasure. Most of the vendors are local and have been carefully selected to offer a variety of gifts. The date is Wednesday, December 8, from 2pm-4:30pm.


The SDCO Guild invites you to dress up, bring family and friends, and help support your local orchestra. Tickets are $35, including buffet high tea. Reservations are required by December 6, by calling Shirley Corless at 760/753-8578, or mail check to SDCO Guild, Box 3333, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, Attention Shirley.


Garden Park Villas to Hold Holiday Celebration


Tuesday, December 7, from 4pm-6pm, the Garden Park Villas will hold a Trim the Tree Party with music, family, food and fun. Everyone is invited. They are located at 1342 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Please RSVP by December 5 at 480-8155.


Escondido Children's Museum Schedule


Always on Thursday at 11 am: A Magical Storytime with Brenda and Peg, Admission is FREE


December 11 at 1 pm - Holiday Gifts for the Wildlife -Make "goodies" for the backyard wildlife to munch on in the garden. Take some home for your "wild things." Program included with admission ($5.00 per person), Members and children under 1 are free.


December 18 at 1 pm - Luminaries - Make a Luminaria or two or three to help light up your holidays. Program included with admission ($5.00 per person), Members and children under 1 are free.


Where: Escondido Children's Museum at Studio 1, California Center for the Arts, 380 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Phone 760-233-7755, or website at


Contemporary Women

Are Busy!


The Contemporary Women of North County invite everyone to have Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 5th (8:00 AM-11:00 AM), at San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Bring the family to enjoy this early morning chow-down of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Exciting opportunity drawings. No need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance at the Community Center.  Tickets: $3.75 adults, $2.25 youth  (10 & under). Visit Santa’s Magical Village and Holiday Craft Fair afterwards.


Partial proceeds benefit Just Girls-a mentoring program, St. Clare's Home and Casa de Amparo. For more information, please call Linda 760.747.6233.


Later in December, these busy, busy women will meet on Wednesday, December 15. Please contact Laura at 760/945-8699 for meeting time and new membership information, or contact them by website at


The Contemporary Women of North County and teen volunteers from 2003




Santa’s Magical Village


The Elves are dusting off their hats, candy canes are being wrapped and the Jolly Ole’ Man has sent his red suit to the cleaners.  All of these preparations are for the 10th annual City of San Marcos Santa's Magical Village that will take place at the San Marcos Civic Center, 3 Civic Center Drive on Saturday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   


Come shop for those special holiday gifts at the many arts and crafts booths.  The child-size magical village will offer free activities for children!  Entertainment including face painters, clowns, and holiday carolers will be featured throughout this weekend event. Don’t miss the spectacular lighting of the holiday trees on Saturday, Dec. 4th, when the Jolly Ole’ Man himself climbs to the top of the tree to magically turn on the lights. 


A special performance of “Babes in Toyland” by Theatre West will follow the tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. in The Hearth Theatre at the San Marcos Community Center.  Tickets for this performance are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door.


Harmony for Christmas


The City of San Marcos invites you to "Harmony for Christmas," an evening of entertainment with the Palomar Pacific Music Men, a sixty men barbershop chorus, on Sunday, December 12th at 4 PM at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. 


The concert will also feature "The Baker's Dozen," the Chapter Quartets, and the Woodland Park Middle School Chorus.  General seating is $10, and reserved seating is $12. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 760-744-9000 or at the door.