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Social Butterfly December 14, 2006

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

"In the Spirit of Giving: Toys for Thailand"

When the American Association of University Women meet Saturday, December 16, they will hear about a relief effort that two women organized to help orphaned and abandoned children of the southeast Asian tsunami in December of 2004. Maria Miller, Counselor and Judy Eberhart, Dean, Counseling Services (Retired) from Palomar College will tell about their delivery of 800 pounds of stuffed animals and $6,500 to those children. Their website is:

The meeting will start at 10am at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. Buffet lunch is $16/person. Bring a stuffed toy as a donation to this effort. Guests are welcome. For reservations, call Ruth at 489.0579.

Senior Transition Planners Launch a North County Group of Senior Providers

The Senior Transition Planners, a premier service provider for "seniors in transition" will host their monthly meetings at Claim Jumper restaurant in Carlsbad, starting in December. The meetings are on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11:30am. The next one is December 28. Anyone involved in the senior market place are invited to attend for lunch and networking.

Senior Transition Planners is a group of experienced professionals dedicated to providing a plan and solutions to the senior and their family during times of transition. The group has a speakers bureau with professionals available to speak about issues facing seniors in transition, including health and long-term planning, retirement, lifestyle and well-being, aging at home, income creation and protection, fall prevention, as well as end of life issues.

For more information, to request a speaker for your group, or wish the services of a Senior Transition Planner, contact Brian Lawrence at 760.802.3812, or check the website at

Audubon Society is Sponsoring Two Bird Events

The Buena Vista Audubon is sponsoring a bird walk at the La Jolla Cove on Saturday, December 16, at 8:30am. In this rocky shore habitat you may spot Turnstones, Wandering Tattlers or Surfbirds, among others. The leader will be Steve Brad. Directions to the walk are take I-5 to La Jolla Shores Drive; west to Torrey Pines Road; south to Prospect to Coast Blvd. Meet at the La Jolla Cove Bridge Club, 1160 Coast Blvd. Call 434.3334 for more information.
And on December 23, the Society and birders across North America will hold their annual Christmas Bird Count. The first Count was done in 1900. The data collected by observers has allowed researchers and conservation biologists to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across the country, leading to conservation measures where species are seen to be in decline.

This event will begin at 7am at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Beginning birders should meet at the Buena Vista Lagoon Landing on Jefferson Street at 8:30am, where birding expert Tom Troy will introduce this program. All groups will return to the Nature Center by noon. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Dennis Wysong at 754.1264 or email

Downtown Business Association Announces More Holiday Events for December

On Friday, December 15, from 7-9pm will be the Polar Express Pajama party, to be held at the Escondido Children's Museum for a free viewing of The Polar Express. Wear your PJs and bring a pillow. Popcorn and holiday treats will be served during the movie. To sign up, call 739.9513 or email

Then on Saturday, December 16:

9:30am - Breakfast with Santa and the Escondido Police Department at Charlie's Restaurant. $15/person; reservations must be made in advance. Limited to 40 people.

5-9pm - Free Horse & Carriage Rides, in front of Mingei Museum, 155 W. Grand.

5-9pm - Free Pedicab Rides, from Kalmia to Ivy.

6-8pm - Visit with Santa, at Architectural Relics, 158 E. Grand; bring your camera.

8pm - CCAE Concert Hall, Fiesta Navidad, a colorful, exciting holiday treat featuring authentic holiday traditions of Mexico.

6-9pm - Free, Live Jazz, in front of Bank of Escondido, 200 W. Grand, or at the corner of Kalmia and Grand. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy these live music fests.

Sunday, December 17, 2pm, CCAE, Concert Hall, Messiah, sounds of the holidays, performed by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.

Installation Held for LSM Republican Women

lsmInstallation of officers for the new year was held recently by the Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated. The installing officer was Mary Humphrey, Past President, Southern Division, California Republican Women Federated. Those elected to serve are Mary Harrington, President; Annette Dubuc, 1st Vice Pres.; Becky Sparks, 2nd Vice Pres.; Deanne Hempel, 3rd Vice Pres.; Jo Mullin, Treasurer; Gladys Lehman, Recording Secy; and Martha Palhegyi, Membership Secretary.
Escondido Rotary Club

The Escondido Rotary Club has been very busy lately with presentations and inducting new members, as follows: John Yphantides presented fellow Rotarian Nader Elbanna with a certificate for his outstanding work in providing 1000 wheelchairs - 500 for Palestinian children and 500 for Israeli children. Nader worked in conjunction with a member from the Coronado Club.

danielsTwo new members were inducted into Rotary by Nick Tsoulos, past president. They are Floyd Farley, CEO of Graybill Medical Group and incoming Chamber President, sponsored by Les Abshire; and Mark Missler, owner of 150 Grand, sponsored by Dick Daniels, see photo.).

Rotary Makes Donations

rotaryrotaryThese donations are made possible from funds raised by the Rotary and their Coeur de Cuisine fundraiser. Escondido Rotary meets on Tuesdays at 12:10pm at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. For more information, email





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