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Social Butterfly November 8th, 2007

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Budget Car Sales to Host Chamber Mixer

Tonight, Thursday, November 8, from 5pm-7pm, Budget Car Sales, 855 No. Broadway, will host the Escondido Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer. The theme is Latino and called "Fiesta Grande," featuring Mariachi music, and Jerry Coleman, Hall of Fame announcer for the Padres. Enjoy good food, cold beverages, and fun networking. Admission is $5/members and $10/prospective members. For information, call the Chamber at 745.2125.

Heritage Offering Free Respite Care for Fire Victims

Many fire victims are caregivers who are displaced and staying at shelters or hotels with their loved one. Heritage Senior Care's staff is offering FREE respite care to the families who are victims of the wildfires throughout San Diego County so you can take care of important business. This FREE eight (8) hours will allow the family caregiver time to accomplish important tasks that can't wait. Heritage has been providing professional non-medical caregiving services for 24 years. All caregivers are bonded, covered by liability and worker's compensation insurance, screened for experience, references, criminal background checks, and DMV records. Family caregivers who are seeking respite care can call 1.800.562.2734. Heritage will provide a FREE eight-hour or two four-hour shifts.

Dr. Marvin Kripps to Speak at Hearing Loss Association Meeting

The Hearing Loss Association (formerly SHHH) meeting on Saturday, November 10, will feature Dr. Marvin Kripps, a well known Ear, Nose and Throat expert (ENT) whose specialty is in Otorhinolaryngology. Be prepared with questions. The meeting starts promptly at 10am, at the Joslyn Senior Center Auditorium, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. For more information, contact Sylvia at 760.745.5408. Free parking is available.

Phonak Hearing Systems has partnered with Palomar Pomerado Health to give one person living in the PPH district the gift of hearing in the third annual "Hear for the Holidays" program. That person will receive a new pair of Phonak hearing aids and a lifetime of office visits by Dr. David Illich, Aud., FAAA, Chief Audiologist for PPH. To participate, submit an essay of 500 words or less telling why you or someone you know would benefit from a pair of hearing aids. Essays accepted up to November 30th; winner announced December 4th. Submit essays to or mail to Professional Hearing Asso-ciates, 1045 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, 92025.

Moonlight Offers Comps to Firefighters/Volunteers

In appreciation for the heroics of local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers during the recent fires, Moonlight Stage Productions is offering them complimentary tickets to its production of the "The Magic Fire" by Lillian Groag. The play performs at the Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., in downtown Vista, through November 18. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Complimentary tickets are available for firefighters and Red Cross volunteers, with valid I.D., in advance at the VisTix Ticket Office, 651 East Vista Way, Vista; by phone at 760.724.2110, or at the theatre box office at the time of performance. Limit two tickets per valid I.D. Regular ticket prices are $23/adults, with discounts for seniors, students, and military personnel. Due to adult themes, the play may not be appropriate for all ages.

Children's Museum hosts Jewelry Sale

The Escondido Children's Museum will be hosting a Silpada Jewelry sale on Sunday, November 11, from 11am to 3pm. The beautiful, unique, and high quality jewelry has been featured on Oprah, in Redbook, SELF, Glamour, and In Style magazines. Come for a morning of fun, refreshments, and BLING! The $10/admission can be applied towards your purchase, a free raffle ticket, and museum admission for your children while you shop, where 15% of the proceeds go to benefit the Children's Museum. For more information, contact Katie Ragazzi at 760.233.7737, at

Parliamentarians Offering Workshop on Robert's Rules of Order

The Nu Chi Unit of California Parliamentarians is holding an educational workshop on "Better Meetings With Robert's Rules of Order" on Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 1pm. This is for persons serving on any kind of social or business associations, or organization boards, committees, or commissions. It will be conducted by members of the Parliamentarian Association, and held at the Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. Cost of $40/person includes workshop, written materials, copy of Robert's Rules in Brief, and refreshments.

For information/registration, call Willeen Hasler at 760.439.6243 or Jacqueline Marazzi at 760.480.0155.

Annual Craft/Gift Show at Gloria Dei Church

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 16, 17 and 18, are the dates for the annual craft and gift show at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1087 W. Country Club Lane (at Nutmeg), Escondido. The show is at maximum capacity for vendors, with approximately 53 tables of merchandise available. Crafters and other vendors will be offering jewelry, hand-painted gifts, candles, soaps, paintings, quilted items, wood crafts, clothing, floral arrangements, holiday decor and ornaments, food mixes, home-baked goods, and much more!

Product consultants from Homemade Gourmet, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Arbonne, Cookie Lee, Usborne Books and Baby Crazy will be available.

There is no admission charge. The hours of operation will be: Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; and Sunday, 9am-1pm. For more information, contact Lisa Smith at 760.213.5257 or email

EMPAC Reschedules Party

Because of the fires, the Escondido Mobile- Manufactured Homeowner's Positive Action Committee (EMPAC) rescheduled their party to Thursday, November 15, at 7pm in the East Valley Community Center, Vineyard Room, 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido. The last meeting of 2007, it will include live entertainment, refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks. For information, call Joan at 760.746.7366 or Toni at 760.739.0870.

Assistance League to Hold Special Sale for Fire Victims

Thursday, November 15, is the date the Assistance League of Inland North County has set aside to reduce prices to half-price for all clothing and housewares in the Bargain Box Thrift Shop. Those who have lost their belongings in the recent firestorm are especially invited to take advantage of this sale. Shop hours will be extended to 7pm that day. The shop is located at 2068 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. For more information, call 760.746.7532, or online to

"A Thankful Heart" is Theme for Luncheon

Startng at 11:30am, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos, on November 19, the theme for the San Marcos-Vista Women's Connection luncheon is "A Thankful Heart."

A special feature will be an interactive workshop on how to "Get More Out of Life," presented by Mary Beth King. Liz Strachan from San Marcos will entertain with Thanksgiving showstopper tunes, and pianist, Winnie Pointer, will provide music.

Assistance League members preparing for the special half-price sale are (l-r) Norine Graham, Betty Porter, Joan Mills, Gail Dent and Barbara Stolle.

The club will be celebrating it's 35-year anniversary, and has no membership or dues. Cost of the luncheon is $15/inclusive. Reservations are encouraged before Thursday, November 15. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Int'l/Christian Women's Club. For reservations, call Carolyn at 760.726.2927 or Muriel at 760.744.3744.

Christmas Tree Lane Coming Soon!

"Nutcracker Sweet," the 26th annual Christmas Tree Lane, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, will be held Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The event includes fashion show/luncheons, Breakfast with Santa, and a Gala Dinner/Dance. Reservations are due by Monday, November 19, and confirmed when full payment is received.

Decorated tree viewing starts at 9am on Friday, November 30, with seating for the first fashion show/luncheon at 10am. The second tree viewing will begin
at 1pm, with seating at 2pm. Then on Saturday, Breakfast with Santa will be from 9am-11:30am. The black tie Gala starts at 6pm with tree viewing and no-host cocktails, and dinner at 7pm. Dancing to the music of MarDels will follow. Drawings for the exquisitely decorated trees will take place at the gala.

There are many opportunities to purchase tickets for the tree drawings, wreaths, and table decorations, in addition to the professionally decorated tree with $1000 cash gift. For questions, call 760.746.3315, Ext. 211.

CWONC Supports Serenity House

Club members of GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer organization, had Vicki Jones and Janelle Pezera from the North County Serenity House as speakers at a recent meeting. Serenity House is a non-profit treatment facility providing long-term behavioral health services for women with substance abuse problems, and also offers childcare for the residents. CWONC contributed money to Serenity House, as well as bags of toiletries, cosmetics and other items needed by the residents. To join CWONC, contact Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396 or the website at
CWONC members Marilynn Kroeker and Irene Galenes (center) hand bags of donated items to Janelle Pezera (left) and Vicki Jones (right) from Serenity House.) (Photograph courtesy of Kaye Martin)

Conservancy to Host Guided Nature Hike

Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for a guided hike on the Raptor Ridge Trail with sweeping views of the San Pasqual Valley Agricultural Preserve, on Sunday, November 18, from 1pm-4pm, at the Ysabel Creek Road Staging Area, off Bandy Canyon Road near Escondido. Bring water and sun protection for this moderately strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations are required; contact or call 858.674.2275, Ext. 12, for directions and reservations.

Escondido Library Announces Event

On Thursday, November 15, starting at 7pm, at the Escondido Public Library, 239 So. Kalmia St., Escondido, meet John Dean, a best-selling author and Watergate Whistleblower, who will talk about his new book "Broken Government," and sign books purchased at this event. For more information, call 760.839.4684.


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