||January 10th, 2008|
Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly
Chamber Mixer Sponsored by Sign-A-Rama and Albertsons
The Escondido Chamber Mixer is scheduled for tonight, January 10, from 5-7pm at 1509 E. Valley Parkway, and is sponsored by Sign-A-Rama and Albertsons. A special gift will be professional photographs of all attendees, taken by Don Darrock of Don Darrock Photography. Sign-A-Rama is introducing the latest technology in large format printing and sign making and will be displaying the new machine. Admission to the Mixer is $5/members or $10/non-members. For more information, contact the Chamber at 745.2125.
"A New Year, A New You" Theme for Women's Luncheon Meeting
The theme for the San Marcos-Vista Women's Connection luncheon on Monday, January 21, is "A New Year, A New You." The meeting starts at 11:30 am, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos.
The special feature, a "Happy New You," will be a fashion show by Sparkle Plenty. Robin Mitchell will be presenting and showcasing some of the latest fashions for the coming year. The speaker, Cathy Pjontek, from Temecula, a bookkeeper for a beauty supply company, will share how to learn to handle life's challenges with dignity and grace. Cathy's story "Walk This Way" will help all to have "A New Beginning." Linda Frank from Escondido, an inspirational singer, will entertain with "Songs for a New Year" while Winnie Pointer, pianist, will provide background music.
The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited and encouraged to make reservations by Thursday, January 17. Cost of the luncheon is $15/inclusive. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Int'l/Christian Women's Club. For reservations, call Carolyn, 760.726.2927 or Muriel at 760.744.3744.
Sybil Ihrig to Speak at AAUW Meeting
When the Escondido/San Marcos Branch of the American Association of University Women meet on Saturday, January 19, Sybil Ihrig will present the program "Women's Health and Oriental Medicine." She talks about how women age differently from men; what women can do to prevent and alleviate common complaints of menopause; and how to promote healthy aging in later years of life, free of problems that society assumes are inevitable as we age. Sybil is a licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine and a classical homeopath.
The meeting starts at 10am at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane, Escondido. Cost for the buffet lunch is $16/person. Call Ruth at 760.489.0579 for reservations.
Carlsbad Chamber Presents Special Volunteer Award
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President, Toni Padron, presented Willeen Hasler with a first "Lifetime Commitment of Service Award" recently during its Volunteer Recognition breakfast (see photo above right). Toni highlighted Willeen's Chamber activities as a member of the Board, the Business Resource Committee; a SCORE volunteer business counselor, a workshop presenter for the Chamber's 17-Second Business Commercial used at several North County Chambers' monthly meetings, and other chamber events. Willeen's accomplishments are extensive, and other volunteer experiences include the Nu Chi Unit of Parliamentarians, Oceanside Boys & Girls Club, the Girls Club of Oceanside, Carlsbad American Business Women's Association, the First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, among others.
Women Invited to Join Woman's Club of Escondido
Throughout the years the Woman's Club of Escondido has honored Veterans through projects that help give thanks for all they have done. Rita Christie, Chair of Veterans Affairs for the club said 16 lap robes were provided to Veterans for Memorial Day; for Armistice Day, 300 paper games; and to brighten the holidays, boxes filled with candies, Christmas cards signed by club members, and 50 telephone cards were provided so Veterans could make calls to loved ones.
All women in the community are invited to join the Woman's Club of Escondido, and are encouraged to participate in the many activities provided by the club. Numerous projects sponsored by the club assist many charities in the area. For information about membership, call Vivian at 760.489.9483.
Funding Opportunities Available at Escondido Education Foundation
Now that the holidays are over and we try to get back to reality, we recognize there are many organizations that are working towards the betterment of the community. One of those is the Escondido Education Foundation which works towards better education for our young people with a few core programs. Those programs are:
The Teacher Mini-Grant Program. Each year teachers from all 23 schools can apply for up to $500 in funding to support a creative or innovative program of their design that provides a unique educational experience for their students. In 2007, with support of donors, over 45 classroom projects were funded. 2008 goal: $30,000.
Project LIVE. This is a classroom-based program the uses video technology as a tool to foster critical and visual learning skills in students to boost their academic achievement. The majority of funding needed goes to purchase equipment for the program. For 2007, with help from supporters, allowed funding to nine teachers and their classrooms. 2008 goal: $35,000.
Carilyn Gilbert & Peggy Raymond Endowments for Reading and Literacy. In loving memory of former EUSD teachers, Carilyn Gilbert and Peggy Raymond, funding goes to support the future of reading and literacy in EUSD schools. 2008 goal: $10,000 each.
If you are interested in donating to the Foundation for any of these programs or other activities, you can contact them at 760.432.2362, through the website at www.eef4kids.org, or mail to 2310 Aldergrove Ave., Escondido, 92029.
Schedule for January Events at Escondido Children's Museum
January 12 - Second Saturday, Science Play, 1-3pm. For program information, call 760.233.7755, or visit website at www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org.
January 23 & 30 - Garden Sense, 3pm. Explore the ECM garden using your five senses in this after-school garden adventure.
January 24 - Child's Play. This is a new program in conjunction with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Attend the CCAE evening performance and leave your children at ECM for a fun and educational experience. Registration required. Call Tricia James at 760.739.9513 for more information.
Bluegrass Festival Scheduled
The Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, California, on January 18, 19 & 20, with continuous performances on two stages. There will be many entertainers, and a free Saturday night dance, a quilt show, International foods, vendor booths, and free firewood. Camping is available at $15/day. For information and reservations, call 760.922.8166; check on-line at www.blythebluegrass.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, 201 So. Broadway, Blythe, 92225.
Wednesday Family Nights at Mission Hills Church
Every Wednesday night from January 9 through February 6, the Mission Hills Church in San Marcos will host Wild West-style family nights for families with children from 4 years old to 5th grade. There will be table-time activities, Western-style Chapel, and Bible study. Outpost (Middle School) and Braxis (High School) will meet for a time of games, creative worship and small group study. This will be held at 400 Mission Hills Court, starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday nights. For more information, call the Church at 760.759.2233, or check the website at www.missionhillschurch.org.
North County Agency Needs Volunteers to Make Low-Income Tax Program Possible
Interfaith Community Services, a nonprofit social service agency in North County, is gearing up for its fifth season providing tax filing assistance to low-income working families. The program will be starting right away and Interfaith needs more volunteers to make it successful. "Our program, which operates in Escondido, is run entirely by volunteers," explains Laura teVelde, Interfaith's Director of Social Services. "Without volunteers, local families wouldn't have a free-service to access these earned tax credits."
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program is a free San Diego County sponsored program for eligible families earning less than $38,348 with at least one child. In 2007, volunteers assisted 500 low-income families in filing their tax returns, returning more than $800,000 back into the community.
Volunteers are needed for day, evening and weekend hours, beginning mid-January and continuing through the tax season, to fill positions as receptionists, tax assistants, Spanish interpreters, tax preparers, and appointment schedulers. All are welcome as online training as well as one-on-one training is available. "We just ask that each volunteer be able to devote a minimum of four hours a week to the program," added te Velde. To learn more about the program or to volunteer, call Laura te Velde at 760.489.6380, Ext. 229.
Contemporary Women Schedules First Meeting of New Year
GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer organization and social club, will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 14, at the historic Wood House, 1148 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos. CWONC invites women interested in helping out in their community to join us for social time at 6:00pm and meeting at 6:30pm. For more information, call Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396 or visit the club's website at www.cwonc.org.
Plant Propagation Topic at Club Meeting
Plant propagation can be complicated or simple depending on your expectations of success. Different techniques will be tried as we fill our nursery with pots. Buena Vista Native Plant Club meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month (January 21) at 2pm at the Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. For more information: BVNPC@sbcglobal.net, or call the Center at 760.439.2473.
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