||February 14th, 2008|
Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly
They did it again -- many couples showed up Sunday for the "Love Matches" event honoring couples that have been married 50 years or more. For the third year, Vivian Doering and husband Joe have organized this event, and this year approximately 35-40 couples attended. Dorothy and Allen Scholz took the honors for 70 years of marriage. They have lived in Escondido for 62 years; have two children who live in Valley Center, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The afternoon included entertainment by the Doerings' sons,
Michael and Mark, on the violin with Pianist Dorothy Peterson while the crowd sang several romantic songs that we all know and love, "Always," "Tea for Two," "Anniversary Song," and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," along with several others.
Gifts were given to the couple that had lived in the most states; the couple whose anniversary is closest to today; to two couples who have more than eight grandchildren; and for other milestones. Each couple was asked to write one or two sentences on "why they stuck together all these years." Some of the comments were hilarious, and some were very touching: "Two television sets. At opposite ends of the house"...Herman Branin. "Because we loved each other and I couldn't go back home to mom"...Don & Elda Jones. "Because we love each other and don't want to break in a new partner! (A sense of humor helps!)"...Michael & Lee Graniero. "The Scots always 'keep right on to the end of the road'"...Scotty and Mary Eilene Hamilton. "For love - NOT money"...Barb & Gil Turrentine. "Because I got a real jewel"...Bobbie Colquett. "58 years - married when we were young (19) and wanted to grow old together..."...LeRoy & Connie Hansen. And Anita Hamilton summed it up quite nicely - "There was never any doubt how long we were going to be married, I told him not to ask me for marriage unless he was going to be around for 50th anniversary and so far we've made it to our 60th and still going."
Sally & Jack Pomeroy - Married 50 years last December 28th.
Dorothy & Allen Scholz, married 70 years.
Elda & Don Jones, married 61 1/2 yrs., both born here in Escondido-delivered by same doctor, Dr. Dodson. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
Mary & Herman Branin, married 57 years; 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Lee & Michael Graniero - 50 years; in Escondido 42 years; have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and one Schnauzer.
Marv & Muriel Kloote, married 62 years, have two sons; 35 years in Escondido.
Doug & Lorene Best, married 61 years, in Escondido since 1958; and Sid & Bobbie Colquitt, 56 1/2 years, and in Escondido for 39 years.
Joe and Vivian Doering
Women's Connection Luncheon to Celebrate Valentine's Day
The San Marcos-Vista Women's Connection group will hold its Valentine luncheon on Monday, February 18, at the Lake San Marcos Resort and Country Club. The theme will be "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," and will start at 11:30am. Husbands and/or gentlemen friends are invited.
The topic of the guest speaker, Gary Flegener of Riverside, will be about how "We don't have to lip synch anymore." Gary retired from the City of Riverside Fire Department after 28 years, and is currently employed by the Disneyland Fire Department.
A dance revue with some fancy footwork will be the entertainment by the Red Hat Mommas, while sporting their red hats. Kim Platt will sing and play guitar, while pianist Jewel Turberville will play background music.
Cost for the luncheon, sponsored by the Stonecroft International/Christian Women's Club, is $15/inclusive. There are no dues or membership; everyone is welcome. Women are encouraged to wear red. Call for reservations to Carolyn at 760.726.2927 or Muriel at 760.744.3744.
Tinkerbell Made Wishes Come True for Two Special Kids
Tinkerbell invited two special Make-A-Wish kids to be transformed into Disney Princesses for a day. Wish kids Emily, 5 years old from Escondido, and Jocilyn, 6 years old from Oceanside, who are battling life-threatening medical conditions, had a special day recently. They were picked up by limo and taken to Studio Felando in Solana Beach (who donated time and resources) to transform the girls into Disney Princesses. Then back to the Sports Arena where they had the red carpet arrival and were escorted to a Princess Tea Party situated on the ice. The girls then saw a special performance number from the cast of Princess Wishes and met Disney Princess Snow White. Emily and Jocilyn then got a special private skate session with Snow White and the cast of Disney On Ice.
Princess Wishes Disney On Ice is all about granting wishes and them coming true. It is only fitting that they partnered with Make-A-Wish on this special event. Both children recently went to Disney World and are huge Disney fans. This will be a day they will not forget.
Escondido Arts Partnership Presents "Panache 2008"
This year, the Escondido Arts Partnership presents an exhibit of donated artwork, products and services, from February 9 to March 1, at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. The exhibit will culminate on March 1 with the annual silent and live auctions; the proceeds of which will be used to benefit the Partnership and its mission to promote the arts, local artists, and downtown business.
For additional information, contact the Executive Director, Victoria Huckins, at 760.480.4101, or visit the exhibit at the Municipal Gallery.
Valley Center Republican Women to Hold Fashion Show
The Valley Center Republican Women will be showing early spring fashions from Coldwater Creek at the Escondido Country Club at 11am, on Saturday, February 23. The Celebration Fashion Show and Luncheon will feature tables decked out in different themes -- July 4, Mardi Gras, Christmas, and other holidays. There will be auction items, gift baskets, and money hats. Proceeds will benefit the TARS' (Teen Age Republican Students) trip to Sacramento in April. For tickets at $30/each, please call Belle Onorato at 760.749.9363.
Judge Jan Goldsmith to Speak at Republican Women's Meeting
When the Escondido Republican Women, Federated, group meets on Wednesday, February 20, Judge Jan Goldsmith will be the speaker. He is running for City Attorney of San Diego, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to upset and replace the controversial Mike Aguirre. He serves as an adjunct professor at all three of San Diego's law schools, in addition to his duties as a judge. He served three terms in the California State Assembly, and was Poway's first elected mayor.
Location of the meeting is the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane, social starts at 11am; general meeting at 11:30, with the program starting at 12:30pm, after lunch. Cost is $15/person. (Note: A reservation made is a reservation paid.) Please RSVP to Vivian Herron at 760.480.7850.
Brian Bilbray to Speak at Republican Club
On Monday, February 18, U.S. Representative Brian Bilbray, who represents the 50th Congressional District, will speak at the meeting of The Escondido Republican Club, at Cocina de Charro, 525 No. Quince St., Escondido. Check-in and social starts at 11:30am, with buffet lunch at 12 Noon and the program. Cost is $10/person. Reservations, call Sharon Wood, 760.741.5060. Check the website for club information and activities: www.escondidorepublicanclub.org.
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