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Social Butterfly May 15th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Palomar Christian Church Holds Garden Tea

The WINGS ("Women In God's Service") group of the Palomar Christian Church held a beautiful Garden Tea and silent auction fundraiser at the restored early 1900's home of Bob and Kathy Szolomeyer. The funds will be used for Desiree's ministry in Uzbekistan and the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Tijuana; both projects that have been adopted for support by this group. The setting in the garden was beautiful; all the tables were lavishly set by a hostess at each table, and the many silent auction items were all donated by various members. The theme of the day centered upon the Bible verse, Isaiah 52.7 - "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news. . ." and gifts for each guest continued the "foot" theme with items for a great pedicure.

Entertainment was provided by Priscilla and Nikki. Carol Childs spoke about the Tijuana orphanage and Lu Burke talked about Desiree's project. Cindy Crawford was the guest speaker for the event.

The food was excellent! It was a three-course lunch with salad and scones as the first course; the second course were "savories" which included bite-size quiche, deviled eggs, and tasty sandwiches, and that was followed by the dessert trays with fresh strawberries, cookies, and bite-sized chocolate and other delectable goodies. And, of course, tea (both hot and cold) was the drink of the day, although they had lemonade and lots of ice water as well. One of the neatest things I can say is that the men served our food and waited on us "hand and foot." It was an absolutely delightful day, and yes, I came home a little lighter in the pocketbook (but it's for a great cause).

You can read "Desiree's Diary" in The Paper almost every week, and can read the story about her service to Uzbekistan orphans that we did as a cover story on February 14, 2008.

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Items for sale draw interested buyers at the Garden Tea
The table is set for the “Tea Party”



Neighborhood Healthcare Pace Setter Gala to Honor Niece Family

"A Decade of Dreams Come True" is the theme for the 10th annual Pace Setter Party of the Neighborhood Healthcare on Saturday, June 14, from 5:30-9pm, at the Orfila Vineyards. The social time and silent auction will begin at 5:30pm, with dinner and awards ceremony at 7:30pm.

George and Susan Niece will be recognized for their passion and generosity. They are committed to making the world a better place for families and their children in need. Bid on fabulous action items, sip award-winning wines by Orfila, and enjoy an unforgettable meal by Crown Point Catering. Enjoy live entertainment by Breez'n while taking in the beautiful view of San Pasqual Valley.

Tickets are $125/person, and reservations are due by Friday, May 23, to Pace Setter Event, 425 No. Date St., Suite 203, Escondido, 92025. For information, call Leslie Mogul at 760.533.7379, or email leslie@projectworksmarketing.com.

Escondido Police to hold Town Hall Meetings

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher will address the community in a series of Town Hall Meetings. He will speak about the recently introduced concept of geographic policing, as well as the department's immigration policy. At the conclusion of his comments, those in attendance will be given the opportunity to ask questions on any police related topic.

The meetings will be held on four separate dates in different areas of the city. Residents are encouraged to attend the location that is nearest to their home. Childcare will be provided at no cost.

The first East Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 20, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the E. Valley Community Center 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido

Calligraphers Exhibit Continues Through May

"If Walls Could Talk," an exhibit of San Diego Fellow Calligraphers, continues through May at the Hearth Gallery, San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, and is open Monday-Friday. This members' exhibit marks the 30th anniversary of SDFC. More information at sdfconline.com.

Laura Strickler Joins Countrywed Bank as Reverse Mortgage Consultant

photoLong time columnist for The Paper, Laura Strickler, has joined Countrywide Bank as Reverse Mortgage Loan Consultant

Countrywide Bank, FSB, a member of the Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC) family of companies, announced that Laura Strickler has joined the company as a reverse mortgage loan consultant. Strickler, will continue to be based in San Diego, California, provides qualified borrowers with viable reverse mortgage solutions, including Countrywide’s SimpleEquitySM loan and the Federal Housing Administration insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan.

Reflecting Countrywide’s commitment to superior service and educating its customers, Strickler has the experience necessary to guide homeowners age 62 and older through the reverse mortgage process and assist them in receiving the necessary third-party counseling required before closing on their loan. With the growth of reverse mortgages, Countrywide has added an additional core principle: homeownership preservation, particularly for seniors who choose to stay in their homes as long as possible.

Strickler can be reached at 800-491-2374. More information regarding reverse mortgages offered by Countrywide can be found at www.countrywiderm.com.

“Spring is in the Air” Theme for Christian Women's Luncheon

When the San Marcos-Vista Christian Women's Connection luncheon is held on Monday, May 19, the theme will be "Spring is in the Air." The meeting starts at 11:30am at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos.

Their speaker, Sharon Simonian from Laguna Niguel, is an actress, poet, and former teacher; has performed at the Laguna Niguel Playhouse and the Trilogy Playhouse for 10 years; and now directs and teaches drama.

Cost for the luncheon is $15/person inclusive. The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited and encouraged to make reservations by tomorrow, Friday, May 16, to Carolyn at 760.726.2927 or Muriel at 760.744.3744.

Republican Club to Feature Muriel Watson

At the meeting on Monday, May 19, The Escondido Republican Club (TERC) will hear from Muriel Watson, founder of "Light Up The Border," a demonstration held in 1989 on Dairy Mart Road, very close to the border with Mexico. This demonstration included hundreds of people parking their cars along the road and turned on their headlights, shedding light on the lack of border security and failure of the U.S. government to bring this often lawless border under control.

The meeting will be at Cocina del Charro, 525 No. Quince St., Escondido. Doors open at 11:30am, with a buffet lunch at 12 Noon. Cost is $10/person. RSVP to Sharon Wood at 760.741.5060.

Pancakes Flip Into Funds for Interfaith


Interfaith Community Services' Veterans and program staff are 'flipping' pancakes into donations at the first Interfaith Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, May 31, at the agency's headquarters, 550-B West Washington Avenue, Escondido. Breakfast will be served from 6am to 10am on that day.

The $5 donation for a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee, and orange juice benefits Interfaith's programs. For more information about the breakfast, contact Lisa LaPorte at 760.489.6380, Ext. 260.

A Symphony Salute to Americana

The Poway Community Symphony Orchestra announces its next concert on Sunday, May 25, with a program dedicated to American composers, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. Growing membership in the orchestra now counts over sixty musicians, including professionals, music educators and other talented instrumentalists. This concert will be conducted by Music Director, Branden Muresan, and include several works by Copland and Gershwin.

The concert will be at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway, on Sunday, May 25, at 7:30pm. Entrance is free; donations to defray costs are graciously accepted. For information about the concert, orchestra, or membership, visit the website at www.powaysymphony.org.

Children's Hospital Escondido Auxiliary To Meet

The Escondido Women's Auxiliary Unit for Rady Children's Hospital invites you to join an expanding and diverse group of women from North County who are willing to donate time and talents to help raise funds to benefit children throughout San Diego County. The next meeting of the Auxiliary is Wednesday, May 21, at 10am at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. For more information or reservations, contact Joannie at 760.929.9255 or Debra at 760.476.0441.

Scheduled Meetings for Buena Vista Audubon for May

The Buena Vista Audubon has scheduled two meetings in May: The Plant Club Meeting will be Sunday, May 18, at 2pm. The subject is "Lawn Alternatives," all about the wonderful native plants to replace that thirsty lawn. The meeting will be at the Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, email to BVNPC@sbcglobal.net, or call the Center at 760.439.2473.

Nature Storytime for all little ones 3-5 years old, with an adult, are welcome. The program includes an hour of songs, fingerplays, a story, and a craft. Stories are about creepy, crawly caterpillars and how they become beautiful butterflies. The date is Monday, May 19; the time is 10am, at the BV Audubon Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. This program is free. For a large group, call Mary Ellen at 760.918.6622.

The Encouragement Center Changes Direction

Beginning May 1, The Encouragement Center will direct the majority of efforts to the 'working poor' - those low-income families who are off the streets, in housing, and attempting to better their lives, but maybe just run out of money before the end of the month. These people are sober, have jobs, are paying rent and bills, but perhaps have an unforeseen emergency -- their car breaks down, they run out of gas money or work hours get cut. All they need is a 'hand-up' or they may get caught up in the vicious cycle of being back on the streets or in a shelter. The efforts will be toward those that need this type of help to keep them afloat. The need out there is great, year-round.

This new direction means The Encouragement Center will no longer be serving the 4th Saturday meals to the homeless. However, you can continue to give "Hope and Help for the Needy" by becoming a paid fundraiser for The Center (call Tina at 760.845.8838 for more details); purchase and donate Albertsons gift cards for food purchases; purchase and donate gas cards to help people get to work and remain self-sufficient; or donate financially to The Encouragement Center, P.O. Box 4350, Carlsbad, CA 92018.

San Marcos VFW, Post 3795 Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

On May 17th, VFW Post 3795 will celebrate their 50th anniversary in conjunction with a fundraiser to help the San Marcos All Veterans Memorial Park.

Pig roast/potluck begins at 1pm, $10 per plate. Ceremony begins at noon. Call 744.8337 for further information.

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