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Social Butterfly September 4th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

San Marcos Senior Center to Celebrate "Western Week"

The San Marcos Senior Center, located at 111 W. Richmar Ave., is having its annual "Western Week" September 8-12. This is a week dedicated to western wear, entertainment, and just plain fun, and is sponsored by After 55 Senior Housing. If you've ever wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl at some time in your life, now is your chance.

On Tuesday, the 9th, the "Sundance" band will give a concert. This is a three-piece band, and great for dancing. On Thursday, 11th, the "Boot Scootin' Mamas" will be giving a line dancing demonstration. This is a fun and talented group of dancers who always give a special show.

All entertainment will be before lunch at 10:45am in the Discovery Cafe, so plan to arrive early. If you come for the performances and plan to stay for lunch, please call the center at 760.744.5535 the day before to make your lunch reservation. Lunch is served at 11:30am, and the suggested donation is $3, with a fee of $5 collected from those under 60. All are welcome, and feel free to dress up in your western wear. Transportation is available and can be arranged by calling Jerry at Ext 3605.

New and potential members attending a Welcome Party recently held by the Assistance League of Inland North County are: Back row l-r: Pam Beaird, Ginger Kennedy, Elaine Browning, Kathleen King, Barbara Stoops; seated l-r: Kay Pickett, Peggy Fisher and Margo Behr.

Church to Present Presidio Brass Quintet Concert

On Sunday, September 7, the Music Series of First United Methodist Church of Escondido will present a Presidio Brass Quintet concert in the sanctuary at 3pm, followed by a reception to greet the artists. The public is invited. A free-will offering will be taken. The church is located at 341 So. Kalmia St., Escondido. Call 760.745.5100 for directions or further information.

Presidio Brass was formed primarily to promote musical education and appreciation in the next generation, and includes two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. They opened the summer organ festival with the Spreckles Organ Society, and have been seen with major symphony orchestras including the London and the Los Angeles Philharmonics.

Greek Festival Coming Up This Weekend

The annual Greek Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, from 10am to 9pm, at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff (1/2 mile east of I-5). Free parking in the Mira Costa College parking lot next door. Admission to the Festival is $3/person; children under 12 free. Various pastries and appetizers can be purchased separately, or a combination dinner for $12/person.

Featured will be Greek Cuisine and pastries, an open marketplace with fresh produce and specialty food items, live Greek music and dancing, including Greek dance instruction and performances by dancers in native costumes. Booths will feature Greek imports, music, jewelry, and artwork; and games for children.

Church tours will be held twice daily at 1pm and 4pm. At 5pm on both days, there will be a live auction. On Sunday, September 7, at 7pm, a 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 Sedan will be raffled off. For additional information, contact Stephanie Stratmann at the Church, 760.942.0920.

Contemporary Women of North Conty Announces September Meeting

GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer organization and social club, will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 8, at the historic Wood House at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Road in San Marcos. Social time begins at 6:00pm followed by the meeting at 6:30. Many fun projects are planned for the fall, and CWONC invites interested women to join, meet new friends and become more involved in the community. For more information, call Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396 or visit the club's website at

AAUW to Hold Membership Party

The American Association of University Women, Escondido-San Marcos branch, will launch its 2008-2009 season with a membership salad supper at the home of Vicki Gohlich, president, at 5:30pm, Tuesday, September 9. All members and interested women and men in the community are invited. Eligibility for membership is based on various degrees; Associate of Arts, Registered Nurses Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and higher academic degrees.

Reservations are required; for reservations and directions to the home, call Carmen at 760.750.4402.

The first branch meeting of the year will be held at 10am Saturday, September 20, at the Escondido Country Club. The branch is planning a variety of activities this year, including a home tour and a literary faire. Speaker for this meeting will be Elsa Singh who traveled to South America this past summer to do charitable work with Global Volunteers. The luncheon meetings are $16/person, and reservations are required. For information, call Carmen at 760.750.4402.

Immigration Expert to Speak at LSM Democrats Meeting

At the Saturday, September 13 meeting of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club, Dr. Daniel Straka, a nationally and internationally known expert on
immigration and refugee issues, will be the speaker. His topic will be "Immigration and Making Informed Decisions." Dr. Straka received degrees from Farleigh Dickenson University, Southern Illinois University, and Quinnapiac University School of Law. He has worked in not-for-profit legal immigration and refugee programs and is founder of UURISE, a non-profit charitable organization. The meeting will be held at 12:30pm in the Lakeside Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. For information, call 760.752.1035.

Escondido Democrats Conclude Discussion of State Ballot Issues

Many voters turn to their ballot without having a chance to research the many propositions on which they are asked to vote. To assist its members and friends, the Escondido Democratic Club will feature discussions of propositions appearing on the November ballot. At its September meeting, scheduled for 10:30am, Saturday, September 13, the topics will be same-sex marriage (Prop. 8), humane treatment of farm animals (Prop. 2) and several criminal justice measures (Props. 5, 6 and 9). The meeting will be held at the North County Unity Democratic Campaign Office, 135 E. Grand Avenue in Escondido. Admission is free and open to all.

Free parking is available along Grand Avenue or in the city parking lot at Second Avenue and Kalmia Street. For additional information about Escondido Democratic Club or the meeting, contact Rick Moore at or 760.740.8595.

Square Dance Classes to Begin in September

Square dance classes for beginners will open September 10 and 17 from 7-9pm on Wednesdays at Rolling Hills Elementary School, 15255 Penasquitos Drive, Rancho Penasquitos. No experience is necessary; attire is casual; and all ages 12 or older are welcome. Families, couples, singles, and groups of friends are invited to join the fun, which is sponsored by the Wranglers Square Dance Club. Square dancing offers the immediate benefits of belonging to a lively, fun, congenial group; enjoying mental and physical exercise to spirited music; making life-long friends, and frequently, sharing a good laugh.

Class on September 10 is free. As of September 17, classes are $32 per person every eight weeks ($4 per class). For more information or class enrollment, contact Alan or Laurie at 858.487.1181 or

Patio Playhouse to Present Comedy

Beginning September 19, the Patio Playhouse will present their third mainstage production, "A Shot In The Dark," a great classic comedy about a dead chauffeur and a free spirited parlor maid who complicate the life of an idealistic French magistrate. This comedy inspired Peter Seller's "The Pink Panther" film series.

Performance dates are from September 19 through October 12, at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Admission is $14/adults; $12/Seniors & Students with ID; and $7/youth under 16. Group rates are available.

The Patio Playhouse is located at 201 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido (entrance on Kalmia St.). For tickets, call the box office at 760.746.6669 or For more information, email:; or check the website at


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