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Social Butterfly September 18th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Rose Society Announces Dates for "Gloves-on Learning" Workshops

The "gloves-on learning" workshops, sponsored by the California Coastal Rose Society, will continue on selected Saturday mornings in the Magee Rose Garden in Carlsbad. Topics and demonstrations for each session will relate to what is happening in the garden at that time, including deadheading, feeding, watching for damage from pests or disease, spraying, planting new bushes, and proper pruning techniques. The workshops are free. All that is needed are garden gloves, a pair of pruning clippers, and the desire to learn more about roses. Dates for the fall sessions are September 20, October 4 and November 1. Each session begins at 9am, and concludes at approximately 10:30am.

The opportunity is open to beginners interested in learning to grow roses and experienced rose growers who have expertise to share and want to help maintain the roses. The garden is located at the corner of Beech Avenue and Garfield Street in Carlsbad. For questions about the workshops, contact the garden director at 760.804.0875. Additional information can be obtained from the website at, including information about the annual auction of rare and unusual roses to be held on November 18

Buena Vista Audubon Announces Several Events

photoThe Preschool Nature Storytime is back after summer vacation. All preschoolers 3-5 years old, with an adult, are welcome to the preschool nature storytime. The program includes an hour of songs, fingerplays, a story, and a craft. Storytimes are on the 4th Monday each month, at 10am, beginning September 22. This program is free, and held at the B.V. Audubon Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. For a large group, call Mary Ellen at 760.918.6622.

The Society's general meeting is set for Thursday, September 25, and will feature David Cannon who will discuss exploring a restoration linkage for the Buena Vista Lagoon and Creek. Social will start at 7pm, with the program at 7:30pm at the Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Mr. Cannon is a coastal engineer and project manager for this project and will discuss the importance of a management plan for the entire watershed. For more information, call the Nature Center at 760.439.3649, or visit the website at

Then on Saturday, September 27, from 8am to 11am, the Audubon Society and Preserve Calavera will host a special Creek and Lagoon Discovery Tour that will focus on the resiliency of nature and the rewards of good stewardship. Highlights will be the new B.V. Creek Ecological Reserve and waterfall, birding in the vicinity of last year's sewage spill on the lagoon, and the weir at the mouth of the lagoon. Meet at Starbucks in the Quarry Creek Shopping Center at College Ave. and Lake Ave., off Highway 78 in Carlsbad. Participants will caravan to the various locations. Leaders for the tour are Diane Nygaard and Andy Mauro, and they can be reached at 760.753.1266.

Women Marines Association Back to Work

The Edith Macias Vann Chapter of Southern California Chapter CA-7, Women Marines Association assembled in September after the summer break. In addition to the pleasant surprise of a turnout of 35 members and guests, the group was surprised with a visit from Oceanside Mayor Jim Woods. He had just come from an anniversary remembrance of the Chosin Marines at Camp Pendleton and passed around a challenge coin he was presented for all to see. Women Marines Association is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing former and active duty Women Marines together, but also to serve their local communities.

Some upcoming events are the Balboa Park breast walk in October, the Marine Corps Birthday luncheon in November, there is talk of a Christmas party for active duty Women Marines, and forming the committee for the organization’s Anniversary luncheon in February!

Any current, retired or former Woman Marine is welcome to attend meetings that take place the second Saturday of the month at Grandma's restaurant in Oceanside with social time beginning at 11:15AM and the meeting starting at noon. For more information on membership, or to RSVP for the October meeting, please contact Marie Proulx at 760-433-1526.

Pictured: Sitting Treasurer, Marie Proulx; Standing l-r President, Barbara Cogburn; Secretary, Lee Tusa; Vice President, Charlene Itchkawich and Oceanside Mayor, Jim Woods.

The Y Event Goes to the Emerald Isle

Palomar Family YMCA's annual fundraiser presents "The Y Event goes to the Emerald Isle" on Saturday, October 11, 6pm to 12 Midnight, at the California
Center for the Arts, Escondido. The event will feature an auction, dinner and dancing, featuring the Mar Dels. Tickets are available for $125/person or $1,125/table of ten. Evening casual or festive attire is suggested.

RSVP, by Wednesday, October 1, to Lisa Daniels at or call 760.745.7490. You can mail your reservations to Palomar Family YMCA, 1050 No. Broadway, Escondido, 92026.

Students Invited to Make and Submit "My Fave Teacher" Video

Late breaking news - The school year kicks off with the right attitude with a new “My Fave Teacher” online project which invites students throughout San Diego County to make and share videos raving about their favorite teacher video. The videos must be under one minute and must sing the praises of a teacher or other school employee, i.e., bus driver, librarian, school secretary, groundskeeper, or any of the people whose efforts contribute to a good school day. To be eligible, videos must be submitted by Friday, September 19. Instructions are available at Questions should be sent to

"Our goal is to get students actively engaged in honoring teachers and other educators," said Xavier Leonard, from the Center on Policy Initiatives, which is sponsoring the project. "We'll launch a website this month featuring the videos and providing a place the community can speak out about how teachers make a difference." A San Diego nonprofit, CPI is honoring all educators at its annual gala on October 16, and prizes will be awarded for the top-rated videos submitted by students. For additional information, contact Susan Duerksen at 619.804.1950 or 619.584.5744, Ext. 64.

The Hidden Valley Vista Council of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated Beginning Day recently at Shadowridge Country Club in Vista. The theme, "HVVC Wild Irish Roses Rekindle the Torch of Friendship" was carried out by President, Kate Bian, on the left above, as she honored each of her board and committee chairmen with a special rose. Entertainment was provided by members of Gamma Rho Master chapter. Others pictured are: Sue Bettenga, Heidi Versteeg, Candace Doherty, Carola Anderson, Evelyn Madison and Frances Lowe.


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