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Social Butterfly December 11th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Santa's Workshop at Interfaith Community Services in Need of Toys

North County nonprofit, Interfaith Community Services, currently has 179 children and parents on its waiting list for the organization's Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. "Christmas is a luxury," said Nusrat Symons, the coordinator of the Holiday Adoption program. "These families cannot afford to splurge on Christmas presents. Many are struggling as a result of the economy. It's our hope that we'll be able to ensure there's a gift under the tree for everyone this year."

Santa's Workshop is made possible in its entirety by the community's donations and generosity. Each year, Interfaith organizes the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program asking community members, organizations, and businesses to open their hearts and provide holiday gifts to one of many families who would otherwise go without a Christmas celebration. Nearly half of the families needing help for the holidays have been adopted, but more than 50 families are on a waiting list, which accounts for more than 100 children.

To adopt a family in need or make a toy donation, contact Interfaith at 760.489.6380. Gifts must be new and unwrapped. Wish-lists for each family are provided to help in selecting an appropriate gift. Gifts can be delivered through the week of December 14 to Interfaith's Santa's Workshop located in downtown Escondido. Call for directions and hours of operation. All the families who are receiving gifts have been prescreened by the organization and are currently enrolled in at least one of Interfaith's eleven comprehensive programs that are designed to help families regain self-sufficiency, said Symons.

Holiday Gift Mart is Theme of Mixer

Tonight, December 11, the Escondido Chamber's "Business After 5" Mixer will be at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. As many as 20 vendors will be participating in the Holiday Gift Mart during the 5-7pm networking and shopping gala. Last year there was a wide variety of items, including jewelry, beauty supplies, florals, spices, decorations, etc. In addition, there will be holiday foods and drinks, door prizes, and a raffle.
Cost is $5/person. For details, call Suzanne at 760.745.2125.

"Forever Christmas" to be Presented by RB Chorale

Pat Bean and the RB Chorale will present performances of "Forever Christmas" on Friday and Saturday, December 19 and 20, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 21, at 2pm. All shows will be at the Poway Performing Arts Center, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. This is always a sellout. Featuring musical selections from the holiday season and more, plus a visit from Santa Claus, this is a show that appeals to all ages. There will be a special appearance by the US Marines and "Toys for Tots" so please bring an unwrapped gift to donate.

For 34 years, the RB Chorale has been dazzling audiences with music, dance and spectacular staging. With the mission to bring the gift of song to the community and to life the spirits of audiences and each other, the Chorale raises money through their shows for graduating high school seniors who wish to continue their pursuit of a musical education at an academic institution of higher learning. Each year $10,000 is awarded to six talented teens.

Ticket prices are $18/each for Seniors (55 and older) and Students (13 to 18); General admission is $20; $5/each for Children (infant to 12); and Preferred Seating $30/each. Tickets are available through chorale members, the website and PPAC. The website is, for more information.

Social Dancing Held Weekly at Senior Center

If you like to dance, social dancing is held on Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm in the large, recently remodeled auditorium at the Escondido Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. The band plays a variety of music including Cha-Cha, Waltz, Fox Trot, etc. Admission is $3, and includes refreshments at the break. Free parking is available in the front and rear of the building. For more information, call 760.839.4688.

Holiday Home Tour to Benefit Scholarship Fund

The American Association of University Women, Escondido-San Marcos Branch, is presenting a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 13, from 1-4pm. There will be four homes in the Escondido area; two in the north section of town and two in the southern part, including one 'bachelor pad.'

All proceeds will benefit the AAUW Scholarship Fund. There will be holiday refreshments. Tickets are $15/person. Addresses and a map will be provided when tickets are purchased. Make checks payable to AAUW and mail, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to Janet Mahlberg, 845 Windridge Circle, San Marcos, 92078. For more information, call Janet at 736.8860 or Elsa at 746.7897.

Bird Watching Field Trip in Rancho Bernardo

On Saturday, December 13, at 8:30am, the Palomar Audubon Society has scheduled a bird watching field trip at Lake Hodges East/Bernardo Bay, in
Rancho Bernardo. All interested birders are invited. From I-15, exit west at Rancho Bernardo Road; turn right onto West Bernardo Drive going north. Turn left on Rancho Bernardo Community Park Drive and proceed to the parking area just past the Joslyn Senior Center. There should be a variety of birds including waterfowl, on the lake. For information, check the website at

Calvary Chapel to Hold Fine Art Sale

On Tuesday, December 16, at 7pm, the North Coast Calvary Chapel will be holding a Christmas Wonderland of Fine Art Sale, in the Fireside Room at the Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. Many local artists will be featured in a broad variety of themes and mediums. Refreshments and live music will be a part of the evening. Proceeds benefit the NCCC Benevolence Ministry which provides local financial guidance and short term assistance to those in need. Contact NCCC at 760.929-0029, Ext. 147, for information.

Christmas Celebration Planned at Woodland Park Church

On Saturday, December 20, at 6pm, the Woodland Park Bible Church will present their annual Christmas Celebration, featuring music, drama, and the choir. The reception begins at 5:30pm. There is no cover charge. The church is located at 1093 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos. Call 760.744.9242 or 798.7498 for more information.

Assistance League Outreach Group Installs New Officers


Outreach, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Inland North County recently installed its officers for the 2008-2009 year. (L-R) Gail Ferrell, Chair; Susie Crane, Philanthropy; Therese Jewett, Fundraising; Carolyn Clemmer, Chapter Liaison; Carolyn Pfaffenberger, Treasurer; Marilyn Harris, Recording Secretary; and Becky Aarestad, Membership. Not shown is Sally Gerard, Corresponding Secretary.

Republican Women Elects Officers for 2009


Newly elected officers for 2009 for The Escondido Republican Women Federated club were installed recently by Councilman Ed Gallo (right). Those installed were (l-r) Barbara Fowler, Corres. Secretary; Dianne Wright, 3rd V-P, Ways & Means; Shirley Robinson, Treasurer; Jeanne Bunch, Recording Secretary; Diane Hill, 2nd V-P, Membership; Judy McKeand, President; Traci Bass, 1st V-P, Programs.
Contemporary Women Welcomes New Members

Contemporary Women Welcomes New Members


GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) initiated two new members recently. Pictured (from left) CWONC President Linda Bridges, new members Dorine Feeney and Betty Walden, member Lisa Pratte, and Kathleen King, Federation/Social Affairs Co-VP. CWONC is a non-profit volunteer organization which supports community service efforts in North County area, focusing on issues involving women and children. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at the Wood House at Woodland Park in San Marcos. For information about becoming a member, visit the website at (Photo courtesy of Kaye Martin)


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