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Social Butterfly December 25th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Mingei Establishes New Hours and Free Day at Escondido Museum

New hours at the Mingei International Museum in Escondido, starting in January, will be Wednesday through Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12Noon to 4pm. Second Saturday extended hours will continue to be 10am-8pm with complimentary admission 4-8pm. La Jolla Bank's complimentary admission day will move from the third Tuesday to the first Wednesday of the month; the first free one will be Wednesday, January 7.

Rob Sidner, Museum Director, explains "the Tuesday closure will minimize operating expenses by focusing on current visiting patterns by the public." The museum is located at 155 West Grand Ave., Escondido. Admission is $5/adults; $4/seniors; and $3/youth (6-17), students, and active duty military with ID. For information, call 760.735.3355.

Technogym Donates Equipment to Club 55 at Boys & Girls Club

A complete range of fitness equipment that appeals to all ages and all ranges of fitness was donated recently to the Boys and Girls of Oceanside's Club 55 fitness center. Technogym, a world leader in manufacturing well designed and precise fitness equipment delivered machines such as military press, chest press, multi-hip abductors, ham string curl, abdominal crunch, bench press, smith machine, free weights, and more. The center is located at 448 Country Club Lane, Oceanside, and is open to the public from 7am to 2pm Monday through Friday. Yearly membership is available. For information call 760.433.8968, or check the website at

Dale Godinet provides personal assistance to clients at Club 55.

Habitat Restoration Project Planned

On Sunday, December 28, from 1pm-3:30pm, at Crest Canyon in Del Mar, join the Friends of Crest Canyon to enhance native habitat by removing non-native
vegetation. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Bring water, sun protection, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Reservations are required. Contact or call 858.674.2275, Ext. 12, for directions and to reserve a space.

Palomar Audubon Schedules Bird Watching and Bird Count Trips

Saturday, December 27, at 8:30am, the bird watching trip will be to the Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido. From I-15, exit east on Via Rancho Parkway which becomes Bear Valley Parkway, and drive 5 miles to Glenridge Road at Orange Glen High School. Turn right on Glenridge and proceed approximately 1 mile to the cemetery gate.

For Saturday, January 3rd, the Society extends an invitation to all birders to participate in the annual Escondido Christmas Bird Count. The count circle incorporates mostly rural areas near Escondido, Valley Center and Ramona. Fantastic birding skills are not a requirement. The participation fee, as required by National Audubon, is $5.00. The after-birding compilation meeting will be held in the early afternoon at Kit Carson Park's covered picnic shelter. A deli-style lunch will be provided by Palomar Audubon Society. For more information and/or team assignments, contact Ken Weaver at 760.723.2448 or email

Native Plant Club to Meet on Sunday

Sunday, December 28, at 2pm, the Buena Vista Native Plant Club will meet and the program will be "Native Plant Propagation." There are many plants that can be started from cuttings. Learn how to start new plants and take a few pots to grow at home. Meetings are at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. For more information, email to or call the Center at 760.439.2473.

The B.V. Audubon Society also sponsors a Whelan Lake bird walk, always on the first Saturday of each month at 8am (January 3rd). This bird sanctuary is not usually open to the public, and has a freshwater lake and riparian edge habitat. Take I-5 to 76; turn left at Doublas and continue to light at North River Road. Turn left and meet at cul-de-sac by entrance gate. The leader is John Haddock, 760.941.7824.

Daughters of American Revolution to Meet January 10

The Rancho Buena Vista Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will meet Saturday, January 10, at 9:00am, at Shadowridge Country Club, Vista. Professor Laura Makey will speak after a continental breakfast and short business meeting. She is from California State University, San Marcos, and will talk on "Origins and Destinations - How We Got From There To Here." DAR is a lineage society, and membership is open to any female over the age of 18 years who can prove descent to a patriotic ancestor who aided in the cause of the American Revolution. Reservations are required. Contact Margaret Read, Chapter Registrar, 760.757.0528, for more information.

Escondido Democrats Discuss Plans for 2009

On the heels of a mostly successful 2008 campaign, Democrats in Escondido will gather for their January meeting to discuss the future. "Securing our progress and continuing to advance" is the theme of the meeting, scheduled from 10:30am to 12Noon, Saturday, January 10, in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street.

Featured speakers are Jess Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, and Francine Busby, Party Vice-Chair for North County. The meeting is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the library lot or on nearby streets. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information about the Escondido Democratic Club or the meeting, contact Rick Moore at or 760.740.8595.

Jeff Durfee to Speak at Democratic Club Meeting

The January 10th meeting of the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will feature the speaker, Jeff Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, and newly chosen member of the Democratic National Committee. Jeff will speak about the status of the Democratic Party in San Diego County. The meeting will be at the Lake Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., Lake San Marcos. Membership dues for 2009 will be accepted at this meeting. For information, call 760.752.1035.

Boys & Girls Club Announces Teen Pregnancy Prevention Video Contest

The Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside (BGCO), in partnership with the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD), launched a video contest dubbed "Teens talk Teens," a teenage pregnancy prevention campaign open to youth who are interested in making their own movies.

Making youth aware of the costs, health, emotional, and mental issues associated with teen pregnancy is the goal of a new video contest open to students in the Oceanside School District. The teen pregnancy prevention campaign is open to middle and high school students ages 12 to 18. Contest entrants can develop their own public service announcement or documentary aimed at informing their peers of the overwhelming responsibilities that accompany an unwanted pregnancy.

A $1,500 grand prize will be awarded to one overall winner, with $1,000 going to first place winners in each category. Second place winners will receive $500, and $250 will go to third place finalists. Entry forms are available at or at the club, 401 Country Club Lane. Submissions will be on DVD format with a minimum length of thirty seconds and maximum of two minutes. Deadline for all submissions is February 27, 2009.

Escondido Children's Museum Announces Programs for 2009

The Escondido Children's Museum has announced programs for each month of 2009, and these will be listed prior to the events. The January 10th program is a Watershed Workshop - Learn about the various energy states of water: the solid of snow and ice; the liquid of our oceans, lakes, and streams; and the water vapor of steam. A watershed expert will give a presentation and answer questions about water resources and conservation issues facing us today. Add water to color to create artwork to take home with you!

For more information, contact Escondido Children's Museum, 380 No. Escondido Blvd., Studio 1, Escondido; call 760.233.7755, or check the website at

Rancho Bernardo Art Association Announces Member Showings

During the month of January, Eva Duran will be showing her art work at the Incredible Cafe, 11828 Rancho Bernardo Road. Hours are 6:30am to 3pm.

Lynn Coppes will show her art at the Pacific Trust Bank during January, 16536 Bernardo Center Drive. Bank hours are 9am to 6pm Mon-Thur; 9-7 on Friday; and 9-4 Saturdays.

If you have an interest and like to do artwork and watch demonstrations of different kinds of medium such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, or pencil, the Rancho Bernardo Art Association (RBAA) is a hub where artists share ideas and their art, have critique nights, and award shows. For membership information, contact Phyllis Hensperger at 858.675.2262. Single membership is $20; couples $25; and students $10.

Above, l-r, Artist Amy Bekier with Maria Blanco-Shore, a Pacific Trust Customer, and Hans Ganz, CFO of Pacific Trust


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