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Social Butterfly February 19th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) Dances At The Elks - Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night, February 20th, the Elks Club of Escondido presents their TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) Dances at the Elks Lodge Escondido - 2430 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido - Phone 760-745-1687. Starts at 5:00 p.m. with Happy Hour cocktails for those who want to come early and relax with a cocktail from the full bar. Hot dogs and snacks will be available to purchase.

Then at 6:00 p.m. there will be offered the beginning Line Dance class for those who want to learn (or already know how) to line dance - or for those who would like to watch. At 7:00 p.m. a live band, Calico Ridge, plays for your swing, country, salsa - dancing; all types of dancing.

For more information contact:

Last Call For Bus Trip to See Dr. Phil and Price is Right

The Gamma Rho Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority has a few seats left for the bus trip to Los Angeles to attend two tapings of the Dr. Phil Show, lunch at Farmer's Market, then to the Price Is Right TV game show -- Wednesday, February 25, leaving Escondido between 5-5:30am.

Call Evelyn at 746.1649. Cost is $25/person for the day (lunch is on your own).

26th Anniversary Concert Planned for Coastal Communities Concert Band

On Sunday, March 1, starting at 2:30pm, the internationally-acclaimed Coastal Communities Concert Band will celebrate its 26th Anniversary in a concert featuring the principal euphonium soloist in the United States Army Band ("Pershing's Own"), MSG Donald Palmire. Palmire, an active soloist and private teacher for over 22 years, was previously the euphonium soloist with the United States Marine Band, and has performed with numerous military ensembles and symphonic groups. The location will be the Carlsbad Community Church, corner Jefferson and Pine, Carlsbad.

The concert will also feature a musical composition in memory of former CCCBand director, Don Caneva. A special guest conductor, Dr. Darwin Walker, from South Dakota State University, will lead some musical selections.

General admission is $15/person; Seniors (60+) and Students are $12/person. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Kris Sims at 760.436.6137, or Buck Abell at 858.793.8258. More information is available on the website at

Church to Offer School of Music for Kids

The Meadowlark Church School of Music for Kids will be starting soon with a children's chorus/handchimes program for 1st through 6th graders. This is an invitation for kids in the community who want to be part of this free opportunity and a fun way to learn how to read music, through a proven curriculum with games, music staff on the floor to learn notes and intervals, clapping rhythms, and others. They will learn songs and skits to use in the worship services, and a plan to have their own program of Christian songs, skits and handchimes on Sunday, April 26, at 3pm.

"Any child who wants to sing a solo will be able to, anyone who wants to be in the skits will be able to, anyone who wants to play handchimes will be able to, and I am soooooooo excited to offer this to kids,” stated Karen Bonosoro at Meadowlark Church. There will be five practices, to be held on Saturdays starting March 7, from 10am to 12Noon, with the dress rehearsal on April 25 from 12 Noon to 1pm. She can be reached at 760.591.3636 for more information. The address of the Meadowlark Church is 1918 Redwing St., San Marcos.

Animal Adoption Outreach Coming Soon

The Escondido Humane Society is holding an adoption outreach event from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, February 28, at Petco, 1000 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Adoptable dogs will be at the store during the event, and there also are adoptable rabbits and cats on-site. For more information, call 760.888.2247.

Girls Competitive Basketball Team is Forming in North County

A new competitive basketball team is forming for girls in grades 3 through 8 in the North County area. Coastal Elite Coach Caitlin Haley is holding try-outs at Corky Smith Gym, 274 Pico Avenue in San Marcos on Thursday, February 26, from 6-8pm.

Coastal Elite will host league play on Thursdays, beginning March 19th. Games will start at 6pm. Teams interested in joining the league and for other information, contact Caitlin Haley at 760.212.4232, or check the website at

Knights of Columbus to Sponsor Dinners for Lent

The Knights of Columbus Council #3589 will be sponsoring the Annual Lenten Fish Dinners at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Vista, starting Friday, February 27, and continuing for six Fridays through Lent until the Palm Sunday weekend of April 3. The time for the meals will be from 5 to 7pm. The menu includes Baked and Fried Fish with French Fries, Cornbread, Cole Slaw, and Dessert. New this year are Fish Tacos, which have been popular at other events. Eat-in or carry-out meals are available. Cost is $6/adults; $3.50/child, or $20/family (eat-in only). For more information, call Bob DeMaggio at 760.295.2256 (evenings).

"Operation Shoebox," a Project of Assistance League Outreach Members

Members of Outreach, an Auxiliary of Assistance League of Inland North County, recently visited residents of the Salvation Army Silvercrest Apartments. Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler was also in attendance helping to pass out 92 shoe boxes filled with food and gift items for the residents. The purpose of Assistance League to "To improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs," and this is just one of the many ways in which members carry out this mission. In the year 2007/2008, members of the Assistance League gave 22,641 hours of service to Inland North County communities. As membership grows, the League services continue to expand. Membership is open to anyone interested in making a difference in their community through volunteering. For information, call 760.746.7532, or visit

Ladies in photo, from left to right: Carolyn Pfaffenberger, Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Betty Denker

"Love Matches" Program Held at Woman's Club

Allen and Dorothy Scholz

Recently, a Valentine's program, "Love Matches," for couples married for 50 years and more was held. This is the fourth year Vivian Doering and husband Joe have organized the event, held at the Escondido Woman's Club. Approximately 30 couples attended; many having attended the previous three years that this event has been held. The number of years represented by the couples attending totaled 1,136 years of marriage.

The couple who had been married the longest was Dorothy and Allen Scholz with 71 years.
(See photo, right).

They have lived in Escondido for 63 years, have two children who live in Valley Center, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Other winners were the couple with the most children, John and Elda Jones who tied with the Doering's in this category, each with six children. Also, John and Elda (see photo below) have lived in Escondido all their lives, having been born about 10 minutes apart and delivered by the same doctor, Dr. Dodson. They joked they had been married their entire lifetime.

The afternoon included entertainment by the Doerings' twin sons, Michael and Mark, playing violins, with Dorothy Peterson playing the piano, while Tom Hogarty sang and led the crowd in some sing-alongs of several romantic tunes that we all know and love, including "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." The afternoon ended with refreshments and a resolve for all the couples to return again next year.

John and Elda Jones
Joe and Vivian Doering

Patio Playhouse Presents "Meshuggah-Nuns!"

Just one more week before the Little Sisters Of Hoboken from "Nunsense" work their magic at Patio Playhouse. This time, their antics take place aboard a cruise ship, when they are asked to replace the cast of "Fiddler On The Roof" when all but the man playing Tevye come down with food poisoning!

Performance dates are from Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 29. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Admission is $17/adults; $15/Seniors or students w/ID; $7/Youth under 16. Group rates available. The Patio Playhouse is located at 201 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 1D, Escondido. Call for information and/or tickets, 760.746.6669; email, or check the website at

Humane Society to Host Bazaar

The Escondido Humane Society is calling all treasure hunters to a bazaar to be held on March 1 at the shelter; proceeds to benefit the animals in need. It will be from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, March 1, at 3450 E. Valley Parkway. Various vendors will be selling at the event, and a variety of items will be available, including books, clothes, jewelry and, of course, items for pets. Individuals or teams who have registered for Paws in the Park (to be held on March 29 at Kit Carson Park) are invited to host a booth at no cost to them to help raise money for their efforts. Booth space is $10 for all other vendors. Call Dorothea at 760.751.4129, or email for a vendor application. Check out the website at

"Burning in China" to be Performed at Poway

The new play, "Burning in China" will be performed at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Saturdays, February 21 and 28, and Sunday, March 1. Starring Jeff Lebeau, written by Gary Moore, it is directed by five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel. This inspiring new play is about an American teacher who goes to Shanghai with 100 copies of the Gettysburg Address in his suitcase, and finds among his grim and silent Chinese students a heart yearning for personal freedom and a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Ticket prices are $39/adults and $5/youth, 18 and under, with purchase of adult ticket. The subscription price, purchase of four or more shows, is $34. Call 858.748.0505, or check the website at The Center is located at 15498 Espola Road, Poway.

Bluegrass Program Announced for March

Chris Stuart and Backcounty is the name of the group to play at the First Tuesday event at Round Table Pizza, corner of Washington and Ash, in Escondido. Local bands start at 7pm, and the featured band takes stage around 8pm. More information can be found on the website at:

Chris Stuart, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, is a songwriter who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, has won many awards for his bluegrass music and songwriting. He is joined by Janet Beazley, banjo and lead/harmony singer; she also is an accomplished banjo player, teacher, songwriter, and singer. Included in the lineup is Eric Uglum, lead guitar and mandolin, who is one of the most tasteful players in bluegrass and acoustic music. Joining them are brothers, Austin and Christian Ward, from Hesperia; Austin on the acoustic bass has become a respected and solid, yet creative bass player, and Christian is recognized as one of the hot fiddle players of bluegrass.

New Chamber Orchestra to Perform

The newly formed Poway Community Symphonette announces its first concert with a program of chamber music that includes works by Nelhybel, Jenkins, Vivaldi, Tchaikowski, and Bach, offering a variety of beautiful music, ranging from baroque to contemporary compositions. The concert will be presented on Sunday, March 1, at 4pm in the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16888 Espola Road, Poway. The concert is free; donations to defray costs will be graciously accepted.

The PC Symphonette, with Ulli Reiner as Conductor, is the chamber orchestra of the Poway Community Symphony Orchestra which is organized through the Poway Adult School, a department of the Poway Unified School District. For information about the orchestra or the concert, visit the website at

Nu Chi Parliamentarians Meeting Scheduled

Parliamentarians from north San Diego and south Riverside counties will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 26, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. Attendees will continue their education on parliamentary procedures for clubs, unions, employee, homeowner and other associations, both for-profit and non-profit members. Learn what should and should not be done in meetings. The March 26 meeting will involve learning about "making motions."

Nu Chi also will hold a workshop on Parliamentary Procedures on Saturday, May 30 in Escondido. For questions, carpool information and attendance, contact Jacqueline Marazzi at 760.480.0155 or Willeen Hasler at 760.439.6243.


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