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Social Butterfly March 19th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

photoSan Marcos Historical Society is Spotlighting New Exhibit

The San Marcos Historical Society has a new exhibit from the Jennylind Wood estate to share with the community. Jennylind Wood came to California in 1916. She was a registered nurse and lab technician when she met and married her first husband. They worked together in the medical profession until his death in 1936. In 1940 she married Captain Tipton Wood, a Navy Chaplain, and they moved to San Marcos and purchased their home, which was built in 1884. Jennylind was a nurse for 20 years and very active in community events and projects.

Before Jennylind died in 1979, at the age of 93, she sold her house to the City as a "Life Estate" with the house to go to the city at her death. She wanted the house used for the general betterment of the community and her property to be used by "the children of San Marcos." Her wish was granted. In 1979 the City took over the property and it became Woodland Park, named for the couple. Mrs. Wood had a fondness for hats, shoes, jewelry, make-up, and fur coats -- she even wore one to a Fourth of July event in 1976. She left her possessions to her housekeeper who donated only a part of Jennylind's collection, which includes 40 hats, several pairs of shoes, few purses, and hair adornments. These can be seen at the Historical Society. (See photo). For information, call 760.744.9025.

"Paws in the Park" Coming Soon!

There is only a few days left but there is still time to register for the Escondido Humane Society's "Paws in the Park" and begin your fundraising efforts. Every walker will make a difference, and every dollar raised will help brighten the lives of animals awaiting a home at the Escondido Humane Society. Registration is free, and participants will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money raised, starting at $50.

There are several ways for people to get involved in the fundraising effort. Walkers can register online at and start a personalized fundraising web page. If you are already booked on March 29, but still want to help, you can register as a virtual walker. Or you can support a team or individual by visiting their fundraising page and make a donation.

On the day of the event, participants can bring their canine companions, friends, family and co-workers and walk together in an effort to eliminate homelessness among companion animals. "Paws in the Park" is on Sunday, March 29, at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, starting with check-in at 8am; the walk kicking off at 9am and ending at 12Noon. For more information or to register, call 760.888.2235, or go to

Backyard Birding Class to be Held in Escondido

On Saturday, March 21, from 2 to 4pm, the San Dieguito River Park will sponsor a Backyard Birding class at the San Pasqual Water Reclamation Plant at 14103 Highland Valley Road, Escondido. (92025 for those map questing) The session is free and open to all interested participants. The topic is "Plainly Popular Birds" and the hosts are the owners of the Wild Bird Shop, a unique nature store on the Oregon Coast, and volunteers for open space during their tenure in San Diego County every year. They will be discussing how to attract, feed, and enjoy nature in your own yard, garden, or patio. If you like hummingbirds, finches, mourning doves, and/or just want to know what's flying around in your area, this is the class for you. The class will take place rain or shine. Refreshments served. For information, call Barbara at 858.674.2275, Ext. 14.

Golf Association Membership Kickoff Planned

The 2009 Executive Women's Golf Association Membership "Kick-off" party will include guest speakers, a fashion show, raffle prizes, and hors d'oeuvres. Mark your calendar and join the membership of women golfers whose "love of the game," regardless of skill level, enjoys a year-long EWGA calendar of fun golf events and tournaments throughout San Diego.

The event will be Wednesday, March 25 from 6-9pm, at Mission Valley Resort, 875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, (619.819.1992). Cost is $30/person and includes no host bar. Space is limited. For late sign-ups contact Olivia Hernandez at or register on-line on the website at

Local Acupuncturist to Offer Free Health Workshop

Joe Voss, licensed Acupuncturist, will host a workshop called "Natural Solutions to Your Health Problems" for anyone interested in learning how to take care of themselves using remedies, like acupuncture, that balance mind, body and spirit. He will discuss the effects of untreated physical traumas, how stress damages the body, importance and function of the adrenal glands, how environmental toxins and pollutants destroy the body's ability to heal, and other topics.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 24, from 7-8pm, in the King/Garden Community Rooms at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 No. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Joe Voss is founder of North County Acupuncture in Carlsbad, and can be reached at 760.420.3111, or email to

EMPAC to Discuss Help With Rent Increases

The Escondido Mobile/Manufactured Home Positive Action Committee (EMPAC) will meet on Thursday, March 26, at 7pm, at the East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Larry Steneck, EMPAC's newly elected Treasurer, will discuss important new ways that EMPAC may help with rent increases. For information, call 739.0870.

Public Recital to be Held at Escondido Woman's Club

A public recital will be presented by Michael and Mark Doering and students at 3pm on Sunday, March 29, at the Woman's Club of Escondido, 751 North Rose (corner Rose and Mission). The recital is free and refreshments will be provided. For information, call 760.489.9483.

Audubon Nature Center Announces Events

Sign up for the Buena Vista Audubon's annual "Grunion Hunt" scheduled for the evening of March 27. For information, call 760.439.2473.

In the Basic Birding class, learn to identify the new species flying in at the Buena Vista Lagoon Landing on Jefferson Street in Carlsbad. This class takes place on the last Saturday of the month (March 28), at 8:30am. Take I-5 to Hwy 78 East, Exit Jefferson, turn right and go to stoplight. Turn right and park in Landing parking lot on right side of road. BV Audubon leader, Tom Troy, will help you identify birds by sight and sound with instruction on the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. He can be reached at 760.967.6915.

Also, the Audubon Society does a Whelan Lake bird walk - a premier birding location not open to the public - on the first Saturday of the month (April 4) at 8am. Mating and nesting season means lots of activity. Take I-5 to Hwy. 76. Turn left at Douglas and continue to the light at North River Road. Turn left and meet at cul-de-sac by entrance gate. The leader is John Haddock who can be reached at 760.941.7824.

Volunteers are needed at the Nature Center in Oceanside. Be a host at the Center, participate in education programs for kids, native plant propagation, bird watching events and field trips. A short training session and you're ready. The Center is located at 2202 So. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Call Mary Ellen at 760.918.6622 for information.

New Gym to be Inaugurated by Hosting a Basketball Game

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) will inaugurate the new gymnasium by hosting a basketball game between the Oceanside Police Department and the Oceanside Firefighters. Guests of Honor for the ribbon cutting will be Mayor Jim Wood and representatives from the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. The event will be on Saturday, April 18, with doors opening at 3pm and the game starting at 4pm. Address is 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside.

The event is free to the public, and prizes will be raffled off, courtesy of Trader Joe's, California Comedy Traffic School, Henry's Farmer's Market, 333 Pacific Steak and Seafood Restaurant, and more. The event is also made possible by friends at Little Caesar's Restaurant, Jamba Juice and Subway. Free hotdogs will be available while they last. Donations and sponsorship opportunities are still being accepted. The BGCO offers events such as this to help fund their after school programs. For information, call 760.433.8920, or check the website at

Paul Greenwood Spoke at DBE Meeting/Luncheon

Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) held their 27th annual Council Meeting and luncheon recently at the Bernardo Heights Country Club. The guest speaker was Paul Greenwood, Deputy D.A. in San Diego who is the resident expert on elder abuse and prosecutes those who take advantage of and abuse the elderly in San Diego County. DBE has seven chapters in Southern California, where membership is extended to women of British or Commonwealth Heritage. For information, check the website at, contact, or call 760.731.7379.

Photo: Kay Simmons, standing, 1st Vice president of DBE in Southern California Inc., visits with friend Julia Spragg who donated party favors for the occasion.

photoRecently GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC)

installed new officers for 2009 including (l-r) Linda Bridges, President; Laura McPhee, 1st Vice President-Dean and Secretary; Penny Hagler, 2nd Vice President-Federation; Laura Collins, Treasurer; and Sandra Teters, 3rd Vice President-Ways & Means. CWONC is a women’s volunteer organization involved in charitable and educational projects and new members are always welcome. Interested? Call 760.945.8699, or visit the website at
(Picture by Kaye Martin)

"The Phantom Tollbooth" for Young Audiences, to Present in Poway

The Kennedy Center'sTheatre for Young Audiences on Tour will be presenting "The Phantom Tollbooth", at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday, March 28, at 8pm. This play is based on the classic children's book by Norman Juster. Ticket prices are $39/adults, and $5/for those 18 and under, with purchase of adult ticket. Call 858.748.0505, or check the website at


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