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Social Butterfly May 14th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

"Business Before 9" Networking at Macaroni Grill

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce's "Business Before 9" Networking program will be on Friday, May 15, from 7:30 to 9am, at Macaroni Grill, 202 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido (south entrance to Westfield North County). This includes breakfast, networking, and door prizes. Coffee provided by Take A Break Service. Cost is $5/members and $10/prospective members. RSVP to Vanessa Lee at 760.745.2125, Ext. 204, or email to

Escondido Humane Society to Hold Adoption Outreach

The Escondido Humane Society is holding an adoption outreach event from 10 a.m. To 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at Petco in Escondido, 1000 W. Valley Parkway. 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.

Patio Playhouse Announces Auditions for "City of Angels"

On Sunday and Monday, May 17 and 18, the Patio Playhouse will be holding auditions for many roles in the play "City of Angels.” Auditions will be held at The Woman's Club of Escondido, 751 No. Rose St. (corner of Mission), Escondido, behind the House of Prayer Lutheran Church. Callbacks will be Wednesday, May 20. The play will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm from August 7-29, 2009. Rehearsals begin June 8, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 7-10pm, and some Saturdays.

All roles are open. Please bring headshot and resume'. Vocal auditions require a one-minute prepared song - please provide your own CD or cassette tape musical accompaniment, a non-vocal instrumental. No a cappella. Acting auditions (at callbacks) - cold readings from the script.

In addition to the main character roles, there will be a number of other great ensemble/chorus roles, speaking and non-speaking. Call 760.744.0376 or 760.738.1472 for production information or to work on the crew. No appointment needed.

Col. Michael Chene' to Speak at Escondido Republican Women’s Federated Luncheon

On Wednesday, May 20, the Escondido Republican Women Federated meeting will feature Col. Michael P. Chene', USMCR, who will speak about Iraq; the political, religious, and ethnic powerplay, and will include a slide presentation. Col. Chene' has Top Secret Clearance and an abundance of warfare knowledge and experience. The meeting starts at 11:30am at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Drive. Lunch is $16/person. Call Vivian Herron at 760.480.7850 for reservations.

"Tough Love for Your Yard" and “Birding Peru” are Audubon's Programs Coming Up

On Sunday, May 17, at 2pm, when the Buena Vista Native Plant Club meets, the program will be about "Tough Love for Your Yard." May is the perfect month for lawn intervention. The decision to replace some or all of that thirsty old grass opens the door to a wonderland of new gardening opportunities. Meetings are held at the Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. For more information, or call the Center at 760.439.2473.

Then on Wednesday, May 20, there will be a program on “Birding Peru.” Social starts at 7pm, with the program at 7:30pm, at the Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Birdwatching can be a real adventure in exotic Peru, a birder's paradise with over 1800 bird species. John Top and Lesley Marples will describe their month-long visit to SE Peru during July and August of 2007, with pictures taken from the eastern slope of the Andes to the Amazon Jungle to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. For information, call 760.439.2473.

Oceanside Optimists to Present "Spring Fling" Fashion Show

On Saturday, May 23, from 11:30am to 2:30pm, the Oceanside Optimists will present The Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. There will be live music by Free Fall, door prize, raffle items, fashions, and jewelry. Tickets are $35/person, and includes a free door prize drawing. Reservations are required; call Mitzi Koch at 760.721.1416. Funds to be used for their many projects in the community. The Optimist Club touches many children's lives, and their motto is "Our work is never done."

Rancho Bernardo Historical Society Serves Up Pancakes

Step back in time for an old-fashioned pancake breakfast served on the spacious lawns of the quaint Bernardo Winery. The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society hosts their 4th annual Pancake Festival on Saturday, May 23, from 8am to 12Noon. This popular community event features a Memorial Day celebration and raises funds to support the new history museum being built this summer at the Bernardo Winery. Tickets are $6/person and include pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice.

Live music by the Dixie Strutters and the picnic setting make this event a lively affair. Local merchants have donated dozens of raffle prizes, including gift baskets, restaurant certificates, floral arrangements, and chocolate delicacies. Every ticket holder is eligible to win the door prize - a $950 Diamond Pendant Necklace from Cabernet Jewelers at the Bernardo Winery.

As a Memorial Day tribute, all military personnel who attend in uniform or bring in an old photo in uniform will eat free. All the photos will be scanned for placement on the new Museum's Military Wall of Honor. Colonel Steve Pisanos, retired Air Force, and author of "The Flying Greek," is the special Festival Honoree this year. Event sponsors include Ralphs Fresh Fare in 4S Ranch, Cold Stone Creamery in Rancho Bernardo, and the Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club who volunteer as the pancake chefs extraordinaire.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Bernardo Winery Tasting Room, the RBHS Museum, or at the door the day of the event. Or you may go to:

Children under three eat free. The Winery is located at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte. The Historical Society, founded in 1982, has raised funds to build a new history museum, and welcomes contributions and sponsorships for the museum and other events.

Business "Nuts and Bolts" Workshop Presented by Joe Molina

A free workshop series, Business 101, will be presented by Joe Molina, Small Business Development Center, on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 North Broadway, Escondido. Contact Vanessa Lee at 760.745.2125 or email Bring a brown-bag lunch, and beverages will be provided.

Humane Society Announces Calendar Contest

The Escondido Humane Society is on the lookout for pets with pinup potential for the "Best Friends 2010" Calendar Contest. Entries will be accepted now through July 15. Most people think that their pet is the cutest, prettiest, or most handsome on the block and now you can show the world by entering the contest. If you would like to make your pet a star, here's how you do it. The first 50 entries that meet contest guidelines will be featured in the calendar's Community Collage, so early birds are guaranteed fame. Eleven winning photographs will appear as the famous Pets of the Month. Every completed entry receives a complimentary high-quality calendar.

The tax-deductible entry donation of $25 supports animal rehabilitation and adoption programs at the shelter. Entry forms can be downloaded at or picked up at the shelter. Photos must contain only animals, and high-resolution, horizontal layout photos are preferred. Copyrighted photographs will not be accepted. For contest guidelines or more information, log on to, e-mail or call (760) 888-2235.

Daughters of Union Veterans Meeting Scheduled

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent No. 5, will be held at 11am on Tuesday, May 26, in the Veterans Memorial War Building at Zoo Drive and Park Boulevard in Balboa Park. Barbara Mondt will present the program which she will also be presenting on Memorial Day in conjunction with the Sons of Union Veterans in a ceremony at 1:30pm at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 3751 Market St. by Grand Army of the Civil War Veterans Hill. For information about DUVCW and Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent, check the website at

photoIan Hollingsworth Entertained Casa de Amigos Residents

Recently at their monthly social, Ian Hollingsworth honored the residents at Casa de Amigos in Escondido, by coming in full regalia and playing his bagpipes. When Ian was in college in Ashland, Oregon, he heard the bagpipes playing in the park and asked if they needed another player. They said "yes" and he started taking lessons. He is now in his 60's and still playing.

Ian told the audience the story of the bagpipes; that they were developed in the Middle East several centuries before the birth of Christ. The Romans used them, and then they spread to other countries throughout Europe. By the 14th century, they could be found in most villages and towns in Scotland and Ireland. The bagpipes were used to commemorate the death of warriors and to rally different clans into battle.

Scottish and Irish immigrants brought bagpipes with them when they came to America in the 1800's. Today they are used for major musical bands, many competitions, parades, funerals, the Black Watch, and the Queen's Highlanders, as well as for enjoyment. Many police and fire departments also have groups who play.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Schedules Nature Hike

On Saturday, May 23, from 9am to 2pm, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has a guided nature hike scheduled at the Santa Maria Canyon in San Pasqual Valley, east of Escondido. Explore the beautiful Santa Maria Creek in the San Dieguito River Park on a tour led by an expert riparian biologist. This hike will cross rugged terrain so some hiking experience is suggested. Bring water, sun protection and own lunch. Cost is $40, or free with new $35 Conservancy membership; lunch provided at extra charge. Reservations required. Contact or call 858.755.6956 for more information and to reserve a space.

Moonlight Cultural Foundation Brings The Following Series

WordsWork, free Play Reading Series, award winning plays, professional actors and forums with director and cast, produced by the City of Vista and co-producing affiliates, is being brought to you by The Moonlight Cultural Foundation on the Mondays listed below. Programs are subject to change.

May 25 - Celebrity Sonnets - SD Shakespeare Society - Regional notables read Sonnets forgotten, remembered and revered.

June 22 - Right Here, Right Now - Write Out Loud - Readings of original works written by regional authors.

September 14 - Seascape, directed by Kathy Brombacher - Comedy, fantasy, satire surround couples' relationships.

November 16 - An Evening with Jonathan McMurtry's Shakespeare - Nationally recognized Shakespeare actor, scholar and Old Globe Resident Artist.

Doors open at 7pm; performances at 7:30pm, with open seating and the forum following, at the Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista. Questions, call 760.630.7650. Refreshments provided by the Moonlight Angels Auxiliary.


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