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Social Butterfly July 30th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

DAR Creates Miniature Herb Gardens as Fundraiser

Thanks to the generosity of Home Depot, the Rincon del Diablo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was able to create miniature herb Victory Gardens for kitchen windowsills. Plants, pots and potting soil were all donated by the Home Depot. Money from sale of the gardens helps support the chapter's projects of making quilts for hospitalized military overseas and sending packages to military stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan; furnishing a classroom in an Appalachia school; supplying hygiene items for women in Serenity House; cataloging photographs at the Rancho Bernardo History Museum; and recognizing outstanding high school ROTC students.

DAR is open to all women who can prove lineage to a supporter of the American Revolutionary War. Members can provide assistance in tracing ancestors. For information, call Phyllis Young, 760.744.7530, or Nancy Christensen at 760.788.8180.

Pictured are l-r: Phyllis Young, DAR Regent; David Yee, Specialty Manager at the Valley Parkway Home Depot; and Sherrie Stein, DAR member and project planner.

Walk Like MADD

On Saturday, September 19, from 8am to 1pm, you are invited to Walk Like MADD, a 5K fun walk fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). There will be live music, a kids' zone, youth in action, best dressed dog contest, food, prizes, memorial area, and family fun, at the Liberty Station at Point Loma, 2756 Dewey Road, San Diego. Log on to for information and select city "San Diego" to participate. MADD's phone number is 858.564.0780.

SM Kiwanis Schedules Blood Drive

Wednesday, August 12, from 1pm to 6pm, the San Marcos Kiwanis is sponsoring their annual blood drive at the parking lot, corner of Rancheros Drive and San Marcos Blvd. (across the street from City Hall). Eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating. All donors must show proof of identification.

To schedule an appointment online, log on to, click on 'appointments' and provide sponsor code: KCSM, or go to and click on 'blood drive' to register, or call Carrie Clevers at 760.471.3201 to schedule.

Domestic Violence Prevention Workshop Scheduled by Woman's Clubs

The GFWC Signature Project - Domestic Violence Prevention is to help preteens and teens build healthy relationships (high school teen dating abuse program). The chairmen of the Palomar District of GFWC Woman's Clubs, Linda Bridges and Vivian Doering, will be presenting this workshop, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, from 10am to 12Noon. It will be held at the Woman's Club of Escondido clubhouse, 751 No. Rose St., Escondido.

The workshop will be two-fold: 1. An interactive presentation of the GFWC exercise titled "Why Does She Stay," and 2. Presentation of a simple project (teen dating abuse) using the GFWC Leadership Tool Kit. The preliminary research has been completed and a "color-coded" worksheet will be available to help your club complete this project. If time permits, Pat Harvey, Palomar District Dean, will be available to answer any report writing questions. Please RSVP to Pat at or 760.630.7686 no later than August 5th.

Voter Registration is Topic for LSM Democratic Club Meeting

Saturday, August 8, is the date for the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club meeting, starting with social at 12:30pm and the meeting at 1pm. The featured speakers will be Greg Bolian and Jack Robertson who have played lead roles in successful registration campaigns in San Diego County. Learn how the process works. The meeting will be held at the new location. Check the Club Newsletter for detailed directions, or call 760.752.1035; email, or check the website at

Escondido Democrats To Discuss Sewage Disposal

The August meeting of the Escondido Democratic Club (EDC) continues the group's discussion of water issues with a presentation titled "Wastewater - Escondido's Unseen Challenge." Speakers are Lori Vereker, Escondido Director of Utilities, and Kevin Barnard, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy.

The meeting is scheduled at 7pm, Thursday, August 13, at the Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Admission is open to everyone free of charge. Free parking is available on site. Lite refreshments will be served.

The wastewater discussion follows the July presentation, "The Importance of Water in Regional Planning" by Kelley Gage of the San Diego County Water Authority. EDC has scheduled the two programs to learn more about key issues affecting the revision of Escondido's General Plan, which is the topic of the September meeting.

For additional information on the meeting or the Escondido Democratic Club, contact Rick Moore at 760.740.8595 or

Art Association Showings for August are Announced

During August the following artists from the Rancho Bernardo Art Association, (RBAA), will be showing their artworks:

Barbara Siegal's art will be at the Incredible Cafe, 11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd., 6:30am through dinner every day. Marshall Kline's venue will be the Pacific Trust Bank, 16536 Bernardo Center Drive, from 9am to 6pm Mon-Thur; 9-7 on Fri, and 9-4 on Saturdays.

The R.B. Community Tennis Club will feature art from Doris Bertch, from 7:30am to 10:30pm M-F. The Club is next to the Joslyn Senior Center, at 18402 W. Bernardo Drive. And Karen Vincent will be showing art at the Poway Vision Care, 13035 Pomerado Road, Suite C, Poway.

Visit the RBAA artists at the Rancho Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. If you like artwork, would like to find others with the same interest, and would like to show your artwork, the RBAA is for you. Contact Phyllis Hensperger at 858.675.2262 regarding membership. Single membership is $20/person; $25/couples; and students $10.

EUSD Cleans Up at County-wide iVIE Awards

Educational videos created by K-8th grade students from Escondido Union School District (EUSD) won in seven categories at the San Diego County-wide Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards held recently. Also, seven other EUSD videos received Special Recognition. Held at the San Diego Civil Theater, guests filled the 2,900 seat venue with parents, students, teachers and administrators from schools all over San Diego County for the 8th Annual celebration. Steve Clemons, Chief Technology Officer, San Diego County Office of Education, said "Tonight's iVIE awards are a celebration of the innovative ways teachers and students are using video production to enhance learning." The iVIE Awards and Festival is a San Diego County competition for student- and teacher-created videos that address California curriculum standards ( The goals are to foster visual and critical literacy, engage students, and raise academic achievement.

The awards ceremony mimics the Academy Awards with a red carpet, "paparazzi," and winners announced by celebrities and San Diego leaders. Kathleen Bade of Fox Five News emceed the evening, and San Diego 6 News host Ruben Galvan served as Red Carpet host. All the entered videos are posted at Teachers and students submitted 280 videos this year. San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Randolph Ward, notes, "The program promotes the mastery of communication technologies as students learn reading, writing, math, science, history, and social science skills."

In Escondido, students and teachers learn how to produce educational videos through the Project LIVE program (Learning through Instructional Video in Education). Now in its sixth year, Project LIVE has trained 110 teachers in all aspects of video pre-production, production, post-production, and publication, benefiting a total of 2,800 students to date. More than 50 teachers participated during the 2008-2009 school year, and the number of applicants for next year suggests that 2009-2010 will be just as large. Project LIVE costs approximately $4,000 per teacher which includes video equipment, software, and training. Costs has been covered from a variety of funding sources including the relatively new Escondido Education Foundation (

The Escondido Education Foundation’s (EEF) mission is “raising funds to support innovative learning in Escondido’s K-8 public schools.” The EEF emerged in 2004 and has contributed over $250,000 to district-wide initiatives benefiting all 18,500 K-8 students in the Escondido Union School District’s 23 schools. In March 2009, the EEF held the first annual Escondido Youth Media Festival to showcase Project LIVE, and that event will repeat in June 2010. For a complete listing of this year's winners, go to

Listed are the iVIE Award winners from Escondido, showing grades, name of award, name of the video, school, teacher and/or students:

K-2 - Cross-Curricular Award "Little Monkeys Learn The Rules"
Central; Teacher Constance Blackburn, Class project

3-5 - Language Arts/Humanities "Prepositions...And All That Jazz!"
Rock Springs; Teacher Courtney Simson, Class project

6-8 - Language Arts/Humanities "The Conflict Escalator"
Rincon Middle; Teacher Lisa Coogan, student Aaron I.

3-8 Public Service Announcement "Slip Away"
Mission Middle; Teacher Tamara Whitney, students Sabrina S. And Girasol S.

4-8 - Documentary "Channel B News"
Bear Valley Middle, Teachers Dale Barney and Todd Mattox; Class project

K-5 - San Diego Food Bank "Open Your Eyes to Hunger"
Pioneer; Teacher Terri Price, students Tabitha B., Angie F., Erendira M., Jackie D., Raul R., and Adilene E.

Doug Best

Teacher Award - "Cam Stevenson, It's Just That Simple Movie Making System"
Central; Teachers Mitchell de Neve and Heather Peterson

Doug Best Swings!

Doug Best Swings on Saturday mornings from 7am to 12Noon on KKSM, 1320 AM, Palomar College Radio, and he takes his program on the road also. Doug wants you to know his program is available for your group, whether it be a woman's group, sorority, just a fun get-together, or for whatever event you might need some entertainment. Doug is a radio legend with over 50 years of broadcasting, he loves music and enjoys bringing all the best sounds to your event. He can be reached at 619.540.5715.

Humane Society Seeks Pet Therapy Volunteers

The Escondido Humane Society Pet Therapy Program is looking for volunteers to join its team. The program is perfect for people who want to make a wonderful difference in somebody's life.

Volunteers in the program will take animals from the Humane Society's Education Department to visit seniors in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other places that request animal visits to bring a little happiness and love to the residents that reside there.

Time commitment is about one to two hours once a month. Volunteers must use their own vehicles and commit to a minimum of six months. Volunteers must have the ability to work with seniors and the disabled, and a willingness to work with a variety of animals. For more information, contact Ina Shookhoff, Director of Education, at 760.888.2261.


Thursday, September 10, the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by the Valley Center High School Foundation, at the Woods Valley Golf Club, 14616 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center. For sign-up/sponsorship details, call Sean Murphy at 760.801.2378 or email to, or check it out on Facebook "Valley Center High School Foundation."

The North County Serenity House annual fundraiser will be Comedy Night 2009, Saturday, November 7. Tickets are only $35. Appetizers & Raffle ticket purchase begins at 6pm. Show starts at 8pm, featuring Comedian & Ventriloquist Kevin Johnson. Limited seating. More details later or call Serenity House.


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