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Social Butterfly December 10th, 2009

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Santa’s Mailbox in Escondido

Letters to Santa Get A Response This Year

This holiday season, children who craft lists or write letters to Santa Claus will have a chance to get a personalized response from him. Their letters just need to be dropped into Santa’s Mailbox located on the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and Kalmia Street, Downtown Escondido (by Architectural Relics) by Friday, December 18th. “Personal” responses from Santa himself will be sent within a few days of receipt.

Letters should be addressed to: Santa Claus, The North Pole, and include a legible return address. The “Letters To Santa Mailbox” is a project of the Downtown Business Association of Escondido. For more information about Santa’s Mailbox, contact Events Manager, Jenessa Schaniel at or

Service For Women Currently Undergoing Chemo

If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning, one time per month for four months, while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. 'Cleaning for a Reason' will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. Check their website at Pass this information on to bless a woman going through treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

Oceanside to Host Senior Citizen's Winter Ball

The City of Oceanside will host the annual Senior Citizen's Winter Ball, for everyone ages 55 and up, on Sunday, December 13, from 7-10pm at the Oceanside Beach Recreation Center, 300 N. The Strand. Tickets are $20/person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Country Club Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm, or at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm.

Get dressed in your holiday best and plan to dance the night away to the music of the South Coast Swing Band. Light refreshments will be served; however, please dine prior to attending as dinner will not be served. Parking is available at the Transit Center parking lot at Cleveland and Seagaze. Free shuttle service will be provided from each of the parking areas to the front door of the Center.

Palomar Model A Ford Club Plans Annual Christmas Party

The annual Christmas Party of the Palomar Model A Ford Club will be held on Saturday, December 12, at the Elks Lodge #1968, 1974 East Vista Way, Vista. The Elks phone number is 760.724.1968. For more information and reservations, call Linda Thamer at 760.729.5449. A big turnout is expected as this is the last Club event of the year.

Contemporary Women to Hold Holiday Potluck at Their Meeting

GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a volunteer and social club, will hold their annual holiday potluck/meeting at 6:00pm, on December 14, at a member’s home in San Marcos. Each attendee is asked to bring a donation for the Escondido Humane Society, including toys, food, blankets and towels to help with their Presents for Pets donation drive. If you are interested in attending the meeting, or finding out more about CWONC, please call 760.294.1797.

“An Old-Fashioned Christmas” Fundraiser Concert to Benefit Casa De Amparo

North County's local talents invite you to "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" concert at 7pm on Friday, December 18. This event will benefit Casa De Amparo, Oceanside's child development center and shelter serving abused children and families in San Diego through group therapy, family therapy, and child abuse prevention. The concert will take place at Carlsbad Women's Club, 3320 Monroe St., across the street from Carlsbad High School. Enjoy favorite Christmas and Chanukah songs featuring local singers and musicians Joni Harris, Bill Ims, Carolyn Mickelson, Eliane Weidauer, Vicki Hamilton, and Dmitriy Demidov, and join them for a sing-along. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided.

Bring a gift for a "Casa Kid" as an entry fee. Suggestions include gift cards, photo albums, personal toiletries, games, puzzles, etc. There will also be a free will offering collected. For reservations, call Eliane at 760.945.1162 or email Proceeds will be donated to Casa De Amparo for treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. Visit the website at for more information about this topic and fundraiser.

Temecula Community Christmas Dinner Needs Volunteers, Sponsors and Pies

The annual Community Christmas Dinner will be held from 11am to 4pm on Friday, December 25, at the Temecula Community Center, 28816 Pujol Street. This completely free sit-down dinner is open to anyone in the community. The Dinner is unusual in that its purpose is to share dinner and community spirit on the holiday with young, old, rich or poor, individuals alone for the holiday, and those who just want a dose of great community spirit.

Numerous anonymous donors and the Temecula Rotary Club sponsor the holiday dinner. Last year the committee served 1,500 dinners and they anticipate at least a 10-percent increase this year. Sponsors, donations and volunteers are needed. Volunteers can help on Christmas Day or by assisting with pick-up and deliveries, decorating and present wrapping prior to the event. Anyone wishing to donate baked pies should call 951.677.0403. For more information about the event, call 951.678.2471.

Winning Films of Oceanside's 1st International Film Festival to be Shown

The winning films of the 2009 Oceanside International Film Festival will be shown at 6:15pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. Show and times are: 6:15pm, "Kevin's Critters: Dolphin Experience" (children's category, Best Student Film winner, by Kevin Anderson); 6:30pm, "Save the World" (Best Documentary winner, by Michael T. Wood); and 7:30pm, "Callous" (Best Picture winner, by Joey Lanai. Content may not be suitable for children.)

Admission will include "Callous," a family drama based on Lanai's life and examines the effects of violence and alcoholism on family health. For more information on Joey Lanai's work, check the website at

Tickets are $10.00 for a 1-day pass. The New Vision Theatre Co. operating Sunshine Brooks Theatre is an official participant of the civic revitalization program from the city of Oceanside. Call 760.529.9140 or visit the website at for more information about this and other events. Coming in January - “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn” - a special guest-documentary screening by Pamela Peak, an award-winning writer, producer and director, whose works have been featured on PBS.

Calendar of Events for City of Oceanside:

Dec 10 OFA Hosts CPR Class, 6:00–10:00pm. Fire Training Center. Register at

Dec 12 San Elijo Lagoon Field Trip. 9:00am. Buena Vista Audubon Society (760) 753-1266.

Dec 12 Holiday Tales from Around the World. 11:00am. Civic Center Library (760) 435-5600.

Dec 12 Science Seekers Holiday Special with “Mad Science”. Grades 4-8. 2:00pm. Civic Center Library (760) 435-5600.

Dec 12 Boat Parade of Lights. 6:00 – 9:00pm. Harbor & Oceanside Yacht Club (760) 722-5751.

Dec 13 Film Screening & Discussion. 2:00pm. Mission Branch Community Room (760) 435-5600.

Dec 13 Soiree on the Strand – Benefit for Global Communities. 3:00–7:00pm. South side of Pier Plaza (760) 473-1947.

Dec 13 Chanukah in Candyland by Chabad of Oceanside. 3:30 pm. Civic Center Community Rooms (760) 806-7662.

Dec 13 Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting. 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Civic Center Plaza (760) 806-7765.

Dec 14 Anime & Manga Club. Grades 6-12. 3:30pm. Mission Branch Library Community Rooms. (760) 435-5640.

Dec 16 Anime & Manga Club. Grades 6-12. 3:30pm. Civic Center Library Community Rooms (760) 435-5640.

Dec 16 Paws to Read. Grades 2-5. 3:00–4:00pm. Mission Branch Library (760) 435-5590.
And a Merry Christmast to everyone!


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