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Social Butterfly January 7th, 2010

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

San Marcos Lions Hosted Christmas Parties for Needy Children

The San Marcos Lions Club recently hosted two Christmas parties for needy children who attend Firebird Manor Head Start, a Maac Project. Santa Claus (aka Lion member, John Lauer) presented gifts to each child and the children made snowy Christmas trees and decorated gingerbread cookies. For more information about the Lions Club, contact Vivian Lopez at 760.744.5203.

Picture: Lions shown are (l-r) Vivian Lopez, David Simpson, Elsa Singh, Fern Thompson, and Ish Lopez. The children are unidentified for privacy issues.

Help Locate Missing Classmates for 1965 EHS/OGHS Class Reunion

Your help is needed to find missing classmates for the 45th class reunion of the Escondido High School/Orange Glen High School 1965 graduates. If you have information, contact Rosalia (Atilano) Zamora of the Reunion Committee at 760.489.1407, after 7pm PST, or 760.532.8181.

Like to Play Bunco?

On Wednesday, January 20, from 1-4pm, the Woman's Club of Escondido will be holding a Bunco Party at the clubhouse located at 751 North Rose Street (behind church at corner of Rose and Mission Ave.) There will be cash prizes, and dessert will be served. Tickets are $5/each, and reservations are requested as soon as possible, by calling Mary at 760.738.0560.

Senior Service Council Escondido Announces Programs Available

The Senior Service Council Escondido provides a Senior Computer Class starting January 12. Courses on Beginning and Intermediate Vista or XP and Beginning iMac with Apple OSX run 1.5 hours per week for eight weeks for a $25 fee. Email and Internet classes run for four weeks for $12. Sign up at The Council, 728 No. Broadway, ONLY today, January 7, from 9am to 12noon. Call for information on special Word, Excel and PhotoStory classes. One-on-one tutoring is also available on most subjects any time by appointment for $5 per hour. Call 760.480.0611 for information.

Special programs provided by the Service Council are: AARP senior driving classes, income tax preparation starting in February, a job referral program, legal assistance, and a taxi voucher program. Other programs include blood pressure and diabetes blood sugar screenings. Dental, eye health, and hearing screenings are done by local volunteer doctors at no cost. Support groups for Arthritis, Alzheimer's Bereavement, COPD, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Polio.

Only two classes have fees; the computer classes shown above, and the Driver Safety Class which is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. All other programs are free and are staffed by volunteers.

Escondido Humane Society to Hold Community Outreach

The Escondido Humane Society is holding a community outreach from 11am to 2pm, on Saturday, January 9, at Kahoots in Escondido, 334 W. El Norte Parkway. Adoptable dogs will be at the store during the event. Please note that animals cannot be adopted at the store, so potential adopters must return to the Escondido Humane Society, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, to complete the adoption process. For more information, call 760.888.2247.

Democratic Club Schedules First Meeting of New Year

The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will hold their first meeting of the new year on Saturday, January 9, at 1pm with social at 12:30pm. Democratic National Committee member and chair of the San Diego Democratic Party, Jess Durfee, will give an update on the events of 2009 and progress of the San Diego Democratic Party. There also will be election of the new board for the LSM Club.

The meeting will be held at the new location; not the LSM Pavilion. Check the club newsletter for detailed directions to the meeting place, call 760.752.1035; email or the website at

Contemporary Women Hosts Holiday Party and Announces Meeting

GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) hosted their annual party for the children staying at Casa de Amparo over the holidays. Children worked on crafts, received backpacks full of gifts, ate pizza and cookies, and enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa (aka Joe McDonald).
Also, Contemporary Women of North County, a local women's volunteer organization and social club, will hold their meeting on Monday, January 11, at the historic Wood House, 1148 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos. Women interested in helping in the community are invited to join for social time at 6pm followed by the meeting at 6:30. For more information, call Lisa Pratte at 760.294.1797, or visit the club's website at

Photo: CWONC members, l-r, Kaye Martin, Linda Bridges, Betty Walden, Laura McPhee, Ann Lygas, and Marena Mills (courtesy photo)

Art Association Announces Showings

Kathy Mehaffey will be showing art during January at the Pacific Trust Bank, 16536 Bernardo Center Drive., 9am to 6pm, M-Th; 9-7 on F; and 9-4 on Saturday. Amy Bekier will show at the Incredible Cafe, 11828 Rancho Bernardo Road, 6:30am through dinner every day. The Rancho Bernardo Community Tennis Club, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive, next to the Senior Center, will be the location for Don Smith's artwork; and Holly Hertig will be showing at Poway Vision Care, 13035 Pomerado Road, Suite C, Poway.

If you like artwork and want to find others with the same interest, or a place to show your artwork, the Rancho Bernardo Art Association is for you. The website is for more information. Call Phyllis Hensperger at 858.675.2262 for membership information. Membership cost is $25/single; $30/couples; $15/students.

Volunteer at Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

Go Green in 2010! This could be your New Year's Resolution to help the Buena Vista Audubon Society spread their conservation message. Volunteers are needed to act as Nature Center hosts, Nature Guides to present educational programs and tours for school children, Native Plant gardeners, and more. The education and outreach programs need you. A short training program with seasoned volunteers and you'll be ready to fly! Contact Mary Ellen at 760.918.6622 for more information.

Buena Vista Native Plant Club meeting

On Sunday, January 17, at 2pm, the Buena Vista Native Plant Club will meet at the Nature Center, 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. The program will be "Propagation," an economical way to add to your native garden landscapes, understand a few basic principles and make right plant choices, with some hands-on experience. Experts and novices alike are invited. For more information, email, or call the Center at 760.439.2473.

R.B. Republican Women's Meeting to Feature Bruce Ruff

The first meeting of the new year for the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women will be on Friday, January 15, at 11am, at the Stoneridge Country Club in Poway. Sheriff Candidate Bruce Ruff will be the speaker, and will address the issue of the betrayal of the citizens by those who have been leaders since 1994. Guests are welcome. Cost of the luncheon is $25/non-members and $23/members. For reservations, call Laura Harris at 858.673.1409 or Momina Skill at 858.487.0378.

Christian Women’s Club Luncheon Planned

"Snow in the Forecast" is the theme of the San Marcos-Vista Christian Women's Club luncheon on Monday, January 18, at 11:30am, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. The cost of the luncheon is $16/inclusive. The speaker will be C.J. Rapp from Mission Viejo, a motivational and inspirational speaker. She will share how to turn "Trash into Treasure."

Guests are welcome. The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited and encouraged to make reservations by Thursday, January 14. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries/Christian Women's Club. For more information, check the website at For reservations, call Donna at 760.432.0772 or Muriel at 760.744.3744.

Concerts Coming Soon

On Sunday, January 17, starting at 7pm (doors open at 6pm), Kris Kristofferson will hold a concert at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 No. Escondido Blvd. Call the box office at 1.800.988.4253. Tickets are $38 to $45 in advance, for all ages. All tickets will be $2 higher on day of show. Tickets available from

On Wednesday, April 14, at 8pm (doors open at 7pm), the concert at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 No. Escondido Blvd., will be "Guthrie Family Rides Again" featuring Arlo Guthrie, with special guests, Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion ... And the Kids. Tickets are $28, $33, and $43 in advance. All seats will be $5 higher on day of show. Tickets available from the Center's Escondido Ticket Office, or by calling 1.800.988.4253.

Assistance League Welcomes New Members

The Assistance League of Inland North County recently welcomed their new member class. They will work along with the 150-plus all-volunteer membership to support six service programs in the North County community. The programs are Operation School Bell, Scholarships and Grants, Ready...Set...Read!, Hug-A-Bear, Operation Duffel Bags, and Baby Real Deal. For information, call 760.746.7532, or check the website at

In the year 2008/2009, 149 members of the Assistance League of Inland North County gave 24,352 hours of service to Inland North San Diego County communities. Assistance League returned nearly $224,000 to help meet special needs of area residents. Six philanthropic programs operated by volunteers touched the lives of 4,810 children and adults. In addition, Outreach and Assisteens® Auxiliaries gave 1551 hours of service to more than 607 children and adults in need.

Scholarships and Grants totaling $55,000 were awarded to 42 students. Originally designed for graduates of San Pasqual Academy, this program has been expanded to include graduates of other high schools and students at Cal State San Marcos and Palomar Community College who are interested in nursing and health related fields.

The chapter's Assistance League Thrift Shop, located at 2068 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, is the major source of funding for the above programs. Fundraising events included a Dinner Theater Performance and a High Tea and Fashion Show. Grants and donations from individuals and corporations are also a source of support.

(Photo: l-r, Joan Ferrin, Alice Gosnell, Mary Ann Connors, Gloria Christensen, Sharon Siegfried. Seated, Lois Moussally. New members not shown are: Maggie Igram, Gertrud Hughes, Corinne Lines, and Claire Lemke.)

Oceanside Announces A Senior Travel Program

The Parks & Recreation Division of the City of Oceanside is starting a Senior Travel Program, designed to provide recreational opportunities for adults, ages 50 and above, and will offer a variety of fun day trips as well as extended overnight travel adventures. In addition, a new travel club is forming and will meet at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, for a free social opportunity for members to learn about upcoming trips. The travel club is free to join and will have established meeting times.

For information regarding trips and services, contact Jesse Montanez at 760.435.5300, or visit the El Corazon Senior Center.

photoSan Marcos Wranglers 4-H Club in the San Marcos Holiday Parade

On Sunday, December 6, 2009, the San Marcos Wranglers 4-H Club participated in the San Marcos Holiday Parade. The theme of the parade was “Joyful Season.” Many of the girls brought their animal projects to walk in the parade too. Dogs, horses and even a little bunny walked the parade route to show children what fun 4-H can be.

Together, 4-H and another equestrian group, “V-Spurs” shared the honor of “Best in Show Equestrian Group” trophy. Any child interested in becoming a member of 4-H can email Lori Hall-McNary at


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