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Social Butterfly January 21st, 2010

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Escondido Businesses Team Up For Child Literacy

Read-O-Lution New Year Book Drive is a project that Escondido businesses are supporting to advance child literacy in the communities. Resolve to better the community this year by donating new and gently used books to the Downtown Escondido Book Drive from January 18-30. The goal is to collect 2,500 books, and these donations will support Words Alive's Early Literacy Intervention Program. For more information about the ELI program, check the web site at www.wordsalive.org.

Donations of new and gently used books in English and Spanish for children 0-13 years can be dropped off at participating Escondido box locations, including the Escondido Public Library, the Downtown Business Association, California Center for the Arts, Filippi's Pizza Grotto, Andy's Old Fashioned Barber Shop, Loft Hair Design & Skin Care, Ubiquitous Music Inc., Architectural Relics, Jaz Hair Salon, Periodico El Latino, and Escondido Joe's Coffee Shop. For a complete listing of locations, visit www.downtownescondido.com, or for more information, contact the book drive coordinators Carmen Levenson at Levenson.cm@gmail.com or Andrea Simpson at waterspryte.als@gmail.com.

MarketPlace Cafe to Open at Oceanside Senior Center

The much anticipated Senior Lunch Program at El Corazon Senior Center, the EC MarketPlace Cafe, opens daily at 10:30am beginning Monday, January 25. A special preview day was held on Wednesday, with sampling of many of the cafe-style, healthy menu selections. El Corazon Senior Center is located just off the corner of Oceanside Blvd and Ranch Del Oro at 3302 Senior Center Drive. For more information on this and all happenings for those 55 and better, visit www.ci.oceanside.ca.us or call El Corazon Senior Center at 760.435.5300 or the Oceanside Senior Center at 760.435.5250.

Luncheon Scheduled for University Women Interbranch Council

On Saturday, January 30, at 10:30am, the Annual Meeting Luncheon of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), San Diego County Interbranch Council, will be held at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. Special Guest Speaker will be Jo Dee C. Jacob, Chief Executive of Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council. The event is hosted by the Escondido/San Marcos AAUW Branch, and the cost is $30/person. Reservation deadline has passed. Call Carmen at 760.715.3340 for information.

"Bash on the Bayou" Event Coming Soon!

On Saturday, January 30, from 5pm to 10pm, St. Mary's School will hold their 4th Annual Fat Tuesday, "Bash on the Bayou." There will be dinner, a live band, silent and live auctions, and all proceeds will benefit S.M.S 4T's (Catholic Education). The event will be at St. Mary School, 130 East 13th Avenue, Escondido.

P.E.O. Reciprocity Social

Chapter WL of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will host the January 23 Social of the Palomar Reciprocity Bureau. The members of the Philanthropic Educational Organization will celebrate 141 years with a program "The Legacy Continues" honoring the original Founders. The event will take place at 10:30am at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 W. Country Club Drive. For reservations and information contact 760.751.2933.

Stonebrooke Church to Feature Ladies "New Song" Choir

The California Baptist University's "New Song" Ladies Choir will perform at Stonebrooke Church, 145 Hanalei Dr., Vista, on Sunday, January 31, at 6pm. The "New Song" 65-voice ladies choir, directed by Al Clifft, the newest addition to the choirs offered by CBU, provides a fresh approach to music in a variety of styles and combines musical variety with a high level of performance. The concert is free and open to the public. Following the service, auditions will be held for CBU scholarship opportunities for all high school juniors and seniors and Jr. College students interested in pursuing music. For information about New Song's performance, contact Laura Craig at 760.726.1564 or email to laura@stonebrookechurch.com

Vista Chamber Schedules A "Meet the Leaders" Event

On Friday, February 5, North County's federal, state and county elected representatives will gather with business leaders for a "Meet the Leaders" evening event. Over 150 of the region's business leaders are expected to attend the reception and dinner, sponsored by the Vista Chamber of Commerce, to connect with and hear from elected officials including U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa, State Assemblyman Martin Garrick, and County Supervisor Bill Horn. "The local business community will have an opportunity to communicate directly with their elected representatives on today's major, pressing business issues," said Cliff Kaiser, chair of the Vista CC and CEO of Kaiser and Associates IT Consulting.

The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:15pm, at the Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, and will feature a no-host cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by a three-course dinner and program featuring opening remarks by Vista Mayor Pro Tem Judy Ritter and presentations from Issa, Garrick, and Horn. An exclusive pre-event reception will recognize the event sponsors which, to date, includes Tri-City Medical Center and Datron World Communications. Tickets are $125/person. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,500 to $5,000 and all include a table for eight as well as admission to the exclusive pre-event reception. For tickets, contact the Vista Chamber at 760.726.1122, or info@vistachamber.org.

Concert Planned at Methodist Church


The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will be presenting Guitarist Colin McAllister and Flutist Cathy Blickenstaff in concert on Sunday, January 31, at 3:30pm. The concert is open to the public and will be held in the Church Sanctuary at 341 So. Kalmia St., Escondido. The duo will play works by Piazzolla, Venezuela songs, a Sonata by Giuliani, variations on a theme of Mozart by Fernando Sor, and other works. A reception to greet the artists will follow. A free-will offering will be collected. For directions and/or further information, call the church office at 760.745.5100.

Valentine’s Day Concert "More That's Amore'!"

Spend a romantic Valentines Day with your loved ones at Oceanside Museum of Art's "More That's Amore'!" on Sunday, February 14, at 4pm. Enjoy classic love songs from operatic arias to Broadway show tunes along with bubbly champagne and delicious chocolate confections. See many new performers and singers. This year, guests will have the opportunity to request a special song for their significant other or friend for only $25. Contact the museum by January 29th with your song request to be included in the program. Reservations for "More That's Amore'!" are $25 and $20 for OMA members. Seating is limited; call 760.435.3720 to make reservations.

Tickets Available for "Postmortem" Whodunit


The downtown Oceanside's New Vision Theatre presents a mystery thriller, "Postmortem," a Sherlock Holmes-type whodunit, from January 29 to February 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm (except on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7, at 12:30pm), at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside.

Prices are $17/adults; $14/seniors; $10/military and students. For tickets, call 760.529.9140. Group rates are available for 20 or more. For more information about this and other events, visit the web site at www.sunshinebrookstheatre.org.

Escondido Children's Museum and KPBS Partner for an Exciting Family Event

The Escondido Children's Museum has partnered with KPBS to present a free community resource event and special screening for the new PBS "Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times" on Saturday, February 6, at the California Center for the Arts, according to Catherine Sanders, chairman for the board of directors at the Escondido Children's Museum.

Event activities will kick off at 9am and feature two special screenings, at 10am and 1:30pm, of "Families Stand Together," the hour-long HD special hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts and Elmo. The program aims to help families with children, from age two to eight, experiencing difficult economic circumstances by offering strategies and tips that can lead to positive outcomes for their children during this tough economic climate. Additional event elements will include craft activities, snacks, entertainment, and resource booths that will focus on providing money-saving solutions.

The Children's Museum was founded in 2001 with the mission to "inspire children to learn about the world we live in." It is located at 380 No. Escondido Blvd., Studio 1, and borders the Historical Society and Grape Day Park, the Civic Center, arts, shopping and restaurant district. Admission is $5/person (12 months and under are free). The museum offers year round memberships, group visits, birthday parties, and museum store. For more info, check the website at www.escondidochildrensmuseum.org.

"Meeting Minutes" Workshop Scheduled

A "How to Really Write Meeting Minutes" workshop will be held on Saturday, January 30, from 9am to 3pm, at the Community Room in the La Jolla Village Square in La Jolla. This will be of benefit to all who belong to homeowner association boards, community service organizations, non-profit associations, and other corporate organizations that are required to hold democratic meetings and have recorded meeting minutes, according to Robert's Rules of Order.

This workshop is only offered by Willeen Hasler & Associates, based on many years of experience with non-profit organizations, homeowner association meetings, teaching meeting minutes at colleges, and a professional membership as Parliamentarian. She has been a Meeting Recorder over 30 years. Attendees will receive a 120-page workbook written by Ms. Hasler, a copy of ABC's of Parliamentary Procedures by Robert's Rules of Order, while others will be on sale. The workshop also includes associates Victoria Cohen, Jackie Windes, and others.

A registration cost of $75 is available by January 20. Information and forms are available by e-mail at whasler@meetings-pro.com, and telephone information at 760.439.6243. Seating is limited.

Transitional Youth Academy Recognized for Successful Partnership

Thomas Moran, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, recently announced that north San Diego-based nonprofit Interfaith Community Services was named a Merit Finalist, recognizing the organization's Transitional Youth Academy, for the 2009 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award.

The Transitional Youth Academy (TYA), developed and operated by Interfaith Community Services, was selected for the award for the program's exemplary community partnerships with the Oceanside Unified School District, the Oceanside Police Department, the City of Oceanside, and San Diego County Probation Department. Through these partnerships, TYA is able to provide a holistic, culturally attuned program that helps at-risk 12- to 21- year-olds get a high school diploma or GED and move on to college or viable jobs.

Of the 350 at-risk youth TYA has supported since 2005, 89% referred by the school district are back in school; 92% referred by probation offices for gang-related offenses are off probation; half of the youth who received vocational training are employed; drop-out and expulsion rates are down as are youth gang incidents. TYA is working to help other communities find greater stability by replicating this program.

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