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Social Butterfly March 18th, 2010

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Methodist Church to Present "Season for Non-violence" Program

On Sunday, March 21, at 4pm, the Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence Program will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 341 So. Kalmia St., Escondido. There will be songs, prayers, scripture readings and presentations by Azim Khamisa of the Khamisa Foundation and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Candhi, via DVD. This is sponsored by the Escondido Clergy Association and DOVE (Dreaming of a Violence-Free Escondido). For information, call the Church office at 760.745.5100.

Innovative Classroom Projects Awards Ceremony Held

The Escondido Education Foundation recently held the awards ceremony for 56 teachers, representing 14 schools in the Escondido Union School District, who were awarded over $22,000 for innovative classroom projects. For more information about this project, please direct your inquiries to the Foundation's Executive Director, Katie Ragazzi, at 760.432.2392, or kragazzi@eusd4kids.org.

The Escondido Education Foundation raises funds by donations, grants, and fundraising events to support this worthwhile program. To this end, EEF secured a $10,000 grant from the Escondido Charitable Foundation for Mathematics and Science grants for grades 4-8, which almost doubled the number of students and teachers participating in the program for the 2009-2010 school year.

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Jill Broeckel Receives Good Citizen Award from DAR

The Rincon del Diablo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has awarded their Good Citizen pin and certificate to Jill Broeckel, a senior at Classical Academy High School in Escondido. Jill exemplifies the citizenship qualities that the award required, that of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. A school may honor one graduating senior per year.

The Rincon chapter meets at the Escondido Country Club for lunch and a patriotic or historical program or one promoting education. Women who are descendants from a patriot of the American Revolution are invited to call for more information to Phyllis Young, 760.744.7530, or Nancy Christensen at 760.788.8180.

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Pictured are: good citizen chair, Gail Raser, award winner Jill Broeckel, and her parents Pama Lynn and Kenneth Broeckel.


Village Idiots March Reading

The Village Idiots Literary Society's next reading will be Friday, March 19th, from 7-9pm, at Vista Art Foundation's Gallery 204, on 204 Mail Street in Vista. There will be an open mike reading, with no featured author. The event is free and open to the public. Information: call 760.685.6470 or email villageidiots@cox.net.

TemeculaBluegrass Festival Features Free Workshops

Seasoned veterans, young musicians, and bluegrass fans with guitars will fill the streets of Old Town Temecula on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, during the 10th annual Bluegrass Festival. The free event is a hay-day for musicians looking for a band as jam sessions break out on every corner and under every shady eve. Free workshops attract musicians of all skill levels. All workshops are held in the “Merc” at 42051 Main Street and are free.

Caplinger is a Grammy award-winner and multi-talented musician. Munde made his mark into Bluegrass in 1972, performing with Byron Berline. They will lead a banjo workshop on Saturday at 11am at the Mercantile. Other workshops include Guitar with Elliot Rogers; Fiddle with Sligo Rags fiddler Michael Kelly, and a band workshop with the Silverado Bluegrass Band. Andy Reilly, an award winning percussionist, will teach a Bodhrain workshop on Sunday at 2pm; and others on Sunday will include the Hunt Family Band and Jam Etiquette.

Alan Munde Gazette headlines the Festival, and will play twice during the event, on Saturday and Sunday, and is part of a three-act concert Saturday evening at 7pm indoors at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, with Bluegrass Etc. and Silverado Bluegrass Festival. Tickets are $15, and $10 for balcony. Tickets can be purchased at www.temeculatheater.org.

Many bands that are attending will perform on two stages from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. All outdoor concerts, workshops and jam sessions and Saturday daytime concerts in the theatre are free. There is a free concert Friday evening, plus a jam session at Embassy Suites from 5-7pm. Public parking is free. For information, call 951.693.3952, or visit www.temeculacalifornia.com.

'Cinderella's Attic' Presents Prom Boutique

The non-profit group 'Cinderella's Attic' makes going to the prom more affordable for high school girls when they stage their Boutique on Sunday, March 28, from 11am to 1pm. Dresses and accessories are free for high school students. The Cinderella's Attic wardrobe is full of new and lightly used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories including shawls, purses and jewelry, with all items being free of charge to guests. In addition, fashion experts and personal shoppers will help guests find the perfect dress, and all high school girls visiting will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates.

“We have more dresses in our wardrobe than ever before, and girls will be impressed by the latest fashions and styles we have to offer. If you haven’t been to a Cinderella’s Prom Boutique before, I hope you’ll join us for a truly fun and personal experience,” said Kerry Spark, president of Cinderella’s Attic. “Prom has become an expensive event, so we’re doing what we can to help girls feel confident, look like the belle of the ball, and at the same time make prom a little more affordable.” Special thanks goes to Charlotte Russe CHIC Foundation for their donations, and to the Wood Room for helping to convert their dance studio into a fabulous boutique for a day.

The Prom Boutique will be at the Wood Room Performing Arts Studio, 3800 30th Street, San Diego 92104. Guests and volunteers, please RSVP by contacting kerry@cinderellasattic.org.

Daughters of the British Empire to Meet in Rancho Bernardo

The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) will meet at 10:30am, on Friday, April 9, at Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, Rancho Bernardo. Seven chapters meet monthly throughout San Diego County. If you love tea and scones, they would love to have you. For more information, call 760.731.7379, or email a.j.pack@att.net.

Oceanside to Hold Spring Break Sports Camps

The Oceanside Parks & Recreation will offer a series of one-day Spring Break camps, April 5 through 9, from 9am to 4pm; each day with a different theme. Camps offered for 2010 are Dodge-Ball & Beach, Sand Sports, Aquatic Adventures, Bowl & Movie, or Ball & Boogie. Campers, ages 7-12, can choose a one-day camp experience or register for the whole week. Check for each camp’s meeting place at the time of registration. The cost is $40 per day for Oceanside residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, call the Beach Center at 760.435.5233.

Contemporary Women to Award Scholarships

Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will award two $500 scholarships to candidates planning on attending either Palomar College or MiraCosta College in the fall of 2010. Candidates must be senior graduating girls with a 3.0 or better GPA, who have completed community service, and exhibit financial need. Applications are available from counselors at high schools in Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, and Encinitas, as well as at www.cwonc.org. The deadline for receipt of the applications is April 30, 2010.

Buena Vista Nature Center Announces Three Meetings

The Buena Vista Native Plant Club meeting will be Sunday, March 21, at 2pm. The program will be "Weeds Are Not Your Friends!" Meet at the Nature Center and learn the difference between native plants and weeds in a hands-on meeting for both experts and novices. Bring gloves and weeding tools. The Nature Center is located at 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. For more information, check the web site at www.BVNPC@sbcglobal.net, or call the Center at 760.439.2473.

The Preschool Nature Storytime is for all preschoolers 3-5 years old, with an adult, to be held at the Nature Center on Monday, March 22, at 10am. The program will be an hour of songs, a story about Lady Bugs and how important they are to the environment, and each one will make their own Lady Bugs. For questions about this program, call Mary Ellen at 760.918.6622.

The Basic Birding class will be held on Saturday, March 27, at 8:30am, at the Lagoon Landing in Carlsbad. Have you seen the white pelicans yet? These winter migrants can still be seen at the Lagoon, but may leave any day now. Spring nesting season is starting for many other birds so lots of activity there. Leader Tom Troy will help you identify birds by sight and sound, with instruction on use of binoculars and spotting scopes. All ages are welcome. From I-5, take Hwy 78 East. Exit Jefferson, turn right and go to stoplight. Turn right and park in Landing parking lot on right side of road. For information, call Tom at 760.967.6915.

EMPAC Announces Meeting

The Escondido Mobile/Manufactured Home Positive Action Committee (EMPAC) will meet at 7pm on Thursday, March 25, at the East Valley Community Center Compact Room, 2245 East Valley Parkway, Escondido. City Council Candidate, Jason Everitt, will be the speaker. There will be light refreshments and a 50/50 raffle. Call 760.747.4107, 760.746.7366, or 760.739.0870.

RB Historical Society Antique Appraisal Faire

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society will sponsor an Antique Appraisal Faire on Saturday, March 20, from 10am to 3pm in the Dinner Theatre at the Casa de Las Campanas facility, 18655 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Certified appraisals by Carol McAndrew and Paul McConnell, experts in pottery, porcelain, art, silver, costume jewelry, collectibles, dolls, toys, and small furniture. Note: No weapons or firearms. Each item is $10 per appraisal; maximum of three items per person. By appointment only. Call Jane at 858.485.0387 to reserve a time slot. Parking is limited; please park at the Community Park and take the shuttle.

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