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Social Butterfly April 29th, 2010

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly
(l-r) Diane Millard & Linda Zullinger from Escondido, and Peggy Fisher from R.B.

Assistance League Leadership Attends National Conference

Assistance League of Inland North County members, Diane Millard, Peggy Fisher, and Linda Zullinger, recently attended the National Assistance League Conference in Dallas to network with leadership and members from all over the country to get new ideas to help the local group move forward with their philanthropic programs.

The national philanthropic program is Operation School Bell®. In 2008-2009, the Inland North County chapter clothed 1938 local children, referred to them by teachers, churches and social programs. Also members attended meetings with topics to enhance the other five current programs of the chapter; Operation Hug-A-Bear (provides teddy bears to children in crisis through hospitals, fire departments and shelters); Baby Real Deal (provides infant simulators to middle and high schools to deter teen pregnancy); Operation Duffel Bags (provides duffel bags filled with useful items/gift cards to graduates of San Pasqual Academy); Ready Set Read! (a motivational reading program where tutoring and books are provided); and Grants and Scholarships.

In addition, Diane Millard, president of the local chapter, agreed that the programs presented will help with recruiting new members to volunteer at the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 2068 East Valley Parkway in Escondido, the largest source of revenue for the organization, and special fundraising events during the year. To join, contact Peggy Fisher, New Member Chair. For information, call 760.746.7352, or online at www.assistanceleague.info.

Daughters of the American Revolution Honor Margaret Read

Margaret Read received the Community Service Award from the Rancho Buena Vista Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at a recent meeting. Margaret, as a volunteer, received this award because of the educational programs she presents for the North San Diego County Genealogical Society where she has taught Beginning Genealogy classes for many years for children and adults. As a lecturer, she has provided many resources and inspired others to research their ancestors.

The purpose of the Community Service Award is to recognize worthy local people for outstanding achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors, or environmental conservation.

The next meeting of the RBV Chapter will be Saturday, May 1, at 9:00am, at the Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. The speaker will be Karon Jarrard, State Regent-elect. Her program is; ”Alice Lloyd – Miracle on Caney Creek.” Alice was an extraordinary woman who settled into the Appalachian Mountains and lived an astounding life for a woman at the turn of the 19th century. She founded the Alice Lloyd College, a private, four-year liberal arts in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. For reservation information, contact 760.736.0178, or e-mail rbvdar@gmail.com.

DAR is open to any female age 18 or older who can prove a lineal bloodline from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. Members actively support historic preservation, promote education and advance patriotic endeavors. For information, contact 760.757.0528.

Pictured: Jeanette Shiel, Chapter Regent; Sonja Itson, Chapter Community Awards Chairman; Erica Bates, Vice Chairman; and Margaret Read, award recipient

American Business Women to Hold Wine and Roses Fundraiser

The local Soaring Eagles Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will hold a Wine & Roses fundraising event on Sunday, May 16, from 1-5pm, at the Belle Marie Winery, 26312 Mesa Rock Road, Escondido. The event will include a seated wine tasting program, appetizers and dessert. There with be silent and live auctions, and raffle prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chapter's local scholarship fund and member education. Tickets are $40/person or $75/couple. Early registration, before April 30, are $35/person or $70/couple. RSVP to Lisa at 760.798.9692 or email lisasjewls@hotmail.com.

San Diego North Chamber Offers Golf Network Opportunity

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Golf Network Opportunity for Chamber members. It's called Golf and The Game of Business, an early evening networking opportunity for members to play 9 holes of golf, with a cart and drink (house beer/wine/soda). Cost is $30/members per event and $45/non-members, and there is no limit to the number you can attend. Must pre-register. Limited number of spots. Foursomes established at Golf Course; shotgun starts. The schedule is:

Monday, May 3, 4:30pm, Maderas Golf Club
Monday, June 7, 4:30pm, Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
Monday, July 12, 4:30pm, Rancho Bernardo Inn
Monday, August 2, 4:30pm, Stoneridge Country Club
Monday, September 13, 4:30pm, Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Arrive by 4pm to set up groups and network. This is a great opportunity to meet new business executives, owners and chamber members. Contact the San Diego North Chamber at www.sdncc.com, or call 858.487.1767.

College Experience Trip to S.D. State University from Oceanside

Oceanside Parks and Recreation and the San Diego State University (SDSU) Recreation & Tourism Association have teamed up to offer a college experience with an all-day trip to SDSU, called the SDSU "Jam." This trip is for any youth, ages 8-13, and will take place on Saturday, May 1. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Beach Recreation Center, 300 No. The Strand, Oceanside, or by phone at 760.435.5233.

Upon arrival at SDSU, students will watch a college baseball game, SDSU vs. New Mexico, then will include swimming, bowling, rock climbing, and touring the campus. To end the day, students will watch the L.A. Sparks Women's Professional Basketball Team take on the China National Women's Basketball team.

Cost is $20/student. The fee includes supervision, transportation and a cookout lunch. The bus will leave Civic Center Plaza, 300 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside, at 12noon and return at 10pm. For more information, call 760.435.5238.

Escondido Democrats to Discuss Congressional Races

At its May 8 meeting, the Escondido Democratic Club will hear from Democratic candidates for Congress in the 49th and 50th Districts, and a short presentation on the issues surrounding Escondido Police checkpoints. The meeting is scheduled at 10:30am, Saturday, May 8, at the East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido. Additional information is available at www.escondidodems.org or 760.740.8595.

Howard Katz is the Democratic candidate in the 49th District, which covers northern San Diego County and parts of southwestern Riverside County, currently represented by (R) Darrell Issa. Competing for the Democratic nomination for the 50th District are Tracy Emblem and Francine Busby. The 50th District runs from La Jolla north to Carlsbad, inland to Escondido and parts of Rancho Bernardo. Brian Bilbray is the incumbent.

Art TRAXX - Art Day on the Sprinter

The Oceanside Arts Commission announces Art Traxx - a day of art, Friday, May 7, on the 22-mile Sprinter rail line along the Highway 78 corridor. This free community event will feature interactive visual artists, musicians and dancers. Transit centers/stations participating in Art Traxx are downtown Oceanside Transit Center, Rancho Del Oro/Mira Costa station, Vista Transit Center, Palomar College station, San Marcos Civic Center station, and the Escondido Transit Center.

Art Traxx events and performances will take place at the various stations/centers between 4:30-7:30pm, on Friday, May 7. The Oceanside Arts Commission is coordinating Art Traxx in conjunction with the North County Transit District and the cooperative efforts of the various Art Councils, Art Commissions and university and community colleges along the Sprinter route. All business and art entities are encouraged to join in this event on the Sprinter rail line. To get involved or for more information, contact lisahamel@cox.net or corrinejewelry@aol.com.

Three Candidates to Speak at Democratic Club Meeting

The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will meet on Saturday, May 8, at 12:30-social and meeting at 1pm. Three candidates have been invited to speak; Fabio Marchi, candidate for Supervisor, 5th District; Chrystal Crawford, candidate for State Assembly from the 74th district; and Gila Jones, candidate from 38th district for State Senate.

The meeting will be held at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos. Check the LSM Democratic Club Newsletter for directions, call 760.744.9233; or email m.borevitz@cox.net. For Club information, check the web site at www.lsm.sddem.org.

Ladies on the Loose in Downtown Escondido Day Before Mother's Day

"Ladies on the Loose" Girls' Night Out is planned for downtown Escondido the day before Mother's Day, and sponsored by the Downtown Business Association for the general public and the more than 700 merchants included in their district. Ladies from all over the county will let loose in downtown Escondido on Saturday, May 8th, for an evening of shopping, complete with fancy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Participating stores, restaurants and boutiques will offer exclusive discounts and chances to win raffle prizes, while spas and salons will offer mini-treatments for participants. Tickets for the event cost $20/person and include access to the eating and drinking stops, and a gift bag with exclusive discounts and chances to win raffle prizes.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.downtownescondido.com or at Distinction Gallery on the day of the event. For more detailed and up-to-date information and a complete list of participating retail shops and salons, visit: www.downtownescondido.com or contact Jenessa Schaniel, Events Manager at 760.745.8877 or at jschaniel@downtownescondido.com.

In addition, booths and live music adds to the experience as "Downtown Live" kicks off the season at 6pm at the corner of Grand Avenue and Kalmia. Admission is free to Downtown Live and the booth area. The art galleries/museums will open their doors from 5-9pm for the monthly "Second Saturday ArtWalk" along Grand Avenue.

Annual Birdathon Fund Raiser for Buena Vista Audubon

How about a birding expedition? Join Buena Vista Audubon (BVAS) members for their annual Spring Birdathon fund-raising event. On Saturday, May 8, you can do your own count from anywhere within the city limits of Oceanside, meet at the Nature Center at 7am to join one of several teams, or join the 8am class, led by Tom Troy at the BV Lagoon landing on Jefferson St., Carlsbad. The goal will be to spot as many species of birds as possible. Experienced leaders will lead each group. After a morning in the field, participants will meet at the Nature Center to share stories and compile the final list.

The Nature Center's Open House will be from 11am - 3pm; activities will include walks, talks, special exhibits and light refreshments. At 1pm there will be a special children's nature walk, and a children's craft workshop at 2pm. The Center is located at 2202 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. For more information or directions, call 760.439.2473, and for reservations in the Birding Class, call 760.967.6915.

Escondido Youth Media Festival Coming in June

The Escondido Education Foundation announces the 2nd Annual Escondido Youth Media Festival to be held in June. Approximately 19,000 Escondido elementary and middle school students received invitations to submit original works of media (video, audio or photography) to a juried competition that will culminate in an awards ceremony Wednesday, June 2nd, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Bobbin Beam, international voice actress based in Escondido, will be the MC for the awards ceremony, providing an example of a dynamic media career young people can consider.

Every single submitted work will be shown at the Carilyn Gilbert Education Center on Saturday, May 22, from 1-4pm. Both the showing and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. Experts from around the country and community leaders will judge all the works according to objective criteria, and winners in three grade ranges (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) will win prizes for each of the three types of media. "The Media Festival showcases the talent and promise of today's 'digital natives'," observes Kathy Shirley, Director of Technology and Media Services for the School District. "Students absolutely light up when you put a video camera or iPod in their hands and overcome all kinds of learning barriers, spending as much time as possible on the projects and raising their test scores in the process. Now that's engagement in learning!"

The Foundation will host a ticketed fundraiser immediately preceding the Awards Ceremony to raise funds for innovative programs in the school district. "Gizmos and Gadgets" will feature live demonstrations of high-tech learning and cocktails. For more information about the Festival or the fundraiser, visit these web sites: https://sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/eymf/welcome and www.escondido-education-foundation.org.

Arts Commission to Sponsor Sculpture Competition

The Oceanside Arts Commission announces the third Outdoor Sculpture Competition to take place at the City Hall Plaza in downtown Oceanside on Saturday, August 21, from 12noon to 4pm, when winners will be announced. Awards will total $4,000. This "open" juried competition is for artists residing in San Diego County and will feature Best of Show, $2,000; 2nd Place, $1,000; Honorable Mention, $500, and People's Choice, $500. All winning sculptures will be on display through September 17; larger sculptures in the Oceanside Public Library Courtyard and smaller pieces at the El Corazon Senior Center at 3302 Senior Center Drive.

"Call for Sculptures" can be downloaded from the City's web site at www.ci.oceanside.ca.us, link is under "What Is New." Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 11. Finalists will be notified week of July 9th. Call 760.435.3898 for more information.

United Church of LSM Presents Classical Concert

The United Church of Lake San Marcos presents Encanto y Cuerdas (Enchanted Singing and Strings) featuring Sarah Lopez, Soprano; Eric Foster, Guitar; and Lorie Kirkell, Cello, performing colorful arrangements of songs by Mozart, Schubert, Puccini and others. The concert will be on Sunday, May 2, at 3pm, in the Pavilion at the Lake San Marcos Resort, 1025 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos. Suggested donation at the door is $10.

Fire Department Representative to Speak at Hearing Loss Meeting

Members of the Hearing Loss Association (HLA) will meet on Saturday, May 8, at 10am in the Joslyn Senior Center auditorium, 210 Park Avenue, Escondido. Capt. Bill Atkins of the Escondido Fire Department will be the guest speaker, and will discuss Earthquake Preparedness and what to do during an earthquake. There will be refreshments and 50/50 raffle. For information, call Sylvia, 760.745.5408.

Visitors welcomed to the meeting recently were Anna Murcura from Oceanside; Zondra Hendrix, Carlsbad; Hope Briggs from Vista, and Velma Carter of Escondido.

Library to Host Veterans' Benefits Information Fair

As part of the "Big Read," the Oceanside Public Library will be hosting a Veterans' Benefits Information Fair on Saturday, May 8, from 9am to 12noon, in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms. Representatives from local veterans' organizations will be on hand to answer questions ranging from education benefits to healthcare. The featured speaker will be Scott Langhoff, Senior State Service Officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and co-host of the "Veterans Benefits for Dummies" radio show. This program is being held in support of the 2010 Big Read book selection, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. The Library is located at 330 North Coast Hwy., and free parking is available in the adjacent Civic Center parking structure.

For more information on this and other "Big Read" events in Oceanside, visit the web site at www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org, call 760.435.5600, or stop by any Oceanside public library location.

Chofit Hadassah Meeting

Wednesday, May 5, from 7-9pm, Chofit Hadassah group will meet at a private home in San Marcos. The speaker will be Anna Winn, Deputy District Attorney, who will talk about Economic Crimes. She has been assigned to the Regional Fraud Task Force, prosecuting identity theft crimes. Guests are welcome. RSVP to Rinkies@att.net, or call 760.436.8109.

Palomar Model A Ford Club Plans May Meeting

The Palomar Model A Ford Club will be attending the Orange County Pancake Breakfast, coming up before the next meeting, where they will join many other Clubs from around Southern California. Then, the regular monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, May 5, at the Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 So. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. Doors open at 6:30pm for social with refreshments; meeting at 7pm. Information and/or directions, email Linda Thamer at thamer1@sbcglobal.net, or call 760.729.5449. All are welcome.

Shop at Humane Society Bazaar to Help Animals

The Escondido Humane Society is hosting a bazaar on Saturday, May 1, from 10am to 4pm, at the shelter, 3450 E. Valley Parkway. This monthly event offers a variety of items for purchase, including books, crafts, clothes, jewelry and, of course, items for pets. Rain will cancel the event. Additional vendors are welcome and booth space is $15. For information or a vendor application, call 714.609.0799, email boughdadly@aol.com, or download applications on the EHS web site at www.escondidohumanesociety.org

Founded in 1915, the Escondido Humane Society is a regional animal care center that provides animal care, adoption and protection services to North Inland San Diego County. Its mission is to promote responsible pet ownership by teaching compassion, respect and caring treatment for all living creatures.

Poetry Party, Reading and Writing Workshop Announced

Sunday, May 2, at 2pm, Poets, Inc. (Inland North County) and The Escondido Arts Partnership will host a publication party for the new San Diego Poetry Annual. It is free and open to the public, with coffee and light refreshments beginning at 1:30pm. This reading will feature the poets published in the latest Annual. No open mike. Escondido Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave at Juniper, 760.480.4101. Check the web site at www.Escondidoarts.org.

Tuesday, May 4, at 1pm, there will be a bilingual poetry reading by poets featured in the San Diego Poetry Annual, to be held at Southwestern College, Room L238, N/S (across from library entrance), 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA.

The next poetry writing workshop will be led by Brandon Cesmat on Sunday, May 23, from 10am-1pm. Space is limited and registration is required. For information, email Jessica Padilla to register at jessica.padilla@carlsbadca.gov.


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