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 Social Butterfly May 20th, 2010     

Evelyn Madison - The Social Butterfly

Escondido Sponsored Water Awareness Poster Contest

In recognition of Water Awareness Month, celebrated in May, the Utilities Department of the City of Escondido sponsored a poster contest "Water is Life." Utilizing artistic skill, creativity, and originality, fourth grade students illustrated the importance of conserving and protecting this valuable resource.

Twelve students were recognized at a recent City Council Meeting and reception. Receiving top honors were 1st place, Jose Escobedo; 2nd place, Enrique Alvarado; and 3rd place, Kai Brown. The other students recognized were Timothy Cueva, Melissa Diego, Emmanuel Garcia, Diana Mendez, Joshua Ortiz, Collin Pepper, Isabelle Pulido, Shaye Sardon, and Chandler Smith.

The students' posters will be on display throughout the month of May at the Escondido Children's Museum, the East Valley Community Center, and Carl's Jr. On West Valley Parkway. Pictures also are posted on the Water Conservation page of the City of Escondido's web site at

Pictured are, l-r: Shaye Sardon, Collin Pepper, Kai Brown, Chandler Smith, Enrique Alvarado, Timothy Cueva, and Isabelle Pulido.

School District Has Another Success on SAVE Program

Donna Sellier, Teacher at Conway, calls her S.A.V.E. Patrol students to receive prizes from Gina Manusov, Asst. Supt. Of Business Services

Conway School student energy patrols reduced consumption of electricity by 14.8% through the S.A.V.E. Program (Save Amps, Voltage and Electricity) of the Escondido Union School District. They captured the greatest percentage of savings in kilowatt hours used in the city-wide district for the month of January by saving more than 5,700 kilowatt hours in January, compared to the power bills for January last year.

The Escondido Union School District launched the S.A.V.E. Program, an energy conservation program with the goal of progressively reducing consumption of electricity in each of the district's 17 elementary schools by 20%. Coordinated by a teacher, teams of students patrol their campuses at lunch and recess, issuing "tickets" when they find empty classrooms with lights on or doors or windows open. They issue 'thank you' notes when they find classrooms consistently using good conservation tactics. "'S.A.V.E.' puts the power of making a difference into the hands of students, which develops important skills for them as well as benefiting their school and their community," observes Gina Manusov, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for EUSD.

For the month of January 2010, the top five schools with the most energy savings were: Conway, 14.8%; Oak Hill, 12.9%; Miller, 11.0%; Orange Glen, 10.3%; and Farr, 9.2%. Donna Sellier, Teacher at Conway, calls her S.A.V.E. Patrol students to receive prizes from Gina Manusov, Asst. Supt. Of Business Services

May Demonstration Announced for Temecula Valley Art League

On Friday, May 28, from 6:30-9pm, the Temecula Valley Art League will hold their May meeting. The demonstrator will be Helga Batman-Koplin, and the meeting will be held at 41789 Nicole Lane, Temecula. Everyone is welcome for this free demonstration and refreshments. Check the website for more info:

Gamma Rho Master Chapter Welcomes New Member

At a recent meeting of the Gamma Rho Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Marlene Joehnk was welcomed as a new member, transferring from another chapter. Also, the installation ceremony was held for new officers: Peggy Williams, President; Sherryl Cahill, Vice President; Diane Crews, Recording Secretary; Marlene Joehnk, Corresponding Secretary; and Myrna Hroch, Treasurer. Bill Williams presented the program on his recent trip to Palau where he snorkeled and took many beautiful pictures of the coral reefs and other underwater sights. The chapter's year end party was held at the home of Marilyn Escher.

L-R - Marlene Joehnk, Diane Crews, Carola Anderson, Myrna Hroch, and Peggy Williams

St. Mary School Science Fair Winners Announced

Thanks go to all the winners for their superb effort in representing St. Mary School in the Science Fair. The winners were:

First Place: Micaela Dea, Consumer category; Karl Schlaht, Engineering.

Second Place: David Andrecht, Behavioral/Social Science; Nathan Asignacion, Physics; Rowan Pepper, Engineering/Math; Nadine Vincent, Engineering.

Third Place: Athena Harmata, Consumer; Jack Hofstetter, Physics; Charley Jennings; Engineering/Math; Sean McCoy, Plant Science; Matthew Montijo, Engineering; Devyn Nunally, Earth/Planet; Anna Strauss, Plant Science.

Fourth Place: Nicolas Aragon, Physics; and Sara Beveridge, Biochemical.

OASIS Day Trip to Huntington Library is May 27

You are invited to join OASIS Travel Escondido for a trip to the magnificient Huntington Library with its collection of rare books and manuscripts which includes a Gutenberg Bible on velum. After a docent-led estate tour, you will have time on your own to stroll the beautiful botanical gardens with its many themes, including the first classical Chinese garden. Gainsborough’s "The Blue Boy" and Lawrence’s "Pinky" are just two of the many art treasures housed at Huntington.

Lunch is on your own at the Café or the Rose Garden Tea Room which serves a traditional English Tea. Reservations for the tea, which is $30.00, must be made in advance. Call 626-683-8131 to reserve your spot between 1:15-3:00pm. Tour price of $68.00 includes transportation, entry fee, docent tour, coach refreshments and driver’s tip. Pick up either at 9:15am at the Community Park parking lot, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo, or 9:45am at the Escondido Transit Center, 796 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Call OASIS Travel at 760.670.5538 or 760.690.2729 to sign up.

"May Flowers" at Art in the Heart of Rancho Bernardo

The public is invited to an Artists' Reception entitled "May Flowers" at the Art in the Heart of Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday, May 26, from 4:30-6:30pm. The event is hosted by Sharon Ford, Virginia Kuwahara and Juleane Spittler of UBS Financial Services, 17140 Bernardo Center Dr., Suite 350, San Diego. Featured local artists include Katherine Reeder, award-winning watercolor artist and president of the North County Society of Fine Art; Doreen Long, local photographer; and Emma Mossy, an award-winning plein air watercolor painter. Meet the artists and see some of their most recent artwork. There will be a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 858.521.7000.

Republican Women to Hear Candidates and Discuss Ballot Propositions

The Escondido Republican Women Federated will meet on Wednesday, May 26, at 11:30am at the Escondido Country Club. Speakers will be Jeff Stone and Greg Stephens, candidates for the 36th Senate District; and Jeff Olson, Chief, Assessment Services for the County who is a candidate for Assessor-Recorder/County Clerk. In addition, Frank Kacer will address the many Ballot Propositions with the pros and cons of each. Prospective members and other guests are welcome to attend. Cost of the luncheon is $16/person, and reservations are required by calling Vivian at 760.480.7850 or

Chofit Hadassah Meeting June 2

Chofit Hadassah, San Diego's newest North County group, invites you to the June 2nd meeting where there will be a movie and talk on the 1967 war, and actual tape of Paratroopers in Jerusalem, presented and moderated by Nomi Shalit. Contact for more information and directions. RSVP by Wednesday, May 26th.

Village Idiots May Reading

The Village Idiots Literary Society's May Reading will be on Friday, May 21, from 7-9pm, at Gallery 204, at 204 Main Street, downtown Vista, (two blocks east of the Krikorian Theatre). There will be no featured writer. Instead, the wealth of artwork in the gallery will be the inspiration to write to or about. This will dominate the first hour, and leave an hour for open mike readings. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jeannie Ortiz at 760.685.6470, or email

Valley Center Western Days Coming Next Week

"Country Living at it's Best" is the theme for the Valley Center Western Days to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28-30, at the Valley Center Community Center. There will be a parade, festival, rodeo, carnival, entertainment and more. Western Days is a community-involved event produced by the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce.

Kick-off festivities Friday night is the Honorary Mayor race, Rodeo, and entertainment. Saturday morning starts with the traditional Rotary Club pancake breakfast then head out to find the perfect spot to watch the parade along the main road. After that, enjoy the entertainment, vendors, exhibits, foods, balloon artists, face-painters, mechanical bull, rock wall, and live music at the Community Center, and the Carnival next door. There will be a special area for little ones to play games and enjoy pony rides. Then walk over to the Rodeo for some bull riding, team roping, calf roping, barrel racing, broncs, and mutton bustin'. The evening sports a ho-down with a beer garden and live entertainment. Sunday is the Lions Club's famous breakfast, and the afternoon will be full of activities and entertainment. For more information, contact the Chamber.

Adopt a "Classic" Pet this Memorial Day Weekend

All senior pets, ages 7 and older, at Escondido Humane Society can be adopted for just $25 this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31. Senior pets often are overlooked by their younger counterparts, but they have just as much love to give and are just as deserving of good homes.

All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip; up-to-date vaccinations; dog licensing (Escondido, San Marcos and Poway areas only); veterinary exam at EHS; wellness exam after adoption; sample bag of food; discounts at local pet supply, grooming and boarding partners; and behavior support for dogs and cats for the lifetime of the animal. The Adoption Center is located at 3450 E. Valley Parkway, and is open on Memorial Day from 10am to 5pm, the regular hours as it is seven days a week. Call 760.888.2247, or visit the web site at

County Artists to Sing at Sunshine Brooks Theatre - Event Free to Military

On Wednesday, May 26, at 7pm, the Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside will host an evening of original songs from San Diego county artists. The theatre is located at 217 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside. This show is part of the Sunshine Brooks Music Series monthly concerts and will feature San Diego talents, Alan Land, Daphne Denniston, John Kalb, and Connors & Schetino. Tickets are $5 at the door; free to military families. Call 760.529.9140, or visit the web site at for more information. The Music Series takes place on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Parliamentarians to Meet on May 27

The Nu Chi Chapter of Parliamentarians meets monthly to continue to educate themselves and others involved in helping make their meetings run more smoothly and democratically. Attendance is free for those attending the next meeting on Thursday, May 27, at the Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Place, Escondido, from 1-3pm. A planned parliamentary procedure lesson will be held for attendees, with a written outline to take home. For additional information, call Jacqueline Marazzi, President, at 760.480.0155. More information about Parliamentary Procedures can be found at

Late Notices from City of Oceanside

"Healthy, Happy Hour," the Senior Services Annual event will be held today, Thursday, May 20, from 4:30-7pm at the El Corazon Sr. Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. Learn to use the five o'clock hour in a more healthy and active way. Enjoy healthy "happy hour" snacks and drinks, browse the booths providing free advice on nutrition, health, and fitness; free workshops on food safety and "ten things you can do to age gracefully." Contact Doug Moon at 760.435.5301.

The San Diego Senior Games for adults 50 and better, will stop in Oceanside for two special events, Latin Ballroom Wheelchair Dancing and Women's Basketball (age 55 and up), both held on Saturday, May 22. The Wheelchair Dancing will take place from 12noon to 3pm at the Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane; and the Women's Basketball will be from 9am to 4pm at the Beach Recreation Center, 300 N. The Strand. These events are free and open to the public. For more information on these specific events, call Daniel Propp at 619.226.1324. For information on all senior programming in Oceanside, call 760.435.5250 or check the web site at

The whole family is invited to celebrate Vietnamese culture at the Oceanside Public Library's Vietnamese children's festival on Saturday, May 22, at 11am, at the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway. The festival story time will include Vietnamese folk tales, songs, food and crafts. The event is free and open to all ages. This festival is part of Little Read, a children's companion to the Big Read program going on in Oceanside. For more information, call the Library Children's Desk at 760.435.5600, or visit the web site at


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