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 Social Butterfly May 27th, 2010     

Evelyn Madison - The Social Butterfly

"Pride and Protest" - Oceanside Library's "Big Read" Finale

The Oceanside Public Library will conclude its Big Read program series with a presentation of the photos and stories gathered in partnership with the Oceanside Historical Society. The program titled “Pride and Protest: Oceanside during the Vietnam War Years” will take place on Saturday, May 29, at 10:30am in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway. The public is invited to learn about this significant and tumultuous time in Oceanside’s history as narrated by local historian and author, Kristi Hawthorne. Project participants will also speak at this event and share some of their own stories. For more information, call 760.435.5600.

Pace Setter Gala to Benefit Neighborhood Healthcare

Saturday, June 5, from 5:30-9pm, the 12th Annual Pace Setter Gala "Celebrate Wellness Under the Stars" will take place at the Orfila Vineyards in Escondido. This year the event will be honoring Alan and Debbie Gold, who will be recognized for their commitment to making healthcare a reality for those most in need.

Join in for a gourmet dining extravaganza created by Crown Point Catering with wines paired with fresh and savory foods. Bid on amazing auction items while enjoying live Marimba music and the breathtaking views of the San Pasqual Valley. Business/Country Club Casual Attire; valet parking, appetizers, Orfila fine wines, silent auction, Champagne Toast, three-course Gourmet Dinner, awards, and a live auction, all in one night, at the Orfila Vineyards, 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido.

Tickets are $150/person, and additional categories. Mail to Pace Setter Event, 425 No. Date St., Suite 203, Escondido, 92025. After April 30th, you can purchase tickets online at For more information, contact Anne Bolzoni at or call 760.450.4498.

Annual Spring Fling to Benefit Animal Center

The "Best in Show" Annual Spring Fling put on to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center will be held on Saturday, June 5, at the Center's campus, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. The Black Tie event will run from 6:30pm to Midnight, and will feature the Wayne Foster Orchestra for dancing, silent and live auctions, great food and wines. There will be limited seating, so early response is recommended. Reserve tickets online at, or call 858.756.4117, Ext.350

Support levels start at $250/person or $2250/table of 10; $350/person or $3150/table of 10; $750/person or $6750/table of 10. Also, you have an opportunity to win your very own, 1 of 3, championship wine cellars valued between $1000 to $3000 featuring top rated French and California wines.

Escondido Humane Society is Going to the Cats in June

Come summertime, the Escondido Humane Society is teeming with felines. They have adorable kittens, playful adolescents, loving young adults and mature lap cats awaiting their purrfect forever homes. EHS is celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month in June with discounted adoption fees and special incentives in hopes of reaching the goal of 100 cat and kitten adoptions for the month.

To inspire people to visit the EHS to adopt, from June 1 to 30, EHS will be having a feline-oriented "Project Purrfect" adoption promotion, based on the hit reality TV show "Project Runway." Adoption fees for adult cats will be discounted 50 percent, so adult cats (ages 6 months to 7 years) can be adopted for $55, while seniors (ages 7 and up) can be adopted for just $27.50.

In keeping with the theme, visitors can strut down the EHS "catwalk," which will lead into the cat adoption rooms and hallways. Several featured felines will have special tags on their kennels designating them as "catwalk" stars. Anyone who adopts the featured cats will go home with a "kitty" bag full of goodies. As an added treat, all cat adopters in June are eligible to receive a "Pawpurrazzi" photo shoot with their new cat with professional photographer Ali Helseth, a package valued at more than $200.

The Adoption Center is open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. For information, call 760.888.2247, or log on to

WOW! Women On Waves Gala Coming in June

The Gala and Grand Celebration of the Women On Waves (WOW) Exhibit benefiting the California Surf Museum will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 5-10pm at the California Surf Museum. Meet the world's most famous and top female surfers, including the original Gidget, pioneer woman surfer and Surfrider founding member Jericho Poppler, world champs Lisa Andersen, Kim Mearig, Linda Benson, Jennifer Smith, and Debbie Beacham, among others. The exhibit spotlights the origins of women's surfing from before Captain Cooks' "discovery" of the Hawaiian Islands up through today's explosion of female wave warriors and enthusiasts.

The event will include cuisine from some of North County's finest restaurants and libations from Kona Brewing, Barefoot Wine and Buffly, and Smartwater. There will be live music and entertainment with both silent and live auctions, including Las Olas Surf Safari in Mexico for 6 nights/7 days accommodations, an Ashley Lloyd longboard shaped exclusively for the Gala and autographed by many famous surfers featured in the exhibit, spa packages, artwork, and more. Tickets are available now at or call 760.721.6876, or at the Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside.

The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center for the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. Open daily 10am-4pm, with extended hours Thursdays to 8pm. For information, email to or visit the web site at

Young Musicians to be Featured at Bluegrass Night

"Needle in a Haystack," a local group of young musicians, will be featured at the North County Bluegrass & Folk Club on Tuesday evening, June 1, at the Round Table Pizza, corner Washington & Ash in Escondido, beginning at 7pm. The group began playing together about 6 years ago in a home school music program. Largely self-taught, their natural talent and love of music is evident in the wide variety of old-time, Celtic, country, and traditional bluegrass tunes they select. The group includes the youngest member, Jonathan Broberg (banjo, fiddle); Rebecca Broberg (fiddle); Joshua Broberg (guitar); Brent Wong (mandolin, fiddle); Tim Broberg (bass); and Anna Broberg (vocals). For more info, check the web site at

Escondido Students Compete in 2nd Annual YouthMedia Festival

Last Saturday kicked off the second annual event that showcased the creativity and tech-savvy of Escondido public elementary and middle school students. The showing portion of the Escondido Youth Media Festival took place with all 240 submissions of photography, educational videos and audio projects, and now will be posted online.

The Festival culminates in an Awards Ceremony at 7pm, on Wednesday, June 2, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The event is free and open to the public. Expert judges will have selected the best project from each combined media and grade level, and awards will be presented to the student winners at the Awards Ceremony for first place and honorary mention. All Media Festival participants will receive certificates as well as a chance to win a Toshiba Netbook computer.

For more information on the Awards Ceremony on June 2, contact Escondido Education Foundation Executive Director, Katie Ragazzi, at or 760.432.2392.

Moonlight Amphitheatre Gala Planned

On Saturday, June 5, from 5-10pm, celebrate 30 years under the Moonlight at the first annual Signature Gala, presented by the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. There will be dinner on the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage, live entertainment, a silent auction, and more, celebrating 30 years of theatrical excellence in San Diego's North County. Proceeds to benefit the continued support of the theatre arts in North County. The event is Black Tie optional. Ticket prices are $150/person. Space is limited. RSVP to Diana Aaron at 760.630.7650. For more information, check the web site at The Amphitheatre is located in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista.

Audubon Society Sponsoring Free Birding Class

The Buena Vista Audubon Society is sponsoring a free basic birding class on Saturday, May 29, at 8:30am, at the Buena Vista Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. The class is open to all ages and levels of experience and will give novice birders helpful tips and help practicing bird identification skills. Call 760.439.2473 for more information.

Flapjack Fundraiser for Children's Museum

Tickets are on sale for the Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, June 5, from 8-10am at Applebees Escondido. Tickets are $10/each, and 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the Escondido Children's Museum. Call 760.233.7755 or stop by the Museum at 380 North Escondido Blvd., Studio 1, to get your tickets, or visit the website at

Escondido Senior Service Council Offers Programs

All classes, meetings or screenings listed below will be held at the Dorothy Boeger Building, 728 North Broadway, Escondido, in the Joslyn Senior Center Complex, 210 Park Avenue. Call the Senior Service Council office at 760.480.0611 for reservations or information, unless a different number is given for a specific item below.

A one-day fresher AARP Driver Safety Class for those who have taken the full two-day class within the past three years, on Tuesday, June 1, from 8am to 12noon. Participants earn a certificate good for a 3-year discount on car insurance. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members; checks payable to AARP. Call to reserve space, and arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.

A dental health screening will be held on Wednesday, June 2, starting at 8:15am. Dr. Randy Jungman, a local dentist, will check for gum disease, proper denture fit, and provide information. Call for appointment.

Free diabetes blood sugar screenings on Fridays, June 4 and June 18, from 8-9am in the Wellness Room at the Joslyn Center, 210 Park Avenue. Do not eat, drink, or take medication before coming. No appointment necessary.

Free Post Polio support group meeting Tuesday, June 8 from 1-2pm. The group is for those dealing with post polio issues or pain. Call 760.745.2787 for more info.

Free Parkinson's support group meeting from 10am-12noon on Tuesday, June 15. Call 858.733.2673 for more information.

The Council will help you if you have received a letter from the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board, have yet to file your 2009 tax return, or need to file an amended return. Call for an appointment. Service is offered Thursdays from 9-11am, through mid-November.


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