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 Social Butterfly
November 18th, 2010 

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

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Escondido Woman's Club Celebrated 100 Years of Service

A.W. Wohlford

Probably the oldest organization in Escondido, the Escondido Woman's Club recently celebrated it's 100th Anniversary at a special party at their clubhouse. Over 130 people were in attendance, including the six past presidents who are still involved with the club, Vivian Doering, Lita Bowles, Rita Christie, Marian Earle, Yolanda Fleet, and Violet Hall (who also is current president). Each past president spoke briefly about the events, donations and happenings of the club while she was president. Also in attendance was Burnet "Tig" Wohlford and his daughter Elizabeth Wohlford, grandson and great granddaughter of the original founder, Mrs. A. W. Wohlford (see photo left).

The Club was organized in November of 1910, and has been very active in the community ever since. At that time, women couldn't even vote, let alone borrow money from a bank to build a clubhouse. In July 1913 they held a dance to raise the first building funds. The first regular meeting in their new clubhouse was held March 18, 1918. That clubhouse still stands, just south of the corner of 2nd and Broadway in Escondido, with hope and expectations that it will be moved to a place of honor in Grape Day Park.

The Woman's Club has donated to many organizations over the years and given thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving young people. For more information about membership, contact Evelyn at 760.510.6456. For information about Clubhouse rentals, call 760.743.9178 and leave a message. Someone will contact you.

MarinesMarines and Hunter Industries Help Non-Profit

Hunter Industries employees and 13 Marines from Camp Pendleton's Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Marine Unit (CNATT MAR Unit) recently volunteered their time to install a new irrigation system for the Equestrian Center at the Ivey Ranch Park in Oceanside. The irrigation system, supplied completely by Hunter and Imperial Sprinkler Supply, is part of the equestrian center expansion taking place to accommodate a 3-6 month waiting list for equestrian therapy and lessons at Ivey Ranch. The volunteers worked from 6:30am to 12noon and installed over 2000 feet of pipe and 100+ sprinkler heads. Ivey Ranch is able to grow and serve the community because of such great efforts from the CNATT Marines and organizations like Hunter Industries and Imperial Sprinkler Supply.


Contest Winners Announced From St. Mary's Fiesta

Students at St. Mary's School in Escondido were recognized with cash prizes at the recent Fiesta held at the parish. Winners of the poster contest were students from kindergarten through 8th grade, while winners of the essay contest were from 5th through 8th grades. The theme of the contest carried out the message "We are one in faith, building a bridge to God." Each child received three $5 bills, donated by Joseph Doering, parishioner.

Poster winners and the grades represented were: Kindergarten, Liah Morales; 1st, Baily Prieto; 2nd, Tiffany Shields; 3rd, Cecilia Nguyen; 4th, Leila Nerey; 5th, Sophia Gilmore; 6th, Madelyn Bass; 7th, Dominique Shepherd; and 8th, Elizabeth Farkas.

Essay winners and the grades represented were: 5th, Matthew Castelo; 6th, Joe Stehly; 7th, Hannah Heintschel; and 8th, Karl Schlaht.

Local Area Students Raise Money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Area students, 148,435 of them, pooled their spare change and participated in the Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters stacked up more than $351,000 this year as elementary, middle and high school students in San Diego County collected spare change to support this program. The donation, paired with funds collected by students throughout the nation, added up to more than $6.1 million for the LLS this year. This record breaking amount brings the total funds raised for LLS by Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies program to more than $53 million over the last 15 years.

During three-week periods throughout the school year, students from 221 schools in San Diego County committed to collecting pocket change to fill collection jars in their classrooms. The class collecting the most money at each school receives a pasta party delivered to their classroom by their local Olive Garden Restaurant. The top fundraising schools in San Diego County include:

Bernardo Heights Middle School in San Diego with $8,084;
Tri-City Christian High School in Vista with $6,715; and
Valley Center Middle School in Valley Center with $6,280.

Give the Gift of Hearing this Holiday Season

Once again, Phonak Hearing Systems and David M. Illich, Au.D., Chief Audiologist for Professional Hearing Associates are joining efforts hosting the 6th annual "Hear for the Holidays" program to award a deserving hearing-impaired person living in the Palomar-Pomerado Health district with a new pair of the latest Phonak digital hearing aids and a lifetime of free office visits.

To enter the essay contest, submit an essay of 500 words or less describing why you or a loved one deserves and would benefit from new hearing aids. The winning essay will be chosen according to the following criteria: 1. Financial need and inability to acquire quality hearing devices and care; 2. Degree of hearing loss, to be determined by Dr. Daivd Illich; and 3. Quality of essay.

Essays will be accepted up to December 3rd; winner will be announced on Monday, December 6. Submit your essay via email to or mail to Professional Hearing Associate, 1045 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92025.

Festivities Planned for Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead will feature a weekend of festivities starting November 20-21. At 1pm on Sunday, they will kick-off an ongoing Sunday Farmers' Market at the Historic Adobe in the San Pasqual Valley, open to the public. Fresh organic produce, jams, jellies, and baked goodies will be available for purchase. The market will then be open every Sunday from 1-5pm. Also, beginning on Sunday, a variety of family fun activities will be offered throughout each weekend; pony rides ($3/person) and wagon rides down the Mule Hill Trail ($2person), from 10am to 5pm. Free tours of the old farmstead will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm.

All vendor fees are waived for Opening Day November 21st. Interested vendors should contact Chris Bass at 760.670.8642 or email For other information, visit the San Dieguito River Park web site at, or call the farmstead at 760.432.8318. Enjoy the family-friendly fun activities taking place near the Mule Hill Trail in Escondido; take advantage of the open space, picnic tables, weekly special activities, and the taste of farm fresh produce. Or take a hike down the trails of the San Dieguito River Park in the San Pasqual Valley. Directions: 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. Exit I-15 at Via Rancho Parkway, go east; take a right at Sunset Drive (at Hodges Golf Improvement Center). Follow Sunset Drive to the parking area on your left. The Farmers' Market is on the south side of the parking area. You'll see the windmill!

Village Idiots Literary Society Meeting Scheduled

The November Reading of the Village Idiots Literary Society will be held as always on the third Friday, November 19, from 7-9pm at Gallery 204, 204 Main Street in downtown Vista. There will be no featured author, so bring plenty of your work to share. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jeannie Ortiz at 760.685.6470, or email

Spring is Here! . . . For Native Plants

It's time to plant! Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that the spring growing season does not fall uniformly on calendars across the country. Here, the primary growing season for native plants is around the corner. Flowers planted now will be spectacular in April. Come to the November 21 meeting of the Buena Vista Native Plant Club at 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, to learn more. Program starts at 2:00p.m.

Sunset Poets Reading Will Feature Stephen McDonald

On Sunday, November 21, at 3pm, the Sunset Poets will feature Stephen McDonald, English Professor at Palomar College, who was recently chosen as one of the Best New Poets 2010 by the University of Virginia Press ( This featured segment will be followed by an open mic reading. Free and open to the public. Contact for more information, or call 760.758.2410. The reading will be held at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, 760.643.5100, (behind the new Vista City Hall, just off Escondido Ave).

Daughters of Union Veterans Meeting Announced

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent #5, will meet at 11am, on Friday, November 26, in the Veterans Memorial War Building at Zoo Drive and Park Boulevard in Balboa Park, San Diego. If you think you are a descendent of an honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine who served in the Union Army or Navy during the Rebellion of 1861-1865, including those who died or were killed during their term of service, you may be eligible for membership. DUVCW is the oldest and largest of all Civil War American Women's organizations genealogically based on lineal descent. For information call (619) 475-0153.

Habitat Restoration Project Needs Your Help

Assist the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy on Sunday, November 28, from 1-3:30pm at Crest Canyon in Del Mar. The project is to restore native coastal sage scrub habitat by seeding and planting native species. Tools, training and refreshments will be provided. Bring water, sun protection and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Reservations are required. Contact, or call 858.674.2275, Ext. 12, for reservations and directions.

Chofit Hadassah Meeting Set

Wednesday, December 1, from 7-9pm, is the date and time set for the meeting of the Chofit Hadassah of San Diego's newest North County group. The speaker will be Tibi Zohar from Tel Aviv to San Diego, "The Fantastic Journey." Meeting venue to be announced. Contact for information and directions.

Veteran Students Show Their Colors at Mesa College Event

Student veterans were invited to "show their colors" (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard) during a luncheon honoring them on Veterans Day last week at San Diego Mesa College. Mesa College has one of the largest veteran populations of all public and private higher education institutions in the nation, and they were honored with a free lunch and dessert, hosted by the Associated Students Government and Argosy University. The Mesa Honors Club provided dessert. Veterans, active duty, reserve, spouses and dependents attended.

Speakers included Melodie Alvarez, a military spouse at Columbia College, who spoke about her experiences and about her husband, a soldier who recently received the Purple Heart. Also, Maurice Wilson, Retired Master Chief (MCPO USN Ret.), who serves as the Director of National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. which created the "Reboot" program that helps veterans transition to civilian life.

Questers Tour Leo Carrillo Ranch

The El Camino Real Chapter of Questers attended the opening of "Leo Carrillo: His Life and Legacy" at Leo Carrillo Ranch, also known as Rancho de Los Quiotes, in Carlsbad recently. The Questers are people whose interest is "Preservation and Restoration" and chose the restoration of the Monterey furniture in Leo's bedroom, preservation of clothes he wore in parades and in movies, and in having a new case custom built that now displays clothing worn by The Cisco Kid and Pancho.

Diane Keaton featured Rancho de Los Quiotes in her 2007 book, "California Romantica," noting its importance as an example of the influence of Spanish architecture in the California style. The address is Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009, and the web site is The phone number for the Ranch is 760.476.1042. For information about the El Camino Real Chapter of Questers, call 760.295.1953.

Rancho Bernardo Art Association Had Successful Studio Tour

The Rancho Bernardo Art Association's (RBAA) 1st Annual Artists' Studio Tour took place recently, where seven homes were open to the public with several of 19 award-winning artists exhibiting their work in each. Rave reviews were received from visitors, and the Association is looking forward to a repeat event next year. There were paintings, prints, glass, photography, and a henna artist on display. Ten percent of the sales were donated to Muscular Dystrophy.