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 Social Butterfly
November 25th, 2010 

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

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"Soup's On!" in Downtown Escondido

Escondido's downtown restaurants and chefs have collaborated to create a "Souper Tuesday" soup lovers promotion. On Tuesdays, beginning November 30 and each week through the end of April, over twelve downtown restaurants will set out their most popular house soups, and a special Soup de Jour, for lunch and dinner diners. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of freshly-made comfort soups crafter by downtown's favorite chefs. Take-out soup orders are a part of this promotion. Participating restaurants will display "Souper Tuesday" posters in their windows. Many locations will offer a special price, or complimentary add-on.

Souper Tuesday is produced by the Downtown Business Association of Escondido for the support of its member restaurants and the historic Escondido commercial district. Participating restaurants to date include El Nopal, VINZ Wine Bar, Continental Deli, Bistro 221, R.O'Sullivan's, Irish Pub and Grill, A Delight of France, Downtown Deli, Vincent's, Champion's Family Restaurant, LaTapatia, LaFarfalla Cafe, and Tango on Grand. Monthly soup menus will be listed on the DBA web site www.downtownescondido.com and sent out weekly to interested diners via email blasts. Call or email Sue Dusharme for additional information, at 760.745.8877 or events@downtownescondido.com.

Choolates"Death by Chocolate" Fundraiser for Assistance League

Death by Chocolate - what a way to go! If you love chocolate, this event is for you. The Assistance League of Inland North County is holding a "Death by Chocolate" fundraiser at the California Center for the Arts-Escondido, on Friday, December 3, from 6:30-9:30pm. Those attending will enjoy pastas and salad before sampling chocolate creations by some of the best local pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Their entries will be judged by a panel of judges, including food editors, a local author, a culinary arts instructor, and Lori Holt Pfeiler. An overnight stay at one of the best local resorts is just one of the many raffle and silent auction prizes that highlight the evening.

Tickets are $60/person. To purchase, call 858.592.9231, visit the Assistance League's Thrift Shop at 2068 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, or check the web site at www.assistanceleague.info. Jill Reilly, first chef to enter the Death by Chocolate competition shows tempting treats at her shop, Cute Cakes.

Two Events Announced by Sunshine Brooks Theater in Oceanside

On Friday, December 3, due to popular demand, Aaron Lloyd Klein returns with "Symphony of Bipolar," an original take on mental illness. This bipolar disorder-theme event combines music, song, and a medical lecture, and touches subjects of mood through art, mood manifestations. This is a powerful story of transformation, and will help the audience understand it is possible for people with disabilities to lead healthy and meaningful lives. It is a story of ego and esteem, arrogance and confidence, entitlement and purpose, death, immortality of spirit, love and nurturing, and a story that will reach the inner child.

Purchase $10 tickets online at http://5thsymphonyofbipolar.eventbrite.com/ or at the theater's box office. Email to hopeisunlimited@gmail.com for more information. Proceeds go to the Nathan Manning Music Lesson Memorial Fund, which helps local bipolar musicians get music lessons free of charge. Search for "Sunshine Brooks Theatre" on Facebook to RSVP to this event and receive more updates.

Then starting on Saturday, December 4, a sentimental slapstick comedy with a holiday spirit will be staged at the Sunshine Brooks Theater. Show times December 4 and 5 are 2pm and 6pm, then on December 11 and 18, at 2pm. This play is suitable for the whole family. Then don't miss up-close photo opportunities with Santa at the conclusion of this show. This event is free to military (free offer does not apply to photos). Ticket prices otherwise are $12/adults, $6/children twelve and under; or $25 for whole family. Additional charge of $5 is for photo with Santa by a professional photographer. Buy at the door, call 760.529.9140 or visit the web site at http://www.nvtheatre.com/Tickets.htm to purchase tickets. Address of the Sunshine Brooks Theatre is 217 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside.

"The Nutcracker Suite" is Holiday Party for Children's Hospital Auxiliary

The Nutcracker Suite is the theme for the annual holiday luncheon of the North County Unit of Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary. The date is Saturday, December 4, from 11am to 2:30pm, at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. In addition to the luncheon, there will be a Holiday Boutique, Sugar Plum Lane, and Silent Auction. Cost is $35/adult or $20/child. Proceeds to benefit the Sam and Rose Stein Emergency care Center at Rady Children's Hospital. The deadline for reservations has passed. For information and to see if space is available to attend, call Penny Rich at 760.598.7143 or email anprich@cox.net.

"Holiday Elegance" at Christmas Tree Lane Events

The public is invited to attend the three events of the 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lane for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. "Holiday Elegance" is the theme of this year's event to be held in the Aragon Ballroom of the Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo.

Friday, December 3, will be the Grand Luncheon Fashion Show, with tree viewing from 11am-12noon, and the fashion show 12noon to 2pm. Cost is $100/individual; $1200 for preferred seating for table of 10, or $1400 runway seating for table of 10. The Evening Gala will start with a cocktail hour at 6pm; dinner and dancing at 7pm (black tie attire). Tickets are $400/couple; Premier Table seating for 10 guests is $2,000; and Angel Table seating for 10 guests is $2,500. Saturday morning, December 4, is "Breakfast with Santa" from 9:30am to 11:30am. Ticket prices are $20/child (10 years and under); $40/individual (11 years and older); Magi Table seating for 10 guests is $350; a Premier Table preferred seating for 10 guests is $450; and a Stage Table seating for 10 guests is $550.

Can't attend the events? Another way you can help is to purchase Donation Tickets for a drawing for a professionally decorated tree with a $1,000 cash gift; drawing to be held at Friday's Evening Gala and donors need not be present to win. Questions? Contact Shannon Frick at 760.746.3315, ext. 211 or sfrick@sdyouth.org. Reservations are confirmed when full payment is received.

Santa is Coming to Town Early for Animals in Need

On Saturday, December 4, Santa and his helpers are making a special stop at the Escondido Humane Society to bring good tidings and cheer to animals in need and and celebrate our four-legged friends. People can bring their pets, bring their kids – and bring joy to the animals at EHS during Pet Photos with Santa and the Holiday Boutique from 10am to 4pm. The event is at the shelter, 3450 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Whether naughty or nice, all pets can meet Santa and have their photo taken with him and their families. For a $10 donation to Humane Society animals, participants will receive a keepsake 4x6 photo, and for an additional $10, they can get a CD with the digital file, just in time to create holiday cards with the entire family. After their photo shoot, people can stay and shop at the Holiday Boutique and bake sale and help make the season brighter for animals in need.

No pet of your own? No problem, you can still bring joy to animals at the shelter by stopping by the Boutique and bake sale where gourmet gifts for dogs and cats and homemade presents for people and pets alike will be available. Walk-ins (and wag-ins) are welcome. For information, call 760.888.2235 or log on to www.escondidohumanesociety.org

Iconic Rock 'n' Roll Photographer in San Diego for Rare Lecture and Exhibit

The photographer of Rock 'n' Roll royalty, Neal Preston, will discuss stories behind iconic photographs at a lecture, exhibition and reception, Saturday, December 4, from 5-9pm. The location is the Timmons Galleries, 16089 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe, and the exhibition will continue to January 15. Both are free and open to the public.

From Led Zeppelin to Queen to Madonna to Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous," legendary rock music photographer Neal Preston has shot the biggest names in modern music history. "We'll have a great time, and I can promise some good rock stories," Preston said. His talk will feature the insider stories behind his iconic photographs and memories of touring with these groups during their heydays. Some of Preston's photo credits include magazine covers for Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone; shooting six Olympic games, several World Cups and World Series; and being the most assigned photographer in the history of People magazine. For more information, contact Leigh Timmons at 858.213.3691.

Democratic Club to Hold Holiday Party

The Lake San Marcos Democratic Club will have their annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 4, at 11:30am. Jess Durfee, Chair, San Diego Democratic Party, and Francine Busby will be invited guests. Food will be catered by the Boston Market. Cost will be $20/person. Call Events Chair, Adela Franco, 760.591.7655, (or adela_franco@roadrunner.com) and make your reservation early to help her plan the event. The party will be held at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion, 1105 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos. Check the LSM Democratic Club Newsletter for detailed directions to the meeting place, or call 760.744.9233; m.borevitz@cox.net, or check the web site at http://www.lsm.sddem.org.

Woman's Club of Vista to Sing-In the Holiday

The December meeting of the Woman's Club of Vista will be on Wednesday, December 8, at 10:30am, at the Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. The program will be a Holiday Sing-Along featuring piano and autoharp. They will be collecting donations of gift cards and unwrapped gifts for children and the Womens' Resource Center families. Reservations for the luncheon must be made by Friday, December 3. Contact Lori Sanna at 760.295.8686 or nanbudzjones@gmail.com. The Vista Woman's Club is 93 years strong and welcomes new members.

"Hungry Bowl" Pet Food Drive for Escondido Humane Society

JenLovesPets is hosting a "Hungry Bowl" pet food drive to benefit homeless pets of the Escondido Humane Society. Part of an international effort spearheaded by Pet Sitters International (PSI), the largest association for professional pet sitters, the "Hungry Bowl" Pet Food Drive serves to collect pet food for local shelters. Shelters across the country are in dire need. Donations are accepted from December 1-12, and can be dropped off at a number of locations in the Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Penasquitos area. For information, contact Jennifer Taylor of JenLovesPets at 858.205.8132 or jen@jenlovespets.com.

Escondido Art Association Exhibit "Holiday Spirit" to Open Next Wednesday

The Escondido Art Association's (EAA) exhibit, "Holiday Spirit," will run from Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 30, at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido. This fine art exhibit of representational paintings, drawings and photographs is open to all local and regional artists, and will be juried by Impressionist artist and teacher Catherine Grawin. One to three works may be submitted by each artist. Ribbon awards will be presented to the winning artists at 6pm, during the Artists' Reception on "Second Saturday," December 11. The public is invited to attend the reception, enjoy the artworks and free refreshments, and socialize with the artists. For this show, call the Gallery Director Joan Segel at 760.489.0338 or 760.741.3117 for details of date and times to drop off works, and fees involved.

Admission is free to the Artists Gallery, the only all volunteer co-op art gallery in Escondido. Hours are 11am to 4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed December 24 and 25). For information about the EAA, check the web site at www.escondidoartists.org.

Annual "Brain Bee" for High School Students

A call for student nominations has gone out for the 3rd Annual San Diego regional "Brain Bee" for high school students. Letters were sent to public and private schools to ask for student nominations to compete in the Brain Bee to be held on January 29, 2011. A teacher or school administrator must nominate students no later than Friday, December 3 (limit two students per school). Student names and grade level (9 thru 12) must be sent from a school email account to sdbrainbee@gmail.com or mailed on official school letterhead to Dr. Doug Nitz/UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0515, La Jolla, CA 92093-0515. Once a student has been nominated by their school, they must register via the online application at www.sandiegobrainbee.com by 11:59pm on Friday, December 10. The first 75 qualified students will be accepted and will be notified by Monday, December 21.

The Brain Bee event engages local high school students interested in the brain in a friendly, one-day competition, and provides them with opportunities to engage with top scientists from local research institutes and universities and to meet college and graduate Science students. Local sponsorships are being sought to help underwrite the costs and promote the contest, to be held at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego. Dr. Nicholas Spitzer, Professor of Biology at UCSD will act as host of the competition, with many other prominent neuroscientists in attendance.

The Brain Bee will quiz the best young minds in the county about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological disorders such as drug addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate, trophy, airfare and hotel for two with an invitation to compete at the National Brain Bee in mid-March 2011. Other prizes will be awarded to top finishers and all participants will receive a T-shirt and certificate of participation. Questions for the local Brain Bee will be derived from the latest edition of "Brain Facts” published by The Society for Neuroscience. The book is available to download from the Society for Neuroscience web site www.sfn.org. For more information, contact Debbie Honeycutt at 858.626.2020 or honeycutt@nsi.edu. The Brain Bee event is open to the public, and parents and teachers are encouraged to attend.

The Encouragement Center Needs Your Help

The Encouragement Center in Carlsbad directs the majority of their efforts to the working poor, those low-income families who are off the streets, in their own apartments and attempting to better their lives. There are very few agencies who help those who run out of money before the end of the month; most agencies will not help until people are on the brink of ruin. Some of the things provided are: Rental assistance to families; groceries and grocery cards to individuals and families; gas assistance to individual and families; clothing assistance for people who need clothes for work; and consulting and advisory assistance to help many improve their lives.

These people are sober, they have jobs, they are paying their rent and bills, but perhaps their car breaks down or they run out of gas money or their work hours get cut. If they don't get a 'hand-up,' they will end up in the vicious cycle of being back on the streets or in a shelter. The Encouragement Center would much rather give them that interim help to keep them afloat and on the way to betterment than to see them homeless again.

"During this season of giving thanks, I want to express my gratitude for your generous donations which help us help the working poor. It is so rewarding to be able to help so many people in need. To see the smile on a face that has been given hope for one more day is priceless. The need is great, year-round, and thank you very much for your support and prayers!" said Tina of The Encouragement Center. There are many ways you can help: Purchase grocery and gas cards to help people remain self-sufficient; Donate by cash, check, or credit card or become a paid fundraiser to The Encouragement Center, P.O. Box 4350, Carlsbad, CA 92018. Email to Tina@tinamarino.com, or call Tina at 760.845.8838.