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 Social Butterfly
December 2nd, 2010 

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

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Christmas Parade Information:

The 15th Annual Kiwanis Club of San Marcos Holiday Parade steps off at 1:00pm on Sunday, December 5, and runs from Comet Circle at Palomar College, east on Mission Road to the Civic Center's Holiday Village. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas" means 12 times the fun for San Marcos residents. This year's Grand Marshal will be 12 LUCKY CHILDREN - the winners of the Kiwanis "12 Days of Christmas" Coloring Contest!

The Kiwanis Club of San Marcos "Capt'n Book," co-chair of the Kiwanis Early Literacy program, will be passing out books and stuffed animals to lucky children along the route. The University of California Riverside Pipe Band, San Marcos High School Knight Regiment and Mission Hills High School Cardinal Alliance bands will entertain spectators, along with dance groups, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, floats and, of course, Santa!

The 60th Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 11, starting at 9:30 am, on Broadway from Escondido High School south to Grape Day Park.

Escondido Chamber is Holding Pajama Drive for Kids Battling Cancer

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the community continue to make a difference in the lives of very sick children and keep Isabella's memory alive by collecting pajamas for Isabella's Foundation for Children's Hospital. Isabella is a precious little girl who died of a malignant brain tumor at Children's Hospital in 2001. You can read Isabella's story on her web site

Rady Children's Hospital has suggested that we continue to collect adult size pajamas and/or sweatsuits for the distraught parents of these children. This year, your donations will also help The Ronald McDonald House and the Convalescent Unit for terminal children. Suggestions for your shopping list are new pajamas, and robes, in all sizes; slippers and non-skid socks; sweats, flannel, or fleece sleepwear; small cuddly blankets or throws. Keep in mind that button-down type sleepwear is important. And, please don't forget the older kids. We are trying to collect as many SM/MED/LG adult sizes as possible. The older kids really appreciate it. Boxes, gift bags and hangers are not needed. Your tax deductible on-line donations or checks are also very much appreciated. Make checks payable to "Isabella's Gift" and drop off or mail to Escondido Chamber of Commerce.

To donate online: 1. Go to; 2. Proceed to Table of Contents, section 6, How to Make a Donation; 3. Page through to Section 6 to Online Donation; 4. This brings you to Rady Children's Hospital web site. Click "Donate Now." 5. Beside the word "Designation" scroll down and highlight "Isabella's Gift."

Deadline for the drive this year is December 20, but donations are always thankfully accepted anytime throughout the year. The drop off or mailing address is Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 No. Broadway, Escondido, 92025.

Daughters of American Revolution to Meet

The Rancho Buena Vista Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will meet on Saturday, December 4, at 9am, at the McClellan Senior Center at Brengle Terrace Park, 1400 Vale Terrace, Vista. A business meeting will follow a continental breakfast. The program, “Handmade for the Holidays” will be by members who will share their handmade holiday traditions. For reservation information, contact 760.743.3660 or by email to

DAR is open to any female age 18 or older who can prove lineal bloodline from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution.

Woman's Club Meeting Scheduled for December 6

The Escondido Woman's Club will "Ring in the Bells" for Christmas with their own Dorothy Peterson who will present a program of wonderful Christmas music, on Monday, December 6. The meeting starts at 10:30am at their Clubhouse, 751 No. Rose Street (corner Mission Avenue). When you are called, please make your reservations then. New members and guests can call Ruth at 760.489.0579.

Sorority to Celebrate Season with Toy Donations to Interfaith

"Be a Kid Again" is the theme for the evening as members of the Hidden Valley Vista Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority celebrate the Holiday Season on Monday, December 13. The dinner, starting at 6pm, is at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Marcos. The highlight of the evening is the members' donations of toys for children ages 12 to 16 that will then be given to Interfaith Community Services. Members also donate food for the food bank. Greg Anglea, representative from Interfaith, will attend.

"Joy to the World" Luncheon for Christian Women’s Club

"Joy to the World" is the theme of the San Marcos-Vista Christian Women's Club luncheon on Monday, December 13, at 11:30am at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos.

The speaker is Judy Schorfenberg from Winchester, a former librarian and inspirational speaker who will share some "Christmas Joy" as she gives a dramatic reading and explains the heart of Christmas. Entertainment will be "Tiers of Joy," special music by Debbie Nicastro, a professional singer, voice teacher and entertainer.

The club has no membership or dues. All ladies are invited and encouraged to make reservations by Saturday, December 11, for the luncheon. Cost is $16/person inclusive. The luncheon is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries/Christian Women's Club. For information, go to For reservations, call Donna at 760.432.0772 or Dianna at 760.744.4164.

Comedy "Believe" to Show in Oceanside

"Believe," a sentimental slapstick comedy with a holiday spirit, written and directed by Jerry Hager, is being staged at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Show times are Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, at 2pm and 6pm; and Saturdays, December 11 and 18 at 2pm. This is a Chaplinesque-type play of mime style suitable for the whole family, and features San Diego based actors Andrea Gardner, Christina Wortman, Tim Gladstone, Drew Wellnitz, Katherine Bothwell, Lauren Brodsky, and Jerry Hager. There will be photo opportunities with Santa at the conclusion of the show.

This is free to military families (free offer does not apply to photos). For all others, ticket prices are $12/adults; $6/children twelve and under, or $25/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 to purchase tickets.

"COPS for KIDS" Golf Tournament - A Success!

The Escondido Police Officers Association (EPOA) reports that the community of Escondido really stepped up to the challenge and their 1st annual "COPS for KIDS" golf tournament was a success. The 48 golfers and over 20 sponsors combined to raise $10,000 for the Stepping Up!-Youth Mentoring Program. The tournament was held recently at The Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course, and all proceeds went to the mentoring program. Mercedes-Benz of Escondido and BMW Motorcycles of North County both donated vehicles for separate hole-in-one prizes; unfortunately there were no winners. The EPOA's slogan is "Proudly Serving our Community" and this event is just one of the ways they live up to that slogan.

Shadowridge Rotary Hears About Teen Driving Start Smart Program

Start SmartAt a recent luncheon meeting of the Shadowridge Vista Rotary Club, Vista Sheriff's Department speaker, Corporal John Cannon showed an eye-opening slide presentation describing their new teen driving initiative called Start Smart.
Pictured from left to right are: Captain Scott Rossall, RBV High School Interact Club President Danielle Undheim, Corporal John Cannon and club member Cynthia Fenimore. Visit:

The program consists of a two hour class, offered two to three times a week, that gives new drivers a clear understanding of their responsibilities, right decision making choices and consequences when they are behind the wheel. Following the class, each teen is presented with a certificate and a custom designed Start Smart key chain. Contact your local Sheriff's station for more information.

Senior Service Council Offers Several Free Programs

The Senior Service Council of Escondido offers several free health screenings, a driver safety class, and free support groups, as listed below. These are held at their building at 728 No. Broadway, Escondido. Call 760.480.0611 for information and reservations, if required.

Hearing Health, Monday, December 13, at 9am. David Illich, Audiologist, will conduct and interpret a professional hearing test and provide advice about hearing aids you may have.

Eye Screening, Thursday, December 16, at 9am. Dr. Irene Chennell, a local ophthalmologist, will screen for glaucoma and cataracts.

AARP Driver Safety Class, Tuesday, December 7, 8am-12:30pm. Class completion earns a certificate good for three years for savings on automobile insurance. Cost for the class is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP. Call 760.480.0611 to reserve your space, and plan to arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and payment.

Bereavement Support Group meets every Thursday from 1:30pm-3pm. Conducted by Elizabeth Hospice, this group is open to all adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants meet in a confidential environment to express feelings and to explore healthy coping strategies for dealing with grief.

Parkinson's Support Group meets on Tuesday, December 21, from 10am-12noon. Call the Social Work Facilitator at 858.733.2673 for information.

Post Polio Support Group meets on Tuesday, December 14, from 1pm-3pm, for those dealing with post polio syndrome or anyone dealing with pain. Informative and fun speakers. Call 760.745.2787 for more information.

Pat Bean and the RB Chorale Present "Deck the Halls!"

Kick off the week before Christmas with a lively and fun performance that is guaranteed to make you sing "deck the halls with boughs of holly." The RB Chorale’s annual holiday shows will be December 17, 18, and 19; Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday special matinee at 2pm. All shows will be held at the Poway Performing Arts Center, 15498 Espola Road, Poway.

This year's shows are geared toward families. These performances are always a sellout. Shows will feature musical selections from the holiday season and more, plus a visit from Santa, and sing-alongs on some favorites. Soloists and the 110-voice-strong RB Chorale will be singing a variety of selections from Irving Berlin's "Christmas" to the toe-tapping "Christmas Carol Jamboree!" There will be a special appearance by the U.S. Marines and "Toys for Tots," so please bring an unwrapped gift to donate.

Through these shows, the Chorale raises money for graduating high school seniors who wish to continue their pursuit of a musical education at an academic institution of higher learning. Each year up to $10,000 is awarded.

Ticket prices are $18/person for seniors (55 and older), students (13 to 18), and Military; General Admission is $20/person. Children (infant to 12), $5/person; and preferred seating is $30/each. Visit the web site at for more information and tickets. Tickets are also available by chorale members and PPAC.

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, and the Association is looking forward to staging a repeat event next year. Artwork was for sale and the artists were present. There were paintings, prints, glass, photography, and a henna artist on display. Refreshments, music, drawings, and raffles offered a creative and fun event, and ten percent of the sales were donated to FSM Muscular Dystrophy.

Oceanside's Senior Services to Host Winter Ball

The City of Oceanside's Senior Services Section will host their annual Winter Ball on Sunday, December 12, from 7-10pm at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. This event is for adults 55 and 'better.' Tickets are $20/person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Country Club Center, 455 Country Club Lane, between 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday, or from the El Corazon Senior Center. Come dressed in your holiday best and plan to dance the night away to the swing band music of "The Encores."

Please dine prior to attending as dinner will not be served, although there will be light refreshments. Free parking is available at the Center. For more information, contact the Country Club Senior Center at 760.435.5250.

Installation of Officers at Republican Women's Meeting

On Monday, December 6, at 11:30am, the Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated will meet at the LSM Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. New officers will be installed by Rachel Meyer, President of the San Diego County Republican Women Federated. After lunch there will be a special presentation on Afghanistan by Bonita Chamberlin, who will also have handmade jewelry from Afghanistan for sale.

Reservations are required by today, December 2. Deliver your check for $20/person, payable to LSMRWF, to Sandy Hinds, 1236 Via Portovecchio, Lake San Marcos, 92078. Questions, call Sandy at 760.471.7094.