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 Social Butterfly
December 23rd, 2010 
   

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

Email Evelyn at:
thesocialbutterfly@cox.net





New Year's Eve Party 2010

Happy New Year from the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The Escondido community is invited to join the fun at the New Year's Eve Party at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The Too Much Fun Band will help to ring in the New Year with a special evening, which includes hors d'oeuvres, party favors, one drink, champagne toast, and dancing to vintage pop, swing, country, and old time R&R. The fun starts at 8pm. Tickets are $65/person, and available at the Center's Box Office. Ticket office is 800.988.4253, during the hours of 12 to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday 12-5pm; closed Monday.

Cymbidium Society Installs Officers

Cymbidium Society OfficersThe San Diego County Cymbidium Society celebrated its 25th anniversary at Ciao's Restaurant in Vista recently. Dave Trygstad served as MC and installed the new officers for 2011. New officers are Phyllis Prestia, President; Bill Wong, First Vice President; Sandi Sanquist, Second Vice President; Kate Palmiere, Membership Secretary; Patty Barna and Christina Hsing, Recording Secretaries; and Marjorie Kuhlmann, Treasurer. Directors are Christina Hsing, Harriet Laso, Lena Shiroma, Anita and Jerry Spencer, and Warren Stehle.

President Phyllis presented a special award to Loren Batchman for exceptional service to the Society and the orchid community in general. Loren and his wife, Nancy, own Casa de Las Orchideas, a commercial nursery in Solana Beach. He is a leading hybridizer of Cymbidiums in this country and is a judge in both the Cymbidium Society of American and the American Orchid Society. He has worked tirelessly to promote orchid culture and knowledge in this community. The Society donated a substantial gift to the Cymbidium Society of America in Loren's honor.

Life memberships were presented to Estelle Hoffman and Bette Mackenberg who have served as leaders in the Society for many years, and have held many offices. Their long service is greatly appreciated.

The Society meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except July and August, in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Visitors are welcome. For information, call 760.732.0055 or email orchid2@mac.com.

Chofit Hadassah's January Meeting

Chofit Hadassah, San Diego’s newest North County Group, invites you to the January meeting which is being held at Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Linda Levine from The Jewish Film Festival will announce the films to be shown this year at the JCC in La Jolla and other locations throughout the county. Contact rinkies@att.net for further information and directions to venue.

An Ending - And a Beginning!

With your help North County Solutions for Change is making a difference in solving family homelessness! You made a difference for 22 families who have been led out of homelessness in just the first six months since starting the "Finding Our Way Home" initiative. Those are 22 stories that have already ended happily. They've ended with families who are not just housed, but prepared to permanently sustain themselves without depending on public support, because you cared enough to help. Your previous gifts have created a future - a bright future - for these families, including 46 children who now have a school to go to, friends to play with, and unlimited opportunity ahead of them.

Now Solutions for Change is asking for your help in creating more beginnings. It will soon be the beginning of a new year, and your gift to Solutions for Change today is tax deductible for 2010. More important, it will once again make a difference—a big difference. It will offer a beginning for some of the 178 families who are right now awaiting their chance to enter the Solutions University and find their way home. Located at 722 West California Avenue, Vista, CA 92083. Phone 760.941.6545.

Also, see the solution on TV! "Finding Our Way Home," a documentary about how Solutions University is helping people solve their homelessness, will air on San Diego Channel 6 again on Sunday, December 26, at 7pm. You will have a firsthand, personal look at what's being accomplished.

Takeda San Diego Hosted 8th Annual Holiday Party for San Diego Center for Children

For the 8th consecutive year, Takeda San Diego (TSD) scientists and employees brought cheer and delight to special needs teens at the San Diego Center for Children, by hosting a holiday pizza party and providing gifts donated by TSD employees. On Monday, December 20, the TSD team spent time with teens enrolled in the Center's Clark Residential Program creating fun holiday memories. TSD's involvement with the Center is part of Takeda's ongoing dedication and commitment to society through corporate social responsibility activities.

"The holiday season is a great opportunity to extend our routine practice of giving back," said Keith Wilson, TSD President. "It is important for us to improve and save lives through our pharmaceutical research while simultaneously aiding our communities on a grassroots level. In addition to our efforts to discover new medicines, each year we conduct seven company-wide efforts in support of local nonprofit organizations, schools, and the environment." Takeda San Diego Inc. is Takeda's first US-based discovery research operation. For more information, check their web site at www.takedasd.com.

The San Diego Center for Children is the oldest accredited nonprofit organization helping San Diego’s children. Since 1887, the Center has been caring for special needs children throughout San Diego County. The Center helps children thrive whose trauma, abuse or mental health challenges delay their potential for success.

The Platt Brothers Announce "Seven Days of Awesome"

The comedy, dance, acrobatics, music, family known as The Platt Brothers announces a year's worth of unforgettable entertainment, super-concentrated into seven days of awesome. The show runs January 17-23, each day featuring a new and awesome guest performer or group, at the 10th Avenue Theatre in downtown San Diego. Guests include two-time Emmy award-winning storyteller Mark Lewis, Emmy nominated and internationally celebrated magician Larry Wilson, along with many other incredible performers. For more information, including the full lineup, and to buy tickets, visit the web site at www.theplattbrothers.com, or order tickets directly.

HOLIDAY EATING TIPS

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can - and quickly; it's rare. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it! Have one for me ... Have two! It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Helloooo?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long
naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them anddon't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies...Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards!

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO!! What a ride!"

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A "HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!"

At Christmas time our hearts reach out
To friends we think of dearly,
And checking through our friendship lists
As all of us do yearly,
We stop awhile to reminisce and
Pleasantly review
Special tasks, happy times,
And things we used to do.
And though we've been too busy
To keep in touch all year
We send a Christmas greeting
At this season of good cheer.
So Christmas is a lovely link
Between old years and new
That keeps the love of friendship
Forever unbroken and true.
Helen Steiner Rice