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Social Butterfly December 6th, 2007

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Coastal Communities Concert Opened the Season in Style

Were you one of the 1500+ that crowded into the Center for the Arts on Sunday to hear the Coastal Communities Concert Band's annual holiday concert? If not, you really missed a wonderful concert that was not only a fundraiser for the Meals-on-Wheels program, but a tribute to the military, past and present. They also paid tribute to the 'first-responders' of the fire storms in October in San Diego County, with a very powerful, heart-wrenching video of the fires while the band played "America, the Beautiful." What a way to start the beautiful holiday season!

The CCC Band was organized in 1983 with 14 members and has grown into a complete symphonic band composed of more than seventy experienced musicians who live throughout San Diego County, Conducted by Don Caneva and Assistant Conductor, Bill Brackman. They have earned many awards, too numerous to mention. Their next event is Sunday, March 2, at the Carlsbad Community Church in Carlsbad. You can learn more about them by visiting their website at Watch this column for notices of their next events -- you won't want to miss 'em!

Methodist Church to Host Recreation of Bethlehem Walk

The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host it's 20th annual recreation of the "Little Town of Bethlehem" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7, 8, and 9th. This is a renowned holiday tradition where visitors, nearly 2,000 last year, from across Southern California can experience an authentic depiction of the birthplace of Christianity.

"Bethlehem Walk is a gift to the community," said Rev. Faith Conklin, pastor. "More than a dozen other local churches of many different denominations help build and staff the 'city.' We all come together to share the joy of Christmas and its message of peace and goodwill for all of the Earth."

The church is located at 341 So. Kalmia St, corner of 4th, in Escondido. Tours are free and begin every five minutes during designated times. Reservations are highly recommended; getting priority entrance in the tour groups. Tours will be Friday, 5:30pm-8:55pm; Saturday, 4:30pm-8:55pm; and Sunday, 4pm-7:55pm. For information, go to; email to:; or call the church.

Fire Fighter Golf Tournament to Benefit Burn Institute

The 3rd Annual "Fire on the Fairways" golf tournament is rescheduled for Monday, December 10, at the Riverwalk Golf Course, 1150 Fashion Valley Road, San Diego. They are looking for both golfers and corporate sponsors. Registration opens at 9am, with a shotgun start at 11. There will be fun and crazy contests also. The dinner and Green Jacket award will be at 5pm. The cost is $150/golfer. This event is sponsored by the Fire Fighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute. All proceeds benefit the Burn Center. Call Rick Ochocki at 858.541.2277, Ext. 20, for more information. Make checks payable to FFACBI, and send entry fees, contributions, sponsorships, and prize donations to Rick at the Burn Institute, 8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, 92123.

The Burn Institute is a non-profit organization that supports our regional burn center, was founded in 1972, and is dedicated to reducing the impact of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties through burn survivor support service, burn care research and treatment, and fire and burn prevention education.

San Marcos Chamber Mixer Planned

Sid's Carpet Barn will host the December 13th Mixer of the San Marcos Chamber, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at 285 E. Carmel St., San Marcos. For information, call the Chamber at 744.1270.

Escondido Christian Center to Debut Outdoor Christmas Train and Town Square Village

The Escondido Christian Center will debut an outdoor four-acre Christmas Train and Town Square Village on three consecutive nights - December 9, 10, and 11, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, at its campus at the corner of Idaho and Ash Streets (Route 78). Admission is free.

The Currier and Ives street scene will feature late 18th century shops. There will be a 15-minute "train" ride through a Christian heritage as live actors and actresses depict Adam and Eve, wise men, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, and a family observing an old-fashioned Christmas. Carolers and a barbershop quartet will stroll through the Town Square, inviting sing-alongs, and there will be a petting zoo.

CWONC December Meeting to Celebrate Holidays

The GFWC Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer organization and social club, will meet on Monday, December 10, at a members home in celebration of the holidays. Women interested are invited for a short meeting at 6:00pm, with social time to follow. Attendees are asked to bring a few items to donate for packages being prepared for the homeless, including toiletries, beanies, scarves, gloves, etc. For more information, call Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396 or visit the club's website at

"Tis The Season" is Theme for Women's Connection Luncheon

The San Marcos-Vista Women's Connection luncheon will be held on Monday, December 10, starting at 11:30am, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. The theme is "Tis The Season."

The special feature will be "Holiday Fun" featuring, and back by popular demand, the Singing Sisters, Joey and Susan. The speaker, Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for Horizon Hospice, Arlana Holland's message will be "Wrapped with Love." The Pianist will be Jewel Turbeville.

The club has no membership or dues. Cost of the luncheon is $15/inclusive. All ladies are encouraged to make reservations by today, December 6, for the luncheon, which is sponsored by the Stonecroft Int'l/Christian Women's Club. For reservations, call Carolyn at 726.2927 or Muriel at 744.3744.

Barbara Metzler to Speak at AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, December 15, starting at 10am, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. The speaker will be Barbara Metzler, Author, Activist, who will speak on "Passionaries: Turning Compassion into Action." Barbara believes an individual can impact her community in important ways, and will share lessons and give direction on how to change the world.

The program will be a Sing-Along with Lydia Backart and Dorothy Kline who will present "Tis the Season to be Jolly." There will be a re-gifting "Treasure" sale, and all items will be priced at $5/each. Funds will benefit the Scholarship Fund. Cost is $16/person. Reservations: call Ruth at 760.489.0579.


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