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Social Butterfly July 10th, 2008

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Local Band Wins Emmy

photoAn Emmy was awarded to the Coastal Communities Concert Band for "outstanding achievement in the category of cultural documentary" from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 60-minute documentary, "Community Band - Our Lives in Music." The award was accepted by producer Edward Hermoza Kramer and band member Judy Pisciotta at a ceremony held recently at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. The documentary provides an in-depth look of the 80-member concert band, its internal workings, and its external contributions to our communities. "The Emmy is dedicated to conductor/director Don Caneva who reminds us all that while our bodies are made up of 75% water, our hearts are 75% music," stated Mr. Kramer in his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank Edward Kramer for capturing the true essence of the Coastal Communities Concert Band," stated Don Caneva. The documentary has aired numerous times on KPBS San Diego and local access stations and is available on DVD. For more information, visit

Beginning with 14 members, and now in their 25th year, the Coastal Communities Concert Band has grown to over 80 members who reside throughout San Diego County. It is comprised of trained musicians who are attorneys, doctors, engineers, school teachers, professional musicians, and others, dedicated to becoming one of the premier community bands in the nation. A concert band has full woodwind, brass and percussion sections and is distinct from an orchestra as it has no string section.

Brunch Planned by Widows and Widowers Club

The Widows and Widowers Club of North County will present a champagne brunch on Sunday, July 13, at 12:30pm, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive. Order from the menu, cash only (no checks/credit cards). This is a social group for people who have lost a spouse and want to meet new people and start a new life. It is not a singles dating service or grief recovery group. There are other events coming up. Call Gwen at 760.741.8572.

photoDemocratic Club Awards Scholarship

Kaitlyn Marie Nelson, a 2008 graduate of San Marcos High School, was the first recipient of an annual scholarship awarded by the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club. An honor student with many extracurricular activities during her years at San Marcos High, Kaitlyn will attend Cal State Long Beach in the fall to pursue a degree in Psychology. Kaitlyn accepted the scholarship check of $500 from Chairman Bob Hehrlein at a recent meeting where she read her winning essay on the topic "What would your criteria be for choosing a presidential candidate that might inspire you to volunteer for their campaign?"

Volunteers Needed for Buena Vista Audubon

The Buena Vista Audubon is looking for a few good volunteers to be a host at the Nature Center. Work a three-hour shift, one or more shifts per month, on a regular schedule or at your convenience. Training is provided - all you need is a friendly smile.

The Nature Center is located at 2202 So. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, next to Buena Vista Lagoon. For more information, call Mary Ellen Marquand at 760.918.6622, or the Center at 760.439.2473.

Scrapbook Royalty Meets Major Fundraising Milestone

A San Diego non-profit organization, Scrapbook Royalty, is proud to announce a major fundraising milestone. In less than two years from inception, the organization has donated $100,000 to local and national charities through scrapbooking-based events. With so many scrapbookers in the U.S., the platform for fundraising is a great way to encourage participation and raise awareness. The brainchild of its' founder, Elena Etcheverry, the non-profit organization is run purely by volunteers who have a passion for giving and creativity. "I am honored to be associated with the individuals who attend our events. Not only do they raise money for these charities, they also initiate change by spreading the word about important causes," said Etcheverry.

Melanie Christie, Vice President of SBR, is equally thrilled about the success. "Scrapbooking today is like what quilting bees were yesterday. It's a great platform for women to share their ideas and connect personally," she said. For more information about Scrapbook Royalty, check out the website at:, call Elena at 858.558.0369 or Melanie at 619.817.1639.

CWONC Awards Scholarship and Announces Next Meeting

Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a local women's volunteer organization and social club, recently awarded a $500 scholarship to Sarah Ahlquist, a 2008 graduate of Vista High School. Sarah plans to attend Palomar College in the Fall to learn American Sign Language and be an interpreter for the hearing impaired.

The Club will hold its next meeting on Monday, July 14, at the historic Wood House at Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Road, San Marcos. Social begins at 6:00pm, with the meeting at 6:30. Women interested in meeting new friends, being involved in the community, and having fun are invited to join. For more information, call Marilynn Kroeker at 760.471.6396 or visit the club's website at


Sarah Ahlquist (left) and CWONC member Laura Collins.

Hawaiian-Style Luau Planned for Carlsbad Farmer's Market

July is National Grilling Month and the Carlsbad Village Farmers' Markets are having a Luau to celebrate. Grillers are able to get fresh produce, meat and fish, and learn how to grill it, at the Farmers' Market "Summer Sensations" festivals on Wednesday, July 16, from 1-5pm, and Saturday, July 19, from 9am to 1pm. The festivities will include special summer treats, raffle basket, scavenger hunt and other games for the kids, live music and Hawaiian dancers, and family fun, with a focus on barbeque grilling.

Check out these other summer sensations: juicy vine-ripened watermelon, cool fresh squeeze organic lemonade, unique summer squash blossoms, juicy corn on the cob, and sweet nectarines. For information, call Christy Johnson at 760.687.6453.

Rose Society Announces Summer Schedule for Workshops

The "Gloves On Learning" workshops, sponsored by the California Coastal Rose Society, will continue on selected Saturday mornings in the Magee Rose Garden in Carlsbad as volunteers tend the variety of bushes which will be blooming throughout the summer months. Topics and demonstrations for each session will relate to what is happening in the garden at that time including deadheading, feeding, watching for damage from pests or disease, the advantages and disadvantages of spraying, etc. Questions are always welcome.

Dates for the summer sessions are July 12, August 3 and 23, and September 6. Each session begins at 9am and concludes at approximately 10:30am. The opportunity to learn and help at Magee Garden is open to beginners interested in learning to grow roses and to experienced rose growers who want to help maintain the roses. The garden is located at the corner of Beech Avenue and Garfield Street in Carlsbad. For more information about the workshops, contact the garden director at 760.804.0875, or the organization's website at, which is enhanced with beautiful floral photography of roses grown by members of the group.

Celebrating Lagoon Day at Buena Vista Lagoon

Lagoon day festivities at the Buena Vista Lagoon on Saturday, July 12, from 10am to 4pm, include a bird walk around the lagoon at 10am; presentation of Raptors at 11am. Afternoon events will include a presentation of the Lagoon Foundation on plans for the restoration of the lagoon, Basic Birding and Binoculars, and a special Creepy Crawlers show.

The new bronze sculpture of a mountain lion and her cub and the Discovering Mastodons in the Backyard exhibit are featured at the Nature Center, along with self-guided tours of native plant garden and hands-on displays for naturalists of all ages. The Nature Center is located at 2202 South Coast Highway, Oceanside. For information, call 760.439.2473.

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