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 Social Butterfly
January 13, 2011 

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

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US Bank to Host Business After 5 Chamber Mixer

Escondido Chamber members and guests are starting the New Year of Networking tonight, Thursday, January 13, when the US Bank presents the first "Business After 5 Mixer" at their downtown Escondido office, 125 North Broadway, starting at 5pm. There will be a wide variety of hot and cold munchies and beverages, door prizes, a raffle or two, and lots of chances to mingle with fellow Chamber members and guests. Cost is $5/members and $10/non-members. Bring business cards. For more information, call Chamber at 760.745.2125.

Twenty One Teachers Win Competitive Grants for Innovative Projects

The Escondido Education Foundation will be conducting its annual Innovative Classroom Projects Grant Awards Ceremony from 3:30-4:30pm on Friday, January 14, in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street.

The Foundation will be awarding $10,000 dollars raised in Escondido for elementary and middle school students in the Escondido Union School District to carry out innovative projects during the Spring 2011 semester. Out of 38 applications, 21 teachers from 18 schools were selected for their creativity, clarity, impact, and potential replicability of their project idea.

Since 2005, the Foundation has funded over 225 EUSD teacher grants totaling over $87,000 in Innovative Classroom Project funds. Participation by teachers is voluntary, and a committee comprised of Foundation Board members and volunteers from the community evaluates each proposal without knowing the teacher or school associated with the project. Over the past six years, teachers from each of the district’s 23 schools have won a grant. The grants are funded with dollars raised through Foundation events, grants and donations from individuals.

Parents Night Out at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Carlsbad

On Friday, January 14, from 5-9pm, the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Carlsbad is inviting parents to take the evening for yourself while the children have safe, supervised fun with their friends. Kids can enjoy a pizza dinner, make a craft, play games and watch a movie - popcorn included. Congregation members are specially trained to provide the best care for your children. The Church is located at 6066 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad. Cost is $10 for the first child; $5 for each additional child. Open to children ages 3 to 10. For more information, contact Holy Cross at 760.930.1270 or visit the web site at

Jeff Frank to be Speaker at University Women's Meeting

On Saturday, January 15, at 10am, the American Association of University Women, Escondido/San Marcos Branch, will hold their January meeting, at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane. Jeff Frank, Columnist for the North County Times, will be the speaker. Jeff, a popular, entertaining and interesting writer will share his interviewing of colorful people and events throughout the county. Cost for the buffet lunch is $16/person. For reservations, call Sandra at 760.739.0710.

Women's Auxiliary of Children's Hospital Extends Invitation to Join

The Women's Auxiliary, North County Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital, extends an invitation to women from all over North County to join them. They are looking for new members willing to donate time and talents to help raise funds for Rady Children's Hospital which benefits children throughout San Diego County. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 19, at 9:30am at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. For carpool and other information, call Danette at 760.749.0333, or Margie at 951.767.1940.

Escondido Senior Anglers January Meeting Announced

The Escondido Senior Anglers monthly meeting will be held on Friday, January 21, at 9:30am, in the auditorium at the Joslyn Senior Center, 210 Park Avenue. The guest speaker will be Miguel Miller of the National Weather Service. Members participate in fresh and salt water fishing, youth trout derby, fish fry socials, camp-outs, and community service events. Guests are welcome. Visit the web site at for more information.

Humane Society Extends Feline Adoption Fees for January

The Escondido Humane Society has extended its $25 adoption fees for all felines through the month of January, and extending their "double the love" promotion also. This means you can adopt one cat at $25, and the fee will be waived for the second cat. All adoption fees include spay/neuter; microchip with lifetime registration; veterinary exam at EHS; wellness exam after adoption; discounts at local pet supply, grooming and boarding partners; and behavior support for lifetime of the animal. December was a wonderful month for adoptions at EHS, with 170 cats and kittens finding good homes. The shelter still has 81 felines available for adoption, with kitten season just around the corner.

The EHS Adoption Center is located at 3450 E. Valley Parkway, and is open from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week. For information, call 760.888.2275 or check the web site at

Steve DanonRepublican Women to Hear Updates From Congressman Bilbray's Office

Steve Danon, Chief of Staff for Congressman Brian Bilbray, will be the guest speaker at the Escondido Republican Women, Federated (ERWF) meeting on Wednesday, January 26. As Chief of Staff, he serves as the chief policy advisor, develops and implements all policy objectives, strategies and operating plans. In addition, he coordinates the Congressman's activities with House leadership and committees, as well as managing and directing all activities for the Congressman's offices, both in Washington, D.C. and San Diego.

The meeting will be held at the Escondido Country Club, 1800 Country Club Lane, starting at 11:30am. The cost is $16/person for lunch, and the meeting is open to the public. Reservation deadline is Friday, January 21. Contact Vivian Herron at, or call 760.480.7850.

Escondido Senior Service Council Offers Programs

The Escondido Senior Service Council, located at 728 No. Broadway, Escondido, offers several programs to local seniors. For more information or future dates for any of the programs listed, call the Council office at 760.480.0611.

Seniors could qualify for an additional credit toward their SDGE utility bill from the Home Energy Assistance Program. An information flier and applications are available at the Council office.

A free Arthritis and Osteoporosis support group will meet from 10-11:30am on Tuesday, January 18, in the Dorothy Boeger Building, 728 No. Broadway. Meeting is designed for those of any age whose lives are affected by either or both of these diseases. Sponsored by Palomar Pomerado Hospital. No reservation is required.

There will be a free Diabetes blood sugar screening on Friday, January 21, from 8-9am. Do not eat, drink, or take medications before attending. No appointment necessary.

Legal and Notary assistance for wills, trusts, divorce, foreclosure, powers of attorney, Advance Health Care Directives and more, are offered free, every Wednesday from 9-11:30am to people with low and moderate incomes. Call Council office to register.

A job referral service for people older than 50 is available from 9am to 12noon Mondays through Thursdays. Anyone needing minor home repairs, gardening, housework, home care, pet sitting, companion care, or painting can call the Council office. Fees are negotiated between the parties for the work to be done.

A free Respiratory Support Group for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema, meets monthly and sponsored by the American Lung Association. Call the Council office for the next date and time.

An AARP Driver Safety Class is offered. Completion earns a certificate good for three years for savings on automobile insurance. Reservations are required. Call the Council office for the schedule, date, time and cost, of the next class.