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 Social Butterfly
January 20, 2011 

Evelyn Madison
The Social Butterfly

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Special Valentines Dinner Dance Coming Soon!

The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Friday, February 11, at the Elks Lodge, 2430 So. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. Treat your sweetie to an evening of dinner, from 6-7pm, catered by Ranch of San Diego, and dancing, from 7-11pm, to the Rocking to Royal J Band. There will be a Silent Auction at 9pm. Cost is $75/couple or $45/single. Contact me, the Social Butterfly, at 760.746.1649 for tickets or additional information. We are accepting donations for the silent auction also.

Miss AmericasMiss America Pageant Honored 46 Past Winners

I don't know how many of you watch the Miss America Pageant each year; I used to watch it faithfully, but missed a few years, until this week. Of course, I'm always rooting for Miss Oklahoma (my home state) or Miss California. It seems those states are represented in the finalists each year, and this year was no exception. I even bet with Lyle (a very small bet) that Miss Oklahoma would win it all, and he gladly took my bet. Of course, he was rooting for Miss Nebraska (his home state).

After the show was over, he gently asked me how I was going to pay my debt, in coins, paper or whatever. I ignored his request. After a short while I decided I better pay my debt; got out my $1 dollar bill and threw it at him, and he started laughing and gave it back to me. He had checked on the computer earlier, an hour or so before the contest was over, and he knew already that Miss Nebraska had won. So I got my $1 back. And I congratulate Miss Nebraska; she was great and she deserved to win!

Also, I thought it was really nice to have many of the past Miss America winners at the event, so wanted to share this great picture of the 46 that were in attendance.

San Marcos Friends of the Library to Hold Sale of Dicken's Works

Silent Auction books will go to the highest bidder at 1pm on Monday, January 31, at the San Marcos Friends of the Library bookstore. Featured this month is an early 1900's edition of 30 volumes of Dicken's Complete Works. The Pictorial History of War Films; Frederic Remington Illustrations; D.C. Comics; WWII Combat Aircraft and History of the Blackfeet are also among the 14 books on the "auction block."

The Bookstore is open Mon-Sat. 10am-4pm, and Sundays 1-4pm. Patrons also can obtain free passes to several local museums, including the Birch Aquarium and the Museum of Making Music. Call 760.891.3007 for information.

Meeting Announced for Daughters of Union Veterans

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Nancy Hanks Lincoln Tent #5, will meet at 11am on Tuesday, January 25, in the Veterans Memorial War Building at Zoo Drive and Park Boulevard in Balboa Park, San Diego. The DUVCW is the oldest and largest of all Civil War Women's organizations genealogically based on lineal descent. For information call 619.475.0153.

Free Tax-Aide Service Through Senior Service Council

The Senior Service Council of Escondido offers free Federal and State income tax preparation for seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers, from 9am to 2:30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Walk-in service starts Tuesday, February 1. Starting Monday, January 24, appointments can be made for February 15 and later. All tax forms this year will be e-filed so be sure to bring all documents relating to your income and deductions with you. Call 760.480.0611 for information or obtain lists of documents and statements required. The Council is located at 728 No. Broadway, Escondido, next to the Joslyn Senior Center complex.

Palm Springs Follies, Here We Come!

You are invited to join OASIS Escondido for a day trip on Thursday, February 3, to the Palm Springs Follies which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season. The featured performer is Lesley Gore, well known for her hit "It's My Party" and other gold record hits. Cost for the day is $101.00/person and includes entrance to the follies, transportation, coach refreshments and driver's tip. There will be time prior to the matinee for lunch on your own and maybe some shopping. Pickup is either the R.B. Community Center, 12408 W. Bernardo Drive at 10am, returning at 6:30pm, or the Escondido Transit Center, 500 W. Valley Parkway, at 10:30am, returning at 6pm. Call 760.670.5538 or 760.690.2692 for reservations.

Coast Guard Boating Class Being Offered

The nationally recognized Coast Guard Boating Class is being offered, starting Tuesday, February 8, at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 720 No. Broadway, starting at 7pm. Class text and materials will cost $40. The class is designed for experienced as well as novice boaters. After the classroom portion, on the water training will be offered to practice and observe objects and procedures that were learned. This class also qualifies for states where boater education is required. For reservations or more information, call Mike at 760.741.5095 or Don at 760.931.2615.

January Demo Scheduled for Art Association

Catherine Grawin, Impressionist Oil Painter, will give a demonstration at the January meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Art Association. The meeting will be on Thursday, January 27, at 7pm, at the Swim and Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive. There is a $3 charge for non-members. For information, contact Phyllis Hensperger at 858.675.2262. The web site for Catherine Grawin is

Chamber "Business Before 9" Announced

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce-sponsored January "Business Before 9" program will be held at 7:30am on Friday, January 28, at Romano's Macaroni Grill, at Westfield North County. New Chamber members especially are invited and encouraged to attend. Each attendee is given 90 seconds to tell something about themselves and what they do. After everyone has been given an opportunity to talk, attendees are free to chat with one another in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, generated by "Business Before 9" co-hosts Tom Hogarty (public relations consultant) master of ceremonies and Judy Jessup (realtor-Century 21 Award), handing out business cards and other promotional material. Reservations are required. Members: $5 each; guests $10. For more information, contact the Chamber at 760.745.2125.

Annual Brain Bee to be Held on January 29

The San Diego Regional 3rd Annual Brain Bee, scheduled for Saturday, January 29, at 10:15am, has 49 confirmed local high school students, representing 24 high schools. The event will be held at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego. Parking is free and the public is welcome to attend and encourage participants in this competition.

The Brain Bee is sponsored by Life Technologies Foundation, the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, Dorris Neuroscience Center, The Neurosciences Institute, and the San Diego Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Nicholas Spitzer, Professor of Biology at UCSD, will act as host of the competition. At the close of the final round, an informal social mixer will be held in the loggia of the auditorium to give high school students the opportunity to mingle with local research scientists, graduate and undergraduate students. This Brain Bee is an officially sanctioned event of The International Brain Bee.

The Brain Bee will quiz the best young minds in the county about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological disorders, such as drug addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke. The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate, trophy, and airfare and hotel for two with an invitation to the National Brain Bee in March. For more information or to RSVP, contact Debbie Honeycutt at 858.626.2020 or at

Women's right to VotePalomar District Fashion Show Celebrates 90 Years of Suffrage - Women's Right to Vote

At a recent meeting of the Palomar District, the keynote speaker on the Women's Right to Vote was the California Federation of Women's Clubs President, Kathi McGraw, telling about the "bad girls" - those women who were not afraid to take action when there was a need, even though their actions were not popular at the time. Members of the Palomar District had prepared a skit featuring three suffragettes, each telling their part in the history of the movement during the period of the greatest marches and protests, in order for women to obtain the right to vote. Prior to this meeting, clubs were encouraged to view the movie Iron Jawed Angels in order to have a better understanding of what these women went through.

The event, a fashion show and fundraiser, was a great success and well attended. All were encouraged to wear their finest "vintage" hats, bags and gloves.

Rock Series 2011” Concert of 12-17 Year Olds in Oceanside

The Conservatory for Music Arts, a community based studio from San Marcos, presents “Rock Series 2011,” a concert of youngsters (12 to 17 years old) playing rock, at 6:30 pm, Saturday, January 22, at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside. Three talented "under 18" bands from CCMA’s Rock Band Workshop program plus a surprise guest will be featured in the program: Birds of Prey, KASL, and TAB. Birds of Prey (consisting of grades 8th to 9th) will perform dance rock, metal, and their own originals. KASL (comprised of 13-16 year olds) and TAB (16-17 year olds) will play rock and originals.

The studio's primary mission is to foster a love of learning, playing and performing music arts in each student through participation in vocal ensembles, rock bands, and group playing workshops and programs. Rock Band Workshop is a popular and effective tool in creating strong ties within a team of a band. Enjoy classic rock covers and original rock pieces performed by a new generation!

Buy tickets at a presale rate $10 by calling 760.685.2121 or $12 at the door. For more information about CCMA visit Kiwanis to Hold Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

On Saturday, January 29, from 7-11am, the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction. The event will be held at the Discovery Elementary School in San Marcos. Tickets are $6/adults and $3/children, ages 4 to 8. You can purchase tickets at the door or order them on the website at or Online ticket orders will be at "Will Call" on the day of the breakfast. Check the website,, for an advanced peek at some of the exciting items in the silent auction.

This event each year is the major fund raiser for the LSM Kiwanis, and is used to do many good projects in the community throughout the year. Even if you can't attend personally, your purchase of tickets will support the Kiwanis club's senior and youth programs and activities, and your tickets will be given to children and families unable to afford them.

Chamber Mixer where Food is King

Standards of Excellence, supplier of appliances and decorative plumbing, is hosting the January Mixer for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 27th at 5:30pm.

Standards of Excellence, working with many of their manufacturing partners, will be hosting the social and networking event of the year featuring food cooked on some of the finest appliances available.

This networking and business event will be hosted in the working kitchen at the Standards of Excellence Showroom at 694 Rancheros Dr., San Marcos, Ca. 92069. More information is available on the San Marcos Chamber Website at or at 760-761-3600.