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Social Butterfly May 24, 2006

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Serenity House Celebrates 40 Years' Service to Women

When Serenity House began in 1966 there was no way to predict what the organization might become in the long-term. It started as an informal program in a small facility in Powaywith six recovering alcoholic women working together. After a few years they moved to Elm Street in Escondido, where their main office still is today. Now Serenity House offers five residential recovery programs, and throughout the community offers two day care centers for children of mothers in the program.

Francine Anzalone-Byrd recognizes and honors Amy Wandalowski for her 20 years of volunteer service
Francine Anzalone-Byrd was hired as the executive director in 1994. She set out to start meeting the needs of more and more women in various capacities, including pregnant women in need of housing as they graduated from the program. You can tell the depth of her devotion by how she speaks of the organization. "What's special about Serenity House is we believe so deeply in our mission and our values that we're not afraid to fight for what we feel would increase services for these families," she said. Today Francine oversees a budget of over $6 million and 80 employees. Residents come from all walks of life. They are expected to adhere to a strict regimen of chores, private therapy, group discussions, and job training; a treatment that is described as part 12-step and part life-coaching "holistic approach" program.

Neighborhood Healthcare Plans A Mystical Night of Celebration

The Orfila Vineyards is the venue for the 8th Annual Pace Setter Awards Event "A Mystical Night of Celebration" planned by the Neighborhood Healthcare. The Reverend James Estes will be honored for his contributions in making a difference in the life of others. Cocktails and Silent Auction start at 5:30pm, with Dinner, the Awards Ceremony and Live Auction at 7:30pm. The reservation deadline has passed, however, for information on how you can be a part of this event, contact Leslie Mogul, by phone 533.7379, or email

LSM Republican Women Schedule Program

The members of the Lake San Marcos Republican Women, Federated, club are a group of dynamic and energetic women who have been very politically active over the last few months. They have entertained almost all of the Republican candidates running for all offices covering the North County area, from county supervisor, sheriff, judges, insurance commissioner, 74th Assembly District, to the 50th Congressional District candidates. And now that the Primary Election is upon us, they are "switching gears" a little for the next meeting.

Monday, June 5, the program will include a speaker from The Patriots, a group of people who provide help to people needing assistance with yard work, house repairs, etc. Another speaker will be talking about the Minutemen program, and the third speaker will be Prof. Denis Jana who gives an "Eisenhower presentation" about D-Day, which happens to be Tuesday, June 6.

The meeting starts at 11:30am, at the Lake San Marcos Country Club. Cost is $13/person; reservations to Mary Howard, 1312 San Julian Dr., LSM, 92078, by Friday, June 2. For information, call Mary at 471-6146.

Concert Scheduled for Mozart's 250th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, June 4, Mozart's 250th Anniversary Celebration presents Cuarteto Latino-Americano Mexican Waltzes and the San Diego Ballet in concert at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 6628 Santa Isabel Street, Carlsbad. Tickets are $35. Reception and Silent Auction starts at 2:45pm, and the Concert at 4pm. For information, call Bonnie DeRoos at 727-3831.

Escondido History Center's Schedule for June

Saturday, June 3, Car show, pancake breakfast, music, raffle, awards, and vendors. Spectators free.

Tuesday, June 13, 6pm - Walking tour of Old Escondido East; meet at corner Grand & Broadway

Wednesday, June 21, 2pm - Lecture, at the Escodnido History Center office.

Friday, June 23, 4-6pm - EHC Annual Meeting at EHC office

Tuesday, June 27, 6pm - Walking tour of Old Escondido West; meet at corner Grand & Broadway

For information about the Escondido History Center or any of these events, call 743.8207.

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