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Social Butterfly September 14, 2006

Evelyn Madison- The Social Butterfly

Grape Day Festival and Parade Was Grape Success

Escondido's 10th annual Grape Day parade and festival drew about 10,000 people to the downtown park to eat, shop at the many booths, listen to a variety of entertainment, learn about Escondido's history, and to just visit with friends and neighbors. Long-time Escondidans were honored; Jim Ahler, former Escondido High coach, was grand marshall, and Dr. Bill and Lorraine Boyce were king and queen of the parade. Jack Smith was again the parade announcer, as he has been since 1996. One of the special events this year was the opportunity to actually "stomp grapes in a wooden barrel." The smiles on the faces of the young people, and the stained clothing, were a giveaway that they were having a great time.
Many years ago Grape Day was created to celebrate the grape harvest and promote the local grape industry and was attended by people from all over the state. It was considered the state's second largest one-day event. With the decline of the grape vineyards the festival was cancelled in 1950. In 1996 the Escondido Historical Society (now known as Escondido History Center) started the event again.

Official Grape Day “Grape Stompers”

The Vineyard Golf Club to Host Chamber Mixer Tonight

The Escondido Chamber Mixer will be held tonight, September 14, from 5-7pm, at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club, 925 San Pasqual Road. Events will include appetizers, raffle prizes, no-host bar, networking, and social time. Come early and play 9 holes. Cost is $5/members and $10/guests. For information, call the Chamber at 745.2125 or The Vineyard at 735.9545.

The Chamber has welcomed these new members for August and September:

Charles Hulme Community Pool; Ron Rose Printing Services; Four Star Private Patrol; Kitchen Tune-Up; Voice Overs for Broadcast & Business; KD Graphics; Hidden Cove Apartments; VIP Clothing, Inc.; Paychex, Inc.; Home Loan Experts; Equity Maker Corporation; Amerifund Lending Group; The Plumbing Doctor; and the Ambassador Board 2006.

Children's Hospital Auxiliary Meeting Changes Locations

The Escondido Unit of Children's Hospital Auxiliary meets on the 3th Wednesday of each month, the date being September 20, starting at 9:30am at the First Methodist Church, 341 So. Kalmia, Escondido.

The Unit is looking for new members willing to donate their time and talents to help meet the healthcare needs of local children through Children's Hospital. If you would like to be part of this auxiliary and need more information, call Margie at 951.767.1940 or Penny at 760.522.0963.

And on Saturday, September 23, the Childrens Hospital Escondido Auxiliary will hold a "Trash and Treasure Sale,” from 7:30am to 1pm, at 6016 Paseo Carreta, Carlsbad, with all proceeds going to Children's Hospital.

"Local Color XI" Exhibition is Open at Municipal Gallery

The "Local Color XI" exhibition opened last week with a reception and awards. Gail Roberts, Artist and Professor, was the Juror. The exhibition will continue through October 14 at the Escondido Municipal Gallery. This highly regarded and very popular annual show features 49 pieces of art by 39 local artists reflecting their personal sense of style. Multiple visual arts media and palettes, including black and white, are represented in this exhibition.

The Gallery is located at 142 West Grand Avenue, Escondido, and hours are from Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 4pm. For information, call 480.4101, or check the website at

Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild Also Opens Exhibit

Another Art Exhibit has been announced, called "Celebrate Art" and opened yesterday. It will run through Saturday, November 4, and can be seen in both the main gallery at 6004 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe and the Wells Fargo Bank next door. A reception for the show will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 5-8pm. Refreshments will be served. The show features both two and three dimensional art in all media. The gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11am to 4:30pm. For more information, call 858.759.3545, or visit the website at

Singles to Meet at Happy Hour

The Seaside Singles 55+ group has planned a Happy Hour from 5-7pm, Thursday, September 21, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. (Coast Hwy.), Carlsbad. For information, call Sheila at 433.6472 or Evie at 732.3535, or email

W.I.S.H. Conference and Expo to be Held in San Diego

The W.I.S.H. Conference and Expo will be held September 22 at the Handlery Hotel in San Diego will combine both motivation and business to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with the ultimate networking experience.

The conference, a collaboration between San Diego-based The Millionaire Mentor, Inc. and Conference & Expo Connections, is expected to draw 500 attendees from Southern California and will feature renown speakers in wealth management, team building, motivation, business development, self improvement and health, such as inspirational legend Les Brown, co-founder of Excelerated Business School DC Cordova, and three-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez.

General admission is $79/person; $59 for anyone involved in a networking group or association. Admission includes accessto the conference and expo, lunch and a complimentary set of subliminal success CD's valued at $89 from The Millionaire Mentor, Inc. For more information, visit or contact Aggie Kobrin at 949.727.1211 or

Educational Dinner Event Planned by CSEA

The Palomar Chapter-CSEA will be hosting an educational dinner event for CSEA members, affiliate members and non-members on Wednesday, September 20, from 6-8:15pm, at the Escondido Country Club. The speaker will be William Rogers, who will talk about Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Valuations. Reservations required by noon, Monday, September 18, by calling 752.8209, or email

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Bluegrass "All California Campout & Jam" Planned for Vista

The S.D. North County Bluegrass and Folk Club and the Southwest Bluegrass Association have planned an All California Campout and Jam Session from Friday, September 22, thru Sunday, September 24, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 No. Santa Fe, Vista, CA. Gates will be open starting Wednesday, the 20th, but do not arrive weekdays between 2:30pm and 4pm. This is semi-dry camping. There are restrooms, limited showers, water and a dump station available.

Planned for Saturday night is a potluck with prizes for the best dishes, and a band scramble. Camping is $12/night, payable upon arrival. Advance notice is required so arrangements can be made for the appropriate number of rigs expected, and the length of time you expect to stay. SWBA, BASC or members from the north, call George Finkle at 909.883.7132(home) or 951.315.0778(cell). NCBFC, SDBS or members from the South or S.D. area, call Jerry Hass at 858.566.4594.

Two Fundraising Events Planned for Athletics Program

The American Heritage Education foundation, the fundraising arm of Escondido Charter School District, and the ECHS Parent Advisory Board extend an open invitation to support "educational choice" and the athletics and extra-curricular activities programs by partnering with the school. Donations will be used at one of two special events: either the ECHS Annual Parent Advisory Board Auction, scheduled for Friday, September 29, or the American Heritage Education Foundation's 5thAnnual Golf Tournament scheduled for Thursday, October 26. Both events will be open to the public.

For information on how you can donate to these events, call Lora Dann at 737.3154, Ext. 120, or check the website at





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