Valley Center, Bonsall news walkabout

Busy Dos Valles Garden Club gardeners include (l to r) Dana Behymer, Leida Van Zoest, Janet Dajjncy, Brian Magone and Robyn Shultz. preparing for the Plant Sale and Seed Swap.

Dos Valles Garden Club meets to discuss April Flower Show

The April 22-23 Flower Show at the Valley Center Library will be discussed at the upcoming Dos Valles Garden Club (DVGC) meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 8. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Road.

The public is invited to attend and learn about the free Flower Show, in which they may enter exhibits. The show will feature local plants, floral designs, flower and fruit exhibits, master gardener advice, youth exhibits from local schools, working hydroponics exhibit, and a hands-on workshop for ages 5-12.

Those interested in entering a plant, flower or fruit in the Flower Show may either attend the Mar. 8 meeting or check for more information.

Speaking of which, here comes the March 12 plant show

Dos Valles Garden Club members Lee Bathgate and Nancy Maynard get ready for March 12 plant show.

Dos Valles Garden Club members Lee Bathgate and Nancy Maynard get ready for March 12 plant show.

Dos Valles Garden Club members are getting ready for the Plant Sale and Seed Swap, to be held 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Mar. 12 at the Martin Gang Ranch, 28933 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center, according to DVCG publicity chair Sue Reynolds..

Members encourage shoppers to bring their old or extra seeds to trade for free seeds, but everyone can take free seeds—even without swapping. Free catalogs from seed suppliers, nationwide, will be available.

Local stores that donated seeds are the El Plantio Nursery and Hawthorne Country Store in Escondido. National garden suppliers who donated include American Meadows, Horizon Herbs (now called Strictly Medicinal Seeds), High Country Gardens, Richters Herbs and Stokes Seeds.

Bonsall Woman’s club celebrates St. Paddy’s Day

(Mission Vista High School Debate Team (l-to-r):: Katherine McGraw, Megan McDonald, and Raquel Pariz)

(Mission Vista High School Debate Team (l-to-r):: Katherine McGraw, Megan McDonald, and Raquel Pariz)

The Bonsall Woman’s Club will celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day with a special March 3 lunch. The lunch will be Shepard’s Pie, green salad, warm rolls and butter, and dessert, yum.

Mission Vista High School Debate Team will be there for good measure. The team will mimic famous people or characters.

Bonsall Woman’s Club  meets the first Thursday of the month at The Golf Club of California, located at 3742 Flowerwood Lane — formerly the Sycamore Ranch — in Fallbrook. The social hour begins at 9 a.m. with the business-portion, program at 10 a.m. followed by lunch, which costs $20. The price includes tax and tip.

For more about BWC, visit

Free Valley Center Jazz  Show

Valley Center student musicians getting all jazzed up for March 5 concert

Valley Center student musicians getting all jazzed up for March 5 concert

Save the date on your calendars for the 19h annual free Valley Center Jazz Concert planned for Saturday, March 5 at the Maxine Theater in Valley Center.

Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters present the big show featuring the award-winning Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands and High School Choirs.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with meal items, refreshments, and sweets available for purchase, proceeds of which benefit the music programs. Then, it’s concert time at 2 p.m. If you get a little hungry or thirsty fret not,  beverages and food are available until one hour after the show.

Maxine Theater is at Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Road. For more information about the shindig, call (760) 749-2888 or visit

Valley Center Middle School presents “Into the Woods Jr.”

“Into the Woods Jr.” benefits Valley Center Middle School programs

“Into the Woods Jr.” benefits Valley Center Middle School programs

Channelling Steven Sondheim and James Lapine, Valley Center Middle School thespians stage “Into the Woods Jr.” for four shows only in March.

The enchanting musical experience is scheduled to take the middle school stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday March 11 and March 18, and 2 p.m. on Sunday March 13 and March 20.

Into the Woods first premiered on Broadway in 1987, after its debut in San Diego at the Old Globe Theater in 1986.  The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the book is by James Lapine.

The VCMS production is produced by Rich Horne, VCMS teacher and directed by Toni Montross, parent volunteer with musical direction by Laralee Beck,VCMS/VCHS music  teacher.  Together this hardworking cast and crew of 34 students have logged more than 2,400 man-hours preparing for this show.

“Due to the amazing talent and skills within this group of students, this show is proving to be even grander than when we first began planning it,” Horne said.  “We are proud of this production and the fact that, each year, the VCMS spring musical gives students the opportunity to learn about the stage, musical performance and teamwork. We hope the community will come out and support their hard work.

Steven Sondheim and James Lapine have woven the plots of some favorite fairy tales to create a single, even bigger one with Into the Woods, Jr. The audience will enjoy the humor intertwined in the tellings of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, their princes and witch, and the Baker and his wife. These characters are all busy with their own fairy tales, but each possesses one ingredient for a magical potion. The Junior version brings a happy ending to the stage.

Tickets are $7 at the door with proceeds supporting the ongoing Spring Musical Program for VCMS. The show is in the VCMS Multi-Purpose Room and flowers, raffles, candy-grams, and meal items will be available. The school is at 28102 North Lake Wohlford Rd, Valley Center.

The spring musical is a self-funded, after-school event each year so efforts at raising money this year will seed the following year’s musical.  Donations and support are greatly appreciated.

For more information about the show or how to become involved in assisting the Drama Boosters with these annual Spring productions, please contact the Valley Center Middle School Drama Boosters at

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