Bonsall, Vista, San Marcos and beyond

Bonsall Woman's Club Fashion show committee: Pictured (l-to-r): Renee Barnes, Mia Smyth, Lisa Hasvold, Marlene Rantanen, Phyllis Sweeney, Peg Long, Michelle Monson, Julia Van Loon, Phyllis Zenz, Linda Carter, and Pat Miller.

Bonsall Woman’s Club gets fashionable for Mother’s Day

The Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) Luncheon/Fashion Show Committee (pictured above) has been tirelessly planning this year’s event. The Fashion Show will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 19 at the ever popular and elegant Vista Valley Country Club.

Lunch will consist of the delightful Vista Valley Pear Salad — Grilled Chicken, Asian Pear, Bleu cheese, Candied Walnuts, Butter Leaf Lettuce, and Sweet Onion Dressing. Rolls and a dessert will also be served.

The doors open at 11 am so attendees can view the fashion accessories for sale. The event begins at noon.

Fashion styles by Aston’s Boutique in Bonsall will appeal to women of all ages. Fashions may be purchased after the event.

A variety of silent auction items will be up for bid. Several themed baskets are on bid. Items include spa certificates, dinners, jewelry, wine, art, facials, and the like.

Soprano singer Pat Jones and pianist Phil Leonelli are scheduled to entertain. Cory Carrier, a local DJ, provides the sounds World-renowned speaker Noel Wilcox MCs .

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes tax and tip.  All proceeds benefit local charities and high school scholarships.

Since Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, you may want to take mom or a special friend. This is a popular event, so do not delay in making reservation(s). To reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Diane Trappen (760) 842-7002.  The deadline is May 11.

Vista Valley Country Club is at 29354 Vista Valley Drive, Vista, CA.  For more information about the Bonsall Woman’s Club, please visit

Art Beat can you hear us

Art Beat on Main Street got closed down by the mayor earlier this year as she facilitated the sale of the Art Beat building to another sushi proprietor.

This means the artists and patrons of Vista’s once-cultural hub are on the move, looking for friendly faces and spaces.

Into the breach recently entered Charity wings of San Marcos putting out an inviting video appealing to art Beat to make the move to its sister city to the east.

Charity Wings started out as Scrapbook Royalty in 2006, fundraising for other non-profits through scrapbooking events. In 2011 Scrapbook Royalty changed its name to Charity Wings in order for the organization to be open to all genres of art. The Charity Wings Art & Craft Center opened its doors April 29, 2013 in San Marcos.

The Charity Wings Art & Craft Center provides free art classes and events for other non-profit organizations both onsite and online, offering their beneficiaries  an outlet for creative expression, as well as the hope and healing that only art can provide.

It’s new 6,000-square-foot  community Art & Craft Center hosts a open studio, ceramics, sewing, polymer clay, metal smithing, jewelry making, fiber arts, mixed/multi media arts, kids area, event/party space and more.

In case Art Beat is watching, Charity Wings is at The Quad Suite #127, corner of Barham Drive and Campus Way (facing the freeway) San Marcos, CA 92078.

Energy the clean community way

Erika Morgan

North County Climate Change Alliance and Erika Morgan present “Community Choice Energy- The most powerful climate mitigation tool we have today”

Morgan is San Diego Energy District  executive director and Board secretary. She has worked in clean energy as policy maker, executive manager, consultant, program manager, public educator and management coach.

A specialist in organizational management, Morgan has consulted to both Fortune 500 and start-up solar businesses on managing rapid growth and change. During 2000-2003, she led formation of four “opt-in” electricity aggregations, notably organizing a statewide buying pool that brought 100 percent renewably-generated electricity to purchasers across the state of Maine.

The event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Vista Branch Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, CA 92084.

Moonlight Cultural Foundation Announces New Board co-presidents

Jeff Pashby

The Moonlight Cultural Foundation (MCF) has appointed Jeff Pashby and Jon-Paul Hunten as the 2017 board of directors’ co-presidents to help lead the foundation through the year, implementing new initiatives, programs and performances.

The Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s main initiatives are youth theatre training programs and supporting the City of Vista’s Moonlight Stage Productions and its annual summer season of Broadway musicals.

Jeff Pashby lives at Carlsbad and has been a Moonlight Cultural Foundation board member since April 2014. He is managing shareholder at The Lund Team, Inc., which is a family-owned and operated real estate company in North San Diego County.

“I am honored and excited to serve our community as co-president of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation,” Pashby said. “Together, JP and I will leverage our individual strengths to lead MCF forward in 2017.”

Paul “JP” Hunten

Paul “JP” Hunten also is a Carlsbad resident and has been a MCF board member since April 2014. Hunten is passionate about the arts and their benefit to the community.  An El Cajon native, Hunten is an internationally recognized and awarded arts entrepreneur and performer.

“I’ve enjoyed my community involvement and am actively looking for ways to be helpful to others,” Hunten said. “I’m honored to serve as new co-president of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Teamwork makes the dream work.”

For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit www.moonlightfoundation.comFacebook or call (760) 630-7650.

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