Three-Dot Lounge goes loco, er, local

Escondido students get ready for the seventh annual smART Festival at California Center for the Arts, March 30, 2019/Escondido Union School District

There was a method to the madness of presenting San Francisco legend Herb Caen’s three-dot lounge history along with its various re-interpretations. That was to set up Escondido Grapevine’s own three-dot lounge approach to local and state news. For more about the concept, visit our story here. For more local three-dot news, keep on trucking below…

Time to get smART at the Seventh Annual Escondido Youth Artist smART Festival

All for art at the seventh annual Escondido smART Festival/Escondido Union School District

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Escondido Union School District will hold the 7th annual smART Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

For one day each year, the Center for the Arts, Escondido dedicates its Museum and Conference Center to the celebration of youth in the local community; utilizing the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Escondido Union School District to bring arts education to youth in schools. This innovative annual community festival highlights the accomplishments of this partnership.

Students from all 23 Escondido Union schools will have artwork on display and performances will take place during the 2019 smART Festival. Two-dimensional artwork will be on display both in festival booths inside the Conference Center and on the walls of the Center’s Museum.

The Museum will also house three-dimensional artwork and the Outside the Lens 5th grade photographic art exhibit. Youth dance, music, and theater performances will take place on a main stage in the Center’s spacious Conference Center.

The smART Festival is made possible through the support of the California Arts Council, the County of San Diego, Mission Federal Credit Union and the San Diego County Credit Union.

The museum will also house three-dimensional artwork and the My Story 5th grade photographic art exhibit. Youth dance, music, and theater performances will take place on a main stage in the Center’s spacious Conference Center.

Conference Center Performance Schedule

Welcome Announcements              10:10AM

Bear Valley Intermediate Band        10:20AM

Quantum Quarks                             10:50AM

Ballet Folklorico                               11:10AM

Mission Middle Theatre & Dance    11:30AM

30 Minute Intermission

Star Kids                                         12:10PM

“Las Chispatas”                              12:30PM

Kinder Stars                                   12:50PM

Ignite Dance Team                         1:10PM

Closing Announcements                1:30PM

Get more information about the 7th Annual smART Festival here:

— Ely Ramos

Escondido Senior Anglers welcome Lake Elsinore tournament

William Johnson, William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental/Courtesy

Heck with the wildflower bloom that closed down this Riverside County city due to traffic and tourist confusion, Escondido’s Senior Anglers are bringing Lake Elsinore’s fishing tournament to them.

In advance of the 7th annual Lake Elsinore Dream Extreme Fishing Derby, the Senior Anglers of Escondido will welcome the organizer of the event to their April 12 meeting.

William Johnson from William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental, in Lake Elsinore, will be the guest speaker, talking about how to fish the lake, tackle, the five types of fish eligible for the derby – Crappie, Catfish, Wiper, Bass, and Carp, all competing for a share of the $15,000 in prize money. Johnson’s shop, at Launch Pointe Marina, serves a headquarters for the event. 

“My whole reason for doing this is to educate people to the fishing that’s going on in Lake Elsinore,” said Johnson. Johnson is known as the “Crappie King” around the lake. 

Over 100-two person teams from throughout Southern California are expected to compete in the May 3 – 5 derby. Club members, Mike Springer of San Marcos, and Gary Farrar of Oceanside, will compete on behalf of the club. 

The club’s meetings are held the second Friday of each month, open to all anglers age 50 and above, at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, 92025. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m.

Members of the club enjoy freshwater fishing challenges, summer saltwater charters, surf fishing tournaments, RV camping trips, picnics, and community service to help kids go fishing.

Derby Information:

— Ken Harrison

Sunny Side Kitchen up for honey at North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Farmers Market

North San Diego Certified Farmers Market/Courtesy

Our supply of local honey is now restocked! We visited the North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Farmers Market on Sunday to pick up a new batch of local honey from beekeeper Claire Winnick of RFB Family Farms. We were reminded of our hyper local beginnings and how important “local” continues to be to us.

In addition to her beekeeping duties, Claire manages the Sikes Adobe Farmers Market. She was instrumental in getting the mobile version of Sunny Side Kitchen started and in teaching us to overcome many of the adversities of running a food business. Today we are proud to sell Claire’s honey at our restaurant, as well as wares from other farmers market alumni, Yoshi’s Jam and Origen Coffee.

Besides local honey, the North San Diego (Sikes Adobe) Farmers Market features local artisans and produce. While there we got Brussels sprouts for roasting and strawberries for snacking. We also couldn’t resist a hummingbird feeder from Beez Boutique, a bar of luxurious soap from Pearline’s Apothecary Natural Soaps, a blackberry mocktail and a dairy-free guava smoothie from Kellogg Farms (their daughter Michelle is our sign spinner), and a new oven mitt from Crafts By Dar. All of these vendors are local, and we feel good spending our dollars in Escondido.

The North San Diego Sikes Adobe Farmers Market is located off Via Rancho Parkway, across from the mall and east of the 15 freeway. Turn on Sunset Drive. Make a day of it and enjoy the hiking trails of San Dieguito River Park. Open Sundays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Sunny Side Kitchen Soup Schedule

Monday- Tomato Bisque (Vegetarian)
Tuesday- Mushroom Barley (Vegan)
Wednesday- Cheesy Cauliflower (Vegetarian)
Thursday- Minestrone (Vegan- Just ask us to hold the parm)
Friday- Clam Chowder

— Bob Carpenter

Bonsall Woman’s Club taking care of business

Art Festival winners, l to r: Bea Liner, Elaine Davis, Marlene Rantanen, Peg Long, Mary Jane Poulter, Chris Hawanik, Barbara Chahbazian, Marleen DuBona. Not shown: Julie Van Loon, Lisa Hasvold/BWC

It’s that time of year, spring, when the Bonsall Woman’s Club gives out its annual awards. And there’s a bunch of them.

The Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) March meeting is a special time – not just for introducing the Volunteer of the Year award but announcing the winners in the Palomar Art Festival. 

This year’s Volunteer of the Year, Bev York, has heart and so much more.  She has given freely of her time, over 240 Volunteer hours in calendar year 2018.

Bev joined the BWC in 2011 and immediately began serving in the all-important position as 3rd Vice President-Programs.  In subsequent years she served as 1st Vice President/Dean of Chairmen, and the Club’s Parliamentarian.  She graciously accepted when the Palomar District, which is part of the California and General Federation of Women’s Clubs, asked for her help to serve on their Board.  She is currently serving as the District’s 1st Vice President-Dean of Chairmen.

Helping is her nature.  Often, she is quietly working in the background to make sure the job gets done in any area where she has an expertise. The results of any of her club involvement can best be described as quality work from a quality lady.

The following poem is the ultimate description of The BWC’s Volunteer of the Year Awardee:

Valuable is the work you do

Outstanding in how you always come through.

Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer

Untiring in your efforts throughout the year.

Notable are the contributions you make

Trustworthy in every project you take.

Eager to reach your every goal

Effective in the way you fulfill your role.

Ready with a smile like a shining star

Special and wonderful — that’s what you are!

When Bev’s announcement was made to the general membership, she received a much-deserved standing ovation.

To cap off this special meeting, the BWC members who won awards at the Palomar Art Festival were announced.


Barbara Chahbazian

Best of Show, Giverny Pond, Advanced Scenic/Pastel

Second, Owl, Advanced Portrait, Oil

Julie Van Loon

Best of Show, Quiet Meadow, Advanced Scenic/Oil

Best of Show, Gentle Love, Advanced Portrait/Oil

Best of Show, Juan’s Guacamole, Advanced Still Life/Oil

Marleen DuBona

Best of show, Sun Flower, Novice/Mixed Media


Living Things (B&W)

Best of Show, Lisa Hasvold, Lady with Hand on Cheek

Second, Mary Jane Poulter, Baby Sleeping

Scenes (B&W)

Third, Marleen DuBona, Farmhouse-Italy

Third, Mary Jane Poulter, Oceanside Pier

Still Life (B&W)

Best of Show, Barbara Chahbazian, Building in Water

Second, Marleen DuBona, Walls Italy

Living Things (Color)

Best of Show, Barbara Chahbazian, Two Old Guys

First, Marleen DuBona, Lady Restoring Frescos-Italy

Second, Liza Hasvold, Red Polka-dot Jacket-Beach

Scenes (Color)

Best of Show, Lisa Hasvold, Lighthouse on Beach

Third, Mary Jane Poulter, Bonsall, Birds on Rock-Ocean Waves

Still Life (Color)

Best of Show, Marleen DuBona, Cork Bicycle

Congratulations are in order for the creativity and talent demonstrated by the above winners. 

The Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at The Golf Club of California, 3742 Flowerwood Ln, Fallbrook. The April meeting will be April 4. The doors open at 9 a.m. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with the program and lunch following.

April’s program will feature Dan Damon who will be playing and singing “fun songs with personality.”  Lunch will be a Salad Bar with all the fixings. The cost is $23 all inclusive.

Deadline for reservations is March 27.  Questions? Contact Hospitality Chair, Barbara Hartloff, (760) 731-2250.  Send your check, payable to BWC, to P.O. Box 545, Bonsall, CA 92003.  Visit:

— Gail Golden

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