North County Times
The competition continues to get stronger year after year at the Escondido Library's Trivia Bee Challenge. A record 15 teams will compete to become Escondido's trivia titans in the seventh annual contest Friday night at the California Center for the Arts.
First-time entrants aiming to dethrone our five-time defending champion North County Times team are the Altrusa Club, AmeriCorps Vista, Advanced Marketing Services and the Escondido Education Compact.
Other teams represent Friends of the Library, the library board of trustees (2), Chaparral School in Poway, the Union-Tribune (2) and a second Times team.
Admission to the 8 p.m. showdown, emceed by radio personality Chris McKay, is $10. Reservations are required for spectators wanting dessert and coffee. Call (760) 747-2233.
The A List: State Assemblywoman Charlene Zettel (R-Poway) was among the 100 Latino leaders invited to the White House last week for the recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Among those joining Zettel and her husband, David, at the event with President Bush were singer Gloria Estefan, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin. Several Latino firefighters and police from New York were also on hand. "It was exciting to meet some of the heroes from the Sept. 11 disaster," she said. Zettel was thrilled by her first official White House trip. "We took some pictures," she said. "I was ready to move in."
Big bidding: Many of the 110 guests at a Palomar Family YMCA fund-raiser were eager to "Shell Out for the Y." Bidding was quite competitive for a 30-minute show by the Mavrix barbershop quartet. When Larry Michel claimed the performance for $400, event chairman Larry Tate asked the group if they would offer a second show to a matching bidder. All parties agreed, so the Mavrix -- Wayne Beighly, Tom Hogarty, Mike Morrell and Jim Tate -- will also be harmonizing for Jim and Donna Boyce. A pair of weeks in a Baha California beach house donated by Stan and Norma Kellerup also attracted heavy bidding, enough so that the Kellerups offered a third week at the same price. Monday's annual gathering at the Sandcrab Cafe was likely the most successful yet, said Tate. "I'm almost sure we broke all records and met our goals."
Hidden talent: St. Clare's Home executive director Sister Claire Frawley has a talent that has proved profitable to the agency. Among auction items at Saturday's Angels in Action gala were three paintings she created. Three years ago, gala organizers asked Sister Claire, an art teacher 30 years ago, to create something to be auctioned. "That's when it started," she said. "Now I can't stop." Sister Claire works in watercolors, chalk, pencil and oils. Her paintings sold for between $200 and $300 each at the event.
Contact staff columnist Jeff Frank at (760) 740-5419, fax (760) 745-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.