September 09, 2013TAKING A TRIP?—Going on vacation or need to feel comfortable about leaving your house? Unsure if your belongings will be safe? VC Sheriff's Volunteers have a solution. They will check your house and surroundings daily for free. Who better to watch your house than the professionals who have extensive resources at their disposal? They do need a few days notice to make sure the location is in the Sheriff's Department's system. Questions? Call Alan Kirkpatrick at 760-751-4405 and leave a message.
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SHOE DRIVE—Shoemaker Realty is happy to announce it is partnering with Valley Center Middle School in the Annual Shoe Drive. Please help raise money for the middle school PTA by dropping shoes anytime in the box in front of Shoemaker Realty's office in downtown Valley Center. Please either tie or rubber-band the shoes together and drop them in the box out front. We are trying to collect as many pairs as possible. All shoes collected will be cleaned and recycled for developing nations, and any proceeds go to educational programs at Valley Center Middle School.
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LAKE WOHLFORD UPDATE—In order to protect Lake Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a temporary ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water.
The lake will be closed during the weekdays and open weekends through the fall. We will re-open for weekday fishing at the time of the first trout plant in December. Lake Wohlford is offering a $20 all-day motorboat rate to active military personnel on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Catfish can be found throughout the lake. Lake Wohlford cats prefer chicken liver or cut mackerel. Mike Bonds of Escondido caught a 5.2-pound catfish Labor day weekend at the South Shore Rock Pile using cut mackerel. Stop by the ranger station for a dough-bait recipe that works great on both catfish and carp.
The bass can be found around structure feeding on the abundant shad. Robert Wade of Poway caught and released a 5.65-pound bass Monday on a plastic worm at the South Shore Rock Pile. The bass are susceptible to crawdads, shad raps, and dark colored plastics.
Crappie can be caught in the early morning hours and are often found in shady places or around submerged willows. They respond best to finger jigs or live golden shiners.
Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the ranger station at (760) 839-4346.
To view our current fish photos, visit our website at www.wohlfordlake.com.
Whopper contest winners for August:
Kevin Gallego — 5.95-pound
Mike Bonds — 5.2-pound catfish
Wendell Jackson — 1.15-pound crappie
Whopper contest leaders for September are:
Mike Benson — 3.25-pound catfish
Robert Wade — 5.65-pounds bass
Wendell Jackson — 1.1-pound crappie
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NORTH COUNTY BLUE STAR MOTHERS ANNUAL BANQUET—Come for an evening of entertainment, food, a silent auction and speakers Sept. 28. The keynote speaker will be Col. Tom Reath, U.S. Marine Corps (retired). Mike Slater from 760 KFMB radio will be the master of ceremonies. The event also features a live auction to be 'Fighter Pilot for a Day' from Air Combat USA. Sept. 20 is the deadline to buy tickets which are $35 per person or $245 for a table of 8. Tickets can be bought at www.sdncbluestarmothers.org. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Miramar Officers' Club, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar.
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BOOK CLUB—The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday Sept. 20, 2013 at 6 p.m., in the Board Room. This month's selection is Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani.
The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on Oct. 8, with a discussion on Toby's Room by Pat Barker. The selection for Nov. 12 will be Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.
All library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit www.library.escondido.org or contact the library reference desk at 760-839-4839.
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GRANDPA BOB BIRTHDAY—Grandpa Bob is turning 80 and Patty in all her wisdom has decided to have a party for him at her house in Campo. There is going to be live music by The Doppler Effect. Good food and fun for all. The festivities shall take place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at Patty's house which is located at 33934 Shockey Truck Trail in Campo. Patty and Henry have room on their property for people to bring their motor homes, trailer and tents in order to stay the night.
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GUEST SPEAKERS—The Valley Center Rotary Club is looking for guest speakers for its upcoming meetings. If you are interested in speaking to the group regarding your company's industry and would like more information call Nicky Lovejoy at 760-749-1311 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HELLHOLE FRIENDS—Friends of Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve present: Mountain Lions in Valley Center by Winston Vickers, DVM, MPVM
Saturday Sept. 14, 9 a.m. at the VC Library.
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HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT—Rotary Club of Escondido After 5 presents its Second Annual Rotary "Picnic in the Park" and Horseshoe Pitching Tournament on Saturday Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Felicita Park in Escondido. All proceeds benefit local charities, including Valley High School and the Miss Escondido /Miss Teen Escondido Pageant. Cost includes lunch and one beverage (beer, soda or water). Adults $20, kids 12 and under free. Tournament entry fee is $25 per person. Trophies will be awarded. Call CJ Szytel at 760-533-7111.