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By Ellinoa Blake
Last week, after a morning of all work and no play, my editor and I craved escape from the heat wave --and more importantly a bite to eat.
We headed into the heart of El Cajon to the aptly titled Downtown Café. We found welcome relief from the sweltering heat as we swung open doors and stepped into the Downtown Café, a bold corner centerpiece of Main Street rich with vintage flair and historic ambience.
July 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The Young Actors Theatre is performing ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Encore Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley beginning July 13 at 7:00 p.m. Performances are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. The show is double cast so it will be different actors playing the roles on the second weekend.
Sunny skies are back: get the full forecast from Gary Kelley.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Jim Pelley
July 15, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Photographer Jim Pelley captured this inspiring image of sunbeams illuminating the proverbial silver lining of this storm cloud over the desert in Ocotillo.
There is a tragic irony to this spectacular image, however.
“Green” power would come entirely from rooftop solar and other urban sources--not industrial wind or desert solar
By Miriam Raftery
July 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –What if you didn’t have to buy power from SDG&E, but could purchase electricity from a local energy cooperative instead?
Suppose the power was generated all from renewable energy--no oil, gas or nuclear? Better yet, all of that renewable power would come from urban sources such as rooftop and parking lot solar--and you could get incentives to put solar on your home or business.
Now envision this "green" advantage as a member of the co-op--you could earn credits by selling your excess solar power.
July 15, 2012 (Santee)—Now you can meet your legislator and beat the heat—all at the same time. Assemblyman Brian Jones, whose district includes most of East County, invites constituents to the second annual Ice Cream Social Open House at his Santee office on Thursday, July 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – Downtown El Cajon will be holding a Gallery Walk on July 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to encourage community support and involvement. Seven galleries will be taking part in this free event with more than 500 works of art available throughout El Cajon’s Gallery Row.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Andiamo Ristorante Italiano is kicking off summer with K-9’s and Cocktails on July 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 5950 Santo Road, San Diego. Enjoy superb food and cocktails with your dog in an outdoor atmosphere on the patio.
Visit www.Andiamo-Ristorante.com to view the menu and/or make a reservation for this event.
July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tim Lovelace, a Christian comedian, singer and motivational speaker, will perform July 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 East Lexington Ave., El Cajon. Lovelace uses humor to motivate and inspire by sharing life lessons. He is also an accomplished player of the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more.
The doors will open at 4:00 p.m. for this fun-filled family event. The suggested donation for the event is $10 per person or $25 per family.
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) – The 40th annual Festival of the Bells continues today, with the annual Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m.
The Festival celebrates the anniversary on which Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of San Diego’s 21 missions, was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769.
July 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- To draw attention to the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith around the country, Kensington Community Church in San Diego will host an exhibit of liturgical stoles called “The Shower of Stoles” at a community-wide open house on July 22nd. The national project represents more than 1,000 clergy members of more than 30 religious denominations on three continents, including many who have been excluded from serving in their church because of their sexual orientation.
MEDIA WATCHDOG GROUP WARNS OF “SMALL BUSINESS BALONEY”, SAYS MEDIA FAILED TO FACT-CHECK GOP TAX CLAIMS
The annual “Cops for Kids” Tournament Celebrates the Life of Luis “Frank” Romero
July 14, 2012 (Escondido) – The Escondido Police Officer’s Association has announced that their annual “Cops for Kids” golf tournament will be rededicated as the Cadet Luis Romero Memorial Golf Tournament, to be hosted at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course on Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m. The event celebrates Luis “Frank” Romero, an aspiring law enforcement officer who succumbed to a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor earlier this year at the age of 18.
July 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to run for office? There are many seats open for local candidates, from planning groups to school boards and city councils.
Candidates for planning, water, recreation, fire, and school districts must file to run between July 16 and August 10: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/reports/General_Election_candidate_schedule.pdf .
For election procedures, visit http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/rov_highlights.shtml
Candidates for city council or mayoral races should contact individual cities (including El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway and Lemon Grove in our county’s inland regions) for rules and details.
By Miriam Raftery
July 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Coast Law Group, which represents the Coast Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF), the organization that has sued to halt fireworks shows in San Diego and led to cancellation of the Lake Murray Fireworks in East County, has sparked new controversy.
On July 4, an attorney representing CERF was caught sneaking into a fireworks staging area and reportedly jeopardized the safety of herself and others.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--If you are going to attend Comic-Con this year, you should know there are many side events outside the Convention Center. One of them is Gam3r-Con, located on the 10th Ave Theater, which is on 930th, Ten Avenue.
So what is different or interesting about this small Con running concurrently with Comic-Con? Live theater. When we attended for this review we were treated to Gamers: The Play, co-written by Brian Bielawski and Walter G. Meyer, an ECM book reviewer.
July 13, 2012 (Poway)--Woody Guthrie lived through the most significant events of the twentieth century, forging his talents as a prolific writer who, through his songs, prose and poetry, told the story of everyman.
San Diego County Library joins people around the world in celebrating Guthrie's life and influence. Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebration will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. San Diego musicians will band together in a free concert to honor the famed singer, who still has a profound impact even 45 years after his death.