DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 28 - MAY 21

HEARTLAND YOUTHBUILD’S “COOL CAR CLASSIC” MAY 13: $250 FOR BEST IN SHOW

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

FLOWING FALLS AND FLOWERS: EARTH DAY IN EAST COUNTY

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

WILL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ON TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE?

SDSU KEEPS AZTECS NAME

EAST COUNTY HOMELESSNESS INCREASES 7%--AND NEARLY ALL ARE UNSHELTERED

AB 805 ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE AS EAST COUNTY CITIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANDAG POWER GRAB

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

HELICOPTER TRAFFIC, PARKS AND MORE ON CAMPO LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP’S AGENDA APRIL 24

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 22 - MAY 15

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a star party in Julian, an eco-folk musical at Mission Trails for Earth Day, Open Farm Days and Animal Shows at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, Jazz Sunday at La Mesa Wineworks, and a Clint Black concert at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade, a Wine Festival in Jamul, El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert Series, Vintage Alpine, America on Main Street and much, much more.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

STAR PARTY IN JULIAN APRIL 22: CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY WEEK

 

East County News Service

Photo: Jupiter and its moons

April 19, 2017 (Julian) -- You’re invited to a star party at William Heise County Park (4945 Heise Park Rd.) in Julian this Saturday, April 22nd starting at 7 p.m. with the Curiosity Peak Observatory and the Julian Dark Sky Network. The event celebrates International Dark Sky Week.   Organizers state, “Join us to travel through space and time and get to see what our local starry nights have to offer. You will get to see planets, moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and Jupiter with all its moons.”

OPEN FARM AND SHOW AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY APRIL 22-23 IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (Ramona) - The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona invites you to an open farm and show this Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd.  The fun starts at 1 p.m. for an afternoon featuring friendly farm animals and curious camels. At 1:30 there’s an animal show featuring performing parrots, racing turkeys, working farm dogs and majestic camels. 

WORLD PREMIERE OF “DRYAD,” AN ECO-FOLK MUSICAL, AT MISSION TRAILS APRIL 22

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Husband and wife musical duo Jon and Sabine Sherman will be presenting the world premiere of their eco-folk musical play “Dryad: an Eco-Folk Musical in One Magical Act” at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park Amphitheater on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

MISSING BORDER ANGELS ACTIVIST HUGO CASTRO FOUND ALIVE AND INJURED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) — Hugo Castro, a San Diego-based activist with Border Angels, has been found alive after an apparent abduction near Mexico City, Mexico’s Attorney General announced.  According to Mexico’s Attorney General, an anonymous caller tipped off a special prosecutor for disappeared persons and Castro was found on a street in the city of Tlalnepantla de Baz.

AZTECS' BATS STAY HOT IN 10-1 VICTORY AT UC RIVERSIDE

 

Home runs by Calabuig and Adkison help SDSU defeat Highlanders

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Chase Calabuig had four htis including a home run with three RBI and a run scored in the win at UC Riverside Tuesday evening.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 18, 2017 (Riverside) - San Diego State scored six times over the first three innings and seven Aztec pitchers limited UC Riverside to a run on five hits in a 10-1 victory over the Highlanders Tuesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex. With the win, SDSU improved to 27-11 as it won for the 11th time in its last 13 contests.

WHAT’s UP, DUNC? GIANT RABBIT TO STALK REP. HUNTER ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Clip art; the actual "Duncan Thumpin'" costume has not yet been revealed

April 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Hopping down the bunny trail—and the campaign trail—Duncan Thumper will soon be popping up at Congressman Duncan Hunter’s events to draw attention to his campaign finance controversies that have sparked a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

LOCAL ADVERTISING, NEWS MEDIA INDUSTRIES HELPING THEIR OWN WITH "SAFE" FUNDRAISER APRIL 20TH

 

East County News Service

 

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies (SAFE) will host its annual fundraising party from 5 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, April 20, at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room and Beer Garden, 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego. SAFE is a volunteer, non-profit organization providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency.

SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF HWY 94: WINE FESTIVAL APRIL 29 IN JAMUL

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2017 (Jamul) – Fantastic local wines, great food and live entertainment will be just a few of the highlights of the second annual Wine Festival benefiting St. Pius X Catholic Church's building fund.  On Saturday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., wine lovers will enter the event grounds in Jamul, Calf. and begin tasting wines from the following participating wineries:

RABIES-INFESTED BAT MAY HAVE EXPOSED VISITORS AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK


"If you see a bat, dead or alive, don’t touch it," said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.
By Cassia Pollock

A bat like this one was found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near the Oasis Deli in Nairobi Village. Source: San Diego County News Center

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) - A bat caught alive at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for rabies, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.

TRUMP TO ORDER AGENCIES TO BUY AMERICAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order requiring federal agencies to buy American products and prioritize using American workers. In an effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy, the President aims to tighten up existing waivers to require approval by agency heads for making non-American procurements, GovExec reports.

CHIEF’S CORNER: APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Keeping it in your own lane!

April 18, 2017(San Diego) -- Situational Awareness (aware of your surroundings at all times) is huge in the fire service. It provides firefighter safety at all times by maintaining situational awareness and being present at all times. The same holds true with driving. We all need to be aware and present and expect the unexpected at any time.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

April 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE MEETING ON ADVANCE HEALTHCARE PLANNING

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “The Gift of My Life,” a free program on advance healthcare planning, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

SDSU, VIEJAS ARENA SELECTED TO HOST 2022 NCAA TOURNEY GAMES

 

SDSU also hosts NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2018

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today. This is the fifth time SDSU and Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl have been picked to serve as a host for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

CRAFT FAIR APRIL 29 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2017 (Santee) - The Santee Craft, Vendor and Food Fair will be held Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8778 Cottonwood Avenue in Santee.  Guests can shop for Mother’s Day handcrafted gifts, including hand-made art dolls,  origami owl jewelry, bracelets, Donald Trump pussycat toys,  Avon and MaryKay cosmetics, PartyLite, warming bags, ceramics, hand-made oak crafts and more.  Hand-made tamales and fruit waters will also be available.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 April 18, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

READER'S EDITORIAL: BLM SHOULD TURN OVER DEED FOR TRANSFER OF SAN DIEGO'S LAST WILD HORSES

 

Editor’s note:  We first wrote about Kathleen Hayden’s efforts to restore the Coyote Canyon heritage herd of wild horses locally in January 2013. Read article. But in July 2013, she was served with an eviction notice and forced to  give up the last descendants of San Diego’s wild horses. Despite a 2012  support  letter from Congressman Darrell Issa and a 2014 letter from a genetics expert confirming that the horses are rare and of historic significance as descendants of Spanish Colonial horses,  the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has done nothing to protect or return them--and now is not turning over the deed of transfer, Hayden says  Now she has penned an open letter to  the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop questioning the legality of the transfer.

Dear Chairman Bishop,

Please investigate the transfer of the BLM Federal CA Coyote Canyon Wild Horse Herd area (20,000 acres)  to CA Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  In response to Ca State Senator Joel Anderson's request for the deed, Parks claim it doesn't exist.

GC ALUM BENSON WORKS BEST @MIDNIGHT

 

By Nick Pellegrino for East County Magazine

Photo courtesy Comedy Central

April 17, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Comedian Doug Benson is nothing close to an overnight success, yet after 20 years in show business, the former Grossmont College student is starting to gain notoriety after recently claiming the Tournament of Champion on the self-admitted, fake game show @midnight.

OTAY WATER BOARD CENSURES HECTOR GASTELUM FOR RACIST REMARKS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The Otay Water District today voted 4-1 to formally censure director Hector Gastelum for official misconduct over racist remarks that he made to media, on social media, and in the March 1st board meeting.  Gastelum opposed the measure.  The resolution called his actions “reprehensible and intolerable.”

BE PREPARED FOR DISASTER – REGISTER FOR THE CERT ACADEMY

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

April 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Are you prepared for a disaster? An earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. Free disaster training will be taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Department in classes that begin May 6th

“APRIL POOLS DAY” AT FLETCHER HILLS POOL – FREE SAFETY & FUN

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will be hosting an afternoon of pool safety and fun - called “April Pools Day” on Friday, April 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The event features a free lifejacket give-away, sun safety information, CPR mini lessons, crafts, water safety tips, and FREE open swim.

GIRLS LACROSSE: PATRIOTS ESCAPE BACK AND FORTH TUSSLE WITH EAGLES WITH 15-11 VICTORY

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 17, 2017 (San Diego) - Granite Hills girls lacrosse traveled to a sort-of East County school, Patrick Henry High, to take on the Patriots.

KIDS DISCOVER ADVENTURES AT SANTEE LAKES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 17, 2017 (Santee) – Santee Lakes is an idyllic place to let kids enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood.  On a sunny afternoon over spring break, kids at the lakes gleefully discovered their inner Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher. 

I spotted a group of kids piloting a pedal boat around one of several islands in the lake.   A large Canada Goose skidded to a water landing in front of another pedal boat, where a startled dad snapped photos while his kids looked on, pointing with delight.  

CASE OF ELIJA “BEAR” DIAZ, EL CAJON MAN MISSING SINCE 2015, TO BE FEATURED ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TV APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) — “Every Mother’s Son,” an Investigation Discovery TV show episode about the disappearance of Elija “Bear” Diaz, will air on April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Diaz vanished in the middle of the night of August 29, 2015 from his El Cajon home and his family suspects he met with foul play. A member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, he was 20 years old at the time.

“We are encouraged that this national focus on Bear’s case will spark someone to remember any clues that might help us find him,” said LeLanie Thompson, Bear’s mom. “We miss our son and won’t stop looking for him until we have some answers about his disappearance. We appreciate the community’s continued support.”

BILL WOULD BAN PRIVATELY OWNED CHARTER SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA AFTER SCANDALS OVER CHAIN TIED TO EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (Sacramento) -- A California bill aims to crack down on profiteering by private charter schools that have been pocketing public funds while providing a poor quality education to students, Cal Matters reports.

BLACK COSMETICS PHILANTHROPIST’S LIFE RECALLED IN AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY AT SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FEST APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (San Diego) – On April 29th  at 1 p.m.,  The Sara Spencer Washington Story,  an award winning  short documentary about the life of noted black businesswoman, philanthropist, and political activist Sara Spencer Washington will have its San Diego premiere as part of the San Diego Black Film Festival.

UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA TO DIVEST FROM PRIVATE PRISONS AS BILL ADVANCES TO END ALL USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS STATEWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2017 (San Diego)  –  The University of California has announced that it will halt its investments in private prison companies, removing $25 million in investments from Corrections Corporation of America, G4S, and GEO Group Inc., the Los Angeles Times reports.

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