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READERS & WRITERS CALENDER: FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

 

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

BIRD TALK: BIRD BEAKS, TOOLS OF THE TRADE

 

By Greg Dunne                                             

November 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)-- One of a bird’s most necessary tools is their beak.  A bird’s beak, or bill, is what hands are to us humans. Birds use their beaks for many different reasons. The most logical and useful need for their bill is for gathering or eating food. However, there are so many different uses between the different species of birds. Some uses we may be familiar with are nest building, feeding their young and grooming. Another use that is so important in the bird world but of which we may just take for granted is communicating.  Just as we use our mouths, birds use their beaks to communicate. While some species of parrots can mimic human voices, most birds communicate using different noises and gestures such as chirping, clicking, and singing. Beaks are also used for climbing as well as being used as a weapon.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 5-21

 

East County News Service

November 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes guitar concerts, a Plantstravaganza, the Toast of East County featuring local wineries, the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, and a Punkin Chunkin contest!

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a  harmonica concert, Wrangler at Red Mountain Ranch dinner theatre, a storytelling celebration, and the Mother Goose Parade. Scroll down for details on these events and many more.

DAN'S TAX TIPS: PAYING PROPERTY TAX ANNUAL BILLS AND AVOIDING PENALTIES

 

A Word from Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector

November 2, 2015 (San Diego)--The season of giving has begun!  Annual secured property tax bills from our office were sent out in September.  So by now, all of you who are property owners should have received your annual secured bill.  This year, 2,269 additional bills were sent out – bringing the total to 986,858.  These secured bills will generate more than $5 billion for county operations to help our schools, our community colleges, our libraries, and so much more in our community.

BAJA BLOG: SIRENA, THE MERMAID HOUSE IN PUERTO NUEVO, BAJA

By Susan A Mahalick

Photos by Zoë Jussel or Armando Muñoz

November 1, 2015 (Baja, Mexico) - “About an hour from the border, just south of Rosarito, Mexico, one can find a rare creature: a mermaid. Never mind that she’s made out of concrete and rebar. She doesn’t emerge from the ocean, but she provides a home and business for her maker. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone visits the world’s only naked mermaid house,” KPBS reported.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY OCT. 30 - NOV. 14

 

October 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes  a haunted town hall in Ramona, a Howl-o-Ween Spooky Spectacular in Spring Valley,  and a scare trail at an abandoned amusement park in El Cajon.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a fall Plantstravaganza, a dinner theatre show, concerts,  a story telling celebration, and much, much more!

ASK AN AUTHOR - SHOULD SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS SEEK LITERARY AGENTS

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

October 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Leigh Bennett joins us from the land Down Under to give advice about literary agents. Bennett is the author of the hilarious contemporary romance Flirting With Magick and the brand new urban fantasy Avalon's Child.

Leigh began as a self-published author before being recruited by me to join the publishing house Booktrope. Both of us have free giveaways coming soon, so be sure to check out the free books list at the end of this week's column.

ASK AN AUTHOR - BUILDING AN EMAIL LIST FOR MARKETING

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

October 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - A scientist, a novelist, and now a guest columnist... Ask An Author is happy to welcome multiple award-winning author and physicist Massimo Marino, whose science fiction trilogy sold more than 10,000 copies in the US and abroad before being picked up by a publisher. Also, get one of his novels free Nov 9-14, as well as 200 more!

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 25, 2015

 

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

 

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

 

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 25, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 18, 2015

 

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October 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

PRODUCE PICKS: PUMPKINS AND HARD SQUASH

 

 

By Greg Dunne      

Photo, left: Roasted Rosemary Kabocha Squash                                    

October 20, 2015 (East County) Pumpkins and Hard Squash. October is here and it’s time to pick out a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Kabocha squashes are all fresh autumn crops and in full season. Now is the time to pick out a Butternut or Kabocha squash and serve it up for dinner. My favorite is the Kabocha squash, with deep orange flesh inside and rich full flavor. Some delicious recipes for pumpkins and squash are located at the bottom of this article.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 18

 

 

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the 50th annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, Haunt Fest on Main Street, a trick or treat dog show, Lamplighters Theatre production of “Stage Fright,” and a melodrama in Julian titled “Keeping the Doctor Away.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a Marshall Scary Scotty’s haunted amusement park trail, the Odeum guitar duo in concert, and much, much more!

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

MEDIA WATCH: WHY IS MEDIA COVERING UP WHO WON DEMOCRATIC DEBATE, ACCORDING TO POLLS?

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2015 (San Diego) – After the CNN-hosted Democratic presidential candidate debate Wednesday,  all major polls--including CNN’s own poll--showed Bernie Sanders the winner by wide margins.  Yet post-debate coverage by CNN and other major media almost unanimously declared Hillary Clinton the winner. 

No matter what your party or political preference, this sort of blatant media manipulation should disturb you. Equally disturbing to advocates of a free press, many pro-Sanders comments or those questioning the network’s impartiality were repeatedly removed off CNN’s website stories on the debate.  How come?

The fact that CNN’s owner, Time-Warner, is one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors appears to have influenced the news organization to skew its coverage to favor  its corporate parent’s preferred candidate.  Other media that has given large sums to Clinton's campaign or to the Clinton Foundation similarly ignored polls and declared her the winner.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY OCTOBER 17-31, 2015

 

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County include the Enchanted Garden Gala, Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History, Fall Fest in La Mesa, and a Trick or Treat dog show.   Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including A Desert Festival in Borrego springs, Marshall Scotty’s Haunted Amusement Park, Haunt Fest on Main Street, and the opening of the sixth season of the Visionary Dance Theater.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: NEW LAWS AIM TO INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT AND EXPAND VOTERS’ RIGHTS

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed over a dozen bills to “help improve elections and expand voter rights and access in California,” according to the Governor’s signing statement.

 

Those include the New Motor Voter Act authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.  The measure will result in the Department of Motor Vehicles automatically registering Califoirnians to vote when they obtain a driver’s license, or renew one.  Drivers will have the right to opt out if they choose.

ASK AN AUTHOR - IS PRINT PUBLISHING GOOD FOR INDIES?

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

Is print publishing still a safe marketing bet for indie authors, especially in this colossal world of ebook publishing? - Joseph Beekman, Fantasy Author

October 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Many indie authors are attracted to ebook publishing because it's essentially free. Or so they think. The truth is that with print-on-demand services like CreateSpace, print publishing and ebook publishing cost about the same.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: WEEK OF OCT. 12TH - GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Shake It Out!

October 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 11, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 9-24

 

East County News Service

October 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a production of Stage Fright, a craft and harvest festival, Oktoberfest, Fall Fest at Grossmont Center, and a  Fair Trade Gift Fair.  Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Enchanted Garden Gala, Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History, Haunt Fest on Main Street, and a Trick or Treat dog show.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE IN THE SMOKE PATH OF A WILDFIRE?

 

October 4, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - It’s pretty inevitable living in California, even if your home is not in the path of a fire, you can still be affected by smoke particles released into the air from wildfires reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 4, 2015

 

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October 3, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

BAJA BLOG: A BAJA WEDDING, KASHUDI AND BRISELDA TIE THE KNOT

 

Article and photos by Susan A Mahalick

October 1, 2015 (Baja California, Mexico)--Kashudi is a talented drummer who lives down here who I have been fortunate to hear on more than one occasion. I heard him 4th of July at Angel’s Camp for their annual pig roast, and again right before his ceremony when he played to entertain his own guests on his rooftop of his home in La Misión at 3 pm on September 19th, a Saturday. It was another wonderful Baja day, not too hot, not too windy or humid. The bride and groom picked a fine day for their nuptials and about thirty people showed up, family from here for her as she is Mexican, family from the states for him, his son and daughter, and neighbors all attended to wish the couple well.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 2-17

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County includes the famous annual Oktoberfests held in both La Mesa and El Cajon and a reenactment festival about the 1800s. We also have a preview of some upcoming events in early to mid-October of theater, fairs, and classic cars.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

 

September 27, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

MEDIA WATCH: KPRI RADIO FLIPS TO CHRISTIAN FORMAT

 

East County News Service

September 29, 2015 (San Diego)--KPRI Radio, San Diego’s independent station known for its alternative rock format and cutting edge issues coverage, has sold the Educational Media Foundation which runs Christian music stations.  The deal will require approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In addition to music, KPRI radio has been home to programs such as a Morning Show that recently included discussions on issues and features ranging from climate change to the Master Chef competition.

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