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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 4, 2015

 

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

 

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.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE (BLACK MASS)

By Brian Lafferty

September 27, 2015 (San Diego) – Black Mass (Scott Cooper, 2015) sounds like a video game title, but it’s definitely not fun and games. I went to bed a few hours after the screening unprepared for a restless night’s sleep. I endured a string of haunting dreams that was mercifully broken up by The Rascals’ A Beautiful Morning, the world’s best morning alarm.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DON'T SLIP AND SLIDE INTO FALL!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 

September 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Were stepping right into Fall this week so make sure you don’t slip or slide into it! Recent rain and more in the forecast will make roads slippery. Go about it safely reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 26-OCT. 17

 

East County News Service

September 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County features an alpaca farm tour in Descanso, a hike along the Sky Island Trail in Julian, music from an Afro-Cuban ensemble to a dual concert band performance, and Julian’s Apple Days festival.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Oktoberfests in El Cajon and La Mesa, Fall Fest at Grossmont Center, and a Fair Trade Faire.

So click "read more" and scroll down for all of these events and much, much more!

MEDICAL MINUTE: WHAT IS A HOSPITALIST?

 

By Dr. Larry Emdur

September 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--After a successful career as a board-certified internist and pulmonologist, Dr. Larry Emdur decided to become a hospitalist at Alvarado Hospital. A hospitalist is a fast-growing profession in which a physician’s primary focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

The hospitalist profession has grown rapidly over the last decade because it allows hospital patients to be seen and treated by an in-house physician, rather than waiting for their regular doctor to come by after work or between patients. Not only is this more convenient and cost-effective for the patient, but it can improve patient safety.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY. SEPT. 17 TO OCT. 17

By Leon Thompson

September 16, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County features the Chaldean American Festival in El Cajon, a Music Festival with Apple Pie in Julian, a live musical theatre production and Supervisor Jacobs with an event for seniors. 

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Julian Apple Days,   Oktoberfest El Cajon hosted by the German American Society followed by a new event, Fallfest in La Mesa and a water issues forum in La Mesa.

So scroll down tuned for all of these events and much, much more.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: NATIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK!

 

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Can We Please Take Our Seat – Safely!

September 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - National Child Passenger Safety Week is this week. Make sure the ones you love are safe and secure in the car on every trip reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

MEDIA WATCH: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SELLS TO FOX; OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH IS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – First published in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has long been one of the world’s most popular and respected journals chronicling science and culture around the globe.   But its reputation is now at stake at news that the nonprofit magazine is turning for-profit—and just sold to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 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.

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: SEPT. 10-OCT.17

 

 

September 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features a Car-B-Que at Santee Lakes, live musical theatre productions, the Sycuan pow-wow and a bluegrass festival in Santee.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Julian Music Festival, the opening of the silver anniversary season of the Poway Performing Arts Center featuring Kenny Loggins as well as some major fall festivals including Julian Apple Days, Fall Fest, and of course, Oktoberfest!

So scroll down for all of these events and much, much more.

MEDICAL MINUTE: IS WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?

 

 

Free Seminar Sept. 17 at Alvarado Hospital

By Dr. Vadim Avulov

If you are considering gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, a therapeutic effect is often the reduction or elimination of type 2 diabetes. Gastric bypass reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed by the small intestine, which appears to result in metabolic changes that have a beneficial effect on diabetes.

If you are considering surgical weight loss, gastric bypass is a popular procedure because of its success rate. Even better, it can now be performed minimally invasively, which makes it much safer with quicker recovery.

ASK AN AUTHOR - USING TWITTER TO SELL BOOKS

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

September 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - I'd like to dedicate this week's column to my fur baby, Katie. She passed away suddenly on September 2. She was a beautiful American Eskimo and a never-ending source of joy.

What tips do you have that you would like to share with writers marketing on Twitter? I have a website and I put fresh posts on it daily with pictures. It targets the topic of my book, which is child abuse, and I share the latest information on new court cases and people who are battling this issue and suffering PTSD, relationship problems resulting from their past trauma currently. I also share my own experiences at intervals.  – M.J. Payne

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 6, 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: CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

September 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in three children in the united States is overweight? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk and is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.

PRODUCE PICKS: LABOR DAY WEEKEND HASS AVOCADOS (LOCAL GROWN)

 

By Greg Dunne

September 4, 2015 (San Diego East County)--Labor Day signals the end of summer. It’s time to barbeque – a time for ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon, and to enjoy family and friends. If you want to stump friends at the barbeque, ask when, where and who, was the founder of the Hass avocado. Rudolph Hass first developed the Hass avocado in 1926, more later in the article. Sweet white corn and watermelons are already locked in our minds and on the agenda for Labor Day weekend. So let’s have fun with green salad, avocados and some homemade potato salad.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. SEPT. 4-13

 

This week’s Destination East County features a grape stomp, a pow-wow an art show and a deep pit barbecue.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a production of the hit show Hairspray, Santee’s bluegrass festival, a dinner theatre show and as the season turns to Indian summer, yet another pow-wow.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

CHIEF'S CORNER: FIRE TESTS METAL, WINE TESTS MEN - JAPANESE PROVERB

By Fire Chief DiGiovanna

August 31, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Both have been tested as some of this year’s most destructive fires came dangerously close to the Napa Wine Region. Several fires have also burned near Paso Robles. We're still not out of the woods as drought conditions and warm temperatures continue reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM AUGUST 30, 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.

ANIMAL TALES: DYNAMIC DUO DOGS' BEST FRIEND

 

Stephanie Nisan, the professor, and Rebecca Weinrib

By Mimi Pollack

August 27, 2015 (Blossom Valley)--Making a difference in the world seems to be the motto that Blossom Valley resident Rebecca Weinrib and Stephanie Nisan live by, especially in the world of homeless dogs. Together, they founded The Animal Pad in 2010, a rescue organization for dogs, with their own unique vision.

ASK AN AUTHOR: REVIEWS IN EXCHANGE FOR FREE BOOKS: ETHICAL OR DANGEROUS?

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

August 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- “How is it possible to acquire genuine reviews for a book when most reviewers want FREE books to review? If a reviewer has a Free book have they been compromised or influenced to provide a good review? I have been approached by fellow authors requesting reviews on the understanding of you scratch my back and I will scratch yours! I have of course turned down all such requests! Over the past few weeks Amazon has started to address this issue by removing reviews that they consider to be inappropriate or not genuine or verifiable. I would be most interested in your understanding of the current and future book review process.” - Mike Wilkins

Let's first address the idea that a free book automatically means a positive review. That is not the case. Any author who has run a successful giveaway knows that you're more likely to get negative reviews than positive ones from people who download free books.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS AUGUST 28 – SEPT. 19

Photo: Percussionist Scott Robinson performs Aug. 29 at Mission Trails Regional Park

August 26, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County features dinner in a mountain meadow, a percussion concert and classic car show .

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Native American Pow-Wow, a Bluegrass Festival in Santee and deep pit BBQ in Descanso.    

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: UNDER PRESSURE?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - When the temperature is in the 90s, even in the shade, it’s likely you reach for some water, the sunscreen and head for a cooler place.

ASK THE RETIREMENT CONCIERGE: PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT

 

By SharonAnn Hamilton

Dear SharonAnn,

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - My wife and I are 60 and 62 respectively looking at retirement in a few years. She is a medical researcher and I am a CPA. We feel we have an adequate income prepared for our future but what concerns me is lifestyle. What are we going to do with the 50-60 hours each week when we are not working anymore? Our kids are grown and independent, our parents are happy in their community of friends. We need outside interests, but who has time? We want to make a difference in our world but how and where? I expect we could live 30-40 years and that is a lot of time ahead of us that right now seems daunting. Signed Kind of Lost.

ASK THE RETIREMENT CONCIERGE: TO TEST DRIVE YOUR RETIREMENT

 

Dear SharonAnn,

Our planned retirement and move in 12 months is heading toward us like a bullet train and such big changes in our lives are really scary. What if we cannot make new friends? What if we would have been better off to delay it for five years? What if we run out of money? What if we get bored not working? What if we detest our new community? Signed Nervous about Change

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Dear Nervous: There is no doubt that life changes are nerve wracking. In fact for most of us any change pushes us into fight or flight impulses, even those changes we initiate ourselves. There is no substitute for doing your own investigation. Having Plan A and Plan B is also a smart strategy when thinking about your retirement or any move.  Our best remembered baby boomer good-bye is remembered in the words of Spock, “Live long and prosper.” We all want that!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY FOR AUG. 21-SEPT. 12

 

August 20, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County features the Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival, singers and song writers of the  ‘60s, grape stomping at a vineyard, a top comedian's performance and movies in the park.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Native American pow-wow, a Bluegrass  Festival in Santee and Descanso’s Deep Pit BBQ.  

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

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