Holidays in East County 2011
January 21, 2012 (Santee) – The 2012 holiday season may be almost a year away, but Santee Santas are getting an early holiday gift. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Santee community for more than fifty years was informed that they will be the recipients of a $1,000 cash donation from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.
By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa will hold it's New Year's Eve party on Friday, December 31, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The party will be at The La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at 8450 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa.
December 28, 2011 (Kensington) Chef/Owner Ken Irvine of the Bleu Boheme invites the public to celebrate the "Reveillon" a New Years Eve celebration for a three -course festive menu with four choices of each course at $59.95 per person this Saturday, December 31. Bleu Boheme is located at 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego CA 92116, in the Kensington area (between Terrace Drive and Kensington Drive).
By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (San Diego) – Christmas trees add beauty to homes during the holidays. But a dry tree can become a fire hazard. Fortunately, there are many places to recycle your tree in East County and San Diego.
December 26, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, is collecting toys for Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California. As part of SDCCU’s second annual Winter Toy Drive, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any one of SDCCU’s 28 branch locations in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties through Jan. 7, 2012.
December 25, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—This year, the White House chose the holiday theme “Shine, give, share” to give the American people an opportunity to pay tribute to our troops, our veterans, and their families. President Barack Obama invites you to share a holiday mesasge with our troops by clicking this link:
December 24, 2011 (North Pole) -- For the 56th year, the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command will be tracking the global flight of Santa Claus as he leaves the north pole and delivers presents around the world on Christmas Eve, December 24, at www.noradsanta.com.
December 24, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, continued his season of giving as he distributed toys and baby items to local families at the Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center, one of thirty sites operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego.
By Paula H. Dickenson, USN, Retired
December 23, 2011 (Alpine) -- As the holiday spirit fills the air, the outdoor Viejas Outlets Show Court will host the magical and “ooh”-inspiring production of Together, A Holiday Spectacular! The show will take place nightly at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
By Nadin Abbott
December 20, 2011 (San Diego) -- Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) members are making sure the season is merry and bright for seniors who live alone. They will be delivering holiday baskets or hot meals this month to seniors enrolled in the Sheriff’s You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.
December 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- There are plenty of kittens, cats and dogs (large & small), even bunnies, all available for adoption at the El Cajon Animal Shelter. One fee includes their vaccinations, microchip, spay or neuter, as well as a visit to the vet. In addition to adoptions, the shelter provides many services for the Cities of El Cajon and La Mesa.
December 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Take a break from shopping and visit the El Cajon Police Holiday Storefront in the Westfield Parkway Plaza mall near the entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods store "now" through December 30. Stop by and see the restored 1942 Police vehicle, law enforcement photos and displays, plus valuable safety information from both police and fire. The storefront will be open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
December 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Hometown Buffet in El Cajon at 390 Main Street will be the site of a breakfast with Santa on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. Kids may wear their P.J.s!
December 17, 2011 (San Diego) –This holiday season, the International Rescue Committee offers options for socially conscious, eco-friendly and financially prudent shoppers – Rescue Gifts that save and improve lives of refugees and others hit by war and natural disaster.
San Diego County last year welcomed more refugees than any other U.S. county, making this especially meaningful here. At Rescue.org/Gifts, holiday shoppers can choose Rescue Gifts to dedicate to friends or family members, including:
By Miriam Raftery
December 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Doing our part to support our local economy, we bring you more delightful gift ideas from Mom-and-Pop retailers in our community. (If you missed part I, click here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/7950 ) Scroll down to see our newest additions. Shopping locally not only helps support local merchants, artists and artisans and grows our local tax base, it also means you can view gifts first-hand, find some special items, get personalized service, and not worry whether items shipped from far away will arrive in time for the holidays.
The San Diego Bicycle Club’s 24th Annual Light up a Life Holiday Toy Drive
Dozens of toys, hundreds of dollars donated for East County Toy & Food Drive
December 15, 2011 (La Mesa)—Thanks to all of our generous guests , sponsors, and VIP visitors who made this year’s East County Magazine holiday party very merry indeed! As always, we invited community leaders and officials in all parties, plus other special guests.
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), whose district will soon include much of East County, joined the festivities. Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) sent Assembly commendations for our award-winning writers and photographers. Santa and Mrs. Claus heard children’s Christmas wishes, while an elf handed out prizes.
December 3, 2011 (Jamul) – At Jamul Haven, a five-star Victorian bed and breakfast inn in Jamul, a cherished holiday tradition is the annual “Children’s Candy Train Party.” Held on December 17, this free and festive occasion includes making candy trains and gingerbread houses.
December 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- La Maestra is preparing for its 19th Annual Holiday Toy & Gift Drive. Each December, La Maestra Community Health Centers and La Maestra Foundation partner to collect and distribute gifts to low-income families in communities, including nutritious food, household items, clothing and toys.
December 11, 2011 (Aguanga) -- If you’re heading out past Warner Springs towards Temecula, stop by the Ho, Ho, Ho Shop just opened at the new County Line BBQ restaurant. The shop is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. The restaurant is worth a stop on its own, featuring a variety of hearty fare including game dishes such as pheasant, quail and bison burgers.
December 11, 2011 (Rolando) The community is invited to celebrate the annual Jingle Bell Kroc Community Christmas Festival at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Avenue (at 68th St) in San Diego, on Wednesday, December 14, from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free with donation of a new, unwrapped toy in original packaging, valued at $5 or more.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) – For the second year, cities throughout the San Diego region, local community groups, environmental organizations, and the County of San Diego have proclaimed the third Thursday of December as a “Day Without a Bag”. The purpose of the event is to educate and raise awareness of the need to keep communities, waterways, and beaches clean via litter prevention, and to promote a ‘greener’ holiday season through reuse.
December 9, 2011 (Santee) – Santa and snow are in the forecast for Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the annual Santa at the Lakes at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Tons of snow for sledding, Santa visits, and s’mores around the fire are highlights of this year’s event.
Global humanitarian organization served over 230 people, including 160 children, with holiday gifts and community health resources
December 8, 2011 (San Diego, CA) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers hosted their third annual Santa party and health fair in collaboration with PCI’s California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program on December 7, 2011 at the Jacobs Market Creek Plaza. Other community agencies that participated include Logan Family Health Center at Logan Heights, American Red Cross WIC, La Maestra Family Health Center at National City, and the Family Health Centers at Lemon Grove.
Photos By Miriam Raftery
December 8, 2011 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino Team Members and guests have donated more than 3,000 toys for the Salvation Army serving eastern San Diego and western Imperial Counties.
Viejas Casino announced the grand total of 3,231 toys donated this holiday season by team members and guests at the annual Salvation Army Holiday Party and Auction, held last night at the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino.