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LOCAL HEROES HONORED FOR DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

 

October 22, 2013 (San Diego) – In celebration of Disability Awareness Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has joined with KPBS to honor two inspirational individuals as local heroes.  The 2013 Disability Awareness Month honorees are: Linda Bounds, founder of L.E.A.P.S. (Lovingly Energetic Artistic Programs for Seniors) and BOUNDS; and Al Kovach, Jr., national senior vice president of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).  Both will be recognized with other heritage month honorees during a November celebration in San Diego.

SPRITES OF EAST COUNTY SEEKS MOTHER-DAUGHTER VOLUNTEERS

 

September 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Sprites of East County, a mother-daughter non-profit philanthropic organization, is looking for new members. The organization’s goals include providing volunteer service to local charities, financial assistance to their philanthropies, along with providing scholarships to deserving young girls in the community. Sprites is comprised of mothers and their 7th-12th grade daughters who reside in the Grossmont Union High School District.

Those interested in becoming a “Sprite” can contact membership coordinators Jocelyn Cherin and Emily Waring at contact@spritesofeastcounty.org, on Facebook, and by mail at Sprites of East County Inc., P.O. Box 786, El Cajon, California 92022-0786.

STRONG WILL FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT NOV. 1 AIMS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY PATIENT

 

 

September 26, 2013 (San Diego ) – JVD Golf and Promotions in Rancho San Diego is teaming up with the Strong Will Foundation to host the annual STRONG Will Foundation Golf Tournament, complete with helicopter ball drop contest and a chance to win $2,500—even for non-golfers.

The event will be held Friday, November 1 at The Crossings Carlsbad Golf Course, and benefits patients with traumatic brain injuries.  The tournament is named after Will Barton, who was shot three times at close range while walking home from work at Barrio Star.  With a bullet lodged in his brain, his chance of survival was less than one percent.

GOVERNOR HONORS CHP OFFICER FOR BRAVERY

 

September 26, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recognized California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Dane Norem with the 2012 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for performing extraordinary acts of bravery on October 25, 2012.

While on duty, Officer Norem of the CHP’s Riverside Area office responded to a call of a potential suicidal subject attempting to jump off of a freeway overpass to the roadway below. Officer Norem arrived at the scene and observed an adult male climbing the overpass fence. While attempting to save the subject’s life by preventing him from jumping, Officer Norem was stabbed nine times, including in the eye, with a utility knife. Despite his injuries, and continually being stabbed, Officer Norem continued to hold onto the man’s leg until help arrived to take the man into custody.

JIM MULVANEY’S CONCERT ON THE GREEN OCTOBER 5

 

Sept. 23, 2013 (Spring Valley) – The Mulvaney family is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Jim Mulvaney’s Concert on the Green to benefit Noah Homes Inc. on October 5, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley.  The concert will feature the Irish music of The Tim Foley Band.

THE BRANDING – YMCA 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IS SEPTEMBER 28

August 18, 2013 (Spring Valley) – The Branding, celebrating the YMCA’s promise to strengthen the foundation of the East County Community will be held at the McGrath Family YMCA, 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley on September 28 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event will bring country glam to East County, with dining and dancing under the stars to the live music of the Carolyn Sills Combo and Crosswinds Band.

2ND ANNUAL WINE & CHEESE “FRIEND-RAISER” SEPT.14

 

September 14, 2013 (Alpine) – The 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese “Friend-Raiser”, a benefit for the Back Country Land Trust at Wright’s Field is today from 6 – 9 p.m.  This event benefits land conservation, watershed stewardship and environmental education in East County.  Hosted bar, hor’doeurves, fruit and dessert plates will be available.

FASHION ARTISTRY SHOW TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY ARTS SEPTEMBER 12

 

 

September 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – Friends of East County Arts, Inc. presents “Fashion Artistry” on Thursday September 12, 2013, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon. 

Festivities begin with an 11:00 a.m. check-in, followed by a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing at 12:00 p.m.  The annual luncheon and fashion show will be featuring fashions by Draper’s & Damon’s and Chico’s. The cost is $65 per person.  For reservations, please contact Margie Hartman at (619) 440-2449. Proceeds will go to support fine arts and artists in the East San Diego County area.

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL URGES SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AT GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

 

“Leaders inspire people to reach beyond themselves.”—Former Secretary of State Colin Powell 

By Janis Mork

September 5, 2013 (La Mesa)- More than 500 people gathered at Journey Community Church in La Mesa on August 8 and 9 to watch a videocast of the 10th annual Global Leadership Summit broadcast from Willow Creek Church in Illinois to over 300 host sites in 100 countries.  Bill Yaccino, Connection and Formation Pastor at Journey Community Church, hosted the event.

DISABILITIES CHAMPION ALEX MONTOYA, PADRES STAFFER, INSPIRES CROWD AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT

 

By Janis Mork

August 17, 2013 (El Cajon)- Born missing three limbs due to a rare birth defect, Alex Montoya has triumphed over adversity. Now manager of Latino affairs for the San Diego Padres, he met representatives from Cuyamaca College after speaking at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park and was invited to deliver the commencement speech.

Montoya moved here from Columbia when he was 4 years old. “It was absolutely a new world. It was at times scary and at times daunting, but really it was refreshing and exhilarating,” he told ECM. “I realized that there were boundless opportunities.”

He learned English by watching baseball. Montoya is most passionate about baseball because “it’s a very fair and very beautiful sport..I quickly saw that it was America’s past time… [It] was something that really stayed with me my entire life.”

HELP NEEDED TO FUND SURGERY FOR RESCUED DOG

 

August 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – About two weeks ago, two East County residents, Courtney Case and Victoria Haynes, rescued a female stray Chihuahua-Dachshund mix in Bakersfield. Now she is seeking donations to fund surgery for the rescued dog, which is needed to save her from a degenerative disease.

“She did not have a collar, her nails were painfully overgrown, and she had acquired a limp on her back hind leg,” said Case, an assistant manager at Partnerships with Industry in Santee. “After returning to East County, she had already found a permanent home with a loving family; they fell in love with her sweet and loving personality instantly. Her new family got her all cleaned up and named her Koa, but unfortunately her limp persisted. Koa was taken to the vet to get X-rays and she was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome. This involves spontaneous degeneration of the head on the femur bone. Unfortunately, it was determined that she needs immediate surgery or her condition would worsen and cause her even more tremendous pain and no use of her back right leg.”

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ALPINE CEMETERY AUGUST 24

August 7, 2013 (Alpine) – On August 24 there will be a Celebration of Life Concert from 3 – 9 p.m. at the VFW Post 9578, 844 Tavern Rd., Alpine.  The concert will honor our nation’s Military and their families and proceeds will benefit Alpine Cemetery.

The concert will include performances by Three Chord Justice, The Legends and special guest, Teagan Taylor.  Everyone is welcome to dance and enjoy food and beverages.  The suggested donation is $10 per person at the door.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AUG. 8-9 AT JOURNEY COMMUNITY CHURCH IN LA MESA TAPS INTO WORLDWIDE EVENT

 

National and international leaders in social justice, politics, faith and entertainment to speak

August 6, 2013 (La Mesa)-- While the hallowed halls of downtown San Diego are echoing with strategies for staying in office and getting through the next week, more than 500 local participants are preparing to be inspired by some of the nation’s most effective leaders at the annual Global Leadership Summit, August 8-9, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  at Journey Community Church, 8363 Center Drive, La Mesa.

“This is a chance to hear from men and women who demonstrate influence in many arenas – politics, social justice, faith and entertainment – and tobe inspired to become confident truth-sayers in our own spheres of influence,” said Ed Noble, Lead Pastor.Speakers such as General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, Mark Burnett, executive producer of Survivor and The Voice, Bob Goff, General Counsel to Uganda and Founder and CEO of Restore International, Liz Wiseman, executive strategy and leadership consultant and more will make the case for becoming a leader, not for a term of office or for a bottom-line result, but for life. 

FORMER RAMONA RESIDENT TO REPRESENT CALIFORNIA AT MISS TEEN USA®

 

August 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Top 10 Productions, Producers of the Miss California USA® Pageants, hosted a send-off party on July 28 for a San Diego native who will be heading to the national Miss Teen USA® Competition.  Cassidy Wolf, Miss California Teen USA 2013, represented Greater San Diego at the state pageant when she won the title of Miss California Teen USA 2013.

Cassidy was born and raised in San Diego, living in Ramona for 14 years.  She currently resides in Temecula and is a graduate from Great Oak High School.  She attends Palomar Community College, and hopes to apply to San Diego State University, where she will study for a career in broadcast journalism.

KNSJ RADIO ANNOUNCES PEOPLE’S MIC AWARD WINNERS

 

 

August 3, 2013 (San Diego) – KNSJ 89.1 FM , the Network for Social Justice, will present its first-ever People’s Microphone Awards at the new public radio station’s launch party on Saturday, August 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Parks. Tickets are available at www.knsj.org.

The awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to social justice causes on behalf of people in their communities or our environment. The winners, a majority of whom will be present to accept their honors, are: Bonnie La Chappa, Elizabeth Lou, Dave Patterson, Estela de los Rios, Lori Saldana, Lisa Kove, Martha Sullivan and Ray Lutz with Decommission San Onofre,Donna Tisdale with Protect Our Communities Foundation, Cleveland National Forest Foundation, San Diego Dream Team, and Save Mission Trails.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE MEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER SHOWS REGION WHAT IT TAKES TO GIVE BACK

 

By Ariele Johannson

July 21, 2013 (Descanso) Efforts of the Mountain Empire Men’s Club culminated in a demonstration of the maxim “It takes a village to raise a child.”

An outpouring of volunteer effort, donations, and pitching-in from the mountain community of Descanso made this year’s scholarship fundraiser on June 28 event another success. Tammy Cooker and her crew from Descanso Junction and Catering served up a fabulous barbecue dinner of Jack Daniels tri-tip and chicken, while the Blue Mountain Band performed live music onstage at the historic Descanso Town Hall.

BUNCO WITH THE KIWANIS CLUB OF EL CAJON ON JULY 12

July 6, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Kiwanis Club of El Cajon Valley presents Bunco at The Salvation Army, 1011 E. Main St., El Cajon on July 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  The evening will include a potato bar and raffles.  There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd, most wins most Bunco’s and a Boobie prize.  Bunco is a social dice game involving all luck and no skill.

“CQ. CQ STANDING BY FOR A CALL!!” HAM RADIO OPERATORS IN LAKESIDE TAKE PART IN GLOBAL FIELD DAY

Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz

June 22, 2013 (Lakeside) The airwaves have come alive at the Lakeside Fire Protection District fire station annex this weekend, where the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club is taking part in a two-day Field Day event held worldwide. 

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL ) is a 150,000 + member organization partaking in an annual US, Canada, and Hawaii event. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations . ARRL says of the occasion,  “ Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!”

PET DETECTIVES FIND LOST PETS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

By Ariele Johannson

June 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Any pet owner who has lost their pet - be it Schnauzer, iguana, Siamese cat, or parrot - knows how disconcerting and even agonizing it can be to find your pet has disappeared. Wouldn’t you want someone professional to help you locate your pet who considers your lost pet “a missing family member?"  Pet Search and Rescue detectives Annalisa Berns and K9 Handler Judy Britton help pet owners locate their lost pets intact; or in some cases, to get closure if the pet has not survived. These Pet Detectives use search dogs and a combination of techniques. Pet Search and Rescue has an impressive 80% success rate.

ORGANIZATIONS IN RUNNING FOR $25,000 ECO AMBASSADORS CONTEST PRIZE

 

June 17, 2013 (San Diego)-- San Diegans will decide which local environmental nonprofit organization is most deserving of the ECO Ambassadors People’s Choice Award and a grand prize of $25,000 from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The eight local organizations that are finalists were announced at a breakfast ceremony on May 28.  They were selected to participate because their programs exemplify environmental stewardship, innovation and responsibility.

VICTORIES OF SPIRIT HONORS FORMER REHAB PATIENTS WHO OVERCAME PERSONAL TRAGEDY

 

By Janis Mork

June 13, 2013 (San Diego)--“When I woke up, I was confused, I was terrified,” recalled Santee resident Johana Guzman, who was in a coma for two weeks after she was struck by a car while trying to protect her 2-year-old son.  With help from Sharp Hospital’s Rehab Services, she overcame her injuries and now helps others. “We are warriors,” she said. “Hard times are opportunities to be better,” she told ECM. “I believe inner strength heals us, helps us to see clearly the value of life. We must never give up our dreams.”

On May 31, Guzman was honored at the annual Victories of Spirit event at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Four individuals and one organization received the Eagle Spirit Award, named for the most potent healing symbol of the Navajos. Honorees also included Mike Buxbaum, Anne Herman, and Zach Meno of La Mesa for patient achievement. San Diego State University Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities was honored for community achievement.

NEW MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY OPENS DOORS, OFFERS FREE CLASS FOR COMMUNITY JUNE 15

 

 

June 5, 2013 (El Cajon) -- Aspire Martial Arts in Rancho San Diego will host a free Martial Arts fitness class for the entire community on Saturday June 15th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Aspire Martial Arts will offer these along with bully prevention seminars every 8-9 weeks. The seminars are part of the ATA Martial Arts’ worldwide initiative to help stop childhood obesity and bullying through education.

RUMMAGE SALE TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES

 

May 30, 2013 (Santee) – The Knights of Columbus of Guardian Angels Church, located at 9310 Dalehurst Rd., Santee, CA  92071, is having a large rummage sale on June 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday.

Some proceeds go to the Church pantry, which helps people in need, as well as other charity projects supported by Knights of Columbus.

ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PRESENTS "DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS" MAY 30

 

Nationally Honored Local Hero to Speak at Community Service Event

May 28, 2013 (Alpine)--The Alpine Fire Protection District will present a community event on May 30 from 6-8;30 p.m. at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, 1850 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.  The event will feature Ennis Jackson, an award-winning speaker who has won the National Star of Life for his efforts to alert and educate the community which includes high schools, colleges and business on the subject of destructive decisions and life saving CPR techniques. These destructive decisions include underage drinking, the use of mind-altering drugs and texting while occupied, and most importantly, the value of family. Jackson is a paramedic stationed out of Alpine Fire Station 17.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY LAUNCHES RELIEF DRIVE TO AID OKLAHOMA TORNADO SURVIVORS

 

May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – “Our school community was deeply saddened as we learned of the magnitude of the widespread devastation caused in the community of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. The absolute destruction has profoundly affected the lives of thousands of the residents in that area,” Chaim Heller, head of the San Diego Jewish Academy wrote in a letter to parents of students.  “Jewish tradition teaches us "Al Taamod al dam re'echa" (Do not stand idly by while our neighbors are in pain). San Diego Jewish Academy has a longstanding tradition of reaching out to help any and all who are in need. We believe that our Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and (acts of loving kindness) are essential components of our instructional program at San Diego Jewish Academy.”

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WILL BE AT ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB LUNCHEON JUNE 18

May 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine high school graduates who are receiving college scholarships will be in attendance at the Alpine Woman’s Club last monthly luncheon for the 2012-2013 season on Tuesday, June 18 at 12:00 noon.  The new officers will also be installed at this meeting.

ALPINE SOROPTOMIST HONORS WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

 

By Janis Mork

May 22, 2013 (Alpine)- On May 21, Alpine Soroptomist had a special meeting to honor the organization’s Women of Achievement Award recipient, Brenda Killingbeck (pictured with program chair, Patty Tweed, and her two sons). She came with her sons,  Clayton, 9, and 6-year-old Mason.

“The Women of Achievement Award is awarded to a single mom in East County trying to make a better life for herself, who is trying to support her family, enhance her career, or change careers,” said Patty Tweed, program chair.

She introduced Killingbeck and read a short biography about Killingbeck, an Alpine resident and nurse whose actions helped locate a missing elderly man.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT AND CAL FIRE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION CAMPAIGN MAY 25

 

May 22, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Maybe becoming a volunteer Firefighter is a bit much, but please consider being a volunteer “Fire Preventer.”

The San Miguel Fire District in cooperation with its partner CAL FIRE, is ramping up its “Before the Threat, Are You Ready” preparedness and prevention campaign. This massive public education effort provides critical preparedness information with an old- fashioned door-to-door contact.

Again this year they are hoping teams of community volunteers join CAL FIRE Firefighters in a door-to-door campaign in the Districts high hazard urban interface areas. Two major fires in four years have shown all of us the need to be prepared and to create defensible space, to have an evacuation plan, and have the supplies necessary to take care of your families for up to a week.

STAKE YOUR CLAIMS: VICTORIAN ROSES WILD WEST CASINO NIGHT JUNE 1 IN LAKESIDE

 

May 22, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society presents their Wild West Casino Night 2 on June 1, 2013 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Lakeside, CA from 6-10 pm. It benefits Saving Horses Inc., a San Diego horse rescue charity.

Ticket price is $20/person & includes $200 in play chips. Beer or wine glasses are $20 each and come with 5 free drink tickets. Raffles, silent auction, door prizes, roulette, black jack, craps & poker tables.

Live music by the Honky Tonk Kings, food available for purchase by Descanso Junction Restaurant & Catering.

HEALTH, SAFETY FAIR DRAWS HUNDREDS

 

May 16, 2013 (El Cajon) – Children, seniors and families had fun exploring better ways to live at the free Farragut Circle Health & Safety Fair on May 11 in El Cajon.

The community outreach effort of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program of the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon drew a steady stream of people to the 500 block of Farragut Circle. Mother Goose and local princesses helped welcome the early crowds. 

“Everybody’s smiling,” said Jackie Jackson, library assistant at the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library of the Grossmont Healthcare District in La Mesa. “This has to be the friendliest fair ever.”

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