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2012 EAST REGION OBESITY AWARENESS FORUM: FOOD DAY OCTOBER 26

October 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East region community will celebrate Food Day on October 26 at The Palms, 143 East Main St., El Cajon from 9:30 am. To 1:00 p.m.  The forum will address what is being done in East Region schools, businesses and communities to increase healthy eating.

WHY DIDN'T SHE JUST LEAVE?

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

October 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Picture a serene summer night in Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1982.1

I lay on a crinkly table in a cluttered ER, joking with the doc, bribing him with a promise of homemade shortbread if he could fix my face without leaving scars, looking anywhere but in his eyes, and I noticed a police officer nearby.

KIDS AND ADULTS LEARN HOW TO BULLY-STOP

By Janis Mork

October 6, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- In a class last week, 5th degree black belt martial arts master Scot Conway taught kids different techniques of how to handle physical bullying by showing by example at the Bully-Stop Seminar at the Guardian Academy. Adults learned just by Conway explaining it. ECM participated in a few of the techniques with the kids.

First, Conway handed out a sheet of paper to the parents. The kids lined up in a line across the mat and properly greeted Conway as their sensei (teacher) by clasping their hands and bowing.  Then, the kids gathered in a circle around Conway on the mat. Conway explained that one of the biggest problems of bullying is when parents are in the school office and claims are made that the bully and victim are just friends, that they’re just having fun.

"ROY RICHARDS RECOVER FUND" GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 5 TO AID BRAIN INJURY VICTIM

October 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Keller Williams Realty El Cajon will be a "Gold Sponsor" for the upcoming "Roy Richards Recovery Fund" golf tournament being held on Friday October 5 at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Santee. The office is helping to raise funds to help Richards recover from a life-threatening accident that resulted in a skull fracture with major brain injuries. He also suffered a broken rib and broken nose.

STARS SHINE AT SAN DIEGO BRAIN INJURY FOUNDATION "FRIENDRAISER" AT MISSION TRAILS

October 2, 2012 (San Diego, CA) -- On Saturday, September 22, the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) sponsored a “Friendraiser” at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Over 200 guests attended the event that raised funds for the foundation. Susan Hansen, the Executive Director of the SDBIF, stated, “…it was a great success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were having such a good time at the Mission Trails Visitor Center, nobody wanted to leave.”

PURCHASE A COMMEMORATIVE TILE TO SUPPORT ALPINE'S HISTORIC TOWN HALL

October 4, 2012 (Alpine)--The Alpine Woman's Club invites you to participate in a program to help maintain and preserve the historic Town Hall building. It was built in 1899 and is one of Alpine's most significant treasures. In 2006 it was designated an historic site by the San Diego County Register of Historic Places. As Alpine's original Town Hall, it has housed every type of event imaginable - graduations, movie nights, dances, weddings, funerals, Red Cross events during World Wars I and II, and much more.

FUNDRAISER FOR FAMILIES WHO LOST HOMES IN SHOCKEY FIRE: FRIDAY, OCT. 12 IN JACUMBA

October 1, 2012 (Jacumba) – “There is hope for the families who were affected by the wildland fire,” says Lorrie Ostrander, who has been organizing a fundraiser to help the 11 families who lost their homes in the Shockey Fire.  “With the help of Alpine Albertsons, Jacumba Women's Club, Jacumba Lounge, Manzanita Diner and other local residents, we are having a dinner." Donations will benefit the families who lost everything, she added.

The benefit dinner will be held on Friday, October 12 from 4-8 p.m. at the Jacumba Highland Senior Center, 44681 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba 91934.  A $5 donation at the door is requested.  

Donations can also be sent to:  

AN EVENING WITH ANGELS: WHERE WOUNDED GIRLS GIVE THANKS FOR SKILLS TO TAKE ON THE WORLD

September 27, 2012  (San Diego)– Three adolescent girls, who suffered severe burns from a Halloween accident, car crash, and kitchen incident, will share their stories during a special fundraising dinner at a private residence in the San Diego area on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A SIZZLING HOT EVENT: KIWANIS “STEAK-OUT” DINNER DANCE NOV. 3

September 25, 2012 (El Cajon )  - On Saturday, November 3,  the East San Diego County Kiwanis will host its 25th annual charity dinner dance, “Steak-Out.”  The Honky Tonk Kings will perform at the event, which will also include a silent option and opportunity drawings.  Festivities  will be held at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Ave. in El Cajon.

All proceeds from the event will help support the many fine organizations our Kiwanis club serves in the San Diego County area. Donations and prizes are welcome.

YMCA’S BRANDING EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOR LOCAL YOUTH AND FAMILIES SEPT. 29

September 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Saturday, September 29, hundreds of East County residents will shine their belt buckles and don their best pair of jeans for East County Family  YMCA’s annual fundraiser called The Branding. The event, now in its 19th year, will be held in a western setting at McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego.

Since The Branding’s inception, thanks to the generosity of community members, sponsors, donors, and dedicated volunteers, The Branding  has raised more than $1.5 million.

TEE UP FOR THE ALL FORE R.E.C. GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 5

 

September 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department, together with Crest Kiwanis, present the annual ALL FORE R.E.C. Golf Tournament.  The tournament will be held at the Sycuan Resort, 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, on October 5.  All proceeds from the tournament directly support activities that develop youth and provide positive choices through youth activity scholarships, youth sports, recreation classes and after-school programs.

THE LIGHTBRIDGE HOSPICE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE WALK AT LIBERTY STATION

Proceeds help fund special programs for San Diegans in need of hospice care

September 16, 2012 (San Diego) – The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that fulfills special requests from hospice patients and their loved ones, will host its 4th annual Remembrance Walk on Sunday, September 23 at Liberty Station.

HELP LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS BUILD A HOME FOR MEATBALL

September 15, 2012 (Alpine)—Meatball the bear, originally slated to be temporarily housed at Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, will now be staying permanently at the rescue facility. Owner Bobbi Brink has issued a plea for public help to build a larger enclosure for the bear, which had been wandering into neighborhoods before it was captured and taken to LTB to save it from being killed.

GET INVOLVED: LA MESA PARK APPRECIATION DAY OCTOBER 20

 

September 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- This year’s Park Appreciation Day is scheduled for October 20.  La Mesa’s parks are the jewels of the city – help make them shine for the centennial.

Individuals of all ages and groups can join in and help their community.  Civic, church or social groups can adopt a park. To find a project that all your members can do, contact us at 667.1300 or community@ci.la-mesa.ca.us.

STREET-READY GUARDIAN

 

Teen and Adult Protection TrainingWomen's Self-Defense. (Men are welcome, too!)

September 10, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Jennifer stepped into the parking lot at night, and what happened next got her to join a martial arts class right away. Tonya had a close encounter with a man who was "losing it," and that got her to come find out what to do from Master Conway. Why would they come to him? Because his student Debbie saved her neighbor from a violent criminal. Because his student Myrna stopped the man who attacked her walking home from work in two moves. Because Conway has a long history of making sure what he teaches really works. It will work for you.

“HONKY TONK KINGS” AT THE GRAND LADIES OF THE OLD WEST DANCE SEPTEMBER 8

 


September 5, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Grand Ladies of the Old West host their annual dance on September 8 at the VFW Hall, Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lake Lane, Lakeside from 6:00-11:00 p.m.  The “Honky Tonk Kings” will provide live entertainment at the event, which also features dancing, raffles, food and drinks.


The cost is $15 per person or $25 for a couple.  The event will benefit the 2012 donation to “Project Safehouse and Big Sisters League”. 


ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB LUNCHEON STARRING THE RHINESTONE GRANNIES SEPTEMBER 18

 

September 2, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club will be holding its monthly luncheon on September 18 at 12 p.m. at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine.  The Rhinestone Grannies will perform a variety of songs and dances at the event.  Some of the members of the Rhinestone Grannies include past CCT Senior Follies cast members.

The luncheon is open to all East County women as well as past and future members.  Space is limited, so please make a reservation prior to September 15 by contacting Judy Grant at 619-445-1987 or alpinejude@yahoo.com.

A NEW PATH PAVES WAY TO ADDICTION RECOVERY: “STRUT FOR SOBRIETY” SEPT. 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Dennis Moore

September 5, 2012 (San Diego)--A NEW PATH, or PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), is a voluntary, non-profit group of concerned parents of individuals suffering from addiction. They partner with health care professionals, the criminal justice system, recovering addicts and concerned members of society to seek better understanding of the illness and to create "therapeutic justice" for substance abuse related crimes. PATH's goals are  to reduce recidivism, save lives, heal families and move toward a healthier society.

On September 8, PATH invites you to the organization's annual “Strut for Sobriety” fashion show celebrating recovery from addiction.  The event, held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, will also feature a luncheon, awards, silent auction, live entertainment and boutique.( For full details, see http://www.anewpathsite.org/newevents1.html.)

BEAT CANCER BOOT CAMP COMES TO SANTEE SEPT. 8

 
 
 
September 1, 2012 (Santee) – Beat Cancer Boot Camp is a fitness based program designed to help cancer survivors stay active during treatment and beyond. It’s also open to friends and family of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. On Saturday, September 8 at 8:30, the program kicks off in Santee’s Mast Park, 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd.
 
The program is geared toward all fitness levels so everyone can participate, utilizing scaled-down Navy Seal training fitness methods to empower participants.

TEE OFF FOR HOME OF GUIDING HANDS SEPTEMBER 28

 

September 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – Home of Guiding Hands is holding the 30th Annual Golf Classic Pro-Am Tournament on September 28 at Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort, 3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon.  The event begins at 10 a.m. with registration and a Meet & Mingle with San Diego PGA Members.  The Shotgun start will be at 12 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 5 p.m.

8TH ANNUAL STRUT FOR SOBRIETY! SEPTEMBER 8

 

August 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 8th Annual Strut for Sobriety! is presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), an organization founded by a Spring Valley mother.

The event takes place on September 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a boutique and silent auction.  At 12:00 p.m. the luncheon, awards ceremony and fashion show will begin.

BELLUS ACADEMY OFFERS FREE SPA SERVICES TO MILITARY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ON SEPTEMBER 4 - 8

 


August 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Bellus Academy is offering complimentary spa services for active and retired servicemen and women September 4-8.  The award-winning salon and spa has three locations in San Diego, El Cajon, Poway and National City.

A NEW PATH ORGANIZES EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY (AUGUST 31) TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST AND EDUCATE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO OVERDOSE CRISIS

 
Accidental Overdose Remain Leading Cause of Injury Death for Adults Ages 25-64
 
Moms United to End the War on Drugs Partners are creating events in several cities to bring attention to the need for Naloxone.
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego) --  (A New PATH) will join the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad participating in the 12th annual International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an accidental overdose. The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the growing overdose crisis in the United States and abroad – and to offer concrete solutions that save lives.

CHURCH FROM RANCHO SAN DIEGO PACKAGES 3,200 MEALS FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

August 21, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Church members from the Gathering @RSD packaged 3,200 meals to be sent to needy children and their families in the Dominican Republic. The church raised the money through collecting extra change. The effort was coordinated through the organization, Children of the Nations, which reach out to children in need in Africa and the Caribbean.

NEW SEASONS CHURCH IS JUST ONE OF MANY THAT HELPS FEED AMERICA

 
By Janis Mork
 
August 14, 2012 (Spring Valley)- ECM recently visited a food distribution center at New Seasons church in Spring Valley that partners with Feeding America. Angela Kretschmar, who is in charge of the event at this distribution site, said that they have a food distribution center here because “this a home church that supports nonprofit.” Even Liz Landa from Feeding America came out to support this event.

SAY "YES" TO THE DRESS: THE PILLOWCASE DRESS

By Rebecca J. Williamson

August 13, 2012 (Santee) -- Around the world and here in East County, people are saying “yes” to the dress---a pillowcase dress. Sashay, spin, or strut in it! This dress is made out of a pillowcase (new or gently used).

Sewing the dresses is part of the “Church Ladies Projects” at the Santee United Methodist Church. These dresses are made for a variety of areas in the world to provide a quick and yet “funky cool” piece of clothing to the needy. Haiti is the destination for this particular project.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY MODELS FOR 35TH ANNUAL HAUTE WITH HEART FASHION SHOW

 

Several San Diego icons strut the catwalk for charity on August 18, 2012

 

August 11, 2012 (San Diego) --  St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) announced the lineup of celebrity models for its 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show today. On August 18, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego icons including local news anchors, radio DJ’s and even a World Series winning baseball player will strut their stuff in the 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show.  All proceeds from the fashion show, themed Let the Sunshine In, will benefit SMSC’s programs for nearly 400 adults with developmental disabilities.

LA MESA RESIDENT NAMED HONORED HERO FOR LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK

 
Brianna Henritze aims to raise funds, attract walkers for November 2 event at Petco Park 
 
August 2, 2012  (La Mesa) -- Thirty-five-year-old La Mesa resident Brianna Henritze was named an Honored Hero for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night® Walk on Friday, November 2 at Petco Park.
 
 
 
Brianna on the right with best friend of 22 years, Sheila Seideman.

EVENT TO BENEFIT RETIRING OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM AUGUST 10

July 28, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum, injured during a shooting last August on Prince Street will be medically retiring from those injuries.  He and his family will be moving out of San Diego.  The El Cajon Police Officer’s Association and the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812 will be hosting a benefit for Jarred and his family at the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812, 1400 East Washington Ave., El Cajon on August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

ASSEMBLYMAN NATHAN FLETCHER, POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS

 
 
July 28, 2012 (San Diego)-- California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego Police Officers Association will hold a fundraiser to help those affected by the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting at a special screening of The Dark Knight Rises this Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.
 
Movie ticket proceeds will go to victims and their families to pay for hospital stays, rehabilitation costs and miscellaneous expenses. Proceeds will go directly to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, created by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper through the Community First Foundation.  Nathan Fletcher is an Assemblyman representing San Diego, where the shooter was from. 
 
This event is open to the public. Tickets will be available for a $25 at the door. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Event invitation here.   The location is  UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100, San Diego, CA 92108.  For more information visit www.nathanfletcher.com/colorado.

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