Inspiring Stories from San Diego's Eastern Region
July 18, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy held a Volunteer Appreciation Party on July 14 to thank all the volunteers who have given many hours of support over the years. The 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Awards were distributed at the party. The winners are:
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Women are involved in many aspects of the comics industry. At Comic-Con, ECM interviewed two women, Anina Bennet and Susie Cagle, who have left some power-packed marks in their own industry niches.
Bennett is the author, with her husband Paul Guinan, of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel
, and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Comic book authors and artists from East County and across our region were among the throngs seeking to meet fans, sell their works, and attend the esteemed Iesner Awards.
Open House Highlights the Role of LGBT People of Faith
July 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- To draw attention to the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith around the country, Kensington Community Church in San Diego will host an exhibit of liturgical stoles called “The Shower of Stoles” at a community-wide open house on July 22nd. The national project represents more than 1,000 clergy members of more than 30 religious denominations on three continents, including many who have been excluded from serving in their church because of their sexual orientation.
July 12, 2012 (San Diego) -– A New PATH, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness, has received a grant from the Alliance Healthcare Foundation for $63,158 for core support of their mission and projects. Through education and advocacy, PATH promotes therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies.
By Miriam Raftery
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – “It’s a great way to give a local business a shot in the arm,” said Susan Barron, who organized a “cash mob” yesterday to aid her friend, Peggy Harris, owner of the Glamour Girlz Boutique at 124 East Main Street. “July has been a really tough month for her and this was a winner.”
The event was a "cashing" success—with more than 60 shoppers marching into the shop on Main Street to collectively spend over $2,000.
Lake Murray Playground Project community-build July 14
July 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Half Marathon, a one-of-a kind race and fundraising event with 100 percent of its net proceeds benefiting local charities, today proudly announced that $100,000 is being donated to local San Diego-area charities from its hugely successful inaugural race last March. San Diego-area charity partners from the 2012 race include Lake Murray Playground Project, San Diego Police Department Communications Division Kitchen/Break room Renovation, Toys for Joy, Robb Field and Hickman Field.
July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Brew Ha HA comedians will host two live comedy events aimed at raising money to help a new radio station get on the air in East County. KNSJ Radio, FM 89.1, has been approved for an FM license to broadcast from Descanso and also streaming live broadcasts online. The network will focus on social justice issues while also providing an on-air forum to showcase community news, highlight local musicians’ works, and air local emergency alerts.
“She had an attitude of gratitude,” La Mesa resident Ethel Rudolph says of her mother, Titanic survivor Anna Sofia Turja
By Ellinoa Blake
July 1, 2012 (La Mesa)--In the heart of La Mesa lives a hidden historical gem: Ethel Rudolph, whose mother, Anna Sofia Turja survived the Titanic tragedy. In her cozy home, Ethel sat down with East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery and I to share her mother’s moving tale.
In honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking after striking an iceberg, Rudolph recently visited Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum, which runs through September 9.
She reflected, “It brought back a lot of nostalgia, things Mother had said.”
Scroll down to read her dramatic story, including a video interview describing an eyewitness account of one of history's greatest tragedies.
June 30, 2012 (Lakeside) – Tumbleweed Riding Club will be having a Used Tack Sale on July 7 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Club, 13315 Willow Road, Lakeside. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. for sellers to set up.
The cost is $5 per seller and is free to buyers. Sellers must bring their own tables, chairs, racks, tarps, etc.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
June 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--While advisors prepared sign-up sheets to volunteer at a Father Joe’s facility in the back; a room full of teens at the El Cajon Branch Library were learning how to become a “Key” to the future. A key to home, school, the community, and the future via serving their communities as members of the Kiwanis’ Key Clubs.
June 25, 2012 – (Kearny Mesa) Several independent small business owners from East County and surrounding areas are proud to host the first annual, “Pathways to Wellness & Beauty”- Networking & Educational Faire on Saturday, June 30 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event is an Open House, however, eager students should arrive early to engage in the full schedule of speakers.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
June 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- East County’s Shadow Mountain Community Church hosted Tim Tebow New York Jet’s backup quarterback, to speak at a Fathers’ Day service held last weekend at Qualcomm Stadium.
ESPN, NFL TV and other media were in attendance. So were fans Jose Luis Duenas and his wife, Carmalina, who came to see Tebow because “he is a good example for boys.”
Open House set for July 1
By Sierra Robinson
June 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --Nestled in the mountains of Descanso within Cleveland National Forest, Camp Oliver offers all children an outdoor experience and has been in operation since 1949, when Lawrence and Mary Oliver donated a portion of their ranch along the Sweetwater River to the Sisters of Social Service.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
June 15, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Buying a round of golf for dear old dad at Carlton Oaks Golf Course for Father’s Day is not an option for many in the East County. Not even buying a tie, cologne, or brunch at Barona or Viejas casinos.
The stark reality for many, young and old alike, is that their father has already passed away. What remains are memories, photos, belongings, and a graveside.
June 10, 2012 (Valley Center) -- Bates Nut Farm hosts the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life of Valley Center” from 9:00 am June 16 – 9:00 am June 17. This overnight relay-style event raises funds to help the American Cancer society save lives. Over 15 teams have already been formed, and the members from each team will take turns walking the course over the 24 hour period. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities throughout the event, and the family-friendly environment provides a sense of community.
June 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Housing Federation Board of Directors has selected Richard Lawrence as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Federation’s Ruby Awards…There’s No Place Like Home event Thursday, June 14.
June 9, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A benefit concert for The Mighty Joe Longa will be held at the Spring Valley Moose Lodge, 9062 Memory Lane, Spring Valley on June 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The entertainment will include the Robin Henkel Band with Billy Watson, Modern Rhythym, Tomcat Courtney, Joey Harris and Mental Farmers, Black Market III and Mojo Nixon. The master of ceremonies will be Jim McInnes.
June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Sister and brother team, Danamarie, 17 and Collin McNicholl-Carter, 14 from La Mesa have been bringing awareness to the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation (SDASF) by recruiting their friends to walk in the 3rd annual “Stroll and Roll” events since 2010. Over 250 people attended this year’s event on May 20, 2012 to walk and/or roll in wheelchairs to raise money to send children to SDASF Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp on Mission Bay.
June 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary is having a Gigantic Garage Sale Fundraiser on June 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 6210 Lake Shore Drive, La Mesa. Items being sold include electronics, household items, tools, fabric, décor, high fashion clothing, plants and much more. The premium items will be in a “boutique corner”.
June 8, 2012 (San Diego)–Rob Shields, a partner at the San Diego law firm of Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, and his wife Cheryl, have been awarded the 10News Leadership Award for organizing “A Night to Remember,” a prom for students with special needs who reside in San Diego County.
June 2, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Efforts by a local group to keep Palomar Mountain State Park open were given a shot in the arm with a $20,000 grant from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF), the San Francisco based charitable organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks.
By Mia Myklebust
“Stop the drones.” – Mossaret Qadeem, Amn-o-nisa implores
May 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Dressed in brightly colored robes and hijabs, the women of Amn-o-nisa make a powerful statement with their presence alone. These 11 Pakistani women have come to the United States for the second time to spread their message of peace and international cooperation.
The name Amn-o-nisa translates to “women for peace,” which is the message the group hoped to spread on their visit to the U.S. The group visited Washington D.C., San Diego and Los Angeles and met with political figures including Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein.
May 30, 2012 (Palomar) -- It's official! Palomar Mountain State Park, which was slated for complete and permanent closure this July, will be permitted to stay open for the next three years as long as local citizens are willing to cover the deficit between the park's income and expenses. Palomar was one of 70 parks destined for shuttering due to state financial woes.
May 25, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Crisis House will present East County Homeless Connect, at Christ Church Unity, 311 Highland Avenue, El Cajon from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday May 30. The event will be featuring more than 20 providers of homeless services to East County homeless individuals and families.
May 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Jamul resident Heather Berner is among those to be honored by Sharp HealthCare Foundation’s 2012 Victories of Spirit event. The event, which honors extraordinary individuals and community organizations for their inspirational achievements and contributions to others, will be held on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
May 18, 2012 (Lakeside) – The 3rd annual Lakeside Relay for Life will be held June 9-10. This is a 24 hour, free family fun event open to the public to raise funds and awareness for The American Cancer Society while having a great time together.
Teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event, which represents the reality that cancer never sleeps and neither do we. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community.
by Diane Slagle
May 18, 2012 (Santee)--In the heart of Santee, on a small corner of land, some inspiring things are happening — week after week, the whole year ‘round:
May 18,2012 (La Mesa ) -- What is bullying? Why does it happen? Has it happened to you? What can be done about it? Who can help – and how? These are the questions the young people of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) have been brainstorming on Sunday mornings, questions which sprang from class assignments, observation, personal encounter and the recognition that different school districts approach the problem differently – some aggressively, some only in response to specific incidents.
May 15, 2012 (La Mesa) --The Regal Bar in the downtown La Mesa Village is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm to help raise funds for the La Mesa Centennial Flag Day Parade 2012 – "A Salute to Old Glory". Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets and food from area restaurants.