February 9, 2015 (San Diego’s Esat County)--On Friday, March 6, 2015 the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold one of their most grand traditions, the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 13-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and is an outstanding mentoring program for young women. The pageants are sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and focus on community service, networking, public speaking and interview skills. There is no swimsuit competition!
February 8, 2015 (Ramona) – Nearly 80 riders on horseback hit the trail Saturday in Ramona to help pay medical bills for Lynn Fuller, a Poway resident who suffered burns over more than 75% of her body.
February 1, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego County’s older adults have new opportunities to stretch, lift weights and help maintain an active lifestyle as the County’s popular Feeling Fit Club expands with three new locations—including two in East County.
January 12, 2015 (Ramona) – Efforts are ramping up to build a skatepark in Ramona.
Ramona Skatepark Champions is a new organization seeking nonprofit status. Its members include residents, parents and local businesses. Their goal is a raise money for construction of a 16,500 square foot Ramona Skatepark on Main Street behind the Ramona Library.
Photo, right: Chance with Lila and Zack Tater before he went missing
January 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--When the Tatar family came home in 2006 to find their dog had been apparently stolen from his outdoor kennel, they posted fliers around their El Cajon neighborhood and checked the local shelters. But there was no trace of their then 4-year-old boxer, Chance.
January 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--Spencer McCall, a senior at Helix Charter High School and son of Drs. Michael and Madhavi McCall of La Mesa, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.
January 1, 2015 (El Cajon)—On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, El Cajon Police officers stopped 10 people—but instead of giving them tickets, they handed them cash—thanks to two anonymous donors who gave the police money to help people in the community—and improve the way the community views law enforcement.
December 28, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency has teamed up with the San Diego Chargers for their annual “Join the Team” Chargers calendar to raise awareness for children waiting to be adopted. The collaboration has proven to be a winning team, year after year.
December 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Neighborhood Market Association held its sixth Annual NMA Toy Drive for disadvantaged youth around San Diego on Sunday at the Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon, raising over 7,000 toys that were given out to thousands of children throughout the community.
December 16, 2014 (Alpine)--One of the biggest annual holiday toys drives in San Diego County just set a new record. The 2014 Viejas Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army exceeded its goal …raising a total of 14,702 toys.
December 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - During the holiday season, members of the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) work hard to make sure seniors who live alone feel extra special. Throughout the month of December, Senior Volunteer Patrol members will be delivering gift baskets or hot meals to seniors enrolled in the Sheriff's You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.
December 9, 2014 (La Mesa)- The Brighter Side is a boutique that offers services and products to women with breast cancer who are in recovery. Founded in Solana Beach in 1997, The Brighter Side opened its La Mesa store a year ago.
December 2, 2014 (Chula Vista)--Detectives from the Chula Vista Police Department Crimes of Violence unit are raising donations from fellow officers and Department employees to provide the children of a murder victim some holiday gifts. Leonor Castillo was murdered by her ex-husband (the children's father) when he ran her over in a jealous rage on Friday November 28th on Elm Ave in Chula Vista. The suspect turned himself in at the Mexico border last night and was booked into County Jail on charges of Homicide.
November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East Coujnty)--Many are wondering how to best respond to the cries for justice coming from communities across the country in the wake of the situation in Ferguson.
The San Diego Partnership of Churches is asking people in San Diego County to “prayerfully consider making this Black Friday a day of prayer and of participation in the nationwide boycott encouraging shoppers to not to spend one dime on Black Friday,” says Mary Domb Mikkelson with United Church of Christ in La Mesa. “This is a form of nonviolent protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Organizers plan a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, San Diego, CA 92108, (http://www.missionhillsucc.org/).
November 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The El Capitan Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter announces that two of our alumni competed at the National FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky this past month.
November 17, 2014 (Santee)--The Santee Kiwanis hosted a "Road Side Pride" event in conjunction with the West Hills High School Key Club. The high school kids were out at 9:00 a.m. on Woodside Avenue on the Santee/Lakeside borderline cleaning up trash on Saturday, November 15th.
November 15, 2014 (El Cajon)--You can help a family in need during the holidays. On Tuesday, November 25, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Salvation Army in El Cajon will hold a special “drive-thru food drive” at their offices located at 1011 East Main, El Cajon. The Salvation Army Drive Through Thanksgiving Food Drive rallies the San Diego East County community to contribute Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. To participate, drive to The Salvation Army El Cajon Corps to donate a frozen turkey, and/or any of the fixings, or make a cash donation.
November 12, 2014 (El Cajon) – The RnB Lounge at El Cajon Grand, 351 West Main Street, El Cajon, bills itself as a “party celebrating love.” DJ Jam and DJ Artistic invite you out to The Grand in El Cajon every Wednesday night to party for a purpose. Each week you are invited to dance and enjoy live R&B, Sexy Hip Hop, Reggae and Spoken Word performances.
November 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- If you missed our "Party with the Press" benefit event, it was a great event! We filled the Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar with our supporters. A good time was had by all -- and it was all for a great cause: supporting our community journalism and wildfire alerts.
We savored a wonderful feast, thanks to Tiramisu Trattoria restaurantand our own East County Eater, who judged the winning culinary entries provided by our readers. Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar served up tastes of some wonderful wines and beers. We gave away a pile of prizes, played our East County Trivia Quiz, sipped and savored our way through a delightful evening. We also thank SDG&E for its sponsorship of this event and for providing safety and energy saving tips for our guests.
November 2, 2014 (El Cajon)- The Water Conservation Garden hosted its 1st annual enchanted garden gala on October 18, a fundraising event to help the Garden’s award winning Ms. Smarty-Plants programs and provide seed money for a children’s garden with free play spaces and exploration-based exhibits to help kids learn more about global water cycles, watersheds and water conservation, and animal adaptations. The Garden hoped to raise $100,000 at the event.
October 11, 2014 (San Diego)--The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Humane as “being marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals”. This is a good description of Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, The Escondido Humane Society, and co-host of The Animal House. Giving back to society and helping animals in need has been Dr. Gary Weitzman stated mission in life.
October 9, 2014 (Descanso) – A “Trail Challenges” clinic will be held November 29th at Descanso Feed and Hay to benefit Garry and Ann McClintock. Garry, a famed saddlemaker in Descanso, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.
October 9, 2014 (San Diego's East County) Jerry Fazio, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego, sat down for an interview with East County Magazine Show host Miriam Raftery. In the interview, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM on Wednesday, he shared stories and insights from his 35 years with the nonprofit organization, as well as tips for successful nonprofit fundraising before his retirement on October 24.
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Only 10,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, and Dr. Laurie Marker aims to save the species
By Mimi Pollack
September 24, 2014 (Ramona) – Kumbali looked at us with soulful amber eyes. Those present were struck by the magnificence of this cheetah--the star attraction at a benefit event for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The event took place last weekend in the Ramona home of well-known wildlife photographer Roy Toft and his wife, Robin.