November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Get ready for the Holidays with the La Maestra Foundation.
Now through Christmas, Noble fir trees and Paul Ecke poinsettias are available for pickup in El Cajon and City Heights to benefit the La Maestra Foundation. To order, click here and view hours here. They also offer an inspiration gift for under the tree, available here. The Soul Speaks is the first book from La Maestra Publications celebrating the triumph of the human spirit.
Ex-inmate and author of I Was...I Am is now an advocate for the formerly incarcerated
By Dennis Moore
November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Author Allison "Tammy" Moore will bring her message of hope and redemption to San Diego during the Christmas season, speaking at an Urban League reception as well as to women prisoners at Las Colinas and a church prison ministry group.
November 25, 2010 (Washington D.C.) –The First Family carried out a tradition of community service by volunteering at Martha’s Table, a food pantry, the day before Thanksgiving. Earlier, President Barack Obama was joined by his daughters as he carried out another tradition, the “pardoning” of two turkeys at the White House. There, he reflected on the meaning of Thanksgiving and delivered this message on the importance of taking time during the holiday season to give back to our communities:
November 25, 2010 (Sacramento) -- After hearing that a Salvation Army in Compton was overwhelmed with 140 more requests from needy families for turkeys than it could fill, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took action. He called the center and wrote a check for 240 turkeys, "to make sure you don't run out," the Los Angeles Times reported.
In his weekly California Report, the Governor recalled his immigrant roots, expressed gratitude for his success in America, and urged all Californias to give back to people in need. Here are his remarks:
By Miriam Raftery
November 22, 2010 (Alpine) – “Although we are a long way from having all the funding, it looks as though Liberty will be able to call Lions, Tigers and Bears her permanent home,” founder Bobbi Brink wrote in an e-mail to supporters. Liberty is a black bear cub that was rescued and brought to the rescue facility in Alpine on July 4th. “Her new three-acre habitat will be located adjacent to the lion habitat, and will feature an animal and people friendly design.
Construction is now underway on the facility, which is being set up to accommodate up to three more rescue bears, "so Liberty can have a friend,” Brinks said.
November 20, 2010 (San Diego) – Yesterday, Caltrans District 11 hosted a blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank, capturing 42 pints to help members of the Lakeside Saddletramps motorcycle club who were injured in a November 13 crash in Ocotillo that also killed four club members.
Story and photo provided by Heartland Fire
November 19, 2010 (La Mesa)--On October 2, 2010, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Richard Morse, 59, of La Mesa collapsed outside the beer garden at the annual La Mesa Oktoberfest. An off-duty Pasadena firefighter and a Scripps Hospital nurse witnessed Morse collapse and determined that he went into cardiac arrest and began CPR. Two La Mesa Firefighters, Captain Todd Feneis and Captain Steve Pullen were working EMS Bike Patrol and responded to the incident.
Information courtesy of Alpine Community News Network
November 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A memorial/celebration of life and fundraiser will be held this Sunday, November 21st at 2 p.m. for members of the Saddletramps motorcycle club in Lakeside who lost their lives Nov. 13th in a tragic accident in Ocotillo.
The event will be held at the Renegade Bar, 14335 Olde Highway 80, in El Cajon to honor the memories of Amy and Lance Heath, Bill Miller, and Tonya Trayer. Numerous other fundraisers are also planned.
Funds to help families, blood drive, and card collection planned
By Miriam Raftery
November 18, 2010 (Lakeside) – Two funds have been established to help the families of four members of the Saddletramps motorcycle club in Lakeside who lost their lives in a tragic accident November 13th. Community members have also rallied to organize a blood drive and collect sympathy cards.
“These families include one who lost both a mom and dad, leaving behind two young sons. The families are in need of aid to help with funeral costs as well as money for food, utilities and the basics of life,” a press release from the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce states.
November 11, 2010 (El Cajon) – Rescue Task Force, a nonprofit organization founded in El Cajon, and World Emergency Relief of Carlsbad are sending relief to victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. More donations are sought as the death toll rises. More than 724 people have died since the outbreak began in October, and more than 11,000 have been infected. A thousand new cases a week are being reported, according to BBC news.
By Bill Pogue
November 5, 2010 (Lemon Grove) --On October 29, Mt. Miguel’s winning football team (7 and 1 this season) tackled a new task—giving out 41,000 pounds of food to hungry people at the Lemon Grove. Lutheran Church The players, including Pastor Ula Tausaga’s son Smith, were some 50 strong and strode in as a vigorous phalanx, clad in red "Matador" jerseys. The team distributed food as the line of recipients moved past, offering encouraging words and flashing winning smiles.
November 4, 2010 (Lakeside) – A crowd of 240 people turned out for the Lakeside River Park Conservancy’s “Once in a Blue Moon” fundraiser, held beneath a canopy of twinkle lights along the San Diego River in Lakeside.
“It was a great success and always a lot of fun,” said Cindy Collins, membership and volunteer coordinator. The event raised about $12,000, she added. Lakeside's River Park Conservancy was founded in 2001 with the mission to preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River while integrating recreational, education, and cultural opportunities for youth, seniors, and families East San Diego County.
IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN EAST COUNTY TO HOLD PRAYER GATHERING TONIGHT IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE KILLED BY AL QAEDA IN NOV. 1 ATTACK DURING MASS SERVICE IN IRAQ
November 3, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – East County’s Iraqi Christians will hold a prayer gathering tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Prescott Promenade at 201 East Main Street, El Cajon.
A crowd of 500 or more is expected to attend the gathering, which is held in remembrance of Iraqi Christians massacred November 1st in an Al Qaeda attack on a Catholic church in Iraq.
October 30, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Twenty family members and friends participated in the LightBridge Foundation Second Annual Remembrance Walk in memory of their recently departed patriarch, Juan Salas, most recently of El Cajon. He was active member in the Chamorro (Guamanian) community in San Diego and served as President of the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club ifor two terms.
Halloween event includes prizes for runners with best costumes
October 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Up to 3,000 participants are expected to take part in a 5K “Mud Run” on October 31st. The charity fundraiser takes off at Skyline Church, 11330 in La Mesa, raising money to benefit children’s programs with Sonshinehaven.org, programs offered by Skyline Sports, and Rescue Task Force, a world relief organization.
The Mud Run’s challenging course includes hills, obstacles, 4-foot walls with mud, tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, and “oodles of mud pits,” according to event organizers. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes based on creativity and originality. Costumes should be family friendly--and remember, you WILL get dirty!
San Diego American Association of Zookeepers Teams up with Lions, Tigers & Bears to show guests a wild time
By Tanya Huang
Photos by Arash Malekahmadi
October 19, 2010 (Alpine)--Roaming around the perimeter of Tiger Trails, Bakari watched the arrival of new faces through his piercing yellow eyes and welcomed visitors to the Lions, Tigers and Bears ranch in Alpine for a day of exotic escapades. It was a warm, sunny afternoon on Oct. 16 and the African lions, Bakari, Jillian and Suri lounged on the grass, enjoying the refreshing, cool water from their pool as guests sipped champagne, observing the cats in awe.
National mens’ and boys’ hair care chain teams up with VFW Operation Uplink™ to make calls home possible for U .S. service members overseas
East County News Service
(October 13, 2010) – Beginning Sunday, October 17, Sport Clips in The Marketplace at Santee and in La Jolla will join the franchise’s over 700 stores across the country to kick off their annual “Help A Hero” fundraising campaign. The effort supports the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink™. Now in its fourth year, Operation Uplink offers free call days for deployed and hospitalized American service members. Sport Clips hopes to raise $300,000.
October 15, 2010 (Santee) – The Santee Chamber of Commerce sent in a request for help for the family of Ryan O’Dell, an eight-year-old student at Rio Seco School in Santee who was diagnosed in August with a malignant brain tumor. He has already had two brain surgeries and his family also has a disabled five-year-old child who requires full-time care.
Dogs and their trainers saved lives during 911, hurricanes, and other disasters
East County News Service
October 13, 2010 (El Cajon)--At yesterday’s City Council meeting, October 12th, Mayor Mark Lewis and the City Council paid posthumous recognition to two canines, both former members of the El Cajon Fire Department’s Search & Rescue canine team, Billy and Icon.
October 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- The Jarrett Meeker Foundation invites the public to its 23rd anniversary "Trek on the Wild Side" fundraising event on Saturday, October 23 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center. The event, which costs $75, includes a guided nature walk, wine and cheese reception, barbecue dinner, live and silent auction, star gazing, and guest speaker Dr. Patrick Abbott, professor emeritus of geology at San Diego StateUniversity, discussing earthquakes and their effects here in San Diego.
GOLF TOURNAMENT TEES OFF TO HELP SIERRA BILLOCK, FORMER MISS SANTEE, PURSUE MISS CALIFORNIA USA CROWN
October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon is hosting a tournament fundraiser for Sierra Billock to support her in her mission to become Miss California USA 2011. The tournament will be held on Sunday October 24, 2010 with a 12 p.m. shotgun start.
October 6, 2010 (Alpine) – The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers invites you to Exotic Escapes, a fundraising event to benefit advancements in animal care as well as Lions, Tigers & Bears.
Hosted by Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine on October 16 from 1-5 p.m., this unique event will feature animal presentations from the San Diego Zoo, flamenco dancers and other live entertainment. Also savor wine tasting from local vineyards, samplings of fine cuisine, plus a live and silent auction and drawings. You can even win a chance to feed a lion or a tiger!
October 1, 2010 (Sacramento) Governor Schwarzenegger has signed AB 1775 to designate January 30 of each year as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, in recognition of the Japanese American veteran's life-long fight to preserve civil liberties and constitutional rights. The measure was co-authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove.)
“As a trailblazer of civil rights who stood against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Fred Korematsu’s legacy reminds us that we must use this dark period in our history as a teaching tool to educate future generations on the importance of preserving civil liberties for everyone," Block said.
September 27, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Fire station tours, fire safety demonstrations, and a children’s fun activity dinner are among the activities planned for this year’s Fire Safety Community Fair and open house. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th at the San Miguel Fire Station #22, 11501 Via Rancho San Diego in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.
This "hot"event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the San Miguel Regional Firesafe Council, Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, and community partners including East County Magazine and the Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.
Congressional debate to follow Stop Powerlink events
September 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – A rally for San Diegans who oppose the Sunrise Powerlink will be held Saturday, September 25th in Lakeside. The rally will be held at Lindo Lake Park (by the pavilions near the playground) at 10 a.m., followed by a march through Main Street in downtown Lakeside.
September 19, 2010 (San Diego) -- A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) of Spring Valley will present the sixth annual “Strut for Sobriety!” luncheon, “Path to Recovery” awards ceremony and fashion show on Saturday September 25, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
By Miriam Raftery
“I hope this will spread across America.” - Congressman Bob Filner at a pre-dawn rally, where he announced that Union Bank called off plans to have the Sheriff issue a foreclosure notice today to evict a woman and her child with cancer
“We can join together and fight these banks.” – Ray Lutz, 52nd Congressional district candidate
September 14, 2010 (Bonita) – “Thank you, thank you!” Luz Maria Villanueva’s voice was choked with emotion at a rally on her front lawn organized by Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego). Nearly 100 people turned out at 5:30 a.m. for a candlelight vigil to protest Union Bank’s announced plan to have the Sheriff’s department take Villanueva’s Bonita home. She has pleaded for a reprieve at least until her son, who is legally blind and has cancer, completes chemotherapy treatments.
September 12, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Live music, gourmet barbecue, an auction and dancing under the stars are among the attractions at “The Branding,” the Old West-themed fundraiser to benefit the East County Family YMCA. Over the past 17 years, the Branding has raised over $1.4 million to support youth programs and services.
East County News Service
September 8, 2010 (La Mesa) – Mayor Art Madrid, members of the La Mesa City Council and staff held a ribbon cutting at the Challenge Center yesterday to celebrate completion of a new shade trellis at the facility, which specializes in rehabilitative therapies for people with severe disabilities including brain and spinal cord injuries.
August 30, 2010 (La Mesa)--Norm MacDonald, star of movies and Saturday Night Live (SNL), will take the stage at Challenge Center’s 13th Annual Comedy Night on September 11 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event benefits the scholarship fund established by Challenge Center, a nonprofit gym in La Mesa that has achieved dramatic results helping patients with strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as other debilitating conditions. Tickets for the event are $175.