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“VICTORIES OF SPIRIT” EVENT JUNE 1 HIGHLIGHTS STORIES OF RESILIENCE, COURAGE AND STRENGTH

 
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.

 

3RD ANNUAL LAKESIDE RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 JUNE 9-10

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.

SOMETHING COOL’S GOIN’ ON — IN A LITTLE CORNER OF SANTEE

 

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: 

 

RISING ABOVE BULLYING...AN INTERACTIVE FORUM HOSTED BY UCCLM YOUTH MAY 27

 
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.

 

FUNDRAISER WEDNESDAY TO SUPPORT LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL FLAG DAY PARADE MAY 16

 
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.

SDG&E DONATES TO SUPPORT PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

 
May 14, 2012 (Palomar)--Rick Barclay, Chairman of Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, is pleased to announce a $20,000 pledge from SDG&E that will help keep the park open and expand its educational programs for visitors and underserved communities. Palomar is one of 70 state parks slated for permanent closure due to recent budget cutbacks. Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park is the non-profit association working to close the gap between the park's revenue and operating expenses through community donations in order to keep the park open.

EASTBOUND BAR & GRILL HOSTS RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER MAY 2O IN LAKESIDE

 

May 12, 2012 (Lakeside) -- The Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside, located at 10053 Maine Ave invites the public to a fundraiser Sunday, May 20 from 4-10 p.m. to raise money for Relay for Life of Lakeside, an American Cancer Society program that helps patients and families cope with a  cancer diagnosis.

PATRIOTIC BANNERS TO HONOR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN FROM ESCONDIDO, SPONSORS SOUGHT

 
May 9, 2012 (Escondido) -- Sponsors are being sought for patriotic banners honoring men and women from Escondido that have served in our Armed Forces. Up to one hundred, eight-foot-tall banners will be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Escondido by the middle of June through Independence Day, each one honoring a specific Escondido service person. Each banner will include a photo of the honored serviceman or women, his or her name, and the branch and era of service. 

 

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

May 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – The committee for La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade is raising funds for this year’s annual parade on June 2.  Its financial goal is $15,000 which will be used to offset operational expenses, including transportation costs for school marching bands, public address equipment and traffic control set up.

There are different levels of sponsorship available and all donors will receive a support poster for display.  A sponsorship form, including information on the different levels is available at Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits Form.

7TH ANNUAL DUNCAN L. HUNTER WOUNDED MARINE GOLF CLASSIC MAY 7

May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 7th Annual Duncan L. Hunter Wounded Marine Golf Classic is May 7 at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Road, El Cajon.  The tournament benefits wounded Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel.  The Armed Services YMCA is the host sponsor.  Cottonwood Golf Club is donating the course, personnel and equipment for the event.

ROAST AND TOAST OF SAM DIEGO MAY 19 TO HELP A CHILD IN NEED

May 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Fresh Start Surgical Gifts will be hosting a charity Roast and Toast Sam Diego on May 19 at The Tango Del Rey Palace, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego.  The event, which benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and a bone marrow registry drive for “Smiley” Ricky Martinez, will include live musical performances by Spanish guitar maestro David Maldonado, Lenny Morris, Gabriel Valentin and Ben Verela, a dance show, comedy by Brew Ha Ha Entertainment, Chinese raffles and the Roast.

Sam Diego, an East County resident, is well known for his support of numerous community and charitable causes in East County. 

HELPING HANDS IN SANTEE

By Troy Hartpence
April 30, 2012 (Santee) -- Swarming like bees all over an area of the San Diego River Trail in Santee, close to 400 local members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined together on Saturday, April 28 to participate in the annual “Mormon Helping Hands” day of service. Volunteers of all ages performed duties such as trail maintenance, fencing installation, concrete breakdown, weed abatement, painting, laying down mulch, litter removal, water primrose and tamarisk removal and overall beautification tasks of the area.

SAN DIEGO RIVER TRAIL CLEAN-UP BEAUTIFICATION & RESTORATION PROJECT IN SANTEE APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (Santee) – On April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. an estimated 250 volunteers will clean-up, beautify and restore the area of the San Diego River Trail in Santee.  Volunteers will meet at the northeast pavilion in the Walmart parking lot, 170 Town Center Parkway.

The event is sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands with the City of Santee, the San Diego River Park Foundation, Santee Kiwanis and Santee-Lakeside Rotary Clubs joining in the community effort.

PROGRAM LAUNCHES TO HELP NEW, AT-RISK SAN DIEGO MOMS

April 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- With just one click, hundreds of at-risk, new San Diego moms will be supported this Mother’s Day. Each year, nearly 500,000 women living in poverty give birth to their first child. This Mother’s Day, the public can make an impact in the lives of vulnerable new moms by simply spending a moment online.   The Boppy Company and Nurse-Family Partnership on April 19 launched a Mother’s Day Support Program where the public can help local moms’ in-need by simply visiting www.Boppy.com and clicking on a special “Give Your Support” icon.

FUNDRAISER APRIL 25 IN SANTEE FOR INJURED BICYCLIST GRANT FISHER

April 22, 2012 (Santee) -- Join family and friends of Grant Fisher on April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Joe’s Old Fashion BBQ, 205 Town Center Parkway, Santee to help raise funds for his financial recovery. 

Fisher, a San Diego County Credit Union employee, has spent most of this year confined to a hospital bed recovering after he was run over by an elderly driver in the bike lane of Sorrento Valley Boulevard during a lunchtime bike ride.

100 YEARS YOUNG: LA MESAN FRANK READ RECALLS A BYGONE ERA AS HE SHARES CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Frank Read, former proprietor of Read Pharmacy, celebrated his 100th birthday in November 2011—shortly before the city of La Mesa ushered in its centennial year in 2012. 

In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, he shared boyhood memories of our region—and recollections of his many adventures along the roads he’s traveled in his extended life.

STRIKE! BOWLING FOR CHARITY MAY 11

April 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Bowling Tournament on May 11, 6:00 p.m. at Parkway Bowl, 1280 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.  All funds raised will benefit the programs of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation which includes the Lexington Ave. Peace Patrol, support for local foster families, literacy and nutrition programs locally and abroad, bringing clean water to a village in Kenya and more.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY STUDENTS WALK TO END GENOCIDE APRIL 22

In collaboration with Jewish World Watch, San Diego Jewish Academy will hold a Walk to End Genocide, which is being organized by a group of ninth and tenth grade students. The walk is being held to raise awareness about the mass atrocities occurring in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

SPIN THE WHEEL APRIL 21 AT CASINO NIGHT 2012

April 16, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- The San Miguel Knights of Columbus, Soroptomist International and Kiwanis Club of Lemon Grove are hosting Casino Night 2012 on April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Knights of Columbus Hall, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove.  The evening will include bingo, black jack, craps, roulette, silent auctions and raffles.  Food and drink will also be available.

STRONG EAST COUNTY PLACEMENT IN SAN DIEGO CITIES PAGEANT

Santee Teen receives Miss Teen San Diego Cities Honor 

April 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, April 15, 2012 Kayla Ross of Rancho Bernardo was crowned Miss San Diego Cities 2012 while Savannah Keener of Santee was crowned Miss Teen San Diego Cities 2012. Young women from across San Diego County had entered the pageants in hopes of becoming the new city ambassadors.  The contestants were scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, physical fitness and beauty, evening gown and an on stage impromptu question. 

AAUW HOSTS CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL SLAVERY OF LOCAL CHILDREN APRIL 28

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Sexual Slavery - trafficking of 12 year olds .- Cambodia - Thailand?  NO!  This travesty is taking place in San Diego - El Cajon  - Lemon Grove! CNN estimates that from 100,000 to 300,000 children are being prostituted on the streets of the US. It is the girl next door we are talking about. We realize it won't stop until responsible citizens become educated on how to recognize it and what must be done to stop it.  

 

SYMPOSIUM FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN APRIL 21

 

County and Other Partners Sharing Resources and Supportive Connections
 
April 15, 2012  (San Diego County) -- More than 24,000 grandparents in San Diego County have primary responsibility for meeting their grandchildren’s daily needs. As surrogate parents, they must re-learn and navigate a complex network of health, educational, and social services, often without much help.

 

STOLEN INNOCENCE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

"Imagine yourself, 8-years-old, stripped naked, on the ground, on the bathroom floor, chained, crying for your mommy." 

– Angela, Survivor
 
Story and photos by Ron Logan
 
April 9, 2012 (San Diego) – If you believe that human trafficking is not a problem in San Diego County – you would be wrong. Very wrong. Human trafficking is happening right now, across our region, even as you read this. And it is happening on our front porch.

MCDONALD’S PARTNERING WITH SDPOA TO HONOR JEREMY HENWOOD APRIL 11

Fundraiser to Support SDPOA Widows and Orphans Fund

April 9, 2012 (San Diego) – After the tragic shooting and death of SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood, it was discovered that his last stop was the McDonald’s located at 3879 Fairmont Ave., where he bought cookies for a young boy.  In honor of the life of Officer Henwood, the SDPOA is partnering with Phil Palumbo, the owner and operator of that McDonald’s to raise funds for the SDPOA Widows and Orphans Fund.  A portion of the proceeds from purchases made between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on April 11 will benefit the fund. 

PROJECT WILDLIFE HOSTS WILDLIFE BABY SHOWER APRIL 14

 
April 8, 2012 (San Diego) -- Each Spring and Summer when local wildlife nest and birth their young, Project Wildlife receives and cares for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife countywide until they are ready for release.
 
Come experience the wildlife “baby season” at the organization’s third annual Wildlife Baby Shower. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Project Wildlife’s Triage Center, 887 ½ Sherman St., San Diego 92110. 

 

LA MESA SEEKS DONATIONS FOR FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

 

April 8, 2012 -- La Mesa's Flag Day Parade committee is raising funds for this year's annual parade on Saturday, June 2nd. Our financial goal is $15,000 which will offset operational expenses, including transportation costs for school marching bands, public address equipment, and traffic control set up.

 

MISS RANCHO JAMUL PAGEANT WINNERS CROWNED

 

April 5, 2012 -- Miss Rancho Jamul, Stephanie Grecco and Miss Teen Rancho Jamul, Gigi Gauthier we crowned Saturday, March 31 at the pageant held at the Steele Canyon High School Theater.

Stephanie Grecco is a 21 year old student at Cuyamaca College, and is currently working toward her Associates Degree in Music Industry Studies. She plans to attain her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Stephanie enjoys singing, song writing, playing piano and guitar, and hopes to one day impact lives with the music she creates.

CUB SCOUTS FROM RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL GET UP CLOSE LOOK AT MCAS MIRAMAR

April 4, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Cub Scouts and their families got a tour yesterday of at MCAS Miramar.  They were able to see demonstrations of the K-9 dogs used to detect explosives.  They were also shown how a fire is fought should a crash occur on the runway.  Finally, they were shown how ordinance is detonated via a robot and if necessary with highly trained Marines in the field.

The photo is of the Scouts and a Marine from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

FIREFIGHTER BOOT DRIVE TUESDAY

 
April 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tomorrow,  April  3rd,  firefighters  across  the  county  will  be  at  various intersections collecting donations for the Burn Institute’s “Give Burns The Boot” fundraiser.  Money raised benefits the Burn Institute’s burn prevention programs in the County.
 
Firefighters  from  Heartland  Fire  &  Rescue  in  El  Cajon,  will  be  at  the intersection of Greenfield Drive and East Main Street from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. collecting donations!

 

A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING APRIL 7 IN SAN DIEGO

April 2, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego has become a hotbed of human trafficking and it includes more than undocumented immigrants. Law enforcement have identified San Diego as an international gateway for sex trafficking and one of the 13 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of child prostitution, including local teens. Forced marriages and modern slavery are also critical issues. Worldwide, trafficking is an estimated $40 billion industry affecting every country. 

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