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A CLASS ACT NIGHT: A SPIRITED EVENT APRIL 29 TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY JOURNALISM IN EAST COUNTY


(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11 FOR CENTENNIAL YEAR


April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa  to be the Taste of the Century. 

The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE ANNOUNCES WORLD’S RECORD ATTEMPT TODAY--& FACEBOOK INVOLVEMENT


April 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The secret is out!

Grossmont College, as part of its free 50th Anniversary Community Open House, has announced the Guinness world’s record that will be attempted on Saturday, April 14. Previously, the college has kept undisclosed the nature of the record.

The attempted record to be broken will be the most individual contributions to a birthday card. Grossmont College hopes to break the current record of 1,468 people to sign a birthday card with their name and a greeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the event timeframe for Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, April 14.

BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s  children, in need of community help.  I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.

On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses. 

MARCH MEANS MUD! SD MUD RUN MARCH 24 IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) --  March means mud in the hills of La Mesa, especially on March 24, 2012 for the San Diego Mud Run spring edition.

All details, including a video clip, online registration and a map can be found at www.sandiegomudrun.com.

COME PLANT A TREE AT SANTREE FEST MARCH 17

March 8, 2012 (Santee)—The City of Santee invites you to join in its free SanTree Fest on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Town Center Community Park, 10123 Riverwalk Drive. 

Community volunteers are welcome to help plant 40 to 50 trees, enjoy live bluegrass music by the Box Canyon band,  free food samplings, crafts for kids, and get information on landscape improvements, health and wellness, and the environment.

COME FORGE OUR FUTURE: FULL SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 3-4 "FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE" ANNOUNCED

 

 

 

 

We still have tickets left! Students $10; $35 tickets for ECM subscribers

March 1, 2012 (San Diego) – If you care about the future of our region, come join a grassroots movement and discussion to shape the energy, water, transportation and food policies of tomorrow.  Should we be investing in rooftop solar or wind farms?  Algae-based fuels or offshore drilling? Greenbelts and community gardens? These are questions that can dramatically affect the future for our children in San Diego and East County.

The Conference will be held in ENS 280; park in lot 2.  Find a map and details at www.unitedgreen.orgThe event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a continental breakfast.   Famed environmental leader and nationally-known “Ring of Fire” radio host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will deliver the keynote speech at 3:30 on Saturday. Other participants include members of Congress and Congressional candidates,  scientists, environmental planners, authors and educators. 

FAMED ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION & RADIO HOST ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. AT SDSU SATURDAY, MARCH 3

 

Student tickets $10; $35 tickets for ECM subscribers


February 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Named among Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet”, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has led legal battles to protect clean water, help indigenous tribes preserve homelands, and defend our environment around the world. 

The famed environmental lawyer, author, “Ring of Fire” radio co-host, and member of one of America’s most prominent political families will be the keynote speaker Saturday, March 3 at the “Forging a Sustainable Future” conference at San Diego State University.

STAR PARTY TO SHINE AT MISISON TRAILS FEB. 25

February 23, 2012 (San Diego) –Stargazer and trail guide George Varga will lead a stargazing party at Mission Trails Regional Park on February 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Participants at the event, four days after the New Moon, can expect to view deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula, the Crab Nebula in Taurus and much more. The Crab Nebula (photo, left) is the result of a supernova that occurred in 1054 AD and was recorded by Chinese observers.

LA MESA ROLLS OUT CENTENNIAL

By Mia Myklebust

February 17, 2012 (La Mesa)--Gold and blue balloons spotted the La Mesa Village Plaza this past Tuesday for the kick-off of the yearlong La Mesa Centennial celebration.

The crowd waited expectantly, cameras in hand, for a special blue Centennial trolley wrapped in historical photos.  A band played old-time tunes as the trolley rolled into the station and the Centennial committee, along with Mayor Art Madrid and the City Council, disembarked.

YES, THERE IS A FREE LUNCH! FEB. 25 FOR SENIORS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AT ALVARADO HOSPITAL

RSVP by Feb. 21  for “lunch and learn” with prizes and more

February 10, 2012 (San Diego) – If you’re an active senior or retiree with plenty of free time and a desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives, you’re invited to a free “Lunch and Learn” at Alvarado Hospital  on Saturday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RANDY JONES 5K FOR INDEPENDENCE FEB. 18 AT SANTEE LAKES TO BENEFIT HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

February 9, 2012 (Santee) – The Randy Jones “5K For Independence” walk and fun run will be held on February 18 at Santee Lakes.  The event benefits Home of the Guiding Hands, which assists developmentally disabled adults and which has been hard-hit by state budget cuts.

Participants are invited to stay at Santee Lakes for a day of family fun, picnic lunch, beer garden, and awards ceremony.

VALENTINE ADVENTURES TO DRIVE YOUR SWEETHEART WILD

 
 
By Elena Peña and Miriam Raftery
 
January 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Looking for something extraordinary to delight your valentine?  We’ve done the legwork to bring you the best of the best—from free salsa lessons to deluxe destinations, you’ll find plenty of delightful discoveries in San Diego’s inland regions. 


What could be more romantic than a vineyard trail ride, jeep journey, or sky sailing adventure for two?  Perhaps an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast on an exotic wildlife sanctuary,  a picnic and boat ride across a secluded lake, a carriage ride at a chocolate festival, or savoring gourmet goodies at a local winery! 

DESIGN A DOG DREAM HOUSE OR A COOL CAT CONDO FOR "BARKITECTURE" COMPETITION TO BENEFIT SHELTER PETS

Creations will be displayed at Parkway Plaza and auctioned; entry deadline extended to Feb. 15

January 26, 2012 (El Cajon) --Hoping to make its first "Barkitecture" competition, the ACES Foundation asks your help to design the uldimate "doggy dream house" or "cat condo." Companies, nonprofit groups and individuals are encouraged to let their creativity run wild by designing, building and donating their most delightful and original dog and cat dwellings to the ACES Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter.

LADY ANTEBELLUM AT CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE MARCH 24, TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 27

January 27, 2012 (San Diego) - Tickets are now on sale for the Lady Antebellum concert on March 24 at the Cricket Ampitheatre.

"We can't wait for our first big headlining tour in arenas," said Hillary Scott.  "We hope to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience and make some really special memories with our fans."
 
The trio's live show has earned glowing reviews from critics across the country.

FEB 2: DESCENDANTS OF THE FAMED BUFFALO SOLDIERS RELIVE THE GLORY DAYS ON "HISTORY ALIVE"

January 26, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--The sound of drumbeats, horses' hooves and rifle fire, and the snap of flying colors amid the wide open spaces of the American West are yours on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.   Descendants of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments of the famous African American Buffalo Soldiers will relive the glory days, when they were the advance guard in the nation's Western expansion.

STOP “DANGEROUS” BUDGET CUTS THREATENING DISABLED PATIENTS, DISABLED SAN DIEGO MAN IMPLORES: RALLY SET FOR FRIDAY

 

 By Miriam Raftery

 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Raul Carranza has Muscular Dystrophy. He cannot walk, move his arms, eat or even breathe on his own. He requires round-the-clock nursing care—care denied after Medi-Cal slashed his nursing hours due to state budget cuts.

 

Last year I moved away to UCLA by myself and lived away from my family for a whole semester,” he said. “Unfortunately I had to come back home to San Diego at the end of December." That's because the state cut his nursing hours, leaving him unable to survive on his own.

LA MESA HOSTS READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL FEB. 25


January 22, 2012 (La Mesa)—Do you have the “write stuff to be a novelist or nonfiction writer?” Want to learn about the literary world or meet local authors? From romance writing to knights and chivalry, from political figures to an e-book publishing expert, you’ll find it all at the first annual La Mesa Readers and Writers Festival.

This informative event will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa to usher in the city's Centennial celebration.

TRAILS: PLEIN AIR ART EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS THROUGH FEB. 9, ARTIST RECEPTION JAN. 22

January 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present "Trails", an exhibition January 22-February 10 featuring award-winning plein air artist Margaret Larlham. Many of the works were painted in, and are about, Mission Trails and others are of South Africa where the artist previously lived.

The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artist on Sunday, January 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

LA MESA ANNOUNCES ENTERTAINMENT AND SPEAKER FOR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL JANUARY 22

 

January 20, 2011 (La Mesa)—La Mesa kicks off its centennial year with its 16th annual Multicultural Festival on Sunday, January 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 
 
The event honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also celebrates East County’s multicultural heritage. This year's entertainment includes Ballet Folklorico, Centro Cultural de la Raza; The Helix Charter High School Bagpipe Band, and Sifu Dwight Love, a Chinese Martial Arts Group.

ROE V. WADE ANNIVERSARY TO BE COMMEMORATED AT JACOBS CENTER TONIGHT

 January 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Tonight, the Coalition for Reproductive Choice will commemorate the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Speakers will give international and local perspectives on the battle over reproductive rights. The event will be held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized most abortions, finding that the Constitutional right to privacy protects a woman’s choice to end a pregnancy before the viability stage. But today, a national ban on abortion is a very real prospect. All current Republican presidential candidates favor outlawing abortion. Some would prohibit abortion when a mother’s life is at stake or when she is raped. The Supreme Court is just one vote away from repealing Roe v. Wade, so legality of abortion in the U.S. will hinge on the next president’s appointment of a justice to fill a future opening on the high court.

‘OMIGOD YOU GUYS!’ YAT’S PRODUCTION OF LEGALLY BLONDE IS A HIT

Shows continue January 20-22 at the Kroc Center Theatre

By Megan McGlamery

January 17, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Working tirelessly for the last eight weeks, the Young Actors’ Theatre has successfully brought to life the beloved cast of Legally Blonde The Musical with an unbeatable combination of talent, wit and lots of pink (of course!).

SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE: AZIM KHAMISA, FATHER OF SLAIN SON, TO SPEAK JANUARY 29 IN EL CAJON

January 17, 2012 (El Cajon)--World-renowned speaker Azim Khamisa on January 29, 2012 will kick off the 15th annual "Season for Nonviolence" at Christ Church Unity in El Cajon. Khamisa, who has been praised by dignitaries including the Dalai Llama and former President Bill Clinton, delivers his inspirational message following the senseless-gang-related death of his son, Tariq in 1995.

STAY FIT AND AVOID SPORTS INJURIES: FREE SEMINAR JANUARY 25

 

Advice For Weekend Warriors to Extreme Sports Enthusiasts

January 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Alvarado Hospiital invites you to a free seminar on how to stay fit and avoid sports injuries. The event will be held Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. in the Alvarado Hospital Conferen Center, featuring a panel of physicians including orthopedic specialists James Bates, MD; Scott Hacker, MD; Eric Horton, MD; and Jonathan Myer, MD.

ERNIE HAAS & SIGNATURE SOUND IN CONCERT JANUARY 26


January 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Southern Gospel singers Ernie Haas & Signature Sound will be performing at the College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue in San Diego on January 26 at 7:00 p.m.

The vocal group, founded in 2002 and winner of three GMA Dove awards, recently finished a nine country European tour and is soon to release its first new studio album in three years.

JEREMY’S ON THE HILL TO HOST FUNDRAISER JAN. 25 TO HELP CANCER PATIENT BROOKLIN BUTTS, 3

 

January 14, 2012 (Julian)--Jeremy’s on the Hill Restaurant will host a fundraising dinner on Wednesday, January 25  from 4-8 p.m. for 3-year-old Brooklin Butts, who is currently at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Oregon undergoing treatment for cancer.  She is the daughter of Rory and Meghan Butts and granddaugher of Debbie Butts, who works at the Julian Post Office.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CONCERT JAN. 21 AT SYCUAN

 

January 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Ring in the year of the dragon at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon on January 21, where a  Lunar New Year Concert will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The two shows will include performances by  Thien Kim, Manh Quynh, Nguyen Hong Nhung, Tien Dung, Tam Doan, Hoai Tam, Viet Huong, Trina Bao Tran, and Pham Thai Tha.

SAN DIEGO RIVERBED CLEAN-UP JANUARY 16 HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE

January 13, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside's River Park Conservancy, along with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, is planning a San Diego Riverbed Clean-Up in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

MMMM! WINTER HARVEST COOKING CLASS JANUARY 21 IN JAMUL INCLUDES GARDEN-FRESH LUNCH

By Miriam Raftery

January 12, 2012 (Jamul) – Looking for some tasty ways to cook up winter vegetables from your garden? Alpine Ranch Creative Health and Ecological Solutions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is sponsoring a garden-to-kitchen winter harvest cooking class on Saturday, January 21 in Jamul.

Cost is $50 and includes both the class and lunch. The menu includes fresh garden salad, curried squash soup, dahl, chutney, vegetable curry with rice, naan, and citrus sorbet with cake.

A JAZZY TREAT: FREE CONCERT BY SAN DIEGO CLARINET QUINTET AT MISSION TRAILS THIS SUNDAY

January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform a free concert this Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. These talented musicians have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet, San Diego Opera, and Starlight Opera.

Their dazzling technique and versatility include classical chamber music of Mozart and Debussy as well as jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin ragtime and the music of George Gershwin.

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