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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.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT: JOIN A STARGAZING PARTY SATURDAY AT MISSION TRAILS


January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – View the planet Jupiter, star constellations, and the Andromeda Galaxy at a stargazing party this Saturday, January 14 at Mission Trails Regional Park from 5-8 p.m. Join trail guide and resident stargazer George Varga for this star-studded free event.

ATTENTION FOODIES & FILM FANS: AUTHOR OF DEAD CELEBRITIES COOKBOOK TO HOLD BOOKSIGNING IN SAN DIEGO JANUARY 14

 

January 12, 2011 (San Diego) – Want to cook up a dish savored by your favorite Hollywood celebrity from a bygone era? Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook—A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen, will sign copies of his book January 14 at Babette Schwartz gift store, 421 University Avenue in Hillcrest.

“Frank DeCaro reminds us that many Hollywood celebrities enjoyed cooking long before it was ‘cool.’ The man everyone knows as the movie critic on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has compiled recipes from over 145 of Hollywood’s favorite stars who are no longer with us, publicist Kim Weiss observed.

SWEET! CHILDREN’S CANDY TRAIN PARTY AT JAMUL HAVEN DEC. 17


December 3, 2011 (Jamul) – At Jamul Haven, a five-star Victorian bed and breakfast inn in Jamul, a cherished holiday tradition is the annual “Children’s Candy Train Party.” Held on December 17, this free and festive occasion includes making candy trains and gingerbread houses.

SNOW AND SANTA SUNDAY AT SANTEE LAKES


December 9, 2011 (Santee) – Santa and snow are in the forecast for Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the annual Santa at the Lakes at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Tons of snow for sledding, Santa visits, and s’mores around the fire are highlights of this year’s event.

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FOR TROLLEY RIDERS

 
 
December 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The Orange Line’s fifth annual Holiday Entertainment Series starts Monday morning December 12 at the 62nd  Street/Encanto Trolley Station. Jazz vocalist  Rodney Hutsona kicks off the series which will also include performers from the Southeastern San Diego area.

RIDE THE TRAIN DOWN MAINE AT LAKESIDE’S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS DEC. 3

 

December 2, 2011 (Lakeside) – Join Santa and the community of Lakeside for the town’s 13th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration on Saturday from 4-9 p.m., with a tree-lighting at 5 p.m.
 

Presented by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce with sponsorships from Barona Resort & Casino and Bay City Electric Works, the event includes a train ride down Maine Avenue, visits with Santa, musical performances by local schools, games, a “jumpy joy”, and a special mailbox where kids can bring letters bound for Santa’s North Pole home.

BON APPETIT! HEALTHY COOKING DEMO DEC. 13 WITH MARINE ROOM CHEFS/COOKBOOK AUTHORS AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver from The Marine Room team up with Registered Dietician Candy Cumming for a healthy cooking demonstration--and tastes. The free event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s main auditorium.

Attendees can enter for a chance to win a copy of the chefs’ cookbook: Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World.

FREE GIFT WRAPPING IN LA MESA, PLUS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE OFFERED BY LOCAL REALTOR

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The Windermere Realty Co in La Mesa is having a Holiday Bazaar on December 3 from 1-4. serving hot cider and cookies. There will also be locals crafts and other local vendors.

In addition to the Bazaar, the agents will be offering free wrapping throughout the month of December for presents purchased in the East County at its wrapping station at 8131 Allison St. in La Mesa--doing their part to support a growing "buy local/shop local" movement to boost our region's economy.

VISIONS OF DANCING SUGARPLUMS: GROSSMONT MUSICAL GROUPS PERFORM IN NUTCRACKER BALLET DEC. 3-4 AND DEC. 17-18

 

December 1, 2011 (San Diego)—Leaping cossacks and flurries of snowflakes--See them all leap across the stage in the 22nd annual production of the Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet Company Ballet.

Productions of the cherished holiday favorite by Peter Tchaikovsy will be presented Dec. 3-4 at the Birch North Park Theater in a co-production with the Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. Additional shows will be presented December 17-18 at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, directed and choreographed by Robin Sheretz-Morgan and Javier Velasco.

STARS VIE TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY AT VIEJAS CELEBRITY SLOT TOURNAMENT MONDAY NOV. 28

November 25, 2011 (Alpine) -- Gretchen Rossi of Bravo's hit reality series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will join 11 other local celebrities at Viejas Casino on Monday, November 28 in a Celebrity Slot Tournament at Viejas Casino.  100 percent of the winnings from the tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be donated to the local Salvation Army.

 The list of confirmed celebrities for the slot tournament include sports stars, TV news anchors and more: 

GIFTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE: FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY SALE NOV. 19-20 IN LA MESA

 

November 18, 2011 (La Mesa)--Youth at United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM)  will host a Fair Trade Holiday Sale on November 19 and 20 featuring gifts made by artisans paid fair wages and clean, safe work conditions in communities across the globe.

Handmade gifts including jewelry, kitchen and decorative items, accessories, food, and other items from around the world will be featured, along with crafts and food items offered by church members.

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