BERKELEY, CALIF. (August 6, 2012) – Catalog Choice, through its Catalog Choice for Communities program, helps municipalities and their residents reduce paper waste and save costs on garbage collection and disposal. The nationally acclaimed zero-waste initiative has just announced a new effort to enable more communities to fulfill their plans to reduce waste by offering those that excel in educating and engaging their citizens about sustainability initiatives a waiver of the first-year fee for selected communities.
July 28, 2012 (Lawson Valley) –Residents of Lawson Valley in outer Jamul now have a website for local news, thanks to editor Leslie Yoder, who drew inspiration from Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton.
July 29, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is now open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. The market was created to bring locally grown fresh produce to the community on a weekly basis and to celebrate the diversity of culture in East County.
Modern Day Scavenger Hunt Uses GPS-Enabled Devices to Find City’s Historic Treasures
July 17, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5:00 pm October 7, 2012, coinciding with the end of the La Mesa Oktoberfest. It’s not to late to participate!
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego and the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together San Diego, have developed a program to increase lighting in several areas within the City.
Rebuilding Together San Diego has coordinated purchase and installation of high powered, motion-activated L.E.D floodlights which are battery-operated and charged via solar panels. These lights and their installation are free of charge to qualifying residents.
July 13, 2012 (La Mesa) – Foothills United Methodist Church is offering two classes to help those who are coping with grief. The classes are ‘Dealing with Divorce’ and ‘Coping with Unexpected Loss.’
‘Dealing with Divorce:’
Foothills will be offering a class in its support series to assist those who may be facing divorce or separation. Learn tips to deal with the disappointments, decisions and discoveries that come along with these changes. The class incorporates faith and prayer with ways to deal with this loss.
July 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Heat waves and power outages have been plaguing the nation in recent weeks and temperatures are expected to rise higher than usual in San Diego County within the next few days.
“In these extreme weather conditions, it’s important for people to be aware of how much power they are using because the high demand for energy and high temperatures go hand-and-hand,” said Dave Weil, director of building commissioning and sustainability at the University of California, San Diego. “At UC San Diego, saving energy is a top priority all year-round. The university generates about 90 percent of its annual electricity demand.”
By Rebecca J. Williamson
July 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The secret life of a giveaway collect & win game? Gosh, most people would think a secret life involves actors pictured on the cover of the grocery store tabloids. But no. This secret life involves various states, $20 million in giveaways (including a million bucks cash prize) and many East County residents-- neighbors you wouldn’t think have a secret life. But they do.
July 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will be holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Lakeside Clubhouse’s new Technology Center on July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at 12824 Lakeshore Drive, Lakeside. The guest speaker at the event is Senator Joel Anderson.
Light refreshments will be served. Call 619-440-1600 or visit www.bgcec.org for more information.
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County libraries are offering an Adult Summer Reading Club now through August 5. Participants sign up for the club at a local County Library branch or online and keep track of the number books read or listened to this summer.
By Miriam Raftery
July 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A new public library is now under construction in Lemon Grove at the corner of School Lane and Lincoln, thanks to Prop W bond funds.
On June 27, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library presented the county library with a check for $60,000 to purchase the “First Day Collection for the new library. During the ceremony, the group also gave $5,000 from the City of Lemon Grove raised by Rosemary Putnam.
From drumming to mummy making, a treasure-trove of learning
June 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – Cuyamaca College is offering College for Kids July 9 – August 9 at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. It is a summer enrichment program for children between the ages of 8-14 that will teach new and meaningful skills through participation in classes such as art, dance fitness, science, media and more.
June 19, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series kicked off its 29th year on June 14 with The Destroyers, Navy Band Southwest. The concert was accompanied by a food truck rally.
The nine-concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.
June 17, 2012 -- La Mesa Don’t discard – shred your household documents in a quick and easy way. The City of La Mesa is sponsoring another free paper shredding event for La Mesa residents on Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am to Noon at La Mesa’s EDCO Station, located at 8184 Commercial Street.
June 15, 2012 (Escondido) – Westfield North County hosts “Be A Sport” Family Fun Day on June 18 at 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido on Level 1 at Center Court. The event will include Little Kids and Big Kids activities.
ISO asks media partners to promote electricity conservation, especially in Southern CA
June 15, 2012 (Folsom) -- The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is making it easier for media and the public to track power grid conditions and conserve electricity, if necessary. The real-time information is just a click away thanks to new web tools on the ISO homepage: http://www.caiso.com.
June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – A Kumeyaay instructor from Baja California will teach how to make an authentic willow basket at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail San Diego on June 23. The baskets will be smaller copies of the large willow granaries that were historically woven to store each family’s annual crop of acorns.
Modern Day Scavenger Hunt Uses GPS-Enabled Devices to Find City’s Historic Treasures
June 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5pm October 7, 2012, with the City’s other beloved event, the La Mesa Octoberfest.
By Sierra Robinson
June 8, 2012 (Alpine) – Looking for something fun, free and cool for the kids to do this summer? Your child or teen can receive a free bowling game each week-day this summer, along with bowling shoes, in Viejas Bowl’s new “Say Yes to Bowling” program. The fun starts in June and continues on through August.
Webcasts Will Make Land Use Meetings Easier for Public to Follow
May 19, 2012 (San Diego County) -- People can now watch San Diego County Planning Commission meetings live online to keep up with land use issues in the county.
April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced the May 4 kick-off of their Summer 2012 Teen Nite Program that will run through September 14. The recreation centers will have extended Friday hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. all summer long with lots of free activities for boys and girls ages 12 to 17.
April 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child who loves to act? What about your sports enthusiast or a youngster who loves to work with wood and tools? La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:
San Diego Community Radio Project also gets set to launch from Descanso; seeks funds and volunteers
By Miriam Raftery
April 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –“Every once in a while, government does something that is not only good news, but refreshing,” local author and former public radio producer Walter Carlin said of last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open the airwaves up for community radio stations, rather than reserving that space for mega-networks with concentrated ownership and opinion-shaping power.
The decision, however, presents a new challenge, Carlin notes. “Can and will local radio respond?”
April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes is getting a facelift on Lakes 1 and 5. The park is replacing three old picnic/gazebo structures and an outdated playground with new up‐to‐date structures. This will give visitors an opportunity to picnic in a beautiful setting and will add much needed shade, especially during the summer months.
Padre Dam’s Board of Directors and the Director of Park and Recreation for Santee Lakes break ground on the construction site for the new three‐tiered gazebo.
Pictured (left to right): Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner, and Padre Dam Board Directors Jim Peasley, Augie Caires, Bill Pommering, Doug Wilson and Augie Scalzitti.
April 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Aquatic Council will be holding water awareness events throughout the county during the month of April. In anticipation of Drowning Prevention Month in May the events will provide information on how to keep children safe around water.
April 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Community Services is enrolling now for their popular adult classes , and for the youth recreation classes that begin the week of April 9th. La Mesa Community Services Recreational Program was honored as 2010 Best of East County, by the 2010 East County Californian Readers Poll.
Adult classes include: Adult Ballet, Belly Dancing, Boot Camp, Dog Obedience, Fencing, Ice Skating, Irish Folk Music, La Mesa Stroller Strides, Tennis, Walk and Talk, Yoga, Zumba, Adult Lap Swim, Adult Learn to Swim, Masters Swim Team, and Watercise.
March 29, 2012 (Granite Hills) -- Andy Pheasant, a Realtor at C-21 All Service Realtors, is organizing his annual multi-family garage sale in the Granite Hills area for the 26thyear. It is this weekend, March 31 and April 1, from 8a.m.-3p.m. This year there are over 85 families signed up for the annual event, maps are available at 1598 Richandave.
March 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- A Giant Owl butterfly delights Mac Jarman, 5, of La Mesa, when it lands on his red hair. Mac was one a few lucky kids who got a sneak peek at San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle Friday. The three-week festival of flutter opens on Saturday.
Once a year, guests at the Safari Park are enchanted as thousands of butterflies flitter around them in a walk-through aviary called Hidden Jungle. Butterfly Jungle runs through Sunday, April 15. New this year, guests can use identification cards in the exhibit that will help them determine the names of many of the 30 species.
Computer Lab, Flat Screen TV, Blu-ray DVD Player, Cable Access Benefits Kids and Seniors
March 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Seniors and kids got their first chance to work in and enjoy a new computer lab/senior lounge Wednesday at the Spring Valley Community Center when the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and Cox Communications held an open house for the new “Cox Tech Center.”