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CITY OF EL CAJON RECREATION DEPARTMENT TEEN COALITION SEEKING APPLICANTS

September 12, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition kicks off another year of leadership and community service. Applications are actively circulating at El Cajon middle schools, high schools, and recreation centers, with applications also made available on the City’s website, at www.cityofelcajon.us.

Candidates must be residents of El Cajon or attend a school within the city limits, in grades 6th through 12th, and be under the age of 19 years old as of September 1, 2012. Those interested in becoming a teen coalition member need to complete an application and return it to the Recreation Department at City Hall, located at 200 Civic Center Way, in El Cajon, by Friday, October 5, 2012.

3RD ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION EXPO IS OCTOBER 3

 

September 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The 3rd Annual Transportation Expo, Highlighting Transportation Resources & Safety will be held on October 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

A variety of exhibitors and speakers will offer tips on driving and road safety, transportation options, safety related topics including how to avoid mail fraud, ensure financial safety, disaster preparedness, and crime prevention. In addition, flu shots will be given by the Sharp Senior Resource Center Team for a $2.00 donation.

SENIOR SCAM STOPPERS SEMINAR SEPTEMBER 13

September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Seniors need to be proactive when it comes to their financial safety. Assemblyman Marty Block is offering a public workshop that highlights local services and legislation aimed at providing seniors with information to protect them from financial fraud and other scams.  The seminar is September 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El Community Room, 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego. 

FALL EVENTS IN EAST COUNTY PARKS

September 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- East County Parks are hosting an abundance of events throughout the month of September.  There’s something for everyone, both young and old.  Below is a sampling of what’s available.  Visit www.sdparks.org for all events.

COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU – PARKS AND REC CREATE A CAMPING PSA

September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Parks and Rec has created a camping PSA to be shown in movie theaters and on cable television.  Next time you settle into your seat and juggle your popcorn and your soda, keep your eyes on the giant, silver screen.  Along with reminders to turn off your cell phone, you’ll see a reminder of another sort - how to enjoy the outdoors at our County parks.

KEPLER DISCOVERS PLANETARY SYSTEM ORBITING TWO SUNS

Lead author SDSU astronomy professor Jerry Orosz said it's the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system to be found.

September 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- Astronomers at the International Astronomical Union meeting announced the discovery of the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system: two planets orbiting around a pair of stars. This discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive even in the chaotic environment around a binary star. And such planets can exist in the habitable zone of their stars.

STARTING SEPT. 2ND, GREEN LINE GOES DOWNTOWN! $3.2 MILLION IN BUS SERVICE ALSO ADDED

September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – Beginning September 2, all trolley lines end in the downtown area, providing single seat service to downtown from everywhere on the Trolley network. It’s all part of the Trolley Renewal project, designed to improve Blue Line and Orange Line stations and bring low-floor cars to the entire Trolley system.

Now, the Green Line will travel through Old Town and terminate at 12th & Imperial via Seaport Village, Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter stations. Blue Line trains will travel between San Ysidro and America Plaza. Orange Line trains will travel between El Cajon and Santa Fe Depot. 

In addition to an improved Trolley network, the Metropolitan Transit System will add considerable bus services on September 2.

NEW LAW REQUIRES OUT-OF-STATE RETAILERS TO COLLECT USE TAX

Consumers to See tax at point-of-sale for online purchases

September 1, 2012 (Sacramento) – Beginning September 15, 2012, a new law takes effect [Stats. 2011, ch. 313 (AB 155)] that expands the types of out-of-state retailers required to register with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) and requires them to begin collecting and remitting use tax on sales of tangible personal property to California consumers. The law applies to out-of-state retailers that have substantial nexus with California consumers. This includes any out-of-state retailer that has sold more than $1 million to California consumers in the past year and has had more than $10,000 in sales referred by an affiliate operating in California.

DULZURA SHERIFF STATION OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 25

 

August 23, 2012 (Dulzura) – The community of Dulzura is invited to attend the grand re-opening and open house at the SDRFPD Dulzura-Barrett Station #35, 1135 Community Building Rd., Dulzura on August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  After being remodeled, the SDRFPD station will now be manned by SDR/SDCFA volunteer fire fighters along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Rural Division Law Enforcement Deputies.

The event will be attended by Supervisor Diane Jacob, Rural Fire Chief Dave Nissen, Assistant Sheriff Patricia Duke, Sheriff Lieutenant Rose Kurupas, Sheriff Sergeant Joe Leos, as well as members of the San Diego Rural Fire Board.  Refreshments will be served.

 

RURAL REFINED LAUNCHES “THE RURAL PROJECT” WITH $1,000 TOP PRIZE

The Rural Project launches its first quarter theme "Making a Difference in Rural America" on August 1.

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Rural Project invites photos and essays that best capture the theme of “Making a Difference in Rural America”.  The top prize is $1,000 cash each Quarter.  The Rural Project is designed to bring light and attention to a segment of the population that often gets lost in the bigger city news.

CATALOG CHOICE TO AWARD CUSTOMIZED WASTE-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO SELECTED CALIFORNIA MUNICIPALITIES

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. 

COMMUNITY BLOG LAUNCHES FOR LAWSON VALLEY

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.

A NEW FARMERS MARKET IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

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. 

 

LA MESA CENTENNIAL “AMAZING GEOCACHE” CHALLENGE BEGINS

 
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!

SAFE LIGHT PROJECT: FREE SOLAR MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS FOR QUALIFYING SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

 
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.

NEED HELP DEALING WITH DIVORCE OR A LOSS?

 
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.

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS AT UC SAN DIEGO GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AND SAVE ENERGY

 
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.”

THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERTSON’S SIZZLIN’ SUMMER GIVEAWAY 2012

 

 
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.

CELEBRATE THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER JULY 12

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.

SUMMER READING CLUB FOR ADULTS AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

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.

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SWEET NEWS: NEW LEMON GROVE LIBRARY RECEIVES MAJOR DONATIONS

 
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.

COLLEGE FOR KIDS AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE BEGINS JULY 9

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.

SANTEE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES NOW PLAYING

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. 

FREE PAPER SHREDDING EVENT IN LA MESA JUNE 23

 
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.

“BE A SPORT” WESTFIELD FAMILY FUN DAY JUNE 18

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.

AS SUMMER HEATS UP, SIGN UP FOR POWER GRID FLEX ALERTS

 
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.

BASKET WEAVING AT MISSION TRAILS PARK JUNE 23

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.

LA MESA CENTENNIAL “AMAZING GEOCACHE” CHALLENGE BEGINS

 
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.

VIEJAS ROLLS OUT “SAY YES TO BOWLING!” FREE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS & TEENS

 

 
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.

 
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