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LA MESA HOSTS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP JULY 30 ON GENERAL PLAN

July 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa is planning for the future and would like to hear from you! The City will host a community workshop featuring Safe Routes to Transit and City-Wide Parks Master Plan on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Nan Couts Cottage located in MacArthur Park, 5054 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The City also invites you to review several ongoing General Plan efforts including: Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Land Use and Circulation. 

 
 

A LAUGHING MATTER: BREW HA HA COMICS EXPANDS TO 2 LOCATIONS IN COLLEGE AREA


Juggler/comedian David Lucas joins lineup July 17 at Moxie Theater

July 15, 2011 (San Diego)—Something funny is happening in San Diego’s eastern region. Brew Ha Ha, the popular comedy group founded by Diane Jean and Chris Clobber, is now performing regularly at two locations near San Diego State University: San Diego Desserts and the Moxie Theater.
 

On Sunday, July 17, international juggler and comedian David Lucas will headline a show at the Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.

WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY INVITES KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT ART “IN LIVING COLOR”


Free Westfield Family Fun Days Continue by Teaching Children About Art
 
 
 
July 14, 2011 (North County) -- On Monday, July 18, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.,Westfield North County’s Westfield Family program is presenting In Living Color for the month of July, featuring Westfield Family Fun Days designed to help kids learn about art and create their own. At these free, family-friendly activities, kids will unleash their own creativity while learning more about classic painters.
 

NEED A BUS OR A BACKHOE? GOLF CART OR GENERATOR?

July 16 County Auction in Ramona offers range of surplus property
 
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) --Many vehicles and other items will go to the highest bidder at the County’s public auction in Ramona on Saturday, July 16.

Expect a surprising range of surplus government property from the County and other local agencies. Vehicles and equipment will include Ford Expedition SUVs; a  mobile command center bus; 35-passenger school busses; a Caterpillar backhoe tractor; a horse trailer; flatbed trailers; a forklift; Ford, Nissan and Honda sedans; pickup trucks; semi-trucks; golf carts; generators; computers and wheelbarrows.

 
 

CITY OF EL CAJON HOUSING PROGRAM HAS HELP FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

 

July 12, 2011 (El Cajon) -- If your dream is to stop renting and own your first home – the City of El Cajon may be able to help you fulfill that dream with its newest housing development: Birchwood Lane, a Weiland Development project. 

 

All units will be affordable to low-and moderate-income “first-time” homebuyers and substantial first-time homebuyer assistance will be available.

RIVER PARK FOUNDATION TO CELEBRATE 10 SUCCESSFUL YEARS ON JULY 17

 

July 12, 2011 (San Diego, CA) – The San Diego River Park Foundation will be celebrating its tenth birthday on July 17 from 4-7p.m. at Mosaic Wine Bar

 
For ten years the San Diego River Park Foundation has been working to improve quality of life, along with our river and our community. You're invited to join supporters for great food, drink and friends while showing your support for the River Park Foundation. $75 per person includes appetizers and a hosted bar, auction and more.

BREEDING SUCCESS OF ENDANGERED MEXICAN WOLF AT THE CALIFORNIA WOLF CENTER

 
 
July 9, 2011  The endangered Mexican wolf received a much needed boost to its population this April as four pups (two males and two females) were born at the California Wolf Center.  
 

The Mexican wolf is one of the rarest land mammals in the world, with fewer than 50  in the wild and about 350 in the global population.

SAN DIEGO VINTNERS ASSOCIATION OFFERS SUMMER PASSPORT

 
July 9, 2011 (La Mesa) -- A wine-tasting passport is being offered by five San Diego wineries this Summer. The cost of the passport is $25.00.With the passport you can visit five San Diego County area wineries including some in East County. The wineries are Belle Marie, Bernardo, Cordiano, Hacienda de las Rosas, and San Pasqual.
 

The passports are good until September 5, 2011. Those interested may call San Pasqual winery to place a phone order,or visit the winery's tasting room in La Mesa to purchase a Summer Passport in person.  

 

 
 

JAMUL TEEN HEADS TO MISS TEEN USA

Alexis Swanstrom to represent California in National Pageant
July 5, 2011 Jamul -- On Friday, July 8 family and friends of Alexis Swanstom, Miss California Teen USA, of Jamul will gather at 6:00pm at BJ’s' Restaurant in Grossmont Center to wish her well as she heads to the Bahamas to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA.  Miss California USA, Alyssa Campanella recently won the Miss USA title and supporters of Alexis are hoping California will have the same luck in the teen contest.  
 

LABRADORS AND FRIENDS DOG RESCUE TO HOST RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING

 
 
July 5, 2011 (Santee) -- Labradors and Friends will host rattlesnake  avoidance training on July 10 in East County. This event will help educate and train dogs and their human companions in the prevention of snakebites. At the same time, the training will assist with raising funds for homeless canines.  

LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALLS

 

 

 

 

July 5, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold open casting calls on July 10th and 11th from 6:00p.m. until 9p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. The play will be the amusing, 19th century melodrama, "He Ain't Done Right by Nell."

  

RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING IN ALPINE

 
 
 
July 5. 2011 (Alpine) -- On the morning of July 9th 2011 get rattlesnake aversion training for your dog in Alpine  at Natural Instincts Pet Store. Natural Instincts is partnering with High On Kennels to offer rattlesnake aversion training in Alpine. Besides the hiking trails, rattlesnakes are often found in backyards and even while out walking your dog.
 
 

PASSPORT TO PARNA

 

July 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- Introducing Passport to Prana,  a new yoga business that just launched in San Diego that lets residents dictate when, where, and how they’ll take their yoga classes for a fraction of the price.   

 

There are 19 studios throughout the San Diego. Yoga enthusiasts with a Passport to Prana can may attend any of the studios, or all of them. There are no drop-in fees or long term contracts. Members completely customize their yoga experience...from schedule to area of interest to neighborhood to fitness level.  
 

SEE SPOTS RUN! SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK’S “CHEETAH RUN” OPENS JULY 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 30, 2011 (San Pasqual) – Capable of accelerating from 0 to 70 mph in just seconds, the world’s fastest land animal bounded across a track at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Cheetah Run in a premier run for media this morning.

(View our Cheetah Run video by Miriam Raftery.)

  

This adventure will be unleashed to the public starting Saturday, July 2nd at 5 p.m. daily.

PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT WINS AWARDS FOR MOUNTAIN TOP RESERVOIR RETROFIT PROJECT

 
 
 
 
 
June 28, 2011 (Padre Dam) -- Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Mountain Top Reservoir Retrofit Project recently received the 2010 Project of the Year Award from the San Diego & Imperial County chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the 2010 Award of Merit in Water Treatment by the San Diego Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR EL CAJON'S GREAT SUMMER CAMPS

June 25, 2011 (El Cajon) --Whether you're looking for swim lessons, youth sports, instructional classes or an exciting summer camp, El Cajon Recreation has it all! Log onto the website at www.elcajonrec.org to secure a spot for your child. Forgot your password? Just click on the "eRecreation" icon then "Forgot My Password".

Late Registration began June 6 which means registrations are accepted online, by mail or by walking into one of our Recreation centers during operation hours. For more information on instructional programs and general registration questions, call (619) 441-1516. For information on aquatics, call (619) 441-1672; and for information on youth sports, call (619) 441-1678. Our professional and dedicated Recreation Department staff will be happy to assist you. 

 

UC SAN DIEGO RECEIVES NSF SUPPORT FOR WILDFIRE MODELING AND PREVENTION

 

 

June 22, 2011 (San Diego) -- Wildfires are increasing in both absolute number and severity in the American southwest and this trend is predicted to continue over decades to come. Wildfire prevention has now become a major priority, and scientists at the University of California, San Diego have received federal funding to devise descriptive and predictive simulation tools to help prevent or suppress wildfires. 

With a one-year grant* from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure, effective June 1, the UC San Diego researchers have opened a new phase for their SDFireSight project. They will develop a technical framework and computer models that will simulate the conditions that can spark a wildfire in San Diego’s ‘backcountry’. 

NEW WEB-BASED TOOL ALLOWS PUBLIC TO SEARCH DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ACTIVE CRIMINAL CASES

 
Public Able to Sign Up for Case-Related Email Notifications
 
June 20, 2011 (San Diego) San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced  last week that a new web page where the general public and members of the media can access basic information on open criminal cases being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office, as well as receive email notifications when new hearing and court dates are set for specific cases.
 
“It’s important that members of the public, especially victims, interested in our cases have a place where they can easily find basic information,” DA Dumanis said. “This web page is in keeping with our office’s commitment to openness and transparency and allows anyone to access up-to-date information online about criminal cases.”
 

YMCA SUMMER PROGRAMS & SERVICES -- FUN FOR ALL

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2011 (East County) -- Summer programs at the three East County YMCAs are available for all people in the East County community. Programs include chlid care, swimming, sports, summer camps and more.

 

 

 

* Child Care – Licensed Child Care, After School Programs (at Benchley, Dailard,

Green, and Golden Avenue Elementary Schools), and Free Child Watch while

working out for Family YMCA Members.

* Swim, Sports & Play – Gymnastics (beginning at age 12 months), Teen Clubs, Youth

Sports (beginning at age 2 years), Swim Lessons (beginning at age 6 months) and Teams.

ROB SAUVAJOT APPOINTED TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/VICE PRESIDENT OF THE EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

June 20, 2011  (East County) -- When Steve Rowe East County Family YMCA’s executive Director/VP left the local Y to tackle his new role as the new Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of San Diego County, Rob Sauvajot was appointed to the Executive Director/Vice President of the East County Family YMCA. Rob previously served as the Executive Director of the Peninsula YMCA in Point Loma. Rob’s long career at the YMCA of San Diego County started at the La Jolla YMCA in 1988 as a Day Camp leader. At the La Jolla YMCA, he held positions such as Childcare site supervisor, Day Camp Coordinator, Program Department Head and Associate Executive Director before accepting his former position as Executive Director of the Peninsula Family YMCA in 2004.

 

THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFE - 4TH THURSDAY OPEN MICROPHONE JUNE 23

 

June 19, 2011 (La Mesa) --On Thursday, June 23, The Space Bar Intenet Cafe will presenting  RegE Gaines with host  Jim Moreno. The Space Bar feature is part of its 4th Thursday  Open Mic -- Jihmye. The Gaines performance will contain works of the spoken word, poetry, song and dance. The open mic session will begin at 7:30 p.m, and end at 10:00 p.m.  In addition to the entertainment, the Space Bar is also home to coffee, tea, soothies, and a deli.

The Space Bar is located at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942 

                                            Info: (619) 461-7100 (619) 285-9737

Jim Moreno describes RegE as he has seen him in performance:
 

TRACKING DOGS INSPIRE KIDS TO “READ FOR A REASON”

 

June 16, 2011 (Poway) --To kick off the County Library’s Summer Reading Club, a team of search and rescue beagles visited children at the Poway Library today. Some kids even read their favorite books aloud to the friendly animals.

 
It was a fitting meeting: This summer, kids and adults can “Read for a Reason,” to benefit the beagles and the entire Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue Canine Unit. As participants meet reading goals through the summer, a group of local sponsors has committed to buying lighted collars and canine first-aid kits for the dogs.
 

OVERHEAD UTILITY LINES TO GO UNDERGROUND ON NORMAL AVENUE

 

June 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa has begun a four phase project to relocate existing overhead utilities (SDG&E, Cox, and AT&T lines) into underground conduits, repave the street, remove existing utility poles, and install new street lights on Normal Avenue from Lowell Street to Windsor Avenue.

ACCESSIBLE CABINS OPEN AT DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK

 

Donated Dwellings Expand Camping Options at Scenic Ramona Getaway

 


June 9, 2011 (Ramona) --County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined County staff and a local nonprofit donor Thursday to unveil two new cabins the public can now reserve at Dos Picos Regional Park in Ramona.The 200-square-foot cabins are designed to accommodate disabled users and the general public. They were donated by Cabins by the Lake, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to establishing accessible cabins around the region.

SOPHIE'S GARDENS NOW OPEN

 

Flowers, herbs and other plants on sale to public

 

June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeline Sophie's Center how has a Certified Organic Garden program that includes a full citrus orchard, flower gardens, a passive-solar greenhouse, a propagation house, ornamental trees, shrubs, herbs, and a worm farm.

 

The Garden Program cultivates more than strong, healthy plants; it is a vocational training ground where professional horticulture managers help students reap the benefits of developing physical and mental skills, social relationships, teamwork, self-esteem, and a sense of community and accomplishment.

 

GROUND BROKEN AT NEW VILLAS AT MISSION TRAILS COMMUNITY

 

May 29. 2011 (Santee)--Villas at Mission Trails, a new condominium project located east of Mission Trails Regional Park, has broken ground.

GREAT FAMILY FILMS COMING SOON TO A PARK NEAR YOU!

 

May 26, 2011 (San Diego County) --The region’s largest free outdoor summer movies series returns this year with more locations and more great family films than ever before. The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the cities of San Diego, National City, La Mesa, San Marcos, Oceanside, Poway and Lemon Grove and the U.S.S. Midway to expand the Summer Movies in the Park series.


THE SANTEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING THIRD ANNUAL STREET FAIR

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2011 (Santee) --The Santee Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Third Annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 10am to 7pm to support the Santee Food Bank. The Street Fair will be on Riverview Parkway at Mission Gorge Road, next to the Trolley Square shopping center. Around 300 Food booths and vendor displays, and rides will be open from 10am to 7pm. A beer garden sponsored and operated by Santee Sportsplex will be open from 6 pm to 11pm.

THE LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE

 

 

May 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) --The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to  1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Parsonage Museum.  Lots of like-new Cal King comforters and shams and sheet sets, lighting new in the box, plastic toddler trike, clothing, household and more.  To donate items, call 619-460-4353 for pickup or arrange drop-off.  All proceeds benefit the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY ON THE CITY OF LA MESA’S ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

 

 

May 22, 2011 (La Mesa) --The City is currently looking for a youth representative to serve on the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and not be more than 21 years of age. Applications may be obtained by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com or from the City Clerk’s office in La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, during normal business hours.

The purpose of the Commission is to advise the City Council on how the actions and policies of the City may preserve and enhance the quality of La Mesa’s environment, address the effects of climate change and assist in the identification of measures that will improve environmental sustainability in La Mesa and the region.

 

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