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.
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.
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.
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
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 RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
May 22, 2011 (La Mesa)Applications are now being accepted for positions on the City’s boards, commissions, and committees. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in the City Clerk’s office at
May 22, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act? What about your sports enthusiast or do they love math and science? La Mesa Community Services is offering these fourteen “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages five years and up:
*Art Smarts Art Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *Fencing Camp, *FRESHi Flix Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Math Zoom Camp, *Princess Camp, *Rock Star Camp, *Surf Camp, and *Tennis Camp.
Summer is just around the corner! For more information, please visit www.cityoflamesa.com/classes or contact La Mesa Community Services at (619) 667-1300
May 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the City of La Mesa will host the Grand Opening of the Allison Avenue streetscape improvement project. The event will take place in front of and just east of the La Mesa Library (8074 Allison Avenue) at 4:30 pm.
Allison Avenue is located in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown and Civic Center providing access to shopping, the Trolley Station, bus stops, Civic Center, the Library and Post Office.
The award winning Allison Avenue project includes many new urban smart growth design concepts; including enhanced crosswalks with inlayed flashing pavement markers, decorative streetlights, walkability features, street trees, landscaping, diagonal parking and improved bus shelters.
May 18, 2011 (Alpine) -- The FAA, US Marine Corp and local aviators have all approved flyovers to mark the dedication of the Veterans Wall of Honor, planned for May 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Alpine Community Center.
The ceremony is called "Mission Honored: Dream Achieved." It marks the dedication of the Wall of Honor, and unveil a tile with the name of Lt. John Flinn, our own Medal of Honor recipient whose name is the first to be placed on the Wall of Honor. Hundreds of other tiles will be mounted in honor of veterans who sacrificed to serve our country.
May 18, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Captain Sam Diego and all of his crew are busy preparing for the Cajon Valley Jamboree of 2001 to be held at the Holy Trinity School Campus 405 Ballard Street, El Cajon from May 20 through May 22, 2011.
This year's theme, "Your Passport To Travel and Fun," is rallying the community together for plenty of fun right here in the heart of El Cajon. The Cajon Valley Jamboree is just as committed now as it was in 1948 in bringing the City of El Cajon and fostering communities spirit.
Click on Captain Sam Diego name to view his video preview of this event.
Parkway Plaza in El Cajon is Local Westfield Shopping Center
Los Angeles - (5/3/11) – Westfield announces the third year of its highly successful Westfield Family program, the free membership program that enhances and energizes the family shopping experience by bringing family-friendly activities and events, money-saving promotions, and convenient amenities offered exclusively at Westfield Shopping Centers.
Now offered at 30 centers across the country, the Westfield Family program will continue its successful and popular program elements that make shopping fun and easy for families, including the Monthly Retailer Calendar highlighting family retailer events, promotions and offers; family-friendly retailers, eateries and amenities at each center; and Westfield Family Events offered at select centers.
New this year to Westfield Family are Westfield Family Fun Days, two free activities per month geared towards children ages 2-5 and their caretakers. At each themed Fun Day, kids will be able to create a craft with their parent, have a snack and learn more about the theme of the month through read-aloud story time. Westfield has increased the scope and capacity of the activities, and moms will receive a Westfield calendar featuring educational tips and ideas based on the month’s theme. The program began in April with “The Great Outdoors,” and continues in May with “Get Fit.”
Alan Cohen, Westfield’s Executive Vice President of Marketing says “We are enhancing Westfield Family this year by providing more events and activities, showcasing our commitment to the families that make up such a strong segment of our shopper base.”
Signing up for the program is simple and can be done online (www.westfield.com), through a mail-in postcard, at the Westfield Concierge or management office, or at any of the Westfield Family events.
For more information and updated information on Westfield Family activities, promotions, and services, visit www.westfield.com.
May 8, 2011 (Ramona) -- It's Wildfire Awareness Week in California and a quick -moving brush fire that threatened homes in Santee on Tuesday, May 3rd is a reminder that Fire Season is upon us. Your Sheriff’s Department wants you to be ready so the Ramona Substation is holding a Wildfire Evacuation Community Forum on Monday, May 16th at the Ramona Library 1275 Main Street at 2:00 p.m. for the public.
May 7, 2011 (El Cajon) --The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will present its 2nd annual Gun Smoke Casino Night on May 13th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan El Cajon Community Center. "Gamblin n Carousin" in an old west saloon features all the excitement of professional casino-style gaming which includes roulette, craps, blackjack and poker.
May 6, 2011 (Alpine) – East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be on the air Friday from 6-7 p.m. on Billie Jo Jannen’s “TGIF” program on FM 107.9 radio. Today’s show will also feature Alpine Sun Editor Christy Scott in an editors’ panel discussing the hottest backcountry issues. Topics include Sunrise Powerlink, trans-border trucking, new solar proposed projects, graffiti, grants for fire mitigation, and more. Listen live!
May 2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Yesterday a training event gave East County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.
By Caleb Trainer
April 28, 2011 (Escondido) – Fixing potholes and cleaning up graffiti is a dirty job that City officials here look to accomplish more efficiently with the help of residents and a hi-tech solution called “Escondido, Report It!” View a video on CitySourced.
On Wednesday at 3 p.m., just prior to the Escondido City Council meeting, persons interested in learning how they can help keep the City tidy will participate in what officials are calling “Download Day.” The instructional gathering will be led by tech-savvy staff from Freedom Speaks, the Los Angeles company that created CitySourced, the smart phone software application residents will use to report pothole and graffiti problems to City Hall.
THE BOTTOM LINE: EL CAJON COMPANY HAPPY HEINYS TO HELP SET EARTH-FRIENDLY WORLD RECORD FOR CLOTH DIAPERS APRIL 23
April 21, 2011 (El Cajon)—On Earth Day, MLB Industries Inc, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Happy Heinys reusable diapers, will host one of over 400 sites at 32 countries worldwide where cloth diaper enthusiasts will gather and seek to add cloth diapers to the Guinness Book of World Records. The company aims to help set a world record for most disposable diapers changed out for cloth at its Happy Heinys manufacturing facility, along with its natural parenting store, Baby Frenzy, on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30- 9:15a.m. at 1529 N Cuyamaca St in El Cajon.
Every five minute,3,000 throwaway diapers will be sent to San Diego landfills.
Award-winning journalist and ECM's own East of the Line columnist hosts TGIF Report on East County issues
Show airs Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on FM 107.9
By Miriam Raftery
April 12, 2011 (Alpine) – She’s won awards for investigative reporting and spent nearly 25 years writing and editing articles about East County’s hottest topics such as wildfires, wind turbines, border and land use issues. Her coverage has drawn national attention on 60 Minutes and 20-20 TV shows. She’s also rooted out tales of feral pigs and turkey hunts, offered tips on how to remove horse manure, and covered local politics. (Some might see similarity in these topics.)
Now the backcountry’s best-known news hound has a found a new home behind the microphone at my107.9 radio in Alpine, where her new show, the TGIF report covers news and events in San Diego’s backcountry communities and Alpine. East County Magazine readers will recognize Jannen as author of the popular East of the Line column on backcountry issues.
The TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) Report airs Fridays from 6-7 p.m. because “I don’t do mornings well,” quips Jannen. If you’re not close enough to Alpine to pick up the signal, you can listen to the show streaming live at http://www.my1079.com.
Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
April 12, 2011--Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, Miss Santee Maria Maes, local legislators’ representatives and community leaders were on hand last week for the grand opening of Santee’s newest attraction: ten waterfront cabins, including three afloat on Lake Seven.
Invited guests savored a cake baked to resemble the lake itself, complete with cabins and waterfowl. The occasion also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Santee Lakes.
April 12, 2011 (Alpine) – Volunteers are requested for April 15-25 to help canvass Alpine residents, businesses, and shoppers regarding the SDG&E request to work from 7am to 7pm on the underground construction through Alpine.
April 12, 2011 (Alpine)--Anticipation is building at Viejas Casino, where one lucky poker player is guaranteed to win a record $100,000 in this weekend’s Viejas Poker Classic III tournament. For the third year in a row, the tournament will feature the largest poker payout to a single player in San Diego Casino history.
April 6, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced it has a Speakers Bureau with volunteers who are available to speak for free to breakfast and luncheon meetings of community groups, service organizations, churches and senior groups. The speech that BBB volunteers will deliver is titled “The Top 10 Consumer Scams.”
April 2, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Thom Rosenberger and Charlie Lewis, famous throughout the county for their traveling fire education program, racked up nearly 70 years as Lemon Grove firefighters and know from smoke-filled rooms, burning embers and screaming sirens.
On April 7 at 7 p.m., the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present “Putting out the fire with Thom and Charlie,” a fire safety program as part of the “History Alive” lecture series in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove.
March 26, 2011 (El Cajon)-- The City of El Cajon will host a "Dare to Dodgeball" tournament, "Dodgball Mania" and "Skate Clinics" -- all as part of the City's spring recreation programs. Below are details and information on how to register:
March 25, 2011 (La Mesa)- - The City of La Mesa is now utilizing a communications tool called “La Mesa e-Gov” that allows the city to send important and timely community information directly to residents using the latest technology. There are several tools available to residents including Twitter and a “Notify Me” alert system. To sign up for these services go to www.cityoflamesa.com.
March 21, 2011 (San Diego) - With about four weeks left until the tax filing deadline, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reminding families and individuals that free tax assistance is available to help them claim their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Low-income families and individuals can have their taxes prepared, at no cost, at more than 70 locations throughout the region. The tax assistance will be provided countywide until mid-April. People should call 2-1-1 to make an appointment.
By Miriam Raftery
March 20, 2011 (Santee) – An estimated 20,000 people turned out to run, walk, bike and party atop the last link of Highway 52 at yesterday’s “Sea to Santee” celebration. Now open to traffic, the new freeway segment is the last link connecting Highway 67 in East County to Interstate 5 and La Jolla.
Transportation improvements have historically heralded changes in East County, starting with cattle drives and the coming of stagecoach and railway lines in the 19th century. Invention of the "horseless carriage" brought construction of Highways 94 and 80, connecting East County to San Diego and Arizona. The aviation era led to the airfield at Gillespie Field. More recently, construction of Interstate 8, Highway 67 and now Highway 52 further improved access to East County for visitors from around the county and across the nation.
The new highway will also make it faster for East County residents to reach San Diego destinations including employment and yes, beaches. Surf's up, Santee!
Update January 22, 2012: Here is a link to locations that are providing free tax services this year for seniors, low income individuals and others in need, from the American Association of Retired Persons: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/8479.
March 14, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Does Grandma need help with her taxes? Now there's help!
Under a State of California program, low-income individuals and people over age 60 are eligible for free help to complete simple federal and state income tax returns. Assistance is available through April 15, and is limited to full-year residents.
To find the nearest assistance center in San Diego County, visit www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/vita/sites.asp or contact the California Franchise Tax Board at (800) 540-3453.
Dog Licenses, Microchips, Rabies Vaccinations and Free Gifts at Sunday Event
Pet owners are encouraged to have their animals microchipped, vaccinated and licensed this Sunday, March 13 from 12-2 p.m. at the County Department of Animal Service’s San Diego shelter, 5480 Gaines Street. Pet owners who take advantage of the services will receive a variety of free pet gifts.
“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early and give your pets a lucky charm by having them microchipped,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of County Animal Services. “The chance of a lost pet being reunited with an owner is increased if the pet is microchipped.”
Kids and adults are encouraged to enter photos by April 15 deadline
March 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Mission Trails Regional Park, a 6,150-acre jewel in the County’s park system, seeks entries in its 19th annual Annual Photography Contest. All photos must be taken within Mission Trails Regional Park from an authorized trail or have the Park as the subject.
So grab your camera and go take a hike—you just may win a prize of up to $100—and have your masterpiece displayed in the Visitor & Interpretative Center.
Photos by Bryan Koci, Red Tie Photography
March 8, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel on Friday crowned winners of the cities' 2011 pageants, a glamourous tradition since the late 1960s.
Miss La Mesa Katie Martin, Miss La Mesa Teen Monica Popp, Miss Santee Maria Maes and Miss Santee Teen Savannah Keener were formally presented with their crowns.