April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s original fine art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 28th year. Featuring artists who live in the East County area as well as San Diego, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday , April 28 and 29, when 17 blocks of Little Italy will be transformed for this free festival. ArtWalk offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to engage directly with over 350 artists who will be there to display their original works for exhibit and sale. The art on display will include a wide range of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glasswork and photography.
By Miriam Raftery
April 2, 2012 (Cedar Creek) – When Ed Hale read that the National Forest Service (NFS) was reopening one of two entrances to Cedar Creek Falls starting yesterday, he and a friend headed east to hit the trail--and brought back a firsthand account of their experiences as well as some changes at the popular hiking site.
EASTER FEASTS: LOCAL RESTAURANTS SERVING BRAISED RABBIT, LITTLE PIGS, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD AND MORE
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As a late winter storm sweeps across our region, readers in San Diego's East County have shared some of their favorite photos of the season.
Morgan La Salle shared these first two pastoral images of Pine Valley, where a blanket of white coats corrals and farmlands--serving up a "cool" setting for local barnyard animals.
March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite recent cold weather, rattlesnakes are active—and a bite proved deadly this week on a local trail, the Blossom Valley network reports.
- Mayor: City’s structural deficit over (10 News)
- San Diego has most expensive gas in nation (UT San Diego)
- Low rainfall may mean more local conservation (10 News)
- Get to know new District 9 candidates: Speak City Heights (Voice of San Diego)
- Teen struck by trolley was becoming ‘man of integrity’ mentor says ; has shown improvement from brain injury (La Mesa Patch)
- Case shows flaws at special police force (UT San Diego)
- Boy accused of killing friend receiving ‘extraordinary care’ (10 News)
- Heroin use jumps 229 percent amongst county’s young adults (Santee Patch)
- Refugee moms and their American daughters bond through cooking (KPBS)
- Consumer advocates, unions back healthcare ballot measures (Sacramento Bee)
- California Republican party endorses auto rates initiative (Sacramento Bee)
- Fewer than 1 in 3 California registered Republican (Sacramento Bee)
- Democrats want to extend guaranteed retirement savings to private sector (Sacramento Bee)
- Investigation alleges abuse cover-up at California centers for the disabled (KPBS)
By Emma Cajthaml
Elite Gymnastics Academy partners with the American Red Cross
January 31, 2012 (Alpine) -- On Saturday, March 25, 2012 the communities of Alpine and Mt. Empire will host one of their traditions, the Miss Alpine, Miss Mt. Empire, and Miss East County Scholarship Pageants.
A sharing of artifacts recovered from the Titanic wreck site
December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—At year’s end, we reflect on the loss of several prominent residents of San Diego’s inland regions, as well as some less prominent individuals whose tragic deaths tugged at our heartstrings or sparked controversies.
November 24, 2011 (El Cajon) The public is invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Business after hours Holiday Mixer at Crunch Fitness. The event will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The location is Crunch Fitness, 565 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 202, El Cajon CA, above Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the Parkway Plaza. The admission fee is Members $10; Non-members $15.
UNVEILING OF IRELAND PAINTINGS: PAUL STRAHM EXHIBITION OPENS OCT. 22 WITH ARTIST RECEPTION AT O’DUNN FINE ART, LA MESA
By Millicent Arko
October 19, 2011 (La Mesa) O’Dunn Fine Art will unveil the Ireland Paintings Exhibition by Paul Strahm, a signature treatment that examines the Irish countryside, street scenes, coast and waterways. The collection of 14 paintings will be on display from October 22 – November 27, 2011 and are available for pre-sale.
By Cate Sacks
August 16, 2011 (Alpine) -- Picardy is a beautiful, well trained neutered male Picardy Collie Mix. He is great with all dogs and people of all ages.
Sweet young Maltipoo "Cuddles", tender and sensitive, loves to be cuddled, bonds very closely.
August 7, 2011 (Valley Center) – San Diego County Gourd Patch invites you to the second annual Gourdstock Festival at Bates Nut Farm in August 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Gourds are those funny shaped fruits, the pumpkin’s cousin, that dry out and can be used as containers, decorative art pieces, crafts, musical instruments and more. They were often used by the Indians to carry water and store supplies. There will be free demonstrations plus vendors selling all kinds, shapes, and sizes of raw and decorated gourds. You can also enjoy free classes, a fine arts fair, petting zoo for kids, and more.
A ROARING GOOD TIME: EAST COUNTY CHAMBER MEMBERS GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH BIG CATS AT LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS
Story by Miriam Raftery; Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery
August 2, 2011 (Alpine) -- "Oh, you're beautiful!" San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Alevy exclaimed as his wife, Joanne, dished up a forkful of chicken. But he wasn't complimenting her cooking. Instead, Alevy was admiring Raja--a 500-pound Bengal tiger that Joanne was feeding after winning a drawing at Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB) in Alpine.
The Chamber hosted a fundraiser to benefit the big cat rescue facility last weekend, donating 100% of proceeds to help this worthy cause while providing a memorable experience for Chamber members. View our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFhE9h-O0Uw
Tragedy elicits sharp criticism of AT&T from backcountry residents who share horror stories of outages, poorly maintained lines, and service hassles
CPUC encourages residents with phone land-line complaints to email email@example.com
By Miriam Raftery
July 27, 2011 (Lyons Valley) – Llama rancher John Klacka knew he had to get help fast when he found his prized stud llama, Muneco, had been bitten by a rattlesnake on July 7. “He was foaming at the mouth and having trouble breathing,” he recalled. “I ran into the house and tried to call the vet—and my phone was dead. I thought `This can’t be happening.’”
OPEN LETTER TO THE UNION TRIBUNE: WHY DOESN'T YOUR NEW CITIZENS' EDITORIAL BOARD INCLUDE ANY EAST COUNTY VOICES?
To: Jeff Light, Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune; firstname.lastname@example.org
July 24, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- I applaud the UT for setting up a citizen’s editorial board. In many ways you’ve achieved a diversity of views ethinically, racially, and politically. But there are some glaring omissions.
There is not a single voice representing East County, rural residents, fire survivors, nor environmental protection interests in the backcountry.
It’s particularly unbalanced to have SDG&E represented on the board, with no one to speak for rural East County folks negatively impacted by the company’s actions.
ALL ABOARD! STEAM TRAIN RIDES, SQUARE DANCING & DIXIELAND JAZZ AT OLD POWAY PARK’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2011 (Poway) –Decked out with red and blue bunting on wooden railway bridges, water tower and gazebo/bandstand, Old Poway Park today looked like a scene straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The Old West-themed park exemplifies the best of Americana this 4th of July, compete with rides on the Baldwin steam train (watch for train robbers), a Dixieland jazz band, square dancing, quilting show/contest and craft show—plus two-acres of picnic grounds and family-oriented activities such as three-legged races.
June 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – From La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade to the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show in El Cajon, East County displayed its patriotic pride.
At left, Dexter Levy drives a vintage auto in La Mesa's Flag Day Parade, heralding in the City's upcoming Centennial year of celebration. Photo by Kristin Kjaero.
June 6, 2011 (Flinn Springs) – The South of France is famed for its lavender fields. Yet many local residents don’t realize that lavender is grown right here in East County.
Summers Past Farms invites you to celebrate the fragrance and beauty of lavender on “Lavender Day”, Saturday June 18th. Jim Earp will provide live music while guests stroll through gardens and shop for lavender gifts such as soaps and scented drawer liners. You can also find many varieties of lavender at the garden’s nursery, where all plants are 20% off. Pack a picnic, or purchase lunch at an outdoor coffee bar. Summers Past suggests, “Remember to wear lavender."
June 3, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Each June the East County Chamber takes great pride in organizing and hosting East County's largest Health Fair. Summer Healthcare Saturday. now in it's 9th year, the fair has grown to become a fixture in East County. It also provides a whole host of crucial health related screenings and testings for free to East County residents. Mark your calendars for Saturday June 11th and consider participating in this informative and important East County event.