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LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL PRESENT "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS" DEC. 10: FUNDRAISER FOR THE 8TH GRADERS’ CLASS TRIP TO DC.

By Millicent Arko
 
December 7, 2011 (Lemon Grove)—The public is invited to a fundraiser hosted by Lemon Grove Historical Society to defray the cost for all 8th graders going on a class trip to Washington D.C in the spring 2012.
 
"Absolutely Fabulous" will take place on Saturday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER PARTICIPATES IN GIVEBIG 2011

 The center for adults with developmental disabilities urges supports to give BIG on December 14-15

 
December 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, the non-denominational adult day-training facility for adults with developmental disabilities, is participating in giveBIG 2011. On December 14-15, the public will have an opportunity to make online donations to the non-profit. The total donation amount will be matched by The San Diego Foundation, which strives to make San Diego a better place to live, work and play.

THE CHARLES I. CHENEWETH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CEASE OPERATIONS AND JOIN HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

 
The mission is to strengthen and enhance services to those with developmental disabilities in San Diego County


December 7, 2011 -- Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), which provides quality services, training, and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and others who will benefit, has announced plans to assume the operations and assets of The Charles I. Cheneweth Foundation (CICF).  

KENSINGTON CHURCH YOUTH GROUP REENACTS ‘LAS POSADAS’ CHRISTMAS STORY


Second Annual Outdoor Community Production Features a Candlelit Procession with Mary, Joseph and the Donkey and a Live Nativity Scene
 
December 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- Kensington Community Church (KCC), United Church of Christ, celebrated the season with its second annual Las Posadas in Kensington production on Saturday, Dec. 3. Put on by the church’s Middle and High School Youth Group, the outdoor reenactment of the Christmas story featured a candlelit community procession with the angel, Mary, Joseph and the donkey as they were turned away by innkeepers at Kensington Café and Starbucks.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA FROM GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN

 
Editor’s note:  When Governor Jerry Brown spoke at San Diego State University last year, he pledged to support public education and fight to restore funding. Now he seeks support from voters for a ballot initiative to raise funds to restore deep cuts made in funding for public schools including grades K-12, colleges, and universities in California.


December 7, 2011 (Sacramento)--When I became Governor again -- 28 years after my last term ended in 1983 -- California was facing a $26.6 billion budget deficit. It was the result of years of failing to match spending with tax revenues as budget gimmicks instead of honest budgeting became the norm.
 

KROC KIDS JUNIOR THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. DEC. 9 - 11

December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company is performing the Broadway classic Pirates of Penzance, Jr. on December 9, 10 and 11 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre.

 
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as its predecessor from 1879, Pirates of Penzance Jr. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dimwitted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters, and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.

 

COMEDIAN RICK GENE HAS STROKE ON STAGE AT SAN DIEGO DESSERTS

December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Last night, comedian Rick Gene was on stage at the bistro at San Diego Desserts, making people laugh when suddenly his language was inaudible and he started looking very strange. 911 was called and he was taken to Alvarado Hospital. The emergency room doctor did tests and said he had a mild stroke.

Brew Ha Ha Comedy, organizer of the event, has asked Rick Gene back next week to finish what he started on stage. 

AZTECS TO VIE IN NEW ORLEANS BOWL


SDSU News Center

December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--For the first time in the program's Division I history, the San Diego State football team (8-4) will participate in back-to-back postseason bowl games, as the Aztecs accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (8-4) at 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT, Saturday, Dec. 17.

The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be televised on ESPN.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINTER READING CHALLENGE

History comes to life in upcoming December events

 
December 6, 2011 (East County) -- Take the San Diego County Library - Winter Reading Challenge December 5 - January 15. All ages at all branches can take the challenge and win prizes. Check out five for a chance to win. Enter the weekly drawing every time you check out five items, and you could win one of these weekly prizes: Board Games, Ear Buds, Thumb Drives, Jigsaw Puzzles, Books, Puppets, Coffee Mugs, Free Beverages Coupons /Free Tickets to Local Events.

COMPLICATED GRIEF: DO YOU FEEL YOUR GRIEF WILL NEVER END?


If so, you may be a candidate for a new study at the La Jolla VA

By Dennis Moore

December 6, 2011 (San Diego)--Sidney Zisook, M.D. and his research team at the V.A.San Diego Healthcare System are conducting a research study to find out more about the effectiveness of a medication called Celexa (citalopram) in treating complicated grief.  Complicated grief is a bereavement reaction in which acute grief is prolonged, causing distress and interfering with functioning. Symptoms o might include:

HOLIDAY HARMONIES AROUND THE WORLD: WOMEN’S BARBERSHOP CHORUS TO RING IN THE SEASON DEC. 11

By Millicent Arko

 
December 6, 2011 (National City) California Note Catchers invites you to celebrate the joy of the season on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. with a festive afternoon of musical entertainment.

READER’S EDITORIAL: CONGRESS SHOULD EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BY DEC. 31 DEADLINE

By Sierra Severson

 
December 6, 2011 (San Diego)--The unemployment insurance fund is about to expire before the end of this year. Congress needs to act to extend this necessary safety net or Americans will suffer even greater than they already have. We need this program to be renewed for the millions of people who are seeking jobs in this economy.

 

CAROLING ATOP MT. HELIX DEC. 11


December 6, 2011 (Mt. Helix)--Put on those sweaters, collect your family and head up to Mt. Helix Park on Sunday, December 11 at 6 p.m. for free sing-along caroling.
 
Gina Seashore, known as "That Music Lady," will be leading an evening of singing to all the favorites. There will be coffee, hot cocoa and even a visit from Santa. SPRITES will be providing free baked goods.

AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC, "AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL" DEC 11

 December 6, 2011 (Santee) -- Talented singers of the combined adult and children's/youth choir will present an evening of Christmas Music entitled, "And His Name Shall be Called Wonderful." One performance only will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10052 Magnolia Avenue in Santee.


The performance is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of musical performances, including a handchime choir and a violinist, along with a live nativity. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

 

YOUNG MOUNTAIN LIONS SPOTTED NEAR ALPINE HOMES

 
December 6, 2011 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Network reports that two mountain lion cubs were spotted the night before last in the 3000 block of North Victoria Drive.  The sighting was reported by Bill Randall, who said he spotted the two lions in his driveway two nights ago. 

 

YOU'RE INVITED! FEASTING & MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 10

December 6, 2011 (Mt. Helix) --We joyfully invite our readers to join us in an afternoon of festivities at our annual holiday party!  Come join the fun -- and help support the East County Toy and Food Drive as well as East County Magazine.

The event will be held Saturday, December 10 from 2-6 p.m. at our editor's home on Mt. Helix. (Address/directions provided with RSVP). Join us for feasting and merrymaking, wine tasting, live music by jazz pianist Danny Green, prizes, drawings, and games galore! 

POWER OUTAGE ACROSS EAST COUNTY

December 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Nearly 3,000 customers are without power this morning in Dulzura, Potrero, Campo, Jamacha, Jamul, Indian Springs, La Presa, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, Barrett Lake, and Lyons Valley. According to San Diego Gas & Electric Company, the power outage is due to a suspected problem in the overhead electrical system. 

Power went out at 8:42 a.m. and restoration is expected by 9:44 this morning on two circuits affected. There are additional outages, however, in Bonita and Pala with separate causes and later restoration times projected.

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR SHOPPING GUIDE TO UNIQUE AND SPECIAL ITEMS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – This holiday season, why not support our local economy by buying your gifts locally? Below are our picks to some of this year’s most unique and special offerings from San Diego’s eastern regions.

HOLIDAY PARTY AND AUCTION AT VIEJAS TO BENEFIT THE 36TH ANNUAL EAST COUNTY TOY AND FOOD DRIVE DEC 7

 
December 6, 2011 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will be holding the Stoney & Robs holiday party & auction in the Viejas Dream Catcher Lounge at Viejas Casino. All proceeds will benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive serving the needy East County children and other families this holiday season.

 

HERE’S THE SCOOP: BASKIN ROBBINS ICE CREAM ROBBED IN LA MESA

December 5, 2011 (La Mesa) – A man who claimed to have a gun robbed the Baskin Robbins Store at 8807 La Mesa Boulevard this afternoon. La Mesa Police received a call at 4:22 p.m. but could not locate the suspect, who fled sound on Jackson Drive.

The suspect is described as white, 35-40 years old, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was unshaven and wore a tan long-sleeved hoodie with dark writing, blue jeans, a dark baseball cap and black sunglasses.

EAST COUNTY EATER: ZEYTOON SERVES UP ZESTY PERSIAN AND MEDITERRANEAN DELIGHTS

Zeytoon Restaurant at VineRipe Market

Persian and Mediterranean cuisine

8191 Fletcher Parlway
La Mesa, CA 91942    (next to CostCo)
(619) 462-7809        

By Megan McGlamery

Nestled in La Mesa next to the VineRipe Market is Zeytoon, a delicious Persian and Mediterranean restaurant now under new ownership. Zeytoon, which translates to olive, serves a wide variety of flavorful appetizers, salads, entrees and sandwiches, all of which are reasonably priced and generously sized. The market is also a treasure-trove of specialty foods from around the world.

Scroll down for coupons and details.

MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTED NEAR POWAY SCHOOLS


December 5, 2011 (Poway) – Two Poway schools, Stone Ranch Elementary and Oak Valley Middle School, were briefly locked down this afternoon following a report of a large mountain lion sighted in a canyon at 4S Ranch Parkway near Dove Creek Road. The big cat was close to a boys and girls club as well as the schools, the Union-Tribune reports.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION TOUR

By Mayan Avitable
 
December 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The atmosphere on the campus of Helix Charter High School was certainly electric as I walked across campus to attend a tour and program titled Excellence in Education. The Highlanders' football team was getting ready to play for a title in the Division II semifinal game against Mission Hills High School.  The football team would play in one and a half hours -- more about that later.
 
 

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS LIGHT UP JAMUL HAVEN HISTORIC INN


 
 
 
 By Megan McGlamery
 
December 5, 2011 (Jamul) -- Tucked away in the scenic countryside of Jamul, California is the five-star Jamul Haven Inn, an exquisite bed and breakfast featuring a beautiful Victorian farmhouse. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom inn is especially spectacular during the holiday season, when innkeeper Marianne Roetzheim brings the holiday spirit to life with her stunning decorations.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON I-8 IN DESCANSO

December 5, 2011 (Descanso) -- The Medical Examiner's office has identified Gabrial A. Edwards, 40, as the victim in a fatality accident that occurred late last night in Descanso. Edwards was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck which struck the rear of a parked truck tractor semi-trailer on the Japatul Valley Road offramp from westbound I-8. 

MAN, 20, KILLED CROSSING SWEETWATER ROAD IN SPRING VALLEY

December 5, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- Dominic Estevan Penney, 20, died of head injuries sustained when he was struck by a black Ford Mustang near Mount Miguel High School. According to the CHP, he was hit while crossing Sweetwater Road at Blossom Lane in Spring Valley at 9:40 p.m. on December 3.  

SDG&E GETS VARIANCE TO WORK DURING START OF EAGLE NESTING SEASON

 

New nesting pair found near McCain Valley, an ECM reader reports

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has been granted a variance to continue flights within 4,000 feet of golden eagle nests through December 7 and, in the event of exceptional unforeseen circumstances, as late as December 15 for completion of Sunrise Powerlink work.

DUI DRIVER SENDS FAMILY OF 4 TO HOSPITAL

December 4, 2011 (San Diego) –The driver of a Land Rover has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after causing a crash that sent a family of four to the hospital. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. on eastbound I-8 near Waring Road.

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING - ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK – DECEMBER 2011


December 4, 2011 (Anza Borrego)Winter is a beautiful time to visit our desert region. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is offering a series of interpretive events in December to help you explore the area’s many wonders. Options include hikes to hidden canyons and caves, bird watching walks, lectures on paleontology and archaeology, animal tracking, a sunset/moonlit hike, and much more. Scroll down for a complete list of activities and links to register.

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES 6-YEAR-OLD RAMONA BOY’S DEATH A HOMICIDE RELATED TO CHILDHOOD ABUSE


December 4, 2011 (Ramona) – A child who died Tuesday at his adoptive parents’ home in Ramona has been found to be a victim of homicide. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that 6-year-old Samuel Isaiah Dahlke died from complications of a head injury inflicted by his father at age two months.

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