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East County News Service

February 1, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s popular "History Alive" lecture series will feature noted historian James D. Newland and his latest book "Around Mt. Helix" on Feb. 4 at 7 p.min the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

In words and pictures, Newland will describe the story-behind-the-story of Mt. Helix, surely among the most-loved landmarks in East County and all of San Diego County. Along the way, he'll fold in stories from the Mt. Helix communities of Casa de Oro, La Mesa, Grossmont-Mt. Helix, El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley.

Newland is the president of the La Mesa Historical Society, a supervising historian and a manager for California State Parks, and author of  "Images of America: La Mesa" and a history of the Cleveland National Forest. He earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and an M. A. in Public History from SDSU.

“Don't miss this great evening with a personable walking encyclopedia of regional lore,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society.