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July 15. 2009 (El Cajon)– On the prowl for some fun this weekend?  El Cajon community art groups, museums, restaurants, and other downtown businesses are staging Alley Cat Summer Fest 2009, an event best described as the cat's meow. Organizers predict 5,000 people at the two-day event on Friday, July 17, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., downtown El Cajon.


St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), presenter of the event, describes this festive weekend as “a time when El Cajon comes alive with community spirit, support, and a collective focus on the pulse of any great city – its people, businesses, and amazing heart.”


Alley Cat Summer Fest is one of SMSC’s community-integrated art opportunities available to the adults with developmental disabilities who attend SMSC’s Sophie’s Gallery, which is supported in part by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.


This year’s SMSC event will feature prominent artists, including a juried art show sponsored by Friends of East County Arts, Inc., a classic car show, a "job fair" sponsored by the El Cajon Career Center, boutique vendors, a battle of the bands for teens, Concerts on the Green (Friday and Saturday), Jr. Crew, a Kids Zone, a beer garden sponsored by the German American Club, a special Little and Large presentation of jewelry and sculpture created by artists throughout San Diego, sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Visual Arts Network, and much more. Stay tuned at


Sponsors of Alley Cat Summer Fest 2009 include Mrs. Gloria Rimland and Mark Rimland of Edgeware Gallery in Kensington; San Diego National Bank; Video Fact; Motoworld; and the Friends of East County Arts, Inc. Sponsorships are still available. Call Cheryl Einsele 619-442-5129, ext. 3332. This event is also supported in part by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.


St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center helps people with developmental disabilities, and their families and communities, discover, explore, and nurture opportunities to live life to its fullest, through their progressive programs and services, including an art gallery in downtown El Cajon (Sophie’s Gallery), an organic garden (Sophie’s Organic Garden), a Jr. Olympic Pool, supported employment contracts with local and national businesses, culinary, technology and music programs, and more. SMSC, a nondenominational adult day training and life skills center, is located in El Cajon, California, 20 miles east of downtown San Diego; they provide service to the greater San Diego communities.


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