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WAYS TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY IN EAST COUNTY

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

(Photo, left, stock photo of Dan Foster next to the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor taken by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson) 

May 27, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) Memorial Day, or “reason for the season” is to honor U.S. military personnel who died serving the U.S.A. Although Memorial Day, with the typically 3-day weekend attached to the holiday, is also associated with BBQ’s, Memorial Day sales, trips to the beach or trips out of town. It is observed on the last Monday of May.

Here's a rundown of East County events to commemorate the occasion:


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LA MESA HOSTS 23RD ANNUAL FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 4

East County News Service

May 24, 2022 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Flag Day Parade salutes “Old Glory” at the 23rd annual event on Saturday, June 4.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., marching west through the La Mesa Village along La Mesa Blvd. to Acacia. The parade will be led by the United States Marine Corps 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and Grossmont High School Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard.  This year’s Grand Marshal will be healthcare and essential workers from Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Cheer on marching bands, active and retired military members, service clubs, and youth groups. 


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THE SPINNERS BRING PHILLY SOUL SOUNDS TO SYCUAN MAY 28

East County News Service

May 23, 2022 (El Cajon) –The Spinners, one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history, take stage in a live concert May 28 at 8 p.m. at Sycuan’s Live and Up Close Theatre. With a legacy spanning over six decades, The Spinners released their latest all-new original album in 2021, the aptly-titled, “Round the Block and Back Again.”


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YAT IN SPRING VALLEY PRESENTS DISNEY’S “DESCENDANTS”

Review by Kathy Carpenter 

May 15, 2022 (Spring Valley) - Good versus evil.  Most of us have a little of both. When we successfully merge the two, we become better people. Young Actors' Theatre in Casa De Oro presents Disney's “Descendants," based on the book by Nick Blaemire. Disney entertainment equals happiness. The show, directed by Katie Wallace with music director Mary Rose Vadaboncoeur, will have you leaving with a smile.


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NEIGHBORHOOD EARTH DAY IN EL CAJON MAY 28

East County News Service

Photo: Creative Commmons by SA

May 12, 2022 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon families can enjoy free vegan food, crafts for kids and information on local environmental issues, at an Every Day is Earth Day event on Saturday, May 28. The free event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hillside Center Park at 840 Bueno Terrace, El Cajon. Grilled vegan hamburgers and hot dogs will be available while they last, and kids can paint terracotta pots and plant succulents in them to take home.


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100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF LEMON GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB MAY 12 HONORS “MOTHERS OF MOTHERS”

By Helen M. Ofield, Treasurer/Historian to the Board

Lemon Grove Historical Society

May 9, 2022 (Lemon Grove) -- Belated Mother’s Day greetings.  We hearken back to 1909 and the 1920s and 1930s when our ancestral mothers led the charge in Lemon Grove as members of the Forward Club (because they were forward-thinking), a name later changed to the Women's Club when they joined the national Federation of Women's Clubs.  By 1922 the women had built and paid for their own clubhouse. You've done the math. That clubhouse is now 100.


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GET YOUR BOOTS ON FOR DESCANSO DAYS ON JUNE 4

East County News Service

May 6, 2022 (Descanso) – You’re invited to don your cowboy attire for Descanso Days. The annual fair and parade will take place on June 4, with the parade rolling out at 9 a.m.  The fair and live music begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m.


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THE COLONIZED AND THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA: LA MESA AUTHOR’S TRUE STORY DEPICTS STRUGGLES IN KENYA

Reviewed by Pennell Paugh

Author to hold book signing at Julian Library on May 10 at 1 p.m.

 

May 5, 2022 (La Mesa) -- The Colonized and the Scramble for Africa, the first of The Colonized series, provides true stories of how the author, Wanjirũ Waramaher family and community lived in abject poverty on British colonial farms in Kenya.

Warama, a resident of La Mesa, is a member of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. She will host a book signing in Julian at the County Library on May 10 at 1 p.m.


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DENIM AND DIAMONDS AT WILD IN THE COUNTRY MAY 21

East County News Service

April 5, 2022 (Alpine) - Wild in the Country is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine. After a two-year hiatus, the event returns May 21 with a “Denim and Diamonds” theme. You’re invited to  dust off those jeans, put on something sparkly, and get ready to visit with the animals, bid on amazing auction items, and rock out with The KING of Diamonds himself, Rob Garrett America's #1 NEIL DIAMOND tribute artist and impersonator who is a lead Las Vegas act.


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PRE-SUMMER KICKOFF MAY 5 FOR SANTEE THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE CONCERTS

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East County News Service

May 3, 2022 (Santee) -- You’re invited to join the City of Santee for a pre-summer kick off of the Thursday Nights Live series.

“We are warming everyone up before the Santee Summer Concerts start on Thursday, June 9 with free family fun and entertainment on Thursdays, May 5 – June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Santee Trolley Square amphitheater,” the invitation states. “This new Thursday night occurrence will be for the whole family and a fun opportunity to get out and about on Friday Eve. Grab a bite to eat at one of the Santee Trolley Square eateries or pack a picnic dinner while you enjoy the free fun.”


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SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES SUMMER OF MUSIC

East County News Service

May 3, 2022 (San Diego) – The San Diego Concert Band has announced five concerts in its upcoming “summer of music” series including a performance July 10 in East County at La Mesa’s Harry Griffin Park.

Below is the full schedule of events.


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ERICK DICKERSON ON BAROQUE LUTE MAY 8

East County News Service

April 30, 2022 (San Diego) - Erick Dickerson presents a concert on the 13 course Baroque lute of the music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss, a composer who lived from 1687-1750.  The concert will be on May 8 from 4 - 5 p.m. at Mission Trails Church,


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PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY APRIL 30

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff

April 25, 2022 (San Diego) - Looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs? 

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.


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O’GRADY’S HOLES FOR HEROES GOLF TOURNAMENT COMING UP ON MAY 6

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

April 25, 2022 (El Cajon) - Local Umbrella Media, in conjunction with numerous other “do-gooders,” is sponsoring O’Grady’s Holes for Heroes Golf Tournament on Friday, May 6th at El Cajon’s Cottonwood Golf Course. The proceeds will benefit active-duty military, veterans, and first responders.

The beneficiary of the proceeds, Saddles in Service, based in Alpine, whose mission is to combat the suicide rates of active-duty military, veterans, and first responders using equine assisted learning and activities, is a non-profit 501(c)(3).


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ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER TO HOST 21ST ANNUAL MORNING GLORY BRUNCH ON APRIL 30TH

Source:  St. Madeleine Sophie's Center

April 24, 2022 (El Cajon) - St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, will hold its 21st Morning Glory Brunch on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The brunch will be hosted at SMSC’s Garden and Aquatics Center, located at 2119 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019.


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IIPAY NATION PRESENTS ‘SOARING SPIRITS’ KITE FESTIVAL APRIL 23

East County News Service

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April 21, 2022 (Santa Ysabel) - April is National Kite Flying Month and the Iipay Nation presents the Soaring Spirits Kite Festival this Saturday, April 23.


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EARTH DAY BOULDER FAIR PLANNED FOR APRIL 24 IN JACUMBA

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2022 (Jacumba) - Jacumba Hot Springs celebrates its vast landscape of boulders this year at the annual Earth Day event at The Desert View Tower from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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SHERIFF’S DEPT. HOSTS COFFEE WITH THE COMMUNITY APRIL 27 IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

April 15, 2022 (Spring Valley) – The San Diego Sheriff’s Rancho San Diego station invites you to Coffee with the Community. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the San Diego Youth Services East Campus auditorium 3845 at Spring Drive in Spring Valley.

For more information, contact crime prevention specialize Nancy Ortiz at (619) 660-7009 or nancy.ortiz@sdsheriff.org.


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SPRING VALLEY RISES: COMMUNITY FORUM APRIL 19

East County News Service 

April 15, 2022 (Spring Valley) -- The Spring Valley Community Alliance is working to make Spring Valley greener, cleaner, healthier and safer. The Alliance is hosting a community forum on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. featuring two experts on community empowerment and revitalization who will share specific examples and resources that residents can use in Spring Valley and other communities. Folks are invited to attend and learn how to become agents of change in Spring Valley and surrounding communities.


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HOMELESSNESS PANEL DISCUSSION APRIL 21 IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service

April 15, 2022 (Lemon Grove) - The East County Homeless Task Force and Thrive Lemon Grove are hosting an in-person panel discussion on homelessness on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane in Lemon Grove.  


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'APRIL POOLS DAY' AT FLETCHER HILLS POOL APRIL 22

Source:  City of El Cajon

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April 14, 2022 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon is hosting a FREE April Pools Day event to help kick off May as National Drowning Prevention Month on Friday, April 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fletcher Hills Pool, located at 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.


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“FREEDOM FOR UKRAINE” RALLY SATURDAY IN SAN DIEGO

Source: House of Ukraine

April 14, 2022 (San Diego) – The House of Ukraine invites the public to join in a “Freedom for Ukraine” rally on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at 1600 North Harbor Drive in San Diego (corner of W. Ash St. and North Harbor Drive).  The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in massive loss of civilians’ life and evidence of war crimes by Russia.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON'S "RUMORS"

By Kathy Carpenter
 
April 12, 2022 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters'  "Rumors" is a classic farce.  A farce is defined as a comedy that seeks to entertain an audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, ridiculous, absurd and improbable. With lots of doors, comings and goings and people impersonating other people. An evening of fun and laughter. 

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EARTH DAY IN COUNTY PARKS APRIL 22-24

Source: County Parks and Recreation

April 10, 2022 (San Diego) -- San Diego is a biodiversity hotspot, and the daily actions of the County Parks and Recreation team help to safeguard our region's native plants and trees, air and water quality, and unique habitats for hundreds of species.

Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate these efforts and connect residents to the public spaces where wildlife thrives. The theme this year is Committed to Caring for Our Earth.  Below are Earth Day events in county parks, including several in East County.


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EGG-CITING EVENTS IN COUNTY PARKS: FIND EGGS, PLAY GAMES, EAT CAKES AND MEET BUNNIES

East County News Service

April 10, 2022 (San Diego) -- Are you looking for springtime activities to get the family outdoors? “Chick” out County Parks and Recreation, which has several “Egg-citing” Spring events lined up to help you celebrate the new season.

Take a peep below:


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LEARN HOW TO CREATE A SAFE HAVEN FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLIES APRIL 30 IN ALPINE

East County News Service

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2022 (Alpine) -- Would you like to be part of creating your own special garden where Monarch Butterflies can thrive? You’re invited to learn more on Saturday April 30th at 1 p.m. at the Alpine Town Hall (Alpine Woman’s Club), 2156 Alpine Blvd in Alpine.


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HORROR NOVELIST MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI AT USD ON APRIL 11

By Matthew Manosh

Photo: Mark Z. Danielewski, from his website

April 9, 2022 (San Diego) -- On Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m., A Conversation with Mark Z. Danielewski will be held in the IPJ Theatre at the University of San Diego. The event will be free and open to the public. Mark Z. Danielewski is known most for his horror novel House of Leaves. Other books he has written are the Familiar series, The Little Blue Kite and The Fifty Year Sword.


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FREE TREES AND DONUTS APRIL 23 AT THE GARDEN

East County News Service

April 9, 2022 (Rancho San Diego) – In honor of San Diego Tree Week, the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego will be giving away free trees and donuts on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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MAKE A SPLASH: APRIL 18 MEETING TO BRING TWO SWIMMING POOLS AND A CLUBHOUSE TO JACUMBA

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2022 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Jacumba is known for its hot springs. But now the Jacumba Community Service District wants to build two swimming pools and a clubhouse at a community park for residents and guests to stay cool on those sweltering hot days.  The community is urged to attend a meeting April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Highland Senior Citizens Center to show support for this proposal.


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SAN DIEGO AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH CENTER TO HOST 2022 POW WOW MAY 14 & 15

East County News Service

April 8, 2022 (San Diego) - San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Pow Wow is a celebration and showcase of Native American culture and traditions.  Native singers, drummers, and dancers in their beautiful regalia from throughout the Southwest will gather in Balboa Park at the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way to practice their traditions. You’re invited to come and celebrate us on May 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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