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VIEJAS ROLLS OUT “SAY YES TO BOWLING!” FREE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS & TEENS

 

 
By Sierra Robinson

June 8, 2012 (Alpine) – Looking for something fun, free and cool for the kids to do this summer? Your child or teen can receive a free bowling game each week-day this summer, along with bowling shoes, in Viejas Bowl’s new “Say Yes to Bowling” program.  The fun starts in June and continues on through August.

 

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PUBLIC CAN WATCH PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE

 
Webcasts Will Make Land Use Meetings Easier for Public to Follow

May 19, 2012 (San Diego County) -- People can now watch San Diego County Planning Commission meetings live online to keep up with land use issues in the county.

 


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PARKS & REC SUMMER 2012 TEEN NITE PROGRAM KICK-OFF MAY 4

April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced the May 4 kick-off of their Summer 2012 Teen Nite Program that will run through September 14.  The recreation centers will have extended Friday hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. all summer long with lots of free activities for boys and girls ages 12 to 17.


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MEMORIES ARE MADE AT SUMMER CAMPS FOR LA MESA KIDS

 

April 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child who loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or a youngster who loves to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:  

 


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REVAMPING THE RADIO DIAL: MORE LOCAL PROGRAMMING ON THE HORIZON

San Diego Community Radio Project also gets set to launch from Descanso; seeks funds and volunteers
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –“Every once in a while, government does something that is not only good news, but refreshing,” local author and former public radio producer Walter Carlin said of last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open the airwaves up for community radio stations, rather than reserving that space for mega-networks with concentrated ownership and opinion-shaping power.
 
The decision, however, presents a new challenge, Carlin notes. “Can and will local radio respond?”

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SANTEE LAKES INSTALLING NEW PARK SHELTERS AND PLAYGROUND

 
April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes is getting a facelift on Lakes 1 and 5. The park is replacing three old picnic/gazebo structures and an outdated playground with new up‐to‐date structures. This will give visitors an opportunity to picnic in a beautiful setting and will add much needed shade, especially during the summer months.
 
 
Padre Dam’s Board of Directors and the Director of Park and Recreation for Santee Lakes break ground on the construction site for the new three‐tiered gazebo.


Pictured (left to right): Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner, and Padre Dam Board Directors Jim Peasley, Augie Caires, Bill Pommering, Doug Wilson and Augie Scalzitti.

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APRIL POOLS DAY KICKS OFF WATER AWARENESS WITH EVENTS APRIL 21 and 28 IN EAST COUNTY

April 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Aquatic Council will be holding water awareness events throughout the county during the month of April.  In anticipation of Drowning Prevention Month in May the events will provide information on how to keep children safe around water.


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FROM A TO Z---ADULT BALLET TO ZUMBA, SPRING ADULT AND YOUTH RECREATION CLASSES ANNOUNCED IN LA MESA

 

April 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Community Services is enrolling now for their popular adult classes , and for the youth recreation classes that begin the week of April 9th. La Mesa Community Services Recreational Program was honored as 2010 Best of East County, by the 2010 East County Californian Readers Poll. 

Adult classes include: Adult Ballet, Belly Dancing, Boot Camp, Dog Obedience, Fencing, Ice Skating, Irish Folk Music, La Mesa Stroller Strides, Tennis, Walk and Talk, Yoga, Zumba, Adult Lap Swim, Adult Learn to Swim, Masters Swim Team, and Watercise.


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85-FAMILY GARAGE SALE IN EL CAJON MARCH 31-APRIL 1

 
March 29, 2012 (Granite Hills) -- Andy Pheasant, a Realtor at C-21 All Service Realtors, is organizing his annual multi-family garage sale in the Granite Hills area for the 26thyear. It is this weekend, March 31 and April 1, from 8a.m.-3p.m. This year there are over 85 families signed up for the annual event, maps are available at 1598 Richandave.
 

 


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BUTTERFLY JUNGLE OPENS SATURDAY AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

 
March 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- A Giant Owl butterfly delights Mac Jarman, 5, of La Mesa, when it lands on his red hair. Mac was one a few lucky kids who got a sneak peek at San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle Friday. The three-week festival of flutter opens on Saturday.

Once a year, guests at the Safari Park are enchanted as thousands of butterflies flitter around them in a walk-through aviary called Hidden Jungle. Butterfly Jungle runs through Sunday, April 15. New this year, guests can use identification cards in the exhibit that will help them determine the names of many of the 30 species.

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COUNTY PARKS, COX COMMUNICATIONS OPEN “COX TECH CENTER” IN SPRING VALLEY

Computer Lab, Flat Screen TV, Blu-ray DVD Player, Cable Access Benefits Kids and Seniors

March 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Seniors and kids got their first chance to work in and enjoy a new computer lab/senior lounge Wednesday at the Spring Valley Community Center when the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and Cox Communications held an open house for the new “Cox Tech Center.”


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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION CLASSSES FOR DOGS MARCH 25

 
Train your dog to avoid rattlesnakes
 
March 20, 2012 (Alpine) -- This is the season for rattlesnakes in the East County. At Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center , partnering with High On Kennels  there will be rattlesnake aversion classes. Appointments can be made for the  Sunday, March 25 classes.

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5TH ANNUAL “PAWSITIVELY YOURS” DOGGY ADOPT-A-THON ON MARCH 24

March 19, 2012 (Santee) – On March 24, Camp BowWow will host its 5th Annual “Pawsitively Yours” Doggy Adopt-a-Thon event to help people and pups make a love connection.  The event will take place at Woodglen Vista Dog Park at 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The event is open to the public and will raise awareness of the importance of adoption from local rescues and shelters. 


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LA MESA ANNOUNCES "MEMORIES TO BE MADE" SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS

March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps to put a smile on children's faces. Camps are offered for ages four years and up:  

 *Art Smarts Art Camp, *Arts and Crafts Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Fencing Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *FRESHi Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Tennis Camp and * Woodworking Camp.


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EL CAJON ANNOUNCES SPRING RECREATION CLASSES AND MULTI-SPORTS DAY CAMP

 

March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Registration for El Cajon’s Spring recreation programs begins March 13 online or by mail, with walk-in registrations accepted starting March 19. Spring recreation classes are offered for kids of all ages and include multi-sports camp, aquatics, dance, preschool programs and gymnastics.
 
To learn more, visit http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/dept/rec/ , or call (619) 441-1516.  For details on the multi-sports day camp, read more.
 

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NEW COMEDY RADIO SHOW DEBUTS IN EAST COUNTY

 
March 1, 2012 (Alpine) -- A new comedy show airs Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. on www.my107.9 FM in Alpine. Need some laughs? Listen in to hear "The Week You Missed With Diane and Chris" and "The Amazing Al Gavi."

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CITY OF SANTEE COMMITTEE OPENINGS

 

February 23, 2012 (Santee)--The City of Santee invites residents to serve the community and welcomes your application to any of the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees. There is currently a  vacancy on the Manufactured Home Fair Practices Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to ensure that the provisions of the Santee Manufactured Home Fair Practices Ordinance are appropriately implemented in Santee.

 


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SILENCE IS WORSE THAN VIOLENCE - YOUTH TOWN HALL MEETING MARCH 2

 

 

February 23, 2012 (San Diego) – On Friday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a Youth Town Hall meeting with the theme of Silence is Worse than Violence held at Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego.  It will provide a safe place to address the challenges youth face, and to come together to create solutions that strengthen youth voice, leadership and community engagement.

 


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ALPINE SHERIFF’S STATION HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING MARCH 1

 
February 22, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Sheriff's Station is hosting an evening with Lieutenant Jose Sanchez and Alpine Sheriff's Detective Rich Bolter on Thursday, March 1 at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd.

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HELP SUPPORT ECM THIS WEEK--AND SAVE MONEY!

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TAKE LEAP YEAR TO HEART WITH A FREE EXERCISE CLASS

Lakeside, Fallbrook, Spring Valley Community Centers Promote Fun Heart Health Feb. 29
 
February 21, 2012 (San Diego East County) -- Leap year presents us with an extra day this February — which is also American Heart Month. In celebration, the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting people to do some literal leaping on Feb. 29 with free exercise classes at its three community centers.

Choose from Zumba, Boot Camp, Fitness Fusion or Fitness Yoga. Take the free day to try a fun class — it might just inspire you to return often and keep your heart healthy for many leap years to come.
 

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SMILE! JOIN A CENTENNIAL PHOTO SHOOT FEB. 18 IN LA MESA

 

 
February 13,2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to join in forming a human “100” to honor La Mesa’s 100th birthday.  A “Century of Smiles” photo shoot will take place on February 18 at 7 a.m. on the upper level of the Grossmont Center parking garage. Refreshments will be provided, plus free t-shirts to the first 300 participants.  

 


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EL CAJON NAMES DOUGLAS WILLIFORD AS NEW CITY MANAGER

 
February 16, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mayor Mark Lewis announced that the El Cajon City Council voted unanimously to select Douglas Williford as its new City Manager.  The selection follows a thorough nationwide search in which 64 candidates applied for the position.  Williford currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments.  He has past experience working in the City of El Cajon’s Planning Department, as well as similar positions with the City of Santee and the City of Irvine.

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SHERIFF’S LAKESIDE COMMUNITY AWARENESS DAY FEB. 11

 
February 5, 2012 (Lakeside)-- Reducing crime, making neighborhoods safer, and in general improving the quality of life for all of our citizens can only be accomplished through partnerships and team efforts, the San Diego Sheriff’s office says. The Santee Sheriff’s Station is holding a Community Awareness Day on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lindo Lake Park, 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside.

 


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LA MESA HOSTS TOWNHALL MEETING FEB. 7

 
January 29, 2012 (La Mesa)--In an on-going commitment to communicating with residents and in honor of the City’s Centennial, all five members of the La Mesa City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting. The open-forum session is set for Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. 

 


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SPRING RECREATION CLASSES – CITY OF LA MESA

 
January 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa La Mesa Community Services is enrolling now for their popular classes that begin the week of February 6th. La Mesa Community Services Recreational Program was honored as 2010 Best of East County, by the 2010 East County Californian Readers Poll.  

 


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CITY OF LA MESA HIGHLIGHTED AS PART OF STRONG CITIES | STRONG STATE CAMPAIGN


January 28, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The
city of La Mesa was profiled as part of the ongoing “Strong Cities | Strong State” campaign highlighting local government success stories across California.  “Strong Cities | Strong State” is a project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).

“La Mesa is celebrating its Centennial in 2012 and it is fitting that La Mesa is highlighted as a Strong City with its long tradition of successful community projects,” says Mayor Art Madrid.

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GRAND RE-OPENING OF RENETTE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER FEBRUARY 2


By Monica Zech
 
January 28, 2012 (El Cajon)—The public is invited to the Grand Re-Opening of Renette Park Community Center on Thursday, February 2, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., at 935 South Emerald Avenue in El Cajon. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m.

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DESIGN A DOG DREAM HOUSE OR A COOL CAT CONDO FOR "BARKITECTURE" COMPETITION TO BENEFIT SHELTER PETS

Creations will be displayed at Parkway Plaza and auctioned; entry deadline extended to Feb. 15


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SENIOR FINANCIAL CARE AND HEALTH CARE SEMINAR ON JANUARY 31

 
January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a Senior Financial Care and Health Care seminar on Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  It will be held at The College Avenue Center at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 4855 College Avenue in San Diego.

 


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