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AARP OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS,LOW INCOME PEOPLE AND OTHERS IN NEED IN EAST COUNTY

January 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is offering absolutely free tax preparation and e-filing services in East County. Volunteers will staff these locations from February 1, to April 17, 2012.


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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELATIONS BETWEEN AFRICANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS IN SAN DIEGO JANUARY 26

 
January 20, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego Voice & Viewpoint newspaper will host a forum on leadership in the African and African American Communities on Januuary 26. The purpose of this event is to discuss the differences and similarities between communities, and to begin to work more collectively on issues. Thoughts and comments are welcome to this discussion on relations between those in the African and African American communities.  


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COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO AQUATICS CENTER OPENS AT THE MCGRATH FAMILY YMCA IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 
Ribbon Cutting is Scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2012


January 11, 2012, Rancho San Diego) -- The highly anticipated new County of San Diego Aquatics Center at the McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego will celebrate  its ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. The state of the art facility, located at 12006 Campo Road, is in a position to provide a variety of programs  that help kids and adults learn water safety  skills, develop confidence in and around the water and enjoy the benefits of water exercise.

 


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FREE “START SMART” DRIVER TRAINING FOR TEENS & PARENTS JAN. 12 IN ALPINE

 

January 5, 2011 (Alpine) Responding to an alarming teen fatality trend in San Diego County,  Alpine Sheriff’s Station will host “Start Smart” on Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willow Road in Alpine (first driveway on the left after the casino).


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EAST COUNTY PAGEANTS SEEK CONTESTANTS


January 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing women ages 13-26 to participate in the 2012 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants, programs that have been a tradition in La Mesa and Santee since the late 1960’s. 


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NEED TO RETURN A GIFT? CHECK THESE RETURN POLICIES FOR MAJOR STORES


December 28, 2011 (San Diego)—If you received  a gift that doesn’t fit, doesn’t work, or just doesn’t suit your needs, it’s important to return merchandise within the time frame required by merchants—and know each store’s return policy.
 
Below is our guide to return policies for major vendors:

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PREPARING AN UNDERGROUND CACHE

 By Megan Davies, Waterproof Case Company

 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A great way to secure your valuables, particularly in wildfire-prone East County, is to create an underground cache.  The same methods can also be used to create a survival cache or time capsule. For extended underground applications we recommend our Seahorse line of cases as the first choice primarily because they are the only cases on the market that are truly rust proof.  Even the hinge, latch and handle pins are made in molded resin. This applies to case models SE-120 through SE-720.  The larger SE-920 and SE-1220 do have metal screws for the telescopic pull handle assemblies. Even then, the screws are stainless steel, but still not 100% rustproof, especially underground for extended periods of time.

 


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‘TIS THE SEASON TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY


Wells Fargo offer tips to keep holiday spending under control
 
December 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Before you and your kids start checking off the holiday shopping list this season, give your kids the gift that keeps on giving - teach them the importance of financial education. Parents, who plan ahead and teach their children good financial habits before they start shopping, will avoid added holiday stress by keeping spending under control. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is offering six ways to help parents to prepare their kids for the holiday shopping season.

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SHARE YOUR STORIES FOR LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL

 
December 11, 2011, (La Mesa) -- In 2012, the City of La Mesa will celebrate its Centennial. The City is requesting both current and past residents to “Share Your Story” with us. Perhaps it is a story about growing up as a child in La Mesa, or hearing your grandparents talk about our town or perhaps it is why you decided to raise a family here. “Please tell us why you care about La Mesa as a community and help us celebrate the American Hometown!” a release from the City asks.

 


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LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THREE VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS


December 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted from La Mesa residents for unscheduled vacancies on the City’s Building Codes Review Board, Environmental Sustainability Commission and Human Relations Advisory Commission.

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SEVEN-TIME LOTTERY GAME GRAND PRIZE WINNER RICHARD LUSTIG SHARES HIS WINNING SECRETS AT GOLDEN ACORN CASINO AND TRAVEL CENTER


December 2, (Campo) --  Richard Lustig, the only seven-time lottery game grand prize winner in history, will be sharing his winning lottery method during an exciting live appearance at The Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center in Campo, CA on December 3rd at 8 p.m.

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SENATOR CHRISTINE KEHOE HOSTS SENIOR SCAM STOPPER SEMINAR DEC. 5 TO EMPOWER SENIORS

 
December 2, 2011 (San Diego) --
San Diego, Senator Christine Kehoe, Assemblymember Toni Atkins, and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a FREE Senior Scam Stopper seminar on Monday, December 5, 2011  from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center.

Seniors will learn and be more empowered as they listen to subject-matter experts provide tips on how they can protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.

 


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HOW IS THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY? CPI SPEAKER TO ADDRESS ISSUE DEC. 7 IN LA MESA

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Clare Crawford, Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, will address the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club about the 2008 economic meltdown and its effect on our community. The event will take place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa on December 7 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. during the Club’s holiday party. All community members are invited to attend this free event.


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SENIORS FIRST SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


New initiative encourages seniors and their loved ones to ‘use their voice’ to advocate on important issues through workshops and social media
 
November 30, 2011 (San Diego) --  Seniors First San DiegoTM, an advocacy program of Senior Community Centers, announces a schedule of workshops for seniors and their loved ones to use their voice to advocate on important issues, such as care giving, entitlement benefits such as social security and Medicare, transportation, housing and more.

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LEMON GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER BREAKS GROUND NOVEMBER 30


November 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) --  The Lemon Grove School District will break ground on November 30 at 9:00 a.m. for the joint-use library/media center planned following passage of Proposition W.

The ceremony will take place at
Lemon Grove Middle School, 7866 Lincoln Street, Lemon Grove. When the Proposition W bond passed in 2008, the Lemon Grove School District began to plan for the implimentation of the projects outlined in the bond:

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MISSION TRAILS ASKS HELP TO WIN $25,000: VOTE DAILY THROUGH DEC. 1

 

November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, which graciously donated space at its beautiful visitor center to benefit our nonprofit with our "Summerfest" event, has asked for our help--and yours. 


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THE SAN DIEGO TROLLEY RENEWAL PROJECT AND INFORMATION FOR RIDERS

 By Mayan Avitable

Reading about the new elevators at the Grossmont Trolley Station in East County Magazine, made me wonder about other news regarding the trolley system. When I went to the website for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, I found it had done an excellent job providing information for its riders about the Trolley Renewal Project that will affect the schedules and locations for catching the trolley. 
 

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SAFE LIGHT PROJECT PUTS SOLAR LIGHTING ON HOMES TO IMPROVE SAFETY

 

November 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Councilmember Marti Emerald, Council President Tony Young, the San Diego Police Department and Rebuilding Together teamed to launch the “Safe Light Project”  on November 22, beginning with the neighborhoods of Mt. Hope and Mountain View. The organizations are teaming with community volunteers to install solar lighting on homes in neighborhoods that lack adequate lighting.

 


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SENIORS FIRST SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

New initiative encourages seniors and their loved ones to ‘use their voice’ to advocate on important issues through workshops and social media 

November 22, 2011 (San Diego ) -- Seniors First San DiegoTM, an advocacy program of Senior Community Centers, announces a schedule of workshops in San Diego and Bonita for seniors and their loved ones to use their voice to advocate on important issues, such as care giving, entitlement benefits such as social security and Medicare, transportation, housing and more.

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A DOG PARK FOR SPRING VALLEY?


November 16, 2011 (Spring Valley)--The Spring Valley Citizens Association will discuss adding a dog-friendly Park in Spring Valley at its next community meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the San Miguel Fire District, 2850 Via Orange Way.


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NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM TAKES USED COOKING OIL AND LEAVES CLEANER AIR

 

November 15, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Don’t waste your Thanksgiving leftovers or risk clogging drains to dispose of grease! You can now drop off used cooking oil and grease for recycling at the EDCO Station in La Mesa or four other EDCO recycling buyback centers in the county. 

This free service is provided by EDCO and New Leaf Biofuel, both locally-owned companies.


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SHERIFF'S RANCHO SAN DIEGO STATION GROUNDBREAKING NOV 18

 

November 13, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rancho San Diego Station on Friday, November 18t at 10:00 a.m.  Sheriff Bill Gore, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, community leaders and local law enforcement agencies in the East County will be in attendance.  


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VETERAN BENEFITS AND SERVICES APPS NOW AVAILABLE

 November 12, 2011 (California) -- Veterans now have a new smart phone tool to help them connect with their benefits and find services that will help them successfully transition from military to civilian life. 


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CHEERS! GIVE A TOAST TO OUR VETERANS AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AND TASTING ROOM IN LA MESA

November 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The staff at San Pasqual Winery invite you to honor present and past service men and women by participating in “A Toast to Our Veterans.”


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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FACILITY, OPENING OF TIME CAPSULE ON NOV. 17

 

November 10, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The community is invited to attend a special event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County on Thursday, November 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the El Cajon Clubhouse, 1171 East Madison Avenue, (next to Wells Park) in El Cajon. Members of the community, government leaders, BGCEC Board members, major sponsors, parents and children will attend a special open house and tour of the El Cajon Clubhouse. 


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COUNTY GIVING FREE SAND & BAGS TO RESIDENTS

People Encouraged to Protect their Properties, Keep Roadways and Storm Drains Clear

November 3, 2011 (San Diego County) -- With the rainy season approaching, the County Department of Public Works (DPW) is again giving free sandbags to people in unincorporated communities to protect their homes, neighborhoods and streets from damaging mud and debris flows, flooding and erosion.
 

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EL CAJON POLICE STATION DEDICATION NOV. 12

November 3, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The official dedication celebration of the new El Cajon Police Station will be held on Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 100 Civic Center Way in downtown El Cajon.  Visitors will see law enforcement displays, including SWAT and other specialized police units located in the parking lot, and tours will be given of the new high-tech facility.
 
 
 

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LA MESA POLICE TO HOST ROBBERY FORUM ON NOVEMBER 1, 2011

October 24, 2011 (La Mesa) -- In light of recent robberies that have occurred in the City of La Mesa and in San Diego County, the La Mesa Police Department is hosting a Robbery Forum for business owners and employees working in La Mesa. The forum will provide information about robberies and how the police department can work with its business partners to address these crimes.

 
This community forum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, in the La Mesa Police Department’s Community Room. Representatives from the La Mesa Police Department will present information on robbery awareness and prevention, employee safety and what to do during and after a robbery.
 

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SEVEN EAST COUNTY KITCHENS ON THE ASID KITCHEN TOUR ON OCT. 22

 

 October 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The American Society of Interior Designers’ self-guided Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase 14 beautifully remodeled kitchens in San Diego County -- including several in East County and San Diego's inland regions.  designed by some of the region’s own design stars.

 
 
 “This is an unprecedented opportunity to tour 14 astonishingly different kitchens and meet the ASID designers who created these magical transformations,” said Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Allied Member ASID, event chair. 
 
 

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WIN 2 FREE TICKETS TO THIS SATURDAY'S ASID KITCHEN TOUR

 

October 20, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Want to feast your eyes on the hottest looks cooked up by local designers on the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego Kitchen Tour this Saturday?  East County Magazine is giving away a pair of tickets.


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