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Source: Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

April 20, 2016 (El Cajon) – From the launch of Cajon Classic Cruises to Earth Day cleanup and the El Cajon Relay for Life and much more, here are highlights of activities coming up in El Cajon over the next month.

Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows Starting April 20th


See beautiful classic vehicles during the 2016 Season of Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows every Wednesday night, starting April 20 and continuing through October 26. The first car show will involve a full street closure of East Main Street between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This popular car show is held in the area of the Prescott Promenade in Downtown El Cajon and hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. For more information, please visit www.cajonclassiccruise.org or call (619) 334-3000.


Special Earth Day Clean-Up Event – Register Now – Make a Difference!

In honor of Earth Day, the City of El Cajon, with the assistance of the I Love a Clean San Diego organization, will be hosting a "Creek to Bay Cleanup" event on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. noon!  During the 14th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, I Love a Clean San Diego has a record-breaking 106 county-wide locations to choose from.  During last year's event, 5,800 volunteers removed approximately 90-tons of waste and debris from creeks, rivers, and drainage channels in the San Diego Region.

We are seeking volunteers to come out to help clean up and remove trash and debris from Forester Creek. Please gather your family, friends, and co-workers, and sign-up for the El Cajon site or a site of your choice. On April 1st, online registration began and is available at www.creektobay.org.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided to all volunteers."


An Arbor Day Celebration – Plant A Tree!

Join the City of El Cajon, Saturday, April 30, 2016, as it celebrates the 18th year of receiving the Tree City USA award and the 26th Annual Arbor Day ceremony. Festivities will begin at 8:00 a.m., at Hillside Park, located at 840 Buena Terrace. Volunteers will be trained on proper tree planting techniques before heading out to plant over 20 trees in the surrounding park. Planting tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and sunscreen. The El Cajon Teen Coalition will provide light refreshments during the event, and free tree seedlings will be distributed by San Diego Gas and Electric. To register as a volunteer, please call (619) 441-1658.


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30 


On Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the El Cajon Police Department, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be hosting a prescription drug drop-off site in the parking lot of their police station, located at 100 Civic Center Way. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This effort is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in a safe manner. Studies show that most teens who have abused prescription drugs get those drugs from their homes or the homes of friends. Bring your outdated, unused or unwanted prescription pills, ointments, or liquids; no questions asked!  To find a collection site nearest you, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.


Friday Night “Dinner & a Concert” Season Begins May 6

Don’t miss the 2016 season of “Dinner & a Concert” at the Prescott Promenade!   Enjoy great music and dancing Friday nights, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting May 6 through October 7.  Except May 20, when the concert will be held on Thursday, May 19.  The first concert on May 6 will feature “Clay Colton” with country rock music.  Arrive early to dine at one of many great restaurants downtown, or bring your picnic and lawn chairs.  These free concerts are located at 201 E. Main Street and are brought to you by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. See the full line-up of bands at www.downtownelcajon.com, or call (619) 334-3000.


The Holy Trinity Jamboree Begins May 13

Holy Trinity’s Cajon Valley Jamboree will be held on Friday, May 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  See local merchants, live music, auctions, raffles, games, and more. Holy Trinity Church is located at 405 Ballard Street in El Cajon, between Washington Avenue and East Main Street. For more details, call (619) 444-7529 or visit http://cajonvalleyjamboree.com/


El Cajon Relay For Life Is May 14 & 15

It's easy to become a part of the Relay For Life movement and help in the fight against cancer. Sign up to participate or volunteer at the El Cajon Relay For Life event to be held from 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, through Sunday, May 15, to 9:00 a.m., at El Cajon Valley High School, 1035 E. Madison Avenue.  Funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.  For more information, please call (619) 682-7423.


AMGEN Tour Coming In May

On Sunday, May 15, the Sixth Annual 2016 AMGEN Tour of California is coming to El Cajon!  The 2016 AMGEN Tour of California, presented by AEG, will once again bring World Champions, Olympic Medalists, top Tour de France competitors and other elite professional cyclists to the County for an 8-day, 800 plus mile race. The race begins at 11:30 a.m. on May 15 in Imperial Beach and is expected to end at approximately 3:40 p.m.  A portion of this race will make its way through the City of El Cajon between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  For more detailed information on the exact route throughout the county and more, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/letapecalifornia.  


Bike To Work Day Is May 20

Registration is now open for “Bike to Work Day!” Join thousands of San Diegans and cycle to work on Friday, May 20. Biking to work is a great way to save money, get fit, and be environmentally friendly.  Register for Bike to Work Day and log bike trips to be automatically entered to win one of many great prizes.  Stop by one of more than 100 pit stops conveniently located throughout the county. Pick up your FREE t-shirt, snacks, and plenty of encouragement.  Hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  In El Cajon, the pit stop will be located on the Prescott Promenade, 201 E. Main Street, east of Magnolia Avenue.  Visit www.icommutesd.com to find all the pit stops on your commute route.


3rd Annual America On Main Street Is May 21

Mark your calendar; May 21 is America on Main Street in Downtown El Cajon and the theme is “The Beach Comes East!” This event will hosted in Downtown El Cajon on Armed Forces Day! FREE admission and parking, three stages of live musical entertainment featuring:


Berkeley-Hart - Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Rock - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tim Flannery - Coffee House Rock - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Buckleys - Classic Rock - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Retro Rockets - Beach Boys/Surf - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Also, enjoy rides, including a Ferris Wheel, carousel and Spin-a-Rama, coconut climbing wall, surfboard ride, a chili cook-off (police vs. fire), petting zoo, kids’ crafts, vendors and so much more!  Hours will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for this fun, free, family event! The day begins with a Naturalization ceremony, with approximately 100 people becoming U.S. Citizens.


*You are also invited to be a volunteer or a community sponsor - please call (619) 441-1754 or visit www.americaonmainstreet.org for more information.


El Cajon Walks! Meet-up Group

If you want to enjoy the beautiful weather, explore your neighborhood and meet some new friends then this group is for you! Join this group for fun, safe walks around El Cajon and discover how to get to local destinations safely with great people, while building your community. Specific walking routes will be tailored to the abilities and interests of the group, but will stay in El Cajon. Walks will be scheduled on a monthly basis on Thursday afternoons, but may vary slightly to fit the group’s needs.  Bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a light sweater.  For information on the next walk, visit http://www.meetup.com/.  The cost is free. 


Recreation News:

Volunteer Opportunity

The City of El Cajon Recreation Department is looking for volunteers ages 14 - 17 who would like to volunteer in our Summer Camp. Volunteers will help staff with a variety of camp activities. This is a great opportunity to fulfill your school’s required community service hours or gain job experience.  It also looks great on college applications and job resumes. Stop by Hillside Recreation Center between 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to apply. Hillside is located at 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon. For additional information please call (619) 441-1674.


See What’s New In the El Cajon Gateway Spring Guide

Pick up your copy of the Spring 2016 Edition of the El Cajon Gateway City News and Guide to Recreation! Available online at www.cityofelcajon.us, go to “In the Spotlight.”  You’ll see the latest in City news and all the great classes and programs offered for spring.  Register now before classes fill up. For more information, please call (619) 441-1516. Pick up a copy of the spring guide at any of the El Cajon Recreation centers, the Downtown El Cajon Library, and in the lobbies of City Hall and the El Cajon Police Station.  



General Information:


Space Still Available For Free Disaster Preparedness Classes

Are you prepared for an earthquake or fire?  Two East County CERT disaster preparedness academies for 2016 are still available!  This valuable program is designed to help protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation/disaster and to possibly assist emergency agencies during large natural disasters.  Space still available in the final two academies for 2016; June 11 and September 10. Each academy consists of six classes. Visit www.heartlandfire.org for the full 2016 CERT Academy schedule, or call (619) 441-1737 for more information or to register.


El Cajon Farmers’ Market Every Thursday

Stop by the El Cajon Farmers’ Market every Thursday at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street.  Hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread and more.  For more information, please visit www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org.  

April 22 and May 6 - Alternate Friday closures for El Cajon City offices. Please go to www.cityofelcajon.us for a full calendar of office hours for City offices during 2016.

April 26 and May 10 - El Cajon City Council Meetings are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., as needed. The meetings are held in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, and to view the full agenda online, please visit www.cityofelcajon.us.



Safety Reminder From the El Cajon Police Department:


School Buses – Driver Advisory

Traffic Enforcement Officers and School Bus Drivers alike have noticed an increase in drivers passing school buses that are loading and unloading students.  As a reminder to all drivers, if you see a school bus with its red lights flashing and/or stop sign arm extended, YOU MUST STOP.

Fines for this violation can be as much as $1,000.00 and your license may be suspended.  Please be aware of buses while on your daily commute and STOP FOR THE BUS. Let's work together to make the roadways safer.

*Stay Informed On City Events, Meetings and City Services

Visit the City of El Cajon’s new website at www.cityofelcajon.us and see all the exciting events and a variety of meetings planned throughout the year. Register for the “E-NOTIFICATION” system and select the information you would like to receive via email.   It’s easy, and it’s free.  In addition, find links and information for various City departments and services.

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