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

January 27, 2017 (El Cajon) – Here are the latest civic and community events, announcements, and information from the City of El Cajon.


Citizen of the Year Luncheon

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Tuesday, February 7, from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Avenue in El Cajon. Join the Chamber as they honor the Citizen of the Year and nominees. The cost is $20 per person if purchased prior to February 3, $25 at the door. For reservations, please call (619) 440-6161.

Antique & Collectible Show in El Cajon

On Wednesday, February 8, stop by the Antique & Collectible Show, located at the Unity Church Hall, 311 Highland Avenue in El Cajon, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.  See great collectibles, from artwork to jewelry, and appraisals are available for $5 per item. Free parking and admission.  For more information, please call (619) 368-2055.  Antique Shows are held the second Wednesday of the month.

Special Art Exhibit Continues at the Wieghorst Museum

Stop by the Wieghorst Museum as they present a fascinating art exhibit featuring outstanding local Plein Air Artists: - ”SALMAGUNDIANS AND THEIR FRIENDS” - Southern California (defined as artists who paint their subjects in the open air to capture the effects of light and atmosphere by completing their work out of doors). The exhibit is running now through February 14.  Featured artists include; Chona Doering, Pat Ford, Greg Kreutz, Fred Gregory, Chuck McPherson, Mary Ford, Pat Welsh, Nita Harper, Gloria Chadwick, Lee Katz, Betty Holmes, Val Carson, Joy Floro, Steve Dern, Dawn Secord, Grace Schlesier, Coco Brown, and Leslie Jakes.  The Olaf Wieghorst Museum is located at 131 Rea Avenue in El Cajon.  For more information, please call (619) 590-3431.

February 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 20 - City offices will be closed in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars:

March 5 - RUN EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon

Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early! Register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile, and Tribes & Clans competition on Sunday, March 5, 2017!  The St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon is dedicated to involve the entire family in fun and fitness.  The Half Marathon begins at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, next to the El Cajon Arch. This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation.  Funds raised will benefit several East County charities.  Please visit www.stpatricksdayhalf.com for more information, to register, or to volunteer - Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided! Sign up today!

March 25 - El Cajon Celebrates Arbor Day! Join us as we celebrate the City's 20th year of receiving the Tree City USA award and our 28th Annual Arbor Day ceremony.  Festivities will begin at 8:00 a.m., at Kennedy Park, located at 1675 East Madison Avenue. Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.  Trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.  Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community.  In celebration of Arbor Day, over 15 trees will be planted at Kennedy Park.  For more information, please call (619) 441-1653.

May 20 - America on Main Street

“Come Play for the Day” is the theme of the fourth annual America on Main Street City event, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon!  Thousands are expected for this exciting event that coincides with Armed Forces Day, in addition, celebrates the American spirit, through appreciation and respect of the many diverse ethnic and historical groups located in the community.

America on Main Street is full day of free activities and attractions for people of all ages.  Highlights include three stages of live entertainment, American and ethnic food booths, a chili cook-off, new amusement rides and attractions, arts, crafts, display booths, a large unique petting zoo, a rock wall, and much more!  It all takes place in Downtown El Cajon, on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia Avenue and Ballantyne Street. Free admission and parking! For business sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.americaonmainstreet.org, or call (619) 441-1762.

General Information:

February 2 - Stop By El Cajon Farmers’ Market - Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Farmers’ Market also offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, vendors and more. For more information, please visit www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org - or visit them on Facebook.

February 10 and 28 - 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 2017.

February 14 and 28 - El Cajon City Council Meetings are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., as needed. Meetings 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.

Winter 2017 City Recreation Guide Is Now Available

The winter edition of the City of El Cajon Guide to Recreation is now available! See all the wonderful programs offered by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department online at www.elcajonrec.org.  Or pick up a copy of the new guide at El Cajon Recreation Centers, at local libraries, and in the lobby of City Hall, at 200 Civic Center Way, and at the El Cajon Police Station located at 100 Civic Center Way. For more information, please call (619) 441-1516.

Kittens, Cats & Dogs Available for Adoption

If you are looking for a new animal companion, the El Cajon Animal Shelter is the perfect place to start your search!  The shelter has a large population of kittens, cats and dogs available for adoption. Be sure to check with shelter staff if you are searching for a lost pet in the event it has been recovered.  Most important, consider having your dog micro-chipped to make it easier to find them should they ever become lost.  The shelter is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed for lunch between 1 pm and 2 pm Tuesday through Friday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday.  The shelter is located at 1275 N. Marshall Avenue.  For more information, please call us at (619) 441-1580.

Stay Informed On City Events, Services & Meetings

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



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