El Cajon

"FUN ACTIVITIES IN EL CAJON?"

 

Kids Night Out

May 6, 2015 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon Recreation Department offers youth, ages 7 to 12, a safe and entertaining place to go on a Friday night, called a “Kids Night Out Party!”  This program  includes free swim, games, dinner and fun! The party takes place on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fletcher Hills Center, located at 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.  The fee is $10 per child. Pre-registration is required. Hurry, space is limited! Register at any City of El Cajon Recreation Center or online at www.elcajonrec.org.  For more information, please contact Heather Birchard at (619) 441-1672.

LIONS CLUB DONATES TO HELP LOCAL YOUTHS AND THE BLIND

May 1, 2015 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club Foundation presented its annual donations  to the following organizations on April 28th at the Ronald Reagan Community Center.

A total of $36,000 was presented by Foundation President Bob Moreau to Guide Dogs of Desert, San Diego Center for the Blind, Boys and Girls Club of East  County, Canine Companions for Independence and Lions District 4L6 Camp Jack.

TWO ALARM FIRE AT THRIFT STORE IN EL CAJON

 

May 4, 2015 (El Cajon)--At approximately 9:03 p.m., Friday, May 1, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire in the nine-hundred block of Broadway.  Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows of “Broadway Thrift” store at 941 Broadway.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW MULTILINGUAL ACADEMY

 

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (El Cajon)  Cajon Valley Union School District announces launch of a multilingual program at the CVUSD Language Academy.  The program will offer students who speak English or Spanish as their first language the opportunity to learn to read, write, and communicate in English and Spanish, learn computer programming, and a fourth language.

SANDAG OPENS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NEW REGIONAL PLAN, ANNOUNCES HEARINGS: SEEKS LOCATIONS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has released a $200 billion, 35-year regional growth plan for the county titled "San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan."   The plan lays out visions for transportation, sustainability and growth through 2050 including higher density land use along transportation corridors.

Several public hearings will be held including a May 13th hearing at 6 p.m. in La Mesa’s community center.  But thus far, no hearings have been schedule in East County’s mountain, desert or rural areas.

East County Magazine asked the County why no hearings are scheduled in those areas. We pointed out that rural, mountain and desert areas lack public transit, making it difficult for residents to travel long distances to attend hearings in San Diego or even La Mesa.  In response, the County indicated it could hold additional workshops potentially if a community group to partner with could be found.

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES SEASON OPENER A ROARING SUCCESS

 

By Robert Gehr©

April 26, 2015 (El Cajon)--The grand opening  of Cajon Classic Cruises last Wednesday night appeared to be a rousing success. Everywhere I looked there were crowds of people checking out old cars. Most were fully restored in various manners, yet a few were ‘as is’ and still needing much work. Perhaps the owners had not gotten around to that yet, or maybe the ‘rat’ look was by design.

EXTENSION CORD LEADS DEPUTY TO POT GROW

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Sheriff’s Deputy Manning was patrolling Harbison Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon  on Wednesday when he spotted a long extension cord.  Following the cord, he found a large greenhouse filled with marijuana plants and more pot plants growing next to an RV.

BARKITECTURE BASH: APRIL 26 TO BENEFIT EL CAJON'S ANIMAL SHELTER

 

April 23, 2015 (El Cajon) – Aces Foundation invites the public to its annual Barkitecture Bash on Sunday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Café, 182 East Main Street in El Cajon.

SYCUAN CASINO & ALESMITH BREWING COMPANY PARTNER TO CREATE BREWER'S DINNER APRIL 28

 

April 21, 2015 (El Cajon)-- Something is brewing at Sycuan Casino. The entertainment and gaming destination has partnered with one of San Diego’s favorite beer makers, AleSmith Brewing Company, to create an exclusive four-course Brewer’s Dinner. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 6:30p.m. at the casino’s popular GameDay Sports Bar & Grill and will feature delicious craft beer and custom dishes made specially for the event.

REVIEW: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

Playing now through April 25 at Valhalla High School Theatre Arts

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

April 19, 2015 (El Cajon) - Who doesn't love the romance of Beauty and the Beast? In a land far far away called Valhalla, the young adults came to entertain and entertain us they did. Was the show perfect, of course not. But where it lacked in singing, they definitely made up for in acting. This tale as old as time was funny, charming and totally well-acted. Bringing a slice of enchantment to those who ventured forth upon their theatre.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET BRINGS FREE RIDES, MUSIC AND MORE TO EL CAJON MAY 16

 

By Robert Gehr (c)2015

April 19, 2015 (El Cajon) – America on Main Street, a fun-filled family event, is being held this year on Saturday - May 16th, in the downtown El Cajon area, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m.

COMMEMORATION OF AGE-OLD EL GRANITO SPRINGS

 

PHOTO: Paul Barnes, president of Shea Homes in San Diego ,presents El Cajon historian and author Eldonna Lay with a check for his firm’s lifetime membership in the El Cajon Historical Society. The two stand behind a historic marker installed by Shea Homes to commemorate the adjacent ancient site of El Granito Springs that once flowed beside the high granite ridge along Avocado Blvd. Photographer: archivist Mike Kaszuba, El Cajon Historical Society.

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon )--The boulder and brass plaque requested by the El Cajon Historical Society honors the ten thousand years or more that El Granito’s spring waters were used by tribes of local and far-flung Indian nations traveling between the desert and the Pacific Ocean shores.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE'S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 2: A HOWLING GOOD TIME

 

April 17, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Six homegrown bands playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, pop and rock will perform on two stages on the grand lawn of Cuyamaca College at the Coyote Music Festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Now in its seventh year, the entirely student-run festival will provide the community a free afternoon of live music by local talent in a family-friendly venue, where picnic blankets and lawn chairs are the best seats in the house.

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

 

Hear our interview with Joel Gossert, Circle Players:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/v01ki27s6e/Newsmaker-JoelGossett-CafeMurde...

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2015 (El Cajon)-- “Café Murder” will be presented by The Circle Players of East County, a new community theatre group, May 1 through May 3 at Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

HUD: EL CAJON'S FUNDS TO SECULAR HOMELESS PROGRAM RUN BY RELIGIOUS GROUP IS LEGAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2015 (El Cajon) --  Recently, Citizens Oversight founder Ray Lutz challenged the city of El Cajon’s allocation of community development block grant funds to the East County Transitional Living Center for programs that benefit homeless people seeking to get off the streets. In a complaint sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lutz argued that the program was illegal due to church-state separation requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

ALCOHOL SALES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MERCHANTS OFFERED APRIL 30 IN EL CAJON

 

April 14, 2015 (El Cajon)—Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce are offering a training program for stores on how to avoid selling alcohol to minors.  A recent sting operation by El Cajon Police found 18 of 66 stores selling alcohol to minors – and three stores did it twice.

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON ALCOHOL INITIATIVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon is cracking down on liquor stores and markets that sell alcohol to minors and serial inebriates. Following sting operations that found many stores selling to minors, some repeatedly, on Tuesday the City Council voted unanimously to ask staff to work on preparing a ballot initiative to make alcohol sale restrictions part of the city’s charter so that the limits will be “very difficult to take it out,” Mayor Wells said.

No one spoke publicly against the ballot initiative effort. But Mayor Bill Wells (photo, left)  said he and the council members have been threatened by the liquor industry with punishment if the measure is put on the ballot. The industry and its lobbyists “have said that they will spend tremendous amounts of money to make sure we are never elected again,” said the Mayor, who told citizens present, “We don’t want you to be in a position where your city council changes or your mayor changes and all of that hard work can just be wiped away with a single vote.”

SPEAKER ON BORDER AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES APRIL 23 IN EL CAJON

 

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) will consider issues related to the U.S.-Mexican Border, at its April 23, 2015, meeting.  Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) project director, will address members and guests at  Coco’s Restaurant, 1324 East Main Street, El Cajon, 92021.  The featured speaker’s commentary will be first on the agenda at the 7 p.m. meeting, followed by a question and answer session.

Rios leads the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program.  He has been on the AFSC staff for twelve years. He is also chairperson for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 30 organizations in San Diego working to support the rights of immigrants and refugees. A native San Diegan, Rios has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 18 years. He became active on immigration issues in the early 1990s, when California was debating the passage of Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant initiative that was later ruled unconstitutional.

SOLDIERS AT EL CAJON ARMORY ARRESTED ON WEAPONS SALE CHARGES

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Two Army National Guard soldiers from East County were arrested Wednesday and charged with selling weaponry including assault rifles, ammunition and body armor to undercover agents who posed as Mexican drug cartel members.

COLLEGE BLOSSOMS WITH SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 25

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

April 15, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.  This year, the 22nd annual free event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL MAY 9 CELEBRATES RETURN OF SAN DIEGO'S BUTTERFLY SEASON

 

April 12, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its second-annual Butterfly Festival for an exciting program of activities that will engage all ages with butterflies on Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event highlights the important role that these insects play in our ecosystem and how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens using drought-tolerant plants.  Activities include:

CODICE BORBONICO SPECIAL EXHIBIT AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS

 

April 10, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) –The Códice Borbónico is a pictorial story depicting the life of Mayan, Aztec, and other Native Americans. It is now on a special exhibit at the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College.

A CONCERT WITH A "TWIST": CHUBBY CHECKER AT SYCUAN APRIL 23

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Phil Konstanin

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon ) – Rock and roll superstar Chubby Checker will perform a concert with a “Twist” on  April 23rd at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theater.  Checker rocketed to fame in 1960, when his recording of “The Twist” was the number one song in the nation, sparking a new dance craze and countless variations such as the “Peppermint Twist”, “Let’s Twist Again” and “Twist and Shout.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SPRING DUCKLINGS

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2015

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--Baby Mallard ducks  are swimming and exploring their new world, under the ever-watchful eyes of the adults, at the waterscape in downtown El Cajon at Main Street and Sulzfeld Way.

HOP TO IT MORNING GLORY BRUNCH APRIL 11 BENEFITS ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER

 

April 9, 2015 (El Cajon) – The 17th Annual Morning Glory Brunch will be held on April 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (2199 East Madison Ave.) in El Cajon. The event benefits the center’s programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO CONSIDER BALLOT MEASURE FOR STRICTER ALCOHOL CONTROLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon )—At Tuesday's El Cajon City Council meeting, the City Council will discuss a proposal for a ballot initiative to crack down on alcohol sales to minors and chronic drunks, as well as potentially ban sales of powdered alcohol.

“My goal is to make this the strongest law in the United States to stop sales of alcohol to children and serial inebriates,” Vice Mayor Pro Tem Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine.

EL CAJON ISSUES BID REQUEST FOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER REPAIRS

 

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Performers on stage at ECPAC in brighter days

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--It has been said that “the opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” If all goes as planned, the fat lady could be soon be setting a date to sing on the stage at the shuttered and embattled East County Performing Art Center (ECPAC) sooner than later.

In a move that pleased local community activists who have decried the prolonged shutdown of downtown El Cajon’s entertainment venue, the City of El Cajon released an extensive request for bids to fix the theater’s leaky roof and bring about extensive technical upgrades throughout the facility.

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