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CRITICAL TEEN ISSUES: AN INTERACATIVE FORUM APRIL 16 IN EL CJAON

April 16, 2013 (El Cajon ) -- Organized by youths for young people and adults, tonight's "Critical Teen Issues" forum in El Cajon will cover bullying, alcohol, drugs, suicide and safety issues. Hear what East County youths say about how their lives are impacted and join a candid conversation about how to solve these problems.  Use instant technology to learn what forum participants think about these issues.

The forum will also include a resources fair, drawings and refreshments.  This event was organized by Students Together Against Alcohol and Drugs.  For more information visit www.drugsfreesandiego.com.

TRY YOUR LUCK AT CASINO NIGHT APRIL 20 IN LEMON GROVE

April 11, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – You’re invited to enjoy an evening of bingo, black jack, craps, and roulette as well as silent auctions, raffles, food and drink. It’s all part of the fun at Casino Night 2013, hosted by the San Miguel Knights of Columbus, Soroptimist International and Kiwanis Club of Lemon Grove on Saturday, April 20.

Admission is $15; for an extra $10 you can purchase a chicken dinner from 5:30 to 7:30.  The Casino Night runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 8086 Broadway (St. John of the Cross Knights of Columbus Hall) in Lemon Grove.

For more information, call JoAnne Burke at 619-469-8350.

APRIL 13-14 GARAGE SALE IN SAN CARLOS TO BENEFIT LA MESA SUNRISE ROTARY

April 11, 2013 (San Carlos) – La Mesa Sunrise Rotary is hosting a garage sale in San Carlos to benefit the Rotary Club’s projects.  The sale will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, April 14 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.  The event will be held at 6210 Lake Shore Drive, San Diego.

Items for sale include tools, appliances, décor, jewelry, furniture, electronics, plants and more. Credit cards will be accepted.

SANTEE COMMUNITY RALLIES TO HELP KINDERGARDEN BOY WITH BRAIN CANCER: BENEFITS SET APRIL 16 AND APRIL 20

 

April 9, 2013 (Santee)—The Santee community is organizing a benefit for a Santee family whose kindergarten boy is battling brain cancer.  Diagnosed just this past December, Dylan Pourner has become bed ridden, is on oxygen 100% of his time and is in the process of starting a "research" chemo after the last treatment failed to shrink his very large tumor.

The two largest benefits will be a Coffee Benefit April 16 from  6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a Concert Benefit April 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The "Coffee Benefit" will be held at Coffee Corner cafe at Mast and Carlton in the Pathways Community Church parking lot.  The Concert Benefit will be at the Pathways Community Church.

ALPINE WOMEN'S CLUB HOSTS A GOLD PARTY FUNDRAISER APRIL 17

April 11, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Women’s Club invites you to its “Gold Party” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17 from 5-7 p.m. at 2156 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine.  You can get cash for your unwanted jewelry items.  The Gold Refinery will be buying your old, out-dated and mismatched gold, silver and platinum jewelry.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Judy Grant at (619) 445-1987 or email alpinejude@yahoo.com

FIFTEENTH-ANNUAL “MORNING GLORY BRUNCH” IN EL CAJON ON APRIL 13

Frog race offers $10,000 first prize, all to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

By Caprice Harrison

April 3, 2013 (El Cajon) – St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon will host its 15th annual, “Morning Glory Brunch- With a Country Flair” on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This special event is being held in the Center’s Organic Garden, located at 2119 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon. The event includes:

  • Over 20 food and beverage stations from local restaurants
  • Boutique shopping
  • Live music and entertainment on multiple stages
  • “Arts Alive!” floral creations by Jasmine Creek Florist
  • The eighth-annual, “Frog Race” with $10,000 in cash prizes!

NEW features this year include: Children’s activities, arts and crafts, face-painting and a “Froggie Pond” with kid-friendly prizes! Each “froggie” is only $5 or, three (3) for $10. Each “frog” is $100 or $150 for two (2).

BEYOND THE "BEAR" NECESSITIES: ALPINE RESCUE FACILITY SEEKS HELP TO EXPAND HAVEN

April 3, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers and Bears created a new habitat for two black bears last year.  The new arrivals were Sugar Bear, rescued from a failed sanctuary in Ohio, and Meatball, whose antics including swimming in backyard pools and stealing meatballs from a freezer meant he could no longer live in the wild. 

Now, LTB founder Bobbi Brink has learned of seven more black bears in Ohio in desperate need of rescue -- so she is seeking donations from the community to help.

“These seven bears have never known the life they deserve,” Brink says. “One, named Maddie, was originally purchased as a pet. Unsurprisingly, her family was unable to care for her as she grew, and they considered selling her to a canned hunt ranch. Her current owner stepped in to spare her that fate, but has only been able to provide a corn crib for her habitat. That is where Maddie has spent the past seven years.”

SAN DIEGO ARMY ADVISORY COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY SALUTE TO HEROES AND 5K CROSSFIT COMPETITION ON APRIL 6 IN EL CAJON

 

April 3, 2013 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego Army Advisory Council (SDAAC) presents their second-annual, “Community Salute to Heroes: Benefiting First Responders and Military Families,” on Saturday, April 6, from 7:00 a.m. to noon. The occasion is being held at Grossmont High School, located at 1100 Murray Drive, El Cajon.

This special event will include a 5k Crossfit Competition for all age groups. Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., with races from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The 5K race will include individual competitors as well as teams. Age groups will be (1) under 17, (2) 17 to 24, (3) 25 to 40 and (4) over 40.

At 11 a.m., El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis will receive a special “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his many years in public service.

A COMEDY CLASSIC: A NIGHT OF FRIENDS AND LAUGHTER APRIL 12

 

April 2, 2013 (El Cajon, CA) -- On April 12 San Diego Las Hermanas will hold A Comedy Classic: A night of Friends and Laughter. The event will feature live entertainment, dinner and a live auction to raise funds for two non-profit charities, Fostering Opportunities-Dollars for Scholars, and Include Autism’s Community Coaching Center.

The evening promises to be extremely entertaining: Mike Pace is an Emmy nominee for HBO’s Comic Relief; Jeff Capri has appeared on Last Comic Standing and Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star; and Dave Burleigh’s voice impressions were showcased on America’s Got Talent. In an electrifying mixture of art and music, Stephen Fishwick will create an “Art Attack,” and his painting will be part of the evening’s live auction.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: PROM FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

April 2, 2013 (Chula Vista) –  On Friday, April 12, 2013 community volunteers Rob and Cheryl Shields will host the third annual “A Night to Remember Prom” at Eastlake Church in Chula Vista, CA. “A Night to Remember” is a free prom honoring students with special needs, ages 14-22 years old. Financial support and in-kind donations are needed to defray the costs of the event and to ensure students and their families can participate at no cost.

ANGELA AUGUST MADD “FUN”-RAISER APRIL 14

April 1, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “Fun”-Raiser honoring Angela August on April 14, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd.  Angela was in a fatal car crash in Alpine caused by an alleged drunk driver on June 11, 2012.  She was only five days away from her graduation from UCSD with the highest honors.

ALCOHOL LINKED TO 15 EAST COUNTY TEEN DEATHS LAST YEAR; FORUM IN LEMON GROVE LAST WEEK AIMED TO CURB UNDERAGE DRINKING

March 25, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove Academy joined local efforts to educate students and parents of the dangers of drugs and alcohol in East County by hosting its first Underage Drinking Forum on Thursday. The event, which took place on March 21, featured a complimentary pizza dinner, a presentation by a local drug and alcohol expert, as well as a separate break-out session for youth.

Retired narcotics officer and Executive Director of The Proactive Network Against Substance Abuse, Phil Hubbs, educated a group of nearly 40 parents about current drug and alcohol trends. He also showed parents a display of various household items such as hand sanitizer, whipped cream canisters and keyboard cleaner that kids use to get drunk or high.

CHILIS HOSTS FUNDRAISER TODAY FOR TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM, TEEN PAGEANT WINNER STRUCK BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN SANTEE

 

Don't have plans for lunch or dinner today?

The Miss San Diego Cities Pageant in conjunction with the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association invites the community to a fundraiser to support Taylor Cunningham and the Cunningham Family, today Tuesday, March 26 all day at the Chilis restaurant in Santee on Mission George Road. Chilis will donate a portion of all orders (dine in and take out) for parties who bring in the attached filer in support of Taylor Cunningham and Family.

Taylor currently holds the title of Miss San Diego's Outstanding Teen. She and her mother and two sisters were hit by a wrong way drunk driver on the Eastbound 52 just more than a week ago.

SAN DIEGO SADDLERY HOSTS TACK SALE TO BENEFIT SAVING HORSES RESCUE MARCH 23

On March 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. San Diego Saddlery will be hosting a tack sale to benefit the nonprofit Saving Horses Rescue. They will be selling both new and used items and will be using the storefront next to the Saddlery.  The public is encouraged to stop by to support the rescue  and find some great deals. 

If you'd like to donate any new or gently used tack for the sale, just bring it by the San Diego Saddlery shop in El Cajon any time before the 23rd.  Donations are tax deductible.

HOMELESS ADVOCATE TO SPEAK IN EL CAJON MARCH 21

 

March 20, 2013 (El Cajon) – Amikas is a San Diego-based nonprofit that seeks to create housing and help for homeless families and individuals, as well as prevent those living below the poverty level from becoming homeless by offering educational, employment and support programs.  The group encourages citizen involvement to assure that others have food, shelter and other necessities.

On March 21, the Executive Director of Amikas, Jeeni Criscenzo del Rio, will speak at the East County Democratic Club meeting in El Cajon. The event is free and open to the public.

PIZZA EVENT TO KICK OFF JULIAN'S JULY 4TH PARADE FUNDRAISING ON MARCH 25

March 17, 2013 (Julian) – All of Julian is invited to join the Fourth of July Parade Committee for an evening of fun, festivity and fundraising at Wynola Pizza on March 25.  The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Barn.

You can enjoy a pizza dinner plus locally produced wine and cider while supporting the parade. The committee will also offer raffle tickets for a ride on a vintage aircraft, an opportunity to purchase t-shirts worn on parade day 20 years ago, and share in the 50/50 drawing.

EL CAJON SINGING HILLS LIONS CLUB PLANS FUNDRAISER FOR MILITARY FUND MARCH 23

 

By Janis Mork

March 14, 2013 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Singing Hills Lions Club is planning a fundraiser for the Warrior Foundation of San Diego, which they fund, and also to send care packages to the troops.

The event will be held Saturday March 23, 2013 from 6-11 p.m. at the El Cajon VFW located at 136 Chambers St, El Cajon. The dinner dance with entertainment and band will also have a silent auction and raffle. 100% of the fund will go towards charity.  

DISASTER FUND CREATED FOR GERRY FOWLER, SURVIVOR OF 35-FOOT FALL INTO WELL IN POTRERO

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

March 13, 2013 (Potrero)—Community members in Potrero are rallying to raise funds to help pay for the medical expenses of Gerry Fowler, who was critically injured on Sunday March 10 when he fell into the family's well, as ECM reported. Fowler, an independent truck driver, does not have medical insurance. 

Walena Arnold, owner of the Potrero General Store told ECM that the community is very close knit and that a fund has been created to help defray the medical costs.  Blood donations are also needed and can be made in Gerry Fowler’s name at the San Diego Blood Bank.

HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS SEEKS COMMUNITY HELP BUILDING HOMES FOR TWO DOUBLE AMPUTEE VETERANS IN EL CAJON

 

"We're here for two of our American heroes." -- Supervisor Dianne Jacob

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Army Sergeant Odin Ayala and Marine Corporal Travis Greene each lost both legs serving in combat. But they were all smiles on February 23 at the groundbreakings of their new , specially adapted homes in El Cajon-- thanks to the efforts of the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. 

“Our motto is rebuilding homes, rebuilding lives,” said Tim McHale with Homes for our Troops.  The group seeks donations as well as volunteers to help build these homes and more.  Local community groups and businesses can also adopt a room, partnering in efforts to help these wounded veterans and others.

FIREFIGHTERS HOLD "BOOT DRIVE" MARCH 13 TO HELP BURN VICTIMS

 

March 4, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Hundreds of firefighters across the County will take to the streets on March 12 for the annual "Fill the Boot for the Burn Institute" effort.  Firefights will collect cash donations at major intersections during morning and afternoon commutes. The effort is organized by the San Diego-Imperial County fire Fighters Advisory Council, the Burn Institute, and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association.

HOME OF GUIDING HANDS AWARDED GRANTS FROM EL CAJON AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY EMPLOYEES' CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

March 3, 2013 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon and CECO (San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization) awarded separate grants to Home of Guiding Hands.  The former approved a $35,270 grant for the residential program’s capital improvements on Tuesday, February 26 at the El Cajon City Council meeting.  Funds will be used on four of their 31 community based homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Projects include a new kitchen, energy efficient replacement windows, flooring replacement and new bathroom vanities.

SPRITES OF EAST COUNTY HOSTS “DRIVE-IN THRU THE ‘50s’ BENEFIT MARCH 9

 

February 27, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--SPRITES of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, will host itsr annual benefit on March 9, 2013 at Skyline Church. The theme of this year’s event Is “SPRITES Drive-In Thru The 50s.”

SPRITES has been serving charities in local neighborhoods for 44 years. Founded in 1968, SPRITES is a qualified non-profit organization made up of 240 mothers and their seventh to twelfth grade daughters who reside in the area served by the Grossmont Union High School District. 

CALLING CREATIVE MINDS: BARKITECTURE 2013 SEEKS ENTRIES FROM DOGGY DREAM HOUSES TO CAT CONDOS

 

February 20, 2013 (El Cajon)--Get the Drawing board out and get ready--the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services (“ACES Foundation”) invites you to be a part of the first “Barkitecture 2013” by designing, building, and donating a “doggy dream house” or “cat condo” for the ACES Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter. Donated dog houses and cat condos will be displayed during late April at Westfield Parkway Plaza. Each will then be auctioned to the highest bidder at an exciting and unique reception April 28. This event is not to be missed.

Image from http://www.barkitecture.net/

SANTEE SANTAS AMAZING RACE IN BALBOA PARK FEB.23

 

February 16, 2013 (San Diego)--It’s like TV’s Amazing Race to help Santee Santas! Teams of two make their way around Balboa Park solving cryptic clues and completing challenges. At the end of the race, everyone meets up at the finish line where teams are awarded prizes, receive free refreshments and re-hash the day’s exciting events.

MARINE FROM SANTEE ADOPTS DOG THAT FELL 80 FEET OFF CLIFF

 

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February 15, 2013 (Santee)--A Marine from Santee was chosen from more than 70 applicants to adopt the young Chihuahua that fell 80 feet from a cliff in Ocean Beach Jan. 11. The four-month-old pup has been under the care of County Animal Services while it recovered from head trauma, fractured ribs and numerous bruises. Once the little dog was healed, with the help of the department’s Spirit Fund, Animal Services began accepting adoption applications.

“Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Szczepanowski was chosen because he sent a story along with his application and it struck a chord,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. 

Szczepanowski works in the wounded warrior regiment at Marine Corps Headquarters.    

1ST ANNUAL CARE FAIR SAN DIEGO IS FEB. 23 IN LA MESA

February 12, 2013 (La Mesa) – The first annual CARE Fair San Diego will be held at Lake Murray Community Church, 5777 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa on February 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This free event offers information about assistance agencies, programs and ministries available in San Diego County.

Participating organizations will have informational booths about what services they offer, how to receive those services and how to volunteer.  The types of information provided will include emergency preparedness, elder care, nutrition, foster care and much more.  There will also be children’s activities throughout the day.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS HONORED FEB. 5TH AS LOCAL HEROES

 

February 12, 2013 (San Diego)--On Feb. 5, 2013, Union Bank, in partnership with KPBS, honored 16 local heroes who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. The heroes were selected each month in 2012 and were formally recognized last week at the cultural diversity celebration held at the San Diego Natural History Museum. 

Louis Frick and Leroy Elliot of East County were recognized for Disability Awareness Month (Frick), and Native American Heritage Month (Elliot).

 Photo by Melissa Jacobs

Union Bank and KPBS honored the 2012 Local Heroes at the San Diego Natural History Museum: Back row (L to R) honorees Michael A.V. Cruz, Larry T. Baza, Jill Borg Spitzer, Danny Gutierrez and JiAel Brownell; middle row (L to R) honorees Michelle Houle and Mike Kawamura; Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager; George Ramirez, Union Bank executive vice president and chief diversity executive; Lawrence Henry, Union Bank senior vice president and regional executive; and honoree Jeri Dilno; front row (L to R) honorees Dennis-Michael Broussard, Louis Frick, Laurel Moorhead, Bishop Roy Dixon, Dr. Doris A. Howell and Leroy Elliott. (Honorees Patricia A. Dixon and Gussie Zaks not pictured.)

UNITED STATES FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE AND SAN DIEGO MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION CREATING SUSTAINABLE TRAILS FOR EAST COUNTY TRAIL USERS

 

February 3, 2013 (San Diego)--On Sunday, 1-20-2013, 27 volunteer members of SDMBA met at the Par Four trail head of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (SDNWR) to construct sustainable shared-use single-track trail. The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge includes areas east and west of the Steele Canyon Bridge in Rancho San Diego, as well as Mt. Miguel, Mama Miguel Mountain, and land overlooking the Sweetwater Reservoir in the Otay area. This event is the first time mountain bikers earned the privilege to construct shared-use trails within a National Wildlife Refuge which is administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

HEARTLAND LIONS CLUB OF EL CAJON TO HOST FASHION SHOW MARCH 23 TO BENEFIT THE BLIND

By Janis Mork

February 2, 2013 (El Cajon)- The Heartland Lions Club of El Cajon  will host its annual fashion show to benefit the blind on March 23 from 12-3 p.m.. The event will be held at Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Ave, El Cajon 92020.

CPUC PUBLIC FORUM ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT FEB. 1

January 30, 2013 (San Diego) – The CPUC is holding a Public Forum on the Quail Brush Power Plan along with two other proposed power plants in San Diego County on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at Al Bahr Temple/Shriner’s Auditorium, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego. The CPUC’s proposed decision will prevent the emission of over 900,000 annual tons of greenhouse gases by denying purchase power tolling agreements.

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