By Miriam Raftery
July 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A new public library is now under construction in Lemon Grove at the corner of School Lane and Lincoln, thanks to Prop W bond funds.
On June 27, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library presented the county library with a check for $60,000 to purchase the “First Day Collection for the new library. During the ceremony, the group also gave $5,000 from the City of Lemon Grove raised by Rosemary Putnam.
From drumming to mummy making, a treasure-trove of learning
June 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – Cuyamaca College is offering College for Kids July 9 – August 9 at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. It is a summer enrichment program for children between the ages of 8-14 that will teach new and meaningful skills through participation in classes such as art, dance fitness, science, media and more.
June 19, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series kicked off its 29th year on June 14 with The Destroyers, Navy Band Southwest. The concert was accompanied by a food truck rally.
The nine-concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.
June 17, 2012 -- La Mesa Don’t discard – shred your household documents in a quick and easy way. The City of La Mesa is sponsoring another free paper shredding event for La Mesa residents on Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am to Noon at La Mesa’s EDCO Station, located at 8184 Commercial Street.
June 15, 2012 (Escondido) – Westfield North County hosts “Be A Sport” Family Fun Day on June 18 at 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido on Level 1 at Center Court. The event will include Little Kids and Big Kids activities.
ISO asks media partners to promote electricity conservation, especially in Southern CA
June 15, 2012 (Folsom) -- The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is making it easier for media and the public to track power grid conditions and conserve electricity, if necessary. The real-time information is just a click away thanks to new web tools on the ISO homepage: http://www.caiso.com.
June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – A Kumeyaay instructor from Baja California will teach how to make an authentic willow basket at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail San Diego on June 23. The baskets will be smaller copies of the large willow granaries that were historically woven to store each family’s annual crop of acorns.
Modern Day Scavenger Hunt Uses GPS-Enabled Devices to Find City’s Historic Treasures
June 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5pm October 7, 2012, with the City’s other beloved event, the La Mesa Octoberfest.
By Sierra Robinson
June 8, 2012 (Alpine) – Looking for something fun, free and cool for the kids to do this summer? Your child or teen can receive a free bowling game each week-day this summer, along with bowling shoes, in Viejas Bowl’s new “Say Yes to Bowling” program. The fun starts in June and continues on through August.
Webcasts Will Make Land Use Meetings Easier for Public to Follow
May 19, 2012 (San Diego County) -- People can now watch San Diego County Planning Commission meetings live online to keep up with land use issues in the county.
April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced the May 4 kick-off of their Summer 2012 Teen Nite Program that will run through September 14. The recreation centers will have extended Friday hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. all summer long with lots of free activities for boys and girls ages 12 to 17.
April 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child who loves to act? What about your sports enthusiast or a youngster who loves to work with wood and tools? La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:
San Diego Community Radio Project also gets set to launch from Descanso; seeks funds and volunteers
By Miriam Raftery
April 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –“Every once in a while, government does something that is not only good news, but refreshing,” local author and former public radio producer Walter Carlin said of last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open the airwaves up for community radio stations, rather than reserving that space for mega-networks with concentrated ownership and opinion-shaping power.
The decision, however, presents a new challenge, Carlin notes. “Can and will local radio respond?”
April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes is getting a facelift on Lakes 1 and 5. The park is replacing three old picnic/gazebo structures and an outdated playground with new up‐to‐date structures. This will give visitors an opportunity to picnic in a beautiful setting and will add much needed shade, especially during the summer months.
Padre Dam’s Board of Directors and the Director of Park and Recreation for Santee Lakes break ground on the construction site for the new three‐tiered gazebo.
Pictured (left to right): Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner, and Padre Dam Board Directors Jim Peasley, Augie Caires, Bill Pommering, Doug Wilson and Augie Scalzitti.
April 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Aquatic Council will be holding water awareness events throughout the county during the month of April. In anticipation of Drowning Prevention Month in May the events will provide information on how to keep children safe around water.
April 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Community Services is enrolling now for their popular adult classes , and for the youth recreation classes that begin the week of April 9th. La Mesa Community Services Recreational Program was honored as 2010 Best of East County, by the 2010 East County Californian Readers Poll.
Adult classes include: Adult Ballet, Belly Dancing, Boot Camp, Dog Obedience, Fencing, Ice Skating, Irish Folk Music, La Mesa Stroller Strides, Tennis, Walk and Talk, Yoga, Zumba, Adult Lap Swim, Adult Learn to Swim, Masters Swim Team, and Watercise.
March 29, 2012 (Granite Hills) -- Andy Pheasant, a Realtor at C-21 All Service Realtors, is organizing his annual multi-family garage sale in the Granite Hills area for the 26thyear. It is this weekend, March 31 and April 1, from 8a.m.-3p.m. This year there are over 85 families signed up for the annual event, maps are available at 1598 Richandave.
March 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- A Giant Owl butterfly delights Mac Jarman, 5, of La Mesa, when it lands on his red hair. Mac was one a few lucky kids who got a sneak peek at San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle Friday. The three-week festival of flutter opens on Saturday.
Once a year, guests at the Safari Park are enchanted as thousands of butterflies flitter around them in a walk-through aviary called Hidden Jungle. Butterfly Jungle runs through Sunday, April 15. New this year, guests can use identification cards in the exhibit that will help them determine the names of many of the 30 species.
Computer Lab, Flat Screen TV, Blu-ray DVD Player, Cable Access Benefits Kids and Seniors
March 21, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Seniors and kids got their first chance to work in and enjoy a new computer lab/senior lounge Wednesday at the Spring Valley Community Center when the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and Cox Communications held an open house for the new “Cox Tech Center.”
Train your dog to avoid rattlesnakes
March 20, 2012 (Alpine) -- This is the season for rattlesnakes in the East County. At Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center , partnering with High On Kennels there will be rattlesnake aversion classes. Appointments can be made for the Sunday, March 25 classes.
March 19, 2012 (Santee) – On March 24, Camp BowWow will host its 5th Annual “Pawsitively Yours” Doggy Adopt-a-Thon event to help people and pups make a love connection. The event will take place at Woodglen Vista Dog Park at 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public and will raise awareness of the importance of adoption from local rescues and shelters.
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act? What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools? La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps to put a smile on children's faces. Camps are offered for ages four years and up:
*Art Smarts Art Camp, *Arts and Crafts Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Fencing Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *FRESHi Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Tennis Camp and * Woodworking Camp.
March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Registration for El Cajon’s Spring recreation programs begins March 13 online or by mail, with walk-in registrations accepted starting March 19. Spring recreation classes are offered for kids of all ages and include multi-sports camp, aquatics, dance, preschool programs and gymnastics.
March 1, 2012 (Alpine) -- A new comedy show airs Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. on www.my107.9 FM in Alpine. Need some laughs? Listen in to hear "The Week You Missed With Diane and Chris" and "The Amazing Al Gavi."
February 23, 2012 (Santee)--The City of Santee invites residents to serve the community and welcomes your application to any of the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees. There is currently a vacancy on the Manufactured Home Fair Practices Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to ensure that the provisions of the Santee Manufactured Home Fair Practices Ordinance are appropriately implemented in Santee.
February 23, 2012 (San Diego) – On Friday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a Youth Town Hall meeting with the theme of Silence is Worse than Violence held at Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall, 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego. It will provide a safe place to address the challenges youth face, and to come together to create solutions that strengthen youth voice, leadership and community engagement.
February 22, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Sheriff's Station is hosting an evening with Lieutenant Jose Sanchez and Alpine Sheriff's Detective Rich Bolter on Thursday, March 1 at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd.
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Lakeside, Fallbrook, Spring Valley Community Centers Promote Fun Heart Health Feb. 29
February 21, 2012 (San Diego East County) -- Leap year presents us with an extra day this February — which is also American Heart Month. In celebration, the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting people to do some literal leaping on Feb. 29 with free exercise classes at its three community centers.
Choose from Zumba, Boot Camp, Fitness Fusion or Fitness Yoga. Take the free day to try a fun class — it might just inspire you to return often and keep your heart healthy for many leap years to come.
February 13,2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to join in forming a human “100” to honor La Mesa’s 100th birthday. A “Century of Smiles” photo shoot will take place on February 18 at 7 a.m. on the upper level of the Grossmont Center parking garage. Refreshments will be provided, plus free t-shirts to the first 300 participants.