By Miriam Raftery
September 15, 2011 (El Cajon) – “No surface is unchanged,” Michael Tabor, director of marketing at Sycuan Casino, said in a preview tour of the $27 million remodel. Tabor has dubbed the project “Casino Reimagined.” The entire building was gutted one section at a time, remaining open for business 24-hours a day throughout construction while a top-flight design team created the architectural metamorphosis.
On September 24 and 25, Sycuan will host a grand reopening celebration. The public is invited to the event, which will include $75,000 in cash and prize giveaways.
September 12, 2011 (Escondido) -- “Fall is Here” at Westfield North County shopping center. For the month of September, the Westfield Family program will feature fall-themed Westfield Family Fun Days, kid and family-friendly activities celebrating the new season, starting September 19.
September 8, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Fleet & Family Support Center in partnership with Housing Opportunities Collaborative, and the San Diego County Library will hold a FREE Home Clinic for active duty military, reservists and retirees. The home clinic will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the recreation center behind the Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton Street in Spring Valley.
Members of the military and their families face unique financial challenges but also have a variety of financial options available to them. HUD Approved housing counselors will be on hand to provide members of the military and the general public all possible options in their home ownership situation.
September 8, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Members of the military and their families face unique financial challenges, but also have a variety of financial options available to them whether they are buying a home, renting, refinancing, or fighting to avoid foreclosure.
Fleet & Family Support Center in partnership with Housing Opportunities Collaborative, and the San Diego County Library will hold a FREE Home Clinic for active duty military, reservists and retirees. The clinic will be held Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the recreation center behind Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton Street in Spring Valley.
The Mountain Empire Kiwanis Club will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, September 10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the intersection of Highway 94 and Buckman Springs Road in Cameron Corners.
Space rentals are available to community members, such as the Mountain Empire Historical Society, which will be raising funds for the Stone Store Museum.
By Miriam Raftery
August 27, 2011 (Boulevard) – “Be the writer you have always dreamed of being,” urged Sharon Courmousis, ECM’s “Purple Mountain Sage” columnist and owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve. Now she is organizing a writer’s guild at her East County retreat in Boulevard, California.
Writers of every genre such as poems, short stories, novels and essays are invited to join fellow writers intent on honing their craft of writing. The weekly meeting will be held in the early mornings starting promptly 7 a.m. reviewing specific writing pieces, evaluating the work of those who want to share, and closing at 8 a.m.
Special Event Procedures Also On Agenda
August 27, 2011 (Alpine)—The Alpine and East County Rural Sheriff’s Stations will host a Community Permit & Licensing Awareness Forum on Thursday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd in Alpine.
“We encourage you to have at least one representative attend, especially for service organizations sponsoring parades and fairs,” said Paula Dickenson, USN retired, crime prevention specialist. Agencies participating include Sheriff’s Licensing, California Highway Patrol (CHP), County Roads, Department of Environmental Health, Alcoholic Beverage Control, and more.
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED "MOUTH PAINTER" TO TEACH ART CLASSES TO ALVARADO HOSPITAL REHABILITATION PATIENTS
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Robert Thome, an internationally acclaimed mouth painter, will be teaching Alvarado Hospital rehabilitation patients/former patients how to use art as a therapeutic tool on Friday, Aug. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) San Diego Women's History Museum invites you to grab your banners, your signs and your 1911 hats and join with women from all over San Diego and our state in the California Suffrage Parade today.
Meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Kate Sessons Statue on the 6th Avenue side of Balboa Park. The parade will march across the Laurel Street Bridge to the Organ Pavilion and beyond. At 5 p.m., a program wll be held feature Christine Kehoe and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins. The march will begin at 5:30. A free concert in the organ pavilion will follow.Participants may also join a picnic on the grass next to the United Nations Building.
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Department of Fish & Game has launched a new hotline phone number for reporting mountain lion sightings at (951)443-2944.
What happens when a lion sighting is reported?
Looking for a cool place to chill out with your dog? Andiamo’s Ristorante Italiano & Bar in Tierrasanta will host “K9s & Frozen Cocktails” on Wednesday, August 31 for customers and their canine companions. Patio doors open at 5 p.m.
August 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Society of Professional Journalists will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a program looking back at coverage of what was one of the most important news events in recent history.
The program, “9/11 Remembered: How Media and Law Enforcement Responded,” is set for Thursday, Sept. 8 at KGTV 10News Studio and will feature reporters who covered 9/11 as well as local law enforcement who responded to the attacks. Find out what these reporters learned about covering a major, breaking international story, including their successes and their mistakes.
August 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition kicks off another year of leadership and community service. Candidates must be residents of El Cajon or attend a school within the City limits, in grades 6th through 12th, and be under age 19 as of September 1, 2011. Those interested in becoming coalition members need to complete an application and return it to the Recreation Department at City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3rd, 2011.
August 11, 2011 (Alpine) – Brew Ha Ha's hilarious comedians Chris Clobber and Diane Jean are starting up their own radio show, promising “current events made funny as well as weird news from all over the planet.”
The laughs start Monday, August 15 from 4-6 p.m. You can listen live to the "Chris and Diane Show" online at www.my1079.com from anywhere on earth, or in San Diego East County’s backcountry communities at 107.9 FM on your radio dial.
August 5, 2011 (Borrego) – Famed stargazing columnist/expert Dennis Mammana informs ECM that the aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, may be visible tonight on the West Coast starting around 9:45 p.m.(View the "aurora webcam" in Alaska here)
“Sky watchers in Europe are getting one whale of an auroral display right now,” Mammana wrote at 3:45 today, adding that viewing will be best and high and middle latitudes, though the spectacular sky show is also expected to be visible at low latitudes.
August 2, 2011 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire & Rescue is accepting applications for the "reserve" portion of the Heartland Fire Academy now through August 12th. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 100 E. Lexington Ave. in El Cajon.
A reserve firefighter is an auxiliary position with Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving El Cajon. It’s an opportunity for those interested in a fire service career to get important hands-on experience while giving back to the community.
July 31, 2011 (Cleveland National Forest) – On Saturday, August 13, the San Diego Archaeological Center will host a presentation on volunteer opportunities including the Cleveland National Forest heritage program, “Passport in Time.” The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido.
July 27, 2011 (El Centro) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold two public meetings August 10 as part of an environmental review of the proposed Ocotillo Sol solar energy project in Imperial County.
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on public lands to construct the Ocotillo Sol project, a solar photovoltaic power plant facility on approximately 115 acres about nine miles southwest of El Centro and 82 miles east of San Diego.
July 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa is planning for the future and would like to hear from you! The City will host a community workshop featuring Safe Routes to Transit and City-Wide Parks Master Plan on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Nan Couts Cottage located in MacArthur Park, 5054 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The City also invites you to review several ongoing General Plan efforts including: Health & Wellness, Sustainability, Land Use and Circulation.
Juggler/comedian David Lucas joins lineup July 17 at Moxie Theater
July 15, 2011 (San Diego)—Something funny is happening in San Diego’s eastern region. Brew Ha Ha, the popular comedy group founded by Diane Jean and Chris Clobber, is now performing regularly at two locations near San Diego State University: San Diego Desserts and the Moxie Theater.
On Sunday, July 17, international juggler and comedian David Lucas will headline a show at the Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.
Expect a surprising range of surplus government property from the County and other local agencies. Vehicles and equipment will include Ford Expedition SUVs; a mobile command center bus; 35-passenger school busses; a Caterpillar backhoe tractor; a horse trailer; flatbed trailers; a forklift; Ford, Nissan and Honda sedans; pickup trucks; semi-trucks; golf carts; generators; computers and wheelbarrows.
July 12, 2011 (El Cajon) -- If your dream is to stop renting and own your first home – the City of El Cajon may be able to help you fulfill that dream with its newest housing development: Birchwood Lane, a Weiland Development project.
All units will be affordable to low-and moderate-income “first-time” homebuyers and substantial first-time homebuyer assistance will be available.
July 12, 2011 (San Diego, CA) – The San Diego River Park Foundation will be celebrating its tenth birthday on July 17 from 4-7p.m. at Mosaic Wine Bar
The Mexican wolf is one of the rarest land mammals in the world, with fewer than 50 in the wild and about 350 in the global population.