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LOCAL GROUP TO DEBATE IDEAS FOR FIXING THE ECONOMY SEPT. 29

 
  
September 26 – On Thursday, September 29, San Diego’s Civilized Conversation Club will hold an open forum titled “To Fix the Economy, We Must…?” The long-time community discussion group meets each Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Filter Coffee House, 4096 30th St. in San Diego (map). According to the club’s leader, David Genser of Poway, Civilized Conversation was formed because “It’s hard to find open, respectful discussions of controversial topics, especially in today’s political climate."

A FRUITFUL VISION: DEMOLITION STARTS SEPT. 22 IN DOWNTOWN LEMON GROVE FOR CREATION OF NEW MAIN STREET PROMENADE


September 18,2011 (Lemon Grove) – The public is invited to witness history on Thursday, Sesptember 22 at 12:30 p.m. City, county and state officials will be on hand to announce details of the Main Street Promenade Redevelopment Project—and watch demolition of vacant buildings near the trolley station.

 

Structures are being razed to make room for a linear park and transit plaza, which will serve as  gateway to the city and as a central location for community events including a farmer’s market and concerts. Solar energy and wind power will be produced to help offset the park’s $2.3 million cost, paid for through two grants plus redevelopment funds. Ultimately, the promenade will also serve two mixed-use developments planned on adjacent lots with affordable housing, commercial space and a seniors housing project.

5 SALES, 1 LOCATION: HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

 
Art, Jewelry, Gems & Minerals, Rummage, and Fossils
 
September 16, 2011 (Rancho San Diego, CA) The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding a huge benefit sale to support the Museums programs for local elementary school children. Sales run from now through October 8.

BEST BET: SYCUAN CASINO TO UNVEIL REMODELED CASINO IN CELEBRATION SEPT. 24-25

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.

FREE WESTFIELD FAMILY FUN DAY CELEBRATES FALL AND CHANGING SEASONS

 

 

 

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.

 

 

FREE HOME CLINIC FOR MILITARY, RESERVISTS & RETIREES SEPT. 10 IN SPRING VALLEY

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.

LA MESA AMONG 151 “PLAYFUL CITY USA” COMMUNITIES TO CELEBRATE SEPTEMBER 24

City to host “play day” Sept. 24 during KidsCare Fest at Briercrest Park
 
September 8, 2011 (La Mesa)--For the fourth year in a row La Mesa has earned recognition from the national non-profit KaBOOM! as a 2011 Playful City USA community for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
 
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is important to healthy brain development and allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Only one in five, or 20%, of US children live within walking distance of a park or playground.
 

FREE HOME CLINIC FOR MILITARY, RESERVISTS & RETIREES SEPT. 10 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

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.

 

9/11 BLESSING: A HEALING EVENT IN LEMON GROVE

 
 
 
 
 
September 6, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Spiritual groups in the greater San Diego will host a “9/11 Blessing” healing event on Sunday, September 11 from 2-4 p.m. at the Sun Temple Gardens, 2315 Berry Street in Lemon Grove.  
 
“We will have light refreshments and a simple ceremony that ties with like ceremonies taking place around the world,” said John Falchi, community coordinator with Plan of Action in a Changing Era and SANDIONS, two co-sponsors of the event.  “We hope that you will consider taking part in this movement from fear and anger to love and unity, by joining us that day.”

  

 

 

 

KIWANIS CLUB HOSTS YARD SALE SEPT. 10 IN CAMERON CORNERS

 

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.

ECM COLUMNIST LAUNCHES WRITER’S GUILD SEPT. 17 AT SACRED ROCKS RESERVE

 

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.

CALLING ALL EVENT PLANNERS: COUNTY HOSTS FORUM ON NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMITS & LICENSES SEPT. 8

 

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.

 
 

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS

 

 
 
 
 
 
August 25, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The County Department of Housing and Community Development, or HCD, will host 10 meetings throughout the county in September on how to apply for federal community development funds. Meeting dates and locations are attached.

HISTORY ON THE MARCH: 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOTING RIGHTS FOR WOMEN

 

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.

HOTLINE LAUNCHED FOR MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS


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?

HAPPY HOUR FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG AUG. 31


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.

REPORTERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT RECALL 9/11 FOR ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM SEPT. 8 AT 10 NEWS

 

 

 

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.
 

EL CAJON SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR TEEN COALITION

 


 
 
 
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.
 

COMEDY RADIO SHOW DEBUTS MONDAY ON EAST COUNTY AIRWAYS

 

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.

RARE VIEW OF AURORA BOREALIS (NORTHERN LIGHTS) TONIGHT IN EAST COUNTY & ALONG WEST COAST

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.

WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER? RESERVE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH AUG. 12

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.

DIG THIS: ARCHAEOLOGY & OTHER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST


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.

BLM TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS AUGUST 10 ON DESERT SOLAR PROJECTS

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.

LA MESA HOSTS COMMUNITY WORKSHOP JULY 30 ON GENERAL PLAN

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. 

 
 

A LAUGHING MATTER: BREW HA HA COMICS EXPANDS TO 2 LOCATIONS IN COLLEGE AREA


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.

WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY INVITES KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT ART “IN LIVING COLOR”


Free Westfield Family Fun Days Continue by Teaching Children About Art
 
 
 
July 14, 2011 (North County) -- On Monday, July 18, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.,Westfield North County’s Westfield Family program is presenting In Living Color for the month of July, featuring Westfield Family Fun Days designed to help kids learn about art and create their own. At these free, family-friendly activities, kids will unleash their own creativity while learning more about classic painters.
 

NEED A BUS OR A BACKHOE? GOLF CART OR GENERATOR?

July 16 County Auction in Ramona offers range of surplus property
 
 
 
 
July 13, 2011 (Ramona) --Many vehicles and other items will go to the highest bidder at the County’s public auction in Ramona on Saturday, July 16.

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.

 
 

CITY OF EL CAJON HOUSING PROGRAM HAS HELP FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

 

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.

RIVER PARK FOUNDATION TO CELEBRATE 10 SUCCESSFUL YEARS ON JULY 17

 

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

 
For ten years the San Diego River Park Foundation has been working to improve quality of life, along with our river and our community. You're invited to join supporters for great food, drink and friends while showing your support for the River Park Foundation. $75 per person includes appetizers and a hosted bar, auction and more.
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