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ROB SAUVAJOT APPOINTED TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/VICE PRESIDENT OF THE EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

June 20, 2011  (East County) -- When Steve Rowe East County Family YMCA’s executive Director/VP left the local Y to tackle his new role as the new Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of San Diego County, Rob Sauvajot was appointed to the Executive Director/Vice President of the East County Family YMCA. Rob previously served as the Executive Director of the Peninsula YMCA in Point Loma. Rob’s long career at the YMCA of San Diego County started at the La Jolla YMCA in 1988 as a Day Camp leader. At the La Jolla YMCA, he held positions such as Childcare site supervisor, Day Camp Coordinator, Program Department Head and Associate Executive Director before accepting his former position as Executive Director of the Peninsula Family YMCA in 2004.

 

THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFE - 4TH THURSDAY OPEN MICROPHONE JUNE 23

 

June 19, 2011 (La Mesa) --On Thursday, June 23, The Space Bar Intenet Cafe will presenting  RegE Gaines with host  Jim Moreno. The Space Bar feature is part of its 4th Thursday  Open Mic -- Jihmye. The Gaines performance will contain works of the spoken word, poetry, song and dance. The open mic session will begin at 7:30 p.m, and end at 10:00 p.m.  In addition to the entertainment, the Space Bar is also home to coffee, tea, soothies, and a deli.

The Space Bar is located at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942 

                                            Info: (619) 461-7100 (619) 285-9737

Jim Moreno describes RegE as he has seen him in performance:
 

TRACKING DOGS INSPIRE KIDS TO “READ FOR A REASON”

 

June 16, 2011 (Poway) --To kick off the County Library’s Summer Reading Club, a team of search and rescue beagles visited children at the Poway Library today. Some kids even read their favorite books aloud to the friendly animals.

 
It was a fitting meeting: This summer, kids and adults can “Read for a Reason,” to benefit the beagles and the entire Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue Canine Unit. As participants meet reading goals through the summer, a group of local sponsors has committed to buying lighted collars and canine first-aid kits for the dogs.
 

OVERHEAD UTILITY LINES TO GO UNDERGROUND ON NORMAL AVENUE

 

June 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa has begun a four phase project to relocate existing overhead utilities (SDG&E, Cox, and AT&T lines) into underground conduits, repave the street, remove existing utility poles, and install new street lights on Normal Avenue from Lowell Street to Windsor Avenue.

ACCESSIBLE CABINS OPEN AT DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK

 

Donated Dwellings Expand Camping Options at Scenic Ramona Getaway

 


June 9, 2011 (Ramona) --County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined County staff and a local nonprofit donor Thursday to unveil two new cabins the public can now reserve at Dos Picos Regional Park in Ramona.The 200-square-foot cabins are designed to accommodate disabled users and the general public. They were donated by Cabins by the Lake, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to establishing accessible cabins around the region.

SOPHIE'S GARDENS NOW OPEN

 

Flowers, herbs and other plants on sale to public

 

June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeline Sophie's Center how has a Certified Organic Garden program that includes a full citrus orchard, flower gardens, a passive-solar greenhouse, a propagation house, ornamental trees, shrubs, herbs, and a worm farm.

 

The Garden Program cultivates more than strong, healthy plants; it is a vocational training ground where professional horticulture managers help students reap the benefits of developing physical and mental skills, social relationships, teamwork, self-esteem, and a sense of community and accomplishment.

 

GROUND BROKEN AT NEW VILLAS AT MISSION TRAILS COMMUNITY

 

May 29. 2011 (Santee)--Villas at Mission Trails, a new condominium project located east of Mission Trails Regional Park, has broken ground.

GREAT FAMILY FILMS COMING SOON TO A PARK NEAR YOU!

 

May 26, 2011 (San Diego County) --The region’s largest free outdoor summer movies series returns this year with more locations and more great family films than ever before. The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the cities of San Diego, National City, La Mesa, San Marcos, Oceanside, Poway and Lemon Grove and the U.S.S. Midway to expand the Summer Movies in the Park series.


THE SANTEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING THIRD ANNUAL STREET FAIR

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2011 (Santee) --The Santee Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Third Annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 10am to 7pm to support the Santee Food Bank. The Street Fair will be on Riverview Parkway at Mission Gorge Road, next to the Trolley Square shopping center. Around 300 Food booths and vendor displays, and rides will be open from 10am to 7pm. A beer garden sponsored and operated by Santee Sportsplex will be open from 6 pm to 11pm.

THE LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE

 

 

May 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) --The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to  1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Parsonage Museum.  Lots of like-new Cal King comforters and shams and sheet sets, lighting new in the box, plastic toddler trike, clothing, household and more.  To donate items, call 619-460-4353 for pickup or arrange drop-off.  All proceeds benefit the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY ON THE CITY OF LA MESA’S ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

 

 

May 22, 2011 (La Mesa) --The City is currently looking for a youth representative to serve on the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and not be more than 21 years of age. Applications may be obtained by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com or from the City Clerk’s office in La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, during normal business hours.

The purpose of the Commission is to advise the City Council on how the actions and policies of the City may preserve and enhance the quality of La Mesa’s environment, address the effects of climate change and assist in the identification of measures that will improve environmental sustainability in La Mesa and the region.

 

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

 

May 22, 2011 (La Mesa)Applications are now being accepted for positions on the City’s boards, commissions, and committees. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in the City Clerk’s office at La MesaCity Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Applications may be obtained at City Hall, the La Mesa Library or by accessing the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.com.

 

 

 

MEMORIES ARE MADE AT SUMMER CAMPS

 

 

May 22, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love math and science?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these fourteen “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages five years and up:  

*Art Smarts Art Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *Fencing Camp, *FRESHi Flix Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Math Zoom Camp, *Princess Camp, *Rock Star Camp, *Surf Camp, and *Tennis Camp.

 

 

Summer is just around the corner!  For more information, please visit www.cityoflamesa.com/classes or contact La Mesa Community Services at (619) 667-1300

 

ALLISON AVENUE GRAND OPENING

 

May 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the City of La Mesa will host the Grand Opening of the Allison Avenue streetscape improvement project. The event will take place in front of and just east of the La Mesa Library (8074 Allison Avenue) at 4:30 pm.


Allison Avenue is located in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown and Civic Center providing access to shopping, the Trolley Station, bus stops, Civic Center, the Library and Post Office.


The award winning Allison Avenue project includes many new urban smart growth design concepts; including enhanced crosswalks with inlayed flashing pavement markers, decorative streetlights, walkability features, street trees,  landscaping, diagonal parking and improved bus shelters. 


FAA, MARINES AND LOCAL VINTAGE AVIATORS APPROVE FLYOVERS FOR THE DEDICATION OF WALL OF HONOR

 

 

 

May 18, 2011 (Alpine) -- The FAA, US Marine Corp and local aviators have all approved flyovers to mark the dedication of the Veterans Wall of Honor, planned for May 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Alpine Community Center.

 

The ceremony is called "Mission Honored: Dream Achieved." It marks the dedication of the Wall of Honor, and unveil a tile with the name of Lt. John Flinn, our own Medal of Honor recipient whose name is the first to be placed on the Wall of Honor. Hundreds of other tiles will be mounted in honor of veterans who sacrificed to serve our country.

 

 

CAJON VALLEY JAMBOREE 2011

 

 

 

 May 18, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Captain Sam Diego and all of his crew are busy preparing for the Cajon Valley Jamboree of 2001 to be held at  the Holy Trinity School Campus 405 Ballard Street, El Cajon from May 20 through May 22, 2011.
 

This year's theme, "Your Passport To Travel and Fun," is rallying the community together for plenty of fun right here in the heart of El Cajon. The Cajon Valley Jamboree is just as committed now as it was in 1948 in bringing the City of El Cajon and fostering communities spirit.

Click on Captain Sam Diego name to view his video preview of this event. 

 

WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTERS LAUNCH 3RD YEAR OF WESTFIELD FAMILY PROGRAM

 

Parkway Plaza in El Cajon is Local Westfield Shopping Center

 

 

Los Angeles - (5/3/11) – Westfield announces the third year of its highly successful Westfield Family program, the free membership program that enhances and energizes the family shopping experience by bringing family-friendly activities and events, money-saving promotions, and convenient amenities offered exclusively at Westfield Shopping Centers.

Now offered at 30 centers across the country, the Westfield Family program will continue its successful and popular program elements that make shopping fun and easy for families, including the Monthly Retailer Calendar highlighting family retailer events, promotions and offers; family-friendly retailers, eateries and amenities at each center; and Westfield Family Events offered at select centers.

 

 

 

New this year to Westfield Family are Westfield Family Fun Days, two free activities per month geared towards children ages 2-5 and their caretakers. At each themed Fun Day, kids will be able to create a craft with their parent, have a snack and learn more about the theme of the month through read-aloud story time. Westfield has increased the scope and capacity of the activities, and moms will receive a Westfield calendar featuring educational tips and ideas based on the month’s theme. The program began in April with “The Great Outdoors,” and continues in May with “Get Fit.”

Alan Cohen, Westfield’s Executive Vice President of Marketing says “We are enhancing Westfield Family this year by providing more events and activities,  showcasing our commitment to the families that make up such a strong segment of our shopper base.”

Signing up for the program is simple and can be done online (www.westfield.com), through a mail-in postcard, at the Westfield Concierge or management office, or at any of the Westfield Family events.

For more information and updated information on Westfield Family activities, promotions, and services, visit www.westfield.com.

WILDFIRE EVACUATION COMMUNITY FORUM

 

 

May 8, 2011 (Ramona) -- It's Wildfire Awareness Week  in California and a quick -moving brush fire that threatened homes in Santee on Tuesday, May 3rd  is a reminder that Fire Season is upon us.  Your Sheriff’s Department  wants you to be ready so the Ramona Substation is holding a Wildfire Evacuation Community  Forum on Monday, May 16th  at the Ramona Library 1275 Main Street at 2:00 p.m. for the public.

EL CAJON LIONS CLUB HOSTS CASINO NIGHT

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2011 (El Cajon) --The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club will present its 2nd annual Gun Smoke Casino Night on May 13th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan El Cajon Community Center. "Gamblin n Carousin" in an old west saloon features all the excitement of professional casino-style gaming which includes roulette, craps, blackjack and poker.

 

 

 

 

 

HEAR ECM’S EDITOR ON RADIO FRIDAY MAY 6 FROM Y 6-7 PM

May 6, 2011 (Alpine) – East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be on the air Friday from 6-7 p.m. on Billie Jo Jannen’s “TGIF” program on FM 107.9 radio. Today’s show will also feature Alpine Sun Editor Christy Scott in an editors’ panel discussing the hottest backcountry issues. Topics include Sunrise Powerlink, trans-border trucking, new solar proposed projects, graffiti, grants for fire mitigation, and more.   Listen live!

LIVE ACTION DRAMA AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE: FIREFIGHTERS HOLD DRILL

 

 

May 2, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Yesterday a training event gave East County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. In addition the Multi Agency Drill provides fire agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan and San Diego Rural a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill. The San Miguel Fire District hosted the Multi Company/Multi-Agency Drill. The training took place at the former Blockbuster Video on Campo Road and Conrad Drive, Casa De Oro.

ESCONDIDO—REPORT IT!

By Caleb Trainer
 

April 28, 2011 (Escondido) – Fixing potholes and cleaning up graffiti is a dirty job that City officials here look to accomplish more efficiently with the help of residents and a hi-tech solution called “Escondido, Report It!” View a video on CitySourced.

 

On Wednesday at 3 p.m., just prior to the Escondido City Council meeting, persons interested in learning how they can help keep the City tidy will participate in what officials are calling “Download Day.” The instructional gathering will be led by tech-savvy staff from Freedom Speaks, the Los Angeles company that created CitySourced, the smart phone software application residents will use to report pothole and graffiti problems to City Hall.

THE BOTTOM LINE: EL CAJON COMPANY HAPPY HEINYS TO HELP SET EARTH-FRIENDLY WORLD RECORD FOR CLOTH DIAPERS APRIL 23

 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon)—On Earth Day, MLB Industries Inc, the San Diego-based manufacturer of Happy Heinys reusable diapers, will host one of over 400 sites at 32 countries worldwide where cloth diaper enthusiasts will gather and seek to add cloth diapers to the Guinness Book of World Records. The company aims to help set a world record for most disposable diapers changed out for cloth at its Happy Heinys manufacturing facility, along with its natural parenting store, Baby Frenzy, on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30- 9:15a.m. at 1529 N Cuyamaca St in El Cajon.

 

Every five minute,3,000 throwaway diapers will be sent to San Diego landfills.

BACKCOUNTRY’S BILLIE JO JANNEN IS ON THE AIR

 

Award-winning journalist and ECM's own East of the Line columnist hosts TGIF Report on East County issues

 

Show airs Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on FM 107.9

 


By Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2011 (Alpine) – She’s won awards for investigative reporting and spent nearly 25 years writing and editing articles about East County’s hottest topics such as wildfires, wind turbines, border and land use issues. Her coverage has drawn national attention on 60 Minutes and 20-20 TV shows. She’s also rooted out tales of feral pigs and turkey hunts, offered tips on how to remove horse manure, and covered local politics. (Some might see similarity in these topics.)
 

Now the backcountry’s best-known news hound has a found a new home behind the microphone at my107.9 radio in Alpine, where her new show, the TGIF report covers news and events in San Diego’s backcountry communities and Alpine.  East County Magazine readers will recognize Jannen as author of the popular East of the Line column on backcountry issues.
 

The TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) Report airs Fridays from 6-7 p.m. because “I don’t do mornings well,” quips Jannen. If you’re not close enough to Alpine to pick up the signal, you can listen to the show streaming live at http://www.my1079.com.

CABINS NOW OPEN AT SANTEE LAKES

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2011--Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, Miss Santee Maria Maes, local legislators’ representatives and community leaders were on hand last week for the grand opening of Santee’s newest attraction: ten waterfront cabins, including three afloat on Lake Seven.
 

Invited guests savored a cake baked to resemble the lake itself, complete with cabins and waterfowl.  The occasion also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Santee Lakes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN ALPINE FOR SURVEY ON POWERLINK WORK HOURS

April 12, 2011 (Alpine) – Volunteers are requested for April 15-25 to help canvass Alpine residents, businesses, and shoppers regarding the SDG&E request to work from 7am to 7pm on the underground construction through Alpine.

SURE BET: VIEJAS CASINO TO SET NEW RECORD, GIVEAWAY $100,000 PRIZE IN POKER CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND

 

April 12, 2011 (Alpine)--Anticipation is building at Viejas Casino, where one lucky poker player is guaranteed to win a record $100,000 in this weekend’s Viejas Poker Classic III tournament. For the third year in a row, the tournament will feature the largest poker payout to a single player in San Diego Casino history.

 

AVOID SCAMS, BE A SMART CONSUMER: BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OFFERS SPEAKERS

 

April 6, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced it has a Speakers Bureau with volunteers who are available to speak for free to breakfast and luncheon meetings of community groups, service organizations, churches and senior groups. The speech that BBB volunteers will deliver is titled “The Top 10 Consumer Scams.”

PUTTING OUT THE FIRE WITH THOM & CHARLIE: APRIL 7 IN LEMON GROVE

 

April 2, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Thom Rosenberger and Charlie Lewis, famous throughout the county for their traveling fire education program, racked up nearly 70 years as Lemon Grove firefighters and know from smoke-filled rooms, burning embers and screaming sirens.

 

On April 7 at 7 p.m., the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present “Putting out the fire with Thom and Charlie,” a fire safety program as part of the “History Alive” lecture series in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove.

SPRING RECREATION CLASSES IN EL CAJON ANNOUNCED

 

 

March 26, 2011 (El Cajon)-- The City of El Cajon will host a "Dare to Dodgeball" tournament, "Dodgball Mania" and "Skate Clinics" -- all as part of the City's spring recreation programs.  Below are details and information on how to register:

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