Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2014
November 24, 2014 (El Cajon)--Traditionally held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this year’s Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon was exciting. The day was lightly overcast with a slight breeze, providing a little relief from the warm midday sun.
January 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – A transformer fire behind the Walmart store at Westfield Parkway Plaza caused a power outage last night at 9 p.m. The Regal movie theater escorted theatergoers outside using flashlights, while stores and restaurants at the mall also closed. View a video by Dennis Richardson: http://youtu.be/Y6IrzcdBW9g.
Need last minute gifts? Find some cool and creative items at the Waterproof Case Company
By Miriam Raftery
December 9, 2011 (El Cajon) –Need a solar phone charger for those whose cell phone batteries runs out often? How about a mini-video cam for those active kids to strap onto a skateboard, bike or surfboard? Or a waterproof case for a camera, cell phone or computer? Want to listen to music underwater, or get a crush-proof case for airline travel? How about a rolling cart to load valuables for easy evacuation during wildfires – or a case to bury on site? Or a dust-proof case for the desert enthusiast, hunter or hiker on your list?
The Waterproof Case Company, a locally-owned store in Parkway Plaza, has all these items and more. The company has custom-designed products for the U.S. military and Fortune 500 corporations. They've sold to government agencies including police and fire departments, wildlife researchers, universities, NASA, and underwater robotics companies. But it all started locally--in the garage of the Davies family.
November 24, 2011 (El Cajon) The public is invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Business after hours Holiday Mixer at Crunch Fitness. The event will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The location is Crunch Fitness, 565 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 202, El Cajon CA, above Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the Parkway Plaza. The admission fee is Members $10; Non-members $15.
Rhinestone jeans, Montana West leather purses, glitzy saddle blankets and more in El Cajon’s new store
Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
November 21, 2011 (El Cajon)-- “This is my passion,” says Hannah Blume, 16, co-owner of the new Cowgirl Bling store in Parkway Plaza.
Her mom, Cheryl Smith, helped Hannah open the shop to bring glitzy Western wear to East County—and to provide a better future for Hannah, a student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
September 29, 2011 (El Cajon)—An ambulance burst into flames after oxygen tanks on board exploded late this afternoon at Westfield Parkway Plaza mall in El Cajon, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the city of El Cajon.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of the vehicle fire near Wal-Mart and found the ambulance fully engulfed in flames.
by Elena Peña
July 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--We go to the mall to watch a movie, to shop for new attire, or maybe just to walk around and spend some quality time window shopping. However, there are plenty of other things to do besides shop, if you go on the right day.
Every month there are special events going on at malls in East County—such as free concerts, pet adoptions, children’s activities and family fun. Here are some highlights of events taking place in July that are worth checking out.
RSVP by March 21; proceeds benefit St. Madeleine Sophie's Center
By Abigail Migala
March 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--The St. Clair Gallery announces “Wine-Down Wednesday” at the Westfield Parkway Shopping Center at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. The gallery and the shopping center team up twice a year to host these lively receptions, during which part of the common area in Macy’s Court is sectioned off to provide an intimate locale for 150 guests to enjoy fine art, wine and refreshments.
Mall-wide trick- or-treating, “Scare Away Hunger” with San Diego Food Bank, and a dance performance of “Thriller” by St. Madeleine Sophie Center students
October 27, 2010 (El Cajon) Westfield Parkway is hosting a mall-wide trick or treat event on October 31st and has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank to “Scare Away Hunger.” Anyone can bring a non-perishable food item to the Shopping Center Concierge to be eligible to trick or treat. Plus, the students of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and The Malashock School of Dance will perform the “Thriller” dance.
October 14, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Off-road vehicles and celebrity motocross riders will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24 at the Off-Road Expo at Westfield Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon.
September 19, 2010 (El Cajon) – A woman was robbed in the east parking structure at Parkway Plaza shopping mall on Thursday, September 16 at 11:47 a.m. by a man who also tried to carjack her vehicle. El Cajon police have released a security photo of the suspect, an African-American man, 18-25 with a muscular build and a tattoo on his neck.
March 22, 2010 (El Cajon) – A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old man who told police he was getting into his car outside Parkway Plaza when he was robbed, then attacked.
Does the thought of going house-to-house Trick or Treating make you feel uncomfortable? How about mall Trick or Treating?
Mall Trick or Treating is an easy way to take the little ones for out for an evening of fun. On Saturday October 31st, two local malls--Grossmont Center in La Mesa from 4 to 6 PM and Parkway Plaza in El Cajon from 3 to 5 PM--are the places to be in East County to be for a frightfully good time.
By Gayle Early
June 1, 2009 (El Cajon)—Six art pieces selected from each of 87 participating middle and elementary schools were on display at the 19th Annual Kids Art Show last month at Westfield Parkway. Cookies accompanied a reception in the mall, just around the corner from Macy’s. Each artist received a blue ribbon, including Sophia Coseip, whose artwork is shown in the photo above.