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Through Feb. 27: The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2016 winter classes and events. Gardening classes taught by experts help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. PRE-REGISTRATION required for all class participants at www.thegarden.org or by calling 619-660-0614 x10.
2016 Miss El Cajon Pageant now accepting applications - The 2016 Miss El Cajon Pageant is now accepting applications from young ladies, ages 9-22, to represent the City of El Cajon. . The pageant is a rewarding experience for all who participate, with the chance to win a scholarship and to serve our community for an entire year. There are no entry fees and you are judged on personal interview, evening gown, onstage question, poise and personality. There is no swimsuit or talent competition. You must be a resident of El Cajon or attend/have graduated from Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College. A Pageant Orientation will be held March 5, 2016, at Parkway Plaza Mall, 1 to 3 p.m., the current Miss El Cajon, Kaci McCorkell and members of her Court will be available to answer questions regarding the Scholarship Program. Please bring your completed forms with you to this orientation. The 2016 Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant will be held April 9, 2016, at Greenfield Middle School’s theater. For more information, please call (619) 390-0061. Applications are now available by email at email@example.com, or you may message the director on Facebook under “Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant.”
Feb. 3: The Santee Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Santee Library, 9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard #17, Santee. This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station’s command staff, deputies and Crime Prevention Specialist in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee. Come out and make a positive difference in your community! For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Martha Miramontes at (619) 956-4022.
Feb. 4: “History Alive” lecture series, 7 p.m. We’ll feature historian/author Jim Newland and his fascinating new book, “Around Mount Helix,” the little-known story of the life and times of this famous landmark. Join us in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.
Feb. 6: The superb Louise Mathews will be ba-a-a-ck for a matinee presentation of “Jailhouse Cuisine: From the Right Side of the Bars” at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane. If you missed Louise at our packed Jan. 7 “History Alive” lecture, now’s your chance to hear this former Chief of Food Service in the San Diego County Prison System tell all.
Feb. 6: Alpine Education Foundation presents their 4th Annual Mardi Gras Ball to help raise funds for Alpine schools and students. The evening includes an authentic Cajun-style dinner, live music and dancing by Theo & The Zydeco Patrol and much more. This is Alpine’s most anticipated annual event and a guaranteed good time!
Cajun-inspired Buffet Dinner catered by Greek Village Grill. Live Music by Theo & The Zydeco Patrol, Live Auction, Crowning of the “King & Queen” of Mardi Gras 2016, Sally the English Psychic + Face Painting by Dragonfly Boog
The tickets are limited. To buy your tickets, click on one of the buttons to the right. You will be re-directed to Paypal to complete the purchase. Ticket prices are: $40/Individual, $75/Couple, $300/Table of 10. You can mail a check to: 2710 Alpine Blvd, Suite 0-101, Alpine, CA 91901. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 250.0925.
Feb. 6: Cuyamaca College’s second Annual Powwow, set for 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. in the front lawn of Building B, the Communication Arts Center.
The free event, open to the public, will showcase native dances such as the graceful shawl dance, in which Coral excels and has been selected to perform as the head young woman, a leading position all girl dancers aspire to. The powwow opens with gourd dancing, followed by the grand entry at 11:30, the procession of all dancers into the dance arena. The dancers in their brilliant regalia are led by the head man and woman, followed by the head young man and young woman and the head boy and girl.
A father-and-son team of staff carrier Richard DeCrane, who will bring in the Indian flag represented by a long staff with eagle feathers, and first-grader Tomas DeCrane as the head boy dancer, will be in the powwow. The staff carrier, a position of respect traditionally held by a veteran, is first to enter the arena, along with the bearer of the American flag. Tomas, who has been dancing in arenas since he was a toddler, seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Chicken Dancer and singer.
Also featured will be the Sooner Nation Southern Drum, whose singers originate from Oklahoma and Arizona and began as a group in the early ‘90s. The Green River North Drum features an intertribal singing and drum group that started in 2003 that performs the older style songs of the Northern Plains.
Another group expected to perform is the Asha Takuk Bird Singers, a Kumeyaay troupe from the Viejas and Santa Ysabel reservations whose members have traveled throughout the Southwest, New York, Mexico, and Canada, sharing the traditional song of the Kumeyaay passed down through generations.
The Cuyamaca College Powwow’s successful launch last year by a Native American student group is expected to draw even more dancers competing this year, representing the Kumeyaay Nation from the local region; the Blackfeet tribe of Montana; the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in San Jacinto, as well as the Yaqui and Chippewa, Navajo, Crow and Quiche Maya, and the UmonHon (Omaha) Tribe of Macy, Nebraska.
Native American arts and crafts, along with fry bread and Indian tacos, will also be the order of the day, in addition to information booths for the Barona Cultural Center and Museum; Kumeyaay Community College; the San Diego American Indian Health Center; Family Health Centers of San Diego; the Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR), and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
“The purpose of the powwow is to promote tribal heritage and to educate others about Native Americans through activities and educational opportunities,” said event coordinator Maria Gearhart, a multimedia technician at the college library with family ties to the Native American community. “Powwows are celebrations, social gatherings and friendly dance competitions, and there are sacred traditions in this gathering of the people.”
With Cuyamaca College’s name coming from a Kumeyaay phrase, “Ekwiiyemak,” translated to mean “behind the clouds,” “above the rains,” and “the place where the rain comes from the heavens,” the pairing of the college with the Native American community is a natural fit.
Offering a Kumeyaay Studies certificate program, a mentoring program for Native American students, and a Native American dance exhibit put on at the college each fall, Cuyamaca College values its ties to the tribal communities and culture, said President Julianna Barnes.
“We look forward to this powwow becoming a long campus tradition and we always welcome an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with the local Native American community,” she said.
For more information about Cuyamaca College, located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, go to www.cuyamaca.edu
Feb. 10: San Diego Antique & Collectible show is at the Unity Church, 311 Highland Avenue in El Cajon, from 12 to 4 p.m. See great collectibles, from artwork to jewelry! Appraisals are available for $5 an item. Free parking and admission. For more information, call (619) 368-2055.
Feb. 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($35-$45) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
Feb. 14: Christopher Cross at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($45-$55) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
Feb. 20: The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will host the 50th Annual Children’s Ball at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 “L” Street in Downtown San Diego. The reception and silent auction will begin at 6, with dinner at 7 p.m. Funds raised will provide programs and activities for the 3,000 children served at five East County Clubhouse sites, this includes two sites in El Cajon. For tickets, call (619) 440-1600 or visit www.BGCEC.org.
Feb. 20: FREE How to Hire a Landscape Contractor and Save $$$$ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thinking of changing your landscape or beginning from scratch? Join Pam Meisner, Education Director at The Garden, for a fun and informative class as she addresses the pitfalls to avoid and the practical approach to saving money. This class is offered free by a generous grant from the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program.Reservations are required
Feb. 20: Paul Rodriquez at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($29-$39) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
Feb. 21: San Diego County residents are invited to learn about the latest advances in lung cancer care at a free presentation from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center, located at 10670 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego 92121. Attendees will learn about lung cancer screenings, new diagnostic methodologies and new immunotherapies available, as well as other technologies on the horizon for the treatment of lung cancer. According the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with more than 158,000 estimated deaths in 2016.
Two Scripps lung cancer specialists will lead the Feb. 21 presentation. Medical oncologist Michael P. Kosty, M.D., is medical director of Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic. Pulmonologist Scott Eisman, M.D., is chief of staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He also serves as Scripps Encinitas’ director of interventional pulmonary medicine and as medical director of the hospital’s intensive care unit. Advance registration for the Feb. 21 presentation is requested by calling 858-678-7128 or emailing email@example.com.
Feb. 26: The Gap Band at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($49-$59) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
Feb. 27: After the Lawn: Finding Better Solutions, 10:a.m. - 12 p.m. Your lawn is dead or looks like it, now what I do? Landscape Designer, Connie Beck, will give you ideas and solutions to turn those areas into beautiful, inviting outdoor spaces. Cost: Members – Free; Non-members - $10.
March 2: Little River Band at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($39-$49) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
March 3: Terri Clark at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($49-$59) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
March 12: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($39-$49) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
March 12: RUN EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon – Register Now. Registration for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile & Tribes and Clans competition on Saturday, March 12 is now OPEN! The St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon is dedicated to involve the entire family in fun and fitness. The Green Mile Fun Run, an enjoyable, short distance, non-competitive event, is also available! The Half Marathon begins at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, next to the El Cajon Arch. Those who register online can pick-up their bibs on Friday, March 11. Saturday registration and bib pick-up will start at 6 a.m. This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. Please visit www.stpatricksdayhalf.com for more information, to register, or to volunteer - Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided!
March 18: The ninth annual Lakeside Art & Poetry Contest is underway. It is for all ages, child through adult, and is on the theme, “Visions of Lakeside.” Submit entries at the Lakeside Branch Library, 9839 Vine Street, by March 18. All entries will be displayed at the library, and winners will be featured at the Lakeside Library Art & Poetry Festival, April 12-16.
The contest is open to all ages. There are five age categories: Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3-5th grade, 6-8th grade, 9-12th grade, and adult. All entries should be based on the theme: “Visions of Lakeside” and suitable for public display. Art entries may be submitted in the following formats: photography, painting, drawing, and collage. They can be no larger than 18x25 inches and poems should be no longer than one page. Two entries may be submitted. All submissions will be on display at the library through May 2nd. Entry forms can be picked up at the library.
“The contest has become a tradition,” says Youth Services Librarian Janet Gastil. “There is so much talent here, and this is a great way to celebrate it.” For more information about the contest please contact staff at 619-443-1811 or visit http://www.sdcl.org/.
March 19: Rita Rutner at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($45-$50) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
April 9: Thunder From Down Under at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($25-$35) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
April 10: Floetry at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($39-$49) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
April 22, 23 & 24: Lakeside Rodeo - SAVE THE DATE. More information to come.
April 23: Lakeside Western Days Parade - SAVE THE DATE. More information to come.
April 24: Million Dollar Quartet at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($45-$55) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
May 7: Abba at the Live and Up Close Theatre. Tickets now on sale ($55-$60) at the box office or online at Sycuan.com/entertainment
May 21 - America on Main Street in Downtown El Cajon – the theme is “Bring The Beach East!”
This 3rd annual event will be hosted in Downtown El Cajon on Armed Forces Day. Free admission, rides – including a Ferris Wheel and carousel, a very unique petting zoo, kid’s crafts, live music and more! Hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. for this fun, free, family event! Be a community sponsor or volunteer, please call (619) 441-1754.
Camp at Lake Jennings Park. Bring family and friends for a great time outdoors. Relax in the quiet, cool, restful campground while enjoyng the views of the lake and watching the wildlife — deer, owls, osprey and even the occasional eagle. Take a walk along the nature trail and enjoy the wildflowers. Fish from the bank, launch your own boat, or rent a motor boat or paddle boat on weekends. For information and camping reservations, visit www.lakejennings.org or call (619) 390-1623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Computer Classes, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon. Self paced, instructor assisted. Learn computer basics and Microsoft Office Programs at the East Count Career Center, 924 E. Main St., El Cajon (619) 590-3950.
Tuesdays: Join our senior community singers (55+) “Memories of Music” for fun and friendship 12:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd, 91942. No auditions. Musical instruments welcome. $2. Contact: Carroll (619) 697-3223.
Wednesdays: Santee Farmer’s Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Pathways Church parking lot, 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd., Santee. Call (619) 449-8427 for more information.
Wednesdays: Music & Motion for Babies, a special time for babies and their favorite grownups to learn and grow together. Lakeside Library, 9639 Vine Street in Lakeside. Classes will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the library desk.
Wednesday: La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (First Wednesday of Every Month). Time-Social hour at 6:30 p.m., Program begins at 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center-4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.
The El Cajon Farmers’ Market Every Thursday at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street. Hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. - rain or shine! The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads and hot prepared food. Also, there are several vendors and live music! For more information, visit www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org.
Thursdays El Cajon Farmer's Market every Thursday at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street. Hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - rain or shine! The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads and more. For more information, please visit www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org.
Thursdays: T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly) Everyone welcome to join! Come and learn a healthy way to take off and keep off pounds.. Meetings held every Thursday from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church 9908 Channel Road, Lakeside. The meetings keep you accountable and give support for a positive lifestyle change.
Fridays: Read a Book, Write a Book For Elementary Students at Lakeside Library, 3:30 p.m.
Fridays: Teen Music Shop: Musicians, Vocalists & Songwriters Welcome at Ramona Library, 3 p.m.
Fridays: La Mesa Farmers Market 3 to 6 p.m. in Allison Ave. parking lot, East of Spring Street.
Sundays: Rancho San Diego Farmers Market! We have a new location, new day and new hours! Now all we need is the support of our community! Join us in helping spread the word about this great local community event. Our market provides a wonderful opportunity for customers to buy their fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs direct from the farm! We also have delicious cookies, oils, hot foods, lotions and so much more. The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market will operate on the Valhalla High School, located at 1725 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA 92019. Look for us at the corner of Chase Avenue and Hillsdale Road in Rancho San Diego!
The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is not your typical Farmers Market! In addition to helping local entrepreneurs, your attendance and purchases help eradicate poverty both locally and globally. The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is managed entirely by Charity World volunteers and 100% of our vendor fees go towards Charity World programs (after paying for market permitting and logistical costs). Charity World is a small, volunteer led 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation, founded in El Cajon. Our programs provide food, clothing, shelter, health and education services to individuals living in poverty.
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