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Presents of mind can be found shopping at library

Each year, as store advertisements transform overnight from autumn-themed signage printed with falling orange leaves to wintery images of prancing reindeer and evergreen trees, holiday shopping begins in earnest. While some shoppers fill bags upon bags with items galore, a saying of unknown origin provides a more frugal hint on…

Mall marks holiday celebration with toy drive, parade

Parkway Plaza is ready for the holidays. Santa has arrived, and along with his friendly elves, the plaza is brimming with holiday treats for the entire family, starting off with the Salvation Army Fire Truck Parade and Toy Drive on Dec. 3 starting at 11 a.m. Parkway Plaza Marketing and…

CWA vote entitlement percentage up for Otay, Lakeside, down for Padre Dam, Helix

The weighted vote at 2023 San Diego County Water Authority board meetings will increase for the Otay Water District and the Lakeside Water District but will Municipal Water District. The Nov. 17 SDCWA board meeting approved the Calendar Year 2023 weighted vote allocations for the CWA member agencies. The allocations…

Here to serve the community

By Marie Waldron As the Assemblymember for the new 75th Assembly district, I want to reach out and let you know how my office can be of assistance to you. We are honored and excited to be able to represent you in Sacramento and we are here to be of…

Granite Hills soars to history-making CIF football championship

The seeding for this year’s San Diego Section football playoffs took on a decidedly different flavor with such teams as Cathedral Catholic left out of the elite Open Division and other teams such as Crawford receiving high seeds in the lower divisions. But it all added up to one of…

Liberty Charter’s Micah Sanchez wins state cross country

The on-going incredible saga of Liberty Charter High School senior Micah Sanchez continued at last Saturday’s California state cross country championship meet in Fresno by winning the Division V boys individual championship. Sanchez (15:13.8) won in commanding fashion with an 11-second margin over Menlo senior Justin Petre (15:24.6). Sanchez traded…

Foundation building trust one pair of socks at a time

San Diego River Park Foundation is hosting a sock drive for homeless residents from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the organization’s headquarters parking lot at 4891 Pacific Highway. Foundation founder Rob Hutsel said there are two reasons the organization is collecting socks for residents experiencing homelessness who…

Seasonal celebrations return to East County

East county residents can choose from two community holiday gatherings this Saturday: La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village or Lakeside’s Spirit of Christmas, both happening on Dec. 3. La Mesa Village Association’s seventh annual Holiday in the Village event will feature carnival games, craft and food vendors, a holiday 360°photo…

SDSU accepts invitation to Hawaii Bowl

The San Diego State University football team became bowl eligible for the 12th time in the last 13 years after defeating San Jose State University, 43-27, at Snapdragon Stadium on Nov. 12 to record its sixth win of the season. The Aztecs subsequently topped host New Mexico, 34-10, on Nov.…

Wings and Snow gives flight to artist independence

Sophie’s Gallery in downtown El Cajon on Main Street is holding its Wings and Snow art show on Dec. 9, featuring artwork created by clients at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. The Wings & Snow piece will be on display from through Jan. 9, 2023. Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop is…

GROSSMONT CONFERENCE 2022 ALL-LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAMS

Grossmont Hills League Offense First and Second Teams OFFENSIVE LINE 2 Rowdy Williams, Granite Hills 1 Alejandro Tejeda, Granite Hills 1 Erick Delgado, Granite Hills 1 Nathan Manzo, Steele Canyon 2 Jayden Manley, Steele Canyon 2 Joseph Hunt, Steele Canyon 1 Nick Parra, Grossmont 2 Caleb Smith, Grossmont 2 Premiere…

Pass the potatoes and pet the dog

Animal Shelters are issuing warnings intended to keep local pets safe as the holidays unfold. San Diego Humane Society Director of Public Relations Nina Thompson said simply reminding guests to avoid sharing food with pets is wise, however they also suggest preparing a few snack bags in advance with pet…

Holidays arrive with specter of three respiratory viruses looming

California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly hosted a teleconference on Nov. 17 to address the triple threat of viruses people and hospitals are facing heading into the holidays and winter season: the flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Ghaly said it has been a while since…

Warriors foundation has evolved over 100 years with same mission—aiding women

Foundation for Women Warriors is the only organization in California that solely focuses on serving women veterans and their families with programs that address the growing needs of the increasing number of military women transitioning into civilian life. CEO Jodie Grenier said the foundation is a 102-year-old nonprofit, beginning in…

Volunteers decorate veterans’ graves with Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America volunteers will be laying wreaths across veterans’ graves at nine different cemeteries across the county on Dec. 17 as they say their name aloud in remembrance, just as volunteers have done at military graves since Worcester Wreath Company donated extra wreaths to Arlington national cemetery in 1992.…

‘Club’ celebrates quarter century of service

On Nov. 10, the Home of Guiding Hands, a nonprofit that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in San Diego and Imperial counties, honored long term staff at its 25-Year Club Celebration. In conjunction with this, it celebrated HGH CFO Jan Adams who will retire at the end of…

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce collecting donations for seniors

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for 16 homebound seniors through Dec. 2. The presents will be wrapped, grouped in holiday baskets and dropped off by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol for selected seniors. Chamber president Mary England said many of the donations she’s seen…

State awards Viejas millions

The Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians received a $31 million grant from the California Energy Commission to deploy a cutting-edge, long duration energy storage system that will provide renewable backup for the Viejas tribe and support statewide grid reliability in the event of an emergency. The project, funded by one…

Advisors seek to change homelessness viewpoint

John Brady is the director of Lived Experience Advisers, a non-profit organization which recruits and trains people with lived homelessness experience to share their stories with government leaders, the community, academic and professional groups across the county to change the perceptions of homelessness. Often, Brady said, a community’s perspective on…

Mission Trails open for holiday shopping

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center is opening its Holiday Marketplace on Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., transforming itself into a seasonal marketplace with one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans with nature-themed products. Venders will offer a variety of products, including jewelry, cards, home goods, woodworks, ceramics, soaps,…

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