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Articles by Albert H. Fulcher

Coming up very soon in August, the Mt. Helix Foundation is holding its 10th Annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser. For the first time, on July 8, it held its very first heART of Mt. Helix First Juried Art Show, which can now be seen at Nainsook Framing + art in La Mesa. Juried by local Mt. Helix resident and artist Duke Windsor, the first, second, third and four honorable mentions will be taken to the top of Mt. Helix the night of the event for auction with 20 percent of the sales going to the Foundation. The remaining art will stay on display at Nainsook Framing until Aug.

Open Mic in East County has evolved since first running across it accidentally at the Starbucks in Rancho San Diego. Although it has changed venues a few times, it has always been an entertaining event with a wide variety of musicians that freely share their talents with the people of East County. Now it seems, it has found a wonderful venue at Better Days Pizzeria in Lakeside. A family friendly restaurant, this gives local musicians the chance to gather together and collaborate, mentor and discover new talent within our area.

Okay, where to start. There is a lot of information and little space, running short of time, but there is another calamity of different ideas in what should be done with the property designated as Lakeside Downs or Parcel S302 when looking at proposed zoning changes from the County. The proposed change will re-designate seven parcels from semi-rural residential/village residential to open space.

I laughed from the beginning to the end.

Filled with believable hilarity, “Women in Jeopardy” was an exceptional beginning for La Mesa’s Lamplighters Community Theatre’s opening night of its historic 80th season. This new comedy (by Wendy MacLeod) was a breath of fresh air for the world of comedy on stage. That is when you could catch your breath.

Fire season is in full swing and yesterday’s Jennings Fire was way too close to home for most of East County, creating a standstill on Interstate 8 and quickly putting homes and property in jeopardy. I can’t say enough to give the proper thanks to our local first responders from across the county that jumped on the fire as quickly as it spread. They are true heroes of our community and there is not enough that can be said about them. They jumped right into action, risking their own lives for the safety of our communities.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra released the 2016 edition of the California Department of Justice Hate Crime Report on July 3. Although the report shows that over the past 10 years the total number of hate crime events have decreased 34.7 percent (1,426 in 2007 to 931 in 2016), it also shows that hate crimes have increased 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016.

For one afternoon, The Water Conservation Garden turned into a mystical land of the faeries. Full of faeries of all ages and styles, nearly everyone that attended bedazzled in their fairy best costumes while learning more about local artists in the community and working with them to create their own piece of art. All for one cause. Funding free art classes of all genres to the public.

Ten beautiful, highly intelligent and inspiring women vied for the title of 2017 Miss Middle East USA, now the largest ethnic beauty pageant in the world. Underneath the stunning gowns, astonishing ethnic wear and all of the pageantry, this event is all about the inner beauty and empowerment of Middle Eastern women here in the U.S. and around the world. Now in its fourth year, this pageant has grown by leaps and bounds, once again bringing a packed house to this annual spectacular event.

For a one night only San Diego performance, Sycuan Casino’s Live & Up Close theatre presented a remarkable performance featuring three of The Broadway Tenors on June 25. Kevin Kern, David Burnham and Ron Bohmer. They provided a great of ensemble featuring many of Broadway’s classic musical numbers along with some phenomenal melodies of Broadway best writers and contemporary music on June 

Celebrating 10 years of performing for San Diego County, Christian Community Theater’s “San Diego Follies 10th Anniversary Celebration” was nothing short of spectacular. Sometimes dubbed the “Senior Follies” with all of the performers being 50 years plus young, it continues to show that great talent comes at any age. This large troupe of multi-talented artists showcased many of its favorite acts from the past nine years of performance and it was not a disappointment. With 32 acts, the variety of talent was astounding and most of all, entertaining.