El Cajon, CA
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Articles by BJ Coleman

Where there is life, there is hope—including hope for growth and betterment. This is true in gardens and true for persons with developmental disability challenges. 

Lights! Cameras! Music! The Elks are known as a fraternal organization both for their charitable work to support children, youth and military veterans and for their friendly camaraderie ribbing fellow members.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is not only about the business of business. The organization also celebrates those living and working in La Mesa, whose public service efforts assist in keeping the East County city a safe, healthy and prosperous place for making a home or building an enterprise. 

Car buffs from San Diego County’s Garage Crew 22 converged on Alpine’s American Legion Post 258 on February 20, to host a car show, with proceeds from the event slated to benefit local veterans and wounded warriors. The American Legion as a veteran’s service organization is affiliated with other groups within what is called The American Legion Family. One of these associated organizations is known as Garage Crew, intended for military veterans and their family members who are also car enthusiasts. 

Humans are inventive. Often dissatisfied with the limitations of their reach, people have imagined and created tools to extend their grasp, even long ago in the times before recorded history. The Barona Cultural Center & Museum brought back to life some of the ancient arts of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño tribes for making hunting tools, with a class on techniques for crafting spears and atlatls, which are spear throwers. 

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon is known for showings of paintings and sculpture, and especially for the gallery’s permanent display of the Western-themed art of Olaf Wieghorst himself. The museum expanded its reach into artwork, debuting its first-ever photography exhibit on January 28. The display, titled “A Photographic Show Featuring the Art of Gary Anderson and Joe Payson,” runs through March 30.

Sovereign Health of San Diego has an open door policy. The East County adolescent treatment center proved that on January 23, by opening the facility’s doors to the public for guided tours.

When El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells delivered his State of the City address last month, he glowingly described the in-progress revitalization of El Cajon’s city center. One specific new business establishment the mayor praised for contributing to downtown El Cajon’s resurgence was urbn St. Brewing Co.

Heard the term Octoberstache? You would think it would only last for the month of October, but actually, no.

Cory Wilkins has a guitar, and he will travel. The El Cajon-based singer-songwriter makes a point of supporting events staged on behalf of active-duty and military veterans all around San Diego County.