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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 25,000 people are expected to attend the 21st annual Toys for Joy event at from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event has grown over the years and expanded to four locations, including El Cajon Valley High School, Lincoln High School, Southwest High School, and Vista High School.

“Natural Views” will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Dec. 9, – Jan. 5, 2018. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

By Sabrina Kumre

This past Sunday, Nov. 19, the El Cajon chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) hosted their fourth annual Toys for Tots Program to benefit children in the San Diego area.

We’ve all heard it and personally complain about it out loud: “The managers and supervisors of my company make big salaries while me and my fellow workers get much lower wages!” This is the lament of workers at private companies, commercial industry, and now teachers presently working for the Cajon Valley Union School District.

Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council has named 

 Assemblyman Randy Voepel Legislator of the Year.

“Assemblyman Voepel is one of us; a Vietnam veteran, and he understands our issues and the importance of helping not just our generation of veterans, but the men and women who are currently returning home from deployments in the Middle East,” said Dean Gotham, Chairman, VVA-CSC Government Affairs Committee.

Pierce Newsome, a junior at Helix High School in La Mesa, is the recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship from Do Something and Motiv San Diego. Newsome received the award at the Motiv8 Teen Service Summit held at University of San Diego in October.

Motiv connects high school teens to meaningful volunteer opportunities to foster passion for lifelong community service engagement. Motiv partners with DoSomething.org to connect teens to “do it yourself” service projects.

Three of St. Paul’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) employees has been accepted as scholars into the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), a national program funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Photo Courtesy of The Montera

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 the GI Film Festival San Diego announced the winners of the Local Film Showcase in eight categories. More than 100 people attended the soiree hosted by comedian and former U.S. Navy Officer, Jamie Kaler, and featured entertainment by the American Flyboys.

The 2017 winners are:

Category: Best Documentary Short


By Mike Seely and John Kane

Open Signal Productions

Category: Best Narrative Short

“Once Guilty, Now Innocent, Still Dead”

The Paradise Textile Artists is an art quilt critique group that has been meeting and exhibiting together for ten years. The six members, all from San Diego County, work in distinctive styles, no two alike. "Stitchbacks" shows a range of interpreting nature, sometimes literally using photo transfers and realistic fabric choices, and sometimes taking artistic liberties with hand-dyed fabrics in wild and crazy colors. Some members are full-time studio artists and some work full-time away from the studio.