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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Celebrating its 44th year in 2017,

GI Film Festival San Diego is back, making it’s third annual appearance, featuring the untold stories of America’s military through film. The five-day military film festival features more than 30 films, including eight West Coast premieres, at various San Diego County venues from Oct. 18-22. All major film genres are represented throughout the festival, including dramas, documentaries and personal narratives in both short and feature length formats.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our 2017 holiday project that assists military children and families who live in La Mesa military housing.

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and local community supporters are passionate about enriching the lives of military children and making sure they have a happy and memorable holiday. This project began last year with an investment by Jerry Lester, a strong advocate of children. 

Five local educators were named San Diego County T

Sponsored by Grossmont College’s Student Success & Equity Fund and the Latin@ Alliance

By Steven Williams

Dozens of veterans, family members and area Council for Youth Empowerment pageant queens packed into Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5867 in Lakeside Friday to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action in their annual POW/MIA Day Ceremony. 

The event featured a Missing Man Table Ceremony in the Post social quarters and a candlelight vigil around the Post’s memorial flagpole.

There are many everyday heroes all around us -- teachers, firefighters, soldiers, and volunteers working to improve our communities, and even the young man or woman who helped their fellow citizen carry their groceries. Daisy Tate, executive director of the Veterans Supplemental Support Network (VSSN), wanted to make sure these heroes were given the recognition that they deserve.

St. Paul’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) celebrated the ground breaking of its new medical center to care for seniors in East County on Sept. 1. 

" Fields of Color”

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Oct. 7 – Nov. 3.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, Oct. 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Managing landscape and home garden pests is a challenge that faces every home gardener.  In today’s green-minded environment, the public is constantly searching for the safest manner to address their pest problems.  The University of California Cooperative Extension and the Healthy Garden – Healthy Home Program invites you to attend a free workshop on growing your own Herb Garden the safe and healthy way.  This workshop will be held at the Rancho San Diego Branch Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA  92019 from 10:00 a.m.