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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

The Water Conservation Garden is excited to announce the return of its Halloween-themed Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Goes Batty!  Celebrating the season of ghosts and goblins, the Garden’s entertaining educational ambassador, Ms. Smarty-Plants™, takes center stage at the Friday, October 13 event.  The evening includes meandering around the Garden’s Trick or Treat Trails, hands-on Creepy Critter Encounters, and a Ms.

The La Mesa Chamber believes being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year the Chamber has assisted homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24.

The Chamber is beginning to gather items for these seniors. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets and gift bags. All of these gifts are delivered along with a hot turkey dinner with all of the trimmings to the selected seniors by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. 

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.