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The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive 2017, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, is pleased to announce distribution of over 14,700 new and gently used stuffed animals as a result of our collection drive during the San Diego County Fair.  A hearty thanks goes out to the staff of the Rancho San Diego Library, Fletcher Hills Library, Lakeside Library, Santee Library, and San Carlos Library locations for hosting collection boxes, and to the wonderful East County area residents who filled the boxes to overflowing!

Now in its third year, the GI Film Festival San Diego will once again bring the untold stories of America’s military to life through film. The much-anticipated five-day military film festival features eight West Coast premieres, along with several screenings, filmmaker appearances, and panel discussions from Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at various San Diego County venues. The GI Film Festival San Diego is one of only a few film festivals in the entire United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans.

On Tuesday, the first LG Chem residential energy storage unit in the continental United States went live. Sullivan Solar Power at the Keefe residence in Carlsbad installed it. This milestone is a big step toward grid independence for Americans.

By MC3 Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2013 Morse High School graduate and Spring Valley native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown.

Seaman Tyron Pajel is a boatswain’s mate aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

Emily N. Hinton spent a total of 701 hours spanning a four-year period volunteering at the local VA San Diego Healthcare System. Awarded $7,500 by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), she can now pursue her goal of becoming a pediatrician.

Can you believe that it is almost time for school to start? Summer has flown by! Our special Summer Reading programming is now over, but there are still a lot of fun things to do at the library!

Story Crafternoon - Join us for a story and a craft. Monday – Friday, July 31 – Aug. 11 @ 1:30

We will not have any afternoon programs AuG. 14-18

Farm to school activities and purchasing of local foods are on the rise in San Diego County school districts, according to the 2015-16 State of Farm to School in San Diego County (State of F2S) report (attached) released today by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). Of the 34 San Diego County school districts, 42 participated in this year’s survey, providing a comprehensive assessment of school food procurement and farm to school activities in San Diego County.

By Shayla Chavez

District 38’s State senate Representative Joel Anderson met with the residents of Lakeside this past Tuesday to discuss local and statewide issues attendees wished to address.

All of us agree that children deserve to be well cared for and given every opportunity to meet their full potential.

So why would anyone oppose a law to create a children’s “Bill of Rights” that guarantees children have a right to quality housing, education, appropriate health care, a safe environment, and have their other basic needs met?

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring six award-winning artists: Jeanne Abriel, Linda Lepeirs, Beth McClellan, Lois Madeline Nicholls, Denise Strahm, and Kathi Vargo.

"Art Telling ~ It's All In A Word”