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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

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”

Grossmont College’s Fourth Annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory features a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” a classic swashbuckling tale of pirates, hidden riches, swordfights and daring escapes modernized with hip-hop music and dance. 

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 food the safe and healthy way. This workshop will be held at the Crest Branch Library, 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon, CA 92021 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

By Rachel Kelch

Almost every weekend local veterans gather in pools or the beach for a weightless therapy. Steve Rubin, Founder and President of the Waves (Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA) Project, and Ron Fonstad, Director of Community Outreach, teach scuba diving to veterans who suffer from physical disabilities, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These veterans who served our country, now part of the Waves Project, put in the hours and the work to become certified to scuba dive in the ocean.

MY TURN with Paul Downey

Tens of thousands of seniors owe their lives to Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. The program reduces mortality rates among the elderly by more than 2 percent annually. And it costs far less than government actuaries originally predicted.