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Articles by Albert H. Fulcher

Fire season is in full swing and yesterday’s Jennings Fire was way too close to home for most of East County, creating a standstill on Interstate 8 and quickly putting homes and property in jeopardy. I can’t say enough to give the proper thanks to our local first responders from across the county that jumped on the fire as quickly as it spread. They are true heroes of our community and there is not enough that can be said about them. They jumped right into action, risking their own lives for the safety of our communities.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra released the 2016 edition of the California Department of Justice Hate Crime Report on July 3. Although the report shows that over the past 10 years the total number of hate crime events have decreased 34.7 percent (1,426 in 2007 to 931 in 2016), it also shows that hate crimes have increased 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016.

For one afternoon, The Water Conservation Garden turned into a mystical land of the faeries. Full of faeries of all ages and styles, nearly everyone that attended bedazzled in their fairy best costumes while learning more about local artists in the community and working with them to create their own piece of art. All for one cause. Funding free art classes of all genres to the public.

Ten beautiful, highly intelligent and inspiring women vied for the title of 2017 Miss Middle East USA, now the largest ethnic beauty pageant in the world. Underneath the stunning gowns, astonishing ethnic wear and all of the pageantry, this event is all about the inner beauty and empowerment of Middle Eastern women here in the U.S. and around the world. Now in its fourth year, this pageant has grown by leaps and bounds, once again bringing a packed house to this annual spectacular event.

For a one night only San Diego performance, Sycuan Casino’s Live & Up Close theatre presented a remarkable performance featuring three of The Broadway Tenors on June 25. Kevin Kern, David Burnham and Ron Bohmer. They provided a great of ensemble featuring many of Broadway’s classic musical numbers along with some phenomenal melodies of Broadway best writers and contemporary music on June 

Celebrating 10 years of performing for San Diego County, Christian Community Theater’s “San Diego Follies 10th Anniversary Celebration” was nothing short of spectacular. Sometimes dubbed the “Senior Follies” with all of the performers being 50 years plus young, it continues to show that great talent comes at any age. This large troupe of multi-talented artists showcased many of its favorite acts from the past nine years of performance and it was not a disappointment. With 32 acts, the variety of talent was astounding and most of all, entertaining.

The 4th of July is a holiday I always look forward to due to its meaning in our history as a nation, a time to get with family and celebrate, and of course, the fireworks.

Coming up this Saturday, July 1, the Faeries in the Garden event is hosted by the Arts for Learning San Diego an affiliate of Young Audiences National Network, the Water Conservation Garden and La Mesa’s Fusion Glass Co.

More than 60 La Mesa Lions attended its annual Installation and Awards Dinner held at the Terra American Bistro on June 19 for a celebration of another year of success and to install the 2017/18 officers. Now in its 68th year of service, the La Mesa Lions is dedicated to serving the local community with its Lions in Sight Project, yard work at Sharp Hospice Care’s LakeView Home, Lions Student Speakers Contest, school sponsorships, Lions Youth Exchange Program, blood drives, and the collection of eye glasses, hearing aids and books for the underserved. And much more.

Home of Guiding Hands has come a long way since its first 14-acre campus in Lakeside for people with developmental disabilities 50 years ago. Now with 31 four to six person homes and community and home based services it serves individuals with developmental disabilities from birth to their elderly years. So a celebration was definitely in order.