El Cajon, CA
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Articles by BJ Coleman

Military troops are known for a can-do attitude that remains undaunted by overcoming obstacles. Legionnaires with Santee American Legion Post 364 have persisted in their volunteer service efforts for fellow active-duty military and veterans’ families, despite being in the midst of construction of a new home for the organization’s meetings and other activities.

Middle East Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses its 2017 Award for Excellence for impact within the community. The friendly business mixer and awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Casino in Jamul on Aug. 10 in the upstairs Loft 94 sports bar. The bar abuts an open-air patio with a panoramic view of the surrounding hills, and offers a variety of beers and whiskeys, small-plate menu options and choice cigars.

The view from atop Mt. Helix was as spectacular as ever, romantically hazy in the cool evening air of Aug. 12. And the celebration of local artworks, music, food and beverages, all in the midst of a festive crowd, made the night magical.

No such thing as a free lunch?

The enterprising leaders from Cooking 4 Life, Inc. are ready to bring a meal at no charge to employees of local businesses, prepared on site, with an accompanying informative and entertaining presentation that describes cooking techniques that make for healthier eating and healthier lives. 

Cross-border criminal activities are notorious, acknowledged as especially difficult to prosecute. The most commonly publicized such crimes, involving transfers across international borders and similar jurisdictional boundaries, are about drugs transported over borderlines, or illegal weapons trading, or human trafficking in girls and boys for sexual slavery purposes or for illegal immigrants as cheap, easily exploitable laborers.

This year’s Annual Concert at the Lakes was held at Santee Lakes Preserve, Lake Five, on July 29, with more than 1,000 event-goers in attendance and filling the lawn area near the lake. The event, held the last Saturday in July yearly, has been the major annual charity fundraiser for both the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation since 2012.

Could cowboying possibly be a universal experience around the world?

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon is featuring a newly opened exhibit of amazing paintings from Siberian artist Valeriy Kagounkin. His artwork suggests that cowboys have lived in other areas of the globe beyond the Old West of the U.S. The museum staged an opening reception for display of Kagounkin’s paintings on the evening of Saturday, July 22.

The Marines have landed in a sweet spot in downtown Lemon Grove. 

On the morning of Wednesday, July 19, city residents and dignitaries gathered at the historical 1912 Bakery Building to celebrate the new ownership and operators of the Lemon Grove Bakery at 3308 Main Street. The event was the grand opening of the restyled business, which has set up operations in the restored 105-year-old Mission Revival style building, between the famous Lemon Statue and city hall.

Members of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and esteemed guests turned out on July 13, for a festive and fun evening at the Barona Resort and Casino Golf Events Center. The event was the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Awards Night, acknowledging honorees for last year and installing new Chamber officers for 2017-2018.

Alert observers of craft brewing enterprises in East County are already aware that three and a half-year-old local brewery Groundswell Brewing Company expanded into Santee in February. Not that Groundswell has been a stranger to the eastern portions of San Diego County. Founded in November 2013, the then-new brewery Groundswell’s original tasting room bar was set up in Grantville, not far off Mission Gorge Road.