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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Getting stationed in and surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor was just the first rung on a ladder to a good life for retired Capt. Jack Evans. As the special speaker at the La Mesa Lions Club meeting, Evans told the story of how the Navy helped him rise to the top, both in rank and in life.

At 17 years old, Evans graduated from high school in June of 1941. His stepfather told him that he had done all he could do, and that it was time to go out on his own. 

Members of the Lemon Grove community turned out last Tuesday for the introductory meeting by Open Spaces, a project of the San Diego Museum of Art. The Open Spaces program focuses on the creation of public artworks in selected neighborhoods. Lemon Grove is the newest recipient of funds from the James Irvine Foundation for an art project to be completed by January 2015.

The Kwaay Paay Peak area at Mission Trails Regional Park was reported in flames at about 2:15 on June 12. Hikers and users of the park were able to get safely and quickly out of the area.

With their interesting shapes and forms, gourds intrigue nearly everyone who comes across them. For Mary Moreau, each vine-growing fruit is a work of art in progress. She embellishes and carves the gourds she grows in her own garden until they become what she has imagined them to be.

“In my earlier years, I was too busy to stop and appreciate the beauty that is all around us. Working with gourds encourages various mediums and there is an outlet for whatever mood I'm in,” Moreau said.

Summertime is synonymous with sleeping under the stars. Camping enthusiasts have waited a long three years for their beloved Kumeyaay Lake campground in Mission Trails Regional Park to reopen. That wait came to an end last month when the funds, staff and resources came together.

Whether it’s American, Italian or Mexican food that people want, Cupid’s Catering is the one to call to deliver a good meal for a meeting, fundraiser or celebration.

Wells Park in El Cajon is its most utilized park. Every day of the week, kids of all ages flock to the park to run around on the grass and play on the swings. The playground equipment was getting old. Last weekend, the children received a brand-new playground.

History of the San Diego region has ties to the culture and heritage of the Old West. El Cajon was home to Olaf Wieghorst, who lived in El Cajon from 1945 to 1988. After his death, his home and works of art became the museum located on Rea Avenue in El Cajon. To help keep open this bridge to the Old West, the museum holds several fundraisers, such as the annual Fashion Show Luncheon May 30 in the Ronald Reagan Center. 

One of East County’s best-kept secrets is a jewel of a park behind Grossmont High School in the Fletcher Hills neighborhood. Harry Griffen Park, at 53 acres, is located on Milden Street, off Water Street. The park has a little of something for everyone.

Mission Trails Regional Park held an open house for families wanting a close-up look at nature on May 17. The event honored endangered species as part of Mission Trails Day. Music of the Native American Flute Players soared throughout the center as people visited the different tables. Kristen Gay was just one of the many people who did a double take as they walked by the American kestrel, barn owl and screech owl at the Sky Hunters table. Gay stopped in her tracks when she saw the little screech owl blink.