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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

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.

The story of “Alice in Wonderland” has always been a mind-bender. The production of the story by Grossmont College Theatre Arts leads Alice and the audience into a rabbit hole to characters even stranger than Lewis Carroll’s original version.

Director Jerry Hager’s intention was to take people for extra twists and turns.

The Theatre Arts Department of Grossmont College is taking a big step forward this year with its brand-new Theatre Arts Summer Conservancy. Talk of the conservancy has always been back-stage, but with funding available now through fundraising efforts, the department is making it happen.

Theater Arts Department Chair Beth Dugan announced that the play to be produced this summer is “The Three Musketeers” adapted from Alexandre Dumas’s novel by Ken Ludwig.

While most other people are bedding down for the night, Dave Decker might just be winding up. He often leaves late from his La Mesa home to drive east on I-8. It’s not some bar or 24-hour diner he’s heading for; instead, he is driving up to the hills to look at stars.

People who like to eat healthy will more than likely try a recipe with tofu. They know where to purchase it but have no idea of where it is made. El Cajon residents will be proud to learn that their tofu may come from San Diego Soy Dairy, a tofu factory in their own back yard.

Owner Shawn Daniels, 48, took over the plant when he bought it two years ago from the former owner. Daniels’ father-in-law read about the sale of the dairy in a Chinese newspaper and suggested that Daniels take it on.

The Morning Glory Brunch at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center on April 12 made a big splash with everyone. The Sweet 16 annual fundraiser benefitted the SMSC students. Organic gardens, delicious food from local restaurants and live entertainment were the highlights of the day. 

The St. Madeleine Dancers were a hit with everyone at the event. They broke out into a lively routine to “Stayin’ Alive.” The cheers from onlookers rang up almost as loud as the music. 

The Multicultural Family Fiesta at the El Cajon Library has been the signature event for the library in the last several years. This year was no different. As the very mission of the library, the event informed, educate, inspired and entertained. 

There were dancers, a K-9 demonstration, and fire engine tours along with snacks for everyone, and crafts and story-time for the children in the library.

Since Curtis Moore started his Safari Crunch granola-making business in 2011, he has seen a lot of changes in the business. He takes in everyone’s concerns for personal health in his granola recipes. But that’s only one reason for the success of Safari Crunch. People go big for the granola’s crunch and taste.