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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

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. 

On a honeymoon trip to Europe with his wife June 29 years ago sparked the first interest for Michael Dudas in art glass. The Murano Glass Factory in Venice inspired him to dabble in glass blowing and stained glass work. Six years ago, Dudas found his unique personal expression through fusing different glass types together at very high temperatures.

A special Valentine’s Tea last week made the folks at Monte Vista Village proud of where they live. It also made a big impression on the guests and friends of Monte Vista.

The event had everything a tea-lover could want, from chocolate-dipped strawberries to finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off to lemon curd and scones. Rose centerpieces and dainty teacups and plates festooned every table. 

Sally Gary drew quite a crowd for the presentation on “Bargains for San Diego Seniors” based on her book, “The $Best Freebies & Bargains and Deals & Steals in San Diego.” The book chock-full of money-saving tips and resources on everything from clothing to health to travel has been so popular since she first published it in 1990 that it is now in its 9th version. Since then, Gary has also done extensive research into bargains just for seniors. 

High expectations and excitement were the order of the day at the Grand opening of San Diego Christian College in Santee on January 20. It was nearly a year since the college had celebrated the acquisition of the property. 

For English major Annie Boettner, 19, first classes would take place the next day at the new campus.

Cassandra Kunze took home the title of Miss California USA 2014 earlier this month. The Grossmont High School honor graduate and current SDSU student is no stranger to pageants, or East County. She took the title of 2008 Mother Goose Parade Queen at 14 years old. She also served as Miss Teen San Diego County and Miss Teenage California in 2012.

Author Zohreh Ghahremani arrived at her presentation in the Rancho San Diego Library’s Community Room to an audience who was already reading aloud parts of her book “Sky of Red Poppies.” Unlike many authors who are reticent, Ghahremani immediately engaged everyone with her generous smile and talk about her life.

Mission Trails Regional Park is a gateway to the wonders of nature in East County. Through the next month, the Visitor Center Art Gallery will offer a gateway for Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) art students. The exhibition includes 59 pieces of art created by top student artists representing 11 of the 12 high schools within GUHSD. 

Bundled up from the cold, book-lovers walked into Sunbelt Publications for a feast of books and food last Thursday, Dec. 5. The annual holiday party featured owner Diana Lindsay’s famous chili with all the fixings. The steaming mixture of corn, beans, tomatoes and meat took the edge off the chill.

Sunbelt is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts within the local community. Owners Diana and Lowell Lindsay are revered for their passion for the natural world. They invited authors to speak about their books for the evening.