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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Life can be treacherous for hawks. Known as raptors, these birds of prey can fall prey themselves by the hands of humans.
Sometimes shot at by BB or pellet guns, other times getting hit by a vehicle, these birds are often left by the roadside to die. But the raptor may get a second chance at life if someone manages to call Sky Hunters.

All hands will be on deck as the Sharp Hospital community comes together with boating enthusiasts at the 10th Annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta at the Coronado Yacht Club.

The Aug. 25 event will support the hospital’s Homes for Hospice campaign, an initiative to build and maintain hospice homes in San Diego.
All proceeds from the regatta support Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice campaign. So far, the campaign has led to the completion of two homes in La Mesa and Del Cerro.

On the third Thursday of the month at Nan Couts Cottage, the primal sound of beating drums fills the Nan Couts Cottage in La Mesa.

The monthly Community Drum Circle, ranging in size from 15 to 40 people, attracts all ages looking forward to pounding out a rhythm or shaking a tambourine, some for the first time.

Drum circle leader Susan Hall, proprietor of RhythmWorx, draws out any shyness that new people may be feeling about the event. She invites everyone to choose from boxes of percussion instruments in the center of the circle.

Quite often, a woman finds that the best way for her to cope with the ups and down as she experiences a transition in life is to talk to another woman. For many women these days, their most pressing concern could be a need for a shift in career. For others, it might have to do with a moody teenager. Perhaps the need is a spiritual one. Maybe, too, she just needs a friend.

The idea of being a writer appeals to many wannabes. Dreams of popularity fuel their hope. The reality is that writing is a solitary activity demanding self-discipline. Writers need each other’s encouragement and focus. East County Writers, who meet at the Rancho San Diego

The shooting incident on Prince Street in August of last year still reverberates throughout the minds and lives of people in the East County.

Innocent victims died that day, and El Cajon Police officer Jarred Slocum was injured when the suspect opened fire on him, striking Slocum in the head.

The Junior Crew from Rubio’s Performing and Dance Studio, which recently relocated to 237 East Main St. in downtown El Cajon, is a regular performer at Classic Car Cruise and other events in East County. With the first resounding boom of the young percussionists, everyone crowds around to watch and hear.

Just as Comic-Con was winding down, a whole slew of magical characters met at sundown at the New Century Buffet in El Cajon. It was the annual gathering for members of Ring 76 of the Brotherhood of Magicians to install the club’s new board of directors and to hand out awards.

SANTEE — Just after dinnertime, Jessica Barna walked to a table in the middle of the Santee Library. Several people were waiting to hear her presentation, ”Meet Me At the Dinner Table.”

“My goal is to help bring family dinners back to America,” said Barna, founder of Kitchens Resolved. “That means keeping the TV turned off and having conversations.”

EL CAJON — The East County Democratic Club had one of its own members, Mary Kay Rosinski, talk about her hopes of serving a second term as vice president on the Governing Board of Grossmont College.

Rosinski grew up in El Cajon. She attended Anza and Emerald elementary schools and graduated from Granite Hills High.

Rosinski is a trustee in District No. 5 of the GCCCD Board whose district received new lines for its five election areas.