El Cajon, CA
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Articles by David McVicker

Walking the trails of Santee’s segment of the San Diego River, once viewed as the prefect blend of urban and environmental life, began to overrun with waste.  Members of San Diego River Park Foundation decided enough was enough.

Zakhota Chaldean-American Association in conjunction with city of El Cajon sponsored the second annual Chaldean heritage celebration day held Sept. 3 at the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon.

Hundreds of attendees filled the promenade to sing traditional folk songs and dance the night away. Devotees purchased raffle tickets to benefit the Zakhota Association to assist the Chaldean population in El Cajon.

The vegetables and flowers of Lakeside’s special garden will continue to grow, and along with it, the memory of a special boy who blessed those who were fortunate to know him.

Labor of Love Community Garden commemorated the life of Ryan Carter by naming the place where for children will tend to flowers, vegetables and monarch butterflies for years to come. 

Carter was slain in January 2012 when he was fatally stabbed defending another child in a quite neighborhood of El Cajon.

El Cajon’s recreation department finished off its summer camp series with a splash at the “Under the Sea” aquatic camp held Aug. 12-16 at the Fletcher Hills Center and Pool in El Cajon. 

Campers’ ages 7-12 spent the week having fun in the sun, and having everything to do with water. Campers played games throughout the week like classics Marco Polo an

El Cajon’s recreation department rolled out the red carpet for young royalty at the second annual Living a Fairy Tale youth camp held at the Hillside Community Center in El Cajon. Boys and girls ages 5 to 10 adventured in to a land of monarchs, mythical creatures, and fun.

Under a cerulean sky and delightful warmth, 100 anxious cleats trod across the emerald field, leather mitts in hand. The smell of fresh cut grass filled the air along with the excitement of the day’s activities. 

Put em’ in coach, they’re ready to play. 

El Cajon’s Blue Tattoo Café owner and artist Sky Mason, is calling on his villagers to help raise children the only way he knows how—through custom pieces of art.

In the U.S., the tattooed population was once looked down on, but today 45 million people have at least one tattoo. Mason is calling on the masses to help a group that is being looked down on and neglected, San Diego County’s growing homeless youth population.

Four East County residents earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor, for outstanding commitment to community service. Kathryn Cordero, Maureen Saul, Madeleine Wilson and Kelley O’Leary completed their service projects after three years of planning and preparation.

Only months after setting Stingaree Nightclub ablaze with the crowning of Miss iTan 2013, iTan Sun Spray Spa turned up the heat with it’s the fourth annual 2013 iMan competition and East County’s own Michael Arce, 24, of El Cajon and Sean Herman, 22, representing Lemon Grove stuck it out until the very end.

Every year, San Diego-based iTan Sun Spray seeks a man that epitomizes the luminous lifestyle. 

With their gloves oiled, cleats laced up and ready for action, young baseball stars descended on Santee’s Sportsplex baseball fields to bring home the championship trophy.  

Xtreme Diamond Sports kicked off the fifth annual XDS World Series with the National Baseball and Softball Expo held July 21-22 at Sportsplex USA in Santee.