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Articles by Gary E. Mitrovich

Families and friends mingled for a festive night filled with fun, food, and excitement. The Second Annual Harvest Hoedown was held Friday night, November 18, at the Lakeside Community Center. As a safe and fun family event, it really doesn’t get any better than this. It was literally designed for kids of all ages.

Labor of Love Community Garden

Did you know that San Diego is the only place in all of the United States where you can grow both summer and winter crops? Or that too much digging in your garden will actually ruin your soil? How about the best kinds of soil to use in your home garden?

Dianne Jacob on Lakeside

As part of her regular “Coffee with Constituents” program, Supervisor Dianne Jacob met with residents of Lakeside on Friday, September 30, at the Willowbrook Country Club. Among the topics and information shared:

With the mercury tickling 100 degrees, hundreds of parents and children attended the premiere of Touch-a-Truck: Lakeside Edition. And what is Touch-a-Truck? It’s a unique family event where kids of all ages can get up close and personal with some of the largest and most mysterious land vehicles in the region, while raising money for youth in the community.

Something new has arrived at Lake Jennings Park: tipis. Or is it teepees?

According to Kira Haley, Lake Recreation Manager, there are actually three different and acceptable ways to spell the word: tipi, teepee, and even tepee. In any case, the word describes a cone-shaped tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. And you can spend the night in one at the Lake Jennings campground.

The new store had been open only minutes and Manager David Lizarraga is still putting out some small fires. He’s on the phone himself with the corporate offices (the Tractor Supply Company is a national corporation). While waiting on “hold,” there is much activity going on around him. The new store has just unlocked its doors for a “Preview Party,” an early opening for invited guests and community members in general. The crowd alone indicates this business was a long time coming.

For Kids Only:

Coming to the Lakeside Community Center: build and launch your own rocket!

The Wonders! NASA and Space Rocket Camp will run August 15 through 19, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children will each build and launch a two-foot tall rocket that will soar over 500 feet. Other activities include making paper airplanes that will glide over buildings, flying a 60-foot solar powered blimp, experimenting with water balloon trajectory, and more.

If enthusiasm were donuts, Joel Scalzitti would surely have a Baker’s Dozen.

Scalzitti is the man who is bringing Mary’s Donuts to Lakeside. The much loved and well known Santee donut shop will soon open a second store in Downtown Lakeside. That announcement has brought a lot of excitement to the community.

For most people, the closest they have ever gotten to a real turkey is the family dinner table at Thanksgiving. But Blue the Therapy Turkey aims to change that.