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Articles by Gary E. Mitrovich

On the evening of Jan. 6, the El Capitan Stadium Association hosted a “Steaks and Steins” dinner to kick off their yearly sponsorship drive for the 53rd Annual Lakeside Rodeo in April. Their motto of “Working together for the youth of Lakeside” was reflected in the number and variety of community organizations in attendance. Their respective leaders shared ideas and what their organizations do for Lakeside.

Nothing starts a new year off right than a quick review of the past year. It’s always interesting to see how far we’ve come and startling to realize how quickly time passes. So here’s a little “Around Lakeside” perspective, covering some of the things we covered in 2016.

Santa Claus and his wife visited the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds this past Saturday, much to the delight of hundreds of kids and their parents. The cloudy brisk morning felt as much like winter as we get here in the San Diego region, which only added to the excitement and joyous holiday spirit. Children of all ages were treated not only to a visit (and a photo) with Santa, but to a hot meal, some holiday entertainment, and wagon rides — all for free.

There’s something about this time of year that brings out the joy of “small town” living. Whether we are here by choice or by circumstance, the holidays remind us of how fortunate we are to live in Lakeside. Leave it to the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce to celebrate our good fortune with its annual Spirit of Christmas event on Dec. 3.

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.