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Articles by Iris Neal

Preparations for the construction of a 600-square-foot butterfly pavilion at The Water Conservation Garden commenced with a groundbreaking ceremony held on March 6 at 10 a.m.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center successfully competed for and was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation through their Education and Workforce Development initiative.
“These funds will help underwrite the cost of St. Madeleine’s Work Activity Program that supports the employment goals of approximately 50 adult students with developmental disabilities,” said Jennifer Jenkins, PR account manager, BAM Communications.

The City of El Cajon congratulated El Cajon’s Jimmie Johnson on his first place finish at the Daytona 500 on February 24. This is Johnson’s second Daytona 500 victory and 400th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Following approval at last month’s (Jan. 22) City Council meeting, the city of El Cajon will now have its own community farmers market in the downtown area. The city is working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and others to establish a certified farmers market. The downtown El Cajon Farmers Market (ECFM) is slated to launch on March 21 on Thursday evening at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main St. in downtown El Cajon.

Everyone has a favorite-teacher story – the memory often ingrained for life of a particular instructor whose love of the profession has proven inspiring. At Cuyamaca College, the Academic Senate each year recognizes one full-time and one part-time instructor selected by a faculty committee based on student nominations, rankings and reviews.

Actors in the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department bring imaginary people to life, revealing the inner workings of the minds and hearts of their characters, in their recent production “Inside the Actor’s Process.”
The cast uses monologues and scenes from contemporary plays to allow the audience to experience the intriguing world of actors, who serve as conduits to reveal the most private and most public thoughts and actions of those they portray.

“This is my fourth year as principal of Lakeside’s Riverview Elementary School, East County’s only tri-lingual program. Our school is home to the Riverview International Academy which offers both Spanish and Mandarin immersion programs. This is one of only two such programs in the nation,” explained Principal Olympia Kyriakidis.

Owned and operated by Tammy Perkins and her daughter-in-law Veronica Perkins, Fancy Pants Consignment is a Christian family owned and operated business which offers friendly service to its customers. Shoppers will find gently worn and new women’s name brand (and designer) clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories, and yes even ... evening and wedding gowns.

On Thursday, Jan. 10 Lakeside resident Lindsay Winkowski will ‘come on down’ to be a contestant on the renowned game show The Price Is Right, Everyone is invited to tune in and cheer on our local soon-to-be television star.

“I remember the first time I came in to La Mesa’s ‘Family Chef Restaurant’ in Feb. 1989 to apply for my first waitress job, and I told the owner Elar Canani that I’d never been a waitress, but if you give me a chance, I’ll prove myself to you.” And prove herself she did. In Aug. 2012, she opened her own restaurant ‘Patty’s Café’ at the former location of ‘Family Chef’.