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Articles by Linda Meckler

Mike Watson is the new President of the East County Art Association for the years of 2016 – 2017. He has been a member of the ECAA for 10 years.

Christian Fellowship Church was filled with excited and emotional adults when the graduating class walked down the aisle on June 11. Grossmont Adult School partnered with the East County Posse and the East County Transitional Living Center. 

This was the best Masters of the Moment Show to date. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center filled with nearly 100 people. Artists studied the stunning artwork hanging on the walls from some of the best artists in San Diego. Chairman Donna McCullough announced the awards.

“I’m very pleased with the amount of people who participated in the show,” she said.

This year, 66 individual artists entered the art show, with 122 entries and enough room for 76 paintings. 

President Mike Hefner, the East County Art Association (ECAA), was born in San Diego and as a small child always loved art.

“I couldn’t color in the lines in the coloring books like my friends. I liked to draw on plain paper and make my own designs. My friends all laughed at me,” he said.

It was a ground breaking, historical, exciting morning at the Skyline Church in La Mesa. For the first time the Skyline Church opened its doors and merged with the Tree Of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation which had its own church in Spring Valley. The morning started with a breakfast. Then off to the worship auditorium on the fourth floor that overflowed with a mixture of both congregations. Rabbi Joel Liberman welcomed and thanked everyone for being there on that historical occasion.

Celebrating 150 years, the Spring Valley Historical Society funded a photography contest that consisted of high school youths for the Bancroft Adobe Ranch House. First Vice-president Kathy Heath and Monte Vista High School teacher of photography Karen Breedlove brainstormed to make this a special occasion. Several youths presented photos of the Bancroft Adobe House. Money and certificates were awarded to the winners.

The Spring Valley Historical Society had a picnic fund raiser on their beautiful lawn beneath the Pepper Trees from Brazil outside the Bancroft Ranch House Museum established in 1863.. The tables and chairs were filled with members of the Historical Society which was established fifty years ago. The care taker of the Bancroft Ranch House Museum is Jim Van Meter and has been since 1977.

Stamp out Hunger Program, sponsored by the United States Postal Service collected thousands of pounds of food—a day that exceeded everybody’s expectations. Leaving a brown paper bag at each residence the USPS asked that the bag be filled with un-perishable food items.

“This food was given with open hearts from the families from East County even with the recession,” said Carol Rainey, Program Development director.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Singers took center stage at Saturday’s fundraiser. With song and dance, the singers and dancers lit up the crowd with a country medley and boot-scooting as hundreds of people participated in silent auctions, and bet at the afternoon rubber frog races.

All to help St. Madeleine in raising money to help sustain its efforts in supporting the differently abled community.

The Young Actors Theatre (YAT) in East County is a positive atmosphere for children between the ages of 8 and 18, encouraging them to be creative by participating in the arts in such areas as dancing, singing, acting, stage management, sound booth, costumes and scenery.