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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

“Hand written essays” said third grade teacher Nicole Marshall, with Lemon Grove School District’s Vista La Mesa Academy describing essays submitted at the 27th Annual Treganza Third Grade History Essay Awards ceremony on June 6 at a Lemon Grove City Council meeting. The 27-year-old competition was launched by the late Dr. Amorita Treganza in 1990.

Tattooed dogs were common at Santee’s 2nd annual Fido Fest held June 10 at Santee’s Town Center Community Park East. Available at a booth, the fake, temporary tattoos used a water-based paint and were just part of the offerings for dogs. Free dog food samples and snacks were abundant from the vendors as well. Dog owners participated in a multitude of events of the day.

Blood orange beer? “It’s a good summer beer” said Santee resident, Richard Foley, about Finest Made Ales’ blood orange beer.  Finest Made Ales’ sales ambassador, Randy Lewis, said their blood orange beer is their current best seller. That beer sampling was just one of the offerings at the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival held May 27 just off Mission Gorge Road at Town Center and Riverview Parkways. 

“He had me hide it from all my friends till I was 7-8 months,” said 20-year-old mom MacKenzie Goldberg. Goldberg was a pregnant teen attending high school at the time. Fast forward to now and Goldberg and her 4-year-old daughter, Gracie, were both attending a very welcome event, that she has attended before, a Mom Prom, created by Young Lives for Teen Moms. The teen mom prom was held on May 19 at El Cajon’s Community Covenant Church.

The Fabulous Ultratones kicked off the Downtown El Cajon Business Partner’s free concert series, Dinner & a Concert, on May 5 with concertgoers quickly filling up El Cajon’s Prescott Promenade with their lawn chairs.

Cajon Classic Cruise- Girls Nite Out was just that for Brenda Sanchez, Paula Dwyer, and Zoey Lopez, 6, when they attended the second event of Downtown El Cajon Business Partnership’s car show series on April 26. Although Zoey was undetermined what a girl’s night out meant her grandmother and aunt knew—“We have a party!” 

Eager little ones had to be retrieved from the egg hunt field by parents at the Easter Eggstravaganza held April 15 at the Kroc Center by the Kroc Center Ministries before the official horn sounded to begin the hunt. The lure of the eggs was too much for the 4-7 aged crowd and they tried to reach for eggs prematurely.

“The rabbit has a folded ear,” said 6-year-old Channelle Munoz before she posed with the bunny at Parkway Plaza’s first Breakfast with the Bunny event held at O’s American Kitchen on April 1. Channelle knows how to get a bunny ship-shape for a spring portrait.

Channelle’s mom, Noemi Munoz, from Spring Valley, said, “I have the ‘coming events’ that text me from Parkway Plaza and they sent me this notice.”

From Tijuana’s Franz Praga Cafe, the Belly-Up Tavern, to La Mesa Wine Works where she performed March 25, singer and song writer Kathryn Cloward and her band have “started gigging” as she says, "all round."

Cloward already has two albums out titled “A Soft Place to Fall” and “Free to Fly.” Besides being a singer/songwriter she is also the author of an award-winning children’s book and music CD called “Kathryn the Grape.”

The tour de playground commenced offering all ages of kids a chance to maneuver a mock intersection and a cone obstacle course plus at the Sixth Annual Bike Rodeo held at Lakeside’s Lakeview Elementary School on March 11.