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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

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.

The chip winner in El Cajon’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon female 5K division was Leana Mason, chip timed at 20:42.5. Top male 5K chipped time winner was Kyle Gabrielson at 18:07.7 on a slightly over-cast Sunday for the 5th annual El Cajon USATF certified race.

Chip winner? Registered race participants had a race bib with a timing chip in it that tracked times when they ran over start and finish chip reading mats. Devon Yard with Gemini Next, along with others, manned the computers overseeing tracking of runners.

“This is the annual Karamu Festival in celebration of Black History Month,” said Charlotte King-Mills, Branch Manager County of San Diego’s Spring Valley Library Branch.  The Karamu Festival was held on Feb. 25. 

The Karamu Festival’s schedule included the La Presa Jazz Band, the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir, henna by Natasha, crafts by Sabrina and Laura Mendez, face painting by Gigi and staff, Black Storytellers Association of San Diego, and ended with a raffle drawing.

“It’s special. I feel proud, grateful that he won,” said Shawn Williams, 15, of his grandfather, Richard “Dick” Nasif, for winning the 2016 El Cajon Citizen of the Year award. The awards luncheon was held Feb. 7 at the El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812. 

Both an Elks and a Lions Club member, Christian Wille explained that “the winner, there were five nominees, is selected based on service to the community.”

An animal free circus? Well, an occasional appearance by a family pet in costume admitted Cheryl Lindley of any animals appearing in her circus infused shows. Lindley runs the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts with her husband Rogelio Lopez, and Linley Lopez Productions, located just on the outskirts of Lemon Grove.