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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

The Santee Teen Center will be moving to Big Rock Park Community Services Building and open for business on June 13.  Currently, it is located on Santee Lakes Recreation & Preserve. June 12 is the official last day of school for the Santee School District. There will be no lapse in coverage.

“Originally, in 2001, we were in the Food 4 Less strip center,” said Chris Myers, recreation coordinator for STC. “In 2006 we moved to Santee Lakes.” 

“I ran fast and looked for pretty eggs,” said 4-year-old egg hunt participant Ava Karagianes of La Mesa.  Karagianes was at the Santee Lakes’ Spring Eggstravaganza, held on Mar. 25,  with her mother Lauren and other friends. Lake Five was the focal point of the event.

The Eggstravaganza also offered fun for adults. Family-man Rolando Serrano of San Carlos landed the win in a men’s hula hoop contest.  

It is not just overcoming or managing where to advertise or overseeing day-to-day operations for some entrepreneurs.  For Olandra Ruiz, Sonia Gutierrez and family, it is also overcoming a family history that includes their brother’s murder, homelessness, and more. These entrepreneurs, Ruiz and Gutierrez, opened Natural Delights Juice Bar in La Mesa in the Rancho San Diego Village in November 2016.

Santee United Methodist Church sent a team of two to the First Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League – Southern California Robotics League Qualifying Tournament, or scrimmage, on Feb. 24, at Legoland in Carlsbad. 

Monte Vista High School students, volunteers, and parents participated in the Monte Vista High School Community Clean-Up Day on March 3.  The one-mile route started at the 7-Eleven,  located at 10049 Campo Road, and finished at Butler’s Coffee in the Casa de Oro area in Spring Valley.

Hundreds turned out for the celebration of life and memorial service for retired County of San Diego Sheriff’s Sergeant, Donald Albert Parker, held Mar. 2 at El Cajon’s Shadow Mountain Community Church. Parker passed away from brain cancer on Valentine’s Day. 

“I saw what they did for people.” said Cy Young winner, former San Diego Padres’ pitcher Randy Jones, explaining the motivation for his involvement with the El Cajon’s Home of Guiding Hands, “I saw them help them out.” Jones was at his signature fundraiser for HGH, the Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence 5K on Feb. 17 at Crown Point Park.

La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis was at the La Mesa Library on Feb. 9 to participate in its Career Day Storytime, along with La Mesa Police Officer Daniel Paugh.

“I wanted to do something fun for the families and community members,” said Veronica Estrada, a librarian II in charge of youth services at the library. Estrada also puts together the regular story times that are typically held Tuesday and Friday.

“We do not say their name for a year,” said Stanley Rodriguez with the Santa Ysabel Tribal Band of the Lipay Nation in San Diego County. Rodriguez addressed the loss of one of their members adding, “We do not want to pull them back from their journey.” 

Several changes in the line-up were affected by passings at Cuyamaca College’s 4th Annual Powwow held Feb. 3. 

The shape of fluid. As in the shapes that acrylic paint can produce on mirrors and canvas. This was the how-to-do-that art classed led by artist Dawn Hough Sebaugh, at Idea Field/Fusionglass Co. in La Mesa on Jan. 25. Titled “Fluid Painting Technique with Dawn Hough Sebaugh,” she demonstrated the art of taking the same techniques that she uses in her contemporary art on canvass and offering the same to the students.