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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Drivers going east on Interstate 8 can see the words “You can’t handle the pool” on a Viejas billboard. This of course applies to the newly-opened Viejas Casino Resort, which had its grand-opening on March 21.
Party attendees and future hotel guests attending the kick-off of the three-day celebration included Alpine resident Lester D. Johnston who said, “I remember when there was nothing built up here to see when one drives around the reservation.”

Dirk Wallace, aka Dirk the Leprechaun, made a festive appearance complete with Leprechaun ears and decked out in traditional green St. Patrick’s Day attire when he appeared at El Cajon’s Blarney Stone Pub on March 17.
“A lot of people at the bar are anticipating the small man’s appearance today,” said bartender Paige Macmara, who added, “He’s known as the costume artist.”

Christel Pfeifer’s red cabbage is so good, it’s enough to make a man forget his Fraulein adorned in a traditional hoisted-up German Dirndl dress. Pfeifer’s Sausage & More European Delicatessen in Lakeside serves up that and more.

German born, but currently residing in Rancho Penasquitos, customer Daniela Ito, drove all the way to Lakeside to shop and eat at Pfeifer’s deli.

“You just can’t help but be in awe when you look at it,” said Carolyn Bass when describing the San Diego County National Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Quilt, which was on display at the Women’s Club of Lakeside’s 28th annual Quilt Show that was held March 8 and 9 at the VFW Hall in Lakeside.

Pastor Miles McPherson stated that he has been planning on expanding the Rock Church to East County for “one to two years.” And that he did, with the official groundbreaking event being held on March 10 at the old Michael’s location in El Cajon.

Food trucks, music, a kids area, a good showing from the El Cajon City Council members and hundreds of church attendees helped celebrate the event.

Patrons of El Cajon’s Blarney Stone Bar are spreading the “blarney” while awaiting Dirk the Leprechaun to make his holiday appearance this weekend at the establishment.

Dirk is described by customer Toby Smith as “a short man who dresses up as a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, which this year falls on Sunday, March 17.”

It’s almost spring time and a young man’s fancy turns to … gardening. In a practical world that may actually be the answer. And to be exact, tomato plants, Easter lilies and specialty stakes.

If one was to hear that El Cajon’s Center Stage School of Dance instructor Dusti Morales is teaching a class of beginning “cat skinners,” they would think that sounds somewhat dangerous. Of course it’s not meant to literally skin a cat. In this case the phrase is actually one of the dance moves Morales teaches her students in her aerial dance class.

Want to create your own metal shaped heart? If so, you can make it yourself by doing it the way that Mike Hagen’s Strength Team does it — bend a horseshoe into the shape of a heart. Everybody loves a show and his team delivers … with a message.

The audience was offered the opportunity to practice such techniques by bending the programs handed out during the Strength Team’s recent visit to El Cajon’s Foothills Christian Church. Programs shaped like tunnels are recommended for first-time benders.

“I made the move on her,” boldly stated groom Bob Morse, 87, about his new bride, Sue Morse, 78, both residents of La Mesa’s Grossmont Gardens retirement facility. The couple was married in the gardens of the facility. The festivities took place on Feb. 17 in an outdoor ceremony among friends, other residents and family.
Indeed Morse did make the first move, claiming instant “chemistry” with his next door neighbor at the facility, the former Sue Farrell.