El Cajon, CA
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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Grossmont Gardens resident Elena Stafford got her wish to be a floral arranger for a day as part of the facility’s Second Wind Dreams program. “My habit was to put a flower in a vase,” 96-year-old Stafford explained. “But I’ve always had an interest in (floral) arranging,” she said.

Banners — so beloved in East County to advertise events, once again were used effectively in front of the Lakeside VFW post to announce the Women’s Club of Lakeside’s 20th annual Children’s Art Show.
Six-year-old first-grader Adah Griseshaber from Barona Indian Charter School used paint, foam forms and markers to create her inventive chicken picture.

Her dad, Steve Grieshaber, said the art show is great because “it sure makes all the kids excited to see their art work.”

Santee is growing a “restaurant village” throughout the city. The dining choices are changing with add-ons such as Phil’s BBQ, Pho Santee, In-N-Out Burger and places like the hyper-local Roots Community Kitchen.
So that stated, what can a late night mean to a restaurateur? Partying and drinking? No, staying up late and baking bread. Such is part of the life of Albert Ailey, one of three owners of the Santee restaurant Roots Community Kitchen. Ailey, along with co-owners Joe Hsu and his sister Therese, are dedicated to supporting local farmers and ranchers.

Bow Hunting has developed into a popular sport and hobby for some East County residents. It’s not just for children who grew up playing traditional kids games such as “Cowboys and Indians”, it’s now an actual sport enjoyed by adults.

In addition, it is a livelihood and a sport for East County residents Eric Ueckert, 32, of El Cajon, and, Scott Jones, 27, of La Mesa. Both work at Performance Archery in San Diego. The men have bow hunted in East County as well as in other regions.

The wheelchair sits perfectly in the motorcycle body. It’s a perfect position for a handicapped driver to take this “hog” out on the open road and feel the wind breezing through their helmet. Welcome to GoldenBoy Mobility’s adaptive motorcycle for the disabled driver. Surprised?

Hacienda Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant in El Cajon will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31. Part of the proceeds will go to injured Sheriff’s Detective Ali Perez for his continued recovery.

What is that unexplainable red numbered day after Christmas on your calendar? Why---it’s Boxing Day.
To Bill Jaynes, owner of La Mesa’s All Things Bright and British shop, Boxing Day was an honored tradition to his English heritage family as he was growing up.

What is Boxing Day? To Americans, as stated already, it is the red numbered day on their work and home calendars after Christmas, observed December 26, that every year someone says, “What’s Boxing Day?” It’s an English holiday or bank holiday.

“It’s been a godsend to us” is how Becky Williams describes the Arms Wide Open troupe at Rubio’s Performing Arts Center in El Cajon. Williams’ daughter, Cali, was born with Down’s Syndrome, and the Arms Wide Open program run by Chris Rubio has opened up an opportunity for Cali to participate in the Special Needs Dance and Movement class for children and young adults.

“All risk” responder. Welcome to the phrase that Lakeside Fire Station No. 2 Captain John Hisaw used to describe the station that opened in early 2012 on Valle Vista Road in Lakeside, and is now ready to serve Lakeside residents, along with the other three stations in the Lakeside area.

Google www.meetup.com ; you may find who and what you are looking for in people, activities, and…. surprise …..customers. No need to wait for your busy friends’ schedules to free up – find new BFF’s.

Meetup was founded by Scott Heiferman and has evolved into a website that offers so many options for matching up your needs to a specific interest group they cannot all be referenced here. But Christian Moms of