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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Surrounded by the western art of Olaf Wieghorst at El Cajon’s Olaf Wieghorst Museum, on July 11, Iraqi exchange students participated in the International Young Leaders Exchange Program. Jawdat Alobedi, founder and CEO of the Iraqi Center for Dialogue, sponsored the two-day event Youth Leadership Program: Teamwork Foundations.

Photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

A plume of smoke from the Jenning Fire rises above a Santee neighborhood. The fire started shortly after 2:00 p.m. on July 12 in the Flynn Springs area quickly expanding to 400 acres within two hours threatening structures and causing mandatory evacuations.  Interstate 8 was closed for several hours in both directions as firefighters battled the fire, stopping the spread of the fire around 5:00 p.m. As of 7:00 a.m. on July 13, the Jenning Fire remains at 400 acres and 30 Percent contained.

Most wanted in the West? Lakeside resident Giselle Halcott’s winning table decoration, at this year’s San Diego County Fair 2017, was wanted. So much so she won Best of Division, Best of Show, and a blue ribbon with a western themed “Where the West is Fun” table.

“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.