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St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization in El Cajon, that educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential, is celebrating its 41st Haute with Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon: Born to Sparkle on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Preferred tickets are $125 and Premier tickets are $225; Preferred tables are available for $1,100 and Premier tables are available for $2,100 and can be purchased at www.HauteWithHeart.org.

Summer is here, which means fun outdoor outings, including swimming, picnics, hiking, bicycling and trips to the beach and golf course. But, when you go outside, will your eyes be protected from the sun?

While we might know to use sunscreen to protect our skin, not everyone may know how important it is to protect your eyes as well. Many Americans are aware of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and the damage that they cause, which increases the risks of sunburn and skin cancer. However, UV and other radiation from the sun can also harm your eyes.

PEARL HARBOR – A 2011 Granite Hills High School graduate and El Cajon, California, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Bowen is an aviation support equipment technician aboard USS Carl Vinson, currently operating out of San Diego.

A Navy aviation support equipment technician is responsible for maintaining and fixing all of the support equipment to help maintain aircraft.

Twenty-two students from Helix Charter and Grossmont High Schools participated in the La Mesa Police Department’s seventh annual Youth Leadership Camp from

June 18-21.

The camp is open to incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is structured to provide leadership training and life-enhancing skills, personal development training, academic enrichment, team building, and to teach responsibility to one's family and community. 

Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) will hold SuperHero Soiree, its 44th annual fundraising gala, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the U.S. Grant Hotel, which will benefit more than 2,500 individuals with developmental disabilities that HGH supports annually.

Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards. 

At the May 27th awards show, the Steele Canyon Players competed with two other finalists, Mission Hills High School’s American Idiot and Cathedral Catholic High School’s 42nd Street. 

Alvarado Hospital Medical Center announced this month that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present its 8th Annual Student Showcase, Clay Expressions, at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery (4168 Adams Avenue). The show will run from May 11th – May 26th, with a public reception at Sophie’s Kensington Galley on May 11th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department’s annual spring production of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music has been nominated for Best Musical Ensemble for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards.

Three students from the cast were also selected as nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards.

According to SCHS Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella, this is the first year the school has entered this competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.

Grossmont High School’s engineering team took third place out of 17 southern California regional teams at the Project Lead the Way Southern California, Chevron Design Challenge at Santana High School on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

With engineering being emphasized in education, Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California, is participating in Project Lead the Way’s Engineering nationwide STEM program.