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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present a Fine Art Exhibition featuring four award-winning artists - Kenda Francis, Ellen Parry, Julianne Ricksecker and Pamela York.

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery

Feb. 24 - March 20.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sat. March 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists

Kenda Francis

Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design is proud to present its annual Black History art exhibition featuring 20 works of graphic design, fine art, water color, and photography created by students of the 30-year-old San Diego institution of higher learning.

The exhibition opened today and will be held at the Lemon Grove Public Library, located at 3001 School Lane, through March 31 and is free to the public during regular library hours.

Local Girl Scouts like Victoria, Adeline and Mikaela Slocum of La Mesa are out in full force, helping East County residents stock up on America’s favorite cookies. As they participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the Slocum sisters are learning important life and leadership skills, including goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Dear East County Community, this is what Lakeside Library offers on special programs in February:

We are waiting for your Art & Poetry Festival 2018 entries!!!

Financial Wellness Wednesdays: Rebuilding after a Financial CrisisFree financial workshop presented by San Diego County Credit Union. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

ESL Conversation GroupPractice your English with a friendly discussion group. Fridays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Friends of the Library Fill a Bag for $2 Book SaleSaturday, Feb. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Coming In March:

California Senate Fellows program Applications for the 2018-2019 California Senate Fellows program are being accepted until Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the State Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2018. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) partnered with The Marine Room to host Tea by the Sea on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The event hosted more than 210 guests and raised more than $22,000 to fund SMSC’s new Music Therapy Program. Tea by the Sea featured complimentary champagne and a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and a visit from The Marine Room’s Executive Chef Bernard.

Michael Garberick an artist and resident of El Cajon, won the First Place award in the highly competitive Member’s show, “The State of Art”, currently at The San Diego Watercolor Society. His painting titled “Too Bright!“ was given the honor by award-winning artist and juror, Sean Barrett.  According to Barrett, “I value family and you can see that quality in this painting based on an old family photograph.  I just really love this painting. The colors and composition are excellent.”

A Cy Young Award winner on the baseball field, and now a cancer-survivor off it, one of the San Diego’s favorite sons is set to present the 8th-Annual Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence 5K on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Crown Point Park. 

As a sophomore at The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET High), Camden Weisbruch, 15, has quickly fused together his long-time passion for music and entrepreneurship to create his own business, BeatGrid. He is one of many students at SET High that are working to make global change, using the skill sets they are building every day in the classroom.