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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Let’s salute “Old Glory”! The American Flag will be flown proudly at the 18th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, May 30. The Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. in the downtown La Mesa Village. Arrive early to see two pre-Parade concerts, La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands, at 9:00 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route. 

Submit your artwork for a chance to be displayed in the state capitol

If you are an artist from Sen. Joel Anderson’s district, you have an opportunity to have your artwork be part of the exhibit at the Capitol in Sacramento. If selected, your artwork will be on display from May 2015 to September 2016.

San Diego State University senior softball player Lorena Bauer has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week, the league announced March 31. It is the first weekly league accolade of the season for Bauer, a Steele Canyon High School alumna, and the fourth of her career.

It is the fourth time that an Aztec has garnered the player-of-the-week award this year and fourth in the past five weeks. SDSU has also won two pitcher-of-the-week awards, giving San Diego State six total on the season, two more than the next-highest school (Fresno State).

The members of Santee Girl Scout Troop 6173 were among the 8,000 participants and supporters gathered in Balboa Park recently for a morning of fitness, fun, hope and inspiration. The 5th annual Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K in Partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego brought community together as one “voice” to share their commitment to creating positive change for children.

The San Diego State football program will host Aztec Fan Fest, formerly known as Aztec Family Day, on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Qualcomm Stadium. The event features an Aztec apparel sale, an intra-squad scrimmage and an autograph session with select players.

Gates are set to open at noon, and admission is free. There will be food trucks and inflatable activities for kids, as well as appearances from other Aztec athletic teams, the band and the dance team. 

Santee resident Beth Selbe, 58, knows about the obstacles and challenges as a mother to a child with autism and will walk in support of the autism community on October 19 during the 11th anniversary San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego at 8 a.m.

The Board of Directors of the Council of Community Clinics (CCC) and its subsidiaries has named Henry N. Tuttle as its new chief executive officer. Tuttle takes the reigns of an organization that provides centralized support services to 16 member community clinic and health center organizations operating over 100 sites in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside Counties, with several clinics in El Cajon and La Mesa.

There’s a reason why Jazzercise is the number one dance fitness program in the nation. It’s incredibly fun and it works. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing.

The Power Surge softball club of San Diego sent 10 different teams to national competition this summer, but only one came away with a championship.

Featuring a number of East County players, the Power Surge 12-and-under ballclub took the American Softball Association crown for its age group by posting a perfect 7-0 records as the lone unbeaten team among 83 participating squads. Included was a 4-2 victory in the championship contest over the Texas

Bombers of Universal City, Texas, which went 10-2 in the double-elimination event at Green Valley Sports Complex.

Dr. Jeff Gray and his wife Mary (left) decided proceeds from this year’s “Smiles for Life” annual fundraiser to benefit children’s charities would go to STAR/PAL, a local nonprofit organization and San Diego Chapter of the Police Athletic League. During a recent STAR/PAL Padres baseball camp at Kuhlken Field in La Mesa, the Grays presented a check for $10,000 to Claire O’Leary (right) STAR/PAL Partnership and Resource Coordinator.