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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the community will come together for “Staying Alive—Disco Nights,” Grossmont Hospital Foundation’s 32nd annual gala to support the David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Built in 1991, proceeds from the gala will go toward remodeling the cancer center to accommodate new technology and patient privacy. The project will take much of its aesthetic cues from the recently remodeled Linear Accelerator project in the radiation oncology department, which is located in the cancer center.

The potential for a severe wildfire season fueled by an abundance of dead vegetation from years of drought is real. It’s something local fire officials, San Diego County and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) take seriously and have been preparing for over the past several years. 

According to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Brian Fennessy, we live in a fire prone region and there is no bigger threat to life and property than wildland fire in San Diego County.

On Oct. 13, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requiring community colleges to put high school grades at the center of placement decisions, and give more students the opportunity to bypass remedial courses and begin directly in college-level English and math. 

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East Region, will present the 2017 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.

This week, the City of El Cajon launched a campaign calling for Real change, not spare change. The campaign encourages the public to contribute in meaningful ways to help homeless individuals rather than contributing to panhandling. 

The City has already begun installing signs around El Cajon that encourage donating to homeless service providers rather than panhandlers. In addition, the East County Chamber of Commerce will distribute posters for businesses to display that discourage contributing to panhandlers. 

Peace and Justice Art from El Cajon kids and teachers were featured in Sacramento at the California Vision 2020 Conference Sept 21, as part of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace Celebration, and in discussion rooms at the conference on Sept. 22 and 23.

The Water Conservation Garden is excited to announce the return of its Halloween-themed Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Goes Batty!  Celebrating the season of ghosts and goblins, the Garden’s entertaining educational ambassador, Ms. Smarty-Plants™, takes center stage at the Friday, October 13 event.  The evening includes meandering around the Garden’s Trick or Treat Trails, hands-on Creepy Critter Encounters, and a Ms.

The La Mesa Chamber believes being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year the Chamber has assisted homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24.

The Chamber is beginning to gather items for these seniors. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets and gift bags. All of these gifts are delivered along with a hot turkey dinner with all of the trimmings to the selected seniors by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.