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School has started and there are lots of activities at your local library.

So what’s happening at the Rancho San Diego Library? See our special events:

Growing Fresh Herbs for CookingFree workshop presented by environmental horticulturalist Carolyn Kinnon. Free garden gift for the first 50 attendees.  Saturday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

GatewayArabic Language Computer Classes moves to a new time! Come Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

New bike repair station provides riders with convenient facility to make repairs at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve thanks to a generous gift from Pardee Homes. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve recently unveiled its new bike repair station. The station will provide riders with equipment to fix their bikes and make needed adjustments while exploring Santee by bicycle. With biking's popularity continuing to grow in the region, the bike station provides a much-needed quick-fix station.

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present a Fine Art Exhibition featuring five award winning artists: Loretta Deczynski, Deanna Ditzler, Joan Hansen, Don Stouder and Jami Wright.

" Five Creative Perspectives”

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Sept. 9 – Oct. 6. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists:

Loretta Deczynski - Acrylic, Pastel and Colored Pencil

AARP Experience Corps is currently recruiting volunteers ages 50+ to tutor during the after school expanded learning program in Lemon Grove

An injustice is happening in San Diego County. And, the person causing the injustice is the county’s top law enforcement officer, Sheriff Bill Gore.

The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive 2017, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, is pleased to announce distribution of over 14,700 new and gently used stuffed animals as a result of our collection drive during the San Diego County Fair.  A hearty thanks goes out to the staff of the Rancho San Diego Library, Fletcher Hills Library, Lakeside Library, Santee Library, and San Carlos Library locations for hosting collection boxes, and to the wonderful East County area residents who filled the boxes to overflowing!

Now in its third year, the GI Film Festival San Diego will once again bring the untold stories of America’s military to life through film. The much-anticipated five-day military film festival features eight West Coast premieres, along with several screenings, filmmaker appearances, and panel discussions from Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at various San Diego County venues. The GI Film Festival San Diego is one of only a few film festivals in the entire United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans.

On Tuesday, the first LG Chem residential energy storage unit in the continental United States went live. Sullivan Solar Power at the Keefe residence in Carlsbad installed it. This milestone is a big step toward grid independence for Americans.

By MC3 Theodore Quintana, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2013 Morse High School graduate and Spring Valley native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown.

Seaman Tyron Pajel is a boatswain’s mate aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

Emily N. Hinton spent a total of 701 hours spanning a four-year period volunteering at the local VA San Diego Healthcare System. Awarded $7,500 by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), she can now pursue her goal of becoming a pediatrician.