Monthly Archives: April 2009

Marketplace at Santee – Official Grand Opening

This Saturday, May 2, will be the official Grand Opening of The Marketplace at Santee, the new center on Mission Gorge Rd. across from Lowe’s and Kohl’s.  In addition to the normal ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be the dedication of Art in Santee Tile Project, a series of hand-painted tiles created through the school district Art Attacks program.  The ceremony begins at 10:00 am with the ribbon cutting and dedication, followed by center store specials from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


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The Prince is Having a Ball – and So Will You!

The Prince is Giving a Ball

Beginning this weekend, Christian Youth Theater (CYT) East presents one of Rogers & Hammerstein’s beloved musicals, “Cinderella.”  Now this is not the Disney version with talking mice (although there are mice), but the version that featured Julie Andrews in the title role when it first appeared on television in 1957.  The show features some great songs, including “The Prince is Giving a Ball,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “A Lovely Night,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

Meagan Flint as Cinderella

CYT has its own version of Julie Andrews in the person of the multi-talented Meagan Flint, who most recently played the part of Ida, the mother duck in “Honk!,” and last season portrayed The White Witch in “Narnia” and Jasmine in “Aladdin.”  This will be Meagan’s final performance with CYT, as she turns 18 and “graduates” from the youth program, and it promises to be one of her best.  Other “Honk!” actors returning include Sean Cabuchola (Ugly – now playing Lionel, the Steward), Patrick Gates (Drake/Bullfrog – now The King), Sara Wright (Henrietta – now The Queen), and Ashley Melton (Maureen – now Stepsister Portia)

The show opens Friday night at 7:00 pm, and continues Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.  The following weekend peformances are the same times, plus Saturday at 2:00 pm.  CYT is having a special deal on May 10, Mothers Day – all mothers get in FREE.  For more information check out the CYT website.

These pictures are from the second dress rehearsal, thus the mix of costume and street clothes.

The Prince (Michael Sanchez) and Cinderella (Meagan Flint) “bump” into each other in the market

The Prince and Cinderella meet

The Prince and Lionel (Sean Cabuchola) discuss the upcoming ball

The Prince and Lionel Discuss the Ball

The Stepmother (Brittany Hopkins) and Stepsisters Portia (Ashley Melton) and Joy (Jenna Wille) mock Cinderella’s wish to go to the ball

Stepmother and Stepsisters

Cinderella is comforted by her mouse friends (Joanne Barber, Jennie Melton, Sammi Fortin, and Emma Riley)

Cinderella and the Mice

Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother (Kat Brown) discuss the “Impossible” as the mice listen

Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother

The Queen (Sara Wright), King (Patrick Gates), and Lionel (in back) listen to the Prince lament the girl who ran away

Prince, Queen, King

Don’t miss this delightful production.


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More Health News

Catching up on my messages, I realized that we have not one, but two health-related events this week.  In addition to, and coming before, the Compassionate Care Seminar is Simply Spa’s Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, April 30.  The Expo runs from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and brings together experts in acupuncture, chiropractics, and fitness and nutrition.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your body works (or maybe doesn’t work), and what you can do to improve it.  I can personally recommend their chiropractics expert, Dr. Kenneth Greenberg, who has been my personal chiropracter for many years now, and I’m sure the others are as qualified as he is.  Best of all, this Expo (and Open House) is FREE.

The Expo will be at Simply Spa, at 278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, near the Ross Store.  For more information about the Expo, you can check out the Simply Spa Blog post.

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Compassionate Care Seminar

This coming Saturday, May 2, Dr. Yang’s Family Care Clinic is hosting a health care seminar on compassionate care.  The seminar, entitled “How to Give & Receive Compassionate Care,” will be held at Sonrise Community Church on N. Magnolia Ave. from 8:50 am to 1:00 pm.  Topics to be covered include Visiting the Sick, Difficult Questions, End of Life Decisions, Caring for Elderly Loved Ones, and many more.  In addition, the seminar has been approved for 4 CEUs by the BRN of California.

Registration is $30, which includes a Continental breakfast and seminar handouts.  You can send a check made out to Dr. Yang’s Family Clinic to DYFC, 10201 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite A, Santee, CA 92071.  If you want to pay by credit card, you can call Debbie at 619-596-4963.  If you want to register at the door, it will be by cash or check only – no credit cards – starting at 8:30 am.  For more information about the seminar, you can e-mail me at and I will send you a copy of the flyer, or you can e-mail the Santee Chamber of Commerce at and see if they have it on file.

To learn more about your host, check out Dr. Yang’s Family Clinic website.


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On Food Patrol – The Omelette Factory

The Omlette Factory

The Omelette Factory is one of those restaurants that knows what it does well and sticks with it.  Open for breakfast and lunch only, they focus on doing the best meals possible.  I’ve eaten here several times, and every time I had great food and lots of it.  I especially enjoy the omelettes – which makes perfect sense.The Omlette Factory - Exterior

The Omlette Factory - InteriorThe family-owned restaurant, which has been around since 1994, is located on Mission Gorge Rd., on the west side of Santee.  The interior is very much a family cafe style, with plenty of room for diners.  Although it was fairly empty the last time I was there, I have seen long lines and waits at busy times.

South Baja Omlette

This last time there I had the South Baja Omelette, which is simply loaded with jalepenos and cheese, with avocado and sour cream on top.  The hash browns were not as crisp as I like them, but few restaurants do them as crispy as I like.  And then there was the huge blueberry muffin, as good as I’ve had anywhere else.  My daughter was with me and she had the Californian, another tasty choice for avocado lovers.  I have not had their lunch yet, since I usually go there for breakfast/brunch, but I plan to try it some time – probably their Factory Burger, which sounds like a full meal on its own.  If you’re looking for good food and good value, this is a good choice to make.  Their meals are generous, and the most expensive meal is still under $10 (under $15 if you include a drink, taxes, and tip).  And babies love their muffins – just ask my granddaughter.

Babies Love Muffins

Check out The Omelette Factory website for full menu and weekly specials.


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Santee Street Fair – Update

Santee Street Fair

The time is nearing for the first Santee Street Fair on May 30.  In case you didn’t realize it, the Street Fair replaces the old Business and Craft Fair that used to be held at the Wal-Mart parking lot in early June.  So, if you were thinking of waiting for that, you’ll be waiting a long time for nothing.

If you own a business and want to take part in the Street Fair, right now you have less than a month to get in your application for space.  If you don’t take part, you could be missing a great opportunity to showcase what you do.  There will be food, games, rides, a beer garden, and lots of people wandering around looking at all the booths – will you have one?

For more information, or to get an application…

Santee Chamber of Commerce

Santee Street Fair Flyer

Vendor Application

Online Application

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Happy April Pools Day

By the time you read this post, it will probably be Saturday, April 25 – April Pools Day at the Cameron Family YMCA in Santee.  If you have driven westbound on Mission Gorge Rd. lately, you have probably seen the banner promoting this event hanging over the street near the Post Office.  Here is the low-down on what is happening, in case you want to check it out.

The event starts at 11:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm, at the YMCA at 10123 Riverwalk Drive, just east of Rio Seco School.  There will be CPR demonstrations throughout the event, a free swim from noon to 2:00, and individual CPR training on adult, child, and infant mannequins.  There will also be water rescue demonstrations during the event.  This is a great way to get prepared for the summer swim season.  For more information you can call the Cameron Family YMCA at 619-449-9622.

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