This Saturday the place to be is the Town Center Community Park next to Rio Seco School on Cuyamaca Street for the annual Santee Salutes July 4th Celebration. The fun kicks off at 3:30 pm and lasts until 9:30 pm after the fireworks. There will be games, rides, inflatables, food, and music with Primo DJ and the 80z All Stars. In addition, Simply Spa will be there giving free back and neck massages until 8:00 pm (maybe they should consider giving some after we stare at the fireworks). It’s a great time for family outing. You can get details at the City of Santee Event Calendar.
If you can’t make it down to the festivities, at least do yourself and everyone else a favor and don’t try to celebrate Independence Day with your own fireworks show. Not only are fireworks illegal in San Diego, they possibility of accidentally starting a fire in this extremely dry season is too high to take any chances. Add to that the danger of injury, and it just is not worth it – check out the report from News 8 if you don’t believe it. Besides, whatever you set off is not going to compare to what the professionals can do.
Santee has joined the list of “dog-friendly” communities with the opening of several off-leash park areas. The three parks scheduled for off-leash hours are Woodglen Vista Park, Mast Park, and Big Rock Park. Each park has its own schedule, but the basic rules are the same, as you can see by the sign: control your dog, clean up after it, and don’t let it cause trouble. As for times at the tree parks, Big Rock Park can only be used as an off-leash site from dawn to 8:00 am Monday through Friday while Mast Park is off-leash from dawn to 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or dusk (whichever is earlier) every day. Woodglen Vista Park is off-leash the same times as Mast Park, but only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; in addition the multi-purpose field is open from December 1 to August 15, and the ball field is open from August 16 to November 30. This is to allow for the youth soccer that takes place in the late summer through fall. Now, these time and day/date restrictions may not be all some had hoped for, but let’s all follow these rules and be good dog owners so we can keep the off-leash times and, maybe, get them extended in the future.