Well, 2009 is now over, but the year in review is only halfway finished. In Part 1 I managed to get from January through April, but Part 2 was only able to cover May and June. This was partly due to the number of stories and partly due to the time I had to work on Part 2. And now, without further ado, we move to July and the start of Part 3.
I started off July with a short update on the off-leash dog parks, and previews of the Santee Salutes July 4th celebration, the first Santee Summer Concert of the month, and the Movies by the Lakes schedule. I also wrote about a VIP party held at the end of June at Café 67 – which is a member of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, even though it is located in Lakeside. Café 67 is a great place with great food and deserves a try for breakfast or lunch.
Of course, the big event every July is the Santee Salutes July 4th celebration. This year the event, which always takes place at the Town Center sports fields beside Rio Seco School, featured games and rides for kids, a large food area, music by the 80z All Stars (and their alter-ego, Bootylicious), and a huge fireworks display. The keynote speaker, guest of honor, and honorary mayor for the day was Lt. Colonel Ronnie Carson, commanding officer of USMC helicopter squadron HMH 462, Santee’s adopted Marine unit at Miramar MCAS.
Not quite as big as the July 4th celebration, but still a lot of fun, was the All-American Burger Challenge put on by the Pathways Community Church for the high school youth group. This little escapade pitted Sonic against In-N-Out to see who had the best burgers around. The group hit Sonic first, each person sharing a regular Sonic Burger and tater-tots with a partner. Then everyone headed over to In-N-Out for shared orders of a burger and fries. Of course at both locations each person got his/her own drink. The final results? In-N-Out for hamburgers, Sonic for drinks, and In-N-Out as the overall winner.
Also during July I started previewing The Week Ahead, covered the July Chamber Mixer, promoted the Fashion Rocks the East fundraiser for the Miss Santee Pageant, and reviewed concerts by Southbound Jonny, Spectrum, and Cash’d Out.
August started out with an interview with Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and the announcement that Santee Lakes had, indeed, been named San Diego’s Best Campground. Other posts included Summer Concert reviews of the Screamin’ Primas, Emerald River, and Bayou Brothers, the grand opening of Santee Family Optometry, and federal stimulus projects on Magnolia Ave. and Mission Gorge Rd.
One important event was the annual National Night Out hosted by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and held at Woodglen Vista Park. The event is a nation-wide anti-crime activity that has a goal of getting communities involved. The Santee Night Out included music, food, games, and fun for all ages. But there was a serious side as well, with information booths on safety, members of the Search and Rescue team with their dogs, a demonstration by the Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and a Domestic Violence Victims Display.
A second important event in August was the Fashion Rocks the East fundraiser for the Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa Pageants. The fashion show was held in the Arbor Room at the La Mesa Community Services complex, and included current and former Miss Santees and Miss La Mesas and recent runners-up. The event was spearheaded by Santee’s own Sierra Billock, who felt that the women who benefitted from the pageants should do their part to help support future participants.
Because of some personal issues, I didn’t get back to blogging until late in September. The only posts for the month were on the work on Mission Gorge Rd., a message on Fire Preparedness from Supervisor Greg Cox, and plans for a fundraiser to support the Mother Goose Parade.
The last review post will cover October through December.