Monthly Archives: April 2010

Catfish Roundup at Santee Lakes

Watch out, pardners, there’s a heap o’ catfish fixin’ to stampede at Santee Lakes this Saturday, April 17.  Padre Dam is stocking 2,000 pounds of the critters in Lakes 3 & 4 for the opening of Catfish Season, and a whole mess of anglers is expected to take advantage of the opportunity.  Barona Resort and Casino is sponsoring the Catfish Roundup, which features tagged fish good for cash, fishing poles, tackle boxes, and more.  The season lasts until Halloween, and there will be a total of 23,000 pounds of catfish stocked.

Word is that the best spot for rounding up these varmints is the north end of Lake 4, along the shore.  In the northeast corner of the lake there is a small cove area which could be a good spot to stake out.  There are two fishing piers in Lake 4, the Lions Club’s disabled access pier on the south shore near the playground and a regular pier near the north shore cove.  Lake 4 also has two small islands you can reach from bridges; Lake 3 has one pier located around the middle of the east side.  The best bait seems to be mackerel, followed by mealworms, but I’m sure good ol’ stinkbait could work, too.  Check out the fun, starting at 6:00 am.  Who knows, you might just catch a real “prize-winning” catfish, or even a monster that could top the lake record of 39 pounds 4 ounces.

Remember, Santee Lakes does not require a state fishing license, just a day fishing permit available at the General Store on Lake 6.  Permits are $9 for adults and $6 for kids 15 and under.  For more information about Catfish Season, click here.

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Firefighters Fundraiser at Rubio’s

Just a reminder that the Santee Firefighters and Friends will be holding a fundraiser at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, across from Costco, on Monday, April 12.  The event will help support the Firefighters and Friends team at the annual Relay for Life of Santee coming up on April 17 and 18 at Hill Creek School at 9665 Jeremy Street.  If you go to Rubio’s between 3:00 and 9:00 on Monday and bring an event flyer, the restaurant will donate 20% of your total to the cause.  You can also connect to the Santee Firefighters Facebook page and keep up with all they have going on.

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March After-5 Mixer at Simply Spa

Once again it is time to look back at the monthly gathering of business and community that is the Sante Chamber After-5 Mixer.  This time the fun took place on Thursday, March 18, at Simply Spa next to Ross in Town Center.  Usual host and co-owner Thomas Hootman was unavailable, so his wife and partner Caroline took over the role.  It was a good turn-out, and even included the outgoing and incoming Miss and Miss Teen Santees.

By now regular readers know that the After-5 Mixer is one of the Chamber’s monthly business networking events (along with Sunrise Santee).  Each month a different business hosts the mixer, providing an opportunity to showcase what they do and where they are located.  During the mixer business owners have the chance to mingle, chat, share ideas, and get to know each other better.  The mixer always includes group introduction time, updates and announcements of events coming up, and a raffle.  This month the raffle prizes included a 60-minute massage gift certificate for Simply Spa and the 50/50 drawing.  The monthly Membership Drawing business, Dr. Byron Cosgrove, was not in attendance, so the amount goes up for April.  The next After-5 Mixer will be hosted by the Lions Club at Italia Ristorante, 8919 Carlton Hills Blvd, on April 15.

L-R: 2010 Miss Santee Teen, Taylor Shelton, 2010 Miss Santee Teen, Kimberly Swank, Santee Princess Madison, 2009 Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, 2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock

Networking at the March After-5 Mixer

L-R: Rob McNellis, Past Chamber President, Warren Savage, Chamber Executive Director, John Morley, Chamber Vice President

Host Caroline Hootman (R) and Staff Members

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East County Turns “13”

No, the East County isn’t literally turning 13.  Rather, the Young Actors’ Theatre in Spring Valley is putting on the Broadway musical “13” – a rocking look at reaching that awkward age.  A group of dedicated kids has spent this past week singing, dancing, and rehearsing several hours each day to be ready for shows this weekend and next.

Theater everywhere has taken a hit during this economic downturn, and community theaters especially so.  YAT is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving kids the opportunity to experience the arts through theatre.  They put on several regular shows each year as well as giving classes in all aspects of theater, and they deserve to be supported.  Since tickets are only $5 and there are 6 performances over the two weekends, there really is no reason not to attend at least once – maybe two or three times.

Performances are Saturday, April 3, at 2:00 and 7:00, Friday, April 9, at 7:00, Saturday, April 10, at 2:00 and 7:00, and Sunday, April 11, at 2:00.  All shows are at YAT’s Encore Theatre at 9620 Campo Road in Spring Valley.  Take the Kenwood exit off 94, then go north and turn left on Campo Rd.  The theatre is on your right side just after you turn, so don’t blink.

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