Monthly Archives: August 2010

Keep Your Cool

It has finally turned summer in San Diego County as temperatures have been climbing in East County and the rest of the region. When it gets hot the danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke climbs, especially for the elderly and disabled. So that’s why the County’s Health and Human Services Agency is reminding people to be careful not to get overheated and to keep hydrated when the temperatures climb. They also want everyone to watch out for neighbors who might have problems from the heat.

Often senior citizens and the disabled suffer more from heat because of physical conditions as well as the inability to cool down. Sometimes this is because they are unable to afford the extra expense of air conditioning. This is why the County Health and Human Services Agency and the County’s Aging and Independence Services, in conjunction with SDG&E, coordinate the Cool Zones program every summer and fall. This program will continue through October 31, covering most of the traditionally hot season.

Cool Zones are locations where residents can go to escape the heat during the high temperatures that hit parts of San Diego County in the summer and early fall. Although they are primarily provided to help seniors, these locations are generally open to anyone who needs them. Another benefit of these Cool Zones is that they give residents the option of sharing the air conditioning in a location rather than using their own, which helps to reduce energy use during peak periods.

Following is a list of some East County Cool Zone locations:

  • Alpine Community Library 1830 Alpine Blvd Alpine East CA 91901 M-F 9-4pm, S 10-1pm
  • Alpine County Library 2130 Arnold Ave. Alpine East CA 91901 T,TH 9:30-8pm, W 9:30-6pm, F,S 9:30-5pm
  • Christ the King Episcopal Church 1460 Midway Drive Alpine East CA 91901 Sunday 9-12pm
  • Christian Science Reading Room 8370 La Mesa Blvd La Mesa East CA 91941 M,W,Th,F 9-5, Tue 9-7, Sat 10-4pm
  • La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center 8450 La Mesa Blvd La Mesa East CA 91941 M-F 8-5pm
  • La Mesa Library 8074 Allison Ave La Mesa East CA 91941 M-Th 9:30-8pm, F,S 9:30-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
  • Rancho San Diego Library 11555 Via Rancho San Diego El Cajon East CA 92019 M 9:30-6pm, T, Th 9:30-8pm, W 9:30-6, F, S 9:30-5, Sun1-5
  • East County Regional Center 250 E Main St El Cajon East CA 92020 M-F 7am-5pm
  • El Cajon Library 201 E Douglas El Cajon East CA 92020 M-TH 9:30-8pm, F,S 9:30-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
  • Fletcher Hills Library 576 Garfield Ave El Cajon East CA 92020 T, Th 9:30-6pm, W 12-8pm, F, S 10-5pm
  • Crest Library 105 Juanita Lane El Cajon East CA 92021 T 12-8pm, W,Th 9:30-6pm, F 9:30-5pm, S 9:30-3pm
  • Salvation Army Senior Dining & Social Center 1011 E Main St El Cajon East CA 92021 M-F10:30-2pm
  • Lakeside Community Center 9841 Vine St Lakeside East CA 92040 M-F 12-8pm
  • Lakeside Library 9839 Vine St Lakeside East CA 92040 M, Th 9:30-6pm, T, W 9:30-8pm, F,S 9:30-5pm
  • Santee Library 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #17 Santee East CA 92071 M-TH 9:30-8pm, F,S 9:30-5pm, Sun1-5pm

For a complete list of all County Cool Zones click here.

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Second Fashion Rocks the East a Success

The second annual Fashion Rocks the East fundraiser for the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants drew an enthusiastic crowd to the La Mesa Community Center on Sunday, August 8, 2010. About 50 models, most either current or former Pageant contestants, showed off donated outfits from shops from La Mesa and Santee. A big “Thank You” goes out to Act II, PreVue, and Sara’s Selections in La Mesa and Rue 21 and Old Navy in Santee for all of their support. Thank you as well to all the other businesses and individuals that supported the event by donating to the silent auction. All together over $3,300 was raised to support the Pageant scholarship programs.

Sierra Billock, 2009 Miss Santee and currently a contestant for Miss California-USA, was the driving force behind this event. Last year she decided that a fashion show would be an excellent way to showcase local businesses, support the Miss La Mesa/Miss Santee Pageants, and help provide future Pageant winners with scholarships. She knew going in that it would be a challenge, particularly in this difficult economy, but with the support of the Pageant directors and the community the first Fashion Rocks the East came off smoothly. This year was even more successful, and Miss Billock hopes that it continues to grow over the years. With her enthusiasm and dedication, there should be no doubt about it.

Enjoy a few pictures from the Second Annual Fashion Rocks the East.

Sierra Billock, Miss Santee 2009, and Nicole Ehlke, Miss Santee Teen 2009

Mingling at the Dessert Reception and Silent Auction

Kimberly Swank, Miss Santee 2010, and Taylor Shelton, Miss Santee Teen 2010, show off specially donated jewelry from Michael’s Jewelers in Santee and Golden Artistry in La Mesa

Santee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage with Miss Santee 2008 Heather DePriest and Miss Santee Teen 2008 Lizzie Lingasin

Miss Santee Teens from 2007, 2008, and 2009

L-R: Jenee Musson, Lizzie Lingasin, Nicole Ehlke

Miss Santee Teen 2010 3rd Runner Up Rebecca Hudson and Miss La Mesa Teen 2009 Katarina Schweitzer model fashions from Rue 21

Miss Santee Teen 2010 Taylor Shelton and Miss La Mesa Teen 2010 Danamarie McNicholl Carter model party fashions from PreVue

Music was proved by Santee’s own Ramshackle

2009 and 2010 Miss Santee and Miss Teen Santee Queens model fashions from PreVue

Check back for a link to more pictures.

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Santee Businesses Compete on 10News A-List

Once again this year 10News is running its annual A-List competition. Viewers and others are able to go online and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. This year several Santee businesses are included in these lists. Let’s see if we can help get as many of them to the top as we can. The voting continues through Friday, September 3. I am including links for all of the businesses listed below, but this may not be all of them. Unfortunately the A-List is not as easy to navigate as the SignOnSanDiego Best of San Diego competition. Maybe next year they will adjust it a bit.

10News A-List

Tea House: Frubble

Coffee Shop: The Coffee Corner

DJ: Creative Music DJs

Bakery: Eccentric International Chefs

Medical Spa: RiverView MD Spa

Day Spa: Simply Spa

Hair Salon: hautePINKstudio

Massage: Estasi Massage Therapy

Tanning Salon: Hollywood Tan

New American Restaurant: Michael’s Grill

Sandwich Shop: The Sandwich Bags

Steakhouse: Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

Sushi: Domo Sushi

Breakfast: Omelette Factory

If you come across any other Santee businesses on the A-List competition, feel free to post it. Remember you have through September 3 to vote.

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Frubble Fundraiser to Help Mobile Home Residents

This Saturday, August 14, Frubble (one of my favorite hangouts in Santee) will be hosting a special “Swing – Sing – Fling” fundraiser to help the residents of the Mission Valley Village mobile home park. In 2007 the residents, primarily seniors, learned that the park had been sold to a developer and in 2008 the San Diego City Council approved plans for a 445-unit housing complex. Since then they have been dealing with broken and delayed promises of aid in moving to other mobile home parks, denial from some parks because of the age of most of their mobile homes, and a steady deterioration of their park. In an in-depth article on their situation, Mission Times Courier editor Jeff Barnes explains the full situation and the difficulties these residents continue to face – I recommend reading it to get the full story.

Frubble owners Mark and Caroline Baker offered to help the residents by holding the fundraiser at the restaurant. The fun begins at 4:00 pm with keyboard and vocal music, followed by karaoke at 6:00 pm and live music from 8:00 pm to midnight. Admission is free and the Bakers are donating 20% of all proceeds to the fundraiser. There will also be a raffle for a laptop computer and perhaps other goodies yet to be donated. If you have anything you would like to donate, contact Mark and Caroline at 619-270-1230 or visit Frubble online. If you haven’t been to Frubble before, this is a great time to go and do something good at the same time. They are located in the Pathways Community Church center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

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Fashion to Rock the East County Again

On Sunday, August 8, Fashion will once again Rock the East as the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants present their second fashion show fund raiser. Last year the event raised over $2500 to help provide scholarships to the winners, and this year they hope to reach $4000. As before, there will be a fashion show and a silent auction with some very special items. This year the silent auction includes a Barona Moments Getaway Package and a behind-the-scenes tour of the KGTV studios.

The first Fashion Rocks the East was the brainchild of 2009 Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, who is currently a contestant for the Miss California USA title. Sierra wanted to do something that would help provide future Miss La Mesa and Santee winners with suitable scholarships. The hard work and dedication of all of the directors and 2009 courts made the inaugural show a success. Now they need continued support from the communities of Santee and La Mesa to continue.

Tickets for Fashion Rocks the East are $20 and can be ordered by contacting Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty at or at 619-698-4163.  You can also check out Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageant on Facebook. There is also a good article on the fashion show on East County Magazine. The fun kicks off with a dessert reception at 3:00 pm in the Arbor Room at the La Mesa Community Center. Come out and support these wonderful young ladies.

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