Monthly Archives: February 2011

Miss Santee-Miss La Mesa Pageants Near

The annual Miss La Mesa-Miss Santee Pageants take place on Friday, March 4, at the Sunrise Community Church on N. Magnolia Ave. The Pageant is open to young women age 13-16 (Miss Teen) and 17-26 (Miss), with the focus on community service and leadership. There is no fee to enter and winners receive scholarship money raised from donors and the annual Fashion Rocks the East fundraising show. The competition includes a personal interview, evening gown, and on-stage question, but no swimwear. The women also compete in an essay writing contest. The winners become their city’s hostesses and representatives for the next year.

Over the past two years the Miss Santee winners, Sierra Billock (2009) and Kimberly Swank (2010) have been outstanding representatives, ably aided by the Teen winners, Nicole Ehlke (2009) and Taylor Shelton (2010). Ms. Billock, in fact, was the originator of the Fashion Rocks the East show and continues to work along with the Pageant directors. The Miss and Miss Teen attend the annual Santee Street Fair and the new Santee Car Show, the Holiday Lighting Celebration, new business openings, and more. In addition, girls age 6-12 can become Santee Princesses and join the Queens and their courts at local events.

If you or a young woman you know would be interested in either competing for Miss or Miss Teen Santee or La Mesa, there is still time to apply. The deadline is Sunday, February 20. You can get more information from the Santee or La Mesa Chambers of Commerce or from Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty (619-698-4163 or

On Wednesday, February 9, the Pageants held a “movie night” where 2011 contestants could watch the video from the 2010 Pageant. This has become an annual event that gives new contestants an opportunity to see just what to expect. This year the event was held at the Santee Sportsplex USA. Below are some pictures from the day.

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Fox’s Pizza Den Fundraiser Results

The numbers are in on Fox’s Pizza Den’s fundraiser for Chet F. Harritt School on Wednesday, February 9. Thanks to all of the families, couples, and individuals who came in for lunch and dinner, Fox’s was able to donate $213 to the school to use as they need. Now $213 may not sound like a lot, but if you figure an average order of say $20-$25, that turns out to be quite a few pizzas.

I stopped by Fox’s around dinner time and they were quite busy. The dining area was nearly full and there were families waiting for take-out orders. It’s always good to see a local business so busy, especially when they are helping local schools. But more than this, with the economy still moving slowly it’s important to support those businesses so that they will be around for the long haul.

So a big “Thank You” to Fox’s Pizza Den for supporting Santee Schools. And another “Thank You” to everyone who came out to help by ordering.

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Pizza a “Foxy” Way to Help Chet F. Harritt School

If you like pizza and you support Santee Schools, then Wednesday is your day. Fox’s Pizza Den at 8011 Mission Gorge Rd. is having a fundraiser for their partner Chet F. Harritt School from noon until they close. Fox’s will donate 20% of all proceeds from both dine-in and take-out orders to support the school. If you want to call in your order to 619-749-4165, just be sure to tell them you heard about the fundraiser and want to do your part to help.

With the still-struggling economy and lower home values, money is tight all around – especially for schools. Chet F. Harritt School does a wonderful job with the resources they get but any extra always helps. Plus you will also be helping one of our local restaurants that has been around for many years. Just since January 1 we have lost at least three area eateries and we don’t want any more to go the way of La Salsa, Cold Stone, and Panda Garden. So come on out on Wednesday, February 9, and help out the community.


Thanks to Joe at Fox’s Pizza Den for correcting the originally incorrect phone number.

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Comic Dat Phan to Perform at West Hills High School

Comic Dat Phan, who was the original winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” will bring his “Dat Phan & Friends Live Comedy and Music” show to Santee in May. Phan and friends will perform at West Hills High School on May 14, 2011, at 7:00 pm. Part of the proceeds from the show will go to the West Hills HS Foundation.

Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975 and immigrated to the United States with his mother and siblings. He grew up in San Diego and moved to Santee during his teen years. He attended West Hill High School and Grossmont Community College and was selected for the college’s Walk of Fame in 2005.

Since winning “Last Comic Standing” in 2003, Dat Phan has appeared in numerous television shows and specials, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central Presents: Dat Phan, and an episode of Family Guy. Phan says that his goals are to show that he is “a regular American guy with a Vietnamese heritage” and to provide a “more positive portrayal of Asian-Americans to mainstream entertainment and Hollywood.” (Dat Phan website)

Dat Phan will be joined for the show by David Novin, Bijan Mostafavi, teenage comedian Marian Steers, and singer/musician Raelee Nikole. For more information about the West Hills show visit the Dat Phan website or contact Mike Nguyen at 323-578-7426.

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