Monthly Archives: June 2011

Movies Return to Santee Lakes

It’s time again for Santee Lakes’ Movies by the Lake on Friday nights. Every other week, beginning this Friday, June 24, the folks at Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes will set up a giant screen beside Lake 5 for families to enjoy a recent animated film. The movies are free, although there is an $8 fee per automobile. This year the West Hills Marching Band and Color Guard will host a concession stand at the lake for your dining pleasure. They will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and more and all proceeds will go to help support their activities for the 2011-2012 school year. The gates open at 4:00 and the concession stand opens at 6:00. There will be games and activities starting at 7:00 and the movie begins at 8:00. Get the family together, bring your chairs, blankets, and jackets, and have a great time.

Movie Schedule:

June 24 – Yogi Bear

July 8 – Open Season 3

July 22 – The Ant Bully

August 5 – Tangled

August 19 – Toy Story 3

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Santee Summer Concerts Move to New Home

The annual Santee Summer Concert Series is back once again with great music and fun times – but with a new venue. This year the series has moved from the amphitheater atTrolley Squareto the stage at Towne Center Park East. The new location is at550 Park Center Dr., just east of the Cameron Family YMCA. The two-hour concerts are every Thursday night (except July 7) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Although there have been some complaints about the move, the city is working to make the new site as much fun as the old.

One of the main complaints about the new location has been about food – because the old venue was surrounded by quick-stop restaurants, music fans would come early, buy dinner, and then eat and enjoy the music. There will be food available at the new site, although not with quite the same variety. The on-site snack shack will serve up traditional food such as hamburgers, nachos, and sodas, and will add specialty items to the menu each week. Of course, if you want to bring your own snacks, that works just as well.

The musical choices this year reflect a wide range of styles and genres. The series kicked off last week with the Showband West from the U.S. Navy Band Southwest, and this week features the Danielle Tucker Band playing contemporary Country music. Future concerts will include rock, blues, swing, and more Country. The full schedule is as follows:

June 16 – Showband West from Navy Band Southwest

June 23 – The Danielle Tucker Band

June 30 – The Corvettes

July 14 – Three Chord Justice

July 21 – The Bill Magee Blues Band AND Len Rainey & The Midnight Players

July 28 – Phat Cat Swingers

August 4 – The Alley Cats

August 11 – Clay Colton Band

August 18 – The Cat·illacs

All concerts are free to the public. For more information visit the City of Santee’s Special Events page.

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Celebrate Santee at the San Diego County Fair

This Saturday, June 18, the San Diego County Fair will celebrate Santee Day. Every year the San Diego County Fair provides days for county cities and communities to showcase their businesses in the San Diego Pavilion in the Infield. Businesses are not allowed to sell, but can provide information and discounts to visitors to encourage them to take advantage of their services. Representatives of the various companies will be on site from opening (10:00 a.m. on Saturday) to 5:00 p.m. to answer any and all questions visitors might have.

Below is a list of the Santee businesses that will be attending Santee Day. Stop by and visit while you’re out at the Fair.


Albert E. Klitzke DDS Inc,

Brinegar Chriropractic Center

DTS Leather

Green House Builders


Mary Kay


Piña Business Services


San Diego Mattress Man

Sanctuary Massage

Staump Music School

Temperature Control

TG Harris Consulting


United States Postal Service


Welcoming Services


Remember, there are many more things to do at the San Diego County Fair. Just a few of the events for Saturday include the Viejas Fire Expo and  Firefighter Demo in the Del Mar Arena and concerts by the Doors tribute band Wild Child on the Coors Light Rock On Stage and Melissa Etheridge on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Plus Saturday is the Enviro Fair in the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show.

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Santee on SignonSanDiego’s Best of San Diego List

Once again it is time to vote in the SignonSanDiego “San Diego’s Best” polls, and there are several categories with Santee businesses in the running. Below is a list of the businesses I found and the categories they are nominated in. I did not include businesses with many locations around the county, just those with only Santee or just one or two other locations. I encourage you to go and vote and help remind everyone just how great Santee is.

Food & Restaurants

Smokin’ Joes Barbecue – Best Barbecue Restaurant

The Omelette Factory – Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Business Lunch, Best Comfort Food Restaurant, and Best Family Restaurant

Shopping & Services

Santee Swapmeet – Best Swap Meet

Sports & Recreation

Santee Lakes – Best Campground

Carlton Oaks Country Club – Best Country Club and Best Golf Course

If you know of other Santee area businesses I missed that should be on this list, please let me know and I will add them.

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