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Santee Coffee Corner celebrates grand opening of second location

Cofffee Corner opens a second location

Duane and Suzie Parks cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of their second Coffee Corner location.

The popular Coffee Corner has opened up a second location in Santee Town Center near Home Depot and Chuze Fitness. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday morning, September 6, 2013, to celebrate. On hand were member of the Santee City Council, Santee Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the offices of U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, State Senator Joel Anderson and State Assemblyman Brian Jones.

For more detail, read my article on Santee Examiner.

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Fourth Annual Santee Street Fair to Honor Our Military Heroes

The wildly successful Santee Street Fair returns this Saturday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Drive east of Santee Trolley Square. The family-friendly event is free and features hundreds of vendors, live bands, rides and games for the kids and plenty of food. This year, to help kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, the Santee Street Fair will honor our military heroes with a special ceremony.

The Santee Street Fair is the largest single-day festival in the East County, with over 40,000 people attending last year and even more expected this time. It is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee as a way to promote the community throughout the greater San Diego region. Businesses from throughout Santee and around the county will be there to share information with visitors.

Santee’s own Clint August, from 101KGB, will act as master of ceremonies for the day, but there are rumors that a certain local pirate could drop in to commandeer the microphone at some point. Along with the Santee Chamber of  Commerce and the City of Santee, the Street Fair is supported by Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes, Barona Resort & Casino, AIR Santee, SDG&E, Union Bank, El Cajon Harley Davidson and many other companies and organizations.

The first Street Fair, in 2009, came together in only six months and showed what Santee could do when people who cared about the city put their minds together. Since then it has grown to a greatly-anticipated celebration that draws rave reviews every year. The 2012 edition will feature many of the same vendors and entertainment that people have enjoyed, with many new ones to discover.

New to the Main Stage this year will be Atomic Groove, billed as the best in variety dance bands. The group has been voted the Best Local Band in Ranch & Coast Magazine and in the Union-Tribune’s SignOn San Diego Readers’ Poll. Joining Atomic Groove from their popular shows last year will be Credence Relived, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band, and Liquid Blue, certified by the Guinness Book of Records as “The World’s Most Traveled Band.”

While the Street Fair is free, as is parking, be sure to bring plenty of money to enjoy all of the different foods that will be on hand. In the past the fare has ranged from Hawaiian shaved ice to hot dogs and hamburgers and top-notch barbecue. This year the beer garden will feature Santee’s own Manzanitza Brewing Company, which will soon celebrate their second anniversary with a move to a new, larger facility.

Read about the 2011 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner

Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner and Scouting Santee

Read about the 2009 Santee Street Fair on Scouting Santee

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Santee Car Show draws thousands

The second annual Santee Car Show attracted thousands of visitors to the community on Saturday, October 8. The event featured classic cars, great music by Moondawgs and 4 Lads from Liverpool, and a wide variety of vendors. The big winners on the day were the Santee Santas and Santee Food Bank, two community groups that received support and increased awareness through the event.

(L-R) Laura Plante, Sam Modica and Vicki Cecil of Santee Santas at the Santee Car Show

Santee Santas is a non-profit organization that has been providing support to low income seniors and families in the community since 1953. The all-volunteer group works with the Santee School District to identify students and families who need assistance at the holidays and throughout the year. The Family Emergency Fund is available at any time of the year, while the Holiday Food and Toy Program focuses on providing assistance at the holidays. The group also has a Senior Outreach Program that works to make sure that seniors in the community are not forgotten about during the year. Sam Modica, one of the organization’s directors explained that being a part of the Car Show “gives us quite a bit of exposure to the community that we didn’t have in years past.” The group hopes that its attendance at the Car Show and the Santee Street Fair will help bring in both donations and volunteers to help the organization throughout the year.

Sandy Olewine (L) and Marsi Walker (R) of Santee Food Bank

The second organization, Santee Food Bank, has been helping families in Santee since 1988, and has found its services in much greater demand since the start of the Great Recession. Another all-volunteer group, the Food Bank provides once-a-month assistance to needy low and middle income families in the community. Marsi Walker, Public Affairs Director, said that the exposure at the Car Show is a great benefit for the Food Bank in its efforts to reach out the the greater community for volunteers and donations. “The fact that the Chamber is so supportive of us and sponsors the Car Show to help benefit the Food Bank means so much to us,” said Walker. “We are out here giving out flyers inviting people to come and work at the Food Bank, to give their time and energy and service, and we have collection cans throughout the show for donations.”

One of the biggest draws for the Car Show was the raffle of a restored 1967 Ford Mustang GT, sponsored by the Santee Chamber of Commerce. Only 2000 tickets were sold at $20 each, with money going to the Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank. The car was restored by Lloyd’s Collision and Repair of Santee, with help from San Diego Mustang Shop, Mark’s Auto Glass, Mark Luhr’s Custom Upholstery and Xpress Muffler. Bob Lloyd, owner of Lloyd’s Collision and a member of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, said that the raffle had been so popular that the Chamber plans to repeat it next year, possibly with a classic Chevy Camaro.

(L-R) Miss Teen Santee Savannah Keener, Miss Santee Maria Maes, and "Mr. Santee" Rob McNelis

Also on hand for the show were Miss Santee, Maria Maes, and Miss Teen Santee, Savannah Keener, who helped choose two of the winning cars in the show. “It was so difficult coming through and picking our favorite cars,” said Savannah. “There were so many people out here with their special cars.” Maria echoed her teen counterpart’s enthusiasm. “Coming to the Car Show was amazing. All of the beautiful cars we saw, and we got to choose our favorite cars. It was a tough decision.”

After the success of the second Car Show, it’s no surprise that planning is already under way for the third edition, scheduled for early October, 2012. The next major event in Santee will be the Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration in November, followed by the annual Santee Street Fair in May, 2012.

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Win a Classic Mustang at the Santee Car Show

Win this 1967 Ford Mustang at the 2011 Santee Car Show

The second annual Santee Car Show is coming up on Saturday, October 8, and this year the Santee Chamber of Commerce will be raffling off a classic 1967 Ford Mustang to help raise funds for the Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank. Only 2000 of the $20 tickets will be sold, so odds are much better than the Lottery. The Chamber has been selling the tickets at regular events and at special displays around town, including at the Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival and in front of local stores. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the Car Show.

2010 Santee Car Show Grand Trophy Winner

The first Santee Car Show was a great success, with over 10,000 visitors attending. The first show included over 175 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, music, games, vendor booths, and much more. This year the show will include over 200 vehicles, plus a display by the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. As before, there will be games, rides, and over food and vendor booths. The big draw this year – besides the cars – will be musical guest 4 Lads from Liverpool, a top Beatles tribute band. The Lads will be performing on stage in the afternoon, followed by a photo session at the Beatles Fan Club booth nearby. A portion of the funds raised from the photos will go to the event’s fundraising efforts.

For more information visit the Santee Car Show website.

Read about the 2010 Santee Car Show.

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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.

ACES

Albert E. Klitzke DDS Inc,

Brinegar Chriropractic Center

DTS Leather

Green House Builders

KinderCare

Mary Kay

Oggi’s

Piña Business Services

Prudential

San Diego Mattress Man

Sanctuary Massage

Staump Music School

Temperature Control

TG Harris Consulting

TOPS

United States Postal Service

Wal-Mart

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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Third Annual Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 28

It’s time once again for Santee’s annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 28. This will be the third year for the event, which is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee to help promote the community throughout the greater San Diego County region. In just two years the Fair has drawn over 100,000 visitors who come to enjoy the food, games, music, and fun.

The Street Fair takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Parkway, just north of Mission Gorge Rd. You can drive to the Fair, or take the trolley and avoid the parking hassles. There will be some 300 vendor booths, three stages, six bands, community entertainment, and much more. In addition, for the adults, there will be the beer and wine garden presented by Sportsplex USA.

This year the musical lineup includes Fossil Fuel, Mudwolf, and Blues 145 at the Trolley Square Amphitheater and the group Country Rockin’ Rebels on the Community Stage. The main stage will feature hot zydeco and Cajun music by Bayou Brothers, Classic rock by the tribute group Credence Relived, and Liquid Blue which has been certified as “The World’s Most Traveled Band” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

For directions and more details, visit the Santee Street Fair website. You can check out a promotional video by Sam Diego, aka Captain Sam. Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair and the original 2009 Street Fair on Scouting Santee. The Santee Street Fair helps support the Santee Food Bank, so bring a food donation or drop off some of the green when you come.

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Grand Openings in Santee

There will be two grand openings around town this Saturday, May 7. Both events begin at noon, but there will be plenty of time to make it from one to the other if you plan your day right. There will be food, fun, and a Charger at one of the locations.

The first event will be the grand opening for the new Cox Santee Solutions location at 9349 Mission Gorge Rd. The celebration will run from noon until 3:00, but the best time to show up is between 1:00 and 2:00. During that time San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. There will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting with the Santee Chamber of Commerce before that and plenty of fun.

The second grand opening is the new Chamberlin’s Travel, located at 9550 Cuyamaca St. #204. This also begins at noon, but the ribbon cutting is at 3:00, which gives you plenty of time to catch the first ceremony and see Philip Rivers at Cox before you run down the street to Chamberlin’s. There will be food, fun, and prizes here, so be sure to swing by.

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